Ynysyfro Reservoirs, Gwent
With the bottom pond fishing well, most of the notable returns have been recorded from the areas around the Car Park/Bush and Pipe Bay, with boat anglers also doing well. Around the banks, limits were recorded by Mark Roberts, Ken Bowring and Craig Bowles. Wynne Jones landed 8 fish from two visits, Roy Mealing netting 11 fish from his two sessions. Martin Williams and Paul Jennings both landed 6 fish, while 4-fish catches were made by Steve Curtis, Phil Morgan and Roy Porteous. Ian Wooton, Shaun Cotterell, Andrew Bann, Lee Ashcroft, Graham Ingram Evans, Bernard Stephens, Bryn Burgess and Dave Smith all netted 3 rainbows, while a brace of trout were caught by Alun Paul, Roy Jones, Howell Woods, Dean Walker, Phil Morgan, and Mike Porteous. Amongst boat catches, Ken Bowring moved from the bank to the boat to net a limit plus 7 trout from 2 sessions, Shaun Cotterell and Ken Pascoe both took limits with Howard Davies and John Eynon landing a brace of trout from their boat outings. NRFFA are pleased to note the much-improved fishing for the bottom pond. with a number of methods being successful. Cat’s Whisker and Damsel patterns plus Shipman’s Buzzers and goldhead nymphs have all caught fish, while late afternoon/evening anglers have reported some good rises around the Car Park Bank and fish responding well to dry flies. The top pond continues to provide good returns, with Kevin Pinkney and Gwyn Davies both netting a catch and release limit. Kevin took his fish on a goldhead nymph while Gwyn varied his flies between a Hoglouse imitation, Baby Sun fly and following a rise of olives some good fish on an Olive nymph. Gwyn's catch included a rainbow trout in the region of 4lb plus a good brown trout. Luke Thomas landed 7 rainbows. Other good top pond catches were made by Roy Jones and day ticket visitor Huw Davies with 4 trout each, while a 3-fish return went to Bernard Stephens, Peter Dent and Paul Jennings. Colin Jones and John James each took a brace of fish, with Colin using a combination of Shipman’s Buzzers and Damsel patterns for his return. Both ponds have been restocked and returns indicate that fishing is definitely improving. With a very attractive day ticket price of £12 for a 16-fish catch and release limit split between both ponds Ynysyfro is well worth a visit.
The weekend so far has seen a continuation of the excellent fishing on the bottom pond, with most, if not all, anglers recording good returns. Bank anglers taking good catches included Mark Roberts with 7 fish, Colin Poole, Paul Ellsworthy and Paul Jennings all netting 4 rainbows while three-fish catches were recorded by Alan Rees, Wynne Jones and Steve Curtis. A brace of good trout were netted by Dave Woods and by the president and chairman of the Cardiff Flyfishing Club Fred Davies and Keith Higgins respectively. Regular boat angler Ken Pascoe, John Eynon and Martin Rees all enjoyed good sport, with Ken taking a limit, John Eynon netting 6 trout and Martin Rees catching a brace. On the top pond, Kevin Pinkney continued his good week with another 7 fish, Keith Higgins and Colin Poole added 3 and 2 fish respectively to their bottom pond returns, while Howell Woods netted 2 rainbows. Most successful flies again included Shipman's Buzzers, Damsel patterns and Diawl Bach nymphs. Evidence of more fish feeding just below the surface continues to be the case on the bottom pond, especially around the Car Park Bank as far as the Bush, and also in front of Pipe Bay.
Ynysyfro Reservoirs, Gwent