Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28 August 2016

 

  

Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 28thAugust 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

A week of bright sunny conditions interspersed with gusty winds has made the fishing a bit slower than usual here at Draycote, turning in a weekly rod average of  2.1 The fishing improved as the week went on, even though the bright conditions prevailed and temperatures continued to rise. Whilst fish have been caught right through the water column , the bright conditions didn’t push the fish down too far, and the better catches were still coming to dries and nymphs in the top few feet of the water. The weekend brought more cloudy conditions with heavy rain showers on Saturday which, despite some anglers going home early, produced the best rod average of the week of 4.9.

The water quality hasn’t been brilliant, with a brownish tinge spread right across the reservoir This didn’t cause too many problems for boat anglers, as the aerators have been going for a couple of weeks now and are absolutely packed full of fish. Indeed the western end of the reservoir along the Draycote Dam, from Rainbow corner to The Tower and out into the deeper water, has been performing very well, with most of the better catches on the reservoir coming from there.

Bank fishing has been tough this week, with many of the seasoned anglers only catching one or two fish here and there. The warmer water in the margins has pressed the fish into searching for cooler areas in the deeper water, and therefore out of reach of most casts. 

Again, dries such Big Reds, Crippled Midge, Shipmans Buzzer, and hoppers with a bit of colour such as red, claret or orange, are working really well. As are Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Buzzers and Hares Ears fished on a washing line.

There are also some good catches coming from the depths of the water on lines from DI 5 to DI 8, using flies such as friendly tubes and snakes.

On Monday Mr L Booth and Mr P Hallam had a tough day, but managed to catch 9 fish on dries from a boat. Season permit hold Mr Kevin Rees also fishing from a boat, managed to catch 9 on dries.

Tuesday brought a rise in the rod average to 2.4, with season permit holder Mr Ed Douglas catching 15 from the boat. Mr Andy Birkett and Mr Brent Vinall visiting us on a 3 day package, caught 10 fish from a variety of areas including Lincroft point, the school slips and the aerators, using Hares Ears and Pin fry Patterns. Mr Ray Cramp also ventured out on a boat and had a total of 10 fish for 18lb 8oz. Another pair taking advantage of our 3 day package was Mr Ellis Phillips and Mr Rowland Owens, who on their first day, managed 16 fish to the boat on dries.

On Wednesday Mr Ed Douglas managed 18 fish to the boat, all on dries. Mr Alec Twaites and Mr George Smith ventured out on a boat and caught 6 fish between them. Mr Andy Birkett and Mr Brent Vinall caught 10 good fish on a variety of nymphs and dries in Biggin Bay. Again Mr Ellis Phillips and Mr Rowland Owens ventured out in the warm weather, this time managing 32 fish to the boat between them, all on dries.

Thursday was  another bright sunny day where again Mr Andy Birkett and Mr Brent Vinall  did really well catching 22 fish, again on dries. Mr Huw Thomas and Mr Arwell Owen, fishing on a 3 day package had 11 fish over the aerators. Mr Kevin Rees had yet another good days dry fly fishing with 16 fish to the boat.

Friday saw Mr Peter Elliott and Mr Lee Patten catch 27 fish between them from a drifting boat. Ms Jude Tuffs netted 10 fish from the boat in difficult conditions. Mr David Hoppe also had a productive day, catching 15 fish from a boat. Mr A Masters and Mr E Masters had 15 fish to the boat over the aerators fishing black buzzers on an intermediate line. Mr Huw Thomas  and Mr Arwell Owen had a good day, catching 14 fish on Black Buzzers and Diawl Bachs .

Saturday came with lots of cloud cover and the threat of some severe storms in the afternoon. Still anglers ventured out to brave the conditions. Mr Lee Henfry and Mr Nigel Keeber boated over 30 fish between them on sinking lines and friendly tubes. Mr Ian Springett caught 7 fish on dries. Mr M Wood and Mr J Wood had 26 fish to the boat on dries.Mr D Nataly and Mr D Lovegrove had 15 fish to the boat on black Bobs Bits, Olive Buzzers, Red Diawl Bachs and Hares Ears. Regulars Mr Ivor jones and Mr Jim Dempsey had 13 fish to the boat on the rudder. Mr Huw Thomas and Mr Arwell Owen caught 10 fish from the boat.

Sunday dawned with good cloud cover and a light south westerly breeze. Whilst conditions looked very good the rod average dropped to 1.8, with anglers reporting lots of fish moving in the surface which proved difficult to catch throughout the day. Mr D Mee and Mr M Mee caught 15 fish between them from a boat on a variety of dries such as red and claret Hoppers and CDC E mergers. Mr C Discombe and Mr J Brennan caught 19 fish from the boat on Buzzers and various dry flies. Mr P Wyles and Mr J Symonds had 10 fish to the boat . Mr R Pelly and Mr M Pelly took a boat out on the last 4 hour permit and caught 6 fish on Big Reds.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  319      Number Trout Taken: 283   Number Trout Released: 403

Total Catch:    686          Weekly Rod Average:  2.1

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until   20:00

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:00

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

Last 4 Hours from:     16:00    until    20:00   (Ticket sales available from   15:45)

No Gutting of Fish after 19:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

Congratulations to  Mr Tim Lycett from Atherstone who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17th September hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

 

 

 

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

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 19:45       

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 can be found next door in the gutting room.

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 Fishing Report W/E 21st August

Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 21st August 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

A mixed week weather-wise which in itself created some ups & downs with the sport. The week saw a dip in the overall weekly rod average to 2·62 from a catch total of 518 made by 197 anglers.

A bright day combined with a complete 180° wind direction change meant Monday fished slower than in recent weeks with a rod average of 2·3. However a number of anglers did record some good catches in the bright conditions. David Prior took to the water in a boat to land 10 fish either using dries (with red and ginger being the best colour), or David found the fish willing to take washing lines buzzers and diawl bachs presented  on a floating line. Another angler catching well on the boats was regular Ray Cramp who landed 14 fish. He found the fish over the Aerators and caught using a wide variety of flies with his best line being a floater. Ray’s 8 fish limit tipped the scales at 26lbs.  Finally Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey used the rudder to land 14 fish to the boat using snakes and tubes on a 3 inch per second sinking line. The pair found the fish from the boils though to D Buoy and then A to B.

