The Barrows – NOW OPEN ALL YEAR
Often referred to affectionately as ‘the Tanks’ the Barrows consist of three concrete bowl type reservoirs. They are large enough to offer a real challenge, but not so big as to be intimidating, making them ideal for the angler who wants to learn the skills, flies and tactics for approaching larger waters. They occupy an intermediate position between the smaller private fisheries and the large still waters such as Chew and Blagdon.
Many longstanding regulars consider the Barrows to be the best bank fishing of all the Bristol Water Fisheries, with their free rising trout and gin-clear waters. The variety of fishing on offer is considerable from deep fished lure to dry fly. The wide variety of surroundings and range of options available make the Barrows an ideal fishery, and the circular nature of the banks means that whatever wind is blowing there will always be somewhere that is fishable. The Barrow regulars are a friendly crowd who create a club-like atmosphere around the shores of the lakes; most of them are very willing to offer advice and information to newcomers and beginners.
Wading is not allowed at the Barrows, and care should be taken as the banks can become very slippery when the water level falls. Day and afternoon bank permits are available in the self service permit kiosk in the main car park, on the same side of the A38 as Barrow No 3, 60 yards past the traffic lights looking towards Bristol.
For up to minute information on how the tanks are fishing ring Woodford Lodge where local experts can advise on tactics and fly patterns.
|Season Feb 28th – ONWARDS
Total catch last season 6,581
Rod Returns 2,992
Average per rod 2.2
Average weight 1lb 9oz
Best fish Brown 6lb 2oz
Rainbow 5lb 8oz
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Based in Chew Magna, South of Bristol, Dave Wiltshire is a AAPGAI Advanced level instructor.