Blithfield 2018

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There are now just 2 weeks to go before the new trout season starts at Blithfield!


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


*** Please note - Blithfield is a fly fishing venue only ***
 

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Blithfield Reservoir Angling Report
For the week ending 18th March 2018


The current rod average is 2.91

The latest information is also available on our Facebook page 'Blithfield Reservoir Trout Fishery' and on our website - Blithfield Anglers


The 'Beast from the East' visits during opening week ...

Easterly winds bringing a decidedly Siberian chill arrived in time for opening week – the combination of wind chill factor, overnight sheet ice, snow and rising cold water levels all conspired to produce slow sport in the first few days of the Season. At this time of year it can be counter-productive to open early in order to provide sport for the ever-eager angler who has often waited all winter for the chance to ‘wet a line’. It is frequently a case of being damned if you do and damned if you don’t !

On a positive, more optimistic note, the 4,000 fish that were stocked pre-season have hardly been touched and with the scheduled weekly stocking about to start this will hopefully provide consistent sport for the Season ahead.

Despite the prevailing conditions there were some dedicated and intrepid anglers who ventured out and caught bags of excellent quality, large tailed fish up to about 3lb. However the best specimen this week was a stunning, naturally grown-on brown trout of 7lbs 4ozs caught by Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer from the South Lake banks on a home-tied Green Pea pattern. After being carefully weighed it was gently returned to the icy waters in the pouring rain.


With the forecast showing a rise in both air pressure and temperatures, early buzzer hatches are expected and the prospects are predicted to be excellent for the coming week.
 

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Returns improve and so does the weather ...

The current rod average is 2.14


With a week of virtually frost-free evenings the water temperature rose fractionally resulting in improved returns. However with a large mass of water it obviously takes a longer time to warm up (it is still only around 4˚C) so the most successful tactics have been to employ either lures or weighted nymphs fished slowly closer to the bottom.

This method was well demonstrated by Season Permit holder Mr. Roger Goring who recorded a bag of 7 rainbows in a 2 hour session at the weekend. His use of a white lure on an intermediate line proved to be a good choice with his best fish being an over-wintered rainbow of 4lb 8ozs.

Other notable bags and fish this week include on Wednesday 21st for visiting rod Mr. Nigel Harman with a cracking 3lb 8ozs rainbow, caught deeper down on a Montana, amongst his bag. On Thursday 22nd visiting rods Mr. Terry Corteen and Mr. John Spencer enjoyed great sport with returns of 10 and 6 fish respectively, again using black and green lures in deeper water whilst a great return for novice visiting rod Miss Rachael Green on Friday 23rd who fished Blithfield for the first time and recorded a stunning over-wintered rainbow of 3lb 10ozs.

All fish were caught from the banks of the South Lake which is open to all anglers. The North Lake is open to Permit Holders only until 1st May.
 

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Roving tactics produce the best results ...

The current rod average is 2.15


Temperatures continue to be well below the seasonal average with the cold, wet weather lingering on and few milder, settled days so far. This has resulted in a delay for insect activity and sparse fly hatches.

Most fish are still to be found lying deep and the most successful anglers this week have been those employing ‘roving’ tactics around the banks rather than fishing in just one spot.

That said, there were some decent returns this week including on the 27th for Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles with a bag of 7 fish, all caught on black and green lures fished on sinking line from the South Lake banks. The following day, the 28th , there were a couple of great returns for Season Permit holder Mr. John Henshall who released 14 fish in total from the banks of the South Lake and for visiting rod Mr. Steve Owen who recorded a total of 10 fish mainly to black & green Viva patterns again from the South Lake banks. On the 29th Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner returned a total of 8 fish, all caught on small, dark lures fished deeply whilst on the 30th Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood also recorded a bag of 8 fish to lure patterns with all fish being safely released back into the water. On the same day visiting rods Mr. Steve Cooper and Mr. Bruce Burton returned bags of 8 fish and 11 fish respectively. All fish were caught on lures in deeper water with orange lures performing slightly better than black and green. Rounding off the week was visiting rod Mr. Wilcox who recorded the best fish of the week amongst his bag – a 4lb rainbow trout caught on a Prince nymph from the South Lake banks.
 

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Settled conditions encourage buzzer hatches ...

The current rod average is 3.17

Unlike some other reservoirs Blithfield is mainly fed by two sources – the River Blithe and the Tad Brook – rather than by controlled, pumped-in water. Therefore the deluge of rain over the weekend of the Bank Holiday resulted in the Reservoir levels rising with an influx cold and coloured water at the start of the week.

However as the week progressed conditions settled and a slight rise in temperatures by Thursday encouraged a good buzzer hatch which resulted in drastically improved sport.

Most rods at this time of year opt to fish from the banks but it was evident during the latter part of the week that most of the surface-feeding fish (when conditions were conducive) were over the deeper water towards the middle of the Reservoir. Bearing this in mind, and as the Season progresses, bank anglers may wish to consider the option of a four hour, start any time, boat permit which provides a flexible alternative to their usual days’ sport. Boats can be reserved and paid for at the Angling Office before 12 noon, or with the Duty Bailiff after 12 noon.

Some excellent returns this week include on Wednesday the 4th for Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer with a total bag of 10 fish, all released and for visiting rod Mr. Guy Eastment who recorded 12 fish, all around 3lbs each and again, all safely released. There were several good returns on the 5th with Permit holder Mr. Kevin Moore taking 7 fish from the South Lake banks, all to small lure patterns ; Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles recorded a total of 9 fish from the banks, again to lure patterns in either white or green & black ; visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson returned a total of 14 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on an olive tadpole pattern and visiting rod Mr. Mick Grant also recorded a total of 14 fish including a tiger trout from the South Lake banks, this time using an orange tadpole and a black & green Viva to great effect. On the 6th Permit holders Mr. Norman Swinson and Mr. Graham Wood recorded bags of 9 and 12 fish respectively with the best amongst them being around the 3lb mark whilst on the 7th the sport continued to be good with Season Permit holders Mr. Rod Singer (again!) and Mr. Alan Miles returning 11 and 8 fish respectively, both fishing from the South Lake banks and using small lures. To round off an improved week, visiting rod Mr. Allcock recorded 8 fish in just 4 hours from the South Lake banks, again with black & green lures proving to be very useful. On the 8th we also welcomed visiting rods from the Alex Booth Fly Fishers who enjoyed some good sport from the banks with several anglers reaching their 5 fish bag limit. Early indications show that Mr. Ian Footman won the meeting, although this is still to be confirmed. The rod average for the meeting was 3.09 based on the returns submitted.

The forecast for the week ahead shows a continuing rise in temperatures with warm air coming in from the Mediterranean which should see further hatches and, therefore, excellent prospects.
 

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A hint of Spring at last ...

The current rod average is 3.72


The week started well with ideal conditions, buzzers hatching and fish rising to sip at the surface all of which provided good sport for the bank rods. By Tuesday, however, the contrast was stark with heavy rain, cold Easterly winds and rising water levels which soon curtailed the action.

As the week progressed the sport improved dramatically from the banks and, latterly, the boats.

Great returns this week include on Monday 9th for Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood with a total of 7 fish, all released. On Thursday 12th Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles recorded a total of 9 fish, all caught from the banks of the South Lake on either black nymph or green and white lure patterns.

Saturday 14th was the best day of the week, with calm, settled, warmer conditions which produced some impressive returns – Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough recorded a total of 17 fish from the banks of the South Lake. 11 were caught on Montana patterns, 3 on a red buzzer and 3 on orange blobs.
All but one fish were safely released to swim for another day. Also enjoying the upturn in activity was visiting rod Mr. Colin Beresford with a total return of 14 fish, the best being a stunning 4lb rainbow trout, all caught from the South Lake banks on small white lures or brown and orange buzzers.
Meanwhile visiting rods Mr. Ben Watson & Mr. Andrew Barker paired up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish between them, proving that not all the sport is from the banks.
Further good returns during the day came for Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner with 9 fish from the banks and Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler, also with a total of 9 fish amongst which was another of the wonderfully-marked tiger trout of around 2lb 4ozs.

On Sunday 15th we hosted a meeting of the North West Fly Fishers who enjoyed some great action from banks and boats. Weather conditions were unpleasant at times with gusty breezes and rain showers in the afternoon but 1st place was awarded to Tony Slater with a total of 10lb 2.5ozs, 2nd place to Garry Scholes with 10lbs 1.5ozs and 3rd place to Steve Ratcliffe with 10lb 0.5ozs. Biggest fish award went to Ian Cooper for a 3lb 10ozs over-wintered rainbow. The rod average for the contest based on the returns received was 4.82.

Earlier this week, we met 8 year old Sam Willis who had come to enjoy some boat angling with his father.
Despite his tender years, Sam is a keen fly angler and caught a lovely 2lb rainbow from their boat on a green & black lure pattern.
Well done Sam, we look forward to seeing you again soon!



Continually rising air pressure and temperatures for the coming week bring with them the promise of excellent prospects and, at last, a hint of Spring!
 

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Blithfield Reservoir Angling Report
For the week ending 22nd April, 2018

Mini-heatwave produces incredible sport ...

The current rod average is 4.33

A continued rise in temperatures during the week saw an increase in insect activity and fish movements. Those fish that had been lurking in the depths for some time began to move upwards into the warmer layers of water spurred on by the plethora of buzzers hatching out and the rich feeding that awaited them at last.

Anglers who used an attractor on the point and buzzers or nymph patterns on droppers saw the most significant sport with many double-figured returns being recorded, particularly from midweek onwards. Orange or green have still featured as key attractor colours whilst black or red buzzer patterns have tempted many of the larger trout this week. The effects of a few days’ warm weather have been quite amazing and very welcome!

Excellent returns this week include on the 16th for visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson with a total return of 20 fish from the South Lake banks all caught on olive or black & green tadpoles.
The 18th proved to be the most productive day of the week for many anglers as the temperatures peaked at 26˚C with Permit holder Mr. Henry Deakin recording a total of 14 fish on small wet flies and Diawl Bachs ; Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries returned a total of 17 fish from the South Lake banks, all caught on small orange and white lures. Best of the visiting rods on the 18th were Mr. David Felton who returned an impressive 21 fish from the South Lake banks, all to Montana variations whilst Mr. Fred Salt recorded a total of 15 fish, again on the very productive South Lake, this time using a small Cat’s Whisker to great effect.

The incredible upturn in sport continued on the 19th with further double-figure returns including for visiting rod Mr. Phil Roper with 16 fish all caught on black and green lures, with the best being a cracking 4lb over-wintered rainbow ; visiting rod Mr. Steve Cooper recorded the best bag of the week with his 27 fish, all caught on orange and green tadpole patterns from the banks of the South Lake ; visiting rod Mr. Phil Williams returned a total of 18 fish, including a stunning brown trout and 2 very shiny blues, all of which were tempted by an Apache lure or a red buzzer and visiting rod Mr. Mick Grant released all 17 of his fish, caught on various patterns including green and white lures, Viva, Diawl Bach and buzzers from the banks of the South Lake. On the 20th further decent returns were recorded by Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood who released 10 fish and visiting rod Mr. Peter Roberts who released all 14 of his fish – all of them caught on buzzer patterns from the South Lake. On the 21st visiting rod Mr. Stan Edinburgh recorded a total of 19 fish from the South Lake in what proved to be a very productive day for him.
Also on the 21st we welcomed a group of anglers from Leeds Fly Dressers who paired up in boats for the day and based on the returns submitted achieved a very creditable rod average of 4.8.

The North Lake will open to all anglers on 1st May this year although some tracks around its perimeter are very waterlogged with high water levels still posing one or two issues for bank anglers. The tracks around the South Lake are all now open making it easier for bank anglers to access the different areas to suit the prevailing winds.

Finally this week anglers may be interested in a new website featuring all things fly fishing (including a great article about Blithfield by Andy Taylor) which can be found at

Today's Fly Fisher – Portal For Fly Fishing Enthusiasts
 

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A solid start for Russ ...

The current rod average is 3.82

The Angling Reports from many waters of late are dominated by the continuing cold, windy and wet weather that has led to this Spring being dubbed ‘Sprinter’ in the press.
It is undoubtedly one of the longest cold Springs in modern memory and has seen a very poor start to the season for many.
That said, the mini-heatwave from a couple of weeks ago did trigger an intense flurry of hatches and terrestrial activity for a few days which gave the sport a much needed boost. Despite the return of the chilly air insect activity remains decent enough with many fish now happily taking buzzers and nymphs fished a wee bit deeper than is usual for the time of year.

A great tale from the banks this week was that of Mr. Russ Davies who is new to both fly fishing and Blithfield.
Under the expert guidance of Steve Cooper he fished from the bank at Dougies and recorded his first 4 rainbows, all caught on a Bibio.
A solid start indeed and hopefully the first of many successful sessions. Well done Russ!


Notable returns this week include on the 23rd for visiting rod Mr. Dave Roberts who recorded 7 fish from the South Lake banks on a dancer pattern and on the 24th for Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries who returned a not-so-unlucky 13 fish including a tiger trout from the banks using a white and orange lure.


It was lucky 7 all round on the 26th with Permit holder Barry Turner and visiting rods Mr. Peter Stacey and Mr. Andrew Esplin braving gusty winds to each record total bags of 7 fish whilst on the 27th Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood released a total of 20 fish, all caught from the banks of the South Lake on lures and buzzers.

On the same day visiting rod Mr. Alan Topping recorded a total of 12 fish from the South Lake banks, all on an orange hot head Damsel. Mr. Steve Cooper, in between his skilful tutoring of Russ Davies who caught 4 rainbows, managed an additional 9 fish on either Bibio or orange tadpole patterns whilst visiting rod Mr. R. Allcock recorded a total of 8 fish from the South Lake Banks on black & green lures or buzzer patterns.
Visiting rod Mr. Lee Waldron braved a cold, drizzly day on Saturday 28th to venture out in a boat on the South Lake. His efforts paid off and he was rewarded with a very creditable 14 fish all caught on black and green lures and damsel nymphs.

Rounding off the week Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned 7 fish on the 29th with a stunning 3lb 8ozs over-wintered rainbow amongst them.

Weekly stocking is continuing apace with a further 200 stunning Tiger trout amongst the total number stocked last week.

Unlike Brown trout, which must be released unharmed, the faster-growing Tigers can be taken if required.

