Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 4th September 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 4th September 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


Despite the bright and breezy weather  forecast for most of the week, we started really well here at Draycote with Mondays rod average coming in at 4.1. Although the sunny conditions held for four days , the fish stubbornly refused to move from the top few feet of the water, which in turn led to some great top of the water sport for a lot of anglers. Although the fishing was challenging at times, various methods worked really well including, lures on a floating line or midge tip, the washing line with Hares Ears, Diawl Bachs or Crunchers, and of course dries, such as CDC Emergers, Shipmans Buzzers, and Hoppers. Lots of anglers reported large numbers of fish moving around in the surface at the western end of the reservoir throughout the week, with some proving difficult to catch but, it seems that the best catches came to those who kept drifting and stayed on the move. Toft has produced some sport for a few determined souls, but again, and most probably due to the warm conditions, hook ups have been few and far between. Biggin Bay is fishing well, as is the corner of Lincroft Point. The weekly rod average came out at a credible 3.5.

On Monday Season permit holder Mr Ed Douglas boated 21 fish on a mixture of dries, nymphs and buzzers. Mr Clive Wilkinson caught 20 fish from a boat on size 14 dries and PTN’s. Mr Andy Axon had 9 fish to the boat on dries over open water. Mr Mike Weaver caught 10 on dries and PTN’s. Mr A Larbalester and Mr B Bayliss caught 28 fish between them over open water and the boils on nymphs, Diawl Bachs, Cormorants and Boobies. Draycote regular Mr Lee Henfry caught 21 fish from the boat up by A buoy. Mr Graham Currie caught 11 fish on a DI3 with Boobies and a floating line with Diawl Bachs and Buzzers.

On Tuesday the weather was very hot with no cloud cover, which made for very difficult conditions. It didn’t seem to bother Mr B Barnes and Mr D Wright though, who caught 18 fish from the boat. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp also ventured out in testing conditions in a boat to catch 11 fish for a bag weight of 19lb 8 oz.

On Wednesday Lord Richard Dayman and Mr Norman Perkins ventured out in the sunshine to catch 10 and 8 fish respectively, with fish weighing in at 3lb 12oz and 4lb 4oz.  Season permit holder Mr Kevin Rees caught 10 fish from the boat in difficult conditions. Season permit holder Mr Roger Kerrison managed 6 fish. Once again Mr B Barnes and Mr D Wright had a good days sport with 21 fish between them on dries around A buoy.

Another testing day on Thursday saw Mr Peter Elliott catch 19 fish from the boat on size 12 Bobs Bits, the best of which weighed 4lb 8oz. Mr Jamie Scott had 10 fish on Black Buzzers and White Leeches. His best fish was a stonking 6lb. Mr John Lloyd had 6 fish on small nymphs. Season permit holder Mr John Dickens had 8 fish, all on a Big Red. Mr R Cross and Mr D Campsall took an afternoon boat out to catch 13 fish between them.

Friday came along with some good cloud cover and the promise of a good days sport. Season permit holder Mr Paul Beasley took a boat out to catch 7 fish on Crunchers from Rainbow Corner. Mr T Evans and Mr J Evans caught 13 fish between them on dries. Mr S Winstone caught 30 fish on dries and nymphs. Mr S Tressler had 10 fish on Buzzers and Boobies. Mr Andy Ross and Mr Dave Adams took a morning boat out to catch 14 fish between them on Shipmans Buzzers. Mr Ian Richardson caught 5 “lovely fish” from the bank on Shrimp patterns and Diawl Bachs. Season permit holder Mr Gordon Slack caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr Eric Whale had 9 fish from the boat. Mr Steve Barby caught 5 fish from the boat. Mr Kevin Rees caught 11 fish from the boat, all on dries. Mr Guy Deterding caught 9 fish from a boat, again on dries. Mr S Simpson caught 12 fish from the boat.

Saturday started off in the rain with sporadic showers throughout the day. Draycote regulars Mr Ivor Jones and Mr Jim Dempsey had 22 fish between them from a boat in various areas around the reservoir. Mr C Adams and Mr J Maxwell had 25 fish between them on Hoppers. Mr Stan Hillman and Mr Steve Gibson caught 3 and 2 fish respectively from the bank.

Sunday was again an overcast day with some blustery conditions. The Packington round robin hosted 25 anglers who netted 86 fish between them, giving them a competition average of 3.4. Best fish of the day, at 3lb 11oz, was caught by Mr Dixie Baxter. Well done to all those who took part. Other notable catches were Mr J Maxwell and Mr C Adams with 20 fish between them from the boat. Season permit holder Mr John Falconbridge with 6 fish from the boat. Mr Alan guest, again with 6 fish from the boat. And finally, last but by no means least, Mr Spencer Williams and Mr Steve Hawkins who managed to catch 45 fish between the from a boat, “all on dries such as CDC’s and Shipmans Buzzers”.  

Congratulations to Mr Tony Broadway from Coventry who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  250      Number Trout Taken: 323   Number Trout Released:  571

Total Catch:  894            Weekly Rod Average:  3.5

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)

No Gutting of Fish after 19:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

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. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.



Forthcoming events:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17th September hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed 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 or distribute fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We 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 19:30       


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 can be found next door in the gutting room.


Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. 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.

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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