Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
With wind speeds from 40 to over 50mph at the weekend, anglers were not surprisingly thin on the ground. On Sunday Luke Thomas and Ken Pascoe were the only two anglers mad enough to take on the torrential rain and high wind, but Luke took one fish and returned five: three on a Bloodworm under an indicator, and three with a White Fluff Cat. Meanwhile Ken landed two and lost two. Tom Collier took a 6lb 7oz rainbow on Saturday using a Mini Cat on a floating line. Remember that rainbows or blue trout of 5lb and over are charged at £4 per lb if taken. Catch rates have fluctuated this week in line with the weather, with a few anglers blanking or finding it difficult to return many after taking a first fish. A few bucked the trend though, including Keith Higgins who used a Damsel and a Rob's Wrapped Minkie with a fast intermediate line to tempt seven rainbows. An Olive Damsel tempted six fih for Roy Western while six fish were brought to the bank by Gary Wharton who used an Apps’ Bloodworm and Orange Blob. Roger Martyn's four fish included one over 5lb and his fell to a Damsel and a Shipman's Buzzer. The ever-popular Damsel and a Montana also brought four fish for Keith Cox who chose to fish a fast intermediate line. The Funky Flytying event takes place at Cwm Hedd on Saturday December 12 from 10am, when the Christmas raffle will be drawn in aid of Welsh Hearts.
Best fish of the month must go to Mike Bradbury, of Hereford, for catching and releasing a 4lb 8oz brown trout. Also Thomas Skipsey, of Rhayader, for his 4lb 5oz brown which was also caught and released. Mike Palfre, of Llandrindod Wells, landed a rainbow of 5lb 8oz. Terry Kerr, of Howey, had a nice bag of three fish for 13lb 8oz. Best flies were Montana, Cormorant, Cat's Whisker and Damsels. The fish tended to be near the surface, so dry lines did well, with dry flies. The Annual Fur & Feather competition takes place at Llyngwyn on Sunday, December 20. Entries at the lake at 9am, fishing 10am to 3.30pm. Presentation and supper afterwards at the Lamb & Flag, Rhayader.