Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 22nd, 2016

Yny y fro Reservoirs, Gwent

The grass banks on the top pond are at last being cut and the popular areas will now be accessible. However, all reports for the week relate to the bottom pond, which has been providing some good compensatory fishing. Ken Bowring added to his catch and release figures with a further 16 fish over three visits. A similar number of sessions has provided fisheries treasurer Colin Jones with eight trout caught mostly on a black Shipman’s Buzzer. Committee member Terry O'Connor landed 11 fish from two afternoon/evening visits, while new member Colin Chapman, and Robert Watkins each totalled four fish from two sessions. Beddau member Dave Howells caught four fish, with a three-fish catch being recorded by day ticket holder Steve Curtis. A significant number of fishermen caught a brace of trout, including Ian Hewitt, Mike Brake, Association president Martyn Williams, Nigel Burge, Chris Daniels, Kevin Pinkney, day ticket visitor John Gittens, and head bailiff John Mcindo. Ken Pascoe fished two boat sessions to catch a limit plus a further three trout, and then added five more fish from the bank. Successful flies during the week have been Black Hoppers, Black Shipman's Buzzers, Hare's Ear Nymphs and Blobs. The bottom pond has received a further stocking of rainbow trout averaging 2lb in weight and the top pond will receive further fish once all the grass banks have been cleared for easy access.

The bottom pond continued to provide good sport over the weekend, with a significant number of fishermen recording good catch returns. The Bush Corner continues to provide Ken Bowring with limits taken on a variety of flies and lures, including holographic red Diawl Bachs, small Montana patterns and Orange Blobs/fritz lures. Welsh ladies team member Sally Ann Iles also took a limit from the Farmhouse Steps using Diawl Bachs, whileBarry Powell landed seven trout from the same area. Kevin Pinkney took over from Ken Bowring at the Bush to catch his five fish, whilst four fish catches were recorded by Terry O'Connor using Bloodworm patterns, Gwyn Davies with a combination of emerger patterns and Shipman's Buzzers, Paul Elsworthy who fished Pipe Bay for his four fish on goldhead PTNs plus Alan Rees and day ticket visitor Steve Wakeham each with four rainbows. Graham Ingram Evans fished the shallow end of Farmhouse Bay to catch three trout on a Claret Hopper with Martyn Williams, Les Murphy and Del Haines also returning three fish catches. Amongst fishermen taking two fish were Gareth Neale, Arthur Murphy, Paul Jenkins, John Mcindo, Dave Price and James Francis who used PTNs to land his brace A morning's boat session resulted in Cardiff members Keith Higgins and Bob Bradley each taking the eight fish catch and release limit.

After the grass banks on the top pond were cut and with the flow of fresh water into the pond having been restored, NRFFA are hopeful of restocking the pond in the near future.