Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th August 2015

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th August 2015

Draycote continues on in excellent form through the ups and downs of some very inclement weather. It’s hard to imagine a weekly rod average of 3.5 after some of the days we’ve had this week, but there it is. The fish coming out at the moment are “Absolute Stonkers” as one of our Scottish visitors put it, and I have to agree. So I think would John Dews, with a cracking Brown of 6lbs 7 ozs, which he caught from the bank in toft on Friday,on a Nemo Cruncher .

The water clarity is still good, with some algae build up from time to time. But as I’ve said in the past, this doesn’t dampen the trout’s enthusiasm too much and generally seems to blow into one corner of the water come mid morning. Nor did it dampen John Hanlon’s day, as he fished teams of dries or diawl bachs through the algae up in Rainbow corner, to boat 8 fish on Sunday morning  

The best of the fishing is still to be found in the top couple of feet of the water, with most of the trout falling to either dries, or a mixture of buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs. Although season permit holder Paul Beasley proved me wrong on Friday, by catching 7 fish on damsels on a slow intermediate line, again in Rainbow corner.

Other anglers who are well worth a mention are;

Season permit holder Ed Douglas, who had a large number of fish to the boat on Monday on dries, one of which weighed 5lbs.

Jamie Scott boated 13 fish on Tuesday, fishing a team of buzzers over the Aerators.

Mr K Harding and Mr P Davidson made some excellent comments on the catch return after boating a large number of fish on Saturday, all on dries.

Best flies; Buzzers, crunchers, diawl bachs, damsels, hoppers and bob’s bits.

Best areas; Toft shallows, the cornfield, biggin bay, dunns bay, the aerators, rainbow corner and the Hensborough bank.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Howard Rutter from Amersham .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 241        Number Trout Taken:   361       Number Trout Released:   494

Total Catch:  855                 Weekly Rod Average:    3.5

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:45   PM 13:45 until 20:00

Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 until   20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

Date for your diary:

Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015   10:00 until 18:00

To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing.  Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking.

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Confirmation of Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry - Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 23 August 2015

Draycote Water Weekly Report w/e Sunday 23rd August 2015.

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry - Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Fishing Report

Draycote has continued to fish well this week & again some spectacular sport has been experienced by many. The fish are still very high in the water  and for the most part, dry fly tactics have brought the best of the action for the boat anglers. Probably due to a drop in water temperatures, this week also saw a big increase in action for the bank anglers with many regulars in particular doing well on small buzzer patterns.

Monday saw the week off to a good start with a 4.6 rod average. Ed Douglas had a wonderful boat session with 29 to his net. His catch included six rainbows over 4lbs & two over 5lbs.  It was on Tuesday when the bank came alive & our top seven season ticket rods had a field day together, mainly on The Cornfield, using skinny size 14 black buzzers. The seven anglers caught a total of 79 with Brian Warwick netting the best rainbow at 6lbs! On Wednesday Neil Cohen was again rewarded for making the long journey up from London as his eight fish bag included a Brown at 7lbs 2oz. Mick Cartlidge & boat partner Chris Roden also netted over thirty between them using Claret Hoppers & Bob’s Bits in Toft Shallows. Ed Douglas couldn’t keep away & on Thursday brought another 21 to net including a 6lbs+ rainbow. Tactical switches of small buzzer to dries & vice versa kept them coming for him. Meanwhile Sean Hanlon took to the water again to keep up his high rod average with a 19 fish tally in the boat on size 16 Bob’s Bits. Achievement of the day has to go to 9 year old Matthew Cooper who did battle with an angry 3lbs 8oz Rainbow and won! Well done to Matthew. Tony Broadway also made a repeat visit to the banks on Friday looking to capitalise on the great day he had experienced on Tuesday. Sure enough, his size 14 buzzers again scored well with another 13 to the net from the bank. Paul Beasley went afloat for a morning session & stuck to Gold Head & Blue Flash Damsels for an eight fish total. Saturday saw David Hoppe on the water exploring the Aerators for most of his session. He had a great day netting a total of twenty, the best being a Rainbow of 6lbs. Martin Cottis decided to leave Chew behind for a while & we were pleased to see him on the water for three days of frantic action to his dries. He demonstrated his usual expertise & consistency with a trip total of 48 to the net. Sunday saw the conclusion of an excellent week and a 4.6 rod average for the day with boat anglers finding action on dries and small nymphs mainly presented high in the water column. Bank rods still found fish coming to small black buzzers and, as I write, birds are still working the water hard, particularly in Toft & along The Cornfield bank.

