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Fly Tyer of the Month. Here

Westlow League Table. Here

Fly of the Month. Here Weather Here. Catch Returns Miscellaneous Here.

Fishing Matches Here River/Sea levels Here.

Diary of Events: Here



"My biggest worry is that when I am dead and gone, my wife will sell my fishing gear for what I said I paid for it!"

Trout Masters

spike milligan


"All men are cremated equal"

Highly recommended

Fly Tying Company

James is giving a 10% discount to Westlow Mere Anglers!

Family run business based on the Staffordshire / Cheshire Border
Located 3 miles off Jct 16, on the M6, and stock many of the major brands.

Thanks James.


Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

John Elk Hair

John's Elk Hair doing very well.


Fly of the month General:

Great fly for Westlow. Eddie Guest.


Trout Dying To Get a Good Photo?


We all should know the rules for releasing a trout with the best chance of survival, but there is one rule that is almost never included in articles about a successful release.

Click Picture for link!

Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?


Very interesting More here.

Charles Hopkins with a 15lb 2oz cracker to win the Westlow shield match today.Well done Charles top angling showing the seniors how to do it!! 15/04/18

Charles Hopkins

Once again westlow mere 10 lb Friday and after two hours wasted Carsington waters back to westlow mere and this pig 15 lbs 8 oz 9 stunning fully find bows wot a top fisherie thanks to all off you. Eddie Guest. 30/03/2018

Eddie Guest

A cracking Tiger Trout for Chris Ector at Westlow Mere. Cris had 19 All good sized Trout.

Chris Ector

11lb 8oz for Brian bedrock at Westlow today 14/04/18


15lb rainbow for Mike Richardson at Westlow. 14/04/18


Two cracking fish for Lynda Ector at Westlow mere.

Lynda Ector

“If you’re too busy to go fishin’, you’re too busy.”
Buddy Ebsen

Frank Sawyer

Frank Sawyer Tying a Pheasant Tail Nymph 

Frank Sawyer catching Trout

Frank Sawyer catches Trout 

Tying Frank Sawyer's Killer Bug with Davie McPhail

Trout Taking a Mayfly Sawyer Nymphs.

MayflySatisfaction of catching a fish on your own fly.

There is something very satisfying about catching a fish on something that you made with your Imitationown two hands.

Click for youtube videos of flytying.


Fly Tyer of the Month:

Jackie Mahon.

Jackie Mahon

Hi, my name is Jackie Mahon I live in Sligo which is on the west coast of Ireland. I live close to lough Melvin and lough arrow, which I provide a guiding service on. I am a professional fly dresser. My flies are mostly tied for Irish lough style fishing. My flies vary from traditional to modern style. I use all kinds of materials some which I dye myself to get the traditional Irish colours. I tied my first fly when I was ten years old. I have been fly fishing since the age of nine. 

You can find me on Facebook click here and Instagram under Jackie Mahon Flies and guiding

Click images for closer look.

Cock robin dabbler.

Cock Robin Dabbler

Cock robin dabbler
Thread- red
Tail- bronze mallard
Wire- gold
Body- Rear picric seals fur
Front Melvin claret
Hackle- Rear ginger dyed picric
Front Melvin claret
Underwing- pearl twinkle
Wing- bronze mallard
Cheeks- jungle cock

Hot spot dabbler .

Hot Spot Dabbler

Hot spot dabbler
Thread- red
Tail- bronze mallard
Wire- gold
Body- Rear picric seals fur
Front orange coloured fiery brown
Body hackle- orange coloured fiery brown
Wing- bronze mallard
Cheeks- hot orange jungle cock

Claret dabbler (Ross).

Claret Dabbler ross

Claret dabbler ross
Thread- black
UnderTail- hot red tippets
Overtail- bunch pheasant tail fibers dyed picric
Rib- silver wire
Body- pearl uni mylar
Front hackle- melvin claret
Wing- bronze mallard
Cheeks- jungle cock

Picric Bumbles.

Pictric Bumbles

Picric bumbles
Thread- red
Tail- orange tippets
Wire- yellow
Body- picric seals fur
Body hackle- picric hackle
Front hackle- partridge dyed picric
Cheeks- jungle cock

Golden & Yellow Dabbler.

Gold & Yellow Dabbler

Golden dabbler
Thread- red
Tail- bronze mallard
Rib- golden olive utc wire
Body- rich orange sunburst seals fur
Body hackle- picnic hackle
Underwing- pearl twinkle
Wing- bronze mallard over and under

Yellow claret dabbler
Thread- fire orange
Tail- bronze mallard
Wire- yellow
Body- picnic seals fur
Body hackle- picric
Underwing- pearl twinkle
Wing- bronze mallard over and under again

Green Dabbler.

