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"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

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Fly Tying Company

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.

Fly of the Month:

Westlow Mere.

Chris Ector's Green Snake!

Fnf Chewing gum worm doing well.

Jack Vallis Fly: Blue flash Damsel


John's Caddis doing very well.

John Oliver's caddis

Fly of the month General:

Great fly for Westlow. Eddie Guest.


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

Chris Ector

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.


Barometric Pressure – A fishy myth or an untapped resource?

Very interesting More here.

Fly Tyer of the Month:

Piotr Michna

I have fished ever since I can remember. I go fishing as often as possible. Since I started fly fishing, I can’t go back to any other fishing method. When fly fishing, I enjoy above all the contact with nature and the pursuit of perfection.

My favourite fly fishing method is to use a dry fly. When the weather conditions are not so good, I use a nymph or streamer which work better. I also like to adapt my technique to conditions such as water colour and depth.

Fly fishing is not just a hobby with me – you could say it is a passion or even lifestyle.

Click Fly Photo's for more detail.

Poitr Michna

Flashback Olives


Copper Jigs




Hot Spot Olives


Yellow&Brown Flash

Jim's Choice of Woven Nymph.


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

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 2017

Sunday October 15th 10am - 4.30pm

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Wendy Gibson + Team


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?


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Rod Average: 5.2 week ending: 13/04/2018

"One thing becomes clearer as one gets older and one's fishing experience increases, and that is the paramount importance of one's fishing companions" 
-John Ashley-Cooper

Westlow Mere. New stocking policy watch this space.

TEL: 01260270012

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

At the start of the year just over 900 fish were stocked including Rainbow, Brown and Tiger Trout all of a good size, this was to give a good head of quality trout, for the lakes.

Since the start of the new year we have been implementing the new stocking policy, first part is complete with a good head of excellent quality fish being introduced (see above) this gave a big increase in Anglers both on the bank and Boats. Now we are into the second phase which is to  maintain the excellent quality and good size of Trout, so we are now stocking fortnightly with Rainbows and Blues of the best conditioned Trout we can find from 2lb to 15lb+.


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

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

Mike Richards


Congratulations Chris.

Chris Ector


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

John Schell

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

Brian Bedrock.

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


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.


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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.


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Catch Returns Miscellaneous.



Rod average  week ending 17th April.  

A hint of Spring at last ...

 The week started well with ideal conditions, buzzers hatching and fish rising to sip at the surface all of which provided good sport for the bank rods. By Tuesday, however, the contrast was stark with heavy rain, cold Easterly winds and rising water levels which soon curtailed the action.

 As the week progressed the sport improved dramatically from the banks and, latterly, the boats. Great returns this week include on Monday 9th for Permit holder Mr. Graham Wood with a total of 7 fish, all released. On Thursday 12th Season Permit holder Mr. Alan Miles recorded a total of 9 fish, all caught from the banks of the South Lake on either black nymph or green and white lure patterns. Saturday 14th was the best day of the week, with calm, settled, warmer conditions which produced some impressive returns – Permit holder  Mr. Ian Colclough recorded a total of 17 fish from the banks of the South Lake. 11 were caught on Montana patterns, 3 on a red buzzer and 3 on orange blobs. All but one fish were safely released to swim for another day. Also enjoying the upturn in activity was visiting rod Mr. Colin Beresford with a total return of 14 fish, the best being a stunning 4lb rainbow trout, all caught from the South Lake banks on small white lures or brown and orange buzzers. Meanwhile visiting rods Mr. Ben Watson & Mr. Andrew Barker paired up in a boat on the South Lake and recorded a total of 15 fish between them, proving that not all the sport is from the banks. Further good returns during the day came for Permit holder Mr. Barry Turner with 9 fish from the banks and Season Permit holder Mr. Phil Sadler, also with a total of 9 fish amongst which was another of the wonderfully-marked  tiger trout of around 2lb 4ozs. On Sunday 15th we hosted a meeting of the North West Fly Fishers who enjoyed some great action from banks and boats. Weather conditions were unpleasant at times with gusty breezes and rain showers in the afternoon but 1st place was awarded to Tony Slater with a total of 10lb 2.5ozs, 2nd place to Garry Scholes with 10lbs 1.5ozs and 3rd place to Steve Ratcliffe with 10lb 0.5ozs. Biggest fish award went to Ian Cooper for a 3lb 10ozs over-wintered rainbow. The rod average for the contest based on the returns received was 4.82.

