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40lb Pike on the Fly!

Both Blagdon and Chew are now open for a new season of fly fishing and what an amzing first 2 weeks it has been!
The trout fishing on Blagdon has been superb, with fish averaging 2:12 and plenty of limit bags being taken from both bank and boat.
The brown trout in Blagdon have been in superb condition and I personally have only used a floatying line for my trips there.

Chew opened last saturday and I fished the boat with Bryan Brown, with both of us taking limit bags from the North Shore area in very cold conditions.  Once again, I used a floating line while Bryan opted for a midge tip.  Both lakes we have found black flies to be the best, although lots have caught using bright flies on sinking lines.

On day 2 at Chew, I was guiding 4 Italians who were filming for Sky Italy and who had fished Chew for pike in the past but without any real success.  A few jacks was their only captures.

Well, all that changed dramatically on saturday at last knockings when Enrico Pini landed a massive 40:08 specimen on a white and red fly from Villice Bay.  What a fish it was and the barbless hook was barely in it's huge mouth and came out with ease once i had her safely in the landing net!  We filmed the whole procedure and then released the trophy fish unharmed back into the lake.

Guided trips

With the weather now warming up nicely, my bookings are pretty heavy for the coming weeks but I still have availability if you fancy targetting some of Chew and Blagdon's quality fish on the fly.

Enrico with his 40:08 Chew pike
Cracking overwintered rainbow
Lovely Chew brownie for Glade Gunther

Let's go Trout fishing!

Blagdon opens in just 11 days time and with the lake overflowing for weeks and the water crystal clear, the early season looks like being superb. Fin perfect rainbow and brown trout are the target for fly anglers from all over the World who make a pilgrimage to World renowned Blagdon Lake.

Why not get your season underway and book a day with me to show you the top areas on Blagdon's 440 acres?  For the last few seasons, floating lines and teams of nymphs have worked really well, both on the drift and at anchor.

Alternatively, if Chew Valley is your preferred venue, you will only have to wait another week until opening day on the 14th March.  Once again, quality rainbows and browns abound in Chew's 1200 acres, but getting the right drifts and areas can be a bit daunting.

If you fancy booking a day on either lake, then simply get in touch via the "contact" area of my website.

Pike on the Fly

Some of you might prefer to target pike on the fly rather than trout.  Chew Valley is without doubt the top pike water in the UK and with at least twenty seven 30lb pike and two over 40lbs coming out in the recent set of pike trials, expectations are high that the pike fly fishing this season will throw up a lot of monster fish - perhaps even a new record!

If you don't have the right gear to tackle these toothy critters, then I can supply top of the range hardy Rods and reels plus all flies for the job; free of charge.

A cracking Chew rainbow
Blagdon Brownie
30;04 Chew pike taken by JH on the fly

Amazing Chew Pike

We've just finished the second week of the 2015 Chew Valley Pike Trials and in just 10 days, over 20 pike in excess of 30lbs have been landed, topped off by a massive fish of 42lbs 9ozs.

I guided Mike Anderton and his son Will from Keswick last Thursday and Friday on Chew.  They managed 13 pike to 12:08 on lures, which included PB's for them both.  Mike also landed a fantastic perch of 4:10 - a real fish of a lifetime!

This Monday Dave Sproston and I had 4 pike up to 10lbs on lures and yesterday I joined John Synnuck and Neil Leaver for a day of fishing deads at anchor.  The flat calm conditions and high pressure all week were not conducive to bringing the pike on the feed, but Neil managed a superbly conditioned pike of 30lbs 4ozs from Spring Bay.

Next week I am also out on the first day with Daryl Hunter, who is hoping for one of Chew's leviathans.  We could certainly do with a bit of wind to help the boat to drift and thereby cover plenty of water and lots of fish. 

Trout Season bookings

I am now taking bookings for the 2015 trout fishing season.  Blagdon opens on Saturday 7th March and Chew a week later. 
Please drop me an email to: john@johnhorsey.co.uk  to book a day on either lake.

 

Mike Anderton's 4:10 Chew Valley Perch
Will Anderton's PB 12:08 Chew Valley Pike
Neil Leaver's 30:04 Chew Valley Pike

2015 Season underway!

Monday heralded the start of the 2015 fishing season on Chew Valley Lake, starting with the Spring Pike Trials.  Already pike up to 39:06 have been caught so it looks like the "big girls" are certainly feeding!  I am out for the first time tomorrow so we're hoping for light winds and slightly warmer weather - although I don't think that is likely.
There has been a big spread of boats across Chew's 1200 acres and the bank anglers have also done very well.  In fact, as I write this around midday on Wednesday, reports are just coming through that a 38:00 has recently been banked.
I am out with Mike and Will Anderton from Keswick for the next two days, so I will update the Blog and FB with any fish that we catch.

2015 Fly Fishing Bookings

I am now taking bookings for the coming fly fishing season; both for trout and pike on the fly; Chew and Blagdon Lakes.  Already my weekend dates have booked fast and although both Opening Days are booked, there are plenty of early season dates still available.

Blagdon opens on Saturday 7th March while Chew opens a week later on Saturday 14th March 2015.  The stock fish have fed well over the mild Winter months and are in tip-top condition for the start of the season.  I am also hopeful that plenty of rainbows and browns will have overwintered this year due to thew mild weather and availability of food throughout.  Some of my piking friends have reported follows from huge trout while lure fishing for pike, so things are looking very positive all round.

John Horsey Fly Fishing
John Horsey Fly Fishing
Blagdon Boat Harbour

2015 Lexus Championship dates

The 2015 Lexus European Flyfishing Championships dates and venues are now available on the Lexus Championship WebSite.

Go to:  www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk

 

Talk to Somerset PAC

 I am giving a presentation to the Somerset Region of the PAC next Monday, 1st December.
The talk will be held at 7:00pm at the Sedgemoor Inn, Westonzoyland near Bridgwater.
All pike anglers welcome.
Although I give many talks around the country and also host fishing clinics abroad, this will be the first time I will be addressing a group of serious pike anglers.

I look forward to meeting plenty of new faces on Monday!

Blagdon article in Trout Fisherman Magazine

If you want to fish Blagdon Lake next season, then why not take a look at my article in the November Issue of Trout Fisherman Magazine?
 

Poster for my Talk on Monday
My Blagdon article in Nov Issue of Trout Fisherman Magazine

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