Monster brown caught at Blagdon
PUBLISHED: 11:48 16 July 2007 | UPDATED: 11:17 24 May 2010
BRISTOL Water Fisheries report stormy conditions throughout the week with heavy showers most days and a few sunny spells
BRISTOL Water Fisheries report stormy conditions throughout the week with heavy showers most days and a few sunny spells. Winds have been westerly and strong to gale force until Saturday, but still cool for the time of year.Waterlevels remain fairly steady with the continuing rain. All main lakes coloured with the strong winds. Heavy weed growth now at Chew and Blagdon in places. The surface water temperature remains at around 17C.One of the biggest browns ever taken from Blagdon was caught this week, weighing 9.08 and was taken from a boat in Butcombe Bay. The fish was witnessed, weighed and returned alive to the lake. A rainbow of 6.12 was also taken this week, this one captured while bank fishing. Generally the fishing has been hard, as much of the week has seen near gale force west winds that have made fishing difficult from bank and boat.Most days the boats have not ventured far from the dam, as this area has been the only sheltered spot. Much of the Top End has been unfishable and coloured by the wave action stirring up the mud and silt. The weed growth on the South shore continues to make fishing there near impossible except Cheddar Water and Pipe Bay where some fish have been taken. All areas on the North Bank and Butcombe are well worth a try. Nymph fishing is still the favourite with Buzzers, Stick Fly, Diawl Bach or Pheasant Tails.There were few fishing days at Chew Lake due to the poor weather, but on the weekend when conditions improved some good fishing experienced from boat and bank. Most of the deeper water banks have seen good catches especially Wick, Nunnery and Walley. The boats have caught most of their fish where the water is clearer, Herriotts, Herons and Villice. There fish have fed well and good bags have come to dries and nymphs. Best flies Red and Claret Emergers, Diawl Bach, Buzzer and Crunchers. In the Bristol Water-sponsored Hidden teams competition run by BRFFA, 51 fishermen took 152 fish, an excellent result considering the preceding weather.There was a disappointing week at Barrow due to the awful winds. Even here the water coloured and many days saw only the hardiest anglers at the waterside. Things will improve quickly now that the winds have decreased.The Top Lake at Litton remains a little coloured with the large amount of water flowing into the lake but it is still well worth a few casts in the deeper, clearer water near the Dam. The Lower Lake is fishing pretty well but few moving fish seen so fish nymphs sub-surface for best results.The winner of the monthly big fish prizes for June were Ron Gray 10.12 rainbow from Chew Valley; Chris Bates 7.04 rainbow from Blagdon Lake. Each wins vouchers to the value of £50 to be spent at Bristol Water.