Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
A northerly wind for most of the week lowered the top of the water temperature to 14.2C. However, it has been a very productive week with a rod average of 4.4 fish and some excellent catches during the weekend’s Senior Welsh Trials. Top bag for the week at 12lb 8oz goes to Ivor Jones, from Llanrwst, while the heaviest fish of the week, a 3lb rainbow, was caught by Graham Rogers, from Wrexham. Despite the water cooling slightly the fish are still close to the surface and the recommended method has been a Coral Booby on a 12-foot fast midge tip. This weekend saw the third Senior Welsh Trials taking place over two days, with only one trial to go before the final places are decided. Both days saw rod averages of over 10 fish per angler. On Saturday the top rod was Phil Wood who caught an incredible 25 fish. In close second came Spencer Williams and in third was Tim Llewellyn. Sunday proved to be a slightly more difficult day but once again the top rod, Tony Bevan, caught an amazing 24 fish In second place came Marco Orsi while in third place was Geraint Roberts.
The top flies have been Montana, Diawl Bach, nymphs, Cat’s Whiskers, Cormorant, Black Gnat, Coral Booby, Claret Hopper, Daddy Longlegs, Orange Fritz and Dabbler. The hotspots have been at the southern end of the lake with the north wind pushing the fish towards the dam wall. The main gates will shut at 7.30pm and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.45pm.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds are providing relatively good fishing despite varying weather conditions and the reduced water level on the top pond. However, the repair work has been completed and the water level will be increased in time. Boat returns so far this week on the bottom pond have included an eight fish limit for Cowbridge member Craig Bowles with his fishing partner, Dave Smith landing two trout. Other regular users Ken Bowring and Keith Higgins both took limits with Keith finding the fish in the dam/Pear Tree Corner using a home-tied dry Black Hopper. Boat partner Shaun Cotterell used the same fly to take his five fish. The same three anglers also found fish from the railings bank of the top pond with each landing three rainbows. A further three fish were also caught by Andy Hofrock adding to his catch from the bush bank on the bottom pond. The bottom pond also saw Terry O’Connor take a limit from the dam plus a further five fish from a second visit. Keith Higgins moved from boat to bank to take a further limit on a second visit, as did day ticket holder Lee Carroll. Brian Langley landed 10 fish over two sessions with Association president Martin Williams also landing six trout. Cardiff member Alan Rees caught four rainbows, as did day ticket visitor Bob Cook, Keith Higgins and fisheries treasurer Colin Jones. Two other day ticket holders, Dean Walker and John Jones, caught and released three fish, with the same return being made by Mike Brake, who also included a specimen trout of 3lb 8oz in an earlier two-fish catch. Permit holders, Bernard Stephens, Keri Jones and Steve Mitchell each caught a brace of trout. Mark Roberts caught two fish off Farmhouse Bay, as did visitor J. Cripps and Gareth Neale.
At the weekend Keith Higgins continued to enjoy success on the Association boats with a further seven fish, from the deeper water adjacent to the dam. Another regular boat user, Ken Bowring took his usual limit. Around the banks of the bottom pond James Williams caught seven trout while a number of anglers recorded three fish catches. These included day ticket visitors D. Cross and A. Ball with the latter including two trout of 3lb and 4lb in his return. Day ticket holder Mark Roberts also landed three fish from off the bush. Season ticket holders Paul Jenkins and Paul Watkins each caught three rainbows, while membership secretary Phil Harper and fisheries treasurer Colin Jones both caught fish during an evening session in front of the house. On the top pond Gwyn Davies landed eight rainbows to 3lb fishing close to the outlet/road bank using a weighted Buzzer as the point fly and Skinny Buzzers on the droppers. Other good catches on the top pond included four fish to Terry O'Connor and two rainbows for Ken Bowring. A long-handled landing net and care on the exposed stone footings of the pond is essential while the refilling process takes place, especially after rain.