Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 29th, 2016

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
On the top pond general treasurer Gwyn Davies landed six fish from the Railings Bank and from the Tump using copper-headed and Shuttlecock Buzzers. Geoff Evans landed six fish over two visits with Cardiff member Dave Arlotte catching four fish. Adrian Moyse also landed four trout from the Railings Bank during an evening session. Roger Martin and Ken Bowring caught three fish to add to their bottom pond weekly totals with Chris Taylor also taking three rainbows. Ivor Thomas, Keith Higgins, Bernard Stephens and Adrian Connor each landed a brace. On the bottom pond, numerous limits continue to be recorded, with Adam Taylor, Keith Higgins, Ken Pascoe, Chris Chapman, Roger Martin and Ken Bowring all amongst the week's successful anglers. New member Sally Ann Iles enjoyed her first visit to Ynys y fro with a seven fish total. Six fish were caught by stocking Officer Steve Kean. A five-fish catch was recorded by Mike Price, Arthur Murphy, John Mcindo and Colin Jones. Numerous four-fish catches were achieved, including Chris Chapmen, Brian Wareham and Terry O'Connor with Les Murphy, Chris Daniels, Hugh Davies, Kevin Pinkney, Phil Harper, Del Haines and Barry Powell all catching three rainbows. Daniel Morton, Dave Jessop and day ticket visitor J. Bell each caught two fish on their tickets. On the Association's Shaun Cotterell and Keith Higgins each took their catch and release limit, and Craig Bowles landed five trout. On the bottom pond Steve Kean caught a specimen of 5lb 6oz for a Troutmasters badge and Ken Bowring a fish of 6lb 11oz on a Bloodworm pattern.
Various patterns have been successful during the week with fish continuing to being caught on Black Buzzers, Bloodworms, Shuttlecock Buzzers, Hare's Ear nymphs and a green /white Cat’s Whisker.
Early weekend returns showed the bottom pond as the more productive reservoir. Fishing from the bank, Keith Higgins returned another limit, as did Terry O'Connor with Terry following up his limit with six fish taken on a Black Buzzer from the Golf Club bank. Colin Jones used a Green Buzzer to land six fish from the same bank with permit holder John Eynon and day ticket holder Gino Alonzi both catching three rainbows. Day ticket angler C. Williams included a specimen fish of 5lb 12oz in his two-fish return. On the top pond, website officer Adrian Moyse managed a catch and release limit and Cardiff member Jeff Wilson caught three good fish to 2lb 5oz. Dave Howells added a brace to his bottom pond catch of five rainbows. On the Association boats Keith Higgins returned another limit, with boat partner Shaun Cotterell catching seven trout including a fish of 2lb 8oz. Adam Taylor and Mike Price shared a boat, and caught a limit and three rainbows respectively. The Association's policy of adding a further stock of brown trout to the top pond has certainly paid dividends with well over 30 browns being caught and returned in the opening two months of the season. While Ken Bowring used his vast experience to catch the most fish, pride of place for the biggest specimens landed go to Steve Gray and Jeff Evans. Steve used a Montana to land a brown trout estimated at 3lb with all the markings of an overwintered fish, while Jeff also used a Montana to record a brown trout of the same weight and markings.