Draycote fishing report w/e 28/7

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Draycote has hit sensational from in the space of 24 hours. This weekend saw the Lexus individual heats, held over two days. In the three years of managing the water I have never witnessed such a change in fortune for the angler. One amazing fact that stands out is how Sundays individual winner also fished the match on Saturday and could only manage one trout all day, yet a deluge of rain and a fresh wind the evening before Sunday seemed to just flick a switch with the fish, then on Sunday Lee landed an incredible 37 trout to take top spot, weighing an unbelievable 91lb 10oz(inc a bonus of 2lb 7oz for every fish released) I fished for four hours on Saturday landing NO fish, yet on Sunday came 2nd with 31 fish ! The rod average for the participating 22 anglers was 10.64, yet Saturdays average was below 3. The lake hasn’t been stocked for weeks due to the hot weather, though a stocking is now due this week.
The water is now crystal clear, and more importantly cooler after the recent rains. This has sparked the fish into life and they are now making up for lost time. Buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, the red nemo have been the best patterns, in particular size 12’s. This should make the floating line only, any sized fly match interesting on the 10th of August.(places still available)
The week had started very slow, with the fish seemingly reluctant to feed due to the hot weather. Plenty of fish were moving but very hard to catch, though some good bags were recorded with most of the fish being caught within the last 45 minutes at night. The fish now however are moving consistently through the day, but are now catchable. A four hour session today with 2 Australian visitors saw us land 22 fish to the boat, all on the Flash Attack Tazer buzzer.
Best areas have been Rainbow Corner, the Draycote Dam, Hensbrough dam, Toft Shallows, and in the middle areas (P Buoy)
The best flies have been, black buzzers, olive buzzers, diawl bachs , crunchers, red nemo and blobs.
Floating lines, midge tips and intermediates have taken the vast majority of fish, though anglers using the rudder have had some fantastic bags using the DI-7.
Places are still available for the floating line only boat pairs match(any sized fly) on Saturday August the 10th. The winners will walk away with £1000 cash. If the lakes remains in this form anyone can win this prize. £25 entry pp plus fishing fees. Call the fishing lodge on 01788812018 to book.
Number of fish caught 305 Number of fish released 504 Number of rods 173 Rod average 4.67
Tight Lines
Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com