Bigwell Flyfishery, Monmouth
This past week has seen a mixed bag of weather including wind, rain, sleet snow and hard frost, though interspersed with bright sunshine. Impact on fishing has also been mixed with fish in dour mood then suddenly switching on to feeding. Fishing had been a bit hit and miss up until Thursday when Exmoor Fisheries delivered a batch of 100 quality rainbows which soon livened things up! Anglers through the gate have been relatively low and indeed not a single angler on Saturday... we blame the Rugby and the Winter Olympics! However, for those anglers who braved the weather all in all the returns have been good: A total of 34 anglers caught 136 trout giving a rod average of 4. Husband and wife team Mike and Jean Fahy took 5 trout in a short visit on Thursday, with Jean Taking 3 to hubbies 2. On Friday Tobias Foster brought along his 4-year-old son Myles for a second visit after catching a trout on his first trip. Myles is obviously an up and coming star as he took a beautiful trout on this occasion also.
Regular Paul James Barnfield and friend Brian Sissons took 14 trout (10-4 split) with biggest fish around 4lb but most in range of 2lb 8oz to 3lb 8oz. Paul Legge took 5 trout while Dave Glover managed 8 and Fred Wood 3. Friday saw John Burton take 7 trout while friends Paul Harris and John Lyall visiting from Berkshire took 7, with John's heaviest fish being entered into the Troutmasters. Paul and John enjoyed themselves so much that they returned on Sunday for a rematch, which turned out a tie with 4 fish each. Also on Sunday long time regular Hughie Wilson took a nice 5lb 8oz (estimated) rainbow along with 7 others on catch and release. Pals Mathew Tiley, Martyn Precious and Alex Mellish found the going a bit hard for them on Sunday though after taking advice from the regulars they managed to take 4 fish. Also on Sunday good friends George Dickman and Tony Talbot took 8 trout, Tony had 7 while poor George only managed 1.
Monday morning saw Pete Smith take 3 nice trout on a catch and kill ticket with a 2 hour flying visit! Meanwhile an afternoon visit by Gerard van der Westhuyzen from Harpenden saw him take 3 nice trout also on catch and kill. A variety of flies were successful in taking trout including Green Flash Damsel, Hoppers, Orange and Red Blob, Buzzers (various), Diawl Bach Nymph, Gold bead Hare’s Ear Nymph, Goldhead White Minkie, Egg Flies (pink) under strike indicator.
Ynysy fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Anglers enjoyed one of the best opening days for many seasons. Numerous limits were taken from both ponds with some members registering a 16 fish total. These included Ken Bowring, John Eynon, Adrian Moyse, Roy Jones, Colin Jones, Keith Higgins, Craig Bowles, Steve Curtis and Paul Ellsworthy. Bernard Stephens and Dave Howells both had top pond limits, while bottom limits were achieved by Steve Woodfield, Sally Iles, Ian Oxley, Richard Kelly and Colin Poole. Other notable returns came from Terry O'Connor, Fred Davies, Bob Bradley and Barry Jones each with 7 fish from the bottom pond. Dave Howells, Dave Slocombe and Gareth Neale all caught 6 rainbows. Wynne Jones landed 5 fish from the top pond with Bob Bradley catching 4. A 4-fish return was also made by Bernard Hartland. Numerous other returns of 2 and 3 fish were also recorded. Most fish from the top pond were caught around the inlet via the road and wood bank, while Pipe Bay, the car park bank as far as the bush and area of Pear Tree Bank nearest to Pipe Bay were the most productive areas on the bottom pond. Most catches were made on Cat’s Whisker patterns, plus Tadpole lures and Blue-flash Damsels.