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Low Water Conditions and High Water Temperatures on Wye and Usk Rivers

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

The following is the body of an email sent out by the Wye and Usk Foundation regarding the very hot weather conditions and the effect it is having on these 2 rivers

You might already be aware that water temperatures in the middle and lower reaches of both the Wye & Usk have reached extremely high levels. For this reason, we have taken the decision to suspend salmon and trout bookings via the Fishing Passport temporarily until water temperatures drop (downstream of Glasbury and Abergavenny respectively).

This is for fish welfare reasons and because the chances of anyone catching a salmon are almost non-existent. We will contact any anglers who have booked in advance to fish over the period of suspension to offer them the chance to re-book later in the year or a refund.

The suspension will be reviewed daily, along with the situation for coarse fishing and other areas of both rivers.

Extreme low, warm water conditions are becoming more of an issue for the rivers. WUF are installing a network of remote monitoring linked to the webcams that will give WUF, owners and anglers real-time information on water temperatures. This will enable us make quick decisions on issues such as this in the future.

If any owners would like to discuss any of the above please do not hesitate to call us.

Kind regards,

The Wye & Usk Foundation

The 2018 Fishing Passport magazine is out now!

Ladies Competition Brecon Canal Sunday 8 Jul

Jul 11, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Dawn Sayce Jones won the competition on the Brecon Canal on Sunday 8/7/18 with a winning weight of 8lb 6oz all caught on maggot.

Barbel Fishing

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The Barbel Society has requested anglers to cease fishing for barbel on the River Wye whilst the current hot spell of weather continues.  This is because of the low water and oxygen levels in the water, which stresses fish and the added stress of being caught could cause the fish to expire.  The picture below was taken at Radyr weir on the River Taff yesterday morning (9/7/18) and shows that the weir is barely functioning and indicates how low the river levels are around the country.

Report on the Carp Leagues latest Competition

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Report by Tom Jehu

After a very difficult few hours this morning, Shane McDonnell came 1st and I came 2nd on Cyfarthfa Lake for the 4th competition of the Thomas Phillips Memorial Carp league. We landed one fish each and no other fish were caught.

The fish that Shane landed was trailing around 60-65 yards of line. This caused a considerable amount of damage to the inside of the fishes mouth due to the rig going through one of the gill plates and snagging the fish in the lower jaw. The cut in its mouth was not bleeding but it was an open wound which required huge amount of carp care (almost a full bottle)

Can I please ask that those of you who are using these pre tied rigs, that I keep finding on the path around the lake, please take some time to watch some tutorial videos on YouTube on how to set up safely/properly or from now on people will be asked to leave our waters by the bailiffs for using shit set ups when there is no excuse for it. Tying good quality rigs is a huge part of fishing so please learn to do it! We, as a club, hold coaching sessions for those of you who are unsure of how to set up properly so there are no more excuses.

Rig checks are going to be carried out from now on while we are asking for your licences.

Thanks all

Senior Competition held above Brynach Locks Brecon Canal

Jul 10, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On Sunday 7 Senior Anglers fished the Brecon Canal above Brynach Locks and the results are

1st (Gentleman) Jim Howell 3lb 5oz

2nd John Coombs 3lb 2oz

3rd Dave Couzens 2lb 8oz

The next match is at Redhill Fishery on 22 July draw 9.30 fish 11am until 5pm

Junior Competition at Redhill Fishery 30/6/18

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

The junior match anglers were given the opportunity to fish Redhill Fishery on Molly’s Pond on Saturday 30th June.

all the juniors taking part had a fantastic day, the weather was brilliant, the fish were feeding well and as usual the fishery was immaculate.

