Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Light winds coupled with cloud cover and a water temperature at an above average 13C have produced some very good fishing conditions. There are still fish to be caught using dry flies such as Daddy Longlegs and Hoppers on a floating line but there has also been some success using an intermediate line pulling lures. The rod average has been maintained at a very healthy 4.3 fish. Phil Manchester, from St. Helens, landed a lovely 5lb rainbow, which is one of the heaviest fish of the season. Dave Gilbert, from Colwyn Bay, recorded a bag of 15lb 4oz for six fish, also one of the best of the season. The top flies this week have been Diawl Bach, Hoppers, Damsel, Cat’s Whiskers, Fritz, nymphs, Crunchers, Daddy Longlegs and other lures. The hotspots included Sailing Club Bay, Tower Bay, and the dam with the Brenig Arm fishing well over the weekend.
The weekend saw the final round of the Trout League with the Welsd Hawks claiming the titel for the second year in succession. Runners-up were the Brenig Cats and third place went to TCF Falcons. The main gates will be shutting at 6pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.15pm.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Returns for September indicate a continuation of good fishing. From a total of 530 visits, some 850 fish were caught from the two ponds, giving a rod average of 1.6. The current average for the season is estimated at 2.2 fish per visit. Both ponds still hold a good head of fish, and while fishing can be challenging, good catches can be made. For the remainder of the season (until October 31) the fish kill limit will be increased to six fish per visit. The top pond road bank continues to provide fish. Adrian Moyse landed 11 fish from two visits, and day ticket holders M. and P. Webb had four trout each using sight indicators, Buzzers and Egg flies. Colin Jones used an evening session to take two fish on a PTN with Ken Bowring also landing a brace. Ken also tempted a brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz. On the bottom pond, Stewart Gordon boat-fished to take a limit, and then added a further two fish from the bank. Another regular boat user, Shaun Cotterell took his brace from a morning session. Craig Bowles landed three fish from a boat/ bank session on Hoppers and emerger patterns including fish to 2lb 8oz. Around the banks, day ticket holder Steve Curtis landed four fish, Colin Jones added a further two fish to his top pond catch, with Alan Rees, Barry Powell and W.R Williams also catching two rainbows. Brian Langley fished the boat bank to catch two fish on Sedge patterns.
At the weekend on the top pond day ticket visitors Alan Ball and C. Cross each landed two fish, whilst members Dean Morgan, Stewart Morton, Terry O'Connor and Adrian Connor all found fish from the road bank, with the inlet area proving most beneficial. Stewart Morton then moved to the bottom pond and boat-fished for an eight fish limit. Around the banks, Cardiff member Alan Rees caught four rainbows while Martin Rees fished from the bush to take three trout using a Stick Fly. James Francis used a morning and evening session to take his two fish, as did head bailiff John Mcindo. Other anglers to land fish from Farmhouse Bay included Frank Wakeley and Ivor Thomas. Successful flies included Buzzers on the top pond and Shipman’s Buzzers and dry Sedges on the bottom pond.