Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 26th June 2022

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Week Ending:  Sunday 26th June 2022              Rod Av:  4.8      Water Temperature: 18 °C

Monday dawned flat calm with bright sunshine and looked like doing that for the rest of the day. Not the best conditions for fishing, but keeping on the move and going through different tactics will always give you a better chance of putting a fish or two in the net. Season pemit holder Peter Elliott used diawl bachs fished on a sinking line to put 5 fish in the boat, “deep and slow”. John Dickens stuck firmly to the dries to net 4 fish from various areas around the reservoir. Young Lester Booth netted 5 “cracking fish “, all on pin fry patterns. Draycote regular Andy Lilley fished for a few hours from the bank and netted a brace from Lincroft Point on sedges and cormorants. Dan Mgelligott managed 4 to the boat in the area around N buoy and the School Slips, using a gold headed black lure fished on an intermediate line. Chris Bobby and Lianne Frost caught 17 fish between them, with Chris using the Bung at 10ft, with the washing line working on a long midge tip.

Possibly some of the worst conditions for fishing greeted the anglers on Tuesday, with no wind high temperatures and full sun. As a result the fishing was a challenge, Draycote season ticket holder Phil Waters opted to fish deep landing a nice brace of fish including a cracking perch. Michael Hanlon fished with fishery guide Lee Henfrey for the morning, with the pair landing 5 fish to the boat, fishing around X Buoy. Michael used a Di 3 sinking line and an olive barred snake to land his fish. While Lee used a Booby Basher and a gold butt cat booby. The best catch of the day went to the single man boat of Paul Angell who landed 7 fish using buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a midge tip at A buoy and the Valve Tower.

Another flat, bright, and hot day Wednesday, with the water temperature creeping up towards 19 degrees. As a result the best tactic seemed to be fishing a little deeper in the water column. Jim Dempsey fished on a morning boat to land a dozen fish. Jim fished around A buoy, using a Di 5 40+ line with a white snake with a roly-poly retrieve. Jim commented that he was taking the fish at 15ft down and the hang at the end of the retrieve was key. Jeff Hickson fished with Paul Heavens ahead of the Alex Booth Fly Fishery charity match the next day. With the pair landing 6 fish, with he best tactic being fishing a team of buzzers near the Valve Tower. All water member Paul Havard landed 4 fish, with the first taking a Diawl Bach on a 3ft midge tip and the rest on a DI 3 and a barred olive snake. The best boat of the day was member Chris Bobby and Mark Macleod who landed a dozen fish to the boat but kept the information on how they did it close to their chest as their teams competing in the Angling Trust Loch Style Championship at the weekend.

A busy day Thursday with Draycote hosting the annual Alex Booth Fly Fishers charity match. As always it was a very well attending event for a very worthy cause, with all 33 boats out on the water, however, once again the high water temperatures made the fishing tricky with the rod average for the match working out at 1.7 fish per angler. Winning the day was Paul Mitchell who landed 6 fish with boat partner Gordon Bramwell landing 4. Paul used buzzers to land his fish but didn’t say much more as he was competing in the match at the weekend. There was also a number of cracking fish caught, Colin Marriot landed a rainbow of 4lb 4oz fishing a Di 3 sinking line and a cats whisker using a figure of eight retrieve. Although Richard Gent landed one bigger a cracking fish of 4lb 13oz taken just near Farborough Spit on a fry pattern off the surface. Rob Edmunds also caught very well, while he was in the match, he treated it as a practice day for the weekend and didn’t weight in. Rob landed 7 fish using a fast glass line with a pink and sunburst FAB on the top dropper, 2 cormorants and a sparkler booby on the point.

The break in the weather certainly improved the fishing on Friday with the rod average jumping to just under 5 fish per angler. Season ticket holder Ian Reeve enjoyed a good day’s sport lading 16 fish using a black and green snake fished on a Di 3 sinking line. Fellow season ticket holder Ray Rawlings also enjoyed a good day landing 10 fish using a tequila FAB on the point and black crunchers on the droppers fishing at Rainbow Corner. George Scholes fished for the afternoon on the boats to land 11 fish once again from Rainbow Corner. Using green and black buzzers and also a team of Diawl Bachs fished on a floating line. We also had a number of teams practicing ahead of the Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championship. With a range of methods working , put it was clear that the fish had come up on the water and that washing lining was a ley method on Midge Tips and also slow sinking intermediates.

Saturday, saw a vastly improved water temperature with Southerly winds and a mix of cloud and sun. As a result of these improved conditions the rod average shot up to 9.4 fish per angler. On the Saturday we hosted the first day of the Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championship. The competition is fished over 2 days and broken up into 3 x 3 hour sessions, fishing with your teammate and a boat steward from another team adjudicating. All the fish are measured in a trough and the team with the largest combined length (CM) over the 2 days wins. There were some great scores on the day with the results from each session posted on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore The best tactic for the teams was to fish a washing line with 2 FABs or boobies on the top dropper and point with nymphs in the middle. Outside of the competition All water member Jamie Scott landed 16 fish on a black Pennell, Diawl Bachs and buzzers. Jamie fished in Rainbow Corner which was also the hotspot for the competition along with the outlet and the Hensborough Bank.

Another bright and blustery day here at Draycote on Sunday with once again, good returns from the top few feet of the water column. Richard Walker caught 3 fish on lures out over deeper water, whilst John Crowley used bibios and cormorants on a sinking line in areas such as Y and K buoy. Young Ian Western had a total of 10 fish to the boat using brown buzzers fished on a washing line setup, whilst Mark Johnson Jones caught 1 fish from the bank using a hothead damsel. On the second day of the Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championships the competitors did extremely well up in Rainbow Corner and along the Hensborough Bank,  mostly on the washing line method with muskins and diawl bachs. The two day event was won by Fulling Mill Team Tequila, closely followed by the Renegades and then the RAF Fish Hawks. The rod average for the competition was 14.5.

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Week Ending:  26th June       Rod Av: 1.8      Water Temperature: 20c+ – 19c

Warm start to the week with our surface water temperature 19c+ A few fish moving but typically once the water exceeds 19c they tend to rise once before dropping back to the cooler layers. Most of the anglers headed towards the deeper water in front of the dam fishing with Sink 3 & fast sinking fly lines with cats whiskers, booby & snakes. Top rod on the day was Keith Cowen who fished the morning session with a fast sinking line catching 6 trout all on different booby patterns

Tuesday with a hot day forecast most of the rods opted for the morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm, with our pre payment system it allows us to get on the pontoon earlier to prepare the boats, which in turn allowed us to get the boats out early at 7.45am. A few of the early rods caught on a washing line but with the surface water temperature at 19c they quickly changed to a Sink 3 or fast sinking fly line with booby, cats whisker, dawson olive. P Wrigley caught 5 for his mornings visit with P Cox catching 4 on a cats whisker & P Mee fishing a booby to catch his 4 fish. By 8pm our surface water temperature was 20c were not likely to see much of an evening rise with that temperature. Mornings will continue to be best, roll on Friday and the cooler, fresher weather forecast for the next 5 days

Wednesday the majority of the anglers fished the morning session 8.00am to 3pm. Anglers reported a few fish rising but the majority caught by fishing a variety lines from an intermediate down to a fast sinker. D Mee caught his 3 fish limit on a fast sinker with R Morton catching his 4 trout also on a fast sinker. D Pritchard fished a fry pattern catching 2 but in his words “countless lost” probably coming short in the conditions.  Ian Brearley took a different approach fished in the ripple with a wet daddy, diawls & booby catching 6 trout. Considering the conditions more than happy to see a rod average 2.2 for the morning.

Freshening southerly breeze on Friday had most of the anglers fishing in the shelter of the dam with a varied approach from a washing line all the way down to a fast sinker picking up trout. Top rod on the day catching 6 trout on a washing line, fab on the point and diawl on the dropper was All Water member Ian Leach

Saturday and the breeze had picked up further but with it the water temperature had dropped to 19c. Not an easy day with Paul Martindale catching 4 on a diawls and cdc hopper

Sunday most of the rods fished the morning session 8.00am to 3.00pm with another day of the strong southerly winds anglers again fished along the dam wall. Top rods for the morning session were Tony Smith with 3 trout and Ray Jordan with 4 trout.

A mixed week fishing with the change in the weather to a fresh at times strong southerly reducing our surface temperature to 19c and it continues to drop. The morning session 8.00 to 3pm has generally fished best

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Week Ending: Sunday 26 Jun 22       Rod Av:  2.4          Water Temperature:  19-20°C

Monday brought with it a stiff northerly breeze which softened as the day wore on. With the varying degrees of cloud cover this made conditions somewhat challenging. Fish were still caught despite the conditions. Stoke Dry was a productive area with fish being caught on small Yellow Owl CDC’s. Whereas, in the deeper water of the basin, fish were caught on buzzers fished deep. When fishing deep Buzzers, you can achieve depth by either fishing a sinking line with a team of buzzers, short casted & fish vertical or by fishing a tip line with a team of heavy buzzers used to drag the line down. With the water temperature stabilising at 20 degrees the fish will start to seek cooler, more comfortable water.

Tuesday saw the bright, warm weather continue but with changeable winds that made consistent drifts difficult. This meant it was hard to accurately repeat a drift where fish were found. The slightly warmer air temperature saw an increase in Damsel activity and the anglers could target the Damsel feeders along the edge of prominent weed beds. Season Ticket holders Bill Law & Ian Steele did exactly that, fishing small imitative Damsel patterns to great effect. They had a very productive morning session landing some cracking fish, the majority of which were over 3lb. Fishing close weed can be fraught with danger though & subsequently they lost a few in the process. The fish continue to feed fry & Damsel nymphs.

Wednesday was another day of searing temperatures, bright sunlight & very little breeze which resulted in conditions that were far from ideal. Despite these challenging conditions, fish were still caught. Those that went to the Main Basin & were willing to fish sinking lines were more productive than others. There were still fish moving on the surface, but these were not fish cruising 18inches down picking off items of food off the surface. They were deeper lying fish that were willing to come up to the surface, but they would not spend any time there as the water temperature made it too uncomfortable for them. They would take an item of food off the top & return to the cooler water. Sat slightly deeper are another band of fish & these deeper laying fish appear to be more willing to take a fly. Lure patterns on fast sinking lines seemed to be the way to go.

Thursdays start of the day saw broken cloud & a very sporadic ripple. The gentle northerly breeze remained inconsistent which led to periods of a flat calm. During these periods fish could be seen moving across the reservoir, however, these fish proved to be somewhat tricky to catch, hopefully the cooler forecast for tomorrow will improve conditions. Weed growth around the shallows has shot up this past week, best area to bank fish is along the chestnut tree, netted bank but especially along the dam wall

Friday, and as the song goes, “What a difference a day makes” Cooler air temperatures, cloud and a fresh breeze was welcomed by all. Damsels continue to hatch in large numbers with a number of anglers catching on a dry blue damsel pattern from late morning onwards. With some of the fish looking upwards Adrian Baggley took full advantage using that little used method on midland reservoir, Dapping. It proved successful with Adrian landing 7 trout but also lost a large trout. John Wild followed the advice at the lodge & fished a dry blue damsel pattern landing 6 for his visit, Max Woolnough also fished dries to catch his 9 trout. Ian McLeod fished a washing line with small cormorant patterns on the dropper catching 9 trout all by 11.30am. Ian Jobe took to his float tube and concentrated his efforts over the deeper water in front of the dam fishing a booby basher he caught 12 trout for his visit.

As the water temperature continued to drop due to the cooler weather, the reservoir fished very well on Saturday. The main basin to Sam’s Dyke proved to be a very productive area with many fish being caught on washing lined floaters & Dries from both the boats & the bank. Those fishing Damsel nymphs on the edge of weed beds from the lodge to Sam’s dyke were rewarded with good numbers of fish early on. This coincided with the increase of damsel nymph activity around the weed beds as they prepared for their late morning metamorphosis. As the morning progressed the Damsel hatch went into full swing & subsequently the number of fish taken on Blue Damsel patterns increased. Other productive patterns included Foam daddies, Daddy Hogs & Yellow Owls. All Water Member Mark Hunt had a great day on the Dries, catching 18 trout on Blue Damsels & Daddies from the Main Basin area, some of which being over 3lb. Others that caught well from the boats were Eyebrook Member Mick Farrell & his boat partner who had a very productive day fishing the upper layers of the water column with Nymphs, Wets & Dries throughout the course of the day. The banks also produced with fish being caught on Damsel Nymph patterns down by the Cowshed & also from the north side of the tower on the Dam. Resident Guide Andy Miller took out Shaun & Aimee on 2-hour experience boat session & they had a great time catching their first ever trout & on the Dries no less; a Blue Foam Damsel & a Daddy Hog being the successful patterns.

Sunday brought with it a strong blustery wind from the South & bright sunshine which made the fishing somewhat challenging. Those that did brave the elements still caught fish though, with the more sheltered Basin area being the most productive. The fish remained relatively high in the water column & were caught small imitative patterns fished high up on floaters & midge tips. The forecast for the coming week suggests that the water temperature will continue to cool. Therefore, the fish will remain high up in the water column & the prospect for fishing Dries looks excellent.

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 19th June 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  Sunday 19th June 2022              Rod Av:  2.8      Water Temperature:  16°C

Light winds started the week with overcast skies for most of the day as a result the fish could be seen feeding hard on Pinfry. Which at times made it very frustrating for the anglers as they could see lots of fish put they proved a challenge to tempt. The best option was to try and ignore these and look for fish not switched onto the Pinfry. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley fished for an afternoon from the bank to land a brace on Pinfry patterns at the Swan’s Nest in Toft. On the boats Steve Barby & Nigel Woolnough landed 22 fish to the boat utilising the rudder to take their fish, with runs through the open water the being the best area. Trevor Moore enjoyed good sport landing 9 fish using small black buzzers at the Saddle Bank including a 4lb 4oz “Silver Bar” of a rainbow. James & Ken Maplethorpe also enjoyed a good days sport landing 13 fish on Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line. Draycote season ticket holders Peter Elliott & Lee Patten landed 22 to the boat using a washing line with a FAB on the point and a mix of Diawl Bachs and crunchers on the droppers.

A very bright warm day Tuesday with very little to no wind all day and the temperatures hitting 20°C, however thankfully we did get a ripple in the afternoon to help with the anglers presentation. Jim Dempsey fished on the aerators with sunk lines and barred olive snakes to land 5 fish. Also using snakes to good effect was Steve Tressler who landed 10 fish on the pattern once again near the Aerators and in the deep water around C Buoy and the Tower. Draycote season ticket holder Dave Kennel & Eddie Mitchell landed 9 to the boat fishing nymphs at Rainbow Corner to A buoy and around the Hensborough Bank. Fishery Ranger Jim Sheehan enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 4 fish and losing a number of others. Jim, used a washing line on a RIO 3 ft midge tip with a Tequila FAB on the point and Diawl Bachs on the droppers. Fellow ranger Lee Henfrey fished with teammate Martin Rowson with the pair landing 18 to the boat. Martin started on the bung to take a number of quick fish before Lee started to catch on a washing line on a 3ft Midge Tip. They found fish down at the Swan’s Nest in Toft and also drifting off the Draycote Dam Wall into the open water.

Flat, calm and bright, is the only way to describe Wednesday. Draycote fished surprisingly well under the circumstances, for those that kept on the move and worked through the different tactics. Buzzers on the bung was one method that produced fish, as was snakes fished on a slow sinking line, with one or two anglers having some success on the dries. Season permit holders Ian Reeve and Colin Grainger had 11 fish to the boat using snakes and damsels along the Draycote Dam and near the Flat Stones. Mr M Foster and Mr J Vyse caught 4 fish using black buzzers and blobs, with one of the rainbows tipping the scales at 8lbs. Mr Rob Price had 6 fish to the boat for a total weight of 14lbs 1oz, the best of which was 2lbs 15oz.

Once again another flat bright day Thursday, with the conditions even hotter than the day before. All water member Paul Havard used a 6ft Midge Tip with a washing line to land 4 fish. Paul caught all his fish on a tequila booby fished on the point and landed the fish in the open water. Richard Walker fished over the Aerators with snakes to boat 4 fish in a morning session. Phil Wood fished with Gareth Bulman on their last day of a three day break. Only fishing till 2pm they landed 5 fish to the boat over the Aerators using a FAB or a small snake. Colin Campbell & Mike Gillet enjoyed a lovely days sport in Biggin Bay with the pair boating 9 fish all taken on Buzzers. Also using buzzers to land 9 fish was Gordon Bramwell & Ken Cooke, with black and red being their best colour. Lee Patten & Willy Walker used nymphs all day to land 10 fish to the boat with Green Cheeked Diawl Bach’s being their best fly.

Breezy with bright sunshine here at Draycote water on Friday, but still good returns at the end of the day. The boat pairing of Craig Middleton and Gary Martin had 14 fish to the boat on a Sunburst and Pink FAB’s in various areas of the reservoir. Season permit holder Stephen Dewhurst caught 3 fish from the bank during an evening session in Rainbow Corner. Mr D Morris and Mr F Sumnall had a dozen fish to the boat on a wide variety of patterns.

Saturday saw the weather break after the flag cracking temperatures of the previous day, with a much cooler North wind and overcast skies with showers in the morning, before some very heavy later in the evening. With Draycote hosting the 6X4s series the next day a number of anglers took to the water to practice. While there was some good scores reported the exact details of how they caught the fish. However I know that washing line on a Midge tip caught well, dries and also pulling on Di 3 sinking lines. With the best areas being Biggin Bay & Rainbow Corner.

Sunday dawned cool and breezy with sporadic cloud cover and a slight drop in water temperature due to some quite heavy overnight rain. Overall, Draycote returned yet another good daily average with fish being caught in Rainbow Corner, Biggin Bay, the Cornfield and Toft Shallows. Season permit holder Alan Grant caught 4 fish from the bank at Lincroft Point using an intermediate line and yellow FAB’s. Justin Owen caught 2 fish from the bank on pin fry patterns and a green buzzer. There were a total of 52 rods taking part in the Draycote round of the 6 x 4’s competition, catching 198 fish between them, giving a competition average of 3.9. The best rod on the day was Leigh Pond with 11 fish to the boat. The top team on the day were the Renegades, closely followed by the Swifts and then the Reservoir Dogs.

 

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Week Ending:  19th June       Rod Av: 2.8      Water Temperature: 19c+ – 20c+

A bright warm start to the day soon gave way to cloud & a breeze which certainly suited the fishing with the majority of the trout taken in the top few feet. Mick Glover fished an intermediate with fab & a booby stripped back just under the surface, boating 4 trout but getting lots of pulls & follows. L Ford & M Bazeley fished the morning session catching 18 on cdc & cormorant patterns fishing from the main car park up along the dam. Gary Owen fished the afternoon session alternating between dries & the washing line catching 14 on the dries & p on the washing line.

Tuesday the morning session fished best with anglers reporting fish moving down the Markfield arm, opposite the lodge and in front of the dam. Most anglers opted for the cooler morning session 8.30am to 3.00pm. P Mee caught 3 on a popper hopper, P Cox caught fish on a damsel, traffic light buzzer, diawl & muddler, David Hussey fished buzzer & diawl to catch his 5 trout with K Cowen opting for a fast sinker catching 6 on a damsel & cats whisker. Caenis is about in increasing numbers during the evening.

Wednesday and again with this warm spell the cooler morning session fished best with dries, damsel, fabs, snakes & booby all catching fish. J Carrier & Bradbury caught 6 for their mornings visit, Amed caught 4 as did Kenny & Moore all during the morning session. Very few fish moved during the evening due to the heat of the day & bright conditions.

Thursday the forecast warm spell had arrived, luckily a breeze off & on during the morning was welcomed & certainly a help for the fishing. Anglers reported fish moving during the morning with Gary Owen catching 15 on a combination of dries before switching to a sinking line later in the day. P Hunt seeing a few fish move in the morning fished an intermediate with a muddler to catch his 6 trout. Paul Martindale caught his 4 on damsel & buzzer with Barry Deeley catching 9 by using an intermediate with a damsel before switching to a DI7 & booby. With this warmer weather the morning session 8am to 3pm will be the most productive period. Rod average for Thursday was 4.5

Warmest day of the year, the saving grace was the brisk westerly breeze. Majority of the anglers fished the morning session 8am to 3pm with a couple of rods fishing the last 4 hour. During the morning session Chris Sayer caught 5 on a fast sinking line, Mark Gee & his daughter Jess caught 4 for their visit again the majority on a sinking line fishing in front of the main dam. Carl Bond fished the last 4 hour hoping to see a few fish moving, unfortunately the warm weather was against that and he opted to fish a sinking line with booby, a successful change as he went on to catch 3.

Saturday a refreshing cooler northerly with cloud & rain showers. Anglers fished intermediate, Sink 3 & Fast sinking lines catching on all three with diawl bach, damsel, olive snake and booby patterns. Martin Clay fished a DI3 with a weighted cats whisker & diawl on the dropper with all of his 8 trout taking the diawl, H Davies caught his 6 trout on a fast sinker on his home tied damsel pattern with Mark Donoghue catching his 10 trout on an intermediate & fab considering the weather earlier in the week a very respectable daily rod average 3 for Saturday

Sunday a quiet day as people celebrated father’s day with the family. Overnight a drop in air temperature had helped to reduce the water temperature to 19c. M Ravenscroft caught 4 for his mornings visit with 2 on dries & 2 on snakes on a sinker. D Slessor fished a sinker with cats whisker to catch his 3 trout

Considering the weather during the week which at times pushed the water temperature to 20c+ a rod average of 2.8 is good. The morning session 8.00am – 3.00pm fished best with intermediate, sink 3 & fast sinkers with damsel, fab, booby & snakes best.

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Week Ending: Sunday 19 Jun 22       Rod Av:  2.1   Water Temperature:  20°C

The recent blustery north westerly winds had finally abated to leave Eyebrook with a gentle breeze resulting in a gentle ripple. Coupled with a decent amount of cloud cover Monday brought with it some near perfect conditions.  As a result, the reservoir fished very well, in particularly to the dry fly where fish were caught from various locations from both the boat & the bank. The most productive patterns seemed to be small CDC Yellow Owls & small Foam Daddies fished either singularly or in the case of the Foam Daddy, as a point fly on the end of a washing line. Day tickets anglers Mr Hawes & Jackson had a very productive day from the landing well over 20 fish on Foam Daddies out in the open water of the basin. All water member Mark Hunt fished a small, single Yellow Owl to great effect in an evening session landing 12 fish, 2 of which were over 3lb. From the bank it was slightly more challenge given the recent spurt in weed growth but there are still fish to be had. Jude Tuff landed 5 fish from the bank & Dave 4 respectively, fishing predominately dry flies over the weed beds.

Tuesday brought with it clear, bright skies & very little breeze. What little breeze there was, had disappeared by the middle of the afternoon resulting in a flat calm for most of the day. However, there was still fish caught in these challenging conditions & those who caught well benefited from adopting a mobile, stealthy approach. The 2 Float tubers who ventured out, Andre Russell & Neil Shilton, both caught well concentrating their efforts fishing the open water of the main basin. Fish were caught on small Damsel patterns & pin fry patterns around the margins particularly around the Island & the Mucky Bay areas. Whereas the fish concentrated over the deeper water of the main basin were either caught on very small emerging dries or washing lined floaters & tip lines with small nymphs on the droppers & a FAB or Damsel Booby on the point. Bank access at Eyebrook has been slightly reduced to the weed growth from Dogwood Bay to Sam’s Dyke. However, the rest of the banks remain relatively clear & fishable.

Wednesday was a very warm flat calm day, with temperatures hitting well over 20°C, because of these tricky conditions the fishing was a challenge. As a result of the warm conditions the morning and the main part of the day that offered the better fishing as by the evening the water temperature has increased further. One angler who enjoyed a great day’s sport, despite the conditions, was Mr Dougie Skedd who landed 14 fish. Fishing in the Main Basin in the morning targeting individual moving fish using a size 10 Red Klinkhammer. Later in the afternoon he moved up to The Cow Sheds and The Chestnut tree again utilising the same tactic of picking off individual fish. Fishery Management Guide Lee Henfrey took Roddy Clotworthy out on an 8-hour guide. The tactic of the session was to use either Di 3 or Di 7 sinking lines around the Valve Tower with mini snakes, landing some cracking fish.

Thursday brought with it the same challenging conditions & very warm weather for the 3rd consecutive day. Despite these conditions there was still plenty of fish seen moving feeding on damsels & pin fry & there was still some fish caught. Dougie Skedd returned for a 2nd day & fished the same tactics as the previous day & landed 5 fish on his Red Klinkhammer. Jake Munro also had a productive day from the boat landing 10 fish fishing with snakes in the deep water of the main basin & around the tower. Mucky Bay is also producing fish with Jonathon Holmes catching a few on Suspender Buzzers & Sedge patterns. With some cooler weather forecast for the weekend it will be interesting to see what impact that will have on the ever-increasing water temperature.

The hottest day of the year Friday with the air temperature hitting over 30°C, however thankfully there was a ripple that helped with the angler’s presentation. As a result of the hot weather, most of the anglers opted to fish a shorter day. With the last four hours proving to be the most popular, Mr W sumpter & D Sumpter landed 7 to the boat during the last four hours. Ian Gadsby & Gary Mickwzy also enjoyed a great evening’s sport landing 9 fish to the boat in Sam Dyke on CDC patterns. Great to see the fish are still moving even in the hot weather, and with the weather set to cool off over the weekend hopefully the surface sport will continue.

As expected, due to the previous day’s weather, the water temperature yesterday increased even further, reading 21°C at 7am Saturday morning. However thankfully we had much cool temperatures teamed with some rain showers and a good Northeast wind. Saturday was not the easiest of days following the heat from the last few days although anglers still report seeing fish feeding on the huge hatches of damsels and pin fry, especially along Sam’s Dyke and down Stoke Dry. Local Angling Club Eyebrook Fly Fishers held their blind pairs competition fishing the morning session with 12 club members taking part. The eventual blind pairs winners were Dave Etty & Phil Mee with 4 trout, 2nd was Mark Goodge & Clive Moore with Bill Law & Lindsey Bates 3rd.

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Sunday saw us host 10 students from Uppingham school on a Tuition day. They started by going through the basics, setting up a rod & line, basic casting, casting for distance & accuracy. Then in the afternoon they went out in boats & covered hooking, playing & successfully landing a fish. They all had a great time working with the team & the team enjoyed working with them. They caught fish by setting up long drifts across the basin using tubes on fast sinking lines. Other areas that produced fish were up by the cowshed where Eyebrook member Malcolm Thompson caught well from the bank fishing Damsels close to the weed beds & from the boat, Mr Hunter & Mr Todd caught fish from the Cowshed to Stoke Dry on small Yellow Owl CDC’s. Float tuber Neil Shilton also had a productive day, landing 10 fish from various locations around the reservoir using sinking lines. It really does pay to adopt a mobile approach when the fishing is a challenge, covering more water massively increases your odds of a productive session.

 

Draycote Report W/E 12th June 2022

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Week Ending:  Sunday 12th June 2022              Rod Av:  5.3      Water Temperature:  15°C

A damp start to the week with rain first thing, however this soon cleared to give near perfect conditions with a light ripple and overcast skies. However, these perfect conditions meant it was perfect for the fish to gorge themselves on small midge and the first of the season Pin fry. As a results “comments of loads of fishing moving but couldn’t match the hatch” were reported on the catch return. On the bank Stan Hillman enjoyed a good day landing 7 fish using buzzers and small pearly pheasant tailed nymphs. On the boats John Dickens landed 8 fish on a mixture of dries and pulling casting at moving fish. Fellow season ticket holder Kevin Rees stuck to dries to land 9 fish with small patterns being his best tactic. Fishing around OL, J & N Buoy. Draycote managers Tom Bird & Alan fished together for a few hours in the afternoon landing a dozen fish. The pair both used dries with their best patterns being a small olive CDC, crippled midge and a Klinkhammer. They found the most productive areas to be drifting around J Buoy and then at Y Buoy. With the key being to watch the moving fish and make sure to get an accurate cast in front of them.

A bright start to the day with cloud forecast to arrive around lunchtime, however while it did arrive it remained sunny for much of the afternoon with very light winds. On the bank all water member Ken Key used a stick fly along the Cornfield to land a nice brace of fish during a morning session. C.J Day enjoyed a great day on the bank landing 6 fish. Colin took 2 fish from Biggin Bay, 2 from Toft and 1 at the Hensborough Bank all on Damsels. Before taking his final fish along the Cornfield on a silver buzzer. On the boats Bob Askew landed 7 fish on Muskins fishing from Rainbow Corner to A Buoy and Biggin Bay. Richard Pelly & Tim Sly enjoyed a good day using dries to tempt “tricky pin-fry fish” landing 10 fish to the boat. Another angler who used Pin Fry patterns to good effect was all water member Jamie Scott who landed 6 fish. However, the best catch of the day went to the boat of James Maplethorpe & Trevor Moore who fished in Biggin Bay using a straight line with Buzzers and Hot Head Diawl Bachs with size 14 black buzzers being the best patterns. The pair also commented that 10 of the fish were between 3-4lbs, if you are unsure on the term straight lining why not watch the video on the method over on our YouTube Channel. (40) Fly Fish Store – Fishing Straight Line Buzzers – YouTube

A calm but cloudy start to Wednesday morning, which brightened up as the day progressed. In good cloud cover, numerous fish are showing in the surface of the water all over the reservoir, with small dries (12 to14’s) being one of the best ways to target these surface feeders. However, once the sun starts to shine, it’s time to ring the changes. These fish obviously move down a few feet in the water column and are then  better fished for with a midge tip or floating line with a team of nymphs, either with a FAB on the point, or a heavy buzzer just to help the flies move deeper in the water. Michael Ravenscroft used dries, and a gold ribbed hares ear to boat 9 fish from various areas around the reservoir. Draycote regular Will Hunt caught 11 fish in the area around the Valve Tower and C buoy on black palmered lures. Ed Foster used a wide variety of patterns to boat 10 fish at the flat stones. Season permit holder Chris Discombe used buzzers to net 7 fish from Biggin Bay and the Hensborough Bank.

Overcast conditions on Thursday with winds from the Southwest. All water member Paul Havard enjoyed a good day on the boats landing 8 fish, Paul used a 3ft RIO Midge Tip with a biscuit booby on the point and crunchers on the droppers. With his best area being drifts from the Hensborough Bank to N Buoy over the open water. Ian Richardson & Bob Smith enjoyed “a good day” fishing in Rainbow Corner from the boats. They used CDC’s and a washing line with a booby on the point to land 12 to the boat with some “lovely fish” amongst there catch. Gordon Bramwell & Ken Cooke also fished around Rainbow Corner and the Hensborough Bank landing 20 fish to the boat fishing a washing line. Draycote member Kevin Rees enjoyed a good day landing 12 fish all of which took crippled midge. Mr N Masters & P Williams enjoyed a good day boating 19 with Mr Williams using dries with hoppers and shipman’s buzzers being his top flies. Wile Mr Masters used wets to land his fish.

It was a bright but blustery day here at Draycote on Friday, with a good amount of fish being caught in a lot of different areas of the reservoir. Draycote regulars Colin Grainger and Ian Reeve had 16 fish to the boat between them using a “Gordon Slack” special and snakes on intermediate lines. Mr Peter Harris used  buzzers on a washing line to net 5 fish from Rainbow Corner. Season permit holder Ray Rawlings had 4 fish to the boat, again up in Rainbow, using crunchers on a washing line with a FAB on the point. Dennis Tidmarsh caught 8 good fish using snakes on a sinking line along the Hensborough Bank and the School Slips.

Not the best forecast I’ve seen for Draycote with quite windy conditions for Saturday, and perhaps a spot of rain through the afternoon. An excellent days fishing overall with the rod average rising to 7.9, and fish falling to a wide variety of patterns and techniques. Season permit holder Mark Braun used a white booby snake on a DI 7 line, drifting from the Valve Tower to D buoy to net 24 fish. Jake Munroes party of 4 anglers visiting us from bonnie Scotland reported on having a great day out, netting over 40 fish between them. The lads fished mainly up in Rainbow Corner, using patterns such as white snakes on a sinking line, and the green sleeves diawl bach on a floater to make a success of the day. Rob and Sam Edmunds fished buzzers on a floater, as well as blobs on a sinking line to net nearly 30 fish between them. Rob and Sam fished in various areas around the reservoir, but had most of their success near the Dive Platforms and the Valve Tower. Keith Harding and his boat partner used buzzers as well as pin fry patterns to boat 17 fish from the area around Rainbow Corner and the Inlet. Season permit holder Mark Thistleton caught 20 fish from a drifting boat. Mark worked his way from P to E buoy using pink and olive snakes on a sinking line.

A windy yet warm day Sunday, with gusty westly winds making it choppy at times. Draycote member Steven Dewhurst fished from the bank at the Swan’s nest to land a brace with them falling to a blob fished on the point and pin fry patterns on the droppers. On the boats Jon Crowley fished over middle shoal using a 12ft slow tip with an orange blob on the point and 2 pearly cormorants on the droppers to land a dozen in half a day. Sunday also saw the, all abilities friendly fly fishers take to the water with the 13 members landing 64 fish for a 4.92 rod average. The best boat was Dave Davis & Horace Wood who landed 17 fish. The pairs best tactic was to fish small black buzzers on a floating line in Rainbow corner with the other anglers from the club also catching on black buzzers. Draycote member Jim Smith enjoyed a good day landing 29 fish using a Booby Basher sinking line with a friendly tube. Jim found the fish at C Buoy and along the Hensborough Bank. With he key being to leave the line to sink for 5-10 seconds before starting a roly-poly retrieve with the hang being a crucial element with a number of fish taking right at the boat.

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Week Ending: Sunday 12 Jun 22       Rod Av:  3.7       Water Temperature:  16-17°C

Monday brought it a stiff north westerly breeze which subsided during the day which resulted in a light ripple with periods of flat calm. The constant cloud cover meant that the fish would be very near the surface and there was an anticipation amongst those wanting to fish Dry Flies. One such angler was All Water Member Ed Douglas who had a very productive day which resulted in 18 fish to the boat; 10 of which came to the Dries. Another All-Water Member, Mark Hunt also had a good day on the dries, landing 9 fish in an afternoon session including a cracking Rainbow of 4lb +. Fish were caught from various locations around the reservoir; Sam’ Dyke & the Main Basin being amongst the most productive areas. Bank anglers have also been catching along the Leicester Bank where those who have maintained a mobile approach have benefited mostly. There has been a lot of fish showing across the reservoir throughout the day & It has paid to ring the changes until that successful pattern has been found. Patterns have been successful have been small emerging natural patterns; Yellow Owl, Shuttlecock CDC’s & Grunters. The fish are generally feeding on small emerging midges, damsel nymphs when they are present & jelly fry.

It was a very bright start to Tuesday with very little wind. What little wind there was, subsided as the day progressed leaving the reservoir covered in a flat calm for the majority of the day. This produced some very challenging conditions for the anglers, especially as moving fish could be seen all over the reservoir. Such conditions require a change of approach from the angler if they are to be successful. Those of which who opted for a stealthy approach; boat noise & disturbance kept to an absolute especially when approaching moving fish, were found to be more successful. Any disturbance will simply push the fish out of casting range. When targeting moving fish in such conditions, It is sometimes best to use a single fly with a leader that has been degreased so that it cuts through the surface tension allowing the fly to presented as it should be. It will also be a lot easier to ensure that a single fly turns over correctly. Remember to scale down your fly size to try to match what the fish are feeding & ring the changes until you find a successful pattern. When faced with a flat calm the fishing can be challenging & rewarding in equal measure. Another option when faced will such conditions is to simply ignore the fish as they feed on the surface but target them as the sit under the surface which is what All Water Member Paul Walker did. Fishing a washing lined floater with a FAB on the point & nymphs above it Paul landed 12 fish, which is great effort given the conditions.

Wednesday saw moderate westerly winds & changeable weather conditions; cloudy with sunny intervals interspersed with heavy showers.  As a result of the changeable weather conditions the fishing was a little challenging. Adrian Baggaley landed 5 fish from Mucky bay using nymphs fished on a floating line. Also in Mucky Bay Mr P Boulding landed 4 fish again on nymphs. Mr W Mathews fished in the afternoon to land 8 fish with an orange daddy being his pattern, taking his fish from near the Island. We also had the Fishing For Fun group who landed 17 between then, with washing lining and dries proving to be the best tactics.

There was a bright start to Thursday & despite the weather the reservoir fished well. There was fish caught from both the boat & bank from various locations. With the fish feeding on the Jelly Fry, Damsels & emerging olive midge the percentage methods remained either fishing Dries or washing lined floaters. Season ticket holder Mr Johnson had a very productive afternoon session from the bank landing 18 fish on Dries & day ticket anglers Duffy & Duffy landed went into double figures from the boat in what proved to be a very productive afternoon session. All water member Mark Hunt popped down for an evening session & was duly rewarded with 10 fish all taken on small dries. The most productive areas remain the Leicester Bank & out over the Main Basin, although fish can still be found from the Willows to Stoke Dry. The best fly patterns remain either small nymphs or dries with Diawl bachs, Damsels, Hares Ears & Yellow Owls, Grunters or F Fly’s proving to be the most successful.

