A day on the River Ebbw

After nearly a week off work due to sickness, I couldn’t wait to get out of the house! There is only so many spaces in a fly box you can fill when you’re housebound! The dog looked on in anticipation, while I was at the vice, waiting to be taken for a walk Friday evening. So away with the scissors, and on with the harness, Jess and I went for a walk down the Taff  trail from Abercynon towards Cilfynydd. The trail runs more or less parallel along the river for nearly a mile or so and at every opportunity we would go to the edge of the river to jump in… Well, the dog would. I’d be there trying to spot rising fish before any disturbance would seep across the pools!

Watching a few untouched glides, it was obvious throughout the day there must have been a good hatch of fly; Blue winged olives, brook duns, and sedge. The wind had calmed, the air temperature was warm and the spinners descended. That magical hour before dark the spinners were in abundance, the margins filled and the trout rising freely… If only I had a rod, not a lead! On the way back to the house, I had a text saying ‘ Where we going tomorrow?’ from my good friend Bish. My reply was ‘Fishing’ of course.

8:30 the following morning, Bish was outside, so in with the fishing rods, and off to pick Terry up. We decided in the morning we would fish the River Ebbw down near Bassaleg, Newport.The river Ebbw is much the same as the upper stretches of the Taff, small, fast with a few nice glides thrown in and an abundance of wild Trout. As there was three of us, we decided that we would go fish for fish. We set a few rules, the person who is fishing must fish all the water, not miss any part of a pool out to get to the best part. Each angler has 20 minutes fishing unless a fish is hook, lost, or caught. So they wouldn’t be waiting around for me all day!

We tackled up on the bottom of a slow glide, it was pretty early, and there wasn’t much in the way of fly life to be seen, just the odd sedge in the margins and a trout that rose once in the middle of the run. We took three rods, one set up with a dry fly, Duo and a french leader to hopefully cover all the possible situations.

The first run we came to looked perfect. A fast run through the middle, two creases and slack water ether side, with the odd bush for cover. Bish had the french leader rod,  we decided he could catch the first fish as he had not been out for a while, so 3 very well placed casts left me 6 flies down within the first 5 minutes! ‘Those trees have an eye for something shiny’ he said!

Moving swiftly upstream, out of the way of any foliage what so ever we tried again. 20 minutes passed without Bish getting a take, so it was to Terry to prove it wasn’t going to be a long day ahead! Another 20 mins passed, no fish! What was going on?? Where are the fish, we wondered. I look over, I had two Jigs on the french leader, we was approaching a fairly deep run, with a nice flow, within the first few casts I was into a fish, which managed to come off as it jumped to free the hook. The rod was passed back to Jonathan, and within 5 minutes another trout was to hand! The fishing started to pick up steadily through the day with each person taking fish within a few minutes of starting their 20 minutes. We worked our way upstream covering good water taking many fish out of the runs.

It was probably around 1pm we’d entered a pool which looked pretty tranquil and inviting. A few olives started to pop about and the sun was breaking through the dark clouds which seemed to linger from the beginning of the day. This was probably one of the best pools I’d fished on the Ebbw, plenty of fish, and the best seat in the house – Fishing in comfort.

My french leader consists of a 9meter tapered camoufil leader, with a piece of Airflo braid as my indicator. The camoufil leaders are available in a few different lengths – 350cm 450cm and 900cm, I prefer the longer one as it allows me to cover more water with ease. Its presentation skills are brilliant at range, giving good turn over soft landing, catching you more fish in the slow runs.

As we moved upstream, the olives started hatching in good numbers and the fish started to pop. It was my turn again, after the boys had a few fish and Terry spotted a nice fish over 1 and a half pounds rising very confidently the pool we were in. A cast upstream to judge the distance, and then another to get the fly to drift properly and it was on. A few good head shakes, and it was obvious it was a better fish. The fight lasted nearly 5 minutes, but in that time Terry had just got his camera out to video the landing.

 

After the fish was released, we headed to the top of the run and into the eddies being caused by the obstructions. Bish’s first cast into the eddy, the indicator was holding there static, but then darted off to the left, he stuck and another good fish came out of the water and ran downstream. Both Terry and I turned our cameras on and was ready and waiting for the fish to be landed. Again another fish of around 1 – 1/4 -1/2 lb.

The River Ebbw is probably one of the most prolific trout rivers in the UK. The amount of fish the river holds is amazing, but the average size is even better! It’s very common to come away from the river catching and returning well into double figures of trout on a variety of methods. Average size of the rivers fish is probably just over half a pound, with many fish being captured up to 16-18 inches long.

Written by Kieron Jenkins

Spring Hill fishery

Spring Hill Trout Waters are scenically located in a valley in Brenchley Wood near Matfield in Kent. The fishery consists of three clear spring fed waters which are stocked with top quality rainbow and brown trout up 14.5lbs.

The abundance of insects provide for superb fishing, especially in the evenings when hatches are frequent and dry fly fishing will often produce great results. Hatches include: Midge, Caddis, Sedge, Mayfly, Damsels and most other insects found in Southern England.

Facilities on offer at  Spring Hill

Disabled access: Yes

Tackle Hire: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Refreshments: Yes complimentary Tea and Coffee

Day passes: Yes

Phone: 07951 304515 – 01892 826041

Web: www.springhilltroutwaters.co.uk

 

Dyffryn Springs Fishery

Dyffryn Springs is an established fishery on the western outskirts of Cardiff within two minutes of Culverhouse Cross and five of Junction 33 of the M4. The Fishery is situated in the beautiful open countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan in the small village of Dyffryn. There are currently six lakes on site: Waycock, Thaw, Goldsland, Reservoir, Wallace and Worleton. These are all fed from our own springs providing the highest quality water.
Trout Fishing Tuition is available with our resident instructor Mat Holloway who is a qualified institutor holding the Salmon and Trout Association’s National Instructors Certificate. Report from June – Jason and Alun from Cardiff reported landing plenty of carp to 6lbs, Andrew and Dennis from Cardiff reported netting over 40 carp between them.

Facilities on offer at Dyffryn Springs

Disabled access: Yes

Tackle Hire: Yes

Toilets: Yes

Refreshments: Yes

Day passes: Yes

Phone: 029 2059 5929

Web: www.dyffrynsprings.co.uk

Harpsdale Fishery

The fishery, the most northerly stillwater in Scotland, is situated approximately 10 miles south of Thurso. It has been developed over several years from an existing marsh and is constantly fed by a small Burn, this along with the depth of the pools provides an excellent habitat for the stock.

The park is approximately 4.5 acres in size and divided into two pools, with some small islands linked together by bridges (no excuse for the wind being in the wrong direction).  It is regularly stocked with a variety of Rainbow, Brook & Brown Trout.  The Rainbows are stocked up to 14 Ib and browns up to 3 Ib

Facilities on offer at Harpsdale Fishery
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: No
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01847831344
Website: http://harpsdalefishery.co.uk

Dever Springs

Dever Springs is a Trout Fishery situated in the beautiful Hampshire countryside offering anglers a fishing experience second to none.

These crystal clear waters enable discerning anglers to stalk exceptional fish. Specimen fish taken at Dever include a British record brown of 28lbs 2ozs. The minimum stocking size is 4lbs, with 6lbs 8oz being average at the moment. Every angler coming to Dever Springs has a very real chance of taking double-figure fish. The lakes are stocked each day with top quality trout, reared within the complex.

Facilities on offer atDever Springs

Disabled access: Yes

Tackle Hire: No

Toilets: Yes

Refreshments: Yes

Day passes: Yes

Phone:01264 720592

Web: www.deversprings.co.uk

 


Bratton Water fishery

Bratton water provides challenging fishing in stunning surroundings hosting an abundance of wildlife. The lake holds rainbow and brown trout, 2lb – 8lb plus. All fish are reared on site.

The lake holds a wealth of natural food, fly hatches spring onwards producing excellent top of the water sport.

 

Facilities on offer at Bratton Water
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: Yes
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes limited number available
Phone: 01271 850642
Web: www.northdevonflyfishery.com

Moray Fly Fishing Glen of Rothes trout and coarse lakes

Glen of Rothes has 6 acres of water, set in magnificent Highland scenery in the Northeast of Scotland, and provides excellent Stillwater bank fishing for Rainbow trout, as well as for Browns, Blue rainbows and Brook trout. The lochs are mainly fly only, but there is a dedicated coarse loch with superb quality Carp, bream, orfe and tench well into double figures and is the only coarse loch in the area and a seperate bait loch suitable for families with rainbow trout.

 

Facilities on offer at Glen of Rothes lakes
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: Yes
Tackle Hire: Yes
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01340 831888 or 07967 466973
Web: www.morayflyfishing.co.uk

BellBrook Valley Fishery

The fishery consists of 6 lakes in a most picturesque setting in 40 acres of rolling Devonshire Heartland countryside. It is mostly in the Bellbrook Valley with the lakes being bordered by woodland and hilly meadows.

There is a wide range of trout fishing available; the six lakes are all spring and brook fed and the water is extremely fertile with the adjacent meadow and woodland ensuring a good supply of natural food – consequently there is excellent imitative fly-fishing. This also contributes to the superb quality and excellent tasting pink-fleshed trout.

Facilities on offer at Bell Brook Valley Fishery
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: Yes
Tackle Hire: Yes
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01398 351292
Web: www.bellbrookfishery.co.uk/fishery/index.asp

Beecraigs Fishery

Beecraigs fishery is long established in a well sheltered area about 20 acres in size and fed by a gin clear chalk spring. It provides great sport for each angler being rgularly stocked with quality Rainbow Trout. Being open all throughout the year it offers great sport top of the water and below. Due to limited space, advanced bookings are well recommended.  Please use the Enquiry & Booking Form. Concessionary tickets available to anglers aged 65 years and over, and to those on Job Seekers allowance (proof of concessionary status must be checked in advance). Gift vouchers can also be purchased from the Visitor Centre if you would like to give someone else the chance of a great day out.

Facilities include:- private car park, fully equipped fishing lodge and tackle shop, floating jetty enabling easy access to 8 well maintained boats.

Contact Details:

Tel: 01506844516 Fax: 01506846256

E-mail: mail@beecraigs.com

Website: www.beecraigs.com/fishery/fishery

Barn Elmes Lake

Barn Elms Lake – is a beautifully, tranquil and relaxing trout fishing location with a spring fed chalk stream lake situated on a working farm in the idyllic Pang Valley, deep in rural Berkshire. Although 6 acres in size it is an intimate lake shaped like a four leafed clover with nooks and crannies, suitable for novices and experienced fishermen alike. The lake has an average depth of 8 feet with an abundance of aquatic life, mature trees and a very atmospheric ambiance.
The lake is stocked weekly wigth energetically fighting Rainbow and Brown Trout. These are predominantly 2lbs with ten percent of the weekly stocking up to 8lbs.

Facilities on offer at Barn Elmes Lakes
Disabled access: Yes
Onsite Tackle Shop: No
Tackle Hire: No
Toliets: Yes
Refreshments: Yes
Day passes: Yes
Phone: 01189744744
Web: http://barnelmsfishery.co.uk