Draycote Water fishing report w/e Sunday 17th July 2016

Posted by & filed under Reports.


Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 17th July  2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


This week at Draycote 409 anglers have caught 1323 fish giving us a rod average of 3.2.

The fishing here at Draycote this week has been very good, with outstanding catches from the bank as well as the boat. The water clarity is excellent, with no algae bloom as yet, helped of course by the lack of sunshine. Un forecast strong westerlies have made for uncomfortable fishing, with heavy squals drifting through from time to time. 

Overall, the bank is fishing just as well as the boats, with the fish pushed tight in against the margins in nearly every spot on the reservoir. Anglers are literally catching trout in just a few inches of water on various patterns such as Diawl Bachs, Hares Ears, and Crunchers. Dries such as Daddies, hoppers and Bobs Bits are also producing some good bags of fish.

The boat anglers are also doing extremely well, with a good spread of fish all across the water. Fish can be caught at nearly any depth but seem to be mostly clustered in the top few feet of the water column. A washing line with 2 Diawl bachs and a Foam Daddy on a floating line has proved deadly, as has a team of nymphs fished on a midge tip. But by far the most exciting sport has to be dries, fished across the middle of the water from a drifting boat. We’ve had some good dry fly seasons before, but this one takes the biscuit. Believe me, If you’re not too confident fishing dries and you need some practice, or want more experience , come here to Draycote,as anglers fishing dries across the middle, in particular around B and P buoy, are catching fish of 5lbs and over on a fairly regular basis.

On Monday season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison had a good days sport using dries on the top dam, with his top patterns being big reds and claret bobs bits. Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey had a day great on the rudder using DI 3 and DI 5’S across the middle of the reservoir, moving from the top dam all the way through to P, X and H buoy.Their best flies where tubes and snakes. Also utilising the rudder on Monday was Steve Barby & Mr A Bell who again used DI 3’S and snakes.

Tuesday saw the bank fish very well with a number of catches into double figures.  The Tuesday regulars were again out on the banks in force. With Jude Tuffs leading the way in the catches using big reds fished within 2ft of the bank in Biggin Bay and Lin croft point. Not to be left out of the dry fly action, Tony Broadway landed 10 cracking fish,a number of which took him down to the backing, again using big reds. Brian Warwick also caught well on the cornfield and Lincroft point using dries, again big reds and little claret bits featured in his return. While on the other end of the reservoir in Rainbow corner James Walker caught well using Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Norman Perkins had a good days sport landing 8 fish for 25lb 8oz.

Wednesday saw the good fishing continue, with the bank again fishing well. The fish were feeding on shrimps and terrestrials 2 feet from the bank. Season ticket holder Dennis Jones had a good day by the overflow on the Hensbrough bank, landing 14 fish on size 14 Diawl bachs. Also catching well of the bank was Tony Broadway again on big reds in Biggin Bay. Out on the boats Ed Douglas had a fantastic day catching 21 fish on dries. He fished around the Hensborough bank and the top dam wall with his top patterns being hoppers and bobs bits. Eugene Hughes had a great day on the boats on Wednesday landing 25 fish, all from the middle of the reservoir using Di 5 and Di 7 sweep lines and lures. He then progressed onto dries once conditions improved a bit.. Mr P Hallam and Mr L Booth landed 28 fish to the boat on dries with brown and red shipman’s being the top flies as well as hoppers. The pair found the best areas for them where Toft and Biggin Bay.

Thursday was really a day for dries with nearly every angler filling out the comments section saying dries was their top method. Tony Broadway was again catching on dries in Biggin bay with Brian Warwick for company on the bank also getting in on the action. Another angler enjoying good sport from the bank was Mr C.J. Day who landed 10 fish again on dries. 

From the boats Mr G Gibson had a good day landing 13 fish. Also on the boats was Dave Summers who landed all his fish on dries with hoppers, shipmans and bits being the top patterns. Eileen Chatwin who used dries and nymphs fished on a midge tip to land 13 fish, with her best areas being Hensborough bank, cornfield and toft.

Mr C Critchley had a good day Friday from the boats landing 19 fish with 5lb 12oz being the biggest. Peter Elliot and Yousef Dar also had a cracking day using dries from various points on the reservoir to land 45 fish to the boat with the best flies being hoppers, bits and shipman’s. Bob Askew had a good day Friday as well using tubes on the rudder to land 15 fish from across the middle. The bank continued to fish well with Tony Broadway back again and catching really well on a variety of patterns which included dries and Diawl Bachs.

On Saturday Mike Garner caught 4 from the bank on different dry patterns. Peter Biernacki also had 4 fish from the bank , again using dries. Melvin Severn caught 10 good fish on Saturday from a drifting boat using a series of dries down to a size 16. Season Permit holder Mr Jim Hall caught and released 15 fish from the bank on Saturday using shrimp and dry fly patterns. Draycote Regular Mr Paul Lloyd had 14 fish good fish from the bank, just by the overflow, all on orange hoppers.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   409         Number Trout Taken:   496    Number Trout Released:   827

Total Catch:   1323               Weekly Rod Average:  3.2

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30       until  21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until  15:00             PM    15:00  until  21:30

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30       until    21:30       ( Ticket sales available from  17:15 )

All Anglers to be off site by:  21:45

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 Ms Marion Rutter of Amersham 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.1 Place left to book contact the lodge.

Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.2 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

Please do not use the disabled parking bays on site unless you are in possession of a blue disabled badge.

Finish Times

All anglers are to ensure that they are back at the lodge and booked out by the finish time stated on the day. Please do not be late, as this causes many problems for us.

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 21:15         


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

Follow Us on

facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore