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    Default Blithfield 2019

    There are now just 4 weeks to go before the new trout season starts at Blithfield!

    Season opens 14th March for season ticket holder, 21st March for syndicate and day tickets.


    If you haven't done it already, there is still time to send in your Season Permit application by post or email so that you don't miss out on the great sport available here at Staffordshire's premier fly fishing venue.

    Becoming a Season Permit holder at Blithfield Reservoir brings with it a host of benefits including -
    extended 38-week season equivalent to just £17.37 per week if paid in advance
    exclusive fishing on the North Lake for the first 6 weeks of the season
    discounted boat hire
    up to 15% discount off items in our shop which includes products from Greys, Snowbee, Fulling MIll, Cookshill Fly Tying and much more...
    complimentary guest tickets so that you can bring a friend fishing for free
    unlimited visits per season with a generous 8 fish kill limit (subject to weekly maximum) as well as unlimited catch and release on barbless hooks
    We offer a variety of packages and payment terms to suit all requirements -
    Full Season Permit for a single angler is £660
    Full Season Permit for a couple is £985
    Pro Rata Permit (a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks) starts at just £240 - that's equivalent to just £20 a week ! (maximum 96 fish kill limit)
    *There is the option of paying for a Full Season Permit in instalments. The 1st payment is of £260 followed by 5 monthly instalments of just £80 - please ask for further details.

    Please download an application form below and send with your cheque, made payable to 'Blithfield Anglers', to

    Season Permits,
    Blithfield Anglers,
    Waters Road,
    Abbots Bromley,
    Staffordshire.
    WS15 3DU

    or contact us for further information on 01283 840284 or by email to anglers@blithfield.com

    Blithfield Anglers

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    Default Re: Blithfield 2019

    Decent bags recorded as weather improves...

    The current rod average is 2.46

    Once again this year heavy rain and strong winds heralded the start of the 2019 Season sending waves crashing over the Dam wall for the first 3 days. This, combined with a considerable influx of cold, coloured water from the rivers produced a tough start for some.

    During the following days the water clarity improved and on warmer, less windy, days fishing improved and some good bags were recorded.



    Best Areas : Old Man's ; Ten Acre Bay ; Mary Lou's ; Dougie's ; Concrete Bowl

    Best Dries : n/a

    Best Lures : Cat's Whisker ; black & green lures ; Montana ; red bloodworm

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Montana ; black buzzer

    Best Fish : 5lb rainbow trout caught on a Cat's Whisker from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Mick Cope

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    Great week of sport in perfect conditions …

    The rod average is 4.45


    The saying that March ‘comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb’ was certainly true this year as the cold winds and rain at the start of the month subsided and we enjoyed near-perfect mild, calm conditions during the last week.

    After a sluggish start the returns soon started to fill up as fish actively moved closely along the banks, feeding avidly on the food being stirred up there.
    From midweek onwards there were some further buzzer hatches which created increased activity with some aggressive takes being recorded particularly on small black buzzers fished on intermediate lines and sink-tips.

    Some excellent returns this week include – on the 26th for Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner with 8 fish from the bank at Dougie’s, all caught on small lure pattern.
    On the 27th visiting rod Mr. David Boardman also recorded a total of 8 fish from the South Lake banks whilst on the same day visiting rod Mr. Mick Grant returned a total of 9 fish, caught on black & green or black and red lures or damsel patterns from the bank.
    On the 28th the improving conditions saw a great number of excellent returns being submitted – Permit holder Mr. Jeff Johnson released all 12 of his fish which were caught from the banks on GRHEs; Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton recorded a total of 11 fish and declared “It’s great to be back!” ; Permit holder Mr. Richard Sunderland returned a grand total of 13 fish, again all caught from the banks on green & black lures and small buzzers; visiting rods Mr. Savage & Mr. Ford employed Diawl Bach and Fritz patterns to great effect returning a very respectable 30 fish and 20 fish respectively ; visiting rods Mr. Russell Lock and Mr. Stephen Dalby also enjoyed a keen day’s sport with 15 and 10 fish respectively; and visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson travelled the South Lake banks and, using Tadpole patterns in green & black or olive, recorded a total of 17 fish for his efforts.

    The 29th continued to produce some incredible sport for bank anglers with visiting rods again coming out tops – Mr. Graham England fished on a 4 hours permit during the afternoon and recorded a total of 20 fish, all caught on his holo Cormorant pattern; another 4 hours permit angler, Mr. Bailey, also returned 20 fish from the banks of the South Lake whilst visiting rod Mr. Bruce Burton released all 13 of his fish which were caught from the banks on a green & black Fritz; Season Permit holder Mr. Derek Spilsbury also enjoyed a few hours’ great sport with 11 fish in total.

    On Saturday 30th visiting rods Mr. Alan Snape and Mr. Paul Schonau enjoyed some great buzzer and nymph sport recording 7 and 9 fish respectively from the banks whilst Messrs Murphy & Cotterill returned a total of 21 fish to their boat on the South Lake.

    Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway recorded the best fish this week – a 6lb, naturally grown-on, overwintered blue which caught from the bank on a Diawl Bach and was safely released back into the water.

    The North Lake is currently closed to non-Season Permit holders until 1st May but the sport on the South Lake can be enjoyed by all.

    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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    South Lake produces good, solid results this week …

    The rod average is 4.65


    A week of predominantly Easterly ‘cool’ winds still produced good returns as continuing buzzer hatches dominated the trout’s menu.

    However sport to dry flies was also successful especially during the afternoons. In flat calm conditions boat fishing was ‘light’ as is usual for this time of year but some determined souls who ventured out were rewarded with good returns with the most effective tactics in these conditions being floating lines and nymph patterns fished from anchored boats.

    On Sunday 7th Blithfield hosted 2 bank matches – one for Alex Booth Flyfishers whose rod average, based on declarations, was 2.56. The winner was Ian Footman with a total (including time bonus) of 19lb.
    The other was for Derby Flyfishers whose rod average was a very creditable 5.8 with winner Clive Wilkins releasing 11 fish.


    Notable returns this week include on 1st April for Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries with 10 fish caught from the South Lake banks, all on white Fritz .
    On the 3rd Season Permit holder Mr. John Davies reached double figures with 10 fish from the banks on claret buzzers with visiting rod Mr. Mike Smith also claiming double figures with 13 fish.

    On the 4th Messrs Savage and Ford once again found the fish with great tactics using Diawl Bachs & Cormorants to excellent effect with 24 fish and 17 fish respectively from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake.
    On the 5th visiting rods Messrs Cotterill and Wilson paired up in a boat and, using Diawl Bach & damsel patterns, recorded a boat total of 25 fish whilst on the same day visiting rod Mr. Graham England returned a total of 16 fish from the banks with Cormorant and FAB patterns proving useful.

    Another visiting rod, Mr. Richard Meigh, recorded a total of 10 fish from the banks on Saturday 6th as the South Lake continued to fish incredibly well.

    The North Lake is currently closed to non-Season Permit holders until 1st May but the sport on the South Lake can be enjoyed by all.

    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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    Warmer conditions produce great results ...

    The current rod average is 4.35

    Having said goodbye to the cold of the spring Easterlies we welcomed the warmth of South Easterlies coming in from southern Europe which in turn produced more favourable angling conditions.
    Bank fishing is still providing the best of the sport although boat anglers are starting to see an improvement in returns as water temperatures rise slightly.

    Once again there were a large number of double-figured returns this week with buzzers and nymphs being the trout’s temptation with a few coming to dry flies in the late afternoons and evenings. At the start of the week we welcomed a group of anglers from the Northwest Fly Fishers who enjoyed some excellent conditions and produced a meeting rod average of 6.75 between them.

    Noteworthy returns include on the 16th for Permit holder Mr. Phil Roper with 12 fish from the banks whilst visiting rod Mr. Savage once again graces our report with a very creditable 22 fish and visiting rod Mr. Jez Alcock recorded a total of 14 fish, all caught from the South Lake banks. On the 17th Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough returned a total of 13 fish to various patterns including buzzers, blobs, boobies and Montana from then banks and fellow Permit holder Mr. Harry Deakin recorded 14 fish.

