AROUND THE FISHERIES.
Dave Blake hooked a 4.75lb rainbow on a hot-head damsel fly and with two more his bag weighed 12lb.
Alex Moses used a pink blob fly and his best fish was a 4.5lb rainbow, while Dan Morris topped his catch with a 4lb rainbow on a blue-flash damsel. The same fly brought Cory Walters three fish over 3lb, while a black and green Nomad was the fly that Rhys Matthews used for his three-fish 9.25lb bag.
Ravensnest Fishery 01291 689564 Dan Pierce had a great day's catchand-release fishing when among the 21 rainbows he hooked were fish weighing 6lb, 8lb and 10lb.
Kevin Carrington returned one 8lb rainbow and Chris Sloman had one the same size among his dozen.
Richard Williams' 6lb rainbow was his biggest and Roger Jones returned 20 fish on his regular weekly visit from Cwmbran.
Paul Legg caught and released 16 fish; John Harris put 13 back, while nine were returned by both Luke Brown and Crickhowell fly fisherman Bob Hall.
Andy Bryant was catching for the kitchen and his six fish weighed in at almost 12lb.
Newport anglers Bill Haigh and Brian Dewar both had five-fish 9.75lb catches, while William Alexander, Chris Lewis and Richard Devlin all had four weighing between 7.5lb and 7.75lb.
Three-fish 6lb bags went away with John Watson and Dave Leonard and a 4lb brace with Andrew White, Allen Jones, Ron Gould and Richard Chappell.
Ynysyfro Reservoir 01633 838250 The top pond has again fished best with Newport Reservoirs Fly Fishing Association Fisheries Treasurer Colin Jones catching 12 rainbows on damsel nymphs over several evening visits and membership mecretary Phil Harper fishing the same way accounted for 10.
Roger Martin hooked six, then three using a daddy longlegs as did Ken Bowring, who also caught five on an early-morning boat session on the bottom pond.
Keith Higgins caught five top pond rainbows and followed that up with an eight-fish catch-and-release limit from a boat.
Dean Connelly cast from the railings bank for five fish; Adrian Moyse had five then three from the same area; Kevin Pinkney netted four; three rainbows came to damsel nymphs and Diawl Bach flies cast by Steve Snape, Brian Green, and Jeff Evans while among those with a brace of trout were Ivor Thomas, Dave Slocombe, John Edwards, John Mcindo, Brian Wareham, Alan Clarke, Steve Curtis and Terry O'Connor, who also caught two from the bottom pond.
The biggest fish was Brian Morris's 3lb 2oz rainbow. Ken Pascoe had another good week out on the bottom pond when he boated a limit followed by catches of seven and then three all falling for a drowned daddy longlegs fly.
Shaun Cotterell boat-fished for seven rainbows; Howard Davies caught five rainbows when he was afloat, while three came aboard for David Bell Langford and two for Craig Williams. Sandford Pool Trout Fishery 07517 421907 Fishing is good as Bill Maccau and his wife Ann demonstrated by catching and releasing 17 rainbows to 3lb.
Robert Chive came from Cardiff and caught and released a dozen fish, while fellow city fly fishermen Dave Howells and Keith Higgins returned eight and seven and Brian Tatum covered the cost of his visit by banking
the tagged trout.
Peter Thomas Amos put nine fish back and Chris Robson returned seven and retained a brace.
Ken Humphries, Roger Maurrioh and Adrian Harrison all had four fish to eat while Andrew Frazer took away three. Nant Moel Reservoir 07738 628041 Trout are moving well at the Aberdare AA fishery and taking flies blown off the surrounding land and also feeding on fry.
Gavin Price used hoppers and daddy longlegs tweaked across the surface to catch and release 15 and then nine rainbows; Ethan Bowen caught well on a buzzer under a strike indicator and other double figure catch and release returns have been taken using lures on an intermediate line.
Bigwell Fly Fishery 01600 772904 An orange egg fly did the trick for John Burton when he reached the 10 fish catch and release limit; Ian Lock reached the limit using a damsel nymph and Harry Webb's 10 rainbows to 3lb fell for buzzers.
Paul Elsworthy, Keith Fenton and Gill Shelley all returned six trout, while five were put back by Tim May, Paul Huxley, Tony Howells, Geoff Howard, Mick Smith and Steve Mogg.
Ray Winnell and his son Luke retained their 10lb four-fish catch while father and son Paul and Chris Hadfield went away with eight fish weighing in at 14lb.
Lyndon Harris used a hopper pattern fly to catch three rainbows and a tiger trout while a brace of rainbows were kitchen bound with Kyle Harris, Alan Pell and Glen Morgan.