Blithfield 2018

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The rod average is 2.30


The reservoir actively encourages imitative dry fly or floating line nymph tactics but there are times, especially during the ‘dog days’ of August (when hatches are somewhat sparse), that tactics targeted at the trout’s aggressive nature can pay dividends.

This was certainly the case this week when a duo of match anglers using sinking lines and lures retrieved at a fast pace showed the potential of the fishery. However, most fish are still feeding in the top few feet of water especially over the deeper areas.

Creditable returns this week are all, bar one, from Thursday 9th with Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton recording a total of 8 fish from his boat on the South Lake in just 4 hours .

Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton paired up in a boat on the South Lake and also returned a boat total of 8 fish, all caught on dry flies ; visiting rods Mr. Terry Coging and Mr. Jeff Stanley enjoyed some great dry fly sport to record a total of 12 fish to their drifting boat on the South Lake and visiting rods Mr. Yousef Dar and Mr. Simon Caddy employed the afore-mentioned sinking line and lure tactics to record more than 60 fish to their boat, again on the South Lake.

Whilst this method is not for everyone, it certainly pays off in competitions when conditions are tough and numbers count.

On Saturday 11th Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, all caught on Shipman’s buzzer patterns with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow trout.

With the advent of cooler evenings and the ever-improving water clarity prospects continue to look good for the coming days and weeks.
 

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Cooler conditions begin to boost the sport ….

The rod average is 2.0

Slowly but surely the water temperature has started to fall which in turn has promoted a modest buzzer hatch and produced spasmodic periods when the trout have been taking naturals from the surface.
Other trout are continuing to chase the abundant coarse fry, mostly over the deeper water but occasionally venturing into the margins – a sign of improving sport for the bank anglers perhaps?
During days with lighter winds returns to the boats proved to be good but squally, blustery days were less productive. Hopefully we have turned the corner from the ‘Dog Days’ of August and with stocking scheduled to continue combined with a very large head of resident fish prospects are predicted to be excellent.
Creditable returns this week include on the 20th for visiting rods Mr. Malcolm Capper and Mr. Neil Thomas who caught and released a total of 8 fish from their boat on the South Lake. On the 21st Season Permit holder Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner spent a few hours in a drifting boat on the South Lake on a very sunny afternoon and returned a total of 13 fish, all caught on Daddy Long Legs imitations and hoppers. On 22nd Permit holder Mr. Norman Swinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and recorded a total bag of 7 fish with the best being a stunning, large-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4ozs ; on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton returned a total of 12 fish to his boat – his best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow – with all caught on Shipman’s buzzers and hoppers during some excellent top-of-the-water sport ; also fishing on a very productive 22nd were Permit holders Mr. Graham Wood and Mr. Brian Jones with a very decent return to the boat of 20 fish. The 23rd saw further good returns with Season Permit holding brothers Mr. Derek Cope and Mr. Mick Cope fishing from a boat on the South Lake to record a total bag of 7 fish all caught on hopper patterns ; on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries returned 7 fish to his boat, this time caught on a combination of small coral boobies and Daddy Long Legs patterns in around 4 hours of sport. The best of the few bank anglers on the 23rd was Season Permit holder Mr. Maurice Dewey who also recorded the best fish of the week amongst his bag – a fabulous 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught from the South Lake banks on a small PTN.
 

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Large-tailed, fin-perfect stock fish amongst this week’s returns ….

The rod average is 2.10


The week started fairly slowly but cooler evenings and cloudy days produced a gradual improvement in conditions and by Friday afternoon excellent sport was enjoyed by the boat anglers in the South Lake.

A warm, light south westerly breeze saw a good buzzer hatch and the trout responded with fish moving well on the naturals and a fall of small black beetles. Some fish, however, were still pre-occupied with feeding on the coarse fish fry high in the water.

A pleasing aspect of the bags recorded this week was the excellent condition of the resident stock fish with several fin-perfect, large tailed rainbows over 3lb amongst the returns but all were topped by a simply stunning 4lb ‘bar of silver’ blue trout

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 27th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker with 6 fish from the banks including 2 tiger trout and a 3lb 8ozs rainbow, all caught on a small white lure during a few hours in the evening.
On the 30th Season Permit holder Mr. John Arnott recorded a naturally grown on 3lb rainbow trout amongst his bag caught on a claret hopper from a boat on the South Lake.
The 31st saw a few decent returns being submitted including for Permit Holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood who paired up in a boat to return a total of 13 fish between them whilst visiting rod Mr. Neil Chandler recorded a total of 9 fish to his boat on the South Lake ; on the same day Permit Holder Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and his boat partner returned a total of 9 fish in just a 3 hour afternoon session, all caught on dries and with two fish over 3lb amongst the bag .
On Saturday 1st September visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of 7 fish to his boat, including a stunning brown trout of 2lb 11ozs, all caught on floating line with Daddy Long Legs and CdC patterns.

The sport improved greatly on Sunday 2nd with Permit Holder Mr. Norman Swinson returning a total of 13 fish to his boat on the South Lake with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow ; Season Permit holders Mr. Pat Burton and Mr. Nigel Hodkinson fished from a boat during the afternoon and returned a total of 22 fish to their boat including that stunning 4lb blue trout caught on a Daddy Long Legs by Nigel. Rounding off an excellent day was visiting rod Mr. David Currie with a total of 8 to his boat, including a feisty tiger trout, all caught on a sparkler lure.
 

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Banks are improving as water temperature falls...

The current rod average is 2.01

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness descends upon us water temperatures have continued to fall slowly bringing about an improvement in sport. The most significant change is the gradual improvement in bank sport and whilst boat returns still remain the better of the two bank returns are creeping upwards with some excellent fish recorded during the past week.

Several specimen trout of 3lb plus have been caught from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake and the best fish of the week, a stunning, naturally grown on brown trout of 5lb 4ozs was caught on a black CdC hopper from the South Lake Bank on Wednesday 26th by Permit holder Mr. David Marlow who fished for just an hour and a half in the evening.

Other notable returns this week include on the 26th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who fished for 2 and a half hours in the evening and returned a total of 5 fish from the South Lake banks ; on the same day visiting rods Mr. Rock and Mr. Southall spent a few hours fishing the South Lake from a boat and returned a total of 8 fish between them, a number matched by visiting rods Mr. Bill Stubbs and Mr. Steve Ratcliffe who also fished from a boat on the same day. On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of 6 fish to his boat, caught on a mixture of both dry and wet Daddy Longlegs imitations.

The 28th saw Permit holder Mr. Brian Jones venture out in a boat and, using Baby Doll patterns, recorded a total of 5 very nice fish to his boat with several more being tempted by the pattern and one of “at least 5 lbs” which broke Brian’s line!

On the 29th Permit holders Mr. Barry Turner and Mr. Alan Miles returned a total of 7 fish to their boat whilst rounding off the week on the 30th visiting rod Mr. Paul Cook recorded a boat total of 8 fish, all safely released to swim for another day.


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

Best Dries : Red or black hopper, claret & pearl hopper, Daddy Long Legs, greased-up Bibio

Best Lures : white minkie, sparkle booby, orange blob, Baby Doll

Best Nymphs/Wets : Invicta, Bibio, pearly PTN, Mallard & claret

Best Fish : 5lb 4ozs brown trout caught on a black CdC hopper from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Dave Marlow
 
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The rod average is 2.88


As we experience another week of fluctuating weather – following cold, wet, windy conditions we then saw highs of 17˚C on Wednesday – we can be thankful that the trout are behaving as nature dictates and moving in to the margins to feed. At this time of year, with a lower sun and cooler water, the urge to ‘stock-up’ on food supplies before cold weather comes is too great for the fish to ignore and as a result there have been some excellent bank returns.

