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    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

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    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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    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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    Blithfield Reservoir Angling Report - For the week ending 21st July, 2019


    Responsible weekly stocking policy provides rewards ….

    The current rod average is 5.02


    As we experience another week of excellent sport the Fishery’s policy to stock at weekly intervals has been paying dividends, especially as we approach the ‘dog days’ of August. This ensures that fresh stock fish planted from around the banks, when combined with the large head of resident fish, will provide the best chance of continued sport.

    Another advantage here at Blithfield over many other venues is that the stock fish are reared on site and therefore only travel a very short distance – a great benefit especially in hot and humid conditions – keeping stress on the fish to a minimum.

    Water clarity and levels remain good providing excellent conditions for continuing first class sport to both boat and bank anglers alike.

    Noteworthy returns this week include on the 15th for Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton who let his boat drift on the South Lake and recorded a total of 18 fish with every one caught on a hopper pattern ; regular boat pair and Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood returned a combined total of 20 fish, all caught on dry flies as did visiting rods Mr. Richard Edwards and Mr. Malcolm Capper with Yellow Owl performing particularly well.

    On the 16th visiting rods Mr. David Heseltine and Mr. Mark Evans also fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a combined total of 14 fish to the boat whilst visiting rod Mr. Doug Snape returned 10 fish to his boat all on small black dries.

    The 17th dawned sunny and warm with high milky cloud just helping conditions enough – Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer recorded a boat total of 12 fish caught on various buzzer patterns whilst visiting rod Mr. Pete Eville once again makes the angling report with a creditable 18 fish to his boat caught on Diawl Bach & shuttlecock CdC. On the 18th Season Permit holder Dr. Ian Greaves fished from a boat on the South Lake for just 4 hours and returned 11 fish on sedge and daddy longlegs imitations ; Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop recorded an excellent 26 fish to his boat, mainly on the South Lake, by employing various small patterns on floating lines ; Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries returned a superb 21 fish to his boat on Shipman’s buzzers and CdC patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Phil Dixon treated a 92 year old boat partner to a few hours on the South Lake and recorded a phenomenal boat total of more than 42 fish ; visiting rod Mr. Peter Stacey recorded a total of 20 fish to his boat and proving that the banks are still worthy of a look were Season Permit holder Mr. Steve Cherrington with a return of 14 fish, all caught late in the day during a short session on dries and visiting rod Mr. Steve Heath with 15 fish caught during the day, again all on dry flies.

    The 19th also saw excellent bank returns produced with visiting rod Mr. Alan Bailey recording 13 fish from the South Lake banks caught on daddy longlegs, Shipman’s sugar lumps and various CdC patterns during an evening session whilst visiting rod Mr. S. Forrest recorded 9 fish including a stunning 6lb rainbow caught on a dry fly.

    Rounding off yet another superb week of sport on the 21st were Permit holder Mr. George Eardley who returned a not-so-unlucky 13 fish to his boat on Shipman’s sugar lumps while visiting rod Mr. Sean Wagstaff fished from the banks and recorded a total of 15 fish caught on dry flies and buzzer patterns.

    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 ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
    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 ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer
    Best Fish : 6lb rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs from the banks of the South Lake by Mr. S. Forrest

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    Mini-heatwave cannot keep a good fish down ….

    The current rod average is 4.34

    In an exceptional week of soaring temperatures, where we have potentially seen the hottest day in England ever recorded in Cambridgeshire at 38.7˚C, the trout were still happily feeding just sub-surface and taking dry flies particularly during the afternoons and evenings.

    As anglers are renowned for never being happy with the weather or conditions there was certainly plenty of comment and theories about air pressure and bright sun and their effects on the sport.
    The peak temperature at Blithfield on Thursday afternoon was just over 33˚C but despite this there were still fish moving about in the margins after pin fry and terrestrial treats.

    We do need to remind all anglers about the importance of submitting accurate catch returns – these need to record fish killed AND fish released even if an angler has spoken to a Bailiff. Rod averages and stocking policies rely on these as well as our ability to keep angling charges to a minimum.
    Submitting a catch return is also one of the conditions for fishing at Blithfield and, indeed, at many UK waters and it remains one of the most helpful and responsible things an angler can do.

    Creditable returns this week include on the 22nd for Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton with 10 fish to his boat, all caught on Daddies and hoppers ; visiting rod Mr. Pete Eville makes the report again this week with 23 fish to his boat on the South Lake ; and proving that the banks are still productive were Season Permit holders Mr. Steve Cherrington who recorded 10 fish from the banks all on dry flies and Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who fished from the banks for just 3 hours in the evening and returned a total of 13 fish, missing many more takes in the process.

