Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The days took a little time to fully spark into life with some rather chilly and misty starts to the day, but by mid-morning the sun began to break through bathing the lake in a warm late summer glow. Even so, there was always a slightly chilly breeze keeping the fish a little bit down in the water. The water temperature also dropped down to 13C. The bright sunlight and somewhat calmer water made the fishing a little hard at times but when the conditions have been right the fishing picked up well and some fine fish have been caught. The rod average was 4.4 and a number of big fish were caught this week with two rainbows tipping the scales at 4lb. One was caught by Mr Bowlas, from Buckley, and the other by Glyn Jones, from Rhuddlan. The top bag at 12lb 4oz was recorded by Eifion from Bala. When there was a bit of a wind the best method was a Daddy Longlegs pulled on a floating or a slow intermediate line. However, bank anglers reported that Olive Damsels in the top four feet of water have produced a good return.
Sunday, October 11 will see the final round of the Brenig Trout League taking place. The Welsh Hawks are currently lying in first place with Brenig Cats second.
The top flies this week have been Daddy Longlegs, Damsel, Orange Fritz, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers, Viva and Hopper. With the wind blowing predominantly from the east this week the hotspots have tended to be on the west side of the lake with the Brenig Arm, Sailing Club Bay and Watersports Bay all fishing quite well. However fish have been caught in most parts of the lake with Hafod Lom being mentioned by a number of fishermen.
The main gates will be shutting at 6pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.15pm. This year fishing will continue right through the winter, with the reservoir only being closed for two weeks in March while stocking takes place.
This month provided anglers with excellent trout fishing, with many of the larger fish being caught. Mr Wakeham, from Dolhelfa, landed a 9lb rainbow which he returned to the water. Cliff Lloyd and Bryn Jones, both of Rhayader, landed fish over 6lb, and recorded bags of four fish for 16lb. Dry flies did well. Damsel, Bibio, Hoppers and Daddies all worth a try. Winter season tickets are now available from Powell's Newsagents in West Street, Rhayader, and also from Nantymynach Farm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
With the water levels for the top pond continuing to rise good returns are being made. Veteran member Ken Bowring landed 13 over two daytime visits with Terry O'Connor also maintaining his high catch and release record with a further six fish, again landed over two sessions. Day ticket visitors, M. and P. Webb each caught a brace of rainbows, while evening visits resulted in three fish for fisheries treasurer Colin Jones and two for committee member Brian Wareham. Boat fishing on the bottom pond has been limited, but Ken Bowring continues to find fish. Bank anglers enjoyed more success, with combinations of Diawl Bach nymphs, Sedges, Daddy Longlegs and Egg flies all taking fish. Cardiff member Ian Hewitt caught five fish from two visits, Roger Martin landed another four rainbows while Cardiff club president Fred Davies, permit holder Brian Langley and day ticket visitor Steve Ward all caught three trout. Morning visits by Dave Howells and Mark Roberts brought two fish to the net, with the same number being landed by Keri Jones and Chris Daniel when both fished from the bush side of Farmhouse Bay around dusk.
At the weekend the top pond again produced some good returns, with Ken Bowring finding a limit from the road bank, and Terry O'Connor landing four rainbows, again from the same area, using a Goldhead Egg fly fished below a sight indicator. Day ticket member Kevin Eley caught a brace of fish when he fished the same venue, while Gwyn Davies. used a traditional Buzzer approach to land three rainbows to 2lb 8oz. On the bottom pond boat users have had some success, with Adrian Moyse taking four trout, Stewart Gordon catching three fish and Barry Powell using his boat ticket for two trout. Bank fishermen have found the golf club/Farmhouse Bay producing fish, with Ian Hewitt, Roger Martin and Keith Higgins each catching three fish, mainly on small dry flies. A brace was landed by Rob Watkins and Richard Bowles. Gwyn Davies added to his top pond total with further fish using a Baby Sunfly pattern.