Bigwell Fly Fishery, Monmouth
Chris Laidlaw landed a 9lb blue on a Blue-flash Damsel, these are beautiful fish, bright blue when the sun hits the gin pool. Twice Chris had this particular fish on, the first time he hooked it on a Green Spider but the fish shook the hook out and got away. On Friday it rained steadily all morning, maybe not so good for our anglers but the fish were loving it. Dave Charles, from Cardiff, was on his first visit to Bigwell and had great success catching from across all pools. Keith Fenton caught 3 blues from the gin pool which he released successfully and landed 3 to take home. Rain and thunder on Sunday made for interesting fishing, at one stage the pools were empty of anglers but the lodge was full as they waited for the rain to slow. After the deluge the fish were midwater and were tempted by GRHE, PTNs and Squirmy Wormies. Monday saw the water clearing as the strong flow from the spring pushed the coloured waters through. John Burton caught a 7lb blue trout which he released successfully, father and son Brent and Lloyd Johnson took 2 each, Kasidit Leoviriyakit and son Wilbur took 3 fish and released 10, mostly on small nymphs, Gary Turner landed 5, Paul and Christopher Hatfield took 1 each, brothers Ed and Geoff Dulson took 2 each, John Richards 5, George Dickman landed 7 on catch and release, mostly on black lures, Tony Talbot successfully released 9, Paul Ellesworthy released 10, Shane Palmer killed 5 and released 3. Steve Mogg released 10, Richard Waldron 7, Keith Fenton landed 3 blues from the gin pool and killed 3 rainbows from across all pools, George Parfitt took 5. Popular flies have been Blue-flash Damsels, orange and yellow Egg flies, Chamois Worm, GRHE, PTNs, Green Spiders, Black Buzzers and Yellow Buzzers, and from the top F-Fly, Klinkhamer and small Hoppers. Open every day from 7.30am.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Both ponds are fishing well with a good number of limits being recorded on a variety of flies and lures. On the bottom pond 3 regular boat users, Ken Pascoe, Craig Bowles and Colin Poole all took limits, with a grey nymph responsible for Ken Pascoe's limit. Around the banks of the bottom pond, Ken Bowring reached another catch and release limit, while good catches were made by Paul Jennings with 7 fish, Brian Green landing 6 trout, Wynne Jones adding a brace to an earlier 5-fish catch, Alan Rees netting 4 trout with Shaun Cotterell, Bernard Stephens, Terry O'Connor, Gethin Bowes and Bob Cook all recording a 3-fish return. Amongst those anglers catching a brace of trout, were Steve Curtis, Alun Paul, Dean Connelly and Geoff Evans (including a fish weighing 3lb 10oz). Bernard Hartland also netted a specimen trout of 3lb 9oz. On the top pond anglers recording limits included Colin Jones, Chris Norville, Andrew Brann and Ken Bowring, while a 6-fish return was achieved by Gwyn Davies and Kevin Pinkney. Stewart Gordon marked his return to Ynys y fro with a 4-fish catch, as did visitor M. Tilly. Terry O'Connor, and Bob Cook each netted 3-trout, while a brace of rainbows were landed by Gareth West, Martin Rees, and Brian Wareham. Among the successful flies and lures being used on both ponds were Damsel Nymphs, Egg Flies, Apps’ patterns, Bloodworms and Diawl Bachs. NRFFA wish to thank all those members and visitors who have added the identity of flies/lures to the return sheets as this practice certainly helps new visitors to the reservoirs.
At the weekend, one of NRFFA's newer members, Clive Norville certainly found some good fishing with a further 6-fish catch from the top pond, to add to earlier success in the week past. The same pond saw Ian Oxley net 3 good fish, with Adrian Moyse recording a brace of trout. The latter member had already caught a brace of trout from the bottom pond, as did John James and Keith Higgins. Two regular weekend boat users, John Eynon and Martin Rees returned with catches of 4 and 3 fish respectively. Most fish were reported as being caught on Damsel patterns and Black Hoppers.