    On the 23rd temperatures began to climb to 28˚C and in very light winds Permit holder Dr. Ian Greaves recorded a total of 13 fish to his boat in just 4 hours, all caught on muddler patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Tim Russell returned a very decent 15 fish to his boat between 10am and 2pm - this time it was Shipman’s emerger patterns that proved irresistible to the trout and visiting rod Mr. Morris fished from the banks and recorded 10 fish including a brown trout which was safely released.

    On the 24th Permit holder Mr. Bill Scarlett fished from the banks of the South Lake and returned 16 fish caught on the ever-popular Cat’s Whisker.

    The week was rounded off nicely on the 28th with visiting rods enjoying the best sport – Mr. Paul Schonau recorded 8 fish from the South Lake banks whilst boat pairing Mr. Alwyn Ralphs and Mr. Mark Johnson returned a combined total of 18 fish to their boat despite pouring rain all 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 : Watery Lane ; Dougie's ; 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 ; 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 ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Teal, blue & Silver
    Best Fish : 4lb 2ozs rainbow trout caught on an orange hopper from the banks of the South Lake by Mr. T. Hatchard




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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    Unprecedented sport for August as rod average goes up ….

    The current rod average is 5.49

    At the start of the week ever-changing wind direction and pressure systems produced challenging conditions. From Wednesday and Thursday a huge deluge of water saw levels rise over 300mm in just 24 hours.
    This influx of cooler water promoted a massive improvement in insect life & consequently resulted in some spectacular ‘top-of-the-water’ sport. This has resulted in an unprecedented August rise in the rod average.

    On Friday a visiting pair of boat anglers enthused that the sport was ‘unreal’ for August and that they were casting at rising fish all day to finally record a combined total of more than 60 fish, all to dry fly tactics.

    The excellent sport continued on Saturday and Sunday especially in the afternoon and evening sessions as can be seen from the summary. Spooned fish have revealed a varied diet of buzzers, small terrestrial black beetles, hoverflies and coarse fish fry.

    Noteworthy returns this week include on 29th for Permit holder Mr. Keth Buckley with 11 fish from the banks, all caught on hoppers.
    The 30th saw a day of torrential downpours but the fish just kept on taking flies - visiting boat rods Mr. Alan Topping and Mr. Bill Robinson recorded a combined total of 26 fish to their boat whilst visiting bank rod Mr. Eddie Guest recorded a total of 14 fish from the South Lake banks with all caught on buzzer patterns. After further overnight rain and the start of rising water levels on Wednesday 31st boat anglers fared well with visiting rod Mr. Clive Wilkins returning 12 fish to his boat on claret dries whilst Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries recorded a total of 17 fish to various patterns including Shuttlecock CdC and Shipman’s buzzers.

    The 1st August continued in the same vein with Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer recording 10 fish to his boat on dry fly patterns whilst visiting rod Mr. Steve Heath fished from the South Lake banks to return a total of 15 fish. On the 2nd Permit holder Dr. Ian Greaves returned a total of 10 fish in just 4 hours with sedge patterns proving very useful ; visiting rods Mr. Martin Mason and Mr. Martin Dixon used lures to achieve a combined boat total of more than 30 fish; visiting rod Mr. Dougie Snape fished alone in a boat and returned 21 fish, all caught on dry flies including Daddies and Shipman’s buzzers ; and visiting boat pair Mr. R. Tilton and Mr. T. Buckett recorded a staggering 66 fish to their drifting boat, again with only dry flies being employed.
    Further great boat returns followed on 3rd with visiting rods faring well – Messrs. Greatbatch and Jobling recorded a combined total of 26 fish to their boat by using wet flies during the day and dry flies in the evening, whilst Messrs Booth and Nixon returned a boat total of 24 fish using dry fly tactics. Rounding off yet another superb week on Sunday 4th Permit holder Mr. George Eardley returned a total of 14 fish to his boat on Shuttlecock CdC patterns; visiting rod Mr. Paul Haselock recorded 16 fish to his boat all on hoppers and visiting rods Mr. Gary Wright and Mr. Martin Griffiths had a phenomenal day with 80 fish to their drifting boat on Daddy Longlegs, hoppers and Bob’s bits.

    A reminder this week that pike and perch fishing dates have been announced – see our website for details or contact John Davey by email – john.davey46@ntlworld.com

    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 ; 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 ; 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 ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Kate McLaren
    Best Fish : 4lb rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Martin Page




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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    Encourage youngsters now to secure the future of our sport ….

    The current rod average is 5.29

    Another excellent week at the fishery this week and it’s not all about large bags of fish (although there were some of those too!).

