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Bristol Water Reservoirs 2018
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Part of the news afoot :- https://valleyfest.co.uk/scientist-suggests-fish-people-party-at-chew-valley-lake/
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Morning boat on Blagdon yesterday. Far from ideal forecast but McFlys exploits from end of last week coupled with advice from the lodge that fish are still there to be caught at top end and Butcombe decided it for me. As it turned out the conditions were certainly comfortable for the fisherman if not the fish. The NE breeze was very welcome and if anything it was a tad cool out there at times (!).

Started at top end. The water up there on the north side is a lot less weedy than the south. Early on before the breeze picked up it was possible to see the edge of the weedbeds and that was a big help, but that soon got a lot harder. Stayed on the drift with a floater & usual nymphs, alternating something moderately orrible on the point every now & then, but the 3 fish I had all took the green db on the middle fished as near static as I could. Lovely fish too at 2.5, 3.0 & 3.5. Spooning the first revealed it was absolutely stuffed with still wriggling bloodworm. Not a corixa in sight.

After the third at about 11.30 I went off for a tour of the lake. Butcombe is now quite weedy at the top end of the bay. Remarkable numbers of damsel flies - from a distance I could see a blue sheen & wondered what it was. Couldn't get a take on my close copy goldhead version though (!). Similarly no interest in the lumpy water through the aerators or towards the dam despite going down below with nasty stuff. From the fishing point of view I'd have been better staying up top but it was a very pleasant morning & I was well pleased with a brace & a half of good fish.

Only 2 other boats out & no bank anglers. Very well worth a trip chaps, even in these conditions.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad to see forum back. Flyfishing forum deleted thread about Complete Fisher....obviously do not like competition as a lot of good things were said about members on here.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to be back again and hopefully permanent.
Bank fishing is challenging on both lakes but boats have been catching just off the boils on Blagdon this week. Lakes are still being stocked despite the hot weather.There has unfortunately been very little rain in this area unlike elsewhere...it is desperately needed as the survival fish could soon be affected.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprised they haven't imposed a catch and kill policy whilst water temps are high (or perhaps they have). Would suggest fish returned would die in any event if water temps are in the 20's.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good to have the Forum back! Cool

Water temperature at Chew on Tuesday was 21C in the morning rising to 22C by mid afternoon. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 2:45 pm    Post subject: Blagdon 2nd August morning session Reply with quote

Only one other boat out with me today. I guess this was due to a return to non-discounted ticket pricing starting yesterday.

The Dam basin has been fishing pretty well over the past couple of weeks and, after the rain/winds over the weekend, the water temp was back down to close to 20C this morning compared with 23C last week. Viz is currently very good.

Six released at the boat by noon and confident that they were all fit for further service. Five last week and these were also pretty frisky given the higher temp.

The fish were all just below 2 lbs but gave a good account of themselves so I think the oxygen levels are fine for the smaller stamp of fish which are active.
The sonar showed a number of fish skulking down deep but despite periodic efforts I could not crack the code with these (probably) larger fish.

Straight line nymphs off a floater did the business and the fish were moving in the top couple of feet or so when there was cloud cover. Over the past two weeks my most successful flies have been a #14 flashback PTN on the top dropper and a #12 red holo DB on the middle dropper. Recommend trying a few different retrieves to find the right one for the flies and day/hour.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2018 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tempted by the tales of rising fish all across Chew on BW FB I had a morning boat yesterday. Nice conditions initially with cloud cover and big flat calm areas but not a lot of fish moving. Occasional large buzzer coming off and some drowned flying ants from the previous day in the film suggested dries as the obvious choice though & after about 30 mins and a couple of enquiries that came to nowt the first came to the boat, a fin perfect 2.12 on a claret bits taken about 50 yds out from the cages. For the next hour or so there were just enough rising to keep it interesting but I couldn't crack it.

I could see 2 bank anglers on Walley & they were catching regularly so investigation was called for. Sure enough they had a lot of fish in front of them, some rising as if feeding but a lot just jumping & splashing & they were clearly small fish. Couldn't get anything to take a dry though and eventually on went the DBs with immediate success although it was about 1.6 & a bit tatty. Maybe some of the fish that were put in at the pontoons for the open day?

By now the cloud had pretty much gone & the proper rising fish had all but ceased. I had a third about 2lb on a red superglue on the point allowed to sink right down but that was it despite a tour of the lake giving it 10 mins in a lot of areas. Only half a dozen boats out by the time I had to finish about 1.00 and they were all in the Sailing Club/Walley & boils area.

Not a bad morning though. Return cards for the previous day (thursday) confirmed most had fish & one said 8 fish taken & 20 returned so someone had an eventful day. No sign the fish are suffering in the heat - all 3 I had today scrapped very well.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello? Anyone there?

Chew fishing well by all accounts. Evening league av of 7 fish & I had a nice morning boat yesterday on the dries. Not many boats out though, which has to be a worry.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I had an afternoon boat there yesterday, & neither Mike or I could buy a take. The one fish we saw, must have been all of 6" & broke surface aside the boat during mid afternoon. Only saw a couple of other boats out there all the time we were there. We decided to pack in early-ish as we didn't see any of the other boats take anything either, but not always easy to watch them when there was so few of them & we were "trying" to concentrate on our own efforts.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blagdon has fished pretty well for several weeks now, (at the dam end mainly). Yesterdays rod average was over 9. One bag of 13 fish went over 38lb, nearly 3lb average, with several returned. Also limits to claret dries yesterday. Fish up the top end now too.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd heard that Blagdon was fishing well, however getting into a boat over there a.t.m. would be "challenging" to say the least with my leg(s) disabilities

With the water at around 40% off top level the other day, as quoted by John Harris. It look's like we'll need an awful lot of rain before I can fish there again.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Laurence,

Blagdon fishing well for the last few weeks isn’t really coming across in the catch reports. The general message seems to be the fishing is challenging to rock hard with the chance of a fish or two. If they’re coming back on form with the weather easing up, great but folk need to know.

Fishery reports with the enthusiasm of an obituary aren’t going to sell boats. Read some brilliant stuff about Llangdeg in the week so am off there next weekend. If there was similarly exciting stuff about Chew and Blagdon, I would have spent my fishing dollars locally.

Next trip planned at BWF is the hidden pairs on Blagdon. Hopefully the back end will shine, anglers hear about it and spend their money.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm off to Chew shortly for an evening session from the bank with Luke Kozak who used to post as Koz on here but doesn't do social media these days.

He won't mind me reporting that he had a good session off Walley last Tuesday resulting in numerous pulls and takes on dries and DBs although only 2 made it to his net. Some of his lost fish were due to lumps straightening his hooks!!

Hopefully they will be in a similar mood this evening ! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Appleman wrote:
Hi Laurence,

Blagdon fishing well for the last few weeks isn’t really coming across in the catch reports. The general message seems to be the fishing is challenging to rock hard with the chance of a fish or two. If they’re coming back on form with the weather easing up, great but folk need to know.

Fishery reports with the enthusiasm of an obituary aren’t going to sell boats. Read some brilliant stuff about Llangdeg in the week so am off there next weekend. If there was similarly exciting stuff about Chew and Blagdon, I would have spent my fishing dollars locally.

Next trip planned at BWF is the hidden pairs on Blagdon. Hopefully the back end will shine, anglers hear about it and spend their money.



Hi Tim, I don't actually follow Facebook these days, or Twitter etc (or have anything to do wih BWF social media accounts) so not sure what info is put there other than the catch reports on the website. However - comments appreciated.

Without looking at stats, I would say apart from when the water temp was rising at an alarming rate, blagdon dam has been the most consistent spot across all the lakes for a long while.

Now the shallows seem to have cooled, and we have had some heavy rain and good westerly winds the fishing is great. One bank angler had 14 fish in a very recent session, and he was catching the best fish he has had all season, up to 4lb, well mended, full tails. Fish have been stuffed with large Croixia, a few large buzzers and still some damsel nymphs. Some of the smaller stock fish making an appearance too, but good to see the better fish come out of hiding. Fish have been up the top end all summer from people's fish finders readings, they've simply not been actively feeding in the high temps and lower oxygen levels which come with them.

Top boat had 34 fish last week, today one boat with rods bending regularly in wood bay in very shallow water, another morning boat taking their 4 fish limit each today. Bank fishing has been good on the lawns (limit in half an hour for one season ticket holder last week) also rainbow point, and even a couple of anglers infront of the lodge had a few fish on the bank last Monday and again on a return trip later in the week.

It needs to be overcast, if your on the bank as the fish are on top of the thick weed, so washing line tactics best. Or dries also if fishing from a boat.

Forecast looks good this week, although cloud coverage accuracy not great from met office this last week!

I'm going to try and get out this week so will report back if I do.

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