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
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.
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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