You are on page 1of 27

fishing wales

Check out page 29 for Fishtec FREE sunglasses offer.


Game Monsters of river and lake. Coarse Double-gure barbel, carp and pike. Sea Scarlets go hunting bass.

www.shing.visitwales.com

05

08

10

14

18

22

26

29

30

34

36

40

Inspired?

05 Sea-trout heaven Steffan Jones catches leviathans / 08 The essence of shing Cerys Mathews on what shing means to her / 10 Carp with a Welsh avour 10 sheries to try / 12 Pike with a Welsh avour 10 sheries to try / 14 Converted Dave Lewis goes bass shing with the Scarlets / 18 The lady and the river Louis Nobles love affair with the Dee / 21 Where to go grayling shing in Wales / 22 Nine wonders of Wales lakes with migratory sh / 26 Wonderful Wye Martin Bowler shes for barbel / 29 Free sunglasses offer / 30 Double gure delight Hywel Morgan shes Clywedog / 34 Tales of the riverbank river restoration work / 36 Spine-tingling excitement Dave Lewis shes Monknash / 40 Twin Peaks Wynn Davies has a memorable weekend / 43 How to game sh in Wales / 44 How to coarse sh in Wales / 45 How to sea sh in Wales / 46 Tackle shops / 48 Get yourself a brochure / 49 Tourist Information Centres / 50 Fishing byelaws and bass nursery areas in Wales

a fishermans welcome
Visit the wild side of life. Visit Wales.
Wales is a land of lakes, rivers and coastline. In a country that is nearly 7 times smaller than England you have over 22,000 acres of lakes, 2,400 miles of sea-trout rivers and 2,500 miles of wild brown trout rivers together with 750 miles of coastline, the vast majority of which is available to the travelling angler. For the family,. being close to mountains and sea is a huge advantage as the weather no longer dictates enjoyment. From long walks on sandy blue ag beaches to enjoying spectacular walks in the mountains, there is something for all tastes. This brochure was written, designed and produced by shermen for shermen and their families. The following pages show you what Wales can offer, from double gure sea-trout, rainbow trout, carp, pike and barbel to fantastic sea shing. With a population of only three million you will never feel crowded or get stuck in a queue. The only time you will pause is to admire the breathtaking scenery. As the noted Frank Ward once wrote The attractions of Wales seem inexhaustible.

the Wye & Usk Passport The Passport gives you access to some of the nest waters in Wales to sh for salmon, trout, grayling and coarse sh. Fishing on over 130 miles of rivers and streams and over 2,000 acres of still water is only a telephone call or a few clicks of a mouse away.
Call to order a free copy of our brochure or see our website www.wyeuskfoundation.org
The Wye & Usk Foundation Dolgarreg, 29 North Road, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3DD Tel: 01982 551520 Email: admin@wyeuskfoundation.org www.wyeuskfoundation.org

2009

Season

onwa

rds

FREE

Wynn Davies, Editor www.shing.visitwales.com

Over 100 miles e, of salmon, coars wild trout and in grayling shing superb, unspoilt surroundings

Foundation The Wye & Usk


520 Tel: 01982 551 undation.org www.wyeuskfo
Registered Charity No. 1080319

Every effort has been made with the detail of the brochure. However neither the Environment Agency Wales, Visit Wales, Sweet creative or the editor can be held responsible for the actions of any company mentioned or for any difculties you may have during your trip. Fishing is a hazardous sport and you should be mindful of your safety and that of others at all times.

Design: Sweet Produced by: Environment Agency Wales and Visit Wales Copyright: Envrionment Agency Wales and Visit Wales 2009 Front cover image: Crown copyright (2009) Visit Wales

Photography: Steve Thornton, Steffan Jones Gwyneth Llywelyn, Mick Rouse of Angling Times, Mel Russ, Lyn Davies, Wynn Davies, Keith Davies and Crown copyright (2009) Visit Wales

04

www.shing.visitwales.com

Left to right: Netting a trophy sea-trout Rewards of night shing

GAME Fishing Wales

05

A 1 2 3

S
M6

T
27

Formby
M5

3
0 A58

Lerpwl Liverpool
Cemaes 1 Amlwch
B5111

4 5 26 25 24 23 22 7
M62

M58

M 3 57 2

10
A56 21

2 Great Ormes Head Point of Ayr 3 M5


3
A41

4 5

4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
N

Dun Laoghaire & Dublin to Holyhead

Holyhead Bay

A5 02 5

Moelfre

M O C A M B R U N T A I I A N S

Tywyn

A493

Machynlleth

M Y Pl C A N Y yn D lim M on B R D O E D D I A N

Aberystwyth

I II I I

A44

A44

Llanidloes
B4518

A4

A48

Bae Ceredigion Cardigan Bay

A4

Aberdyfi Aberdovey
Borth

Nant-y-moch Talybont Resr.

Llyn Clywedog

B4518

Caersws

87

Y Drenewydd Newtown
I

I
I

Montgomery
A48 9

A489

Sever n Llandinam 0

A49

Biwmares Bay 9 Bae Colwyn Abergele Rhuddlan Y Fflint Cefni Pentraeth 10 14 Beaumaris Conwy Colwyn Bay Gwalehmai Resr. Llanelwy Treffynnon Flint 16 11 5 A55 Llangefni De Penmaenmawr A5 Betws-yn- Llannefydd St. Asaph Holywell e Menai Bridge A556 Llanfairfechan Rhos Bangor 12 A5 A541 Cei Connah A54 Aber 4 Rhosneigr Llanfair Dinbych Connah's Quay Queensferry Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Talhaearn Caer Cilcain Denbigh Bethesda Aberffraw A494 SaltneyChester Port Brynsiencyn 8 A54 Dinorwic Llanrhaedr Yr Wyddgrug Trefriw Llanberis Lake Dyffryn Clwyd Llanrwst Mold Caernarfon A4086 I I Railway 1 Rhuthun Caeathro I Llyn Padarn Capel 0 Llanddwyn Island 5 Swallow B4 Welsh Highland Llanberis Llyn Peris Curig Falls Brenig Ruthin Betws I Railway Snowdon Mynydd Resr. Betws-y34 Garmon Llyn I Mountain Llyn A5 I I I I I Cwellyn Dinas Dinlle 5 Hiraethog Coed Railway Mymbyr B510 5 I Bae Caernarfon Llandwrog yd Snowdon Wrecsam A52 Clw Llyn Pontllyfni Dolwyddelan Nantlle 4 Wrexham Caernarfon Bay 9 Gwynant Penmachno Pentrefoelas Horseshoe A4 04 A5 Cerrigydrudion Pass Clynnog Fawr A51 25 Aberglaslyn Beddgelert Llangollen 5 Pass Ffestiniog I I I Blaenau A5 A52 Railway II Llangol Corwen Whitchurch I II len I I I I ee Ffestiniog Railway Bryncir D Llithfaen Llyn Celyn Llangollen A5 Welsh Highland 2 I Ffestiniog A421 laLlangybi I Railway Glyn Ceiriog I Morfa Nefyn Nefyn nsu Porthmadog I I I I Maentwrog PARC CENEDLAETHOL Y Bala i Chirk Llandrillo I I en 5 Penrhyndeudraeth ERYRI s A4 P A49 in Portmeirion Llyn Cricieth 97 ta Llanarmon D.C. Trawsfynydd Trawsfynydd oun Llyn n Talsarnau M y l Tremadog SNOWDONIA Tegid L Pwllheli yn B43 Bay Harlech 9 NATIONAL PARK Bala Lake Berw Oswestry Llanrhaeadr Llanbedrog 3 Railway ym Mochnant 41 dach B4 B4396 wd Llangynog Abersoch Llanbedr Aberdaron Lake Vyrnwy 93 Dyffryn Ardudwy B43 A496 Dolgellau Sev Llanfyllin Bardsey Talybont Bontddu ern Vy Island Amwythig Abermaw rnw A458 A47 y Shrewsbury Barmouth 3 0 s 9 ri Fairbourne Railway A4 d A5 Dinas I A45 r To M54/M6 e 8 Fairbourne Mawddwy d Ca Lake Llanerfyl Llwyngwril Talyllyn Y Trallwng Tal-y-llyn A4 Llanfair Abergynolwyn 5 8 Welshpool Corris y Cemmaes Caereinion Welshpool and MAES AWYR Llanfair Railway ve I Llanbrynmair Do CANOLBARTH CYMRU I Talyllyn I Railway MID WALES AIRPORT A4 I Berriew 70 Pennal I
M
A40
MAES AWYR MON ANGLESEY AIRPORT

80

B5106

A56

Holy Island Trearddur Bay

Caergybi Holyhead

Alaw Resr. Llannerch-y-medd

Anglesey

Benllech Red Wharf Bay Conwy Deganwy

Llandudno

Rhos on Sea Towyn A55 Pensarn

Y Rhyl
A547

Prestatyn
Mostyn
A51 51

567

LIVERPOOL JOHN LENNON AIRPORT

11 12

10
A5

M56
33

e De y ar 48 tu A5 Es
5 A5

53

87

A4

A4 9
I

Clw

nge Ra ian d yd y Clw 525

0 A47

A54

A48 3

A5

A550

1 A4

A5 43

A4 99

A47

nw

Co

A498

I I

85 A40

II I

A487

al Can
I

41

B4

A499

Ma

94

mery Canal

95

A4

Mon tgo

87

A4

A483

sea-trout heaven
Steffan Jones on Wales prolic sea-trout sheries

96

A4

A4

A4

A4

88

Vale of Rheidol Railway

Rheidol I I I I II
I
I

Llangurig
A4

Ludlow
A4 83

Llanilar Llanrhystud Llanon

Devil's Bridge

Pontrhydygroes
A485

Ela n Elan Valley Resrs.

A 4 11

A44

B4 35

Ceinewydd New Quay

Aberaeron
A48 6

A4

87

Tregaron
82 A4

Claerwen Resr.

Elan Newbridge on Wye


8

Penybont

Presteigne
A44

A49

Rhaeadr Gwy Rhayader

A488

Tref-y-clawdd Knighton
10 A41

A5 3

Llandrindod Wells
A4 81
A483

A40

A4075

A407

A Llangrannog FRO Llanfair-ym-Muallt BEN K A4 Llanbedr Aberporth 18 Llyn 80 SIR AR Builth Wells Gwbert Pont Steffan Brianne Llanwrtyd IR NAL P A43 D A465 Wye 8 R IO Llangammarch A475 O Poppit Sands Wells Lampeter Blaenporth F T Wells AR NA Aberteifi Y Gelli Gandryll Rosslare A L ST St. Dogmael's 48 8 t O 3 Erwood Cardigan 4 n Henffordd Teifi Valley A 2 Hay-on-Wye A H to Fishgu py Maesycrugiau Llanybydder E T CO ard Cenarth Railway Hereford Pumsaint A48 Ep LA E 19 II 4 dd Cilgerran ED HIR Strumble Head Llyswen Nevern y Llandysul N Crugybar S A487 Newcastle yn CE KE Goodwick M Boncath Emlyn 0 O Pencader e Newport Talgarth Eglwyswrw R C BR Llanymddyfri Wy Abergwaun PA EM A40 Aberhonddu Black Llandovery P 5 Llanwrda Fishguard Usk Crymych Mountains M50 to M A4 i Cwm Wysg Brecon l 20 Mathry 0 se Trefin Llangorse Llangorse Ross-on-Wye Resr. St Davids Brechfa W. ddau M ynydd Pre Gwili Llangadog 02 Sennybridge A4215 3 A e Grosmont l 4 Lake Head Croes-goch 40 Railway A40 C B Letterston n I 9 69 Tyddewi 487 Cwmyoy ai 32 nt B4 Brecon St Davids A Solva Wolf's Castle Llys-y-fran ou Caerfyrddin Skenfrith Crickhowell A40 0 Llangynidr M Llandeilo PARC CENEDLAETHOL i 4 B e a c o n s w 21 A 36 Ty Carmarthen Clarbeston Monmouth A41 BANNAU BRYCHEINIOG Trefynwy k Ramsey s Newgale A48 A40 B4300 Clynderwen ac Monmouth Island Nolton Haven Y Fenni ea Bl Brecon BRECON BEACONS Hwlffordd Robeston Whitland nd A40 Mountain Abergavenny Bre A474 A4136 Haverfordwest Wathen Abercraf NATIONAL PARK St. Brides Druidston Railway A465 St. Clears A40 Ebbw Broad Haven Bay Cross Hands A42 Narberth A40 477 Ammanford
0

Te if

83

A4

A47

B456 0

A4

38

A48

65

A484

A4

78

B4310

Cle E. dda u

A4

70

06

A4

A4

A476

A4061

24 25 26 27 28 A 29

Port Eynon

M4

Castell-Nedd Port Llanelli Carmarthen Bay A413 43 PAR Tenby 9 Penclawdd Cymmer Neath C Lydstep B429 A483 07 Manorbier 5 PEM CENE Caldey Island 42 A41 r 7 D Abertawe Maesteg e B 4 2 A4118 BRO LAE Llangennith O w Port R F o 41 T N KES E H G Penmaen Swansea HIR OL ARFORDIR SIR B RK Bishopston Aberavon 40Talbot E C A Scurlage Parkmill OAST NATIONAL P Bae Abertawe 39 Rhossili B 4 2 4 7 38 S Oxwich Mumbles Swansea Bay
061

46 45 44

Treherbert

Porthcawl
Traffyrdd Motorways Ffyrdd Deuol Dual Carriageways Prif Ffyrdd Main Roads Ffyrdd eraill Other Roads
A44

37

Usk A48 Toll 2 S 25A Caerleon Caldicot 1 S 26 25 24 23A 23 70 Caerffili Pontypridd 27 M4 22 21 Caerphilly 28 Casnewydd Toll From 20 29 Newport Redwick London 16 Llantrisant 8 3029A 36 17 A4 S M4 32 St. Brides n y 19 e 35 Pen-y-bont r ar f Wentloog 33 a u 34 St. H Est 18 ar Ogwr Fagans
A4

Ynysybwl

A468

M 48

A404 8

A472

Cwmbran

Chepstow

A48

23

Burry

A4240 47

Blackwood

A4

A484

48 M4

Pontypool
72

Llandegfedd Resr. Cas-gwent

A44 9

Pontarddulais

Kidwelly

A4

Pontardawe
A474

A4

Aberdr 59 Aberdare

49 S

65

Hirwaun

22

76

A4

59

A Laugharne Little Haven Skomer Walwyn's Castle 327 Llanteg Llansteffan B4 Island Marloes A Landshipping Amroth Kilgetty Aberdaugleddau 477 Pendine Ro ss Milford Haven Neyland Burton 7 Saundersfoot l ar 7 e t Dale Doc Penfro Penfro A4 o Dinbych Skokholm Pem Angle Pembroke Pembroke br o ke y Pysgod Bae Caerfyrddin Island St. Florence Dock
A47 8

21

Tredegar

A4

Merthyr Tydfil
A4

Vale Blaenavon
A4046

06

Rheilffyrdd a gorsafoedd Railways and Stations Rheilffyrdd cul Narrow Gauge Railways Ffin genedlaethol National Boundary 0 0 5 5 10 10 15 20 15 25 30 20 35
IIIIIII

Afonydd, llynnoedd a chronfeydd dwr Rivers, Lakes & Reservoirs Ardaloedd o Harddwch Naturiol Eithriadol a Pharciau Cenedlaethol Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks Fforestydd Forest Areas 25 30 Miles 40 Kilometres

Ogmore Cowbridge Southerndown B42


65

Bridgend

A48

Llantwit Major

Y Barri Barry
Rhoose

A4232

Penarth

Caerdydd Cardiff

er Ab vern Se

M5

19

20

Bryste Bristol

3
A4

32

MAES AWYR RHYNGWLADOL CAERDYDD CARDIFF INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Barry Island

Croeso Cymru - Llywodraeth Cynullaid Cymru Map sylfaenol drwy garedigrwydd CollinsBartholomew CollinsBartholomew Cartograffeg gan Cosmographics Visit Wales - Welsh Assembly Government Base map by kind permission of CollinsBartholomew CollinsBartholomew Cartography by Cosmographics

Mr Hafren Bristol Channel

A3

CYAN MAGENTA YELLOW BLACK

A3 9

I I IIII

I I

A5

28

A470

A5

A4

90

A4

90

Leominster
A44
A411

411

With sea-trout averaging 5lbs in May on many rivers and still carrying an average weight of 4lbs by the middle of July, along with sh of over 20lbs recorded, you would be forgiven for thinking that we were talking about some far ung destination where Cerveza and Empanadas would reect the local lingo! Not so! Welcome to one of Wales best kept secrets; the sea-trout. But what makes sea-trout so special? No other species captivates and drives an angler, sometimes to despair, like sea-trout. Sea-trout shing is a lot more than just about the catch it becomes an addiction, sometimes of unhealthy proportions! As the shadows loom and all colour is lost under the night-sky, the period of quiet contemplation and solitude soon transforms to expectation and anticipation as the once devoid pool comes alive with sea-trout marking their presence with an acrobatic display. The sea-trout are primarily targeted in the night, due to their shy and retiring nature in the daytime during summer

Raglan Usk

WYE

VALLEY Tintern

low-ows and clear waters. However, a spate of daytime action can be nothing short of exhilarating, be that with a y, spinner or worm. For the y angler it is the night-time sport on a humid summer evening that holds the true attraction. At rst the mere thought of ailing a length of carbon around in the dark sounds nothing short of idiotic. As the ies nd their way to the trees behind, then the trees in front, demoralisation and a feeling of attempting the insurmountable soon sets in. However, when one pull from a sea-trout is achieved these will soon be forgotten, the addiction will take hold and the drug will drive you for as long as you sh. This really is the zenith of the y anglers quarry in the UK. Why Wales? Very little light pollution, rivers that produce the largest sh and largest catches in the UK, easy to get to, good accessibility on all rivers, relatively cheap, an abundance of wildlife, beautiful and unspoilt countryside and if this wasnt enough; Wales is the country that holds the longest tradition of

shing for sea-trout, especially so at night. So why travel thousands of miles, spending thousands of pounds getting to a destination like Tierra-Del-Fuego, where the wind will drag the hair from your scalp and the countryside is a monotonous plane? What about the usual Where, When and How? The Where and When are correlated, as the when you go where is of particular importance to a diadromous species such as the sea-trout, because they enter different river systems at different times, and different run sizes and sh sizes enter at different stages throughout the year. As a general rule; nothing can beat local knowledge when it comes to dictating an individual rivers run, as this is something that is monitored and cultivated not only yearly but through many generations, which has made timescales largely predictable. As such, the rst step is to decide where you would like to target sea-trout, and then a little further research can pay dividends.

A470

B4548

A486

ye W

A47

B4

520

9 A4

A4

A40

A4

97

A4

87

h ir

A483

II

A4

nC co

A466

A40

8 06

42

l a na

A4048

54 A4O

0 A47

69

42 A40

A4

8 A4

48

A4

9 11

A48

21

A3

06

Main picture: Steffan with a double-gure sea-trout

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

07

Indeed, many of the noted rivers have tributaries that are worthy of a mention in their own right, and many of these tributaries make for excellent starting points for newcomers to the sport, being less intimidating than the main rivers. With your river system now chosen, our Welsh sea-trout journey progresses through to the How. Firstly, acquire local knowledge and whenever possible do try and source a local guide. The benets of a local and well-rehearsed guide has never been as pertinent as when night-time sea-trout shing. Not only will the guide be there to assist you in overcoming well-known obstacles, to which there will usually be well-known remedies, but they will also mature you into the art and get you accustomed to things that go bump in the night. As a general rule, and for the majority of the larger or well known Welsh sea-trout rivers, a rod between 9-11ft rated for a #7-9 is ideal, with a 10ft #8 being a perfect ally no need to splash out on a sea-trout branded rod; any reservoir/lake rod will sufce, and cross over admirably.

I would personally advise a middle or middle-tip action blank as fast rods and tight loops can spell disaster at night both from the shing and the catching perspective. A oating line is paramount, and an essential addition to your armoury. However, chances are you will need to search out those deeper-lying sh at some stage, where even the heaviest of ies on your oating line will not sufce. As a rule I would advise you to carry at least three lines; a oater, intermediate and a medium/fast sinker. These should also be accompanied with a set of salmon/steelhead polyleaders in various densities, to allow you to explore other tangents and depths. The key here is to be prepared; better to have it with you and not use it, rather than be found wanting. The same advice is reiterated when ies are in question too. Bring everything and the kitchen sink! You never know what will charm the bar of silver from the deeps over the seasons I have heard of several sea-trout in excess of 10lbs falling to  ods I usually carry 2 R rods set up with different tactics; one usually holding a oater, the other a sinking line of some description. I currently use the Airo Airlite 10ft for #7/8 rods. Reels Dont skimp on quality quality doesnt always equate to expensive! Make sure the drag is smooth, and that it can hold a decent amount of backing to cover all eventualities.

patterns such as; zulu, sparklers, and even a dry daddy long-legs skated as a surface lure in the dead of night! Most shops now hold an array of sea-trout patterns, many of which target the anglers equally as well as the sea-trout. However, in general these can provide inspiration as well as supplementary stocks to your armoury. There are several books as well as online articles on the FishingWales website regarding tried and tested patterns for sea-trout, which would hold you in good stead when compiling an arsenal. Always carry a life-vest as accidents can happen in the most unsuspecting of locations. Further to that, some safety glasses are a wise investment at around 5 a pair, and a wading staff can be of use when shing unknown waters, as can a rescue whistle and a mobile phone in a waterproof bag. Secondly, always carry more torches than you need, with 2 being a minimum. A good headtorch with changeable settings that include a redlight or red-lter is advisable, as the red light preserves your night vision. Further to that, some heavy nylon we rarely  ylon Terry Eustace pro N gold in 12lbs and 15lbs. Alternatively, maxima ultragreen. Also, a spool of 15-20lbs uorocarbon for surface lure work, and a spool of 8lbs uorocarbon for dusk and daylight shing I have faith in Airo G3.

revert to nylon strengths below 12lbs when night shing, with good reason a priest, disgorger, and some late night sustenance compiles the makings of a sea-trout tackle bag. Carry enough clothing, as temperatures and weather uctuates considerably during the night. It is, of course, advisable to carry a coat even though we all know it never rains in Wales...

Why travel thousands of miles, spending thousands of pounds getting to a destination like Tierra-Del-Fuego, where the wind will drag the hair from your scalp and the countryside is a monotonous plane.

Sea-trout guiding and courses in Wales


Steffan runs Angling-Worldwide, a company that specialises in sea-trout shing packages, courses and guiding in Wales, with a history of doing so stemming back for over a decade. For further information contact: www.anglingworldwide.com Steffan@anglingworldwide.com T: 07879 898344 Angling-Worldwide, Crosslane, Dolgran, Pencader, Carmarthenshire, SA39 9BY

Steffans night-time setup and tackle bag contents:


Snake

Lines I use a lot of the Airo 40+ extreme lines, in densities from oating through to di-5. These are great lines for medium and large river systems. The Sewincaster range of lines are also a rm favourite, and are specically designed for this aspect of the sport. Waders of some description are usually essential, even though wading above your knees is rarely required. I would advise felt and studded (combination) soles.

Zulu

Black and Red Tube Worth a go:

08

Clockwise from top left:

COARSE Fishing Wales

Cerys shing with Glenys Pearl Cerys and Glenys enjoy success Some words of wisdom from Ian Heaps The elusive quarry

 You get that level of the unknown and the thrill of things being out there that you cant see

the essence of fishing


Cerys Mathews on what shing means to her
My affair with shing began in Pembrokeshire around 5 years ago. Just off tour and 37 weeks pregnant, I roamed the pier near my cottage and persuaded the captains into letting me tag along on the tourist boats heading out to the shoals of mackerel just off the cliffs. Rocking on the sea, jigging for mackerel, was the best way to get through those last days. It tickled me to think of my baby and all the water in my tummy, being surrounded by water on the boat. I compare shing to selling on eBay, seeing who will take the bait. You get that level of the unknown and the thrill of things being out there that you cant see. I have since been shark shing about 30 miles from St Anns Head aboard the White Waters II, in an area called Celtic Depths where I hooked a massive blue shark. It took me a good half hour to land, it was eight feet long and weighing in at a 130lbs. Fifteen minutes into the ght and my arms were on re. The shark tried to go under and around the boat. Without taking my eyes off the line, I traversed an awkward, sightless obstacle course around the boat, guided by the captain Andrew Alsop: over and under rods and railings, across the bow and back to the transom all the while arms and back aching but never wanting to let go. Eventually landing the sh, I was awed by its beauty and stroked its skin the rough surface chafed the tips of my ngers. After a couple of photos, we hoisted him back, his sleek form punctured the surface of the water and with a strong kick of his tail, he disappeared. I was elated. Fishing has given me some fantastic memories, including y-shing for trout and grayling, but by far the best memories are the times my children and I have shed together. One such occasion was when I visited Holgan Farm with my daughter Glenys Pearl. It is owned and managed by ex-world match angling champion Ian Heaps and we were privileged to have Ians company and advice for the day. Our day began over a cup of tea in the shery farmhouse kitchen with Ian and his wife Margaret, but in no time at all we moved to the peg Ian had arranged for us on the complexs Tench & Crucian lake. Ian began by giving a brief demonstration on how to sh-the-pole, emphasising the importance of maintaining accurate feeding on a little and often basis. I listened intently to Ians advice, and settled in for a days shing, baiting up with kernels of sweetcorn, gently positioning the oat with the pole while at the same time feeding a few grains with my free hand and yes, catching my rst sh on the pole, a plump and perfectly scaled crucian carp in absolute mint condition. During the following couple of hours I ended up with a respectable net of sh consisting of more crucians, carp, goldsh and roach. At rst Glenys Pearl was distracted from the shing; watching a oat came a clear second best to rides around the lake on Ians golf cart, Margarets seemingly endless supply of chocolate biscuits in the kitchen, Peter the farm peacock and a full size inatable dancing Santa Claus! But eventually the novelty of all these other distractions wore off and she returned to see how I was getting on at the waters edge, just as I was in the process of landing yet another sh; and that was precisely what was needed to focus her young and active mind onto the shing. Now in addition to feeding, shing and catching sh, I found I had the undivided attention of my daughter, who soon proved to be a master at loose feeding. It was a perfect day which will live in our memories forever. To take my children shing and nding peace and solitude away from the hurly burly of my life is wonderful. Days spent shing, talking without distraction and sharing the experience in trying to catch the unknown is wonderful. Time seems to magnify and the minutes multiply. It is, for me, a very special way of being with my children.

Float-fishing the margins for carp


The golden rule is not to have more than two feet of line, maximum, from the end of the rod to the oat. If you nd a tow and it is going from right to left, then sit facing the left-hand side of the peg, so the oat cant move. If you try to sh facing the right, the oat will move and you wont be able to present the totally still bait that is necessary to sh this method.

...landing the sh, I was awed by its beauty and stroked its skin

10

COARSE Fishing Wales

carp with a Welsh flavour10 fisheries to try


Llyn Gweryd Covering 12 acres and a natural spring fed lake, Llyn Gweryd provides excellent carp shing. It is now regarded as one of the leading carp waters in Wales and is regularly reported in the angling press. There are 18 all weather bivvy pegs plus a further 22 pegs and contains good size carp: mirror carp to 27lbs, common carp to 26lbs and ghost carp to 20lbs. A number of the pegs are suitable for disabled anglers. There is also Llyn Louis, a acre lake containing carp to 10lbs; it is ideal for those starting to sh for carp. Contact 01824 780230 Llyn y Gors This venue is rated as one of the top ten sheries in the UK and is growing all the time. After having produced a 35lb 2oz mirror carp two years ago, a 40lb mirror carp should soon follow, whilst a record bag of 204lb is held on the match lake. The Karpium is the brand new lake built at Llyn y Gors and has matured into a fantastic scenic lake. In addition to the Karpium there is another 5 lakes to choose from, which includes a Beginners Lake and the famous Match Lake. Contact 01248 713410 Springwater Lakes has 3 lakes, one of which is well stocked with mirror, common, crucian carp, roach, rudd, bream, perch, tench and golden orfe. An excellent mix of quality coarse sh to provide an interesting days sport. The Specimen Lake is approximately 3 acres with depths 3 12 feet, well stocked with mirror and common carp weighing 10 30lbs plus. This mature lake with its irregular shape and many features, including 2 islands, plus stock of large sh, will have great appeal to the specimen angler. Contact 01558 650788

Llyn Carfan Said to be the rst shery to introduce carp into Pembrokeshire, the original lake is 3 acres. Several varieties are present and include commons, leathers and grass carp, many to over 20lbs. Well off the beaten track, both lakes have well-manicured open banks with easy access. You are able to take your car almost to the waters edge nearly all around the main lake. This is an important consideration for disabled anglers who should nd it a convenient and safe venue. The whole shery is a haven for all sorts of wild life, particularly birds. Contact 01994 240 819

Teglan The top lake is Teglans specimen lake, and covers 1.75 acres. Roach, bream, tench and carp are stocked, with carp being the focus (there are 8 sub-species of carp). There are carp up to 35lbs in the top lake, with good doubles being an everyday occurrence. There are also green and golden tench of up to 4lbs, roach up to 3lbs, rudd to 2lbs, bream to 2.5lbs, and a few golden orfe. The bottom (river-side) lake, which is another 1.75 acres in size, is stocked with carp, bream, tench and roach. The river-side lake has sh up to 4lbs and there are in excess of 12,000 sh there. Contact 01570 471115

Nine Oaks There are 3 carp lakes, one of about 1 acre called Main Lake, a acre House Pool and a small Novices Pool. Whilst we have carp into the mid-20s we dont claim to be a big sh water. What we have is excellent carp shing with the average carp being about 5 6lb and a great variety of carp is stocked. Improve your Coarse Fishing in 2006 placed Nine Oaks in the top six sheries in England and Wales for surface shing for carp. If you like the adrenaline buzz of hard ghting sh where even the smaller sh think they are bigger, then a visit is a must. Contact 01545 580482

Dyffryn Springs The Fishery is situated in the beautiful open countryside of the Vale of Glamorgan in the small village of Dyffryn. There are three coarse lakes. Wallace and Worelton lakes are 1 and 3 acres and stocked heavily with mainly carp and ide. These lakes are aimed at the pole/oat sherman with match shing being offered. The Reservoir is an established coarse lake of about two acres stocked with roach, bream, tench, ide, perch and various carp including some large grass carp in excess of 20lbs. Contact 029 2059 5929

Bron Eifion The 6 acre Coarse Lake has a reputation for being one of the most densely stocked lakes in Wales. Bron Eions lakes are established old Estate and are full of natural feed for the sh. They are surrounded by mature woodland a peaceful and relaxing setting to spend the days shing. They cater for a wide variety of anglers, from the total novice to the experienced matchman and from the specimen hunter to the pleasure angler. Many species including common and mirror carp to 20lbs, f1 hybrid carp (champagne carp), crucian carp, ghost carp, ghost koi carp. Contact 01766 523512

Eisteddfa has a lake with 7 well spaced pegs so booking is advisable and there is lakeside parking for the disabled angler together with a large shing platform. The lake is well stocked with carp from 5lb to 25lb and the average sh is 14lb. The lake record is 25lb. Only experienced shermen are allowed to sh this lake. There is also a Family Lake ideal for children and beginners and a Pleasure Lake which is around 2 acres, with an island, reed and lily beds. There are 28 well spaced out pegs, and the depth of the lake varies from 4.6 to 6 feet. Contact 01766 523425

Celtic Lakes There are 6 well stocked lakes, each landscaped to perfection with stunning native and tropical plants and waterfalls. Each lake is brimming with coarse sh including bream, perch, roach, rudd and tench, as well as carp to 39lb and catsh to 64lb. Celtic Lakes Resort is one of the few shing holiday destinations in Wales to stock catsh so if you can handle a huge cat, Celtic Lakes Resort is where youll nd it. With the introduction of 40lb+ specimen carp

and 60lb+ catsh in October 2007, Celtic Lakes Resort is set to become one of the premier big sh waters and shing holiday destinations in the whole of the UK. Elysium (Lake 6), the specimen lake holds the biggest carp. Originally stocked with over 350 Marc Simmonds mirror carp between 4lb and 10lb and 350 common carp between 2lb and 20lb, the specimen lake has already produced carp to well over the 30lb mark. Contact 07870 162535

12

COARSE Fishing Wales

pike with a Welsh flavour10 fisheries to try


Trawsfynydd Lake Although a 1200 acre reservoir the lake has a lot of its natural characteristics, and is very similar to an Irish lough, with its pins and rocky shallows. There are a eet of 40 boats with outboard motors available. The lake has no prohibited areas although care should be taken as there are outcrops of rocks sub-surface; most of the dangerous rocks are marked by the pins. Pike have started to be caught here by anglers yshing for trout. With very little real effort or specialist techniques used for the pike, sh to 17lb have already been caught. Who knows what may come out soon? Contact 01766 540234 Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake) This lake is the largest freshwater lake in Wales and is approximately 4 miles long and mile wide. Pike arent the only sh you will nd here perch, roach, grayling and the unique gwyniad are in these waters. Boat shing gives a more mobile approach and easy access to most areas. Try shing the south west end of the lake where there are several bays and features. These are ideal pike holding areas with several places where the water depth alters quickly from shallow to deep. Paths or permissive paths give easy access to the lake. Contact 01678 520626 or 01678 520370 Llyn Brenig A 920 acre still water and is a put and take trout reservoir which has established an international reputation for quality y shing, and is now gaining a great reputation for its pike shing. The reservoir opens in November and February for pike shing; it has proved very popular and the size, quality and number being caught more than justies the trip. Contact 01490 420463

Llangorse Lake Probably the premier pike water in Wales which is certain to produce more than one Welsh record sh in future. Its 400 acres range from an average of 5/8ft deep at the ends to over 25ft in the middle section. No bank shing is allowed (conservation area) but a hire boat is nearly always available. Ledgered dead-bait can be used very successfully almost anywhere for pike up to and well over 25lbs. Flies to try at Llangorse are the Yellow Devil or a Gary Glitter even. On days that the lake resembles the North Sea sh can be caught in water 2 to 3 feet deep. Contact 01874 658226

River Wye The River Wye ia a real favourite with pike anglers. The Wye ows steadily from the Welsh Mountains, twisting and turning until it merges with the mouth of the River Severn. It has always been famous for producing mammoth pike and has recorded sh to over 35 pounds. There are many places along the River Wye where anglers stand a good chance of catching numbers of pike. One of the favoured methods is oat ledgering sardines and herrings, this method has accounted for multiple catches of double gure pike. Contact www.wyeuskfoundation.org

River Severn This river is the longest river in the United Kingdom and has fantastic pike shing, all the way from Newtown down to the border. River Severn pike are some of the hardest ghting pike you will ever catch. They are the most stunning looking sh with vivid markings and when the river is clear they are perfectly camouaged. Pike have been caught in the Severn up to 30 pounds in weight. The preferred method on the River Severn is to roam down the river sink and drawing dead baits. Contact 01686 624871

Llyn Maelog is a 65 acre lake on the island of Anglesey and is situated 200 yards from the beach with a caravan park on site. Its a great place for all the family. This lake is 65 acres and is available with day tickets. Llyn Maelog is a shallow, reed-fringed lake and another fantastic dead bait and lure water. In the last year pike have been up to 25lb 2oz so its well worth a visit. Contact 01407 810136

Pontsticill & Dolygaer Reservoirs There are two reservoirs here, Pontsticill is over 300 acres with depths varying to over 100 feet and Dolygaer is about 40 acres with an average depth of 18 feet. The reservoirs are in effect one lake linked together by spillway and an underground aqueduct, which allows the free passage of sh between them. Due to the altitude of the waters winters can be fairly unpredictable and consequently April to October tend to be the most productive times of year. Only articial spinners and sea sh baits are to be used for pike shing. The use of gaff is banned. No pike or coarse sh is to be removed from these waters. Contact www.mtaa.co.uk

Bosherston Lily Ponds Located on the south-eastern side of the Castlemartin Peninsula, Bosherston has become famous for its lily ponds. They were formed by the Stackpole Estate in the 18th-19th centuries and are now protected as a nature reserve. As well as being noted for its otters, waterfowl and water lilies, the Ponds have good stocks of coarse sh, particularly pike and tench, with roach, perch and eels also present. Nearby is the secluded Barafundle Bay with its wide expanse of sand and usually few people. Contact 01646 661359

Caerphilly Castle Lakes Besides its awesome leaning tower of the historic 13th century baronial castle in Caerphilly town centre it is notable for its 25-acre complex of military water defences. Almost totally free of surface weed, the lake is fed by a tributary of the River Rhymney. Most sections of bank are convenient though the large section to

the north and the smaller moat on the east are perhaps the best, being away from the road and nicely grassed. Large pike can turn up just about anywhere and reach 27lbs with plenty over 14lbs, while both silver and bronze bream up to 4lbs can provide very heavy catches. Contact 029 2088 5409

14

Left to right:

Stephen Jones with a bass The Scarlets line up and wait for the bass Mines bigger than yours, Phil John tells Jon Mills

www.shing.visitwales.com

SEA Fishing Wales

15

The bass we were catching were perfectly conditioned and noticeably plump sh, which were absolutely perfect for the table.

converted
Dave Lewis takes the Scarlets shing
Within minutes of starting our drift Stephen Jones, the Wales and Scarlets y half and former British Lion, hooked the rst bass of the day. Stephen had already quietly admitted to me that his previous sea angling experience was limited, but watching the way the one-time Welsh captain deftly handled a shing rod youd never have guessed it, as in quick succession Peter Nicholas, our skipper, was called upon to net rst this sh, which Stephen closely followed with a second and then a third bass. On Stephens face was his characteristic cheeky grin which came to epitomise Wales previous Grand Slam successes. Without a doubt Peter Nicholas is one of the nest charter skippers you will nd shing anywhere in the British Isles, especially so when it comes to catching bass. Like all of the very best skippers, rst and foremost Peter is an angler at heart, and it is certain there are few anglers who can match Peters knowledge and experience when it comes to shing off the productive and spectacularly beautiful Gower Coast and neighbouring Carmarthen Bay. Panther, Peters charter boat, is based at Bury Port, and consequently she is strategically placed to offer anglers the very best spring, summer and autumn shing, notably for the bass and tope for which the area is justiably famous. Thanks to a substantial investment in a new marina development, only recently has it become feasible to run a charter business in the Lougher Estuary, on whose northern coastline Burry Port is located. This is classic bass shing country, and Peters clients can very quickly be shing the many hallowed bass marks located around Worms Head and the Helwick Bank, marks which certainly rank amongst the nest youll nd anywhere in the UK. Burry Port is located a few miles outside of Llanelli, a town with a rich rugby tradition, and on a recent trip with Peter I was privileged to be part of a very special crew, as I would be joining a group of players from the Llanelli Scarlets that included some of the biggest names in the Welsh game today. In addition to Stephen Jones, included in the days squad was Phil John, the current in form Scarlets prop who is also an extremely keen angler, and it was Phil who had invited his fellow team mates along for a days shing. Out on their rst ever bass trips were Reagan King, the Scarlets New Zealand born centre and capped All Black, outside half Clive Stewart-Smith and wing forward Jonathan Mills. We met at eight on a wet and blustery morning, when Peter greeted us with a welcome cup of coffee and the news that not only had the bass shing been superb, but that the weather was forecast to appreciably brighten up by midday. After slipping through Burry Ports new lock gates and negotiating the tricky channel leading out into the estuary, Peter opened the throttles and soon we were skimming past Burry Holme Island, another noted bass hotspot, and heading across Rhossili Bay towards Worms Head. Being the most experienced angler Phil John took charge, which was an easy choice as Phil is a big bloke and no one was going to argue with him! I watched as he helped everyone tackle up while brieng his team mates about the intricacies of presenting a live sandeel on light tackle while drifting for bass.

16

Left to right: Stephen enjoying his shing Sandeels, sliperry characters Regan King, All Black with an all silver The boat is booked!

To book a trip with Peter Nicholas aboard Panther, tel: 07855 342959 or 01554 759034. Check out his website at www.boatshingwales.com During the spring, summer and early autumn months Panther is berthed at Burry Port, moving to Swansea for the winter cod shing. Contact Peter Nicholas for details.

As we rounded The Worm we were greeted with a sight that is sure to inspire sea anglers the world over: birds hundreds of them, hovering and diving over the surface of the sea as sure an indication of feeding sh beneath the surface as youll ever see. With an ear-toear smile Peter eased back the throttle and quietly positioned Panther on a line set to drift right through the feeding melee, and in no time at all we were shing amidst the area of greatest activity. Ten minutes later we nished that rst drift: shless. Visibly puzzled by our total lack of success, once again Peter moved us into position, and if anything by now there were even more screeching gulls and terns marking the hot spot, yet once again we emerged shless from what had appeared to be another perfect drift. The same thing happened on the third drift at the end of which an obviously bafed Peter suggested trying a totally different approach. It was a classic situation of when years of experience on the water can be called upon to turn the fortunes of a days shing around. This time we ran further inshore onto much shallower and rougher ground located right along the very edge of the

reef, and while Peter warned us that some tackle losses would be inevitable while shing over such graunchy ground, he felt condent we would nd some sh feeding amongst the submerged kelp lled gullies; he was right and straight away our squad started catching sh. The bass we were catching were perfectly conditioned and noticeably plump sh, which were absolutely perfect for the table. But Peter is a strict conservationist, and all of the sh we kept were measured and if they were not comfortably over the minimum 37.5cm Welsh size limit they were released. After a couple more drifts off Worms Head the sh went off the feed, but by now Peter had got the measure of the day and had formulated a game plan and team strategy for the second half of the match. He condently predicted that at this stage of the tide there would be bass feeding on one particular section of the Helwick Bank: and once again he was right! Conditions offshore, away from the shelter afforded by Worms Head were livelier, with a hefty ground swell rolling in from the south-west that was actually breaking in explosions of white water

along the shallow edges of the bank a few hundred yards behind us. But what shing we experienced that day out on the Helwick Bank! No sooner had a sandeel been dropped down to the bottom, than a couple of delicate taps on the rod tip generally preceded a bent rod and smiling angler. The shing was truly outstanding and at times Peter was literally running from one end of the boat to the other to net sh. By the end of the afternoon we had accounted for over 60 bass, over half of which were released including many that were comfortably in size. Everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable day, and I couldnt help noting that our crew of highly talented sportsmen were just as competitive while shing on a boat as they are on a rugby eld, but thankfully not quite as aggressive! As we steamed back toward Burry Port I went into the cabin and came across the somewhat surreal spectacle of Stephen Jones and Reagan King fast asleep, a British Lion and an All Black snoozing side-by-side, heads together in perfect harmonyshing has a habit of building bridges!

be Inspired
We hope this magazine will inspire you to come fishing in Wales.
Get a copy of the All Wales Freshwater Angling Guide for just 3 to cover p&p. Youll get details of where to go, what you may catch and maps to plan your trip. Call 08701 211 250 for your copy and create some memorable stories of your own.

If only catching fish was this easy.


www.shing.visitwales.com

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

19

A river of outstanding beauty, its character changes as you move.

the lady and the river


Louis Nobles love affair with the lady and her river

A y sherman of fty years standing, I have been privileged to sh in many places. However, thirty years ago I fell in love with the River Dee and that affair still rages to this day. What brought us together was my pursuit of grayling and surely, there can be no lovelier sh with those elegant lines, silver shot with purple and gold, the huge dorsal n and exquisite pear shaped eyes. What a terric river rising in the mountains above Bala, it runs through Bala Lake (Llyn Tegid), quickly attaining a shable size below the town. This is undoubtedly home to very large grayling. It then meanders through the areas of outstanding beauty and signicant shing of Llandderfel, Corwen, Carrog, Llangollen,Trevor, Erbistock and Bangor on Dee where a never ending variety of shallow, streamy water is to be found. The Dee is noted particularly for the quality of its grayling shing and anglers come from near and far to catch this superb sporting sh. That said, there is
Top left to right: A grayling is drawn to the net Success on the Dee Grayling about to be released Llangollen Steam Railway

no danger of overcrowded banks due to the many miles of quality available water. Whilst there is always the chance of a specimen approaching three pounds, the average size is high and two pounders are commonplace. A river of outstanding beauty, its character changes as you move from the top to the middle reaches near Llangollen. Generally of medium width, it can be shed without difculty and the visiting angler can tackle it with condence; most stretches offer safe wading . A signicant advantage is accessibility places such as Manchester and Liverpool are only a mere ninety minutes away from great shing . However, of paramount importance is the fact that grayling can offer superb sport almost all year round. Come and take a trip with me through a typical year! Lets begin in mid June, as the grayling season re-opens...

The Summer period, if were lucky, will be marked by seasonal weather and normal water conditions. Trout will be very active and its often difcult to stop them taking the y meant for grayling but the variety and uncertainty can be great fun do we really mind? It does help if we can sh the areas that are traditionally more attractive to grayling and this is where a fast, shallow run slows slightly and deepens to approximately two to three feet. Its surprising how often a good pod of grayling are concentrated over a relatively short distance. However, grayling will regularly be found rising quietly on glides, particularly in the tail of a pool. In my experience, this time of the year lends itself to the more delicate methods of dry y, upstream single nymph and classic wet y and the angler procient in all methods can expect excellent sport. Dry y can be productive in several ways, either by shing the runs with patterns to imitate hatching ies, generally Olives, or prospecting with the ever popular Klinkhamer style. What can be particularly testing and productive is the tackling of sippers with very small aphid or Cul-de-Canard emerger patterns, sometimes as small as sizes 20 26. The next method is the single, slightly weighted nymph, shed upstream. The predominantly shallow water lends itself well to the induced take method and a well presented nymph shed with a rise and fall technique can be deadly. Nothing beats a classic Pheasant Tail nymph for this.

