Draycote Weekly Report Ending Sunday 11th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 11th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

We’ve had a good week here at Draycote with an excellent rod average for the time of year, despite some testing weather conditions. Strong winds blew in from the south bringing some heavy rain at times, with some thunder storms on Saturday. The bank has been fishing extremely well along the north shore, despite the fact that anglers have had to cast into the breeze. The swans nest has also fished well, mainly on a washing line with buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs.  Boat anglers have faired well fishing along the Farborough dam and over Croft shoal. They have been using mainly sinking lines and lure patterns, although some anglers used dries to good effect over the shallow water on Croft shoal. This week 175 rods caught a total of 669 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.5.

South Easterly winds started the week off on Monday with overcast conditions that last until around mid-morning. It was then the sun broke out to give a beautiful Autumnal day with temperatures hitting 18°C. On the bank from the Cornfield John Hall landed 8 fish on a small black lures fished on a floating line just drawn along the near the surface. John commented on how all the fish he spooned were full of small black snails. Mark Sturges also fished the bank from Rainbow Corner to land 7 fish using a washing line. Season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft enjoyed good mornings sport landing 5 fish again on a washing line including a fantastic 6lb rainbow that was loving returned to the water. Kevin Rees fished in Biggin Bay near the Old Pipe on washing lined shrimps with a washed out FAB on the point. On the boats Ed Douglas landed 22 with 15 of these coming to dries fished over the shallow water on Croft Shoal. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a good day with Foremark & Thornton staff member Andy Dermot landing over 20 fish on olive snakes on a di 7 sinking line.

Warm overcast conditions with a flat calm start to Tuesday with the winds increasing to a ripple around mid-morning. Lee Patten & Peter Elliot fished on Lincroft point using a washing line with hare’s ear crunchers to land 25 fish between them. Just along the bank from Lee and Peter was season ticket holder Brian Allwood. Using small black buzzers again on a washing line Brian landed 9 fish. Out on the boats Peter Fisher fished around X Buoy landing 27 fish with the majority coming on a dry solder palmer. Fellow season ticket holder Tony Broadway & John Dews landed 32 back drifting over Musborough Shoal using di 7 sinking lines and snakes. Jude Tuffs & Dave East also swapped bank for boat landing 22 fish on a mixture of methods, with some coming to dries over the top of Croft Shoal before switching to snakes in the deeper water around the edge of the shoal.

The wind picked up Wednesday to around 22mph coming from the South making the fishing challenging for both the bank and boat anglers. Rodger Davies fished in rainbow corner landing 4 on minkies from the Overflow. Mr T Carrol fished in Rainbow Corner using a very small homemade white lure to take 3 fish. On the boats Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell landed 7 fish between them on snakes and other lures fished on a di 5 dinking lines drifting frim Rainbow Corner out towards A Buoy.

The strong winds of the previous day reduced slightly but it was still a gusty day with rain at times. Again, a difficult day was experienced by the anglers taking to the water. Jim Hall fished the bank from the Swan’s Nest landing 6 fish on shrimp patterns fished on a washing line. Fishing near the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay Kevin Rees & John Dickens both washing lined shrimp patterns close to the shore to land 8 fish between them. Mr Honour & Mr Andrews enjoyed good sport in the boat landing 17 fish between them, mainly on lure patterns. Mr Andrews got a bit of a surprise off the side of croft shoal, hooking into and boating a nice 10lb brown. The fish was weighed, photographed and returned safely to the water by fishery staff member Lee Henfrey.  Colin England & Tony Plummer fished along the Farnborough Dam on minkies to land 6 fish for the day.

The wind came from the South East Friday dropping in strength to give a more enjoyable day. Ian Reeve took to the water on a boat with Steve Hibbard landing 11 fish between the pair. Concentrating their efforts around Farnborough spit using a mixture of snakes and Pitsford Pea’s on fast sinking lines. John Dews fished from the bank at Lincroft point fishing towards Biggin Bay to land 6 fish. Mr Osbourne & Mr Gibson fished for the last four hours at the Swans nest to land 14 fish in the short session. The pair used a washing line with a Minkie Booby on the point and shrimp patterns on the droppers. Chris Webster & Dave Alexander enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport on the boat landing 21 fish. Most of the fish came from Croft Shoal with a blob and small snake fished on a di 7 sinking line. However, the pair did fish that a blob and a booby on a di 5 line worked well in Biggin Bay. Then later in the day again on the Di 7 several big fish followed the snakes at Farborough spit but unfortunately could not be tempted into taking.

A wet stormy day Saturday that saw the anglers taking shelter on one occasion due to the thundery storm that came in on the southerly wind. The changeable weather from sun to heavy rain to storms did influence the fishing with a dip in the rod average. Ian Reeve fished along the Farborough Dam wall this time with a different partner Richard Williams. Once again, the tactics stayed the same as the previous day with Ian using a combination on snakes and a Pitsford Pea on the dropper. However, it was the flies on Richard rod that seemed to be the killers with him taking the lion share of the fish taken by the boat.

Sunday started with overcast conditions and then brightened up by midmorning, with a strong southerly wind. The strong breeze and cold temperatures made for difficult fishing conditions at times, and this showed itself in the catch return. Most of the fish came to sinking lines and lures such as snakes, minkies and humungus. Lee Henfrey and Jim Smith caught over 20 fish between them using olive snakes on a DI 7, 40 seconds down. Peter Fisher caught 15 fish on damsels, again fished on a fast sinking line. Season permit holder Ian Western caught 8 fish whilst his boat partner Dennis Tidmarsh caught 2. Draycote regular Jared Burton caught 6 fish on an intermediate line and either black or green snakes. The AABF visited Draycote on Sunday, and all seemed in good spirits as they came off the pontoon, having caught 36 fish between them.

