Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 8th, 2016

Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
The fish have been high in the water with many anglers enjoying sport on dry flies and emergers. In the right conditions there have been plenty of fish rising to buzzers all around the lake, with the lodge frontage producing some good numbers of resident fish. Recommended flies are Shipman's and Shuttlecock Buzzers. Damsels have also been very effective fished slowly on a floating line. Very few anglers have blanked and good numbers of fish have been caught. Lee Ashcroft brought 24 fish to the net over three visits. Robert Forrest-Webb, writer, adventurer and sportsman, enjoyed a few hours fishing at Cwm Hedd this week, as a preliminary warm-up to his 87th birthday. Remember that barbless hooks must be used at all times.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds continue to fish well with a number of limits taken. On the top pond Dave Howells and Ken Bowring both caught and released eight fish from at least one session, mainly from the Railings Bank. A seven fish catch was made by J. Grey, while S. Grey included two brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz in his catch return. Keith Higgins caught nine fish from two top pond sessions, while Eddie Ricci returned a six fish total. Chris Chapmen landed five rainbows, and Chris Taylor used his day ticket for four fish. Permit holders Chris Daniels and John Mcindo each landed three trout while Kevin Pinkney added a brace of trout to his earlier three fish, again from the Railings Bank. On the bottom pond limits went to Ken Bowring, Roger Martin, and Chris Taylor from the bank and to Craig Bowles via a boat session. Carl Hawkes landed seven trout, with a six fish catch being recorded by Les Murphy and Lee Ashcroft which included a specimen rainbow of 5lb 14oz. Simon Roberts and Colin Jones also landed six fish. Five fish were caught by Roger Martin and Keith Higgins to add to earlier limits. Four fish catches were recorded by Dave Smith via a boat session, Wynne Jones, Kevin Pinkney, Stuart Thomas, Ken Pascoe, Adrian Connor and Hugh Davies with the latter including fish weighing 4lb 2oz and 3lb 14oz. Association president Martin Williams, day ticket members Bernie Davies, A. Read, N. Burge and Mike Brake each caught three rainbows. Cat’s Whiskers and Damsel Nymphs fished on intermediate or slow sinking lines, with Black Buzzers and the occasional Diawl Bach fished on a floating line, accounted for most fish. Hotspots on the bottom pond continue to be within the area from the bush to Pipe Bay, with the Railings Bank, Hedge Bank near the outlet and the Tump providing the most sport on the top pond, depending on wind direction. The Troutmasters fish-off will take place this Saturday (April 9), with the top pond being initially reserved until midday for finalists. The bottom pond will be open to all anglers, as usual.
At the weekend on the top pond there was a limit for Ken Bowring, seven fish catches for Stewart Gordon and Chris Daniels plus six fish for Adrian Moyse. Day ticket visitor Mark Jeremiah landed four fish alongside Dean Walker and Dean Morgan who each caught three trout. Day ticket member Mark Roberts also landed three top pond rainbows including a specimen of 5lb 11oz, with three fish also being recorded by Colin Jones. Bloodworm patterns accounted for many of these fish. On the bottom pond, limits went to Roger Martin and boat fisherman Keith Higgins, with a 4lb 13oz fish included in Keith's return. Martin Rees landed seven rainbows with the same number being caught by Shaun Cotterell fishing alongside Keith Higgins in a shared boat session. Stewart Gordon added a further six fish to his earlier top pond return, with John Eynon and Ken Pascoe also landing the same number. General treasurer Gwyn Davies fished the dam and caught five rainbows on deep fished Black Buzzers. Five fish were landed by stocking officer Steve Kean and also by Adrian Connor. Three fish returns were recorded by Gareth Neale, Mike Porteus and Ron Evans. Head bailiff John Mcindo fished from the boat moorings to also catch three fish. Various lures and fly patterns are working including green and white Cat’s Whiskers, Bloodworms and Black Buzzers. With fish beginning to show regularly on and just below the surface, some are being caught on small dry flies ie Black Spiders. On the top pond the Tump and Railings Bank have produced fish, whilst the bottom pond dam and areas around the car park and Pipe Bay are seeing good catches.