Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
Friday was another beautiful autumnal day here at Bigwell and the pools were restocked by Exmoor Fisheries. Fishing was a little hard going but for those anglers who did catch there were some excellent returns. Plenty of insect activity so dry fly has been effective especially Klinkhamers. John Davies landed 9 trout including 3 blues which fell to a home-tied Yellow Welsh Witch. John’s heaviest fish was entered into the Troutmasters competition. Monday saw the first frost of the year which quickly cleared and left a lovely sunny day. The fish were biting well. David Harris from Newport had success with his Silkworm Grub which, at this time of year, is perfect for Bigwell, especially in the clear waters of the gin pool. David caught 6 fish on his catch and kill ticket including 2 blues and a tiger trout which was returned.
On catch and kill this week Peter Atkinson from Newent landed his 2 fish from the gin pool, both caught on a Green Damsel; Husband and wife Mick and Jean Fahy took 2 each; Keith Fenton 3; Mike Dobson 3; Basil Freeman 2; Karl Williams 5; Steve Philips 3; Mark Lewis landed 4 including a tiger trout which was returned. After lunch on Tuesday Steve Mogg caught 4 fish including a blue, all taken on a Green Shipman’s Buzzer. Popular flies this week have been Green Damsels, Blobs, Squirmy Worms, Klinkhamer, Diawl Bach, White Minkies, goldhead PTN and Yellow Egg flies. Fishery is open at 7.30am every day.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Fish continue to be landed from both the bank and boats on the bottom pond, with association president Martin Williams netting 3 rainbows, while Gareth Neale and John Eynon both caught 2 fish when all three members fished from the banks. On the boats, Craig Bowles landed an 8-fish catch and release limit using Hopper patterns with boat partner Dave Smith taking 2 fish with a CDC nymph. Ken Pascoe totalled 8 fish from two sessions, with a caenis nymph proving to be the effective fly, while Howard Davies caught a brace alongside Ken. The top pond has continued to fish well, with Roger Martin and Keith Higgins each netting 6 fish. Three sessions from the bank brought Ken Bowring catches of 7 fish plus a double brace of trout, while Dave Howells recorded 7 rainbows from his two visits. Day ticket visitor Mike Pierce caught 4 fish on his return to Ynys y fro, with Adrian Moyse adding another 4 fish to his season's total when he fished a Damsel pattern from the Railings Bank. Dean Connelly caught his 3 trout from a single visit, with Terry O'Connor using two evening sessions for his 3-fish return. Gwyn Davies landed 2 rainbows using a Diawl Bach and a GRHE, with Richie Young finding his brace of fish with a red-collared Diawl Bach. The same fly also proved effective for Martin Williams, Mark Roberts, Steve Kean and Ivor Thomas when they fished around the top pond banks.
The weekend saw fish landed from the bottom pond. Stewart Gordon marked his return to the reservoirs with a 3-fish catch from a boat, while John Eynon netted a good rainbow from in front of the house /Pipe Bay using a Squirmy Worm lure. Wynne Jones fished the opposite side of Pipe Bay to land 2 rainbows. On the top pond, Gwyn Davies totalled 6 fish, mainly from the Railings Bank, with his first trout taking a Diawl Bach nymph fished deep in the water. A mid-morning rise resulted in a further 5 trout caught on a size 16 Baby Sun fly. Dean Connelly caught his 3 fish from an afternoon session, with Phil Morgan also netting 3 trout using a Cat's Whisker. The same lure resulted in a good 2lb-plus fish for Brian Green, again from the Railings Bank. Afternoon visits by Keith Higgins, Ivor Thomas and Alan Rees saw each landing good specimens. Another good sign of the quality fishing on the top pond is a continuation of ‘grown-on’ brown trout being caught and released, with most fish estimated as being close to 1lb. The progress in the development of these fish augers well for next season.