Green Dabbler

Thread- uni red
Tail- bronze mallard  fibers
Rib- gold oval uni
Body- Melvin olive seals fur
Body hackle- red game dyed in Melvin olive
Wing- bronze malllard
Front hackle- red game

I have picked a couple I like. (Jim)

Sooty Octopus


cdc Sedge

CDC Sedge

Westlow Catches.

Local Weather Station 4.5 miles away Here.

Fantastic fishing Another big fish from Westlow 10lb 1oz


Big fish for Bob Marshall at Westlow today. 10lb 1oz 27/01/2018




Nice Trout

17lb rainbow for John Shell part of a 14 fish haul including a 10 lb rainbow 14/04/18.

John Schell

Whatever your appetite in trout fishing there is something for you at Westlow, from specimen hunting to purist fly fishing.

18 acres of high quality gin clear water giving a stable environment with plentiful fly life producing hard fighting fish.



Chris Whittle not the fish the fisherman.

People who think they know everything are a great annoyance to those of us who do.

Isaac Asimov


The Uttoxeter Game Fishing and Fly Tying Festival at

Uttoxeter Race Course
Wood Lane

Staffs ST 14 8 BD
We hope you can support us again in 2018

Sunday October 14th 10am - 4.30pm

Wendy Gibson + Team

I had a great time this year meeting and making new friends never stopped all day.


For evil men to accomplish their purpose it is only necessary that good men should do nothing.
Reverend Charles F. Aked


From Facebook so true.

The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom. Isaac Asimov


Contact Westlowmere Web site here



"The solution to any problem -- work, love, money, whatever -- is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be."
~John Gierach

Peder Wigdell

Lowrider step-by-step.

Peder Wigdell


Hi Jim
No relation to Malcolm, but had a good look at the web site looks fantastic, will be coming soon.
Clifford Greenhalgh

Hi Jim It was a pleasure to spend some time with you on Sunday. I've been using your dubbing today and will be trying the flies on Thursday.

John Walker

Great to see you at the North Wales Country Show. Learned a lot and had a very pleasurable experience all the Guides were going round discussing your demonstrations, well done.

John Mercer.

What a great web site loads of information I like the idea of you having a league table of Midlands fly fisheries. Keep up the good work not many fly fishing sites about that don't want to sell you something!

Jack Right.



Fisherman's Prayer
I pray that I may live to fish
Until my dying day.
And when it comes to my last cast,
I then most humbly pray:
When in the Lord's great landing net
And peacefully asleep
That in His mercy I be judged
Big enough to keep.

- Unknown?


The Original Westlow Mere Web Site.

TEL: 01260270012

Rod Average: 6.7 week ending: 15/02/2019

Next Westlow Mere League fishing Match Sunday 24th Feb.


New for 2019;  9 match series fishing matches.
First match 20th January.

1.            Points won for each match.
2.            £3 pool money.
3.            League table.
4.            Final match lots of prize money.

Trophy and prize for overall competition winner.

Restrictive rules are kept to a minimum and the competition allows all flies permitted by the fishery.

Full list of Dates later.


Westlow fishing very well, 3 hour session with 15 to the net. Fish of 8,7,6,5 and 4 pounders in the mix. Get down there everyone. Snakes and Fnf chewing gum doing the damage for me. Tim Gilchrist (16th)

Westlows Aeration. (21/11/2018)

I think everyone would agree that 2018 was an exceptional year with high temperatures prevailing for many weeks, making fishing of any kind difficult if not impossible throughout the summer!

So at Westlow Mere we have taken the decision to undertake  a major development and implement Aerators into the deeps. John  We have installed 3 compressors which will feed  air through a network of pipes around the site, this air is fed through diffusers in 9 positions in the lake,  bubbles lift water from the bottom of the lake to the surface where it absorbs oxygen, this process also mixes the warmer water at the surface with the colder water from the lake bed, by constantly turning the water over in this way we Boatcreate a better overall oxygen level and a more even temperature, this will not only be beneficial to the fish, but  means more natural food and fish that feed harder and for longer, thus producing better growth rates and better catch rates. .
Another big advantage with this system is it can be used to de-ice the lake in winter.
However, each Angler must play his or her part in maintaining the correct stocking levels for the lake by taking fish, catching good fish means maintaining an excellent environment for fish to thrive.

Seven North West Nomads

members visited Westlow Mere today and had a greatnomad4 days fishing with a rod average of 12 fish.. All methods caught from floating lines with nymphs to inters with lures... Many thanks to John and all the team at Westlow for making us all very welcome. Keep up the good work of running a cracking Fishery.


Stocking today with a selection of large trout.


One of the fish Stocked 19lb fighting fit Rainbow Trout.

Large Trout

Westlow is Fishing its head off, great work Johhny Oliver. See below!