As always however, some anglers continue to struggle. Best advice at this time of year, with higher water temperatures & many grown on fish that have “seen it all”, is to concentrate especially on leader set up &fly size – scaling down is often required but ensure the tackle is balanced. Constantly searching water to seek out concentrations of fish is also all important. Always remember too that all our staff endeavour to provide the best & most up to date information possible to help you so never be afraid to ask if assistance is needed.

Best flies; Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Shipman’s Buzzers, Daddies (especially detached foam bodied) & Hoppers.

Best lines; Floating line, Midge Tip and a Slow Intermediate.

Best areas; Toft, Cornfield, Lincroft Point, Biggin Bay and Dunns Bay, H and G Buoy. The Aerators also still hold a significant population of fish.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr J. Hall from Hinckley.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 273           Number Trout Taken:   354            Number Trout Released:   595

Total Catch:  949                 Weekly Rod Average:    3.48

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:15

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

Last 4 Hours from:  16:15 until   20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

Date for your diary:

Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015   10:00 until 18:00

To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing.  Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking.

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday 9th August 2015

Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/eSunday 9th August  2015

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Some tremendous action has been experienced by many anglers this week, during which period we have seen a continuation of excellent surface sport. Some very fit fish in the 3-5lbs bracket have been encountered. More & more anglers are taking to dry fly tactics with many fish coming blind to teams of flies presented delicately over the front of a drifting boat. Patterns such as Bob’s Bits, Shipman’s Buzzers, Hoppers & Daddies have all been producing – mainly in reds, oranges & claret. There has also been some more falls of flying ants, which although spasmodic, have caused some frantic action for those lucky enough to find themselves amongst it. One such angler did especially well during one of the ant falls using a Bibio, but black coloured Bob’s Bits have been effective too.

Whilst many rods have again got into double figure catches, others have struggled. Key to success at this time of year is clearly well balanced tackle and with additional attention paid to presentation.

Monday started really well with a rod average of 5.4 for the day. Sean Hanlon excelled with a 15 fish tally on a mix of dries & washing line tactics using small Diawl Bachs. Newcomer to the world of fly fishing, Peter Biernacki also did well to tempt 6 to his daddies fished from the bank.

Tuesday & Wednesday were both harder days for boat & bank alike. However, Sean Hanlon was back on the water & put ten fish into the net on both days. His boat partner, Jamie Nairn also landed nine on Wednesday – all on dries. Despite more challenging conditions it also came as no surprise to see regular Dennis Jones also record a ten fish total from the bank with his fish coming to small diawl bachs. The Mead/Tearle pairing also showed the way with another 30 plus weekly tally to dry fly tactics over the front of their drifting boat. Thursday & Friday saw many anglers practising for the Lexus & we were pleased to play hosts to them for the final heats of this season’s series on both Saturday & Sunday.

The dry fly theme continued with Neil Cohen being rewarded for his long traffic ridden drive up from London. His eight fish bag included four rainbows over 4lbs. Season ticket holder John Dickens also enjoyed fine sport netting fifteen on dries followed by Clive Wilkins who boated eleven to a red sugar cube dry fly. Many of his fish were also in excess of 4lbs. On the bank Tony Broadway found feeding fish in Biggin Bay & managed a grand total of 17 to a team of straight lined buzzers. He also caught a beautiful roach of about a pound & a half.  Don Roper enjoyed the whole of Lin Croft to himself on the bank during his Friday visit & was rewarded with four rainbows which were also all over 4lbs. Open water drifts were the order of the day for Graham Pearson & Rob Sosbe whose combined catch to Red Bits totalled twenty four.

Although virtually all the anglers were afloat on Saturday, some terrific sport was being enjoyed from the bank in Toft shallows by Henk Van Der Eshoff. He netted a total of 17 rainbows with many in the 3-4lbs bracket & all coming to small black buzzer. Meanwhile, in the first of the weekend Lexus heats, Craig Barr led the way with a 23 fish total. Tom Bird followed him into second place catching 19 with Lee Henfrey in third with 18. The events were fished to a four fish bag followed by catch & release. At the conclusion of an eventful competition 30 anglers had netted 228 fish for a rod average of 7.6.

The Sunday heat was a floating line only competition from which Ronnie Gent came out victorious with 16 to his net. Peter Edge, (who had travelled down from Scotland for four days with us), took second spot with a 12 fish tally. He was followed into third spot by Ryan Feber with11. Our own season rod Tony Parker landed the largest fish of the two days with a rainbow of 6lbs 9oz. Twenty seven anglers on day two caught 135 representing a rod average of 5. Congratulations to John Horsey on such a well organised & administered event together with all those who qualified through to the final.

Sunday also saw the capture of the week’s largest fish. Mr Tim Burn netted a fabulous rainbow of 8lbs 3oz as part of his 12 fish tally. Tim presented a size 12 Claret Hopper in slicks & his bag also included another at 4lbs 2oz.

Best Bank areas; Rainbow Corner, Biggin Bay, Lin Croft and Toft.

Best Flies: Bobs Bits, Shipman’s, Hoppers & Daddies. Small buzzers &Diawl Bachs (especially as a washing line)        

 

Weekly Boat Draw.

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Viv Davies from Carmarthen.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     346        Number Trout Taken:    608         Number Trout Released:   700

Total Catch:     1308              Weekly Rod Average: 3.78

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45

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

Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until 20:45 

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 150yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

Boat Angler Safety Issue: Please all note that the requirement to wear a life jacket at all times whilst on the pontoon & in boats is for your own safety. Please do not under any circumstances tamper with the buoyancy aids supplied. This week an angler tampered with his life jacket removing the gas cylinder from within. It was later found discarded in the boat & appeared to have been extracted for makeshift use as a priest! Thanks to our regime of daily safety checks the jacket was quickly brought back into safe service.

Records: 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.

And finally! You’ll all enjoy this little video produced by Fishing TV featuring Steve Cullen on Draycote at the height of the buzzer back in April. It will be free to view for about another six weeks:

  http://www.onlinefishing.tv/channel/game/preview/buzzers-on-big-waters

 

Tight lines,

 Kevin

 

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 16th August 2015

Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 16th August 2015.

We are waiting for the EA to confirm that a non native shrimp has been found in Draycote Reservoir.

In the meantime & as a precaution we will be following the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry - Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Fishing Report

Draycote has continued to fish well despite the warm weather of late, though some anglers have found it a bit tricky at times. There are absolutely stacks of fish out there, it’s just that they get pre occupied on very small terrestrials this time of year, and for that reason it becomes a bit more difficult to knock them off their perch . However, with a weekly rod average of 2.5, we seem to be doing pretty well in the current climate Despite a slight algae, I would describe the water quality as good.

Some of the more experienced anglers have done very well this week, fishing closer to the banks first thing, and then drifting over open water during the middle part of the day.

The fish have remained very high in the water, and this has been critical to cracking the code to catching them. Your flies have needed to be within the top couple of feet of the surface to stand a chance. Both boat and bank anglers have done very well fishing the smaller patterns such as size 14 black buzzers and size 16 claret Bobs Bits.

The bank, in comparison to the boats, tends to be a bit slower through July and August, however the Cornfield  has  produced some good catches The mornings and  evenings have proved to be the best times to fish the bank as once the sun gets up a bit, the fish push out further into the deeper water.

Horwich and District Fly Fishers had a good day out with us here on Sunday with the majority of anglers catching on Dawsons olive and cats whiskers.

Thornton Fly Fishers also fished a small match on Sunday, with the overall winner being Richard Damon

Best flies; buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, the yellow owl, claret shipmans buzzers, daddies, hoppers,  and the dreaded blob in various guises.

Best lines; Floating line, midge tip and a slow intermediate.

Best areas; Toft, Cornfield, Lincroft point, Biggin Bay and Dunns Bay, A and B Buoy.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr M Bradbury  from Stoney Stanton .

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 282            Number Trout Taken:   355            Number Trout Released:   369

Total Catch:  724                 Weekly Rod Average:    2.5

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:30

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

Last 4 Hours from:  16:30  until   20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

Date for your diary

Draycote Fly Fishers are organizing a charity match on 19th September 2015, in order to raise money for a Wheelie boat here at Draycote Water. Full details and how to enter will be published later this week.