The area offers other attractions which include the renovated Llangollen steam railway with its regular rides through stunning scenery and the canal which has horse drawn boat trips these, together with other places of interest makes the Dee valley an ideal centre for shing and family outings.

Left to right: Fly-shing on the Dee A Dee grayling

www.shing.visitwales.com

21

Grayling fishing opportunities in Wales.


There is some excellent grayling shing to be found in Wales, from the Dee in the north to the Taff and Rhymney in the south. Mid Wales has the upper reaches of the Severn together with its many tributaries, the most important of which is the Vyrnwy. 8. Maelor AA has 3 miles of excellent water near Trevor. Membership available. Day tickets only available from Dereks Cycles, Well St, Cefn Mawr. Tel: 01978 821841 9. Prince Albert AS control stretches at Llanderfel, Cynwyd, Newbridge, Erbistock and Bangor on Dee but issue no day tickets. Membership available with 2 year waiting list. See website. 10. Bryn-y-Pys AA have water below Overton Bridge at Erbistock down to Bangor on Dee. Day tickets from Deggys Fishing Tackle, 2 Ruabon Rd, Wrexham. Tel: 01978 351815 11. Bangor on Dee Salmon AA have excellent grayling shing with day tickets available from Middle Shop, Royal Oak or Buck Hotel in the village. The grayling population is increasing considerably in the area. River Alyn 1.Warrington AA issue season tickets for a good stretch below Rossett to the Dee. Refer to website (Fishing on Severn also available.) 2. Rossett & Gresford Flyshers Club have increasing grayling stocks above Rossett. Membership only. Refer to website. 4. near Welshpool: tickets & information from Sport Hafren. Tel: 01938 552202 5. Llysun Farm, Llanerfyl, 1 mile both banks. Tel: Mr.Tudor 01938 820347 River Clywedog Llanidloes, Llanidloes & District AA offer day tickets, available from Travellers Rest Restaurant. Tel: 01686 412329 River Vyrnwy 1. Prince Albert AS control several stretches membership only 2. Crewe Pioneer Anglers have mile near Welshpool. Tel: 01270 255999 for details & permits. 3. www.vyrnwyaccomodation.co.uk has details of six stretches near Llanwyddyn, Oswestry. 4. Glyndwr Fishery, Dolanog 2.5 miles of excellent shing but only limited season tickets available. Tel: 01363 774926 for details. 5. Llanymynech, Montgomery AA issue day tickets. Tel: 01686 629615 6. Bryn Vyrnwy Caravan Park, LLansantffraid issue day tickets. Tel: 01691 828252 River Tanat 1. Green Inn, Llangedwyn has mile shing. Day ticket.Tel: 01691 828234 2. Horseshoe Inn, Llanyblodwel, 1 mile approx. Day ticket. Tel: 01691 828969 River Cain Green Hall, Llanfyllin, small but good. Tel: Mrs.Lewis 01691 648364 River Camlad Montgomery AA issue day tickets. Tel: 01686 629615 River Rhiw Near Berriew, Montgomery AA issue day tickets. Tel: 01686 629615 River Ceiriog Ceiriog Flyshers at Chirk have increasing numbers in lower stretches. Membership only. Tel: 01691 773632 River Wye & tributaries This catchment offers a rich and diverse opportunity for grayling shing, from the upper & lower Wye to its notable tributaries , the Monnow (and Honndu, Dore), Ithon and Irfon. 1. The Wye and Usk Foundation Passport scheme offers a superb range of day ticket shing on the above and can be contacted on 01982 551520 or www.wyeuskfoundation.org There is little signicant water not available through the Foundation. 2. Hay-on-Wye, free shing on town water downstream of the bridge to the Pump Station. 3. Glaslyn Estate near Rhayader, superb shing for holiday guests but no day tickets. Tel: 01597 810258 for booking details. River Irfon..in addition to Foundation 1. Builth Wells, Groe Park and Irfon AC have 3 miles. Tel: 01982 552759 for tickets and information. 2. Hendre Farm, Builth Wells has 3 miles. Tel: 01982 551070 for tickets and information.

Worth a go: Klinkhamer

Dark Olive

 The true grayling fanatic can also take advantage of a rare phenomenon Bala Lake which has a healthy grayling population that can be taken on y.
Shellback Shrimp

In the mid to south area we have the Wye and tributaries and nally, in the south we have the Taff and Rhymney. Access is variable with plenty of day ticket water but for others it is necessary to join the local clubs and associations. Here is some information which will enable you to sh for our wonderful Welsh grayling, broken down by catchment areas.

South Wales
River Taff Has a growing reputation for excellent grayling shing and several clubs control water for which day tickets are available : 1. Bedlinog & District AC. Tel: 029 2088 5409 2. Birchgrove (Cardiff) AS. Tel: 029 2046 0697 or 029 2061 9828 3. Bute AA, Tel: 029 2046 0697 or 029 2061 9828 4. Cynon Taff AC, limited day tickets. Apply by email to sewiny@hotmail.com 5. Glyncornel AA. Tel: 01443 432289 6. Osprey AA. Tel: 01685 877122 7. Glamorgan AC. Tel: 029 2046 0697 or 029 2061 9828 River Rhymney 1. Llanbradach AC, tickets from Terrys Tackle. Tel: 029 2088 5409 2. Caerphilly AS, tickets from Terrys Tackle. Tel: 029 2088 5409 3. Royal Oak AC, Ystrad Mynach, tickets from Terrys Tackle. Tel: 029 2088 5409 River Ogmore 1. Ogmore AA, Bridgend. Tel: 01656 721591 River Ewenny (tributary of Ogmore) 1. Ogmore AA. Tel: 01656 721591 2. Pencoed & District AC. Tel: 01656 660683 3. Glamorgan Anglers. Tel: 01446 711216

North Wales
River Dee 1. Bala & District AA has excellent day ticket shing from Bala Lake downstream to Llandderfel. Grayling can also be caught in the lake itself. Membership available from Trevor Edwards, Secretary please refer to website. Day tickets available from: Derwen Stores, High St, Bala. Tel: 01678 521084 Post Ofce, High St, Bala. Tel: 01678 520317 Tourist Information Centre, Bala. Tel: 01678 521021 2. Ty Isaf Farm, Bala has water between Llanfor & Llandderfel. Tel: Mr.Evans 01678 520574 3. Corwen & District AC no day tickets but membership available. Rivers Alwen & Ceirw included. Refer to website 4. Capenhurst AC has water below Carrog but membership only. Call Mr.A.T.Howden, Secretary. Tel: 01244 880621 5. Midland Fly Fishers Ltd has 4 miles of excellent water from Glyndyfrdwy downstream. Membership not available but day tickets from Watkins & Williams, Ironmongers, 4 Berwyn St, Llangollen. Tel: 01978 860652. Open 7 days. 6. Wirral Game Angling Club have beats at Carrog and Chirk. Membership only. Refer to website. 7. Llangollen AA has several miles of shing in the area. Membership available. Day tickets from Watkins & Williams, Ironmongers, 4.Berwyn St, Llangollen. Tel: 01978 860652. Open 7 days.

Our nal method is a team of delicate wet ies, highly effective when shed across and down but the secret is to sh them in such a way that maximum dead drift is achieved. Typical Northern spiders work extremely well and this method is especially useful when hatching ies are sparse. Strongly recommended are Partridge & Orange and Waterhen Bloa, in sizes 14 and 16. Autumn brings what I consider to be the nest shing period of the year, and from early October to late December we can indulge ourselves in a variety of methods. Given the right conditions, superb sport can be experienced by the use of dry and wet ies, the increasingly popular method of duo shing with a nymph under a dry, Czech nymphing and long trotting with natural baits. A problem factor these days is the uctuation of river levels which has a major bearing on the method we choose. Long periods of heavy rain result in high water so we must be able to combat this. A good feature of the Dee is that it soon runs clear after heavy rain and thankfully grayling dont mind how high it is. At lower levels, dry and wet y are still effective but a change of tack is needed for high water and this is where both Czech nymphing and long trotting score. The use of up to three heavy bugs can be devastatingly effective and even in the

coldest water will yield grayling from right under the rod tip. It certainly is a method worth learning and will keep the y rod working all winter. This also works very well of course at normal heights. The traditional method of long trotting is popular and will appeal to the visiting angler who is more experienced at coarse shing. Quite simply, it is oat shing at fairly long range and will outscore all other methods when conditions are particularly difcult. Dedicated trotters use centre pin reels and specialist rods but a good xed spool reel and match rod will t the bill. Traditionally, a worm of approximately 1.5 inches is best but grayling love maggots however, it is most important that byelaws are checked because maggots are not allowed on many stretches of the Dee. Some anglers have excellent sport using sweetcorn. Winter is the nal season of our year from late December until mid March, we can go out with optimism. Czech nymphing and trotting will be the chief methods but if the weather is kind in early March, we can once again use wet ies and even dry should there be hatches of Large Dark Olives. There is a contingency plan available in the event of extremely high water and that is to sh just below Bala Lake

(Llyn Tegid). At the northern end by the outow, there is a long canalised stretch which runs to the regulating sluices and many grayling occupy it with some really large specimens. A favourite local method in cold weather is to use large lures on a fast sinking line but the owing water means that trotting can also be viable. The true grayling fanatic can also take advantage of a rare phenomenon Bala Lake which has a healthy grayling population that can be taken on y. From January to March on a calm sunny day, following frost, a good method is the use of normal trout wet ies, size 12 and 14 shed on an intermediate line. I have even witnessed several being caught in October on a team of classic spider patterns at Llangower, on the south/east side where Nant Rhyd-wen runs in. And so our grayling year ends, but you can see what opportunities exist for catching this wonderful sh in a beautiful river for me, it doesnt get any better than this.

Mid Wales
River Severn 1. Llanidloes day tickets from Travellers Rest Restaurant, Llanidloes. Tel: 01686 412329 2. Caersws AA control several miles around Caersws and Llandinam. Day tickets available from the Spar store in Caersws and Maes Mawr Hotel. Tel: 01686 688255 3. Newtown there is a very good free stretch below the new bridge. Water in and above the town is controlled by Severnside & Newtown AC and day tickets are available from Newtown Angling, Short Bridge St. Tel: 01686 624044 4. Welshpool, mile of water. Tickets from Sport Hafren, Welshpool. Tel: 01938 552202 5. Prince Albert AS control several stretches membership only. River Banwy 1. Prince Albert AS control 3 stretches membership only. 2. Cann Ofce Hotel, near Llangadfan. Day tickets from hotel. Tel: 01938 820202 3. Llanfair Caereinion, Day tickets available from Elan Valley Visitor Centre. Tel: 01686 629615

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

23

nine wonders of Wales


Nine wild sheries where you never know what you might catch

Llyn Coron is an 80 acre lake well known for its wild brown trout shing and the runs of sea-trout coming in from the River Ffraw. The lake holds good stocks of perch so watch out for sh feeding on fry later in the year. The lake lies at the heart of Anglesey which abounds with areas where interesting birds, plants and other wildlife can be seen and enjoyed. Being an island it has over 100 miles of coastline with varied habitats, such as sea cliffs, dunes and beaches, salt marshes and mud ats. Contact: 01407 810801 Llyn Padarn is a two mile long lake lying at the entrance of the famous Llanberis Pass, on the northern ank of Snowdon, and guarded on one side by Dolbadarn Castle. Here, Llywelyn Prince of Gwynedd imprisoned his brother Owain Goch between 1255 and 1277. Wonder at the vast empty galleried workings of the disused Dinorwic Slate Quarry, once the largest in the world, where over 3,000 quarrymen were employed. The lake boasts excellent wild brown trout shing from the seasons opening on 20 March. During the summer months, outstanding sport can be had with arctic char, both outstanding in appearance and taste. Salmon and sea-trout can also be caught. Boats are available for hire. Contact: www.hgt.gwynedd.gov.uk/SG

2 1 4 3 6 8 7 9 5

Nine wonders of Wales 1. Llyn Coron 2. Llyn Padarn 3. Llyn Cwellyn 4. Llyn Nantlle 5. Llyn Gwynant 6. Llyn Dinas 7. Llyn Cwm Bychan 8. Llyn Tegid 9. Talyllyn

Llyn Cwellyn is a relatively large lake of around 220 acres and is designated a Special Area of Conservation. Because of its depth the lake supports one of the few populations of arctic char together with a very healthy wild brown trout population; it also has a run of salmon and sea-trout. A little know fact is that Environment Agency electroshing data indicates the presence of a healthy juvenile salmon population in the River Gwyrfai, downstream of Llyn Cwellyn, and research shows that the river contains a largely unexploited salmon population with a characteristically late run. The ora of Cwellyn both submerged and oating is one of the reasons for the conservation area and although the water has acidied, quality remains high and the water is clear. Contact: www.hgt.gwynedd.gov.uk/SG Llyn Nantlle lies at the head of the River Llyfni and extends to around 50 acres and it truly is situated between a rock and a hard place; at the eastern end of the lake you have one of the most spectacular views from a boat anywhere. Llyn Nantlle is a shallow fertile lake, with an average depth of around ten feet and the maximum depth of just over 20 feet occurs in only a very small area near the outfall of the river. Now this small area should not be overlooked as it holds migratory sh; it is this area they rst lie after running the river. The rod catch for the Llyfni in 2005 was 2 salmon and 221 sea-trout, whilst the ten-year average is 19 salmon and 411 sea-trout, together with wild brown trout a very interesting shery. Contact: www.hgt.gwynedd.gov.uk/SG

Llyn Gwynant lies on the River Glaslyn, in the Nant Gwynant valley, and is about 2 km north east of Llyn Dinas; Snowdon lies 3 km to the north west. The lake is natural, having been formed by glacial action and is 113 acres in size. The lake holds salmon, sea-trout and wild brown trout with easy access from the A498 road which runs along its south bank. It was used as a lming location in the 2003 lm Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. It is arguably the most beautiful lake in Wales. Contact: www.penrhyndeudraeth.cymru.org Llyn Dinas also lies on the River Glaslyn a few miles north of Beddgelert at an altitude of about 55 metres above sea level. It has an area of 60 acres and is fairly shallow, with the maximum depth only 10 metres. The lake offers good shing for salmon and sea-trout and wild brown trout. It takes its name from the nearby Dinas Emrys, a rocky and wooded hill just downstream of the lake where the remains of both medieval and older fortications have been found. A rock near the lake named Carreg yr Eryr (the stone of the eagle) was said in a charter of 1198 to mark the spot where the boundaries of the three cantrefs of Aberconwy, Ardudwy and Arfon met. According to Giraldus Cambrensis an eagle used to perch on it once a week, anticipating battle between the men of the three cantrefs. Contact: www.penrhyndeudraeth.cymru.org

24

nine wonders of Wales

Llyn Cwm Bychan is a lowland lake, approximately of a mile long and of a mile wide and lies at the foot of the Rhiniog mountains. The lake nestles below Rhiniog Fawr and the Roman Steps which cuts through the mountain range. The lake lies at the head of the River Artro; as well as wild brownies from mid-May onwards the lake holds salmon and sea-trout. As the River Artro is only 7 miles long, sh do not take long to reach the lake from the sea. The lake also holds, if you believe local legend, a sh known locally as a red bellied char which is entirely feasible as the lake was formed some 1.6 million years ago by the last glaciers and is very deep in parts. Numerous lakes in this area do indeed hold char but modern evidence of the existence of these sh in this lake however is hard to nd. A public road runs to and alongside this beautiful lake, and although narrow it is in good condition and access is easy. The road ends at the car park and campsite located at the eastern end of the lake, where everybody must park, as to park in the passing places would cause enormous inconvenience. Contact: Honesty box by the entrance to the car park.

