LLYN BRENIG FISHING REPORT–Week Ending June 2nd 2019.

 A rather mixed bag of weather was experienced at Llyn Brenig last week with a little bit of everything thrown in. However the weather that we have had has made some ideal conditions for fishing with over cast skies, a little bit of wind which has resulted in a nice ripple on the lake and some warm temperatures. At times the wind has been a little bit too strong but nothing in life is perfect as they say. The water temperature is 11 degrees C which will mean that the fish are high up in the water. Dry flies have been used this week with some success and the rod average for the week of 5.2 fish per angler indicates that the lake is fishing really well.

Most sports rely on the element of luck, just think about the Champions League final when Liverpool were awarded a very dubious, lucky, penalty which laid the foundation for their victory. But despite that luck everyone agreed that, for their skill and effort, over the course of the season Liverpool deserved to win a trophy. It’s also true of fishing as you do need a certain amount of luck to catch a fish, however there is also a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience involved as well as no small amount of skill. This was brought home to me when I was checking permits along the bank and I came across a fisherman, Mr. Bob Gibbon, who told me that the fish were rising in small pods and that if I waited for a few minutes he would show me. He spotted a pod of fish just on the surface, which I have to admit I couldn’t see and expertly cast his line just in front of them and lo and behold hooked a fish. For those of us who are uninitiated in the finer arts of fishing we wouldn’t have had a cat in hells chance of catching that fish, lady luck or not, but the experience and skill of that fisherman ensured that luck didn’t come into the equation.

With some excellent fishing taking place Mr. Jonathon Roberts comment stands out when he wrote ‘Brilliant sport today on my 5 weight! The trout were going crazy for alder fly’. Not only did he have a great day but he landed the biggest fish of the week, a 5lb Rainbow. The biggest bag of the week, weighing in at 15lbs 0oz was claimed by Mr. Dave Timmins from Bangor on Dee and that was for just five fish!

The top flies this week have been alder fly, beetles, sedge, cat’s whiskers, daddy long legs, tequila blob, coral boobie, montana, diawl bach, black gnat, black spider, cdc, damsel and various other blobs and boobies.

With a predominantly South Westerly wind this week the hot spots for fishing for both bank fishermen and boat fishermen have been Hafod Lom, Tower Bay, Nant Glyn shore and the Ring of Stones. Boat fishermen have also had success along the Dam Wall whilst bank fishermen have also enjoyed some excellent fishing along the Visitors Centre shore.

The next Early Morning Boat session will take place on 29th and 30th June. We are also having an Open Pair Fishing Competition which will be open to all fishermen with two Sierra rods as first prize along with prizes for second and third places. This will take place on Sunday June 16th.There’s no entry fee and if you use a boat it will be a £10 reduction on the normal price. The next Try the Fly day is on Saturday 22nd June. To book any of the above events please ring the Visitors Centre.

I would also like to extend a warm, belated, welcome to our seasonal Ranger Mr. Ilan Evans who started work here this month. Ilan is an excellent addition to the staff and is already known to many of our fishermen due to his involvement in the Welsh youth team and through his father Barry, who owns the fishing shop in Bala.

We also have fantastic news about the Brenig Osprey as we believe that the eggs have hatched and that she is the proud mother of at least one chick, possibly two or even more amazingly possibly three. We have yet to confirm numbers but things are looking very promising!

The main gates will be shutting at 7.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 6.45pm.

Tight Lines –

Jim Jenkins – Seasonal Ranger.

Bank Fishing Hotspots

Hafod Lom, Tower Bay, Nant Glyn shore, the Ring of Stones and along the Dam.

Boat Fishing Hotspots

Hafod Lom, Tower Bay, Nant Glyn shore, the Ring of Stones and the Visitors Centre shore.

Top Flies

Alder fly, beetles, sedge, cat’s whiskers, daddy long legs, tequila blob, coral boobie, montana, diawl bach, black gnat, black spider, cdc, damsel and various other blobs and boobies.

Top Bag (For six fish caught)

15lbs 0oz - Mr. Dave Timmins from Bangor on Dee.

Biggest Fish

5lbs 0oz - Mr. Jonathon Roberts.

Rod Average

5.2 fish per angler (Including fish returned).