Draycote Report W/E 16th September

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 16th September 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Overall a good fishing week with overcast conditions for much of it and the continued falling water temperature. We have seen some good catches of the top on dries as well as bank anglers reporting good catches on washing line and dry fly tactics. A total of 276 anglers visited landing a total of 1552 fish for a rod average of 4.1

Light winds from the south west kicked off the week, with dries featuring well on the catch return. Peter Elliot landed 18 fish all on size 12 bob’s bits drifting from the overflow to A buoy. Ian Richardson fished from the bank at the overflow to land 5 fish on crunchers and diawl bachs including a lovely 4lb rainbow. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees landed 15 on dries using bob’s bits and hoppers. Jeff Ide also fished dries to land 11 fish from the overflow.

The wind remained in the south west on Tuesday which started blustery, although the wind did drop later in the day. Season ticket holder Brian Warwick enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 6 fish from the overflow on diawl bachs and crunchers. Out on the boats Colin England & Tony Plummer enjoyed great sport landing 20 fish using a washing line and big hoppers. Ian Pugh and Tim Tong landed 17 fish all on dries drifting from Rainbow Corner out towards A Buoy. Mr Woodroofe utilised dries to great affect landing 10 fish with beetles being the best pattern.

Near perfect conditions with overcast conditions, with he wind swinging slightly into the North West. Fishing the overflow Ian Richardson landed 8 fish on big reds taking 4 with 4 more falling to nymphs. Ian also landed a fantastic 5lb rainbow. Terry Tappingden fished alongside Ian at the overflow landing 9 fish on big reds and bob’s bits. John Hurst & Peter Watson landed 17 fish from Rainbow Corner using black pennel teamed with a white fry booby on a washing line. Andy Lane also fished around Rainbow corner with hoppers to land 17 fish. In House guide Lee Henfrey took Kevin Bright out on the water for an 8 hour guide. Enjoying fantastic sport with 40 fish coming to the boat using washing lined hoppers on a midge tip. To book a guided session with Lee call the lodge on 01788 812018.

The water temperature dropped down to just over 16°C which will hopefully mean that the difficult fishing off the water summer is behind us and the trout will start to look up before switching onto fry for the back end. Season ticket holder Peter Fisher landed 16 fish on a dry soldier palmer. Another season ticket holder also catching well from the boats was John Dickens who boated 14 fish all on dries. Steve Barby used the rudder to land 10 fish on tubes and snakes on a di 3 sinking line over the shoals. Thursday also saw the West Midlands police hold a small competition with 8 anglers taking part landing 57 fish for a rod average of 7.1 with the best tactics being dries and washing line in Rainbow Corner.

With temperatures around 17-18°C with winds from the west south west and intermediate cloud it looked a good day for fishing Friday and this turned out to be the case with a rod average of 6.3. Tony Broadway fished the bank from the overflow to land 10 fish which all fell to a big red. It was also dries that proved to be the best tactics from the boats. With Ed Douglas landing 23 all on dries drifting from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy with ginger midas being his top pattern. Kevin Rees also used dries to land 24 but this time it was Bob’s Bits, Kevin found the fish around the flat stones and down the dam wall. Paul Cushnie and Henry Russell from Scotland fished around B buoy to land 29 fish to the boat again on dries. Alan Masters fished Biggin Bay on the boats to land 12 fish using a washing line with a coral booby on the point and cormorants and hoppers on the droppers.

The good sport that had been experienced Friday continued into the weekend with good catches coming from both bank and boat. Mike Garner fished on the tower bank in the morning then rainbow corner later in the day, straight lining diawl bachs to land 7 fish. Mr D Baker fished from the bank at the overflow to land 9 fish on washing line technique with a floating fry and cormorants. Saturday also proved a good day for the rudder as three boats fishing the method all caught well landing doubles figures. Using tubes and snakes on sinking lines across the deep water towards the Draycote Dam. Iain Barr & Ed Foster ventured down to Toft and were rewarded with a catch of 25 between them. Nick Lant enjoyed good sport using a RIO Hover and a booby snake drifting from the overflow to down the Hensbrough bank to land 17 fish. Once again Paul Cushnie & Henry fished dries around B buoy as well as using snakes for a short period to land over 50 fish to the boat.

A much winder day Sunday with speeds up towards 20mph, make the conditions slightly trickier that the previous days. Andy Birkett enjoyed a great days sport boating 31 fish. Andy used buzzers in the morning to great effect with dries later in the day with hoppers being the bets pattern. On their final day of 3 Paul & Henry landed 25 fish on sedge hogs drifting from the Draycote Dam towards B buoy. Father & Son team D & A Speight enjoyed a good day’s sport using popper hoppers to boat 21 fish from Rainbow Corner. John Maxwell also fished Rainbow Corner to land 16 fish on washing lining on a midge tip with hoppers and cat booby.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Jim Hall from Hinckley the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  276   Number Trout Taken:  393    Number Trout Released:   1159

Total Catch: 1552      Weekly Rod Average: 4.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day: 07:30   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 (Ticket sales available from 15:15)

Gutting Room Closes – 19:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 9th September 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9th September 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Another cooler week teamed with light winds and overcast conditions saw several perfect days, resulting in some excellent rod averages. The continuing cooler nights have also helped to drop the water temperature down further, with the mercury hitting 17°C at the time of writing the report. Overall a total of 238 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 1,297 fish for a rod average of 5.4.

A flat calm start to the week, which looked like it could have proved challenging to present the flies effective to catch good numbers. However, the fish reacted well to the conditions and could be seen moving just under the surface for much of the day. Season ticket holders Jim Smith & Ed Douglas had an absolute red letter day and couldn’t put a foot wrong. With a score a cricketer would have proud of. The pair found most of their fish around A & M buoy drifting towards the Hensbrough bank with what little wind there was. The best tactic was to fish a RIO Midge Tip Long with a cat booby on the point and then cormorants on the droppers. In the evening however, quite a stiff northly wind picked up and a change of areas and tactics was needed. Jim & Ed moved up to the Draycote Dam drifting down from the tower on dries with hoppers and big reds being the best patterns. Kevin Rees opted for dries all day, fishing around C buoy and the aerators to land another impressive score of 29 with bobs bits, crippled midge and hoppers being his top patterns.

The northerly wind from the previous day remained for Tuesday bringing a chill with it. John Dews and Tony Broadway fished washing line technique around N buoy drifting towards Hensbrough before drifting the middle around P buoy to land 19 fish between them. Peter Elliot stuck to dries all day to land 25 fish finding success in the boils to start with before finding great afternoon sport around P buoy using bobs bits. Richard walker fished over the aerators using snakes on intermediates to tempt 13 fish to the boat. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Keith Back out on a 8 hour guiding landing fish in the morning over the boils on an olive weightless snake fished on a RIO Aqualux. Before a change for the last hour and half to dries and drifting down the top dam wall resulted in a further 7 fish on the boat with Harry Potter’s being the top pattern. To book a guide for your next session call the lodge on 01788 812018. Gary Turner & Dad Dave enjoyed tremendous sport on a last four hour ticket boating 18 fish all on Big Reds.

