Draycote Weekly Report week ending 14th September

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 14th September  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

At the beginning of the week the weather consisted of bright sunny days with little or no cloud cover, accompanied by a light to non-existent breeze. It would make you think of mowing the lawn or even giving the car a quick once over, but definitely not fishing. No, the rules are very clear on this matter, on days like this the fish move, ( in an orderly fashion ), to the depths of the reservoir, whereupon they go about grabbing hold of anything moving at high speed which is big and bright and flashy, and proceed to pull hard.

But far from it. It’s obvious, you see, that the fish haven’t read the rule book. In the first few days of the week they were up in the top of the water or hard up against the bank merrily feeding away, totally ignoring the presence of boats or bank anglers or the slap of a poorly cast fly line landing right in front of them. (as I was finding out on Wednesday).

Even with the change in conditions in the latter part of the week the fishing didn’t alter that much, surprise surprise. On Saturday during the AMFC match most of the fish where caught in the top few feet of the water. The fish are still focused on the small fry and are also apt to feed on the hatches of buzzer or other small emergers. The AMFC match had a rod average 7.4

The best of the sport this week has definitely been on either dries, the washing line with either buzzers or dawl bach’s or, floating fry patterns.  Although some anglers have had some good sport on a midge tip or slow intermediate line and small lures.

Some of the more notable catches this week are;

Mr Riches and Mr Kelly, fishing on Monday, brought a good number of fish to the boat mainly on daddies.

Draycote member Mr Graham Homer visited us on two occasions this week, boated a large number of fish, mainly on dries.

Mr Paul Vernon sent us a great photo of a lovely 4lb+ brown which he caught on Monday. Paul visited us again on Wednesday bringing as a boat partner Mr Stuart Stone, who had a great introductory day boating a good number of fish well in excess of the rod average.   

Lord Dayman of Leicestershire and Rutland, brought a large number of fish to the boat on Wednesday down in toft, mainly on crunchers.

Vince Aronica also caught a good number of fish on Wednesday, including a 4lb+ brown.

Phil Over caught well into the teens during his visit this week, mainly on gold head daddies.

Mr Hallam and Mr Booth had as they quoted, “A great day” on Thursday. They fished from Biggin across the shoal and down into toft, catching a large number of fish mainly on a selection of dries including hoppers and culs.  

But the gold star this week must go to Sean (or was it Matt) Hanlon who on Friday caught a beautiful 6lb Brownie. .

Best flies.  Crunchers, dawl bachs, buzzers – Daddies, hoppers, the yellow owl, shipmans buzzer – Pitsford Pea, damsels,cats whisker and humungus.

Best bank areas. Lincroft point, the cornfield and the Tower bank.

Best boat areas. The tower, biggin bay, across Croft shoal and all the way down toft bay.  

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   377          Number Trout Taken: 840            Number Trout Released:   748

Total Catch:    1588               Weekly Rod Average: 4.2

 

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until  19:45

Last 4 Hours from:  15:45 until 19:45  (Ticket sales available from 15:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

Numerous complaints regarding boat etiquette have been received. Please have due regard for your fellow anglers on the water, treating them in a manner in which you would wish to be treated yourself. This is especially important with regard to not “cutting up” other angler’s drifts or encroaching on bank anglers by drifting or anchoring too close to the shoreline.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have 30 available at any one time.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

As well as our Boat Loyalty Cards, we are now also running a weekly draw for a free boat. Fill in an entry card in the lodge including your name, address & email contact details for inclusion in the draw. 

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

2014 Closing Date Sunday 30th November

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 7th September 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 7th September 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Weather conditions have varied throughout a week in which wind directions have come from all points of the compass. We have also experienced contrasts from intense rain at the start of the period to clear blue skies with bright sunshine and near flat calms later in the week. Nevertheless, Draycote has continued to produce some excellent sport with those fishing dries still enjoying what is perhaps the best of the action. The olive buzzer hatches have continued throughout the week & have now been joined by a consistent emergence of smaller black buzzer. Anglers should check out the flies trapped inside the lodge each morning as well as the contents of the now dewy autumnal spider’s webs for clues as to fly selection. Fry feeding also continues at many locations around the venue. Whilst Lin Croft & Cornfield continue to be sites of some frenzied action, frequently throughout the whole day, most banks are heavily populated by the fry – mainly roach & perch. Boats have also been involved in the fray with huge shoals of fry being hunted down over open water as well.