A quick heads-up this week is that boat bookings are now being taken for the annual Cancer Charity Day on Saturday 2nd June. Last year boats booked up within a week so please let us know as soon as possible if you wish to take part this year on 01283 840284
 

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Dramatic improvement in sport this week ...

The current rod average is 4.76



The wet, cold start to the week saw relatively slow sport but from Wednesday onwards it improved dramatically with some incredible returns recorded especially on Staurday and Sunday. The bank fishing continues to be good but the rods that took to the boats also enjoyed excellent sport.

Dry fly tactics are now coming into their own with notable bags recorded by visiting rods Mr. Mick Broadgate and Mr. Sam Forrester who landed a total of 16 fish to their boat, with some stunning over-wintered specimens amongst them.

The evening of Sunday 6[SUP]th[/SUP] saw almost flat calm conditions with a heavy buzzer and sedge hatch which produced rising fish all over the reservoir. Three visiting rods, Messrs. Wood, Prince and Finney enjoyed what they described as “a brilliant evenings fishing” catching a total of 39 fish between them, all to buzzer and dry fly tactics.

Also on Sunday visiting rods Mr. Phil Williams and Mr. Eddie Guest proved that boat fishing during the day in bright conditions can also be productive recording a total bag of 61 fish, all caught and released, using a combination of Eddie’s own-tied Cherokee lures and buzzer patterns. Eddie declared it “the best days fishing in my life – unbelievable sport!”.

In what has been a fabulous week of sport, other creditable returns were as follows – on Monday 30[SUP]th[/SUP] Season Permit holder Mr. Maurice Dewey recorded 7 fish from the South Lake banks using various lures with his best being a 3lb 8ozs over-wintered rainbow, whilst visiting rod Mr. Freegard returned a total of 9 fish from the banks.

On the 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton released all 9 of his fish, caught on damsel and cat’s whisker patterns but it was on Thursday 3[SUP]rd[/SUP] that the sport really started to pick up. Boat anglers saw great results with Season Permit holder Dr. Ian Greaves recording 25 fish in just 3 hours on orange lures and olive damsels and Season Permit holder Mr. Richard Meehan, fishing from a boat with his guest Mr. Houston, record 12 fish whilst Mr. Houston recorded 9, all caught on damsels and orange tadpoles.
Bank anglers also enjoyed great sport with visiting rod Mr. Fred Salt returning at total of 36 fish all caught on damsel patterns and Cat’s Whiskers whilst visiting husband and wife rods Mr. Tony Bridgett and Mrs. Pauline Bridgett managed a very creditable 40 fish between them in Ten Acre Bay, all on green & black lures.

On Friday 4[SUP]th[/SUP] Season Permit holder Mr. Bill Scarlett caught and released 14 fish from the South Lake banks and visiting trio Mr. Steve Cooper, Mr. Iain Baddeley and Mr. Paul Bentley returned total bags of 20 fish, 20 fish and 15 fish respectively. On Saturday 5[SUP]th[/SUP], Permit holder Mr. Roger Smith paired up in a boat with visiting rod Mr. Andy Gibbs and each caught and released 13 fish, a very good total of 26 to the boat by the end of their day. Overall these are just examples this week – there were so many excellent returns that we have had to select just a few.

After such an unkind spring the sport has certainly recovered very well indeed.

A quick reminder this week that if you wish to fish in the Cancer Charity Day event on Saturday 2[SUP]nd[/SUP] June there are just 2 boats left available so you need to book quickly on 01283 840284.

Anyone wishing to take part in the Scierra Pairs heat at Blithfield on 20[SUP]th[/SUP] May can do so by booking online at www.scierrapairs.co.uk


 

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Outstanding sport all week as conditions settle ...

The current rod average is 6.66

Above average temperatures early in the week produced a good hatch of buzzers with a few sedges appearing in the evenings.
Terrestrial offerings in the form of Hawthorn and small Daddy Long Legs produced excellent top-of-the-water sport to both bank and boat rods.

Stomach contents of the spooned fish revealed dark olive buzzers equivalent to a size 12, various terrestrials and even last year’s coarse fry!

There are so many incredibly good returns this week that only a selection appear here.

They are as follows – on Monday 7th there was a great start to the week for visting rod Mr. Ian Buckley who returned a total of over 30 fish from the South Lake banks using buzzers and black lures to great effect whilst Permit holder Mr. Paul Ryder recorded a total of 18 fish to his boat on the South Lake, all on black buzzer patterns.

On Tuesday 8th visiting rod Mr. Alan Topping saw no action at all until the afternoon when he successfully caught and released 21 fish on damsel patterns from the South Lake banks. The 9th saw many significant returns amongst which were Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop with 21 fish all caught on Black Pennell or black tadpole; Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway returned a total of 16 fish from the South Lake banks ; Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough recorded a total of 19 fish by combining buzzers with a booby on the point and fishing from the South Lake banks ; visiting rods Mr. Hutchinson and Mr. Blatchford paired up in a boat on the South Lake to return an impressive total of 41 to their boat, all caught to buzzer patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar also enjoyed a successful days boat angling with 28 fish to his boat, again buzzers and lures providing excellent results whilst visiting bank rods Mr. Geoff Tomkinson (who fished the banks of both North and South Lakes), Mr. David Heseltine and Mr. David Evans all recorded impressive returns of 27 fish, 25 fish and 17 fish respectively.

