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Fly Tyer of the Month.Here

Fly of the Month.Here

Weather Here. Catch Returns Here.

Fishing Matches Here River/Sea levels 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!"

Fly of the Month:

November Fly of the Month in today's Yorkshire Post. This is Roger Becks variant on the IOTBO.


Diawl Bach (Little Devil)

Diawl Bach (Little Devil)

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl

PTN with a red micro straggle thorax

PTN with a red micro straggle thorax

“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.


The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Fly Tyer of the Month:

Al Ritt

Al Ritt Flies

Great fly tyer More Information Here

Al hope you are doing well.

Al Ritt

Growing up in Michigan I’ve fished as long as I can remember. While living in Northern California in the early 1980′s, just shortly after I started tying flies, I began fly fishing almost exclusively.  In 1989 I moved to the northern front range of Colorado, where Diana and I currently reside.







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


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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 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.

Over the last 2 weeks just over 700 fish have been stocked including Rainbow, Brown and Tiger Trout all of a good size. Moreover over the coming months 400 to 500 fish will be stocked on a monthly basis.

Two cracking fish for Lynda ector today at Westlow mere. Cris and Lynda had 9 between them, things are looking up.


Video's of Stocking at Westlow:


Stocking 1

Stocking 2

Stocking 2

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.

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.


A potential European record Rainbow Trout from Denmark's Vesthimmerlands lake - 17 Kg of Europe's finest Rainbow

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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



Rod average 2.21      

For the final angling report this season it is good to glance back at the year and assess how the sport has been. The weather, on the whole, has been incredibly kind with lengthy settled, milder spells and few storms to disrupt conditions. Water levels were lower than last season but this didn’t affect the sport with the exception of the North Lake, which is shallower and therefore warms up more quickly.

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. Our stocking policy is based on a combination of factors and is carried out on a weekly basis throughout the season.

Catch returns submitted this year reveal a greater degree of catch and release angling – this certainly appears to be a growing trend at many waters – with a total so far of 13,265 fish declared caught and released. The kill total declared is currently 6,918 fish – this is just 30.07% of the total stocked fish but it is important to remember that there is also a resident head of fish in addition to those stocked during the season.

So on reflection the 2017 season has been an excellent one. Rod averages remained fairly consistent except for August when water temperatures over 20˚C saw a halt to hatches and active insect life and fish retreated to deeper, cooler water. As we near the Season close the sport has remained fairly buoyant with good returns from boats and banks. Mild autumnal weather has ensured fish stay higher in the water and they were eager to take dry flies right up until the start of November. Now fry feeding is their intention as nature once again takes its course and insect life becomes minimal.

The reservoir will close to visitors and syndicate anglers on Friday 17th November and to Season Permit Holders on Friday 24th November. We would like to thank everyone for visiting us this year, whether on four hour or day permits, as Syndicate members, as Pro Rata permit holders or as Season Permit holders. 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.

Stocks will be closing on the 31st October so all doubles club have until then to complete their fish off. We apologise for the lack of reports over the last month this has been due to two factors, firswtly we have had no internet for a prolonged period of time and secondly with the bad weather there has been a significant drop in angler numbers but the anglers that have attended have had some success with lures being the best method with the fish back in the margins keep on the move and fish the margins.
There are still places for the charity match being held on the 28th October if you are interested then please contact the lodge on 01200 446602 for further details
For the first time Stocks will be opening over the winter months on Saturdays and Sundays for bank and boat fishing although the boats will have to be pre-booked. This is a great opportunity to fish stocks through the winter months and see how it performs. This is on a trial basis this winter so use it or lose it guys tight lines Pete

Full ReportHere Also see Fishing Matches Here.

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This week on Clywedog

Weekly Stock: 500

Season to date 31000

Llyn Clywedog report 19th Oct Weekly stock 500 Season to date 31000 The lake continues to fish well during this Autumn period the fish seem to be holding in the top 2ft of water and most Anglers catching using either dries or washing line tactics. There have been some very good fish caught this week the best of the bunch went to Charles Jones with a 9lb 6oz rainbow taken on a black snake from the boat. Bank Anglers have had success from Gronwen and popular side fishing gold head Daddies as well as black nymphs on floating lines. Bank areas - Bigga arm, Gronwen and popular side Boat areas - Bigga arm, Gronwen evildoers basin to Dinas Point Tight lines for the week ahead

Full ReportHere.

Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report – Week ending 15th October 2017 

Weekly Rod Average: 5.5

 NEW LODGE Telephone Number: 01283 770264
Eyebrook Reservoir Weekly report – Week ending 15th October 2017
Tel: 01536 770264                                                                                        
We are expecting excellent sport during October as we head towards our closing date of October 31st as we currently have a stock level of 16,900 trout in the reservoir
Weekly Stats:                                                                                                                                                                 
Number Rods:162 Number Trout Taken: 192     Number Trout Released:710 Total Catch:897
Weekly Rod Average: 5.5
NEW LODGE LANDLINE – 01536 770 264 –please update your contact list as this will be the only landline working for the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge
Eyebrook has produced great sport this week, with an overall rod average of 5.5. Various methods working depending on conditions and time of day. Lots of fry feeders around during the morning at the tower to Dog wood bay. During the middle of the day when air temperatures are warmer there are more fish feeding on insects. Black buzzers and crunchers fished on a washing line are working very fished on the drift or at anchor. Dry flies are working when there’s cloud cover and a steady ripple. Black hoppers and emerger patterns working well. Most boats have fished over the deeper water this week, starting drifts from the Belle and Dogwood and drifting to the three trees or Harrison’s corner.

