Draycote Report W/E 14th June 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 14th June 2020

The good fishing weather that we saw Sunday continued into the new week with light winds in the East and overcast skies, it was in fact near perfect conditions. On the bank season ticket holder Bob Smith landed 8 fish. Landing 3 from Lincroft point in the morning fishing a washing line with crunchers on the droppers and a booby on the point. Later in the day Bob then moved to the bottom end of Toft near the Willow tree to land his other 5. Another season ticket holder who found the fish from the bank was Ian Richardson who took 2 from the far side of Toft before moving round up the bank from Bob to also land 5. On the boats fish were caught from all over the reservoir, fishing in Rainbow Corner Jeff Ide landed 17 fish all on Diawl Bach’s fished on a floating line. The highlight of Jeffs day was when he landed a 6lb brown which he returned to the water to fight another day. Another 2 boats who found the fish around A & B buoy were that of Neil Cohen & Andrew Nowak. The pair landed over 20 fish each, their best tactic was to fish a slow intermediate with FABs on the point and top dropper and then 2 nymphs on the droppers. Ian Spicer enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 18 fish all on dries from Rainbow Corner, with his best fly pattern being crippled midge.

More cloud for the most part Tuesday with some sun for the middle section of the day, again we were pleased with light winds giving a lovely ripple. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner landed 5 fish from the outlet on Diawl Bach’s. Fishing in Biggin Bay Brian Warwick landed 5 fish all on crunchers fished on a floating line. Mr Wilson also fished at the overflow to land 4 fish all on hot head Diawl Bach’s and commented on the excellent fish quality. Mr English fished off the Cornfield to take 8 fish on Diawl Bach’s and a Whiskey Fly. On the boats Mr I Morris enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 23 fish all on nymphs. Mr Morris found the fish at Lincroft Point, Toft and also over the Aerators. Mr Mahon landed 17 fish from the boats but didn’t’ leave any comments on how he caught his fish. Andy Lunn landed 10 fish all on either dries or a washing line. Mr Alex Campbell found a lot of fish in the afternoon drifting just to the righthand side of Croft shoal in the channel to land 12 fish. Alex caught the fish on a variety of method fishing in the top couple of feet. Either CDC culs or fishing one of the new Airflo 12ft slow midge tips with a mix of buzzers, Diawl Bach’s and boobies.

Yet another good fishing day here at Draycote on Wednesday, with overcast skies and light breezes, interspersed with the odd light shower. Draycote really seems to be “on form” at the moment With the cloudy conditions we are experiencing, good numbers of fish are being caught by bank anglers, mostly from the northern shoreline. The boat anglers are catching fish in a lot of different areas at the moment, and generally on Nymphs and Buzzers in the top few feet of the water, and of course dries. Bob Smith caught 7 fish from the bank by the willow tree using Crunchers. Season permit holder Ian Richardson caught 16 fish from the bank in Toft using a washing line, with a Booby on the point and Crunchers. Out on the boats Ed Douglas caught 26 fish drifting through open water on dries. Season permit holder Tony Parker had a good number of fish to the boat using a washing line and Diawl Bachs, fished through the top few feet of the water.

A blustery north easterly greeted us on Thursday morning and blew most of the day. Luckily the better fishing was along the north shore where anglers were able to gain a little bit of respite from the conditions.

The bank fishing continued in reasonable form with Brain Warwick managing 9 from the Cornfield. Mike Garner managed two from the bank on a Pitsford Pea off Lincroft Point. Out on the boats Dave Smith netted 10 fish using a DI5 sweep and Snakes. Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe had over 20 fish to the boat using snakes at G buoy. Chris Bobby and Leanne Frost had 28 fish between them in Toft shallows on intermediate lines, Blobs and Boobies.

More cloud Friday, teamed with the odd shower in the afternoon, it was another blustery day with the win coming from the East before swinging into the south East later in the day. On the bank Bob Barfoot landed 4 fish from Toft using nymphs on a washing line. At the other end of the lake Stan Hillman fished in Rainbow Corner from the land to 8 fish on nymphs. Mr A Dawson fished in Toft using a washing line with a FAB on the point landing 14 fish. On the boats Steve Owen fished in Toft using a team if nymphs fished on a floater to land 14 fish. In another boat also in Toft Chris Howkins landed 16 fish Chris found the fish using a floating line buzzers fished under the bung. Fishery ranger Lee Henfrey also went out first using the new Airflo Superflo 12ft tip to catch in Toft. Fishing the washing line, before moving to Rainbow corner using an olive snake on a fast glass. On Friday evening Draycote Fly Fishers Association (DFFA) held their first evening match of year fished under the Angling Trust guidelines for competitions. The enjoyed great sport with the competitors landing over 20 fish. Winning the evening was Paul Farrell who landed 5 hard fighting Rainbows with other anglers landing 3 or 4 fish. For information on joining DFFA please visit there website http://www.draycote-fly-fishers-assoc.co.uk/

A brighter day than had been seen during the week, on Saturday, as a result the fishing was slightly tricky. On the bank M Grainger landed 8 fish from Toft down near the willow tree in Toft. Mr Grainger used a blue flash Damsel and a blob to catch his 8. On the boats the rudder boats of Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 11 and 12 fish each. The pair caught all over the lake and found the fish willing to take snakes fished on a Di 3 sinking line. Also, out on the boats Ian Gaskell fished with son Liam, while Shaun Gaskell fished in another boat. Between the 3 of them they landed 22 fish, they caught first in Toft washing lining before it started to go a bit harder and the fish dropped with the son. At this point Ian changed to the Bung and started to catch in Toft at 10ft down on a size 8 black buzzer. Ian then moved to Rainbow Corner using the same tactic to land a cracking 5lb Rainbow. While Ian got the bung working Liam and Shaun found a di 5 sweep with a mix of cormorants caught a number of fish with them taking on the hang at 15ft. However, rain quite literally stopped play at around 6.30 when a massive storm including thunder and lighting rolled in.

A mixed day with regards to the weather Sunday, the wind swung around every variation of East it could think of and we had a couple of heavy showers with then sun for the rest of the day. Overall the water fished very well from the boats but the bank found it a struggle due to the changing winds and bright conditions for the most part. Kirby Fly Fishers had a social day out with all the club’s members enjoying single boats. The club all caught well on nymphs and FABs fished on a washing line either on a midge tip or a slow sinking intermediate. They found the fish on the Aerators very willing to take a fly with nearly all of the anglers taking there 6 fish limits and returning a number of others. Frank Sumnall enjoyed a good days sport landing 23 on a mix of washing line nymphs over the open water. Season ticket holder Tony Parker used a range of midge tip mines to boat 18 on crunchers again fished on a washing line to catch in the top 5 feet of the water column. All water season ticket holder Ian Reeve & Matt Pittaway fished with a mix of FABs and crunchers over the Aerators to land 33 fish between them including some fantastic perfect tailed rainbows around the 4lb mark. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas enjoyed a great day landing cricket score catches which finished with a fantastic evening rise with the pair catching all around the slick sans wind lanes on bobs bits and big reds.

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