Season Permits

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Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ed Douglas from Banbury, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  175 Number Trout Taken: 188  Number Trout Released:  481

Total Catch: 669    Weekly Rod Average: 3.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.15

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 16:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15  until     16:15 (Ticket sales available from 12:00)

Gutting Room Closes –16:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 4th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

This week saw several frosty starts with the temperatures reading below zero with hard frosts on the ground and an icy pontoon first thing in the morning.  The winds started off North the same as the previous week. However, this swung later in the week into a south easterly. With the sun being present for most of the week with only a few cloud days this did make things slightly tricky for the bank anglers, although overall a good week. With a total of 179 visited the fishery landing 765 fish for a week’s rod average of 4.3.

A hard frost with temperatures at -2°C at 7am teamed with North Easterly wind meant it felt a lot colder Monday, time to layer up for the autumnal weather, check out the Greys Micro Quilt jacket on our online website https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/greys-micro-quilt-jacket/.

With the bright sun not really warming things up until around lunch. On the bank the fishing was more challenging than previous days, likely to be due to the frost pushing the fish out to the deeper water for the first part of the day. Jude Tuffs fished the Cornfield using a washing line to land 6 fish. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees fished Lincroft point landing 18 on washing lined nymphs, with most of his fish coming later in the day once the temperature had warmed. On the boats John Herriot enjoyed a very successful 8 hour guided session with Lee Henfrey. John has booked the day wanting to learn more about the water, retrieves and methods. After trying various tactics John finished the day with 17 fish from around the deeper water off Farnborough spit with a di 5 sinking line with two boobies. To book Lee to learn all about fishing towards the back end of the season call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Another cold start although with the wind swinging into south west meaning the same wind chill wasn’t in the air. Brian Allwood fished the Swan’s Nest for a morning session landing 5 fish on olive buzzers. Fishing in Biggin Bay, Brian Warwick enjoyed good sport landing 12 fish on washing lined nymphs with Diawl bachs being his best patterns. Fishing along the Cornfield and Lincroft point Lee Patten & Peter Elliot again used a washing line with crunchers to land 16 & 18 fish each, including some lovely silver fish. Out on the boats Tony Plummer & Colin England landed 10 fish between them on minkies fish half way along the Farnborough Dam.

With the wind in the South East there was a much warmer feel to the day, although the day still started with a frost. The change in the wind meant that the Swan’s nest looked the best option for the bank anglers. However, the fish weren’t playing ball in the morning there and it wasn’t until the afternoon when they started to fed. Ed Douglas fished from the bank using a washing line to land 9 fish. Out on the boats Ian Reeve enjoyed good sport fishing around the spit landing 16 fish on pink snakes fished on a sinking line. Ian also landed a fantastic rainbow that tipped the scales at 6lb 12oz. Eugene Hughes used di 5 and di 7 sinking lines to great effect landing 17 fish with the best patterns being snakes, minkies and humongous. Eugene found that his best areas to be S buoy, M buoy and out in the middle. In house guide Lee also took to the water on a day off to land 15 fish on humongous boobies fished on a di 5 sinking line.

The wind swung back to a North West on Thursday with a much milder overcast conditions. On the bank from the Cornfield Brian Warwick landed 11 fish on a washing line with diawl bachs. Fishing on the corner of Dunn’s Bay before it goes to the Tower Bank. Ifor Bullock landed a lovely 6lb 4oz brown on a minkie that was returned to the water to fight another day. Kevin Rees once again fished from the bank at Lincroft point to land 13 on washing line tactics. On the boats Ed Douglas enjoyed a great start to the day landing 6 fish before 10am on dries. Ed used Bob’s Bits and hoppers over the shallow water Croft Shoal & Farnborough Spit, he then switched to boobies on a di 5 to land another 6. John Hurst & P Watson landed 16 between them on sinking lines and lures from around the end of the Farnborough Dam wall. Fishing over Croft Shoal husband & wife team Cheryl & Gareth Bullman enjoyed good sport landing 10 fish between them on di 5 sinking lines with suspender minkies and humongous boobies on the cast.

The return of the hard frosts Friday with the wind swinging back to a South Westerly with sun all day. The bright sun teamed with the south west winds made things tricky for the bank anglers. Although Tony Broadway did manage to land 4 fish on a washing line from the Cornfield. While John Dickens fishing from near the old pipe in Biggin Bay landed 6 fish on shrimp patterns. John Hoskins fished from a boat to land 17 fish on minkies and other lures fishing around the school slips, croft shoal and the spit. Mr N Banham also enjoyed good sport from the boat fishing over Croft shoal landing 15 fish on snakes. Lee Henfrey & Tom Bird took advantage of a day off to take to the water from a boat. The pair enjoyed great sport with a cricket score catch between them. They found the fish on the drop off around Farnborough spit in the morning with the fish willing to take snakes & Tubes, before they moved to Croft Shoal. Fishing the deep water to the right hand side of the shoal the pair landed some great fish including a cracking 5lb brown for Tom to see pictures from the day visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Just before heading in they tried half way down the Farnborough Dam and found good numbers of fish hard on the bottom with humongous boobies being the key.

A difficult day Saturday with the weather making the fishing challenging, with a mix of sun then cloud with winds from the south of 20mph. Jim Hall landed 6 fish on shrimps from the Swan’s Nest fishing from the bank as well as other pulls and offers. On the boats Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe landed 3 each on snakes and minkies around the Farnborough spit.  Dennis Tidmarsh & Rod Goldthorpe landed 5 fish again on snakes also from Farnborough spit. Local angler Darren Fox visited the fishery with a group of friends from work for a social day with the 3 boats landing 9 fish between them.

A gusty day with the wind coming from the South east with overcast conditions that then turned to rain around lunch time making for a miserable autumn day. However, the fishing wasn’t miserable with several anglers recording good scores. On the bank John Falconbridge landed 8 fish using a washing line with nymphs while fishing from the Outlet. Stan Hillman also enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 6 from Rainbow Corner. However, it was really a day for the boats after their success at the Eyebrook Fur & Feather Martyn Price & Dave Hancox enjoyed good sport landing 22. The pair found that di 5 sinking lines with olive snakes and perch patterns the key to success landing fish from the spit in the morning before moving to Croft Shoal in the afternoon. Tim Burn & Paul Mitchell also enjoyed good sport landing 26 fish, using midge tips and floaters fishing a washing line with a FAB on the point and Diawl Bachs on the droppers. The best areas for Tim & Paul being drifting along Farnborough Dam, ahead of going over to Croft Shoal for the afternoon. Ed Douglas & Jim Smith finished the day with 41 fish to the boat using a mixture of boobies and snakes. Starting the day on Croft shoal using a Di 5 and a snake and a RIO Single Hand Spey 3D with a minkie the pair soon got to over a dozen to the boat. Before moving up to the Draycote Dam wall to land some lovely 4lb silver bars on di 7 and boobies. The day was then finished up fishing along the Farnborough Dam to the spit again on the di 7 sinking lines and boobies.

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote or our New All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ed Douglas from Banbury  winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  179 Number Trout Taken: 167  Number Trout Released:  598

Total Catch: 765    Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.30

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 16:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:30  until     16:30 (Ticket sales available from 12:15)

Gutting Room Closes –16:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 28th October 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 28th October 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A much colder week with it really starting to feel more like autumn with most the leaves now showing there autumn colour and shorter fishing days. The cooler week has started to see some of the better fish coming out to fry patterns and reports of big browns following flies right to the boat. The settled wind from the North all week has meant the bank anglers have enjoyed some great sport along the North shore with the Cornfield producing consistently all week. Overall a total of 233 anglers visited the fishery landed a total of 1,252 trout for a rod average of 5.4.

Monday started with a flat bright start after an early morning frost. When the wind did it pick up it came from the North West at around 12pmh. On the bank season ticket holder Ian Richardson enjoyed good sport in Toft landing 12 fish. Ian used a floating line with a small FAB on the point and 2 crunchers on the droppers. Derek Elms fished along the Cornfield again using a washing line with crunchers to land 8. Mr D Brooks and P Hedges fished in Biggin Bay to land 13 fish between the pair of them. Out on the boats Ed Douglas landed 9 with 3 fish coming to dries first thing on the morning before swapping to snakes on a di 3 when the sun got higher in the sky. Kevin Rees stuck to his usually dry fly tactics and was rewarded with 9 fish all on bob’s bits. The best score for the day was recorded by Rod Wilson who boated 18 fish on the rudder using a di 3 sinking line and tubes.

The wind stayed in the North West, Tuesday blowing at around 20mph, as a result it was a day for the bank anglers who all caught well. Fishing along the Cornfield Tony Broadway landed 21 fish using a washing line with a tequila FAB on the point and crunchers along the line on the droppers. David East used similar tactics along from Tony to land 18 fish. Peter Allen also fished the Cornfield to land 14. Norman Perkins fished off Lincroft point using a FAB or a black bugger to land 15 fish. Out on the boats Tony Plummer & Colin England landed 12 fish a piece fishing in Biggin Bay and Toft on a mixture of minkies and nymphs. Mr T Ham & R Jones fished snakes and shrimp patterns around the Farnborough Dam wall and Croft Shoal to land 18 fish to the boat.

A brighter day that Forecast Wednesday, although cloud did arrive later in the day. The wind remained consistent coming from the North West. Due to the bright conditions the bank anglers found it slightly trickier than the previous day although still posted some good returns. P Frith fished off the Cornfield using a mix of cormorants and damsels to land 8 fish. Father & Son team Jim & Richard Hall also fished the Cornfield landing 14 between them using a washing line technique. Kevin Rees fished at the old pipe in Biggin Bay landing 21 fish on a washing line with shrimp patterns. Out on the boats Eugene Hughes enjoyed a great days sport landing 35 fish. Eugene using a Di 5 sweep line with a mixture of minkies snakes and humongous. Eugene found the best area to be fishing down the Farnborough Dam wall and around H buoy to the spit.

A much cloudier day Thursday with the sun only breaking through for short periods throughout the day. With the return of the cloud the bank fished once again provided great sport. Jude Tuffs fished along the Cornfield to land 17 fish on a mixture of tactics from washing line to using various tadpoles and lures. Fishing along side Jude, Tony Broadway landed 15 fish using a washing line with a tequila FAB and crunchers. Out on the boats Ed Douglas & Jim Smith enjoyed good sport landing over 30 fish to the boat. The pair started out drifting over Croft shoal before moving towards Farnborough spit later that day. Their best tactics was to fish either a di 3 or di 5 sinking line with a mix of snakes or tubes and landed some cracking fish. Another boat also landing over 30 fish was Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird & In House Guide Lee Henfrey. The pair fished around Farnborough spit using a mixture of tactics from tubes on a di 5 and snakes on the same line to boobies fished on a di 7. These tactics also accounted for some quality rainbows with 10 of the fish over 3lb with a couple over 4lb. Season ticker holder Dave Hancox landed 16 fish from further along the Farnborough Dam on olive snakes on an intermediate line. The boat of D Naylor & S Houlton fished around the Tower and Draycote Dam before moving down to the Farnborough Dam in the afternoon using a mixture of hoppers and sedges to land 25 fish to the boat.

Cloud most of the day Friday with the wind once again coming from the North West. In house Guide Lee Henfrey took out Nick Broad on a 4 hour guide looking to improve his general knowledge of the reservoir and fishing techniques. Nick enjoyed good sport improving his knowledge of sinking line fishing as well as learning to double haul to improve his distance.

Keeping it in the family Lee’s brother Graham went out with Steve Jordan fishing around Farnborough spit on snakes on sinking lines to land 10 between them. Trevor Heseltine & Mil Ranic landed 13 between them using washing nymphs in Toft. On the bank John Dews landed 7 fish on a washing line from the Cornfield. Colin Granger also fished on the Cornfield to land 6 again on a washing line.

A very cold day Saturday with the wind swinging to come from the North East mixed with some rain with sleet at times. On the bank Peter Elliot and Lee Patten fished along the Cornfield using a washing line with Nemo Crunchers on the droppers to land 26 and 15 each. Also on the bank Jim Hall landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on shrimp patterns. Out on the boats rudder regulars Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey enjoyed great sport on tubes on a di 3 to boat 22. Also, out on the day was Coppenhall Fly Fishers, who enjoyed great late season sport with the best catches coming from along the Farnborough Dam on snakes and tubes on sinking line. Almost all the anglers from the club had their 4 fish limit for the scales and returned several other fish. However, it was Mike Laycock who won the match helped by landed a lovely 5lb brown at the end of the spit on a snake.

Sunday saw an improvement with in the weather with a sunny day instead of the rain and sleet of the previous day, although there was still a chill in the air due to the Northerly wind. The bright conditions teamed with clear water made things slightly tricky from the bank. However, Richard Walker fishing along the Cornfield landed 7 fish, on minkies. On the boats Keith Harding & Mike Clarke landed 11 fish between them snake boobies and fry patterns on a di 3 fished down the Farnborough Dam wall and over Croft shoal. Ben Bayliss & Adam Larbalestier landed 11 fish a piece using pink snakes and black and gold humongous on a di 3 sinking line along the Draycote Dam then into Biggin Bay and along the Farnborough Dam. S Martin & J Collins enjoyed good sport once again on snakes landing 11 fish from the boats on the last four hour ticket.

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote or our New All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Russ Rabot from Southam winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  233 Number Trout Taken: 364   Number Trout Released:  888

Total Catch: 1,252    Weekly Rod Average: 5.4

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 16:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.30

Last 4 Hours from:  12:45   until     16:45 (Ticket sales available from 12:30)

Gutting Room Closes –17:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 21st October

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 21st October 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

What a great week here at Draycote water. The weather, although a little chilly at times, has been a great improvement on last week. Bank anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport from a lot of different areas around the reservoir using hares ears, crunchers and diawl bachs on a floating line. Dries have also worked very well, but the dries have proved to have been a more successful method for the boat’s. As usual this time of year when the temperatures start to drop off, lures are becoming more popular, in particular small snakes in a natural brown or olive colour on either a midge tip or an intermediate line. This week 286 anglers have caught 1,601 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 5.6

We were greeted by a damp and blustery start to the week on Monday morning, with some quite heavy rain at times and a strong westerly. But with 17 anglers catching 143 fish between them, it was a very acceptable day. Both boat and bank fishing was outstanding with anglers catching on all sorts of patterns from all over the reservoir. Mr Ian Shobbrook caught 10 fish from the bank on diawl bachs. Season permit holder Ian Richardson had 12 fish from the bank in toft and the cornfield using crunchers on a floating line, one of which was a beautiful 6 pounder. The boat pairing of Brendan and Keiron Thomas boated 18 fish between them, including a rainbow of 6lbs, and again commented “brilliant”. Craig Cowan and Ian Dobbie chad 29 fish to the boat on pink snakes and blobs. Eugene Hughes used minkies and snakes on a DI3 and a DI5 around H buoy and the dam wall to boat over 30 fish. Kevin Rees used a small claret bobs bits to net 10 fish from a drifting boat.

Tuesday was a misty start with a light south westerly breeze. Again the rod average was right up there with it now becoming obvious that toft shallows was the place to be. Season permit holder Dave Adkins got himself well into double figures from the bank in toft using a green and orange lure. Mr M Moore netted 15 fish from a boat in toft on black crunchers. Neil Berry caught 7 fish from the bank in duns bay on a midge tip line, using diawl bachs and hares ears. John Dews had 11 from the bank with a washing line and a FAB on the point. Mr Gary Turners trio of anglers ventured out onto the bank for an evening session and managed 16 fish between them, reporting on a “great afternoon”.

On Wednesday the wind started in the west before swinging round to a more northerly direction. Again the fishing proved to be fantastic with rod average of 6.8 for the day. Geoff Tomkinson caught 18 fish from the bank in toft and off lincroft point using a white tadpole. Draycote regular John Hall caught 12 fish from the cornfield using a small black lure. Season permit holder Kevin Rees ventured out in a boat once again to net 30 fish on bobs bits, remarking on a “fantastic day”. Mr Newnams boat pairing netted 25 fish on dries and diawl bachs around S buoy. Mr Peter Biernaki had 8 fish from the bank on dries and nymphs.

A north wind on Thursday meant that most of the bank anglers would have a comfortable days fishing along the cornfield and in biggin bay. Tony Broadway caught 21 fish from the bank. Bob Smith caught 9 fish whilst bank fishing in the cornfield. Season permit holders Lee Patten and Peter Elliott had over 40 fish between them from the bank on various nymph patterns such as crunchers. Mr Peter Fisher caught 17 from the boat using small black and green spiders and dries. Season permit holder John Dickens had 17 fish to the boat on bobs bits. Draycote regulars Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall had in excess of 30 fish to the boat on dries and various nymphs. Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell remarked on the good quality of the fish, bringing over 20 to the boat between them. Alex Campbell netted 7 fish from a drifting boat in an afternoon session on size 12 and 14 crippled midge with a copper hopper on the point, remarking that he had missed and dropped a lot of fish over X and P buoy.

Friday dawned bright and flat calm with a light breeze picking up as the day went on. Once again the anglers turned in a good rod average for the day with the bank and boats fishing well in equal measure. The usual suspects were out in force on the bank, with Jude Tuffs, David East, Tony Ward, Colin Day, Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack all catching good numbers from the cornfield and biggin bay. The boat pairing Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall netted 25 fish between them on humungus, hares ears and shuttlecock buzzers. Draycote regulars Howard and Marion Rutter boated a good number of fish between them on diawl bachs and remarked on “a great day”.

