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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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

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Further details email Andy.Taylor@anglingtrust.net

 

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Draycote 6th September & Draycote 25th October

 

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Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 22:00

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

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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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All competitions cancelled until further notice

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

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Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 22:00

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 15.00

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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.

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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

All Anglers Off Site – 22.00pm

 

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Update Lodge & Shop open from 15th June

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Preparing for the opening of the lodges 15th June  

The government guidelines allow us to have the tackle shops & lodges open at Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton from June 15th as long as we can manage social distancing. 

To give you advance notice on how we will operate from the 15th June onwards ensuring social distance and to ensure as we move forward our operating procedures for this next period run as smoothly as they did for the first, I have outlined below our next steps.

From June 15th Lodges Open 

1. Access to the tackle shops will be limited to 2 people at any one time

2. Shops will only be open for tackle sales

3. Hand Sanitiser will be available from a dispenser by the door, you will be required to use it on entry to the lodge/shop

4. Door handles, counters, demo tackle, tills, phones etc will be regularly disinfected

5. To prevent any queuing outside the lodge as were restricting shop customer numbers to 2 at any one time:

  • Fishing permits & boats will be pre booked & pre-paid
  • Your receipt will as it is currently be posted in an envelope on the lodge window
  • Lodges open from 7.30am Do Not congregate outside the lodge door before 7.30am staff when they are ready will call you forward
  • Social distancing guidelines will be observed
  1. Boat usage will remain the same, with restricted availability of boats,
  • Single person occupancy unless your fishing with a person from the same household or two members fishing together
  • Once you have picked up your envelope off the window with your receipt & permit the staff on the pontoon will control numbers ensuring social distancing on the pontoon, they will call you forward when they will allocate you your boat number

 

  • Boat availability currently at
  • Draycote 18 boats,
  • Eyebrook 16 boats
  • Thornton 11 boats
  • We are operating Full Day, Part Day & Last 4hr boats
  • Boats & life jackets are disinfected after every session
  1. Gutting Room remains closed

    Although we have hand sanitiser at the lodge and on the pontoon, we recommend you bring your own as well and use it during the day as required

Draycote 01788812018   Eyebrook 01536 770264   Thornton 01530 230807

Draycote Report W/E 31st May

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

 

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

 

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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.

 

Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 31st May 2020

The much anticipated re opening of Draycote water did not disappoint. Despite the bright sunny and calm conditions, good numbers of fish are being caught in most areas of the reservoir. Whilst boat anglers are having the best of the sport throughout the day, bank anglers are catching early morning and from late afternoon onwards, with the bright conditions moving the fish into deeper water in the middle part of the day. Diawl Bachs and Hares Ears are a constant throughout the catch return. Perhaps because the fish are feeding hard on shrimp along the north shore from Lincroft Point and down through the Cornfield. The odd fish has fallen to a dry fly, but through the brighter part of the day most boat anglers are pulling snakes on a DI3 or a DI5, especially in the aerators.

 

On Thursday Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel got off to a flying start on Thursday fishing a 12ft slow tip, with a FAB on the point and nymphs on the droppers. Eddie and Dave fished over open water landing 20 and 14 fish respectively. All water season permit holder Jamie Scott had over 40 fish to the boat using snakes on a sinking line over the aerators.

 

Again, the bright conditions on Friday did not deter the fish as they continued to feed just under the surface in open water and along the north shore for most of the morning. Brian Warwick landed a very respectable 6 fish from the bank using Diawl Bachs. John Kirk used a Hot Head Damsel and Snakes to land over 30 fish from a boat . Mr M Cartlidge had 24 fish to the boat near J buoy, one of which weighed over 4lbs.

 

Another hot day Saturday with the wind alternation between a straight  East and North East. Paul Davison took to the water for his first session after lock down using a 10ft midge tip with 3 epoxy buzzers and a FAB on the point to catch well around J buoy in the morning. In the afternoon Paul decided to give his much loved dries a go, and despite the sun found the fish very willing to come and take a Ginger Midas off the surface. Fishery Manager Tom Bird took the opportunity on a day off to get out on the water, catching first on a long midge tip with 3 Diawl Bach’s and a FAB around S buoy and Croft Shoal. Before deciding to try the tactic Fishery Ranger Lloyd had used the day before. This was taking drifts from the Farborough Dam towards J Buoy using a Di 5 Sweep with cormorants and a Smelly Booby. A key point from Tom’s session was over half Tom’s fish took on the hang at 15ft from the boat. It really is worth giving “the hang” a go at the moment. Keep an eye out for a Blog on this from Tom in the next few days. Yousef Dar also used buzzers around S buoy to catch well before changing to mini lures on sinking lines, and commented on how “hard fighting and fin perfect the fish are”

Once again on Sunday the sun was in appearance, with the wind again remaining in the North East. Jim Smith enjoyed a great days sport, using a number of methods to land fin perfect fish all day long. Amongst Jim’s fish were a couple of 6lb bars of silver. The most successful tactic for Jim was a Di 5 Forty Plus with a Barred Olive Snake on the point and an abortion sparkler booby on the dropper. The key was to leave the line to sink for 20 seconds before starting a steady roly-poly retrieve with the Hang once again being key. Jim found fish all over the lake with a hotspot being J buoy and T buoy. Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day using similar tactics to Jim. However, in the morning Ed caught well on a 12ft Fast Tip with 3 nymphs and a FAB drifting from the bottom off Toft to G buoy. Derek Hessett from Cumbria was lucky enough to be working in the local area this coming week and enjoyed a great day Sunday. Derek found the fish all over the open water with Buzzers and FABs on a range of long midge tips. Before switching to buzzers fished under the Bung, which proved to be very successful. Then finally later in the day Derek switched to Midas drifting around the Sailing Club to enjoy a fantastic evenings sport.

Overall in the first 4 days of being open, a total of 127 anglers visited landing a total of 1,081 fish for a rod average of 8.5.

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Competition

All competitions cancelled until further notice

 

 

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

All Anglers Off Site – 22.00pm

 

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Draycote Opens 28th May

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Draycote will reopen for fly fishing on Thursday 28 May 2020.

Severn Trent will be controlling the overall numbers of visitors onsite by reducing the available car parking area, once the available car park spaces are full, THEY WILL CLOSE THE SITE, no more vehicles will be allowed onsite. You will be able to leave whenever you want

Initially we will only be offering Full Day Boat Bookings, I advise bank & boat anglers to be onsite no later than 10.30am or you may find the site closed and you will not be allowed on.

Severn Trent along with the tenants will be reviewing the current site arrangement daily & hopefully if social distancing is observed by everyone who visits we will be able to offer in the near future, Full Day, Part Day & Last 4 Hour permits.

Follow our reports & latest updates at our fishery website FlyFishDraycote & our social media pages at Flyfishstore

The fishery will have hand sanitiser at the lodge & on the pontoon for you to use, we advise you also bring your own & use it especially if you have used a keypad or gone through a gate.

The main toilets at the lodge will not be open, Severn Trent advise us that the toilets at their ranger base / country park entrance will be.

Draycote Fishery Specific Guidelines for Anglers

To ensure we comply with social distancing & government guidelines I have produced new operating guidelines for everyone to follow which are highlighted below.

I would ask during these difficult times & to ensure we keep within the COVID-19 guidelines which could change at any time, you comply with any daily instructions issued by fishery staff & our landlord’s representatives Severn Trent Rangers.

Staff working the pontoon will be wearing Face Shield, masks & disposable gloves with all touching points on the pontoon regularly disinfected. All boats & life jackets will be disinfected after every session.

Staff in the lodge will be wearing Face Shield when interacting with customers and have access to hand sanitiser. At all other times, the recommended outside social distancing will be observed.

All customers will have access to hand sanitiser at the lodge & on the pontoon

All touching points at the lodge, doors, handles, desk, phone, till, PDQ machine etc will be disinfected at least once every hour & more often if required.

Anglers Are Required:

  1. Pre-Booking: All Bank & Boat anglers, including season permit holders will be required to call the lodge & pre book your visit. We will only accept anglers who have pre-booked
  2. Pre-payment will be required at your time of booking, this will reduce the necessity for you to enter the lodge, and for the staff to handle cash & visit banks.
  3. Pre-payment will be made once your booking for the Boat or Bank is confirmed with payment made by credit / debit card.
  4. Confirmation of your Boat Booking along with your receipt, allocated boat number & confirmation of the booked bank anglers will be posted on the outside of lodge window for you to pick up.
  5. LOYALTY CARDS: You will need to keep hold of any receipts issued by the Draycote lodge from May 28th 2020 to claim your boat & permit loyalty stamp at a later date to be announced, when normality returns to the fisheries & we once again start issuing permits across the lodge desk
  6. To comply with COVID-19 guidelines you should travel to the fishery by yourself unless you are travelling with a family member & you live at the same address.
  7. You will be required to meet social distancing rules.
  8. The Booking in & out sheet will be placed outside the lodge door; hand sanitiser will be provided.
  9. Lodge & Tackle shop: will remain closed until further notice, we will operate a click & collect for pre-paid tackle items which will be available for you to pick up outside the lodge door, you can also visit our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk
  10. Boats: New operating procedure to ensure we comply with COVID-19 guidelines
  • Maximum 1 person per boat.
  • Husband & Wife / partner, parent & child who live at the same house may share a boat.
  • Boats & lifejackets will be fully disinfected after every session.
  • Draycote Boat availability is reduced to 16 boats & 1 wheely boat to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.
  • By reducing the available boats, it allows us to use every other boat on the pontoon, limits the number of people on the pontoon & it will ensure we meet social distancing requirements while you get in and out of the boats.
  • Fishery Ranger staff will control the number of anglers on the pontoon.
  • To speed up the angler usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible.
  1. Bank Anglers are to ensure they observe social distancing and while fishing keep a minimum of    15 meters apart. Maximum 30 angler`s vehicles around the perimeter road.
  2. Life jackets worn by bank anglers will be disinfected after every session
  3. The gutting room remains closed

 

 

Fisheries Update 30th March 2020

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Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton Coronavirus Update 30th March 2020

It’s a week since the trout fisheries closed in line with the government directive, and I will be the first to admit it’s been a bit of a stressful time as we quickly had to prepare the fisheries for the closure.

Anglers were lucky that social media is flooded with fly tying, fishing video & blogs to help us while away the enforced home time.

We will be posting items on our website & social media, if you have any photos or video of your fishing trips to any of our fisheries, if you can share them it would be great, if you can forward them to shop@flyfishstore.co.uk we can add them to our library and post them during the next few weeks

Members, once I know the duration of the lockdown, I will be looking at some form of compensation for the period were closed.

Vouchers purchased will be valid to be used when we reopen later this year & will be valid to be used during 2021 for those who can’t use them this year

Tom Bird is currently preparing one of his excellent blogs with Martin Blakeston putting together a piece on the history of the Blackston buzzer

When up at the fisheries its noticeable that the buzzer hatches are improving with increasing numbers of martins travelling through each day. Spring is here

Thank you for your well wishes, everyone keep safe

Ifor

 

Coronavirus Update 23rd March

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Coronavirus

Today & to comply with Severn Trent Water our Landlord decision we are closing the fly fishing at  Draycote until further notice

Draycote water will also be closed to the general public.

Its been a great season so far & I’m sure once these temporary lockdowns are lifted the fishing will be excellent again

We will keep you all informed via this website & social media pages.

See you all when the country gets better

Ifor & the Draycote staff