As the tag fish has still not been not been caught the prize money of £100 plus the extra £116 collected will now be donated to charity and no further competition entry fee will be charged. Should anyone catch it from now on, they will win a day ticket .
Welsh Bank Team Trials
We were very pleased to welcome Jamie Miller from Garnffrwd, controllers and competitors for the second heat of the Welsh Bank Team trial that saw eight anglers battling it out for a place in this year’s international bank team. A brisk easterly wind on a bitterly cold but dry day made for challenging conditions, but all brought fish to the bank in a hard fought trial, with four going through to the final at Garnffrwd on April 17th. Overall the heat placings were as follows: Patrick Sharman (1st), Paul Osborn (2nd), Paul Sharman (3rd) and in fourth place Cwm Hedd regular Lee Ashcroft. Plenty of fish were seen rising , with black fly patterns being very successful.
In between helping out as controllers, Dai Jones and Alan Martin brought 10 and seven fish to the bank respectively, Dai using an olive apps, Paul using the apps and a sunburst blob. Phillips and Lewis Rumble also squeezed in some fishing, with Lewis netting one while it was four for Paul who was using a hare’s ear nymph.
Similar to last week fishing conditions and success rate for day ticket anglers has varied, with Friday and Saturday being the best days for plentiful returns. another stocking from Exmoor Fisheries keeps the overall stock level at maximum, with the fish thriving and feisty in the cold temperature. Paul Elsworthy’s ten on Saturday was closely followed by nine for Lee Ashcroft who had brought six to the bank earlier in the week, as did Ray McCarthy.
It was eight for Wales international Paul Osborn and seven for Keith Higgins. It’s always good to see anglers keen to come back after experiencing atrocious weather on their first visit: Tim Silk from Bristol was very pleased with his five fish in much more clement conditions, as was Steve Parsons who also brought five to the bank to add to the seven of the previous week. Roy Western (below) enjoyed the sunshine and the fishing, with a tally of five.
Flies are still very mixed, although the bloodworm and the white fritz have been particularly successful. Still a predominance of floating lines, with a few anglers successful with intermediate.
Weekend 20th-21st Feb
Although the wet and windy weekend didn’t tempt many anglers out, there was some great fishing to be had for those who braved the conditions. Chris Wady and Steve Parsons each brought seven rainbows to the bank, both using a white fritz. New to Cwm Hedd, Jay Williams, Richard Walter and Tim Silk had a soaking in torrential rain, but stuck it out to net eight rainbows between them.
Mike James had a corker of a day on Sunday, landing nine: one on a damsel and the rest on a blue damsel with a straggle-fritz body. It was five for Gordon Smith and seven for Wales international angler Paul Osborn, while between them Callum and Matt Russell brought six fish to the net. Two for Hywel Lewis and an hour in the rain also brought two for Wales international angler Kieron Jenkins, so plenty of sport despite atrocious conditions.
That’s all for this week – tight lines everyone 🙂
Open 8am-4.30pm Wednesday through to Sunday. 5 minutes from Junction 28 of the M4 Newport. Fishery rules, directions and further information on http://www.cwmhedd.co.uk . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).