Fishery Report Week Ending 24/03/2013

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Draycote weekly report 24/03/2013

I am sure the saying for March is “comes in like a lion, and goes out like a lamb”. I think this phrase needs to be re-written after the last few day’s weather. Bitterly cold winds and driving snow has certainly put a dampener on the fishing, however those that did venture out had a bounty of fish as the rod average hit a staggering 17 fish per angler !!

Welsh International angler David Hoppe managed 25 + fish to the bank on the 23rd, whilst Keith Eastbury also managed 17 fish, whilst fishing A damsel, buzzer and hares ear on his cast.

John Hoskins managed the best fish of the week, a fin perfect bar of silver rainbow. John took the fish on a dancer booby from the Flash Attack range of flies. His 8 fish went a fantastic 33lb !

Reports are coming in of periods of times during the day when over wintered fish are going on the feed and are moving close to the shores. Loren Serrano from Leicester has had numerous over wintered fish this week from the bank, including several to 5lb’s.

The bank remains in outstanding form, as fish continue to be caught at every fishable point on the banks. Floating lines have worked well with a gold head lure and a team of nymphs on the same cast. Intermediate lines have also produced plenty of fish, mainly using such lures as blobs, boobies and gold heads.

Boats have also produced amazing catches. J.H Hurst caught 37 in a day’s fishing, drifting along the Biggin Bay, using sinking lines and lures.

Today(25th-March) the snow and the freezing conditions have forced us to stop boat fishing for the day, although we predict all things to resume as normal tomorrow. The perimeter road is totally clear of snow, and access is perfectly ok around the lake.

We now have the dates for our competitions on Draycote Water. Our matches are held on a fun and friendly basis, and everyone is welcomed to enter.

JULY 13TH IS THE RIO MASTERS BOAT PAIRS COMPETITION. Prizes will run down to 10th place, with the winners winning a £1000 worth of Rio tackle. Entry is £50 per pair + normal fishing costs. A deposit will be needed at point of booking . You will fish with your chosen partner in this event.

AUGUST 4TH £1000 cash boat pairs match. This match will be FLOATING LINE only. The best pairs combined bag weights will win £1000 cash (subject to number of entrants) Entry fee per pair will be £50 + normal fishing fees. Boat pairings will be drawn the evening before.

OCTOBER 13th the 2nd £1000(subject to number of entrants) boat pairs match. This competition will be fished to reservoir rules, and you will fish with your chosen partner. Entry fee will be £50 per pair + normal fishing fees.

If you have ever wanted to enter a competition but feel scared to, then these are the events to enter to get a feel for why so many people compete in this sport. A friendly, yet competitive atmosphere awaits, but a lot of fun along the way too.

To book a boat in any of the above competitions then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. A deposit will be required at the point of booking.

Total fish caught 233          Total fish returned 1056           Total rods 75          Rod average 17

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Craig Barr

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Update 14/03/2013

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Draycote has continued in great form despite the arctic weather we recently experienced. Those that did brave the cold caught exceptionally well. Mr S Smith had in excess of 20 from the bank on a floating line, amidst several snow storms! Staff member Kevin Hart also landed a hatful fishing nymphs on a floating line.

The reservoir remains at full capacity and the water clarity is brilliant. The fish literally are all over the reservoir with all areas still producing.

Lures are still the anglers top choice, though buzzers are starting to work their magic too! Di-7 to Di-3 lines have been best from the boats, though If anchored an intermediate has been just as effective. The best boat areas have been from the tower right to the bottom of Toft Shallows, though other areas have been excellent as well.

The bank has been scintillating as fish have been caught at every available bank space around the lake. The predominant North to Northeast wind has seen most anglers fishing the North bank, however on days with lighter winds anglers have fished Toft and Rainbow Corner and caught very well. Gold head damsels, orange blobs, black and green lures, and buzzers have been the best flies from the bank.
Anglers have reported some good over wintered fish being caught, with two rainbows over 6lb been recorded this week.

A further recent stocking of fish will boost things for the weekend. If you want to catch fish then Draycote Water is the place to be with a rod average still above 10 !

To book a boat and bank car pass please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.
Check out our new online Fly Fish Store – Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories shop for all your fishing needs, or brush up on your casting skills by booking onto one of 3 casting classes by world casting champion Hywel Morgan.

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Craig Barr
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Fishery Report week ending 10/03/2013

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Opening week report 10/03/2013


Draycote’s open week got off to a spectacular start, with the majority of anglers reporting superb sport. Fish had been stocked all over the lake pre-season and this showed as anglers caught all around the 600 acre lake.


