After much speculation we are pleased to announce that during October 2017 Bristol Water Fisheries will be offering Fly Fishing for pike at Blagdon Lake!
Bristol Water will be permitting 14 days of pike fly fishing at the lake commencing on the 5th October and ending on the 29th October 2017.
5 boats for the purpose of fly fishing for pike will be permitted on each of the draw dates below. Auctioned dates will host 6 boats on the water. This will include a boat for Bristol Water Guided pike fly fishing days.
Thursday 5th October
Friday 6th October
Monday 9th October
Tuesday 10th October
Wednesday 11th October
Thursday 12th October
Friday 13th October
Monday 16th October
Tuesday 17th October
Wednesday 18th October
Thursday 19th October
Friday 20th October
Saturday 28th October
Sunday 29th October
Why so few tickets?
Blagdon Lake is almost a third of the size of Chew Valley lake, spanning roughly 400 acres in size. Bristol Water feel that significant pressure to the stock found present in the lake would be unsustainable. This is a trial for season 2017 and will give us some idea as to how much pressure these fish can take. Every site is different and we recognize that the stock found in the lake may not be as tolerant to pressure seen at our other water, Chew Valley.
Why are you only permitting Fly Fishing for pike? Why is lure fishing and dead bait fishing not permitted?
During October fly fishing for trout will continue to take place from boats at Blagdon Lake. Due to the lakes size Bristol Water Fisheries believe that permitting lure and dead bait fishing at this time may interfere with other customers enjoying fly fishing for trout. Bristol Water also feel that fly fishing for pike, carried out in the correct way, represents a sustainable way of fishing for pike and is in fitting with Blagdon’s worldwide reputation as a premier fly fishing water. In addition dead bait and lure fishing would require consent from Natural England. Bristol Water feel that at this moment in time a request of this nature would not be suitable.
Why not have pike fishing by dead bait and lure later in the year?
Blagdon is an incredibly important SSSI and is home to an array of rare plant and bird species. Protected unimproved meadows and grassland around this site host some of the rarest plant species in the country. Blagdon also hosts some of the rarest bird species found in the UK. Migrant and overwintering birds use this site regularly and as site owners, we have a legal obligation to protect these species.
Blagdon differs from Chew Valley in that whilst they are both vital habitats for overwintering birds, activities at Blagdon cause relatively a much higher level of harmful disturbance due to the narrow topography of the waterway and its margins. It is crucial that Bristol Water protect key habitat for national migratory wildlife corridors and for biodiversity in general.
Allowing dead bait and lure fishing to commence during the trout fishing season would require additional assent by Natural England and we feel that this could compromise our relationship with this important stakeholder. Requesting permission for pike fishing outside of the trout season is not something Bristol Water Fisheries would be prepared to do at present.
For these reasons and in line with our obligations with Natural England, we are unable to permit boat fishing later in the year.
How much are tickets going to cost?
All boats will be priced at £400.00 (inc vat) each with the exception of our auctioned boats. This would permit two anglers to fly fish for pike from a boat for one day. Dates found in red above will be auctioned off via our eBay auctions. All auctioned boats will be sold with a 99p starting price.
Why are ticket prices so high?
Bristol Water believes pike fishing at Blagdon lake will be considered as a premium product. Previous surveys carried out by our team have indicated that there are some particularly special pike found in the lake.
I am a predator season ticket holder at Chew Valley lake, can I use one of my pike fly fishing days?
No, Predator season tickets only permit fly fishing for pike at Chew Valley Lake.
Why are some boats being auctioned off?
Auctions set the market rate for a ticket and form part of the overall mix for ticket sales. Previous experience at Chew Valley has shown that auctions provide a welcome alternative for some anglers that wish to secure a fishing permit for particular dates and don’t mind paying market rate.
How will tickets be sold?
The main proportion of tickets will be issued to customers via a live draw. This will take place at Woodford Lodge on Friday 11th August at 7:30pm. Interested parties are encouraged to come and watch this draw in person. We aim to live stream this draw via our Facebook page for those customers unable to make this date.
Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket should contact us via our contact form found HERE with an email title of BLAGDON PIKE. You will be required to supply your NAME, FULL ADDRESS, EMAIL ADDRESS and CONTACT TELEPHONE NUMBER. Once entrants have been collated names will be entered into a draw and 5 names will be picked out for each available date. Customers will be permitted to enter their name twice into the draws. Should a customer’s name be picked out twice for the same date, their name will be re-entered into the draw for the following date. This will continue to happen until all available boats have been filled. The draw will decide which date you are able to fish so entrants must be prepared to be flexible with their dates. Customers will not be able to purchase more than 2 boats throughout the draw process .Successful entrants will be required to pay for their draw dates in full within 48 hours of the draw taking place. They will be required to pay via phone on 01275 332339 or in store at Woodford Lodge.
Full terms and conditions of tickets can be found HERE
Boats auctioned via eBay will be available for anyone to bid on irrelevant of the amount of dates purchased through the draw system i.e a person is permitted to purchase a maximum of 6 boats (4 boats via auction and 2 through the live draw). Winning bidders of auctioned boats will be required to pay in full within eBay’s terms and conditions. Non payers will be reported to eBay and may face exclusion from fishing at our waters. Any cancelled fishing by Bristol Water will entitle permit holders to a full refund. There will NOT be an alternate date offered. All auctioned boats will be found on our eBay page HERE
Are anglers permitted to swap dates with other successful entrants?
YES! Bristol Water will permit anglers to swap purchased tickets with other successful entrants provided Bristol Water fisheries are informed of this change within 72 hours of the date they are due to fish. Tickets cannot be purchased via proxy and the named permit holder must fish on the dates they have booked. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a ban from fishing at our waters.
I am entering a draw/auction for a full boat. Does this mean I can bring someone with me to fish with?
Yes, you are entering and paying for a full days boat fishing. Bristol Water permit you to bring a fishing partner on any ticket you are successful in purchasing.
Can I bring my own net, mat, anchor and drogue to the water?
No. Bristol Water will provide all of these items for the pike fishing activity for bio security and pike welfare reasons. Bio-security helps prevent the spread of non-native species and diseases. For more information please take a look at the NNSS website found HERE.
For more information on pike welfare please take a look HERE
How are you ensuring pike welfare? What if an inexperienced angler gets a ticket?
Bristol Water Fisheries take pike welfare seriously. Our lakeside team will be patrolling the lake during this set of trials and we encourage anglers to report any poor handling of fish to Bristol Water Fisheries. Successful applicants are expected to have, at minimum, a basic understanding of fish handling and fish welfare before heading out on the water.
What are the rules?
A special set of rules have been produced for this site. These include:
- A minimum of 40lb wire must be used for all traces. Heavy mono is not permitted to be used as a trace material. Traces must be a minimum of 12 inches in length.
Angler’s fly fishing for pike at Blagdon Lake must use nets, mats, anchors and drogues provided by Bristol Water. Anglers are not permitted to bring to the water any of these items. Anglers are requested to bring suitable unhooking tools to return fish.
- Only fly-fishing is permitted. Only one rod may be in use at any time. Rods must not be left unattended while fishing. The possession and/or use of bait of any kind, spinning, trolling and trailing are prohibited
Full details on the rules for pike fly fishing at Blagdon Lake can be found HERE.
What about the BW guided days, what information can you give on them?
Guided pike fly fishing days will be offered on the following dates:
Thursday 5th October – Bristol Water guided pike fly fishing day with resident guide John Horsey
Friday 6th October- Bristol Water guided pike fly fishing day with resident guide Martin Cottis
Saturday 28th October – Bristol Water guided pike fly fishing day with resident guide Martin Cottis
Sunday 29th October- Bristol Water guided pike fly fishing day with resident guide John Horsey
All guided days will be priced at £800.00 per boat and will be sold on a first come first served basis. They entitle a maximum of 2 anglers to join a boat with one of our resident guides.
After this set of trials is there likely to be following pike fishing dates in later years?
Possibly. This is a trial for season 2017. Bristol Water will continue to review our offering at this site.