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Congleton & District Fly Fishers Ltd

Westlow Mere

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"Calling Fly Fishing a hobby is like calling Brain Surgery a job."

Paul Schullery

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Stocking

The stocking policy is replace fish has they are taken from the Mere so it's vitality import that you fill in a catch return form before leaving the water, this will allow us to monitor the fish stocks so we can restock in a sensible and sustainable manner.


Shallows

Shallows

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.

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"Fishing, if I, a fisher, may protest, of pleasures is the sweetest, of sports the best, of exercises the most excellent. Of recreations, the most innocent; But now the sport is marde, and wott ye why? Fishes decreases, and fishers multiply."

Thomas Bastard, 1598 

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"What a day had loads of takes, fish fought hard and we managed 8 fish between us............I'll be back"

Owen & Simpson

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Congleton & District Fly Fishers Ltd

"O, sir, doubt not that Angling is an art; is it not an art to deceive a trout with an artificial fly?"

Isaak Walton

Historically fly-fishing was regarded as something of an elitist sport.

Congleton & District Fly-Fishers was founded in the early eighties specifically to remove the barriers, real or imaginary and make fly-fishing for trout available to anyone who wished to participate.

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Deeps

A disused sand quarry off Giantswood Lane was rented and a small group of like-minded fishermen formed a fishing club. From then until today (and hopefully into the future) the basic tenets have been the same although as described below the operational framework has had to change.

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.

Fish BoatIn 1998, the owners decided to sell the Mere and the club’s contribution to and position within the local community was a prime consideration in the owners’ decision to sell to us, rather than other more generous bids. It was this purchase that necessitated changes in our operational structure.

Monies to meet the agreed purchase price were raised by a mixture of existing funds, personal loans, share holdings and a Royal Bank of Scotland business loan. In order to qualify for the business loan, the club had to become a limited company (hence the share holdings mentioned above) and so today we are Congleton & District Fly Fishers Ltd. As required by law we have a board of directors , secretary etc etc. However, everybody works on a volunteer basis and no salaries, ‘expenses’ or other rewards are paid.

We generate funds by selling day-tickets and selling annual memberships to meet the costs of stocking monthly and other daily running costs such as fuel, grass cutting, fence maintenance etc.

Satisfaction of catching a fish on your own fly

Mayfly

Imitation

There is something very satisfying about catching a fish on something that you made with your own two hands.

“There he stands, draped in more equipment than a telephone lineman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain no bigger than a breadcrumb, and getting licked in the process.”

~ Paul O’Neil

Westlow Mere

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.

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Westlow

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.

 

 

Westlow Mere


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Westlow Mere, reclaimed by both nature and man from sand excavation in the 1970's, comprises some eighteen acres of crystal clear water, fed by natural springs.


Situated just below the town of Congleton in the middle reaches of the Dane Valley, which has for generations catered for the traditional fly-fisherman seeking the river's natural stock of trout, Westlow Mere has benefited from the local experience and expertise; indeed, it was the love of the traditional, handed down from father to son, combined with an appetite for modern fly-fishing which provided the impetus to the formation of the Congleton & District Fly Fishers Ltd., where the combination of good water, charming location, first-class management and the most congenial of atmospheres, give Westlow Mere a very special place in the hearts of all who visit the fishery.

 


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