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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 4th October 2020
This week has really seen a big change in the weather with a more Autumnal feel in the air with the leaves changing colour quickly. We also experienced our first big Autumnal weather front towards the end of the week with torrential rain and high winds, this has resulted in a drop in the water temperature. However the fish seem to have responded well to these changes with the 195 anglers catching 782 fish this week for a rod average of 4.1.
Monday started bright and flat calm with cold overnight temperatures, as the day progressed the temperature warmed and thankfully a light ripple and cloud rolled in. On the bank all water season ticket holder Andy Lillie landed 4 fish in a morning session a brown minkie, Andy found the fish at the Swans Nest and along the Cornfield. On the boats Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 18 fish between them using a mix of nymphs and cormorants on a washing line. After a slow start Ed Douglas finished with 11 fish on dries catch the majority once the air temperature had warmed up in the afternoon, with all Ed’s fish taking dries. Taking them on a Shipman’s Buzzer, Olive CDC and one on a crippled midge, with the best areas being X & P Buoy. Fellow season ticket holder Kevin Rees also stuck to dries to land 12 fish with Crippled Midge & Bob’s Bits being he best pattern. Kevin concentrated on the area out from the Sailing Club drifting towards J Buoy, T Buoy and H Buoy. John Dickens fished the same area using again dries, however, he found the fish willing to take slightly larger dries such as Midas to take 7 fish.
With some overnight rain and warmer overnight air temperatures conditions looked good from the start of the day on Tuesday with the breeze coming from the North West with cloud cover all morning, with the wind later swinging to a westerly. On the bank season ticket holder Jim Hall landed 5 fish from Toft using black crunchers. Although it was the overflow that produced the best catches with Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin landed 9 a piece using floating fry with Stan also taking a few on dries, with a number of the fish being over 3lb. On the boats all water season ticket holder Dave Kennel & Eddie Mitchell enjoyed “awesome days fishing” landing 21 fish between them using a slow intermediate with 2 boobies and 2 shrimp in the middle. Steve Styles landed 8 fish using a black booby on the point with an olive snake on the dropper fishing the flies just under the surface just up from the Inlet. Taking all their fish on dries Mr Jinks & Mr Warner landed 27 fish fishing near the Aerators using Daddies and Big Reds. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas also found dries was the way to land the majority of his 16 fish catch with washing lining on a 12ft Airflo Slow Tip also working.
Wednesday was overcast with gusty conditions early on, which eased off with the onset of the afternoons rain. All water season permit holder Lindsay Bates and his boat partner had 18 fish to the boat between them, all on Daddies. Mr I Mackie, who has travelled down from the western isles, fished in the surface layers on dries and daddies to net 6 good fish from Dunns and Biggin Bay. Alex Campbell fished a short 4 hour session through the middle of the day to net 5 fish on Hares ear Culs. Alex took a couple of fish from Y and D buoy before moving down to Croft shoal where there were a number of good fish coming up the wind from Toft Shallows.
A wet start to the day with westerly breezes which eased as the day went on. Chandrabir Limbu and Visnan Gurung, two members of the British armies Gurkha Rifles took to the water here at Draycote to net 10 fish between them. The lads used Boobies and Humungus fished on sinking lines in various areas of the reservoir. Kevin Hart and John Hoskins had 19 fish between them on Floating Fry, Daddies and Minkie Boobies. All water season permit holder Paul Walker netted 5 fish from the bank down in the Cornfield using Culs and Diawl Bachs. Tony Broadway caught his 7 fish from the bank on Floating Fry patterns fished on a washing line from various points along the northern shore. Mr A Masters and Mr E Wilson had 15 fish between them to the boat using Fry patterns and Daddies.
A very wet and windy start to Friday put paid to a lot of anglers plans. Tim Grove fishing the last of his 2 day break fished a half day landing 5 fish. Tim found the fish in Albert’s Bottom in Biggin Bay using Daddies fished close into the margins and commented there was a number of good fish in there feeding. On the bank season ticket holder Brian Allwood landed 8 fish from the Cornfield on nymphs and commented on the quality of the sport, again with Brian only fishing till 12pm.
The weather Saturday did not improve with gusty winds coming from the North teamed with persistent rain for nearly all day. As a result of the horrible weather once again the majority of the anglers opted to something else for the day. Saturday regular Jim Dempsey fished for the morning on the rudder landing 9 cracking fish including a 5lb 7oz brown which was returned for another day. Jim used a Di 3 sinking line and a gold and silver tube fishing tight into the Draycote Dam wall to take 7 if his fish. Then moving over to the Inlet to land his final 2 including the brown and rose another bigger brown as well. John McVay & Colin Carnigie landed 6 fish between them using Daddies in Biggin Bay and out from Rainbow Corner. Last 4 hour regular Slave fishing with his uncle and friend landed 7 fish between them from on a mix of fry patterns.
After torrential overnight rain, there was a serious amount of water in the boats this overnight deluged of rain lowered the water temperature to 13 degrees. Despite the awful conditions it was a busy Sunday at Draycote with both the Draycote Fly Fishers, The All Ability Friendly Fly Fishers & Roger Kerrison friendly catch and release match all taking to the water. Draycote Fly Fishers fished there Autumn Pairs boat match with 17 members taking to the water landing a total of 52 fish with 1st going to Brian Froggatt & John Hanlon who landed 10 fish between them with the first fish being caught at 9.05am 2nd was Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley who was drawn on his own landing 7 fish and then being awarded another 3 for the rod average on the day as he was fishing singerly. In 3rd Keith Jones and Will Hunt took 8 fish between the two of them. Its great to see such a good turn out for the Draycote Fly Fishers in awful conditions with a really mix of newcomers and seasoned Draycote anglers. The All Ability Friendly Fly Fishers landed 67 fish between the 12 of them, with the best boat landing 22 fish with John Salisbury taking the lion share using a red buzzer and a mini cat’s whisker on the point. Ian Bradfield also enjoyed a good days sport landing 16 fish. Alan Masters & Edward Wilson enjoyed a good day using fry patterns on sinking lines to land 14 fish between them including come cracking silver rainbows. Overall despite the conditions a good days fishing at Draycote with the rod average for the day finishing at 4.5.
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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.
We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.
Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition & Guided Sessions
With the end of season approaching now is the perfect time to get out with one of our guides looking at how to land some of these big back end fish. All of 1:1 casting tuition & guiding is now able to resume following the latest guidelines for Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.
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