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Brenig Report 1/10/17

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  It is undoubtedly true that Llyn Brenig has a micro climate all of its own making and one can almost dismiss the weather forecasters when it comes to predicting the weather on this moorland lake.


 This week did bring with it its fair amount of rain and, at times strong winds particularly on Sunday but amongst all the autumnal weather we did see glimpses of some glorious weather as there were some beautiful interludes when the sun decided to grace us with its presence. There is however a reason why a dam was built here and that reason is that we do get plenty of wet weather so it was hardly a surprise this week to see the clouds sweeping in across the lake and the rain lashing down upon its shores.


  The lake continues to fish well with a rod average of 3.4 fish per angler which is slightly down on the previous two weeks but still good for this time of year. Once again we seem to be seeing some nice big fish coming nearer to the surface looking for food. Regular fisherman Mr. Norman Davies from Bala can testify to this when he hooked what he thought to be a ‘double figure’ fish, which, when inches from the landing net, slipped the hook and made its escape into the depths of Water Sports Bay, ready to torment another frustrated fisherman in the future.


 Mr. J. Taylor from Warrington had rather more luck when he managed to land the biggest fish of the week, a whopping 6lb 8oz Rainbow which he returned safely to the lake. This is the second week in a row that a fisherman from Warrington has caught the biggest fish of the week. I suggest that anyone reading this from Warrington should buy a lottery ticket! Talking of the lottery the fortunes of a fisherman can vary considerably and it is very much in the lap of the fishing gods as to whether one has a successful day or not. Mr. Graham from Runcorn for example had ‘a great day’ catching nine fish whilst Mr. Gwilym Hughes from Chwilog only managed to ‘catch a cold’! Another fisherman who found that the gods were on his side was Mr. Rhoddri Wynne from Henllan who recorded the biggest bag of the week which weighed in at 15lbs 2oz for six fish caught.


  There will be a shortage of natural food sources at this time of year so the fish are looking for any source of food and that meant that one or two lucky fishermen had some good sport by latching on to the food slick that was coming from the fishing nets whilst they were being cleaned. The slick was heading towards Sailing Club Bay which attracted the fish and the fishermen alike.


  The hot spots this week for boat fishermen have tended to be Hafod Lom, the Coves, Tower Bay and the Dam Wall. Whilst bank fishermen have enjoyed success in Tower Bay, Hafod Lom and Nant Glyn shore. There have also been fish found in the Brenig Arm.


  The top flies have been hoppers, daddy long legs, damsel, viva, cormorant, diawl bach, black fritz and various blobs and boobies.


  With the days starting to close in and the temperature beginning to drop there is that end of season feel in the air. However there is no reason to despair as even though the stocking season will be coming to a close shortly there will still be plenty of opportunities to fish right throughout the autumn and winter months.


 Pike week begins on November 1st after which a limited number of boats will be kept on the lake for fishing throughout the rest of the year. Winter rates and rules will apply from November onwards until the stocking season begins again next March.


The main gates will be shutting at 6.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.30pm.


Tight Lines –

Jim Jenkins. Seasonal Ranger


Mr. David Roberts from Saron prepares to net a Brenig Rainbow


Weeks Top Facts:

Bank Fishing Hotspots

Tower Bay, Hafod Lom, Nant Glyn shore and the Brenig Arm.

Boat Fishing Hotspots

Hafod Lom, the Coves, Tower Bay and the Dam Wall.

Top Flies

Hoppers, daddy long legs, damsel, viva, cormorant, diawl bach, black fritz and various blobs and boobies

Top Bag (For six fish caught)

15lbs 2oz - Mr. Rhoddri Wynne from Henllan.

Biggest Fish

6lb 8oz - Mr. J. Taylor from Warrington.

Rod Average

3.4 fish per angler (Including fish returned).

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