Rhayader & Elan Valley AA waters, Powys
The Rhayader & Elan Valley Angling Association waters produced some spectacular catches in March. On the Elan Valley reservoirs, Kevin Bufton, of Rhayader, landed six beautiful native browns for 6lb, the largest weighing in at 2lb. On the rivers, Gavin Rees, of Rhayader, landed a 50cms brown trout, weighing just under 3lb, and at Llyngwyn, Paul Metcalf, of Llandrindod Wells, landed a 6lb rainbow and Mike Jones, of Newtown, landed a 7lb rainbow on a Cat's Whisker. Best flies for Llyngwyn have been Cat's Whisker, Blob, and Damsel with intermediate lines.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite some very variable weather, both ponds continue to fish well with numerous limits being achieved. Ken Bowring managed limits on both ponds over two sessions, while Dave Howells, Dave Slocombe and Keith Higgins landed eight fish from the top pond. The bottom pond saw Adrian Moyse, Steve Mitchell Joel Craig, Ray Tucker and Dave Woods all return catch and release quotas. Other notable returns for the week, included Cardiff member Alan Rees landing seven trout, regular day ticket visitor Joel Craig also landing seven fish and members Dean Connolly, stocking officer Steve Kean, day ticket visitor Dave Jessop and Ken Pascoe catching six rainbows each. Five fish went to Roy Baynton. James Williams followed his excellent brown trout catch of the previous week with four rainbows while day ticket visitor Chris Brown also landed four trout. Alun Paul, Benny Hill, Mike Brake and head bailiff John Mcindo each landed three fish. Regular member Ivor Thomas took a total of nine fish over two visits, shared equally between both ponds. On the Association boats Mike Price and Adam Taylor fished together to land seven and three fish respectively. The top pond has seen fishing rising to Shuttlecock and Shipman's Buzzers, particularly on the Tump and Hedge Bank with some dry fly fishing possible from the same spots, particularly around midday. On the bottom pond fish are being regularly caught in Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Bay and between the boat moorings and the bush.
The weekend saw another brown trout caught on the top pond when Chris Daniels landed a fish in the region of 2lb 8oz. It was included in a catch of six rainbows from the Tump, plus Chris had five fish off Pear Tree bank on the bottom pond. Also on the top pond, brothers Jon and Andrew Williamson landed six and three fish respectively. John Eynon's session on the top pond saw him catch six fish as well as a brace from the bottom pond. Ken Bowring took another limit from the bottom pond while Adrian Moyse and Adrian Connor each caught six fish. Day ticket holder Steve Grey included a specimen 4lb trout in his catch, as did Alan Rees. Steve Kean, Dean Connolly and day ticket visitor Dave Jessop all caught six rainbows, with Dave Howells adding four top pond fish to his six rainbows. Three fish each were also caught by Frank Wakeley and Ken Pascoe on day tickets while member Brian Green used a boat session to land a similar total. Diawl Bachs and Buzzers fished just below the water level are proving the most effective flies.