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.
Tying flies at North Wales Country Fair 2012.
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
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.
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.
Rotary Club of Bala and Penllyn
Plas yn Dre Restaurant
Bala Town Council
Bala Sailing Club
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.
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