Season: March 7 to November 30 (Boats finish 31st Oct)
Are there many fly fishermen in the world who haven’t heard of Blagdon? The name stirs emotions for thousands of anglers as the home of still water trout fishing. Not the first but certainly the most famous. Its history over the last century is well documented, but unlike many that live on their reputation, Blagdon goes from strength to strength. Blagdon Lake covers 440 acres. The long, narrow shape makes it ideal for both boat and bank fishing. There are deep basins and long banks to drift over, plenty of points and promontories for access to deeper areas as well as shallow, sheltered bays of quieter water. Most of the seven-mile perimeter has easy bank access but to explore the more remote areas a boat is the answer – no noisy petrol engines – just peace, quiet and screaming reels!
There is a fleet of 18 rowing boats for hire at Blagdon. Electric motors may be used but are not supplied by Bristol Water, or for £7 per person and NEW FOR 2014, there are petrol engines available too. These are restricted to the performance of an electric engine for environmental reasons. Advance booking is advisable, especially at weekends. Boats not sold in advance will be available on the morning from Blagdon Lodge. The office closes at mid morning after which any available boats will be sold from Woodford Lodge as afternoon or evening boats. (Freephone available at Blagdon Lodge). Lifejackets must be worn by all boat anglers, and can be loaned on request. Anchoring is not permitted in the area marked between the dam and the yellow flag buoys.
Day and afternoon bank permits are available from Blagdon and Woodford Lodges. No fishing is allowed from the Dam, or in the streams at Butcombe and Top End. Care must be taken when wading from the shore as deep holes and ditches do occur around the lake.
Up to date information on how the lake is fishing is available from Woodford and Blagdon Lodges.
|Engine hire for Blagdon LakeBlagdon Boat Engines – To book, call Mark on: Mobile – 07825 640 427 Landline – 01761 462 880|
|Season March 7 to November 30 (Boats finish 31st Oct)Total catch last season 19,637
Rod Returns 5,766
Average per rod 3.4
Average weight 2lb 2oz
Best fish Brown 8lb 8oz
Rainbow 11lb 9oz
Fish Stocked 35,80
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Based in Chew Magna, South of Bristol, Dave Wiltshire is a AAPGAI Advanced level instructor.