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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    The rod average is 2.30


    The reservoir actively encourages imitative dry fly or floating line nymph tactics but there are times, especially during the ‘dog days’ of August (when hatches are somewhat sparse), that tactics targeted at the trout’s aggressive nature can pay dividends.

    This was certainly the case this week when a duo of match anglers using sinking lines and lures retrieved at a fast pace showed the potential of the fishery. However, most fish are still feeding in the top few feet of water especially over the deeper areas.

    Creditable returns this week are all, bar one, from Thursday 9th with Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton recording a total of 8 fish from his boat on the South Lake in just 4 hours .

    Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton paired up in a boat on the South Lake and also returned a boat total of 8 fish, all caught on dry flies ; visiting rods Mr. Terry Coging and Mr. Jeff Stanley enjoyed some great dry fly sport to record a total of 12 fish to their drifting boat on the South Lake and visiting rods Mr. Yousef Dar and Mr. Simon Caddy employed the afore-mentioned sinking line and lure tactics to record more than 60 fish to their boat, again on the South Lake.

    Whilst this method is not for everyone, it certainly pays off in competitions when conditions are tough and numbers count.

    On Saturday 11th Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, all caught on Shipman’s buzzer patterns with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow trout.

    With the advent of cooler evenings and the ever-improving water clarity prospects continue to look good for the coming days and weeks.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    Cooler conditions begin to boost the sport ….

    The rod average is 2.0

    Slowly but surely the water temperature has started to fall which in turn has promoted a modest buzzer hatch and produced spasmodic periods when the trout have been taking naturals from the surface.
    Other trout are continuing to chase the abundant coarse fry, mostly over the deeper water but occasionally venturing into the margins – a sign of improving sport for the bank anglers perhaps?
    During days with lighter winds returns to the boats proved to be good but squally, blustery days were less productive. Hopefully we have turned the corner from the ‘Dog Days’ of August and with stocking scheduled to continue combined with a very large head of resident fish prospects are predicted to be excellent.
    Creditable returns this week include on the 20th for visiting rods Mr. Malcolm Capper and Mr. Neil Thomas who caught and released a total of 8 fish from their boat on the South Lake. On the 21st Season Permit holder Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner spent a few hours in a drifting boat on the South Lake on a very sunny afternoon and returned a total of 13 fish, all caught on Daddy Long Legs imitations and hoppers. On 22nd Permit holder Mr. Norman Swinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and recorded a total bag of 7 fish with the best being a stunning, large-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4ozs ; on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton returned a total of 12 fish to his boat – his best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow – with all caught on Shipman’s buzzers and hoppers during some excellent top-of-the-water sport ; also fishing on a very productive 22nd were Permit holders Mr. Graham Wood and Mr. Brian Jones with a very decent return to the boat of 20 fish. The 23rd saw further good returns with Season Permit holding brothers Mr. Derek Cope and Mr. Mick Cope fishing from a boat on the South Lake to record a total bag of 7 fish all caught on hopper patterns ; on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries returned 7 fish to his boat, this time caught on a combination of small coral boobies and Daddy Long Legs patterns in around 4 hours of sport. The best of the few bank anglers on the 23rd was Season Permit holder Mr. Maurice Dewey who also recorded the best fish of the week amongst his bag – a fabulous 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught from the South Lake banks on a small PTN.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    Large-tailed, fin-perfect stock fish amongst this week’s returns ….

    The rod average is 2.10


    The week started fairly slowly but cooler evenings and cloudy days produced a gradual improvement in conditions and by Friday afternoon excellent sport was enjoyed by the boat anglers in the South Lake.

    A warm, light south westerly breeze saw a good buzzer hatch and the trout responded with fish moving well on the naturals and a fall of small black beetles. Some fish, however, were still pre-occupied with feeding on the coarse fish fry high in the water.

