Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Not only has the weather been quite erratic this week but also the wind direction which has tended to blow from all the directions of the compass. This in turn made the fishing rather unpredictable with some days proving to be very productive and other days proving very difficult. The rod average of 4.2 fish doesn’t tell the full story as obviously for some days the fish were very reluctant to be enticed by the fly whereas other days proved far more fruitful.
With the water temperature remaining at 15C for a number of weeks now the fish have tended to be in the top few feet encouraging the use of a floating line or a slow intermediate. Stephen Roberts, from Bethesda, landed the biggest fish of the week, a lovely 3lb 12oz rainbow. J. Wilson, from Ellesmere Port, wasn’t too far behind when he landed a 3lb 5oz rainbow. Colin Ellingham, from Trefriw, claimed top bag which weighed 14lb 7oz. Clive Gilbert had a splendid bag which weighed in at 13lb 6oz. Young Rooney Moore recorded a bag weight of 11lb 8oz for six fish. Cwmllynfell Fly Fishing Club held their Jeff Evans Memorial Cup competition on Saturday. Top rod was Kevin James with Lyn Evans taking second.
The hotspots for the week have varied as the wind direction has altered but Tower Bay and the dam wall have fished well, as has the Quarry. The top flies have been Hoppers, Dabblers, Hare’s Ears, Tadpole, Orange Fritz, Black and Green Fritz, Daddy Longlegs, Cat’s Whiskers and Coral Boobies.
On Saturday and Sunday, August 22-23 Llyn Brenig is holding its annual country fair. There will be a BBQ, a variety of stalls selling local products and crafts, and activities for all the family including archery, fly casting (with prizes), and a duck herding exhibition!
The main gates will shut at 8pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
There have recently been problems with a number of trail bikers who have been using Brenig as if it was a racetrack. It has got to the point where the police are involved and if anyone has information that will lead to identifying the culprits it would be gratefully received.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite some difficult weather conditions, catch returns for the week indicate that, particularly on the bottom pond, the majority of anglers are finding fish. On the Association's boats Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell returned figures of seven and three fish respectively, Ken Pascoe also landed three fish, while Ken Bowring maintained his good season's returns with a further six fish. Ken also enjoyed success on the top pond with six fish caught over two visits. Beddau member Dave Howells landed three rainbows. The railings bank continues to be the most fishable area of the top pond. On the bottom pond day ticket visitor Mark Davies landed six fish from Pear Tree Bank using a combination of Bloodworm and dry Sedge patterns. Another day ticket holder, Mr W. Williams landed four fish, with long-time member Gino Alonzi taking three fish on his ticket. James Williams and Ken Bowring each caught four rainbows while three fish went to Steve Mitchell and Martin Rees. A number of permit holders and day visitors caught a brace of trout. These included, Cardiff Reservoirs club veteran member Fred Davies, along with fellow Cardiff members Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas. NRFFA committee members Colin Jones, Steve Kean, Terry O'Connor and Adrian Moyse also took two fish, as did Mark Roberts, Gary Wharton, James Francis and Richard Haines.
At the weekend Cowbridge angler Craig Bowles enjoyed a good boat session, with an eight fish catch and release limit taken on CdC Black Emergers. Around the banks, permit holders James Francis and Adrian Moyse, each took a brace of fish from the golf club bank/dam outlet corner. NRFFA would wish to congratulate long time committee man Brian Wareham for his first Troutmasters badge awarded for an excellent 5lb 7oz rainbow. Badges also went to Keith Higgins for his 5lb 8oz fish and Newport Sea Anglers treasurer Granville Thomas who landed a specimen of 4lb 8oz.