Anglers who resisted the temptation to wade out beyond knee-depth were the most rewarded with several tactics producing good sport. Floating lines once again came up trumps whilst the most beneficial fly patterns varied from small white boobies and lures at the start of the week to Bibio, black hoppers, Black & Peacock Spider and Bob’s Bits by Sunday afternoon! The water clarity has improved greatly which has also ensured that boat sport is still producing very successful returns – particularly on the South Lake. An interesting note this week is the rise in numbers of brown and tiger trout being recorded as they become more mobile in the cooler temperatures.

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 15th for Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner with 6 fish from the South Lake Banks in just a few hours. On Tuesday 16th Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished from the banks for approximately 2 hours and recorded a total of 7 fish, mainly on an Invicta whilst earlier on the same day visiting rod Mr. Geoff Forman recorded 6 fish from the South Lake banks, including a lovely brown trout, all caught on black spider patterns.
The 17th proved to be an incredibly good day with a rise in air pressure and settled conditions. Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner again enjoyed great sport with a total return of 10 fish, all caught on small white lures, from the bank ; visiting rod Mr. Robert Arrowsmith used Black Pennell and Bibio patterns to record a total of 7 fish from the bank ; boat pairings also submitted creditable returns on the same day – Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood returned a total of 10 fish to their boat on the South Lake and visiting boat pair Mr. Tim Buckett and Mr. M. Rudding also recorded 10 fish to their boat – all caught on hoppers and Shuttlecock CdC patterns during the afternoon. On the 18th Season Permit holder Mr. Derek Spilsbury fished for just a few hours and returned 6 fish to the bank on the South Lake while Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles enjoyed a great morning on the banks with a total of 9 fish. On the same day Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway also fished from the banks and recorded a total of 6 fish to Bibio and dry fly patterns, including the best fish this week – a stunning 5lb 8ozs brown trout caught on a black Bibio-hopper.
Towards the end of the week on the 20th Permit holder Mr. David Marlow returned a total of 5 fish from the banks as did visiting rod Mr. Tom Clasper who counted a lovely brown trout amongst his total – of course this was safely released to hopefully live on into old age in accordance with Fishery Rules.

Also amongst the returns this week were a 3lb 6ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Paul Walker ; a stunning brown trout for Mr. Mick Grant ; a 3lb 4ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Alan Miles ; a 3lb 4ozs rainbow trout for Mr. Alan Mould and a 3lb rainbow trout for Mr. Dennis Anslow.

A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on 15th November 2018.
 

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The rod average is 2.75

As we enter the final couple of weeks of the 2018 Season we have finally seen a favourable change in weather and water conditions which has resulted in a great boost to the sport and rewards for those patient anglers who persevered in trickier times.

Plenty of fish have been caught closer to the margins, especially on the South Lake, with some stunning examples as close in as 3 feet from the water’s edge. Fry feeding is foremost now as trout focus on bulking themselves up before winter sets in and fry patterns certainly performed well. However wet flies in the form of Bibio, Black Pennell and Black & Peacock Spider also produced great bags whilst the best brown trout this week was caught on a dry sedge imitation.

Notable returns this week include on 31st for visiting rod Mr. Robert Arrowsmith with 5 fish all caught on wet flies within 4 hours from the South Lake banks ; on the same day, visiting rod Mr. Machin fished in Ten Acre Bay for a few hours until dusk and returned a stunning 3lb 8ozs brown trout amongst his bag, caught within 6 feet of the bank on a sedge pattern. On Thursday 1st visiting rod Mr. Mick Grant recorded a total of 6 fish from the banks – this time all caught on small black & green lures and boobies. On the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles returned a full-tailed rainbow of 3lb 4ozs amongst his bag. On Friday 2nd Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished from the banks for little over an hour and recorded a total of 5 fish, with many more takes, the best of which was a 3lb 4ozs rainbow. Paul was back at it again on the 4th with another 4 decent fish, the best of these being a cracking 3lb 8ozs rainbow, again all caught from the banks. Rounding off the week were visiting rods Mr. Ray Edwards and Mr. Trevor Bagnall who both enjoyed a good day’s sport with 6 fish apiece, the best of which was a 3lb rainbow for Trevor.