    It has been most encouraging that no fewer than four of our more senior visitors were accompanied by their grandsons. Blithfield takes a pro-active approach when it comes to introducing youngsters to our sport and we offer free fishing to beginners (under 16), free tuition (book in advance) and free tackle hire to youngsters under 16.

    Occasionally some anglers opt not to fish on days that may be more conducive to good sport but instead enjoy the challenge of fishing when the forecasted conditions are a wee bit more difficult.
    This was the case on Friday 9th when few ventured out on a very wet and windy day – however 2 intrepid visitors braved the conditions and enjoyed excellent sport recording over 30 fish to their boat during an afternoon session. They were also delighted to report sightings of an osprey and a peregrine falcon on the South Lake during their visit.

    Other noteworthy returns this week include on Monday 5th for Permit holders and regular boat pairing of Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood with a combined boat total of 19 fish and for visiting rod Mr. R. Calvert who returned a total of 28 fish to his boat on the South Lake using FABS and red Diawl bach patterns.

    On the 6th Season Permit holder Mr. Joe Cravagan returned 11 fish to his boat in just a few hours’ sport whilst visiting rod - ‘it’s that man again’- Mr. Pete Eville paired up in a boat with Mr. Mark Lee and during the day-long session they recorded a combined total of 52 fish with all caught on Soldier Palmer and Shipman’s emerger patterns.

    On the 7th in fresher conditions Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Ed Biddle fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded more than 50 fish to their boat with every one caught on Shuttlecock CdC or Shipman’s sugar lump patterns ; visiting rods Messrs Taylor and Stretch returned 27 fish to their boat ; visiting rods Messrs Clive Wilkins and Mark Henderson recorded a combined boat total of 36 fish ; visiting rods Messrs Rudge and Bowden returned 25 fish to their boat and visiting lone angler Mr. Keith Smith recorded 15 fish in a 6 hour session with all caught on claret dries on the South Lake.

    Thursday 8th continued the buoyant sport with Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton returned 37 fish to their boat, all caught on dry flies ; visiting rods Mr. Geoff Stanley & Mr. Terry Coging returned 14 to their boat ; visiting rod Mr. Dougie Snape fished alone on the South Lake and recorded 17 fish to his boat by using Daddy Longlegs, Soldier Palmer and Shipman’s emerger patterns to great effect and visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar returned 38 fish to his boat, also on the South Lake.

    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 ; 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 ; 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 ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Invicta
    Best Fish : 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Joe Cravagan




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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    'Back-end' prospects are looking good this year ….

    The current rod average is 3.51

    Blustery winds, heavy rainfall and rising water levels made fishing difficult from Wednesday onwards this week. The good news, however, is that the Reservoir is now full-to-overflowing which bears well for the ‘back-end’ Autumn sporting prospects.

    Weekly stocking continues and when the weather settles, which is the forecast for this week and next, the excellent fishing enjoyed so far this season looks set to resume. Dry fly tactics should prove productive for some time yet – often well into October here at Blithfield.

    For up-to-the-minute advice, especially before planning a trip, please call the Duty Bailiffs on 07974 263338.

    Noteable returns this week (before the weather turned against us) include on the 12th for Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood with a combined total of 17 fish to their boat on the South Lake ; and for visiting rod Mr. Tez Livin who returned a total of 13 to his boat, also on the South Lake.

    On Tuesday 13th it was visiting rods who enjoyed some great sport ahead of the change in air pressure with Mr. Clive Wilkins and Mr. Mark Henderson recording a boat total of 21 fish, mainly to red half-hogs ; Mr. Pete Eville and Mr. Mark Lee spent a day on the South Lake and returned a total of 44 fish between them using red cormorant and Soldier Palmer patterns to great effect ; Mr. John Goodwin and Mr. Tim Strachan recorded a combined total of 16 fish to their boat with tan hoppers performing very well ; and Mr. Richard Meigh and Mr. Tom Porter returned 15 fish in a leisurely few hours’ sport on a boat on the South Lake.
    Torrential rain for most of the day on Wednesday meant few anglers ventured out but on Thursday 15th there were 8 fish apiece for visiting boat anglers Mr. Mick Broadgate and Mr. Steve Owen.
    On the 17th, in very breezy conditions, Messrs Booth and Nixon paired up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 11 fish between them whilst on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Mick Cope returned the best fish of the week – a stunning 4lb 5ozs rainbow, caught from his boat on a hopper.

    It was noted this week that a visiting angler was trolling from a boat on the South Lake – we would like to remind all anglers that this practice is strictly forbidden at Blithfield.

    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 ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper ; greased-up Soldier Palmer
    Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
    Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Invicta
    Best Fish : 4lb 5ozs rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Mick Cope




    For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers

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