 

Tight Lines.

The Draycote Team.

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 2nd August 2015

Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/eSunday 2nd August  2015

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As I’m sure you are all aware, the weather has been very changeable this week.  The fishing was a bit slow to start with, but picked up nicely as the week progressed. This I believe, was partly helped by the rain and cooler breezes helping to lower that surface temperature. There are still plenty of fish between the 3- 5lb mark being caught, particularly from drifting boats, working the wind lanes across the middle of the reservoir. At no stage of the game this season, have we seen the pea soup which has troubled Draycote in the past, indeed, despite a very slight algae bloom, the water quality can be described as very good.

The fish, yet again, haven’t read the rule book, and remain in the top few feet of the water. Dries are now working extremely well, with many anglers getting well into double figures on them. But Diawl Bachs, Buzzers and crunchers on a floating line are also producing some good catches.

I would like to add that the bank fishing has slowed up a bit, but neither Brian Allwood, Mike Garner or Tony Broadway would agree with me. All of them fish on Wednesday and Thursday and easily got into double figures on a variety of flies such as Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Dries.

Other notables who did well fishing from a boat this week were;

Peter Elliott and Lee Patten fishing on Thursday had over 46 fish to the boat, the best of which was 5lbs.

Jude Tuffs, reported a large shoal of fish “going mad” on a swarm of flying ants in Biggin Bay on Friday, where she boated over 14 good fish.

Mr I Tearle and Mr N Mead boated over 30 fish on Saturday, all on dries.

Mr V Davies, Mr V Gwilliam, Mr E Phillips and Mr R Owen, travelled from Wales for two days fishing here at Draycote. On Friday they caught over 40 fish between them and they too reported the clouds of flying ants in Biggin Bay.  On their second a day they caught over 50 fish and reported “ A Cracking two days of dry fly fishing” all on hoppers and daddies.

Best boat areas; Rainbow Corner, The Aerators, Biggin Bay and Toft Shallows. The shoals at this time of year are also worth a try.

Best Bank areas; Rainbow Corner, The Tower Bank, Biggin Bay, and Toft.

Best Flies, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Daddies, Hoppers and Bobs Bits.        

 

Weekly Boat Draw.

This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Chris Brindley from Crick.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  243           Number Trout Taken:  365           Number Trout Released:   527

Total Catch:    892               Weekly Rod Average: 3.6

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:45   PM 14:45 until  21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until 21:00 

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

 

 

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 150yards of the aerators or the pontoons.

 

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.

 

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 26th July 2015

Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 26th July  2015

The weather has been very unsettled this past week with a mixture of wet and windy conditions interspersed with some sunny spells. With the wind changing direction and swirling around a lot, casting a straight line onto the water has been a bit of a challenge to say the least. The water clarity is still hampered a bit by the slight algae bloom but again this isn’t causing too much of a problem, as it tends to get blown into one corner of the reservoir by mid morning.

The fishing in general has been very good this week, and once again most of the fish caught have been in the top four or five feet of the water. The best methods have been a floating line with either dries, or a team of nymphs on a washing line. Intermediate lines are also working well, with either a damsel, a Humungus booby, or a cats whisker.

The boat anglers have done pretty well this week, but the bank fishing, with the rise in water temperature, has been a bit of a hit and miss affair. The bank anglers tell me that they are seeing plenty of fish and hooking into them, but landing them is a different matter.

On Monday Mr Bob Wallinger caught 13 good fish from the boat, the best of which was 4lbs.

Season Ticket holder Mr Ken Rawlings caught a total of 8 fish from the bank on Tuesday, including 5 brownies.

Also fishing on the bank on Tuesday was Mr Stan Hillman. Stan caught 4 fish, one of which was an 8lb brown.

Mr Ed Douglas caught  13 fish on dries from a drifting boat on Wednesday .

Mr John Dickens and Mr Kevin Rees, also fishing on Wednesday, caught 16 fish on dries.

Tony Broadway and John Dews did pretty well from the bank on Wednesday catching 16 fish between them, all on buzzers.

Mr Richard Pelly and Mr Gary Turner took an evening boat out on Thursday and caught 8 fish, all on dries.

The best boat fishing has by far been in Rainbow corner. But other good areas have been A and B buoy, the Aerators, Biggin Bay and over middle and croft shoal.   

The best bank areas have been Rainbow corner, The over flow, the tower bank, and Biggin bay.

The best flies are, Buzzers, Dawl Bachs and Crunchers. Daddies, hoppers and bobs bits. Damsels, Humungus boobies or a cats whisker.

.Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Ian Morris from Shipston.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  260           Number Trout Taken:    297           Number Trout Released:   325

Total Catch: 622                  Weekly Rod Average:    2.3

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until15:00   PM 15:00 until 21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15  until   21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45

 

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

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday 19th July 2015

Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday 19th July 2015.

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Draycote has fished reasonably well this week, and considering the warmer weather conditions, has still produced a weekly rod average of 2.5. There has been a slight Algae bloom on the water all week, but by mid morning the breeze will generally tend to have pushed this in to one corner of the reservoir. Indeed,  anglers have reported finding fish coming to dries up through the Algae bloom, so it isn’t causing us too  many problems at the moment.

Despite  the very changeable weather, the majority of fish have again been caught in the top couple of feet of the water, with the best methods being either Buzzers or Dawl Bachs on a washing line, or dries. A Damsel on a slow intermediate line has also worked very well, especially over the aerators. Draycote is still giving up more than it’s fair share of fish in the 4 to 5 lb bracket, and. It’s not uncommon to see two or three  4lb plus fish in an anglers bag. It seems obvious to me, as I’m sure it does to you ,that we are benefitting from one if not two, very mild winters.     

The bank fishing is  more sporadic of late, as the fish tend to drift into  the deeper cooler water. The best times for the bank at this time of year are the early morning and late evenings.

Boats are now  edging the better sport with fish being caught mostly at the top end of the reservoir. Particularly in Rainbow corner,  around A and B buoy, and over the Aerators. The shoals such as Musborough and Middle shoal are also well worth a go. Toft Shallows is still holding plenty of fish, but they are just not playing the game. (I’ll nip down and have a word with them tonight.)

This weekend Draycote hosted  the HASSRA Fly Fishing Competition and the Midland Counties Competition. All competitors seemed to enjoy themselves out on the water, despite the sometimes “damp” conditions. The individual winner of the Midland counties match was Mark Redfern with 8 fish for 28lb 10oz. Well done to all those who took part.

 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Martyn Blount from Morriston in Swansea.  

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 336    Number Trout Taken:  428     Number Trout Released:   443

Total Catch:    871              Weekly Rod Average: 2.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:30

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

Last 4 Hours from: 17:30      until    21:30     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Courses

The new dates for our Fly Fishing courses are as follows;

16th August.   Parent and child day.

6th September.   Beginners course.

17th and 18th October.   Improvers in Fly Fishing and Fry Bashing Course.

Further Details are published on our website.

 

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th July 2015

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th July 2015

Draycote Vacancy: Full Time Position: Fishery Ranger, details on our facebook page & our weekly reports page at www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk or email fishery for details www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

FISHING REPORT

The week opened well on Monday, with a great days fishing, according to the comments left by our anglers. Top of the water sport on dries seemed to be the order of the day, with names such as Big Reds, Sedges and the Yellow Owl, returning one of our best daily rod averages so far this season . Indeed the overall weekly rod average was a very good 3.6.  The week continued getting warmer, but still the fish didn’t seem to push down , even with the bright sunshine and blustery conditions on Thursday, anglers were still reporting taking fish on dries or buzzers on a floating line.

Both Thursday and Friday were very busy days out on the water, with a large number of anglers practising for this past weekends competitions. On Saturday we saw the arrival of the Engalnd Eliminator and Derby Fly Fishers Club competition, and on Sunday Draycote hosted both the Scierra pairs, and The Steve Parton Memorial organised by Alex Booth Fly Fishers.

Some found it a bit difficult on Saturday, with anglers reporting that they were struggling to get fish to the boat. But the reservoir fished well overall.  In the England Eliminator, 52 rods caught a total of 310 fish for a competition rod average of 5.9.The overall winner was Peter Elliott, with 12 fish for 34lb12oz including time bonuses. Mick McLintic recorded the best fish of the competition, with a rainbow of 6lb12oz. During the weigh in, there were15 fish over 4lb in weight brought to the scales.

For their competition,  Derby Fly Fishers Had 9 rods catch a total of 53 fish, for a rod average of 5.8.

Sunday dawned with cloudy skies and a stiff breeze, a good day for fishing (provided the fish have read the rule book). The Scierra pairs match fished very well, with the winning pair of Graeme Bell and Neil Deakin Taking 16 Fish for 48lbs 5oz. Again it was great to see a high number of grown on 4lb rainbows recorded. The overall rod average for the match was 4.9.  

The anglers fishing in the Steve Parton Memorial also seemed to have a good day out, with the match being won by Baz Street, with 8 fish for 23lbs 6oz.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr G Owen from Coalville

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 371    Number Trout Taken:  861     Number Trout Released:   479

Total Catch:    1340              Weekly Rod Average: 3.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:45

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

Last 4 Hours from: 17:45      until    21:45     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

 

 

Last four hour ticket.

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Draycote Fishery Vacancy

Draycote Fishery Vacancy

Job Title:        Draycote Fishery Ranger

 

Position:        Full Time

 

Location:        Draycote Water, CV23 8AB

 

Reports to:     Fishery Management (UK) Ltd, Draycote Fishery Management

 

You will be primarily based at Draycote water fishery, a popular Midlands reservoir offering fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout with the fishing season 4th March to 30th November.

 

You will be joining a team of permanent and part time staff based at the various fisheries under the Management of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. You will be required to be smart and presentable at work; the Company will provide work clothing. You will also be expected to communicate and offer fishing advice in a knowledgeable and helpful way.

 

You will be working to a monthly rota working any 5 days out of 7, including weekends which will include, split shifts. As is the nature of the fishing season, you will be expected to work 40 weeks averaging 43.55 hours during March to November, working 12 weeks averaging 21.5 hours per week during the period December to February. Salary will be paid by 12 equal monthly amounts. Some overtime may be required by mutual consent.

 

Holiday entitlement 28 days with 7 days allowed during period March to November

 

You may, on occasion, be required to cover at our other venues; travel allowance at a pre-agreed level will be included.

 

Draycote is a popular visitor’s attraction operated by our Landlord Severn Trent Water. There is also a popular and busy sailing club; you will be expected to build up a good working relationship with the various other stakeholders who use the reservoir.

 

The position will include some lone working and when required, responsibility for securing the site at the end of the day.

Job Description

 

Draycote Fishery Ranger

 

Location-                   Draycote Water, Rugby, CV23 8AB

 

Hours-                        2000 hour per annum – pay scale £8.00 – £9.50 p/h

Peak months; March to November – 40 weeks average 43.5 hours per week

Off Peak months; December to February – 12 weeks average of 21.5 hours per week

 

Responsible to –      Fishery Manager

Key Activities-

           To ensure that Customers have an enjoyable and safe experience when using our facilities.

           To manage Staff in a constructive and professional manner.

           To ensure that our facilities are safe and comply with the Company’s legal obligations in respect of Health and Safety, Trading Standards, Environmental and all other relevant legislation.

           To comply with our obligations to the site’s landlord, Severn Trent Water.

           To build constructive working relationships with other site users, such as the Sailing Club & restaurant.

Specific Requirements-

1.         Conduct regular tours of the reservoir to ensure that Anglers are safe, and have the necessary Day Ticket, EA Licence. This also includes building a strong rapport with Anglers and offering guidance and advice to ensure that they get the most enjoyment possible from their visit.

 

2.         Ensure that Draycote  fleet of boats (currently 32) along with the pontoon and other boat facilities; such as life jackets, safety boat and outboard motors; are checked on a daily, weekly and monthly basis, to ensure that they are maintained to the highest standard and comply with all relevant Health and Safety requirements.

This includes taking responsibility for the completion of all relevant safety and maintenance records following each inspection.

 

3.         Manage our team of part time boat staff. This includes rotating shifts, allocating duties, managing performance, conducting induction / Health and Safety training, issuing relevant employment documents such as Employment Contracts, time sheets and weekly pay slips, and ensuring that they are working in a constructive manner to help our Customers.

