Draycote Report W/E 12th July

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.


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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 12th July


A busy week at the fishery with a total of 301 fishing from both the bank and the boats. Overall catching a total of 1,104 fish giving a weekly rod average of 3.1. A mix week with regards to catches the overcast days at the start of the week saw some fantastic catches to dry flies fished over the open water. Then latter in the week it was the bank fishing that saw some great sport. The cooler weather is helping to keep the fish around the banks and it’s great to see the bank anglers enjoying some sport in July when traditionally they struggle due to high water temperatures.


While the strong winds continued into Monday, they came from a much more angler friendly direction in the North West. This allowed the bank anglers good access to the North shore. As a result Ian Richardson fished along the Cornfield and Biggin Bay taking 8 fish all falling to dries. Ian, found that his best flies to be either a Big Red or a Bob’s bits. With the majority of the fish coming in the morning before the sun broke through in the afternoon. Another season ticket holder on the bank was James Jelly who landed his fish on nymphs fished along the Cornfield. Out on the boat former Draycote manager Kevin Hart shared a boat with Dermot Murphy with the pair landing 10 fish between them mostly on dries. However, the highlight of the day was when Kevin landed a fabulous brown taken on a Big Red to see a picture of the brown please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore Kevin Rees using hoppers in the morning and then later in the day washing lines Diawl Bachs to take 12 fish. With John Dickens taking 11 on daddies again mainly in the morning before using a barred olive snake to take a further 3.


Thankfully, the wind dropped Tuesday, although the bank fishing was slightly more challenging that it had been the previous day. Draycote season ticket holder Pete Allen landed 4 fish, while Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack each landed a brace. On the boats Beginner Season ticket holder John Piper enjoyed a great landed landing 8 fish. John found the fish drifting from E buoy taking 6 from thee before taking a further 2 from Croft shoal with all the fish falling to an olive snake. Fishing for a morning Scott Graham and Paul Morris enjoyed some great sport landing 23 between them. Fishing around Farborough Spit and into Toft, the pair used Big Reds and Red Shipman’s to land the fish. Another boat paring who found dries the way to catch the fish was that of Draycote season ticket holder Peter Elliot and Lee Patten who landed 15 and 13 each all on dries with Bob’s Bits being the best fly.


Wednesday turned out to be nice calm day with a fine drizzle of rain.  Mr A Hart and Mr C J Day had 4 fish each from the bank on PTN’s. Out on the boats Ms Olive Wilson and Mr K Smith caught 20 fish between them on dry flies such as Big Reds. Ed Douglas had 23 fish to the boat on dries from Rainbow corner and Toft Shallows. Another angler who caught on Big Reds was Draycote regular Andy Ross, who took 4 fish in Toft Shallows. Tony Baldwin and Paul Davidson had a field day on the dries drifting in various areas such as Toft, with most of their action on small orange and red Bob’s Bits, although as ever Paul did take fish on the Midas. Retired Draycote Manager Kevin Hart took to the water once again to net 9 fish from a boat. Kevin took 5 fish on dries and 4 on Hares Ears, one of which weighed over 4 lbs.


A steady drizzle of rain greeted us on Thursday morning with a light south westerly breeze, and these conditions continued throughout the day. Dries still worked for quite a few anglers although a lot of the fish were taken in the top of the water by those who fished the washing line. Season permit holders Bob Smith and Ian Richardson Had a baker’s dozen to the boat in Toft on Big Reds and Bobs Bits and remarked on an “Excellent Day”. Kevin Rees Had 20 fish to the boat on dries such as Bobs Bits, Culs and Hoppers. Mr T Evans and Mr J Evans had 9 fish to the boat on dries. Richard Walker used Snakes and Damsels to net 11 fish . Draycote season ticket holder Paul Mitchell also used dries to take a dozen fish fishing around G Buoy in Toft.


A much drier day Friday with a mix of sun and cloud, after 3 days of great conditions. The fishing Friday on the most part was challenging. Although the bank did fish well in fact possibly better than the boats. Tony Broadway landed 6 from the Cornfield including 2 cracking fish one at 3lb 14oz and the other at 3lb 6oz. Fishing along side Tony, Gordon Slack landed 3 fish. However, it was the evening that saw the best of the sport for the bank anglers, with a number of fish being seen feeding off the surface. The Draycote Fly Fishers held another bank match once again making sure to follow the guidelines from the Angling trust to ensure the safety of everyone. While the anglers taking part could see fish moving it needed the correct fly to tempt them. The majority of the Draycote Fly Fishers fished from the Cornfield up to the tower bank, but, some did try Rainbow Corner later in the evening. John Hanlon took top honours landing 6 fish from the Cornfield. In second place was Dave Atkins who took 5 fish, with the majority of them falling to a red cove pheasant tail. If you are interested in joining the Draycote Fly Fishers, there is leaflets in the lodge and also details below towards the bottom of the report. On the boats all water season ticket holder Mark Hunt landed 7 fish all on dries. Mark found that Daddies took 4 fish early in the day before CDC yellow owls took the other 3 late in the day. Draycote Manager Tom Bird enjoyed a day off on the water landing 7 fish, with Tom commented it was a challenging day with no consistent method. Tom taking fish on dries all the way through to a Di 5 and pulling, fishing over the open water around the shoals. The highlight of the day was landing a 4lb brown from Farborough spit taken on a sparkler. Kevin Hart enjoyed a day afloat with John Hoskins with the pair landing 14 between them on a mix of lures and dries. The hotspot for Kevin and John was drifting out from Rainbow Corner towards M buoy catching fish all the way thought the drift.


Another bright day Saturday with a gusty wind in the morning that dropped as the day progressed. The good sport from the bank continued with Draycote season ticket holder Jim Hall landing 9 hard fighting fish. Fishing along the Cornfield and into Biggin Bay Jim used a washing line with crunchers to land his 9 fish. Mr J Rudge also enjoyed a good day on the bank landing 6 fish including a smashing rainbow of over 5lb. On the boat’s rudder regulars Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones landed 10 fish using a Di 3 forty plus line with a barred olive snake. Father and son duo of M Bosher & S Bosher landed 11 fish between them with the majority of the fishing coming from Toft. Another boat who enjoyed a good day’s sport was Draycote season ticket holder out with Iain Ross who used fry patterns at the overflow to catch their fish.


A bright flat calm day Sunday, with forecast cloud and breeze for the afternoon. However, the cloud that was forecast never arrived although thankfully the breeze did. Despite the sunny conditions the bank continued to produce with Ray Hopkins landing 5 fish on minkies. With S Featherstone taking 6 fish all on orange blobs. On the boats despite the sunny conditions it was dry flies that yielded the best results. Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker landed 14 fish with a majority coming to dries, with Tony’s best areas being D Buoy, Croft Shoal and also into Toft. Another boat who found dries to the best way was Jim Smith & Ed Douglas who landed 20 fish between them. The pair used Big Red’s and Bob’s Bits to catch the fish finding fish at all area around the lake from the Draycote Dam all the way into Toft. Tim Burn also used dries and crunchers fished on a washing line on a Airflo 12ft Tip to land 7 fish.


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