    On the same day boat anglers enjoyed decent sport with Messrs Heseltine & Greenhalgh recording a total of 25 fish to their boat and Mr. Mark Evans returning 19 fish, all 44 fish caught on buzzer patterns while Doctors Graham and Turnock used Diawl Bach and Cats Whiskers to great effect with a total of 23 fish between them.

    Continuing the theme on the 18th Season Permit holders Mr. Derek Spilsbury and Mr. Phil Sadler both recorded 12 fish apiece from the South Lake banks whilst fellow Season Permit holder Mr. Steve Cherrington fished for a few hours during the evening and returned a total of 14 fish all caught on hoppers.
    Visiting rods also fared well with Mr. Dunlevy recording a total of 16 fish all caught on Diawl Bach nymphs and Mr. Steve Owen returning 15 fish from the banks. Rounding off yet another productive week on the 21st were visiting rods Mr. Cotterill who returned a not-so-unlucky 13 fish again all tempted with Diawl Bachs from the banks and Mr. K. Flint who spent 4 hours in a boat during the morning and used a lime green buzzer to return 12 fish.

    The North Lake is currently closed to non-Season Permit holders until 1st May but the sport on the South Lake can be enjoyed by all.

    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 : Old Man's ; Ten Acre Bay ; Mary Lou's ; Dougie's ; Concrete Bowl

    Best Dries : Shipman's sugar lump ; sedge ; red Bristol hopper

    Best Lures : Cat's Whisker ; Montana ; red bloodworm ; olive tadpole

    Best Nymphs/Wets : Montana ; black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; claret buzzer ; green buzzer

    Best Fish : 5lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a buzzer from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Roger Goring
    Last edited by Old Esox; 24-04-2019 at 03:24 PM.

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    Evening sport shows great promise …

    The rod average is 3.78

    Another week of settled conditions began with a ‘mini-heatwave’ during the Easter weekend which resulted in residual warmth in the upper layers of water.
    This provided some excellent bank sport, particularly during the later afternoon and evening, when fish rose readily to dry flies for short spells.

    As temperatures began to slowly dip again bank sport remained active although fish were deeper and responding well to both buzzers and nymphs with Diawl Bach, pheasant tails, GRHE and damsels all proving successful choices.
    Boat sport has also improved with many boat anglers finding that short drifts into the bottom of the Easterly wind along Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay were productive tactics with nymphs again being the trout’s preferred diet.

    Creditable returns this week include on the 22nd for Permit holder Mr. Paul Ryder with 12 fish to his boat on the South Lake, all caught on buzzers, while visiting rod Mr. Joe McHale recorded 7 fish to his boat with a combination of lures and buzzers.

    On Tuesday 23rd Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton returned a total of 13 fish to his boat with olive buzzers being the chosen pattern whilst on the same day, visiting rods Mr. Jamie Kay and Mr. Roger Bisby also fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 22 fish between them, mostly to a Yellow Tag.

    The 24th continued the productive theme with visiting rod Mr. Dungavel returning 17 fish to his boat on Montana and damsel nymph imitations and on the 25th visiting rod Mr. Bloxham returned a total of 16 fish, all to white lures. Friday 26th saw visiting rod Mr. Stacy Savage record a total of 15 fish from the South Lake banks using Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Cat’s Whisker patterns to great effect during his visit.

    Storm Hannah temporarily disrupted proceedings on Saturday 27th but ‘normal service’ resumed on Sunday 28th with Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull returning a total of 9 fish, mainly to damsels, from the banks with visiting rod Mr. Fraser Richards enjoying ‘crazy’ sport to record 12 fish, all caught on GRHE or fritz patterns from the South Lake banks in under 3 hours! Rounding off the day was visiting rod Mr. Chris Mills who also found the ‘ever-giving South Lake’ to be living up to its nickname and recording 11 fish in total to Viva patterns fished from the banks.

    The best fish recorded this week was a “stunning beauty” of a rainbow trout at 4lbs 2ozs caught on a blue flash olive damsel from the South Lake banks by Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull.

    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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    Matching tactics to conditions certainly pays off …

    The rod average is 6.26

    The majority of Season Permit holders and visiting rods here are ‘pleasure’ anglers who employ floating line tactics with imitative nymphs or dry flies. However during the early part of the season (the water temperature is still a cool 9˚C) this is somewhat limiting to the number of fish caught.


    Therefore it is interesting to note the methods employed by the match-oriented anglers who visited us this week where sinking lines with lures or nymphs are the ‘norm.’ and fast retrieves are essential. The colossal bags recorded certainly highlighted the potential of Blithfield and prove that even when ‘no fish are moving’ there are still plenty there to be caught deeper down. Sometimes switching tactics and having the confidence to try something different in the colder conditions can pay dividends.

    It won’t be long until the imitative approach will come into its own when we start to experience warmer temperatures and the Reservoir will produce the ‘top of the water’ sport that it is renowned for.

    We welcomed 2 match meetings this week.

    Bollington Fly Fishers enjoyed some incredible sport with a meeting rod average of 16.2! Worcester Fly Dressers also held a combined bank and boat ‘social’ which resulted in a rod average of 7.38 between them.

    Other notable returns this week (and there were many!) include on the 29th for visiting boat pairing Mr. John Davies and Mr. Mark Edwards who spent a day using John’s Welsh Witch lures to quite incredible effect returning 93 fish between them.

    On the 30th further excellent returns were submitted with Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton who fished from a boat for 4 hours and recorded a total of 20 fish caught on combination of GRHE, buzzers and spiders with the best of these being a 3lb 4oz rainbow ; permit holder Mr. Steve Thyer recorded a total of 40 fish to his boat on the South Lake using a blue flash olive damsel lure with his best of the session being a 3lb 2oz rainbow; Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished during the evening for just about 3hours and returned a total of 20 fish – some of which had ventured into just 4” of water whilst visiting rod Mr. Ian Jennings returned a total of 17 fish, all caught on buzzer patterns from the South Lake banks.

    Wednesday 1st continued to produce incredible results with Permit holder Mr. Kevin Moore recording a total of 18 fish from the banks ; Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood fished from a boat and recorded 31 fish between them ; visiting rods also enjoyed the rich pickings with Mr. Gary Freegard returning 25 fish from the South Lake banks using buzzer/booby combinations ; Mr. Hutchinson recorded 15 fish to his boat from both North & South Lakes on lures and nymphs whilst Mr. Yousef Dar also used lures and nymphs to great effect and returned 32 fish to his boat on the South Lake.

    On the 2nd Permit holder Mr. Alan Deakin recorded 20 fish from the South Lake banks on orange lures whilst visiting rods Mr. Paul Jones and Mr. R. Biddle paired up in a boat and returned a total of 45 fish between them using buzzers, crunchers and FABS to tempt the trout and Mr. Mike Oliver fished from the South Lake banks with PTNs and buzzers in combination to record 18 fish, all gently and safely released to see another day.

    On the 3rd two regular Blithfield visitors Mr. Iain Baddeley and Mr. Paul Bentley fished from the South Lake banks and in between swigs of tea and lashings of cake recorded 16 fish and 18 fish respectively.

    Rounding off a stunning week of sport on the 5th were visiting rods from both Bollington Fly Fishers and Worcester Fly Dressers. Mr. Tim Gilchrist and Mrs. Clare Gilchrist were the most outstanding boat pair for Bollington with 83 fish to their boat during the day whilst for Worcester Mr. Andrew Worthington returned 28 fish to his boat and Mr. Barry Jones recorded 19 to his.

    The best fish recorded this week was to Permit holder Mr. Steve Thyer with a 5lb 8oz approx. rainbow trout caught on a blue flash damsel lure from a boat 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.

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    Spooned fish reveal the secrets of matching the hatch …

    The rod average is 6.59



    This week 2 of our Season Permit holders demonstrated a dimension of the sport that appears to be ‘out of fashion’ but is certainly one that other thinking anglers may consider adopting – they ‘spooned’ the fish they killed to examine the stomach contents which revealed a small surprise. In addition the usual ‘buzzers’ there were also unseasonably early sedge pupae.
    This approach to ‘matching the hatch’ will arguably increase the anglers’ chances to contact an early season or over-wintered specimen.

    A particularly special mention this week goes to Mr. Ian White who renewed his Permit and went out to fish on the same day. He returned an outstanding 46 trout to his boat and declared “What a great day to renew my Permit, best money I have ever spent!”. Welcome back Ian – here’s to many more days like this one!

