Draycote Report W/E 16th August 2020

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Draycote Weekly Fishing Report.


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Fishery Report: Week ending Sunday 16th August


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A hot start to the week with temperatures in the high 20s and even into the 30s at times, resulting in a high water temperatures and moody trout. Thankful towards the end of the week we had some cooler overnight temperatures which lowered the water temperature and did see an improvement in catches. A total of 181 rod visited the water landing a total of 413 fish giving a rod average of 2.2 fish per angler.


A hot start to the week Monday with temperatures in the high 20s, although we did have some cloud to start the day. The threat of thunder later in the day and also the heat kept a number of anglers away, with only 3 boats heading out and one bank anglers. Although the anglers who did head out were treated some great sport with the rod average for the day finishing at 8. Season ticket holder Mike Garner fished the bank and landed an impressive catch of 6 fish all on crunchers and cormorants, following a chat with fishery ranger Lee, who had found fish the day before in Toft. Mike headed for the top of the swan’s nest and cast out letting the flies swing towards the end of Farborough Dam. All water season ticket holder Steve Orton fished for a morning landing 5 fish all on dries. Steve found the fish and lost many more doing one long drift from the bottom of Toft, past croft shoal and out towards Biggin Bay. Fishery Ranger Lloyd Thompson fished with a former RAF colleague on the rudder landing 16 fish between them. The pair found the fish around the Farborough Dam wall and also out towards T buoy using Tubes on di 5 sinking lines. Out in the afternoon Draycote season ticket holder Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 20 fish to the boat all on dries before the lightening put an early end to the evening.


Tuesday started overcast and grey, with the sun cutting through the cloud cover about 10 o’clock, to produce yet another warm muggy day with only the lightest of breezes. Mr Paul Skelton rose over a dozen fish to dries in Toft and Biggin Bay but unfortunately didn’t manage to boat any of them. Mr M Brown caught 7 fish on Buzzers and Big Reds. Dries seemed to be working really well in the bright conditions as season permit holder John Falconbridge netted 4 fish from the top of the water. All water season permit holder Keith Coley had 5 fish on a mixture of the washing line and dries.


Wednesday has to be one of the hottest days we’ve ever experienced here at Draycote water. The air temperature through the afternoon had to be well in excess of 30 degrees. Fish could be seen moving in the surface early on as we were working on the boats, but by 10 o’clock they had disappeared. Yousef Dar caught 4 fish, while Mr Ron Howard managed 2. Mr K Allison caught 2 using Big Reds and Green and Black Diawl Bachs.


A much better day on Thursday with overcast conditions and a north easterly breeze. With a water temperature of 21 degrees, it was never going to be the easiest days fishing, but some anglers still did quite well. Mr C Wilkins caught 4 on Bob’s Bits, while Gordon Bramwell had 6. Draycote regular Tony Broadway caught 1 fish from the bank at Lincroft Point on a Shrimp pattern. All water season permit holders Chris Bobby and Leanne Frost had a dozen between them fishing Cormorants on a Fast Glass line.


Again overcast conditions and a light north easterly led to another rise in the rod average on Friday. Tony Broadway and Brian Allwood both caught a brace from the bank at Lincroft point on Shrimp patterns and Big Reds. Out on the boats Ed Douglas caught 7 fish on dries and Boobies. Mr D Boulton and Mr T Moore had 3 fish apiece on Buzzers fished very deep. Season permit holder Kevin Rees caught 8 fish on the drift using dry flies such as Cul’s and Bob’s Bits. Mr Derek Adams bagged 3 fish from the boat, one of which was a 5 pounder caught on a Diawl Bach. Mr M Grover had 4 fish to the boat using Muddler Daddies.


Saturday arrived with a good north easterly breeze and once again stayed cloudy all day. A much better days fishing was had by a lot of the rods who ventured out, particularly through the wind lanes that sprung up in Toft. The water temperature has now dropped to 19 degrees, and hopefully will drop more in the next couple of days. All water season permit holder Phil Mee was drifting from G to H buoy in Toft using dries such as Big Reds, and whilst he boated just one fish, he had a great days sport losing several more. The boat pairing of Tony Parker and Tez Livin had 11 fish to the boat between them on dries and nymphs around G buoy in Toft. Mark Hunt had a great day out netting 8 fish on Ginger Hoppers, and dropped quite a few more. Mr Dave Eames caught 18 fish using Snakes and Sparklers on a DI3 and a Fast Glass line, during long drifts from D buoy in Duns Bay, to B buoy up in front of the Draycote Dam.


A cooler start to Sunday with winds in the North with a slight bit if East in them, the air temperature did rise towards the afternoon as the sun tried to make an appearance. However, around 5pm the rain was torrential with thunder and lighting around too bringing all the boats in early. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas found success early on dries around P Buoy, T Buoy and around the Farborough Spit with crippled midge landing most of their fish. As the sun came out Jim did use a Di 5 and a tube to land fish around OL buoy and also T buoy, but overall it was dries that took the majority of the fish. Draycote season ticket holder Richard Walker fished over the Aerators to land 9 fish all coming to sinking lines fished with snakes and zonkers. Fishery Ranger Lee Henfrey fished with Nigel Keeber on the rudder to land over 30 fish to the boat using a DI 3 and tubes. The best area the pair found was casting tight in to the Farnborough and Toft Dam wall and drawing the flies off with Nigel landing a 6lb 8oz Rainbow that took within feet of the Dam wall.



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