Draycote Report W/E 6th October 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 6th October 2019

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Draycote fished really well for the last reporting period and this has carried on into this week. A couple of early frosts seems to have helped push the fish onto the feed and has in turn led to some excellent bank fishing. Shrimp patterns, Diawl Bachs and Hares Ears have proved a particular favourite for the bank anglers and have produced many a good fish from all around the reservoir. Boats anglers are also getting into some great sport, indeed the comments section of the catch return is this week full of comments on how hard the fish are fighting. Changeable conditions have proved testing at times but rod averages have remained high all week, boding well for the Trout Masters competition on Monday.

This week, 350 anglers have caught 1245 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 3.5.

Ian Richardson got the week off to a flying start with 10 fish from the bank, caught on Shrimp Patterns and Minkies. Mr T and J Evans had 11 to the boats on Dries as did Ed Douglas. Kevin Rees used Bob’s Bits to good effect from a boat to net 12 fish. Tony Broadway took 11 fish from the bank on Tuesday on FAB’s and Crunchers. Mr T Evans took to the boat yet again on Tuesday to net 10 fish on hoppers. Mr M Francis caught 21 fish during a boat session on Tuesday on “All Sorts” of Flies. Season permit holder Tony Parker caught a bakers dozen from the boat on dries. Eugene Hughes used DI3’s and DI7’s and Minkies to catch 23 fish on the markers over open water. Ian Richardson remarked on “A cracking day with stunning fish” on Thursday , taking 8 from the bank on Minkies from the Overflow. Gordon Bramwell caught 15 fish from a boat on UV Crunchers. Ivor Bullock took 12 fish from the bank on Friday over in Duns Bay. John Dickens and Kevin Rees put the dries to good effect out on the boats netting 13 and 16 respectively. Mr James Carr had 11 fish to the boat on Saturday using Perch Fry patterns and Dries. Mr P Mitchell and Mr T Burn had 19 fish to the boat between them, all on dries. Stan Hillman and Mick Cronin caught 20 fish between them from the bank on Saturday using floating fry patterns and Daddies. Season Permit holder Paul Walley netted 7 fish from the Tower Bank on Sunday using fry patterns.

Competitions

This years Fur and Feather match will take place on Sunday 24th November 2019. The competition will be fished to reservoir rules and is a boat pairs match with a limit of 12 fish to the boat. The competition will be fished from 9am until 4pm with prizes for first second, third and biggest fish. Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your boat.

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Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

COMPETITIONS:

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to T Evans from Kirkby In Ashfield , the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:350  Number Trout Taken: 254     Number Trout Released: 991

Total Catch: 1245  Rod Average: 3.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 18:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 18:30

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:00  

Last 4 Hours from: 14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)

Gutting Room Closes: 18:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 29th September 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 29th September 2019
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A harder week for most mainly due to the prevailing weather. Whilst contending with clear skies & sunshine previously, this week anglers were faced with some extremely windy, and at times very wet, conditions. In fact, torrential overnight rain on Saturday left the whole boat fleet knee deep in water. It was nevertheless another busy week on the water, but the challenging conditions did lead to a lower catch rate for most. In total 318 anglers fished & recorded a combined catch return of 752 trout representing a rod average for the period of 2.3
Monday started dry & fine through the morning but clouded over in the afternoon with the arrival from the south and west of the forecast winds and heavy rain which were to remain throughout the week. It proved to be a very tough day for the seven bank anglers who ventured out with only season ticket holder Paul Walker managing to net fish with a brace of rainbows. It was similar in the boats for many recording ones & twos or nil on the catch returns. However, regulars Terry & John Evans netted 7 and 6 respectively all to dries on long exploratory drifts over deep water. Ed Douglas couldn’t get them to rise properly to his dries so changed to nymphs high in the water column and ended with 11 to the boat. Kevin Rees though persisted with his fiery brown Bob’s Bits and netted a dozen. Both Ed & Kevin fished drifts across the middle. Eugene Hughes excelled once more fishing across the middle as well & also drifts offshore from the Sailing Club. He fished Humungus & Humungus Boobies on a mix of Di3 & Di5 to end with a fantastic tally of 28 landed. He said that he would drift for lengthy periods with nothing followed by spells of frantic activity catching rainbows that were hitting perch fry. Tuesday was very wet until mid-afternoon, but some good sport was enjoyed by Dafydd Evans & Mike Williams who both took their 4 fish limit together with an additional brace each caught & released. Keith Coley & Bob Taft alternated between diawl bachs & lures for a combined total of 13. There has been a lot of small black beetles around for a week or so now and it was interesting to see that Mr Woodroffe took a six fish limit plus another four released on a good old black & peacock spider. Alan Grant had a tremendous day on the bank on Wednesday when he found fry feeding fish in Toft. He caught & released 8 using fry patterns with a further two taken for the pot, his best tipping the scales at 5lbs 2oz. Bob Smith was also on the bank but over on Lin Croft where he took two rainbows on minkies & two on shrimps. He also lost a further 3 fish in play. Out on the water & All Water member Ed Douglas was back out exploring on his second visit of the week. This time he was able to properly interest the fish into rising to dries and netted 17 fine rainbows in total. Dave Kennell also did well with an 8 fish total on foam daddies, bob’s bits & dabblers presented on a 12’ slow tip. Weather wise, Wednesday was probably the best day of the week with lighter winds, some sunshine & only limited light showers.
The stronger winds were back on Thursday with some prolonged sunshine making for tricky fishing with quite a lot of blank rods. Dave Adkins took a boat and chose to explore the whole venue in search of feeding fish. He found fish all over and managed to end with 5 rainbows taken for the pot with all taken on his pair of dries – a midas & a big red. Given the winds, John Jones decided to anchor up in his boat off Lin Croft Point. He drifted a team of daddies across the wave and steadily notched up a tally of 7 rainbows to the net. Roger Davis braved a very gusty shoreline on the bank and was rewarded with a nice brace. Friday brought with it some very heavy rain for the anglers to contend with whilst many struggled there were, as always, some nice catches. Ifor Bullock bank fished his favourite spot in Dunn’s Bay and caught a lovely grown on rainbow of 4lbs 8oz which took his black cruncher. John Hoskins took what shelter he could find anchored at the Sailing Club end of the Hensborough Bank. He fished a pair of humungus on a Di3 all day for a six fish tally. His first fish, which he released, was a 4lbs brownie. He suffered with dropping fish in play saying that he actually lost more than he landed during the course of the session. Top boat of the day was unquestionably that of Paul Davison. Paired with Mark Withyman, they fished midas dries all day to end with 27 to the boat. The big winds refused to subsist & Saturday anglers again had big winds & protracted gusts to contend with. Indeed, one angler enquired as to whether we sold seasick pills?! Ifor Jones & Jim Demsey fished lures all day on the rudder to land 9 & 11 rainbows respectively. Kit Coleman stayed with the dry daddies all day for an 8 fish tally, as did his boat partner Andrew Farmer who netted 6. Paul Davison returned hoping for a repeat of his Friday sport but this time sharing with Ian Bradfield from the All Abilities Club. Paul’s midas patterns came up trumps for him as usual & they landed 17 & 9 respectively on drifts mainly out from Rainbow Corner & the main Draycote dam.
Twenty of the Invicta Fly Fishers fished a club competition on Saturday in some quite testing conditions. The competition format was a 4 fish kill and then catch and release. In first place was Chris Mcleod with 10 fish for 18lbs 7 oz, second was Paul Heavans and third place went to Keith Gilchrist. A total of 58 fish were caught, giving a club average of 2.85.
Sunday was yet another day of very testing conditions with gusty winds and sporadic showers. Mr P Mitchell and Mr T Burn did extremely well boating 25 fish between them on Daddies and FAB’s. The brothers Hanlon all netted at least 4 fish a piece but were keeping their method top secret. Jed O’Donaghue and Phil Mee caught on dries, as did Ed Douglas.

