Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 25th October 2016

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Draycote weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday 25th October 2015

This week the weather has been a bit unsettled here at Draycote, with some cold starts leading into mild afternoons. The mainly northerly breeze has made for comfortable fishing from the northern shore, where the fish have been holding tight in to the bank.

 The better fishing has been with fry patterns although some of the regulars would disagree. Some anglers are still catching on Diawl Bachs and buzzers, with just a few fish still insisting on a small dry.

Fishing lures can be frustrating at the moment depending on how you look at it, with plenty of nips, plucks, turns and follows before you hook into a fish. But there is some great fun to be had with this method and it can create a very exciting days fishing. Also a floating fry pattern can provide some great sport, either popped through a wave or fished static.

On Monday and Tuesday Mr Hughes from London, used DI 3’s and DI5’s to catch a total of 30 fish, on snakes and minkies.

The usual suspects of John Dews, Tony Broadway, Gordon Slack, Jude Tuffs, Ken Rawlings and Brian Allwood,  where here on Tuesday and caught a good number of fish between them.

Mr Keiron and Mr Brendan Thomas fished with us on Wednesday and Thursday and although their second day didn’t go so well, they did boat 27 fish between on Wednesday.

On Friday Mr Norman Perkins and Lord Richard Dayman did well from a drifting boat, catching 12 and 11 fish respectively.

On Sunday there was a good turn out for the John Hanlon Memorial match here at Draycote. Second place went to John Hanlon and Adrian Burton, first place went to Jamie Warwick and Richard Hanlon. And the winner of the John Hanlon Memorial Trophy for the biggest fish was Jamie Warwick. Well done to all those who took part.

Fur and Feather

This seasons Fur and Feather will take place on 22nd November. The format is a boat pairs competition and will be fished to Fishery rules, no rudder. Please contact the lodge to make your booking as places are filling up quickly.

SPEEDING

Could all bank anglers please note that there is a speed limit on the perimeter road here at Draycote. The speed limit is 15mph and must be strictly adhered too.

DOGS

The Severn Trent Rangers have reported bank anglers bringing their dogs along to either sit in their vehicle or accompany them on the bank. Anglers should note that dogs are not allowed around the reservoir under any circumstances.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Paul Skelton from Leamington Spa.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  229      Number Trout Taken:  356   Number Trout Released:  595

Total Catch:    951      Weekly Rod Average:    4.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 17:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:00 

Last 4 Hours from:  13:00 until   17:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:30

!!  Please continue to be aware that we currently have low water levels. Bank anglers should be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot. !!

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 18th October 2015

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Draycote weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 18th October 2015

A very good week overall with a total of 1339 trout netted by 312 rods for a weekly average of 4.29

Given the time of year, the weather this week has been generally kind to us. Although pleasant, at times during the start of the week, we did experience some extremely bright, sunny conditions. This made things difficult during the morning sessions. However, the afternoons tended to cloud over with a marked improvement in sport. Generally, fry patterns have provided the best of the action with floating fry drawing fish for boat & bank angler alike. Bank anglers especially have done well using a floating fry as the basis of a washing line set up.  Most fish were coming to investigate the fry pattern but actually succumbing   to small buzzer or diawl bachs fished on the droppers. At times fish have been feeding very tight to the margins. Remember not to spook them offshore by unnecessary wading or disturbance…..Although similar tactics have worked for boat anglers, most have done better using intermediates or Di3&5 and exploring the water column, again with fry based patterns. Snakes, in various colours have also accounted for a lot of fish. Some have succeeded still with dries, but unfortunately, the best of the dry fly action appears to now be behind us.

On Monday the Martindale/Shutter boat partnership saw nine netted & both had rainbows of 4lbs 4oz. Kevin Rees caught 8 during a short, but hectic, bank session using very small diawl bachs “washing lined” as mentioned above. Tony Broadway experienced a red letter session with a fabulous brace that dreams are made of – a brown of 6lbs 8ozs followed by a 5lbs rainbow, both from Biggin Bay! The brownie took his own tied Cat’s Whisker cum Zonker pattern. Meanwhile, Eugene Hughes was fishing both sides of Toft from the boat using Floating Fry, Snakes & Minkies.  He netted a total of 22. Dave Adkins also found six rainbows for 17lbs 12oz& his bag included a 5lbs 8oz rainbow.

