Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 26th July 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 26th July

 

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.

 

The bright weather continued to start the week, however, some cloud did arrive to give a mix of bright and cloud for the afternoon. Fishing off the bank Draycote season ticket holder Ian Richardson enjoyed a good day’s sport using dries. Landing 8 fish from Biggin Bay just up from the old pipe, Ian opted for a Big Red and a Snail pattern on the dropper taking an equal mix on both. Fishing along the Cornfield, Mike Garner landed 4 fish from the bank on crunchers and a cormorant using a floating line. Out on the boats Mr D Cornforth & Mr G Cornforth landed 16 between them using a mix of snakes on sinking lines and pheasant tailed nymphs on floaters. The pair found the fish in the Aerators and also drifting around the Value tower and commented on the hard fighting qualities of the fish. Draycote season ticket holder Kevin Rees persisted with the dries even in the bright conditions to land 12 on crippled midge and Bob’s Bits.

 

The weather Tuesday started with bright flat conditions, that then later improved for the anglers with some cloud building later in the day and a light ripple. Draycote season ticket holder Brian Allwood landed 6 fish from the bank and was also broken twice. On the boat’s brothers Mr T Evans & Mr J Evans landed 19 fish between them fishing in Rainbow Corner using Diawl Bach’s with a small Damsel pattern on the point. All water season ticket holder Keith Coley fished with Bob Taft landing 11 fish on muddlers pulled through the surface. Chris Pyke started the first of his 3 day break in fine form taking 12 fish, Chris found a lot of fish out over the open water around P & Y Buoy. Chris mentioned how as you headed back up wind to start a drift you could see the fish moving and then. The key to catching was to make sure you covered the fish with the flies and pulled them away using a mix of FABS and Blobs.

 

Sunny with cloudy intervals was the weather greeting the anglers, the fish still remained high in the water. On the bank Terry Tappingden landed 6 fish all falling to Bob’s Bits, with Terry finding the fish in Biggin Bay and also off the overflow. Fishing from the boats Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker fishing with Andy Axon landed 26 between them. The pair used dries all day in Rainbow corner to take the fish using a mix of various dries. Mr B Joseph fished from the bank for half a day up till 12pm and landed 6 fish, Mr Joseph commented the sport had been best in the morning before the sun broke through taking 5 of his fish early. Mr Joseph found the fish very tight in along Lincroft point using a team of crunchers to catching the fish just feet from the bank with the flies parallel to the bank. Fishing for a half day session from the boat Chris Flay landed 7 fish including a cracking brown of 7lb. Chris, fished using a floating line and a damsel pattern drifting from S buoy just off Lincroft shoal towards Farnborough spit.

 

Great conditions Thursday with cloud all day, with winds of 14mph coming from the South West. As a result of the good conditions the fish responded well with 52 anglers catching 303 fish for a rod average of 5.8. On the bank Beginner season ticket holder Antony Hart landed 4 fish using a washing line set up in Rainbow Corner. Out on the boats Chris Pyke used a midge tip line with a washing line set up to take 11 fish. With all of Chris’s fish coming from the open water around P, X and Y buoy on a mix of the FABS and nymphs. Draycote season ticket holder Gordon Bramwell fishing with Mr K Cooke landed 19 fish from around B buoy using a washing line on a floater. Kevin Rees fished dries all day landing 15 fish, using crippled midge. Kevin found the fish drifting from the sailing club toward the spit, then later in the day around P buoy. Paul Mitchell fished around the top dam wall with dries and also pulling FABs on an intermediate to land his fish. Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton enjoyed a great days sport landing 29 fish between them all on Midas fishing from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy.

 

Another cloudy start on Friday, although the sun did break through around lunch. Draycote season ticket holder Pete Allen fished off the bank landing 5 fish. Pete took 2 from Biggin Bay, before taking his other 3 at the overflow. Pete commented that the fish where at maximum range at the outlet. With the fish taking crunchers and a small black booby on a floater. Tony Broadway also had 5 from the bank all on Bob’s Bit dry flies. Out on the boats dries still seemed to be the best method, Tony Parker fishing with Tez Livin used dries drifting from Rainbow Corner to A Buoy and also around the Inlet to boat 19 fish. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas also fished dries to land 13 fish. Ed found the fish around J Buoy in the morning before heading to the top dam well using a mix of Bob’s Bits and crippled midge. Stephen Peart fished with Steve Smalley with the pair landing over 30 fish on a mix of dries and also pulling blobs. The pair concentrated on the wind lanes and also fishing off the Draycote Dam going toward B Buoy.

 

Saturday was again overcast and warm with light breezes, and had the odd shower thrown in for good measure. In preparation for the Scierra Pairs match tomorrow, some anglers were playing their cards very close to their chest with areas and methods used, and who could blame them. Others such as Tony Baldwin note 10 fish on dries. Keith Allison caught 3 fish using Diawl Bachs, FAB’s and Big Reds. Mr R Wheeldon and his boat partner had 6 fish to the boat using dries such as Big Reds and Culs. Most of the fishing is to be had up on the Draycote dam and in Rainbow Corner, and generally in the top couple of feet of the water. With the surface temperature still down in the teens and lots of overcast days, the fishing is pretty good for this time of year. Dries or a washing line with a sparkler booby on the point and Diawl Bachs are working really well. Pulling lures such as snakes is also producing good returns, as long as nothing more than an Intermediate or a DI3 is used.

 

Sunday was again an overcast day with at times a strong breeze blowing through Draycote. The bank fished reasonably well for the time of year, with Mr H Lambert catching a brace on Orange Foam Daddies up in Rainbow corner. Mr S Featherstone also caught from the bank In Rainbow corner, netting 3 fish on Buzzers, whilst Mr Keith Jones had 4.

 

The Draycote heat of the Scierra Pairs match got under way with all competitors in fine fettle as they arrived in the morning. Once the briefing was done they headed out at 10 am in what can only be described as good fishing conditions which stood throughout the day. It wasn’t the easiest of days out on the water and some boats were seen moving constantly from place to place. With 12 fish needed for the competition only 4 of the boats bagged up with a further 2 getting in to double figures. The heat was won by the boat pairing of Rob Middleton and Steve Cullen, who bagged up pulling off Croft Shoal, which it was noted during the week was holding a good head of fish right through towards G buoy. Our congratulations to all those competitors who took part.

 

 

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

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop. We currently have a Fishery Management (UK) ltd. Washing Line pack offer on the online shop which is available here https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/fishery-management-uk-ltd-washing-line-selection/

 

Competition

 

John Horsey Final August 23rd  (Practice Day August 22nd ) event fully booked

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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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Tuition & Guided Sessions

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

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 21:15pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 21:15pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 14.30pm

Afternoon Boat – 14.30pm – 21:15

Last 4 Hr – 17:15pm – 21:15pm

All Anglers Off Site – 21:30pm

 

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Draycote Report W/E 19th July 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

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Our COVID-19 Guidelines

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 19th July

 

Government has announced that mandatory Face Coverings will be required to be worn within all shop in England from Friday 24th July, these can be a Buff type, scarf, mask etc

 

This mandatory rule will cover our shops / lodges

 

A mixed week here at Draycote, with some days of fantastic sport then being followed by challenging days. With the weather playing a huge role in this, the fish are sitting really high in the water and not dropping in the bright conditions they are just not feeding as hard in the bright conditions. Meaning that a pulled fly near the surface is the best way on the bright days. Although as soon as you get any cloud cover, they are straight back on the surface feeding again. Overall a total of 337 rods visited the fishery landing a total of 1,369 giving a rod average of 4 for the week.

 

What a fantastic start to the week with overcast conditions and a light breeze as a result the fish responded very positively to the conditions and the fishery produced a 5.89 rod average. With the majority of the fish coming on to dries from the boats. On the bank Ian Richardson landed 7 fish from the Overflow on a mix of dries and also a washing line. With Big reds being Ian’s best dries, then on the washing line crunchers with a minkie booby on the point proved to be the best. Fellow Draycote season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 6 fish taking 2 each from the Cornfield, Biggin Bay & the Overflow on either a Bob’s Bit’s, Crunchers, or a booby on the point. On the boats Kevin Hart landed 20 fish all on dries and nymphs fishing over the open water and commented on a fantastic day. Kevin Rees found a wind lane of the front of the sailing club that went all the way to Farborough spit. Using crippled midge in his Kevin boated 26 fish. Also fishing in the same wind lane John Dickens landed 15 fish again all on dries, however, John found the fish also wanted to take foam daddies along with crippled midge. Father and son team Ken and James Maplethorpe enjoyed a great day using Diawl Bach’s and buzzers on a washing line to land 21 fish between them. With friend Trevor Moore fishing in another boat landing 9 fish commenting a “fantastic day”.

 

The wind swung into the North West Tuesday, with the cloud and light ripple remaining, once again nearly ideal conditions. On the bank Tony Broadway took 5 fish from the Cornfield and in Biggin Bay with 3 of them coming to dries. Fishing alongside Tony, on the cornfield Pete Allen landed 7 fish using a washing line with a small black booby on the point with the majority of his fish taking it off the surface. Gordon Slack also caught using a washing line, taking all his fish in Biggin Bay. On the boats all water season ticket holder John Kirk did well fishing a small booby on the point with Diawl Bachs on the droppers landing 14 fish. With John’s most productive area drifting around the valve tower, with a number of his fish being over 3lb. J Bilinski & T Evans enjoyed a good day using buzzers and Diawl Bach’s landing 18 fish around Biggin Bay and also Toft. Using Diawl Bach’s and muddlers Paul Walker landed 15 fish from Toft and also in Biggin Bay. Sticking to dries all day Ed Douglas landed 15 fish, the key to Ed’s success was to stick to the open water and look for slicks and wind lanes. These wind lanes all ways worth looking in for fish due to all the food getting trapped in them, which then attracts the fish.

 

Wednesday dawned with again almost perfect conditions , a light north westerly and overcast with the chance of a shower or two. Top of the water sport over the last couple of days has been excellent, and it’s not often we get to say that at this time of year. Dries have been working really well, as has the washing line with small size 12’s and 14’s. Season permit holder Mr A Hart caught 3 fish from the bank using a washing line. During a late evening session on the bank Will Hunt caught 4 fish on Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Mr Phil Webb netted 7 fish on Crunchers on a washing line. Season permit holder Tony Parker had 11 fish to the boat on dries in Rainbow Corner and B buoy. Tim Groves caught 10 fish from a boat on Buzzers and Shuttlecocks. Ged Donoghue used a Popper Fry pattern and Yellow Owls to lure his 8 fish to the boat. The intrepid duo of Lee Patten and Peter Elliott took to the water for an afternoon session and had well over 30 fish to the boat between them on dries from various areas around the reservoir. Mr Gary Wharton also used dries up in Rainbow Corner to net 10 fish from the boat.

 

Fishing from the bank Thursday, C.J Day landed 4 fish from the overflow from the treatment work along the tower bank. With Mr Day’s fish falling to cormorants and also pheasant tail nymphs. Draycote season ticket holder Mike Garner also fished the bank Thursday along the Cornfield taking 3 fish in the morning using cormorants and also crunchers. On the boats Mr T Evans & Mr J Evans took 13 fish between them using buzzers and Diawl Bachs fished on a floating line. All water season ticket holder Paul Havard used a black booby snake on Di 3 sinking line enjoying a “Fantastic Day” taking his best ever Draycote fish weighting 7lb 6oz. Draycote season ticket holder and dry fly lover Kevin Rees, used Crippled Midge and Bob’s Bits to take 21 fish. One of the key to Kevin’s success on dry flies is that he often spends a lot of time targeting the wind lanes looking for feeding fish. Taking advantage of the evening rise Martyn Hancox landed 8 fish on dry flies drifting out of Rainbow Corner.

 

An overcast start to Friday was short lived, as the sun broke through around 9 o’clock. The bright conditions made for tougher bank fishing as Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack had 3 and 2 respectively on dries and Buzzers. Out on the boats Mr Dave Bailey used Buzzers and Hoppers to net a dozen fish, one of which weighed 5 lbs. Kevin Hart caught 9 fish on some Big Reds, expertly tied by Tom Bird. Mr Kev Saxton caught 8 fish from a boat using Foam Daddies and Hoppers in Rainbow Corner. Mr Matt Bird caught 3 fish whilst drifting down the Cornfield using Nymphs on a sinking line. Andy Lilley and his boat partner had over 20 fish to the boat in an afternoon session on Dries fishing over A and B buoy. Staff member Michael Hanlon caught 5 fish during an evening session on Sedge patterns.

 

We came into almost perfect conditions on Saturday morning, and these continued throughout the day.

Not surprisingly the rod average shot up to 8.4. The vast majority of the fish were being caught right in the surface of the water either on dries or a washing line, along the Draycote dam, in Rainbow Corner, or from Dunn’s Bay right down the north shore into the Corn Field. There were many exceptional catches during the day, the first of which was Mark Hunt, who had 26 fish to the boat on CDC’S and Sedgehogs.

Fishery manager Tom Bird ventured out to partake in the great sport alongside Draycote regular Jim Smith. The pair had over 40 fish to the boat on dries such as Cul’s, F Fly’s, and Crippled Midge, along the Draycote Dam with drifts out to B Buoy and around C Buoy also being productive. Season permit holder Andy Lilley took 9 fish in an evening session on dries such as Big Reds and Daddies. Tony Parker took his 14 fish mainly on dries following the wind lanes out in open water.  Tony Fox & his boat partner also enjoyed a great day on the dries landing over 40 fish. Again using CDC’s they caught their fish drifting off the top dam wall towards B buoy and off the flat stones towards C buoy.

 

The weathermen could not have got it more wrong for Sunday, the 98% cloud forecast for the middle part of the day did not materialise and it was bright sun all day. As a result the fishing was more challenging that the previous day. The fish remained high in the water column, but the sun just meant they would not poke their noses up very willingly to take dries. Out on the water the Midland Counties held their annual match. The anglers in the match found Rainbow Corner to be the most productive first thing in the morning before finding the fish around the Inlet as the day progressed. The best tactics for the match anglers were pulling lures such as snakes, tubes, and blobs in the top few feet of the water either on DI 3 or Intermediate. Neil Deakin landed 16 fish all on tubes fished around the inlet, with other anglers fishing white snakes the way. Outside the Midlands county match Martyn Price & Dave Hancox used barred olive snakes on intermediate lines fishing at Rainbow Corner to take 20 fish between them. Jim Smith took to the water once again this time with Ed Douglas, landing 30 fish. Using dries early in the morning at the Draycote Dam before, using snakes on intermediates around lunch to continue catching. Then as the sun dropped later in the day once again opting for dries with shipman buzzers and CDC shuttlecocks.

 

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

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop we currently have a Fishery Management (UK) ltd. Washing Line pack offer on the online shop which is available here https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/fishery-management-uk-ltd-washing-line-selection/

 

Competition

 

John Horsey Final August 23rd  (Practice Day August 22nd ) event fully booked

 

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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/

 

 

 

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.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 21:30

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 21:30

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 21:30

Last 4 Hr – 17:30pm – 21:30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 21:45pm

 

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Draycote Report W/E 12th July

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

 

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/latest-report/

 

Anglers Please Note:

 

At times we are experiencing high level of phone calls, to ensure we speed up the booking process can you have your credit / debit card details to hand.

 

Bank Angler, please ensure you keep to the speed limits, the site is far busier than normal with the public, families, mothers with push chairs, children on bikes using the perimeter road, please drive with extra caution.

 

Thank you

 

Brand new in this week we have the RIO Slick Cast lines in stock, with Demo lines available. Why not book one on your next trip and feel the difference?

 

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 12th July

 

A busy week at the fishery with a total of 301 fishing from both the bank and the boats. Overall catching a total of 1,104 fish giving a weekly rod average of 3.1. A mix week with regards to catches the overcast days at the start of the week saw some fantastic catches to dry flies fished over the open water. Then latter in the week it was the bank fishing that saw some great sport. The cooler weather is helping to keep the fish around the banks and it’s great to see the bank anglers enjoying some sport in July when traditionally they struggle due to high water temperatures.

 

While the strong winds continued into Monday, they came from a much more angler friendly direction in the North West. This allowed the bank anglers good access to the North shore. As a result Ian Richardson fished along the Cornfield and Biggin Bay taking 8 fish all falling to dries. Ian, found that his best flies to be either a Big Red or a Bob’s bits. With the majority of the fish coming in the morning before the sun broke through in the afternoon. Another season ticket holder on the bank was James Jelly who landed his fish on nymphs fished along the Cornfield. Out on the boat former Draycote manager Kevin Hart shared a boat with Dermot Murphy with the pair landing 10 fish between them mostly on dries. However, the highlight of the day was when Kevin landed a fabulous brown taken on a Big Red to see a picture of the brown please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore Kevin Rees using hoppers in the morning and then later in the day washing lines Diawl Bachs to take 12 fish. With John Dickens taking 11 on daddies again mainly in the morning before using a barred olive snake to take a further 3.

 

Thankfully, the wind dropped Tuesday, although the bank fishing was slightly more challenging that it had been the previous day. Draycote season ticket holder Pete Allen landed 4 fish, while Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack each landed a brace. On the boats Beginner Season ticket holder John Piper enjoyed a great landed landing 8 fish. John found the fish drifting from E buoy taking 6 from thee before taking a further 2 from Croft shoal with all the fish falling to an olive snake. Fishing for a morning Scott Graham and Paul Morris enjoyed some great sport landing 23 between them. Fishing around Farborough Spit and into Toft, the pair used Big Reds and Red Shipman’s to land the fish. Another boat paring who found dries the way to catch the fish was that of Draycote season ticket holder Peter Elliot and Lee Patten who landed 15 and 13 each all on dries with Bob’s Bits being the best fly.

 

Wednesday turned out to be nice calm day with a fine drizzle of rain.  Mr A Hart and Mr C J Day had 4 fish each from the bank on PTN’s. Out on the boats Ms Olive Wilson and Mr K Smith caught 20 fish between them on dry flies such as Big Reds. Ed Douglas had 23 fish to the boat on dries from Rainbow corner and Toft Shallows. Another angler who caught on Big Reds was Draycote regular Andy Ross, who took 4 fish in Toft Shallows. Tony Baldwin and Paul Davidson had a field day on the dries drifting in various areas such as Toft, with most of their action on small orange and red Bob’s Bits, although as ever Paul did take fish on the Midas. Retired Draycote Manager Kevin Hart took to the water once again to net 9 fish from a boat. Kevin took 5 fish on dries and 4 on Hares Ears, one of which weighed over 4 lbs.

 

A steady drizzle of rain greeted us on Thursday morning with a light south westerly breeze, and these conditions continued throughout the day. Dries still worked for quite a few anglers although a lot of the fish were taken in the top of the water by those who fished the washing line. Season permit holders Bob Smith and Ian Richardson Had a baker’s dozen to the boat in Toft on Big Reds and Bobs Bits and remarked on an “Excellent Day”. Kevin Rees Had 20 fish to the boat on dries such as Bobs Bits, Culs and Hoppers. Mr T Evans and Mr J Evans had 9 fish to the boat on dries. Richard Walker used Snakes and Damsels to net 11 fish . Draycote season ticket holder Paul Mitchell also used dries to take a dozen fish fishing around G Buoy in Toft.

 

A much drier day Friday with a mix of sun and cloud, after 3 days of great conditions. The fishing Friday on the most part was challenging. Although the bank did fish well in fact possibly better than the boats. Tony Broadway landed 6 from the Cornfield including 2 cracking fish one at 3lb 14oz and the other at 3lb 6oz. Fishing along side Tony, Gordon Slack landed 3 fish. However, it was the evening that saw the best of the sport for the bank anglers, with a number of fish being seen feeding off the surface. The Draycote Fly Fishers held another bank match once again making sure to follow the guidelines from the Angling trust to ensure the safety of everyone. While the anglers taking part could see fish moving it needed the correct fly to tempt them. The majority of the Draycote Fly Fishers fished from the Cornfield up to the tower bank, but, some did try Rainbow Corner later in the evening. John Hanlon took top honours landing 6 fish from the Cornfield. In second place was Dave Atkins who took 5 fish, with the majority of them falling to a red cove pheasant tail. If you are interested in joining the Draycote Fly Fishers, there is leaflets in the lodge and also details below towards the bottom of the report. On the boats all water season ticket holder Mark Hunt landed 7 fish all on dries. Mark found that Daddies took 4 fish early in the day before CDC yellow owls took the other 3 late in the day. Draycote Manager Tom Bird enjoyed a day off on the water landing 7 fish, with Tom commented it was a challenging day with no consistent method. Tom taking fish on dries all the way through to a Di 5 and pulling, fishing over the open water around the shoals. The highlight of the day was landing a 4lb brown from Farborough spit taken on a sparkler. Kevin Hart enjoyed a day afloat with John Hoskins with the pair landing 14 between them on a mix of lures and dries. The hotspot for Kevin and John was drifting out from Rainbow Corner towards M buoy catching fish all the way thought the drift.

 

Another bright day Saturday with a gusty wind in the morning that dropped as the day progressed. The good sport from the bank continued with Draycote season ticket holder Jim Hall landing 9 hard fighting fish. Fishing along the Cornfield and into Biggin Bay Jim used a washing line with crunchers to land his 9 fish. Mr J Rudge also enjoyed a good day on the bank landing 6 fish including a smashing rainbow of over 5lb. On the boat’s rudder regulars Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones landed 10 fish using a Di 3 forty plus line with a barred olive snake. Father and son duo of M Bosher & S Bosher landed 11 fish between them with the majority of the fishing coming from Toft. Another boat who enjoyed a good day’s sport was Draycote season ticket holder out with Iain Ross who used fry patterns at the overflow to catch their fish.

 

A bright flat calm day Sunday, with forecast cloud and breeze for the afternoon. However, the cloud that was forecast never arrived although thankfully the breeze did. Despite the sunny conditions the bank continued to produce with Ray Hopkins landing 5 fish on minkies. With S Featherstone taking 6 fish all on orange blobs. On the boats despite the sunny conditions it was dry flies that yielded the best results. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker landed 14 fish with a majority coming to dries, with Tony’s best areas being D Buoy, Croft Shoal and also into Toft. Another boat who found dries to the best way was Jim Smith & Ed Douglas who landed 20 fish between them. The pair used Big Red’s and Bob’s Bits to catch the fish finding fish at all area around the lake from the Draycote Dam all the way into Toft. Tim Burn also used dries and crunchers fished on a washing line on a Airflo 12ft Tip to land 7 fish.

 

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

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop we currently have a Fishery Management (UK) ltd. Washing Line pack offer on the online shop which is available here https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/fishery-management-uk-ltd-washing-line-selection/

 

Competition

 

John Horsey Final August 23rd  (Practice Day August 22nd ) event fully booked

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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/

 

 

 

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.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 21:45

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 21:45

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 21:45

Last 4 Hr – 17:45pm – 21:45pm

All Anglers Off Site – 22.00pm

 

Follow Us on social media

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Draycote Report W/E 5th July 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

 

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/latest-report/

 

Anglers Please Note:

 

At times we are experiencing high level of phone calls, to ensure we speed up the booking process can you have your credit / debit card details to hand.

 

Bank Angler, please ensure you keep to the speed limits, the site is far busier than normal with the public, families, mothers with push chairs, children on bikes using the perimeter road, please drive with extra caution.

 

Thank you

 

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 5th July 2020

 

A very windy week on the whole made the fishing challenging for the most part with presentation proving difficult. However the anglers who visited the fishery landed an impressive 1,064 trout between the 290 rods who visited the fishery providing a rod average for the week of 3.6.

 

The strong winds that had been present over the precious weekend continued into Monday. The gusty conditions made it difficult to present flies properly. In fact the wind was such, that a restriction had to be put in place keeping Toft out of bounds. On the bank fishing from Rainbow Corner Draycote season ticket holder Brian Warwick landed 5 fish fishing till lunch, all coming to blobs. Out on the boat Tony Broadway and Dave East used the wind to their advantage by back drifting from the top dam wall. The pair used minkie boobies to land 13 fish between them. Drifting from Rainbow Corner down the Saddle Bank and across the front of the outlet, Andy Lane landed 14 fish. With the fish taking crunchers and Diawl Bach’s for Andy. Mr M Francis & A Moore found long drift from the Inlet and Rainbow Corner out over the open water produced the goods for their boat. Landing 11 fish between them on hopper and crunchers fished on floating lines.

 

Thankfully Tuesday saw the winds drop to a much more pleasant 14mph dropping to 8 mph on the afternoon. Fishing from the bank Pete Allen landed a dozen fish on nymphs including a couple of real crackers over 3lb. Also on the bank was the two brothers Luke and David Orton who landed 9 and 3 each, they used black buzzers in Rainbow corner to land their fish. On the boats Fishery Ranger Lee Henfrey fished in a boat with Ed Douglas. The pair found the fish drifting from A-M buoy out of Rainbow Corner, using a RIO midge tip with a Ham & Cheese booby on the point and then hoppers on the droppers. The pair landed over 15 fish in the morning before Lee left and Ed returned out on his own. Ed headed down to Toft in the afternoon and found feeding fish all over, taking over 20 fish all on dries in the afternoon. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker landed over 20 fish drifting around the Draycote Dam, Tony found short lining nymphs and hoppers to keep them high in the water was the best tactic. Bank regular Stan Hillman fished from Rainbow and all over the lake taking 7 quality fish commenting one was near a double. Kevin Rees used dries all day to take 25 fish using crippled midge and also bobs bits, Kev found the first early doors by J buoy before moving to the flat stones and around B Buoy. Fishing the afternoon Dave Hoppe & Peter Elliot enjoyed some fantastic dry fly sport from Rainbow Corner and also Toft. With Dave commenting “Toft is stuffed with fish” in the afternoon the pair landed over 40 fish all on dries.

 

Wednesday was mostly overcast with the odd shower and a light breeze. Again there was a lot of good sport to be had from the top of the water. Mr L Pallett fishing with Gary Haskins netted 2 dozen fish from a drifting boat using dries in Toft. With all the fish they took coming blind for the dries, which shows the merit in fishing the dries when the conditions look good for them despite not necessarily seeing fish moving.  Ed Douglas took to the water once again to catch over 20 fish on dries from various areas around the reservoir. Malcolm Patrick and Ian McKenzie also netted over 20 fish from a boat using dries. Ian Reeve used Buzzers under the bung to good effect , catching 11 fish in Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows.

 

A good westerly breeze greeted us on Thursday morning, which eased off by midday and swung round into the north. After an early afternoon shower the conditions looked ideal for some great top of the water sport, with some good fish moving off T and G buoy and chasing pin fry just in front of the pontoon. Season permit holder Brian Allwood caught 5 fish from the bank and remarked on some “good sport”, whilst Derek Brooks caught 4. Mr T and Mr J Evans had a dozen fish between them to the boat on buzzers in Rainbow Corner.  Kevin Rees had 8 fish to the boat on dries and the washing line. Gary and David Turner had a bakers dozen to the boat during a last 4 hour session, all on dries. Draycote season ticket holder Jim Smith went out on a pm boat and caught more than 20 fish on dries from various points around the reservoir.

 

A strong stiff westerly blew through on Friday and made for uncomfortable conditions at the bottom of the wind in Toft. James Maplethorpe’s group landed a dozen between them from the boats on Crunchers and Buzzers fished in the top few feet of the water. Keiron Barnes took his 7 year old son Harry out fishing for the day. Harry caught his first ever, trout on a Big Red dry fly, and a big “WELL DONE” from all of the staff. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten managed 13 fish between them on dries from various points around the reservoir.

 

Yet another day of strong winds here at Draycote, which make presentation challenging at times with strong gusts. On the bank Jim Hall enjoyed a good day landing 10 fish from the bank using crunchers fished on a floating line and also dries. Out on the boat Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones fished on the rudder to boat 13 fish between them. The pair found their fish drifting from Rainbow Corner to M buoy and then later in the day around J buoy to the Farnborough Dam. Draycote season ticket holders Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe enjoyed a good day’s sport in Rainbow Corner and also over the Aerators landing 23 between them. Eugene Hughes fishing up in Rainbow Corner fished dries all day despite the wind to land 8 fish.

 

The wind didn’t let up for Sunday, anything from the righthand side of Lincroft point was out of bounds for the boats. This meant the furthest any of the boats ventured was down into Biggin Bay with the majority taking shelter in Rainbow Corner and along the top dam wall. Kirby Fly Fishery enjoyed a club day out on the water with Jim the club organiser commenting it had been a great day. The top rods from the day found back drifting around from E buoy to Lincroft point the most successful method. With Luke Parker landing 9 hard fighting trout. Ian Dalby & M Bennett landed 12 fish between them in Rainbow Corner but did comment that the “wind had made it a challenging day”

 

With the wind set to drop for Tuesday we are expecting the challenging fishing the anglers have experienced over the last few days should improve and we see more catches once again on top of the water tactics such as dries and washing line.

 

 

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Competition

 

John Horsey Final August 23rd  (Practice Day August 22nd ) event fully booked

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

 

 

 

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 – 22:00

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 22:00

Last 4 Hr – 18:00pm – 22:00pm

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Draycote Report W/E 28th June 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

 

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

Lodge / Shop is open with access limited to 2 people at any one time

Two anglers can share a boat. Boat numbers are still limited

Fishing at Draycote is on a pre booking and pre payment basis only.

Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to make your booking.

Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/latest-report/

 

Anglers Please Note:

 

At times we are experiencing high level of phone calls, to ensure we speed up the booking process can you have your credit / debit card details to hand.

 

Bank Angler, please ensure you keep to the speed limits, the site is far busier than normal with the public, families, mothers with push chairs, children on bikes using the perimeter road, please drive with extra caution.

 

Thank you

 

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 28th June

 

Well its been a week of two halves here at Draycote, blistering heat for the first part of the week which then gave way to rain and then strong winds for the weekend. As a result the fish have seen a lot of changeable conditions and on the whole seem to have dealt with it well. With the 270 rod who visited the fishery landing a total of 1,235 fish producing a rod average for the week of 4.6 fish.

 

A south west wind and sun greeted the anglers at the start of the week. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 5 fish from the overflow on crunchers, and commented they are on the lovely fish. Brian Warwick fished in Rainbow and commented there was fish moving all morning and he caught his fish on crunchers. The best catch from the bank was Derek Brooks who landed 11 fish from Rainbow Corner again on nymphs. On the boats all water season ticket holder Norman Perkins landed 14 fish from in front of the overflow on Diawl Bach, Buzzers & Fabs fished on an intermediate line. Draycote season ticket holder Graham Homer fished in a boat with Roy Taylor with the pair enjoying a great day landing, 29 fish. The pair caught on nymphs in the morning in Rainbow Corner before they switched to sunk hoppers on an intermediate. Chris Discombe & Jim Brennan also fished in Rainbow Corner in the morning on buzzers before heading the Aerators in the afternoon with snakes and ended the day with 26 to the boat. Former Draycote manager Kevin enjoyed a good day in the boat with Ed Douglas with the pair landing 40 fish between them. They used the fulling mill barred olive snake using a Di 5 forty plus line, catch the fish from Rainbow Corner & Hensborough Bank drifting towards the open water.

 

A warm day Tuesday, but thankfully we have a good wind from the South West which meant that inevitable algal bloom was all blown into Toft meaning that most of the lake remained clear. A tricky day for the bank anglers with the hot conditions and bright sun pushing the fish out from the margins. However, Draycote season ticket holder Pete Allen landed 2 fish both over 5lb from the overflow on nymphs and also got broken by an even larger one. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker found success fishing just near the outlet from the Treatment works using small pin fry patterns on a midge tip line to net 5 fish. On the boat’s beginner season ticket holder John Piper enjoyed his best ever day, after taking up the sport late last season. John landed 8 fish on olive barred snakes and was rightly over the moon. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker enjoyed a great morning session drifting along the Draycote Dam near the concrete diving platforms to land 23 fish. Tony fished a washing line on a 12ft midge tip with Diawl Bach’s and Crunchers being his top patterns. Other good catches came from Rainbow Corner with nymphs, snakes and later dries producing the fish. Dave Bailey landed 12 fish on a mix of snakes and Diawl Bach’s. Into the evening Chris Flay & Peter Flay found tremendous sport in Rainbow Corner fishing an afternoon boat. The pair fished Damsel patterns on floating & intermediate line to land 21 between them including some near 4lb fin perfect rainbows.

 

The sun once again was out in force Wednesday, with the wind swinging slightly into a South Easterly during the day. Draycote is still fishing really well despite the current conditions, with a good spread of fish in several areas around the reservoir. Despite a bit of an algae bloom water clarity is still good in most places, with some fish showing in the surface of the water throughout the day. Obviously the bank fishing has slowed up a bit which is to be expected, but out on the boats anglers are still getting into double figures. Mr F Campbell caught 21 fish using Snakes on a sinking line in the aerators. Peter and Chris Flay  took to the boats once again and had a bakers dozen in Rainbow Corner using Snakes. Alex Campbell had two of his six fish bag in Toft Shallows on a 12 foot slow tip and Diawl Bachs. The others came from Croft Shoal and the front of the School Slips on the same method.

 

Thursday was a very hot day with only the lightest of breezes. Plenty of sun block and a big hat was the order of the day. Those that did venture out were mainly the boat anglers who found fish in in Toft Shallows, Rainbow Corner and over the Aerators. Draycote regular James Maplethorpes group caught a good number of fish between them on Nemo Crunchers down deep. Richard Hood and Martin Griffiths had over 20 fish to the boat between them on slow and fast tip lines and nymphs in Toft Shallows. Season permit holder Paul Havard used a DI 5 and Olive Snakes to good effect around Y buoy.

 

Thankfully, Friday was the last day of the hot weather as the mercury rose to over 30 degrees for the second day in a row. As a result 3 days of hot weather did have an affect on the fishing with the fishing not quite being as good as the previous day. Season ticket holders Peter Elliot & Lee Pattern used boobies on sinking lines to land 15 fish. All water season ticker holder Jamie Scott landed 10 fish on a mix of tactics from a pink booby on a Di 7 through to Hares Ear nymphs and then later in the day dries. Finding the boils to be the most productive area. In the evening Draycote Fly Fishers held another evening bank match, once again fished to the Angling Trust guidelines for matches. The anglers found it quite a frustrating evening as they could see lots of fish moving in Rainbow Corner hitting pin fry, this proved difficult to get the right tactics but after a while success was found with Bob’s Bit’s and Popper Hoppers. Draycote season ticket holder Brian Allwood won the match with 3 fish from the overflow and lost another 3 and commented on the “good sport”. Tied in second place was Dave Atkins, Howard Lambert & Mark JJ with 2 fish again all over 2lb. Mark commented it was a great evening and lovely to see so many members out enjoying their fishing.

 

The wind started from the south on Saturday before swinging to the south west and increasing in strength. The rudder boat of Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 19 between then using snakes on DI 3 & Di 5 sinking line. The pair found the fish around J buoy and coming off the Hensborough Bank towards M buoy. All water season ticket holder Andy Lillie enjoyed a great mornings sport landing 8 fish none of which were under 3lb. Fishing in Rainbow Corner Andy found the fish wanted JC Diawl Bach’s fished under a bung at either 2ft or 6ft. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker also fished for half a day using dries to land 7 fish drifting out from the Draycote Dam. Mr I Tearle landed 11 fish anchored between Rainbow Corner and the Inlet using red Diawl Bach’s to great effect on a floating line. Fishing on the bank Mr Zanarov landed 6 fish on snakes on a last 4 hours session. Draycote member Martyn Hancox landed 5 fish on an evening ticket from the boat, taking the fish on nymphs fished on a floating line.

 

Very windy day Sunday again coming from Rainbow Corner, this did make presentation difficult. Regular George Leaton enjoyed a great day using a long midge tip with a FAB on the point and buzzers on the droppers, George landed 17 in a morning session. With 10 taking the FAB and the other 7 taking the buzzers. From the bank Mr Featherstone enjoyed a good day in Rainbow Corner lading 10 fish on an orange blob. All water season ticket holder Adam Gumby & Steve Jordan used the strong wind to their advantage to do some back drifting. Using Airflo Booby Basher lines and snakes the pair drifting out from Rainbow Corner and the top dam wall, finding some fantastic fish. Adam’s 4 fish bag weighted a very impressive 16lb 2oz while Steve’s tipped the scales at 10lb 6oz. The father and son due of Duncan and Richard Watson found a Di 5 sinking line with a pink blob and olive snake. Proved to be the winning tactic taking 20 fish between them. Fishing away from the top wall drifting from Dunn’s down through the old pipe in Biggin Bay. The partnership of Mr N Wagstaff & I Eborall landed 18 fish and 16 fish on a mix of various lures on sinking lines. Fishing for the afternoon Ed Douglas and Jim Smith fished dries under the top Dam Wall in the calmer water to land 10 between them.

 

With the weather forecast to be cooler this week and also lighter winds we expect the good fishing to continue into next week.

 

 

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Competition

 

John Horsey Final August 23rd  (Practice Day August 22nd ) Booking via John Horsey

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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/

 

 

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.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 22:00

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 22:00

Last 4 Hr – 18.00pm – 22.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 22.15pm

 

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Draycote Report W/E 21st June.

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

Lodge / Shop is open with access limited to 2 people at any one time

Two anglers can share a boat. Boat numbers are still limited

Fishing at Draycote is on a pre booking and pre payment basis only.

Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to make your booking.

Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/latest-report/

If you are calling the fisheries after 6.00pm the staff during the evening session have extra disinfecting duties to carry out on boats, pontoon & life jackets.

The staff will always try to do the best they can for you but due to the extra workload currently involved with disinfecting, they may not be in the position to deal with your enquiry straight away. They may ask you to call back later or they will take your details to call you back.

We value your custom & appreciate your cooperation as we continue to work to the required guidelines to deal with coronavirus

Anglers Please Note:

At times we are experiencing high level of phone calls, to ensure we speed up the booking process can you have your credit / debit card details to hand.

Bank Angler, please ensure you keep to the speed limits, the site is far busier than normal with the public, families, mothers with push chairs, children on bikes using the perimeter road, please drive with extra caution.

Thank you

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 21st June 2020

Overall another good week at Draycote, with 264 anglers landing a total of 1,655 fish producing a rod average of 6.2 for the week. Amongst these 1,655 fish there has been a number of comments with regards to the quality of the fish and how hard they have been fighting. With another 1,000 fish going in these week we expect the good sport to continue, into next week.

Possibly the worst conditions on Monday with not a breath of wind and bright sun, this resulted in a substantial algal boom by around 10am. This made the bank fishing very tricky and by around lunchtime the Algae round the margins made presenting a fly almost impossible. A number of anglers manged to catch a brace quickly before the algae really bloomed, with Ian Richardson catching his in Rainbow Corner on crunchers but from there on it was hard work. Out on the boats unsurprisingly the best area for the main part of the day was the Aerators. They produced high numbers of top quality fish and by the 5.8 rod average quite a few of them as well. John Dickens fished over the Aerators with buzzers fished on a floating line to land 21. While Kevin Rees fished buzzers in a washing line to take his 24 fish. However it was the pulling tactics that seemed to be the key. Fishery Ranger Lloyd went out on a day off to land over 30 fish, firstly on buzzer under the bung before, swapping to the fulling mill barred olive booby snake. This pattern was our best selling fly and its easy to see why. Lloyd fished this fly on a Forty Plus DI 7, a great line for getting a great sweeping action into the fly. The boats of Trevor Moore and James Maplethorpe enjoyed good sport landing 14 and 24 between them. The pair used Diawl Bach’s, Nemo Crunchers and Buzzers on a floating line to land their fish. First catching on the Aerators in the morning, before heading down to Toft around 4pm. In around an hour they landed over 10 fish all on nymphs fished on a floater.

Another calm day Tuesday, but thankful we did have some overnight rain and cloud during the day in intermittent spells. This did mean that the worst of the algal bloom had died off, but the water was still green, just not quite as thick. However once again it did not seem to bother the fish in Toft and on the Aerators as the fishery produced a 6.5 rod average. All water season ticket holder Norman Perkins fished down in Toft using a washing line on a fast glass intermediate to take 14 fish. He used buzzers and Diawl Bach’s on the dropper with a FAB on the point. Ian Morris commented he enjoyed another cracking day landing 30 fish. Ian fished both in Toft and on the Aerators using a Damsel with Crunchers and pheasant tails on the dropper. Mark Francis fished dabblers on an intermediate over the Aerators to take over 20 fish with the biggest measuring 24” and returned to the water. Another all water angler who caught well was all water season ticket holder John Kirk who used a black booby and buzzers to land his fish.

Wednesday started as yet another muggy day, with only the lightest of breezes through the middle of the afternoon, followed by showers. The water is still holding a greenish tinge which should be putting the fish down but again here at Draycote the general rule of thumb is not being followed by the fish. Mr E Wilson and Mr A Masters caught 14 fish between them from the bank in Toft on black Diawl Bachs and Nymphs.

Out on the boats Mr Neal Hume caught 6 fish using dries in Toft and snakes on the aerators. Mr T Brown caught 14 fish from a boat using nymphs and dries. Leanne Frost and Chris Bobby caught over 20 fish between them from a boat using sink tip lines

Heavy overnight and early morning showers knocked a lot of the colour out of the water on Thursday, and made for better fishing for the bank anglers in Toft. Young Brian Warwick took 5 good fish in a morning session using Diawl Bachs on a washing line and remarked on the quality of the fish. Ian Richardson also caught 5 fish from the bank using a washing line with Crunchers in the Cornfield and Duggies Gap. Boat angler Kevin Rees caught 29 fish on the dries drifting over open water. Martin Yates remarked on the “ great fishing” after netting 16 fish from a boat using foam daddies. Dave Kennell caught 21 fish from the boat using a floating line, a FAB on the point and Muskins. Roger Kerrison caught 10 fish during an afternoon session using Snakes and a Midas.

Friday dawned muggy and overcast, blowing up to a strong breeze by mid afternoon. Bank angler Bob Smith caught 3 good fish by the big willow in Toft using Crunchers. Bob also fished the Tower bank to net another 2 fish on Black and Peacock Spiders. Brian Allwood caught 3 fish from the bank on dries, one of which weighed over 4 lbs. Mr A Lambert caught 4 fish from the bank on FAB’s and Bobs Bits. Out on the boats Peter Elliott netted 26 fish on dries such as Cul’s and Bob’s Bits in Rainbow Corner. Kevin Hart caught 16 fish in Rainbow Corner again on dries. Kevin used a mixture of Cul’s, Bob’s Bits and the Midas to good effect drifting through Rainbow and out into open water. Mark Goodge and Shaun Higgins had over 30 fish between them to the boat on Hares Ears and Damsels and remarked on “A great day”.

Saturday Stan Hillman bank fished enjoyed good sport landing 7 fish, Stan opted to fish a washing line with a floating FAB on the point and then nymphs on the droppers. Mark Parsley also fished off the bank in both Rainbow Corner and is Toft using similar tactics to land 6 fish. On the boats the rudder boat of Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 19 fish between them using snakes and also tubes on Di 5 and Di 3 sinking lines. Another boats who used snakes to great effects was that of Adam Larbalestier and Ben Bayliss the pair found fish down the Farborough Dam wall, Toft and also Rainbow Corner. With the pair also finding DI 3 & Di 5 sinking lines the key to success. They commented on the hard fighting qualities of the fish and caught loads of 4lb fish. Fishing from the boat in Rainbow Corner Rob Middleton & Eric Caisley had a good day landing 25 between them. The pair found a washing line on either a slow intermediate or a 6ft slow tip was the key to land the fish. All water season ticket holder Ian Reeve fishing with boat partner Steve Hibbard landed 35 between them on FABs, Minkies and Diawl Bach’s. The Draycote season ticket holders of Jim Hall and Son Richard all used Diawl Bach’s all day to land 22 fish fished on a floating line.

A rainy start to Sunday, but by the time the boats took to the water the sun and come out it was a blustery south West wind, far than ideal conditions. However by lunch the cloud had rolled in again, although the wind continued to remain strong. Clive Wilkins & Mike Weaver boated 25 between them fishing over the boils using black snakes. Draycote season ticket holders Dave Hancox and regular boat partner Martyn Price also fished over the aerators using the barred olives snakes on intermediates to land 23 including some cracking 3lb rainbows. Away from the Aerators Tony Parker drifted around Rainbow Corner and the Hensborough using a 12ft fast tip with a mix of nymphs and FABS. Alister Gavin enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport landing 13 fish including a fantastic 7lb 7oz Rainbow taken on a blob. Peter Gordon used Diawl Bach’s to take 26 hard fighting rainbows from Rainbow Corner. Richard Ellis enjoyed a good day boating 18 fish with his best methods either being a floating line with buzzers or a Di 5 and a cats whisker.

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Tom Bird Draycote Washing Line Selection £14.99 available online or at the Draycote shop

https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/fishery-management-uk-ltd-washing-line-selection/

Competition 

John Horsey Final August 23rd (Practice Day August 22nd ) Booking via John Horsey

—————————————————————————————————————————–

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/

 

Tuition & Guided Sessions

Tuition & Guided sessions are currently cancelled, they will resume when government guidelines allow.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 22:00

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 22:00

Last 4 Hr – 18:00pm – 22:00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 22.15pm

 

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Draycote COVID 19 Update

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Draycote 16th June 2020

We have reviewed our guidelines with regard to two people fishing together from a boat.

From Wednesday 17th June you will be able to fish with your chosen boat partner

In line with the Angling Trust Guidelines we recommend a face  covering when moving the boat under power, we also recommend you bring your own sanitiser to use as & when required during you visit

Hand Sanitiser is provided at the lodge for when you book in or out.

Call the Draycote lodge for further details 01788 812018

The following sign with instructions is located at the pontoon walkway please follow the fishery staff instruction’s to avoid delays & ensure we maintain social distancing guidelines on the pontoon

 

 

1.

All Anglers

Wait Here

2. Fishery Staff will call you forward onto the pontoon.

 

3. Boat Numbers will be allocated 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
 

 

9.

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.

 

10.

On returning have your tackle ready to vacate the boat & pontoon as

quickly as possible.

 

11.

Boats & Life Jackets will be

Disinfected after every session.

 

12.

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.

Draycote Report W/E 14th June 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

We would like to remind all anglers that under the current guidelines the shop at Draycote is closed. Fishing at Draycote is on a pre booking and pre payment basis only. Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to make your booking. Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website @ www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk. Any tackle required can be purchased from our website on a click and collect basis.

If you are calling the fisheries after 6.00pm the staff during the evening session have extra disinfecting duties to carry out on boats, pontoon & life jackets.

The staff will always try to do the best they can for you but due to the extra workload currently involved with disinfecting, they may not be in the position to deal with your enquiry straight away. They may ask you to call back later or they will take your details to call you back.