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COMPETITIONS:
TROUTMASTERS – Please also note that we are once more hosting the Troutmasters’ Final at Draycote which this year will be on Monday 7th October. This is a boat & bank event and the fishery will be closed for the day.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Jim Dempsey from Bedworth, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 318 Number Trout Taken: 272 Number Trout Released: 480
Total Catch: 752 Rod Average: 2.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 18:45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:15
Last 4 Hours from: 14:45 until 18:45 (Ticket sales available from 14:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 18:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00
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Draycote Report W/E 22nd September 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 22nd September 2019

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Yet another busy week at Draycote with fish still coming to dries, hoppers & daddy patterns. However catch returns were down on the previous week mainly due to clear skies & bright sunshine from mid-day Tuesday right through to Saturday. Anglers also faced a near mirror calm on Thursday when the southerly “wind” did not “blow” above 1mph all day. In total 367 anglers fished & recorded a combined catch return of 1226 trout representing a rod average for the period of 3.34

A good start on Monday which saw anglers enjoying a gentle ripple and good cloud cover. Brothers Terry & John Evans took advantage and netted 11 & 17 respectively to dries & hoppers from open water drifts. They are a regular pairing on Mondays who prefer imitative methods & their own tied nymphs & dries are a real credit. Gary Wharton drifted both G & D buoy and landed 9 which also came to dries. A group of Thornton Fly Fishers were also on the fishing a small club event which was won by Richard Dayman who netted 8 rainbows on Big Reds. Season ticket holders Tony Broadway & Alan Grant were both on the bank on Tuesday morning and landed 4 apiece to nymphs. Eric Glaister & John Gibson netted their 6 fish limit each in the boats with Keith Coley & Bob Taft just behind them with an 11 fish tally to lures fished of the main Draycote Water dam. Hector Pearson took 4 rainbows on dry daddies & experienced great fun on his four weight outfit. Bob Smith & Ian Richardson bank fished together and encountered fry feeding rainbows on Lin Croft. Bob tackled them on standard minkies to land 5 with Ian choosing the booby version to net 4. Notwithstanding the wall to wall sunshine of Wednesday, Ellis Phillips & Viv Davies excelled catching & releasing 10 each from the boat although their successful flies & methods were not recorded in the returns. Neil Cohen also boat fished & did very well to take a six fish limit with a further 6 C&R as did Mick Newton. Many anglers on the water this week were practising for the AMFC competition at the weekend which often leads to scant information as to tactics being released. John Batter fished with Harley Smith on Thursday though & did well in the bright, calm conditions taking 4 each from both X buoy & Toft on orange hoppers & yellow owls. It was nice to welcome the English Fly Fishing Association back for their annual Autumn Members Day with 26 anglers fishing. Their top three rods all caught their four fish limit with a further 3 C&R. As such, only ounces separated them with Richard Nicholl taking the top step, Ray Storer followed in second with Peter De Kremer taking third. More sunshine for Friday anglers however a brisk 14mph ESE wind with some strong gusting saw the back off the previous days’ flat calms. More practise anglers were afloat ahead of the AMFC match with Graham Pearson & Mike Gunnell taking a dozen good fish on dries over dep water. Eileen Chatwin & Gwyneth Moody recorded a combined tally of 11 whilst Sean & John Hanlon released 8 each whilst searching the venue ahead of match day. Tony Broadway was back for more bank action recording a 4 rainbows caught & released together with 3lbs of blackberries taken!

The Association of Major Flyfishing Clubs Group 1 & 3 had the whole water for their event on Saturday which saw a continuation of the bright sunny conditions but mainly on a gusty 14mph SE wind. The Group 1 teams totalled 162 trout caught for a creditable rod average of 4.5 Soldier Palmers “A” took first place followed by Rutland Water FF with Soldier Palmers Wayne Jones & Sean Hanlon taking first & second individual & Rutland’s Graham Pearson in third. The Group 3 event was won by Bewl Bridge FC “A” followed by the Royal Navy & Soldier Palmers “B”. Ray French took top individual spot with Tim Williams netting the best fish at 3lbs 8oz. Our congratulations to all. The weekend ended with some good Sunday sport. Gareth Jones fished the surface all over the venue for a 20 fish day on claret hoppers & shipmans. Llyr & Gerwyn Evans got off to a great start to their holiday break taking 11 & 10 respectively, again to surface tactics. Ahead of the forthcoming Troutmasters final in October, Kasidit Leoviriyakit was back for another recce. He bank fished Lin Croft & the Tower bank and netted 7 rainbows all together on a combination of daddies & shrimp patterns. Mike Ellison bank fished too & took a fine 4lbs rainbow on a snake. Ben Robertson also ended his week on midlands venues with a good 16 fish tally alternating tactics between dries & washing lined diawl bachs on long open water drifts.

The coming week sees some wet & windy weather forecast but a continuation of good autumnal sport is anticipated.

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website.

