Draycote Report W/E 13th May 2018

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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 13th May 2018.

Telephone Number 01788 812018


Overall, we have had a good week regarding the weather with some lovely warm days teamed with light winds. This has created some fantastic buzzer and dry fly sport. A total of 380 anglers visited the fishery during the period landing a total of 1374 trout for a rod average of 3.6 for the week.

Monday saw lovely warm over 20°C day with sun for the morning with cloud building late in the afternoon. Out on the boats Mr E Wilson and boat partner A Masters enjoyed some great buzzer sport from Biggin Bay and Dunn’s landing 18 fish to the boat all on black buzzers fished on a floating line. Season ticket holders Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe also enjoyed good buzzer sport down in Toft using very skinny black buzzers. Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve fished both Biggin Bay and Toft using buzzer to boat 13. Keeping it in the family Ian’s son Richard fished from another boat to land a dozen rainbows on buzzers. On the bank Martin Hancox fished the last four hours to land 4 from Toft. Nick Osbourne took to a boat for the last four hours and landed 8 fish. All came to buzzers from Biggin Bay with three of his trout coming in the first three casts!

A mostly sunny day on Tuesday with 13mph west south west winds and cloud rolling in later in the day. Jude Tuffs fished the bank to land 8 rainbows with 6 coming in the morning to buzzers fished under the bung before taking a couple more later in the day pulling lures. Ian Shobbrook fished the bank to land 3 in the morning using buzzers in the deep water. On the boats season ticket holders Colin England & Tony Plummer landed 12 fish using buzzers in Biggin Bay. Out in the middle fishing the rudder Rod Wilson had a fantastic day’s sport. He boated over 20 fish using gold and silver tubes on a di 7-sinking line, with the best being a 4lb rainbow.

Sunny start to the day Wednesday with cloud building in the afternoon around 2pm, light south westerly winds around 12mph which grew in strength slightly as the cloud pushed in. On the bank fishing at the Swan’s Nest Derek Brooks enjoyed great sport landing 12 on buzzers. Pete Fisher fished further down into Toft using a team of nymphs and also landed a dozen. Mr Swinbourne boated 16 rainbows all on Buzzers from various areas of the lake. However, Rainbow Corner was his most productive location. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took to the water on a day off with boat partner Cameron Rothwell & the pair landed over 40 fish to the boat between them. They found a good head of fish in Biggin Bay during the morning and then Toft in the afternoon, before going back to Biggin later on in the day to catch on dries. Their best tactic was to use a floating line with a team of buzzers and a small blob on the point. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas was also back out on the water & landed 20 fish, with 5 coming in the morning using buzzers over Croft Shoal before landing 15 late on in Toft on dries. The crippled midge was Ed’s best pattern teamed up with a Big Red. In house guide Lee Henfrey took John O’Hara out with John enjoying some more fantastic buzzer & he too landed over 20. The pair found the fish in Biggin Bay and Toft. John has found some real success on his guiding days with Lee this year boating over 20 fish a trip. To book Lee for a guiding session call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Thursday was bright and breezy with the winds remaining in the south west which made the buzzer fishing trickier that it has been on previous days. Nevertheless, Joe McGuigan used CDC shuttlecock buzzers to land 9 fish from over the shoals as well as in Rainbow Corner. David Holding & Geoff Brooks enjoyed good sport from the boat landing 12 fish in the morning session. Fishing along the north shore from Biggin Bay to Toft 50 yards from the bank on small dancers and blue flash damsels pulled on intermediate lines. Season Ticket holders Paul Mitchell and Dave Kennel found the fish willing to take in Biggin Bay in the afternoon to land 17 fish to the boat on washing lines nymphs. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell landed 26 fish to the boat all on buzzers in Biggin Bay breaking the trend of difficult buzzer fishing.

A very chilly southerly gusty wind whipped across the reservoir Friday making it a cold day on the water, however, this did not stop some good catches. On the bank Mark Braun landed 8 fish from the Swan’s Nest on buzzers and pheasant tails. Pete Allan also fished at the Swan’s Nest to land 13 on washing lined buzzers. Out on the boats Martin Moore opted for Toft using a team of Buzzers to land 16 fish. Using buzzer in Rainbow Corner and Toft Gary McGinlay & Mr Pelini landed 32 fish. Using yellow owls and big reds Joe McGuigan had a field day landing 23 frainbows all on the dries at A buoy. He commented that the area it “teeming with fish”.

A warm calm day Saturday with a light ripple picking up in the afternoon before a very wet finish. On the bank Peter Elliot fished the Swan’s Nest with a team of buzzers to land 14 fish, Peter commented that the fish were only a rod length from the bank. On the boats Ian Ross and season ticket holder Mike Garner land 10 on buzzers and Diawl Bachs from both Toft and Biggin Bay. Another season ticket holder getting into the action was Jim Smith who used dries all day to land 12. His catch included a cracking 5lb rainbow. Jim moved around constantly looking for moving fish to intercept found his best pattern to be the Big Red. Ian and Carl Malpass also experienced fine sport netting a total of 29 on a mixture of dries or the washing line – with a cat booby being the top pattern on the washing line.

Sunday was another day of light winds with some sporadic cloud around in the morning until more consistent sun broke through around 11am. Out on the boat Mr Critchley enjoyed great sport using buzzer under the bung to great effect landing 22 fish with the majority taking the buzzer 3ft down. Most of his sport was had in Toft Shallows. On the bank Mr J Burton landed 17 fish on a intermediate line and a white and brown squirrel zonker. Mr A Bremner landed 15 fish all on buzzer from Toft. Mr B Dillon and L Horner landed 22 fish from the boats fishing around Toft and Biggin Bay. Out on the boats Guiding and Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Mr Cotworthy out for a 4 hour guide while down on a break from Scotland. He landed fish on dries and washing line tactics in Biggin Bay and out in the middle. To book Tom for a guided session call the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices

Thornton Fly Fishers also visited on an “Away Day” on Sunday and our congratulations go to John Kirk who caught & released their best fish – a magnificent five pound plus brownie which succumbed to a bright yellow lure fished deep off the Farborough Dam. Richard Pelly rounded off the day with a last four-hour permit in the boat. He enjoyed a good evening rise in the middle with five rainbows to the boat on his Big Red patterns.




Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr Rod Wilson from Ibstock the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  380   Number Trout Taken: 342  Number Trout Released:  1032

Total Catch: 1374   Weekly Rod Average: 3.6

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until: 21:15

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:15

Boat Part Day:   am 08:30 until 15:00        pm 15:00 until 21:15

Last 4 Hours from:  17:15 until 21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)

Gutting Room Closes – 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30hrs


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!




Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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