Draycote Report W/E 19th March 2017

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 19th March 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

The weather once again has played a big part in the fishing here at Draycote this week. The warmer conditions at the start of the week combined with light breezes allowed anglers to fish every part of the water, resulting in some excellent catch returns. Boat and Bank anglers have been exploring every part of the reservoir with the hottest spots being the Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Toft Shallows and the overflow on the Hensborough Bank. Some boat anglers have been big fish hunting up on the Draycote Dam, and whilst a lot of patience is required, overwintered fish of up to 8lb have been caught using heavy sinking lines and Humungus Boobies.  The weather from Thursday onwards was a bit erratic at times and so put paid to some of the better fishing spots however, those who did brave the conditions were rewarded for their efforts. The rod average this week came in at 8.3.

On Monday season ticket holder Ed Douglas fished the bank in Duns Bay to land 16 fighting fit rainbows. Ed fished a floating line with 2 buzzers a FAB on the point. Out on the boats Rod Wilson enjoyed good sport utilising the rudder to land 17 fish. Mr D Hastie and Mr K Simms had 20 &16 fish to the boat fishing in Toft with Buzzers. Mr J Wood had a fantastic day on the boat landing 37 fish, using a fast intermediate line with Diawl bachs and a booby fished on the washing line. Mr Osbourne and Mr Macham enjoyed great sport on the last 4 hour ticket to land 37 trout between then using Buzzer down in Toft. Also out on the water was Draycote Fishery ranger Tom Bird who targeted the large overwinter fish using a Di 7 line and boobies, fishing the drop off near the flat stones. Tom was rewarded for his persistence with a number of great overwintered fish, see our Facebook page for pictures (www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

Tuesday saw a slight increase in the wind speeds, the Draycote regulars were out in force on the bank fishing in Duns Bay, they commented that the fishing wasn’t as easy as it had been the previous week but they were still managing to catch into double figures. Tony Broadway landed 14 fish using two size 12 buzzers and a FAB on the point. Ms Jude Tuffs fishing alongside Tony, landed 10 fish using buzzers under the bung. Ed Douglas was again out on the water this time fishing in Biggin Bay near the old pipe and landed 2 more than the day before, meaning in two days he had landed 34 fish. Mike Oliver enjoyed some of the best sport from the bank using pheasant tail nymphs and black buzzers fished on a floater. Out on the boats Mr G Jones landed 31 fish. Eugene Hughes took the train up from London for the first time this season and was rewarded with great sport landing well over 40 fish using a Di 7 sinking line and snake boobies. Season ticket holder Tony Parker and Mr Hooper enjoyed great sport landing over 40 fish to the boat using buzzers and nymphs in toft and in Biggin Bay.

The anglers where yet again greeted with fantastic fishing conditions on Wednesday with light winds and overcast warm conditions. This meant good buzzer hatches where seen out on the water and as a result the anglers were really able to cash in on a rod average of 10.03, with the majority of the returns being posted coming to buzzers. On the bank Mr Williams landed 16 fish in a short morning session fishing in Toft. Out on the boats Rodger Kerrison and Dave Robins landed 48 fish to the boat using a floating line and a team of buzzers. Richard Ellis and John Hurst also used buzzer in toft to record a catch of 69 fish to the boat. Ian Gaskell and son Liam where another boat enjoying good sport landing 23 and 28 fish each with Ian using buzzers fished under the Bung and Liam opting for straight lined buzzer on a floater.

Thursday saw the wind speeds increase and blow as a westerly. The hotspot in Toft coloured up quickly and presentation became difficult. As a result the better fishing spots seemed to be in Biggin Bay, Rainbow corner and Duns. Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall fished the final day of their three day package here at Draycote and enjoyed great sport in Biggin Bay fishing buzzer on a floater and a Midge Tip.Over the three days the pair landed 138 fish, this made the long drive from the West Country well worth it and the pair have vowed to return for hopefully more of the same later in the year. Out on the bank season ticket holder Rob Keeber enjoyed good sport again fishing in Biggin to land 16 fish with a brace going over 3lb.

Another windy day on Friday again made the presentation difficult from Toft, which meant the fishing from the bank was again restricted mainly to Biggin Bay. However this did not mean a drop in the number of fish caught. Season Ticket holder Peter Elliot landed 35 fish fishing in Duns bay, Peter used a floating line with a FAB and buzzer to land his fish. Fishing just up the bank from Peter was Lee Patten who landed 15 fish utilising the same tactics. John Dews also enjoyed good sport from Duns on the FAB & buzzer to land 14 fish. Gordon Slack fished in Rainbow corner and the Hensborough bank to landed 12 fish all on black and green lures. On the boats Jamie Scott landed 17 fish drifting down the Cornfield, Biggin Bay and the Hensborough bank using blobs, boobies and buzzers.

The wind dropped slightly for Saturday meaning that the boat anglers as well as a few bank anglers where able to get fishing in Toft. Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones fished on the rudder on sinking lines and lures to land 30 fish to the boat starting off in the morning down in Toft. When the wind picked up in the afternoon the pair opted for Biggin Bay. Mr T Marriott & Mr J Marriott fished in Toft using intermediate lines with black and green lures to land 22 and 20 fish the boat. Rob Hepburn fished in Biggin Bay using a clear intermediate and a cats whisker with a roly poly retrieve to land 20 fish. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird and Jim Smith enjoyed good sport in Biggin Bay fishing buzzers on midge tip lines to land over 40 fish to the boat, with Jim opting for a small FAB on the point while Tom straight lined. Out on the bank was David Hoppe who fished the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land over 25 fish using buzzer and a small damsel on the point.

Sunday saw a difficult day for the anglers with strong winds. This meant that Toft Shallows had to be closed for safety reasons. Rodger Kerrison and Steve Cullen fished in Biggin bay using buzzers and also boobies on fast sinking lines to land 19 fish the boat. Another boat catching in the difficult conditions was Mr Harding & Mr Clarke who had 13 fish to the boat using buzzers and Diawl bachs fished on a floater.

Sunday was also the first Tuition Day of the season. The day was run by fishery staff members Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Five beginners took part in the course, learning all about the different lines and tactics, and how to cast. Despite the adverse weather  conditions it didn’t take long for Kevin and Tom to get all the students into to some hard fighting rainbows and all went away well and truly hooked.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Lee Patten of Tenbury Wells who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  280          Number Trout Taken:  533     Number Trout Released:   1796

Total Catch:    2329              Weekly Rod Average:  8.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 07:30       until  18:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30    until  13:45   PM  13:45    until  18:00

Last 4 Hours from:  14:00       until     18:00      (Ticket sales available from  13:45)

Gutting Room Closes – 17:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

 

Fishery News

We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.

Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of  Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.

 

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

England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268

England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

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.

Catch Returns

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

Anchoring

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.

Car Passes

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

Rudder Hire

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

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e 12th March 2017

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 12th  March 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Yet another great week here at Draycote with both boat and bank anglers returning good catches from all across the reservoir. The weather has been kind to us considering the time of year, indeed on one or two afternoons the bank anglers could be seen fishing in shirt sleeves along the north shore, sheltered by the high ground and trees behind them. The only area that is not producing solid returns on a regular basis is Rainbow corner. But this is only due to the coloured water currently being pumped into the reservoir. The trout are well spread around the margins, allowing the anglers to keep on the move and perhaps try areas of the water that they are not familiar with. The best areas have been Dunns Bay and Biggin Bay, Lin Croft Point, the Cornfield, Grays Barn and Toft shallows, from the Swans nest down to the big willow tree by the nature reserve. This weeks rod average was 11.0

On Monday Mr Ian Shobbrook caught a total of 21 fish from the bank in Biggin Bay on size 14 Diawl Bachs. Mr G Tomkinson, also fishing from the bank had 20 fish. Season permit holder Mr John Dickens caught 8 good fish using Buzzers and a FAB on the point. It was good to see Mr John Pearson back on the water with fishing partner Mr Les Watson. They caught 11 good fish from the bank during an evening session and remarked on the quality of the stock.

Tuesday dawned with the arrival of the usual suspects of Tony Broadway, Gordon Slack, John Dews, Jude Tuffs and Brian Warwick. All excellent anglers who returned good numbers from the bank at the end of the day, using mainly small skinny black buzzers. Season Permit holder Mr Peter Elliott returned over 35 fish, caught using buzzers and a FAB on the point. Draycote regular Mr Tony Ward caught 14 + fish from the bank in Toft shallows using Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Amongst these fish was an overwintered 6lb Rainbow which was safely returned to the water. Visiting for the day were Thornton Reservoir members Lord Richard Dayman and Mr Noman Perkins. They both chose to fish from the bank and netted 26+ fish between them. Mr T Cosford caught 23 fish from the bank. Draycote regular Mr Richard Lindsay had over 30 fish to the boat, while Mr L Tones and Mr M Harby caught 30 fish between them from a drifting boat using black and green lures off Lincroft point and in Biggin Bay.

Again on Wednesday good numbers of fish were caught with many anglers going well into double figures. Mr L White caught over 40 fish from the Cornfield using black buzzers. Mr A Marchant caught 15 fish, again from the bank. Season Permit holders  Mr Kevin Rees and Mr Steve Robinson caught 22 and 14 fish respectively, from various points around the reservoir using buzzers. Draycote regulars Mr Les Watson and Mr Ken Rawlings had 25 fish between them during an evening session from the bank.

Thursday turned out to be a good day for fishing despite the weather forecasts, and again anglers seemed to be bending into fish everywhere we looked. Paul Beasley had 12 fish in a morning session on a blue flash damsel. Tony Broadway had over 30 fish on small black buzzers. Mr S Foulds caught 20 fish from the bank  using a FAB and buzzers. Lord Richard Dayman and Mr Graham Herbert visiting from Thornton reservoir had at least 40 fish each from the bank. Mr Jason Sly had 14 fish from the bank. Season Permit holder Mr Dave Adkins had 18 fish from the boat using black and green lures fished on a DI3.  Season Permit holders Mr Richard Walker and Mr Roger Kerrison caught 14 and 16 respectively from a boat. Season Permit holder Mr Graham Homer caught 11 fish during an afternoon session from a drifting boat.

After a soggy start, Friday saw the rod average top out at 14.9, with seasoned regulars and new visitors to the reservoir catching fish on a regular basis throughout the day. Season Permit holders Peter Elliott, Gordon Slack, Tony Broadway, John Dews, Ian Richardson, John Hall, Richard Hall, Steve Gibson, Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell all returned good numbers from the bank. The main feature from their comments seemed to be that they were all using buzzers and/or Diawl Bachs and Crunchers, teamed with a FAB on the point, which took it’s fair share of the catch. Mr John Pearson turned up for an afternoon session and caught a total of 10 fish, remarking on how good a condition they were in. Mr John Hurst did really well, catching 40+ fish from a drifting boat from all points of the reservoir using a wide variety of patterns such as buzzers, blood worm, Diawl Bachs and black and green lures.

Saturday saw the rod average drop off to a measly 13.2, with good returns coming in from the near side of Toft and all along the northern shore line. Mr R Roper caught 22 fish on buzzers from the bank, remarking on how high in the water the fish where. Mr J Burton, again fishing from the bank, caught over 40 fish on black and green lures, using an intermediate line in the morning, and a floating line in the afternoon. Boat angler Mr G Deterding had 30 fish to the boat using a black gold head cormorant. Season Permit holder Mr Mike Garner had 15+ fish from the bank using Pitsford Peas, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Montanas. Mike spent most of his time fishing by the overflow up on the Hensborough Bank. The father and son pairing of Mr John and Mr Sean Hanlon, had nearly 40 fish to the boat on tubes, remarking on the size and quality of the stock. Mr Rob Hepburn caught 19 fish from a boat on a white snake. Mr S Robins and Mr A Sheehan caught over 40 fish from the boat using Diawl bachs and buzzers. Draycote regulars Stan Hillman and Mick Cronin caught 25 fish from the bank. Another regular, Mr Tom Morris caught 20+ from the bank on a white and green lure. Mr L Serrano also did extremely well from the bank, catching 30+ fish, again on a white and green lure.

Sunday started with a light southerly breeze and looked like it would be ideal fishing conditions for the day. Again anglers where catching in all areas around the reservoir with the hottest spot of the day being the bottom of Toft shallows near the big willow tree. Mr Keiron Barnes caught 17 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr D Hancox had 18 from the bank on damsels. Draycote regular Mr Andy Ball had “his best day ever” from the bank with a total of 54 fish . Mr John Mills caught 19 fish whilst bank fishing in Toft, all on buzzers. Mr K Harding and Mr M Clarke caught 50 fish between them from a boat on buzzers and diawl bachs. Mr J Ide had 40+ fish to the boat from various points around the reservoir. Mr Rob Hepburn made it a family outing with his wife and son, recording 11 fish to the boat. Mr Nigel Keeber brought 13 fish to the boat, whilst fishing alongside new staff member Lee Henfrey.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr John Pearson of Coventry, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 320           Number Trout Taken:  707      Number Trout Released:   2827

Total Catch:   3534               Weekly Rod Average:  11.0

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:45

Boat All Day:    8:30    until 17:45

Boat Part Day:  8:30 until 13:30                 13:30 until 17:45

Last 4 Hours from:   13:45 until 17:45      (Ticket sales available from 13:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:15

No Gutting of fish after 17:15

Fishery News

We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.

Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of  Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.

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

England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April

England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May

Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October.

Catch Returns

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

Anchoring

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.

Car Passes

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

Rudder Hire

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

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Draycote Report W/E 5th March 2017

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 5th  March 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

What an excellent start to the 2017 season here at Draycote water. Despite some inhospitable conditions, (and inaccurate weather forecasts) there have been some outstanding catches for both bank and boat anglers from all four corners of the reservoir.

The cold blustery weather has made presentation difficult over the first few days. Thursday started off with very strong winds from the west, however both bank and boat anglers found that Dunns, Biggin and the Tower bank produced good results. Friday saw a drop in wind speed, with showers throughout the day. The drop in the wind did mean that the anglers where able to venture into Toft and fish effectively for the first time this season. Some very impressive catches where recorded, particularly from the bank, with the rod average for Friday coming out at staggering 16.0. Saturday saw the best conditions of the first 4 days with a nice ripple, clear skies and temperatures just into double figures. This resulted in good catches from all areas of the lake. The rod average dropped on Sunday to a meagre 6.2, mainly due to the tricky conditions that the anglers faced, with strong winds coming from the west and heavy rain for most of the morning. As a result it was difficult to present flies effectively in some of the normal hotspots, however a good deal of anglers found a way to crack the code.

Despite the rough conditions on Thursday regulars Peter Elliot, Lee Patten and Ian Richardson caught well with catches of 38, 40 and 37. The tactics of the bank being to fish an intermediate with a gold head lure in the morning. Peter and Lee then found the fish had come up slightly in the water in the afternoon catching on cormorants on a floater. Peter also landed a cracking 4lb overwintered fish which can be found on our Facebook (www.facebook.com/flyfishstore)  Season Permit holder Roly Hill also did very well from the bank, having 6 good fish in a short 2 hour session. Mike Oliver also caught well from the bank landing 20 fish falling to pheasant tail nymphs. Mr A Ball enjoyed good sport in a short morning session landing 10 fish including a 6lb Rainbow, and commented how fin perfect it was. Ben Bayliss and Adam Larbalestier enjoyed good sport from the boat drifting over various areas of the lake using snakes to land 60 fish to the boat.

Heavy rain greeted the anglers first thing in the morning on Friday which was the first day on Draycote for some of our regulars. With the drop in wind and a straight southerly the majority of the anglers headed for Toft which had been unfishable for much of the previous day. As expected they were straight into the fish with, Tony Broadway, Jude Tuffs, C.J Day and Brian Warwick recorded catches of 30+ fish. They all found the fish keen to pull back on buzzers teamed with a black and green lure on the point. Chris Hart and Gordon Slack also recorded catches of 20+ falling to cat’s whiskers and buzzers.  Out on the boats the McGregor party headed down from Scotland to make the first of many trips for the year. The 5 of them caught an impressive 99 fish on snakes and various lures on sinking lines, from Biggin Bay, Duns, Cornfield and Toft. New season ticket holder Rob Keeber landed a very impressive 52 fish using Buzzers in toft including a rainbow of 3lb 12oz. Another boat pairing catching well using sinking lines and boobies was Tony Parker and Geralt Hughes landed 40 plus.

Saturday saw a great fishing day with a steady breeze and overcast skies. On the bank Tony and Ruth Kirk landed 25 between them fishing in Toft on lures. The McGregor’s once again returned for the second day of their 3 day package but this time landed 103 fish again on the same tactics of snakes and lures. Out on the boats Mr Harding and Mr Clarke landed a very impressive 82 fish on blobs on sinking lines, from toft the cornfield and Biggin Bay. Ian Ritchie and Bruce Callender landed 64 fish on blobs, boobies and cormorants on Di 5 sinking lines. Another impressive catch from the boats came from Gareth Jones and Mathew Griffiths who landed over 60+ fish to the boat on Di 7 sinking lines with green peas, cormorants and blobs. Another great catch came from Mark Hunt out with his wife who landed 27 fish from Duns, Biggin and the Cornfield using diawl bachs and dancers on a intermediate including 2 overwintered fish.

A very unpleasant day Sunday with heavy rain and strong winds, coming from the west, the morning started with the wind being manageable with catches coming from all areas of the lake however soon the wind swung and make toft unfishable and in unpleasant  in other areas. Karl Hardman found Biggin Bay to be a hotspot from the bank in the rough weather landing 25 fish using a floating line with a black and green lure. Out on the boats Ricky Hyde landed 18 using a black lure over in Biggin Bay. Bobby Quinn and Eileen Gallagher enjoyed good sport in the boat fishing in Biggin and Rainbow Corner to land 27 fish. Mr Harding & Mr Clarke returned to land 37 fish to the boat on Di 3 lines and blobs. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner used a pitsford pea, Montana and Daiwl Bachs to land 15 fish. Out on the boats Fishery Ranger Tom Bird and Jim Smith enjoyed great sport from various marks on the reservoir to land nearly 50 fish to the boat using fast sinking lines and boobies including some cracking over wintered fish of around 5/4lb.

The figures for the first 4 days show 298 anglers catching a total of 2935 fish giving a rod average of 9.8, with the weather set a bit fairer for the coming week and even more fish going on we expect the fantastic fishing to continue for the coming weeks. Tight Lines for the season let’s hope it’s a great one.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Ms Jude Tuffs of Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    298        Number Trout Taken: 547       Number Trout Released:   2388

Total Catch:   2935               Weekly Rod Average:  9.8

 

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:30

Boat All Day:    8:30    until 17:30

Boat Part Day: AM 8:30 until 13:30 PM 13:30      until 17:30

Last 4 Hours from:   13:30      until    17:30      (Ticket sales available from 13:15)

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:00

No Gutting of fish after 17:00

Fishery News

We are pleased to announce that we have welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.

Lee is well known angler on the competition scene with a number of England caps fishing as well as fishing in the RIO team.

Lee is very experience angler and his knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him a valuable member of the team and his looking forward to sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers, this coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding through the season.

Catch Returns

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

 

 

Anchoring

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.

Car Passes

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

Rudder Hire

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

Congratulations to Ms Jude Tuffs  of Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

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Draycote Opens 2nd March

Draycote Water:

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Draycote opens on 2nd March

We are extremely busy during the opening week, limited availability for Boat bookings & bank angler’s car passes we recommend you contact the lodge,01788 812018

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm /  1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers off site by 6.00pm

Demo Tackle

New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

 

Forthcoming events:

Beginners Tuition Day, dates on our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

SAGE / RIO Day May 13th with Simon Gawesworth of RIO and Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to answer your questions, book a one to one session with Simon or Jim, also an unique opportunity to take a SAGE rod matched to a RIO fly line of your choice for a FREE 1hour30min guided fishing session, booking your slot is essential.

Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

 

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 17:00

Anchoring

Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

Bank Anglers

Car passes should be booked prior to coming fishing, as we only have a limited number available.

Rudder Hire

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

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Draycote 2017

Draycote opens 2nd March 2017

This coming weeks sees our pre-season stocking of 6500 rainbows introduced.

Dates for your Diary: Sunday 19th March 2017

Beginners Tuition Day £65.00 includes fishing tackle & fishing permit, contact the lodge or visit our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Saturday May 13th we will be holding our popular SAGE / RIO day with Simon Gawesworth RIO fly lines & Jim Fearn SAGE rods & Guide Fly fishing at the lodge answering your question & offering their advice on SAGE & RIO products.

Visit our website for details http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Pre booking your guided & casting demo slot is essential call the Draycote lodge or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Draycote News 2017

Draycote Opens 2nd March

Lodge 01788 812018

Opening day is FULLY BOOKED

 

Dates for your Diary: Sunday 19th March 2017

Beginners Tuition Day £65.00 includes fishing tackle & fishing permit, contact the lodge or visit our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Saturday May 13th we will be holding our popular SAGE / RIO day with Simon Gawesworth RIO fly lines & Jim Fearn SAGE rods & Guide Fly fishing at the lodge answering your question & offering their advice on SAGE & RIO products.

This day is unique as you can book a FREE 1hr30min guided fishing session from a boat using a SAGE rod of your choice matched to a RIO fly line.

We will also have casting demonstrations on the pontoon when Simon & Jim will take small groups of 4 people on the pontoon.

This day is not limited to reservoir tackle if you have any questions relating to Salmon casting, saltwater we can accommodate you. Its essential that you contact the lodge & we can ensure we have the correct tackle onsite & book you a slot to speak with either Simon or Jim

Pre booking your guided & casting demo slot is essential call the Draycote lodge or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Opening Day 2017

Draycote Opens

Thursday 2nd March

Contact the lodge to book 01788812018

Draycote Fishing Report w/e 27th November 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 27th November 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

This week started cold, wet and blustery, which resulted in Monday being a very quiet day here at Draycote. However as the week progressed the weather improved slightly, alongside the fishing, and there was some good sport to be had for both boat and bank anglers alike. The water quality is good, with the weekly rod average coming in at 3.8.

On Tuesday 10 anglers, mostly from the bank, braved the cold to produce a rod average of 3.5. Mr Peter Allen did quite well from the bank, taking 6 fish along the north shore, while Mr Ray Cramp had a total of 8 fish, again from the bank. Best of the boat anglers was Mr Mike Murphy , with 6 fish.

Wednesday proved to be slightly better with the usual suspects occupying various spots around the reservoir. Jude Tuffs took “just 8” from the bank. Ed Douglas had 16, again from the bank. Richard Walker caught a total of 12 fish, mainly from the swans nest down in toft on Minkies, and noted it as “ his best day ever ”. Jim Hall had 10 from the bank on small white lures. Roger Davis caught 7 from the bank on Minkies and a black and peacock spider.

Thursday dawned with a strong cold northerly blowing, which enabled Paul Beasley to catch 2 from the pontoon. Yousef Dar had a total of 14  fish from the bank. Tony and Ruth Kirk did well together also from the bank, netting a total of 14 fish. Nick Lant had 14 from the bank while Simon Claydon had 12.

Friday was a bright and breezy day, but although difficult, still produced some great sport for some. Brian Warwick had 8 good fish from the bank  Kevin Rees caught 6 fish on shrimp patterns from the bank. Mr G Bell caught 8 fish from a boat in Biggin on a DI 5 sweep, hot head damsels and green peas. Jamie Scott caught 6 fish from the boat, one of which was a “ lovely 4 and a half pound brownie “.

Saturday was reasonably mild compared to midweek and again proved to be a testing day. Mark Hunt caught 17 fish from a boat, mainly from the Farborough dam  Tony Ward had 6 fish from the bank. Season permit holder Sean Hanlon caught 8 fish from a boat, whilst the pairing of Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan had 5 fish between them.  Mr J McLellan had 14 fish from the Draycote dam on black Minkies. Steve Gibson caught 9 fish from the bank, whilst Jim Hall had 7.

Sunday dawned cloudy but mild, with the arrival of the Fur & Feather match. With a total of 46 anglers and some big names in the mix, the competition was always going to be a close run thing.  Third place was taken by the pairing of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten, with a combined weight of 31lbs 12oz, second were Lee Henfry and Tom Bird with 32lbs 2oz, and the competition winners were Ronnie Gent and Martin Rowson with 33lbs 9oz. The Biggest fish of the day went to Lee Henfry which weighed in at 4lbs 5oz. Well done to all those who took part.

 

A full end of season report will follow shortly.

 

 

Closing Date

This coming Wednesday, 30th November 2016, is the last day of the season.

 

Season Permits

2017 Season Permits, We currently have a waiting list, however if you’re interested in receiving information on availability of season permits at Draycote we recommend your details are added to the list to avoid any future disappointment.

Catch Returns

Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell or distribute fish to members of the public on site.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 165   Number Trout Taken: 329   Number Trout Released:  300

Total Catch:  629           Weekly Rod Average: 3.8

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:00 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00 until 16:00 (Tickets on sale from 11.45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

No gutting of fish after 15:15

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Jim Hall from  Hinckley  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

 

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 15:15

Anchoring

Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

Bank Anglers

Car passes should be booked prior to coming fishing, as we only have a limited number available.

