Llandegfedd Reservoir is a Site of Special Scientific Interest set in the rolling landscape of south east Wales. The lake is heavily stocked for anglers with bank and boat fishing available for rainbow and brown trout. It is also a popular venue for angling competitions. The reservoir allows for a variety of approaches to Trout Fishing ranging from easy access worm fishing along the East Bank or more challenging fly fishing where anglers can stalk trout using a variety of lures, nymphs and dry fly.
In addition to rainbow trout and a small head of wild brown trout the reservoir is home to large numbers of coarse fish which include bream, roach, dace, eels and pike. The reservoir is well known for its large pike and Llandegfedd still holds the UK Pike record of 46lb 13oz!
Coarse fishing is available throughout the fishing season from all normal bank fishing areas but Pike fishing is restricted to specific 'pike sessions' which will be advertised pre-season to allow anglers to apply for permits.
View Pike Fishing Rules here
Download the 2017 Fishing Price List here
Fly Fishing Methods
These are generally governed by the time of year and the prevailing weather conditions. Early season usually means fishing fast sinking lines with short leaders and Boobies or lures, or for the traditionalist a floating line with long leader and weighted nymphs can provide just as many fish. Early season flies that prove successful include damsel, Montana, Viva, Cats Whisker various Boobies and Blobs, Hare's Ear, Pheasant tail and buzzer. These are also fished throughout the season at varying depths but as the water warms and insect life increases many anglers turn to intermediate and floating lines with teams of nymphs or dries targeting rising fish. Hoppers and daddies usually prove deadly when fish are rising freely but more difficult conditions may require much smaller emergers and dries to be used individually with long and lightweight leaders. July and August are generally the hardest months for fly fishing at the reservoir with fish retreating to deep water to avoid the high surface water temperatures. Some days however can produce superb static dry fly fishing with fish taking dries blind. Mid and late season are renowned for surface and sub-surface activity with good bags of fish taken on teams of buzzers or Diawl Bachs fished just sub surface on floating lines or a few feet down with slow intermediate lines. Many good fish are also taken on dries and emergers at this time with the Daddy being a firm favourite of many. Late season can also produce large fish and even the odd Brown trout on Muddlers or Boobies stripped across the surface close to the shores particularly if there is a good breeze blowing. Coarse fish fry are often herded into the margins by trout and perch for feeding frenzies, floating fry patterns cast into these disturbances and fished static or twitched often produce surprising results.
This is greatly dependent upon wind direction and strength. Many bank anglers favour the East bank and Bill Smiths bay due to the variety of water depths and relatively easy access for all their fishing. Others prefer the quieter and shallower North shore. With weekly stockings of fish there’s always a head of stockies available and these can usually be found where the wind is blowing onto the bank. Resident fish tend to feed upwind and often congregate in shoals along the more sheltered areas picking up insects blown onto the water from surrounding trees etc. Boat anglers tend to favour similar areas but drifts along the east bank or north shore are usually fairly productive. A very popular drift is from north shore to Pettingale point (or the opposite way depending on the wind) either side of the fish cages. No fishing is permitted inside the cage marker buoys due to the floating ropes and submerged nets. No fish are reared on site these days and we are waiting to remove the cages; due to there being no fish in the cages, fish no longer cruise around beneath the cages waiting for food to fall below the nets! From May onwards a drift down the centre of the reservoir can provide a good number of fish and these tend to be more residential the stockies preferring the margins.
If in doubt ask the Rangers where fish have recently been caught they will always point you in the right direction, it’s up to you whether you follow their advice or choose to fish in other areas.
2017 sees the re-introduction of worm fishing for trout at Llandegfedd. The reservoir now has a significantly higher number of visitors than previous years and many have enquired about alternative methods to fly fishing. To encourage a wider participation in angling at Llandegfedd the reservoir will now be open to ledgered worm fishing along the East Bank and Bill Smith's Bay from March 2017. All permits will be charged at the same rate as for fly fishing but catch and release permits will not be available for worm fishing. Some tackle will be available to purchase at the visitor centre shop and tackle hire will also be possible for those anglers who are just visiting the area on holidays, or those who may wish to try the sport first before buying their own equipment!
Available from the Visitor Centre Shop on site
REMEMBER - a valid Rod Fishing Licence is required for all anglers aged 13 and above. These are available from all Post Offices but also from Natural Resources Wales (Wales) or the Environment Agency (England) on-line or over the phone.
Disabled access is available to toilets at the visitor centre and at the northern car park. 1 Wheelie Boat is available for hire but wheelchair users may find this is unavailable when water levels are too low to allow safe access to boarding points. No suitable disabled access is available to the banks due to the fluctuating water levels and distance from car parks.
1 Mar - 31 Oct (rainbow)
20 Mar - 17 Oct (brown)
Daily Fishing Times:
Bank fishing from 8.00am
Boat fishing from 9.00am
Closing times as advertised on site.
Angling with Welsh Water
Welsh Water owns 91 reservoirs varying in size from 2 acres to 1,026 acres and manages what is probably the single largest group of stillwater trout fisheries in the UK. Virtually all of the principal reservoirs are available to anglers. Some of our fisheries have been leased or licenced to angling clubs and associations; a separate permit is required for those fisheries.
You can download our Guide to Fishing the Reservoirs of Wales here.