Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
This week has been particularly unsettled with some very pleasant spells but also some very wet and windy spells. The water temperature hasn’t moved a great deal for the last month and remains at 15C keeping the fish in the top couple of feet of water. The rod average for this week stands at 4.3. On Saturday Brenig hosted a Llanillar Angling Association competition and despite the weather being a little inclement the competitors had an excellent day’s fishing with most catching six fish or more. George Barron landed the biggest fish of the day and indeed of the week with a splendid 4lb 12oz rainbow. The biggest bag this week weighing in at 12lb 2oz was caught by Dave Gilbert, from Colwyn Bay.
Fish have been rising all over the lake during the last week and there are plenty in the lake. The top flies mentioned in returns included Dabbler, Muddler, Black Cormorant, Black Fritz, Hopper, Diawl Bach, Pennell, nymphs, Nomad, Olive, Damsel and Daddy Longlegs. The fish have been caught in all parts of the lake as the wind has moved them around with Barrow Island, Sailing Club Bay, Nant Glyn, Hafod Lom, the dam and Tower Bay all being mentioned as areas that have caught well. Pike Week starts on Sunday November 1. Anglers are advised to book boats early. The main gates will shut at 7.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The top pond continues to be the more challenging of the two reservoirs, the level of the water having been reduced by Welsh Water for maintenance purposes. Consequently, only the railings bank is producing fish. Once the work on the outlet pipe has been completed, the water level will be returned to normal. General treasurer Gwyn Davies enjoyed two fruitful sessions fishing from this bank to land one catch and release limit plus a further seven fish. Most of the fish have been caught on weighted Buzzers fished on a long leader, and allowed to sink slowly. Gwyn has also found fish on a Crippled Midge dry pattern and the same fly has also been effective on the bottom pond. Fishing from the same bank also brought a brace of trout for permit holder Dave Howells and day ticket visitor Richard Haines. On the bottom pond regular boat user Ken Bowring landed 14 fish over two visits, while Cardiff club member, Mark Southwood caught two rainbows. Day ticket visitor Richard Haines added to his top pond catch with two further trout, including a specimen of 3lb 10oz. Another day visitor, Alan Pool caught six fish while D. Walker landed two fish. Other good catches recorded included Steve Doherty with five rainbows caught off the golf club bank and four fish being taken by Dave Howells and Mark Roberts. Committee man Brian Wareham landed three fish following an evening session from the boat bank, while Jeff Wilson, Roger Martin, Bernard Stephens and stocking officer, Steve Kean all recorded a three fish catch. Day ticket holder S. Turner managed two fish, as did Dave Arlotte, Phil Harper, Dean Connelly John Eynon and Terry O'Connor. Diawl Bach patterns proved the most effective fly for most catches.
At the weekend there were some good reports received for the top pond, despite the lowering of the water levels. Keith Higgins landed an eight fish limit from the railings bank using Goldhead PTN as the point fly and a jungle cock Diawl Bach on the dropper. An eight fish limit was also recorded by club president Martin Williams from the same bank. Cardiff member Ivor Thomas caught three rainbows, as did Dave Howells and Steve Mitchell releasing three fish from the same bank. NRFFA would strongly advise all anglers intending to fish the top pond, to be very careful regarding the lower water level which necessitates fishing from the exposed stone footings, and also to use a long-handled net when landing fish. On the bottom pond, the dam area is fishing well, especially at the pear tree end. Membership secretary, Phil Harper caught three fish using dry Hoppers as did Dave Walker. Mike Brake and Adrian Connor each took two fish on Daddy Longlegs patterns and a pheasant tail dry fly. Terry O'Connor caught and released five fish from the golf bank side of Farmhouse Bay.