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With both Farmoor I and II now open to the fly fishing public we've asked concrete bowl expert Mickey Bewick to try out both and give us his advice on tackling them throughout the year.

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“This Month We’ve Fished”…….
Farmoor I Reservoir 160 Acres, Location: Farmoor, Nr Oxford
Open: All Year

Shaun Cumming, TFF Editorial Assistant writes …
“What I liked: The fish in farmoor I reservoir are some of the most spectacular rainbow trout I've ever caught

Star Rating: *****

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Open Charity Match – Sat 3 May

Thames Water and Masterline are generously sponsoring this year’s charity match in aid of the English Youth Fly Fishing Association. With many places already booked for what looks to be a great day’s fishing, why not come along and help us raise money to promote the sport amongst young people. read more »

Spring Open Pairs Competition

8 March 2008

A dry, bright and breezy day saw the first match of the season under way. The match saw many of Farmoor’s regulars, season-ticket holders and 3 RAF teams from our local airbase at Brize Norton taking part.

The fishing was a little hard and tested out tactics, read more »


John Horsey reports on Farmoor II’s decision to offer boats all-year-round

Trying to find a reservoir that stays open all winter has always been a problem – but not any more. Farmoor II near Oxford has made the unprecedented decision to remain open through the entire read more »

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We hope you will find the information on the binomo sign in site and forum useful and that it will encourage you to come along and fish this lovely water if you haven’t already. Please note this site is not an official Thames Water website and does not reflect any official Thames Water policies or views (that’s the formal bit done!) – it's designed and maintained by regulars and enthusiasts who fish Farmoor.

For information on access, prices, the facilities, news and up-coming events please select one of the links at the top of the page. We also have a gallery, , if you would like post a photograph, just email it to us using the link on the Contact Us page. Our Forum is open to everyone, why not join our community and tell us your stories of fishing at Farmoor or give us feedback on the facilities and website


Situated 5 miles west of Oxford and surrounded by beautiful countryside views, Farmoor Reservoir is owned and managed by Thames Water.

A contstant head of fish is maintained with an annual stocking of 50,000+ rainbow and brown trout. Stocked fish range from 1.1/2lb to 3lb, but soon pack on weight in the food rich water.

A manmade structure with a total of 400 acres, split into two waters; Farmoor I and Farmoor II, it is essentially one long dam wall, which due to the nature of its construction means that deep water can easily be reached from the bank. The spring and summer weed growth is also about 10 ft from the bank which makes it an ideal venue for all levels of anglers, from novice to the most experienced fly-fisherman.

Farmoor is famous for its insect life and so offers a wide range of fishing styles during the season.

Spring: Weed growth can be found 10ft from the bank and the hoglice and other bugs in it attract the feeding fish with catches from surface to 10-15ft. Hairs ear and pheasant tail nymphs are very effective..

Spring/Early summer: Buzzers – Farmoor is famous for its prolific chironomid hatches, they appear like plumes of thick smoke above the trees. Try a team of buzzers on a 12-15ft leader (with or without a sight indicator or why not try a classic washing-line set up.

Summer: buzzer patterns and Diawl Bach's are successful throughout the summer with emerger and small dries Bobs Bits doing the business on the surface film.

Late Summer: When it gets really hot and everything seems quiet – try taking a boat out to the deepest water, where the fish find more oxygen, and try out bloodworm patterns or deep buzzers

Late Summer/Autumn: Again, Farmoor is famous for its “Daddy soup” and fish go into a feeding frenzy on the surface for Crane flies, terrific sport which can last until early December.

Winter: With little insect life, fish pack on the protein and turn to fry-feeding on the course fish-fry and on the bottom on bloodworm and snails which are found on the clay about 40m out. Try Zonkers and Minkies.

Daphnia clouds are prolific in the water almost all year round, providing a large part of the trout’s diet – which is why Farmoor fish are so quick to grow on. Where the trout are preoccupied with Daphnia, orange lures or Blobs will work at the right depth. Remember Daphnia are higher in the water in low light i.e. cloud and swim down in bright sun.

Tight lines, remember to use our Forum to let us know how you get on!