Draycote Report W/E 12th September 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 11th September 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


More settled weather for the start of week at Draycote has meant for some excellent fishing, with dries really catching well for the majority of anglers. The slight drop in temperatures is meaning that buzzer hatches are starting to become more prolific again and the fish are starting to move back into the margins giving the bank anglers some good sport at times.

 Monday saw the fishing for the week get off to an absolute flying start with the rod average of 5.9. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas had a great days sport landing 29 fish using a team on crunchers and diawl bachs fished on a floating line, Ed’s best areas being the boils and drifting down from them towards P buoy and Biggin bay. Our very own Kevin Hart also enjoyed a fantastic afternoons sport using crunchers fished on a washing line again fishing over the boils and then going over the open water towards Biggin. Another Kevin having a good day was Kevin Rees who used dries to land 11 fish from around P Buoy and E buoy into the bank in Biggin. Season ticket holder Mick Hanlon took to a boat with his nephew William Hunt and had great day fishing over the aerators to land 30 fish to the boat using various flies and lines to catch all day.

Overcast conditions with light winds made conditions look absolutely perfect for the anglers Tuesday morning, and the fishing did not disappoint with the rod average at 7.55. Season ticketholder Ken Key enjoyed good sport from the bank in Biggin bay using a floating line and a team of buzzers to land 5 fish. However Tuesday was really a day for the boat, Ed Douglas returned with Ben Leigh and had over 50 fish to the boat, again using a team of nymphs on floating line fishing around the boils and also drifting from A to B buoy and over P buoy. Eugene Hughes made the train journey up from London and enjoyed fantastic sport landing over 40 fish to the boat. Eugene caught using various sweep lines with snakes and Minkie boobies on the tower bank. Peter De Kremer had a good days sport landing 14 fish on dries with bob bits being his best pattern.

Wednesday saw slightly more sun that the previous two days, which saw the fish slow slightly for some however a number of anglers posted good catch returns. One such angler was Eugene Hughes taking to the water for his second day. Eugene landed 30 plus fish using dries around A buoy and nymphs and UV crunchers on a midge tip around H Buoy to tempt his fish. Mr B Jones and G Wood had a good days sport landing 24 fish using cdc dries from various areas of the lake. Kevin Rees also used dries to tempt 12 fish drifting around P Buoy and also A and B.

Thursday again saw bright conditions however, teamed with wind, this made the fishing tricky, as the saying goes “bright and breezy never easy” Jude Tuffs enjoyed good sport landing 7 fish from over the aerators. However top rod for the day went to Lee Henfrey who used fast sinking lines and tubes over the boils to land 15 fish to the boat.

Friday saw the sunny conditions continue but this time teamed with even stronger winds from the south west. This again made the fishing challenging, although a number of anglers found a method to tempt some fish out. Ian Richardson had a great mornings sport from the bank landing 5 fish on snail patterns and bobs bits. However it seemed that dries fished up near the Hensborough bank was the best tactic with a number anglers posting good catches to these tactics. T Evans and J Evans landed 15 fish to the boat using hoppers. Stan Hillman took top honours for the day though landing 11 fish from the bank.

Saturday started with some rain first thing in the morning but not as heavy as forecast with a northerly wind. Once the rain had cleared an overcast day gave good conditions and the fish responded by being right in the top of the water column. Dries proved to be the order of the day with lots of anglers returning back with great catches. Mike Laycock and C Parry landed 41 fish to the boat using dire with daddies and hoppers being the best pattern. Mr Wallace and D Mansell also used the same patterns to landed 34 fish to the boat. George Charters and his boat partner Ben landed 28 fish to the boat again on the dries with the best area being the open water around A and B buoy and also coming out of Biggin Bay. Eileen Chatwin took to the water to land 15 fish with them all falling to dries around Hensborough bank. Mr S Whittaker also filling in a good return landing 20 fish to the boat but didn’t comment on the method.

Sunday the conditions again changed with the return on the winds and sun, however it didn’t quite have the dramatic effects the weather change has earlier in the week. Lee Henfrey again took to the water landing 8 fish again utilising sinking lines and tubes over the aerators. M Clarke also enjoyed a good days sport landing 8 fish. A Masters and E Masters landed 14 fish to the boat using shrimps patterns through the main part of the day on the Hensborough bank and then coming on to buzzers later In the day finishing on the aerators. J Smith enjoyed great sport taking an afternoon boat and catching 12 fish all on dries.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  280      Number Trout Taken: 319   Number Trout Released:  848

Total Catch:  1167            Weekly Rod Average:  4.2

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until   19:30

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     19:30

Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:00 PM   14:00   until 19:30

Last 4 Hours from:     15:30    until    19:30   (Ticket sales available from   15:15)

No Gutting of Fish after 19:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr B Hall of Moreton in Marsh 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. 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 19:15       


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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