The fishing at llandegfedd is poor in comparison. Rumours abound that it is facing iminent closure because of lack of business. That says it all.Everyone i have met who are regulars there complain that the fishing is poor. Clwedog has very poor aquatic insect life. Imitative fly fishers must rely on wind blown terrestials. Unless it is situated in a bubble seperate from the rest of the UK it must experience the same dearth of such insects that is blatant everywhere else. In the 1980s when i first had a car the front of it would take some washing each week to remove literally hundreds of dead insects stuck to it. Nowadays there are very few. This is actually a yardstick that the RSPB and entomological societies use to measure the extent of insect decline in the UK. So it follows that insects available to the trout there are limited. If you dont mind catching fresh stockies this is fine as the stocking policy there and at other places such as blagdon and chew ensures a season long supply of fresh stockies. Eglwys on the other hand has very healthy aquatic insect life. This season it has been not as prolific, this i think is beacuse last summers exceptional weather left the water at a record low and left the margins exposed and dried out for months. Nevertheless we have had good buzzer and sedge hatches plus the best hawthorne hatch we have had for over a decade. Our excellent stockfish are stocked in december and january and by april are about as close to wild that is possible. Full silver rayed tails and full fins, a beautiful profile which is how a trout should look and feeding naturally. Therefore those of us who prefer more of a challenge by decieving a fish on our imitative patterns can do so. Of course it is what it is and i know it isnt the same as fishing for wildies on a scottish loch but believe me if they are switched on to a food source and you dont have the right pattern you will struggle. This is why the vindictive poster struggled there i believe. All he has done is cut his own nose off to spite his own face as he has denied himself the pleasure of fishing there at a very reasonable price. I have fished all the other venues mentioned and have done very well at these places catching fresh stockies into the high twenties which i have to say became boring, just locate the shoals drop anchor its as easy as at. That is why as a patron of all the above mentioned venues i consider eglwys the best. Dont get me wrong if dumb stockie bashing is your thing then early january if you find the shoals then this is possible, i have done this myself this season catching my limit of 15 returned fish in under 2 hours from the bank adjacent to the bay. Whilst the fight from each stockie was fun, my mind was focused on a point in time later in the season when nymph and dry fly sport would be infinitely more rewarding. So i suppose it depends what criteria is used to judge a fishery, whether you rate large catches of easily covered, easily caught fish that will take anything stripped past their noses or whether the challenge of deceiving a few fish of an evening on a pattern based on an observation or perhaps a previous spooning appeals to you. I know where my own preferences lie but each to his own.