    Other creditable returns this week (once again there were many) include on Monday 6th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who fished from the banks from 8.45am until 1pm and returned a total of 24 fish and for visiting rod Mr. Dru Lunney who used lure tactics from a boat on the South Lake to record a total of 30 fish.

    On 7th Season Permit holder Mr. Bill Scarlett returned 12 fish from the banks in just 4 hours’ sport while visiting rod Mr. Sanders returned 25 fish from the banks, visiting rod Mr. Gary Freegard recorded a total of 15 fish and visiting rod Mr. Matthew Yarwood returned a very decent 31 fish from the South Lake banks on patterns including damsels and buzzers.

    The 8th saw Permit holder Mr. Kevin Moore record a total of 18 fish from the South Lake banks all on lures and spider patterns – not bad at all for an angler who is seated for much of the time thus proving you do not need to be actively wading at the moment.

    On Thursday 9th, despite cool winds, visiting rod Mr. Mike Oliver returned a total of 20 fish and the 10th continued to produce incredible results with visiting rod Mr. Alan ‘Fish Whisperer’ Topping returning 25 fish from the banks and visiting rods Mr. Andrew Esplin & Mr. Colin Nesbitt recording a boat total of 30 fish between them.

    Saturday 11th continued the theme with Permit holder Mr. Harry Deakin returning 18 fish from the South Lake banks, including a 2lb+ brown trout on various small wet flies and lures whilst vising rods Messrs. Owen & Morris fished from a boat and recorded a total of 25 fish.

    Rounding off another amazingly good week Season Permit holder Mr. Steve Cherrington fished from the banks on Sunday evening and returned an excellent 16 fish – all caught on hoppers!
    We also hosted 2 boat meetings on the 12th – The David Colclough Meeting saw excellent returns producing a rod average of 14.4 whilst Foremark Fly Fishers enjoyed phenomenal sport with one triple hook-up, four double hook-ups and one angler returning 49 fish! The match was won by Ric Saccone with 10lb 15ozs, second place was Jodie Younger with 10lb 8ozs and third was Barry Lord with 9lb 6ozs. Di 3 and 5 lines were widely employed along with combinations of buzzers and lures. The group declared it an ‘amazing day’ and we look forward to seeing them again later in the Season.


    An important note this week to end the report – the following dates see restricted or no boat availability : Sunday 19th May we host a heat of the very popular Scierra Pairs competition, boats very limited ; on 22nd May we have very limited boats available due to pre-bookings ; on Friday 24th May we host a qualifier for the ATEFF competition, NO boats available to book in advance, boats very limited for 23rd May.

    Saturday 1st June is the annual Blithfield Cancer Charity Day and there is NO boat availability with every boat sold out in just 3 days.

    Once again thank you to everyone who is supporting these events and the Fishery.


    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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    Rod Ave : 4.57


    In a week where the reservoir level has risen by over 2 feet the water in the South Lake has remained crystal clear with the exception of a small amount of surface algae accumulating on the windward shore.

    The buzzers continued to hatch with sedges emerging in the afternoons and small, isolated hatches of caenis on calmer evenings. There have also been hatches of pin fry during the past few days and a few of the trout have started to gorge themselves on these rich pickings.

    Both the banks and the boats have recorded creditable bags this week for those hardy enthusiasts who have braved the cooler, and at times torrential, conditions.

    Despite there being no angling reports for a couple of weeks, the reservoir has continued to produce some incredibly good sport.
    The 19th May saw a heat of the popular Scierra Pairs contest take place with the first pair returning at 10.39am! The heat was won by Martin Dixon and Mark Harrison in a closely fought match which saw the rod average soaring well over 20.

    On Friday 24th May we hosted an heat of the ATEFF Qualifiers where the rod average was a staggering 20.9! The heat was won by Craig Barr who had 66 fish for 99lb 8ozs.

    Saturday 1st June saw the annual Cancer Charity Day take place. Once again boats sold out within a week and the support for this incredible event was tremendous. The rod average for the day was 6.51 which, when you consider that most of those taking part are non-anglers, is excellent.

