Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The week saw a gradual improvement in the weather culminating in a beautiful last few days of the week and a glorious weekend. However, on Sunday the clouds swept in during the late afternoon and the temperature dropped markedly. It was interesting from a fishing point of view as the lake had been fishing well in the early part of the day on Sunday but with the sudden change of temperature in the late afternoon the fish stopped feeding. The rod average for the week stands at 3.4 fish. Tony Newall from Northwich, a regular at the Brenig, caught 15 fish. With the water temperature just touching 7 degrees C the fish are still lying fairly low in the water which suggests that a Di-3 or a Di-5 line would be the best method. However, with the hint of warmer days ahead and with the possibility of some early hatches of buzzers then the angler may soon be using that floating line and dry fly.
There have been some top-quality fish stocked this week with the average weight exceeding 2lb 8oz. This, coupled with a lot of overwintered fish, makes for some great fishing. Tom Sinton summed things up well with his comment that the fish are in ‘great condition and fighting hard’. The top fish this week was a 6lb 8oz rainbow caught by John Davies, while the biggest bag of the week at 16lb 8oz was recorded by Tweli Griffiths from Carmarthen who also commented on the high quality of the fish.
The lake has in general been fishing well in most areas as the wind has been fairly changeable during the week. The hotspots however have been the Visitors Centre for most of the week with Tower Bay, Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm all fishing well. Hafod Lom and the dam have also fished well from the boat. Top flies have mostly been lures with Damsel, Zonkers, Coral Boobies and various Blobs all catching. There have also been some good catches using Buzzers and Black Pennell. The main gates will be shutting at 7pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.15pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Fishing has vastly improved on the bottom pond, with the Dam and Pear Tree Bank providing some good sport. Ken Bowring included an excellent fish of 5lb 5oz amongst his limits, while Roger Martin's limits recorded a trout of 4lb 4oz. Among other limits Steve Docherty registered an eight-fish return, with Ken Pascoe using his boat session to reach his eight fish on two occasions. Other good bank catches on the bottom pond included two four-fish returns for Colin Jones, plus a similar catch for Dave Howells. Jason Williams, Steve Kean and Terry O'Connor all landed three trout, with Terry adding a further two fish. Dean Connelly, David Kane, Cliff Crimmins, Kevin Pinkney, John Mcindo and Brian Green all netted a brace of fish, with the latter using a Montana Nymph from in front of the house. Day ticket visitors Mike Davies and Dave Morgan also netted two rainbows. Regular boat users Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell each caught seven fish from a morning session. Diawl Bachs and Black Buzzers were among the successful patterns. Despite the top pond seeing slightly less activity, Dave Howells and Keith Higgins caught five and four fish respectively with a further four fish catch being made by Huw Davies. Terry O'Connor added a further three rainbows to his bottom pond return, while Gwyn Davies fished the Railings Bank to land two fish on weighted Buzzers.
The weekend saw the bottom pond in particular provide some excellent sport, and while fish have been caught all around the reservoir, Pear Tree Bank and the Dam have provided most of the returns. Ken Bowring continues to register limits, mainly from Pear Tree Bank with his latest eight-fish catch including a fish of 5lb 13oz. Roger Martin and Chris Daniels both landed seven trout, as did day ticket visitor Huw Davies. Christian Lewis and Albert Roscut landed six fish, as did permit holder Martin Rees, while Tom Hughes, Colin Jones and Martin Williams each caught five rainbows. Max Thompson used his day ticket for a further five fish return, with Terry O'Connor and head bailiff John Mcindo both netting four trout. Kevin Pinkney, John James and Rhys Davies all caught three fish from Pear Tree Bank. A brace of rainbows were landed by Adrian Moyse, Steve Gray, day ticket visitor Kevin Brooks and Cardiff permit holders Alan Rees and Fred Davies. The bottom pond has also provided further excellent fishing for boat users with Adrian Moyse, Martin Rees, John Eynon and Stewart Morton all taking catch and release limits, plus a four fish catch for Ken Pascoe. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Sunken Black Hoppers all caught fish. On the top pond Lindsey Kirkwood and Roy Jones used their day tickets to land three trout, while chairman Adrian Connor used Goldhead Buzzers for two fish from the Railings Bank. Top pond fish were also landed by Christian Lewis and Huw Davies.