Blagdon Lake, Somerset Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Reported by Martin Cottis
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Blagdon Lake, Somerset Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Good news from Bristol Water for the future of our fisheries. The B.W. board have decided to get behind the team at the fishery and try to turn round the fishery. The numbers attending have been dropping and the fishing has been tough over the past year. More money has been promised to get staffing back to better levels and more stock fish have been promised.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 14 / 2018
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Blagdon Lake is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow:

Visibility: 36 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 37 Degrees F

Water condition: Stained

Best time of day to fish: From the bank, early morning and late evening, boats anytime on mild cloudy days, evening otherwise

Best stretch: Home Bay, Long Bay, Green Lawn, Rainbow Point

Best access point: From Lodge on south shore, or on North shore

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Midge all year - black early season, then claret leading to olive. Caddis from May onwards, but the fish tend not to get "on" these flies much Corixae all year, but best from summer onwards. Damsels present but like caddis not taken readily. Sparse upwinged flylife - a few lake olives at times.

Fish species: Brown trout and rainbow trout

Fishing season: 15th March to end of October

Nearest airport: Bristol International Airport is about four miles from the lake

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Blagdon Lake Description

Blagdon Lake is without doubt a magical place to fish, with its history going back as far as the Victorian era. Opened in 1904, one wonders just how many anglers have graced its boats and banks. This is one of the venues featured in "Fifty Places to Fly Fish before you Die". Blagdon is found on the edge of the rolling Somerset landscape better known as the Mendip Hills, and upon driving into the lake's shores ...

Techniques & Tips

Blagdon is a lake that responds really well to nymphs fished slowly. Diawl bachs are the "fly-of-the-lake" and in its many varieties will usually get a few fish. Buzzers also do well. As the season moves on, dry flies become more significant as a fly to put on the end. Lures such as blobs and boobies are always worth a go when the trout are not responsive to the nymphs! Long leaders are usually required (but not too long with the dry fly!) and a decent fluorocarbon is helpful - especially early season when you need to get down. Look to shallower areas and off the weedbeds later in the year.

7-Day Forecast

Opening day for Blagdon - both boat and bank will be 15th March. The hatchery manager was telling make last week that he must empty the big lagoon at the hatchery - it currently holds around 18,000 fish. These will be spread between Chew and Blagdon.

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