Draycote Water Fishing Report W/E Sunday 17th April 2016

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Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 17th April  2016.

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A slightly cooler week than last has seen a mixed bag here at Draycote Water. Quite a cold northerly wind with intermittent showers has made for uncomfortable fishing at times. Large hatches of buzzer all around the reservoir, in various sizes and colours, have kept the fish on the feed and high in the water column. The downside of this is that the trout’s preoccupation on the smallest of these buzzers has made for some frustrating days out on the water. Feedback from the Anglers is that there are plenty of fish showing in the surface, but they are proving difficult to catch. There are a couple of different suggestions as to how to overcome this problem. Either go to the finest leader you dare to use, with just one small fly at a time or, use an intermediate or sinking line and the largest fly you have in your box, and strip it past them. The weekly rod average was 3.4.

The middle and the deeper parts of the reservoir are now producing some good over wintered specimens with drifts around A and B buoy and Musborough Shoal, being the most productive. Fish such as these are also showing up around D buoy in Biggin Bay and of course around F buoy over Croft Shoal.

The best areas this week have been as mentioned above plus, Biggin Bay, The Cornfield, Toft Shallows, and for the last couple of days, The Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner.

The best flies have been Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsels, Montanas and the ever popular Snakes.

There were this week, a number of very successful anglers including;

Mr A Bettles and Mr M Oliver, who caught a good number of fish from the bank on Monday.

Mr T Heseltine, who on Tuesday had 10 to the boat.

Mr M Lewis did very well on Wednesday from a boat using a floating line and buzzers, with a blob on the point.

Mr C J Day had 12 fish on Thursday on Damsels.

Mr Ed Douglas and Mr Jamie Scott both had a good day out on Friday, and caught well into double figures.

On Sunday we held the RIO and Sage open day here at Draycote Water. This day was designed to give people a chance to try any combination of RIO Line and Sage Rod of their choice, under the supervision of one of our guides, either from a boat or from the bank. Not only did we have reservoir set ups, but Salmon as well as Salt Water equipment was also available for trial. The day was a great success for all concerned with many people not only trying various combinations of rod and line, but also gleaning tips from the guides on all aspects of Fly Fishing. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank guides , Ronnie Gent and Lee Henfry from the RIO Fly Fishing team, also  Kevin Hart and Tom Bird, Draycote Staff members and Fishing Guides. Also a very big thank you to the team from Guide, John Legg, and Jim Fearn. And last but by no means least, a big thank you to Draycote Member Mr Brian Froggatt, who’s depth of knowledge and experience in fly fishing was once again a great asset on the day.   


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  254          Number Trout Taken: 371      Number Trout Released:  494

Total Catch:    865              Weekly Rod Average:  3.4

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until  20:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until  20:15 

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until  14:00    PM 14:00 until  20:15

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

All Anglers to be off site by:  20:45

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr R Ulyet  from Bromsgrove, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Forthcoming events

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

The Draycote Team

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