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Report week ending 5th July

With a heat wave promised for much of the country we were anticipating a week of fine and hot weather at Llyn Brenig. However as the spectators and players sweltered in the heat at Wimbledon we were somewhat overlooked by the sun gods. Having said that it wasn’t a bad week by any stretch of the imagination although the weekend did leave a lot to be desired with some strong winds on the Saturday and heavy showers on Sunday. The prevailing wind was generally from the South West which tended to push the fish towards the North end of the lake. Despite not having a heat wave as such we did enjoy a much warmer week and this has led to a noticeable increase in the hatches of fly life. This in turn has led to the fish frequenting the upper most layers of water and has increased the chances of catching the fish on dry flies. Generally though as with last week the most successful method for fishing was using a washing line on a midge tip with small black flies working very well. 
The rod average of 3.6 fish per angler for this week is a slight increase upon the previous week. The average weight of the fish is probably a little down on previous weeks but as always there have been some good fish caught. The top weight  has been shared by a number of fishermen with Mr. G. Barron, Mr. Peter Stevens, Mr. Emrys Jones and Mr. B. Tasker all landing a Rainbow weighing in at 2 lbs 8 oz. We are eagerly anticipating the time when a fisherman from the Alwen reports that they have landed a huge Rainbow as a number of fish of well over 10 lbs have been stocked there in the last few weeks. So for all those fishermen who fancy their chances of catching a monster of the deep then now is your chance. We would encourage anyone that does catch one of these fine specimens to return them safely to the lake so that they can fight another day. The top bag this week goes to Emrys Jones from Llandudno whose bag weighed in at 11 lbs 10 oz.
The hot spots for this week have tended to be on the East side of the lake with Nant Glyn, the Ring of Stones and Tower Bay proving to be the most productive areas for both boat and bank anglers. Top flies for the week are orange fritz, black nymph, diawl bach, black pennel, damsel, dabbler, sedges and buzzers.
The highlight of the week was on Saturday when Llyn Brenig played host to the Anglian Water Airflo international. Nine teams of six took part with the top five teams qualifying for the Welsh final which will take place at Llyn Brenig on August 9th. The qualifiers of that competition will go on to the final at Rutland later in the year. The conditions for the anglers were very difficult with strong winds whipping up the lake and creating large waves that made it very hard to fish. Remarkably though the rod average for the day was 7.2 fish per angler which considering the conditions was not far off a miracle!! The top rod for the day was Gareth Dixon who also helped his team, the Welsh Hawks, secure first place. In second place came Team Foxons and in third place came Cwm Flyfishers. Brenig Ospreys and Llanilar also qualified for next month’s Welsh finals. The biggest fish of the day which weighed in at 2 lbs 13 oz was caught by Padraig Fahy from Corrib Hoppers. We wish all the teams well for the coming final.
 The access to the lake via the gate at the North end is temporarily closed to vehicles due to some undercutting of the road however you can access the East bank by using the forest track just North of Pentre Llyn Cymmer.
Well the longest day has been and summer is now in full swing so we can look forward to some glorious days of fishing ahead. Oh that life could be so simple. For so many it is not.

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