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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.

Brecon to Cardiff Run Walk Crawl Event 19/02/17

Jan 22, 2017   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The following is from Ben Morris the organiser of the above event………………………..

We are organising a ultra race running and walking on 19th February 2017, which takes in some of the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal towpath. The Canal & Rivers Trust have asked us to let Fishing Clubs know that the event will be taking place.
Participants will be following the towpath between Brecon and Talybont-on-usk between 0730 and 0900 am. Participants will be clearly briefed that they should keep to the left, in single file and give way always to members of the Public. A lead marshal will be ahead of the first participants to ensure people know they are coming. A sweeper team will follow the route collecting any litter and signage.
We hope this will not inconvenience you in any way and we are keen to deliver this event providing a positive impact on the local communities. However, please get in touch with us if you have any concerns or any questions.

Ben Morris

Brecon To Cardiff Race organiser, Run Walk Crawl

Teifi Fish Kill

Dec 21, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Last Saturday over 1000 Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout were killed through a pollution of slurry, over 6 miles of this fantastic river were polluted.

More information follow this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-mid-wales-38382670

Christmas

Dec 21, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The Chairman, Officers and the Committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all members for their support during 2016 and to wish all members a very happy Christmas and Tight Lines for 2017.

Help stop pollution in Welsh rivers

Dec 9, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

You may or may not be aware that the Welsh Government is currently consulting on extending Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales.

Details here: http://blog.fishtec.co.uk/help-save-welsh-rivers-from-farm-pollution
To help, all you need do is download a ready filled in word document from the Fishtec blog post, fill in the top with your details (individual or fishing club) and email it off to the Welsh government.
The more people/organisations do it, more chance of the law being changed so less slurry and farm waste etc gets into our rivers.

Father Christmas is coming

Dec 6, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Father Christmas is coming to the model railway in Cyfarthfa Park on Saturday and Sunday the 17th and 18th December.  Come along have a ride on the train and enjoy a visit to Santa’s Grotto

Wild Trout Trust Autumn Newsletter

Nov 24, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Dear WTT Member

Herewith a link to a PDF version of the latest WTT Newsletter which you can read or download and save to read later wttautumn2016newsletter –best viewed at 100% or less.

Any problems, please contact me and I will try to help and I can send you a paper version if all else fails.

Over the next few weeks we will be investigating the feasibility and cost of an alternative to downloading a PDF. But in the meantime we would be interested and grateful to know (good or bad) how you feel about your experience on this occasion and whether you are content or would prefer something different.

We’re also getting close to the Annual Draw which takes place on Tuesday 13 December. If you haven’t already done so, please buy a ticket or two and encourage your friends to do likewise. You can buy tickets easily via our website shop – CLICK HERE – tickets cost just £1 each and there are a range of great prizes on offer.

Kind regards, Christina
Christina Bryant
Trust Administrator

Salmon Rod Catch & Stock Status on the River Usk – Author Guy Mawle

Nov 23, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The pdf document below gives a broad picture of what is happening on the river Usk.

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If you see an incident on the River Usk, please keep this number handy and report it, although it would appear that nothing is happening, all incidents are logged and the more incidents which are logged the more likely the chance of bailiffs attending, plus if we (the anglers, riperian owners) keep reporting incidents maybe National Resources Wales will employ more bailiffs, please keep ringing in.

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Institute of Fisheries Management – Sea Angling 2017 Survey

Nov 23, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
We were asked if we would put the Survey on our website, we agreed because we know that many of our members are also keen sea fishermen/women, please complete the survey if you possibly can

Calling All Sea Anglers! – Sea Angling 2017 Survey 
Dear IFM  Member, supporters and friends, please find below the details for the Sea Angling 2017 Survey. We hope that those of you who are sea anglers will take the time to complete the survey (it only takes 10 minutes max). The information gathered helps to inform government bodies about what is being caught and the value of sea angling to the UK economy.
Dear Angler,

We are writing to ask you to take part in a short survey about sea angling and to invite you to take part in a sea angling diary study.

