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"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!"

Koos Brandt

I realized that bullying never
has to do with you. It's the
bully who's insecure.
Shay Mitchell


Fly of the Month:

Essential Fly; excellent for the Fly Tier or Buyer.


Shipmans Buzzer Black

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl



Best fished: With this fly I like to build as much variation into my retrieve as I possibly can to bring the marabou tail of the fly to life. The hot blue head on this fly works in tandem with the tail as an irresistible mouthful for the resident Trout. So work that fly with jerky pulls mixed with speeded up figure of eight retrieve for savage takes.

Paul Richardson

“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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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:

Gavin Dixon

Great fly tyer More Information Here

Gavin Dixon

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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

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We hope you can support us again in 2017

Sunday October 15th 10am - 4.30pm

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



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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.



Pennine trout fishery


Another personal best set from Pennine Trout...Mr Pete Fletcher from Whitefield with a monster of a rainbow trout weighing in at 20lb 7oz caught on a egg fly fished from a floating line.



Water quality and fly hatches continued to improve this week. Combined with cooler evenings and gradually decreasing water temperatures this saw the rod average increase to 2.60.
Noteworthy returns this week include on the 29th for Season Permit holder Mr. John Henshall who fished from the banks and recorded 6 fish, all caught on tadpole patterns. On the 30th Season Permit holders Mr. George Eardley and Mr. Eddie Biddle paired up in a boat on the South Lake during the afternoon and returned a total of 10 to their boat, all caught to dry fly tactics whilst on the same day, visiting rods Mr. Chris Mills and Mr. Ron Herbert also teamed up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total to the boat of 8 fish, mainly caught on hopper imitations. Boats continued to provide the best opportunities on the 31st with Season Permit holders Mr. Nigel Hodkinson and Mr. Pat Burton using hoppers and daddy long legs to great effect with a creditable boat total of 14 fish from the South Lake again. On the same day Season Permit holders Mr. David Barker and Mr. Matt Jordan also paired up in a boat and returned 12 fish, this time using various flies including shuttlecock CdC and Cat’s Whiskers.


 16 year old Peter Wright from Canada with his first fly-caught trout.

Clair Pullinger. More Here.

Stocks Reservoir.

stocks: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September.
Sport: There were a couple of catches this weekend that are worth a mention. On Saturday the top catch went to Bernard McBride. Included in his catch were a couple of belting rainbows weighing 5lb and 6lb. Bernard caught his fish around willow island and the northern shallows with cormorants and sparkler boobys on a fast glass sinking line being his best tactic. On Sunday the top catch was also taken from the same areas. Matt Eastham caught all his fish on the same fly, a Bibio hopper and as well as fish landed had other chances. Dry flies were also the best for other anglers with daddys, hoppers and bits being the best patterns. This morning i have seen numbers of trout charging into the minnow shoals around the jetty. Minnow imitations, sparklers or diawl bach might be worth a try for these fry feeders. Syotw. Paul.

Full ReportHere Also see Fishing Matches Here.

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This week on Clywedog

Weekly Stock: 500 
Total Seasons Stock: 28000
Llyn Clywedog report 14th September Weekly stock 500 Season to date 28000 September has certainly been a wet month so far as of this morning the level is only 0.3m off top level incredible as only a month ago it was around 3m down! The forecast at least looks better from Saturday onwards with wind falling and temperatures rising, next week looks dry at last , hopefully this will bring the fish back to the surface with daddies being the favorite offering even fished wet. Last Sunday we hosted Rd 5 of the Clywedog league in not to favorable conditions the fishing was testing but some good bags of fish were still taken even some on dries. Best areas were Llwyd, mouth of Bigga and Eblid Basin. Welsh Hawks were top team on the day followed by Foxans and then Clywedog Ospreys just ahead of Odds and Sods. The final round is held on the 21st October. This Sunday the 17th we host our annual floating line Match its open to all contact Gareth Forgie Evans or the lodge we 4 have places still available.

Full ReportHere.

Eyebrook Reservoir 3rd September.