A reminder this week that the Reservoir will close to visiting permits, including Syndicate anglers, on Friday 16th November and to Permit holders on Friday 23rd November 2018.
 

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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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Dry flies and evening sport produce results ….

The current rod average is 2.72

We are now well into August with contrasting daily weather conditions and yet the Reservoir continues to fish well from the boats.

For those bank anglers planning a visit it must be said that with water temperatures in the margins becoming warmer bank fishing is now more difficult although not impossible with the best sport in the evenings. For boat anglers the most productive drifts have been across the middle of the South Lake with a focus on ‘wind lanes’ whenever present. Dry fly tactics have been most successful especially when conditions were overcast but even during bright, sunny days sport has been particularly good in the top 2 feet of water to ‘pulling’ tactics using nymphs and attractors.

Following our feature on encouraging youngsters into the sport we are delighted to include 2 great returns from the ‘next generation’ this week – on 21st August, Tyler Shaw came fishing with his granddad Steve and during a 2 hour evening boat session successfully caught 2 fish for 5lb 8oz on an orange hopper. Then on Sunday 25th 11 year old Annaleese Biddle fished with her granddad Eddie and landed 3 fish on Shipman’s buzzers, during their boat session. Well done to both and we certainly hope they will enjoy coming here in future.

Notable returns this week include on the 21st for Permit holders and regular boat pair Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle with a combined total of 18 to their boat, all caught on dry flies on the South Lake ; visiting boat pair Mr. Terry Walford and Mr. Mick Cartlidge returned 38 to their boat using various tactics throughout the day including dries, blobs & boobies on a fast retrieve ; and visiting rods Mr. Chris Howkins and Mr. Steve Owen also paired up in a boat and returned a combined total of 21 fish mainly to attractor patterns.
On the 22nd conditions became a little more difficult - Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton fished from a boat together on the South Lake and recorded a total of 17 fish to the boat, all on dry flies including orange daddy and orange hopper ; on the same day visiting rods Mr. David Heseltine and Mr. Alan Greenhalgh heeded the advice given about fly choice and returned 12 to their boat on the South Lake all on Soldier Palmer patterns – a pattern that has performed particularly well here this year when fished as a dry fly.

On the 23rd Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned 13 fish on Shipman’s buzzer patterns with the best being a stunning rainbow of 3lbs.; visiting rods Mr. Robertson and Mr. Millard also fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned a boat total of 15 fish, caught on a variety of patterns including hoppers, buzzers and attractors ; and visiting rod Mr. Neil Chandler recorded a total of 12 fish to his boat, all caught on either Yellow Owl, Bob’s Bits or hopper poppers.
Rounding off the week on the 25th was visiting rod Mr. Buckly who fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned a total of 20 fish using Shuttlecock CdC, Daddy Long Legs and attractor patterns.

Please note – on Friday 6th September there will be NO BOATS available at all due to a Water Aid Charity event taking place.

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 ; 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 9ozs rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Long Legs from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. J. Harris




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Farewell to a very kind Summer ….

The current rod average is 4.56

As the week drew to a close we bade farewell to a very kind Summer (in stark contrast to last year) which has seen exceptional rod averages at Blithfield for July & August. A blisteringly hot Bank Holiday Monday was soon followed by blustery conditions and torrential downpours by midweek produced mixed results for the sport.

However, drifting boats continued to record good returns from across the centre of the South Lake with great evening rises reported from Thursday onwards. The banks remain a wee bit slower whilst marginal water temperatures are still on the warm side.

A settled forecast and the cooler evenings predicted for the week ahead will undoubtedly see the start of some buoyant, Autumnal ‘back-end’ sport with excellent prospects once more.

