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Bristol Water Reservoirs 2016
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:08 pm    Post subject: Bristol Water Reservoirs 2016 Reply with quote

As the New Year is now with us I thought I might as well get a new Bristol Water Reservoirs 2016 thread started. Very Happy

As usual, I've posted some links below that should tell you all you need to know about the coming season. We appear to have lost the BW facebook page but if it reappears in future I will restore the link. As usual, if you know of any useful websites or pages related to fishing the Bristol reservoirs, let me know so I can add them below. Very Happy

The Bristol Water Fisheries website : the official voice of Bristol Water Fisheries ...
http://www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk/

Reservoir season dates here

Ticket prices here

How full are the reservoirs? You can find out here

Beginners guides to fishing Chew and Blagdon by Wilderness TV. This is more for my benefit than yours! Embarassed Laughing

Chew Valley Lake


Blagdon Lake


Excellent advice for boat and bank anglers fishing Blagdon and Chew. Blagdon first then Chew starts at 32.40


Useful local websites ...
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 If I have missed any or if the links are out of date, let me know and I'll amend the list accordingly

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

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

5 day weather forecast for the Chew Valley area from the BBC

Bristol Reservoirs Fly Fishers Association website : one of the longest established and most popular fly fishing clubs in the country. Membership £10, concessions £5, juniors free. Highly recommended!
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/

Martin Cottis Blog and reports from Chew Valley Lake and Blagdon Lake

Tightlines for 2016! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy New Year

http://www.orvis.com/fishing_report.aspx?locationid=7406


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well done Alan - invaluable advice for any newbies and, perhaps, for some oldies Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2016 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one, CF. I havent seen those reports from Martin Cottis before! I'll add them to the first post. Cool

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 02, 2016 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice one. A couple of those are new to me!

I had a muddy walk at Chew today - it is back to top level, or very close. Looked good and the new chippy was doing a roaring trade.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 03, 2016 4:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

BristolFlyer wrote:
Nice one. I had a muddy walk at Chew today - it is back to top level, or very close.


Not quite at top level Dave, but it's certainly getting there. This was taken on 22 December ...



and I took this on the way home from Bristol this afternoon on my phone ...



Hope she is overflowing before we get a cold snap. This is only a hunch, but I feel more fish survive the winter when the lake is full! Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 2016 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anyone know the opening dates for Chew and Blagdon?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 11:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Provisionally it's Blagdon March 10 and Chew March 17
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 3:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

2016 prices now on BW Web page - looks about a 5% increase across the board.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 2016 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well spotted Doug, although unless I have misread the announcement it looks like it is the season tickets, all boat tickets and also the bank tickets at Blagdon that have taken the hit while the bank fishing prices at Chew and the Barrows remain unchanged? Smile

What may be of concern to you and Phil as well as a few more on here is no mention of half day boat boats (8am /12pm) - just the full boat price and evening boat price from 4pm? Neutral

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After contacting Woodford Lodge it would appear that BW will not be offering afternoon boats this year - a statement re their intentions etc will appear on their website shortly. Sad

I could understand it if they were selling all their boats but over the past few (many) years over half the fleet has been tied upon alongside the jetties or on the slipway(can't talk about weekends as very rarely fish then) I guess they have good reason.

High excitement at the Powell residence - trip to the barbers now that I am allowed partial weight bearing. Should have had my haircut prior to the op so it is now 10 weeks or more and am beginning to resemble mad monk Very Happy

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After contacting Woodford Lodge it would appear that BW will not be offering afternoon boats this year - a statement re their intentions etc will appear on their website shortly. Sad

I could understand it if they were selling all their boats but over the past few (many) years over half the fleet has been tied upon alongside the jetties or on the slipway(can't talk about weekends as very rarely fish then) I guess they have good reason.

High excitement at the Powell residence - trip to the barbers now that I am allowed partial weight bearing. Should have had my haircut prior to the op so it is now 10 weeks or more and am beginning to resemble mad monk Very Happy

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The lack of afternoon boats may have something to do with staffing levels. I've heard of this happening elsewhere in the country.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm looking to get a clear intermediate this coming season for lure and nymph fishing, mainly from the bank. I have been looking at Airflo's Delta and Snowbee's XS. Any ideas please
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Have a look at John Norris P3 lines - good reviews and on offer at less than £15. I think they are made in the same facility as Snowbee and Barrio. A good range including sink tips etc.
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I had the Snowbee XS clear intermediate a few season ago and it was a nice casting line. However it had more memory than the XS floater and other 'non clear' intermediates during the colder months, although it wasn't an issue when pulling lures.

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