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  1. #11
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    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.

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    "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

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    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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    Patience and confidence pay off this week...

    The current rod average is 2.56

    After the welcome frenzy of the recent matches and practice days the reservoir has seen normal service resume. This was heralded by the fish becoming increasingly pre-occupiedwith feeding on pin fry. Numerous fish, especially in overcast conditions, were seen ‘fry bashing’ right across the reservoir. These fish , far from being impossible to catch, actually produced some good returns especially from the boats. The most successful tactics were small fry imitations fished static just beneath the surface.

    Across the middle of the reservoir dry fly tactics worked well but with only light hatches most fish came ‘blind’ to the fly and it was a case of having patience and confidence in proven patterns.

    Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen's 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 muddler, small white marabou lure

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

    Best Fish : Mr. Paul Walker, 3lb rainbow trout trout, caught on a dry fly from the banks of the South Lake.

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    Mad dogs and anglers go out in the midday sun - with good results...

    The current rod average is 2.52


    Although the water has become tinged with algae and bright, sunny skies have prevailed the fishing has remained good.

    The most successful anglers have employed dry fly tactics and even on the brightest days fish were willing to rise. A prime example of this was the boat pairing of Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle who set off out at 1pm, during the hottest, brightest part of Sunday 24th and using only dry flies on floating lines, recorded a very creditable total of 16 fish to their boat thus proving that even when conditions appear to be hopeless the fish will still come.

    Best Areas : Old Man's, St. Stephen's Bay, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts from the centre of the South Lake in towards Mary Lou's, 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 muddler, small white marabou lure

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Gold ribbed Hare's Ear, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : Mr. Colin Chambers, 4lb brown trout, caught on a dry fly from a drifting boat on the South Lake.

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    The rod average is 2.68

    Light fishing pressure due to the relentless baking heat has resulted in fewer returns this week. However, those intrepid anglers who did venture out found that the fish were quite actively feeding and not, as might be expected, at depth but instead just sub-surface. Cooling Easterly breezes across the surface of the water all week may well have played a part in reducing the temperature in the upper layers and despite the dazzling sun and a patchy bloom of algae many trout have been eager to take red, orange or claret dry flies as well as fry-imitating pearly nymphs. Interestingly we have seen a slight rise in the rod average this week, partially due to the double-figured returns enjoyed by several anglers including two very good bank sessions on Thursday and Friday. These dispel the myth that bank angling in such conditions is a waste of time and prove just the opposite!

    Noteworthy returns this week include several on the 28th including for Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton who recorded a total of 7 fish to his anchored boat on the South Lake in less than 4 hours using klinkhammer and spider patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Bristow also fished from a boat and returned a total of 9 fish, all caught on Bibio patterns and visiting rod Mr. David Felton fished from the banks and recorded 12 fish – two to dry flies and the remainder to crunchers fished just sub-surface. A fabulous return came on the 29th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who returned a very creditable 21 fish – all caught on dry flies from the banks with the best being a 3lb 2ozs rainbow trout, proving that the heat and the sun have not put the fish off at all. On Saturday 30th Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer recorded a total of 11 fish to his boat on the South Lake in just 5 hours, this time all were tempted by a small white lure to imitate the juicy fry they were feeding on. Rounding off the week on Sunday 1st July was Permit Holder Mr. George Eardley who returned 9 fish to his boat – this time the fish were all caught on a red or claret shuttlecock CdC during the hottest hours of early to mid-afternoon in bright sunlight where once again fish were happily moving just sub-surface and taking off the top of the water.

    A quick heads-up this week that the annual triathlon held at Blithfield will take place on Sunday 29th July. This will not affect access all day but will affect fishing in part of the South Lake for a few hours during the morning.

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    Rod average creeps up as trout continue to feed...

    The current rod average is 2.96

    Once again the soaring temperatures of this glorious summer are a feature of angling reports from across the country. Many waters are experiencing the same difficulties brought on by the weather from fish refusing to feed, algal blooms and water temperatures simply being too high for good sport. However this is not the case at Blithfield and whilst there is a tinge of algae to the water it is certainly not unfishable as some of this week’s returns indicate.


    Best Areas : Mary Lou’s, Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake

    Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, Sedge, red Shipman's buzzer, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

    Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, coral blob

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : Mr. Phil Sadler, 5lb rainbow trout, caught on a Shipman's buzzer from a boat on the South Lake.

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    Stocking policy now paying dividends...

    The current rod average is 2.56

    The Fishery policy of weekly stocking pays dividends at this time of year with fresh fish added to the resident stock producing the best possible chance of sport.

    Fish have continued to feed just sub-surface this week with red, orange or claret dry flies producing good results when used in combination with nymph patterns. This method has applied for some time now and as we have been repeating for the last few weeks the brightness and heat has not sent the fish into deeper water just yet.

    Creditable returns this week include on Thursday 12th for Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull who recorded a total of 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake (drifts out of Rainbow Corner on an East-Southeast breeze) using claret dry flies. Phil reported that the late afternoon and evening was particularly good with plenty of rising fish. On the same day 2 visiting rods from Darwen in Lancashire, Messrs. G. & S. Martin, paired up in a boat and returned a total of 16 fish to the boat, all to dry fly tactics whilst regular visiting rod Mr. Tim Buckett enjoyed some excellent sport during the late afternoon and evening with a total of 10 fish to his boat.