    A pleasing aspect of the bags recorded this week was the excellent condition of the resident stock fish with several fin-perfect, large tailed rainbows over 3lb amongst the returns but all were topped by a simply stunning 4lb ‘bar of silver’ blue trout

    Noteworthy returns this week include on the 27th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker with 6 fish from the banks including 2 tiger trout and a 3lb 8ozs rainbow, all caught on a small white lure during a few hours in the evening.
    On the 30th Season Permit holder Mr. John Arnott recorded a naturally grown on 3lb rainbow trout amongst his bag caught on a claret hopper from a boat on the South Lake.
    The 31st saw a few decent returns being submitted including for Permit Holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood who paired up in a boat to return a total of 13 fish between them whilst visiting rod Mr. Neil Chandler recorded a total of 9 fish to his boat on the South Lake ; on the same day Permit Holder Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner returned a total of 9 fish in just a 3 hour afternoon session, all caught on dries and with two fish over 3lb amongst the bag .
    On Saturday 1st September visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, including a stunning brown trout of 2lb 11ozs, all caught on floating line with Daddy Long Legs and CdC patterns.

    The sport improved greatly on Sunday 2nd with Permit Holder Mr. Norman Swinson returning a total of 13 fish to his boat on the South Lake with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow ; Season Permit holders Mr. Pat Burton and Mr. Nigel Hodkinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and returned a total of 22 fish to their boat including that stunning 4lb blue trout caught on a Daddy Long Legs by Nigel. Rounding off an excellent day was visiting rod Mr. David Currie with a total of 8 to his boat, including a feisty tiger trout, all caught on a sparkler lure.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    Banks are improving as water temperature falls...

    The current rod average is 2.01

    As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness descends upon us water temperatures have continued to fall slowly bringing about an improvement in sport. The most significant change is the gradual improvement in bank sport and whilst boat returns still remain the better of the two bank returns are creeping upwards with some excellent fish recorded during the past week.

    Several specimen trout of 3lb plus have been caught from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake and the best fish of the week, a stunning, naturally grown on brown trout of 5lb 4ozs was caught on a black CdC hopper from the South Lake Bank on Wednesday 26th by Permit holder Mr. David Marlow who fished for just an hour and a half in the evening.

    Other notable returns this week include on the 26th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who fished for 2 and a half hours in the evening and returned a total of 5 fish from the South Lake banks ; on the same day visiting rods Mr. Rock and Mr. Southall spent a few hours fishing the South Lake from a boat and returned a total of 8 fish between them, a number matched by visiting rods Mr. Bill Stubbs and Mr. Steve Ratcliffe who also fished from a boat on the same day. On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of 6 fish to his boat, caught on a mixture of both dry and wet Daddy Longlegs imitations.

    The 28th saw Permit holder Mr. Brian Jones venture out in a boat and, using Baby Doll patterns, recorded a total of 5 very nice fish to his boat with several more being tempted by the pattern and one of “at least 5 lbs” which broke Brian’s line!

    On the 29th Permit holders Mr. Barry Turner and Mr. Alan Miles returned a total of 7 fish to their boat whilst rounding off the week on the 30th visiting rod Mr. Paul Cook recorded a boat total of 8 fish, all safely released to swim for another day.


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

    Best Dries : Red or black hopper, claret & pearl hopper, Daddy Long Legs, greased-up Bibio

    Best Lures : white minkie, sparkle booby, orange blob, Baby Doll

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Invicta, Bibio, pearly PTN, Mallard & claret

    Best Fish : 5lb 4ozs brown trout caught on a black CdC hopper from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Dave Marlow
    Last edited by Old Esox; 02-10-2018 at 09:39 AM.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    The rod average is 2.88


    As we experience another week of fluctuating weather – following cold, wet, windy conditions we then saw highs of 17˚C on Wednesday – we can be thankful that the trout are behaving as nature dictates and moving in to the margins to feed. At this time of year, with a lower sun and cooler water, the urge to ‘stock-up’ on food supplies before cold weather comes is too great for the fish to ignore and as a result there have been some excellent bank returns.

