Cwm Hedd Lakes, Gwent
On Sunday Cwm Hedd welcomed Jamie Miller from Garnffrwd, with controllers and competitors for the second heat of the Welsh Bank Team trial that saw eight anglers battling it out for a place in this year's international bank team. A brisk easterly wind on a bitterly cold but dry day made for challenging conditions, but all brought fish to the bank. First was Patrick Sharman, second Paul Osborn, third Paul Sharman and in fourth place Lee Ashcroft. These four anglers go through to the final at Garnffrwd on April 17. Plenty of fish were seen rising, with black fly patterns being very successful. Friday and Saturday were the best days for plentiful returns. Paul Elsworthy's 10 on Saturday was closely followed by nine for Lee Ashcroft who had brought six to the bank earlier in the week, as did Ray McCarthy. It was eight for Paul Osborn and seven for Keith Higgins. Tim Silk was very pleased with his five fish, as was Steve Parsons who also brought five to the bank to add to the seven of the previous week. On Sunday Dai Jones and Alan Martin brought 10 and seven fish to the bank respectively, Dai using an Olive Apps’, Paul using the Apps’ and a Sunburst Blob. Phillip and Lewis Rumble also squeezed in some fishing, with Lewis netting one, and Phillip four using a Hare's Ear nymph.
Fly choice is still very mixed, although Bloodworm and Whit Fritz have been particularly successful. As the tag fish was not caught the prize money of £100 plus the extra £116 collected will now be donated to charity. Should anyone catch the tag fish from now on, they will win a day ticket.
Ynys y fro reservoirs, Gwent
NRFFA members had a successful Saturday morning work party, at which the Association boats were relaunched, the fishing hut notice boards prepared, and general work carried out around the car park and surrounding areas. In preparation for the new season, both ponds have been fully stocked, plus a small stocking of brown trout in the top pond. The season proper starts on Saturday March 5 with the weekend reserved for club members. Monday sees the reservoir open to day ticket visitors (ticket price of £12 for a 16 fish catch and release limit covering both ponds and a two fish kill limit). Boats will be available to members and visitors fishing with a member. Previous experience suggests the use of Vivas, Montanas, Goldhead Cat’s Whiskers in green and white, Tadpole patterns and Goldhead Black Buzzers should do well.