First Saltwater Fly Fishing Success on Anglesey

Saltwater Flyfishing for Bass on Anglesey

Once more we ventured to Anglesey for 2 weeks of relaxing, seafishing and walking and although the weather wasn’t particularly kind to us we managed to catch a few fish.

This holiday ended up with us catching a lot less fish but having a lot more fun doing it, let me explain…

Our first sea fishing session saw us lure fishing in the Menai Straights, a technique that we’ve both just started and although we think we may have had a couple of ‘pulls’ nothing came of it except the chance to be ‘out there’ which for a two week holiday is the whole point. We lure fished a couple of other places as well but we’re still novices to this method and we need to do a bit more ground work as to what works where, during what weather and at what state of tide. It’s like learning to sea fish all over again only more exciting.

We did the usual bait casting in some of our usual haunts catching mainly Dogfish, but only managed one solitary Bass from Cemlyn Bay which fell to Crab fished over high water into darkness, we also tried Sandy Beach for Smooth hounds but once again, as last year, they just didn’t show up.

Our main success though was our first saltwater fish falling to a fly, a small Bass took a chartreuse (bright green) and white Clouser during the final bit of the flood tide at the lagoon formed by Afon Alaw flowing into the bay opposite Penrhos. To say I was pleased would go down as this years understatement.

The actual fly was mangled by the Bass but a similar one can be seen in the front of these three which I also tied.

Clouser Saltwater Fly Fishing

Once more we tried for Mullet and although we’re now convinced we have the right flys to catch them we couldn’t get any to take either a fly or a combination of bread / Mackerel / Ragworm even though we could see them. They just weren’t feeding in any numbers and all we saw was the odd splash as a Mullet took the fishy bread off the surface. We need to locate the shoals but we just can’t seem to find out where they are feeding in numbers.

So, not many fish but once again a fantastic 2 weeks relaxing and recharging in a way that only Anglesey seems to provide.

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  1. Ocean Tackle said:

    Anglesey is great for a relaxing weekend fishing! I’ve read somewhere that mullet can be quite partial to cheese spread, so that may be worth a try?

    September 26, 2012
  2. Martin Jenkins said:

    Bodelwyddan Game Anglers – Corporate Memberships (Abergele/Colwyn Bay/Conwy area and A55) – £90 per year

    IF YOU JOIN THE BGA CLUB AS AN INDIVIDUAL MEMBER OR CORPORATE MEMBER YOU CAN THEN CLAIM BACK THE JOINING FEE OF £25 FROM KEN OLIVER FOR EACH NEW PERSON OR COMPANY/CORPORATE YOU INTRODUCE AND WHO JOINS THE CLUB. SO IF FOR EXAMPLE YOU INTRODUCED 4 PEOPLE YOUR YEAR’S MEMBERSHIP OF £90 WOULD EFFECTIVELY BE FREE

    SPINNING, FLY FISHING AND WORM FISHING FOR SALMON, SEA TROUT AND BROWN TROUT AND COARSE FISHING

    Bodelwyddan Game Anglers is looking for new members. Rivers Clwyd and Elwy voted as one of top 20 places for sea trout fishing in UK. Club appearing in Conwy and Clwyd river reports in June 2013 issue of Trout & Salmon magazine.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO PRINT OFF THIS EMAIL AND ATACHED POSTER TO DISPLAY ON A NOTICEBOARD

    The BGA club has been established for around 40 years (1975) and we see
    this Corporate Membership initiative as a win win for the club and the company taking
    the membership. Can be used by all staff/club members or guests if a hotel/caravan site/other accomodation.

    We have a range of lakes and rivers including a well stocked trout lake
    centrally located 8 miles from St. Asaph and A55 (3 miles from Betwys-yn-Rhos, 7 miles from Abergele and A55, 4 miles from Glan Conwy or 5 miles from Colwyn Bay) that is open all the year round and has both fly and worm
    fishing for brown and rainbow trout. Also there is a coarse lake near
    Llanfair TH and another near Conwy for coarse fishermen as well as various
    stretches of the River Conwy, River Elwy (near Bodelwyddan and Rhuddlan) and River Clwyd (Llewenni, near Denbigh) very productive for salmon and sea trout fishing.
    All this is included in the Corporate Membership

    Also included in the BGA Corporate Membership is Llyn Syberi a well stocked
    coarse fishing lake on the bodnant estate near Glan Conwy off the A470 (2
    mins drive). Coarse fishing day tickets £7 per day for Llyn Syberi also
    available from Ken Oliver or Jokers tackle shop, Colwyn Bay.

    Corporate memberships cost £90 each and you can take as many as you want.

    Also full adult BGA memberships are available for £90 per year or junior
    memberships for £25 . Also available are Full adult membership for coarse
    fishing only on Llyn Syberi only is £50 with junior Llyn Syberi only
    memberships also available.

    Also if you know any other companies or individuals who would be interested
    in joining please feel free to pass on the details.

    I describe below 2 of our best waters of the many we have to give you a taster of what to expect in terms of the quality and variety of the fishing then accessible for your club members.

    LLEWENNI BEAT ON CLWYD – held by club for a few years and many salmon and sea trout in the pools – my biggest was 15lbs or so
    Yes I think the quality of the Llewenni beat on the Clwyd (approx 2 miles from Trefnant or Denbigh) with the private tarmac road past barn conversions to it past gliding club and barn conversions from A541 is a great asset. There is even parking right next to river on graveled parking area at end of lane. For ease of access it is great and first holding pool is next to car park. It would certainly appeal to the salmon fisher with not alot of time available who wants to fish straight off from when they park up. There certainly are salmon here too and sea trout. Excellent night fishing for sea trout here too many thrashing around in the pools I lost one last season on double hook butcher at dusk right near parking area. The Gypsy Lane stretch of the Elwy (near Bodelwyddan and the sea) is full of sea trout there is one big long pool like a canal bit where you see 3 or 4 foot long sea trout jumping out in the daytime. Trout & Salmon identified Clwyd and Elwy river system as in top 20 best places in UK for sea trout fishing. One member who fishes the Clywedog a head stream that feeds the elwy tha tthe BGA has a stretch of has caught sea trout up to 2lbs plus here too on that little stream in the hills near llanfair th on fly during the day!!

    TAI LAKE (near Llangernyw, Glan Conwy and Betws-yn-Rhos) – can regularly catch 10 or more fish in summer when they are active on buzzers and dry fly – a great water for floating line enthusiast

    Also now that I am in BGA I only fish Tai lake as it is the most idyllic location of any small stillwater in north wales and I have fished most of them over the years. The best stillwater in north wales in my opinion. It has browns and rainbows up to 4 or 5lbs too, spring fed gin clear water same water as decantae spring water. Tai like is a largely undiscovered gem of a fishery and very centrally located 3 miles from Llangernyw, 5 miles from Glan Conwy or Colwyn Bay and 7 miles from Llanddulas or Bodelwyddan, 3 miles from Betws-yn-Rhos. I include Ken Oliver’s contact details who can advise you on this and would i’m sure be delighted if a fishing report on Tai is featured in T&S one day. Please contact Ken if interested.

    Contact Ken Oliver Membership Secretary to subscribe and further details:
    Tel 01492
    879533 or 07826 853012

    See link to membership application forms and you can find all
    details about the club and the waters etc.

    http://www.gameanglers.co.uk/attachments/File/2012/Application_for_Membership_2012%5B1%5D.pdf

    Hope you decide to join

    Best regards

    Martin
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