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PostPosted: Tue Dec 31, 2019 11:26 pm    Post subject: Bristol Water Reservoirs 2020 Reply with quote

Well that was more like it! Everyone I have spoken to have told me they had a very good trout season last year on the Bristol reservoirs which was fantastic news. While of course the weather played a part, I believe a huge amount of credit should go to John Harris, Alan Dymock and the Ranger team at Bristol Water Fisheries who after a period of uncertainty have steadied the ship and got it moving in the right direction again.

As well as the improved quality and numbers of fish caught, it was also great to see a number of double figure Rainbows reappear last season in Chew to complement the huge Brownies that show up in the autumn and winter months. This was a very welcome development and one that I hope will continue. Very Happy

Last season saw suggestions from angling customers trialed including the C&R ticket at Chew and 'lower limit/lower cost' season permits. Both have been continued this year along with some new 'Back drifting and Rudder' trials. John is not one to let the grass grow under his feet so keep an eye on the website and Facebook page for details of this and further innovations. Wink

Plans to encourage and support angling on the lakes are in place again this season through the 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 . Please support these initiatives as the future depends on new anglers coming into our sport.

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 25th February 2019
Tanks opening day
Thursday 27th February 2019

Chew season ticket day
Tuesday 3rd March 2019
Chew Opening day
Thursday 5th March 2019

Blagdon season ticket day
Tuesday 10th March 2019
Blagdon Opening Day
Thursday 12th March

All lakes close on 30th November 2019

Season, Boat and Day 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 'not so newbies'!!
Check out the helpful advice on dry fly and fishing the 'washing line' on reservoirs from John Horsey and 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!



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


Useful local websites ...
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'. 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 2020! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:58 pm    Post subject: New Season Ticket 2020 Reply with quote

Agree with all the previous positive comments about last Season. Although I was unable to fish much during the second half my first half (20 sessions) were certainly the best I have enjoyed for almost twenty years.

I had stopped buying a Season Ticket a few years ago and just fished from the boats but, as a gesture of positive support for BWF, I have now returned to the fray with an All Waters ticket for 2020.

My most successful fly at Blagdon was a #12 Black DB rather than a size #14 which had worked best for me in every previous season.

Tight lines to all for 2020 and if you see the red hat lurching along the bank please say Hello! I hope to have a mix of short morning bank and boat sessions this year.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see you have resurface Mc07fly.
Happy new year.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 05, 2020 9:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fryfishing wrote:
Glad to see you have resurface Mc07fly


Me too! Cool

I enjoyed my boat fishing fishing with partners last time but not so much fishing solo as unless I anchored up, I seemed to spend more time messing about with the boat than fishing effectively Sad

Therefore I plan to do more bank fishing next season which coupled with my advancing years makes a concessionary season ticket a viable option this time Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 11:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only positive from this incessant rain is that Chew is getting a good flush. John Horsey has put up some great pictures on his FB page.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That it certainly is, Doug! I'm just hoping that the fish cages are holding up during the recent storms. Hopefully the last one has blown through for now and we can look forward to a settled week.

Normally at this time of year I'm on the Levels after Pike but with the water level currently bank high, I haven't really had a chance. Sad

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 17, 2020 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

With no fishing I have even been tempted to have a go at cod fishing in the Bristol channel! The charter boats have had some big uns this year. Shock
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Good to see that BWF is continuing to consult with its customers in an effort to improve their offer. This time they are asking for feedback on the Evening League with a comprehensive online survey that can be found here

Although I found that I prefer fishing matches from the bank, I certainly gained a lot from fishing the Evening League a few seasons ago. I therefore thoroughly recommend it to anyone who would like to try match fishing or who simply wants to gain more skills

Entry is £10 and at £25 per heat with a meal afterwards it is a real bargain! Very Happy


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