Draycote fishing report week ending 24th August 2014

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 24th August  2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 A great weeks fishing at Draycote. The water has improved on it’s recent form with plenty of fish between the 3- 5lb mark being caught. The rise in rod average is obviously due to the recent change in the weather and the fact that the surface temperature of the water has dropped by a few degrees. The water clarity is still reasonably good.

 The fish have yet again remained in the top few feet of the water, and are being caught on a wide variety of methods. Although dry fly fishing has been the order of the day, there has been a good hatch of olive buzzers this week, and some anglers have been using the washing line to great effect.

A good head of brown trout are holding in the top corner of the reservoir and feeding on the fry that have shoaled up around the tower. For the past couple of weeks, these fish have produced some great sport for both the boat and the bank anglers, particularly in the evenings.

Whilst Biggin bay and the other areas of the reservoir are still fishing well, it’s good to see Toft come back into play, with anglers recording large catches of fish just in front of the nature reserve buoys.

Visitors Mr D James and Mr A Camm from Wales, who have been fishing on a 3 day package, have caught  numbers of fish well into the teens on each day on various flies, from floating fry patterns and dries to some of the older patterns such as soldier palmers and grenadiers.

Andy Ross and Dave Adams had an excellent days fishing in Biggin bay, catching a large number of fish on both the washing line and a selection of dries which included shipmans buzzer.

Dave Heseltine was another angler who caught well into double figures in terms of the number of fish, using a Kelly green and pale olive nymphs, down in toft.


Best flies. – Daddies, bobs bits, the yellow owl and shipmans buzzer –  Olive buzzers, soldier palmer, dawl bach and pale olive nymphs. Minkies, humungus, appetizers and cats whiskers.

Best bank areas. – The tower bank, biggin bay, Lincroft point, the cornfield and toft.

Best boat areas.   – The tower, the aerators, Biggin bay, (particularly D to E bouy), Lincroft point and toft.

Boat anglers are reminded that there is no anchoring within 100yards of the aerators or the pontoons.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 266            Number Trout Taken: 452            Number Trout Released: 1060 

Total Catch:    1512               Weekly Rod Average: 5.6

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until  20:30

Last 4 Hours from:  16:30 until 20:30  (Ticket sales available from 16:15)

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 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.


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