Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st October 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st October 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

A quiet start to the week after the busy previous week leading up to the Anglers World Championship Individual Final. It also saw a noticeable change in the weather with cooler daytime temperatures, slightly stronger winds and more consistent rain. It certainly feels like the start of Autumn here at Draycote. As a result the fish are certainly starting to hit the fry and can be caught on a wide range of fry patterns. However, whilst fry patterns are starting to work, some of the best catches this week have come to dries.

Dries ruled the way on Monday with the top catches both coming to various dry fly patterns. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees used small bobs bits fishery very low in the water to catch 9 lovely Rainbows. Kevin found the fish around A buoy, Y buoy and X. Another season ticket holder who used Bob Bits to great effect to tempt 7 rainbows to the boat was John Dickens. John fished around the Draycote Dam wall and out towards B buoy to catch his fish. Tim Gunn also enjoyed a good days sport boating 9 fish.

It was a brighter day Tuesday, with the wind coming from the South East. Gordan Slack fished the bank at the overflow to land 3 fish on washing lined small size 14 buzzers. Utilising the same tactic by the side of Gordan was Pete Allen who landed 8 fish. Ray Cramp also fished the bank to land 11 lovely trout. Out on the boats Ed Douglas used CDC Shuttlecocks to land 10 fish, Ed found moving fish near the tower and his stealthy dry fly tactics proved successful to enjoy good sport on a challenging day. Chad Pritchley & Phil Harding enjoyed a good days sport landing 13 fish to the boat. Husband and Wife team Howard and Marion Rutter landed 17 fish to the boat using olive and black buzzers.

It was a foggy start on Wednesday with Anglers struggling to see the water from the lodge. On the bank Tony Broadway fished with Stuart Lee. The pair started at the swans nest catching a couple before a move to Lincroft point produced the results with Tony landing 9 and Stuart landing 6. The best tactic for the pair was washing lined crunchers. Season ticket holder Brian Warwick fished the old pipe in Biggin bay to land 6 fish again fishing the washing line this time with a white booby on the end and two black buzzers. Mr Stradling also fished in Biggin Bay to land 6 fish this time, 4 on the cats whisker and 2 on a sparkler booby. Out on the boats Mr Evans and Mr Bilvinski enjoyed good sport landing 12 to the boat on dries.

Overcast wet conditions teamed with a light westerly wind Thursday looked ideal fishing conditions, and while there were good catches recorded from both the bank and boats anglers reported a great number of fish coming short. Tony Broadway fished the bank once again but this time from the Tower Bank and Dunns bay to land 8 fish again on washing lined crunchers. Fishing the bank alongside Tony was Ms Jude Tuffs who landed 4 fish. Out on the boats Mr Butler used a sinking line with a silver lure around the Top Dam wall and the tower to land 10 fish. Including a 10lb and 5lb brown. Jim Smith also fished in a boat finding fish around the tower and the top dam wall but this time fishing dries with a size 14 big red being his best pattern. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees also fished dries with bob bits being his best pattern with Kevin landing his 8 fish down in Toft.

A wet start to the day Friday with a light south westerly wind, although the day soon brightened up around 10.30. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird headed out early to try for some of the fantastic browns that had been caught recently by the tower, using a Di 7 sinking line and a tube Tom was rewarded with a lovely brown around 7lb, see the picture at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Season Ticket holder Peter Elliot took to a boat with Tony Baldwin with the pair landing 35 to the boat all on dries. The pair found the fish around A buoy, N buoy, X buoy. A mixture of dries worked from Midas, bobs bits and hoppers. Steve Barby enjoyed a good day landing 16 fish from various points in the lake with tubes proving effective. Irish fishing guide Larry McCarthy and son John enjoyed a good day on the dries landing 11 fish to the boat. Richard Reeve also fished from the boats drifting out of Rainbow Corner to land 8 fish.

A bright start to the day Saturday, however the cloud did come over in the afternoon. Derek Bravington fished the bank at the old pipe in Biggin bay to land 5 fish all of which came to washing lined Diawl bachs. Out on the boats Jim Smith had 19 fish on dries with 17 of them taking the big red. Jim found fish around B buoy, the Draycote Dam, X buoy and near the tower. Also on the boats was Gareth Jones out with John McCarthy the pair landed 30 fish to the boat including a fantastic 5lb rainbow. The best tactic for the pair was to fish dries with crippled midge being the best pattern. Also out on the boats was Tony Cartwright fishing with a member of the Irish party boated 20 fish, fishing washing lined nymphs and fry patterns down the Farnborough Dam wall. Mr Peat fished on the rudder over the boils to land a lovely 6lb 6oz brown that can be seen on the flyfishstore Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore Â

A gusty overcast day Sunday, with a gusty south westerly wind. Not ideal conditions for the annual Packington Round Robin Competition. With three teams of 8 competing, the overall winners were Packington with 53lb 3oz second was Foremark with 40lbs 1oz and in third was Colwick with 26lb 7oz. The Individual winner on the day was Mark Sturgess who had 8 fish for 24lb 8oz, Mark fished along the Draycote Dam with small minkie patterns. Thornton Fly Fishers also held a memorial match, with the winner being Russ Jackson with 4 fish. Outside of the club competitions Gareth Jones and Larry McCarthy had over 20 to the boat. The pair found the fish around N buoy and down the Farnborough Dam On small claret crippled midge patterns fish sunk just under the surface. Mr E Dinsdale also had some good success fishing with Damsels down the top dam wall.

Looking ahead to next week, the cooler temperatures and the shorter day light hours are really starting to switch the fish onto the fry, with several great browns and rainbow being caught on fry imitations. The settled weather towards the backend of the week should really produce some great sport with the reservoir currently holding 18,185 fish.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Tony Broadway of Coventry who is the winner of this weeks free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 319 Number Trout Taken: 290 Number Trout Released:454

Total Catch: 744  Weekly Rod Average: 2.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18.45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:45

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 –  14:00  until 18:45

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

Gutting Room Closes: 18:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:15

 

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                                Contact

Troutmasters Final – Monday 9th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

The Fur and Feather match.

This years Fur and Feather match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

 

Early Morning Anglers

Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 24th September 2017.

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 24th September 2017

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A busy week at Draycote with improvement in the bank fishing together with the build up to the Anglers World Holidays Final which was held on Sunday. There is a good spread of fish now throughout the reservoir and the boat anglers have been recording catches from almost all parts of the venue. Bank anglers have also been fairing much better with fish being caught from the Swan’s Nest, Cornfield, Lincroft Point, Tower Bank and the Overflow. On occasion fish have been feeding right in the margins and unnecessary wading has spooked them out. As is usually the case at this time of the year, fish are being caught on a wide variety of patterns & tactics from both boats and bank. Dries remain probably the best method closely followed by washing line and nymphs as fish generally remain high in the water column. Damsels are also producing but fry patterns are being used more effectively now as more & more fish are turning to fry feeding – particularly on small perch. The rod average for this week was 3.5.

Monday started overcast with a light northerly breeze which picked up as the day went on. Dries were working well, as was the washing line with most fish being caught out in the middle of the reservoir. Ed Douglas returned 22 fish which were all caught on dries. Likewise, Kevin Rees did well on the dries, catching 13 fish on Bob’s Bits. James Raw netted 9 fish from a boat with regular Ray Cramp managing 10. Nick Righton also boated 5 using emergers.

A foggy start on Tuesday morning only began to clear up from about 10 o’clock. Season permit holder Roly Hill caught well from the bank on the Cornfield and was finished by lunchtime with five netted. Tony Broadway, also fishing from the bank, caught 13 on crunchers. Gordon Slack caught 4 rainbows from the bank whilst Stuart Lee, on a holiday visit from Canada, had 15 from the Cornfield on diawl bachs. Boat anglers Mr C & N Butler caught 4 trout apiece using lures on a sinking line. Mr L Evans netted 10 fish from a boat.

Wednesday dawned with overcast skies and a light northerly breeze with conditions looked good. Anglers reported a slow start to the day with fish coming short to the dries. Geoff Preston fished a damsel on a slow intermediate line to net 6 from B buoy. Ed Douglas performed really well once again boating 23 fish on dries! Mr G McGinley and Mr G Pelini caught 19 fish between them from a boat. Mr Rough, visiting on a 3 day break, caught 6 on a mixture of claret dabblers and nymphs.

On Thursday Graham Pearson and Keith Jones had 18 fish to the boat. They fished across the middle of the reservoir using a hover line and FABs. The highlight for Graham however, was a splendid 6lbs 8oz rainbow that fell to his Big Red dry fly tied in size 12. Draycote regular George Leaton had 5 fish to lures fished near the flat stones & Brian Warwick fished the bank to catch 4 on small black buzzers. Thornton regulars Richard Dayman and John Kirk shared a boat & netted 10 on a variety of drifts over open water. Bank fishing partners Mick Cronin and Stan Hillman had an excellent day on the bank searching out fry feeders. They landed a total of 18 fish between them, one of which was a 7lbs brown. We were pleased to welcome the English Fly Fishing Association who held their autumn match on Thursday. Thirty three anglers took part ending the day with a total of 139 rainbows between them for a match average of 4·1. David Moore won the event with an eight-fish bag weighing 17lbs 7oz. Their top guest rod however, was Martin Brocklebank, also with eight fish, but with a weight of 18lbs 1oz. Most of their fish came to slowly fished small nymph patterns fished just sub-surface on drifts across the middle from the lodge towards Lin Croft Point.

Friday was an overcast start once again and looked very promising. However, it proved to be a slow day for most with many anglers returning catches of between 2 and 4 fish. Season Permit holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell reported a tough day at the office”, with only 8 fish to the boat during a practice day for the weekends competition. John Clifford enjoyed an afternoon in the boat with 6 fish, while Steve Conway managed 3 “in tough conditions”.

Saturday was the official practice day for the Anglers World Holidays final. A total of 45 boats took to the water trying to work out the right tactics to net themselves the grand prize. Most anglers kept their cards very close to their chest and where giving no secrets away as to how they faired. The bank seemed to fish much better on Saturday with Mark Hunt returning 9 fish which he caught on fry patterns and cormorants whilst Brian Allwood netted 3 fish from Toft Shallows on a small lure. Dennis Jones caught 5 fish from the bank near the Overflow & Kasidit Leovriyakit was rewarded for his drive up from Bristol with a 6 fish tally from the Swan’s Nest.

On Sunday morning Stuart Lee ventured out on to the bank for the second time this week, prior to his return home to Canada. On advice, he fished small diawl bachs & crunchers on the Swan’s Nest to net 16 rainbows. Some were real grown on silver bars & Stuart is on his way back home now with a smile on his face. It was nice to see him again &, as always, the Draycote Team wish him all the very best. Sunday morning was a very busy start for the final of the Anglers World Holidays competition in which 100 competitors took part.  Fifty boats departing from the harbour simultaneously was quite a sight & was broadcast live by organiser John Horsey. It is now posted as a video on the flyfishstore Facebook page & is well worth viewing.

Competitors were challenged by blue skies & sunshine and a cold start after clear night skies  – totally different conditions to their practise day. Small flies, both nymphs & dries, appeared to be the order of the day with good presentation proving critical. Many rods later reported on the number of follows, refusals or missed takes, together with fish lost in play. At the end of the day 418 trout were landed giving a rod average of 4.18 with the average fish weight of 2lbs 1oz. Fished to a three fish kill then catch & release, the event could not have been closer in terms of the top three rods -with a single ounce separating each of them! Our congratulations go to Gareth Evans who took top honours with 11 fish for 22lbs 11oz. Second place went to defending champion Wayne Jones, again with 11 for 22lbs 10oz. Third spot, also 11 rainbows, went to Gareth Jones with 22lbs 9oz. The award for the largest fish of the day went to Martin Griffiths with a 4lbs 3oz rainbow. Our congratulations also go to Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker whose 10 fish total for 21lbs 3oz saw him take fourth place.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Ms Jude Tuffs of Market Harborough who is the winner of this weeks free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 529   Number Trout Taken: 393  Number Trout Released: 1480

Total Catch:   1873 Weekly Rod Average:   3·5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:00

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 –  14:00 until 19:00

Last 4 Hours from: 15:00 until 19:00 (Ticket sales available from 14:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 18:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:30

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Troutmasters Final Monday 9th October See Fishery staff.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

The Fur and Feather match.

This years Fur and Feather match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Early Morning Anglers

Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. Main gate is open from 7.30am

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 17th September 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 17th September 2017

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Another week where the quality of the fishing has been directly linked to the weather conditions. Some big westerly & south westerly winds significantly hampered the action on the first four days of this reporting period. Conditions improved by the end of the week, which as expected, hailed the return of some fine top of the water sport. A total of 268 anglers netted 874 trout giving an overall rod average of 3.2 for the week. Whilst action has continued for the dry fly enthusiasts in the boats, increased evidence of fry feeding has also been seen. Large numbers of roach and perch fry are now being found in fish that are being prepared for the pot. Photo on our facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Monday began on a SW wind which quickly developed into a powerful westerly &we saw only 9 rods on the water. They had no real alternative but to hunker down in Rainbow Corner & only 10 fish came to the net. Tuesday was also a blustery day but, despite rough conditions on the bank, Mr C J Day did well with a 4 fish total as well as a 2lbs+ perch! Boat anglers commented on how tough things were in the wind but perseverance paid off for a hardy few with Ed Douglas netting 9 on Big Reds & Bobs Bits. Dave Ward had half a dozen to Bibio Hoppers & Ray Cramp took an 8 fish limit on lures. Mr C Butler caught 10 rainbows with best fish weighing in at 4lbs 5oz taken on silver fry patterns fished deep. Nick Righton also did well on his evening boat with 5 to the net on CDC emergers. Wednesday saw a return of very strong westerly winds with gusting above 30mph at times. Only three boats ventured out & were once more forced to fish the only shelter available up in Rainbow Corner. Whilst most anglers drew a blank, Mr J Lawrence did exceptionally well to land 8 on size 12 & 14 Bibio Crunchers.

Windy conditions continued into Thursday& the fishing remained hard. Eight anglers braved the bank managing eight fish in total whilst 15 anglers, out in six boats, netted a total of 27. Friday saw a welcome drop in the water temperature to 15with the wind settling to a 6-8 mph WNW & overcast skies.  The fish reacted accordingly & a total of 221 were taken during the day by the 53 rods on the water. Jim & Richard Hall enjoyed a morning boat together& landed 4 rainbows each on very small dries tied by Jim on size 18s. Paul Davison finished his boat session with 19 to his midas dries & the pairing of Messrs Naylor & Houlton also had fine sport on Hoppers & G&H Sedge with a 33 fish total. Mr Wakeham boated a brace of fish the best being a fine brown trout of 7lbs 4ozs whilst Kevin Rees stuck to his self-tied small bob bits to net 17. Brian Lowson & Ian Malpass mixed Big Reds & Red Midas for 8 & 7 respectively. Again, most of these fish have been taken on drifts out over open water especially within wind lanes or slicks. Some good sport was also enjoyed by bank anglers with Gordon Slack taking a fine 4lbs+ bar of silver on a buzzer pattern at the Tower Bank. Brian Warwick fished buzzers on the Cornfield landing five rainbows with Colin Grainger landing a brace on a small red sugar lump emerger in Toft.

Saturday was overcast with a light north westerly breeze and some light showers in the afternoon. Dries once again worked really well as did the washing line and buzzers, despite the lack of a good hatch. Lots of good numbers came from A buoy and along the Draycote dam. Biggin bay also fished very well as did the central area around P, X and Y buoy. Once again Toft shallows fished with limited success, with lots of fish showing around the central area of G buoy. These fish have been a bit shy over the last couple of weeks but with the recent drop in water temperature (15’c), it shouldn’t be long before they really switch on.

Draycote regular Melvin Severn fished the rudder to good effect boating 12 fish. Mr J Bellamy caught 16 fish from the bank on PTNs. Mr P Davis had 10 fish to the boat on a variety of patterns. Mr Ian Colclough organised the TEFF Fund raising match on Saturday with a total of 23 rods taking part. The group managed a rod average of 6.7 between them with the match being won by Mr Paul Davidson with a total of 19 fish to the boat. Second place went to Mr Tony Baldwin and third place went to Mr Richard Slater. Biggest fish of the day was 55cm long and was caught by the match organiser, Mr Ian Colclough. Well done to all those who took part.

Sunday started much like Saturday but with a colder bight to the northerly breeze. Mr George Leaton caught 12 fish along the Draycote dam and the flat stones on damsels, with fish up to 4lbs in weight. Mr M Nolan caught 9 fish from the bank. Mr Nick Dunn caught 10 fish from a boat. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 19 fish on dries around Y buoy. Mr Ian Bradfield caught 8 fish from a boat, all on dries. The Stanley Harrison Trophy was the prize for Mid Northants anglers on Sunday. A total of 21 anglers took part, netting 69 fish between them for a match rod average of 3.2. Well done to all those who took part.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr John O’hara of Nuneaton who is the winner of this weeks free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 268  Number Trout Taken:275 Number Trout Released:599

Total Catch:  874 Weekly Rod Average:  3.2

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:30

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 -  14:00 until 19:30

Last 4 Hours from:  15:30 until 19:30 (Ticket sales available from 15:15)

Gutting Room Closes: 19:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

 

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition  Contact

Angling World Holiday Final, All Boats Booked for this event Saturday 23rd and  Sunday 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final 9th October.  See Fishery staff.

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

 

Early Morning Anglers

Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main gate at Draycote, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. Main gate is open from 7.30am

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water fishing report w/e Sunday 10th September 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 10th September 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

Despite yet another week of varying weather conditions the sport remains consistently good for boat anglers, with good returns coming from lots of different areas of the reservoir. Toft still isn’t at it’s best but some persistent souls have caught fish whilst drifting around G buoy. The bank fishing has improved a bit over the last week or so, but with the current water temperatures still high, those who keep on the move and keep changing tactics are the ones who are making the better returns. The weekly rod average was 3.2.

After the bright and breezy day, the overcast and lighter winds of Monday looked like the week would get off to a great start. While the fishing was good with a rod average of 3.8 it didn’t quite explode like was expected. Ed Douglas took to the water landing 11 fish, all on dries with CDC shuttlecock being the best fly. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees used dries to good effect landing 7 fish, all on small brown bits. Rob Keeber fished dries and diawl bachs to boat 12 fish from various points around the lake, with the open water proving a productive area.

Good conditions Tuesday with cloud cover and a light south westerly wind saw the rod average increase to 4, even through the final hours sport was hampered by a huge rain storm coming through. Bank anglers Peter Allen and Gordan Slack used fry patterns in Rainbow Corner to land 4 and 3 fish a piece. Out on the boats Ms A Honor and Mr Czernecki landed 10 fish to the boat using washing line tactics around A and B Buoy. Mr Woodruffe landed 7 fish, all in the last hour before the rain on bibios fished in the top 2 feet of the water on an intermediate line. Mr K Coley and Mr B Taft enjoyed a good days sport back drifting down the Draycote dam wall with 7 inch a second sinking lines and buoyant flies to land 14 fish to the boat.

More overcast conditions greeted anglers on Wednesday, and as a result the fish where in the top 2 feet of the water. The fish were certainly looking up for food with dries proving the most successful tactic. The fish seemed to have moved to all areas through the middle of the lake, with drifts from X,P,A and B buoy proving productive. Joe McGuigan led the way with 17 fish, all falling to yellow owl CDC shuttlecocks. Mr T Evans and Mr J Bilinski used hoppers to great effect landing 11 fish to the boat. Tony Smith also found dries to be the best method, however he caught using small bobs bits in a variety of colours. Mr Russ Logan and Mr Rob Leighton enjoyed a good days action boating 18 fish with Russ using a silver Invicta while rob opted for a sparkler booby. Season ticket holders Colin England and Tony Plummer also used dries to boat 12 fish.

A sunny start to the day on Thursday did not look that promising. But with the cloud cover arriving earlier than expected, and a light breeze picking up, the day began to look very promising indeed. Colin Grainger and Ivor Bullock caught 2 fish each from the bank. Ian Richardson, also caught 2 fish from the bank. Ian fished by the overflow using boobies and minkies.  Mr Joe McGuigan found it a bit tougher going but still managed 9 to the boat, again on yellow owls and various dries. Draycote regular Mr Jamie Scott caught 7 fish from a drifting boat. Season Permit holder Dennis Tidmarsh ventured afloat with Mr Rod Goldthorpe to net 16 fish between them. Mr Ray Cramp, also fishing from a boat netted 8 fish, one of which weighed 4 lbs. Frazer Duffy went out for an afternoon session and caught 7 fish. Kevin Rees had 14 fish to the boat on various dries such as bobs bits. Mr J Wilkinson Boated 21 fish on a wide variety of methods.

On Friday the bank fishing seemed to improve a bit with Keith Hughes catching 2, Peter Allen catching 4 and Gordon Slack catching 5 fish. Well done Gordon. Mr Lloyd McNally caught 5 fish from a boat, all on dries. Mr D Holroyd netted 7 fish from a boat. The father and son boat pairing of Mr J Hall and Mr D Hall caught 10 fish between them from a boat, all on dries. Mr Steve Conway ventured out for an afternoon session and netted 9 fish in Biggin bay. Mr Scott Graham and his boat partner caught 20 fish during an afternoon session, again on various dries. Ed Douglas netted 19 fish from a boat, all on dries. Friday also saw the arrival of one of the AMFC matches. 30 rods took part, netting 181 fish to give a match average of 6.0. Well done to all those anglers who took part.

Saturday started with a blustery south westerly wind and sporadic showers. There were quite a lot of young anglers out on the water, having a practise day before tomorrows big event. The reservoir fish hard in the windy conditions but there where some good returns. Mr Mark Hunt caught 8 fish from a boat using a midge tip line and nymphs. Mr Jim Dempsey caught 5 fish on the rudder. Mr R Allan netted 6 fish from a boat. Mr M Hollingshead caught 3 fish from the bank by the overflow, using a variety of patterns such as buzzers and cats whiskers.

Waterproofs and warm clothing were required for The England Loch Style Youth National, held on Sunday here at Draycote. The budding stars of the future ventured out on to the water on what was to be a challenging day. All 20 rods boated a very respectable 48 fish between them. Congratulations to Ryan Campbell on becoming the Youth National Champion 2017, with 11 fish. Also a big well done to all the other young anglers who took part. Despite the weather there were some good returns from other anglers as well.. Mr Frazer Duffy returned for another days fishing and netted 8 fish from a drifting boat.  Mr P Hallam caught 6 fish. Mr R Burcher caught 5 fish from a boat.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr J Bilinski of Brackley who is the winner of this weeks free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 308  Number Trout Taken: 424  Number Trout Released:572  Total Catch:  996    Weekly Rod Average: 3.2

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:45

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 –  14:00  until 19:45

Last 4 Hours from:  15:45 until  19:45 (Ticket sales available from 15:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 19:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                                     Contact

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September “ Ian Colclough  01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final  23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final  9th October.  See Fishery staff.

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd September 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd September 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

Yet another week of contrasting fishing conditions with a mix of highs & lows in results as a consequence. Some of the highs have indeed been exceptional & the weekly rod average continues its rise, ending this period at 3·63. In total, 227 anglers visited the venue this week taking 242 trout & returning 583.

Monday saw a challenging start to the week with very bright, sunny, hot conditions topped by a flat calm start. Most rods struggled as a result.  But top marks to Richard Reeve who worked really hard for twelve on dries. Richard fished Big Reds & CDCs on drifts between the Overflow & A Buoy. Dennis Tidmarsh & boat partner Ian Western also excelled given the conditions with 15 to the boat.

Tuesday saw high cloud & a light north west breeze together with an improvement in water clarity. Dry fly & nymph enthusiast Ed Douglas was back on the water & enjoyed great sport landing 20 rainbows on small home tied dry fly patterns. Whilst C Buoy & the Aerators produced well for him, Ed was one of many commenting on how well spread the fish are now all over the venue. Colin Adams & John Maxwell shared a boat for 8 & 12 respectively, whilst Keith Coley & boat partner Bob Taft had another good day with a 14 fish total – all off the surface. Sport, albeit sporadic, has begun to pick up for the bank rods with Peter Allen, Gordon Slack & John Dews all netting three apiece.

Wednesday was a great day out on the water. Rain on a 9-10 mph breeze early on followed by calm & overcast from mid afternoon. Ironically, the top five rods were the first five to book in that day. In total they landed 75 rainbows equating to a 15 fish rod average between them. Virtually all of their fish came to dries presented over deep open water. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall started their 4 day holiday break in grand style with an 18 & 10 fish tally. Colin Adams & John Maxwell were back for more fishing CDCs & Klinkhammers to take another 11 & 18, whilst Ed Douglas, also unable to stay away from the place, also took 18 on small dries.

Thursday saw anglers experiencing a very hard morning with a light SW breeze but extremely bright sunshine. As always though there are bound to be some that  master the conditions &the best of the sport went to Bernard Orr who did well with 8 for the pot plus another 6 caught & released to a variety of nymphs & dries in size 12 & 14s. The Birkett/Vinall partnership came in with 10 each to the net, mostly to very small diawl bachs fished on a washing line. Most anglers were seeing lots of fish but struggling to persuade them to take. The day ended on a rod average of 2·7. The majority of fish were to be found way out over open water & no fish were caught by bank anglers on Thursday.

Friday dawned to another bright sunny, but quite chilly, start on a 6-7 NNW breeze. Clear night skies are helping to slowly knock back the high water temperatures of such a hot summer. Terry Tappenden enjoyed a very good session on the bank with a four fish limit & another four caught & released. Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin also  bank fished, recording five fish each by the end of their stint. Friday though was to see the performances of Andy & Bruce peak. Fishing a 50/50% split of dries & washing lined nymphs, they had a fantastic third day with 35 & 22 rainbows respectively. Crippled Midge & Midas were their top dry fly patterns with small Diawl Bachs their favoured nymph. Also in the boats Paul Newham & Eric Rymer found a joint 16 tally, all off the top, to Orange CDC “F” flies

Down to earth with a bump on Saturday, with extremely sunny skies & a mirror flat calm for most of the day.  For Andy Birkett & Bruce Vinall it was a hard final day to their mini holiday & they had to work especially hard for their 13 fish  (5 & 8) final total, once more to a mix of dries & nymphs. Richard Slater made the best of the conditions too, managing to tempt a dozen to his dry fly presentations over deep water. It was nice to see Tony Parker back on the water, afloat with Andrew Lewis. He commented on how they really had to work at it but they fined down to very small nymphs & managed a most creditable ten fish each before coming off early. Saturday saw a 3·2 rod average (which was down from a strong 5·37 the day before).

The arrival of gusty SE winds with a notable nip in the air, albeit forecast, was not what anglers wanted for Sunday.  Whilst many struggled because of this, others did get to grips with the change & some good results were recorded. Of note was that comment after comment in the return sheets read, “dries”, “dries”, “dries” ! The boat of Mike Weaver & Clive Wilkins did very well with 14 & 1 respectively to Daddy patterns & Midges. Ed was back yet again & he mixed tactics with 11 coming to his dries & a further 9 to Crunchers.

The best of the sport , for weeks & weeks,  has been out over the deeper, open water out from the main Draycote Water Dam & “central basin”, no doubt due to cooler water in that location. The spread of fish though is now clearly more widespread – indicative of a drop in the water temperatures. There has been a good hatch of small black buzzer throughout the last week which is also no doubt why the claret & black crippled midge patterns have produced so well of late. We have also seen a fair few daddy long legs on the water & it won’t be long before they are having a significant impact on the trout’s diet. Keep your eyes peeled also for the first of the back-end fry feeding, which cannot be far off. Some has already been witnessed but so far, it has been sporadic. Although we’re edging into that autumn period, there are three full months still to go with much fine sport to be had!

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr G Owen of Coalville who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.Â

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   227      Number Trout Taken:  242   Number Trout Released:  583 Total Catch:   825         Weekly Rod Average:  3·63

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:00

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 -  14:30   until 20:00

Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 until   20:00 (Ticket sales available from 15:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 19:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:- 10th September

Book online: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote

!!! Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018 !!!

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 27th August 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 27th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

 

As ever, prospects have remained in the hands of the weather gods given the time of year & this week has been another of varied results. The warm front towards the end of the week has led to a slight increase in water temperatures but the algal bloom that has been around for the last couple of weeks has not developed further, leaving water clarity reasonable. The trout population have largely remained high in the water column and, once again, the very best of catches have been to those anglers fishing well-presented dries, especially when blessed with an overcast sky, decent ripple & development of wind lanes & slicks, which has occurred quite a few times this week. In all, 238 anglers visited the fishery this week catching a total of 729 trout to record a rod average of 3·06, a slight improvement on the previous week. The venue remains the domain of the boat angler, again as expected for the end of August. However, some good sport has been enjoyed by regular bank anglers & early fry feeding fish are still being encountered by them, especially in the area of the Overflow & Rainbow Corner.

Monday continued where Sunday left off with favourable fishing conditions and lots of fish showing – especially from ‘P’ Buoy down to the aerators. Many reported  covering rafts of moving fish but finding it hard to get confident takes. Ed Douglas stuck to his dries all day in the boat, primarily Crippled Midge patterns, to end with a hard fought for 14 to the net. John Dickens boat fished in similar style managing 12 to his Big Red. Kieron Thomas & his brother concentrated on numerous drifts off the Draycote Water Dam & found a black hopper to be their best pattern. Their combined total was 28 to the net. Describing their experience as “superb”, the pair noted that their catch included six grown on fin perfect bars of silver in the 3-4lbs bracket. Monday ended the day with a rod average of 4·7.

Tuesday morning looked ideal with overcast skies & a 6-9 mph southerly breeze.  Season ticket rod Kevin Rees took advantage of the conditions & managed a very creditable 21 to the net. All of Kevin’s catch was taken on his own Crippled Midge patterns on a variety of different drifts out over open water. Graham Pearson & Geoff Wanless also shared a boat & found fish willing to rise to their dries during the morning session, mainly in the slicks created off the end of the boils. However, as the day progressed they found the need to search the depths, finding trout willing to hit large lures deep. Despite conditions for the bank anglers continuing to prove tough, congratulations must go to regular “bankie” Peter Allen who caught a magnificent 5lbs brown trout which had been fry feeding at the Overflow. His specimen succumbed to an Appetiser.

By Wednesday water temperatures had crept up to 19°C & conditions proved to be tough all day with a rod average drop to 1·5. Father & son team Jim & Richard Hall nevertheless shared a nine fish tally to their boat &  Ed Douglas couldn’t resist another day on the water ending with eleven. Once more to dries fished on drifts off the main Draycote Water Dam . Mr Baker fished a Big Red to land four rainbows off the Tower & also out near A buoy, whilst Mr Williams reported action in the last hour, also to a Big Red, which helped him to land three rainbows.

Thursday saw a mainly bright start and with a light westerly blowing, some cloud cover soon developed. Lea Tones drifted A to M buoy and was rewarded with 7 rainbows on a mix of dries – Big Reds, CDCs and Hoppers. He commented on the quality of his fish, together with the fact that he had also lost lots more than he managed to land. Tony Broadway also did very well in the boat using dries with 5 for the pot & a further 10 released. Dave Heseltine stuck to his red headed Diawl Bachs to land 8 as did Tim Ham who recorded a “Great Day on Hare’s Ear Nymphs”. The day ended with many coming off the water early to attend Tom Bird’s talk in the Sailing Club on Dry Fly Tactics. Seventy-Five anglers enjoyed what proved to be a very professionally presented masterclass. Our thanks go to Tom for all his hard work preparing for the evening (and giving away so many “secrets” of his success), together with the Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities. Thanks also to their staff who catered for us so well throughout the evening.

Friday was another of those difficult days with bright sunshine & a bit of a hike in the algal bloom. Water temperatures remained on the 19°C mark. Kevin Rees found his usual high tally of fish to the net reduced to a difficult five, albeit all on dries. However, Mr Newman & Mr Rymer worked hard alternating between dries & deep fished damsel nymphs and managed 9 & 6 respectively. They found larger, more resident fish too with 10 over the 3lbs mark & the largest at 5lbs. On the bank, regular angler & season rod, Brian Allwood managed six to black buzzer whilst Ian Richardson found a brace, one to a Minkie Boobie, the other on a Claret Hopper.

Saturday saw a rod average improvement to 3·3 despite a flat calm start. Yet again, we saw Ed Douglas on the water but this time he substituted his dry flies for crunchers which led him to a most creditable 24 fish total. Paul Morriss & Tim Llewlyn also excelled, fishing both the Flat Stones & the Aerators with a combination of Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line or dries – Bob’s Bits. They came off the water at 5pm having netted 15 apiece. Also afloat was Dave Bailey whose five fish tally to buzzer was topped with a fine 6lbs rainbow.

Sunday was hot with clear skies & little ripple. Afternoon temperatures rose to 27°C with weather forecasts predicting the hottest August Bank Holiday weekend on record. Despite this, the fishery still managed a 3·11 rod average for the day with a very even spread of catch between the anglers. Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe both managed their four fish limit & top honours on the day went to George Leaton, whose regular Sunday drive up from West London paid off with six fish for the pot and a further two released. Season ticket holder Richard Walker boat fished with Mr Davis & they did well in the heat with a combined 12 fish tally.

The beginning of next week is set to continue hot & bright but more overcast skies with cooler temperatures are forecast to follow by mid-week which bodes well for improved fishing conditions.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Mike Bowen of Bridgnorth who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   238      Number Trout Taken:  197   Number Trout Released: 532   Total Catch:      729      Weekly Rod Average:  3·06

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:15

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 –  14:30   until 20:15

Last 4 Hours from:  16:15 until   20:15 (Ticket sales available from 16:00)

Gutting Room Closes: 19:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:- 10th September

Book online: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote

Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Weekly Report week ending 20th August

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 20th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

Another changeable week with, strong winds causing some issues with presentation for the mid part of the week. However, once the winds dropped some great sport was had by several anglers on dries. As a result, the strong winds, and sun at times, held back the rod average slightly, with 257 anglers catching a total of 783 for a rod average of 3.04.

On Monday, season permit holder Jim Hall landed 9 to dries such as Bob’s Bits and Shipman’s Buzzers. Another, season ticket holder using dries to great effect was Kevin Rees who landed 15 rainbows on crippled midge patterns, with brown size 14 being his top pattern.Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp again utilised dries in a half day afternoon boat session to land 9 rainbows. Ray’s best pattern was a CDC buzzer.

Tuesday saw a slight increase in the wind, coming from the west, with an overcast start giving way later to sunny conditions. On the bank season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 4 from the overflowusing washing line with a FAB and buzzers. Tony also commented on dropping 4 together witha number of bumps and knocks. Gordon Slack also fished the outlet to land 3 lovely Rainbows. Out on the boats Draycote RIO Masters team member Graham Pearson took to the water partnered by Mike Gunnell. The pair netted 17rainbows in total. They caught quickly on dries around the deep water near the Draycote Dam but once the sun had come out they needed a change to washing line and then later to deep sinkers &tubes to continuethe action. Another angler who caught well from the boats on the day was Pip Jeffs who boated 8 fish. Pip used the washing line technique drifting from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy. Keith Coley and Bob Taft fished the same area &landed 12 fish to the boat all falling to various muddler patterns waked through the surface

A lovely start to Wednesday with light winds and overcast skies although this quickly changed to a gusty bright afternoon. As a result, a variety of methods worked from a floating line all the way down to a di 8 sinking line. Jude Tuffs and season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 16 fish between them using a variety of methods from washing line to lures on a deep sinking line. Derek Carleton used a medium sinking line with a home tied cat’s whisker variety fished on the rudder to land 8 fish for just short of 20lbs. Season ticket holder Paul Liversidge landing 8 fish back drifting on an intermediate line and a Cat’s Whisker drifting through the boils. Mr Purves & Mr Nichol landed 21 fish between then using washing line technique drifting around A, B and C buoy.