The winner was Jayden with 36lbs 10ozs

2nd was Josh with 25lbs 12oz

3rd was April with 25lbs 1oz.

the picture on the left is Jayden with his winning catch

Senior Coarse Competition Held at Redhill Fishery – Mickeys Pool

Jun 25, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

1st Mark Sweeney 65lb 12oz

2nd Rhys Evans 10lb

3rd Dave Couzens 8lb 5oz

4th Doug Hawkins 4lbs 4oz

Next Match on the Brecon Canal

Results of Senior Competition Brecon Canal

Jun 18, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The match was fished below the Aquaduct at Brynach Locks on an extremely hot June Day 9

1st David Davies (Odd Socks) 2lb 3oz

2nd John Coombs 1lb 14oz

3rd Paul Phillips 1lb 9oz

The next match will NOT be on the Becon Canal, its been changed to Redhill Fishery Mickeys Pool. Draw 8.30am


Draw for next competition on Brecon Canal 10/6/18

Jun 5, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The time of the draw for the next competition on Brecon Canal is 6.30am fish from 7.30 until 1.30.  The draw will take place downstream of Brynach Locks the other side of the Aqueduct. All senior members welcome to fish

Senior Competition 27 May

May 31, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

This competition was held at Redhill fishery on Mollys pond.

1st was David Davies with 104lb

2nd was David Couzens with 97lb

3rd was Mark Sweeney with 93lb

4th John Combs 84lb

The next competition is on the Brecon Canal downstream of Brynach Locks the otherside of the aquaduct

Release of Water from Usk Reservoir for 10 days from 31 May 2018

May 29, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

For information and dissemination

Richard Allen (Dwr Cymru/Welsh Water) tells me that they are planning to release a large volume of water from Usk reservoir from Thursday onwards: ‘We need to drop the reservoir level to allow essential work to be carried out so we will be releasing around 180 Ml/d for around 10 days.‘ I understand that this will be abstracted at Prioress Mill, Usk town but it will boost flows through most of the river, substantially so in the upper and middle reaches.
He also said that due to the ongoing works for the new pumping station at Prioress Mill, Welsh Water will not be abstracting its full licensed capacity at Usk.

Removal of Merthyr Vale Weir

May 21, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On the 29th May 2018, NRW, will begin the removal of Merthyr Vale Weir.   This will reduce the flood risk to the area and will provide greater development opportunities. NRW will also ensure that flood risk is not increased elsewhere by the work.

The weir at Merthyr Vale is a barrier to fish that migrate up the River Taff to spawn and produce juvenile fish, which helps boost stocks.

NRW will demolish the weir and remove the obstruction which will also improve angling opportunities by enhancing the quality and availability of fish in the river.

Over the last 15 years, NRW and their partners have invested millions of pounds to improve river habitats so they can support greater populations of native fish such as salmon, trout, eels and bullheads and improve the Ecological Status of the Taff under the Water Frame Work Directive.

The weir is the last remaining significant barrier and last impediment to realising the benefits of the work completed to date.

The work will begin on 29th May 2018 and take about 12 weeks to complete

Thomas Phillips Carp League Change of Rules

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

After some careful consideration, and a number of conversations Tony Rees (MTAA Treasurer) and I have decided that we are opening up the Thomas Philips Carp league to anyone who wants to enter the league. Members and Non Members.

I can appreciate that some people may not be happy with this, but as far as I am concerned we are not receiving the support that we should from our members so I am changing the rules. This is something that has never been done before in the club and it is something that I feel is necessary to get the support that this league needs.

Tony and a number of other committee members have left it up to me to decide how to approach this. My decision is that we will not be asking anyone to purchase a day ticket for any of the comps that they enter. Instead I want each competitor to pay £5 for entry. I will then use that money towards prizes at the end of the year.

For more info please see our website ( or contact me personally through messenger or call me on 07495355853

Tom Jehu

Carp Competitions Secretary

Senior Coarse and Carp Competition Results – Carp Away Trip

May 14, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

The senior coarse anglers fished Cyfarthfa Park lake on Sunday 13 May, it was a very tough day with mainly bream being caught.

