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Old 27-02-2017, 02:17 PM
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Not long to wait now !

The 2017 Season will open for Season Permit Holders on 9th March whilst all other anglers will have to wait just a further week until 16th March... We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Old 21-03-2017, 04:13 PM
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Promising Start to the Season.

Pre-season heavy rain saw the reservoir full to capacity. However water clarity in the South Lake remained fishable and provided a good start to the season.

Above average temperatures, especially in the afternoons when the strong westerly winds eased, saw reasonable buzzer hatches. The fish responded to this natural activity and casting to rises produced some great early season top-of-the-water sport.

A number of over-wintered specimens up to 4lb 6ozs in weight were included amongst the bags of excellent, bright, full-finned stockfish recorded this week.

Notable returns this week include on the 13th for Season Permit holders Mr. John Jones and Mr. Bob Grady both with bags of 6 fish ; on the 14th Season Permit Holder Mr. John Henshall recorded a bag of 8 fish from the banks of the South Lake, all caught on his own-tied tadpole pattern ; on the 15th, Season Permit Holder Mr. Alan Hall spent a day fishing from the banks of both North and South Lakes and returned an excellent bag of 16 fish ; also on the 15th there were good returns for Season Permit Holders Mr. Geoff Allsop and Mr. Graham Wood with bags of 8 fish and 9 fish respectively ; the sport continued to be very good on the 16th with Season Permit Holder Mr. Barry Turner returning a bag of 7 fish whilst visiting rod Mr. Thirlby took home his bag limit of 5 fish ; on the 18th Season Permit Holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned 7 fish from the banks of the South Lake.

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 2017 – entry forms are available from the Angling Office.

The rod average is 2.46

No of fish caught: 278
Best fish 4lb 6ozs rainbow trout - Caught by Mr. Rod Singer - From bank, South Lake
Fly used - black lure
Best Dry Flies n/a
Best Wet Flies/Nymphs pearly Diawl Bach ; black buzzer
Best Lures Cats Whisker ; green & black goldhead ; Montana ; black Viva ; orange Classic FM
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A week dominated by strong easterly winds slowed sport somewhat at the start but by the weekend the spring-like conditions saw much improved sport.
On Sunday afternoon a good buzzer hatch on the East Bank of the South Lake provided great sport to dry fly and buzzer imitations – a little taste of the sport yet to come !
With further settled conditions and warmer temperatures from the south forecast, prospects look excellent for the coming week.
Notable returns include on the 20th for Season Permit holder Mr. Ian Bennett with 5 fish from the South Lake banks ; also on the same day visiting rod Mr. Kevin Slater returned 7 fish from the banks between Old Man’s and The Pipe ; on the 21st good sport was enjoyed by visiting rod Mr. Roger Lane who recorded a total of 5 fish including a fine 2lb 5ozs rainbow trout ; visiting rods again had a good day’s sport on the 22nd with Mr Paul Schonau and Mr. John Spencer returning bags of 7 fish and 5 fish respectively. The 23rd continued the theme with excellent quality fish being recorded including for visiting rod Mr. Nigel Harman with a stunning, long-bodied over wintered specimen rainbow of 3lb 5ozs and visiting rod Mr. Steve Owen returning a total of 9 fish during his visit ; on the 25th Season Permit holder Mr. Edwin Biddle returned a total of 8 feisty fish from the banks, all caught on buzzer patterns. A great story rounds off the week this week – Mr. David Marlow visited the reservoir last year and underwent some casting guidance from one of our Bailiffs. After several visits last season practising what he had learned, he returned to the reservoir on the 26th and recorded 3 fine fish to his bag – well done David !
However the best fish this week was recorded amongst a bag of 7 fish for Season Permit holder Mr. Roger Goring and was a fabulous over-wintered specimen rainbow of 5lb 8ozs.
The rod average is 2.10.
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Fabulous sport again thanks to buzzers.

The rod average is 3.54

A week of continued settled weather saw more buzzer hatches across the reservoir and even the sighting of some early sedge. This prompted the trout to turn their attention to the plentiful supply of buzzers available with spooned fish showing that a feast of small black and brown buzzers had indeed been enjoyed.

Warmer afternoons also encouraged a few fish to rise and take tentative sips at the surface with one or two dry fly enthusiasts being rewarded with some early returns using Shipman’s buzzers. However the majority are still feeding lower in the water until warmer temperatures prevail. Banks are still fishing extremely well with good water quality and plenty of fish remaining close in. All of these factors combined to produce some fabulous sport throughout the week.

Notable returns this week include on the 27th for Season Permit Holder Mr. Paul Walker with 10 fish released in just 3 hours fishing from the banks of the South Lake whilst visiting rods also enjoyed some excellent sport – Mr. Colin Beresford also returned a total of 10 fish, the best being a 3lb 8ozs over-wintered rainbow trout, using a green and white lure from the South Lake banks and Mr. Geoff Tomkinson recorded a total bag of 30 fish using a tadpole pattern to great effect from the banks along Watery Lane and The Concrete Bowl. The great sport continued on the 28th with good returns for Season Permit Holders - Mr. Alan Hall fished from a boat on the South Lake and released a total of 12 fish using a white lure, Mr. Barry Turner returned a total of 10 fish , Mr. John Henshall also fished from the banks of the South Lake and recorded a total bag of 16 fish using black buzzer imitations, Mr. Jordan Gayle was fishing from a boat and retuned a 4lb 6ozs stunner of a rainbow on a Silver Invicta, Mr Harry Deakin recorded a bag of 9 fish from the banks but was unfortunately out-fished by his brother Alan who enjoyed a total bag of 16 fish, all caught on lures and buzzer patterns with the best being a fabulous 5lb over-wintered rainbow but following on from a successful 3 hours on Monday, Season Permit Holder Mr. Paul Walker decided to try another 3 hours on the 28th and finished with an incredible 20 fish bag – all released to enjoy another day. The visiting rods were not to be outdone with the best being Mr. Peter Hindle with a total bag of 10 fish, caught on Vivas and Damsel nymphs whilst Mr. Barry Clayton returned 8 fish, also on Vivas, from the South Lake banks. On the 29th great boat sport was enjoyed by visiting rods Mr. D. Coultas and Mr. J. Miller with a total of 10 to their boat caught on black lures and Montanas whilst the banks were enjoyed by visiting rods Mr. Russell Lock and Mr. Stephen Dalby with 8 and 11 fish respectively. The 31st continued to see good returns including for Season Permit Holders Mr. Roger Goring with 11 fish released and Mr. Graham Wood with 12 fish released. On the 1st April, no fools were to be found but great returns continued with Season Permit Holder Mr. Geoff Allsop recording a total of 11 fish – all caught on Diawl Bach and buzzer patterns - and visiting rod Mr. Paul Schonau returning a bag of 9 fish all caught from the banks of the South Lake on buzzer patterns. Rounding off the week on Sunday 2nd April, the reservoir played host to The Alex Booth Fly Fishers who met up for a bank contest. Excellent returns were recorded by most anglers with the rod average for the match being a very creditable 5.73.




Here's the full report in summary :
• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 3.54
• Best Areas - Watery Lane ; Concrete Bowl ; Old Man’s ; Boathouse Bay ; Ten Acre Bay ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)
• Best Dries - Black Shipman's buzzer ; Shuttlecock CdC
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; Pearly Diawl Bach ; Diawl Bach ; PTN
• Best Lures - Montana ; Cat's Whisker ; Green & Black goldhead ; black tadpole
• Best Fish This Week - 5lb over-wintered rainbow trout caught by Mr. Alan Deakin from the South Lake banks using a buzzer imitation
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Impressive returns as the season warms up.

The rod average is 2.73

Traditionally during the opening weeks the banks provide the best sport but as is usual with angling there are always exceptions to the rules. On the days of lighter winds dedicated boat fishermen enjoyed exceptional sport with the best of the boat anglers’ returns being to visiting rod Mr. John Davies of Montgomery, Powys, who caught a total of 27 rainbows using lures, nymphs and his own tied Welsh Witch flies from a drifting boat on the 3rd.
Another creditable return was by Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton who recorded a total bag of 18 rainbows using nymphs from an anchored boat fishing into the banks on the South Lake on the 6th.
Further noteworthy returns this week include on the 3rd – again for Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton who appears to have found a winning formula as he recorded a total of 14 fish to his boat across both North and South Lakes ; for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul O’Leary who fished from the banks of the South Lake and returned 7 fish using various tactics ; Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished the banks of the North and South Lakes and recorded a total of 10 fish in a few hours. The sport continued to be good on the 4th with visiting rod Mr. Mick Cartlidge returning a total bag of 16 fish to the banks of the South Lake using buzzers, crunchers and nymphs to great effect with the best of the bag being a 3lb rainbow ; also on the 4th Season Permit holder Mr. Harry Deakin recorded 9 fish from the productive South Lake banks using buzzers and lures. On the 5th Permit holder Mr. Phillip Roper returned 10 fish to the banks using both black and green lures and buzzers whilst the 6th continued to be very productive, not only for the aforementioned Mr. Trevor Horton, but also for Season Permit holder Mr. Derek Spilsbury with a bag of 14 fish recorded including two lovely brown trout all from the banks of the North Lake whilst Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer returned 10 fish from the South Lake banks using buzzers and various lure patterns ; Season Permit holder Mr. Roger Aston enjoyed great sport with a total bag of 8 fish from the South Lake banks with visiting rod Mr. Richard Meigh matching that total by using black buzzer imitations. There was no sign of things slowing down on the 7th as the increasing warmth and settled conditions brought further good returns including for Permit holder Mr. Jordan Gayle who recorded 8 fish in just a couple of hours’ fishing using black or olive lures from the South Lake banks whilst the 8th, with bright sun and very warm conditions all day, saw further impressive returns with Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough recording a bag of 10 fish from the banks of the South Lake using buzzer imitations and black lures ; Mr. Alan Deakin, determined not to be out-fished by his brother Harry earlier in the week, returned a total of 16 fish from the South Lake banks including a stunning 2lb brown trout – all caught on white lure patterns ; best of the visiting rods on the 8th included Mr. Tom Clasper whose passion for fly fishing was rewarded with 9 fish from the South Lake banks and Mr. Stan Edinburgh, also recording 9 fish from the South Lake banks using lure patterns.
The best fish of the week was recorded on the 9th – a superb, full-tailed, feisty over-wintered blue trout of 4lbs to visiting rod Mr. Dawson, fishing on the ever-popular 4 hour permit.
A reminder this week that Blithfield will once again be hosting a heat of the Scierra Pairs competition on 21st May. For entry details please visit Scierra Piars - Home


Here's the full report in summary :
• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 2.73
• Best Areas - Watery Lane ; Concrete Bowl ; Old Man’s ; Boathouse Bay ; Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)
• Best Dries - Black Shipman's buzzer ; Shuttlecock CdC
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; Brown buzzer ; Pearly Diawl Bach ; Diawl Bach
• Best Lures - Cat's Whisker ; Green & Black goldhead ; black tadpole
• Best Fish This Week - 4lb over-wintered blue trout caught by visiting rod Mr. Dawson from the South Lake banks using a buzzer imitation
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Higher numbers of over-wintered fish recorded.

The rod average is 2.76

With the ever increasing trend towards catch and release it is not known exactly how many fish actually over-winter. However already this season a positive aspect of the early season catches has been the increasing number of over-wintered fish recorded.
A particularly fine example of this was an estimated 8lb specimen rainbow trout caught and released by Season Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood, who employed buzzer imitations on a floating line from the banks of the South Lake. Predominantly cold North and North-westerly winds have held back the buzzer hatches this week but despite this some good sport and noteworthy catches were recorded.
Notable returns this week include on the 10th for Season Permit holder Mr. John Jones with a bag of 9 fish, all caught on black and olive buzzer imitations from the banks of the North Lake ; also on the 10th on the North Lake banks Season Permit holder Mr. Ian Bennett used damsel nymphs and Diawl Bach patterns to great effect returning a total of 7 fish ; and for 2 anglers on the 10th it was quality not quantity that mattered – Permit holder Mr. Jeff Johnson recorded 1 fish from the South Lake banks but it was an excellent full-tailed over-wintered rainbow of 3lb 8ozs caught on the rarely deployed Harry Tom pattern and visiting rod Mr. R. Walklate used a Cat’s Whisker lure to return a stunning 4lb 2ozs rainbow also from the South Lake banks. On the 11th Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough recorded a bag of 6 fish, all caught on buzzer imitations from the banks of the South Lake whilst visiting rod Mr. Tim Duffin used a Yellow Fritz gold head to return a total of 10 rainbows. On the 13th Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton fished from a boat on the South Lake and recorded a bag of 9 fish, all 2lbs plus, by using buzzer and nymph patterns. On the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles returned 8 fish from the South Lake banks whilst the best bag of the day goes to Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop with a total of 20 fish all caught from the banks of the South Lake on a mixture of lures, buzzers and Diawl Bach patterns. On the 14th Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler returned 6 fish from the banks of the South Lake as did visiting rod Mr. Brian Tipping who used pheasant tail nymph patterns along with damsels. Also on the 14th visiting rod Mr. Paul Bentley enjoyed some great sport with a total of 11 fish all caught on black or olive buzzers from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake. Rounding off the week on the 16th was Season Permit holder Mr. Ian Bond’s return of 8 fish, the best being a 3lb rainbow, all caught from the banks of the South Lake using a combination of patterns.




Here's the full report in summary :
• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 2.76
• Best Areas - Mickledale ; Dougie's ; Concrete Bowl ; Boathouse Bay ; Ten Acre Bay ; Gorse Bushes ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only)
• Best Dries - Black Shipman's buzzer ; olive Shipman's buzzer ; Shuttlecock CdC
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; olive buzzer ; Pearly Diawl Bach ; Diawl Bach ; PTN
• Best Lures - Cat's Whisker ; Green & Black goldhead ; black tadpole
• Best Fish This Week - approx. 8lb over-wintered rainbow trout caught by Season Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood from the South Lake banks using a buzzer imitation
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Double-digit bags during an incredible week of sport.

Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 4.06

Periods of favourable conditions produced some exceptional bags especially for the bank fishermen with the East bank of the South Lake being the most productive.
Patterns ranging from small lures, nymphs, buzzers and dry flies all produced good sport with anglers casting a longer line without wading too far having a distinct advantage.
The few boats that ventured out during the weekdays also enjoyed some fine action with fish showing all over the reservoir when the cool winds subsided. The best patterns were buzzers, hare’s ear nymphs and dry flies.
On Saturday 22nd Mr. Roger Simpson visited the reservoir with his two young sons to enjoy a spot of fishing for a few hours. After taking advice in the shop on suitable flies for the day he purchased a hare’s ear nymph pattern and by using this he subsequently caught a stunning, specimen brown trout of approximately 6lbs from the bank of the South Lake which is the best fish of the week.

There are so many excellent returns this week so a selection includes on the 17th for Season Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway with a return of 12 fish from the North Lake Banks using buzzer imitations and black lures and for Season Permit holder Mr.Phil Sadler with a total of 16 fish from the South Lake banks using hare’s ear nymph and buzzer patterns to great effect.

On the 18th visiting rod Mr. Lamsdale recorded a total of 11 fish from the banks of the South Lake using Wickham’s Fancy – a fly that has produced great results this week.

The 19th provided some fabulous sport with visiting rod Mr. Geoff Stanley returning an amazing total bag of 35 fish from the Eastern banks of the South Lake using combinations of buzzers, nymphs and lures whilst Season Permit holder Mr. Kevin Moore recorded 21 fish caught on nymph patterns, again from the South Lake banks.



The sport continued to be buoyant on the 20th with Season Permit holder Mr. Trevor Horton fishing from a boat on the North Lake and returning a not-so-unlucky 13 fish during a few hours. Meanwhile visiting rod Mr. Jason Locock was overjoyed with his bag of over 30 fish, all caught from the Eastern banks of the South Lake during the afternoon on various patterns including nymphs and lures. Jason later declared it a “great afternoon, with fish everywhere”!

The 21st saw further double-digit bags with visiting rods Mr. Steve Cooper returning a total of 13 fish, mainly on hare’s ear nymphs and black & green patterns whilst Mr. Iain Baddeley was close behind him with 12 fish, all caught on hare’s ear nymphs and Diawl Bach from the South Lake banks.

On Saturday 22nd, as well as Mr. Simpson’s fabulous brown trout, Season Permit holder Mr. Pat Burton also returned a super brown trout of 5lb from his boat on the South Lake whilst visiting rod Mr. Kevin Eaton recorded a total of 7 fish from the banks mainly to hare’s ear nymphs and lures and Season Permit holder Mr. Brian Jones returned a bag of 10 fish from the ever-productive South Lake using buzzer imitations.

On Sunday 23rd we welcomed a visit from the Northwest Fly Fishers who held a club contest here. The winner was Mr. Harold Jannion with a total weight of 10lbs 15ozs whilst 2nd place went to Mr. Steve Ratcliffe with 10lbs 9ozs and 3rd place was shared by Mr. Neil Barlow and Mr. Billy Stubbs each with 10 lbs 6.5 ozs.. A total of 21 anglers took part with the rod average for the match being a very creditable 4.10



Here's the full report in summary :

• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 4.06
• Best Areas - Mickledale ; Dougie's ; Concrete Bowl ; Watery Lane ; Gorse Bushes ; Old Man's ; Oak Tree (Season Permits only until 1st May)
• Best Dries - Black Shipman's buzzer ; olive Shipman's buzzer ; hare's ear Shuttlecock CdC
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; olive buzzer ; Pearly Diawl Bach ; Diawl Bach ; Hare's Ear nymph
• Best Lures - Cat's Whisker ; Green & Black goldhead ; black viva
• Best Fish This Week - approx. 6lb brown trout caught by visiting rod Mr. Roger Simpson from the South Lake banks using a hare's ear nymph
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The rod average is 4.93

The weather is always a key factor in any angling report and this week is certainly no exception. All four seasons appeared over a couple of days with snow, sleet, hail, hard frosts, strong winds, rain and bright sunshine.
However this did not seem to deter the trout with many fish still happy to rise and take dry flies when the winds eased slightly.

The catch and release revolution grows stronger with every new season and, provided care is taken to land and return fish correctly (with barbless hooks used once the relevant kill limit is reached) a good head of resident fish is the outcome.
Fish caught should be subjected to the minimum amount of handling and gently supported in the water until fully recovered before being released. The use of barbless hooks reduces damage to the fish and assists with the ease of release.

Total figures to date are 9,060 fish stocked, declared killed and declared released. Continued weekly stocking during the season up until the end of Autumn combined with the overwintered head of fish will ensure consistent sport in the weeks to come.

Noteworthy returns this week include on the 25th for Season Permit holder Mr. Bob Grady with 8 fish from the South Lake banks ; on the 26th for Permit holder Mr. Ian Colclough who, despite the hail storms, managed 11 fish, mostly to dry flies from the banks of the South Lake ; also on the 26th Permit holder Mr. Harry Deakin returned a very healthy bag of 15 fish, again from the productive South Lake banks, using buzzer patterns to great effect and alongside him on the bank was his brother Mr. Alan Deakin, also using buzzer patterns to record a bag of 8 fish ; Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Jeffries used dry flies and nymph imitations to return a total of 12 fish from the South Lake banks.
On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson used tadpole patterns to record a bag of 11 fish, with the best being a 4lb over-wintered rainbow, from the South Lake banks whilst on the 28th Season Permit holder Mr. Terry Dallaway enjoyed some fabulous sport with a total return of 22 fish caught using various patterns including Cormorant, buzzers and Diawl Bachs.
The 28th produced some excellent bags for other anglers too – with Permit holder Mr. Pete Stockton returning a total of 20 fish, all caught on a Black Gnat from the banks, visiting rod Mr. Peter Stacey recorded 15 fish to his bag using a black Shipman’s buzzer, and visiting rods Mr. Malcolm Capper and his son Paul paired up in a boat to fish the South Lake and fished red buzzers to return a total of 18 fish to their boat.
On the 29th Season Permit holder Mr. Geoff Allsop fished the South Lake from a boat and recorded a total bag of 27 fish, all released, by using various patterns including black buzzer, black spider and Diawl Bach.
The 30th saw the week rounded off with further excellent boat returns – visiting rods Messrs. Anderson and Whyte returned a total of 26 fish to their boat on the South Lake as did fellow visiting rods Messrs. Watson and Smith.
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Nature brings an abundance of buzzers and terrestrials this week.

The rod average is 5.65

The old fishing rhyme includes the line “when the wind’s in the East, the fish bite the least” but in the case of Blithfield consistent Easterly winds (as we have experienced of late) turns this theory on its head.
Despite both banks being equally stocked the relatively shallower East Shore of the South Lake produces the best early buzzer hatches and consequently the best sport.

A heavy terrestrial Hawthorn fly hatch being blown off the East bank and the continued buzzer hatches, along with a responsible stocking policy, produced another week of excellent sport with some impressive bags recorded.

Creditable returns this week include on the 1st May for Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler with a total bag of 17 fish caught from the banks of the South Lake on various patterns including Diawl Bach, black buzzers and hare’s ear nymphs and for the boat pairing of Mr. Gary Fallows and his son Isaac who fished drifts across both South and North Lakes using mainly buzzer, Diawl Bach and dry flies to record a total to their boat of 31 fish during the day-long session.
On the 2nd there were plenty more double-figure bags recorded with the best of these being for visiting rod Mr. Geoff Tomkinson who ventured along the banks of the North Lake and used Diawl Bach patterns to return a total of 22 fish.
The 3rd continued to provide some excellent sport with Season Permit holder Mr. Ian Bennett recording 13 fish from the North Lake banks on buzzers and dry flies ; Permit holders Mr. Alan Deakin and his brother Harry again fishing together from the banks of the South Lake to return 15 fish and 12 fish respectively on dry flies and hare’s ear nymphs ; also on the 3rd visiting rod Mr. Phil Williams recorded a total bag of 12 fish from the South Lake banks using a variety of patterns including dries and nymphs.
On the 4th May Season Permit holder Mr. Edwin Biddle returned 21 fish from the banks of the South Lake using buzzers to great effect whilst visiting rod Mr. Peter Roberts recorded 20 to the same tactics.
Sport continued to be buoyant on the 5th as proved by visiting rods Mr. Steve Cooper and Mr. Neil Chandler who each returned 15 fish from the North Lake banks with both finding nymphs and Bibio the most successful patterns. On the 6th Season Permit holders came out on top in the returns with Mr. Baden Fowler using a claret Shipman’s buzzer from the South Lake banks to return a total of 20 fish whilst Mr. Joe Cravagan recorded a bag of 26 fish using the same pattern. The 7th rounded off the week with further incredible sport - this time the visiting rods came out tops with Mr. R. Walklate returning 20 fish from the South Lake banks with buzzers, shuttlecock CdC and Shipman’s buzzers being most effective whilst Mr. Dru Lunney recorded 11 trout during his visit.



On Friday 23rd June the reservoir will host South Staffs Water's Annual Water Aid charity day and there is a requirement for experienced boat anglers to act as ghillies for complete novices on the day. Lunch will be provided and volunteers are also welcome to attend the reception afterwards. If you are able to help or for further information please contact Claire on 01283 840284.



Here's the full report in summary :

• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 5.65
• Best Areas - South Lake - Mary Lou’s ; Concrete Bowl ; Watery Lane ; Rainbow Corner (Mon, Tues, Fri only) North Lake - Old Road ; Oak Tree ; Plantation ; Beech Tree Point
• Best Dries - Black Shipman’s buzzer ; hare’s ear shuttlecock CdC ; black shuttlecock CdC ; Bristol hopper ; Hawthorn
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; olive buzzer ; blue buzzer ; Pearly Diawl Bach ; Hare’s Ear nymph ; Cruncher
• Best Lures - Cat’s Whisker ; Green & Black ; black viva
• Best Fish This Week - 5lb over-wintered rainbow caught on a red buzzer from the North Lake banks by Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker ; 5lb over-wintered rainbow caught on a black spider from the Gorse Bushes bank by Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler ; 4lb naturally grown on brown trout caught on a Harry Tom from the South Lake banks by Permit holder Mr. Jeff Johnson.
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Marvellous May continues....

The rod average is 5.27

Marvellous May continues to produce exceptional sport on the banks of both the South and the North Lakes.

The fish are mostly pre-occupied with feeding on small buzzers and terrestrials in the form of hawthorn flies, small daddy longlegs and the occasional sedge.

As always lures - presented to trigger the natural aggression of the trout - work but the ‘thinking angler’ who uses flies that represent the natural insect will consistently return the best bags. Boat fishing (when conditions are favourable) has also produced good bags to both the North and South Lakes.

A fine example of this is the 36 fish caught by visiting rods Mssrs.Hood and Webster to their boat on the North Lake on the 11th May – mostly to dry flies.

Other notable returns this week include on the 8th for Permit holder Mr. Kevin Moore with a total bag of 12 fish from the banks ; Permit holder Mr. Paul O’Leary recorded a total of 11 fish ; Season Permit holders Mr. Peter Jeffries and Mr. Richard Meehan both returned double-digit bags from the South Lake banks with 13 and 15 fish respectively whilst Mr. Graham Wood recorded a total bag of 14 fish which included a 3lb brown trout.

On the 9th Season Permit holder Mr. Rod Singer returned a bag of 14 fish from the banks of the South Lake, all caught on black buzzer imitations ; new Permit holder Mr. Alan Parker recorded a stunning 5lb brown trout from the bank of the South Lake and visiting rod Mr. Yousef Dar fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned a total of 14 fish, all caught on dry flies with the best being a 3lb 8ozs rainbow trout.

On Wednesday 10th Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker fished for a few hours during the evening and returned a total bag of 13 fish and visiting rod Mr. Stephen Barnes paired up in a boat with Mr. Don Stazicker and recorded a fabulous 5lb brown trout amongst his bag. Season Permit holder Mr. Peter Barlow declared what a “good day” he had enjoyed on the 11th after recording a not-so-unlucky 13 fish from the banks. Also on the 11th visiting rod Mr. Denis Allen fished from the South Lake banks and returned a total of 25 fish all caught on black or olive buzzers.

Another visiting rod enjoying great sport on the 11th was Mr. Richard Meigh who used buzzers to great effect, resulting in a bag of 16 fish. Further excellent bags were recorded on the 12th including for vising rod Mr. Mike Oliver who worked along the banks of the North Lake to return 35 fish, all caught on black buzzers whilst fellow visiting rod Mr. Freeguard fished for just 4 hours from the banks of the North Lake and, also using black buzzers, released over 20 fish !

On the 13th Season Permit holders Mr. Geoff Allsop and Mr. Ian Colclough both returned 19 fish apiece - however Geoff fished for only 4½ hours using a blue buzzer whilst Ian fished for longer using green buzzer imitations. On the same day Season Permit holder Mr. Edwin Biddle fished the banks of the South Lake using claret hoppers on a floating line and recorded 2 brown trout amongst his bag including the best fish of the week, a stunning 5lb 8oz naturally grown on brown trout. Best bags of the day went to two visiting rods – Mr. Eddie Guest who fished from a boat on the South Lake and returned 25 fish, all caught on dry flies whilst Mr. Peter Roberts fished from the South Lake banks and returned 20 fish all to buzzer imitations.

Rounding off another incredible May week on the 14th further double figure bags were recorded with visiting rods again coming out top – Mssrs. Ralphs and Johnson, who fished together on the South Lake banks, returned 26 and 27 fish respectively all on black and red buzzer patterns. Anglers are reminded this week to ensure a catch return is submitted at the end of their fishing session, even if a nil return is recorded.

With the match season now upon us please note that boats need to be booked in advance to avoid disappointment on 01283 840284 (before 12 noon).



Here's the full report in summary :
• Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 5.27
• Best Areas - South Lake - Mickledale ; Mary Lou’s ; Dougie's ; Watery Lane North Lake - Pastry Point ; Oak Tree ; Plantation ; Beech Tree Point
• Best Dries - Black Shipman’s buzzer ; hare’s ear shuttlecock CdC ; claret hopper ; Bristol hopper ; Hawthorn
• Best Wets/Nymphs - Black Buzzer ; olive buzzer ; blue buzzer ; Diawl Bach ; Hare’s Ear nymph
• Best Lures - Cat’s Whisker ; Green & Black ; black viva ; FAB
• Best Fish This Week - 5lb 8ozs naturally grown on brown trout caught on a claret hopper from the South Lake banks by Season Permit holder Mr. Edwin Biddle ; 5lb naturally grown on brown trout caught on a black buzzer from the South Lake banks by Permit holder Mr. Alan Parker ; 5lb naturally grown on brown trout caught on a dry fly from a boat on the South Lake by visiting rod Mr. Stephen Barnes.
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