LLyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Despite the bright sun and rising water temperature fish were caught on top of the water on dry flies in abundance. The rod average for the week was 4.3 fish per angler. D. Burrage hooked eight fish but only three were landed and J. Wilson commented on the fact that he’d had a very frustrating day because the fish kept shedding the hook. The main event this week was the trials for the Scierra Pairs, the final of which will be taking place at Llyn Brenig in August. 32 anglers took part on Sunday and despite the hot weather the fishing proved to be extremely good with the first boat returning with their required quota by 11.45am gaining its occupants, Gareth Dixon and Gareth Jones, a 10lb 8oz time bonus. They eventually finished in second place with first place going to Wayne Jones and Keith Cadogan who recorded a bag weight of 33lb 8oz for 14 fish caught. Carl Williams and Bruce Williams came third. The biggest fish of 6lb 8oz was caught to the boat of Mike Williams and Alywen Roberts. The rod average for the competition was five fish per angler.
The biggest fish caught outside the competition was a 4lb 8oz rainbow landed by J. Cadwallader from Llanarmon. This was one of a number of 4lb trout that were caught during the week. The top bag was recorded by D.R. Harrison and weighed in at 18lb 12oz.
The top fly this week was definitely the Black Bibio Hopper, followed by Buzzers, Cormorant, Black Beetle, Cruncher, Goldhead Damsel, Muddler, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Fritz and various Boobies and Blobs. The hotspots were definitely on the west side of the lake from the Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay, Water Sports Bay, The Brenig Arm and Bryn Maen. Along the dam wall also fished well from the boats.
Shop ranger Paul Longsdale has developed a bird area by the fishing shop. This attracts many bird enthusiasts and visitors and we would like to thank regular fisherman and keen bird watcher, Tom Sinton, for donating bird food to support this enterprise.
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
As with many fisheries, Ynys y fro has suffered due to the effects of the heatwave which is hopefully now past! Fishing has been mainly confined to the Railings Bank on the top pond, where morning anglers have been able to avoid the high temperatures of the afternoon and early evening. Among the more successful anglers have been Norman Curtis and son Stephen. Norman has landed at least 13 good fish from various points along the Railings Bank with a seven-fish return from his best session. Damsel Nymph fished on a sinking line has been the most effective fly. Son Stephen netted a good catch and release limit from the same bank with Damsels, Corixa patterns and Buzzers taking fish. Another good limit went to general treasurer Gwyn Davies who used a weighted Damsel Nymph and Buzzers. Gwyn also added another brown trout to his catch, with the fish being part of an early season stocking of ‘fingerling’ browns and which was estimated at already being 11 inches in length. Cardiff member Dave Arlotte fished the far end of the Railings Bank to take five rainbows, with a corixa pattern again proving very effective. Roger Martin moved up from the bottom pond to record a six-fish catch of rainbows, while a very early session by Brian Green produced four trout. One of the heaviest fish caught during the week was a 3lb 10oz rainbow netted by Terry O'Connor with Dave Woods also finding fish, again from the Railings Bank.