Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th August 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

The weather has been a very hit and miss affair this week with overcast cloudy days with very windy spells, and bright sunny days with hardly a breath of wind on the water. The cooler evenings have aided a drop in  the water temperature, with a current reading of 17°C. This has helped improve the fishing for boat and bank anglers alike. The slight colour that has been present throughout the reservoir has not cleared completely but visibility has improved. The boats are still out-fishing the banks, fishing in the top few feet of the water. Well presented dries have been working very well, as has washing line with nymphs. A small lure, fished on an intermediate line through the Aerators has also produced good sport for some. The weekly rod average was 4·16 with 259 anglers catching a total of 1080 trout.

On Monday season permit holder Jim Hall managed 17 fish on dries such as Bob’s Bits and Shipman’s Buzzers. Kevin Rees also did extremely well, catching 16 rainbows on a variety of self-tied dries. The boat pairing of Mr C McMonagle and Mr M Petri caught 15 fish between them, pulling lures in Toft Shallows. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp caught 10 rainbows, with his eight-fish limit weighing in at just over 23 lbs.

Tuesday dawned with some heavy rain and a cool northerly breeze. This didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of some of our regular bank anglers who ventured out in very challenging conditions. Most caught a brace, apart from Mr Peter Allen, who managed four from various points around the reservoir. The boat pairing of Mr K Coley and Mr R Taft did extremely well between Rainbow Corner & the Hensborough Bank, with eighteen to the boat, one of which was a 4lb blue.

Wednesday was wet and windy in the morning with a strong northerly blowing, although the rain eased up as the day progressed. The aerators fished really well with anglers catching on small lures fished with sinking lines. Draycote regular Geoff Preston caught five working through the deeper water from B to C buoy and also at the bottom end of the aerators. Season permit holder Dave Adkins had an 8 fish tally, mainly on Pheasant Tailed Nymphs.

Thursday started bright and sunny with a light northerly breeze and seemed to fish really well considering the conditions. Season permit holder Colin Grainger caught 4 from the bank. Jude Tuffs paired up with Tony Broadway for a day afloat & they brought a total of 21 to the net. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten fished together & caught 22 fish between them from a boat on dries. Mr K Allison caught 7 on black CDC’s, PTN’s and Big Reds whilst Kevin Rees was back on the water & managed 13 fish, again all coming to his own Crippled Midge & Bob’s Bits variants. John Dickens also stuck to the dry fly theme and landed nine. Season Permit holder Paul Liversidge enjoyed a day to remember as one of the three trout he netted during his boat session was a six-pound rainbow!

Friday also started off bright but it clouded over at about 1pm. Ian Richardson bank fished the Overflow on the Hensbrough Bank to land 7 rainbows. Ian fished a Minkie booby on a floating line targeting early fry feeders. He also teamed the fry pattern up with a small olive nymph which also caught. Out on the boats Mr Williams and his boat partner Nick Mead managed an impressive 29 fish total all on red & brown dries. They fished around the top end of the lake with drifts around A & B buoy proving effective. Another boat pairing fishing dries to great effect was that of Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood. Using Crippled Midge and Shipman’s Buzzers, again around the deep water of A, B and C Buoys, they boated 31rainbows. In-house guide Lee Henfrey took England youth hopeful Demi Powers for a short 2 hour coaching session ahead of the England Youth National at Draycote in early September. The pair boated 17 fish in their session with Lee showing Demi the art of sinking line work. A 3 inch a second sinking line was the best density during their session with a booby on the point with a blob on the top dropper.

Saturday saw Invicta Fly Fishing Club take to the water to fish in a friendly Club Competition. The method for the day was dries, again with the top end of the venue being the most productive. Dave Summers used dries to land 14, with Big Reds and Midas being his top patterns. Tony Day landed ten, again using dries with Crippled Midge being his best pattern. Also catching 10 fish was Mr David Moore. Outside the club match, father and son duo of Mike and Dave Mee landed 17 with dries and small fry patterns producing the results.  Paul Davison fished all around the top end drifting around the Inlet, Rainbow Corner, A & B buoy and the Draycote Dam to landed 38 fish. Paul’s best pattern was a Midas – not surprising really as he invented the pattern. Well done Paul – a great result! Nigel Nixon and Lester Booth enjoyed good sport too, again to dries, but this time red was their colour of choice with the pair netting 14 between them. They also found their fish all around the top end of the lake.

Sunday saw another good day for top of the water sport, and once again it was the deeper water at the top end of the lake producing the results. Richard Dayman and boat partner John Kirk landed 20 fish boat fishing around Rainbow Corner and the Inlet. They found washing line tactics was the key to their success. Mr D Ford & Mr T Wallace also boated 20 fish with Mr Ford using a mixture of dries and buzzers while Mr Wallace fished dries all day to land his fish. Mike & Dave Mee returned for their second day on the water and used Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line to boat another seventeen. They found drifts from B Buoy to A Buoy produced the best results. Shaun and Liam Gaskell took to the water hoping to enjoy good sport on dries, and that is exactly what they had. The two brothers landed 27 all on dries with a variety of patterns used. They did comment that red was their best colour. Paul Davison also returned, but this time accompanied with Tony Baldwin. The pair boated 42 fish all on dries with Midas being the best pattern. Paul commented that the fishing has been great from the start but when a fall of flying ants hit the water in the afternoon it was fantastic sport.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Ms J Tuffs of  Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  259       Number Trout Taken: 371     Number Trout Released: 709  Total Catch:   1080       Weekly Rod Average:  4·16

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 –  14:30   until 20:45

Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until   20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.00

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 6th August 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 6th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

Another changeable week, on the weather side of the fishing. Bright near flat calms one-minute giving way to strong winds and stormy conditions. As a result, there were times when the fish didn’t know if they wanted to be feeding the top 2ft or hiding from the sun the depths. This did mean that at times during the day the fishing was tricky. However, for the most part of the week, fish could be caught in the top 2ft either fishing washing line tactics or dries. Overall 290 anglers visited to the water catching a total of 895 trout for a rod average of 3·08.

A tough start to the week, with strong winds making the fishing challenging for most, with the wind coming from the south west. Dave Adams did enjoy good sport on a short half day morning session. He fished in Rainbow Corner with a fiery brown Shipman’s to land four. Kevin Rees concentrated his efforts around the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam drifting out towards B buoy. Kevin used crippled midge patterns to winkle out 6 fish. Another angler whom solely fished dries on the day was season ticket holder John Dickens fishing around the Outlet to A buoy to land 12.

Tuesday saw another bad day with regards to the weather. Whilst overcast conditions greeted the anglers, so too did a strong gusty south west wind. James Scott took to the water and fished over the aerators with sinking line and snakes to land 5 fish. In house guide Tom Bird took to the water with John O’Hara who landed 7 fish. The pair also fished over the aerators with lures to catch. Simon Guthrie and son Elliot fished sinking lines and boobies over the aerators to catch into double figures for the boat. Simon’s dad Chris also fished using dries to land half a dozen from around B buoy, C and E buoy into Biggin Bay. Norman Perkins also caught well landing 8 cracking fish from Rainbow Corner and the aerators. Norman fished a variety of methods from dries to lures.

The fishing improved on Wednesday with good catches being recorded by most anglers. Ian Conyers was amongst the better catches landing 10 rainbows from along the top dam wall and Rainbow Corner. Geoff Preston took to the water on Wednesday for a half day morning session accompanied by his granddaughter and they boated 10 fish on the rudder. They found the fish from B-C buoy as well as over the aerators. Season ticket holder Dave Adkins fished at the Outlet with a PTN and a Minkie to land seven. The Guthrie’s returned to the water once more, this time boating 28 fish between the 4 of them, fishing dries drifting from the outlet to N buoy via A buoy, with Big reds being their best pattern.