Tuesday saw the sun continued this time with increased temperatures, however despite these challenging conditions, the fish remained in the top few feet of the water. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 3 fishing using washing lined buzzers on the North Shore. R Sosbe had a good day boat fishing around the Aerators to land 9 fish. Season ticket holder John Dickens used dries to land 6 fish. Another angler also using dries was Ed Douglas. Ed is currently on top form & landed 24 fish all on dries, with big reds and hoppers being his best patterns. He located fish all over the lake from Toft up to the top Draycote Dam. However, the majority of his fish came from drifting around the Aerators with most takes coming on the edge or just downwind of the boil.

The hot weather continued into Wednesday again ensuring that the fishing remained challenging. Nevertheless, a number of anglers found the method to crack the day. Those who did well found that the fished wanted a team of nymphs, either crunchers or diawl bachs, “washing lined” on a floater. Season ticket holder Jim Hall has 10 fish to the boat fishing down in Toft and Biggin Bay. Pete Scholes and his wife took the journey down from Lancashire and had a good day landing 15 fish to the boat. Their fish came from Toft with a number of them being well mended grown on fish in the 3lb plus category. On the bank season ticket holder and regular Dennis Jones landed 6 fish using a floating line and diawl bachs.

The weather improved on Thursday with a drop in winds and some cloud cover making conditions far better than the previous days. Consequently the fishing improved with some very impressive catches being recorded. Tony Broadway had a good days sport from the bank landing 9 rainbows. All his fish fell to size 14 buzzers fished over on various marks on the North Shore. On the boats Peter Elliott and Lee Patten had a great day brining over 45 fish to the net. The pair found the fish in Toft first thing in the morning when they both caught using washing line tactics fished on floating lines.  Then, as the cloud came over in the afternoon, they switched to dries and caught all over the reservoir. Another angler having a fantastic days sport once more was Ed Douglas. He caught & released 29 fish all on dries. Ed found his fish around the boils and the Top Dam but also netted 7 in Toft using Big Reds and Bobs Bits to tempt them. Finally Richard Pelly had a fantastic evening sport landing 13 fish using his trusty #3 weight rod teamed with a Big Red.

After the fantastic catches of Thursday the fishing dropped off during Friday, mainly due to extremely bright sunny conditions. This combined with another complete wind change which threw the fish right off the feed. Jim Hall and Richard Hall did manage a good day from the bank fishing Lincroft Point to land 5 fish each. They both deployed a team of nymphs fished on floating lines. Bank angler Mike Garner also has found sport from the North Shore, despite the challenging conditions, taking his fish on a Black Pennell and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Out on the boat Jamie Scott and James Foster ended their session with 9 fish to the boat from the Aerators. 

Strong winds limited the fishing on Saturday with only a few hardy anglers taking to the water in the boats. While the conditions made presentation very challenging, those that did brave it out enjoyed some good sport. M Price and D Hancox landed 5 fish in a morning session from Rainbow Corner using olive snakes fished on a midge tip. Interestingly, they commented on the number of pulls and takes they had that didn’t lock up. Paul Maurice and Simon Evans also boat fished in Rainbow Corner brining 12 fish to the boat using boobies. Top boat of the day was that of Sean Hanlon and Eileen Chatwin who landed 21 fish to the boat using dries with Daddies, Hopper & Midas being the top patterns.  The pair found fish on the drift from Rainbow Corner towards A and B Buoy and then drifting down the main Draycote Water Dam. Sean commented on the amount of fish they had each missed due to the big waves. He believed that it could have been a real cricket score if they had hooked up on every offer.

Sunday was also beset with continuing hard, windy conditions & anglers found the fish well off the feed. Although many rods blanked, Frank Sumnell clearly had the magic touch on the day with a fine 8 fish boat limit and a further four caught & released. It was a pleasure to have the Horwich & District Fly Fishing Club back on the water on Sunday but a shame that they were largely beaten by the conditions with just 7 fish to thirteen rods. Four of those came to Tom Elliott who had been using a black & green booby.

Snail, shrimp, buzzer & fry all appear to be the main food items currently & it has also been noticeable how many fish have been sipping empty buzzer shucks off the surface. The week has once more demonstrated that those rods recording the large catches are also the anglers who are known for excellence in both leader preparation & presentation. Use of smaller dry fly patterns has also resulted in more takes during this period.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  197       Number Trout Taken:  156  Number Trout Released:  362

Total Catch:    518          Weekly Rod Average:  2·62

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until   20:15

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:15

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

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

No Gutting of Fish after 20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

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

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.

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

Demo Tackle

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:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17th September hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 20:30       

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 14th August 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report week ending Sunday 14th August 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Monday kicked off with the reservoir fishing well with a rod average of 5.7. The method for the day was dries and nymphs, with dries taking the majority of the fish. On the boats David and Mark Prior had good sport landing 21 fish to the boat all on dry flies. They found the fish coming off Draycote Dam drifting towards A-B Buoy and over the Aerators. Also out on the boats using dries to catch 15 fish was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 15 fish coming from Draycote wall towards B Buoy. Paul Cramp also had a good days sport using Crunchers to land 11 fish, from around the Aerators.

Tuesday the good sport with dries continued, with the bank anglers also cashing in on the good sport. Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack fished the North shore in Duns bay and the cornfield to land 7 fish a piece using big reds Tony also commented how he must have missed about 12 fish during the course of the day all coming up to the dries. Out on the boats John Dickens and Alex Urquhart had a great days sport on dries landing 31 fish to the boat using various dry fly patterns taking long drifts from Draycote Dam going across to A-B Buoy and then further into the middle of the lake. The best boat pairing came from K Coley and B Taff who landed 36 fish using muddlers pulled through the top of the water.

Wednesday saw changeable day weather wise with cloud giving way to bright sun. On the bank season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 6 fish from the outlet and Duns Bay using a floating line with a small booby on the point with small diawl bachs on the droppers as Dennis found that the fish where right in the surface. Also out on the bank was Tony Broadway who again landed 7 fish from Biggin Bay again on dries. Mick Hanlon also had good sport for the last four hours landing 5 fish all on dries. Out on the boat Yousef Dar had an enjoyable days sport landing 17 fish using nymphs and dries Yousef found the fish along Draycote Dam wall and then drifting along Hensborough bank and then going out through the middle. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 25 fish to the boat all on dries with hoppers and daddies being the best patterns. Eugene Hughes took to a boat landing over 30 fish to the boat. Eugene found the fish on a number of different methods, either a floating line washing lining with nymphs, or on a Di 7 or Di 5 sweep using various lures, with the fish coming drifting from the Tower towards P Buoy.

Thursday was near perfect conditions with a light ripple and overcast skies all day, as a result the dry fly fishing especially from a boat was fantastic. Jude Tuffs had a good day from the bank landing 5 fish on dries John Dews also had a good day from the bank again landing 5 fish. Out on the boats Tony Kirk and Ruth Kirk landed 15 fish from the Aerators on a rabbit pearl booby. Season Ticket holder Jim Hall had a good day using CDC dries to land 10 fish, Jims top areas being the top Dam and the Aerators. Hugh Benham also used dries to land 12 fish with Carrot flies and Shipman’s being the top patterns.  Stan Hillman enjoyed good sport on the bank taking 11 fish. Then having a red letter day on the boats was John Dickens and Kevin Rees who landed 55 fish to the boat using dries. They found the fish drifting from Duns bay along to Biggin. The pair fished various dries with crippled midge and emerger patterns really catching well.  Another boat pairing having fantastic sport was season ticket holders Tony Plummer and Colin England who landed 24 fish from dries in the Aerators.

Conditions on Friday made the fishing more challenging than that of the previous day with strong Westerly winds and sunny conditions. Paul Beasley had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish on orange and brown buzzers fished on a floating line. The best catch from the boats saw Steven O’Hara, who was down with the McGregor’s on a three day break, land 12 fish using pinks snakes fished on a 3 inch per second sinking line around the Aerators. The McGregor party caught using snakes on sinking lines landing 29 fish between the four of them.

Conditions improved on Saturday with the winds dropping to give a good ripple on the water. The conditions first thing looked perfect with overcast skies. However this did then give way to more bright sunny weather. Out on the boats regular Ifor Jones had a fantastic day landing 24 fishing taking them from B buoy the Aerators and then through the middle of the lake.  The McGregor’s again caught well again landing 29 fish using similar tactics as the day before. Mr Gunnell enjoyed good sport out in the boats landing 8 fish all coming to orange daddies and hoppers, while his boat partner Dave Lang landed 5 to the same flies. Mr Nataly landed 10 fish on Hog Daddies and gold ribbed hare ears. Mr Tappingden enjoyed good sport from the bank on bobs bits and diawl bachs landing 10 fish.

The conditions for Sunday where ideal at times with a light rippled, however, wind kept changing conditions which made presentation challenging. A number of anglers said while they caught well with the rod average of 4.4 the fishing was tricky with a number of fish coming short and just coming and swirling at the dries and not taking them confidently. The best catch came from the boat with Mr Pattinson and Mr Farrell catching 34 fish to the boat all taken on snakes in various colours in a 5 inch per second sinking line. Mr Booth and Mr Nixon enjoyed good day’s sports using dries to land 20 fish, with 12 of those being over 3lb.   Kevin Rees also used small crippled midge pattern in the middle of the lake to land 11 fish. Finally Russ Jackson had a good day using buzzers from the boat to land 12 fish.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 306        Number Trout Taken: 404    Number Trout Released:  924

Total Catch:  1328              Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    20:30

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:30

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

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

No Gutting of Fish after 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

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

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.

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 Richard Pelly of Greens Norton, Towcester who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17th September hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 20:30       

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 9th August 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report week ending Sunday 7th August 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

As predicted, the fishing continued to show fine form this week, although at times towards the end of the period the winds became quite dramatic.  Once more the cream of the fishing was enjoyed by the boat anglers. However there was also some good sport to be had on the banks but this was sporadic.  Monday started well with a rod average of 6. Vince Aronica had a great day out on the boat fishing Hare’s Ear Nymphs on a floating line to bring 17 to the net whilst season rod Mike Garner remained on the bank in Rainbow Corner to take a brace of fine rainbows on dries. He also tempted a further fish to a Diawl Bach. Dries fished over the front of a drifting boat over open water was nevertheless the clear way to go. This was admirably demonstrated by three boat anglers fishing such tactics individually. They set the tone for the remainder of the week by netting 62 rainbows between them!

Tuesday was tough on the banks but regulars Brian Allwood, Gordon Slack, Keith Hughes, Ken Key & Steve Robinson fished hard and all managed three apiece. Again though, the cooler water offshore was where the best of the sport was enjoyed. Top rod for the day was Eugene Hughes who fished washing line tactics to end with a 40+ fish total. Lee Henfrey & Nigel Keeber chose to have a day on the rudder & between them, using tube flies on Di 5 sink rate lines, also brought forty rainbows to the net. During his evening session, Richard Pelly deployed his usual tactic of Big Red on a lightweight outfit to land a total of nine. Wednesday saw a welcome spike in bankside action with Dennis Jones netting a dozen to his team of size 14 nymphs. Meanwhile Jim Hall fished the Lin Croft end of Biggin Bay with son Richard to end a six fish session with a buttery gold spotted brownie in the four & a half pound bracket. The beauty, which was returned to the water, took a small close copy damsel in shallow water right at the end of his retrieve. Whilst a few good bags were recorded from the boats, especially Yusuf Dar who netted sixteen & Mr Perris with a dozen, the day was generally much harder for most. Similarly Thursday proved to be challenging generally with a dip in the daily rod average to 3.6 That said, Mark Brace went afloat for a couple of very hectic evening hours fishing dries & buzzer for a ten fish tally. Friday saw some great all round action with bank anglers Jude Tuffs taking 10 –  just pipped by Tony Broadway & Ian Richardson who recorded 11 apiece.  As he did the previous week, Ian “matched the hatch” and found his fish with a mix of shrimp & snail patterns together with dries & hoppers. Boat fishing for many on Friday was fantastic with Dave Adams leading the way with a 31 fish total. Peter Elliott was also 20+ with Alex Urquhart finding 14. Will Hunt delivered, posting a return of nine to the net including a fine rainbow at 5lbs! Andrew Flitcroft was also in the middle of the action with fifteen to the net on a dry fly mix of Big Red & Amber Shipman’s.

Saturday & Sunday saw the venue hosting a regional heat of Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championships. Sport proved to be fast & furious for most competitors. On Saturday, thirty six anglers went afloat fishing to a three fish limit followed by catch & release.  Top of the water tactics, mainly washing lines with small crunchers & diawl bachs or dries, proved to be the order of the day. A total of 295 trout were netted for a staggering competition rod average of 8.19! Top honours went to Ian Gaskell with 21 fish & a combined fish + bonus weight of 44lbs 3oz. He was followed by Pete Scholes in second place with 20 to the net and Vince Howley in third with 19. David Holroyd took the largest rainbow at 4lbs 5oz. The Sunday heat was a floating line event with 44 anglers competing. Once more, despite extremely high winds, sport was hectic with eleven anglers getting into double figures. A total of 290 were caught representing a competition rod average of 6.59 . Leigh Pond headed the leader board with a 17 fish total for a combined fish + bonus weight of 39lbs 3oz. Local rod Peter Elliott followed up in second place with a fourteen fish tally with Christian Jadouille taking third place, also with a fourteen fish total. Event organiser John Horsey commented on how incredibly well Draycote had fished during the bright, warm and windy August conditions experienced over the two day event.

For full results visit John’s Facebook page: “John Horsey Fly Fishing”

Whilst there is still a good spread of fish throughout the venue, the western end of the reservoir continues to be the most productive – probably with fish taking advantage of slightly cooler water temperatures. Drifts from the vicinity of the Overflow towards “A” buoy, the Inlet/Flat Stones towards “B” buoy & drifts over & around the aerators have been the most productive.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 371        Number Trout Taken: 636    Number Trout Released:  1214

Total Catch:  1850              Weekly Rod Average: 4.98

Current Fishing Times :

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   (Ticket sales available from   16:30)

No Gutting of Fish after 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

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

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.

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 Steve Radcliffe of Staines, Middlesex who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17th September hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 20:30       

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 31st July 2016

Draycote Water: Weekly report week ending Sunday 31st July 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

What a difference a week makes! After the mini heatwave the week before last it is pleasing to be able to report that things have cooled down and the trout have reacted accordingly. Whilst we are at that time of the season where the fish often  “sort the men out from the boys”, some of the sport experienced this week, particularly to well-presented dry fly tactics, can only be described as fantastic. Bank anglers have enjoyed periods of good sport, but generally, as one would expect for late July, the cream of the fishing has been enjoyed by the boat anglers. The aerators have been on all week &, again as expected, much of the action has taken in that area.

Regular Dennis Jones nevertheless managed five from the bank on Monday morning at the overflow whilst Peter Bierenacki fished dries the last four hours on the bank to net seven. Season rods Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees went afloat & also fished dries netting 25 & 17 respectively.

Tuesday proved to be a harder day generally, particularly for the bank anglers. However, out on the water Eugene Hughes showed his consistency with a total of 28 to a mix of pulled lures on sinking lines together with half a dozen quality fish to the dries. Our own Tom Bird partnered up with Andy Taylor for a mini session on the dries to land a total of fourteen.

It was the boats again on Wednesday with Thornton anglers Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins netting 22 between them to a variety of surface tactics. Dave Hesletine was also afloat that day & it is good to report that many of his ten fish total came to that great old traditional wet fly pattern – the Mallard & Claret.

On the bank on Thursday Terry Tappenden led the way with a four fish catch  with Peter Bierenacki returning for a later session to also net four but comment how it had been “bright, flat calm & (therefore) slow”. It was once more better out over open water with Geoff Preston enjoying sport during his regular morning boat session. He took 12 with two over 4lbs on his favourite Olive Wholly Bugger pattern presented a few feet down. Graham Homer partnered up with Roy Taylor & both fished Bob’s Bits to take 20 fish between them. Kevin Rees was afloat once more, again in action with his dry flies, this time netting 21.

Gordon Slack had a good morning session on the bank on Friday with half a dozen fish to the net. Also on the banks was Ian Richardson who admirably demonstrated the “match the hatch” concept with an excellent nine fish total taken on a mix of snail, shrimp & dry fly patterns. “A cracking day – brilliant!” was his parting comment on the session. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell were also enjoying fine sport in the boat describing their session as “Fantastic! …Fish up to four pounds plus & all on dries!” They landed 23 between them. Richard Ellis & John Hurst also shared a boat and enjoyed a tremendous day with 37 to the boat. They used various tactics & flies ranging from snakes to muddlers & dries.

Although Saturday proved to be an astonishing day for the boat angler, Dennis Jones returned for a repeat morning session on the bank to land another five fine rainbows. Steve Gibson also managed four from the bank during an afternoon session. Meanwhile action out over the boils was frantic with fish mopping up dries left right & centre. Amongst the action was Adam Larbalestier & Ben Bayliss who netted in excess of forty between them, Peter Elliott & Alex Urquhart who amassed a total in excess of fifty plus David Hoppe who was also a “thirty plus” rod. All were fishing dries & hoppers.

The week ended with many eight fish limits in the Mid Northants boat event on Sunday. Top result on the day came to the boat partnership of Martin Rowson & Neil Deakin who “mixed & matched” snakes & dry fly tactics for a total of 46 fish to the net.

Signs for the coming week bode well. As I write, regular Paul Lloyd has just come off the water having netted a dozen on hoppers.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 335        Number Trout Taken: 435    Number Trout Released:  1053

Total Catch:  1488               Weekly Rod Average: 4.44

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:00

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:00

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   14:30  PM   14:30   until 21:00

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

No Gutting of Fish after 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

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

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.

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 Brian Moore of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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:

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(Floating Line only heat). Some limited availability still – to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 20:45        

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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.

Tight lines

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Draycote Report W/E 24th July 2016

  

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 24thJuly 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

The Draycote anglers have had a mixed week, with some days providing sport to dries and nymphs, while other days have been very tricky to say the least. This was due to the very high temperatures warming the water leading to the trout moving off into the deeper, cooler water. The mini heatwave also caused many to go off the feed altogether. Anglers have therefore needed to frequently change tactics from last weeks’ top of the water methods to fishing the depths with fast sinking lines with lures. The figures & rod averages for this exceptionally hot week  fell as expected with 239 anglers catching a total of 375 fish for a weekly rod average of 1·56.

