Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
The Brenig weather swung between overcast and fresh and warm and wet, the latter resulting in the Youth International competition fishing very well. But by the end of the week the prevailing southerly wind began to blow again, making conditions more challenging for the Llanilar Classic competition. The Youth International truly was a spectacle, and after a fantastic day’s fishing it was Scotland who did themselves proud with 73 fish weighing 151lb 4oz. England were 2nd with 60 fishing weighing 125lb 11oz, then Wales with 51 fish at 110lb 4oz, and Ireland bringing home 41 fish at 84lb 15oz. During the practice day one of the young anglers from South Wales hurt her fingers, but when asked if it might affect her fishing she replied “Nothing’s going to stop me!”
The rod average fell slightly this week to 2.9 fish per angler, but there were still some lovely fish caught. The top bag went to M. Green of Connah’s Quay with a bag weight of 15lb for 6 fish. The accolade of biggest fish was John Williams with a 5lb 3oz fish. Early mornings and late evenings have been best for dry fly activity, with the middle of the day being slow but consistent, with fish being caught near the Visitor Centre. The general method has been starting with floating lines, then changing to intermediate lines in the afternoon, with the top flies being Snakes, Blobs and Fritz, along with small black dries and Hoppers. Hotspots have been near the dam, the cages and the Visitor Centre. The main gates will be shutting at 8.30pm this week, with boats back on the jetty at 7.45pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both reservoirs have begun to improve in terms of fish caught, thanks to lower water temperatures plus a long-awaited stocking. On the bottom pond, Steve Snape landed 5 fish from Pipe Bay using a Bloodworm, while Chris Daniels caught 4 good rainbows on an olive CdC emerger. Other successful bank fishermen included Gareth Neale and Robert Watkins. Regular boat user, Ken Pascoe netted 5 fish by following the shoals, and added a further brace when fishing with boat partner, Howard Davies, who also recorded a two-fish catch. The top pond saw Cardiff member Dave Kane catch 3 fish, a total matched by Brian James, acting minute secretary, Dave Slocombe managed two fish with Gareth Neale adding a good rainbow to his bottom pond return and day ticket visitor Alan Clark also catching fish.
Returns for July indicate that, despite the problems caused by the very warm weather, some 40 fish were landed on the top pond plus 230 from the bottom pond. In addition, some very good brown trout continue to be caught and returned on the top pond, all of which are reported to be in excellent condition. With some 360 visits being recorded, a not unexpected rod average of less than one fish per rod occurred. Both ponds retain a healthy head of fish which will be enhanced by further stockings planned before the end of the month.
Weekend catches from the bottom pond came mainly from boat anglers, with Ken Bowring leading the way with five fish landed on a black emerger pattern. John Eynon caught his brace with a Bloodworm, and Ken Pascoe added further fish to his earlier week's total. Fishing the bank at the Pear Tree end of the dam, Gwyn Davies netted five fish, all falling to a size 16 Baby Sun Fly, a pattern created by the Reverend Edward Powell to imitate the black gnat. and fished on rivers and lakes mainly in mid and west Wales. The late Moc Morgan often referred to this pattern in his writings. Gwyn had earlier landed a limit from the Railings Bank on the top pond fishing buzzers deep in the water. Again on the top pond, in a morning session Adrian Connor landed a brace of rainbows on an unweighted Black Buzzer. Latest winners of Troutmasters badges from Ynys y fro, include regular day ticket visitor Gary Wharton, from Caldicot, with a 4lb rainbow caught on a JC Diawl Bach nymph. Two NRFFA committee members also received badges; Terry O'Connor from Cwmbran for a 3lb 10oz fish landed on a Cruncher, and membership secretary, Phil Harper, also from Cwmbran, with a 3lb rainbow caught on a Damsel Nymph.