Signs of some algae starting to show in the lakes with this spike in warmer weather. At Chew, clumps of old decaying weed have popped up although this doesn’t seem to have affected the fishing. The fishing is still great!
It’s been great to see anglers enjoying the fine bank holiday weekend and whereas we would normally despise the hot, bright conditions the fishing continues to be excellent.
Blagdon got a bit of a hammering towards the end of last week and into the weekend with an Team England qualifier taking place on the weekend. A respectable rod average of over 4 just goes to demonstrate how well the lake has been fishing despite significant angling pressure of late. Fresh stockings of fish will be going into Blagdon this week with fresh fish going into Chew next week after the series of competitions on this coming weekend.
Water temperatures are steadily increasing fluctuating around 11.5-12C over the last week. The aerators have been turned on at Chew and dissolved oxygen levels on all of our waters are great.
A couple big comps this weekend with a heat for the Anglers World Fly Fishing championships and a B.R.F.F.A run Veal’s Spring competition taking place on Chew Valley.
The first Blagdon heat of our Evening league is also taking place tomorrow, if you’re interested in taking part please drop us a call on 01275 332339, we will be happy to put you into contact with the organisers.
Despite the warmer weather we’ve not seen much action up on top. The days have been bright and most of the fish on our waters seem to be holding quite deep down. That being said we understand some of our famous barrow bullets have been popping their heads up on the tanks so an early morning or late evening session may well be worth a try if you fancy your dry fly fishing.
The lakes continue to produce some monster trout with no less that two fish over 12lb being recorded this bank holiday weekend. Pictures found below. Plenty of 4lb+ fish are being caught although they aren’t quite as numerous as a few weeks ago.
The weathers looking a little iffy as we head into the latter part of the week. We will be keeping an eye on it and will notify customers of any possible cancellations.
Chew Valley- Res level 97% full
Stocking to Date: 14,130
Average Weight: 2lb 15oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 12lb 7oz
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 9lb
All of the banks are producing although Woodford bank has been favoured by many. Make sure you get here early as the bank has been packed recently with late arrivals struggling to get any bank space in this area.
The north shore and Walley bank have also been good now that the easterly winds have passed. Tactics are much the same all around the lake with many now favouring intermediate or sunken lines to get that little bit of extra distance. Next to no wind and clear water has meant that those anglers able to cast a little further have done slightly better than those anglers who may struggle a little getting a full line out. Utilising a heavier weight line or sinking line often helps a little with distance.
Try a hot head damsel or similar on the point teamed with some nymphs on the droppers. Alternatively some blobs or snakes fished a bit faster on a faster sinking line will also work.
Just like the bank angling, Woodford bank has been favoured by many. Making sure you are at least 50m out from bank anglers try long drifts all the way into the mouth of Villice bay. The area around the cages is also worth a go with Mr Ellis finding a cracking 9lb brown trout in this area just a few days ago.
For those who like to have an explore, have a look in the Stratford area. Please be mindful of the no fishing area and try to keep disturbance to wildlife at a minimum. It often helps to motor slowly into areas, particularly those that are shallow. Motoring slowly means you do not disturb your intended quarry which can drastically help catch rates. Try more imitative patterns in this area as there is the good chance of hooking into a grown on resident fish like Mr Winstone did on Saturday. A fine 12lb 4oz rainbow took a liking to nymphs fished slowly on a floating line.
Herons Green is still holding fish, especially in the far end of the bay up near the ‘boot’. Try a di5 or similar with a couple blobs or FAB’s in this area.
For those who struggle to fish nymph and buzzers super slow try a sight bob or indicator to fish the flies static when fishing a floating line. On hot days, casting consistently can be tiring and sometimes the fish will be a little finicky. Fishing an indicator and watching for bites rather than feeling for them can be a productive method.
The bright sun and flat conditions haven’t made pike fly fishing easy recently although increasingly we are hearing of reports following flies and better numbers of fish being caught. No monsters this week but fish are starting to move out of the margins and into the deeper water. Noticeably a few marked trout this week indicating fish are starting to feed rather than concentrating on spawning. Keep plugging away in the open water for that chance of a big fish. The bays of Herons Green and Villice bay should be worth a try.
Blagdon - Res level 97% full
Stocking to Date: 8,074
Average Weight: 2lb
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 7lb
Biggest recorded Brown (this period): 4lb 3oz
A challenging week for bank anglers at Blagdon although there have been some good returns fishing from the Green Lawn area and back into Home bay. Red diawl bach’s are accounting for a good number of fish although damsels are also being favoured by many too. Those anglers exploring other areas have picked up fish from Wood Bay, Rainbow point and Butcombe although sport has been a bit patchy. Fresh stockings of fish this week should improve sport for both bank and boat anglers.
Boat areas:As mentioned earlier in the update, a big competition at Blagdon this weekend. Under the conditions and significant pressure from boat anglers recently the result was very respectable with a good rod average of 4.3pp on competition day. Most boat anglers have favoured Butcombe, Cheddar Water and Home bay as the fishing at the Top End of the lake has become a little challenging recently.
A real mix of methods but many still favouring floating or midge tip lines with the usual diawl bach variations and a blob or fab as a point fly. Many anglers have chosen to fish the bung method during this hot spell as the fish have wanted it static.
Barrow Tanks- Res levels 85% full
Stocking to Date: 6,127
Average Weight: 1lb 8oz
Biggest recorded Rainbow (this period): 3lb
Biggest recorded Brown(this period): 91lb 4oz
Bank fishing only:
It’s nice to hear consistent positive reports from Barrows with tank 2 still producing the goods for many visiting anglers. A few reports of rising fish creeping in which is fantastic to hear. The roads bank and Bristol corner of Number 2 has been favoured by many. Buzzers fished almost static from a floating line are working well. Try a big red buzzer or bloodworm pattern on the point, the Fulling Mill ‘Grey boy’ pattern is a great one to try.
Don’t dismiss dries if offered the opportunity. Even fishing with something line a foam daddy or suspender hopper on the point when fishing nymphs and buzzers on the droppers can help to cover a fish and keep your flies in the right water column quickly and effectively.
For up to date info on Litton please give our office a call on 01275 332339. Limited numbers of anglers visiting recently. Only the bottom lake available at present.