We value your custom & appreciate your cooperation as we continue to work to the required guidelines to deal with coronavirus

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 14th June 2020

The good fishing weather that we saw Sunday continued into the new week with light winds in the East and overcast skies, it was in fact near perfect conditions. On the bank season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 8 fish. Landing 3 from Lincroft point in the morning fishing a washing line with crunchers on the droppers and a booby on the point. Later in the day Bob then moved to the bottom end of Toft near the Willow tree to land his other 5. Another season ticket holder who found the fish from the bank was Ian Richardson who took 2 from the far side of Toft before moving round up the bank from Bob to also land 5. On the boats fish were caught from all over the reservoir, fishing in Rainbow Corner Jeff Ide landed 17 fish all on Diawl Bach’s fished on a floating line. The highlight of Jeffs day was when he landed a 6lb brown which he returned to the water to fight another day. Another 2 boats who found the fish around A & B buoy were that of Neil Cohen & Andrew Nowak. The pair landed over 20 fish each, their best tactic was to fish a slow intermediate with FABs on the point and top dropper and then 2 nymphs on the droppers. Ian Spicer enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 18 fish all on dries from Rainbow Corner, with his best fly pattern being crippled midge.

More cloud for the most part Tuesday with some sun for the middle section of the day, again we were pleased with light winds giving a lovely ripple. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner landed 5 fish from the outlet on Diawl Bach’s. Fishing in Biggin Bay Brian Warwick landed 5 fish all on crunchers fished on a floating line. Mr Wilson also fished at the overflow to land 4 fish all on hot head Diawl Bach’s and commented on the excellent fish quality. Mr English fished off the Cornfield to take 8 fish on Diawl Bach’s and a Whiskey Fly. On the boats Mr I Morris enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 23 fish all on nymphs. Mr Morris found the fish at Lincroft Point, Toft and also over the Aerators. Mr Mahon landed 17 fish from the boats but didn’t’ leave any comments on how he caught his fish. Andy Lunn landed 10 fish all on either dries or a washing line. Mr Alex Campbell found a lot of fish in the afternoon drifting just to the righthand side of Croft shoal in the channel to land 12 fish. Alex caught the fish on a variety of method fishing in the top couple of feet. Either CDC culs or fishing one of the new Airflo 12ft slow midge tips with a mix of buzzers, Diawl Bach’s and boobies.

Yet another good fishing day here at Draycote on Wednesday, with overcast skies and light breezes, interspersed with the odd light shower. Draycote really seems to be “on form” at the moment With the cloudy conditions we are experiencing, good numbers of fish are being caught by bank anglers, mostly from the northern shoreline. The boat anglers are catching fish in a lot of different areas at the moment, and generally on Nymphs and Buzzers in the top few feet of the water, and of course dries. Bob Smith caught 7 fish from the bank by the willow tree using Crunchers. Season permit holder Ian Richardson caught 16 fish from the bank in Toft using a washing line, with a Booby on the point and Crunchers. Out on the boats Ed Douglas caught 26 fish drifting through open water on dries. Season permit holder Tony Parker had a good number of fish to the boat using a washing line and Diawl Bachs, fished through the top few feet of the water.

A blustery north easterly greeted us on Thursday morning and blew most of the day. Luckily the better fishing was along the north shore where anglers were able to gain a little bit of respite from the conditions.

The bank fishing continued in reasonable form with Brain Warwick managing 9 from the Cornfield. Mike Garner managed two from the bank on a Pitsford Pea off Lincroft Point. Out on the boats Dave Smith netted 10 fish using a DI5 sweep and Snakes. Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe had over 20 fish to the boat using snakes at G buoy. Chris Bobby and Leanne Frost had 28 fish between them in Toft shallows on intermediate lines, Blobs and Boobies.

More cloud Friday, teamed with the odd shower in the afternoon, it was another blustery day with the win coming from the East before swinging into the south East later in the day. On the bank Bob Barfoot landed 4 fish from Toft using nymphs on a washing line. At the other end of the lake Stan Hillman fished in Rainbow Corner from the land to 8 fish on nymphs. Mr A Dawson fished in Toft using a washing line with a FAB on the point landing 14 fish. On the boats Steve Owen fished in Toft using a team if nymphs fished on a floater to land 14 fish. In another boat also in Toft Chris Howkins landed 16 fish Chris found the fish using a floating line buzzers fished under the bung. Fishery ranger Lee Henfrey also went out first using the new Airflo Superflo 12ft tip to catch in Toft. Fishing the washing line, before moving to Rainbow corner using an olive snake on a fast glass. On Friday evening Draycote Fly Fishers Association (DFFA) held their first evening match of year fished under the Angling Trust guidelines for competitions. The enjoyed great sport with the competitors landing over 20 fish. Winning the evening was Paul Farrell who landed 5 hard fighting Rainbows with other anglers landing 3 or 4 fish. For information on joining DFFA please visit there website http://www.draycote-fly-fishers-assoc.co.uk/

A brighter day than had been seen during the week, on Saturday, as a result the fishing was slightly tricky. On the bank M Grainger landed 8 fish from Toft down near the willow tree in Toft. Mr Grainger used a blue flash Damsel and a blob to catch his 8. On the boats the rudder boats of Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 11 and 12 fish each. The pair caught all over the lake and found the fish willing to take snakes fished on a Di 3 sinking line. Also, out on the boats Ian Gaskell fished with son Liam, while Shaun Gaskell fished in another boat. Between the 3 of them they landed 22 fish, they caught first in Toft washing lining before it started to go a bit harder and the fish dropped with the son. At this point Ian changed to the Bung and started to catch in Toft at 10ft down on a size 8 black buzzer. Ian then moved to Rainbow Corner using the same tactic to land a cracking 5lb Rainbow. While Ian got the bung working Liam and Shaun found a di 5 sweep with a mix of cormorants caught a number of fish with them taking on the hang at 15ft. However, rain quite literally stopped play at around 6.30 when a massive storm including thunder and lighting rolled in.

A mixed day with regards to the weather Sunday, the wind swung around every variation of East it could think of and we had a couple of heavy showers with then sun for the rest of the day. Overall the water fished very well from the boats but the bank found it a struggle due to the changing winds and bright conditions for the most part. Kirby Fly Fishers had a social day out with all the club’s members enjoying single boats. The club all caught well on nymphs and FABs fished on a washing line either on a midge tip or a slow sinking intermediate. They found the fish on the Aerators very willing to take a fly with nearly all of the anglers taking there 6 fish limits and returning a number of others. Frank Sumnall enjoyed a good days sport landing 23 on a mix of washing line nymphs over the open water. Season ticket holder Tony Parker used a range of midge tip mines to boat 18 on crunchers again fished on a washing line to catch in the top 5 feet of the water column. All water season ticket holder Ian Reeve & Matt Pittaway fished with a mix of FABs and crunchers over the Aerators to land 33 fish between them including some fantastic perfect tailed rainbows around the 4lb mark. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a great day landing cricket score catches which finished with a fantastic evening rise with the pair catching all around the slick sans wind lanes on bobs bits and big reds.

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Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

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Update 13th June 2020

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Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton Covid-19 Update 13th June 2020

With the government easing lock down restrictions further we will from Monday 15th June be able to have our lodges / shops open again, although restricted access, details below:-

Shop Guidelines

  • To prevent queuing at the lodge we will continue to ask anglers to pre book & prepay for their bank & boat visits via debit /credit cards with permits & your receipt posted outside the lodge next to where you book in. Hand sanitiser provided.
  • Maximum 2 customers in the shop
  • Shop customers will be required to observe government social distancing guidelines
  • Everyone entering the shop will use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Shop access restricted if possible, to tackle purchases
  • Credit or Debit card payment for purchases preferred
  • Staff working the lodges / shop will be wearing face shield or masks when dealing with customers.
  • Gutting Room will remain closed

Boats
No changes currently to our guidelines relating to boats, we are due to review them again next week, any changes we will issue a further update.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their understanding during these difficult times.

Litter
I would ask you to ensure you remove all litter from the boats, empty drink cans, sandwich wrappers, plasters etc & place them in the bins provided.

The risk from COVID-19 is still there my staff shouldn’t be picking up your litter.

