Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Three more Troutmasters' badges have been obtained, with members Terry O'Connor and James Francis, plus day ticket visitor Gary Wharton all receiving awards for fish in excess of 5lb. The recent top-up stocking for the bottom pond has seen some good catches being recorded. Kevin Pinkney, Roger Martin and Ken Bowring all caught limits, mainly from Pipe Bay, with Damsel patterns proving most effective. Day ticket visitor R.V. Williams also took eight fish. Aberdare members Bill Seward and Alan Lock caught six and four trout respectively using a Yellow Owl lure, while Bill's grandson Nathan landed his first ever fish from Ynys y fro using the same pattern. Ivor Thomas, from Cardiff, caught his six rainbows from Pipe Bay and the bush bank, with Daniel Morton and Gwyn Davies each landing five fish, with Gwyn again using small para-loop emerger flies. Two sessions by Dave Howells realised eight fish with Terry O'Connor, John Morgan and Jeff Wilson also landing four trout, including a specimen of 3lb 7oz for Jeff. Long-time member Steve Mitchell made a return to land six fish from two visits, using a Shuttlecock Buzzer. James Francis caught three fish from two visits mainly from Pear Tree Bank, and a further three rainbows were landed by Martin Williams and Steve Howells. Fisheries treasurer Colin Jones caught five fish from two evening visits. An early morning session saw Brian Green catch his brace of trout from in front of the house, while a late evening visit gave head bailiff John Mcindo and stocking officer Steve Kean a further two fish. Sport has been slower on the top pond, although Ken Bowring again found fish from the railings bank. Members using the Association boats during the week included Mike Price who took an eight fish limit, Ken Bowring with two further limits and Keith Higgins plus boat partner Shaun Cotterell both finding fish in the deeper waters.
At the weekend, despite variable weather conditions, some good fishing was still available, particularly on the bottom pond. Keith Higgins braved the rain to take a limit from his boat session, while James Francis fished from the entrance to Farmhouse Bay, once the weather had improved, to land three rainbows using small Black Buzzers. A follow up session on Saturday morning resulted in James taking a further six fish from the bush using a combination of Pheasant Tail Nymphs and Buzzers. Bernard Stephens fished from the Pear Tree side of Pipe Bay to catch four fish, again using PTNs, with Mike Brake also catching his three fish from Pipe Bay on the same fly. Chairman Adrian Connor landed three trout from the Car Park Bank, using goldhead and skinny Black Buzzers, whilethree fish were also caught by fisheries treasurer Colin Jones and day ticket visitor Vernon Williams. Permit holder Terry O'Connor and visitor Bill Bennett each landed a brace of rainbows during an afternoon session, again on the bottom pond, while Ken Bowring continued his successful boat outings, to take a further eight fish limit.