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  1. #31
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    Native brown trout make themselves at home ….

    The current rod average is 3.96

    Favourable conditions of warm, light breezes, sunshine and intermittent clouds enticed numerous rods to enjoy the excellent top-of-the-water sport the Reservoir continbues to provide.

    Rising trout in both South and North Lakes were feeding on a mixed menu of terrestrial black beetles, Daddy Long Legs and buzzers with some now also adding coarse fish fry to their varied diet. With the cooler nights bank fishing has started to improve but by far the best sport is still being enjoyed by the boat anglers.

    This week we are also delighted to announce the additional stocking of 415 native brown trout, all over 2.5lb, which have been bought with proceeds from the Blithfield Brown Trout Fund. The fish were stocked 2 weeks ago and are now happily settling into their new home here – we remind all anglers to please respect these beautiful native fish and to carefully release them back into the water if they are caught.



    Notable returns this week include on the 16th for Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler with 16 fish to his boat, all on fiery brown or red Shipman’s buzzers ; boat pair and Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood returned a boat total of 23 fish with Brian also recording the best fish of the week – a stunning 4lb, naturally grown on rainbow trout which he then released ; and some of the Alex Booth Fly Fishers visited for an evening session returning a rod average of 7.5 between four anglers in just a few hours.

    On the 17th visiting rod Mr. Dave Currie recorded 12 fish to his boat in just 5 hours by using various patterns whilst fellow visiting rod Mr. Pete Eville once again got the measure of the fish and recorded 17 to his boat on black & red cruncher patterns.

    On the 19th visiting rods Messrs Dar and Waseem returned a total of 27 fish to their boat during their all-day session and on the 20th visiting rods Mr. Michael Mason and Mr. Martin Dixon returned 35 fish, including a brown trout, to their boat by using various tactics.

    A special mention rounds off this week’s report – on Sunday 22nd Mr. Bob Hughes took advantage of a free, 2 hour tuition session to help improve his casting and presentation ability. After practicing the advice for a few minutes afterwards he managed to land a stunning 3lb 8ozs rainbow, breaking his duck and providing him with a great outcome on the day.

    Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019 – entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.

    A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.

    Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
    Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Daddy Long Legs ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red hopper ; greased-up Soldier Palmer
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker ; fry patterns
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Kate McLaren
    Best Fish : 4lb rainbow trout caught on a dry fly from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Brian Jones




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

  2. #32
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    Unsettled conditions but the rod average goes up ….

    The current rod average is 4.89

    The week started with light & warm winds on Monday and the boats continued to produce excellent returns with the most successful rods employing dry fly tactics.

    However as we reached Tuesday increasingly strong winds and rain saw light angling pressure but for the few that ventured out there was mostly good sport to be enjoyed with one particularly good boat return submitted. The week continued to be unsettled with intermittent torrential downpours and gusty winds.

    The water clarity at the time of writing (Sunday 30th) remains good but with exceptionally heavy rain predicted please ring either 01283 840284 (before 12 noon) or 07974 263338 for the very latest update on conditions.

    Creditable returns this week include on the 23rd for visitng rod Mr. Cornforth with 12 to his boat on the South Lake.
    On the 24th, despite torrential rain, visiting rods Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Blatchford braved the conditions and recorded a combined total of 20 fish, all caught on orange hoppers during their day.

    Drier conditions on the 25th saw several more great returns with Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop and visiting rod Mr. Roger Perks recording a total of 25 fish to their boat on various patterns including Black Pennell, Diawl Bach and pearly lures with Roger declaring that he still hasn’t blanked in 11 visits ; visiting rods Mr. Henry Deakin and Mr. Alan Deakin also enjoyed some excellent sport to their boat with a combined total of 29 fish, all caught on small wet flies. The bountiful theme continued on the 26th with Season Permit holders Mr. Pat Burton and Mr. Nigel Hodkinson (and Pat’s dog Fudge) returning a boat total of 21 fish, all caught on dry flies including Daddies and hoppers whilst on the same day visiting boat rods Mr. Dutton and Mr. Preston also recorded a combined total of 21 fish by using various patterns including Daddies, hoppers, Diawl Bach and GRHE.

    On the 27th, before the return of the downpours, visiting rods Mr. Alan Topping and Mr. Bill Robinson returned 21 fish to their boat whilst visiting boat rods Mr. Mark Johnson and Mr. Chris Salmon recorded a total of 20 during the day. Just to prove that you don’t have to spend all day in the rain there were decent returns this week for several anglers in 4 hours or less including on 23rd for Mr. Geoff Allsop (12 fish), on the 25th for visiting rod Mr. David Currie (11 fish) and on the 26th for visiting rod Mr. Matt Willis (8 fish).

    Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019 – entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.

    A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.

    Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
    Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Daddy Long Legs ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red hopper
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker ; fry patterns
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Black & Peacock Spider
    Best Fish : 3lb 12ozs rainbow trout caught on the South Lake banks by Mr. Paul Walker




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

  3. #33
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    Fish remain high in the water despite the rain ….

    The current rod average is 4.29

    The recent periods of heavy rain and high water have had an insignificant effect on the water clarity of the South Lake. Therefore this has once again produced another week of excellent sport, mostly to the boats.