Rudder Hire

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

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Draycote Report W/E 20th November 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 16th November 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

A very changeable week, with some lovely late Autumnal days with overnight frosts, mixed with very wintery conditions of strong winds and heavy rain. It’s these windy and rainy days that have slightly knocked the fishing this week, as it meant the anglers could not fish their flies effectively. This being said 164 anglers did catch a total of 513 fish giving a weekly rod average of 3.1.

The week started with warm overcast conditions, with a Westerly wind. Out on the boats Adam Larbalestier and Ben Bayliss made the drive down from Cumbria to enjoy a day’s fishing. The pair landed 20 fish to the boat, the tactic being Minkies and minky boobies drifting down the Farnborough dam and then into toft. On the bank season ticket holder Kevin Rees landed 11 fish washing lining shrimps with a small FAB on the point. Kevin found the fish by the pipe in Dunn’s bay. Just up the bank from Kevin was Ray Cramp who landed 9 fish again using a washing line with small boobies Ray’s 8 fish went 24lb.

Tuesday saw a warm day with the bank busy with anglers enjoying back end sport. At times the wind dropped giving near flat calm conditions in Biggin Bay. On the bank Jude Tuffs had 11 fish taking 7 fish by 11am. Jude fished with Minkies, shrimps and small black booby to catch her fish in Biggin Bay. Fishing alongside Jude and not to be out done Tony Broadway landed 11 fish as well using a washing line with shrimp patterns and then moving onto a Minkie booby and a blob on a slow intermediate line. Also on the bank where Brian Warwick and Jim Hall who landed 10 fish apiece. The pair opted to fish the swans nest in toft using Minkies on the point and a small black spider on the dropper. Another bank angler doing well was season ticket holder Ed Douglas who landed 12 fish using a washing line with small buzzers. Out on the boats Mike cox and Howard smith did well landing 14 fish to the boat the pair used Minkies and red arsed green peter to land the fish, casting close to the shore in Biggin Bay and down in Toft.

A breezy day Wednesday meant it felt cold on the hands for the angles who braved the blustery conditions, with showers mixed in with the windy conditions it wasn’t the most enjoyable day to be on the water. This said a number of angles found the fish willing to pull back. One such angler was Tony Broadway who landed 16 fish. Tony started out in Biggin Bay fishing by the pipe, landing 9 fish there, before the wind go too strong. Tony then took a move to the outlet and Rainbow corner and continued to catch. The best tactic on the day for him was to use Minkies on either a floater or a neutral density line. Another angler doing well from bank was Mr Baggott who landed 7 fish all of which fell to Humungus fish at the Swans nest. Out on the boats Pete Fisher  had a great days sport fishing down in Toft to land 15 fish Pete used caddis patterns and dries, with his best fish being just short of 4lb.

Thursday started off with sun and a light wind, however this soon changed with very heavy rain and very high winds pushing though at about 1pm, it was this wind and rain that forced a lot of anglers off the water early, however before and early departure there where fish caught. Brian Warwick landed 8 fish using a floating line with a Minkie on the point and a small black spider on the dropper. Also on the bank Lea Tones landed 7 fish including 2 fish of 4lb, Lea found that the fish wanted pink and white Minkies fished on a floating line in either toft or rainbow corner.

A very cold start to Friday with overnight frosts, which made the pontoon and the boats very icy, the cold wind also make fishing conditions a little uncomfortable at times. On the bank Mr C.J Day landed 6 fish taking 4 on shrimp patterns in Biggin Bay and the other 2 falling to Minkies fished in Lincroft point. Ed Douglas also landed 5 fish from the cornfield. Out on the boats Dave Smith landed 6 fish using black and green boobies near croft shoal and Lincroft point.

Another hard overnight frost meant a very cold start Saturday; a steady breeze picked up, however clear skies made the fishing enjoyable if not a little fresh at times. On the water the Bristol Reservoir Fly Fishing Association  had travelled up from Somerset to enjoy some late season action. Good catches where recorded across all 12 anglers. Tony Baldwin enjoyed good sport landing 9 fish, tony used shrimp patterns and a Minkie on the point on a 15ft sink tip. Tony found the fish along the top Dam wall, Biggin Bay and then did a drift through the deeper water of the Hensborough bank and picked fish up in the middle. Mark Miles also landed 9 fish using Minkies on an intermediate line in similar areas to Tony. Also out on the boats Jim Smith caught 7 fish using Minkies, Jim found the fish along the flat stones and seemed keen to take a pulled fly. Season ticket holder Tony Plummer also fished Minkies on an intermediate at the flat stones to land 5 fish, Tony commented that the fish where straight on the fly as soon as it hit the water but you had to let it sink and then pull to convert the action. Richard Dayman and boat partner J kirk caught well boating 19 fish using a Di 3 sweep with damsel and damsel boobies anchored in Rainbow corner. From the bank season ticket holder Peter Elliot had a good day on the tower bank landing 16 fish. Also on the tower bank near the treatment works overflow was Mr K Okomoto who landed 8 fish on a short 4 hour session using Minkie boobies on a fast intermediate line.

