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Fishing With Bristol Water

Bristol Water
May 27 2009


Big fish prizes

Every month a prize of £50.00 is awarded to the biggest fish reported from each venue. The biggest fish for the year from Chew, Blagdon and the Barrows will win its captor £200.00. (Fish must be witnessed by a member of the fisheries team).


Chew Valley is the host to many national and local competitions arranged by various clubs and organizations. Bristol Water also organize an Evening League, a Teams Challenge for teams of six local anglers and a Pike Fishing Tournement. Details of all of these can be obtained by ringing Woodford Lodge on 01275 332339.  


Anyone can learn to fly fish and it’s not as hard as you may think. You don’t need to have any tackle or expensive equipment to start with and Bristol Water supply tutors, helpers and experts to make sure that everyone can enjoy a day at the water. Our instructors are all STANIC* and REFFIS* qualified guides. These are nationally recognized qualifications. As well as running the courses listed here we can also arrange for private instruction. *Salmon and Trout Association National Instructor’s Certificate; Register of Experienced Fly Fishing Instructors and Schools.

Casting tuition

We offer two-hour casting tuition sessions for beginners and near beginners most Saturday mornings from 11am to 1pm during the fishing season. The cost is £20 per person; tackle is provided if needed; groups are kept small and advance booking is essential.

Fly fishing tuition

Once a month, normally on the last Saturday, we offer a fishing class with carefully supervised bank fishing. The four hour course also covers fly selection, entomology and safety and costs £40 per person; groups are small and advance booking is essential. Two half-price bank visits may be taken after completing this course. Boat fishing instruction for one or two persons can also be organised. A four hour session costs £40 - the date and time to be arranged by mutual agreement with the instructor.

Beginners’ days

We offer beginners a chance to try fly fishing on Saturday afternoon sessions throughout the fishing season and some weekdays during August. Here they will learn the basics of fly casting and fishing, as well as have the chance to bank fish, and if available, boat fish during the session. Tackle can be supplied and the cost is just £20.00 per person. Minimum age for juniors is 12 years. Advance booking is essential as there will be limited places on each session. Apply to Woodford Lodge.

Free tuition with John Horsey

John Horsey, our local professional guide, has fished here for many years and is well qualified to give advice and help to newcomers and regulars to the fisheries. This advice is available to anglers free of charge! On six occasions during the season John will be available at Chew Valley to give assistance from boat or bank. You can book him for an hours free tuition. For dates and to book just ring Woodford Lodge.

Enquiries and Bookings

Phone or write to Bristol Water Fisheries, Woodford Lodge, Chew Stoke, Bristol, BS40 8XH. Telephone 01275 332339 for a free brochure, for all enquiries and for bookings.

Weekly update by web or via email.

Visit our web site for regular updates on the fishing at, If you would like the weekly fishing results and news to be emailed to you email: [email protected] to be added to the list.