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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

spike milligan


"All men are cremated equal"

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.

Thanks James.


Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

John Elk Hair

John's Elk Hair doing very well.


Fly of the month General:

Great fly for Westlow. Eddie Guest.


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


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.


Fly Tyer of the Month:

Jack Vallis.


Jack Vallis  Age-32 with a 12.5lb Westlow Mere Rainbow.

Job- Royal Navy engineer (15 years) Royal Navy fly fishing team captain From Liverpool. Enjoys competition fishing on large reservoirs, like to go to still waters for pleasure fishing.
I like to tie flies in my spare time, the flies I tie I like to keep simple.

My shop on ebay is www.ebay.co.uk/str/franksflies

My Facebook page is - www.facebook.com/franksflies.

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The Hopper can be tired in many different forms and colours.  When  fishing wet or dry pulled a little under the surface this fly can represent an emerging buzzer or sitting on the surface the large silhouette displays a very versatile figure, able to fool fish feeding on adult buzzer, daddy long-legs or hawthorn Flies.



The Cormorant flies fool trout into thinking it's a nymph, a buzzer, a fish fry or even a snail. Whatever the trout think they are, cormorants flies definitely work. Cormorants are a adaptable fly and fished in a variety of ways,  fished almost static on a floating line to resemble a buzzer or similar aquatic insect; it can be retrieved with a slow figure of eight to allow it to resemble a nymph or fry, or it can be fished on an intermediate or sinking line and pulled back at speed.

Lure Pink Snake.

Pink Lure

Snake flies are very accomplished lures for fly fishing for trout, either fished at speed or using a figure of 8 retrieve. Often when fishing lures you'll get fish nipping at the tail of the fly, this tail nipping leads to lost fish because the hook is located a few centimetres up from the tail. However, the snake fly's hook is located right in the tail, so nips to the tail are much more likely to result in hooked fish.

Two Tone Booby Blob.


This fly combines 2 off the most impressive flies in the fisherman’s armoury, Booby & Blob; it will work brilliantly as an attractor fished on the top dropper or just as well pulled beneath the surface. However, before using the fly it’s best to throw it into the water to see the action the fly makes both surface and subsurface  to learn the movement of the fly, only seeing this can you learn how to fish this very effective fly.

Flashback Diawl Bach.

Diawl Bach

One of the main strengths of the Diawl Bach must surely be the simplicity of tying. With a meager design and only a few key materials, which leads to infinite variations.

Diawl Bachs can be fished with a similar style to buzzers, using a very gentle retrieve, but watch for the at times a gentle take. However, never rush to draw the line out of the water by gentle lifting the rod many a fish has been caught.

Jacks Blob's.


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




Nice Trout

17lb rainbow for John Shell part of a 14 fish haul including a 10 lb rainbow 14/04/18.

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.



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 2018

Sunday October 14th 10am - 4.30pm

Wendy Gibson + Team

I had a great time this year meeting and making new friends never stopped all day.


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.



Fisherman'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?


The Original Westlow Mere Web Site.

TEL: 01260270012

Rod Average: 5.65 week ending: 11/1/2019

British Fly Fair International 2019

9th and 10th February 2019 9.30am – 4.30pm

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

Advance Ticket Sales £10 – 1 Day or £17 2 Days
**Buy Your Tickets Here**
or Phone 01782 388 382

All accompanied under 16s free entry

The UK’s Premier Fly Fishing Show

"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.

New for 2019;  9 match series fishing matches.
First match 20th January.

1.            Points won for each match.
2.            £3 pool money.
3.            League table.
4.            Final match lots of prize money.

Trophy and prize for overall competition winner.

Restrictive rules are kept to a minimum and the competition allows all flies permitted by the fishery.

Full list of Dates later.


Westlow fishing very well, 3 hour session with 15 to the net. Fish of 8,7,6,5 and 4 pounders in the mix. Get down there everyone. Snakes and Fnf chewing gum doing the damage for me. Tim Gilchrist (16th)

Westlows Aeration. (21/11/2018)

I think everyone would agree that 2018 was an exceptional year with high temperatures prevailing for many weeks, making fishing of any kind difficult if not impossible throughout the summer!

So at Westlow Mere we have taken the decision to undertake  a major development and implement Aerators into the deeps. John  We have installed 3 compressors which will feed  air through a network of pipes around the site, this air is fed through diffusers in 9 positions in the lake,  bubbles lift water from the bottom of the lake to the surface where it absorbs oxygen, this process also mixes the warmer water at the surface with the colder water from the lake bed, by constantly turning the water over in this way we Boatcreate a better overall oxygen level and a more even temperature, this will not only be beneficial to the fish, but  means more natural food and fish that feed harder and for longer, thus producing better growth rates and better catch rates. .
Another big advantage with this system is it can be used to de-ice the lake in winter.
However, each Angler must play his or her part in maintaining the correct stocking levels for the lake by taking fish, catching good fish means maintaining an excellent environment for fish to thrive.

Seven North West Nomads

members visited Westlow Mere today and had a greatnomad4 days fishing with a rod average of 12 fish.. All methods caught from floating lines with nymphs to inters with lures... Many thanks to John and all the team at Westlow for making us all very welcome. Keep up the good work of running a cracking Fishery.


Stocking today with a selection of large trout.


One of the fish Stocked 19lb fighting fit Rainbow Trout.

Large Trout

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

One of 20 fish I had at westlow mere today (my first time)
Returned to fight another day, 19/03/2018 Jack Vallis
John estimated it as 12.5lb
Cracking days fishing, blue Flash Damsel doing most of the damage!


