Weekly fishing report week ending 17th August

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Draycote Water  weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 17th August  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The weather has been very unsettled this past week with a mixture of wet and windy conditions interspersed with some sunny spells. With the wind changing direction and swirling around a lot, casting a straight line onto the water has been a bit of a challenge to say the least.

The water clarity is still very good and once again most of the fish caught have been in the top four or five feet of the water. Even our regular rudder anglers have resorted to fishing lures on an intermediate line and left the depths well alone.

The best method this week by far has been a floating line with either dries, a team of nymphs, or even floating fry patterns.

Whilst the boats have been doing very well, the bank fishing has definitely improved this week, with a good number of browns being caught.  

Paul Beasley, Tony Broadway and Alec Twaites all reported returning browns of up to 5lbs caught from the tower bank and the cornfield.

Graham Homer, Peter Elliott and Mr T Cocks all caught good numbers of fish on dries from a drifting boat, in biggin bay, over middle shoal and over the aerators.

The gold star of the week however must go to Mick “the brownie” Cronin and Stan Hillman. They went bank fishing on Saturday and caught a large number of fish between them, most of them browns, all on floating fry patterns. Mick was catching nothing but browns from the tower bank and decided to go to rainbow corner to catch, yes, you guessed it, a rainbow. And what did he get, yet another brownie. Well done lads.


Best flies . Daddies, hoppers, bobs bits and floating fry patterns – crunchers, dawl bachs and hares ears –

damsels and cats whiskers.

Best bank areas. Rainbow corner, the tower bank, Biggin bay and the cornfield.

Best boat areas. Rainbow corner, Draycote dam, the aerators, middle shoal and Biggin bay.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 217            Number Trout Taken: 314              Number Trout Released:245  

Total Catch:  559                 Weekly Rod Average: 2.6  

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:45

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30   PM 14:30 until 20:45

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

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

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.

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

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.

Rudder Hire.

Boat anglers can pre book a rudder for their boat, the cost of hiring a rudder for the day £7.00

Tight lines,


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