Friday saw a blustery westerly throughout the day with intermittent cloud cover & sunny intervals. Eyebrook hosted a small party of the Romley Fly Fishers, who all had a good day, catching plenty of fish between them mainly from across the Main Basin. They targeted the upper layers of the water column with small natural patterns & in one case, in the form of a Mallard & Claret, traditional wets. Season Tickets holders Ian Steele & Bill Law had a very productive morning session, catching a high number of fish from the Mucky Bay area, targeting the Damsel feeders with small olive Damsel patterns. Out for a covert practice before their club competition the following day, Mark Searle & Gary How found fish in high numbers drifting out from the Leicester bank & across the Main Basin. The fish can be seen feeding hard in the upper layers across the reservoir where their current diet is consisting of Jelly Fry, Damsels & Emerging Midges. Local angler Max Woolnough showed his versatility venturing out to target Eyebrook’s larger predators after a previous visit, where Max saw a good number of sizable fish. His endeavours were duly rewarded landing 3 Pike, the largest of which was over 20lbs.

The strong & blustery westerly wind continued Saturday & brought with it changeable weather conditions. Cambridge Fly Fishing Club Invicta joined us for a club match which saw 32 of them take to the water catching 185 fish between them giving them a credible rod average of 5.7. Congratulations to Ray Storer who was top rod on the day with a great return of 18 fish, followed closely by Fraser Duffy jnr & Gary How who both had 15 fish. For his sterling effort Ray was a recipient of a free boat voucher donated by the Fishery Management UK team & we would like to thank Invicta for what was an extremely enjoyable day. It was great to see you all. The successful tactics for was long drifts across the main basin where they were picking up fish on washing lined floaters & tip lines in the upper layers of the water column. There was also plenty of fish being caught from the bank with Season Ticket holder Bob Margery landing 12 fish from the Bell area on Hot Head Diawl Bachs fished in the top 2 ft. Other productive bank areas were the south corner of the dam, the Hawthorns & Sam’s Dyke.

Sunday was yet another day of strong & blustery westerly winds that brought changeable weather with it. The reservoir continued to fish well yielding a daily rod average of 5.2 with fish caught consistently from both the boat & bank. Season Ticket holder Steve Lawrence had a very productive morning session from the bank landing 11 fish from the casting platforms between the Bell & the Hawthorns fishing nymphs high up in the water column. Whereas the boat anglers caught well drifting across the open water of the Main Basin either fishing dries or washing lined floaters with a 2 tone FAB on the point & small nymphs above it.  The more settled weather forecast next week will only enhance the surface feeding activity as the fish continue to feed on emerging midge across the open water. Additionally, there are still plenty of feeding fish around the margins where they are feeding on either the ever-increasing number of damsel nymphs or the jelly fry beginning to gather around the weedbeds.

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Week Ending:  12th June      Rod Av: 4.1    Water Temperature: 17c

As we move ever closer to the longest day on the 21st June the weather may not be great for BBQ but for the fishing its certainly on our side with the water temperature at 17c we should continue to see fish feeding especially when there’s cloud cover.

Monday a good start to the week with a rod average 5 with trout moving off & on all day especially down the Markfield arm. Although the dries & washing line method are taking the majority some fish are coming to damsel nymph & booby patterns. Greg Weatherdon caught 7 on a booby & damsel, Richard Price fished buzzer & blob to catch his 7 trout, L Ford shared a boat with I Leach catching 16 trout with Andrew Wilson catching 13 on washing line booby & buzzers with cdc patterns during the evening rise.

Tuesday and a rod average 4.5 with a variety methods taking fish. R Michalak caught a further 6 trout on a daddy muddler stripped as fast as he could through the surface. Barry Deeley fished damsel patterns on an intermediate & buzzer on a floater to catch his 8 trout, K Morrissey & P Flude caught 6 for their mornings visit with H Davies catching 26 on damsel with one of the trout he caught an overwintered trout had been feeding on perch fry. Horace Wood caught 6 for his visit with P Mee catching 8. Anglers fished opposite the lodge across the main basin in front of the dam although they reported good numbers feeding down the Markfield arm.

Wednesday & the weatherman got the forecast wrong, the rain & strong wind never came, but it did see a number of rods cancel or move their bookings to later. Russ Martin went down the Markfield arm had plenty of offers boating 2 trout. Pete Maguire fished the afternoon with a suspender damsel pattern had plenty of offers & boated 5 trout.

Thursday with the fresh south westerly winds still with us its helping to keep the water temperature at 17c and the trout in the top few feet. Good number trout down the Markfield arm willing to chase a small muddler stripped through the surface, but they are coming short to the fly. Damsel patterns featuring more and more with some anglers still catching on dries. Andre Russel fished a morning session from his float tube catching 10 trout on olive cormorant and damsel patterns fished along the dam. Ian Brearley caught 9 on daddies with Nigel Woolnough fished dries to catch his 8 trout, with Paddy Fitch catching 6 for his afternoon session.

Friday and again a mixture of flies taking fish, muddler, hopper, popper hopper, small daddies, damsel & booby. Chris Sayer caught 10 on an olive buzzer and olive booby, Mr & Mrs Warren fished a booby to catch 6 trout to 4lb8oz with Carl Bond fishing the evening session catching 5 on hopper and red diawl. Another day of fresh westerly winds with most anglers fishing along the shelter offered by the dam.

Saturday another breezy bright day with a touch of algae in the water. Most anglers fished out of the wind along the shelter offered in front of the main car park, dam wall & green bay onto the stones. Angler caught as the day before on a variety of lines from a floater to a midge tip, intermediate to a fast sinker. Martin Clay & B Sibley caught 17 on buzzers, cats whiskers, Jan Webber fished a fast sinker with a cats whisker booby & orange fab to catch his 8 trout with Mark Hunt catching the majority of his 14 trout on a 6ft midge tip with diawl bach & fab.

Sunday much brighter conditions although the fresh North Westerly breeze was a relief, most anglers fished in the sheltered water in front of the main car park, dam & green bay to the stones. Mr Butterworth & partner caught 6 for their mornings visit on a floating line with a small black lure, T Thompson fished an olive booby on an intermediate to catch his first fish before opting to a fast sinker & olive booby to catch his next two trout. Mr Dudley fished the morning session catching 3 trout on a buzzer with P Cook fishing the last 4 hour session, fish moved during the last 90minutes with Paul catching two on a muddler.

Water temperature has stayed steady at 17c due to the brisk & at times cool breeze, we do now have a hint of algae. General fishing conditions are good

 

Draycote Report W/E 5th June 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  Sunday 5th June 2022              Rod Av: 2.5       Water Temperature: 15 °C

Monday dawned with the ideal conditions of overcast skies and a light westerly breeze. A good day for the dries, as season permit holder Kevin Rees found out, netting 10 fish from a drifting boat in various areas around the reservoir. The young pairing of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten fished the washing line method, using a floating line with FAB’s and nemo crunchers to boat twenty fish between them. Ian Richardson and Bob Barfoot had 9 fish to the boat between them, using cormorants as well as dries such as crippled midge and klinkhammers.

A very mixed day with regards to the weather with some very heavy rain showers throughout the day. On the bank Andrew Tasker landed 3 fish on his first visit to Draycote after attending a beginners tuition day earlier in May, a very well done Andrew and we look forward to seeing you in the banks throughout the season. On the boats John Jones landed 7 fish on a Bejesus booby and crunchers landing his fish at Toft and also the Hensborough Bank. Jason Hermon also fished from the boat landing 5 fish on Buzzers in Rainbow Corner. All water member Norman Perkins landed 10 fish using a washing line with a FAB on the point and Diawl Bachs in the middle fishing around the Outlet and the Hensborough Bank.

Great conditions with light winds with cloud and sunny intervals. On the bank Stan Hillman landed 5 fish on a pearly pheasant tail with regular fishing partner Mick Cronin also landing 3. On the boats Jim Dempsey used to Rudder to land 9 fish with small tubes being his best pattern. Draycote member John Dickens used dries to land 8 fish, another season ticket holder who used dries to good effect was Kevin Rees. Kevin fished by Y Buoy using small F flies and other small emerges to land 9. All water member Paul Walker fished with John Falconbridge around the Hensborough Bank and the outlet landing 21 fish to the boat. With FABs, crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Damsels being their best patterns. Mr C Cowan & C Smith landed 13 to the boat using a mix of dries and also washing lining. Mr Tresser fished for the last four hours in a boat for the evening landing 6 fish on a green snake by A Buoy.

Once again at Draycote the conditions for fishing on Thursday were excellent, albeit, with a little bit of sunshine thrown in for good measure. The fish are well spread throughout the reservoir and being caught on a wide variety of patterns. As reported previously there are a number of fish taking a tiny green midge off the top of the water, and these can be caught with either very small patterns or, by pulling a lure through them to knock them off their stride. Tim Joyce and his boat partner Jon Smith did well on black buzzers fished in the bottom of Toft Shallows, netting 13 fish from a drifting boat. Richard Walker caught 5 fish in the aerators using foam daddies on the top and then a DI 6 with black and green snakes. Draycote regular Tony Plummer had a total of 8 fish to the boat, one of which was a rainbow of approximately 7 lbs, which was returned. Mr John Jukes had 6 fish to the boat using red holographic diawl bachs and a montana. Season permit holder Brain Allwood had 3 fish from the bank on buzzers.

Good conditions for fishing at Draycote again on Friday with maybe a chance of a shower later on. On the second day of their 3 day break Both Tim Grove and Jon Smith had a dozen fish to the boat, using small black buzzers in Toft and Alberts Bottom.  Mr D Brooks and Mr M Warren had 3 and 4 fish respectively from the bank using buzzers and FAB’s on Lincroft Point.  Mr J Morgan Parker caught 9 fish from a boat, both on dries and crunchers with a FAB on the point. The father and son pairing of Dave and Mike Lee had 8 fish to the boat between them, all on dries. The Draycote Fly Fishers held the “Gordon Griffiths One Fly Challenge” on the bank on Friday evening which was attended by 9 anglers. Not the easiest evenings for some, but the lads did produce a competition rod average of 2. A great evening was had by all members, with the results being as follows; In third place was Anthony Hart with 2 fish and a finish time of 5:40, in second place was Brian Froggatt with a brace and a finish time of 5:30, and in first place was Stephen Dewhurst with 3 fish and a finish time of 5:25. The club would like to thank Mr Ray Rouse for supplying some quality flies for the competition again this year.

Saturday morning dawned with cloud cover and a very strong north easterly wind. Apart from the odd angler, most chose to ply their trade along the leeward shore, fishing in the Cornfield, Toft Shallows, Alberts Bottom and Biggin Bay. One angler who did venture out into the wind was season permit holder Mark Thistleton, who ended up boating a dozen fish on a pink snake over Y and A buoy. Mark Braun caught 14 fish drifting in the Cornfield on a black booby. Dave and Mike Mee caught 7 fish between them using dries such as shipmans buzzer and klinkhammers. Wayne Propert caught his 7 fish using black buzzers in Toft Shallows. Andy Lilley went and fished from the bank for only a couple of hours and managed one from Lincroft Point.

Heavy rain both through the night and today has put paid to many angler’s day out on Sunday here at Draycote water. However, there were a few brave souls who ventured out in a torrential downpour this morning, possibly heading for the north shore and at least a bit of relief from the weather. As the rain eased up, season permit holders Chris Bobby and Leanne Frost put a dozen fish in the boat, all on dries. Jon Crowley had 11 fish during a morning session. Jon was drifting from Y to B buoy and along the Hensborough Bank using a washing line and buzzers, as well as a black and green lure on a sinking line.

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Week Ending: Sunday 05 Jun 22       Rod Av:  2.5       Water Temperature:  15 – 17°C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

The week started with excellent conditions for fly fishing, a nice gentle ripple with a good amount of cloud cover. Fish were caught from both the boat & bank with either washing lined nymphs or dries being the percentage methods. Season ticket holder Dave Etty had a productive session from the bank, taking 6 fish & having numerous other chances up by the Cowshed down to the Chestnut. He finished his session down in Sam’s Dyke where he witnessed the fish feeding hard on damsels. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas had an excellent day from taking a high number of fish from various locations, all falling to very small Olive Emergers. Ed attributed his success to a mobile approach, fishing from a drifting boat & not leaving his dries sat too long on the surface. The benefits of fishing from a drifting boat at this time of year should not be underestimated as you are covering more water in the attempt to locate fish & you are constantly fishing fresh water in front of the boat. As the day drew to a close the first batch of jelly fry was observed seeking shelter around the pontoon.

Tuesday was a challenging day with the fish feeding hard on the abundant natural food items available to them. What was also apparent is that in their search for food the fish are beginning to migrate further down the reservoir from Mucky Bay to the Cowshed & over to the Willows & Stoke Dry. Having said that, there are still fish being caught in Sam;s Dyke but not in the numbers that they were. Washing lined floater with small nymphs or fishing small olive dries still seem to be the best methods. All water member Andre Russell had a very productive day out in his float tube, adopting a mobile approach he landed 12 fish on buzzers & nymphs. Day ticket angler Mark Woolnough also adopted a mobile approach fishing small olive dries from a drifting boat & took fish from Sam’s Dyke, Mucky Bay & Robbo’s Cabin. The bank is still producing with Mr Jennings taking 7 fish on emerging midge patterns.

Wednesday was a busy day with us hosting the England Disabled Fly Fishers (EDFF) Floating Line only competition. 19 anglers took to the water & they caught 55 between them giving a healthy rod average of 2.9. Congratulations goes top rod on the day Neil Hodgson who had 9 fish & Dave Porter took the Frank Roberts Trophy for the biggest fish with a beautiful rainbow of 2lb 11oz. Well done to all participants, it was great to see you all & we look forward to seeing you all again. There was fish caught all around the reservoir from both the boat & bank & anglers reported that there were plenty of fish moving all over. However, tempting these fish was easier said than done. One angler who managed to work them out was Mr Woolnough who used a Split Wing Olive Dry to tempt 14 fish on what proved to be a challenging day. Other successful methods were once again a washing lined floater with small nymphs & lightweight buzzers up the cast & fishing a single yellow owl Dry Fly. One of the benefits of fishing a single fly is that you can concentrate on the presentation of that fly & fish that one fly correctly, which can make all the difference when targeting tricky fish.

A challenging swirling wind made things slightly tricky for the anglers on Thursday. Eyebrook member Neil Shilton fished in his float tube in the main basin to land 4 fish. On the bank Andrew Famer fished at the Willows on the Rutland Bank to land 5 fish. However, it was the boats that produced the best results. All water member Paul Havard landed 5 with all of them taking the tequila booby fished on the point as part of a washing line set up. Paul landed 1 from the Island while the other 4 fish came just down the bank from the Willows. Colin Smith & Craig Cowen enjoyed a good days sport landing 18 fish to the boat taking fish from various points all across the lake with a washing line a FAB and then small olive dries taking their fish. All water member Ed Douglas landed 12 fish taking them from Mucky bay and in the main basin on a small hopper and small CDC patterns.

Quite a gusty wind Friday coming from the Northeast meant that the Leicester bank was a little coloured, meaning the bank anglers fishing headed over to Mucky Bay or the Willows on the Rutland bank. Tim Shepard fished for the afternoon at the willows to land a brace on dries. Mr Critchley fished on his final day of a 4-day break from the bank and landed 3 fish from Mucky Bay. On the boats all water member Mark Hunt used small CDC dries and also an adult blue flash damsel to land 7 fish from Sam’s Dyke and Mucky Bay. Fellow all water household member Rob & Sam Edmounds used Damsel patterns fished just under the surface in Sam’s Dyke to land 9 fish in a morning session. The best catch of the day went to Ed Douglas who once again used dries to land his fish. Ed, landed 18 fish drifting from the Rutland Bank into open water and also in the Main basin from the netted bank. With grunters and small hoppers taking the majority of Ed’s fish.

The gusty, cold North Easterly wind continued Saturday which had by now, coloured the majority of the Leicester Bank. Anglers venturing out from the bank stuck to the clearer, sheltered Rutland shoreline & they all were duly rewarded with everyone catching. Season ticket holders Bob Margery & Malcolm Thompson both had productive morning sessions catching 4 & 6 fish respectively. From the boats Sam & Rob Edmunds’s, accompanied by Albert Coales, had a very productive day catching over 20 fish between them. There has been plenty of fish moving up & around the surface in most areas but getting them to take has been the challenge. It will pay to adopt a mobile approach & be prepared to ring the changes in order to find the successful pattern of the day. Damsel patterns just under the surface have taken a few fish. So to have small CDC emerging patterns; Yellow Owls, Grunters, Hoppers have also accounted for a few fish either fished dry on the surface or wet just under the surface.

Sunday brought with it a stiff North Easterly breeze with heavy rain which lightened as the day progressed. Amongst the anglers to venture out were the Alex Booth Fly Fishers who had 12 anglers fishing the Alex Booth Memorial club match. It was a tough day with the 12 anglers catching 24 fishing, giving them a rod average of 2. Congratulations to Riccardo Saccone who was the top rod on the day with 10 fish. Riccardo caught his fish in & around the clearer water in Sam,s Dyke, stroking back a Tequila Booby on a Di 3 just under the surface. Given the blustery weather conditions, this was an exceptional return & just goes to show the importance of fishing a method to suit the conditions rather than trying to make the conditions suit the way you want to fish. Season Ticket holder Neil Shilton also had a productive day from his float tube netting 4 fish & having numerous other opportunities. The forecast for the week ahead indicates some better weather to come which should increase the amount of surface activity at Eyebrook.

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Week Ending:  5th June      Rod Av: 6.2      Water Temperature: 16c

Our water temperature is excellent for the time of year at 16c and were seeing good numbers of trout feeding on small midge and the first of the pin fry

Monday with fish moving off and on all day anglers were catching trout throughout the day with good numbers in front of the dam wall. Two very different approaches worked, #14 #16 hares ear, buzzer, Sedgehogs cast directly at feeding trout and then stripped as fast as you could, or single #14 #16 emergers, dries, shuttlecocks cast 6ft in front of feeding trout and fished static allowing the trout to move onto the fly. Andre Russell float tubed catching 13 trout, B Morris caught 5 with P Wurm fishing the evening rise with #16 owls hooking 9 but only landing 3, never the less, exciting sport.

Tuesday was overcast in the morning with showery rain, surprisingly cool at times. Trout continue to feed on huge hatches of tiny midge, buzzer & reports of pin fry especially in front of the main dam. Lots of fish reported coming short to the fly or hooked & lost. Dave Pritchard for the morning session landed 1 but lost a further 7 trout. Phil Mee & Steve Faregrieve returned 9 for his mornings visit.

