Llyn Brenig, Flintshire
The prevailing wind was generally from the south west which tended to push the fish towards the north end of the lake. Despite not having a heatwave as such it was a much warmer week, which led to a noticeable increase in the fly hatches. This in turn saw the fish frequenting the upper most layers of water and has increased the chances of catching on dry flies. Generally though, the most successful method was washing-line on a midge-tip with small black flies working very well. The rod average of 3.6 fish per angler for this week is a slight increase on the previous week. G. Barron, Peter Stevens, Emrys Jones and B. Tasker all landed rainbows at 2lb 8oz. The top bag goes to Emrys Jones, from Llandudno, with 11lb 10oz. We are eagerly anticipating the time when a fisherman from the Alwen reports that they have landed a huge rainbow as a number of fish of well over 10lb have been stocked there in the last few weeks. Anglers catching any of these specimens is encouraged to return them safely. The hotspots this week have tended to be on the east side of the lake with Nant Glyn, the Ring of Stones and Tower Bay productive areas for both boat and bank anglers. Top flies are Orange Fritz, Black Nymph, Diawl Bach, Black Pennell, Damsel, Dabbler, Sedges and Buzzers.
On Saturday Llyn Brenig played host to the Anglian Water Airflo international. Nine teams of six took part with the top five teams qualifying for the Welsh final which will take place at Llyn Brenig on August 9. The qualifiers of that competition will go on to the final at Rutland later in the year. The conditions were very difficult with strong winds whipping up the lake and creating large waves. Remarkably though the rod average for the day was 7.2. The top rod was Gareth Dixon who also helped his team, the Welsh Hawks, secure first place. In second place came Team Foxons and in third were Cwm Flyfishers. Brenig Ospreys and Llanilar also qualified for next month’s Welsh finals. The biggest fish of the day at 2lb 13oz was caught by Padraig Fahy from Corrib Hoppers.
Access to the lake via the gate at the north end is temporarily closed to vehicles due to some undercutting of the road. However you can access the east bank by using the forest track just north of Pentre Llyn Cymmer. The main gates will be shut at 9pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8.15pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
As with other fisheries, the very warm weather has had an effect on fishing returns. However, boat anglers and those members/day ticket holders able to fish early or late in the day have found fish. On the bottom pond James Francis and Adam Taylor used their boat sessions to take limits from the deeper areas of the pond. Mike Price fished alongside Adam Taylor to take four rainbows while Cowbridge member Craig Bowles took his brace of fish from his morning boat ticket. On the top pond only the occasional fish has been taken. However, the bottom pond continues to fish well at the beginning and end of the day. Fishing from the bush, Ken Bowring landed a limit plus a further six fish while Cardiff member, Ian Hewitt caught 10 fish over two visits, including a specimen trout weighing just under 4lb. Dave Howells and Shaun Cotterell each landed three fish while John Mcindo fished from the dam to land his three rainbows from a late night session. Stocking officer, Steve Kean took his three fish from in front of Farmhouse Bay. A brace of rainbows were caught by Brian Langley from the boat bank, with veteran Cardiff fisherman Dave Thomas and Adrian Connor also taking two fish from the same bank. Regular permit fisherman Terry O'Connor and day ticket visitor Steve Harris also took two fish. Buzzers and dry flies will catch fish early and late in the day, while sinking lines are needed to reach trout in deeper water.
At the weekend continued hot weather has restricted opportunities for good fishing to early mornings and the use of the Association's boats. Nevertheless, the top pond provided general treasurer Gwyn Davies with three rainbows, caught with a combination of Damsel Nymphs and Buzzers. On the bottom pond catches have been made from both bank and boats, dependent on the time of day. Martin Rees and John Eynon shared a boat and landed four and two fish respectively. James Francis used the second boat for a similar morning session to take his four fish. A mixture of sinking lines and buzzer tip methods proved successful. Around the banks, day ticket visitor Dean Pardoe fished from the golf course side of Farmhouse Bay to catch four trout on Buzzers and a Coch y Bondhu fly. Regular early morning fisherman, Ken Bowring fished from the bush to catch his seven fish while day ticket holder Ken Pascoe used a Pennell-style nymph to land four fish from the same area. Roger Martin took his brace of fish on a Cruncher nymph. Another day ticket holder Mark Roberts fished both sides of Farmhouse Bay to land three rainbows. The occasional trout has been landed on a Daddy Longlegs pattern fished both dry and in the subsurface.