1st with 4 bream Steve Hall with 14lbs 2oz

2nd with 4 bream Clive Saunders with 7lbs 10 oz

3rd was Dave Couzens with 7lb 10oz

4th John Coombs with 3lbs


Senior Carp League Report and Results

We had the second competition of the Thomas Phillips memorial carp league today. A very disappointing turn out again with only three competitors including myself.

Thanks to Shane Mac and Kirk Roberts for turning up. A very difficult day with the fish starting to spawn and also the weather didn’t help either.

Kirk was the winner today with 1 fish weighing 9lb 10oz. Shane came second with 1 fish weighing 8lb 13oz.

We all agreed prior to fishing that we would finish the comp early since Kirk needed to be gone before 15:00. We finished at 14:30.

Shane and I are continuing to fish until 18:00 as that was the original plan, but we are no longer fishing the competition. Since 14:30 Shane has landed another 2 fish and I have also landed 2 now. Shame they didn’t come along a little earlier! 😂

Request from Tom Jehu regarding the next carp competition

I need to start getting some names of people who are interested in fishing the next competition of the Thomas Phillips Memorial carp league on the 9th – 10th June.

The next comp will be our first away trip of the year. We will be fishing at The New Celtic Lakes on Lake 2 for a 24hr session. The price for each person is £30 and I will need that money from everyone within the next 2 weeks.

I will not be booking the pegs on the lake unless I receive people’s deposits!

Spread the word please guys as we really want a crowd of you there and anyone who needs to get a lift can contact me and I’m sure we can arrange to fit you in 👍

Competition Calendar for Trout Competitions

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

The calendar for trout competitions has changed see new calendar below

MON 7 MAY 2018TALYBONTJ H BOOTH MEMORIAL CUPDraw 5pm fish until dusk
MON 3 JUN 2018CLYWEDOG RESERVOIRDetails to follow contact comp sec Gavin Jehu
MON 18 JUN 2018CANTREFANSELLS CUPDraw 5pm fish until dusk
MON 3 JUL 2018TALTBONTCHAIRMANS TROPHYDraw 5pm fish until dusk
SUN 16 SEP 2018CANTREFCLUB TROPHYDraw 8.45 fish 9am - 1pm

Dolygaer 29 Apr

Apr 29, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Mark Sweeney fished Dolygaer today and the result can be seen in the photos below.


NRW Press Release Regarding Salmon Catch and Release

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

This is an Natural Resources Wales press release today

New fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.

The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.

The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.

Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said:

“At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.

“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”

Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.

Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added:

“This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.

“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.

“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”

Catch and release

This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.

Dave explained:

Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.

“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.

“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.

“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”


Middle Pond Competition Sunday 22nd April – Updated

Apr 23, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

On a  damp blustery day Mark Sweeney fished from peg 1 and landed 29lbs 4oz of carp and bream, second was Dia Davies who landed 2 bream for 9lbs 4oz and joint 3rd were Dia Couzens and  Gentleman Jim Howells with 1lb 3oz.  The next Competition is on Cyfarthfa Park Lake on 13th May

Mark Sweeney’s winning net of fish

Dia Odd Socks 2nd place winning bream

Carp League Result and News of Fish Migration Day

Apr 15, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments

Our inaugural carp competition took place today 15th April.  Many carp anglers had promised to come and fish but unfortunately only a few turned up.   Nonetheless the competition went ahead.   Before the competition began it was agreed that all bream would count with a weight of 6oz regardless of size.

1st Sheila Maynard 5lb 14oz 1 Carp + 1 Bream

Joint 2nd Tom Jehu and Shane McDonnall 5lb 6oz  1 Carp + 1 Bream

4 Anglers fished

Next Competition will take place on 13th May at Cyfarthfa Park Lake


April Newsletter

Apr 12, 2018   //   by Merthyr Tydfil Angling Alliance   //   News  //  No Comments
Apri 2018