Weekly Rod Average: 2.9

Another super week at Eyebrook and it is all top of the water sport. Conditions have played a big part in the returns this week. Several bright flat calm days put the fish off but during overcast and more favourable conditions the fish have been feeding furiously in the surface. There is a good mix of fish feeding on various food sources at the momentfry, nymphs and dry flies working well. Sunday was the most productive day of the week and resulted in a rod average of 6.3. “Eyebrook at its very best” were the words of one angler as he returned to lodge after a very successful morning session where he netted 22 fish !! The forecast for the week ahead is settled overcast weather perfect for long drifts across the main basin fishing dries !
Tom Bird and J Smith got away from Draycote and made a trip to Eyebrook. They targeted specimen fish feeding inand around the weed beds at the north end of the reservoir. Monday was one of the bright days, conditions couldn’t get much worse but the fish were still feeding. Tom and Jim fished with fry patterns and then changed to single dry flies to successfully net 14 fish to the boat.

More Here

Draycote Water

Weekly Rod Average: 3.63

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 20th August 2017

Brown Trout

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

Draycote Fishing Report w/e 3rd September 2017
Yet another week of contrasting fishing conditions with a mix of highs & lows in results as a consequence. Some of the highs have indeed been exceptional & the weekly rod average continues its rise, ending this period at 3·63.In total, 227 anglers visited the venue this week taking 242 trout & returning 583.
Monday saw a challenging start to the week with very bright, sunny, hot conditions topped by a flat calm start. Most rods struggled as a result.But top marks to Richard Reevewho worked really hard for twelve on dries. Richard fished Big Reds & CDCs on drifts between the Overflow & A Buoy. Dennis Tidmarsh & boat partner Ian Western also excelled given the conditions with 15 to the boat.
Tuesday saw high cloud & a light north west breeze together with an improvement in water clarity. Dry fly & nymph enthusiastEd Douglas was back on the water & enjoyed great sport landing 20 rainbows on small home tied dry fly patterns. Whilst C Buoy & the Aerators produced well for him, Ed was one of many commenting on how well spread the fish are now all over the venue.

Full ReportHere


Weekly rod average is .9

Foremark weekly report week ending 3rd September 2017
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
The reservoir is continuing to fill albeit slower than before and the water temperature has remained steady at 16 degrees C. The aerators are now operational again andthe fish have continued to focus around the boils. There continues to be fish spasmodically feeding on the fry within the pontoon basin and off the dam and there are plenty of fish to been found around the sailing club boat, numbers 1 and 2 buoys and the main basin. The bank anglers have still found the fishing very challenging but the signs of the fish starting to feed on the fry bodes well for the future and the few hardy souls who have ventured out have been rewarded with a few takes along the area up to Verduns point and on or around Hut point.Dry fly fishing is,at the moment, providing the best overall catch returns on the boats but a fast glass intermediate is doing the business from the shore.
On Bank Holiday Monday, season ticket holder Mr Ricky Cotterell caught 8 fish on a home tied version of a dry bibio but Tuesday saw harder conditions with only 3 fish landed. Overcast conditions and a light wind together with intermittent showers on Wednesday brought the fish on the feed.

Full ReportHere


Thornton weekly report week ending 3rd September 2017
Rod Average 1.4
 Tel: 01530 230807
70 acre
A bit of a strange week with the reservoir fishing better during the early part of the week when our rod average was 2.1 however over the weekend and possibly down to the algae it did not fish well with the overall rod average for the week dropping to 1.4
 Monday Jan Webber fished booby and damsel patterns catching 14 trout on the drift from the dam to the wood. Steve Windram and Phil Cross shared a boat catching 10 on blue flash damsel. Jan Webber returned to fish on Saturday but found conditions more difficult taking 5 trout to the same successful method he used on Monday.
 The water temperature has slowly dropped during the week with the surface temperature by the end of the week at 18.5c, we continue to have an algae bloom which should start to drop out with the cooler overcast conditions forecast for this week.
 As we move into September we can expect the buzzer & dry fly fishing to pick up with daddies featuring in the catches, also expect to find a few trout on the fry amongst the weed beds of the arms.

Full ReportHere

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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 | 0 comments
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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Very interesting More here.