Blithfield Anglers
Angling Report

Angling Report

Angling Report

The latest news from the boats and banks

Report for week ending: 7th July, 2024
Rod average : 2.57
Best fish : 4lb 4oz rainbow
Caught by : Mr. D. Dodd
From : Soth Lake, boat
Fly used : ginger hopper
Best Dry Flies : orange hopper ; orange Shipman’s buzzer ; orange foam body Daddy Longlegs ; ginger hopper ; Soldier Palmer (fished as a dry fly)
Best Wet Flies/Nymphs : Pearly Diawl Bach ; hot head Diawl Bach ; teal,blue & silver ; Butcher ; Pearly PTN
Best Lures : orange Classic FM ; white mini minkie ; blue flash damsel ; orange blob ; tequila blob ; pinfry
Best Areas : Gorse Bushes ; Mickledale Bay ; Old Man’s ; Boathouse Bay ; Ten Acre Bay ; St. Stephens Bay ; Dougies

Summary Report

Forthcoming Open Day news …

A week of mostly settled weather produced some good returns this week, although strong winds on Thursday curtailed sport considerably with no boats allowed out for a time.  Bank anglers are still enjoying plenty of action due to the higher-than-average water levels and the abundance of trout chasing fry into the margins. Out on the boats there have been some solid returns from anglers using dry flies, with orange and ginger again proving to be dominant colours amongst the various patterns employed.

On calmer days we saw plenty of trout rising to sip at the top during their rare breaks from the pinfry with early morning and also evenings being excellent times to witness them.

Moody skies between the showers at Blithfield.
Photo courtesy of D. Naylor

On Sunday 21st July we will once again be hosting one of our popular ‘Open Days’ at the Boat House. The event will run from 10am until 4pm and will feature casting demonstrations and advice from AAPGAI (Master)Karl Humphries MBE, fly tying demonstrations and advice with members of the Potteries Fly-Tying Club, fly tying materials from renowned supplier Cookshill Fly Tying, demonstrations and tackle for sale from Cadence Tackle, Smart Pre-loved tackle for sale and a bring n’ buy sale for unwanted items of fishing tackle. On top of this we will be open for fishing as usual so why not come along, brush up some skills and grab a bargain while you’re here?

Creditable returns this week include on Monday 1st for Season Permit holder Mr. Paul Walker, who fished during the evening and returned 7 fish from the banks. On the 2nd visiting rod Mr. D. Dodd fished from a boat and also recorded 7 fish with the best being a 4lb 4ozs rainbow caught on a ginger hopper. The following day visiting rods Messrs. Blackshaw and Eville tempted the fish off the pinfry and returned 10 to their boat on a difficult day for sport. Thursday 4th turned out to be exceptionally windy and many anglers found it to be a challenge when casting, even with the wind behind their backs. Normal service resumed on 5th with much calmer conditions where Season Permit holder Mr. John Jones returned 5 fish in just a few hours during the morning ; visiting rods Mr. Nigel Nixon and Mr. Lester Booth set out on a boat and, using orange and ginger dry flies, recorded a total of 9 fish between them

A quick reminder on the importance of completing and submitting a catch return before you leave the fishery. The catch returns help to compile a lot of information about the fishery and act as a guide to our stocking policy. This in turn influences our prices to anglers. It is a RULE of the fishery that returns are fully completed and submitted at the end of your session which includes writing your name, Permit number and the date on the return. Day ticket anglers are required to complete the form on the reverse of their permit. All fish must be recorded whether killed or released and if an angler catches nothing then a ‘nil’ return must be submitted.

Please remember that there is a speed limit on the access road and across the Dam – the limit is 15mph. The reservoir is an operational site and the speed limit must be adhered to.

Don’t forget to enter our monthly prize draw to win a 4 hour boat ticket or a 4 hour permit – simply submit your return after fishing to be entered into the draw (don’t forget to include a ‘phone number when buying day tickets). The next draw takes place on 31st July. Good luck! 

We are continuing our Loyalty scheme in 2024 so don’t forget to pick up a card and start collecting the stamps each time you pay for a boat or a permit (1 stamp per visit). Once you have collected 5 stamps you can choose from either a free 4 hour permit or a free 4 hour boat.

For the latest information on conditions and tracks please ring the Duty Bailiffs on 07974 263338.

We look forward to seeing you soon…

The rod average is 2.57