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A very mixed bag of weather was experienced at Llyn Brenig this week. Tuesday saw a glorious day of warm sunshine but the week ended with some rather cool and wet conditions. We were also affected by the air pollution which shrouded the UK in a blanket of smog on Wednesday and Thursday, a result of pollution from the continent combined with strong Southerly winds whipping up sand from the Sahara desert. The surface water temperature rose quite considerably during the week peaking at 7 degrees C mid week but by Sunday it had gone down to 6.5 degrees C. This, combined with a significant increase in fly life, saw greater fish activity on the surface. The rod average this week of 5.2 fish per angler suggests that the fishermen coming to the Brenig have enjoyed some very good fishing. Once again the quality and weight of the fish has been of a high standard with a number of fish of well over 3lbs having been caught. Mr. Will Capper from Crewe can claim the top fish of the week alongside Mr. Hyde from Wirral Game who both caught a Rainbow trout of 4lbs. The top bag for this week goes to Mr. Dave Gilbert who recorded a weight of 16 lbs 8 oz.

The hot spots for this week have tended to be towards the Northern and Western parts of the lake for both boat and bank fishermen. Brenig Arm, Watersports Bay and Nant Glyn shore have all fished well.

Top flies have been cormorants and nymphs with some anglers having success using a floating line although most fish have been caught on intermediates. Other top flies have been buzzers and cats whiskers.

Llyn Brening was delighted to be featured on Sky’s ‘Tight Lines’ fishing program last week. Phil Dixon, who used to work here as a ranger and now fishes for the English international team presented the program and I must say he did an excellent job of showing the Brenig at its best. The weather was fantastic and the fishing was excellent.

One of the pleasures of working at Llyn Brenig over a period of time is to see fishermen coming back to fish here year after year a little bit like the Canadian Geese! Perhaps they don’t return from such faraway places but it is indeed a pleasure to see them. Talking of returning fishermen an Osprey was seen at the Brenig last week. These are indeed remarkable birds and this particular one is from the Rutland Osprey project and has a satellite transmitter attached to it. It roosted here over night having been tracked over the previous two days as having flown over the Bay of Biscay and spending the night in Brittany before flying over the English Channel and roosting in the Dyfi Estuary; a total distance of over 1,000 km!! It spent all of Wednesday at Llyn Brenig apparently due to the bad weather but I would think it needed to have a well earned rest before flying on to Scotland the next day. The Osprey is, in terms of endurance and strength, a giant of the skies and is worthy of our continued admiration. It is of such importance to strive to encourage this birds long term future and it is with this in mind that at the Brenig we have built a number of Osprey nesting platforms in order that the Ospreys will one day make the lake their breeding home and so ensure that generations to come can appreciate this wonderful creature.

The main gates will be shut at 7.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.30 pm.


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