Cwm Hedd fly fishing report 20th March 2016 -damsels, buzzers and bloodworms

There’s been some excellent fishing in the last few weeks, interspersed with a few challenging  days of course.  A stock top-up is on its way from Exmoor Fisheries this week, and with a south westerly wind forecast fishing conditions should be favourable.

Please remember that Cwm Hedd is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays so we  won’t be open on Easter Monday

Ken Pascoe was the winner of the Cwm Hedd Troutmasters fish off, with 7 fish totalling 20lbs. Mike James and Keith Cox were 2nd and third respectively.

Cwm Hedd Troutmasters fish off winners. Left to right - Keith Cox (3rd), Ken Pascoe (1st), Mike James (2nd) - Copy
Left to right Keith Cox (3rd), Ken Pascoe (1st), Mike James (2nd) – congratulations all!

It’s been fairly quiet in terms of anglers over the last couple of weeks with the reservoirs back open, so day ticket anglers have enjoyed  plenty of platform choice.  Paul Elsworthy brought 10 fish to the net over two visits, while it’s was 11 for Keith Cox last week, nine for Stewart Gordon, eight for Steve Wakeham and Mark Whalley and seven for Lee Ashcroft and Huw Davies.  Rad Novacowich had a great morning bringing five to the net, while Gordon Smith, Ethan Clarke, Andy Whitnall, Bill Williams, Ian Humpreys, Peter Bayliss and youngest angler Etahn Clarke was over the moon with his four fish.

As always there has been a wide variety of flies used in the last few weeks, with the most consistent being damsels, bloodworms and buzzers.  More people on intermediate lines, but floating lines have also brought success.

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).

Happy Easter everyone!

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Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report 20th December – Merry Christmas everyone!

A very merry Christmas to all of you!

Christmas and New Year opening hours:

Mondays and Tuesdays: closed (as normal). Christmas Eve and New year’s Eve:  8am-3pm, last  admission 12 noon; Christmas Day and New Year’s Day: closed.

Boxing Day:  8am-4pm:  Cwm Hedd will be open as usual for all anglers,  with an option to also enter the Biggest Fish Challenge (day ticket charge applies for ‘Challenge’ entrants: free bacon sandwich & tea/coffee included). Take any one of eleven fish (rather than the first).  Browns or fish judged to be 5lbs or over to be temporarily kept in the net for official weighing before release.    Day ticket prizes awarded for the top three heaviest fish.  Fishing ends at 4pm for all anglers.

Fishing has been tough for some but excellent for others.  Overall the fishing has been good considering the weather conditions: fishing high in the water with lures has been the most consistent method, Continue reading Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report 20th December – Merry Christmas everyone!

Cwm Hedd fly fishing 21st June

Hi everyone

It’s been lovely weather but the fishing has been very tough this week with the warmer water and the amount of natural food on offer for the finicky fish. Plenty of fish moving but they’ve been giving anglers the run around .  Highlights of the week were   Colin Cox  landing a 6lb 7oz rainbow  on an intermediate line, using his own version of a Mrs Simpson fly. The fish was in fabulous condition  (returned after weighing) and is another Troutmasters entry for Colin, who also brought another two to the bank.

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Luke Thomas  again took one and released five on buzzers and a floating line, delighted that the fish taken was one of the tag fish which netted regular Luke one hundred pounds and a day ticket.

Luke Thomas nets the Cwm Hedd tag fish and wins £100 plus a day ticket!
Luke Thomas nets the Cwm Hedd tag fish and wins £100 plus a day ticket!

We’re into the last few weeks before closing for the summer, so If you’re thinking of coming over then please  be aware that  the fishing is likely to  be hard as the weather warms up.

Opening times: Mondays and Tuesdays: closed; Wednesday – Sunday 8am-5pm, last admission 2pm. Evening tickets for up to five hours are available to start between 4 and 5 pm  for pre-booked groups only  (minimum group of five required).

Tel  01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Have a good week everyone and the very best of luck to the Wales  international rivers team at the final  on Friday on the river Liffey in Ireland.  Tight lines to you all!

Linda 🙂

 

Cwm Hedd Fly Fishing June 14th 2015

 

Hi everyone

Well the weather seems to have settled down at last which has made for some very pleasant if challenging fishing.  With an abundance of natural food in the lake and the water beginning to warm up anglers have had to work hard for their fish.  Luke Thomas  took one and released five, including a pristine rainbow weighing 6lbs 5 ounces caught off the point of the main island, a Troutmasters entry for Luke.  On a floating line and a cdc Luke let the fly drift and the fish took it off the top.