A very windy cold start to Sunday with a strong north westerly blowing straight into the corner of the pontoon, at the start of the day it looked like the boats may have to be cancelled, however the winds soon dropped meaning the boats could get out on the water. The boat anglers headed over to the fair side of the lake in Biggin Bay and the top dam wall in order find comfortable fishing conditions. Mr Clawson and Mr Bray enjoyed good sport fishing the tower bank from a boat landing 8 fish. Jim Smith also retunred in the afternoon once the wind had calmed down a little and landed 4 fish in 3 hours again using Minkie fishing along the Draycote Dam wall and into Biggin Bay. On the bank Mick Hanlon took 4 fish over on the Tower Bank using Minkies on a floating line.

Looking ahead to next week the colder nights and hard frosts that have been seen through this week should keep the fished attention on the fry and they should start really herding them up in packs. The weather also looks good for our end of season Fur and Feather match on Sunday 27th, there is still limited places available for this. So if you fancy a go call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

 

Closing Date

The closing date for our fishing season this year is 30th November 2016.

 

Season Permits

2017 Season Permits, We currently have a waiting list, however if you’re interested in receiving information on availability of season permits at Draycote we recommend your details are added to the list to avoid any future disappointment.

Catch Returns

Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell or distribute fish to members of the public on site.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 164   Number Trout Taken: 203   Number Trout Released:  310

Total Catch:  513           Weekly Rod Average: 3.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:00 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00 until 16:00 (Tickets on sale from 11.45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

No gutting of fish after 15:15

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Adam Larbalestier from Cumbria who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

 

Forthcoming events:

The annual Fur and Feather match will be held this year on Sunday 27th November, and will be fished as a pair’s competition. The winning pair will receive a Christmas hamper each second paring will receive a bottle of spirit each and third will receive bottles of wine.The prize of the largest fish will win be a bottle of port. Please note there will be no raffle this year, no need to bring along a prize. Competition rate for this will be £68 per boat for a 16 fish limit to the boat (£34 per angler). Competition will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS. Fishing times will be 9am-3pm.

Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

 

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 15:15

Anchoring

Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

Bank Anglers

Car passes should be booked prior to coming fishing, as we only have a limited number available.

Rudder Hire

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

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Draycote Report W/E 13th November 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 13th November 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

A very cold start to the week with hard frosts overnight on both Monday and Tuesday, as expected a number of fish could be seen hitting fry in the harbour as the cold weather spurs them on to pack on the weight before the winter. Wednesday saw the short cold snap break as overnight temperatures increased, however strong north Westley winds did make it cold on the hands for the anglers fishing. Thursday saw a slightly blowy day from about 10am onwards which limited some of the bank fishing,  a complete change Friday with Flat calm conditions. Over the weekend a mixed bag with constant rain on Saturday, which then gave way to clear skies and sun on Sunday. Overall a very varied week weather wise with changeable conditions nearly every day. It would be expected that the fishing would dip however this was not the case with 155 anglers catching a total of 724 trout for a rod average of 4.6.

With the cold night and start to Monday, expectations for good bank fishing were high with the hardy anglers who took to the water. These hardy souls who braved the cold north wind and hard frost had the rewards though with good catches being reported from the bank and from the boats. Season ticket holder Ken Key landed 10 fish from the cornfield on Minkies. Mr D Brooks and P Hedges fished the same area as Ken catching well with Mr Brooks landing 16 and Mr Hedges banking 8. Further up the bank in Biggin Bay Kevin Rees fished the old water pipe with shrimp patterns fished on the washing line to land 15 fish. Fishing in the same area as Kevin was regular Ray cramp who used a small buzzer and a FAB to land 10 with Ray’s 8 fish bag tipping the scales at 22lbs. Out on the boats Mike Murphy landed 8 fish using Minkies on intermediate lines fished tight in along the North shore.

A very cold start Tuesday with overnight temperatures hitting minus 5, lots of warm clothing was needed for the anglers braving the artic conditions. The bank regulars dressed for the weather and enjoyed good sport throughout the day. Jude Tuffs landed 10 fish from Biggin Bay using Minkie teamed with small nymphs and wet on the droppers. Colin Granger also got into the fish landing 7 fish on a floating Minkie on the point with a small black cruncher on the dropper. Jim Hall landed 8 fish from the bank taking 5 home for the pot which weight 12lbs Jim used small wets to land his fish.

A calmer and warmer start to Wednesday with heavy overnight rain, while the morning started off wet and miserable it soon dried up leaving a good fishing day with over cast skies and light westerly winds. These good conditions only lasted about an hour as the wind picked up. These strong winds caused a drop in air temperature, despite this anglers enjoyed good sport. On the bank season ticket holder Brian Warwick landed 12 fish from the cornfield on small black spiders. On the boats Andy Lunn landed 10 fish in the last four hours using black humongous near croft shoal and drift past the sailing club. Gareth Jones and his boat partner Peter had a great days sport landing 30 plus fish up to 5lbs.  Their tactics where to fish slow sinking intermediates teamed with Minkies and tadpoles using a figure of eight retrieve. They found fish all over the lake including the inlet, Biggin Bay, Toft, The Tower Bank, Farnborough Spit and Hensborough.