Many fine individual performances have been recorded this week but yet again, Kevin Rees deserves a public “pat on the back” for the way that he is perfecting his dry fly techniques. He netted 23 fine trout to 5lbs Monday on drifts out of Toft, following it up with another 20 to the net on Thursday. Carefully presented Bob’s bits & small fiery brown hoppers have been predominant on his cast. Congratulations also to Mike Fessey. At 80 years of age he experienced his first visit to a major stillwater & got straight into the action with a 4lbs+ rainbow off Lin Croft on a fry imitating pattern. Tuesday continued mainly on the dries with Ed Douglas & his boat partner Mr McLellan netting in excess of two dozen. Graham Homer had good dry fly sport too & he also had a double figure catch total. Biggin Bay was the location for Jamie Scott on Wednesday. He deceived 16 rainbows on a mix of both buzzer & dry fly tactics. Matt Hanlon was also out late on Wednesday & described his boat session as “an awesome afternoon” having tempted 12 fry feeders to the net, including a 51/2 lbs brown. Ron Beavan & Peter Giles shared a morning boat on Thursday enjoying excellent early sport to buzzers on Toft Shallows. They followed this up with a hectic session on Bibio Hoppers fished over open water whilst drifting back to the lodge. Between them they netted a total of 20 rainbows. I enjoyed time with a newcomer on the water that afternoon & we tempted numerous fry feeding fish to the net using a variety of small imitations on a slow intermediate over open water. Nearly all takes came to individually covered fish or roving pods of rainbows.

Whilst the boats continue to out fish the bank generally, on Thursday regular bank angler Dennis Jones continued his consistent run of success with an outstanding ten fish catch off the Tower Bank. A size 14 hot head Diawl Bach, on a floating line across the ripple, accounted for most of his fish (which included five good brownies – all of which he released). Once again Peter Elliott caught a huge number of fish, including seven browns, to his dry flies whilst drifting various locations on his Friday visit. John Hoskins however, concentrated on Toft using a mix of fry & buzzer tactics to also catch well. He is to be congratulated on the capture of a 7lbs rainbow which took his size 14 black buzzer.

On Saturday we hosted the Group 5 Round 5 of the Association of Major Fly-fishing Clubs league. Thirty six anglers competed and, despite hot & bright conditions, most made hay using dry fly tactics with Bob’s bits & Shipman’s bringing the best results. Washing line tactics with Crunchers also reportedly took fish consistently. All bar four competitors took their eight fish limit giving them a rod average for the event of 7.5 Best bag of 27lbs 13oz (including time bonus) went to Richard Thorpe of Soldier Palmers “B”. Their team were overall winners followed by Hanningfield & Grafham “B” in third place. Best fish was a four pounder caught by Grafham’s Clive Chatwin.

Surface activity continued into the evening as evidenced by Richard Pelley, who made best use of our Last Four Hour Ticket to take seven rainbows & a brown of 6lbs on dries & small fry imitating patterns presented on his extremely lightweight outfit.  Brighter, calmer conditions greeted anglers on Sunday when, notwithstanding the sighting of numerous surface feeding fish, many found it hard to induce any takes. Quite a few rods did find success by changing to a slow intermediate with nymphs & a variety of damsel patterns retrieved just sub surface. George Leaton was one such rod fishing in Toft. His early morning drive up from West London was rewarded with seven prime rainbows to the net.

The week-end also saw the welcome return of Hywel Morgan who ran beginners courses on both Saturday & Sunday. Both days were a success & it is nice to see new blood of all ages entering into the world of fly fishing. Sunday’s group were astonished by the fry bashing they witnessed on Lin Croft & this will only increase given the vast shoals of roach & perch fry abounding this year. Numerous anecdotes of huge fish being hooked & lost are becoming commonplace. The numbers of brownies featuring in the returns is constantly on the increase & I do not think it will be long before some truly huge specimens are brought to the landing net.

The only real downside of this week’s mainly warm & sunny weather has been the development of a green algal bloom. Three days of a northerly based wind has now pushed the bulk of it into the harbour area which does currently look unpleasant. Fortunately however, open water & the northerly shore marks from the Tower right down into Toft are not adversely affected & this is where most activity has been occurring. Weekend anglers reported that the clarity in Toft was so good that they could actually watch fish following, & most frequently turning away from, their offerings!

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     394         Number Trout Taken:     770         Number Trout Released:    902

Total Catch:     1672               Weekly Rod Average:   4.21

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until 20:00

Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 (Ticket sales available from 15:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Numerous complaints regarding boat etiquette have also been received. Please have due regard for your fellow anglers on the water, treating them in a manner in which you would wish to be treated yourself. This is especially important with regard to not “cutting up” other angler’s drifts or encroaching on bank anglers by drifting or anchoring too close to the shoreline.

As well as our Boat Angler Loyalty Cards, we are now also running a weekly draw for a free boat. Fill in an entry card in the lodge including your name, address & email contact details for inclusion in the draw. I am pleased to announce that the first winner is Mr. D Elms of Derby.

Tight lines,

Kevin

 

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DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

Come & see us at:

Burton On Trent Game Fishing & Fly Tying Festival

Sunday 5th October 2014

Further details visit the show website

www.burton-on-trentgamefishingandflytyingfestival.co.uk

 

Draycote weekly fishing report eek ending 31st August 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 31st August  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

As predicted, Draycote has continued to improve week on week as we move towards the back end of the season. The fish are responding well to the cooler water temperatures and whilst the boats are still doing well, a lot of the fish have moved in closer to the shoreline. This has led to a marked improvement in the bank anglers catch returns.

The fish are still occupying the upper reaches of the water with more and more browns  being caught. This seems to be mainly due to their pre occupation with the pin fry.

Thus, this week has seen some exceptional catches.

Ellis Phillips and Rowland Owens did very well, picking fish off the top of the wave in very windy conditions, using foam daddies.

Draycote member Peter Elliott, once again was very successful from a drifting boat, using dries.

Mr M Cox and Mr H Smith, fishing on Monday, caught a large number of fish using floating fry patterns and hoppers.

Other anglers who did very well from the boat this week are, Mr G Preston, Mr Francis, Mr Tony Worley, Mr I tearle, Mr R Morris and Mr M Shields. 

Ray Rouse did very well fishing from the bank on Tuesday, returning a large number of browns off Lincroft point.

Other bank anglers who also got into double figures this week are, Stan Hillman, Ray Cramp, Tony Broadway, Jon Dews, Ray Rouse and Don Roper.

Best flies.  Crunchers, dawl bachs, buzzers – Daddies, hoppers, shipmans buzzer – Pitsford Pea, damsels, humungus.

 Best bank areas. Lincroft point, the cornfield and rainbow corner.

Best boat areas. Hensborough bank, the tower, biggin bay and toft.  

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 256             Number Trout Taken:497             Number Trout Released:  817

Total Catch:  1314                 Weekly Rod Average: 5.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until  20:15

Last 4 Hours from:  16:15 until 20:15  (Ticket sales available from 16:00)

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

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Draycote fishing report week ending 24th August 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 24th August  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 A great weeks fishing at Draycote. The water has improved on it’s recent form with plenty of fish between the 3- 5lb mark being caught. The rise in rod average is obviously due to the recent change in the weather and the fact that the surface temperature of the water has dropped by a few degrees. The water clarity is still reasonably good.

 The fish have yet again remained in the top few feet of the water, and are being caught on a wide variety of methods. Although dry fly fishing has been the order of the day, there has been a good hatch of olive buzzers this week, and some anglers have been using the washing line to great effect.

A good head of brown trout are holding in the top corner of the reservoir and feeding on the fry that have shoaled up around the tower. For the past couple of weeks, these fish have produced some great sport for both the boat and the bank anglers, particularly in the evenings.

Whilst Biggin bay and the other areas of the reservoir are still fishing well, it’s good to see Toft come back into play, with anglers recording large catches of fish just in front of the nature reserve buoys.

Visitors Mr D James and Mr A Camm from Wales, who have been fishing on a 3 day package, have caught  numbers of fish well into the teens on each day on various flies, from floating fry patterns and dries to some of the older patterns such as soldier palmers and grenadiers.

