Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 20th March 2016

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Draycote Water – Weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 20th March 2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Yet another excellent week experienced by 248 anglers visiting during this reporting period. Collectively they managed to bring a total of 1,916 trout to the net. This represents a rod average for the week of 7.7

Whilst early spring temperatures have started to increase, some strong north & north easterly winds have often considerably increased the chill factor. Be mindful of this & layer up appropriately before venturing out. Water temperatures are also still very cold.

It is good to be able to report that fish populations continue to be well spread throughout the fishery as a whole. However, given the prevailing wind this week, the best locations have been over the far side from the lodge with Biggin Bay, Lin Croft, Cornfield & Toft all performing consistently well.  These areas have been more sheltered &, as a consequence, much warmer. Boat & bank anglers have still been recording similar catches and pulling tactics, especially with intermediate or sink rate 3 lines, have been most commonly used in conjunction with fly patterns such as black & olive snakes, black & green lures such as Pitsford Peas or Viva. A variety of weighted &/or hot head damsels have also been taking a lot of fish.

The small black buzzer is beginning to show in greater numbers & more anglers are starting to fish  buzzer patterns & diawl bach variants than in the opening two weeks. One angler reported great sport at the weekend from a boat in Toft to a team of black buzzer on a washing line. Although not showing themselves with any frequency, significant numbers of feeding fish were clearly cruising the top foot or so of the water column as a good hatch developed during mid-afternoon.

Once more, too many anglers to mention were up in the twenties in terms of fish numbers caught & released. Well worthy of note though is regular Dennis Jones who brought 18 to the net during his Thursday visit – mostly to a very skinny size14 standard diawl bach fished slowly from the bank.

The end of the week saw twelve of the Greenwell Persuaders competing against each other in boats. They fished to a four fish kill followed by catch & release. All caught their 4 fish limit with a further 136 trout released! The top four anglers caught total of 82 between them with top honours going to Eddie Mitchell with his 4 fish bag weighing out at 10lbs 11oz together with a further 17 caught & released. His “secret weapon” was a combination of black & green snakes.

All in all, another excellent week – with prospects of yet another great season to come!

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  248          Number Trout Taken:  485    Number Trout Released:   1431

Total Catch:  1916            Weekly Rod Average:  7.72

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:00

Boat All Day: 08:30   until    18:00 

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 13:00     PM 13:00 until   18:00

Last 4 Hours from: 14:00 until    18:00 (Ticket sales available from 13:45 )

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Chris Brindley of Crick who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.


  • 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. ALL ANGLERS MUST BOOK OUT PRIOR TO LEAVING THE SITE.
  • 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.
  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, 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

The Draycote Team


Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY

Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS.

We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.

To reserve your free place, Call Draycote Lodge on 01788 812018


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