Report week ending 8th June.
At the risk of repeating myself for the last few weeks once more this week saw some very changeable weather at Llyn Brenig. Some warm sunny days were mixed in with cooler cloudier days and again on Saturday the great Norse God Thor decided to beat his hammer and unleash his forked trident onto the unsuspecting mortals of Llyn Brenig as thunder and lightning briefly swept across the lake delaying the days fishing for a few hours. The prevailing wind for the week was from the South and the water temperature has now reached 13 degrees C. The lack of a sustained period of warm weather has meant that the hatches of fly that we usually associate with this time of year haven’t as yet appeared. The lake level has also started to drop due to the safety checks that are being carried out on the dam. The water level will fall by approximately one metre per month until it will reach its lowest point in September. The fly hatches may start to become more prolific later on in the month as the weather hopefully gets a bit warmer but the effects of the lowering of the water level is uncertain – we will just have to watch and wait and see how it all plays out. A little bit of uncertainty in life adds to the interest and if we knew what was going to happen next life would become very mundane.
As far as the fishing goes this week there has been some excellent fishing with the rod average standing at a very respectable 4.2 fish per angler. Some fishermen and women have had a prolific day of fishing with Miss J. Waters and Mr. S. Houghton catching 34 fish between them from the Nant Glyn shore, no wonder they commented on a ‘Great day’. Another angler also had a fantastic day catching 18 fish whilst fishing from the bank at Hafod Lom woods. However quantity isn’t always everything and Mr. David Owen from Deganwy has claimed the top spot this week for the biggest fish and the heaviest bag with a recorded bag weight of 15 lbs 8 oz which included the top fish of the week which weighed in at 3 lbs 4 oz.
The Garden of Eden is not always rosy and we did have a fisherman complaining that the fish weren’t fighting well and they were not as feisty as a few weeks ago. We will have to have a word with them and tell them to up their game as we can’t have them letting the side down! Another more frequent complaint is that the boat fishermen are fishing too close to the bank fishermen. There is a 40 metre rule and we would be grateful if this rule was observed. It’s a big lake and there is plenty of room for everyone. We don’t want the fish to stop fighting and the fishermen to start!
The fish, as one would expect for this time of year, are in the top layers of the water and midge tips with floating lines down to intermediate lines are recommended. The top flies have been Diawl bach, cormorants, hoppers, rhubarb and custard and Daddy long legs.
With the wind mostly from the South West this week the hot spots have tended to be on the North Eastern shoreline with both Nant Glyn shore and Hafod Lom woods fishing well.
Once again can I encourage all fishermen to put their catch returns into the catch return boxes after they have finished fishing.
We are looking forward to the second round of the Trout League at the end of this month when the seven teams will recommence their battle for top spot.
The main gates will shut at 8.15 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.30pm.
Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger.