Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The weather this week has been quite pleasant with a number of sunny days interspersed with occasional showers. The wind has been light and predominantly from the south west and the water temperature has been a steady 10 degrees C. This has resulted in reasonably favourable fishing conditions and a rod average of 3.6 fish per angler reflects a week of steady if not outstanding fishing. Anglers are advised to make the most of the lovely long evenings as the best time to fish is during the evening when the fish are on the rise. The main focus for this week has been the Senior Welsh Trials which took place over the weekend. With fairly light winds and some cloud cover the conditions were favourable and despite the wind picking up on the Sunday the general consensus was that the weekend had seen some enjoyable fishing. The rod average over the two days of competition fishing was 5.5 fish per angler. The trials are used to determine who will represent Wales in the international competition next year. The top three fishermen on Saturday were Tudor Owen, Bob Jones and Alan Banwell all of whom caught 12 fish. The top three on the Sunday were Carl Williams, Alwyn Roberts and Robert Phillips.
This week followed a similar pattern to the previous week with a number of big fish being caught. The top fish of the week was a very impressive 8lb rainbow caught by Gareth Dixon fishing from a boat. Other notable catches were a 6lb 8oz rainbow caught by S.R. Prichard from Wrexham, a 5lb rainbow caught by Mike Bowden and a 5lb 5oz rainbow caught by Llion Pritchard using a Dabbler variant on the dropper and taking 15 minutes to land. The fish have moved lower in the water this week mainly due to the intensity of the fishing that has taken place but with the warmer water temperature they will soon be back on the surface.
Davie Evans from Wrexham had a bit of a shock when he found a 20lb pike on the end of his line. The pike was safely returned to the lake. The top bag this week of 15lb was caught by M. Aspden fishing for Wirral Game. The hotspots were the Brenig Arm, Duck Island, Nant Glyn and Tower Bay. The top flies were Buzzers, Invicta, Red Cruncher, Montana, Sedge, Cormorant, Black Fritz, Diawl Bach and various Boobies and Blobs.
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
Returns for May indicate that approximately 250 fish were landed from the top pond and 750 fish from the bottom pond. Over 650 visits from permit holders/day ticket members and visitors provided a very creditable rod average of 1.6 fish per rod. Returns from the top pond in respect of brown trout caught and duly released were approximately seven fish. Troutmasters badges were awarded to Roger Martin and Ken Bowring. Fishing for the current week has shown a definite improvement for the bottom pond. Association President Martin Williams took a good limit, mainly from Pipe Bay, with this area of the pond providing most of the catches. Limits were also recorded by Steve Docherty, Del Haines and Roger Martin. Day ticket holder Gareth West landed four fish, with permit holder Nigel Burge also recording a four fish catch. A three-fish return was recorded by day ticket holder Steve Grey, plus permit holders Terry O'Connor and Alan Rees. Dean Connelly, Brian Green, Steve Kean, Colin Jones, Bernard Hartland and Dave Woods all caught a brace of trout. Most of the bottom pond catches were taken on Bloodworm, Damsels and Buzzers plus dry Black Hoppers and CdC Emergers, predominantly in Pipe Bay. Boat returns included limits for Keith Higgins, Shaun Cotterell and Ken Pascoe with Ken using a drowned Black Hopper/Daddy for both of his limits. Oliver Hydes landed three rainbows on his boat ticket. The top pond has seen less catches during the week with fish feeding on natural flies and proving far more elusive. However, Chris Daniels landed four fish from the Railings Bank, with Martin Williams adding three trout to his earlier bottom pond limit.
The weekend saw some reasonable fishing from both ponds, with the Railings Bank on the top pond and Pipe Bay on the bottom pond providing most catches. Richard Bateman landed three fish from the Railings Bank while Gwyn Davies took a good brace of fish when he used a weighted Olive Buzzer using a combination of floating and sink-tip lines. The latter method was very effective in counteracting a strong breeze. Ivor Thomas and Cardiff Fly Fishing club president Fred Davies used sinking lines and Damsel lures to land their top pond catches. On the bottom pond Dave Howells registered a catch and release limit, while seven good rainbows were netted by Steve Docherty. Richard Bateman added a further four trout to his top pond catch. A brace of fish was landed by Terry O'Connor, Ken Pascoe, Martin Williams and Gwyn Davies, with the latter using a Silver Dunkeld fly for his fish. The same fly worked well for boat angler Martin Rees with three fish landed, whileKen Pascoe transferred his skills to a boat session to catch six rainbows, mainly on a weighted Daddy/Black Hopper.