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Bristol Water Reservoirs - 2013
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:32 pm    Post subject: Bristol Water Reservoirs - 2013 Reply with quote

Well last years thread seems to have fizzled out so I thought it might be helpful to start a new Bristol Water thread for 2013 with information regarding opening days and prices. Please note the details below are the main headlines only and the official list of fishing costs and all information regarding fishing on the Bristol Water reservoirs can be found on the Bristol Water website here ...

http://www.bristol-water.co.uk/fishing/showNews.asp?newsID=1055

and on their Facebook page here .... https://www.facebook.com/BristolWaterFisheries

This season the reservoirs will open on a Saturday rather than the customary weekday. Not sure if this will mean more crowded banks but time will tell. The special season ticket holders day will be held a day or two earlier as usual : Friday 1st March (Barrows) Thursday 14th March (Blagdon) and Thursday 21st March (Chew).

Next year will see an inevitable price increase but it is worth remembering that our fishing will still cost less in 2013 than comparable trout fishing reservoirs in many parts of the country were charging during 2012.

Bristol Reservoirs 2013 season ( Last seasons prices are in brackets)


Opening days
Barrows 1 & 2 : Saturday 2nd March (note that Barrows No.3 is closed again but expected to open in May 2013)
Blagdon : Saturday 16th March
Chew : Saturday 23rd March

Closing date - all waters : 30th November

2012 Season Permits :

Full Blagdon / 'All Waters' : £770 (£700.00),
Monday - Friday : £ 595 (£540)
Concession (Mon -Fri) £530 (:480)

Chew & Barrows : £625 (£570)
Monday - Friday: £490 (£445)
Concession (Mon -Fri) : £ 430 (£390)

Barrows 1 & 2 : £480 (£435)
Monday - Friday: £380 (£345)
Concession (Mon -Fri) : £340 (£310)

Weekend and Bank Holiday season permit: All Waters : £300 (£275)

2012 Boat prices (per rod)

Chew Valley Day - £36.50 (£35.00)
Afternoon (from 12 noon) : £31 (£29.50)
Evening (from 4pm): £24.50 (£23)

Blagdon Day - £31.50 (£30.00)
Afternoon (from 12 noon) : £26.50 (£25.00)
Evening (from 4pm): £22.50 (£21.00)

Litton £65.00
Concessionary : £65 (no change)
Junior : £65
Afternoon (from 12 noon) : £45 (no change)
Evening (from 4pm): N/A

Note Boat price reductions apply for season ticket holders - check Bristol Water website for further details.

Bank Fishing Prices:Full day, 8 fish limit.

Blagdon / All Waters: £22 (£20.00)
Afternoon from 3pm with a 4 fish : £17 (£16)
Winter fishing from 16th October - 6 rainbows limit (all browns to be returned) : £17 (£16)

Chew Valley & Barrows 1&2 : £18 (£17.00)
Afternoon from 3pm with a 4 fish limit : £15 (£14)
Winter fishing from 16th October with a 6 rainbows limit (all browns to be returned): £15 (£14)

Barrows 1&2 : £15.50 (£14.50)
Afternoon from 3pm with a 4 fish limit :£13 (£12)
Winter fishing from 16th October with a 6 rainbows limit (all browns to be returned) : £13 (£12)

Useful local websites ...

Here are some local websites that you might find useful ...

Bristol Water : for the latest news, big fish reports and weekly reports
http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/index.asp

Blagdon Lake : great site dedicated to Blagdon
http://blagdonlake.wordpress.com/

Bristol Water on Facebook : for the latest stocking news etc
http://www.facebook.com/BristolWaterFisheries

Bristol Branch of the Fly Dressers Guild : Learn how to tie your own flies in the company of like minded fly fishers/fly tiers. All levels of flytier welcome.
http://www.bristolflydressers.co.uk/#branch

Blagdon Lake weather : from the Automatic Wireless Weather Station in Blagdon. Updated every 15 minutes!
http://www.vivatek.co.uk/Cumulus/

Chew Valley Lake weather Regular updates from the Chew Valley Sailing Club weather station ....
http://www.chewvalleysailing.org.uk/sailing-racing/current-weather ...

