Annual Newsletter 2018
Llyn Brenig Newsletter 2018
2017 proved to be yet another great year for fishing at Llyn Brenig with lots of fantastic trout caught, three recorded at 10lbs, by Chris Webster, Hywel Morgan and Tony Newall. Unsurprisingly, the very popular Monster Mash produced one of these fish, and the average size from the event was reported at around 5lb.
Pike week was also very successful, with Mr Adam Szadkowski catching the biggest, at 26lb 8oz. A large rainbow trout was caught over the winter at 7lb but it was on pike tackle rather than being caught on the fly.
The site was also popular in 2017 with nature’s flying fisherman, the osprey. A pair used the site for a considerable part of the summer. We wait to see if 2018 will be the year they decide to breed here.
Looking forward to the year ahead, there are plenty of reasons to be cheerful. Our fish farm has just had its annual inspection by CEFAS and I’m pround to say that it passed with flying colours. The inspector said it was clear we were spending money on it and he was very impressed with everything he saw. The farm currently has a good head of fish, with many already above our target weight for stocking.
The Monster Mash event will be running twice in 2018. The April date is already sold out but there is still room to book on the 29th September for this very popular day.
One to note in the diary is that the World Rally will be back at Brenig on the 5th October so there will be no access for fishing on that day.
Regulars will see there has been a change to the landscape at Brenig over the winter. The woods next to the shore line at Hafod Lom have been felled. It’s likely to alter the way the site fishes as there will be slightly less shelter there now. However, on the plus side, a significant proportion of new bank will be available for bank fishing.
Wheelchair access to boat fishing has been improved over the winter, as we have taken delivery of a brand new Coulam wheelyboat, like the type pictured. Rather than having a drop down front, this boat is boarded from the port side, with a hydraulically operated ramp for access.
In order to do our bit to prevent the spread of undesirable organisms, we will be trying out a new rule in 2018. All drogues and nets used in boats will be supplied by ourselves and we will be asking customers not to use their own. Whilst this doesn’t yet resolve the issue entirely (e.g. bank fishing), it is a step in the right direction to help preserve our countyside and fishing for future generations.
Buying your ticket should also be easier in 2018. We are currently in the process of organising new and better parking and fishing permit machines. We hope these will be installed early in the season. Eventually, they should be able to accept card payments. No more hauling pocketfuls of one pound coins! Of course, permits will continue to be available from the fishing shop as well.
One more thing to note is that there will be a reduction in the level of the lake over ther course of the year. This is associated to urgent repair works to the draw off tower. Whilst it won’t be as low as it was the last time, it will have some impacts, as some areas may become too shallow to fish by boat by the end of the season. We havn’t got full details yet but keep a look out in the fishing reports for more information on that.
That wraps up our newsletter for the year and we look forward to giving you a warm welcome here at Llyn Brenig in 2018 with the new season beginning on the 10th March – don’t forget to book your boat!
Nick Kite - Area Lands Manager, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water