Heaviest fish included a 13lb rainbow for Adam Peach, from Hirwaun, on a Blob; 11lb rainbow for Pat Sharman from Talgarth, on a Blob; and another 11lb rainbow for T. Elzner, from Kidderminster, on a Black Pennell. Pat Sharman recorded four fish for 20lb on Diawl Bachs while T. Elzner had three fish for 15lb. Best flies were Blobs, Buzzers, Cat’s Whiskers and Damsels.
Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
Monthly returns for March saw more than 2100 fish caught between the two ponds, with 700 of these from the top pond and 1400 from the bottom pond. These figures included more than 15 brown trout, all duly returned, and at least 10 fish over 5lb from the bottom pond. The number of visits was 600 giving an opening month's catch return of 3.5. This week saw varying temperatures and strong winds which resulted in most fish being caught from the bottom pond. However, Cardiff member, Jeff Wilson and long time Newport season permit holder Geoff Evans both landed four fish from the top pond, with Dave Howells adding a good rainbow to his three fish bottom pond result. The bottom pond also saw Ken Bowring land a limit and five further fish from two visits, with a limit also being landed by Hugh Davies. Roger Martin from Taffs Well caught six fish from successive visits while Ken Pascoe caught five and then seven trout, with the latter catch being made with a Hare's Ear nymph from Pipe Bay. Association president Martin Williams caught five rainbows, while Adrian Connor took his three fish from Pipe Bay using a Cat’s Whisker. Mike Tully celebrated his new season permit with five fish from two visits, a Hare's Ear nymph again being the effective fly. Day ticket visitor Bob Cook and head bailiff John Mcindo each landed a brace of fish, while Steve Mitchell fished from Pipe Bay to take two trout on a Shuttlecock Buzzer. Boat anglers Shaun Cotterell and Bob Bradley each landed three rainbows.
Both ponds received a fresh stocking of rainbow trout averaging in excess of 2lb, with a number of blue trout also included, mainly in the bottom pond. At the weekend day ticket visitor Kevin Small landed seven fish from the bottom pond while N. Jackson caught a brace of rainbows, including a 2lb 7oz specimen. Day ticket member Richie Young also caught two rainbows, again from the bottom pond. Following the restocking, a number of permit holders returned bottom pond catch and release limits, including Chris Jones, Roger Martin, Adrian Moyse and Ken Bowring A seven fish return was made by Les Murphy including a 4lb 2oz fish. Committee member Terry O'Connor caught six trout with Cardiff member, Dave Arlotte including a rainbow of 2lb 8oz and a blue trout, in his five fish return. John Morgan and N. Burge each had four fish while long time member Ian Wootton caught three good rainbows, as did Colin Jones again including a blue trout. On the top pond, Ken Bowring added a further six fish to his bottom pond limit, and Cardiff permit holder Jeff Wilson included a 2lb 4oz fish in his three fish return for the top pond. The Ynys y fro Troutmasters fish-off was won by Colin Jones who used a floating line and a Montana pattern.