Draycote Water Weekly Report w/e Sunday 23rd August 2015.
The Environment Agency has now confirmed the presence in Draycote Water of the non-native shrimp called Dikerogammarus Haemobaphes (DH)
To stop the spread of the species we will continue to follow the recommended Check – Clean – Dry procedures for bank & boat anglers & have set up a hose down area in front of the lodge
• Check – All clothing and equipment, WADERS, WADING BOOTS, NETS,DROGUE, ETC should be thoroughly inspected and any visible debris (mud, plant or animal matter) should be removed and left at the water body where it was found. Particular attention must be paid to the seams and seals of boots and waders. Any pockets of pooled water should be emptied.
• Clean – Equipment should be hosed down or pressure-washed on site. Equipment should be carefully contained, e.g. in plastic bags, if they are being transported to a wash down point. Washings should be left at the water body where the equipment was used. Do not wash down any equipment off site as it would potentially contaminate other water courses.
• Dry – Thoroughly drying is the best method for disinfecting clothing and equipment. Boots and nets should be hung-up to dry. Equipment should be thoroughly dry for 48 hours before it is used elsewhere. Some non-native species can survive for as many as 15 days in damp conditions and up to 2 days in dry conditions, so the drying process must be thorough.
If you have any questions contact the Draycote Fishery Staff
Draycote has continued to fish well this week & again some spectacular sport has been experienced by many. The fish are still very high in the water and for the most part, dry fly tactics have brought the best of the action for the boat anglers. Probably due to a drop in water temperatures, this week also saw a big increase in action for the bank anglers with many regulars in particular doing well on small buzzer patterns.
Monday saw the week off to a good start with a 4.6 rod average. Ed Douglas had a wonderful boat session with 29 to his net. His catch included six rainbows over 4lbs & two over 5lbs. It was on Tuesday when the bank came alive & our top seven season ticket rods had a field day together, mainly on The Cornfield, using skinny size 14 black buzzers. The seven anglers caught a total of 79 with Brian Warwick netting the best rainbow at 6lbs! On Wednesday Neil Cohen was again rewarded for making the long journey up from London as his eight fish bag included a Brown at 7lbs 2oz. Mick Cartlidge & boat partner Chris Roden also netted over thirty between them using Claret Hoppers & Bob’s Bits in Toft Shallows. Ed Douglas couldn’t keep away & on Thursday brought another 21 to net including a 6lbs+ rainbow. Tactical switches of small buzzer to dries & vice versa kept them coming for him. Meanwhile Sean Hanlon took to the water again to keep up his high rod average with a 19 fish tally in the boat on size 16 Bob’s Bits. Achievement of the day has to go to 9 year old Matthew Cooper who did battle with an angry 3lbs 8oz Rainbow and won! Well done to Matthew. Tony Broadway also made a repeat visit to the banks on Friday looking to capitalise on the great day he had experienced on Tuesday. Sure enough, his size 14 buzzers again scored well with another 13 to the net from the bank. Paul Beasley went afloat for a morning session & stuck to Gold Head & Blue Flash Damsels for an eight fish total. Saturday saw David Hoppe on the water exploring the Aerators for most of his session. He had a great day netting a total of twenty, the best being a Rainbow of 6lbs. Martin Cottis decided to leave Chew behind for a while & we were pleased to see him on the water for three days of frantic action to his dries. He demonstrated his usual expertise & consistency with a trip total of 48 to the net. Sunday saw the conclusion of an excellent week and a 4.6 rod average for the day with boat anglers finding action on dries and small nymphs mainly presented high in the water column. Bank rods still found fish coming to small black buzzers and, as I write, birds are still working the water hard, particularly in Toft & along The Cornfield bank.
As always however, some anglers continue to struggle. Best advice at this time of year, with higher water temperatures & many grown on fish that have “seen it all”, is to concentrate especially on leader set up &fly size – scaling down is often required but ensure the tackle is balanced. Constantly searching water to seek out concentrations of fish is also all important. Always remember too that all our staff endeavour to provide the best & most up to date information possible to help you so never be afraid to ask if assistance is needed.
Best flies; Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Shipman’s Buzzers, Daddies (especially detached foam bodied) & Hoppers.
Best lines; Floating line, Midge Tip and a Slow Intermediate.
Best areas; Toft, Cornfield, Lincroft Point, Biggin Bay and Dunns Bay, H and G Buoy. The Aerators also still hold a significant population of fish.
Weekly Boat Draw
The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr J. Hall from Hinckley.
Number Rods: 273 Number Trout Taken: 354 Number Trout Released: 595
Total Catch: 949 Weekly Rod Average: 3.48
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 until 20:15
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until14:00 PM 14:15 until 20:15
Last 4 Hours from: 16:15 until 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45
Date for your diary:
Wheelie Boat Charity Competition Saturday 19th September 2015 10:00 until 18:00
To raise funds towards placing a Wheelie Boat at Draycote Water. Organised by the local angling club, Draycote Fly Fishers & supported by Fishery Management (UK) Ltd and Guide Fly Fishing. Individual competition Cost: £52.50 per person . Fished to an eight fish limit, reservoir rules but NO RUDDERS. First prize Draycote Water 2016 Season Ticket AND every entrant qualifies for a draw ticket to win a Sage Rod which will be drawn on the day. Please support this worthy cause. Contact the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place. Entry fee required to secure booking.
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