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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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