Draycote weekly fishing report

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 17th June 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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Some fantastic action experienced by many this week – most notably for those out in the boats on dries. A total of 261 anglers visited the fishery with a total catch for the week of 1247 trout recorded. This represents a weekly rod average of 4.6.

The week started very bright & very hot on Monday with only a slight ripple on the water from the NNW. Whilst most found these conditions hard three rods stood out from the crowd. Rod Wilson fished tubes deep on the rudder for a six fish bag weighing 22lbs. His total catch of 16 fish included a brown of 7lbs. Dermot Murphy fished under the watchful eye of guide Tom Bird, assisting him with his buzzer techniques. He netted 15 in total topped by a magnificent rainbow of 4lbs 12oz – all from Toft. Brian Moore also enjoyed a red-letter day – his best ever in fact. He fished a weighted red buzzer deep at anchor off Lin Croft to land over twenty. He described how he dare not put his rod down as takes proved to be so violent! An overcast start greeted anglers on Tuesday. Surface pulling tactics worked in the morning with Lee guiding John Powell out over open water. A team of hoppers saw 16 to the boat by the end of the 4-hour session, with rainbows up to 4lbs. Peter Fisher also boat fished but presented gold head damsels deep together with grey & black buzzers for a 14 fish tally. Season rod Paul Walley fished an afternoon boat to land one for the pot with a further 9 caught & released. His catch included a rainbow of 4lbs+ & all came to a tungsten beaded damsel nymph off Lin Croft Point. Darren Fox is getting himself back into the sport after a few years break and took time to have his casting skills polished with a 1:1 casting lesson with Tom prior to going out for a four-hour evening guided session afloat. Fishing claret buzzers in Toft he was quickly into fish, ending with 8 to the buzzer plus a further two on dries. The bank anglers had a harder time, but Ken Key managed a well-earned brace, as did Brian Allwood.

Wednesday saw a sunny start with some cloud cover build up as the day progressed & the wind swinging into the SW. Very few anglers fished the bank, which remained hard. Nevertheless, John Stanley took a nice brace in the evening. Regular bank angler & season rod Ian Richardson decided to go afloat and enjoyed “First Class sport” anchored at various spots along the Hensborough Bank. He stuck to dries taking 9 rainbows on Big Reds. John Dickens also fished dries but on the drift over the middle. He landed a dozen on a mix of Crippled Midge & Bits. The boat pairings of Draper/Shiers and Campbell/Gillett both stuck mainly to the buzzer theme and had “really good days” with combined tallies of 16 & 13 respectively. Kev Hart also went afloat on a day off & enjoyed fine sport from pin fry feeding fish mainly around A Buoy. He landed 11 on a variety of home tied patterns. Thursday was a day of extremely high winds, described by Al as “blowing a hooley!…” with the SW wind moving into a westerly. Only 14 anglers ventured out onto the water, but some fine sport was had. Lee Patten & Peter Elliott stuck to dries all day with drifts of the main Draycote Water dam. In the high winds this area was in fact the only viable proposition for the day. Both caught consistently- mainly on Big Reds in size 10 – and by the end of the day they had netted over twenty apiece. Darren Woodness & Dave Parker did similar but stuck more towards Rainbow Corner. They too ended the day with over 20 fish each. Only Colin Grainger braved the bank for a brief morning session & landed a very creditable five. The day’s fishery rod average ended on 9. Frantic boat angler sport continued into Friday, made all the more pleasant by a drop in the wind to a light WSW breeze. Although a bright sunny start, many pin fry feeders remained around A to B Buoy, whilst off the School Slips & Flat Stones buzzer feeders were being caught. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell were back out and this week it was Eddie’s turn to record their biggest fish – rainbow of 4lbs 12oz. They enjoyed steady sport on both nymphs & dries for a joint total of 18 netted. Enjoying day 2 of their three-day break, Darren Woodmass & Davie Parker had another joint 40+ day experiencing tremendous sport to CDCs & Midas dries. Lee & Rob Hankins had an amazing day too. They both recorded 6 fish limits & returned a further 38! They fished Invictas, Black Bits, Red holographic diawl bachs & FABs. Martin Greatbatch & Lester Booth shared a boat & alternated between dries & wets ending the day with 23 to the net. Another great day for the venue with the rod average on 9.6.

Saturday started off with light winds and overcast skies with a little bit of drizzle around in the area as the day progressed these winds strengthen building to a 18mph south westerly with the cloud remaining. Unsurprisingly in these conditions the boats opting to fish rudder techniques enjoyed great sport. Mr Melvin Severn used two di 7s with a tube to land 12 fish around the deep water at B buoy. Melvin found that the tactics to go deep rewarded him with bigger fish as his 6 fish bag weight was 19lb 8oz. Rudder regulars Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones enjoyed a red-letter days sport landing a fantastic 42 fish to the boat. The pair used Di 7 sinking lines with a mixture of tubes and snakes once again around the deep water around B buoy and the flat stones. Once again on the last day of their three day break the boat of Darren Woodmass & Davie Parker enjoyed great sport with 38 fish coming to the boat. They found that in the strong winds the fish wanted Midas fished on a short line and almost dapped on the water. The pair found the fish along the top dam wall and drifting from the inlet over towards B buoy. Over the three days Darren & Davie have really enjoyed some fantastic sport landing over 130 fish between the two of them in 3 days. Martin Introna & Julie Emerson enjoyed a great days sport with over 50 fish to the boat the pair found the fish all around the top end of the lake around Rainbow corner, inlet and Hensbrough. Using a wide range of methods if it was fished within the top 3ft of water, tactics such as dries, washing lining and pulling all accounted for a share of their fish. Saturday also saw Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird host another bank tuition day, which was a great success with all the participants going away full of the joys of learning a fascinating new hobby for the years to come. For details on our next courses please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk.

Another overcast days with slightly lighter winds Sunday, with these types of conditions its hardly a surprise that dry flies made up a large part of the catches on the day. Mr M West drifted out of Rainbow Corner towards A buoy using big reds to land over 20 fish to the boat. Another boat who found big reds the key to good sport were season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas who fished a half day landing an impressive 40 fish to the boat on big reds. Jim & Ed found the fish drifting off the Hensbrough bank towards M buoy and the school slips, along the top dam wall and out off the overflow. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird enjoyed good sport on a day off, fishing with Gareth Jones. The pair landed around 35 fish to the boat using claret crippled midge and hoppers drifting from the inlet towards B buoy and along the Draycote Dam. Fishing the last four hours Darren Fix enjoyed good sport landing 12 fish using midas and big reds drifting from rainbow corner to A buoy.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to John Powell of Penybryn the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 261 Number Trout Taken: 222  Number Trout Released:   1025

Total Catch:   1247         Weekly Rod Average: 4.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 07:30  until 22:00

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30   until 15:00   PM 15:00  until 22:00

Last 4 Hours from: 18:00   until    22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

Dates for the Diary

Alex Booth Annual Charity Match – Thursday 28thJune

A few places remain for this prestigious event. Please contact organiser Roy LEWIN on 07762 746 825 to reserve your spot.

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!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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Draycote Report W/E 10th June 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th June 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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Another good week with some fabulous catches. We experienced better weather conditions generally this period and there were times when boat anglers were really “having a field day”. Still harder for the bank anglers – especially on the hot, bright days when fish understandably dropped offshore & out over deeper water. A total of 429 anglers visited the fishery with a total catch for the week of 1875 trout recorded. This represents an increase in the weekly rod average up from 3.82 to 4.37

We had a complete weather change overnight with rain through the night, winds switched into the North East together with a significant temperature drop. This helped Derek Brookes & Phil Hedges who fished their usual Monday slot on the bank and netted seven between them. Gary Turner boat fished with his father & the pair stuck to dries throughout, mainly in Biggin Bay. Their efforts were well rewarded with 16 rainbows to the boat. Kevin Rees was also out with his dries & light outfit. Exploring the deeper water with his home tied Bob’s Bits he netted nine. James Maplethorpe stuck to the Overflow in his boat & persevered with buzzers presented at depth to end with a fine total of 18. Jude Tuffs stayed on the bank on Tuesday & was quick to spot fry feeding fish off Lin Croft. Having started with a washing line set up she soon switched to small lures pulled on a floating line. A mix of Pitsford Pea & Mini Cat’s saw her land a total of ten rainbows, all coming from Lin Croft. Mick Cronin also bank fished and targeted pin fry feeders. He concentrated on the Tower bank with a bespoke home tied pattern based on pearl holographic which also accounted for a ten fish tally.  Out on the water Chad Critchley teamed up with Tony Parker for the day & had a memorable session with totals of 25 & 15 respectively. They fished buzzers deep in Biggin Bay first thing, then onwards to Rainbow Corner where they caught on straight lined buzzers presented 3-4 feet subsurface. During the afternoon they targeted fish moving hard on the huge quantities of pin fry which we have been seeing. They found that fish were happy to rise to dry flies which they stuck to for the duration of their stint. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchel were afloat again having fine sport with quality fish down the Hensborough bank. Their 14 fish tally was topped by a 4lbs 12oz rainbow to Dave’s rod which took a diawl bach which he had presented on a washing line fished with a midge tip line.   Peter Fisher also did well with a 15 fish total but he stuck to gold head damsel patterns teamed with green buzzers in size 14.  Ian Morris & boat partner Brian Hall were ten fish apiece too -fishing Silver Invicta & diawl bach to pin fry feeders. They too landed a couple of fish to dries towards the end of their day.

We were pleased to be playing host to the Police National Finals on Thursday. Wednesday was booked out as their formal practise day and, although many were keeping their tactics & catch locations very close to their chests, it was a day of extremely good sport for most. In total 450 trout were recorded caught & released on the day. Although much sport was being had from the Sailing Club right down the Hensborough & into Rainbow Corner, anglers were also exploring secondary, alternative locations with Biggin, Lin Croft, Cornfield & Toft found to be holding feeding fish. Season rod Mark Edwards was the exception on what proved to be a very hard day for the bank anglers. He chose to fish The Cornfield in the evening where fry feeding activity was apparent. His Silver Invicta accounted for four rainbows up to 3lbs.

Police match day on Thursday saw 34 boats out on the water battling for both individual & regional titles. Competitors deployed a range of differing tactics from buzzer to dries & washing lines to pulling with blobs. Action was fast & furious throughout the venue. The event was fished to a first three fish kill followed by catch & release of a further nine fish and then a time bonus for any rods reaching their limit. In total a staggering 489 rainbows came to the net with an overall rod average for those competing of 7.64. The PSNI team had Martin Allen & Kenny Balfour over on a short break prior to the match & their homework, practise & research clearly paid off as their team took top honours with all four members achieving limit catches. Their total weight with nominal weight for returned fish + time bonuses, was 115lbs 10oz. They split team tactics to great effect between targeting fry feeding fish down the Hensborough & buzzer feeders in & around Toft. In the individual event congratulations go to Mick Cartlidge whose total weight, (again with nominal weight C&R fish + time bonuses), was 31lbs 8oz. Mick spent most of the match pulling with blobs. There were too many great catches to record all although a special mention for Gary Haskins who fished to great effect catching his 12 fish limit by lunchtime. Although stuffed with small fry, all his fish came to dries over the deep water down towards Rainbow. The best fish of the event was a rainbow of 4lbs 9oz.The competition was extremely well organised and our collective “Draycote Team” sincere thanks go out to Steve Owen & Callum Frazer for all their hard work during four days when 154 of their colleagues fished. Thanks similarly for the team’s invitation to the post-match dinner & presentation.

Friday was a little quieter on the water. However, the pressures of the previous days activity had not dampened down sport. Martyn Moore was back to fish his deep buzzers off Lin Croft and caught 12. John Clifford back drifted deep water & netted 7 fine grown on rainbows to 4lbs. Jim & Richard Hall also shared a boat & fished CDC dries for 12 & 7 respectively & also caught 4lbs+ fish. Whilst Stephen Conway had great fun netting 6 on dries, with three over 3lbs, he came back somewhat frustrated having “missed more than 40!!”. James Cavanagh fished an evening last 4 hours on the bank & his brace of buzzer caught rainbows included a 4½ pounder.

 

The weekend saw the wind still coming out of the north east, but Saturday in particular was very hot & the fishing for many proved hard. Nevertheless, Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones fished their usual rudder tactics over deep water & found fish consistently. They ended with 9 & 12 rainbows respectively and their catch included fish over 4lbs. It was also good to see the England Youth on the water for a training weekend. Tom Finney & Ollie Jenkinson spent time honing their skills on the dries & did well with 10 & 8 to Big Reds & crippled midges. Alan Masters & boat partner fished Biggin Bay & the Hensborough Bank with damsels, diawl bachs & Fraser nymphs to great effect landing a joint total of 18.  Bob & Nick Ring fished both Toft & Rainbow catching at both locations. Their joint tally of 12 came to orange buzzer & blue flash damsel. Tony Parker was back too & accounted for a further 14 rainbows to his own fiery brown dries. Ian Reeve has been enjoying some great sport since opening day & he spent Saturday drifting the Hensborough, mainly with dries, to catch & release 11. The extremely hot & bright conditions on Sunday really took its toll on prospects for the bank anglers although Mr Ashwell caught a brace including a 2½ rainbow for the pot on emergers. He also caught a large perch – many of which have been recorded lately as they are also predating heavily on this year’s fry. Chris Discombe & Jim Brennan also had a good day afloat with 7 & 6 netted to gold ribbed hare’s ear nymphs. They commented on the fact that the fish they took for the pot were absolutely stuffed with these small fry.

With forecasts looking good & the venue brimming with actively feeding trout, it looks like fine sport is set to continue.

Weekly Boat draw

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

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    429   Number Trout Taken:   416   Number Trout Released:   1459

Total Catch:      1875           Weekly Rod Average:  4.37

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 15:00   PM 15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45       until     21:45 Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

Dates for the Diary

Alex Booth Annual Charity Match – Thursday 28thJune

A few places remain for this prestigious event. Please contact organiser Roy LEWIN on  07762 746  825 to reserve your spot.

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!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 3rd June 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 3rd June 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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Another good week with some great highlights, but often somewhat more challenging than the previous week. Some significant changes in weather conditions have had their effect on sport – not always for the best. However, the water clarity remains excellent, the buzzer continues to dominate return sheets as do increased numbers of fish succumbing to those fishing dries. Pin fry have also entered the frame with many trout becoming pre-occupied on them & proving extremely hard to tempt, particularly for the bank angler. Boat anglers have enjoyed the best of the sport by far, as one expects at this stage in the season with a large percentage of the population moving off the shallows & out over open water. A total of 362 anglers visited the venue during the week recording a total catch of 1386 for a rod average of 3.82

The week actually started with a bang in perfect late spring/early summer conditions and trout feeding hard on Monday. Regulars Jim Smith & Ed Douglas took advantage, explored different locations all day and ended with an impressive 40+ joint return all on dries. The pair have really worked on their set up & presentation & now deploy their #5 weight outfits on most visits reaping impressive results with almost embarrassing regularity. The Conway brothers also had a fantastic day on Monday but went mainly down the buzzer route (although they also caught on teams of Diawl Bachs). They drifted the Hensborough Bank down towards Rainbow Corner & amassed a total to the boat of 34 & 22. Stephen later emailed the lodge to comment on the quality of the action they enjoyed highlighting the quality of the rainbows encountered which had included six silver bars over 4lbs. Tony Parker boated 14 on open water drifts, of which 10 were to dries,  & Mr W Brown did very well to catch & release 17 rainbows on Black Buzzer. Very few bank anglers on the water but season rod Ian Richardson had some interesting (and frustrating) sport with pin fry feeders around the Overflow. He did manage to put 3 in the net including a silver bar of 3lbs+ together with some specimen perch. The day ended with over 400 trout netted and a rod average of 7.5!

A weather change into Tuesday led to a cold start with overcast skies on a north easterly wind. It really made things difficult for the bank anglers despite the numbers of trout seen moving. That didn’t stop Mr Teil & Mr Hatton starting their bank fishing holiday break in style with a 5lbs rainbow from the Cornfield on a silver Invicta for Mr Teil followed up with a 5 ½ pounder for Mr Hatton on his own pin fry pattern in Rainbow Corner. Things warmed up as the day progressed & those on the nymphs started to catch. Martyn Moore has been on a really good run this season & he was back afloat with his deep fished buzzers – this week off Lin Croft.  He fishes at anchor deploying a very long leader on a floating line & often has a tungsten beaded dark buzzer on the point. Fished almost static he knows that his team is “properly in the zone” when he can feel the point fly just nipping & dragging into the weed growth on the deck. These tactics paid dividends for him on Tuesday with twelve rainbows to the net. The “Broadway/Dews” duo left their bankside haunts once more for a day in the boat & decided to fish deep with tube flies all day. Their efforts were also rewarded with a joint catch of 15 including some real silver bars for the pot. Also out on the tubes, was rudder specialist Rod Wilson. Rod has been very consistent all season which demonstrates the extent of his knowledge of Draycote’s underwater contours that he has developed over many years. He brought a total of 18 grown on rainbows to the net by the end of his session. Jamie Scott is also very consistent at all four of our venues which he rotates around. His Draycote visit this week saw him stick mainly to damsel patterns for a 16 fish tally from a variety of locations.

Rain overnight and into the morning led to a slow start on Wednesday followed by warm, humid conditions & a flat calm afternoon. Nevertheless, season rod Paul Walker ventured out onto the banks in Dunns Bay catching consistently by alternating between a buzzer team and dry fly sport to Klinkhammer patterns. He ended with an impressive total of 12 to the net. Viv Davies also fished the boat with a similar mix but he used CDC Emergers & Bob’s Bits as his dries with Muskins & UV Crunchers his successful nymphs. Geoff Preston was also on the water for his regular morning boat. He failed to find fish down in Toft so headed up to the main Draycote Dam above the Inlet. He located taking fish near the edge of a mucky water line at the bottom of the wind & came off at lunchtime with four fine bars of silver & a further 8 caught & released. His fish came to his favourite olive woolly bugger /damsel pattern presented on a floating line. He commented on his amazement at the number of fish showing all around him. We have enjoyed the company of many Belgian visitor this season & the venue played host this week to a five-man party headed by Alex Van Rijkel over for a four-day break. They really got into the swing of things & were pretty consistent all week. Mainly utilising deep buzzer tactics their combined tally on the Tuesday was 49 to the net – mainly from the Hensborough Bank. On Thursday we had an easterly wind of 5-7 mph; it was 20°C, very humid & cloudy. C J Day worked the bank hard & was rewarded with 5 rainbows to a mix of mini booby & damsel. Again though, it was the boats that excelled with some tremendous returns. Phil Harding & Chad Critchley teamed up to find fish taking static buzzer in the morning but needed to resort to pulling tactics on a Di7 in the afternoon. Exploring much of the venue they ended the day with a combined total of 37 rainbows caught & released.  The “Jim & Ed” show were back out too & stayed on the dries all day for a combined 25 fish catch. Big Reds & crippled midges feature highly in their favoured patterns. Gordon Bramwell also had a terrific day in his boat fishing a 50/50 split of buzzer or dries for a very creditable 34 to the net. John Hoskins & Nick Banham were afloat & concentrated their efforts along the Hensborough Bank where they straight lined teams of black glass buzzers. They recorded a catch of 18 & 15 respectively with some fine 3lbs fish weighed in at the end of their session topped by a magnificent rainbow at 5lbs 1oz for Nick. Also in on the fabulous sport were season ticket holders Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell. They caught 16 & 10 respectively & commented later on “such quality fish & a superb, unbelievable day with 4 weighed in at 12lbs 2oz”. Tom Bird spent most of the day afloat too, guiding John O’Hara out in open water near M buoy off the Hensbrough bank and drifting into Rainbow corner. After their mid-day break to enjoy the complimentary ploughman’s lunch, John’s UV cruncher, fished on a washing line, was taken by what resulted in a personal best cracking rainbow which later tipped the scales at a fraction under 6lbs! To discuss booking a guiding session call Tom on 01788 812018 to discuss the options in order to tailor the perfect option. It was good to see Richard Pelly on the water in a “Last 4 Hours” boat. Fishing his usual Big Reds & Shipman’s, on his delightful #3 outfit, he enjoyed fine visual sport with 6 to the net before the close. On Friday Bob Smith got amongst the fish on the bank recording 6 caught & released – but not revealing his successful flies or tactics in the returns sheet! Visiting us again this year, on holiday from his home venue Blagdon with a group of friends, Mr Hatton had a very good day on the bank with five to the net. Ian Richardson was back on the bank too & he recorded four rainbows from Biggin Bay & the Overflow on FAB blob, damsel & diawl bach. Mike Garner stuck to Lin Croft Point on the bank & landed three on cormorants & diawl bach. Harder conditions generally saw boat angler returns reduced with a rod average for the day down to 2.6. However, Russell Swinbourne bucked the trend with a total of 20 rainbows from his boat on the Hensborough Bank on buzzers & Hare’s Ear Nymphs. He described his catch as including “clonking good rainbows up to 4lbs”.

Saturday started with a light westerly breeze & conditions looked really good. Regulars Jim Dempsey & boat partner Ifor Jones were on the water early for their regular week-end boat session on the rudder. They matched each other fish for fish on drifts over the middle ending on 4 each for the pot with 7 each returned. Clive Wilkins had a really good day in the boat too with most of his 20 fish tally coming to Hare’s Ear Nymphs or Hare’s Ear Booby in the surface. Regulars Ian Reeve & Chris Aubrey also got into sport finding action with 14 & 11 respectively from Rainbow corner. Mr Nicholls enjoyed great sport boating a dozen fish from the School Slips just past the Sailing Club. He washing lined black buzzers and hot head diawl bachs. The England Ladies Team also enjoyed a good team building day with all experiencing good sport around the Overflow and Rainbow Corner fishing washing lined nymphs and dries.

Tom was busy on Saturday hosting another of our ever-popular beginner tuition days. After a morning learning the knots, matching the hatch and the art of casting a fly, the group took to the water for their first fly fishing experience. Several fish were caught including a fantastic 4lb 6oz pin fry feeding rainbow. Pictures from the day can be seen at www.facebook.co.uk/flyfishstore. Next on the tuition day schedule are the new for 2018 boat tuition days. To find out more about booking a place please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices

Sunday was very bright & extremely hot with all anglers reaching for the sunscreen. Nevertheless, season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas took to the water yet again & enjoyed tremendous sport around the Overflow and Rainbow Corner. The pair found that in the hot, flat calm conditions fish had dropped lower in the water column than they had been during the week Both therefore chose to fish a washing line on the new RIO 3D Single Hand Spey which has a camolux and hover sink tip., Getting the washing line to present deeper in the water column proved to be the best tactic on the day. They netted over 50 fish to the boat by the end of their session with the best patterns being a FAB on the point and red diawl bachs and crunchers on the droppers.  As the day progressed and the fish dropped even deeper the pair scaled down the size of FAB to decrease buoyancy and keep their teams in the taking zone. The Derby Fly Fishers were also with us on Sunday fishing their annual boat match.  Despite the sweltering conditions, which had left many concentrating on the boils, Clive Wilkins decided to return to the Hensborough Bank where he had had such good sport the previous day and managed to net another 10 to come off in winning place. Second & third slots went to Keith Smith & Stan Cierech, both with 6 rainbows apiece.

As we go into the new week conditions have changed again with decreased air temperatures, cloud cover and a north east wind that is forecast to remain for the next few days. Hopefully consistent sport will follow. We are hosting the Police National final this week so the whole fleet has been booked out on Wednesday & Thursday to cater for the event. Plenty of boats available again from Friday.

Weekly Boat draw

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

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    362   Number Trout Taken:   255    Number Trout Released:   1131

Total Catch:      1386            Weekly Rod Average:  3.82

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:45

Boat All Day: 07:30   until 21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30    until 15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45       until     21:45 Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

Dates for the Diary

Please be reminded that all boats are booked out on Wednesday 5th June & Thursday 6th June as we are hosting the Police National UK Finals. Bank fishing on those days remains unaffected.

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!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

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Draycote Report W/E 27th May 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 27th May 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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The water clarity here this week has been fantastic, and although the weather has been bright with some blustery conditions, Draycote is in excellent form. The backbone of the fishing has been deep down on static buzzers and diawl bachs, fished on either a floating line using a bung, or on a midge tip line. Some other methods have been successful as well, such as dries or a washing line, but haven’t produced anywhere near the numbers of fish. It seems that the trout are holding right the way along the north shore from Grays Barn up to Biggin Bay, and along the Hensborough bank, overflow and Rainbow Corner. But the bright sunshine seems to have pushed the fish just out of reach of the bank anglers, who have not fared so well this week. A few anglers have fished sinking lines and tubes out in the deeper water and boated some lovely “silvered up”, over wintered specimens. Overall there is some outstanding sport to be had here, which is backed up by a weekly rod average of 4.3 with 373 anglers catching a total of 1,610 trout.

The week started with a bright sunny day, with winds from the North. Season ticket holder Lee Patten & Peter Elliot had a good day fishing buzzer from a boat the overflow to land 20 fish each on buzzers. Visiting anglers Keith Bunnet & Tim Grove enjoyed great sport fishing buzzers from an anchored boat in Toft landing 31 fish to the boat. Also using buzzers to great effect was the pairing of Tosh Storrar and D Marklow who boated 61 fish on a floating line and a team of 3 buzzers. Mr D Rees and J Cowan fished buzzers again in Toft to boat 31 fish. Mr Davies used the Bung to great effect in Rainbow corner to land 14 fish.

Very similar conditions Tuesday, but with slightly more wind which made presentation of buzzer slightly trickier. John Cowan used buzzers in Biggin Bay and Toft to land an impressive 23 fish. D Marklow used a washing line on a midge tip with a combination of FABs and buzzers to land 16 fish.  On the bank season ticket holder Paul Walker landed an impressive 12 fish, fishing from the Cornfield and Lincroft point on buzzers. Fishing on an afternoon boat James Maplethorpe & Trevor Moore landed 29 fish between them fishing buzzers in Albert’s Bottom in Biggin Bay. Out on the water in house guide Lee Henfrey took regular client John O’Hara out with John using Buzzers on the bung to land 17 fish from near the overflow of the treatment works. J Cowan and A Gourlay fished at Lincroft point from a boat using a Di 7 and a white dancer to land 25 fish including a 5lb rainbow.

Wednesdays started cloudy but soon brightened around 10 o’clock. Tosh Storrar fished at Lincroft point in a boat using black and red buzzers static on a floating line to land 12 fish. The boat pairing of Chris Howkins and R Symonds enjoyed good sport landing 21 fish between them on buzzers as well as pulling blobs and boobies on a di 5-sinking line. Geoff Preston enjoyed good sport on the rudder utilising a morning boat to land 9 fish on Damsels fished on a wet cell 2 fly line. North East anglers Don Coe, Keith Burrnet, Tim Grove and Gordon Byers enjoyed a great day’s sport using buzzers in Toft landing 44 fish between them. The icing on the cake was when Tim landed a fantastic 8lb 7oz overwintered rainbow on a buzzer, which he returned to fight another day.

Overcast conditions with yet another Northerly wind, with the overcast skies brighten as the day wore on. Mr D Marklow & S Marklow landed 17 fish from Toft on buzzers. On the bank John Hall landed 3 fish on Lincroft point on a green pea after trying buzzers for the morning with no luck. Steve Brown used the rudder to land 13 fish with the biggest tipping the scales at 3lb 8oz. Steve found the fish through the middle of the lake with N buoy being the hotspot. The boat of Mr Hallam & Mr Nixon enjoyed good sport landing 15 fish on hares ears and diawl bachs fished on a floating line in Toft. Mike Gillet and Colin Campbell also boated 15 fish all on buzzers from Biggin Bay. Tony Broadway and John Dews back drifted with tubes on around X & N buoy to land 15 fish. Also fishing the middle using tubes was John Clifford who boated 10 fish up to 10lb. Season ticket holder Dave Atkins fished from Lincroft point in the afternoon to land 12 fish on green fritz. Thursday also saw the Police fish a team qualifier with good catches coming to nymphs and buzzers fished along the North Shore and near J Buoy both Steve Thyer and Chris Howkins had their 12 fish limits in the match.

A very wet start to Friday with a light ripple coming from the North east, the rain did eventually clear but not until late in the afternoon. John Hoskins fished in Toft to land 11 fish on nymphs. Martyn Moore fished in Toft on Buzzers fished deep on a floating line and a long leader Martyn enjoyed great sport landing 29 fish. Keith jones and boat partner Steve landed 20 fish again all on nymphs and buzzers. Season ticket holder Pete fisher fished from a boat with a gold head damsel on the point teamed with a black and green size 14 buzzer to land 21 fish. Tim Grove, Keith Bunnett and Gordon Byers enjoyed their last day afloat landing 31 fish between them again on buzzers. Mr Williams & Masters enjoyed a good days sport fishing nymphs in the morning and dries in the afternoon to land 27 fish. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Martyn Price and Dave Hancox out for an afternoon session landing 18 fish to the boat on washing lined buzzers and diawl bach, before swapping to a long midge tip teamed with a booby and FAB landing all the fish from Rainbow Corner To discuss booking a guiding session call Tom on 01788 812018 to discuss the options.

An overcast start to Saturday with a strong gusty North Eastly wind, which later became bright in the afternoon. Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 19 fish on the rudder using tubes on di 3 sinking lines. Season ticket holder Tony Parker landed 15 fish on Buzzers from various spots on the reservoir. M Brown & J Cairney landed 15 fish on size black buzzers from Toft. Father and son team of S Mclean & D Mclean landed 36 fish on washing lined nymphs and dries from Rainbow corner before a move to Toft on the afternoon. Cai Lewin fishing with his Dad landed 17 between them on size 10 buzzers in Toft. Mr Harby also fished buzzers but this time on a midge tip to land 8 commenting that static was key.

The day started off overcast which brighten before thunder and lighting called an early finish to the day. Keith Harding & Mike Clarke used buzzers under the bung to land 22 fish. The pair found the fish in Toft, Biggin Bay, Rainbow Corner and Croft shoal. Mr Brown & Mr Cairney landed 14 fish again on small buzzers size 12 and 14s. George Leaton fished a damsel to land 16 fish. While season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas used dries to land 16 fish a short 4-hour session before thunder and lightening stopped play.

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Jim Dempsey Bedworth the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  373 Number Trout Taken: 215 Number Trout Released:  1395

Total Catch: 1610   Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

 

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:45

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 15:00        pm 15:00 until 21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45 until 21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00 hrs

 

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!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

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Draycote Report W/E 20th May 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 20th May 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

The week started off a little cold due to the northly wind, however towards the end of the period the temperatures had increased massively. This saw the fishing improve with some great catches on buzzers and some excellent evening rises to dries through the middle. A total of 388 anglers visited the site catching a total of 1424 trout for a weekly rod average of 3.67. The best tactics overall have been to fish with Di 3 sinking lines with a combination blobs and boobies. Buzzers, either fished under the or straight lined, have produced great catches. Finally, we have also seen some great rises and reports of fish coming to dry flies.

On Monday a bright blue-sky day teamed with a northly wind made the fishing tricky. Nevertheless, boat angler Rod Wilson did well fishing on the rudder with a Di 7 sinking line with a gold and silver tube to land 12 fish. Rod’s best spot was fishing over N buoy near Musborough Shoal. Jim Marriott fished all along the North Shore in a boat to land 5 fish. His best tactic was to use a hot head buzzer 12ft under a bung, before landing some fish on dries later in the day. On the bank for the last four hours Peter Bierenacki and Jarod Burton enjoyed good sport on dries to land 3 and 4 rainbows respectively.

A sunny day with the winds remaining in the north made once again for challenging conditions for the anglers out on the water on Tuesday. David Cole fished the boats to land 8 while his boat partner boated one and a perch. On the bank Season Ticket holder Paul Walker landed 5 all on buzzers from the Cornfield. Russell Swinbourne used buzzers to land 14 rainbows from along the main Draycote Dam wall then found fish in Toft during the afternoon. The McIntosh party, down for a short break for Scotland, enjoyed the best of the sport landing 44 between the 7 of them. All their fish came from Toft on buzzers and damsels.

Wednesday saw another cool day due to the Northly wind with some severe gusting. Mr Smart landed 4 fish on buzzers fishing in car parks 3 and 4 on the Cornfield. Colin Granger also fished along the Cornfield to land 5 fish on buzzers. On the boats season ticket holder Pete Fisher enjoyed great sport landing 23 fish on a gold headed mayfly nymph on the point with black and red buzzers on the droppers fished on a floating line. Pete found the fish in Biggin Bay and near the Overflow. Another season ticket holder getting into the action was Tony Parker and partner David Holroyd who landed 45 fish to the boat all on buzzers from Toft, Biggin Bay and Rainbow Corner. David East and Tony Broadway enjoyed good sport on the boat landing lovely silver fish back drifting with a di 7 and tubes. The pair found the bets area to be X buoy and going over Musborough Shoal. Alan Guest and Andy Dowell used the rudder with very similar tactics to land 12 fish to the boat in their afternoon session.

Thursday was a warm sunny day with the winds remaining in the North with just a hint of Easterly. Ed Douglas landed 13 on buzzers and dries. Ed used buzzers fishing over Lincroft Shoal in the morning before switching to dries in Dunn’s Bay during the evening. Simon Hill and members from the police team enjoyed good sport landing 24 between the 4 of them with the best of the sport coming from down the Farnborough Bank wall using a mix of buzzers and blobs. In- house guide Lee Henfrey took to the water once more with John O’Hara. Lee continued his great guiding record this year with another 20 plus fish haul for John. The pair fished around the outlet for the treatment works in the morning before moving to the Farnborough Dam in the afternoon. The best tactic being either buzzers fished under the bung or a blue flash damsel booby fished on a midge tip. [To book Lee for a Guided session please call the lodge on 01788 812018 and speak to Guiding and Tuition Manger Tom Bird to book a slot]. The boats of Mr A McKenzie with partner Robertson and Chambers and McGill, also enjoyed fantastic sport landing 44 fish and 35 fish to the boats on gold head buzzers fished in Toft.

Another warm sunny day with light winds greeted anglers on Friday. Barclays held their annual boat competition with 24 rods landing a total of 101 trout representing a rod average of 4.2. The best tactics in the match were buzzers and nymphs fished in Toft and Rainbow Corner on a Di 3 line. Season Ticket holder Peter Elliott landed 17 rainbows with the first 4 coming to dries early and the rest later on buzzers. Peter fished around Toft and Rainbow Corner. Martyn Moore also enjoyed a great days buzzer sport on Toft using deep buzzers. He fished from an anchored boat to land 26 good rainbows & some very large perch. Dry fly lover Kevin Rees kicked off his boat season in fine form landing 16 fish all on Bob’s Bits. Eileen Chatwin also used dries to land 12 from Biggin Bay. Richard Pelly came for the last four hours to take advantage of the evening rise and landed 7 on Big Red’s. Ian Reeve and Chris Aubrey fished in Toft to land 18.

Bright and flat calm all day where the conditions that greeted anglers Saturday. It was certainly a day for the sun cream. Dave Adams used buzzers to land 10 fish from Toft and D & J Craig landed 14 between them also on buzzers but from Lincroft Point. John Pearson and J Warwick fished the last four hours to land 14 fish on dries and buzzers. Messrs R & N Ring fished orange buzzers in Toft to boat 21. Another angler getting into good sport on the buzzer was Richard Reeve who fished for the afternoon to land 13 fish.

Yet more sun with winds in the East (when there was any breeze) on Sunday. Keith Harding and Mike Clarke enjoyed good sport on buzzers fished under the bung over Lincroft shoal in the morning before moving to the Overflow later in the day. Laurence Foster and boat partner D Webb fished along the Cornfield and Rainbow Corner to land 26 on buzzers and nymphs. Mr Gourlay landed 25 fish from Lincroft Point and down the Cornfield using blobs on a Di 3 sinking line. Out on the boats Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had a cricket score day with over 70 fish to the boat catching on a variety of methods and areas. Starting the day at Lincroft Point on washing lined buzzers they caught well before moving onto the shoal once again catching well. After this they moved up towards the top dam wall catching on buzzers, and also a gold arsed cat booby fished on a di 3. The pair also found this method working in the corner of the Hensborough bank before finishing off on dries through the middle.

Looking forward to coming next week, the good weather looks set to continue with temperatures into the 20s for most of the period.  This will continue to increase the water temperature and hopefully provide even more top of the water sport.

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Howard Rutter from Amersham the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  388   Number Trout Taken: 331 Number Trout Released:  1093

Total Catch: 1424   Weekly Rod Average: 3.67

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 15:00        pm 15:00 until 21:30

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45hrs

 

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!

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

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Draycote Report W/E 13th May 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 13th May 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Overall, we have had a good week regarding the weather with some lovely warm days teamed with light winds. This has created some fantastic buzzer and dry fly sport. A total of 380 anglers visited the fishery during the period landing a total of 1374 trout for a rod average of 3.6 for the week.

Monday saw lovely warm over 20°C day with sun for the morning with cloud building late in the afternoon. Out on the boats Mr E Wilson and boat partner A Masters enjoyed some great buzzer sport from Biggin Bay and Dunn’s landing 18 fish to the boat all on black buzzers fished on a floating line. Season ticket holders Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe also enjoyed good buzzer sport down in Toft using very skinny black buzzers. Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve fished both Biggin Bay and Toft using buzzer to boat 13. Keeping it in the family Ian’s son Richard fished from another boat to land a dozen rainbows on buzzers. On the bank Martin Hancox fished the last four hours to land 4 from Toft. Nick Osbourne took to a boat for the last four hours and landed 8 fish. All came to buzzers from Biggin Bay with three of his trout coming in the first three casts!

A mostly sunny day on Tuesday with 13mph west south west winds and cloud rolling in later in the day. Jude Tuffs fished the bank to land 8 rainbows with 6 coming in the morning to buzzers fished under the bung before taking a couple more later in the day pulling lures. Ian Shobbrook fished the bank to land 3 in the morning using buzzers in the deep water. On the boats season ticket holders Colin England & Tony Plummer landed 12 fish using buzzers in Biggin Bay. Out in the middle fishing the rudder Rod Wilson had a fantastic day’s sport. He boated over 20 fish using gold and silver tubes on a di 7-sinking line, with the best being a 4lb rainbow.

Sunny start to the day Wednesday with cloud building in the afternoon around 2pm, light south westerly winds around 12mph which grew in strength slightly as the cloud pushed in. On the bank fishing at the Swan’s Nest Derek Brooks enjoyed great sport landing 12 on buzzers. Pete Fisher fished further down into Toft using a team of nymphs and also landed a dozen. Mr Swinbourne boated 16 rainbows all on Buzzers from various areas of the lake. However, Rainbow Corner was his most productive location. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took to the water on a day off with boat partner Cameron Rothwell & the pair landed over 40 fish to the boat between them. They found a good head of fish in Biggin Bay during the morning and then Toft in the afternoon, before going back to Biggin later on in the day to catch on dries. Their best tactic was to use a floating line with a team of buzzers and a small blob on the point. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas was also back out on the water & landed 20 fish, with 5 coming in the morning using buzzers over Croft Shoal before landing 15 late on in Toft on dries. The crippled midge was Ed’s best pattern teamed up with a Big Red. In house guide Lee Henfrey took John O’Hara out with John enjoying some more fantastic buzzer & he too landed over 20. The pair found the fish in Biggin Bay and Toft. John has found some real success on his guiding days with Lee this year boating over 20 fish a trip. To book Lee for a guiding session call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Thursday was bright and breezy with the winds remaining in the south west which made the buzzer fishing trickier that it has been on previous days. Nevertheless, Joe McGuigan used CDC shuttlecock buzzers to land 9 fish from over the shoals as well as in Rainbow Corner. David Holding & Geoff Brooks enjoyed good sport from the boat landing 12 fish in the morning session. Fishing along the north shore from Biggin Bay to Toft 50 yards from the bank on small dancers and blue flash damsels pulled on intermediate lines. Season Ticket holders Paul Mitchell and Dave Kennel found the fish willing to take in Biggin Bay in the afternoon to land 17 fish to the boat on washing lines nymphs. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell landed 26 fish to the boat all on buzzers in Biggin Bay breaking the trend of difficult buzzer fishing.

A very chilly southerly gusty wind whipped across the reservoir Friday making it a cold day on the water, however, this did not stop some good catches. On the bank Mark Braun landed 8 fish from the Swan’s Nest on buzzers and pheasant tails. Pete Allan also fished at the Swan’s Nest to land 13 on washing lined buzzers. Out on the boats Martin Moore opted for Toft using a team of Buzzers to land 16 fish. Using buzzer in Rainbow Corner and Toft Gary McGinlay & Mr Pelini landed 32 fish. Using yellow owls and big reds Joe McGuigan had a field day landing 23 frainbows all on the dries at A buoy. He commented that the area it “teeming with fish”.

A warm calm day Saturday with a light ripple picking up in the afternoon before a very wet finish. On the bank Peter Elliot fished the Swan’s Nest with a team of buzzers to land 14 fish, Peter commented that the fish were only a rod length from the bank. On the boats Ian Ross and season ticket holder Mike Garner land 10 on buzzers and Diawl Bachs from both Toft and Biggin Bay. Another season ticket holder getting into the action was Jim Smith who used dries all day to land 12. His catch included a cracking 5lb rainbow. Jim moved around constantly looking for moving fish to intercept found his best pattern to be the Big Red. Ian and Carl Malpass also experienced fine sport netting a total of 29 on a mixture of dries or the washing line – with a cat booby being the top pattern on the washing line.

Sunday was another day of light winds with some sporadic cloud around in the morning until more consistent sun broke through around 11am. Out on the boat Mr Critchley enjoyed great sport using buzzer under the bung to great effect landing 22 fish with the majority taking the buzzer 3ft down. Most of his sport was had in Toft Shallows. On the bank Mr J Burton landed 17 fish on a intermediate line and a white and brown squirrel zonker. Mr A Bremner landed 15 fish all on buzzer from Toft. Mr B Dillon and L Horner landed 22 fish from the boats fishing around Toft and Biggin Bay. Out on the boats Guiding and Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Mr Cotworthy out for a 4 hour guide while down on a break from Scotland. He landed fish on dries and washing line tactics in Biggin Bay and out in the middle. To book Tom for a guided session call the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices

Thornton Fly Fishers also visited on an “Away Day” on Sunday and our congratulations go to John Kirk who caught & released their best fish – a magnificent five pound plus brownie which succumbed to a bright yellow lure fished deep off the Farborough Dam. Richard Pelly rounded off the day with a last four-hour permit in the boat. He enjoyed a good evening rise in the middle with five rainbows to the boat on his Big Red patterns.

 

 

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Rod Wilson from Ibstock the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  380   Number Trout Taken: 342  Number Trout Released:  1032

Total Catch: 1374   Weekly Rod Average: 3.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 21:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 15:00        pm 15:00 until 21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15 until 21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)

Gutting Room Closes – 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30hrs

 

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!

 

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

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Draycote Report W/E 6th May 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 6th May 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

A mixed week here at Draycote, starting with windy cold days, which then by the Friday changed to lovely warm calm days perfect conditions for fishing buzzers and enjoying the sun. a total of 318 rod fished Draycote this week catching 1900 trout for a weekly rod average of 5.98.

Monday kicked off with a strong North Westerly wind, which put off most anglers from venturing out. However, Alessandro Piccioli and a party of three other traveling anglers from Belgium did head out in boats. Between the four of them they landed 23 trout. The best tactics the anglers found were to fish buzzer along the North Shore with Biggin Bay and the Cornfield being the hotspot in the morning before a move down to Toft in the afternoon produced the goods for them on the buzzers.

Another windy day Tuesday but this time with the winds coming from the west. This made fishing the bank very tricky with a lot of seasoned Draycote bank anglers recording nil. The boats faired better with Dom Muddier and Matt Osbourne fishing along the deep water near the Draycote Dam and B buoy. Using 5 inch per second sinking lines and olive snakes and blue flash damsels to land 15 fish between them including two lovely rainbows of 3lb 13oz & 3lb 3oz. The best catch of the day was recorded by Mr R Swinbourne who boated a fantastic 37 fish all on small dark buzzers fished along the dam wall near Rainbow Corner. Mr Swinbourne also landed a lovely 4lb brown which he returned to fight another day.

A very wet start Wednesday with heavy rain up until lunch, after this it brightened to a lovely afternoon. With winds coming from the west before swinging into the North West and dropping in strength to go with the clearing skies. Out on the boats Mr Lawrence & Mr Sutton landed 8 fish to the boat fishing in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s on a team of buzzer on a floating line. Also using a team of nymphs to great success was Edgar George and Nigel Evans who fished all along the North Shore to land 13 fish between them.

An improved day regarding the weather saw the rod average increase to 6.6 on Thursday. Light westerly winds meant that most of the bank was fishable, fishing on the Swans nest Ian Richardson landed 11 fish all on small green sleeve diawl bachs fished on a long leader on a floating line. On the boats R Ballie and Mr Reeks landed 22 fish between them on a mixture of snakes and buzzers from Toft. Gordan Bramwell & K Cooke fished in Rainbow Corner to land 56 between them all on buzzers the buzzer of choice was a black buzzer with a small red tag at the back. Neil Picken and Graham Harks landed 27 fish using teams of nymphs from various spots around the lake, including Toft and Rainbow Corner.

Near perfect conditions of warm overcast and a light south westerly winds meant for some great buzzer fishing Friday. George Smith fished the bank at Swans nest to land 15 fish in a morning. Further down the bank towards the Willow Tree, Mr Day landed 27 fish on a mixture of nymphs, blobs and damsels. With the majority of fish coming in the morning. Also fishing at the Swans Nest season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 12 fish on cormorants and a blob. Another season ticker holder catching well from the bank in Toft was John Dews who landed 21. Fishing down in Toft from the boat Mr More landed 42 fish all on buzzers. Down from Scotland Steve McGregor and a party of three other anglers fished there first of three days with the 4 anglers landing 54 fish between on snakes and buzzer from rainbow corner and Toft, with Mr Carns landing a lovely 5lb 4oz rainbow on a buzzer in Rainbow Corner.  Out on the boats Dave Kennel and Paul Mitchell enjoyed some great sport landing 37 fish using a midge tip washing lining buzzers with a small FAB on the end they found fish all along the Farnborough Dam after the spit drifting down to Toft and then all down the Cornfield and through the middle of Toft. On the bank along the Cornfield season ticket holder Paul Walley and Paul Walker enjoyed great sport on buzzer landing 26 and 32 each. Out the water Draycote Fly Fishers held a fundraising match organised by Paul Farrell for “Help The Heroes”. All 13-boats enjoyed great sport with various catches of over 20 fish a man and even over 30 fish a man on buzzers and nymphs fish either on floating lines or midge tips. In house guide Lee Henfrey took to the water for an 8-hour guide with regular client John O’Hara. Under Lee’s watchful eye John landed over 40 fish to the boat on a mixture of damsels and then olive buzzers in the afternoon. The sport was that good John even had to put the complimentary deli lunch on hold as he could not stop catching fish. To book a guided day at Draycote please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/guiding/ or call the lodge on 01788 812018 to speak to Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird.

Bright sun and hot temperatures Saturday teamed with very light to no winds looked like it might but a stop to the good fishing that had been experienced the last two days however this was not the case. With the great buzzer fishing continuing, Nigel Evans fished with a party of Ex-navy services who all enjoyed great sport on buzzers from Toft and around the outlet on buzzers. Steve McGregor’s party enjoyed good sport landing into double figures down the Cornfield and Biggin Bay. Coppenhall Fly Fishers fished a boat match Saturday, with several good catches coming from Toft and Biggin Bay on snakes and buzzers. However, the overall winner of the match was Mick Laycock who used dries through the middle to catch better fish who’s 4 fish bag went 10lb 12oz.

Another hot flat day Sunday with temperatures more than 20°C, although despite these hot bright conditions it didn’t stop the fish from pulling back. On the back Marcus Hickman landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on buzzer fished on a floating line. On the boats Ian Gaskell and Ken Hardy enjoyed great sport with over 30 fish to the boat fishing buzzers either straight lined or on a washing line. The found fish through Toft in the morning with Ken landing a lovely silver 3lb rainbow. Before a move to Biggin Bay and Dunn’s resulted in prolific sport on the buzzers with double hook ups. Also catching well was Robert Ball’s part of two boats who landed 48 fish between the four of them on buzzers. Once again the McGregor party who fished in Biggin Bay using buzzers to land 32 fish before an early finish to head up the road to Scotland. Paul Davison used dries through the middle in the afternoon to land well into double figures.

Sunday also saw the third year of the ever-popular RIO & Sage day with both bank and boat sessions available for people to try the latest RIO line or Sage Rod. It was great to see many anglers getting casting advice of Simon Gawesworth from RIO and Jim Fearn for Guide Fly Fishing, as well as being able to try specific tackle. Out on the boats the guides Tom Bird, Lee Henfrey, David Hoppe and Martin Rowson. Got the participants into fish during their 1 ½ hour guided session while offering advice on fishing and information on the tackle being tried. The guides caught fish on a mix of straight line and washing line buzzer tactics from Biggin Bay, Toft and the Inlet.

 

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Lee Patten from Tenbury Wells the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  318   Number Trout Taken: 351  Number Trout Released:  1549

Total Catch: 1900    Weekly Rod Average: 5.98

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 21:00

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 15:00        pm 15:00 until 21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until 21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)

Gutting Room Closes – 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15hrs

Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However, to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered, and on advice from our insurance company, if you are guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If you are guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and, prior to your visit, a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

 

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!

Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                             Contact

Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust-  www.anglingtrustevents.net Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage

Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon-   www.scierrapairs.co.uk

10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

 

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update us that due to the extreme cold, wet & wintery weather conditions experienced during late February & March they have struggled to achieve sufficient growth rates to bring enough stock up to the 2lb+ (900g) trout size for our Draycote stockings booked during early April.

 

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.

 

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The Draycote Team

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Draycote Report W/E 29th April 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 29thApril 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Draycote has experienced a week of extremely windy, often wet conditions which made things difficult for all concerned. It proved to be something of a contrary period with many anglers struggling for a take, whilst others returned with good results. Winds have been strong at times and blowing from the south which frequently made conditions on the North Shore uncomfortable for the boat anglers & all but impossible for the bank anglers, who were also forced to contend with muddied up margins from the waves. Thus, anglers have had to be on their toes to find the fish. Rainbow corner, although very sporadic, did produce some good catches as the week went on, as did the near side in toft, from the Swans nest down to the big willow tree. Fish have generally fallen to either one of two methods from both boat and bank, either fast sinking lines with tube flies, blobs and boobies, or a slow intermediate/ midge tip and buzzers.

A total of 294 anglers caught 978 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.3.

A cold start to the week with low cloud teamed with gusty winds, however the day did remain dry. On the bank season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 5 fish on a mixture of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s from the Swan’s Nest. Out on the boats visiting French anglers Gullernin Cauhrent and Fontaine Hecve landed 10 fish to the boat in Rainbow Corner on Damsels. Taking top honours for the day were rudder men Rod Wilson & Jim Dempsey who fished along the Draycote Dam on Di 7 sinking lines on tubes to land 34 fish to the boat with all the fish taking at 12ft down and included some lovely silver bars.

Light rain all day did keep some anglers away, but it didn’t seem to have any negative effects on the fish. Bob Smith landed 15 fish from the Swan’s nest on a mix of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s. Also fishing in Toft just down from Bob was season ticket holder Colin Granger who landed 7 fish on black buzzers and Diawl bachs, Colin also lost several fish. Out on the boats Eugene Hughes and Gary Owen landed over 20 fish to the boat on snakes and hot head lures on sinking lines from various areas around the reservoir with Toft and the Cornfield.

A bright start Wednesday, which started with light winds however they soon built to quite a strong Westerly. On the bank Jude Tuffs landed 6 fish from the Willow tree in Toft on buzzers. Due to the wind most of the boat opted to fish in Rainbow Corner and it turned out to the be correct move. On the boats visiting Irish anglers Raymond Flynn and Kevin McQuire landed 14 and 12 fish each all on buzzers on a floating line with a 15-18ft leader. Another angler using buzzers to great affect was Mr Swinbourne who landed 23 fish all on buzzers on a floating line, including some lovely overwintered fish.

The winds that had started to strengthen has the day progressed Wednesday had grown in strength throughout the night leaving a very windy day Thursday. As a result, the fishing was tricky especially from the banks as the hot spots from the previous days had become almost unfishable due to the wind. That not only made it difficult to get a line out but also had clouded the banks up. The boats however, did fair slightly better with 4 out of the 7 Irish anglers here on a 3-day break hitting double figures. Once again, they found the fish in Rainbow Corner on buzzers, the Irish lads found that the best team was to use an olive buzzer on the point teamed with small size 12 black buzzers on the droppers. Also, on the water were West Midlands Police for a social day before the inter-service friendly on Friday. A few their boats did venture down to the rough water in Toft, being rewarded with fish coming to buzzers and lures fished on sinking lines.

A fantastic day for ducks Friday with rain all day long which altered from either drizzle or heavy downpours. Although despite the waterproof testing conditions the conditions had improved from the day before with light winds coming from the north. On the bank regular Brian Warwick landed 4 fish from the Cornfield on buzzers. Once again taking to the water were West Midlands Police in their inter-service friendly the 11 anglers landed a total of 62 fish for a rod average of 5.2 fish per man. Top rod on the day was Steve Owen who landed 14 fish all on buzzers fish on a floating line along the Cornfield.

A cold start Saturday with rain and a chill from the Northerly wind. Mr M Braun enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 11 fish from car park 4 along the cornfield all on buzzers. Out on the boats the rudder men once again enjoyed good sport with Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landing 10 fish apiece fishing on di 7 lines and tubes. Also doing well from the boat were Ian Gaskell who fished with Bob Fitzpatrick with the pair boating 16 fish. The pair found either a black buzzer fish at around 11ft or dries targeting surface feeding fish the most productive method, with the areas being Toft, Biggin Bay on the buzzers then across the middle around X buoy for the surface feeders. Peter & Chris Orpin used size 14 olive buzzers near the Draycote Dam fished on a 15ft leader to land 14 fish to the boat. Also, out on the boats a group of friends from the North of England organised by Graham Bell made the trip for a weekend social. In the party John Brown and Andy Campbell enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish on various snakes and lures fished on sinking lines from Toft, Biggin and along the cornfield.

Season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison held a small catch and release competition between some friends Saturday and had written this small section on the day.

“A very cold, wet and windy Saturday saw fourteen local fishing buddies fished a friendly barbless hook catch and release match using the measuring tubes supplied by the fishery, giving us the opportunity to enjoy a competitive day, catch and safely return all 43 fish to fight another day.  The competition was won by Mitch Brown with 8 fish measuring 330cm, and the big fish prize went to Jeremy James with a very impressive brown trout of 54cm, the rod average of just over 3 fish reflected the conditions. Many thanks to Ifor Jones and the Draycote staff Alan, Tom, Kev, Paul and Lee for their hard work and tactical advice and supplying a fleet of clean and tidy boats and most importantly a good stock of hard fighting trout”

For fully catch & release competitions we have purpose made measuring troughs with competition catch & release permits costing £14.00 call the lodge for details

An increase in wind speeds made for a gusty cold day on the water. Season ticket holder Paul Walley fished along the cornfield on small size 14 black buzzers to land 20 lovely trout. On the boats George Leaton enjoyed great sport landing 11 fish from Toft on Damsels. Also fishing down in Toft was season ticket holder Ricard Walker who landed 10 fish all on buzzers. Neil Deakin used friendly tubes fished on a sinking line to land 12 cracking fish from Toft, Biggin and across the middle. However top honours on the day went to the boat of John Hood and season ticket holder Ed Douglas who fished buzzer on a midge tip wo land 34 fish to the boat, the pair found the best area was croft shoal and most of the fish took on the hang with the buzzers at around 10-15ft.

Looking ahead to next week, the weather is due to come warmer towards the end of the week with light winds forecast. Which looks good for some great buzzer fishing on our RIO/Sage day Sunday 6th May.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Eugene Hughes from London the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  294   Number Trout Taken: 208  Number Trout Released:  770

Total Catch: 978    Weekly Rod Average: 3.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 20:45

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 14:45        pm 14:45 until 20:45

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

Gutting Room Closes – 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00hrs

Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However, to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered, and on advice from our insurance company, if you are guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If you are guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and, prior to your visit, a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

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!

Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                             Contact

Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust-  www.anglingtrustevents.net Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage

Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon-   www.scierrapairs.co.uk

10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update us that due to the extreme cold, wet & wintery weather conditions experienced during late February & March they have struggled to achieve sufficient growth rates to bring enough stock up to the 2lb+ (900g) trout size for our Draycote stockings booked during early April.

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.

 

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 22nd April 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 22nd April 2018

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Yet again, a week of weather extremes reflecting the need for a period of settled seasonal spring warmth. The start of the week saw anglers contending with cold, showery conditions combined with very strong south westerly winds. However, by mid-week these had given way to a mini heatwave with clear skies, bright sunshine and soaring temperatures, culminating in the hottest recorded April day in seventy years! A night of thunder & lightning with torrential rain on Saturday heralded the return of a much colder airflow with significant drops in temperature. At times sport was therefore best described as “challenging”, with some accomplished rods not being able to induce a single take. However, as ever, the highlights of the week were superb with the buzzer hatch in full swing & fish gorging themselves on the pupae. The period saw 388 anglers visit the venue netting 1545 trout representing a weekly rod average of 3.98

Monday started the period off with cold SW winds which saw a drop in the rod average to 2.3 from a high 5.6 the previous day. Nevertheless, Paul Walker bank fished and took 7 to a mix of damsels & buzzers. Ian Richardson also fished the same patterns on the bank in Biggin Bay to land 5. In the boat David & Mike Mee had to work for their combined 8 fish tally which came to diawl bachs & booby on a Di5. Tuesday was to prove harder still with just a 1.3 rod average. Some experienced regulars struggled for takes & had to concede to a blank day.  CJ Day persevered with his buzzer & nymph set up to bring one good rainbow to the net for the pot with a further 9 caught & released. Brian Allwood also managed to get into fish with five landed & another four lost in play. A lighter southerly 10-12 mph wind on Wednesday with overcast skies, but many anglers still found it hard going on both boat & bank. Rod Wilson did find wintered fish amongst his 8-fish total which included a brace of rainbows tipping the scales together at an impressive 8lbs 2oz. He covered deep water with tube flies presented on a Di7 sinking line. Peter Fisher also boat fished & noted the quantities of buzzer hatching but found takes hard to come by. He persisted with gold head damsels and netted an impressive 10 on what was a very hard day which, had sen bank anglers really struggling.

On Thursday anglers had to endure the “mini-heatwave” with blue skies, bright sunshine, 25°C temperatures together with almost flat calm conditions. Eddie Mitchell best described it as “a tough day at the office!?”. Nick Louka did well with 7 from the bank though, followed by Simon Hill to sort out the buzzer feeders with 12 & 13 respectively to buzzers in Biggin Bay. Mark Close started in Biggin but moved round to Rainbow Corner & then the Hensborough Dam where the trout were also hard on the buzzer, He fished them on a washing line & took eight. The rod average for the day rose to 3.77

It seemed as if the whole fish population had been waiting for Friday to properly come on the feed as both boat & bank anglers enjoyed fine sport. Tony Broadway caught 11 on his buzzers closely followed by Jude Tuffs with 8.  Of particular note were the 8 anglers in the Guy Nicholson group whose combined tally exceeded 200, mainly to buzzer patterns! A lot of the boat anglers were out practising for the following day’s AMFC match with many well into double figures & Julian Weddle commenting on how they had literally located fish “everywhere”!  It was good to host the Royal Navy event led by Simon Lewis who were well into the sport. Their 18 anglers netted a total of 176 for a rod average of 9.77 with fish coming to washing lined buzzer on midge tips but others using pulling tactics with cat boobies on Di7s to great effect.

Saturday’s AMFC Spring match saw the whole fleet out on the water for the event. It was a hot, bright start for the competitors with NW winds. The fishing was far harder than the practise day bonanza & teams were having to work hard for their results. However, Toft, Cornfield & Biggin all produced, and fish were also in numbers up in Rainbow Corner & along the Hensborough bank. Whilst many searched for their fish inshore, a few also discovered numbers of fish feeding hard out over open water. Sixty anglers competed & 241 rainbows were taken representing a 4.01 rod average. Our congratulations go to Invicta “A” as Group 1 winners, Bewl Bridge FC “A” for Group 2 with Invicta FFC “B” taking top honours in Group 3. Individual best bag went to Vince Howley representing Hanningfield FA with 20lbs 5oz. Fish Hawks Phil Thomas landed the best fish of the event with a 4lbs 8oz rainbow. The sole boat on the water not involved with the match was that of regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones who stuck to their usual rudder tactics with Di7&8 lines over deep water. They enjoyed a great day with 16 & 14 rainbows respectively many of which were wintered. The bank rods also found sport with Tony Harris landing 15 including a 2lbs 8oz blue. Martyn Hancox took five on buzzers, mainly from the Swan’s Nest

We held a Troutmasters “Fish-Off” on the bank on Sunday fished to a 4-fish limit plus time bonus. Ounces separated 1st, 2nd & 3rd with Chris Traverse from Warrington taking the honour of a place in the final later in the year. Despite gusting conditions on a WSW wind, he went back out to Toft, stuck to his buzzer team & ended the day with a total of 16. Out in the boats were the LDFFA who all caught well with Ian Bradfield their top rod with 12. Season rod Paul Mitchell shared a boat with Tim Burn and enjoyed a “Great Day” using Fabs & buzzers with 47 to the boat. During a mid-day session afloat Scott Graham also did extremely well with more than 30 to his two mini booby set-up pulled on a Di3 in Biggin Bay

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Chris Czernecki from West London, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 388    Number Trout Taken: 414    Number Trout Released: 1131

Total Catch: 1545   Weekly Rod Average: 3.98

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 20:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 14:30        pm 14:30 until 20:30

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

Gutting Room Closes – 20:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45hrs

Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However, to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered, and on advice from our insurance company, if you are guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If you are guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and, prior to your visit, a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

 

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!

Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                             Contact

Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust-  www.anglingtrustevents.net Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage

Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon-   www.scierrapairs.co.uk

10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

 

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update us that due to the extreme cold, wet & wintery weather conditions experienced during late February & March they have struggled to achieve sufficient growth rates to bring enough stock up to the 2lb+ (900g) trout size for our Draycote stockings booked during early April.

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.

 

 

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th April 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 15th April 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

Yet another week of unsettled weather with some cold starts, showers and windy conditions. The temperatures warmed up towards the end of the week with many anglers reporting large buzzer hatches out on the water, particularly in biggin bay and around croft shoal. Whilst a lot of fish were caught on sinking lines with blobs and boobies a number of anglers had great success on buzzers and some even reported catching fish on dries.

This week saw 311 rods land 1137 fish to give us a weekly rod average of 3.6.

Monday started calm and overcast and looked like good fishing conditions. The rod average came out at 6.4 and proved to be a good day for the bank anglers. Alan Bettles landed 28 fish from the cornfield on a white and green lure. Ian Richardson caught 20 fish from the bank using damsels, diawl bachs and a FAB, and remarked on “A red letter day”. Mark Edwards caught 13 fish from the bank on damsels and buzzers. Draycote regular Orhan Aliosman went trout fishing, and caught 2 pike. Another regular Peter Biernaki caught 15 fish during an evening session in the cornfield, all on black buzzer.

On Tuesday both boat and bank anglers reported lots of fish moving in toft and along the north shore from Grays barn up to Biggin Bay. It turned out to be quite a challenging day all round with fish mainly falling to small black buzzers and damsels. Season permit holder John Dews caught 26 fish from the bank at various points along the north shore. Norman Perkins caught 12 fish from the bank on black buzzers. Kevin Rees had 16 fish from the bank, again on buzzers. The boat pairing of Lee Pattern and Peter Elliott had 13 fish between them.

A chilly north, north easterly wind greeted us on Wednesday morning with the more comfortable fishing to be found along the cornfield and in Biggin Bay. Great clouds of buzzer hatches could be seen along the Farnborough dam with anglers reporting literally thousands of buzzers on the surface of the water. The fishing however turned out to be difficult with quite a number of anglers jotting down a nil return. Those that did catch reported a difficult day with plenty of fish seen moving but few fish to the net. Season permit holder Colin Grainger caught 3 fish from the bank. Dennis Tidmarsh faired better netting 6 fish from the bank. Out on the boats the pairing of Colin England and Tony Plumber caught 8 fish between them.

Thursday had a wet start, with a cold northerly breeze accompanied by a persistent drizzle which didn’t ease off for some time. The returns were slightly better with Tony Broadway kicking off proceedings on 15 from the bank. Season permit holder Peter Fisher caught 8 fish from a boat on black and green lures. Ian Richardson had “Another cracking day” on the bank with 11 fish falling to diawl bachs and buzzers. Mr P Foster did well from a boat, netting 18 fish, again on buzzers. Thursday also saw 14 members of the Civil Service take to the water for a competition in which they netted 43 fish for a rod average of 3.1. Taking top honours on the competition was season ticket holder Lee Patten who landed 14 fish on sinking lines and boobies. In second place was another season ticket holder Peter Elliott, who had 12 fish. Both anglers had been neck and neck all day until Lee landed a double hook up on his final cast. The pair found the fish drifting across the middle of Biggin Bay. Also taking to the water was Guiding and Tuition Manager Tom Bird with his client Mr David Holding, for a 4-hour morning session. In this time David managed 8 trout with 4 coming to buzzers in Biggin Bay, before a move over to Croft shoal produced the next four using boobies cast at moving fish. Also, out on the water was inhouse guide Lee Henfrey with season permit holder John O’Hara. John enjoyed good sport in Biggin Bay on buzzers under the bung, before a switch over to the midge tip and a move to Croft Shoal for the afternoon. To book one of our Guides for the season please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/guiding.

Fridays conditions looked pretty good with overcast skies and a light south westerly. Again good buzzer hatches were seen around the water but good sport seemed difficult to find. The Boat pairing of Mr M Moore and Mr G Clarke were however bucking the trend with 30 fish to the boat in dunns bay on black buzzers. Also doing well in a boat was Andy Lane with 13 fish to the boat on buzzers. Seasoned regulars found it difficult going from the bank with only ones and twos here and there. Tony Broadway caught 3 fish in biggin bay. Mr Ian Ashwell caught 5 fish from the bank, deep down on buzzers. Roger Davis managed 6 fish from the bank. Roger Kerrison had 5 fish to the boat.

Saturday started warm and sunny with a light southerly breeze and lots of buzzers hatching on the reservoir. However, despite the massive buzzer hatches it was blobs and boobies fished on sinking lines that ruled the day. From the bank father and son team of Nick and Martin Hollingshead landed 13 fish between them on black buzzers and damsels on a floating line. Mr M Braun also used buzzers at the Swan’s nest to land 8 lovely fish. Out on the boats Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 23 fish on the rudder with sinking lines and a mixture of tubes and snakes. Melvin Severn returned hoping to land another big brown, unfortunately  he didn’t manage to match the fish of the previous week, but he did land 6 lovely fish on a Di 7 and a tube. This weekend we were visited by the England Youth team. On Saturday they caught and released some 250 fish on a wide variety of methods under the guidance of some of the current senior England team members.

Sunday started overcast with a light southerly breeze. Again it was another busy day with all the boats out on the water and most of the bank spaces taken up as well. Casting into the breeze from the north shore was season permit holder Steve Gibson who, using small hares ears, managed to land 23 fish from close in on the cornfield. Mr Keiran Barnes netted 7 fish from the bank in toft on buzzers. The boat pairing of Mr R Dudley and Mr N Holdsworth caught 20 fish between them fishing close in on the north shore. Keith Harding and Mick Clarke ventured afloat and netted 34 fish between them on a variety of methods, such as a DI 5 with FABs and boobies, and a floating line with diawl bachs and buzzers. Day two for the England Youth team plus senior England team guides saw them net a total of 223 fish. All participants seemed to enjoy the day withonce again fish being caught on a wide variety of methods from a DI 7 and boobies to floating line and small dries.

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Ivor Jones of Wolverhampton, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 311    Number Trout Taken: 213    Number Trout Released:  924

Total Catch: 1137   Weekly Rod Average: 3.6.

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 20:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:15

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 14:00        pm 14:00 until 20:15

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

Gutting Room Closes – 19:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30hrs

Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However, to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered, and on advice from our insurance company, if you are guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If you are guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and, prior to your visit, a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.

Draycote Rio and Sage day Sunday 6th May 2018.

We still have some spaces left on the bank for our Rio and Sage demonstration day on Sunday 6th May 2018. Come along and try out any Rio fly line or Sage rod in the company of Simon Gawesworth and Jim Fearn. Call the lodge to book your time slot on 01788 812018.

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!

 

 

 

Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                             Contact

Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust-  www.anglingtrustevents.net Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage

Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon-   www.scierrapairs.co.uk

10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk

Troutmasters FinalMonday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT

 

 

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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