Andy Ross and Dave Adams had an excellent days fishing in Biggin bay, catching a large number of fish on both the washing line and a selection of dries which included shipmans buzzer.

Dave Heseltine was another angler who caught well into double figures in terms of the number of fish, using a Kelly green and pale olive nymphs, down in toft.

 

Best flies. – Daddies, bobs bits, the yellow owl and shipmans buzzer -  Olive buzzers, soldier palmer, dawl bach and pale olive nymphs. Minkies, humungus, appetizers and cats whiskers.

Best bank areas. – The tower bank, biggin bay, Lincroft point, the cornfield and toft.

Best boat areas.   – The tower, the aerators, Biggin bay, (particularly D to E bouy), Lincroft point and toft.

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 266            Number Trout Taken: 452            Number Trout Released: 1060 

Total Catch:    1512               Weekly Rod Average: 5.6

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until  20:30

Last 4 Hours from:  16:30 until 20:30  (Ticket sales available from 16:15)

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

 

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Draycote Water mid-week update 21st August 2014

,Draycote Water mid-week update 21st August 2014

With a significant decrease in both air & water temperatures the Draycote fish have stepped up a gear so far this week & have really come on the feed. From Monday to Thursday 116 rods have caught a total of 615 trout for an impressive rod average of 5.3. Numerous browns to 6lbs 4oz have been recorded from boat & bank. A good hatch of olive buzzer has led to some exceptional sport, especially in Toft. Fry feeding fish have also been very active throughout Biggin Bay & Lin Croft in particular. Daddies & various dries are also still featuring highly in the returns.

There is still boat & bank availability over the Bank Holiday Week-end.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 for bookings.

Tight lines, Kev

Weekly fishing report week ending 17th August

Draycote Water  weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 17th August  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The weather has been very unsettled this past week with a mixture of wet and windy conditions interspersed with some sunny spells. With the wind changing direction and swirling around a lot, casting a straight line onto the water has been a bit of a challenge to say the least.

The water clarity is still very good and once again most of the fish caught have been in the top four or five feet of the water. Even our regular rudder anglers have resorted to fishing lures on an intermediate line and left the depths well alone.

The best method this week by far has been a floating line with either dries, a team of nymphs, or even floating fry patterns.

Whilst the boats have been doing very well, the bank fishing has definitely improved this week, with a good number of browns being caught.  

Paul Beasley, Tony Broadway and Alec Twaites all reported returning browns of up to 5lbs caught from the tower bank and the cornfield.

Graham Homer, Peter Elliott and Mr T Cocks all caught good numbers of fish on dries from a drifting boat, in biggin bay, over middle shoal and over the aerators.

The gold star of the week however must go to Mick “the brownie” Cronin and Stan Hillman. They went bank fishing on Saturday and caught a large number of fish between them, most of them browns, all on floating fry patterns. Mick was catching nothing but browns from the tower bank and decided to go to rainbow corner to catch, yes, you guessed it, a rainbow. And what did he get, yet another brownie. Well done lads.

 

Best flies . Daddies, hoppers, bobs bits and floating fry patterns – crunchers, dawl bachs and hares ears –

damsels and cats whiskers.

Best bank areas. Rainbow corner, the tower bank, Biggin bay and the cornfield.

Best boat areas. Rainbow corner, Draycote dam, the aerators, middle shoal and Biggin bay.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 217            Number Trout Taken: 314              Number Trout Released:245  

Total Catch:  559                 Weekly Rod Average: 2.6  

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until 20:45

Last 4 Hours from:  16:45  (Ticket sales available from 16:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Rudder Hire.

Boat anglers can pre book a rudder for their boat, the cost of hiring a rudder for the day £7.00

Tight lines,

Ifor

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Weekly fishing report week ending 10 August

Draycote Water weekly fishing report: week ending Sunday 10th August 2014

Telephone Number:  01788 812018

 The hot, bright conditions so frequent in July & August have traditionally made this period one of the hardest of the season everywhere. Nevertheless, the fishery has continued to perform with a combined bank & boat rod average for the week recorded as 3.4. This was down from its peak at the beginning of the week – an impressive 6 on the Monday.

