Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The early part of the week saw some really hot and sunny days but by Thursday the weather did change considerably with cooler temperatures, some light drizzle and heavy cloud cover. As the cloud increased there seemed to be more fish caught. The rod average of 3.3 fish per angler does suggest that the fishing has been rather difficult. The water temperature is very high at the moment which has encouraged the fish to feed off the surface and this, coupled with the natural hatches of fly including some early hatches of heather fly, has resulted in some excellent top of the water fishing. Some of the bigger fish, which have been lying in deeper water over the last few months, have been coming closer to the surface and one or two really big fish were caught. Ron Ayers caught a lovely 5lb 8oz rainbow while Paul Davison, fishing with Wirral Game Fishing Club, landed a splendid 7lb 10oz rainbow. Ron Ayers recorded the biggest bag of the week for six fish caught which weighed in at 14lb 6oz.
Top fly was once again the Black Bibio Hopper. Other top flies were Dabbler, Buzzers, Cormorant, Black Beetle, Cruncher, Goldhead Damsel, Muddler, Cat’s Whiskers, Black Fritz and various Boobies and Blobs. Hotspots were again definitely on the west side of the lake, particularly the Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay and Water Sports Bay. Tower Bay was also fishing well as was the dam wall from the boats. The main gates will be shutting at 8.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds have produced fish during the week with the bottom pond producing some interesting observations from boat users. At least four substantial shoals of fish have been seen around the middle of the pond, providing good sport. Ken Pascoe and Craig Bowles both netted limits using Damsel Nymphs and dry flies respectively, with Black Hopper patterns also attracting fish. Ken added a further five fish to his earlier catch, while Keith Higgins landed three trout and boat partner, Shaun Cotterell hooked a good brace. Howard Davies, who fished with Ken Pascoe, also recorded a two-fish return. Around the banks of the bottom pond a number of members caught two rainbows, among them were Alan Rees, Dean Connelly, Terry O'Connor, Steve Curtis, Sally Ann Iles and Steve Snape. On the top pond, the Railings Bank has again fished well although quality of fishing has varied mainly according to wind levels. Calm conditions have seen plenty of rising fish, whilst the onset of a breeze has resulted in fish moving down to deeper water. Gwyn Davies caught six rainbows in two stages, with weighted Damsel Buzzers as point flies, taking fish in deep water and Diawl Bach nymphs on a top dropper more effective in calm conditions. A four fish catch went to Dave Woods while Roger Martin landed three rainbows. Roy Mealing, Brian Green, Terry O'Connor and Ken Bowring all caught a brace of trout, with Ken adding a good brown trout to his catch.
Catches over the weekend have mainly come from the bottom pond, and in particular, from the corner of the Dam/Pear Tree bank. Cardiff member Keith Higgins reached his catch and release limit, whilst Mark Roberts landed five rainbows. A two-fish return was achieved by Terry O'Connor, Bernard Hartland, Alun Paul on members' permits with day ticket visitors Dean Walker and Helen Gould also landing a brace of fish.