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Bewl Water Fishing Lodge
 Lamberhurst, Kent TN3 8JH
  tel 01892 890352
                                                                                                     2014

                                         

 

 

 
Bewl Fishery Report  16th October 2014
(Full report attached)
Water temperature 15degC - Water level  68%
 
Please note:
Saturday 25 October:  No boats are available
Wednesday 29 October:  No Any Method fishing
 
Report:  Fishing has continued to improve over the last few days. The fish are still high in the water  and providing plenty of sport for anglers fishing with dries on floating lines.
A further 420 blue trout were stocked this week.
Catch average for the week, based on returns, is 3.92 fish per rod.
Best areas for boats have been The Main Bowl, Hook Straight including the cages,  the north end of Bewl Straight and Ferry Point.
Bank fishing is slowly improving. Best areas are Chingley , Seven Pound Creek and Bramble Point.
Daddies, Hoppers, Minkies and Diawl Bachs have been the most successful flies.
The SFDG Annual Charity Pairs Competition took place on Sunday 12 October. 18 anglers caught 58 trout giving a rod average of 3.22. Winners were Bob Shaw and Ralph Painter with 15 fish for 31lb 10oz. Money raised is being donated to the Ellenor Lions Hospice.
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report  9th October 2014
(Full report attached)
Water temperature 14. 5degC - Water level  69%
PLEASE NOTE:
 i) ANY METHOD FISHING IS NOT AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY 29 OCTOBER.
ii) WEEKENDS ARE VERY BUSY. WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT BOATS ARE BOOKED IN ADVANCE TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.
 
Junior Flyfishing Course 0900hrs - 1200hrs Friday 31st October - £25 per person.  Please call Fishing Lodge 01892 890532 to book
 
Fishing proved difficult over the weekend but has picked up in the last few days as the water continues to cool pushing rod average for the week based on returns up to an excellent 3.72.
The fish are now spread our across most of the water including as far as Rosemary Lane. They have remained at the top of the water and anglers have been catching with dries on floating lines.
642 blue trout were stocked this week.  Best areas for boats have been The Main Bowl, Bramble Bay, Seven Pound Creek, Hatheralls and Dunsters.  Best areas for bank have been Bramble Bay, Seven Pound Creek and Chingley.  Water temperature 14.5degC - level 69%
Successful flies have again been Daddies, Hoppers, Minkies, Boobies and Cormorants.
The final round of AMFC took place at Bewl on Saturday. 56 anglers caught 170 trout giving a rod average of 3.03.  Full results attached and on
www.bewlwater.co.uk
 
 
 
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 2nd October 2014
(Full report attached)
Water temperature 16degC - Water level 70%
 
There are no Any Method Boats available on Saturday 4 October
 
Weekly Report:   Once again, some days have been better than others for fishing. With cooler , windy weather forecast for the next few days, the water quality is expected to improve. The fish are still on or just below the surface and spread out across the Main Bowl and in to Hook Straight.
Rod average for the week is 2.95 and average fish size 2lbs 6ozs.
 
1500 Bulldog rainbows and 791 blues were stocked this week.
 
Best areas for boats are still the Main Bowl, Chingley and Hook Straight.
Bank anglers are beginning  to catch a few trout from the Dam Wall and Chingley.
Successful flies have again been Daddies, Hoppers, Boobies, Minkies and Cormorants.
 
Winners of the monthly draw for September are 1st R J Willson, 2nd S Davies and 3rd Neil Howe. They will be notified by letter.
Water temperature 16degC - water level 70%
 
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 25th September 2014
(Full report attached)
Water temperature 15degC - Water level 72%
 
 Mixed fortunes this week at Bewl.  The water has cooled to 15degC and the trout are still near or on the surface . However, although they can be seen in the cleart water, they are not always proving easy to catch.  As always, the cloudier days have been better for fishing . The "bubble" has remained on for the last 3 or 4 days which has meant plenty of good sport in the Main Bowl. Rod average for the week based on returns is a still very good 3.02.  Average fish size now 2lbs 5ozs.
806 blue trout from the cages were stocked last week.
Best areas for boat and bank fishing haven't really changed from last week.
Boats - The Main Bowl and the cages area of Hook Straight.
Bank - Still not easy with the Dam, Chingley and Seven Pound Creek  being the best places.
Successful flies have been Boobies, Minkies, Daddies, Hoppers, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs fished on a floating line.
Congratulations to Bewl anglers Rob Barden, Joel Beeney and Mike Heritage who qualified for the 2015 England Squad last weekend at Rutland Water. Vince Brooks is 1st reserve.
Water temprature 15degC - water level 72%
 
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 18th September 2014
(Full report attached)
Water temperature 17degC - Water level 75%
 
This week has seen  a considerable improvement in the fishing at Bewl Water with fish on or just below the surface. 
A number of boat anglers have caught their 8 fish limits on dries. Warmer weather than usual for September has meant that the water near the margins is cooling slower than usual, however, regular Bewl angler Pete Willson caught 9 trout from the Dam Wall at the weekend, - a sign that bank fishing is also improving. 
Rod average for the week, based on returns has jumped up to an excellent 3.9.
 
Most of the boat anglers have been catching in the Main Bowl and Hook Straight.
Best areas for bank fishing are the dam wall and Chingley.
 
Successful flies have again been Minkies, Hare's Ears, Hoppers, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs.
 
Water temperature 17c  -  water level 75%
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 11th September 2014
 
Water temperature 17degC - Water level 75%
 
Fishing has varied from day to day,  depending on the weather conditions. Bright days with little or no wind have proved quite difficult.  The fish are still mainly being caught from the top and continue to spread out across the reservoir. After rising to 18c, the water temperature has now dropped to 17c. Rod average for the week based on returns is 2.75.
Best areas for boats  have been The Main Bowl, Hook Straight and the North end of Bewl Straight.
Bank fishing is improving very slowly. Best areas are Chingley, Bramble Bay and Seven Pound Creek.
Successful flies have again been Minkies, Cormarants, Hoppers, Diawl Bachs and Hare's Ears.
 
The Bewl Bridge Flyfishing Club Annual Invitation Match -  The Grand Max - was fished on Wednesday 10 September by 108 anglers who caught 284 trout for a rod average of 2.63.
The conditions were not the best for a floating line competition as the water had coloured in the previous fed days due to an algal bloom.
The fleet were spread over a large part of the reservoir, but most boats went to the dam area and the winning team was Fish Hawks with 23 fish giving a bag weight of 48lb 8oz.  Tunbridge Wells Fly Fishing Society came a close second and Team Grand Max were third.
Top individual was Rob Barden with seven trout for 14lbs 14ozs caught from the middle of the Main Bowl in front of the fishing lodge and sailing club.  Largest fish was a superb 4lb rainbow netted by Gilliaum Vermeulen. 
Full results attached or from  www.bewlwater.co.uk    
 
 
 
BEWL FISHING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AS WATER TEMP FALLS:
 
Bewl Fishery Report 4th September 2014
 
Water temperature 17degC - Water level 78%
 
THERE ARE NO BOATS AVAILABLE NEXT WEDNESDAY 10th SEPTEMBER - BBFC GRAND MAX COMPETITION
 
Bewl is now fishing exceptionally well from boats.  A number of anglers have reported catching 15-20 trout on catch and release tickets. The bank fishing is also improving slowly. Regular bank angler, Alex Brown caught 8 trout from the Chingley corner of the Dam this week. The fish are high in the water and spread out across the Main Bowl, Hook Straight and the North end of Bewl Straight. Catch average for the week based on returns is an excellent 5.02 fsh per rod.
A further 1091 blue trout weighing an average of 2lb were stocked this week.
 
Best  areas for boats are Canoe Club Corner, The Main Bowl, Hook Straight, Hatherall's and Goose Creek.  Best areas for bank fishing are Chingley, Canoe Club Corner and Seven Pound Creek.
Successful flies have included Cormorants, Boobies, Hoppers, Silver Invictas and Diawl Bachs.
 
Winners of the prize draw for August were 1st Andy Wedd, 2nd A Stevens and 3rd M Beeching.

 
 

 
BEWL FISHING CONTINUES TO IMPROVE AS WATER TEMP FALLS:
 
Water temperature 16degC - Water level 79%
 
The fishing has continued to improve over the last week with many anglers catching their 8 fish limits. The water temperature is  down to 16degC and the fish have moved away from the deep water around Towers and are spreading out across the reservoir. The trout are being caught from or just below the surface.
Based on returns, rod average for the week is 2.96 and average fish size is 2lbs 3ozs.
A further 1480 blues from the cages were stocked this week.
Best areas for boats are Canoe Club Corner, Chingley, Hatherall's, Dunster's and Hook Straight.
Best areas for bank fishing are Seven Pound Creek, Chingley and the Dam (before 10am and after 6pm).
Successful flies have been Hare's Ears, Shipman's, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs and Minkies.

There are no boats available on Wednesday 10 September (BBFC Grand Max Invitation Match).
 
Water temperature 16degC - water level 79%
BEWL FISHING IMPROVES: Week ending 21st August
 
Water temperature 17degC - Water level 81%
 
Fishing has improved enormously over the last week as much cooler weather has meant that the water  temperature  has dropped to 17degC. The trout are no longer deep in the water around the towers but have spread out across the North end of the reservoir from the Dam  to the fish rearing pens and are in the top 10ft - 5ft of the water. Catch average for the week, based on returns, is an exceptional 3.55 fish per rod.
Catch and release for fly fishing has been reinstated with the cooler water.

Best areas for boats are the Main Bowl, Hook Straight and Seven Pound Creek.
A few fish are being caught from the Dam Wall and Chingley where the water is deeper.  As the water cools, bank fishing should continue to improve.  Successful flies have again been Minkies, Boobies, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs.

1020 blues were stocked in the past week.
THERE ARE NO BOATS AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER WHEN THE ANNUAL GRAND MAX COMPETITION TAKES PLACE.

 

 

 Week ending 14th August

The water is at last beginning to cool. The current temperature is 18c. The fish are now mainly  5-10ft below the surface and feeding on fry, and rising to the surface when it's cloudy. Rod average based on returns is 1.94. 
Please remember to give in your returns as the more we have, the more accurate the rod average. Also, every return goes in to the monthly draw with prizes up to the value of £79.50.
 
1600 Bulldog rainbows were stocked earlier in the week.
 
The Main Bowl is still the best area for boat fishing.  Bank fishing has not been easy in a week with some extreme weather but there are signs of improvement as the week ends and regular bank angler Alex Brown caught 6 trout from the Chingley corner of the dam on Thursday morning.
 
Successful flies have again been Minkies, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs , Buzzers and Boobies.
Water temperature down to  18degC.  Water level is 82%

 

Week ending 7th August

There has been very little change in the fishing during the last week. The fish are still  in the deep, cooler water of  the Main Bowl, however the weather is expected to change and become cooler over the next few days. The current water temperature has dropped to 21degC. Catch and release will be available again when the waterdrops below 20c for a significant amount of time.
Rod average for the week, based on returns, is a very good 3.19.
1142 blues weighing 1-12lb to 2-8lb have been stocked over the last 2 weeks.
The Main Bowl is the best area for boat anglers. The trout are now being caught at about 15-20 feet down.  Bank fishing should improve as soon as the water starts to cool and the fish come in closer to the margins.  Successful flies have again been Minkies, Cormorants, Buzzers, Boobies and Diawl Bachs.
 
An early reminder that no boats are available on September 10th when the Annual Grand Max Competition will be taking place.
Water temperature 21egC - water level 84%

 

 

Week ending 1st august

The fishing continues to show signs of improvement. One angler caught a double limit of 8 fish close to the surface.  This week's rod average based on returns is an excellent 4.24.  The methods are some what  unpredictable with anglers sometimes catching 25-30 ft down and at other times just below the surface regardless of weather conditions. 
Best area for boats is still the Main Bowl but bank fishing has yetto  improve as the water is still very warm at 22c.
Successful flies have again been Minkies, Cormorants, Cat's Whiskers, Diawl Backs and Buzzers.
 
Winners of the prize draw for July are 1st C Harwood, 2nd C Fagg and 3rd D Jarvis. They will be notified by post.
 
Water temperature: 22degC.  Water level: 85%

 

Week ending 25th July

Very little has changed since last week. The weather has remained hot and the water temperature has  risen to 23c.  The trout are still mostly being caught deep in the area near the towers, but are rising to the surface to chase fry. The appear in pods of about 15 or 16 and a number of anglers are catching them on the surface on a floating line with Minkies and nymphs.
The catch average for the based on returns is an excellent 5.08 fish per rod.
320 blue trout were stocked this week.
Best area for boats is the Main Bowl to the left of a line from the Sailing Club to Chingley Corner.
Bank fishing is very difficult while the shallow water near the margins is so warm.
Successful flies have been Minkies, Cat's Whiskers, Buzzers, Cormorants and Diawl Bachs.
 
Water temperature 23degC, water level 88%
 
A REMINDER TO BOAT ANGLERS: BOATS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN 100 METRES OF THE TOWERS OR THE DAM. TYING UP OF BOATS TO THE TOWERS IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED.
 
 
 
 
 
Bewl Water Fishery Report - week ending 17 July 2014
 
Despite the hot, bright weather, this week's rod average based on returns is an outstanding 5.17. The fish are still in the Main Bowl which has been the best area for boat anglers but ANGLERS ARE REMINDED NOT TO TIE UP TO THE TOWERS.
 
The Blues are still very deep but the Rainbows have come up high in the water where flyfishers have been taking them on floating lines.  Successful flies have been Boobies, Buzzers, Minkies and Muddlers.  Bank fishing is still not easy due to  the high water temperature and the deep water at the Dam and Chingley are the best places.
 
1341 blue trout from the cages weighing up to 4lb have been stocked this week.
With high water temperatures Catch and Release is still suspended until further notice.
 
Water temperature 20.5degC - Water level 94%
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
Bewl Water Fishery Report 10 July 2014
 
The fish have remained about 25ft - 30ft down in the water and are still fairly difficult to catch. The water temperature has dropped to 18c over the last few days which may mean some improvement and " The Bubble" is now on which will give plenty of good sport in the Main Bowl. Rod average for the week  was a very good 3.80.
CATCH AND RELEASE IS SUSPENDED UNTIL THE WATER TEMPERATURE COOLS DOWN FOR A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME.

The Main Bowl is the best area for boat fishing whilst best bank areas are Chingley and the Dam Wall where the water is deeper.

Successful flies have been Buzzers, Minkies, Cormorants, Diawl Bachs and Boobies.

The Bewl heat of the Sierra Pairs Competition took place on Sunday 6 July. Winners were Rob Barden and Adrian Necci with 16 fish for 42lb 15oz including time bonus  They had caught their fish by 12.20pm.   Despite the challenging conditions, 8 anglers caught 97 trout giving an outstanding rod ave. of 5.38.
Water temperature 18degC - Water level 95%
 
Full report attached
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water

 
 
 
Bewl Fishing improves.......
 
Hot, bright weather conditions have resulted in trout going deep in the water.  Anglers have however managed to catch plenty of fish by fishing with sinking lines in the Main Bowl area and rod average for the week is a very good 3.42 and average fish weight is 2lbs 4ozs.
Best areas  for boats - Main Bowl from Dam to The Cages.
Bank fishing is, as always, challenging when the water is so warm. The deeper water at the Dam wall and Chingley are the best places to try.
Successful flies have been Buzzers, Boobies, Blobs and Minkies fished deep .
The second SEFF Qualifier took place at Bewl on Sunday 29 June. 28 anglers caught 101 trout giving an excellent rod average of 3.61. 
The winner was Vince Brooks with 8 fish weighing 19lb 10oz inc. time bonus. 
Winners of the prize draw for June are 1st P B Taylor, 2nd P Hazell and 3rdB Clifton. They will be notified by post. To stand a better chance of winning, please write your name and address clearly on the permit - illegible permits cannot win prizes!!
Water temperature 20degC, water level 96%.
 