Thursday saw favourable fishing conditions with a steady westerly giving a good ripple in the morning, although the wind did pick up in the afternoon. Brian Warwick started off in Toft at the Swans nest fishing a floating line with a FAB on the point and then small black spiders and the droppers and had netted 7 before 10am. However at 10 the wind started to pick up and Brian opted to move to Biggin Bay to meet up with Tony Broadway who was on 4. The fish are very close in at Biggin and wading is not needed wellies will do just fine. Kevin Rees netted 21 fish from Biggin Bay using a washing line with shrimp patterns. While Tony fished with buzzers and spider washing line to land 17, Tony also changed during the day to a Hover line and a Minkie booby with a blob. John Clifford also fished Biggin bay with a washing line to land 7 fish. Out on the boats Dave smith and Stuart Dean had an unproductive morning however a move over to Croft shoal in the afternoon resulted in 7 fish boated in the last 3 hours. The pair used Minkies fished around Croft shoal buoy to land the fish.

A cold bright start to Friday, although not overnight frosts, a very calm day at Draycote with hardly any ripple to talk of in the morning, this continued throughout the day with the calm conditions making condition’s tricky as presentation had to be perfect. A busy day on the bank with anglers seeming to favour the hotspots of Biggin Bay and the Swans Nest. Over in Biggin Bay was Yousef Dar who landed 11 fish on mini lures. Along the bank from Yousef where Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern who had 8 and 9 fish the pair opted for a Minkie on the point and then buzzers up the line on a floater. Over in the Swans nest G Hunter landed 13 fish using a white lure and Minkies. Another angler doing well in Toft was Ian Richardson who landed 7 fish using a Minkie and a black Pennell on the dropper.

The lovely day on Friday gave way to a very miserable wet autumn day with heavy overnight rain and then constant drizzle for the majority of Saturday, certainly made the fishing a damp one for the anglers who ventured out. On the bank Brian Warwick used a small black spider from the swans nest to land 15 fish. Lee Richards also fished the swans nest in Toft to land 5 fish using Minkies. Out on the boats West Midlands Police took to the water with 6 boats. All the anglers in the party caught well and the 12 anglers catching 43 fish. The anglers found that the fish wanted Minkies fished tight into the banks with Biggin Bay and the Top dam wall being hotspots. Outside of the police boats Dave Summers and Bob Eaton took to the water landing 13 fish to the boat with Dave taking 9 of them. Dave wanted to experiment with a new Bung he had tied so used Buzzer to start caught 2 quick and decided to stay using the Bung all day.

The weather changed again for Sunday with a clear skies and sun all day with a slightly cool north westerly wind. These bright breezy conditions make the fishing challenging at times although good catches where still recorded. Mark Hunt took to the water fishing down the Farborough dam to land 6 fish including a Brown of 4lb 10oz (photo on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore ) and a Rainbow of 4lb 4oz, Marks key to success where a Minkie on the point and then a small hares ear on the dropper. Steve Gibson fished Duns Bay on a last four hour ticket to land 6 fish. Another angling catching well on the bank was season ticket holder Jim Hall who landed 12 good fish from Lincroft point. Stan Hillman also caught well posting a return of 9. Out on the boats regular Jim Smith fished down the Farborough Dam wall tight in with Minkies to land 12 fish including a fantastic 5lb brown. Another angler getting into good fish was Tony Plummer who landed 8 fish including 2 cracking Rainbows.

Looking ahead to next week a warmer week is forecasts with temperatures still remaining up towards double figures so hopefully the insect life that has been around the banks will continue Kevin Rees commented that last Monday a large hatch of flying ants was underway which may be why the small spider are working so well?

 

Closing Date

The closing date for our fishing season this year is 30th November 2016.

 

Season Permits

2017 Season Permits, We currently have a waiting list, however if you’re interested in receiving information on availability of season permits at Draycote we recommend your details are added to the list to avoid any future disappointment.

Catch Returns

Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell or distribute fish to members of the public on site.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 155 Number Trout Taken: 254   Number Trout Released:  470

Total Catch:  724            Weekly Rod Average: 4.6

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:15

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:15 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15 until  16:15 (Tickets on sale from 12.00)

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:45

No gutting of fish after 15:30

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Tony Broadway from Coventrywho is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

 

Forthcoming events:

The annual Fur and Feather match will be held this year on Sunday 27th November, and will be fished as a pair’s competition. The winning pair will receive a Christmas hamper each second paring will receive a bottle of spirit each and third will receive bottles of wine.The prize of the largest fish will win be a bottle of port. Please note there will be no raffle this year, no need to bring along a prize. Competition rate for this will be £68 per boat for a 16 fish limit to the boat (£34 per angler). Competition will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDERS. Fishing times will be 9am-3pm.

Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

 

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 15:30

Anchoring

Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

Bank Anglers

Car passes should be booked prior to coming fishing, as we only have a limited number available.

Rudder Hire

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

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