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Brenig Report 31/7/17

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 The school summer holidays must be upon us as the weather at Llyn Brenig has certainly taken a turn for the worse with plenty of rain and wind. There is even a need to don another layer of clothing on at times as there is a bit of a chill in the air when the cloud thickens up. It does seem for those of a certain generation, me included, that those glorious and idyllic summers of the past are a fading memory or is it that we had very large rose tinted glasses. The water temperature is however quite high despite the cooling effect of the heavy rain and this has tended to keep the fish close to the surface,

  The lake has indeed fished well this week and the rod average of 3.6 fish per angler is the highest that it has been for a number of weeks. Mr. Bowyer from Hawarden simply wrote ‘fantastic’ on his catch return which does sum up the week very succinctly for many fishermen who have come to Llyn Brenig.

 The top bag this week also reflects the quality of the fishing with Mr. Peter Morris from Ellesmere Port recording a bag weight of 17lbs 6oz for six fish caught which is very nearly 3lbs a fish. There were some other notable bag sizes caught with Mr. J. Moores recording a bag weight of 15lbs and Mr. Brian Shields weighing six fish in for 14lbs 7oz. Not only have the bag Sizes been good but also there have been some really nice individual fish being caught with both Mr. Euron Roberts from Trawsfynydd and Mr. Llifon James from Pwlhelli both catching Rainbows weighing in at 5lbs 8oz.

 The biggest fish however was caught by regular fisherman Mr. Ned Thomas from Bethesda who recorded a Rainbow which tipped the scales at 6lbs. It was also nice to see Osian Evans, aged eleven, from Bala catching his very first fish, which was a lovely 3lb Rainbow caught on a cruncher. I’m sure that it will inspire him to continue to fish as there is no better incentive than to actually catch a fish on your first foray into the sport.

 Talking of young people we are hosting the IFFA Youth International in the coming week at Llyn Brenig and for much of this week the youngsters have been practicing on the lake and honing their fly fishing skills. As a result of this it would be advisable to give the Visitors Centre a ring if you want to book a boat during the week and indeed for the rest of the month of August as there are a number of competitions taking place.

 The hot spots this week have been the Visitors Centre shoreline and Tower Bay bank. There are still a few fish showing in Nant Glyn and Hafod Lom but most action still to be had is around the cages and the deeper areas of the lake.

The top flies this week have been snakes and blobs which have accounted for a lot of the fish that have been caught. There have been lots of fish caught on dry flies this week from small black gnats through to hoppers and CDC’s. The dry flies have been working well in the early part of the morning and the late evening.

The main gates will be shutting at 8.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8pm.

Tight Lines

Jim Jenkins - Seasonal Ranger

Mr Ned Thomas (above) with a 6lb Rainbow and Mr Llifon James (below) with a 5lb 8oz Rainbow

Weeks Top Facts:

Bank Fishing Hotspots

Visitors Centre shoreline, Tower Bay bank, Nant Glyn and Hafod Lom.

Boat Fishing Hotspots

Visitors Centre shoreline, Tower Bay bank, Nant Glyn, Hafod Lom, around the cages and the deeper areas of the lake.

Top Flies

Snakes, blobs, small black gnats, hoppers and CDC’s.

Top Bag (For six fish caught)

17lbs 6oz - Mr. Peter Morris from Ellesmere Port

Biggest Fish

6lbs - Mr. Ned Thomas

Rod Average

3.6 fish per angler (Including fish returned)

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