Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The first part of the week saw some glorious sunny days culminating in the hottest day of the year on Friday. However, by the weekend the weather had done a U-turn and we saw some rain and cloudy skies along with somewhat cooler air temperatures. Due to its altitude, Brenig is basically a month behind most fishing lakes in terms of the seasons and it is only now that we are getting fly hatches as the weather warms up. This has definitely brought the bigger fish from last year towards the surface. Colin Ellingham from Trefriw landed six fish, all exceeding 3lb. His total bag weight, the biggest of the week, was 24lb 10oz which included a massive 6lb 8oz rainbow. Martin Roberts also landed a fantastic 6lb 8oz rainbow fishing from the bank in Tower Bay. The fish took 20 minutes to land and was caught on a home-tied PTN. An even bigger fish at 7lb 8oz was caught by John Davies from Montgomery in Tower Bay. J. Owen from Deganwy and his boat partner Graham Land from Llandudno landed 24 four fish between them. The hotspots have tended to be around Tower Bay, the Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm as well as the Dam Wall for the boats. There has also been some success along Hafod Lom and Nant Glyn Shore.
Top flies have been dry Black Gnats, Goldhead Damsel, nymphs, Dabblers, Cormorant, Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Cat’s Whiskers and various Blobs and Boobies.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Following an increased stocking of the top pond, catch returns have indicated some excellent sport, particularly from the Railings Bank. A number of limits have been recorded, including the following members/day ticket holders: Adrian Moyse, Mark Roberts, Ken Bowring, Roger Martin, Gwyn Davies and Chris Daniels with the last mentioned including an excellent brown trout in the return. Amongst other good catches, Adrian Moyse and Adrian Connor both caught six fish, while a five-fish catch went to Richard Bateman and Steve Curtis. A number of anglers landed four rainbows, including Phil Harper, Dave Price, Dave Slocombe, Gethin Bowes, Andrew McCarthy and K. Wakefield. Gwynne Jones landed three trout, while a brace of fish was caught by Brian Wareham, Colin Jones, Phil Miles, Kevin Pinkney, John Morgan and Ivor Thomas. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, PTNs and Damsel Nymphs accounted for most fish caught. On the bottom pond boat anglers Ken Pascoe had two six fish catches, Keith Higgins with seven trout, Shaun Cotterell landed five fish, Gareth Williams with three fish and Richard Williams and Howard Davies each landed a brace. Most catches came from the deeper waters towards the middle of the reservoir. Along the banks and mainly from the dam, Del Haines, Lee Carroll and Ken Bowring all caught two rainbows.
At the weekend anglers on the bottom pond boat continued to find good fishing from the centre of the reservoir and also off the dam. Cardiff members Keith Higgins and Alan Rees landed four and three fish respectively from their morning and afternoon sessions, whiler egular Saturday morning boat partners, Martin Rees and John Eynon each netted a brace of rainbows. The bottom pond also saw Kevin Pinkney and Gareth West fish from the bank to catch two trout each. Sport on the top pond has slowed down from earlier in the week but Steve Curtis had five trout and Adrian Moyse four, again from the Railings Bank.