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Fly of the Month. Here Weather Here. Catch Returns Miscellaneous Here.

Fishing Matches Here River/Sea levels Here.

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

Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

Chris Ector's Green Snake!

Fnf Chewing gum worm doing well.

Jack Vallis Fly: Blue flash Damsel


John's Caddis doing very well.

John Oliver's caddis

Fly of the month General:

Great fly for Westlow. Eddie Guest.


A cracking Tiger Trout for Chris Ector at Westlow Mere. Cris had 19 All good sized Trout.

Chris Ector

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.


Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?

Very interesting More here.


Fly Tyer of the Month:

Graeme Ferguson

I have been fly fishing and tying for 27 years, I have managed trout fisheries and worked on fish farms. I am a lochstyle  competition fisher and also love fishing for wild fish on rivers. I currently work for Orvis in a retail store where I regularly meet with local and visiting anglers where we share stories and give advice on local fishing and methods.

Click Fly Photo's for more detail.


Pink Death Blob


Red Holo Cheek Cormorant

Red Holo Cheek Cormorant

Cut Throat Quill Buzzer

Cut throat Buzzer

Red Holo Diawl Bach

Diawl Bach


Dry Fly

Westlow Catches.

Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.


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

Staffs ST 14 8 BD
We hope you can support us again in 2017

Sunday October 15th 10am - 4.30pm

click Here.
Wendy Gibson + Team


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.


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"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

Westlow Mere. New stocking policy watch this space.

TEL: 01260270012

Rod Average: 6.4 week ending: 16/03/2018

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

At the start of the year just over 900 fish were stocked including Rainbow, Brown and Tiger Trout all of a good size, this was to give a good head of quality trout, for the lakes.

Since the start of the new year we have been implementing the new stocking policy, first part is complete with a good head of excellent quality fish being introduced (see above) this gave a big increase in Anglers both on the bank and Boats. Now we are into the second phase which is to  maintain the excellent quality and good size of Trout, so we are now stocking fortnightly with Rainbows and Blues of the best conditioned Trout we can find from 2lb to 15lb+.

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



Bob Marshall













Big fish for Bob Marshall at Westlow today. 10lb 1oz 27/01/2018


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.


Another big one from Westlow today 20/01/2018 Lynda Ector





Fantastic fishing Another big fish from Westlow 10lb 1oz


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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.


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.





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



spike milligan

"All men are cremated equal"

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.



Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



Rod average     


In total 23,000 fish were stocked, mainly rainbow trout with a proportion of blues and 1,500 brown trout thanks to our own Blithfield Brown Trout Fund. These brownies, which must all be released if caught, will hopefully thrive in the rich feeding conditions here and grow on to become the leviathans of the future.

We have enjoyed meeting you and sharing information and stories with you and we do hope to see you all in 2018. We re-open to Season Permit holders on 8th March and to all other anglers on 15th March 2018.

So, from all of us here at Blithfield to all of you, we wish you a very happy and safe winter and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Clair Pullinger.

Stocks Reservoir.

Monday March 5th to Monday March 12th

We re-open the fishery on Monday March 5th after the ‘Beast from the East’ had subsided. A big thaw immediately followed, and snow melt from the surrounding hills flowed down into Stocks. This cooled the water right down to about 2 degrees. This influx of cold water made the trout very lethargic and the fishing has been very difficult. We have had fish caught, and some good ones up to 8lbs+ but only sporadically, and we have not enjoyed the sort of sport that you would expect during our early season. However the water temperatures are climbing once again. The rain that has been falling for the last 24hrs is considerably warmer than the reservoir, and the streams flowing into Stocks are swollen and running crystal clear. This is should liven the trout into their feeding mode and they’ll be much more willing to take a fly.
Everyday throughout the last week we have seen buzzers hatching off the water in good numbers, and some anglers have found success fishing black super glues and diawl bachs. Cat boobies have also taken their fair share of fish. I dare say that washing lining a team of buzzers with a booby on the point will be featuring in the reports very soon.
I will be stocking the reservoir again tomorrow. Tight Lines Ben


This week on Clywedog

2018  SEASON March 8th - 30th Nov

Clywedog Fly Fishing Permit

Full Season £280
Full Season OAP £260
Full Season Junior 12/16 £50
Full Day Permit £21
Full Day OAP/Junior £20



Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly Rod Average; 4.7

Weekly report ending 11th March 2018
Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 83     Number Trout Taken:182   Number Trout Released: 231 Total Catch: 413
Weekly Rod Average; 4.7
Opening day dawned on the 10th March to a very wet morning from the torrential rain received during the night. The far end of the reservoir the reservoir was already carrying some colour from the swollen Eye Brook flowing into the reservoir, there was that much water with the reservoirs level rose 10inch during the day!
Bank anglers fishing from Pollards Jump down past Robbo cabin reported a good number of overwintered brown to 4lb. As the Eyebrook has a wild population of breeding all browns must be returned.
A good number of bank anglers fished the Hawthorns down to mucky bay with the hawthorns producing in the morning & mucky bay fishing well in the afternoon.
Opening day & as you would expect lures such as cat’s whisker, dancer, orange lures & blobs caught the majority although a few anglers who fished buzzer patterns were rewarded with Roy Swinfield fishing small buzzer patterns off pollards jump catching 10 trout.

More Here

Draycote Water

week ending 11th March Rod Average: 6.3

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 11th March 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A very different week, from the previous with the artic like temperatures giving way too much milder wet conditions typical of March. As a result, this has seen the fishing improve across the lake with the fish much more active. With the milder temperatures making it more pleasant for the anglers to spend a day fishing for them. Overall this week a total of 209 anglers visited catching a total of 1315 fish for a weekly rod average of 6.3.
After the cold weekend the 11°C temperatures of Monday felt positively tropical. Several anglers took to the water making the most of the sudden increase of temperature hoping it would liven the fish up. With the water temperature only being 3°C the hotspot was Toft shallows as it warmed up quickly in the edges. On the bank R Smith landed 14 from the Swans nest on a black and green fritz. Season ticket holder Mike Ravenscroft also fished in Toft to land 7 fish. Paul Lloyd fish slightly further down towards the buoys in Toft to land 9 fish on an intermediate and a black booby. Out on the boats Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 33 fish on cormorants on a di 3 sinking line in Toft including a lovely 3lb 8oz blue trout.  Richard Reeve enjoyed great sport landing 23 trout from the bottom end of Toft near the nature reserve buoys on a cat’s whisker on a floating line.

More Here.

 Dates for your diary

 We will also be taking bookings for our popular RIO SAGE day hosted at Draycote on May 6th with Simon Gawesworth of Rio & Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to take you through the full range of Trout, Salmon & Saltwater rods & lines pre- booking essential details on www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk RIO & SAGE DAY PAGE.



Weekly rod average is 10.6

Foremark weekly report week ending 11th March 2018

Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Following the demise of the beast from the east and storm Emma, Foremark finally opened its doors at 7.30am last Tuesday and anglers were catching fish from the first cast of the new season. The bank anglers caught well from in front of the lodge to Hutt point with double figure bags common. Black and green and green and white were the most successful flies, fished mid water on either midge tips or intermediate or slow sinkers. The boats fared equally well, fishing approximately 50 yards from the shore in sailing club bay and Flamingo bay although fish were caught down Carvers Arm. In all 47 rods recorded 548 fish for a Rod Average of 11.6
Wednesday and Thursday fished even better with the 18 anglers who fished on Wednesday recording over 300 fish for a staggering rod average of over 17, whilst on Thursday, the anglers netted just under 300 fish for a rod average of just under 17. Sport continued to be excellent although slightly more difficult on Friday and Saturday with the rod average dropping to a still very respectable 7.6 on Friday and 8.4 on Saturday.
Sunday saw an excellent turnout with 32 rods fishing in conditions that deteriorated during the day with a cold blustery easterly affecting the fishery. The rod average was still over 8 although it was noticed that the fish were beginning to shoal up in large pods. Flamingo Bay was the best area with the boats out fishing the bank anglers probably due to the easterly wind that blew up in the afternoon.

 Full ReportHere


Rod Average 3.1

Thornton Weekly Report Week ending 12th March

 Tel 01530 230807

We were enjoying another good weeks fishing with the rod average 3.1 with another stocking of River Gwash Trout Farm trout up to 4lb expected to ensure our good sport continue. Indeed member D Slesser recorded one of his best trips ever at Thornton recording over 20 trout.
It unfortunate therefore that the weekends torrential rain combined with snow melt has coloured the reservoir with clarity unlikely to improve much before the weekend.

As always call the lodge for update

Best Area: was the shallows opposite the lodge along the wood past lonesome pine to the tern raft, trout are well spread, but very close to the bank

Best Method: Floating Line, Midge Tip and cats whisker

Rod average 3.1

Opening Times
Main Gate, Lodge & Bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 5.45pm
Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm
Afternoon Boat: 1.00pm – 5.45pm

All anglers offsite by 6.00pm


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 £17.50
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £23.00
8 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £29.00

Our Popular Last 4 hour Permit, fish the evening rise

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £10.00


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?