Draycote Report W/E 25th October 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 25th October 2020

Draycote has experienced some great fishing this week from both the bank and boats, with fry patterns taking some cracking fish. Overall 188 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 760 fish for a rod average of 4.

The week started with light winds coming from the North East to start the day before swinging more to the south and strengthening as the day progressed. On the bank Mark Parsley landed 5 fish using a suspender minkie and commented he has interested in every area he stopped. Stand Hillman fished at the overflow using Minkies and floating fry to land 4 fish including a cracking fish around 5-6lb bracket. Mick Cronin landed 6 from the fish taking 4 from the tower bank before the wind picked up with, the others coming from the Overflow again on fry patterns. Out on the boats Paddy Hallam enjoyed a great day boating 14 fish, Paddy used two methods to take his fish a Di 5 sinking line in the morning and then dries in the afternoon. His set up on the Di 5 was a tequila blob on the top dropper with a hares and cruncher on the middle droppers with a sparkler booby on the point. This took half of his fish from around the School Slip and Hensborough Bank before swapping to dries in the afternoon. Brothers Phil & Paul Calvert landed 13 to the boat using pink snakes, tequila blobs and floating fry. The brothers found the best lines to be either a fast glass or a Di 5 sweep with the best drift being around S Buoy and Farborough spit. Draycote season ticket holder Roger Kerrison enjoyed a great day boating 10 fish with all the fish falling to Midas, great sport on the dries for October.

Strong winds Tuesday coming from the South, on the bank Tony Broadway enjoyed good sport landing 6 fish. Tony landed 2 cracking fish over 3lb from the outlet before moving to Toft and the Swan’s nest to land a further 4 on a washing line with Diawl Bachs on the droppers. All water season ticket holder Ken Key also enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 5 fish. On the boats Steve Barby and his boat partner enjoyed a good day landing 28 fish using the rudder using dries with runs down the Farborough Dam wall and then out from the Hensborough proving the most productive. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker fished around Rainbow Corner and also drifting off the Hensborough bank and outlet to land 19 fish. Paul used a traditional Kate McLaren on the dropper and a goldhead on the point. Another boat who enjoyed a good day’s sport was that of Ian Morris & Brian Hall who boated 8 fish using muddlers and an appetizer booby around the inlet pulled through the surface layers.

A very wet day Wednesday which did not really see the rain stop all day, with winds coming from the North West. This wet weather kept most of the anglers away, however those did brave the weather enjoyed some good sport. On the bank all water season ticket holder Norman Perkins landed 8 fish fishing the overflow from the treatment works and along the tower bank. Norman found the key to catching the fish was to use a minkie booby on the point and then Diawl Bachs and Buzzers on the droppers fished on a floating line. On the boats Alex Campbell enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 8 fish using a DI 7 sinking line with fry patterns taking fish from the Farborough Dam wall and then around the Value Tower. Fishery staff member Lee Henfrey fished with former manager Kevin Hart with the pair boating 18 fish. Using Di 5 sweeps and a mix of barred olive snake boobies, tubes and humungus they took fish from along the Farborough Dam and also over Croft shoal.

A busy day Thursday with most of the boats heading out on the water and a number of anglers taking to the banks. After some heavy downpours first thing in the morning the sun broke through to leave a nice autumnal day, with the wind coming from the West. The bank anglers enjoyed a great day’s sport with the Cornfield being the most consistent area. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 10 from this area using a minkie booby on the point with crunchers on the dropper using a floating line. Brothers Roger & Graham Davies also found fish along the Cornfield landing 13 fish between them using a floating fry on the point and crunchers on the droppers. Fish along the Tower Bank and also the Overflow Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin landed 5 & 9 fish using suspender minkies. On the boats Mr J & M Webster boated 20 fish on Olive Snakelets fishing around D buoy and through to Biggin Bay. The boat of Kevin Jones and Dave Summers enjoyed good sport taking 19 fish with a Di 5 and minkies working in the morning before a change to dries in the afternoon worked well with black hoppers.

A calm start to the day turned blustery in the afternoon with light showers. Again the bank is fishing quite well with Bob Smith taking 4 fish from Dunns Bay on Minkies and Olive Snakes. Draycote regular John Haynes took a brace from the north shore on fry patterns as did Peter Allen. Out on the boats Young Kevin Hart had 14 using a DI 3 and a DI 5 with Black and Gold Humungus. Kevin fished along the Saddle Bank, Lincroft Point and Toft Shallows. Draycote Guide and fishery ranger Lee Henfrey had a day in the boat with Michael Hanlon, netting over 30 fish. Lee and Michael used a DI 5 Sweep and fry patterns in areas such as the Farborough Dam, Lincroft point, ands then the spit to the Swans nest. They said that most of the fish came “on the hang”. To learn more about this type of fishing with a Sweep line, read Tom Birds latest blog on our website at www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Saturday turned out to be a very wet and windy day with a strong southerly blowing hard into the north shore. Only 14 rods ventured out with the three bank anglers doing quite well considering the conditions. Mr J and Mr M Dowse had 3 fish between them on Minkie Boobies, whilst Mr Slav took 3 from the bank during an evening session . Mr I Tearle and his boat partner had 18 fish to the boat between them, although no information as to how they did it is available at this time. Mr H Smith and Mr M Cox caught 9 fish from a boat using fry patterns, whilst Mr S Thomas, had 3 fish to the boat on Damsels, which tipped the scales at 10lbs 4 oz.

The weather forecast for Sunday looked awful early in the week with strong winds and rain forecast. However, it turned out to be a lovely day with some showers later in the day, but for the majority of the day the anglers enjoyed lovely Autumnal sun and a steady breeze. On the bank season ticket holder Paul Walley enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 5 fish from the Swan’s Nest in Toft using a FAB on the point of a washing line. Fishing alongside Paul was Draycote Fly Fisher club member Stephen Dewhurst who also used a FAB on a washing line to land 3 fish. On the boats season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 10 fish using an Olive Snake fished on an intermediate line. Alex Macpherson & Robert Webb landed 13 fish using a black and green hot head fritz lure using a Di 3 Forty Plus line. The pair found the fish around the Hensborough Bank and also along the school slips. Andy Lunn also fished from the boat landing 13 fish on boobies fished on sinking lines, from various points around the reservoir.

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Competition

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Tuition & Guided Sessions
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Draycote Report W/E 18th October 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 18th October 2020

A great week here at Draycote with good autumnal fishing weather with nice light breezes meaning that the anglers were able to cover the water and present the flies nicely to tempt the fish. Once again it has been fry patterns that have featured heavily on the catch reports, and there has been some great catches .As a result of the weather and the fantastic fishing on offer it has been a busy week with 287 rods visiting the fishery landing a total of 1,540 giving a rod average of 5.4.

A great start to the week with the 19 anglers who visited the fishery landing 132 fish for a rod average of 6.9 fish per angler. Our very own top guide and ranger Lee Henfrey went out with Nigel Keeber for a morning session landing 31 fish to the boat Lee and Nigel used Di 5 sinking lines and mix of snakes, boobies, and tubes. Lee opted to use the Di 5 sweep while Nigel went for a normal Di 5, with the fish coming from Croft Shoal and Farborough Dam wall. Mr C Cowan & Mr I Dobbie enjoyed a good day using white snakes to boat 34 fish. Finding the fish down the bottom end of the Farborough dam towards the spit and then round the corner from the spit against the dam wall. Enjoying some later season dry fly sport Kevin Rees boated 10 fish using crippled midge and hoppers, with the fish coming from around Croft shoal and then around T buoy drifting towards the Farborough dam. Fishing from the bank on the last 4 hour permit William Hunt landed 3 fish from the Swan’s Nest on a black humungus.

The wind swung back to the North West Tuesday with a bright start that clouded over in the afternoon. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 10 fish using a minkie booby on the point of a washing line along with a lot of other interest. 2 of Bob’s fish came from the corner of the Hensborough Bank while the rest of the fish took from Lincroft point just round the corner heading down toward Biggin Bay. All water season ticket holder Keith Coley fished with Bob Taft boating 19 fish using cormorant and minkies fished on intermediate lines in Biggin Bay. Another all water season ticket holder getting into the action was Ed Douglas who landed 17 fish. Ed used a Minkie booby on the point and cormorants on the droppers using an Airflo 12ft slow sinking midge tip with most of Ed’s fish coming from the Farborough Dam Wall. Former fishery manager Kevin Hart fished with John Hoskins with the pair taking 27 fish, the best line for the boat was Di 5 sweep with a barred olive snake being the best fly. Kevin & John landed a number of fish along the Farborough Dam wall, around J buoy and also along the Hensborough Bank.

Another good day Wednesday with the wind coming from the North East, which gave a certain chill to the day. However, the fish did not mind with the road average for the day once again being over 6. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 7 fish on floating fry and Diawl bachs from the Cornfield. While Alec Twaites look 4 fish from the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay including 2 cracking rainbows over 4lb. Once again Kevin Hart fished on the boats, but this time was joined by fishery ranger Lee Henfrey. The pair enjoyed a great days sport with an cricket score catch between them. Both used a Di 5 sweep line with a mix of humungus boobies and small snake boobies using a roly-poly retrieve. They found the fish along the Farborough Dam Wall, from Lincroft point across to the shoal and also around X Buoy. Dave Bailey enjoyed a good day in the boats landing 14 fish from Farborough Spit using Minkie boobies. Dave Eames fishing with his daughter enjoyed a good day on the rudder landing 40 fish to the boat on white snakes. With the fish coming from H-J Buoy and then D Buoy to the value tower.

A similar day Thursday with the wind again coming from the North East with bright skies. Once again Draycote was in good form. Jim Dempsey and Rod Wilson had 21 fish to the boat on the rudder using various lure patterns fished through the top few feet of the water. Season permit holder Gordon Bramwell netted 10 fish on a DI5 and Minkies. Paul Calvert netted a baker’s dozen on Minkie Boobies and FAB’s. Season permit holder Paul Mitchell caught 20 fish from a drifting boat on FAB’s and Snakes. Mr S farmer caught 14 fish from various spots all over the reservoir on Minkie Boobies, Blobs and small Sparkler Boobies.

Overcast skies all day Friday with some rain in the latter part of the day with winds around 10-12mph from the North East. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 10 fish from Biggin Bay using a washing line with a booby on the point and then Diawl Bachs on the droppers. Fellow season ticket holder Bob Smith fished in Dunn’s Bay using a Minkie booby on the point of a washing line to land 6 fish. On the boats Lea Tones fished with Nigel Farmer to land 24 fish to the boat the pair found the fish at OL Buoy, A Buoy to Rainbow Corner. Fishing with Minkie boobies and blobs on intermediate lines. Season ticket holder Lee Patten & Peter Elliot used Di 5 sinking lines and snakes to land 41 fish from various areas around the reservoir with the Farborough Dam wall being the hotspot. Dave Smith also fished the Farborough Dam wall using a Di 5 with a mini white snake to boat 12 fish including a cracking 4.5lb brown. Gareth Dixon & Christian Jones landed 40 fish to boat using an Airflo 40+ mid-glass and a mix of FABs, Daddies and claret hoppers. The lads found the fish around M buoy drifting towards the Hensborough bank and then around A Buoy into Rainbow Corner.

Similar conditions Saturday, although the wind did drop out completely in the afternoon for a period. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 16 fish on a 12ft slow tip with a minkie booby on the point and cormorants on the droppers. Ed caught 6 fish quickly from the Farborough Dam wall before heading up to A Buoy and Rainbow Corner to land the rest of his fish. Gaz Dixon & Christian Jones enjoyed another good days sport taking over 20 fish ahead of an early finish just after lunch. The pair found the fish along the Hensborough Bank and then around Rainbow Corner, with Gaz landing a number of nice fish on a pink snake before switching back on to the mid glass with a nix of boobies, daddies, and hoppers. Also finishing early but enjoying a good day was fishery ranger & guide Lee Henfrey fishing with friend Nigel Keeber. Landing over 25 fish the found gold and silver tubes fished on Di 5 sinking lines to be the key to success taking the fish around Farborough Dam wall. Gareth Jones & Keiron Jenkins also enjoyed a good day landing over 30 fish to the boat using a Di 5 sweep with 2 barred olive snake around the Hensborough bank to land some cracking 3-4lb fish, with the same method working along the Draycote Dam as well. Another method that worked for the pair was to use a slow tip with a blob and then crunchers on the droppers. Kieron also landed 3 cracking fish around J buoy using a Di 3 sinking line and a wrapped minkie pattern, to finish the day.

A busy day Sunday with all the boats heading onto the water along with a number of anglers fishing along the bank. Challenging conditions for the majority of the day with not a breath of wind until the afternoon when a gentle breeze did pick up. On the bank Draycote season ticket holders Bob Smith & Ian Richardson landed 4 and 5 apiece. Bob used a minkie booby and then a standard brown minkie to take his 4 taking 2 from the overflow before moving to Lincroft point. While Ian opted to fish in Dunn’s bay using a midge tip line with a weighted barred olive snake and landed 5 including a cracking 5lb bar of silver rainbow. On the boats Draycote season ticket holder and Draycote Fly Fishers member Paul Walley enjoyed a good day’s sport boating 14 fish. Paul used a minkie and a FAB fished on an intermediate line to land his fish drifting from D Buoy into Dunn’s and then through into Biggin Bay. Fishing around the school slips Paul Mitchell & Tim Burns landed 25 fish to the boat using a mix of snakes on Di 5 sinking lines and also suspender minkies. Another boat finding fish in this area was Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell who boated 15 fish on minkies, boobies and foam daddies fished on 12ft fast tips. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day afloat taking over 30 fish to the boat, the fished two quite different methods and caught from various marks around the lake. Jim used a Di 5 sweep with a long leader and two small snake boobies, while Ed fished a 12ft slow tip with a Humungus and a minkie.

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Competition

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Draycote Report W/E 11th October 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 11th October 2020

Overall a good week fishing at Draycote with a good mix of methods working from fishing nymphs and daddies with FAB & Boobies just under the surface. However, the fish are really turning their attention onto the fry with a number of fish coming to minkies, snakes and boobies. Including some really fantastic fish with well mended tails with silver blooms all the way through. 238 anglers visited the fishery this week landing a total of 1,181 for a rod average of 5.0.

Overcast conditions Monday with some showers at times with the wind coming from the South West, the fish continued to respond well to the reduce water temperature with he rod average for the day working out at 5.4. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 6 fish from the Old Pipe in Biggin using a Minkie Booby and also a barred olive snake with 4 of the fish coming to the Minkie booby. All water season ticket Norman Perkins also enjoyed a good day on the bank landing 8 fish including 3 cracking fish over 3lb. Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin also fished the bank landing 5 a piece from various areas with the fish all falling to fry patterns. On the boats season ticket holder John Dickens landed 10 fish sticking to dries with Daddy, Midas and Hoppers, fishing off the top dam and also around J & T Buoy to the Farnborough Dam. Mr H Smith & Mr Cox landed 11 fish between them pulling fry patterns. The best boat on the day went to Draycote season ticket holder Lee Patten & Peter Elliot who landed 30 fish between them. They found the majority of the fish around J Buoy drifting towards the Farborough Dam and the spit, coming to snakes fished on a DI 5 with some fish also taking daddies. Lee also landed a cracking Rainbow just short of 6lb which can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore

Tuesday started of bright with the sun sunning and the wind coming from the West, as the day progressed there was occasional showers until about 4pm when the heavens open and we experienced a torrential downpour. Fishing on the bank Draycote season ticket holder Pete Allen landed 5 fish, with 4 of them coming from Rainbow Corner just as the Dam wall ends and the other from the Tower Bank. Pete used a Minkie booby on a floater to take his fish and lost a really big fish in Rainbow Corner that snapped 9.5lb tippet. On the boats all water season ticket holder Keith Coley fished with Bob Taft with the pair landing 14 fish between them from around Rainbow Corner and the Tower bank on a mix of lures fished in the bottom half of the water column. Lee Tones & Steve Farmer enjoyed a good day on the boats landing 25 fish between them, the pair found that a Di 5 with snakes and a minkie booby was the most successful area. With the fish being landed drifting from J & T Buoy into the Farborough Dam and then around the value tower and drifting along the tower bank.