Please find full report attacherd - also results from Sunday's SEFF England Qualifier, plus aggregate results from both rounds.
 
Howard Mackenzie

 

week ending 26th June

 


Warm weather has meant the fishing has been quite challenging again. However, a number of anglers have managed to catch their 8 fish limits, mostly by fishing fairly deep in the Main Bowl. The forecast for the next few days is cooler temperatures and rain which should hopefully bring the trout nearer to the surface and improve the fishing. At 2.7 fish per rod the catch average is slightly better than last week whilst average weight of fish has risen to 2lbs 4ozs.
 
Best areas for boats have been Chingley and the Main Bowl.
Bank anglers have had some success from the Dam Wall, both corners of the Dam and Chingley.
Successful flies have again been Cormorants, Black Buzzers, Black Boobies and Silver Invictas.
Any method anglers have been catching with small silver or green spinners.
!001 blues from the cages, ave.weight 2lb were stocked this week.
 
Water temp. 20degC - Water level 97%
 
last week was a difficult week of fishing for the most part. A combination of hot, bright weather and the fish fry feeding made trout hard to catch. However Wednesday 18th everything changed and the trout were back near the surface and anglers were catching limits and on Friday 20th June bank anglers George Brown and Arthur Lucas had a spectacular bag of 13 fish from the corner of the dam (picture attached).
 
The rod average for the week from catch returns was 2.17.
 
Best area for boats has been across the North end of the reservoir from the dam to the cages.
Best areas for bank fishing have been the Dam Wall before 10am and after 6pm, and Chingley.
The trout are mainly taking black flies such as Cormorants, Boobies, Crunchers and Buzzers.
 
500 blues and 1500 Bulldog rainbows were stocked this week.
 
Water temperature 19degC - water level 99%
 
Howard Mackenzie

 

Week ending 5th June

A slightly more challenging week at Bewl with some days better than others. The changing wind and weather conditions have made the fish harder to catch at times. There is also an abundance of pin fry which they are feeding on. Rod average for the week based on returns is 2.81.
The trout remain spread out across the water.
1502 blue trout, ave. weight 2lb have been stocked this week.
Best areas for boat and bank have been The Dam, Chingley, Goose Creek, Rosemary Lane, Ferry Point, Monty's Seat and the top of Hook Straight.
Successful flies have been Diawl Bachs, Silver Invictas, Buzzers, Boobies and Cormorants.
 
Congratulations to all of the England Team, and particularly Bewl Bridge FC members Joel Beeney, Vince Brooks, John Pearne, Clive Perkins and Bill Rankin on winning Gold at the Spring International at Lough Owel in the Republic of Ireland.
 
Water temp.17degC - Water level 99%
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water

 
 
Bewl Water Weekly Fishing Report 29 May 2014
 
The cooler weather has led to a drop in water temperature and the fish are back to the top 2-3 feet of the reservoir. The rod average from returns this week is an excellent 4.62.  Fish are still spread out all over the reservoir and feeding on pin fry, and, later in the day, sedge.
500 blues weighing approx. 2lb were stocked this week.   Best areas for boat and bank have been the Dam, Chingley, end of Hook Straight and Rosemary Lane.
Successful flies have been Diawl Bachs, Buzzers, small Boobies and Cormorants.
The Southern Heat of The Anglian Water Airflo International took place at Bewl on Saturday 24 May. 24 anglers caught 154 fish giving a superb rod average of 6.41. Meridian Flyfishers were winners with 44 trout  weighing 97lb 14oz inc. time bonus. Harry Fox of Meridian was top rod with 8 fish for 21lb 14oz inc. time bonus. Harry had caught his 8 fish by 11.15 am.
Winners of the prize draw for May 2014 are 1st T Saville, 2nd Simon Mole and 3rd Arthur Lucas. They will be notified by post.
 
Water temp 15degC - Water level 99%
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
22 May Bewl report
 
The fishing has varied from day to day. One or two bright, still days at the weekend made conditions somewhat challenging with the trout going deeper, but things soon picked up when the temperature dropped. Catch average for this week is an excellent 3.9 fish per rod. 
Best areas for boat fishing have been The Main Bowl, close to the Dam, Ferry point to Chingley and Bewl Straight.
Bank anglers have had most success at Canoe Club Corner, Ferry Point, Monty's Seat and Chingley.
Successful flies have again been Buzzers, Boobies, Cormorants and Diawl Bach.
The first round of the SEFF National Qualifier took place on Sunday 18 May. 28 anglers caught 88 trout giving a rod ave of 3.14. The winner was Bill Rankin with 8 fish weighing 20lb 6oz including time bonus.
1000 of the Bewl reared brown trout weighing up to 1lb and 1500 Bulldog rainbows ave weight 2lb were stocked this week.
Water temp.16.5degC - water level 99%
 
LIFE JACKET AMNESTY:  With weekends very busy, we need all the life jackets we have. 40 have gone missing already this season which has added a further £2,500 to the fishery's running costs.  Removal of Bewl Water property from the site should be treated as theft, however we accept that many of these may have been removed accidently and so would ask that you check cars, sheds etc and return any found immediately to the Fishing Lodge as they must be checked before they go back into use.     
 
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 15 May 2014
 
Strong winds and heavy rain deterred most anglers at the end of last week and the weekend. Those who did brave the elements were rewarded with some good fishing. Rod average for the week was 2.7 and the fish have started to go deeper in the water and have been 4-5 feet down. 
1000 blue trout were stocked on Monday and all trout are spread out across the water.
Best areas for boats have been Hook Straight, The Nose , Hatheralls and Rosemary Lane.
Best areas for bank fishing are been Ferry Point, Seven Pound Creek, Dunsters and the Oak Trees.
Successful flies haven't changed much again  - Cormorants, Boobies, Damsels and green and black flies such as Vivas and Montanas.

LIFE JACKET AMNESTY:  With weekends very busy, we need all the life jackets we have. 40 have gone missing already this season which has added a further £2,500 to the fishery's running costs.  Removal of Bewl Water property from the site should be treated as theft, however we accept that many of these may have been removed accidently and so would ask that you check cars, sheds etc and return any found immediately to the Fishing Lodge as they must be checked before they go back into use.       Water temp. 13.5c  water level
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
 
Bewl Fishery Report 8 May 2014
 
(Full report attached)
 
Fishing has improved again over the last week. This week's rod average is an exceptional 4.47 fish per rod.
The fish are in the top few feet and well spread out. A further 1800 of the popular blue trout have been stocked over the last week.
Best areas for boat fishing have been Bewl Straight, in particular Ferry Point to Chingley and Hatherells.  The end of Hook Straight is also worth a visit but can be full of fish one day and very quiet the next.
Bank anglers have been catching at Ferry Point, Bramble Point and Rosemary Lane.
Successful flies have been Cat's Whiskers, Buzzers, Damsels, Boobies and FABs.
The latest round of the AMFC competition took place at Bewl on Wednesday 7 May. Groups 2 and 3 were both in action. Both groups had rod averages of over 5.  Bewl A won Group 2. Winners of Group 2 were Greylags with a total catch of 38 trout.
 
Water temp. 14degC - water level 100%
 
Howard Mackenzie
Bewl Fishery Weekly Report 1 May 2014
 
The rod average from returns for this week is  a still good 3.55.
The fish are now spread out across the water and despite the water temperature starting to rise, they have remained close to the surface, only going down a few feet in bright, sunny conditions
Best areas for boat and bank have been the top end of Hook Straight, The Nose, Ferry Point and Rosemary Lane. Trout have begun to show in front of the playground and at Canoe Club Corner.
Successful flies  have been Buzzer, Cormorant, Booby and black and green flies such as Viva and Montana.
Winners of the prize draw for April 2014 are 1st J Simmonds, 2nd Roy Hebburn and 3rd Iaraslav Leventin. If you want to be in with a chance of winning, please give in your fishing returns and also make sure that your name and address is clearly written on the permit stub at the time of purchase
As weekends now get very busy, we strongly advise booking boats to avoid disappointment and a wasted journey.  Water temp. 14c  Water level 100%
Fishermen's breakfast are available after 1st May from 0730 daily Monday to Friday in the Waterside Restaurant (main car park) and Saturday and Sunday in the Sailing Clubhouse.
 
