Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
The Iain Barr World Bankmasters heat on Sunday was won by Kieron Jenkins with eight fish for 13 points, seven of them falling to an Olive Shipman's Buzzer fished around the margins. Also through to the final are Keith Cox who took second place with nine points for six fish; Kristian Davies third with six points for four fish); and Matthew Russell fourth, also on six points with three fish. The heaviest fish of the day was taken by Anthony Jones, from Kidwelly, who won a day ticket for his 3lb 5oz rainbow.
Excellent fishing and plenty of fish feeding on the top. Ken Bowring returned to top form, fishing off the main island, taking two and returning 10 on a Damsel and sink-tip, also used by Roger Martyn who took one and also returned 10. As a warm up to last Sunday's comp, Kieron Jenkins took one and returned 10 on a Shipman's Buzzer, Muskins and a floating line. Vernon Williams took one and released two on a bloodworm, while a fish each was taken by Dave Eckett, Mike James (Olive Cruncher), Jim Mckay (Orange Buzzer), Duane Williams (Mini Cat), Colin Cox (Damsel), Ross Davies and Roy Western (Black and Green Fritz). Roy came back on Sunday to have a peaceful few hours on the novice pond, taking one and releasing five on a Damsel. Also taking one and releasing five was Russell Evans: three on a Grey Duster, one on a little black nymph and two on a Black and Green Tadpole. Rod-maker Owen Caudle took three on a Black Tadpole. Cyril Thomas took one and released two on an intermediate line and a Green Fritz. Ken Pascoe was on his usual good form, taking one and releasing seven on a Duck Fly. Terry O'Shea had success on a home-tied nymph and an intermediate line.
On a beautiful Friday morning the eclipse didn't seem to affect the fish or the fishing, as Bill Williams took one and released four on a White Nomad and intermediate line. Ian Humphreys also took one released and released four on a Diawl Bach and Paul Embley took one and released seven on a Black Buzzer, as did Graham Veysey who used a black nymph and a Diawl Bach. Tony Watkins took one and released two on a Hare's Ear. Rob Collier took one and released three on a Cat’s Whisker and intermediate; Ron Davies's black and silver buzzer hooked him a fish while a UV Buzzer tempted one for Mike McKeown. Mike returned the next day to take another two, one on the UV Buzzer, one on the Damsel.
An early fishing session on a Montana and mini-tip brought a fish for Paul Elsworthy. Alan Powell took one and released one on a black nymph and midge-tip line and John Belcher took one on a goldhead black lure.
Matt Russell and son Callum each took one and returned nine, both on a fast glass. Matt was on a Blob, Hopper and Spiders, while Callum took all his on a Blob. Luke Winnell had a few hours out with dad Ray and both used Cat’s Whiskers, Luke to take one fish and release four, and Ray to take one.
Novice and experienced anglers have been making good use of the newly-stocked lodge pond. Kevin Cooper and Mark Whalley brought their sons and, helped by their dads, the boys each caught their first fish, Keegan Cooper taking one and returning seven on a rainbow bead Damsel, Devon on an Olive Damsel. Shane Birdi was delighted to take one and release three on a Yellow Damsel and a Hothead Damsel. Rhys Morgan and Sean Loakes each took one and released one on a Black Cat and a Bloodworm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
A change in wind direction to an easterly saw fish moving into Pipe Bay on the bottom pond and towards the tump on the top pond. Many of the limits were taken came from these areas, although the sheltered road bank on the top pond also saw fish being caught. Day ticket angler James Williams and members Alan Rees, Dave Howells, and Terry O'Connor all caught their limits around Pipe Bay, as did day ticket visitors Mark and James Gunter plus a further three fish from the road bank. B. Davies also had his limit on the bottom pond, with Richard Ingram using a boat to find his catch limit. Further notable catch returns on the bottom pond included fisheries treasurer Colin Jones with eight fish over three sessions, stocking officer Steve Kean with eight rainbows from two visits, and head bailiff John Mcindo with a six fish evening catch from the car park bank. James Craig and day ticket visitor Steve Gordon also landed six fish, as did Adrian Connor. Dave Woods made his first visit to the reservoir for five fish. Back on the top pond, Geoff Evans recorded 11 fish from two sessions alongside Rob Watkins with a total of 12 rainbows. Club treasurer Gwyn Davies, invited two friends from Aberdare for a first visit to Ynys y fro, Billy Seward went away with five fish while Andy Lock included a specimen of 3lb 5oz in his catch. Their host for the day caught five fish from the tump and road bank, mainly using weighted Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. The same combination proved successful for Chris Daniels with eight fish from the wood bank and tump. Alan Hopkin fished the top pond, taking five rainbows from the road bank, while James Francis fished at the outlet end of the same bank to land five fish using a weighted PTN. Cardiff fisherman Ivor Thomas landed three fish from the top pond with a further five fish from the car park bank on the bottom pond. Kevin Pinkney also caught his three fish from the same area. Most successful flies during the week included Goldhead Buzzers and Bloodworm patterns.
At the weekend the top pond saw limits achieved by permit holders Geoff Evans, Chris Daniels and Keith Higgins, while on the bottom pond Adrian Moyse, was joined by day ticket holder Ken Pascoe in reaching the eight fish limit. Andy Taylor and Mike Price shared a boat for their eight fish each. Numerous good returns were also made including day ticket visitors, Craig Bowles John Eynon both with seven rainbows, and five fish being landed by Alan Rees, Richard Williams, Joel Craig, Paul Spencer, W. Ramsay and Laurie Fry. Paul Spencer's catch included a specimen of 3lb 6oz, while Alan Rees landed a fish weighing 3lb 8oz. Of particular mention, stocking officer Steve Kean used CdC Emergers to take his five fish, while Hare's Ears, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and green and white fritz patterns are also taking fish. Midday has also seen fish moving in the upper layers on both ponds, indicating the opportunity for the possible use of floating lines and dry flies as the weather improves.