Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 27th July 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 27th July  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Weekly Stats:

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

Total Catch:  431                  Weekly Rod Average:   2.2

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:30

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

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

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

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

Tight lines.

 

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

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 20th July 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 20th July 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Although at times challenging, in a week that has included some of the hottest temperatures of the year, the fishing at Draycote has remained generally very good –mostly with top of the water sport. We saw 252 rods for the week catching a total of 1063 trout to record a weekly rod average of 4.21

Although sport has still been enjoyed from the banks, particularly early & late in the day, the best action, as expected at this time of the year, has clearly been experienced in the boats.

Monday started very warm & bright but with big westerly winds & breaking waves across the whole reservoir. Richard Pearson (Fishery Manager at Foremark) and I ran a one day “introduction to fly fishing” course for ten pupils from the Avon Valley School in Rugby. After a morning of theory, followed by casting practise, we took to the water in five boats. We soon realised that the fish were holding high in the waves and were keen to latch onto small fry patterns. All the lads experienced hook ups – mostly over open water above, in & downwind of the aerators. Some great fish were caught & all the guys were able to take home a trophy trout for supper. Hopefully, some future new recruits into the sport. Thanks go to Brian Froggatt of Draycote Water Fly Fishers for his valued assistance on the day together with staff Kieron & Alan from the school. Neil Bridges joined in the action that day but deployed his rudder in the big wind to take ten good rainbows on tube flies, also very high up in the water column.

In total contrast Tuesday was hot, bright & almost flat. Nevertheless, for the most part it was to be a day for the dries. Season rod Kevin Rees left his usual bankside haunts once more & went afloat to take 16 on dries in what he described as a “Hot but great day”. Meanwhile Dave Heseltine’s boat took a joint tally of 20 to a mix of damsels & buzzers in Biggin Bay. Another boat of regulars had an amazing day with a total of 41 to the net up to 5lbs. All were on dries from various spots across the Draycote Water dam area & then down towards Dunns & Biggin.

The rod average peaked on Wednesday at a most respectable 5.4 Jude Tuffs returned to form netting 15 to her boat whilst Richard Pelly continued his run of evening successes with five good fish on his delightful light outfit in conjunction with a Big Red dry fly.

Geoff Preston has also proved to be very consistent in the returns this season. His damsel pattern helped him with an 18 fish catch off the Tower Bank on Thursday. Season ticket holder Ray Cramp also took to the boat to catch ten on black lures on a day when the rod average remained high at 4.9

Friday brought with it extremely hot conditions which, as expected, made things challenging to say the least. Despite a rod average drop to 2.2 however, Gordon Slack persisted on the bank and to his credit caught 5 on buzzer tactics. His catch included a 3lbs 8oz rainbow & a brownie of the same size caught & released. Browns have featured well this week .Our own “John The Boatman”  has also had some good fish this week including an estimated 6lbs brown caught & released at the bottom of the Hensborough Bank on a snake pattern.

Saturday saw the development of severe thunder storms with torrential rain & lightning. Anglers were correct to promptly cease fishing at these potentially dangerous times. In between the storms the trout were pulling – no doubt brought back on by a cooling of the water temperature. Contrasting tactics were working. Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones took 26 to tube flies on the rudder whereas Phil & John Hooper stuck to a combination of nymph & dry fly tactics for a joint tally of 18. Both caught & released browns of 4lbs+

Although very hot & bright again, and  whilst challenging for many,  Sunday saw 60 rods take a total of 283 fish for a rod average of 4.71. We hosted the Midland Counties Cup match fought between Colwick Fly Fishers, Leicester FF, Foremark & Kirby F F – all fielding teams of eight. At the end of the day it was Kirby who took top honours with a total of 32 fish for 74lbs 13oz. Individual honours went to Luke Parker of Kirby F F with an 8 fish limit for 20lbs 12oz. Duncan Millar came in second for Leicester F F. His 7 fish bag for 18lbs 2oz included the best fish of the event – a rainbow of 4lbs 4oz.

