Cwm Hedd fly fishing 5th March 2016

Weekdays were very quiet, so anglers enjoyed plenty of platform choice and top angler Lee Ashcroft  took one and released eleven using  a mosaic damsel and intermediate line.  Most anglers have been on floating lines however, such as Saturday regular Paul Elsworthy who took one and released five using a white fritz and a bloodworm.  Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 5th March 2016


Cwm Hedd fly fishing 19th February 2016

Please note that the  Iain Barr Bankmasters heat scheduled for February 21st has been cancelled due to insufficient entries.Stock levels are high and with another delivery of Exmoor Fisheries rainbows just arrived, there are plenty of fish to be found.


Fishing’s been up and down over the last few days, with Thursday’s sunshine making anglers work hard. Luke Thomas reached his limit, taking one and returning ten. It was five each for Keith Higgins and Roy Western, three for Martin Williams and one for Bernie Davies. Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 19th February 2016

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing 11th January 2016

Good morning!

Aside from nearly resorting to flippers and snorkel at times there have been some rare decent weather intervals this week with some good fishing to be had.  A few have blanked, but most anglers have caught fish (not necessarily all getting as far as the net with them, but at least enjoying the frisson of excitement before the fish have other ideas).


Floating lines

A predominance of floating lines continues, with Matt Russell bringing thirteen to the net over two visits while it was five for Matt’s son Callum.  Matt thinks he may have lost as many as he caught, but we won’t dwell on that… Continue reading Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing 11th January 2016

Cwm Hedd fly fishing 3rd January 2016

Good evening everyone

‘Il pleut’ as they say in France.  I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of the wet stuff now.  Most of my days in the last few months seem to have involved much mud – either trudging through it, falling in it and getting plastered with it or simply looking at rivers of it and sighing deeply.  The one stream of mud that most took me by surprise was the one that breached the door step at the back of the lodge and temporarily flooded the toilet block during a storm as you can see  here captured on video.

Click here to see hubs come to the rescue.

Water at its highest

The water level is the highest it’s ever been as the sluice can’t keep pace with the volume of water that’s pouring out of the sky, down the stream and off the fields – and the boards are jammed tight in the sluice so we can’t shift them at the moment to let more water out. Although the lake is mostly spring fed, the stream that enters in the corner of the bay to the north west of the lodge has become a torrent and even breached the bank of the pond that traps silt, so has chucked silt into the main lake.


The lake is so high that the water has even breached the bank of the main island and is overflowing into its central hollow where there is (fortunately)  a pipe to take away excess water.



You don’t expect to be worrying about weed growth in the middle of winter, but the weed has been problematic in the last few weeks due to the weirdly high temperatures,  and was a frustration for a number of competitors in the loch style team fundraiser on Tuesday.  There are plenty of fishable platforms but as comp rules dictate which platforms to fish from some were inevitably stuck on very difficult areas. Yesterday we trialled a method of pulling out large amounts of weed: it was very successful, but we will be taking all the wooden rails out both sides of the path along the front of the lake to drag the weed out when it’s pulled to the edge. Thanks to my son Tom,  Matt and Callum Russell, Kieron Jenkins, Luke Thomas and Huw Davies for helping with  the trial.

Good news!

Fortunately fish are quite keen on plenty of rain, so as long as you have decent waterproofs and a sense of humour it’s worth coming out. Some have inevitably blanked or found it challenging, but a number have had considerable success such as Luke Thomas (10 and 7),  Matt Russell(10 and 7),  Callum Russell (7 and 4) Mark Miles(7). Luke ended 2015 on a high, returning a large brown trout weighing in at 7lbs 2 oz,  from the point of the main island, using a snake fly and a slow glass.  The loch style fundraiser saw David Matthews taking 1st place with ten fush, Lee James in second place with five fish and 3rd was Neil Anthony with three fish.  Congratulations to all in tough conditions.


