Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
With an abundance of natural food in the lake and the water beginning to warm up anglers have had to work hard for their fish. Luke Thomas took one and released five, including a pristine rainbow of 6lb 5oz caught off the point of the main island. With a floating line and a CdC pattern Luke let the fly drift and the fish took it off the top. Keith Cox caught his three rainbows on a Cat’s Whisker and intermediate line, while Wayne Giles took his fish on the same combination. Ken Bowring favoured a Damsel, while Steve Wakeham, Tim Downey and Jeremy Samuels caught their fish on Goldhead Damsels. A White Fritz, an Olive Cruncher and a Hare's Ear brought fish to Roger Michael, Stewart Thomas, and Ken Davies, while a Diawl Bach worked for Gareth West, a Daddy Longlegs for Peter Thomas, a Black Gnat for David Bull and a Black Buzzer for novice Derwyn Jones. Ken Pascoe had a few hours on Saturday, bringing his fish to the bank using a white mini lure on a floating line. On Sunday Gary Owens took one and returned two on a Traffic Light Buzzer and a Blue-flash Damsel. Callum Russell and dad Matt took one and released three, using a Cat’s Whisker and Blobs.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Good catches continue to be made on both ponds and off the association boats. A significant number of catch and release limits have been taken, including boat anglers Keith Higgins with three limits, Steve Cotterell and Mike Price. Top pond limits were achieved by Colin Jones when fishing from the Tump using a PTN; Gwyn Davies from the Hedge Bank using a combination of weighted Damsels and Buzzers, and Ken Bowring with two limits. The bottom pond saw Dave Arlotte, Dave Howells, Roger Martin and Ken Bowring take eight fish, with the pond area off the bush providing most of the fish caught. Back on the top pond, Kevin Pinkney landed nine fish over two visits; and Colin Jones added a further six fish to his earlier limit. Four fish were landed by day ticket holder Dave Woods while Mark Roberts, Lee Kirkwood, Graham Ingram Evans and John Mcindo each caught three rainbows. Heaviest fish from the top pond went to Martin Rees who used a Diawl Bach to land and return a specimen rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Bank fishermen on the bottom pond continue to enjoy very good sport mainly during morning and late evening sessions. Terry O'Connor took 12 fish from two visits; Roger Martin added seven trout to his earlier limit; Gwyn Davies used his Baby Sunfly pattern plus a size 16 Griffiths Gnat to land six fish from Farmhouse Bay; while Dave Howells fished from the bush for a second visit to land five fish. Another five rainbows were caught by day ticket holder Dave Thomas. Lee Carroll landed four fish as did Alun Hopkin and Brian Green, with the latter fishing an unweighted Cats' Whisker on an intermediate line. Adrian Moyse and James Francis each caught three fish with Rob Watkins also taking three fish to add to an earlier brace. Mike Brake fished at the entrance of Farmhouse Bay to take four fish over two visits while Alan Rees, Rob Baynton, Joel Craig, Brian Langley, Chris Daniels, Martin Rees, Brian Wareham, Phil Harper and Adrian Connor also landed two fish over various times of the day. A number of fish in excess of 3lb have been recorded. A variety of patterns are proving successful with Bloodworm, weighted Damsels, Buzzers and Hoppers providing catches.
At the weekend permit holder Martin Rees landed five rainbows from the Railings Bank on the top pond. Colin Jones caught four fish from the Tump Bank using a PTN. Ken Bowring added five more rainbows to his season's top pond record when he fished from the Road Bank while regular boat user Keith Higgins moved to the bank to take his three fish. A late evening session saw head bailiff John Mcindo use a Blob pattern for his brace of rainbows. The bottom pond continues to provide good fishing, with Ken Bowring taking another limit from the Bush using a combination of Crunchers, Buzzers and olive goldhead nymphs. Martin Williams caught six rainbows, with Mike Brake taking six fish from two visits to Farmhouse Bay, using Diawl Bachs. Three fish bags were achieved by day ticket visitors Peter Marden and Nick Jenkins, Caldicot day ticket holder Gary Wharton, and club members Viv Jenkins, James Francis, Terry O'Connor (with a 4lb fish), and John Mcindo. Alan Rees and James Williams each took two fish. Adrian Connor fished off Farmhouse Bay and caught and returned a specimen rainbow estimated in the region of 5lb on a size 16 Buzzer. Successful boat anglers Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell recorded eight and four fish respectively.