Llyn Brenig, Denbighshire
Brenig has had most of what the elements can throw at us this week which includes rain, wind and sunshine coupled with some fairly fluctuating temperatures. The good news is that it has been an excellent week for fishing with the very good rod average from last week of 4.2 fish per angler being maintained this week. Saturday saw the Brenig ‘Monster Mash’, the aim of the day beign to try and catch some of the monster fish that lurk around the fish cages. Normally anglers aren’t allowed to fish near to the fish cages but on this occasion they were given that opportunity. An excellent day was enjoyed by all and the biggest fish, which weighed in at just under 10lb, was caught by Phil Dixon. Chris Webster from St. Helens caught two 6lb fish and two 5lb fish while Mr Huchinson from Nefyn landed a splendid 7lb rainbow.
While the Monster Mash was taking place around the cages there were some really fine fish caught in other parts of the lake during the week. Terry Farrel from Warrington caught a 5lb 6oz rainbow and Mr G. Roberts from Bangor caught one of 5lb 5oz. Both Emrys Jones from Llandudno and Mr Dove from Saddleworth caught rainbows weighing 4lb and Peter Lawson from Chester and Mr Peers from Anglesey caught rainbows weighing in at 4lb 12oz. The top bag outside the ‘Monster Mash’ was claimed by Mr D. Harrison from Hawarden with a bag weight of 14lb 10oz. The top bag in the Monster Mash for 3 fish caught was by Phil Dixon who recorded a bag weight of 20lb.
Once again there have been fish caught in almost every part of the lake with Nant Glyn shore, Tower Bay, the Visitors Centre and Hafod Lom all fishing well for bank and boat fishermen. There have been fish rising all over the lake and have been found in the top foot of water. The dam and obviously around the cages have fished well for the boat fishermen.
The top flies have been Daddy Longlegs, Hoppers, Viva, Cormorant, nymphs, Montana, Damsel, Cat’s Whiskers and various Blobs and Boobies.
Pike Week takes place as usual during the first week of November. It will begin on November 1 and finish on November 7.
The main gates will be shutting at 6.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6pm.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The bottom pond has again provided some good returns, mainly for boat users, although bank fishing is showing some signs of improvement. Ken Bowring recorded two catches of 5 fish each, while stocking officer Steve Kean and long-serving committee member, Brian Wareham both landed fish from the banks. On the boats Ken Pascoe has continued his excellent season with a total of 17 fish over three sessions, including a catch and release limit. Sunken Daddies again proved to be the effective fly. Ken Bowring netted 6 rainbows from his boat ticket, while Keith Higgins recorded a 5-catch return. Stewart Gordon marked his return to Ynys y fro with 3 trout, while Howard Davies, Roy Mealing and day ticket holder Bob Bradley each caught a brace of fish from their boat sessions. On the top pond, Gwyn Davies overcame difficult conditions to net 4 rainbows when he fished with a lightly-tied Diawl Bach nymph. John Mcindo also landed 4 fish over two evening visits, while 3-fish returns were made by Richard Bateman and Roger Martin, who added a further 2 fish from a second visit. Fisheries treasurer Colin Jones caught 3 fish, again from two evening sessions, with Chris Daniels, Brian Green and Phil Harper also finding top pond fish. Phil's catch included a good brown trout, estimated at 2lb-plus, and it was safely returned to the water. Nymphs and damsels accounted for most fish.
At the weekend, most catches, other than for boat anglers, have come from the top pond. Adrian Moyse fished from the middle of the Railings Bank to take a limit mainly on Damsel Nymphs fished well down in the water. Keith Higgins netted 5 trout, again from the Railings Bank, while Ken Pascoe followed up a morning boat session on the bottom pond, which realised a 7-fish catch, with a further 5 trout from the top pond. Ivor Thomas landed a good brace of rainbows, with Adrian Porter, Gwyn Davies, Fred Davies and Adrian Connor all landing fish on a combination of Buzzers and Damsels. Ken Bowring added yet another limit to his season's total with 8 fish from a bottom pond boat outing. Both ponds have been restocked and, subject to suitable weather conditions, NRFFA are planning to maintain a good head of fish in both reservoirs having in mind the season extension to the first week in December.