Bigwell Trout Fishery, Monmouth
Tony Brinkworth had a great start to his fishing day when he caught his first rainbow in the gin pool on a small Yellow Buzzer. Husband and wife team Sue and Charlie Morley caught 2 fish each on GRHE and Egg flies. Bag limits were hard to reach this week with most catch and release anglers averaging 5 or 6 fish from across all pools. They included Tom Bungs, John Rigg, John Butterworth, John Parry, Paul Barnfield, Brian Sisson, Tim Mills, Bryan Olive, Glyn Thomas, Keith Fenton, Ron Harris, Phil Roe and Andy Melton. Gary Wharton caught his 10 fish limit mostly on a Yellow Quill Buzzer from across all pools. On catch and kill tickets were John Sherman with 6, Allan Gray 3, Daniel Gray 2, Ron Mason 5, Colin Bridges 2, Peter Morgan 4, Rob Britten 2, David Schultz 5, Steve Moss 1, Dave Reaney 2, M. Dobbs 2, Anthony Clark 3, Jonathan Goldsmith 2, Brian Goldsmith 2, James Evans 5 including a 5lb blue trout which was released successfully, Martin James 6 including a blue and a tiger trout. Heaviest fish this week was caught by Alan Greenaway from Bristol who caught an 8lb 10oz rainbow on a skinny Yellow Buzzer from the lower lodge pool. Popular flies this week have been Yellow Buzzers, GRHE, Grey Duster, Hoppers, Egg flies, Blue-flash Damsel and Olive Spiders. We are open every day from 7.30am.
Ynysfro Reservoirs, Monmouth
The mini heat wave has seen the water temperature in the Association's ponds increase to 23C, but the anglers who decided to don the factor 50 and brave the heat, found the fish more than responsive. On the bottom pond regular boat partners Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell caught 8 and 4 respectively with Bob Bradley also taking 4. The top pond continues to fish well, with Stephen Snape landing his limit fishing a team of Buzzers. Dave Woods and Gwyn Davies both netted 6 with Dave also recording 8 fish from two further visits. Stephen Maslam and Gareth West recorded 5 apiece, while Adrian Moyse used a Damsel and a Black Tadpole to catch his 9 fish from two visits and it was 3 each for Mark Roberts, Dave Arlotte and David Bull. Ivor Thomas landed 9 fish from three visits while Wynne Jones, John Belcher, Howell Woods and Keith Higgins recorded 2 apiece. The bottom pond has been more challenging but Dave Arlotte added 4 to his top pond total with Adrian Moyse also taking fish. With the high water temperatures expected to continue for some time imitative patterns such as Buzzers, Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs and Corixa will continue to do well. A fall of ants is also possible so having a suitable pattern in your fly box would be advantageous.