Luke Thomas with his pristine Cwm Hedd rainbow weighing 6lbs 5oz
Luke Thomas with his pristine Cwm Hedd rainbow weighing 6lbs 5oz

Keith Cox caught his three rainbows on a  cats whisker and intermediate line, with Wayne Giles also taking his fish on the same combination. Ken Bowring favoured a damsel, while  Steve Wakeham,  Tim Downey and Jeremy Samuels caught their fish on a goldhead damsel.

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Anglers have clearly been rummaging through their fly boxes as the variety of flies that have tempted fish has been considerable this week. A white fritz, an olive cruncher and a hare’s ear  brought fish to Roger Michael, Stewart Thomas, and Ken Davies, while it was a diawl bach for Gareth West, a daddy long-legs for Peter Thomas, a black gnat for David Bull and  a black buzzer for novice Derwyn Jones.

Gareth West
Gareth West

Ken Pascoe opted to avoid the traffic problems with Sunday’s Velathon so had a few hours on Saturday bringing his fish to the bank using a white mini lure on a floating line.   One of the few who made it despite the road closures on Sunday was Gary Owens who took one and returned two on a traffic light buzzer and a blue flash damsel.  It was also great to see Callum Russell back in action after an injury.  Callum and dad Matt took one and release three, one on a cats whisker the rest on blobs.

Callum Russell
Callum Russell

Opening times: Mondays and Tuesdays: closed; Wednesday – Sunday 8am-5pm, last admission 2pm. Evening tickets for up to five hours are available to start between 4 and 5 pm  for pre-booked groups only  (minimum group of five required).

Tel  01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Here are a few images from Cwm Hedd for you to enjoy.  Have a good week!

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Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report 7th June

Hello on a beautiful evening -in fact it’s been a glorious day all day starting with a fabulous sunrise just after 5am this morning.  In near perfect fishing conditions with a pleasant ripple on the water, after trying a few different flies John Belcher struck gold with a suspended buzzer and a floating line, taking  six rainbows and returning another three, with John surprised to find that the fish  were not deterred by the bright sunshine that has characterised the day.

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Generally a very quiet week in terms of anglers and aside from today  the otherwise contrary weather with some high wind on several days has again been a challenge for some.  David Gentle’s three fish came to the bank on a black and peacock on the dropper, while it was the reliable cats whisker for Phil Row and Keith Cox who were both on intermediate lines.  Shaun  Gunter hooked one large rainbow on a black and green fritz, with Rick Brown taking his fish on a black and Mark Phillips taking his on a glitzy fly that we couldn’t identify!  Ken Davies had a minor disaster when he broke his rod soon after starting his fishing session, but loaned a rod from the lodge and took his fish on a damsel nymph and floating line.  Rob Jones brought three to the bank on a dry fly and floating line,  Paul Elsworthy brought two the bank on a black nymph and a ghost tip, while Shane Davies took one on a black gnat.

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Luke Thomas caught his first five fish off the tip of the island on a black hot head Damsel using a 40+ Super Dri floating line with a 13ft airflo G3 7lb tippet. As the day warmed up Luke fished a gold head olive damsel #10 on a fast glass with an erratic retrieve, catching another five in front of the lodge.

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Putting his Cwm Hedd rod to good use and on a goldhead damsel with intermediate line,  Ken Bowring took one and released six including a cracking Troutmasters entry – a rainbow weighing 8lb 4oz.

 

Ken Bowring with a Cwm Hedd rainbow weighing 8lb 4oz
Ken Bowring with a Cwm Hedd rainbow weighing 8lb 4oz

One angler has written about his recent experience at Cwm Hedd on his blog ygenweiriwrgwyllt  blog, the most recent post being ‘When all goes to plan…’

Opening times: Mondays and Tuesdays: closed; Wednesday – Sunday 8am-5pm, last admission 2pm. Evening tickets for up to five hours are available to start between 4 and 5 pm  for pre-booked groups only  (minimum group of five required).

Tel  01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)

Have a good week and let’s hope the weather stays favourable for a while!

Linda 🙂

Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report and news 1st June 2015

Good afternoon from a wild and windy Bassaleg!

The windy conditions throughout May have continued to be quite a trial for anglers has kept many away in the last week.  At 12 degrees the water temperature is still low for the time of year however which is a plus – I’m sure the fish are delighted. Anglers who have been out and about have adapted methods to suit the conditions and have been reasonably  successful .  Although floating lines are the most popular it seems that intermediate lines are the way to go:  Luke Thomas again took one and returned 10 on an intermediate and an olive snake fly on each of two visits,  heading for one of his favourite hotspots off the point of the main island.  Also on an intermediate was Lee Ashcroft taking one and returning five on a hothead damsel. Continue reading Cwm Hedd Fly fishing report and news 1st June 2015

Cwm Hedd fly fishing report 8th May

Hi everyone

Last week was quiet in terms of anglers due to the adverse weather on a number of days, but there were some great highlights:  Huw Davies caught seven rainbow, including two of the fabulous bigger rainbows (returned), one at eight and a half pounds, a (Troutmasters entry for Huw) and another that was six and a half pounds, caught on a size 12 copper-beaded damsel, with a 7lb Airflo G3 leader.