The wind remained in the West yesterday with overcast conditions with the sun coming out in the afternoon, ahead of more rain later in the afternoon and evening. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 6 fish from Rainbow Corner, Tony used a washing line with a Minkie Booby on the point and then Red Holographic Diawl Bachs on the droppers with the majority of the fish taking the nymphs. On the boats season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 9 fish from the Draycote Dam side of Y Buoy fishing deep on a Di 6 with lures, including a cracking fish of around 5lb. Tony Baldwin landed 15 fish on a mix of methods from dries to pulling pink rabbit lures. All water season ticket holders Dave Kennell & Alex Urquhart landed 20 fish between them using an Airflo 12ft fast tip with 2 boobies and then foam daddies in the middle. The pair found the fish drifting around J buoy towards Farborough Dam and then along the Hensborough Bank and the outlet. Sean Higgins & Ian Bradfield enjoyed a good day’s sport using a 15ft ghost tip landing 21 fish. Roy Anderson fished for the first time at Draycote and enjoyed a great days sport landing 32 fish including a fantastic 7lb brown pictures on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore along with a number of rainbows in the 4-5lb. The key patterns for Roy was a mini minkie on the point with cormorants on the droppers.

A strong west south westerly and some heavy showers greeted us on Thursday morning, but this eased as the day progressed. Richard Hood and Mr C Webster had 25 fish to the boat on a mixture of FAB’s and Fry patterns. Season permit holder Steve Orton caught 5 fish from a boat on Damsels. Brian Allwood remarked on a difficult day from the bank having only netted 1 fish. Out on the rudder were Draycote regulars Jim Dempsey and Rod Wilson who netted over 20 fish on sinking lines on long runs through the middle of the reservoir and around the shoals. Tony Parker netted over 15 fish from a drifting boat and remarked on a very enjoyable day.

With a strong westerly breeze and mostly dry conditions Draycote fished well on Friday, with the rod average constantly holding around 5. Season permit holder Bob Smith caught 8 fish from the bank using Minkie Boobies. Bob fished through Biggin and Duns Bay up onto the Tower bank and remarked on “yet another great bank fishing day at Draycote water”. Mr A Joseph and Mr B Joseph caught 4 fish from the bank on fry patterns by the valve tower, including fish of 4 and 5 lbs in weight. Mr A hart caught 2 fish from the bank by the overflow on Minkie Boobies. Mr Richard Ellis had 10 fish to the boat on an intermediate line with Sparkler boobies and sunken Daddies. Young Dave Smith caught “4 lovely fish” from a boat using black and white lure on a DI7. Kevin Hart caught a bakers dozen from the Hensborough bank and Farborough Dam using fry patterns, with fish of up to 4lbs in weight. Season permit holder Tony Parker had 18 fish to the boat, all on top of the water sport. Rob Middleton and Steve Peart caught 23 fish from a drifting boat on boobies in Biggin Bay.

Saturday proved to be a bit tricky with at times a very strong westerly and light showers in the afternoon. This didn’t seem to put the fish off though as we saw a significant rise in the rod average to 6.5.. Stan Hillman fished the bank using floating fry patterns to land 9 fish from various points along the northern shoreline. Mick Cronin and Mark Parsley did much the same to land 4 and 5 respectively. Season permit holder Mike Garner fished from the bank in the Cornfield on Crunchers to net 5 good fish with most of the action coming in the first hour or two. Ken Cowell used an olive snake to net 3 fish from the bank, while Tony Harris netted 6 on Crunchers. The usual suspects of Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had a bakers dozen to the boat on the rudder using lures fished in the top few feet of the water. Mr D East and Mr P Carpenter caught 15 fish drifting in front of the sailing club using Black and Gold Humungus. Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe used white Snakes and Boobies to catch 14 fish from a boat up by the Draycote Dam and in Rainbow Corner.

Lovely Autumnal conditions Sunday with a north west wind giving a lovely ripple to the water teamed some very welcome sun with cloud rolling through later in the day. On the bank we hosted the TroutMasters fish off which had to be postponed due to Covid-19 earlier in the year. This fish off is to determine who will be representing Draycote in the 2020 final which has been pushed back to 2021. We had 5 anglers who responded to fish the final, it was fished to a 6 fish limit with the anglers being allowed to select the fish they brought to the scales. Winning the match was Draycote season ticket holder Lee Patten who landed 6 fish for 14lb 14oz, with Lee taking these fish from various point around the lake. Out on the boats Draycote fishery manager Tom Bird fished with Jim Smith with the pair landing over 35 fish to the boat. The best method on the day was a Di 5 sweep line with a black and gold Humungus booby on the top dropper and a barred olive snake booby on the point. With the hotspot being the Farborough Dam wall from the spit all the way down to near the pontoon, with a number of fish coming to the hang. For tips on fishing the hang please read Tom’s blog on the subject here http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/ it’s the third blog down. Another boat who found the Di 5 sweep to be the key line for the day was Keith Harding & Mick Clarke who landed 21 fish to the boat again fishing the Farborough Dam wall but this time using a Humungus and a sparkler booby. All water season ticket holders Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell enjoyed a great day afloat landing 42 fish to the boat. Fishing around the Valve tower and along the Tower Bank using a Hover Line and then 2 boobies with a foam daddy on the dropper. Fishing in the same area also fishing on slow sinking intermediates and tip lines was Tim Burn & P Mitchell landing 29 fish to the boat.

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Competition

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Tuition & Guided Sessions
With the end of season approaching now is the perfect time to get out with one of our guides looking at how to land some of these big back end fish. All of 1:1 casting tuition & guiding is now able to resume following the latest guidelines for Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

Opening Hours & Boat Session
Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 18.30
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 18.30
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 13.30
Afternoon Boat – 13.30pm – 18.30
Last 4 Hr – 14.30 pm – 18.30pm
All Anglers Off Site – 19.00pmh

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Draycote Report W/E 4th October 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 4th October 2020

This week has really seen a big change in the weather with a more Autumnal feel in the air with the leaves changing colour quickly. We also experienced our first big Autumnal weather front towards the end of the week with torrential rain and high winds, this has resulted in a drop in the water temperature. However the fish seem to have responded well to these changes with the 195 anglers catching 782 fish this week for a rod average of 4.1.

Monday started bright and flat calm with cold overnight temperatures, as the day progressed the temperature warmed and thankfully a light ripple and cloud rolled in. On the bank all water season ticket holder Andy Lillie landed 4 fish in a morning session a brown minkie, Andy found the fish at the Swans Nest and along the Cornfield. On the boats Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 18 fish between them using a mix of nymphs and cormorants on a washing line. After a slow start Ed Douglas finished with 11 fish on dries catch the majority once the air temperature had warmed up in the afternoon, with all Ed’s fish taking dries. Taking them on a Shipman’s Buzzer, Olive CDC and one on a crippled midge, with the best areas being X & P Buoy. Fellow season ticket holder Kevin Rees also stuck to dries to land 12 fish with Crippled Midge & Bob’s Bits being he best pattern. Kevin concentrated on the area out from the Sailing Club drifting towards J Buoy, T Buoy and H Buoy. John Dickens fished the same area using again dries, however, he found the fish willing to take slightly larger dries such as Midas to take 7 fish.

With some overnight rain and warmer overnight air temperatures conditions looked good from the start of the day on Tuesday with the breeze coming from the North West with cloud cover all morning, with the wind later swinging to a westerly. On the bank season ticket holder Jim Hall landed 5 fish from Toft using black crunchers. Although it was the overflow that produced the best catches with Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin landed 9 a piece using floating fry with Stan also taking a few on dries, with a number of the fish being over 3lb. On the boats all water season ticket holder Dave Kennel & Eddie Mitchell enjoyed “awesome days fishing” landing 21 fish between them using a slow intermediate with 2 boobies and 2 shrimp in the middle. Steve Styles landed 8 fish using a black booby on the point with an olive snake on the dropper fishing the flies just under the surface just up from the Inlet. Taking all their fish on dries Mr Jinks & Mr Warner landed 27 fish fishing near the Aerators using Daddies and Big Reds. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas also found dries was the way to land the majority of his 16 fish catch with washing lining on a 12ft Airflo Slow Tip also working.

Wednesday was overcast with gusty conditions early on, which eased off with the onset of the afternoons rain. All water season permit holder Lindsay Bates and his boat partner had 18 fish to the boat between them, all on Daddies. Mr I Mackie, who has travelled down from the western isles, fished in the surface layers on dries and daddies to net 6 good fish from Dunns and Biggin Bay. Alex Campbell fished a short 4 hour session through the middle of the day to net 5 fish on Hares ear Culs. Alex took a couple of fish from Y and D buoy before moving down to Croft shoal where there were a number of good fish coming up the wind from Toft Shallows.

A wet start to the day with westerly breezes which eased as the day went on. Chandrabir Limbu and Visnan Gurung, two members of the British armies Gurkha Rifles took to the water here at Draycote to net 10 fish between them. The lads used Boobies and Humungus fished on sinking lines in various areas of the reservoir. Kevin Hart and John Hoskins had 19 fish between them on Floating Fry, Daddies and Minkie Boobies. All water season permit holder Paul Walker netted 5 fish from the bank down in the Cornfield using Culs and Diawl Bachs. Tony Broadway caught his 7 fish from the bank on Floating Fry patterns fished on a washing line from various points along the northern shore. Mr A Masters and Mr E Wilson had 15 fish between them to the boat using Fry patterns and Daddies.

A very wet and windy start to Friday put paid to a lot of anglers plans. Tim Grove fishing the last of his 2 day break fished a half day landing 5 fish. Tim found the fish in Albert’s Bottom in Biggin Bay using Daddies fished close into the margins and commented there was a number of good fish in there feeding. On the bank season ticket holder Brian Allwood landed 8 fish from the Cornfield on nymphs and commented on the quality of the sport, again with Brian only fishing till 12pm.

The weather Saturday did not improve with gusty winds coming from the North teamed with persistent rain for nearly all day. As a result of the horrible weather once again the majority of the anglers opted to something else for the day. Saturday regular Jim Dempsey fished for the morning on the rudder landing 9 cracking fish including a 5lb 7oz brown which was returned for another day. Jim used a Di 3 sinking line and a gold and silver tube fishing tight into the Draycote Dam wall to take 7 if his fish. Then moving over to the Inlet to land his final 2 including the brown and rose another bigger brown as well. John McVay & Colin Carnigie landed 6 fish between them using Daddies in Biggin Bay and out from Rainbow Corner. Last 4 hour regular Slave fishing with his uncle and friend landed 7 fish between them from on a mix of fry patterns.

After torrential overnight rain, there was a serious amount of water in the boats this overnight deluged of rain lowered the water temperature to 13 degrees. Despite the awful conditions it was a busy Sunday at Draycote with both the Draycote Fly Fishers, The All Ability Friendly Fly Fishers & Roger Kerrison friendly catch and release match all taking to the water. Draycote Fly Fishers fished there Autumn Pairs boat match with 17 members taking to the water landing a total of 52 fish with 1st going to Brian Froggatt & John Hanlon who landed 10 fish between them with the first fish being caught at 9.05am 2nd was Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley who was drawn on his own landing 7 fish and then being awarded another 3 for the rod average on the day as he was fishing singerly. In 3rd Keith Jones and Will Hunt took 8 fish between the two of them. Its great to see such a good turn out for the Draycote Fly Fishers in awful conditions with a really mix of newcomers and seasoned Draycote anglers. The All Ability Friendly Fly Fishers landed 67 fish between the 12 of them, with the best boat landing 22 fish with John Salisbury taking the lion share using a red buzzer and a mini cat’s whisker on the point. Ian Bradfield also enjoyed a good days sport landing 16 fish. Alan Masters & Edward Wilson enjoyed a good day using fry patterns on sinking lines to land 14 fish between them including come cracking silver rainbows. Overall despite the conditions a good days fishing at Draycote with the rod average for the day finishing at 4.5.

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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With the end of season approaching now is the perfect time to get out with one of our guides looking at how to land some of these big back end fish. All of 1:1 casting tuition & guiding is now able to resume following the latest guidelines for Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

Opening Hours & Boat Session
Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 18.45
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 18.45
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 13.30
Afternoon Boat – 13.30pm – 18.45
Last 4 Hr – 14.45 pm – 18.45pm
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Draycote Report W/E 27th September 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 27th September 2020

An improvement in the fishing from the previous week, after a slow start with bright flat days. Overall a total of 289 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 1,108 fish for a rod average of 3.8. Its good to see the bank anglers enjoying some improved sport landing some cracking fish as well.

Flat calm and sunny conditions all day made the fishing a challenge to kick off the week Monday. Around the margins we experienced a thick algal bloom which made bank fishing a challenge. However a number of season ticket holder did manage to take a couple each, with Bob Smith taking his on floating fry while Ian Richardson took him on a booby and a shrimp pattern. On the boats beginner season ticket holder Debbie Gilbert fished with husband Sean landing 5 from along the Cornfield on nymphs. Tregaron Angling Club enjoyed good sport around near the Swan’s Nest using a mix of Sparkler boobies, Daddies and nymphs on the droppers. Kevin Rees despite the conditions stuck his guns and fished dries all day using Crippled Midge and Hoppers targeting individual rising fish, a great catch considering the poor conditions.

Another sunny day Tuesday with thankfully more of a ripple on the water than the previous day with some very welcome cloud arriving about 4pm. Season ticket holders Pete Allen & Tony Broadway fished from the boats to land 10 fish between them. The pair found the fish very keen to take Minkie boobies fished on a Di 3 sinking line, with the best area being over Musborough shoal. Amongst the catch Tony landed a cracking Rainbow weighting 4lb 9oz. All water season ticket holder Dave Kennell enjoyed a good days sport using a floating line with 3 foam daddies on to take 7 fish. Tregaron angling club enjoyed a better day Tuesday still using foam daddies to great effect down the Farborough Dam wall and also in Toft. Although James Raw fished the North Shore drifting from the back of the Aerators into Dunn’s taking 14 fish on dries and sunk hoppers.

Wednesday saw a big change in the weather, with the sun being replaced with rain and cooler air temperatures. It was hopeful that this change to more favourable conditions would bring the fish on and some good top of the water catches could be had. This proved to be the case with a number of anglers getting into double figures using dries. Draycote season ticket holder Kevin Rees landed 15 fish with crippled midge and bob’s bits being his best patterns. With Kevin’s best drifts being coming off K Buoy drifting out over the open water towards H buoy off the spit. Another season ticket holder who found the fish in this area keen to take dries was John Dickens who landed 12 using the same flies as Kevin. Although John did find success using a foam daddy as well. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 14 fish on dries catching the fish from various areas around the lake. Daffydd Evans & Micheal Williams landed 15 fish between them all on dries with a Daddy Hog and small hoppers being their best flies. The pair found the fish drifting off the back of the Aerators towards Dunn’s and then into Biggin Bay. Tony Parker landed 11 fish taking them on a floating line using black nymphs on the droppers and then a FAB on the point. It was also good to see some good catches from the bank, Ian Richardson landed 5 fish from the Tower Bank and Biggin Bay. With Bob Smith taking 6 from the same area including 3 cracking fish the biggest touching 5lb. The best flies was a Minkie Booby on the point with a shrimp pattern on the dropper, with a number of other bits of interest to the Minkie Booby on the point.

