Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
Mixed weather this week, some overnight rain but mostly clearing for the daytime fishing, with a few frosty mornings thrown in. The Gin Pool is looking and fishing really well and staying crystal clear with a good strong flow of spring-fed water. The Nursery Pool, which is catch and kill only, is clear and well stocked. Ron Baker from Buckinghamshire had a great day fishing with his goldhead small Brown Buzzer and a Squirmy Wormy Bloodworm. He caught 3 lovely rainbows weighing a total of 9lb 8oz. Daniel Pearce caught a beautiful 7lb rainbow trout from the lower lodge pool. Friends Dave Richards, Nigel Burke and Rob Williams had an excellent day’s fishing on their catch and release tickets. Moving around all pools they had great success with Green Damsels. Billy Jones caught a beautiful blue trout from the lower lodge pool on a Black Daddy. Rick Griffiths caught his bag limit of 10 fish including a 5lb 8oz rainbow on a Yellow Egg fly, floating line and 6lb leader. The fish has been entered into Troutmasters.
Basil Freeman, one of Bigwell’s regular anglers, hooked and released a 6lb rainbow in the Gin Pool on a Blue-flash Damsel. On catch and kill this week were Richard Williams who landed 4, Ray Bradfield 2, George Parfitt 5, Alan Brunt 1, Mike Duckett, Mick Fahy 2 and wife Jean Fahey 4, L. Priest 6, Les Young 3 including a tiger trout, Louis Sawkins 3, Hugo Perks 1. There have been a variety of flies used this week including Green Damsels, Bloodworms, Squirmy Wormies, Egg flies, Minkies and Yellow Spiders, with some anglers having success on the dry fly. Fishery open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The top pond provided the returns for the last week of the season, with Ivor Thomas landing 2 fish and Norman Curtis also netting a good rainbow. Another fisherman caught and returned a 1lb 4oz brown trout, which probably originated from the fingerling browns stocked in the top pond at the beginning of the season. Martin Rees caught a 4lb 7oz rainbow from the top pond on Friday morning.