4.         Checking and accepting delivery of goods to the tackle shop.

5.         Selling day tickets to Anglers in the Tackle Shop / Lodge. 

6.         Using the tackle shop computer to ensure adequate stock levels are maintained in the shop.

7.         Ensure that stock is displayed in the tackle shop to maximise sales.

8.         Conduct / participate in meetings with other site users, such as the Sailing Club, and to help build constructive relationships with them.

9.         Carry out general site maintenance and repairs. If necessary, to liaise with the Company’s Management to arrange for external contractors to carry out necessary maintenance / improvement work.

10.       Conduct monthly Health and Safety checks for the shop, electrical equipment and vehicles. To ensure that up to date Risk Assessments, PAT tests, COSHH assessments, and vehicle maintenance are conducted for the site.

11.       To travel to Foremark when required, to provide additional cover for the Company’s Management.

12.       Locking up and securing the site at closing time.

13.       Ensuring the site is secure and to prevent theft / poaching of stock.

14.       To carry out other reasonable activities as and when required to ensure the smooth running of FM(UK) Ltd’s facilities.

 

Essential Requirements of the Post Holder- 

1.         Two or more years experience of working at a trout fishery.

2.         Good knowledge of boat and outboard motor maintenance 

3.         Good record keeping.

4.         Ability to use the Company’s computers effectively.

5.         Good Management skills, including the ability to demonstrate positive and constructive communication skills.

6.         Experience of working with the public in a leisure / retail environment.

7.         Health and Safety knowledge relevant to Fishery Management.

8.         Experience in managing Stillwater competitions.

9.       Driving Licence

Desirable-

1.         Qualified Angling Instructor

Closing Date For Applications 30th July 2015

 

Forward Applications to lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk 

or

FM(UK)Ltd, New House, Reservoir Road, Thornton, Leicestershire, LE67 1AR

Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28th June 2015

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28th June 2015

Despite the ever changing weather conditions, Draycote continues in good form, with a rod average of 3.7. There are an awful lot of fish getting caught in open water now, especially over the shoals, these are often the trout which are either overwintered or being in the reservoir a while, described by one visiting rod as “proper lumps,” these fish have been falling to both nymphs and dry flies at varying times of the day and in various conditions.

Some anglers have reported fish feeding on pin fry already, and this is no surprise as there are literally thousands of them around the pontoon. The slightly cooler weather has now given way to the longer, warmer evenings of late, and this bodes well for that last 4 hour slot, where we are finally beginning to see a good evening rise.

With these warmer temperatures, the fly hatches have started to come on dramatically and anglers are now reporting fish feeding in or near the surface on a daily basis. A search along the edges of the wind lanes with either buzzers or a team of dries is well worth a go.

Kevin Hart took time off from the lodge to take two guests out guiding; he managed to get them both into double figures working the edges of the wind lanes fishing dries, nymph & buzzers.

Kevin is available for casting tuition or guided trips at Draycote, Foremark & Thornton and can introduce you to tubing at Thornton. Further details call the lodge 01788 812018

Toft Shallows has been the dominant area on the water this week, right up against the nature reserve buoys. But the rest of the reservoir is also fishing very well. Rainbow Corner is holding a lot of fish at the moment, more so towards the inlet and the overflow. Biggin and Dunns bay are also fishing well.

Mr Ceri Jones’ party, visiting us from Wales on Friday and Saturday seemed, by numbers alone, to enjoy themselves. On both days they caught good bags of fish; mainly it seems, on a washing line and dries.

Melvyn Severn fishing with the rudder found the overwintered fish during his visit recording 8 fish for a total weight of 26lb, for those wishing to try the rudder we have one for daily hire.   

It was good to see both Higham Ferrers and Leicester Fly Fishers back here for club matches over the weekend. All seemed to enjoy some good sport out on the water and come in with some good catches. Well done one and all.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Adam Gunby from Leicester

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 362    Number Trout Taken:   567    Number Trout Released:  782

Total Catch:  1349                Weekly Rod Average: 3.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:15

Boat All Day: 08:30   until   22:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 16:00    PM  16:00   until  22:15

Last 4 Hours from: 18:15      until    22:15     

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:45

 

Fishery Rules

All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

 

 

Last four hour ticket.

Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

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