Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
This week saw Brenig host the IFFA Disabled International Fly Fishing competition with teams from all of the four home nations taking part. It was indeed a lesson to us all in terms of the commitment and determination of the competitors, many of whom had real difficulties getting in and out of the boats but who showed incredible good humour and a willingness to make the best of things. The two practice days were characterised by wind and heavy persistent rain as were the two days of competition. The conditions did test the skills and abilities of the fishermen and the team that came out on top was the team from Scotland. In second place came Ireland with Wales in third and England fourth.
The rod average for this week was 3.2 fish which is, considering the conditions, a reasonable outcome particularly when most fishermen probably didn’t hang about for too long. The weekend did see conditions improve markedly though and this did have an impact on the fishing. Dei Smith, fishing on the Sunday, finished up with a bag weighing in at 14lb 15oz for six fish caught using a floating line. The biggest bag of the week, weighing 16lb, was also recorded on Sunday and was caught by K. Hudson from St. Helens. J. Watts from Stamford caught the biggest fish of the week, an impressive 5lb rainbow although this was caught in the earlier part of the week.
With the wind blowing mainly from the north the hotspots have tended to be around the southern part of the lake with Tower Bay, the dam wall and the Visitors Centre featuring prominently. Sailing Club Bay and Water Sports Bay fished well with the Brenig Arm also holding fish. Top flies have been black and green Fritz, Buzzer, Hopper, nymphs, Hawthorn, Sedge, Damsel, and various Blobs and Boobies.
Some fantastic wildlife spotted around the lake with an otter in the Brenig Arm as well as two merlins flying over the lake. The main gates will be shutting at 8.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
With water temperatures remaining relatively high, both ponds have provided challenging fishing. On the top pond, general treasurer Gwyn Davies found fish at the outlet end of the Railings Bank and used a Corixa pattern fished as a dropper to net five rainbows, all of which were in excellent condition. The bottom pond dam wall has seen most fish caught, with permit holders, Steve Curtis, Gareth Neale, Mike Smith, Del Haines, Mike Williams and day ticket visitor Neil Smith all landing a brace of trout. A mix of Buzzers, Hoppers and Damsel Nymphs proved most successful. Regular boat fisherman Ken Pascoe caught two good limits, while boat partners Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell caught six and seven fish with a further seven fish taken on Hoppers by Ken Pascoe on a third boat session. Craig Bowles and Dave Smith each recorded three fish from their boat session, with Colin Poole including an excellent 3lb 3oz rainbow in his brace of boat-caught fish. Steve Curtis moved from the bank to the boats and netted four rainbows. The deeper waters off the dam wall provided most of the fish landed.
Returns for June 2017 recorded a total of 520 fish caught from the two reservoirs, with 185 fish coming from the top pond and 335 from the bottom reservoir. 444 visits from members/day ticket visitors were recorded giving a rod average of 1.1 fish per rod. The extremely hot weather had an obvious effect on the month's returns but both reservoirs still hold a significant balance of fish.
Subject to water temperatures being considered suitable, a further stocking for both ponds is planned for the near future.