Draycote Report W/E Sunday 10th July 2016

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 10th July 2016.

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This week at Draycote 344 anglers caught a total of 1433 fish giving a rod average for the week of 4.1. A varied week weather wise with some days with near perfect conditions, making way to days of strong winds, rain and patchy bright sun, these changeable conditions made the fishing tricky at times however the rod average remained steady around the 4.0 throughout the week.

Monday saw the week get off to a fantastic start with numerous anglers enjoying great sport. Top rod on the day went to season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 27 fish all falling to dries. Kevin found the fish up near the inlet and down the dam wall in the shallow water. Kevin fished small size 14 bobs bits in red and fiery brown. Also out on the boats Steve Barby had a good days sport using the rudders and tubes to land 14 fish from the middle of the lake.

Tuesday saw the Draycote regulars take to the bank and as usual they found the fish. Brian Warwick had a good day fishing the top of the cornfield using crunchers on the washing line and small claret bobs bits to take 12 fish. Jude Tuffs had a good day landing 13 fish from in Biggin Bay, Jude found the key to her success was to take advantage of how close the fish where to the bank and to not wade, fishing a big red 2ft out. Tony Broadway landed 14 fish from the bank in Duns bay using washing lined crunchers with a FAB on the point and commented how nearly all fish took the nymphs rather than the FAB. Stan Hillman also had a great day from the bank catching 14 fish including a 7lb brownie and a 6lb rainbow using CDC patterns. From the boats Mr A Masters and MR E Masters had a good day landing 21 fish to the boat using Diawl Bachs, buzzers, dries and snakes catching from Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay.

Dennis Jones had a good day from the bank Wednesday landing 16 fish on small size 14 Diawl Bachs fished near the outlet on a floating line. Out on the boats Mr Wood and Mr Jones had a great day fishing dry shipman’s buzzers in the middle of the lake to land 26 fish with the best being a 5lb rainbow. Having a fantastic day in the boat was Eugene Hughes who landed 31 fish washing lining nymphs on a fast glass in the middle of the lake. Another boat who had a great days Sport was Paul Walker and Jimmy who weighed in a 9 fish bag for a fantastic 31lbs which included a 5lb brownie. They found that the fish wanted white boobies fished around D buoy on sinking lines. See pictures on Facebook  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Mr C.J Day enjoyed good sport from the bank on Thursday landing 16 fish from the cornfield, Lincroft point, Dunns and Toft. Mr Days top flies where boobies, damsels and buzzers fished on a floating line. Mr Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall enjoyed good sport to a variety of dry flies with the majority being over 3lb with a number of 4lbers mixed in. John Dickens and Kevin Rees also caught well using dries this time small size 14 bits being the key to success and like Monday Kevin found the fish in the shallow water near the inlet. Mr Pelly had a good evening on the last four hour ticket landing 6 fish all on big reds and even managed to hook a Vision rod that was pulled in by a fish on Monday.

Friday saw the return of the regulars on the bank, and again it was the same anglers who caught well. Tony Broadway landing 12 fish to washing lined nymphs, John Dews taking 10 to the same tactic and Jude Tuffs having 12 fish again on dries. On the boats Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern had a good days sport landing 22 fish. Alan Guest and Andy Dowell took 20 fish to their boat Friday from a various areas.

On Saturday Draycote hosted the HASSRA fly fishing competition with 16 anglers from all over the country taking part the top rod went to Mick Barker who had 14 fish, Mick found that the fish wanted nymphs or dries fished high up in the water. A Birkett and B Vinall had good days sport landing 22 fish to the boat all on dries, with hoppers & shipmen’s near the tower and the dam wall being the best tactic. Lee Henfrey and Ronnie Gent enjoyed good sport down in toft shallows landing 26 fish to the boat, and commented on the amount of grown on in toft. Spencer Williams and Steve Hawkins had an absolute red letter day landing 40 fish to the boat all falling to dries with brown shipman’s and big reds being the best patterns.  

Season ticket holder Dave Pacey and Paul Lloyd enjoyed good sport on the rudder going from A-B buoy using sinking lines and tubes to take 12 fish to the boat. Lee Henfrey returned Sunday with Nigel Keeber and they again found the big fish down in toft landing over 30 to the boat using tubes and snakes on 3 and 5 inch per second lines.

Another angler who enjoyed a good days sport was Tony Day who was out on a guided day with Fishery Ranger Tom Bird on fishing dries. Tony landed 10 fish 9 of which were on a big red. Their top area was the shallow water in front of the inlet and along the dam wall. You can book Tom for a guided session on Draycote by contacting the lodge, pictures of Tony successful morning with Tom at  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  344        Number Trout Taken:  498    Number Trout Released:  935

Total Catch:  1433                Weekly Rod Average:  4.1

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:45

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:45

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:45

Last 4 Hours from:     17:45    until    21:45   (Ticket sales available from   17:30)

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

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.

Congratulations to Dave Adams of Hardingstone who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods



Forthcoming events.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact john@flyfishingchampionships.uk


Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the lodge.


Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will be closed for 2 weeks while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs anglers, wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30         


Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Rudder Hire

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

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