A bright warm Autumnal day Saturday, which did cause the bank fishing to drop off slightly as the fish pushed off into the deeper water to feed. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner landed 7 fish from the Cornfield & Toft on a mixture of cormorants and diawl bachs. Husband & Wife team Tony and Ruth Kirk landed 8 fish between them from the Swan’s nest and along the tower bank. The pair fished hares’ ears and diawl bachs on a floating lines. On the boats Ian Reeve & Chris Aubrey landed 20 fish between them fishing around Farnborough spit and Croft shoal on various snakes on sinking lines. Rudder regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones enjoyed good sport landing 27 fish including come lovely silver 3lb lumps drifting down through Toft tight in down the Dam and into the Swans nest. Kas Leoviriyaki enjoyed a great half days sport landing 11 fish from Biggin Bay on Diawl bachs.

Once again the sunny conditions made the bank fishing a little tricky for the most part. However, season ticket holder Brian Allwood enjoyed great sport landing 14 fish on small nymphs fishing along the cornfield. although for the most part it was really a day from the boats. Ed Doulas & Jim Smith landed 19 fish to the boat, the pair started around Croft Shoal before moving to Farnborough spit. They fished two very different tactics with Ed opting for dries while Jim used snakes on a midge tip long. Mr Dudley & Mr Holdsworthy used a combination of small minkies and buzzers to land 30 fish to the bat including returning a 6lb brown. Paul Mitchell & Tim Burn enjoyed a great day’s sport using FAB’s & blobs on a di 3 sinking line to land 34 fish fishing around Toft, Biggin Bay and Croft shoal. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a day off looking to target big fish with boat partner Nigel Keeber. Fishing over the shallow water at Croft shoal with snakes on a di 3 the pair landed 12 fish including serval big rainbows and returned a 6lb brown, with follows of much larger fish. To book a session with Lee targeting our larger overgrown specimens call the lodge on 01788 812018.

 

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote or our new All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to   Ian Reeve       from      Rugby         the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  286 Number Trout Taken: 361   Number Trout Released:  1240

Total Catch: 1601    Weekly Rod Average: 5.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 18:00

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

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

Gutting Room Closes – 17:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 14th October 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 14th October 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A windy week at Draycote culminating in this year’s third named storm – “Callum” -which hit us on Friday. Unfortunately, with constant wind speeds of up to 28mph, & gusts in excess of 50mph, no boats were allowed out on either Friday or Saturday. Nevertheless, some great sport was enjoyed by many on both boat & bank during the reporting period in which 167 anglers visited the venue catching a total of 785 for a weekly rod average of 4.7.

The fishery was closed on Monday as we played host to the Troutmasters Final. All competing finalists had to fish a boat & a bank session with a lunchtime changeover. The bank was split into five sections and our thanks go out to those regulars & season ticket holders who assisted us by acting as stewards. A two fish limit applied in both sessions followed by catch & release & it was important to score well in both sessions to secure the top placings. The fishery performed very well, particularly in the morning, but it did become blustery & chilly during the afternoon. All five bank sections produced good returns against an overcast backdrop & westerly wind. Chosen tactics varied massively with fish coming to nymphs, lures, snakes and dries! A total of 89 anglers competed with 404 rainbows netted for a rod average of 4.54 Our congratulations go to all for achieving their places as finalists but especially to the winner Anthony Meadows.

Tuesday was bright & breezy all day and, whilst some found it hard going, it proved to be a good day for dry fly fanatic Kevin Rees who boat fished with Bob’s Bits all day to net 18 fine rainbows on drifts down the Farborough Dam. David Jinks & Ken Warner also enjoyed good sport with a joint 15 to the boat. Mick Cronin & Stan Hillman stayed on the bank in search of fry feeders & returned 6 & 4 respectively. Tony Broadway also added another six to his tally from the bank at the Swan’s Nest using nymphs propped up with a FAB blob. The strong south easterly winds forecast for Wednesday did not materialise and although bright & sunny, some fine sport was enjoyed by most anglers. Colin Grainger bank fished nymphs at Rainbow Corner, The Overflow & then the Swan’s Nast, ending a fine morning session with 8 rainbows to the net. Tony Ward stuck to Toft using Crunchers & Diawl Bachs to finish on a fine 4 fish limit with a further six caught & released. Mr Francis boat fished & reported finding fish all over the venue. His more traditional team of Elk Hair Sedge, Butcher & Zulu accounted for nine rainbows to the net. Ian Morris concentrated on the Farborough Spit where he netted 9 fry feeders on Appetisers & Diawl Bachs. Messrs Heslop & Burnside also enjoyed their hectic day afloat with a total on 19 to the boat. Peter Biernacki fished the bank for the last four hours using black diawl bachs and also had an action packed session netting ten.

Thursday was probably the most consistent day of the week with fish coming in good numbers to boat & bank anglers alike. Bob Smith fished the bank at the Swan’s Nest using a combination of Boobie Minkies, Floating fry & Diawl Bach to land 11. Season rod Brian Warwick fished nymphs to also end on 11 whilst Ian Richardson stuck to his floating fry patterns to take 6. Out in the boat, Peter Fisher found fish taking very small beetles & had fine sport fishing dries for a 14 fish tally. John Dickens also stuck to his dries catching 13 on Bob’s Bits. Jim Marriott ended his session afloat with six to the net but commented on the huge numbers of nips, plucks, follows & abortive swirls to his flies – most notably in the vicinity of Croft Shoal. Cheshire Police were also a force on the water on Thursday with ten anglers boating a total of 49 rainbows up to 3lbs 8oz. Their top rod with ten trout to the net was Richard Hood. Geoff Brooks & David Holding chose to spend their boat day being guided by Tom Bird our Guiding & Tuition Manager. The pair enjoyed a great mornings sport under Tom’s watchful eye. With Tom Opting to put the pair on washing line techniques firstly around the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay, where Geoff landed a lovely 3lb rainbow. Before the wind increased and it meant a move over to the shallow water around Farnborough spit where the good sport continued. At the end of the 4 hour session the pair had landed 14 fish to the boat with lots of other fish lost. To contact Tom about a guided session going into he autumn fry session ring Tom on 01788 812018.

