Draycote Fishing Report 23rd November 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 23th November 2014

Tel. 01788 812018

As the end of the season looms ever closer, Draycote is still producing some good sport for those anglers willing to don woolly hats and scarves and brave the elements.

Both bank and boat anglers have been catching fish in good numbers, using a mixture patterns such as lures, floating fry patterns, dawl bachs and buzzers.

The Draycote Fur and Feather match on Sunday got off to a damp start. 37 anglers wrapped up warm against the weather and ventured out to what should have been a very wet and breezy day. However,  the weather was kinder than forecast and despite being a bit soggy at the close of play, the anglers caught a total of 121 fish for a rod average of 3.2.

The best bag of the day was taken by Mr Nigel Keeber – 8 fish for a total weight of 24lb 13oz.

The biggest fish of the day was caught by Mr Simon Peck -  a rainbow of 5lb 5oz.  

A big thank you to all who turned up and supported us on what turned out to be a very successful day.

 

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 & Toft (Lodge side).

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

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   228                             Number Trout Taken:     302       Number Trout Released: 510

Total Catch:    812                Weekly Rod Average:  3.5

 

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 – 15.45

Boat All Day: 08:30 – 15:45

Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30 – 11:45   PM  11:45  - 15:45

Last 4 Hours from:   11:45

All Anglers to be off site by:   16:15

 

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.

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

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.

 

 

Don’t forget that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.

 

Bookings

We are now taking bookings for the 2015 season. Please contact the lodge for further details.

 

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.

 

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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Draycote Fishing Report Sunday 16th November 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 16th November 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

I’m afraid to say it hasn’t changed folks. During what has been a week of changing weather conditions Draycote is once again offering some exceptional sport. I didn’t think the water would fish this well for so long. But it has, and there is no sign of this slowing down as we move ever closer to our closing date of Sunday 30th November 2014.

The bank anglers are having the best of it by far and indeed, whilst out cutting the willow during the week, it seemed that every time we looked up , there were rods bending everywhere.

Kevin Rees, ( A name with which I am sure you are all now familiar ) has visited us this week on two separate occasions, catching a total of 47 fish from the bank using buzzers presented on a washing line with a FAB blob  on the point.

Jude Tuffs did exceptionally well on white minkies down in toft, taking 8 good fish , and returning 21.

Mr Riches, Mr Kelly and Mr Cox also fishing from the bank, had all their sport in the cornfield using a mixture of Minkies and Buzzers.

John Clifford used a mixture of floating fry patterns and buzzers to coax a total of 21 fish to the net on Wednesday, again from the bank.

Friday brought a morning of showers and quite blustery conditions for our day out fishing with guests from both the Visitors Centre here at Draycote and Severn Trent. The weather improved as the day went on and for some, so did the fishing.   Biggest fish of the day went to Severn Trent Ranger  Ady Shaw , weighing in at an awesome 5lb 2oz. Whilst the largest bag of the day went to the deadly duo of Kevin Hart and Sara Cooke, with a total of 16 fish for 27lb. Sara , the more seasoned angler of the two, fished her purple socks off, bagging her 8 fish on a pink booby in Biggin Bay . All those who took part reported having a great day out .

Congratulations to Mr John Hurst , the winner of this weeks free boat draw.

This coming Sunday, 23rd November, is the Draycote Fur and Feather competition. There are still 3 boats available.  The match will be fished from 9 am until 4 pm to an 8 fish limit under fishery rules, no Rudders. All participants should bring a prize. There will be individual prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, and also the biggest fish.

 

Don’t forget that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.

 

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 & Toft (Lodge side).

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

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  197           Number Trout Taken:  313          Number Trout Released  :906

Total Catch:    1219              Weekly Rod Average:  6.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:15

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until12:15   PM 12:15 until 16:15

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15  (Ticket sales available from 12:00)

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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Draycote Water Fishing Report 9th November 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 9th November 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

On reflection it has been a week of weather extremes here at Draycote Water. Following the warmest Halloween on record with a staggering high of twenty two degrees centigrade, Thursday into Friday saw torrential overnight rain and mighty SW winds sweeping down the reservoir. My windscreen first thing this morning was covered in frozen rain & the external temperature gauge hovered between 1 and 3 degrees all the way in. It was so misty for a while first thing that none of the North shore could be seen! So, for those who (quite rightly) have not yet hung up your rods for the season, remember to dress appropriately for the time of year with potentially wintery conditions to be faced. What is certain is that there are still many fine trout to be caught before we close the doors on the 2014 season on 30th November.

A slowish start to the beginning of the week saw the rod average at just under three for Monday & Tuesday. Tony & Ruth Kirk fished the bank at Toft on Monday &found fish to 3lbs+ on Minkie Boobies presented on floating lines. On Tuesday Tony Broadway ducked & dived around the willow cutters to take a dozen on buzzer patterns. Dave Malpas showed the way in the boat with a catch of ten whilst Brian Allwood took a brown of 4lbs+ in his four fish tally off the bank. Things started to pick up by Wednesday with a jump in the rod average when 27 anglers took 131fish for a rod average of 4.85

Boat & bank anglers alike enjoyed good sport although the bank clearly had the edge with lots of fish running close to the margins and drop offs. Tony Broadway was back again for more of the action -  this time netting 16 on a buzzer & Minkie mix. Bank regular Dennis Jones once more had great sport coaxing ten to the net after resurrecting a classic pattern from the past – an Alexandra. Meanwhile, Mr Litherland & boat partner Mr Tressler went afloat using black & white Nomads to be rewarded with a 25 fish total.

Notwithstanding extremely strong SSW winds on Thursday the trout reacted with gusto & action was being experienced all across the venue. Mike Williams & friends in two boats found fry feeders in Toft and between them the four rods totalled 46! I got afloat with boat regular John Hoskins & it was great to enjoy almost non- stop action down the Farborough Bank dam & off Biggin Bay. All our fish came to floating lines & midge tips in a big wave, perhaps demonstrating that most fish are still feeding high in the water column. Kevin Rees (yet again!!) led the way on the bank fishing a FAB Blob and buzzer washing line in Toft for a total of 25. John Stanley went to the bottom of the Hensborough Bank and caught twelve on bloodworm patterns. Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin, who have both been very consistent in recent weeks, also netted a total of 25 between them from the bank. The rod average for Thursday, with 19 rods on the water, was an amazing 11.89

Mother Nature sadly decided to slow things down on Friday following torrential overnight rain & huge winds shifting into the west. By midday the reservoir looked like the North Sea in a winter storm. Disappointed boat anglers were all off the water by early afternoon. Twelve anglers braved the elements & despite the rod average dipping to 2.75 for the day, hats off  to Gordon Slack whose perseverance on the bank was rewarded with eight fine rainbows caught & released.  Many were also put off by the weather forecasts on Saturday which resulted in only five boats going afloat and not a solitary angler on the bank.

Sunday morning started flat & foggy but it was soon burnt off. Although the morning was really too bright some cloud eventually developed & sport picked up. Fish were bashing fry hard down the Farborough Bank dam & a couple of boats had fun on floating fry patterns. Meanwhile sport became manic in Toft where season rod Dave Adkins fished mainly green & black lures from the bank. He described his session as his best ever, stopping only after hitting a figure of forty fish to the net!

The winner of this weeks free boat draw is Mr Terry Tappenden from Studley, Warwickshire.      .

Don’t forget that that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.

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 considering membership should the opportunity arise.  If you would like to have your details added 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 & Toft (Lodge side).

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

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  153           Number Trout Taken: 189           Number Trout Released  :708

Total Catch: 897                 Weekly Rod Average:  5.8

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until12:15   PM 12:15 until 16:30

Last 4 Hours from:  12:30  (Ticket sales available from 12:15)

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

Tight Lines.

Kev

 

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Draycote Fishing Report 2nd November 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 2nd November  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Yet another good week at Draycote, although it was a tough and chilly start on Monday with a rod average of only 1.6. Nevertheless, regulars Ray Rouse and John Dickens both managed seven a piece from the bank.

