Report week ending 25th May.
A typical week of weather was experienced at Llyn Brenig this week with some beautiful sunny days interspersed with heavy showers, strong winds and the occasional burst of hail thrown in for good measure. Monday saw a fantastic display of thunder and lightning with the skies being lit up like an exploding star and the thunder rumbling across the lake as if Thor was intent on reeking some sort of divine retribution on mankind. The boat and bank fishermen were certainly caught right in the middle of it and had to sit tight with their hands well away from their rods until the storm finally passed over – an experience I am sure they won’t forget in a hurry. The heavy rain has meant that the lake is very high at the moment and it has also kept the water temperature down although it did reach 12 degrees C by the weekend.
The rather wet conditions have meant that it has been a relatively quiet week as far as the fishing is concerned. The rod average of 3.2 fish per angler is down on the previous two weeks and although the quality of the fish remains the same there have been a number of smaller fish caught this week. However the fish remain as feisty as ever and still provide excellent sport. Once again I have to mention Llyn Alwen as I received an e mail from a fisherman telling me what an excellent day he had there this week catching 17 fish with many of them being over two pounds in weight and he also commented that he ‘lost count of those that threw the hook whilst jumping wildly.’ He returned all the fish thinking that he still had four in the freezer but when he got home his wife told him that she had given them all to her neighbors. Sounds like he’d had a fantastic day until he arrived home!!
Despite a number of smaller fish being caught there were still some fish of over 3 lbs landed with Mr. Bradley recording the biggest fish of the week which weighed in at a very respectable 3 lbs 8 oz. The bag sizes this week have also been somewhat smaller than usual with the top bag being recorded by Mr. Tony Newall at a weight of 14 lb 4 oz. Every fisherman likes to catch the ‘big un’ and there are plenty lurking out there waiting to be caught; however sometimes the smaller fish do fight as hard or if not harder than their bigger counterparts and many is the time when a fisherman has grappled with a fish on the end of the line expecting to be confronted with a monster when its finally brought to the landing net only to find that the fish is much smaller than expected. Ideal for the frying pan though!
The fish are now in the top four feet of water all over the lake and offering lots of opportunities for dry fly fishing. Top flies include hoppers, diawl bach, woofta’s, montanas and olive damsels.
We were delighted that the first round of the Brenig Trout League took place on Sunday. You could tell that all the competitors were raring to go as they set off before the official starting horn sounded – I thought that the start of the Grand National was a disaster but this one took the biscuit. Despite the unusual start the day went very well with Welsh Hawks coming in first followed closely in second place by Crewetons and in third place came Brenig Cats. There’s a long way to go before the end of the competition and anything can happen – let’s hope that we can get the start right next time!
The main gates shut at 8.15 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
Tight Lines -Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger.