Wales Troutmasters reports for week-ending May 6th, 2016

Elan Valley, Powys
As always the Elan Valley has fished well, with Craig Goch being the most fruitful. Henry Angel of Kidderminster won the first competition with a bag of six fish with the largest bring 1lb 2oz. Mr Bradbury of Hereford also landed a 1lb 4oz brownie. Roger Lewis however, stole the show and landed a 4lb 8oz brownie, taken from Caban Coch and returned to the water. The best flies were Zulus, Montanas and Teal & Green. The date of the R&EVAA Claerwen competition on Sunday June 26 has been changed to Sunday June 19 due to it clashing with the Moc Morgan competition on Llyn Brenig.

Llyngwyn, Powys
Heaviest fish of the month was a 9lb rainbow, landed by Ken Holroyd of Tenbury, taken on a Damsel with many fish in the 5 to 8lb bracket also being taken. Due to the mild winter, the fish from the fish-farm are growing on and consequently the average size of stocked fish is getting larger and larger. The best flies for Llyngwyn were Damsels, Cormorants, Buzzers, Montanas and Cat’s Whiskers.

Ynys y fro Reservoirs, Gwent
The unseasonable weather has had some effect on both the numbers fishing and also on the number of fish recorded. However, those permit holders and day ticket visitors who have braved the elements, have been rewarded with some good fishing. On the top pond, Adrian Moyse took his limit using an intermediate line and a Damsel Nymph. Ken Bowring added another eight fish to his season's catch and release total. Two sessions fishing from the Tump brought a brace of fish on each session for Del Haines, with Beddau member Dave Howells and Cardiff fisherman Jeff Wilson also taking two rainbows. On the bottom pond limits were harder to find as the strong winds meant bank fishing was limited to any sheltered spots. Roger Martin caught six good fish while Ken Bowring added eight fish over two visits to his top pond total. A three fish catch was recorded by Dave Howells and also by Alan Rees. Alan's catch included an excellent fish of 5lb 7oz, caught on a Black Humungus. Amongst other members and dDay ticket holders landing fish were Mike Brake, John Eynon, Association president, Martyn Williams and head bailiff John Mcindo. Despite difficult weather for boat users, Keith Higgins again managed a limit, while his guest for the day, Blake Jackson from the Channel Islands caught five good fish. Another regular boat user, Shaun Cotterell managed six from his session, with new member Les Murphy taking two fish.
Following on from the restocking of both ponds over the Bank Holiday weekend, some good returns were made, especially from the bottom pond. John Eynon, Roger Martin and vice president Ken Bowring took catch and release limits. Brothers Les and Arthur Murphy caught five and four rainbows respectively with another four fish total being recorded by Martin Williams, Chris Daniels, Richie Young and Brian Christopher, with the latter adding his four fish to an earlier three fish return. Another permit holder, Ken Pascoe caught three fish, as did day ticket holders C. Williams and S. Maynard. Roger Lewis had a three fish catch, which included an excellent rainbow of 5lb 6oz. The restocking had included some blue trout which resulted in Stewart Gordon catching a fish weighing 5lb 10oz, while James Francis landed a blue trout estimated at 3lb 8oz, caught on a PTN in Pipe Bay. The area around the Bush provided most of the returns with Cat’s Whiskers and Damsel lures accounting for most fish. The top pond saw dry fly and nymph specialist Gwyn Davies fish in difficult conditions to catch six rainbows to 3lb from the Swan side of the Tump. All the fish were caught on a Baby Sunfly on a floating line. The same area of the pond produced four trout for Adrian Moyse, with yet another limit being taken by Ken Bowring. Returns for Sunday. included a four fish catch for Shaun Cotterell on the top pond, and a similar number caught on the bottom pond by Les Murphy. Terry O'Connor fished Pear Tree bank to land two fish using Bloodworm and Buzzer patterns, while Adrian Connor also used Buzzers for a brace of rainbows from Pipe Bay. Keith Higgins and his guest from the Channel Islands, Blake Jackson, made a return visit, using a boat to land eight and seven fish respectively.