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
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/ 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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! 🙂
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.
“The rain it raineth every day…’ or so it seems, and with with wind speed from 40 to over 50 mph on the weekend, anglers were not surprisingly thin on the ground, especially on Sunday. Luke Thomas and Ken Pascoe were the only two mad enough to take on the torrential rain and high wind on such a day, with Luke taking one and returning five: three on a bloodworm under an indicator, and three with a white fluff cat and chartreuse an a slow glass line. it was two for Ken, with another two that decided to engage in long distance self release.
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.
I usually write the blog from the shadowy depths of my cottage, but as I’m posting the blog today rather than Monday or Tuesday I am writing it in the lodge and looking out over the lake. The sun has been shining all day, but it’s been very ‘bracing’ to say the least . Fortunately the forecast looks to be improving over the next week.