    Anglers who resisted the temptation to wade out beyond knee-depth were the most rewarded with several tactics producing good sport. Floating lines once again came up trumps whilst the most beneficial fly patterns varied from small white boobies and lures at the start of the week to Bibio, black hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider and Bob’s Bits by Sunday afternoon! The water clarity has improved greatly which has also ensured that boat sport is still producing very successful returns – particularly on the South Lake. An interesting note this week is the rise in numbers of brown and tiger trout being recorded as they become more mobile in the cooler temperatures.

    Noteworthy returns this week include on the 15th for Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner with 6 fish from the South Lake Banks in just a few hours. On Tuesday 16th Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished from the banks for approximately 2 hours and recorded a total of 7 fish, mainly on an Invicta whilst earlier on the same day visiting rod Mr. Geoff Forman recorded 6 fish from the South Lake banks, including a lovely brown trout, all caught on black spider patterns.
    The 17th proved to be an incredibly good day with a rise in air pressure and settled conditions. Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner again enjoyed great sport with a total return of 10 fish, all caught on small white lures, from the bank ; visiting rod Mr. Robert Arrowsmith used Black Pennell and Bibio patterns to record a total of 7 fish from the bank ; boat pairings also submitted creditable returns on the same day – Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood returned a total of 10 fish to their boat on the South Lake and visiting boat pair Mr. Tim Buckett and Mr. M. Rudding also recorded 10 fish to their boat – all caught on hoppers and Shuttlecock CdC patterns during the afternoon. On the 18th Season Permit holder Mr. Derek Spilsbury fished for just a few hours and returned 6 fish to the bank on the South Lake while Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles enjoyed a great morning on the banks with a total of 9 fish. On the same day Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway also fished from the banks and recorded a total of 6 fish to Bibio and dry fly patterns, including the best fish this week – a stunning 5lb 8ozs brown trout caught on a black Bibio-hopper.
    Towards the end of the week on the 20th Permit holder Mr. David Marlow returned a total of 5 fish from the banks as did visiting rod Mr. Tom Clasper who counted a lovely brown trout amongst his total – of course this was safely released to hopefully live on into old age in accordance with Fishery Rules.

    Also amongst the returns this week were a 3lb 6ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Paul Walker ; a stunning brown trout for Mr. Mick Grant ; a 3lb 4ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Alan Miles ; a 3lb 4ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Alan Mould and a 3lb rainbow trout for Mr. Dennis Anslow.

    A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on 15th November 2018.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2018

    The rod average is 2.75

    As we enter the final couple of weeks of the 2018 Season we have finally seen a favourable change in weather and water conditions which has resulted in a great boost to the sport and rewards for those patient anglers who persevered in trickier times.

    Plenty of fish have been caught closer to the margins, especially on the South Lake, with some stunning examples as close in as 3 feet from the water’s edge. Fry feeding is foremost now as trout focus on bulking themselves up before winter sets in and fry patterns certainly performed well. However wet flies in the form of Bibio, Black Pennell and Black & Peacock Spider also produced great bags whilst the best brown trout this week was caught on a dry sedge imitation.

    Notable returns this week include on 31st for visiting rod Mr. Robert Arrowsmith with 5 fish all caught on wet flies within 4 hours from the South Lake banks ; on the same day, visiting rod Mr. Machin fished in Ten Acre Bay for a few hours until dusk and returned a stunning 3lb 8ozs brown trout amongst his bag, caught within 6 feet of the bank on a sedge pattern. On Thursday 1st visiting rod Mr. Mick Grant recorded a total of 6 fish from the banks – this time all caught on small black & green lures and boobies. On the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles returned a full-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4ozs amongst his bag. On Friday 2nd Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished from the banks for little over an hour and recorded a total of 5 fish, with many more takes, the best of which was a 3lb 4ozs rainbow. Paul was back at it again on the 4th with another 4 decent fish, the best of these being a cracking 3lb 8ozs rainbow, again all caught from the banks. Rounding off the week were visiting rods Mr. Ray Edwards and Mr. Trevor Bagnall who both enjoyed a good day’s sport with 6 fish apiece, the best of which was a 3lb rainbow for Trevor.

    A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on Friday 16th November and to Permit holders on Friday 23rd November 2018.

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