Draycote fishing report w/e 28/7

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Draycote has hit sensational from in the space of 24 hours. This weekend saw the Lexus individual heats, held over two days. In the three years of managing the water I have never witnessed such a change in fortune for the angler. One amazing fact that stands out is how Sundays individual winner also fished the match on Saturday and could only manage one trout all day, yet a deluge of rain and a fresh wind the evening before Sunday seemed to just flick a switch with the fish, then on Sunday Lee landed an incredible 37 trout to take top spot, weighing an unbelievable 91lb 10oz(inc a bonus of 2lb 7oz for every fish released) I fished for four hours on Saturday landing NO fish, yet on Sunday came 2nd with 31 fish ! The rod average for the participating 22 anglers was 10.64, yet Saturdays average was below 3. The lake hasn’t been stocked for weeks due to the hot weather, though a stocking is now due this week.
The water is now crystal clear, and more importantly cooler after the recent rains. This has sparked the fish into life and they are now making up for lost time. Buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, the red nemo have been the best patterns, in particular size 12’s. This should make the floating line only, any sized fly match interesting on the 10th of August.(places still available)
The week had started very slow, with the fish seemingly reluctant to feed due to the hot weather. Plenty of fish were moving but very hard to catch, though some good bags were recorded with most of the fish being caught within the last 45 minutes at night. The fish now however are moving consistently through the day, but are now catchable. A four hour session today with 2 Australian visitors saw us land 22 fish to the boat, all on the Flash Attack Tazer buzzer.
Best areas have been Rainbow Corner, the Draycote Dam, Hensbrough dam, Toft Shallows, and in the middle areas (P Buoy)
The best flies have been, black buzzers, olive buzzers, diawl bachs , crunchers, red nemo and blobs.
Floating lines, midge tips and intermediates have taken the vast majority of fish, though anglers using the rudder have had some fantastic bags using the DI-7.
Places are still available for the floating line only boat pairs match(any sized fly) on Saturday August the 10th. The winners will walk away with £1000 cash. If the lakes remains in this form anyone can win this prize. £25 entry pp plus fishing fees. Call the fishing lodge on 01788812018 to book.
Number of fish caught 305 Number of fish released 504 Number of rods 173 Rod average 4.67
Tight Lines
Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

 

Draycote fishing report

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It finally looks like the extreme heat of late is behind us. The fishing over the past few days has improved remarkably with the rod catches averaging over 4. Recent weeks has seen our water clouded with a mild form of algae, however for the past 4 days the water has returned to being crystal clear, with visibility  up to 30’ in several areas of the lake. This all round visibility should set the lake up for some cracking sport over the forthcoming weeks.

Rod Wilson landed 27 fish to the boat, fishing along the Draycote bank dam wall (next to the tower)using a rudder. Neil Bridges also landed 12 fish on the same day on a floating line and nymphs.

Nigel Bull landed the best recorded fish of the week, a 7lb 11oz rainbow, taken on a pheasant tail, fished on a floating line.

The best areas have been the aerators, Rainbow Corner, Tower bank, Farborough dam wall, and the Cornfields. This year’s fry have appeared in there thousands along all dam walls around the lake and one or two fish have latched onto them already.

The best flies have been damsels, Pitsford Pea, black buzzers, diawl bachs, small boobies, and blobs.

Best lines – floating lines, midge tip, di-3 or di-5 lines.

SATURDAY 10TH AUG – £1000 CASH BOAT PAIRS MATCH. FLOATING LINE ONLY – ANY SIZED FLY. ENTRY £25PP + FISHING FEES – SPACE LEFT !! Fish with your chosen partner.

NUMBER OF RODS 140

NUMBER OF FISH TAKEN 220

NUMBER OF FISH RETURNED 259

ROD AVERAGE 3.4

For further information please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

Tight Lines

Craig Barr – www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote report w/e 14/7

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The heat wave we are experiencing is taking its toll as the fish have gone deep. Despite this, at times the lake has fished well, especially in the evenings, as fish have moved to the surface once the sun has gone down.

On Saturday we hosted the Rio Pairs match, with winners Iain Barr and Ed foster catching 13 fish for an impressive 36lb, with the biggest weighing exactly 5lb ! The match was fished to international rules only, and made that little bit more difficult by the use of floating lines only, not to mention the 32 degrees heat !!!!! Second place was won by two visitors from Belgium, Albert and Tony who bagged 6 fish for 18lb, and 3rd place was won by Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern also with 6 fish.

Bank fishing has been tricky as the water round the margins has now been heated by the hot sun and very little breeze. The evenings and early morning have been the best times from the bank.

The boats have had the best of the sport. The aerators are full of fish and those who are prepared to fish over them for any length of time have done well. Leicester’s Dave Pacey, a newcomer to the sport, landed 16 fish from the aerators last night, in a 4 hour session. Toft Shallows has produced some good catches recently too.

The pontoon area is now surrounded by thousands of fry, many up to 6” long. One angler reported seeing a fish well into double figures hanging around !

Best lines have been floaters, midge tips and sinking lines.

Best flies – black or olive buzzers, owl buzzers, diawl bachs, hares ears, fab blobs, orange blobs and boobies.

Best areas – Tower bank, toft shallows, rainbow corner, the aerators.

COMPETITION NEWS

£1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY, ANY SIZED FLY. £25 ENTRY PP + FISHING FEES. SPACES STILL LEFT. Fish with your partner.

Lexus Individual 27th & 28th of July – the last chance to make the International final at Chew. There will be good qualifying odds for both these days !!

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

Number of rods 230

Number of fish taken 375

Number of fish returned 291

Rod average 2.8

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Water fishing report w/e 07/07

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The week started well with plenty of fish being caught near the surface. Indeed some anglers reported excellent sport on dry flies early in the day.

Rainbow corner through the Hensborough Dam produced some of the best fishing to drifting boats using floating lines and a mixture of nymphs and buzzers. Whilst other anglers did well on the boils and in deeper water using DI 5’s and DI 7’s with blobs and damsels.

The warm weather and bright sunshine has coloured the water slightly and pushed the fish deeper  from mid week . Consequently the best of the fishing has been from the boat, with bank anglers reporting better sport throughout the evenings.

COMPETITION NEWS

This weekend is the Rio Pairs floating line only competition, fished to International rules. There are 4 boats remaining for this event. The winners will win £1000(RRP) worth of Rio tackle. There are also prizes to 10th place.

27th & 28th of July is the Lexus Individual competition. This is the last qualifying heat for the final.

TO BOOK ANY OF THE COMPETITIONS PLEASE CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018

229 anglers caught 1066 fish giving us a weeks average of 4.65

Best boat areas;

Rainbow corner and the Hensborough Dam

The flat stones, Draycote Dam and the boils.

The middle of toft shallows and Farborough Spit.

Best Bank areas;

Rainbow corner.

Lincroft point and the Cornfield.

The Tower Bank and Dunns Bay.

Best Flies;

Dry flies such as Soldier palmer and wingless wickhams.

Buzzers, Dawl Bachs and crunchers.

Blobs and Damsels.

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote Water W/E 30/6

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Draycote is now in top form with fish being caught everywhere, on all methods. Draycote hosted an AMFC match on Saturday and all bar 2 anglers bagged their eight fish limit from a field of 30 anglers !! The boats headed to all areas of the lake, highlighting the vast spread of fish.

The bank fishing too remains good, though on very bright days things have been tougher. Rainbow Corner remains a top spot, though good bags have come from the tower bank, Dunns Bay and Lincroft point.

The boats are producing fantastic catches with visiting anglers describing their experience as the best fishing they have had in years ! There has been over 70 fish above 4lb recorded this week, though many have come from the aerators. I managed an evening session and my partner, Garry Simpson, landed 28 fish over the aerators, many over 3lb. Garry took the majority of his fish on a yellow dog nobbler, where mine fell to Fab blobs. Toft Shallows is also producing some brilliant sport to buzzers and diawl bachs fished on floating lines.

The best areas have been all over the lake. The best flies have been, owl buzzers, black buzzers, olive buzzers, diawl bachs, dry bits, damsels, FAB blobs, and boobies.

Best lines are floating, slow intermediates and a DI-3.

COMPETITION NEWS

Sat 13th July – RIO PAIRS – INTERNATIONAL RULES – FISH WITH YOUR PARTNER – WIN £1000 RIO TACKLE, 2ND PLACE £700, 3RD £600 – PRIZES TO 10TH PLACE.

27TH -28TH JULY  LEXUS INDIVIDUAL – BOOK YOUR PLACE IN THE FINAL AT CHEW VALLEY.

SAT AUGUST 10TH OUR 1ST £1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS MATCH.  FLOATING LINE ONLY – ANY SIZED FLY. £25PP ENTRY + FISHING FEES

TO BOOK ANY OF THE COMPETITIONS CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018

TOTAL NUMBER OF RODS 300

TOTAL OF FISH KILLED 933

TOTAL OF FISH RELEASED 1426

ROD AVERAGE 7.8

 

Restaurant now open above lodge at 10am serving breakfasts and other good food. Why not take advantage of our last 4 hour ticket for only £10, or take a boat for a further £10 !

 

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote report w/e 23/6

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As predicted within the last two weeks, once the water clarity cleared, the lake would hit top form, and it has certainly done that in recent days, with the rod average topping above 9 over the weekend. Local anglers Tom Morris and Hugh Shrimpton said that on Saturday the aerators were swamped with 3” roach fry pursued by lots of fish crashing across the surface. Between them they landed over 20 fish between 3-4lb. Many were taken on tube flies.

Birmingham anglers Mike Clarke and Keith Harding landed 42 fish to the boat whilst fishing from the Hensbrough bank to Rainbow Corner. They took all their catch on buzzers and diawl bachs fished on floating lines. On Friday alone, 9 boat pairings  landed over 16 fish to the boat.

James Cavanagh fished from the bank, landing 5 fish, the best a 3-1/4 rainbow. He described his day as awesome ! Mr Serrano, a season ticket holder from Leicester, has had in excess of 16 fish 3 times from the bank this week, using a combination of damsels and buzzers.

The best areas from the boats are Rainbow Corner to the Sailing club building, the Farborough dam wall, Tower bank, the aerators and Toft shallows, though plenty of fish are now showing across the middle too. It could be said, park your boat anywhere and you should catch fish !!

The best bank areas have been the tower bank, Rainbow corner and the bottom of Toft Shallows.

Best lines – floating, midge tip and intermediates, though on brighter days faster sinking lines may be needed.

Best flies have been owl buzzers, red or green holographic diawl bachs, damsel lures, and given the right conditions CDC dries have caught fish.

COMPETITION UPDATE

Saturday the 13th of July is our first major boat pairs match – THE RIO PAIRS FLOATING LINE ONLY.(Fished to International rules) You fish with your partner. There are 6 boats left for this event. Only £25 entry pp + fishing fees. Win £1000 Rio tackle for 1st place and great prizes to 10th place. Start time 10am – finish 6.00pm

Saturday August 10th – £1000 CASH PRIZE boat pairs competition. Floating line only, any fly size. The pair with the heaviest combined bag weight will win £1000 cash on the day !

     CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812028 TO BOOK A PLACE……..

Number of rods 205

Number of fish caught 399

Number of fish released 582

Rod average 4.7

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote report w/e 16/6

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Finally the water clarity is clearing and the overall clarity is now good. This will hopefully set us up for a fish bonanza as the lake has not yet reached its true potential for this time of year. At times the fish have been high in the water and have often been feeding on buzzers off the surface. Pin fry are now in the boat harbour and fish have already started hoarding these up to the surface!

The Civil Service held there final match here on Draycote this last week, and 24 rods produced a 3.8 average. Match organiser Frazer Mcdonnel said it is the first time for as long as they can remember there has not been a blank in the final !

The bank is still producing some good catches. Holec landed 10 fish from the bank, and Mr Hancox landed 16. Buzzers have been doing well as have damsels.

The boats have had some varied catches this week. The occasional day with strong winds have hampered the preferred methods of many, buzzers. Tony Parker, a season ticket holder, landed 20 trout, 2 of which were over 5lb, the majority of which took the dry fly. Mr Hanlon recorded 4 fish for 14lb.John Worley stole the show with 8 fish, one of 8lb, 6.5lb and 5lb were amongst his 8 fish limit. He took the fish on the boils using an intermediate line and a black tadpole.

The biggest fish recorded this week was caught by Mr P Mann, a fish of 7.5lb. Plenty of foish between 3-4lb were also caught.

COMPETITION UPDATE

Saturday 13th July – RIO BOAT PAIRS MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY, INTERNATIONAL RULES – FISH WITH YOUR PARTNER. £25 ENTRY PP. WIN £1000 RIO TACKLE(rrp) 2nd prize £600(rrp).Prizes to 10th place !! ONLY 7 BOATS LEFT !!

Lexus individual qualifying heat 27th & 28th July. Book you place in the final to win a lexus 4×4

AUGUST 10TH – OUR FIRST £1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS MATCH. FLOATING LINE ONLY, ANY FLY. £25 ENTRYPP. YOU GET THE HEAVIEST COMBINED BAG WEIGHT, YOU WIN £1000

Number of fish caught 360

Number of fish released 435

Number of rods 190

Rod average 4.1

To make a boat booking or to book any of the above competitions please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote report W/E 9/6

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Draycote is still plagued by coloured water, however the fish are on most days not deterred by this.Better fishing conditions this week has seen some great rises and fish have been taken on dries. The water temperature is creeping up and with this the fish are now higher in the water, and can often be seen moving.

The bank fishing is now more sporadic than of late as the fish at times are drifting into slightly deeper water, though in areas where there is weed growth and grasses the fish are sometimes in close feeding on snails ect.

Boats are now edging the better sport with fish now in all areas of the lake. The dam wall in front of the lodge (Farborough bank) is holding a good head of fish as fish are constantly rising there throughout the day, for at least the last 3 weeks !! Toft Shallows is too producing regular catches of good numbers of fish, enhanced by the warmer water temperatures.

An AMMFC match held at Draycote for 30 rods produced a rod average of 4.9. Mr J Douglas was the first angler to reach his 8 fish limit finishing at 13.05 hours after a 10am start ! Six other anglers also got there bag limits.

Tosh’s adventures(a regular group visiting from Scotland) had some cracking fishing over there 4 day stay with us. Big Tosh led the way with some superb fish, the biggest topping 8lb. Tosh used the bung to entice most of his fish, using a cast of Dennis the Menace buzzers. His rod average over the 4 days was 13!!

Best flies have been black and green lures, orange blobs, fab blobs, small boobies, buzzers, and Diawl bachs.

Best lines have been DI-3 & 5, Midge Tip and floating lines

COMPETITIONS

There are still boats available for the Rio Pairs Match on Saturday 13th of July. It is a floating line only competition fished to International rules. Entry fee is £25pp + normal fishing fees. The winners will win £1000 worth of Rio Tackle

Lexus Individual 2 day heats July 27th and 28th – call fishing lodge for details

Saturday August the 10th is the £1000 winner takes all boat pairs competition. Floating line only however any fly can be used ! Entry is £25pp + normal fishing fees on the day.

CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018 TO BOOK ANY COMPETITION

       (PRIZE FUNDS WILL BE DICTATED BY THE NUMBER OF ENTRANTS ON THE DAY)

Why not take advantage of our fantastic 3 day fishing packages – Excellently priced at only £145 for 3 days for 2 anglers. This is for a motor boat and 2 anglers taking 1 fish each per day,£185 for 3 days taking 8 fish per angler per day. We have arranged a fantastic deal with the Draycote Hotel for anyone wishing to stop in the area.(5 mins form the lake )Please call 01788 521800 for details( ask for Mina, and quote Draycote Fishing)

Number of rods 306

Number of fish killed 704

Number of fish returned 767

 

Rod average 4.8

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

Draycote W/E 02/06/13

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This Week has seen a change in fortunes for most as the fish are now frequently both in the surface and rising. The week’s warmer weather ahead should now see things really coming to life as the water finally gets a chance to warm up.

The banks have slowed a little this week as the fish respond to the slight increase in water temperature, and moved into deeper water. Saying that some good catches are still happening. Mick Cronin landed and returned 6 fish in an afternoon session, the biggest being 3lb. Lorenzo Serrano had a field day off the bank, landing in excess 30 trout, the biggest weighing 6lb 10 !! The majority of his fish fell to a selection of damsel variations fished on a floating line.

The boats have had the slight advantage this week with some superb catches being recorded. Neal Hume recorded 14 fish including a 6lb rainbow. R March and M Sargeant landed 31 fish to their boat. Jim Brown and his colleagues visited us from Scotland on our popular 3 day packages – they had rod averages of 16 per boat for the 3 days, with some real belters amongst them !!

Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers have been the best performing flies across this week, however on two separate occasions I have taken fish on a size 14 yellow owl dry fly, as fish at times have been cruising the surface. Sinking lines are still having their day, and at times are still out fishing the more traditional approach.

Toft shallows, the lodge dam wall, and Rainbow Corner have been very productive areas for the boats, whereas the Tower Bank and Toft Shallows have been the better areas for the bank anglers.

COMPETITION NEWS

July 13th – RIO PAIRS BOAT MATCH. WIN £1000 WORTH OF TACKLE. ENTRY £25PP + FISHING FEES –FISHED TO INTERNATIONAL RULES. FLOATING LINE ONLY. MATCH STARTS 10AM

JULY 27-28TH LEXUS INDIVIDUAL HEAT.

AUGUST 10TH – BOAT PAIRS MATCH TO WIN £1000 CASH.-FLOATING LINE ONLY, ANY SIZED FLY. THE HEAVIEST PAIRS COMBINED WEIGHT WINS £1000 CASH !! MATCH STARTS 10AM

OCTOBER 13TH -2ND £1000 BOAT PAIRS MATCH – RESERVOIR RULES.

TO BOOK ANY OF THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS PLEASE CALL THE FISHING LODGE 01788812018

NUMBER OF RODS THIS WEEK 293

NUMBER OF FISH CAUGHT 524

NUMBER OF FISH KILLED 832

ROD AVERAGE 4.6

We currently advise if you intend to fish from a boat that you book with a couple of days notice.(especially weekends)

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com

DRAYCOTE WATER FISHING REPORT W/E 27/5

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Draycote is continuing to fish well for some and not quite so well for others. I was lucky to get my own first session on the water on Sunday(26th) for the afternoon. This allowed me to see how the water was fishing from my own perspective. The water remains coloured, though not to coloured to hamper the fishing as I and some visiting Scottish anglers discovered. I managed 21 fish to the boat, all on buzzers, and one Scott’s pair boated 49 fish on boobies and cormorants, including a rainbow of 10lb!!  The key factor to both our catches was depth ! The water temperature remains cool for the time of year and the fish are still not freely moving in the top layers. I took all 21 fish on a midge tip line with a 22’ leader and 4 size 8 grub hook “owl buzzers” with the fish taking at an estimated depth of 12-16 feet with the very slowest of figure of eight retrieve, virtually static !

A lot of fish between 4 and 6lb are now being caught. A group of anglers visiting from Scotland took fish of 7lb 6lb 5lb and 4lb respectively. Garry Davies and his colleagues from Wales have also done well over the bank holiday weekend with plenty of fish to the boat. Dei Williams weighed in a cracking fish of 7lb 12oz caught on a black buzzer.

The bank has generally fished well, though the trick seems to be to move around the lake if things appear slow. The fish are in places still close to the banks. Chain eyes cats whiskers, Pitsford Pea lure, black buzzers, Diawl bachs and crunchers have been the most consistent patterns for the last week ns have done well, and sinking lines have done better on windier days. Trial and error with lines is a must from the boats if the tactics you start off with are not working, as the general feedback from the anglers this week are the fish are deep, very deep !!

COMPETITIONS

WHY NOT TRY ONE OF OUR COMPETITIONS – FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT AND GREAT PRIZES TOO.

13TH July RIO PAIRS BOAT MATCH – FLOATING LINE ONLY – INTERNATIONAL RULES APPLY – £1000 WORTH OF TACKLE FOR 1ST PLACE, AND PRIZES DOWN TO 10TH PLACE. £25 ENTRY PP PLUS FISHING FEES ON THE DAY.EXCELLENT TOP OF THE WATER SPORT !!!!

27TH & 28TH JULY LEXUS INDIVIDUAL INTERNATIONAL BOAT COMPETITION. CALL THE FISHING LODGE FOR DETAILS.

SATURDAY AUGUST 10TH – OUR POPULAR £1000 CASH PRIZE BOAT PAIRS COMPETITION. Floating line only – any fly rule applies. £25 entry pp + fishing fees on the day. You and your partner get the heaviest bag, you win £1000 CASH on the day !!

Sunday Oct 13th Our 2nd £1000 cash prize boat pairs competition. Any line, any flies goes !!!!! You and your partner get the heaviest bag, you win £1000 CASH on the day !!

TO BOOK ANY OF THE ABOVE COMPETITIONS PLEASE CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018.

Number of fish Killed 393

Number of fish returned 722

Number of Anglers 247

Rod average – 4.5

To book a boat or a bank pass please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com