Opening day’s weather was warmer than the Balearics, as some anglers wore only t-shirts, a far cry from this precise moment as we have blizzard conditions and temperatures of 0 degrees!


Fish were caught on the usual early season suspects, black and green lures, orange blobs and boobies, however those anglers who chose to buck the trend caught well on buzzers.


Andy Axon had the best recorded bag on opening day, with his 8 fish weighing 26lb. Bob Church who fished with Andy also managed 6 fish to the boat.


Local angler Tom Morris stole the show with a cracking brown trout of an estimated 13-14lb. He caught the brown towards the middle of the lake and it fell to a Flash Attack Tube Fly, fished on a DI-3 line. After catching plenty of stockies he chose to fish the middle of the lake in search of a bigger fish – he certainly got that right !! The fish was safely returned to the lake.


Both bank and boats have fished tremendously during the first week. Mr G Owen returned a brown estimated at 7lb, James Cameron landed a personal best of 6lb, and one angler returned a brown measuring 28” long.


Total rods for the week 253  Total number of fish killed 897    Total number of fish released 2599

Rod average for the week – 13.8

The lake is at 100% level and visibility is excellent.


Boats can be booked in advance by calling the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.


Bank anglers can drive around the reservoir but we are restricted to 30 bank angler cars, we suggest therefore to save a long walk you call the lodge & book one of the 30 bank angler car passes. Bank anglers are required to park in the car park areas provided & not on the grass verge, STW tankers require a clear access at all times.


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Craig Barr


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Opening Day Report 05/03/2013

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Opening Day got off to a flying start here at Draycote Water as we experienced the warmest day of the year, a far cry from the same time last year !!

The bank was fishable from all areas as the light wind enabled anglers to spread all around. The fish had been stocked at several locations and it was good to see the fish being caught almost everywhere.

107 anglers took to the water, with a rod average recorded at 14.7. The highlight of the day was a brown trout caught by local season ticket holder Tom Morris, estimated between 12-13lb. After catching stock fish, he decided he wanted something bigger so ventured into the centre of the lake armed with his DI-3 and a Flash Attack tube fly. Within minutes he hooked the fish, and landed it 10 minutes later. The fish was returned safely to fight another day.

Another angler returned a brown trout measuring 28”, and estimated it around 8lb.

With lake at full height and the water clarity excellent, the forecast is very good indeed.

If you are planning to fish from a boat we advise you call in advance to book. You can call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.

Bank anglers wanting to drive their cars around the reservoir are advised to call the lodge & book one of the 30 available car passes, please when bank fishing you park your car in one of the available car parking areas & not on the grass or along the grass verge.

Fishery website has been updated with competition dates also dates on the tuition page for Hywel Morgan tuition dates.

The restaurant above the tackle shop will be opening on the 24th of April, and will be open for business from 10am.

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Craig Barr

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Fishery news 26/02/2013

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Draycote Opens on Tuesday 5th March

Bank Anglers: We are allowed 30 bank angler cars to drive around the reservoir road at any one time, to ensure you can take your car around the reservoir call the lodge & Book One Of The 30 Bank Anglers Car Pass

For opening day all boats are booked and all the bank car passes are also booked

Draycote water level is Full with water clarity excellent.

Lodge is open every day


Fishery News 17/02/2013

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Draycote Opens 5th March
We will be increasing our boat fleet to 30 boats, group boat discounts will be available for 2013 call Craig at the lodge for full details.

Also for 2013 Boat Loyalty scheme, get your card stamped with 8 visits when yo took out a Full or Part day boat & get the 9th visit boat for free

Bank Fishing: 30 cars are allowed to drive around the reservoir at any one time, you need therefore to call the lodge & book one of the 30 Car Passes for opening day nearly all the car passes have been booked

Tel 01788 812018
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Draycote 2013 06/01/2013

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Draycote Opens on 5th March 2013

Call the lodge to book a boat

If Bank Fishing call the lodge & book one of the 30 available car passes which give bank angler access to the perimeter track with their vehicle.


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Draycote fishing report w/e11/11

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Draycote has again produced some excellent fish catches this week, with some good browns now starting to show. Mr R Forster caught 7 fish the best weighing 6lb. Mr I Jones had 8 fish for 29lb, and Mr B shields had 6 fish for 20lb, all on a Humungous lure using a di-5 line.Mr C Webster recorded the weeks best fish, a rainbow of 7lb 12oz. He commented “the fish was stuffed with dapnia and snails!”

Choice of line is proving vital at the moment. Some cold winds of late have sent the fish down a bit, so sinking lines have been the order of the day, mainly a di-5. Bank anglers have done well with intermediate lines.

It has been all about minkies again this week. Although the fish are feeding up on snails and Daphnia, they are taking a real liking to fry lures, minkies and humungous, especially close to the margins.

All areas of the lake are producing fish, with the usual hot spots hitting the headlines, Toft Shallows, Dunns Bay, Lincroft Point, and the Tower bank. Boats using rudders and fast sinking lines are taking good bags of fish through the centre of the lake, with the best areas being the middle of Toft Shallows and Farborough Spit.

1 Boat remains for our Christmas fur & feather match on Sunday 25th of November. This is an individual prize competition. The top 3 heaviest bags win a Christmas Hamper. All participants are to bring a small gift so each angler goes home with something – ideas – bottle of wine, fly lines, flies, pheasants, ect ect. The match will be fished from 9- 3.45pm

Number of rods 162

Number of fish killed  222

Number of fish released 274

Rod average  3

Draycote season ends on 30th of November.

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Craig Barr

Draycote fishing report week ending 4/11/2012

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Draycote weekly report week ending 4th November

As the first snow lands in parts of Britain, and the temperature drops with it, the fishermen too have not been so keen to brave the cold weather. Those that have braved the colder weather, have had some brilliant sport, with Draycote boasting an excellent 4.3 rod average. The quality of fish however that is being caught is exceptional, with plenty over the 4lb mark being caught, daily !!

Total Flyfisher editor, and current English national champion Steve Cullen and his boat partner caught 20 trout in very shallow water, with the several fish weighing 4lb +. Mr Spence recorded the best bag of the week with 5 fish weighing 19lb, the biggest weighing 5lb 8oz. The 5 fish were part of a 13 fish haul, between two anglers. They took the fish fishing from a boat down the centre of Toft Shallows on black and green, and white and green tadpoles on DI-5 lines.

The bank has continued in rich form, with plenty of top conditioned fish being caught. I bared witness to the quality of fish, by taking 2 fish over 4lb in a 15 minute session from the bank, using a brown minkie. Both fish were brimming with snails and yellow corixa, and were caught just feet from the bank !

The bank fishing has edged the results this week, however those boats that have fished tight into the shores have taken advantage of the large numbers of fish feeding close in on snails and corixa and recorded equally as good results as some bank anglers.

Brown, white and black minkies, and minky boobies have by far been the best patterns, fished on slow to fast intermediate lines from the bank, and Di-3 or DI-5 lines from the boat.

Many anglers hang up their rods at the end of November, however with Draycote remaining open until the end of November, why not pay us a visit and sample some top class fishing for as little as £10 from mid-day to close.

Number of fish killed 207  Number of fish released 256  Number of anglers 107 Road average 4.3

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Draycote fishing report week ending 28/10/2012

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2012 Closing Date 30th November
Draycote relentless good form continues as yet more cracking fish are taken. Mr S Hillman recorded a tip top conditioned brown weighing in at 8lb, included in his catch was 5 other fish! Mr D Elms weighed in 8 fish for 26lb with the best weighing 4.5lb. Yet again there have been numerous fish over 5lb caught and a lot more between 4 and 5lb. There has been no change to fly patterns, as the trout really are focussing on any fry patterns. White, black, grey and olive minkie have been the best flies to use. A black or white humungous has also fished well.
A steady NE wind for 5 days saw most of the bank sport happening from Lincroft Point down to the bottom of Toft Shallows, as well as the dam side of Toft Shallows, in particular the Swans nest. As I write this report the wind has swung almost 360 degrees and Rainbow corner is now producing well, with one bank angler yesterday (Mon) landing 11 fish including two over 5lb ! All fish fell to a white minky fished on a floating line.
Boats have done well on most areas of the lake, in particular the Farnborough Spit, Dunns Bay, Toft Shallows, the Cornifields, and Rainbow Corner. Di-5 or Di-3 lines have been the better choice of lines recently.
With four weeks to go to the end of the season, the fishing I am sure will remain good, as the trout seek to pack on the weight for the winter months ahead.
We still have a few boats available for our fur and feather match on Sunday the 25th of November.If you wish to fish this friendly event then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. It is FREE to enter and you fish with your partner. The top 3 INDIVIDUAL bags will win a cracking Christmas hamper. The match will be fished form 9.OOAM – 4pm (please remember to bring a small prize with you. This is to ensure everyone goes home with something)
Number of rods this week 183 Number of fish killed 285 Number of fish returned 438 Rod average 3.9 Boat bookings are now popular so please book in advance, especially for the weekends. Bank fishing is also popular so please call in advance to book one of the 30 car pass. Call the fishing lodge on 01788812018 Tight Lines Craig Barr