Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
Fishing has been as up and down as the weather, with the brown trout feeding more actively on some days. Graham Alford brought a large brown to the net on Friday while fishing off the tip of the main island. On the same day Gareth West released two browns out of four fish and for Tony Williams it was three browns out of four fish. Gareth used a mix of floating and intermediate lines with a Damsel, Green Fritz and a Zonker, while Tony used a Goldhead Damsel and a floating line. On Saturday Paul Elsworthy used a Chamois Bloodworm to take one fish and return three. A Bloodworm also worked for Martin Williams who had a brown in his three-fish catch, Roger Michael had two and Rob Collier took one and released one. Bill Williams opted for a Cruncher and a floating line to bring three to the bank, while Chris Pontin took one and released one on a Cat’s Whisker and a floating line over in the bay on the far side of the bridge. Ken Pascoe took one and released three on a Rubber-legged Daddy and a floating line. Colin Cox took one on a York's Special.
Matt Russell took one and released seven: four on a black lure, three on the Squirmy Worm under a bung with a floating line. Paul Collict also used a Squirmy Worm under a bung to take one fish and return three. Luke Taylor used a Sunburst Blob under a bung to take one and return one, while brother-in-law Mike McKeown, also took one and released one, using a black nymph and intermediate line. Lee Ashcroft took one and put six back on his favourite Hothead Damsel and a ghost-tip tip. A Hothead Damsel also worked for John Belcher while a Cat’s Whisker worked for Terry Griffiths, a Black and Green Fritz for Renee Carlsson, a black nymph for Mike Mckeown and an Olive Damsel for Roy Western. Mike Locke and Martin Evans had a great few hours of fun with Buzzers and Diawl Bachs, Mike taking one and returning six, while Martin took one and put three back.
Ken Bowring, at nearly 84 years of age, and his faithful spaniel Gus, made his second visit of the week on Sunday in atrocious weather. On his first visit Ken took one fish and released two, on a Damsel and intermediate and a Black Hopper with a midge tip.
Ken then took his traditional St David's day fish on Sunday, from the point of the island, where the wind would have deterred (or blown away) those with less fortitude! Ken used a sink tip and a Goldhead Damsel.
The Iain Barr Bank Masters heat at Cwm Hedd takes place on Sunday March 22, visit www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk for details.
Elan Valley, Powys
Opens for the summer season on March 20. Season and day tickets are available from Powell's Newsagents (Rhayader) and the Elan Valley Visitor Centre. For further information go to www.rhayaderangling.co.uk
Many anglers caught fish in the 3lb to 4lb bracket this month. These included D. Ellis from Gelligaer with a 4lb 2oz rainbow; K. Holroyd from Tenbury Wells 3lb 8oz blue; K. Gallagher from Upper Chapel 3lb 8oz rainbow; S. Hall from Rhayader 3lb 8oz rainbow; D. Graham from Builth Wells 3lb blue. Best flies were Cat's Whisker, Blobs and Orange Fritz.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Following a successful social evening, and a well-attended work party morning, some 50 members enjoyed some excellent opening day fishing, enhanced by a newly refurbished preparation area, including a tidy fishing hut, new patio, easier parking access etc, all the result of the efforts of a small group of committee members during the close season. The first fish of the new season went to John Eynon, who caught just after 7am from the car park bank. He finished with an eight-fish catch and release limit. The same limits were achieved by a number of fishermen, including Martin Rees with limits from both ponds, together with Adrian Moyse and Bernard Stephens taking their eight fish from the entry point on the top pond. The bottom pond saw limits for fisheries treasurer Colin Jones, committee man Terry O'Connor, and members Mike Price, Lee Carroll, Wayne Jones and Steve Woodfield.
Keith Higgins and Bob Bradley, added limits on the bottom pond to a catch of five fish each on the top pond. Chris Daniels fished in the afternoon to take six fish from the top pond water entry point and then landed a limit from Farmhouse Bay on the bottom pond. Association chairman, Adrian Connor fished the same area for his eight-fish limit. Numerous returns in excess of four fish were recorded, mainly from the bottom pond, with very few blanks being recorded. The heaviest rainbow for opening day at 6lb was caught by Andy Reid. Both Bob Bradley and Keith Higgins landed 4lb fish, whilst fish in the 2lb 8oz region were caught on a regular basis. Most successful flies were Green and White Cat’s Whiskers with some fish being landed on Goldhead Buzzers.
With more spring-like weather being forecast for the coming weekend and a further stockings scheduled during March, all the indications are for a very good start for the 2015 season. Finally, the Association committee would remind all fishermen, both members and day ticket visitors to follow the guidelines for the correct completion of start and finish sheets, and also to record all brown trout numbers landed, and returned to the Top Pond.