Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The opportunities arising from Ynys y fro reservoirs remaining open during the summer months is well evidenced by some 500 visits being recorded, including over 160 day tickets. Some 700 fish were caught from the two ponds, giving a month's rod average of 1.4 fish per visit. The season average was measured at 2.3 fish representing a good return for both members and visitors alike. The bottom pond has received an extra stocking in preparation for the remaining six weeks of the season. The reservoirs will remain open until the October 31, with an end of season work party arranged for Saturday November 6 (from 10am onwards).
Insofar as the week's fishing is concerned, good returns have been recorded for both ponds. Terry O'Connor took a catch and release limit of eight fish from the top pond, with Ken Bowring and Dave Arlotte each catching six trout. Hugh Davies, Chris Daniels and Colin Jones each caught four rainbows with Colin including a fish of 2lb 11oz in his return, and then landing two more fish from an evening session. Graham Ingram Evans fished dry flies to take three fish with Aberdare member Bill Seward also landing three trout. Another Aberdare member, Alan Lock caught a brace of trout, as did Ian Hewitt. Most if not all fish caught were found off the road bank, with the outlet area providing most catches. On the bottom pond regular boat user Ken Pascoe landed his limit with Keith Higgins, Shaun Cotterell and Ken Bowring catching seven, five and six fish respectively from their boat sessions. Mark Roberts fished two bank sessions to land 10 trout with Hugh Davies adding a further seven fish to his top pond catch. Day ticket holder, Lee Carroll caught five rainbows fishing small dries in front of the house while three fish were landed and released by day ticket visitor Dave Hartman, Ian Wootton, Steve Kean, Terry O'Connor and Paul Jenkins. Alan Rees caught two fish from each of two visits, with a similar brace of trout being recorded by Colin Jones, Dave Arlotte, B. Powell, R. Marsh and Richard Bowles. The golf club bank provided two rainbows for Steve Mitchell using Shuttlecock Buzzers and for Adrian Connor with a Daddy Longlegs and Black Buzzer. The Pear Tree end of the dam and the area in front of the house have also provided good fishing, with most fish caught with Pheasant Tail and Diawl Bach flies.
At the weekend anglers on both ponds benefited from the presence of daddy longlegs on the water. On the top pond, dry fly exponents Gwyn Davies and Graham Ingram Evans both took good catches from the outlet end of the road bank. Gwyn landed three trout on emerger patterns and a further five on dry Daddy Longlegs, and Graham caught six rainbows, again on the same fly. The top pond also saw Ken Bowring add five fish to his earlier boat limit from the bottom pond, Colin Jones continue his regular evening sessions with a further five trout and Terry O'Connor landed his two fish on Egg flies fished under a float indicator. The bottom pond has also seen good catches being recorded, with day ticket holders James Williams and Simon Fenouthet taking a limit and six fish respectively, Terry O'Connor added a further six trout to his top pond catch. The Pear Tree side of the dam has fished well, with Adrian Connor and Dean Morgan landing five rainbows on Buzzers and Daddy Longlegs patterns. Martin Williams recorded a four fish total as did Martin Rees, plus Mike Brake, John Eynon and Mark Roberts each with three fish. Finally, NRFFA would wish to sincerely thank members Mike Brake and Brian Wareham for their repair work in refilling some dangerous potholes near the entrance to the reservoirs.