News - January/February 2019

This news has been slightly delayed, not the least reason being the preparation for the Fishery Inquiry.

The Minister – Lesley Griffiths – rather than make a decision herself referred the 2017 NRW Bye-law proposals to the Planning Inspectorate for an Inquiry. This commenced on the 15th of January and, now in week three, is not likely to finish by the anticipated date of the end of January. The proposed dates for a conclusion are the 6th to 8th of March. Rather than a more open Public Inquiry, it is being conducted as a Planning Appeal. Whilst eliciting information this type of proceedings is more adversarial in nature. With a legal team of seven, including two barristers from Essex and solicitors from London, the NRW case has been presented and the Inspector has heard evidence from those opposed to the proposals. They have given evidence which challenges many aspects of the Bye-law proposals. What the outcome may be we wait to see. One thing is for certain, those who have given evidence in opposing the proposals have worked well beyond the expectations of most anglers and should be congratulated by all those who fish in Wales, for the fight which they have put up.

An amalgamation of BASC/NGO/CA have united to seek a Judicial Review in the High Court, following an alleged flawed enquiry into shooting on the lands of the Welsh Assembly Government . This enquiry cost £48,000 of public money. The suggestion being that last minute direct involvement by then Minister Hannah Blythin AM, was improper. Following the appointment of a new First Minister Hannah Blythin is no longer involved with the environment and looks after housing for the Welsh Assembly Government.

As if the above was not sufficient, in the Welsh Assembly Government, Andrew R.T. Davies AM (for South Wales Central) has suggested that NRW is not “Fit for Purpose”. He proposes that the body, which came into existence in 2013, should be abolished. He suggests that NRW should be replaced by two separate organisations. Whilst the forestry “fiasco” awaits a report instigated by NRW, the Assembly Public Accounts Committee, in 2017, said NRW was “unable to demonstrate how it acted lawfully”. The new CEO, Miss Clare Pillman, has suggested that the sales were “the result of incompetence, not corruption”.

The 2019 auction will take place on 8-17 March on eBay and by post. The various “lots” have been donated and the catalogue is being compiled. Checkout the WTT website at and get your bid in, once bidding is open.

The auction raises vital funds which are used to deliver practical advice and habitat work, inspiring and helping people to protect wild trout.

The last Annual Report showed that the Wild Trout Trust, with (circa) 2500 members, in 2017 carried out 175 site visits to advise; ran 64 demonstration events; worked with 3000 volunteers (17,000 hours) ; improved habitat on 400 kms of river ; worked on post-graduate projects: spread messages, via media, on aquatic conservation. If you wish to support the WTT membership details can also be found on the Trust website.

The Bala Angling Association has completed a refurbishment of the Club’s wheelie boat. To help anglers who hold a “blue badge” the Club will make the boat available on the stillwater at Maes y Clawdd. To discuss and obtain further details please contact the Honorary Secretary Mr. Trevor Edwards by email at:
or by phone on 01678 521416.

If, like me, you are not a flyer tier you might want to commission some custom made flies. The grayling season is with us until mid-March and for some fantastic crafted flies you can always contact Ilan Evans.
To discuss with Ilan email him on:

Llyn Guides is now collaborating with Craig Evans AAPGAI in providing some courses to help you with your fly fishing, Craig, who is now qualified to instruct with double handed rods, and Noel will welcome you at Llyn Brenig, the venue for instruction. The initial course detail is shown: -

A course providing an Introduction To Fly Fishing or to take your fly fishing to the next stage as an Improvers Course, depending on your existing skills.

The optimum number for this is four anglers and a flexible approach is taken to the course content. It is yours to enjoy.

The location for this will be Llyn Brenig and the day will follow the programme below, (but with flexibility to suit you):

0930 Start - Introductions and review of your existing equipment. This will be over coffee in the Centre Café. After moving to the lake side, instruction from Craig Evans AAPGAI

Followed by - Lunch in the Brenig Centre Café

After Lunch - Move to bank fishing locations and fish for trout in Llyn Brenig with Noel Hulmston.

1730 – 1800 hrs Debrief. This helps us plan for the future.

It is important that you use every opportunity to gain knowledge during the day, from Craig and Noel, to use in the future.

Included in the cost is coffee and biscuits at the start and lunch at midday, instruction, permit and escorted fishing. For your personal records an attendance certificate will be given. NB this has no commercial standing.

The cost for the day is £125 per angler

It will be necessary to enquire as to what fishing gear each rod has, in advance of the day, to optimise the experience. Any questions please ring asap.

When on the bank side you are advised to have clothing for the elements, together with some liquid refreshment.

Craig Evans
Craig Evans Fly Fishing
Tel:07968 216419

Noel Hulmston
Llyn Guides
Tel: 07774 61060

By kind permission of “Stroke News Magazine, Stroke Association” we draw your attention to “FAST”.

act fast

You might want to reflect on how you might handle such a situation on the river bank. What ever, when you have dialled 999 or 112 it is imperative that you use the magic words “The fast symptoms are positive” For more details of the work of the Stroke Association visit:

Bangor University PhD student Liz Morris-Webb would like to hear from those who forage on the seashore. She seeks feedback from those who do this for recreational reasons. She would like to hear from bait gatherers; cocklers; seaweed pickers, etc. A short survey can be found on the Bangor University website or you can speak to Liz on 01248 388196