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  1. #11
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    Default Re: Blithfield 2019

    The rod average is 6.50


    With the recent influx of cool rainwater the temperatures in the margins has remained unseasonably low, promoting continued excellent sport for bank anglers this week.
    As is usual for this time of year the top-of-the-water sport to the boats, for which Blithfield is renowned, has been exceptional – even during the brightest, sunniest periods. Drifts over deeper water have produced great sport with resident and early-season stocked specimens. The South Lake remains the most productive with short drifts across the centre of the North Lake now starting to come into their own.

    With cooler and fresher conditions with some cloud forecast the prospects for the days ahead look to be excellent.

    Creditable returns this week include on the 24th for Permit holder Mr. Jeff Johnson with 12 fish from the banks of the South Lake ; visiting rod Mr. Mick Wheeldon returned a total of 14 fish from Rainbow Corner, mainly on lure patterns whilst Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 24 fish between them.

    The 25th dawned cloudy and damp but still produced incredible sport with visiting boat pair Mr. Rick Edwards and Mr. Malc Capper returning a total of 48 fish to their drifting boat on nymph and lure patterns whilst fellow visitors Mr. Keith Smith and Mr. Clive Wilkins recorded a boat total of 45 fish, mainly to olive CdC and nymphs.

    On the 26thPermit holder Dr. Ian Greaves returned a fabulous 18 fish to his boat in just 4 hours, all caught on sedge imitations during the morning ; Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler also enjoyed the plentiful sport on offer with 19 fish to his boat all on Shipman’s buzzers ; visiting rods were not denied either with Mr. Mick Broadgate and Mr. Jez Alcock both recording 13 fish each to their respective boats.

    On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Robert Sherratt returned 12 fish from the banks of the South Lake in just 4 hours using a combination of small black dry flies, olive nymphs and small white lures whilst visiting boat pairing Mr. Paul Ravenscroft and Mr. David Locker fished from a drifting boat and returned a combined total of 31 fish. Friday 28th certainly continued to provide superb sport with Permit holder Mr. John Jones and visiting rod Mr. David Morris both returning 12 fish from the banks whilst drifting boats again saw the cream of the sport with Permit holder Mr. Terry Coging and visiting rod Mr. Geoff Stanley pairing up in a boat to return 23 fish between them, all on dry flies and visiting boat pairing Mr. Alan Topping and Mr. Bill Robinson recording a total of 39 fish to their boat, all on the ever-generous South Lake. Rounding off another wonderful week and, indeed, month, on Sunday 30th was Permit holder Mr. Eddie Biddle with 12 fish to his boat all caught on Shipman’s ‘sugar lumps’.


    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 : Watery Lane ; Dougie’s ; Concrete Bowl ; Boathouse Bay ; Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephen’s ; centre of the North Lake (short drifts)

    Best Dries : Shipman’s sugar lump ; sedge ; claret hopper ; orange CdC hopper
    Best Lures : olive tadpole ; orange cactus booby ; orange taddy ; Cat’s Whisker
    Best Nymphs/Wets : Black Buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; Olive Damsel ; Black & Peacock spider ; Butcher

  2. #12
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    Default Re: Blithfield 2019

    Rising fish and dry fly tactics are the perfect combination this week …

    The rod average is 5.82

    It appears that we can never tell what is in store for us with the weather this summer and last week was no exception. Far from ideal conditions at times included bright sun, flat calms and variable wind directions.

    However despite this the sport to the boats and, surprisingly for the time of year, the banks has been exceptional. Rising fish have been seen all over the South Lake and during the latter part of the week also across the centre of the North Lake.

    For new visitors to the Reservoir a great ‘taster’ option is a 4 hour permit which can start at any chosen time during the day from 8am – fishing currently ends at the posted time of 10pm.

    Noteworthy returns this week include on the 1st for the boat pairing of Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood who returned a total of 24 fish to their boat on the South Lake whilst visiting rod Mr. Clive Wilkins enjoyed great sport, again on the South Lake from a drifting boat, recording a total of 18 fish.


    On the 2nd Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop fished from the banks of the South Lake and, using combinations of nymphs & dries, recorded a total of 31 fish ; fellow Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries fished from a drifting boat on the same day and recorded 29 fish during the afternoon and early evening – every one caught on a Shuttlecock CdC.

    The 4th continued to provide excellent sport with Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton (and Fudge the terrier) pairing up in a boat and recording a total of 19 fish between them, all on dry flies ; Season Permit holder Mr. Joe Cravagan also took a boat out during the morning and returned a total of 8 fish, before fishing the bank during a second session later and returning 9 fish ; visiting rods also fared very well with Mr. Mark Lee & Mr. Pete Eville pairing up in a boat on the South Lake and enjoyed the cream of dry fly sport returning a combined total of 43 fish ; Mr. Neil Barlow and Mr. Ron Powell returned 33 to their boat whilst Mr. Billy Stubbs and Mr. Steve Ratcliffe recorded a boat total of 38 fish ; lone visiting boat angler Mr. Yousef Dar recorded more than 30 fish to his boat, all caught on nymphs and buzzers and proving that the banks are still producing fabulous sport was visiting rod Mr. John Dutton with 27 fish in total, all caught on a size 14 PTN.