A lovely cloudy day Wednesday meant some great dry fly sport, the only problem was when the sun broke through at around 3pm the fish weren’t as keen to poke their noses through. Lester Booth & Nigel Nixon landed 30 fish to the boat on dries in the morning and then washing line in the afternoon with red shipmen’s being the best pattern. They found the fish around the tower and towards C buoy and then across the middle. Dave Kennell & Alec Urquhart landed 13 fish using daddies fished on a floating line, the key was to fish them dry and then if nothing came and ate figure of eight them just subsurface.

A sunny start to the day but the cloud soon rolled in around mid morning. Once again season ticket holders Ed & Jim took the boat landing 50 fish between them. The tactics for the day where like Monday with washing line on the RIO Midge Tip Long producing the results, with the stand out pattern being a gold arsed cat booby. The pair found the best drifts on the day to be from D buoy just off Dunn’s Bay to P buoy then from P down to Lincroft shoal and F buoy. Kevin Rees stuck to dries all day with Bob’s Bits and hoppers producing landing 22 fish on bob’s bits and hopper. Welsh anglers Phil Wood & Brian Parry enjoyed a great day landing 58 fish from D buoy to the open water using a long midge tip with boobies and cormorants.

A sunny start to the day with winds swinging a little more into the south west. Lester Booth & Phil Hallam landed 32 fish on dries with ginger hoppers and big red being the best pattern with the Draycote Dam to the middle being the best areas. Paul Mitchell and Dave Kennell landed 21 fish on daddies and washing line in the same areas. Mark Hunt landed 8 fish on diawl bachs through the middle and then in Biggin Bay with the bets fish being a 4lb 6oz rainbow. Phil Wood and Brian Parry once again enjoyed great sport washing lining through the middle on a mix of cat boobies and cormorants. On the bank Tony Ward enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 6 fish from Biggin Bay on black diawl bachs. Brian Warwick also enjoyed good sport from Biggin picking up 5 fish.

Saturday saw a cloudy start with the wind in the south west, which strengthened as the day wore on, as the wind increased it also brought in some rain. On the bank father son team of Nick & Martin Hollingshead landed 7 fish from the Swan’s nest & Biggin Bay on a Montana and buzzers. Also, on the bank Mike Garner landed 5 fish from Tower bank all on crunchers. Ed Upton & son Will landed 24 fish between them on dries and washing line from various areas of the lake. Corey & Chad Russel boated 26 with most of their fish coming from drifts off the Draycote Dam wall on dries. Tom Finney & Jonathan Fromant also used washing line and dry fly tactics to land 21 fish with drifts around P Buoy and D Buoy proving successful. William Crawford used slightly different tactics to the rest of the anglers to land 10 fish. Will found the fish keen to chase a cat booby on a di 5 sweep line drifting near A buoy.

On Sunday Draycote played host to the Youth National Championship with 21 juniors’ fishing for a place in the 2019 England Youth Team. The comp was a complete catch and release match with all fish measured and released. The day was broken into two 3 hour session with place points being used. Windy conditions made presentation a challenge. After several of the lads caught well on washing line techniques and dries on practice it was pulling flies on a di 5 sweep that produced the goods for the match with drifts around A buoy being the most successful area. Winning the day was Harrison Douds who caught 9 fish for 6 place points. Using a gold arsed cat booby on the point a cormorant in the middle then a tequila blob on the top dropper. In second place was Jake Leake and third Corey Russell. Draycote would like to congratulate all the qualifiers and thank the boatmen for giving up their time as without them these events couldn’t happen.

Outside the match Andrew Marton & Spencer Williams landed 38 fish on diawl bachs and hares ears drifting from Rainbow corner out on the open water.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to T Evans from Kirkby In Ashfield. the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  238    Number Trout Taken:  189    Number Trout Released:   1108

Total Catch: 1297      Weekly Rod Average: 5.4

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 19:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 14:00  PM 14:00 until   19:45

Last 4 Hours from:  15:45   until     19:45 (Ticket sales available from 15:00)

Gutting Room Closes – 19:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd September 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd September 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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The water temperature has held at a steady 18°C with a cool start to the week followed by some lovely later summer sunny days for Friday and the weekend. Overall a good week’s sport was had by the 201 anglers that visited the fishery.  A total of 740 trout were landed which represents a rod average of 3.68 for the period. Good numbers of fish have been caught using dry fly tactics over the week with some big numbers falling to the deadly method. However, some of the sport has been coming late in the day due to massive sedge falls that we have experienced during the evening.

A gusty start to the week with winds in the south west, teamed with some sun made for a tricky day for the majority. However, some anglers found a method to land good numbers. Colin Granger landed a very credible 3 fish from the bank fishing the Overflow in Rainbow Corner. Mike Garner also landed 3 on the Tower Bank using black hares’ ears. Out on the boats Ed Douglas stuck to dries all day to land 19 fish, fishing along the Flat Stones with big reds and hoppers. Kevin Rees also stuck to dry flies all day and landed 13 on bobs bits and hoppers. Kevin did comment that most of his sport came in the last 2 hours of the day. Season ticket holders Richard & John Hanlon landed 10 between them in an afternoon session fishing in the middle on drifts from P- X Buoy. Jim Doyle and Ian Wilson enjoyed a good day on the first of their 3 days from Scotland to netting 13 with Midas being one of the top patterns. Also worthy of a mention Monday was Adrian Gibbard who landed a fantastic 9lb 5oz brown on a deer hair sedge from the Flat Stones. To view a picture of the fish please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore

Conditions looked perfect for Tuesday with a light southerly wind and overcast conditions. However, for some reason the fish didn’t really want to play ball. Perhaps it was the overnight swing in the wind direction that knocked them off the feed a little. Tony Broadway & Gordon Slack shared a boat & landed 9 rainbows. Gordon used a small cats whisker while Tony used dry fly tactics to land his fish. Jude Tuffs and Dave East were also on the water & boated 10 from over the aerators but commented on how many they lost in play. The boat of Jim Doyle & Ian Wilson once again accounted for 13 on dries fishing in various spots over the deep water.

Another wind direction for the anglers Wednesday with the wind swinging into the north west. It started at around 9mph before strengthening as the day wore on, with sun in the morning before clouding up as the wind increased. Peter Fisher landed 9 fish on solider palmers fished dry before switching to small spiders on the upwind of the boils. Kieron Barnes fished over the boils with Declan Whelan to land 9 fish on dries and washing line tactics. Finishing up their 3 day break in fine form landing 22 fish, again on dries, was Jim Doyle and Ian Wilson.

A flat calm start with bright sun didn’t have most anglers rushing to the water on Thursday morning. However, the sunny start didn’t appear to have forced fish too deep in the water column as the two boats of John Dickens and Kevin Rees were into fish straight away. The both fished dries around B buoy and the Flat Stones. This action continued all day with steady sport coming in the bright conditions. Once the cloud arrived in the afternoon the dry fly sport kicked up a gear and the pair fished a terrific day with 22 and 25 respectively. Tom Johnson and Dave Ward boated 16 fish all on an olive snake in the afternoon back drifting around B buoy. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell used washing line tactics to land some fantastic fish around 3lb in the open water with their final tally for the day of 17 to the net. Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird enjoyed a day off fishing and landed 12. He found fish around B buoy in the morning using a washing line technique with a booby on the point in conjunction with two nymphs and a claret hopper on the top dropper. In the afternoon it was action with some fry feeding fish over Middle Shoal using the same tactics other than a swap to a sparkler booby on the point.

A warm and sunny Friday culminated in a prolific algae bloom which meant much of the angler pressure was concentrated on the Aerators. However, this did not lead to a reduction in the numbers of fish caught. Ed Upton fished with his wife Jayne using orange foam daddies in the boils to land 14 fish and commented that he had never seen so many fish up and feeding over aerators.  John Dews and Tony Broadway landed 10 on a mix of washing line and dries. Ian Pugh and Tim James landed 15 over the boils also using dries. Season ticket holder Ian Reeve enjoyed great sport too, using a small olive snake to land 17 rainbows in a 5 hour afternoon session.

More bright sun to start off September on Saturday morning although cloud developed shortly after lunch. Nick Mead & Ian Teale enjoyed fine sport using diawl bachs on drifts just off the side of the boils towards Dunn’s. They netted a total of 14. Chris Discombe & Jim Brennan landed 7 on small white boobies drifting through the aerators. Tom Bird guided husband & wife team, Pete and Beth Wood, out on the water following an introductory casting session to experience fly fishing for the first time. They had a red letter day landing 12 rainbows on their first experience of the sport. Drifting over the boils with daddies on a floater for Pete and an olive snake on a sink 3 line for Beth proved to be the recipe for success. To book a session with Tom call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Sunday rounded off the period with a continuation of warm and bright conditions. Great sport was enjoyed by many anglers though with the rod average for the day rising to 4.7. George Leaton’s early morning drive up from London was rewarded with a 13 fish tally by lunchtime. All his fish came to pink snakes fished high in the water column. Dave Adams paired with Andy Ross for a morning session too & fished washing line tactics, with a sparkler booby on the point, on drifts through B buoy. Fry feeding fish were quick to attack the sparkler & they ended the session having landed ten between them. Dixie Baxter & Gareth Davies enjoyed similar sport throughout the day to end on a collective 14. Brendan Thomas was unquestionably top rod for the day fishing a combo of FABs & blobs drifting through the Aerators. His action was fast & furious & his day ended with him having landed a total of 24 rainbows.

With water temperatures now falling & the likes of daddies, sedge  & fry on the menu, we look forward to the prospects ahead for even more improvement in our sport.

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ted Mills from Tenbury Wells. the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  201    Number Trout Taken:  179    Number Trout Released:   561

Total Catch: 740      Weekly Rod Average: 3.68

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day: 07:30   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 (Ticket sales available from 15:45)

Gutting Room Closes – 19:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

 

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 26th August 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 26th August 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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A much cooler week overall, with heavy showers at times and overnight temperatures, down into single figures towards the back end of the week. As a result, the water temperature at the time of writing the report was holding at a more trout friendly 18°C. Causing the fish to move higher in the water column with dries and washing line on a floater accounting for good numbers of fish. Overall a total of 214 anglers visited the fishery for a rod average of 3.1 landing a total of 656 fish.

A sunny start to the week, however, by 11am the cloud arrived making for near perfect conditions. Season ticket holder Ian Reeve fished for the afternoon from a boat landing 6 fish. The most successful tactic for Ian was washing lined Diawl Bachs on a floating line with a FAB around X buoy, although, he did take 2 on a pink snake. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall kicked off the first of their three day break in fine form boating 18 between them. The pair found the best tactics to be fishing a washing line with a mix of Diawl Bachs, buzzers and hares’ ears with either a FAB or Humongous booby on the point. The best drifts seemed to be around P buoy in the afternoon and then over the aerators. Fishing the last four hours Richard Pelly boated 6 fish all on a big red fishing in the scum lanes either side of the aerators.

Conditions Tuesdays where the complete opposite to the day before with a cloudy start that saw the sun break through towards the afternoon. With the arrival of the sun, the boat of Andy & Brent decided to drop down slightly in the water column and straight line the same nymphs as the previous day. This proved to be a good call as they boated 16 fish, again over the aerators, but drifts from the Draycote Dam to B buoy with a washing line proved affective in the morning. Tony Baldwin enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 15 fish from around J & N buoy. In the morning Tony landed 8 fishing dries, before a switch to washing lining in the afternoon. Tony’s washing line set up consisted of a claret hopper on the top dropper, two nymphs in the middle then a FAB on the point all fished on a midge tip.

Overcast with an increase in wind speeds on the Wednesday, promised to provide good sport. However, the fish had not read the rule book and proved to be slightly tricky. Andy & Brent finished their 3 day break by landing 11 fish, once again using nymphs fished static through the boils. Although the pair found success using a di 3 sinking line with crunchers drifting off the Draycote Dam. Season ticket holder Dave Atkins enjoyed good sport from the aerators landing 8 fish on a washing line set up with pheasant tail nymphs and a yellow FAB. Also, out on the water was Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird who took 11 year old Finlay out to see if he could land his first fish on his brand new Redington Minnow outfit purchased for his birthday. After a short casting lesson, it wasn’t long before Fin had landed his first fish on his new rod and was beaming from ear to ear. To see the picture please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore to talk to Tom about an experience session for your child to get them hooked on Fly Fishing ring the lodge on 01788 812018.

Lucky the fish had read the rule book for the anglers when the great conditions arrived Thursday with light winds and overcast skies all day, resulting in the rod average shot up to 5.3. Peter Elliot fished around A & B Buoy to land 14 fish with 4 on dries before switching to washing lined crunchers to land the further 10. Season ticket holder Gordon Bramwell fished with boat partner Ken Cooke, enjoying great sport with over 30 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around the aerators then drifting around A,B & C buoy with a mix of washing line and dries. John Dickens stuck to dries all day landing 15 fish with a size 12 red Bob’s Bits being his best pattern.

Gusty winds and rain showers mixed with sunny spells saw the fish slightly knock off the fed from the great rod average of Thursday. Mr D Nataly & Danny Lovegrove landed 11 fish on orange daddies, bloodworm and black & gold humongous fished round C buoy drifting on to the aerators. The boat of John Hurst & Peter Watson landed 14 fish on pink snakes and boobies fished near the surface on intermediate lines. The best boat on the day was that of William Riddick’s & Alastair Murphy with 18 fish to the boat. However, they were keeping the tactics tight to their chest ahead of the Fly Dressers Guild John Watts trophy the next day.

Saturday saw Draycote host the Fly Dressers Guild (FDG) for the John Watts competition. With 54 anglers taking part making up teams of 4 from FDG regions all around the country. A total of 156 fish were caught for a rod average of 2.9 The winning team was Newhaylie Fly Fishers who landed an impressive 26 fish. With the competition top rod Alastair Murphy with an impressive 9 fish, helping Newhaylie to the win. The team had found the fish drifting from the Draycote Dam wall to B buoy. Then out over the open water as well as all the way down the Draycote Dam drifting to the valve tower and C buoy. The method employed by the team was to fish a 3ft midge tip with 2 black or bibio hoppers and a tequila FAB on the point. Outside the competition rudder regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 15 fish between them going down the boils with tubes and snakes on a di 3 sinking line.

A lovely start to Sunday with light winds and overcast conditions, this soon changed by 10am with the arrival of the rain and then the wind by lunch time turning the day into a wet and windy affair. The rain stayed all day and as a result at 3pm in the afternoon there was only one boat left on the water. George Leaton landed 3 in his short time on the water using a tequila FAB on a di 3 sinking line. The boat of Mick O’Farrell and Son Darren landed 3 fish between them on dries before the rain got the better of them. The best catch of the day went to Michael Hanlon who landed 5 fish in his morning session, fishing over the deep water near the Draycote Dam. Michael found the fish keen to take washing lines hoppers with a small FAB on the point on a floating line.

Looking ahead to next week the weather is set to remain cooler, with overnight temperatures hitting single figures. This has already helped to drop the water temperature by 2°C in two days. If the water temperature continues to drop should start to see the fish more and more on the top and catches to dry flies increase just in time for the return of the daddies.

Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day.  Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018. All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ifor Jones from Perton the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 215  Number Trout Taken: 214  Number Trout Released:   442

Total Catch: 656    Weekly Rod Average: 3.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:15

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 20:15

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

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

Gutting Room Closes – 19:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

English Youth National –   ! Request for Boatmen!

Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day.  Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018.

All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 19th August 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 19th August 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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With the water temperature having dropped to 20 degrees, and more cloudy conditions through the day, the fish now seem to be getting caught across a larger area of the venue. The assistance of the odd shower or two also seems to have improved conditions for bank anglers, with some turning their perseverance into decent numbers of fish landed, particularly so when targeting the deeper areas off the Tower bank and Dunn’s Bay. The main areas to fish remain A, B and C Buoys but fish are now showing up on the Hensborough Bank, as well as P and X Buoy over Middle Shoal.

During the period 157 anglers visited the fishery and caught 391 fish, producing a weekly rod average of 2.5

Monday was a blustery day which led to difficult conditions. However, anglers reported a combination of hooking into fish but dropping them almost immediately or experiencing very tentative takes which were never converted. Mr Malcolm Bryan faired well with 4 fish to the boat on foam daddies. Kevin Rees managed only 2 to the boat on dries and reported on “a tough day”.

Tuesday produced much the same weather conditions and no real improvement in the fishing. A number of our seasoned regulars drew blanks whilst others, through nothing but hard work and determination, managed to get some respectable numbers to the boat. David East and Jude Tuffs caught 4 and 10 fish respectively. Dave Adkins managed to boat 7 rainbows on Pheasant Tail Nymphs in the Aerators. Alan Grant, and his boat partner Mr L Morris, took four each from a boat at the western end of the reservoir.

Wednesday dawned with some cloud cover and a light westerly breeze. The rod average took a turn for the better with anything from a floating line to a Di7 showing up on the catch returns. Fellow boat partners Peter Elliott and Lee Patten caught a dozen between them and John Dickens boated 17 fish for the day, commenting that whilst he was catching on dries early on, he later progressed to a Di 7 and lures. Chris Howkins and Steve Owen boated 18 fish around C Buoy and along the Tower Bank on snakes.

Thursday saw the water temperature drop to 20.5 degrees with showers blowing in from the south west. The weather cleared by the afternoon, but it was just enough to get us all thinking that the end of these difficult conditions was in sight.   S Radcliffe caught 5 fish from a boat and Mr Richard Walker and Mr N Barber had seven between them.

Friday was the first time we saw the water temperature show 20 degrees and whilst it seemed a bit chilly and windy at times throughout the day, it remained muggy & the fishing proved a little difficult for some anglers. Draycote regulars Tony Broadway and John Dews managed six from a drifting boat. Mr Peter Fisher managed 4 on soldier palmers. However, Eileen Chatwin boated a dozen and commented on “a nice day out”.

The surface water temperature remained at 20 degrees on Saturday, with winds in the south west and strong gusts at times. This teamed with patches of cloud interspersed with sunny spells made it look like it was to be a slightly challenging day for the anglers. However, several anglers proved that, despite the less than ideal conditions, good catches where still to be had. Jim Edwards had a great day drifting over the boils to boat 20 fish. Jim’s winning tactic was to fish a pink snake on an intermediate line and pull it back straight off the top with the fish taking just a couple of feet under the surface. The boat of L & D Orton enjoyed good sport too netting 21 rainbows between them. Daren Fox fished on a short 5 hour afternoon session in fine form to land eight. He found fish drifting from B Buoy down to the tower about 75 yards off the Draycote Dam wall. All his fish took a yellow FAB fished as part of a washing line on a floater.

Southerly winds to start the day on Sunday which then strengthened and swung more to the west. A cloudy start that did see some sun breakthrough in the afternoon before the cloud returned once more into the evening. Eyebrook season ticket holder Richard Watson enjoyed a good day afloat with son Duncan. They boated 12 fish using black snakes on Di 5, although the fish came just under the surface as the flies were retrieved straight off the top with a quick roly-poly retrieve. Martyn Price and Dave Hancox landed 11 fish using yellow FABS drifting over around C Buoy and down the Tower Bank. Brothers Michael & John Hanlon enjoyed a good mornings sport together using again a yellow FAB but this time on a Di 3 sinking line. They searched out fish feeding at the Flat Stones, along the Tower Bank and then around B Buoy. Alistair Beaumont & Stuart Hall took advantage of our two day breaks. Having enjoyed great sport at Eyebrook on Saturday, it was time to see if they could replicate their success here. This they did landing 19 rainbows between them using a fast intermediate with a pink snake and white minkie with a roly-poly retrieve. All their fish came on drifts from the back of the boils to P Buoy.

