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Blagdon Lake One Day Social - Sunday 29th April 2018
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 7:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a great day, guys.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a great day. I reviewed the contents of my fly box and decided that my collection of DHE, f flies and jig nymphs would not be much use.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Blagdon Social today was attended by Steve (Blondie), Tom (Thomas Thom Thomas), Ian (Bovver), Ben (Noob), Peter (Fryfishing) and myself which was a good turnout considering the unseasonally cold weather. This is my recollection of the day and I hope the other attendees will add their thoughts too. Very Happy

I arrived at 7am and was joined at the Owl Box by Steve and Ian and despite the cold weather the conditions weren't too bad with an overcast sky the wind coming from behind and towards the dam. Initially I was confident we would catch something but with the ripple starting at 10 metres or so and tap water clarity closer in our spirits soon started to flag. Ian and I tried the north bank area for a while where I had no joy but Ian lost a fish so when the request came in for bacon sarnies I was more then ready to get the stove going ... Very Happy



L to Right - Tom, Steve and Ian (Ben was still fishing and Peter hadnt arrived yet)


Tom reported that he lost a fish at the net first thing but by now we were all coming to the conclusion that a move to Chew would make more sense and so Ben and Tom made the first move with Peter and I following soon after. Peter and I decided to try Woodford bank where we found a couple of anglers fishing including Tom. One of the other anglers showed me a fish that looked every bit the 5lb he claimed it was and said they were getting the occasional pull on Buzzers. I saw Tom lose a fish before he moved off and Peter almost went one better when he lost a really good fish soon after hooking it, but in truth the going was rather slow.

Then came our salvation! Cool

Ben phoned to say he was on the North Shore where he had just started to turn missed pulls into fish so Peter and I didn't need a second invitation to join him. When we arrived we found Tom there too but other than that we had the North Shore to ourselves so to me it started to feel like a proper Social! Smile

Ben reported that he had caught 5 on nymphs and not long after he lost another fish. Ian quickly joined us and Peter and Tom were soon into fish themselves but I couldn't touch them straight line nymphing until I put a Blob with yellow foam eyes on the point to act as a washing line. Soon after I had my first pull but it wasn't my carefully tied Crunchers and DBs they wanted. Oh no! It was the Blob with the yellow foam eyes on the point but after 8 hours fishing without a single pull I certainly wasn't about to complain! Laughing

In the last couple of hours we netted 16 fish between us which certainly made up for the earlier disaster at Blagdon. Special thanks to Ben (Noob) for finding the fish and then sharing the location with the rest of us so we could all share his good fortune. Top man! Cool

It was really good to meet up with everyone and put names to faces. What could have been a disaster turned out to be the most productive Social we have ever had on the Bristol reservoirs , but only after we changed venue. We'll have to do it again sometime ... but when its a bit warmer! Laughing

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Teriffic report, Alan - as usual & well done everyone.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great to see everything turned out OK for you guys Cool
Hope to catch up again soon Very Happy Regards Steve Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 6:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks go to this fella for arranging the social, cooking delicious bacon rolls and promising to teach me how to fish with blobs! Well played, Alan.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done and thanks for the posts - apologies for not making it but family duties prevailed. Not many boats in picture?

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for arranging this one Alan. Really enjoyed fishing in company. We should do this more often!

It was definitely the right way round with the hard work at the start and the fish at the end. The North Shore session was great, at one point there was a slow-mo Mexican wave of rods as the pod moved along the shore and we all hooked up in sequence.

Until the next time...
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes a BIG THANK YOU to Alan for organising the day and cooking a Bacon Sandwiches as well..
I caught my first ever trout bank fishing at Chew and my waders did not leak so a win win for me.
Green DB's and buzzers seemed to be the flies that bought results for me on the day.
It was good to meet everyone on the day.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pleasure guys, and thanks for attending. Very Happy

Out of the two main reservoirs, Blagdon makes the most sense for a Social as you have plenty of room on Green Lawn if the wind is mainly in the South or West and North Shore if the wind is in the North or East. Chew is more restricted for bank space with Woodford, Oak Trees and North Shore being the best bet if we get more than a few who want to fish. The Tanks are the other option as there wouldn't be any problem with bank space there!

Perhaps next time we could just have a 'Bristol Reservoirs Social' and agree the final location a day or two before according to the latest fishing reports and weather forecast?

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 5:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tenet wrote:
. Not many boats in picture?


There were a few boats up behind Denny including Mr Horsey.

Peter and I fished the same area on Monday but unfortunately it seems that most of the fish still had toothache from the day before! Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is your man in action, poised like a heron waiting for a passing fish Very Happy

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Its a great spot in the autumn for fry feeders Peter,
but not as productive at this time, of year! Laughing

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