    Notable returns this week include on the 12th for boat pair Mr. Steve Trigg and Mr. Mike Smith with a total of 57 fish to their boat, all caught on buzzer and damsel patterns and safely released ; also for boat pairing Mr. Alan Topping and Mr. Bill Robinson with 24 fish to their boat during the afternoon.
    On the 14th Dr. Ian Greaves fished from a boat for 4 hours and used both sedge patterns and black & peacock spider to record 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake. On the 14th visiting bank angler Mr. David Felton fished into the wind and recorded 7 fish on Diawl Bach and Cat’s Whisker patterns whilst visiting rod Mr. Graham Dawes returned a total of 12 fish from the South Lake banks – all caught on buzzers and mall orange lures. On the 15th visiting rod Mr. Rod Goldthorpe fish from a boat and recorded 24 fish, all released, caught on dry flies and Cat’s Whisker patterns.

    Also on the 15th we hosted a meeting for Leeds Fly Dressers who enjoyed some great boat sport during their visit.

    On Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd June we will be hosting an ATEFF Youth Squad meeting and also Foremark Fly Fishers on Sunday 23rd so anglers requiring boats on either day are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

    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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    The rod average is 6.67


    As another week passes by the weather has once again played an important role in the sport here. However it continues to be a positive one as the temperatures remained on the cool side and the rod average has crept up as a result of some excellent returns from both the boats and the banks.

    Dry fly top-of-the-water sport now dominates the various tactics used with pearly nymphs a close second – these mimic the pin-fry that are now abundant and providing a rich diet for the naturally grown on trout that Blithfield is renowned for.

    We hosted 2 very successful events on the 22nd and 23rd. The first, held over both days, was the ATEFF Youth Squad meeting which saw some incredibly talented youngsters from around the country enjoying a taste of dry fly sport from the boats.
    The rod average for Saturday alone was 7.4 with Sunday’s result still awaited at the time of writing. The future of our sport relies on our ability to encourage and coach younger anglers and here at Blithfield we are keen to support this.
    A huge thanks to Craig Barr, Andy Taylor and the ATEFF Youth Team for the vital roles they are playing and for the time they give to this superb initiative.


    The second event hosted was on Sunday 23rd where we welcomed Foremark Fly Fishers back to Blithfield where they enjoyed some great boat sport with a rod average between them of 7.64. Winner of the match was Dixie Baxter with 10lb 4ozs, mainly caught on claret hoppers, with Rich Miller in second and Ric Saccone in 3rd. Rich Miller had the largest fish of the match at 2lb 8ozs. Our thanks again to all who took part.

    Further notable returns this week (and once more, these are just a selection of many) include on the 17th for Permit holder Mr. Jeff Johnson with 20 fish from the South Lake banks – mainly caught on black Shipman’s buzzers and for Permit holder Mr. Pete Jeffries with 15 fish to his drifting boat, again all caught on dry fly patterns.


    On the 18th Permit holder Mr. Norman Swinson recorded a total of 16 fish to his boat whilst Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton returned a total of 14 fish to his boat ; visiting rod and dry fly enthusiast Mr. Tim Buckett returned a total of 15 fish to a drifting boat on the South Lake, also recording the best fish of the week amongst his bag – a 5lb 6ozs full tailed rainbow.

    The 19th saw the continuation of the superb sport with Permit holder Mr. Joe Cravagan returning a total of 14 fish ; Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood recorded a total of 27 fish to his boat, all of them safely released to see another day and visiting rods Mr. Gary Freegard and Mr. John Billings paired up in a boat to return a total of 29 fish between them, with many more lost at the net.
    On the same day visiting rod Mr. Ian Jennings fished from the bank and used buzzer patterns to great effect with a total of 30 fish returned.

    Visiting rod Mr. Steve Heath recorded a creditable 26 fish from the South Lake banks on the 20th whilst the following day Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton returned a total bag of 17 fish, all caught on buzzer and hopper patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Chapman used olive green hoppers from his boat and recorded 14 fish and visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson found olive damsel and black buzzer imitations were a perfect choice as he returned 32 fish from the banks.

    Finally this week, referring back to the youth anglers, Harrison Douds visited the reservoir on the 21st for a practice day before the squad meeting at the weekend and returned an incredible 58 fish to his boat, all on dry flies – this young angler truly is a credit to the sport and one to watch in the future.

    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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