Throughout the week the common denominator has been fish in the top three feet or less, together with successes to both dries (particularly the foam bodied daddy patterns) and small fry patterns. To demonstrate the point, regulars Tom Morris & Andy George finished their week on a high with a joint evening catch to foam bodied daddies of 26 rainbows. Tom catches a lot generally at Draycote but described it as his “best fishing session for months”.

For late July current water quality is generally good with reasonable water temperatures. There is a bit of an algal bloom which has developed over the last few days. However  this has been pushed across into the Farborough Bank &  harbour area. I have just taken a full tour of the fishery in the safety boat and am pleased to say that the water clarity up through Toft, Cornfield, Lin Croft, Biggin & Tower Bank is excellent. It is also clear down through the Draycote Water Dam to the Inlet as well as out across the Aerators.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   252           Number Trout Taken:     482        Number Trout Released:   581

Total Catch:      1063              Weekly Rod Average:   4.21

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:30   PM 14:30 until 21:45

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin

 

Up & coming events

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

Hywel Morgan, beginner / novice tuition day. Limited to 6 people per day, all tackle provided including fishing permit, cost per person £60.00 contact the lodge or visit our tuition website for further details and to book your place www.flyfishtuition.co.uk Dates September 6th & September 7th

Rio Pairs Scheduled for July are Cancelled

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Draycote fishing update 17 July 2014

Fishing update for Draycote water – 17 July 2014.

 

With the weather being mostly overcast but warm for the last couple of days the fishing has been very good. Two Draycote regulars fishing on Tuesday caught 41 fish from a drifting boat, with rainbows up to 5lb, all on dries such as bob’s bits and shipmans buzzer.

A few good browns have also been caught up to 6lb, yet again on dries.

Lures fished within a couple of feet of the surface are also working very well, in particular, cats whiskers and damsels.

The water clarity is still reasonably good with only a slight algae bloom at one end of the reservoir. 

Rod average 4.8.

Tel. 01788 812018.

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 13th July 2014

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 13th July 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Despite being in the height of summer with long warm days and temperatures soaring, Draycote has fished well under a wide variety of methods.The excellent water clarity has enabled the anglers to see the vast shoals of fry, which bodes well for some good sport at the back end of the season.

A party visiting from Ireland , which included Mr Lynch and Mr McCarthy, on our ever popular our 3 day package, where catching on dries down to size 20.

Draycote Regular Mr Pelly has continued his good run of form also on dries, making good use of our last 4 hour ticket, while Draycote Member Kevin Rees has yet again been very successful fishing dries from a drifting boat.

Nigel Keeber and Lee Henfry fished both Saturday and Sunday on the rudder using large tubes on a Di 7  They reported good sport on both days with fish up to 5lb..

Nymphs such as olive hares ears worked well for Mr Steve Conway on Monday, who reported seeing large numbers of fish feeding on pin fry.

Overall the picture looks very good, with fish being caught on a variety of flies on all 4 corners of the reservoir.

Best Boat areas have been the Inlet, Biggin Bay, Lincroft and the bottom of Toft.

Best bank areas have been Rainbow corner, Biggin bay and Lincroft point.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 223           Number Trout Taken:  330             Number Trout Released: 591  

Total Catch:     921               Weekly Rod Average:   4.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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

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

Tight lines,

 

Up & coming events

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

Hywel Morgan, beginner / novice tuition day. Limited to 6 people per day, all tackle provided including fishing permit, cost per person £60.00 contact the lodge or visit our tution website for further details and to book your place www.flyfishtuition.co.uk Dates September 6th & September 7th

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

Local Angling Club

Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote, during the season they organize various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings in a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Hommer 024 76402464

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Draycote Update 10th July 2014

With most of this week seeing an improvement in the weather for anglers, cloud & wind helping to cool the surface water temperature sport has picked up with this weeks rod average to date 4.0

Anglers on the rudder continue to take fish on snakes & sparklers although the best catches have fallen to Buzzers, Hares Ear & Damsel with dries, daddies & big red taking fish in the evening.

Water clarity is excellent

Tel 01788 812018

Ifor

Draycote weekly report week ending 6th June

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 6th July 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A bit of a mixed week, same as the weather with the return sheet showing fish been caught on tubes fished from a rudder deep to dries fished from the bank & nearly everything in between.

On Monday Chris Reves & Ian Mckenzie boated 14 fish mainly on the dries along the north shore, Mat Hanlon fished the bank on Monday evening and caught 12 on dries, R Pelly took advantage of the last four hour permit & boat this week catching his fish on a daddy & great red dry fly from around Lin Croft. Dries & especially the daddy have taken a number of fish in the evening.

Tony Broadway fished with dries from the bank to take his 7 trout

Roy Hubbard & Dave Roper fished the rudder between C & D buoy catching 17 trout on snakes & minkies, Mr Severn fished the rudder taking 8 fish for a total weight 25lb14oz, with Lee Henfrey continuing his run of success on the rudder catching his limit of 8 fish.

During the early part of the week the boils, rainbow corner, inlet fished during the day with Lin Croft the place to be in the evening. Towards the end of the week Toft shallows started to produce again with Kevin Richardson recording a catch of14 trout.

Water clarity is still excellent with a tremendous amount of fry especially around the pontoon, inlet &tower. .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     242         Number Trout Taken:     302          Number Trout Released:    398

Total Catch:     700               Weekly Rod Average:   2.9

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Ifor

 

Up & coming events

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

Hywel Morgan, beginner / novice tuition day. Limited to 6 people per day, all tackle provided including fishing permit, cost per person £60.00 contact the lodge or visit our tution website for further details and to book your place www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

Local Angling Club

Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote, during the season they organize various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings in a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Hommer 024 76402464

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Draycote weekly fishing report week ending 29th June 2014

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 29th June 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The cooler evenings & showery conditions of last week has cooled the surface water temperature with any algae dropping out, with the water clarity this week described as excellent.

Despite there been a huge amount of pin fry this year a good number of trout this week were taken on dries with Sean Hanlon catching 10 trout on a daddy drifting over open water & on Friday evening Mr Pelly taking 6 to dries, daddies & Big Red from Lincroft.

Buzzer & damsels continue to take fish but with the amount of pin fry a silver Invicta, silver thorax pheasant tail or a flash back has also worked.

Anglers fishing the rudder found catches a little slower this week however Lee Henfrey & N Keeber continue to find the rudder working well for them fishing the morning session 8.30am – 3.00pm catching 19 trout.

Paul Beasley caught a 5lb1oz brown, Vince Veronica caught 5 trout for 15lb, J Pearson & J Astley bank fished the evening session recording 14 trout with both anglers recording fish of 4lb. Members Colin England & Tony Plummer recorded 20 fish for their visit. R Hubbard recorded a brown 4lb8oz with R Elkin returning a 4lb+ brown.

Bank anglers have generally found the best of their sport in rainbow corner & Lincroft with boat anglers finding the best sport off Lincroft, Biggin & in front of the outflow although anglers drifting the open water with dries are picking up some cracking fish.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     299         Number Trout Taken:     471          Number Trout Released:    443

Total Catch:     914               Weekly Rod Average:   3.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until 22:00

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Ifor

Up & coming events

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

Rio Pairs Scheduled for July are Cancelled

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Draycote Fishing Report Week ending 22nd June

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 22nd June 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Another extremely busy week at Draycote Water with  both angler numbers & boat bookings reaching record levels. This past week has probably best been described as “Competition Week”.

We were pleased to welcome back for their third year here, the HMRC who assembled from all over England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Many competitors made a week of the event and practise fished on three day packages before their match on Thursday.  We also welcomed back the Association of Major Fly-fishing Clubs with six teams of six competing in Round 3 of their league on the Wednesday. At the weekend it was time for the Draycote Pairs on Saturday culminating in the Draycote Heat of the Scierra Pairs on Sunday.

