Draycote fishing Report w/e 19th April 2015

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 19th April 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report.

As always, the weather has been the main factor influencing the fishing this week. It has been unsettled & we have experienced a mix of extremes. We had high winds with a significant chill factor, frosty misty mornings, and bright sunny days with near flat calms. Nevertheless, although there have been highs & during this period in the consistency of sport, the overall rod average for the week was 3.96

We often overlook the fact that it is still early in the season & water temperatures remain low. That said however, the buzzer hatch remains very much on the rise & huge clouds of black buzzer can now be seen daily over the back of the Farborough Bank dam.Water clarity is currently excellent – it is crystal clear.

Whilst fish are still patrolling the margins & drop offs in big numbers, more & more are also being seen & caught over open water – particularly in the vicinity of the shoals. Early daphnia feeding is also still in evidence & a couple of specimen brownies have also succumbed to fry patterns. Loren Serrano, who caught an eight pounder last week, returned to repeat the experience catching & releasing a potential double figure brown which he took on a Minkie out over open water. Jude Tuffs found 16 fish during her hectic bank session on Thursday & Mr West came up trumps on the bank with a 6lbs 4oz Golden Rainbow. On Saturday, Mr Severn found his fish deep using lure tactics and weighed an 8 fish bag for 25lbs 8oz.

The competition season is now well underway. This week we hosted a Police Inter-Force Friendly & the Annual Civil Service Competition in the boats. At the weekend we also welcomed Thornton Fly Fishers who fished a bank event. Sixteen competed & caught a total of 68 trout for a rod average of 4.25. Top honours went to Mark Sturgess whose eight fish limit weighing 27lbs included a Rainbow of 6lbs 2oz. Congratulations Mark!

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Peter Wyles from Herefordshire. .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  347   Number Trout Taken:    468   Number Trout Released:   909

Total Catch:  1377                Weekly Rod Average:  3.96

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day: 08:30        until   20:00

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

Last 4 Hours from: 16:00        until    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, The Tower 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.

 

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Draycote fishing report 12th April 2015

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 12th April 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Contrasting weather conditions have been experienced this week at Draycote. The beginning of the week saw some beautiful spring weather with warm sunny days and temperatures rising into the twenties. Bright & sometimes flat calm conditions made for very difficult fishing at times. However, the buzzer hatch is increasing all the time with the warming weather & generally the venue fished very well throughout.  Unfortunately, by the weekend, we were back to howling winds which, on Sunday, were so severe that we could not allow the boats out. Nevertheless the rod average for the week as a whole was 4.7

Whilst  there are many fish still being caught close to the bank we are now beginning to see some good bags of fish coming out of open water, particularly in Biggin Bay and around G buoy & down into Toft.

Some shoals of fry are beginning to appear along Farborough Dam and around the pontoon area. It looks like we could be  in for yet another exciting season on fry patterns. Anglers are also reporting catching the odd fish on dries although a lot of those fish seen feeding at the surface have actually been taking the buzzer pupae sub-surface. This is mainly occurring  in the evenings down in Toft, and is probably why we are beginning to sell more and more of our ever popular last 4 hour permits.  

The picture for this coming week then looks pretty good. as anglers have been doing very well using a wide variety of methods. They have mainly been catching using Floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with such flies as buzzers, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob. The prevailing midge pupa colour at the moment is black with many now in the “size 12” hook size.

Best Areas ; Dunns & Biggin Bay,  Lincroft Point , the Cornfield, G buoy, Toft ,and better late than never, Rainbow Corner when the wind conditions are right.

Best fish of the week was a brown trout of 8lbs3ozs to the rod of Loren Serrano whilst Paul Beasley was somewhat surprised to land not one but two Golden R

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Askew of Leamington .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  340   Number Trout Taken:  472     Number Trout Released:   1136

Total Catch:    1608              Weekly Rod Average:  4.72

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day: 08:30     until  19:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 14:15    PM  14:15   until  19:45

Last 4 Hours from: 15:45    until    19:45     

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

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.

