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Middle Pond Competition Sunday 22nd April

Apr 23, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

On a  damp blustery day Mark Sweeney fished from peg 1 and landed 29lbs 4oz of carp and bream, second was Dia Davies who landed 2 bream for 9lbs 4oz and joint 3rd were Dia Couzens and  Gentleman Jim Howells with 1lb 3oz.  The next Competition is on Cyfarthfa Park Lake on 13th May

Carp League Result and News of Fish Migration Day

Apr 15, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Our inaugural carp competition took place today 15th April.  Many carp anglers had promised to come and fish but unfortunately only a few turned up.   Nonetheless the competition went ahead.   Before the competition began it was agreed that all bream would count with a weight of 6oz regardless of size.

1st Sheila Maynard 5lb 14oz 1 Carp + 1 Bream

Joint 2nd Tom Jehu and Shane McDonnall 5lb 6oz  1 Carp + 1 Bream

4 Anglers fished

Next Competition will take place on 13th May at Cyfarthfa Park Lake


April Newsletter

Apr 12, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Apri 2018

Fisheries Conservation Letter

Mar 27, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Fisheries Conservation letter

March 2018 Newsletter – 1st Competition Result

Mar 26, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
March 2018



The 1st competition of 2018 was held on Molly’s pond at Redhill Fishery.  11 anglers fished and the winner of the competition was Adam Toomey with 81lb 7oz, 2nd Clive Saunders 26lb 8oz , 3rd Dave Couzens 16lb 4oz, 4th Jim Howells 14lb 7oz


Talybont Catch and Release Rescinded

Mar 19, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Recently our Treasurer Tony Rees queried the reason why catch and release was imposed upon MTAA by Welsh Water.  The reply from Welsh Water below explains all.

We introduced catch and release only on our permits sold at Talybont and Beacons reservoirs with an aim of making the angling more sustainable. The same conditions are not directly transferable and applicable to your members or members of Osprey FF who have a lease on the Beacons reservoir as you have leases on the reservoirs which detail the conditions of your agreement.

To enforce catch and release on both clubs would require the change to be captured in your licence/lease and this was not the intention when we decided to move to catch and release for brown trout on permits sold by WW at our waters in the SE.

We would refer our members to the rules of the Association regarding the taking of trout the rules state “4 trout per rod per day”  size limit 10 inches, 25.4cm, tip of snout to tip of tail.  We would ask members to continue to practice catch and release on this wonderful reservoir, just taking the odd trout for the table.

Support Required Please

Mar 15, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The following has been taken from the Sea Trout Fishing Forums.

The Association will be sending in some funding but we would like members to support this by sending us an amount they can afford, £ 1, £ 2, £ 3, £ 4, £ 5, Every little helps we must challenge this as it is now obvious that the present system relied on BY Natural Resources Wales for assessing Salmon stocks is not only flawed but bordering as they say in Parliament  to be polite: Sir you are a stranger to the Truth.

A Challenge to NRW/EA/CEFAS Stock Assessments – Support Needed!

A group of us in North Wales have been working closely with the NWATFCC (North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Committee) in order to challenge NRW’s Stock Assessment and Reporting and resulting river classifications. Senior NRW Fisheries Staff seem unable to explain with clarity a number of key areas but will use the defence that they are using the same methodology as the rest of the UK.
To that end it is vital that any challenge is done on a joint basis with NWATFCC who are challenging the Environment Agency in England over precisely the same issue. A meeting took place in Lancaster on Wednesday 7th March between NWATFCC, the Angling Trust and the EA, at which Senior EA Fisheries Officers were unable to validate their data. As a result a suitably qualified statistician has now been employed by NWATFCC in order to:

• provide an independent evaluation of the validity and efficiency of the England & Wales national river stock status classification model for salmon
• review alternate models that can provide accurate historic stock attainment trend performance