    However with the trout starting to show an interest in the coarse fish fry gathering in the margins bank fishing has started to improve.

    As a general note the fish are still in the top 2 feet of water so the current advice is not to fish too deep and as the day warms up expect sport to the dries of floating fry patterns.

    Following the recent stocking of brown trout we have, unsurprisingly, seen an increase in the number of browns being recorded on return cards in the past week or so.
    We would like to remind ALL anglers that brown trout must be released unharmed and we expect them to be treated with respect and handled as little as possible to minimise stress and damage. We welcome you to take photographs of these stunning fish when you catch them but please keep them in the water and in the net wherever possible.



    Notable returns this week include on Monday 30th for visiting rods Mr. Clive Holt and Mr. Colin Chambers who recorded a total of 11 fish to their boat during an afternoon session.

    On the 2nd Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop enjoyed superb sport with 21 fish to his boat on the South Lake using small pearly or black and red lures ; visiting rods Mr. Bruce Burton and Mr. John Graney also recorded 17 fish to their boat, one of which was a stunning 5lb plus male brown trout caught by John Graney on a Yellow Fritz.

    On the 3rd visiting rods Mr. Dar and Mr. Waseem recorded a combined total of 19 fish to their boat using lure patterns.

    On Friday 4th visiting boat pair Mr. Bill Robinson and Mr. Alan Topping also returned 19 fish to their boat, including 3 browns which were safely released.
    Excellent returns continued to be submitted on the 5th with visiting rods Mssrs. Booth and Greatbatch returning 23 fish to their boat on both dry and wet flies ; visiting rod Mr. Chris Howkins and Permit holder Mr. John Wellecomme fished together for the first time and recorded 21 fish to their boat on lure patterns ; visiting rods Mr. Stuart Hartland and Mr. Ian Hartland returned 17 fish to their boat on wet flies, Daddy Long Legs and claret Shipman’s buzzers ; visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate recorded a not-so-unlucky 13 fish to his boat on the South Lake using Daddy Long Legs and CdC patterns to great effect.

    Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019 – entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.

    A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.

    Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; Mickledale Bay
    Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; hopper ; Daddy Long Legs ; Shipman's sugar lump
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker ; floating fry patterns
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Black Pennell
    Best Fish : 5lb brown trout caught on a boat on the South Lake by Mr. John Graney




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

  4. #34
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    Blustery showers cannot dampen spirits this week ….

    The current rod average is 4.53

    In yet another week where the weather has dominated the sport (and the discerning angler’s inclinations!) it might be expected to see a downturn in the number of fish caught. However this week has proved that even when the conditions appear to be inclement the fish still respond to well-presented flies with pleasing results.

    No two days are the same in fly fishing and whilst on some days trout have been seen topping after small terrestrials, on others the movements are much more difficult to spot – one tip is to look for gulls feeding and diving at the surface which is a sure sign of a coarse fry shoal and a likely hang-out for hungry trout who are still cruising in the top 2 feet of water.

    Whilst fish are slowly heading back towards the margins to feast on coarse fry, the abundance of fry still in deeper areas means that boats remain the best option for covering the water and providing successful sport.
    Dry flies in the form of Daddy Long Legs patterns have performed exceptionally well but floating coarse fry patterns and small attractors, fished on a floating line, are all now coming into their own too.

    Creditable returns this week include on Tuesday 8th for visiting boat rods Mr. Mike Smith and Mr. Steve Trigg who returned a combined total of 21 fish to their boat and for visiting rod Mr. Peter Unsworth who recorded a total of 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake.

    On the 9th Season Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood recorded 12 fish to their boat. On Thursday 10th visiting rod Mr. Pete Eville, fishing with his lovely canine companion Maddie, returned a total of 15 fish including 1 brown trout all caught on black hopper patterns from the South Lake ; Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler paired up in a boat with visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar and between them they returned a decent 26 fish – Phil using Daddy Long Legs patterns and Yousef using attractor patterns ; on the same day visiting rod Mr. David Cornforth fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 11 fish during his session.

    On Friday the 11th , in torrential showers, visiting rod Mr. Neil Chandler ventured out in a boat with novice angler Mr. Dean Tattum and between them they recorded a very noteworthy 17 fish on dabbler patterns ; Season Permit holder Mr. John Arnott spent 3 hours in a boat on the South Lake and returned a total of 10 fish.

    On Saturday 12th Permit holders Mr. Alan Miles and Mr. Barry Turner enjoyed good sport with 17 fish to their boat whilst visiting rods Mr. Lester Booth and Mr. Mick Broadgate used Daddy Long Legs and dry flies to excellent effect and recorded 29 fish to their boat.

    On the 13th the Reservoir hosted a meeting of the Alex Booth Fly Fishers who braved showers and generally dismal weather to record a rod average of 4.18 based on the returns submitted.

    Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019 – entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.

    A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.

    Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; Mickledale Bay
    Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; hopper ; Daddy Long Legs ; Shipman's sugar lump
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker ; floating fry patterns
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Teal, blue & silver ; Mallard & Claret
    Best Fish : 3lb brown trout caught from the bank on a Cormorant by Mr. Tim Jobling




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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