Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Great start to our fishing week when newcomer to fly-fishing Gary Tucker caught his first-ever fish on the fly, using a floating line and Red Squirmy Worm fly, from the gin pool. On Friday, there was a hatch of alder fly which really stirred the fish up and also gave anglers the opportunity to ‘match the hatch’. Alan Davis was successful with this method and landed 3 beautiful rainbow trout all while the hatch was going on. On Saturday, the Troutmasters fish-off competition was won by Kasidit Leoviriyakit with his bag of 4 fish weighing 10lb 8oz. His son Wilbur Leoviriyakit, aged 7, won the junior section with 2 fish for 4lb 8oz, closely followed by Will Brooks who weighed in 4lb 7oz, a very close contest. Others fishing this week on catch and kill were Brent Johnson 3 fish, Alan Brunt 2, Martin Davies 4, Adam Grinch 2, Bill Rees 3, Graham Jeremiah 3, Loyciett Nosten 2, Paul Barnfield 4, Mike Ducket 3, Robert Boutflower 3, Ian Lengor 2, Patrick Plumber 4, Maddy Gail 2. On catch and release were brothers Steve and Andrew Palmer, John Howell, John Felligan, Dennis Millard, John Willsend, and Lloyd Johnson.
Popular flies this week have been Yellow Egg flies, Black Buzzers, Blue-flash Damsels, Daddy Longlegs and on top of the water Klinkhamer, Deer Hair Sedge and small Grey Dusters. Bigwell is open from 7.30am every day.
Ynysyfro Reservoirs, Gwent
While regular anglers are very familiar with the quality of sport on offer, NRFFA are still endeavouring to encourage visitors to Ynysyfro with some of the best-value day tickets available in the local area. A number of day ticket visitors have certainly had good value for their £12 investment, with Oliver Hydes taking a bottom pond limit followed by Mark Gunter with 5 fish, and Gareth West, Gino Alonzi and Richard Shaw each netting 4 trout. Tony Hull caught 3 rainbows and J. Caton and Alan Judd landed a brace each. Amongst permit holders, the top pond results included a regular limit for Ken Bowring, 5 fish for Dave Woods alongside brother Howell with 4 trout, and a good fish for Dave Howells to add to a later bottom pond total of 10 fish from two visits. Steve Snape also had a good session on the top pond with 4 fish. Back on the bottom pond, Ken Bowring totalled 21 fish from 3 sessions and Roy Jones continued his good season with a further 13 rainbows from 2 outings, Other notable bank returns from the bottom pond included a 7-fish return for Alan Rees and 6 trout landed by Sally Ann Iles. Phil Morgan and Colin Jones each recorded a 7-fish catch from 2 visits. Steve Curtis caught 5 rainbows, as did Granville Thomas. Ivor Thomas and Phil Harper both added 4 trout to their season's account. Long serving committeeman Brian Wareham and regular permit visitor Mark Roberts each netted 3 rainbows. A good brace of bottom pond trout went to Dan Morton and Terry O'Connor. The bottom pond has also supplied some excellent boat fishing demonstrated by 2 limits for Keith Higgins, a 6-fish return for Mark Southwood, with Ken Pascoe netting a limit plus 3 fish from his 2 boat outings. Bridgend members Craig Bowles and Dave Smith used their joint boat session to land 7 and 2 trout respectively. The return to lower temperatures has seen more fish being caught on Damsel patterns, Cat’s Whiskers etc, although good fish are still being landed on Buzzers and various nymphs such as Diawl Bachs.
At the weekend both boat and bank anglers enjoyed some good sport on the bottom pond, with Dave Howells heading the boat return list with a catch and release limit. Fellow Cardiff member Keith Higgins and boat partner Shaun Cotterell both netted 7 fish, as did the boat pairing of Martin Rees and John Eynon. Around the banks day ticket holder Luke Thomas and Paul Ellsworthy both took limits, while Alan Rees recorded a 4-trout return. Three trout were caught by Gethin Bowes and Mark Roberts, while Brian Tantum and Phil Morgan each took a brace of rainbows. On the top pond, Luke Thomas added a second limit to match his earlier success on the bottom pond, while Ken Bowring, Mark Cox and Colin Jones all recorded 4 rainbows on the return sheets. John Mcindo, Steve Snape and Graham Ingram Evans landed 3 trout, while a brace of rainbows were netted by Phil Harper, Phil Morgan, Terry O'Connor and Paul Ellsworthy. Successful flies on the top pond included Shipman's Buzzers and Damsel Nymphs.