Looking ahead, Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day.  Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018. All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

Next week’s forecasts look favourable with some cooler days on the horizon. We hope to see further drops in water temperatures, and with it a greater increase in fish activity. Considerable numbers of fish taken for the pot have been found to contain small perch fry and we have also started to see the first of the daddy-long-legs in & around the shop.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Alistair Beaumont from Lancaster – the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  157    Number Trout Taken:  130    Number Trout Released:   261

Total Catch: 391      Weekly Rod Average: 2.5

 

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day: 07:30   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)

Gutting Room Closes – 20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

English Youth National –   ! Request for Boatmen!

Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day.  Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018.

All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

 

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 13th August 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 13th August 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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A total of 220 anglers visited the fishery during this period and enjoyed much better sport towards the middle and end of the week with the benefit of a drop in temperatures. With Wednesday posting a rod average of 6.25, this drop in the air temperature, teamed with some much need rain, has seen a dramatic improvement in fishing. For the week anglers landed a total of 691 fish representing a rod average 3.14

A quite start on Monday with the warm weather keeping most of the anglers away. D Molyneaux enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 5 rainbows from the boils on a floating line with a small foam daddy fished just under the surface.

Tuesday saw another hot sunny day with winds in the south west and surface water temperatures at 24°C in the morning rising slightly as the day progressed. Because of the water temperatures the best sport was found over the boils. Elliot Fawdington & Martin Matthews fished over the aerators using a di 5 sinking line and pink snakes to land 10 fish to the boat. Fabrice Dockier also fished around the boils and C buoy using sinking lines with lures to land 4 fish. In the evening manger Kevin Hart took young angler Chasen and his dad Chris from California out for a short  session landing 3 nice rainbows all on foam bodied daddies fished in the boils.

Wednesday saw the break in the weather with the air temperatures dropping down to around 18°C. This caused an overnight drop in water temperature of 1 degree taking it to 23°C and by the evening it had dropped even further to 21.5°C. This drop caused an increase in the rod average with it shooting up to over 6. The boils remained the hotspot but with good cloud cover fish rose generally in the water column to hold just under the surface. Keith Allison & Stuart Foulds enjoyed some great sport fishing floating lines. The pair found the best flies to be black buzzers and diawl bachs with red and green being their favoured colours. They finished the day with 30 fish to the boat. Messrs K James & A Williams also fished the boils but with slow intermediates and a mix for cormorants, boobies and blobs to land 22 to the boat.

A massive drop in overnight temperatures with the mercury hitting 9°C through the night helped to keep the surface temperatures down at 21°C. This resulted in fish on the surface feeding on adult buzzers and sedges first thing in the morning on Thursday. As a result, some good returns came to dries. Season ticket holder Paul Mitchell landed 10 fish on dries around B & A buoy as well as through the middle. Bob’s Bits was his best pattern. Graham Homer also fished dries in the middle around X buoy to boat 5 fish on a half-day session. Graham commented that he had lots of fish come and look at the dries but didn’t commit to taking and it wasn’t until he started to figure of eight the dries he had more positive takes. Fishing on his birthday, Colin England took to the water with regular partner Tony Plummer to enjoy a good days sport and celebrated the occasion landing 10 fish between them. Ian Reeve fished over the boils to land 14 fish for the day on a mix of daddies, diawl bach and the odd one on a snake. Jude Tuffs also fished over the boils with nymphs to boat 11 fish.

Friday saw yet another cloudy start to the day, with conditions looking great for some more of the same top of the water sport following heavy overnight rain. This proved to be the case with all the best returns of the day coming to dry fly tactics. Gordon Bramwell and Phil Thomas enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 15 fish between them fishing around A buoy and C buoy. Davie Auld and Jim Youngman landed 12 fish between them with Davie using dries for his 6 while Jim opted for a di 3 sweep and two FABS. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees took to the water using his trusty 4 weight outfit and dries to land 11 fish all on Bob’s Bits in size 14. Alex Johnstone & Kevin Perry also used dries to land all their 15 fish to the boat. The pair found most of the fish between A-B buoy. Another angler who stuck to the dries all day was Ed Douglas who boated 14 fish all on a big red hopper around B buoy and the Flat Stones.

Saturday saw a busy day at the fishery with every boat out including some of the boats from Eyebrook had been brought over for Youth International last week. A bright start to the day but it did cloud over in the afternoon bringing what looked like near perfect conditions although the fishing didn’t quite live up to the quality of the weather.  Invicta FFC took to the water for a club competition which saw 22 anglers land 55 fish for a rod average of 2.5. Winning the match was David Moore who landed 6 fish all of which came close to the boils on small nymphs fished on a floating line. Keith Gilchrist, who also landed 6 from the boils, again on small nymphs but fished on a RIO Midge Tip. Saturday also saw Draycote play host to the “any line day” of the Anglers World Holiday Fly Fishing Championships with 28 anglers also landing 55 fish for a rod average of 1.96. Winning the match was Fabrice Dockier from Belgium with a 5 fish total. He used nymphs on a floating line around A buoy. In second place was Alex Johnstone who landed 1 more fish than Fabrice with 6 but unfortunately for Alex the 3 on the scales weighed less.  Alex used small diawl bachs, figure of eighted on a floater, around A & B buoys. For the full copy of the results please visit John Horsey’s Facebook page.

More heavy overnight rain on Saturday combined with overcast, showery skies all day on Sunday, provided good conditions for the “floating line only” heat of the Anglers World Holiday Championship. The constant cloud and rain obviously had a positive impact with a total catch of 187 rainbows representing a rod average of 5.67 for the event.  Our congratulations go to 17 year old England Youth International Seth Mayhew-Tuson who showed his class in a field of great anglers by boating 12 fish to win the heat Seth used dries all day in the middle of the lake at X buoy to take all his fish on a straight southerly wind, His best pattern was a midas. The methods for those who caught well seemed to be a bit of a mix with three main tactics shining out:  either dries, washing lining or pulling fabs and boobies through the surface.

Looking ahead to next week, forecasts look favourable, so we hope to see water temperatures to continue to drop, and with it an increase in fish activity.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ian Gaskell from Wigan, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 220  Number Trout Taken: 290  Number Trout Released:   401

Total Catch:  691     Weekly Rod Average: 3.14

 

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   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)

Gutting Room Closes – 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

English Youth National –   ! Request for Boatmen!

Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day.  Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman , please contact the lodge on 01788 812018.

All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

 

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 5th August 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 5th August 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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A busy week as Draycote played host to the 2018 Youth Home International with Teams from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland all competing for the chance to take home the Gold medal. A total of 357 rods visited the fishery landing a total of 554 trout for a rod average of 1.5 for the week.

After the weekends high winds and cool temperatures, the week started with a 2 degree drop in water temperature and overcast conditions. This looked a great omen for some improved sport just in time for all the youth teams arriving. The drop in surface water temperatures teamed with good overhead conditions, certainly did the trick with good catches reported by all the nations. England reported an impressive 35 fish caught by the team, Scotland 25 and similar numbers for Ireland and Wales. The tactics on the day seamed to be focusing on fishing the top 5 feet of the water column with dries, washing lining or pulling wets and boobies on di 3 sinking lines. The fish seemed to be well spread across the lake with anglers catching from Rainbow Corner and down in Toft Shallows.