The sport continued apace on the 10th with visiting rod Mr. Wayne Jordan employing buzzer patterns to record 18 fish to his boat on the South Lake ; visiting Patshull Park rods Mr. Adrian Ponder and Mr. Richard Snape paired up in a boat and returned 29 fish between them - all caught on olive damsels and buzzers; regular visiting rod Mr. Steve Cooper read conditions perfectly and switched from orange lures to green and white and Hare’s Ear nymphs this week and returned 17 fish from the South Lake banks whilst Season Permit holder Mr. Roger Goring fished from the banks of the South Lake using buzzers and recorded a total of 13 fish – amongst them a stunning over-wintered rainbow trout of 5lb 8ozs.

On Friday 11th there were further good returns with Season Permit holder Mr. Norman Swinson returning 17 fish from a boat on the South Lake ; visiting rods Mr. John Graney and Mr. Bruce Burton fished from the banks and enjoyed some phenomenal sport releasing all 46 fish caught between them – both anglers choosing intermediate line and black or orange Fritz patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Peter Roberts also experienced incredible bank sport returning 17 fish, all caught and released, using buzzer patterns. On the 12th visiting rod Mr. John Ruscoe returned 19 fish to his boat on the South Lake, whilst visiting rods Mr. Mick Broadgate and Mr. Sam Forrester paired up in a boat to record a total of 21 fish between them all to buzzer patterns.
Also on the 12th we welcomed a group of anglers from Bollington Fly Fishers near Macclesfield who enjoyed excellent sport to their boats with a superb rod average of 10.27. Rounding off an impressive week of sport on Sunday 13th was Permit holder Mr. Peter Barlow, who used a ‘walk, cast, walk’ tactic around the North Lake banks and recorded a final total of 19 fish, all to nymph and spider patterns and all safely released to see another day. Another group of anglers visited on Sunday for the Colclough Memorial Meet and after a very pleasant, sunny days’ sport their rod average was 10.89. The Troutmasters Fish-Off for Blithfield also took place on Sunday and this was won by Mr. Nigel Hodkinson.

An important reminder to all anglers this week that on Sunday 20th May we will be hosting an heat of the Scierra Pairs contest and therefore boat availability may be very limited.

Please note that all boats for the annual Cancer Charity Day on Saturday 2nd June are currently sold-out.
 

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Superb sport on offer again this week.

The current rod average is 6.24

On the 20th May the reservoir hosted an heat of the popular Scierra Pairs which saw 15 boat pairs competing for a place in the final on 26th August. An outstanding effort by Martin Dixon and Mike Mason saw them bag-up and return to the Boat House within an hour earning a cracking 12lb time bonus into the bargain. Inevitably they won the heat with a total 34lbs 15/16 ozs. Best recorded fish of the heat went to Richard Delrosso and Neil Beesley at 3lb. Despite the early bagging-up all competitors were then able to continue fishing on a catch and release basis for the rest of the day. The rod average for the actual heat was 5.8 but for the anglers who fished all day the average was much higher.

The event showcased the superb sport being enjoyed during the last few weeks. Bank anglers are continuing to record good bags but boats are just starting to come into their own with exceptional sport to dries or nymphs fished on a floating or sink tip line.

With the competition season now in full swing, we advise booking boats in advance to avoid disappointment.

With this in mind please be advised of these forthcoming events which will affect availability –

Saturday 2nd June - annual Cancer Charity boat pairs match, NO BOATS AVAILABLE

Thursday 7th June – Angling Trust England Fly Fishing practice day, VERY LIMITED BOATS AVAILABLE

Friday 8th June - Angling Trust England Fly Fishing Heat, VERY LIMITED BOATS AVAILABLE

Finally on Sunday 10th June the Staffordshire Ironman event will once again affect access to the reservoir until 2pm. However, this year, access is available all day via the B5014 from Handsacre, through Hill Ridware and Blithbury.
 

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"Perfect, crazy day" as dry flies produce excellent results...

The current rod average is 6.05


Despite a forecast for thundery downpours during the week the reservoir managed to escape them and instead the conditions remained fairly settled. Now that the upper layers of water have warmed up and insect life is abundant the trout are happily cruising sub-surface and readily taking dry flies as well as nymphs and buzzers which has resulted in some excellent returns.

Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, Ten Acre Bay, Boathouse Bay, Old Man’s

Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer

Best Lures : Olive damsel, Green & Black, Viva, Olive tadpole

Best Nymphs/Wets : Hare’s Ear nymph, Diawl Bach, Olive buzzer, black buzzer

Best Fish : Mr. Colin Beresford , 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout, caught on a Shipman’s buzzer, from the banks of the South Lake
 

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Boat anglers enjoy the best of the sport this week...