Wednesday & better conditions with trout moving from in front of the lodge, across the main basin, Dam & into the Markfield Arm. Float tubers A Russell, Steve Frakes & Rik Dunnett all caught good numbers of trout fishing in front of the main dam, their method was to fish a sedgehog , buzzer, diawl, damsel, cruncher or booby, throw at the fish, pull away creating wake, the fish chased. Andy Hubbard & Tony Bokenham caught 15 on damsel, buzzer & snake patterns. Diawl Bach worked for S Wilson & D Dyer helping them to their catch of 23 trout. Thornton Member David Hussey fished the last 4 hours in front of the main car park catching 5 on buzzers.

Thursday with trout again to be seen feeding across the reservoir with anglers reporting good numbers of fish down the Markfield arm. A mixture of small dries and emergers to nymphs & buzzers caught fish, with some reporting better sport on a static fly whilst other caught by stripping the flies through the surface. Ian Brearley and S Higgins shared a boat catching 40 trout between them with some falling to a daddy and Sedgehogs. P Wrigley and R Dunster caught 15 with buzzers helping the Harris father & son catch their 11 trout. Tony Lorrimer fished his successful rabbit patterns picking fish up all over the reservoir.

Friday a cool blustery east wind greeted the anglers. Despite the weather anglers reported fish willing to take a dry or chase a small muddler through the surface with a good number of trout reported down the Markfield arm with D Skudder catching 5 on a small muddler pulled quickly through the surface for his mornings visit.  Tony Smith fished the last 4 hour session catching 4 on dries with A Capener fished a washing line catching 7 on a small green buzzer. Dries such as the Orange Daddy, small H&H Sedge caught a number of trout with Lee Henfrey catching 20 on a midas. Trout are high in the water & are prepared to chase a fly pulled.

Saturday another morning with a cool fresh easterly, although it didn’t affect the fishing with a rod average of 8.1 for the day. Mixture of methods caught fish from muddlers, dries to booby. Jan Webber caught 9 for his visit on orange cats whisker & booby, T. Michalak enjoyed an exciting day fishing a daddy muddler with trout eager to chase his muddler through the wave catching 12 for his visit. Mark Hunt stuck to his tried & tested dries sedgehog & F Fly catching 21 for his visit.

Sunday a very quiet day due to the bank holiday festivities & the poor forecast. Anglers missed out on an excellent days fishing with Gary Owen fishing the afternoon session down the Markfield arm catching 28 on dries between 2.30pm & 8.30pm, excellent fishing.

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 29th May 2022

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Week Ending:  Sunday 29th May 2022              Rod Av: 3.4       Water Temperature: 15 °C

Monday was a beautiful day with overcast conditions and a soft south westerly breeze. Once again it can be said that Draycote is holding a good head of fish, which are well spread throughout the reservoir. Methods of catching have changed slightly over the last few days with more anglers using sinking lines such as DI 5’s, DI 7’s and the booby basher with lures. In some areas anglers are seeing a lot of fish moving in the surface of the water but proving very difficult to catch. It is likely that these fish are preoccupied on a very small green midge which can be, because of it’s size, quite difficult to imitate. There are, in this case two courses of action, either tie on that size 22 olive midge pattern you happen to have with you or, move on to different areas where you are more likely to catch. Season permit holder Kevin Rees had a bakers dozen using dries from various areas around the reservoir. Ian Richardson used the washing line method with diawl bachs to net 5 fish, one of which was a beautiful fully finned rainbow of 4lbs. Mr David Willacy used the midas to good effect also netting 5 fish. The boat pairing of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten caught 8 apiece on a mixture of dries and the washing line with buzzers and diawl bach’s.

A very mixed day Tuesday with heavy rain at times, bright warm sun and then strong winds. As a result it was a challenging day out on the water. There was fish moving in the open water around B Buoy for most of the day. However they were preoccupied on a very small green midge, which meant they didn’t want to look at much else. Phil Gray fished in Rainbow Corner to land 4 fish on black buzzers, although it wasn’t till much later in the day when the fish seemed to switch on. Members Paul Walker & John Falconbridge enjoyed a good day in the tricky conditions landing 15 fish to the boat. The pair commented that it switched on later in the day and it was buzzers, FABS and lures that caught their fish. Fishery Manager Tom Bird fished with Sam Smith with the pair landing 6 fish to the boat on a mix of nymphs fished on a washing line and then sparklers and boobies fished on a sunk line, but sounds like they missed the best fishing by calling it a day early.

A windy day Wednesday with cloud cover and showers throughout the day as well. All water member Paul Havard fished in Rainbow Corner using buzzers to land 8 fish with size 12 black buzzers being his best patterns. Also fishing in Rainbow Corner on buzzers was John Kelly & Stephen Mclean who landed 18 fish. Their best buzzer was a size 10 black buzzer with red cheeks with anchoring their best tactic. Brothers Roger & Graham Davies enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 12 fish to the boat utilising the rudder to good effect. The pair found the fish over the open water from the top dam wall using tube flies on an intermediate line. Another angler who used the rudder to land his fish was Jim Dempsey who landed 14 fish, with tubes also being Jim’s best fly. Andy Ross & Dave Barratt landed 9 fish between them using black and orange buzzers on a midge tip in Rainbow Corner.

A breezy day Thursday with cloud cover for the entire day. On the boats season ticket holder Paul Mitchell & Gordon Bramwell enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 15 fish to the boat. They fished with orange foam daddies and suspender Hare Ears to land their fish. The best areas being from A-B Buoy and coming from the top dam wall. Ian Richardson & Bob Barfoot enjoyed a good day landing 10 fish from Hensborough Bank & Rainbow Corner with small gold and silver cormorants being their best flies. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey & teammate Ron Gent fished ahead of the Airflo Open Heat on Saturday. The pair enjoyed a great days sport using a Slow Intermediate line fishing over the open water with a mix of hoppers and boobies, using a roly-poly retrieve. Else where a lot of other boats practiced ahead of the match at the weekend put kept the methods close to their chest to try and get the edge for the match. However, word on the grape vine was pulling and washing line was the best methods with the fish sitting high in the water.

Another breezy day Friday, however, this time the sun shone all day, making it a more challenging day than the previous day. Once again most of the boats taking to the water were practicing ahead of the match the new day. Resulting in exact information and tactics were being kept very hush hush. Draycote RIO Masters team with fishery guide Lee Henfrey did well using a Single Hand Spey 3D line and a mix of hare’s ears and midas, fishing in the open water around A, OL & J Buoy. Other teams also fished out in the open water fishing a mix of hoppers, cormorants and also washing lining tactics to take fish. Some teams also dries to be very effective even in the bright sun. Outside of the competition practice Andy Ross & D Barrett landed 8 fish at the Hensborough Bank fishing with buzzers from an Anchored boat.

Great conditions Saturday for the Airflo Open competition with 10 teams of 6 competing for 3 places through to the grand final in October and 2 places through to runners up 1 day final here in September. Overall it was a nice fair match with the 60 anglers landing 217 fish for a rod average of 3.62 fish per man. There was a real mixture of score with some anglers doing very well and others struggling, however, all reported seeing lots and lots of fish moving. They just proved very difficult to catch as they were located onto small flies. Winning the match was team Elinor who landed an impressive 46 fish. With Ed Foster having his 12 fish limit by 14.24 Ed, used a 3ft midge tip with 2 FABS and 2 nymphs at S buoy. Also, doing well on this tactic in the same area and same team was Tony Baldwin. Away from this area other good catches came from Martin Rowson of Draycote RIO Masters who fished in Toft around the nature reservoir buoys and also G Buoy. Iain Gaskell used dries to great effect catching around C & B Buoy. There was also some cracking fish caught with Hywel Morgan landing a 5lb 8oz fish taken on the bung. Outside of the match Liz Astill landed a lovely fish from the bank on a Diawl Bach taken from the Cornfield. Gareth Jones & Kieron Jenkins from Airflo took advantage while the match was on to get out in the spare boat and enjoyed good sport on small size 16 dries in Biggin Bay. The key to their success was small dries and very light tippet cast into the area of moving fish and left alone and let them come back round to find the flies.

A lovely calm start to Sunday morning with good overcast conditions which brightened up as the day progressed. Trickier conditions over the past week has seen boats moving around throughout the day in order to gain the upper hand on the fish, which are concentrating their efforts on some very small flies. Ed Douglas boated 7 fish on dries such as small hoppers. John Crowley fish off the bank in the Cornfield using a DI 3 and black boobies to net a total of 5 fish. Mark Braun, who also fished from the bank caught half a dozen from Lincroft Point using a gold ribbed hare’s ear. Out on the boats Ben Bayliss and Adam Larbalester had a bakers dozen between them on fry patterns and an olive snake from Toft Shallows and the Farborough Dam. Season pemit holder Mark Thistleton who also ventured into Toft Shallows boated 7 fish on olive snakes.

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Week Ending:  29th May   Rod Av: 3.9      Water Temperature: 16c

Monday, trout sipping off the surface in front of the lodge, these fish are feeding on small olive or black buzzer #16 or smaller. Best approach is a long leader and single dry, emerger, cdc #16 Chip Kawalsingh  fished small dries to catch 6 of these trout. Were seeing increasing number of damsel with midge tip or Sink 2 lines with damsel nymphs best for these. With the excellent water clarity some anglers are starting to find success over the deeper water with Sink 3, 5 or 7 lines with fabs, blobs or booby, all in all a day when a variety of methods and flies caught fish with a rod average 3.8

Tuesday with trout again sipping small midge / buzzer off the surface but proved tricky to catch. Peter Wrigley straight lined a traffic light buzzer & bloodworm pattern catching his 8 trout at a depth of 10ft. Carl Bond caught most of his trout during the evening session catching 7 on hopper & black buzzer patterns.

Windy forecast for Wednesday with not many rods out on the water. Ian Leach ventured out catching his 5 trout on a variety patterns from fab, damsel to a muddler.

Thursday and another blustery day, benefit of this current cooler blustery weather is our water temperature has dropped back to 16c ideal to keep those trout in the upper layers. Phill Moore fished a morning session catching 6 trout, Peter Wrigley returned for another half day catching 5 trout on buzzers. Tony Lorrimer caught 16 for his visit, catching 8 of them off the top during the last hour. Mark Hunt continuous to catch on his #14 #16 dries this time an F Fly catching 12 for him during the last 4 hour session

Friday and another day with a blustery wind, this occasion a stiff north wind. Main Car park area fished best, T. Keeber and grandson caught 9 for their mornings visit on small damsel & olive diawl bach in the top foot of water. J Bebbington caught 7 on buzzer with P Walker catching his trout on fabs, buzzer, diawl bach and damsel. Straight line buzzer was the method some rods caught  with the point buzzer at 10ft. By 8.30pm the wind had fallen away with fish moving down the Thornton arm, main car park and across the main basin with S Proffitt catching 4 during the last hour on quill buzzer.

Saturday with lighter winds the trout were up and about most of the day with anglers reporting good numbers fish moving in front of the dam. Water clarity is excellent with fish taking #14, #16 dries, emergers and buzzers. Paul Martindale fished along the dam wall towards green bay catching 11 on #14 black hopper. Jan Webber caught 11 on diawl, olive booby and brown hopper with M ODonoghue on his first visit to Thornton catching 9 on fab and cruncher

Sunday back to a cooler northerly wind, although it didn’t stop the trout from feeding on the surface with good numbers of trout moving along the dam wall. Thornton Fly fishers held a club competition with 5 anglers catching their 4 fish limit with ounces separating the top three places, with Norman Perking coming out on top.

A week of mixed winds & temperatures, were seeing increasing numbers of damsel with huge hatches of the smaller midge. Water temperature is 16c which should ensure the trout are in the top few feet of the water.

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Week Ending: Sunday 29 May 22       Rod Av: 3.1       Water Temperature:  16-18°C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

There was a steady start to the week with 34 anglers catching 179 fish, giving a rod average of 5.3. Fish were caught primarily on the dries with the fish coming blind to flies presented static, any unnatural movement would cause the fish to shy away. Capitalising on the fish feeding on the surface was Martin Griffiths, who had a very productive Last 4-hour session from the boat with all his fish coming to dries. Another successful tactic was to washing line a floating line with Diawl Bachs up the cast, which is what Mr A Thomas & Mr R Thomas had done & had a productive day from the boat landing well over 20 fish to the boat. The most productive areas remain the Leicester Bank in its entirety where fish can be found all the way along it. Even from the bank it is essential to remain as mobile as possible to locate the fish. Once located, the fish will feed confidently & happily take Dries presented properly. Another area that is holding fish is the area of the basin where fish can be found feeding high up over deeper water.

Tuesday bought with it some unsettled weather with intervals of bright sunshine & a blustery wind from the west. The changeable weather seemed to reflect in the fishing in what proved to be a challenging day. However, there was still plenty of fish caught from the Leicester Bank area with Emerging Dry Fly patterns & a washing lined floater, with nymphs up the cast, again proving to be the percentage methods. Mucky Bay to the Cowshed seemed to be a very productive area along this bank with fish caught from both the boat & bank. Further south along the Leicester Bank; Dogwood Bay to the Sam’s Dyke is still holding plenty of fish. The Trout in this area have been witnessed feeding aggressively on the abundant Damsel nymphs present & as we all aware, this can provide both excitement & frustration in equal measure. A method that can sometimes prove effective in these circumstances is to pull something quick through these actively feeding fish to try & elicit a response.

Wednesday with the blustery conditions continuing most of the bank & boat anglers fished along the platforms to Sams Dyke & Mucky Bay. Dave Searson fished a morning session off the bank catching 6 trout on damsel patterns as did Gordan Thorand. Keith Cowser fished 4 hr from a boat picking up 10 trout for his visit. Kevin Hart spent most of his visit fishing mucky bay with #14 quill buzzer and an orange bobs bits to catch his 14 trout. Wednesday regulars Ian Jobe & Clive Moore found the afternoon session was far more productive catching 18 trout. There are still pond olives hatching in good numbers down Stoke Dry with an increasing number of damsels and sedges also adding to the trout’s menu. Water clarity is excellent try and fish as long a leader as you can and as low a diameter as you have confidence to use.

Thursday and were starting to see pin fry around the pontoon, time for the Barron’s Pin Fry pattern. These, together with the Damsels which we are now seeing in ever increasing numbers, are the next instalment of the annual Eyebrook larder. Both pin fry and damsel patterns are available from the lodge. With the                 blustery conditions continuing, most of the bank & boat anglers fished along the platforms to Sam’s Dyke, around the island and into Mucky Bay. Natural patterns continue to do well, with buzzers, crunchers, Diawl Bachs, damsels and hare’s ear patterns all featuring in the catch returns. With the prevailing conditions, a daily rod average of just under 3 was not unexpected, although some anglers were rewarded with better catches, top boat being that of Mr Skipper who netted twelve.

Friday was still very bright with a troublesome north-westerly wind blowing down the reservoir, probably the least favourable combination at the Eyebrook. All in all, it was a repeat of the previous days, with small naturals, either just under or on the surface being the better options. The Leicestershire bank, being slightly sheltered from the wind, performed best. Given the calmer water nearer the margins, the bank fished well, with nearly all those who fished from the bank catching, top rod being Eyebrook member, Mr Johnson with eight on CDC patterns. Top boat was Mr McClean and Mr. Kelly R Kelly with 14 who were successful using size 16 Hares’ ears and damsels.

Saturday was a very busy day with us hosting a Cancer Charity Day Boat Pairs competition. It was a very successful day with an excess of £1800 being raised for such a great cause. A special mention must go to the event organiser Steve Owen, who’s hard work & dedication ensured the day was such a success. 42 anglers took to the water & caught 143 fish, giving them a rod average of 3.4. Congratulations to Richard & John Hood who took first place with 16lb 12oz, closely followed by Martin Griffiths & Graham who had 16lb 10oz & 3rd was John Goodwin & Mark Rose with 16lb 8oz. Thank you to all the competitors who supported the event. In addition, Season Ticket holder Neil Shilton enjoyed a very productive day from his Float Tube where he netted a good number of fish with the cream of the crop being at exceptional Rainbow Trout of 9lb 12oz. A truly magnificent specimen, it was weighed & it returned strongly to grace another net. It just goes to show that there is no substitute for hard work & commitment as Neil can be seen every weekend out in his Float Tube targeting the bigger fish.

Sunday morning brought a stiff, chilly breeze from the North & bright sunlight. As the day wore on the wind did not albeit, however the bright sunlight was interspersed with intervals of dense cloud cover. The changeable conditions reflected in what was a challenging day on Eyebrook with reports of plenty of fish moving but they seemed very reluctant to take. Anglers that caught well, fished very small imitative patterns be that on the surface or below it. All Water Member Kevin Hart did just this & had a productive day, landing 10 fish on what was a very tricky day, fishing small buzzers in Sam’s Dyke. Scaling down fly sizes is a proven method when the fishing becomes challenging & can often be the difference in us catching or not. The fish that have been seen moving on the surface are taking a very small olive-green midge so in our quest to “match the hatch” it is very important that we address the size issue first as this will increase our chances of eliciting a response from a feeding fish. The closer your fly size is to what the trout are feeding on the better chance you have of catching.

 

Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 22nd May 2022

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Week Ending:  Sunday 22nd May 2022              Rod Av:  3.6      Water Temperature: 15 °C

Monday started warm with a fairly light breeze and good cloud cover. Draycote season ticket holder James Kelly fished on the bank in Toft to land 3 fish with the fish all taking Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Rob Plume & John Stephens landed 16 fish on Buzzers fishing around the Outlet, with the boat of James & Jarvis also using these tactics to boat 15 fish. Draycote season ticket holder Ian Richardson & Bob Smith had 20 fish to the boat at the Hensbrough Bank. The pair fished straight line buzzers and commented on another “lovely day”

A very warm day Tuesday with a blustery southerly wind which picked up even more in the afternoon, then to finish the day we had a torrential down pour. Tim Grove & Gordon Byers on their second of 4 days enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 20 fish to the boat. They fished in the corner of the Hensborough bank on buzzers at anchor. Also landing 20 fish on Buzzer was Tosh Storrar & Rob Plume who fished just up from them further along the Hensborough Bank. Keith Allison & Peter Williams enjoyed a good day landing 22 the pair used a mix of buzzers, muskins and Diawl Bachs to land their fish. All water member Roger Kerrison enjoyed a good day landing 12 fish all on nymphs fishing at the school slips.

Wednesday started bright with a light breeze and then clouded over as the day progressed. These days it’s much easier to point out where not to fish, as the place is fishing so well, (famous last words). The daily rod average seems to be cruising along above six or so this past couple of weeks and doesn’t look set to change anytime soon. With just a few exceptions, most of the fish caught are coming out of the top few feet of the water column, on diawl bachs, buzzers and crunchers, fished on a floating or midge tip line. Some good bags are also coming to small dry fly patterns on the drift. Young Ed Douglas was using dries to good effect, netting 16 fish from various areas around the reservoir. Taking advantage of one of our three day packages, Tim Grove and Gordon Byers had well over 30 fish to the boat, all on buzzers. Mr Mike Gillett had a bakers dozen just off the School Slips using black buzzers on a floating line. The best of the bank fishing was Mr Colin Day, who caught 6 fish from the Hensborough Bank using the washing line method with black buzzers and an orange booby.

Thursday was overcast to start with and a bit foggy, with a mild westerly breeze. Things brightened up fairly quickly which made for a bit of a change in tactics for some anglers, as the fish moved away from the bank and further down in the water column.  Tony Parker and Andy Axon used buzzers and nymphs fished on floating lines to boat over 20 fish from various areas around the reservoir. Tim Grove and Gordon Byers had nearly 30 fish to the boat on buzzers and damsels from Biggin Bay and the Hensborough Bank. Out on one of our last 4 hour permits was Gary and David Turner, who caught 3 fish between them, as well as a large perch which tipped the scales at 3lbs 8oz. The Police fished their boat match today between Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cheshire Police. The match was won by Cheshire Police with a total bag weight of 81 lbs 8 oz. The top rod in the competition was Anton Duerden with 9 fish to the boat, using a washing line with red diawl bachs and muskins.

Friday looked very promising with good cloud cover, a light south westerly, and the odd spot of rain here and there.  On the bank Stan Hillman enjoyed a good day landing 10 fish all on Hares Ear’s fishing in Biggin Bay casting into the wind. Also on the bank Tony & Geoff Harris landied 8 fish between them fishing in Rainbow Corner. On the boats Gordon Byers and Tim Grove enjoyed the last of their package break landing 14 fish once again all on buzzers. Kevin Hart & John Hoskins enjoyed a good day in the boat landing 26 fish all on buzzers and crunchers. The pair found the fish at the Saddle Bank and the Overflow. Draycote members Martin Foster & John Vyse enjoyed a good day fishing at the school slips landing 10 fish on black buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Fellow season ticket holder Kevin Rees used dries all day to land 8 fish with size 14 Bob’s Bits being his best pattern,  drifting from the Dam Wall towards A & B Buoy.

Another busy day at the fishery with all the boats once again taking to the water. Visiting from Wales the Wyn Philips party of 8 boat enjoying good sport on Dries and Diawl Bachs, with Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay their best area. We also had the Herts Fly Dressers Guild talking to the water with their 8 anglers landing 24 fish again from Rainbow Corner. Father & Son Ian & Liam Gaskell enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 20 fish. The pair took all their fish on buzzers fished in Rainbow Corner drifting towards A Buoy and out from the Hensborough Bank towards M Buoy. Anton Byfleet & Daniel Wilkinson enjoyed a good day landing over 20 fish to the boat again with buzzers, landing the majority of their fish once again from Rainbow Corner. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey took Jon Allen out for a 4 hour guiding session with Jon, enjoying a great session. The best method was either washing lining buzzers on a long midge tip or the Bung. If you’re interested in booking a guided session, please call Tom on 01788 812018.

A light south westerly on Sunday with a bright start, and good cloud cover rolling in as the day progressed. Anglers have reported a lot of fish showing in the surface of the water, seemingly preoccupied on very small flies. To that end some anglers are having more success on sinking lines such as DI 5’s and even Airflo’s booby basher, with lure patterns such as snakes and minkie boobies attached. Indeed, Season permit holder Jim Smith used the booby basher and snakes to net over a dozen fish from the deep water at various points around the reservoir. Jim Reported that his best area was about 70 yards out from the Draycote Dam. Mark Braun used a DI 5 and olive snakes to net 14 fish, again from a number of the deeper areas around the reservoir. Richard Walker netted 8 fish during a morning session, and weighed in 4 fish for 10lbs. Mr Paul Cushnie used a combination of buzzers and dry fly patterns to tempt 17 fish to the net. Draycote stalwart Ian Reeve had 9 fish to the boat. Ian used foam daddies and various other dry fly patterns whilst fishing along the Hensborough Bank and up in Rainbow Corner.

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Week Ending: 22 May    Rod Av: 2.3  Water Temperature: 16c+

Monday & the forecast for heavy rain kept the anglers away, as it was no rain & not too bad fishing conditions with fish moving off & on during the day. Bill Stone caught 5 for his 4 hour visit with Andrew Wilson fishing a washing line with buzzers to catch his 4 trout.

Busy day Tuesday with all of the boats out. Trout remain high in the water with water clarity gin clear. Time to fish leaders as long as you can with as low diameter leader as you can manage. If fishing dries the anglers fishing a single small dry #14, #16 are doing best. Phill Mee & Steve Fairgrieve fished a morning session catching 9 trout to 3lb on diawl bach & buzzer. Kevin Hart took to his float tube catching 8 trout including an overwintered 3lb+ rainbow on a washing line, fab, nemo cruncher & diawl. Pete Cox fished a black pudding cruncher, pattern tied by our new fishery ranger Jim Sheehan catching 7 trout. Another good evening rise with fish moving in front of the lodge & from in front of the main dam across the main basin into Markfield arm.

Wednesday & again a wrong forecast kept rods away which was a shame as fish were moving again off & on during the day with a good evening rise as James Smith discovered fishing the last 4 hour session with fabs & emergers to catch his 4 trout

Thursday, the forecasted rain did eventually arrive, this morning the level is the same, water clarity is “gin clear” with fish sipping off the surface mopping up last night buzzer & the first of the caenis. It was a surprisingly challenging day considering the number of trout feeding off the surface. David Hussey fished sub surface with diawl bach and buzzer to catch his 12 trout for the day. Barry Deeley decided to fish deeper with a sink 5 and a humungus and booby patterns picking up 5 trout. Peter Wrigley fished the afternoon session fishing a long leader off his midge tip with an apps bloodworm catching 10 trout. Those surface feeding trout need a subtle approach, long tapered leader to a fine diameter point, single dry #14 #16 similar to an F fly, bobs bits, emerger pattern, don’t cast too often pick out the trout working its way towards you cant 6 to 8ft in front giving you enough time not to disturb the surface & for you to get the presentation right, allow the fish to move onto the fly. When its calm and I’m using small dries emergers I always opts for a tapered leader, to help turnover and presentation.

Friday and Saturday we had good numbers of fish rising all day from in front of the fishing lodge across the main basin. They weren’t easy to tempt with some of the anglers deciding to ignore the trout moving on the surface reaching for their Sink3, Sink 5 or Sink 7 lines with damsel, Dawson olive, fab, blob or booby. The anglers who had success with the surface feeding trout fished long leaders with a single size #14 emergers and shuttlecocks, this worked for Mark Hunt who caught 12 with M Clay catching 14

I often find when the fish become preoccupied with the smaller #14 #16 flies a tapered leader will help with turnover and improve presentation.

Sunday and again a good number of trout sipping off the surface in front of the lodge greeted the anglers as they got into their boats. These fish are feeding on caenis from the night before and small black buzzer and a small vivid green buzzer, size #14 #16 on a long leader, possibly a single fly is the way to approach them. Trout are well spread across the reservoir with anglers picking up fish from all over the reservoir. Some anglers are finding the straight line buzzer or bung is fishing best with others using a sink 3 or 5 with damsel patterns, blobs or booby. Kevin Hart & Dave Pacey during the afternoon found good numbers of trout moving down the Markfield arm fishing 5 & 5 weight rods with fine leader & small emergers, cdc caught 22 trout mostly during the afternoon.

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Week Ending: Sunday 22 May 22       Rod Av: 6.3       Water Temperature:  18°C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

There was a damp & unsettled start to the week as Monday bought with it a light but changeable wind & varying amounts of cloud cover. The fishing mirrored the changeable weather with what was a relatively slow start but improved as the day progressed resulting in a very high rod average of 10.5. The best method on the day was fishing dries along the Leicester Bank with yet again Sam’s Dyke proving to be very productive. During brighter spells, when the conditions weren’t quite right for the dries, washing lined buzzers on a floater proved to be the better option to ensure anglers would still catch. As late afternoon turned into early evening there was a noticeable increase in surface activity as the trout responded well to the evident rise with some great catch returns being recorded from both the boat & bank anglers. The most productive dries during this period seemed to be Mayfly, CDC’s, Crippled Midges & Hoppers. The most productive areas throughout the day were Dogwood Bay to Sam’s Dyke, around the Island & up to the Chestnut.

Tuesday saw the reservoir continue to fish extremely well to the dries, even during the frequent spells of bright sunlight. Fish were caught consistently throughout the day from both the boat & bank with good numbers of fish being caught all along the Leicester Bank. Sam’s Dyke, the Island & Mucky Bay remain very productive areas along this bank where some excellent catch returns have been recorded. Enjoying an excellent 3-day short break package, Andrew Bentley & Peter Andrew had a very large number of fish over the 3 days, catching all their fish on either Nymphs on the washing line or dries. Visiting anglers Billy McCranaghan & Alan Martin were also down on a 3-day package & they had such a productive 3 days fishing the dries that they opted to extend to a fourth day. Best Dry fly patterns for day have been Yellow Owls, Hoppers & Klinkhammers. In addition to Dries, Diawl Bachs & Buzzers have continued to catch plenty of fish from both the banks & boats. For anyone interested in booking a short break please follow this link  Short Break Packages | Fly Fish Eyebrook – Leicestershire Trout Fishery

A warm sunny day to start with cloud that arrived a little later in the day and a huge thunderstorm to end the day at Eyebrook. Once again the fantastic fishing continued with the rod average over 8 fish per angler and just to ensure this continues the lake was stock with a further 2,500 fish. Eyebrook season ticket holder Neil Shilton enjoyed a good day in his float tube working along the Leicester bank landing 20 fish. On the bank fishing near the Hawthorns Tony & Ruth Kirk enjoyed a great session landing 18 between them fishing a washing line. Wednesday regulars Clive Moore & Ian Jobe fished near the Island to land 22 fish to the boat including a cracking 5-6lb Tench caught on a buzzer by Clive. To see a picture of this great fish please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Visiting anglers Billy McCranaghan & Alan Martin once again enjoyed a fantastic days sport landing a cricket score on CDC shuttlecocks and also buzzers, fishing in Sam’s Dyke.

Once again, the sun made an appearance for most of the day, with some cloud arriving a little later in the day. Fishing from the casting platforms for a short morning session was season ticket holder D Lawrence who landed 5 fish all on size 12 crunchers and buzzers. On the boats all water season ticket holder Paul Havard enjoyed a good day landing a dozen fish with red holographic diawl bachs and a Bejesus booby on the point. Mr Alan McGuire enjoyed an “excellent day” using dries and Diawl Bach’s to land 23 fish fishing in Sam’s Dyke and near the Hawthorns. Mr J Forsyth & G Ross used orange and green Diawl Bachs and a green headed Damsel to land 34 fish between them with both flies being size 12. Bill Wood & Jim Kay fished in Mucky Bay with Yellow Owls and small buzzers to and 17 fish to the boat and enjoyed an “excellent 3 days fishing” Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey took to the water with Draycote RIO Masters teammate Sam Smith. The pair enjoyed a good day’s sport landing over 40 fish to the boat taking fish from Sam’s Dyke, Mucky Bay and The Cow Shed. Lee opted to fish a washing line with hares’ ears and Diawl Bachs with a booby on the point. While Sam stuck to dries all day with CDC patterns being his best flies.

Friday and it’s nice to see another busy day at the Eyebrook with anglers enjoying excellent top of the water sport. M Farrell fished the big red dry catching 17 trout with cdc & hoppers catching 10 trout for Dave Etty fishing from the bank with D Naylor & S Houghton catching 17 on hoppers and sedge patterns. Sue Potts & Sam Edmonds caught 18 for their visit before they travel to Scotland to fish with the English Ladies team in the International, best of luck to you and the team from all at the Eyebrook. Bank fishing continues to fish well with the platforms, Sam’s Dyke, Chestnut to the cow sheds offering excellent bank sport with K Johnson catching 20, B Livingston catching 10. Damsels starting to show with sedges in the evening.

Saturday brought with it a stiff breeze with very sunny intervals which made the conditions challenging at times. The Leicester bank in its entirety still holds plenty of fish which can be caught either washing lining a floater with a Foam Daddy on the point & small nymphs above it or by fishing Dries; CDC Emergers & Yellow Owls have taken a lot of fish of late. All water Member Lee Edwards, had a very productive day from the boat, taking 24 fish, all of which came to CDC Emerger patterns. What has been apparent is that the fish will sit over the cooler deeper water and the frequently move in & out of the shallows to feed. As a result, they can, on occasions be caught in very shallow water that is extremely close to the bank. There has also been plenty of fish moving out in the open water, across the main basin from Dogwood Bay across to the Netted Bank. The presence of Damsel nymphs in the water seems to increase daily.

There was a gentle start to Sunday with light south westerly breeze with bright sunny intervals. Sunday was a busy day on Eyebrook; we hosted the All Abilities Fly Fishers & also the latest round of an Alex Booth Fly Fishers competition. The All Abilities caught 120 fish between 26 anglers giving them a rod average of 4.61 for the day. They caught on various methods from washing lined floaters to dries. Top rod for the day was Ian Bradfield who had 12 fish on Popper Hoppers. The Alex Booth Fly Fishers also had a good day catching on a variety of methods targeting fish in the top couple of feet of water. They caught 77 fish between 15 of them which gave them a slightly better rod average of 5.1 for the day. Congratulations to Kev Slater who was the top rod with 12 fish for 23lb 2oz. Kev was followed closely by Riccardo in 2nd place with 10 fish for 21lb 6oz & 3rd was Roy Lewin with 11 fish for 20lb 14oz. Both parties recalled a day of missed opportunities with their flies receiving a lot of interest & plenty of fish being “bumped off”. Eyebrook also continues to fish well from the bank with Eyebrook member Steve Lawrence having a very productive morning session & All Water members Albert Coles & Rob Edmonds also had a great day from the bank. By scaling down the size of the flies they were able to continue to catch throughout the day on Dries. The best areas continue to be all along the Leicester Bank from Dogwood Bay to the Cowshed & also there have been a few moving fish reported across the main basin.

 

 

 

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th May 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  Sunday 15th May 2022              Rod Av: 4.9       Water Temperature: 14 °C

Monday started with light Southeast winds; however, these winds did increase as the day progressed. Draycote member Dave Smith used a Midge Tip line with Diawl Bachs and Buzzers to land 9 fish from the school slips and Toft. Paul Newnam & Matt Crisp enjoyed a good day landing 17 fish to the boat using a washing line with a FAB on the point and then buzzers on the droppers. John Dickens used a mixture of buzzer, black and green lure and also dries to land 22 fish while out in a boat. Catching from the Hensborough Bank and Biggin Bay. Fellow member Lorenzo Serrano also used buzzers to land 16 fish from Biggin Bay.

A cloud start to the day, put the sun did break out in the afternoon with a strong Southwest wind to go with it. On the bank Draycote member Brian Allwood landed a cracking fish 4lb 8oz which took a buzzer, fishing in Alberts Bottom in Biggin Bay. The picture of this cracking fish can be found on www.facebook.com/flyfishstore Also on the bank Paul Walker landed 3 fish in a half day from the old pipe in Biggin Bay on Buzzers. Another bank angler who landed 3 on buzzers was Bernard Stebbing who fished the last 4 hours. On the boats Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 30 fish to the boat. The paid used straight line or washing lined buzzers along the Hensbrough bank to land the fish and commented “a cracking day, silver torpedoes”. Chris Discombe fished in the middle from Y- X Buoy using a green lure to land 11 fish having an “excellent day” Dan Mcelligott landed 24 fish with 6 coming to buzzers and the rest falling to a white snake on an intermediate line, with the school slips and the Hensborough Bank being the hotspot. Jeff Ide fished for the afternoon landing 9 fish all taken on dries with his best being a rainbow of 4lb 7oz.

Draycote experienced some much needed rain on Wednesday which didn’t stop until around 3pm, as a result it was quite day. Mr D Stott fished for a morning from a boat landing 11 fish, using Buzzers fished on a straight line at the Hensborough Bank. This is the first time Mr Stott had used this method and showed how effective it can be. Draycote Fly Fisher member Neil Berry fished with his friend Lawrence Greasley using black lures to great effect landing 7 by Y Buoy.

A breezy and bright start to Thursday morning with once again a good spread of fish throughout the reservoir. Paul Havard fished from a boat up on the Hensborough bank to land 13 fish on buzzers and nymphs. Young Richard Walker had 8 fish to the boat on lures fished along the Draycote Dam. Season permit holders Mr J Vyse and Mr M Foster had over 30 fish to the boat between them on black buzzers from various areas around the reservoir. Chris Bobby and Leanne Frost had a bakers dozen whilst keeping on the drift on dry fly patterns. Mr M Osborne drifted along the dam wall near the Swans Nest to net 18 fish on a fast glass line and black and green lures. Mr P Williams commented on “A Great Days Fishing”, after netting 7 fish on a teal and black and bobs bits. Draycote stalwart Tony Plummer used buzzers fished along the Draycote Dam to net his 8 fish and called up to let us know what a good day he’d had. Ed Douglas had a good day out on the dries. Ed kept on the drift in various areas of the reservoir, netting well over 30 on small patterns.

Friday started overcast and fairly calm with the promise that it was going to blow up a bit as the day progressed. Sure enough, as forecast, there was quite a strong westerly blowing across the reservoir from about eleven onwards, with a fair amount of the boats seeking shelter under the Draycote Dam. Om the bank Colin Day landed 2 fish from Rainbow Corner on buzzers, however, the boats done the lion share of the sport. Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 34 fish all on buzzers either fished on a straight line or a washing line at the school slips and the Hensborough Bank. Draycote RIO Masters team member Sam Smith enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 22 fish on small buzzers at the Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner. Scott Miller & his boat partner landed over 40 fish using buzzers in Rainbow corner and The Hensborough Bank

A very different day on Saturday to the previous day with little or no wind, teamed with bright  sunshine. They were certainly not ideal conditions to say the least, with some anglers struggling to find feeding fish. Some anglers reported that they could see plenty of fish moving in the surface in various areas around the reservoir,  but that they didn’t seem to be interested in feeding. Bank anglers didn’t have a lot of luck in the bright conditions, with only the odd fish caught here and there. Mike Garner netted just one from the Cornfield on a diawl bach, while Will Hunt caught a brace from Lincroft Point. Season permit holder Mark Braun had 16 fish to the boat on a white snake fished on a DI 7 line around A, B and C Buoy. Scott Miller and his boat partner netted 25 fish, drifting from T Buoy to X Buoy using 2 FABS and 2 nymphs on a floating line with the fish picking out the FABS on the top dropper and the point.

