Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
A cracking opening week with near perfect conditions keeping anglers very happy indeed. Mike James, Roger Martyn, Sally Ann Iles and Bernie Davies each took one and returned seven earlier in the week, with Mike netting another three later in the week. Sal and Bernie also returned to take two and return nine between them. Successful flies included Bloodworms, Buzzers, Damsels and a wrapped Minkie. Keith Higgins was on outstanding form on Thursday, taking one and returning 10 from a variety of platforms including the main island point. Keith used a little Damsel and an intermediate line
Stephen Curtis's Damsel on a floating line tempted six fish to the net, while the day before Mike Dummer used a Hopper to net two of his six fish, taking the rest on an Orange Blob.
Fishing guide John Symonds took one and returned another on an intermediate line. Peter Wesson took one and returned five. Colin Poole took one rainbow on a Montana. Wales international angler Kieron Jenkins netted his limit using a Rob's Wrapped Minkie and tempted a superb rainbow at 6lb 5oz off the main island point on an intermediate line.
A Goldhead Damsel and an Orange Blob brought Matt Russell his limit, taking one and releasing 10 rainbows, while son Callum also used the Rob's Wrapped Minkie. The brown trout have also been keen to show themselves this week, with several anglers bringing browns to the net including Mike James who netted three amongst his 11 fish. Rob Collier and son Tom caught seven fish each, all tempted on Bloodworms on a floating line. Garry Wharton and Paul Elsworthy each took one and returned four, while it was a total of six for Ken Bowring and John Parsons.
Youngest angler of the week was six-year-old Will Wellman, who took a cracking rainbow early on Saturday using a Sunburst Blob under a bung on a floating line (with a little bit of help from dad Tim).
It is critical that barbless or de-barbed hooks are used at all times, to ensure that fish are not damaged on release.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
While the bottom pond continues to outfish the top pond, vice chairman Adrian Moyse and head bailiff John Mcindo both caught fish from the top pond railings bank with Adrian landing a brace of good trout. On the bottom pond boat fisherman Keith Higgins continued his excellent season with a total of 19 fish over three sessions. Boat partners Shaun Cotterell and Bob Bradley caught 13 and four fish respectively. Another successful boat angler, Craig Bowles from Cowbridge, took a limit from his boat session. Stewart Gordon's boat ticket brought him two rainbows. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Ken Bowring again found fish, with a limit from the bush, while Cardiff member Alan Rees caught six fish over two visits. Ken Pascoe caught three rainbows while Mike and Robert Porteus each caught four fish. Association president Martin Williams, committee member Brian Wareham, and day ticket holders Ian Hewitt, Dave Arlotte, David Price and Paul Bevan all landed two trout.
At the weekend most sport was had around the bottom pond, with Ken Bowring taking six fish from the bush. Membership secretary, Phil Harper and treasurer Colin Jones, plus day ticket visitor C.A Wheeler found fish from the bush to Pipe Bay during late afternoon visits, while Stewart Morton and Barry Powell used the Association boats to land three and two fish respectively. It is to be hoped that as many members as possible attend the work party on Saturday November 6 from 10am onwards. The season ended on Saturday October 31 and will recommence at the beginning of March 2016.