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 Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 13th July 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Despite being in the height of summer with long warm days and temperatures soaring, Draycote has fished well under a wide variety of methods. The excellent water clarity has enabled the anglers to see the vast shoals of fry, which bodes well for some good sport at the back end of the season.

A party visiting from Ireland , which included Mr Lynch and Mr McCarthy, on our ever popular our 3 day package, where catching on dries down to size 20.
Draycote Regular Mr Pelly has continued his good run of form also on dries, making good use of our last 4 hour ticket, while Draycote Member Kevin Rees has yet again been very successful fishing dries from a drifting boat.

Nigel Keeber and Lee Henfry fished both Saturday and Sunday on the rudder using large tubes on a Di 7  They reported good sport on both days with fish up to 5lb..
Nymphs such as olive hares ears worked well for Mr Steve Conway on Monday, who reported seeing large numbers of fish feeding on pin fry
.
Overall the picture looks very good, with fish being caught on a variety of flies on all 4 corners of the reservoir.

Best Boat areas have been the Inlet, Biggin Bay, Lincroft and the bottom of Toft.
Best bank areas have been Rainbow corner, Biggin bay and Lincroft point.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 223           Number Trout Taken:  330             Number Trout Released: 591  
Total Catch:     921               Weekly Rod Average:   4.1

Current Fishing Time:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:  18:00  (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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.
Tight lines,
 
Up & coming events
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Hywel Morgan, beginner / novice tuition day. Limited to 6 people per day, all tackle provided including fishing permit, cost per person £60.00 contact the lodge or visit our tution website for further details and to book your place www.flyfishtuition.co.uk Dates September 6th & September 7th

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

Local Angling Club
Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote, during the season they organize various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings in a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Hommer 024 76402464

 

 

 

 

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 6th July 2014

Telephone Number 01788 812018

A bit of a mixed week, same as the weather with the return sheet showing fish been caught on tubes fished from a rudder deep to dries fished from the bank & nearly everything in between.

On Monday Chris Reves & Ian Mckenzie boated 14 fish mainly on the dries along the north shore, Mat Hanlon fished the bank on Monday evening and caught 12 on dries, R Pelly took advantage of the last four hour permit & boat this week catching his fish on a daddy & great red dry fly from around Lin Croft. Dries & especially the daddy have taken a number of fish in the evening.

Member Tony Broadway fished with dries from the bank to take his 7 trout

Roy Hubbard & Dave Roper fished the rudder between C & D buoy catching 17 trout on snakes & minkies, Mr Severn fished the rudder taking 8 fish for a total weight 25lb14oz, with Lee Henfrey continuing his run of success on the rudder catching his limit of 8 fish.

Rudder higher available at Draycote £7.00 per day, bookable when you book your boat

During the early part of the week the boils, rainbow corner, inlet fished during the day with Lin Croft the place to be in the evening. Towards the end of the week Toft shallows started to produce again with Kevin Richardson recording a catch of14 trout.
Water clarity is still excellent with a tremendous amount of fry especially around the pontoon, inlet &tower. .

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:     242         Number Trout Taken:     302          Number Trout Released:    398
Total Catch:     700               Weekly Rod Average:   2.9

Current Fishing Time:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:  18:00  (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15
 
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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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.
Tight lines,
Ifor
 
Up & coming events
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Hywel Morgan, beginner / novice tuition day. Limited to 6 people per day, all tackle provided including fishing permit, cost per person £60.00 contact the lodge or visit our tution website for further details and to book your place www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Rio Pairs scheduled for July is Cancelled

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 29th June 2014
Telephone Number 01788 812018

The cooler evenings & showery conditions of last week has cooled the surface water temperature with any algae dropping out, with the water clarity this week described as excellent.
 
Despite there been a huge amount of pin fry this year a good number of trout this week were taken on dries with Sean Hanlon catching 10 trout on a daddy drifting over open water & on Friday evening Mr Pelly taking 6 to dries, daddies & Big Red from Lincroft.
Buzzer & damsels continue to take fish but with the amount of pin fry a silver Invicta, silver thorax pheasant tail or a flash back has also worked.
Anglers fishing the rudder found catches a little slower this week however Lee Henfrey & N Keeber continue to find the rudder working well for them fishing the morning session 8.30am – 3.00pm catching 19 trout.
Paul Beasley caught a 5lb1oz brown, Vince Veronica caught 5 trout for 15lb, J Pearson & J Astley bank fished the evening session recording 14 trout with both anglers recording fish of 4lb. Members Colin England & Tony Plummer recorded 20 fish for their visit. R Hubbard recorded a brown 4lb8oz with R Elkin returning a 4lb+ brown.
Bank anglers have generally found the best of their sport in rainbow corner & Lincroft with boat anglers finding the best sport off Lincroft, Biggin & in front of the outflow although anglers drifting the open water with dries are picking up some cracking fish.


Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 299 Number Trout Taken: 471 Number Trout Released: 443
Total Catch: 914 Weekly Rod Average: 3.1

Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until14:30 PM 14:30 until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from: 18:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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.

Tight lines,
Ifor

Up & coming events
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit Lexus Fly Fishing Championships | The UK's No.1 Friendly Fly Fishing Event to book your place.

 

 

Draycote Water  weekly report week ending Sunday 22nd June 2014
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Another extremely busy week at Draycote Water with  both angler numbers & boat bookings reaching record levels. This past week has probably best been described as “Competition Week”.
We were pleased to welcome back for their third year here, the HMRC who assembled from all over England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland. Many competitors made a week of the event and practise fished on three day packages before their match on Thursday.  We also welcomed back the Association of Major Fly-fishing Clubs with six teams of six competing in Round 3 of their league on the Wednesday. At the weekend it was time for the Draycote Pairs on Saturday culminating in the Draycote Heat of the Scierra Pairs on Sunday.
On Monday  Mike Hill & Roy Palmer were pleased to have driven up from London for what they later described as a “wonderful day”. They caught 20 +  rainbows respectively using Diawl Bachs & Red Buzzers fished “washing Line” style in Toft Shallows.
Ron Blackwell spent his usual morning with us on Tuesday & his 6 fish boat catch included a brownie of 4-11 & a rainbow of 4-10. Season ticket regulars John Dews & Tony Broadway continued to excel on the bank with a combined total of 27, mostly caught & released. They noted, as did others, how the trout were beginning to show a distinct interest in the large quantities of pin fry that are now to be found all around the fishery. Damsel & sedge together with daddies are also much in evidence.
Wednesday saw the first of the week’s matches – the AMFC. Chris Reeves was to later comment that “match day saw a huge bloom of daphnia and while the dries and nymphs took the odd fish, a two tone blob cleaned up. Only 5 out of 36 anglers didn’t finish early & again, there were many good grown on fish caught”. Bewl Bridge FC ‘A’ won the event with 115lbs actual weight. They were followed by Invicta FFC ‘A’ in second and Tunbridge Wells FFS in third spot. Individual winner Steve Collins from Bewl also caught the largest fish at 4-15. A total of 278 fish were caught in the event giving them a very creditable rod average of 7.72
On Thursday the HMRC/RCSL event concluded with the capture of 126 rainbows & 2 brown trout. Derek Knight’s eight fish 19-12 bag took top honours whilst Mick Toal, over from Northern Ireland, weighed in the best rainbow at 4-4.