Llyn Tegid at 1,084 acres is Wales largest natural lake; it is of glacial origin and used to extend to some 8 miles long. The lake is steeped in legend. Llyn Tegid means Lake of Serenity and it is easy to see why after spending a day shing there. The lake has been a shery of importance from early times. It is said that on moonlit nights you can see towers and buildings under the waters, and that bells can be heard. These buildings, according to legend, were the palace of King Tegid, husband of Ceridwen, the mother of Taliesin. Llyn Tegid is also home to the rare and protected whitesh called the Gwyniad which roams the deeps. Here, as well as a good head of coarse sh, there is salmon, sea-trout, wild brown trout and grayling. Contact: www.balaangling.co.uk

Talyllyn is a natural 220-acre, shallow brown trout lake nestling in the southwest corner of the Snowdonia National Park and below the peak of Cader Idris. It forms the headwater of the river Dysynni that ows westwards for 10 miles before entering Cardigan Bay just north of Tywyn. Talyllyn provides shing for a good head of wild brown. Fly-shing only is allowed and there is no anchoring of boats. The lake sees runs of sea-trout and salmon as the season progresses. There are 14 boats with outboard engines plus 2 Wheelyboats for hire. Bank shing is on the south shore only. Float tubes can be launched from the car park. Adjacent to the lake is the renowned Tynycornel Hotel providing accommodation, meals and bar facilities to anglers. There is a small tackle shop, freezer facilities, drying and rod room. Contact: www.tynycornel.co.uk

show & tell


Show and tell us what you caught while shing in Wales and well award a 100 Fishtec voucher to what we rate as the best catch every month. Find the shery which you caught at, go to the recent catches page, hit upload your catch and away you go.

WIN

Visit the Fishing Wales website and enter your winning picture. Its simple... Just upload your picture Tell us about it Enter the code And hope your catch is the best for the month

 Visit the new Fishing Wales website at www.shing.visitwales.com for Tackle and Tactics, Reports and Recent Catches for all the above lakes.

If only catching fish was this easy


www.shing.visitwales.com

26

Top left to right:

Frank relaxes before the battle Martin with his 11lb 2oz River Wye barbel Frank prepares the bait

www.shing.visitwales.com

COARSE Fishing Wales

27

wonderful wye

Martin Bowler introduces a friend to the charms of the Wye barbel

 High up the to-do list on any angling CV must be to wield a rod on the magnicent River Wye

The world of angling is certainly a big one with a never-ending stream of adventures to live out. From casting a y to a wild brown trout or lowering a oat into a cauldron of zzing bubbles for a tench, its impossible for an angler to ever stop dreaming of the next sh stripping line from his or her reel. High up the to-do list on any angling CV must be to wield a rod on the magnicent River Wye. As a professional angler I walk many banks but few are as splendid as this venue so I can understand the draw and if this challenge has passed you by, all I can say is make sure it doesnt for another year. Not convinced? Well read this story and then tell me how you can afford to miss out. Frank Warwicks pedigree in the carp angling world is second to none and he certainly doesnt need me to ratify this fact. Like all the best carpers I have ever met his rst love though is for angling and then secondly his chosen species the carp. By respecting every sh large or small his passion for our sport runs deep and in turn it pays him back handsomely with more monsters than most of us have had hot dinners! I therefore wasnt too surprised when he asked me if I could help him with a long held ambition to catch a barbel. Despite his illustrious career one had still to grace his net and he wanted to put that right.

Of course I was only too pleased to be of assistance as time spent with Frank is always enjoyable and perhaps he would become a convert to the ner things in life! But where would we go? The River Wye and its surrounding valley always does its utmost to captivate an angler. The sheer beauty is unsurpassed in Great Britain and to lavish praise on this world is never difcult. Standing on its banks I have yet to see a season where a desire to sh isnt overwhelming. Stunning scenery delightfully laced with the awesome, untempered power of the river if anywhere was appropriate to catch your rst barbel this was the place. Unlike their central England cousins Wye barbel are long, lean, ghting machines which never exhibit a beer gut fuelled by a pellet overload. They look like barbel should. A specimen on a national scale is never going to be on the cards but on the ip side nor will you nd them hounded to a point of paranoia, wedged up under snags and only venturing out during darkness. With this and so much more on offer I made a phone call to my friends at the Wye and Usk Foundation. A rendezvous with Frank spelled the beginning of our adventure together and soon we were walking the rivers banks. Untamed by man she weaved her way

down the valley and as we followed this course I showed Frank what to look for. Barbel, like all sh, enjoy change, be it a bend, a pool or a snag and if you can nd a combination of these scenarios then its highly probable that your target will be found at home. Within 15 minutes three candidates were located and it was decided each one needed lacing with free food to help conrm this. For me a bait dropper isnt the best way forward to make such introductions on a river like the Wye. Firstly casting the contraption any distance, which can be required in big rivers, is a little haphazard and then we come to the snags! The bottom is littered with dropper munching boulders and the loss of two or three in a day can end up costly. To my mind the way forward is groundbait or to be more exact XL trout pellet powder laced with pellets. This concoction can then be formed into orange sized balls and introduced with the minimum of fuss and after receiving a dosage of 8 in total its easy to determine if the barbel are in residence. A series of line bites occur as the sh demolish the free feed, alerting you to the inevitable take to come. Following my own advice each spot was fed and our attention moved onto tackle.

28

Top Left: First ever barbel for Frank

FREE
While most of the Foundations work concentrates on the physical improvement of Wye and Usk tributaries, an important part of their effort has been to make available the shing on both rivers, opening up shing that was not previously accessible to visiting anglers. Its success has enabled us to add salmon, trout, grayling and coarse shing on the main river Wye and tributaries, along with the salmon and trout shing in the Usk catchment. The scheme continues to expand with new waters added each year, including some of the areas top still water shing. The Wye & Usk Foundation Dolgarreg, 29 North Road, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3DD T: 01982 551520 E: admin@wyeuskfoundation.org www.wyeuskfoundation.org

See the fish!


Get your free pair of polarized sunglasses to help spot those sh. Just ll in the form below and send off your payment to cover postage and packing.

 A copper ank made up of a thousand glistening scales stared back at me and I knew I had tempted a very big Wye barbel
The Wye, as I explained, is a brutal river at times that doesnt suffer fools gladly. You can forget the advice offered on our more sedate rivers requiring nesse and camouage. To use such tactics on this venue will only see you eaten alive. I think at this stage Frank was a little shocked with the watch leads and 15lb mainline. The number one mistake though for a visiting angler is not bringing heavy enough weights and then they are simply washed away into snags. Placed, on the end of this ironmongery came the bait a single 14mm Dynamite hair riggable pellet which removes the necessity for ddly drilling. All that was left to do was nick on a PVA mesh bag of free offerings and let Frank make his rst cast. Crunching across the lunar landscape made up of tonnes of smooth pebbles dumped on the inside of the bend during last winters oods, a point at the head of a pool was reached. Here the bottom fell away and in its depths we hoped a barbel would be found. By casting across to the crease, the line was swept down into this zone depositing its cargo over the gravelly run below. It was now vital to allow out a large bow of line to compensate for the rivers force, despite using a 5oz lead. Hoisted into the air the tip nodded its approval about being called into action. I explained to Frank that what would follow if we were lucky would leave him in no doubt that a barbel had grabbed hold of the pellet so he needed to be prepared for what lay ahead. Minutes passed and the initial surge of suspense began to wane until suddenly the rod butt became airborne and we were back on red alert. Before I could open my mouth Frank was embroiled in a battle with a steam train. It was a time when no quarter was given between each opponent both desperate to keep hold of the rod. Years of similar affairs with carp gave Frank the edge and frantically the barbel made its nal move, fortunately to no avail. With an outstretched net the mesh swallowed up its nal lunge and Frank had become a barbel angler at last! I only hoped that it had lived up to expectations. Its size was not an issue, just pure exuberating that a rst had been achieved With Frank now in situ and catching, I couldnt help myself from casting a line, such is the draw of this marvellous river. Wye barbel like to let you know of their

FISHTEC SUNGLASSES OFFER


presence quickly and as the rod took on a life of its own, leaving the rod rests, I began my own game of tug of war. Unfortunately the barbel began to win and despite clamping down close as I dared to breaking the line, it piled into the water. Panicking I jumped into the margin and rushed downstream. My only option to avoid the line breaking was to follow it and continue the battle by drawing it away from the snags. The plan worked and I at least got on a level footing in the contest. Could it really be a barbel with such power or was it a rogue carp? Each time I pumped the rod skywards I hoped the answer would come and at last it did. A copper ank made up of a thousand glistening scales stared back at me and I knew I had tempted a very big Wye barbel indeed. The nal skirmish held no surprises as its energy had been spent and I too had a barbel in the net. At 11lbs 2ozs it was a new river best for me and combined with Franks rst ever barbel the day had well and truly come up trumps. So if the battery of bite alarms are no longer oating your boat dont despair: the Wye can save you. Full name Address Postcode Daytime telephone PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU MAY ONLY ORDER ONE EXTRA PAIR OF GLASSES FOR 10.00 Product Code Qty RRP Price TOTAL Polarised Metals F-A0059-G 24.99 FREE Extra Pair F-A0059-G 24.99 10.00 Glasses Case F-E0032 6.99 4.99 Optional Parcel Insurance 1.25 Postage & Packing 4.99 FINAL TOTAL DELIVERY CHARGES - 4.99 UK Mainland only. Highlands and Islands 5.95 1. I enclose a cheque/P.O. for ................................... made payable to BVG-Airo Group Ltd. 2. Please debit ................................................... from my Access/Visa/Mastercard/Switch card. Card No Three digit security code Issue No (Switch only) Expiry date:

Signed Send the completed form to: Fishtec Sunglasses Offer, FISHTEC (FREEPOST), Units 5 & 6, Industrial Estate, Brecon, Powys, LD3 8LA, UK or www.shtec.co.uk Please tick here if you do not want to receive further carefully screened offers (CODE 15160)

ORDER HOTLINE 0871 911 7002

30

Left to right:

Hywels magnicent brace of rainbows Llyn Clywedog

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

31

double figure delight


Hywel Morgan goes in search of Clywedogs legendary trout

This hidden gem of a lake is nestled high in the mountains above the town of Llanidloes and offers the angler great sport in a beautiful part of Mid Wales. The shing is controlled and run by a local club and all their hard work over the years has proved very successful. This lake offers the angler fantastic sport with the chance of catching a sh of a lifetime. On a visit a year or so ago I was challenged to go and catch a big sh (double gure) for the cameras and I can tell you this is no mean feat as many anglers have shed for decades and so have I without catching a specimen sh at all. To hedge my bets I called on a friend and fellow Welsh International angler Peter Thurnall as I thought two heads are better than one. Hywel Morgan started at local country fairs, progressing to the CLA Game Fair where for three successive years he won every event. Having won more than a 100 individual titles, Hywel decided to return to shing. He has represented Wales on twelve occasions (and has been captain for his country three times). Individually he has been one of the most successful competitors from all the home countries, gaining results in silver, 4th, 7th and 10th places. Before I go into the tips I have to say that both Peter and my self were a bit nervous but not as nervous as Lyn the photographer, as all of us were dreading ending the day with a basket of small sh. The day that we shed was overcast with a corduroy ripple and offered us the best shing conditions, but as we set out towards the cages where most of the big sh have been caught, little did we know that all our dreams would come true on the rst drift. Both of us had set up with fast sinkers, Peter on a Di8 and myself on a Di7. Peter was using a two inch sparkler and I had on a blob about 3ft from the

line and a minky booby some 4ft away from that. We shed over the front loch style as this is the way both of us feel more comfortable in doing. Peter was casting over the bow as he was using the heavier equipment. I set the boat some 20 yards up from the cages and we drifted slowly past. As we came halfway along I felt some interest in the booby and before I could say anything all hell broke loose with this sh ghting like a submarine. The rod was doubled over most of the time and I saw my backing shoot up the rings on several occasions. All our hearts were in our mouths and my heart was going ten to the dozen as we all knew this is what we were after. Some 10 or so minutes later into the net came this n perfect 10lb rainbow. Well, job done I thought it cant get better than this, but some 40 minutes later having taken enough pictures to ll a gallery my line shot away again with the tell-tale heavy and powerful surge. The ght was long and hard with a lot of comments coming from the other end of the boat (something about being jammy) but some 12 minutes later in came another big sh: 8lb. This is more than we could have wished for, a brace for 18lb and all my luck used up for a few years methinks!

Worth a go:

Pearly thorax Pheasant tail

Cruncher

Sparkler

Some 10 or so minutes later into the net came this n-perfect 10lb rainbow

Hywels top 10 tips for catching big fish

32

Left to right: Loch style on Clywedog Stunning surrounding scenery A coulam 16 Wheelyboat Hywel with his n perfect 10lb rainbow

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

33

here are my top 10 tips for catching big fish

No.1 Tackle choice (Big guns) When shing for the big sh make sure that your rod is up to it, as not only will you need the extra power to ght the bigger sh but also you will need a rod that will cast the bigger ies that you need to imitate the bait sh that these predator sh are feeding on. If you are going to boat sh then a 10ft 8/9 wt would be ideal but if you are going to bank sh then a shorter rod would be better 9ft 8/9. When using these rods and lines remember that you should also use stronger uoro. On this day I was using 12.5 and found that I had no problem ghting and landing both sh. No.2 Tackle choice If the sh are feeding on pin fry then you do not have to up your tackle as a normal boat rod will do 10ft 7wt. This will cast the imitations easily and allow you to sh comfortably all day. The best pattern I have found is a pearly thorax pheasant tail or a cruncher with a bit of sparkle behind the hackle. Again due to the y size you do not need to change breaking strain of your leader. No.3 Where to fish I personally prefer boat shing as this allows you access to all the lake and a change of location can be done easily. When drifting keep your eyes open for birds working the water as this could be the location of large shoals of fry. Where there are fry there are big sh. When you have located them then sh with the ies that are the same size as the fry. The larger sh will rstly crash into the shoals and then come back and mop up the injured and stunned sh. Cast into the middle of the shoal and leave the y, then just twitch it back to try and imitate an injured sh.

