Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton Fisheries Update 13th November 2021

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Fisheries Update 13th November 2021

With the 2021 season at Eyebrook already drawn to a close, Thornton & Draycote remain open to the 30th November. With good stock levels of 19,000 trout in Draycote & 5,000+ trout in Thornton, all we need is a good forecast for the next fortnight for us to enjoy some excellent late autumn sport.

Bookings Contact: Draycote 01788 812018, Thornton 01530 230807

2022 Season Opening Dates

We are already planning for the 2022 Season as it’s only 10 weeks before Thornton reopens on the 1st February 2022 followed by Draycote on the 1st March 2022 & Eyebrook on the 4th March 2022.

For 2022 we will be increasing our day permit choices to include 1Fish kill, 2 Fish kill, 3 Fish kill, 4 Fish kill, 5 Fish kill, 6 Fish kill & our Last 4-hour permit. All our day permits will continue to allow you to catch & release. There should be a day permit option in 2022 to meet everyone’s requirements.

Our popular fishing break packages will still be available for 2022 for those anglers looking for a 2, 3 or 4 day fishing holiday, you will during your visit be able to spread your visits across our three fisheries.

Our 2022 diaries are open & were accepting bookings.

2022 Major Finals

Draycote is currently booked to host three major fly fishing finals during 2022, with discussions on bringing a fourth major final to Draycote ongoing. Exciting times for the Draycote fishery and staff.

Major Finals Currently confirmed are

Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championship June 25th & 26th   

John Horsey Anglers World Final 21st August

TEFF National Final 10th & 11th September.

Club / Associations / Competitions

Clubs, associations, or competitions looking to book for 2022 qualify for reduced rates on the boats & day permits when booking 5 or more boats.

Although a kill limit is still popular with many clubs & competitions for those wanting to try a catch & release competition we can provide measuring troughs which are one option for catch & release competitions, contact the fisheries to discuss your club, association, competition requirements.


Draycote 01788 812018 or email  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook 01536 770264 or email eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton 01530 230807 or email thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

2022 Membership

We offer a variety of 9 different membership options across Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook, they include, individual fishery membership, household membership, beginner membership if you’ve attended beginner courses/casting lessons & our increasingly popular All Water membership which allows you to fish all 3 fisheries.

If you would like to receive information on our various membership options including members discounts on boats or in our tackle shops email iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk for further details.

Open Day 19th December 2021

We also have an open day arranged at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge on Sunday 19th December from 9.30 am to 2 pm when you will meet Jim Wright Eyebrook manager, Tom Bird Draycote manager & myself to discuss our various membership options & our plans for the 2022 season. Hot drinks & mince pies provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas Vouchers

Our Christmas Vouchers, Beginner Fly Fishing Day Vouchers & Casting Tuition Vouchers are the perfect Christmas gift, visit our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk to purchase yours or contact the Draycote lodge 01788 812018


Our Local Angling Clubs

We are fortunate to have an angling club associated with each of our fisheries. Eyebrook Fly Fishers, Draycote Fly Fishers Association & Thornton Fly Fishers

Eyebrook Fly Fishers held their inaugural meeting on February 13th 2020, a month before covid put the country into a national lockdown & social distancing rules prevented the club from meeting. The club therefore has been in limbo ever since with just two interclub events organised with Thornton Fly Fishers & Draycote Fly Fishers during late 2021

The club now feels the time is right to move forward with Clive Moore EFF chairman arranging an AGM on Sunday 28th November at 11am. The AGM will be held at the Eyebrook lodge and is open to members who joined at the inaugural meeting and any new members. Their aim is to finalise club formation & arrange a winter programme along with fishing events during the 2022 season.

They hope to see you there, supporting this new club, Eyebrook Fly Fishers.

You can follow them via their Facebook page Eyebrook Fly Fishers

Draycote Fly Fishers

December 14th Fly Tying Demonstrations evening. Raffle and prizes.

January 11th talk by   Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, speaker to be confirmed

Raffle and prizes.

February 8th  Ifor Jones Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. Plans for 2022 Season (Programme TBC – history of Draycote Water)

Raffle and prizes.

March 8th   Presentation evening for club match winners, and an auction of fishing tackle, etc.

Raffle and prizes.

Meetings are held at the: Dunchurch Social Club 7pm -9.30pm

New members are welcome as long as they contact the club Secretary in advance regarding Covid-19 rules and seating arrangements.

Any non members arriving without prior notification will not be permitted to attend.

The club also arranges club competitions at Draycote during the season

Please Contact  Mark Jones   – Club Secretary’ on 07586-992218
email address:   info.dffa@gmail.com

You can contact them via their Facebook page Draycote Flyfishers Association, or their club website www.draycote-fly-fishers-assoc.co.uk/

Thornton Fly Fishers

Thornton Fly Fishers hold their meetings at the Working Men’s Club, Main St Thornton with meetings commencing from 7.30pm. Club Chairman Dave Leavesley, Club secretary Peter Birdsall. Everyone welcome

Fly Tying Socials

The Fly tying and social evenings are commencing on the 17th of November. Anyone wishing to learn about any particular fly, or tying techniques, please get in touch with Dave Leavesley and he will do his best to help during the tying sessions.

It would be great to see members there whether for tying or just a social get together.

We have guest speaker John Applebee from the Kibworth shooting club joining us on the 19th January to talk about American long rifles. John is an ardent collector and long term user of many varieties of weapons. I’m sure it will be a very interesting evening.

Winter programme

17th November. Fly tying & Social evening.

1st December. Fly tying & Social evening.

15th December. Fly tying & Social evening.

5th January 2022. Fly tying & Social evening.

19th January. Speaker evening. Hundred years of American long rifles.

by John Applebee.

2nd February. Fly tying & Social evening.

16th February. Fly tying & Social evening.

2nd March. Auction evening

During the 2022 season they will be holding various fishing events at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. You can follow them on their Facebook page Thornton Fly Fishers

Dates For Your Diary We will be attending the British Fly Fair International www.bffi.co.uk held at the Staffordshire showground on February 12th & 13th 2022

Myself, Tom Bird & Jim Wright will be manning our stand at the show. We look forward to seeing you at this popular fly fishing show.