Friday, 5 November 2021


 I have decided to open the fishery from 6th November. I have limited the number of anglers at any one time so please phone before hand to book your spot. Please come with the right money and call in at the bungalow before starting to fish. Door bell is by post box.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Sunday, 10 October 2021

Fishery is back to normal

 The temperature of the water is well below 15 deg. now and fishing has returned to normal and is fishing well. The water is lovely and clear and there is no weed.

Thursday, 16 September 2021


 Pantybedw fishery has just restocked with cracking hard fighting Exmoor fishery rainbow trout. The water is lovely and clear and no weed other than where it is meant to be by design. Looking forward to an exciting Autumn.

I prefer people to phone to book a slot as you get an instant reply.

Tuesday, 10 August 2021


I have been monitoring the water temperature and it is now down to a level where I feel it is OK to reopen the fishery for catch and release as well as catch and kill. Please phone for booking your peg.

Saturday, 31 July 2021


  As from the 1 August the lake will be reopening for catch and kill only. We have had about a week of cooler temperatures,  a little bit of rain and the temperature of the lake has reduced by a few degrees which means the trout will be under less stress. Please call to book a slot and for details.

Thursday, 22 July 2021

The rainbow trout and hot weather.


As a responsible trout fishery owner at Pant y Bedw fishery and keen angler I have decided to close the fishery during these unprecedented hot temperatures. I have been told by many anglers that this is the right thing to do until the water temperature comes down. I understand there are several other responsible fisheries that have also closed down until conditions improve.

I usually have a multitude of tickets available to anglers and a few days ago changed to catch and kill only but realised that in my opinion this was still wrong so decided to close the fishery altogether until the water comes down in temperature.

I stock rainbow trout and blue trout and there are a few brown trout to be caught at Pantybedw fishery.

According to google rainbow trout are natural to COLD water tributaries of the Pacific Ocean, in Asia and North America and were introduced to the UK about 100 years ago. The optimum temperature for rainbow trout is 14 – 18 deg C, (44 – 67 deg F) and anything above 18 deg C (67 deg F) they get stressed and 24 deg C (75  - 77 deg F) can be lethal.

Pantybedw is a 7 acre still water fishery and in places is up to 4m deep but the average is around 2.5m deep. I have been monitoring the temperature over the past month or so and it is now over 25 deg C. Hence my decision to shut down. Luckily, I have not recorded any dead fish yet. Usually if a fish is played too hard, kept out of the water for too long, handled (not just badly) but for any reason including unhooking and all those selfish selfies by anglers that do not understand that fish get stressed with these temperatures.

I urge anglers not to go fishing in these temperatures unless you know the water temperature is below 18deg C but if you do then keep the fish in the water at all times, do not handle the fish under any circumstances and please do not take the fish out of the water to take pictures of it. We all know what a trout looks like by now.

I see several comments like, it went back strongly or I kept it in the net until it was ready to go. In my experience a lot of these fish will still shoot off exhausted, go and sit in the weed on the bottom and slowly die. 4 or 5 days later the fishery owner sees a dead fish belly up. The angler doesn’t see this  side of being a fishery owner.

 I have had guys laying on their bellies trying to revive fish for 30 minutes in the hope it will survive. My advice to them is knock it on the head and keep it but let me know for stocking records.

It is very hard to compare the stress that a trout might suffer in human terms but try to imagine you have just run 5 miles and as you cross the finishing line and you are gasping for air someone ducks your head under the water for 2 minutes to take a picture while you are still struggling for breath. I think you will agree that would not be very nice.

I look through the various groups on face book and see loads of pictures of people holding fish just for a photo, holding the fish out of the water to unhook it, laying the fish on the bank along side their rods just to get a photo. Come on guys you can do better than that and think of the fish and the fishery owner.

So come on guys we can do better than this and look after the welfare of the fish during these difficult times.

Friday, 18 June 2021

Pant Y Bedw fishery from above

Probably the most beautiful fishery in the whole of Wales. 7 acres of peaceful and beautiful water and landscape for anglers to enjoy. 

Wednesday, 16 June 2021

Sir Gareth Edwards visits Pantybedw fishery

 It was an honour and a pleasure for Pant y Bedw fishery to host the great Gareth Edwards to the fishery for a couple of hours while he gave his grandson some lessons in the art of fly fishing. The lad is catching on fast and will soon be following in his Grandads foot steps with a fly rod in his hand.

Friday, 11 June 2021