On Monday  Mike Hill & Roy Palmer were pleased to have driven up from London for what they later described as a “wonderful day”. They caught 20 + 12 rainbows respectively using Diawl Bachs & Red Buzzers fished “washing Line” style in Toft Shallows.

Ron Blackwell spent his usual morning with us on Tuesday & his 6 fish boat catch included a brownie of 4-11 & a rainbow of 4-10. Season ticket regulars John Dews & Tony Broadway continued to excel on the bank with a combined total of 27, mostly caught & released. They noted, as did others, how the trout were beginning to show a distinct interest in the large quantities of pin fry that are now to be found all around the fishery. Damsel & sedge together with daddies are also much in evidence.

Wednesday saw the first of the week’s matches – the AMFC. Chris Reeves was to later comment that “match day saw a huge bloom of daphnia and while the dries and nymphs took the odd fish, a two tone blob cleaned up. Only 5 out of 36 anglers didn’t finish early & again, there were many good grown on fish caught”. Bewl Bridge FC ‘A’ won the event with 115lbs actual weight. They were followed by Invicta FFC ‘A’ in second and Tunbridge Wells FFS in third spot. Individual winner Steve Collins from Bewl also caught the largest fish at 4-15. A total of 278 fish were caught in the event giving them a very creditable rod average of 7.72

On Thursday the HMRC/RCSL event concluded with the capture of 126 rainbows & 2 brown trout. Derek Knight’s eight fish 19-12 bag took top honours whilst Mick Toal, over from Northern Ireland, weighed in the best rainbow at 4-4.

Numerous anglers had success during the week on dries & the daddies, particularly the foam body patterns, have been featuring in many of the returns. Gary Turner enjoyed good sport from an afternoon boat on Thursday with an 8 fish total on a mix of Diawl Bachs & daddies. Our own Alan & John also used them to good effect when the sneaked a morning session afloat drifting over open water off the Hensborough Bank. The mystery fly of the week came to us from Mr C O’Mahony who boated 6 fish on Friday using a “Crested Yellow Flanger” (…..which I’m afraid we do not have in stock!).

Mr Severn takes credit for the best bag of fish this week. On Saturday he weighed in an 8 fish limit for 29-12. All his fish came to large lures fished extremely deep, over open water. His bag included a beautiful brownie of 7-12 (see photo on our Facebook page).  Buzzers & nymphs nevertheless featured highly in the Saturday returns. Mr Sawyer also reported getting take after take to his small Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate from the bank in Rainbow Corner. He netted a total of 13 rainbows during his session.

The Higham Ferrers & District FF “Draycote Pairs” also took place on Saturday with 16 anglers taking a total of 88 fish. Honours went to the pairing of Stephen Ayres & John Water with a 16 fish bag totalling 39-2.

One of the finest catches of the week came to Lee Henfrey who fished solo from a boat on Sunday morning using deep tactics with lures. His eight fish rainbow limit looked like peas in a pod. All bright, full finned silver bars with a total weight of 25lbs 12oz.

Neil Berry’s day was also made on Sunday afternoon when, trying out a new pair of waders off the Cornfield, a grown on rainbow of 8lbs took his Diawl Bach. The perfect specimen was a personal best for Neil and the largest rainbow of the week. Congratulations Neil!

Finally, the Scierra Pairs on Sunday saw 18 anglers in 9 boats battling it out in extremely hot, bright conditions. Kieron Thomas + Craig Gimblet took  a 16 fish pair limit for 36-12 together with a time bonus to win the event. A total of 91 fish were caught for a rod average of 5. Phil Burgess took the largest fish at 4lbs. Many caught using Midge Tip lines with extremely long leaders fishing buzzers deep in the bright conditions.

Once more it was a week during which weather conditions affected the fishing. At times the fishing has been very challenging indeed. It has been interesting to observe the reactions of the trout to changing weather systems & those anglers who are thinking, reacting & adapting appropriately to such changes are the ones being rewarded with the best of this week’s results

                                                   

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     468         Number Trout Taken:     1160          Number Trout Released:    837

Total Catch:     1997               Weekly Rod Average:   4.3

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Weekend Breakfast available at Draycote, Anglers will be pleased to hear that the Waterside Restaurant above the lodge will be open from 08:30 on Saturday 28th June & Sunday 29th June for breakfasts, tea & coffee. This will hopefully continue next month, & possibly beyond, should sufficient numbers utilise the facility.

