Draycote fishing report week ending 08/07/2012

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Draycote Water is continuing in fantastic form this week as many people are taking their bag limits. The fish have really come on in the last couple of weeks and Draycote is now reflecting its known reputation, fantastic nymph fishing! Welsh International angler and current international individual champion Dave Hoppe, described his recent visit here as one of the best days nymph fishing he has ever had! David had up to 20 silvered up rainbows all weighing between 3 & 4lb- All fish were taken on a Flash Attack traffic light Diawl Bach and a Flash Attack Chew favourite Diawl Bach.

The best fish of the week was an 8lb brownie caught by Mr T Hooper. He also returned a rainbow of 6lb! Six other fish this week have been recorded over 6lb, one of which was a personal best for Mr Michael Murphy weighing in at 6lb 2oz. Fourty fish over 4lb have also been recorded this week. Draycote really is in fine form!

The whole lake is producing fish, with the most favoured areas being Rainbow Corner, Toft Shallows, Biggin and Dunns bay, and the Hensbrough Dam. Bank anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport too, predominantly of buzzers. Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows has been the most productive bank spots.

The rich food source in Draycote is allowing the fish to grow on quick, thus making them pretty powerful once hooked. Many anglers report not being able to stop their fish once hooked, and consequently getting snapped. We do recommend if fishing Draycote you use no less than a 8lb leader, or you to could become the next victim of our nicknamed “Torpedo Trout”!

Weekly rods 186 Number of fish killed 430 Number of fish returned 435 Rod Average 4.6.

Best flies- black buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, dry flies, black & green lures, boobies and blobs.

Want to win a Lexus RX 450H Car? Then why not enter the Lexus individual fly fishing heat here at Draycote on Friday 10th of August, to stake your place in the International final in September. Entry fee £30. To enter see Lexus Fly Fishing Championships | The UK’s No.1 Friendly Fly Fishing Event or email John Horsey at lexus@johnhorsey.co.uk
This is the last qualifying heat!!

If you’d rather win £1000 cash then why not enter our “reservoir rules-anything goes” pairs match on Sunday August 19th. Entry fee is only £25pp. Competition will be from 10am to 6pm. The heaviest pairs bag weight WINS!!!!!!!!!

Access is available to the boat pontoon in the mornings and evenings, and parking is allowed around the lake for bank anglers-designated car parks are highlighted. Remember, if you plan to fish from the bank call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018 to reserve and bank car ticket-30 available. A mobile food unit now operates behind the fishing lodge offering excellent food, and opens from 9am.

Tight Lines

Craig Barr