Bristol Reservoirs Fly Fishers Association : for friendly competitions and social events
http://www.brffa.com/

Bristol Reservoirs Fly Fishers Association : Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/BRFFA

John Horsey's blog for regular updates from one of the resident guides ...
http://www.johnhorsey.co.uk/blog

Martin Cottis' website: the other resident guides website
http://www.troutguide.co.uk/

Blagdon Boat Engines: Electric outboard / battery hire and online shop
http://blagdonboatengines.co.uk/engine-battery-hire/

I haven't included details of the pike fishing at Chew as this forum has a separate section covering fly fishing for pike. However for those interested, full details on the pike fishing can also be found on the BW website : http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/fishing/showNews.asp?newsID=1043

Please let me know if you spot any errors or if you can suggest any Bristol Water trout fishing related websites that could be added to the list.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Alan - noticed that you list 4 fish limit for afternoon tickets down from 6 fish last season. Is this correct as I couldn't see it on BW site.

Happy new year one and all.

Cheers

Doug

ps: New Years resolution - going barbless with a new stock of Hanak and Daiichi hooks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the feedback, Doug. Smile Apologies for the confusion. Bank evening tickets had a 4 fish limit last year and I have now amended the wording to make this clear.

Going barbless has its advantages but although many will disagree with me on this, I think you should expect to lose more fish. Not a problem if you are on C&R and only want the odd fish for the table, but something to consider if it is important to you that you land every fish hooked. These days I am happy to accept lost fish as part of the days sport so I tend to go barbless most of the time. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:49 pm    Post subject: early morning boats? Reply with quote

Taken from BW's facebook page.

We are considering offering a unique opportunity for some very early morning boat fishing on Chew and Blagdon in season 2013. Sometime around the middle of June we are considering limited days when boat fishing can commence at 5 am. Please "like" this or leave a comment if you would be interested in this experience!

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the heads up, Ian. I am one of many who have responded positively to this suggestion on their Facebook page. Smile

With the restrictions placed on them by English Nature and their H&S department it is great to see that the fishery team are prepared to think outside the box to develop their business. This can only be good news for everyone. Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

5am – crikey. Good idea, as the only way of motivating myself to get up that early is if I’ve paid for the boat up front and have a boat partner waiting for me! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 9:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for starting the 2013 thread Alan.Nice job as usual mate. Cool That is good news on the early start Very Happy.Ive allready replied to the face book page Wink
Its nice to see BW getting anglers more involved on suggestions and thoughts on matters Very Happy.Fair play to them.I have talked to young Tony at the lodge and the Barrows and you will not meet a more enthusiastic and motivated guy Cool.Its certanily refreshing to see that BW are taking a more active roll.With the facebook page(which is worth joining just for that)Things are certanily on the up in my books.Long may it continue Cool Steve Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 3:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ps: New Years resolution - going barbless with a new stock of Hanak and Daiichi hooks.


Nice one Doug.....Could you post me all of your barbed flies please?! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Alan,
FYI Chew opening day is a Saturday also not a Friday. You have the date right as the 23rd.

5am boats; like the idea of that.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like browsing the pike forums and blogs this time of year to get latest news from pike anglers on what is happening on Chew. You can pick up some really interesting bits and pieces.

This really made me smile - a pike angler complaining about being bothered by nuisance trout on Wick! Smile

http://www.speci-angler.co.uk/2012/12/chew-valley-reservoir-piking.html
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MarkS wrote:

FYI Chew opening day is a Saturday also not a Friday. You have the date right as the 23rd.


Thanks for pointing out another gremlin, Mark. Now amended. Very Happy

Nice read there, Dave. While not exactly being 'bothered' by trout, I recall flogging my guts out with a #10 weight for pike last July with no joy while the occasional trout topped and tailed all around the boat. Luckily I had the foresight to take a trout rod with me as well and soon I hooked a grown on rainbow just short of 4lbs that fought like a polaris missile!! Cool

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for starting the thread and posting all the details Alan - it's really useful!

I've seen on the BW website that they do 'winter fly fishing', what's the situation with that? I thought the waters followed the close season?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Oli

The 'Winter fishing' for trout takes place from the end of the traditional trout season (15th October) to the 30th November, a period of around 6 weeks. The day ticket cost and bag limit are reduced for this period as indicated above.

Litton usually stays open all the year round but check with Woodford Lodge.

Hope this helps. Smile

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Alan!

Looks like I'll have to remain patient until March then...I can't wait to fish a proper reservoir again Very Happy

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Reminder there is fly tying Monday in the Stoke Inn, Chew stoke 7;30 on. PTN's and variants. Some of the ones I have had success with.
I tend to use hackle for the tails, more robust. Grub and nymph hooks.

Close to where they started I believe.


Change the colour of the PT and the thorax. Green and black here, orange a good option.


Some glint.


More subtle flash back and HE/fox squirrel thorax.


Ooops should not be in here...


Crunchers, just a PTN with a collar hackle......


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