The timescale for completion is three to four weeks. Whilst there can be no cast iron guarantees of success, this is fully supported by Mark Lloyd of the Angling Trust and we strongly believe that this has to be done, since if the EA/NRW model is declared invalid by an independent source, the whole case for the introduction of the Proposed Byelaws is undermined. We have also written to the Cabinet Secretary, Lesley Griffiths, to inform her of this action.
It would be unfair for our colleagues in England to bear the full cost of employing a qualified statistician, when we would stand to benefit from any findings which would support our challenge. A contingency fund of £5,000 is being raised, of which a Welsh fisheries contribution of £1,500 is suggested. To that end we are asking for contributions to establish that fund, which Mark Lloyd has kindly agreed to hold through the Angling Trust, ring-fenced for this specific brief. As a guide we are suggesting a contribution of £100 from Angling Clubs and £10 from individuals, although larger or smaller amounts would be gratefully accepted!

1. Cheques should be made payable to Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association who will forward all proceeds to Angling Trust.
2. Cheques should be posted to: Anthony Rees Treasure, Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, 13 Alexandra Avenue, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glam, CF47 9AE if you send your e:mail you will have a response by return. See below any unused funds will be used by AT/FL
We appreciate that this is very short notice however these are extraordinary times for game angling in Wales and that requires an extraordinary response.

Whilst the immediate aim of this money is to fund the independent statistician, after all payments have been met, we have requested that any residual funds be used by the Angling Trust/ Fish Legal to support campaigns which are beneficial to angling in Wales.

Please support this cause as well as making your colleagues and contacts aware of this action.
Thank you.

This appeal is for Fish Legal Angling Trust and any monies collected will be sent to them

The Association is sending this as we will not divulge our members’ personal details to anyone.

2018 Rod Licence

Mar 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Its that time of year again when we have to renew our rod licences.  You can do so by following this link  this link should take you to the Governments licence pages.  Just follow the instructions to obtain your licence.  If you have to pay a fee for your fishing licence you are on the wrong website and we cannot be held responsible for that.


Licence type Trout and coarse 2-rod Trout and coarse 3-rod Salmon and sea trout
1-day £6 Not available £12
8-day £12 Not available £27
12-month £30 £45 £82
12-month – over 65 or disabled £20 £30 £54
12-month – junior (13 to 16) Free Free Free

Pollution – Farm – Open Letter to MP’s & AM’s

Mar 8, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
pollution – Farm – open letter to MPs & AMs

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New Keep Wales Tidy newsletter launched! Lansio cylchlythyr newydd Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus!

Mar 3, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

We wanted to let you know that we’ve launched a new Keep Wales Tidy e-newsletter (see below) – keeping everyone up to date with the very latest news and events, not to mention the different ways people can get involved with our work. You’ll find our first edition below.

We’re keen to spread the word and are encouraging all of our volunteers, Green Key sites, Green Flag sites, Eco-Schools to subscribe to the newsletter.

Because we value your support and are committed to protecting your privacy, we wanted to give you the option to sign up. All you need to do is complete this short online form.

We promise to never pass your information to other organisations and you’ll have the option to unsubscribe with every email you receive.

We hope you enjoy.

Mae 2018 yn flwyddyn bwysig i Cadwch Gymru’n Daclus ac rydym yn llawn cyffro wrth lansio ein cylchlythyr i’ch helpu chi i gael y wybodaeth ddiweddaraf am ein gwaith.  

Einhuchelgais yw y bydd 2018 – Blwyddyn y Môr yng Nghymru – yn drobwynt yn y frwydr yn erbyn sbwriel morol. Byddwn yn gweithio gyda Llywodraeth Cymru a sefydliadau ar draws pob sector i fynd i’r afael â’r mater trwy weithredu ymarferol, addysg ac ymgyrchoedd.

Gall pawb chwarae rhan i wneud gwahaniaeth cadarnhaol a pharhaus i’n hamgylchedd morol. Ymunwch â ni i ofalu am ein harfordir.

Lesley Jones
Prif Weithredwr

2018 marks a big year for Keep Wales Tidy and we’re excited to be launching our newsletter to help you keep up-to-date with our work.  