It was a bright start to the day on Sunday with the promise of a light south easterly breeze and good cloud cover by the afternoon. Considering how well Draycote has been fishing lately, we were all looking forward to hosting the England qualifier as well as our regular Sunday pleasure anglers, and in true fashion, the reservoir did not disappoint. Ken and James Maplethorpe fished just off Lincroft Point out towards E Buoy, and boated well over 30 fish between them on size 12 black and olive buzzers on a floating line. Season permit holder Le Lerigo used a DI 7 line and lures to net 9 fish, one of which was a beautiful brown trout which tipped the scales at 6lbs 8oz, which was returned. Sunday regular John Crowley netted 7 fish from the bank by the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay and Toft Shallows, using buzzers on the bung. Ed Douglas boated a total of 12 fish, 7 of which came to the dries. The Draycote round of the England Qualifier was a well attended event with 28 rods taking part, who produced a rod average of 8 for the day. For details of the positions and results check out our Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

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Week Ending:  15th May      Rod Av: 3.6      Water Temperature: 14c – 15c

Monday a pleasant start to the week with the wind forecast to freshen as the day went on. The morning session anglers seemed to enjoy the best of the sport with a washing line & buzzers, muddler pulled through the surface & dries taking fish. M Bazeley & F Chambers caught 11 for their mornings fishing, Andre Russell fished from his float tube to catch his 8 trout with R Menhams catching 4 trout for his 4 hour mornings fishing. Steve Windram fished from mid morning to early evening fishing a washing line to catch his 9 trout. Anglers reported good numbers fish moving but were coming short.

Tuesday with a change in the weather a blustery to strong at times south westerly. Most anglers fished in the shelter offered by the village bank & dam wall which wasn’t a bad area with fish moving at times bur not as easy to tempt as expected. Mr Elvy & Mr Bossington caught their on black dries with James Smith fishing the last 4 hour session which produced a good rise taking his 7 trout on hopper, shipmans & fab. A black popper hopper & #14 grey bodied elk hair also attracted plenty of interest during the evening rise.

Wednesday and the much needed rain greeted the anglers with the same blustery south westerly wind. Despite the conditions the anglers enjoyed good sport with Jim Carrier & J Bradbury catching 12 for their mornings visit. Barry Deeley fished an intermediate with a damsel pattern & a floating line with buzzer & cruncher to catch his 12 before the heavy downpours drove them off the water.

Thursday again a bit blustery at times but with the wind dropping during the evening we had an excellent evening rise. David Hussey fished hawthorn & buzzers to boat his 16 trout with Ian Brearley catching 13 on damsel, buzzer & dries. Kevin Hart took to his float tube, fished along the stones into green bay with a washing line, fab-diawl-cruncher to catch his 19 trout. Bob Jones is enjoying a successful season at Thornton on this occasion catching 12 on damsel, buzzer & diawls.

Friday & yet another blustery day but once the wind fell away during the evening we had another excellent evening rise. Greg Weatherdon fished the morning session with buzzer, damsel & dries to catch his 7 trout, Jamie Scott caught 11 mostly on #12 black buzzer in front of the dam. John Bebbington fished a short afternoon session catching 6 for his visit.

Saturday and a brighter day with trout moving off and on during the day from in front of the lodge down and across the main basin and into the Markfield arm. Boat anglers are starting to get the best of the sport as the waters gin clear and the sun gets higher in the sky. Jan Webber caught 9 for his visit with Martin Clay catching 12 on buzzers for his mornings visit. B Perrie fished hares ears and diawl bach to catch his 7 trout. Mark Burrows popped down for a 3 hour evening session & caught 4 trout. Another good evening rise.

Sunday with a change of wind direction from the favoured westerly to an Easterly which definitely slowed the fishing. John Thomson and P Hunt caught 6 fishing the washing line for their mornings fishing with Dave Slessor catching 5. Mark Hunt fished the late afternoon session up in green bay and found a single dry, Grunter pattern worked better than a team of flies as he went on to catch 7 trout including some overwintered trout

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Week Ending: Sunday 15 May 22       Rod Av: 7.9       Water Temperature: 14 °C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

Monday morning produced a nice ripple on the water which grew choppier as the day progressed. With the westerly wind favouring the Leicester bank, which is currently holding a lot of fish, it was no surprise that the bank anglers found the conditions to their liking. Roy Swinfield fished buzzers on a washing line to net over 20 fish from the island. Lyndsey Bates also took over 20 fish during his evening bank session. Despite a strengthening wind, the bank continued producing into the evening, with anglers fishing the last 4 hours from the bank enjoyed some good sport. The strengthening wind made the boat fishing a bit more difficult, although Mr Winterburn and Mr. Stanbridge boated 13 fish during their afternoon visit. Eyebrook regular Kenny Waters went afloat in one of our 2 wheely boats and took 8 fish, keeping 6 for the pot. Most of the day’s catches fell to natural patterns such as buzzers, diawl bachs and Muskins fished either straight lined or washing line style. Damsel nymphs are starting to show, and it won’t be long before we start to see the adults hatching.

Tuesday brought far from ideal conditions with a strong wind & bright sunlight for prolonged periods. This, however, did not seem to detract from the fishing as there was some excellent catch returns being recorded from the boat & bank producing an impressive daily rod average of 10.6. All water member Jamie Scott had an exceptional day catching fish throughout the day on washing lined buzzers with a Damsel Booby on the point & switching later to the dries, where he continued to catch using a Foam Daddy & Crippled Midges. The bank fished very well later the dries where CDC emerging patterns seemed to be order of the day with numerous bank anglers catching well into double figures. The most productive areas remain the Leicester bank from the Hawthorns all the way around to the Cowshed from both the boat & bank where the fish continue to feed hard on the abundant aquatic life that is present. For the more adventurous anglers, Stoke Dry is also holding a good number of overwintered fish where in the right conditions they can be taken on dries. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey hosted Tony & Kai for a short 4-hour session. They had an excellent morning catching numerous fish washing lining buzzers in Sam’s Dyke where the fish could be seen clearly swimming under the boat.

Wednesday certainly a day of two halves with a south westerly moderate wind greeting the anglers in the morning before increasing to a strong northerly during the afternoon bringing with it spells of heavy rain before settling back to a light south westerly for the evening. Washing line, straight line buzzers and dries worked during the day with the platforms down to Sam`s dyke, hawthorn in the afternoon in Mucky bay with the Chestnut to Stoke Dry also fishing. A Meadows on a three-day break package enjoyed another excellent day with their boat catching 30 trout. David Keeble fished a washing line with diawls as well as dries and emergers to catch his 14 trout, Mark Hunt fished Amber & black hoppers for his 14 trout during a late afternoon visit with L Bates fishing a floating damsel and buzzer to catch his 20 trout. Overall despite the afternoons weather a good days fishing.

Thursday saw yet more great sport here at Eyebrook with the rod average for the day finishing at 8.4 fish per angler. Stuart Normington fished from the bank, enjoying a red-letter day with some great sport landing 28 fish on buzzers and Diawl bachs. Jude Tuffs also fished from the bank in Sam’s Dyke near the fence line landing 9 fish all taken on dries. Utilising a float tube to great effect was all water member Andre Russell who landed 15 fish working along the Leicester bank and into Sam’s Dyke. Fishing from a boat in the morning Mr M Layman & Mr J Baker landed 21 fish using buzzers and then CDC dries to take their fish from Mucky Bay. Ant Middleton & Graham Walker enjoyed a good day landing over 40 fish to the boat using buzzers on a washing line also dries landing their fish in Mucky Bay and The Chestnut tree. Eyebrook hosted a contingent of Northern Police Forces who took to the water for an internal competition and a great day was had by all the anglers with them landing over 110 fish between them.

Friday 13th was unlucky for some, namely the trout, with the brook returning an excellent daily average return in excess of 8, for the 40 odd anglers who took advantage of a lovely spring day, albeit becoming blustery as the day wore on. As was the case all this week, the go to methods were washing lining buzzers and diawl bachs, straight lined buzzers or  the bung with buzzers and diawl bachs. Dries were also accounting for numerous fish, with Amber & black hoppers, yellow owls, hawthorn patterns and CDC being some of the successful patterns. Both the bank and boats were successful with the Leicester bank holding fish all along from Dogwoods to the Cow sheds, with Sam’s Dyke and the island being particularly fruitful. Ruth and Tony Kirk netted over twenty between them and regular, Mr Johnson also had over 20 fish during his bank session. Float tubing was also rewarding with season ticket member, Ian Jobe taking 20 fish during his afternoon paddle. Mr Nesbitt landed twenty odd fish during his boat session, whilst Ben Robertson and his three colleagues landed an average of 16 apiece during their afternoon and evening session. Other boat anglers moved away from the Sam’s dyke and Mucky bay area and found less crowded conditions as well as lots of fish along the willows, the netted bank and Robbo’s. The evening saw an informal get together for members of the Eyebrook fly fishers, some of which enjoyed some successful bank fishing before enjoying an evening   Bar- B -Q, details of which can be found on their face book page.

Saturday and another busy day at the Eyebrook with the boat and bank anglers enjoying the good sport with buzzers, shuttlecocks, cdc emergers and dries all taking trout. Eyebrook member S Sibley fished 4 hours during the morning from the bank landing 6 trout to 3lb8oz on cdc buzzer, cdc also accounted for a 5lb rainbow for Mr Jacobs. M Farrell & C Marrs took a boat up to Stoke dry fishing cdc emergers to catch their 50 trout. Were seeing the trout starting to favour smaller flies than the week before with #12 & #14 olive or black buzzers taking a good number as Darren Dodd discovered fishing Sams Dyke catching 26 for his visit. A few Mayfly starting to show with R Ron catching 4 trout on a mayfly pattern. Billy McGranaghan & Alan Martin down on a three day package fished the last 4 hours catching good numbers during the evening rise. Details of our short break packages on our website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/short-break-packages/

Sunday brought with it some nye on perfect conditions & Eyebrook’s excellent form duly continued. There were some very high catch returns recorded from both the boat & bank. Sam’s Dyke, once again is proving to be a particular hot spot with fish falling to a variety of methods from Washing Lined Floaters to Dries. On the washing line, small nymphs & buzzers on droppers with either a Foam Daddy or FAB on the point will elicit a response from the natural feeding fish. Whereas on the Dries, Yellow Owls, CDC’s & Hawthorn Fly’s will be enough to generate interest from the trout feeding up & around the surface. The fish are well spread along the Leicester Bank from the Hawthorns to the Cowshed with some slightly bigger fish being caught on the north side of the Island. Stoke Dry is also harbouring some of the larger fish where fishing Dries in the shallower water, when the conditions allow, seem to be the percentage method.

Eyebrook hosted Mid Northants Fly Fishers for a friendly competition where 16 anglers enjoyed a great day from the boat. All participants caught, with some catching well into double figures giving them a rod average 7.5

The Eyebrook is enjoying an excellent season..

 

 

Draycote Report W/E 8th May 2022

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Week Ending:  Sunday 8th May 2022              Rod Av:  4.4      Water Temperature:  13°C

The bank holiday Monday saw a number of anglers taking to the water taking advantage of the long weekend. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley landed 7 fish from the Swan’s Nest. Paul used a intermediate line teamed with a FAB to land his fish. On the boats John Dickens enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 17 fish using a washing with buzzers on the droppers and a FAB on the point. Another boat who using a washing line to great effect was Ross Wilson & Bill Brown who landed 41 fish to the boat. Ross & Bill found the afternoon to the best time of the day with lots of fish moving over Musborough shoal near Y & N buoy. While they tried dries for the fish moving on the surface it was a washing line with Diawl Bachs that produced the goods. The boat of Lee Cartmail & Paul Cramp landed over 27 fish to the boat and enjoyed a “Brilliant days fishing” again using a washing line to great effect.

Near perfect conditions to start Tuesday with overcast skies teamed with a gentle ripple. However unfortunately these didn’t last with he wind dropping out completely later in the day. All water member Ed Douglas landed 17 fish using a washing line for the majority. However, Ed did land 6 fish on dries with Ed concentrating on the open water in the middle of the reservoir. Fellow member Dan Mcelligott landed 22 fish using blobs pulled quickly on an intermediate line. Dan commented “the blobs needed to be pulled as fast as possible and it was great fun”. Fishing there final day of a three day break Ross Wilson & Bill Brown landed 22 fish with their best tactic being olive Grunters just fished slightly under the surface. Dave Atkins fished around Y Buoy to land 11 fish using a Di 3 sinking line and a white snake and commented on the “good fish” he landed using this method.

Overcast conditions for the main on Wednesday with some very heavy rain just after lunch which thankfully did clear as the day progressed. On the bank C.J Day landed 7 fish using black buzzers and a blob. Also on the bank for the afternoon was season ticket holder John Falconbridge who landed 6 fish using buzzers on Lincroft Point. On the boats All water members Phil Mee & Horace Wood enjoyed a good days sport landing 28 to the boat using buzzer at the School Slips & Hensborough Bank. Another angler enjoying good sport at the school slips was Chris Discombe who landed 16 fish again on buzzers. Draycote season ticket holder Dan Mcelligott landed 19 fish from a boat in the corner of the Hensborough Bank using a small blue flash damsel taking the majority of his fish in the afternoon. Jeff Ide landed 17 fish on buzzers fishing in Biggin Bay for the afternoon.

A bright day on Thursday with light breezes and sporadic cloud cover at Draycote Water. The fishing is still holding up pretty well with good returns from all four corners of the reservoir. Rather than giving out areas to fish it seems that if you avoid the Draycote Dam and the Farborough Dam, you should catch just about everywhere else. Once again if pulling is your thing, you don’t want to be too deep, but much better returns are coming from using small imitative patterns on a floater or a sink tip line. Bank fishing seems to suffer a bit in bright conditions, with catches dropping to twos and threes, but out on the boats it’s business as usual. Young Dave Smith had a bakers dozen using diawl bachs and buzzers fished on a midge tip line with a foam daddy on the point. Season permit holder Paul Havard reported “Buzzers Galore”, whilst boating over 20 fish up on the Hensborough Bank. Ian Richardson and Bob Barfoot caught 17 fish between them whilst straight lining buzzers in Biggin Bay and commented on “A lovely day”. Ed Douglas persisted with dries to net 17 fish from a drifting boat in various areas around the reservoir. Draycote regulars Jim Dempsey and Rod Wilson netted over 30 fish on snakes fished on a DI 5 around C Buoy.

Friday was overcast with quite a gusty south westerly at times. Those who wished were able to sit in the lee of the wind for a comfortable days fishing up on the Hensborough Bank, Rainbow Corner and the Flat Stones. Other anglers worked their way through Biggin Bay, the outer markers and Toft, drifting onto fish using floating or sink tip lines with buzzers and diawl bachs. Out on the bank Peter Allen fished up in Rainbow Corner to net a total of 7 fish on Orange headed buzzers. Mr C Massey bank fished off Lincroft Point and netted a dozen fish on black and green lures. Out on the boats Ian Muir and Peter Edge had 17 fish on buzzers. Mr T Fox and Mr A Smith had 28 fish between them, again on buzzers. Mr A hodgkiss had 8 fish to the boat from Rainbow Corner using buzzers and crunchers on a floating line. The Draycote Fly Fishers held a bank match on Friday evening which was attended by 13 of their members, netting 22 fish between them. In third place was Mark Johnson Jones with 2 fish, second place went to Les Lerigo with four fish to the net, and first place went to young Dave Adkins with a grand total of 5 fish. Congratulations to all those who took part. Also mentioned in dispatches is Anthony Barrow who, during his first evening out with the DFF caught a brace from the bank, well done sir. The next match will take place on Friday 20th May 2022.

Saturday morning started bright and sunny with quite a strong northerly breeze. Conditions were changeable through the afternoon with high cumulus cloud, making the fish move up and down in the water column throughout the afternoon. As a result, not the easiest of days, with anglers having to constantly change tactics. Those who persevered, following the fish as they moved, had some good catches on a wide variety of patterns. Mike Garner had a good day on the bank, fishing in the Cornfield. Mike used nymphs fished on a floating line to net 4 fish. Upon opening his bass bag outside the lodge we were all surprised and pleased to see a beautiful fully finned Rainbow, which tipped the scales at 5lbs 1oz. Season permit holder Mark Braun netted 8 fish from the bank in Biggin Bay and Lincroft Point using buzzers and a black lure. Visiting angler Mr Paul Grevett caught 10 fish from  a boat off Lincroft Point, using black lures fished on an intermediate line. Brian Cantlie used a midge tip line and hot head, red holographic diawl bachs to net a dozen fish off the Draycote Dam. Mr Andrew Brown had a total of 18 fish to the boat using the washing line method, with buzzers and a FAB on the point.

Sunday looked like a great day to be out on the water, with a light south easterly breeze and plenty of good high cloud cover. Regular Sunday bank angler, season ticket holder Jon Crowley enjoyed a good days sport landing 16 fish. Jon, used the bung with black buzzers fishing at the Swan’s Nest in Toft and then at Car Park 8 near Biggin Bay. All water member John Kirk also fished on the bank enjoying a good day landing 5 fish. From the boats Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day landing 16 with the majority coming to nymphs, however he did land 8 of them on dries. Draycote member James Alexander enjoyed a great day landing 20 fish by S Buoy, using hot head Diawl bachs. Bob Shaw enjoyed a good day landing 12 fish from the School slips and also Toft using a mix of Diawl Bachs and buzzers.

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Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

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Week Ending: Sunday 08 May22       Rod Av:  7.4             Water Temperature: 14C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

Monday morning started with flat calm but overcast conditions. Eyebrook member Steve Lawrence washing lined an intermediate during this time to good effect catching numerous fish from Sam’s Dyke. Steve found by making subtle changes to his set up he was able to convert pulls into steady lock ups; by swapping the faster sinking buzzers to slower sinking Diawl Bachs he found that his flies were remaining in the “zone” for longer & therefore giving the fish more opportunity to take them. Additionally, the intermediate line is an excellent choice for fishing a flat calm; it breaks the surface film & there is no disturbance on the water’s surface from the line which can prove critical when the fish are occupying the upper layers. As the morning progressed the flat calm turned into a gentle ripple & Steve changed to a floater to continue to catch. Fish were caught throughout the day from boat & bank with some excellent catch returns being recorded. Regular visitor Roy Lewin & his boat partner had a productive day from the boat catching fish on a variety of methods; the most productive of which was fishing Yellow Owls & Big Reds in Dogwood Bay. Later in the day there was large hatch of olives along the Leicester Bank and as  a consequence, there were numerous fish taken on Olive patterns; Crunchers, Bob’s Bits, etc.., fished high in the water column later in the day.

Tuesday fished even better with overcast conditions but a slight increase in the wind strength. The Leicester bank continued to produce excellent results for both bank and boat anglers with numerous double figure returns. Eyebrook members, Lyndsey Bates and Roy Swinfield enjoyed nonstop action all day whilst bank fishing as did Bill Law and Steve Sibley. There was also similar success for visiting boat anglers with Chris Hartley and John Wilson each netting over 20 fish apiece on the first of their 2-day trip. Mike and Liz Rawson enjoyed a successful start to their 3-day trip with both taking a double figure catch.  As was the case on Monday, the fish remained in the upper layers of the water column with washing line or straight-lined buzzers producing excellent results. Some anglers though, switched from the successful buzzer and diawl bach patterns, to take advantage of the flowering Hawthorn bushes and fish hawthorn patterns, although the usual favourites such as Big Reds and Yellow owls also produced.

Wednesday seen a few horrible downpours during the day which may have slowed the fishing down a little. Mr Hartley and Mr Wilson had a great day out in the boat with each of them bringing over a dozen fish each to the boat. Mr Wilson also managed to land and return a 10lbs+ Brown Trout on a Buzzer while fishing buzzers on a washing line, not a bad way to finish up a 2-day package. Lots of boat anglers are enjoying some great sport at the moment. A few of the bank anglers are having good sessions as well. Mr R Charles managed 11 to the bank, and Ruth and Tony Kirk landed 18 between them on their second visit this week. The fish continue to feed in those upper layers with small buzzers and lake olives coming off. As well as these small flies, there are small daddies being blown on to the water and the Hawthorn flies are starting to buzz around quite a bit due to the hedgerows and the hawthorn trees start to bloom.

Thursday started off bright with a North westerly wind that topped out at 9mph, almost perfect conditions if there was a bit of cloud cover. Long term fishing buddies and Eyebrook season ticket holders L. Bates and R. Swinfield had a fantastic session from the bank while fishing Diawl Bach’s, Muskins and Corixa patterns. S. Normington was having the same sort of results on small black buzzers. Some areas of the lake are producing more fish than others, but the general consensus is that there are fish everywhere. Floating lines with small flies fished almost static are producing the results for those patient enough not to move their flies and let the wind do the work for them. The rod average is holding around 8 at the moment and with crystal clear water, the fish are enjoying a bit of a banquet out there.

Good to see another busy day at the Eyebrook with bank and boat anglers catching from the hawthorns to Sam’s dyke, chestnut tree down to Stoke dry and stoke dry up past Watsons cabin to the willows. Buzzers, olive nymphs, diawls, shuttlecocks and dries all caught trout. Best tactic with the buzzer is to fish them static. J Malcom and G Borthwick on their visit from Scotland fished dries to catch their 50 trout, Eyebrook member M Farrell fished cdc emergers to catch his 28 trout from Sam’s dyke and Stoke dry. G Hall caught trout weighing 4lb, 3lb8oz & 2lb with D Morton catching 11 trout of which 3 were browns that he returned. All Water member Sue Potts enjoyed her day catching 6 trout for her visit. Lots of hawthorn and pond olives about in the afternoon with a steady hatch of buzzer during the day.

Saturday a brisk northerly greeted the anglers with most of the boats getting out of the wind by fishing Sam’s dyke and down along Watsons to Stoke dry. \some of the bank anglers enjoyed the best of the sport with Bob Margery having a successful morning in Sam`s Dyke catching 20+ on buzzers with D Etty fishing the afternoon evening catching 12 on crunchers and diawls before moving onto the dries. Mr Vasey and partner down for the Phillips competition on Monday fished the afternoon session catching 12 from a boat. All water members Lee Edwards & M Ball caught 35 between them on yellow owls & black buzzers. We are starting to see the first of the damsel nymphs becoming active with a video of some around the pontoon found by Jason on Saturday, watch the video on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore interesting to note the variance in the colour, one was green the other a brown colour.

Sunday continued with some fantastic sport on Buzzers fished with a FAB on the point. With the water temperature hitting 14C we are seeing more fish coming up and confidently taking small emerger patterns and even occasionally going for something a little larger like a Hopper or Foam Daddy. A Black Foam Daddy can be a great alternative when the Hawthorne Flies are coming off. Jude Tuffs had a great day afloat landing 13 while fishing Washing line Buzzers with a FAB and then 2 Daddies in around Sam’s Dyke and Mucky Bay areas. G Chewter and W. Ormiston had 19 each to the boat during a 9 and a half hour session.

As this week has progressed, we have seen the rod average spike and then slowly drop off towards the end of the week. The factors affecting this would have been down to the weather being warmer and brighter as well as the fish in one area feeling a lot of pressure from the bank and boats. However, anglers that are venturing out in to other areas that have not had as much pressure have reported catching good solid over wintered fish that put up a hell of a fight.

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Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

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Week Ending:  8th May       Rod Av: 6.2     Water Temperature:14c

First full week of May & at last we have good numbers of swallows & martins working the water with the buzzer hatches increasing every day. Water clarity is good with the water temperature 13c+

J Bennett, Wick, Miller, Vallance & Bolton on the first of their 3-day package fishing Thornton today with Draycote & Eyebrook later in the week. Thornton didn’t disappoint them with a rod average 14 for their visit. All water member Dave Ravo decided to bank fish using a midge tip with Fab, diawls & buzzer he caught 14 trout. Bob Menhams fished a short 4 hour morning session with a floating line & damsel, buzzers & diawls to catch his 7 trout.

Tuesday with an overcast morning and light rain the trout moved all day across the reservoir. A sign on how high in the water the trout were was clearly shown by Richard Price and I Schofield who caught 15 on an orange muddler stripped across the surface. P Mee fished a combination of midge tip & floater with buzzers & diawls to catch his 12 fish from the lower buoy area. Arthur Olding fished opposite the lodge with orange cheeked buzzers to catch his 10 trout for the morning session. The flat calm during the evening made for challenging fishing during the last 4 hours

Wednesday, every says we needed the rain therefore we cant complain! Best conditions were during the morning with a noticeable drop in air temperature during the early evening. Trout remained high in the water with Jamie Scott catching 18 on buzzers, damsels in front of the wood. Kevin Hart took to his float tube catching 12 from the main car park to green bay. David Rowbotham fished a morning session fishing a fab to catch his 8 fish, with a washing line & buzzers catching 9 trout for P Hunt & J Thomson for their mornings visit.

Thursday was a day for buzzers & diawls during the day with emergers & dries during the evening. John & Terry Evans fished straight line buzzers to catch their 18 trout with P Mee also catching his 15 trout on buzzers & diawls. Ian Brearley fished diawls and a small fab to catch his 7 trout with the area from the lower buoy to the top of the Markfield arm fishing well for them. P Wrigley used a bloodworm pattern to catch his 9 trout with Barry Deeley using a combination of midge tip with cruncher & buzzers or a sink 7 with boobies to catch his 7 trout. Tony Lorrimer caught his 12 trout from all over the reservoir on his bunny patterns

Friday Graham Clark fished the bank catching 10 opposite the lodge & off the corner of the wood on damsels & buzzers. Greg Weatherdon fished booby & damsel pattern to catch his 11 trout with M Beck fishing the morning session with buzzers to catch his 11 trout. With hawthorn flies being blown onto the water during the afternoon D Dyer fished a small black daddy pattern to catch his 6 trout

Saturday was an excellent day’s fishing with a rod average of 9+ with trout been caught with floaters down to fast sinkers. K Cowen caught 9 on a cats whisker and tequila blob, Kevin Hart & Dave Pacey caught 20 fishing a washing line with fab, diawls & buzzer. Intermediate with crunchers during the morning with a single black bobs bits  caught 20 for Mark Hunt with B Perrie, B Sibley, M Clay & H Davies all catching double figure numbers of trout.

Sunday Keith Cowen returned for a second visit, he headed into green bay and fished a cats whisker, damsel, tequila blob, tequila booby to catch 12 trout. Andy Lilley fished dries to catch his 11 trout with Jason on his day off from working at the Eyebrook fishing with his father during an afternoon session catching 12 on blob and small daddy

 

 

Draycote W/E 1st May 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  Sunday 01 May 2022              Rod Av:7.5         Water Temperature:  11°C

A great start to the week with lovely conditions greeting the anglers who look to the water, as a result the fish responded well with he rod average for the day finishing at 9.2 fish per angler. Draycote season ticket holder John Falconbridge fished on the bank land 5 all on buzzers. On the boats John Dickens fished in Biggin Bay using buzzers and also a green and white lure on a Di 3 to land 25 fish. Dave Smith fished at the school slips from a boat using a Midge Tip with a washing line with buzzers and Diawl Bachs and a foam daddy on the point to land 20 fish. Also fishing at the school slips. Dan McElligott enjoyed his best every day landing 31 fish, Dan used a RIO Midge Tip with size 12 Diawl Bachs fished on a straight line to land his fish. Ian Richardson & Bob Smith enjoyed a great days sport landing over 40 fish to the boat fishing along the Hensborough Bank. The pair used a mix of tactics from a washing line on a midge tip to the bung and also landed a cracking fish of 5lb.

A cold Northeast wind Tuesday, however, thankfully the day warmed up later on. Draycote member Pete Allen landed 7 fish from the bank using a white lure. Fellow member Bob Barfoot also enjoyed a good day on the bank landing 4 fish. On the boats Steve Orton & Ged O’Donoghue fished at the school slips using a mixture of blobs and buzzer to boat 34 fish. Also fishing up at the school slips was Dan McElligott fishing with partner Ellie, the pair landed 22 fish to the boat. With the pair enjoying a really good spell on a size 16 Damsel pattern fished on Midge tip. Lee Patten fished with Willy Warren with the pair boating over 30 fish using buzzers at the School slips and also Biggin Bay with both straight lining and the bung working.

Once again the Northeast winds remained on Wednesday, however, as with the previous days it didn’t seem to effect the fishing. On the bank Alan Bettles enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 11 fish all from Lincroft point using a white & green lure fished on a floating line. Also on the banking taking advantage of the last four hour ticker, B Joseph landed 13 fish. Fishing from Lincroft point using Damsels to take his fish. On the boats we had the Singleton party fishing on their final day of the 3 day break and enjoyed a great morning landing 67 fish between them. Over the three days the 4 anglers landing a very impressive 340 fish. Their best tactic was to use a Midge Tip line with a FAB on the point and 3 buzzers on the droppers, with the best area being the School Slips and The Hensborough Bank. Members Dennis Tidmarsh & Steve Orton enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 41 fish to the boat using buzzers, blobs and Damsels patterns. Roy Anderson enjoyed a great day’s sport fishing from a boat drifting into the corner of the Hensborough Bank landing over 40 fish.

Thursday saw a busy day at Draycote with all the boats out on the water, with other anglers also fishing from the bank. One such angler was Tony Harris who landed 8 fish fishing from Lincroft point using a Dawsons Olive On the boats we hosted the Civil Service regional qualifier for their final hosted later in the year. The anglers enjoyed a good day with some great catches caught by a number of anglers. However, the winner on the day was Dave Franklin who landed 14 fish with 4 weighting 10lb exactly. Outside of the match there was some other great catches, using the rudder Jim Dempsey & Rod Wilson landed 31 fish between them. They found the fish all over the lake using small tubes and snakes. All water member Ed Douglas enjoyed a good day landing 31 fish with 15 of them falling to dry flies including a cracking rainbow of 4lb 8oz. Draycote members Ian Reeve & Colin Granger enjoyed a good half day boat landing 25 to the boat using Di 3 sinking lines and small white and green booby snakes. Bill Ramage & Alan Bernard enjoyed a great second day of their 2 day break landing great numbers to the boat using a cats whisker teamed with buzzers.

A cold Northwest wind Friday in the morning which defiantly put a chill in the air, however, the sun did make an appearance in the afternoon to warm the day up. On the bank Mr C Massey enjoyed a good day landing 14 fish from Lincroft point using buzzers with a black and green lure to take his fish. On the boats John Hoskins & Kevin Hart enjoyed a good day landing 27 fish to the boat using buzzers starting at the Old Pipe in Biggin in the morning before fishing at the school slips in the afternoon. Tim & Dave Moody enjoyed a good day landing 21 fish to the boat all on dries with olive being their best colour. Craig Middleton enjoyed a great mornings sport using Diawl Bachs to great effect landing 13.

Saturday dawned bright and calm, and basically remained that way throughout the day. The bank anglers found it a tad difficult through the middle of the day because of the light, with only ones and twos caught here and there. The boats faired a bit better with anglers having to just fish that little bit deeper, still on buzzers and diawls, but either with a heavier point fly or by using a midge tip line. Trevor Moore and James Maplethorpe had over 30 fish to the boat between them. The pair used size 14 olive and black buzzers fished on a floating line to net their fish and commented on “A Fantastic Day”. Season permit holders Jed O’Donaghue and Steve Orton had a couple of dozen to the boat fishing off the School Slips using buzzers on a floater. Mr David Bartram had 16 fish to the boat up in Rainbow Corner. David used a black mini snake on an intermediate line to net his fish. Rob Plume caught 10 fish in Biggin Bay using a mixture of buzzers and diawl bachs. Draycote regular Mark Parsley and his boat partner Anton Byfleet had well over 30 fish to the boat again using buzzers fished on a floating line.

A light and chilly south westerly breeze was blowing across the water on Sunday morning with good cloud cover. By mid morning we had a fine drizzle of rain which brought with it sharp drop in air temperature through the middle of the day. Not the most comfortable of conditions but it didn’t seem to bother the fish too much. Anglers returned some great catches from practically every area of the reservoir from both boat and bank alike. There are a good deal of larger, over wintered fish now being regularly caught on the outer markers such as A, Y and P buoy, but so far, the Flat Stones and the Farborough Dam remain quiet. Season permit holders John Crowley and Anthony Hart caught 7 and 6 fish from the bank respectively. Both John and Anthony opted for the washing line method with a team of small black buzzers. Out on the boats  Bill Brown and Ross Wilson had 22 fish between them using a washing line in areas such as the School Slips and Lincroft Point. Steven Dewhurst had a bakers dozen from the swans nest. Steven opted for a variety of lines, and used blobs, buzzers and diawl bachs. Tony Parker and Tez Livin had over 30 fish to the boat between them on small nymphs, buzzers and dries. Les Lerigo fished olive snakes on a sinking line in Biggin Bay to net his 14 fish for the day, whilst Graham Currie used nymphs fished over M Buoy to net the same number.

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Week Ending: Sunday 1st May22       Rod Av:   10.6          Water Temperature: 12C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

As the Buzzer Season continues to get into full swing, Monday seen another fantastic Rod Average of 12+ with most fish falling to Buzzers, Diawl Bach and other small nymph patterns. Eyebrook Season Ticket holder Jim Reid popped in for a quick hour or so on the bank and was rewarded with a stonking Rainbow estimated to be around 7lbs. This lump of a fish fell to a red and black Buzzer while he was fishing from the bank by the Chestnut tree. Paul Jennings had a great day from the bank and managed to get well in to double figures while fishing CDC Dun’s in the Sam’s Dyke area. Neil Benjamin and Ian Simmons started their 3-day package off with 14 to the boat between them up in around Mucky Bay.

Tuesday seen lighter winds and more favourable conditions for comfortable fishing. It was a bit of a cold start with a bit of a chilly mist on the water but is soon warmed up. By around lunch time, there were reports of a good olive hatch coming off. Steady reports came in throughout the day that the go to method was fishing the washing line with Muskins and Buzzer patterns. A foam daddy or booby damsel on the point is a really deadly at this time of year. As the temperatures are starting to rise, some anglers are getting back to what Eyebrook has a reputation for, ‘DRIES!’ All water ticket holder Mark Hunt once again went against the trend and managed 12 to the boat while fishing a single CDC out on open water drifts.

Wednesday started off as a brighter morning with almost perfect conditions. The North Easterly wind has dropped down to a bit of a stiff breeze now, it’s still holding a bit of an easterly chill, but the fish don’t seem to mind. The positive side of having the stronger wind from the east, it has forced anglers in to areas on the Rutland bank for some shelter and they have been pleasantly surprised that there are some bigger fish holding over there. N Benjamin and I Simmons finished up their 3-day package with well in to double figures to the boat and landing upwards of 60 fish during their 3-days out on the lake. 14 Anglers from the Edinburgh Post office joined us for 2 days on the lake. The conditions were fantastic for the guys with them ending up with a rod average between them of 20+. Fr the first time this year, we have had a few anglers mention Sugar cube buzzers and small emergers like the Yellow Owl.

Thursday seen Eyebrook starting off chilly again, but the wind has dropped to about 7mph. the reservoir was busy with the whole fleet out and places were filling up fast in the diary for the coming weeks. Therefore, if you’re thinking about booking a boat on Eyebrook, it’s best to do it sooner rather than later. The same sorts of methods are working through the same areas. The fish are becoming a little bit cagey due to seeing so many flies in the past few weeks, especially in between Sam’s Dyke and The Point of the Island. There have been a few bank anglers catching well from the bank up around the Stoke Dry carpark area. Some boats have been moving into those areas and picking up fish all the way down to the Willows. Some bank anglers have done well from Robbo’s cabin to the corner of the netted bank.

Friday was yet another busy day at Eyebrook with 49 anglers taking to the water, catching a total of 487 of fish giving a daily rod average of 9.8. Fish were caught from all around the reservoir from both the boat & bank with the majority falling to small natural patterns fish slow – static. Floating lines & Midge Tips seemed to be the order of the day fished with either as washing lined or straight lined. It is also worth fishing an indicator which allows the fishing of multiple depths at once which has proven effective with the changing conditions & the fish fluctuate between depths.

Saturday turned out to be the best day of the week so far. The temperatures were starting to rise, and the cold Nort Easterly wind dropped off. The more settled and bright conditions were showing the fish following larger flies to the boat rather than that solid take. Andrew Farmer had a fantastic session from the bank and netted well into double figures. Kelvin Raby had a great day afloat and managed to snare most of his fish on size 14 Muskins and Diawl Bachs. Alan Dean had a dozen fish from the Hawthorne’s on small black Buzzers.

Sunday brought some very favourable conditions, with a steady ripple & a good bit of cloud cover. Fish were caught all around the reservoir from both the boat & bank with buzzers & nymphs fished on floating lines or midge tips catching the most fish. We hosted the Colwick & Foremark Fly Fishers who fished a friendly competition and caught 151 fished between them; giving them a rod average of 10.7 for the day which was a great effort. In addition to Nymphs & Buzzers, Damsel patterns have again proved very effective & with the water continuing to rise, the effectiveness of natural fly patterns looks set to continue. Under the right conditions & circumstances Dries have proven extremely effective & the fish have found them difficult to ignore. This proved to be the case for Mr Gowan who took 39 fish from Sam’s Dyke relatively late in the day. The entire Leicester Bank remains a productive area with fish being found in great numbers in various locations along it. The percentage methods remain washing lined or straight-lined small nymphs & buzzers fished extremely slow/static or dries when the conditions suit.

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Week Ending:  1st May       Rod Av: 5.9 Water Temperature: 13c

Improving forecast for the week, still easterly more of a breeze. Excellent fishing with buzzers, diawls, cruncher, Montana, cormorant, damsel, fab & small white snakes all featuring on the catch return page. Andre Russell fished from his float tube along the main car park & the first half of the dam finding good numbers of trout willing to take his flies. A Wither & boat partner caught 24 for their visit with R Menhams fishing just over 3 hours in the morning to catch his 6 fish on damsel & buzzer. L Serrano was back to enjoy the excellent fishing again catching double figures on buzzers & later in the day a sinker with damsel and small white snake. An impressive 11+ rod average to start the week

Tuesday we had fish moving all day from in front of the lodge down in front of the wood & across to the main car park. Buzzer patterns took the majority fished on a washing line or under a bung. Andre Russell & G Horsley float tubed catching 33 between them from the main car park & main dam, Ian Brearley fished damsel & buzzers to boat his 11 trout with Paddy Fitch fishing the bank catching 19 all on buzzer patterns. Lee Henfrey Draycote ranger & guide on his day off fished Thornton for a morning session catching on Fulling Mill & FARIO nymph and buzzer patterns, photo of the successful patterns on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Wednesday although the winds were relatively light from the east it had a noticeable chill to it, possibly not as many fish to be seen moving as the day before. J Carrier caught 11 for his morning early afternoon session, Kevin Hart shared a boat with John Hoskins catching 24 on #14 quill buzzers, M Cani caught 12 for his visit. With the cool easterly the fish are coming short, try and fish as long a leader as you can and as fine a diameter.

Thursday was a tale of good catches and average catches with everyone agreeing it was a cool easterly breeze. Boats were spread further out across the reservoir from the corner of the wood to the lower buoy with some off the main car park. Lee Henfrey Draycote ranger and guide returned for another morning’s fishing on this occasion using a bung to catch his 16 trout. Pete Hunt caught 12 for his visit with Richard Price on 5. At long last it was good to see increasing numbers of martins and swallows over the water.

Friday with another day of a chilly easterly breeze the best catches were taken on Intermediate, S3 & S7 lines with Booby, Fab, Blob, Damsel & cats whisker taking good catches. Carl Bond fished an intermediate with buzzers catching 11 trout. Steve Meachem fished a Sink 7 with an orange booby to catch his 10 trout with Chris Sayer catching 16 for his visit. Anglers were spread out across the fishery from the Markfield arm to the lower buoy & from in front of the main car park & the first few hundred yards of the dam.

Saturday was a day of two halves. A warmer day which started with a frost. Anglers fishing the morning session dis best on a variety of sinkers. Keith Cowen fished a sink 6 with cats whisker & tequila blob in green bay to catch his 12 trout by 2.15pm. Dave Wilson also fished a sinker but with a short leader & a foam head buzzer to take his 6 trout during his mornings visit. Alison Toon & B Sibley caught 16 for their mornings visit with the fast sinkers again proving to be the most effective line, with Neil Bates also catching his 8 trout on a sinker. By late afternoon the breeze was from the west, martins & swallows were working the water with a steady buzzer hatch bringing the fish to the surface. Mark Hunt fished a damsel on an intermediate during the morning picking up the odd trout but once the rise started, he moved onto the floater & a bobs bits to catch his 11 trout. Water clarity remains gin clear, water temperature 13c

Sunday a quiet day with few rods about. With a westerly breeze the fish moved all day with an excellent evening rise. L Ford fished the morning session catching 5 on shuttlecocks, P Hunt & J Thomson fished buzzers to catch their 7 trout with Mark Burrows fishing the evening rise catching 5.

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Week Ending:  Sunday 24th April 2022              Rod Av:  7.4       Water Temperature:  10°C

A great end to the bank holiday weekend Monday with yet more lovely weather, light southwest winds and warm sunny conditions. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Stephen Dewhurst laned 6 fish from the Swan’s Nest in Toft using a team of buzzers. Also on the bank Adam & Brian Joseph fished on the last four hours with the paid landing 12 fish between them. Using a mixture of buzzers and Damsels from Lincroft Point. On the boats Mark Thistleton landed 14 fish on Buzzers from the School Slips and Biggin Bay. Dan Mcelligott landed 13 fish using a RIO Midge tip with and a team of buzzers. Draycote season ticket holder James Alexander fished with his Father in law Sharpy taking advantage of the afternoon boats. The pair landed 14 fish all on buzzers and enjoyed a fantastic afternoon out on the water. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas enjoyed a letter day fishing a 6ft midge tip with a washing line with crunchers on the droppers. Ed, landed his fish from Biggin Bay around 40 years from the old pipe. Richard Reeve also enjoyed a good session landing over 20 fish from Biggin Bay from the boats.

The wind swung on Tuesday into the North, with the good fishing continuing with the rod average for the day 7.1 fish per angler. On the bank all water member Ken Key landed 4 fish on a mix of buzzers and cat’s whiskers. Draycote member Mike Garner landed 9 fish from the Cornfield on buzzers and cormorants. On the boats Peter Elliot & Lee Patten landed over 40 fish to the boat in Toft Shallows using a washing line with a FAB on the point and buzzers on the droppers. The Philip Cresham party of anglers from Ireland enjoyed good sport from the boats along the Cornfield using black buzzers with their best boat landing 35 fish. Jess Ide landed 18 fish all on black Diawl bachs also done the Cornfield in a morning session.

The wind remained in the North on Wednesday this time with a bit of east as well. On the bank Mick Cronin and Stan Hillman enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 22 and 12 fish each from the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay and also Lincroft point on buzzers. On the boats John Dickens enjoyed a red letter days catch near the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay using buzzers on a floating line then a white and green lure on a Di 3 sinking line. Martin Brown & C Partridge also fished in Biggin Bay landing 36 fish to the boat on dries. Members Paul Walker & John Falconbridge landed 42 fish to the boat on Damsels and Buzzers. Overall it was a great day on the water despite the cool Northeast wind with the rod average for the day finishing at 11.7 fish per angler with a great evening rise the last hour of the day.

Another day of Northeast winds and bright skies. The bank fishing was slower today during the middle part of the day due to the bright conditions. However, the anglers who stayed into the evening enjoyed a “good rise” as commented by Brian Allwood who landed 4 fish. Jamie Orme also commented that it wasn’t till 7pm when the fish came on the feed. It was a day for the boats who were able to get just over the drop off. T Evans & J Bilinski enjoyed a good day landed 29 fish to the boat on buzzers fished in Biggin & Dunn’s Bay. Jamie Scott & James Foster landed 39 fish from the School Slips on a mixture of lures and then Buzzers. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey took Mike Bishop out for a 4 hour guide, with Mike wanting to look at fishing Buzzers. With Lee’s help Mike enjoyed a great day landing a dozen fish with the majority coming from the School Slips. For any guiding bookings please call Tom on 01788 812108. All water member Ed Douglas enjoyed another cricket score day on the boats fishing with a mix of crunchers, buzzers and a FAB. Again another good overall day on the water with a 8.7 fish per angler rod average.

Friday dawned with the wind still blowing from the northeast, uncomfortable here on the south side of Draycote Water, but not so bad on the leeward shore where anglers are still enjoying some great sport. Yet another good rod average from boat and bank anglers alike, with fish being caught mainly in Biggin Bay, The Cornfield and Lincroft Point. There is also a good head of fish in front of the School Slips and drifting out over M buoy. Young Chris Pallot commented on a fantastic day out. Chris fished off Lincroft Point using buzzers on the bung to net 10 fish, which he said took the buzzers at between 6 and 10 feet. Season permit holder Sean Gilbert netted 7 fish on buzzers along the northern shore and remarked on a good day out. Ian Richardson and Bob Smith had 23 fish to the boat between them using buzzers and blobs on a floating line, around Lincroft Point and Biggin Bay. Paul Walley took to the bank to net 8 fish using a DI 3 and boobies in Biggin Bay.

Saturday came with little change in the weather. An overcast day with still that northerly wind and a bit of a nip in the air. Good sport is still to be had along the northern shoreline on small imitative patterns with the odd angler using lures fished on a sinking line to good effect. Mike Garner had 4 fish from the bank in the Cornfield using crunchers and a blue flash damsel. Mark Thistleton took to the bank to net 7 fish on damsels and buzzers. Darren and Luke Dodd used a mixture of damsels, blobs and buzzers to entice 15 fish to the net. The boat pairing of Adrian Gorman and Kevin Egan had well over 30 fish to the boat in Biggin Bay using a black diawl bach with a red cheek. Mr D Watson had a bakers dozen to the boat using static buzzers in Toft Shallows.

It was a cold start to the day on Sunday morning with the sun splitting the sky, but a cold north easterly blowing on the water. The bright conditions did not have a detrimental effect on the fishing with some high catch returns being recorded from both boat & bank. The sheltered north shore was again the area that what most productive; in particular Biggin Bay where Draycote member Mr Brown caught a high number of fish washing lining buzzers on a Rio Hover line. Due to the recent colder winds the fish have seemed to have dropped down in the water column slightly & are currently sat at around 4-6ft where they will happily take buzzers & nymphs fished either straight lined on a floater/midge tip or washing lined on an intermediate. With settled weather forecast, the outlook for the week ahead looks very promising & the fish should start to move up in the water column.

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Week Ending: Sunday 24th April       Rod Av:11.6                          Water Temperature: 12C

As the Building work continues at the Harrisons corner area of the dam, we are still asking our customers to come to the lodge via the Alec Lane gate.

Monday seen the weather conditions continue to be favourable for our anglers with light winds forecast for the coming week and no real sign of rain coming in. The Rod average for the week before was sitting at 11 and is a great indicator of how well Eyebrook has been fishing lately. There is still a good head of fish to be located between the point of the Island and Sam’s Dyke. A few reports coming back that there are fish off Robbo’s Cabin area that have been taken on Diawl Bach’s and Buzzers. The fish are high in the water at times and can be taken on dries when the conditions are right. There are quite a few Anglers managing to get in to double figures from both the bank and the boat.

Tuesday seen Eyebrook continue its amazing form with the Rod Average staying north of 10+ Lots of anglers were doing well on Muskins and Pheasant tail patterns as well as Damsel Nymphs. Most people are opting for floating line, but there are a few that have been doing well on midge tip and 6-foot tips as well. Washing line with small Buzzer/ Diawl Bach patterns and a damsel booby can be a fantastic go to method at this time of year. Sometimes you can’t fish your flies slow enough. Fishing flies down to size 14 will help hold your flies up in the water while those fish are in the upper layers. Yet again, there are pods of fish being found all the way from Sam’s Dyke all the way around the Island and up to the top side of the Cow Sheds. Across on the Rutland bank, Fish have been caught at Stoke dry and along to the willows. Apparently, there are a lot of fish through that area that nobody is fishing. Surprisingly, there are only a few anglers coming back from these areas that have had a fantastic days sport. D. Willacy finished up his 3 -day package with well in to double figures and commented in our Booking in for that his 3 days were brill!! With him managing to get in to treble figures. Outstanding !!

Wednesday seen a little change in the wind with a bit of a chilled easterly, this however, did not stop the fishes from snacking on Buzzers all day long. The reservoir continued to fish well with a daily rod average of 15.8. The fish have been caught all around over with the higher catch returns being recorded from the boats as the fish have been sat in the slightly deeper water due to the brighter conditions.  The McNair group, consisting of 5 boats, had an excellent day with their party catching well & between them they had a rod average of 26.6 which is a great effort, well done to all. Small buzzers & nymphs fished on continue to take most fish on floating & midge tip lines that are fished very slow or static either straight lined or on the washing line with a FAB on the point.

Thursday’s cooler weather brought by the prevailing north easterly winds continued to chill the upper layers of the reservoir which curtailed the top of the water fishing for the time being. There were however still plenty of fish caught to buzzers & nymphs fished slightly deeper resulting in a very respectable rod average of 10.4 for the day. Straight lining seemed to be percentage method for the day with a Blue Damsel fished on the point taking a good number of fish for many of the anglers. The best areas remain off the Island, Sam’s Dyke & over the opposite side of the reservoir from the Seat area down into Stoke Dry. It has been noticeable that the fish are more willing to take smaller fly sizes with the higher catch returns are being recorded by those fishing Size 12s & 14s. It has also been noticeable that there are a lot of fish beginning to move up towards the Stoke Dry area. They are moving up the cooler wind towards the sheltered banks where the water is slightly warmer & the aquatic life more abundant.

The cold north easterly wind continued for Friday which resulted in the water temperature dropping down to 12 degrees. This did not seem affect the daily rod average too much as there was still plenty of fish caught from various locations around the reservoir. Eyebrook member Mr Farrell had an excellent day, recording a high catch return he took fish on a midge tip using Muskins & Diawl Bachs from a boat. As to did member Ian Jobe, who braved the winds in his float tube fishing the Willows to Stoke Dry area. Small buzzers & nymphs remain the percentage patterns, fished on floating & tip lines or even under an indicator; each has proved to be very successful. Despite the blustery conditions being far from ideal, All Water Member Mark Hunt managed a very respectable 8 fish, fishing a single Daddy which goes to prove that it is better to fish one fly effectively than multiple flies ineffectively. It also goes to prove that the fish won’t take much encouragement to feed off the surface.

Saturday brought a deterioration in the weather with strong north easterly winds building throughout the day. The conditions made fishing the west side of the reservoir extremely challenging. However, for those who did brave the elements in that area there were some rewards to be had with fish still getting caught around the Point area with black & green lures fished extremely slow. In these prevailing winds, by far the most productive of area was the sheltered bank of the Willows with plenty of fish being caught from both the boat & bank all the way down to Stoke Dry. Being relatively sheltered, the water was slightly warmer and those fishing natural patterns; Nymphs & Buzzers, caught consistently well throughout the day. Eyebrook members Bob Margery & Steve Lawrence had an excellent morning session off the bank catching a high number of fish between them fishing buzzers. In addition, boat anglers fishing in this area also caught very well, finding fish in relatively water the washing lined Diawl Bachs seemed to be the order of the day with a high number of fish falling to this method.

Sunday seen the weather continue with blustery Easterly winds The conditions were a little challenging for a lot of anglers trying to fish the Leicestershire bank. A majority of the fish were caught on the Rutland bank with Jordan Gayle brining 10 to the boat on a black lure between Watsons Cabin and the Willows. Colin Marriot managed 8 on Yellow Owl’s, Buzzers and red holo Diawl Bach. Eyebrook regular evening angler Tim Shepherd had a good last 4-hour session from the bank by landing a cool dozen. Flyfishstore guide Andy  Miller was once again on hand to take a group of novices through the first steps of their fly fishing adventures through life. Catch up with Rowan, Paul, Tojo, Ali and Owen on their tuition session on out Facebook page. www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

The stronger Easterly wind has finally started to move anglers away from the known hot spots and shown them that there are a lot of fish holed up in other areas of the lake. The past few days have shown that there are fish all the way down the Rutland bank as well. As the weed starts to grow, this area is fantastic for fishing the Damsel Nymphs as well as the usual favoured patterns.

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Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

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Week Ending: 17th April      Rod Av: 6.1      Water Temperature: 13c

With the glorious Easter weather our water temperature has reached were we would expect it to be for mid April 12c – 13c.

Buzzer hatches are increasing during the day with the trout feeding withing the upper water column. Monday black or olive buzzers fished on a washing line or under a bung. Late morning onwards has fished best with the willows & corner of the wood to the lonesome pine favourite, although we are seeing fish move over the middle channel in front of the lodge, across the main basin and down the Markfield arm towards the tern raft. Good evening rise. All water member Ian Leach caught 10 for his visit, it was good to see Gordon Porter back out fly fishing and catching as he boated 6 with his boat partner S Thompson boating 5. David Woodall continues to catch steadily adding another 6 to his seasons tally mainly on a buzzer.

Tuesday the fish moved steadily from mid morning onwards. Lee Henfrey one of our Draycote fishery rangers and guide caught 20+ trout for his visit on the washing line with buzzers & diawls, but commented his catches improved when he switched to thinner diameter leader. P Hunt fished buzzers to catch his 19 trout with P Mee boating 10 for his visit. Andre Russell took to his float tube catching 7 for his mornings visit. Norman Perkins pulled on his waders for a spot of bank fishing along the corner of the wood down towards the lonesome pine catching 10 on buzzers & blob. Brothers A Miles & T Miles caught 13 for their mornings visit. Water clarity is gin clear, think about your leader setup & leader diameter.

Wednesday and a cooler easterly wind had most of the anglers fish the shelter offered by the wood. Fish moved off and on during the day with a good number of fish moving into the evening especially the last 30minutes. During the day P Martindale fished buzzers and diawl bach to catch his 9 trout, David Hussey caught 14 on buzzers and diawls fishing opposite the lodge. Richard Price caught his 8 fish on blobs. During the last couple hours we had an evening rise with Mark Hunt taking his 7 trout from Green Bay and in front of the dam on dries with P Wurm catching 3 trout during the last half hour of fishing

Thursday and the brisk cooler easterly wind continued with anglers once again fishing along the shelter given by the wood. Buzzers & diawls was once again the order of the day although Tony Lorrimer fished his bunny patterns to great affect catching 17 trout. Simon Weedon caught 5 on diawls, P Wrigley caught 5 on buzzers with P hunt opting to fish the sinking line to catch his 7 trout. Carolyn Brown caught a 5lb4oz rainbow photo on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  

Friday a strong easterly wind which had a cold nip to it. Again anglers looked for the shelter offered by the wood bank. Buzzers, diawls, cruncher caught the majority with a few coming to blobs & fabs. Steve fished the afternoon session catching 16 on buzzers & nymphs, Lorenso, Chris Sayer & Jack Hives all caught double figures for their visit mostly on buzzers & diawls. Barry Foxon & C McMillan caught 14 on buzzers for their mornings visit with Draycote fishery ranger & guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a mornings fishing to himself catching double figures

Saturday and another day of fresh, colder easterly winds. Once again the anglers used the shelter offered by the wood to fish in some sort of comfort. Buzzers & diawls were the order of the day for the morning but with a drop in air temperature for the afternoon a sinking line with damsel, fab and small white snakes worked best. S Proffitt fished the bank catching 5 during the morning on damsel and buzzers. Kevin Hart & D Pacey fished size 14 buzzers to catch their double figure catch with Jan Webber fishing a cormorant pattern to boat his 18 trout. M Ravenscroft fished the afternoon session to catch his 10 trout with C Merryman and Jim Raeside catching 7 trout for their 4 hour late afternoon session

Sunday and no change to the weather a brisk cold easterly had all of the boats fishing in the shelter of the Thornton arm in front of the wood. Our local angling club Thornton Fly Fisher held their mornings boat pairs competition with Dave Leavesley and Norman Perkins winning this round, results on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  Buzzers, diawls, damsels, small white snakes worked during the day.

Our water clarity is gin clear.