Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The return to some cooler weather saw both boat and bank anglers return good records of fish. Regular bank angler Ken Bowring made his first use of a boat to take a limit from the deeper water. Ken Pascoe landed a total of 14 fish from two boat sessions, while regular boat user Keith Higgins took his usual limit, with boat partner Bob Bradley catching five rainbows. Cowbridge fishermen Craig Bowles and Dave Smith shared a boat to landed eight and two fish respectively, with olive emergers proving most effective. Bank anglers, particularly those able to fish either early or late in the day, have enjoyed some very good sport. Terry O'Connor fished from the golf club side of Farmhouse Bay to land 15 fish from three visits using a CdC nymph. James Francis caught seven and four rainbows from two sessions from the dam using PTNs. A further seven fish were caught by Roger Martin and Gwyn Davies, the latter using size 18 Baby Sunfly and Crippled Midge flies fished dry. Ken Pascoe moved from boat to bank to land six fish on a Damsel Nymph. Benny Hill took five fish from the boat bank, also on a Damsel. Dave Howells took a limit and then a further six fish from a second visit to the dam. Association president Martin Williams and Troutmasters finalist Dave Arlotte also caught five rainbows. Four fish totals went to fisheries treasurer Colin Jones and permit holders Geoff Evans and Bernard Stephens. Stocking officer Steve Kean and day ticket holder Ray Baynton each caught three fish, while a brace of trout were landed by Joel Craig, Martin Rees and Cardiff anglers Alan Rees, Ivor Thomas and Brian Green. A further two fish were landed by Kevin Pinkney, and day ticket visitors Anthony McCarthy and Mike Williams. Head bailiff John Mcindo took two fish off the bush on a late night visit.
Cardiff day ticket holder Dave Marlowe caught an excellent specimen of 5lb, while Newport Sea Anglers member Granville Thomas landed a fish of 4lb 8oz from the top pond. Successful flies for the week included CdC patterns Diawl Bachs and Damsel flies.
At the weekend Ken Bowring took to the boats again and caught his limit, again from the deeper waters of the bottom pond. He used a Cat’s Whisker lure plus a Cruncher nymph on a slow intermediate line. James Francis also used his boat ticket to take two fish on PTNs. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Keith Higgins landed seven rainbows while Steve Docherty and Adrian Connor each landed four fish, with the latter fishing a dry Parachute Olive on a copolymer leader from the boat bank. Bernard Stephens fished from the golf club bank/Farmhouse Bay bank to land three trout using a Cat’s Whisker. An evening session from the bush bank saw head bailiff John Mcindo take three fish and committee men Colin Jones and Brian Wareham land two rainbows. The Association website (www.nrffa.co.uk) is now back on line.