Thursday morning was overcast at Draycote Water, with a light south westerly breeze. Despite some early forecasts it turned out to be an almost perfect day with anglers catching fish almost everywhere, and the rod average holding at around 7. Season permit holder Alan Grant took to the bank to net 5 fish on small nymphs from various points along the northern shoreline. Colin Day took 6 fish from the bank. Colin fished in Biggin Bay near the Old Pipe using humungus and commented on the quality of the bank fishing this season. Young Norman Perkins plied his trade off the bank near the Swans Nest to net 10 fish on buzzers and blobs. Draycote regular Stan Hillman caught a dozen fish whilst out on the bank using floating fry near the Valve Tower, and commented on “Some Cracking Sport”. Out on the boats Ian Richardson and Bob Smith had nearly 30 fish to the boat between them. Ian and Bob used sparkler boobies and hoppers on intermediate lines and fished in areas such as Farborough Spit, Rainbow Corner and the Tower Bank. Mr M Schofield had 14 fish to the boat using a variety of flies such as cormorants, crunchers and hoppers. Kevin Rees caught 16 fish from a drifting boat, all on dries such as bob’s bits and the F fly. Season permit holder Peter Jeffries and his boat partner had a bakers dozen to the net, and every one of them fell to a dry fly.