Cwm Hedd fly fishing May 14th 2016

This year Cwm Hedd will close for the summer on  Sunday June 5th, so get your skates on if you are planning to visit!

There has been some superb fishing in the last few weeks, with most anglers finding success on a variety of flies: damsels, buzzers, montanas, black tadpoles and daddy long-legs being very popular.  With the topsy turvy weather including some ferocious storms, at least the water temperature is still quite cool at the moment, so the fish are very happy . There are plenty of fish moving and showing all over the lake  feeding well on this year’s  abundant insect life.

Some anglers blank of course, but that is the way of things,  bringing about much mulling over what went wrong .  Those who have found the right fly, line and tactics however have been well rewarded. Having caught a Troutmasters entry in the previous week, Mike James summed up this week’s visit in his facebook post: ‘Cwm Hedd yesterday, great day again, 6 to the net, should have been 66, I missed so many takes, done my head in, fish rising everywhere, I only fished buzzers, crunchers and emergers in amongst the continual raindrops, pull after pull and I missed them, I must be older than I thought, fish are so quick, actually, unbelievably quick.

This Cwm Hedd rainbow weighed in at 5lbs 3oz, a Troutmasters entry for Mike James.

Nigel Lane had a great day too  ‘Another warm welcome at Cwm Hedd today by far the best fly fishing this year caught three fish around the 3 pounds mark and yet again put many back .’

Nigel Lane preparing to do battle with the Cwm Hedd rainbows

It was great to see Matt and Callum Russell back having a break from reservoir comps, bringing twelve to the bank between them, Matt on a shipman’s buzzer, Callum on Crunchers.

Matt Russell
Callum Russell

Huw Davies has been on a roll, with nine fish last week using a black hopper and a hare’s ear, and eleven fish this week, using a shipman’s buzzer. Fishing on a fairly bright day today, with a cool breeze and a ripple on the water, in similar conditions Huw advises keeping things simple: one fly, a 12-14′ leader, and use the wind, casting upwind and letting the fly drift with just the occasional twitch. Huw’s friend Tom Hughes had four rainbows, using a grey duster and a floating line.


Tom Hughes

For interesting information and more good advice on how to fish Cwm Hedd, read the May edition of Total Flyfisher Magazine, which includes an  article about Cwm Hedd written by top Wales international Kieron Jenkins. Kieron also fished Cwm Hedd again this week, bringing ten to the bank using an olive shipman’s, as well as making a fishing fashion statement in his wellies and shorts!  Sums up the weather we’ve had this week – the platforms were under water after Wednesday’s torrential rain.


Check out the Cwm Hedd Youtube channel for the latest videos featuring: Huw Davies,  Matt Russell, Callum Russell, Kieron Jenkins and Nigel Lane.

Open 8am-4.30pm Wednesday through to Sunday. Last admission 2pm.  5 minutes from Junction 28 of the M4 Newport. Fishery rules, directions and further information on . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).

And finally, the great crested grebes were happily sitting on a nest, but the coots have bullied them off it, so it’s back to square one for the hapless grebes.

Great crested grebe at Cwm Hedd






Cwm Hedd fly fishing 3rd April 2016

The fish have been extremely high in the water with many anglers enjoying sport on dry flies and emergers. In the right conditions there have been plenty of fish rising to buzzers all around the lake, with the lodge frontage producing some good numbers of resident fish.  Recommended flies to target these buzzer feeders are shipman’s and shuttlecock buzzers fished on the surface. Damsels have also been very effective fished slowly on a floating line.

Ray McCarthy netting a rainbow

With the competition season underway or many anglers returning to the rivers and reservoirs it’s been very quiet at Cwm Hedd in the last few weeks, but it at least gives those who prefer small still waters some excellent fishing opportunities.  Very few have blanked and good numbers of fish have been caught.   Thanks to those who are visiting – your support is very much appreciated.


Lee Ashcroft has brought 24 fish to the net over three visits in the last couple of weeks and we wish him the best of luck in the final of the bank team trials later this month.

Lee Ashcroft

One of the pleasures of running a fishing lake is that of meeting many interesting people from all walks of life. Robert Forrest-Webb, ‘Writer, adventurer and sportsman’ enjoyed a few hours fishing at Cwm Hedd this week, as a preliminary warm-up to his 87th birthday. Check out Robert’s profile on his web site  Happy birthday Robert!

