Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
Great fishing to start the weekend off. On Saturday anglers were catching on Green Spiders, Pheasant Tail Nymphs, Gold Ribbed Hare’s Ear, Diawl Bachs and Damsels. Some rain but very little wind. Paul Ellesworthy caught 9 fish including a blue and a nice 4lb 8oz rainbow, all on small and dark flies, going right down to a size 16. Sunday was wind and rain all day, but still a few anglers turned out to battle the elements. Monday and the rain had stopped, the lodge pools were coloured first thing but cleared nicely as the morning wore on. Early birds Fred Wood and David Glover headed for the gin pool, armed with lots of different flies. Dave went on to catch 8 including a nice blue, mostly on a Green Spider, which seems to work very well at the moment. Fred Wood caught 7 and landed 2. Glenn Thomas brought along his brother Arnold who has never fly-fished before but under Glenn’s tuition managed to land 2 rainbows. Glenn took home 4. Harry Webb was on great form on his catch and kill ticket landing 3 rainbows on Green Spiders and a Yellow Blob. Colin using his stalking method in the gin pool by dropping a White Minkie just in front of the fish, then allowing the fly to sink slowly, which the fish then took aggressively. He caught 3 using this method, then went on to catch 6 more from the lodge pools. Mick Fahy landed 3 and his wife Jean landed 1, Basil Freeman 2, Steve Moss 2, Andy Rawlings 4, Dilwyn Thomas 3. On catch and release this week were Andy Merton, Rob Lewis, Mark Blackham, Steve Webb, Hywel Lawrence, Aron Beck, Craig Williams, Sheila Maynard, Adrian and Angus Whitehead, Daniel Watson, Marcus Bates, Robin Vale. Bigwell is open every day from 7.30am till dusk.
Ynys y fro reservoirs, Gwent
The 2018 season for Ynys y fro is scheduled to commence from 7am on Saturday February 17. As is the usual practice, the first two days of the season will be reserved for members only, with the reservoirs being open to day ticket visitors from Monday February 19. Boats will also be available from the same date. Prior to opening day, the Annual Social Evening will be held at Risca Rugby Club on Friday February 9, from 7pm. Members will have the opportunity to renew their Association membership and purchase season permits. All prices have been maintained as for 2017, again demonstrating the intention of the Association to provide good fishing at prices which are both reasonable and competitive. Season permits are set at £235 for members and day tickets priced at £8 for members and £12 for visitors. The evening will include the usual free raffle and buffet. The following day (Saturday February 10) will be set aside as the pre-season work party day with as many members as possible requested to attend from 10am onwards. Both ponds will be fully stocked prior to the new season. It is the intention of the Association to stock rainbow trout across both reservoirs, to an average size of between 1lb 8oz and 2lb. A small stocking of brown trout is also planned for the top pond. Catch and release limits will remain at 8 fish per pond with a two-fish kill limit, after which fishing must cease. Brown trout must again be carefully returned to the water, but will not count in the catch and release limits. Ynys y fro will again be a Troutmasters water with the fish-off for any/all of last season's badge winners scheduled for early April.