Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
A few frosty starts this week with some sunshine breaking through as the mornings progress. Thursday and Friday were particularly cold days, but that didn’t stop anglers from turning out, and with the trout in excellent form some great fishing was enjoyed by all. The water quality is very good and well oxygenated meaning healthy active trout, and with Bigwell’s policy of high stocking levels the fishing is very good. Some sizeable blues and rainbows have been brought to the net as well as a few feisty browns. Mike Cotton was on his first visit to Bigwell with his very accomplished fishing grandad Andy Hickman who passed on some of his experience although on this occasion Mike out-fished his grandad. Newcomer Paul Evans, from Newport, joined us for the first time with his father Tony Evans. Paul took 2 very nice trout from the top pool while Tony took 2 in quick succession from the lower pool, then went on to catch 2 blue trout from the gin pool plus a 5lb 2oz rainbow. Successful flies were Blue-flash Damsels and small Suspender Buzzers using a floating line and 6lb leader. Peter Baylis from Weston super Mare landed 3 fish on Green Damsels, Andrew Poultney caught 3 rainbows in the lower lodge pool, Bob Ash took 3, Jess Lyndsey also caught 3 from the gin pool. Andy Walker took 6 from across all pools with a total bag weight of 20lb 9oz on FABs, Bloodworm and Orange Egg fly.
Bigwell will be hosting their annual Boxing Day fishing competition on Tuesday December 26. There will be plenty of prizes, food and fun so get your name down as places will be limited. Call 01600 772904 to book your place. Bigwell is open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The decision by NRFFA to extend the 2017 season into November resulted in some 220 fish being caught from the two ponds, with some 150 fish being netted by top pond anglers. A good visit total of 266 members/day tickets would appear to have proved the extension worthwhile. Final figures recorded for the season as a whole indicated that a total of 4700 fish were stocked across both ponds resulting in a final catch return of 2400 fish from the top pond and 4000 from the bottom pond. There were 4400 visits recorded by permit holders/members and day ticket visitors giving a very creditable rod average of 1.45 for the season. On a negative side the bottom pond saw continued damage to fish stocks by cormorants which contributed in turn to a financial loss to the Association. Two members received late season Troutmasters badges, with Kasidit Leoviriyakit receiving his award for a 3lb 12oz rainbow landed on a Blob, while Cardiff member Bob Bradley's 3lb 2oz fish caught on White Rabbit lure brought him his award.
News from the AGM and the first meeting of the new committee has confirmed the date of the Social evening as Friday February 9 at Risca RFC from 7.30pm onwards, with the new season due to commence on Saturday February 17. Membership fees for the new season will remain the same (£25 renewal plus £10 joining fee for new members). Memberships must be renewed no later than March 1, 2018 and will be valid until the day preceding the start of the 2019 season. All renewals plus purchase of new season permits can be made at the Social evening. Decisions re all fishing regulations will be available to members via the Annual Newsletter due for publication in mid-January 2018.
"Christmas Tree" appeal: Following the successful Salford Docks experiment of submerging used natural Christmas trees in fishing areas to interrupt the spawning process for perch, NRFFA are asking that as many members as possible donate used Christmas trees (not artificial) to the Association for the same purpose of reducing the perch population in the bottom pond. Trees can be left in/around the car park area when no longer needed and will be used around the banks of the bottom pond in January/February when the perch spawning process usually occurs. The bottom pond has suffered with an ever-increasing population of small perch which in turn has a serious effect on the natural development of fly life. NRFFA hope that the experiment will result in improved bottom pond fishing in the new season.