Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The week was characterised by dark stormy clouds and periods of thunder and lightning and the boats had to be called off the water on Wednesday and Saturday afternoon because of the conditions. The Coppenhall Fly Fishing Club held a competition this week. All the competitors caught their six fish and the top rod was Derek Ollier with 20lb, also the biggest bag of the week and included a lovely 6lb 8oz rainbow, the biggest fish of the week. Mark Morris came second with 18lb and Jamie Scott came in third place with 15lb 6oz. The competition rod average was six fish per angler which was well above the general rod average for the week which was three fish per angler. August is going to be very busy with a number of competitions taking place so if you require a boat at the weekend it would be a good idea to book a boat.
The hotspots have been in the southern part of the lake with Tower Bay and the Visitors Centre fishing well for both bank and boat anglers. Water Sports Bay, Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm have also fished well. Top flies have been Viva, Cormorant, green and black lures, Goldhead Damsel, Buzzers, Daddy Longlegs, Black Gnat, Black Hopper, and various Blobs and Boobies.
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
Regular boat user Ken Pascoe has continued to find fish, usually in the deeper, middle areas of the bottom pond. His returns for the week have included a six-fish catch plus successive catches of two trout. Most of his fish have been landed using Hoppers and Daddies with a Green Buzzer also proving an effective fly. Ken Bowring has also found boat sessions more beneficial than the bank, with a good catch of four rainbows. Howard Davies fished with Ken Pascoe to land some good trout. Around the banks, Terry O'Connor used a Squirmy Wormy for his catch, with Cardiff permit holder Alan Rees and Steve Docherty also finding fish from the dam. On the top pond, the best recorded catch went to Fisheries Treasurer Colin Jones with a brown trout estimated at 3lb-plus tempted with a Goldhead Damsel Nymph.
At the weekend fishing was easier on the bottom pond. Bank fishermen mainly concentrated on the Dam/Pear Tree Corner, with Steve Curtis finding rising fish and tempting four to the net with a foam-backed Cat's Whisker pattern. Gwyn Davies fished the same area of the pond to land two good fish on a size 16 Baby Sun Fly. At the other end of the pond, Martyn Williams caught three rainbows from Pipe Bay using a Bloodworm pattern. On the boats, regular user Ken Bowring landed five fish with a combination of Hoppers and Bibios, while Martin Rees fished alongside boat partner John Eynon for his catch. Water temperatures have started to fall to more reasonable levels. As a result, stocking officer Steve Kean has recommended a much-awaited stocking of both ponds before the end of the current week.