2020 Blagdon Pike Fly Fishing
After the success of our pike fly fishing offerings in season 2018 and 2019 at Blagdon Lake, we are pleased to announce further dates available in season 2020 at this special lake!
Offering 21 days in total, dates will be available in April, May and October 2020.
A total of 5 boats will be available on each day with exception of Thursday 30th April, Wednesday 27th May, Thursday 1st October and Saturday 24th October where an additional Bristol Water Guided boat will be available. Details found below.
Thursday 30th April, Friday 1st May ,Wednesday 13th May, Thursday 14th May, Friday 15th May, Wednesday 20th May, Thursday 21st May, Friday 22nd May, Wednesday 27th May, Thursday 28th May
Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October, Wednesday 7th October, Thursday 8th October, Friday 9th October, Wednesday 14th October, Thursday 15th October, Saturday 24th October, Sunday 25th October, Thursday 29th October.
Why so few tickets?
Blagdon Lake is almost a third of the size of Chew Valley lake, spanning roughly 400 acres in size. Bristol Water feel that significant pressure to the stock found present in the lake would be unsustainable. Every site is different and we recognize that the stock found in the lake may not be as tolerant to pressure seen at our other water, Chew Valley.
Why are you only permitting Fly Fishing for pike? Why is lure fishing and dead bait fishing not permitted?
During October fly fishing for trout will continue to take place from boats at Blagdon Lake. Due to the lakes size Bristol Water Fisheries believe that permitting lure and dead bait fishing at this time may interfere with other customers enjoying fly fishing for trout. Bristol Water also feel that fly fishing for pike, carried out in the correct way, represents a sustainable way of fishing for pike and is in fitting with Blagdon’s worldwide reputation as a premier fly fishing water. In addition dead bait and lure fishing would require consent from Natural England. Bristol Water feel that at this moment in time a request of this nature would not be suitable.
Why not have pike fishing by dead bait and lure later in the year?
Blagdon is an incredibly important SSSI and is home to an array of rare plant and bird species. Protected unimproved meadows and grassland around this site host some of the rarest plant species in the country. Blagdon also hosts some of the rarest bird species found in the UK. Migrant and overwintering birds use this site regularly and as site owners, we have a legal obligation to protect these species.
Blagdon differs from Chew Valley in that whilst they are both vital habitats for overwintering birds, activities at Blagdon cause relatively a much higher level of harmful disturbance due to the narrow topography of the waterway and its margins. It is crucial that Bristol Water protect key habitat for national migratory wildlife corridors and for biodiversity in general.
Allowing dead bait and lure fishing to commence during the trout fishing season would require additional assent by Natural England and we feel that this could compromise our relationship with this important stakeholder. Requesting permission for pike fishing outside of the trout season is not something Bristol Water Fisheries would be prepared to do at present.
For these reasons and in line with our obligations with Natural England, we are unable to permit boat fishing later in the year.
How much are tickets going to cost?
All boats will be priced at £425.00 (inc vat) each with the exception of our guided boats. This would permit two anglers to fly fish for pike from a boat for one day.
Why are ticket prices so high?
Bristol Water believes pike fishing at Blagdon lake will be considered as a premium product. Previous surveys carried out by our team have indicated that there are some particularly special pike found in the lake.
I am a predator season ticket holder at Chew Valley lake, can I use one of my pike fly fishing days?
No, Predator season tickets only permit fly fishing for pike at Chew Valley Lake.
How will tickets be sold?
Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket should contact us via our contact form found HERE or directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails must be titled BLAGDON PIKE. You will be required to supply your NAME, FULL ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS and CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER.
When do I need to apply by and when will the draw take place?
All customers interested in applying for tickets at Blagdon in season 2020 must enter by Sunday 16th February 2020. Our team will use a computer generated number randomizer to obtain an order for which names will be called to book. We will start calling customers as of Wednesday 26th February 2020 to get booked in.
Successful entrants will be required to pay for their draw dates in full within 48 hours of being called.
Full terms and conditions can be found HERE
Are anglers permitted to swap dates with other successful entrants?
YES! Bristol Water will permit anglers to swap purchased tickets with other SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS provided Bristol Water fisheries are informed of this change within 72 hours of the date they are due to fish. Tickets cannot be purchased via proxy and the named permit holder must fish on the dates they have booked. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a ban from fishing at our waters.
I am entering the draw for a full boat. Does this mean I can bring someone with me to fish with?
Yes, you are entering and paying for a full day’s boat fishing. Bristol Water permit you to bring a fishing partner on any ticket you are successful in purchasing.
Can I bring my own net, mat, anchor and drogue to the water?
No. Bristol Water will provide all of these items for the pike fishing activity for bio security and pike welfare reasons. Bio-security helps prevent the spread of non-native species and diseases. For more information please take a look at the NNSS website found HERE.
For more information on pike welfare please take a look HERE
How are you ensuring pike welfare? What if an inexperienced angler gets a ticket?
Bristol Water Fisheries take pike welfare seriously. Our lakeside team will be patrolling the lake during this set of trials and we encourage anglers to report any poor handling of fish to Bristol Water Fisheries. Successful applicants are expected to have, at minimum, a basic understanding of fish handling and fish welfare before heading out on the water.
What are the rules?
A special set of rules have been produced for this site. These include:
- A minimum of 40lb wire must be used for all traces. Heavy mono is not permitted to be used as a trace material. Traces must be a minimum of 12 inches in length.
- Angler’s fly fishing for pike at Blagdon Lake must use nets, mats, anchors and drogues provided by Bristol Water. Anglers are not permitted to bring to the water any of these items. Anglers are requested to bring suitable unhooking tools to return fish.
- Only fly-fishing is permitted. Only one rod may be in use at any time. Rods must not be left unattended while fishing. The possession and/or use of bait of any kind, spinning, trolling and trailing are prohibited
- Flies over 5 grams in weight are not permitted at Blagdon Lake.
Full details on the rules for pike fly fishing at Blagdon Lake can be found HERE.
What about the BW guided days, what information can you give on them?
Bristol Water Guided pike fly fishing days are available with our resident guide, John Horsey
Bristol Water guided days with John Horsey: HERE
All guided days will be priced at £825.00 per boat and will be sold on a first come first served basis. They entitle a maximum of 2 anglers to join a boat with John Horsey.
Bookings can be made by calling 01275 332339. Payment for guided days is required at time of booking.