The current rod average is 4.98


Another dry, settled week once again saw plenty of visitors to the reservoir. The margins have now started to see an increase in temperatures which has resulted in many fish moving slightly further out over deeper, cooler water. Although still within a decent cast of the banks, boat anglers have benefitted from the flexibility and coverage a boat can offer and have submitted the best returns this week.

Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, drifts in towards the Gorse Bushes, drifts in towards Ten Acre Bay, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)

Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer, red Shipman's buzzer

Best Lures : Olive damsel,Olive tadpole, white marabou lure

Best Nymphs/Wets : Hare’s Ear nymph, pearly Diawl Bach, Olive buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : Mr. Ray Edge, 4lb approx brown trout, caught on a Shipman's buzzer from the bank of the South Lake.
The current rod average is 4.98



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The rod average is 4.98


Another dry, settled week once again saw plenty of visitors to the reservoir. The margins have now started to see an increase in temperatures which has resulted in many fish moving slightly further out over deeper, cooler water.

Although still within a decent cast of the banks, boat anglers have benefitted from the flexibility and coverage a boat can offer and have submitted the best returns this week.

The South Lake continues to be the most productive of the two with decent drifts and good wind lanes across the centre and in towards Gorse Bushes and Ten Acre Bay on the prevailing North Easterlies. With an ATEFF Qualifier Heat on Friday 8th, many anglers practiced for a couple of days beforehand and enjoyed some excellent sport finding the fish well distributed in the water.

Creditable returns this week include on the 4th for Permit holders Mr. Graham Wood and Mr. Brian Jones who paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 29 fish between them, mainly to wet flies and buzzers. The 5th saw many solid returns including for Permit holder Mr. Eddie Biddle with 11 fish, all safely released ; for visiting rod Mr. Mark Johnson with 14 fish to his boat caught on various patterns including blobs, dries and buzzers with the best of his bag being a 3lb rainbow trout ; visiting rods Mr. Wayne Jordan and Mr. Mick Bowden paired up to fish from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish to their boat using buzzer patterns and white lures ; visiting rod and in-form angler Mr. Simon Caddy again returned a decent bag to his boat – this time 24 fish, all safely released. On the 6th it was another visiting rod, Mr. Jeff Mason, who enjoyed great boat sport releasing all 12 of his fish which were caught on various red dry flies. Thursday 7th started cooler and cloudier before brightening in the afternoon. With many anglers fishing a practice for the ATEFF Qualifier there were further great results, including for visiting rod Mr. Nik Tompkins who had travelled up from Plymouth with boat partner Mr. Dave Minall. On the 8th the Heat got underway at 10am in cool, cloudy conditions and the results were as follows –

1st place - Mr. Andy Taylor 40lb 9ozs (including bonuses)
2nd place – Mr. Yousef Dar 35lb 15ozs (including bonuses)
3rd place – Mr. Tony Baldwin 35lb 8ozs (including bonuses)

The rod average for the day was 12.14 with more than 300 fish caught & released after anglers had weighed-in their 3 fish kill limits. Best fish of the Heat went to Mr. Simon Caddy with a rainbow trout weighing 3lb 4oz.

Rounding off the week on the 10th there were great returns from visiting rods including a boat total of 14 for Mr. Clive Wilkins and Mr. Keith Smith, with all fish caught on dry flies and all safely released whilst regular visitor Mr. Rod Tilton returned a total of 10 fish to his boat, again all caught on dry flies and all safely released to swim for another day.

With boats being a better option at the present time it is worth noting that a four hour boat can be hired at any time during the day from 8am onwards. Fishing currently ends at 9.45pm making a day on the water excellent value. Boats can be booked on 01283 840284 between 8am and 12 noon.

The rod average is 4.98
 

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Patience and confidence pay off this week...

The current rod average is 2.56

After the welcome frenzy of the recent matches and practice days the reservoir has seen normal service resume. This was heralded by the fish becoming increasingly pre-occupiedwith feeding on pin fry. Numerous fish, especially in overcast conditions, were seen ‘fry bashing’ right across the reservoir. These fish , far from being impossible to catch, actually produced some good returns especially from the boats. The most successful tactics were small fry imitations fished static just beneath the surface.

Across the middle of the reservoir dry fly tactics worked well but with only light hatches most fish came ‘blind’ to the fly and it was a case of having patience and confidence in proven patterns.

Best Areas : Mickledale, Dougies, Mary Lou’s, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen's Bay, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)

Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer, red Shipman's buzzer

Best Lures : Olive damsel, Olive muddler, small white marabou lure

Best Nymphs/Wets : Hare’s Ear nymph, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : Mr. Paul Walker, 3lb rainbow trout trout, caught on a dry fly from the banks of the South Lake.
 

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Mad dogs and anglers go out in the midday sun - with good results...

