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It seemed that we had finally put winter behind us this week at Llyn Brenig as the sun burst through the clouds and we had a week of clear skies and relatively warm weather. There was though a cold North Easterly wind blowing across the lake at the weekend culminating in overcast skies on Sunday and this did keep the water temperature down below 7 degrees C and kept the fish quite deep in the water. However the start of the Bank Holiday was very busy both from a fishing point of view and with walkers and cyclists and those who were just enjoying the peace and quiet of the lake. The bright sunlight didn’t help the cause of the fishermen and that alongside the cooler water temperature made it difficult to find the fish. The rod average of 3.8 fish per angler including returned fish is testimony to this.

With the fish lying deep it was a case of using sinking lines with fish being caught on Di 3’s down to DI 7,s.

This week is already looking much better, and with the water temperature expected to rise, the fish will (or are already doing so) be moving on to the upper layers ready for next month’s potential hatches of various Dun flies, hawthorn, sedges and alder.

Plenty of fully finned speckled over wintered fish are still being caught with many spooned fish being full of hog louse and caddis larvae.

Some very good bags have been caught this week with Mr. Mark Jones from Llanrwst recording a bag of 14 lb 12 oz but the top bag this week goes to Mr. Dave Gilbert, a winner on a number of previous occasions, whose bag weighed in at 16 lbs 2 oz. Again we are getting some very good individual fish being caught. Mr. A. Bowyer and Mr. David Owen from Deganwy both caught fish weighing in at 3 lbs 6 oz and Mr. L. Gough from Brighton caught a 3 lb 10 oz fish all of which would have been the top fish on previous weeks. However the top fish for this week was a magnificent 4 lb 4 oz Rainbow and was caught by Mr. Glyn Jones from Rhuddlan. Again many fishermen have commented on the fighting qualities of the Brenig fish and have suggested that pound for pound they are some of the best fighters in the whole of the UK, the Rocky Marciano’s of the fishing world and a fine accolade in anyone’s estimation. There was also a 2 lb 6 oz brown trout caught by Mr. David Roberts from Chirk.

The North Wales Police held a competition here on Thursday and were blessed with a lovely day of fishing. The results will be published next week but one boat did have a fantastic day netting, or was it arresting, 36 fish in total.

May I take the opportunity to remind all Wirral Game fishermen that they must sign in at the fishing shop before commencing fishing.

Cats whiskers, blobs, cormorants, humungus, vivas have been the top flies this week which will probably remain the same for the coming weeks until the insect life starts to hatch next month.

Top areas for the boat and bank fishermen have been the Sailing Club bay, Ring of Stones, 7 buoy to the end of the woods, West corner of the Dam and Tower Bay.

Once again a young Osprey was spotted flying over the Brenig last week and confirms that the Brenig is a unique and special place for local wildlife and, combined with all the activities that the Brenig has to offer, makes this a number one place to visit for both tourists and the local people of the area. So pick up your binoculars, pack up your fishing rods, load your bicycles onto the car, lace up those walking boots and come and pay us a visit. You certainly won’t regret it.

The main gates will be shut at 7.45 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.00 pm.

Tight Lines – Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger.


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