Don’t pay more for your licence


Many people have started renewing their fishing licences. We are aware that some websites are offering to buy or check licence applications on your behalf. The Environment Agency does not endorse these services. As you renew your licence online, always get your licence direct from GOV.UK and take extra care when using a search engine that you don’t stray onto other sales sites.

Getting your licence direct from us is cheaper, quicker and a lot simpler. You can also get your fishing licence by calling our telephone sales line on 0344 800 5386 or from your local post office.

Councillor Paul Browns Funeral

COUNCILLOR PAUL BROWN Aged 65 Years , Merthyr Tydfil Funeral Service Friday 1st March 2019 12 Noon, St. Tydfil’s Old Parish Church, Merthyr Tydfil 1.30pm Llwydcoed Crematorium, Aberdare Donations in lieu of flowers for Cancer Research…

Paul Brown

It is with great regret that the Merthyr Anglers heard today of the death of Paul Brown.  Paul has been a great friend to the Angling Association and in his capacity as Councillor, Mayor and keen fisherman he was keen to see us promote fishing through our schools programme. We run taster days for Merthyr Schools and  each year, no matter what his public duties, he would turn up at the final to present the trophy.  The Angling community has lost a very good friend and our thoughts and prayers are with Paul’s wife Kath, son Jamie and their family.

Coarse Fish River Close Season – EA England Consultation

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.


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

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

Gavin Jehu’s Tying for a Pike Fly

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

Tony’s 80th Birthday

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…….