Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Excellent fishing this week, a few of anglers have even caught well on dry flies. Andy Hickman caught a beautiful blue trout in the Gin Pool and moved onto the lower Lodge Pool where he caught 3 rainbows and a tiger all on a Klinkhamer. Young Kaiden Rogers, visiting with his grandad Colin Gibbons, had a great day, landing 4 rainbows between them mostly on White Cat’s Whiskers. Kaiden’s best fish was a 3lb rainbow. Paul Barnfield had his bag limit of 10 fish from across all pools mostly on his favourite Green Spider. John Burton landed 7 on catch and release, Kevin Wright 8, Lloyd Isgrove 7, Jake Drew 5, Mike Greaves 2, Colin Gibbons 4, Robin Vale 7, Hughie Wilson 10, Keith Fenton 2, Steve Boyle 4, Sam Finch 2, Ben Taylor 2, Dylan Davies 10, Jason Smith 5, Mike Smith 5, Glyn Morgan and Mike Higgs 2 each. Popular flies this week have been Green Damsels, Cat’s Whiskers, Egg Flies, Black Gnats, Spiders and Klinkhamers. Fishery is open every day from 7.30am.
Ynysyfro Reservoirs, Gwent
A boat session on the bottom pond saw Ken Pascoe register a limit, while boat partner Howard Davies landed a brace of rainbows. Around the banks, day ticket visitor Ray Tucker and permit holder Alan Rees both netted 6 fish, while Richard Bateman and Gethin Bowes each caught 5 trout. Shaun Cotterell netted 4 fish with the same total being achieved by Keith Higgins over two sessions. Brian Green caught 3 fish on one of his first visits to Ynys y fro, while Ken Bowring and Sally Ann Iles both had a brace of trout. On the top pond, visitors Luke Thomas and Nigel Ward both recorded limits with Dave Howells netting 10 fish from two visits. Bernard Stephens and Gethin Bowes caught 4 fish, with Mark Roberts adding a further 2 trout to his 4-fish catch. Steven Snape maintained his good fishing record with a further 6 fish from the top pond, while Keith Higgins and Ivor Thomas netted 3 rainbows each. With water temperatures beginning to rise, more fish are being caught on Buzzers, Diawl Bach patterns and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Blobs have also accounted for some catches, mainly on the bottom pond. All the usual fishing spots are producing good catches, with the Railings Bank and the outlet on the top pond, plus Pipe Bay and the banks either side of the bay on the bottom pond, producing fish.
The end of the week up to Friday April 6 saw some good returns, especially from the top pond. Some 46 fish were caught, including an excellent brown trout, landed and returned by Dave Woods. The fish was estimated to be well in excess of 4lb and in very good condition. The fish was extra to the 14 rainbows landed by Dave over two visits. Other good catches included a limit by Gwyn Davies, 6 of which were caught on a dry Baby Sun Fly pattern from the Hedge Bank. John Edwards also netted 6 trout, thanks to a loaned Sun Fly pattern from Gwyn Davies, whileNick Jenkins landed 5 fish. Terry O'Connor recorded 4 fish, with Bernard Stephens also catching 5 fish over 2 days. A brace of trout were caught by Richard Halloran and Mick Roberts. The bottom pond saw fewer fish landed with Adrian Moyse netting 7 trout. Four other anglers returned with a brace of rainbows, including Ken Bowring, Steve Mitchell, Andrew Brann and Brian Wareham. Pipe Bay and the banks either side saw most fish caught, with Buzzers, Diawl Bach nymphs and Blobs the most effective flies.