With Daddies & dries featuring this week we continue to have our online Daddies offer https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/ with Tom Bird writing an article on how to fish the daddies with a further article on fishing dries in general on our tuition & guiding website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/  

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

COMPETITIONS:

TROUTMASTERS – Please also note that we are once more hosting the Troutmasters’ Final at Draycote which this year will be on Monday 7th October. This is a boat & bank event and the fishery will be closed for the day.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Aneta Hojnor from Hanwell, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 367  Number Trout Taken: 486     Number Trout Released: 740

Total Catch: 1226  Rod Average: 3.34

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 19:00

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:00

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:00   PM 14:00 until 19:00

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

Gutting Room Closes: 18:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:15

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Draycote report 15th September

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 15th September 2019

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Another week with a definite autumnal feel in the air and continuation of the cooler weather for the most part of the week. This has found the fish with their eyes firmly fixed on the surface & flies presented out of the top few feet were too deep. As a result dry flies have reigned supreme in the catch returns. Indeed some recorded fantastic scores that the England Cricketers could not replicate last week. Given the great sport being experienced, we have had a busy week at the fishery with 408 rods landing a total of 1701 fish for a rod average of 4.2

While dries have been the stand-out method for the week, there has been a marked difference in the success found by some anglers on the method. The anglers catching the big numbers have done so by fishing them in a certain way. They have found the key has been to short cast with the dries no more than 3 rod lengths of line and work the water in front of the boat like a clock face and fan cast around. Flies are left on the water for no longer that 20 seconds, thus maximising the coverage of the water and hopefully coverage of the fish. The other absolutely crucial bit is to have confidence in the method. Currently the fish seem to be having feeding spells. You may well have a slow hour or so but the lads who do really well just fish the dries throughout, confident in the knowledge they will come back on after a while.

On Monday the fishing was spread from Toft to the top dam wall and B buoy. In Toft the fish wanted the flies with a larger footprint such as daddies and hoppers. Whereas up near B Buoy and the Draycote Dam it was the much smaller Bob’s Bits doing the damage. One of the keys to catching on Monday was that due to the bigger winds, imparting some element of motion into the daddies or the hoppers seemed to draw the fish to the flies. Achieve this either through a figure of eight or with long draws after leaving the flies static for 10-20 seconds first. Terry & John Evans netted 13 & 16 respectively on a mix of dries, hoppers & daddies. Andy Birkett enjoyed a 20 fish session in Toft & up at B buoy to his own dry hopper patterns whilst Eugene Hughes did his usual lures on a Di 3 through the middle followed by a dry fly session in the vicinity of X & P. He was also into the “twenties” by the end of his session. Roger Dangerfield enjoyed time on the bank too with a three fish tally taken on dries. Tuesday morning saw Bob Smith exploring the bank taking three from the Cornfield on Nemo Cruncher, two from the Swan’s Nest on a red nymph and another one from Dunn’s on a Nemo. Kevin Rees stopped at 20 which had taken his Bob’s Bits over open water whilst Keith Harding described how he had had great fun netting a dozen on foam daddies, midas & claret hoppers right down in Toft Shallows. Wednesday started with a strong WSW wind gusting up to 30mph but dries & daddies were still taking fish. Norman Perkins fished daddies and big reds netting 3 fine grown on rainbows for the pot with a further dozen released. Roger Kerrison had a much enjoyed day on the water with an eight fish tally on dries as did John Dickens who fished daddies & Bits for an 11 fish total. Andy Birkett concluded a terrific three day session on Wednesday having fished his own small dry fly patterns each day on a #4wt outfit. He netted over 60 rainbows over the 3 days from all over the venue with his best specimens topping the 5lbs mark. Lee Henfrey was also on the water guiding John Lewis. John had some fun in the morning presenting daddies on a dapping rod and, given their success, they stuck to a pair of foam backed daddies all day with 15 fish to the net by the end of their session. On the bank at the Cornfield Nick Louka decided to switch to a sinking line to cut into the wind & big wave. Although he had to “pull like mad from touchdown to avoid hitting weed” the tactic paid off for him with 5 good rainbows to a black lure & blob combination. Adrian Gorman & 7 of his fellow countrymen arrived from their Dublin flight in time for an evening boat to start their four day break with us. Most had fished Draycote before but for Eddie Rowe it was his first visit. He felt quite at home in the big winds though as he led the field with an 8 fish evening total. Lee Tones was in action too and fished “a booby eyed daddy twiddled back through the waves- fish all over the lake- great day again!”. A wind switch into the north, accompanied by much sunshine, slowed things up a little for Friday anglers. That said, Tony Broadway & Dave East both did well on Lin Croft from the bank in the morning catching 7 & 6. Out on the water Rosemary Gunn fished CDC hoppers & hare’s ears for a 9 fish total. Will Hunt did well with black dabblers with 4 good fish taken & another 8 released. John Hoskins netted 3 on foam daddies out of Biggin Bay in the morning following which he said they went off. Subsequent drifts in the vicinity of B buoy using a humungus on a Di3 got him back into action with a further 11 to the net by the end of the day. Dave Kennell also found fish in the same area but found fly presentation on a 12ft slow tip to be the best method. Sharing with Eddie Mitchell, the pair ended their session with a 16 fish total.

Bank regular Mike Garner was on the Tower Bank & then Lin Croft early on Saturday morning. He found fish pulling his holographic crunchers & landed 5. Once more, the majority of boat anglers stuck with the daddies or hoppers which accounted for a dozen caught and released by Andy Lane, whilst Gordon Whyte fished black hoppers through H buoy landing 15. Eddie Rowe’s success continued with another 8, but top rod in their party for the day was that of Kevin Egan who netted 14 on daddies. On Sunday the Mid-Northants fished their Stanley Harrison Trophy event which was won by Fraser Duffy (Jnr) with a 12 fish total. Fraser Snr was just one fish behind in second spot with Barry Jones’ 10 fish tally giving him third place. Adrian Gorman’s party from Ireland concluded their holiday with a 42 fish short day with the vast majority coming to foam bodied daddy patterns. Eddie Rowe yet again headed their “leader board” with another 8 fish total! Paul Davison spent the weekend on the water, fishing Friday, Saturday & Sunday. As expected, he stuck to his Midas dries & caught consistently well across the venue on all three days ending with 24 to the net on Sunday. He found drifts out of the Inlet into open water; G buoy & Cornfield and across Toft & into the Swan’s Nest to be the most productive, dependant on wind direction as it did swing around the compass as the weekend progressed.

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website.

With Daddies featuring this week we have an online Daddies offer https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/ with Tom Bird writing an article on how to fish the daddies on our tuition & guiding website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

 

COMPETITIONS:

Association of Major Fishing Clubs. Saturday 21st September 2019.    

TROUTMASTERS – Please also note that we are once more hosting the Troutmasters’ Final at Draycote which this year will be on Monday 7th October. This is a boat & bank event and the fishery will be closed for the day.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Ted Mills from Tenbury Wells, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 408  Number Trout Taken: 369     Number Trout Released: 1332

Total Catch: 1701  Rod Average: 4.2

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:30

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30   PM 14:30 until 19:30

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

Gutting Room Closes: 19:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

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Draycote Report W/E 8th September

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 8th September 2019

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This week has heralded what now appears to be a distinct seasonal weather shift as we enter into that autumnal period. Cooling air & water temperatures, combined with a good westerly based airstream (albeit rather gusty at times), led to some tremendous top of the water sport for many. Every day of the week has angler comments on the catch returns referring to catches on daddy patterns. Standard patterns have worked as have the daddy-hogs, but the detached foam body varieties- especially the orange version- have clearly been the pattern of the week. Angler numbers and catch rates have both increased this week with 301 rods netting a total of 1334 trout – representing rod average for the period of 4.43.

Whilst boat anglers prepared to engage in long drifts across open water in search of shoals & pods of roving rainbows in the waves have caught well, it has also been good to see a significant rise in sport being enjoyed by those on the bank. Toft, Cornfield and Lin Croft have all provided consistent bank angler sport. Many fish have come to dries & daddies fished blind with few actually showing. Numerous anglers have also commented on their experiences of having to ensure that teams of nymphs are kept in the top foot or so to get any reaction. Similarly, good numbers of bank anglers have been encountering feeding fish tight to the shoreline with a quiet, non-wading approach proving to be the best strategy.

As ever, there have been highlights. Afloat on Monday, & fishing “dawn to dusk” as ever, were dry fly fanatics Jim Smith & Ed Douglas. They enjoyed fine sport to dries throughout the day especially into the evening when fish fed in any wind lanes & came blind to their offerings when presented in the slick or especially on the ripple edge. Bob’s Bits in reds & clarets, together with hoppers accounted for most of their fish with both anglers ending the day with over 20 each to the net. Kevin Rees also fished his own Bob’s Bits variants for a 17 fish day taken mainly across the middle. Eugene Hughes was back up from London for a day on the water & chose to spend the morning on a Di3 with a mini humungus following up with dries on drifts across the middle in the afternoon when he felt the fish had come right up. It proved to be a good call as he enjoyed regular action throughout the day ending with over 25 rainbows to the boat. Rod Wilson stuck to his rudder tactics & lures for the day and a 4lbs 8oz beauty was the best of the 6 for the pot he took with a further six returned. Tony Broadway experienced good bank sport on Tuesday with a ten fish tally to a washing line & cruncher set up. Testament to the marginal shrimp feeding, Brian Allwood caught 7 on the bank casting his own bespoke patterns “into any wind lane & just holding on!” Bob Smith joined the action on the Cornfield & Lin Croft too and also netted 7 on his black diawl bach, black cruncher & shrimp combination. Wednesday was a quiet day at the venue with few anglers and smaller catch returns against a 2.5 rod average. Mick Bubela did do well though with an 11 fish tally in the boat.

Tony Broadway & Colin Grainger were both on the banks early on Thursday with Tony alternating between his washing line/cruncher set up and dries. He excelled once more with a 13 fish total. Colin fished Pheasant Tail Nymphs ending with 4 taken and a further 3 caught & released. Owen Rivett was very pleased with a 4lbs rainbow to a black buzzer in his 4 fish catch whilst Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell netted 9 grown on rainbows to nymphs presented on a midge tip from C & B buoys. Bob Smith bank fished Lin Croft again on Friday morning with the same nymph/shrimp set-up but substituted his middle dropper for a nemo cruncher in the brighter conditions. He enjoyed what he later described as a “Great Day” with plenty of action throughout and ten rainbows caught & released. Out on the water in the boats those who were covering large areas, particularly across the middle, were finding fish prepared to take daddies fished through quite substantial waves. Jonathon Wood shared a boat with Alex Urquhart and enjoyed some hectic action to the daddies culminating in 15 to the net. Jon later messaged Just another thank you for fishing at draycote truly appreciate it. Worth the 4am start and 360 mile round trip. Pulling fish from nowhere in the wave was great fun”. Guide Lee Henfrey was also afloat on a four hour guide which resulted in 16 rainbows to the net which came to a team of two detached foam bodied daddies trickled through big waves on drifts over open water.

On Saturday we welcomed Jim Chernikeeff to the venue for the start of a three day guided trip with Tom. Jim was over from Australia and, on the recommendation of a friend, was determined to incorporate the top of the water Draycote sport he had been told about into his trip. Under Tom’s guidance & watchful eye he indeed experienced some of Draycote’s finest action first hand catching consistently from all over the venue on dries, daddies & teams of nymphs. Such was Jim’s enjoyment that he is looking to come back over again in the spring for the buzzer hatches! Also afloat on Saturday were the civil service HASSRA Angling section for their annual championship with seven teams of three from all over the UK competing. Many had chosen to make a break of it and had sneaked in a few pleasure/practise days in advance & match day saw the North East team of Mike Bramham, John Hepdell & Nigel Wall victorious with 19 fish total totalling 39lbs 13oz. Neighbouring North West took the runner up prize with David Hay representing Scotland taking the best individual slot with an 8 fish total for 18lbs 13oz. The best fish of the event came to the rod of organiser Ash Robertson with a 3lbs 8oz rainbow taken across the middle on a detached foam bodied daddy. Scottish Power were also afloat for an annual event with 22 anglers competing against each other. Brian Donald took top individual with his 4 fish limit for 12lbs. Special congratulations though to Len Hicks with the biggest fish. He also used a foam daddy to tempt an immaculate fin perfect rainbow of 4½lbs – a great way to celebrate the fact that it was his birthday! Richard Denny boat fished with Bob Holland & had some great sport to dries across the middle, a couple in Rainbow Corner plus a couple down in Toft. They finished their session with 20 to the net. Hugh Benham was also in action on the dries & hoppers. Fishing out of Biggin & across the middle on a wind that had swung around into the north, he took a fine 4 fish limit with a further 8 returned. Best of the day’s action was enjoyed by Graham Willis & Brad Gifford who concentrated on Toft & Cornfield with daddies & dries all day to end with a grand total of 40 rainbows caught & released. We also held a beginner’s tuition day on Saturday hosted by Andy Miller, assisted by Lee Henfrey. After a brief morning “classroom” session followed by a casting lesson, the afternoon saw the eight newcomers to the sport putting their newfound skills to the test on the banks of the Cornfield. Good sport was experienced with fish coming to foam daddies & daddy-hogs and hopefully our newcomers will themselves now be “hooked”! The next tuition day with available spaces is in October and can be booked at https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/tuition-beginner-courses/

Saturday into Sunday was clear & cold. Dawn on the reservoir saw it shrouded in heavy fog for a while. This was soon followed by clear blue skies & bright sunshine and an almost flat calm. Nevertheless there were still trout prepared to take dries, although many anglers commented on the frustration of many fish coming short because of the bright, flat conditions. Neil & Dean Shilton managed 8 & 4 respectively to dries and George Leaton, who also landed 4 to dries in the morning, proudly displayed a photo of what appeared to be a terrific 4lbs+ rainbow in his net which he caught & released off the Cornfield. A limited ripple developed enabling Richard Slater & Nick Dunn to drift the middle with daddies & big reds. They had a great session to end with 13 & 14 respectively. Ian Reeve fished the Hensborough Bank with daddies to net 9 rainbows and Messrs Frazer Duffy Snr & Jnr spent the day afloat together landing 20. Frazer Jnr won 11-9! Kasidit Leoviriyakit took heed of all the foam daddy action. He fished off J buoy & along the Farborough Dam with the orange body variant which brought him a 15 fish total.

Some mixed weather is forecast for this coming week and it is anticipated that the good fishing currently being experienced will continue. Meanwhile, we await the postman with a delivery of more daddies!!

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. This week we have a special offer on our guides top patterns for Daddies which can be found by following https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

COMPETITIONS During September.

                                                Association of Major Fishing Clubs. Saturday 21st September 2019.           

Weekly Boat draw

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

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 301  Number Trout Taken: 361     Number Trout Released: 973

Total Catch: 1334  Rod Average: 4.43

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:45

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30   PM 14:30 until 19:45

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

Gutting Room Closes: 19:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

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Draycote Water Fishing Report Sunday 1st September 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 1st September 2019
Tel: 01788 812018
As reported last week the steady west to south westerly winds have brought through some changeable, but not unpleasant weather conditions. The occasional showers have kept the surface water temperature at about 18 degrees and this in turn has allowed the reservoir to fish pretty well for the time of year. There is action to be had just about everywhere out there at the moment, and at practically any depth, but by far the vast majority of the sport is coming from the top few feet. Dries are accounting for a good percentage of fish, even in bright conditions. The washing line on a floating line or a midge tip is also producing some great sport, particularly if you string out a couple of black, JC Diawl Bachs on it.
This week 164 anglers have caught 598 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 3.6.
Snakes and Cormorants worked well for Hugh Benham on Monday around the Aerators and the Farborough Dam to net 9 fish, whilst it was all “Deep and slow, but fun” for Chris Flay, who netted 10.
Jamie Scott used the Anti Static buzzer in the Aerators on Tuesday to great effect, netting 8 fish up to 3 and a half pounds.
Peter Elliott netted 7 fish on Wednesday using Crunchers and Diawl Bachs on a Midge Tip Line. John Dickens boated 6 fish on dries such as Bob’s Bits. Mike Garner managed 2 from the bank in Rainbow Corner using Crunchers on a floating line.
Season permit holder Mr P Havard commented on “A wonderful day” after netting 10 fish from a boat on Thursday using Olive and Black Snakes on a DI 3. Draycote regulars Ruth and Tony Kirk caught 6 good fish on dry fly patterns such as Sedge’s. Also out on the dries were Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell, who netted 11 fish between them in very blustery conditions.
Tony Broadway had 8 fish from the bank on Friday using a washing line and Crunchers. Season permit holder Paul Walker had 19 fish to the boat on Diawl Bachs and Crunchers. Tim and Liam Lycett boated 8 fish on Copper headed Damsels and Perch Fry patterns. Kevin Rees caught 18 fish on dries such as Bob’s Bits. Other anglers who faired well from the bank on Friday were Peter Allen, 2 fish, Brian Allwood, 5 fish and Andy Adkins, 4 fish.
Saturday proved to be a really good day out on the water with the rod average rising to 5.4. Lots of fish were being caught again in the top few feet of the water with Floaters, Midge Tips and Intermediate lines. Season permit holder Debbie Gilbert did really well on Damsels, boating 4 fish. Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan caught 23 fish from a drifting boat in open water on Olive Snakes and Buzzers. Local Guide Nick Dunn had over 20 fish to the boat on Daddies. Season permit holder Mike Garner caught 4 from the bank on Crunchers near the Overflow. Draycote regular Lee Cheshire Caught 3 fish from the bank on an evening session, again on Daddies. Mr P Green caught 14 fish from a boat on Damsels and Diawl Bachs.
Sunday and again Draycote was fishing well. Staff member Michael Hanlon took to the water with his brother John to net 10 fish from the cornfield on Snakes. Richard Walker caught 10 fish on Snakes whilst fishing the Aerators. Paul Davidson and Tony Baldwin boated over 30 fish using dries over the weed beds up in Rainbow Corner. Mr Chris Flay caught 6 fish on snakes whilst fishing “deep down”. Andrew Wheildon caught 9 fish from a boat using Diawl Bachs, Hoppers and Daddies.

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website.
VISION TACKLE This past week we have highlighted the popular Vision Nymphmanic neck gaiters £9.99 www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/vision-nymphmaniac/
Also highlighted on our online store this week was the VISION Extreme+ leader material £4.99 per spool www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/vision-extreme/
Disabled Anglers
Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

COMPETITIONS During September.
Association of Major Fishing Clubs. Saturday 21st September 2019.
Weather Forecast:
We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience regional forecasts can be quite inaccurate. We tend to use more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr T Evans from Kirkby in Ashfield, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 164 Number Trout Taken: 128 Number Trout Released: 470
Total Catch: 598 Rod Average: 3.6
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 20:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:00
Last 4 Hours from: 16:00 until 20:00 (Ticket sales available from 15:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 19:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30
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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 25th August 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 25th August 2019

Tel: 01788 812018

It’s been a bit of a mixed bag this week as far as the weather is concerned. The mainly west/south westerly winds have brought through a mixture of bright sunshine and showers, which changed to very warm, sunny and muggy conditions later in the period. We were then almost becalmed at times over the weekend whilst experiencing record breaking Bank Holiday temperatures. But the reservoir generally fished well overall, with practically every method producing right up until the weekend, when the heat alone made fishing very difficult. This week 272 anglers caught 753 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 2.76

Most anglers like to stick to their preferred methods and the nature of Draycote is such that it is so often feasible to find success with extremely diverse tactics, even in the heat of the summer months. Kevin Rees loves his dries and stuck to them on two trips to the venue this week. His skilled & patient quiet approach, invariably with his own Bob’s Bits patterns, paid dividends with 11 landed on Monday and a further half dozen in much hotter conditions on Friday. Similarly, Ed Douglas boat fished twice this week. Like Kevin, he is something of a dry fly aficionado & also likes to seek out roving fish over open water, most often drifting along the edges of any wind lanes. He will, however, not hesitate to go slightly subsurface with a washing line nymph setup should fish refuse to rise. His philosophy paid off with a 14 fish total on Tuesday (8 coming to the dries) and 19 on Wednesday (9 to the dries). John Dickens loves the quiet approach with the dries too and he also managed 10 to the net from open water on Wednesday using his own “go to” choice of Bob’s Bits. Conversely there are those who like to pull lures presented through the depths and covering large areas of water on the drift. Whist accomplished in all styles; Eugene Hughes is one such angler who regularly travels up from London to go afloat. He fished during the week & explored water from B,X & Y Buoys. Eugene located fish relatively high in the water column and was able to tempt over 20 hard fighting rainbows to the net. His choices on the day were snakes & lures in varying colours presented on a Di3 Sweep, Di3 or Fast Glass Intermediate. Although many anglers found themselves scratching their heads for answers this week, with fair numbers of dry nets, Ged O’Donogue took advice from Tom and fished a daddy & cruncher combination. He enjoyed what he later described as a “superb day” with a fine fish for the pot & a further 8 caught & released. Bryan Brown always prefers the imitative approach but often likes the attraction of a FAB or mini bobby in his team to draw fish in. He enjoyed a fine session with a total of 12 rainbows to the net and is convinced that the sunburst attractor pulled fish in towards his team which then turned on to his jungle cock cheeked diawl bachs. He also firmly believes that hanging his nymphs at the end of the retrieve enhances his catch rate. Bryan presented his team on a 9ft Ghost Tip throughout his session and found most of his fish around X Buoy. This time of year is traditionally challenging for the bank angler as heightened water temperatures, particularly in the margins, push food & subsequently fish, out into deeper, cooler water offshore. However, season rod Mike Garner has been a stalwart on the shoreline with consistent results throughout the season. He usually adopts the imitative approach with crunchers & diawl bachs as his generic nymph patterns when the buzzer are not in evidence. Ironically it was the dry fly that accounted for the four early morning fish Mike netted in Rainbow Corner at the beginning of the week in a brief, but frenetic, session. Come Friday & he was back on the banks but this time, in bright sunshine & hot conditions, his favoured nymphs were those incorporating red holographic in the dressings. I saw him in full concentration quietly wading the Lin Croft shoreline during the afternoon & was pleased to later hear that he had ended with a seven fish total. Whilst the heat & higher water temperatures of summer have set back aquatic insect activity somewhat, it has been interesting of late to watch the intense feeding of numerous egrets along the banks – especially the rocky shorelines. A quick investigation reveals, not unsurprisingly, the presence of shrimp which will no doubt soon be significant food items on the trout’s menu as they were later in the season last year. Bespoke patterns work as do scruffy, teased out Hare’s Ear Nymphs fished as a team. They can also be teamed up with small floating fry patterns to good effect and numerous reports of fry feeding activity to small fry have also been heard during the week.

Whilst the weather conditions were against them, we were pleased to see the Fly Dressers’ Guild on the water at the weekend for their annual trophy event. Conditions were tough and it proved to be the hottest August Bank Holiday weekend on record, but they were not to be put off. A total of 36 anglers took part with a total of 76 caught & taken and a further 8 caught & released. The team event was won by the New Haylie F F who took 16 fish for 30lbs 3oz to take the John Watts Trophy. The Falkirk Trophy for second place went to the Surrey Snakes with a 13 fish total for 25lbs 14oz with Thames Valley Invictas in third. Julie Wicks took The Wessex Shield for the biggest fish at 3lbs 7oz with best bag at 15lbs 9oz caught by Graham Steele, for which he was awarded The Hertfordshire Shield. As always, our congratulations to all those winners.

A forecast weather change looks like we will be experiencing some more favourable angling conditions during the coming week. With cooling winds & some showery days to come, our water temperatures should start to decrease significantly as we approach that productive late summer/early autumn period when we start thinking about “Daddies & Fry”…

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line and sinking lines can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

 

COMPETITIONS During September.

                                                Association of Major Fishing Clubs. Saturday 21st September 2019.           

Weather Forecast:

We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience regional forecasts can be quite inaccurate. We tend to use more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Lant from Sileby, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 272     Number Trout Taken: 212     Number Trout Released: 541

Total Catch: 753  Rod Average: 2.76

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 20:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:15

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30   PM 14:30 until 20:15

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

Gutting Room Closes: 19:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

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Draycote Report W/E 18th August 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 18th August 2019

Tel: 01788 812018

Overall it has been a terrific week at the fishery despite some extremely wet, windy & blustery conditions at times. In total, 350 anglers fished the venue catching 2,149 trout for a weekly rod average of 6.14. The general improvement in sport is primarily down to decreasing water temperatures which in turn has brought fish actively back on the feed.

Monday was a good start to the period with a 9-12 mph WNW wind, broken cloud & a maximum temperature of 17°C. Eugene Hughes found fish in the vicinity of B Buoy and switched between dries & lures as they rose & fell in the water column. He also found feeding fish right through the middle which he took on lures presented on sinking lines. His hectic session ended with 25 to the net. Meanwhile Kevin Rees searched off the Draycote Water Dam with his own Bob’s bits patterns to land 17, closely followed by Tony Parker who boated 15. Ed Douglas shared a boat with Jim Smith & they also stuck to dry fly tactics over open water to end with over 15 apiece. Season rod Paul Walker however, stuck to nymphing tactics taking over 20 rainbows on diawl bachs & olive crunchers. Tuesday saw an increase in wind speed with a shift into the west. With bright sunshine to also contend with, anglers found things a bit harder. That was not to put off Tony Broadway & Brian Warwick who came off the banks to share a boat with Tony netting 10 & Brian 13 using a mix of buzzer & cruncher as a washing line setup. Graham Homer was also on the water, drifting the middle with a team comprising black diawl bachs to bring 9 to the net. David Webb used black & red buzzers in size 14 to tempt 5 from Biggin Bay whilst Ged O’Donoghue had a 6 fish day mixing dries & lures. Wednesday was very quiet on the water given extremely high SSW winds and heavy showers. Nevertheless the trout kept pulling for those prepared to go afloat and five anglers recorded a total of 65 trout landed representing a staggering rod average for the day of 13 topped by a catch of 20 for Norman Perkins who fished diawl bachs on a washing line. By contrast, Thursday’s anglers enjoyed warm, dry conditions, albeit on a brisk westerly. Many chose the relative shelter of the main Draycote Dam towards Rainbow Corner, either at anchor or on short drifts towards A buoy or past the Overflow & along the Hensborough. Ian Pugh & Tony Whitcher both washing lined crunchers & diawl bachs near Rainbow netting 6 & 8 respectively. John Hoskins chose similar tactics at anchor off the Flat Stones to take 10 with a Nemo Cruncher proving to be his top pattern on a floating line. Tony Broadway was also back afloat fishing nymphs off the main dam. His 9 fish nymph caught tally included a beautiful grown on full finned rainbow which tipped the scales at 5lbs 8oz. The father & son pairing of Jim & Richard Hall were also afloat, enjoying good sport bringing 17 to net. Jim has been successful with a small olive snake pattern of his own tying whilst Richard scored heavily on a small black tadpole incorporating a little UV in the body. Although few have ventured onto the banks this week, Ifor Bullock fished the shoreline at Dunns Bay for a 5 fish total taken on nymphs with additional takes missed. Friday brought some very windy, wet conditions to contend with on a very gusty SSW, especially during the afternoon, which kept angler numbers low. It was, however, a productive day for some with Andy Cooper landing 11, Paul Roach 18, Derek Moore 14 & Robert Middleton 10. The rod average for the day was 5.4 but with most rods practising for the Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championships final on Sunday, methods, flies & locations were being kept very close to their chests!  The same applied for Saturday with over 45 boats on the water for the official practise day. Weather conditions were thankfully much improved with the wind back in the WSW with speeds decreasing to 16-17mph although it was a very sunny day for the most part with top temperatures of 19°C – a very similar forecast to the forthcoming match day. Action was witnessed right across the venue throughout the day with competitors searching out locations, testing tactics & patterns.  The majority found the fishing slightly more challenging than on previous days, with the bright and breeze conditions knocking the fish off kilter slightly. But it became clear that lots of fish were getting caught high in the water with the best lines seeming to be a floater down to a fast glass. Talking to the anglers coming off the water confirmed that Rainbow Corner still held a good head of fish. Again there seemed to be a variety of flies, although sunk hoppers and daddies were to be mentioned by several anglers. However, specifics on the areas and the specific flies were quite clearly being kept under wraps until after the match.

Come Sunday’s match day, as forecast, the conditions were very similar to Saturday. The wind remained in the west south west, but for the most part were lower than the day before with a mix of sun and wind. Ninety eight finalists competed in the event and competitors comprised many current & past internationals, together with nine previous title winners. The match itself was fished to a three fish kill followed by C&R. It was quite a sight to see 49 boats departing from the harbour at the beginning of the match & it soon became clear that fish were being netted throughout the venue. From the start a large proportion of boats headed up to Rainbow Corner with the rest of the boats split between the middle around X Buoy and drifting around J Buoy, T Buoy and the Farnborough Dam. As soon as the weigh-in commenced it became clear that large numbers of trout had been netted & results were likely to be tight. However, the winner claimed a decisive victory, his 20 trout catch for 40lbs 9oz being six fish ahead of nearest rival – our congratulations go to the 2019 champion Gary Morris. Second place was taken by Geert Janssens with 14 rainbows for 29lbs 13oz & third place taken by Maggie Curtis, again with 14 fish for 29lbs 9oz.  Our own Lee Henfrey also featured in the top ten with 13 fish for 26lbs 2oz to take ninth spot. A staggering 697 trout were landed in the competition representing a rod average of 7.01 – (For full results visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  ). New champion Gary has since revealed that a 12 foot slow tip fished in conjunction with a 22 feet leader with 3 crunchers & a fab on the point was his winning setup. He caught variously at M buoy & out towards the middle, B buoy and the Tower. As a team, we were proud to have hosted such a prestigious match and extend our congratulations to all finalists for achieving their place in the final, as well as to John Horsey for such a well organised event.

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018. 

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website.

COMPETITIONS During August.                                                         

Fly Dressers Guild 24th August 2019

Weather Forecast:

We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience regional forecasts can be quite inaccurate. We tend to use more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Brian Moore from Coventry , the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods:  350     Number Trout Taken:   425    Number Trout Released: 1724

Total Catch: 2149   Rod Average: 6.14

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:30

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

Gutting Room Closes:   20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

Draycote Weekly report 11th August

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 11th August 2019

Tel: 01788 812018

I think the best way to describe the past week here at Draycote would be frustrating. For a few reasons, firstly the strong winds meant that the boats were unable to take to the water Saturday, then secondly the fishing has been frustrating. The water temperature for the first part of the week was just hovering around 19/20°C meaning the fishery showed signs of bursting into arm wrenching sport but it just didn’t quite happen. Overall with a weather plagued week 128 anglers visited the fishery landing 338 fish for a rod average of 2.6

With the variety of weather we have experienced this week, a wide range of methods have worked. Dries have probably been the most consistent method of catching with them seeming to work in most conditions throughout the week. Again it seems to be the smaller dries that are proving to be the most effective with 12s and 14s featuring on the catch return. Patterns such as Bob’s Bit, Crippled Midge & Shipman’s have taken the lions share of the action on dries. However, larger patterns such as the Big Red, Midas and Daddies have proved successful given the correct conditions. The top colours for the week on the dries have been claret, fiery brown, red and black. On the days where the sun has made more of an appearance the washing line caught well. Depending on the day the intensity of the sun has varied the lines the anglers have been using. A standard RIO Midge Tip has worked great on days with a mix of cloud and sun, though on the days it has been bright sun all day the longer midge tips have worked well, as has a slow glass. The top flies on the washing line have been very similar in size to the dries, the smaller the better. The KJ Black & Red Diawl Bach has worked very well, as too a size 14 Hot Head Diawl Bach Special. On the end of the washing line a standard Tequila FAB has worked great or a more suitable Biscuit FAB. The other method that has featured on the catch report this week has been using snakes on fast sinking lines. The best sinking lines have been either the Di 5 sinker or a Di 7, with the best colours either being olive or black.

Regarding the areas, while there seems to be fish very well spread across all the lake. There has certainly been more hotspots that others. P Buoy has featured well this week with reports of quality silver fish being taken from there onto middle shoal. Drifts from A Buoy to Rainbow Corner proved to be very effective specially to washing line techniques. There are still fish from the flat stones to B buoy, which seem to be sitting high in the water with washing line on a floater or dries working for them. Other areas that have been recorded on the catch report have been the Overflow, Hensborough Bank and the Aerators.

Far less then idea conditions Monday with a gusty winds with a mix of sun and spare cloud cover. This caused the fish to move up and down in the water Column like a yoyo. Derek Elms caught on dries fished around B buoy despite the sun. Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird fishing with Cameron Rothwell caught on dabblers fished on a RIO Hover and a DI 3 around B Buoy and the Aerators. Also using Dabblers was Will Hunt who landed 3 fish on the last four hour ticket from the bank at Rainbow Corner. Father & Son duo of Lee and Robert Hankins used very small buzzers in size 14/16 around the Aerators on a floating line to land 16 fish to the boat.

Ed Doulas fished around P Buoy on Tuesday to land 8 fish, 2 on dries in the morning before swapping to a washing line in the afternoon. Fishing around Rainbow Corner to A Buoy, Keith Coley and Bob Taft landed 17 fish on a washing line with Diawl Bach’s, but, it was the FAB on the end that tempted most of the fish.

Wednesday turned out to be a day for the sinkers. All water season ticket holder Paul Havard and Steve Jordan landed 11 fish between them. The pair back drifted around various marks using a DI 5 and Olive snake for Paul while Steve went for a DI 7 and a mix of Olive and Black snakes. Another season ticket holder who found snakes on sinkers the key was Dave Atkins who landed 9 fish on a Di 5 sinking line and again Olive was the colour.

A busy day Thursday with all the boats taking to the water. With the day turning out to be a very mixed affair with regards to the weather and the fishing. The day started sunny before the cloud rolled in around mid-afternoon. Eyebrook, regulars Oliver Mills & Jeff Crowden enjoyed a good days sport on their first ever trip to the water. Boating 17 fish the pair found the fish at P Buoy with most taking black snakes fished on a booby basher then later in the day some coming to dries. John Clifford & Tony Broadway also found the fish deep using snakes and tubes to land 16 fish. While these lads fished deep other anglers found success on the dries. Kevin Rees landed 11 fish all on fiery brown crippled midge in a size 14 around S & P Buoy. Craig Smith also used crippled midge to take the majority of his 7 fish while taking a boat for an afternoon.

Friday was the day the weather changed with rain forecast all day and stronger winds very few anglers took to the water. Those that did found the fish willing to take UV Cormorants fished around the Hensborough Bank fished on a Di 3 sinking line. With 30 MPH winds forecast Saturday the boats where held back to the pontoon. Although these strong winds didn’t deter the 3 hardly bank anglers who braved the awful conditions. All 3 where rewarded all catching from Rainbow Corner, landing the fish on a washing line with small size 14 Diawl Bach’s with a tequila FAB on the point.

Sunday saw the wind drop enough for the boats to be able to once again take the water, with overcast conditions and the strong winds and rain of the previous day. Cooling the surface temperature to 18.5°C the hope was that the fish would be in the surface looking for food. Season ticket holder John Hanlon fished from the bank to land 9 fish. John caught his fish using a long midge tip with a mix of flies from traditional wets to tequila FABs and boobies. Mike Garner also had some good sport from the bank, netting 8 fish on Fry Patterns in Rainbow corner. Season permit holder Richard Walker boated 5 fish on an intermediate line and Olive Snakes.

Boats Fully Booked for Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August as we host the Final of the John Horsey Anglers World Competition.

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line and sinking lines can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/

 

COMPETITIONS During August.

                                                            Anglers World Final 17th and 18th August 2019

Fly Dressers Guild 24th August 2019

Weather Forecast:

We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience regional forecasts can be quite inaccurate. We tend to use more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Tony Broadway from Coventry , the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 128     Number Trout Taken: 100     Number Trout Released: 238

Total Catch: 338 Rod Average: 2.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:45

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

Gutting Room Closes: 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 4th August 2019

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Draycote Water fishing report week ending Sunday 4th August 2019
Tel: 01788 812018
A very mixed week here at Draycote with cooler weather at the start of the week which brought much needed rain to cool the surface temperatures. However, by the end of the week the warm weather returned with a mix of sunny hot days and overcast humid weather. As a result the fish didn’t know if they were coming or going, with them moving up and down in the water column depending on the day. Overall a total of 277 anglers visited the fishery landing 676 fish, for a weekly rod average of 2.4
With the weather being so changeable the fish have come to a variety of methods. With dries, nymphs/buzzers and pulling all featuring. The dries have been one of the most consistent method with fish willing to poke there noses out even in the hot conditions. The one inconstant aspect to the dries seems to have been the size of the fly needed. At times it seems that a small fly is the only way to get action, whereas later in the week and weekend it was the larger flies with the bigger profile that produced the goods. The top areas to fish dries have been in the middle around P & X Buoy then around the Draycote Dam through B & A buoy. For the anglers who found the fish on sinking lines Di 7 and larger flies proved to be the best option. With snakes and tubes being the best flies, with regards to area’s the sinking line anglers have found the fish in the same areas as anglers who favoured the dries. Although one area that produced over the weekend on the sinking lines was D Buoy and Dunn’s Bay.
The final stand out method for the week has been either nymphs or buzzers fished a on floating line or midge tip. The key to this method has been small nymphs as the fish have seen a lot of flies either small sparse 12s or 14s. The key to fishing these small nymphs is to make sure that you are fishing them with a very slow retrieve or fish them static. See www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-reports for the buzzer article on tips on how to fish these flies static from a drifting boat. The best areas on the nymphs have been around the Hensborough Dam, The Outlet, Dunn’s Bay and around J Buoy.
Season ticket holder Kevin Rees used dries to great effect Monday landing 12 fish on crippled midge. Kevin found that these small patterns the key to pulling fish up through the middle around P buoy. As well as landing good numbers Kevin landed some cracking Rainbows up to 6lb with several others over 4lb. Alex Campbell found that a sinking line with a small barred olive snake the key to landing 5 cracking fish from the Outlet and the flat stones to B Buoy. The fish on Thursday dropped slightly deeper to feed and it was either sinking lines and lures or nymphs straight lined on a floater or midge tip that featured. Steve Barby used the rudder with a Di 7 sinking line with various lures to land 14 fish around X Buoy drifting to the Farnborough Dam. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall taking advantage of another 3 day break ticket. Catching well on all 3 days. The pair caught on dries, nymphs and sinking lines on their trip. With Andy also catching a fantastic 4lb 8oz brown caught on a small size 14 hare’s ear around P Buoy.
Over the weekend Draycote held the Anglers World Individual Championships heats for the Grand Final held on the water in 2 weeks’ time. With 2 large heats 80 anglers took to the water over the 2 days fishing in the any line then the floating line only day the Sunday. A challenging first day for the 44 anglers who caught 126 fish for a rod average of 2.86. Winning the day was Sean Porter who fished around Dunn’s Bay, A & B Buoy. Sean’s winning tactic was to fish a RIO Midge Tip Long with a red holographic booby on the point and 2 small cormorants on the droppers. Maggie Curtis, Bill McIlroy, Alex Johnstone & Vince all found success around the Hensborough bank, the Overflow and Rainbow Corner, using nymphs fished deep on a floating line or a midge tip. More overcast conditions prevailed on Sunday for the floating line only match, with some sporadic showers coming late in the afternoon. Sunday fished really well with a lot of fish sitting no more than a couple of feet down in the water. The best of the fishing again seemed to be at the western end of the reservoir with Rainbow Corner and A buoy throwing up some good bags of fish. Leigh Pond won the day using a small FAB on the point and 3 size 10 black Diawl Bachs on the droppers. Dries such as fiery brown or claret Crippled Midge worked for some anglers as did two Dabblers with a nymph between.
Draycote Restaurant
The Restaurant here at Draycote Water will be open early for breakfast on Saturday 10th August 2019. Pre booking is advised, by calling 01788 815274.

Disabled Anglers
Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line and sinking lines can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/”

COMPETITIONS During August.
Anglers World Final 17th and 18th August 2019
Fly Dressers Guild 24th August 2019

Weather Forecast:
We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience regional forecasts can be quite inaccurate. We tend to use more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Vince Aronica from Loughborough, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 277 Number Trout Taken: 239 Number Trout Released: 437
Total Catch: 676 Rod Average: 2.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from: 17:00 until 21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

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