No.4 Bank Fishing Stealth is the important factor here. If the sh are crashing into the fry in shallow water make sure that you are not visible. Use bank side vegetation to camouage yourself and if you are boat shing do not go too close to the bank as this will spook the big sh. Remember they are big because they are wiser than the other sh and if anything looks out of the ordinary then you can say goodbye to your chance of bagging a sh of a lifetime. No.5 Bright sunny days On some days you will not see the action on the surface so you have to go down in the water to nd those big sh. This is what we did at Clywedog and boy did it work. This is why I carry so many lines as it enables me to nd the sh depth easily and once you have found it then make sure you keep your ies at that level for as long as possible. I started with the Di7 using a count down method. After the rst cast I counted to 10 seconds before starting the retrieve and every cast following it I added another 5 seconds before starting the retrieve. The takes started to come after a 35 second count which meant that the sh were just below 20ft. If the takes had come after 15 seconds then I would have changed to a slower sinking line so that the ies would have remained at the sh taking depth for longer. No.6 Retrieve There is a lot of talk as to which retrieve is best for fry feeders and I think it is trial and error on the day as what would be deadly one day will not work the next. Some will say that long and steady pulls are the best while others will say short pulls followed by a slight pause is deadly. On the day we shed it was a slow gure of 8 with some long pulls put in once in a while. No.7 Hooks When you are targeting those big sh make sure that the hooks are up to the job. Always use strong hooks and make sure that they are sharp as you need to set the hook well to keep hold of those big sh. I always carry a hook sharpener just in case the hook becomes blunt.

No.8 Boat set up Being a competitive angler, to me there is only one way to sh and that is loch style. I enjoy this way of shing as it gives both anglers an equal opportunity and it enables you to sh your ies slower. Make sure that there are no snags hiding anywhere in the boat as if you do hook one of these sh then the last thing you want is for your line to get tangled in something. When I caught the second sh I did have a little tangle in my sinking line but fortunately as the sh ran away it pulled the tangle out much to my relief. No.9 Northampton style This is where the point of the boat is pointed down wind and the anglers sh in opposite directions. This is a fantastic way of covering vast amounts of water and locating sh. Firstly you cast out square to the boat and as it drifts away you feed the line out to allow it to sink. Once the required depth is achieved through the count down method (I even know some anglers that use stop watches) then the line is retrieved in long steady pulls. This is a very relaxing way of shing as you do not cast very often and when using very large ies it is also far safer as both anglers are casting outside the boat. No.10 Persistence It feels a bit strange writing this section having just spent some 4 hours shing and producing a magnicent brace such as this but that to me was a day in a lifetime. Targeting the bigger sh can test the patience of the most dedicated angler but if your want to catch a sh of a lifetime then you must put the hours in and stick to your guns. This will mean hours and hours, even days of total boredom but when you get it right the rewards far outweigh the effort you have put in and as you can see from the smile on my face, its time well spent.

For shing and casting tuition contact Hywel on:T: 01974 831541 M: 07812 197891 info@hywelmorgan.co.uk www.hywelmorgan.co.uk

Llyn Clywedog is the rst shery in Wales to acquire the brand new, award winning Coulam 16 Wheelyboat, a purpose-built shing boat modied to provide roll-on roll-off access for wheelchair users. Disabled anglers now have the use of a boat that not only offers them independent access to the water but also looks and performs like a normal boat. The boats ingenious modications are very discreet which means it is a genuinely dual-purpose craft and can be used by anyone, disabled or not.

34

Left to right: Welsh green oak sh pass Habitat corridor protecting a valuable spanwing tributary New byepass sh pass on the River Monnow Larinier sh pass bafes Rock Ramp at Abersannan in the Tywi catchment

 No sh pass is perfect, says Dr Wilson, removing barriers, where possible, is the best type of sh pass.
 The rivers of Wales, from the resurgent Valleys to the majestic Snowdonia streams, are all special places and its right that we invest in them. says Dr Ben Wilson.

tales of the riverbank


Spotlight on important river restoration work

Welsh rivers have beneted hugely in recent years, as the Environment Agency and River Trusts act together, investing in restoring river habitats and access for migratory sh. Pass masters As salmon and sea-trout swim upstream in search of clear waters and gravels to spawn, their progress is often impeded by man-made obstacles. Environment Agency Wales the body responsible for safeguarding sheries in Wales, is striving to remove as many of these barriers as possible, investing more than 4m on sh passes and barrier removal since 2002, opening up more than 400km of river. Fish passes can be a massive boost to our rivers, said Dr Ben Wilson of Environment Agency Wales. Our aim is to make all major man-made weirs and barriers passable by sh for the benet of future stocks. More habitat, means more sh, but it could also be critical in helping to protect our sheries from the effects of climate change.

High tech solutions One way is the state-of-the-art Larinier sh pass. Pontymoel sh pass, near Pontypool, is one of the latest examples. This was part of a major engineering project to bring salmon and sea-trout back to the River Llwyd, a tributary of the Usk. Big projects like this need big money, of course, and thankfully the Agency has beneted from the very real nancial support of the Welsh Assembly Government, which has also enabled them to access funding from the European Union. Local Talent Not all sh passes are as big, or expensive. Using locally sourced Welsh oak, the Agency has started to build cost-effective sh passes that not only benet sh populations, but are also better for the environment and the local economy. Last year, they installed the rst ever wooden Larinier sh passes at Cynghordy, on the River Bran near Llandovery, improving sh access to 15 kilometres of nursery streams. Dave Charlesworth, Agency Fisheries Project Manager and

keen sea-trout angler, said: This was a great project. Improved access to the Bran will mean more returning adult sh in the main river Tywi, a shery of international renown and of great importance to the local rural economy. Rock and roll In other rivers, the Agency has opted for a different approach again, using what are known as rock ramp sh passes to create a natural-looking river cascade for sh to swim through. Abersannan ford near Llandeilo is one such sh pass. A similar but bigger ramp has just been completed on the River Monnow, opening up one of the largest tributaries of the River Wye. This type of sh pass is very successful as it resembles natural features found on the river bed, says Pete Gough from Environment Agency Wales. Weir today gone tomorrow Of course, another option is simply to remove the weir which is precisely whats happened on the River Dulais, another tributary of the Tywi.

Habitat fit for all fish Good habitat is also essential for successful spawning, and here the River Trusts and Agency have excelled. Working together, more than 400km of valuable nursery streams have been restored and protected. This is not only of great importance to the migratory sh, but the resident trout love it too. Wild brownies on the Wye have thrived, as anyone shing the Wye and Usk Foundations passport beats will have noticed. Access to all Building sh passes, removing barriers and protecting river habitat, are of paramount importance in enhancing and supporting sh stocks and the sheries that depend on them. Without the support of the Welsh Assembly Government, and the growing rivers trust movement in Wales, this work would never have been undertaken. So successful has the partnership been, that the investment is set to continue. www.environment-agency.gov.uk

...investing more than 4m on sh passes and barrier removal since 2002, opening up more than 400km of river.

36

Left to right: Monknash, Vale of Glamorgan Mission Accomplished, a hard ghting smooth hound

www.shing.visitwales.com

SEA Fishing Wales

37

spine-tingling excitement
Dave Lewis experiences shore shing that is out of this world.
If anyone were ever to publish a list of the UKs most haunted sea angling venues, there is little doubt that Monknash would make it into the top 10! Situated on the spectacular Vale of Glamorgan Heritage Coastline in South Wales, approximately midway between Cardiff and Swansea Bay, anglers wishing to sh this superb and invariably little used beach must be prepared for a long though not especially arduous walk but one that over the years has sent a cold shiver down the spine of even the hardiest beach angler! You see, to get to the beach at Monknash, rst you must walk down a narrow and thickly wooded path that passes the ivy entangled ruins of the sixteenth century monastery from which the beach gets its name, and there lies the problem. At rst light on a summers morning with heavy dew still lying thickly on the grass and the dawn chorus in full voice its a beautiful walk, but at night, which is when many anglers sh this beach, its a very different story. The encroaching trees meet overhead to create a tunnel that very effectively blocks out the brightest moonlight, while even the lightest breeze will rustle spookily through the thick undergrowth making your imagination run wild. More than just an occasional angler who has shed here after dark will swear to unexplained ghostly happenings at night while walking along this blacker than black path, so you had better make sure your headlamp is fully charged to light the way! For anyone who is prepared to run the gauntlet of the various ghosts and ghouls of Monknash, the rewards can be truly spectacular. View the beach at low water from the surrounding cliff tops and you will see that it consists of a rich mix of golden sand and rock, with the main beach being effectively sandwiched between large slabs of rock. To the east its nearly all rock with myriad food holding rock pools and deep dissecting gullies, obviously classic feeding ground for the wide range of species that return with the ooding tide to forage across the area. Offshore lies the Nash Sandbank, and here lies the nal piece of the Monknash jigsaw. The Nash, as it is known locally, is famous amongst boat anglers for being one of the most productive areas to sh in the Bristol Channel. Its a venue that invariably produces prolic catches of rays, turbot, bass and smoothounds, and it is these species that often overspill from the main bank system and venture to within casting range of shore anglers shing at Monknash. In reality there are very few areas anywhere that consistently produce good ray shing from the beach during daylight hours, but at certain times of the year Monknash is one of them. During the main summer months, night shing is usually far more productive, but during April and May plenty of rays and other species are caught here during the daytime, even in bright sunshine. The sea temperature at this time of the year is still decidedly chilly, but bright spring sunshine serves to warm the shallow water just offshore sufciently enough to bring the sh inshore to within casting range to feed.

hit the horizon

 For anyone who is prepared to run the gauntlet of the various ghosts and ghouls of Monknash, the rewards can be truly spectacular.

38

Left to right: Creating a stir, a smoothie comes to the hand A cracking ray falls for a cocktail bait Waiting for the bite

The cliffs at Monknash Use plenty of elastic to keep the baits intact during distance casts

www.shing.visitwales.com

SEA Fishing Wales

39

Small-eyed ray are the most common species of ray caught here, but spotted, blonde and just occasionally a thornback ray gets hooked too, the latter species especially if you are shing near the rougher ground at either end of the beach. Cocktail baits consisting of blast frozen sandeels, calamari squid and either mackerel or herring are usually the best baits for the various species of ray, but be sure to use very strong, very sharp hooks tied onto 50lb BS monolament as the shape of even a modest size ray ensures the sh will exert a huge amount of pressure on each and every component of your tackle. When targeting rays, of course you can expect to catch plenty of lesser-spotted dogsh, too, especially if you sh the beach after dark. It is possible to sh at Monknash on all sizes of tide, and while the better casters will likely catch sh well on small to mid-range tides, many anglers might nd shing on the larger tides will be more productive for them. This is especially the case at night, which during much of the year is when even this beach shes at its absolute best. The beach itself is pretty much snag free and one effective technique many local anglers use to good effect, especially those who cannot cast a big bait a long distance, is to cast

out then leave the bait in situ while gradually paying out line as they steadily move back with the ooding tide, a tactic which has accounted for many a specimen ray here. Hard ghting, fast running, tackle-testing smoothounds, both the common and the starry variety, are another popular spring and summer species at Monknash. The optimum time to sh here for smoothounds is during the last three hours of the ebbing tide, ideally on a small to mid-range tide. The rough ground located at the eastern end of the beach is the noted smoothound hotspot, and when a pack of ravenous smoothounds move inshore to feed on the rich pickings found over the rough ground the action can be fast and furious. Double or even treble hook ups amongst groups of anglers are not unheard of. A generous portion of juicy peeler crab is the optimum bait for this sleek member of the shark family, and of course this is a bait that will account for most other species too, notably the highly sought after bass. If shing here and at any of the other many productive rough ground venues located along this spectacular coastline, then it is essential you use a rig that

incorporates some form of rotten bottom. This is a weak link attachment that is used to secure the lead to the rig, the idea being that should the lead become snagged among the rocks, as it surely will, then given a steady pull the weaker line will snap resulting in just the loss of a lead weight, which helps to keep both tackle and sh losses to an absolute minimum. Consequently the pulley rig is a very popular and effective choice with locals who sh at Monknash, due to the rough terrain and high average size of sh that are caught. The design of the pulley rig ensures that when a sh is hooked the pulley action of the rig means the lead is held high in the water, hopefully keeping it well away from snags. In addition to smoothounds, which are usually abundant from May to September, the rough ground areas at Monknash are productive for bass, conger, huss and rockling from April through to November, with whiting and occasionally codling making a showing throughout the autumn and winter months. In addition to rays, dogsh and pan-sized turbot, the beach itself occasionally shes well for bass, and notably when a decent swell and resulting surf is rolling onto the coast. Anglers specically

targeting bass in the surf use simple paternoster rigs and depending on the size of the surf either a grip lead or a plain round bomb shaped lead, the latter being the ideal choice when shing a modest surf as it ensures the bait rolls around the bottom in a most natural way. Either freshly dug lugworm or razorsh, both of which are widely available at local tackle shops, are the best baits for bass, along with blast frozen sandeels that are favoured by dogsh and turbot. Historically Monknash used to be a famous venue for producing shore caught monksh, but these days they are rarely caughtbut provided you have a decent bait in the water you never know! Prime time to sh the beach is considered to be just after the tide has started ooding up the beach, and then for the rst two to three hours of the ood.

In addition to Monknash, there are a multitude of other popular and productive venues found along the coastline between Cardiff Bay and Swansea Bay, all of which offer excellent shing opportunities for a similar range of species. Some such as The Knap pebble beach at Barry offer the easiest possible access for a couple of hours shing and consequently are ideal for junior, elderly or less able anglers. Others such as Aberthaw, Stout Point, Witches Point, the Deeps at Ogmore and Sker Rocks do involve a bit of a trek to reach, and are more suited to the more active angler. As always, for the very latest up-to-theminute local advice and catch information contact any one of the many excellent tackle shops, which you will nd throughout South Wales. Visiting anglers will nd a wide range of accommodation options to cover all budgets along the Glamorgan Coastline of South Wales.

How to get there


Exit the A 48 at Cowbridge and take the B4270 south towards Llantwit Major then the B4265 west towards Marcross. Turn left when you see Marcross signposted, then take a right following the sign towards Monknash. Head for the Plough and Harrow pub and park in a eld just down the lane from the pub, (cost around 2 which is put into an honesty box on the gate). Follow the lane down from the eld for a few hundred yards and then take the haunted pathway down to the beach. Its not a tough walk but takes 15-20 minutes so travel as light as possible.

 Hard ghting, fast running, tackle-testing smoothounds, both the common and the starry variety, are another popular spring and summer species at Monknash.

Safety
The cliffs along much of this stretch of the coastline are constantly crumbling and rock falls are common. DO NOT sh or walk directly beneath the cliffs and always guard against having your safe retreat from the beach cut off by a ooding tide. Always make sure you tell someone exactly where you plan to sh along with what time you expect to return.