Dennis Jones was out on the banks as usual on Wednesday. He enjoyed a productive morning session with a dozen to the net, mostly to his size 14diawl bachs propped up with a floating fry. In the boat once more, Eugene Hughes searched all over & found fry feeders deep. He deployed Minkies on a Di8 and put thirteen in the net by the end of his session which he ended in Toft where the fish came up towards the end of the afternoon. Terry Tappenden & Tony Broadway caught ten each on the bank on Thursday with Tony landing another fine rainbow of 5lbs. John Dickens also caught & released “Nice Big Brownie” from the bank whilst Howard Rutter in a boat netted six on buzzers. George Leaton made the drive up from West London again on Friday & rewarded with a nine fish catch from the boat. Ian Richardson commented on his “excellent” bank session with nine to the net from Biggin Bay  whilst Ivor Bullock, just down the bank in Dunn’s Bay, took eight to skinny size 14 Diawl Bachs.

We were pleased to host the army teams for three days afloat with a practice day on Friday followed by matches on the Saturday & Sunday. They fished to a limited two fish kill, followed by catch & release. Their abilities are reflected in their rod averages as you will see from their combined results which I have copied & pasted:-  

Fri 16th 25 anglers – kept x 44, released 152 (rod average 7.8).

Sat 17th 34 anglers – kept x 68, released 121(rod average 5.5).

Sun 18th 33 anglers – kept 47, released 105 (rod average 4.6).

 

Best boat pair on 17th – Lindsay Simpson and Bill Howell – 4 fish for 10lb 10oz plus C&R bonus of 32lb (2lb per fish) – 42lbs 10oz.

Best boat pair on 18th – Sean Hanlon and Simon Harris – 4 fish for 12lb 2oz (no C&R bonus fished 18th).

Best fish over 17th/18th – John Twine 5lb 5oz rainbow; we had another 4 at 4lb plus.

Congratulations to all who took part.

With mild conditions currently prevailing, prospects of continuing good sport look good. With another six weeks of the season remaining there is still much sport to be had.

. Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Eugene Hughes from London.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  312      Number Trout Taken:  478   Number Trout Released:  861

Total Catch:    1339      Weekly Rod Average:    4.29

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:15

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

Last 4 Hours from:  14:15 until   18:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45

!!  Please continue to be aware that we currently have low water levels. Bank anglers should take special care and be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot. !!

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

Kevin

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Draycote Fishery Update 13th October 2015

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Draycote Fishery will have no electricity this coming Friday,  16th October 2015.

This means that we may not be able to take card payments.

Therefore, if you are coming fishing on Friday it would be better to make your payment in cash.

Regards,

Alan.

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Draycote weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 11th October 2015

Despite yet another week of varying weather conditions the sport here at Draycote remains consistently good.  Rain on Monday turned in to blustery wet conditions for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, which then gave way to bright sunny conditions for the remainder of the week.

There has been a lot of surface activity with fish seen moving in all areas of the reservoir. By far the best areas here are still dotted along the northern shore, from the Cornfield all the way to the Tower bank. These areas still continue to produce for both boat and bank Anglers unlike Rainbow Corner, which has fished well for boat anglers but alas seems to produce very little from the bank. Toft too, is holding a good head of fish but proved a bit difficult towards the end of the week.

Most of the action is still to be had in the top couple of feet of the water, although fry patterns fished on a DI 5 worked very well for some of the visiting anglers this week. Fish are still coming to dries and the ever consistent Diawl Bach. Though now as we move through October, floating fry patterns, Minkies and the like are really coming in to form.  The overall rod average for the week was 3.5.

On Monday Paul Donegan and Stephen Francis Caught and released 19 fish using sinking lines, on a mixture of poppers, snakes and blobs. They fished mostly around T & S buoy and near the front of the pontoon.

Ed Douglas, one of our members, went fishing on two occasions this week and caught 9 and 12 respectively. One of them was a brownie of about 5 lbs.

Mr A Grant’s party, visiting us on a 3 day package, caught a total of 138 fish between them using various fry patterns fished at different depths.

The Paisley Patterns from Scotland, again taking advantage of our 3 day package, “Really enjoyed the fishing”, catching over 98 fish between them.

On Thursday the boat pairs of Mr Dobbie and Mr Moran, and Mr Sichi and Mr Peline, did very well on dries and FAB blobs, catching 45 fish between them.

Cheshire Police fished a match here on Thursday where 18 rods caught 71 fish giving them a rod average of 3.9.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by:- Mr Ivor Jones .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 344       Number Trout Taken: 484         Number Trout Released:  726

Total Catch:    1210               Weekly Rod Average:    3.5

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:30

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

Last 4 Hours from:  14:30 until   18:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00

!!  Please be aware that we currently have low water levels. Bank anglers should take special care and be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot. !!

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 4th October 2015 Tel: 01788 812018

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 4th October 2015  Tel: 01788 812018

Another week in which we have experienced more “Indian Summer” type weather. As pleasant as it has often been, it also brought challenges in the form of very misty mornings with flat calms followed by clear blue skies & bright sunshine. Many anglers continued to employ dry fly tactics which, although not as successful as the previous week, still produced some terrific fish & individual bags. A total of 1226 trout were caught by 369 anglers during the period for an overall weekly rod average of 3.3 compared to 4.3 the previous week.

As always, some special mentions are needed. Monday saw Mr Reeve take seven fish in a catch that included a 5lbs 12oz rainbow which took a daddy pattern. Kevin Rees stuck to his dries & put 15 in the net. Ray Rouse fished the bank on Tuesday and four of his five fish total were brown trout. Percy & Alan Walker fished from the boat and both took 4lbs+ brownies. Dennis Jones was to be found on the banks as usual on Wednesday & totalled ten fish to small Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line. Season ticket holder Roly Hill was also the proud captor of a 5 1/2lbs brownie from the bank whilst Mr Joyce netted a 6lbs rainbow in the boat. Mr Owen & his boat partner enjoyed good sport by switching tactics between small nymphs fished as a washing line, and dries (size 12 & 14 bits) to take a total of 19. Friday was especially productive for the bank anglers. Thirteen of our regulars, all season ticket rods, were on the banks using a variety of small fly methods. Collectively they caught 90 trout for a rod average of 6.9!! Nick Louka also caught 9 on the bank using a black hopper. Meanwhile Vince Aronica went afloat & ended his session with 11 fish including a rainbow of 5lbs 5oz for the pot. On Saturday John Mills had a “Good day on dries” with four superbly conditioned rainbows on a black parachute dry. John fished the Hensborough Bank side of the Sailing Club. Nick Mead & boat partner Ian Tearle rounded the week off well with a thirty plus fish total from the shallows in Toft. They caught consistently through mid-morning until early afternoon on buzzer in very shallow water followed by an afternoon session on dries. Brian Parry & Colin Jones also did well managing 26 to daddy patterns & dries. Steve Cullen took a tremendous grown on rainbow using a size 14 Claret Bits. Take a look at the picture posted up on our Facebook page.

Although we are in mild air conditions currently, it is noticeable how the temperatures drop rapidly as soon as the sun dips and, given the change in the weather patterns now coming through, it is anticipated that the best of the summer/early autumn dry fly action has been seen. More fish are likely to now succumb to fry based patterns as we move well into the backend of what has proved to be a very good season. We do not close until 30th November so there are many more potential fry bashing visits still to be had.

!!  Please be aware that we currently have low water levels. Bank anglers should take special care and be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot. !!

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr David East of Coventry

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    369    Number Trout Taken:  453        Number Trout Released:  773

Total Catch: 1226   Rod Average 3.3

.Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:00   PM 13:00 until 18:45

Last 4 Hours from:  14:45 until   18:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 1915

Date For Your Diaries:

“Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Tight Lines,

Kevin

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Non Native Shrimp – A reminder:

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 27th September 2015

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 27th September 2015

Autumnal weather is clearly with us now with many misty or foggy mornings followed by blue skies & bright sunshine. Nevertheless, this has not held back the surface sport that has continued to be enjoyed by many here this week. Most of the action throughout the period has been to dry fly tactics, with daddy longlegs patterns proving to be the most productive. Indeed, there have been some extremely large examples bumbling over the water surface & at times flying into the lodge. Evidence of fry feeding is also on the increase. Whilst some good sport has been enjoyed by bank anglers, those in boats continue to get better results. Similarly, those boat anglers enjoying the best of the late season dry fly action have been doing better this week than those deploying the rudder. With some large fish beginning to forage & herd fry in the margins, best advice to bank anglers is to “think before you wade”. Many good opportunities are being missed by fish being spooked & forced offshore before the fly line has even been pulled off the reel….

Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall returned for a Monday to Wednesday break afloat and  managed a collective total of 46 caught & released. Their fish came to hoppers & daddy long legs patterns despite them finding the bright conditions “challenging”  at times. Whilst many struggled on the bank on Wednesday, the patience of Draycote regular Dennis Jones paid off with a round dozen to the net on his small Diawl Bachs fished across the ripple on a washing line. Kevin Rees fished on Monday & Thursday this week & continues to pull fish to his dries, netting 14 &15 respectively. Tony Parker & boat partner Pete Walsh also stayed with dry fly tactics during their Thursday visit netting 16 between them. Friday saw some fantastic surface sport with T&J Evans boating 21, Simon Peck & Tony Smith with 20 and Stephen & Stuart Conway on 19.

Rich Hyde fished the bank in Biggin Bay on Saturday & took an 8 fish limit on Zonkers. Mick Cronin also found fry feeders on the bank netting 4 including 3 brownies. Saturday was however the day for the Association of Major Fly Fishing Clubs. A total of 76 anglers went afloat in 38 boats in extremely bright, sunny conditions on a flat calm. A ripple did eventually develop for them together with some wispy cloud. The venue nevertheless performed magnificently for them with a total of 375 trout recorded. Eighteen teams competed in three groups. Group 1 winners were Bewl Bridge FC “A” with a rod average of 6.3. Group 2 was headed up by Bewl Bridge FC “B” with a rod average of 5.4 Group 3 was won by the Greylags. Mike Laycock caught the largest fish of the match – a beautiful full finned grown on rainbow at 5lbs 10oz. Congratulations Mike!  Most of their fish came to dries – especially daddy patterns.

 Sunday proved to be a more difficult day following Saturday’s pressure on the water  together with continuing bright conditions. However, although a bit “picky”, fish still succumbed to dry fly tactics & by the end of the day sixty one anglers had netted 220 fish representing  a rod average of 3.6. Whilst taking numerous fish to dry fly tactics, the Paton/Elliott boat partnership searched across most of the reservoir during the course of the day & also caught many good rainbows & browns on Minkie patterns – indicative again of the move towards more consistent fry feeding. We should hopefully be experiencing this right through to the seasons end. What has been very clear this week  though,  is the broad spread of fish population throughout the fishery as a whole.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr James Shortland of Hinckley

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    466    Number Trout Taken:  892        Number Trout Released:  573

Total Catch: 1465   Rod Average 3.14

.Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:00   PM 13:00 until 19:00

Last 4 Hours from:  15:00 until   19:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:30

Date For Your Diaries:

“Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Tight Lines,

Kevin

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Draycote weekly report week ending 20th September

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Subnday 20th September 2015

As of this last week we are now feeling a bit of a chill in the air in the mornings here at Draycote water. The colder night time temperatures are giving us some foggy starts to the day, and reasonably low daily wind speeds are giving over too some sunny spells in the afternoons. Early Autumn has arrived

To say that Draycote was fishing well would be a drastic understatement. There are fish being caught in all 4 corners of the reservoir, on nearly every method under the sun. Size 14 buzzers and diawl bachs are still accounting for some good bags of fish from the bank as well as the boats. But the dries are proving so popular at the moment; I’m not sure who likes them more, the fish, or the anglers! This is the first week in the season that we have seen a good hatch of daddies on the water, but hoppers and a claret bob’s bits seem to be working just as well. Sporadic fry feeding is occurring from time to time and indeed some anglers are successfully targeting some of the big browns off the tower bank on floating fry patterns. But It will probably be at least a couple of weeks before the fish are hard on the fry, giving us all some excellent sport.

Peter Biewenaki during two visits caught 4 good browns this week including one estimated at 6lb

On Tuesday the usual suspects of Gordon Slack, Keith Hughes and Colin Grainger where seen to be loitering with intent around the cornfield area. They were found to be bagging up on a mixture of Diawl Bachs, size 14 buzzers and dries.

We welcomed back Mr McGregor and his party from Scotland this week, who fished on one of our 3 day packages. They caught a total of 79 fish between them on a mixture of dries and minkies.

Dennis Jones did well from the bank on Tuesday, netting a total of 13 fish. Sean and Michael Hanlon had 25 fish to the boat on Friday, all on dries.

