Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
A week of typical Welsh summer weather with a starter of overcast skies and light winds followed by drizzle and a bit of heavy rain topped with some high humidity, then blue skies and warm temperatures. There has been a bit of a theory about the fishing over the first part of the season that, despite being stocked in the north of the lake, the fish seem to make their way back down to the cages and Tower Bay in the south. One angler took a fish finder around the lake to discover that it is literally teeming with fish in every area. When the study was done the fish were lying about 10 feet below the surface although they were actually lying deeper in Tower Bay.
On Saturday Llyn Brenig hosted the Moc Morgan Classic. The money raised by the event is going towards supporting the Welsh youth team and Cancer Research. Conditions at the start of the day were ideal for fishing but it did get a little too bright later on. The eventual winner of the competition was David Rickets, with Hedd Dafydd second and Enid Edwards third.
Nigel Welburn from Chester landed a beautiful 8lb rainbow on Friday along with a splendid 5lb fish. He also claimed the biggest bag of the week at 22lb 12oz for six fish caught. Hywel Morgan, who had been helping to organise the Moc Morgan Classic, decided to do a spot of fishing himself along with his daughter, and hooked a fish that must have hit the scales at 10lb. Hywel’s daughter took a photo for the family album before the fish was safely released.
The rod average this week was 3.3 fish per angler but there have been some good catches this week with Dave and Clive Gilbert almost losing count of how many fish they had caught! Best remember though to stop at 18 (12 catch and release). The top flies this week have been Cat’s Whiskers, Cormorant, Hopper, Orange Fritz, Black Pennell, Diawl Bach and various Blobs and Boobies. The hotspots have been the Visitors Centre, Tower Bay, Watersports Bay and Sailing Club Bay. Those fishing off Hafod Lom have also had some good days. 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
Fishing has picked up on both ponds, but is still affected by high water temperatures, particularly on the bottom pond. Despite this situation, returns indicate that boat anglers are finding fish in the deeper middle areas of the pond, with Ken Bowring landing six and three fish from two boat sessions and Ken Pascoe recording catches of five and three fish with sunken Daddy Longlegs again attracting fish. Shaun Cotterell netted five fish alongside Keith Higgins with a brace of trout. Brian Wareham and Mike Brake shared a boat session with each landing two fish, while further boat catches were made by Roger Martin and Roy Mealing. Around the banks of the bottom pond and again mainly from off the dam, Dave Price landed five trout, Lindsey Kirkwood caught three fish and Dean Walters netted a brace. On the top pond the best catch return went to Gwyn Davies who caught an excellent limit of rainbows using a combination of weighted Damsel Nymphs and a Corixa pattern, and then added a specimen brown trout estimated to be well in excess of 4lb to his return. Membership secretary Phil Harper caught three trout from two top pond visits while Cardiff member Ivor Thomas landed one good specimen from both ponds. The Railings Bank has again provided the best fishing particularly near to the inlet pipe.
At the weekend some good specimens were recorded from both ponds, with Ivor Thomas netting an excellent 3lb 9oz rainbow from the top pond using a Damsel Nymph, and a 2lb-plus fish caught on a Blob pattern on the bottom pond. Membership secretary Phil Harper recorded trout weighing 3lb and 2lb 6oz when he fished a Damsel pattern on the top pond, while Bridgend member Craig Bowles boat-fished to net seven rainbows using a CdC Shuttlecock pattern with fish of 2lb 8oz and 2lb 6oz included in his catch. Martin Rees continued his boat returns with fish taken on Daddy Longlegs pattern, while around the banks, Wynne Jones caught three good rainbows, Cardiff permit holders Alan Rees and Ivor Thomas both found fish, with Association president Martin Williams returning from holiday to land some good rainbows when he fished from the dam.