    On the 5th Permit holders Mr. Jeff Johnson and Mr. John Arnott both returned 12 fish apiece – Jeff from the banks and John from a boat – whilst fellow Season Permit holder Mr. Brian Langley recorded 14 fish from the banks, all caught on Daddy Longlegs patterns ; visiting rods and boat pair Mr. John Chilton and Mr. Roy Clarkson also enjoyed great sport drifting on the South Lake and recorded 21 fish to their boat with hoppers and Shipman’s buzzers proving irresistible to the trout.

    Permit holder Mr. Ian White fished from a boat on the 6th returning 15 fish all caught on black buzzers or claret hoppers.

    Rounding off another great week on the 7th were several successful boat pairings. Permit Holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle returned a total of 15 to their boat, all caught on Shipman’s buzzers and Shuttlecock CdC patterns ; Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler paired up in a boat with visiting rod Mr. David Woollard and the pair returned a total of 25 fish. However it was lone angler and regular visitor Mr. Rod Tilton who fished from a drifting boat using hoppers to great effect and returned 10 fish in just under 2 hours.

    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.

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2019

    Don't write off the bank sport just yet …. Week Ending 14-07-19

    The current rod average is 5.83

    As we approach mid-July (where has the year gone?!) we would usually expect the margins to be too warm and fish to have moved out to deeper water by now. However this year has proved to be exceptional for bank sport and higher water levels after June’s heavy rainfall, which has plagued so many river anglers, has been a very welcome phenomenon here.

    Fish are still moving into the weeds and margins feeding avidly on pin fry, emergers and small terrestrials blowing off the banks and trees and although boats are enjoying better coverage of the water bank anglers are certainly not missing out just yet.
    Later afternoons and evenings are incredibly productive times for dry fly enthusiasts with sedge and hopper patterns dominating the returns this week, closely followed by Shipman’s buzzers and ‘sugar lumps’.

    A reminder to syndicate anglers this week to please book in advance of your visit rather than just turning up on the day – this will avoid any disappointment if there are no rods available when you get here. Although with a 4 hour bank permit costing just £15 what’s not to like?

    Creditable returns this week include on Monday the 8th for Season Permit holders Mr. Pat Burton and Mr. Peter Jeffries with 14 fish apiece from their respective boats, all caught on dry flies ; visiting rod Mr. Clive Wilkins returned a total of 23 fish to his boat on the South Lake using CdC and hare’s ear nymph patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Ian Watson proved that the banks are still performing well with 13 fish, all caught on Daddy LongLegs patterns ; Permit holders and regular boat pairing Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood also enjoyed great sport with a combined total of 30 fish to the boat.

    The 9th saw visiting rods performing well with Mr. R. Tilton recording a total of 16 fish to his boat, all caught on hoppers whilst Mr. Ian Jennings fished from the banks and returned a total of 27 fish all on buzzer patterns.
    Wednesday 10th dawned with promising cloudy skies and settled conditions and certainly didn’t disappoint. Permit holders Mr. Eddie Biddle and Mr. George Eardley fished from a drifting boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 27 fish between them, again all caught on Shipman’s Sugar Lumps ; visiting rods Mr. Yousef Dar and Mr. Steve Williams also drifted across the South Lake to record a phenomenal 75 fish to their boat on combinations of dries, nymphs and blobs ; visiting boat rods Mr. Terry ‘Wafter’ Coging and Mr. Geoff Stanley returned 23 fish between them, all caught on various dry patterns including sedge whilst visiting rod Mr. John Spencer made good use of buzzer patterns to return 11 fish from the banks of the South Lake.

    On the 11th boat pair and Season Permit holders Mr. Pat Burton and Mr. Nigel Hodkinson returned 24 fish to their boat with hoppers being the flies of choice for both anglers ; visiting rod Mr. Graham England also took a boat out onto the ever-giving South Lake and recorded a very creditable 30 fish – every one being safely released to swim for another day.
    The 12th saw gusty Northwesterly winds making conditions tricky for some but Season Permit holder Mr. Bill Scarlett returned 15 fish from the banks in just 3 hours’ sport whilst visiting boat angler Mr. Pete Eville used crunchers and Diawl Bach nymphs to tempt the hungry fish looking for pin fry and recorded a total of 35 to his boat.

    Rounding off the week were visiting boat pair Mr. Roy Bailey and Mr. Jordan Riley who returned 15 fish between them – not a bad result considering that Roy has not been fly fishing for very long.

    The annual Blithfield Triathlon will be taking place this year on Sunday 21st July. Whilst fishing will still be taking place there are restrictions on bank angling between Rainbow Corner and Watery Lane and slightly stricter boat conditions until early afternoon. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    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 : Watery Lane ; Dougie's ; Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake ; Pastry Point
    Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; sedge ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; PTN ; Black and peacock spider ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer
    Best Fish : 4lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs from a boat on the South Lake by Mr. Oliver Hingley




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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