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Fly Tyer of the Month:

Phil Sadler.


Been fly fishing now for over 25 years after years of coarse fishing on the local canal systems (Stafford) .

Favourite fishery is Blithfield where I have been a full member for the last six years, love the flexibility full membership gives.
I will fish the banks until June or when the fish start to move out which is when I will start on the boats and this is when my passion for fishing dries kicks in.

 I love to fish other waters with Eyebrook being a particular favourite because of its similarity to Blithfield, Carsington has also become another one that I look forward to.

Favourite methods being a team of nymphs on the bank and its dries all the way once the boat season starts.

My favourite flies are Diawl Bachs and last couple of seasons Muskins, with Shipmans and Bobs Bits being my favourite dries but if I had to choose one material to use for the rest of my time it would be Hares Ear. Not a fan of lures and blobs, nothing to do with snobbery its just not my style of fishing

I have been very lucky in some of the people I have met during my time flyfishing but the person who has most influenced me is Karl Humphries both in my style of fishing and style of tying, he spent hours teaching me how to tie, which is something I have never forgotten.

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One of my favourites of the new style nymphs, tied slightly different from the original. Use it regularly on those cloudy perfect days when there are lots of buzzers coming off.


Hook – Kamasan B130  s12
Thread – Claret
Tail – Ginger Cock
Body – Pheasant Tail
Rib – Silver Wire
Thorax Cover – Brown Floss
Rear Thorax – Orange Holographic
Thorax – Hares Ear
Breathers – White Floss

Had a lot of fish on it on top dropper rare occasions I use a sinking line

Orange Dry.

Orange Dry

An old pattern I dropped on years ago but has been a favourite dry at Blithfield especially when its sunny and a bit of breeze on, seems to pull the fish from nowhere.


Hook – Partridge Dry L3a
Thread – Claret
Rib – Monofilament (2lb)
Body – Orange Seals Fur
Cheeks – Yellow Goose Biots
Hackle – Light Ginger Cock

Olive Bead Nymph.

Olive Bead Nymph

No1 point fly pattern for first few weeks at Blithfield, fish it very slow or a medium figure of eight retrieve.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s10
Thread – Olive
Tail – Olive Hen
Body – Olive Wire
Thorax – Hends Polar Dub Olive Brown
Bead – Crystal River 3mm Hot Head Bead (plastic)

Hares Ear Buzzer

Hares Ear Buzzer

One for sticking across the wind, on point if going small (ish) or middle dropper with a Muskin or Diawl Bach on the point.


Hook – Hayabusa 571 N s12/14
Thread – Black
Body – Hares Ear (lightly dubbed)
Rib – Gold Wire
Thorax Cover – Black or Brown Antron
Cheeks – Orange Antron

Peach Hares Ear

Peach Hares Ear

Tied on a heavy grub hook for weight, great as a point either as a flashy buzzer type pattern or when the pin fry are on.


Hook – Kamasan B 110 s10
Thread – Claret
Tail – Peach Hen
Flashback & Thorax Cover – Medium Pearl Tinsel
Rib – Gold Wire
Thorax – Hares Ear & Fox Squirrel (mixed)

Sparse Black Pheasant Tail

Sparse Black Pheasant Tail

A pattern reluctantly given to me by a now deceased Blithfield member, it was like getting blood out of a stone to get him to share his wisdom. Good as a point especially when the fish are close to the banks.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s12
Thread - Black
Tail – Black Cock
Body – Black Pheasant Tail (two strands)
Rib – Silver Wire
Cheeks – Silver Holographic Tinsel
Beard Hackle – Black Hen (sparse)
Wing – Split Jungle Cock (silver)

Brown Buzzer

Brown Buzzer

One for fishing static in some of the deeper bank spots at Blithfield.


Hook - Partridge K4A S12
Thread – Brown
Body – Semtex Lace
Thorax – Rust Brown Microbrite
Head – Orange Ostrich Herl

Monster Daddy

Monster Daddy

October in a really big wind and just let it sit there, or give it a pull and see them follow.


Hook - Kamasan B100 s10
Detached Body – Tan Foam
Rubber legs.
Wings – Cream Cock Hackle Tips
Thorax – Orange Micro Fritz
Hackle – Red Game Cock

Little Peach

Little Peach

A really old pattern I copied from a magazine about 25 years ago. Has got me out of trouble a few times on the rare occasions I fish a comp, top dropper on a sinking line and fish it on the hang.


