Ideal fishing conditions
The ideal fishing weather experienced over the past few weeks has certainly turned things around at Llys-y-Fran Reservoir. Fish are now being seen in numbers, feeding heavily on both fly and fry within the upper reaches throughout most regions of the water. Average bag weights are improving due to the abundance of natural food now available and a slight increase in the size of fish being stocked.
Anglers fishing the fly from either bank or boat are now having some of the best sport so far offered during the 2016 season, especially whilst using floating or intermediate lines with patterns that include flies such as, Buzzers, Hoppers, Blobs, Bibbio’s, Cormorants, Diawl Bach, olive or black and green lures and small boobies. The “Washing Line” is now one of the favourite methods at the moment, producing good results with a large number of anglers achieving their bag limit when opting to fish this style.
Notable limit bags from the boat over the reporting period are as follows; Brian Kilsby of Tiefi Trout Association who took six fish on his last visit for a respectful 10lbs 15.5ozs. Brian’s bag included a best fish of 2lbs 3ozs. Brian Dalton of Haverfordwest with six fish for 14lbs 7ozs. This bag included a best fish of 3lbs. Jeff Bayliss of Ystradgynlais with six fish weighing in at 14lbs 12ozs. This limit bag included a best fish of 3lbs 4ozs.
The best limit bag for an angler fishing fly from the boat over this period goes to Phil Evans of Carmarthen. Phil recorded a six fish bag of 17lbs 12ozs with a best fish of 3lbs 8ozs. Well done Phil.
The best fish taken during this period, was landed by M Hodges and weighed in at 6lbs 8ozs.
Anglers opting to fish fly from the bank have also seen an improvement on the numbers of fish being taken, with many limit banks now weighing in at around 10bls plus. David Evans of Rhondda recently recorded a bag of 10lbs 8ozs, with a best fish of only 2lbs. Once again Brian Dalton of Haverfordwest on one of his rare bank trips, recorded a six fish limit of 12bs 2ozs. This included a nice Rainbow Trout of 4lbs 3ozs. However the heaviest bag recorded over the period goes to Arron Jones of Llawhadden. Arron’s bag weighed in at 12lbs 8ozs.
Although the improvement in “top of the water sport” has slowed things down for those anglers opting to fish Ledgered Worm, good bags are still being recorded on a daily basis. Gary Phillips of Tredegar on his first visit this season, took six fish for 11lbs 4ozs. Arron Jones of Llawhadden on another visit, took six fish for 12lbs. Mike Howells of Ammanford also recorded a six fish bag of 12lbs, with a best fish of 3lbs 8ozs.J Robert of Fishguard took six fish for 14lbs. G Rees of Brynamman also landed a limit bag of 14lbs with a best fish of 4lbs. Ray Muskett of Tenby, one of our season permit holders recorded the best bag for an angler using this method during the reporting period with a six fish limit of 18lbs, including a best fish of 4lbs11ozs.
Prospects for the coming weeks look good, with a number of terrestrials now in evidence.