Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
More snow forced us to close for 2 days on Sunday and Monday, but back to usual opening on Tuesday. Anglers saw their rod rings freezing up whilst fishing, but despite this fish still came to the top and took small gnats off the surface. Anglers fishing lures and intermediate lines at mid water depth had great success in landing their fish. Paul Barnfield caught 9 rainbow trout and 2 tiger trout using only a Green Spider, and Colin Gooch adopted stalking tactics and was rewarded with a beautiful 5lb 8oz blue trout. Alan Brunt caught 2 fish, Pete Griffiths took 3, all on Cat’s Whiskers, Peter Atkinson landed 2 on a Black Tadpole, Michael Paine caught 4, Dave Mountford 8 on Black Gnats and Bloodworm. Bigwell is open from 7.30am every day.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The bottom pond continues to be the more productive of the two reservoirs, although catch returns are still very good for the top pond. Limits for the bottom pond include 3 for Ken Bowring, plus Adrian Moyse, Craig Bowles, Dave Howells and Bob Bradley. A 7-fish return went to Keith Higgins, with Dave Woods and Roger Harry netting 6 trout. Other good returns were made by Alan Rees and Dave Slocombe with 4 fish each. John Eynon netted 3 trout, as did Barry Powell with day ticket visitor Alan Clark including an excellent specimen rainbow of 4lb 3oz in his 3-fish return. Dave Smith, Ivor Thomas and Brian Wareham all landed a brace of fish. A boat session saw Ken Pascoe and Howard Davies record 5 and 4 fish respectively. On the top pond Jeff Wilson used his day ticket to take a limit, with Dave Howells and Keith Higgins each recording a 7-fish catch over two sessions. Steve Mitchell, on his first visit to the ponds, landed 4 fish, while Dean Connelly, Barry Powell, and Bob Bradley all recorded 3 fish. Bernard Stephens, Norman Curtis, Paul Morgan and Brian Wareham each netted a brace of rainbows with head bailiff John Mcindo also catching from the top pond. Best catches continue to come from the Railings and Wood/Forest Bank on the top pond. Pipe Bay, Pear Tree Bank and the Car Park to Bush Bank best on the bottom pond. With slightly higher water temperatures more fish are being taken on Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, weighted PTNs, and also on more lures such as Damsels and Cat’s Whiskers.
Over the weekend, the top pond saw fish moving around the outlet/ Horses Bank side of the reservoir, which resulted in Richard Bateman netting a 7-fish catch on Black Buzzers and Paul Ellsworthy landing 3 rainbows. An earlier visit by Gwyn Davies saw 4 trout landed from the Tump mainly to a size 14 Diawl Bach nymph fished as a dropper, with a fifth fish being added from near the Horses Bank. John Edwards also found fish from the top pond with a good brace, while Adrian Connor landed his rainbow from the outlet/Railings Bank using a Goldhead Buzzer. On the bottom pond, fishing has continued to be very good. The majority of catches have been made along Pear Tree Bank, with limits taken by Adrian Moyse and Ken Bowring with Ken adding a further limit when he fished from in front of the house with a Damsel lure fished deep. Roy Jones fished in and around Pipe Bay for seven fish with Martin Rees netting 4 trout either side of the bay using a Bloodworm pattern. Terry O'Connor and Alan Vaisey fished Pear Tree Bank with each recording 3 fish, while a brace of rainbows were landed by Bernard Hartland, Chris Daniels, Colin Jones, Alan Rees, John Eynon and Dave Slocombe. Buzzers accounted for most catches indicating perhaps that water temperatures are rising, giving more chance of fish being caught just below the surface.