The current rod average is 2.52


Although the water has become tinged with algae and bright, sunny skies have prevailed the fishing has remained good.

The most successful anglers have employed dry fly tactics and even on the brightest days fish were willing to rise. A prime example of this was the boat pairing of Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle who set off out at 1pm, during the hottest, brightest part of Sunday 24th and using only dry flies on floating lines, recorded a very creditable total of 16 fish to their boat thus proving that even when conditions appear to be hopeless the fish will still come.

Best Areas : Old Man's, St. Stephen's Bay, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts from the centre of the South Lake in towards Mary Lou's, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)

Best Dries : Bristol Hopper, Red Hopper, Claret Hopper, Sedge, Claret Shipman’s buzzer, red Shipman's buzzer

Best Lures : Olive damsel, Olive muddler, small white marabou lure

Best Nymphs/Wets : Gold ribbed Hare's Ear, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : Mr. Colin Chambers, 4lb brown trout, caught on a dry fly from a drifting boat on the South Lake.
 

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The rod average is 2.68

Light fishing pressure due to the relentless baking heat has resulted in fewer returns this week. However, those intrepid anglers who did venture out found that the fish were quite actively feeding and not, as might be expected, at depth but instead just sub-surface. Cooling Easterly breezes across the surface of the water all week may well have played a part in reducing the temperature in the upper layers and despite the dazzling sun and a patchy bloom of algae many trout have been eager to take red, orange or claret dry flies as well as fry-imitating pearly nymphs. Interestingly we have seen a slight rise in the rod average this week, partially due to the double-figured returns enjoyed by several anglers including two very good bank sessions on Thursday and Friday. These dispel the myth that bank angling in such conditions is a waste of time and prove just the opposite!

Noteworthy returns this week include several on the 28th including for Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton who recorded a total of 7 fish to his anchored boat on the South Lake in less than 4 hours using klinkhammer and spider patterns ; visiting rod Mr. Bristow also fished from a boat and returned a total of 9 fish, all caught on Bibio patterns and visiting rod Mr. David Felton fished from the banks and recorded 12 fish – two to dry flies and the remainder to crunchers fished just sub-surface. A fabulous return came on the 29th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who returned a very creditable 21 fish – all caught on dry flies from the banks with the best being a 3lb 2ozs rainbow trout, proving that the heat and the sun have not put the fish off at all. On Saturday 30th Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer recorded a total of 11 fish to his boat on the South Lake in just 5 hours, this time all were tempted by a small white lure to imitate the juicy fry they were feeding on. Rounding off the week on Sunday 1st July was Permit Holder Mr. George Eardley who returned 9 fish to his boat – this time the fish were all caught on a red or claret shuttlecock CdC during the hottest hours of early to mid-afternoon in bright sunlight where once again fish were happily moving just sub-surface and taking off the top of the water.

A quick heads-up this week that the annual triathlon held at Blithfield will take place on Sunday 29th July. This will not affect access all day but will affect fishing in part of the South Lake for a few hours during the morning.
 

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Rod average creeps up as trout continue to feed...

The current rod average is 2.96

Once again the soaring temperatures of this glorious summer are a feature of angling reports from across the country. Many waters are experiencing the same difficulties brought on by the weather from fish refusing to feed, algal blooms and water temperatures simply being too high for good sport. However this is not the case at Blithfield and whilst there is a tinge of algae to the water it is certainly not unfishable as some of this week’s returns indicate.


Best Areas : Mary Lou’s, Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake

Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, Sedge, red Shipman's buzzer, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, coral blob

Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : Mr. Phil Sadler, 5lb rainbow trout, caught on a Shipman's buzzer from a boat on the South Lake.
 

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Stocking policy now paying dividends...

The current rod average is 2.56

The Fishery policy of weekly stocking pays dividends at this time of year with fresh fish added to the resident stock producing the best possible chance of sport.

Fish have continued to feed just sub-surface this week with red, orange or claret dry flies producing good results when used in combination with nymph patterns. This method has applied for some time now and as we have been repeating for the last few weeks the brightness and heat has not sent the fish into deeper water just yet.

Creditable returns this week include on Thursday 12th for Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Hull who recorded a total of 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake (drifts out of Rainbow Corner on an East-Southeast breeze) using claret dry flies. Phil reported that the late afternoon and evening was particularly good with plenty of rising fish. On the same day 2 visiting rods from Darwen in Lancashire, Messrs. G. & S. Martin, paired up in a boat and returned a total of 16 fish to the boat, all to dry fly tactics whilst regular visiting rod Mr. Tim Buckett enjoyed some excellent sport during the late afternoon and evening with a total of 10 fish to his boat.

On Friday the 13th there was certainly no bad luck for visiting rod Mr.Neil Barlow – his first visit to the reservoir this season saw him record a total of 14 fish, the best being a 4lb 6ozs rainbow, with boat partner Mr. Ron Powell taking the boat total to 18. Not too far behind were their friends and fellow visitors Mr. Steve Ratcliffe and Mr. Billy Stubbs with a boat total of 12, all caught on claret dry flies on the South Lake.