Creditable returns this week include on Monday 26th for Permit holders Mr. Phil Sadler and Mr. Steve Thyer who recorded a total of 19 fish to their boat on the South Lake, all on Shipman’s buzzers and for visiting rods Mr. Martin Griffiths and Mr. Gary Wright who returned a combined total of 14 fish to their boat with Yellow Owl featuring amongst the flies employed.
On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Tim Russell returned a total of 9 fish in just 3 hours on the South Lake whilst on the 28th visiting rods Messrs Tucker and Robinson recorded 28 fish to their boat with orange gold head patterns featuring strongly in their set up.
Following the rain, an incredibly good day of sport followed on the 29th with Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton returning 28 fish to their boat on hoppers and Daddy Long Legs ; Season Permit holders Mr. Steve Cherrington and Mr. Roger Aston recorded a combined boat total of 24 fish ; visiting rods Messrs Allison and Foulds recorded a total of 18 fish to their boat with a variety of patterns including attractors, crunchers, hoppers & Diawl Bach ; visiting rod Mr. John Calvert returned a total of 9 fish to his boat in just 3 hours with CdC Hoppers and Daddy Long Legs producing great sport and visiting rods Mr. Clive Wilkins and Mr. Keith Smith declared it “a great day’s fishing” with 43 fish to their boat using dries and emerger patterns.
On the 30th visiting rods Mr. Roy Clarkson and Mr. John Chilton recorded 14 fish to their boat whilst on the 31st visiting rods Mr. John Goodwin and Mr. Mark Rose returned a total of 42 fish to their boat on a variety of patterns.
Rounding off the week was visiting rod Mr. Richards who recorded the best fish – a full tailed, naturally grown-on 3lb 9ozs rainbow trout, caught from a drifting boat on a Fritz nymph.

Please note – on Friday 6th September there will be NO BOATS available at all due to a Water Aid Charity event taking place.


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 : 3lb 9ozs rainbow trout caught on a Fritz nymph from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Richards




For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers
 

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Annual Water Aid Event is a tremendous success ….

The current rod average is 2.10

The week has been dominated, in the main, by cool, strong winds which produced difficult boating conditions and light angling pressure. Despite this there were still some creditable returns submitted by the intrepid rods who ventured out.

The main feature of the week was the annual South Staffs Water Fly Fishing Challenge to raise funds for Water Aid.
The day began with dull, blustery conditions but despite this all of the anglers, many of whom have never fished before, turned out in force to brave the elements with the help of our amazing volunteer ghillies.
They fished from 10am until 5pm and teams included those from South Staffs Water and its associated business partners. Following a weigh-in at the Boathouse, the presentations took place at the Sailing Club after a well-deserved fish and chip meal and raffle.
The event was a tremendous success with over £10,000 raised for the Charity thanks to the support and effort of everyone involved. A special mention go to our volunteer ghillies – Geoff Allsop, Steve Owen, George Eardley, Rod Singer, Brian Jones, Phil Sadler, Terry Dallaway, John Wellecomme, Kev Slater, Terry Hawkins, Pat Burton and Les Whitehouse – without whose help we couldn’t have managed at all. A huge thanks to you all! We are already looking forward to next year’s event.



Notable returns this week include on Monday 2nd for Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton and visiting rod Mr. Ivan Cotterill who paired up in a boat and returned a combined total of 12 fish, all on dry fly patterns including hoppers and Shipman’s buzzers.
On Tuesday 3rd visiting rods Mr. John Graney and Mr. Bruce Burton fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 12 fish to their boat on yellow fritz patterns ; meanwhile on the same day Mr. John Goreham fished from the South Lake banks and returned a total of 8 fish on buzzer patterns and orange lures ; and 11 year old Daniel Vernon fished with his Grandad and landed his first trout. Well done Daniel!
On Thursday 5th visiting rods Mr. Andrew Esplin & Mr. Colin Nesbitt returned 11 fish to their boat.
Rounding off the week on Sunday 8th were Mr. George Eardley, Mr. Eddie Biddle and Eddie’s grandaughter Annaleese Biddle, aged 11, who recorded a total of 13 to their boat with Annaleese landing 4 of them.
It was another great week for the younger generation of fly anglers and hopefully they will return many times in 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.

