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Dream deal for anglers: The rights to fish one of the richest and most beautiful lakes in Wales; Five-year lease is up for grabs on lodge at Anglesey reservoir teeming with trout.

Byline: SALLY WILLIAMS Farming Editor sally.williams@walesonline.co.uk

THE fishing rights to one of the finest lakes in Wales have been put on the market to let for the first time, it has emerged.

On the instructions of Dwr Cymru Welsh Water, Cooke & Arkwright is marketing a lease for the fishing lodge, car park and buildings at Llyn Alaw Reservoir, with the exclusive rights to fish over the majority of the water.

Llyn Alaw is the largest body of fresh water on the island of Anglesey. It is renowned for its brown and rainbow trout.

The reservoir has never been on the market before and Chris Hyde, of Cooke & Arkwright says that it presents an enticing opportunity.

Mr Hyde said: "Dwr Cymru is seeking a committed group or individual to re-invigorate the fishing rights and make a real go of what really is a unique opportunity.

"The reservoir has a very good reputation, it has been well stocked with brown and rainbow trout and is frequently mentioned in the angling press."

There is a deadline of October 30 for tenders.

He said: "The lease will include the exclusive use of the Fishing Lodge, car park and lavatory block, along with the rights to fish the Llyn Alaw reservoir with fly, spinner and worm."

Llyn Alaw was constructed in the 1960s over the former peatland of Cors y Bol and comprises some 315 hectares (780 acres).

Located near the village of Llanerch-y-Medd, it is 4.8 kilometres long and produces 35 million litres of water each day, which is fed to underground reservoirs to provide for consumers on Anglesey.

In one of the most productive lakes in Wales corixa, shrimp and rudd fry provide rich feeding for the wild brown and rainbow trout, which are generally reported to be in superb condition.

The whole reservoir is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with abundant wildflowers and butterflies, and several species of over-wintering wildfowl. Whooper swans, shovelers and teals, mallard, wigeon, goldeneye and sometimes pink footed geese, as well as breeding tufted duck, inhabit the area.

Great crested grebe, coot and black headed gulls nest on islands in the reservoir. In autumn, large flocks of waders, in particular curlew, lapwing and golden plover, visit exposed mud areas.

Llyn Alaw also supports interesting plants including needle spike-rush and pillwort. There is a visitor centre at the western end near the dam from where a recreational trout fishery operates.

The lease is available for a term of five years, although proposals for a longer term may be considered on their merit. Currently, people who wish to fish at the reservoir either pay for a daily licence via the parking meter in the car park or apply for an annual licence.

| For further information contact Chris Hyde, Cooke & Arkwright on 01656 644642 or chris.hyde@coark.com

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Date:Oct 22, 2013
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