FEW ANGLERS have ventured out on to the rivers because of a lack of rain throughout May, which usually tempts the early sewin to run. It is encouraging to hear that those anglers who have fished report seeing good numbers of fish in the lower reaches of rivers. Bleddyn Adams of Llanilar AA lost a very good fish on bank holiday Monday on the lower Ystwyth, and reported that he has seen numerous big fish of late. A local angler on the Rheidol lost a very fresh fish, estimated in the teens of pounds, above the reservoir at Cwm Rheidol. The Rheidol benefits from frequent rises in water thanks to the hydro scheme and it shows that, given water, fish will charge through the system in a matter of hours, and can be caught fresh from the tide as far upstream as the dam. Steve Esmond reports that sport on the Cleddaus has been slow, but local angler Carl Lowndes had a fantastic morning’s fishing on May 31, landing a 12 lb salmon and a 9 lb 8 oz seatrout. He also lost a good sewin estimated at 7 lb on the same day. Sewin are beginning to show in the bottom beat, and will surely begin to run, given a bit of fresh water. Steve Esmond mentioned that a local patrol, monitoring pollution on the Cleddau’s tributaries, seems to be having a positive effect. Credit must go to him for organising this, and this may be the way forward for our other angling clubs. Rain will be on most anglers’ wish-lists, and a good spate will surely get this season going. As I write (June 1) there is a Met Office weather warning in place for the coming week that will hopefully give us the required rise in water. – NATHAN PURSALL and TIM SEDGWICK.