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Fly Tyer of the Month:

Darren Crawford.


Darren Crawford

Age. 32

Born. Duns, Scottish Borders, Scotland

Fishing and fly tying background.

I started off as a young kid fishing the worm on the small burns around Duns with my Dad and Papa for wild brown trout.  From there I ventured onto the River Blackadder and River Whiteadder still a worm fisher but when I got into my teenage years a took up fly fishing on these rivers for trout, from there I moved away and ended up living in Edinburgh, I fished the River Tyne and River Esk near Edinburgh to this day, I do have some outings on the bigger rivers like the River Tweed or River Tay but I mostly stick to the local rivers.  I always bought my flies up until 3 years ago when I started to tie my own, this now takes up a huge part of my time as another hobby, in the last year it has taken off and I have met some great people from great material companies.  I really just fish and tie flies for the fun, the big trophy trout or grayling does not bother me. I just like to be out on the river taking it all in.

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March Brown Jingler.



Hook.. Fasna F-100 #12
Body.. Vicuna Dubbing Hare Ear Sub
Hackle.. Dark Cree/Partridge Soft
Rib.. Ultra Wire Gold
Tail.. Dark Cree
Thread.. Uni 8/0 Rusty Dun

There must be 100s off variations of the March Brown but this is the pattern i like to use.


Start thread at the eye of the hook and take back to the where the barb would be. Tie in 6 or 8 Cree fibres for the tail and run back up to 4mm before the eye, tie in the gold wire and run thread back to tail, dub on Hares ear sub and dub back to 4mm before the eye, rib gold wire up and tie off, Tie in you Cree hackle and wrap 4 or 5 turns with the hackle, this could change depending on quality of hackle, tie off then tie in partridge hackle at the front, wrap 1 or 2 turns then whip finish.

Does the partridge hackle make a difference i am not sure it could easily just be tied with full Cree hackle.

Greenwell Wet Variant.



Hook.. Fasna F-500 #14
Body.. Semperfli Waxed Brown Olive
Hackle.. Furnace
Rib Ultra Wire Charteuse

This is just a slight variant on the classic greenwell, fish it on a team of spiders or i really like using it on the top dropper when nymphing at the start of the season.

Yet again another simple but effective tie, Its a blob hook i use for this. i like the short shank but heavier wire for this fly.  This is just my opinion.


Start thread at the back of the eye and take a few turns down and then tie in a length of wire until just past the hook point, take thread back up to 3mm before the eye then rib wire up and tie in, tie in the furnace hackle and add as many wraps as you like, some prefer sparse compared to well hackled, make a head and whip finish. I add Deer Creek fine flex to the head to finish.

Deer Hare Emerger.

Dearhair Emerger


Hook.. Fasna F-120 #12
Body.. Olive Turkey Biot
Wing.. Deer Hair dyed olive
Thorax.. Wapsi Fox Squirrel
Thread.. UTC Ultra Thread Olive

This been a staple fly in everyone river box. Great fly that was invented by Bob Wyatt,  Just a great pattern that imitates a variety of flies from olives to sedges.


Start thread at the back off the eye and take to well round the bend, tie in the olive turkey biot and take thread back up to 5mm before the eye, add glue to the back off the fly to make the biot more durable, attach hackle pliers to biot and windup to where your thread is and tie off (Some people steep the biot in water or place over steam to soften, i very rarely have a problem and if it snaps i just grab another),  Cut off some deer hair from your patch and remove fluff from the bottom, place it in a stalker and stalk, take deer hair out an measure it to body length, with 2 loose wrap place it where desired and then pull tight, this will keep the deer hair on top, i then add a few more wraps the take thread to the front and wind tight against the deer hair to cock it up, i then take thread back to where i tie deer hair in and add Squirrel dubbing for the thorax where i tied it in and also at the front of the head, i then whip finish. Last off all i the cut the excess deer hair off the back.
On Tue, 18 Feb 2020, 14:08 James Kenny, <princejimuk@hotmail.com> wrote:
Looks great.