On the 14th there was a good bank return for Permit holder Mr. Eddie Biddle with a total of 7 fish, all caught on dry flies in a few hours’ sport. Rounding off the week on Sunday 15th was Season Permit holder Mr. Gerald Sweetmore with a superb bank angling session, returning a total of 10 fish, all caught on Daddy Long Legs imitations, in just 2 and a half hours – the best of these being a stunning 4lb 2ozs rainbow.


With the school summer holidays almost upon us we would like to remind potential visitors that accompanied children are welcome at Blithfield where under-10s can fish for free and accompanied 11-16 year olds able to fish for just £10 per day.
We are keen to encourage a future generation of fly anglers into the sport and the smile on the face of a young angler after a good day’s sport is unforgettable. To book a free, one-off tuition and guidance session please call us on 01283 840284. Please note that all children (16 and under) must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.



Best Areas : Mary Lou’s, Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake

Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red Shipman's buzzer, orange or red Shipman's sugar lump, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, yellow blob

Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : 4lb 6ozs rainbow trout caught on a Diawl Bach by Mr. Neil Barlow from a boat on the South Lake
 
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A summer to remember as the heatwave continues ...

The current rod average is 2.81

A few of us can remember the ‘great heatwave’ of 1976 when the country baked under blazing sunshine for what was, we were advised, a one-off exceptional summer. Now 42 years later we have the same again – searing heat, high humidity and what is known as a ‘Spanish plume’ of exceptionally hot air pushing North, all thanks to the Jetstream. With the exception of a short downpour last Friday 20th our previous significant rainfall at Blithfield had been on 27th May and waters across the country are all experiencing the same conditions – low water levels, high temperatures and lack of terrestrial activity. Vegetation along the banks has become brittle and golden brown and hatches have come to a halt. Indeed it seems that the summer of 2018 will be another one that is remembered in years to come.

However it is not all bad news. Here at Blithfield the fish have remained fairly high in the water, feeding avidly on the plentiful coarse fry just sub-surface and still taking well-presented dry flies as well as pearly nymph imitations. Although we have been fortunate in some respects without a drop in temperatures and rain soon we, too, will experience the trout heading to the cooler depths as they cease to feed.


Best Areas : Mickledale, drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into St. Stephen’s Bay, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the North Lake, Old Man's

Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red Shipman's buzzer, orange or red Shipman's sugar lump, red shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs

Best Lures : small white marabou lure, orange blob, yellow blob

Best Nymphs/Wets : Kate McLaren, Invicta, pearly Diawl Bach, Black buzzer, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : 5lb 6ozs rainbow trout caught on a red hopper by Mr. Rod Tilton from a boat on the South Lake
 

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The rod average is 1.65


An unusual start to this week’s report as we would usually expect to be discussing the ‘dog days of summer’ and the lack of sport. However, although the heat and humidity have reduced terrestrial activity to a minimum there have been some buzzer hatches and with an abundance of coarse fry to feed on the majority of fish have continued to cruise about and feed in the top few feet of water both early mornings and into the evenings.

On cloudier days the offering of claret or fiery brown dry flies has proved useful to tempt those trout tired of fish suppers with many taking flies ‘blind’ and seemingly appearing from nowhere. Therefore spotting the fish movements in the water has been challenging at times but patience and confidence have certainly paid off.

Amongst the noteworthy returns this week are Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood with 10 to their boat on the South Lake on Monday 30th. On 31st visiting rods Mr. Tony Smith and Mr. Simon Peck paired up in a boat and recorded a total of 16 fish between them, all caught on dry flies and Bob’s Bits. On Wednesday 1st it was Messrs. Jones and Wood again enjoying decent sport with a boat total of 13 fish whilst on Friday 3rd visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar returned a total of 9 fish to his drifting boat. Certainly not all doom and gloom this week with several anglers returning bags of 5 or more fish in just 4 hours’ sport and even bags of 4 and 5 fish being recorded from some parts of the banks despite the high temperatures. Water clarity remains mostly moderate and weekly stocking has continued to provide fresh fish due to the close proximity of the on-site Fish Farm. With cooler, fresher conditions forecast for the week ahead the prospects will improve.



Best Areas : drifts along the Gorse Bushes, drifts into Watery Lane, Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) , drifts across the centre of the South Lake, Old Man's

Best Dries : Orange CdC Hopper, Red Hopper, red or claret Shipman's buzzer, claret Bob's Bits, claret & pearl hopper, Daddy Long Legs

Best Lures : small white marabou lure, black taddy, yellow blob

Best Nymphs/Wets : Bibio, Invicta, Soldier Palmer, pearly Diawl Bach, pearly PTN, cruncher

Best Fish : 2lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a red Shipman's buzzer by Mr. John Henshall from a boat on the South Lake
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