Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club Records

Scope and Content

Address book, minutes book, Club history

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club was formed 1 November 1948. At the inaugral meeting the elected Chair Mr William Earle outlined the aims of the Club, namely to improve fishing on the Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs and to send deputations to the Cardiff Corporation to request improved accommodation for anglers. Election of the Committee, Club membership and subscriptions were also resolved and stocking of the Llanishen and Lisvane reservoirs was discussed. The Club was affiliated to the Association of Welsh Fly Fishing Clubs in April 1952 and subsequently participated in national championships

The Club’s fishing activities were impacted by the transfer of ownership of Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs to Western Power Limited in the early 2000s and the subsequent controversy regarding the attempts by Western Power to change the use of land at Llanishen Reservoir facilitating the construction of housing

Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club among others objected to the proposed redevelopment of Llanishen Reservoir and after a complex legal battle spanning several years, plans for the proposed housing development did not meet with approval. However during this period Llanishen Reservoir had been drained

Dwr Cymru (Welsh Water) is currently restoring Llanishen and Lisvane Reservoirs and it is possible that they will once again be used for trout fishing when works have been completed

Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club have continued to meet regularly and welcome anyone with an interest in fishing, and specifically fly fishing for trout


Chronological within record series

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information

Donated by the Club President, October 2018

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Fair condition

Archivist's Note

Compiled by H Thomas for Glamorgan Archives, with reference to Fred Davies, Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club A Brief History (2015) and the Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club website (, viewed 2 November 2018

Conditions Governing Use

Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply.

Appraisal Information

All records which meet the collection policy of Glamorgan Archives have been retained.

Custodial History

The records remained in the custody of the donor until transferred to Glamorgan Archives.


Accruals are possible