Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
The fishing has generally been great, although not easy when it's been very bright or very windy. Two of the recently stocked 8lb-plus rainbows put in an appearance, much to the delight of Lee Ashcroft and Mike James. Mike returned one 8lb 8oz fish and seven others using a Blue-flash Damsel, a Hopper and Shipman’s Buzzer and Lee returned one at just under 9lb plus two more on a Hothead Damsel. Luke Thomas took one fish and returned 10, fishing a 15-foot leader with a washing-line of Buzzers: olive on the point, black in the middle and a Shipman's near the surface fished very slowly. Derek Williams used a Cat’s Whisker to tempt a brown, while Paul Elsworthy took one and released seven, including a brownie, on a floating line and a range of Buzzers including a Black Shipman’s. Geoff Thomas took one rainbow and released three, including a brown, on a Damsel, Black Buzzer and a floating line. Daniel Townsend released a brown and took one rainbow on a Black Daddy and intermediate. Graham Davies took one and released three, including a brown on a Black Hopper, a Bibio and a ghost-tip line. Over two visits, Huw Davies took two and released 12 on Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Black Hopper and Cormorants. Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn each took two and released eight, Ken on a Cat’s Whisker, Pheasant Tail and a sink tip, Roger on a Black Hopper and a Damsel. Mike Dummer took one and brought another eight to the net on an Orange Blob, a mini-Cat and a Diawl Bach.
Alan Glen was delighted to bag a tag fish, donating part of his £75 cash prize to Help for Heroes for the competition on May 16. Alan also won a day ticket for catching the tag fish, and released another three rainbows, all on an Orange Blob and intermediate line. Another tag fish (a blue dye mark on the underside of the fish), will be stocked.
The lodge pond seems to be a hit with novices and experienced anglers alike. Youngsters taking their first fish were Zach, assisted by dad Phil, and Thomas, with his dad Robert. Zach's rainbow was taken on a Cat’s Whisker, while Thomas took his on a Squirmy Worm, releasing three more. Please note there is a five fish limit on the lodge pond.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Following an excellent first month's fishing, statistics for Ynys y fro show that some 2400 fish were caught between the two ponds, with approximately 600 fish landed from the top pond, and 1800 from the bottom reservoir. Some 600 visits were made by day ticket visitors and season permit holders, giving a rod average of four fish. This week's fishing saw the best return for the top pond go to day ticket holder Dave Woods with seven fish, while Kevin Pinkney landed six rainbows and Joel Craig took three fish. Most catches were made from the Tump and the Hedge Bank/outlet point. On the bottom pond, boat anglers Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell returned seven and six fish respectively, while from the bank Ken Bowring recorded further limits. Roger Martin's first sessions of the season also realised eight fish totals. Vice chairman Adrian Moyse used a fast retrieve style from the Pipe Bay banks to take 11 fish from two visits, including a specimen of 3lb 7oz. Day ticket holder Gareth Williams caught his six fish from the bottom pond, with Cardiff members Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas each landing five rainbows. James Williams reached a four fish total and veteran angler Benny Hill used a Damsel Nymph to take three fish. Diawl Bachs, Silver Invictas and Blobs are catching most fish on both ponds. A Bloodworm pattern also allowed head bailiff John Mcindo and committee man Brian Wareham to enjoy some evening sessions from the car park and Pipe Bay banks, Chris Daniels used a Shipman's Buzzer to take fish in Farmhouse Bay, whilst chairman Adrian Connor found fish with a short-tied Black Buzzer on a sink-tip line. First time day ticket visitors Messrs D. Spear and R. Bull each caught fish around the 2lb mark. Stocking officer Steve Kean intends to continue a pattern of fortnightly stocking for both ponds, subject to weather conditions. NRFFA hope that as many members as possible will support the Cardiff Reservoirs ‘Bring and Buy’ sale on Thursday April 23, at St Joseph's Club, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, from 7.30pm onwards. All proceeds will go to the Velindre Cancer Unit.
At the weekend the top pond provided some very good fishing with plenty of rising fish. General treasurer Gwyn Davies fished from the Hedge Bank to take his limit, which included a specimen of 3lb 4oz, using size 16 CdC emerger patterns. Chris Daniels, Daniel Morton, Steve Howells, Ian Hewitt, Joel Craig and Steve Kean also took fish on emerger patterns from the same bank. On the bottom pond Keith Higgins recorded two eight fish limits from the association boats, as did Shaun Cotterell. Day ticket holder Mike Price also took his limit while boat fishing. Around the banks Ken Bowring caught his eight fish from the bush, while Adrian Moyse also caught his limit from Pipe Bay. Permit holder Martin Rees and day ticket visitor Wynn Jones caught six fish, with James Southam using his day ticket to take five rainbows. Geoff Evans used nymphs to land his four fish, Terry O'Connor also landed four to add to his previous brace from an earlier session. Dave Howells and new member Steve Howells each caught three fish. A brace of trout went to John Eynon, Fred Wakeley and new visitor Theresa Lee. The Troutmasters fish-off takes place this Saturday (April 18).