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A week of very unsettled weather with some strong Northerly winds was experienced at Llyn Brenig this week.  There has been a feeling of autumn in the air and Sunday in particular saw some very cold winds sweeping across the lake. It always amazes me at the huge contrast in the weather at the Brenig as within the space of a few days the lake can turn from a beautiful calm and serene
spectacle into a bitter and unforgiving place when even the most hardened fisherman will think twice about donning his waders and venturing forth into the biting wind. We haven’t quite got to that stage yet but the signs are there!
As the colder weather begins to take affect the fish will start to lie in deeper water and will become more difficult to catch as their feeding patterns begin to change. However the lake is still fishing well and the rod average for this week has been 2.9 fish per angler which considering the changing conditions is respectable. There are still some very good fish in the lake and a number of fish exceeding 3 lbs have been caught. Mr. Martin Fowell fishing for Wirral Game caught the biggest fish of the week, a 4 lb rainbow. Mr. Derfel Williams also from Wirral Game caught a 3 lb 8 oz rainbow whilst on his way to claiming the biggest bag of the week which weighed in at 14 lbs 8 oz. The fish are still fighting well and there are always reports of snapped lines and one fisherman even had a snapped rod two weeks ago; now that must have been some fish!
The top flies for this week have been cats whiskers, various boobies, buzzers, orange fritz, gold head damsel, nymphs and cormorants with a claret dabbler on the point proving to be a successful pattern.
The hot spots for the boat fishermen this week have been Tower Bay, Sailing Club Bay and the Brenig Arm. Bank fishermen have found some success off the Nant Glyn shore.

This weekend we had the Senior Welsh trials taking place and despite some really wet and windy conditions the fishing went well and there were some very happy fishermen at the end of the day. Saturday saw 18 fishermen take to the water and with 83 fish being caught the rod average stood at 4.6 fish per angler. In first place was George Barron who was fishing for Llanilar, in second place was Jeremy Wadley who was fishing for GCG and in third place came James Raw again fishing for Llanilar. Sunday if anything saw conditions deteriorate from the previous day but again the fishing went well with 22 fishermen taking part and 88 fish being caught working out at 4.0 fish per angler. Top spot went to Andrew Royon fishing for Ogmore, second place went to Richard Hooper fishing for Pontardawe and third spot went to Martin Grahan also fishing for Pontardawe. Congratulations go to all those who took part.
There is certainly a feeling of those  end of season blues as the nights begin to draw in and grates are being swept out and fires lit but there are still two weekends to look forward to with the final of the Trout League taking place on Sunday and Pike Week beginning on November 1st to the 4th. If you are interested in fishing for the supreme predator of the lake   please make sure that you pre book a boat so that you won’t be disappointed.
The main gates will be shut at 6.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.30pm
Tight lines
Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger


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