 Earlier this week, we met 8 year old Sam Willis who had come to enjoy some boat angling with his father. Despite his tender years, Sam is a keen fly angler and caught a lovely 2lb rainbow from their boat on a green & black lure pattern. Once back ashore he happily posed for a photograph with his catch. Well done Sam, we look forward to seeing you again soon!

Clair Pullinger.

Stocks Reservoir.

DATE: Sunday 15th April
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 trout for John Turner, 9 fish for Derek Moore
BEST RNB: 5lb for Ben Godlonton
BANK ROD AV: 6.33 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 7.00 fish per angler
Sport: With a 180 degree switch in wind direction and much cooler temperatures i thought today was going to be a tough on but apparently the fish had other ideas on the bank Peter Atkinson had 5 fish in a short half day session, the main of his fish falling to a Dawsons olive fished on an intermediate line. Peter found most of his fish between Two Trees and the Quarry. Also on the bank Colin riley had 4 fish on a cats whisker. The biggest fish of the day also can from the bank. It fell to young angler Ben Godlonton who fished a damsel lure around the jetty to tempt his 5lb beauty.
From the boats Derek Moore and Mark Tyndall had 16 fish to the boat mainly to Marks Ozzy pattern another good catch was lee Cartmail who finished with 10 fish mainly from pulling lures. Top rod was Jonathan Turner who finished with a very creditable 14 fish, John fished a mixture of blobs and boobies on an intermediate line and found a lot of his fish off Hartleys and in Hollins Bay. With the predicted rise in temperatures and settled weather and wind this week its going to make next Sundays England qualifier a very interesting match. See you out there Pete

This week on Clywedog

Latest Fishing News
Several fish between 6-8lb taken including blue trout
This week on Clywedog 
Weekly Stock: 1000 
Total Seasons Stock: 7500
Llyn Clywedog report 12th April Weekly stock 1000 Season to date 7500 What a week we have had at Clywedog ,big fish have been taken everyday as we go to press I am waiting on photos of 3 more fish between 6-10lbs taken today! For the most part we have had cloudy damp conditions with light winds but cold for most of the week but thankfully the weather gods must be fishermen because things finally look to be changing over the weekend to much warmer weather. The calm conditions have at least been good to see fish rising while they feed on hatching Black buzzer. Clarity has improved greatly at the top end of the lake and reports today that the Bigga has switched on. During the week Bank Anglers have continued to catch very well along the popular side and rainbow corner. The fish seem to be moving up and down in the water column depending on conditions and food. With returns showing floating lines and buzzers as well as sinking lines and boobies accounting for some good bags of fish. Boat Anglers have done very well along shores from Eblid to Cwm Coch And Eblid to Dinas point. We have 3 boats available for Saturday with more space on Sunday. Just a point of info from the Start of May onwards there are multiple days already sold out with weekend boats very hard to come by we do operate a reserve list but please book up early, we hate to see anyone disappointed. If you like our reports pls like our page and share to your friends Lodge bookings Tightlines for the week ahead


Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly Rod Average; 7.89

Eyebrook Reservoir Weekly report ending 15th April 2018
Tel: 01536 770264         Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  132  Number Trout Taken: 194  Number Trout Released: 847     Total Catch:  1041
Eyebrook is on top form with a weekly average close to 8 fish a rod. The warmer weather has raised water temperature by 2 degrees and with water temperature now at …. The reservoir has come a live! Massive buzzer hatches throughout the day has go the fish well on the feed. The fish remain close into the margins, most anglers fishing in no more than a few feet of water. Bank anglers are returning very good numbers of fish. Earlier in week the netted bank produced good sport once again as did the Island into Mucky bay. As the water temperature increased the fish moved north to shallow areas of the reservoir such as Watsons Cabin, Stoke Dry and the Cowsheds. The favoured method for bank anglers is washing line buzzers, casting across the wind, leaving the cast static and wait for that hair-trigger take. Most anglers using a Foam arsed blob (F.A.B) or cats whisker booby as their point fly.
Boat anglers are also finding plenty of the fish. Earlier in the week fish were caught in open water on sinking lines but like the bank anglers found the fish in the shallow water over the weekend. Lures have still been catching fish and an increased number of anglers reporting have caught on a small damsel patterns. Most anglers choosing to buzzer fish. Floating lines, under the bung, straight line or washing one all working so the choice is yours.

More Here.

Draycote Water

week ending 15th April Rod Average: 3.6

Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 15th April 2018.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Yet another week of unsettled weather with some cold starts, showers and windy conditions. The temperatures warmed up towards the end of the week with many anglers reporting large buzzer hatches out on the water, particularly in biggin bay and around croft shoal. Whilst a lot of fish were caught on sinking lines with blobs and boobies a number of anglers had great success on buzzers and some even reported catching fish on dries.
This week saw 311 rods land 1137 fish to give us a weekly rod average of 3.6.
Monday started calm and overcast and looked like good fishing conditions. The rod average came out at 6.4 and proved to be a good day for the bank anglers. Alan Bettles landed 28 fish from the cornfield on a white and green lure. Ian Richardson caught 20 fish from the bank using damsels, diawl bachs and a FAB, and remarked on “A red letter day”. Mark Edwards caught 13 fish from the bank on damsels and buzzers. Draycote regular Orhan Aliosman went trout fishing, and caught 2 pike. Another regular Peter Biernaki caught 15 fish during an evening session in the cornfield, all on black buzzer.
On Tuesday both boat and bank anglers reported lots of fish moving in toft and along the north shore from Grays barn up to Biggin Bay. It turned out to be quite a challenging day all round with fish mainly falling to small black buzzers and damsels. Season permit holder John Dews caught 26 fish from the bank at various points along the north shore. Norman Perkins caught 12 fish from the bank on black buzzers. Kevin Rees had 16 fish from the bank, again on buzzers. The boat pairing of Lee Pattern and Peter Elliott had 13 fish between them.

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 Dates for your diary

 We will also be taking bookings for our popular RIO SAGE day hosted at Draycote on May 6th with Simon Gawesworth of Rio & Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to take you through the full range of Trout, Salmon & Saltwater rods & lines pre- booking essential details on www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk RIO & SAGE DAY PAGE.



Weekly rod average is 4.4

 Foremark weekly report week ending 15th April 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202

Another varied week due the poor weather conditions and changing wind direction. The sun rarely broke through the mist and rainclouds that were ever present during the majority of the week with the reservoir only seeing sunnier conditions on Saturday. Despite this, we have  seen some good buzzer hatches this week which has meant that fishing imitative patterns has been productive although lures have still caught
The bank fishing continues to yield the best results although the boat returns continue to increase as the fish are slowly moving out of Flamingo Bay and explore the other parts of the reservoir.  It is evident from the returns that fish have moved down Carvers Arm into Bramble bay whilst the boats have also caught in the cascade and along the dam wall.

Monday saw the best fishing of the week with a rod average of over 11 with several anglers recording 15 plus fish including Mr. Sherwood, Mr. Burundt, and Mr Tomkinson. Regulars Mr Spence and Mr. Worley fished from a boat to land over 40 between them whilst staff member Kev Hart fished a short session in readiness for his forthcoming tuition day next week and landed 13 fishing buzzers on a 5 weight outfit.

Full ReportHere


Rod Average 2

Thornton Weekly Report Week ending 15th April

Tel 01530 230807

At last it & it feels like we have turned a corner, better forecast & our water temperature nearly 10 degrees. Our Water clarity continues to improve and we have 18inch+ of visibility.

Good, in fact excellent buzzer hatches at times with fish moving all over the reservoir, it will only continue to improve.

Members N James & David Price caught 10 fish for their mornings visit on olive buzzers, Colin Dawn found black buzzers worked best for him catching 6 trout. Members J Bebbington & Keith Coley found the fish close in on the margins catching 9 fish for their mornings visit from various areas.

Over the weekend we welcomed members of the Complete Fly Fishing Forum who were up to fish a competition in the memory of Roy Stroud. Kevin Dewey caught 13 trout to 4lb during his two days fishing, Alan Shearn fished muskins and size 14 crunchers to catch 8. You can see the full report of their visit on their Facebook page: Complete Fisher Forum Facebook

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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