Draycote Water weekly report week ending 7th October 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
This past week at Draycote has seen just about every weather condition possible. We’ve had days of bright sunshine followed by overcast conditions, leading into the Saturday which was downright awful. All in all though, the place has fished well. Bank anglers are definitely getting the better end of things now, outperforming the boats on most days. The fish are tight in along the margins, right under the bank anglers feet, and boat anglers are being told that where possible, they should be trying to get their point fly onto the bank. Although lures are doing quite well as are dries, most fish this week have been caught on small hares ears, diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a floating or midge tip line.
This week 327 anglers caught a total of 1631 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 4.9.
A fairly quiet Monday saw the cornfield fish well from the bank, with Ian Richardson netting 7 fish on crunchers. A buoy in rainbow corner and H buoy in toft was producing well for the boats with Mr P Sanders and Mr A Campbell both netting good bags of fish on dries.
Gusty conditions greeted us on Tuesday, although the overcast conditions which remained all day did help. Gordon Slack, Tony Broadway, Peter Allan, Colin Grainger, Jim Hall, Don Roper, Brian Allwood and Brian Warwick all had good catches from the bank in a variety of areas along the north shore, mainly on wets. The boats had a bit of a rough time out on the water, but Geoff Preston made the best of it on the rudder, netting 5 fish from the middle of the reservoir.
Wednesday was a very different day, slightly warmer with a light north westerly breeze and decent cloud cover. Mr C J Day caught 9 fish from the bank in toft shallows on nymphs and damsels. Ed Douglas caught and released 18 fish from a drifting boat, all on dries. Alan Grant netted 7 fish from the boat, including a 4lb 8oz brown. Ian Richardson caught 10 fish from the bank in toft using crunchers and floating fry patterns. The boat pairing of Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett netted 23 fish on “All sorts of patterns”, including dries and pin fry patterns pulled on a DI3. It was good to see Eugene Hughes out on the water, with 22 fish to the boat from around P, X and Y buoy on a DI5 sweep and a humungus.
Thursday dawned with an overcast start but became bright and breezy by the afternoon. Again the reservoir was in excellent form, with Peter Elliott and Lee Patten knocking out 40 fish between them from the bank. Tony Boadway, again fishing from the bank netted 10 whilst Mr G Barlow caught 7. Season permit holder John Dickens ventured out on a boat and caught 11 fish on dries such as bobs bits and the ever deadly crippled midge. Soldier palmers where the fly of the day for Peter Fisher as he boated 11 fish and remarked on a “ lovely day, but hard work”.
Friday looked like a great day to be out on the water with good cloud cover and a light south westerly breeze. The bank was extremely busy and fished very well, with plenty of positive comments on the catch return. Brian Warwick, Tony Broadway Brian Allwood and Ian Richardson, to mention just a few, all caught good bags on a variety of patterns in the cornfield and biggin bay. They used flies such as floating fry patterns, red hoppers, diawl bachs and back and peacock spiders. Out on the water the boats were enjoying good sport as well with Terry Evans and Joe Bilinski netting 23 fish on dries. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had over 20 fish each to the boat, also using a variety of dry fly patterns. Mr M E Moore boated 13 fish on daddies and bobs bits. Howard Rutter netted 5 fish from a boat using diawl bachs on a washing line. John Hoskins caught 11 fish on lures.
Saturday was an awful day weather wise, with heavy rain and very blustery conditions. Although this didn’t seem to dampen some anglers spirits as boat and bank anglers returned some good numbers at the end of the day. Neil Coulson and Glyn Yeates caught well into double figures from a boat as did Andy Cooper and Neil Deakin, who remarked on an “ Excellent Day”. Another boat pair who did really well in the conditions where Iain Barr and Ed Foster, with 37 fish to the boat. Jim hall caught and released 10 fish from the bank including a 5lb brownie, whilst Mr A Joseph caught 1 good perch of 2lb plus.
Sunday started mild and overcast and then very quickly brightened up, looking like a good day for fishing. Again the bank performed well with Mr N Scowen and Mr M Will catching 31 fish between them. Tony and Ruth Kirk did well from the bank with 12 fish on diawl bachs and hares ears. Neil and Martin Hollingshead also had a dozen fish from the bank on crunchers whilst fishing at the swans nest. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught 15 fish from the bank on diawl bachs and cormorants. Iain Barr and Andy Axon had 37 fish to the boat whilst Stuart Ellins and Craig Barr caught 17. Iain Scott netted 12 fish from a boat and remarked on “a very good day”.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr T Evans from Kirkby in Ashfield, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Number Rods: 327 Number Trout Taken: 227 Number Trout Released: 1404
Total Catch: 1631 Weekly Rod Average: 4.9
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:30
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 18:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 18:30
Last 4 Hours from: 14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)
Gutting Room Closes – 18:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/
Dates for the Diary
Fur & Feather
This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.
1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair
2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each
3rd Prize Box Chocolates
Largest Fish Bottle Spirits
The match will be fished to fishery rules and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018.
The Draycote Team
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