As winter looms menacingly on the horizon we have been blessed with a week of wonderful weather reminding us that those Indian Summers that we speak nostalgically about to our children aren’t some myth from the past but are in fact an actual reality. Clear skies and some really warm days have certainly put a spring in the step of all those who have visited Llyn Brenig this week and we have seen the lake at its wonderful best with visitors wondering if they had taken a wrong turning at Llangollen and ended up in the Italian Lakes. The good news is that its set to last a few more days although don’t take my word for it as I find it hard enough to predict the outcome of a one horse race never mind the weather. Talking of predictions I can’t avoid mentioning the fantastic performance against all the odds achieved by the Welsh Rugby team, many a fisherman on Saturday was cutting their fishing day short so that they could watch the rugby and they were certainly richly rewarded (Assuming that they were Welsh!!). Despite the warm week there has been a cool breeze blowing across the lake and this has meant that the top water temperature has dropped down to 13.3 degrees C. The fish however are still relatively high in the water and are being caught on a slow glass line or a floating line. The fishermen, as they have done all year, are still commenting on the fighting qualities of the fish and the sport that they provide with Mr. Graham Land writing; ‘Brilliant days sport with many on dry flies’ and Mr. Peers saying, ‘Great Day’.
The rod average of 4.3 per angler is a good indication that the lake was fishing well all week with the biggest fish of 3 lbs 4 oz being shared by Mr.Tom Sinton from Nannerch and Mr. D. Roberts from Little Sutton. The top bag of 11 lbs 8 oz was claimed by Mr. H. Owen.
Thursday September 24th saw Llyn Brenig hosting the Welsh Blue Light fly fishing championships. Thirty four anglers took part catching 206 fish with a rod average of 6.05 fish per angler. The winning team were the Fire Service and the top rod of the day went to Mr. Mike Williams from the Fire Service with 15 fish whilst second place went to Mr. Malcolm Edwards also from the Fire Service. Third place went to Mr. Gareth Evans from the Ambulance Service with 12 fish caught. On the day £920 was raised for the Welsh youth team.
The hot spots for this week have been the Quarry, Brenig Arm and Nant Glyn point with Tower Bay also fishing quite well on a number of days.
The top flies this week have been damsel, coch y bondhu, diawl bach, cats whiskers, daddy long legs, black fritz, viva, cormorant and various bobbies and blobs.
At the end of this year we will be saying goodbye to our head ranger, Mr. Ian Lavender, who will be retiring after over 30 years working at Llyn Brenig. As a ranger and a head ranger Ian has made a huge contribution to the success of Llyn Brenig through his dedication, enthusiasm and hard work. When Ian does finally retire in December his knowledge and wisdom will be greatly missed by all who work here and by all the fishermen who have come to know him. These words don’t really do Ian justice as he has done so much to develop the centre and in the process has gained the admiration and respect of all who have worked with him. We wish him every happiness in his retirement and although he still has a few months left before he goes I’m sure that all those who know him will want to shake him by the hand, give him their thanks and wish him the very best for the future. You will be greatly missed.
The main gates will be shutting at 6.15 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 5.30 pm.