The survey will only take 5-10 minutes and will ask you:

  •   Some basic details about your sea angling/fishing participation – however often you go or don’t go, we need to know!
  •   Whether you are interested in taking part in a Sea Angling Catch and Spending Diary Study in 2017.

    If you choose to take part in the 2017 Catch Diary Study, it will provide you, free of charge, with unique access to an Online Catch Diary tool, a Fish ID booklet (provided in conjunction with www.britishseafishing.com), a catch recording kit, and a personalised online dashboard so you can see your fishing trips and catches as well as a report at the end of the year.

Sea Angling 2017
Take the Survey
WIN PRIZES! 

By doing this survey you can enter a free online prize draw for one of two x £50 of Fishing Megastore vouchers.
By taking part in the diary study next year you can enter a free prize draw every month of 2017 for Fishing Megastore vouchers.

The prizes are provided in conjunction with Fishing Megastore.

About the Research – please see: www.seaangling.org
The survey is commissioned by Cefas and undertaken by Substance.
Contact

If you require further information or have any problems completing the survey, please email:

seaangling2017@substance.net

Confidentiality

ALL information you provide will be treated in strictest confidence. No details will be passed onto a third party and the information you provide will only be used in aggregate. You may give us permission to contact you and to enter you in the prize draw – but that is entirely up to you.

Petition to save our Bass

Nov 20, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Can you please sign the petition below to save our Bass

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172441/signatures/new

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172441/signatures/new

Reason to sign the petition

Bass stocks in Britain and Europe are in trouble and urgent action is needed to conserve and rebuild the remaining spawning populations. The decline is the result of increased commercial overfishing since 1985 – not recreational sea angling (RSA).
  • Estimates as to the impact of recreational angling on bass stocks vary from 10% to 25% of all landings. Recent evidence from CEFAS and the Eastern IFCA illustrates how ‘official’ commercial landings data is massively understated suggests that the figure is much closer to 10% and many anglers would argue that it is even lower.
  • Organisations like the National Federation of Sea Anglers, now part of the Angling Trust, and the Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society (B.A.S.S.) have been campaigning for the introduction of bass conservation measures for more than 20 years. Things looked hopeful in 2004 when the Net Benefits report by the Cabinet Office recommended that fishery managers look at making bass a recreational-only species. This was followed up by the publication of a Bass Management Plan by B.A.S.S. in October 2004.
  • Sadly, the reports stayed on the shelf, bass stocks continued to be over fished and the unsustainable minimum size limit of 36cm remained in place until last year’s long overdue rise to 42 cm – the absolute smallest size at which bass reach maturity and are able to reproduce.
  • Scientific advice issued by the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) in June 2014 recommended an 80% cut in bass mortality across the EU area for 2015. This followed the 2013 advice for a 36% cut which was ignored. In 2014 bass landings by UK vessels rose by 30% (from 772 tonnes to 1,004 tonnes).
  • Current stock biomass in North Atlantic fishery is now estimated to be 7,320 tonnes, well below the ‘B-lim’ of 8,075 tonnes, at which future regeneration becomes critically endangered.
  • Sea bass are an iconic sporting species, a top target for anglers with a recreational value of £200m to the economy. Thirty years ago bass were considered primarily a recreational species and were subject to very little commercial harvesting. [MAFF 1987].
  • Commercial Hook and Line fishing is more sustainable and allows undersized (and oversized) fish to be returned. It accounts for around 20% of all bass caught commercially in the UK. However, this figure is likely to have decreased following last year’s increase in the bass minimum landing size.
  • Following the failure to reach agreement at the European Fisheries Council meeting in December 2014 the EU took the unusual step of introducing a series of welcome emergency measures which were confirmed at the Fisheries and Aquaculture Committee meeting on Friday January 23rd 2015. These included a new minimum landing size of 42cms and a ban on the trawling of spawning aggregations in order to help save declining bass stocks in the English Channel, Southern North Sea and Irish and Celtic Seas.
  • The UK secured some success in leading on the introduction of the 2015 package of emergency measures to protect bass stocks. However, the situation has continued to deteriorate. ICES advice for 2016 recommended catches of no more than 541 tonnes – effectively a 90% reduction on 2014. The 2015 measures are estimated to have reduced catches by only 36% – the EC accept they simply didn’t go far enough – and it is now clear that the neither did those adopted for 2016 which included increase in vessel catch limits for inshore gill net and hook and line commercial boats.

PLEASE, SIGN THE PETITION………..

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/172441/signatures/new

 

Wild Trout Trust Appeal in conjunction with Aviva

Nov 16, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments
We would like to request you vote for the project being run in conjunction with the Wild Trout Trust who we support and who’s help was invaluable when we carried out restoration on the river Taf Fechan.
Please take time to register you have ten votes you can use them on any of the projects.

WTT Members, please vote for wild trout!

Please vote for wild trout!

The next Wild Trout Trust newsletter will be sent out by post or email, as appropriate, in about 2-3 weeks’ time. Meanwhile, please help us by voting for wild trout!

The Wild Trout Trust and the Mersey Basin Rivers Trust are hoping to win £22,000 of funding from the Aviva Community Fund to pay for creating a by-pass around a big weir on the River Goyt in Lancashire. This weir is currently a huge barrier to fish migration and by-passing it will make a big difference to trout, eels and salmon in the river. To win this money, we need as many people as possible to vote for us. You will need to register but it takes just a couple of minutes. Full details of the project and voting are HERE. Many thanks in advance if you are able to vote for us. 

Also, our annual raffle is up and running, with five brilliant prizes: a Sage rod; a day for 3 rods on the Lambourn (courtesy of Famous Fishing); an overnight stay with fishing on the Derbyshire Wye (courtesy of the Peacock at Rowsley); a six-bottle case of wine (courtesy of Paul Kenyon) and a tenkara line and leaders (courtesy of Phoenix Lines). Thank you to all our donors. The draw will be held at the Thomas Lord pub in West Meon on Tuesday 13 December at 7pm and tickets cost a mere £1 each. You will find an order form enclosed with your newsletter or you can buy in the shop on our website HERE.

Lastly, our 2017 Annual Get Together will be with the Haddon Estate in Derbyshire on the weekend of 13 & 14 May – please pop the dates in your diary. We’ll have a day of super-interesting talks and river walks on the Saturday, with a Sunday of fishing on the excellent local rivers. More details will follow in the events section on the WTT website and in the Spring Newsletter.

Kind regards, Shaun Leonard
WTT Director

Cyfarthfa Park Railway

Oct 25, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

The railway in Cyfarthfa Park will be running Christmas Specials on the Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December, come along and have some fun

Annual General Meeting

Oct 20, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

This years AGM will take place on Wednesday 9th November 2016 in the Ex-Servicemens Club Lower High Street Merthyr Tydfil, all members are welcome, if you wish to attend please contact our Secretary Rhys Evans sec.mtaa@gmail.com we Start at 7pm

New Incident Number

Oct 19, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

National Resources Wales has introduced a new telephone number for any one to report incidents of pollution or poaching, the old 0800 number will continue to work for some time yet.   The number is……………..

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End of Season on Talybont by Ceri Thomas

Oct 19, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Ceri Thomas of Fishtec fished Tal-y-bont reservoir  on October 16th to end the Stillwater trout season. 5 brownies were landed in a late afternoon session of a few hours at the top end, all on floating line, 20 foot long leader and red-head tadpole fly. Best fish was a magnificent 17 ½ inch cock fish, with the rest being 12 -13 inches. All returned to grow bigger for next season!

River Taff and Pontsticill Res

Oct 19, 2016   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association   //   News  //  No Comments

Below are 2 pictures of a trout caught on the last days of the season by Daniel Pop, a truly magnificent fish

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2 more pictures this time of pike caught in September in Pontsticill reservoir, by Kyle McCarthy.

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