Draycote weekly fishing report week ending 29th June 2014

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Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 29th June 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The cooler evenings & showery conditions of last week has cooled the surface water temperature with any algae dropping out, with the water clarity this week described as excellent.

Despite there been a huge amount of pin fry this year a good number of trout this week were taken on dries with Sean Hanlon catching 10 trout on a daddy drifting over open water & on Friday evening Mr Pelly taking 6 to dries, daddies & Big Red from Lincroft.

Buzzer & damsels continue to take fish but with the amount of pin fry a silver Invicta, silver thorax pheasant tail or a flash back has also worked.

Anglers fishing the rudder found catches a little slower this week however Lee Henfrey & N Keeber continue to find the rudder working well for them fishing the morning session 8.30am – 3.00pm catching 19 trout.

Paul Beasley caught a 5lb1oz brown, Vince Veronica caught 5 trout for 15lb, J Pearson & J Astley bank fished the evening session recording 14 trout with both anglers recording fish of 4lb. Members Colin England & Tony Plummer recorded 20 fish for their visit. R Hubbard recorded a brown 4lb8oz with R Elkin returning a 4lb+ brown.

Bank anglers have generally found the best of their sport in rainbow corner & Lincroft with boat anglers finding the best sport off Lincroft, Biggin & in front of the outflow although anglers drifting the open water with dries are picking up some cracking fish.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     299         Number Trout Taken:     471          Number Trout Released:    443

Total Catch:     914               Weekly Rod Average:   3.1

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until 22:00

Last 4 Hours from:  18:00  (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Ifor

Up & coming events

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs Scheduled for July are Cancelled

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Draycote Fishing Report Week ending 22nd June

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Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 22nd June 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Another extremely busy week at Draycote Water with  both angler numbers & boat bookings reaching record levels. This past week has probably best been described as “Competition Week”.

We were pleased to welcome back for their third year here, the HMRC who assembled from all over England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Many competitors made a week of the event and practise fished on three day packages before their match on Thursday.  We also welcomed back the Association of Major Fly-fishing Clubs with six teams of six competing in Round 3 of their league on the Wednesday. At the weekend it was time for the Draycote Pairs on Saturday culminating in the Draycote Heat of the Scierra Pairs on Sunday.

On Monday  Mike Hill & Roy Palmer were pleased to have driven up from London for what they later described as a “wonderful day”. They caught 20 + 12 rainbows respectively using Diawl Bachs & Red Buzzers fished “washing Line” style in Toft Shallows.

Ron Blackwell spent his usual morning with us on Tuesday & his 6 fish boat catch included a brownie of 4-11 & a rainbow of 4-10. Season ticket regulars John Dews & Tony Broadway continued to excel on the bank with a combined total of 27, mostly caught & released. They noted, as did others, how the trout were beginning to show a distinct interest in the large quantities of pin fry that are now to be found all around the fishery. Damsel & sedge together with daddies are also much in evidence.

Wednesday saw the first of the week’s matches – the AMFC. Chris Reeves was to later comment that “match day saw a huge bloom of daphnia and while the dries and nymphs took the odd fish, a two tone blob cleaned up. Only 5 out of 36 anglers didn’t finish early & again, there were many good grown on fish caught”. Bewl Bridge FC ‘A’ won the event with 115lbs actual weight. They were followed by Invicta FFC ‘A’ in second and Tunbridge Wells FFS in third spot. Individual winner Steve Collins from Bewl also caught the largest fish at 4-15. A total of 278 fish were caught in the event giving them a very creditable rod average of 7.72

On Thursday the HMRC/RCSL event concluded with the capture of 126 rainbows & 2 brown trout. Derek Knight’s eight fish 19-12 bag took top honours whilst Mick Toal, over from Northern Ireland, weighed in the best rainbow at 4-4.

Numerous anglers had success during the week on dries & the daddies, particularly the foam body patterns, have been featuring in many of the returns. Gary Turner enjoyed good sport from an afternoon boat on Thursday with an 8 fish total on a mix of Diawl Bachs & daddies. Our own Alan & John also used them to good effect when the sneaked a morning session afloat drifting over open water off the Hensborough Bank. The mystery fly of the week came to us from Mr C O’Mahony who boated 6 fish on Friday using a “Crested Yellow Flanger” (…..which I’m afraid we do not have in stock!).

