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Senior Competition – Middle Pond

Apr 19, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

8 anglers fished Middle Pond on 16th april, the conditions were very blustery and cold and in the late morning through to the end of the competition it rained.

1st John Coombs from peg 1 with 23lb
2nd David Couzens with 2lb
3rd Jason Woodford with 1lb 8oz
4th Doug Hawkins 1oz

I was lucky with the draw and hooked 3 carp landed 2 one 14lb one 9

Fishery Reports

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

Cyfarthfa Park Lake

Firstly, 6 anglers fished Redhill Fishery near Monmouth on Friday for small roach, rudd and gudgeon and 50lb of small fish was stocked into Cyfarthfa Park Lake on Friday evening.

Malcolm Williams has fished the park lake twice in the last 2 weeks and on both occasions has had a great bag of roach, rudd, gudgeon and crucian carp.

River Taff

The river has been fishing extremely well from the top to the bottom, anglers are reporting good catches of trout of various sizes.   For more information and pictures please visit our Facebook page where anglers have put reports/pictures of their catches.   Most are coming to French leader styled of fishing but the Klink and dink is also doing well

1st Trout Competition

The date has changed, it was supposed to take place this coming Sunday (Easter Sunday), but has been postponed until the 23th April, the competition is at Trecastle Usk reservoir.

1st SENIOR COARSE COMPETITION – TOP POND

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

On Sunday 2nd April, after a very frosty and cold night 10 anglers turned up to fish top pond. All but 5 anglers caught fish with the majority of fish coming from the higher peg numbers where the water is deeper. Although, Dai Odd Socks caught a 4lb bream from peg 1. Right up to the last 2 minutes of the competition Clive Saunders was winning with 2 bream and a small carp, but then Clive Jane, who had only one bite, from a bream which he had landed, had a rod bending bite. He landed a large carp which won him the competition with a winning weight of 9lbs 4oz.
The results were 1st Clive “Butch” Jane 9lb 4oz, 2nd Clive Saunders 7lb 14, 3rd Dai Davies 4lb, 4th Dave Couzens 2lb 5oz, 5th Jason Woodford 11oz. The other 5 (myself included) drank tea!!!!

Ceri Thomas -River Taff Report – March 2017

Mar 27, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

River Taff is fishing quite well, Ceri Thomas of Fishtec fished on Saturday afternoon near Troedyrhiw. Despite very bright conditions a good number of fish to 17 inches came to hand. A French leader and jig nymphs fished in the faster runs did the damage. All fish were in prime condition for time of year and were safely returned to the river.

For further Facebook reports by members please follow the links

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1445585075454129&set=gm.424550374562662&type=3&theater

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10158473543685581&set=pcb.424527501231616&type=3&theater

Model Boat Club

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

The model boat club have applied to use Cyfarthfa Park Lake to run their boats, permission has been granted for the club to use the lake for a trial period of 6 weeks starting this coming Sunday.  They are only allowed to used the lake on a Sunday and Tuesday of each week.  They are restricted to the first round floating Island from the landing stage.  If there are anglers on the main road bank then they are restricted to the side of the island by the Railway.

 

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