A mixed day weather wise with the wind starting in the south before swinging about 11am to the south west and picking up with a big bank of rain also blowing through. Later in the day the wind swung again and eased, providing the best conditions of the day. Gordon Bramwell & Ken Cooke fished around P Buoy using a 12ft midge tip with a washing line set up to land 13 fish between the pair of them. Paul Mitchell & Alec Urquhart landed 16 fish between them using a fast glass with a sparkler booby. Blackbull Fly Fishers made the trip down from Scotland to land 36 fish between the 6, drifting around P Buoy, J Buoy and through Biggin Bay. The lads found that dries worked in the afternoon and also washing lining nymphs on various tip lines with a FAB on the point. All water season ticket holder Chris Bobby and Lianne Frost landed 15 fish between them with the majority of them falling to CDC patterns fished around P Buoy in the afternoon. Fellow season ticket holder Yousef Dar enjoyed a good days sport landing 12 fish catching all over the lake and using “Various” methods and techniques.

A very windy day Friday coming from the North West with a definite chill in the air, in fact it was quite a shock after the warm temperatures earlier in the week. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 8 fish from the Cornfield and also Biggin Bay, using a washing line with Diawl Bach’s and then a cat’s whisker fished on an intermediate. Brothers Roger & Graham Davies also fished the bank landing 6 between them from along the Cornfield with a Minkie Booby and shrimps being their best flies. Out on the boats John Hoskins shared a boat with Kevin Hart with the pair landing 17 fish between them from along the Tower Bank, Dunn’s and Biggin Bay. With a Di 3 sinking line and boobies and snakes proving to be best to tempt the fish. A traveling club from Scotland caught well in the shelter of the North Shore using popper Minkies on a floating line to land some cracking fish, as well as using snakes on sinking lines.

The wind remained in the same direction on Saturday but thankfully it had dropped back, although there was still a definite chill in the air. The bank fished well for Nigel Keeber. Nigel fished a floating line with unweighted Snakes to Take 4 fish from Lincroft Point on what he said was a fairly long cast. Mike Garner also fished from the bank in the Cornfield to net 5 fish on a floating line with Black Crunchers and Cormorants. Mark Jones caught 4 fish from the bank using Diawl Bachs, whilst Gary Turner used Floating Fry patterns to net his 6 fish from various points along the northern shore. Out on the boats Mr G Martin used a slow Intermediate line with Shrimp patterns and a white lure to net 4 fish. The boat pairing of Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan had 7 fish between them also on small white lures.

Once again, the wind remained in the North West making for a cold start, however, the sun did make an appearance later in the day warming things up for the anglers slightly. On the bank Draycote Fly Fishers member Michael Wright landed 5 fish from Lincroft point, using a black and gold lure and also a minkie. The key Michael said was to cast out leave the flies to sink for 20 seconds and then pull them back with a quick retrieve. Out on the boats Black Bull Fishing Club from Scotland visited again after enjoying a good day Thursday. Between the 6 anglers they landed 45 fish, the majority of the fish came to a washing line with a Sparkler Booby on the point and then cormorants and small fry patterns on the droppers. The best lines being a Airflo 12ft Slow Tip, there was also fish caught on dries in Dunn’s Bay the best area the club found was to drift from Biggin- E Buoy and then S Buoy and D Buoy. Sunday also saw the fishery host the Team England Fly Fishing (TEFF) fundraiser looking to raise funds for next years England teams. The match was fished to the latest Angling Trust Guidelines with both the fishery and Andy Taylor from the Angling Trust on hand to make sure it all ran smoothly. 24 anglers competed to cash prizes down to 3 place and a days fishing for 2 in a boat for the first fish caught in the match. The format was to record the time of the first 3 fish caught and then a mark was given for every fish released. In the event of a draw the winner would be decided on the time of the first fish. The fishing was very varied with fish being caught from dries down to pulling on a Di 7 sinking line. Overall the 24 anglers caught 168 fish giving a rod average of 7. The fish of the match was caught in very quick time in fact in the first 5 mins by Tony Smith. The overall match was John Hardy with 18 fish who used a fast glass with small FABs fished around D buoy drifting out over the open water towards P. In Second place was Frank Sumnall with 12 and in 3rd Tony Baldwin beating 3 other anglers on 11 by landing his first fish 10.30am.

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Tuition & Guided Sessions
From July 1st we are pleased to announce that we will be resuming our 1:1 casting tuition for the latest guidelines on the tuition will take please safely under Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

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Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 19.00
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 19.00
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.00
Afternoon Boat – 14.00pm – 19.00
Last 4 Hr – 15.15pm – 19.00pm
All Anglers Off Site – 19.30pm

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Draycote Report W/E 20th September 2020

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 20th September 2020

Overall a challenging week with the sun conditions and cool North and North East winds having a negative impact to the fishing. However, we did see marked improvements for both the bank and boat anglers, which looks positive for the coming week with a further stocking going in as well. Overall a total of 283 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 575 fish giving a rod average of 2.0.

A far from ideal start to the week with flat calm, cloudless start with the temperature hitting 24 degrees. However, this being said the few anglers who did visit the water produced a rod average of 4. With such adverse conditions most of the fish came from the Aerators and fishing deep was the order of the day. Fishery Ranger Lee Henfrey used an Airflo Booby Basher and a tube to land 10 fish leaving the line to sink for 50 seconds before retrieving. As the weather cools and the fish turn onto the fry and drop deeper in the water column why not book Lee for a guiding session to get the most out of this bountiful time? For bookings call Tom on 01788 812018. Seeing what Lee was doing Don Coe and boat partner Alistair Baker landed 14 fish to the boat including a cracking 5lb rainbow with their best fly being a brown minkie booby. With again the key to the success was the long countdown before starting to retrieve the fly Don was leaving it around 1 minute and half. Fishing along the Aerators but this time sticking to dries was Gordon Byers and Tim Groves who used Big Reds and Orange Daddies to take 10 fish to the boat.

Tuesday was very bright and sunny with only the slightest breeze. Ian Reeve and his boat partner managed 14 fish to the boat on Daddies on a floater, before going deep on sinking lines and snakes. Kevin Rees caught 7 fish on dries such as Crippled Midge. Lee Patten and Peter Elliott had a bakers dozen to the boats on a mixture of nymphs and dries.

Wednesday saw the wind swing round into the north east and proved a challenging day for the anglers. Tony Parker had 5 fish to the boat using dries and nymphs, one of which was over 5lbs. Alex Campbell reported lots of surface movement and some interest in his flies, but it wasn’t until he started fishing buzzers on a long leader down deep, that he started catching. Alex returned 4 fish for the day from long drifts around P buoy and along the Farborough dam.

A bright and sunny day on Thursday with a north easterly breeze on the water. Yesterday proved quite tough out on the water, but Thursday was much improved with the rod average rising to 4.4. It turned out to be a day of many methods, with fish coming to deep sinking lines, washing lines with a Sparkler booby on the point and also dries. Young Mike Garner caught 3 fish from the bank using Red Diawl Bachs in Bigging Bay and Toft Shallows. Mr Gordon Bramwell and Mr K Cooke used a Fast Glass Line in Toft to boat 25 fish between them. Draycote regulars Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell had 17 fish to the boat using a 12 foot slow tip, Diawl Bachs and Boobies. Highlighted of the day Mick Nicholls 7lb4oz rainbow taken on a sinking line and lure photo www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

A difficult day Friday with a bright sunny conditions with the winds in the East, this resulted in a poor rod average of 1.48, with no one really cracking the method to catch. Tony Broadway & Gordon Slack landed 6 fish between them on Minkies on intermediate lines. Colin Jones with boat partner Nick White landed 7 fish between them using mini lures on sinking lines around Farborough spit and into Biggin Bay. Don Coe and A Baker used Crunchers to take 5 fish between them fishing around the Aerators. Steve Styles landed 4 fish with 3 coming to snakes and 1 to a Bob’s Bits.

Another day of difficult conditions Saturday with bright conditions from around 10am with the wind once again on the North East. Fishing proved difficult for some but more productive for others. It seems that the Swans Nest in Toft was the place to be, using a 12 foot slow tip with a Sparkler Booby on the point and 2 Nemo Crunchers. This area and method put at least a couple of boats well into double figures. Season permit holder Mike Garner fished from the bank by the Swans Nest to net 6 fish on Nemo Crunchers and Diawl Bachs. Mike Laycock and Frank Sumnall fished a DI7 with a Sparkler Booby on the point and a FAB on the top dropper in various places around the reservoir to boat nearly 30 fish between them. Mike said that the fish were holding between the surface and 6 feet down.
A warm day Sunday with sun for the majority with the wind staying in the North which did at time get up and help to take the edge of the hot sun. Peter Mercer & P Pendlebury landed 30 fish between them using a 12ft slow tip with a FAB on the point and crunchers on the droppers. The pair found the majority of the fish at the end of the Farnborough Dam wall just as it joins to the Swan’s Nest. Fishing in the same area Mr C Adams & J Maxwell boated 17 fish between them also using a washing line on with a sparkler booby on the point. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker enjoyed a good days sport from the bank landing 9 fish from the Swans Nest and also the Cornfield on Diawl Bachs and pheasant tail nymphs.

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Tuition & Guided Sessions
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Opening Hours & Boat Session
Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 19.15
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 19.15
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.00
Afternoon Boat – 14.00pm – 19.15
Last 4 Hr – 15.15pm – 19.15pm
All Anglers Off Site – 19.45pm

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Fisheries Covid Guidelines

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A reminder of our Covid operating procedures at our fisheries, Draycote – Thornton – Eyebrook.

All our counters have a Perspex screen fitted with hand sanitizing points as you enter the lodges.

Ensure you remove any litter from the boats especially any food wrappings, bottles, cans etc & place it in the dustbins provided.

Covid Operating Procedure While Visiting Draycote Eyebrook & Thornton Trout Fishery

  1. Pre-Booking: All Bank & Boat anglers, will be required to call the lodge & pre book your visit
  2. Pre-payment will be required at your time of booking, this will reduce queuing at the lodge.
  3. Pre-payment can be made by a credit / debit card.
  4. Confirmation of your Boat or Bank Booking along with your receipt will be posted at the lodge next to the Booking In – Booking Out sheet. Hand sanitiser points are provided at the lodge entrance doors for you use
  5. Lodge & Tackle shop are open, use the hand sanitiser as you enter & from July 24th it will be mandatory for you to wear a face covering within the shop, this can be a Buff, scarf, mask, face shield etc
  6. Observe the 1m+ social distancing guidelines within the lodges / shop
  7. Bank Anglers are to ensure they observe social distancing and while fishing keep a minimum of   15 meters apart. Bring your own hand sanitiser and use it as required during the day especially if you’ve used barrier key pads, combination locks, sat on benches or opened gatesBOATS:
  8. Two anglers may share a boat, or three anglers from the same household
  9. We recommend you follow the Angling Trust guidelines & wear a face covering while the boat is moving under power
  10. Bring your own hand sanitiser & use it as required during the da

Pontoon Access Guidelines Posted at the Pontoon Walkway-

  1. All Anglers Wait at the pontoon walkway
  2. Fishery Staff will call you forward onto the pontoon.
  3. Boat Numbers will be allocated by the staff working the pontoon once your called forward.
  4. Prevent Queuing & Delays Minimize your journey to & from the boat.
  5. Do Not Tackle up in the boat next to the pontoon, staff will instruct you to leave the pontoon as soon as possible.
  6. Two Anglers fishing together MUST BE READY when called to come onto the pontoon together.
  7. The angler in charge of the engine will enter the boat first while his partner passes him/her the tackle.
  8. Minimize Queues & Delays If you require to leave the pontoon to pick up other tackle items it should ONLY BE ONE OF YOU, the other angler in charge of the engine remains in the boat.

Returning to the pontoon

  1. Fishery staff will be controlling the number of anglers on the pontoon at any one time.

BE PREPARED TO WAIT for their instructions for you to come forward & secure the boat to the pontoon.

  1. On returning have your tackle ready to vacate the boat & pontoon as quickly as possible.
  2. Boats & Life Jackets will be Disinfected after every session.
  3. At all times comply with the instructions given by the fishery staff, this is to ensure we meet our current operating guidelines & social distancing rules.
  4. Remove your litter from the boat & place it in the dustbins provided at the fisheries.

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Draycote Report W/E 13th September 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 13th September 2020

Overall a busy week with 338 anglers visiting the fishery landing a total of 993 fish for a rod average of 2.9. With the majority of the fish still sitting high in the water, however, we have also seen the rudder anglers starting to drop a little deeper in the lines and being rewarded with some cracking fish.

Great conditions Monday with overcast skies and light winds, as a result the week got off to a busy start with a number of anglers hoping to catch some hard fighting tout. Draycote season ticket holder Peter Elliot landed 11 fish on a mix of daddies and dries from around Toft and also Biggin Bay. John Dickens also landed 11 fish drifting from X Buoy towards S and off the side of Croft shoal, he too used daddies. Fishing in a similar area as John, Kevin Rees used crippled midge and Bob’s Bits in claret to tempt his fish. Mr F Brookes & A Spencer enjoyed a “Fantastic Afternoons Sport” landing a dozen fish between them drifting from the Tower Bank into Duns and also off the Draycote Dam on a mix of dries and washing lined nymphs. Visiting Scottish angler Stuart Marklow enjoyed a good day boating 20 fish all on dries from a number of different areas with Toft and the open water around X buoy producing.

Another good day in terms of conditions with overcast skies but with slightly stronger winds than the previous day. As a result the good catches continued, on the bank Ian Richardson landed 9 fish. Using a minkie booby on the point with a mix of shrimps and nemo crunchers on the droppers, fishing along the Tower Bank. Draycote season ticket holder Brian Allwood also fished on the tower bank to take 4 fish and loose another 2. Bob Smith fished further down to the bank In Dunn’s & Biggin Bay to take the majority of his fish. With 3 coming from Dunn’s, 2 from biggin & 1 from the Tower Bank using the same cast as Ian with a Minkie booby and shrimps and crunchers. Brothers Terry & John Evans landed 16 fish between them all on dries fishing in Biggin Bay and also Rainbow Corner. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas also landed 16 fish on dries using Bob’s Bits and crippled midge fishing around Middle Shoal and through the middle of Toft. Fishing with a washing line with 2 boobies and 2 Muskins, Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell landed 13 fish between them.

A cloudy start to the day, with the sun making an appearance at around 9am, with the wind remaining in the South West, which did later in the day swing to the North West. On the boats all water season ticket holder Paul Havard enjoyed a great day landing 6 fish on pink snakes on a Di 3. Although it was Paul landing his first ever brown trout that made the day a fantastic fish on 6lb 6oz. The brown came from drifting from B Buoy to Y Buoy and took halfway way between the two. Mr Sowerby enjoyed a good days sport landing 14 fish on dries, with Toft and Biggin Bay being his best areas. Mr Blackwood used claret Bob’s Bits in Toft to land 13 fish, with a number of other fish coming short to the dries as well.

A near perfect forecast with overcast skies and light winds, however, it was a frustrating morning for the anglers as there was not a breath of wind until 2pm. Gordon Bramwell & boat partner Ken Cooke laned 19 fish between them washing lining around P Buoy on a midge tip with a FAB on the point and nymphs on the droppers. Mr Paul Gillett landed 13 fish using a sparkler booby on the point, Diawl Bach on the dropper and then a muddler on the top dropper. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Mitchell landed 11 fish all falling to foam daddies fished around P Buoy. Fellow season ticket holders Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell landed 15 fish using a floating line with a booby on the point and 2 foam daddies on the droppers around P. Ed Douglas used dries to land 19 fish with the majority of the fish coming in the afternoon drifting from the back end of the Aerators towards P & X Buoy. Fellow dry fly fanatic Kevin Rees also found the fish in the same area to land 22 fish using crippled midge and bobs bits.

Friday was overcast with a good south westerly breeze. Bob Smith caught 7 fish from both the Tower Bank and the Swans Nest using Minkie Boobies. Ian Richardson also fished the Tower Bank to good effect netting 5 fish again on Minkie Boobies. Out on the boats Richard Ellis had 6 fish using Sparkler Boobies on DI5’s and DI7’s. Ruth and Tony Kirk ventured out in a boat to catch 9 fish on Shipmans Buzzers and Sedgehogs with a Fiery Brown Hopper on the point. Season permit holder Steve Orton had 8 fish to the boat on various patterns such as Daddies, Muddlers, Hoppers and a Pitsford Pea. Alex Campbell had 3 fish in a morning session pulling Sparkler Boobies on a floating line along the Farborough Dam.

Saturday was a bit bright throughout the day with a steady south westerly breeze. The fish are feeding sporadically on the fry and providing some great sport for both boat and bank anglers alike. Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had 13 fish on the rudder using various fry patterns such as Tubes and Minkies. Ed Douglas stuck firmly to the dries to boat 5 fish. Forresters Fly Fishers caught 22 fish between 12 of them to give a club average of 1.8. Alan Shufflebottom caught 9 fish from the bank on Crunchers and Boobies. 12 anglers from Cwmllynfell Fly Fishing Club did really well out on the boats with a total of 58 fish between them, giving them a club average of 4.8.

A warm day Sunday with temperatures getting to 24 degrees the warmest we have seen a couple of weeks. On the bank Draycote Fly Fishers hosted their Autumn Pairs Bank match with 12 members fishing, in the challenging sunny conditions. Winning the day was Dave Atkins & Brian Allwood who had 4 fish all of which came to cormorants from either the Tower Bank or Lincroft Point. In second was John Hanlon & Stephen Dewhurst & then in 3rd a tie all on 1 fish was Mike Nolan & David Rechtorik, Neil Berry & Mark JJ and Paul Walley & Keith Jones. Great to see such a good turn out by the club members in far than ideal conditions, details on the Draycote FF can be found below. On the boats fishery ranger Lee Henfrey & Nigel Keeber landed just short of 20 fish to the boat. The pair found that a Booby Basher Di 8 fished on the rudder drifting from the Cornfield into Toft, and then off Lincroft point towards the back of Croft Shoal. With Lee & Nigel landing some cracking fish all falling to tubes. Richard Walker also fished on the Aerators landing 9 fish using a mixture of minkies & snakes fished on a Di 6 sinking line. All water season ticket holder Ian Reeve took his grandson Flynn Lewis out with him fishing landed 11 fish using a black and gold minkie booby back drifting from the Cornfield through Toft, great to see more youth anglers getting out and enjoying this fantastic sport. Remember all juniors under the age of 16 are free when visiting with a paying adult.

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Competition

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Fur & Feather- Sunday 29th November 2020.

We are please to announce we have the date for a popular Fur & Feather competition on Sunday 29th November. As always there will be some fantastic Christmas Hamper prizes up for grabs for the 1st prize and bottles of wine and spirit for 2nd 3rd and the biggest fish.

Fish with your partner to fishery rules 12 fish limit to the boat no time bonus heaviest weight wins. To book your place please phone the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 19.30
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 19.30
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.00
Afternoon Boat – 14.00pm – 19.30
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Draycote Report W/E 6th September 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 6th September 2020

Overall quite a busy week at the fishery with 296 anglers visiting the fishery landing a total of 887 fish for a rod average of 3 . With the majority of the fish getting caught quite high in the water column with the top 3 feet producing good numbers. Although we are seeing a number of fish getting caught on fry patterns with anglers reporting fish being caught coughing up perch into the net.

Monday was flat calm with overcast conditions for most of the day. Fish could be seen topping in quite a few areas of the reservoir from very early on. James Kelly fished from the bank during the morning and landed 2 fish on Diawl Bachs. Mr V King had 6 fish to the boat on Dries, Buzzers and Snakes. Season permit holder John Dickens caught 6 fish on Dries throughout the day. Andy Lilley also used Dries to good effect as well as Hares Ears, netting 5 fish from the boat. Mr M Jones’s group fished out the final day of their 3 day package to boat a total of 38 fish between, them using Dries and a washing line with Diawl Bachs.

Another flat calm day here at Draycote with high cloud cover and not much chance of a breeze. Fishing was tough but Brian Allwood managed to winkle 4 out from the bank along Biggin and Dunns bay. Brian used a Minkie and fished around the weed beds where he could see fish moving. Draycote regular Mick Cronin caught 4 fish from the bank along the north shore using various fry patterns. Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack took to a boat and managed 9 between them using Minkies and Boobies on a washing line. Season permit holder Kevin Rees caught 6 fish on various dry flies such as Crippled Midge. Mr Keith Coley and Mr B Taft had 7 fish to the boat on Muddlers on a floating line. Matt Osbourne caught 3 fish during an evening session on Sparkler Boobies. Mr D Newnam and his boat partner netted 9 fish from a boat, all on dries.

A changeable day on Wednesday with a bright start with near flat calm conditions, which by lunch time had clouded over with rain and quite gusty south west winds. Which dropped the air temperature by nearly 10 degrees, On the bank Bob Smith landed 5 fish from the Tower Bank and also Dunn’s Bay on a mix of shrimps and boobies with Sparkler and also Minkie Boobies proving to be the best on the day. Geoff Preston fished a morning session to land 4 fish out from the Sailing Club using a fast sinking line and a white and silver lure. Peter Elliot fished from Rainbow Corner to A buoy and off the Draycote Dam towards B to land 7 fish on a sparkler booby. Another angler who found Sparkler boobies the key to success was Mike Boswell who landed 9 fish using a washing line with a Sparkler Booby on the point and Muskins on the droppers.

A rainy start to Thursday, before the sun came out around 3pm with the winds staying in the South West. Matt and Nathan Currell had one each from the bank using Cats Whiskers and Black and Gold Humungus.
Both Alex Urquhart and Kevin Rees had 5 fish each on a variety of patterns such as Crippled Midge. Mr J Juckes had 4 fish to the boat on Claret and Red Diawl Bachs on the top. Dave Kennel caught 8 fish on a washing line using a Sparkler Booby on the point and Muskins on the droppers.

Friday started with a very cool westerly breeze and quite dark clouds overhead. Young Tony Broadway had a good day with 4 fish from the bank on Floating Fry patterns and Daddies, as did Stephen Dewhurst. Richard Pelly and his boat partner Mr T Sykes fished Floating Fry patterns to great effect around the Valve Tower, netting 8 good fish on floating lines. Chris Pallot and Paul Southgate had 5 fish to the boat using Sparkler Boobies drifting around the valve tower. Draycote regular Ed Douglas took 11 fish on dries. Mr R Thompson caught 6 fish from the boat on Boobies and Diawl Bachs. Graham Homer had 8 fish to the boat using fry patterns and dries. Mr G England and Mr S Hill had 22 fish to the boat using White Snakes drifting around A Buoy up in Raibow Corner.

Saturday was bright and cool to start with but clouded over about 10 o’clock with a steady westerly breeze.
Ian Reeve and his boat partner Steve Hubbard caught8 good fish from the boat using Floating Fry patterns on a floating line. Ian said that they found the best method was to draw the flies back quickly through the wave. Nick Lane and Dave Summers had a baker’s dozen to the boat on dries. All water season permit holders Phil Mee and Andy Lilley caught 7 fish on fry patterns around the Tower and D buoy. The boat pairing of Tony Broadway and Steve Ottley caught 6 fish on a mixture of fry patterns and dries.

Sunday was bright, calm, and cool to start with and warmed up as the day went on. On the bank Mr R Parris landed 3 fish on dries from Dunn’s Bay. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley also fished from the bank landing 2 fish but loading a number of others that manged to make for the weed bed. John Woodcock also landed 3 cracking fish all on some home tied specials. On the boats P Bridge enjoyed a great day landing 17 fish on dries. With Daddy longlegs taking the majority of the fish with Royal Wolf dry flies also taking 8. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day boating 20 fish between them with dries being the order of the day around lunch, before using snakes and tubes to take the other fish in the afternoon. The pair found the fish around Middle shoal drifting around P & X Buoy. Andy Taylor & Steve Smalley landed 30 fish to the boat using a mix of nymphs and boobies fished on a washing line.

Draycote Guides Andy Miller & Lee Henfrey ran another successful beginners day, see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore for Andy Millers report.

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Competition

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New Angling Trust Competition for 2020 with the Final in 2021 & Grafham Water
Angling Trust Loch Style Autumn Series 2020 with two heats fished at Draycote, further details
www.anglingtrust.net/page.asp?section=1888&sectionTitle=AT+Loch+Style+Autumn+Series
Further details email Andy.Taylor@anglingtrust.net

Two heats at Draycote
Draycote 6th September & Draycote 25th October

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Scierra Pairs

Draycote 26th July details via Phil Dixon www.scierrapairs.co.uk/heats/

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Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 19.30
Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 19.30
Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.00
Afternoon Boat – 14.00pm – 19.30
Last 4 Hr – 15.30pm – 19.30pm
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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 29th August 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 30th August

 

The government has announced that mandatory Face Coverings are to be worn within all shops in England from Friday 24th July. These can be a Buff type, scarf or mask etc.

 

This mandatory rule will cover our shops / lodges.

 

Great conditions were forecast on Monday with light winds and overcast skies, although the sun did make an appearance later, knocking the fish off the feed a bit. Draycote season ticket holder Kevin Rees landed 8 fish on dries with a crippled midge being his best pattern. He fished from a boat around J Buoy heading towards the Farborough Dam. Will Hunt fished in Rainbow Corner using a Green Peter and a Black Hopper on an intermediate line to land 6 fish. All Water season ticket holder Paul Walker landed 6 fish from Toft and also Biggin Bay on buzzers. Overall it was a challenging day, with a number of anglers landing no more than a brace. This may have been due to the sun and the angling pressure from the previous days competition.

 

With the wind speeds too high the boats did not go out on Tuesday. The only two fish of the day were caught from the bank by Ken Key and Mr R Moseley, whos’ catch weighed in at 4lbs 8 oz.

 

Wednesday, although still a bit blustery, proved to be a much better day out on the water. Ian Reeve and Matt Pittaway had 11 fish to the boat between them on Diawl Bachs, Daddies and Hoppers. Paul Taylor caught 10 fish from a boat on Montanas and Olive Damsels. Mr Tony Harris caught one from the bank by the overflow but the thick weed relieved him of another 4. Tony Broadway caught 4 fish from the bank using Floating Fry patterns.

 

Thursday was overcast with a light southerly breeze and fairly cool temperatures. There were plenty of fish topping early on in the day around J and T buoy, and Croft shoal. Throughout the day the best of the fishing seemed to be in the top few feet of the water with fish coming to dries and Sparkler Boobies on a washing line. Although the ever popular Diawl Bach accounted for a few fish, a Black Muskins with a red thorax put quite a few fish in the boat for many of the anglers. Season permit holder Bob Smith caught 6 fish from the bank at Lincroft point and the Tower bank using Snakes, Pin Fry patterns and Minkie Boobies. Ian Richardson caught 3 fish from the Tower bank on small Minkie patterns. Kevin Rees had 10 fish to the boat on dries such as Crippled Midge.

 

Friday was overcast and fairly calm to start, with the wind picking up through lunchtime. The rain that was forecast didn’t arrive until much later in the day, giving anglers a bit of respite. The Fly Dressers Guild were out in force, practising for their match tomorrow, and played their cards very close to their chests as regards returns. However, the rod average remains good for the time of year, with the water temperature now dropping to a balmy 17 degrees, and water visibility is good. The fish seem to be feeding sporadically on the fry and have been caught using lures such as Snakes and Humungus. They are still holding in the top few feet of the water column and are also being taken on dries such as big reds. The washing line has accounted for a good number of fish using Black Muskins or Diawl Bachs, with a sparkler Booby on the point.

 

Saturday started very cool with a strong north westerly breeze and once again overcast. The breeze strengthened through the middle of the day and made for uncomfortable conditions across the lodge side of the reservoir. Dean and Neil Shilton ventured out in a boat to land a dozen fish between them, one of which was a 5lb brown. Mr S Proffitt caught 6 fish from the bank using Floating Perch patterns in Biggin Bay. Season Permit holder Chris Pallot caught 4 fish from a boat on a DI 3 and Olive Snakes. Saturday also had 44 members of the Fly Dressers Guild Fish the John Watts Competition here at Draycote water. Conditions were a little tough, but the anglers managed to net a total of 143 fish between them, for a competition rod average of 3.25. The competition was won by the team from Thames Valley Invictas with a total of 22 fish for 35lbs. In second place were the Surrey Snakes with 19 fish for 36lbs 2 oz, closely followed in third place by New Haylie Fly Fishers with 16 fish for 29lbs 14oz. Well done to all those who took part.

 

Sunday was a bright and breezy start with a bit of a nip in the air, and thankfully not too much water in the boats. Mr Jones and his friends visiting us from Wales on a 3 day package, had a total of 57 fish between them on various patterns and methods such as Dries, a washing line with cormorants or a Sparkler Booby on the point, and Pulling Snakes on a fast Glass. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas also enjoyed a good day out in a boat , catching 30 fish between them. Jim and Ed  said that they fished all over the reservoir using various methods such as Dries, a washing line with buzzers, and Tubes fished on an intermediate line.

Mr D Eames had 19 fish to the boat using various methods all fished over open water. Season permit holders Matt Pittaway and Ian Reeve had 9 fish to the boat between them using Perch Fry patterns and Dries.

 

 

New Demo Tackle for you to take out and try: SAGE SONIC Fly Rods, RIO Slick Cast. We have the excellent new SAGE SONIC 10ft #7 demo rod for you to try, team it with our RIO Slick Cast #7 Gold or Grand fly lines. Call the lodge 01788 812018 to book your demo.

 

Bank anglers please note: The perimeter track is extremely busy with families, cyclists & joggers. Exercise caution while driving around the reservoir & observe speed limits

 

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Competitions

Angling Trust / TEFF Loch Style Fundraiser Sunday 27th September

Booking details

https://anglingtrust.net/competitions/at-teff-loch-style-fundraiser-2020/

 

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Tuition & Guided Sessions From July 1st we are pleased to announce that we have resumed our 1:1 casting tuition & 1:1 guided boat sessions. For the latest information on tuition under Covid-19 guidelines please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk. For bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

 

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Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.00pm

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