Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
With some mist first thing, clearing mid-morning, with a couple of frosty starts, warming by lunchtime, it has been difficult for anglers to gauge what the fish are interested in, and they have had to use a variety of flies and methods to tempt the fish. Keith Jones started the week off with 8 fish landed on catch and release, a White Wulff pattern catching him a hard-fighting rainbow from the gin pool. On catch and kill tickets were George Parfit with 5 fish, Gareth Bright 3, Basil Freeman 2, Peter Atkinson 2, Ivor Howells 2 and Harry Webb 2. Graham Jeremiah and friend Phil Rees caught 7 fish between them from across all pools including 2 blue trout. Malcolm Greatrix, on only his second flyfishing trip to Bigwell, caught 2 on a Red Spider. Lloyd Emerson from Cwmbran caught 2 fish using a weighted Yellow Dancer fished just off the bottom, but then noticed that the fish were moving higher up through the water. He changed to an unweighted Green Cat’s Whisker counted down through the water which caught him 2 more fish. Catch and release anglers catching their bag limits were Paul Ellsworthy, Daniel Pierce, Lyndon Harris, Paul Barnfield, Keith Fenton, Brian Sisson and Colin Gooch. There is still some dry fly activity later in the day when the sun has warmed up with anglers catching on Sedge, Diawl Bachs, Klinkhamers and Hoppers. The lodge pools have been fishing particularly well this week with 2 larger fish caught in the middle lodge pool by brothers Joseph and Nick Williams from Bristol Joseph’s fish weighed in at 4lb 7oz while Nick managed to beat him with a 5lb blue. Both fish were caught on Blue-flash Damsels on the drop. The fishery is open at 7.30am every day.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Best returns for the week continue to come from the top pond, with Ken Bowring again leading the way, with 9 fish recorded over 4 visits. Martin Rees totalled 8 fish from his 3 sessions, including an excellent brown trout estimated at 2lb 8oz prior to being returned safely to the water. A number of members and day ticket holders netted a brace of fish, including Colin Jones, Ivor Thomas, Roger Martin, Del Haines and Eddie Ricci, while Dave Howells and Nigel Burge also landed good trout. On the bottom pond returns have come mainly from boat anglers, with Ken Pascoe landing 3 fish, and Craig Bowles, Howard Davies and Dave Smith all finding their boat sessions productive.
Some good-sized fish have been landed from the top pond Railings Bank, with Cardiff member Ivor Thomas landing 3 good rainbows, 2 of which weighed in at 2lb 5oz. A deep-fished Damsel Nymph was the effective fly. Another good fish went to John Eynon, who followed up a successful first visit with 2 trout landed on a self-tied green and yellow lure, again fished on a sinking line. The second fish was estimated as being near the 3lb mark. Ken Bowring fished from his usual mark along the Railings Bank to catch 9 trout over 3 visits, while Steve Curtis landed 3 rainbows from a morning session, again from the same bank. Committee member Brian Wareham also netted a good fish. Bottom pond returns again featured Ken Pascoe, with a 3-fish catch from his boat outing.