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 2ozs rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Long Legs from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. P. Hemingway




For the full report please visit our website - Blithfield Anglers
 

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Native brown trout make themselves at home ….

The current rod average is 3.96

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Unsettled conditions but the rod average goes up ….

The current rod average is 4.89

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Fish remain high in the water despite the rain ….

The current rod average is 4.29

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Blustery showers cannot dampen spirits this week ….

The current rod average is 4.53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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Attractors are the pattern of choice but dries are still hanging on ….

The current rod average is 3.30

During the earlier part of the week the weather was favourable with relatively warm temperatures and moderate winds.

The fish continue to respond to dry fly tactics or nymphs/attractors fished high in the water from drifting boats.

The latter part of the week saw cooler and stronger winds but an example from Friday proved that dry fly tactics are still worth employing as an afternoon boat recorded a return of 12 fish to the boat, all caught on hoppers and Shipman’s buzzers. The banks continue to steadily improve with the best sport being found from late morning to early evening.

Creditable returns this week include on Monday 14th for Permit holders Mr. Brian Jones and Mr. Graham Wood with 18 fish to their boat.
On the 15th Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton recorded combined boat total of 19 fish, all caught on dry flies including Daddy Long Legs imitations ; on the same day visiting rods Mr. Martin Jones and Mr. Phil Jones paired up in a boat and returned 12 fish between them on olive fritz patterns

. On the 17th visiting rods Mr. Lyn Powell and Mr. Chris Degg recorded a boat total of 13 fish whilst on the same day a group of visiting rods from Greater Manchester Police Fly Fishing Section returned a rod average of 6 between them, based on the returns submitted ; and Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop recorded 21 fish to his boat on the South Lake.

On the 18th visiting rods Mr. R. Tilton and Mr. T. Buckett paired up in a boat and returned a total of 12 fish between them, all on dry flies during an afternoon session ; visiting rod Mr. Jason Locock recorded 10 fish to his boat on the South Lake and rounding off the week on the 20th visiting rod Mr. Jordan Gayle caught and released 8 fish in a four hour session, including a specimen brown trout, all on attractor patterns.



This year the fishery closes to non-Permit holders and Syndicate anglers on 15th November and to Permit holders on 22nd November.

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

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

Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; Mickledale Bay
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; hopper ; Daddy Long Legs ; Shipman's sugar lump
Best Lures : Cat's Whisker ; floating fry patterns ; white minkie
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Teal, blue & silver ; black Pennell
Best Fish : 4lb 8ozs brown trout caught from a drifting boat on a CdC by Mr. John Jones




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Deluge raises water levels but clarity remains good ….

The current rod average is 3.23

During the weekend, as a result of continuous heavy rain, a considerable influx of water raised the level of the reservoir.
At the time of writing (28th October) the water clarity of the South Lake is good but before planning your visit please ring the Duty Bailiffs on 07974 263338 for an update on water conditions.

The week started with cold Northerly winds which had a detrimental effect on sport but from Tuesday onwards a predominantly light Southerly breeze heralded a return to the excellent sport enjoyed to date.

The banks continue to gradually improve whilst creditable returns were recorded to the boats employing dry flies or lures/nymphs fished high in the water.

A most pleasing element of the recent returns has been the number of specimen brown trout caught and returned.
Once again it is emphasised to all anglers that the utmost care should be taken with this valuable asset and as much as we appreciate your photographs please do not handle the fish or hold them up but take pictures of your capture whilst still in the landing net in the water.

Also this week we would like to remind ALL anglers to complete angling returns correctly at the end of their session and submit them in one of the many returns boxes.
This year we have seen an increase in the number of ‘incomplete returns’ which are either not completed or completed incorrectly. Please record ALL fish caught, whether killed or released and remember to sign the return.
If a nil return is submitted then a ‘0’ or NIL can be written on the return and still submitted. Returns that are incomplete are unhelpful to rod averages, to stocking policies and ultimately may end up resulting in increasing prices which we would like to avoid.

