LLyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The temperature dropped, the wind picked up, gusting to 35 miles per hour by Sunday, and the rain lashed down for a large part of the week. This meant that boat fishing wasn’t on the agenda for much of the week and bank fishing was very often limited to the sheltered areas with Mr Wilson having had to call it a day after nearly getting blown over! This week’s rod average was still 4.5 fish and on Sunday, when the wind was at its worst, regular boat fishermen Ned and Norman, had one of their best day’s of the season. The top fish this week was a 3lb 6oz rainbow caught by Paul Jones from Chirk. Mr Aspden, fishing for W.G.F.C., recorded a bag weight of 17lb 4oz for six fish and A. Carless recorded the biggest bag of the week at 21lb 6oz.
Top flies have been Hopper, Orange Fritz, Buzzers, Viva, Green and Black Damsel, Diawl Bach, Black Gnat, Sedge, and various Boobies and Blobs. The hotspots for the boats have been areas sheltered from the elements which have been Tower Bay, the dam wall, Visitors Centre, Brenig Arm and Sailing Club Bay. The same has applied to the bank fishing but when the wind has dropped Nant Glyn shore has proved to have been very successful.
New ranger Amy Brookes has settled in well. She will be working in the fishing shop for two days a week and the rest of the time she will be working as a site ranger.
The main gates will be shutting at 8.30pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.45pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Good returns have been made from the bottom pond throughout the week, with Pipe Bay again providing many of the better catches. New member Steve Snape caught five fish from two visits, with a Goldhead Buzzer taking his second return from Pipe Bay. Steve Docherty caught his limit using Hopper patterns, while Martin Williams continued his recent success rate with a further six trout. Kevin Pinkney landed six fish over two bottom pond sessions, with Roy Jones landing three fish. A significant number of permit holders and day ticket fishermen landed two fish, including Dean Connelly, Colin Jones, Ken Bowring, Dave Howells, Chris Daniels, Lee Ashcroft, Steve Kean, Brian Wareham, Alan Rees, Gareth Hawkins, William Williams and new member Brian Tantum. Boat users on the bottom pond registering fish included Keith Higgins with three trout and a brace for John Eynon. On the top pond, Kevin Pinkney added to his bottom pond total with a further six fish, while Mark Roberts and Dave Woods each caught three rainbows. A brace of trout went to Chris Daniels. Most successful flies included Hoppers, Goldhead Buzzers, CdC patterns and Olive Buzzers. Both ponds have been restocked ensuring a very good head of fish throughout both reservoirs.
At the weekend, while most permit holders and day ticket visitors concentrated their efforts on the top pond, NRFFA committee members Terry O'Connor and Colin Jones both landed fish from Pipe Bay on the bottom pond. Terry caught three fish using a Damsel pattern plus a CdC buzzer, while Colin landed his brace of trout with a CdC pattern plus a Shipman’s Buzzer. Day ticket visitor James Percy also fished the bottom pond to record a brace of fish including an excellent specimen rainbow weighing 3lb 11oz. Back on the top pond and particularly from the Railings Bank, some excellent totals of trout have been recorded. General treasurer Gwyn Davies landed an eight fish catch and release limit using a combination of Buzzers and Damsel Nymphs and also caught a young brown trout in very good condition from an early season stocking. Brian Green caught six rainbows using Buzzers with a similar catch being recorded by Kevin Pinkney. Ivor Thomas caught four fish and also added a good rainbow from the bottom pond. Norman Curtis landed two trout using an intermediate sinking line with Damsel Nymphs, while day ticket visitor Dean Walker also netted two fish from the inlet end of the bank. Mark Roberts continued his good season on the top pond with a brace of rainbows, plus an excellent brown trout in the region of 2lb 8oz, safely returned to the water. One benefit of the warmer weather is a regular showing of damsel flies with anglers using good imitations such as goldhead patterns and Blue-flash Damsels, fished either on floating/sink-tip lines or intermediates.