Monday kicked off with a very hot one, with temperatures getting towards 30°C and a near flat calm. Conditions looked tricky, however the fish did continue to feed, especially in the morning, before the sun got too high in the sky. From the bank Jude Tuffs caught well using dries fished tight in along Biggin Bay and into Duns Bay. She later moved into Rainbow Corner where she continued to catch, finishing the day with ten to the net. Ray Cramp also enjoyed good sport from the bank with 8 fish for 23lbs from Duns Bay using small Shipman’s in red or orange. Mark Wall enjoyed a good days bank fishing with 9 fish all falling to CDC buzzers. Out on the boats Rod Wilson had a great days sport using a 5 inch per second sinking line with tubes and snakes to 20 fish to the boat. Also enjoying a good days sport was fishery ranger Tom Bird and season ticket holder Roger Kerrison. They landed 11 fish to the boat having stuck to dries all day long. Amongst their fish Tom also landed a cracking grown on fish which can be viewed on our Facebook page at :- www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperature’s reaching 34 °C with very little to no ripple. Fishing was understandably very difficult.  On the boats Mr P Jeffs  landed two fish using Minkie boobies over the shoals. Both were lovely fry feeding fish, one being a 4lb brown which he spotted marauding the fry & covered perfectly. On the bank Mr R Southworth landed 2 fish from near the outlet using dries.

Wednesday saw the temperature’s drop slightly with a light ripple on the water this. This led to  an improvement in the fishing for both the bank and the boat anglers. Bank angler Dennis Jones landed 12 fish using size 14 Diawl Bachs near the outlet. On the boats Eric Whale and Steve Brown used the rudder to land 27 fish the boat. They found that the best tactic was to use two7 inch per second sinking lines spliced together & fished in conjunction with tube flies. The pair commented that the majority of the takes came when the second line hit the tip ring. Their best areas were drifts out from the outlet towards A buoy and then going from the dam towards B buoy.  Mr Southworth also took to a boat to land 7 fish using nymphs on a floating line from Rainbow Corner. Dries worked later in the evening with Fishery Ranger Tom taking advantage after work to land 5 cracking fish in an hour up near the inlet.

On Thursday the high temperatures returned which again made the fishing very hard. On the boats season ticket holders John Dews and Tony Broadway had 7 fish to the boat back drifting with a full di 7 and snakes and cats whiskers.  Also out on the boats Geoff Preston landed 4 fish in the morning again on a Di 7. Such were the temperatures however that most anglers blanked. Kev Hart  commented that it was probably the hardest day he could ever remember for the water.

Friday was a very similar story to Thursday with hot conditions really knocking the fish off the feed and forcing them deep. On the bank Tony Harris landed 2 fish on dries using Shipman’s buzzers near the inlet. Out on the boats Ian and Carl Malpass had 8 fish to the boat using a Di 7 and snakes to catch the fish. Kevin was out guiding two fly fishing novices & also chose to deploy similar tactics for them. They were rewarded with thirteen or fourteen hook-ups with 7 rainbows to nearly 4lbs netted.

Saturday saw a marked improvement in the catches, although nearly every fish that was caught was tempted deep down from the boats, either on Di 7 or even a Di 8 lines around B buoy. Melvin Severn used the rudder with a Di 7 line and tube flies to land 12 fish.  Another boat doing very well on the rudder was Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey who had 31 fish to the boat, again using fast sinking lines and a combination of tube flies and snakes. Ian and Carl Malpass where back on the water and this time landed 24 fish to the boat using either a 7 or 8 inch per second sinking line with snakes and buzzers.

Sunday saw a better day fishing day with overcast skies and cooler temperatures. Throughout the day the fish still remained deep. Gareth Jones and Tony Cartwright found them deep using sparklers and tubes on a full 8 inch per second sinking line. They landed 10 fish including some fantastic grown on full tailed specimens. Late afternoon, coming onto early evening, the fish did come up and dries once more became the method. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 8 fish using size 14 claret and red hoppers as well as daddies. Also having good sport using dries in the afternoon was Jim Smith who targeted snail feeders in Rainbow Corner with dries to land 12 fish. Mr P James also had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish up to 5lb.

Looking ahead to next week the weather looks set to be slightly cooler and more overcast days with some rain.  Hopefully water temperatures will drop slightly as a consequence and the fish will be back up on the top feeding. They have already been seen today working the edge of wind lanes out over open water.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  239       Number Trout Taken:  129   Number Trout Released:  246

Total Catch:  275               Weekly Rod Average:  1.56

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:15

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:15

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:15

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

No Gutting of Fish after 21.00

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

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

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.

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

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

Congratulations to Alex Cameron of Earl Shilton who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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

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

 

Forthcoming events.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs anglers, wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 21:15         

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 24th July 2016

  

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 24thJuly 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

The Draycote anglers have had a mixed week, with some days providing sport to dries and nymphs, while other days have been very tricky to say the least. This was due to the very high temperatures warming the water leading to the trout moving off into the deeper, cooler water. The mini heatwave also caused many to go off the feed altogether. Anglers have therefore needed to frequently change tactics from last weeks’ top of the water methods to fishing the depths with fast sinking lines with lures. The figures & rod averages for this exceptionally hot week  fell as expected with 239 anglers catching a total of 375 fish for a weekly rod average of 1·56.

Monday kicked off with a very hot one, with temperatures getting towards 30°C and a near flat calm. Conditions looked tricky, however the fish did continue to feed, especially in the morning, before the sun got too high in the sky. From the bank Jude Tuffs caught well using dries fished tight in along Biggin Bay and into Duns Bay. She later moved into Rainbow Corner where she continued to catch, finishing the day with ten to the net. Ray Cramp also enjoyed good sport from the bank with 8 fish for 23lbs from Duns Bay using small Shipman’s in red or orange. Mark Wall enjoyed a good days bank fishing with 9 fish all falling to CDC buzzers. Out on the boats Rod Wilson had a great days sport using a 5 inch per second sinking line with tubes and snakes to 20 fish to the boat. Also enjoying a good days sport was fishery ranger Tom Bird and season ticket holder Roger Kerrison. They landed 11 fish to the boat having stuck to dries all day long. Amongst their fish Tom also landed a cracking grown on fish which can be viewed on our Facebook page at :- www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperature’s reaching 34 °C with very little to no ripple. Fishing was understandably very difficult.  On the boats Mr P Jeffs  landed two fish using Minkie boobies over the shoals. Both were lovely fry feeding fish, one being a 4lb brown which he spotted marauding the fry & covered perfectly. On the bank Mr R Southworth landed 2 fish from near the outlet using dries.

Wednesday saw the temperature’s drop slightly with a light ripple on the water this. This led to  an improvement in the fishing for both the bank and the boat anglers. Bank angler Dennis Jones landed 12 fish using size 14 Diawl Bachs near the outlet. On the boats Eric Whale and Steve Brown used the rudder to land 27 fish the boat. They found that the best tactic was to use two7 inch per second sinking lines spliced together & fished in conjunction with tube flies. The pair commented that the majority of the takes came when the second line hit the tip ring. Their best areas were drifts out from the outlet towards A buoy and then going from the dam towards B buoy.  Mr Southworth also took to a boat to land 7 fish using nymphs on a floating line from Rainbow Corner. Dries worked later in the evening with Fishery Ranger Tom taking advantage after work to land 5 cracking fish in an hour up near the inlet.

On Thursday the high temperatures returned which again made the fishing very hard. On the boats season ticket holders John Dews and Tony Broadway had 7 fish to the boat back drifting with a full di 7 and snakes and cats whiskers.  Also out on the boats Geoff Preston landed 4 fish in the morning again on a Di 7. Such were the temperatures however that most anglers blanked. Kev Hart  commented that it was probably the hardest day he could ever remember for the water.

Friday was a very similar story to Thursday with hot conditions really knocking the fish off the feed and forcing them deep. On the bank Tony Harris landed 2 fish on dries using Shipman’s buzzers near the inlet. Out on the boats Ian and Carl Malpass had 8 fish to the boat using a Di 7 and snakes to catch the fish. Kevin was out guiding two fly fishing novices & also chose to deploy similar tactics for them. They were rewarded with thirteen or fourteen hook-ups with 7 rainbows to nearly 4lbs netted.

Saturday saw a marked improvement in the catches, although nearly every fish that was caught was tempted deep down from the boats, either on Di 7 or even a Di 8 lines around B buoy. Melvin Severn used the rudder with a Di 7 line and tube flies to land 12 fish.  Another boat doing very well on the rudder was Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey who had 31 fish to the boat, again using fast sinking lines and a combination of tube flies and snakes. Ian and Carl Malpass where back on the water and this time landed 24 fish to the boat using either a 7 or 8 inch per second sinking line with snakes and buzzers.

Sunday saw a better day fishing day with overcast skies and cooler temperatures. Throughout the day the fish still remained deep. Gareth Jones and Tony Cartwright found them deep using sparklers and tubes on a full 8 inch per second sinking line. They landed 10 fish including some fantastic grown on full tailed specimens. Late afternoon, coming onto early evening, the fish did come up and dries once more became the method. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 8 fish using size 14 claret and red hoppers as well as daddies. Also having good sport using dries in the afternoon was Jim Smith who targeted snail feeders in Rainbow Corner with dries to land 12 fish. Mr P James also had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish up to 5lb.

Looking ahead to next week the weather looks set to be slightly cooler and more overcast days with some rain.  Hopefully water temperatures will drop slightly as a consequence and the fish will be back up on the top feeding. They have already been seen today working the edge of wind lanes out over open water.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  239       Number Trout Taken:  129   Number Trout Released:  246

Total Catch:  275               Weekly Rod Average:  1.56

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:15

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:15

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:15

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

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

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.

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

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

Congratulations to Alex Cameron of Earl Shilton who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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

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

 

Forthcoming events.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs anglers, wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 21:15         

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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.

Tight lines

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Draycote Water fishing report w/e Sunday 17th July 2016

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 17th July  2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

This week at Draycote 409 anglers have caught 1323 fish giving us a rod average of 3.2.

The fishing here at Draycote this week has been very good, with outstanding catches from the bank as well as the boat. The water clarity is excellent, with no algae bloom as yet, helped of course by the lack of sunshine. Un forecast strong westerlies have made for uncomfortable fishing, with heavy squals drifting through from time to time. 

Overall, the bank is fishing just as well as the boats, with the fish pushed tight in against the margins in nearly every spot on the reservoir. Anglers are literally catching trout in just a few inches of water on various patterns such as Diawl Bachs, Hares Ears, and Crunchers. Dries such as Daddies, hoppers and Bobs Bits are also producing some good bags of fish.

The boat anglers are also doing extremely well, with a good spread of fish all across the water. Fish can be caught at nearly any depth but seem to be mostly clustered in the top few feet of the water column. A washing line with 2 Diawl bachs and a Foam Daddy on a floating line has proved deadly, as has a team of nymphs fished on a midge tip. But by far the most exciting sport has to be dries, fished across the middle of the water from a drifting boat. We’ve had some good dry fly seasons before, but this one takes the biscuit. Believe me, If you’re not too confident fishing dries and you need some practice, or want more experience , come here to Draycote,as anglers fishing dries across the middle, in particular around B and P buoy, are catching fish of 5lbs and over on a fairly regular basis.

On Monday season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison had a good days sport using dries on the top dam, with his top patterns being big reds and claret bobs bits. Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey had a day great on the rudder using DI 3 and DI 5’S across the middle of the reservoir, moving from the top dam all the way through to P, X and H buoy.Their best flies where tubes and snakes. Also utilising the rudder on Monday was Steve Barby & Mr A Bell who again used DI 3’S and snakes.

Tuesday saw the bank fish very well with a number of catches into double figures.  The Tuesday regulars were again out on the banks in force. With Jude Tuffs leading the way in the catches using big reds fished within 2ft of the bank in Biggin Bay and Lin croft point. Not to be left out of the dry fly action, Tony Broadway landed 10 cracking fish,a number of which took him down to the backing, again using big reds. Brian Warwick also caught well on the cornfield and Lincroft point using dries, again big reds and little claret bits featured in his return. While on the other end of the reservoir in Rainbow corner James Walker caught well using Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Norman Perkins had a good days sport landing 8 fish for 25lb 8oz.

Wednesday saw the good fishing continue, with the bank again fishing well. The fish were feeding on shrimps and terrestrials 2 feet from the bank. Season ticket holder Dennis Jones had a good day by the overflow on the Hensbrough bank, landing 14 fish on size 14 Diawl bachs. Also catching well of the bank was Tony Broadway again on big reds in Biggin Bay. Out on the boats Ed Douglas had a fantastic day catching 21 fish on dries. He fished around the Hensborough bank and the top dam wall with his top patterns being hoppers and bobs bits. Eugene Hughes had a great day on the boats on Wednesday landing 25 fish, all from the middle of the reservoir using Di 5 and Di 7 sweep lines and lures. He then progressed onto dries once conditions improved a bit.. Mr P Hallam and Mr L Booth landed 28 fish to the boat on dries with brown and red shipman’s being the top flies as well as hoppers. The pair found the best areas for them where Toft and Biggin Bay.