Our ambition is that 2018 will also mark a turning point in the fight against marine litter. We’ll be working with Welsh Government and organisations across all sectors to tackle the issue through practical action, education and campaigns.

Everyone can play their part to make a positive and lasting difference to our marine environment. Please join us in caring for our coast.

Lesley Jones
Chief Executive

Gwanwyn Glân Cymru, 1-4 Mawrth: arwyr yn ymgynnull!
Spring Clean Cymru, 1-4 March: heroes assemble!

Mae sbwriel morol yn berthnasol i fwy na chymunedau arfordirol yn unig – mewn gwirionedd, daw 80% o weddillion morol o ffynonellau ar y tir. Dyma pam yr ydym yn galw ar bobl ar hyd a lled Cymru i ddod ynghyd i’n helpu i lanhau ein gwlad.

Mae Gwanwyn Glân Cymru’n dechrau ar Ddydd Gŵyl Dewi ac rydym eisoes wedi cael ymateb rhagorol gan fusnesau, ysgolion, grwpiau cymunedol a sefydliadau eraill. Gyda’n gilydd, gallwn greu newid.

Canfyddwch sut y gallwch gymryd rhan

The issue of marine litter isn’t just relevant to coastal communities – in fact 80% of marine debris is from land-based sources. That’s why we’re calling on people across Wales to come together and help us clean up our country.

Spring Clean Cymru kicks off on St David’s Day and we’ve had a fantastic response from businesses, schools, community groups, and other charities. Together we can create change.

Find out how you can get involved

30 mlynedd o’r Faner Las yng Nghymru 
30 years of Blue Flag in Wales

Mae eleni’n fwy arbennig byth am ei bod yn nodi 30 mlynedd o’r Faner Las yng Nghymru.  Am dri degawd, mae rhaglen ryngwladol y Faner Las wedi helpu i godi safonau amgylcheddol i’r lefel uchaf.

I ddechrau ein dathliadau, rydym wedi lansio adroddiad newydd yn dangos pwysigrwydd y Faner Las i ymwelwyr a busnesau.

Mae dros 96% o bobl yn ymwybodol o raglen y Faner Las, gyda 90% yn deall bod y wobr yn golygu glendid, diogelwch ac ansawdd dŵr. Mae mwyafrif helaeth y busnesau yng Nghymru hefyd o’r farn bod y Faner Las yn cael effaith gadarnhaol.

Darllen yr adroddiad llawn

This year is even more special as it marks 30 years of Blue Flag in Wales. For three decades, the international Blue Flag programme has helped raise environmental standards to the highest level.

To kick off our anniversary celebrations, we’ve launched a new report showing the importance of Blue Flag to visitors and businesses.

More than 96% of people are aware of the international Blue Flag programme, with 90% understanding the award stands for cleanliness, safety and water quality. Businesses in Wales also overwhelmingly consider Blue Flag to have a positive impact.

Read the full report

Ein hymagwedd
Our approach 

Eisiau canfod mwy am ein cynlluniau i’r dyfodol?
Lawrlwythwch ein Strategaeth Gorfforaethol

Want to find out more about our plans
for the future?
Download our Corporate Strategy

Petition against NRW

Feb 25, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Following a meeting with their local AM, Betws Anglers were advised to raise a petition against the decision making process used by Natural Resources Wales during the proposed bylaw consultation.
A petition has now been raised by Betws AC, and is now live. The petition can be found at . We need as many anglers as possible to support this.
This is a Welsh Government petition and depending on the support it receives will be considered by the WG petitions committee, this could result in a public inquiry on the way the proposed NRW fisheries bylaws consultation has been conducted.
We need your support please forward this to as many anglers as possible – there are 4800 migratory fish licence holders in Wales and many more who fish Welsh rivers but live in England, we need them all to support us. 

Catch and Release Bye Laws

Feb 21, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The pdf document was recently received from North Wales and makes interesting reading.

C & R – John Eardley – Feb 2018 -{1}

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Carp Team Wales 2018 Trial and Conditions Forms.

