Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
Young Will Brooks certainly gave his dad Kevin a run for his money this week with yet another great catch, a 5lb rainbow caught on a Chamois fly in the lower lodge pool. The fish was entered into the Troutmasters competition. Graham Jeremiah was here again this week and caught another 7 beautiful rainbow trout.
Gareth Evans was very happy with his catch of 3 rainbows from the gin pool, the largest weighing 4lb 8oz and caught on a Tequila FAB. On catch and kill tickets this week were Thomas Davies who took 5 fish, Paul Williams also took 5, Derek Baylis landed 2, Donald Atkins 3, Ron Bishop caught 4 on catch and kill then released 5 more from across all pools, Ray Winnell, here to celebrate his birthday with his son Luke, had a great day’s fishing. They caught 6 fish from the gin pool and lower lodge pool on Green Damsels, Buzzers and Bloodworm. Terry Hills took 4, T. Ball landed 5, Andrew Evans 2, Ivor Howells 2, Basil Freeman 2, Anthony Carter 2.
David Hounslow, one of our regulars from Cheltenham, on his catch and release ticket caught his bag limit of 10 fish including a brown trout which he caught in the middle lodge pool on his 7wt rod with a PTN on the point and a Black Gnat on the dropper with a figure-of-eight retrieve. The fish came to the net after a few good runs, and was returned safely. Popular flies this week have been Viva Cormorants, Black Gnats, small Buzzers, Blue-flash Damsels, White Minkies, Bloodworm and Egg flies. Bigwell is open every day from 7.30am till dusk.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
In what was the penultimate week of the 2017 season, the top pond provided most of the sport. Ivor Thomas netted 6 fish from 3 visits followed by Ken Bowring with 3 trout from 2 sessions. Del Haines and Martin Rees each caught 2 rainbows. The Railings Bank provided most of the catch returns, with intermediate and sinking lines plus Cat’s Whiskers and Damsel flies accounting for the fish caught. On the bottom pond, regular boat angler Ken Pascoe recorded 4 fish from 2 visits with boat partner Howard Davies also finding fish.
The Association's AGM was held during the week, with some 40 members in attendance. The 2017 committee were re-elected for the new season and will use their first meeting in December to decide the various policies relating to fishing regulations ie stocking policies, size of fish to be stocked, catch and release limits etc. All decisions taken will be included in the Annual Newsletter (available in January 2018) along with fishing prices etc. Amongst items raised by members at the AGM was the continuing damage to fish stocks in both ponds, by the ever-increasing number of cormorants present at Ynys y fro. Unfortunately, these birds continue to be considered as a protected species, despite the accepted fact that reservoirs across the country are suffering the same effects of their presence as Ynys y fro. NRFFA will continue to pursue discussion with Dwr Cymru to find a solution to the problem. Members are reminded that the reservoirs will close as of Sunday December 3 with the post season work party arranged for Saturday December 9, commencing at 10am. NRFFA will continue to provide members with relevant close season information via local press and the Association's website.