As reported in previous weeks, the fish are feeding mainly on fry, tight up against the banks and other structures. Whilst fry patterns and lures have worked well,  anglers have proved yet again that buzzers on a washing line or dries, are still worth a try.

Warmer weather on Tuesday saw 36 rods take a total of 136 fish for a rod average of 3.77. Brian Allwood put back one rainbow in excess of 6lbs in his 8 fish total from the bank. Dave Adkins also had a field day coaxing 15 on nymphs from Toft Shallows during a brief , but hectic, morning visit.

Floating Fry patterns fished on a dead drift across the ripple brought eleven full finned rainbows to the net for Paul Beasley on Wednesday with many  more takes missed. Paul was in action yet again on Saturday when he teased another 10 fish out on his epoxy fry pattern. Mick Cronin was also in action with the fry feeders on the bank on Wednesday. His eight fish total included five browns. Kevin Rees excelled (yet again) with a total of 21 to buzzers presented on a washing line from the bank at Lin Croft. Tony Parker boat fished the Farborough bank and Toft and took eight rainbows to 5 ½ lbs on a Cruncher and Sparkler Booby combination.

Mark Hunt visited on Thursday hoping to introduce his brother to fry bashers on his first ever visit afloat on Draycote Water. They soon found their targets chasing the roach fry in Biggin Bay. Mark netted ten rainbows to 3 ½ lbs on a mix of Crunchers and Minkie Boobies. His brother added a further three to their total – all caught and released. Mark described it as “great fishing” and later E mailed us to say that all his fish were in excellent condition, all sporting big tails. He did well to have managed to land a “double up” of grown on residents!

Yusuf Dar also fished  on Thursday but stayed on the bank for a change. He caught fourteen in total which included a brown in the 6 – 7 lbs bracket caught and released together with a 5lb rainbow.

One member of staff has this week, on two separate occasions, caught and released two magnificent browns. The first fish weighed about 7 lbs, whilst the second was about 9lbs. We were all really, really pleased for him as I’m sure you can imagine.

The winner of this weeks free boat draw is Mr Kieron Barnes from Rugby.

Anglers should be aware that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.

Season Tickets.

We are now being asked about the availability of season tickets for next year.  Anyone interested should contact the lodge as soon as possible but should note that there already is a short waiting list for these.

Best flies. Crunchers, Buzzers, Dawl Bachs – Daddies – Minkie Booby’s, floating fry patterns

Best bank areas. Lin Croft Point, the Cornfield, Toft and Biggin Bay.

Best boat areas Toft, Farborough Spit, Biggin Bay Lin Croft point and the Cornfield.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 250              Number Trout Taken: 261            Number Trout Released  482

Total Catch:   743                Weekly Rod Average:  2.9

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until12:15   PM 12:15 until 16:45

Last 4 Hours from:  12:45  (Ticket sales available from 12:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:15

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

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, where possible, 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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Draycote Water Update Report Thursday 30th October 2014

Draycote Water Update Report Thursday 30th October 2014

Draycote Water continues in good form maintaining a rod average of 3.34 for the first three days of this week. Ninety nine rods have caught a total of 331 fish. Bank anglers are enjoying sport on buzzers & nymphs still as well as a variety of fry imitating patterns. Dave Adkins managed 15 in Toft on Tuesday. Yesterday, Kevin Rees took 21 from the bank to buzzers presented on a washing line. Paul Beasley concentrated his efforts on the fry feeders & netted 11 rainbows – all to floating fry patterns dead drifted across the ripple. Tony Parker stayed afloat and took eight good rainbows to 5lbs 8oz on Crunchers fished in conjunction with a Sparkler Booby. Tom Gay also managed to net a dozen on his boat session.

Prospects look good for the weekend and there remains both boat & bank availability. Please contact the lodge on O1788 812018 to pre-book your boats or bank vehicle permits.

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 26th October 2014

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 26th October 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

We’ve had a very good season so far and despite the weather at the beginning of this week, Draycote continues to fish well from both boat and bank. Huge winds, in the aftermath of “Hurricane “Gonzalo”, kept the boats off the water on Tuesday. Nevertheless, those who chose to fish from the bank still enjoyed good sport.

The fish are fry feeding, mainly up close to the banks and various structures around the reservoir. Most of the bank anglers are reluctant to wade in, as this tends to push the fish further out into the water. The boat anglers have been doing quite well fishing up close to the dam walls and there are a large number of good quality browns being caught on a daily basis.

Whilst lures and floating fry patterns have accounted for a lot of fish, dry flies such as daddies are still working very well, as are buzzers and diawl bachs.

The water quality is currently excellent.

This week yet again saw the arrival of the McGregor group from Scotland on a 3 day package. The lads achieved a rod average of 5 during their stay, fishing through some quite testing weather conditions.

“Fishability” is a charity run for the benefit of ex-servicemen organised by Tony Hern of Albury Estate Trout Fishery.  We were pleased to welcome a group from the organisation to Draycote on Saturday and were able to introduce some newcomers to the sport for the first time. Nine boats with guides went afloat & sport was enjoyed by all. Some fine browns & rainbows were caught  with the biggest fish, a rainbow of 4lbs, being caught by Mr Jay Mathurin. Congratulations to Jay who is new to the sport with no previous angling experience. A very big thank you also to all the guides, including the Draycote Fly Fishers, who volunteered their services for the day.

 Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   294          Number Trout Taken:   378            Number Trout Released:   577

Total Catch:     955               Weekly Rod Average:   3.24

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 17:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until12:30  /  PM 12:30 until 17:00

Last 4 Hours from:  13:00  until 17:00  (Ticket sales available from 12:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:30

 

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.

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

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.

Tight lines.

Alan

Up & coming events

The Fur & Feather event on Sunday 23rd November is now fully booked.

The season closes on Sunday 30th November 2014.

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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Draycote Water Mid-week update Thursday 23rd October 2014

Draycote Water Mid-week update Thursday 23rd October 2014

Draycote continues on good form notwithstanding high winds with the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo going through on Tuesday. The rod average for the 83 rods fishing the first three days this week stands at 3.9 Bank anglers are enjoying some excellent sport with tactics varying between buzzer &fry feeding. Many good browns still being encountered by boat & bank anglers alike. The boat fleet  is almost booked for Saturday, with some boat availability still on Sunday. Call the lodge for bookings.

Bank anglers also need to book their Car Passes in advance due to the limited we are able to issue.

Tight lines, Kevin

Draycote Water Fishery Lodge Tel: 01788 812018

 

Draycote Water weekly report w/e Sunday 19th October 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 19th October 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The past week has seen a very unsettled weather system here at Draycote. A forecast of high winds and heavy rain put paid to some angler’s plans of some good end of season sport. But, those who braved the conditions reaped the rewards of what has been yet another good week on the water. The bank anglers, not for the first time this season, have been catching well into teens and have on occasion, out fished the boats.

The large amount of fry has been helping Draycote maintain its almost relentless good form as both boat and bank anglers report fishing “hot spots” from all areas of the water.   

Draycote member Tony Broadway has braved the elements from the bank on 3 separate occasions this week, catching a large number of fish on buzzers and crunchers.  

Mr Ron Melling caught his first ever brown, a fish of 6lb, on what was a very wet and windy Monday.

Matt Hanlon reported “a superb 4 hours” off the bank on Tuesday with an excellent bag.

Other notables were Mr Gary Darlow, Mr T Tappenden, Mr Peter Elliott and Mr Geoff Allsopp, who all caught well from the bank throughout the week.

The arrival of the Army on Friday for three days for their autumn match put both them and the water to the test recoding a total catch of 238 trout including browns to 6lb+

Best flies. Humungus,  Minkies, fry patterns. Daddies, Diawl Bachs and olive buzzers

Best bank areas.  Toft, Hensborough, Rainbow Corner, Lin Croft Point and the Cornfield.

Best boat areas. Toft, Rainbow Corner, The Tower, Biggin Bay, Lin Croft Point and the Cornfield.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   279          Number Trout Taken:  606           Number Trout Released:   696

Total Catch:  1302                 Weekly Rod Average: 4.66

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:00   PM 13:00 until  18:15

Last 4 Hours from:  14:15 until 18:15 (Ticket sales available from 14:00)

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Draycote Closing Day for 2014 falls on 30th November

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.

 

Tight lines

Alan

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 12th October 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 12th October 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

As we go deeper into autumn, weather conditions appear to have been the biggest factor influencing the nature of the sport this week. Bad weather at the start of the week saw anglers monitoring the forecasts & deciding not to venture out. Indeed, I found it most bizarre having the whole fleet of 32 boats booked out on Sunday to then see it reduced to one solitary vessel on Monday! Tuesday was also quiet in terms of angler numbers with a total of 19 on the water from boat & bank .

After weeks of constant pressure I am sure that the fishery benefitted from a couple of quiet days as come Wednesday tremendous sport was being enjoyed by boat & bank anglers alike. Bank regular Geoff Allsop spent a day in Toft alternating his tactics between minkies & appetisers and green buzzers plus various palmers. He ended the day with a total of 29!  Despite awful weather, Kenny Sichi & his party of six anglers also enjoyed fantastic sport out in the boats. Their total catch exceeded 120 fish topped by a 7lbs for Ian Dobbie. Meanwhile, also in the boat, John Fudge netted a. magnificent grown on  rainbow of 7lbs 2oz (see photo on Facebook). His superb specimen came to an olive buzzer fished in Toft Shallows

The action continued into Thursday which saw season rod Tony Broadway back on the bank to take total of 15 whilst Mr Armstrong was glad that he spent an afternoon boat as his catch included a brownie of 6lbs.Tony could not resist coming straight back  on Friday & was rewarded with a twenty plus catch to buzzers. He fished with fellow season rods John Dews & Gordon Slack who both also got into the action with similarly large catches.

Stars of the week were probably the “Paisley Patterns Fly Fishers”, ten of whom spent a three day break with us on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Their sport progressively improved with every day and they ended their holiday break very pleased with a joint total of 269 trout – equating to an astonishing individual rod average of 11.2 for each of their three days! Amongst the large numbers of browns appearing this week special note should also be made of a wonderful 7lbs specimen taken on Saturday by Vince Aronica off the Tower Bank using a fry imitation. Take a look at a photograph of it as it also appears on our Facebook page.

Notwithstanding the welcome return of buzzer activity this week, (once more the olive & smaller blacks), it is the fry feeding activity which has been the highlight of this period. Best areas have been Toft, Cornfield, Lin Croft & Biggin Bay together with Rainbow Corner. Browns & rainbows have been marauding the shoals of fry tight to the margins. Bank anglers are advised to avoid the temptation to wade unnecessarily and numerous anglers have commented on witnessing  packs of fish on fry bashing forays between them & the bank!

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   265         Number Trout Taken:   418    Number Trout Released:   1029

Total Catch:      1447            Weekly Rod Average:  5.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:30

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

Last 4 Hours from:  14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45

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

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

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

Congratulations to Mr John Hurst of Marlow who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

 

Tight lines

Kevin

Dates for the Diary

2014 Closing Day falls on Sunday 30th November.

FUR & FEATHER

Sunday 23rd November 9.00am – 4.00pm fished to fishery rules, 8 fish limit, no entry fee.

                                              !! NOTE: Only FOUR boats remaining!!

Prize for Christmas Hamper 1st Christmas Wine 2rd and Christmas Wine 3rd & Bottle Whiskey largest fish everybody brings a raffle prize.      Call the lodge to book your boat

 

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 5th October 2014

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 5th October 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Autumn is clearly with us now & weather conditions this week have, as anticipated, tended to govern the nature & quality of the fishing. It has been an unsettled week with morning temperatures as I have driven to work varying from 4 to 14 degrees centigrade. On Sunday morning I found myself scrapping the first hard frost off the windscreen!  It has also been a week of varying winds & also some sunny flat calms as well as the arrival of some very wet conditions.

