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 Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 15th October 2017

It’s been a very blustery week at Draycote with warm temperatures and sporadic showers. The fishing has been reasonably good overall with the bank anglers just having the edge over the boats. The cold nights we were praying for which would switch the fish onto the fry, have not arrived yet, so dries and nymphs are still working throughout the water. Fish are being caught in all areas of the reservoir at the moment with some good browns being caught around the tower. Rainbow corner is fishing well from the boats drifting onto A buoy, but from the bank it’s not fairing so well. Biggin bay, Lincroft point and the Cornfield are producing good returns for the bank anglers but boats are doing better drifting from F to G buoy and along the Farborough dam.  The weekly rod average is 2.7
On Monday we hosted the Troutmaster final. The weather was kind with light breezes and overcast conditions in which 86 anglers tried their best to lift the trophy.
Fish were caught on all 5 sections along the banks with both the cornfield and the near side of toft being the best spots. A lot of boats were congregated out in the middle of the reservoir near P buoy but a few anglers were also successful drifting past J buoy near the boat pontoon. As I’m sure most of you know by now, the winner of the competition and the 2017 Troutmasters champion is Iain Barr. All the staff here at Draycote water would like to congratulate Iain on winning what in the end was a very tight finish & close fought competition. Fishery Management would also like to thank the stewards who helped on the day to ensure the day ran smoothly. Photo on our www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore


On Tuesday Brian Allwood caught 6 fish from the bank and reported that there was good sport to be had on buzzers. Mr M Baggott caught 5 from the bank on a humungus. Season permit holders Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack ventured out in a boat to catch 10 fish between them. Mr J White caught 5 fish from a boat on a green cruncher.
Wednesday was a very blustery day with only a few anglers braving the conditions. Dennis Tidmarsh caught 6 fish from a drifting boat. Rod Goldthorpe caught 5 fish from a boat. Ian Shobbrook caught 2 fish from the bank.
On Thursday Season permit holder Ian Richardson caught 3 fish from the bank on hares ears and crunchers from the tower bank. Dave Kennel caught 4 fish from the bank on a pink snake. John Dickens caught 12 fish from the bank on shrimp patterns. Mr C Stradling caught 5 fish from the bank in biggin bay on shrimp patterns. Draycote regular Mr Neill Berry caught 4 fish from the bank on a FAB.
Friday was a better day for fishing although the wind picked up in the afternoon. Jamie Scott caught 3 fish from a boat as well as a number of perch. Mr R Smith caught 8 fish from the bank. Draycote regular Mr Steve Barby caught 8 fish from a boat, one of which was a 6lb brown. Season Permit holder Mr Graham Homer and Mr B Barry ventured out in a boat for the day in which Graham boated 4 fish and Barry landed a beautiful brown estimated to be around 6lbs.
On Saturday season permit holder Brian Warwick caught 7 fish, bank fishing near the swans nest. Mr M Laycock caught 6 fish from a boat. Mr G Moody caught 12 fish from a boat while Mr M Hennessey caught 13. Season Permit holder Mr Paul Walley caught 9 fish from the bank. Father and son team Jim and Tom Marriott caught 7 fish from a boat.
Sunday started out calm but as the day went on it turned out to be yet another choppy day out on the water. Martin Price and Dave Hancox took advantage of our 4hour guided fishing package and went out with in house guide and England Team member Lee Henfrey. During their 4 hour session the pair managed to catch 10 fish between them, and then went back out onto the water afterwards to boat another 7 fish. Mr Alan Grant also had a good day catching 7 fish from a boat while Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 11 fish during an afternoon session.
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Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Martin Price of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 285 Number Trout Taken: 345 Number Trout Released: 432
Total Catch: 677     Weekly Rod Average: 2.7
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18.15
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:15
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 13:00 - 13:00 until 18:15
Last 4 Hours from:  14:15 until   18:15 (Ticket sales available from 14:00)
Gutting Room Closes: 17:45
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:45
Fishery News
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s “Fur and Feather” match will take place on Sunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules (but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.

 

 

 

 

 

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 8thOctober 2017
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It’s been yet another interesting week here at Draycote. With the rod average at2.9it’s fished well,with bank angling improving as we march on towards the end of the season.A large number of anglers were visiting us from far and wide towards the end of the week, trying to get a feel for the place for the Troutmasters final on Monday 9th October. The venue was put to the test over this past week andI have to say, there is not an area of the bank or from the boats were fish have not been caught.
Monday was a dull damp day with a cold north westerly blowing. Ray Cramp fished an afternoon session on the bank to net 13 fish,whilst Kevin Rees netted 18 fish from the bank with a washing line and shrimp patterns. Tom Morris took to the boats with a friend visiting from overseas to catch 3 fish in an afternoon session.
Tuesday was a very busy day which turned in a rod average of 4.9. Tony Broadway took to the bank to catch 12 fish on crunchers. Jude Tuffs caught 7 from the bank in Biggin bay. Mr E Jarvis caught 7 fish from a boat. Mr M Rough caught 6 fish from a boat on claret dabblers and nymphs. Geoff Allsopp caught 10 fish from the bank with the best weighing 4lbs and commented on “A great day”. Mr Steve Barby caught 6 fish from a boat, the best of which weighed 4lbs 8oz.
Wednesday was an early start for us, trying to get some good shots of the sunrise for the photographers. Someone else with an early start was Tony Broadway, who managed 15 fish from the bank, again on a washing line and crunchers. Matt Harris and Andy Lane fish around the tower and the deeper water on the Draycote dam using floating fry patterns to net 25 fish between them. But the best fish of the season so far fell to a pink booby for Mr A Jackson, a beautiful 11lb brown trout, which was duly photographed and returned, well done. Photo on or Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
Thursday was bright and blustery with the wind blowing from the north west. Brian Warwick managed 11 fish from the bank, whilst John Dickens caught 8 fish from the bank on shrimp patterns. Mr M Rough netted 6 fish from a boat on crippled fry patterns and crunchers.
Again the bank anglers were doing well on Friday with fish being caught all along the north shore although casting wasn’t easy with the breeze swinging round from time to time. Tony Broadway managed 7 fish from Biggin bay whilst Peter Elliott had 6 fish from the same spot.Mr Paul Walley caught 11 fish from the bank on a silver muddler. Dave Adkins also managed 11 from the side of Lincroft point on a variety of lures. Don Roper caught 8 fish from Lincroft point on a big red fished off his double hander.
Saturday saw many anglers splitting their day between boat and bank whilst practicing form Mondays Troumasters competition. They played their cards very close to their chest but all seemed to be pleased with their day out on the water. Mr N and Mr M Hollingshead caught 11 fish from the bank in Biggin bay using buzzers, damsels, nymphs and a cats whisker.. Ant Meadows caught 12 fish from a boat whilst his boat partner, David Neilson had 4. Mr Neill Deakin caught 7 fish from the bank on snakes. Mr A Bennett and Mr M Randall caught 11 fish between them from a boat. Mr Roger Davies caught 3 fish from the bank. Mt Trevor Wadds caught 8 fish from the bank on a cats whisker.
Sunday was a very busy day on Draycote with both the boats and the bank fully booked. Season permit holder Mr Brian Allwood netted 8 fish from the bank on buzzers and reported on “Good sport.“ Peter Elliott and David Hoppe caught 15 fish from a boat in various areas around the reservoir. Steve Gibson caught 6 fish from the bank in Dunns and Biggin bay. Rhys Llewellyn reported on having had some “Great sport” from a boat, netting 9 fish and losing 20+. Paul Walley had 11 fish from the bank on a minkie and Diawl bachs. Lee Cheshire caught 5 fish from around the tower on a cats whisker.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations toMr Sid Kellyof Solihullwho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:319Number Trout Taken: 255 Number Trout Released: 690
Total Catch: 945    Weekly Rod Average:2.9
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18.30
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:30
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 -  14:00   until 18:30
Last 4 Hours from:  14:30 until   18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 18:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00
Fishery News
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s“Fur and Feather” match will take place onSunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules(but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
 

DRAYCOTE CLOSED Monday 9th October as we host the 2017 Troutmasters Final

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 1stOctober 2017
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A quietstart to the week after the busy previous week leading up to the Anglers World Championship Individual Final. It also saw a noticeable change in the weather with cooler daytime temperatures, slightly stronger winds and more consistent rain. It certainly feels like the start of Autumn here at Draycote. As a result the fish are certainly starting to hit the fry and can be caught on a wide range of fry patterns. However, whilst fry patterns are starting to work, some of the best catches this week have come to dries.
Dries ruled the way on Monday with the top catches both coming to various dry fly patterns. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees used small bobs bits fishery very low in the water to catch 9 lovely Rainbows. Kevin found the fish around A buoy, Y buoy and X. Another season ticket holder who used Bob Bit’s to great effect to tempt 7 rainbows to the boat was John Dickens. John fished around the Draycote Dam wall and out towards B buoy to catch his fish. Tim Gunn also enjoyed a good days sport boating 9 fish.
It was a brighter day Tuesday, with the wind coming from the South East. Gordan Slack fished the bank at the overflow to land 3 fish on washing lined small size 14 buzzers. Utilising the same tactic by the side of Gordan was Pete Allen who landed 8 fish. Ray Cramp also fished the bank to land 11 lovely trout. Out on the boats Ed Douglas used CDC Shuttlecock’s to land 10 fish, Ed found moving fish near the tower and his stealthy dry fly tactics proved successful to enjoy good sport on a challenging day. Chad Pritchley& Phil Harding enjoyed a good days sport landing 13 fish to the boat. Husband and Wife team Howard and Marion Rutter landed 17 fish to the boat using olive and black buzzers.
It was a foggy start on Wednesday with Anglers struggling to see the water from the lodge. On the bank Tony Broadway fished with Stuart Lee. The pair started at the swans nest catching a couple before a move to Lincroft point produced the results with Tony landing 9 and Stuart landing 6. The best tactic for the pair was washing lined crunchers. Season ticket holder Brian Warwick fished the old pipe in Biggin bay to land 6 fish again fishing the washing line this time with a white booby on the end and two black buzzers. Mr Stradling also fished in Biggin Bay to land 6 fish this time, 4 on the cats whisker and 2 on a sparkler booby. Out on the boats Mr Evans and Mr Bilvinski enjoyed good sport landing 12 to the boat on dries.
Overcast wet conditions teamed with a light westerly wind Thursday looked ideal fishing conditions, and while there were good catches recorded from both the bank and boats anglers reported a great number of fish coming short. Tony Broadway fished the bank once again but this time from the Tower Bank and Dunn’s bay to land 8 fish again on washing lined crunchers. Fishing the bank alongside Tony was Ms Jude Tuffs who landed 4 fish. Out on the boats Mr Butler used a sinking line with a silver lure around the Top Dam wall and the tower to land 10 fish. Including a 10lb and 5lb brown. Jim Smith also fished in a boat finding fish around the tower and the top dam wall but this time fishing dries with a size 14 big red being his best pattern. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees also fished dries with bob bits being his best pattern with Kevin landing his 8 fish down in Toft.
A wet start to the day Friday with a light south westerly wind, although the day soon brightened up around 10.30. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird headed out early to try for some of the fantastic browns that had been caught recently by the tower, using a Di 7 sinking line and a tube Tom was rewarded with a lovely brown around 7lb, see the picture at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Season Ticket holder Peter Elliot took to a boat with Tony Baldwin with the pair landing 35 to the boat all on dries. The pair found the fish around A buoy, N buoy, X buoy. A mixture of dries worked from Midas, bob’s bits and hoppers. Steve Barby enjoyed a good day landing 16 fish from various points in the lake with tubes proving effective. Irish fishing guide Larry McCarthy and son John enjoyed a good day on the dries landing 11 fish to the boat. Richard Reeve also fished from the boats drifting out of Rainbow Corner to land 8 fish.
A bright start to the day Saturday, however the cloud did come over in the afternoon. Derek Bravington fished the bank at the old pipe in Biggin bay to land 5 fish all of which came to washing lined Diawl bachs. Out on the boats Jim Smith had 19 fish on dries with 17 of them taking the big red. Jim found fish around B buoy, the Draycote Dam, X buoy and near the tower. Also on the boats was Gareth Jones out with John McCarthy the pair landed 30 fish to the boat including a fantastic 5lb rainbow. The best tactic for the pair was to fish dries with crippled midge being the best pattern. Also out on the boats was Tony Cartwright fishing with a member of the Irish party boated 20 fish, fishing washing lined nymphs and fry patterns down the Farnborough Dam wall. Mr Peat fished on the rudder over the boils to land a lovely 6lb 6oz brown that can be seen on the flyfishstore Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore
A gusty overcast day Sunday, with a gusty south westerly wind. Not ideal conditions for the annual Packington Round Robin Competition. With three teams of 8 competing, the overall winners were Packington with 53lb 3oz second was Foremark with 40lbs 1oz and in third was Colwick with 26lb 7oz. The Individual winner on the day was Mark Sturgess who had 8 fish for 24lb 8oz, Mark fished along the Draycote Dam with small minkie patterns. Thornton Fly Fishers also held a memorial match, with the winner being Russ Jackson with 4 fish. Outside of the club competitions Gareth Jones and Larry McCarthy had over 20 to the boat. The pair found the fish around N buoy and down the Farnborough Dam On small claret crippled midge patterns fish sunk just under the surface. Mr E Dinsdale also had some good success fishing with Damsels down the top dam wall.
Looking ahead to next week, the cooler temperatures and the shorter day light hours are really starting to switch the fish onto the fry, with several great browns and rainbow being caught on fry imitations. The settled weather towards the backend of the week should really produce some great sport with the reservoir currently holding a stock of 18,185 fish.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Tony Broadway of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 319 Number Trout Taken: 290 Number Trout Released:454
Total Catch:744    Weekly Rod Average: 2.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18.45
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 18:45
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 -  14:00   until 18:45
Last 4 Hours from:  14:45 until   18:45 (Ticket sales available from 14:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 18:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:15
 
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Troutmasters FinalMonday 9th October– See Fishery staff.PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s“Fur and Feather” match will take place onSunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules(but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). Fishing hours will be 9-4pm due to the reduced daylight. This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
 
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycotegate,could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. Themain gate is open from 7.30am
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The Draycote Team
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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 24th September 2017

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A busy week at Draycote with improvement in the bank fishing together with the build up to the Anglers World Holidays Final which was held on Sunday. There is a good spread of fish now throughout the reservoir and the boat anglers have been recording catches from almost all parts of the venue. Bank anglers have also been fairing much better with fish being caught from the Swan’s Nest, Cornfield, Lincroft Point, Tower Bank and the Overflow. On occasionfish have been feeding right in the margins and un-necessary wading has spooked them out. As is usually the caseat this time of the year, fish are being caught on a wide variety of patterns& tacticsfrom both boats and bank. Dries remain probably the best method closely followed by washing line and nymphs as fish generally remain high in the water column. Damsels are also producing but fry patterns are being used more effectivelynow as more & more fish are turning to fry feeding – particularly on small perch. The rod average for this week was 3.5.
Monday started overcast with a light northerly breeze which picked up as the day went on. Dries were working well, as was the washing line with most fish being caught out in the middle of the reservoir. Ed Douglas returned 22 fish which were all caught on dries. Likewise, Kevin Rees did well on the dries, catching 13 fish on Bob’s Bits. James Raw netted 9 fish from a boat with regular Ray Cramp managing 10.Nick Righton also boated 5 using emergers.
A foggy start on Tuesday morning only began to clear up from about 10 o’clock.Season permit holder Roly Hill caught wellfrom the bank on the Cornfield and was finished by lunchtime with five netted. Tony Broadway, also fishing from the bank, caught 13 on crunchers. Gordon Slack caught 4 rainbows from the bank whilst Stuart Lee, on a holiday visit from Canada, had 15 from the Cornfield on diawl bachs. Boat anglers Mr C & N Butler caught 4 trout apiece using lures on a sinking line. Mr L Evans netted 10 fish from a boat.
Wednesday dawned with overcast skiesand a light northerly breeze with conditions looked good. Anglers reported a slow start to the day with fish coming short to the dries. Geoff Preston fished a damsel on a slow intermediate line to net 6 from B buoy. Ed Douglas performedreally well once again boating 23 fish on dries! Mr G McGinley and Mr G Pelini caught 19 fish between them from a boat. Mr Rough, visiting on a 3 daybreak,caught 6 on a mixture of claret dabblers and nymphs.
On Thursday Graham Pearson and Keith Jones had 18 fish to the boat. They fished across the middle of the reservoir using a hover line and FAB’s.The highlight for Graham however, was a splendid 6lbs 8oz rainbow that fell to his Big Red dry fly tied in size 12. Draycote regular George Leaton had 5 fish to lures fished near the flat stones&Brian Warwick fished the bank to catch 4 on small black buzzers. Thornton regulars Richard Dayman and John Kirk shared a boat &netted 10 on a variety ofdrifts over open water. Bank fishing partners Mick Cronin and Stan Hillman had an excellent day on the bank searching out fry feeders.They landed a total of 18 fish between them, one of which was a 7lbs brown. We were pleased to welcome the English Fly Fishing Associationwho held their autumn match on Thursday.Thirty three anglers took part ending the day with a total of 139 rainbows between them for a match average of 4·1. David Moore won the event with an eight-fish bag weighing 17lbs 7oz. Their top guest rod however, was Martin Brocklebank, also with eight fish, but with a weight of 18lbs 1oz. Most of their fish came to slowly fished small nymph patterns fished just sub-surface on drifts across the middle from the lodge towards Lin Croft Point.
Friday was an overcast start once again and looked very promising. However, it proved to be a slow day for mostwith many anglers returning catches of between 2 and 4 fish. Season Permit holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell reported “a tough day at the office”, with only 8 fish to the boat during a practice day for the weekends competition. John Clifford enjoyed an afternoon in the boat with 6 fish, while Steve Conway managed 3 “in tough conditions”.
Saturday was the official practice day for the Anglers World Holidays final.A total of 45 boats took to the water trying to work out the right tactics to net themselves the grand prize. Most anglers kept their cards very close to their chest and where giving no secrets away as to how they faired. The bank seemed to fish much better on Saturday with Mark Hunt returning 9 fish which he caught on fry patterns and cormorants whilst Brian Allwood netted 3 fish from Toft Shallows on a small lure. Dennis Jones caught 5 fish from the bank near the Overflow &KasiditLeovriyakit was rewarded for his drive up from Bristol with a6 fish tally from the Swan’s Nest.
On Sunday morning Stuart Leeventured out on to the bank for the second time this week, prior to his return home to Canada. On advice, he fished small diawl bachs & crunchers on the Swan’s Nest to net 16 rainbows. Some were real grown on silver bars & Stuart is on his way back home now with a smile on his face. It was nice to see him again &, as always, the Draycote Team wish him all the very best. Sunday morning was a very busy start for the final of the Anglers World Holidays competition in which 100 competitors took part. Fifty boats departing from the harbour simultaneously was quite a sight & was broadcast live by organiser John Horsey. It is now posted as a video on the flyfishstore Facebook page & is well worth viewing.
Competitors were challenged by blue skies & sunshine and a cold start after clear night skies – totally different conditions to their practise day. Small flies, both nymphs & dries, appeared to be the order of the day with good presentation proving critical. Many rods later reported on the number of follows, refusals or missed takes, together with fish lost in play. At the end of the day 418 trout were landed giving a rod average of 4.18 with the average fish weight of 2lbs 1oz. Fished to a three fish kill then catch & release, the event could not have been closer in terms of the top three rods -with a single ounce separating each of them! Our congratulations go to Gareth Evans who took top honours with 11 fish for 22lbs 11oz. Second place went to defending champion Wayne Jones, again with 11 for 22lbs 10oz. Third spot, also 11 rainbows, went to Gareth Jones with 22lbs 9oz. The award for the largest fish of the day went to Martin Griffiths with a 4lbs 3oz rainbow. Our congratulations also go to Draycote season ticket holder Tony Parker whose 10 fish total for 21lbs 3oz saw him take fourth place.

 

 

 Weekly Boat Draw

Congratulations to Ms Jude Tuffsof Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 529 Number Trout Taken: 393 Number Trout Released:1480
Total Catch:1873    Weekly Rod Average: 3·5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:00
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 -  14:00   until 19:00
Last 4 Hours from:  15:00 until   19:00 (Ticket sales available from 14:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 18:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:30
 
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Draycote is closed on October 9th as we host the Troutmasters Final  – See Fishery staff.
The Fur and Feather match.
This year’s“Fur and Feather” match will take place onSunday 26th November 2017. The match is a pairs event (fishing with your own boat partner) which, as usual, will be fished to reservoir rules(but rudders will NOT be allowed). The event will be fished to an eight fish limit (normal permit prices apply) together with a special discount boat price of £15 per boat (reduced from the normal £24.50). This will equate to a cost per angler of £36.50. The winning pair will win a Christmas Hamper each. Second & third prizes will be wines & spirits with port for the largest fish. Boats can be booked in the normal way at the lodge or by phone on 01788 812018.
 
 
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
 
Early Morning Anglers
Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main  Draycotegate,could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. Main gate is open from 7.30am
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The Draycote Team
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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 10th September 2017
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Despite yet another week of varying weather conditions the sport remains consistently good for boat anglers, with good returns coming from lots of different areas of the reservoir. Toft still isn’t at it’s best but some persistent souls have caught fish whilst drifting around G buoy. The bank fishing has improved a bit over the last week or so, but with the current water temperatures still high, those who keep on the move and keep changing tactics are the ones who are making the better returns. The weekly rod average was 3.2.
After the bright and breezy day, the overcast and lighter winds of Monday looked like the week would get off to a great start. While the fishing was good with a rod average of 3.8 it didn’t quite explode like was expected. Ed Douglas took to the water landing 11 fish, all on dries with CDC shuttlecock being the best fly. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees used dries to good effect landing 7 fish, all on small brown bits. Rob Keeber fished dries and diawl bachs to boat 12 fish from various points around the lake, with the open water proving a productive area.
Good conditions Tuesday with cloud cover and a light south westerly wind saw the rod average increase to 4, even through the final hours sport was hampered by a huge rain storm coming through. Bank anglers Peter Allen and Gordan Slack used fry patterns in Rainbow Corner to land 4 and 3 fish a piece. Out on the boats Ms A Honor and Mr Czernecki landed 10 fish to the boat using washing line tactics around A and B Buoy. Mr Woodruffe landed 7 fish, all in the last hour before the rain on bibios fished in the top 2 feet of the water on an intermediate line. Mr K Coley and Mr B Taft enjoyed a good days sport back drifting down the Draycote dam wall with 7 inch a second sinking lines and buoyant flies to land 14 fish to the boat.
More overcast conditions greeted anglers on Wednesday, and as a result the fish where in the top 2 feet of the water.The fish were certainly looking up for food with dries proving the most successful tactic. The fish seemed to have moved to all areas through the middle of the lake, with drifts from X,P,A and B buoy proving productive. Joe McGuigan led the way with 17 fish, all falling to yellow owl CDC shuttlecocks. Mr T Evans and Mr J Bilinski used hoppers to great effect landing 11 fish to the boat. Tony Smith also found dries to be the best method, however he caught using small bobs bits in a variety of colours. Mr Russ Logan and Mr Rob Leighton enjoyed a good days action boating 18 fish with Russ using a silver Invicta while rob opted for a sparkler booby. Season ticket holders Colin England and Tony Plummer also used dries to boat 12 fish.
A sunny start to the day on Thursday did not look that promising. But with the cloud cover arriving earlier than expected, and a light breeze picking up, the day began to look very promising indeed. Colin Grainger and Ivor Bullock caught 2 fish each from the bank. Ian Richardson, also caught 2 fish from the bank. Ian fished by the overflow using boobies and minkies.  Mr Joe McGuigan found it a bit tougher going but still managed 9 to the boat, again on yellow owls and various dries.Draycote regular Mr Jamie Scott caught 7 fish from a drifting boat. Season Permit holder Dennis Tidmarsh ventured afloat with Mr Rod Goldthorpe to net 16 fish between them. Mr Ray Cramp, also fishing from a boat netted 8 fish, one of which weighed 4 lbs. Frazer Duffy went out for an afternoon session and caught 7 fish. Kevin Rees had 14 fish to the boat on various dries such as bobs bits. Mr J Wilkinson Boated 21 fish on a wide variety of methods.
On Friday the bank fishing seemed to improve a bit with Keith Hughes catching 2, Peter Allen catching 4 and Gordon Slack catching 5 fish. Well done Gordon. Mr Lloyd McNally caught 5 fish from a boat, all on dries. Mr D Holroydnetted 7 fish from a boat. The father and son boat pairing of Mr J Hall and Mr D Hall caught 10 fish between them from a boat, all on dries. Mr Steve Conway ventured out for an afternoon session and netted 9 fish in Biggin bay. Mr Scott Graham and his boat partner caught 20 fish during an afternoon session, again on various dries. Ed Douglas netted 19 fish from a boat, all on dries. Friday also saw the arrival of one of the AMFC matches. 30 rods took part, netting 181 fish to give a match average of 6.0. Well done to all those anglers who took part.
Saturday started with a blustery south westerly wind and sporadic showers. There were quite a lot of young anglers out on the water,having a practise day before tomorrows big event. The reservoir fish hard in the windy conditions but there where some good returns. Mr Mark Hunt caught 8 fish from a boat using a midge tip line and nymphs. Mr Jim Dempsey caught 5 fish on the rudder. Mr R Allan netted 6 fish from a boat. Mr M Hollingshead caught 3 fish from the bank by the overflow, using a variety of patterns such as buzzers and cats whiskers.
Waterproofs and warm clothing were required for The England Loch Style Youth National, held on Sunday here at Draycote. The budding stars of the future ventured out on to the water on what was to be a challenging day. All 20 rods boated avery respectable 48 fish between them. Congratulations to Ryan Campbell on becoming the Youth National Champion 2017, with 11 fish. Also a big well done to all the other young anglers who took part. Despite the weather there were some good returns from other anglers as well.. Mr Frazer Duffy returned for another days fishing and netted 8 fish from a drifting boat.  Mr P Hallam caught 6 fish. Mr R Burcher caught 5 fish from a boat.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr J BilinskiofBrackleywho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:   308     Number Trout Taken: 424Number Trout Released:572  Total Catch:  996   Weekly Rod Average:  3.2
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:45
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 19:45
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:00 -  14:00   until 19:45
Last 4 Hours from:  15:45 until   19:45 (Ticket sales available from 15:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 19:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 3rd September 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
Yet another week of contrasting fishing conditions with a mix of highs & lows in results as a consequence. Some of the highs have indeed been exceptional & the weekly rod average continues its rise, ending this period at 3·63.In total, 227 anglers visited the venue this week taking 242 trout & returning 583.
Monday saw a challenging start to the week with very bright, sunny, hot conditions topped by a flat calm start. Most rods struggled as a result.But top marks to Richard Reevewho worked really hard for twelve on dries. Richard fished Big Reds & CDCs on drifts between the Overflow & A Buoy. Dennis Tidmarsh & boat partner Ian Western also excelled given the conditions with 15 to the boat.
Tuesday saw high cloud & a light north west breeze together with an improvement in water clarity. Dry fly & nymph enthusiastEd Douglas was back on the water & enjoyed great sport landing 20 rainbows on small home tied dry fly patterns. Whilst C Buoy & the Aerators produced well for him, Ed was one of many commenting on how well spread the fish are now all over the venue. Colin Adams & John Maxwell shared a boat for 8 & 12 respectively, whilst Keith Coley & boat partner Bob Taft had another good day with a 14 fish total - all off the surface. Sport, albeit sporadic, has begun to pick up for the bank rods with Peter Allen, Gordon Slack & John Dews all netting three apiece.
Wednesday was a great day out on the water. Rain on a 9-10 mph breeze early on followed by calm & overcast from mid afternoon. Ironically, the top five rods were the first five to book in that day. In total they landed 75 rainbows equating to a 15 fish rod average between them. Virtually all of their fish came to dries presented over deep open water. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall started their 4 day holiday break in grand style with an 18 & 10 fish tally. Colin Adams & John Maxwell were back for more fishing CDCs & Klinkhammers to take another 11 & 18, whilst Ed Douglas, also unable to stay away from the place, also took 18 on small dries.
Thursday saw anglers experiencing a very hard morning with a light SW breeze but extremely bright sunshine. As always though there are bound to be some that  master the conditions &the best of the sport went to Bernard Orr who did well with 8 for the pot plus another 6 caught & released to a variety of nymphs & dries in size 12 & 14s. The Birkett/Vinall partnership came in with 10 each to the net, mostly to very small diawl bachs fished on a washing line. Most anglers were seeing lots of fish but struggling to persuade them to take. The day ended on a rod average of 2·7. The majority of fish were to be found way out over open water & no fish were caught by bank anglers on Thursday.
Friday dawned to another bright sunny, but quite chilly, start on a 6-7 NNW breeze. Clear night skies are helping to slowly knock back the high water temperatures of such a hot summer. Terry Tappenden enjoyed a very good session on the bank with a four fish limit & another four caught & released. Stan Hillman & Mick Cronin also  bank fished, recording five fish each by the end of their stint. Friday though was to see the performances of Andy & Bruce peak. Fishing a 50/50% split of dries & washing lined nymphs, they had a fantastic third day with 35 & 22 rainbows respectively. Crippled Midge & Midas were their top dry fly patterns with small Diawl Bachs their favoured nymph. Also in the boats Paul Newham & Eric Rymer found a joint 16 tally, all off the top, to Orange CDC “F” flies
Down to earth with a bump on Saturday, with extremely sunny skies & a mirror flat calm for most of the day.  For Andy Birkett & Bruce Vinall it was a hard final day to their mini holiday & they had to work especially hard for their 13 fish  (5 & 8) final total, once more to a mix of dries & nymphs. Richard Slater made the best of the conditions too, managing to tempt a dozen to his dry fly presentations over deep water. It was nice to see Tony Parker back on the water, afloat with Andrew Lewis. He commented on how they really had to work at it but they fined down to very small nymphs & managed a most creditable ten fish each before coming off early. Saturday saw a 3·2 rod average (which was down from a strong 5·37 the day before).
The arrival of gusty SE winds with a notable nip in the air, albeit forecast, was not what anglers wanted for Sunday.  Whilst many struggled because of this, others did get to grips with the change & some good results were recorded. Of note was that comment after comment in the return sheets read, “dries”, “dries”, “dries” ! The boat of Mike Weaver & Clive Wilkins did very well with 14 & 1 respectively to Daddy patterns & Midges. Ed was back yet again & he mixed tactics with 11 coming to his dries & a further 9 to Crunchers.
The best of the sport , for weeks & weeks, has been out over the deeper, open water out from the main Draycote Water Dam & “central basin”, no doubt due to cooler water in that location. The spread of fish though is now clearly more widespread – indicative of a drop in the water temperatures. There has been a good hatch of small black buzzer throughout the last week which is also no doubt why the claret & black crippled midge patterns have produced so well of late. We have also seen a fair few daddy long legs on the water & it won’t be long before they are having a significant impact on the trout’s diet. Keep your eyes peeled also for the first of the back-end fry feeding, which cannot be far off. Some has already been witnessed but so far, it has been sporadic. Although we’re edging into that autumn period, there are three full months still to go with much fine sport to be had!
 
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr G Owen of Coalville who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:   227      Number Trout Taken:  242Number Trout Released:583 Total Catch:   825   Weekly Rod Average:  3·63
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:00
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 -  14:30   until 20:00
Last 4 Hours from:  16:00 until   20:00 (Ticket sales available from 15:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 19:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:- 10th September
Book online: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote
!!! Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018 !!!
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September  c/o John Horsey
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team



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 Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 27th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018
 
As ever, prospects have remained in the hands of the weather gods given the time of year & this week has been another of varied results. The warm front towards the end of the week has led to a slight increase in water temperatures but the algal bloom that has been around for the last couple of weeks has not developed further, leaving water clarity reasonable. The trout population have largely remained high in the water column and, once again, the very best of catches have been to those anglers fishing well-presented dries, especially when blessed with an overcast sky, decent ripple & development of wind lanes & slicks, which has occurred quite a few times this week. In all, 238 anglers visited the fishery this week catching a total of 729 trout to record a rod average of 3·06, a slight improvement on the previous week. The venue remains the domain of the boat angler, again as expected for the end of August. However, some good sport has been enjoyed by regular bank anglers & early fry feeding fish are still being encountered by them, especially in the area of the Overflow & Rainbow Corner.
Monday continued where Sunday left off with favourable fishing conditions and lots of fish showing – especially from ‘P’ Buoy down to the aerators. Many reported  coveringrafts of moving fish but finding it hard to get confident takes. Ed Douglas stuck to his dries all day in the boat, primarily Crippled Midge patterns, to end with a hard fought for 14 to the net. John Dickens boat fished in similar style managing 12 to his Big Red. Kieron Thomas & his brother concentrated on numerous drifts off the Draycote Water Dam & found a black hopper to be their best pattern. Their combined total was 28 to the net. Describing their experience as “superb”, the pair noted that their catch included six grown on fin perfect bars of silver in the 3-4lbs bracket. Monday ended the day with a rod average of 4·7.
Tuesday morning looked ideal with overcast skies & a 6-9 mph southerly breeze.  Season ticket rod Kevin Rees took advantage of the conditions & managed a very creditable 21 to the net. All of Kevin’s catch was taken on his own Crippled Midge patterns on a variety of different drifts out over open water. Graham Pearson & Geoff Wanless also shared a boat& found fish willing to rise to their dries during the morningsession, mainly in the slicks created off the end of the boils. However, as the day progressed they found the need to search the depths, finding trout willing to hit large lures deep. Despite conditions for the bank anglers continuing to prove tough, congratulations must go to regular “bankie” Peter Allen who caught a magnificent 5lbs brown trout which had been fry feeding at the Overflow. His specimen succumbed to an Appetiser.
By Wednesday water temperatures had crept up to 19°C &conditions proved to be tough all day with a rod average drop to 1·5. Father & son team Jim & Richard Hall nevertheless shared a nine fish tally to their boat&  Ed Douglas couldn’t resist another day on the water ending with eleven. Once more to dries fished on drifts offthe main Draycote Water Dam . Mr Baker fished a Big Red to land four rainbows off the Tower & also out near A buoy, whilst Mr Williams reported action in the last hour, also to a Big Red, which helped him to land three rainbows.
Thursday saw a mainly bright start and with a light westerly blowing, some cloud cover soon developed. Lea Tones drifted A to M buoy and was rewarded with 7 rainbows on a mix of dries – Big Reds, CDCs and Hoppers. He commented on the quality of his fish, together with the fact that he had also lost lots more than he managed to land. Tony Broadway also did very well in the boat using dries with 5 for the pot & a further 10 released. Dave Heseltine stuck to his red headed Diawl Bachs to land 8 as did Tim Ham who recorded a “Great Day on Hare’s Ear Nymphs”. The day ended with many coming off the water early to attend Tom Bird’s talk in the Sailing Club on Dry Fly Tactics. Seventy-Five anglers enjoyed what proved to be a very professionally presented masterclass. Our thanks go to Tom for all his hard work preparing for the evening(and giving away so many “secrets” of his success), together with the Sailing Club for allowing us to use their facilities. Thanks also to their staff who catered for us so well throughout the evening.
Friday was another of those difficult days with bright sunshine & a bit of a hike in the algal bloom. Water temperatures remained on the 19°C mark. Kevin Rees found his usual high tally of fish to the net reduced to a difficult five, albeit all on dries. However, Mr Newman & Mr Rymer worked hard alternating between dries & deep fished damsel nymphs and managed 9 & 6 respectively. They found larger, more resident fish too with 10 over the 3lbs mark & the largest at 5lbs. On the bank, regular angler & season rod, Brian Allwood managed six to black buzzer whilst Ian Richardson found a brace, one to a Minkie Boobie, the other on a Claret Hopper.
Saturday saw a rod average improvement to 3·3 despite a flat calm start. Yet again, we saw Ed Douglas on the water but this time he substituted his dry flies for crunchers which led him to a most creditable 24 fish total. Paul Morriss& Tim Llewlyn also excelled, fishing both the Flat Stones & the Aerators with a combination of Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line or dries – Bob’s Bits. They came off the water at 5pm having netted 15 apiece. Also afloat was Dave Bailey whose five fish tally to buzzer was topped with a fine 6lbs rainbow.
Sunday was hot with clear skies & little ripple. Afternoon temperatures rose to 27°C with weather forecasts predicting the hottest August Bank Holiday weekend on record. Despite this, the fishery still managed a 3·11 rod average for the day with a very even spread of catch between the anglers. Jim Brennan & Chris Discombe both managed their four fish limit & top honours on the day went to George Leaton, whose regular Sunday drive up from West London paid off with six fish for the pot and a further two released. Season ticket holder Richard Walker boat fished with Mr Davis & they did well in the heat with a combined 12 fish tally.
The beginning of next week is set to continue hot & bright but more overcast skies with cooler temperatures are forecast to follow by mid-week which bodes well for improved fishing conditions.
 
