Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
Although anglers have been thin on the ground in the last few weeks, some have done surprisingly well for the time of year. Steve Wakeham catch the last tagged fish on Friday, also taking another and losing a couple more! The week before Steve had also caught two on a Damsel and a floating line. On his last visit of the season, stalwart Ken Bowring took one and released four including a cracking 8lb rainbow on a Daddy Muddler and intermediate line. On Friday Wales flyfishing team member Luke Thomas caught seven rainbows, three on a team of Buzzers fished deep on a floating line and retrieved very slowly. When the sky clouded over and the temperature dropped Luke used a slow glass with a White Baby Doll, netting another four. Returning Saturday, Luke fished two PTNs with a 13-foot leader on a slow midge-tip off the edge of the island, bringing another five hard-fighting rainbows to the bank.
Paul Elsworthy was delighted to net and return a 7lb 11oz rainbow using an Olive Fritz and his ghost-tip line, returning five altogether and taking one home. Friend Alan took one on a black emerger with a midge-tip line. Paul returned to take one and release two on a black emerger and again the Olive Fritz. On his first visit to Cwm Hedd Paul Brown took one off the main island and released three on a Daddy Longlegs and a Blob, while Lee Ashcroft took one and released one on a Hothead Damsel and intermediate. Colin Cox again had success on his own version of a Mrs Simpson. A group of guys from Canada were introduced to the joys of flyfishing by Welsh internationals Kieron Jenkins, Sally Ann Iles and Luke Thomas as well as experienced angler Lee Ashcroft. On a beautiful but hot Cwm Hedd morning, five fish were brought to the bank.
Cwm Hedd is now closed until the autumn.
Ynys y Fro Reservoir, Gwent
Some 1050 fish have been caught with 600 visits from permit holders and day tickets being recorded. Therefore, whilst the rod average has decreased to just under two fish per visit, both reservoirs are continuing to provide good sport. The recent stocking has certainly improved fishing, particularly on the bottom pond. However Kevin Pinkney landed two good rainbows from the railings bank on the top pond, while long-time association member, Ian Wooton registered another brown trout weighing 2lb which was returned. On the bottom pond, limits around the bank have been taken by Dave Howells on two visits, with his fish being caught from the deeper water off the dam on a combination of Buzzers and dry flies. Adrian Moyse landed his limit from Pipe Bay, while Ken Bowring, Roger Martin and Dr John Morgan had limits from off the bush. Roger's catch included a rainbow of 3lb 12oz caught on a Daddy Longlegs. However, the biggest fish caught during the week was landed by veteran committee man Brian Wareham, who used a home-tied pink lure to land a trout of 5lb 6oz from Pipe Bay. Around the banks of the pond, but mainly from the dam, the boat bank and Pipe Bay, a catch of seven fish was recorded by Steve Docherty, with six fish going to Colin Jones and Gwyn Davies. Gwyn used a combination of Paraloop Emergers and Crippled Midge dry flies, while Colin found his fish with PTNs and Diawl Bachs. Cardiff members, Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas each caught five rainbows. Four fish were landed by Adrian Connor, and permit holders Terry O'Connor, Geoff Evans and Bernard Stephens all caught three trout. Head bailiff John Mcindo, members Alan Hopkin, Martin Rees, Alan Hayward, Bill Seward and day ticket visitor Chris Beadle each took a brace of fish. Boat fishermen enjoyed some particularly good sport from the deeper waters in the middle of the reservoir. Keith Higgins landed 13 fish over two sessions with successive boat partners, Shaun Cotterell and day ticket member Bob Bradley catching three and six rainbows respectively. Cowbridge members Craig Bowles and Dave Smith again fished together to take eight and five fish using emerger and CdC flies while Ken Pascoe used his boat ticket to catch six fish on a Damsel Nymph. Successful flies included PTNs and dry patterns, Diawl Bach with a red collar, Hoppers and CdC Buzzers. Fish are again showing well from early to mid morning, and again in the evenings.
At the weekend the fishing continued to be hard, due mainly to the continuing warm weather. However, boat anglers are finding fish in the deeper waters of the bottom pond. Cardiff member Keith Higgins landed a limit from his boat session while new member from Scotland, Stewart Gordon caught seven fish on his first boat outing of the season using a Greenwell’s Glory and a Dunkeld both fished as wet flies. Martin Rees took advantage of the permitted use of suitable outboard motors to move around the pond, catching five fish off the dam and in front of Pear Tree bank, using Buzzers. Late evening bank anglers Colin Jones, Adrian Moyse, John Mcindo and Martin Rees found fish between the Bush and Pipe Bay with catches of up to three rainbows, taken mainly on PTNs. Members James Francis and Mike Brake both fished the dam on the bottom pond and caught a limit and four fish respectively using PTNs.
The reservoirs will remain open throughout July and August with stocking taking place, dependent on weather conditions. However, both ponds have an existing good head of fish and the forecast of cooler weather and rain should see an improvement in catch returns.