On the bank Thursday John Dews fished the overflow to land 4 fish using the washing line with small buzzers and a FAB. Out on the boats Ian Pugh landed 4 on dries but commented he must have risen about 20 up to the boat. Season ticket holder Richard Walker and partner C Merrett landed 10 to the boat drifting around the boils and C buoy. John Dickens used dries all around the top dam wall to land 6 with Bob’s Bits and Crippled Midge being his top patterns. Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell fished around A,B and C buoy to land 10 fish on a mixture on boobies and nymphs fished on a washing line in conjunction with a floating line.

Friday saw Draycote host the annual boat match between Bank of Scotland and Barclays bank. Bank of Scotland’s Simon Menzies sent us the below passage on the event :-  “On the day of the Match against Barclays which was the 40th year the competition had been held, the result was also the closest on record with the Bank of Scotland team regaining the TW Walker trophy for the first time in 4 years. All fish were measured and released. Over 100 fish were caught between the two teams with the winning margin just 2 fish and a very tight 33cm in favour of Bank of Scotland. Stevie Nicol was our best rod with 11 fish. Dave Curry was Barclays best rod also with 11 fish”.A number of methods were employed on the day with washing line with hoppers and nymphs proving successful. Pulled foam daddies on a floater also accounted for a number of fish, with Scotland’s Stevie Nicol using this method to take top spot. Outside of the match on the bank, season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 4 good rainbows on a mixture of minkie boobies, shrimp patterns and buzzers.

A verygusty day Saturday made presentation difficult for the majority of anglers. However, a number did manage to present the flies effectively enough to fool the fish. Mark Hunt enjoyed great sport from the boat fishing tight in to the Draycote Dam wall to land 12. Mark found them willing to take either Diawl Bachs, Ginger Hoppers or Suspender Minkies. Amongst his12 fish haul were a couple of resident 4lb+ rainbows that took the Minkie. Another boat catching well in the challenging conditions was that of Derek Pozzi and Simon Nicol who landed 25 fish to the boat drifting from Rainbow Corner to A buoy. All 25 of their fish came to daddies fished on a floating line stroked through the surface. Simon commented that the fish where just coming from nowhere and smashing the daddies. Jon Whitefield also enjoyed a good afternoon session landing 7 on hoppers and damsel nymphs.

A changeable weather day Sunday with bright sun and gusty winds to start with then giving way to overcast skies and drizzle from 4pm. Nick Righton used a team of three hoppers to land 4 fish in a short four hourmorning session. Out on the boats Welsh anglers Steve Winston and A Gourlay used a mixture of washing line and dries to boat twenty four. The pair found the fish around the top dam wall drifting to B buoy and then beyond it. Later in the day they also found a number of fish drifting from B buoy through to D buoy and in to Biggin Bay. Also, out on the water was Draycote Fishery Ranger Tom Bird. Together with boat partner Jim Smith, the pair struggled in the morning with lots of fish falling off at the net using dries and washing lined hoppers, only boating 2. However, once the cloud came over and they got into a large wind line in the middle, their day was transformed. They finished with over 25 to the boat with 23 of them coming between four & seven in the evening. The best pattern was a claret crippled midge with a small size 16 black crippled midge working when the wind dropped towards the end.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr John Pendleton of Nether Whitacre who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 257       Number Trout Taken: 216   Number Trout Released: 567  Total Catch:   783   Weekly Rod Average:  3·04

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day: 08:30 until 14:30 –  14:30   until 20:30

Last 4 Hours from: 16:30 until   20:30 (Ticket sales available from 16:15)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

Fishery News

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:- 10th September

Book online: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote

Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

 

TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24thSeptember c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th August 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

The weather has been a very hit and miss affair this week with overcast cloudy days with very windy spells, and bright sunny days with hardly a breath of wind on the water. The cooler evenings have aided a drop in  the water temperature, with a current reading of 17°C. This has helped improve the fishing for boat and bank anglers alike. The slight colour that has been present throughout the reservoir has not cleared completely but visibility has improved. The boats are still out-fishing the banks, fishing in the top few feet of the water. Well presented dries have been working very well, as has washing line with nymphs. A small lure, fished on an intermediate line through the Aerators has also produced good sport for some. The weekly rod average was 4·16 with 259 anglers catching a total of 1080 trout.

On Monday season permit holder Jim Hall managed 17 fish on dries such as Bob’s Bits and Shipman’s Buzzers. Kevin Rees also did extremely well, catching 16 rainbows on a variety of self-tied dries. The boat pairing of Mr C McMonagle and Mr M Petri caught 15 fish between them, pulling lures in Toft Shallows. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp caught 10 rainbows, with his eight-fish limit weighing in at just over 23 lbs.

Tuesday dawned with some heavy rain and a cool northerly breeze. This didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of some of our regular bank anglers who ventured out in very challenging conditions. Most caught a brace, apart from Mr Peter Allen, who managed four from various points around the reservoir. The boat pairing of Mr K Coley and Mr R Taft did extremely well between Rainbow Corner & the Hensborough Bank, with eighteen to the boat, one of which was a 4lb blue.

Wednesday was wet and windy in the morning with a strong northerly blowing, although the rain eased up as the day progressed. The aerators fished really well with anglers catching on small lures fished with sinking lines. Draycote regular Geoff Preston caught five working through the deeper water from B to C buoy and also at the bottom end of the aerators. Season permit holder Dave Adkins had an 8 fish tally, mainly on Pheasant Tailed Nymphs.

Thursday started bright and sunny with a light northerly breeze and seemed to fish really well considering the conditions. Season permit holder Colin Grainger caught 4 from the bank. Jude Tuffs paired up with Tony Broadway for a day afloat & they brought a total of 21 to the net. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten fished together & caught 22 fish between them from a boat on dries. Mr K Allison caught 7 on black CDC’s, PTN’s and Big Reds whilst Kevin Rees was back on the water & managed 13 fish, again all coming to his own Crippled Midge & Bob’s Bits variants. John Dickens also stuck to the dry fly theme and landed nine. Season Permit holder Paul Liversidge enjoyed a day to remember as one of the three trout he netted during his boat session was a six-pound rainbow!

Friday also started off bright but it clouded over at about 1pm. Ian Richardson bank fished the Overflow on the Hensbrough Bank to land 7 rainbows. Ian fished a Minkie booby on a floating line targeting early fry feeders. He also teamed the fry pattern up with a small olive nymph which also caught. Out on the boats Mr Williams and his boat partner Nick Mead managed an impressive 29 fish total all on red & brown dries. They fished around the top end of the lake with drifts around A & B buoy proving effective. Another boat pairing fishing dries to great effect was that of Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood. Using Crippled Midge and Shipman’s Buzzers, again around the deep water of A, B and C Buoys, they boated 31rainbows. In-house guide Lee Henfrey took England youth hopeful Demi Powers for a short 2 hour coaching session ahead of the England Youth National at Draycote in early September. The pair boated 17 fish in their session with Lee showing Demi the art of sinking line work. A 3 inch a second sinking line was the best density during their session with a booby on the point with a blob on the top dropper.

Saturday saw Invicta Fly Fishing Club take to the water to fish in a friendly Club Competition. The method for the day was dries, again with the top end of the venue being the most productive. Dave Summers used dries to land 14, with Big Reds and Midas being his top patterns. Tony Day landed ten, again using dries with Crippled Midge being his best pattern. Also catching 10 fish was Mr David Moore. Outside the club match, father and son duo of Mike and Dave Mee landed 17 with dries and small fry patterns producing the results.  Paul Davison fished all around the top end drifting around the Inlet, Rainbow Corner, A & B buoy and the Draycote Dam to landed 38 fish. Paul’s best pattern was a Midas – not surprising really as he invented the pattern. Well done Paul – a great result! Nigel Nixon and Lester Booth enjoyed good sport too, again to dries, but this time red was their colour of choice with the pair netting 14 between them. They also found their fish all around the top end of the lake.

Sunday saw another good day for top of the water sport, and once again it was the deeper water at the top end of the lake producing the results. Richard Dayman and boat partner John Kirk landed 20 fish boat fishing around Rainbow Corner and the Inlet. They found washing line tactics was the key to their success. Mr D Ford & Mr T Wallace also boated 20 fish with Mr Ford using a mixture of dries and buzzers while Mr Wallace fished dries all day to land his fish. Mike & Dave Mee returned for their second day on the water and used Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line to boat another seventeen. They found drifts from B Buoy to A Buoy produced the best results. Shaun and Liam Gaskell took to the water hoping to enjoy good sport on dries, and that is exactly what they had. The two brothers landed 27 all on dries with a variety of patterns used. They did comment that red was their best colour. Paul Davison also returned, but this time accompanied with Tony Baldwin. The pair boated 42 fish all on dries with Midas being the best pattern. Paul commented that the fishing has been great from the start but when a fall of flying ants hit the water in the afternoon it was fantastic sport.

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Ms J Tuffs of  Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  259       Number Trout Taken: 371     Number Trout Released: 709  Total Catch:   1080       Weekly Rod Average:  4·16

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 –  14:30   until 20:45

Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until   20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.00

Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 6th August 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 6th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

Another changeable week, on the weather side of the fishing. Bright near flat calms one-minute giving way to strong winds and stormy conditions. As a result, there were times when the fish didn’t know if they wanted to be feeding the top 2ft or hiding from the sun the depths. This did mean that at times during the day the fishing was tricky. However, for the most part of the week, fish could be caught in the top 2ft either fishing washing line tactics or dries. Overall 290 anglers visited to the water catching a total of 895 trout for a rod average of 3·08.

A tough start to the week, with strong winds making the fishing challenging for most, with the wind coming from the south west. Dave Adams did enjoy good sport on a short half day morning session. He fished in Rainbow Corner with a fiery brown Shipman’s to land four. Kevin Rees concentrated his efforts around the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam drifting out towards B buoy. Kevin used crippled midge patterns to winkle out 6 fish. Another angler whom solely fished dries on the day was season ticket holder John Dickens fishing around the Outlet to A buoy to land 12.

Tuesday saw another bad day with regards to the weather. Whilst overcast conditions greeted the anglers, so too did a strong gusty south west wind. James Scott took to the water and fished over the aerators with sinking line and snakes to land 5 fish. In house guide Tom Bird took to the water with John O’Hara who landed 7 fish. The pair also fished over the aerators with lures to catch. Simon Guthrie and son Elliot fished sinking lines and boobies over the aerators to catch into double figures for the boat. Simon’s dad Chris also fished using dries to land half a dozen from around B buoy, C and E buoy into Biggin Bay. Norman Perkins also caught well landing 8 cracking fish from Rainbow Corner and the aerators. Norman fished a variety of methods from dries to lures.

The fishing improved on Wednesday with good catches being recorded by most anglers. Ian Conyers was amongst the better catches landing 10 rainbows from along the top dam wall and Rainbow Corner. Geoff Preston took to the water on Wednesday for a half day morning session accompanied by his granddaughter and they boated 10 fish on the rudder. They found the fish from B-C buoy as well as over the aerators. Season ticket holder Dave Adkins fished at the Outlet with a PTN and a Minkie to land seven. The Guthrie’s returned to the water once more, this time boating 28 fish between the 4 of them, fishing dries drifting from the outlet to N buoy via A buoy, with Big reds being their best pattern.

A very windy day Thursday with speeds being 24mph again from the South West, combined with powerful gusts. As a result, the boats had a restriction to the top end of the lake with no fishing below Lincroft Point. Eddie Mitchell and Alex Urquhart boated 9 fish from Rainbow Corner and the top dam wall using a mixture of dries and washing line. On the bank season ticket holder Colin Granger landed 3 fish from the Overflow on dries during his morning session. However, top honours on the day again go to the father and son team of Simon and Elliot Guthrie who boated 11 fish fishing dries in white horse waves. Once again, the pair found the fish drifting from A-N buoy with big reds being the top pattern.

Friday saw conditions improve with a drop-in wind. Ronnie Gent and Tom Bird took to the water the pair landed over 25 to the boat. With the best areas being Biggin Bay, the flat stones to B buoy and then down the bottom end of toft. They found the fish keen to take a mix of boobies, blobs and cormorants fished on a di 3 or 5 line. Then later in the day washing lining with two fabs and two crunchers through the middle worked well. Also, out on the boats Mick O’Farrell and Richard Slater landed 20 fish all on dries drifting between D and P buoy. Another boat partnership using dries to great success was that of brothers Nick and Jem Dunn. Finally, Mr B Jones & Mr G Wood had great success in the final 2 hours of the day landing 24 rainbows on hoppers from Toft.

Saturday saw the any line heat Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, with 31 anglers competeing for 7 places plus the wild card for the biggest fish for a space in the final which is to be fished here at Draycote on the 24th September. Great conditions with some light winds and overcast skies, looked perfect for great catches. However, the weather did cause some issue with storms moving in during the afternoon causing the winds to increase and heavy showers to come through together with thunder and lightning in the distance. The fishing got off to a great start in the first hour with rods bending, the hot spot being around D Buoy. The sun did then come out for a period making it challenging and the fish went off the feed. Cloud cover did return though which resulted it the resumption of catching. At times, the increasing wind speeds did make presentation difficult. Despite this  the 31 competitors caught a total of 140 fish representing a rod average of 4.52. The overall winner of the match was Richard Slater who fished small dries in the morning to land 10 fish then a switch to washing line in the afternoon caught him a further 5 giving him a total of 15. In second place was Dave Franklin who also fished a mix of dries and washing line to take his 10 fish. In third Ian Gaskell used pulling tactics on a di 3 to land 8 before a switch to washing line late in the day produced a further 2. The best areas in the match were around D buoy, Biggin Bay, P buoy and H Buoy to Farnborough spit.

Sunday saw the floating line only day for the Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, this time with 39 anglers fishing for 11 places in the final plus the wild card. A sunny start to the day with gusty south west winds made catching early difficult, although the cloud cover did come around lunch as a result around 3pm when the weather has settled the fish really came on the feed. The overall winner of the day with a 15 fish tally was Peter Elliott.He fished dries for most of the day around P Buoy, D buoy but later switched to nymphs on a washing line. Ben Robertson fished the washing line to come second with 14 fish again from similar areas. In third place Nick Dunn also fished dries to land 12 fish with D buoy and P buoy being his best spot. Several of the other qualifying anglers found fish around C buoy drifting onto the Tower Bank. The fish in this area of the lake where feeding very high in the water. As a result, many tactics were employed to catch them either small dries with Bob’s Bits performing well. Another tactic employed was two boobies and two hoppers and a fast figure of eight retrieve keeping the flies no more than 2 inches under the surface. Finally, a washing line with either hopper, cormorants and nymphs also proved effective. Overall the 39 anglers caught 216 fish for a rod average of 5·54 with no blanks. Well Done to all the qualifiers over the two days and we look forward to welcoming you to Draycote for the final on the 24th September.

 

 

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Ian Reeve of Rugby, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  290       Number Trout Taken:  452    Number Trout Released: 443  Total Catch:  895        Weekly Rod Average:  3·08

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until   21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.15

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining.  Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore   

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 30th July 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th July 2017

Telephone 01788 812018

A mixed week with regards to weather, with days of heavy rain and blustery conditions followed by near flat calms and bright sun. These changeable weather conditions did mean that the methods kept altering. Overall it has been a good fishing week, with creditable catches being reported every day. The rod average for the week worked out at 3·54 with 263 anglers catching a total of 933 trout.

Overcast conditions with a north westerly wind kicked off the week on Monday. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees drifted around the Tower using dries to catch 19 fish. Crippled midge and Bob’s Bits being his best patterns, even having to go down as small at size 16 on the crippled midge when the lighter winds arrived towards the back end of the day. James Maplethorpe enjoyed a half-day session with Jim Smith with the pair landing 18 fish to the boat. James had the majority of the sport using orange hoppers. The pair found the fish around the Tower and down along the Flat Stones going into Rainbow Corner. Another notable catch was that of Jan Salter who landed 4 fish and lost another 3 while out fishing for the first time with in-house guide Tom. Jan used dries to catch all of her fish, presenting them on various drifts from P buoy to X, and out from the Flat Stones.

A very different day on Tuesday, with virtually no wind to speak of for the whole day. Although good cloud cover could be seen in the morning, the sun made a very warm appearance around mid-day. As a result, an algae bloom popped up making the conditions in many areas of the lake challenging. The best location on the day was the boils, with good catches being recorded there. Jude Tuffs used a weighted lure on a floating line around the boils to land 9 cracking fish. Jamie Scott also chose the boils landing 14. Jamie used a variety of sinking lines but found a 7 inch a second sink rate to be the best. His top “flies” were snakes in olive, white and black. Also out on the water was John O’Hara being guided by Tom Bird. John landed 17 fish on a variety of methods. While the cloud was over in the morning dries were the best method with red midas and daddies being the top patterns. However, when the sun came out a change to a di 7 and tubes kept John in the action. He landed some beautiful specimens with his 8 fish limit weighing in at 22lb 6oz.

A complete change in weather on Wednesday with persistent rain for most of the day up until about 5pm combined with a breezy southerly wind. These wet and slightly blustery conditions did keep some anglers away, although those that did come enjoyed some great sport. Russ Logan and Henryk Pyez enjoyed good sport drifting over the boils towards the Tower Bank and Duns, landing well into double figures on dries as well as small lures fished high in the water on intermediates. Graham Pearson and son Gareth enjoyed good sport using a di 5 sweep and tubes to land 16 cracking fish. Graham commented that the fish came up in the afternoon and were hitting the tubes close to the surface. John O’Hara returned for the second day out guiding with Tom Bird. They found the fishing slight trickier with lots of lost fish on the boils in the morning. However, it wasn’t till a change to dries and a move toward A buoy in the afternoon John really started catching well finishing the day with 9 cracking fish – with red Harry Potters being the top pattern. Scott Graham and Lucas Van Geest enjoyed some fantastic dry fly sport in Rainbow corner landing 20 fish between them on an afternoon boat. Gary Turner and his father enjoyed a good session utilising our ever-popular last four-hour ticket. They landed 11 fish with their best pattern being a Black Midas.

Another good fishing day Thursday with overcast conditions for most of the day and winds coming from the South West. Season ticket holder Peter Elliott fished dries all day all over the lake catching well to end with a total of 21 to the net. Peter’s best patterns on the day were Bob’s Bits and Crippled Midge. Terry Bayes and Ash Cooper landed 13 fish to the boat drifting from Rainbow corner and the Outlet past A buoy. The pair used a mixture of nymphs and mini lures. Also, out on the boat was Gareth Jones with two Airflo guests. Between them they used a mixture of dries, blobs and snakes to land 34 fish. They found the fish from the Flat Stones going towards B buoy and Rainbow Corner towards A buoy. Mr Barnaby & Mr Ball made use of their rudder on an afternoon boat to land 20 between them. All fell to tubes fished at various marks around the venue, with the Boils being the hotspot.

Mr C.J. Day fished the bank Friday from the corner of the Hensbrough Bank to land 4 rainbows on snail patterns. Fishing from a boat, Sean and Michael Hanlon landed 23 using a variety of methods with dries using Crippled Midge being Sean’s top pattern whereas Mick favoured a sparkler booby fished as part of a washing line to land his fish. The pair found the fish around the Outlet, Inlet, Flat Stones, A buoy and B buoy. Also fishing in the same areas as Sean and Mick were Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood who landed 22 fish to the boat all on dries. Mr Glantz and Mr Evans used small dries to land 10 fish drifting from Rainbow Corner.

Saturday again saw very favourable for conditions for fishing with a south westerly wind and overcast for much of the day. As a result, top of the water tactics proved the most effect method. Richard Copper landed 19 fish all on dries with Big Reds as well as a red CDC being his top patterns. Richard found the fish well spread across the lake catching from the Flat Stones, the Outlet, Inlet and as well as Toft Shallows. Matt Nuttall also used dries to land 11 cracking fish. Frank Sumnall used both washing line tactics and dries to land 13 fish with his boat partner also catching 9. Tom Finney used washing line with Jelly FABS and Crunchers to net 12 fish, with Tom commenting that static was the key to positive takes as a lot of fish could come and show interest but not take if the flies where moved. Lee Patten and Charlies Abrahams fished out from Rainbow Corner out into the deep water of the middle using dries to land 21 fish including some fantastic full tailed specimens. Keith Harding & Mike Clarke fished dries all day to bring a 23 fish total to the boat with the best patterns being red Bob’s Bits, Midas and Crippled Midge. Lester Booth and Nigel Nixon once again fished dries to land 14 fish to the boat with CDCs, black and red hoppers being their best patterns.

Sunday started off with overcast conditions with wind from the south west, however sharp showers and intermittent sun provided the backdrop for the rest of the afternoon. John & Mick Hanlon shared a morning session on the bank and found feeding fish off Lin Croft Point. Nymphs & caddis patterns accounted for six to John’s rod with four for Mick. Although regular & season ticket holder Richard Walker managed nine to the net, it proved to be a challenging day on the water for the boat anglers with the rod average for the day dropping to 2·5. The venue hosted the gathering of the Mid Northants Fly Fishing Association competing for their Chairman’s Trophy. Thirty two competitors fished to a six fish limit and our congratulations go to Pip Jeffs who won the event with a six fish bag weighing in at 13lbs 6oz.

Water temperatures have continued to fall to more acceptable levels with today’s morning reading showing 17°C. This in turn has brought many fish properly back on the feed & also better spread once more around the venue & not so heavily concentrated in the aerators. Showery conditions are forecast for much of the coming week though, so remember to ensure that your wet weather gear is packed!

Congratulations to Mr J Powell of Brecon, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  263       Number Trout Taken:  339    Number Trout Released: 594  Total Catch:  933        Weekly Rod Average:  3·54

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  21:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 –  15:00   until  21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15 until   21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)

Gutting Room Closes: 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21.30

Fishery News

Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass

On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.

Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining.  Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore   

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat manners & etiquette:

As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.

We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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