Draycote Report W/E 19th May 2019

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 19th May 2019

Tel: 01788 812018

Draycote has experienced a very busy week, with 475 rod visiting the fishery landing a total of 1,908 fish which gives a rod average of 4.0. With a settled week the buzzer fishing has really excelled with the fish feeding hard, with also some great sport on dries into the evening and during the day given the cloud cover. With more settled weather this coming week, we expect lots of good quality fish to come out and lots of good catches, with another bust week expected booking is highly recommended.

The bank fished well Monday with a warm day and light winds from the North. Season ticket holders Bob Smith & Ian Richardson enjoyed good sport using buzzers fished under an indicator. With Ian landing 16 from Dunn’s bay enjoying a “really good day” while Bob took 12 once again from Dunn’s with one also coming from the overflow from the treatment works. Mr Finch- Noyes also fished in Dunn’s using buzzers fished on a floating line and a long leader to land 17 fish. On the boats Mr McGinlay & Mr Pelini landed 19 fish between them fishing in Dunn’s Bay on buzzer fished on a floating line. L Horner also enjoyed a good day on the boats landing 20 fish from Rainbow Corner on buzzers fished on a floating line. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas enjoyed a great days sport using a long midge tip with a small FAB on the point teamed with buzzers for the main part of the day to land 29. Before landing a further 7 on dries once the evening rise really kicked off with olive shipman’s buzzer being his best pattern.

Another warm day with light winds Tuesday saw some great catches again on buzzers. However, this time it was the boats that took the lion share of the sport. Apart from all water season ticket holder Paul Walker who landed 19 fish using a washing line with Buzzers in Dunn’s bay. Gary Johnson & John Slavin landed 17 fish fishing a washing line on a long midge tip with a FAB on the point. The pair found the fish drifting along the Hensborough bank and then down to Rainbow Corner. Also fishing along the Hensborough bank was the boat of McGinlay, who landed 31 fish between them on buzzers fished on a midge tip. W & J Graham fished in Rainbow Corner on Buzzer to land 20 fish between the pair of them. In the evening Gary Turner & father enjoyed good sport on the last four hour boat landing 9 fish with dries working well in the evening and commented on “the fantastic fighting fish”. Another party who commented on the quality of the fish and enjoyed great sport was West Lothian Fly Fishers who fished just off the school slips near the Hensborough bank with buzzers on a midge tip and enjoyed great sport on the afternoon especially.

On Wednesday the wind remained in the East with just a touch of North in it, with sun for the most part with cloud at times. G McGinlay & G Pelini enjoyed another great days sport landing 47 fish between them using a long midge tip and washing line with FAB’s and buzzer once again the hotspot being drifting along the Hensborough bank into Rainbow Corner. Mr McKenzie & Mr Robertson employed similar tactics in the same area to boat 34 fish. Mr M Gilbert & K Davies enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 14 fish from Rainbow Corner and Lincroft Point. With the fish taking on black and red and black green buzzers. Out on the water for the last 2 days was John Lewis enjoyed a guided session with Lee Henfrey & then Tom Bird. John enjoyed a great 2 days sport fishing buzzers on his new 9ft #5 Sage X with he fish really testing the rod out for him. With John landing a lovely 4lb 9oz Rainbow that can be seen on Facebook at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Traveling anglers Laurent Guillermin & Jean Oulion from France enjoyed a great day landing 51 fish on damsels and black streamers.

On the bank Thursday saw Tony Broadway landed 19 fish having a “FAB Day” using a washing line with a FAB on the point Tony landed fish from the Tower Bank, Lincroft & Cornfield with the fish taking a mix of the buzzers and the FAB. On the boats fishing the last day of a 3 day break Gary Johnson & John Slavin using a 6ft tip and once again buzzers and FABs landed 29 fish drifting in Rainbow Corner. Another party from Scotland Mr Mcintosh & P Taggart landed 25 fish between them around Rainbow Corner and Hensborough. Mr S Kelly & Mr F Daley enjoyed a good day landing 21 fish on buzzers and nymphs from Rainbow Corner using a midge tip. Mr B Cook fished on the Hensborough bank using buzzers to enjoyed a cricket score day landing 40 fish to the boat.

Good sport for the bank anglers Friday with Dunn’s and the Tower bank proving to the best areas. Pete Allen fished on the Tower bank using buzzers in a washing line to land 7 fish. While Brian Warwick landed 5. Just round from these anglers in Dunn’s Alan Grant landed 15 using a floating line with a small blue flash Damsel. John Hoskins used Buzzer from the boat in Dunn’s to land 10 cracking fish, all on a floating line. Fishing in the afternoon Gareth Jones enjoyed great sport on the dries landing a dozen fish using small CDC patterns, Gareth found the fish around the Tower bank, Biggin Bay and then across from Croft Shoal.

Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey used the rudder to great effect Saturday landing 24 fish between them, using the large weightless barred olive snake from Fulling Mill, on a Di 3 sinking line. Fishing at anchor on Croft shoal Martyn Moore used small olive buzzers landing over 20 fish including some cracking Perch. Husband & Wife team Tony & Ruth Kirk fished from the bank along the Cornfield to land 14 & 9 fish all on buzzers, with the pair also landing some great Perch. Kenny Gray & Derek Purves landed 28 fish from Rainbow Corner on Diawl Bach’s with the other anglers in the party also finding success on the same method between the 4 boats they landed over 90 fish. Fishing in Toft Mr Bell-Scott and brother landed 19 fish on buzzers commented on “the great hard fighting fish”. Season ticket holder Paul Walley fished on the bank up at Tower bank to land 13 fish all of which took small size #14 buzzers.

Tricky conditions Sunday with hardly any wind to speak of for most of the day, although some cloud did arrive later the day bring it with it some much needed breeze. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker enjoyed a good day on dries landing 10 fish, from various marks across the middle. Another boat who found dries the key was Spencer Williams & Stephen Hawkins who landed 20 fish with the best pattern being Shipman’s. Kenny Miller & Mick Moran landed 12 fish using buzzers and nymphs in Rainbow Corner. The Stuart Malcolmson party from Scotland once again enjoyed a good days sport up in Rainbow Corner again on nymphs. Draycote season ticket holder Graham Homer enjoyed good sport fishing on the Tower Bank to land 5 cracking fish on a short pm afternoon season on straight lined buzzer.

Following the release of another blog from the guiding tuition team which can be found at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk, this weeks special offer is on CDC floatant. Please visit out online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk to take advantage of this great offer.

Disabled Anglers

Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018. 

Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop

Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.

We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer is the Guiding & Tuition teams’ best buzzers and how to fish them in the latest blog at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers


6th June Ladies International (boatmen / boatwomen required contact the lodge 01788812018)

15th & 16th June Angling Trust Loch Style Championship

27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825

Weekly Boat draw

Congratulations to Mr D Leonard from Bromyard the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:  

Number Rods: 475     Number Trout Taken: 381    Number Trout Released:  1527

Total Catch:  1908     Rod Average: 4.0

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30

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

Last 4 Hours from:  17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)

Gutting Room Closes – 21:00

All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00


Tight lines,

The Draycote Team

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