Elan Valley, Powys
With the recent cool weather, the Reservoirs fished very well for August, with many nice, brown trout over the 1lb mark being caught. Mr Newbury, from Evesham, landed the largest at 1lb 4oz. Once again the best flies for the month were black dries and Hoppers. The Elan Valley season ends on October 17 until March 20, 2016.
Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
A mixed bag of weather once again with variable winds and inconsistent temperatures bringing with it some interesting fishing conditions. The rod average of 4.4 fish per angler does reflect a week of very good fishing with some excellent bags caught and also some really nice fish. Tony Booth, from Staffordshire, took a five day fishing permit and caught the biggest fish of the week, a 3lb 4oz rainbow. Tony Bevan, from Aberystwyth, commented on a ‘brilliant day’ and Graham Land, from Llandudno, remarked that his day had been ‘good sport’. The top bag this week of 11lb 1oz for six fish was taken by Harry Owen, from Talysarn.
With the heather fly now making an appearance and the water temperature remaining at a fairly constant 15 degrees C there are lots of fish on the surface which is encouraging the use of the dry fly on a floating line. The fish are also lying quite close to the bank in some areas and there have been some really good bags caught by the bank fishermen. The results are now in for the Llanilar Angling Association Club competition held at Llyn Brenig the previous week. In first place and with the distinction of catching the heaviest fish, a mighty 4lb 12oz rainbow, was George Baron. Second was Brian Couch and third Dewi Rees. The hotspots for this week have tended to vary from day to day as the wind direction has been so unpredictable but Tower Bay, the dam wall, Sailing Club Bay and Water Sports Bay have all fished well as has Hafod Lom and Nant Glyn shore for the bank anglers . Top flies this week have been Diawl Bach, Buzzers, Daddy Longlegs, green nymphs, Black Gnats, Cat’s Whiskers, Sedge and Heather Fly. The main gates will be shutting at 7.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7pm.
Llyngwyn Lake drew in anglers from all over during the summer holiday period. Mr Haren, visiting from Holland, landed this month’s best bag weighing 12lb. In close second was Trevor Lange, of Leamington Spa. No especially large fish were caught this month, but the biggest, at 4lb was caught by D. Spring from Penn. The best flies this month were black dries, Montanas, Cat’s Whisker and Buzzers. Winter season permits are available from October 18.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite the lower water level on the Top Pond members and day ticket holders have found good fishing from the railings/road bank. Cardiff member Keith Higgins caught 10 fish over three visits using weighted nymphs. Fellow Cardiff angler, Mark Southwood landed five fish, while Ken Bowring and day ticket visitor Steve Curtis each landed three trout. The Bottom Pond has been restocked over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and despite the continuing poor weather, saw good catches, mainly by bank anglers. Dry fly exponent Ian Hewitt landed five fish with Keith Higgins adding a further three fish to his Top Pond catch. The majority of other anglers each landed two fish with Mike Brake including a specimen of 3lb in his brace of rainbows. Long time member, Bill Reed caught six rainbows over two visits, while another long serving member, Ian Wootton, landed two fish from his visit. Head bailiff John Mcindo, Dave Arlotte, Stuart Turner and Stewart Gordon also caught and released two fish. Association committee members Keri Jones and Laurie Fry plus Cardiff angler James Francis, also found trout, mainly from the areas around the dam and Farmhouse Bay. Despite the bad weather, Ken Bowring used the association boat to take five fish.
At the weekend the recent stocking of the Bottom Pond saw an increase in fish catches. Committee member Terry O'Connor took a limit from the dam while Keith Higgins landed seven fish. James Francis and Adrian Connor each caught four rainbows from an early morning session in Pipe Bay, using Buzzers and Pheasant Tail patterns. James added a further two fish from the dam. Four fish totals were also recorded by Alan Rees and Colin Jones. Ian Hewitt used a Sedge pattern to land his two rainbows with Brian Langley, Richard Haines and day ticket visitors R. Jones and P. Bevan also landing two fish. Ken Bowring again boat-fished to add a further five fish to his earlier total. On the Top Pond, Gwyn Davies used weighted nymphs to take his limit from the outlet end of the railings bank, with fellow fishermen Alan Lock and Bill Seward using similar patterns to land four and three trout, respectively. Vice chairman Adrian Moyse also used weighted nymphs to take seven fish from a midway point on the same bank. A further stocking is intended for the first week of September, ensuring a very good head of fish in both ponds.