Friday saw the fishery effectively closed given the howling winds which had heralded the arrival during the night of Storm “Callum”. All boats had been cancelled and the fishery was effectively closed for the day. However, one brave soul did decide to spend a few hours on the bank late afternoon & was pleased to come up with a nice brace from the Overflow!  Similarly, no boats were allowed out on Saturday with continuing adverse weather conditions. However, eleven hardy anglers ventured out onto the banks and some exceptional sport was experienced. Top honours to Tony & Ruth Kirk who literally fished from dawn to dusk but were rewarded for their efforts with catches of 22 & 12 respectively. They fished Toft & the Swan’s Nest taking most of their fish on Hare’s Ear Nymphs or Diawl Bachs. The rod average for the day was an impressive 5.1

The winds subsided for Sunday & boats were back on the water. It was however extremely wet with very heavy rainfall from dawn until late in the afternoon. It certainly was not the ideal day for 5 beginners to be introduced into the wonderful sport of fly fishing, on one of your bank tuition days hosted by Tom Bird. However, despite the weather a good day was had by all with some fantastic fish caught from the bank in Biggin Bay. To see pictures from the day please visit our www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner enjoyed good sport using a mixture of cormorants, Diawl Bach’s and Nemo crunchers along the Cornfield to land 11 fish. Out on the boats Ian Muir & Peter Edge enjoyed a good day boating 22 fish. The pair started out using hares ear nymphs in Biggin Bay before changing to dries in the afternoon to continue the good sport. Kieron & Brendan Thomas landed 18 fish again on Nemo Crunchers and red holographic Diawl Bachs. Alex Urquhart & Tim Burn landed 21 fish using washing line technique drifting through Toft and along the Farnborough Dam.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Matthew Beecham from Webheath the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  256    Number Trout Taken: 444   Number Trout Released:  745

Total Catch: 1189    Weekly Rod Average: 4.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:15

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 18:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13:30

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

Gutting Room Closes – 17:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing Report 7th October 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 7th October 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

This past week at Draycote has seen just about every weather condition possible. We’ve had days of bright sunshine followed by overcast conditions, leading into the Saturday which was downright awful. All in all though, the place has fished well. Bank anglers are definitely getting the better end of things now, outperforming the boats on most days. The fish are tight in along the margins, right under the bank anglers feet, and boat anglers are being told that where possible, they should be trying to get their point fly onto the bank. Although lures are doing quite well as are dries, most fish this week have been caught on small hares ears, diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a floating or midge tip line.

This week 327 anglers caught a total of 1631 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 4.9.

A fairly quiet Monday saw the cornfield fish well from the bank, with Ian Richardson netting 7 fish on crunchers. A buoy in rainbow corner and H buoy in toft was producing well for the boats with Mr P Sanders and Mr A Campbell both netting good bags of fish on dries.

Gusty conditions greeted us on Tuesday, although the overcast conditions which remained all day did help. Gordon Slack, Tony Broadway, Peter Allan, Colin Grainger, Jim Hall, Don Roper, Brian Allwood and Brian Warwick all had good catches from the bank in a variety of areas along the north shore, mainly on wets. The boats had a bit of a rough time out on the water, but Geoff Preston made the best of it on the rudder, netting 5 fish from the middle of the reservoir.

Wednesday was a very different day, slightly warmer with a light north westerly breeze and decent cloud cover. Mr C J Day caught 9 fish from the bank in toft shallows on nymphs and damsels. Ed Douglas caught and released 18 fish from a drifting boat, all on dries.  Alan Grant netted 7 fish from the boat, including a 4lb 8oz brown. Ian Richardson caught 10 fish from the bank in toft using crunchers and floating fry patterns. The boat pairing of Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett netted 23 fish on “All sorts of patterns”, including dries and pin fry patterns pulled on a DI3. It was good to see Eugene Hughes out on the water, with 22 fish to the boat from around P, X and Y buoy on a DI5 sweep and a humungus.

Thursday dawned with an overcast start but became bright and breezy by the afternoon. Again the reservoir was in excellent form, with Peter Elliott and Lee Patten knocking out 40 fish between them from the bank. Tony Boadway, again fishing from the bank netted 10 whilst Mr G Barlow caught 7. Season permit holder John Dickens ventured out on a boat and caught 11 fish on dries such as bobs bits and the ever deadly crippled midge. Soldier palmers where the fly of the day for Peter Fisher as he boated 11 fish and remarked on a “ lovely day, but hard work”.

Friday looked like a great day to be out on the water with good cloud cover and a light south westerly breeze. The bank was extremely busy and fished very well, with plenty of positive comments on the catch return. Brian Warwick, Tony Broadway Brian Allwood and Ian Richardson, to mention just a few, all caught good bags on a variety of patterns in the cornfield and biggin bay. They used flies such as floating fry patterns, red hoppers, diawl bachs and back and peacock spiders. Out on the water the boats were enjoying good sport as well with Terry Evans and Joe Bilinski netting 23 fish on dries. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had over 20 fish each to the boat, also using a variety of dry fly patterns. Mr M E Moore boated 13 fish on daddies and bobs bits. Howard Rutter netted 5 fish from a boat using diawl bachs on a washing line. John Hoskins caught 11 fish on lures.

Saturday was an awful day weather wise, with heavy rain and very blustery conditions. Although this didn’t seem to dampen some anglers spirits as boat and bank anglers returned some good numbers at the end of the day. Neil Coulson and Glyn Yeates caught well into double figures from a boat as did Andy Cooper and Neil Deakin, who remarked on an “ Excellent Day”.  Another boat pair who did really well in the conditions where Iain Barr and Ed Foster, with 37 fish to the boat. Jim hall caught and released 10 fish from the bank including a 5lb brownie, whilst Mr A Joseph caught 1 good perch of 2lb plus.

Sunday started mild and overcast and then very quickly brightened up, looking like a good day for fishing. Again the bank performed well with Mr N Scowen and Mr M Will  catching 31 fish between them. Tony and Ruth Kirk did well from the bank with 12 fish on diawl bachs and hares ears. Neil and Martin Hollingshead also had a dozen fish from the bank on crunchers whilst fishing at the swans nest. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught 15 fish from the bank on diawl bachs and cormorants. Iain Barr and Andy Axon had 37 fish to the boat whilst Stuart Ellins and Craig Barr caught 17. Iain Scott netted 12 fish from a boat and remarked on “a very good day”.

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

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

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 327     Number Trout Taken: 227    Number Trout Released:  1404

Total Catch: 1631      Weekly Rod Average: 4.9

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:30

Boat All Day: 07:30   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)

Gutting Room Closes – 18:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00

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

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018.

 

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 30th September 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 30th September 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Draycote has experienced a sunny week with very little cloud, with it only making an appearance on Sunday. This week has really felt like the start of autumn with chilly, frosty mornings. Despite the cold starts, and less than ideal conditions, a total of 1356 fish have been caught by 421 anglers giving a rod average of 3.2. Despite the sun, flies fished in the top 3 feet of water have scored best with dries featuring heavily on the catch return, with snakes and fry imitation patterns starting to score well.

A cool start on Monday meant the first real frost on the ground and as a result the water temperature hit 15°C. A bright day teamed with a northerly wind didn’t bode well for the anglers taking to the water. However, the fish still pulled back with anglers catching well to post a rod average of 4.7. The best catches of the day came to dry fly tactics despite the sun. Ed Douglas found the fish willing to come up for a size 12 big red hopper around X buoy landing 16. Meanwhile, Kevin Rees, fishing in the same area, found Bob’s Bits to be his top pattern landing 14. M Frances & A Moore used a mix of wets and dries in Toft to land 13 fish between them with Zulu and hoppers being their best patterns. On the bank Derek Brooks landed 6 fish on the Cornfield on Diawl bachs. Season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft, fishing for just a few hours, landed 5 on buzzers again off the Cornfield.

Very similar conditions on Tuesday with another cold bright start. The day started with no wind to speak of, but this did pick up as the day wore on coming from the South West. Out on the boats Tony Broadway & Brian Warwick enjoyed good sport landing 14 fish between them using 2 diawl bachs and a cruncher fished on a floating line, drifting from A to M buoy. Norman Perkins & Lord Richard Dayman enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 11 fish fishing down in Toft on a mix of lures and nymphs.

Wednesday saw Draycote host the Association of Major Fishing clubs’ group 2 match. Another bright day greeted the anglers competing with the wind once again coming from the South West. At the start of the match there was an even spilt of boats with half heading for Toft and the others for Rainbow Corner and just a couple opting for the open water around X buoy. This proved to be the best area for the match with several limits coming from drifting from X to S buoy and Croft shoal. The best methods for the match was to either fish dries or to washing line nymphs on a midge tip with a small blob on the top dropper. At the end of the day Bewl “A” took top spot with GWFFA taking a very close second. Some great sport was had by all as the match produced a rod average of 5.1.

Outside of the match Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird enjoyed a busy day guiding with back to back 4 hour guides. In the morning Tom took season ticket holders Dave Hancox & Martyn Price out with the pair catching on snakes around X Buoy and Croft Shoal. Tom then returned to the water with Dennis Tidmarsh who wanted to look at dries. Even with the sun being ever present Dennis enjoyed some good sport with plenty of action again around X Buoy with a big red & daddy being the best patterns. To book a session with Tom call the lodge on 01788 812018.

The good fishing of the previous day continued into Thursday with conditions staying the same as the previous two days although without the cold overnight temperatures. Ed Douglas returned to the water once again using dries as well was washing lined nymphs to land 24. Ed found the best area to be drifts from H buoy into Farnborough spit with the fish really coming onto the dries in the afternoon. Out on the bank Ian Richardson landed 13 fish the overflow using a variety of flies including floating fry, snail patterns, crunchers & Diawl Bachs. L Tones & S Farmer enjoyed good sport landing 38 fish between them drifting the Swan’s Nest side of Toft. The pair started on di 3 and lures in the morning before a switch to dries in the afternoon kept the pair catching. Kevin Rees fished around X Buoy once again to land 23 on Bob’s Bits with John Dickens also using the same method to land 16. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell enjoyed good sport to land 20 fish to the boat on washing line nymphs and dries all through the middle.

Yet another bright day Friday, but the wind did swing into the North East meaning there was a definite chill in the air. Terry & John Evans fished diawl bach and dries in Toft to land 18 fish between them. Jamie Scott used a di 3 sinking line teamed with a snake and a blob to land 11 fish. Jamie took fish all over the lake but did find a concentration of fish around Lincroft Point and E Buoy. Felicity Appleton & Derek Moore enjoyed good sport fishing in Toft, Biggin Bay & around Farnborough Spit to land 14 fish. Season ticket holders Peter Elliott & Lee Patten experienced excellent sport but found the fish didn’t really come on till the afternoon. The pair used bob’s bits to tempt fish up to the surface landing 31 fish to the boat. Ed Douglas fished a half day session to land 12 fish drifting around Farnborough Spit using dries or shrimps. On the bank Mark Hunt enjoyed great sport in a short afternoon session to land 7 fish at the Swans Nest on small nymphs.