A very windy day Thursday with speeds being 24mph again from the South West, combined with powerful gusts. As a result, the boats had a restriction to the top end of the lake with no fishing below Lincroft Point. Eddie Mitchell and Alex Urquhart boated 9 fish from Rainbow Corner and the top dam wall using a mixture of dries and washing line. On the bank season ticket holder Colin Granger landed 3 fish from the Overflow on dries during his morning session. However, top honours on the day again go to the father and son team of Simon and Elliot Guthrie who boated 11 fish fishing dries in white horse waves. Once again, the pair found the fish drifting from A-N buoy with big reds being the top pattern.

Friday saw conditions improve with a drop-in wind. Ronnie Gent and Tom Bird took to the water the pair landed over 25 to the boat. With the best areas being Biggin Bay, the flat stones to B buoy and then down the bottom end of toft. They found the fish keen to take a mix of boobies, blobs and cormorants fished on a di 3 or 5 line. Then later in the day washing lining with two fabs and two crunchers through the middle worked well. Also, out on the boats Mick O’Farrell and Richard Slater landed 20 fish all on dries drifting between D and P buoy. Another boat partnership using dries to great success was that of brothers Nick and Jem Dunn. Finally, Mr B Jones & Mr G Wood had great success in the final 2 hours of the day landing 24 rainbows on hoppers from Toft.

Saturday saw the any line heat Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, with 31 anglers competeing for 7 places plus the wild card for the biggest fish for a space in the final which is to be fished here at Draycote on the 24th September. Great conditions with some light winds and overcast skies, looked perfect for great catches. However, the weather did cause some issue with storms moving in during the afternoon causing the winds to increase and heavy showers to come through together with thunder and lightning in the distance. The fishing got off to a great start in the first hour with rods bending, the hot spot being around D Buoy. The sun did then come out for a period making it challenging and the fish went off the feed. Cloud cover did return though which resulted it the resumption of catching. At times, the increasing wind speeds did make presentation difficult. Despite this  the 31 competitors caught a total of 140 fish representing a rod average of 4.52. The overall winner of the match was Richard Slater who fished small dries in the morning to land 10 fish then a switch to washing line in the afternoon caught him a further 5 giving him a total of 15. In second place was Dave Franklin who also fished a mix of dries and washing line to take his 10 fish. In third Ian Gaskell used pulling tactics on a di 3 to land 8 before a switch to washing line late in the day produced a further 2. The best areas in the match were around D buoy, Biggin Bay, P buoy and H Buoy to Farnborough spit.

Sunday saw the floating line only day for the Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, this time with 39 anglers fishing for 11 places in the final plus the wild card. A sunny start to the day with gusty south west winds made catching early difficult, although the cloud cover did come around lunch as a result around 3pm when the weather has settled the fish really came on the feed. The overall winner of the day with a 15 fish tally was Peter Elliott.He fished dries for most of the day around P Buoy, D buoy but later switched to nymphs on a washing line. Ben Robertson fished the washing line to come second with 14 fish again from similar areas. In third place Nick Dunn also fished dries to land 12 fish with D buoy and P buoy being his best spot. Several of the other qualifying anglers found fish around C buoy drifting onto the Tower Bank. The fish in this area of the lake where feeding very high in the water. As a result, many tactics were employed to catch them either small dries with Bob’s Bits performing well. Another tactic employed was two boobies and two hoppers and a fast figure of eight retrieve keeping the flies no more than 2 inches under the surface. Finally, a washing line with either hopper, cormorants and nymphs also proved effective. Overall the 39 anglers caught 216 fish for a rod average of 5·54 with no blanks. Well Done to all the qualifiers over the two days and we look forward to welcoming you to Draycote for the final on the 24th September.

 

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Ian Reeve of Rugby, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  290       Number Trout Taken:  452    Number Trout Released: 443  Total Catch:  895        Weekly Rod Average:  3·08

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until   21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.15

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining.  Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore   

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 30th July 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th July 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

A mixed week with regards to weather, with days of heavy rain and blustery conditions followed by near flat calms and bright sun. These changeable weather conditions did mean that the methods kept altering. Overall it has been a good fishing week, with creditable catches being reported every day. The rod average for the week worked out at 3·54 with 263 anglers catching a total of 933 trout.

Overcast conditions with a north westerly wind kicked off the week on Monday. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees drifted around the Tower using dries to catch 19 fish. Crippled midge and Bob’s Bits being his best patterns, even having to go down as small at size 16 on the crippled midge when the lighter winds arrived towards the back end of the day. James Maplethorpe enjoyed a half-day session with Jim Smith with the pair landing 18 fish to the boat. James had the majority of the sport using orange hoppers. The pair found the fish around the Tower and down along the Flat Stones going into Rainbow Corner. Another notable catch was that of Jan Salter who landed 4 fish and lost another 3 while out fishing for the first time with in-house guide Tom. Jan used dries to catch all of her fish, presenting them on various drifts from P buoy to X, and out from the Flat Stones.

A very different day on Tuesday, with virtually no wind to speak of for the whole day. Although good cloud cover could be seen in the morning, the sun made a very warm appearance around mid-day. As a result, an algae bloom popped up making the conditions in many areas of the lake challenging. The best location on the day was the boils, with good catches being recorded there. Jude Tuffs used a weighted lure on a floating line around the boils to land 9 cracking fish. Jamie Scott also chose the boils landing 14. Jamie used a variety of sinking lines but found a 7 inch a second sink rate to be the best. His top “flies” were snakes in olive, white and black. Also out on the water was John O’Hara being guided by Tom Bird. John landed 17 fish on a variety of methods. While the cloud was over in the morning dries were the best method with red midas and daddies being the top patterns. However, when the sun came out a change to a di 7 and tubes kept John in the action. He landed some beautiful specimens with his 8 fish limit weighing in at 22lb 6oz.

A complete change in weather on Wednesday with persistent rain for most of the day up until about 5pm combined with a breezy southerly wind. These wet and slightly blustery conditions did keep some anglers away, although those that did come enjoyed some great sport. Russ Logan and Henryk Pyez enjoyed good sport drifting over the boils towards the Tower Bank and Duns, landing well into double figures on dries as well as small lures fished high in the water on intermediates. Graham Pearson and son Gareth enjoyed good sport using a di 5 sweep and tubes to land 16 cracking fish. Graham commented that the fish came up in the afternoon and were hitting the tubes close to the surface. John O’Hara returned for the second day out guiding with Tom Bird. They found the fishing slight trickier with lots of lost fish on the boils in the morning. However, it wasn’t till a change to dries and a move toward A buoy in the afternoon John really started catching well finishing the day with 9 cracking fish – with red Harry Potters being the top pattern. Scott Graham and Lucas Van Geest enjoyed some fantastic dry fly sport in Rainbow corner landing 20 fish between them on an afternoon boat. Gary Turner and his father enjoyed a good session utilising our ever-popular last four-hour ticket. They landed 11 fish with their best pattern being a Black Midas.

Another good fishing day Thursday with overcast conditions for most of the day and winds coming from the South West. Season ticket holder Peter Elliott fished dries all day all over the lake catching well to end with a total of 21 to the net. Peter’s best patterns on the day were Bob’s Bits and Crippled Midge. Terry Bayes and Ash Cooper landed 13 fish to the boat drifting from Rainbow corner and the Outlet past A buoy. The pair used a mixture of nymphs and mini lures. Also, out on the boat was Gareth Jones with two Airflo guests. Between them they used a mixture of dries, blobs and snakes to land 34 fish. They found the fish from the Flat Stones going towards B buoy and Rainbow Corner towards A buoy. Mr Barnaby & Mr Ball made use of their rudder on an afternoon boat to land 20 between them. All fell to tubes fished at various marks around the venue, with the Boils being the hotspot.

Mr C.J. Day fished the bank Friday from the corner of the Hensbrough Bank to land 4 rainbows on snail patterns. Fishing from a boat, Sean and Michael Hanlon landed 23 using a variety of methods with dries using Crippled Midge being Sean’s top pattern whereas Mick favoured a sparkler booby fished as part of a washing line to land his fish. The pair found the fish around the Outlet, Inlet, Flat Stones, A buoy and B buoy. Also fishing in the same areas as Sean and Mick were Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood who landed 22 fish to the boat all on dries. Mr Glantz and Mr Evans used small dries to land 10 fish drifting from Rainbow Corner.

Saturday again saw very favourable for conditions for fishing with a south westerly wind and overcast for much of the day. As a result, top of the water tactics proved the most effect method. Richard Copper landed 19 fish all on dries with Big Reds as well as a red CDC being his top patterns. Richard found the fish well spread across the lake catching from the Flat Stones, the Outlet, Inlet and as well as Toft Shallows. Matt Nuttall also used dries to land 11 cracking fish. Frank Sumnall used both washing line tactics and dries to land 13 fish with his boat partner also catching 9. Tom Finney used washing line with Jelly FABS and Crunchers to net 12 fish, with Tom commenting that static was the key to positive takes as a lot of fish could come and show interest but not take if the flies where moved. Lee Patten and Charlies Abrahams fished out from Rainbow Corner out into the deep water of the middle using dries to land 21 fish including some fantastic full tailed specimens. Keith Harding & Mike Clarke fished dries all day to bring a 23 fish total to the boat with the best patterns being red Bob’s Bits, Midas and Crippled Midge. Lester Booth and Nigel Nixon once again fished dries to land 14 fish to the boat with CDCs, black and red hoppers being their best patterns.

Sunday started off with overcast conditions with wind from the south west, however sharp showers and intermittent sun provided the backdrop for the rest of the afternoon. John & Mick Hanlon shared a morning session on the bank and found feeding fish off Lin Croft Point. Nymphs & caddis patterns accounted for six to John’s rod with four for Mick. Although regular & season ticket holder Richard Walker managed nine to the net, it proved to be a challenging day on the water for the boat anglers with the rod average for the day dropping to 2·5. The venue hosted the gathering of the Mid Northants Fly Fishing Association competing for their Chairman’s Trophy. Thirty two competitors fished to a six fish limit and our congratulations go to Pip Jeffs who won the event with a six fish bag weighing in at 13lbs 6oz.

Water temperatures have continued to fall to more acceptable levels with today’s morning reading showing 17°C. This in turn has brought many fish properly back on the feed & also better spread once more around the venue & not so heavily concentrated in the aerators. Showery conditions are forecast for much of the coming week though, so remember to ensure that your wet weather gear is packed!

Congratulations to Mr J Powell of Brecon, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  263       Number Trout Taken:  339    Number Trout Released: 594  Total Catch:  933        Weekly Rod Average:  3·54

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15 until   21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.30

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining.  Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore   

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water fishing report w/e Sunday 23rd July 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 23rd July 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

The warm temperatures continued through until the middle of the week making the fishing difficult for some. With overnight showers from Wednesday onwards, and water temperatures cooling, more and more anglers are having good sport in the top few feet of the water, mainly at the western end of the reservoir. There has been a lot more surface activity in areas such as the flat stones, B buoy, A buoy, rainbow corner and the aerators. Dries seem to be the main order of the day, with most anglers fishing them blind from a drifting boat, as opposed to casting to rising fish. Patterns such as fiery brown hoppers, crippled midge, big reds, CDC buzzers and of course bobs bits, are showing up on the catch return on a regular basis. The weekly rod average was 4.4 with a total of 824 fish caught by 185 rods.

On Monday Mr D Brookes had a good day on the bank catching 15 fish from the tower bank on shipman’s buzzers and crunchers. Mr P Hedges caught 3 fish from the same area. Kevin Rees caught 8 fish from a boat on dries. Mr R Ellis and Mr J Hurst had 11 fish to the boat on cormorants and small fry patterns.

On Tuesday Ed Douglas caught 21 fish from a drifting boat, 9 of which came to dries. Mr Ian Morris reported having “a very good day”, catching 17 fish from a boat, using damsels, Invicta’s and muddlers over the aerators.

Wednesday dawned with light showers and a stiff easterly breeze which was due to move round to the south by mid morning. Mr Tom Johnson and Mr Dave Bied took advantage of the early overcast conditions to net 24 fish from a boat on daddies and hoppers. The boat pairing of Mr R and Mr E Clark boated 12 fish between them. Mr Kevin Barnett caught 4 fish from a boat. The bank fishing proved very difficult with season permit holders Brian Froggit and Dennis Tidmarsh catching 1 and 2 fish respectively.

Over night rain helped the rod average shoot up to a very respectable 4.6 on Thursday with many boat anglers catching their quota and more. Ed Douglas caught 26 fish from a boat on buzzers and dries. John Dickens had 12 fish on dries. Ian and Richard Reeve caught 30 fish between them in various areas around the reservoir on snakes, buzzers and diawl bachs. Mr Ian Pugh and Mr Tony Whitcher caught 32 fish between them from a boat. Mr Paul Angel caught 15 fish from a boat in an afternoon session using static nymphs and dries. Paul fished around A and M buoy and over the aerators. Messrs Frazer Duffy (senior and junior) caught 12 fish between them during an evening session.

Friday started with heavy showers, putting about 6 inches of water in the boats. This eased off by about 9 o’clock but sporadic downpours continued throughout the day. Again bank fishing was slow, with only a few catching 1 or 2 fish. The boats again faired a bit better with Mr D Naylor and Mr S Houton netting 23 fish between them. Mr Robert Lindsay caught 6 fish from a boat using a tequila booby right in the surface. Mr Graham Homer caught 3 fish from a boat. Mr A Guest and Mr A Dowell caught 7 fish between them, again from a boat.

Saturday was again overcast with a slight southerly breeze and light showers in the afternoon. These ideal conditions gave us our highest rod average of the week at 7.6. Mr Jim Dempsey managed 24 fish to the boat. Season permit holder Mr Roger Kerrison caught 8 fish.  Mr S Fowler and Mr G Darby caught 14 fish on black buzzers and red diawl bachs. Mr N Mead and Mr I Tearle netted 30 fish from a boat using fiery brown and red hoppers. They fished in areas such as the flat stones and the aerators. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 20 fish from a drifting boat on dries. Mr T Finney caught 11 fish from a boat on nymphs, sparklers and FAB’s. Steve Peart and Ollie Jenkinson caught 17 and 13 fish respectively, with Steve taking his drifting off the back of the boils with dries. Mr Iain Barr and Mr Mark Rooney caught 30 fish between them from a drifting boat around b buoy to the tower. The pair found the fish willing to take dries in the morning with Midas being Iain’s best pattern and a small Hare Ears CDC for Mark. In the afternoon a switch to Iain’s latest Jelly FABs really produced good results. Iain commented that the key to success was to fish them completely static. Iain’s latest Jelly FABs are available in the lodge.

Sunday was overcast with a slight westerly breeze for the morning and conditions looked ideal. In the afternoon very changeable weather did make for spells where the fish switched off, but after 20 mins of settled weather and they came back onto the feed. Out on the boat for the morning was season ticket holder Dave Pacey and Paul Lloyd. The pair fished over the boils on an intermediate line with a small minkie to boat 23. Another pair out on the boats was that of Keith Harding and Mike Clarke who landed 27 fish to the boat. Keith fished dries all day with the Midas being his best pattern, while Mike did fish dries he also found success on the washing line using small crunchers and FAB combination. Martin Introna and Julie Emerson took to the water in a boat landing over 20 fish. The pair found fish along the aerator line and then through the middle. Julie commented that they fished mini lures in the morning. Then a switch to dries later in the day really produced the results as the fish would just follow the lures, whereas dries produced the positive takes. Jim Smith took to the water once again armed with his trusty 5 weight and dries. Jim landed 34 fish all on dries, with his best patterns being Big Red, Orange Hopper and CDC Yellow Owl. Jim found the fish around the aerators then out towards B Buoy. Another pair fishing dries to great success was the boat of Mr F Duffy & Mr F Duffy. They found the fish all around B buoy and the top dam wall with big reds and shipman’s being the best patterns. Mr Kasit Leoviritakit enjoyed his first ever trip to Draycote. Before he returns to the water in October for the Trout Master final. He landed 10 fish from around the aerators using hoppers, big reds and shipman’s.

 

Congratulations to Mr I Morris of Shipston on Stour, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  185       Number Trout Taken:  121    Number Trout Released: 703  Total Catch:  724         Weekly Rod Average:  4.4.

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:30

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:30

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30 until   21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.45

 

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and fishery guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e 16th July 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 16th July 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

As I’m sure you are all aware, the weather has been very changeable this week. The fishing was good from the boats to start with, flattened out through the middle of the week, and then slowly improved as we headed into the weekend. The colder evenings have helped lower the surface temperature a bit, as has the odd shower or two, but the surface temperature is still hovering around 19’c. All week we have been dogged by changing wind directions. This has unsettled the fish and also spread the brown algae bloom throughout the reservoir, colouring the water from one end to the other. As I write this report visibility is around 8 feet or so. All this does not give the anglers much confidence, but again those who keep on the move and vary their tactics should finish the day having had some good sport. Generally, most fish are still being caught in the top few feet of the water, with a washing line and nymphs, or a team of dries being the best methods. The bank angling is still sporadic, (well it is July), and at this time of year we all know that reservoir fly fishing is a game of patience.The weekly rod average was 3.4.

On Monday we had a limited number of rods with very varied results. Mr N and Mr M Woolnough did really well on small CDC’s and green buzzers, netting 26 fish from a boat. Draycote regular Mr Steve Barby Had a “Great day” , catching 19 fish, again from a boat. Season permit holder Mr Ed Douglas spent all day out in the boat and netted over 50 fish, 10 of which fell to dries.

Tuesday dawned with the arrival of some of the Draycote regulars and members fishing the bank. The overflow and rainbow corner were the chosen spots and did produce sport for some.However the north shore proved difficult, as a previous algae bloom had washed into Dunns and Biggin bay. Mr Gordon Slack and Mr Peter Allen had 4 and 3 fish respectively, bank fishing in front of the overflow. Season permit holder Mr Ian Richardson caught 7 fish, bank fishing from the front of the overflow on big reds, a daddy and nymphs. Season permit Mr R Keeber caught over 14 fish from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of  Mr J and Mr R Clark caught and released 12 fish from a boat. Mr R Deeley and Mr S Salvin caught 6 fish from a boat in rainbow corner using red holographic diawl bachs.

Wednesday was a more challenging day for fishing, despite being overcast with a good breeze. Mike Weaver faired best, netting 10 fish from a boat using damsels and diawl bachs. Draycote regular Jude Tuffs caught a total of 4 fish from a boat. Higham Ferrers FF took to the water in 5 boats and although they found it tough going, most managed to catch, with a total of 24 fish between them.

Thursday saw the rod average rise to 5.1, with a large section of the Draycote members putting in a stint on the bank. Whilst again the bank anglers found it a bit difficult, those who ventured out in boats seemed to have the best of the sport. Bobs bits seemed to be the right pattern for Draycote regular Lee Patton, who boated 16 fish on size 14’s. Ed Douglas faired well out on the water yet again, this time netting 23 fish on various dries. Yousef Dar made the journey down from Manchester to catch 24 fish, again on dries from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel did really well, boating 23 fish between them on, yes, you’ve guessed it, dries. Mr M Yates caught and returned 11 fish from a boat using a crippled midge.

On Friday the water temperature dropped down a bit from it’s midweek high of 22’c to a more fish friendly 19’c. With a strong northerly and overcast conditions it promised to be a good day. Mr K Smith and Mr C Wilkins had 18 fish to the boat between them. Ian Richardson had 11 fish from the bank on olive nymphs and snail patterns. Mr A Crawford caught 8 fish in rainbow corner. Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood caught 16 fish on dries. Mr Steve Barby had “a great day”, boating 10 fish. Mr John Haynes caught 6 fish from the bank during an evening session.

Saturday proved yet again to be an ideal day for fishing despite the odd early shower. Mr S Crane caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr Mark Thistleton caught 6 fish from the tower bank on black cdc buzzers. The boat pairing of Mr Des and Lee James caught 13 fish between them from a drifting boat. Mr M Osborne and Mr B Harris had 22 fish to the boat  on dries. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 9 fish during an evening session.

Sunday was overcast with a steady breeze and light showers mid afternoon. In general the fishing was good with a rod average of 3.3. The boat pairing of Mr M Price and Mr D Hancox caught 10 fish from a boat. Mr Mike Weaver Boated 8 fish. Mr R Walker and Mr P Davis caught 6 fish between them from a boat. Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 16 fish from a boat on dries such as CDC’s and crippled midge. Mr S Williams and Mr S Hawkins had 12 fish to the boat on dries in rainbow corner. Mr P James and Mr L Carter caught 5 fish from a boat during an evening session.

The Midlands counties match, organised by Kirby fly fishers was held on Sunday with 5 teams taking to the water. The match was won by Kirby FF with a total weight of 64lb 5oz. Thanks to Martin Brown for organizing & the 5 club teams taking part Kirby Fly Fishers, Foremark Fly Fishers, Colwick Fly Fishers, Derby Fly Fishers & Leicester Fly Fishers.

Congratulations to Mr Rodney Dangerfield of Milton Keynes , who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  263       Number Trout Taken: 390     Number Trout Released: 524  Total Catch: 914          Weekly Rod Average:  3.4

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:45

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45 until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and fishery guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote fishing report w/e Sunday 9th July 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9th July 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

The continuing hot weather has once more had a negative impact on the fishing this week. The weekly rod average was 2.9 compared to 3·8 the previous week. Increases in water temperature saw a mid-week peak of 24°C in the upper layers which led to extremely hard fishing conditions on Wednesday & Thursday in particular. It was also a very challenging weekend for most rods. Sustained high temperatures & sunshine have also contributed to the build-up of an algal bloom which, although not excessive, has spread throughout the venue. Whilst early mornings & the end of the day have proved to be the best times on bank & boat, it has nevertheless been more challenging for the bank angler as fish drop off the shorelines in search of cooler water layers.

Monday started well with favourable conditions & pegged temperatures. Rod Wilson shared his boat with Jim Dempsey & both enjoyed fine sport on the rudder taking 18 & 10 respectively using a variety of tubes, mainly on a Di3 sinking line. Rod’s best fish was a rainbow weighing in at 4lbs 4ozs. Kevin Rees got back on the water with his dry flies & his scaled down crippled midge patterns accounted for 22 fine rainbows. John Clifford also went afloat for a short stint to net six.

Tuesday dawned with even better weather conditions – overcast with a light breeze. Forty-nine rods ventured out & many enjoyed brisk sport recording a day’s total of 252 to the net for an impressive rod average of 5·14. Virtually all of the action was to be had on the surface or high in the water column. Peter Elliott partnered Lee Patten with Peter netting 20+ fish, mainly to dries, & Lee sticking to washing lined diawl bachs using mini boobies on the point. Ed Douglas fished his usual “dawn to dusk” boat day ending with a 34 total, of which 14 came to dries. Ed took fish in the aerators but also found them along the Draycote Water Dam, as well as off-shore from the Inlet & Rainbow Corner. Dave Adkins, like many others this week, stuck to the vicinity of the boils where he fished Pheasant Tail Nymphs in the surface to finish with a 5 fish weighed bag totalling 14lbs 10oz with another 12 caught & released.

Wednesday, to the contrary, saw a huge rise in air temperatures with bright sunshine & near flat calms. Not unexpectedly, things became pretty dire on the banks where not a single fish was recorded as caught. Beyond sport in the aerators, the boats also struggled & the rod average descended to 1·4 for the day. Mr Worrall made the best of things though & weighed a fine five fish bag which had come to white snakes fished (…. you’ve guessed it) through the boils! Simone Jukes was also able to tempt four rainbows up to 4½lbs.

Thursday continued in the same vain – compare the Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees results with those of Monday. Ed had four whilst Kevin struggled to net a brace!  Although the threatened thunderstorms failed to materialise; the hot, humid, & bright conditions continued making things hard for all. As always, there are always exceptions & congratulations go to Geoff Preston who took a four-fish limit, with a further 8 returned whilst fishing a large damsel pattern during his morning stint. Visiting from the Isle of Man, Philip Bell-Scott also got the measure of the fish with a twelve-fish tally. Also in the aerators, he started his session in the morning taking fish off the top on dries & nymphs & then found that he had to follow them down as they worked deeper & deeper towards the end of the morning. Action for him dried up at about 13:00 by which time he was on a Di7. He was back in action once more on Friday for a short stint which was aided by a cooling 12-14 mph westerly. Top of the water tactics accounted for a further 14 before he had to leave. On the other hand, regular Jamie Scott was able to fish out the whole day. Also keeping to the aerators, Jamie used a combination of olive leeches, black boobies & blobs to record an end of day tally of twenty-four to the boat. Ian Reeves took out an evening boat to join in the action & managed to net eleven to snake patterns.

Gruelling conditions sadly greeted anglers on Saturday with 20°C+ temperatures a rapidly developing algal bloom & much bright sunshine. Fishing was particularly hard for the twenty anglers competing in the HASSRA annual finals, especially as they had decided to make the aerator area out of bounds for their event. Their biggest bag was a brace of rainbows weighing 4lbs 8oz for John Heppell representing the North-East Region with the largest fish, a rainbow of 2lbs 11oz falling to the rod of Paul Woodward, representing the W.Mids. It is a pleasure to congratulate Paul on this achievement as he is new to the sport & indeed attended one of our tuition days earlier in the spring in preparation for this event!  As daytime temperatures eased back, Jim & Tom Marriott took to the water to fish dries. Their efforts & timing were rewarded with a 14 fish tally, well divided at 7 apiece. Sunday was a similar story weather-wise, especially as the venue was hosting club events including Kirby FF, Colwick Park FFC, Alex Booth &  the LDFFA, most of whom had made their arrangements way back. Nevertheless, many found some good sport with particular credit having to go to the boat of Messrs Wilson & Masters who avoided the overcrowded aerators & took a fine bag of fish on drifts from Rainbow Corner down the Hensborough Bank. In total, they weighed in a dozen rainbows with a further six released having used a combination of buzzers on floating lines & dries. Draycote regular Jim Smith, who is currently continuing on fine form, stuck it out with dries targeting individual moving fish & amassed a great catch of 14.  Ian Bradfield fishing with the LDFFA stuck to the boils and caught 12 by the end of their day session whilst Mike Cox & Howard Smith decided to start & finish late & managed 6 & 8 respectively for their evening stint.

Rain & cooler temperatures are forecast tomorrow which will hopefully cool things down somewhat & assist with water clarity & get those trout properly back into feeding mode. Of possible interest for comparison purposes, over the last five weeks the weekly rod averages have been 2·6, 3·98, 3·22, and 3·8, with 2.9 for this reporting period.

 

Congratulations to Mr R Henderson of Tamworth, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    262     Number Trout Taken:  279    Number Trout Released: 485  Total Catch:   764        Weekly Rod Average:  2.9

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 22:00

Boat All Day: AM 08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00   PM 15:00   until  22:00

Last 4 Hours from:  18:00 until   22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

 

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

 

 

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Fishing report w/e 2nd July 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd July 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The previous fortnight caused surface water temperatures to rise above 20°C. This weeks cooler nights has seen temperatures return to a more trout friendly 18°C. Due to this drop-in temperature, the fish have risen in the water column, feeding well in the top 2 feet of the water. This meant a washing line with buzzers, or dries, really came into their own with impressive catches coming to both methods. This week 286 anglers caught a total of 1105 fish for a rod average of 3.8.

Monday started with a near flat calm and a very light ripple picking up in the afternoon, which brought with it some cloud. With conditions like this it looked like a great day for dries, and indeed the best catches came to this method. Richard Pelly used size 12 big reds around the boils to land 22 in a morning session. All Richard’s fish apart from 2 came to fish he had covered. Also using dries to great affect was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 21. Kevin fished in various spots around the lake with the flat stones and B buoy producing well. His top patterns were bobs bits and the crippled midge. Mark Hunt fished dries on the last four hours off Farnborough spit to land some cracking fish including a 5lb 10oz specimen rainbow.

The wind increased and swung round into the East on Tuesday. Normally an easterly here at Draycote knocks the fish off the feed although thIs was not the case Tuesday with impressive catches being recorded. Season Ticket holder Ed Douglas fished Tuesday and found small 16 shuttlecock CDC’s the best pattern, with Ed landing 18 on them. Ed found the fish drifting from the Farnborough Dam to J buoy, coming out from Biggin Bay and around B buoy. Steve Barby also enjoyed good sport drifting around various marks on the reservoir to land 16 fish. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird also took to the water on a day off, enjoying fantastic sport. Tom found the fish willing to take dries in the morning with crippled midge being the best pattern. A switch to a washing line with two FABS and two nymphs really proved affective with over 25 fish coming to this method. Tom’s best area’s where drifts from F buoy and S buoy and from Farnborough spit to H buoy.

Wednesday was another cool day with the wind coming from the North West, and a persistent drizzle for much of the day. While it may not have made for the most pleasant fishing conditions for the anglers, it certainly didn’t put the fish down or off the feed. Out on the boats season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 21 on dries again with small size 16 CDC’s being his best pattern. Also on the boats season ticket holder Dave Kennell and boat partner Paul Mitchell landing 17 to the boat, fishing in a variety of areas catching on all methods from pulling to dries practicing for the Alex Booth competition on Thursday. Also getting into the fish was season ticket holders Colin England and Tony Plummer, with the pair landing 26 fish to the boat, fishing the washing line in Toft, Biggin Bay and near the aerators. Chris Heyburn and Julie Chandler landed 11 fish to the boat fishing around 50 yards of the cornfield. The pair used buzzers and damsels to land the fish with red bloodworm buzzers being the best colour.

Thursday saw the Alex Booth Charity Match take to the water with 55 competitor’s fishing to a 6 fish limit with 2lb hour. The anglers could then continue fishing with catch and release for pleasure until the official match finish time of 6pm. Overall the 55 anglers took 166 and returned a further 100 fish giving a rod average of 4.8. Many methods caught well, from pulling blobs on a fast glass in Toft, the washing line in Toft and out over the deeper water, and finally dries played a major part with good fish being caught on all methods. The best bag from the match without time bonus was caught by Mick Glover with his 6 fish going 15lb 8oz. The quickest six fish from the match came from Dave Kennel who caught his six fish by 12.45 using blobs in Toft. The heaviest fish fell to Eddie Mitchell with a lovely overwintered Rainbow of 3lb 13oz. Outside of the competition Tony Broadway fished the bank along the Cornfield to land, 17 fish. Tony used the washing line to tempt his fish with 11 coming to a tequila FAB with the others coming to small buzzers. On the boats, outside of the competition Eugene Hughes has good day landing 25. Using a fast glass teamed with FABS, Blobs and small lures. Most Eugene’s fish came from the Tower bank, in the middle and at the deep water towards B buoy.

Friday dawned with strong north westerly breezes, good cloud cover and the chance of some scattered showers. The fishing turned out to be slightly more difficult than the previous few days but there were still some good numbers caught from both the boat and the bank. Season permit holder Mr Dennis Jones landed a respectable 5 from the bank in toft, on size 14 Diawl Bachs. John Hoskins caught 6 fish from a boat on crunchers and Diawl Bachs. Draycote regular Mr Steve Barby had “a great day” with 9 fish to the boat. Mr M Moore caught 7 fish from a boat on crunchers, diawl bachs and dries.

Saturdays light westerly breeze with sometimes sunny spells was a more comfortable but difficult day. This didn’t spoil things for Draycote regular Seth Severn, who boated 15 fish from around middle shoal on the rudder. The usual suspects of Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had a reasonably good day as well, boating 14 fish between them from various points around the reservoir. 5 fish were caught by Mick Cronin from the Tower bank whilst Season permit holder Martyn Hancox caught 2 fish from the bank during an evening session. Mr Trevor Rodwell, also fishing from the bank with his newly repaired rod, also caught 2 fish.

Sunday started with a very strong north westerly, calming to a steady 10 to 12 mph with bright conditions. The fishing was challenging for some with only a few rising fish here and there. Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan were doing really well on the Hensborough bank, coming in at lunchtime to buy more humungus boobies and red holographic diawl bachs. They finished off their day with 18 fish between them. Mr L Booth and Mr P Hallam had 14 fish between them to the boat using various dries around the valve tower, B buoy and C buoy. Mr Ronnie Gent and Mr Mark Rowson had 18 fish to the boat using various methods around the reservoir.  Draycote regulars Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve caught 9 fish during an evening session.

Weekly Boat draw:

Congratulations to Mr M Severn from Derbyshire, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  286   Number Trout Taken: 417  Number Trout Released: 688 Total Catch: 1105           Weekly Rod Average:  3.8

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 22:00

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  22:00

Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  22:00

Last 4 Hours from:  18:00    until   22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

There is currently one place still available on this coming weekends Tuition course on Saturday 8th July, hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking up the sport, why not pass on our details and get them to give us a call on 01788 812018.

Saturday 14th October Tuition Day, Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Volunteer Boatmen.

We require volunteer boatmen for the England youth match taking place here at Draycote on 10th September 2017. If you would like to assist with this event then please contact us on 01788 812018.

 

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Weekly Report W/E 25th June 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th June 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Weekly Boat draw:

A very warm start to the with temperatures into the 30s for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. This caused the surface temperature of the water to rise to over 20 degrees. As a result, this meant the trout dropped deep and went off the fed for the first few days of the week. In to the later part of the week the air temperature dropped and this teams with some stronger winds help to reduce the water temperature back to a more trout friendly 17°C by Sunday. As expected this drop in the water and air temperature brought the fish back onto the top few feet of the water for the later part of the week. As a result the weekly rod average works out at 3.22 with 327 anglers catching a total of 1054 trout.

Flat calm and very hot conditions kept most anglers away Monday, and those that did fish could only stand the heat for a couple of hours. Mr Warwood, took a boat and headed straight for the boils, hoping to encounter some fish will to pull back in the baking sun. His efforts were rewarded with 4 fish taken in 2 hours on a floating line and a lure. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird also braved the heat for an hour, with he to heading over to the boils. Tom’s tactic was to fish a Di 7 sinking line and tube, with a roly-poly retrieve, this hard work in the heat was rewarded with 6 cracking fish.

A slightly cooler start to Tuesday with temperatures hitting mid 20’s. This caused several fish braved the warm surface water to feed on small buzzers and snails that had floated to the top in the weed. As a result, fish could be tempted early in the day to come to dries or washing line. However around mid-day the cloud broke leaving bright sun and more very warm conditions. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas and his boat partner Ben Leigh did manage 9 to the boat with a couple on dries first thing. With the rest of the fish coming to buzzers fished deep in Rainbow Corner in the afternoon. Also on the boat Mr Woodroffe landed 8 fish again to buzzers fished deep. On the bank season ticket holder Jim Hall fished dries in Biggin Bay to land 5 fish.

The hottest day of the year greeted angers Wednesday with temperatures approaching mid-30s. As expected the fishing was tough, with the rod average only working out at 1.78. Mr Bilinski and Mr Evans fished buzzers deep on a floating line near the outlet & inlet to land 10 fish to the boat a fantastic score in the conditions. Mr Worrall also fished buzzers deep to land a very impressive 12 fish. Other catches on the day also came to lures fished over the boils.

A drop-in air temperature down to 20° teamed with cloud and a good breeze, to cool the water surface temperature. Conditions looked good for the fish to pull back after the difficult hot days previously, and pull back them did. Peter Elliot and Lee Patten caught over 20 fish to the boat, fishing around the flat stones and inlet. The pair fished different methods with Peter landing his fish on dries while Lee took his washing lining. Also enjoying good sport out on the boats was Mr Lewis & Mr Seward who landed 18 fish to the boat again fishing around the top dam wall. Season ticket holders John Dickens and Kevin Rees enjoyed sport fishing small crippled midge and bob’s bits to land 14 fish to the boat, drifting from the top dam wall out towards B buoy. John O’Hara caught well from the boat out on an 8-hour guide with Tom Bird, John caught fishing washing line and dries. With the best areas being the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam.

Friday was Draycote Host the Civil Service National Game Angling Final, with 26 anglers taking part. With two anglers fishing for 13 regions around the U.K. Taking top honours on the day was the North-West region with both anglers taking their 12 fish limits. With the top Individual being George Aston. George found the fish willing to take blobs and boobies on a sinking line. Guy Nicholson also had his 12-fish limit but found the fish wanted a washing line with size 12 diawl bachs and a biscuit booby/FAB. Outside of the competition Vic Davies caught over 20 to the boat using dries drifting from the top dam wall towards the open water around B & C buoy. Vic’s top patterns where shipman’s, shuttlecocks and hoppers with the best colours being either red or claret.  Fishing from the bank Mr Hatton had a good day landing 14 fish using a mixture of small dries and nymphs from over in Duns Bay and Rainbow Corner.

On the bank Saturday Tony and Geoff Harris landed 7 between them fishing from the Swan’s nest in Toft using a damsel on a floating line. Also fishing the bank Mike Garner caught from the overflow using his home tied barbless nymphs. Out on the boats Tony Parker and boat partner Tim Llewelyn landed 12 fish fishing in Rainbow Corner and Hensbrough bank on the washing line, with small nymph’s ad FABS. Also out on the boats Mick McClintic and Gary Owen landed 14 fish to the boat all on dries, and commented on the amount of offers they had but just could not connect. G Tilley and A McPhail landed 25 fish the boats pulling lures on various sinking lines with snakes and tubes being the best patterns.  Eileen Chatwin enjoyed good sport boating 10 fish, drifting around near the top dam wall and the inlet using dries or the washing line to tempt the fish. Jim Smith caught well on an afternoon ticket using dries, Jim found the fish around the Rainbow Corner side of the outlet drifting over the deeper water.

Overcast conditions with the wind coming from the south west, later swinging into the west, looked for ideal conditions Sunday. Although the wind changes and strong gusts at times did knock the fish off the feed for various parts of the day. Out on the boats Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin landed 24 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around B buoy then later in the day drifting over the boils towards Biggin Bay. Martin used washing line to land 9 of the fish, although it was Neil’s olive snakes on a fast glass that caught most of the fish. Keith Harding and Mick Clarke enjoyed good sport on dries landing 13 to the boat, with ginger Midas being the top pattern. The pair found the fish all over the lake from the Inlet to Biggin Bay later in the day. David Hoppe took to the water to land 16 fish using a variety of methods from dries to snakes. Jim Smith returned on Sunday for a full day landing 28 all on dries with crippled midge in red and claret being his best patterns. Jim found the fish all along the top dam wall. Draycote also hosted the Scierra Pairs heat with 10 pairs fishing for 2 possible 3 going through to the final. Winning the day was Adam Larbalestier Ben Bayliss, the pair found the fish around the boils, catching on di 5 sinking lines with tubes. In second place Gareth Tilley & Alan McPhail used similar tactics to Ben and Adam but caught majority on snakes around the inlet. In third place John Turner and Dave Morris landed 14 from the boils on tubes but this time roly-poly a di 7 line.

 

Congratulations to Mr G Owen of Coalville, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  327   Number Trout Taken: 402  Number Trout Released: 652 Total Catch: 1054           Weekly Rod Average:  3.22

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45

Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently One places available

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing Report week ending 18th June 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18th June 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A week of two halves regarding the weather, starting with the strong winds that had plagued the lake the previous week. Tuesday then gave way to near perfect conditions with light winds, mixed with cloud. Wednesday also saw favourable conditions although perhaps a little bright at times. Thursday brought the return of the gusty strong winds. However, once this had passed the light winds and sun came to play, giving glorious summer conditions, although not the necessarily the best for fishing. Despite these changeable conditions the 315 anglers caught a total of 1254 for a rod average of 3·98. (This represents a considerable improvement on last week’s 2·6).

The windy start to the week saw a lot of the anglers opting to fish the top Draycote Dam Wall, Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay to get out of the strong South Westerly winds. Don Coe and Gordon Byers enjoyed good sport on the first of a three-day package visiting us from the North East. The pair boated 12 fish, drifting from Rainbow Corner out into the deeper water. They fished very different tactics – Don going for a sinking line with snakes while Gordon used dries! Season ticket holders Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell landed 19 fishing in Biggin Bay, they found the fish wanted a washing line with diawl bachs and crunchers teamed with a FAB on the point. Mr W Brown enjoyed good sport using blobs to land 11 fish. Mr Orpin also enjoyed great sport on an afternoon boat landing 9 fish from Rainbow Corner on Buzzers.

The winds dropped for Tuesday giving way to near perfect conditions with a light breeze & overcast skies and, as a result, the fishing was fantastic. Season ticket holder Brian Allwood enjoyed good sport on the bank fishing in Toft using small buzzers to land 10 fish. Out on the boats Mr T and J Evans fished buzzers all day to land 39 fish. The pair fished in various places around the lake but found lots of feeding fish at the bottom end of Toft. They also commented on the numbers of fish seen from the Farborough Spit to the Swan’s Nest. Making a change from the bank, season ticket holder Tony Broadway took to the boat partnered by Jude Tuffs. Both enjoyed good sport landing 18 to the boat using a mixture of dries or washing line buzzers from near the Inlet and the top Dam Wall. Ed Doulas landed 21 fish with 20 coming the dries. He fished through the middle of the lake together with drifts from the Inlet out towards B buoy. Another boat catching well on dries was that of season ticket holders Kevin Rees and John Dickens landing 22 fish. Fishing through the middle drifting from Y buoy and OL, with the top patterns being crippled midge and bobs bits.

Light winds and bright sun Wednesday made for a tricky start, however the cloud came over in the afternoon and the fish really started to pull back. On the boats Trevor Heseltine & Mil Rakic enjoyed good sport fishing buzzers to land 19 fish to the boat. Ed Douglas once again took to the water and once again was rewarded with 21 fish on dries. With the wind coming more from the South, Ed found the fish around B buoy drifting down the Draycote Dam wall. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell landed 22 fish on buzzers fishing in Toft and Biggin Bay. Another angler catching well on dries was Jim Smith. Jim was using a big red and a big black to land 23 fish in an afternoon session. He found most of his fish drifting in between B buoy and the Draycote Dam wall. Despite the return of big winds on Thursday, regular Dennis Jones was on the bank for his usual morning session. Whilst described as “hard work”, he managed four fine rainbows from the Overflow to washing lined buzzers. C J Day also bank fished for the morning in Toft netting half a dozen to diawl bachs. Geoff Preston also enjoyed a morning stint but fished from the boat. He covered deep water netting 4 for the pot with a further five caught & released. The pairing of Edie Mitchell & Dave Kennell managed 14 to the boat but described the session as “Rock & Roll – good for surfers!”. Trevor & Robert Moore got their boat settled in the lea of the Inlet &, fishing buzzers extremely deep, found 17 obliging rainbows between them. Things settled a little later on & Gary Turner had fun on his evening boat. He scaled back on dry fly size to take 7 on his own “Little Red”! Friday saw us with hot & sunny conditions. Not an easy day but action was, nevertheless, experienced by boat & bank anglers alike. Tony Broadway was back on the bank at Dunns Bay & netted six to buzzers including fish of 2-12 & 3-4 for the pot. Ian Richardson, as consistent as ever, commented after his bank session “Lovely fish, lovely day – shrimp, snails & olive buzzer”. Ian landed eleven. John Faulconbridge also fished an evening session on the bank & netted a 4 fish bag with two more released. Kevin Rees went afloat & stuck to his preferred tactics with the dries. Covering open water he managed a creditable 22. Meanwhile, Dave Smith took his boat up near the Overflow where he fished a buzzer & FAB blob washing line for a six fish total which included two blues.

Temperatures continued to rise through the weekend. Although only a small handful of anglers braved the banks, Mr L Morris did manage three to 3-8 in Rainbow Corner. Most fish had clearly retreated to deeper water which was where the top boat of R & S Harwood found them happy to take their epoxy buzzers. They landed 15 & 11 respectively. Messrs Mead & Williams also found fish deep off the top Draycote Water Dam & netted a collective total of 23 on black & green buzzers presented in the depths. Meanwhile John McLellan stuck to surface tactics over the middle where his foam daddies accounted for 9 fish with the best weighing in at 4-12. On Sunday, despite blisteringly high temperatures & bright sunshine, George Leaton’s regular drive up from London was rewarded with a fine eight fish bag from the boat. Generally as expected though, things were hard with the majority of anglers in the 1-2 fish range, reflecting the  overall rod average of 2.96 for the day. As ever though there are always exceptions.  Dave Hancox managed 11 to snake patterns with usual boat partner Martyn Price sticking to the buzzer option for four. Jim Smith was however especially impressive – beating the conditions with 17 to the net having spent much of the season to date working to perfect his dry fly tactics. Well deserved congratulations Jim!

