Welsh Youth Trial 2017

A layer of mist sat over Llyn Clywedog on the morning on the 2nd September when 21 young anglers gathered to take part in the W.S.T.A.A. Youth Championship and trial for the 2018 Welsh Youth Fly Fishing team. As the day opened out to glorious sunshine the 11 boats  were sent out for 7 hours of fishing.

Most boats headed around towards the cages with a few staying in sight. There was an anticipation that with the increased sunshine and hot weather fishing could become difficult but this turned out not to be the case. Parents who must be praised for their dedication and encouragement waiting nervously as the hours slipped away.

When the end of the match came it became quickly apparent that all of the youngsters had caught fish and some outstanding bags had been caught.

The Welsh Champion was Callum Russell, Islwyn and District A.A., with an impressive bag of 17 fish weighing 32lb 11oz.

The winner of the Heaviest fish trophy was Richy Ricketts, LLanilar A.A. with a cracking fish of 7lb 6oz.

Llyn Clywedog gave the youngsters a fantastic days fishing, with 143 fish caught weighing 293lb and 1oz making a rod average of 6.8 per angler.

Thanks must be given to all the staff of Clywedog, all the boatmen and all the parents and guardians and a massive well done to all who fished.

After approval by the W.S.T.A.A. Executive,the top 14 will be invited to fish for Wales in the 2018 team on Draycote Water.