Llyn Llygad Rheidol is the most remote of our club lakes sitting at an altitude of 500m in the shadow of Plymlumon and overlooking the vast Nant y moch reservoir. The lake can be accessed along a rough 2 mile track either on foot or if you are feeling brave and have a suitable vehicle, can be driven. The track takes you passed open moorland and rare bog habitats both providing interesting and diverse wildlife.
The south side of the lake rises steeply towards the summit of Plymlumon and the steep cliffs have been home to Peregrine falcons and currently there is a nesting pair of Merlins in residence.
The lake is crystal clear and depending on the time of year can be teeming with midge, damsel flies and sedges.
The fish are quite voracious, and not often being fished for, will take most offerings. Particularly worth a visit when terrestrial insects such as the coch y bonddu, flying ants or Autumn daddy long-legs are around.
These are natural brown trout and are as wild as they come, the average size being 6 to 10 inches with the occasional larger fish. They are incredibly well marked and for their size give excellent sport.
The dam wall is the easiest to fish from and makes good access to a fair amount of water. The rest of the lake edge varies with moorland, boggy areas and steep cliffs.
It is a wonderful place for a picnic, and if you plan to go it’s definitely worth making a day of it.
Fly fishing, spinning and worming are allowed.