The wind swung back to the south west for Saturday, still teamed with the sun but without the chilly North wind, although clear skies overnight meant it was frosty start. Rudder regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 17 fish to the boat finding the best sport drifting near J Buoy and down the Farnborough Dam. Mr Purves & Mr Malcolmson enjoyed great sport on pink snakes drifting around H Buoy to Farnborough spit and into Toft fishing on a di 3 sinking line landing 34 fish. Ian Buckley & Vince Aronica also used snakes and tubes on various sinking lines to land 29 fish once again drifting around H Buoy drifting down towards Toft.

Sunday saw cloud roll in for the first time this week and as a result the fish responded well to dries. The wind swung again starting as a straight westerly before moving into the North West in the afternoon. Mr S Nicoll & Mr M Williams fished for a morning before heading back up the road to Scotland. With the pair landing an impressive 26 fish with drifts through the middle of the lake on two foam daddies. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 17 fish on dries drifting in Toft with a Big Red producing the goods. Tom & Jim Marriott fished around the middle of the lake and drifting near H buoy to land 20 fish to the boat, again with daddies being the stand out pattern. Mr D Lewis and his boat partner used snakes drifting down the Farnborough Dam to enjoy great sport with 18 fish to the boat.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to David East from Coventry the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 375    Number Trout Taken:  421   Number Trout Released: 935

Total Catch:  1356     Weekly Rod Average: 3.22

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 18:45

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

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

Gutting Room Closes – 18:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:15

 

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

 

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

 

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Draycote Rport W/E 23rd September

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 23rd September 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

It’s been a very changeable week here at Draycote Water, with near perfect fishing conditions at times, and then strong winds blowing the boats off the water for Wednesday and Friday. The water temperature has held at a healthy 16 degrees which has helped a lot, with fish now being caught by both bank and boat anglers in good numbers at most of the popular spots around the reservoir. Indeed at the overflow on the Hensborough bank on Wednesday, fish could be seen grubbing around for shrimp amongst the rocks, and were being caught by one bank angler no more than a rods length from the edge of the water. 236 rods caught 642 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 2.7

Mondays overcast conditions seemed to help the anglers, with a lot of returns showing the fish coming to dries. The boat pair of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas Netted a total of 36 fish between them, all to dries. Mr J Honour and Mr D Andrew had 18 fish to the boat on daddies. Mr J Row caught 9 fish from a boat, again all on dries. Again it was all dries for Kevin Rees, who used bob’s bits to great effect, netting 17 fish from a drifting boat, as did yet another season permit holder, John Dickens with 14 fish. A slight change in tactics for Cheryl and Gareth Bulman, who had a good day out on cormorants.

A slight change in the weather on Tuesday, with brighter conditions pushing the fish down a bit and out into deeper water. On the bank Mr J Watson netted 8 fish on bibio’s, whilst Alan Grant caught 3. Mr A Linwood and Mr J Vincent had 7 and 8 respectively. Bob Toft and Keith Coley had 11 fish to the boat between them on slime lines, hares ears and diawl bach’s.

Wind speeds of over 40 mile per hour kept the boats firmly roped to the pontoon on Wednesday with bank anglers restricting themselves to rainbow corner and the overflow on the Hensborough bank. Their efforts however produced a good rod average with all but one angler catching fish in very difficult conditions. Chris Mills caught 4 fish on bobs bits whilst Richard Snape caught his 4 fish on big reds. Alex Campbell netted 3 fish on a variety of patterns such as claret crippled midge, and reported seeing lots of fish moving right in front of the overflow.

On Thursday a drop in wind speeds allowed us to get the boats out on the water in what looked like ideal conditions, overcast with a light south westerly breeze to start with. The EFFA held their Autumn Members Day with 25 rods taking part. Although it turned out to be tough going at times, with the wind picking up in the afternoon, the group netted 63 fish between them giving a rod average for the match of 2.5. Other anglers who went afloat also enjoyed some good sport with Peter Fisher netting 6 fish on a variety of dries, including soldier palmers. Mr G McGinley and his boat partner also had a good day out catching 26 fish between them.

Once again on Friday the wind speeds were too high to let the boats out and anglers who had planned to go afloat where yet again restricted to the bank. The wind blew hard right through the day, with strong gusts coming from nearly every point on the compass. The few hardy souls who braved it out, fetching flies from trees and undoing tangles faired pretty well overall. Lee Patten and Peter Elliott fished the bank together to net a dozen fish between them. John Dickens caught 5 fish on diawl bachs and shrimp patterns. Seasoned regular Colin Grainger netted 3 fish in a morning session and remarked that he’d had some good sport.

Saturday looked great first thing with a light south westerly breeze and good cloud cover. The AMFC were here for their group 3 match, loading boats up, readying for a  day out alongside some of our Saturday regulars. The match seemed to go really well, judging by the weigh in, and was won by the team from the Royal Navy. The fishing proved a little tough for some at first with reports coming back through the early part of the day. Those who fished deep on sinking lines did ok, but again, most of the fish were caught in the top few feet of the water. Things seemed to improve in the afternoon with the best bags of the day coming out of toft shallows for the first time in ages. The boat pairing of Mr G Pelini and Mr G Mcginlay caught 28 fish between them. Draycote regular Mark Hunt caught 15 fish from a boat on crunchers and daddies. Season permit holder Tony Parker caught 6 fish on daddies.

Sunday was a very wet start with a light breeze. The wind changed direction a couple of times during the day with some heavy showers, and blew up well in to the teens in the afternoon. It was tough going in heavy conditions with few anglers managing any more than a brace to the boat. Bank anglers faired little better. Although it was noted that the fish are now spread well throughout the reservoir and fishing should improve now with more settled conditions forecast for the coming week.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Tony Broadway from Coventry the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 236     Number Trout Taken:  296    Number Trout Released: 346

Total Catch:  642     Weekly Rod Average: 2.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 18:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 14:00  PM 14:00 until   18:45

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

Gutting Room Closes – 18:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:15

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

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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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

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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