Westlow mere fishing it's head off myself and 3 mates fished today in snow wind freezing temperatures total 86 fish blues and rainbows comp off tomorrow but the fishery will be open Get yourself down there tight lines Eddie Guest. 17/03/18


Paul Wilson
10 March at 19:41 ·
First time fishing west low mere today! What a day 22 to the net, 3 over 6lb, 1 over 10lb, and to cap it off a 17lb 2oz. Cracking lake and run well, thank to all especially Eddie Guest.

Another cracker from Westlow today 13/03/2018


10 lb 4 oz one of two doubles today only fished 6 hours but I had 22 well done westlow mere just gets better and better. Eddie Guest 10/03/2018

Eddie Geust

10lb 4oz rainbow from Westlow today 07/03/2018


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




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 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.


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Eddie Westlow4 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.

Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



Rod average 2.01 week ending 30th Sept.  

Summary Report

Banks are improving as water temperatures fall ….

As the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness descends upon us water temperatures have continued to fall slowly bringing about an improvement in sport. The most significant change is the gradual improvement in bank sport and whilst boat returns still remain the better of the two bank returns are creeping upwards with some excellent fish recorded during the past week.

Several specimen trout of 3lb plus have been caught from the banks of the ever-productive South Lake and the best fish of the week, a stunning, naturally grown on brown trout of 5lb 4ozs was caught on a black CdC hopper from the South Lake Bank on Wednesday 26th  by Permit holder Mr. David Marlow who fished for just an hour and a half in the evening.

Other notable returns this week include on the 26th for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker who fished for 2 and a half hours in the evening and returned a total of 5 fish from the South Lake banks ; on the same day visiting rods Mr. Rock and Mr. Southall spent a few hours fishing the South Lake from a boat and returned a total of 8 fish between them, a number matched by visiting rods Mr. Bill Stubbs and Mr. Steve Ratcliffe who also fished from a boat on the same day. On the 27th visiting rod Mr. Mick Broadgate returned a total of 6 fish to his boat, caught on a mixture of both dry and wet Daddy Longlegs imitations. The 28th saw Permit holder Mr. Brian Jones venture out in a boat and, using Baby Doll patterns, recorded a total of 5 very nice fish to his boat with several more being tempted by the pattern and one of “at least 5 lbs” which broke Brian’s line! On the 29th Permit holders Mr. Barry Turner and Mr. Alan Miles returned a total of 7 fish to their boat whilst rounding off the week on the 30th visiting rod Mr. Paul Cook recorded a boat total of 8 fish, all safely released to swim for another day.

The rod average is  2.01

Clair Pullinger More here..

Stocks Reservoir.

Stocks:20th -24th September.
Sport: The recently flooded margins continue to produce the trout with boat anglers casting towards the shore faring much better than those fishing in deeper open water and bank anglers casting along the edge as opposed to out in front doing likewise. Dark colored patterns are still working best with black, black and green and drab olive far out scoring the more garish orange and pink. On Saturday we held the annual Stocks and shares competition in which both anglers and the fishery contributed to the prize pot which totalled £180. With the 13 anglers landing 37 trout each trout caught was worth £5 so each fish was worth catching. The best bag of 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz went to Peter Crowe who won a greys fly line of his choice. The prize for the biggest trout went to Derek Moore with a rainbow weighing 2lb 10 oz with Derek choosing a trendy greys t shirt as his prize. Landing 6 trout and a £30 share of the prize was Neil Heath who found his fish around the saddle and the willows on the east bank and also landing 6 fish for a £30 share was Bob Fitzpatrick who caught his fish on a team of cormorants along the northern shallows and willow peninsular. Saw a big trout in the margins next to the jetty this morning making quite a commotion, this fish was on the feed with my guess being the trout was grubbing around the bottom turning over stones hunting out bullheads and stone loach which i have seen before. It is that time of year so a fry pattern would be worth a try. Syotw Paul.

This week on Clywedog

Report to 27th Sept.

Weekly Stock: 1000 
Total Seasons Stock: 31000

 Llyn Clywedog report 27th Sept Weekly stock 1000 Season to date 31,000 A nice settled week with some great autumn fishing This time of year always seems to bring the best out of Clywedog with a culmination of the years stocking and the Autumn buzzer hatch bringing the fish right up on the feed especially during the morning when good numbers of fish sipping these buzzer from the surface all along the popular side and across the Eblid basin. Clywedog is showing some stunning sport at the moment with dries taking some good bags of fish daddies and Cdc patterns top of the menu for the surface feeders Washing line and pulling tactics are also working well in the brighter conditions. The Bank Anglers have also seen plenty of fish close in as the water cools with popular side being the most productive but a patient approach is needed with either daddies or nymphs drifted round in the wind. Boat Areas popular side, Eblid basin to Dinas point and yacht club Bank areas Popular side, rainbow corner, Eblid and Bwlch y gle With no competitions for s couple of weeks we have availability on the next 2 weekends Bookings 01686412890 Tightlines for the week ahead 



 Happy New Year to our customers

 Dates for your diaries,

 Thornton opens 1st February call the lodge 01530 230807 or email  lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk to book boats.

 Draycote & Foremark 1st March with Eyebrook opening 3rd March

 We have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items of fishing tackle to our Sales & Clearance page, to visit the current items on the sales page click onto

 This week limited quantities of SAGE reels on Sale

Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly Rod Average;


Draycote Water

week ending 15th April Rod Average: 3.22


Weekly rod average is 1.8



Rod Average 1.2


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 £18.00
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £24.00
Fish Kill + Catch & Release £28.00

Please note:- the change to our upper kill permit, for 2018 this is reduced to a 6 FISH KILL to enable us to keep the upper day permit below £30.00                  

Our Popular Last 4 hour Permit, fish the evening rise

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £10.00