Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending April 1st, 2016

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The recent extra stockings for both ponds, including some larger fish, is well reflected in the returns. On the top pond Terry O'Connor, Keith Higgins Gwyn Davies, Dave Howells, Adrian Moyse, Ken Bowring, Kevin Pinkney, Dean Morgan, James Rice, Andy Hofrock, Adrian Moyse and Adrian Connor all took limits. On the bottom pond James Rice, Ken Bowring, Roger Martyn, Dave Slocombe, Ken Pascoe, Adrian Moyse, Colin Jones, Martin Rees and Tim Mullins all landed their eight fish. Seven fish returns were achieved by Eddie Ricci, Adrian Moyse and Bernard Stephens on the top pond and by day ticket holder Kevin Lintern, on the bottom pond. Dave Howells, Colin Jones, Kevin Pinkney and Roger Martin all added six fish to their earlier limits while head bailiff John Mcindo landed five fish from an evening session on the bottom pond/Pipe Bay area with Mark Southwood, Chris Daniels and Andy Hofrock also catching five rainbows. Bernie Davies took four fish from a top pond session with membership secretary Phil Harper and committee member Brian Wareham, landing three and two fish respectively. A brace of fish were also landed by Steve Kean, Richie Young, Laurie Fry and day ticket visitor S. Thomas. Roy Jones, Ian Oxley and Dave Woods landed three fish from the top pond to add to a previous bottom pond catch, with B. Powell and S. Grey each catching three trout from the bottom pond.
A first of the season boat session for Viv Jenkins and Dave Marlowe resulted in both anglers taking a catch and release limit, with Viv taking his fish on a Whiskey Fly. Day ticket holder B. Holmes landed a fish of 6lb 9oz. Del Haines took five fish from the top pond, then landed a superb rainbow of 6lb 1oz from the bottom pond using a size 14 Goldhead Diawl Bach. Ken Pascoe caught a specimen fish of 5lb 12oz while Tim Mullins landed his specimen rainbow of 5lb 9oz from the bottom pond bush. Les Murphy caught a trout of 5lb 8oz during a morning boat session. A large number of trout around the 3-4lb mark were caught and recorded from both ponds. Ken Bowring leads the brown trout catch list with seven fish from the top pond to date.
Most top pond catches are being made from the Railings bank with Goldhead Black Buzzers proving most successful. Floating and Intermediate lines are being used with mid mornings seeing a good buzzer hatch. On the bottom pond successful flies included Cat’s Whisker, Goldhead Damsels, Bloodworm, Black Buzzers, weighted Diawl Bachs and Hare's Ears. The banks either side of the bush, Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Bay have provided good returns, with anglers using floating lines and intermediate lines to find fish.
Saturday anglers continued to take catch and release limits. Day ticket visitor Brian Christopher enjoyed a bottom pond limit which included a fish of 5lb 8oz. Day ticket holder Andy Hofrock, having already landed a limit from the top pond, long time Cardiff member Ivor Thomas and Association vice president Ken Bowring also took bottom pond limits with Ken landing a fish of 6lb 4oz. New member Les Murphy caught another specimen rainbow of 4lb 6oz. Fisheries treasurer Colin Jones added another six fish to his season's total using a Cat’s Whisker, and James Francis caught his six fish also using a Cat’s Whisker. John Eynon took his brace of fish from the Bush/Car Park bank while Mike Brake and Ken Bowring took two fish each from the top pond.
On Sunday Ken Bowring took another limit from each pond, and in doing so, landed a brown trout from the top pond, estimated at 2lb 8oz, plus an excellent rainbow trout of 6lb 12oz from Pipe Bay on the bottom pond. Brown trout were also caught by Keith Higgins in his five-fish top pond total and by James Ward in a brace of two fish. James' Father, Nigel, landed three rainbows from the top pond. Other notable catches were made by new member Ron Evans with a bottom pond limit, Keith Higgins and day ticket visitor Steve Docherty each landed seven trout and Dave Slocombe caught six fish from Pipe Bay. Cat’s Whiskers, Damsel Nymphs and weighted Black Buzzers accounted for most fish caught. Anglers are reminded that Troutmasters entry forms can be found in the fishing hut.