Report for Week ending 22nd June
Another glorious week in paradise was experienced at Llyn Brenig. The sun shone, the skies were blue and there was a balmy breeze blowing gently across the lake. The whole week was idyllic with conditions perfect for man and beast alike. The grey lag geese and their young could be seen meandering down to the lakeside to cool themselves off in the water; a hare was spotted hopping off to seek the cooler shade of the forest, whilst the adder took the opportunity to find its favorite rock in order to bask in the warm rays of the sunshine. The wind has been predominantly from the North this week and the water temperature has risen to a seasons high of 14 degrees C.
Overall the warm temperatures has seen the lake fishing well with the rod average standing at 4.2 fish per angler. The average weight is slightly down this week with the biggest fish being a 3 lb rainbow caught by Mr. R. Burton fishing for Wirral Game. The biggest bag size was recorded by Mr. Tony Newall from Northwich and weighed in at 14 lbs 8 oz. We have had a very international flavor this week with fishermen coming to fish at the Brenig from as far afield as Tasmania and Portugal as well as from Ireland. The gentleman from Ireland, who is a guide on Lough Corrib; which apparently is a huge lake and has bays bigger than the Brenig itself; commented that his day at the Brenig was the best Rainbow trout fishing that he’d had in ages. This brings me to the point that it seems that the Brenig is one of the best kept secrets in fishing. It does offer some of the finest trout fishing in the whole of the United Kingdom and everyone who comes here comments on both the quality of the fish and on the fantastic sport that they offer as they are undoubtedly some of the best fighting fish this side of the Rio Grande. However it does seem to be a paradox that some fishing lakes that don’t fish so well attract large numbers of fishermen yet the Brenig doesn’t seem to attract these large quantities of fishermen. It may be due to the remoteness of the lake or it may be that fishermen who come here are reluctant to tell the rest of the fishing world about the fishing in case too many come here. Whatever the reason there’s a lot of fishermen out there who need to get there Sat Navs out and type in Llyn Brenig and spend the day at one of the best fishing lakes in Britain.
On Saturday we hosted one of the heats for the Scierra Pairs competition. A number of competitors had practiced on the lake the previous few days and were well prepared for the commencement of the competition. They were blessed with a perfect day for fishing with warm temperatures and slightly overcast skies. The first boat of Martin Dixon and Mike Mason had bagged up after an hour and a quarter and resulted in them gaining first place just ahead of the second placed pair of Tony Beavan and George Barron. After the weight of the fish and time bonuses they were exactly equal but the fact that Martin and Mike bagged up first meant that they took top spot. The drama of fishing!! The fact that Martin was the father of competition organizer Phil Dixon was purely coincidental!
Top methods for the Scierra competition was intermediate line with a long marabou tailed lure, orange bead head, Olive Damsel and yellow dancers flies.
Sunday sees the second leg of the Brenig Trout League and the following Saturday Llyn Brenig will be hosting the North Wales Heat of the Anglian Water competition, 13 teams of 6 will be competing which will include a team from Ireland.
Hot spots this week have been Tower Bay, Sailing Club bay and the Ring of Stones.
Top flies have been diawl bach, muddlers, cats whiskers, nymphs and sedges.
The main gates will be shutting at 9.15 pm and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8.45 pm