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Welcome to Nant Moel, this fly fishing only reservoir is situated in over 12 acres of idyllic countryside at the top of the Cynon valley, between Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil. The reservoir is run by Aberdare and District Angling Association formed over 50 years ago. We pride ourselves on being a friendly and welcoming club open to anglers of all abilities.

We have fantastic disabled facilities thanks to four level platforms going out into the reservoir slightly. Also ramps and flat paths for wheelchair users to have a great day fishing or for novices to get that extra distance. There is a secure ample spaced car park for your vehicle. For the 2017 season will be a container, to be used as a shelter and members to have a cup of coffee.

We also have a new rowing boat for full members to use. (not available to day ticket holders). Own electric engines allowed. The reservoir is stocked regularly with renowned hard fighting rainbow trout averaging 2lb with many larger ones up to 7lb, with the occasional blue trout. We have a team of very active Bailiffs day and night.

There is a limit of two fish to be killed per day to (fishing to cease once 2 are killed) 6 a week (Monday to Monday) with fly fishing only. Catch and release is also permitted if barbless hooks are used, this does however carry a 10 fish per day limit. The season runs from the first Saturday in March to January 31st. Annual or day tickets can be puchased at Hirwaun post office, 35 High Street, Hirwaun, Aberdare, CF449SW (Monday to Saturday 9-5:30pm).

*CLUB NEWS** Fishing report 24/4/16 It has been a consistent and successful start to the 2016 season at nant moel. Fish are already taking dry flies, most being caught on black CDC hoppers or yellow owls. Fish are feeding in numbers on buzzers, during the warmer parts of the day, black / silver being the most popular colour. Also many being caught on lures, being either the ever faithful cats whisker or olive. Good to see more new members joining this season, on top of our regular annual members who will always be sure to give advice to any newbies if needed. Tight lines, RL

report 28/5/16. Fishing has continued to be consistent. Dry flies are really coming into their own now. CDC hares ear buzzer, shipments buzzers, black hoppers, all consistently working. Many fish taking dries just feet from the bank. Lures and buzzers still also working.

Report 30/7/16. Like most places the water temperate is up which is pushing many fish into the deeper cooler water. Di3 lines and black/cat/woofta boobies are working consistently well fit those who move from a floating line. However early mornings and evenings are productive with plenty of fish rising, hoppers, daddy’s, yellow owl, cdc buzzers all working well. Remember to de-grease or add sinkant to your leader if fishing in flat calm. Also don’t be afraid to move around to find fish. Nant moel yet again consistently fishing better than other places close by, and lots of the bigger well known reservoirs.

18/8/16. Mornings and dusk are the most successful periods at present with the strong sun. However buzzers, black hoppers and small dries are the most popular flies. A booby on a di line is still the go to method of you want large bags. Be prepared to move around the res to find fish

Report 12/9/16. Fishing has picked up somewhat in the past 10 days after the rain we have had and cooler weather, dropping the water temperature slightly. Many fish have been taken under the Bung using an egg fly or blob, also lots of fish taken on dries, daddies and hoppers. Fish have been seen feeding on fry so don’t be afraid to try a lure either. Mornings and evenings are still most productive.  Some larger fish between 3 and 5.5 lb. tight lines Rhys

Report 21/11/16 – Still fish being caught but few and far between for those who brave the cold. The fish that are caught have been on sinking lines di or a di5 with boobies. Although some have been taken on buzzers in the shallower parts of the reservoir.

28/11/16 AGM, held at Cwmdare miners club:- Mr R Llewellyn remains Secretary, Mr C Jones replaces Mr M Williams as Chairman. Mr P Belt fills the resulting Treasurer vacancy. Mr D W Morgan replaces Mr J Williams as Vice Chairman. We give thanks to Max Williams and Jason Williams for their dedication to his club over the many years of service. 

2017 season to start on 4th March 2017 and end 31st Jan 2018. Prices to remain the same as 2016/2017 season.

8/1/2017: – day tickets now available online using PayPal. See the prices page for more info


Keys for the access gates AND the new cabin container are only available via the club secretary. These are priced at £10 EACH. The money will be returned back to you at the end of the season if you wish to hand the keys back. The contact details are on each permit and available from the outlets. Your details will be checked.  Thanks

AGM 26.11.17 summary – Rhys Llewellyn and Christian Jones resign from their positions as Secretary and Chairman respectively. Paul Belt to continue as treasurer/secretary. Wyn Morgan moves to Chairman. And Allen Fairbank is promoted to Vice Chairman. New season to start 3rd March 2018. Day ticket prices increased from £12 to £13.Full permits remain the same. Brand new boat due to arrive end of March 2018. 10 fish daily rule re-introduced.