Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd April2016

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 3rd April  2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018




Draycote has seen yet another week of outstanding sport in what has unquestionably been the best start to a season in many a year. Even a boatless and windswept Monday turned in a rod average of 3.8 for the day. The weekly rod average was 7.7.

Somewhat calmer conditions took over from Tuesday onwards which saw both boat and bank anglers produce some excellent returns. Mr Neill Bridges took 19 fish on Tuesday on the rudder using tubes, whilst Mr C J Potter made good use of the last 4 hour permit, taking one fish and returning 9 on an orange lure.

Wednesday saw Mr J Dixon and Mr M Edkins bag up with 8 fish each to the boat on orange blobs and white and green lures. Mr Ian Conyers also had a good day on Wednesday bringing 15 fish to the boat on a DI3 and black and green lures. Buzzers were also producing some good bags of fish on Wednesday with Mr Chris Reeves bagging 13 good fish using a Midge Tip. Indeed, as stated last week, buzzers and nymphs are becoming more and more popular now as temperatures start to rise.

Thursday and Friday saw a continuation of good fishing with season permit holders Mr Tony Broadway and Mr Ed Douglas netting 15 and 16 a piece from the bank using buzzers, whilst Mr T and Mr D Heseltine had 27 fish to the boat using black and green lures, small red nymphs and buzzers. Mr Peter Elliott and Mr Lee Pattern had over 60 fish between them on Friday, fishing buzzers from the bank.

Saturday was a very bright , sunny day, and went about producing the best rod average of the week at 11.6. Large numbers of fish were being caught all over the reservoir using various tactics with names too many to mention. The best looking bag I witnessed and photographed was from Mr Steve Rainbow, with a total of 16 fish, the best of which was 5lb 8oz. Among them were some beautiful overwintered specimens , mainly caught using snakes and fishing off Farborough spit and the Dam wall.

Sunday also produced some good sport with even more emphasis on imitative patterns. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Damsels and Hares Ears all produced fish on the day.

The best areas of the reservoir are Toft, The Farborough Dam and Farborough Spit, Lin Croft Point, The Cornfield, Hensborough Bank and of course D buoy and Biggin Bay.

The best tactics remain unchanged really, black and green lures are working quite well, Olive Snakes are producing some good returns, but more and more often now, smaller imitative patterns litter the catch return from page to page.





Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  341          Number Trout Taken: 655      Number Trout Released:   1994

Total Catch:    2649              Weekly Rod Average:  7.7

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 19:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  19:45 

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30  until  14:00     PM  14:00  until  19:45

Last 4 Hours from:  15:45 until 19:45           ( Ticket sales available from 15:30 )

All Anglers to be off site by:  20:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr Tony Ward of Cubbington,  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. Boat anglers are also reminded to keep 70 yards or more from any bank anglers.
  • 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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