Draycote report w/e 6th oct

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Draycote is continuing in good form though there are one or two signs of things slowing, just a little. With a rod average of four, it is hard to knock, however the fish are getting into transition mode from freely rising on the surface to starting to nail the fry, that has now appeared in there tens of thousands. Slightly cooler nights of late have sent a signal to the fish winter is only just around the corner, whereas only a week ago we were in temperatures of the early twenties !

With cooling water temperatures, the fly hatches have somewhat slowed, and the daddy longlegs bonanza we experienced has slowed dramatically too! However it’s out with the dry, and in with the fry ! Mark Harrison may argue with that though as he had 15 fish to the boat yesterday (Monday) on dry orange hoppers, and plenty of bag limits this week have been taken on dries !

Toft Shallows has been the dominant area on the lake, though this is probably due to most boats all of the time heading that way. Rainbow Corner is holding  a lot of fish and this is where Mark Harrison took 15 on the dry hopper. Holec landed 11 fish from the bank at Rainbow Corner on pheasant tail nymphs on Tuesday.

Reports have been coming in this week of fish spewing out fry when landed in the boat, roach and perch. One angler landed a 4lb brown off the spit and it had over 11 small 2” perch fry in its mouth ! The fry have reappeared around the pontoon this week and one or two fish have been seen chasing them. This week’s forecast drop in temperature will only encourage this even more.

Bank anglers have had steady sport this week, with one or two anglers not doing as well as others. The tower bank has been a favoured spot as has Rainbow Corner. Dave Hoppe fished the bank on Sunday(6th) and had 10 fish including a 5lb brown !

Number rods this week 290

Number of fish caught 397

Number of fish returned 830

Rod average 4.2

COMPETITION NEWS

This Sunday is our £1000 boat pairs match. There are still a couple of boats left for this match. Competition starts at 10am and finished at 6.00pm. Fished to reservoir rules(NO RUDDERS). Entry fee £25.00 + fishing fees.

CHRISTMAS FUR AND FEATHER match Sunday 24th NOVEMBER is filling fast with only a handful of boats left. This fun event will be fished from 10.am til 3.30. Fishery rules. There is NO entry fee, though we ask ALL anglers to bring a small prize along so everyone goes home with something. There will be fantastic hamper prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd places. CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018.

Opening day for 2015 is March the 4th. Bookings for groups, competitions, and individuals are now being taken.

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Water report week ending 30th September

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Draycote weekly update 30/09/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th

This week has seen a continuation of excellent fishing with much surface activity and many anglers reporting fabulous sport on dries – particularly Daddy patterns & hoppers.

Mr Roberts spent Monday & Tuesday afloat & boated 23 on small dries. Craig gave Kevin Rees a daddy pattern on Tuesday with which he proceeded to catch 24!

Dave Heseltine returned for more sport on Wednesday to find 14, up to 4lbs,  on a sparkler pattern fished in conjunction with a Kelly Green Intermediate.

Season rod Julius Holec demonstrated that it was not to be all down to the boats. He  recorded an 11 fish catch from the bank at Rainbow Corner, mainly on crunchers.

On Thursday the English Fly Fishing Association averaged 4.65 with John Mees topping their chart recording an eight fish limit for 25lbs 5oz. His bag included  a 5lbs 2oz rainbow. Meanwhile, regular Paul Beasley took 5 fish from the bank on claret buzzer during a morning session.

Friday saw exceptional sport, again, particularly to the daddies. Mr Broadway took 10 from the bank whilst Mr Eaton made best use of his evening boat to take 15 fish on CDC dries.

Surface activity, particularly from the Farborough Spit & down into Toft, continued into the weekend although the shift of the wind into the east made things a little trickier by Sunday. Nevertheless, Paul Morris & friends, visiting from North Wales for the weekend, totalled 107 between them for a 6+ rod average on a mixture of dries & fry patterns.

Rods for the week: 418   Total Fish caught: 1492   Rod Average  3.56
Bank Clearing:- Fishery Staff with assistance from the Severn Trent Rangers are busy bank clearing the overgrown willows, Toft Shallows & Cornfield already done; they are this week moving onto Lincroft. Our aim is to have the bank clear by early October.
This will ensure plenty of bank fishing when the trout move in onto the fry during October & November!

Our £1000 boat pairs match on Sunday 13th of October is nearly full, with few boats remaining. Entry fee is £25 plus normal fishing fees. Fished to reservoir rules, the heaviest pairs overall bag weight wins the £1000 cash (Less than 20 pairs prize fund value will be adjusted down)

Our Christmas fur and feather match is Sunday 24th November. This match is fished from the boat, and normal fishing fees apply. Entry is free. Please call the fishing lodge to book your place. All anglers are reminded to bring a small prize along with them, so everyone taking part take something home. Contact tel. number 01788 812018
Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening on Tuesday 4th of March. If you wish to hold a competition in 2014 please call Craig Barr on 01788 812018, or email draycotefishery@btconnect.co.uk Group discounts apply, catering facilities available upon request. We have teamed up with the Draycote Golf Hotel (5 mins) to offer our anglers excellent accommodation at excellent rates. Please ask for details.

 

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Last 4 Hour 2.45pm – 6.45pm

All anglers offsite by 7.15pm

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Draycote Water Report

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Draycote is really offering some exceptional fishing at the moment. All this week to date the fishing has been exceptional, with the fish remaining very high in the water and taking dry flies very readily, all through the day !

Mr Dobby has just walked in having caught 25 fish on daddies and said “in 25 years of fishing here, he has never seen so many daddies on the water. Today it was too easy !!!”

Mr Stewart from Scotland had a whale of a time landing over 50 fish on dries on Saturday. Mr Lewis visiting from Wales also had a cracking 2 days here taking over 30 fish. Dave Heseltine had fantastic fishing on Wednesday landing in excess of 12 fish. He commented” The fish fought so well, at one stage I thought I had a monster on, yet when I landed it was around 3.5lb!”  Dave has booked to come again this Wednesday ! The water has now cooled off which has sparked the lake to life, with fish showing everywhere. Conditions this week have played a big part in this bonanza with most days having cloud cover and light winds.

Tosh Storrar, a regular visitor from Scotland (Tosh’s Adventures) and his colleagues landed in excess of 70 fish, averaging over 11 a man! They took their haul on dries, fabs, the biscuit (they wouldn’t show me it!!) and various nymphs.

The best boat fishing has been anywhere from Lincroft point to the very bottom of Toft Shallows. With the cloudy conditions this past week, the fish have been seen on the surface all day, therefore giving some good target fishing.

Floating lines have been the best by far, keeping the flies high in the water. Dry flies have been the best method, especially daddies, along with Shipmans buzzers and yellow owls. Diawl bachs and crunchers have also taken good bags of fish.

The bank too has remained in good form. The Cornfields area is still the best bank area, using floating lines and nymphs and daddies.

Our £1000 boat pairs match on Sunday 13th of October is nearly full, with few boats remaining. Entry fee is £25 plus normal fishing fees. Fished to reservoir rules, the heaviest pairs overall bag weight wins the £1000 cash !

Our Christmas fur and feather match is Sunday 24th November. This match is fished from the boat, and normal fishing fees apply. Entry is free. Please call the fishing lodge to book your place. All anglers are reminded to bring a small prize along with them, so everyone taking part take something home. Contact tel. number 01788 812018

Number of rods 259

Fish caught 467

Number of fish released 789

Rod average 4.8

Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening onTuesday 4th of March. If you wish to hold a competition in 2014 please call Craig Barr on 01788 812018, or email draycotefishery@btconnect.co.uk Group discounts apply, catering facilities available upon request. We have teamed up with the Draycote Golf Hotel (5 mins) to offer our anglers excellent accommodation at excellent rates. Please ask for details.

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote W/E 15TH Sept

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After the dip in form last week, Draycote bounced back this week, after some cooler weather , with some great catches, both from the bank and the boat. 7 browns between 6 and 10lb were recorded this week !  Mr J. Pointing when fishing from a boat landed 2 browns  estimated between 8-10lb on a big orange fritz lure. Paul Beasley landed 4 browns over 6lb with the biggest weighing 7lb 10, and Mr J Sleeth also netted a brown of 10lb. All these fish were safely returned.

Daddy longlegs have featured heavily on the catch returns this week, as the fresher winds have blown them onto the water on a frequent basis. Mike Williams and his patner fished daddies all day and between them boated 30 fish ! The fish have remained high in the water and are frequently found cruising through the wind lanes feeding on small buzzers and midge stuck in the film.

The best areas from a boat have been Toft Shallows, G and F buoys, Rainbow Corner and the Cornfileds area, though fish are now well spread throughout the whole lake.

The bank has started to produce some good bags this week, with season ticket holders John Dews and Tony Broadway netting 10 apiece from Lincroft point.

The best flies for the week have been Daddy longlegs, both on the surface and fished wet, crunchers, red nemos, hares ears, small black buzzers, sedge patterns, cormorants, blobs and boobies.

Sunday October the 13th  is our £1000 boat pairs match. Fish with your partner to reservoir rules. Entry fee £25.00 plus fishing fees. (Prize fund is subject to number of entrants)

Sunday 24th of November is our Christmas fur and feather match – this is fished from a boat, and boat numbers will be limited to 18, so booking early is strongly advised !! All entrants to bring a small prize so every angler wins something. Fantastic Christmas hampers will go to 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. FREE ENTRY. Normal fishing fees apply on the day

Number of rods 224

Fish killed 441

Fish returned 452

Rod average 3.9

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote fishing report w/e 08/09

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The week got off to a flying start with some great bags being caught on or near the surface. Former brand manager at Wychwood, Paul Richardson and myself managed a 1.3/4 hour session on Monday evening and to say we had the most perfect conditions was an understatement. The fish were everywhere and between us we landed 17 trout, and probably lost as many too !! All on dry flies – dry sedge, yellow owls(size 14) and F flies(size 14). Other anglers we noticed also took advantage of the bonanza taking plenty of fish.

Since then of course we had the return of the hot weather, albeit only 2-3 days. This however seemed to knock the fishing sideways for a few days, and the rod catches dropped, and a green tinge appeared in the water. Slightly cooler weather returned on Sunday and the fish responded. Mr B Allwood landed 13 fish , Ned Thomas landed 20 and Mr N Davies landed 15. This was before we stocked it today !! (An angler has just this moment signed out with 7 from the Cornfields from a boat using a team of hares ears!)

The best areas have been from the boats, though evenings from the banks at times have also been good. Floating lines with teams of nymphs or dries have produced the better catches, though sinking lines should always be at hand if needed.

The best flies have been, yellow owls, dry sedge, f flies, diawl bachs, crunchers, red nemo’s, blobs(fished as an attractor on a floater) and small boobies used for the washing line technique.

Sunday the 13th is the 2nd £1000 cash prize boat pairs competition. Fish with your partner and the match is fished to reservoir rules(except anchoring). Entry fee is £25pp plus fishing costs. Deposit is required when booking.

Sunday the 24th of November  is our Christmas Fur and Feather boat match. Each angler is to bring a prize so that everyone is a winner. Excellent Christmas hampers are up for grabs for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Normal fishing fees apply. NO ENTRY FEE.

To book any of the competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

OPENING DAY 2014 SATURDAY MARCH THE 4TH. BOOKINGS NOW BEING TAKEN.

Number of fish caught 312

Number of fish returned 289

Number of rods 268

Rod average 2.24

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote fishing report w/e 01/08

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Draycote has continued to fish well, though one or two have not found it so easy, highlighted by one anglers comment of “are there any fish in here”! I can assure you there are stacks of fish in the lake, they are just very occupied on very small terrestrials and for that reason it’s a little bit more tricky to knock them off their perch !!! On overcast days there are plenty of fish feeding on or very near the surface, especially in the wind lanes !

Yesterday(Sunday) was the England ladies National qualifier for the 2014 England team. Plenty of them had put in some hard work practice sessions and many of them were rewarded, however Rosemary Gunn stole the show, by not practicing at all and won the event with 8 fish by 2.30pm, 7 of which she had landed by 12.00 noon! Rosemary had started on a di-3 line, taking 5 fish on her first drift, followed by the 3 more on a floating line. Her boat Partner, Maggie Curtis also caught her 8 fish limit. Maggie took all her 8 fish on a floating line fished with a team of Diawl Bachs.The ladies rod average for the day was above 3 – am impressive performance by all !

The fish have remained very high in the water, and this has been critical to cracking the code to catching them. Your flies have needed to be(the majority of the time) within the top 1foot(higher at times) to stand a chance. Despite the majority of fish being in the surface the di-3 line has also produced some very good catches. I fished on Saturday with Martha Thompson and between us we had 4 fish in the boat by lunchtime on the di-3 line using Fab blobs and diawl bachs. Several of the England ladies took their catches on di-3 lines in the national on Sunday.

Neil Bridges of Coventry took the best fish of the week, and the 2nd biggest brown of the season, landing a cracking brown of 8lb. Neil took this fish in the middle whilst fishing on the rudder.Ed Douglas landed 17 trout, 3 of them weighing over 4lb(estimated).Mr Mclellan landed 14 fish, all on a size 14 caenis pattern.

The bank in comparison has been slower, however the Tower bank has started to produce some good catches, with Rainbow Corner also producing some fish. The evenings is the best time from the bank at the moment.

Best flies from the boats have been – Green holo diawl bachs, red holo diawl bachs, crunchers, yellow owl dry fly, claret shipmans buzzers, daddies, hoppers, F- flies, tequila fab blobs, woofter booby, and various blobs. Size 12 in the nymphs and sizes down to 16’s with the dry flies have been working best. The best lines have been a floating line, midge tip and a di-3.

The best flies from the bank have been daddies, diawl bachs, small buzzers, and minkies

Sunday October the 13th  is our next £1000 boat pairs match. Fished to reservoir rules, and fish with your chosen partner.The heaviest pairs weight wins £1000 cash. £25 entry fee pp plus fishing fees. Entry fee is expected at time of booking. The prize fund is subject to number of entrants and could therefore possibly change.

 

With the first hints of autumn these last few mornings, I predict the fishing to continue to improve over the next month or so. We recommend if you plan to fish from the boat that you do pre book one as we are busy over the next month, especially weekends.

Why not take advantage of our last 4 hour ticket, still priced at £10 for one fish and continued catch and release, or hire a boat as well for only £10(between 2 anglers!!!)

Number of rods 334

Number of fish taken 363

Number of fish returned 479

Rod average 2.5

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Report w/e 26/8

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Draycote is continuing in good  form, aided by general good fishing conditions over the past week. The fish have remained high in the water and have been generally caught in the top 1 foot.

Mr D Adams returned over 16 fish, all taken on diawl bachs, and Mr J Smith took 7 on cdc buzzers. Regular angler, and recent Lexus heat winner Peter Elliot, claimed the fishing was that easy on Friday, his two year old grandson could catch them!! (he landed over 20 fish) I fished myself with Leicester based Bob Eaton, and between us we landed 13 fish in under two hours, all on floating lines and a combination of fab blobs and nymphs.

A combination of nymphs and a booby on the point has been by far the most productive method recently, with dry flies, including daddies, also taking a good number of fish.

The best lines have been floating, midge tips or slow intermediates, though do not rule out sinking lines on brighter warmer days !

The best flies have been diawl bachs, crunchers, buzzers, daddies, dry flies, small boobies, blobs and fab blobs

The whole lake is producing fish, though Rainbow Corner and Toft shallows, renowned quality nymphing areas, have shone over the last week.

This weekend sees the England ladies qualifier here at Draycote water, and with the lake in its current form, it promises to be a good match. No fish have been stocked leading up to this event.

Why not enter our £1000 boat pairs match on Sunday the 13th of October. Fished to reservoir rules. £25pp entry fee plus fishing fees.The heaviest pairs combined weight wins the cash !!! (Prize fund will be subject to number of entrants)

Number of rods 287

Number of fish taken 327

Number of fish released 593

Rod average 3.2

Booking a boat is recommended – please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote report w/e 18/08

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Draycote has maintained its impressive form and if anything has improved ! Top of the water sport has been fantastic, with plenty of trout now being taken on dries, even during the brighter days.

Our first £1000 floating line only pairs match was won by Rob Edmunds and Keiron Bonas, whose 16 fish weighed in excess of 40lb !

There are plenty of fish between the 3 and 5lb mark getting caught on a daily basis. Paul Roach and Mr G Pearson, regular Chew Valley anglers, had a two day stay at Draycote Water. Both days they had in excess of 20 fish to the boat, many of which fell to a team of dry flies on a floating line.

I myself was guiding two anglers on Saturday, and between them they landed 10 fish, but losing many too ! Fish were rising all day, right in the surfaces film, and fishing friend Andy Axon was consistently catching nearby on size 12 and 14 dries.

The best areas have been Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows, however fish are moving right across the water in all areas !

We recommend when fishing at Draycote you use at least 8lb breaking strain tippet, as many anglers are getting ripped off, and when questioned the common theme appears to be they have been using 5lb leader, and on one occasion 3lb ! The trout here are renowned hard fighting fish, You have been warned !!!!

The best areas from the bank has been predominantly Rainbow Corner, with buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers taking most of the fish, in particular size 12 flies.

Boats have had fantastic sport in many areas of the lake with Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows certainly being the highlighted areas. Two anglers had “incredible sport” drifting from the middle of the lake to the bottom of Toft Shallows using floating lines and a team of hoppers pulled slowly across the waves. Floating lines with small nymphs( size 12-14’s) with a fab blob on the point have been hugely successful, fished very slowly and just keeping in touch with the line.

Best flies – black buzzers, dialw bachs, uv crunchers, shipmans buzzers, bobs bits, sedge hogs, yellow owls, daddy long legs,Fab blobs and boobies

Our next £1000 boat pairs match( fished to complete reservoir rules) will be on Sunday 13th October. Deposit of £25pp will be required upon booking. The prize fund may alter subject to entrant numbers. Only 9 boats remain for this event !!

Number of fish killed 400

Number of fish released 771

Number of anglers 246

Rod average 4.7

Due to the demand for our fleet of 29 boats we recommend you do call to book one for your planned days fishing in the weeks ahead. Please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018

 

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Report week ending 11/08/2013

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Draycote weekly update 11/08/2013      Tel 01788 812018

This week has seen Draycote continue to give us some good sport with fish being caught in many areas of the reservoir. The slightly cooler conditions and the odd shower of rain have helped to  keep the fish moving in or near the surface.  Indeed, even through spells of bright sunshine fish have continued to be caught throughout the day.

The bank anglers have fared well this week with fish being caught in Rainbow corner, Dunns bay and off the Corn field. This will be partly due to the water level dropping off quite a lot in the last fortnight, giving the bank anglers better access to areas that where inaccessible earlier in the season.

The £1000 Draycote pairs match which took place on Saturday was entered by 20 anglers who got off to a “flying” start at 10:00am. They fished in many different areas of the reservoir and reported some hard fighting trout.

The day was won my  Rob Edmunds and  Keiran Bonas who took advantage of the boils being in bounds to catch a total weight of 16 fish for 47lb 5 oz. They walked away with the winner takes all prize of £1000 pounds. Well done.

As mentioned before the boats seem to be catching all over the reservoir with the best boat areas being the deeper water in Rainbow corner, The Tower bank and the boils area, Farborough spit and Lincroft point.

The best flies this week have been buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, damsels and muddlers. Daddies have produced some good fish from both the bank and the boat. On Saturday morning Mr G turner caught 7 fish on daddies from a boat, the best of which weighed 4lbs.

 

A total of 299 anglers caught 1312 fish giving an excellent summer rod average 4.4

Evening Rise: Why not take advantage of our last 4 hour ticket for only £10, or take a boat for a further £10

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All anglers offsite by 9.15pm

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Draycote report

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Draycote has continued in sparkling from this week, with some tremendous top of the water sport happening. I managed an evening with Rutland Water regular Kevin Appleton, and between us we managed 13 fish to the boat with some exciting surface action with the trout racing up behind pulled boobies on a floating line.

The fish have been very high in the water and at times could be seen in huge numbers cruising through the surface waves feeding on the clouds of daphnia. Some very good fish have been caught too with many breaking the 3 & 4 pound mark. Peter Elliot who won the Lexus heat the previous Saturday returned in the week with John Hoskins. Between them they had over 30 fish to the boat, all on floating lines and nymphs – this was before it has been recently stocked !!!

With the fish being high in the water an old time favourite fly has been working wanders, the muddler. Pulled fast on floating lines, this has bought a lot of fun this last week, as fish have pursued them through the waves. Buzzers, Diawl bachs, crunchers and now daddies, have been working tremendously well, mainly on floating and midge tip lines. The fish are now all over the lake and can be caught pretty much anywhere. Rainbow Corner has harboured an incredible amount of fish recently, mainly due the fresh water being pumped in, many of them being good solid 3-4 pound fish.

Number of rods 182

Number of fish caught 269

Number of fish killed 741

Rod average 5.5

This coming Saturday is our first £1000 floating line only match. With the lake in superb form this looks set to be a cracking match. The entry is only £25pp plus fishing fees so why not have a go. The winners will take £1000 cash home on the day.(subject to number of entries) You can use any sized fly, but fished with a floating line only. Fish with your partner too! Match starts at 10am – 6pm To book a boat call 01788 812018

 

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Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com