Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Brenig has been blessed with a week of generally fine weather and on the whole light winds. The water temperature is still hovering around 7degreesC and as a result the fish are still lying a few feet below the surface. During the warmer parts of the day though there have been fish rising on the surface. Ms Julie Waters and Syd Houghton from Beaumaris caught 16 fish between them, lost five and were broken twice, all on Red Buzzers. Fishing from the boats seemed particularly successful this week with Mr Ashton and Mr Hilton from Liverpool having an excellent day. Ivor Jones and his son Mark also had a good day, catching 31 fish between them. Mr Peers, who was the April catch return prize draw winner, enjoyed his day out on his free boat catching 17 rainbows. With a rod average of 4.7 there were lots of contented fishermen. Both Mr Huddleston from Shrewsbury and Mr Wall from Llanarmon DC recorded bags of 15lb but the top bag went to Adrian Carless with a weight of 18lb 8oz. Ken Wall landed a 4lb 2oz rainbow, but the biggest fish was a 5lb rainbow caught by Jim Walker from Widnes.
With the wind blowing predominantly from the south this has tended to push the fish up the lake towards Sailing Club Bay, Water Sports Bay and the Brenig Arm which have fished well for the boat anglers. The fish have been close to the shore by the Visitors Centre and Tower Bay and this has benefitted the bank fishermen. Top flies have been Black Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hothead Damsel, Black Beetle, Orange Fritz, Muddler, Cat’s Whiskers and various Boobies and Blobs. The main gates will be shutting at 8.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds have been restocked with some extra fish being added to the top pond. Members who have benefitted include Chris Daniels, Ivor Thomas and Keith Higgins, each of whom caught a brace of trout from the Railings Bank. The bottom pond has continued to fish reasonably well with limits being taken by both bank and boat anglers. Ken Bowring included a 3lb 5oz fish in one of his two limits, while boat anglers Ken Pascoe and Colin Poole registered eight fish. Other notable boat catches included a five fish return by Colin Jones, Dave Howells and his guest boat companion Brian Tatum. Roger Bateman, Ken Bowring and Roger Martin each caught five fish from the bank, with Dave Scott landing four trout. Three-fish returns were made by Keith Higgins, Dave Howells and Chris Daniels, plus boat users Mike James and Lee Ashcroft. Roy Mealing, Steve Snape and Bernard Stephens all caught two trout. Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs and Shipman’s Buzzers proved the most effective flies.