Draycote Fishing Report W/E Sunday 10th April

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th April   2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018



Draycote has again produced some excellent fishing  this week. The changing weather has made the fishing a little uncomfortable at times, although, as long as you come prepared for anything from an arctic winter to summer in the Sahara, a enjoyable days sport was to be had. The bank once again is fishing extremely well, and water quality is excellent. In fact on Saturday I tested this, and you can see the bottom clearly in up to about 15 feet of water. Monday opened proceedings with a rod average of 11.6, with all the rods catching well, from toft and the cornfield.  Throughout this week like the weather the rod average went a bit up and down, however the weekly average still remained high with and came out at 8.1.

During the middle of the week the fish pushed out from the bank in bright sunny weather, and the boats really started to catch well on buzzers, Mr Warren and Mr Jinks had a great days sport on Thursday with 50 fish to the boat all coming to buzzers. However when the sun went behind the cloud the reports were of fish feeding right in the margins, so it pays to have a good look at the water before venturing in. and wading to deep pushing the fish out of range.

This week has seen fantastic buzzer hatches with clouds of them covering the lake and the dam walls. This has caused a lot of fish to have been moving around either in or near the surface. Anglers from both the boat and the bank have enjoyed some excellent sport on these fish which by matching the hatch and fishing teams of buzzers.  Indeed, towards the end of the week we witnessed the largest buzzer hatch we’ve ever seen here over the Farborough Dam.   The fish are obviously concentrating on buzzers at the moment, the best sizes to use being 12’s and 14’s. The buzzers that are hatching off at the moment are not all black, indeed olive, brown and bright green colours have all been seen.

Choice of line is proving vital at the moment. The vast majority of fish are being caught using Floaters, midge tips, or a slow intermediate but, a few anglers have had  success using a DI 5,  washing line with a FAB blob on the point and a couple of either Diawl Bachs or buzzers. On Saturday Mr R Watson & Mr D Watson used a Di 3 sinking lines to great effect with buzzers and boobies to land 46 fish to the boat down in Toft.

All areas of the lake are producing fish at the moment. The usual hot spots are hitting the headlines such as Toft Shallows, Lincroft Point, and the Cornfield. But The Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner have also had their fair share of mentions on the catch return, as has the deeper water in the middle of the reservoir, which has thrown up a number of bigger overwintered rainbows

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  221          Number Trout Taken: 340      Number Trout Released:   1465

Total Catch:    1805              Weekly Rod Average:  8.1

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 20:00

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  20:00 

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

Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 until 20:00           ( Ticket sales available from 15:45 )

All Anglers to be off site by:  20:30

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr J Dempsey of Bedworth , who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Forthcoming events

Rio / Sage Open Day Sunday 17th April

Thornton F F Bank Match 24th April.

Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 7th May 1 space available. Call the lodge to book a space

Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 8th May 4 spaces available. Call the lodge to book a space.

Scierra Pairs – 26th June.

Alex Booth Match – 30th June.


Gutting Room.

The Gutting Room will be closed from 20th to 24th April 2016, for refurbishment.

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.

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


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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