Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Nice rises most mornings this week enabling anglers to do some dry fly fishing, but as the sun progresses throughout the day the fish are slowly going deeper and only interested in taking nymphs, particularly anything with green or orange in the fly. Our waters are cool and clear apart from the willow seeds which float down from the trees and become a bit of a nuisance when casting, but these do clear over the course of the day and hopefully we will see an end to them very soon. Father and son Gareth and Rhydian Thomas fished together on the gin pool taking 2 on their catch and kill day ticket on an orange nymph. Also on catch and kill were Winston Evans who caught 4, Peter Morgan 4, Brian Naylor 3, Richard Cleese 2, Bob Calder 1, Phil Smith 4, Ben Smith 4, Dave Leonard 1, husband and wife team Mick and Jean Fahy 3, Paul Baynton 4, Philip Rees 2, Graham Jeremiah 3. And on catch and release this week and landing their bag limit of 10 fish were Will Brooks, Paul Ellesworthy, Denis Millward, Chris Laidlaw, Paul Barnfield, Keith Fenton, J. Burton, Clive Sedgebere, Peter Bayliss and Mick Smith. Carl Williams caught and released a lovely 8lb blue in the gin pool on a black and green fritz, floating line and 4lb leader. Open every day from 7.30am.
Ynysfro Reservoirs, Gwent
Fishing has continued to be good from both ponds with the bottom pond seeing far more rising fish than in previous seasons. Dave Arlotte led the way from the bank with a catch return of 5 fish while day ticket visitor Gethin Bowes maintained his recent run of regular catches with a further 4 trout. Gwyn Davies moved from the top pond to the bottom pond to find rising fish on the golf club side of Farmhouse Bay. A size 16 Shipman’s Buzzer accounted for 4 good fish, 3 of which were strong enough to take line as far as the backing. Another day ticket visitor, Ben Jailler netted 3 fish whilst long time committee member Brian Wareham caught a good brace of rainbows. On the top pond, Roy Jones landed 7 trout, mainly from the Railings Bank, with Ken Bowring recording 7 trout from 3 sessions. Dave Woods netted a 3-fish catch, Terry O'Connor landed 5 trout from 2 visits, with Kevin Pinkney and Ivor Thomas both catching 2 fish. Ivor's catch came via a Viva Booby lure. Gwyn Davies fished the top pond for 1 rainbow, before moving to the bottom pond. Both ponds have again been restocked and with far more rising fish being seen on the bottom pond sport should be good.
On Saturday, following the recent restocking of both ponds, the bottom pond proved the more productive, with good returns for both bank and boat fishermen. Bank anglers were led by Alan Rees who netted 7 rainbows, followed by James Williams with a 5-fish catch. Dave Howells landed 4 trout while Ken Bowring and Roy Jones both caught 3 fish. A brace of good rainbows were caught by Martin Lewis. All of Saturday's boat anglers registered catch and release limits. Adrian Moyse took his limit, with regular boat partner, Martin Rees and John Eynon also reaching the catch and release limit. A number of anglers reported seeing jack pike around the 4-6lb mark feeding on small perch. This can only be a useful contribution to the efforts of NRFFA to reduce the problem of large shoals of small perch having an effect on natural fly life on the bottom pond and could well be one of the reasons why more fish are being caught on or just below the surface of the bottom pond. The top pond has been more challenging of late but is still producing some good returns of brown trout. All anglers are asked to enter the flies/lures etc used for successful fishing, on the return sheets as this adds to the information that can be made available, particularly to day ticket visitors, via the fishing reports on the website.