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
 
Bewl Water Fishing report w/e 24 April 2014
 
Fishing is still good with a rod average of 3.71 from returns with fish still in the top 2-3 feet and now more spread out across the water. There are trout in most areas but no real "hot spots" at the moment.  A number of the popular blue trout are now putting in an appearance.
 
Another 1500 trout from Bulldog Fish Farm were stocked this week and stocking of home-reared Blues commences shortly.
 
Best areas for boats have been Bewl Straight, Ferry Point and the top of Hook Straight.
Bank anglers have been catching from Monty's Seat to the Gorse Bushes and both sides of Bewl Straight. 
Successful flies have been similar to last week - Buzzer, Cormorant, Damsel and Booby whilst any method anglers have been catching by anchoring and using bait.
 
Water temp 13degC, water level 100%
 

 

 

Week ending 17th April

The good fishing has continued for another week. Rod average for the week , based on returns received is a very good 3.94.
Conditions haven't changed much since last week. The fish are still in the top 4-6 feet and close in to the banks.  The water is very clear and the fish are well spread out. The only areas not fishing so well are Canoe Club Corner and the cages.
Fish that have been spooned have been  found to be full of buzzers.
Successful flies include Boobies, Cormorants, Damsels  and Buzzers. 
Any method anglers have reported catching better with bait than spinners.
A further 1500 trout from Bulldog Fisheries weighing 2lb - 3.5lb  were stocked this week all over the lake.
Remember, if you put your returns in after fishing, you will be in with a chance of winning prizes of boats and permits with a value of up to £79.50 in the monthly 'Returns Draw'.
 
Water temp 10degC - water level 100%
Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
 
Office: 01892 890661
Mobile: 07918 732902

 

 BEWL WATER FISHERY WEEKLY REPORT week ending: 10 April 2014

 Bewl Water is still fishing well. Based on returns, the rod average is 3.44.
With the bright weather, the trout are a slightly deeper than they have been, now about 6-8 feet down,
however, cool nights have meant a small drop in water temperature to 9degC.
Best areas for fishing boat and bank, have been Chingley to Hath:erells, Monty's Seat to Ferry Point, Dunsters
and Rosemary Lane. Hook Straight including Seven Pound Creek picked up for a while but the fish appear to
have moved away again. Lots of different flies have been catching - most popular being Damsel, Buzzer, Cat's
Whisker and Cormorant. Black, black and green, and black and orange have been the best colour
combinations.
The BBFFC Annual Bank Competition took place on Saturday 5 April. 55 anglers caught 154 trout giving a
good bank rod average of 2.8. Overall winner was Nick Cox with 8 beautiful fish for 20lb 2oz which he netted
at Monty's Seat. The biggest fish of the competition was a 2lb 13oz rainbow landed by Michael Hughes-
Nurse. Water temp. 9degC -Water level 100%

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing report - 3 April 2014

Water temperature is up to 10degC and water level 100%

The fishing has continued to be very good for the last week. The fish have been in the top 2-3 feet and most anglers have been using floating or intermediate lines. Rod average for the week was 4.58 based on returns.

Best areas for boat and bank have been Rosemary Lane, Dunsters , Tinkers Marsh and Bewl Straight in general.  After the recent stocking, the trout have spread out more in the water.
Successful flies have been Cormorant, Damsel, Viva, Montana, Buzzer and Cat's Whisker.

A further 1500 rainbows from Bulldog fish farm were stocked this week. 500 were put straight into the water in front of the sailing club whilst the remaining 1000 were  put into the holding net then  then distributed to Seven Pound Creek, Hook Straight, Ferry Point, The Nose and Dunsters.

Reminder for bank anglers - The BBFFC bank competition takes place on Saturday 5 April, so space on the bank in some areas may be limited.

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

As boat fishing draws into its final month I must record my thanks to Janet Beeney in the Bewl Fishing Lodge for the effort she has put into collating all the returns and information that we collect from anglers and converting it into the report we send out to you each week.  This is the first season that we have been emailing out a report to all who have signed up for it and we hope that the information has been useful and helped your enjoy your fishing here.

 Weekly Report 31 October 2013

Fishing has been a bit more difficult this week . Very strong winds and heavy rain have made conditions on the water uncomfortable however rod average for the week still a reasonable 2.34.
The fish have remained in the top 1-2 feet of the water.  Best areas for boats have been Chingley, the Main Bowl and Hook Straight and for bank fishing have been Bramble Point, Ferry Point, Ward's Lane and Chingley.  Successful flies are again Minkies, Minky Boobies, Cormorants and Daddies. (We have sold out of all Minkies  and Minky Boobies in the Bewl Fishing Lodge).
Vince Brooks' Annual Charity Competition took place on Saturday in high winds.  83 anglers caught 168 trout giving a rod average of 2.02. The winner was Keith Lawrence with 7 fish weighing 13lb 1oz. £1307 was raised for Fishing For Forces.
Boat fishing runs to end of November but part of fleet is now off the water for winter maintenance so a reduced number are available.  To avoid disappointment and a wasted journey, prior booking, especially at weekends, is strongly advised.  Lodge open through November 0830-1030 only.
Winners of the prize draw for November are 1st Chris Moore, 2nd Maurice Sarson and 3rd A Dadswell. They will be notified by post. 
Water temperature 12.5degC  - water level 65%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382


www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 24 October 2013

The good fishing has continued , although for last 2 or 3 days only the hardiest of anglers have braved the wind and heavy rain.  Catch average for the week  is extraordinarily good 5.28 fish per rod and average fish weight remains high at 2lbs 3ozs.

The fish have continued to spread out across the water and have moved in closer to the margins. They are still in the top 1 - 2 feet of the water. 

Best areas for boats are still from the dam across the Main Bowl and down to the end of Hook Straight and Bewl Straight up top Dunsters.

Bank fishing is improving . Best areas are Ferry Point, Monty's Seat, Bramble Point and Dunsters.
Successful flies haven't changed much - Hoppers, Minkies, Boobies and Cormorants.

Water temperature 13degC and water level 64.7% although some refilling has now taken place.

Water temp 14degC & water level 65.6%


Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

 Report 17 October 2013

Not much has changed since last week's fishing report. The trout are still close to the surface and spread out from the Dam,  across the Main Bowl to the end of Hook Straight. Lots of anglers have caught 8 fish limits. Rod average for the week is 3.46 and average weight has risen to 2lbs 5ozs.
A further 850 rainbows with an average weight of 2lb were stocked this week.

Best areas for boat fishing are the dam, Chingley ,Main Bowl and Hook Straight.
Bank fishing is improving. Best areas are the Dam Wall , Chingley, Bramble Point and Wards Lane.
Successful flies have again been Hoppers, Cormorants, Minkies and Boobies fished on a floating line.

The Sussex Charity Pairs Competition between the North Kent and the Sussex Fly Dressers Guild took place in torrential rain on Sunday. 24 anglers caught 70 trout giving a rod ave of 2.9. Winners were Ray French and Bob Shaw. The match raised £156 which was donated to Ray's and Bob's charity of choice - The British Heart Foundation.
THERE ARE NO BOATS AVAILABLE ON SATURDAY 26th OCTOBER.
Water temp 14degC & water level 65.6%


Howard Mackenzie

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 10 October 2013

The good fishing has continued for another week. Conditions haven't really changed since last week. The fish are still high in the water but do need a bit of work to catch them at times. This week's rod average is a very good 3.99 and average fish weight up to 2lbs 2ozs.

Best areas for boats  - from the dam across the Main Bowl and into Hook Straight . The cages and further down Hook Straight.  Bank anglers are catching well from the dam wall. There are also plenty of fish at Chingley and Bramble Point which are starting to come in closer as the water cools.
Successful flies have been Minkies, Minky Boobies, Sparkler Boobies , Cormorants and Hoppers. All fished on a floating line.

Request from Vince Brooks:  Please could anyone wishing to take part in Vince's Annual Boss's Day Charity Competition on 26th October, and hasn't yet done so, please give him a ring on 07955 174210, so that he has a reasonably clear idea of numbers.

Water temperature 14degC - water level (now falling quite quickly) 65%


Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 3 October 2013

After several weeks of somewhat challenging conditions, Bewl is now fishing very well with many anglers catching between 10 and 20 trout. This week's rod average is a superb 4.19. 
The fish have spread out from the dam and Main Bowl areas and into the arms as the water continues to cool and the best method of catching is to watch the water for movement and cast towards it as the fish rise.  353 rainbows with an average weight of 2lb were stocked this week.

Best areas for boats are from the dam, across the Main Bowl and  Hook Straight  including, and beyond the Cages.  Bank anglers have been catching lots of trout from the dam wall and Chingley. Bramble Bay is also worth a try.  Successful flies have been Hoppers, Cormorants and Minkies on a floating line.  Water temperature 16degC - Water level 70%

Winners of the prize draw for September are 1st Simon Wood, 2nd F Farley and 3rd Jared Scott. They will be notified by letter.
An early reminder that there are no boats available on Saturday 26th October but, as the Belgian Open has been cancelled, there are now plenty of boats available on Sunday 27th.


Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

 

 

Full Weekly Report 26th September 2013)

A better week for fishing which should now hopefully continue. The fish are in the top 1-2 feet of the water and are spread across the Mail Bowl into Hook Straight, past the cages.  Angler Andy Crossley reported catching 20 trout on a catch and release ticket.
Largest fish of the week was a brown weighing 8lb + caught from a boat by Mr M Edwards on a Daddy. (Released back into the water).

Best areas for boats have been Chingley the Main Bowl and Hook Straight.
Best areas for bank fishing are Chingley, the dam wall and Bramble Point. This should improve as the water cools.
Successful flies have been Claret Hoppers, Daddies, Klinkhammers, Harry Potters and fry patterns.

1164 rainbows weighing an average of 1lb 12oz were stocked this week

Water temperature 17degC - water level 71%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing Weekly Report 12th September 2013

At last the fishing is improving. Cooler weather, especially at night have meant a drop in water temperature to 17c and the fish have come up to the top 6 feet in the water and will hopefully soon start to spread out. Southern Water have also turned the "bubble" on which has given plenty of good sport in the Main Bowl.  Mr Smith caught 8 trout with a total weight of 23lb on an any method ticket.  No further information available. 
The Police competion which took place on Wednesday yielded 89 trout for 21 anglers giving a rod average of 4.23 while overall rod average for the week is a very good 3.36.
Best areas for boat fishing have been Chingley, the Main Bowl and the Cages.
Bank fishing should soon pick up, in the mean time the best areas to try are still the dam wall and Chingley Deep.  Successful flies have been Boobies, Floating Fry, Silver Invictas and Cormorants.
A FINAL REMINDER THAT THERE ARE NO BOATS  AVAILABLE ON WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER.
Another request for anglers to PLEASE submit their returns after fishing.  The more we have, the more accurate the report and the rod average.  Water temperature 17degC water level 74%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382


www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 5th September 2013

Cooler temperatures meant the fishing improved and became easier over the weekend, although the extreme heat of the last 2 or 3 days have seen the water temperature rise again and the fishing become more challenging. The trout are mainly down deep but are rising quickly to the top to feed on the fry. Much cooler weather is forecast for the weekend which should  mean we see things improve again and continue to improve as September progresses.
Best areas for boats have been the deeper water of the main bowl and the area near the cages.
Best areas for bank fishing are Chingley, the Dam Wall and Ferry Point.
Flies are much the same as last week - Boobies, Diawl Bachs , Buzzers and fry patterns.
Winners of the monthly draw for September are 1st James Dench, 2nd B Holt and 3rd G Bradfield. they will be notified by post.
Water temperature 21degC water level 76%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 29th August 2013

Fishing has been challenging for another week although there is light at the end of the tunnel, with an angler reporting that he caught 9 trout on a floating line with a team of 2 boobies and a cormorant. The fish were only 6 - 12 inches below the surface.

Best areas for fishing are the same as last week - The Main Bowl and the Cages for boats and the Dam Wall and Chingley for bank anglers.

Successful flies have been Boobies, Cormorants and Buzzers and the best fish of the week was a 3lbs 4ozs Blue caught by Arthur Lucas.

There are no boats available on Wednesday 18th September when the Bewl Bridge Flyfishers host their annual invitation Grand Max match.

Water temperature 21degC and water level 79%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

Weekly Report 22nd August 2013

 Another challenging week at Bewl. The fish are slowly moving away from the Main Bowl and Towers, but
remain fairly deep, only coming up to very quickly take the fry from about 6 inches below the surface. Some
anglers are managing to catch them on the surface using small boobies on a floating line, but most are being
caught several feet down.
Best areas for boats - The Chingley side of the main bowl, the cages and Hook Straight.
Bank fishing is best from the dam wall (before 10am and after 6pm only) and Chingley, where the water is
deeper.
Best flies to try are much the same as last week - Boobies , Silver Invictas, Diawl Bachs and Buzzers.
A further 1800 rainbows weighing 1lb 12oz to 2lb were stocked this week.
Biggest fish of the week was a 7lb rainbow caught by Andy Lush approx 30ft down in the Main bowl near the
towers with a soft plastic lure.
Water temp.18.5degC Water level 81%

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 15th August 2013

A few difficult days at the start of the week, but the water temperature has dropped to 19c and things are improving. The fish are  continuing to spread out over the reservoir and can be seen on the top of the water.
Best areas for boats  - Chingley, the Main Bowl and Hook Straight.
A few trout have been caught from the bank at the Chingley corner of the dam.
The dam wall is now open for fishing until 10am and after 6pm.

The trout are fry feeding. Successful flies are fry patterns on the top of the water and Buzzers and Diawl Bachs fished deeper.
The cooler water has meant that stocking can was resumed witha further 840 rainbows introduced to the water this week.
The Bewl Bridge Flyfishing Club's Grand Max Competition will take place on Wednesday 18th September - please note that all boats are booked for this day.

Water temperature 19degC - water level 81%

Howard Mackenzie

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Report 8th August 2013

Find "The Method" has been the advice for this week. Once found anglers have been rewarded with catches of 20 + trout. This week's rod average is an excellent 3.96.
The fish are still in the main bowl but have moved away from the towers to the areas closer to Chingley. They are being caught either on the top with a Buzzer or booby fished static, or about 20 feet down with buzzers on a sinking line.
Best areas for boats - Main bowl, Chingley and the Cages.
Bank fishing is still not easy. The Dam and Chingley are the best areas to try.
Successful flies have been Boobies, Buzzers, Cormorants and fry patterns.
Any method anglers have catching with small spinners.

Water temperature 21degC  - Water level 84%

Howard Mackenzie

Bewl Trout Fishing

(Full Weekly Report 1st August 2013 attached plus pic of James Dench and 3lbs 8ozs Brown caught end of July)

 

Cooler weather over the last week has improved the fishing. They are not as deep and have spread out across the water. Anglers have been catching at a depth of about 10ft rather than the 25 ft of the last few weeks. This week's rod average is an excellent 3.58. Brown trout are beginning to show, especially at the end of Hook Straight.
Best areas for boats are the Main Bowl, the cages and the end of Hook Straight.  Bank fishing is still challenging and the deeper water of Chingley is the best place to try.  Successful flies have been Buzzers, mini lures, Cat's Whiskers, Minkies, Minkie Boobies and Sparkler Boobies.

An early reminder that no boats are available on Wednesday 18 September when the Annual Grand Max competition will be taking place.

Winners of the prize draw for July are 1st Adrian Bell, 2nd B Gooden and 3rd Mike Jones. They will be informed by letter.

Water temperature 20degC, water level 85.5%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 25th July 2013

Even hotter weather this week has meant that although trout are showing just under the surface, most of the fish being caught have  have come from about 25 feet down in the main bowl with a sinking line and buzzers and a number of anglers have caught their 8 fish limits by using this method.

Bank fishing is still very difficult, as it always is when the water temperature rises and the Chingley corner of the dam is the best place as the water is deeper there.  
The returns show a rod average of 2.56 and fish caught weigh an average of 2lbs 4ozs.

Best flies to try are Black Buzzers, Green Buzzers, Red Diawl Backs and fry patterns.

Water temperature is 23degC and water level remains high at 87%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing


The very hot, sunny weather has rapidly increased the water temperature to 23c and made fishing a bit more challenging as the trout go deep to find the cooler water. However some anglers have had some good sport in the deep water of the main bowl using a fast sinking line and buzzers. Regular rod Steve Farrell had  a mixed bag of 10 fish. including  a 5lb rainbow, a 4lb blue and 2 browns weighing 2lb 5oz and 3lb.  Average fish weight remains an excellent 2lbs 6ozs.
Best areas for boats are the Main Bowl and Chingley.
Bank fishing is not easy, but the deeper water of Chingley and the corners of the dam are the best places to try.  Successful flies have been Buzzers, Cormorant and fry patterns.
If water temperatures remain high Catch and Release will be suspended until temperatures fall.
Please remember that if fishing in the Main Bowl boats are to keep 100m clear of the draw off tower, the overflow tower and the dam wall.  Tying boats to the towers is dangerous and may cause damage both to boats and Southern Water's operational equipment.
Water temperatue 23degC - water level 88%

Howard Mackenzie

Bewl Trout Fishing

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The fishing continues to be challenging, however the rod average based on returns for the week is 2.48 which is good for the time of the year with the hot, bright weather conditions. 
PLEASE remember to give in your returns - fly or any method. If you forget on the day, they can be given over the phone or by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . This applies to season ticket holders as well.
The fish are now lower in the water and moving further from the banks. They are still feeding on the fry.
Best areas for boat anglers are The Main Bowl, and Hook Straight. Bank fishing is not easy but Ferry Point is worth a try.
The trout are taking fry patterns, Cat's whiskers, Buzzers and Cormorant.
Water temperature is 19c Water level 89.1%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

 

 Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 4th July 2013

 

Fishing at Bewl is still somewhat challenging. The fish are visible just below the surface but are proving difficult to catch due to a plentiful supply of natural food such as fry and daphnia. However, a number anglers have managed to catch their limits.
1000 rainbows weighing 1-12oz to 2lb were stocked this week

Best areas for boat fishing have been close to the dam, end of Hook Straight, Ferry Point and Chingley.  Bank fishing is becoming less successful as the water warms up but there have been lots of trout at Ferry Point and in the corners of the dam.  Best flies have been Buzzers, White Boobies and fry patterns.

Winners of the monthly draw for June were 1st Mick Priest, 2nd P Cook and 3rd Scott Hall. Winners have been notified by post.

Water temperature 17degC and water level 92%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 27th June 2013

Water temperature 16degC Water level 94%. 
Over 900 Blues of 2-3lbs and 200 rainbows of 2lbs were stocked this week.

After a few days of difficult fishing, things have started to improve . The fish are still in the top 3 or 4 feet of the water and feeding on fry, daphnia, sedge and damsels.  Best areas for boat fishing are close to the Dam, Monty's Seat to Dunsters end of Hook Straight and the Cages.

Bank fishing is becoming more difficult as the water warms up. Bramble Point and Ferry Point are the best places to try.  Successful flies have been Green Buzzers, Blobs, Boobies, Cormorants and Damsels.

The second heat of the SEFF Qualifier took place on Sunday 23 June. 27 anglers caught 53 trout giving a rod average of 1.89.The winner was Gilliam Vermeulen with 7 fish weighing in at 14lb 15oz. Overall winner of the 2 heats was Vince Brooks. The top 7 anglers will compete in the National Final at Grafham Water in September

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

l Weekly Report 20th June 2013

Fishing is still on the challenging side. The fish are up and down in the water and can frequently be seen but are proving difficult to catch at times. Much of this is down to constantly changing wind  speed  and direction and an abundance of natural food for the trout such as jelly fly and micro midge.

Best flies have stayed very much the same over the last few weeks - Cormorants, Buzzers, Boobies and Damsels and best areas for bank fishing  have been Monty's Seat, Ferry Point, Seven Pound Creek and the front of the playground.  Boat fishermen report the fish are spread out all over the reservoir for boat fishing, with the exception of Rosemary Lane.  500 blues weighing 1.75lb to 3lb were stocked this week and average size of fish caught is an excellent 2lbs 7ozs.

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Water temperature 16.5degC -  water level 95.6%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing


Change in weather and wind direction has made the fishing more challenging this week. The fish are still in the upper layers of the water and still gradually moving away from the bank.
Best areas for boats have been both corners of the dam, Copen's Reach, Bewl Straight and Rosemary Lane.  Bank anglers have been catching Monty's Seat, Ferry Point, Hatherells Bay and Bramble Point.  Successful flies have once again been Buzzers, Cormorants, Boobies and Damsels.

A further 1008 of the popular blue trout, weighing up to 3lbs 8ozs were stocked this week and average fish weight has risen to 2lbs 6ozs.

Another request for all anglers, fly AND any method to please give their fishing returns in. There is a letter box in the weighing room just under the self service permits for this purpose. The more returns we get, the more accurate the information and  rod average.

Water temperature 15.5degC,  water level 97%

Howard Mackenzie

Bewl Trout Fishing

 Weekly Report 6th June 2013

Another good week of fishing at Bewl Water with an increased rod average of 4.28. The fish have been in the top 3-4 feet of the water, but that is likely change with the warm bright weather that we are currently experiencing. The water has finally begun to slowly warm up and the fish are starting to head out away from the banks and into deeper water. However,  regular angler Duncan Collins netted 19 from the bank at Monty's Seat and 6 from Canoe Club Corner at the weekend.
Best areas for boats and bank are Monty's Seat to the gorse bushes, Goose Creek, both corners of the dam and Bramble Point.  Successful flies have been Buzzers, Cormorants, Blobs, Boobies and Diawl Bachs.  Any Method anglers succeeded on spinners. 
The BBFC Boat Competition took place on Sunday 2nd June. 34 anglers caught 161 fish giving a rod average of 5.2. Overall winner was Ray French with 8 trout weighing 21lb 15oz.
All anglers should submit returns on each visit - remember these are entered into a monthly prize draw for permits and boats to the value of £143 each month. Winners of the May 2013 draw are 1st T Birks, 2nd A Goldsmith and 3rd M Harris. Winners will be notified by post.
Water temperature 13degC and water level remains very high at 98.7%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 30th May 2013

Fishing improved over the weekend. The trout have been in the top 2 - 3 feet of the water. A number of anglers caught their 8 fish limits fairly quickly. This week's rod average has risen to a very good 3.56 and fish average 2lbs 4ozs.  A further 1000 blues of 2lb were stocked this week.
Best areas for boat fishing are Ferry Point to Monty's Seat, Rosemary Lane and Tinker's Marsh.
Best areas for bank fishing have been Bramble Point and Monty's Seat.
Successful flies are Blobs, Boobies, Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and Cat's Whiskers while Any Method anglers favour spinners.
The first leg of the SEFF qualifier took place on Sunday 26 May. 28 anglers caught 141 trout giving a rod average of 5.04.  Overall winner was Vince Brooks with a bag weight of 22lb 15oz for 8 fish including a time bonus. Full results from www.bewlwater.co.uk
Weekends have been very busy with a high demand for boats.  We strongly advise that boats are booked in advance to avoid disappointment or a wasted journey.  (Evening boats from 3pm can only be reserved by paying the full day price in advance).
Water temperature 13degc and water level remains excellent at 98.7%.

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water

 

 

 

SEFF Qualifier First Leg 26th May 2013

Bright sunny weather with occasional cool breeze and very clear water greeted the 28 anglers who competed in the first leg of the SEFF qualifier on Sunday 26th May.  While fishing was not easy, perseverance and expertise paid off for most who returned a catch average of 5.02 fish per rod with bags containing excellent size and quality fish of up to 4lbs.  Top rod Vince Brooks took 8 fish for 20lbs 7ozs plus a time bonus of 2lbs 8ozs while his boat partner Nick Cox came second with a slightly lighter bag but better time bonus.  Aggregate points are awarded which combine with those achieved in the second leg on 23rd June - the lower the aggregate points the higher the final position.  Full results attached.

Howard Mackenzie

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

(Full Weekly Report 23rd May 2013 and International report / results attached)

Please note The Waterside Restaurant in the Bewl Water Visitor Centre is now open daily for Fishermen's Breakfast from 0730hrs

Mixed fortunes this week with very clear water, changing wind directions and a fall in temperature.  Although some anglers have found the fishing difficult, others have reported having plenty of good sport and catching up to 20 trout.  The fish have moved slightly away from the margins, but the still cool water temperature has led them to stay in the shallower areas rather than in the deep water and trout are generally within the top 3 feet of the water.
Stocking resumed after a break for the Spring International with 1600 superb Bulldog rainbows of 2lbs plus and 437 home-reared 2 to 4lbs Bewl brownies, all stocked on Tuesday.
Best areas at the moment, for bank and boat, are on Bewl's North Shore.  Canoe club corner, the shore in front of the playground, Bramble Point and further down Hook Straight have all produced fish. Successful flies have been Blobs, Boobies, Diawl Bach, Cormorant and Buzzers while Any Method has favoured spinners.  Water temperature is 11degC and water level is 98.5%.

Bewl hosted the IFFA Spring Home International Match on Friday 17th May.  Scotland were the winners with  a total bag weight of 127lb 14oz.  Rod average for the event topped 2.8 and full results can be seen on the Bewl website at www.bewlwater.co.uk

Howard Mackenzie

 

17th May International Report fromn Bewl Water by Vince Brooks

 

On Friday May 17th, the International Fly Fishing Association ‘Spring International Fly Fishing Match’

returned to Bewl Water. Following at least three days of intensive practice, teams of 14 anglers from

England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed in an 8-hour competition for top honours.

The weather leading up to Friday had been changeable with the wind blowing from a different direction each day. This, coupled with the gin clear water and a drop in temperature, made the fishing quite challenging.

Match day brought an overcast sky and a cool, north east wind, conditions which seemed to suit the Scottish team and their method of fishing a midge tip line with buzzers and a foam blob which picked up fish constantly throughout the day.

 

Scotland took Gold with 63 fish weighing in at 127lbs 5ozs

England 2nd with 42 fish for 79lbs 8.5ozs

Wales 3rd with 32 fish for 61lbs 11.5ozs

Ireland 4th with 21 fish for 42lbs 3.5ozs

 

Top rod was Peter Auchterlonie of Scotland who caught 9 fish weighing a total of 20lbs 5ozs and the

heaviest trout which weighed in at 3lbs 3ozs was caught by Welsh team member Richard Hooper.

The rod average for the event was 2.82

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

(Full Weekly Report 16th May 2013 and notes on fgorthcomin Fly Fishing Spring International attached)

Please note The Waterside Restaurant in the Bewl Water Visitor Centre is now open daily for Fishermen's Breakfast from 0730hrs

This week's fish report is based on very limited information as the majority of rods have been competitors practising for the Spring International to be held at Bewl on Friday 17th May and, understandably, no information is being given away by them!!

Strong winds and changes of direction have made fishing more challenging with the fish 10 - 12 ft down. Best areas for boats have been Hook Straight, Rosemary Lane, Chingley and Hatherell's Bay.
while bank anglers have catching at Bramble Point, Hatherells, Rosemary Lane and Chingley.

Based on sales in the fishing lodge, successful flies are still Orange Blobs, Buzzers and Cormorant. We will have more information after the competition , so please ring the lodge on 01892 890352 at the weekend for more details.

The lake remains full and the water is currently very clear.  Water temperature 11degC and water level is still 99%.

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382


www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

(Full Weekly Report 9th May 2013 attached)

Please note The Waterside Restaurant in the Bewl Water Visitor Centre is now open daily for Fishermen's Breakfast from 0730hrs (see attached)

Bright ,sunny weather and changes in the wind direction over the Bank Holiday weekend made the  fishing harder for a day or two. The fish are moving up and down the water levels with the changing conditions. They are also starting to move away from the banks, therefore more are being caught in open water. Most anglers are using intermediate lines with various teams of flies. This week's rod average was a respectable 3.92.  Best areas for boat fishing are still Rosemary Lane, Hook Straight  and Chingley.  Bank fishing has been best at Rosemary Lane, Ferry Point  and Canoe Club Corner.  Successful flies haven't changed much either - Damsels, Cormorants, Buzzers, Cat's Whiskers, Blobs.  Any method anglers have caught mainly on small spinners.

The Anglian Water-Airflo Southern Heat took place at Bewl on Saturday 4th May. 42 anglers caught 210 trout giving a very good rod average of 5. Winners were Soldier Palmers with 48 fish weighing 125lb 9.5oz, inc. time bonus.
Breakfast is now served everyday from 7.30am in The Waterside Restaurant  in the visitor centre.
A FINAL REMINDER THAT THERE ARE NO BOATS AVAILABLE ON MAY 15TH, 16TH AND 17TH.
Water Temperature 11.7degC and Water level 99%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 2nd May 2013 attached.

The good fishing has continued for another week, although changes in wind direction have have meant that at times the fishing has been slightly more challenging than it has for the last weeks. However, most anglers are still catching their limits and we have had very few blank returns. This week's rod average is an excellent 5.32.
The fish are rather up and down in the water at the moment and many anglers are using intermediate lines, but this has varied with the position of the fish.
Best places for fishing are the same as last week. Boat anglers are still catching well at the end of Hook Straight, Rosemary Lane, Canoe Club Corner and the Cages.
Best areas for bank fishing are still Rosemary Lane, Canoe Club Corner and Ferry Point.
Successful flies have been Cat's Whiskers, Green Buzzers, Cormorants, Tadpoles and Tequila blobs.
910 blue trout were stocked early in the week.
The first AMFC match of the season took place at Bewl on Saturday . 70 anglers caught 405 trout giving a 5.8 rod average.  Winners of the prize draw for April are 1st Lee Moore, 2nd M Stevens and 3rd Norman Rushton. They will be notified by post.
Water temperature 9degC   Water level 99.6%

 

Howard Mackenzie

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 25th April 2013 attached.

Bewl continues to fish extremely well. This week's rod average is a very high 7.08 (one of our best weeks ever). It could possibly be much higher as a large group of Belgian anglers had a great day's fishing on Saturday and only a very conservative estimate has been made as to how many they caught and released. The water is at last starting to warm up and the fly life is starting to "move" with good hatches of various types of buzzer.  The fish are in the top few feet of the water and in some areas are showing on the surface. The banks are still fishing very well, but boat anglers having better access to the top spots are dong excellently.  Best areas for boats and bank have been Canoe Club Corner, Seven Pound Creek and Rosemary Lane. Other places such as Hook Straight, Hatherell's and Ferry Point are starting to pick up.
Best flies are Black and Green Tadpoles, cormorants, Boobies and Buzzers.
1499 bulldog rainbows weighing between 2lb and 2lbs 12ozs were stocked this week.
We are currently compiling a list of anglers who would like to receive the fishing report by email every week. If you would like to be added to the list either carefully write your email address on the bottom part of the permit, with dots and capitals in the correct place or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Water temp.8.5c  Water level 99.7%

 

Howard Mackenzie

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 18th April 2013 attached.

 

The wind has changed from the East to the South West and we have at last had some spring weather making conditions for fishing a lot more pleasant.  This week's rod average is an outstanding 6.15. Anglers fishing from both boat and bank have reported catching up to 25 fish. Most anglers have been catching at about 6-7 feet below the surface.  Rosemary Lane , the front of the playground and Seven Pound Creek are still the best bank fishing areas. Ferry Point has also picked up.Boat anglers have also found plenty of good sport in these areas + the top of Hook Straight .
Successful flies have been Cormorants, Cat's Whiskers, Buzzers, Black Tadpoles ,  Green Damsels, Vivas and Montanas.  Any method anglers have caught well on small spinners and shallow plugs.
The Southern Region National Qualifier took place at Bewl on Sunday April 14th. 19 anglers caught 146 fish giving a rod ave. of 7.68. All but one entrant caught 8 fish and many had finished fishing by 1pm. Winner was John Pearne with 8 trout weighing 18lb 4oz + time bonus.

A REMINDER THAT NO BOATS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON 15th, 16th AND 17th MAY WHEN BEWL IS HOSTING THE 2013 SPRING  INTERNATIONAL.    Water temperature 6degC   Water level 99.5%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

Full Weekly Report 11th April 2013.

 

The weather has  begun to improve with temperatures almost reaching double figures at last! The wind has been variable for the last day or two which has unsettled the fish and made the fishing slightly more challenging at times however, this week's rod average is a still very good 3.43.
Best areas for boat fishing have been Rosemary Lane, Seven Pound Creek and front of the playground. Similar areas for bank anglers with the addition of both corners of the dam.
The fish are within the top 4 feet of the water.
A further 1007 Blues of 2lbs 8ozs average weight were stocked this week.
Successful flies are much the same as last week - Cormorant, black and black and green lures and white lures such as Cat's Whisker. There is also a buzzer hatch so they are worth trying.
Any method anglers have been catching on spinners. 
Largest fish of the week was a 7-2 rainbow caught by Mr Strydum on an Any Method ticket. No other details available.
The BBFC Annual Bank Fishing Competition took place on Saturday 6th April under cold, windy conditions.41 anglers caught 68 trout giving a rod average of 1.66. Overall winner was Tony Fox with 6 fish for 12lb 10oz.                                                     

Water temp.3.5c Water level  99.7%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

Bewl Trout Fishing

 

Full Weekly Report 4th April 2013 attached.

 

Cold , snowy weather conditions have continued but anglers that have been brave enough to fish have been rewarded with very good fishing from bank and boat once again. A lot of the popular blue trout have been caught and anglers have remarked on the excellent condition of the fish. This week's rod average is a very good 4.63.
Best places for bank fishing are still Canoe Club Corner, Rosemary Lane and Seven Pound Creek.
Boat anglers have catching in the same areas with the addition of Hatherell's and No Name Bay.
A variety flies have been successful including Orange Blobs, Black Boobies, Tadpoles and Cormorants.
The fish are approx. 6-8 feet down and most anglers have been using intermediate lines.

Biggest fish of the week and the season so far is a superb rainbow weighing 11lb 8oz which was caught by Steve Nowland of dorking Fly fishers from a boat at Canoe Club Corner . Steve was fishing a washing line set up on an intermediate line and the trout was taken on a black tadpole. 

Water temperature 3.9degC  water level 99.8%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

 

Weekly Report 28th March 2013 attached.

 

The very cold weather has kept all but the hardiest of fishermen away. Those that have braved the elements have been rewarded by some good fishing on boats and from the bank.  Rod average for the week was a fantastic 5.06 and, as the easterly wind has dropped in the last 2 or 3 days and there have been a few sunny spells, conditions have been somewhat more pleasant.

Fishing hasn't changed much in the last week and , although occasional surface movement is seen, the fish remain 4ft to 6ft down in the water and close in to the banks.  Best areas for boats are Canoe Club Corner, Rosemary Lane and Hook Straight while the best bank areas are below the playground, Canoe Club Corner, Hook Straight , Tinker's Marsh and Goose Creek.

Successful flies have been Vivas, Montanas, Cormorants, Gold Head Nymphs Cat's Whisker, Boobies, Blobs and Buzzers while spinners have taken fish for Any Method anglers.

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

www.bewlwater.co.uk

 

 

Opening Day Report 21st March 2013 October.

The 2013 season started with a very cold  and very brisk easterly wind blowing over the dam. This, however did not seem to affect the fishing and several bank anglers caught their limits within a very short time. Mixed results on the boats as conditions were somewhat uncomfortable in the wind, but  again there were plenty of 8 fish limits caught and very few blanks.  The catch average was good at 5.45 fish per rod and average fish weight of 2lbs 6ozs showed the quality both of stock fish and over wintered fish.  3,000 blues and 3,000 rainbows were stocked in March.

The usual early season flies have been most successful - Vivas, Montanas Boobies and Cormorants.
The trout are about 6 feet down and close in to the banks.  Best areas for the bank are Rosemary Lane,Bramble Point, Seven pound Creek and in front of the playground while best places for boat fishing are Bramble Point, Canoe Club Corner, Rosemary Lane and Hatherall's Bay.

An early request to please remember to give in your fishing returns before leaving.  If you forget they can be given over the phone on 01892 890352 or by email to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  All returns are entered into a monthly boat and permit prize draw.

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

Bewl Report w/e 25th October .

The fishing at Bewl has been outstanding this week. Many anglers have caught their limits or large numbers on catch and release and only a very small number of anglers had nil returns. The rod average is an excellent 7.33 and the many of the trout weighed in at between 3 and 4 lb.
The fish are still high in the water and taking Boobies, Minkies, Floating Fry and dries from the surface.
Best areas for boats have again been Hook Straight and The Main Bowl with the addition of Bewl Straight, Dunsters and Goose Creek.  
Bank anglers have been catching at Bramble Point, Seven Pound Creek and the Chingley corner of the dam.
Stocking has continued with 2371 rainbows of 1lb 8oz - 3lb, and 1300 rainbows from the raceways weighing 1lb 4oz - 2lb 8oz being introduced into the water this week.

Water temp.12.5c Water level 79.7%

Howard Mackenzie

 

 

 

The good fishing has continued with many anglers again catching their 8 fish limits or double figures on catch and release tickets. This week's rod average is a very good 4.52.
The fish are still on the top of the water, only going down a foot or two in bright sunshine. In general, conditions are much the same as last week.
Best areas for boats have again been the Cages, Main Bowl and Chingley.
The best areas for bank fishing are Bramble Point and Seven Pound Creek.
The trout have been taking Daddies, Hoppers and Boobies and any fly that floats!
Over 2000 rainbows weighing 1lb 8oz - 3lb were stocked this week.

Te North Kent Fly Dressers Guild v. Sussex FDG annual charity pairs match cup on Sunday was won by Ray French and Bob Shaw with 35lb of fish, the only double limit bag of the day. 26 anglers caught 121 fish giving a rod ave. of 4.65. Heaviest bag was caught Chris Croucher with 8 trout for 18lb 8oz. £155 was raised for The British Heart Foundation.

Water temp.13.5c Water level 79%

Howard Mackenzie
Estate Manager - Bewl Water
Tel 01892 891382

 

 

Bewl Report w/e 11th October attached.

An outstanding week of fishing at Bewl with many boat anglers  catching up to 16 trout on the catch and release ticket and others netting their 8 fish limits - some in as little as 2 hours. This week's rod average is 4.46.The fish are in excellent condition with many weighing between  2lb and 4lb. Conditions have changed very little since last week - the fish have remained on or near the top of the water and anglers have been fishing with floating lines.
A further 1014 rainbows weighing 1lb 12oz to 3lb were stocked this week.
Best areas for boats have been The Cages, Hook Straight, across the Main Bowl and Chingley.
Bank fishing has greatly improved. A number of anglers have reported catching up to 7 trout at Chingley and Bramble Point.
Successful flies have been Boobies, Daddies, Hoppers, Floating Fry and Invictas.
Any method anglers are still catching on spinners.

Water Temp. 13.5degC   Water level 79%

Howard Mackenzie

 


 


 

  

Last Updated on Friday, 17 October 2014 18:03