Tuesday saw a slightly different day weather wise with lighter winds and bright skies. As a result, this made the fishing slightly more challenging. With the fish dropping deeper in the water. While some fish still came to the dries in the bright weather it was the blobs, boobies and cormorants that tempted the fish with the best lines being di 3 & di 5s. The areas remained much the same with Rainbow corner looking like a hotspot as well as G buoy in Toft. However, later in the day the Welsh youth team did catch well over at E buoy drifting towards Lincroft point.

A bright start the international match day but as the teams started their procession up to the boats being led by the traditional piper the cloud started to role in. A great excitement around the fishery the start of the match. With some fantastic patriotism being shown by all nations flying the country colours. At the start of the match the boats split evenly with half the field heading up towards the Draycote Dam with 3 heading for Rainbow Corner and the rest C buoy and the tower. The remaining boats headed down towards G buoy and Toft. After a few hours after taking a drive out the safety boat it was clear it was going to be a very tight match. With all the nations seeming to be getting one and twos but no one running away with it. At the end of the day it was a very close affair with good catches from all nations with Zach Neufeild, doing well for Scotland with 5 with a number of fours from all nations. After a very tense weight in the results were announced.

1st Scotland 26 2nd England 23 3rd Wales 21 4th Ireland 20.

A very close match with only 2lb 12oz separating Scotland and England. The best tactics for the day seemed to be dries for most of the anglers who used a mix of orange daddies, big reds and midas. The top areas seemed to be around the Inlet, outlet and Rainbow Corner. With the top individual Zach from Scotland fishing tight into the inlet.

From everyone at the fishery we would like to thank all the anglers and coaches from all nations who made hosting the event an absolute pleasure. A special thanks must also be given to the boatman & ladies who gave up the time, as without you the match would not be able to go ahead.

After the cool days at the start if the week Thursday saw the temperatures increase again. However, the previous days cool weather had dropped the water temperature enough that we were able to stock 1,050 fin perfect trout over in the deep water at Dunn’s Bay. Despite the water weather and sun the fish continued to pull back with a rod average for the day of 4. Dennis Tidmarsh fished around the boils with a mix of lures to land 6 fish. While the boat of Richard Walker and N Barber landed 24 fish to the boat fishing in the boils. Season ticket holder Graham Homer enjoyed good sport in a short session landing 4 out in the middle on traditional wets. In House guide Lee Henfrey good regular client John O’Hara out with John enjoying great sport landing 16 fish. John under Lee’s watchful eye used a di 5 forty plus with a white booby snake. John and Lee commented how they caught nearly everywhere they went but that there was a main concentration of fish at the flat stones off the dam. Top honours of the day went to the boat of John Goldie & John Poote who landed an impressive 30 fish using green buzzers on a floating line drifting between A & B buoy before moving to the boils to continue catching on red holographic diawl bachs.

A difficult day Friday with another hot day putting the fish off the fed for most of the day. However, they did come on in the evening with the brotherly team of Michael & Richard Hanlon landed 12 fish on a last four hour ticket fishing in the boils. Visiting from California, Chasen Yuen and Dad Chris landed 4 fish on daddies fished in the boils.

A cloudy start to Saturday, although, the sun did soon break through around 11am. Stan Suddick enjoyed good sport boating 11 fish from the boils on a floating line and a team of nymphs. Glyn Williams used a team of diawl bachs to tempt 10 fish with the aerators again producing the goods, but this time fished on a intermediate line. Mr Middleton used dries and boobies to great effect landing 10 fish with the aerators being the hotspot. Draycote also hosted the English Premier Performance league (EPP) with some of the top anglers’ fishing as part of the their league of matches hoping to gain a place in the world and European team for the next year. A difficult day with the best tactics for the lads being either to fish dries for the morning session or to pull zonkers on a di 5 or di 7 sweep.

A very warm day with temperatures in the 30s for the anglers heading out on the water Sunday. Mark Goodge from Leicester all abilities fly fishers enjoyed a good days sport landing 6 fish all on dabblers and hare ears fished on a floating line. Ian Bradfield also from the all abilities had a good day landing 11 fish on a di 3 using a black and green lure. The EPP also returned Sunday for the final round with the best tactics on the day being a di 5 sweep with either pink or black zonkers. With sparklers on the same line also producing the goods. Mid North Hants also fished Sunday in their Chairman’s Trophy with Mark Frost taking the top honours with a 4 fish bag weight of 9lb 8 oz including a cracking 3lb 3oz rainbow.

Looking ahead to next week the weather is set to break Thursday with temperatures cooling off towards the 20s with the chance of some rain forecast that should hopefully bring the fish back up towards the surface looking for food. Saturday also sees another ‘Boat Tuition Day’ being ran by Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird. There’re still places available on the day please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices for more infomation.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Dave Bailey from Markfield who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  357   Number Trout Taken:  179  Number Trout Released:   375

Total Catch:   554     Weekly Rod Average: 1.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:00

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 21:00

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

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

Gutting Room Closes – 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/ (organiser John Horsey)

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 29th July 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 29th July 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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A week of two halves with the first part, continuing in the same form as the previous two with temperatures well into the 20s with light winds and bright sun. However, by the end of the week the temperatures had dropped down around 15°C bringing some much needed winds to help cool surface temperatures. This drop in temperatures helped to bring the fish towards the surface meaning that some fantastic top of the water sport could be had. Overall a total of 116 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 353 trout for a rod average of 3.

Monday started warm with high cloud and a light south westerly wind. Rod Wilson took to the water to land 6 fish from the boils on a di 7 sinking line and a gold tube. Season ticket holders Jim Smith & Ed Douglas had a good day’s sport landing 17 but it wasn’t till 6pm when they found the method to unlocking the door to success. Using a di 8 with cormorants around A & B buoy before a change to dries for the last hour.

A cloudy start to Tuesday which soon brightened up to another warm day by 11am. Mr Mclean fished a black a green snake on a sinking line by C Buoy to boat 4 fish. Season ticket holder Jim Hall also landed 4 fish fishing around the boils and B Buoy. Darren Fox out for an afternoon landed 4 fish drifting between A-B buoy with Midas being the best flies.

A very warm day Wednesday which saw the surface water temperature start the day at 25°C. As expected these flat very hot conditions made for some challenging fishing for those anglers who headed out on the day. Stephen Mclean fished with a di 7 sinking line and a mix of hot head damsels and gold humungous on the boils to land 8 fish on a very tricky day. Season ticket holder Jim Smith fished a last four hour on dries to land 5 fish over the deep water around B buoy and then the boils. In House guide Lee Henfrey took Darren Fox out for an afternoon guide with the pair landing 10 fish between them in a 4 hour guide. The pair used sinking lines with a mix and cormorants and boobies around B buoy.

