Blithfield 2019

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Blithfield Anglers
 

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Decent bags recorded as weather improves...

The current rod average is 2.46

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

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



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

Best Dries : n/a

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

Best Nymphs/Wets : Montana ; black buzzer

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

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Great week of sport in perfect conditions …

The rod average is 4.45


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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South Lake produces good, solid results this week …

The rod average is 4.65


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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Warmer conditions produce great results ...

The current rod average is 4.35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

Best Fish : 5lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a buzzer from the bank, South Lake by Mr. Roger Goring
 
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Evening sport shows great promise …

The rod average is 3.78

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Matching tactics to conditions certainly pays off …

The rod average is 6.26

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


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

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

We welcomed 2 match meetings this week.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Spooned fish reveal the secrets of matching the hatch …

The rod average is 6.59



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Blithfield is once again a Troutmasters water in 2019– entry forms are available from the Angling Office and from the Boathouse.
A quick reminder that the Angling Office closes at 10.30am on Saturdays (as it did last year). Visiting anglers will need to see the Duty Bailiff across the Dam at the Boat House after this time.
 

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Rod Ave : 4.57


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The rod average is 6.67


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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The rod average is 6.50


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The rod average is 5.82

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The current rod average is 5.83

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


Responsible weekly stocking policy provides rewards ….

The current rod average is 5.02


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Areas : Watery Lane ; Dougie's ; Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; sedge ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper
Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer
Best Fish : 6lb rainbow trout caught on a Daddy Longlegs from the banks of the South Lake by Mr. S. Forrest
 

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Mini-heatwave cannot keep a good fish down ….

The current rod average is 4.34

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

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

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

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

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

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

The week was rounded off nicely on the 28th with visiting rods enjoying the best sport – Mr. Paul Schonau recorded 8 fish from the South Lake banks whilst boat pairing Mr. Alwyn Ralphs and Mr. Mark Johnson returned a combined total of 18 fish to their boat despite pouring rain all day.

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

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

Best Areas : Watery Lane ; Dougie's ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper
Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Teal, blue & Silver
Best Fish : 4lb 2ozs rainbow trout caught on an orange hopper from the banks of the South Lake by Mr. T. Hatchard




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Unprecedented sport for August as rod average goes up ….

The current rod average is 5.49

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Areas : Watery Lane ; Dougie's ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper
Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Kate McLaren
Best Fish : 4lb rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Martin Page




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

The current rod average is 5.29

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Areas : Watery Lane ; drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper
Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Invicta
Best Fish : 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Joe Cravagan




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

The current rod average is 3.51

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Areas : drifts across the centre of the South Lake ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only for bank anglers); Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; St. Stephen's ; Old Mans ; drifts across the centre of the North Lake
Best Dries : Shipman's buzzer ; claret Bristol hopper ; orange CdC hopper ; Shuttlecock CdC ; Shipman's sugar lump ; red butt Bristol hopper ; greased-up Soldier Palmer
Best Lures : orange tadpole ; Cat's Whisker
Best Nymphs/Wets : black buzzer ; claret buzzer ; Hot Head Diawl Bach ; PTN ; cruncher ; Soldier Palmer ; Invicta
Best Fish : 4lb 5ozs rainbow trout caught on a hopper from a drifting boat on the South Lake by Mr. Mick Cope




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