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Congleton & District Fly Fishers Ltd

Westlow Mere

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Catch Returns Here. Fishing Report Here.

Fishing Matches Here


Weekly Rod Average. not given

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 Mayfly.

Essential Fly; excellent for the Fly Tier or Buyer.


Shipmans Buzzer Black

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl

Bristol Hopper Claret/Pearl

Son Tao ties some fantastic flies Here.

Catskill style March Brown

Son March Brown

"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

“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.

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 Tier of the Month:

Sandy Dickson

Sandy Dickson

Sandy ties some fantastic flies here.

Essential Logo

Barbless Sandys Blank Buster Cruncher Selection.


Click images for larger view of flies.

Barbless Sawyer Chaddy 477 Killer Bug.

Sawyer Chaddy 477 Killer Bug

Sandys Straggle Pheasant Tail.


Sandys; Salmon Fly.

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 click Here.
Wendy Gibson + Team

British Fly Fair International 2017

Buy your tickets online, save money and beat the queues! Buying online save £1 per ticket (one day) and £2 per ticket (two day) and lets you straight in.

Tickets can also be purchased by phoning 01782 388 382

Held in association with Fly Fishing and Fly Tying, Review click Here.

Staffordshire County Showground

ST18 0BD

The dates for next years BFFI
are February 10th and 11th 2018

The UK’s Premier Fly Fishing Show



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


Tel: (01260) 270012
For the Sat Nav
CW12 2JJ

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


Free Web Counter

The Original Westlow Mere Web Site.

"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

Latest Fishing News


Claire Pullinger

24 June at 13:07

A huge thanks to everyone who sponsored and supported yesterday's annual Water Aid Charity Fly Fishing Challenge (23/06/2017) organised by South Staffs Water. A special thanks to those who volunteered to ghillie so that complete novices could enjoy the event too. Great support as always from IWS, Stonbury, M&A Doocey, Gallagher and South Staffs Water saw over £12,000 raised for the Water Aid Charity 💧🐟🐟🐟



Stocks Reservoir.

DATE: Saturday & Sunday 17th& 18th June.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 trout for Ian Gaskell, 8 trout for Darren Booth & Pete Scholes
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 17lbs 12oz Ben Dobson
BEST RNB: 11lbs & 9lbs 7oz for Ben Dobson, 10lbs 1oz Pete Scholes, 9lbs for Nick Donald
BEST BROWN: Several over 2lbs
BANK ROD AV: 2.33 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 3.0 fish per angler.
Sport: This weekend Stocks has hosted the 2 day England eliminator with 16 anglers hoping to qualify for the national final in September at Rutland water with all anglers hoping to finish in the top 5 qualifying places. The cloud cover on Saturday morning was the time to make an impact with the top anglers on this day all taking advantage of this crucial time. Today saw wall to wall sunshine and high temperatures and the anglers who came through today opted for their preferred method and stuck to it. The trout did not want to chase the flies so a slow figure of 8 retrieve or static was the best. As for flies there have been fish caught on dries, nymphs, lures and everything in between. Thanks to all the anglers who continue to support us and see you all again soon. Syotw Paul.
The results after day 1 were
1st Ian Gaskell
2nd Darren Booth
3rd Chris Micallef
4th Derek Moore
5th Ben Dobson
6th Bob Fitzpatrick
7th Lee Cartmell

The final results are as follows:
1st Ian Gaskell: 4 points
2nd Ben Dobson 7 points (pre-qualifier)
3rd Pete Scholes 10 points (pre-qualifier)
4th Bob Fitzpatrick 10 points
5th Derek Moore 11points
6th Lee Cartmell 13points
7th Chris Micallef 15 points


Full Report Here.

Scierra Pairs

The Scierra Pairs carries the highest prize fund in British competition fly-fishing.
It is the competition giving value to everyone, with prizes at every heat in addition to the final.

The format allows a pair of anglers entering to fish in the same boat.  Restrictive rules are kept to a minimum and the competition allows all flies permitted by the fishery.

Heat dates for Scierra Pairs.

Better picture here.










All heats are subject to a minimum of 5 pairs

More info Here.


Rod average  5.67

Claire Pullinger

Here's the full report in summary :
•             Current Rod Average at Blithfield is 5.67
•             Best Areas -   South Lake  Mickledale ; Dougies  ; drifts up to the base of the road causeway ;  Ten Acre Bay  ; Gorse Bushes ;  St. Stephen’s ; Old Man’s ; North Lake  Oak Tree ; Old Road ; Beech Tree Point ; drifts towards The Stones
•             Best Dries - black Shipman's buzzer ; claret Shipman’s buzzer  ; fiery brown hopper ; claret hopper ; Sedgehog ; claret shuttlecock CdC ; red shuttlecock CdC
•             Best Wets/Nymphs -  black buzzer ; olive buzzer ; emerger ; damsel nymph
Blithfield Evening•             Best Lures - black Viva ; Cormorant ; tequila blob ; pink blob
•             Best Fish This Week  - (shared) 3lb  rainbow trout caught by Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler on a claret Bob’s Bits  ; 3lb rainbow trout caught by visiting rod Mr. Paul Davison to  dry fly tactics, both from boats on the South Lake


Full Report Here.

