Early August at Llys-y-Fran looked likely to prove an anglers nightmare as regards the average catch per angler visit and number of fish being caught. As for late July, high surface water temperatures and extremely low oxygen saturation within the upper reaches, forced fish out into the deeper regions, with very few fish being seen moving on the surface during the period, despite a number having been seen feeding heavily on fry within the margins.
A change in wind direction and cooler temperatures experienced over the last three weeks, does seem to have made a difference with the catch average then rising to reflect this. Anglers fishing both bank and boat are now seeing an increase in the sport on offer throughout most areas of the reservoir, with a number of fish are now feeding in the upper reaches.
Fly anglers, fishing either boat or bank are taking fish using any lines from Floater with patterns including small lures, fry imitations, blobs and buzzers, to DI 7 with boobies.
Worm anglers had a lean time during late July and early August, but as for those fishing the fly. This has improved during the past three weeks with Ray Muskett of Tenby taking six fish in 45 minutes the morning of the August Bank Holiday. Anglers who have recorded notable limit bags whilst fishing this method include the following:
David Thomas of Crymych with a six fish bag of 9lbs 8ozs, with a best fish of 2lbs. Bill Lloyd of Broadhaven with a six fish limit of 11lbs 4ozs and a best fish of 2lbs 4ozs. Whilst David Evans from the Rhondda landed the best bag by an angler fishing ledgered worm during the month. David’s bag totalled 13lbs 8ozs and included a best fish of 2lbs 8ozs. Well done David.
Despite the poor start to the month, a number of anglers fishing fly from the bank did manage to take their bag limits. These included Simon Rowlands of Saundersfoot with six fish for 11lbs 4ozs. Gethin Jones of Ammanford with six fish for 12lbs 6ozs. David Evans of Trealaw took the best 6 fish fly bank bag of the month with a bag weight of 13lbs 8ozs, with a best fish of 2lbs 8ozs.
Anglers opting to fish fly from the boat are recording the best limit bags, as they are able to cover areas unavailable to bank anglers. Notable bags for these include the following:
Newton Lee of Llandissillio with limit bags of 15lbs 8ozs, 16lbs and 16lbs 8ozs. Newton, a season permit holder had a best fish of 3lbs 8ozs during August. Matthew Crossman of Capel Iwan also recorded a six fish bag of 15lbs 8ozs, with a best fish of 4lbs 1oz.
Honours however must go to Brian Dalton of Haverfordwest. Brian also a season permit holder landed a six fish bag weighing in at 18lbs 8ozs with a best fish of 5lbs.
Last Saturday also saw the annual hosting of the Carpinini Cup. Four teams took part in this year’s competition, with just under 50 anglers recording a rod average of 4 fish each. One of the best averages achieved to date in this competition.
September is normally a good month for top of the water sport, with terrestrials such as Sage normally in abundance and many fish feeding the margins due to the fry. This is normally a time of year when floaters and slow intermediate lines come into their own when fished with dry fly or fry imitations.
Hopefully you will all be able to take advantage of what is now on offer during September.
See you all soon.