Hook – Kamasan B175 s12/14
Thread - Red
Tail – Peach Marabou
Body – Pearl Tinsel
Rib – Red Wire
Hackle – Peach Hen

Ruth’s Spider

Ruth's Spider

A pattern that an ex-girlfriend asked me to tie and name after her, another one that is good as top dropper


Hook – Kamasan B160 s14
Thread – Olive
Body – Olive Thread
Rib – Chartreuse Wire (small)
Thorax – Orange Thread
Hackle – Olive Partridge.

Pearly Diawl Bach

Diawl Bach

No1 pattern for the north lake at Blithfield when its blowing a hooligan and really sunny, stick it across the big slicks that come down the lake and just hang on as its pattern that they hit really hard


Hook – Fasna F200
Thread – Claret
Tail/Beard Cock Hackle
Body – Peacock Herl (sparse from eye)
Rib – Silver Wire
Cheeks – Opal Mirage.


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!"


Dates for BFFI 2021 = Feb 13th/14th.
Staffordshire Agricultural Showground. See you there....
9.30am – 4.30pm

The UK’s Premier Fly Fishing Show

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

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.

Click for youtube videos of flytying.



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.

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

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: Here



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.


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.

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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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Opens Friday 15th May
Eyebrook will reopen on Friday 15th May,
All anglers members & day rods are required to call the lodge & pre book your visit
We will be working to reduced angler numbers, details below
 Eyebrook will reopen for fly fishing on Friday 15th May 2020.
 To ensure we comply with social distancing & government guidelines I have produced new operating guidelines for everyone to follow which are highlighted below.
I would ask during these difficult times & to ensure we keep within the COVID-19 guidelines which could change at any time, you comply with any daily instructions issued by fishery staff & our landlord’s representatives Tata Steel.
Staff working the pontoon will be wearing Face Shield, face mask & disposable gloves with all touching points on the pontoon regularly disinfected.
All boats & life jackets will be disinfected after every session.
Staff in the lodge will be wearing Face Shield and have access to hand sanitiser.
 All customers will have access to hand sanitiser at the lodge & the pontoon
All touching points at the lodge, doors, handles, desk, phone, till, PDQ machine etc will be disinfected at least once every hour & more often if required.
 New Operating Procedure While Visiting Eyebrook Trout Fishery
Pre-Booking: Phones calls only accepted for bookings 01536 770264. All Bank & Boat anglers, including season permit holders will be required to call the lodge & pre book their visit.                     We will only accept member & day permits who have called & pre-booked 
Pre-payment will be required at your time of booking. No angler access to the fishing lodge
Pre-payment will be made once your booking for the Boat or Bank is confirmed with the fishery staff. Payment accepted via BACS, PayPal details below or via credit / debit card.
Confirmation of your Boat Booking along with your receipt, allocated boat number & confirmation of the booked bank anglers will be posted on the outside of lodge window for you to pick up
LOYALTY CARDS: You will need to keep hold of any receipts issued by the Eyebrook lodge from May 15th  2020 to claim your boat & permit loyalty stamp at a later date to be announced, when normality returns to the fisheries & we once again start issuing permits across the lodge desk
To comply with COVID-19 guidelines you will travel to the fishery by yourself unless you are travelling with a family member & you live at the same address.
You will be required to meet social distancing rules.
The Booking in & out sheet will be placed outside the lodge door, hand sanitiser will be provided. Anglers will be able to call the lodge to book out.
Lodge & Tackle shop: will remain closed, we will operate a click & collect for pre-paid tackle items which will be available for you to pick up outside the lodge door, you can also visit our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk
Boats: New operating procedure to ensure we comply with COVID-19 guidelines
Maximum 1 person per boat.
Husband & Wife / partner, parent & child who live at the same house may share a boat.
Boats & life jackets will be fully disinfected after every session.
Eyebrook Boat availability is reduced to 14 boats to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.
By reducing the available boats, it allows us to use every other boat on the pontoon, limits the number of people on the pontoons & it will ensure we meet social distancing requirements while you get in and out of the boats.
Fishery Ranger staff will control the number of anglers on the pontoon.
To speed up the angler usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible.
We are lowering our wind speed limit for boat usage down to 20mph
Bank Anglers are to ensure they observe social distancing and while fishing keep a minimum of    15 meters apart. Maximum of 20 Bank anglers
Life jackets worn by bank anglers will be disinfected after every session
Float Tubing will be allowed but limit to 5 float tubers per day. They will be required to keep a minimum of 15meters apart while they prepare to launch. You must pre book your visit
The Kitchen area, conference room & indoor seating area within the lodge will remain closed.
Toilets will only be accessed from the front of the building, follow the signs, to ensure we control this area, we will only have the disabled toilet open.
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Draycote Water

weekly report week ending

Weekly Rod Average:

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