    On Friday the 13th there was certainly no bad luck for visiting rod Mr.Neil Barlow – his first visit to the reservoir this season saw him record a total of 14 fish, the best being a 4lb 6ozs rainbow, with boat partner Mr. Ron Powell taking the boat total to 18. Not too far behind were their friends and fellow visitors Mr. Steve Ratcliffe and Mr. Billy Stubbs with a boat total of 12, all caught on claret dry flies on the South Lake.

    On the 14th there was a good bank return for Permit holder Mr. Eddie Biddle with a total of 7 fish, all caught on dry flies in a few hours’ sport. Rounding off the week on Sunday 15th was Season Permit holder Mr. Gerald Sweetmore with a superb bank angling session, returning a total of 10 fish, all caught on Daddy Long Legs imitations, in just 2 and a half hours – the best of these being a stunning 4lb 2ozs rainbow.


    With the school summer holidays almost upon us we would like to remind potential visitors that accompanied children are welcome at Blithfield where under-10s can fish for free and accompanied 11-16 year olds able to fish for just £10 per day.
    We are keen to encourage a future generation of fly anglers into the sport and the smile on the face of a young angler after a good day’s sport is unforgettable. To book a free, one-off tuition and guidance session please call us on 01283 840284. Please note that all children (16 and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.



    Best Areas : Mary Lou’s, Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake

    Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red Shipman's buzzer, orange or red Shipman's sugar lump, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

    Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, yellow blob

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : 4lb 6ozs rainbow trout caught on a Diawl Bach by Mr. Neil Barlow from a boat on the South Lake
    Last edited by Old Esox; 18-07-2018 at 05:21 AM.

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    A summer to remember as the heatwave continues ...

    The current rod average is 2.81

    A few of us can remember the ‘great heatwave’ of 1976 when the country baked under blazing sunshine for what was, we were advised, a one-off exceptional summer. Now 42 years later we have the same again – searing heat, high humidity and what is known as a ‘Spanish plume’ of exceptionally hot air pushing North, all thanks to the Jetstream. With the exception of a short downpour last Friday 20th our previous significant rainfall at Blithfield had been on 27th May and waters across the country are all experiencing the same conditions – low water levels, high temperatures and lack of terrestrial activity. Vegetation along the banks has become brittle and golden brown and hatches have come to a halt. Indeed it seems that the summer of 2018 will be another one that is remembered in years to come.

    However it is not all bad news. Here at Blithfield the fish have remained fairly high in the water, feeding avidly on the plentiful coarse fry just sub-surface and still taking well-presented dry flies as well as pearly nymph imitations. Although we have been fortunate in some respects without a drop in temperatures and rain soon we, too, will experience the trout heading to the cooler depths as they cease to feed.


    Best Areas : Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake, Old Man's

    Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red Shipman's buzzer, orange or red Shipman's sugar lump, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

    Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, yellow blob

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : 5lb 6ozs rainbow trout caught on a red hopper by Mr. Rod Tilton from a boat on the South Lake

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    The rod average is 1.65


    An unusual start to this week’s report as we would usually expect to be discussing the ‘dog days of summer’ and the lack of sport. However, although the heat and humidity have reduced terrestrial activity to a minimum there have been some buzzer hatches and with an abundance of coarse fry to feed on the majority of fish have continued to cruise about and feed in the top few feet of water both early mornings and into the evenings.

    On cloudier days the offering of claret or fiery brown dry flies has proved useful to tempt those trout tired of fish suppers with many taking flies ‘blind’ and seemingly appearing from nowhere. Therefore spotting the fish movements in the water has been challenging at times but patience and confidence have certainly paid off.

    Amongst the noteworthy returns this week are Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood with 10 to their boat on the South Lake on Monday 30th. On 31st visiting rods Mr. Tony Smith and Mr. Simon Peck paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 16 fish between them, all caught on dry flies and Bob’s Bits. On Wednesday 1st it was Messrs. Jones and Wood again enjoying decent sport with a boat total of 13 fish whilst on Friday 3rd visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar returned a total of 9 fish to his drifting boat. Certainly not all doom and gloom this week with several anglers returning bags of 5 or more fish in just 4 hours’ sport and even bags of 4 and 5 fish being recorded from some parts of the banks despite the high temperatures. Water clarity remains mostly moderate and weekly stocking has continued to provide fresh fish due to the close proximity of the on-site Fish Farm. With cooler, fresher conditions forecast for the week ahead the prospects will improve.



    Best Areas : drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Old Man's

    Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red or claret Shipman's buzzer, claret Bob's Bits, claret & pearl hopper, Daddy Long Legs

    Best Lures : small white marabou lure, black taddy, yellow blob

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Bibio, Invicta, Soldier Palmer, pearly Diawl Bach, pearly PTN, cruncher

    Best Fish : 2lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a red Shipman's buzzer by Mr. John Henshall from a boat on the South Lake
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    Last edited by Old Esox; 07-08-2018 at 02:33 PM.

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