WELL, that was a hot one, writes seasonal ranger JIM JENKINS.
I think it was a Tuesday that we had our summer and it was well worth the wait.
Unfortunately for the walkers and cyclists it didn’t really last and we soon descended back into the overcast and rather dull and sometimes wet conditions that we seem to have got used to in the summer of 2016.
However, for the fisherman this brief aberration wasn’t a very welcome sight as the bright sunshine kept the fish away from the fly and when the clouds once again filled the skies the anglers gave a sigh of relief and once more began to take to the waters and the bank whilst the rest of mankind disappeared inside their homes.
With the weather being very changeable and with a good deal of humidity about, the conditions for fishing have been far from perfect and this has been reflected by the rod average of 3.0 fish per angler.
The bank fishermen have generally found it more difficult than the boat fishermen.
This could well be due to the fact that as the fish in the lake are, at present, so big they tend to lie in slightly deeper water and are therefore further away from the bank.
This will probably all change soon as the lake was stocked with the last of the big fish last week and as from next week fish that are in the region of 1lb 12ozs to 2lbs will be stocked.
However, there is still a very good head of fish in the lake and the big fish will still be there, but not in such numbers.
This will lead to a more varied bag of fish being caught, which in turn will make it a little bit more interesting as you will never quite know what to expect on the end of your line.
The fighting instinct of the fish will also still be there and even if you hook a 1lb 12ozs rainbow you will still think it’s a giant sized fish!
The bag sizes last week were truly astonishing and are a fitting tribute to our fish farmers Jack and Stefano.
It seems that they have saved the best until last as fish of outstanding quality have been caught all over the lake.
Dave Gilbert, from Colwyn Bay, had a fantastic bag of 26lbs 12ozs, which would have easily been the top bag in any previous week.
However, he was superseded by John Davies, whose bag weighed in at 31lbs, which is the biggest bag weight that I have encountered since writing these fishing reports.
Within that bag was, unsurprisingly, the biggest fish of the week, which was a 7lbs rainbow.
There were a number of really big fish caught over the week with both J W Wilson and Graham Land landing 5lbs 2ozs rainbows.
It is nice to see fishermen coming back to the lake after many years away.
This was true of Justin Roberts from Porthmadog, who, having fished for the Welsh team as far away as New Zealand and Finland - but who hadn’t fished here for 20 years - came back with his father Keith.
He did have a great day with both of them having bags of over 20lbs each.
On Saturday, Llyn Brenig held the Coppenhall Fishing competition.
Competition organiser Phil Dixon wrote afterwards: “All had a great day; thanks very much; the fish were amazing as is the venue.”
In first place came Mike Dixon with six fish caught for 25lbs 15ozs, while Mike Laycock was second with six fish for 25lbs 8ozs and in third place was Ian Buckley (six fish at 24lbs 12ozs).
Mr Dixon added: “The best method was di3 wets and boobies with blobs taking a few fish as well.”
The hot spots have tended to be around the southern part of the lake once more with Tower Bay, the Dam Wall, the Visitors Centre and near to the cages all fishing well, as was the Brenig Arm.
The top flies of the week have been cat’s whiskers, dabblers, nymphs, diawl bach, buzzers, muddler, cormorant and various boobies and blobs.
The main gates will be closing at 8.45pm this week and all boats need to be back on the jetty by 8pm.
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