Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Last Thursday gave fishing a boost when there was a sunny day at Bigwell and although there was still a constant westerly wind the fish were biting well. The weekly stock was also delivered which livened up the pools. Hughie Wilson caught 7 fish on catch and release on his Squirmy Wormy and Bloodworm, while Colin Gooch had his bag limit of 10 fish on a variety of Buzzers. Harry Webb caught 2 to take home from the clear gin pool on a Black Damsel and a Bloodworm. Paul Barnfield caught his bag limit over the day, changing tactics to suit the conditions but caught mostly on a Green Spider. Nigel Thomas, from London, brought along his friend Michael Dene for his first go at fly-fishing. Michael battled on through the wind and rain to catch his first rainbow trout on a Green Damsel, while Nigel took 2 rainbows and one blue trout from the gin pool using an Olive Growler fly. Father and son Richard and Peter Williams caught 7 beautiful rainbows between them on their catch and kill ticket from the gin pool and top pool on Bloodworm and Green Damsels. Basil Freeman took his 2, Peter Atkinson also took home his 2, Ian Cooper 1, P. Bicknell 9, Gary Wharton caught 9 on catch and release, John Riggs landed 6 on Chamois flies and Cat’s Whisker, Jeff Roberts took 4, Steve Moore 2, Terry Feest caught 9 on catch and release using White Minkies, Bloodworm and dark Buzzers. Rob Britten caught 3 on the gin pool and 2 on the middle lodge pool on a Blue-flash Damsel and Montana.
Rhys James from Monmouth took 3 and Alan Evans from Cwymbran took 2 after trying a variety of flies from the lower lodge pool. Bigwell is open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
A rise in temperatures during the week has seen far more fish being caught on nymphs and Buzzers on both ponds. Lures such as Damsels, Cat’s Whisker and Blobs accounted for some returns but the opportunity to fish a floating line, long leader and weighted Buzzers and nymphs has not been missed. On the top pond, the Railings Bank and Forest/Wood Bank have seen most fish caught, with Keith Higgins and Adrian Moyse each taking a limit to add to earlier catches. A 6-fish return went to John Evans, while 4 rainbows were netted by Dave Scott and Dean Connelly. New member John Belcher caught 4 trout when he fished the top pond including fish over 2lb. Ken Bowring added a further 3 fish to his season's total with Dave Scott, Kevin Pinkney, Dave Howells, Steve Snape, Dave Slocombe and Brian Wareham each recording a brace. Bob Bradley included a brown trout in excess of 1lb when he fished alongside Keith Higgins.
The bottom pond continues to fish well, especially either side of Pipe Bay and down Pear Tree Bank. Ken Bowring fished Pear Tree for a limit plus 9 fish from two further sessions, with Adrian Moyse fishing the Bush Bank for his 8 fish. Another regular permit holder Keith Higgins recorded 13 trout from 3 bottom pond visits with Adrian Connor landing 6 trout from the Bush Bank. Bob Bradley netted 5 trout, with a 4-fish return being made by Alan Rees, Alan Clark, and Phil Harper. Late afternoon sessions saw Colin Jones net 3 fish from the Car Park Bank alongside John Mcindo with a brace of rainbows. Also landing 2 trout were Martin Rees, Martin Williams and John Evans. The majority of fish caught came to Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Both ponds have received extra fish.
Friday and Saturday saw the top pond record fewer catches with Ken Bowring taking another of his season's limits so far, while a 4-fish return went to Dave Howells and Gwyn Davies, the latter using a variety of weighted nymphs for his catch. Paul Ellsworthy also fished the Wood Bank for a good brace of fish. The bottom pond proved far more productive with 2 limits being recorded by Ken Bowring plus a further limit for John Eynon. Wynne Jones, Colin Jones and Alan Rees all netted 5 rainbows, with a 4-fish return being made by Ken Pascoe, Terry O'Connor and Shaun Cotterell. Dave Howells added a further 3 trout to his top pond 4-fish bag, while a brace of rainbows was netted by Keith Higgins, Alan Vaisey, Bernard Hartland and Brian Wareham. The most successful flies for the bottom pond included Damsel Nymphs, Cat’s Whiskers and weighted Diawl Bachs.
Ynys y fro gives very good value for money, with a full day's fishing priced at £12 for visitors and £8 for members. Juniors fishing with a responsible adult can fish for free. Catch and release limits of 8 fish per pond excluding any brown trout caught compare very favourably with other fisheries in the locality. Quality of fish caught so far this season has been excellent, and at the present time, both reservoirs are fishing extremely well, with numerous limits being recorded. Both reservoirs will be restocked prior to the Easter weekend. As a registered Troutmasters water members and visitors have the opportunity to enter catches for Troutmasters' badges. The car park has been enlarged and provides security for all visitors/members, whilst committee members are regularly present to provide help and guidance for all. The tea room is available for all.