June 2015

As June comes to an end the returns indicate a special few weeks fishing. The weather dominated by a chilly northerly wind has held spring and early summer back and the lake has remained full, only just starting to drop. It is perhaps this unusual condition of factors that have combined to create often challenging but rewarding fishing.

It has been the month of the brown trout with 501 being recorded; some 36 Rainbows have also been caught. 54 rods fished the water from 32 boats, the average per rod being just short of 10 fish and the average per boat 17. These are supported by one remarkable bag, the Macintyre party fishing 11th June from Whitegates were not only content to keep a brace of nice Rainbows but also brought at least 100 brownies to the boat “Best ever days sport on Vyrnwy” was the comment.  With this extraordinary catch removed the rod average is still a creditable 7.4 fish.

Whilst more floating lines were used this month, many fish still fell to sub surface tactics. Fly of the month being the ubiquitous Bibio, and the traditional favourites all took fish. The old Vyrnwy rule “anything small and black” still holds true, although the addition of a bit of green or orange in a dressing seems to improve chances somewhat.

Other parties enjoying fine sport were Messrs Edwards and Edwards on a first visit from the isle of Anglesey taking 36 brown trout and a rainbow, an exceptional effort in very bright conditions. The Morris party fishing with Ghilllie John Davies took 40 fish to the boat and Mr and Mrs Edwards took 14 Browns and 10 Rainbows. The largest brown was over 1 ½ lbs, and Mrs Edwards took the fish of the month a Rainbow weighing in at over 6lbs (pictured below).

Vyrnwy is not just about fishing, Andy Bailey reports not only catching over 40 fish between 2 boats but also spending time watching the Peregrines over the lake and  a newly fledged Tawny Owl still in its down enjoying the spring sun.

Jayne Edwards with the 6lb Rainbow Trout

Jayne Edwards with the 6lb Rainbow Trout

 

May 2015

As April turned to May it was clear that Spring in these hills was a week or two behind, initially warm weather turned cooler as a predominantly north westerly wind dominated, and overall the month was the coolest for some years with some very rough days. This did not however spoil the fishing! nor deter some intrepid anglers.

There have been some prodigious catches Messers Owen and Sleigh taking 49 Brown trout and a Rainbow on the 1st of the month, Hughes and Ogborne returning 44 Browns and 3 Rainbows on the 9th with George Barron and Mr Marsh losing count after 35 on the 10th. The fishing was consistent through the month with Ken Thomas taking 38 fish with Ghillie John Davies on the 26th, and Brian Owen 25 on the last but one day.

Fish have been caught all over the Lake, the majority coming from the Whitegates end, but this may be a reflection of the number of parties choosing to fish at that end. Splendid catches have also been taken by boats from the hotel end, especially by those intrepid enough to venture as far as Cedig Bay.

70 rods fished in 42 boats, with the average bag per boat at 12 fish and the average per rod 6, The majority of fish were taken sub surface with may rods using slime and slow sinking lines with the days punctuated by short but frenetic periods with the trout feeding voraciously then seeming to disappear until the next rise.

Traditional wet flies have been the order of the day for most. Bibio probably being the fly of the month, closely followed by “anything Black” often with a touch of green. Gold heads have also been used to great effect.

Several first fish have been caught, and Will Tanner (pictured below with Anthony Rosser, the hotel General Manager)  a veteran catcher of trout aged 9 took his first Vyrnwy Brownie, he is certainly the 3rd if not the 4th generation of Tanner to do so…long may it continue.

AR and Will Tanner aged 9 - First Trout - Copy

April 2015

With the turn of the month rods started to return to the lake.  Vyrnwy regular P Makin making a couple of sorties catching 19 Brownies and 1 Rainbow on the first visit and 17 Brownies on the second.  Mr Duder and his party returned 18 Brownies on the 4th of the month.  Perhaps the Rod of the month was Mr Ken Thomas who returned 26 Brownies, the best weighing in at 1 ¼ lbs, he also took a 2 ¼ lb Rainbow for the table.

The unusually warm and calm weather made for some difficult fishing in the middle of the month, however as spring was springing there was food in the lake and it was time to stock.

The majority of fish were caught sub surface with a variety of sinkers, slime lines and intermediates being deployed, although some persevered with floating lines.  Traditional wets have been the choice for most rods with old favourites Zulu, Peter Ross and Black Pennell all showing.  Claret Bumble was perhaps fly of the month, and it appears that only a few chose to use lures.  Special mention should be made of an especially dressed, weighted Cadis Pattern that is fished very slowly over the shallows by P Makin to great effect.