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 22nd for Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop with a total of 12 fish to his boat, including 1 brown trout safely released and for visiting rods Mr. David Morris and Mr. Jim Kenny who recorded a combined total of 13 fish to their boat, with a 2lb 8ozs brown trout amongst them.
On the 23rd Permit holder Mr. Norman Swinson enjoyed some excellent sport with 14 fish to his boat ; visiting rods Mr. Mike Smith and Mr. Steve Trigg caught and released a total of 16 fish to their boat on the South Lake whilst visiting rod Mr. Pete Eville recorded a total of 14 fish to his boat on attractor patterns.

A boost for bank anglers this week as Season Permit holder Mr. Bill Scarlett returned 6 fish in just 2 hours’ sport on the 25th – a black cormorant pattern proving to be incredibly useful in the pouring rain – thus proving that banks are starting to fish well again albeit a little later than usual.

This year the fishery closes to non-Permit holders and Syndicate anglers on 15th November and to Permit holders on 22nd November.

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

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

Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; Mickledale Bay ; Dougies
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; hopper ; Shipman's sugar lump
Best Lures : Cat's Whisker ; floating fry patterns ; white minkie ; Viva ; Cormorant
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Black Pennell
Best Fish : 4lb brown trout caught from a drifting boat on a hopper by Mr. Pat Burton




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For our final report for this Season we would like to reflect on what has been an exceptionally good year for the Reservoir.

A fairly mild winter following last year’s heat wave set us up well for a great start in the Spring. Insect life both in and on the water has been prolific during the entire year and even the warmer days of summer saw double-figured bags being recorded. Rising water levels and heavy rain in June and July saw one increase of 18 inches (just over 457mm) in just 2 days and for the first time in some years, the Reservoir was at maximum (100%) capacity on the 1st August and rod averages remained at over 6 for much of what we usually consider to be ‘dog days’. Needless to say the trout loved this cooler, fresher influx of water and they remained very responsive, especially to dry flies.

A wonderful sight this year has been the increasing number of young anglers who have visited to fish with parents and grandparents. We are keen to encourage the next generation of fly fishing enthusiasts and to give them our time and advice wherever possible. To this end we also hosted a training session for the ATEFF Youth squad for the first time so that they could gain valuable experience of dry fly, top-of-the-water tactics. They were an incredibly talented, polite group of youngsters and a real credit to the sport.

In September we also stocked over 400 stunning brown trout as part of our Blithfield Brown Trout programme with funds raised from the Blithfield Brown Trout Fund and it has been very encouraging to see these fish settle in well. Brown trout are our only native trout and can live for 20 years or more. Mature males are instantly recognisable from their hooked bottom lip, known as a kipe and we are incredibly lucky to have several of these large fish residing in the reservoir depths - they are also territorial, protecting their feeding grounds from any interlopers. A greater number of brown trout are caught in the autumn as they start to feed up on coarse fry in preparation for winter and this year has seen some excellent specimen browns recorded and safely released. Two weeks ago almost every single return for one week alone recorded brown trout as part of the catch.

Once again this year support from Permit holders and visitors alike has been marvellous and we have seen a marked growth in the number of rods visiting for the first time and then subsequently visiting again and again throughout the season as they realise what a great situation we have here, from the helpful staff through to the accessibility and the significant head of fish due to our responsible approach to stocking. In recent years we have worked extremely hard to make improvements and this hard work is now paying dividends for all fly anglers. So a huge and sincere thank you goes to each and every one of you who took the time to visit us this season.

We will be sending out application forms for the 2020 season in December this year. If you would like to apply for either a full Season Permit, or a Pro-Rata (part) Season Permit please let us know at anglers@blithfield.com or on 01283 840284.

Finally we would like to wish you all a very safe and happy winter and we look forward to seeing you again next year here at Blithfield. We open on 12th March for Permit holders and on 19th March to visitors, Syndicates and guests. Until then, Tight Lines!
 
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