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REPORT WEEK ENDING 31st MAY

They say that ‘the sun always shines on the righteous’ so we have been thinking that we must have done something mightily bad at Llyn Brenig to upset the Gods. I suppose that what I am trying to say is that the weather has been very disappointing this week considering that it is the end of May. There is still a sharpness to the air that has been coming mostly from the North West and the skies have often been cloud filled and at times quite dark and ominous with the threat of rain never far away. Having said that the week did end on a bright note with Sunday bringing with it a lovely balmy evening which gave one a sense of optimism for the coming month ahead which should bring better days. Fingers crossed!! Despite the cool air the water temperature has risen slightly this week and now stands at 10 degrees C and this has led to some top water fishing on a floating line. It seems though that once again the conditions that we have been experiencing have proved favourable to the fishing and with a rod average of 5.4 fish per angler we can certainly say that it has been a good week for the fishing.
 It has been said that if fishing is a religion then fly fishing is equivalent to the ‘High Church’ although there is a touch of paganism in there as well as I’m sure that when you get a few fly fishermen together they speak in ‘ancient tongues’ and to the uninitiated their conversation is beyond the realms of understanding. This however shouldn’t deter the beginner as fishing is basically a simple pleasure and is open to all and I always think that every youngster should experience the joys of fishing as part of growing up.
On Saturday we welcomed Cefni Angling Association to the Brenig for a pair’s competition. The top pair were Elfed Jones and Geraint Edwards with a combined bag of 21 lbs 5 oz. The heaviest fish was caught by Kevin Pritchard and weighed in at 2 lbs 7 oz.
The top bag this week goes to Mr. David Roberts from Chirk who recorded a bag of 14 lbs 5 oz. Mr. Roberts also recorded the heaviest fish which tipped the scales at 2 lbs 12 oz. I would like to take the time to thank all those fishermen who fill in and return their catch returns as this is an invaluable source of information to the fish farmers and to other fishermen as well as myself.
The top flies this week have been diawl bach, cat’s whiskers, buzzers, nymph, damsel, viva, hares ear, montana and fritz or as one fisherman put it ‘anything that is black and green!
The hot spots for the boat fishermen have been Tower Bay, and the Dam wall whilst bank fishermen have found success in Sailing Club bay, Water Sports Bay as well as Tower Bay.
I would also like to remind fishermen that life jackets must be worn at all times not only whilst fishing but also when using the jetty.
The Brenig Trout League will be recommencing on Sunday June 21st.
 The main gates will be shutting at 8.45 pm and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8.00 pm.
It was with great sadness that we learned this week of the passing of Moc Morgan one of Wales’ true fishing greats. Not only was Moc a fishing legend, author and broadcaster but more importantly he was a great man and loved by all who knew him.  His support for young fishermen in Wales and the contribution to fishing at Llyn Brenig will always be remembered and I am sure that Moc will already be fishing in heaven alongside the four fishing disciples Peter, Andrew, James and John.

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