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Rod Licence 2017 – Delay

Mar 24, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Th Environment Agency is advising that there will be a delay in sending out the 2017 rod licence.  They are hoping to start sending the rod licences out next Thursday.  If you have applied on line print off and keep the email sent out when you paid, this has the reference number on it that corresponds with your rod licence.  EA are hoping that this is just a small glitch.

River Ely Litter Pick

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

In 2016 Cardiff’s Environmental Scrutiny Committee set up the Restore Our Rivers inquiry to look into the problems facing local rivers and to identify how these could be resolved.  To deliver this work they drew in the support of Dwr Cymru / Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Keep Wales Tidy, South East Wales Rivers Trust, Glamorgan Anglers, Cardiff Rivers Group and Groundwork Wales.

To celebrate the work of the Restore Our Rivers Group and to raise the profile of the planned events for the River Ely Clean the group is running an organised litter pick at Grangemoor Park in Cardiff on Tuesday 21st March 2017.  The event will start at 10am and finish at 12pm.  A link showing the location to Grangemoor Park is provided below:

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Grangemoor+Park,+Cardiff/@51.4569235,-3.1949402,16z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x486e0358b8211287:0x2f1de5be865ee095!8m2!3d51.4565841!4d-3.1907169

If you interested in taking part please contact Richard Bowen on 02920 873606 or email him at rbowen@cardiff.go.uk.  Equipment for the litter pick will be made available on the day and the event will be supported by Keep Wales Tidy.  Those taking part should meet in the car park for Grangemoor Park between 9:45am and 10am – the car park is next to the roundabout on Dunleavy Drive.

Cyfarthfa Park Lake

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Malcolm Williams fished from peg 7, using the top 3 sections of his pole, today 15 mar and from the start at 2-o-clock until he finished at 5pm he was catching roach and rudd every time he cast in.   Malcolm was using single maggot and feeding liquidised bread and maggots.   Malcolm said it was his best days fishing for silver fish for a long time.   It looks as if all the fish we have recently stocked are hungry, and it bodes well for the children’s matches when they start in the near future.

Junior Rod Licences

Mar 15, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Tony Rees our Treasurer has been asked about how to obtain Junior Rod Licences and has found out the following…..

After being approached by a members recently I have made enquiries and the following, contrary to what was originally mentioned will now need to be done to obtain a free Junior permit.

Natural Resources Wales do not issue the permits for Wales, all this is done through the Environment Agency Rod Licence Centre in England and any queries regarding Rod Licences should be sent to the email below or call the numbers below.

Environment Agency

Email: enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk

Telephone: 03708 506 506

Textphone: 03702 422 549

Monday to Friday:  8am to 6pm.

 

Junior licence are now only available on-line I’m afraid (you will have to register, and either print off the licence or write down and keep a record of the licence number).

March Newsletter

Mar 11, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Please follow the link twice Feb 2017

Talybont Reservoir – New Rules

Mar 9, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Welsh Water have changed the rules on taking brown trout on Talybont Reservoir.   From the start of the season on 20th March 2017 all brown trout caught must be returned to the water, anglers are no longer allowed to take any fish for the table.

Rubbish Clean Up

Mar 4, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
On Saturday 4th March, dedicated members of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, in conjunction with Keep Wales Tidy, participated in a mass clean up of the area surrounding Top Pond Penywern. Two separate areas were targeted, the first being the area just outside the gate to the ponds, just at the back of Asda. The lads managed to clear a small mountain of rubbish and as you can see from the photograph, the rubbish ranged from household and garden waste, to televisions and builder’s rubble. The second area targeted was just below the ponds at the old valve house, where they managed to clear up 36 bags of rubbish, which nearly solely consisted of empty beer bottles and cans. As you can see from the before and after photographs, they really did a grand job! On behalf of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association we would like to make a special mention to Vice-Chairman Keith Jones who works tirelessly, week in, week out, to keep the pond area litter free. Keith’s hard work and dedication paid off last summer as the site was granted a prestigious Green Flag Award in recognition of the area’s natural beauty.

The Season Begins

Mar 3, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

At last March 3rd is here and the Rivers Taff, Usk and Tarrell are open.   Unfortunately the weather is against fishing with rising rivers.  Limits are 4 fish per day, but we would encourage you to return fish caught with the occasional one for the pot.  Day ticket holders are limited to 2 fish per day and again we would encourage you to return fish.

Also opening today is Cantref Reservoir, please return the browns.   There is a mix of rainbows and blues in the Reservoir.

If you have a nice photo of your catch we would love to have it on our gallery page.

Tight Lines to you all.

Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine Article on MTAA

Feb 28, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Below is a link (please click twice) which will take you to an article written by Dominic Garnett in Fly Fishing and Fly Tying Magazine March 2017 issue where MTAA is selected as club of the month.

FF&FT Article #1

Countryside Alliance Competition for Rhug Lamb

Feb 27, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
Can you promote this competition for me please. If anyone is concerned about what I do with you re-mail addresses after you have signed up for the competition, I will be adding them to my newsletters which will be handing out all sorts of Assembly information and news, campaigns etc.
If you could ask people to support the CA by simply entering the competition that would be great . it closes on Wednesday!

Welsh Fly Fishing Team visiting MTAA

Feb 26, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The Welsh Fly Fishing Team will be visiting Cyfarthfa Park on the 1st April see the Poster for details

Welsh Team Poster

Welsh Government consultation on access

Feb 21, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced a further consultation on Access and Outdoor Recreation, follow the link for more information

http://www.countryside-alliance.org/category/devolved-regions/countryside-alliance-wales/

NRW Briefing for Salmon and Sea Trout Stocks

Feb 13, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Please find below NRW’s recent briefing for salmon and seat trout stocks and their proposed fishing controls for Wales.   Please follow the  2 links….  170207 FINAL Exploitation briefing (2)

If you have thoughts on what is proposed, please contact us either via the Contact Us Page on this web site or via my email address jayecoombs@gmail.com

 

Pike Anglers Event

Feb 11, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

We have been asked to advertise the Pike Anglers event at Llanharren RFC on Wednesday 22nd Feb at 7.30pm, see poster below.

Fish Legal Update on Access

Feb 6, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
NEWS UPDATE: 24.01.17
David Hart, a leading QC, has provided unequivocal legal advice which confirms once and for all the position about the lawfulness of canoeing and other paddlesports on rivers. The advice could not be any clearer that there is no general public right.  

This confirmation helped win a recent legal case by Llangollen Maelor Anglers and Midland Flyfishers, both represented by Paul Stafford of Dispute Support Solicitors, Pershore, and supported by Fish Legal. The case was against Mr. Andy Povey, a canoeist and stand up paddleboarder.

Mr. Povey had paddled through waters controlled by those fishing clubs and outside of the terms of a permissive access arrangement granted by Welsh Dee Partnership on behalf of those fishing clubs and several other angling clubs and riparian owners which allows access 365 days a year to one of the best stretches of white water in Europe on the River Dee in North Wales. Mr Povey, when challenged by anglers, refused to say he would not trespass again and later boasted about his trespass online.

An application for an injunction to restrain Mr Povey from paddling outside the terms of the permissive access was sought in the High Court. However, after some initial resistance, Mr Povey decided he did not wish to fight the application and has undertaken to the High Court to stick to the terms of the permissive access and to contribute towards the clubs’ legal costs.

This follows a court case in 2011 and 2012 in which Mr. Andrew Biddulph issued a court claim against a Fish Legal member club claiming £4,000 in damages for what Mr Biddulph appeared to portray as interference with his right to navigate the River Dove. However, his court claim made little sense and after an application to the court by Fish Legal, Mr Biddulph was ordered by the court to rewrite his claim or withdraw it and pay legal costs. He withdrew and was later ordered by the court to pay over £10,000 to Fish Legal in legal costs, some of which he continues to pay by monthly instalments.

David Hart QC’s full legal advice – commissioned by Fish Legal – is available for download in the notes below, but the first 5 points of his summary could not be any clearer:

  • There is no general Public Right of Navigation (PRN) on English and Welsh non-tidal rivers for canoeists.
  • A PRN can only be established by long use of vessels on the relevant stretch of river, fulfilling all of the criteria below [these are set out more fully in David Hart QC’s ‘full’ Advice of September 2015].
  • That use must have been regular and habitual, and must have made the river of substantial practical value as a channel of communication or transport.
  • The time for which that use must be established is ‘time immemorial.’
  • The law is entirely clear on the above issues.
Canoe campaigner Reverend Dr Douglas Caffyn (who is not a lawyer) has claimed publicly since 2004 that there is a general public right of navigation, based only on the conclusions of his Masters thesis. Rev Caffyn commissioned legal advice of his own from Lisa Busch QC in August 2016 in response to David Hart QC’s advice.

Although Lisa Busch QC’s advice raises the possibility that a court might reach a different conclusion on the issue in future, she concedes repeatedly that David Hart QC is right about the current law. Further advice from David Hart QC for Fish Legal confirms that none of the points raised by Lisa Busch QC successfully undermines the long held position of Fish Legal and the Angling Trust (consistent with all legal commentators, textbooks and decided case law) that there is no general right to take boats or other water craft onto non-tidal rivers in England and Wales without the permission of the riparian owner(s).

The Angling Trust, the representative and national governing body for angling, together with Fish Legal, has been pressing British Canoeing (formerly the British Canoe Union or BCU) to accept the clarity of the legal position for many years. The canoeing governing bodies in England and Wales have repeatedly published statements that there might be a general right of navigation on all rivers, that the law is unclear generally and has even advised paddlers how to evade land and fishery owners when paddling without permission.

Many angling clubs and fishery owners have in recent years suffered a steady increase in unlawful canoeing throughout England and Wales which has often prevented them fishing in peace, with many paddlers quoting the canoe governing bodies and/or Rev Dr Caffyn as their justification for doing so.

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal have long supported (and continue to support) the use of voluntary access agreements –  made locally by those who know the water best – to provide managed access to rivers in ways which do not interfere with angling or cause damage to often fragile water environments. However, British Canoeing has often refused to sign up to such agreements and has discouraged paddlers from considering them, unless they offer access at all times and water heights. In doing so, they have fundamentally undermined such local arrangements by repeatedly refusing to accept the law.

Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust & Fish Legal, said: “We encourage our member clubs and fishery owners to provide more access to canoes and other water craft, but the canoeing governing bodies in England and Wales have made this very difficult by irresponsibly suggesting that paddlers may go where they like without permission and refusing to accept reasonable conditions within access arrangements.

“We hope that David Hart QC’s very clear legal advice and the costly experiences of Mr Povey and Mr Biddulph will now lead to a more sensible position from the canoeing governing bodies and the small minority of individual paddlers who have taken a militant approach to this issue in recent years.”

The Angling Trust & Fish Legal have written to the Canoeing Governing Bodies demanding that they:

  1. Recognise and accept the law as it is (rather than as they would prefer it to be);
  2. Recognise the clear legal rights of our members;
  3. Stop (wrongfully) asserting that the law is unclear;
  4. Stop discouraging paddlers from considering or entering into voluntary access agreements or arrangements;
  5. Stop encouraging paddlers to ignore the legal rights of others, commit trespass, and obstruct water bailiffs, anglers, fishery owners and riparian owners;
  6. Contribute constructively to a position in which there are more opportunities for people to go paddling, while respecting our members’ lawful rights.
Notes:
Contact: Angling Trust Eastwood House, 6 Rainbow Street, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 8DQ

1st Newsletter of 2017

Feb 6, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Please follow the link to our news letter for January…..

January Newsletter

Welsh Fed of Sea Anglers 2017 Diary

Feb 5, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers have asked if we could help publise their competition calender for 2017, see below.   If you fish the comps we wish you success.

Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers
Calendar of Events 2017
Date Event Venue Contact
Jan 8th Country Stores Open Byrea- Llangennich B.Davies 01792 875050
Jan.15th Air Ambulance Charity Open Amroth J.O’Connor 07774250260
Jan.29th East Region Shore League Aberthaw & Boverton Steve Chadwick 02920794954
Feb.4th National Executive Meeting Rhayader Colin Doyle  07429179530
Feb.12th RNLI Annual Open Amroth J.O’Connor 07774250260
Feb.19th Country Stores Open Loughor B.Davies 01792 875050
March 5th Country Stores Open Loughor B.Davies 01792 875050
March 12th East Region Shore League Marcross & Monknash Steve Chadwick 02920794954
March 13-15th EFSA Wales Welsh Championships J.O’Connor 07774250260
March 19th Country Stores Open Loughor B.Davies 01792 875050
March 25th WFSA AGM Rhayader Colin Doyle  07429179530
April 9th Gwent SAC St Brides I.Smith 07854829590
April 30th Country Stores Charity Open Llantwit Major M.Cowell 07721791210
May 13-20th World Club Championships La Tremblade, France Colin Doyle  07429179530
May 14th Newport & Dist SAC St Brides Paul Yates 01633874029
May 21st East Region Shore League Ogmore to Porthcawl Steve Chadwick 02920794954
17th / 18th June Team Wales Boat Trials Amlwch, Anglesey pgclarke12362@hotmail.co.uk
July 9th East Region Shore League Llantwit Major Steve Chadwick 02920794954
Aug. 6th Smoothound Festival Aberthaw & Boverton Simon Batey 0759915526
Aug. Bank Holiday Holyhead & Dist SAC Holyhead Breakwater Mark James 01407763584
Sept.3rd WFSA Open (pegged) Aberavon Colin Doyle  07429179530
Sept 10th East Region Shore League Sully to Bendricks Steve Chadwick 02920794954
Sept 23rd Mens Shore Team Fish Off Llandudno Cut off date for application 31st March
Sept 24th Mens Shore Team Fish Off Colwyn Bay Cut off date for application 31st March
Oct.8th Osprey SAC Open Amroth J.O’Connor 07774250260
Oct.8th Barry Angling Festival Final Cold Knap- Porthkerry Steve Chadwick 02920794954
Oct.21st Mens Shore Team Fish Off Llandudno Cut off date for application 31st March
Oct 22nd Mens Shore Team Fish Off Penmaenmawr Cut off date for application 31st March
Oct 29th Welsh Flounder Festival Loughor B.Davies 01792 8795050
Nov 12th Penarth Open Penarth B.Galley 0292070699
Nov.12th Cwmavon Outcasts SAC Aberavon Open Degwill Coleman 07914770590
Nov.26th Ty Coch SAC Loughor Open P.Bendle 07988029798
Nov.26th East Region Shore League Ogmore to Porthcawl Steve Chadwick 02920794954
Dec.10th East Region Open Cardiff Foreshore Steve Chadwick 02920794954

Top Pond

Feb 1, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Dave Couzens fished the pond today (1/2/17) and caught 13 bream and a 5lb carp all on the feeder using sweetcorn.   Dave fished from 9.30 to 1.30 from peg 16.  Last Wednesday he fished the same peg but only caught 5 bream, Dave fished from 9.30 until 4.30 but the weather was a lot colder.   I have heard from other anglers that the pond has fished well all winter.

Last Saturday myself, Tony Rees, Malcolm Williams and Rhys Evans went over to Redhill Fishery and collected 30lbs of fish that we stocked into the pond, the picture shows a net of the fish

I fished Top Pond on Saturday 4th Feb, the weather changed quickly, one minute windy and very, very cold, the next mild with no wind.  I hooked 9 bream, landed 6 using an open ended feeder with 2 sweetcorn hair rigged.  A couple of pictures below show two of the fish, all of the fish I caught were between 3 and 4lbs.  I photographed the fish in my landing net

 

Atlantic Salmon Trust

Jan 27, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
From Mrs Tiggy Pettifer, Fundraising Officer Atlantic Salmon Trust
As fundraising officer for the AST  I so want to tell the grass roots boys about the work that we are trying to achieve. It is not about toffs in tweeds- its about doing something vital in the marine environment!
I want to reach all generations, of all walks of life and anyone who cares about the silver tourists!
Please don’t hesitate to ring or email me with any questions you might have, in the meanwhile if you felt you could, please could you send this out to as many clubs,fisheries and members as possible.
THANK YOU so much for your support

Become a friend of the Atlantic Salmon Trust

The Atlantic Salmon Trust is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2017. With a new Chairman Robbie Douglas Miller, a new CEO Sarah Bayley Slater and a re vamped board of directors, the vision is in the marine environment. This is a very driven team , which is greatly needed, our salmon stocks over the last twenty five years has dropped from 8-10 million to 3-4 million. The smolt statistics are even more worrying as 25% were returning, today less than 3% have returned. Never more has this keystone species needed our help.

Why should you help? Please watch our Chairman’s message first. https://youtu.be/S4gKjmsZIWA

The three projects that the AST are targeting:

  1. Acoustic tagging
  2. E dna probes
  3. Aquaculture

We have to get the funding to put these three vital projects into place and by your donation we can make this happen. All you have to do is go to our new website www.atlanticsalmontrust.org and click on friends or fill in the attached form and send it back to us.

The AST’s online auction went live on January 14th and closes on February 14th– please take a look as you may well find something that you really like. By bidding you will be helping fund one of the projects.

On May 25th The AST are holding a Gala dinner at Syon House to raise hopefully over £100,000 for these projects.

If you would like to be involved in the Gala through sponsorship, auction lots, donations or the Presidents Club please contact Tiggy Pettifer fundraiser@atlanticsalmontrust.org

What do you get as a friend?

You will receive a car sticker, a gift voucher for Fishing TV and a newsletter keeping you updated with the progress that we are making and events happening later in the year.

Thank you, united together we can protect wild salmon.

Tiggy Pettifer

Fundraising officer for the Atlantic Salmon Trust

fundraiser@atlanticsalmontrust.org

Early Reservoir Brown Trout Fishing – by Ceri Thomas

Jan 26, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

EARLY SEASON WILD BROWN TROUT FISHING ON THE RESERVOIRS – CERI THOMAS

March 20th is a special date in the Welsh fly-fishing calendar – it heralds the opening of the brown trout season on stillwater. After many months of waiting and counting down the days, the wild brown trout fishing can finally begin on the reservoirs of the Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association.

March and April can be tough, cold and brutal months on our lakes, but the brownies are still there to be caught. Hit it right, and you can have a really good day.

Should you be lucky enough to be fishing on a calm, mild day you will often find a nice afternoon hatch of small black buzzer on Talybont and Cantref. This invariably brings the trout to the top, hungry as they are after a long cold winter. So make sure you have some imitative black buzzer patterns, small black CDC dries and some wets such as black pennel and blae and black in your box for such occurrences.

Most of the time though, early season is cold and very blowy. In these typical conditions it’s best to get your flies down a foot or two as the trout more reluctant to go near the surface. Best line is a fast intermediate with a sink rate of 1.5 inches per second. Airflo do some good intermediate lines, including the clear Velocity and Sixth Sense – both great lines for our reservoirs.

With an intermediate line I like to fish a long leader about 15 foot length, with two flies, typically a black mini lure on the point such as a woolly bugger, ace of spades, viva or black tadpole. With a traditional wet on the dropper such as coch y bonddu, bibio, zulu, or mallard and claret you have a very effective early season combination.

Covering water really is the key to early season wild brown trout. You will need to find the fish as they will not be active and cruising round the lake like they are in the warm times. A great method is to ‘step and cast’ – get a nice cast out of about 20 yards then step a yard or two down the bank. Give the flies 10 seconds or so to sink then start the retrieve. That step you made also imparts a nice curve into your retrieve that the trout often find very attractive. Step and cast your way down a whole length of bank until you find a few fish.

Finally don’t ignore the shallows – with even thick snow on the hills I have caught fish at the neck ends of Talybont and Canfref, reason being these are the first areas to warm up and they hold a lot of cased caddis and snails in the decayed weedbeds that provide easy food for early season trout. Also the larger Talybont brownies are known to eat spawning frogs and toads tight in the margins – so late March can be a great time to catch a bigger specimen there.  But bear in mind the fish may be out of condition, so try to spare the priest as they are not the best eating at this time of year.

Tightlines, Ceri.

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