More hot weather is forecast at the start of this week  and, as I write, the temperatures are approaching 30°C & the reservoir is all but flat calm!? Whilst things are forecast to cool later, best advice for those currently at the venue  is to take plenty of water to avoid dehydration risks & ensure protection from the rays with adequate high factor sun screen.

Weekly Boat draw:

Congratulations to Mr B Hawker of South Wigston, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  315   Number Trout Taken: 383  Number Trout Released:   871 Total Catch:   1254           Weekly Rod Average:  3.98

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45

Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently three places available

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 11th June 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 11th June 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A week plagued by strong winds, this culminating with the boats being cancelled Tuesday. Despite the strong winds and the restrictions, the fish where still willing to pull back for the anglers who faced the less than ideal condtions. Overall this week 354 anglers braved the wind and where rewarded with 924 fish for a rod average of 2.6.

The week started with a gusty windy day this teamed with showers made for unpleasant fishing conditions. Despite the conditions many of the anglers caught well, Mr Brooks fished the bank in Rainbow corner landed 15 hard fighting fish. Using a washing line set up with small buzzers on the droppers and fab on the point. Out on the boats using the strong winds to their advantage to cover the water quickly on the rudder, Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey landed 18 apiece. The pair found the fish across various marks around the lake, with B buoy and the deep water holding good amounts of fish. The pair found most of their fish came to gold and silver tubes on a di 7-sinking line. Other good catches came from the Tosh Storrar party down from Scotland & Wales for 4 days. The lads caught fishing straight line buzzer or the washing line in Rainbow corner to land well into couple figures including some excellent fully find residents.

No boats could take to the water Tuesday, due to the average wind speeds being over 25mph. A few hardy souls did brave the bank, Peter Allen being amongst them. Peter landed 4 fish from Rainbow corner using small size 14 buzzers fished on a washing line. A few of the Storrar party also braved the tower bank and where rewarded for their efforts catching on straight line buzzers with a small tadpole type lure on the point.

Fortunately, the wind dropped Wednesday and the boats could go out. Gary Johnstone & C McMonagle enjoyed good sport with over 20 fish to the boat, the pair took these drifting out from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy and the deeper water, using a team of mini lures and blobs on a di 7 and di 5 sinking line. Mr J Baxter also enjoyed good sport landing 15 fish from near the outlet fishing buzzers and nymphs. Mr Pete Fisher fished in front of the Inlet on the Draycote Dam to land 12 fish, Pete’s tactics were black and green buzzers on a 25ft leader fished nearly static. Sean Jarvis & Rod Kurt also enjoyed good sport on buzzers landed 12 fish to the boat fishing the Hensbrough bank.

Thursday saw the wind drop slightly which allowed the boats to venture out of Rainbow corner for the first time properly this week. From the bank Season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 7 fish from the overflow using small size 14 black buzzers and a small black booby on the point. Another season ticket holder getting into the fish but this time from the boat was Robert Lind and his father. The pair fished in Biggin Bay to land 10 fish to the boat using minkies and other lures fished on 3 inch per second sinking line. Mr R Walker & N Barber landed 18 fish to the boat fishing buzzers at Lincroft point on a floating line. Jim Baxter and A Brunt fished around the outlet on straight line buzzers and nymphs to land over 30 fish to the boat. Tosh Storrar also used nymphs and buzzers from the boat fishing various marks around the land to land a fantastic 37 fish, with several overwintered fish in the mix as well.

A tricky day with the wind Friday, father and son team Jim and Richard Hall caught well of the bank fishing the old pipe in Biggin. They found the fish willing to take washing lined nymphs and dries, the pair commented about the amount of takes with the fish just falling off in play. Eddie Mitchell and his brother fishing the washing line to land 16 fish to the boat, fishing in Biggin Bay and down in Toft. Mr S Venti & Mr N Jones fished near the inlet on buzzers either fished on the washing line or straight lined to land 18 fish. Out on the boat Kevin Rees and John Dickens fished crippled midge patterns all day, and boated 9 fish they found the fish in Biggin bay and Duns. Friday also saw several teams practicing for the AMFC match the following day, and while they kept their cards close to the chest about specific areas. They did let us know that they caught very well fishing the washing line down the Cornfield and going through Toft.

Saturday saw the group 3 round 2 match of the Associate of Major Fishing Clubs (AMFC), with 5 six man teams taking part. The Solider Palmer B team won the match with several limits and good catches from the rest of the team. The Army tactic of choice was to fish the a 12ft midge tip teamed with a FAB on the point and nymphs up the line. They found the fish drifting from the sailing buoys in Toft onto the cornfield, and then lower down going across from the swans next. The other teams used similar tactics and areas. Although Joan Russel found the fish up near C Buoy drifting towards the bank using a slow intermediate with a pink and white blob, taking all her fish. Outside of the match in house guide Tom Bird, took the father and Son due of the McKays out for a 4-hour session. The pair enjoyed great sport calling it a “red letter day”. Tom set them both up on a team of three buzzers fished on a floating line, with the fish all coming from the willow trees in Toft. In the 4 hours, they landed 16 with Tom, then went back out using the same tactics and landed a further 13 apiece. Gary Johnston and his boat partner enjoyed good sport fishing to the left-hand side of the overflow using buzzers under the bung to land over 30 fish to the boat. Mr Houlton & Mr Naylor used dry flies around the Inlet and the top dam wall to land 28 fish with hoppers and daddies being their best patters. Mr Watson & Mr Pryde also fished those areas on dries to land 18 fish to the boat.

The wind again increased on Sunday making Toft very lumpy indeed, the gusty wind made presentation difficult, and the breeze would move the boat and the nymphs, with very little control. Vince Aronica enjoyed good sport on a variety of methods from dries to sinking lines and snakes, Vince found the fish in Rainbow corner and along to the overflow. Nick Holdsworth fished from the boat on sinking lines and lures near the lower to land 9 lovely fish. Jim Smith caught well, with 13 fish along the Draycote Dam wall and near the inlet using dries. Jim’s best patterns where big reds, ginger hopper and red Harry Potter’s.  Trevor Moore fished near the inlet using a team of buzzers fished on a long leader on a floating line to land 8 fish.

The weekend also hosted 2 Jim Williams beginner tuitions days, with 9 people learning to cast and fly fish over the weekend. It was a great success with all the participants landing their first trout over the two days. Not only did they land fish they landed good fish taking advantage of some overwintered fry feeding fish that have moved onto the harbour. See out Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore for the pictures of the weekend. For more information on upcoming tuition days call the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit the website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk .

Looking forward to this next week to the strong winds are to drop Monday night giving way to what look near perfect conditions Tuesday & Wednesday with light winds and cloud cover for the majority of the day. This will allow anglers access to all areas of the lake again and hopefully get the lovely overwinter fish from the middle on dries again.

Weekly Boat draw:

Congratulations to Richard Reeve of Rugby who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  354   Number Trout Taken: 256  Number Trout Released:   668 Total Catch:   924           Weekly Rod Average:  2.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45

Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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