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Brenig Report 11/6/17

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  ‘I feel it in my fingers, feel it in my toes’ was definitely the theme this week at Llyn Brenig as the temperature dropped and the wind picked up, gusting to 35miles per hour by Sunday with Wet, Wet, Wet topping the weather charts as the rain lashed down for a large part of the week. It was indeed one of the wettest weeks that we have experienced this season and also one of the windiest. This meant that boat fishing wasn’t on the agenda for much of the week and bank fishing was very often limited to the sheltered parts of the lake with Mr. J. W. Wilson having had to call it a day after nearly getting blown over!


Those fishermen who did fish off the bank weren’t too upset by the absence of boats, as one fisherman put it, -‘lovely peaceful day – no boats!’ Now, we have had enough division this week in the political arena to last us a lifetime so it is important that boat fishermen and bank fishermen live in harmony which basically means that there should be mutual respect between the two and that the simple rules of the lake should be applied i.e. that boats may not approach within 40metres of a bank angler who is already fishing. I wish that it was as easy for us to solve the political crisis that faces us over the next few years.


This week’s rod average of 4.5 fish per angler shows us that for those fishermen who did brave the elements did get their rewards as fish don’t really care two hoots what the weather is like and are still hungry whether it is blowing a gale above them or tipping down with rain. In fact on Sunday, when the wind was at its worst and there were frequent heavy shower, two of our regular boat fishermen, Ned and Norman, had one of their best days of the season. They did feel a little battered by the time they had finished but it was a price worth paying.


The big fish this week seem to have kept well out of the way, probably preferring the deeper water as the air pressure has changed. The top fish this week was a 3lb 6oz Rainbow caught by Mr. Paul Jones from Chirk. It is still an excellent fish but we have been spoiled recently by some really big catches. Having said that there have still been some excellent bag sizes caught with Mr. Aspden, fishing for W.G.F.C., recording a bag weight of 17lbs 4oz for six fish caught and Mr. A. Carless recording the biggest bag of the week at 21lbs 6oz.


We have a busy weekend ahead of us with the Scierra Pairs heat taking place on Sunday. Therefore if you would like a boat on Sunday it would be advisable to book one as soon as possible.


The top flies this week have been hopper, orange fritz, buzzers, viva, green and black damsel, diawl bach, black gnat, sedge, and various boobies and blobs.


The hot spots around the lake for the boats have been basically areas that have been sheltered from the elements which have been Tower Bay, the Dam Wall, the Visitors Centre, the Brenig Arm and Sailing Club Bay. The same has applied to the bank fishing but when the wind has dropped Nant Glyn shore has proved to have been very successful.


For those fishermen who have been here recently they will have noticed that we have a new Ranger, Amy Brookes, working at the Brenig. Amy has settled in well and has already proven to be an excellent addition to the team.


She will be working in the fishing shop for two days a week and the rest of the time she will be working as a site Ranger.


The main gates will be shutting at 8.30pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 7.45pm.


Tight Lines –

Jim Jenkins - Seasonal Ranger.



Mr. Mike Bowden sent this photo in last week showing a 5lb Rainbow that he caught on the 31st May on a homemade Heather Fly.


Week's top facts:


Bank Fishing Hotspots

Tower Bay, the Dam Wall, the Visitors Centre, the Brenig Arm, Nant Glyn shore and Sailing Club Bay

Boat Fishing Hotspots

Tower Bay, the Dam Wall, the Visitors Centre, the Brenig Arm and Sailing Club Bay

Top Flies

Hopper, orange fritz, buzzers, viva, green and black damsel, diawl bach, black gnat, sedge, and various boobies and blobs.

Top Bag (For six fish caught)

21lbs 6oz.- Mr. A. Carless.

Biggest Fish

3lb 6oz - Mr. Paul Jones from Chirk.

Rod Average

4.5 fish per angler (Including fish returned)

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