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Llandegfedd Reservoir, Monmouthshire
Published by TroutAtlas
11-03-2008
Default Llandegfedd Reservoir, Monmouthshire

Llandegfedd Reservoir (435 acres), United Utilities, Sluvad Treatment Works, Llandegfedd Reservoir, Panteg, Pontypool, NP4 0TA (tel: 01291 673722); owned by Welsh Water plc, and a major boat fishery; stocked with 25,000 rainbow trout av 1lbs-2lbs, small numbers of browns; season 1 Mar-31 Oct (rainbow), 20 Mar-17 Oct (brown); fly only; st available, dt available, conc OAP and juv; permits from Rangerís waterside office; 32 boats for hire, incl for disabled (wheelyboat), with or without motor, pre-booking is recommended. The British rod caught pike record (46lb 13oz) currently comes from Llandegfedd and there are short seasons for pike fishing in most years.





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  #1  
By Baggy on 25-06-2008, 06:36 PM
Red face Anybody fished Llandegfedd lately?

I've booked a boat at Llandegfedd for Saturday so I was wondering if anyone had fished it in the last couple of weeks. I know it suffers from Algae in May so it would be nice to know if it has cleared yet. Also, what methods / flies are successful at the moment.

Appreciate any help.

Baggy
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By macsas on 25-06-2008, 07:20 PM
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I've fished Llandegfedd alot this season and it's been fishing it's head off. It's fantastic value for money and the fish fight like hell.

I usually start off with a floater, there's usually fish showing all day. They can get preoccupied on Caenis but I've had some fantastic sport on drys, parachute adams size 12. Hoppers, snatchers and DBs all catch. If I can't do any good on the floater, try an intemediate with a blob and 2 nymphs. I had some good sport on my last visit a fortnight ago on a black humungus booby on the intermediate.

I don't like to use boobys but if they won't look at anything else you've got to ring the changes. I fish the booby on a floater, on the bob and with 2 nymphs behind it. The booby draws them up and they usually take the following nymphs. They can roll over on the booby which is exciting to see.

Keep on the move until you find fish, then keep drifting through them. I've found that the fish tend to shoal tightly and 50 mtrs can make the difference between finding fish again or drifting by them.

The staff are friendly too and want you to have a good day.

Hope this helps,enjoy your day.

Johnny
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By Baggy on 26-06-2008, 09:41 AM
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Cheers macsas, very helpful. I heard it was fishing well. A mate of mine had a boat out a couple of weeks ago and had 4 fish on his first drift! I'll take your advice and fish a booby on the top dropper and a couple of nymphs. If that doesn't work I'll have plenty of options to find the right method on the day. Good to know they are in the upper layers. Thanks again. Baggy
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By figureof8 on 18-03-2011, 09:35 AM
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Oh dear! Whatever is going wrong at one of my favourite waters?
I've had a couple of trips this season and it's been so disappointing. I caught my limit each time, but sadly the fish aren't what they were.
Last year, the warning signs began to show when they stopped growing-on their own fish in the cages. The stocked fish were small but there were plenty of larger overwintered fish to keep things interesting.
The cage-reared fish were fantastic, in the 1.5 to 2.5 lb bracket and already acclimatised to the water, so they became naturalised very quickly. Now, all the fish are bought in. They are in good condition and fight well, but you'll be lucky to catch one over 1.5 lb. The average seems to be 10 oz to 1 lb and I actually caught a couple that were below the 12" size limit. I'm not forking out for petrol, ticket and boat to catch fish of this size, when I can go to Blagdon or Farmoor and catch better fish. Also, there will be more predation by pike and cormorants on fish of this size, so it's false economy and there'll be fewer overwintered fish.
Disappointingly, the fish don't grow-on naturally. Llandegfedd doesn't have the insect hatches that you get on other waters. The fish become long, lean and skinny and the overwintered fish are no bigger than when they were stocked, so if things continue like this, it doesn't look good for next year either. This lack of insect life means that the fish turn on to pin fry in June and the fishing becomes very hard from then until September.
I can only assume that they have reduced their budgets, perhaps due to the recession, perhaps to pay for the new watersports centre. Whatever the reason, if I was a season permit holder, I would not be happy. Part of me wants to continue to support the fishery, in the hope that things will get better. I'll keep an eye on catches and see if it improves, but for the moment I'm voting with my feet and going elsewhere.
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By burhan on 18-03-2011, 10:47 AM
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Oh dear! Whatever is going wrong at one of my favourite waters?
I've had a couple of trips this season and it's been so disappointing. I caught my limit each time, but sadly the fish aren't what they were.
Last year, the warning signs began to show when they stopped growing-on their own fish in the cages. The stocked fish were small but there were plenty of larger overwintered fish to keep things interesting.
The cage-reared fish were fantastic, in the 1.5 to 2.5 lb bracket and already acclimatised to the water, so they became naturalised very quickly. Now, all the fish are bought in. They are in good condition and fight well, but you'll be lucky to catch one over 1.5 lb. The average seems to be 10 oz to 1 lb and I actually caught a couple that were below the 12" size limit. I'm not forking out for petrol, ticket and boat to catch fish of this size, when I can go to Blagdon or Farmoor and catch better fish. Also, there will be more predation by pike and cormorants on fish of this size, so it's false economy and there'll be fewer overwintered fish.
Disappointingly, the fish don't grow-on naturally. Llandegfedd doesn't have the insect hatches that you get on other waters. The fish become long, lean and skinny and the overwintered fish are no bigger than when they were stocked, so if things continue like this, it doesn't look good for next year either. This lack of insect life means that the fish turn on to pin fry in June and the fishing becomes very hard from then until September.
I can only assume that they have reduced their budgets, perhaps due to the recession, perhaps to pay for the new watersports centre. Whatever the reason, if I was a season permit holder, I would not be happy. Part of me wants to continue to support the fishery, in the hope that things will get better. I'll keep an eye on catches and see if it improves, but for the moment I'm voting with my feet and going elsewhere.
i've heard the same thing. we were meant to have our club comp there on the 6th march but that was cancelled based on all the poor catch reports and the stocking of tiddlers. shame really. this was once a great fishery

