Draycote Report W/E 10th March 2019

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th March 2019

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A week plagued by high winds, saw the boats cancelled 4 days this week. Although while the boats may not have been able to get out on the water the bank anglers have been enjoying some good sport with good catches from several spots across the reservoir.

A tricky start to the week with strong south westerly winds that saw he occasional strong straight westly gust meant that the boat anglers really struggled to fish in the areas that had been so prolific over the opening weekend. The issue then being that once some fish had been located the strong winds meant it was a very difficult task to control the flies and the boat in order to boat any great catches. On the bank Rainbow Corner proved to be the best sport with season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft landing 3 in just a couple of hours before the winds blew him off. Michaels successful tactic was to use a floating line and a small black and green. The same windy conditions caused issue once more on Tuesday with the high winds the previous day causing the natural bank to colour up meaning that the bank anglers found it a struggle to tempt some willing trout to the net. However, out in the boat Steve Styles fished Rainbow corner for the last hour and half. While he only boated one, he missed 10 other takes using an intermediate line and a black booby.

Blustery, wet & wild would be 3 good words to describe Wednesday, these conditions meant that all apart from one angler opted to stay indoors and take shelter from the weather. However, Mick Cronin was rewarded for braving the elements landing 7. With 5 coming from the overflow and 2 from the Swan’s nest in Toft, Mick found this fish wanting a hot head damsel fished on an intermediate the key to landing fish on a challenging day.

No Boats out Thursday due to the strong south westerly winds with gusts at over 30mph coming through at times. Despite the conditions the lake fished to a 7 fish per man rod average with all in attendance catching. John Dickens found some shelter in Dunn’s making the most of it to land 9. John found the fish wanted a black and green gold head with black buzzers on a floater. Also, out on the water Peter Elliot & Lee Patten landed 13 & 20 fish each. The pair moved around the lake taking fish at the old pipe in Biggin Bay, Dunn’s and Rainbow Corner. Using a mix of tactics from black and green tadpoles and midge tips and floaters to washing lined buzzers.

Friday saw the best day of the week with a slight break in the weather with 14-16mph south west winds. As a result a number of great catches where recorded from both the bank and also the boats. On the bank Mr G Tomkinson fished near the old pipe in Biggin & Dunn’s to land an impressive 22 using a floating line and cat whisker patterns. Fishing the corner of Dunn’s Ifor Bullock landed 13 once again on a Cat’s Whisker. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas fished at the Swan’s Nest in the morning before moving up to Rainbow Corner in the afternoon to take 9 on washing lines buzzers on a floating line. Fellow all water season ticket holder Dave Kennell enjoyed good sport using a midge tip line with a black and green goldhead to take 16, with Paul Mitchell using the same tactic to land 10. On the boats Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall enjoyed great sport from Toft, Biggin Bay, Dunn’s and Rainbow Corner landing an impressive 32. The pair found the key to success was to use a Di 5 or Di 3 sinking line with olive normads and cormorants, with he best fish for the pair being a fantastic 4lb rainbow. Mr J French & N Ellis who boat 23 from all over the lake with the best flies being green, black and orange fritz. However, the best catch of the day must go to the boat of Geoff Preston who amongst his 9 fish haul was a fin perfect 9lb 8oz brown taken on a Damsel on a Di 5 sinking line in Biggin Bay. The picture of fish can be found on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

Unfortunately, the strong winds returned for the weekend meaning the boats could not take to the water either Saturday or Sunday. Once again, the bank offered some great sport for the anglers who still wanted to wet a line on a very windy Saturday. Derby Fly Fishers hosted a bank match with some great catches coming, Mike Weaven landed 12 fish on an orange size 12 lure from Biggin Bay. Clive Wilkins used buzzers on either a floater or an intermediate to land 15. Between the 7 of the club fishing they caught 43 fish for a rod average of 6.1. Clive commented that Biggin was the place to be with he fish 3-5ft down with buzzers or lure taking them all day. Stan Hillman & Mark Parsley also fished in Biggin Bay using Damsels, although they did find fish in Rainbow Corner later in the day finishing the day with 11 & 9 fish.

The winds for Sunday were teamed with heavy rains in the morning and proved to stronger than the day before as a result only a handful of angler braved such conditions. As the saying goes fortune favours the brave, and this was certainly the case for season ticket holder Mike Garner. Who found some shelter at the bottom end of the Cornfield, on the strong north west wind. Mike landed 12 hard fighting rainbows with 9 coming to the cormorant on the point and the other 3 on a nemo cruncher fished on the dropper. Great sport on such a wild day! Fishing just up the Cornfield from Mike was James Gilles who landed 10 fish. James found the wind a challenge to get a good line up so set up using an indicator with a wossit fly underneath to take all his fish. Season ticket holder Martyn Price decided to brave the weather and fished Biggin Bay near the old pipe using tadpoles to land half a dozen fish but commented his must have lost about 10 with them just coming short. Peter Bierancki fished for the last four hours again over in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s to finish with just under double figures again on tadpoles and cats whisker.

Online Shop

For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. After the success for the first special offer of the season this week, we have another amazing deal. We have reduced the 2017 Redington Path by 50% making it £64.99 this popular rod is sure to sell fast so make sure you visit https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/ to see the latest deals for the week.

RIO & Sage Day

On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe. To book a session on the boats call the lodge on 01788 812018.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr John Hoskins from Bromsgrove, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  118  Number Trout Taken: 100      Number Trout Released:  390

Total Catch:  490  Weekly Rod Average: 4.15

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until 18:00

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

Last 4 Hours from:  14:00  until 18:00   (Ticket sales available from 13.45)

Gutting Room Closes –17.30

All Anglers to be off site by: 18.15

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Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd March 2019

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 3rd March 2019
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Well what a different year than the rather failed opening day of the previous year, when the country was in the middle of the ‘Beast from the East’. Lovely gentle south westerly winds of around 7mph greeted the anglers queuing at the gate for the chance to get the first Draycote fish of the 2019 season. After the sunny week leading up to opening day there was much excitement in the air for both staff and anglers hoping for a great day’s sport. This proved to be the case with 108 anglers visiting the fishery landing a total of 868 fish for a rod average of 8.0. Once the rush of anglers had passed Lee took a drive around the bank with Ifor to assess the sport and it was clear that Toft was the place to be. One such angler who just hit it right was Andy Ball who fished the Swan’s nest in Toft using a blue flash damsel to land 27 fish. Again, using a Damsel in Toft Henryk Pycz landed 19 hard fighting fish, including some fantastic overwintered fish. Draycote season ticket holders Lee Patten & Peter Elliot fished all round the banks to enjoy great sport landing 14 & 17 respectively. Peter opted to fish with a small black tadpole on a floating line for his 17 where was Lee went for a team on small black buzzers on a washing line. All water season ticket holder Alex Urquhart fished on the far side of Toft opposite the Swans nest and landed 18 fish on a small blue flash damsel. Out on the boats some real cricket score catches where recorded. Ben Bayliss & Dave Morris had 63 to the boat with Farnborough spit being the hotspot for the lads. Their best tactic was to use a di 5 sinking line with black minkies and tequila blobs proving the best. Tim Ham & boat partner Rob Jones landing 29 from Toft using di 3 sinking lines with Viva’s and blobs. Mike Williams and John Cowan also fished in Toft towards the bottom end of the Cornfield near the willows to land 30 fish on blobs and boobies once again on sinking lines. A party of 7 travelling anglers from Scotland had a great day landing 137 fish with the majority coming from Toft & Biggin Bay on Damsels on slow intermediate lines.
Saturday started much the way Friday has finished with light winds and overcast skies. As was the case the previous Toft was the place to be with most of the boats catching well on sinking lines and t the bank anglers around the Swan’s nest. However, after a couple of hours the wind picked up to around 20mph meaning a lot of boats moved away looking for more shelter. On the bank M Chuser landed 11 fish, taking two cracking overwintered fish first thing in Toft before moving up the overflow in the afternoon. He found the key was to fish a black fritz on a floating line and commented that the fish where taking it right on the end of the cast within the first 8 pulls. Out on the boats Kieron Jenkins & Matt Russell enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport with over 50 fish to the boat. The pair found that anchoring in Toft produced the best tactics as the fish were tightly shoaled up. Using di 7 & di 8 sinking lines and boobies the pair really made the most of the fish in Toft. In the afternoon with the introduction of the high winds the pair took the successful method up to Rainbow Corner landing a couple of cracking 4 & 5lb overwintered fish. Using similar tactics Stuart Malcolmson & S Miller landed 40 fish to the boat once again from Toft but this time using di 5 sinking lines and boobies.
The conditions looked set to challenge the anglers Sunday with very high winds forecast to come through in the afternoon. Luckily the forecast had dropped enough that the boats could still go out for the day, with he conditions for the morning being near perfect. The Ian Scott party of 7 traveling down from Scotland make the most of the morning coming off just before 12, but still manging to land 45 fish between them. The best method was to use a damsel on a slow sinking intermediate in Biggin Bay tight to the bank, this method also claimed a lovely 5lb 8oz Rainbow for the lads with an even bigger one just slipping the hook at the net. Mark Miles & Tim Wellman enjoyed good sport coming off just after lunch landing 19 fish. The pair found the fish in Toft in the morning before heading up to the outlet to keep catching. The method was two small boobies fished on a booby basher hard on the bottom. Several other anglers used this method to great effect Andrew Barrowman and Paul Sharp used a cat booby and a black booby on a di 7 sinking line in Toft to finish with 20 to the boat. In Biggin Bay Martin Griffiths and Ian Richie landed 14 and enjoying fantastic sport before the stronger winds caused issues with presentation.
Overall a great start to the 2019, with Toft being the place to be from both the boat and the banks. With other great catches coming from Biggin Bay and the overflow near Rainbow Corner, its great to see some really quality fish coming out at the start of the season. It was great to see so many regulars returning to the fishery for the opening weekend and we look forward to seeing you all over the course of the 2019 season let’s hope it’s a good one with tightlines had by all.
Online Shop
For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. To kick off the season we have reduced our remaining Airflo Sixth Sense sinking flies from £44.99 to £25 in order to clear our stock, ready for the new lines coming in the next few weeks. The offer can be found at https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/.
RIO & Sage Day
On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe. To book a session on the boats call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Martin Price from Coventry, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 254 Number Trout Taken: 261 Number Trout Released: 1123
Total Catch: 1384 Weekly Rod Average: 5.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 17.45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 17.45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 12.30 PM 12.30 until 17.45
Last 4 Hours from: 13.45 until 15.45 (Ticket sales available from 13.30)
Gutting Room Closes –17.15
All Anglers to be off site by: 18.00
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1st March Draycote Opens

