Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
The awful weather made for a quiet week in terms of angler numbers, but still some very good fishing for most. The fish have been active on the surface recently with anglers enjoying some great top of the water action. When the fish are locked onto either empty buzzer shuck or corixa they can be hard to tempt, but some anglers have had success with Crunchers tweaked just below the surface or a pale Shuttlecock Buzzer fished in the surface film.
First in this week was Bill Williams, who took one and released five on Buzzers and an intermediate, while Mike James also used a buzzer to take one, returning to take one on a buzzer, plus one on Ken Pascoe's emerger. Paul Elsworthy took one and released three on a Black Buzzer. Ken Bowring took one and released seven on the goldhead Damsel with a sink-tip line, while the goldhead Damsel also produced fish for Ken Davies, Mark Evans and Nathan Gilbert. Roy Western took two and returned two on a Damsel and a Black and Green Fritz, with the latter also bringing one to the net for Dave Eckett. A Damsel and midge-tip was Alan Powell's choice as he caught one and released one.
Andy Wattson took his first fish at Cwm Hedd and returned another, coming back on another day to take one on an Orange and White Fritz. Tony Oliver took a rainbow on a Bloodworm, while Roger Martyn took one on a Black Hopper. A Kee Hee and a Black Pennell tempted two to the net for Gareth West, while Gerald Williams took one and returned five including a brown on a Tadpole and intermediate line. Mark Gunter, Ron Daws and John Belcher each took one, Mark on a black nymph and sink tip, Ron on a white nymph and John on a Cruncher. Friends Roger Michael and John Davies, from Coity, had a great few hours out, with Roger taking one and John taking one and returning four. Roger fished a White Damsel and Alan a Bloodworm and sink-tip. Twelve-year-old Callum Russell battled with the high wind on Saturday, taking one and releasing one on a Blob under a bung. Kieron Jenkins took three and released 10 on dries and a Blob under a bung.
Ken Bowring has very kindly donated a cup for the memorial Ken Bowring Challenge Cup competition, which this year will be awarded to the angler under 18 years of age with the heaviest fish in that age group.
Entry forms are available at Cwm Hedd lodge, call 01633 896854 (during opening hours) for details.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The top pond is seeing a very good hatch of buzzer and is providing excellent top of the water sport to dry fly and traditional nymphing tactics, which James Williams used to capture and release a specimen brown trout estimated to be around 5lb. Other notable returns were recorded by Paul Jenkins with seven fish, John Eynon six, Bernard Stevens and Shaun Cotterel both with five, Steve Howells, Craig Bowles and Chris Daniels all with four fish, Ivor Thomas three, fishing with Diawl Bachs and Buzzers just subsurface proving the method of choice. Benny Hill also put his infamous Goldhead Damsel to good effect, taking two fish, while dry fly exponents Steve Kean and Gwyn Davies both used emerger patterns to land five and eight respectively. On the bottom pond, golfing partners Brian Green and Pete Jarvis shared a boat and Pete was overjoyed to land his first two fish of the season. Other firsts of the season went to Kevin Lintern with three and Dave Boyatt one. Catch and release limits were recorded by association chairman Adrian Connor, vice chairman Adrian Moyse on two occasions, Alan Rees and Dave Slocombe with Joel Craig taking 10 fish over two visits, Ken Pascoe and Terry O'Connor both with five fish, Rob Bayton landed four on two occasions with Dave Howells also netting four. Martyn Rees landed three fish from both the top and bottom ponds. Successful tactics are to fish Buzzers with goldheads and indicator methods scoring well, with subsurface Diawl Bach and emergers proving deadly for rising fish especially on the top pond. The Association has planned another large stocking in time for the Easter weekend, taking the total stocking so far this season to over 2000.