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 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!  🙂

Cwm Hedd fly fishing 24th January 2016 including forthcoming events

Hi everyone

With another top up of fish on Friday, the stock level is excellent, and  near perfect conditions over the weekend resulted in all anglers catching fish, the majority bringing good numbers to the net after taking their first for the table.  A timely buzzer added to the sport on Sunday, with top anglers Garry Wharton, Callum Russell and Matt Russell catching ten fish each.

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Watch Callum bringing one of his fish to the net

Island point

The booking system for the main island point is working really well. with so many more anglers getting the opportunity to fish this very popular platform. With a rule of one hour or four fish (whichever comes first), there’s been a good turnaround and plenty of fish caught.  Saturday early birds Paul Elsworthy and Alan Powell brought eight and five fish to the bank respectively, Continue reading Cwm Hedd fly fishing 24th January 2016 including forthcoming events

Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing report and news 2nd Feb 2015

Croesheolydd Farm, Bassaleg, Newport, NP10 8RW.  5 mins J 28 M4

Hi everyone – greetings from Bassaleg!

I’m late again, been grappling with blog writing and now need a lie down with a cold flannel over my face.
I’m sure that many of you are already avid users of technology.  As an optimist I am hoping that in a few weeks time I will be more au fait with blogging and will also be confidently tweeting on  the Cwm Hedd Lakes twitter page  using #Cwmheddlakes , where you will  also  find some recent videos that have been uploaded to ‘you tube’

At the moment Continue reading Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing report and news 2nd Feb 2015