40

Left to right: The magnicent Millennium Stadium, Cardiff National anthem begins Welsh fans appreciation

www.shing.visitwales.com

GAME Fishing Wales

41

 it is the best sporting arena in the world bar none

twin peaks
Wynn Davies memorable weekend in Cardiff  the quality and average size of the sh was incredible
How many times can you indulge two of your favourite passions in one weekend? The answer I suspect is not many. With other commitments getting in the way, life has a habit of not even allowing you to indulge one. However there is one way which has been so obvious that it has completely passed me by and I have only recently realised what I have been missing. It all started with an invitation to watch Wales play rugby at the Millennium Stadium. The invitation was from the Welsh Assembly and the purpose of the gathering was to promote Wales and Cardiff to a group of journalists. If you have never been to the Millennium Stadium then believe me, it is one stadium that you just have to visit. I think, together with everyone I have met who has been there, that it is the best sporting arena in the world bar none. Add to this the fact that Wales are possibly playing the best rugby for a long time, made the invitation irresistible. With the rst passion taken care of, it was time to accommodate the second.
Steffans Czech nymph masterclass Instant success on the Taff A beautiful Taff grayling

Radyr train station

Tackling up in the car park

Walk to the River Taff

The River Taff runs by the Millennium Stadium and it has a fast-growing reputation about the quality of its shing, be it game or coarse. It is a river I have very little knowledge about so it was time to phone a friend. Steffan Jones is an excellent sherman and guides on the Taff, so who better to approach for advice? He not only offered advice, but the pleasure of his company on the river for a day; now this had all the makings of a memorable weekend. Since the game shing season was closed we would target the rivers grayling. Some would say that the Taff is rapidly becoming the best river in the Principality for this beautiful sh. Steffan advised that the river around Radyr would offer good sport, and that a train could be caught from the centre of Cardiff to Radyr or a princely sum of 3 return, and day tickets obtained from Gary Evans for 6, so for 9 we had the prospect of an excellent days shing with the added bonus of no one having to drive the morning after the game. Driving down accompanied by my son Huw, we were both very excited, my son

even more than I if that was possible. Booking into the hotel with our shing gear amidst a throng of rugby fans drew some odd glances, and the occasional wry comment, but after talking with a few, who were shermen, you could see the idea was contagious. Attending and watching a rugby game at this stadium is one of the highlights of any true rugby fans life; the atmosphere and rugby fervour is unique. It really does make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, and that is no exaggeration. The company was excellent and the food and drink were superb and, to cap a perfect day, Wales won. After the game another great advantage of the stadium came to the fore. It is unique as it is right in the centre of the city, so we just had a short walk into the city centre to continue our celebrations. Believe me, even the hard-nosed journalists were bowled over with the stadium and the city centre which is a delightful mixture of modern and impressive period buildings, with the Castle at its heart.

42

Left to right: The beautiful Edwards Bridge over the River Taff Steffan battles a salmon

www.shing.visitwales.com

43

game fishing in Wales a beginners guide

 the sh rolled lazily on the surface and swam away, leaving a slack line, which was greeted with some words of wisdom directed at the sh

The next morning dawned, and it was a revelation. Instead of the bleary anticlimax the day after the celebrations usually brings, we were bright and full of anticipation for the days shing. Plans nalised over breakfast, we changed into our waders and with our rods, took a short walk to the train station, which got us even funnier looks. Buying our tickets and travelling on the train in waders is an experience not to be missed, and when the train stopped at Radyr we could see the Taff about 20 yards from the station. On meeting Steffan in the car park he informed us that the river was running high and coloured due to the recent rains but it was still shable. As we tackled up the talk inevitably turned to methods, so I took unfair advantage of Steffan. Huw had always wanted to learn the Czech Nymph method and since this type of shing has never really attracted me I asked Steffan if he would be kind enough to teach Huw. Within ten minutes of introducing Huw to Czech Nymphing, he was catching sh; this is a testament

both to the Taffs grayling stocks and Steffans teaching techniques. Believe me, he continued to catch sh throughout the day on Czech Nymphs and that is no shermans tale. The quality and average size of the sh was incredible, and whilst we did not encounter any large specimens the average sh was around a pound, which in anyones book is impressive. As if that was not enough Steffan hooked a sh that bent his rod double; looking at Steffan playing the sh the question was what was it? Since the river was running high and powerful it may have been a large grayling or brown trout or it could even have been a salmon or sea-trout. After some anxious moments and the reel being emptied a number of times, the sh rolled on the surface in front of Steffan and the mystery was unravelled, it was a salmon. This really did up the ante, and after some more heartstopping moments the sh rolled lazily on the surface and swam away, inexplicably leaving the line slack, which was greeted with some words of wisdom directed at

the sh. Even though the sh was lost, this was turning out to be a red letter day. As we worked down the river we kept catching on a variety of methods and it was a hugely enjoyable day with a basketful of sh which we had no right to expect due to the height and colour of the river. The whole experience of the journey and the shing completely blew the cobwebs of the previous evening out of our heads, leaving us refreshed and ready for our homeward journey, with plenty to discuss.
Worth a go: Gold Heads Hares Ear

If your passion is game angling, then Wales is for you. It has a wealth of rivers and lakes in a variety of stunning scenarios; choosing where to sh is often more difcult than actually catching your sh. Welsh rivers account for more than half the sea-trout caught in England and Wales. Couple this with the number of large seatrout caught every year and the availability of shing, it makes for a very special destination. The sea-trout run from early April right through to September, with the large sea-trout rst to appear followed by the smaller sh from mid June onwards. The sh run in all water conditions so throughout the season you are very likely to encounter fresh sh. The sea-trout range in size from lb to 20lb, although the average size is 2lb 3lb with the seatrout run peaking in June, July and August. Access is available to the holiday angler to both club and private waters on all these rivers, and you can organise both guiding and tuition if required to ensure an enjoyable trip.

Cul-de-canard Emerger

Wild brown trout are abundant, whether you sh the famous rivers or intimate brooks, the stunning lowland lakes or the majestic highland lakes; the challenge is the same. These trout are truly wild and the angler must use all his skill to catch them. When shing for wild trout, you step back in time; do not expect the high average weight of stocked lakes. The average weight of wild trout is around lb with a good sh weighing in at 1lb. However it must be said there are sh in the 2 4lb range; especially in the lakes, these sh when hooked ght with such savagery, it takes your breath away. The pursuit of these sh, takes you to places of such beauty and tranquillity that just being there is reward enough, away from the humdrum of modern life, you can sit there in peace and solitude, totally at one with yourself and nature. The stocked still waters of Wales offer an exceptional angling opportunity amongst what is arguably the most breathtaking scenery in Europe. It is affordable,

accessible and can be enjoyed by all the majority of these reservoirs and small stillwaters have blended with their natural surroundings so well it is hard to believe they are man made! These large still waters, together with small sheries of quality; provides the angler with plenty of choice. Wales has always had quality grayling shing, but the choice of rivers is now expanding. The rivers of South Wales are gaining a high reputation for the quality of their grayling. The quantity and quality of grayling is undisputed; the Dee, Wye and Severn all hold sh to over the 4lb mark and the rivers of the South, such as the Taff, Rhymney and Ewenny now have established populations with sh being caught to the 3lb mark. With grayling the novice angler has an opportunity to learn. Although not easy to catch, they are not as easily frightened as trout or sea-trout; and will not be put off by a couple of clumsy casts. One thing is certain: when you have shed in Wales; you will treasure the memories.

Czech Nymph

44

www.shing.visitwales.com

45

coarse fishing in Wales a beginners guide

sea fishing in Wales a beginners guide

If youre already into coarse shing, or want to learn the ropes, Wales is the place to try. Nowhere in the world are you likely to nd so much variety of rst-class angling packed into such a small country. Just about all species are present, from Gudgeon to big hard-ghting barbel to specimen carp and pike. Even a long holiday isnt enough to sample everything, so unless you intend to specialise, there could be a problem of what tackle to bring along. Some sheries specialise in very large specimens, and you dont have to be an expert to succeed. So what tackle will you be taking on holiday to come to grips with Welsh coarse sh? Probably a lot more than youll need, for a bet! Its a matter of expedience rather than judgement and deciding what to leave behind. A favourite rod is obviously essential, as is a spare with reels to suit with good quality line and trusted end-tackle. Welsh sh grow as big as anywhere else and you wont like it much if a potential record heads out for

the horizon trailing your oat and most of your line. Bait is easily purchased, often at the sheries themselves, so theres no real need to bring loads with you unless you cant do without your own special deadly recipe. A large landing net is essential, however, and if youre after carp, a good unhooking mat. If you are a beginner a general-purpose carp rod of 10-11ft should do the trick; ideal for distance casting and strong enough to handle large lake carp or powerful barbel from the Rivers Wye and Taff. A reel with a couple of spare spools wound with 6, 12 and 18lb nylon is recommended with spools of thinner nylon for traces. Floats, shot and weights of choice together with a rod rest and a selection of barbless hooks completes the list of necessary tackle. Big items like a bivouac, umbrella, barbecue and easy chair are optional. Travel as light as you can for freedom of movement. Its all too easy to overload yourself, and most of it can be dispensed with if you think about it.

Wet-weather gear well, that depends on how lucky you feel, but youll probably have your umbrella anyway. Dont bother with a keep-net unless you intend competing in a local match. No true angler keeps large sh in a keep-net unless theyre going to weigh them in. One thing you should never forget, though, is your Rod Licence or youll have to buy another before you go shing. Keep non-essentials to an absolute minimum and youll be able to fully enjoy all the quality coarse shing that Wales has to offer. If you have any specic queries call the shery owner and ask his advice. Tackle shops are also a good source of information; if you get in touch with a shop near your chosen shery they will normally have some local knowledge that can make sure your trip is a resounding success. Wales has a very large number of interesting and exciting family attractions, safe beaches, attractive towns and scenic walks. Or you could teach them all to sh, of course!

So you are visiting Wales and fancy chancing your arm at sea anglinggreat idea! Wales offers what is widely regarded as some of the nest sea angling opportunities that are available anywhere in the British Isles, and regardless of whether you decide to sh offshore, aboard a boat or from our rich and varied coastline, you and your family are sure to enjoy a most memorable experience. As a sport, sea angling is about so much more than simply catching sh, but what could possibly be more satisfying than catching your own sh for the evening meal? Almost every harbour around the beautiful Welsh coastline plays host to a charter boat or two, while at ports such as Penarth, Swansea, Milford Haven, Aberystwyth, Amlwch and Rhyl youll nd several. Booking a trip aboard a charter boat is probably the easiest way for the visiting angler to experience Welsh sea angling at its very best, as all of our skippers are passionate about their shing and enjoy nothing more than introducing newcomers to the sport.

You can either book a charter boat for the sole use of yourself, family and a group of friends, or you can book individual places; most boats sh a maximum of 10 or 12 anglers. Best of all, many skippers, and especially those based in key holiday areas, have all of the equipment on board, which they either loan as part of the charter fee or hire for the duration of the trip at nominal cost. Most will be more than happy to arrange any bait necessary for the days shing; all you have to do is step aboard and start shing! However, many charter boats are booked months in advance, especially during the peak holiday periods, so if you do intend shing aoat during your holiday it is advisable to contact a skipper and conrm a place on your preferred days as soon as possible. If you are a novice or have any preferences regarding the type of shing or species you would like to catch do tell the skipper, as they will be in a position to advise on the best dates to suit your requirements.

Certainly if you intend shing from the beach, pier, harbour wall, estuary or remote rock marks, then a visit to the tackle shop for the very latest up-to-the-minute local advice is an absolute must. Some shops will even be able to put you in contact with a local sea angling guide or even an angling instructor; all will be able to advise on the tides and the optimum times to sh at different locations, while pointing out any specic safety issues. Obviously such invaluable advice will be hugely worthwhile regardless of how much previous angling experience you might have. Angling is one of lifes great experiences and of course there is a long and rich tradition of combining sea angling with a family holiday at the coast, regardless of your age, ability, agility or gender. So go on, give sea angling a go. You never know, it might well be that its you and your children that end up getting hooked, and not just the sh!

46

www.shing.visitwales.com

47

tackle shops in Wales


Aber Discount Tackle 3 Terrace Road, Aberystwyth, Dyfed SY23 1NY Tel: 01970 611200 Aeron Sports & Fishing Tackle Aeron Hall, 2 Bridge Street, Aberaeron, Dyfed SA46 0AP Tel: 01545 571209 Anglers Corner 80 Station Road, Llanelli SA15 1AN Tel: 01554 773981 Anglers Corner 1 Pill Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 2NS Tel: 01646 698899 Anglers Den 21 High Street, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA61 2BW Tel: 01437 760045 Bay Fishing Tackle High Street, Saundersfoot, Pembrokeshire SA69 9EJ Tel: 01834 813115 Castaway 1 College Row, Cardigan, Dyfed SA43 1LL Tel: 01239 621856 Celtic Flycraft 54 Abernant Road, Cwmgors, Ammanford, West Glamorgan SA18 1RB Tel: 01269 825591 Country Stores 3a Church Street, Gowerton, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA4 3EA Tel: 01792 875050 Crafty Catchers 31 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BS Tel: 01267 234710 Ewenny Angling Supplies Ltd 11b Ewenny Road, Bridgend CF31 3HN Tel: 01656 662691 Fly Shack 38 Swansea Road, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire SA15 3YT Tel: 01554 776001 Fishfinder 51 King Street, Carmarthen SA31 1BH Tel: 01267 220226 Keens Tackle 119 Bridgend Road, Aberkeng, Bridgend CF32 9AP Tel: 01656 722448 Mainwarings Angling Centre 44 Vivian Road, Sketty, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA2 0UH Tel: 01792 202245 Nine Oaks Craigfryn, Oakford, Llanarth, Dyfed SA47 0RW Tel: 01545 580482 Pembroke Angling 31 Meyrick Street, Pembroke Dock, Pembrokeshire SA72 6AL Tel: 01646 622712 Rods & Wheels Margaret Street, New Quay, Dyfed SA45 9QJ Tel: 01545 560931 Rogers Tackle Pilot House Wharf, Swansea, West Glamorgan SA1 1UN Tel: 01792 469999 S & K Fishing Supplies 45 Wyndham Street Bridgend CF31 1EB Tel: 01656 655651 Sea Stores 4 Brunel Quay Neyland, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 1PY Tel: 01646 601946 Sportfishing International 19 Charles Street, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire SA73 2AA Tel: 01646 690518 Tackle & Bait 149 Windsor Road, Neath West Glamorgan SA11 1NU Tel: 01639 634148 Tenby Angling The Market, High Street, Tenby, Pembrokeshire SA70 7EU Tel: 01834 844430 The Salmons Leap Cenarth, Newcastle Emlyn, Dyfed SA38 9JP Tel: 01239 711242 Tight Lines Direct 72-74 Wind Street, Ammanford, Carmarthenshire SA18 3DR Tel: 01874 612825 West Wales Tackle 8 Lammas Street, Carmarthen SA31 3AD Tel: 01267 243900 Anglers Supplies 172 Penarth Road, Grangetown, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF11 6NL Tel: 029 2022 0723 Arthur Bale & Son 166 Richmond Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF24 3BX Tel: 029 2049 9889 Aspinalls Angling Supplies 36 Cross Street, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 4LU Tel: 01446 742645 Barry Angling Centre 14 Park Crescent, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 6HD Tel: 01446 747638 Bobs Hillside, Mwyndy, Pontyclun Rhondda CF72 8PN Tel: 01443 227267 Cal White 39 Merchant Street, Pontlottyn, Mid Glamorgan CF81 9PD Tel: 01685 841245 Cliff Harvey Angling Supplies 10 Albion Industrial Estate Cilfynydd Road, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF37 4NX Tel: 01443 400766 Cwmbran Angling 39 Richmond Road, Pontnewydd, Cwmbran, Gwent NP44 1EQ Tel: 01633 868890 Dave Richards 73 Church Road, Newport, Gwent NP19 7EH Tel: 01633 254910 Fish a Mania 91 Main Street, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan CF63 2HL Tel: 01446 737699 Fishing World 1 High Street, Tonyrefail, Porth, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF39 8PG Tel: 01443 670218 Fishtec Unit 5 & 6, Ffrwdgrech Industrial Estate, Brecon, Powys LD3 8LA Tel: 01874 612600 Garry Evans Newport Ltd 29 Redland Street, Newport Gwent NP20 5LZ Tel: 01633 855086 Garry Evans Fishing Tackle 109 Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, South Glamorgan CF14 3JQ Tel: 029 2061 9828 Greens Fishing Tackle Bryn Road Pontllanfraith, Blackwood, Mid Glamorgan NP12 2BU Tel: 01495 221881 Merthyr Angling Centre 185 High Street, Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydl, Mid Glamorgan CF48 2PG Tel: 01685 379809 Newtown Angling Unit 3 Severnside Centre, 26-27 Short Bridge Street, Newtown, Powys SY16 1AA Tel: 01686 624044 Phils Tackle 2 Constitutional Buildings, Canon Street, Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF44 7AW Tel: 01685 877670 Pill Angling Centre 160 Commercial Road, Newport, Gwent NP20 2PJ Tel: 01633 267211 Rods & Reels Kings Head Lane, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3DP Tel: 01982 551706 Sport Hafren 18 Church Street, Welshpool SY21 7DP Tel: 01938 552202 Svendsen Sports Block E Capital Point, Capital Business Park, Cardiff CF3 2PX Tel: 029 2079 1700 Sweets Fishing Tackle 14 Porthycarne Street,Usk Monmouthshire NP15 1RY Tel: 01291 672552 Tackle & Tow Bars 22 Stuart Terrace, Talbot Green. Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taff CF72 8AA Tel: 01443 226611 Tredegar Angling Centre 5A Morgan Street, Tredegar, Gwent NP22 3NA Tel: 01495 725570 Abersoch Angling The Harbour, Abersoch, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 7AW Tel: 01758 712646 Aber Discount Tackle 3 Terrace Road, Aberystwyth SY23 1NY Tel: 01970 611200 Anglesey Bait Centre Gallows Pound, Beaumaris LL58 8YL Tel: 01248 810009 Bangor Angling Supply Stores 21 High Street, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 1NP Tel: 01248 355518 Beachcaster St Annes Chambers, High Street, Barmouth LL42 1AR Tel: 01341 281537 Barmouth Angling 1 Ael Y Don, Church Street, Barmouth, Gwynedd LL42 1EW Tel: 01341 280480 Barrys Fishing Tackle 6 College Green, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9BS Tel: 01654 710357 Bayview Angling 12 Greeneld Road, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8EL Tel: 01492 535888 Blue Shark Sea Fishing Trips 9 Ronaldsway, Rhyl, Denbighshire LL18 2LB Tel: 01745 350267 D & E Hughes 24 Penlan Street, Pwllheli, Gwynedd LL53 5DE Tel: 01758 613291 Deggys Fishing Tackle 2 Ruabon Road, Wrexham, Clwyd LL13 7PB Tel: 01978 351815 Dereks Tackle Shop Paris House, Well Street, Cefn Mawr LL14 3AE Tel: 01978 821841 Fishtails Link House, Bridge Street, Dolgellau, Gwynedd, LL40 1AU Tel: 01341 421080 Foxons Tackle Penrhewl, Lower Denbigh Road, St. Asaph, Denbighshire LL17 0ED Tel: 01745 583583 Geoffs Tackle & Bait 163b Wellington Road, Rhyl, Denbighshire, LL18 1LW Tel: 01745 356236 Lionels Tackle Shop 11 Ewloe Place, Buckley CH7 3NJ Tel: 01244 543191 Llandudno Tackle 57b Mostyn Avenue, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 1DZ Tel: 01492 871550 Morrisons of Wrexham 38 Mount Street, Wrexham, Clwyd, LL13 8DW Tel: 01978 364460 Paddys Bait & Tackle North Parade, Llandudno, Conwy LL30 2LP Tel: 01492 877678 Rowlands Sbaner A Hanner 9-11 Tegid Street, Bala, Gwynedd LL23 7UR Tel: 01678 520382 S. T. Russell 4 Parc Ffynnon, Llysfaen, Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL29 8SA Tel: 01492 516101 Hafod Hardware East Street, Rhayader, Powys LD6 5DS Tel: 01597 810 383 Fishing Tackle & Bait Rhonas Rd, Clydach, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire NP7 0LB Tel: 01873 730754

48

www.shing.visitwales.com

49

get yourself a brochure


Find out more by choosing some of the FREE guides featured on this page. Get them from www.visitwales.co.uk/brochures. Or call 08701 211256
Beaches leaflet Lists Wales most appealing beaches, including Blue Flag, Green Sea and Seaside Award. Farm Stay Wales The genuine countryside experience in self-catering or B&B accommodation. www.farmstaywales.co.uk Go Do Wales a Rough Guide Special Wales for the independent traveller. Includes comprehensive information on backpacker and hostel accommodation. www.godowales.com Golf Wales Golf as it should be in Wales. www.golfasitshouldbe.com Wales Active magazine Wales on foot, wheels and water. Details of over 170 activity businesses. Wales Bus, Rail and Tourist Map and Guide An essential source of information if youre travelling around Wales by public transport. Wales B&B Touring Map Contains a choice of B&B accommodation and attractions all graded for quality by Visit Wales and/or AA. Wales View magazine Our annual magazine showcasing the new, the best and the slightly alternative. Wales Where to Stay Contains a huge choice of holiday accommodation all graded for quality by Visit Wales and/or AA.

tourist information centres


Aberaeron Tel: 01545 570602 Fax: 01545 571534 aberaerontic@ceredigion.gov.uk Aberdulais Falls Tel: 01639 636674 Fax: 01639 645069 aberdulaistic@nationaltrust.org.uk Aberdyfi Tel: 01654 767321 Fax: 01654 767321 tic.aberdy@eryri-npa.gov.uk Abergavenny Tel: 01873 853254 Fax: 01873 852796 abergavenny.ic@breconbeacons.org Aberystwyth Tel: 01970 612125 Fax: 01970 612125 aberystwythtic@ceredigion.gov.uk Bala Tel: 01678 521021 Fax: 01678 521021 bala.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Barmouth Tel: 01341 280787 Fax: 01341 280787 barmouth.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Barry Island Tel: 01446 747171 Fax: 01446 747171 barrytic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Beddgelert Tel: 01766 890615 Fax: 01766 890615 tic.beddgelert@eryri-npa.gov.uk Betws-y-Coed Tel: 01690 710426 Fax: 01690 710665 tic.byc@eryri-npa.gov.uk Blaenau Ffestiniog Tel: 01766 830360 Fax: 01766 830360 tic.blaenau@eryri-npa.gov.uk Blaenavon Tel: 01495 742333 Fax: 01495 742332 blaenavon.tic@torfaen.gov.uk Borth Tel: 01970 871365 / borthtic@ceredigion.gov.uk Brecon Tel: 01874 622485 Fax: 01874 625256 brectic@powys.gov.uk Bridgend Tel: 01656 654906 Fax: 01656 646523 bridgendtic@bridgend.gov.uk Caerleon Tel: 01633 422656 Fax: 01633 422656 caerleon.tic@newport.gov.uk Caernarfon Tel: 01286 672232 Fax: 01286 676476 caernarfon.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Caerphilly Tel: 029 2088 0011 Fax: 029 2086 0811 tourism@caerphilly.gov.uk Cardiff Tel: 08701 211 258 Fax: 029 2023 2058 visitor@cardiff.gov.uk Cardigan Tel: 01239 613230 Fax: 01239 614853 cardigantic@ceredigion.gov.uk Carmarthen Tel: 01267 231557 Fax: 01267 221901 carmarthentic@carmarthenshire.gov.uk Chepstow Tel: 01291 623772 Fax: 01291 628004 chepstow.tic@monmouthshire.gov.uk Conwy Tel: 01492 592248 Fax: 01492 573545 conwytic@conwy.gov.uk Dolgellau Tel: 01341 422888 Fax: 01341 422576 tic.dolgellau@eryri-npa.gov.uk Fishguard Harbour Tel: 01348 872037 Fax: 01348 872528 shguardharbour.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Fishguard Town Tel: 01437 776636 Fax: 01348 875582 shguard.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Harlech Tel: 01766 780658 Fax: 01766 780658 tic.harlech@eryri-npa.gov.uk Haverfordwest Tel: 01437 763110 Fax: 01437 767738 haverfordwest.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Holyhead Tel: 01407 762622 Fax: 01407 761462 holyhead@nwtic.com Knighton Tel: 01547 528753 Fax: 01547 529027 oda@offasdyke.demon.co.uk Llanberis Tel: 01286 870765 Fax: 01286 871924 llanberis.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Llandovery Tel: 01550 720693 Fax: 01550 720693 llandovery.ic@breconbeacons.org Llandudno Tel: 01492 577577 Fax: 01492 575968 llandudnotic@conwy.gov.uk Llanelli Tel: 01554 777744 Fax: 01554 757825 discoverycentre@carmarthenshire.gov.uk Llanfairpwllgwyngyll Tel: 01248 713177 Fax: 01248 715711 llanfairpwll@nwtic.com Llangollen Tel: 01978 860828 Fax: 01978 861563 llangollen@nwtic.com Merthyr Tydfil Tel: 01685 379884 Fax: 01685 379884 tic@merthyr.gov.uk Milford Haven Tel: 01646 690866 Fax: 01646 690655 milford.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Mold Tel: 01352 759331 Fax: 01352 759331 mold@nwtic.com Monmouth Tel: 01600 713899 Fax: 01600 772794 monmouth.tic@monmouthshire.gov.uk Mumbles Tel: 01792 361302 Fax: 01792 363392 info@mumblestic.co.uk New Quay Tel: 01545 560865 Fax: 01545 561360 newquaytic@ceredigion.gov.uk Newport Tel: 01633 842962 Fax: 01633 222615 newport.tic@newport.gov.uk Newport (pembs) Tel: 01239 820912 Fax: 01239 821258 newportTIC@Pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk Oswestry Mile End Tel: 01691 662488 Fax: 01691 662883 oswestrytourism@shropshire.gov.uk Oswestry Town Tel: 01691 662753 Fax: 01691 657811 ot@oswestry-welshborders.org.uk Pembroke Tel: 01437 776499 pembroke.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Penarth Tel: 029 2070 8849 penarthtic@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk Porthcawl Tel: 01656 786639 Fax: 01656 782387 porthcawltic@bridgend.gov.uk Porthmadog Tel: 01766 515312 porthmadog.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Presteigne Tel: 01544 260650 Fax: 01544 260652 presteignetic@powys.gov.uk Pwllheli Tel: 01758 613000 Fax: 01758 613000 pwllheli.tic@gwynedd.gov.uk Rhyl Tel: 01745 355068 Fax: 01745 342255 rhyl.tic@denbighshire.gov.uk Saundersfoot Tel: 01834 813672 Fax: 01834 813673 saundersfoot.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk St Davids Tel: 01437 720392 enquiries@stdavids.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk Swansea Tel: 01792 468321 Fax: 01792 464602 tourism@swansea.gov.uk Tenby Tel: 01834 842402 Fax: 01834 845439 tenby.tic@pembrokeshire.gov.uk Welshpool Tel: 01938 552043 Fax: 01938 554038 weltic@powys.gov.uk Wrexham Tel: 01978 292015 Fax: 01978 292467 tic@wrexham.gov.uk

50

www.shing.visitwales.com

rod fishing byelaws for Wales


Byelaws are statutory rules put in place by the Environment Agency to protect sh stocks and apply to all waters, whether they are owned by angling clubs, local authorities or private individuals. Whilst owners may impose stricter rules, they are not able to dispense with any byelaw that may apply to their water. If in doubt always check with the shery owner or contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 (Mon-Fri 8-6) or email enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk Full sheries byelaws for Wales together with a simplied guide for anglers can be downloaded from the Environment Agencys website at the following address:www.environment-agency.gov.uk New byelaws for the 2009 fishing season Ban on the sale of rod-caught salmon and sea-trout It is now an offence to sell rod-caught salmon or sea-trout in England and Wales. In addition, the carcasses of all salmon and sea-trout caught by licensed netsmen in England & Wales must be individually tagged after capture. These new laws will act to reduce the opportunity for poachers to sell on illegally caught sh and will also reduce the number of sh caught and killed by a minority of licensed anglers who previously have offered their catch for sale. Anglers will still be able to catch and kill sh for their own consumption or to give to friends.

YOUR FISHING PARTNER

bass nursery areas in Wales


Fishing for bass from any vessel, as well as shing for any species of sea-sh using sandeel (Ammodytidae) as bait, is prohibited in 37 separate areas for all or part of the year. These areas, their extent and the seasonal duration of the prohibition are set out below. The legislation is Statutory Instrument 1999 No 75 The Bass (Specied Areas) (Prohibition of Fishing) (Variation) Order 1999). The nursery areas comprise river estuaries, harbours and power station outfalls where juvenile bass usually predominate and are more easily caught, particularly during the summer months. In certain nursery areas, shing may also be subject to other restrictions implemented by the local sea sheries committee or the Environment Agency [National Rivers Authority]. Such restrictions may include prohibitions on the setting of xed nets or restrictions on the use of mobile gear. The prohibition on bass shing in nursery areas does not apply to shing from the shore. However it is expected that shore anglers and their associations will respect the need for this prohibition and return to the sea any bass caught within nursery areas. Aberthaw Power Station. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn at a radius of 1 nautical mile from Breaksea Point All year. Burry Inlet. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 071 true from Whiteford Lighthouse to Llanelli Docks and a line drawn 180 true from Whiteford Lighthouse to the shore. Between 30 April and 1 November. Taf, Tywi and Gwendraeth Estuary. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 119 true from Ginst Point to Pen Towyn Point Between 30 April and 1 November. Milford Haven. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn from the shore along the eastern side of the Texaco Terminal approach jetty to the southern-most part of the T jetty thence eastwards along the southern edge of the jetty to the extremity at No.3 berth (51). Tei Estuary. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn from the Boathouse, Penrhyn to the Cliff Hotel, Gwbert. Between 30 April and 1 November. River Dy. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 168 true from Trefeddian Hotel (52 32.8N, 04 03.6W) to the ag pole at Ynys Las (52 31.4N, 04 03.8W). Between 30 April and 1 November. River Mawddach. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 226 true from the agpole at Barmouth (52 43.1N, 04 03.1W) to the perch at 52 42.7N, 04 03.7W thence 155 true to the corner of the sea wall at Fairbourne (52 42.5N, 04 03.6W). Between 30 April and 1 November. Dwyryd/Glaslyn Estuary. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 152 true from the White House (52 54.4N, 04 09.1W) to Harlech Point (52 53.7N, 04 08.5W). Between 30 April and 1 November. Conwy Estuary. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn in a northerly direction from Penmaen-bach Point 001 true to the most westerly point of Great Ormes Head. Between 30 April and 1 November. Dee Estuary. All tidal waters enclosed by a line drawn 213 true from Hilbre Point to Mostyn Quay. Between 31 May and 1 October. (87N, 04 57.58W) and then 098 true through the Pennar Beacon to the Llanreath foreshore (51 41.55N, 04 57.58W) and by a line drawn 162 true along the seaward side of the Pembroke to Neyland road bridge. Between 30 April and 1 November.

Call Now for your FREE copy of the New Fishtec Fly Fishing, Carp & Coarse Catalogues

0871 911 7001


Fishtec, Unit 6, Industrial Estate, Brecon, Powys. LD3 8LA www.fishtec.co.uk

www.shing.visitwales.com