Draycote Weekly Report w/e Sunday 13th September 2015

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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th  September 2015

This has been a really special week for anglers on the dries with the overall weekly rod average up to 4.24  Although there was a mix of weather conditions during the week, the bulk of the fish remained high in the water column  & some of the results to those on dry fly tactics have been tremendous. Whilst many bank anglers enjoyed good sport, the best results this week were clearly experienced by those in boats. Evidence of fry feeding is also on the increase.

Monday saw Ed Douglas yet again proving the benefits of careful presentation with 29 rainbows to 5lbs coming to his dries fished from the boat. Meanwhile Peter Biernacki on the bank managed a brown of 5lbs from Biggin Bay on a fry pattern. Tuesday saw difficult conditions for the bank anglers but boat anglers Tony Parker & Pete Walsh stayed on the dries for a combined tally of 35 – again with fish into the 5lbs bracket. Colin England & Tony Plummer, also in a boat, concentrated on the nymphs & managed twenty fish between them. Wednesday saw an improvement for the bank anglers with regular Dennis Jones catching 7 on nymphs. Back out on the water for yet more of the action, Ed Douglas continued his purple patch with another 33 fish tally on the dries. On the bank on Thursday  regulars Brian Allwood & Steve Robinson caught 8 apiece mainly to nymphs whilst Alex Urquhart was enjoying fine dry fly action in the boat & took a four rainbow bag for 14lbs with many more returned. I managed a morning on the water too with a newcomer to fly fishing. We both enjoyed great surface sport with plenty of action to detached foam bodied daddy patterns in drifts along Biggin Bay.

Great bank action was had on Friday with Tony Broadway taking 14 his size 14 buzzers. Nigel Wain took 16 to 4lbs on the Cornfield whilst Trevor Astley fished buzzer in Toft for a 17 fish total. In the boat Martyn Moore used the description “Fantastic sport!” when commenting on his 20 fish total which he caught on a combination of nymphs & dries. Fry feeders were targeted during the weekend with Melvin Severn taking a ten fish total to his rudder fished lures & Steve Rainbow enjoying a “Brilliant Day on tubes on an intermediate” for his 17 fish tally. Rob Edmunds & friends also experienced fine sport including a Brown of 6lbs plus. Mick Cronin fished for fry feeders on the bank & caught nine. On Sunday it was fast & furious on the dries again with our own Tom Bird going afloat on a day off with boat partner Ryan Feber. They caught on both dries & floating fry patterns with over twenty apiece to the net. Most of their fish came  from Toft.

Best flies: Daddies, Bob’s Bits, CDC Hoppers, Buzzers + Fry Patterns. Small Cunchers & Diawl Bachs still producing especially when fished on a washing line .

Best areas; Tofts, Cornfield, Lin Croft, Biggin & Dunn’s Bay.


Weekly Boat Draw

The free weekly boat draw has been won by Mr T Evans from Kirkby In Ashfield.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 390        Number Trout Taken:  623        Number Trout Released:  1031

Total Catch:   1654                Weekly Rod Average:    4.24

Current Fishing Time:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:30

Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until14:00   PM 14:00 until 19:30

Last 4 Hours from:  15:30 until   19:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

Date for your diary:           !! PLACES STILL AVAILABLE !!

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. The restaurant here at Draycote will be open at 07:30hrs for breakfast on the day.

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Reminder regarding Non Native Shrimp

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


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