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Draycote Opens 1st March

Tel: 01788 812018

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing Open from 7.30am

Boats available from 8.30am

All Boats In by 5.30pm

All anglers offsite by 5.45pm

Gutting Room Closed at 4.45pm

Call the lodge to book boats.

Bank Anglers, we are limited to 30 vehicles around the reservoir perimeter track at any onetime we therefore recommend you call the lodge to book a car pass to ensure you have bank angler vehicle access, when calling to book a bank anglers car pass we will ask for your name, contact number & car registration

Our pre season stocking continues with 5,500 rainbows averaging 2lb been stocked prior to opening day.

No price increase for 2019 we still have membership options available for Draycote Starting from £435.00 & our new membership option for 2019 All Water Membership which covers Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton starting from £480.00 call the Draycote lodge foe detailsGuiding & Tuition.

Date for your Diary: SAGE & RIO day, Sunday 14th April

Opportunity to try a SAGE rod or RIO fly line of your choice & take it our for 1½ hour FREE guided session with one of our guiding team.

Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn SAGE will be on hand offering advice and FREE trouble shooting sessions & casting lessons, covering Trout, Salmon & Salt

Booking essential as places are limited, call the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

During the 2019 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

DRAYCOTE VACANCY 2019

Due to one of our Draycote fishery rangers moving to cover Thornton & Eyebrook we have a seasonal fishery ranger vacancy at Draycote.

You will be part of the busy Draycote Fishery Ranger team voted No1 Stillwater by Trout Fisherman in 2018

Duties will include

Working with the Draycote fishery management

Preparing boats for the anglers, ensuring boats are clean & in a safe condition

General lodge duties, assisting management within our busy tackle shop & lodge

General fisheries work which will include assisting with the stocking & general fisheries maintenance work

Working to a monthly rota shift pattern which will include some weekend & bank holiday working.

Working an average of 115 hours per month with some overtime available to cover holidays & extra cover during competitions & busy periods.

Previous fisheries experience would be an advantage but not necessary as full training will be provided.

We will provide work clothing.

To start asap with the seasonal contract running through to mid-December

Further details contact Ifor Jones

shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Call 01530 230807     mobile 07885 347326

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DRAYCOTE VACANCY 2019

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DRAYCOTE 2019

Due to one of our Draycote fishery rangers moving to cover Thornton & Eyebrook we have a seasonal fishery ranger vacancy at Draycote.

You will be part of the busy Draycote Fishery Ranger team voted No1 Stillwater by Trout Fisherman in 2018

Duties will include

Working with the Draycote fishery management

Preparing boats for the anglers, ensuring boats are clean & in a safe condition

General lodge duties, assisting management within our busy tackle shop & lodge

General fisheries work which will include assisting with the stocking & general fisheries maintenance work

Working to a monthly rota shift pattern which will include some weekend & bank holiday working.

Working an average of 115 hours per month with some overtime available to cover holidays & extra cover during competitions & busy periods.

Previous fisheries experience would be an advantage but not necessary as full training will be provided.

We will provide work clothing.

To start asap with the seasonal contract running through to mid-December

Further details contact Ifor Jones

shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Call 01530 230807     mobile 07885 347326

Draycote Opens 1st March

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Draycote Opens 1st March

Tel: 01788 812018

Call the lodge to book boats.

Bank Anglers, we are limited to 30 vehicles around the reservoir perimeter track at any onetime we therefore recommend you call the lodge to book a car pass to ensure you have bank angler vehicle access, when calling to book a bank anglers car pass we will ask for your name, contact number & car registration

No price increase for 2019 we still have membership options available for Draycote Starting from £435.00 & our new membership option for 2019 All Water Membership which covers Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton starting from £480.00 call the Draycote lodge foe detailsGuiding & Tuition.

Date for your Diary

SAGE & RIO day, Sunday 14th April

Opportunity to try a SAGE rod or RIO fly line of your choice & take it our for 1½ hour FREE guided session with one of our guiding team.

Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn SAGE will be on hand offering advice and FREE trouble shooting sessions & casting lessons, covering Trout, Salmon & Salt

Booking essential as places are limited, call the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

During the 2019 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote 2019

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Draycote Opens 1st March

Tel: 01788 812018

Call the lodge to book boats.

Bank Anglers, we are limited to 30 vehicles around the reservoir perimeter track at any onetime we therefore recommend you call the lodge to book a car pass to ensure you have bank angler vehicle access, when calling to book a bank anglers car pass we will ask for your name, contact number & car registration

No price increase for 2019 we still have membership options available for Draycote Starting from £435.00 & our new membership option for 2019 All Water Membership which covers Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton starting from £480.00 call the Draycote lodge foe detailsGuiding & Tuition.

Date for your Diary

SAGE & RIO day, Sunday 14th April

Opportunity to try a SAGE rod or RIO fly line of your choice & take it our for 1½ hour FREE guided session with one of our guiding team.

Simon Gawesworth of RIO & Jim Fearn SAGE will be on hand offering advice and FREE trouble shooting sessions & casting lessons, covering Trout, Salmon & Salt

Booking essential as places are limited, call the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

During the 2019 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

 

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Draycote 2019 Season

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Happy New Year

The 2019 season at Draycote opens 1st March

No Price Increase for 2019

Contact the lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk to book boats, car passes for bank fishing, our popular 2, 3 or 4 day break packages which can be split across our waters, club & group bookings & competitions.

We have an online shop with a January Sales & Clearance page which will be updated regularly during the month http://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

Tom Bird will be arranging his tuition & beginner days along with our popular guided days, visit our tuition & guiding website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

New for 2019 is our All Water Membership which allows you to spread your visits across Draycote, Eyebrook, Foremark & Thornton with membership options starting from £480.00 contact lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk for details.


Competitions 2019

We have a number of competitions booked for 2019 details below:

Ladies International – Thursday 6th June 2019
Following the hosting of the junior International in 2018 were looking forward to hosting the Ladies International in June.

Loch Style Team Championship 2019 – Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th June 2019
Fully Catch & Release competition with a Large Cash Prize Pot.
Book via Angling Trust Booking Site www.anglingtrustevents.net/game/

Alex Booth Charity Fly Fishing Competition – Thursday 27th June 2019
Contact Roy Lewin 07762746825 to book onto this very popular annual competition.

AT-TEFF Loch Style Qualifier Repechage – Heat Sunday 21st July 2019

John Horsey Anglers World Competition
Draycote Heats – Saturday 3rd August 2019
Draycote Floating Line Heat – Sunday 4th August 2019
Draycote Hosts The Grand Final – Sunday 18th August 2019
Book via John Horsey http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A change in the weather with winds in the North to North East all week bringing with it some cooler weather with day time temperatures not exceeding double figures with some frosts overnight. 159 rods caught 643 fish giving a weekly rod average of 4.0.

Cold north east winds meant there was a definite chill in the air. As a result, this forced the fish out away from the bank to the deeper water due to its more stable temperature. Kevin Rees managed to tempt 5 fish from Lincroft point on washing lined shrimps but commented on it being a challenging day. Out on the boats Ed Douglas fished around the Farnborough Dam wall and the spit to tempt 14 fish using a Di 7 sinking line and boobies. Airflo’s Gareth Jones enjoyed a day on the boats with Howard Croston with the pair landing 19 fish between them. Their best tactics were to fish a DI 8 sinking with and a white humongous booby left for 15 seconds to sink to the bottom before using a slow figure of eight retrieve. The landed fish in Toft and Biggin but the best area was certainly S buoy. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a great 5 hours sport with Jude Tuffs the pair landing 20 fish between them. Fishing over P Buoy and around N Buoy they found that di 7 forty plus with a natural snake booby was the way to tempt the fish including some lovely overwintered fish that can be seen at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore

The wind swing slightly more into the east although there was some northly gusts at times. Resulted in yet another cold day Tuesday for the hardy anglers who took to the water. On the bank season ticket holders Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 8 fish from the Cornfield using a washing with a floating fry on the point. Out on the boats Alan Guest & Andy Dowell landed 10 fish on the rudder using di 7 sinking lines and snakes with the best area being drifts over the top of Musborough Shoal between N and Y Buoy. This too was where D Harrison took his 3 fish on red minkies.

With freezing temperatures overnight and a very gusty easterly wind it was a quite day at the fishery with only one boat out on the water. However, the boat of staff member Graham Henfrey & Thornton season ticket holder Steve Jordan enjoyed great sport. After a quick chat to brother Lee, Graham was told that his best option given the wind and the temperature drop was to back drift. This is exactly what the pair did to great effect landing 14 fish on natural snake boobies fished on a Di 7 sinking with around Croft Shoal and S buoy. The highlight of the day was when Steve landed a fantastic brown of 5lb which once again can be seen at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

A very cold night Wednesday saw a hard frost with temperatures of -4°C at 7am when the staff arrived at the fishery. With very little it wind and sun it looked like it might have been a challenging day for the anglers. This proved to be the case from the bank with the hard frost, clear water and sun meaning the trout did not want to pull. Although it was a different story for the boats, the key was to get deep in the water column after the fish with di 7 & 8 sinking lines being a must. However, once you got the flies down to the fish, they were all to willing to pull back. Ed Douglas fished in the drop off around Musborough Shoal at Y buoy to land 11 fish on snakes. In house guide Lee Henfrey making the most of his time off took Roger Kerrison out with the pair landing 16 fish on tubes around P buoy and N buoy with the best of the sport from N. Eugene Hughes once again took the train from London to make the most of the excellent sport before we close on the 30th. Eugene landed 14 fish for the day with minkies and tubes being his best patterns fished on a di 7 sinking line around the Farnborough Dam and N buoy. John Hurst & Peter Watson fished around S buoy with sinking lines and snakes to land 13 fish between them.

With warmer overnight temperatures and the wind dropping in speed and swinging to the East. Some great fishing was to be had once again mainly from the boats although scores of 3s and 4s were recorded from Lincroft and Cornfield. On the boats the warmer temperatures meant that buzzers could be seen hatching over the Shoals and the spit and there was even moving fish. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a red letter day with over 40 fish to the boat. The pair started at Farnborough spit taking 15 fish. With Jim using a tube on a di 7 sinking line while Ed opted to use boobies. In was from this spot where Jim took a fantastic 7lb 10oz Rainbow (pictured on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore) on a tube taken on the hang. The pair then continued to catch as the moved around the lake getting fish from S Buoy, Y Buoy and along the Farnborough Dam. Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird & Lee Henfrey fished landing 35 fish. The pair found the fish at S buoy in the morning with Lee landing 9 on tubes. Before moving to N buoy & Y buoy to land most of their fish with Lee staying on the tube. While Tom went for a di 7 sinking line with two humongous boobies on a 20ft leader a black and gold on the dropper and white and silver on the point. Derek Moore & Felicity Appleton enjoyed a great day’s sport from Toft with their fishing coming from just under the surface. Including some cracking Rainbows of 5lb which left Felicity grinning from ear to ear as it was here best Draycote fish.

The wind went back to a North East with more of a chill to it Sunday with some un-forecast rain first thing in the morning which soon cleared leaving overcast conditions for the rest of the day. Which turned out to be ideal for all those who turned out for our Fur & Feather match. Most, if not all the fish were caught on sinking lines out over the markers in the deeper water, generally on DI7’s , and then a mixture of patterns such as snakes, tubes and boobies. The fishing was fantastic with seven bag limits caught, and a mixture of some lovely silvered up rainbows and cracking browns. The winners on the day with 12 fish for 25lb 7 oz were Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin. In second place was Eddie Mitchell and Gordon Bramwell with a weight of 24lb 15oz, whilst third place went to Tom Finney and Ollie Jenkins with a bag weight of 24lb 4oz. The best fish of the day went to Dave Bailey which was a brown of 4lb, weighed by Tom Bird out on the water and returned. The staff match was taken by Lee Henfrey and Nigel Keeber with 12 fish for 24lb 5oz. More details and photos can be seen on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore  .A big thank you to all who took part, and we are looking forward to seeing you all next season.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Kasidit Leoviriyakit from Bristol, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 159     Number Trout Taken:  272    Number Trout Released: 371

Total Catch:  643     Weekly Rod Average: 4.0

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 15:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 15:45

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

Last 4 Hours from:  11:45   until     15:45 (Ticket sales available from 11:30)

Gutting Room Closes – 15:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:15

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Christmas Gift Vouchers

Our gift vouchers, fly fishing tuition & beginner days make a perfect Christmas gift. Visit our online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Dates for the Diary

We close for the season on Friday 30th November 2018. We would like to wish all our customers a Happy Christmas and a very prosperous new year, and we hope to see you all back here, fit and well in 2019.

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 18th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

We’ve had a good weeks fishing here at Draycote. Southerly breezes have made fishing from the north shore difficult at times, but some bank anglers faired pretty well off Lincroft point casting into the wind using small black buzzers. Boat anglers have had their fair share of good sport drifting down the Farborough dam and over croft shoal. Musborough shoal and the Hensborough bank as well as the flat stones have also produced good returns on fry patterns and lures fished on sinking lines. This week 189 anglers caught 639 fish to give us a weekly rod average of 3.3.

Monday can only be described as miserable with squally showers and windy conditions for the visit from west midlands police. I think they were happy to come in at lunchtime for a break. The boat pairing of Peter Watson and John Hurst caught 9 fish between them. Kevin Rees managed 5 from the bank on shrimp patterns. Season permit holder Ian Richardson caught 3 fish from the bank.

Again on Tuesday the wind blew from the south and although forecast as quite gusty, seemed to blow a steady 12 to 14pmh all day. The more settled conditions seemed to help the fishing with the rod average moving back up to a steady 4.8.  It turned out to be a good day for regulars and members alike, with plenty of good catches on the return sheet. Tony Broadway and John Dews ventured out on a boat to catch 9 fish a piece. Ed Douglas caught 10 fish from the boat in various areas around the reservoir. Staff member Lee Henfrey had 17 fish to the boat using tubes on a DI7 off croft shoal and  the farborough dam.

Wednesday was again a good day with many anglers managing their bag limit and more. Richard Walker caught 5 fish in rainbow corner on minkies. The boat pairing of Mr B Barnes and Mr B Patrick had 22 fish to the boat. Chad Critchly and Phil Harding had a good day with again, 22 fish to the boat. The bank anglers didn’t seem to fair as well on Wednesday with the best of the bunch being Roger Kerrison with 4 fish.

Thursday dawned bright and breezy again, clouding over by midmorning.  Peter Elliott ventured out onto the bank to net 10 fish on hares ears. Kevin Rees also caught 10 fish from the bank on a washing line and shrimp patterns. Also fishing from the bank was Mr P Barnes who managed 4 fish. The boat pairing of Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell  managed 18 fish between them and noted that the last hour or so was “really good sport”. Mr D Naylor and Mr S Houlton managed to catch 8 fish on hoppers.

We were greeted by an overcast start on Friday with a light south easterly blowing. The fishing seemed to have shifted a little with things now happening not only on croft shoal but over musborough shoal and in biggin bay. Norman Perkins caught 8 from the bank at Lincroft point on white lures. Terry White caught 10 fish from the bank . Terry fished the cornfield using FAB’s and diawl bachs. Tony Broadway and Colin Day caught 10 and 12 respectively from the bank down in toft. Colin was using lures and a hot spot PTN. Mr J Shemmell caught 5 fish from the bank on shrimp patterns.  Seasoned regular Alex Campbell only managed 3 fish from a boat over musborough shoal but missed and dropped quite a few more. All were lovely bars of silver, pulled up from the bottom on a DI7 and perch fry patterns.

Saturday was bright with an easterly wind which can make things tricky here at times. Again staff member Lee Henfrey took to the water netting 11 fish from a boat on a DI8 and snakes over middle shoal and the flat stones.  Season permit holders Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe took to the water netting 7 lovely trout, and one pike. Bank angler Steve Gibson netted 4 fish from duns and biggin bay.

Again Sunday was bright with a light easterly breeze. Peter fisher managed 7 fish to the boat on gold head PTN’s and damsels. Keith Harding managed 8 fish to the boat with a roly poly retrieve using a DI7 and minky boobies in biggin bay. Ed Douglas and Jim Smith managed well into double figures each to a drifting boat using DI7’s and lures.

Season Permits

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote with options starting from £435.00

New for 2019 our All Water Membership with options starting from £480.00, allowing you the flexibility to fish any of our waters. Contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk   for details

 

We also have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk with great offers on clothing to keep you warm while fishing this November

https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/greys-micro-quilt-jacket/.

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Jude Tuffs from Market Harborough , the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  189 Number Trout Taken: 221      Number Trout Released:  418

Total Catch:  639   Weekly Rod Average: 3.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until 16:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:00  until     16:00 (Ticket sales available from 11:45)

Gutting Room Closes –15:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Weekly Report Ending Sunday 11th November 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 11th November 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

We’ve had a good week here at Draycote with an excellent rod average for the time of year, despite some testing weather conditions. Strong winds blew in from the south bringing some heavy rain at times, with some thunder storms on Saturday. The bank has been fishing extremely well along the north shore, despite the fact that anglers have had to cast into the breeze. The swans nest has also fished well, mainly on a washing line with buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs.  Boat anglers have faired well fishing along the Farborough dam and over Croft shoal. They have been using mainly sinking lines and lure patterns, although some anglers used dries to good effect over the shallow water on Croft shoal. This week 175 rods caught a total of 669 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.5.

South Easterly winds started the week off on Monday with overcast conditions that last until around mid-morning. It was then the sun broke out to give a beautiful Autumnal day with temperatures hitting 18°C. On the bank from the Cornfield John Hall landed 8 fish on a small black lures fished on a floating line just drawn along the near the surface. John commented on how all the fish he spooned were full of small black snails. Mark Sturges also fished the bank from Rainbow Corner to land 7 fish using a washing line. Season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft enjoyed good mornings sport landing 5 fish again on a washing line including a fantastic 6lb rainbow that was loving returned to the water. Kevin Rees fished in Biggin Bay near the Old Pipe on washing lined shrimps with a washed out FAB on the point. On the boats Ed Douglas landed 22 with 15 of these coming to dries fished over the shallow water on Croft Shoal. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a good day with Foremark & Thornton staff member Andy Dermot landing over 20 fish on olive snakes on a di 7 sinking line.

Warm overcast conditions with a flat calm start to Tuesday with the winds increasing to a ripple around mid-morning. Lee Patten & Peter Elliot fished on Lincroft point using a washing line with hare’s ear crunchers to land 25 fish between them. Just along the bank from Lee and Peter was season ticket holder Brian Allwood. Using small black buzzers again on a washing line Brian landed 9 fish. Out on the boats Peter Fisher fished around X Buoy landing 27 fish with the majority coming on a dry solder palmer. Fellow season ticket holder Tony Broadway & John Dews landed 32 back drifting over Musborough Shoal using di 7 sinking lines and snakes. Jude Tuffs & Dave East also swapped bank for boat landing 22 fish on a mixture of methods, with some coming to dries over the top of Croft Shoal before switching to snakes in the deeper water around the edge of the shoal.

The wind picked up Wednesday to around 22mph coming from the South making the fishing challenging for both the bank and boat anglers. Rodger Davies fished in rainbow corner landing 4 on minkies from the Overflow. Mr T Carrol fished in Rainbow Corner using a very small homemade white lure to take 3 fish. On the boats Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell landed 7 fish between them on snakes and other lures fished on a di 5 dinking lines drifting frim Rainbow Corner out towards A Buoy.

The strong winds of the previous day reduced slightly but it was still a gusty day with rain at times. Again, a difficult day was experienced by the anglers taking to the water. Jim Hall fished the bank from the Swan’s Nest landing 6 fish on shrimp patterns fished on a washing line. Fishing near the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay Kevin Rees & John Dickens both washing lined shrimp patterns close to the shore to land 8 fish between them. Mr Honour & Mr Andrews enjoyed good sport in the boat landing 17 fish between them, mainly on lure patterns. Mr Andrews got a bit of a surprise off the side of croft shoal, hooking into and boating a nice 10lb brown. The fish was weighed, photographed and returned safely to the water by fishery staff member Lee Henfrey.  Colin England & Tony Plummer fished along the Farnborough Dam on minkies to land 6 fish for the day.

The wind came from the South East Friday dropping in strength to give a more enjoyable day. Ian Reeve took to the water on a boat with Steve Hibbard landing 11 fish between the pair. Concentrating their efforts around Farnborough spit using a mixture of snakes and Pitsford Pea’s on fast sinking lines. John Dews fished from the bank at Lincroft point fishing towards Biggin Bay to land 6 fish. Mr Osbourne & Mr Gibson fished for the last four hours at the Swans nest to land 14 fish in the short session. The pair used a washing line with a Minkie Booby on the point and shrimp patterns on the droppers. Chris Webster & Dave Alexander enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport on the boat landing 21 fish. Most of the fish came from Croft Shoal with a blob and small snake fished on a di 7 sinking line. However, the pair did fish that a blob and a booby on a di 5 line worked well in Biggin Bay. Then later in the day again on the Di 7 several big fish followed the snakes at Farborough spit but unfortunately could not be tempted into taking.

A wet stormy day Saturday that saw the anglers taking shelter on one occasion due to the thundery storm that came in on the southerly wind. The changeable weather from sun to heavy rain to storms did influence the fishing with a dip in the rod average. Ian Reeve fished along the Farborough Dam wall this time with a different partner Richard Williams. Once again, the tactics stayed the same as the previous day with Ian using a combination on snakes and a Pitsford Pea on the dropper. However, it was the flies on Richard rod that seemed to be the killers with him taking the lion share of the fish taken by the boat.

Sunday started with overcast conditions and then brightened up by midmorning, with a strong southerly wind. The strong breeze and cold temperatures made for difficult fishing conditions at times, and this showed itself in the catch return. Most of the fish came to sinking lines and lures such as snakes, minkies and humungus. Lee Henfrey and Jim Smith caught over 20 fish between them using olive snakes on a DI 7, 40 seconds down. Peter Fisher caught 15 fish on damsels, again fished on a fast sinking line. Season permit holder Ian Western caught 8 fish whilst his boat partner Dennis Tidmarsh caught 2. Draycote regular Jared Burton caught 6 fish on an intermediate line and either black or green snakes. The AABF visited Draycote on Sunday, and all seemed in good spirits as they came off the pontoon, having caught 36 fish between them.

Season Permits

2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote with options starting from £435.00

New for 2019 our All Water Membership with options starting from £480.00 allowing you the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk  for details

 

We also have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk with great offers on clothing to keep you warm while fishing this November

https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/greys-micro-quilt-jacket/.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ed Douglas from Banbury, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  175 Number Trout Taken: 188  Number Trout Released:  481

Total Catch: 669    Weekly Rod Average: 3.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.15

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 16:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 13.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15  until     16:15 (Ticket sales available from 12:00)

Gutting Room Closes –16:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00

Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Dates for the Diary

Fur & Feather

This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th  November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.

1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair

2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each

3rd Prize Box Chocolates

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits

The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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