Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd April2016

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 3rd April  2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

 

Report

Draycote has seen yet another week of outstanding sport in what has unquestionably been the best start to a season in many a year. Even a boatless and windswept Monday turned in a rod average of 3.8 for the day. The weekly rod average was 7.7.

Somewhat calmer conditions took over from Tuesday onwards which saw both boat and bank anglers produce some excellent returns. Mr Neill Bridges took 19 fish on Tuesday on the rudder using tubes, whilst Mr C J Potter made good use of the last 4 hour permit, taking one fish and returning 9 on an orange lure.

Wednesday saw Mr J Dixon and Mr M Edkins bag up with 8 fish each to the boat on orange blobs and white and green lures. Mr Ian Conyers also had a good day on Wednesday bringing 15 fish to the boat on a DI3 and black and green lures. Buzzers were also producing some good bags of fish on Wednesday with Mr Chris Reeves bagging 13 good fish using a Midge Tip. Indeed, as stated last week, buzzers and nymphs are becoming more and more popular now as temperatures start to rise.

Thursday and Friday saw a continuation of good fishing with season permit holders Mr Tony Broadway and Mr Ed Douglas netting 15 and 16 a piece from the bank using buzzers, whilst Mr T and Mr D Heseltine had 27 fish to the boat using black and green lures, small red nymphs and buzzers. Mr Peter Elliott and Mr Lee Pattern had over 60 fish between them on Friday, fishing buzzers from the bank.

Saturday was a very bright , sunny day, and went about producing the best rod average of the week at 11.6. Large numbers of fish were being caught all over the reservoir using various tactics with names too many to mention. The best looking bag I witnessed and photographed was from Mr Steve Rainbow, with a total of 16 fish, the best of which was 5lb 8oz. Among them were some beautiful overwintered specimens , mainly caught using snakes and fishing off Farborough spit and the Dam wall.

Sunday also produced some good sport with even more emphasis on imitative patterns. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Damsels and Hares Ears all produced fish on the day.

The best areas of the reservoir are Toft, The Farborough Dam and Farborough Spit, Lin Croft Point, The Cornfield, Hensborough Bank and of course D buoy and Biggin Bay.

The best tactics remain unchanged really, black and green lures are working quite well, Olive Snakes are producing some good returns, but more and more often now, smaller imitative patterns litter the catch return from page to page.

   

 

 

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  341          Number Trout Taken: 655      Number Trout Released:   1994

Total Catch:    2649              Weekly Rod Average:  7.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  19:45 

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30  until  14:00     PM  14:00  until  19:45

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

All Anglers to be off site by:  20:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Tony Ward of Cubbington,  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

 

  • In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door. ALL ANGLERS MUST BOOK OUT PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SITE.
  • Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled. Boat anglers are also reminded to keep 70 yards or more from any bank anglers.
  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
  • Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

 

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

 

Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS.

We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

To reserve your free place, Call Draycote Lodge on 01788 812018

 

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Draycote Water – Weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 27th March 2016

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Draycote Water – Weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 27th March 2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 This week has seen a continuation of excellent fishing despite weather conditions at the end of the period. These brought excessive winds & rain heralding the arrival of “Storm Katie” to unfortunately spoil the Bank Holiday weekend sport. Notwithstanding a glorious Good Friday, no boats were able to go out on Saturday or Sunday. As I write, the reservoir is closed once more to boat anglers with the pontoon itself looking like an Alton Tower attraction. Westerly wind gusts, as forecast, have been in the 50mph+ bracket. Once blown through though, the forecast for the coming week is looking good.

A total of 257 anglers took to the water this week and recorded the landing of 1,537 trout for an overall rod average of 5.98

There were some notable bags of fish together with individual large specimens taken. Dave Parkes fished with a group of friends in boats on Monday & led the way with a thirty plus catch taken mainly from Lin Croft Point down into Albert’s Bottom. He fished weighted orange lures using a light #5wt  outfit with a floating line & 18ft+ leader to achieve the best presentation. Season rod Ed Douglas adopted similar tactics from the bank on Tuesday resulting in fast & furious sport with 33 to the net!

Tony Ward was particularly pleased with his day on the banks on Wednesday as his 14 fish total was headed up by his Draycote personal best – a splendid rainbow of 8lbs. He safely returned his trophy to the water. Congratulations Tony -largest fish of the week too! Thursday saw Geoff Preston in action from a morning boat and weighed in a fine eight fish limit with a further five caught & released. Meanwhile, on the bank at the Overflow, Mark Sturgess, fishing a black & green tadpole on an intermediate line, caught a fine 5lbs 8oz brown trout (pictured on our Facebook page) as part of a six fish tally.

Mother Nature was indeed kind with the weather on Good Friday when 99 anglers came out to enjoy the Bank Holiday in glorious conditions. Most were rewarded with terrific sport and 355 trout were netted on the day for a rod average of over 6. Boat & bank anglers alike were in action with a mix of pulling & nymph tactics working. As earlier reported, weekend activity was all but completely curtailed by the adverse winds which blew in. These kept the boats from being allowed out & very few anglers ventured out onto the banks.

Fish populations have tended to still be well spread throughout the fishery, although  locations from Dunn’s Bay down through Biggin, Lin Croft, Cornfield & into Toft have probably still been the most productive. Not much movement yet on preferred tactics with the black & green theme still holding good when pulling. There has been the expected pick up in small black buzzer activity with increasing numbers of anglers now resorting to a more imitative approach. Finally, last week’s advice still holds good as regards time of year.  It is still early & weather conditions can & do change rapidly. Be mindful of this & layer up appropriately before venturing out. Water temperatures also remain very cold

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  257          Number Trout Taken:  452    Number Trout Released:   1085

Total Catch:  1537            Weekly Rod Average:  5.98

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day: 08:30   until    19:30 

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

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Colin Campbell of Moreton-in-the-Marsh who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

  • In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door. ALL ANGLERS MUST BOOK OUT PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SITE.
  • Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled. Boat anglers are also reminded to keep 70 yards or more from any bank anglers.
  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
  • Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

 

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

 

Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS.

We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 20th March 2016

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Draycote Water – Weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 20th March 2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Yet another excellent week experienced by 248 anglers visiting during this reporting period. Collectively they managed to bring a total of 1,916 trout to the net. This represents a rod average for the week of 7.7

Whilst early spring temperatures have started to increase, some strong north & north easterly winds have often considerably increased the chill factor. Be mindful of this & layer up appropriately before venturing out. Water temperatures are also still very cold.

It is good to be able to report that fish populations continue to be well spread throughout the fishery as a whole. However, given the prevailing wind this week, the best locations have been over the far side from the lodge with Biggin Bay, Lin Croft, Cornfield & Toft all performing consistently well.  These areas have been more sheltered &, as a consequence, much warmer. Boat & bank anglers have still been recording similar catches and pulling tactics, especially with intermediate or sink rate 3 lines, have been most commonly used in conjunction with fly patterns such as black & olive snakes, black & green lures such as Pitsford Peas or Viva. A variety of weighted &/or hot head damsels have also been taking a lot of fish.

The small black buzzer is beginning to show in greater numbers & more anglers are starting to fish  buzzer patterns & diawl bach variants than in the opening two weeks. One angler reported great sport at the weekend from a boat in Toft to a team of black buzzer on a washing line. Although not showing themselves with any frequency, significant numbers of feeding fish were clearly cruising the top foot or so of the water column as a good hatch developed during mid-afternoon.

Once more, too many anglers to mention were up in the twenties in terms of fish numbers caught & released. Well worthy of note though is regular Dennis Jones who brought 18 to the net during his Thursday visit – mostly to a very skinny size14 standard diawl bach fished slowly from the bank.

The end of the week saw twelve of the Greenwell Persuaders competing against each other in boats. They fished to a four fish kill followed by catch & release. All caught their 4 fish limit with a further 136 trout released! The top four anglers caught total of 82 between them with top honours going to Eddie Mitchell with his 4 fish bag weighing out at 10lbs 11oz together with a further 17 caught & released. His “secret weapon” was a combination of black & green snakes.

All in all, another excellent week – with prospects of yet another great season to come!

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  248          Number Trout Taken:  485    Number Trout Released:   1431

Total Catch:  1916            Weekly Rod Average:  7.72

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until    18:00 

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 13:00     PM 13:00 until   18:00

Last 4 Hours from: 14:00 until    18:00 (Ticket sales available from 13:45 )

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Chris Brindley of Crick who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

 

  • In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door. ALL ANGLERS MUST BOOK OUT PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SITE.
  • Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
  • Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

 

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

 

Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS.

We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

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Draycote weekly report week ending 13th March 2016

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Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm 

SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS.

We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

To reserve your free place, Call Draycote Lodge on 01788 812018

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 13th March   2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report

What a great week it has been here at Draycote. Despite having some strong winds blowing cold across the water, the anglers have been out in large numbers, and the fishing has been outstanding. Those anglers who braved the conditions have had some fantastic sport from both the boat and the bank, with good bags of fish coming from all corners of the reservoir.

The more or less constant northerly wind for the middle part of the week allowed for some shelter along the northern shore line, where anglers reported catching large numbers of fish, from the Tower bank all the way down into the bottom of Toft. Those who chose to fish into the wind from either the Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner, or the near side of Toft, have not been disappointed either, with one or two over wintered rainbows and the odd good brownie, showing up on the catch return. 

Again, the backbone of the action has been on slow sinking or intermediate lines with lures, although a Diawl Bach or a Hares Ear on a dropper just above it, has accounted for the odd take. Popular patterns this week have been Pitsford Peas, Olive snakes, Montanas, Cat’s whiskers and Appetizers. Some brave souls have persisted with buzzers on a floating line, and been rewarded with some sporadic but excellent sport for their efforts.

Friday dawned with a foggy morning breaking into bright sunshine around midday, and a slight south easterly breeze. This theme continued throughout the weekend and the temperatures soared to a balmy 8 degrees, at which time I’m sure I spotted at least one angler without a woolly hat on. The bright sunshine in the afternoons didn’t seem to dampen the trout’s appetite however, as anglers reported continually catching fish throughout the day.

All in all a very good start to the season then, with hopefully many more to follow.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   285         Number Trout Taken: 586      Number Trout Released:   1962

Total Catch:  2548            Weekly Rod Average:  8.9

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:45

Boat All Day: 08:30   until    17:45 

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30  until  13:00     PM  13:00  until   17:45

Last 4 Hours from: 13:45  until    17:45           ( Ticket sales available from  13:30 )

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Ben Stubbs of Atherstone who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

 Tight lines

The Draycote Team

Draycote Weekly Report week ending 6th March 2016

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending     6th March 2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 Yet again, Draycote anglers enjoyed an epic start to the new season. Despite enduring wintery squalls, ninety six anglers braved a chilling & very windy opening day last Friday to find sport fast & furious throughout the venue. A total of 223 trout were killed with a further 1,051 caught & released. Bank &boat anglers alike caught consistently with too many fine bags recorded to mention any individual rods by name.

Spectacular sport continued throughout the opening weekend  with ninety one rods on Saturday bringing a further 1,412 fish to net for a rod average of 15.5  Sinking lines , particularly intermediates, were proving to be the preferred line choice with many fish being found holding about three to four feet down. Most anglers were catching on a variety of pulling tactics & as regards lure choice the “black & green” theme seemed to prevail for most with tadpole patterns, snakes, Pitsford Peas & Montana all taking their share.

 Much the same was repeated on Sunday although more anglers targeted fish with Diawl Bachs and buzzers, particularly in Toft. James Collins deserves a mention as he got into some beautiful wintered fish including a 51/2lbs rainbow and a wonderfully marked 41/2 lbs brownie which he returned to the water. Sixty four rods netted 913 trout for a rod average of 14.2

Weekly Stats (Opening three days):

Number Rods:   251         Number Trout Taken: 647      Number Trout Released:   2952

Total Catch:    3599              Weekly Rod Average:  14.3

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 17:15

Boat All Day: 08:30       until   17:15

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 13:00     PM   13:00  until  17:15

Last 4 Hours from:  13:15  until   17:15       (Ticket sales available from  13:00 )

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door. ALL ANGLERS MUST BOOK OUT PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SITE

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr Tony George of Little Stoke, Bristol who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

 

Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

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We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

To reserve your free place, Call DRAYCOTE Lodge on 01788 812018

 

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UPDATE 11/3/16: Despite the heavy rain Draycote clarity remains excellent with superb fishing from boat and bank, yesterday with calmer winds anglers reported the first buzzer hatches of the season

 

 

Draycote Opens 4th March 2016

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Draycote opens 4th March 2016

Tel 01788 812018

www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

17th APRIL 2016 SAGE – RIO day 10.00am – 4.00pm come along to the Draycote lodge representatives of SAGE – RIO will be on hand to talk you through their products, also an unique opportunity for a free one hours guided fishing using a SAGE ROD & RIO FLY LINE call the Draycote lodge to book your free hours fishing with a guide, places will be limited.

Onsite tackle shop stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, GREYS, FULLING MILL, LOON, STREAMWORKS, WYCHWOOD, LEEDA

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Competition Dates.

Alex Booth Fly Fishers Annual Charity Match raising funds for McMillan cancer support
DATE 30th June To book your place contact Roy Lewin 0776 2746825


Scierra Pairs 26th June further details www.scierrapairs.co.uk


TEFF heat Draycote Water 3rd July


John Horsey Fly Fishing Championships flyfishingchampionships.uk
Saturday 6th August & Sunday 7th August 2016 (Floating Line)


England Ladies National Sunday 25th September

Weekly fishing report week ending 22nd November

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 22th November 2015

This week has seen the fishery hit with strong winds, meaning that on Wednesday and Saturday boats were unable to go out at all, with conditions for the rest of the week being unfavourable. Although despite the conditions the anglers have continued to catch 482 trout giving a road average of 3.35.

The strong winds and cool temperatures have meant the fish have remained tight into the banks and the shallows of the shoals. Towards the end of the week minus evening temperatures and cold days have started to chill the water, this will hopefully mean that the final week is filled with fish hitting the fry in an attempted to get much needed protein before the winter really kicks in.

Due to the high winds the boat fishing has not been as productive as previous weeks with correct presentation being a challenge in the blustery conditions. However those that have done well off the boats this week have found success on snakes, Zonkers and Minkies fished on 3 inch per second sinking lines and intermediates. Mr B Burton had great sport Monday afternoon landing 8 trout in 4 hours all falling to black and green snakes.

The bank is continuing to fish well with the best tactics being to fish close into the bank with either floating fry patterns often teamed with small nymphs or Minkies. The best lines have been either floater when the wind has been slightly calmer or hover lines when fishing into the wind just in order to try and insure the line and flies are not blown around.  Some of the best catches of the week came when the wind was at its strongest. On Wednesday a day plagued with strong winds season ticket holders John Dews & Tony Broadway had great catches of 14 & 7 from the Hensborough Bank. Jim Hall also had a great day Wednesday landed 6 fantastic rainbows which tipped the scales at 17lb 5oz.

On Sunday we hosted the annual Fur & Feather match with 38 anglers fishing for the chance to take home a fantastic Christmas hamper and boxes of wine. The day was a cold one with temperatures not reaching much above 0 all day. The high winds of the day before had passed the anglers where greeted with a much calmer day, in fact the match started in the flat calm. The rod average for the day was 2.5, although a number of people had their 8 fish limits. The best methods on the day were snakes or tubes fished on 3 or 5 inch per second lines. With the best areas being Farborough spit, the inlet, Lincroft point, Farborough bank and around the pontoon. Some cracking fish where to be caught as well several over 4lb with the biggest falling to Lee Henfrey a cracking rainbow of 5lb 14oz. As well as winning the prize for the biggest fish Lee won the day with 8 fish for 24lb 6oz meaning he walked away with the Christmas hamper. In second place was Peter Elliot with 8 fish for 22lb 11oz and taking third was Yousef Dar with 8 fish for 20lb 14oz.

Best flies: Snakes, Minkies, Tubes, Floating Fry Patterns, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers and FABS.

Best areas; Hensborough Bank, Toft Bay, Lin Croft, Biggin  Bay, Dunn’s Bay & Tower Bank

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Adam Gunby from Enderby, Leicester

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 144        Number Trout Taken:   214       Number Trout Released:   269

Total Catch:   482                Weekly Rod Average:    3.35

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16.00

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16.00

Boat First Four Hours:  AM 08:30 until 12.00 PM 12.00 until 16.00

Last 4 Hours from:  12.00 until   16.00

All Anglers to be off site by: 16.00

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Confirmation of Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS, DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th November 2015.

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th November 2015.

 A reporting period which seems to have been primarily one for the bank anglers. The start, middle & end of this week saw us experiencing winds similar to the beginning of the season & three whole days were completely lost to boat anglers. Nevertheless, with the banks still on fine form, sport was often hectic with many fish still searching the margins.  We welcomed 129 anglers to the venue during the week & a total of 480 trout were brought to the net for a weekly rod average of 3.72

As ever, some notable results shine through. On the bank on Monday Trevor Riches caught five to Minkies including a 5lbs Brownie which he returned. Mr Goodwin fished a combination of Midge Tip with a Biscuit FAB + red buzzers and brought eleven fish to net. Many anglers are reporting multiple follows with fish often coming short. Use of smaller, slimmer patterns has frequently combatted this. On Tuesday in windy conditions Mick Cronin managed thirteen to fry patterns & on Wednesday, still on the bank, Tony Broadway explored Toft Shallows with his Minkie patterns to land 12. He also reported losing many fish too. Regular Ian Western also found himself amongst the action, releasing rainbows in excess of 4lbs & a 5lbs+ brown in his four fish tally.

With a lull in the winds on Thursday, Ed Douglas was able to go afloat & was rewarded with a ten fish total to his team of Diawl Bachs. Messrs Carter & Walker also went afloat & notched up an eleven fish joint total for their boat. However, Friday saw the return of the gales with the tail end of storm “Abigail” going through and boats were once more confined to the pontoon. Although a few brave anglers ventured onto the banks, the rod average plunged to 0.8. Gordon Slack did extremely well though to land four during a hectic early morning spell.

In contrast, Saturday was a tremendous day for all with 16 anglers returning a 6.25 rod average. Mike Garner fished very shallow water in Toft with a team of slow retrieved Diawl Bachs and caught a total of fourteen. Meanwhile, star of the day was Julian Hubbard, also working Toft but from a boat. He fished small sparkler patterns to land a total of 21, later describing his session as “Brill Fishing!” With the return of the winds once more on Sunday it was a quiet end to the period with just a few anglers out on the banks. Ian Western once more showed his form though with a five fish tally including the catch & release of a 5½lbs+ rainbow.

Forecasts indicate further windy periods to come, so unfortunately we may experience more days with no boats out before the season finally draws to a close. However, given the action on the banks right now, a bank fishing session is well worthy of serious consideration.

  Date For Your Diaries:

“Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November.

Fishing time: 09:30 hrs until 15:00hrs

 1st  Prize :Christmas Hamper 2nd & 3rd Prizes: Selection of Christmas Wines.

Largest Fish: Bottle of Whiskey

Fish with your chosen boat partner. Some boats still available.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Steve Orton from Bicester .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  129    Number Trout Taken:  190   Number Trout Released:  290

Total Catch:    480      Weekly Rod Average:    3.72

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:15

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:15

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:15 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:15 until 16:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 16:45

  • Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 
  • Bank anglers should be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot, due to low water levels.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 8th November 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 8th November 2015.

Recent mild weather has put paid to the thought of using only lures and fry patterns for this time of year, as the fish hear at Draycote continue to be taken on dries such as Bob’ Bits and small hoppers. Diawl Bach’s, buzzers, crunchers and a Hares Ear are also working extremely well. Don’t get me wrong, if you pull a lure past them they’ll come and have a tug at it, and if there’s a floating fry pattern sitting idly in the surface, the trout will give it a good coat of looking at., But all in all, I’ve never seen the place fish so well on such a wide variety of patterns. This weeks rod average was a spectacular 4.4.

The fish seem determined to stick to the shoreline and stay in the top couple of feet of the water. This is providing great sport for the bank anglers were the rule of thumb seems to be, “Stay out of thewater”. Any wading at all seems to spook the fish further out into the reservoir and make them more difficult to catch.

Whilst the bank has fished really well this week, the boats have been following closely behind. Over the shoals, A buoy to the Tower, and Toft shallows, are areas that are holding plenty of fish.The feedback we are getting here in the lodge tells us that you need to keep on the move, and if all else fails, throw a fry pattern at them. One of the favourite methods this week has been to fish a floating fry pattern on a floating line. Fish it similar to a dry fly and every now and then give it a bit of movement, and as long as you’re covering fish, they’ll come and pull it. Indeed the proof of the pudding was Friday, when the Rod Average shot up to 7, with many anglers using this method. Don’t be bashful when it comes to the middle of the reservoir either. The open water is still producing it’s fair share of bigger, quality Rainbows. There are also some good browns’ being caught at the moment. These fish seem to be showing up mainly around the Tower bank and down in Toft near the swans nest.

On Monday Mr P Davies caught 6 fish, including a 4lb rainbow and a 3lb 4oz brown on snakes and sparklers.

On Tuesday Draycote member, Mr Tony Broadway, had 17 fish from the bank.

Mr L Tones, also fishing on Tuesday, had a total of 12 fish from the bank, on an Intermediate line with minkies and black and green lures. He said that the last hour on the Cornfield was “great sport”.

Mr A Topping caught 13 fish using skinny Diawl Bachs.

Mr E Hughes from London fishing for two days, brought a total of 15 fish to the boat on a DI 3 sweep and minkies.

Mr Steve Mcgregors party from Scotland, taking advantage of a 3 day package, caught a total of 76 fish between them, giving them a rod average of 6.3.

Mr Colin England and Mr Tony Plummer had a good day out on Thursday with 10 fish each to the boat.

On Friday Mr Gordon Slack and Mr Brian Warwick did very well, with 14 fish each from the bank.

Mr Jim Hall, also fishing from the bank on Friday, had a good day returning 10 good fish.

On Saturday Mr Mike Garner netted 11 fish in Toft in very windy conditions

Also on Saturday, Thornton member Mr Mark Hunt, caught 8 fish, also in very testing conditions.  

Mr Ray Cramp caught 6 fish on Sunday from the bank, all on the blob.

Date For Your Diaries:

Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November. Fish with your chosen boat partner.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Steve Mcgregor from Ayrshire .

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  125     Number Trout Taken:  143   Number Trout Released:  409

Total Catch:    552      Weekly Rod Average:    4.4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:30

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:30 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:30 until  16:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Bank anglers should be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot, due to lowwater levels.

SPEEDING

Could all bank anglers please note that there is a speed limit on the perimeter road here at Draycote. The speed limit is 15mph and must be strictly adhered to.

DOGS

The Severn Trent Rangers have reported bank anglers bringing their dogs along to either sit in their vehicle or accompany them on the bank. Anglers should note that dogs are not allowed around the reservoir under any circumstances.

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st November 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1st November 2015

We’ve had a fairly mild week as regards the weather hear at Draycote. A few cold starts have led into quite mild afternoons for the most part with light breezes allowing for some enjoyable fishing.  A strong southerly wind on Friday saw the boats restricted to the Hensborough bank for the first couple of hours, until it calmed down enough for them to explore the rest of the reservoir. Saturday and Sunday then where a different matter altogether, with temperatures into the 20’s

Draycote once again is in good form with no sign of things slowing down, and the fish continuing to be taken on a wide variety of patterns. Normally at this time of year it’s mainly fry patterns or bust, but because of the mild temperatures, dries, nymphs, buzzers and the ever popular Diawl Bach are all accounting for good bags of fish from every corner of the water. Toft again seems to be absolutely teeming with fish, with both boat and bank anglers recording some excellent catches from there. Lincroft point is also fishing well as is Biggin Bay. The Tower bank sees the patient angler hunting the big brownies that appear from time to time, and the Hensborough bank, steady throughout the season, is still producing some great sport.

Most bank anglers tell me that wading in to the water just spooks the fish and it’s best to keep your feet dry. Indeed, nearly all the feedback I’ve had this week has been about fish being caught in very shallow water and very near to the bank, or under water features such as the shoals.

So, if you’ve tucked you’re gear away for the season, you might want to think again. With mild weather conditions and a weekly rod average of 4.0, Draycote is certainly worth one more go.

Brian Allwood, one of our members, visited twice this week and caught 22 fish in total, all from the bank.

Mr A Bettles had a good day on Tuesday with 18 fish again from the bank.

Mr E Hughes,  visited us again this week for two days and using DI3 and DI5 sweep lines, had over 30 fish to the boat on minkies and black and green lures.

Mr B Theobald caught 13 fish from the bank on Wednesday using buzzers and Diawl Bach’s.

On Friday, Les Watson and Bob Robinson, again fishing from the bank, caught 8 and 5 respectively.

Draycote member Mr Tony Parker, caught 8 fish from a drifting boat on Saturday, all on dries.

Draycote regular Mr Mick Cronin had 9 fish from the bank on Saturday.

On Sunday a hat full of anglers did really well from the bank in bright sunshine including Mr Vince Aronica , Mr Ray Cramp, Mr L Drakeford and Draycote member Mr Dennis Tidmarsh.   ,

Date For Your Diaries:

Fur & Feather” Match – Sunday 22nd November. Fish with your chosen boat partner.

Call the Lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve your places.

 

 

Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr Jamie Warwick from Rugby.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  217     Number Trout Taken:  243   Number Trout Released:  635

Total Catch:    878      Weekly Rod Average:    4.0

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 16:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 16:45

First 4 Hours:   08:30 until 12:45 

Last 4 Hours from:  12:45 until  16:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 17:15

Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits. 

Bank anglers should be mindful that some areas are liable to soft mud underfoot, due to lowwater levels.

SPEEDING

Could all bank anglers please note that there is a speed limit on the perimeter road here at Draycote. The speed limit is 15mph and must be strictly adhered to.

DOGS

The Severn Trent Rangers have reported bank anglers bringing their dogs along to either sit in their vehicle or accompany them on the bank. Anglers should note that dogs are not allowed around the reservoir under any circumstances.

 

The Ultimate “Try Before You Buy”:

Not sure which Sage Rod or Rio Fly line to purchase? Then take the guesswork out of your decision making. We now have an extensive range of demonstration Sage Rods, Reels & Rio lines which you are able to try before you buy. Have a cast or take them for a fish – the ultimate “Try before you buy” to help take the guesswork out of your next Sage or Rio purchase.

Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)

To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge

Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.

Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.

Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.

If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff

 

Tight Lines,

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