Draycote 01788 812018
Eyebrook 01536 770264
Thornton 01530 230807

Draycote Report W/E 7th June 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01788 812018   email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Our COVID-19 Guidelines

We would like to remind all anglers that under the current guidelines the shop at Draycote is closed. Fishing at Draycote is on a pre booking and pre payment basis only. Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to make your booking. Full details of our updated guidelines can be found on our website @ www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk. Any tackle required can be purchased from our website on a click and collect basis.

If you are calling the fisheries after 6.00pm the staff during the evening session have extra disinfecting duties to carry out on boats, pontoon & life jackets.

The staff will always try to do the best they can for you but due to the extra workload currently involved with disinfecting, they may not be in the position to deal with your enquiry straight away. They may ask you to call back later or they will take your details to call you back.

We value your custom & appreciate your cooperation as we continue to work to the required guidelines to deal with coronavirus

 

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 7th June 2020

Another fantastic week here at Draycote with cooler weather for the majority of the week. The fishing has exploded with amazing catches coming from both the bank and the boats. Overall a total of 270 anglers have fished landing an impressive 1,856 trout for a rod average of 6.8 for the week.

The warm weather Monday meant it was a tough day on the bank as the fished moved out to the deeper water. Season ticket holder Ian Richardson fished at the Swan’s Nest to land 3 fish all on buzzers fished under the bung. Fishing over in Biggin Bay using buzzers on a floating line was fellow season ticket holder Dave Atkins who tempted 5 fish to the net. Due to the bright sun the boats caught well in a variety of methods. Fishing buzzers, Diawl Bach’s & crunchers on a floating line with a long leader, Trevor Moore & James Mapplethorpe fishing in separate boats landed. 17 & 16 fish each fishing in Toft Shallows. Draycote regular rudder angler Jim Dempsey enjoyed a great day over the open water to land 22 fish on di 3 and di sinking lines with a mix of snakes and tubes. Kevin Rees fished dries all day and despite the sun landed 12 fish. Derek Hessett enjoyed another good day on the water using a long midge tip with nymphs and a FAB before changing to the bung in the afternoon and then finally finishing on dries. Derek, found the majority of his fish of the Farborough Dam and then around J buoy as the like the previous day.

Some cloud around Tuesday but in the most part the sun once again, however this did not seem to worry the fish with a 9.18 rod average for the day. On the bank Phil Mee fished buzzers in Biggin Bay to land 12 fish including a cracking 1lb 8oz Perch. Season ticket holder Pete Allan fished on the tower bank to land 10 fishing including some cracking fish up to 4lb. On the boats Brian Moore landed 25 fish all on buzzers fishing in Biggin Bay and Dunns. Out in the boats Mr R Hankins and son L Hankins landed 29 fish all on nymphs fished on floating and midge tip lines drifting over the open water around J Buoy. Jamie Scott landed a 26 fish all on buzzers and crunchers with fish up to 5lb and commented on how hard fighting the fish are at the moment. Neil Cohen fished on nymphs once again on midge tip, but, found the fish in Toft very willing to take a fly landing 20 fish and said he never had fish under 3lb.

A much better day weather wise for fishing with a cool North East wind and overcast conditions, as a result we saw more fish coming out to the bank anglers. Ian Richardson landed 14 fish taking one first at the Swan’s Nest before landing the rest in Biggin Bay. Ian found the fish very keen to take nymphs fished on a floating line with a booby on the point. Mike Garner fished in Toft from the bank to land 8 fish on Pitsford Peas, crunchers, and Diawl Bach’s. Brian Warwick landed 5 fish along the Cornfield all taken on crunchers. Out on the boats all water season ticket holder Paul Havard landed 9 cracking fish from around P Buoy all taken on a black and green snake fished on a Di 3 sinking line. Husband & Wife team of Tony & Maggie Curtis enjoyed a great day landing 31 between them, fishing over the open water using a mix of nymphs on a washing line. All water season ticket holders Chris Booby & Lianne Frost also enjoyed a great days sport down in Toft taking 30 in booby, crunchers and Diawl Bach’s

Thursday was a beautiful day out on the water with mostly gentle breezes interspersed by the odd light shower of rain. Both boat and bank anglers seemed to be catching well under a sullen looking sky and rising fish could be seen all over the reservoir. Draycote regular Mike Oliver caught half a dozen fish from the Tower Ban using various Buzzer patterns. The bank pairing of Phil Mee and Andy Lilley had a 9 fish bag from various spots along the north shoreline. The bank fishing was going well as Mr A Dawson, Mr H Dawson and Mr I Bradley had a bakers dozen between them. Season permit holders Bob Smith, Brian Allwood and James Kelly all caught really well from the bank on a mixture of Buzzers and Damsels around Lincroft Point. Tony Broadway caught 10 from the bank using size 14 spiders. Season permit holder Dave Smith netted 14 fish from a boat on Buzzers in Biggin Bay. Kevin Hart had 10 fish to the boat on dries and nymphs across the middle. Mr P Bailey took advantage of our last 4 hour permit, netting 10 fish from a boat using Diawl Bachs.

The wind blew hard over Draycote on Friday and did not ease up until late into the evening. Boat and bank anglers tucked themselves in where they could find both shelter and fish, along the northern shoreline and under the Draycote dam. The reservoir fished surprisingly well considering the conditions with some good numbers showing up on the catch return. All water season permit holder Andy Lilley netted 4 fish from the bank using Black Buzzers on a midge tip line. Mr I Stevens and Mr A Atkinson had a brace each from the bank on Buzzers. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten caught a bakers dozen between them on nymphs in various areas around the reservoir. Season permit holder Yousef Dar had 9 fish to the boat on Buzzers. Mr Lee Killen had 19 fish to the boat using a washing line with Buzzers and Hares Ears, on a slow intermediate line. Season permit holder Dennis Tidmarsh had over 20 fish to the boat using a DI 5 and Boobies. Mark Hunt caught 15 fish on a variety of methods. Mark used a 12 ft midge tip and Diawl Bachs to start with, and then changed onto a DI 3 and olive Snakes.

The winds from the previous day continued with stormy showers at various points. The strong winds meant that a lot of the productive areas of earlier in the week had become unfishable. However, this did mean that some of the other areas got fished for possibly the first time since reopening. Frank Sumnall fished in Rainbow Corner with FABs and Blobs on a DI 3 sinking line to land 24 cracking fish. Another angler who used this tactic was Mike Laycock who landed 21 fish. Mike commented the fish up in Rainbow had been feeding hard on Daphnia and also Jelly fry which means we are not far away from Pin fry time. On the bank Mr S Proffitt landed 5 fish all on Diawl Bach’s and cruncher taking 2 in Rainbow Corner in the morning before the wind got up and causes a move to the Tower Bank.

The wind dropped on Sunday giving much more pleasant conditions, although heavy rain at times did make the day a little damp. Thankfully, the fish really played ball with all corners of the lake fishing really well. John Jones enjoyed a great mornings sport landing 13 fish, John fished N Buoy to Hensborough bank using a fast glass. The best flies John found where a Woofta booby on the point and a pink blob on the dropper. George Leaton fished around Hensborough and also Rainbow Corner to land 15 fish again in just a morning session, the majority of George’s fish all took nymphs in the form of Diawl Bach’s and crunchers. Rob Middleton enjoyed a great day landing 30 fish all on dries and washing lined nymphs, Rob also landed a cracking 5lb 6oz Rainbow with one of the best tails I have ever seen. For pictures of this fish head to www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas also found dries was the way to tempt the fish taking 24 of his 30 fish, Ed found a lot of fish around Rainbow Corner and the Hensborough bank. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker used Diawl Bach’s and crunchers fished on a washing line to land 31 fish. Tony found the fish all over the lake around Farborough Dam, around J buoy and then towards Rainbow Corner and the Hensborough bank.

 

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Tuition & Guided Sessions

Tuition & Guided sessions are currently cancelled, they will resume when government guidelines allow.

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 21.45

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 21.45

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

Afternoon Boat – 15.00pm – 21.45

Last 4 Hr – 17.45pm – 21.45pm

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