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w / e Sunday 5th April 2015

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 5th April 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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The end of March through to the beginning of April is a peculiar time for the weather, 4 seasons in one day, literally. We’ve had it all this week, hail storms, bright sunshine, flat calms and winds strong enough to close the water to boat fishing. I can’t honestly remember the last time we had such extreme and unpredictable weather.

In fact, the only thing that is predictable here at the moment is the fishing. Yet again, the fish are holding in close to the banks and drop offs around the reservoir, with reports of some larger fish being caught in both Toft, and along the Hensborough bank. The buzzer hatches are improving, with vast swarms being spotted everywhere, and some inevitably being swallowed by joggers and cyclists alike. And there was you thinking they were only eaten by the trout. 

For the last couple of weeks we’ve been reporting that the fish are taking buzzers or small black and green lures. On that front, nothing has changed. But as the weather improved towards the end of the week, so did the fishing. Indeed , some anglers reported, for the first time this season, that they were catching on dries down in the bottom of toft. Hopefully a sign of yet another excellent season of top of the water sport.

Anglers have been catching mostly using floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with some using DI 5.  

Best flies ; Buzzers, black and green lures, dawl bach’s, shuttlecock’s or the orange blob.

Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point , the Cornfield, Toft shallows  and the Hensborough bank.

 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Glyn Chesters from Atherstone.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 235     Number Trout Taken: 345      Number Trout Released:  1081

Total Catch:  1426                Weekly Rod Average:  6

 

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day: 08:30        until  19:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 14:00    PM  14:00    until  19:30

Last 4 Hours from: 15:30        until    19:30     

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

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

Bank Anglers car passes should be 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.

 

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Draycote Water Fishing Report week ending 29th March 2015

 Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 29th  March 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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This past week the weather has been a bit unsettled but mostly dry, with the wind sometimes changing direction on an hourly basis. It was in fact , blowing hard enough at the weekend to close the reservoir to boat fishing. I must admit I was expecting this to dramatically change the rod average, but not at all. Those anglers who “ toughed it out ” on the bank still did exceedingly well .

This weekend we welcomed the first two of this years “ Beginners Fly Fishing Tuition days “ hosted by Hywel Morgan. Despite the weather the courses seemed to go very well, with a number of students bending a rod into their first ever hard fighting Draycote Rainbow. Well done one and all. More information on future courses can be found on our website.  

It’s no surprise to learn that the fish are still holding in close to the bank, indeed as reported on several occasions, anglers have had fish swimming around their feet. The best piece of advice when bank fishing here at the moment is, to check the water in front of you before wading in, as the fish may be literally underneath your rod tip.

Buzzers are featuring more and more as the weather warms up, with green and black lures, fished just a few feet below the surface, accounting for some good bags. Again reports of daphnia may require the use of an orange blob, whilst bloodworm are also featuring on many pages of the catch return.

Anglers have been doing very well using floating lines, midge tips , intermediates, or even a DI 5 on occasion.  

Such flies as buzzers, bloodworm, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob are working well. .

 

Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point , the cornfield and Toft shallows

 

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Kurt Russell from Burbage.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 166     Number Trout Taken: 343      Number Trout Released:   750

Total Catch:   1093               Weekly Rod Average:  6.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:15

Boat All Day: 08:30        until  19:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 13:45    PM  13:45    until  19:15

Last 4 Hours from: 15:15        until    19:15     

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

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.

 

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Draycote Fishing Report W / E 22nd March 2015

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 22nd  March 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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The week started with chilly conditions and a sharp northerly breeze, but as it progressed we had spells of bright sunshine and warmer flat calm conditions, particularly on Friday and Sunday.

There is no doubt that the fishing has slowed up a little from the mad start to the season that we had, but with a weekly rod average of 5.3, Draycote is still providing some very exciting sport for both beginners and seasoned anglers alike.

The bank is still fishing extremely well with anglers reporting good hatches of buzzer along the northern shoreline, from the tower all the way down into the bottom of toft shallows. Once again the fish are holding in close to the bank, with many anglers making the wise decision not to wade in before fully inspecting the water in front of them.  Whilst many of these fish are feeding on buzzer, some anglers have reported spooning fish only to find them packed full of daphnia.

So overall, the picture looks good for the coming week, as anglers have been doing very well using a wide variety of methods. They have mainly been catching using Floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with such flies as buzzers, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob

Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point  and the cornfield.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Alec Twaites from Coventry.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 268     Number Trout Taken: 440      Number Trout Released:  998

Total Catch:  1438                Weekly Rod Average:  5.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 08:30        until  18:00

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

Last 4 Hours from: 14:00        until    18:00     

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

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.

 

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Friday 13th   March 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

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Friday the 13th maybe unlucky for some but not so here at Draycote. The weather has been kind to us this week and the fishing has been excellent. Fish are being caught all around the reservoir from both boat and bank with good numbers of fish falling to small black and green lures and/or black buzzers.

The weekly rod average so far is 8.7

If you are thinking about coming fishing this weekend we still have some places available on both boats and the bank.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:      Number Trout Taken:       Number Trout Released:  

Total Catch:                  Weekly Rod Average:  

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:30

Boat All Day: 08:30       until  17:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30     until 12:30      PM 12:30      until  17:30

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:00

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.

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Draycote weekly report week ending 9th March 2015

Draycote Water weekly report week ending    Sunday 8thMarch 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Draycote has enjoyed another great start to the new season with some terrific catches recorded throughout our first week [NB: A short 5 day week with opening day being a Wednesday). Over 1500 trout were recorded on opening day alone. Notwithstanding some very windy, chilly & at times squally conditions, 400 anglers visited during the course of the week recording a total of 4,700 fish caught. This represents a weekly rod average of 11.75!

Boat & Bank anglers have enjoyed consistent sport & the whole venue has actually been producing well. In fact it would be hard to specify particular hotspots, although perhaps the most consistent areas, especially for the bank anglers, have been the Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay. Boats have also done well in Biggin Bay & at times off Lin Croft Point. Toft Shallows have also produced, especially during the milder & warmer spells when buzzer tactics have worked for many.

Overall I think it fair to say that this has been the week for the intermediate lines fished in conjunction with various lures. In terms of patterns, the “black & green” theme has continued.  Gold & hot head damsel patterns have also been hard to beat. Similarly, the Black & Silver Humungus has accounted for a lot of fish. Generally they have been found to be running the shorelines or holding on the drop offs.

There have been too many excellent catches to name them all however, congratulations must go to Mr White who is new to the sport. He caught & released 25 in what he proudly described as his “Best Day Ever!”. Mike Oliver also excelled on Sunday using buzzers whilst Andy Ball simply had a ball describing his day as “Awesome”.

Numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket have been encountered but the biggest fish recorded so far has been a caught & released Brownie estimated at 8lbs by captor Harry Pinner.

All in all, it has been a fine opening week  with lots & lots of smiling anglers and all bodes well for the season to come. A final cautionary note – do remain mindful of the time of year & make sure that you are well prepared with appropriate clothing.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 400  Number Trout Taken:   991    Number Trout Released:   3709

Total Catch:    4,700              Weekly Rod Average:  11.75

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:30

Boat All Day:   08:30   until   17:30

Boat Part Day:  08:30  until  13:30    PM 13:30    until  17:30

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

All Anglers to be off site by:  18:00

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.

