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Coarse Fish River Close Season – EA England Consultation

Jan 16, 2019   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

NRW have been asked to pass on the Consultation of the river coarse fishing close season currently being done by Environment Agency.  The indications are that which ever of the 3 options is favoured by EA England then NRW Wales will also adopt that option.   If you have any thoughts on the 3 options please let EA England know via the link below

We are consulting on the future of the statutory coarse fishing close season on rivers in England. 

You will be aware we have examined the evidence around the river coarse fishing close season and, earlier this year, surveyed anglers’ opinions on retaining, changing or removing the close season. We agreed with England Fisheries Group to consult more widely with the angling community. 

We are consulting on three options: 

  • Retain the current coarse fish close season on rivers – 15 March to 15 June;
  • Retain a close season, but change the duration – 15 April to 30 June;
  • Remove the close season altogether. 

The consultation will be online for 8 weeks from today (14 January) to 11 March 2019. It can be accessed at We also have arrangements to receive for email and postal responses. 

We are issuing a press release today (14 January) and notifying online licence buyers via our January e-newsletter. We will also post on social media. We are writing to national fisheries, wildlife and other partner organisations and have asked our area teams to publicise locally with clubs, fisheries and others. I would be grateful if you are also able to publicise through your own channels. I have attached a short briefing note, including some questions and answers. 

Once the consultation closes, we will collate and report the results. We anticipate a healthy responses, so this may take some time. 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Paul Lidgett at or on 0203 025 4614.

Invitation by the Fly Fishers Guild – Cardiff

Jan 4, 2019   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
fly fishers guild

January 2019 Newsletter

Jan 2, 2019   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
January 2019

Happy New Year

Dec 30, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The Directors of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association, the Officers and Committee of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance would like to wish all members a happy and prosperous new year.


Dec 24, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The Directors, Officers and Committee would like to wish our members a peaceful Christmas full of fun and laughter and a very Happy 2019 with tight lines and screaming reels.

Cyfartfha Park

Dec 20, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Today 20/12/18 Dia “Odd Socks” decided he needed his pre-Christmas fishing fix so fished from peg 28 on the park.  His result 6 bream for about 30lbs, I managed to be passing when he caught his first and smallest bream and managed to get a quick picture……….

Keep nets are allowed on the park from 1 Oct to 30 Mar

Emergency Bye-Laws 2018

Dec 17, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

National Resources Wales have had to introduce Emergency Bye-Laws for the protection of migratory fish as the current Bye-Laws expire on the 31st of December.  To read the bye-laws follow this link………………

Bye- Laws

Season Permits are Now Available

Dec 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

If you wish to purchase a season permit for 2019 they are now available at…………………………….


Season Permits

Gavin Jehu’s Tying for a Pike Fly

Dec 1, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Follow this link for a new fly pattern tied by Welsh International Gavin Jehu……………

I have also uploaded a couple of Gavin’s Facebook videos on  the Flies for river and lake page more will follow

Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association AGM Report 2018

Nov 28, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Stocking of Top Pond with Carp and Bream Monday 26 Nov 18

Nov 26, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Today Top Pond was stocked with 63 Carp weighing 1 to 3 pounds and 320 pounds of Bream sized 10 inches to 2 pounds.


Tony’s 80th Birthday

Nov 20, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On Sunday Tony Rees, who has been our Treasurer from the inception of the Alliance over 50 years ago until last Wednesday when he finally handed over the reins to Rhys, enjoyed his 80th birthday with his family, committee members and coaches.  See the pictures below…….




Changes at he AGM held on Wednesday 14 Nov 18

Nov 16, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
At tonight’s AGM, members voted overwhelmingly (both in attendance and by post) to form a subsidiary company (namely Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance) to protect Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association’s current assets.
In-line with the formation of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance, several irreplaceable stalwarts and founder-members of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association gave up their current positions as officers of the subsidiary. On behalf of everyone, I would like to sincerely thank them for the monumental work they have done over the past 51 years. I may add that they will continue as they have always done, to play an active role within the organisation, but are training up younger blood for the future!
All updated contact details for any new officers can be found on our web page 
Rhys also wrote…………………..
Lastly, I would like to thank everyone who has made my tenure as Secretary over the past 4 years, a thoroughly enjoyable one and I would like to wish my successor Jonathan Walker all the best in his new role – I have no doubt he will prove to be an asset to the club. Jonathan can be contacted on this email address:
As I step aside as Secretary, I look forward to pursuing my new role as Treasurer of Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance under the guidance of Director Tony Rees. My new contact email address is:

Annual General Meeting Wed 14 Nov 2018

Nov 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
Just a gentle reminder that the AGM is being held at the Ex-Servicemen’s club at 7:30pm tomorrow evening. It would be great to see those of you that are available in the meeting.

Senior Coarse Competition – Riverside Fishery Llanbradach Sunday 11 Nov

Nov 13, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The competitors who fished the competition at Riverside fishery near Llanbradach on Sunday 11 Nov stood in silence at 11am to remember those who have fallen fighting for our Country.

The result of the competition was:   1st Dave Couzens with 15lbs 12oz, 2nd John Coombs with 8lbs 4oz, 3rd Jim Howells with 6lbs 13oz.

Dave Couzens is the club champion for 2018 with 74 points, Dia Davies was 2nd with 70 points.  Well done Dave Couzens.


Institute of Fisheries Management Campaign for the Protection of our Rivers and Stillwaters

Nov 8, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Dear IFM Members, supporters and friends,

We have launched a new campaign with our colleagues at Wildlife and Countryside Link and we need your help – our waters are in danger! 

The European Commission could soon weaken the protection of our waters, rivers, lakes and streams at the urging of lobbying by businesses and from some EU Member States. These weakened laws will be transferred to the UK and we would inherit watered down protections

Our waters are already struggling. In England and Wales, only 1 in 5 rivers are in good condition. The number of healthy rivers in England has declined from 27% in 2010 to 14% in 2017, imagine how bad the situation could get if water laws are weakened!

If officials weaken protections now it would have a fatal impact on valuable ecosystems and for countless birds, fish, mammals, and insect species that live on and in the water. It could have
a huge impact on you too, as our drinking water comes from these same sources.

But, you can help us stop this! 

Please take just a few minutes to help our campaign to ‘protect water’ and tell the
European Commission that you care what happens to our waters by filling in our simple form: .

Vote for our water

Our water is contaminated with nitrates, mercury, micro plastics and more. Rivers are crammed in tight corsets of concrete. Dams and other structures block the path of migratory fish. This is not the fault of laws. It shows us that the policy of water protection is not seen as important. The Member States and the EU Commission lack the will to implement it.

Changing the definition of what “good condition” means or extending deadlines to meet water protection requirements would only benefit businesses – not us humans and not nature. The
EU Commission must keep water protections strong and ensure that its members finally take water protection seriously.

The European Commission has recently launched a public consultation in which everyone can contribute their opinion on the future of water conservation. Their consultation is rather complicated, perhaps deliberately so to avoid getting too many responses!  But with our very simple campaign you can back our calls for healthy waters for people and wildlife in the UK with just a few clicks!

YES, I will help
A huge thank you from the Institute for helping to save our waters and our wildlife,

PS: This campaign involves more than 100 organisations from across the EU. We need a lot of people for this message to be heard by the Commission and, above all, to counteract corporate lobbying, for example from the chemical industry.

Inaugural Fisheries Meeting – Report by Chris White

Nov 3, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

From Chris White.

I have attached my notes from the meeting there were lots of good things raised but converting these into actions may be a different thing. As soon as I have the formal minutes I will send them to you.  It remains to be seen what happens next.  I am working with John, Mike and Reuben on putting the final touches to our evidence for the inquiry, there is a pre meeting on 7 November but I cant go as I am at finally fit enough to fish and I am going to the Tweed for 3 days fishing (Thurs/Fri/Sat), John will attend the pre inquiry meeting.  I have included a flow chart I have produced for our evidence presentation and would be interested for any comments you may have on this diagram, the red areas should addressed but instead NRW has focused on the blue areas as we are an easy target which costs nothing..

Senior Competition fished at Riverside Fishery on Sunday 28 Oct

Oct 28, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The result of the senior Competition fished at Riverside Fishery (Silvers Only),

1st Dave Couzens 18lbs

2nd Jim Howells 9lbs

3rd John Coombs 7lbs

The next match will take place at Riverside Fishery on Sunday 11th November

Picture of a Presentation Night a long time ago

Oct 19, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Back Row:  Sam Sales (1st Chair MTAA), Ray Oakley, Vic Skoledec, Jack Hynam, Byron Sales

Middle Row:  Les Corchoran, Chris Isaacs, Graham Davies (Minute Sec) Gary Davies (Chair MTAA)

Front Row: Bernard Farr, Carwyn Williams