Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
Generally a very quiet week in terms of anglers with high winds on several days proving a challenge for some. David Gentle's three fish came to the bank on a Black and Peacock on the dropper, while it was the reliable Cat’s Whisker for Phil Row and Keith Cox who were both on intermediate lines. Shaun Gunter hooked one large rainbow on a Black and Green Fritz, with Rick Brown taking his fish on a black pattern and Mark Phillips taking his on a glitzy fly. Ken Davies broke his rod soon after starting his fishing session, but loaned a rod from the lodge and took his fish on a Damsel Nymph and floating line. Rob Jones brought three to the bank on a dry fly and floating line, while Paul Elsworthy brought two the bank on a Black Nymph and a ghost tip. Luke Thomas caught his first five fish off the tip of the island on a black Hothead Damsel on a floating line. As the day warmed up Luke fished a Goldhead Olive Damsel with an erratic retrieve, catching another five in front of the lodge. Using a Goldhead Damsel with an intermediate line, Ken Bowring took one and released six including a cracking rainbow weighing 8lb 4oz. In near perfect fishing conditions with a pleasant ripple on the water, John Belcher struck gold with a Suspended Buzzer and a floating line, taking six rainbows and returning another three.
Elan Valley Reservoirs, Powys
The Elan Valley Angling Association competition on Sunday April 12 saw the eight anglers land 32 fish for 18lb 4oz. Winner was John Felton, from Knighton, with six fish for 4lb, second David Davies, Rhayader, six fish for 3lb 9oz and third Lyn Evans, Rhayader, six fish for 3lb 1oz. The heaviest fish at 1lb 2oz was caught by Phil Price, from Knighton. Best specimen to Paul Ireland, Rhayader. Best tactics were intermediate or sink tip lines with Montana, Zulu, Viva, and Black & Peacock. The May 10 competition saw nine anglers catch 24 fish and the winner was again John Felton, Knighton, with six fishfor 4lb 2oz; second Paul Metcalf, Llandrindod, six fish for 3lb 13oz including the heaviest fish at 1lb 1oz; and third Lyn Evans, Rhayader, six fish for 3lb 11oz. Lyn also took the best specimen award. Best flies were Montana, Zulu, Viva, and Peter Ross.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Returns for May 2015 indicate that an approximate total of 1300 fish were caught between the two ponds, with the smaller pond providing a catch return of 200 fish and 1100 being caught from the bottom pond. An estimated 600 visits were made by permit holders/day tickets and visitors, to give a rod average of some 2.3 fish per angler. This week the top pond has fished well, particularly in the evening. The Tump and Hedge Bank have provided most catches, with Ken Bowring taking his usual limit, head bailiff John Mcindo landing nine fish over two evenings, including a fish of 2lb 8oz. Terry O'Connor caught six fish over his two sessions with a fish of 3lb in his total and four fish each for Jeff Wilson and Bob Cook. Dry Fly specialist, Graham Ingram Evans took three fish whilst membership secretary, Phil Harper caught a rainbow of 3lb 3oz in his evening session. On the bottom pond, Stewart Gordon took six fish from Pear Tree Bank with Adrian Moyse including a blue trout of 3lb 6oz in his three fish catch. Association president Martin Williams caught seven rainbows, while Eddie Ricci, used his day ticket to land three fish. Committee members Colin Jones and Steve Kean each caught two fish from Farmhouse Bay in late evening sessions, with another brace of fish being landed by Taffs Well member Roger Martin. Cowbridge members, Craig Bowles and Dave Smith shared a boat session to land an eight fish limit and a brace of fish respectively, with Cardiff Fly Fishing Club members, Keith Higgins and Dave Howells catching seven and five fish from their respective boat outings.
Both ponds were restocked to include an extra stocking of larger specimen rainbows in the bottom pond and at the weekend these fish were already showing up in catch returns. On the top pond, veteran association member, Benny Hill caught a 3lb 6oz rainbow on a Damsel pattern from the Hedge Bank. The top pond also saw committee members John Mcindo with four fish and Brian Wareham and Phil Harper with a brace each following a late evening session. Another four rainbows were caught by permit holder Joel Craig, while Gwyn Davies landed three fish around the 2lb mark from the Hedge Bank using a Buzzer. Regular top pond fisherman Ken Bowring again took a limit, along with a further two fish from the bottom pond. Two excellent specimen rainbows also came from the bottom pond, with Martin Rees including a fish of 4lb 9oz in his four fish catch, while James Francis landed a 4lb 3oz rainbow during his boat session. Boat returns also included a six fish catch for both Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell. Around the banks, day ticket visitors, R. Winnell and S. Waters landed seven and two fish respectively, while association president Martin Williams used Buzzers to take his five fish from Pipe Bay. Terry O'Connor continues to enjoy a successful season with a further four fish from Farmhouse Bay, with day ticket member, Viv Jenkins, from Cardiff, also landing four trout. Paul Jenkins landed three good rainbows from the same area. Most successful flies have been Damsel Nymphs and dry Hoppers with Yellow Blobs accounting for good catches from the top pond.