More Here

Draycote Water

Weekly Rod Average: 2.7

Draycote stocked with a further 850 taking the total in the lake at the moment to 19,035.

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th October 2017

Brown Trout

Melvin Severn with a fantastic 8lb Draycote brown caught on a pink snakes on the rudder.

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th October 2017
It’s been a very blustery week at Draycote with warm temperatures and sporadic showers. The fishing has been reasonably good overall with the bank anglers just having the edge over the boats. The cold nights we were praying for which would switch the fish onto the fry, have not arrived yet, so dries and nymphs are still working throughout the water. Fish are being caught in all areas of the reservoir at the moment with some good browns being caught around the tower. Rainbow corner is fishing well from the boats drifting onto A buoy, but from the bank it’s not fairing so well. Biggin bay, Lincroft point and the Cornfield are producing good returns for the bank anglers but boats are doing better drifting from F to G buoy and along the Farborough dam.  The weekly rod average is 2.7
On Monday we hosted the Troutmaster final. The weather was kind with light breezes and overcast conditions in which 86 anglers tried their best to lift the trophy.

Full ReportHere


Weekly rod average is 1.6

weekly report week ending 16th October 2017

Foremark Lodge Tel 01283 703202

The water level is still being maintained at a constant level which is as a result of Severn Trent having upgraded the extraction capability from the Dove at Eggington. Those who have experienced Foremark in previous years would know that water levels used to generally drop at this time of the year.

The access for the bank angler has been vastly improved Foremark which leaves the area from Bramble Bay towards the wires needing attention. Heavier equipment will be necessitated because of the size of greenery/trees that is needed to be removed from within this area to provide satisfactory bank angling capability. Pictures

The weeks fishing has been a roller coaster ride on fish returns noting that Foremark reflected the situation at the other three reservoirs within the Fly Fish Operation. Thus, it can be concluded that the fishing was impacted by the barmy prevailing weather conditions notably the ambient temperature and or the barometric pressure.

The area of the reservoir that has produced results is primarily Carvers Arm, noting that the aerators and drifting the centre basin has also been productive. From a bank prospective Flamingo Bay, Sun Bless, Hut Point and Vernon’s Point have produced some results. Whilst the fish appear to be taking the fry, especially in Carvers Arm, we did find an invasive shrimp in Foremark last year, the shrimp is moving into the margins with the fish gorging on them, make sure you have shrimp patterns in your box!

Full ReportHere


Rod Average 1.2

weekly report week ending 15th October 2017

Thornton weekly report week ending 15th October 2017
 Tel: 01530 230807
7 0 acre
Fry time as minkie booby and fry patterns worked best this past week
The fish been caught on fry patterns are not where you would expect them to be with the majority taken on minkie boobies and boobies on a fast sinking line down the middle of the arms or the drift from the dam to the wood, this is despite the fry moving into the shallows and around the boat pontoon this week
Colin Meads recorded 7 for his mornings visit, Bob Jones caught 8 on a variety of boobies with Keith Coley and John Bebbington fishing fast sink lines on the drift over deeper water boating 14 in just over 4 hours. Steve Orton also enjoyed a short 4 hour visit coating 6 on fry patterns fished deep in front of the dam. Mick Cross and Chris Sayer fished a morning session boating 13 trout.
With Thornton entering its last month of the season, closing date Sunday 19th November we could do with some cooler evening temperatures to encourage the trout into the shallows after the fry.

Full ReportHere


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


Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.




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?



We need to give this guy a chance, he will be Fly Tier of the month in the future look out for him. Lee Barbee Here.

Hey Jim,
 Lee BarbeeI'm a US Army combat veteran that currently lives in Gaithersburg, MD. I will be moving to Northern California in a few months. I learned how to fly fish and fly tie from a non-profit organization called Project Healing Waters 2 years ago. I started off as a participant and now volunteer with them. They are gracious enough to still let me fish with them, too. I owe a lot to this program and many others for their support. People such as Al Warner,Flies Dick Bubeck, Carl Smolka, and Son Tao. I have to say I wouldn't be anywhere without the support of my family. A few months  ago, I started a small fly tying business called Red White And Blue Flies. I tie flies to the customer’s order, and haven't had a complaint yet. I'm proud to be part of such a great sport in different aspects. It's a truly therapeutic experience. Here are some pictures.


Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?

By Slaney Fishing | May 27, 2017 | News
I have heard and wondered about this subject for quite some time, some people pass it off as folly, some observe and study, and at the right times scurry to water based on their findings. Whatever your opinion, here’s an article which believes that BP has a significant impact on fishing and results. Make of it what you will, I won’t pass it off as fact, but if you find yourself taking it on board and applying the strategies below, do leave a comment and let us know what you found. Barometric Pressure
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( and all credits to them for the article.

Very interesting More here.