New fish stir up the residents

PUBLISHED: 09:02 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the levels at Chew and Blagdon remain near top water. The bright sunshine has increased the weed growth at all the lakes and it is close to the surface in many inshore areas. All the lakes remain clear and the water temperat

BRISTOL Water Fisheries report the levels at Chew and Blagdon remain near top water. The bright sunshine has increased the weed growth at all the lakes and it is close to the surface in many inshore areas. All the lakes remain clear and the water temperature at one metre is now 18.5¡C (65¡f). The week started well at Chew Valley, but got increasingly difficult as the water warmed. A stocking of 2,500 stirred up the residents and gave some super sport in Villice Bay and off from Woodford Bank while North Shore and Wick Green also continued to produce fish. But later in the week fish became much harder to tempt especially during the middle part of the day in the clear sunny skies. Evenings have been better but disappointing fly hatches have meant fairly poor rises. Corixa are increasing in many areas and there are huge clouds of daphnia in much of the lake. The BRFFA held their annual Orvis Floating Line Competition at Chew and 60 anglers fished the boats with 13 trying their luck from the shore. Only seven fish were captured by the bank men, but boat fishermen fared slightly better with 78 fish coming to the scales. Blagdon has suffered as Chew Valley with the hot, sunny weather. Bells Bush, Wood Bay, Rugmoor and Pegs had seen some good sport for the boat fishermen, but as things warmed up the fish retreated into deeper water and catches fell. A similar story to the main lakes at Blagdon, but still some fish activity early mornings and late evenings. Fishing small flies, even down to 16s and 18s has often been necessary to induce these moving fish to take. Both lakes at Litton continue to fish quite well even in the hot sun. There is now more weed growing around the margins of the lower lake so floating lines with washing line tactics are worth trying here. On the top lake a bright goldhead teamed with small nymphs is favourite.Fishing will improve quickly with some cooler weather and rain which is forecast over the next week. With the heavy stockings of last week there should be plenty of fish around but they will remain difficult to take from the shore in the shallower areas.Try the deeper water at Nunnery, Woodford, Walley, Butcombe, Cheddar Water and North Shore during the day and watch for better fly hatches early morning and late evening when the fish will creep closer inshore near Wick, Herons, Villice, Rainbow, Pegs and Ash Trees.As always small Diawl Bachs on long leaders fished static or buzzers and dries when fish are moving will be the favoured tactics.Bristol Water Fisheries, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, Near Bristol, BS40 8XH. Tel 01275 332339, Fax 01275 331377, e-mail bob.handford @bristolwater.co.uk

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