Robert Forrest-Webb
Robert Forrest-Webb

Remember that barbless hooks must be used at all times.  If you are crushing barbs make sure that you check every hook using a piece of material (in an item of your clothing if you haven’t brought anything for this purpose).  I’d rather you damage your clothing than damage a fish.

Congratulations to Kristian Davies and Kieron Jenkins, first in the Scierra pairs heat at Chew Valley on Saturday.  Well done both.


Kieron enjoying a few hours at Cwm Hedd on Sunday after the Scierra pairs heat on Saturday on Chew

Remember that  under 16s have free catch and release if accompanied and supervised by an experiences adult angler paying a standard or concession ticket. See opening times and prices on the Cwm Hedd web site

Here’s 6 year old Oliver (left) with his first Cwm Hedd rainbow 🙂

Mark Whalley (centre) with six year old Oliver and ten year old Devon


Open 8am-4.30pm Wednesday through to Sunday.  5 minutes from Junction 28 of the M4 Newport. Fishery rules, directions and further information on . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).


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 . Tel 07813 143 034 before 6pm; 01633 896854 (lodge during fly fishing opening hours).

Happy Easter everyone!

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 28th February 2016

Tag fish

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.  Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 28th February 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 31st January 2016

The continuous appalling weather has kept most anglers away, so I am very grateful indeed to those who have ventured out. At least the fish don’t mind the bad weather in the slightest, and with stock level high there are plenty of them in tip top condition to test anglers’ skills.

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Alan Powell caught a cracking Troutmasters entry off the far bank on Saturday, a 9lb 8oz rainbow caught on Alan’s first cast off the platform, using a black emerger and a midge tip line. Not long after Paul Elsworthy caught a superb 4lb 3oz rainbow, to add to his other five caught,  using  a black emerger and montana with a floating line.

Paul Elsworty

Top anglers of the week were Craig Bowles (10), Matt Russell (10) and Brian Haynes (8), Craig using a damsel and cats whisker, Matt an apps bloodworm and Brian a rubber-legged daddy and his own version of an Ally McCoist. Young Callum Russell returned four and was unfortunate to lose several.

Brian Haynes

Weed clearing

We are making great progress with weed clearing, so plenty of platforms very fishable in the most popular areas. Thanks to Ken Pascoe, my husband Chris and son Tom for their sterling work.

A couple of images below, plus this video to give you an idea of the horrible weather conditions for the weed pulling marathon this week!

Chris Kilby taking a well deserved break from weed clearing at Cwm Hedd



Lines and flies

Most anglers have been on floating lines, with a variety of flies used, including the black emerger, olive damsel, brown hopper, rubber-legged daddy, cats whisker and  apps bloodworm.

February events

Iain Barr Bankmasters heat 21st February, Welsh bank Team trials, 2nd heat 28th February

The  heat for the Iain Barr Bankmasters will be held on February 21st at Cwm Hedd.  Visit for details on how to enter.  In addition to the competition entry fee the Cwm Hedd fishing ticket for the day will be £20.00, which includes a free bacon sandwich, tea/coffee on arrival.Bank Masters image

Welsh bank team trials – second heat 28th February 2016 at Cwm Hedd Bank

If you want to trial for a place in the 2016 Welsh bank team, put your name forward for the 2nd heat at Cwm Hedd on Sunday 28th February (you must enter in advance of the day). In addition to the heat entry fee the Cwm Hedd fishing ticket for the day will be £20.00, which includes a free bacon sandwich, tea/coffee on arrival.  For further information e-mail James Miller or message James on the  Garnffrwd Fly Fishing facebook page.

Fly box raffle winner

Congratulations to Lee Williams, the lucky winner of the fly box containing 160 flies tied by Matt Russell. Well done Lee!

Tag fish and charity box

The tag fish is still there for the taking and will net one lucky angler £100 cash.  Entry £1 per visit.  All cash collected over the £100 will be donated to charity, along with the £62 that was collected from the sale of donated miscellaneous fly tying materials etc

I’m very pleased to hear that Andy Wattson is making reasonable progress and we hope he continues to improve.  All the best Andy!  🙂