Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
A very ‘up and down’ week weather-wise, frosty mornings brightening to blue skies with wind chill factors, rain and snow, sending the fish down deep. John Burton landed 4 trout on Shrimps and Damsels, while Keith Fenton caught 9 on Cat’s Whiskers and Bloodworms. Chris Laidlaw caught a beautiful 5lb 2oz rainbow from the gin pool on a GRHE and the fish was entered into the Troutmasters competition. Robin Vale landed 4 fish on Buzzers, Mathew Wren caught 4 on his catch and kill ticket, all on Orange Fritz. Mick Fahy and wife Jean caught 5 between them, Rhys Wilson, Huw Johns and Phil Evans had a challenging day, with fish following Cat’s Whiskers and orange patterns but not taking. But as the day wore on the fish switched on and were aggressively taking. Popular flies this week have been Flash Damsels, Bloodworms, Buzzers, Shrimps, Egg Flies and Orange Fritz. Fishery open every day from 7.30am till dusk.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Despite the problems caused by the "beast from the east" plus storm Emma, a number of anglers have braved the conditions, and fishing from the more sheltered banks of both ponds, have registered some good returns. On the top pond Keith Higgins landed at least 24 fish including one limit over the week, with fellow Cardiff club member Dave Howells netting 10 fish from two visits. Adrian Moyse added another limit to his season's total, while Ken Bowring caught 5 from his first session and followed with a second catch, which included 3 brown trout averaging 1lb. Chris Daniels netted a 6-fish return, with Shaun Cotterell and Dean Connolly both landing 3 trout while Dean's guest Dai Roberts caught 4 rainbows. A brace of fish was caught by Bob Bradley, Colin Jones, Dave Clayton, Gareth Hawker plus day ticket visitor Richard Walters. On the bottom pond, limits were recorded by Sally Ann Iles and Ken Bowring, with Phil Harper netting 4 fish. Colin Jones added a further 3 trout to his top pond return, while P. Davies, Shaun Cotterell and John Mcindo all landed a brace of fish. Ken Pascoe began his season's boat sessions with a good catch of 5 trout. Both ponds have received an extra stocking which should provide some more good sport, as and when the weather improves.