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Report week ending 19th April.

The old saying that ‘When he’s good he is very very good but when he’s bad he’s shocking!!’ can often be applied to the weather at Llyn Brenig. This week has been no exception as we have had some really pleasant days but mixed in with these days there have been some pretty awful days with some cold biting Easterly winds sweeping across the lake resulting in difficult fishing conditions. Sunday was particularly cold and tested the determination and commitment of even the most intrepid fishermen. However, as with the little boy, underneath the naughty exterior there lurks a heart of gold and the comments from the fishermen this week reveal the golden side of the Brenig. Mr. Ivor Jones from Llanwrst wrote that he had a ‘wonderful days fishing’, whilst Mr. Anthony Shaw from Wirral Game, commenting on his bag of six fish ,said that they were all ‘beautiful fish’. The praise goes on with Mr. Gary Graham from Runcorn saying that ‘the Brenig just gets better and better’. Obviously the first class fish in the lake and the continuing improvement of the Brenig as a fishing lake are not the result of some divine intervention but are the culmination of years of hard work and top class fisheries management by Stefano Rocca and Jack Finney.
With the water temperature still at a fairly cool 7 degrees C and the cold winds that we have been experiencing the fish are still lying four or five feet below the water’s surface and some way off the bank. The Easterly wind has also meant that the fish have been found on the Western side of the lake with the hot spots tending to be around Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm. The rod average for this week has again been excellent standing at 5.4 fish per angler which basically means that every fisherman who comes to the Brenig can expect to go home with a full bag of fish. If we had a manifesto at Llyn Brenig it would be to make sure that all those fishermen who come to the Brenig have a fulfilling and positive experience and that we wouldn’t break our manifesto promises – let’s hope that those who are elected on May 7th take a leaf out of our book.
The biggest fish this week was a 3 lb 8 oz rainbow and was caught by Mr. Alex Thomas from Bodelwyddan and the biggest bag of the week weighed in at 12 lbs 14 oz and was caught by Mr. Clive Noble from Tyn-y-Groes.
Top flies this week have been montana, fritz, cat’s whiskers, pennel, nymphs, viva and damsels.
Thursday saw the North Wales police take to the water and despite the cold conditions they had an excellent day with 15 anglers taking part. The rod average was a fantastic 10.6 fish per angler with the top rod going to Steven Jukes whilst second place went to Marian Davies and third place to Ian Hughes.
On Saturday the Copenhall bank fishing competition took place.  Seventeen anglers took part and the rod average (including returned fish) was 6.2 fish per angler. The best bag was caught by Mike Laycock who kept 6 fish for 12lb 12oz and released a further 6.
It was a pleasure to see Barry Evans from Bala coming to the café for a cup of tea. Barry is one of our regular fishermen and was involved in a car accident at the end of last year and suffered some very bad injuries. He is making a good recovery and is looking forward to returning to the Brenig to take up his much loved sport of fly fishing. We wish him a speedy return.

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