Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
Downpours during the week could not dampen the spirits of those who have braved the elements. Paul Elsworthy arrived for opening time on Saturday and was back in the lodge just after 10am, a little damp but delighted to have taken one rainbow and released 10. Using a floating line, Paul caught the first two with a White Fritz then switched to a Montana. On Wednesday, the most difficult day, Ken Bowring took one and released eight switching between floating and intermediate lines, with a Cat’s whisker and a Black and Green Damsel. Jim McKay took two fish on a Tadpole and floating line, while Lee Ashcroft caught six.
The best days were Friday and Saturday, bringing a rod average of over five. The point of the main island and the far bank are fairly consistent hotspots, so it's always good to see anglers trying out different areas. Working their way around the lake and finishing up on the platforms along the front Christian Jones and Rhys Llewellyn had some very good sport towards the end of the day on Sunday. Both using Minkies and floating lines, Rhys brought five rainbows to the net while Christian had seven. Christian’s advice after finding fish in the weedy areas was to just pull the line quickly over the top of the weed and most of the time fish can be caught. Huw Davies netted a lovely brown while working his way around the lake, including the wading area, as did Luke Thomas, who took his first four of 11 rainbows off the main island.
Good to see a number of anglers making their first visit or returning for the first time this season, among them Tony and Oliver Spear, James Williams, Mark Rees, Martin Davies who took one fish and released five, Neil Thomas, James Williams and Adrian Moyse, the latter taking one and releasing seven. Regulars Matt Russell and Callum Russell made two visits over the weekend, catching 30 fish between them, while Stuart Thomas's seven fish on Friday were tempted by three different flies. Mark and John Gunter brought 15 rainbows to the bank between them.
Most anglers this week used floating or intermediate lines. Successful flies this week included black and green patterns such as Damsel, Montana, Fritz, Tadpole and Dancer, plus Cat’s Whisker, Blob, Minkie, White or Olive Fluff Cat, Shipman's Buzzer, orange-thorax PTN, Coral Egg fly and Dawson's Olive.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite difficult weather conditions, some 20 members were present at the reservoirs for the end of season work party. Both of the Association's boats were removed from the water, and safely secured for the winter, while the fishing hut was cleared and litter taken up from both ponds. Particular thanks are due to Laurie Fry and Ivor Thomas for the latter work. The association intends to continue with general maintenance during the close season, meeting on Wednesday mornings from 10am onwards. Any member wishing to offer assistance would be very welcome. The Annual General Meeting takes place at Risca Rugby Club on Thursday November 19 at 7.30pm.