Draycote Opens 2 March

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Draycote opens 2nd March

Draycote staff a busy getting everything ready for the start. We are in a current weather system of snow, ice & wind, we recommend therefore you follow our updates on here & our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Boats are fully booked for opening Day Friday 2nd March, Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March

All bank car passes are booked for the opening day with limited availability for the 3rd & 4th, call the lodge to pre book your bank fishing car pass to avoid disappointment

Call 01788 812018

 

Dates for your diary

We will also be taking bookings for our popular RIO SAGE day hosted at Draycote on May 6th with Simon Gawesworth of Rio & Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to take you through the full range of Trout, Salmon & Saltwater rods & lines pre- booking essential details on www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk RIO & SAGE DAY PAGE, limited availability

 

Draycote opens 2nd March

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Draycote opens 2nd March

Boats are fully booked for opening Day Friday 2nd March, Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March

All bank car passes are booked for the opening day with limited availability for the 3rd & 4th, call the lodge to pre book your bank fishing car pass to avoid disappointment

Please note for 2018 season our upper 8 fish limit has been reduced to a 6 fish limit, the day permit rate has been adjusted down accordingly.

Any angler with stamps on their loyalty card for 8fish will be eligible when their card is full for a FREE 6 Fish permit.

Call 01788 812018

Draycote hosts a number of competitions during the 2018 season, for dates & booking details visit www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/competitions/

 Dates for your diary

 We will also be taking bookings for our popular RIO SAGE day hosted at Draycote on May 6th with Simon Gawesworth of Rio & Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to take you through the full range of Trout, Salmon & Saltwater rods & lines pre- booking essential details on www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk RIO & SAGE DAY PAGE.

 

Draycote Update 2018

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Draycote opens 2nd March

Boats are fully booked for opening Day Friday 2nd March, Saturday 3rd March & Sunday 4th March

All bank car passes are booked for the opening day with limited availability for the 3rd & 4th, call the lodge to pre book your bank fishing car pass to avoid disappointment

Call 01788 812018

 

RIO SAGE Day 6th May

Our free guiding sessions using a SAGE rod & RIO line of your choice has only 3 spaces available

We still have spots available for your half hour one to one session with Simon Gawesworth or Jim Fearn were you can have the best opportunity to get those niggles in your Trout, Saltwater or Double Handed Rod casting sorted.

December 2017

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Draycote 2018 season opens 2nd March

Details on available membership which starts from £435.00 EMAIL lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk or call 01788 812018 for latest availability

Taking bookings call 01788 812018 please leave a message on the answer machine including a contact number or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Group & competition discounts available contact the lodge for details

Looking for that last minute Christmas present we have gift voucher & tuition days available to purchase online at www.flyfishstore.co.uk they make the ideal Christmas gift

With Christmas less than a fortnight away we would like to take this opportunity of wishing all our customer a Very Happy Christmas & New Year

 