Scruffy Nymph.

Scruffy Nymph


Hook.. Fasna F-420 #14
Thread.. Semperfli waxed Olive 8/0
Bead.. Get-Slotted tungsten slotted 3.3mm rust
Rib.. Utc ultra wire hot orange
Body.. Wapsi Fox Squirrel
Tail.. Glo-Brite Orange Number 6

This is a nice simple tie but this would be the one nymph that i constanly have on the point in size 12s and 14s. Great for trout and grayling on the scottish rivers.

As i say a very simple tie. Add bead to hook, start thread behind bead and take to back of shank, tie in glo-brite tail then hot orange ultra-wire, take turn back up and down body to put slight taper in, the from the tail end i lightly dub the fox squirrel on the thread and build the taper up to the back of the head, i then rib with wire then whip finish.  Nothing hard to this nymph.

Golden Hares Ear Scruffy #14.

River Nymph

Had a play about at making up some hare dubbing today.😊 Was using Dyed Golden Hare Mask, Natural Hare Mask and grey squirrel tail for a bit spike. Love how it came out. Great to play to get the shade you want.😃😃🎣🎣

Used the Grouse hackle for the tail as it has the same golds, browns and black like the dubbing.

Will try it on the river very soon.

Emerger/March Brown.


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!"


8th and 9th February 2020
9.30am – 4.30pm

The UK’s Premier Fly Fishing Show

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


Alternatively call 01782 388382

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



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.

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Isaac Asimov


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.

The Original Westlow Mere Web Site.

TEL: 01260270012

Rod Average: 3.38 week ending: 20/03/2020

League fishing Match: 29th March. Cancelled.

Congleton & District Fly Fishers (Westlow Mere)

Following the latest Government guidelines issued yesterday 8.30pm 23rd March
Westlow Mere is closed when and until the restriction are lifted

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fishery staffs who have worked hard, in the ever changing and difficult circumstances of the last few weeks, to ensure the safety of our customers and staff.
Hopefully we should be back enjoying our favourite pastime before to long.


AT TEFF Bank Qualifier 2nd February 2020 at Westlow Mere, Cheshire 

Cheshire's Westlow Mere Trout Fishery hosted the ninth AT TEFF Bank Qualifier on Sunday 2nd February. 10 anglers competed for six places in the southern final at Elinor in March. The shallows at Westlow were used for the match and the gin-clear water this venue is known for tested the skills of those competing. The fishing was not easy and by lunch six anglers had caught. By the final whistle 20 fish were netted with many more lost to give a rod average of two fish per angler.

Anthony Meadows took first place with five fish followed by Colin Fitzjohn with three fish with Iain Scott third with three fish.
White lures fished slowly on Di3 lines at distance accounted for the winning bag.

1st Anthony Meadows 5 fish 8 points
2nd Colin Fitzjohn 3 fish 6 points
3rd Iain Scott 3 fish 4 points
4th Neil Thomas 2 fish 4 points
5th Muhammad Wassem 1 fish 2 points
6th Yousef Dar 1 fish 2 points

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10lb 4oz rainbow from Westlow.


Large Rainbow 11lb 4oz from Westlow 20/02.2018

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


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

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.

Stocks Reservoir.

Rod Average: fish per angler.

Our opening weekend for the 2020 season will be on Saturday February 22nd and Sunday 23rd. It’s our 25th season of running Stocks and we will be celebrating this with a variety of events and promotions throughout the year. Starting with our opening weekend, which will include special celebratory tagged fish and a selection of prizes for angers over both the weekend days.

Our trout are in awesome condition, helped by the mild winter. We will be stocking the reservoir in full, ready for the opening day on February 22nd. This year we have loads of 3-4lbs fish and some big double figure specimens so be prepared!

We are open for both boat and accommodation bookings now, not just for the opening weekend but for the whole of the 2020 season. Our contact details are as follows: Email: stocksfishery@gmail.com Landline: 01200446602 Mobile: 07896000939 or you can contact us by Facebook Messenger.

