REPORT WEEK ENDING 23rd MARCH
Although the first day of spring officially arrived on the 21st of this month the weather this week certainly seemed to believe this fact. There was an extremely cold and variable wind blowing across the lake for most of the week and by the weekend this was accompanied by snow and hail showers making conditions very difficult for the fishermen. I fear that the tail end of Winter still has a few nasty surprises left in store for us! The average water temperature for the week stands at 5 degrees C and this has seen the fish lying fairly deep in the water. The best method off the boats has been a DI 5 although there has been some success using a DI 7 whilst the bank fishing has seen success with intermediates to DI3's with a weighted fly on the point.
The variable wind pattern has meant that the most productive areas of the lake have varied on a day to day basis but since mid week Nant Glyn has switched on with a high amount of fish being caught there; Gareth Jones from Denbigh and his boat partner were in the low twenties having caught there yesterday off the boat. Brenig arm is still consistent as is Water sports bay. Hafod lom has also started to see some success as has the Dam wall and the Visitors centre which were both very productive on Sunday.
The quality of the fish has once again been very consistent this week with some excellent fish being caught. On any other week Mr. Thomas from Rhyl would be expected to have returned the heaviest fish with a 4.2 lb rainbow but this was topped by Mr. Jim walker from Widnes who landed an impressive 5 lb rainbow, Mr. Thomas also recorded the top bag of the week which weighed in at 17 lbs 12 oz for 5 fish averaging out at well over 3 lbs a fish!!
Top flies this week have been viva, olive fritz, gold head damsel, cat’s whiskers, black pennel, and coral diver. Talking of divers we have often had catch returns citing a devon diver as a top fly but no one is quite sure what this fly actually is. Is this fly related to its close cousin the Cornish cormorant or is it a figment of someone’s vivid imagination!? Can anyone enlighten us?
We would like to welcome two additional staff to the Brenig team this year. Mark Evans can be found in the fishing shop giving out expert advice to the fishermen. Mark is a youth international with the Welsh team and he certainly knows what he is talking about when it comes to the mysteries of fly fishing. Mark is already proving to be a great favorite with the fishermen and he will be fantastic asset to Llyn Brenig. Also joining us this year as a seasonal ranger is Gethin Rees. In the short time that he has worked here Gethin has shown himself to be a hard working and conscientious member of the team and once again will be a great asset.
As we complete the first full week of the new season we can reflect on a very promising start. The weather hasn’t always been kind to us but that goes with the territory at Llyn Brenig however what we can say is that the fishing has been excellent with some really good quality fish being caught and we have much to look forward to in the coming months.
Don’t forget that we are still looking for more teams for the trout league