Blagdon Lake

Tip of the week 
Techniques 

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.

Seven-day forecast 

If the confounded wind ever relents then the fishing ought to be good, although I see that the rest of the week is showing sunshine all round!
Try any of the bays on the south shore - just off the weeds and across the dam - especially in the wind lanes. There is not much fly hatching so the fish are happy to take anything that looks insect-like!

Conditions 
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