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Gwyn Williams Memorial Competition Saturday 16th May

A reminder that Cwm Hedd will be closed for day ticket anglers on Saturday 16th May, for the Gwyn Williams Memorial Competition. If you haven’t entered yet there may be some places on the day, but ring to check first.  Non competitors are welcome at the lodge from 10am onwards, for refreshments and lodge-based competitions, with profit to be donated to Help for Heroes along with the sponsorship collected by those in the fly fishing competition.

Cwm Hedd has had a delivery of rainbows from Exmoor Fisheries in readiness for the competition on the 16th, so best of luck to all competitors.  The entry form and full information is available on the Cwm Hedd  website events page http://www.cwmhedd.co.uk/cwmheddevents.html

Back to the latest fishing…

It’s been so chilly that the water temperature in the lake has dropped two degrees, which at least is good for the fish and for fishing conditions.

Aside from Huw Davies’s great fishing day, a green buzzer brought a fish for Steve Wakeham, while it was a black montana for Colin Cox and a black hopper for Howard Davies, with another fish taken by Chris Jones.  Andy Wattson took one on  a yellow shipman’s and a floating line.

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Sally Ann Iles coached young angler Damien, who had a great few hours fishing , bringing five to the bank on a hulk.  Ken Bowring also brought four to the net on a black hopper, damsel, and a cats whisker (floating line), the same flies that brought three  fish for  friend Roger Martyn,who used a mix of floating and intermediate lines.

Damien with  Sally-Ann Iles
Damien with Sally-Ann Iles

Steve Mogg and Rob Collier each took one and released one, both using bloodworms and floating lines, with Steve on an 8lb leader. Ken Pascoe and Rob Jones each took one and released four, Ken  on an olive nymph and sink-tip,  Rob  on a grey duster and an appetiser. Graham Davies brought four to the bank, preferring the damsel and intermediate line.

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Jeff Zarun’s seven fish were tempted by an emerger, while it was the buzzer and intermediate brought four for  Tom Williams.  Keith Cox  caught six on mini-cats , while Michael hart took two on a squirmy and released a further three on a shuttlecock.

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Accompanied by grandad Wayne, Conor O’Leary took one on an emerger. Gary Edwards  took one on a cats whisker and  three on a damsel, two on an intermediate and two on a sink-tip line, while Bobby Powell took one on a daddy long-legs.

Garry Edwards
Garry Edwards
Yet another tag fish gone!

Gerald  Williams  hit the jackpot by taking the tag fish, only a week after the last one was caught!  Gerald was delighted to take home £35 cash and a day ticket.  As they seem to come out with some regularity another two tag fish are on order for next week.

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The One that got away?

I took a photo of Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn when they were having a break on Thursday.  Not sure exactly what Ken was telling Roger, but I think we can guess!

The one that got away!
The one that got away!
And finally…

It’s a busy time of year for the wildlife, and my walks around the lake provide a daily opportunity to keep up with the trials and tribulations of the various species as they go about the tricky job of surviving. It’s a beautiful season, but alongside the beauty there are frequent reminders that nature is often ‘red in tooth and claw’ and it’s very much ‘survival of the fittest’. The grebe’s nest has failed, either due to the eggs being taken by predators or the wild weather putting paid to the nest. Hopefully they’ll try again, as happened last year when it took three attempts before they succeeded.  On Wednesday morning I found a dead goose in the tiny pond where the stream comes into the lake. Although excessive numbers of geese can be a nuisance it looked so forlorn that it made me feel quite sad. There was no obvious cause for the goose to have died as it looked relatively young and plump. By the next morning a fox must have sniffed out the dinner opportunity, as I could see a trail where the dead goose had been dragged up the bank and into some undergrowth.  All that remained was a pile of feathers.

Empty Grebe's nest
Empty Grebe’s nest

On a happier note it made me smile to see a pair of geese taking their new family for a swim, with mum and dad closely guarding their three goslings.

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Hope everyone has a good week

Linda 🙂

Open 8am Wednesday to Sunday.  Last admission is 4pm Wednesday – Saturday, with a closing time of sunset, but ring on the day as it may be possible to come later if other day anglers have tickets that take them into the evening.

Sunday:   last admission is 2pm, with closing time 5pm.

Tel  01633 896854 (lodge during opening hours); 07813 143 034 (any time/day before 6pm)