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Mike Bowenof Bridgnorthwho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:   238      Number Trout Taken:  197   Number Trout Released: 532   Total Catch:      729   Weekly Rod Average:  3·06
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:15
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:15
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 -  14:30   until 20:15
Last 4 Hours from:  16:15 until   20:15 (Ticket sales available from 16:00)
Gutting Room Closes: 19:45
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:- 10th September
Book online:
https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote
Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24thSeptember  c/o John Horsey
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 20th August 2017

Telephone 01788 812018
Another changeable week with, strong winds causing some issues with presentation for the mid part of the week. However, once the winds dropped some great sport was had by several anglers on dries. As a result, the strong winds, and sun at times, held back the rod average slightly, with 257 anglers catching a total of 783 for a rod average of 3.04.
On Monday, season permit holder Jim Hall landed 9 to dries such as Bob’s Bits and Shipman’s Buzzers. Another, season ticket holder using dries to great effect was Kevin Rees who landed 15 rainbows on crippled midge patterns, with brown size 14 being his top pattern.Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp again utilised dries in a half day afternoon boat session to land 9 rainbows. Ray’s best pattern was a CDC buzzer.
Tuesday saw a slight increase in the wind, coming from the west, with an overcast start giving way later to sunny conditions. On the bank season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 4 from the overflowusing washing line with a FAB and buzzers. Tony also commented on dropping 4 together witha number of bumps and knocks. Gordon Slack also fished the outlet to land 3 lovely Rainbows. Out on the boats Draycote RIO Masters team member Graham Pearson took to the water partnered by Mike Gunnell. The pair netted 17rainbows in total. They caught quickly on dries around the deep water near the Draycote Dam but once the sun had come out they needed a change to washing line and then later to deep sinkers &tubes to continuethe action. Another angler who caught well from the boats on the day was Pip Jeffs who boated 8 fish. Pip used the washing line technique drifting from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy. Keith Coley and Bob Taft fished the same area &landed 12 fish to the boat all falling to various muddler patterns waked through the surface
A lovely start to Wednesday with light winds and overcast skies although this quickly changed to a gusty bright afternoon. As a result, a variety of methods worked from a floating line all the way down to a di 8 sinking line. Jude Tuffs and season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 16 fish between them using a variety of methods from washing line to lures on a deep sinking line. Derek Carleton used a medium sinking line with a home tied cat’s whisker variety fished on the rudder to land 8 fish for just short of 20lbs. Season ticket holder Paul Liversidge landing 8 fish back drifting on an intermediate line and a Cat’s Whisker drifting through the boils. Mr Purves & Mr Nichol landed 21 fish between then using washing line technique drifting around A, B and C buoy.
On the bank Thursday John Dews fished the overflow to land 4 fish using the washing line with small buzzers and a FAB. Out on the boats Ian Pugh landed 4 on dries but commented he must have risen about 20 up to the boat. Season ticket holder Richard Walker and partner C Merrett landed 10 to the boat drifting around the boils and C buoy. John Dickens used dries all around the top dam wall to land 6 with Bob’s Bits and Crippled Midge being his top patterns. Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell fished around A,B and C buoy to land 10 fish on a mixture on boobies and nymphs fished on a washing line in conjunction with a floating line.
Friday saw Draycote host the annual boat match between Bank of Scotland and Barclays bank. Bank of Scotland’s Simon Menzies sent us the below passage on the event :-  “On the day of the Match against Barclays which was the 40th year the competition had been held, the result was also the closest on record with the Bank of Scotland team regaining the TW Walker trophy for the first time in 4 years. All fish were measured and released. Over 100 fish were caught between the two teams with the winning margin just 2 fish and a very tight 33cm in favour of Bank of Scotland. Stevie Nicol was our best rod with 11 fish. Dave Curry was Barclays best rod also with 11 fish”.A number of methods were employed on the day with washing line with hoppers and nymphs proving successful. Pulled foam daddies on a floater also accounted for a number of fish, with Scotland’s Stevie Nicol using this method to take top spot. Outside of the match on the bank, season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 4 good rainbows on a mixture of minkie boobies, shrimp patterns and buzzers.
A  verygusty day Saturday made presentation difficult for the majority of anglers. However, a number did manage to present the flies effectively enough to fool the fish. Mark Hunt enjoyed great sport from the boat fishing tight in to the Draycote Dam wall to land 12. Mark found them willing to take either Diawl Bachs, Ginger Hoppers or Suspender Minkies. Amongst his12 fish haul were a couple of resident 4lb+ rainbows that took the Minkie. Another boat catching well in the challenging conditions was that of Derek Pozzi and Simon Nicol who landed 25 fish to the boat drifting from Rainbow Corner to A buoy. All 25 of their fish came to daddies fished on a floating line stroked through the surface. Simon commented that the fish where just coming from nowhere and smashing the daddies. Jon Whitefield also enjoyed a good afternoon session landing 7 on hoppers and damsel nymphs.
A changeable weather day Sunday with bright sun and gusty winds to start with then giving way to overcast skies and drizzle from 4pm. Nick Righton used a team of three hoppers to land 4 fish in a short four hourmorning session. Out on the boats Welsh anglers Steve Winston and A Gourlay used a mixture of washing line and dries to boat twenty four. The pair found the fish around the top dam wall drifting to B buoy and then beyond it. Later in the day they also found a number of fish drifting from B buoy through to D buoy and in to Biggin Bay. Also, out on the water was Draycote Fishery Ranger Tom Bird. Together with boat partner Jim Smith, the pair struggled in the morning with lots of fish falling off at the net using dries and washing lined hoppers, only boating 2. However, once the cloud came over and they got into a large wind line in the middle, their day was transformed. They finished with over 25 to the boat with 23 of them coming between four & seven in the evening. The best pattern was a claret crippled midge with a small size 16 black crippled midge working when the wind dropped towards the end.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr John Pendleton of Nether Whitacre who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  257       Number Trout Taken: 216   Number Trout Released: 567  Total Catch:   783   Weekly Rod Average:  3·04
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:30
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:30
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 -  14:30   until 20:30
Last 4 Hours from:  16:30 until   20:30 (Ticket sales available from 16:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45
Fishery News
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Youth Loch Style National Draycote:-  10th September
Book online: https://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/121/draycote
Boatmen required for this event, please contact the Draycote Lodge 01788 812018
 
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24thSeptember c/o John Horsey
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 13th August 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
The weather has been a very hit and miss affair this week with overcast cloudy days with very windy spells, and bright sunny days with hardly a breath of wind on the water. The cooler evenings have aided a drop in the water temperature,with a current reading of 17°C.Thishas helped improve the fishing for boat and bank anglers alike. The slight colour that has been present throughout the reservoir has not cleared completely but visibility has improved. The boats are still out-fishing the banks, fishing in the top few feet of the water. Well presented dries have been working very well, as has washing line with nymphs. A small lure, fished on an intermediate line through the Aerators has also produced good sport for some.The weekly rod average was 4·16 with 259 anglers catching a total of 1080 trout.
On Monday season permit holder Jim Hall managed 17 fish on dries such as Bob’s Bits and Shipman’s Buzzers. Kevin Rees also did extremely well, catching 16 rainbows on a variety of self-tied dries. The boat pairing of Mr C McMonagle and Mr M Petri caught 15 fish between them, pulling lures in Toft Shallows. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp caught 10 rainbows, with his eight-fish limit weighing in at just over 23 lbs.
Tuesday dawned with some heavy rain and a cool northerly breeze. This didn’t seem to dampen the enthusiasm of some of our regular bank anglers who ventured out in very challenging conditions. Most caught a brace, apart from Mr Peter Allen, who managed four from various points around the reservoir. The boat pairing of Mr K Coley and Mr R Taft did extremely well between Rainbow Corner & the Hensborough Bank, with eighteen to the boat, one of which was a 4lb blue.
Wednesday was wet and windy in the morning with a strong northerly blowing, although the rain eased up as the day progressed. The aerators fished really well with anglers catching on small lures fished with sinking lines. Draycote regular Geoff Preston caught five working through the deeper water from B to C buoy and also at the bottom end of the aerators. Season permit holder Dave Adkins had an8 fish tally, mainly on Pheasant Tailed Nymphs.
Thursday started bright and sunny with a light northerly breeze and seemed to fish really well considering the conditions. Season permit holder Colin Grainger caught 4 from the bank. Jude Tuffs paired up with Tony Broadway for a day afloat & theybrought a total of 21 to the net. Peter Elliott and Lee Patten fished together &caught 22 fish between them from a boat on dries. Mr K Allison caught 7 on black CDC’s, PTN’s and Big Reds whilst Kevin Rees was back on the water & managed 13 fish, again all coming to his own Crippled Midge & Bob’s Bits variants. John Dickens also stuck to the dry fly theme and landed nine. Season Permit holder Paul Liversidgeenjoyed a day to remember as one of the three trout he netted during his boat sessionwas a six-pound rainbow!
Fridayalso started off bright but it clouded over at about 1pm. Ian Richardson bank fished the Overflow on the Hensbrough Bank to land 7 rainbows. Ian fished a Minkiebooby on a floating line targeting early fry feeders.He also teamed the fry pattern up with a small olive nymph which also caught. Out on the boats Mr Williams and his boat partner Nick Mead managed an impressive 29 fish total all on red & brown dries. They fished around the top end of the lake with drifts around A &B buoy proving effective. Another boat pairing fishing dries to great effect was that of Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood. Using Crippled Midge and Shipman’s Buzzers, again around the deep water of A, B and C Buoys, they boated 31rainbows. In-house guide Lee Henfrey took England youth hopeful Demi Powers for a short 2 hourcoaching session ahead of the England Youth National at Draycote in early September. The pair boated 17 fish in their session with Lee showing Demi the art of sinking line work. A 3 inch a second sinking line was the best density during their session with a booby on the point with a blob on the top dropper.
Saturday saw Invicta Fly Fishing Club take to the water to fish in a friendly Club Competition. The method for the day was dries, again with the top end of the venue being the most productive. Dave Summers used dries to land 14, with Big Reds and Midas being his top patterns. Tony Day landed ten, again using dries with Crippled Midge being his best pattern. Also catching 10 fish was Mr David Moore. Outside the club match, father and son duo of Mike and Dave Mee landed 17 with dries and small fry patterns producing the results. Paul Davison fished all around the top end drifting around the Inlet, Rainbow Corner, A & B buoy and the Draycote Dam to landed 38 fish. Paul’s best pattern was a Midas– not surprising really as he invented the pattern. Well done Paul - a great result! Nigel Nixon and Lester Booth enjoyed good sport too, again to dries, but this time red was their colour of choice with the pair netting 14 between them. They also found their fish all around the top end of the lake.
Sunday saw another good day for top of the water sport, and once again it was the deeper water at the top end of the lake producing the results. Richard Dayman and boat partner John Kirk landed 20 fish boat fishing around Rainbow Corner and the Inlet.They found washing line tactics was the key to their success. Mr D Ford & Mr T Wallace also boated 20 fish with Mr Ford using a mixture of dries and buzzers while Mr Wallace fished dries all day to land his fish. Mike & Dave Mee returned for their second day on the water and used Diawl Bachs fished on a washing line to boat another seventeen. They found drifts from B Buoy to A Buoy produced the best results. Shaun and Liam Gaskell took to the water hoping to enjoy good sport on dries, and that is exactly what they had. The two brothers landed 27 all on dries with a variety of patterns used. They did comment that red was their best colour. Paul Davison also returned, but this time accompanied with Tony Baldwin. The pair boated 42 fish all on dries with Midas being the best pattern. Paul commented that the fishing has been great from the start but when a fall of flying ants hit the water in the afternoon it was fantastic sport.
 
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Ms J Tuffs of Market Harborough who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  259       Number Trout Taken: 371     Number Trout Released: 709  Total Catch:   1080       Weekly Rod Average:  4·16
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:45
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 20:45
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 14:30 -  14:30   until 20:45
Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until   20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 21.00
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24thSeptember  c/o John Horsey
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 6th August 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
Another changeable week, on the weather side of the fishing. Bright near flat calms one-minute giving way to strong winds and stormy conditions. As a result, there were times when the fish didn’t know if they wanted to be feeding the top 2ft or hiding from the sun the depths. This did mean that at times during the day the fishing was tricky, however for the most part of the week, fish could be caught in the top 2ft either fishing washing line or dries. Overall 290 anglers visited to the water catching a total of 895 trout for a rod average of 3.0.
A tough start to the week, with strong winds making the fishing challenging in the most part, with the wind coming from the south west. Dave Adams enjoyed good sport on a short half day morning session. Dave fished in Rainbow Corner with a fiery brown shipman’s to land 4 fish. Kevin Rees concentrated his efforts around the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam drifting out towards B buoy. Kevin used crippled midge patterns to land 6 fish. Another angler whom solely fished dries on the day was season ticket holder John Dickens who fished around the outlet to A buoy to land 12 fish.
Tuesday saw another bad day with regards to the weather, while overcast conditions greeted the anglers, so too did a strong gusty south west wind. James Scott took to the water and fished over the aerators with sinking line and snakes to land 5 fish. In house guide Tom Bird took to the water with John O’Hara. With John landing 7 fish the pair also fished over the aerators with lures to catch. Simon Guthrie and son Elliot fished sinking lines and boobies over the aerators to catch into double figures for the boat. Simons dad Chris also fished using dries to land half a dozen from around B buoy, C buoy and E buoy into Biggin Bay. Norman Perkins caught well landing 8 cracking fish from Rainbow Corner and the aerators, Norman fished a variety of methods from dries to lures.
The fishing improved Wednesday with good catches being recorded by most anglers. Ian Conyers was amongst the good catches landing 10 fish, from along the top dam wall and rainbow corner. Geoff Preston took to the water Wednesday for a half day morning session with his granddaughter and the boated 10 fish on the rudder. They found the fish from B-C buoy and over the aerators. Season ticket holder Dave Adkins took to the water Wednesday fishing at the outlet with a PTN and a minky to land 7 fish. The Guthrie’s returned to the water once more this time boating 28 fish between the 4 of them, fishing dries drifting from the outlet to N buoy via A buoy, with Big reds being their best pattern.
A very windy day Thursday with speeds being 24mph again from the South West. As a result, the boat had a restriction to the top end of the lake with no fishing below Lincroft Point. Out on the boats Eddie Mitchell and Alex Urquhart boated 9 fish from Rainbow Corner and the top dam wall using a mixture of dries and washing line. On the bank season ticket holder Colin Granger landed 3 fish from the overflow on dries on a morning session. However top honours on the day again go to the father and son team of Simon and Elliot Guthrie who boated 11 fish fishing dries in white horse waves. Once again, the pair found the fish drifting from A-N buoy with big reds being the top pattern.
Friday saw conditions improve on the previous days, with a drop-in wind. Ronnie Gent and Tom Bird taking to the water the pair landed over 25 to the boat. With the best areas being Biggin Bay, the flat stones to B buoy and then down the bottom end of toft. The pair found the fish keen to take a mix of boobies, blobs and cormorants fished on a di 3 or 5 line. Then later in the day washing lining with two fabs and two crunchers through the middle worked well. Also, out on the boats Mick O’Farrell and Richard Slater landed 20 fish all on dries drifting between D and P buoy. Another boat partnership using dries to great success was that of Nick Dunn and Jem Dunn. Finally, Mr B Jones & Mr G Wood had great success in the final 2 hours of the day landing 24 fish on hoppers from Toft.
Saturday saw the any line heat Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, with 31 anglers fishing for 7 places plus the wild card for the biggest fish for a space in the final fished here at Draycote on the 24th September. Great conditions with some light winds and overcast skies, looked perfect for great catches. However, the weather did cause some issue with storms moving in during the afternoon causing the winds to increase and heavy showers to come through as well a thunder and lightning in the distance. The fishing got off to a great start in the first hour with rods bending, the hot spot being around D Buoy. The sun did then come out for a period making it challenging and the fish went of the feed, although cloud soon came back resulting it the catching resuming. At times, the wind increasing did make presentation difficult although the 31 anglers caught a total of 140 fish giving a rod average of 4.52. The overall winner of the match was Richard Slater who fished small dries in the morning to land 10 fish then a switch to washing line in the afternoon caught him a further 5 giving him a total of 15. In second place was Dave Franklin who also fished a mix of dries and washing line to take his 10 fish. In third Ian Gaskell used pulling tactics on a di 3 to land 8 before a switch to washing line late in the day produced a further 2. The best areas in the match were around D buoy, Biggin Bay, P buoy and H Buoy to Farnborough spit.
Sunday saw the floating line only day for the Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championship, this time with 39 anglers fishing for 11 places in the final plus the wild card. A sunny start to the day with gusty south west winds made catching early difficult, although the cloud cover did come around lunch as a result around 3pm when the weather has settled the fish really came on the feed. The overall winner of the day was Peter Elliot who fished dries for most of the day around P Buoy, D buoy. Ben Robertson fished the washing line to come second with 14 fish again from similar areas. In third place Nick Dunn also fished dries to land 12 fish with D buoy and P buoy being his best spot. Several the other qualifying anglers, found fish around C buoy drifting onto the tower bank. The fish in this area of the lake where feeding very high in the water. As a result, many tactics were employed to catch them either small dries with bob’s bits catching well. Another tactic employed was two boobies and two hoppers and a fast figure of eight retrieve keeping the flies no more than 2 inch under the surface. Final a washing line with either hopper, cormorants and nymphs also proved effective. Overall the 39 anglers caught 216 fish for a rod average of 5.54. Well Done to all the qualifiers over the two days and we look forward to welcoming you to Draycote for the final on the 24th September.
 