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

 

Up & coming events

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

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Weekly Fishing Report 16th June 2014

Draycote Water weekly report ending Sunday 15th June 2014   

Telephone  01788 812018

 

Generally a harder week than of late but with a 3.4 rod average for  the reporting period. Anglers had to contend with very humid, muggy conditions at the start of the week. On Monday what light winds there were swung around 360 degrees twice during the course of the day. Nevertheless, boat angler John Clifford managed to find 6 good rainbows deep off the Draycote Water Dam on a variety of lures. An afternoon/evening boat also took 8 rainbows up to 5lbs 4oz  on CDC emergers.

Thornton member Norman Perkins visited on Tuesday and experienced terrific sport in Rainbow Corner on a mix of orange dries & diawl bachs. He took an eight fish limit of rainbows for 29lbs 8oz and his bag included two at 4lbs 8oz. Some of his fish had been covered but quite a few came to him blind. Meanwhile, regular Barry Buxton, in an afternoon boat, managed a 9 fish tally & commented that “Intermediate lines made the day”. It proved to be very hard on the bank during the day, however, Gary Darlow did well to land  7 from Rainbow Corner, the overflow & the bottom of the Hensborough Bank. He fished straight line black and green buzzers & a pheasant tail nymph and his catch included a picture perfect three & a half pound rainbow as well as a three pound brownie, both caught & released.

Improved conditions on Wednesday saw some good sport on boat & bank alike. Kevin Rees continued his good form on the bank taking 16 fish on a mixture of buzzer & sedge pupae. (Considerable numbers of sedge have been appearing in the evenings). Vince Aronica fished in both Biggin Bay & Rainbow Corner with olive & black buzzers. He caught a total of 13 rainbows which had clearly been cruising high in the water column. All his fish came to either the top or middle dropper at depths of three or six feet respectively. Vince described how spectacular his best fish, a fin perfect 5lbs 10oz rainbow, had looked fighting hard in what was gin clear water.

Weather conditions were best described as challenging come Thursday with one angler concluding that it had been a hard days fishing but great for the sun tan! (Remember to pack sunblock in the tackle bag).  Despite the extreme heat & brightness, Geoff Preston caught nine rainbows deep on lures in a morning boat session.  Eddie Kirk also managed a good eight fish total on crisp packet buzzers.

The effects of a few really hot days didn’t stop Mr Mason who, from the bank in Rainbow Corner on Friday morning, took a five fish bag on Foam  Daddies.

The weekend saw a mix of tactics bringing success even though the hot days at the end of the week, combined with a change around of wind into the NE & NNE , upset things for a while. Jim Dempsey still managed to find fish on rudder tactics on Saturday. He recorded an 8 fish limit for 27lbs 4oz which included a brown of 4lbs 4oz. His boat partner Ifor Jones (no, not Thornton Ifor!) had a 5lbs rainbow in his catch. Dave Adams also managed a 12 fish total on black buzzer & diawl bachs.

By Sunday it was clear that the north shore marks were beginning to fish well with fish migrating up the now consistent NNE wind. David Lodge made the most of a Father’s Day fishing gift voucher describing his day on the bank at Lin Croft as “Excellent”. He caught 16 rainbows, all on a goldhead montana tadpole pattern, mostly “on the drop” at the full extent of his cast. Tony Hanks also had a tremendous session in a boat in Toft taking 20 fish on black buzzers fished static. Interestingly, one angler reported taking an eight fish limit on red head diawl bachs suspended three feet under an indicator.

The settled wind direction for the next few days should bring with it consistent sport. It should be noted though that there are two boat competitions taking place this coming week & the boat fleet is virtually booked up until Friday. There is ample bank availability but advance booking of car passes is recommended to guarantee access.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:        318         Number Trout Taken:       462     Number Trout Released:   617

Total Catch:     1079               Weekly Rod Average:   3.4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 – 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 – 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 – 14:30   PM 14:30 – 21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

Up & coming events

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

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

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 8th June 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 8th June 2014

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Yet again a week of variable weather conditions which ranged from some bright, hot flat calms to non-stop rain mid-week. Nevertheless, the rod average was 3.7 for the week peaking at 6 yesterday. Whilst the boats are starting to find more consistent results, some excellent sport has been enjoyed on the bank, especially early & late. Generally, sport has still been had on buzzer tactics or nymph patterns such as Diawl Bachs & Crunchers. However, it has also been most noticeable how many anglers have been fishing dries to great effect – especially CDC shuttlecock patterns.

Early in the week Gordon Byers from Lockwood Beck Trout Fishery in North Yorkshire, led a four angler party who spent a couple of days with us. They concentrated their efforts on the dries and enjoyed tremendous sport locating some magnificent grown on fish. Don Coe repeatedly enquired as to what steroids we had them on! John McGarrell took the lead on their first session with a nine fish evening catch of rainbows up to 7lbs – all taken on CDC patterns. They ended their two days afloat having caught and released a total of 53 rainbows.

Dave Thomas enjoyed his reintroduction to Draycote on Tuesday using White Zonkers in Toft where he caught four 3lbs rainbows.

Lough Mask angler & guide Ronan Cusack plus friends flew in from Dublin late on Tuesday morning & headed straight up to Rainbow Corner where the four of them caught 34 rainbows mostly on dries. Their best fish was a 5lbs rainbow that came to a Claret Bits. Season rod Tony Broadway was also on form on the bank and managed a 12 fish total whilst Kevin Rees fished buzzers from the bank at Lin Croft catching 14.

Tosh Storrar’s annual party from both Scotland & Wales was ten strong this year. They described their sport as “fabulous” – catching a total of 132 rainbows with many in the 4-6lbs class. Tosh himself caught & released an estimated 7lbs rainbow. He commented that they all fished dries on the fine weather days but fished deeper with buzzers on what proved to be a very wet Wednesday.

Yet another group making their annual pilgrimage to us were 16 anglers led by Jim Brown who spent 3 1/2 days on the water. Their collective description of the sport experienced was “superb”. They also concentrated on dry fly tactics especially during the last few hours. Their group rod average was a most creditable 7.45!

On Thursday we played host to the CSSC National Game Angling Final. Twenty Four anglers competed catching a total of 86 fish. Steven Frakes took top honours with an 8 fish bag for 21lbs 12oz. Second was Nigel Evans, 8 fish for 21lbs 1oz with Lee Patten in 3rd also weighing an 8 fish total for 20lbs 1oz.

Friday & Saturday saw most of the fleet out, with many practising for the TEFF England Eliminator on Sunday & trying to keep their tactics, flies & results close to their chests.

The event itself was fished by 44 anglers who took 195, caught & released a further 48, recording a rod average of 5.6 per angler. The largest individual fish was a rainbow of 5lbs 10oz. A brown of 4lbs 5oz was also weighed in. Congratulations go to Andrew Taylor whose 12 fish total + 1lbs 4oz time bonus gave him a winner’s weight of 27lbs 14oz. Second place went to Stephen Peart with 10 for 26lbs 11oz. It was another third for Lee Patten, who is clearly on form right now. Lee also managed a 12 fish bag.

Overall, best areas for both boat & bank have been Rainbow Corner, Hensborough, Toft Shallows & Lin Croft. The Tower Bank right down to Dunns has also provided some good sport. Drifting over open water has also been finding a lot of fish for the boat anglers.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    436                             Number Trout Taken:      543       Number Trout Released: 1095

Total Catch:    1638                Weekly Rod Average:  3.7

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 – 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 – 21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30 – 14:30   PM  14:30  - 21:30

Last 4 Hours from:   17:30

All Anglers to be off site by:   22:00

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

Up & coming events

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

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

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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