Elan Valley Reservoirs, Powys
Dry flies were the ones that caught in May, especially Hoppers and Coch y Bondhu towards the end of the month. Roger Lewis of Rhayader landed a 4lb brown trout, and Ben Evans of Rhayader won the Claerwen Shield with a bag containing two fish over 1lb. June is now the month to be using the Coch y Bondhu and Hoppers.
Dry flies were the order of the day for May with Hoppers, Duns, Mayflies and CdCs all doing well. R. Morris of Hereford landed a 10lb rainbow. C. Perrier of Llandrindod and A. Heinz of Hereford both landed 6lb 8oz rainbows. Ben Evans, a Rhayader angler and member of the 2016 Junior Welsh Team, had a bag limit of four fish for 16lb.
Ynys y Fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The warmer weather has seen more surface and subsurface activity on both ponds and catches are being made on floating lines, dry flies and subsurface emerger patterns. The top pond has fished particularly well for those anglers able to time their visits with the hatches of olives, particularly from the Hedge Bank and either side of the Tump. Chris Daniels found fish from both areas to take four trout on dry and emerger olive patterns plus another two fish from an evening session. Les Murphy included an excellent specimen of 5lb 1oz in his four fish return. Kevin Wakefield used his day ticket to catch three trout as did Dave Woods, with two other day ticket holders, Steve Grey and Mark Jeremiah each landing two fish. Treasurer Colin Jones also took a brace from his evening session. Bottom pond anglers also found plenty of action. Website officer Adrian Moyse landed his catch and release limit, mainly on Black Buzzers. Steve Mitchell caught 11 fish over two sessions, while two visits gave members Keith Higgins and Roger Martin a total of seven fish. Roger added a further five fish when he fished alongside Ken Bowring who landed six rainbows from the Bush Bank. A number of three fish catches were recorded, including Del Haines, Eddie Ricci, Mike Marsh, C. Watkins, Ken Bowring, Dave Howells, John Mcindo, Colin Jones and Alan Rees. Those landing a brace of trout included Ian Hewitt, Mark Southwood, T. Watkins, Dean Morgan, Dave Marlowe and K. Jenkins. Chairman Adrian Connor included a blue trout in his evening catch on a dry Black/Green Hopper. A late evening session brought a six fish catch for Colin Jones, fishing with CdC Buzzers. Those members using the Association boats also found fish, with Ken Pascoe and Adam Taylor taking a limit and brothers Les and Arthur Murphy each catching two trout. Most popular flies include Shipman’s, Shuttlecock Buzzers, CdC emergers, Black Buzzers, Diawl Bach, Hare's Ears, Pheasant Tail patterns, Damsels, Daddy Longlegs and Hoppers, plus various Olive patterns, particularly on the top pond. Both ponds have received another stocking of rainbows in the region of 2lb. Brown trout are being caught at regular intervals from the top pond with Chris Daniels and Steve Kean landing and returning fish around 2lb 8oz.
Weekend sport on the bottom pond saw Keith Higgins fish from the bank to take a good limit of rainbow and blue trout, while Ken Bowring, Roger Martin and day ticket holder Paul Ellsworthy each landed six fish. Adrian Moyse landed five fish from the Bush with Bernard Stephens and day ticket holder Steve Curtis, both catching three trout. James Francis fished an evening session from the dam to catch a brace of blues with Gareth Neale and Frank Wakeley also recording a two fish return. Boat fisherman Keith Higgins caught and released seven fish, John Eynon made a five fish catch and boat partner Martin Rees landed three fish. The majority of these were caught on Black Hoppers. The top pond also saw good fishing, again for blue trout. Adrian Moyse landed four fish from the Railings Bank/inlet area, fishing a combination of Buzzers and Bloodworm patterns under an indicator. Adrian Connor caught his three blues from the same area on goldhead and unweighted Buzzers. James Francis used a Cat’s Whisker fished on a sinking line to take two blues.