We are really looking forward to seeing you all at the fishery ‘rods a bending’ and we’d like to wish you all the very best for the 2020 season. Tight Lines Ben.

This week on Clywedog

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2019 Opening day 7th March bookings from the new year


 Eyebrook Reservoir

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Eyebrook Reservoir Fishery News 7th January 2020

Telephone Number: 01536 770264  or email lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Eyebrook opens on 6th March 2020

We are accepting bookings if you can’t get us on the phone drop us an email.

22,000 trout are on order with 4000+ booked for our preseason stocking. Eyebrook has heats of the Scierra Pairs, Anglers World, TEFF booked with a number of club & association groups booked

We continue to offer the visiting angler 2, 3 & 4 Day breaks, you can split your break between Eyebrook & Draycote, check out our small break packages http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/short-break-packages/


Eyebrook 2020 membership cards have been posted you should receive then in the next few days.

All Water membership & Beginner membership cards will be posted next week

SALES Page https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/ we have clearance & discontinued items on our sales page, most items 25% off



Draycote Water

weekly report week ending

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Draycote Opens 1st March
01788 812018
1st March Boats & bank car passes are fully booked
2nd March Boats Fully booked.  Bank car passes still available call the lodge  

Preseason stocking of 5400 trout commences late February

March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon
 Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

British Fly Fair Show.
We have a stand at the British Fly Fair www.bffi.co.uk/ on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th February. Tom Bird & Ifor will be on hand to discuss our 2020 fishing season at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. We will have special show offers over the weekend including a show only special promotion on the RIO Fathom range of sinking lines rrp£74.99 show promotion £49.99

Tuition & Guiding contact Tom Bird 01788 812018 or visit our website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk 

Sale & discounted items on our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk 



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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 2nd February 2020
Windy conditions greeted the opening day anglers, with bank and boat anglers fishing the shelter they could find within the Thornton arm opposite the lodge. The second day of the season provided better conditions allowing anglers to fish the popular areas.
After 18 month of low water levels anglers were greeted with a full Thornton reservoir with the surface & it’s a sign of a mild winter with our water temperature at 7+degrees which is 2degrees higher than we would expect for the time of year. Water clarity is good
6.9 rod average for the opening two days with the Thornton arm down to the willows producing best from the boats although All Water member Neil Shilton caught 13 from his float tube (see photo on Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore ) With the mild conditions anglers caught fish throughout the day.
Sinking lines, in particular the DI3 type of sinking lines produced best with an array of lures working, from orange fritz gold heads, cats whisker, black and green tadpole, blob.
Boat bookings for Wednesday, Friday & Saturday have limited availability, to avoid disappointment we recommend you call the lodge and pre book your boats. If you’re coming to fish from the bank we recommend you bring waders
Over the weekend notable catches were recorded by Keith Cowen, Jan Webber, Chris Sayer, Tom Morris, L Serrano, Mark Hunt, Simon Zabrzenski, J Batts, Steve Lewandowski, M Draper & Rodger Kerrison.
Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk
Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/
March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon
Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly

Pick up a Loyalty Card at the Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote lodges.
Once you have purchased 10 of the same day permit you receive your 11th visit FREE.
Loyalty card can be used at any of our three reservoirs.

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release         £18.50
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release         £24.50
6 Fish Kill + Catch & Release         £28.50

Last 4 hour 1 Fish + Catch & Release        £10.00

All our boats are rowing boats. You may bring your own electric motors.
Lifejackets to be worn at all times, you may wear your own or FM(UK)Ltd will provide lifejackets
No Boats Out If forecasted Wind Speed of 25mph plus is expected.
Call the lodge to book your boat: 01530 230807
Full Day Rowing Boat
Available from 8.30am – ½ after sunset £10.50
Part Day Rowing Boat Morning / Afternoon
Times displayed in the lodge.     £  5.50
Last 4 Hour Boat               £  4.00


Day Permit Loyalty Card.

At Draycote, Thornton, and Eyebrook