News - May/June 2019

Changes a plenty at the Wild Trout Trust. The WTT’s well respected journal Salmo trutta has had an overhaul. This reflects the work of the usual team and also the input of new designer Rebecca Hawtrey. The result is superb, with sharper images and a “cleaner” presentation which takes it to the forefront of journals in this category. Of note are many contributions, with fascinating material, from authors not frequently seen previously.
Many congratulations to the WTT.

You do not have a copy? Contact the office, see if there is one left to purchase, at

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WTT Conservation Awards 2019. More change for the WTT to be seen here, following a change of sponsor. There are now two awards available which are currently being supported by the River Restoration Centre.
The first is the WTT’s Outstanding Habitat Improvement Project.

The second is the WTT’s Outstanding Contribution to Wild Trout Conservation.
A further award goes to someone who has gone a little bit further, sufficiently so, to be awarded The Superhero Effort.
For details visit the website
The closing date for entries, to the email address above, is;- Wednesday the 31st of July 2019.


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The categories for travel in 2020 have just been announced by the Trust.
Of the twelve categories there are at least four which I can see that may be attractive to those who have an interest, or are involved in the aquatic; environment and/or outdoor world. Describing it as “a life-changing opportunity” is really an understatement. It is truly this!
One of this year’s Welsh Churchill Fellows, Joel Rees-Jones, who works for Natural Resources Wales described what his Fellowship meant to him :-
I was lucky enough to be granted a Churchill Fellowship in the Science and Environment category in 2018 and travelled to Canada and the US in early 2019. My Fellowship was focusing on salmon management and the use of acoustic tags in monitoring the behaviour of fish. Not only did I learn invaluable lessons from experts in the field of acoustic monitoring on my Fellowship, but I also created many contacts with colleagues from other fisheries, which will prove beneficial in my future work. On top of this, my Fellowship affirmed to me my desire to make a difference to salmon stocks by witnessing work that can be done now and in the future to save species that mitigates for past mistakes.

For details visit
The closing date for applications is the 17th September 2019.

Shortly before writing this news update, those involved in the Fisheries Inquiry, were informed that the Inspector’s recommendation to the Minister would be delayed until circa the 3rd of June 2019.
Obviously, it will be some time after this that the result will be made public. Various requests to be advised simultaneously of the recommendation, from the parties who gave evidence, have been rejected by the Planning Inspectorate.


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At the time of writing, two clubs have indicated that they have vacancies for new members.
The Monday Club Fishing Syndicate is a small syndicate holding a lease covering three quarters of a mile on the River Tanat, in the valley of the same name. This water holds brown trout, grayling and the very occasional salmon. It is fishable, therefore, on 365 days per annum.
There also exists a reciprocal arrangement with another angling association. Perhaps, significantly, the proposed NRW by-laws are outside the reach of this water.
For further information email or phone 07491 848554

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The Ogwen Angling Association, at a recent general meeting, made the decision to open their membership to members from outside the immediate area. The Association waters include, in addition to the River Ogwen, Llyn Ogwen (at the side of the A 5 road), Llyn Idwal, Llyn Bochlwyd and Ffynnon Lloer. The Association rules may be viewed at
For further information prospective members should contact:-
Morgan Jones:
Tel: 01248 601153
Facebook @ SgotwrsOgwen


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Not sure what flies to use if the “fly fishing from the beach” bug bites you? One source you might wish to consider is Rhydian James who specialises in such wonderful creations.
Rhydian has given his permission for you to contact him, directly, with enquiries at
Ever thought of creating your “own” fly but not sure how to do it? Ask Rhydian!




I am happy to remind you that there is a modern Wheely boat available for hire at Llyn Brenig.

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In addition, for those of us who are asked “why do you go out on the water”? It is now possible to hire a boat at Llyn Brenig to show family members and/or friends, exactly what it is like. This is a new initiative and is an hour’s hire, with life jackets included, for a maximum of four persons – ideal for two adults and two children.
Monster Mash is again taking place this year, the date being Saturday the 28th of September. Ever been frustrated by not being able to get close enough to those fish cages? Now you can – but only if you are in one of the ten boats allowed on the day. At the time of writing there are six boats still available.
Stillwater fishing reports from Llyn Brenig can now be found in the monthly magazine “Fly Fishing & Fly Tying”.
For further information email Llyn Brenig at or call 01490 420463.