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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:43 am    Post subject: Bristol Water Reservoirs 2014 Reply with quote

Like everyone else I am counting down the days to when the 2014 season opens on the Bristol Reservoirs so I thought I'd start the new thread for 2014. Ticket prices, inevitably, have gone up slightly but only by a pound or so which means they still compare very favourably with comparable stocked trout reservoirs in the country and if they continue to stock the same quality fish as last season then I will not complain!

Last season will be a tough act to follow but innovations like the sunrise boats and the new predator ticket suggest that the Bristol Water fisheries team are not about to rest on their laurels which can only be good news for everyone. Very Happy

For full details regarding next season the following links will tell you all you need to know ...

The Bristol Water Fisheries website
http://www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/news/information-for-season-2014/

Ticket prices quick link http://www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/prices/

The Bristol Water facebook page is a great resource with plenty of feedback from the guys in the Lodge. Check it out daily … https://www.facebook.com/BristolWaterFisheries

Water levels and monthly rainfall link ... http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/news/general/current-resource-position-for-our-lake-sources/

I've also included the usual links to local businesses and organisations that will be of interest to anyone who fishes the lakes. If I have missed any or if the links are out of date, let me know and I'll amend the list accordingly

Useful local websites ...

Blagdon Lake : archived information about Blagdon
http://blagdonlake.wordpress.com/


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

Or you can follow John on Twitter .. https://twitter.com/johnhorsey

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/

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good stuff Al. Happy new year to all. I dusted the vice off yesterday and put a bit of a dent in the fritz stockpile.

Blobs,boobies but no Bits.... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome to 2014 and thanks to Alan for kicking it all off.

If this season proves to be anywhere near as good as 2013 we are in for a great year. I'm sure that there will be more changes along the way. Bristol Water are keen to retain top quality fly fishing for trout on our local lakes and they are working hard to make sure that happens.

One of my new year resolutions was to reduce the numbers of different types of flies in my box. But I don't expect that to last beyond the end of January!

Speaking of which - a quick reminder that the BRFFA Fly Tying Mondays will kick off again from January 13th at the Stoke Inn.

Look forwards to seeing you out there in the not too distant future.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 02, 2014 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice on Alan for taking time to kick it off.
Really looking forward to the start of the season especially the re-opening of tank three.
Happy new year

cheers mike
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2014 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one Alan Cool.Happy new year and a fished filled 2014 guys.Hope to catch up with a few more of you this coming season Very Happy.Steve
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Took the kids to the tea shop at chew yesterday with the intention of having a walkabout but the weather turned a bit ugly when we arrived there.
Not all was lost the hot chocolate and cake were splendid as was watching the Egyptian geese chasing the mallards around the place.

stopped in the layby by herons on the way home, the water levels look the same as when I fished it last march, im busting to go fishing now and its only the begining of January, may have to dust off the beachcasters and go dig some lug!

cheers mike
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Both Chew and Blagdon were 82% full on 1st January according to this ...

http://www.bristolwater.co.uk/news/general/current-resource-position-for-our-lake-sources/

Since then we have had another 50cm of rain, over half the total for the whole of January! Shock

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just love the new avatar Alan Cool My mate - "the Mekon"



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My New years Resolution - I will not say anything derogatory about Pike. Wink

With about £100,000 of revenue generated from the Pike Trials I think Chew and Blagdon will continue as a premier Trout fisheries during my lifetime. Cool

Happy New Year everybody.

Doug

ps - what has happened to MarkS - no posts for 3 months or more.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 12:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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ps - what has happened to MarkS - no posts for 3 months or more.


The joys of being self employed I think. Remember them days Doug? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 07, 2014 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've just seen on facebook, that ALL 2014's Pike tickets have now sold out.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 08, 2014 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy new year chaps! Hoping to get out on the bank more this year now I'm living closer by and will try and pop down to one of the fly tying evenings in the next few weeks Smile Opening day can't come soon enough!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Early season match on the Barrows http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/AIain%20Barr%20Bank%20Masters%20sponsored%20by%20Airflo%20-%20Individual%20Competition%202014.htm if any one is up for it?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chew is now full again, pic courtesy of John Horsey https://twitter.com/johnhorsey



Maybe it is just me, but I like the lake to fully recharge over the winter months before the season reopens in March Smile

However enough is enough - we've had enough rain this winter. A few dry weeks from now on wouldn't go amiss! Laughing


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm with you Alan - a full lake just seems the 'right' way to start the season.
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