Thursday was really a day for dries with nearly every angler filling out the comments section saying dries was their top method. Tony Broadway was again catching on dries in Biggin bay with Brian Warwick for company on the bank also getting in on the action. Another angler enjoying good sport from the bank was Mr C.J. Day who landed 10 fish again on dries. 

From the boats Mr G Gibson had a good day landing 13 fish. Also on the boats was Dave Summers who landed all his fish on dries with hoppers, shipmans and bits being the top patterns. Eileen Chatwin who used dries and nymphs fished on a midge tip to land 13 fish, with her best areas being Hensborough bank, cornfield and toft.

Mr C Critchley had a good day Friday from the boats landing 19 fish with 5lb 12oz being the biggest. Peter Elliot and Yousef Dar also had a cracking day using dries from various points on the reservoir to land 45 fish to the boat with the best flies being hoppers, bits and shipman’s. Bob Askew had a good day Friday as well using tubes on the rudder to land 15 fish from across the middle. The bank continued to fish well with Tony Broadway back again and catching really well on a variety of patterns which included dries and Diawl Bachs.

On Saturday Mike Garner caught 4 from the bank on different dry patterns. Peter Biernacki also had 4 fish from the bank , again using dries. Melvin Severn caught 10 good fish on Saturday from a drifting boat using a series of dries down to a size 16. Season Permit holder Mr Jim Hall caught and released 15 fish from the bank on Saturday using shrimp and dry fly patterns. Draycote Regular Mr Paul Lloyd had 14 fish good fish from the bank, just by the overflow, all on orange hoppers.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   409         Number Trout Taken:   496    Number Trout Released:   827

Total Catch:   1323               Weekly Rod Average:  3.2

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30       until  21:30

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

Congratulations to Ms Marion Rutter of Amersham who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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

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

 

Forthcoming events.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk

 

Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.1 Place left to book contact the lodge.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.2 Places left to book contact the lodge.

 

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will be closed for 2 weeks while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Please do not use the disabled parking bays on site unless you are in possession of a blue disabled badge.

Finish Times

All anglers are to ensure that they are back at the lodge and booked out by the finish time stated on the day. Please do not be late, as this causes many problems for us.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 21:15         

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

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 Sunday 10th July 2016

  

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 10th July 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

This week at Draycote 344 anglers caught a total of 1433 fish giving a rod average for the week of 4.1. A varied week weather wise with some days with near perfect conditions, making way to days of strong winds, rain and patchy bright sun, these changeable conditions made the fishing tricky at times however the rod average remained steady around the 4.0 throughout the week.

Monday saw the week get off to a fantastic start with numerous anglers enjoying great sport. Top rod on the day went to season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 27 fish all falling to dries. Kevin found the fish up near the inlet and down the dam wall in the shallow water. Kevin fished small size 14 bobs bits in red and fiery brown. Also out on the boats Steve Barby had a good days sport using the rudders and tubes to land 14 fish from the middle of the lake.

Tuesday saw the Draycote regulars take to the bank and as usual they found the fish. Brian Warwick had a good day fishing the top of the cornfield using crunchers on the washing line and small claret bobs bits to take 12 fish. Jude Tuffs had a good day landing 13 fish from in Biggin Bay, Jude found the key to her success was to take advantage of how close the fish where to the bank and to not wade, fishing a big red 2ft out. Tony Broadway landed 14 fish from the bank in Duns bay using washing lined crunchers with a FAB on the point and commented how nearly all fish took the nymphs rather than the FAB. Stan Hillman also had a great day from the bank catching 14 fish including a 7lb brownie and a 6lb rainbow using CDC patterns. From the boats Mr A Masters and MR E Masters had a good day landing 21 fish to the boat using Diawl Bachs, buzzers, dries and snakes catching from Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay.

Dennis Jones had a good day from the bank Wednesday landing 16 fish on small size 14 Diawl Bachs fished near the outlet on a floating line. Out on the boats Mr Wood and Mr Jones had a great day fishing dry shipman’s buzzers in the middle of the lake to land 26 fish with the best being a 5lb rainbow. Having a fantastic day in the boat was Eugene Hughes who landed 31 fish washing lining nymphs on a fast glass in the middle of the lake. Another boat who had a great days Sport was Paul Walker and Jimmy who weighed in a 9 fish bag for a fantastic 31lbs which included a 5lb brownie. They found that the fish wanted white boobies fished around D buoy on sinking lines. See pictures on Facebook  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Mr C.J Day enjoyed good sport from the bank on Thursday landing 16 fish from the cornfield, Lincroft point, Dunns and Toft. Mr Days top flies where boobies, damsels and buzzers fished on a floating line. Mr Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall enjoyed good sport to a variety of dry flies with the majority being over 3lb with a number of 4lbers mixed in. John Dickens and Kevin Rees also caught well using dries this time small size 14 bits being the key to success and like Monday Kevin found the fish in the shallow water near the inlet. Mr Pelly had a good evening on the last four hour ticket landing 6 fish all on big reds and even managed to hook a Vision rod that was pulled in by a fish on Monday.

Friday saw the return of the regulars on the bank, and again it was the same anglers who caught well. Tony Broadway landing 12 fish to washing lined nymphs, John Dews taking 10 to the same tactic and Jude Tuffs having 12 fish again on dries. On the boats Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern had a good days sport landing 22 fish. Alan Guest and Andy Dowell took 20 fish to their boat Friday from a various areas.

On Saturday Draycote hosted the HASSRA fly fishing competition with 16 anglers from all over the country taking part the top rod went to Mick Barker who had 14 fish, Mick found that the fish wanted nymphs or dries fished high up in the water. A Birkett and B Vinall had good days sport landing 22 fish to the boat all on dries, with hoppers & shipmen’s near the tower and the dam wall being the best tactic. Lee Henfrey and Ronnie Gent enjoyed good sport down in toft shallows landing 26 fish to the boat, and commented on the amount of grown on in toft. Spencer Williams and Steve Hawkins had an absolute red letter day landing 40 fish to the boat all falling to dries with brown shipman’s and big reds being the best patterns.  