Monday was flat calm most of the day making life really hard for the bank anglers. In the boat however, Paul Donegan & Les Shaw had got the measure of things on their final day of a three day holiday package. Paul took sixteen on floating fry patterns whilst Les stuck to dries and netted a dozen. Richard Pelly & Gary Turner shared an evening boat and collectively caught nine to fry patterns off the Hensborough bank. A good evening rise was also reported in Toft.

Tuesday was a tough day although there were some good brownies recorded. Yet again dries & daddies also scored for boat anglers Malcolm Rough, who netted 11 mainly on a red seal’s fur emerger pattern of his own tying, and Kevin Rees (again!), with 14 to his claret bits & fiery brown hopper. Wednesday saw anglers contending with a harder day still and the rod average dipped to 2.2. Nevertheless, season rod Tony Broadway had a good afternoon session on the bank. He took a 3lbs 8oz rainbow together with a 5lbs brown & he returned another brace of brownies.

Mr Eeles enjoyed good sport to daddies on Thursday commenting on “an excellent days sport off the inlet & in Rainbow Corner”. Loren Serrano also described his visit as “fantastic fishing – best session all year”. By Friday things were really picking back up once more, mainly for the boats. While  more anglers are now targeting the fry feeders they are seeing,  we still have many seeking to take advantage of the great dry fly action that has gladly continued. Mr T Evans netted 28 to the dries with boat partner J Bilinski following up with a creditable ten. Meanwhile on the bank, Ian Shobbrook put in a fine performance with browns & rainbows to 4lbs taken in Rainbow Corner on pulled fry patterns.

On Saturday Roger Henderson was pleased to finally make his long awaited return to the venue. He was rewarded with a 4lbs+ brownie off the Hensborough Bank on his second cast of the day! He said he was surprised to still see house martins working over the Draycote Water Dam at Rainbow Corner where he proceeded to make up his bag on buzzer tactics. He said that the rainbows he later gutted were full to the brim with small black buzzer. Kenny Sichi & friends from Scotland also fished on Saturday & netted nearly seventy trout between them. Crunchers fished washing line style on a midge tip accounted for a large proportion of their fish –especially between the Farborough Spit & Toft.

The hard Sunday morning frost followed a clear, cold night and it was some hours before ripple developed & cloud began to break up the sunshine.  This prompted feeding & some good bags were taken. Mr Bonniger fished tubes down the Tower Bank & later in Toft to take 15 rainbows &a caught & released 5lbs+ brown. Lee Henfrey & Nigel Keeber also got in on the action after a slow start. They fished fry patterns on a Di7 & caught 22 between them. The afternoon cloud cover was also what season rod Tony Parker was looking for. Fishing with Andy Axon they searched hard &found rising fish in Rainbow Corner, near the Tower, the Aerators &finally down into Toft. They weighed 16 rainbows for 39lbs with another eight returned.

Finally, Howard Smith had the oddest catch of the week on Sunday. Fishing near the inlet he boated a Greys rod & reel! Ironically, the owner had only phoned in about an hour previously to describe how he had lost the gear over the side the day before. He had put the rod down to pour a coffee from his flask & a trout had hit his fly & pulled the rod over the gunnels & away. Be aware, this happens an awful lot & it is rare for the tackle to be recovered as it fortunately was on this occasion.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    339         Number Trout Taken:  527      Number Trout Released:   513

Total Catch:     1040              Weekly Rod Average:  3.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 13:15 PM 13:15 until  18:45

Last 4 Hours from:  14:45 until 18:45 (Ticket sales available from 14:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00

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

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

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

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

 

Tight lines

Kevin

Dates for the Diary

2014 Closing Day falls on Sunday 30th November.

FUR & FEATHER

Sunday 23rd November 9.00am – 4.00pm fished to fishery rules, 8 fish limit, no entry fee.

Prize for Christmas Hamper 1st Christmas Wine 2rd and Christmas Wine 3rd  & Bottle Whiskey largest fish everybody brings a raffle prize

Call the lodge to book your boat

 

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