burhan
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By figureof8 on 20-03-2011, 11:38 PM
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I fished a small fishery this weekend. The first fish I hooked was just over 2.5lb and it took me down to the backing. Once I'd landed it after a good scrap, I then realised that we used to regularly catch fish like this in Llandegfedd.

What I find strange is the deafening silence. If this was Rutland, Grafham, Blagdon etc, this forum would be swamped. The Draycote anglers aren't afraid to speak out. Perhaps the Llandegfedd regulars are happy with their lot? Or in denial?

We can only tell them how we feel, so if you are unhappy with the way Llandegfedd is being run, try sending your views to richard.poole@dwrcymru.com
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By JCG on 22-03-2011, 12:53 PM
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I fished a small fishery this weekend. The first fish I hooked was just over 2.5lb and it took me down to the backing. Once I'd landed it after a good scrap, I then realised that we used to regularly catch fish like this in Llandegfedd.

What I find strange is the deafening silence. If this was Rutland, Grafham, Blagdon etc, this forum would be swamped. The Draycote anglers aren't afraid to speak out. Perhaps the Llandegfedd regulars are happy with their lot? Or in denial?

We can only tell them how we feel, so if you are unhappy with the way Llandegfedd is being run, try sending your views to richard.poole@dwrcymru.com
Can i ask a question please how often do you guys actually fish Llandegfedd?

i tend to be there at least once a week which has pretty much been the case for over twenty years and i couldn't disagree with these comments more, in the last few years the water has actually gone from strength to strength the best fish i've had there in the last 10years actually went 14 1/2lb! but i've had plenty of others between 4 & 7lb not bad for a water with no food in it?

My best fish last year was a grown on fish of about 6lb caught off the top if you'd like i can even put a picture up and trust me there were plenty off other good fish taken throughout the year not a monster by some standards these days perhaps but not some flabby stockie either.

Opening day this year was a bit slow probably due to the cold winter we've just had but since then it's already started to fish amazingly 2weeks ago we had 40 to the boat in a day the following day it took me just over an hour to catch a limit in the Lexus individual yes we had a couple of lean old fish in he bag but it is only March- i also had 2 pushing 3lb in the first trout league match on Sunday in a bag of 12.

I really don't like people having little digs at waters it damages reputations and loses revenue for them at a time when it can be ill afforded, in this case unfairly: the water is in excellent form again this season, anywhere you can go and expect to catch 20+ fish in the 1 1/2 to 2lb range a day is quite some fishery in my book and i spend a lot of time right across the country, if size is a real issue i'd suggest people stay on the smaller waters with a bigger average size.

It'd probably suprise you how highly the water was thought of after the Internationals last year and were talking about top flight anglers who fish all the major waters regularly.

By the way 2012 should be even better as a new lodge along the lines of the one in Brenig will be unveiled this will address the only real issue on the water a lack of facilities.


Craig Gimblett
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By Wee Jimmy on 22-03-2011, 01:15 PM
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This lack of insect life means that the fish turn on to pin fry in June and the fishing becomes very hard from then until September.
Bugger that eh,sub 1.5lb fish and hard fishing,that will never do..
I hope Im not speaking out of turn having never visited Llandgfedd.However, your post has reminded me just what a spoilt lot we fishers as a whole have become today.2lb seems to be the minimum acceptable weight,and if we are not achieving double figure numbers,something is wrong with the water or the stocking policy.
Maybe I'm getting too long in the tooth but If I ever hear myself say that its not worth going fishing because the fish are too small or its too difficult,I'll know then and there, that its time to give it all up.
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By WelshOsprey on 23-03-2011, 07:39 PM
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Going there Monday, any tips/patterns appreciated.
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