Feb 14, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

2018 Carp Trial Entry

February Newsletter

Feb 14, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Feb 2018

Angling Cymru Awarded Level 1 Coaching Award

Feb 11, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Merthyr Anglers are pleased that Angling Cymru who our coaches are members of, has achieved this recognition.
At all times we ensure our Coaching Standard is of the highest and that we abide and conform to all the rules regarding the Safeguarding of Children and vulnerable Adults.
Special thanks must go to Bernie Farr who pushed hard for our coaches to be accredited
Acheivement Letter – Level 1 Angling

Newsletter from Severn and Wye Smokery

Feb 7, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments


It’s a strange time of the year, Christmas is over, children are back at school and days are starting to lengthen, we know spring is around the corner but the cold and frosty mornings have reduced those thoughts to whims and fancies. Guns have been cleaned and locked away and for me it’s meant a visit to the cupboard under the stairs, pull out my rods and reacquaint myself with fishing gear that has been gathering dust over the winter months. In Scotland the wild salmon rod and line season started on most major rivers in mid-January, while in England and Wales we will have to wait until March. Melting snow and rain has meant Scottish rivers have seen little activity but hope springs eternal and I have already booked a couple of trips for April in my quest for that early and elusive springer (salmon).

In Scotland the rod and line fishing has suffered several poor seasons and ghillies that I spoke to last year voiced genuine concerns about river salmon stocks declining at an alarming rate. The blame gets evenly spread between Government, farm fertilisers and nitrates, birds of prey, commercial netting, seals, dolphins and salmon farms, but now many are thinking the problem may be even more complicated and actually something that is happening out at sea.

The good news is closer to home though and the River Severn, which until recently, was described by the Environment Agency as a river ‘at risk’ is now a river ‘probably not at risk’. This reclassification is extremely important as it completely revaluates the health of the river’s stock. It’s also at a time when pressure is mounting for the E. A. to rethink their new licensing policy which has, in effect, closed the small commercial wild salmon fishery on the Severn. The word commercial does this fishery a disservice. It is in fact a group of twenty-five old boys who enjoy fishing the river for a tiny reward that at the moment doesn’t cover the cost of their license.

We are actively supporting these fishermen and feel that this heritage fishery with its skills and river knowledge is a tradition of Gloucestershire we can ill afford to lose. To be truly ‘sustainable’ environmental, social, and economic benefits must all overlap, but the E.A seems to be purely interested in only the environmental aspect of sustainability.

We don’t want the fishery to have unlimited access; it’s essential it’s sustainably managed and controlled, it would also help if the old riparian rights were returned so a license holder can bequeath his license to his son or daughter. With the E.A. we need to be able to take a more custodial approach to the fishery to ensure its long-term future rather than legislate to kill the fishery.

The E.A. also plans to implement a total ban on the off-shore netting on the N.E. English coast in 2018. This is a proper commercial fishery and accounts for 93% of the commercial catch of wild salmon and sea trout in England and Wales. As the coastal net fisheries in Scotland closed some years ago it’s almost certain that most of the wild salmon coming to London somehow picks up a Scottish passport en route. Numbers will also put this in some sort of perspective. In 2016 the N.E. fishery caught roughly 38,000 seatrout and 18,500 wild salmon. 2016 was also the last year that the Severn netsmen fished their quota, their total catch for the season was 162. This means particularly wild salmon but wild sea trout as well will become a rarity and something that chefs will only be able to feature as a rare delicacy, and by 2020 something we may talk to our children about having once tasted.

Continuing on the trout theme we have teamed up with Chalk Stream Foods and taken their awarding winning farmed trout, which is proving popular with many of the country’s leading chefs. The fish are reared in farms alongside the River Ichen and the River Test, and it is the diverted spring fed chalk stream waters that gives these fish their clean and delicate sweet flavour. By successfully now producing a suitable large fish for smoking we think is a product that will have widespread appeal, a British sustainably reared fish that for so long has been undervalued. We are planning to have hot and cold smoked trout available from the 14th February, wholesale customers contact the sales office for details.

