Two Days Away
The destination for WMP Fly-Fishing section’s ‘Two Days Away’ social event in July this year was the scenic Llyn Brenig in North Wales, where the ospreys fly and the fish fight hard.
Brenig is a new venue for the annual trip, but one where some members have fished in PSUK competitions in the past, proving to be a popular water thanks to its beautiful surroundings and quality trout fishing.
The fifteen strong group started the trip on the first morning with a ‘Fisherman’s breakfast’ at the Llyn Brenig cafe, where the staff were most welcoming. The panoramic view of the reservoir from the breakfast table was very inviting and the guys cleaned their plates with the anticipation of a good couple of day’s fly fishing at a great location.
Day one turned out to be quite productive for most of the group with a fair number of fish being found and caught at different hotspots around the reservoir, but the overwhelming reaction was about the size and quality of the rainbow trout stocked there. Most of those caught were in the 3-5 lb bracket and fought like demons! No complaints there then and over an excellent dinner at the Cornmill restaurant in Llangollen that evening, everyone was eagerly looking forward to another good day to follow.
One of the features of our ‘Two Days away’ trip has become the awarding of the ‘Rose Bowl’ to the member who has contributed something special to the section, or to someone who has achieved something worthy of note that year. This year was the turn of our secretary Steve Owen to receive a long-overdue award for his tireless work for the section. Steve organises days out, trips and competitions, raises money for charity and ensures that the section is a sociable and welcoming one for all comers whether they are experts or novices... or mainly somewhere in the middle! He also won ‘Sports Secretary of the Year’ at this year’s Sports and Social club awards. Steve actually thought that he was going to award the Rose Bowl to someone else but thanks to some scheming behind the scenes, he was the one taken by surprise when we took the bowl and announced that he had been chosen this year!
So, after breakfast the next morning we set out from the Royal Hotel to revisit Llyn Brenig and to enjoy round two of what we hoped would be a continuation of the preceding day’s quality fishing. The weather had turned a bit gloomy and a mist fell on the water. This cleared up later and although it wasn’t as fine as day one, the fishing was once again very good, with a balance of challenge and reward, with more high-quality fish to be caught when you got it right.
After two tremendous days’ fishing, the group made their way in and said their farewells to Brenig, but hopefully not for too long, as the venue now appears to have earned the right to be a regular on our calendar of events.
Yet another great trip with the WMP Fly-Fishing section!
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