Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending July 8th, 2016

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The bottom pond continues to provide the most sport, with the banks being far more accessible. Ken Bowring and his fishing partner, Roger Martin have been catching fish regularly from the Bush and Boat Bank with Ken adding another 15 fish to his season's catch and release total. Two visits by Roger brought him a further 10 rainbows. Beddau member Dave Howells caught six rainbows, while Chris Daniels and Dave Arlotte each registered a return of five fish. Association president Martin Williams and Cardiff members Alan Rees and Jeff Wilson plus local fisherman Steve Mitchell each caught four rainbows. Three-fish returns came from Lee Kirkwood, Gareth Neale and stocking officer Steve Kean who used an old Blagdon favourite fly, the Grenadier to take his fish. Two-fish catches were reported by Mark Roberts, Mike Price, Kevin Pinkney, Phil Harper, Hugh Davies, Chris Chapman, Colin Jones and M. Lewis. Regular boat anglers Keith Higgins and Shaun Cotterell caught six and two trout respectively, while Ian Oxley included an excellent specimen of 3lb 6oz in his boat return. A similar weight fish was landed from the bank by Gareth Neale. Fish are falling to Damsel imitations, Cat’s Whiskers, Gold Ribbed Hare's Ear and Olive CdC Buzzers. With the top pond grass due to be cut in the immediate future, prospects for July are promising.
The bottom pond continued to provide some good fishing over the weekend with fish being caught with a variety of flies. Ken Bowring used a GRHE to take 10 fish over two visits, while Gwyn Davies caught his limit on CdC emergers from various spots around the reservoir. Roger Martin added a further eight fish to his season's total while Steve Curtis used his day ticket to take five rainbows from Pipe Bay and Farmhouse Bay on Damsel patterns. Martin Rees used an Orange Fritz lure to land three fish from Pipe Bay with Phil Harper catching his three fish in an evening session on a Black Hopper The same fly plus a Black Buzzer gave head bailiff John Mcindo four trout over two evenings. Ian Oxley and his day ticket visitor John Calder caught three and two trout respectively using Damsel Nymphs at the far end of Farmhouse Bay. New season member Les Murphy caught three fish. Two fish catches were recorded by a number of permit holders and day ticket visitors including Paul Jenkins who used a Cinnamon Sedge, Alan Rees who also used a Sedge pattern, Ivor Thomas with a Cat’s Whisker, James Francis with a Damsel Nymph and day ticket visitor James Ball.