Blagdon Lake

Tip of the week 

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 

Shallow water still seems the best place to be, but not in sunshine, or early in the day. So, currently anywhere that you can see the bottom is well worth fishing. I've had fish from all round the lake in the past week. What I have noticed is that as the water is so clear, the fish don't like you drifting over the same area too often, so set up the drifts to the side each time. Anchoring seemed to be much slower than drifting.

Must Have Flies 
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