The 15th February is the start of the elver season. The cold weather may mean that we will have to wait a while before we see any reasonable catches, but like all fishermen we remain optimistic. Any chefs or wholesale customers that would like to get involved in our restocking or Tanks in Schools programme get in touch, it’s a wonderful feeling restocking British rivers, involving children and teaching them at the same time about the wonders and life of the eel, its value as a resource and how we need to look after and respect our rivers.

More news soon.

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** Dates for the Diary

Start of the UK elver fishing season
15th February
Don’t expect much fishing for the first few weeks, need weather and water to jump a few degrees in temperature.

Chinese New Year
16th February
Year of the Dog, supposedly anyone born in this year will be communicative, serious and responsible in the work place.

St David’s Day
1st March
Welsh choirs clear their throats for celebration singing. Daffodils and leeks go short in the market.

Salmon season opens England & Wales
3rd March
Time to catch up with Scots and see if any spring fish are running
Cider orchard
Severn & Wye cider orchard planted
150 trees, 7 heritage varieties, all possible from contributions from our sales of MSC haddock, herring and ‘SEG’ approved smoked eel.
Dai Francis

Song of the Paddle and Access

Jan 28, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
This seems to be another determined effort by the paddlers – even looking for a court case ???

One Last Chance to Save Welsh Salmon & Sea Trout Fisheries

Jan 25, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Dear Friends,

Last week we witnessed both success and a severe let down. WE MUST ACT…FAST!

With many from our fishing community, I attended Natural Resource Wales Board meeting on the 18th January in Bangor, Gwynedd and witnessed what I can only describe as an injustice as the NRW chair Diane McCrea took the decision to present the NRW Fishery Bylaws, essentially unchanged, to Welsh Government.

Please help us get more signatures:

We had a fight on our hands….we now have a battle.

I urge you to now lobby your Welsh Assembly Members and make them see that NRWs bylaws do not represent the appropriate means of establishing community lead fisheries in the now and therefore for the future.

I urge you to share our story with local papers; local media and social media and I urge you please…LETS GET MANY MORE SIGNATURES. We may only have days to do this….the timescale is now unclear.

The greatest frustration for all of us who witnessed proceedings at the Board Meeting of the 18th is that the majority of the non executive Board, understood our plight:

they stated the fishing community had been ousted from the process; they called for an alternative approach to be developed in partnership with us (as should always have been the case); and they recognised NRW are in no position to police the proposed system. All members of the Board recognised the need to tackle riverine habitat issues and made the promise to implement a strategy to deal with them…..all of this shows our voice has been heard! WORKING TOGETHER WE ARE INFLUENCING FOR EVERYONES BENEFIT.

THEN……came the sledge hammer blow! The Boards Executive Members effectively ignored the wisdom of the non executive. Suddenly, it was about no more time wasting; no more expenditure; no more listening……to us. We are not on their agenda ladies and gentleman….WE MUST PUT RIGHTING THIS WRONG AT THE TOP OF OURS.

Even though their very own Board stated the way forwards must be shaped by those who are most impacted by the measures…..US…they were ignored!

Please forward this message now….it’s our last chance.


‘Thank You’ for all you have done and your continued support,

Reuben Woodford

Invitation to an Open Evening at Gary Evans Shop Whitchurch Cardiff

Jan 24, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
We are holding an open evening in our Cardiff shop on the 22nd of February and wondered if any of your members would like to attend? I’m sure we had a few from Merthyr last year!
It starts about 6.30pm and we always have some very special offers only available on the night, as well as a general discount on other items. There will also be a free buffet including beers and non-alcoholic drinks.
It’s a great opportunity for members of different clubs to get together, swap stories, information, and have a bit of fun.
If you wish to attend let our secretary know so he can contact Garry Evans with the numbers of our members to allow for the catering.

Application Forms

Jan 7, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

2018 Application for membership form is now available via the following link……..


Join the MTAA