This week on Clywedog

Weekly Stock: 1000 
Total Seasons Stock: 18000
Llyn Clywedog report 22nd June Weekly stock 1000 Season to date 18000 Looks like the cooler weather has come just in time. Us anglers never get it quiet perfect when its cold we want it warmer and when its hot we want it cooler. Well the trout certainly like it cooler. The week started well. last weekend we hosted Llanilar AA for a club match Top Bag was Glyn Jones with 11 fish on dries from the Dead channel best fish went to Michael Davis with a 3lb 8oz rod average for the day 5.3

Full Report Here


Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly Rod Average: 4

Weekly report ending 18th June 2017
Tel: 01536 772930 Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667

A bright and breezy start to the week and Monday saw the boats drifting between Dogwood Bay and Three Trees across the front of the dam. Despite the sunny spells the fish were showing well and the boats soon spread out along the reservoir.Being a westerly wind the lodge bank to the Island fished well with many of the fish caught on dries and emergers.
Bob Fitzpatrick and crew had a great day, 4 anglers between them boating over 100 fish. Bob, who is the inventor of the Yellow Owl CDC, said it was one of the best days he has had. They caught in numerous places including Sams Dyke, Mucky Bay and Dogwood Bay. Most of their fish fell to the deadly Yellow Owl. Horace Wood also did well catching 5 hard fighting fish by midday on Buzzers while drifting across the front of the dam. Steve Benby had 10 fish including a nice brown of 4lbs which he returned, they were all caught on dries. Mike Firth and Arthur Whale started their 5 day trip off well with 5 lovely rainbows all on CDC’s.

Full ReportHere.

Draycote Water

Weekly Rod Average: 3.98

week ending 18th June2017

Brown Trout

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

Telephone Number 01788 812018
A week of two halves regarding the weather, starting with the strong winds that had plagued the lake the previous week. Tuesday then gave way to near perfect conditions with light winds, mixed with cloud. Wednesday also saw favourable conditions although perhaps a little bright at times. Thursday brought the return of the gusty strong winds. However, once this had passed the light winds and sun came to play, giving glorious summer conditions, although not the necessarily the best for fishing. Despite these changeable conditions the 315 anglers caught a total of 1254for a rod average of 3·98. (This represents a considerable improvement on last week’s 2·6).
The windy start to the week saw a lot of the anglers opting to fish the top Draycote Dam Wall, Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay to get out of the strong South Westerly winds. Don Coe and Gordon Byers enjoyed good sport on the first of a three-day package visiting us from the North East. The pair boated 12 fish, drifting from Rainbow Corner out into the deeper water. They fished very different tactics - Don going for a sinking line with snakes while Gordon used dries!Season ticket holders Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell landed 19 fishing in Biggin Bay, they found the fish wanted a washing line with diawl bachs and crunchers teamed with a FAB on the point. Mr W Brown enjoyed good sport using blobs to land 11 fish. Mr Orpin also enjoyed great sport on an afternoon boat landing 9 fish from Rainbow Corner on Buzzers.

Full Report Here.


Weekly rod average is 3.3

Foremark weekly report week ending 18/06/2017
Telephone Number: 01283 703202

Foremark has continued to fish well over the last week despite the bright sunshine on Saturday although Sunday’s weather was a little more challenging. Currently our rod average is 3.3

Water clarity through the week remained very good until today.

This seasons pin fry has now started to grow rapidly and some of the trout are finding them irresistible. Most of the sport this week has been on or near the surface with dry fly’s taking, many of the fish.

With the hotter weather the boils should come into their own fish have been showing between the boils and the dam wall.

Monday Mr S Owen and his boat partner Mr M Cartlidge had a hectic day fishing down Carver’s arm landing 50 fish to the boat on floating lines with boobies and Silver Invicta

By Tuesday the fish turned to damsel’s, buzzers and diawl bach. Season permit holder Mr G Richards fished the banks of sailing club bay to take 5 trout during a morning session while out on the boats Mr K Coley and Mr B Taft had 21 trout.

Wednesday Mr Brownrige took 8 fish to his morning boat on cdc hoppers. Thursday was a little slower but Mr J Bishop fished the bank near the boat pontoon and netted 4 in the afternoon.

Full Report Here.


Overall average for the week was 1.6

Thornton weekly report week ending 19th June 2017
Tel: 01530 230807
70 acre
With the longest day upon us summer has arrived with our water surface temperatures creeping upwards all week.
Monday and Tuesday we were still seeing an evening rise, Clive Holt caught 6 for his evenings visit, Russ Martin caught 3 with Peter Broad fishing a sedge pattern to boat his 4.
Tuesday morning Matt Cairns fished a cdc pattern to catch 4 including a 4lb blue, photo on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore page, Russ Martin and Bob Obrien returned to fish the evening rise boating 8 trout between them.
By Wednesday the water temperature was starting to rise with difficult fishing conditions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with the cooler morning session best. Alex Christodolou caught 4 for his mornings visit, Richard Gibbon went deep to catch his 4 with Mike Cuppit using a medium sinking line with buzzer, diawl bach and a booby to catch his 7 trout
With the warmer conditions over the weekend anglers sensibly opted for a range of sinking lines and fished the cooler morning session. Martin Cay caught 6 for his morning session, Andre Russel, S Frakes and R Dunnett fished from their float tubes catching 14 between, Kev Mailie and P Harris went deep catching 10 trout to 5lb4oz with Mick Huffer catching 6 for his short 3 hour morning session.

Full Report Here.

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

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.

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.

A  beautiful and serene environment for the angler who wants peaceful quiet and productive fishing.
The day ticket offers great value for money, the locals are very friendly and its surrounded by wooded banks, you would think you were in a small Scottish loch not a half mile from the busy market town of Congleton.

Total Flyfisher.

Fishing Report Here.

Weather Here.

New to Fly Fishing

Free Tuition & Loan of Equipment

Free casting lessons from our knowladgeable fly fishermen to get you started.

Free fishing untill you catch your first fish.

Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.




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?