As the month closed with wind and rain returning, the lake has filled to capacity and the trees are coming into leaf a week or so behind the rest of the world.  The Peregrines are back on the crags above Rhiwargor, and lots of old friends such as the courting Grebes have been spotted.  It all bodes very well indeed; a peak at the records for the 1st of May reveals that Messers Owen and Sleigh landed 50 fish – 49 Brown and 1 Rainbow – A taste of times to come? How very exciting!

March 2015

The Vyrnwy season started on March 20th, a partial Solar eclipse, a bright and breezy day with a chill in the NW wind.

5 boats with 8 rods combining some locals and hotel regulars.  A splendid way to launch the season with 19 fish taken, mainly sub surface on traditional patterns.  Rod of the day was G V Westropp with a bag of 7 fish caught on a Connemara Black from the Chapel to Cedig drift.

Only a few rods braved the changing conditions over the next couple of weeks; however fish were taken with bags of half a dozen being recorded by A Worthington and Tony Williams, who fishing with Ghillie John Davies caught and released the fish of the month, a 2 1/2lb Brown Trout.

As the rods toasted the end of the first day on White Gates beach, one of the number commented that a log in the centre of the lake appeared to be drifting rather rapidly in the wind.  Closer inspection revealed an otter happily lying on its back munching on a Vyrnwy Trout.  I suppose that with 11,000 acres of water, 11 miles of shore line and probably hundreds of thousands of trout there is plenty to go around.

All the rainbows caught at this time of year are over wintered and in fine fettle with tails like shovels and a good deal of attitude.

August, September and October 2014

The weather was a mixture of days of bright sunshine with little wind and days of heavy rain and strong cool winds. The lake remained very low for most of the period with banks exposed and little water entering the lake from the feeder streams.

However, in spite of the unpromising conditions the fish fed well at times. 47 rods caught 72 rainbow trout to 5lbs and 206 brown trout to 1.5 lbs. Most fish were caught on slow sinking lies with the most popular flies being claret bumble, montana, viva. bibio, green dabbler and welsh wizard.

Among notable catches for the period were:-

  • A party of 5 rods led by John Davies had 37 brownies and 4 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Messrs Barrow and Marsh had 30 brownies and 8 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Tom Chamberlain had  30 brownies and 10 rainbows in two days from Whitegates and the Boathouse
  • Mr MacIntyre had 12 brownies and 2 rainbows from Whitegates.

May, June and July 2014

The weather was a mixture of sunny days and light showers with the wind form both ends of the lake.

The fish fed well on most days and there were some outstanding catches. 128 rods caught 220 rainbow trout to 5lbs and 498 brown trout to 1.5 lbs.

Most fish were caught on slow sinking lies or sink-tips with the most popular flies being claret bumble, montana, viva. bibio, green dabbler and welsh wizard.

Among notable catches for the period were:-

  • Ken Thomas (fishing with gillie John Davies) had 12 brownies and 6 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Mr & Mrs Edwards had 29 brownies and 3 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Mr Hatcher had 11 brownies and 7 rainbows over two days from Whitegates.
  • Mr Taylor had 24 brownies and 4 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Tom Chamberlain had 40 brownies and 8 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Tom Chamberlain had 25 brownies and  rainbow from the Boathouse end.
  • Mr Gilbraith and party (fishing with gillie John Davis) had 19 brownies and 5 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Paul Makin had 12 brownies and 4 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Mr & Mrs Westropphad 20 brownies and 1 rainbow from Whitegates.
  • The James Morris party (fishing with gillie John Davis) had 9 brownies and 34 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Mr &Mrs Westropp had 17 brownies from Whitegates.
  • Paul Makin had 19 brownies and 1 rainbow from Whitegates.
  • Paul Makin fishing over two days had 33 brownies and 1 rainbow from Whitegates and the Boathouse end.
  • Ken Thomas (fishing with gillie John Davies) had 15 brownies and 26 rainbows.
  • Steven Root (fishing with gillie John Davies) had 14 brownies and 6 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Messrs Morgan & Duncant had 22 brownies and 4 rainbows from the Boathouse end.

March and April 2014

The lake was full at the beginning of the season and the weather was a mixture of cold and sunny days with winds ranging from strong to calm.

The season started slowly with few rods out but got better as the weather warmed up. 40 rods fished for a total of 172 brown trout and 97 rainbow trout. Most fish were caught on slow sinking and intermediate lines with popular flies being montanas, vivas. Gold-ribbed hair ear and welsh wizard.

