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Bala and District Angling Association


Cymdeithas Genweirio Y Bala a’r Cylch

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Ilan  is passionate about fishing. Having been interested in the sport since his primary school days, he  is the first member of  Bala Angling Association to gain a place in the Welsh U18 Youth Team. He has been prominent in the Association’s competitions both coarse and fly. He won the George Roberts shield in 2005 and again in 2010. In 2011 he was runner up in the fly league and was a member of the silver medal Welsh U18 team at the Lake of Menteith in Scotland.


He attends the Fly dressers’ Guild at Penrhyndeudraeth regularly and is a keen participant in Bala Angling’s Fly tying classes. He has demonstrated fly tying at The Country Fair at Bala and ties flies professionally for Y Gwyniad tackle shop.

Ilan Evans.

Tying flies at North Wales Country Fair 2012.

Club coaches.


Bala Angling has four qualified coaches, Brian Parry, Steve Wood ,Barry Evans and Trevor Edwards.  All four are CRB checked and attend the fly tying classes , junior competitions and casting tuition sessions and are testament to Bala Angling’s commitment to promote  angling and and improve angling skills.

Some of Ilan’s work

Our Logo.

Bala Angling’s logo was designed by local artist the late E. Meirion Roberts. He was born in 1913 in Llan Ffestiniog before the family moved to Bala in 1921. He attended Westminster Art college in Chester and worked as a commercial artist in Fleet Street. After being called up to the army he married his wife Eirwen in 1949  and moved to Liverpool and then to Colwyn Bay. His whole working life was spent as a commercial artist. He retired in 1978 and returned to Bala. His work was varied and consisted of black and white line drawings, as our logo, as well as beautifully drawn full colour maps and posters of little known Welsh characters and more famous political, literary and sports personalities.

BCC Anglers.

Bala Angling is a member of the newly formed BCC angler’s group. This group represents Bala, Corwen and Capenhurst Associations. One of the aims of the group in the near future is to help tackle the Himalayan Balsam problem on the Dee system. Exhaustive work by Wardens and volunteers of Snowdonia National Park have all but eradicated this menace from the shores of Llyn Tegid and the rivers that run into it. By continuing their efforts on the Dee below Llyn Tegid the group, in conjunction with The Dee Trust and the Environment Agency, hopes to go some way in removing this alien weed from the river habitat.

Our Sponsors:

Rotary Club of Bala and Penllyn

Williams Homes

Plas yn Dre Restaurant

Bala Town Council

Cigydd Bala

Y Gwyniad

Gwynedd Confectioners

Bala Sailing Club

Environment Agency

Fly tying classes.

These classes are available to members of Bala Angling and are held from November to March. They are free to juniors and for a small fee to cover materials for adults. There is a resident chef who prepares refreshments at half time and, fair play, he has become rather good at making tea and coffee! The club is considering the purchase of a formal waiter’s uniform for him but this is subject to committee approval.!!  As he’s on the committee the proposal is unlikely to be approved. The classes are run by the experienced Kathy Rich and by Barry and Ilan Evans in her absence. They are  informal and entertaining and there is always something to be learnt by everyone, including the tutors. The classes are generously sponsored by Bala Town Council.

The classes are largely light hearted and fun but sometimes it gets serious!!

Winging flies takes practice.

Sometimes there’s a wait for everyone to catch up.

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Bala Angling, as members of the Welsh Salmon and Trout Angling Association (WSTAA), regularly receive their newsletters. The club also receives newsletters from the Environment Agency and the Dee trust. If you would like to receive any or all of these via email, then please contact the club on the email address found on the contacts page.