Mr Severn takes credit for the best bag of fish this week. On Saturday he weighed in an 8 fish limit for 29-12. All his fish came to large lures fished extremely deep, over open water. His bag included a beautiful brownie of 7-12 (see photo on our Facebook page).  Buzzers & nymphs nevertheless featured highly in the Saturday returns. Mr Sawyer also reported getting take after take to his small Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate from the bank in Rainbow Corner. He netted a total of 13 rainbows during his session.

The Higham Ferrers & District FF “Draycote Pairs” also took place on Saturday with 16 anglers taking a total of 88 fish. Honours went to the pairing of Stephen Ayres & John Water with a 16 fish bag totalling 39-2.

One of the finest catches of the week came to Lee Henfrey who fished solo from a boat on Sunday morning using deep tactics with lures. His eight fish rainbow limit looked like peas in a pod. All bright, full finned silver bars with a total weight of 25lbs 12oz.

Neil Berry’s day was also made on Sunday afternoon when, trying out a new pair of waders off the Cornfield, a grown on rainbow of 8lbs took his Diawl Bach. The perfect specimen was a personal best for Neil and the largest rainbow of the week. Congratulations Neil!

Finally, the Scierra Pairs on Sunday saw 18 anglers in 9 boats battling it out in extremely hot, bright conditions. Kieron Thomas + Craig Gimblet took  a 16 fish pair limit for 36-12 together with a time bonus to win the event. A total of 91 fish were caught for a rod average of 5. Phil Burgess took the largest fish at 4lbs. Many caught using Midge Tip lines with extremely long leaders fishing buzzers deep in the bright conditions.

Once more it was a week during which weather conditions affected the fishing. At times the fishing has been very challenging indeed. It has been interesting to observe the reactions of the trout to changing weather systems & those anglers who are thinking, reacting & adapting appropriately to such changes are the ones being rewarded with the best of this week’s results

                                                   

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:     468         Number Trout Taken:     1160          Number Trout Released:    837

Total Catch:     1997               Weekly Rod Average:   4.3

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00

Last 4 Hours from:  18:00  (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

 

Weekend Breakfast available at Draycote, Anglers will be pleased to hear that the Waterside Restaurant above the lodge will be open from 08:30 on Saturday 28th June & Sunday 29th June for breakfasts, tea & coffee. This will hopefully continue next month, & possibly beyond, should sufficient numbers utilise the facility.

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

 

Up & coming events

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Weekly Fishing Report 16th June 2014

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Draycote Water weekly report ending Sunday 15th June 2014   

Telephone  01788 812018

 

Generally a harder week than of late but with a 3.4 rod average for  the reporting period. Anglers had to contend with very humid, muggy conditions at the start of the week. On Monday what light winds there were swung around 360 degrees twice during the course of the day. Nevertheless, boat angler John Clifford managed to find 6 good rainbows deep off the Draycote Water Dam on a variety of lures. An afternoon/evening boat also took 8 rainbows up to 5lbs 4oz  on CDC emergers.

Thornton member Norman Perkins visited on Tuesday and experienced terrific sport in Rainbow Corner on a mix of orange dries & diawl bachs. He took an eight fish limit of rainbows for 29lbs 8oz and his bag included two at 4lbs 8oz. Some of his fish had been covered but quite a few came to him blind. Meanwhile, regular Barry Buxton, in an afternoon boat, managed a 9 fish tally & commented that “Intermediate lines made the day”. It proved to be very hard on the bank during the day, however, Gary Darlow did well to land  7 from Rainbow Corner, the overflow & the bottom of the Hensborough Bank. He fished straight line black and green buzzers & a pheasant tail nymph and his catch included a picture perfect three & a half pound rainbow as well as a three pound brownie, both caught & released.

Improved conditions on Wednesday saw some good sport on boat & bank alike. Kevin Rees continued his good form on the bank taking 16 fish on a mixture of buzzer & sedge pupae. (Considerable numbers of sedge have been appearing in the evenings). Vince Aronica fished in both Biggin Bay & Rainbow Corner with olive & black buzzers. He caught a total of 13 rainbows which had clearly been cruising high in the water column. All his fish came to either the top or middle dropper at depths of three or six feet respectively. Vince described how spectacular his best fish, a fin perfect 5lbs 10oz rainbow, had looked fighting hard in what was gin clear water.

Weather conditions were best described as challenging come Thursday with one angler concluding that it had been a hard days fishing but great for the sun tan! (Remember to pack sunblock in the tackle bag).  Despite the extreme heat & brightness, Geoff Preston caught nine rainbows deep on lures in a morning boat session.  Eddie Kirk also managed a good eight fish total on crisp packet buzzers.

The effects of a few really hot days didn’t stop Mr Mason who, from the bank in Rainbow Corner on Friday morning, took a five fish bag on Foam  Daddies.

The weekend saw a mix of tactics bringing success even though the hot days at the end of the week, combined with a change around of wind into the NE & NNE , upset things for a while. Jim Dempsey still managed to find fish on rudder tactics on Saturday. He recorded an 8 fish limit for 27lbs 4oz which included a brown of 4lbs 4oz. His boat partner Ifor Jones (no, not Thornton Ifor!) had a 5lbs rainbow in his catch. Dave Adams also managed a 12 fish total on black buzzer & diawl bachs.

By Sunday it was clear that the north shore marks were beginning to fish well with fish migrating up the now consistent NNE wind. David Lodge made the most of a Father’s Day fishing gift voucher describing his day on the bank at Lin Croft as “Excellent”. He caught 16 rainbows, all on a goldhead montana tadpole pattern, mostly “on the drop” at the full extent of his cast. Tony Hanks also had a tremendous session in a boat in Toft taking 20 fish on black buzzers fished static. Interestingly, one angler reported taking an eight fish limit on red head diawl bachs suspended three feet under an indicator.

The settled wind direction for the next few days should bring with it consistent sport. It should be noted though that there are two boat competitions taking place this coming week & the boat fleet is virtually booked up until Friday. There is ample bank availability but advance booking of car passes is recommended to guarantee access.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:        318         Number Trout Taken:       462     Number Trout Released:   617

Total Catch:     1079               Weekly Rod Average:   3.4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 – 22:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 – 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 – 14:30   PM 14:30 – 21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

Up & coming events

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 8th June 2014

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 8th June 2014

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Yet again a week of variable weather conditions which ranged from some bright, hot flat calms to non-stop rain mid-week. Nevertheless, the rod average was 3.7 for the week peaking at 6 yesterday. Whilst the boats are starting to find more consistent results, some excellent sport has been enjoyed on the bank, especially early & late. Generally, sport has still been had on buzzer tactics or nymph patterns such as Diawl Bachs & Crunchers. However, it has also been most noticeable how many anglers have been fishing dries to great effect – especially CDC shuttlecock patterns.

Early in the week Gordon Byers from Lockwood Beck Trout Fishery in North Yorkshire, led a four angler party who spent a couple of days with us. They concentrated their efforts on the dries and enjoyed tremendous sport locating some magnificent grown on fish. Don Coe repeatedly enquired as to what steroids we had them on! John McGarrell took the lead on their first session with a nine fish evening catch of rainbows up to 7lbs – all taken on CDC patterns. They ended their two days afloat having caught and released a total of 53 rainbows.

Dave Thomas enjoyed his reintroduction to Draycote on Tuesday using White Zonkers in Toft where he caught four 3lbs rainbows.

Lough Mask angler & guide Ronan Cusack plus friends flew in from Dublin late on Tuesday morning & headed straight up to Rainbow Corner where the four of them caught 34 rainbows mostly on dries. Their best fish was a 5lbs rainbow that came to a Claret Bits. Season rod Tony Broadway was also on form on the bank and managed a 12 fish total whilst Kevin Rees fished buzzers from the bank at Lin Croft catching 14.

Tosh Storrar’s annual party from both Scotland & Wales was ten strong this year. They described their sport as “fabulous” – catching a total of 132 rainbows with many in the 4-6lbs class. Tosh himself caught & released an estimated 7lbs rainbow. He commented that they all fished dries on the fine weather days but fished deeper with buzzers on what proved to be a very wet Wednesday.

Yet another group making their annual pilgrimage to us were 16 anglers led by Jim Brown who spent 3 1/2 days on the water. Their collective description of the sport experienced was “superb”. They also concentrated on dry fly tactics especially during the last few hours. Their group rod average was a most creditable 7.45!

On Thursday we played host to the CSSC National Game Angling Final. Twenty Four anglers competed catching a total of 86 fish. Steven Frakes took top honours with an 8 fish bag for 21lbs 12oz. Second was Nigel Evans, 8 fish for 21lbs 1oz with Lee Patten in 3rd also weighing an 8 fish total for 20lbs 1oz.

Friday & Saturday saw most of the fleet out, with many practising for the TEFF England Eliminator on Sunday & trying to keep their tactics, flies & results close to their chests.

The event itself was fished by 44 anglers who took 195, caught & released a further 48, recording a rod average of 5.6 per angler. The largest individual fish was a rainbow of 5lbs 10oz. A brown of 4lbs 5oz was also weighed in. Congratulations go to Andrew Taylor whose 12 fish total + 1lbs 4oz time bonus gave him a winner’s weight of 27lbs 14oz. Second place went to Stephen Peart with 10 for 26lbs 11oz. It was another third for Lee Patten, who is clearly on form right now. Lee also managed a 12 fish bag.

Overall, best areas for both boat & bank have been Rainbow Corner, Hensborough, Toft Shallows & Lin Croft. The Tower Bank right down to Dunns has also provided some good sport. Drifting over open water has also been finding a lot of fish for the boat anglers.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    436                             Number Trout Taken:      543       Number Trout Released: 1095

Total Catch:    1638                Weekly Rod Average:  3.7

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 – 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 – 21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30 – 14:30   PM  14:30  – 21:30

Last 4 Hours from:   17:30

All Anglers to be off site by:   22:00

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

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

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

Tight lines,

Kevin Hart

Up & coming events

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Draycote weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 1st June 2014

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Draycote weekly fishing report week ending Sunday
1st June 2014

Despite yet another week of varying weather conditions the sport remained consistently good with an overall rod average this week of 5.3

There has been a lot of surface activity with moving fish being seen over most of the fishery. Rainbow Corner & the Hensborough Bank have however, probably seen the most of the action in a week which has seen prolific rises. On Monday black buzzer were everywhere.
Tony Parker & Pete Walsh used both buzzer tactics & dries for a joint catch of 28 in their boat session.
Alternative tactics were deployed by the Watsons on Tuesday who caught over 20 fish in the boils on boobies.
Heavy overnight rain and an extremely wet Wednesday resulted in tremendous sport throughout the day, mainly to static buzzer or slow figure of eight retrieved crunchers. Mr Sicki & partner caught & released 61 describing the experience as “buzzer fishing at its best!”. On the bank, season rod James Hall took 4 rainbows on crunchers for a combined weight of 12lbs.That day, twenty seven  rods caught a total of 303 fish representing a tremendous rod average of 11.22
Thursday & Friday saw continuing action to a mix of buzzer tactics, nymphs plus dries & emergers. Smaller sized flies have also been bringing better results. Paul Beasley managed a 10 fish catch which included a 5lbs brown taken on a claret buzzer. Mr Birkett used claret bits, hoppers & hare’s ears from his boat & reported 14 of his 24 fish as being over 21/2lbs.

The three day package breaks continue to be popular & can also demonstrate the consistency of the sport at times. This week the “Brown Party” of six, visiting from Scotland for three days, caught a total of 145. This equates to a daily rod average of 8 per person. Similarly, Enid Edwards, part of a 14 strong group holidaying from North Wales, enjoyed great sport with an 18 fish catch on a mix of dries & buzzers despite much harder conditions in the hotter weather on Saturday. Others in her party went deep with snake lures & humungus boobies & also found taking fish.

Blue skies, bright sunshine, a near flat calm & high temperatures made conditions extremely hard on Sunday. Foremark Fly Fishers held a club event with 20 anglers catching a total of 42 fish. Mark Redfern took top honours with 5 for 13lbs 4oz using washing line tactics whilst Ric Saconne took the best fish at 4lbs 7oz. Sean Hanlon realised that the best of the day’s sport would come in the evening and was rewarded with a 17 fish total. He caught on diawl bachs, pheasant tails & crunchers from the bank at Lin Croft. His best was a cracking rainbow at 4lbs 12oz.

Weekly Stats.
Number of rods:  414     Number of fish taken:   517     Number of fish released: 1685
Total catch:    2202   Weekly Rod Average:  5.3

Current fishing times:
Bank:  07:30hrs until 21:30 hrs.
Boat:   08:30hrs until 21:15 hrs.
Part day boat: 08:30hrs until 14:30hrs – 14:30 until 21:15 hrs.
Last 4 hours from 17:00hrs until 21:15 hrs.
All anglers to be off site by 21:45 hrs.

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

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

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

Up & coming events
22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

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Draycote weekly fishing report 26th May 2014

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Draycote Water Fishing Report Monday 19th May – Sunday 25th MAY 2014

 

The weather has been varied this week at Draycote with days that included heavy showers interspersed with bright sunshine. But this doesn’t seem to have affected the voracious appetite of the fish.

 

Buzzer hatches have been excellent especially along the hensborough bank and into rainbow corner and indeed most of the anglers from both boat and bank have had more success with the smaller patterns. Damsels have also worked well fished on an intermediate line.

 

Once again a number of large browns have been caught, The best of which was Mr Ron Beavan at 5 lb. Mr John Ryder also caught two browns at approx. 4lbs each.

 

Plenty of Fish have been caught across the middle of the reservoir and over the boils particularly on small dry fly patterns such as bob’s bits, hoppers and emergers.

 

The rudder has also been working well once again for boat partners Lee Henfry and Nigel Keeber who took some cracking fish on Sunday.

 

Best flies have been small buzzers, dawl bachs, crunchers, hares ears and damsels. Dry flies such as bob’s bits, hoppers  and emergers have also been effective. We have a full selection of Fulling Mill flies available

 

Best bank areas have been rainbow corner, the corn field, the tower bank and dunns bay.

Best boat areas have been rainbow corner and the hensborough bank, Biggin bay, Musborough shoal and across the middle of the reservoir.

 

Weekly Stat.

Number of rods: 280 Number of fish taken: 527 Number of fish released:1262

Total catch: 1789  Weekly Rod Average: 6.3

Current fishing times:

Bank: 07:30hrs until 21:30 hrs.

Boat 08:30 hrs until 2115 hrs.

Part day boat: 08:30 hrs until 14:30 hrs – 14:30 until 21:15 hrs.

Last 4 hours from 17:00 hrs until 21:15 hrs.

All Anglers to be off site by 21:45 hrs.

To maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return.

There is only one place left on the beginners course on Sunday 1st June 2014.

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

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

 

There are currently just two places remaining on the Beginners Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan on Sunday 1st June. All tackle is provided if required and the £60 per person cost includes fishing permit. Contact the lodge for details.

 

Up & coming events

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

Tight Lines Alan

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Draycote Water Fishing Report Monday 12thMay – Sunday 18th May 2014

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Draycote Water Fishing Report  Monday 12th May – Sunday 18th May 2014

The start of the week saw the demise of the extremely gusty high winds experienced over the weekend leaving conditions almost perfect. Although only twelve rods ventured out on Monday the rod average rose to a massive 12.4 with boat & bank catching similar numbers, almost exclusively on various buzzer patterns!

We now have a full selection of Fulling Mill buzzers, nymphs, emergers, dries & lures available at the lodge

Near perfect conditions continued on Tuesday when regulars John Hoskins & Peter Elliott shared a boat in both Toft Shallows & Rainbow Corner. They enjoyed what John later described as probably their best ever day on Draycote Water netting 42 & 48 respectively, all on buzzer patterns. On his second cast in Rainbow Corner Peter took a rainbow of 10lbs 8oz!

Mike & David Mee also spent two days on the water and found fish to their diawl bachs in Toft, Biggin Bay & the Farborough Bank dam. Between them they caught over 70 fish.

Season rods Tony Broadway & John Dews, who are usually to be found on the banks, decided to take to the water twice during the week & on both days enjoyed tremendous sport fishing  white lures deep over open water. Tony weighed in five grown on rainbows with a combined weight of 22lbs. His bag included a beautiful 6 pounder.

On the competition front, we hosted a Civil Service Regional boat heat on Wednesday with 15 competitors weighing in a total of 69 fish.

The banks were then taken over by Rolls Royce on Friday who fished a team event to a four fish limit.  Sixty six anglers took part & good sport was enjoyed. The “Derby Tinheads”  – John Eccles, Steve Polkey & Lee Payne were the winning Rolls Royce team with 10 fish for 21lbs 11oz. The “Fish Hawks”- Terry Sharp, Darren Graham & Grabham were the leading guest team with12 fish for 29lbs 11oz. Individual prize winners were David Holt & Dixie Baxter. Thanks go to Greys for their sponsorship of the top prizes.

Top prize for stamina must go to visitors from Scotland – Rab Maxwell & Sam Davies who fished with us all week catching & releasing in excess of twenty fish each every day. Their catches all came to either buzzers or dries mainly in Biggin Bay, Toft Shallows & Rainbow Corner.

Numerous brownies have appeared during the course of the week – one at 5lbs was caught & released by Brian Frogatt on Friday. The boats have generally out fished the banks this week. Nevertheless, seasoned regulars Ray Rouse, Ken Rawlings, Kevin Rees & David Hoppe recorded buzzer caught totals of 29, 12, 18 & 30 respectively from their bank sessions during the week. Toft, Rainbow Corner, Lin Croft & Cornfield have been the most productive bank locations.

Things became more challenging with the onset of the hot weather at the weekend causing anglers to reach for the sun screen & water bottles. Not unsurprisingly, rod averages dropped as a result. However, Keith Hamson found a way with olive buzzers in a boat off the Hensborough bank on Sunday catching a creditable 22 fish in very difficult bright conditions.

The buzzer has unquestionably been the fly of the week, in a variety of colours with the blacks, olives & reds favourite. Evening rises have on occasion also been very good at which time emerger patterns & dries have become successful for many.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

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

Weekly Stats:

Number of rods for the week:  413   Number of fish taken:  767    Number of fish released: 1353

Total Catch: 2120     Rod Average: 5.1      Best fish:  10lbs 8ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:

Bank  07:30 until 21:15

Boat   08:30 until 21:00

Part Day Boat 08.30 – 14:00  /  2.00pm – 9.00pm

Last 4 Hours commences: Boat 17:00 /  Bank 17:15

All anglers to be off site by 21:30

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

Up & coming events

Sunday 1st June- There are currently just two places remaining on the Beginners Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan .

All tackle is provided if required and the £60 per person cost includes fishing permit. Contact the lodge for details.

8th of June  – Draycote is holding the Severn Trent England Eliminator, giving you the chance to fish for England. Spaces still available.  Contact Ian Colclough @ ian.colclough@googlemail.com for an entry from and further details.

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

The Rio Pairs event has been Cancelled

 

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Draycote update.

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Draycote Update 15th May

A reminder to all for one day only this coming Friday 16th  no available bank fishing for members or day rods as we are hosting the prestigious Rolls Royce bank fishing competition with 67 competitors arriving from all over the UK.

 A few boats are still available for Friday call the lodge 01788 812018

 Hywel Morgan advanced tuition day on Saturday May 31st has one place available with the beginners day on Sunday June 1st has two available places, cost includes loan of tackle and fishing permit £60.00 contact the lodge for further details

 Fishing remains excellent fish coming to buzzers, diawl bach & small damsel check out our facebook page for latest photographs www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

 This coming week we should have a Full range of Fulling Mill flies available at the lodge

 Please note The Rio Pairs Scheduled for July is cancelled

 

 

Draycote weekly report 11th May

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Draycote weekly fishing report Monday 5th May – Sunday 11th May

Once again a week of changing weather with unsettled conditions. The week started warm & mild but extreme winds & very heavy showers were with us by the weekend.

The fishing remained consistent throughout with an average of 4.5 most days. On Monday traditional patterns proved their worth with Mr Parsley catching 13 from the bank on a Bibio. Buzzers fished “Washing Line” style with a FAB Blob was also reported as taking plenty of fish in Toft, whilst Stuart Llewellyn fished Snatchers for a total of 16 fish, also in Toft Shallows. Season rod Matt Hanlon also had a “Brill Day” afloat catching rainbows up to 6lbs in an 11 fish total.

On Tuesday Graham Pearson & John Wylde enjoyed fine sport in Rainbow Corner boating a total of 21fish. Graham Homer fished buzzer from the boat on Wednesday & tempted a 6lbs 12 oz Rainbow during what described as “a great day.”

Bank regular Geoff Allsop yet again excelled during his Thursday visit. He fished small spider patterns, green palmers & hoppers at Lin Croft & Hensborough for a day’s tally of 27. We played host to the Police Eastern Regional Qualifier that day with their 20 boats catching 142 trout recording a rod average of 3.55.

On Friday, Barry Buxton had an exciting evening boat session off the Farborough Bank dam catching 21rainbows. He found success mainly on damsel patterns and also managed to land his first ever “double up”. Meanwhile, on the bank, Brian Allwood caught & returned a brownie estimated at over 7lbs.

Saturday & Sunday saw the arrival of strong westerly winds with some gusts in excess of 35mph.Boat fishing areas had to be restricted as a consequence but, despite uncomfortable conditions,106 rods managed 436 fish for a rod average of 4.1.

An evening session on the rudder saw season rod Tom Morris take four beautifully established rainbows for a weight of 16lbs. On Sunday we welcomed our now annual visit from the Norweigan national team headed up by Peter Eggleton who demonstrated how to catch in adverse winds with a 14 fish total on the drift.

Finally, Mr A Swift, visiting for the weekend, decided that a second day afloat in the windy conditions was not for him. He therefore ventured onto the bank in Rainbow Corner where he promptly took an 8lbs 2oz rainbow on a size 12 black buzzer –the best fish of the week!

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

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

Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan, Beginners tuition day Sunday 1st June, all tackle provided including fishing permit £60.00 contact the lodge for details

Weekly Stats:

Number of rods for the week: 351    Number of fish taken: 658     Number of fish released:  825

Total Catch: 1483    Rod Average: 4.22      Best fish:  8lbs 2ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:

Bank  07:30 until 21:00

Boat   08:30 until 20.45

Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.45pm

Last 4 Hours commences : Boat 17:00 /  Bank 16:45

All anglers to be off site by 21:15

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

Tight lines,   Kevin Hart 

Draycote Weekly report 05/05/14

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Draycote weekly fishing report Monday 28th April – Sunday 4th May 2014

Yet another excellent week albeit made tricky on occasion by changes in wind directions & some cold morning starts. Morning frosts have still not completely left us.

Nevertheless, fish have been moving freely most days & many have also moved over open water. At times a pre-occupation on tiny buzzer has frustrated many anglers, particularly during the morning sessions. Larger buzzer, mainly black, have tended to hatch a little later and mid-afternoon to evening rises have been excellent, especially when it has been warm. I have seen more rising fish during the course of this past week-end than I have done at Draycote for years.

Once more it is clear from the returns that those anglers using smaller, imitative patterns have enjoyed more productive sport. On Monday Mark Francis took 16 from a boat on a buzzer & klinkhammer combination. Brian Froggatt managed 20 using size 14 emergers& small buzzer.

Not to be beaten by the nymphing anglers, Mr Severn took an 8 fish limit for 27lbs on large lures fished deep from the boat. His catch included a 5lbs brownie.

Testament to the spread of fish currently, Draycote regular Geoff Allsop fished from the bank on Thursday with size 14 spiders & Diawl Bachs. He reported having a great day catching a total of 31 from Hensborough, Toft, Tower Bank & Dunns!

On Friday, George Denny gave up his usual boat in order to make a rare appearance on the bank. His catch included a 5lbs brownie which he caught from the Cornfield on a Damsel.

Numerous regular holiday  visitors spent the Bank Holiday week-end with us on our three day package. The McGregor Party from Scotland enjoyed consistent sport in Rainbow Corner, the Farborough Bank and Toft. Their combined tally exceeded 230 fish, representing a daily rod average for them of over 15. Their Welsh counterparts, headed by Gary Davies, caught similarly  with Gary himself catching in excess of 150. His catch included rainbows of 7lbs 8oz & 8lbs 8oz – the best fish of the week.

Best sport of the week came on Friday & Saturday when both days maintained  a rod average of over eight.

Best flies have been buzzers,  small Diawl Bachs & crunchers. Damsels continue to take many fish & various emergers & dries, including Bob’s Bits,are becoming increasingly significant as things begin to warm up. Blobs & boobies have also been effective for many.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

Weekly Stats:

Number of rods for the week:  315   Number of fish taken:    530  Number of fish released: 1508

Total Catch:  2038   Rod Average: 6.4      Best fish:  8lbs 8ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:

Bank  07:30 until 20:45

Boat   08:30 until 20.30

Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.30pm

All anglers to be off site by 21:00

Up and coming events

Bank Fishing is closed for one day on Friday May 16th as we host the prestigious Rolls Royce bank fishing competition, with 70 bank anglers from all over the country taking part.

Scierra pairs competition Draycote heat Sunday 22nd June, you can call in to pick up an entry form or visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.

Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.

To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

tight lines  Kevin Hart

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