Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
The weather has been mixed this past week including a fair amount of sudden rain and north-easterly winds with some spells of bright sunshine and some snow flurries. The winds occasionally put the trout down. On catch and release this week were Keith Fenton, John Burton, Tony Moore, Steve Clark, Scot Smith, Mick Smith, Will Brooks, Paul Legge, Paul Barnfield, Brian Sisson, Fred Wood, David Glover and Lyndon Harris.
Young Myles Foster caught his rainbow trout on an orange and yellow Blob on a floating line from the top pool, assisted by his dad Tobias. Jack Wilson caught very successfully on his Green Damsel, landing 4 beautiful rainbows. Colin Smith caught 6, while friend Dave Hawkins had his 3 rainbows on a Black Daddy. Basil Freeman had his usual 2 trout to take home, Russel Edwards had a great mornings fishing despite the wind and rain, landing himself 4 rainbows and 2 blues. G. Wilson from Caerphilly took 5 fish on his catch and kill ticket. Brothers Mike and Harry Saunders took 15 on catch and kill tickets, mostly on Goldhead Green Damsels, Bloodworm and Green Spiders. Adrian Wilson from Bath visited for the first time and was pleased to catch 1 tiger trout,1 blue trout and a beautiful 6lb 9oz rainbow from the gin pool. The fish, released successfully, was entered into Troutmasters. Also on catch and kill tickets were M. Thomas 2, J. Bladen 2, Alan Brunt 2, Bill Bradley 5, Ron Stevens 6, Basil Freeman 2, Glynn Jones 3, Bryan Holland 4, Chris Stuart 6, Daniel Melton 5, Darren Lewis 3, Gary Webb 2. There are 3 tagged fish in the pools, pay £1 to win £200 if you catch one. The evenings are getting a bit lighter every day and anglers are still fishing at 5.15pm. Open every day at 7.30am.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Following a successful social evening, attended by some 50 members, who were able to enjoy a free raffle and buffet, plus the opportunity to renew memberships and purchase season permits, a good number braved bad weather to attend the pre-season work party morning. Many thanks from the committee. All is now in place for the opening weekend (Saturday/Sunday February 17-18) for members plus the availability of fishing for day ticket visitors from Monday February 19. With day tickets held at £12 for visitors and £8 for members, NRFFA would claim to provide very good value for money with an 8 fish catch and release per pond, plus a two fish kill limit. Both reservoirs have been fully stocked with rainbow trout with an average weight between 1lb 8oz and 2lb, plus a small number of brown trout for the top pond. These fish, plus the existing brown trout in the pond, must always be carefully released back to the water, but do not count within the catch and release limit.
With the Association carrying out landlord-approved methods of discouraging cormorants, particularly on the bottom pond, plus endeavouring to reduce the population of small perch, again on the bottom pond, it is hoped that both members and day ticket visitors will enjoy many tight lines in 2018.
Membership applications are warmly invited from new fishermen (see website for joining procedures) while existing members must renew by March 1. Season permits at £235 for a full season are always available to both new and existing members. Permits allow unrestricted access to the reservoirs on a daily basis plus a 100 fish kill limit. Regular weekly reports covering all aspects of fishing at Ynys y fro will be available on the Association website www.nrffa.co.uk and in the local press.
Finally, all NRFFA members are warmly invited to attend the "all clubs" annual shop evening at the Gary Evans Cardiff shop on Thursday February 22 from 6pm onwards. A free buffet will be provided plus the opportunity to purchase many discounted fishing items. The Cardiff Reservoirs Fly Fishing Club also extend an invitation to those attending the shop night to join them for their ‘Thursday evening get together’ at the nearby St Joseph's Sports and Social Club following the shop event.