Tight lines

Kevin

Dates for the Diary

Draycote Restaurant will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday & Sunday offering anglers breakfast & packed lunches

Hywel Morgan Tuition Days – the first days have limited availability and are on Saturday 28th March & Sunday 29th March. For further details visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk or call the lodge

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Draycote Water Opening Day Update Report Thursday 5th March 2015

Draycote Water Opening Day Update Report Thursday 5th March 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The 2015 Draycote season began with a great opening day yesterday. Despite a cold & blustery North Westerly wind, 104 hardy anglers recorded a total catch of 1523 trout equating to a rod average for the day of 14.6

Boats & bank anglers alike enjoyed hectic sport with fish running the shorelines & drop offs around much of the venue.

Various black & green tadpole type patterns + gold head damsels were the order of the day for most.

Intermediate lines were reported by many as being the most productive.

Rainbow Corner, Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay proved to be excellent locations for both boat & bank. The Cornfield fished well in the afternoon, as did Toft.

Boat & Bank Car Access Pass bookings have been heavy so please call the lodge in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Two boats remain available for tomorrow (Friday), but all the boats are booked for Saturday. Some Bank passes remain for Saturday whilst on Sunday there is capacity on both boat & bank.

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Draycote Restaurant will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday & Sunday offering anglers breakfast & pack lunches

Hywel Morgan Tuition Days, the first days have limited availability and are on Saturday 28th March & Sunday 29th March further details visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk or call the lodge

Draycote Opens 4th March 2015

Draycote Opens Wednesday 4th March

Opening Day Boats are FULLY BOOKED

Opening Day all 30 bank anglers car passes are FULLY BOOKED

We are operating the same system as last year we are allowed 30 cars to drive around the perimeter road at anyone time we recommend you call the lodge & book a bank angler car pass

We have vacancies for part time work at the fishery, contact the fishery for further details

01788 812018

Draycote Weekly Fishing Report Sunday 30th November 2014

Draycote Water Weekly Fishing Report Sunday 30th November 2014

This final week has seen a slight decline in rod numbers and this has consequently been reflected in the catch returns. Although there was a heavy frost earlier in the week, those who have ventured out have encountered mostly mild weather conditions and reasonably good bags of fish.

Kevin Rees caught 19 good fish from the bank on Monday using buzzers on a washing line.

Gordon Slack, again fishing from the bank, took 6 fish on a variety of patterns which included buzzers and Dawl Bachs.

Colin England and Tony Plummer had 7 a piece fishing from the boat along the Farborough Dam on Tuesday.

Tony Broadway and John Dews , whilst fishing along the north shore on Thursday, had a total of 23 fish between them.

John Haynes caught seven good fish down in Toft from the bank on Saturday.

Anglers have reported catching mainly on patterns such as buzzers, crunchers, dawl bachs and hare’s ears, Showing that whilst the fish are happy to chase a fry pattern or lure, they are less inclined to take them. Most of the time these smaller imitative patterns have been fished either very slow or even static, usually presented on a washing line with a FAB blob on the point..

Now that the season has finished we would like to take the opportunity to thank all our customers and hope that you have enjoyed this past year with us here at Draycote. We hope to see you all back here again next season and wish you all a happy Christmas and a very prosperous new year.

There will be a full review of the season to follow. 

Season Tickets.

We are frequently asked about the availability of season tickets for next year.  Current members have a renewal option so it is not yet known if any vacancies will arise. However we have created a list of those interested in membership.  If you would like to have your details added to this list, please contact the lodge.

Best flies. Crunchers, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, especially fished as a “washing Line” –– Minkie Boobies & various floating fry patterns

Best bank areas. Biggin Bay, Lin Croft, The Cornfield & especially Toft (Lodge side).

Best boat areas Toft, Farborough Bank & Spit, Biggin Bay to Lin Croft Point and the Cornfield.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  165           Number Trout Taken:  202          Number Trout Released  289

Total Catch:    491              Weekly Rod Average: 2.9

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until12:00   PM 12:00 until 16:00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00  (Ticket sales available from 11:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:45

 

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

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

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

Local Club

Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote Water. During the season they organise various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings at a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Homer 02476 402464

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