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Fly of the Month. Here Weather Here. Catch Returns Miscellaneous Here.

Fishing Matches Here River/Sea levels Here.

Diary of Events: Here



"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!"

Trout Masters

Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

Chris Ector's Green Snake!

Fnf Chewing gum worm doing well.

FNF chewing gum worm

John's Caddis doing very well.

John Oliver's caddis

Fly of the month General:

Great fly for Westlow. Eddie Guest.


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

Chris Ector

Two cracking fish for Lynda Ector at Westlow mere.

Lynda Ector

“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.

Click for youtube videos of flytying.


Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?

Very interesting More here.


Fly Tyer of the Month:

Dicky Bean

I like to get out fishing most weekends with a great bunch of lads (Paul snaith David neilson and ross dixon) we try a lot of waters with in a 2 and a half hours drive so we do cover a lot of waters north of the country as for fly tying I tied as a youngster then packed in for a long time then took it back up once I started fishing regularly again my main inspiration for tying now is to see my mate paul snaith catch a lot of fish on my patterns I give him once again thank you paul and also thank you jim.

Dicky Bean

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Deer Hair over cdc caddis


Olive buzzer with fly green cheeks

bean lots

Random Buzzers tied with holographic tinsel


Olive Shrimp pattern


A well brushed Gold Ribbed Hares Ear

Westlow Catches.

Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.

Nice Trout

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.



Chris Whittle not the fish the fisherman.

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

Isaac Asimov


The Uttoxeter Game Fishing and Fly Tying Festival at

Uttoxeter Race Course
Wood Lane

Staffs ST 14 8 BD
We hope you can support us again in 2017

Sunday October 15th 10am - 4.30pm

click Here.
Wendy Gibson + Team


For evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.
Reverend Charles F. Aked


From Facebook so true.

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


Contact Westlowmere Web site here



"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.


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"One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions" 
-John Ashley-Cooper

Westlow Mere.

New stocking policy watch this space.

Rod Average: 4.4 week ending: 16/02/2018

Westlow is Fishing its head off, great work Johhny Oliver. See below!

Over the last few weeks just over 900 fish have been stocked including Rainbow, Brown and Tiger Trout all of a good size.

Since the start of the new year we have been implementing the new stocking policy, first part is complete with a good head of excellent quality fish being introduced (see above) with a big increase in Anglers both on the bank and Boats. Now we are into the second phase which is to  maintain the excellent quality and good size of Trout, so we are now stocking fortnightly with Rainbows and Blues of the best conditioned Trout we can find from 2lb to 15lb+.

15lb rainbow for Lynda ector today Chris ector blank again

Lynda Ector.

Large Rainbow 11lb 4oz from Westlow 20/02.2018

Big Rainbow

7lb 10oz tiger from Westlow today 20/02/2018

Tiger Trout

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. 11/2/2018

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

Chris Ector

7lb rainbow for Graham Hart at Westlow 03/02/2018




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




Bob Marshall

















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


fishing 20/1/2018 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.


Another big one from Westlow today 20/01/2018 Lynda Ector





Fantastic fishing Another big fish from Westlow 10lb 1oz


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Stocking 3


Cracking day in the float Tubefishtube

today at Westlow Mere just outside Congleton. Into Fish from the off and caught steady in the five hours managing 38 to the

tube with some quality trout in the mix.. Lost a good few mainly to double hookups so fished single fly for most of the day on the lure rod but did catch a good few on the nymph rod with buzzer & db’s.. NW Nomads's


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.

Weather Here.


Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.

Congleton & District Fly-Fishers was founded in the early eighties and
from the outset, the core  purposes of the club in addition to fly-fishing for trout as described above, included the involvement of the local community through  open days, free tuition, free loan of equipment, open competitions, special events for children.
Of equal importance in our priorities has been the maintenance of the natural habitat
including the surrounding fields and woods as well as the water and our success in this has been recognised in the site being declared a site of special  significance because of the wildlife it harbours and the flora it sustains.

Centrally heated lodge with free tea and coffee making area (tea, coffee milk and sugar supplied free) and microwave use.





On business what great people very very helpful with a vast amount of knowledge. Thanks for the free gift will not forget my visit.



spike milligan

"All men are cremated equal"

Latest Fishing News

It's good to see even in the challenging weather that Trout Fishing venues are giving catch returns so the angler has a good understanding of prevailing

conditions on the waters before

venturing out.



Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



Rod average     


In total 23,000 fish were stocked, mainly rainbow trout with a proportion of blues and 1,500 brown trout thanks to our own Blithfield Brown Trout Fund. These brownies, which must all be released if caught, will hopefully thrive in the rich feeding conditions here and grow on to become the leviathans of the future.

We have enjoyed meeting you and sharing information and stories with you and we do hope to see you all in 2018. We re-open to Season Permit holders on 8th March and to all other anglers on 15th March 2018.

So, from all of us here at Blithfield to all of you, we wish you a very happy and safe winter and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Clair Pullinger.

Stocks Reservoir.

Don’t miss our open weekend on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of February.
The reservoir will be fully stocked with superb quality rainbows. Included in this year’s preseason stocking will be our prize tagged fugitive trout, some belting specimens and fin perfect 3-4lb fish that just don’t know when to give up.
We are now taking boat bookings for the opening weekend and beyond, to book your boats or for further information please call Stocks on 01200 446602 or Ben on 07896000939
I look forward to seeing you on the water with rods bent. Tight Lines Ben

Scierra Pairs.


This week on Clywedog

2018  SEASON March 8th - 30th Nov

Clywedog Fly Fishing Permit

Full Season £280
Full Season OAP £260
Full Season Junior 12/16 £50
Full Day Permit £21
Full Day OAP/Junior £20



Eyebrook Reservoir

Eyebrook Opening 2018
10th March 2018
Details for 2018 & membership enquires contact the Eyebrook lodge
01536 770264
email lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk
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Draycote Water

Season Rod Average:

Draycote opens 2nd March

Boats are fully booked for opening Day Friday 2nd March, Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March

All bank car passes are booked for the opening day with limited availability for the 3rd & 4th, call the lodge to pre book your bank fishing car pass to avoid disappointment

Please note for 2018 season our upper 8 fish limit has been reduced to a 6 fish limit, the day permit rate has been adjusted down accordingly.

Any angler with stamps on their loyalty card for 8fish will be eligible when their card is full for a FREE 6 Fish permit.

Call 01788 812018

Draycote hosts a number of competitions during the 2018 season, for dates & booking details visit www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/competitions/

 Dates for your diary

 We will also be taking bookings for our popular RIO SAGE day hosted at Draycote on May 6th with Simon Gawesworth of Rio & Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to take you through the full range of Trout, Salmon & Saltwater rods & lines pre- booking essential details on www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk RIO & SAGE DAY PAGE.



Weekly rod average is

  Foremark Lodge Tel 01283 703202

Foremark 2018 season opens 1st March

Details on available membership which starts from £435.00 EMAIL lodge@flyfishforemark.co.uk for details

Taking bookings call 01283 703202 please leave a message on the answer machine including a contact number or email lodge@flyfishforemark.co.uk

Full ReportHere


Rod Average 4

 19 Feb 2018 18:38 

Thornton Weekly  Report  Week ending 18th February

Tel 01530 230807

The week started with a cold blast, ice on the water and a wind that chilled you to the bone. On the Monday the anglers who did venture out caught in the main on boobies with Emad Moaz and Mari Cani taking a limit each on boobies. Tuesday with the cold wet and vey windy conditions we had no rods on the water, on Wednesday season permit Dave Leavesley fished a short 3 hour session from the bank catching 4 on a orange blob before the windy conditions made it too difficult to fish

Thursday and conditions improved, still cold, but the wind reduced. Eyebrook member Ian Jobe caught 11 off the bank down by the tern raft, Thornton member Mike Cupitt bank fished and caught 6 with day rod C Day travelling from Worcester and was rewarded with 9 trout again from the bank. Friday another cold morning with ice on the water, although once conditions improved we recorded a rod average of 3.5 for the day, brothers W Newby & S Newby caught 11, Foremark regular Alan Topping caught 8 from the bank wit N Woolnough catching 7 from a boat.

More Here.


Day Permit Loyalty Card.

At Draycote, Thornton, Foremark and Eyebrook

Pick up a Loyalty Card at Thornton, Draycote or Foremark and now Eyebrook lodges, once you have purchased 10 of the same day permit you receive your 11th visit free, our loyalty card can be used at any of our three reservoirs.

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £17.50
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £23.00
8 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £29.00

Our Popular Last 4 hour Permit, fish the evening rise

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £10.00


PlatoFisherman's Prayer
I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

- Unknown?