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Brenig Report 29/10/17

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  A week at Llyn Brenig that has been dominated by preparations for the World Rally has finally come to an end. The exhaust fumes have been extinguished, the roar of the engines has ceased, the victors have been crowned and the crowds have gone home. The hare sniffs the air and decides that it is safe to come out of its burrow whilst the birds can return to the wing, the whir of helicopter blades a passing memory and the lake once more returns to a place of contemplation and peace. We certainly aren’t complaining about the World Rally coming to Llyn Brenig as it was great to see the place buzzing with people and excitement. The fact that a Welshman, Elfyn Evans, took the title only added to that excitement. It was also an example of how different activities can live alongside each other with surprisingly little disruption overall to the fishing. The weather for the week has also been reasonably good being mostly dry with the temperature falling towards the end of the week which was good for both the fishermen and rally goers alike.


  This is the penultimate report of the year, (I hear a gasp of relief!), with only Pike Week, which is coming up this week, left to report upon. Pike Week will begin on November 1st and will run until November 7th. Anticipation is always high whenever Pike Week begins as we have seen over the years some really awesome looking pike coming out of the lake. There is definitely a different feel to this coming week as fishermen who don’t normally grace our shores come to fish here. It is a different type of fishing with different expectations from the fishermen and we are all looking forward to seeing what mysteries emerge from the lake. Demand for boats is quite high therefore it is important that if you require a boat then please ring the Visitors Centre as soon as possible to book one.


  With the lake not being stocked now until the beginning of March and with only five boats being kept on the water over the winter months we will be introducing our winter prices from November 1st which will be £11.50p for a three fish catch return. This price will apply to both Llyn Brenig and Llyn Alwen.


  This week has seen the rod average drop slightly to 2.9 fish per angler with the fish lying a little deeper than they have been. The cooler water temperature and the dearth of natural food sources has seen the fish less active and as a result they have proved to be more difficult to catch. However Saturday morning did see a burst of activity with Mr. Stuart Pickard and Mr. Mike Williams catching thirty fish to the boat all before two o’clock in the afternoon. So much for theories! The ‘big uns’ are still in evidence with Mr. O. Donovan landing the biggest fish of the week, a whopping 6lb Rainbow and in the process claiming the biggest bag of the week which weighed in at 17lbs 5oz. Both Mr. Roger Griffiths and Mr. E. Griffiths from Caernarfon caught Rainbows of 4lbs and over whilst Mr. Peter Lincoln from Cilcain landed a nice 3lb 8oz Rainbow.


  Catch returns are a very important indicator that help us to determine how the lake is fishing and they also gives us a means of receiving feedback from the fishermen. Therefore it is very much appreciated when fishermen return these to us and in this month’s catch return draw the winner is Mr. D. Williams from Wrexham who will receive a free boat for the day. Keep those catch returns coming in!



  The top flies this week have been a mixed bag of flies and lures with buzzers, nymphs and diawl bachs doing well along with various boobies, particularly coral boobies and woofter boobies.


  The top spots for the bank fishermen have been the Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay, the Brenig Arm as well as Nant Glyn shore. Boat fishermen have found success along the Dam, Tower Bay, Hafod Lom as well as Sailing Club Bay.


  The main gates will be shutting at 4.30pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 3.45pm.


Tight Lines,


Jim Jenkins - Seasonal Ranger





Mr. Kinnear from the Wirral enjoying a peaceful day of fishing.



Weeks Top Facts:


Bank Fishing Hotspots

Visitors Centre, Sailing Club Bay, the Brenig Arm as well as Nant Glyn shore.

Boat Fishing Hotspots

Dam, Tower Bay, Hafod Lom as well as Sailing Club Bay.

Top Flies

Buzzers, nymphs and diawl bachs doing well along with various boobies, particularly coral boobies and woofter boobies.

Top Bag (For six fish caught)

17lbs 5oz - Mr. O. Donovan

Biggest Fish

6lb 0oz - Mr. O. Donovan

Rod Average

2.9 fish per angler (Including fish returned).


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