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Report for week ending 29th Sept.

A week of excellent weather was enjoyed by both fishermen and visitors alike at Llyn Brenig. Despite some chilly starts to the day the air temperature soon warmed up and much of the week saw lots of sunshine and some clear skies with the weekend being particularly pleasant. The favourable weather conditions attracted plenty of fishermen to the lake considering the time of year and they were rewarded with a week of top class fishing.  Mr. Burdett from Mold reflected the overall quality of the weeks fishing when he commented on ‘a tremendous days sport – diolch yn fawr’. The rod average for the week was 3.7 fish per angler with many of the fish being caught on dry flies .There has been a lot of fish activity on the surface as a result of some late season fly hatches and the relatively warm water temperature which averaged out at 14 degrees C for the week.

The big story of the week has revolved around the capture of a 14 lb 4 oz magnificent rainbow trout which was achieved  by Mr. John Grimshaw from Tarporley in Cheshire. This majestic looking fish fought like a warrior and it took Mr. Grimshaw all of 45 minutes to land the rainbow. He eventually had to tow the fish to the jetty before he was finally able to bring to an end the fishes struggles.  It is indeed a humbling sight to see such a splendid specimen and one can’t help but think that its rightful place is back in its natural environment lording over its domain.  It reminded me of the wonderful story of ‘The Old Man and the Sea’ by Ernest  Hemingway in which an old fishermen struggles to land a huge Marlin only for it to be eaten by sharks. The story is also an allegory of man’s tenuous grip on life with the old man’s battle with the marlin mirroring his battles with the vagaries of life.

Mr. Bevan also landed two fine fish both well over 3 lbs showing that there are still some excellent fish to be caught. The top bag this week goes to Mr. Ivor Jones from  Llanrwst who caught 6 fish for 12 lbs. Top flies for the week have been dark olive sedges, black hopper, montana, black klinkhammer, black pennel, haul y gwynt, cats whiskers and daddy long legs.

Hot spots for boat fishing have been Tower Bay and Hafod Lom and for bank fishing Nant Glyn shore and Hafod Lom. The old adage that the best wind for fishing is from the West  and that if it blows from the East then it’s time to pack up and go home proved to be a truism again this week as Sunday was a particularly hard day for fishing as an Easterly wind blew in across the lake.

There has been a slight revision to the results of the Trout League from last Saturday (see attached sheet) but it does change the team positions in that both Team Foxons and S. Ogwen are now neck and neck on 131 points each. This sets up the final match on October 20th perfectly and should lead to a nail biting climax to the competition.

May I once again remind those that want to take part in ‘Pike Week’ from November 1st to the 4th that they must pre book a boat in order to take part. May I also remind all those fisherman that the bank season will continue until December 1st at a cost of £10 for a three fish catch return. Although the weather will start to deteriorate over the coming months and drive many of us in doors for those intrepid fishermen it takes more than a gale force wind and driving rain to keep them away from their beloved sport!

The main gates will shut at 6.45 pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.00 pm.

Tight Lines

Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger.

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