 
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to MrIan Reeve ofRugby, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  290       Number Trout Taken:  452    Number Trout Released: 443  Total Catch:  895        Weekly Rod Average:  3·0
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until  21:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 -  15:00   until  21:00
Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until   21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:30
AllAnglers to be off site by: 21.15
Fishery News
Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass
On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.
Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place.NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining. Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team


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Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 30th July 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
A mixed week with regards to weather, with days of heavy rain and blustery conditions followed by near flat calms and bright sun. These changeable weather conditions did mean that the methods kept altering. Overall it has been a good fishing week, with creditable catches being reported every day. The rod average for the week worked out at 3·54 with 263 anglers catching a total of 933 trout.
Overcast conditions with a north westerly wind kicked off the week on Monday. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees drifted around the Tower using dries to catch 19 fish. Crippled midge and Bob’s Bits being his best patterns, even having to go down as small at size 16 on the crippled midge when the lighter winds arrived towards the back end of the day. James Maplethorpe enjoyed a half-day session with Jim Smith with the pair landing 18 fish to the boat. James had the majority of the sport using orange hoppers. The pair found the fish around the Tower and down along the Flat Stones going into Rainbow Corner. Another notable catch was that of Jan Salter who landed 4 fish and lost another 3 while out fishing for the first time with in-house guide Tom. Jan used dries to catch all of her fish, presenting them on various drifts from P buoy to X, and out from the Flat Stones.
A very different day on Tuesday, with virtually no wind to speak of for the whole day. Although good cloud cover could be seen in the morning, the sun made a very warm appearance around mid-day. As a result, an algae bloom popped up making the conditions in many areas of the lake challenging. The best location on the day was the boils, with good catches being recorded there. Jude Tuffs used a weighted lure on a floating line around the boils to land 9 cracking fish. Jamie Scott also chose the boils landing 14. Jamie used a variety of sinking lines but found a 7 inch a second sink rate to be the best. His top “flies”were snakes in olive, white and black. Also out on the water was John O’Hara being guided by Tom Bird. John landed 17 fish on a variety of methods. While the cloud was over in the morning dries were the best method with red midas and daddies being the top patterns. However, when the sun came out a change to a di 7 and tubes kept John in the action. He landed some beautiful specimens with his 8 fish limit weighing in at 22lb 6oz.
A complete change in weather on Wednesday with persistent rain for most of the day up until about 5pm combined with a breezy southerly wind. These wet and slightly blustery conditions did keep some anglers away, although those that did come enjoyed some great sport. Russ Logan and Henryk Pyez enjoyed good sport drifting over the boils towards the Tower Bank and Duns, landing well into double figures on dries as well as small lures fished high in the water on intermediates. Graham Pearson and son Gareth enjoyed good sport using a di 5 sweep and tubes to land 16 cracking fish. Graham commented that the fish came up in the afternoon and were hitting the tubes close to the surface. John O’Hara returned for the second day out guiding with Tom Bird. They found the fishing slight trickier with lots of lost fish on the boils in the morning. However, it wasn’t till a change to dries and a move toward A buoy in the afternoon John really started catching well finishing the day with 9 cracking fish - with red Harry Potters being the top pattern. Scott Graham and Lucas Van Geest enjoyed some fantastic dry fly sport in Rainbow corner landing 20 fish between them on an afternoon boat. Gary Turner and his father enjoyed a good session utilising our ever-popular last four-hour ticket. They landed 11 fish with theirbest pattern being a Black Midas.
Another good fishing day Thursday with overcast conditions for most of the day and winds coming from the South West. Season ticket holder Peter Elliott fished dries all day all over the lake catching well to end with a total of 21 to the net. Peter’s best patterns on the day were Bob’s Bits and Crippled Midge. Terry Bayes and Ash Cooper landed 13 fish to the boat drifting from Rainbow corner and the Outlet past A buoy. The pair used a mixture of nymphs and mini lures. Also, out on the boat was Gareth Jones with two Airflo guests. Between them they used a mixture of dries, blobs and snakes to land 34 fish. They found the fish from the Flat Stones going towards B buoy and Rainbow Corner towards A buoy. Mr Barnaby & Mr Ball made use of their rudder on an afternoon boat to land 20 between them. All fell to tubes fished at various marks around the venue, with the Boils being the hotspot.
Mr C.J. Day fished the bank Friday from the corner of the Hensbrough Bank to land 4 rainbows on snail patterns. Fishing from a boat, Sean and Michael Hanlon landed 23 using a variety of methods with dries using Crippled Midge being Sean’s top pattern whereas Mick favoured a sparkler booby fished as part of a washing line to land his fish. The pair found the fish around the Outlet, Inlet, Flat Stones, A buoy and B buoy. Also fishing in the same areas as Sean and Mick were Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood who landed 22 fish to the boat all on dries. Mr Glantz and Mr Evans used small dries to land 10 fish drifting from Rainbow Corner.
Saturday again saw very favourable for conditions for fishing with a south westerly wind and overcast for much of the day. As a result, top of the water tactics proved the most effect method. Richard Copper landed 19 fish all on dries with Big Reds as well as a red CDC being his top patterns. Richard found the fish well spread across the lake catching from the Flat Stones, the Outlet, Inlet and as well as Toft Shallows. Matt Nuttall also used dries to land 11 cracking fish. Frank Sumnall used both washing line tactics and dries to land 13 fish with his boat partner also catching 9. Tom Finney used washing line with Jelly FABS and Crunchers to net 12 fish, with Tom commenting that static was the key to positive takes as a lot of fish could come and show interest but not take if the flies where moved. Lee Patten and Charlies Abrahams fished out from Rainbow Corner out into the deep water of the middle using dries to land 21 fish including some fantastic full tailed specimens. Keith Harding & Mike Clarke fished dries all day to bring a23 fish total to the boat with the best patterns being red Bob’s Bits, Midas and Crippled Midge. Lester Booth and Nigel Nixon once again fished dries to land 14 fish to the boat with CDCs, black and red hoppers being their best patterns.
Sunday started off with overcast conditions with wind from the south west, however sharp showers and intermittent sun provided the backdrop for the rest of the afternoon. John & Mick Hanlonshared a morning session on the bank and found feeding fish off Lin Croft Point. Nymphs & caddis patterns accounted for six to John’s rod with four for Mick. Although regular & season ticket holder Richard Walker managed nine to the net, it proved to be a challenging day on the water for the boat anglers with the rod average for the day dropping to 2·5. The venue hosted the gathering of the Mid Northants Fly Fishing Association competing for their Chairman’s Trophy. Thirty two competitors fished to a six fish limit and our congratulations go to Pip Jeffs who won the event with a six fish bag weighing in at 13lbs 6oz.
Water temperatures have continued to fall to more acceptable levels with today’s morning reading showing 17°C. This in turn has brought many fish properly back on the feed& also better spread once more around the venue & not so heavily concentrated in the aerators. Showery conditions are forecast for much of the coming week though, so remember to ensure that your wet weather gear is packed!
Congratulations to MrJ Powell ofBrecon, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  263       Number Trout Taken:  339    Number Trout Released: 594  Total Catch:  933        Weekly Rod Average:  3·54
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until  21:15
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:15
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 -  15:00   until  21:15
Last 4 Hours from:  17:15 until   21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:45
All Anglers to be off site by: 21.30
 
Fishery News
Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass
On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and Fishery Guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.
Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place.NB: Demand has been high & there are only ten tickets remaining. Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently four places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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 Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 16th July 2017
Telephone 01788 812018
As I’m sure you are all aware, the weather has been very changeable this week. The fishing was good from the boats to start with, flattened out through the middle of the week, and then slowly improved as we headed into the weekend. The colder evenings have helped lower the surface temperature a bit, as has the odd shower or two, but the surface temperature is still hovering around 19’c. All week we have been dogged by changing wind directions. This has unsettled the fish and also spread the brown algae bloom throughout the reservoir, colouring the water from one end to the other. As I write this report visibility is around 8 feet or so. All this does not give the anglers much confidence, but again those who keep on the move and vary their tactics should finish the day having had some good sport. Generally, most fish are still being caught in the top few feet of the water, with a washing line and nymphs, or a team of dries being the best methods. The bank angling is still sporadic, (well it is July), and at this time of year we all know that reservoir fly fishing is a game of patience.The weekly rod average was 3.4.

On Monday we had a limited number of rods with very varied results. Mr N and Mr M Woolnough did really well on small CDC’s and green buzzers, netting 26 fish from a boat. Draycote regular Mr Steve Barby Had a “Great day” , catching 19 fish, again from a boat. Season permit holder Mr Ed Douglas spent all day out in the boat and netted over 50 fish, 10 of which fell to dries.

Tuesday dawned with the arrival of some of the Draycote regulars and members fishing the bank. The overflow and rainbow corner were the chosen spots and did produce sport for some.However the north shore proved difficult, as a previous algae bloom had washed into Dunns and Biggin bay. Mr Gordon Slack and Mr Peter Allen had 4 and 3 fish respectively, bank fishing in front of the overflow. Season permit holder Mr Ian Richardson caught 7 fish, bank fishing from the front of the overflow on big reds, a daddy and nymphs. Season permit Mr R Keeber caught over 14 fish from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of  Mr J and Mr R Clark caught and released 12 fish from a boat. Mr R Deeley and Mr S Salvin caught 6 fish from a boat in rainbow corner using red holographic diawl bachs.

Wednesday was a more challenging day for fishing, despite being overcast with a good breeze. Mike Weaver faired best, netting 10 fish from a boat using damsels and diawl bachs. Draycote regular Jude Tuffs caught a total of 4 fish from a boat. Higham Ferrers FF took to the water in 5 boats and although they found it tough going, most managed to catch, with a total of 24 fish between them.

Thursday saw the rod average rise to 5.1, with a large section of the Draycote members putting in a stint on the bank. Whilst again the bank anglers found it a bit difficult, those who ventured out in boats seemed to have the best of the sport. Bobs bits seemed to be the right pattern for Draycote regular Lee Patton, who boated 16 fish on size 14’s. Ed Douglas faired well out on the water yet again, this time netting 23 fish on various dries. Yousef Dar made the journey down from Manchester to catch 24 fish, again on dries from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel did really well, boating 23 fish between them on, yes, you’ve guessed it, dries. Mr M Yates caught and returned 11 fish from a boat using a crippled midge.

On Friday the water temperature dropped down a bit from it’s midweek high of 22’c to a more fish friendly 19’c. With a strong northerly and overcast conditions it promised to be a good day. Mr K Smith and Mr C Wilkins had 18 fish to the boat between them. Ian Richardson had 11 fish from the bank on olive nymphs and snail patterns. Mr A Crawford caught 8 fish in rainbow corner. Mr B Jones and Mr G Wood caught 16 fish on dries. Mr Steve Barby had “a great day”, boating 10 fish. Mr John Haynes caught 6 fish from the bank during an evening session.
Saturday proved yet again to be an ideal day for fishing despite the odd early shower. Mr S Crane caught 4 fish from the bank. Mr Mark Thistleton caught 6 fish from the tower bank on black cdc buzzers. The boat pairing of Mr Des and Lee James caught 13 fish between them from a drifting boat. Mr M Osborne and Mr B Harris had 22 fish to the boat  on dries. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 9 fish during an evening session.

Sunday was overcast with a steady breeze and light showers mid afternoon. In general the fishing was good with a rod average of 3.3. The boat pairing of Mr M Price and Mr D Hancox caught 10 fish from a boat. Mr Mike Weaver Boated 8 fish. Mr R Walker and Mr P Davis caught 6 fish between them from a boat. Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 16 fish from a boat on dries such as CDC’s and crippled midge. Mr S Williams and Mr S Hawkins had 12 fish to the boat on dries in rainbow corner. Mr P James and Mr L Carter caught 5 fish from a boat during an evening session.

The Midlands counties match, organised by Kirby fly fishers was held on Sunday with 5 teams taking to the water. The match was won by Kirby FF with a total weight of 64lb 5oz. Thanks to Martin Brown for organizing & the 5 club teams taking part Kirby Fly Fishers, Foremark Fly Fishers, Colwick Fly Fishers, Derby Fly Fishers & Leicester Fly Fishers.
Congratulations to Mr Rodney Dangerfield of Milton Keynes , who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  263       Number Trout Taken: 390     Number Trout Released: 524  Total Catch: 914          Weekly Rod Average:  3.4

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until  21:45
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 21:45
Boat Part Day:  08:30 until 15:00 -  15:00   until  21:45
Last 4 Hours from:  17:45 until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
 
Fishery News
Reservoir Dry Fly Masterclass
On Thursday 24th August 2017 Draycote Ranger and fishery guide Tom Bird will give a presentation on reservoir dry fly tactics. The presentation will include tackle set up, fish spotting, fly selection and presentation. During the presentation Tom will reveal the secrets that have led to his remarkable success, both as a member of the England squad and the Five Nations Team. The presentation will take place in the Sailing club. Doors open at 18.30hrs. The presentation will start at 19.00 to 20.00hrs. Ticket are priced at £5.50 each. A bar and refreshments are available.
Call the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to reserve your place. Find more information on www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   

Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there & elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of  taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action & enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team



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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9th July2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
The continuing hot weather has once more had a negative impact on the fishing this week. The weekly rod average was 3·17 compared to 3·8 the previous week. Increases in water temperature saw a mid-week peak of 24°C in the upper layers which led to extremely hard fishing conditions on Wednesday & Thursday in particular. It was also a very challenging weekend for most rods. Sustained high temperatures & sunshine have also contributed to the build-up of an algal bloom which, although not excessive, has spread throughout the venue. Whilst early mornings & the end of the day have proved to be the best times on bank& boat, it has nevertheless been more challenging for the bank angler as fish drop off the shorelines in search of cooler water layers.

Monday started well with favourable conditions & pegged temperatures. Rod Wilson shared his boat with Jim Dempsey & both enjoyed fine sport on the rudder taking 18 & 10 respectively using a variety of tubes, mainly on a Di3 sinking line. Rod’s best fish was a rainbow weighing in at 4lbs 4ozs. Kevin Rees got back on the water with his dry flies & his scaled down crippled midge patterns accounted for 22 fine rainbows. John Clifford also went afloat for a short stint to net six. Tuesday dawned with even better weather conditions – overcast with a light breeze. Forty-nine rods ventured out & many enjoyed brisk sport recoding a day’s total of 252 to the net for an impressive rod average of 5·14. Virtually all of the action was to be had on the surface or high in the water column. Peter Elliott partnered Lee Patten with Peter netting 20+ fish, mainly to dries,& Lee sticking to washing lined diawl bachs using mini boobies on the point. Ed Douglas fished his usual “dawn to dusk”boat day ending with a 34 total, of which 14 came to dries. Ed took fish in the aerators but also found them along the Draycote Water Dam, as well as off-shore from the Inlet & Rainbow Corner. Dave Adkins, like many others this week, stuck to the vicinity of the boils where he fished Pheasant Tail Nymphs in the surface to finish with a 5 fish weighed bag totalling 14lbs 10oz with another 12 caught & released.

Wednesday, to the contrary, saw a huge rise in air temperatures with bright sunshine & near flat calms. Not unexpectedly, things became pretty dire on the banks where not a single fish was recorded as caught. Beyond sport in the aerators, the boats also struggled & the rod average descended to 1·4 for the day. Mr Worrall made the best of things though& weighed a fine five fish bag which had come to white snakes fished (…. you’ve guessed it) through the boils! Simone Jukes was also able to tempt four rainbows up to 4½lbs. Thursday continued in the same vain – compare the Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees results with those of Monday. Ed had four whilst Kevin struggled to net a brace!  Although the threatened thunderstorms failed to materialise; the hot, humid, & bright conditions continued making things hard for all. As always, there are always exceptions & congratulations go to Geoff Preston who took a four-fish limit, with a further 8 returned whilst fishing a large damsel pattern during his morning stint. Visiting from the Isle of Man, Philip Bell-Scott also got the measure of the fish with a twelve-fish tally. Also in the aerators, he started his session in the morning taking fish off the top on dries & nymphs & then found that he had to follow them down as they worked deeper & deeper towards the end of the morning. Action for him dried up at about 13:00 by which time he was on a Di7. He was back in action once more on Friday for a short stint which was aided by a cooling 12-14 mph westerly. Top of the water tactics accounted for a further 14 before he had to leave. On the other hand, regular Jamie Scott was able to fish out the whole day. Also keeping to the aerators, Jamie used a combination of olive leeches, black boobies& blobs to record an end of day tally of twenty-four to the boat. Ian Reeves took out an evening boat to join in the action & managed to net eleven to snake patterns.

Gruelling conditions sadly greeted anglers on Saturday with 20°C+ temperatures a rapidly developing algal bloom & much bright sunshine. Fishing was particularly hard for the twenty anglers competing in the HASSRA annual finals, especially as they had decided to make the aerator area out of bounds for their event. Their biggest bag was a brace of rainbows weighing 4lbs 8oz for John Heppell representing theNorth-East Region with the largest fish, a rainbow of 2lbs 11oz falling to the rod of Paul Woodward, representing the W.Mids. It is a pleasure to congratulate Paul on this achievement as he is new to the sport & indeed attended on of our tuition days earlier in the spring in preparation for this event! As daytime temperatures eased back, Jim & Tom Marriott took to the water to fish dries. Their efforts & timing were rewarded with a 14fish tally, well divided at 7 apiece. Sunday was a similar story weather-wise, especially as the venue was hosting club events including Kirby FF, Colwick Park FFC, Alex Booth &  the LDFFA, most of whom had made their arrangements way back. Nevertheless, many found some good sport with particular credit having to go to the boat of Messrs Wilson & Masters who avoided the overcrowded aerators & took a fine bag of fish on drifts from Rainbow Corner down the Hensborough Bank. In total, they weighed in a dozen rainbows with a further six released having used a combination of buzzers on floating lines & dries. Draycote regular Jim Smith, who is currently continuing on fine form, stuck it out with dries targeting individual moving fish & amassed a great catch of 14.  Ian Bradfield fishing with the LDFFA stuck to the boils and caught 12 by the end of their day session whilst Mike Cox & Howard Smith decided to start & finish late & managed 6 & 8 respectively for their evening stint.
Rain & cooler temperatures are forecast tomorrow which will hopefully cool things down somewhat & assist with water clarity & get those trout properly back into feeding mode. Of possible interest for comparison purposes, over the last five weeks the weekly rod averages have been 2·6, 3·98, 3·22, and 3·8, with 3·17 for this reporting period.
 
Congratulations to Mr R Henderson of Tamworth, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  199    Number Trout Taken: 197     Number Trout Released:4 Total Catch:   631        Weekly Rod Average:  3·17
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 22:00
Boat All Day: AM 08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00   PM 15:00   until  22:00
Last 4 Hours from:  18:00until   22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
 
Boat manners & etiquette:
As is so often the way at this time of the year, many fish tend to gravitate towards the aerators as a comfort zone & naturally many anglers wish to get in amongst the action there. Please be aware that the area is a strictly no anchoring zone.
We also respectfully ask that all anglers demonstrate good boat manners & etiquette when fishing in close proximity to other vessels there& elsewhere in general. Incidents have been occurring where anglers have rudely reversed back up their drift into oncoming boats or have cut straight into the path of a drifting boat instead of taking their turn returning to the top of the drift. This is unsporting, spoils the action& enjoyment of others & understandably leads to frayed tempers. Should you find yourself at the receiving end of repeated displays of such poor boatmanship & bad etiquette, we ask that you phone the lodge in order that we can come out to rectify the situation ourselves as deemed appropriate.

Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.

Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.

Tight lines,
The Draycote Team


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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd July2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
The previous fortnight caused surface water temperatures to rise above 20°C. This weeks cooler nights has seen temperatures return to a more trout friendly 18°C. Due to this drop-in temperature, the fish have risen in the water column,feeding well in the top 2 feet of the water.This meant a washing line with buzzers,or dries, really came into their own with impressive catches coming to both methods. This week 286 anglers caught a total of 1105 fish for a rod average of 3.8.
Monday started with a near flat calm and a very light ripple picking up in the afternoon, which brought with it some cloud. With conditions like this it looked like a great day for dries,and indeed the best catches came to this method. Richard Pelly used size 12 big reds around the boils to land 22 in a morning session. All Richard’s fish apart from 2 came to fish he had covered. Also using dries to great affect was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 21. Kevin fished in various spots around the lake with the flat stones and B buoy producing well.His top patterns were bobs bits and the crippled midge. Mark Hunt fished dries on the last four hours off Farnborough spit to land some cracking fish including a 5lb 10oz specimen rainbow.
The wind increased and swung round into the East on Tuesday.Normally an easterly here at Draycote knocks the fish off the feed although this was not the case Tuesday with impressive catches being recorded. Season Ticket holder Ed Douglas fished Tuesday and found small 16 shuttlecock CDC’s the best pattern, with Ed landing 18 on them. Ed found the fish drifting from the Farnborough Dam to J buoy, coming out from Biggin Bay and around B buoy. Steve Barby also enjoyed good sport drifting around various marks on the reservoir to land 16 fish. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird also took to the water on a day off, enjoying fantastic sport. Tom found the fish willing to take dries in the morning with crippled midge being the best pattern. A switch to a washing line with two FABS and two nymphs really proved affective with over 25 fish coming to this method. Tom’s best area’s where drifts from F buoy and S buoy and from Farnborough spit to H buoy.
Wednesday was another cool day with the wind coming from the North West, and apersistent drizzle for much of the day. While it may not have made for the most pleasant fishing conditions for the anglers, it certainly didn’t put the fish down or off the feed. Out on the boats season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 21 on dries again with small size 16 CDC’s being his best pattern. Also on the boats season ticket holder Dave Kennell and boat partner Paul Mitchell landing 17 to the boat, fishing in a variety of areas catching on all methods from pulling to dries practicing for the Alex Booth competition on Thursday. Also getting into the fish was season ticket holders Colin England and Tony Plummer, with the pair landing 26 fish to the boat, fishing the washing line in Toft, Biggin Bay and near the aerators. Chris Heyburn and Julie Chandler landed 11 fish to the boat fishing around 50 yards of the cornfield. The pair used buzzers and damsels to land the fish with red bloodworm buzzers being the best colour.
Thursday saw the Alex Booth Charity Match take to the water with 55 competitors’s fishing to a 6 fish limit with 2lb hour time bonus, This allowed the anglers to continue fishing with catch and release for pleasure until the official match finish time of 6pm. Overall the 55 anglers took 166 and returned a further 100 fish giving a rod average of 4.8. Many methods caught well, from pulling blobs on a fast glass in Toft, thewashing line in Toft and out over the deeper water, and finally dries played a major part with good fish being caught on all methods. The best bag from the match without time bonus was caught by Thornton Reservoir member Mick Glover with his 6 fish going 15lb 8oz. The quickest six fish from the match came from Dave Kennel who caught his six fish by 12.45 using blobs in Toft. The heaviest fish fell to Eddie Mitchell with a lovely overwintered Rainbow of 3lb 13oz. Thanks must go to the Alex Booth Club & all the competitors who supported this excellent charity match.
Outside of the competition Tony Broadway fished the bank along the Cornfield to land, 17 fish. Tony used the washing line to tempt his fish with 11 coming to a tequila FAB with the others coming to small buzzers. On the boats, outside of the competition Eugene Hughes enjoyed a good day landing 25. Using a fast glass teamed with FABS, Blobs and small lures. Most Eugene’s fish came from the Tower bank, in the middle and at the deep water towards B buoy.
Friday dawned with strong north westerly breezes, good cloud cover and the chance of some scattered showers. The fishing turned out to be slightly more difficult than the previous few days but there were still some good numbers caught from both the boat and the bank. Season permit holder Mr Dennis Jones landed a respectable 5 from the bank in toft, on size 14 Diawl Bachs. John Hoskins caught 6 fish from a boat on crunchers and Diawl Bachs. Draycote regular Mr Steve Barby had “a great day” with 9 fish to the boat. Mr M Moore caught 7 fish from a boat on crunchers, diawl bachs and dries.
Saturdays light westerly breeze with sometimes sunny spells was a more comfortable but difficult day. This didn’t spoil things for Draycote regular Seth Severn, who boated 15 fish from around middle shoal on the rudder. The usual suspects of Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had a reasonably good day as well, boating 14 fish between them from various points around the reservoir. 5 fish were caught by Mick Cronin from the Tower bank whilst Season permit holder Martyn Hancox caught 2 fish from the bank during an evening session. Mr Trevor Rodwell, also fishing from the bank with his newly repaired rod, also caught 2 fish.
Sunday started with a very strong north westerly, calming to a steady 10 to 12 mph with bright conditions. The fishing was challenging for some with only a few rising fish here and there. Chris Discombe and Jim Brennan were doing really well on the Hensborough bank, coming in at lunchtime to buy more humungus boobies and red holographic diawl bachs. They finished off their day with 18 fish between them. Mr L Booth and Mr P Hallam had 14 fish between them to the boat using various dries around the valve tower, B buoy and C buoy. Mr Ronnie Gent and Mr Mark Rowson had 18 fish to the boat using various methods around the reservoir.  Draycote regulars Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve caught 9 fish during an evening session.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr M Severn from Derbyshire, who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  286  Number Trout Taken: 417  Number Trout Released: 688Total Catch: 1105        Weekly Rod Average:  3.8
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 10.00pm
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  10.00pm
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  10.00pm
Last 4 Hours from:  18.00    until   22.00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
There is currently one place still available on this coming weekends Tuition course on Saturday 8th July,hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. If you know of anyone who might be interested in taking up the sport, why not pass on our details and get them to give us a call on 01788 812018.
Saturday 14th October Tuition Day,Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Volunteer Boatmen.
We require volunteer boatmen for the England youth match taking place here at Draycote on 10th September 2017. If you would like to assist with this event then please contact us on 01788 812018.
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team

 

 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th June2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Weekly Boat draw:
A very warm start to the with temperatures into the 30s for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. This caused the surface temperature of the water to rise to over 20 degrees. As a result, this meant the trout dropped deep and went off the fed for the first few days of the week. In to the later part of the week the air temperature dropped and this teams with some stronger winds help to reduce the water temperature back to a more trout friendly 17°C by Sunday. As expected this drop in the water and air temperature brought the fish back onto the top few feet of the water for the later part of the week. As a result the weekly rod average works out at 3.22 with 327anglers catching a total of 1054 trout.
Flat calm and very hot conditions kept most anglers away Monday, and those that did fish could only stand the heat for a couple of hours. Mr Warwood, took a boat and headed straight for the boils, hoping to encounter some fish will to pull back in the baking sun. His efforts were rewarded with 4 fish taken in 2 hours on a floating line and a lure. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird also braved the heat for an hour, with he to heading over to the boils. Tom’s tactic was to fish a Di 7 sinking line and tube, with a roly-poly retrieve, this hard work in the heat was rewarded with 6 cracking fish.
A slightly cooler start to Tuesday with temperatures hitting mid 20’s. This caused several fish braved the warm surface water to feed on small buzzers and snails that had floated to the top in the weed. As a result, fish could be tempted early in the day to come to dries or washing line. However around mid-day the cloud broke leaving bright sun and more very warm conditions. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas and his boat partner Ben Leigh did manage 9 to the boat with a couple on dries first thing. With the rest of the fish coming to buzzers fished deep in Rainbow Corner in the afternoon. Also on the boat Mr Woodroffe landed 8 fish again to buzzers fished deep. On the bank season ticket holder Jim Hall fished dries in Biggin Bay to land 5 fish.
The hottest day of the year greeted angers Wednesday with temperatures approaching mid-30s. As expected the fishing was tough, with the rod average only working out at 1.78. Mr Bilinski and Mr Evans fished buzzers deep on a floating line near the outlet & inlet to land 10 fish to the boat a fantastic score in the conditions. Mr Worrall also fished buzzers deep to land a very impressive 12 fish. Other catches on the day also came to lures fished over the boils.
A drop-in air temperature down to 20° teamed with cloud and a good breeze, to cool the water surface temperature. Conditions looked good for the fish to pull back after the difficult hot days previously, and pull back them did. Peter Elliot and Lee Patten caught over 20 fish to the boat, fishing around the flat stones and inlet. The pair fished different methods with Peter landing his fish on dries while Lee took his washing lining. Also enjoying good sport out on the boats was Mr Lewis & Mr Seward who landed 18 fish to the boat again fishing around the top dam wall. Season ticket holders John Dickens and Kevin Rees enjoyed sport fishing small crippled midge and bob’s bits to land 14 fish to the boat, drifting from the top dam wall out towards B buoy. John O’Hara caught well from the boat out on an 8-hour guide with Tom Bird, John caught fishing washing line and dries. With the best areas being the flat stones area of the Draycote Dam.
Friday was Draycote Host the Civil Service National Game Angling Final, with 26 anglers taking part. With two anglers fishing for 13 regions around the U.K. Taking top honours on the day was the North-West region with both anglers taking their 12 fish limits. With the top Individual being George Aston. George found the fish willing to take blobs and boobies on a sinking line. Guy Nicholson also had his 12-fish limit but found the fish wanted a washing line with size 12 diawl bachs and a biscuit booby/FAB. Outside of the competition Vic Davies caught over 20 to the boat using dries drifting from the top dam wall towards the open water around B & C buoy. Vic’s top patterns where shipman’s, shuttlecocks and hoppers with the best colours being either red or claret.  Fishing from the bank Mr Hatton had a good day landing 14 fish using a mixture of small dries and nymphs from over in Duns Bay and Rainbow Corner.
On the bank Saturday Tony and Geoff Harris landed 7 between them fishing from the Swan’s nest in Toft using a damsel on a floating line. Also fishing the bank Mike Garner caught from the overflow using his home tied barbless nymphs. Out on the boats Tony Parker and boat partner Tim Llewelyn landed 12 fish fishing in Rainbow Corner and Hensbrough bank on the washing line, with small nymph’s ad FABS. Also out on the boats Mick McClintic and Gary Owen landed 14 fish to the boat all on dries, and commented on the amount of offers they had but just could not connect. G Tilley and A McPhail landed 25 fish the boats pulling lures on various sinking lines with snakes and tubes being the best patterns.  Eileen Chatwin enjoyed good sport boating 10 fish, drifting around near the top dam wall and the inlet using dries or the washing line to tempt the fish. Jim Smith caught well on an afternoon ticket using dries, Jim found the fish around the Rainbow Corner side of the outlet drifting over the deeper water.
Overcast conditions with the wind coming from the south west, later swinging into the west, looked for ideal conditions Sunday. Although the wind changes and strong gusts at times did knock the fish off the feed for various parts of the day. Out on the boats Martin Rowson and Neil Deakin landed 24 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around B buoy then later in the day drifting over the boils towards Biggin Bay. Martin used washing line to land 9 of the fish, although it was Neil’s olive snakes on a fast glass that caught most of the fish. Keith Harding and Mick Clarke enjoyed good sport on dries landing 13 to the boat, with ginger Midas being the top pattern. The pair found the fish all over the lake from the Inlet to Biggin Bay later in the day. David Hoppe took to the water to land 16 fish using a variety of methods from dries to snakes. Jim Smith returned on Sunday for a full day landing 28 all on dries with crippled midge in red and claret being his best patterns. Jim found the fish all along the top dam wall. Draycote also hosted the Scierra Pairs heat with 10 pairs fishing for 2 possible 3 going through to the final. Winning the day was Adam Larbalestier Ben Bayliss, the pair found the fish around the boils, catching on di 5 sinking lines with tubes. In second place Gareth Tilley & Alan McPhail used similar tactics to Ben and Adam but caught majority on snakes around the inlet. In third place John Turner and Dave Morris landed 14 from the boils on tubes but this time roly-poly a di 7 line.
 
Congratulations to Mr G OwenofCoalville, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  327Number Trout Taken: 402  Number Trout Released: 652Total Catch: 1054        Weekly Rod Average:  3.22
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45
Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently Oneplaces available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfreyor Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18th June2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A week of two halves regarding the weather, starting with the strong winds that had plagued the lake the previous week. Tuesday then gave way to near perfect conditions with light winds, mixed with cloud. Wednesday also saw favourable conditions although perhaps a little bright at times. Thursday brought the return of the gusty strong winds. However, once this had passed the light winds and sun came to play, giving glorious summer conditions, although not the necessarily the best for fishing. Despite these changeable conditions the 315 anglers caught a total of 1254for a rod average of 3·98. (This represents a considerable improvement on last week’s 2·6).
The windy start to the week saw a lot of the anglers opting to fish the top Draycote Dam Wall, Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay to get out of the strong South Westerly winds. Don Coe and Gordon Byers enjoyed good sport on the first of a three-day package visiting us from the North East. The pair boated 12 fish, drifting from Rainbow Corner out into the deeper water. They fished very different tactics - Don going for a sinking line with snakes while Gordon used dries!Season ticket holders Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell landed 19 fishing in Biggin Bay, they found the fish wanted a washing line with diawl bachs and crunchers teamed with a FAB on the point. Mr W Brown enjoyed good sport using blobs to land 11 fish. Mr Orpin also enjoyed great sport on an afternoon boat landing 9 fish from Rainbow Corner on Buzzers.
The winds dropped for Tuesday giving way to near perfect conditions with a light breeze &overcast skies and, as a result, the fishing was fantastic. Season ticket holder Brian Allwood enjoyed good sport on the bank fishing in Toft using small buzzers to land 10 fish. Out on the boats Mr T and J Evans fished buzzers all day to land 39 fish. The pair fished in various places around the lakebut found lots of feeding fishat the bottom end of Toft. They also commented on the numbers of fish seen from the Farborough Spit to the Swan’s Nest. Making a change from the bank, season ticket holder Tony Broadway took to the boat partnered by Jude Tuffs. Both enjoyed good sport landing 18 to the boat using a mixture of dries or washing line buzzers from near the Inlet and the top Dam Wall. Ed Doulas landed 21 fish with 20 coming the dries. He fished through the middle of the lake together with drifts from the Inlet out towards B buoy. Another boat catching well on dries was that of season ticket holders Kevin Rees and John Dickens landing 22 fish. Fishing through the middle drifting from Y buoy and OL, with the top patterns being crippled midge and bobs bits.
Light winds and bright sun Wednesday made for a tricky start, however the cloud came over in the afternoon and the fish really started to pull back. On the boats Trevor Heseltine & Mil Rakic enjoyed good sport fishing buzzers to land 19 fish to the boat. Ed Douglas once again took to the water and once again was rewarded with 21 fish on dries. With the wind coming more from the South, Ed found the fish around B buoy drifting down the Draycote Dam wall. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell landed 22 fish on buzzers fishing in Toft and Biggin Bay. Another angler catching well on dries was Jim Smith. Jim was using a big red and a big black to land 23 fish in an afternoon session. He found most of his fish drifting in between B buoy and the Draycote Dam wall. Despite the return of big winds on Thursday, regular Dennis Jones was on the bank for his usual morning session. Whilst described as “hard work”, he managed four fine rainbows from the Overflow to washing lined buzzers.C J Day also bank fished for the morning in Toft netting half a dozen to diawl bachs. Geoff Preston also enjoyed a morning stint but fished from the boat. He covered deep water netting 4 for the pot with a further five caught & released. The pairing of Edie Mitchell & Dave Kennell managed 14 to the boat but described the session as “Rock & Roll – good for surfers!”. Trevor & Robert Moore got their boat settled in the lea of the Inlet &, fishing buzzers extremely deep, found 17 obliging rainbows between them. Things settled a little later on& Gary Turner had fun on his evening boat. He scaled back on dry fly size to take 7 on his own “Little Red”! Friday saw us with hot & sunny conditions. Not an easy day but action was, nevertheless, experienced by boat & bank anglers alike. Tony Broadway was back on the bank at Dunns Bay& netted six to buzzers including fish of 2-12 & 3-4 for the pot. Ian Richardson, as consistent as ever, commented after his bank session “Lovely fish, lovely day – shrimp, snails & olive buzzer”. Ian landed eleven. John Faulconbridge also fished an evening session on the bank & netted a 4 fish bag with two more released. Kevin Rees went afloat & stuck to his preferred tactics with the dries. Covering open water he managed a creditable 22. Meanwhile, Dave Smith took his boat up near the Overflow where he fished a buzzer & FAB blob washing line for a six fish total which included two blues.
Temperatures continued to rise through the weekend. Although only a small handful of anglers braved the banks, Mr L Morris did manage three to 3-8 in Rainbow Corner. Most fish had clearly retreated to deeper water which was where the top boat of R & S Harwood found them happy to take their epoxy buzzers. They landed 15 & 11 respectively. Messrs Mead & Williams also found fish deep off the top Draycote Water Dam & netted a collective total of 23 on black & green buzzers presented in the depths. Meanwhile John McLellan stuck to surface tactics over the middle where his foam daddies accounted for 9 fish with the best weighing in at 4-12. On Sunday, despite blisteringly high temperatures & bright sunshine, George Leaton’s regular drive up from London was rewarded with a fine eight fish bag from the boat. Generally as expected though, things were hard with the majority of anglers in the 1-2 fish range, reflecting the  overall rod average of 2.96 for the day. As ever though there are always exceptions.  Dave Hancox managed 11 to snake patterns with usual boat partner Martyn Price sticking to the buzzer option for four. Jim Smith was however especially impressive - beating the conditions with 17 to the net having spent much of the season to date working to perfect his dry fly tactics. Well deserved congratulations Jim!
More hot weather is forecast at the start of this week  and, as I write, the temperatures are approaching 30°C & the reservoir is all but flat calm!? Whilst things are forecast to cool later, best advice for those currently at the venue  is to take plenty of water to avoid dehydration risks & ensure protection from the rays with adequate high factor sun screen.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr B HawkerofSouth Wigston, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  315  Number Trout Taken: 383  Number Trout Released:   871Total Catch:   1254        Weekly Rod Average:  3.98
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45
Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently three places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfreyor Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 28th May2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
With warmer conditions upon us, and the promise of more sunshine to come, we were expecting a somewhat difficult week with perhaps a droping rod numbers. Far from it, indeed in my time here at Draycote I can’t recall a busier period than the one we are having right now. Rod averages, despite the weather conditions have remained pretty high, and both boat and bank anglers are reporting on some great sport from just about everywhere on the reservoir. Even through the flat calms and bright sunshine, some bank anglers, with a bit of perseverance, are writing in double figure returns. The weekly rod average was 3.6
On Monday season permit holder Ed Douglas ventured out in a boat and netted 29 fish, 12 of them coming to dries, the other 17 of Ed’s fish fell to nymph techniques fished around Rainbow Corner and the outlet. Mr M Pearce and Mr E Booth caught over 30 fish each, again from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of Mr J and Mr L Maplethorpe had 16 fish each to the boat on diawl bachs and buzzers. Mr James Kavanagh caught 13 fish from the bank, fishing along the cornfield and also on the overflow. James and Lee Maplethorpe enjoyed good sport fishing around the inlet on the Draycote dam using buzzer, nymphs and gold heads fished on a floating line. The pair landed 16 fish each with lovely specimens up to 4lb. Keeping it on the Maplethorpe family Ken Maplethorpe had a great day in another boat with Jim Smith landing 12 fish using the same tactics as James, what a great way to spend your Birthday. Mike Mclintic enjoyed good sport out on the boat with Gary Owen. The pair landing over 30 fish to the boat with dries, washing line, and sunk line tactics.
Tuesday light winds and overcast skies in the morning provided some excellent top of the water sport, however the sun did break in the afternoon which pushed the fish down slightly. Out on the water first thing was Fisher Ranger Tom Bird, guiding Derek Walker, with the aim to improve Derek’s dry fly tactics. Derek enjoyed fantastic sport in the four-hour session landing 11 fish to the boat on big reds and crippled midge. Drifting in the middle of the lake around P buoy, X buoy and Y buoy. On the bank Nick Louka landed 7 cracking fish from Rainbow corner using washing line tactics with small buzzers and crunchers. Also on the bank fishing the swans nest in Toft Mr Terry Tappengden landed 7 fish christen his new Sage Accell, Terry used nymphs fished on a floating line. Mr McIntosh & Mr Taggart landed 40 fish to the boat fishing in Biggin Bay and Toft using apps bloodworms fished on intermediate lines. Father and son team Mr M Mee& Mr D Mee, fished in Biggin Bay and Toft Shallows landing 24 and 35 fish all on nymphs and buzzers fished on floating line, a great way to start of a three day package. Richard Pelly took advantage of the last four hours using dries off the end of the boil line to land 6 fish including a fantastic 5lb overwintered rainbow. Ben Thompson and Gary Turner also fished the last four hours on dries to land 19 fish to the boat, amazing sport in such a short space of time. Tuesday also saw Midlands police fishing their regional competition. 9 boats competed with the winner being Mick Cartridge of Staffordshire who took 37 fish fishing down the cornfield on a 3 inch per second sinking line using blobs and cats whiskers.
A very hot day with near flat calm conditions greeted the anglers on Wednesday looked like the fishing would be difficult, however despite these conditions the rod average for the day remained at 5.74. On the bank Mr C.J Day enjoyed great sport landing 15 fish from the cornfield landing 15 fish on buzzers and lures. Also on the bank Mr Bettles landed 9 fish from Duns Bay using white and green lures. Out on the boats season ticket holder Ed Douglas returned and landed 35 fish 22 of which were on dries, Ed found the fish through the middle and also in rainbow corner. Another boat doing well was that of Richard Dayman and Norman Perkins who landed 22 fish using floating lines and buzzers then a di 3 and lures in the afternoon. Draycote regular Eugene Hughes once again took the train up from London and enjoyed fantastic sport. Eugene landed 36 fish using nymphs and dries on a floating line and lures fished on a di3. Eugene found the fish around the tower then in the middle. M Mee and D Mee where again into the fish on small buzzers and diawl bachs landing 35 fish to the boat. John Hood and Darren Booth enjoyed great sport fishing dries from the tower down to rainbow corner then around P buoy, X buoy and Y buoy. Crippled midges, big reds, CDC shuttlecocks and daddies where the pairs best patterns.
Another very hot sunny day Thursday, however despite the hot conditions the fishing continued in the same form with the rod average coming out at 8.3. Season ticket holder Dennis Jones enjoyed a good mornings sport from the bank landing 6 fish from the far side of Toft using a floating line with small black buzzers fished on a washing line. Also on the bank Ian Richardson landed 9 fish from Rainbow corner using a floating line with buzzers and snail patterns. Fishing their final day of the three day break Dave and Mike Mee again enjoyed great sport using small buzzer in Toft and Lincroft Point. Mr McIntosh and Mr Taggart again caught well landing 29 fish to the boat all on buzzers. Mr S Livingstone & Mr E Livingstone also caught well landing 38 between them using the same tactics. Mr A Borthwick & Mr J Malcom enjoyed great sport again on buzzers fished in Biggin Bay, Toft and Lincroft Point landing 48 fish between the pair of them. The same tactics where employed by Mr S Mclean & Mr I Mackie to tempt 38 to the boat. Matt Harris again found buzzers the way, although matt utilised the washing line technique with a small FAB on the point. Matt also used caught 9 fish on shipman’s.
Friday saw another warm sunny day however, there was slightly more wind coming from the East. Out on the warm we have the North- West police regional competition. With forces from Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire taking part. Cheshire took the top sport with GMP second and Lancashire third. The top bags came from anglers fishing from the jetty along last the sailing club using 5 inch per second sinking lines and a team of blobs and FABS. Richard Hood was the top rod of the competition landing with 10 fish limit (6 kill then 4 C/R) within the first hour of the competition. Outside of the police competition season ticket holder Peter Elliot boat partner Lee Patten landed 45 fish to the boat drifting from open water towards rainbow corner then across Biggin bay and Toft. A party of Belgium anglers caught well fishing over the cornfield and down into toft using floating and intermediate lines with either nymphs or minkie boobies with many anglers in the group hitting over 25 fish.
Saturday was bright with blustery conditions and whilst there was a threat of showers they didn’t appear. This made the fishing slightly more challenging than had been in previous days. With the England qualifier, the next day a number of anglers kept there card close to the chest regarding areas and methods. Craig Barr and Andy Axon enjoyed food sport landing over 20 fish the boat, using washing line and dries, the best areas for the pair where in Toft, Biggin and Rainbow corner. Season ticket holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel also caught well despite the conditions using washing line and straight-line nymph techniques down in Toft shallows.
Sunday started with a strong westerly but this petered out as the wind swung into the north, leaving the rest of the day overcast with good conditions. Sunday also saw the England qualifier, with 36 anglers competing for the top 30-40% going through to the national final at Rutland Water on the 2/3 September. The rod average for the competition came out at 9.25, the top rod for the day was Vince Howley who used buzzers under the bung to land 22 fish. Vince fished in Toft drifting from G buoy down towards the nature reserve buoys at the bottom. In second place was Mick McLintic who landed 21 fish using a di 7 sinking lines with a team of mini lures and blobs. In third place was Martin Introna with 19 fish, again from Toft. In fourth place Stephen Peart landed 17 using buzzers under the bung but this time from Biggin Bay. The Draycote team wish all the qualifiers from the competition the best of luck in the national final in September. Outside the competition regular Jim Smith had a fantastic day’s sport landing 32 fish, Jim had 12 fish on buzzers from near the outlet in the morning before switching to dries in the afternoon. Jim found the fish around the aerators in the afternoon with his best patterns being big reds in size 12 and crippled midge.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr  Mark Rose of Northallerton who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  450   Number Trout Taken: 713   Number Trout Released:   1881
Total Catch:   2594        Weekly Rod Average:  3.6
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:30pm
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30am  until  15:00pm  with PM 15:00   until  21:30pm
Last 4 Hours from:  17:30    until   21:30  (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 21.45
Damaged Trees
There are a number of trees on Lincroft point which have been deliberately damaged. Upon inspection it looks like someone has used a saw to remove branches on the path leading down to the water. Anglers are not allowed to take or damage any bushes or trees within the boundary of the site. If you do feel that your fishing is hindered by any of the growth around the bank you should bring this to our attention and allow us to deal with it in conjunction with the rangers.
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 10thJune  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently fully booked
Sunday 11thJune  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four places available
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently six places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently six places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery members of staff Lee Henfrey and Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them..
 
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 7thMay2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
With slightly cooler temperatures this week Draycote has seen a bit of amixed bag as far as fishing is concerned. Monday and Tuesday seemed fine, but quite a cold north easterly wind with sometimes very bright conditions seemed to slow things down from Wednesday onwards. There were some good buzzer hatches aroundto start with, but these started to thin out as the week went by. Only a slight drop in wind speed over Saturday and Sunday helped the fishing to improve. Over the weekendswallows could be seen feeding on the wing at the bottom of Toft shallows, to be followed very quickly by trout feeding right in the surface of the water. Bank anglers reported that the fishing was still a bit hit and miss however, with only a few of them managing any more than a brace. The boats seemed to fair a bit better, having the ability to cover fish out in the deeper water. General feedback from the anglers was that there were plenty of fish showing in the surface in Toft and in Biggin bay, but they were proving difficult to catch.Those anglers who kept on the move and patiently went through the patterns seemed to fair better.The middle and the deeper parts of the reservoir are now producing some good over wintered specimens and on the right day, dries such as Crippled Midge and Bobs Bits are accounting for some good catches.Drifts around P buoy over middle shoal and Xbuoy to the Farborough dam have worked very well. There have also been some good fish caught by D buoy in Biggin Bay and of course F buoyover Croft Shoal. The weekly rod average was 5.1
On Monday Mr Phil Davies caught 25 fish from a boat, drifting in the Cornfield. Mr P Donegan and Mr M Sloss had some “Amazing fishing” on boobies, blobs and buzzers. Draycote regular Mick Cronin had 11 fish from the bank. Season permit holder Mick Hanlon had 9 fish from the bank on a mayfly nymph and a blue damsel. Season permit holder Mr Martin Hancox caught 6 fish from the bank during an evening session.
Tuesday proved a better day for fishing with Ed Douglas netting 15 of his 20 fish from the boat on dries. Jim Smith also did well from a boat, netting over 20 fish on a washing line and buzzers. Draycote regular Eugene Hughes had over 30 fish to the boat on a humungus whilst fishing around the tower and in biggin bay. The bank anglers did well with Mr Alan Bettles catching 16 fish in Dunns bay on a white and green lure. Season permit holder Tony Broadway caught 11 fish from the bank. Steve Gibson did very well during an evening session netting 10 fish from the bank.
After a cold start Wednesday  proved yet again to be one of the best days of the week producing a rod average of nearly 7.0. It was good to see season permit holder Dennis Jones back out on the water, netting 7 fish from the bank on diawl bachs. Mr S Summers commented on “An excellent day” out on a boat having caught 10 fish. Mr I Morris caught 16 fish from a boat using buzzers and diawl bachs. A Police inter clubs match took place on Wednesday with Sussex A team taking first place. Best bag of the day went to Mr Paddy O’Grady with 8 fish for 24lbs 4 oz.
 
Thursday was very windy with heavy gusts and bright sunny conditions. Despite this Peter Elliott managed 12 fish from the bank in the Cornfield. Paul Beasley caught 11 from the bank on buzzers. Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel did really well from the bank netting over 20 fish between them. Season permit holder John Hanlon caught 6 fish from the bank on an evening session.
On Friday it was very windy again with some tough fishing conditions. This didn’t hamper things for Mr Andy Croucher though, who had 20 fish to the boat in Toft on buzzers, blobs and a black hopper. The boat pairing of Mr R Jones and Mr T Ham also did very well with 25 fish to the boat between them. Friday also saw the arrival of Steve McGregors party visiting us from Scotland on a three day package. The lads endured some tough, sometimes very choppy conditions with most of them catching well into double figures each day on various lures and snake patterns.
On Saturday the conditions improved a bit with Mr D Keir netting 12 fish from a boat. Mr R Ball also did well with 21 fish to the boat. Draycote regular Steve Conway also had a good day out in a boat with 13 fish on buzzers and diawl bachs. Mr G McGinlay and Mr G Pelini had 28 fish to the boat between them. Jim Hall caught caught 6 fish from the bank,whilst Steve Gibson had 5 fish from the bank in an afternoon session.
On Sunday Mr D Lang caught 20 fish from a boat on black buzzer. Mr Phillip Davies netted 11 fish from a boat. Mr A Davison had 17 fish to the boat on black buzzers. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 16 fish from a boat on buzzers and dries.
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Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Bob Wallinger of Lincoln who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.    
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  324   Number Trout Taken: 528     Number Trout Released:   1131
Total Catch:   1659            Weekly Rod Average:  5.1
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:00
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  14:45   PM  14:45   until  21:00
Last 4 Hours from:  17:00    until   21:00   (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30
 
 
Fishery News
SAGE AND RIO DAY THIS COMING SATURDAY
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth& Jim Fearn10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. With less than two weeks to go andlimited slots remaining.         Reserve your free place by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird      Currently one space available
Saturday 10th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery members of staff Lee Henfrey and Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them..
 
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 30th April2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Under very changeable conditions Draycote has once again had anexcellent week, with the rod average rising to 10 by Wednesday. Fish are being caught just about everywhere, with dries accounting for lots of over wintered fish in open water.  Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Crunchers are all working extremely well, but with patience, Boobies and snakes on a DI5 or DI7 are yielding some cracking over wintered fish from the deeper parts of the reservoir. Both the Draycote and FarboroughDam remain a focal point for this method, with the latter producing the largest Brown of the season so far, weighing in at 8lbs.
The bank anglers are having some of the best sport of the season, with some great catches coming from the more popular areas along the north shore and Toft shallows. Unfortunately Rainbow corner has been coloured for most of the season, but should start to fish well now that the pumps are turned off. Rainbow is teaming with good over wintered fish, which so far this season have been caught by boat anglers fishing the clearer water further out in the reservoir. The weekly rod average was 4.5.
On Monday, season permit holder Ed Douglas had a total of 18 fish to the boat, 13 of them on dries. Paul Beasley had 8 fish from the bank on Damsels. Kevin Rees caught 19 fish from the bank in Dunns Bay and Lincroft point.
Tuesday turned out to be a busy day after a slow start with both boat and bank anglers doing equally as well as each other. Season permit holder Ian Richardson commented on “ An excellent day” , netting 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Draycote regular Mike Oliver had a “ Hard but fun day” catching 21 fish from the bank, again on buzzers. Mr Tommy Carroll caught 8 fish from the bank on a small white lure. Mr P Barnes caught 8 fish from the bank on an olive hot tailed zonker. Tuesday also saw the arrival from Ireland of Mr Phillip Creshams party. The group consisted of 5 anglers on a 3 day package who, during their stay caught over 300 fish between them. Looking forward to seeing you all back next year.
On Wednesday we had 4 seasons in one day here which included sleet and snow.Season permit holder Mr Colin Grainger caught 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr G thorns caught 10 fish from the bank on buzzers and diawl bachs. Boat anglers Mr Dave Heseltine and Mr Mark Evans had 26 fish on buzzers, mainly in Toft shallows, with one Blue which weighed in at 4 lbs. Draycote regulars Mr I Pugh and Mr T Whitchard caught 37 fish between them from a drifting boat.
By Thursday the weather had improved a tad but still proved a bit cold due to that icy northerly wind. Mr Alan Bettles still managed to whittle out 11 good fish from Dunns bay on lures. Mr R Walker and Mr N Barber caught 21 fish between them from a boat using pink lures. Season permit holder Mr Steve Gibson caught 6 fish during an evening session from the bank.
Friday was a much busier day with some of the regulars and permit holders retuning good catches. There was supposed to be a light southerly breeze but the water remained mirror calm all day. Tony Broadway had 14 fish from the bank. Ed Douglas caught 34 fish from a drifting boat. Paul Beasley had 13 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr G Darlow caught 14 fish from the bank. Mr D Leonard caught 18 fish from a boat and commented on the “fantastic blues”. Mr R Hankins caught 9 fish on dries. Mr Howard and Mrs Marion Rutter caught a total of 22 fish between them from a boat, “all on buzzers”. Season permit holder Mr Tony Parker caught 15 fish from a drifting boat. Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 11 fish from a boat on dries. Season permit holder Mr Dave Adkins caught 12 fish during an evening boat session.
Saturday turned out to be a good day for Mr Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey. Not only did they boat 18 fish between them , but they got to see their good friend and fishing buddy Melvin Severn catch the biggest brown of Draycotes season so far, weighing in at 8 lbs, by the look on both their faces you could tell that they were so pleased for him.
Mr Gareth Dixon and Mr Christian Jones, visiting us from Clywedog Reservoir in Wales, had a great day out, catching in excess of 55 fish from a boat on the Bung. Season permit holder Mr Jim Hall caught 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr Vince Aronika and his boat partner had 32 fish to the boat on a variety of methods such as DI5 and snakes, and a washing line with a FAB and buzzers.
Sunday dawned bright and breezy and saw the arrival of the England Ladies mixed pairs match. On what proved to be a very challenging day out on the water the pairs did exceptionally well, producing a competition rod average of 6.7. The results are as follows;
            1st Place Eileen Chatwin and Graham Willis 16 fish for 42lbs 8oz
            2nd Place Samantha Edmunds and Rob Edmunds.
            3rd Place Jane Robinson and Paul Mitchell
The biggest fish of the competition was caught by Alan Riddell and weighed 4lbs.
 
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Les Watson of Coventrywho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw. 
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  253   Number Trout Taken: 186     Number Trout Released:   947
Total Catch:       1133        Weekly Rod Average: 4.5

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  20:45
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  14:30   PM  14:30   until  20:45
Last 4 Hours from:  16:45    until   20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth& Jim Fearn10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. Limited slots remaining. To reserve your free place, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird      Currently two spaces available
Saturday 10th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information  
 
 
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.

Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery members of staff Lee Henfrey and Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them..
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 23rd April2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
 
Another good spring week at Draycote but we would welcome a period of sustained settled weather. This week anglers experienced some extremes, varying from cold blustery conditions, to bright sun & flat calms. Nevertheless, the black buzzer hatch continues with midge pupae remaining high on the trout’s menu. Action on dries has also been a significant factor this week, spearheaded by our own Tom Bird, who has been targeting large wintered fish, mostly over open water in calm conditions.
Monday proved to be quite testing for the bank anglers, although Rob Keeber undoubtedly led the way with an 18 fish buzzer caught total. Out on the water the pairing of N & C Dunn switched between dries & buzzers& between them brought a total of 26 to the net. Monday was also the last session of a “Three Day Break” package for Mike & Dave Mee. They fished buzzers &diawls to land 18 for the day. They described their break as a “Fantastic 3 days – best ever!” - having caught a total of 78 trout using a mix of nymphs & dries. Andy & Ian George went afloat on Tuesday & got into action pulling snakes deeper in the water column. The tactic paid off with 9 & 11 to the boat respectively. Ray Cramp bank fished lures at Dunn’s Bay taking 7 rainbows for 17lbs with the best at 4lbs. Brian Warwick, also on the bank, stuck with his buzzer tactics to catch & release 15.
Wednesday saw the first of the week’s flat calms & sport proved to be most elusive for most bank anglers. However, Tom was out on the water early searching out grown on rainbows with his dries. He did experience a slowish morning but things picked up in the afternoon with Tom & boat partner Jim Smith ending the stint with 19 spectacular rainbows up to 6lbs to the net. Most of their fish came to a black crippled midge pattern fished out over open water. In contrast, Eugene Hughes pulled lures deep all over the venue to land over 30 up to 5lbs. Meanwhile, Colin Campbell,after fishing from his “Weekly Draw” prize boat with Mike Gillett,commented ontheir “great day on buzzers” with catches of 17 & 23. Season rod Paul Liversage took advice from Eugene, following an encounter on the water,& his subsequent change to deep lure tactics led to one of his best days with two dozen to the net!
Peter Elliott, Mike Garner, Kevin Rees& Ian Richardson all got well into double figures on the bank on Thursday,which was overcast with a gentle breeze. They all fished buzzer tactics with Peter recording two rainbows over 5lbs and a 5lbs+ brownie all caught & released. Kevin’s catch came to washing lined buzzer & included “two blue torpedoes”. (Most anglers who encounter the blues have been commenting on their fighting qualities). Eugene Hughes was back afloat & although part of his 25+ catch came to deep pulled lures once more, the overcast conditions led him to break out the dries as well. Toft & the Farborough Dam fished exceptionally well & anglers were all commenting on seeing rising fish everywhere. Thursday also saw the venue play host to the Greater Manchester Police with eight boats out. Their combined catch of 108 trout represented a rod average of 6·75 per man. They started their session on sunk line pulling tactics switching to nymphs, & later driesas the day warmed up & the buzzer hatch heightened. Friday peaked with a rod average for the day of 7·7 and great action on both bank & boat. Many bank anglers got into double figure catches with Mike Sinclair for example on 15, Ed Douglas 19, John Dews 15 & Tony Broadway on 21(including a 4lbs rainbow taken for the pot). Father & son team Jim & Richard Hall also both got into double figures on the bank. Buzzers washing lined with FAB blobs accounted for most fish, although Roger Davis fished damsels for his 9 fish total. Out in the boats rods were bending to all sorts of different tactics. Visiting us from Northern Ireland, Martin Allen &Paul Douglas began their “Three Day Break” with 25 & 20 to the boat on dries & buzzers taken along the Hensborough Bank. Mr Jones & Mr Branagar fished tubes on Di7 lines for 8 apiece as did our own Lee Henfrey who found 15 beauties deep during a midday stint. Chris Hart was into double figures & his catch included a 5lbs rainbow which took a Cat’s Whisker. The afternoon boat pairing of James Collins & Shaun Martin went even deeper with Di8s catching 19 & 11 respectively. James catch included a 5lbs rainbow, a 5lbs brown & two blues! Tom was afloat once more on his day off, again with Jim Smith, with both fishing dries all day. They had a spectacular session with both rods into double figures, including many wintered specimens. Again, the crippled midge was the top pattern in brown, black & claret. They found fish throughout the venue spending much of their session searching open water for rising fish. A total of 435 trout were recorded for the day!
Both Saturday & Sunday proved to be hard for the bank anglers with fish appearing to drop off the margins into deeper water. Cooler winds also led to many boat anglers reaching for their sinking lines & adopting pulling tactics and not everyone managed to find the answers. However, Graeme Bell’s party of 14, gathered from all over the country to be with us for the weekend, quickly found themselves into fish. Theychose a diverse variety of tactics including dries, buzzer snakes & damsels reporting Rainbow Corner & Toft Shallows as their favoured areas. They caught a total of 190 on Saturday followed by a further 177 on Sunday, when Biggin Bay proved to be productive for them. Despite a slow morning, Andy Ross shared a boat with Dave Adams & enjoyed good sport in Toft from early afternoon once they anchored up & fished straight lined buzzer to bring 20 rainbows to the boat. It was also nice to welcome the Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers who shared five boats, including the Wheelyboat, and recorded a total catch of 51. Richard Walker also had a good day with blues of 5lbs 6oz &4lbs 4ozs in his bag.Martin Allen & Paul Douglas finished their break on fine form too, this time with 40 to the boat on buzzers from Toft. That gave them a final tally of 105 netted during their annual 3 day spring break with us.(See you again soon guys!)A welcome drop in the wind,& creation of some slicks, led to some good evening dry fly action for a few of theSunday boats – most especially the rod of Nick Board. He used a size 14 Adams in one such slick resulting in seven hook-ups & lots of follows.
The weatherman currently forecasts a few days of cold “polar air” with potential for wintery showers………when will spring properly arrive & stay

Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to MrOwen Laye of Burbagewho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  412 Number Trout Taken:616  Number Trout Released:1929
Total Catch:    2545        Weekly Rod Average:6.17

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 20:30
Boat All Day:08:30until 20:30
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until14:30PM 14:30until  20:30
Last 4 Hours from:16:30until 20:30(Ticket sales available from16:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:00
All Anglers to be off site by:21:00

Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth& Jim Fearn10:00 to 16:00 hrsOur Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. Limited slots remaining. To reserve your free place, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird      Currently two spaces available
Saturday 10th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
 
 
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Enhance your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery members of staff Lee Henfrey and Tom Bird. Whether its wanting to get to know the water better or hone your skills to catch more fish they can guide you to improve your catch rates.  Visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.ukfor more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing post from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird by following him on Facebook, Tom has been catching come great fish this season and posts pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has caught.
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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 16th April2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
 
Some tremendous sport experienced by many this week, peaking  mid-week with a bonanza of a day on Thursday when a staggering 777 trout were recorded for the day! For the week as a whole, a total of 347 anglers visited the venue & caught 2563 trout for a rod average of 7.4.
Monday saw a great start to the week with a rod average of 12 fish. Dave East had his best  session to date, christening his new Vision Onki rod with 10 rainbows to buzzers both washing lined & fished under an indicator on Lin Croft. Newcomer to the venue, Mike Sinclair, is anxious to get amongst the “Troutmasters” badges! He also caught his best catch so far netting a total of 31 lure caught rainbows fishing an intermediate line from the bank on the lodge side of Toft. Meanwhile the boat of Alan Greenhalgh & Dave Heseltine saw consistent action to their black buzzers in Toft and they landed 16 & 23 respectively. Also enjoying the action in Toft was the boat pairing of Ken Whitehouse & Paul Burnell. They chose to pull lures on an intermediate line & netted 40 between them. Ray Cramp had a long day on the bank over in Biggin, making the most of non-stop feeding fish.  He ended his session with a 36 fish tally, captured on a mix of lure & nymph tactics on a floating line.
Tuesday saw Tony Broadway hard at it on the bank fishing his black buzzers down to size 14s. He netted 22 rainbows. Fellow season rod Mike Garner also bank fished down in Toft landing 19 on Diawl Bachs. A couple of Mike’s fish topped the 5lbs mark. Peter Wyles & John Symonds took to the boat using a  combination of black buzzer & Montana nymph & netted 11 apiece, whilst Andy Lane  pulled blobs & damsels for a total of 28.
On Wednesday anglers were greeted by strong westerly’s on a day when many had come to attend the official launch of the Draycote Wheelie Boat. During 2016 a fundraising effort, spearheaded by one of our most valued members, assisted by a group of Draycote regulars & members and with the support of the fishery, led to the commissioning of a “CoulamWheely Boat” ( see The Wheelyboat Trust at:- www.wheelyboat.org ) . As a fishery, we wish to thank all anglers who participated in fundraising events to successfully achieve our goal with special thanks for a valued donation from the Janet Nash Charitable Settlement. The vessel has now been built & sits on the water as a proud addition to the fleet following it’s official launch last Wednesday. It is a wheelchair accessible craft which will enable our mobility impaired anglers to enjoy the freedom of getting afloat.
The blustery conditions knocked the rod average back slightly. However, significant action was still being experienced out on the water by Sean Hanlon in particular. He got into deeper lying fish off the Farborough Dam & down into Toft. Using blobs on a sink rate 7 line he ended his session with a tally of 26 to the boat. Roger Kerrison also boat fished to net 16. Eyebrook staff member David Davis paid us a visit on his day off & presented a team of buzzers both straight lined & as a washing line for a total of 14 from the boat. Wednesday also saw our stocking of beautiful blues which, by early Thursday, were delighting anglers in Rainbow Corner, Biggin Bay & Toft!! These fish are proving to be extremely aggressive and most powerful in play. Tony Broadway was back in action on the bank and his 20 fish total included five blues. Richard Damon also took one as part of his 10 fish boat catch which he weighed in at 5lbs 4ozs. Howard & Marion Rutter were also afloat fishing teams of buzzer to get well into double figures with “Marion having her best ever day at Draycote”. Matt Harris similarly enjoyed a frantic boat session landing huge  numbers of fish on “everything except dries!!”  With three fish over five pounds to his net he described the stock fish as the best he had ever seen!  The 777 catch total for the day equated to a rod average of 10.02
Friday saw us back to increased WSW & SW winds, gusting up to 24mph with decreased temperatures & a significant wind chill factor. This led to boat & bank anglers having to work harder for their fish. Nevertheless, regulars Gordon Slack & Alan Bettles managed 8 each on the bank. Gordon fished Lin Croft & Dunn’s Bay with a washing lined buzzer setup. Meanwhile, Mr Lambert caught 7 off the bank at Lin Croft on snakes & described his first encounter with a 3lbs blue as “Top battle!”. Mr C J Day also fished Lin Croft with buzzer & damsel & netted one blue amongst his 11 fish tally whose fight he described as “magnificent!” The blues continued to impress down in Toft too where Mike Sutton, fishing from the bank with a washing line, enjoyed an exhilarating “superb fight” with a blue of 6lbs. The fish was net weighed before being carefully released.
Saturday dawned with bright sunshine and blustery conditions. This made for difficult fishing, particularly as the wind changed direction several times throughout the day. The Paisley Patterns visiting us from Scotland on a 3 day package found it a bit harder through Saturday although they did boat 62 fish between them. All in all, they did comment that it was a great trip. Mr Dave and Mr Mike Mee, again visiting us on a 3 day package, had 35 fish to the boat between them on small buzzers. Season permit holder Dennis Tidmarsh caught 8 fish from the bank. Mr Martin Hancox caught 6 fish from the bank in an afternoon session. The boat pairing of Mr M Robinson and Mr L Haslam Jones did really well on DI 7’s and boobies, netting 21 fish between them. The Ospreys Team from South Wales caught a total of 75 fish between 20 rods on various methods.
To say Sundays weather forecast was inaccurate would be a bit of an understatement. The wind blew a steady westerly with only one or two light showers throughout the day. It was Toft shallows, Grays Barn, the Cornfield, Lin Croft point and Biggin bay which gave the best sport both for bank and boat anglers. Mr A Stanbridge and Mr J Sheridan shared a boat for the day and caught 19 fish between them on buzzers down in Toft. The boat pairing of Mike and Dave Mee once again did really well with 31 fish to the boat. Season permit holder Mr Paul Walley had a good day with 10 fish from the bank. Mr D and Mr N Starsmore had a total of 12 fish to the boat on buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to MrJim Dempsey of Bedworthwho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  347 Number Trout Taken:604  Number Trout Released:1959
Total Catch:    2563        Weekly Rod Average:7.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 20:15
Boat All Day:08:30until 20:15
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until14:00PM 14:00until  20:15
Last 4 Hours from:16:15until 20:15(Ticket sales available from16:00)
Gutting Room Closes – 19:45
All Anglers to be off site by:20:45
Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth& Jim Fearn10:00 to 16:00 hrsOur Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. Limited slots remaining. To reserve your free place, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 6th MayHosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird      Course now full
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird      Currently three spaces available
Saturday 10th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently five spaces available
Sunday 11th June  Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle.  Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Catch Returns
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.
Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Car Passes
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9th April2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
The vagaries of the British spring weather…….. after a period of very difficult conditions this has been a  great week weather-wise at Draycote with light winds and sun being around for most the period.Although at times these conditions might have made fishing slightly tricky,for majority of the week good fishing was experienced by most. This showed in the weekly rod average with 355 anglers catching a total of 2,203, giving a rod average of 6.2 for the week.
Monday kicked off with a bright sunny flat calm but the wind soon picked up to create a breezy day blowing from the South West. Making the most of the good wind and sunny conditions was Rod Wilson out on a boat utilising the rudder. Rod enjoyed great sport boating 22 fish with his 4 fish limit weighting 14lb. Rod found the fish from P buoy to E and around the deep water at B, his best flies being gold and silver tube and pink snake. Another angler enjoying good sport out on the boats was Mr Tim Grois.He enjoyed good sport landing 13 on buzzers fishing just off the Hensbrough bank. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas also had a good day choosing to battle the strong breeze at Lincroft Point. He landed 17rainbows using buzzers teamed up with a FAB on the point. Also doing well on the bank was Ray Cramp who landed 8 fish in a short afternoon season down in Toft shallows using lures. Ray’s 8 fish limit weighed in at 26lb 4oz. Fishing alongside him in Toft was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who also landed 8 fish on black buzzers.
Tuesday saw a similar day weather-wise with the wind coming a little more from the west than the previous day. Large hatches of buzzers could be seen on the north shore with the warmer conditions. As a result,most the bank anglers headed out for Biggin Bay, Duns and Lincroft Point.  Tony Broadway fished the bank using buzzers and a FAB to land 11 fish. Fishing down the bank from Tony, Jude Tuffs enjoyed good sport of similar tactics to land nine. Gordon Slack also enjoyed fine sport on buzzer landing 10 fish in total. Out on the boats Sean Hanlon had a great session &landed 29. Sean took his first 6 drifting towards Farnborough Spit on dries, before the wind picked up and pushed the fish down. This then saw him drop to a Di 7 sinking line with a team of blobs to take another 23 fish. Sean found the fish down the Farnborough Dam and in the deeper water in Toft. Another boat who found the fish deeper down in the water column, and willing to take blobs, was that of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten who had 24 to the boat, catching down the Hensbrough Bank, Biggin Bay and Toft.
Another sunny warm day on Wednesday,however there was still a slight cool wind which took the edge of the temperatures slightly. Bob Eaton had fun on the bank landing 17 fish from Duns Bay using buzzers and FABS on a floating line. Mr J Hall also had a good days sport on the bank landing 12 fish on a blue flash damsel fished on a floating line. Out on the boats Mr Timms and Mr Foster fished Biggin Bay with nymphs and lures for 39 to the boat. Eugene Hughes went afloat to land over 40 fish on a Di 7 line with humungusand snakes. His best areas proved to be S buoy and Croft Shoal, C buoy and over X buoy.
Thursday started off flat calm with bright sun. The wind did arrive, but only enough to give a light ripple on the water all day from the west. Season ticket holder Tony Broadway fished Lincroft Point landing 25 rainbows using size 14 black buzzers with a FAB on the point, with a good mix coming from both the FAB and the buzzer. Fishing along the bank from Tony was Brian Warwick who enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 14 on buzzers. On the bank, but this time in Duns Bay, season ticket holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennellhad fantastic sport with 41 & 26 fish respectively using buzzers and FAB fished on a floating line. Dave also landed a fantastic 5lb fish on his second cast! Out on the boats Mike Gillett was in action boating 16 fish from various areas on the lake from Biggin Bay down through to Toft.
A near perfect fishing day greeted anglers first thing Friday with light ripple and overcast skies during the morning. The sun made an appearance from about 2pm onwards. On the bank Mr Bettles had 24 fish using buzzers and white and green lures. Catching well was Paul Beasley who landed 34 fish using lures. Also out on the water were Notts Police having a club bank match. Their nine anglers netted a total of 115 fish for a rod average for 12.77 leading Simon Peck to later comment “What a cracking day. I have always said Draycote is the best Midlands reservoir & it’s really proving it!”  Mr Farnsworth boated 15 all on buzzers fishing in Biggin Bay and Toft. Mr P Newman and Mr E Rymer landed over 40 to the boat all on size 16 black buzzers taken from down in Toft and Biggin Bay. Pete Elliott & Lee Patten took to the water once more this week and yet again recorded good catches from Duns, Biggin, and Hensbrough fishingbuzzers and FABS on a washing line. Finally out on the water, our very own Fishery Ranger Tom Bird concentrated fishing for moving fish in the middle of the lake on dries and landed 27 fish with 26 of them being overwintered - the biggest around the 5lb mark. Tom found the fish drifting from X buoy to H buoy or K and OL buoy.
A very warm spring day on Saturday with a light ripple and clear skies all day really got the buzzers hatching and clouds could be seen all around the North shore. As a result, the bank anglers enjoyed good sport catching on various buzzers and FABS. Mr Mike Weaver landed 19 fish on black and orange cheeked buzzers with a damsel on the point. Clive Wilkins experienced a real red letter day on buzzer boating 37 fish on black buzzers. Out on the boats Mr I Ross and Mr A Ross landed 17 fish fishing buzzers and nymphs from various mark around the reservoir with Biggin Bay and Lincroft point being a hotspot. Mr N Dunn & Mr C Dunn boated 28 fish again using buzzers and nymphs fished either on the washing line on a floater or straight lined on a midge tip. Jim Brennan and Chris Discombe also into the sport out on the boats landing 27 fish using buzzers and damsels fished on a floating line.
A very warm sunny day Sunday with the temperatures into the 20°C, this teamed with a gusty south westerly made the bank fishing a little difficult as the previous days hotspots had the wind blowing into the anglers faces. This made presentation difficult. Thornton Fly Fishers took to the bank for an annual match with 3 of their 12 anglers bringing 8 fish limits to the scales. With the anglers catching on the north shore with buzzers a FAB fished on a washing line or lures fished on a intermediates. Dave Leavesley ended the day with 12 fish taking them all from 1-4pm at the Swans Nest & Toft, on static buzzers. Season ticket holder Eddie Mitchell fished the bank for a couple of hours in the afternoon to land 10 fish all from Biggin Bay on buzzers and FAB. Out on the boats Paul Davidson and Tony Baldwin landed over 40 fish to the boat using straight line nymph tactics fished on floaters and midge tips from various marks on the water. Jim Smith also enjoyed a good days sport fishing a washing line on a midge tip with Lincroft Point being his hotspot. Andy Lane fished down in Toft using black lures on a di 3 line & landed 30 for the day.
Given the huge chironomid hatches that are now taking place, it looks like next week’s sport will continue along the lines of black buzzer, black buzzer or black buzzer…….

Congratulations to MrColin Campbell of Moreton-in-the-Marshwho is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  355 Number Trout Taken:669  Number Trout Released:1534
Total Catch:    2203           Weekly Rod Average:6.2

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:00
Boat All Day:08:30until 20:00
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until14:00PM 14:00until  20:00
Last 4 Hours from:16:00until 20:00(Ticket sales available from15:45)
Gutting Room Closes – 19:30
All Anglers to be off site by:20:15

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd April2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Draycote has experienced a week of extremely windy, often bright, conditions which on the whole made things harder for boat & bank angler alike. Whilst the overall rod average saw a significant drop on the week before, it proved to be something of a contrary period with many anglers struggling for a take whilst others returned with good results. Winds have been strong& south to southwest predominantly which frequently made conditions on the North Shore marks uncomfortable for the boat anglers &all but impossible for the bank guys who were also forced to contend with muddied up margins from the waves.
Nevertheless, regulars Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees fished buzzers on the bank on Monday, mainly in Toft, taking 15 & 16 rainbows respectively. Ron Beavan& Ted Mills shared a boat & also chose buzzer tactics. They returned a total of 17 rainbows. Rod Wilson fished tubes on the rudder & found fish deep down. He weighed an eight rainbow bag for a total of 23lbs with the best at 4lbs 8oz. The best fish of the week came on Monday to the rod of Trevor Heseltine from a boat – a fine brown of 7lbs 10oz.
Tuesday’s success story on the bank was the combined efforts of Tony Broadway, Jude Tuffs, Colin Grainger & Ed Douglas fishing mainly nymphs for a joint total of 41 fish. Windy conditions did however spoil sport with muddied up margins. Although very gusty, Colin England & partner Tony Plummer brought ten each to the net in the boat. Wednesday was a hard day- sunny & again gusty but saw some good results on the Hensborough Bank & down the Farborough dam wall to washing line tactics. The boat pairing of Mr Hubbard & Draper netted 15 fish whilst, up from London, Eugene Hughes worked his usual magic on sink rate 7&8 lines to bring 30+ fish to the net from all over the venue. During a bank tuition session Tim Davies came up with a beautiful 5lbs+ brownie which took a red buzzer & was safely returned to the water.
Thursday was described as “challenging” by Mike Oliver on the bank but his efforts with a pheasant tail nymph & buzzer combination at the Swan’sNest saw him bring 20 to the net! Matt Harris took to the boat and landed 10 by the end of his session. Mr C Day did well on Friday on the bank in Dunns & Toft to take a 9 fish bag whilst Graham Homer boat fished nymphs for a ten trout total. Also afloat were Roger Kerrison & Steve Cullen who netted 26between them on a variety of methods.
The weekend saw no let-up in the winds which left the bank anglers having to work really hard with fish thin on the ground. Boat anglers generally had a tough time too but congratulations to Martyn Price who caught & released a 6lbs brown off the Flat Stones on a home tied lure. He & boat partner Dave Hancox brought 11 to the net. Meanwhile, Peter Elliott shared a boat day with Paul Davison &they recorded a total of 22 caught & released. Peter said that most of his fish were to buzzer fished under a bung in the vicinity of the overflow with most hitting at a depth of about six feet down. Melvin Severn did well on the rudder in the big wind leaving early with a fine eight fish limit. John McLellan was also on fine form too with a boat caught 14 fish total to a combination of black & green lure & Montana Nymph. He commented that he had caught nothing at all until after 13:00. Anglers found conditions tough on Sunday too however, mention must go to Mr K Harding who fished FABS & small black buzzers on a floating line & netted a total of 23 rainbows. Mr Williams & boat partner Mr Hawkins also showed the way with 16 & 14 respectively to their boat fished diawl bach &buzzer combinations.
The new week has also started cold with frozen windscreens first thing this morning. We sometimes forget just how early in the season it is? However, the black buzzer hatch continues to build & with forecasts of a warmer week we optimistically anticipate better sport to come.
Congratulations to MrAlex CameronofBurbage who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  297 Number Trout Taken:327  Number Trout Released:780
Total Catch:    1107             Weekly Rod Average:3.72
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:30
Boat All Day:08:30until19:30
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until14:00PM 14:00until  19:30
Last 4 Hours from:15:30until 19:30(Ticket sales available from15:15)
Gutting Room Closes – 18:45
All Anglers to be off site by:19:45
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th April & Sunday 9th April – Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision tackle
Places still available for both days. Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck.
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Catch Returns
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door. (Please note: A total of 17 anglers failed to book out on Sunday alone…)
Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Car Passes
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 26thMarch 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Draycote has once again been in good form this past week. Despite some cold blustery days anglers have ventured out onto the water, well wrapped up I might add, to return some great catches from all over the reservoir. The bank and boats are fishing equally as well, with the backbone of the catch falling mainly to buzzers, either on a washing line or fished straight through. Lots of fish are also being taken on lures, particularly those of the black and green variety, whilst a small number of patient souls are steadfastly fishing dries with some success. On cloudy overcast days the fish can be seen feeding very close to the bank in Toft, giving anglers cause to stand well back and make short casts along the shoreline.Indeed some anglers have waded out into the water only to find the fish rising behind them.
The most popular area on the water has without a doubt been Toft shallows, with anglers working the near shore from the Swans nest, casting into the breeze. On Friday some of the regulars who were catching sporadically in the Cornfield with a comfortable breeze on their backs, said they were watching across the water at anglers having “A pluck a Chuck” by the Swans nest, and moved around to get in on the sport.
On Monday season permit holder Mr John Dickens had 12 fish from the bank on a mixture of buzzers, FAB’S and cormorants. Mr Ed Douglas, also fishing from the bank had 14 fish. Mr Bob Thompson had 6 fish from the bank on buzzers.
On Tuesday Mr Alan Bettleshad 20 fish in Dunns bay on a white and green lure. New season permit holder Mr Rob Keeber caught 12 fish. Mr R Maxwell and Mr I Coxonhad  17 fish to the boat. Mr Les Watson and Mr John Pearson enjoyed an evening session on the bank, netting 8 fish between them. A photo was taken of John holding a large one.
On Wednesday Mr J Gregory and Mr M Joy had 29 fish to the boat. Draycote members Mr Brian Warwick and Mr John Dews had 11 fish each fishing buzzers down in Toft. Mr Rob Bettinson, Mr Peter Fox and Mr John Woodcock braved the cold for an evening session on the bank, netting 15 fish between them.
Thursday saw the brighter, warmer weather bring a few more rods to the water and despite the sunny conditions, the rod average remained high. The usual suspects saw fit to grace us with their presence and were bending into some hard fighting fish all around the reservoir.Paul Beasley and Colin Grainger had 9 apiece. Ms Jude Tuffs caught 14 fish from the bank. Tony Broadway had 27 on buzzers from the bank. Mr Ed Douglas had 13fish and the ever so young looking Mr Brian Warwick caught a total of 35 fish on buzzers, also from the bank. Scottish anglers Mr D Quigley and Mr J McGuigan, visiting on one of our 3 day packages, caught over 40 fish from a drifting boat. Mr Gomez and Mr Armstrong caught 25 fish between them from a boat. Mr Dave Hesseltine  and Mr Mark Evans had 26 fish to the boat fishing black buzzers in Toft and in Biggin Bay. Season Permit holders Mr Dave Kennel and Mr Eddie Mitchell caught 32 fish between them from the bank. Also on the bank was Mr Ian Western and Mr Dave Adkins, who caught 12 and 14 fish respectively.
On Friday Mr Graham Homer and boat partner Mr Barry Butler caught well from a boat netting over 40 fish between them. Mr Dave Quigley and Mr J McGuigan on their second day of their visit again netted over 40 fish on a variety of tactics.  Mr David Bradley caught 32 fish on buzzers whilst bank fishing down in Toft. Mr M Moore had 27 fish to the boat whilst buzzer fishing in Biggin Bay,remarking on “A fantastic day”. Draycote regular Mr Mike Oliver commented on what a great day out he had, netting 31 fish from the bank on buzzers. Season permit holder Mr Peter Elliott caught over 40 fish from the bank in Toft on buzzers. Mr Paul Davidson and Mr Tony Baldwin had 40+ fish to the boat each.
Saturday dawned with the arrival of the England youth team, here for the weekend for a spot of training with both mentors as well as a day out with the England senior squad. They were all catching plenty of fish around the reservoir over both days using a variety of methods from DI7s to floating lines and nymphs. Other notables of the day where husband and wife team Ruth and Tony Kirk who between them netted over 17 fish from the bank in the Corn field on buzzers, montanas and fry patterns. Mr J Osborne and Mr W Bilsborough caught 30+ fish from the boat on damsels and diawl bach’s. Boat partners Mr Chris Discombe and Mr Jim Brennan caught 25 fish on red and black buzzers.
Sunday was yet another bright and breezy day which for the first time this season was a bit more difficult from the bank. The bright conditions saw the fish move out into deeper water with anglers reporting having to wade and cast a long way in order to reach them.Mr John Mills did well to net 17 fish in Toft on buzzers. Season permit holders Mr Ian Western and Mr Dennis Tidmarsh worked hard for their 19 fish caught from the bank. Mr Dave and Mr Liam Scott had 17 fish to the boat. Mr D Simmonds and Mr B Chambers had 12 fish to the boat on snakes and boobies. Mr T Speak and Mr E Smith caught 26 fish from a boat on buzzers and blobs.


Congratulations to MrBrian Moore of Coventry  who is the winner of this weeks free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  253 Number Trout Taken:260  Number Trout Released:1514
Total Catch:    1774              Weekly Rod Average:7.0

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18:45
Boat All Day:07:30until 18:45
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until13:45PM 13:45until  18:45
Last 4 Hours from:14:45until 18:45(Ticket sales available from14:30)
Gutting Room Closes – 18:15
All Anglers to be off site by:19:15

Fishery News 
We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.
Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of  Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.

Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck.
Dates for your diary
                                    Competition                                                                         Contact
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Catch Returns
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door
Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Car Passes
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
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Last Updated on Monday, 16 October 2017 18:14