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Fly Tyer of the Month:

Phil Sadler.


Been fly fishing now for over 25 years after years of coarse fishing on the local canal systems (Stafford) .

Favourite fishery is Blithfield where I have been a full member for the last six years, love the flexibility full membership gives.
I will fish the banks until June or when the fish start to move out which is when I will start on the boats and this is when my passion for fishing dries kicks in.

 I love to fish other waters with Eyebrook being a particular favourite because of its similarity to Blithfield, Carsington has also become another one that I look forward to.

Favourite methods being a team of nymphs on the bank and its dries all the way once the boat season starts.

My favourite flies are Diawl Bachs and last couple of seasons Muskins, with Shipmans and Bobs Bits being my favourite dries but if I had to choose one material to use for the rest of my time it would be Hares Ear. Not a fan of lures and blobs, nothing to do with snobbery its just not my style of fishing

I have been very lucky in some of the people I have met during my time flyfishing but the person who has most influenced me is Karl Humphries both in my style of fishing and style of tying, he spent hours teaching me how to tie, which is something I have never forgotten.

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One of my favourites of the new style nymphs, tied slightly different from the original. Use it regularly on those cloudy perfect days when there are lots of buzzers coming off.


Hook – Kamasan B130  s12
Thread – Claret
Tail – Ginger Cock
Body – Pheasant Tail
Rib – Silver Wire
Thorax Cover – Brown Floss
Rear Thorax – Orange Holographic
Thorax – Hares Ear
Breathers – White Floss

Had a lot of fish on it on top dropper rare occasions I use a sinking line

Orange Dry.

Orange Dry

An old pattern I dropped on years ago but has been a favourite dry at Blithfield especially when its sunny and a bit of breeze on, seems to pull the fish from nowhere.


Hook – Partridge Dry L3a
Thread – Claret
Rib – Monofilament (2lb)
Body – Orange Seals Fur
Cheeks – Yellow Goose Biots
Hackle – Light Ginger Cock

Olive Bead Nymph.

Olive Bead Nymph

No1 point fly pattern for first few weeks at Blithfield, fish it very slow or a medium figure of eight retrieve.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s10
Thread – Olive
Tail – Olive Hen
Body – Olive Wire
Thorax – Hends Polar Dub Olive Brown
Bead – Crystal River 3mm Hot Head Bead (plastic)

Hares Ear Buzzer

Hares Ear Buzzer

One for sticking across the wind, on point if going small (ish) or middle dropper with a Muskin or Diawl Bach on the point.


Hook – Hayabusa 571 N s12/14
Thread – Black
Body – Hares Ear (lightly dubbed)
Rib – Gold Wire
Thorax Cover – Black or Brown Antron
Cheeks – Orange Antron

Peach Hares Ear

Peach Hares Ear

Tied on a heavy grub hook for weight, great as a point either as a flashy buzzer type pattern or when the pin fry are on.


Hook – Kamasan B 110 s10
Thread – Claret
Tail – Peach Hen
Flashback & Thorax Cover – Medium Pearl Tinsel
Rib – Gold Wire
Thorax – Hares Ear & Fox Squirrel (mixed)

Sparse Black Pheasant Tail

Sparse Black Pheasant Tail

A pattern reluctantly given to me by a now deceased Blithfield member, it was like getting blood out of a stone to get him to share his wisdom. Good as a point especially when the fish are close to the banks.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s12
Thread - Black
Tail – Black Cock
Body – Black Pheasant Tail (two strands)
Rib – Silver Wire
Cheeks – Silver Holographic Tinsel
Beard Hackle – Black Hen (sparse)
Wing – Split Jungle Cock (silver)

Brown Buzzer

Brown Buzzer

One for fishing static in some of the deeper bank spots at Blithfield.


Hook - Partridge K4A S12
Thread – Brown
Body – Semtex Lace
Thorax – Rust Brown Microbrite
Head – Orange Ostrich Herl

Monster Daddy

Monster Daddy

October in a really big wind and just let it sit there, or give it a pull and see them follow.


Hook - Kamasan B100 s10
Detached Body – Tan Foam
Rubber legs.
Wings – Cream Cock Hackle Tips
Thorax – Orange Micro Fritz
Hackle – Red Game Cock

Little Peach

Little Peach

A really old pattern I copied from a magazine about 25 years ago. Has got me out of trouble a few times on the rare occasions I fish a comp, top dropper on a sinking line and fish it on the hang.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s12/14
Thread - Red
Tail – Peach Marabou
Body – Pearl Tinsel
Rib – Red Wire
Hackle – Peach Hen

Ruth’s Spider

Ruth's Spider

A pattern that an ex-girlfriend asked me to tie and name after her, another one that is good as top dropper


Hook – Kamasan B160 s14
Thread – Olive
Body – Olive Thread
Rib – Chartreuse Wire (small)
Thorax – Orange Thread
Hackle – Olive Partridge.

Pearly Diawl Bach

Diawl Bach

No1 pattern for the north lake at Blithfield when its blowing a hooligan and really sunny, stick it across the big slicks that come down the lake and just hang on as its pattern that they hit really hard


Hook – Fasna F200
Thread – Claret
Tail/Beard Cock Hackle
Body – Peacock Herl (sparse from eye)
Rib – Silver Wire
Cheeks – Opal Mirage.


Jim Kenny

"My biggest worry is that when I am dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it!"


Dates for BFFI 2022

Feb 12th/13th.
Staffordshire Agricultural Showground. See you there....
9.30am – 4.30pm

The UK’s Premier Fly Fishing Show

Admission on the door
£12 – 1 Day or £20 – 2 Days

Pre-Payment Tickets £10 or £17

Follow this link to booking page.

Alternatively phone 01782 388 382 to order offline.

All accompanied under 16s free entry

Highly recommended

Fly Tying Company

James is giving a 10% discount to Westlow Mere Anglers!

Family run business based on the Staffordshire / Cheshire Border
Located 3 miles off Jct 16, on the M6, and stock many of the major brands.

Sat-nav: ST7 8JQ

Thanks James.


Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

Jack Vallis

Jacks snake.

John Elk Hair

John's Elk Hair doing very well.

Trout Dying To Get a Good Photo?


We all should know the rules for releasing a trout with the best chance of survival, but there is one rule that is almost never included in articles about a successful release.

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Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?


Very interesting More here.

Charles Hopkins with a 15lb 2oz cracker to win the Westlow shield match today.Well done Charles top angling showing the seniors how to do it!! 15/04/18

Charles Hopkins

Once again westlow mere 10 lb Friday and after two hours wasted Carsington waters back to westlow mere and this pig 15 lbs 8 oz 9 stunning fully find bows wot a top fisherie thanks to all off you. Eddie Guest. 30/03/2018

Eddie Guest

A cracking Tiger Trout for Chris Ector at Westlow Mere. Cris had 19 All good sized Trout.

Chris Ector

11lb 8oz for Brian bedrock at Westlow today 14/04/18


15lb rainbow for Mike Richardson at Westlow. 14/04/18


“If you’re too busy to go fishin’, you’re too busy.”
Buddy Ebsen

Frank Sawyer

Frank Sawyer Tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph 

Frank Sawyer catching Trout

Frank Sawyer catches Trout 

Tying Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug with Davie McPhail

Trout Taking a Mayfly Sawyer Nymphs.

MayflySatisfaction of catching a fish on your own fly.

There is something very satisfying about catching a fish on something that you made with your Imitationown two hands.

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Westlow Catches.

Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.

Fantastic fishing Another big fish from Westlow 10lb 1oz


Big fish for Bob Marshall at Westlow today. 10lb 1oz 27/01/2018



RIP One amazing Angler and lady

John Schell

Whatever your appetite in trout fishing there is something for you at Westlow, from specimen hunting to purist fly fishing.

18 acres of high quality gin clear water giving a stable environment with plentiful fly life producing hard fighting fish.

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

Isaac Asimov


The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov


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"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."
~John Gierach

Peder Wigdell

Lowrider step-by-step.

Peder Wigdell


Hi Jim
No relation to Malcolm, but had a good look at the web site looks fantastic, will be coming soon.
Clifford Greenhalgh

Hi Jim It was a pleasure to spend some time with you on Sunday. I've been using your dubbing today and will be trying the flies on Thursday.

John Walker

Great to see you at the North Wales Country Show. Learned a lot and had a very pleasurable experience all the Guides were going round discussing your demonstrations, well done.

John Mercer.

What a great web site loads of information I like the idea of you having a league table of Midlands fly fisheries. Keep up the good work not many fly fishing sites about that don't want to sell you something!

Jack Right.

The Original Westlow Mere Web Site.

TEL: 01260270012.....Rod Average Catch Return:..... Here



10lb 4oz rainbow from Westlow.


Large Rainbow 11lb 4oz from Westlow

Great fish one of 22 fish for Eddie today at Westlow. But paddy caught 34 top angling lads

Eddie Guest

Great fish Ed first wild brown this year


Another big fish for Chris Ector.

Fly used Green Snake 8lb 10oz, not the snake the fish.

Chris Ector




Unbelievable day fishing at west low mere today 34 fish lost 12 at the net stunning fisherie gin clear water sight fishing with dry fly took six the rest came to buzzers and my take on the apache thanks to all the staff

fishing at Westlow Mere 32 fish to the boat lost loads at the net well done David Tompkins 22 off the bank top man. Eddie Guest.


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Eddie Westlow4 Stocking 3


Westlow Mere is a water run for Fly Fishing by Fly Fishing enthusiasts with friendly service and good advice, the best areas to fish, flies to use and the best method to employ.


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Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



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Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update.

Here at Blithfield we are taking the current situation regarding Covid-19 very seriously and we would like all our visitors to do the same.

We remain open for business and the risk to anglers once out fishing is minimal but there are precautions we all need to take. Please wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water and where this is not available please use hand sanitiser. We don’t have stocks of sanitiser so please bring your own with you. Please do not visit us if you have developed a persistent dry cough, a sore throat or a fever (a temperature higher than 37.8C/100F) - stay at home until you are well.

Some anglers will have underlying health conditions or will be vulnerable to the virus. This includes those with Diabetes, COPD and lung conditions, Asthma, cancer and compromised heart function. If you are over 60 years old and suffer from any of these the advice from Public Health England & the W.H.O. is to take extra precautions and to minimise social contact wherever possible.

Please do not call in to the office or to the angler’s lounge in the Boat House if you have any of the symptoms, even if they are mild. Please also avoid gathering together inside even in small groups.

We appreciate that this is an unprecedented situation and that for the next 12 weeks or so our lives will be disrupted but please be sensible, respect others and enjoy fly fishing safely.

Thank you all for your support and co-operation.

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