Cwm Hedd Lakes Fly Fishing, Gwent
Regular Graham Davies landed a fish of 11lb 8oz which was safely released and then followed it up with another specimen of 5lb 11oz plus two more rainbows. He used a black and green nymph and a Woolly Bugger on an intermediate line. Wales internationals Kieron Jenkins and Luke Thomas recommend dry flies and plenty of patience, with Kieron netting a number of fish over several evenings, and Luke tempting 11 rainbows using an Olive Gnat with a 12-foot leader. Dan McGhee was extremely pleased to take his first Cwm Hedd rainbow on an Orange Blob under a bung after a coaching session with Kieron. Bernard Riella caught a rainbow on a Bloodworm and floating line. Earlier in the week, Ken Bowring and Roger Martyn each took one and returned 14 between them, each on floating lines and a mix of Grey Midge Pupa, Shipman's Buzzers, then finishing their day on orange lures. Gareth West also took his fish on a Shipman's. Huw Johns opted for fry patterns and a slow intermediate, tempting fish about 30 yards out. Ken Pascoe called in twice this week, netting five fish on a grey nymph and a floating line. Lee Davies, from Mountain Ash, took one and released one on a Blob and a Black Cormorant with a floating line. Buzzers did the trick for James Hawley and Luke Taylor, each taking one and returning two and three rainbows respectively, while Shane Malson and Richard Mills took their fish on a Damsel Nymph and a Yellow Daddy. Howard Barrell took one and released one. Saturday regulars Alan Powell and Paul Elsworthy took fish on a Shipman's Buzzer and a Damsel, while Shaun Fleet took his on a Black and Green Fritz. Friends Ted Lyons, Terry Griffiths and Richard Adams all took fish this week, Terry on a Hopper, Richard on a Black Daddy and Ted on a Bloodworm Buzzer, with Ted bringing another four to the net.
A group of regular anglers helped out with lake maintenance at the beginning of the week. The roots along the walkways to the small island have been cleared, so snagging lines and nets has been greatly reduced. The two platforms on the lodge side plus other areas around the lodge pond have been cleared, and there has been sensible pruning on each island. Areas around the car park have been strimmed and some of the railings have been replaced and stained.
Opening times may vary from week to week at this time of year, so ring to check, but Sunday opening times have changed and are now 8am to 5pm, last admission 2pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The recent spell of fine weather saw early morning and late evening fishermen making good catches. On the top pond Ken Bowring took two eight-fish catches from early morning sessions. Limits were also reached by day ticket holders Dean Morgan and Mark Roberts. Also on the top pond there were four rainbows each for Kevin Pinkney, Adrian Moyse and Jeff Wilson, while Steve Howells, Bernard Stephens, Dave Woods, Fred Kent and Bernie Davies all landed three fish. Most catches were made from the Tump and the Hedge Bank with lures proving most successful in morning sessions. On the bottom pond, double boat sessions saw Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell both take a total of 12 fish, while Lee Kirkwood caught his six fish from one boat ticket. Around the banks, Ken Bowring added two more limits to his top pond catch, with day ticket holder Ken Pascoe and visitor Bernie Davies also catching eight fish. Beddau member Dave Howells landed five rainbows, as did regular permit holder Terry O'Connor. Roger Martin included a good specimen of 3lb 10oz in his three fish catch, with Adrian Moyse and Rob Baynton also recording three fish catches. Stocking officer Steve Kean landed a brace from the top pond Hedge Bank, as did Cardiff member Ivor Thomas. Chairman Adrian Connor and dry fly specialist Graham Ingram Evans included fish of 2lb 8oz in their returns, while late evening sessions in Farmhouse Bay resulted in a brace of rainbows for membership secretary Phil Harper and committee man Brian Wareham. The majority of catches have come to Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Buzzers and Diawl Bach nymphs.
At the weekend the hedge bank on the top pond continued to provide good sport, with rising fish, particularly in the mornings. Dry fly specialists Gwyn Davies and Graham Ingram Evans both took good fish from the bank, with Gwyn landing his limit, which included a 2lb brown trout which he returned. Graham caught his bag of three fish using a dry Midge pattern while Gwyn favoured a Snatcher and Shuttlecock Buzzers. Club members Terry O'Connor and Geoff Evans caught seven and six fish respectively from the Tump and the Hedge Bank, while day ticket visitor Steve Thomas caught four rainbows. Ian Hewitt, Ivor Thomas and Dave Longford each took a brace of fish from the inlet end of the Hedge Bank. On the bottom pond Joel Craig caught nine fish over two visits with Alan Rees landing four fish in a late afternoon session. Three fish were caught by Dean Connelly, Dave Howells, Steve Howells and Roy March, with the latter landing an excellent specimen of 5lb 4oz. Head bailiff John Mcindo included a 3lb 5oz rainbow in his two fish catch from an after sunset session. Plenty of fish have been seen on the surface towards the end of the day, and are being caught either on Buzzers fished just below the surface, or on Black Hoppers fished dry. The fortnightly stocking pattern will continue, making the £12 day ticket for a visitor (£8 for a member) very good value for money.