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Bristol Water

Offer fishing on 4 lakes two of which, Blagdon and Chew, are among the best known still water fisheries in the world. Bristol Water offer a variety of permit options including day, part day, season and concession tickets. Call Woodford Lodge at Chew for information and bookings for all 4 lakes. The lakes are, Barrows, Chew, Blagdon and Litton Lakes:

The Barrows

3 concrete tank fisheries from 25 acres up to 60 acres fishing for brown tout and rainbows in gin clear water, great sight fishing with the nymph. Might sound a bit artificial but the tanks are rated for their bank fishing.

Permits from the self service machines in the main car park.

Google Map Reference 51.403222, -2.670177 nearest Post Code BS48 3SJ

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Aside from arguments over whether Blagdon or Loch Leven was the first still water fishery there can be no doubt the Blagdon lineage is impressive. Over 100 years old and 440 acres with 7 miles of bank Blagdon is certainly the grand daddy of all still water fisheries in England.

Fishing is from bank or boat. There are 15 boats with outboards and 5 available for rowing. (you can bring your own electric outboard motor). It is well advised that you phone to book a boat as this is a very popular fishery.

There is the iconic tudor style lodge which is staffed in the mornings offering free teas and coffee and tackle for sale. When closed to would have to go to Woodford Lodge on Chew which is nearby.

Cannot find a number to call Blagdon so try Woodford Lodge at Chew on 01275 332339. The boats are individually locked so if you arrive after the staff have gone you need to go to Woodford Lodge to sign in and get a key.

Google Map 51.333786, -2.707554 Post Code BS40 7UL

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Chew Valley

Opened in 1956 the reservoir is impressive and challenging at 1200 acres. Created over fertile farm land this shallow lake (av depth 14 feet, max at the dam 35 feet) offers great fly fishing as a result of the abundant aquatic life with lots of shrimp, snails, corixa, and fly nymphs especially buzzers.

The lake record stands at 22lbs 7ozs for a brownie and 14lbs 9ozs for a rainbow and I bet they grew on to these weights rather than being fattened in stew pond.

There are day and season tickets availalble, call 01275 332339

Woodford Lodge is availalble for a bit of a break, a beverage or a meal, to get your permit or visit the tackle shop. There are toilet facilities there too.

Google Map 51.343828, -2.625001 Post Code BS40 8XH

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Litton Lakes

2 reservoirs on the upper reaches of the river Chew forming the 2 lakes. Fishing is for 6 anglers. Limited bank fishing as both the lakes are tree lined but there is a boat on each lake. Both lakes are well stocked by Bristol water with rainbows and brown trout.

Lower Lake is 8 acres with good fly life. There is a lodge overlooking the lake with a veranda, tables and chairs and a BBQ. Make a day of it it with family and friends.

The Upper Lake is long, narrow and deeper than Lower. Drift the boat down the shore line casting to the bank loch style is vey effective.

The lakes are 5.5 miles up the A3114 from Woodford Lodge on Chew. Call Woodford to book on 01275 332339

Google Map 51.296714, -2.592861 Post Code BA34PS

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Clatworthy Reservoir

Fed by waters from the river Tone, Clatworthy near Wiveliscombe, is 130 acres up to 29ft deep fishing for own grown rainbows and brown trout, fly fishing from boat and bank. Stocked fish average 2lbs but quite a few fish in the 7 to 15lbs range are added to the mix.

There are 6 boats for hire and a wheelie boat. Facilities include an anglers lodge with toilets and facilities for disabled anglers. The picnic area has benches adapted for wheelchair users.

Call 01984 624658.

Google Map Reference 51.072439, -3.370221 POsr Code TA4 2EJ

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Exe Valley Fishery

Established in 1968 this fishery has 2 lakes. Located near Dulveron on the edge of the Exemoor National Park the lakes are fed by water from the river Barle which ensures the water is comfortable for the fish all year, especially in the summer. The lakes are:

Anchor, 2 acres, fly only, stocked with own reared rainbows with some brown and blue trout to specimen size added to the mix. This lake has recently been drained and rebuilt consolidating banks and adding some depth. New platforms with non slip surfaces have been installed.

Lobbs, this lake was being re themed in 2017, they are stocking with triploid rainbows on a weekly basis. Call 01398 323008

Google Map 51.011535, -3.524728 Post Code TA22 9AY

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Jackland Fishing Lakes

In the Yeo Valley near Nailsea the fishery offers fly fishing for trout and coarse fishing. Rainbows to about 2lbs for a basic low charge plus pay per kilo for fish kept.

The coarse lakes hold common, mirror, grass and ghost carp, rudd, roach, perch and tench. Call 01275 810697.

Google Map 51.441366, -2.762204 Post Code BS21 6SG

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Knowles (Bristol) Angling Association

Control fishing on a number of still waters and rivers. The lakes are Chew Magna, a reservoir or about 5 acres stocked with Rainbows and brown trout, Ackers a man made trout fishery open all year fishing for rainbows and brown trout and Publow a small stream fed trout lake stocked with rainbows and browns which is open all year. The river beats consist of Upper and Lower Chew. Upper consists of 1.5 miles of beautiful weedy water just asking to be fished with the dry fly. Lower has undergone considerable improvement work to open out the pool and hold wild browns, grayling and rainbows.

Fishing on lower Chew is by any legal method. The club also has a half mile on the river Yeo fishing any method for browns and rainbows and a stretch of the Wellow Brook offering challenging wild life fly fishing on a clear water tree lined stream. For all of this the membership is very well priced. Call 0117 293 8829.

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Part of the Bristol Water stable just a few miles from Chew and Blagdon consists of two small naturalised lakes (Upper Lake 7 acres and Lower lake 8 acres) plus a lodge available to parties on an exclusive basis.

Google Map Reference 51.296832, -2.593436 Post Code BA3 4PR

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St Algars Farm

A 2 acre lake near Frome stocked with rainbows, call 01958 844233.

Google Map Reference 51.232216, -2.320654 Post Code BA11 5ER

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Sutton Bingham

Fly fishing from bank or boat for rainbows and brown trout. The stock is reconed to be between 12 and 15,000 fish. Quite a few fish to doubles are included. The fishery is open 3th Feb to 29th September. Good top of the water fishery.

There is a fishing lodge with good access for disabled persons, toilet facilities and there is a wheelieboat available for hire.

An associated water is West Pond on the road up Sutton Bingham. It is 7 acres, stocked with rainbows and brown trout with a good number of doubles. They recommend using a 10lb leader as these big fish go like trains. Call 01935 872389

Google Map 50.900175, -2.630572 Post Code BA22 9QL

West Pond Google Map 50.902387, -2.633406

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Near Dulverton. Premier trout fishery of 374 acres stocked 1.75lb to 3lbs with fish up to doubles added to the mix. Good mayfly hatch in June and July. Boats are available and a wheelie boat can be booked giving 48 hours notice.

The fishery has been taken over by Rainbow Valley Fish Farm who stock with their own stock. Call 07758561412.

There is a lodge with a cafe, toilets and toilets and facilities for disabled visitors.

Google Map Reference 51.064261, -3.467592 TA22 9NU

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Dulverton Angling Association have fishing on the Barle, Exe and Haddeo. Fly fishing for wild brown trout and grayling, they also get runs of salmon and sea trout and can offer access to many beats on the Exe through membership of the River Exe and Tribuaries Association.

Membership of the club is very reasonably priced at £35 and just a quid for juniors. Call in to Fishing and Guns in Dulverton for a chat about fishing or call 01398 323409.

Google Map Reference 51.037267, -3.552046

TA22 9HQ

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River Exe and Tributaries Association

RETA was formed when major local hotels stopped dealing with fishing on the Exe and Barle. In co-operation with local fishery owners and Dulverton AA they has secured access to a number of beats on the Exe and Barle fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout and grayling for locals and visitors. They list 14 beats.

You can fish for salmon for £30 a day or a tenner for quality brown trout. Or join Dulverton AA for £35.

They have 3 beats on the Exe, contact the Exeter Angling Centre on 01392 436404.

Any profits are reinvested in the River Exe Project working to improve the river.

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Broford Fishing 5 miles double bank for wild brown trout and occasional salmon on the Little Exe. Call 01398 323409.

Google Map Reference 51.066082, -3.538454

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