Draycote Report W/E 2nd October 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 2nd October 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


This week at Draycote the weather has been typically autumnal, with temperature changes, sunshine and sporadic showers. Strong south westerly’s also mixed in with a couple of days of heavy rain. This conditions have made the fishing challenging, for a number of reasons, the strong winds didn’t seem to put the fish down and they still wanted nymphs  however the anglers found it difficult to fish the nymphs high in the water and keep in contact. Second with all the changes in wind and overhead conditions the fish didn’t know if they wanted to feed or not.   

On Monday Mr Steve Barby and Mr A Bell caught 12 fish between them . Season permit holder Mr Ed Douglas took 6 fish on dries. Mr David Bowie and Mr John Hurst had 15 fish to the boat on various patterns including Blobs. Mr Kevin Rees had 9 to the boat on dries. Mr Dennis Jones caught 4 fish from the bank on size 14 Diawl Bachs. Draycote regular Mr Richard Lindsay caught 16 fish from a boat on black leeches.

On Tuesday Mr Brian Warwick caught 8 fish from the bank. Mr M Farrell caught 5 fish from the bank. Mr T Tappenden caught 7 fish from the bank in both Toft and Biggin Bay using Diawl Bachs. Mr Mike Garner caught 2 fish from the bank using floating fry patterns. Mr Ray Cramp caught 7 fish from the bank using small lures. Mr A Williams and Mr A Donaldson caught 8 fish from a boat on dries. Mr David Bowie caught 9 fish from the boat using on a variety of patterns including a silver Invicta.

On Wednesday Mr John Hall caught 10 fish whilst bank fishing in the cornfield using skinny black diawl bachs. Mr M Farrell caught 4 fish from the bank in Toft. Mr Ian Richardson caught 5 fish from the bank  at various points around the reservoir using Minkies and floating fry patterns. Mr C Tomlinson caught 7 fish from the bank in toft.  Mr A Winstone caught 15 fish from a boat using nymphs.

On Thursday Mr George Smith caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr A Doherty caught 3 fish from the bank using black epoxy buzzers. Mr J Jones had 9 fish to the boat.

On Friday Mr A Bettles caught 3 fish from the bank. Season permit holder Mr Colin Grainger also caught 3 fish whilst fishing from the bank. Mr Peter Elliott caught 19 fish from a boat using dries such as red hoppers, the best of which weighed 4lb 6oz. Mr Jamie Scott caught 7 fish from a boat using a red snake on a DI 3 line. Mr Ian Richardson again fishing from the bank caught 5 fish on Minkies. The pairings of Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood and Mr D Naylor and Mr S Houlton  did extremely well from the boat catching good numbers of fish between them on daddies and hoppers. Bank angler Mr P Barnes caught 3 fish on such patterns as baby dolls and zonkers.

On Saturday season permit holderMr Mike Garner caught 5 fish from the bank down in Toft using diawl bachs. Mr G Davies’ party of Mr Lloyd , Mr Jones , Mr Parry and Mr Davies all caught good numbers of fish from the boats on various patterns including boobies and  daddies. Mr N Mead and Mr I Tearle returned 20 fish from the boat, all caught on minkies and floating fry patterns. Mr R Cotterill caught 10 fish from a boat on a DI3 and lures in the morning and dries in the afternoon. Mr J McLellan caught 12 fish from a boat on black and pink snakes over the aerators.  

On the bank Sunday Ian Springett landed 6 fish with them falling to Pheasant tailed nymphs fished on a floating line. Ian also landed a fantastic fish of 6lb 10oz. Season ticket holder Dennis Jones also had a good days sport landing 5 fish all on size 14 black buzzers. Out on the boats B Parry and C Jones had a good days sport landing 13 fish using black boobies in the morning then switching to black hoppers to continue catching. M Hunt and S hunt also enjoyed good sport landing 17 fish to the boat. The pair found the best method was an intermediate line with a combination on nymphs and lures. Ed Foster and Brad Gifford had a good day afloat landing 14 fish to the boat all on dries.

Looking ahead to next week the overnight temperatures are really starting to drop, and fish are starting to look at the fry more and more. This should mean the fishing will improve and the better fish will start to come out and feed.

Could all anglers please fill in the catch return sheet before departing. The sheets will either be located in the gutting room or in the lodge depending on time. It is very important to us for both the fishing report and stock levels.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   271    Number Trout Taken:  277   Number Trout Released:  565

Total Catch:    842          Weekly Rod Average: 3.1

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until   18:45

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     18:45

Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:00 PM   14:00   until 18:45

Last 4 Hours from:     13:45    until    18:45   (Ticket sales available from   14:30)

No Gutting of Fish after 18:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr M Severn of Loscoe in Derby 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:

The annual Fur and Feather match will be held this year on Sunday 27th November, and will be fished as a pair’s competition. The winning pair will receive a Christmas hamper each with second, third and largest fish will win a selection of seasonal drinks. Please note there will be no raffle this year, no need to bring along a prize. Competition rate for this will be £68 per boat for a 16 fish limit to the boat (£34 per angler). Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

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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