Terrible conditions with not a breath of wind all day and bright sun Thursday resulted in only a boat going out landing 1 fish apiece of the boils. Friday saw the start if the much needed cooler temperatures and overcast conditions. This saw the fishing improve overnight. However, it wasn’t till later in the day around 6pm when the fish really started to pull back. Season ticket holder Jim Smith hit this window on a last four hour landing 15 fish all on orange daddies fished just underneath the surface. Jim found that the key was to just move them slightly and the fish would and lock up, with b buoy being the hotspot.

A windy wet day Saturday, with strong south westerly winds. The rudder lads Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey found these conditions great enjoying good sport landing 12 fish to the boat using a mixture of snakes and tubes on di 7 sinking lines. Paul Davison enjoyed good sport fishing midas landing 14 fish across Rainbow Corner and going towards B buoy and out from the Draycote Dam. Scott Graham practicing for the Scierra Pairs the following day used a floating line with 2 FABS and 2 nymphs to enjoy great sport drifting out of Rainbow corner and commented at one stage he couldn’t get his flies back the boat without a fish on.

Sunday saw Draycote host the final round of the Scierra pairs with 16 pairs all fishing for 4 places in final at Grafham in September. The match fished to a 3.2 fish rod average with 3 pairs all catching their 12 fish limits, with a further 3 pairs all with 10. So it was  very close affair for the 4 places in the final. Winning the day, Gary Owen & Dom Sheratte who fished around Rainbow corner and A buoy with Gary on dries while Dom pulled tubes on a di 5 sweep. In second place was new member of staff Mark Haycock and Neil Deakin who used pink snakes again on a di 5 sweep around Rainbow Corner and A buoy. In third season ticket holder Alec Urquhart & Bernie Maher used dries and snatchers on floating lines to land their 12 fish. Then in 4th beating Draycote Ranger Lee Henfrey & Ronnie Gent by half a pound was Scott Graham & Paul Morris who used the same tactics as the day before to land 10 fish again with A buoy and Rainbow coroner being the hotspot. Outside of the competition Matt & Callum Russel landed over 20 fish to the boat including some fantastic overwintered fish but kept the tactics close to their chest as Callum is competing in the youth international on Wednesday.

Looking ahead to the coming week Draycote looks forward to hosting all the home nations on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the youth international on Wednesday. With the water temperature cooling off over the weekend and the fish coming up in the water we are expecting to have some good sport for the nations and wish them all the best of luck.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mark Harrison from Walsall who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  116   Number Trout Taken:  132  Number Trout Released:   221

Total Catch:   353       Weekly Rod Average: 3.0

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:15

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 21:30

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

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

Gutting Room Closes – 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Scierra Pairs – Sunday 29th July- To book please visit https://www.scierrapairs.co.uk/ (organiser Phil Dixon)

Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT

Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/ (organiser John Horsey)

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 22nd July 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 22nd July 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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What a great week at Draycote it has been, as we were voted the UK’s number one Stillwater by Trout Fisherman magazine. The management and staff would like to thank all our customers for their support, as well as the positive comments we have received both personally, and on our facebook page. These only help to motivate us as we try to move forward and improve the fishery in the future.

While the heatwave continued this week at Draycote we did have overcast conditions at times, which helped to cool the surface temperature by a couple of degrees. This teamed with a consistent wind direction, meant that some cooler surface temperatures could be found at the back of the wind, and as a result fish could be taken on dry flies. Overall a good week with a total of 176 rods visiting the fishery, landing a total of 621, for a weekly rod average of 3.5.

The week started off on Monday with more of a reduction in air temperature, than had been seen over the previous weekend. Season ticket holder Jim Smith & Ed Douglas took the water hoping to tempt a few fish. The pair fished around A & B buoy with a Di 5 sweep in the morning, combined with a team of nymphs and a booby. Although later in the day the fish did come up on dries and the pair capitalised on this using red harry potters. In total the pair enjoyed fantastic sport landing 42 fish between them. Adam Larbaister & Ben Bayliss took the long drive down from Cumbria to enjoy a day afloat. Both landing 8 fish each drifting from A to B buoy with drifts over the boils also proving productive. The lads found the fish keen to pull back on snakes fished on a sinking line. Jeff Ide fished for an afternoon session around A buoy to land 14 fish all on dries with a daddy and a big red.

A largely overcast day Tuesday greeted the anglers, and with the conditions the fishery produced a highly impressive 7 fish rod average. Peter Elliot fished with Stuart Lee before his flight back to Canada later in the week. Between them landing 21 fish using snakes and dries over the boils and towards A buoy. Ed Douglas fished again this time enjoying a boat with fellow season ticket holder Lee Patten, the pair used nymphs and dries over the boils and landed 14 between them. Once Lee had left, Ed decided to return to the water to see if he could tempt any more. This proved to be a good call as he landed an impressive 18 fish all on dries fishing around the Top Dam Wall on big reds. Ian Earle and a party of 5 other traveling anglers from Scotland, enjoyed great sport landing 69 fish between them on dry flies fished tight in to the Draycote dam wall just along from the flat stones.

A sunnier day on Wednesday than previous days did cause the fish to go of the feed slightly and drop in the water, although some anglers did post some good returns to dry fly tactics. One such angler was Kevin Rees who landed 9 fish on bob’s bits around the Draycote Dam wall and over near A buoy. Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell used fast sinking booby bashers and di 7 sinking lines to land 9 fish to the boat around A & B buoy on a mix of boobies and cormorants. The traveling Scottish anglers landed 25 fish between them again on a mixture from dries and lures on sinking lines again around the Draycote Dam and A & B Buoy. Martyn Price & Dave Hancox enjoyed good sport on the last four hours landing a total of 12 fish between them on the boils on snakes and a few on dries.

The conditions of Thursday saw the fishing drop off considerably with bright hot skies teamed with no wind. Most anglers managed to tempt one on a variety of methods with the only consistent area being the boils. The only angler who caught over 2 wad Mr F Campbell who landed 5 fish from the boils.

Friday started with 3 different wind directions, bright sun, and flat calm conditions, before some cloud and flat calm conditions rolled in the for the afternoon. Season ticket holder Ian Reeve landed 13 fish on the boils. Ian’s best tactic was to pull big reds at speed across the surface, which worked best once the cloud has arrived. Paul Davison used a sinking line with a mix of cormorants and boobies to land 17 fish away from the boils in the deeper water. The best catch of the day went to Ed Douglas who landed 24 fish from the boils. Ed’s tactic was to fish a long midge tip with a team of small crunchers and diawl bachs in size 14 fished on a washing line/

A warm sunny day with very light to no winds for most of the day Saturday. Jim Dempsey fished the rudder with a Di 5 sinking line with a black snake to land 11 fish before a change to an intermediate in the afternoon landed him another 2 fish. John Doots & Keith Allison enjoyed a good day’s sport on the boils. Using floating lines with teams of nymphs and dries the pair landed 22 fish between them. Gareth Jones & Howard Croston landed 15 fish between them using sinking lines to target fish in mid water as well as near the bottom. Mr Lester Booth & N Nixon found the fishing tricky during the day but decided if stay late hoping for a change of fortune. This turned out to be exactly what happened as they were rewarded with a great evening rise and landed 18 fish to the boat all in dries.