Season ticket holder Dave Pacey and Paul Lloyd enjoyed good sport on the rudder going from A-B buoy using sinking lines and tubes to take 12 fish to the boat. Lee Henfrey returned Sunday with Nigel Keeber and they again found the big fish down in toft landing over 30 to the boat using tubes and snakes on 3 and 5 inch per second lines.

Another angler who enjoyed a good days sport was Tony Day who was out on a guided day with Fishery Ranger Tom Bird on fishing dries. Tony landed 10 fish 9 of which were on a big red. Their top area was the shallow water in front of the inlet and along the dam wall. You can book Tom for a guided session on Draycote by contacting the lodge, pictures of Tony successful morning with Tom at  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  344        Number Trout Taken:  498    Number Trout Released:  935

Total Catch:  1433                Weekly Rod Average:  4.1

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:45

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:45

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

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

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.

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

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

Congratulations to Dave Adams of Hardingstone who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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

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

 

Forthcoming events.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk

 

Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the lodge.

 

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will be closed for 2 weeks while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs anglers, wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 21:30         

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

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 3rd July 2016

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 3rd July 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Draycote saw 378 rods take catch a total of 1725 fish for a rod average 4.5 for the week, it has been a busy week here at the fishery with a number of competitions taking place. The weather for the week has been changeable with lovely sunny skies one minute followed by heavy rain and strong wind the next, this has made the fishing in these conditions tricky but when the settled weather came fishing has been outstanding, with catches over 25 been seen from both the bank and the boat.

Monday saw the fishing kick off in great form with a rod average for the day of 6.67. Out on the boats Rod Wilson had over 35 to the boat from all over the reservoir using a 3 inch per second sinking line and various black flies. Included in this big catch were 15 fish over 4lb and a fantastic 5lb brown. Also on the boats were Lee Pattern and John Hardman who had a good day with 22 fish to the boat using floating line with buzzer an nymphs. It wasn’t just the boats that where into the good sport the bank fishing has continued to remain excellent. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees had a great day landing 28 fish on small size 14 Diawl Bachs on a floating line from the cornfield and rainbow corner.

Tuesday saw the good bank fishing of the day before continue with season ticket holders Brian Warwick and Gordon Slack land 12 and 10 fish all on a floating line with a team of buzzers and FABs from the Cornfield. John Dickens also has a good day from the bank landing 23 fish all on Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Fishery Ranger Tom Bird and Richard Hood had a good days sport landing 30 fish to the boat. They found that the fish wanted flies high in the water near the outlet with Richard washing line nymphs to land 12 fish while Tom using dries to land 18 with Big Red being his top pattern on the day. Also on the boats Malcolm Capper had an enjoyable day landing 8 fish all falling to nymphs.

Wednesday was the wettest day of the week with constant rain all day. However these damp conditions did not stop the fishing from pulling. D Kennel and E Mitchell enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 29 fish to the boat on a fast glass and blobs and boobies. Our very own Kev Hart was also out on the water guiding between two boats. Between the two boats they landed a total of 25 fish to a variety of methods with black snakes on a 3 inch per second sinking line accounting for the fish during the majority of the day, and then dries in the evening, around the inlet.

Thursday saw the fishery host the Alex Booth charity fly fishing competition with 56 anglers taking to the water. The rod average for the competition was 4.4, the best fish of the compition went to Tony Smith with a 4lb 10oz rainbow. Tony all took top spot landing 12 fish 24lb 6oz, in second place was Sean Hanlon with 13 fish for 23lbs and in third Paul Angell with 12 fish 22lbs. The best method for the competition seemed to either by dries, nymphs fished on a floating line or blobs pulled just under the surface on intermediate lines. Outside of the competition C.J Day had a good day on the cornfield from the bank landing 14 fish on a washing line with size 12 black buzzers.

Friday saw the Civil Service host there annual national competition with anglers from all over the country taking part. Unfortunately we don’t have a full copy of the results to gie specific names and number but I know that the best method for the anglers was to fish an intermediate line with blobs and cormorants. Outside the competition organiser Frazer McConnell and Craig Barr enjoyed a good day pulling blobs and lures on intermediate lines. Out on the bank season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 19 fish from the various mark along the North Shore on Crunchers fished on the washing line. Dennis Jones enjoyed good sport from the bank near the outlet on size 14 Diawl Bachs to land 12 fish. Another angler cashing in on the good bank sport was John Dews who landed 12 fish including a cracking 4lb 4oz rainbow on nymphs fished on a floater again from the North Shore.

Saturday a number of anglers took to the water practicing ahead of the England qualifier the next day so information on methods and number so fish were being kept close to the chest. However some anglers did reveal the method of catching fish. There seemed to be two main methods either fishing a team of nymphs with a booby slowly on a slow sinking intermediate or fish a team of cormorants and a blob on a 5 inch per second sinking line. With the best areas being the Hensborough bank A & B Buoy, toft and the cornfield.

Sunday hosted this year’s England Qualifiers with 12-13 anglers fishing for a place in the National final on Chew Valley Lake on the 10-11 September. Conditions where very different to that off the day before that greeted the 46 anglers, the high winds and rain had given way to a light breeze and warm sunny conditions. The match was fished a 5 fish kill limit then catch and release a further 10 to make 15 then time bonus for early finishers. Iain Barr took top honour on the day with 15 fish by 4pm which gave him 38lb 7oz plus time bonus for an early finish. Iain’s method on the day was to fish a slow sinking intermediate with 2 boobies and 2 nymphs and then swapping the boobies for blobs after this first 5. Iain found the fish in a number of areas with H buoy being a particular hotspot. In second place was Ashley Davies with 13 fish Ashley utilised a similar method to Iain but on a standard intermediate, and found his fish around E buoy. In third place was Jeff Wilkinson who fished down in toft on an intermediate line. The best fish of the competition went to Ian Gaskell with a 5lb rainbow taken near the inlet on a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Outside the competition Peter Elliott and Lee Pattern had a fantastic day from the bank fishing over on the cornfield using buzzers on a floating line to land 27 and 25 fish.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  378         Number Trout Taken:  574    Number Trout Released:  1151

Total Catch:  1725                Weekly Rod Average:  4.5

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    22:00

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:15  PM   15:15   until 22:00

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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.

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

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

Congratulations to Paul Miley of Ashby St Ledgers who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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

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

Forthcoming events.

Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Selling of Fish

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

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 21:30         

Returns

Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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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