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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:04 am    Post subject: Bristol Water Reservoirs 2019 Reply with quote

Well that's 2018 over so it's time to renew the main Bristol Waters Reservoirs thread for 2019! Very Happy

Last summer was the warmest for a number of years which is never good news for trout fishing, although the fishing was excellent during the Spring and towards the back end. Let's hope we have a more traditional summer this year! On the management side of things, the decision by Bristol Water to restore the Fisheries and Recreations manager role and appoint someone with both an angling and a fishery Ranger background was a popular decision which has led to some welcome changes being introduced or trialed this year. These include a reduced season ticket option in return for a lower fish allowance and a trial Catch and Release ticket on Chew. More details can be found by following the links below or by contacting Woodford Lodge.

Plans to improve participation have also been put in place which will include Family Fishing Days, Coaching opportunities and Mentoring support to provide a seamless pathway from beginner to fee paying customer. Full details can be found here

As usual you will find links below that should tell you all you need to know about the coming season on the lakes, although if I've missed anything let me know so I can add them below. Very Happy


The Bristol Water Fisheries website : the official voice of Bristol Water Fisheries ...
http://www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/

The Bristol Water Fisheries Facebook page : For the latest news and comments from the fisheries team...
https://www.facebook.com/BristolWaterFisheries/?fref=ts

Reservoir season dates

Tanks season ticket day
Tuesday 26th February 2019
Tanks opening day
Thursday 28th February 2019

Chew season ticket day
Tuesday 5th March 2019
Chew Opening day
Thursday 7th March 2019

Blagdon season ticket day
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Blagdon Opening Day
Thursday 14th March

Boat fishing ends at Blagdon on Tuesday 31st October and at Chew on Sunday 4th November
All lakes close on 30th November 2019

Ticket prices here

Beginners guides to fishing Chew and Blagdon
Good advice on how to get the best from the lakes for both newbies ... and us 'not so newbies'!!
New additions include helpful advice on dry fly and fishing the 'washing line' on reservoirs from John Horsey. I've also added some footage of some truly massive double figure Brownies caught from Chew during the pike trails on deadbait. There are some monsters in there if you can catch them! Cool

Chew Valley Lake


Blagdon Lake


Excellent advice for boat and bank anglers fishing Blagdon and Chew. Blagdon first then Chew starts at 32.40


Dry fly advice from John Horsey ...


Tips for fishing the 'washing line' from John Horsey ...


Mike Hobbs fishes Blagdon Part 1 ...


Mike Hobbs fishes Blagdon part 2


Fly fishing for trout on Blagdon with Simon Kidd


Some lovely Browns here from Chew!

Useful local websites ...

This is the stamp of Brownie caught by the pike boys on bait. Shock Will some of these come out this season on the fly? We can only hope! Laughing


I've also included the usual links to local businesses and organisations that will be of interest to anyone who fishes the lakes. If I have missed any or if the links are out of date, let me know and I'll amend the list accordingly

Blagdon Lake : archived information about Blagdon
http://blagdonlake.wordpress.com/

Bristol Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild : Learn how to tie your own flies in the company of like minded fly fishers/fly tiers. All levels of flytier welcome.
For more details please contact arkle (John Horsfall) by PM (personal message) via this forum.

Chew Valley Lake weather: Regular updates from the Chew Valley Sailing Club weather station ....
http://www.chewvalleysailing.org.uk/sailing-racing/current-weather ...

5 day weather forecast for the Chew Valley area from the BBC

10 day wind forecasts for Chew Valley Lake from Wind Guru

Bristol Reservoirs Fly Fishers Association website : one of the longest established and most popular fly fishing clubs in the country. Check the site for updates on discussions with Bristol Water and much more. If you are not already a member, please consider joining. Membership £10, concessions £5, juniors free.
http://www.brffa.com/

Bristol Reservoirs Fly Fishers Association : Facebook page : for details of fly tying evenings, tackle auctions, competition results and much more
https://www.facebook.com/BRFFA

John Horsey's blog for regular updates from one of the resident guides ...
http://www.johnhorsey.co.uk/blog

Or you can follow John on Twitter .. https://twitter.com/johnhorsey

Martin Cottis' website: the other resident guides website
http://www.troutguide.co.uk/

Regular fishing reports for Orvis by Martin Cottis from Chew Valley Lake and Blagdon Lake

Completefisher Forum Facebook
Many of you will know that Completefisher now has a complementary group on Facebook for those who prefer to consume their social media this way. https://www.facebook.com/groups/completefisher/
Facebook has the advantage of allowing content including video clips to be uploaded quickly and easily in 'real time' although I personally find that contributions can quickly get buried and lost under newer content. If you prefer to post fishing reports from the Bristol reservoirs on facebook, then please remember to copy them on this thread as well so that those who do not use Facebook can read them too! Smile

Wishing everyone 'tight lines' in 2019! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excellent as always Alan.
I had not viewed the John horsey films. Interesting to watch him pull the boobys on the washing line set up after casting making the plop sound, something I’ve always avoided thinking it would spook fish Rolling Eyes
Here’s wishing everyone tight lines in 2019.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Excellent as always Alan.
I had not viewed the John horsey films. Interesting to watch him pull the boobys on the washing line set up after casting making the plop sound, something I’ve always avoided thinking it would spook fish Rolling Eyes
Here’s wishing everyone tight lines in 2019.

Cheers mike


I've not seen the vid, but right up to the back end of the season at Blagdon Mr Horsey was using a sparkler (very important) booby on the point and nymphs on the droppers and was heavily emphasising the sharp pull to draw fish up to the booby or nymphs as many were feeding on corixa which need to come up for air at the surface.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2019 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alan Cool.Happy new year one and all :)Hope to fish and see a few more of you guys in the coming season.Steve Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alan - I really must re-watch some of those videos!

I wish someone would do one on 'Catching consistently on the Tanks' - I had too many blanks last year! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm surprised no one has commented on the Monster Brownie vid. Shock

I think it might be worth spending a little time targeting some of those next season as you will only need to get lucky once for a fish of a lifetime! Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I'm surprised no one has commented on the Monster Brownie vid. Shock


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Shocking fish handling in my opinion. Fingers in the gills and out the water for ages Sad Sad


....also I'm really jealous.
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Many congratulations to Forum contributor Noob for his winning entry in the BW Short Stories competition. Cool

https://www.facebook.com/BristolWaterFisheries/posts/2069444576506287

Well done Ben! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news, Ben.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know a few of the contributors on here enjoy a bit of pike fishing.

Seems the eBay auctions aren’t quite as red hot as they once were so some bargains here atm!

https://www.m.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?sid=fisheries4bw&isRefine=true&_pgn=1

Even I’ve thrown my hat in the ring at these prices 😜
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I too will be very interested to see what the winning bids are. My guess is that they will average out at not much more than face value but we will see. Very Happy

Best of luck, Tim! Laughing

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I’ve been outbid.... 😳

Will keep an eye on the one day I’m after....Might have a rush of blood before the auction closes.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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My guess is that they will average out at not much more than face value but we will see. Very Happy


Auction is over and the 6 lots went for a total of £1,065.01 which was not quite 24% above face value. Top bid for 2 x bank tickets was £180.01 and the highest for a boat was £200.

Although less than last year it was a bit more than I expected and I'm sure BWF will be happy with the outcome. Smile

Did you put in a late bid, Tim?

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2019 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope....I bailed at £87.00

I’m not a serious enough buyer to be paying £150+ on Pike fishing Alan.

Late on in the auction it was looking cheap enough to have a punt.
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Pics posted on John Horseys FB suggest that the water level on Chew still has a few feet to go before it is going over the spillway at the dam. Last year at the end of January it was around an inch below top level.

Lets hope for a nice wet February! Laughing

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