SAINT Swithin and Noah were in cahoots last week as they attempted to wash away Llyn Brenig in a deluge of rain, writes seasonal ranger JIM JENKINS.

It certainly was a wet week, with rain falling on most days and with very little sunshine.

There was also a bit of a chill factor playing out on the lake, which is obviously very unexpected for this time of year.

As we pulled on our rain coats and donned our waterproof hats, it was quite hard to believe that we were approaching the longest day of the year!

Well enough of the weather, as I am sure it will improve and before too long we will be complaining that it is too hot.

Despite the weather, we had a very busy week at the Brenig with regard to the fishing.

A number of competitions took place during the week, with the open pairs competition taking place on the Sunday, as well as a pike fly fishing association event taking place on the Saturday, alongside Aberaeron Town Angling Club’s Alan Butler Cup competition.

The open pairs fishing competition, organised by our hard-working head ranger Dwysan Roberts, was a great success.

A total of 20 boats took part, with one pair on the bank.

In first place came Leon and Karl (Sportman's Arms) with a bag weight of 23lbs 11ozs for six fish caught, including the time bonus of 10lbs.

They had caught their fish by 11.05am and they were the only pair that were fishing from the bank in the competition.

In second place came Mark and Paul Lloyd with a bag weight of 22lbs 10ozs, including the time bonus of 9lbs, and in third were Chris Bradshaw and Stuart Pickard.

The heaviest fish was caught by Leon (Sportsmans Arms) and weighed 4lbs 6ozs.

Most people caught using a Coral booby or a tequila blob.

Thanks go to Phil Dixon for supplying the first prize (two rods), Phil Wood for donating two boxes of flies and John

Davies for the line.

The competition would have not been so successful without them,

so a big thank you to all.

The pike fishing association had rather a tougher day with the pike on the whole refusing to come out to play.

However there were pike caught and one weighing in at 8lbs 3ozs won the day.

However, the pike anglers did leave with a sense of optimism

as organiser Stuart Watson wrote: "We are convinced with climate up at Brenig that the pike may switch on a little later in the year following the summer months raising the water temp a few degrees."

The Aberaeron Town Angling Club’s Alan Butler Cup competition saw Owain Dimmick take first place for 14 fish caught (catch and release).

The rod average last week was 5.2 fish per angler.

The top fish was caught by K Webb, from Norwich, and it weighed in at a mighty 5lbs.

Mr Webb also recorded the biggest bag of the week, weighing in at 18lbs 8ozs.

The top flies have been diawl bach, heather fly, cat’s whisker, hopper, olive damsel, Mrs Simpson, daddy long legs and various blobs and boobies.

Once again it has fished well in all parts of the lake, with fish being caught in sailing club bay, water sports bay and tower bay in particular for both bank and boat fishermen.

Tight Lines.