Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
A lovely week as regards the weather but the fishing has been very tough. Plenty of natural food on offer and the fish have proved finicky. Highlights of the week were Colin Cox landing a 6lb 7oz rainbow on an intermediate line, using his own version of a Mrs Simpson fly. Luke Thomas took one and released five on Buzzers and a floating line. One of his fish was tagged which netted Luke £100 and a day ticket. The fishery is now into the last few weeks before closing for the summer.
Llyn Brenig, Flintshire
The water temperature is creeping up and is now at 13.7 degrees C. Despite this, the fish are still a little bit down in the water and there aren’t a lot of fish rising around the lake. The rod average this week stands at 5.3 fish. The conditions have contributed to this with the warmer water temperatures, light winds and plenty of cloud cover making it almost ideal conditions for fishing. The biggest fish this week was caught by D. Jones from Wirral Game Fishing Club who caught a rainbow of 3lb 2oz. The biggest bag of the week was caught by Donald Griffiths, from Wrexham, who recorded a bag of 14lb 8oz. Sunday saw the second round of the Brenig Trout League take place. The conditions for fishing were very good and the competitors all had a splendid day. Welsh Hawks took first place with the Cheshire Hawks second and TCF Falcons third. The top weight of 18lb, which included time bonuses, was achieved by Gareth Jones (Welsh Hawks). The win by the Hawks keeps them in overall first place with the Brenig Cats in second. Llyn Brenig played host to Aberaron Fishing Club on Saturday and their top rod was Mark Pritchard. The hotspots this week for boat anglers have been the Quarry, the dam wall and Tower Bay while bank fishermen found success in Sailing Club Bay, Tower Bay and the Brenig Arm. Top flies have been Green and Orange Fritz, Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers, nymphs, Dabblers and Montana.
Next Sunday Brenig will host the Moc Morgan Classic, in memory of Moc who passed away recently. The following week, on Saturday July 4, the Anglian Water Airflo competition takes place and all the boats for this event have been booked.
The main gates will be shutting at 9pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8.15pm.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Limits continue to be taken from both ponds with general treasurer Gwyn Davies using a Para Loop Emerger and a Crippled Midge dry fly to take his eight fish from the Tump on the top pond. Ken Bowring recorded eight fish from the Railings Bank, to add to two further limits from the bottom pond. Dave Howells and day ticket visitor Dave Walker also took bank limits while boat angler Mike Price caught his eight fish off Farmhouse Bay. On the top pond, new member Jeff Wilson included a fish of 3lb 8oz in his catch, Mark Roberts landed four fish, while Brian Green fished from the Tump using a Hare's Ear pattern to take two fish. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Roger Martin caught eight fish over two visits. Day ticket visitor B. Davies caught four fish with the same number of trout being landed by James Francis, Terry O'Connor, and Joel Craig. Three fish were each landed by Bernard Stephens, Phil Harper, Gwyn Davies and Steve Kean. Evening sessions by committee members John Mcindo, Colin Jones and Association president Martin Williams saw a brace of fish being landed, with the same result being achieved by Kevin Pinkney, Martin Rees, Dave Arlotte, Ray Purcell and Dave Thomas. With fish moving well on and just below the surface on both ponds, Hoppers, CdC patterns, Buzzers and Diawl Bach nymphs are all proving effective.
At the weekend Terry O'Connor landed two rainbows from the bush on the bottom pond, while James Francis fished from Pear Tree Bank to take three trout on a small Shipmans' Buzzer fished as a point fly, plus a yellow thorax Buzzer fished as a dropper. Adrian Connor took his brace of trout from either side of the bush, again on short tied Black Buzzers. Martin Rees found his fish in Farmhouse Bay using a Diawl Bach. On the top pond committee man Brian Wareham and head bailiff John Mcindo fished Blobs from the Tump to land four and two fish respectively. On the bottom pond Ken Bowring and Roger Martin both landed four rainbows from the bush while Cardiff member Alan Rees took three fish from the entrance to Farmhouse Bay. Dean Morgan added four fish from the bottom pond to his top pond catch while Terry O'Connor and vice chairman Adrian Moyse both took a brace of trout from the Tump. Day ticket holder Ken Pascoe used a morning boat session to land four fish from Pear Tree Bank. Both ponds will have received extra fish this week, with some larger fish included.