Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending January 30th, 2015

Cwm Hedd Trout Lakes, Gwent
While the water temperature is a chilly four degrees and the fish are not very active, some anglers are still having some good sport. Rob Collier caught and returned an 8lb brown trout on the far bank using a Damsel and intermediate line. Rob released another, while son Tom also released one. Keith Higgins also caught and released a brown estimated at around 3lb, and he kept a rainbow and returned two on a Damsel and intermediate line. Vernon Williams, Ken Pascoe, Rob Mien and Graham Davies all took fish this week, with Vernon on a little Black Buzzer and a floating line, Ken on a Black Daddy and sink tip, Rob on a Dawson’s Olive and floating line and Graham on a Damsel and intermediate. Matthew Russell took one and returned six on a Sunburst Blob and a floating line. Despite having his leg in a cast, Jason Williams took one and released six on Damsels and Buzzers and a floating line, while Max Williams took one and released two, on a Diawl Bach, Damsel and Buzzer, and a floating line. Brian Haynes, from Pontypool, was delight to land the tagged fish, winning the £32 pot and a day ticket voucher.
Cwm Hedd regular Luke Thomas took first place in the Welsh International Bank trials held at Garnffrwd Fishery on Sunday and is now through to the finals on February 15.
An Iain Barr Airflo Bankmasters heat will be held at Cwm Hedd on March 22, 2015. Visit for details. The Gwyn Williams Memorial competition will take place on Saturday May 16, entry £20 plus sponsorship.
The Welsh International Fly Fishing Coaching Day takes place at Cwm Hedd Lakes on Saturday 2February 21, 2015. A number of Wales’s outstanding international anglers, such as Bob Mayers, Simon Barton, Anthony Cartwright, Dean Kibble, Rob Bending, Lewis Rumble, Sally Ann Iles and Kieron Jenkins are generously taking time out of their busy schedules to share their flyfishing expertise, with all proceeds going towards funding the Welsh Ladies International fly fishing team. Coaching sessions need to be pre-booked and paid, as places are limited. Adults: £15 per hour, under 18s £10 per hour. Call 01633 896854 for details.