Among notable catches for the period were:-

  • Ken Thomas party had 30 brownies and 4 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Richard Chapman (fishing with gillie John Davies) had 6 brownies and 15 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Paul Makin had 11 brownies annd 8 rainbows (including 1 of 5lbs) from Whitegates.
  • Messrs Landt & Owen had 20 brownies and 5 rainbows from the Boathouse end.
  • Stephen Duder and party (fishing with gillie John Davie) had 2 brownies and 22 rainbows.
  • Paul Makin had 32 brownies and 4 rainbows from Whitegates.
  • Messrs Owen & Sleigh had 12 brownies and 3 rainbows from the Boathouse.
  • Paul  Makin had 13 brownies and 4 rainbows from Whitegates

August, September & October 2013

August September and October were distinguished by very low water conditions with little water entering the lake and days of bright sunshine. However, there were days when the fish fed well.

Rhys Williams (fishing with gillie John Davies) took 4 brownies from Whitgates.

Tom Chambrrian had two good days 23+ brownies and 19 brownies plus 2 rainbows caught on Claret Bumble and Mallard and Claret at Whitegates.

Mr Edwards (fishing with gillie John Davies) caught 5 brownies up to 1.5 lbs on a black and green lure and a sink-tip.

Messrs Jones caught 23 brownies and 11 rainbows from Whitegates on Olive Dabbler, Gold Pennel and dry Daddys. R Hillier and R Sumsion had 15 brownies and 1 rainbow on floating black Hoppers from the Boathouse end.

Paul Makin had 4 brownies and 8 rainbows to 3.0 lbs on Missionaries, Sweeny Todds and Peter Ross on a medium sinking line from Whitegates.

Brian Owen and Hyada Steele (fishing with gillie John Davies) – 7 brownies to 3 lbs and 4 rainbows taken on Cats Whiskers, Muddlers and Black and Green lures on sinking lines from the Boathouse end.

Neal and Carol Moss took 7 brownies to 1.0 lbs and 1 rainbow at 2.25 lbs taken on mini-Muddler, Gold Butcher and GRHE using an intermediate lines from the Boathouse end.

Most productive flies were Claret Bumble, Connemara Black, Bibio, Green and Black lure, Montana and GRHE.

May, June & July 2013

May, June and July proved to be very wet and cold at times with the rivers pushing coloured water into the Lake. However, the fish fed hard during the warmer spells with some excellent catches.

Paul Makin had 12 brownies best fish 1.25 lbs and 11 rainbows best fish 2.5 lbs on Bibios, GRHE, Claret bumble taken on a floating line at Whitegates.

GV & H Westropp took 22 brownies using a sink tip with Invictas, Bibios, and Connemara Blacks from Whitegates.

Brian Owen (fishing with gillie John Davies) took 20 brownies and 12 rainbows on Black and green lure and Welsh Witch from Whitegates.

Messrs Hughes and Ogbourne took 17 brownies and 4 rainbows to 3.8 lbs. on Bibios and Claret Bumbles. Messrs Dickson and Coleman-Smith took 25 brownies and 1 rainbow on Bumbles and Vivas.

P Hutchinson (fishing with gillie John Davies) took 27 brownies and 3 rainbows on green and black lures.  Paul Makin (taking advantage of a fishing break) had bags of 16, 28 and 20 brownies taken from between Whitegates and the Cedic on a slow sinker Bibio, Grenwells and GRHEs.

Eddie Wilkinson had 10+ brownies on a dry Hopper from between the Cedic and the Tower.

Derek and Owen Edwards had 19 brownies – best fish 2.5 lbs and 1 rainbow from Whitegates.

M Edwards (fishing with gillie John Davies) had 13 brownies and 1 rainbow on Dabblers and Welsh witches fishing from the Boathouse end.

Messrs Owen and Sleigh had 22 brownies and 1 rainbow on Black Pennels, Butchers and Zulu using floating lines.

GV and H Westrop had 13 brownies on Connemara Blacks and Bibio from Whitegates. Messrs Naylor and Horton took 13 brownies by dapping with Sedges from Whitegates.

Alan Thomas took 9 brownies and 2 rainbows from the Boathouse end.

March & April 2013

The 2013 season was dominated by extremes of the local weather. The opening months of March and April featured snow on the surrounding hills with, melt water coming into the Lake via the feeder stream and the occasional snow shower to test the fortitude of the anglers.

The early season fishing gave good sport for the hardy souls who ventured out. The fish were in superb condition and both the rainbows and brownies fed hard at times and gave good sport to both sinking and floating lines. Whitegates fished well on some days.

Brian Owen had a bag of 18 brownies and 2 rainbows on bumbles and black and green lures fish on an intermediate line. Paul Makin had 11 brownies (best 1.25 lbs) and 8 rainbows (best 4.0 lbs) taken on Bumbles, Montanas and Caddis fished on floating and intermediate lines.