Luke Thomas
Luke Thomas

Matt started 2016 on an equal high by catching the same fish off the far bank on an intermediate and a fluff cat.

Matt Russell
Matt Russell


Garry Wharton also caught a cracking brown off the small island and another three rainbows on an orange blob and a floating line.

Garry Wharton
Garry Wharton

Tim Wellman and Huw Davies had a great day on Saturday with five fish each, Tim on a squirmy and a floating line, Huw on an apps bloodworm.  It was great to see a lady angler, Sally Clark amongst the newcomers, with friend Rich Gabb who took a fish on a little black lure and returned another on a cats whisker.

Tim Wellman
Tim Wellman
Andy Wattson

All of you who have met regular Andy Wattson will be sorry to hear that he is quite poorly at the moment.  We wish him the very best and hope he’ll be well enough to come fishing again soon.  Here’s Andy on his first visit to Cwm Hedd, being coached by Jason Williams, a day which Andy said was his ‘best ever’:

The 'best ever' day for Andy Wattson, coached by Jason Williams at Cwm Hedd

I wish all of you health and happiness for 2016


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Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th December 2015

Greetings everyone!

New stock arrived yesterday so we’re looking forward to some great fishing to see in the New Year. Plenty of fish are moving and feeding high in the water:  Floating lines have been the order of the day for just about everyone.  Bloodworm, cats whiskers, nymphs, Rob’s wrapped minky, montana and diawl bach have all been successful.

Luke Thomas
A lovely brown (returned) for Luke Thomas who also returned a blue amongst the eleven fish he caught on Boxing Day

Watch a video of Luke Thomas in action on the point of the main island on a very windy Boxing Day

Opening hours this week:

Wednesday 30th December: 8am-4pm

Thursday 31st New year’s Eve:  8am-3pm, last  admission 12 noon;

Friday 1st January- New Year’s Day – closed.

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd Jan: 8am-4pm.

The Welsh Senior Loch Style Team held a friendly  competition at  Cwm Hedd today to help them get to Lough Lien  in Ireland next May. Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 29th December 2015

Cwm Hedd fly fishing fishing report and news 1st November 2015

It’s been another great fishing week overall, although the unexpected warmth and glorious Saturday sunshine, then the east wind and prevalent misty conditions on Sunday certainly made anglers work  much  harder than those who experienced the bonanza of the week days where conditions were nigh on perfect for fishing.  Still, winter will be upon us soon with plenty of wild weather  more conducive to hiding under the duvet than battling with the elements, so basking in sunshine and high temperatures in the meantime will do very nicely for most of us.

Matt Russell enjoying a beautiful day at Cwm Hedd
Matt Russell enjoying a beautiful day at Cwm Hedd
More stock and tag fish on the way!

A number of you have been asking about tag fish so Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing fishing report and news 1st November 2015

Cwm Hedd fly fishing report and news 26th April 2015

The foliage has greened up considerably over the last week and the various wildfowl around the lake such as the coots, mallards, great-crested grebes, moorhens and geese are busy nesting or rearing their young. The latter have had a chilly start to life in a mainly easterly wind this week, which has made for some pretty difficult fishing on some days, although on the plus side at least no one has had to get their waterproofs out  and the water temperature is lower than this time last year.  Dry flies are recommended.

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Opening/closing times

Please note the opening times that may vary from week to week at this time of year.  I’ve realised that I need to finish earlier on a Sunday or I’ll be keeling over with the length of my working week, so note the earlier closing time  and last admission time on Sunday!

Monday and Tuesday: closed (but open on bank holiday Monday 4th May)

Wednesday – Saturday:  8am-sunset, last admission 4pm

Sunday: 8am-5pm, last admission 2pm.

Open bank holiday Monday 4th May: 8am-5pm, last admission 2pm

Gates closed at last admission times (open to exit site only).


The lodge pond and main lake were topped up by Exmoor Fisheries on Thursday of  this week, and as the last tag fish came out so quickly I’ve put two more in. Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing report and news 26th April 2015