Draycote Weekly Report W/E 25th June 2017

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th June 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Weekly Boat draw:

A very warm start to the with temperatures into the 30s for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. This caused the surface temperature of the water to rise to over 20 degrees. As a result, this meant the trout dropped deep and went off the fed for the first few days of the week. In to the later part of the week the air temperature dropped and this teams with some stronger winds help to reduce the water temperature back to a more trout friendly 17°C by Sunday. As expected this drop in the water and air temperature brought the fish back onto the top few feet of the water for the later part of the week. As a result the weekly rod average works out at 3.22 with 327 anglers catching a total of 1054 trout.

Flat calm and very hot conditions kept most anglers away Monday, and those that did fish could only stand the heat for a couple of hours. Mr Warwood, took a boat and headed straight for the boils, hoping to encounter some fish will to pull back in the baking sun. His efforts were rewarded with 4 fish taken in 2 hours on a floating line and a lure. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird also braved the heat for an hour, with he to heading over to the boils. Tom’s tactic was to fish a Di 7 sinking line and tube, with a roly-poly retrieve, this hard work in the heat was rewarded with 6 cracking fish.

A slightly cooler start to Tuesday with temperatures hitting mid 20’s. This caused several fish braved the warm surface water to feed on small buzzers and snails that had floated to the top in the weed. As a result, fish could be tempted early in the day to come to dries or washing line. However around mid-day the cloud broke leaving bright sun and more very warm conditions. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas and his boat partner Ben Leigh did manage 9 to the boat with a couple on dries first thing. With the rest of the fish coming to buzzers fished deep in Rainbow Corner in the afternoon. Also on the boat Mr Woodroffe landed 8 fish again to buzzers fished deep. On the bank season ticket holder Jim Hall fished dries in Biggin Bay to land 5 fish.

The hottest day of the year greeted angers Wednesday with temperatures approaching mid-30s. As expected the fishing was tough, with the rod average only working out at 1.78. Mr Bilinski and Mr Evans fished buzzers deep on a floating line near the outlet & inlet to land 10 fish to the boat a fantastic score in the conditions. Mr Worrall also fished buzzers deep to land a very impressive 12 fish. Other catches on the day also came to lures fished over the boils.

A drop-in air temperature down to 20° teamed with cloud and a good breeze, to cool the water surface temperature. Conditions looked good for the fish to pull back after the difficult hot days previously, and pull back them did. Peter Elliot and Lee Patten caught over 20 fish to the boat, fishing around the flat stones and inlet. The pair fished different methods with Peter landing his fish on dries while Lee took his washing lining. Also enjoying good sport out on the boats was Mr Lewis & Mr Seward who landed 18 fish to the boat again fishing around the top dam wall. Season ticket holders John Dickens and Kevin Rees enjoyed sport fishing small crippled midge and bob’s bits to land 14 fish to the boat, drifting from the top dam wall out towards B buoy. John O’Hara caught well from the boat out on an 8-hour guide with Tom Bird, John caught fishing washing line and dries. With the best areas being the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam.

Friday was Draycote Host the Civil Service National Game Angling Final, with 26 anglers taking part. With two anglers fishing for 13 regions around the U.K. Taking top honours on the day was the North-West region with both anglers taking their 12 fish limits. With the top Individual being George Aston. George found the fish willing to take blobs and boobies on a sinking line. Guy Nicholson also had his 12-fish limit but found the fish wanted a washing line with size 12 diawl bachs and a biscuit booby/FAB. Outside of the competition Vic Davies caught over 20 to the boat using dries drifting from the top dam wall towards the open water around B & C buoy. Vic’s top patterns where shipman’s, shuttlecocks and hoppers with the best colours being either red or claret.  Fishing from the bank Mr Hatton had a good day landing 14 fish using a mixture of small dries and nymphs from over in Duns Bay and Rainbow Corner.

On the bank Saturday Tony and Geoff Harris landed 7 between them fishing from the Swan’s nest in Toft using a damsel on a floating line. Also fishing the bank Mike Garner caught from the overflow using his home tied barbless nymphs. Out on the boats Tony Parker and boat partner Tim Llewelyn landed 12 fish fishing in Rainbow Corner and Hensbrough bank on the washing line, with small nymph’s ad FABS. Also out on the boats Mick McClintic and Gary Owen landed 14 fish to the boat all on dries, and commented on the amount of offers they had but just could not connect. G Tilley and A McPhail landed 25 fish the boats pulling lures on various sinking lines with snakes and tubes being the best patterns.  Eileen Chatwin enjoyed good sport boating 10 fish, drifting around near the top dam wall and the inlet using dries or the washing line to tempt the fish. Jim Smith caught well on an afternoon ticket using dries, Jim found the fish around the Rainbow Corner side of the outlet drifting over the deeper water.

Overcast conditions with the wind coming from the south west, later swinging into the west, looked for ideal conditions Sunday. Although the wind changes and strong gusts at times did knock the fish off the feed for various parts of the day. Out on the boats Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin landed 24 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around B buoy then later in the day drifting over the boils towards Biggin Bay. Martin used washing line to land 9 of the fish, although it was Neil’s olive snakes on a fast glass that caught most of the fish. Keith Harding and Mick Clarke enjoyed good sport on dries landing 13 to the boat, with ginger Midas being the top pattern. The pair found the fish all over the lake from the Inlet to Biggin Bay later in the day. David Hoppe took to the water to land 16 fish using a variety of methods from dries to snakes. Jim Smith returned on Sunday for a full day landing 28 all on dries with crippled midge in red and claret being his best patterns. Jim found the fish all along the top dam wall. Draycote also hosted the Scierra Pairs heat with 10 pairs fishing for 2 possible 3 going through to the final. Winning the day was Adam Larbalestier Ben Bayliss, the pair found the fish around the boils, catching on di 5 sinking lines with tubes. In second place Gareth Tilley & Alan McPhail used similar tactics to Ben and Adam but caught majority on snakes around the inlet. In third place John Turner and Dave Morris landed 14 from the boils on tubes but this time roly-poly a di 7 line.


Congratulations to Mr G Owen of Coalville, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  327   Number Trout Taken: 402  Number Trout Released: 652 Total Catch: 1054           Weekly Rod Average:  3.22

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45

Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45

Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45

Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)

Gutting Room Closes: 21:15

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00


Fishery News

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses

Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently One places available

Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available

Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information

Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!


Dates for your diary:-

Competition                                                                         Contact

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:

Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:

Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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