Cwm Hedd Lakes Gwent
Weekdays were quiet in terms of anglers but fortunately the weekend brought a good number of anglers out with the majority taking and releasing rainbows and bringing several of the newly-stocked brownies to the bank. Keith Higgins, took one and released nine, including a brownie, on a black lure and intermediate line. Huw Davies, Paul Elsworth and Matt Russell each took one and released seven (including one brownie for Paul). Huw was on Black and Red Buzzers and Damsels on floating lines and briefly dallied with a Blob under a bung, while Paul favoured a small black nymph with a ghost tip, and Matt a Fluff Cat. Luke Winnel tempted a smashing brownie on a Damsel and intermediate line, while friend Stuart, also on a Damsel and intermediate, took one and released two. Earlier in the week Lee Ashcroft took two on a Damsel and one on an Orange Blob. Roy Western took one and released on a White and Yellow Cat’s Whisker.
Keith Cox took one and released five on a Green and Black Montana and intermediate line, while Ken Pascoe, Mike Mckeown and Gareth Neale each took one, Ken on a grey and black nymph and a sink tip, Mike on a Daddy Longlegs and Gareth on an Orange Blob. On his visit earlier in the week, Ken took one and released one on a Buzzer. Mike Dummer, using a black damsel, and Alan Powell a Black Buzzer and midge tip, each took one and released four. Alan included two brownies in his tally of fish released. Callum Russell, aged 12, took one and released five on a black lure and Cat.
Sunday morning the fishing had been fast and furious for half an hour or so due to the near perfect albeit chilly conditions. Once the cloud broke and the sun hit, the fish dropped to the deeper waters, with many fish holding six feet and below, Wales international Kieron Jenkins, and Luke Thomas fished Fluff Cats and Damsels on floating and intermediate lines as slowly as they could, tempting 20 fish between them.
A heat of the Airflo sponsored Iain Barr Bankmasters will take place at Cwm Hedd on March 22, 2015. Visit http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/ for details. The Gwyn Williams Memorial competition takes place on Saturday May 16. Entry will be £20 plus sponsorship for Help for Heroes. Call 01633 896854 (during lodge opening hours) for details.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The 2015 season at Ynys y fro will commence on Sunday March 1, at 7am. Opening day will be preceded by the annual social evening at Risca RFC on Friday February 27, from 7.30pm onwards, immediately followed on Saturday February 28, by a pre-season work party at the reservoirs from 10am onwards. The Social evening will give an opportunity for members to renew their annual subscriptions (£25 plus £10 joining fee if a new member) and to subsequently purchase season permits at £235, (unlimited visits with a hundred fish kill limit). A free buffet will be available. As many members as possible are asked to attend the work party to assist in the general preparation of the ponds ready for opening day.
The committee intends to stock both ponds with a total of at least 2000 fish, in readiness for the first month of fishing, followed by regular stockings, as in previous years. The committee also intends to stock the top pond with a limited amount of brown trout, on an experimental basis for the season. Members are reminded that all brown trout must be returned alive.
The first two days of the new season will be restricted to members only, with day tickets for visitors commencing on Tuesday March 3. As for last season a day ticket will cost £12 for visitors (£8 for members) allowing for a full day's fishing and an eight fish catch and release limit for each pond. Two fish can be killed within that limit, but fishing must stop after the second fish is taken.
Boats will be available from March 3 at a session cost of £3 for a member and £6 for a visitor fishing with a member. The use of outboard motors with a sealed battery will be allowed. All members and visitors are particularly asked to carefully complete the revised signing sheets available in the Fishing Hut.
Ynys y fro will once again be a Troutmasters water in 2015, with the local fish-off final for 2014 winners taking place on Saturday April 18. The Association website www.nrffa.co.uk will be available from the start of the new season. Finally association members will be able to join with their Cardiff colleagues for the annual Gary Evans "Shop night" at his Cardiff premises on Thursday February 19, from 6.30pm onwards.