Monthly Archives: June 2015

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