August usually proves a difficult month at Llys-y-Fran Reservoir, for both Fly and Worm anglers with the seasonal high water temperatures, and low water levels generally pushing fish out into the deeper areas, thus causing a drop off in average bag numbers. This past month has proved an exception to the norm with average bags of between 4 and 5 fish per angler visit for both permitted methods.
Fish throughout this period have been seen feeding in numbers and in all areas, especially within the margins, which has reflected in a good rise in the number of fish being taken by anglers visiting the Reservoir. The escapees reported as a part of the last report are now averaging in excess of a pound in weight per fish, and are proving to be quality game fish certainly as regards our fly anglers, both from Fly bank and Fly boat.
The Recent introduction of a “catch and release” policy in relation to those anglers who fish fly from the boat, has shown that there is a market for this, simply to allow them a days fishing. Staff on site, have intimated that if this works, there is a real possibility that this will be extended to include Fly fishing from the bank.
Anglers have been recording good results from a number of different patterns and lines during the past month. These have included lines floater to DI 7, with patterns which include flies such as; Damsels, Diawl Bach, Blobs, Buzzers, Montana’s and Cats Whisker’s, obviously with the best results dependant on the area fished. The top end of the “Big Arm” has been constantly producing good averages when fishing DI 7 with Boobies, despite the fact that good numbers of fish are seen moving on the surface on a daily basis.
Worm anglers that have recorded good bags over the past month include, Dai Jones of Swansea, a season permit holder, with six fish for 12lbs 7ozs. Kim Llewellyn, one of our regular anglers from the Narbeth area, with six fish for 12lbs 14ozs. Honours must how go to Cliff Kilby also from the Narbeth region with 6 fish for 14lbs. Cliff’s bag included a best fish of 3lbs 4ozs.
Those anglers opting to fish fly from either bank or boat are registering some very good averages as regards both fish numbers and weight. Six fish bags have included the following totals; T Smythe of Abertillery with six fish for 14lbs2 ozs. This bag included a best fish of 3lbs. Best bag on the Fly over the past four weeks, has to go to Terry Paige of Cardigan who on his last visit recorded a total bag weight for six fish of 16lbs. Well done Terry.