SOUTH-WEST WALES

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

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.

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