Saturday also saw Draycote host another of its “Boat Tuition Days” the day was a great success with all the participants loving the day. The icing of the cake was when participant Will Carr landed a fantastic 6lb brown from near the tower on a small olive snake booby fished on a sinking line. A picture of the fish can be found www.facebook.com/flyfishstore for information on our upcoming tuition day on August 11th please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices/

Cooler overnight temperatures and a north westerly breeze saw the surface water temperature drop by a couple of degrees on Sunday morning. Again tactics were split with large catches coming to DI7’s and snakes in the deeper water by the Draycote Dam, B buoy, and the Aerators. Patience proved the key later in the day as the cloud cover rolled in. Those anglers who switched to dry fly tactics from the afternoon through to the evening were rewarded with some fantastic sport. Dries fished blind from a drifting boat over the deeper water was the key to finishing off a good days fishing on a high note.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Iain Earle from Sauchie who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  176   Number Trout Taken:  73   Number Trout Released:   548

Total Catch:     621     Weekly Rod Average: 3.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 07:30   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)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Scierra Pairs – Sunday 29th July- To book please visit https://www.scierrapairs.co.uk/ (organiser Phil Dixon)

Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT

Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/ (organiser John Horsey)

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 15th July 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 15th July 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

With the continuation of the heatwave, the fishing this week has understandably remained difficult. Water temperatures have remained in the 22°C – 24°C bracket with us continuing to monitor temperatures at both ends of the day. Water clarity has begun to suffer a little with a green algae bloom but nowhere near what we had anticipated. A total of 241 angler visits were recorded during this period, up on the previous week despite the adverse weather conditions. This was principally due to a busy weekend of competition with many choosing to practise in advance. For the most part, fish have remained deep with significant numbers shoaling 25-30 feet down over the deepest parts of the reservoir off the main Draycote Water dam.

Monday started off the week with a continuation of this Mediterranean like weather. Only a few boats ventured out – regulars Ed Douglas & Jim Smith amongst them. They managed a total of ten between them which is actually well below their usual, consistently high returns and a good indication of how challenging the heatwave has made things. Peter Batchelor & Steve Bett proved to be the stand out exceptions however, with a joint tally of 23 rainbows to the boat. High density sinking lines & booby snakes appeared to be the order of the day. A couple of season rods bank fished on Tuesday, but without success given the overly high water temperatures in the shallows of the shoreline. This led regulars Tony Broadway and John Dews to go afloat & they chose to backdrift lures deep through the boils & across the middle. Their efforts were rewarded with 13 rainbows apiece. Steve Betts also had another great day into high double figures deep with boobies, blobs & humungous.

Not to be beaten, Ed & Jim were back on the water on Wednesday & this time achieved their more usual 30+ return. They found their fish in the Aerators, off the Tower & in the vicinity of both A & B Buoys. Both fished high density sinkers, mainly back drifted with a variety of lures, boobies & snakes. Ronnie Gent also did well with a double figure return but was practising for the TEFF event at the weekend so was keeping his tactics close to his chest! Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell stayed with the deep theme and caught half a dozen each together with some beautiful specimen perch up to the three pound mark. Ten anglers from Higham Ferrers Fly Fishing also fished a club match. Congratulations to Pip Jeffs who topped their leader board with a six fish weight of 13lbs 5oz.

Thursday and Friday saw plenty of boats out on the water with most of the fleet occupied by anglers practising for the TEFF Loch Style event. Whilst it is known that many caught & released into double figures, virtually all were reluctant to record their results through fear of giving too much away to opposition rods. Hence the rod averages for the two days bore no resemblance to the reality. What was gleaned however, is that lots of fine rainbows were being taken at depth on Di7 & Di8 lines with a mix of mini Boobies, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers & Cormorants. The best of the fish holding locations continued to be the deepest of marks off the main top dam wall. John Clifford was one of the few pleasure anglers out on the water for a short afternoon boat session. His afternoon was highlighted by the capture of a beautiful brownie in the 6-7lbs bracket. The specimen took a silver & gold tube fly, again at depth over the deepest water & John was pleased to release his trophy to fight another day.

Saturday saw twenty boats afloat to compete in the Angling Trust Team England Draycote Repechage with anglers seeking to qualify for the few remaining places in the national final to be held at Grafham in September. The hot, bright, sunny conditions continued in the same vain as practise days & fishing deep therefore remained the order of the day. A total of 232 were caught with top spot going to Graham Willis with 13 fish for 25lbs 4oz. Gary Haskins took second with 11 for 22lbs 1oz and David Eames, also on 11 fish, was third with a weight of 21lb 7oz. Best fish of the event was a 4lbs 4oz rainbow to the rod of Alan Williams. Booby Bashers with teams of Cormorants, nymphs & boobies were the favoured tactics although a few caught on floating lines later in the match. Our congratulations to all those competitors who made their way through to the final.

The whole fleet was also out on Sunday as we welcomed Alex Booth Fly Fishers back to Draycote to fish their annual Steve Parton Memorial Match. Twelve anglers took part catching 30 rainbows with top honours going to Colin Marriott with four rainbows for 13lbs 8oz. Hot on his heels, but having to settle for second spot, was Ian Footman, also with four but weighing in at 12lbs 8oz. “The Midland Counties” annual event also took place on Sunday with Kirby FF, Foremark FF, Colwick & Leicester FF all competing. Their event was time limited because of the World Cup final but nevertheless some good sport was enjoyed. Foremark took a decisive victory with a team weight of 54lbs 2oz. Colwick followed with 32lbs 7oz for second place whilst Kirby weighed in 15lbs 15oz for third. Once more, it was deep tactics off the top dam wall that worked best, particularly on drifts off the Tower. Top rod was that of Ric Saccone with a bag weight of 13lbs 6oz.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ben Bayliss from Lancashire who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  241   Number Trout Taken:  321   Number Trout Released:   471

Total Catch:     792     Weekly Rod Average: 3.28

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 15:00   PM 15:00   until   21:45

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

Gutting Room Closes – 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

 

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Scierra Pairs – Sunday 29th July- To book please visit https://www.scierrapairs.co.uk/ (organiser Phil Dixon)

Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT

Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/ (organiser John Horsey)

 

Trout Masters 

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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