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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    Superb sport on offer again this week.

    The current rod average is 6.24

    On the 20th May the reservoir hosted an heat of the popular Scierra Pairs which saw 15 boat pairs competing for a place in the final on 26th August. An outstanding effort by Martin Dixon and Mike Mason saw them bag-up and return to the Boat House within an hour earning a cracking 12lb time bonus into the bargain. Inevitably they won the heat with a total 34lbs 15/16 ozs. Best recorded fish of the heat went to Richard Delrosso and Neil Beesley at 3lb. Despite the early bagging-up all competitors were then able to continue fishing on a catch and release basis for the rest of the day. The rod average for the actual heat was 5.8 but for the anglers who fished all day the average was much higher.

    The event showcased the superb sport being enjoyed during the last few weeks. Bank anglers are continuing to record good bags but boats are just starting to come into their own with exceptional sport to dries or nymphs fished on a floating or sink tip line.

    With the competition season now in full swing, we advise booking boats in advance to avoid disappointment.

    With this in mind please be advised of these forthcoming events which will affect availability –

    Saturday 2nd June - annual Cancer Charity boat pairs match, NO BOATS AVAILABLE

    Thursday 7th June – Angling Trust England Fly Fishing practice day, VERY LIMITED BOATS AVAILABLE

    Friday 8th June - Angling Trust England Fly Fishing Heat, VERY LIMITED BOATS AVAILABLE

    Finally on Sunday 10th June the Staffordshire Ironman event will once again affect access to the reservoir until 2pm. However, this year, access is available all day via the B5014 from Handsacre, through Hill Ridware and Blithbury.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    "Perfect, crazy day" as dry flies produce excellent results...

    The current rod average is 6.05


    Despite a forecast for thundery downpours during the week the reservoir managed to escape them and instead the conditions remained fairly settled. Now that the upper layers of water have warmed up and insect life is abundant the trout are happily cruising sub-surface and readily taking dry flies as well as nymphs and buzzers which has resulted in some excellent returns.

    Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, Ten Acre Bay, Boathouse Bay, Old Man’s

    Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer

    Best Lures : Olive damsel, Green & Black, Viva, Olive tadpole

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Hare’s Ear nymph, Diawl Bach, Olive buzzer, black buzzer

    Best Fish : Mr. Colin Beresford , 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout, caught on a Shipman’s buzzer, from the banks of the South Lake

  3. #13
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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    Boat anglers enjoy the best of the sport this week...


    The current rod average is 4.98


    Another dry, settled week once again saw plenty of visitors to the reservoir. The margins have now started to see an increase in temperatures which has resulted in many fish moving slightly further out over deeper, cooler water. Although still within a decent cast of the banks, boat anglers have benefitted from the flexibility and coverage a boat can offer and have submitted the best returns this week.

    Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, drifts in towards the Gorse Bushes, drifts in towards Ten Acre Bay, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)

    Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer, red Shipman's buzzer

    Best Lures : Olive damsel,Olive tadpole, white marabou lure

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Hare’s Ear nymph, pearly Diawl Bach, Olive buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : Mr. Ray Edge, 4lb approx brown trout, caught on a Shipman's buzzer from the bank of the South Lake.
    The current rod average is 4.98


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    The rod average is 4.98


    Another dry, settled week once again saw plenty of visitors to the reservoir. The margins have now started to see an increase in temperatures which has resulted in many fish moving slightly further out over deeper, cooler water.

    Although still within a decent cast of the banks, boat anglers have benefitted from the flexibility and coverage a boat can offer and have submitted the best returns this week.

    The South Lake continues to be the most productive of the two with decent drifts and good wind lanes across the centre and in towards Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay on the prevailing North Easterlies. With an ATEFF Qualifier Heat on Friday 8th, many anglers practiced for a couple of days beforehand and enjoyed some excellent sport finding the fish well distributed in the water.

    Creditable returns this week include on the 4th for Permit holders Mr. Graham Wood and Mr. Brian Jones who paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 29 fish between them, mainly to wet flies and buzzers. The 5th saw many solid returns including for Permit holder Mr. Eddie Biddle with 11 fish, all safely released ; for visiting rod Mr. Mark Johnson with 14 fish to his boat caught on various patterns including blobs, dries and buzzers with the best of his bag being a 3lb rainbow trout ; visiting rods Mr. Wayne Jordan and Mr. Mick Bowden paired up to fish from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish to their boat using buzzer patterns and white lures ; visiting rod and in-form angler Mr. Simon Caddy again returned a decent bag to his boat – this time 24 fish, all safely released. On the 6th it was another visiting rod, Mr. Jeff Mason, who enjoyed great boat sport releasing all 12 of his fish which were caught on various red dry flies. Thursday 7th started cooler and cloudier before brightening in the afternoon. With many anglers fishing a practice for the ATEFF Qualifier there were further great results, including for visiting rod Mr. Nik Tompkins who had travelled up from Plymouth with boat partner Mr. Dave Minall. On the 8th the Heat got underway at 10am in cool, cloudy conditions and the results were as follows –

    1st place - Mr. Andy Taylor 40lb 9ozs (including bonuses)
    2nd place – Mr. Yousef Dar 35lb 15ozs (including bonuses)
    3rd place – Mr. Tony Baldwin 35lb 8ozs (including bonuses)

    The rod average for the day was 12.14 with more than 300 fish caught & released after anglers had weighed-in their 3 fish kill limits. Best fish of the Heat went to Mr. Simon Caddy with a rainbow trout weighing 3lb 4oz.

    Rounding off the week on the 10th there were great returns from visiting rods including a boat total of 14 for Mr. Clive Wilkins and Mr. Keith Smith, with all fish caught on dry flies and all safely released whilst regular visitor Mr. Rod Tilton returned a total of 10 fish to his boat, again all caught on dry flies and all safely released to swim for another day.

    With boats being a better option at the present time it is worth noting that a four hour boat can be hired at any time during the day from 8am onwards. Fishing currently ends at 9.45pm making a day on the water excellent value. Boats can be booked on 01283 840284 between 8am and 12 noon.

    The rod average is 4.98

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