It was good to see Roger Kerrison back fishing again after a long spell off. Roger caught 4 fish in Biggin bay, all on dries.

This week we hosted the Barclays Bank FFC v Royal Bank Of Scotland AC the competition was totally fished to catch & release with anglers logging the trout’s measurement’s, with the fishery providing measuring devices.  The competition was hailed a success.

On Saturday we hosted the wheelie boat fundraiser competition the day was a great success with meaning that we are now over half way to raising the finds needed. A huge thank you must be given to Draycote Fly Fishers who organised the event, with a special mention to Shaun Hanlon and Graham Homer. The anglers enjoyed good sport in tricky conditions to a wide range of methods from dries to tubes on a Di 5 sinking line. Winner on the day was Lee Henfry who fished tubes on a Di 5 down in the toft shallows; Lee wins a season ticket for Draycote for the 2016 season.  The biggest fish was caught by regular Ray Rouse weighting 5lb 1oz. Finally having a great day was Derek Moore who walked away first prize in the raffle a brand new Sage Accel 10ft #7 rod.

Sunday Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers enjoyed a good day out on the boats with three of their members catching big fish, F Kettle with one at 4lb 8oz, M Goodge at 5lb 2oz and Mr I Bradfield with a cracking fish at 7lb 2oz.

Mr T Burn also enjoyed a good days sport on Sunday with 17 fish to the boat all being taken on dries. Another boat who enjoyed a good days sport on the dries was Mr K Harding & Mr M Clarke who had 15 fish to the boat with Mr Harding returning a beautiful 7lb brown.  

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by:- Mr M Severn

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    402    Number Trout Taken:  479        Number Trout Released:  759

Total Catch:        1238           Weekly Rod Average:    3.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until 19:15

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

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Draycote Weekly Report w/e Sunday 13th September 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th  September 2015

This has been a really special week for anglers on the dries with the overall weekly rod average up to 4.24  Although there was a mix of weather conditions during the week, the bulk of the fish remained high in the water column  & some of the results to those on dry fly tactics have been tremendous. Whilst many bank anglers enjoyed good sport, the best results this week were clearly experienced by those in boats. Evidence of fry feeding is also on the increase.

Monday saw Ed Douglas yet again proving the benefits of careful presentation with 29 rainbows to 5lbs coming to his dries fished from the boat. Meanwhile Peter Biernacki on the bank managed a brown of 5lbs from Biggin Bay on a fry pattern. Tuesday saw difficult conditions for the bank anglers but boat anglers Tony Parker & Pete Walsh stayed on the dries for a combined tally of 35 – again with fish into the 5lbs bracket. Colin England & Tony Plummer, also in a boat, concentrated on the nymphs & managed twenty fish between them. Wednesday saw an improvement for the bank anglers with regular Dennis Jones catching 7 on nymphs. Back out on the water for yet more of the action, Ed Douglas continued his purple patch with another 33 fish tally on the dries. On the bank on Thursday  regulars Brian Allwood & Steve Robinson caught 8 apiece mainly to nymphs whilst Alex Urquhart was enjoying fine dry fly action in the boat & took a four rainbow bag for 14lbs with many more returned. I managed a morning on the water too with a newcomer to fly fishing. We both enjoyed great surface sport with plenty of action to detached foam bodied daddy patterns in drifts along Biggin Bay.

Great bank action was had on Friday with Tony Broadway taking 14 his size 14 buzzers. Nigel Wain took 16 to 4lbs on the Cornfield whilst Trevor Astley fished buzzer in Toft for a 17 fish total. In the boat Martyn Moore used the description “Fantastic sport!” when commenting on his 20 fish total which he caught on a combination of nymphs & dries. Fry feeders were targeted during the weekend with Melvin Severn taking a ten fish total to his rudder fished lures & Steve Rainbow enjoying a “Brilliant Day on tubes on an intermediate” for his 17 fish tally. Rob Edmunds & friends also experienced fine sport including a Brown of 6lbs plus. Mick Cronin fished for fry feeders on the bank & caught nine. On Sunday it was fast & furious on the dries again with our own Tom Bird going afloat on a day off with boat partner Ryan Feber. They caught on both dries & floating fry patterns with over twenty apiece to the net. Most of their fish came  from Toft.

Best flies: Daddies, Bob’s Bits, CDC Hoppers, Buzzers + Fry Patterns. Small Cunchers & Diawl Bachs still producing especially when fished on a washing line .

Best areas; Tofts, Cornfield, Lin Croft, Biggin & Dunn’s Bay.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr T Evans from Kirkby In Ashfield.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 390        Number Trout Taken:  623        Number Trout Released:  1031

Total Catch:   1654                Weekly Rod Average:    4.24

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until 19:30

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

Date for your diary:           !! PLACES STILL AVAILABLE !!

Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015   10:00 until 18:00

To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing.  Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking. The restaurant here at Draycote will be open at 07:30hrs for breakfast on the day.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

Kevin

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 6th September 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 6th September 2015

Well the evening temperatures look like they have finally dropped a bit, and this will hopefully lead us into a cracking end to the season. Fish have already been spotted feeding on the fry and indeed are already being caught on fry patterns. Although this is a bit sporadic at the moment, it is a sign of things to come. There are already thousands of fry holding over the shoals, and it won’t be too long before  those floating fry patterns come into their own.  

Despite the  weather being all over the place again this week,  the backbone of the fishing here is still dries, buzzers and diawl bachs, in the top few feet of the water. (No change there then) Even as I sit and write this report, I’m looking out at a very bright and breezy day, with anglers coming in and telling me that the sport is fantastic down in Toft,  on hoppers. The fish obviously aren’t following the rules, again.

The rod average this week is a steady 3.3,  with Draycote again producing a stream of 3 to 4 pounders ,and the returns sheets full of very positive comments  But I have to say that in the past couple of days the water clarity has not been great. By mid morning the northern half of the reservoir is clear, with the algae having blown into rainbow corner and around the pontoon area.

Best flies; Hoppers, bob’s bits, Buzzers, crunchers, diawl bachs and damsels.

Best areas; Toft shallows, the cornfield, biggin bay, dunns bay, the aerators, the tower bank and rainbow corner.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr T Mills  from Tenbury Wells.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 372        Number Trout Taken:   470       Number Trout Released:   747

Total Catch:  1217                 Weekly Rod Average:    3.2

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:45   PM 13:45 until 19:45

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

Date for your diary:

Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015   10:00 until 18:00

To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing.  Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking. The restaurant here at Draycote will be open at 07:30hrs for breakfast on the day.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Confirmation of Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th August 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th August 2015

Draycote continues on in excellent form through the ups and downs of some very inclement weather. It’s hard to imagine a weekly rod average of 3.5 after some of the days we’ve had this week, but there it is. The fish coming out at the moment are “Absolute Stonkers” as one of our Scottish visitors put it, and I have to agree. So I think would John Dews, with a cracking Brown of 6lbs 7 ozs, which he caught from the bank in toft on Friday,on a Nemo Cruncher .

The water clarity is still good, with some algae build up from time to time. But as I’ve said in the past, this doesn’t dampen the trout’s enthusiasm too much and generally seems to blow into one corner of the water come mid morning. Nor did it dampen John Hanlon’s day, as he fished teams of dries or diawl bachs through the algae up in Rainbow corner, to boat 8 fish on Sunday morning  

The best of the fishing is still to be found in the top couple of feet of the water, with most of the trout falling to either dries, or a mixture of buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs. Although season permit holder Paul Beasley proved me wrong on Friday, by catching 7 fish on damsels on a slow intermediate line, again in Rainbow corner.

Other anglers who are well worth a mention are;

Season permit holder Ed Douglas, who had a large number of fish to the boat on Monday on dries, one of which weighed 5lbs.

Jamie Scott boated 13 fish on Tuesday, fishing a team of buzzers over the Aerators.

Mr K Harding and Mr P Davidson made some excellent comments on the catch return after boating a large number of fish on Saturday, all on dries.

Best flies; Buzzers, crunchers, diawl bachs, damsels, hoppers and bob’s bits.

Best areas; Toft shallows, the cornfield, biggin bay, dunns bay, the aerators, rainbow corner and the Hensborough bank.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Howard Rutter from Amersham .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 241        Number Trout Taken:   361       Number Trout Released:   494

Total Catch:  855                 Weekly Rod Average:    3.5

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until13:45   PM 13:45 until 20:00

Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 until   20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

Date for your diary:

Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015   10:00 until 18:00

To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing.  Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Confirmation of Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff