Report Week ending 1st June.
A week of variable weather was experienced once again at Llyn Brenig with some sunny days, particularly at the weekend, but also some days of overcast skies and drizzle. The wind has been predominantly from the South West and the water temperature has remained at a fairly constant 11 degrees C. With the longest day only a few weeks away we should start to see the lake warming up and a greater abundance of fly hatches. It always seems to me that this time of year flies by and before you know it the days start to get shorter and you start to wonder where the year has gone so it is important to make the most of this time of year and to appreciate those lovely long light evenings when, after a hard day’s work, you can go home, grab your fishing rod and nip up to the Brenig to spend the evening in the company of the natural world, whilst indulging in the pleasures of fishing. You might even catch a fish or two.
The rod average for the week of 3.7 fish per angler is indicative of a good week of fishing with the conditions being very conducive to fly fishing with cloud cover, warm temperatures and a light South Westerly wind. With last week seeing the size of the fish slightly down on previous weeks this week has seen some very good fish being caught with a number of fish weighing in at well over 3 lbs. The quality of the fish has even inspired one fisherman to write that, ‘All (the fishermen) are talking about the quality of the fish – the best ever in 40 years!’ Now that’s what I call praise indeed – even though the lake has only been open for 38 years – but never mind! We even had a natural brown trout caught off the dam wall whose weight was recorded at 3 lbs 2 oz and I’m glad to report that the fish was returned safely back into the lake. It is really good to see that there are still a number of brown trout in the lake as we are hoping to actively encourage more of these indigenous fish by constructing spawning beds in the tributary streams. Mr. Gabriel from Wrexham caught three rainbows over 3 lbs and Mr. Horan from Llanrwst netted a 3 lb 12 oz rainbow but the biggest fish of the week was recorded at 4 lbs 0 oz and was caught by Mr. Thomason from Runcorn. As a result of these bigger fish being caught the bag sizes are also up on last week with the top bag going to Mr. J.C. Kinnear who recorded a bag weight of 13 lbs 12 oz. Congratulations to all those mentioned.
With the weather warming up there have been fly hatches of Alder, Upwinged Duns, Daddy Long Legs and Hawthorn Fly. The successful lines have been floaters, midge tips down to fast intermediate line. Other top flies have been hoppers, buzzers, diawl bach, various boobies, nymphs and black fritz .
Hot spots this week have been Sailing Club Bay, the Brenig Arm, Buoy 7 down to the Coves, Nant Glyn and the Ring of Stones.
On July 4th there will be a charity event held at Llyn Brenig; the event will include cycling and running around the lake as well as canoeists on the lake. The fishing car park will be closed to fishermen who are requested to use the main car park which will be free of charge for them. Hopefully there won’t be too much disruption to the fishing as it is a half day event but it is all for a good cause!
On Sunday the Wirral Game Fishing Club held a ‘Club Day Out’ at the Brenig with 30 anglers taking part. The cup for the heaviest fish went to John Fernee for a fish weighing in at 3 lbs 0 oz. John also shared the cash prize for the best brace with Dave Jones with a combined weight of 5 lb and 10 oz. The cash prize for the heaviest catch per boat went to Tony Newell and Paul Bladen with a combined total of 23 lb. They found fish in the Brenig Arm and were successful using dry flies.
The main gates will be shut at 8.15pm and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
Tight Lines –
Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger