Visited here yesterday. The unseasonably cold and windy conditions are forecast to last, so I could not wait any longer - you see this was my first outing with a fly rod after a quick casting lesson and bit of practice on a local field...
First impressions: very friendly and helpful staff, and once I explained it was my first outing I was given a comprehensive overview of the facility and tips/advice on how/where fish were being caught.
The location: parking (until the lakeside dries-out) is in the car park where you will find the SportFish tackle shop, but the lake hut is somewhat hidden behind. Despite its proximity to the M4 and having a railway line as the north side boarder, this is an unexpectedly pleasant location - OK, I don't exactly have anything to compare it to yet, but I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon here.
The Fishing: For most of the afternoon I was the entertainment - gusts putting my casts into the reeds, trees and even my tackle-bag, as I made my way around the lake. True to his word, the guy who sold me my ticket dropped by to give me a few tips and look through my flybox to point out my best options. I was having a great time despite the wind - my casting was improving, and the sun even put in the occasional appearance. I was about to call it a day when a gust of wind took my hat and deposited it in the lake - out of reach of course. Time for coffee, while the wind did its job on my hat bringing it closer to the bank...More entertainment as I spent a good 15mins chasing my hat...which I finally landed with my net - not what I was hoping would be the first thing in it! I decided to have a last cast and as if someone was writing a story I was into a fish. After a 10min fight, including two trips to my net, I landed my first fish - a beautiful 3lb rainbow.
Would I go back: Absolutely!