It has actually been a week of extremes with many anglers reporting excellent results whilst others have struggled. The bank fishing can be especially hard in August.  However, some notable catches from the shore this week include six rainbows to the nymph team fished by Ivor Bullock in Dunn’s Bay together with three good rainbows taken on beetle patterns by visitor from the Isle of Man, Graham Norman. Interestingly, he caught his fish in Toft during a mid-day period almost under his rod tip. Alastair Gavin is to be congratulated. He spotted, stalked & eventually caught a beautifully marked 5lbs brown which took a foam bodied daddy pattern along the Tower Bank.

Whilst there are still many fish roaming open water, many have also remained in the vicinity of the aerators. Yet again, Ed Douglas, with his cormorant & cruncher combination, managed a catch well into double figures. Similarly, Peter Elliott’s rod was seen to be in an almost continuous fighting arc when he fished small nymphs through the bubbles during his mid-week visit. His best fish was a rainbow of 5lbs 9oz. Dries have also continued to be a major feature of the week. Tom Morris caught 15 on dries during an evening session as did Kevin Rees – continuing his almost unbroken run of hard earned success with a method he has been striving to perfect! Regular angler Jude Tuffs also found herself amongst the action but chose a combination of dries & small buzzers for her 13 fish total.

At the weekend we welcomed John Horsey who ran two heats of the Lexus European Fly-fishing Championship on the water. Attention was sharply focussed on ever changing weather forecasts as the approaching aftermath of Hurricane Bertha was being tracked crossing the Atlantic.  Fortunately we were able to stage the event, which was fished to International Rules a four fish bag followed by catch & release. Twenty eight anglers competed on Saturday in very bright, windy conditions catching a total of 90 fish for a rod average of 3.21. Top rod, & our congratulations go to, Draycote member Tony Parker whose 9 fish total (21lbs 7oz) were all taken on dries. His winning catch was a clear 5lbs ahead of second & third competitors Richard Slater & Ben Dobson both of whom are ex-champions of this event.

It was a different kettle of fish on Sunday – the floating line heat – which started in torrential rain prior to the aftermath of Bertha. This led to an extremely windy & gusty afternoon. Thirty four competed and, despite the extreme weather, caught a total of 87 fish. Ben Dobson excelled once more taking first place with a 15lbs 6oz bag that included a 4lbs 11oz brown. He was followed by Bart Farmer & Derek Moore in second & third spots respectively. Euros Jones caught the best fish at 5lbs. Congratulation to all, with final mention for another Draycote member – Pete Walsh- who finished in ninth place to qualify through to the final.

As expected, signs of fry feeding fish have been constantly in evidence with activity in margins, over the tops of weed growth & also in open water. Sedge are still coming off in the evenings & a good hatch of olive buzzer occurred at the end of the week & into the week-end. Water temperatures are now dropping following the recent weather events so prospects for the coming weeks are looking good.

Best flies. – Dries: Bob’s Bits, Shipman’s Buzzer, CDC shuttlecocks, Hoppers & Daddies.

                    Nymphs: Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Cormorants

Best bank areas. –   Rainbow Corner, Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay.

Best boat areas.   – Rainbow to Hensborough, Drifts off Draycote Water dam, Aerators and Tower Bank down to Alberts Bottom.

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   293      Number Trout Taken:       416     Number Trout Released:   592

Total Catch:      1008             Weekly Rod Average: 3.44

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until  21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records would all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Rudder Hire: Boat anglers will wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre-booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Tight lines,

Kevin

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Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 3rd August 2014

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 3rd August   2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

It’s good to see that the warm, muggy conditions haven’t dampened the enthusiasm of the fish here at Draycote, with the numbers of trout being caught sometimes matching those from the opening week of the season. On brighter days there has been a slight algal bloom, but this has not made an impact on the fishing so far. The water clarity is still very good. The fish are still feeding on pin fry, and with large shoals of perch and roach fry swimming around, this trend looks set to continue. Despite the bright conditions the fish have once again stayed up in the water, the vast majority of them being caught on, or very close to the surface. With the fish preferring the more open, cooler water, the boats have fared slightly better than the bank. Various methods have worked well this past week. Those anglers who have chosen to fish dries have definitely had the best of the sport.

Mr N Evans and Mr T Ward, visiting us on a 3 day package, boated a good number of fish, including a 7lb+ rainbow, all on dries. Draycote member Kevin Rees is in excellent form again this week having caught 12 fish on Monday, again, all on dries.

It was good to see Former manager Craig Barr back on the water. Craig fished all day on Friday, again boating a large number of fish on various methods.

Some good browns were caught and released this week. George Denny took a brown of just under 5lb on a dry fly down in Toft. Mr J Scott caught 12 fish on Monday, including a brown of 3lb 3 oz.  

Best flies. -  Suspender buzzers, bobs bits, hoppers and daddies. – Crunchers, snatchers, dawl bachs, hares ears, buzzers and ptns’. – Damsels and small white lures such as cats whiskers.

Best bank areas. – Rainbow corner, the tower bank, Dunns bay and Biggin bay.  

Best boat areas.   – Rainbow corner, Draycote dam, the aerators and Dunns bay.

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  194           Number Trout Taken:  258          Number Trout Released:  522

Total Catch:    780               Weekly Rod Average: 4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until  21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15  (Ticket sales available from 17:00)

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Tight lines.

 

 

Up & coming events

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

 

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Draycote Water mid-week update 31st July 2014

Draycote Water mid-week update 31st July 2014

Notwithstanding continuing hot & bright conditions, anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport during the first three days of this week. Monday to Wednesday saw 54 anglers catch a total of 297 trout for an impressive overall rod average of 5.5

Whilst Mick Cronin caught 6 nice fish from the bank, most of the action has still taken place from the boats with fish remaining very high in the water column. Ed Douglas excelled with double figure catches on both Monday & Wednesday using small crunchers & cormorants washing line style in the aerators. Meanwhile, concentrating their efforts on the Inlet & Rainbow Corner yesterday using dries, Paul Ward & Nigel Evans managed a joint tally of 27on their  first day of a three day holiday package. Their best rainbow was estimated to be in the 7lbs region.

Despite a limited green algal bloom at the beginning of the week (which was blown into the harbour & Farborough Dam area), water quality & clarity remains good. Much evidence of early fry feeding continues. Cooler conditions with some rain are forecast for the rest of the week & it is anticipated that this will improve things even more.

Tight lines, Kevin

Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 27th July 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 27th July  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Considering the current weather the fishing at Draycote has been surprisingly good this week. Despite the bright conditions quite a lot of fish still seem to be holding in the top few feet of the water. This has in turn produced some good sport, mainly on floating or intermediate lines with dries , nymphs and small lures. A minor algae bloom has surfaced on occasion, but by the early afternoon this has blown into one corner of the reservoir leaving excellent water clarity everywhere else.

The fish still seem to be very keen to take dries particularly in the evening, with some good browns’ being caught. The best of which from the bank was a 5 pounder caught by Mr Alastair Gavin. Mr D Jones also had an excellent day on the bank using size 14 Dawl Bachs, fished on a floating line with a F A B blob on the point. Draycote member Mr Tony Parker used dry flies to great effect over two days, catching a large number of fish.

Visiting anglers  Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall extended their 3 day package to produce a personal rod average of 10.6, catching quite a lot of their fish on hares ears.

Welsh anglers Huw Thomas and Arwen Owen reported catching a number of good quality fish on dries in front of the outlet, despite bright sunshine and a slight algae bloom.

Lures are also working very well when fished on an intermediate or sinking line, especially over the aerators. This area has produced cracking sport for some of this weeks anglers.

Best flies. Daddies, claret hoppers and Bobs’ Bits. –  Flashback Dawl Bachs, Hares ears, crunchers and buzzers.  -  Damsels, cats whiskers and white minkies.

Best bank areas. Tower bank, Dunns bay and Biggin bay.

Best boat areas.  Rainbow corner, Draycote dam, the aerators, Dunns bay and Biggin bay.

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 190             Number Trout Taken:  166           Number Trout Released:  265 

Total Catch:  431                  Weekly Rod Average:   2.2

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until  21:30

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30  (Ticket sales available from 17:15)

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Tight lines.

 

Up & coming events

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs Scheduled for July are Cancelled

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