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Old 03-09-2017, 08:10 AM
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IMPORTANT NOTE!

Please be aware that unless through an organised event we do not allow pike or perch fishing at Blithfield. We don't permit spinning or bait fishing - we are a trout fly fishery only
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:37 AM
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Blithfield Reservoir Angling Report
For the week ending 3rd September 2017

The current rod average is 2.60

Positive signs as dry flies back on top...


Water quality and fly hatches continued to improve this week. Combined with cooler evenings and gradually decreasing water temperatures this saw the rod average increase to 2.60.

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 29th for Season Permit holder Mr. John Henshall who fished from the banks and recorded 6 fish, all caught on tadpole patterns.

On the 30th Season Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle paired up in a boat on the South Lake during the afternoon and returned a total of 10 to their boat, all caught to dry fly tactics whilst on the same day, visiting rods Mr. Chris Mills and Mr. Ron Herbert also teamed up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total to the boat of 8 fish, mainly caught on hopper imitations.

Boats continued to provide the best opportunities on the 31st with Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton using hoppers and daddy long legs to great effect with a creditable boat total of 14 fish from the South Lake again. On the same day Season Permit holders Mr. David Barker and Mr. Matt Jordan also paired up in a boat and returned 12 fish, this time using various flies including shuttlecock CdC and Cat’s Whiskers. September arrived with good sport and on the 1st visiting rod Mr. Andrew Poole fished from a boat for just 4 hours and returned a total of 6 fish – caught on combinations of appetisers and shuttlecock Cdcs.

The 2nd continued to produce the goods with Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler and visiting rod Mr. Chris Roden venturing out on to the South Lake in their boat and returning a very good boat total of 14 fish, all caught on dry flies.
Amongst them was the best fish of the week caught by Chris – a stunning, full-tailed 6lb rainbow trout which took a fiery brown Shipman’s buzzer. The fish was then gently released back into the water and allowed to see another day.
Rounding off the week on the 2nd was visiting Troutmasters badge holder Mr. R. Tilton who recorded a total of 8 fish to his boat in just a few hours – again all caught on the top of the water on dry fly patterns which is a positive sign for the coming weeks.



A reminder this week that perch and pike fishing are once again available at Blithfield through the Staffordshire Predator Angling Group. Perch dates are 7th & 8th October and 11th & 12th November whilst pike dates are 28th & 29th October, 25th & 26th November and in 2018 will be on 3rd, 4th, 17th & 18th February. Please contact John Davey if you would like to fish on any of these days – john.davey46@ntlworld.com . Please be aware that you cannot ‘turn up and fish’ on these days but you need to book and pay in advance.
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Old 12-09-2017, 02:57 PM
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Inclement weather but the trout don't mind...

The current rod average is 2.25

Several days of inclement weather this week have seen some anglers reluctant to spend too long out on the water. However, for most of the time, the trout don’t seem to mind and have continued to feed in the top few feet of water, readily taking dry flies from the surface whenever they are presented.
Although pre-occupied with the tiniest fry hatchlings earlier in the summer many fish are now looking to the top of the water for small spiders and daddy long legs/craneflies.
Claret, fiery brown or ginger have been excellent colour choices for the cloudier conditions whilst red is still proving to be the best colour for brighter spells.

Notable returns this week include on the 4th for Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler with 8 cracking fish to his boat, all caught on home-tied fiery brown Shipman’s buzzers or red Bob’s Bits.


On the 6th Season Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle paired up in a boat and fished the ever-productive South Lake using dry fly patterns.
Their final bag was 11 fish to the boat. The 7th continued to produce some good top-of-the-water sport with Season Permit holder Mr. Terry Anderson and visiting rod Mr. M. Nixon returning 10 fish to their boat whilst visiting rods Mr. Thorp and Mr. Jenkins recorded a boat total of 8 fish – it was the first time at Blithfield for Mr. Jenkins.
Whilst the weather remained inclement at best most anglers fished for just a few hours with the week’s returns being rounded off by visiting rod and dry fly enthusiast Mr. Tim Buckett who ventured out in a boat for four hours across the deeper South Lake waters and returned 4 fish, despite the poor weather conditions, with the best being a stunning 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout caught on a size 14 daddy long legs imitation.

There are one or two dates for your diaries to mention this week. Firstly is Weston Park Game Fair this weekend, the 16th and 17th September, where Blithfield Anglers will once more have a presence within the fly fishing area. Next up is the annual Uttoxeter Game Fishing and Fly Tying Festival on Sunday 15th October where we have a stand. This event was formerly held in Burton and has proved to be a great success and a very enjoyable day out – the facilities at Uttoxeter Race Course are fabulous and admission for adults is just £5 – under 16s get in free. Then looking ahead to early next year and we have the British Fly Fair International at Staffordshire County Showground on 10th and 11th February 2018 where we will once more have a stand. We hope you can make it to at least one of these great shows and look forward to seeing you there.
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Autumn arrives with Aileen...

The current rod average is 2.43


The first autumn storm – Aileen – arrived during the week bringing with it torrential downpours and gale force gusts across the water. Needless to say the conditions made sport very difficult at times with no boats permitted out on Wednesday morning.

Changeable weather, however, meant that some days provided excellent sport with the weekend being no exception.
Water clarity has improved and cooler night time temperatures have resulted in plenty of fish moving about looking for food on the surface or just below it.

Boat angling still produces the best bags but a gradual move towards the margins is now underway once again.

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 12th for regular visitor Mr. Tim Buckett who ventured out for less than four hours on a boat and recorded 5 fish all caught on small claret hoppers.


On the 16th Season Permit holder Mr. Michael Sparks returned a total of 6 fish to his boat, all of them caught on a red Shipman’s sugar lump pattern whilst on the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler recorded a bag of 8 fish to his boat on the South Lake using Shipman’s buzzers and Bob’s Bits to good effect.
Another great bag on the 16th was recorded by father and son duo Mr. Graham Roden and Mr. Chris Roden who returned 10 fish to their boat – most of them caught on red buzzer patterns and a few on orange muddlers.

On the 17th a small group from Foremark Fly Fishers visited the reservoir and returned a total of 13 fish between them in some incredibly wet and at times, thundery, conditions.

The forecast for the week ahead promises rising pressure and settled conditions which, combined with cooler evenings, is ideal for autumn sport from the banks as well as the boats.
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