Draycote Water Report

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Draycote is really offering some exceptional fishing at the moment. All this week to date the fishing has been exceptional, with the fish remaining very high in the water and taking dry flies very readily, all through the day !

Mr Dobby has just walked in having caught 25 fish on daddies and said “in 25 years of fishing here, he has never seen so many daddies on the water. Today it was too easy !!!”

Mr Stewart from Scotland had a whale of a time landing over 50 fish on dries on Saturday. Mr Lewis visiting from Wales also had a cracking 2 days here taking over 30 fish. Dave Heseltine had fantastic fishing on Wednesday landing in excess of 12 fish. He commented” The fish fought so well, at one stage I thought I had a monster on, yet when I landed it was around 3.5lb!”  Dave has booked to come again this Wednesday ! The water has now cooled off which has sparked the lake to life, with fish showing everywhere. Conditions this week have played a big part in this bonanza with most days having cloud cover and light winds.

Tosh Storrar, a regular visitor from Scotland (Tosh’s Adventures) and his colleagues landed in excess of 70 fish, averaging over 11 a man! They took their haul on dries, fabs, the biscuit (they wouldn’t show me it!!) and various nymphs.

The best boat fishing has been anywhere from Lincroft point to the very bottom of Toft Shallows. With the cloudy conditions this past week, the fish have been seen on the surface all day, therefore giving some good target fishing.

Floating lines have been the best by far, keeping the flies high in the water. Dry flies have been the best method, especially daddies, along with Shipmans buzzers and yellow owls. Diawl bachs and crunchers have also taken good bags of fish.

The bank too has remained in good form. The Cornfields area is still the best bank area, using floating lines and nymphs and daddies.

Our £1000 boat pairs match on Sunday 13th of October is nearly full, with few boats remaining. Entry fee is £25 plus normal fishing fees. Fished to reservoir rules, the heaviest pairs overall bag weight wins the £1000 cash !

Our Christmas fur and feather match is Sunday 24th November. This match is fished from the boat, and normal fishing fees apply. Entry is free. Please call the fishing lodge to book your place. All anglers are reminded to bring a small prize along with them, so everyone taking part take something home. Contact tel. number 01788 812018

Number of rods 259

Fish caught 467

Number of fish released 789

Rod average 4.8

Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening onTuesday 4th of March. If you wish to hold a competition in 2014 please call Craig Barr on 01788 812018, or email draycotefishery@btconnect.co.uk Group discounts apply, catering facilities available upon request. We have teamed up with the Draycote Golf Hotel (5 mins) to offer our anglers excellent accommodation at excellent rates. Please ask for details.

Tight Lines

Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com