One of 20 fish I had at westlow mere today (my first time)
Returned to fight another day, 19/03/2018 Jack Vallis
John estimated it as 12.5lb
Cracking days fishing, blue Flash Damsel doing most of the damage!


Westlow mere fishing it's head off myself and 3 mates fished today in snow wind freezing temperatures total 86 fish blues and rainbows comp off tomorrow but the fishery will be open Get yourself down there tight lines Eddie Guest. 17/03/18


Paul Wilson
10 March at 19:41 ·
First time fishing west low mere today! What a day 22 to the net, 3 over 6lb, 1 over 10lb, and to cap it off a 17lb 2oz. Cracking lake and run well, thank to all especially Eddie Guest.

Another cracker from Westlow today 13/03/2018


10 lb 4 oz one of two doubles today only fished 6 hours but I had 22 well done westlow mere just gets better and better. Eddie Guest 10/03/2018

Eddie Geust

10lb 4oz rainbow from Westlow today 07/03/2018


Large Rainbow 11lb 4oz from Westlow 20/02.2018

Big Rainbow

7lb 10oz tiger from Westlow today 20/02/2018

Tiger Trout

Great fish one of 22 fish for Eddie today at Westlow. But paddy caught 34 top angling lads

Eddie Guest

Great fish ed first wild brown this year


Another big fish for Chris Ector. 11/2/2018

Fly used Green Snake 8lb 10oz, not the snake the fish.

Chris Ector




Unbelievable day fishing at west low mere today 34 fish lost 12 at the net stunning fisherie gin clear water sight fishing with dry fly took six the rest came to buzzers and my take on the apache thanks to all the staff

fishing 20/1/2018 at Westlow Mere 32 fish to the boat lost loads at the net well done David Tompkins 22 off the bank top man. Eddie Guest.


Click image bellow for Video

Eddie Westlow4 Stocking 3


Cracking day in the float Tubefishtube

today at Westlow Mere just outside Congleton. Into Fish from the off and caught steady in the five hours managing 38 to the

tube with some quality trout in the mix.. Lost a good few mainly to double hookups so fished single fly for most of the day on the lure rod but did catch a good few on the nymph rod with buzzer & db’s.. NW Nomads's


Westlow Mere is a water run for Fly Fishing by Fly Fishing enthusiasts with friendly service and good advice, the best areas to fish, flies to use and the best method to employ.


Weather Here.

Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



Rod average .  

Blithfield Reservoir Trout Fishery added an event.
The 2019 Season will start for Permit Holders only on 14th March
For non-Permits and Syndicate Members we open on 21st March


Stocks Reservoir.


Stocks Reservoir re-opens on Saturday February 23rd
Stocks Reservoir will be fully restocked with 4000 fighting fit rainbows and reopen for business on Saturday February 23rd. The rainbows are in fantastic condition and amongst them will be some cracking specimens that, if hooked, will run you ragged. We are also releasing more prize fugitive trout than ever before. These prize fish carry bounties on their heads and can earn their captors very generous rewards!

This week on Clywedog

Report to.

2019 Opening day 7th March bookings from the new year




 Happy New Year to our customers

 Dates for your diaries,

 Thornton opens 1st February call the lodge 01530 230807 or email  lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk to book boats.

 Draycote & Foremark 1st March with Eyebrook opening 3rd March

 We have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items of fishing tackle to our Sales & Clearance page, to visit the current items on the sales page click onto

 This week limited quantities of SAGE reels on Sale

Eyebrook Reservoir

Correct Opening Date is:
8th March 2019
Apologies for putting the wrong opening date for Eyebrook which went out in our last newsletter over the weekend.
The correct opening date is the 8th March
Bookings for the opening day 8th March contact the lodge 01536 770264 or email


Weekly Rod Average;


Draycote Water

week ending 15th April Rod Average: 3.22


Weekly rod average is 1.8



Rod Average

Thornton and were busy getting ready for our opening day this Friday 1st February

Tel 01530230807

Boats are going back on the water, fish are being stocked and our onsite tackle shop is receiving new stock

Lodge opens 1st February at 7.30am

If your coming to fish the bank bring waders or Wellingtons

Day Permit Loyalty Card.

At Draycote, Thornton, Foremark and Eyebrook

Pick up a Loyalty Card at Thornton, Draycote or Foremark and now Eyebrook lodges, once you have purchased 10 of the same day permit you receive your 11th visit free, our loyalty card can be used at any of our three reservoirs.

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £18.00
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £24.00
Fish Kill + Catch & Release £28.00

Please note:- the change to our upper kill permit, for 2018 this is reduced to a 6 FISH KILL to enable us to keep the upper day permit below £30.00                  

Our Popular Last 4 hour Permit, fish the evening rise

1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £10.00