Draycote Report W/E 30th November 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Thursday 30th November 2017
A very cold week at Draycote with frosty starts and frozen boats nearly every day. A 18mph south westly winds with single figures on the temperature gauge made for a very cold day. Although the overcast conditions did help the bank anglers to tempt some fish.  Kevin Rees fished in Dunn’s Bay with a floating line 2 shrimp patterns and a small size 12 FAB to land 7 fish. Later in the day Ray Cramp joined Kevin to land 6 fish with a lure on the point and shrimp pattern 6 foot away on a dropper. Out on the boats George Leaton landed 4 fish from down in Toft on a sinking line and a minkie.
A frosty start Tuesday with an overcast start, the sun soon broke through and warmed the temperatures slightly to around 5°C so certainly not warm. The winds had dropped slightly leaving 12mph winds making quite an enjoyable fishing day if not a little cold. On the bank Tony Broadway made his final visit of the season landing 6 fish from the far side of toft washing lining nymphs. Fishing along side Tony was Jude Tuffs and John Dews who landed 4 and 3 on the same tactics. Out on the boats Ed Douglas enjoyed great sport landing 12 fish. Ed fished anchored off Farnborough spit with a Di 7 line and boobies to start but found that in the middle of the day the fish had come up in the water and a di 5 was the best line. Mr D Grierson also enjoyed good sport on the boats fishing a di 5 sinking line and a black snake to land 8 fish fishing at various points along the Farnborough Dam wall.
Freezing conditions Wednesday with the return of the 18mph winds and temperatures that didn’t increase about 3°C. Meant it was a real day for the hardcore anglers, among these hardcore select. Season ticket holder Dave Kennel fished the bank landing 4 fish on shrimps and Fabs from Dunn’s Bay. On the boats season ticket holder Paul Liversidge landing 7 fish fishing down the Farnborough Dam wall on sinking lines and boobies. Mr Gardner enjoyed a great days sport in the cold conditions landing 10 fish anchored half way down the Farnborough Dam wall fishing a booby on a sinking line. Another boat fishing sinking line and boobies to great success was that of Ed Douglas and Jim Smith who boated 14 fish between them on a di 7 and di 5 sinking lines with boobies.
The final day of the 2017 season saw another freezing cold day with 3°C 18mph north-westerly winds. Again, making it not very warm and a day for plenty of layers, although the fish did reward the anglers brave enough to venture out with the 13 rods catching a total of 62 fish for a last day rod average of 4.7. On the bank season ticket holder Brian Allwood landed 5 fish from Biggin Bay and Dunn’s. John Dickens also fished Dunns’ and Biggin to land 4 fish on FAB’s and shrimps. Out on the boats Adam Larbalester and Ben Bayliss landed 10 fish on tubes fished on a Di 7 sinking line across various points across the lake including a fantastic 4lb rainbow. Ian Reeve, Richard Reeve and Steve Hibberd enjoyed great sport with Ian and Steve landing 16 fish on snake boobies and humongous, with Ian’s son Richard landing 6 fish. Finally out on the boats Ian Shobbrook landed 6 fish once again fishing boobies on a sinking line.
With the fishery now closed all the Draycote staff would like to thank all the anglers who visited the water and made such a fantastic season. A total of 11,779 anglers visited the water catching a total of 53,552 fish for a season rod average of 4.54. Over the course of the season 14,988 trout where taken and 38,554 trout returned. We close the season with 11,779 trout swimming around, so its hoped that number will over winter and provide some great silver fish for next year. The fishery opens again on Friday 2nd March and we are taking bookings for the 2018 season.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 64 Number Trout Taken: 68  Number Trout Released: 102
Total Catch:  170   Weekly Rod Average: 2.6
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Draycote Report W/E 26th November 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 26th November 2017
A mixed week regarding the weather with strong winds Wednesday and Thursday which meant no boats out Wednesday. After the strong winds frosts and cold weather came making life challenging especially for the bank angles as the fish opted for the more stable temperatures of deeper water. Although, Once the fish had been in the deeper water a good day could be had and a good bag could be put together. This week 160 anglers visited the fishery catching 353 fish for a rod average of 2.2.
Monday kicked off with a breezy day with winds coming from the South West blowing between 15-18mph. This did drop in the afternoon to around 12mph making the fishing more comfortable at Farnborough Spit and down in Toft. Although the drop-in wind speeds, did mean the rain got a chance to take hold making for a damp and chilly afternoon. On the bank season ticker holder Dave Adkins landed 6 fish from Toft Shallows on the bank all on a Cat’s Whisker. Another season ticket holder doing well from the bank was Kevin Rees who landed 7 cracking rainbows, fishing from Dunn’s Bay up to the tower fishing with shrimps on a washing line. Ray Cramp also fished with Kevin to land 7 fish, but Ray opted for a lure and a shrimp. Out the boats the fishery hosted the annual “Staff Fishing Day” which sees the sailing club, rangers and staff from the restaurant all joining the fishery in a boat for a end of season fishing day. A great day was had by all with every boat catching fish. Taking the top honours for the best boat was in house guide Lee Henfrey and Mark from the Sailing Club who anchored near Farnborough spit to land 9 fish as well as countless dropped fish on a di 7-sinking line and two humongous boobies. Draycote Manger Kevin Hart enjoyed a good day with Kay from the Restaurant and Nina from the Ranger team landing 5 fish with both Nina and Kay landing there first ever fish. Kev anchored their boat along the Farnborough Dam and used a di 5-sinking line and white snake boobies to great effect. A great day was had by all and the fishery would like to thank the members of staff from the sailing club, the rangers and the restaurant for the help and support throughout the 2017 at Draycote.
A damp start to Tuesday with light drizzle and 12-14 mph south westerly winds, the winds did increase slightly around lunch making anchoring difficult off Farnborough spit. Out on the banks Jude Tuffs and season ticket holder Tony Broadway enjoyed good sport at the overflow. The pair found the fish willing to take nymphs fished on a washing line and nymphs fished in conjunction with a minkie on the point. Jude also landed a lovely brown. Out on the boats season ticket holder Colin England and Tony Plummer enjoyed fantastic sport boating 19 between them. The pair opted to fish a mix of minkies and boobies on sinking lines around J buoy and the Farnborough Dam wall. Mr Harrison also took to the boats landing a fantastic 8lb brown from Rainbow Corner on a di 4 sinking line.
Wednesday saw the first stormy day of the autumn which resulted in the boats being cancelled and bank fishing becoming very tricky as the 30mph constant winds hammered the hardy anglers. The only place fishable from the bank was Rainbow corner and the bank anglers where reward with a couple of fish.
The winds had dropped over night leaving a 18mph south westerly, which did increase for a short period in the middle of the day. A bright autumnal sky teamed with these winds certainly looked like it might be a challenging day on the water. However, the earlier weeks forecast of the day meant that all the boats booked for the day had changed to the Friday resulting in no boats venturing out on the water.
The best weather day of the week meant it was a busy day on both the boats and the bank. A frosty start with the pontoon being frozen resulting in the boats being slightly delayed in going out. However, once the sun did come up it left a cold but clear day. The day started flat calm but a Westerly wind of 9-10mph did arrive about 10am which then swung into the South west. These bright clear conditions did make the fishing tricky. Out on the boats Draycote’s own Tom Bird took to the water with Jim Smith the pair fished all around the lake picking the odd fish up at every spot but found a concentration of fish on Farnborough spit. The pair finished the day just over double figures with the best tactic being a di 7 sinking line and 2 humongous boobies. Another boat finding the fish near the spit was that of Michael Hanlon and Dave Atkins who landed 8 fish to the boat again fishing with a di 7 sinking line and boobies, but this time minkie boobies being their top pattern. Due to the bright conditions and clear water it was a struggle for the many of the bank anglers. Although, Kevin Rees landed 6 fish from Dunns Bay on shrimp patterns fished on the washing line, also doing well from the bank. Was season ticket holder John Dickens who fished at the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land 4 fish all of which took a FAB.
Another cold start to Saturday with the Pontoon being completely frozen solid, which again resulted in a delayed start for the boats. The conditions started much the same as the day previous, with light winds and a cool start. After 12 this did change with the wind swinging to the North West and increasing slightly leaving for a very cold day. Neil Heath landed 3 fish from the boats fishing down the Farnborough Dam wall to start then moving into Biggin Bay.  All on Neil’s fish taking a black lure fished on a fast-intermediate line. Mr A Campbell had a great day on the boat landing 10 fish from Toft, Middle Shoal and Biggin Bay. All of the fish took a di 5-sinking line with a mixture of cormorants and cats whiskers. On the bank Jared Burton enjoyed good sport on a last 4-hour permit landing 4 fish on black streamers from Dunn’s Bay.
Sunday saw the annual Fur and Feather match held at Draycote with 22 pairs fishing for fantastic Christmas hamper. The weather looked set for a cold one with the early weeks forecast giving snow for the day, this did change but it was certainly a cold day. A frozen pontoon greeted the anglers, although it was safe enough to get the anglers on for a 9am start. The winds were from the west south west blowing at 12-14mph with clear skies. At the start of the match a lot of anglers headed for the spit with some motoring over towards Biggin leaving a few to split towards Toft and the Draycote Dam. The anglers who headed down the Farnborough Dam wall and the spit where rewarded with early fish which continued to pull for the rest of the day. At the end of the day it was Draycote in house guide Tom Bird and his partner Jim Smith who won with 16 fish 34lb 11oz. The pair took these anchored of the spit fishing into the deeper was on a di 7-sinking line with 2 humongous boobies. One spaces 4ft from the end of the fly line with the next one 10ft behind that and a slow figure of eight along the bottom. However, as Tom in a member of staff it was decided before the match that the pair would not fish for the prizes just for an enjoyable day on the water. This left the top 3 prizes up for Grabs so winning the hampers was the father and son pairing of Sean and John Hanlon. Who landed 14 fish for 30lb 11oz the pair also fished Farnborough spit on a di 7-sinking line with Sean on a humongous booby which john fished a tube. In second place was David Hoppe and Gareth Jones who landed 11 fish for 23lb 6oz. They found the fish down at the Swan’s nest in toft again on a di 7 sinking line this time teamed with snakes. David & Gareth also landed the biggest fish of the match with a 3lb 13oz rainbow. In third was another member of staff Graham Henfrey who works across several our sites, fishing with Adam Gumby the pair landed 9 fish for 20lb 1oz back drifting near the spit on sinking lines and snakes. An impressive result as Graham has only been fishing for 4 months. Although like Tom, Graham wasn’t fishing for the prizes. Meaning that the 2 bottles of wine each for 3 went to Michael Hanlon and Will Hunt they fished just back from Farnborough spit on di 7 sinking lines to land 8 fish for 17lb 12oz.
With only 4 days left of the season and some light winds coming from the North forecast lets hope that we can finish the 2017 season with a bang and plenty of fish caught.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Chris Aubrey of Rugby who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 160  Number Trout Taken: 212  Number Trout Released: 140
Total Catch:  353    Weekly Rod Average: 3.08
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 1600
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00
Last 4 Hours: 12:00 until 16:00 (Ticket sales available from 11:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 15:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30
Fishery News
Season Permits
There is currently a lengthy list of anglers interested in Draycote Water season permits.  Nevertheless, we advise anyone who has an interest to contact us in the lodge to have their name added to it. Telephone 01788 812018
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard-pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
More up to date information
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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Draycote fishing report w/e Sunday 19th November 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 19th November 2017

A week of changing weather and sometimes colder conditions combined to form a good weeks fishing here at Draycote. There were lots of good catches for both boat and bank anglers alike, and from many areas around the reservoir. Lincroft point, the Cornfield and the Swans nest were about the best areas for bank anglers, while Farborough spit, Croft shoal and the area around the valve tower seemed to fish best for the boat anglers.

Monday started bright and sunny with a light north westerly breeze, clouding over by lunchtime. Bank anglers were doing well from Lin croft point and the swans nest. Kevin Rees had 8 fish from the bank, mainly on shrimp patterns, whilst Brian Warwick caught 5 fish on black and white minkies. George Leaton netted 13 fish from a boat whilst the boat paring of Mr G Hogg and Mr P Winterbottom had 11 fish to the boat between them.

Tuesday started overcast with a light breeze. Many of the regulars turned up for bank fishing and whilst the swans nest and Lincroft point proved their worth again, fish were also caught in Biggin bay and from the overflow. Tony Broadway caught 6 fish from the bank, and netted “a nice blue trout” from the overflow. Brian Allwood also did very well from the bank, netting 6 fish on Diawl bachs. John Dickens caught 8 fish from the bank on FAB’s and shrimp patterns from Lin croft point. Peter Elliott reported “good sport” from the bank, catching 9 fish. Mr John Bresnihan remarked on “a tough days fishing”, but managed 7 fish from Lin croft point.

Wednesday was supposed to have light breezes but remained generally flat calm. Fishery Ranger and Draycote guide Tom Bird ventured out in a boat with Jim Smith to net 18 fish. They caught mainly on sinking lines and snakes/minkies, with a very slow retrieve. They fished off Farborough spit, with Jim did taking one fish on a dry fly. Jon Hall caught 11 fish from the bank on Lincroft point, whilst Mr Terry Tappenden caught 9 fish from the bank on Diawl bachs. Ian Richardson caught 4 fish from the bank on a FAB and shrimp patterns. Season permit holder Ed Douglas caught 18 fish on a variety of patterns from the swans nest.

Thursday was a foggy start and flat calm conditions but there was more of a nip in the air. Mike Oliver caught 12 fish from the bank on PTN ‘s, from Toft shallows and Rainbow corner. Draycote regular Mr Dave Smith ventured out in a boat and netted 5 fish from Farborough spit on black and white lures. Dave Adkins caught 4 fish from the bank whilst Jim Hall caught 5. Dave Kennell commented on “a good day” catching 3 fish on a variety of patterns, with his accomplice, Eddie Mitchell catching 11. Mr C J Day caught 7 fish from the bank on blobs and boobies.

Friday was a very frosty morning which caused us to hold the boats back until 9 o’clock. When they eventually got out, Farborough spit seemed to fish well for boat partners David Davis and Ian Bradfield, who caught 15 fish between them on floating lines, shrimp patterns and hares ears. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten also did really well from a boat, catching 19 fish between them, one of which was a brown, estimated to be 7 lbs. The bank anglers also had success with John Clifford netting 6 fish, and Tony Broadway netting 4 near the overflow.

Saturday started overcast with a light drizzle of rain and a south westerly breeze. Mr D Murphy and Mr R Cotterill caught 13 fish from a boat on midge tip lines and homemade perch fry patterns. Mr G Jackson, also fishing from a boat, managed 6 fish on a cats whisker. His bag also included a 4lb brown. Mike garner went fishing in the margins from the bank and had all his success on a black cormorant in biggin bay.

On Sunday George Leaton ventured out in a boat and managed 3 rainbows and a brown estimated to be 4lbs.  Mr Martin Randle and Mr Alan Bennett ventured out in the typically autumnal conditions to boat 10 fish between them. Mr Iain Barr and his boat partner managed to catch 30 fish between them along the Farborough dam. Season permit holder John Falconbridge caught 6 fish from the bank. And certainly one of the best of the week was Mr Paul Taylor, who boated a brown near the valve tower, estimated to be about 10lbs in weight, The fish was returned to fight another day.

With only a couple of weeks left of this season, weather forecasts continue to predict a variety of conditions. With stock levels high at 18,000 fish, & some good feeding ongoing, those of you fortunate enough to be able to “pick your moments” will benefit from the best of the remaining action.

Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Jim Brennan of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.Â

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 159  Number Trout Taken: 165   Number Trout Released: 325

Total Catch:  490    Weekly Rod Average: 3.08

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 1600

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:00

Last 4 Hours: 12:00 until 16:00 (Ticket sales available from 11:45)

Gutting Room Closes: 15:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

Fishery News

Season Permits

There is currently a lengthy list of anglers interested in Draycote Water season permits.  Nevertheless, we advise anyone who has an interest to contact us in the lodge to have their name added to it. Telephone 01788 812018

The Fur and Feather match.

There are just a few places left for this year’s “Fur and Feather” match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight-fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard-pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

More up to date information

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Early Morning Anglers

Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th November 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th November 2017

A lovely start to the week on Monday – calm winds teamed with bright skies and cool autumn temperatures. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas fished from the Swan’s Nest with shrimp patterns and crunchers on a washing line to take nine rainbows. Also on the bank was fellow season ticket holder Kevin Rees who also fished shrimp patterns on the washing line but from the old pipe in Biggin Bay. He ended his session having netted seven.  Joining Kevin later in the day at the old pipe was Ray Cramp who landed eight on a mix of shrimp patterns and lures. Out on the boats was Mike Murphy who enjoyed great sport anchored off Farnborough Spit. He fished minkies on a floating line & enjoyed great sport with twelve to the net.

A wet day Tuesday put off a number of anglers. However, those who did venture out into the rain and the SE winds enjoyed good sport. Gordon Slack fished from the Swan’s Nest with a combination of buzzer and shrimps to land 10 fish. John Dews also fished on at the Swan’s Nest to land 6 fish including 3 cracking rainbows over 3lb. His biggest tipped the scales at just over 4lbs. Also on the bank was Rodger Kerrison who landed six from various mark around the lake. On the boats Alan Carleton and Wally Beeson enjoyed good sport landing eight to the boat fishing off Farnborough Spit using a midge tip with a minkie on the point, and nymphs on their droppers.

Out on the boats Wednesday Tony Plummer and Colin England enjoyed hectic sport ending with 22 to the boat. They deployed sinking line tactics with a minkie booby fishing at Farnborough Spit. Also doing well in the boats Richard Ellis landed 7 fish using boobies fished on a Di 3 sinking line including a lovely 4lb brown. Richard Bird also fished well from the boat landing eight lovely fish. On the bank, Jude Tuffs and Tony Broadway fished at Lincroft Point to land 8 and 7 fish respectively. The pair opted for washing line tactics. Mr Burns enjoyed a good last four-hour session from the boat landing 8 rainbows on a Damsel nymph fish from the far side down towards the Cornfield.

Thursday saw overcast conditions for most of the day with a North Westerly wind and sport proved to be brisk for many. On the bank Alec Twaites landed 5 fish from the bottom of Toft fishing with shrimp imitations. C J Day fished from Lincroft point with a washing line to land 7. Out on the boats Ed Douglas and Jim Smith enjoyed good sport landing 25 to the boat. Their day got off to a great start when Ed took a 6lb brown from Farnborough Spit. The tactics for the morning were a minkie on the point and nymphs on the droppers. However, around the middle of the day a slight increase in temperature caused the fish to come up in the water with Ed catching on crunchers on a washing line around middle shoal, Jim even managed to catch one on dries. Another boat doing well was Simon Peck and Terry Smith who landed 18 fish to the boat. They located fish tight in along the Cornfield ad found black and green lures on a Di 3 to be the best tactic. Steve Owen and his boat partner enjoyed good sport with over 10 fish to the boat, again using black and green lures on di 3, but they fished around Farnborough Spit. This was once more the location for Mike Murphy who, like Monday, used a minkie on a floating line to land a further eight rainbows. Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve enjoyed great sport on the last four hour ticket with 16 fish to the boat using snakes and humungus lures on a sinking line over on the Cornfield.

Friday saw a gusty start with a NW wind blowing between 12 and14 mph. Whilst there were only a couple of boats on the water, the banks were well attended. Fish location proved difficult for many, but those who found them enjoyed fine sport. Tony Broadway landed nine taking a fine three pounder for the pot, whilst Lea Tones netted seven which included three fin perfect grown on 3lbs plus fish all with rays in the tail. He fished white & coral pink minkies or black & green goldhead tadpoles on a sink tip line. Peter Elliott & Lee Patten bank fished down in Toft with both fishing cruncher patterns in conjunction with a FAB blob. Peter finished with very creditable 13 rainbows all caught & released and Lee caught nine taking a fine eight fish limit for the pot which was topped by a fine rainbow of 4lbs 2oz.

The overcast skies & light breeze on Saturday saw anglers catching well in the vicinity of the spit using sinking line tactics with minkies. Visiting from Foremark, Ricky Cotterill had a great day in the boat using his own perch fry pattern to land eleven fine rainbows together with some specimen perch! Howard Lambert enjoyed his first introduction to reservoir boat fishing & fished fry patterns under the watchful eye of guide Tom Bird. He was pleased with how much he learnt and can be seen on our Facebook page proudly displaying his fin perfect 4lbs 4oz rainbow. www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  . Off Croft Shoal in a boat Brian Shields also got into the action landing six on a black minkie presented on an intermediate line. Kieron Barnes stayed on the bank & washing lined Hare’s Ear Nymph patterns with small boobies to land nine. Mike Oliver did similar, but stuck to his own Pheasant Tail Nymph pattern on his droppers to net eight. Brian Warwick followed close behind with four nice fish taken & two more returned.

The week ended on Sunday with bright, cold conditions & a biting NNW wind which gusted on occasion in excess of 30mph. This led to most of the boats seeking the shelter of the north shore marks, but the fishing was generally hard for all, but especially so for the bank anglers. Ed Douglas struggled for a brace, but Mr Knight managed four for the pot and Dennis Tidmarsh caught & released five. Out in the boats with the Leicester Disable Fly Fishers, Ian Bradfield proved to be top rod with a seven fish tally. Martyn Price & Dave Hancox also did well in the chilling conditions landing 6 & 3 respectively. Deep tactics with various boobies proved to me the order of the day for most.

With only a couple of weeks left of this season, weather forecasts continue to predict a variety of conditions. With stock levels high & some good feeding ongoing, those of you fortunate enough to be able to pick your moments will benefit from the best of the remaining action.

 

 

Weekly Boat Draw

 

Congratulations to Mr Leaton of Hounslow who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 211  Number Trout Taken: 236   Number Trout Released: 410

Total Catch:  646 Weekly Rod Average: 3.06

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 1615

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:15

Last 4 Hours: 12:15 until 16:15 (Ticket sales available from 12:00)

Gutting Room Closes: 15:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:30

Fishery News

Season Permits

There is currently a lengthy list of anglers interested in Draycote Water season permits.  Nevertheless, we advise anyone who has an interest to contact us in the lodge to have their name added to it. Telephone 01788 812018

The Fur and Feather match.

There are just a few places left for this year’s  “Fur and Feather” match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight-fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard-pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

More up to date information

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Early Morning Anglers

Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Rport W/E 5th november 2017

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The cold start & frosts of Monday morning saw the pontoon and boats frozen. Things did soon warm up though, with autumnal sun for much of the day. Ben Bayliss and Adam Larbalestier took the drive down from Cumbria hoping for some good back end sport. It didn’t take the pair long to get on the fish with Adam boating a 6lb brown on a drift from the Tower to C buoy. It fell to a snake fished on a 7” inch per second sinking line. It didn’t take Ben long to also lock up with a fin perfect rainbow of around 4lb. Unfortunately their sport slowed in the afternoon with them finishing on 6 fish to the boat. Season ticket holder Colin England enjoyed a great four-hour morning session in a boat off Farnborough spit. Colin landing 8 rainbows using a small white minkie booby also on fast sinking line. From the bank Ray Cramp landed six from Dunn’s Bay and the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay using a mixture of minkie patterns and shrimps. Mr T Barnes also enjoyed good sport in a short afternoon session landing 3 fish on Cats Whiskers from Lincroft Point. A light westerly wind & overcast skies on Tuesday proved to be good for the bank anglers with Kevin Rees netting thirteen from the Tower bank, including two 4lbs plus bars of silver on his shrimp patterns. Norman Perkins used diawl bachs & a blob for nine to the net & his catch included a rainbow at 5lbs. Gordon Slack & Brian Allwood managed half a dozen each with Brian also netting a nice blue. Whilst the banks out-performed the boats, Andy Lane went afloat & tempted ten to the net. He targeted the fry feeders near the Tower with Minkies & floating fry patterns. The day ended on a rod average of 3·8.
Impressive bank action continued into Wednesday. An overcast morning with a SW breeze followed by hazy afternoon sunshine. Lee Tones enjoyed terrific sport on Lin Croft fishing a mix of white & pink minkies and shrimp patterns on a floating line. He netted a total of 16 rainbows, two of which were over four pounds. Gary Hunter also enjoyed action he described as “top notch” from the bank in Toft. He fished buzzers to land ten. Although most boat anglers reported tough times, Ian Jobe’s total of seven included a 6lbs brownie. Colin England & Tony Plummer found fish in the vicinity of Croft Shoal & landed 14 & 6 respectively. Out in a boat on Thursday morning Mike Murphy had fine sport near the Farborough Spit to minkies fished on a floating line towards the shore. He took a total of 11 by the end of his session. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell were also in action on the water, landing 5 & 7 respectively. Also in a boat, Gavin Cleminson & Mike Burnside matched each other fish for fish with five apiece to end their end of season break with us. On the bank John Hall continued his recent run of successes with nine rainbows from Lin Croft. Mike Oliver found bank sport all over the venue and also took nine washing lining pheasant tail nymphs in conjunction with a small booby. Craig Stradling used a combination of PTN, shrimp patterns & crunchers for his five-fish tally.
Friday was a bonanza day for many on the bank in perfect autumnal conditions. Peter Elliott fished crunchers & GRHE on Lin Croft & ended the day with a 21 fish total. Also on small Hare’s Ears, & also on Lin Croft was Craig Smith who also edged over the 20 fish tally! Meanwhile, Ed Douglas concentrated his efforts on the Swan’s Nest using mainly cruncher & diawl bach to net 19. Close by Ed were father & son duo Jim & Richard Hall, also enjoying hectic sport to shrimp & nymph offerings. They netted 8 & 9 rainbows respectively. Whilst it was harder again for the boat anglers, Messrs Wilson & Mair ended their two day break with us with 19 to the net having fished white snakes on a Di5 in the vicinity of “P” buoy. Their total for the two days was very creditable 31 trout to the net.
Heavy overnight rain into Saturday, with torrential rain during the morning led to many anglers choosing the “duvet day” alternative. However, notwithstanding uncomfortable conditions, some ventured out onto the bank as well as in the boats. Amongst the bank anglers was Steve Orton who was pleased to find early morning rising fish close to the bank at the Swan’s Nest. Fishing a team comprising diawl bach, cruncher & shrimp he enjoyed hectic sport until the winds picked up resulting in fish pushing out & then down. Not before he had netted five fine rainbows though with two further break offs & others missed.   Mike Oliver was also back on the banks and managed another six to his washing lined pheasant tail nymphs off the Tower Bank. Whilst sport was relatively slow for the boats, Mr Cooke did land a 6lbs brownie off the Tower using a Minkie. Best of the boat action though was had by Alan Grant. He reported not finding fish until mid-afternoon whilst he was down the middle of Toft in shallow water. Using a Di5 combined with a white & silver Humungus, Alan proceeded to land seven grown on rainbows in quick succession including two over four pounds together with a perfect specimen at 5lbs 12ozs.
After yet another very hard overnight frost, with another iced up boat pontoon this morning, it is likely that the end of season sport will continue in the same vain. With just three weeks remaining before the season draws to a close there are clearly many more specimens to be taken.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Czernecki of West London who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 207  Number Trout Taken:  254  Number Trout Released: 518
Total Catch: 772     Weekly Rod Average: 3.72
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 16.30
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:30
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 13:00 –
Last 4 Hours: 12:30 until  16: 30 (Ticket sales available from 12:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 16:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 16:45
Fishery News
Season Permits
There is currently a lengthy list of anglers interested in Draycote Water season permits.  Nevertheless, we advise anyone who has an interest to contact us in the lodge to have their name added to it. Telephone 01788 812018
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s “Fur and Feather” match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight-fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard-pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
More up to date information
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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Draycote Report W/E 29th October 2017

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 29th October 2017
Yet another good week with mixed weather conditions. Dull overcast windy days were interspersed with days of bright sunshine and flat calms. Testing conditions at times saw bank anglers just about having the edge over the boats although good sport was had by both.  Some fish have proved to be tight in along the northern shoreline, feeding on shrimp, and are being caught on anything from a scruffy Hare’s Ear and Diawl Bachs, to bespoke shrimp patterns. Those who have avoided wading have enjoyed the best of the bankside sport having avoided un-necessary spooking of foraging fish in the margins. Fry feeding in the margins has remained sporadic with shoals of fry tending to be still holding offshore. This may change with the cooler night time temperatures we experienced towards the end of the week. In fact, this morning saw the first of the season’s frosts & the break-out of the de-icer!  The week saw 245 anglers visit the fishery & catching a total of 694 trout for an overall rod average of 2·83.
Monday dawned with a light southerly breeze and sporadic showers. Draycote was in excellent form with some anglers on boat and bank getting well into double figures for the day. Season permit holder Ian Richardson used his shrimp patterns from the bank in Toft to net 14 fish, all returned. Kevin Rees, also fishing from the bank, also netted 14 fish, again on shrimp patterns. Gareth Evans and Ian Williams caught 21 fish from a drifting boat on diawl bachs and crunchers whilst John Bresnihan caught 3 fish from the boat topped by a magnificent 8lb brownie. Draycote regular Ray Cramp enjoyed a good afternoon session on the bank & landed an eight-fish limit to shrimp patterns & Fab blob on the Tower Bank.
Tuesday dawned with a blustery south westerly wind followed by showers through the middle of the day. Strong gusts made for more difficult fishing conditions which never really settled down. As a result, the bank anglers were restricted on choice of areas to fish and over the course of the day most of the boats had moved up to the more sheltered areas at the top of the wind. Season permit holder John Dews however did net 4 rainbows from the bank with regular rod Peter Allen, also on the bank, following up with three. Gareth Evans & Ian Williams were back on the water and managed 8 fish to the boat on Nemo Crunchers, UV Crunchers and Blobs. Martin Yardley landed four from a boat on a combination of shrimp patterns and sparkler booby.
Wednesday was a very different day with bright sunshine and a very light breeze. Draycote regular Alec Twaites caught 6 fish from the bank whilst Tony Broadway caught 9 on shrimp patterns. Season permit holder Brian Warwick caught 8 fish from the bank in “testing conditions”. Terry Tappenden netted nine from the Tower Bank fishing buzzers and diawl bachs and remarked on “A good day!”. Mr D Mount excelled with his total of 14 “good fish” from the bank on diawl bachs, shrimp patterns and minkies. Mr R Bacon also caught 6 “good fish” from the bank to minkies and diawl bachs.
Thursday was overcast with a light ripple. The bank fished well along the north shore where fish were once again cruising the margins and were caught on nymphs and shrimp patterns. Nick Louka caught 6 fish from the bank fishing an orange blob whilst Brian Allwood also caught 6 fish from the bank, one of which weighed 3lb 8oz. Mike Garner caught 7 fish from the bank, all on diawl bachs. Richard Dayman and Norman Perkins, visiting from Thornton Reservoir, did well fishing from the bank netting a total of thirteen between them. Ian Richardson was back in the thick of the sport. Fishing his shrimp patterns in conjunction with a Fab Blob in Toft shallows he netter a further eleven rainbows, all of which were released. Whilst the boats had a harder time of it, Dave Heseltine & boat partner Alan Greenhalgh managed a joint nine & commented on their strength.
Friday was a bright and sunny “Indian Summer” type day where the reservoir went flat calm for a couple of hours during the afternoon. Although John Hoskins managed a seven-fish bag from the boat, it was clearly a day for the margins as bank anglers were catching consistently in Biggin Bay and Lincroft Point to both shrimp patterns and lures. John Dews was on form with nine rainbows to the net but pipped for top bank spot by Tony Broadway with eleven!  Ifor Bullock saw six to his net whilst Rod Dangerfield & Don Roper also enjoyed fine bank spot with a four-fish tally apiece.
On Saturday the father and son pairing of Derek & Stuart Marklow ventured out in a boat together with Derek catching nine and Stuart six. Draycote regular Ruth Kirk caught personal best brownie whilst bank fishing near the tower. The eight pounder took a self-tied fry pattern.  Peter Elliott had a great day on the bank too with an eight fish limit taken & a further seven returned. Peter fished north shore marks with a cruncher, diawl bach & fab team on a floater. Kieron Barnes fished a washing line too but in conjunction with Hare’s Ear Nymphs to land nine. On the boats Rob Plume found sport pulling blobs to bring a total of eight to net whilst Dai Davies & Peter Lewis shared a combined tally of fourteen to the boat in the vicinity of “P” Buoy.
Sunday saw less gusty conditions with just a handful of anglers on the banks. However, despite the fact that it appeared fish had dropped back off the margins into open water, season rod Dennis Tidmarsh did extremely well to tempt eight on a Cat’s Whisker. Michael Hanlon and Mr D Morton also landed three each but others on the bank struggled for a take.  Out in the boats Alan Grant had a good session landing eight, Dave Summers had seven & Dave Hancox was pleased with a fine rainbow of 4lbs 8oz.  It was a tremendous end to the week though for Ed Douglas sharing a boat with Jim Smith. The pair fished in & around Lin Croft & Croft Shoal with red diawl bachs, blob & minkies on floating lines to take in excess of thirty rainbows in quite a frantic session!
With the first of the overnight frosts today we might well see water temperatures dropping back to seasonal norms bringing with it an increase in marginal fry bashing. Small perch have been on the menu for some time now but, hitherto, they have been holding off-shore. One final word of caution -with very low water levels this back-end, bank anglers do need to be especially mindful regarding areas of deep mud.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Dennis Tidmarsh of Birmingham who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 245  Number Trout Taken:  242  Number Trout Released: 452
Total Catch: 694     Weekly Rod Average: 2·83
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 16.45
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:45
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 13:00 – 13:00 until 16:45
Last 4 Hours: 12:45 until  16: 45 (Ticket sales available from 12:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 16:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00
Fishery News
Season Permits
There is currently a lengthy list of anglers interested in Draycote Water season permits.  Nevertheless, we advise anyone who has an interest to contact us in the lodge to have their name added to it. Telephone 01788 812018
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s “Fur and Feather” match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight-fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard-pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
More up to date information
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycote gate, could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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