Report week ending May 18th
The week began with overcast skies and light rain but by the end of the week Llyn Brenig was basking in warm sunshine and enjoying some of the best weather seen so far this year. However out on the lake there was still a strong and sometimes chilly wind blowing which did keep the water temperature slightly lower than one might expect for this time of year. We are rapidly approaching the middle part of the Summer now with the longest day only a month away and as such the water temperature should start to rise fairly quickly and we should begin to see a lot more fly hatches which in turn will see the fish starting to appear on the surface which in turn will result in the fly fisherman’s perfect scenario of fishing on a floating line with the dry fly. This is the Rolls Royce of fly fishing and equates to a footballer playing in the world cup final or a surfer riding the ‘big one’ on Bondi beach.
The fishing this week has seen the rod average remain at last week’s figure of 3.9 fish per angler which is consistent if nothing else. The fish are lying within the top four feet of water and there has been some success using the dry fly on a floating line as well as on a slow sinking line but the fish are definitely providing some really good sport. Not only are the Rainbows providing the excitement but also there seems to be a number of pike being caught in the last few weeks. Mr. Mr. C. Jones from Rhyl landed a pike in excess of two feet and this augurs well for the Pike fishing week in November. Talking of big fish Mr. D.Roberts from Chirk, Mr. Wilson from Ellesmere Port and Mr. G. Williams from Caernarfon were amongst a number of fishermen who caught fish which were over 3 lbs. However the top weight this week was shared by Mr. Paul Gibb from Wirral Game Fishing Club and Mr. Terry Edwards from Mold who both caught a fish weighing in at 3 lbs 8 oz. Again there have been some very good bag sizes this week with Mr. Ian Walker from Widnes recording a bag size of 14 lbs 8 oz but the biggest bag this week goes to Mr. Dave Gilbert from Colwyn Bay who recorded a bag size of 15 lbs 8 oz for six fish caught. I’ve also heard a number of fishermen saying that they have had some really big fish on the line but have lost them before they could be landed. Mr. Houghton wrote that he hooked a really good fish which took him down to the backing before coming off and Mr. Mark Cordwell from Northop had a similar tale to tell. We can only conclude that there are some cracking fish out there still waiting to be caught.
The top flies this week are nymphs, diawl bach , green fritz, haul a gwynt, vivas and mallard and claret. Generally lures are still working but imitation flies are providing the best sport.
With the wind being mostly from the South West this week the hot spots have been Nant Glyn especially by the end of the week, Hafod Lom woods with both Sailing club Bay and Brenig Arm seeing some success during the week.
We are now looking forward to the start of the Trout League which commences this coming Sunday. We have seven teams in the league after a ‘last minute’ entry from Team Falcon’ from Northwich. The competing teams are from all over the area and contain a number of international fishermen from both Wales and England so it should prove to be a hard fought and exciting competition.
Last weekend saw the Llyn Brenig Country Fair take place. The large number of people that came to the event were rewarded with some glorious sunshine and everyone went home with the feeling that they’d had a great day out in the country.
The main gates will shut at 8.15 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30 pm.
Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger