Draycote report w/e 18/08

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Draycote has maintained its impressive form and if anything has improved ! Top of the water sport has been fantastic, with plenty of trout now being taken on dries, even during the brighter days.

Our first £1000 floating line only pairs match was won by Rob Edmunds and Keiron Bonas, whose 16 fish weighed in excess of 40lb !

There are plenty of fish between the 3 and 5lb mark getting caught on a daily basis. Paul Roach and Mr G Pearson, regular Chew Valley anglers, had a two day stay at Draycote Water. Both days they had in excess of 20 fish to the boat, many of which fell to a team of dry flies on a floating line.

I myself was guiding two anglers on Saturday, and between them they landed 10 fish, but losing many too ! Fish were rising all day, right in the surfaces film, and fishing friend Andy Axon was consistently catching nearby on size 12 and 14 dries.

The best areas have been Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows, however fish are moving right across the water in all areas !

We recommend when fishing at Draycote you use at least 8lb breaking strain tippet, as many anglers are getting ripped off, and when questioned the common theme appears to be they have been using 5lb leader, and on one occasion 3lb ! The trout here are renowned hard fighting fish, You have been warned !!!!

The best areas from the bank has been predominantly Rainbow Corner, with buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers taking most of the fish, in particular size 12 flies.

Boats have had fantastic sport in many areas of the lake with Rainbow Corner and Toft Shallows certainly being the highlighted areas. Two anglers had “incredible sport” drifting from the middle of the lake to the bottom of Toft Shallows using floating lines and a team of hoppers pulled slowly across the waves. Floating lines with small nymphs( size 12-14’s) with a fab blob on the point have been hugely successful, fished very slowly and just keeping in touch with the line.

Best flies – black buzzers, dialw bachs, uv crunchers, shipmans buzzers, bobs bits, sedge hogs, yellow owls, daddy long legs,Fab blobs and boobies

Our next £1000 boat pairs match( fished to complete reservoir rules) will be on Sunday 13th October. Deposit of £25pp will be required upon booking. The prize fund may alter subject to entrant numbers. Only 9 boats remain for this event !!

Number of fish killed 400

Number of fish released 771

Number of anglers 246

Rod average 4.7

Due to the demand for our fleet of 29 boats we recommend you do call to book one for your planned days fishing in the weeks ahead. Please call the fishing lodge on 01788812018


Tight lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com