Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 16th October 2016

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Draycote Water: Weekly report ending Sunday 16th October 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


A very changeable week weather wise here at Draycote. Some very cold nights with early season frosts, would then give way to warm overnight temperatures of 10 degrees. The bright conditions through the week also didn’t help the top of the water sport. This changeable weather has just stopped the fry feeding from exploding, as the conditions have not quite meant the fish are hard of the fry. As a result the fishing has been tricky at times meaning 319 anglers caught a total of 592 trout for a rod average of 2.9.

On Monday boat partners Mr M Price and Mr D Hancox caught 23 fish from a boat using fry patterns and white lures. Draycote regular Mr E Hughes had 15 fish to the boat on a DI 5 sweep using Minkies and snake patterns. Season permit holder Mr Kevin Rees caught 8 fish from a boat using dries. Mr Ray Cramp caught 10 fish from the bank in the afternoon using lures. Season permit holder Mr Dave Adkins caught 9 fish from the bank on a black Minkie.

On Tuesday Mr Norman Perkins had 8 fish from the bank on buzzers and diawl bachs. Season permit holders Mr Gordon Slack and Mr Brian Warwick caught 4 fish each from the bank. Mr Don Roper also caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr Jim Hall, again fishing from the bank, netted 7 fish on diawl bachs.  Mr A Winstone caught 8 fish from the boat on a sparkler booby. Mr Craig Cowan caught and released 28 fish from a boat on a DI 5 sweep using black snakes and Minkies. Mr E Hughes went adrift once again, this time catching 12 fish using a midge tip and Minkie boobies. Season permit holder Mr Paul Liversidge had 4 fish from a drifting boat. Draycote regular Mr Paul Skelton had 5 fish from the boat using Minkies and diawl bachs.

Wednesday saw a visit from Mr Jon Morgan Parker and the “The Finatic Outcasts” team. They had a “ difficult but enjoyable day”, managing a rod average of 3.0 between them. Home tied black and green cormorants seemed to be the order of the day. Well done lads.

Mr Dennis Jones caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr John Hall caught 6 fish from the bank. Mr M Goodge and Mr I Bradfield caught 13 fish from a boat. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp caught 6 fish from the bank on lure patterns.

On Thursday we were visited by Cheshire police who had a difficult but rewarding day, with the top rod being Mr Martin Griffiths who had 6 fish for 22lb 8oz. Mr Alec Twaites and Mr George Smith managed 3 fish each from the bank using Minkies. Season permit holder Mr Brian Warwick managed 5 from the bank. Season permit holder Mr Graham Homer, along with boat partner Mr Roy Taylor  caught 11 fish from a drifting boat.

On Friday Season permit holder Mr Paul Beasley managed 5 fish from the bank on black Minkies. Mr Pete Allen had 5 fish from the bank. Draycote regular Mr John Clifford had 8 fish from the boat on a DI 7 and black lures. Season permit holder Mr Peter Elliott had 7 fish from the bank. Mr Don Roper had 5 fish from the bank on crunchers. Mr G Deterding had 11 fish from the boat on hares ears, Minkies and snail patterns. Mr Andy Birkett and Mr Brent Vinall had 13 fish from the boat on fry patterns from all over the reservoir.

Saturday so a great overcast start to the day, with light winds and wind lines this caused fish to move into them and feed on some late season emerging buzzers as a result a few fish where caught early on dries before the sun broke through. Mr M and D Mee landed 10 fish top the boat using Minkies, snakes, Humungus and nymphs. J Jones also had a good day landing 9 fish but had a lot of action and commented that “Toft was alive”.  Season ticket Tony Parker enjoyed great sport landing 12 fish to the boat, catching on nymphs on floater and midge tip lines. Another season ticket holder catching well was Jim hall who landed 9 but this time of the bank with the cornfield and Lincroft point being the best. Jim Smith caught well of the boat landing 12 fish using a mixture of flies Jim washing lining with a Minkie booby on the point with natural Diawl bachs, with the Diawl bach taking 6 fish. Jim then caught his last 3 in the evening on a foam daddy.

Sunday saw the heavens open with rain constant for the morning into early afternoon which then cleared and gave way to a sunny windy afternoon. Out on the boats Martin Smith and Matt Holmes landed 13 fish with various lures. Mr Dangerfeild had a good day of the bank landing 4 fish on a Damsel nymph in toft. Mr D & M Mee returned to the water to land 14 fish, with Minkies being the best pattern on the day with good fish of 5lb in the bag. Mr Vinall and Birkett fished the final day of their three day break again catching well with fry patterns being the method, the pair commented on the amount of fish they had over 6lb. Nigel Keber and Lee Henfrey had a good day on tubes landing 13 fish to the boat. Andy Young landed 12 fish using a floating line with buzzers, hoopers, blobs and damsels.

Closing Date

The closing date for our fishing season this year is 30th November 2016.

Catch Returns

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.

Selling of Fish

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


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  316     Number Trout Taken: 354    Number Trout Released:  592

Total Catch: 592             Weekly Rod Average: 2.9

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until   18:15

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     18:15

Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   13:15 PM   13:15   until 18:15

Last 4 Hours from:     14:15    until    18:15   (Ticket sales available from   14:00)

No Gutting of Fish after 17:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr  Ted Mills from Tenbury Wells who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.


Demo Tackle

 New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try.

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). Competition will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDERS. Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

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 17:45       


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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