Numerous anglers had success during the week on dries & the daddies, particularly the foam body patterns, have been featuring in many of the returns. Gary Turner enjoyed good sport from an afternoon boat on Thursday with an 8 fish total on a mix of Diawl Bachs & daddies. Our own Alan & John also used them to good effect when the sneaked a morning session afloat drifting over open water off the Hensborough Bank. The mystery fly of the week came to us from Mr C O’Mahony who boated 6 fish on Friday using a “Crested Yellow Flanger” (…..which I’m afraid we do not have in stock!).

Mr Severn takes credit for the best bag of fish this week. On Saturday he weighed in an 8 fish limit for 29-12. All his fish came to large lures fished extremely deep, over open water. His bag included a beautiful brownie of 7-12 (see photo on our Facebook page).  Buzzers & nymphs nevertheless featured highly in the Saturday returns. Mr Sawyer also reported getting take after take to his small Cat’s Whisker fished on an intermediate from the bank in Rainbow Corner. He netted a total of 13 rainbows during his session.
The Higham Ferrers & District FF “Draycote Pairs” also took place on Saturday with 16 anglers taking a total of 88 fish. Honours went to the pairing of Stephen Ayres & John Water with a 16 fish bag totalling 39-2.

One of the finest catches of the week came to Lee Henfrey who fished solo from a boat on Sunday morning using deep tactics with lures. His eight fish rainbow limit looked like peas in a pod. All bright, full finned silver bars with a total weight of 25lbs 12oz.
Neil Berry’s day was also made on Sunday afternoon when, trying out a new pair of waders off the Cornfield, a grown on rainbow of 8lbs took his Diawl Bach. The perfect specimen was a personal best for Neil and the largest rainbow of the week. Congratulations Neil!

Finally, the Scierra Pairs on Sunday saw 18 anglers in 9 boats battling it out in extremely hot, bright conditions. Kieron Thomas + Craig Gimblet took  a 16 fish pair limit for 36-12 together with a time bonus to win the event. A total of 91 fish were caught for a rod average of 5. Phil Burgess took the largest fish at 4lbs. Many caught using Midge Tip lines with extremely long leaders fishing buzzers deep in the bright conditions.

Once more it was a week during which weather conditions affected the fishing. At times the fishing has been very challenging indeed. It has been interesting to observe the reactions of the trout to changing weather systems & those anglers who are thinking, reacting & adapting appropriately to such changes are the ones being rewarded with the best of this week’s results
                                                   
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:     468         Number Trout Taken:     1160          Number Trout Released:    837
Total Catch:     1997               Weekly Rod Average:   4.3

Current Fishing Time:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until14:30  /  PM 14:30 until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:  18:00  (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15
 
Weekend Breakfast available at Draycote, Anglers will be pleased to hear that the Draycote Waterside Restaurant above the lodge will be open from 08:30 on Saturday 28th June & Sunday 29th June for breakfasts, tea & coffee. This will hopefully continue next month, & possibly beyond, should sufficient numbers utilise the facility.

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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.
Tight lines,
Kevin Hart
 
Up & coming events
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Tuition Days: Hywel Morgan will host two more Novice Tuition days limited to 6 rods on each day, on Saturday 6th September & Sunday 7th September cost £60.00 includes loan of tackle & fishing permit, call the lodge to book your place.

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report ending Sunday 15th June 2014    
Telephone  01788 812018
 
Generally a harder week than of late but with a 3.4 rod average for  the reporting period. Anglers had to contend with very humid, muggy conditions at the start of the week. On Monday what light winds there were swung around 360 degrees twice during the course of the day. Nevertheless, boat angler John Clifford managed to find 6 good rainbows deep off the Draycote Water Dam on a variety of lures. An afternoon/evening boat also took 8 rainbows up to 5lbs 4oz  on CDC emergers.

Thornton member Norman Perkins visited on Tuesday and experienced terrific sport in Rainbow Corner on a mix of orange dries & diawl bachs. He took an eight fish limit of rainbows for 29lbs 8oz and his bag included two at 4lbs 8oz. Some of his fish had been covered but quite a few came to him blind. Meanwhile, regular Barry Buxton, in an afternoon boat, managed a 9 fish tally & commented that “Intermediate lines made the day”. It proved to be very hard on the bank during the day, however, Gary Darlow did well to land  7 from Rainbow Corner, the overflow & the bottom of the Hensborough Bank. He fished straight line black and green buzzers & a pheasant tail nymph and his catch included a picture perfect three & a half pound rainbow as well as a three pound brownie, both caught & released.
Improved conditions on Wednesday saw some good sport on boat & bank alike. Kevin Rees continued his good form on the bank taking 16 fish on a mixture of buzzer & sedge pupae. (Considerable numbers of sedge have been appearing in the evenings). Vince Aronica fished in both Biggin Bay & Rainbow Corner with olive & black buzzers. He caught a total of 13 rainbows which had clearly been cruising high in the water column. All his fish came to either the top or middle dropper at depths of three or six feet respectively. Vince described how spectacular his best fish, a fin perfect 5lbs 10oz rainbow, had looked fighting hard in what was gin clear water.

Weather conditions were best described as challenging come Thursday with one angler concluding that it had been a hard days fishing but great for the sun tan! (Remember to pack sunblock in the tackle bag).  Despite the extreme heat & brightness, Geoff Preston caught nine rainbows deep on lures in a morning boat session.  Eddie Kirk also managed a good eight fish total on crisp packet buzzers.

The effects of a few really hot days didn’t stop Mr Mason who, from the bank in Rainbow Corner on Friday morning, took a five fish bag on Foam Daddies.

The weekend saw a mix of tactics bringing success even though the hot days at the end of the week, combined with a change around of wind into the NE & NNE , upset things for a while. Jim Dempsey still managed to find fish on rudder tactics on Saturday. He recorded an 8 fish limit for 27lbs 4oz which included a brown of 4lbs 4oz. His boat partner Ifor Jones (no, not Thornton Ifor!) had a 5lbs rainbow in his catch. Dave Adams also managed a 12 fish total on black buzzer & diawl bachs.

By Sunday it was clear that the north shore marks were beginning to fish well with fish migrating up the now consistent NNE wind. David Lodge made the most of a Father’s Day fishing gift voucher describing his day on the bank at Lin Croft as “Excellent”. He caught 16 rainbows, all on a goldhead montana tadpole pattern, mostly “on the drop” at the full extent of his cast. Tony Hanks also had a tremendous session in a boat in Toft taking 20 fish on black buzzers fished static. Interestingly, one angler reported taking an eight fish limit on red head diawl bachs suspended three feet under an indicator.

The settled wind direction for the next few days should bring with it consistent sport. It should be noted though that there are two boat competitions taking place this coming week & the boat fleet is virtually booked up until Friday. There is ample bank availability but advance booking of car passes is recommended to guarantee access.
                    
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:        318         Number Trout Taken:       462     Number Trout Released:   617
Total Catch:     1079               Weekly Rod Average:   3.4
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 – 22:00
Boat All Day:  08:30 - 21:45
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 – 14:30   PM 14:30 - 21:45
Last 4 Hours from:  17:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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.
Tight lines,
Kevin Hart

Up & coming events
22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 8th June 2014
01788 812018

Yet again a week of variable weather conditions which ranged from some bright, hot flat calms to non-stop rain mid-week. Nevertheless, the rod average was 3.7 for the week peaking at 6 yesterday. Whilst the boats are starting to find more consistent results, some excellent sport has been enjoyed on the bank, especially early & late. Generally, sport has still been had on buzzer tactics or nymph patterns such as Diawl Bachs & Crunchers. However, it has also been most noticeable how many anglers have been fishing dries to great effect – especially CDC shuttlecock patterns.

Early in the week Gordon Byers from Lockwood Beck Trout Fishery in North Yorkshire, led a four angler party who spent a couple of days with us. They concentrated their efforts on the dries and enjoyed tremendous sport locating some magnificent grown on fish. Don Coe repeatedly enquired as to what steroids we had them on! John McGarrell took the lead on their first session with a nine fish evening catch of rainbows up to 7lbs - all taken on CDC patterns. They ended their two days afloat having caught and released a total of 53 rainbows.

Dave Thomas enjoyed his reintroduction to Draycote on Tuesday using White Zonkers in Toft where he caught four 3lbs rainbows.

Lough Mask angler & guide Ronan Cusack plus friends flew in from Dublin late on Tuesday morning & headed straight up to Rainbow Corner where the four of them caught 34 rainbows mostly on dries. Their best fish was a 5lbs rainbow that came to a Claret Bits. Season rod Tony Broadway was also on form on the bank and managed a 12 fish total whilst Kevin Rees fished buzzers from the bank at Lin Croft catching 14.

Tosh Storrar’s annual party from both Scotland & Wales was ten strong this year. They described their sport as “fabulous” - catching a total of 132 rainbows with many in the 4-6lbs class. Tosh himself caught & released an estimated 7lbs rainbow. He commented that they all fished dries on the fine weather days but fished deeper with buzzers on what proved to be a very wet Wednesday.

Yet another group making their annual pilgrimage to us were 16 anglers led by Jim Brown who spent 3 1/2 days on the water. Their collective description of the sport experienced was “superb”. They also concentrated on dry fly tactics especially during the last few hours. Their group rod average was a most creditable 7.45!

On Thursday we played host to the CSSC National Game Angling Final. Twenty Four anglers competed catching a total of 86 fish. Steven Frakes took top honours with an 8 fish bag for 21lbs 12oz. Second was Nigel Evans, 8 fish for 21lbs 1oz with Lee Patten in 3rd also weighing an 8 fish total for 20lbs 1oz.

Friday & Saturday saw most of the fleet out, with many practising for the TEFF England Eliminator on Sunday & trying to keep their tactics, flies & results close to their chests.
The event itself was fished by 44 anglers who took 195, caught & released a further 48, recording a rod average of 5.6 per angler. The largest individual fish was a rainbow of 5lbs 10oz. A brown of 4lbs 5oz was also weighed in. Congratulations go to Andrew Taylor whose 12 fish total + 1lbs 4oz time bonus gave him a winner’s weight of 27lbs 14oz. Second place went to Stephen Peart with 10 for 26lbs 11oz. It was another third for Lee Patten, who is clearly on form right now. Lee also managed a 12 fish bag.
Overall, best areas for both boat & bank have been Rainbow Corner, Hensborough, Toft Shallows & Lin Croft. The Tower Bank right down to Dunns has also provided some good sport. Drifting over open water has also been finding a lot of fish for the boat anglers.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:    436                             Number Trout Taken:      543       Number Trout Released: 1095
Total Catch:    1638                Weekly Rod Average:  3.7

Current Fishing Time:
Bank:  07:30 – 21:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 - 21:30
Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30 – 14:30   PM  14:30  - 21:30
Last 4 Hours from:   17:30
All Anglers to be off site by:   22:00

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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.
Tight lines, Kevin

Up & coming events
22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

 

 

 

Draycote weekly fishing report week ending Sunday
1st June 2014

Despite yet another week of varying weather conditions the sport remained consistently good with an overall rod average this week of 5.3

There has been a lot of surface activity with moving fish being seen over most of the fishery. Rainbow Corner & the Hensborough Bank have however, probably seen the most of the action in a week which has seen prolific rises. On Monday black buzzer were everywhere.
Tony Parker & Pete Walsh used both buzzer tactics & dries for a joint catch of 28 in their boat session.
Alternative tactics were deployed by the Watsons on Tuesday who caught over 20 fish in the boils on boobies.
Heavy overnight rain and an extremely wet Wednesday resulted in tremendous sport throughout the day, mainly to static buzzer or slow figure of eight retrieved crunchers. Mr Sicki & partner caught & released 61 describing the experience as “buzzer fishing at its best!”. On the bank, season rod James Hall took 4 rainbows on crunchers for a combined weight of 12lbs.That day, twenty seven  rods caught a total of 303 fish representing a tremendous rod average of 11.22
Thursday & Friday saw continuing action to a mix of buzzer tactics, nymphs plus dries & emergers. Smaller sized flies have also been bringing better results. Paul Beasley managed a 10 fish catch which included a 5lbs brown taken on a claret buzzer. Mr Birkett used claret bits, hoppers & hare’s ears from his boat & reported 14 of his 24 fish as being over 21/2lbs.

The three day package breaks continue to be popular & can also demonstrate the consistency of the sport at times. This week the “Brown Party” of six, visiting from Scotland for three days, caught a total of 145. This equates to a daily rod average of 8 per person. Similarly, Enid Edwards, part of a 14 strong group holidaying from North Wales, enjoyed great sport with an 18 fish catch on a mix of dries & buzzers despite much harder conditions in the hotter weather on Saturday. Others in her party went deep with snake lures & humungus boobies & also found taking fish.

Blue skies, bright sunshine, a near flat calm & high temperatures made conditions extremely hard on Sunday. Foremark Fly Fishers held a club event with 20 anglers catching a total of 42 fish. Mark Redfern took top honours with 5 for 13lbs 4oz using washing line tactics whilst Ric Saconne took the best fish at 4lbs 7oz. Sean Hanlon realised that the best of the day’s sport would come in the evening and was rewarded with a 17 fish total. He caught on diawl bachs, pheasant tails & crunchers from the bank at Lin Croft. His best was a cracking rainbow at 4lbs 12oz.

Weekly Stat.
Number of rods:  414     Number of fish taken:   517     Number of fish released: 1685
Total catch:    2202   Weekly Rod Average:  5.3

Current fishing times:
Bank:  07:30hrs until 21:30 hrs.
Boat:   08:30hrs until 21:15 hrs.
Part day boat: 08:30hrs until 14:30hrs – 14:30 until 21:15 hrs.
Last 4 hours from 17:00hrs until 21:15 hrs.
All Anglers to be off site by 21:45 hrs.

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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, where possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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.
Tight lines,
Kevin Hart

Up & coming events
22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .
9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled
 

 

 

 

Draycote Water Fishing Report Monday 19th May – Sunday 25th MAY 2014

The weather has been varied this week at Draycote with days that included heavy showers interspersed with bright sunshine. But this doesn’t seem to have affected the voracious appetite of the fish.

Buzzer hatches have been excellent especially along the hensborough bank and into rainbow corner and indeed most of the anglers from both boat and bank have had more success with the smaller patterns. Damsels have also worked well fished on an intermediate line.

Once again a number of large browns have been caught, The best of which was Mr Ron Beavan at 5 lb. Mr John Ryder also caught two browns at approx. 4lbs each.

Plenty of Fish have been caught across the middle of the reservoir and over the boils particularly on small dry fly patterns such as bob’s bits, hoppers and emergers.

The rudder has also been working well once again for boat partners Lee Henfry and Nigel Keeber who took some cracking fish on Sunday.

Best flies have been small buzzers, dawl bachs, crunchers, hares ears and damsels. Dry flies such as bob’s bits, hoppers  and emergers have also been effective.

Best bank areas have been rainbow corner, the corn field, the tower bank and dunns bay.

Best boat areas have been rainbow corner and the hensborough bank, Biggin bay, Musborough shoal and across the middle of the reservoir. 

Weekly Stat.
Number of rods: 280 Number of fish taken: 527 Number of fish released:1262
Total catch: 1789  Weekly Rod Average: 6.3
Current fishing times:
Bank: 07:30hrs until 21:30 hrs.
Boat 08:30 hrs until 2115 hrs.
Part day boat: 08:30 hrs until 14:30 hrs – 14:30 until 21:15 hrs.
Last 4 hours from 17:00 hrs until 21:15 hrs.

All Anglers to be off site by 21:45 hrs.

To maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return.

There is only one place left on the beginners course on Sunday 1st June 2014.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, were possible, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

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 it’s own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

There are currently just one place remaining on the Beginners Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan on Sunday 1st June. All tackle is provided if required and the £60 per person cost includes fishing permit. Contact the lodge for details.

Up & coming events
22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs is Cancelled

Tight Lines Alan

 

 

 

Draycote Water Fishing Report  Monday 12th May – Sunday 18th May 2014

The start of the week saw the demise of the extremely gusty high winds experienced over the weekend leaving conditions almost perfect. Although only twelve rods ventured out on Monday the rod average rose to a massive 12.4 with boat & bank catching similar numbers, almost exclusively on various buzzer patterns!

We have a full selection of Fulling Mill buzzers, nymphs, emergers, dries & lures available at the lodge

Near perfect conditions continued on Tuesday when regulars John Hoskins & Peter Elliott shared a boat in both Toft Shallows & Rainbow Corner. They enjoyed what John later described as probably their best ever day on Draycote Water netting 42 & 48 respectively, all on buzzer patterns. On his second cast in Rainbow Corner Peter took a rainbow of 10lbs 8oz!

Mike & David Mee also spent two days on the water and found fish to their diawl bachs in Toft, Biggin Bay & the Farborough Bank dam. Between them they caught over 70 fish.
Season rods Tony Broadway & John Dews, who are usually to be found on the banks, decided to take to the water twice during the week & on both days enjoyed tremendous sport fishing  white        lures deep over open water. Tony weighed in five grown on rainbows with a combined weight of 22lbs. His bag included a beautiful 6 pounder.

On the competition front, we hosted a Civil Service Regional boat heat on Wednesday with 15 competitors weighing in a total of 69 fish.

The banks were then taken over by Rolls Royce on Friday who fished a team event to a four fish limit.  Sixty six anglers took part & good sport was enjoyed. The “Derby Tinheads”  - John Eccles, Steve Polkey & Lee Payne were the winning Rolls Royce team with 10 fish for 21lbs 11oz. The “Fish Hawks”- Terry Sharp, Darren Graham & Grabham were the leading guest team with12 fish for 29lbs 11oz. Individual prize winners were David Holt & Dixie Baxter.Thanks go to Greys for their sponsorship of the top prizes.

Top prize for stamina must go to visitors from Scotland – Rab Maxwell & Sam Davies who  fished with us all week catching & releasing in excess of twenty fish each every day. Their catches all came to either buzzers or dries mainly in Biggin Bay, Toft Shallows & Rainbow Corner.    

Numerous brownies have appeared during the course of the week – one at 5lbs was caught & released by Brian Frogatt on Friday. The boats have generally out fished the banks this week. Nevertheless, seasoned regulars Ray Rouse, Ken Rawlings, Kevin Rees & David Hoppe recorded buzzer caught totals of 29, 12, 18 & 30 respectively from their bank sessions during the week. Toft, Rainbow Corner, Lin Croft & Cornfield have been the most productive bank locations.

Things became more challenging with the onset of the hot weather at the weekend causing anglers to reach for the sun screen & water bottles. Not unsurprisingly, rod averages dropped as a result. However, Keith Hamson found a way with olive buzzers in a boat off the Hensborough bank on Sunday catching a creditable 22 fish in very difficult bright conditions.

The buzzer has unquestionably  been the fly of the week, in a variety of colours with the blacks, olives & reds favourite. Evening rises have on occasion also been very good at which time emerger patterns & dries have become successful for many.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

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 it’s own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

There are currently just two places remaining on the Beginners Tuition Day with Hywel Morgan on Sunday 1st June. All tackle is provided if required and the £60 per person cost includes fishing permit. Contact the lodge for details.

Weekly Stats:
Number of rods for the week:  413   Number of fish taken:  767   
Number of fish released: 1353
Total Catch: 2120     Rod Average: 5.1      Best fish:  10lbs 8ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 21:15
Boat   08:30 until 21:00
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 14:00  /  2.00pm – 9.00pm
Last 4 Hours commences: Boat 17:00 /  Bank 17:15
All anglers to be off site by 21:30

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

Up & coming events
8th of June  – Draycote is holding the Severn Trent England Eliminator, giving you the chance to fish for England. Spaces still available.  Contact Ian Colclough @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  for an entry from and further details.

22nd of June – Scierra Pairs Boat match – with a chance to reach the final at Rutland Water. Spaces available. Entry forms visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

9th and 10th of August – Lexus individual qualifying heats – the last chance to reach the final at Chew Valley. visit www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk to book your place.

Rio Pairs Is Cancelled
 
Tight Lines Kevin Hart

 

 

 

Draycote weekly fishing report Monday 5th May – Sunday 11th May
 
Once again a week of changing weather with unsettled conditions. The week started warm & mild but extreme winds & very heavy showers were with us by the weekend.
 
The fishing remained consistent throughout with an average of 4.5 most days. On Monday traditional patterns proved their worth with Mr Parsley catching 13 from the bank on a Bibio. Buzzers fished “Washing Line” style with a FAB Blob was also reported as taking plenty of fish in Toft, whilst Stuart Llewellyn fished Snatchers for a total of 16 fish, also in Toft Shallows. Season rod Matt Hanlon also had a “Brill Day” afloat catching rainbows up to 6lbs in an 11 fish total.
 
On Tuesday Graham Pearson & John Wylde enjoyed fine sport in Rainbow Corner boating a total of 21 fish. Graham Homer fished buzzer from the boat on Wednesday & tempted a 6lbs 12oz Rainbow during what described as a great day.
 
Bank regular Geoff Allsop yet again excelled during his Thursday visit. He fished small spider patterns, green palmers & hoppers at Lin Croft & Hensborough for a day’s tally of 27. We played host to the Police Eastern Regional Qualifier that day with their 20 boats catching 142 trout recording a rod average of 3.55.
On Friday, Barry Buxton had an exciting evening boat session off the Farborough Bank dam catching 21 rainbows. He found success mainly on damsel patterns and also managed to land his first ever “double up”. Meanwhile, on the bank, Brian Allwood caught & returned a brownie estimated at over 7lbs.
Saturday & Sunday saw the arrival of strong westerly winds with some gusts in excess of 35 mph.Boat fishing areas had to be restricted as a consequence but, despite uncomfortable conditions,106 rods managed 436 fish for a rod average of 4.1
.
An evening session on the rudder saw season rod Tom Morris take four beautifully established rainbows for a weight of 16lbs. On Sunday we welcomed our now annual visit from the Norwegian national team headed up by Peter Eggleton who demonstrated how to catch in adverse winds with a 14 fish total on the drift.
 
Finally, Mr A Swift, visiting for the weekend, decided that a second day afloat in the windy conditions was not for him. He therefore ventured onto the bank in Rainbow Corner where he promptly took an 8lbs 2oz rainbow on a size 12 black buzzer –the best fish of the week!
 
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
 
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 it’s own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number of rods for the week: 351    Number of fish taken: 658     Number of fish released:  825
Total Catch: 1483    Rod Average: 4.22      Best fish:  8lbs 2ozs Rainbow
Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 21:00
Boat   08:30 until 20.45
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.45pm
Last 4 Hours commences : Boat 17:00 /  Bank 16:45
All anglers to be off site by 21:15

Up and coming events 
Bank Fishing is closed for one day this coming Friday May 16th as we host the prestigious Rolls Royce bank fishing competition, with 70 bank anglers from all over the country taking part.

Scierra pairs competition Draycote heat Sunday 22nd June, you can call in to pick up an entry form or visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
 
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 
Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Tight lines  Kevin Hart

 

Draycote weekly fishing report Monday 28th April – Sunday 4th May 2014
 
Yet another excellent week albeit made tricky on occasion by changes in wind directions & some cold morning starts. Morning frosts have still not completely left us.
 
Nevertheless, fish have been moving freely most days & many have also moved over open water. At times a pre-occupation on tiny buzzer has frustrated many anglers, particularly during the morning sessions. Larger buzzer, mainly black, have tended to hatch a little later and mid-afternoon to evening rises have been excellent, especially when it has been warm. I have seen more rising fish during the course of this past week-end than I have done at Draycote for years.
 
Once more it is clear from the returns that those anglers using smaller, imitative patterns have enjoyed more productive sport. On Monday Mark Francis took 16 from a boat on a buzzer & klinkhammer combination. Brian Froggatt managed 20 using size 14 emergers& small buzzer.
 
Not to be beaten by the nymphing anglers, Mr Severn took an 8 fish limit for 27lbs on large lures fished deep from the boat. His catch included a 5lbs brownie.
 
Testament to the spread of fish currently, Draycote regular Geoff Allsop fished from the bank on Thursday with size 14 spiders & Diawl Bachs. He reported having a great day catching a total of 31 from Hensborough, Toft, Tower Bank & Dunns!
 
On Friday, George Denny gave up his usual boat in order to make a rare appearance on the bank. His catch included a 5lbs brownie which he caught from the Cornfield on a Damsel.
 
Numerous regular holiday  visitors spent the Bank Holiday week-end with us on our three day package. The McGregor Party from Scotland enjoyed consistent sport in Rainbow Corner, the Farborough Bank and Toft. Their combined tally exceeded 230 fish, representing a daily rod average for them of over 15. Their Welsh counterparts, headed by Gary Davies, caught similarly  with Gary himself catching in excess of 150. His catch included rainbows of 7lbs 8oz & 8lbs 8oz – the best fish of the week.
Best sport of the week came on Friday & Saturday when both days maintained  a rod average of over eight.
 
Best flies have been buzzers,  small Diawl Bachs & crunchers. Damsels continue to take many fish & various emergers & dries, including Bob’s Bits,are becoming increasingly significant as things begin to warm up. Blobs & boobies have also been effective for many.
 
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
Weekly Stats:
Number of rods for the week:  315   Number of fish taken:    530  Number of fish released: 1508
Total Catch:  2038   Rod Average: 6.4      Best fish:  8lbs 8ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 20:45
Boat   08:30 until 20.30
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.30pm
All anglers to be off site by 21:00

Up and coming events
Bank Fishing is closed for one day on Friday May 16th as we host the prestigious Rolls Royce bank fishing competition, with 70 bank anglers from all over the country taking part.

Scierra pairs competition Draycote heat Sunday 22nd June, you can call in to pick up an entry form or visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .

July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
 
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
tight lines  Kevin Hart

 

 

 

 

Draycote weekly fishing report 27th April 2014
Fish Taken – 407  Fish Released – 631  Total – 1038  No. Of Anglers – 246  Rod Ave. – 4.21
 
The best 8 fish taken this week came to boat angler Mr J Finn, with a weight of 22lb 3oz  which included a brown of 3lb 12oz taken from a drifting boat.
Best fish of the week must be Ifor Jones’ (no, not that one) 8lb Brown.
Boats have caught fish in all areas of the reservoir, in particular toft and along farborough dam. There has also been some great fishing across the middle reported by Shaun Hanlon. Who in 3 days of fishing boated more than 65 fish. His written comments included the words awesome and epic.
 
Other anglers such as Steve Cullen reported lots of fish moving freely on the top of the water, were he was catching on “Bob’s Bits”.
 
The best bank areas have yet again been along the tower bank and Dunns bay, lincroft point and down into the corn field. 
 
Best Flies;
Damsels, black buzzers, Hoppers, Dawl Bach.
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
Up and coming events Scierra pairs competition Draycote heat Sunday 22nd June, you can call in to pick up an entry form or visit www.scierrapairs.co.uk .
July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
 
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 
Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 20:30
Boat   08:30 until 20.30
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.30pm
Last 4 hour permit available from 4.30pm
All anglers to be off site by 20:40

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
tight lines  Alan McGrory

 

 

Draycote weekly fishing report 14th – 20th  April 2014
A mixed week at Draycote, primarily due to the vagaries of the UK’s spring weather. Warm spring like conditions at the start of the week saw a rod average of 10.8 on the Monday with numerous anglers catching between fifteen & twenty five fish on both boat & bank. Buzzer tactics proved to be the best method as the hatch of black buzzer was tremendous. By Tuesday morning the back of the Farborough Bank dam was home to clouds & clouds of buzzer with many walkers & runners choosing to wear face masks to avoid them!
Then a complete change in the wind resulted in a sustained cold north easterly with overnight frosts. By Wednesday anglers were reporting hard fishing, made even harder when combined with amazing water clarity. Nevertheless, regular bank angler Tony Broadway was not to be thwarted and showed folk how it was done with a 16 fish total taken on buzzers.
Notts police hosted an inter-force friendly on Thursday in the boats & despite less than favourable condition, eighteen anglers caught 65 fish up to 5lbs. This was followed up by regulars  Mr Jones & Dempsey, in very cold conditions on Saturday, with lure caught rainbows of 6lbs 1oz,5lbs 4oz &5lbs 4oz in their tally. Thornton member Paul Martindale also did well on the rudder fishing tube flies to catch a total of 10.
Those who have fished finer with smaller nymphs in the clear water conditions have benefitted. Various gold head patterns, especially damsels, fished on intermediates have also scored. Toft Bank & Shallows still holds a large population of fish. During the week some good sport has also been had at Lin Croft, Biggin Bay & the Tower Bank. Rainbow Corner has not been productive due to the consistent direction of cold winds. Ironically, as I write, at the end of a much warmer day, a pair of boat anglers have just booked in an eight fish bag each complaining (tongue in cheek) that it was too easy!...
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.
July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
 
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 
Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 20:30
Boat   08:30 until 20.15
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.15pm
Last 4 hour permit available from 4.15pm
All anglers to be off site by 20:30

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
tight lines  Kevin Hart

 

 

 Tel 01788 812018      Draycote Water Fishery Report Week Ending 6th April
 
A great week`s fishing at Draycote with 291 rods recording 2213 trout caught for a rod average 7.6

Buzzer`s featured in this week’s catches with boat and bank anglers enjoying spectacular early spring sport.

Floating line & the Rio midge tip with buzzers, damsel, diawl bach caught the lion’s share of this week’s catch although the Orange FAB did account for a number of trout.
A number of 4lb rainbows were recorded last week with T Parker recording fish of 6lb8oz, 4lb8oz, A Twaites 5lb, B Jones 5lb, P Miley 6lb+,  S Conway  6lb+ rainbow, Leigh Cheshire 9lb 4oz, P Beesley 8lb 4oz rainbow with R Hall recording a 9lb 8oz rainbow
Anglers have recorded catches from all over the reservoir from Rainbow Corner across to the tower bank & down into toft with another favourable forecast this week into Easter our good sport is sure to continue.

July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 
Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 20:15
Boat   08:30 until 20.00
Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 8.00pm
All anglers to be off site by 20:30

Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
tight lines  Ifor Jones

 

 

Tel 01788 812018      Draycote Water Fishery Report Week Ending 6th April
 
Sport continues to be excellent despite a week in which we experienced some very changeable weather from bright flat calms to very wet, windy & blustery conditions.
 
Both boat & bank anglers continue to book out some impressive catches & whilst many boat anglers are still catching deep on a variety of lures, those fishing teams of buzzer are starting to enjoy the best of the sport. This was admirably demonstrated by season ticket holder Leigh Cheshire who netted a personal best 9lbs 4oz rainbow on a buzzer nymph. John Mills followed close behind  with an 8lbs 4oz rainbow which was part of a twelve fish total taken on size 14 & 16 crunchers off the Hensborough Bank.
 
Floating lines continue to be best from the bank & very frequently fish have been found patrolling extremely close to the margins. Regular angler Paul Beasley led the way with an 8lbs rainbow that succumbed to a Montana Nymph. Dependant on wind strength& direction all areas have been producing good sport.
 
Prospects for sustained action, particularly on the buzzer look good. I have just returned from a tour of the bank and the angler’s cars at Dunns Bay are literally covered with black buzzer!
 
July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match & atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.
Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.
To book please call the Fishing Lodge on 01788 812018.
 
Weekly Stats:
 
Number of rods for the week:   220   Number of fish taken:   473   Number of fish released:  1082
 
Total Catch:  1555   Rod Average:  7.06     Best fish:  9lbs 4ozs
 
Current fishing times:
Bank  07:30 until 20:00
Boat   08:30 until 19:45
All anglers to be off site by 20:15

Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

tight lines  Kevin Hart

 

 

 

Draycote update week ending 30/03/14
 
Tel 01788 812018
The weeks weather started not so well, however ended being much warmer with lighter winds, and the fish sure responded ! Mr C Mclachlan was with us on a 3 day package and everyday he landed in excess of 20 fish on his own.  The majority of his fish came to buzzers, though on Sunday he took a bag full on dries! Jude Tuff is becoming a regular face on the bank, and there is no wonder as she too has landed lots of fish on every visit.
The bank, despite a 2-3 day lull, has sprung back into action again with bag limits coming off everywhere again.  Buzzers are now in full swing, with fish feeding hard on them in most areas. Toft Shallows has produced some excellent buzzer fishing just recently as this warmer weather has bought the buzzers out in there thousands.
Boats too have got in on the feast, though fishing close to the margins has been critical! Rainbow Corner has produced well for the boats of late, though Toft Shallows has been the more favourable place to be. The Tower bank is continuing to produce the better fish from the boats. Mr M Woodhouse recorded and returned a cracking 7lb 11oz brown, the biggest recorded for the week.
Floating lines have been best from the bank, though intermediates have still taken a lot of fish. The boats have done well on a more varied array of lines, from the di-7 to floating lines and nymphs.
The best flies have been the Blue Flash Damsel, hot head damsels, orange blobs, small boobies and owl buzzers from the Flash Attack range of flies stocked in the shop.
July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match –now in its 4th year. Friendly match and atmosphere. Excellent prizes, and to 10th place ! To book please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. £25 entry pp plus fishing fees. Entry Fee To Be Paid At Time Of Booking.
Number of rods for the week 176  Number of fish taken 343   Number of fish released 833   Rod Av 6.6

Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing open 7.30am
Boats Available from 8.30am – Boats in by 7.15pm
tight lines  Craig Barr 

 

 

Draycote update week ending 23/03/14
 
Draycote is continuing to fish well, though the opening week fish bonanza has slowed, as could be expected.
The fish are still close to the shores in many areas. Floating lines are working well from the bank, with intermediate lines taking a fair share of fish too.
The Airflo world bank fly fishing competition took place on Sunday, and was won by fishery manager Craig Barr. Craig took 20 fish from the Tower Bank on a floating line with 2 flash attack damsel patterns(blue flash damsel, hot head damsel) and a buzzer in the middle. Welsh International David Hoppe was 2nd with 17 fish. David also used a floating line. 3rd was Andy Axon with 15 fish. Andy used a floating line and a combination of Pitsford peas and damsels.
Boats have done well too, though fishing close to the banks has been key. Floating lines andDI-3 line have been the way forward. Damsles, boobies, blobs and buzzers(small) have been best.
Best areas – banks – Dunns Bay, The Cornfields, Tower Bank, Toft Shallows, Hensbrough bank
Best Boat areas – Tower Bank, Rainbow Corner, Toft Shallows, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay
Best flies – blue flash damsel, hot head damsel, owl buzzers, pitsford pea, orange blobs,
Best lines – floating, intermediate and intermediate sinkers.
Total number of rods 198  Number of fish caught 292  Number of fish returned 545  Rod average 4.2

Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing open 7.30am
Boats Available from 8.30am
tight lines  Craig Barr

 

 

 

 

Draycote update week ending 16/03/14
 
Draycotes good start to the season continued, aided by the continued good weather. The weekends clear skies and bright sun did slow things down this last Sunday, as the rod average took a dip.
The bank continues to fish well, as a good head of fish are still holding within 30 feet of the shore. Buzzers are now coming into play more and more, with reports of some fished being stuffed with them! Mr Heseltine and his boat partner caught well using size 14 buzzers and nymphs, fishing tight to the bank in Biggin Bay.

The boats too, overall have fished very well, though the key to success is fishing close to the margins. Keiron Thomas and Craig Gimblett had a great catch from the boat, landing 30 trout on buzzers. Boats have caught well from the Tower bank to the Cornfields. Di-3 sinking lines have found the right depths, though at times intermediates and floating lines have worked well too!
Best flies, Pitsford Pea, blue flash damsel, hot head damsels, blobs, small boobies, owl buzzers, diawl bachs

Competition News
Sunday the 25th of June Draycote will be holding a heat for the Scierra Pairs boat match, organised by match angler Phil Dixon. For details please call 07921713716, or 01785261427
Rio Pairs Boat Match – Sunday the 13th of July. Fished to International rules. Now in its 4th year. A friendly match and atmosphere, with the top prize winning £1000 of Rio tackle. Prizes to 10th place. Entry fee £25pp plus fishing fees. Entry fee due when booking please. To book a boat please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018

Total number of rods 323   Number of fish caught 611  Number of fish returned 1407  Rod average - 6.2

Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing open 7.30am
Boats Available from 8.30am
tight lines  Craig Barr

 

 

 

 

Draycote Water 01788 812018 

Draycote opening week exceeded even the wildest of expectations, with the rod average hitting 29 for opening day, and rounding off to 17.4 for the whole week.
A lot of good quality fish were taken too, with reports of an 8lb rainbow and 7lb brown being returned. Season ticket holder Lorenzo Serrano landed several browns over 5lb, two of which came on the same cast. All were returned.

With far too many good bags to list, one that stands out from the crowd was  regular angler John Hoskins who weighed in 8 fish for 37lb ! All were taken on a combination of diawl bachs and buzzers.

The best areas have been literally the whole lake, both bank and boat. The pre season stocking has spread well throughout, allowing anglers to catch in all areas.
Best flies - Pitsford Pea, blue flash damsel, goldhead damsels, orange blobs, small boobies and buzzers.
Number of rods 342   Number of fish taken 1073  Number of fish returned 5580   Rod average 19.4
Bank anglers Cap Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.
Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing open 7.30am
Boats Available from 8.30am
All Anglers offsite by 6.15pm
tight lines
Craig Barr

 

 

Draycote Water 01788 812018

Draycotes opening day hit dizzy heights as every angler caught fish, and for many, plenty of them !! Aided by the spring like weather, the anglers were first greeted with a frost, though it was soon a distant memory, as the sun broke through to yield a spring like day. The fish responded well in what seemed every inch of the lake, as people were catching fish everywhere. A good head of fish from the previous 3 years of Management under Fishery Management UK, and a pre-season stocking of 6,000 fish helped Draycote to its best opening day yet.

One angler snapped his rod on Hensbrough bank and the fish took off with the top 2 sections, only for his boat partner to catch the rod, with the fish 2 hours later just off Farborough Spit.

Best flies were Pitsford Pea, Blue Flash Damsels, black and green boobies, goldhead damsels, orange blobs, and black buzzers
Best lines were -di-3, intermediates, and some on a floating line with buzzers rod average 20

Saturdays boats are fully booked. A dozen boats still remain for this coming Sunday. With warmer weather forecast it should be a great weekend for fishing.

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge & book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

Main Gate, Lodge & Bank Fishing open 7.30am
Boats Available from 8.30am
All Anglers offsite by 6.15pm
tight lines
Craig Barr

 

Draycote 2014 season opens on 4th March

With a pre-season stocking of 7,500 trout it should ensure a cracking start with a good head of trout left over from last season.

Bank anglers will once again be able to drive their cars around the perimeter road, we are limited to 30 cars at any one time, we therefore have 30 bank anglers car passes you can book, we suggest to avoid disappointment you call the lodge and pre book one of the 30 car passes.

Due to demand for 2014 we have introduced a new Part Day 1 Rod boat rate £13.50  full permit & boat prices on the fishery web site www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

To book a boat, bank anglers car pass call the lodge 01788 812018 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will be stocking Greys fly fishing tackle for this coming season.

Our membership packages for 2014 are all sold.

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Draycote

NO PRICE INCREASE FOR 2014 

season under Fishery Management UK in fine form with a rod average above 3. The fish had by the last week moved very close to the margins in search of food, making the bank the best place to fish.

Regular season ticket anglers Gordon Slack and Kevin Rees took advantage of this bonanza on the final week by taking over 16 fish between them, fishing floating lines and black and green lures.

The boats too still fished well, though fishing close to the shore was the trick to catching your fish as Slovakian season ticket holder Hozec discovered with 8 cracking fish for 23lb, all caught within 10 feet from the bank on a Pitsford pea lure.

Number of fish killed 159 Number of fish returned 155 Number of rods 94 Rod average 3.3

Draycote produced a fantastic season’s fishing for its visiting anglers. Only on one occasion in August the rod average dropped below 3, due to an alage bloom. This is detriment to the stocking policy of fishery owner Ifor Jones as he strives to bring Draycote back to its known former glory days – one could argue it’s there already !!
The match scene has grown in its third season with Major clubs matches, HMRC Nationals, The Ladies National Final and many others. Draycote is looking to be a popular venue for the season ahead, 2014, with the Severn Trent Eliminator, two days for the Lexus Individual competition, The Rio Pairs match and other enquiries to be confirmed. Draycote offers the perfect venue for competition fishing, fantastic fishing, a fleet of 30 boats, tackle shop and gutting facilities, and restaurant on site, not to mention the friendly environment offered by our staff.
On a final note, the good news is our prices will remain the same for next year, which we believe offers fantastic value for money.
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Tight Lines and Merry Christmas

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As we near to the end of the season, Draycote produced a fantastic days fishing for those that fished the year end Fur and Feather match. A cold start was soon put right for many as the fish were in a taking mood, reflected by the 3.9 rod average for 38 anglers taking part !!

Fish were very soon being caught along the Farborough dam wall (in front of lodge) on sinking lines and fry patterns. This area has been fishing well for weeks now, mainly due to the congregation of fry along the dam. Yvonne Webb and her boat partner took their 16 fish limit to the boat along this dam.
Rainbow Corner also produced a 16 fish boat limit for Bill Pugh and Lee Williams. They fished a combination of sinking lines and fry patterns. Sean Hanlon, who came 2nd on the day, also had his 8 fish bag limit from this area.
Fishery manager Craig Barr took 5 of his 7 fish on a midge tip line, just feet from the Cornfields bank in no less than 3’ of water !! Fish were feeding on tiny midge and snails off the surface and Craig tempted them, including the biggest fish of the competition, a 5lb 11oz rainbow, with a midge tip line, Pitsford pea on the point and 2 diawl bachs on the droppers !
The last week has produced some excellent quality fish, ranging from 3lb to 6lb. Boats have done well with fry patterns fished on lines as deep as a di-5, however those who have fished close to the shores with nymphs have also tempted some excellent quality fish.
We close this coming Saturday, so If you would like to catch some superb quality fish then Draycote is the place to try. There are plenty of fish around, so move around until you come across them, you won’t be disappointed !!! The warmest part of the day has definitely been the best from the bank, 11.30 am 1-30pm as fish have responded to even the smallest of hatches.
Number of Rods 125
Number of fish caught 252
Number of fish returned 70
Rod average 2.5
FUR AND FEATHER RESULTS

  1. Bill Pugh 8 fish for 25lb 15
  2. Sean Hanlon 8 fish 25lb 12oz
  3. Lee Patten 8 fish 23lb 12oz
  4. Craig Barr 7 fish 23lb 7oz
  5. Yvonne Webb 8 fish 22lb 14oz
 
Biggest Fish – Craig Barr 5lb 11oz
Match rod average 3.9
 
A limited number of season tickets are available for 2014, starting from only £375. They are expected to sell fast so if you are interested in purchasing one then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. Bookings are now also being taken for the 2014 season. So if you are planning a day out by yourself, or would like to hold a club competition, or a bigger event then please call the fishing lodge to book. If you cannot reach us by phone you can book by emailing   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  -  we will confirm that we have received your email.
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From all the staff at Draycote Water we hope you have enjoyed your fishing here, and we look forward to seeing you all again next season.
 
Tight Lines
 
Craig Barr

 

 

Draycote weekly update 17/11/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th 2013
 
Finally we have our first taste of winter, and arctic blast from the North. With this in mind I would think it will only encourage the trout’s desire to pack on fat for the winter ahead, and start feeding hard on what food is around.
Iain Barr and Mark Rooney found it a breeze on Saturday with 26 fish to the boat, the majority of which fell to minky patterns fished on floating lines. My father didn’t quite reach those realms managing 4 fish for the day, again on floating lines.
Boat fishing generally has been pretty good, though one prominent feature is the fish have moved much close to the shores in search of snails, shrimp and fry, therefore fishing closer to the shores has generally brought the better results.
The bank has been improving week on week of late, with some good quality fish being caught. One angler earlier in the week took four fish for 17lb on buzzers, fished on a floating line in Toft Shallows.
The Cornfields and Toft Shallows have been by far the best two areas, though this could be down to most anglers only fishing these two spots ! Floating lines and intermediates have been the best tactics, minkies and nymphs being the focus for the flies.
Our Christmas Fur and Feather match is now full this coming Sunday. The match starts at 10am and finishes at 3.30pm. All entrants are reminded to bring a small prize with them so everyone can take something home.
Number of rods 132
Number of fish caught 167
Number of fish released 161
Rod average 2.48
Bookings are now being taken for 2014 season. To book, whether it is a day’s boat fishing, a club competition or any other event please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.
Why not try one of our fantastic 3 day package deals. 3 days fishing including boats and permits for 2 anglers, 1 fish catch and release, only £145, or 3 days fishing including boats and permits and 8 fish per day per angler, catch and release only £185.
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Draycote weekly update 10/11/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th 2013
 
The cooler weather will often not entice the angler out to fish, however has the reverse effect on the fish! The fishing at Draycote has remained what I would call steady, this past week. Any failures in catching can often be put down to the tactics used. The fish have almost certainly dropped in the water column, with cooler daytime temperatures, and the inclusion of fresh water being pumped in, so sinking lines are now becoming the norm from both bank and boat. Any natural fly life has all but disappeared, so the trout are focussing on snails, fresh water shrimp and the bounty of fry that are now around the margins, thus having no real reason to be looking to the surface !

Sean Hanlon had two good days from the bank. On Thursday he landed 10 fish, all taken on a cats whisker, fished slow on a floating line. The best of the catch weighed 5lb 8oz. Mr P Fitch took 13 from the bank on the same day! John Dews and Mr M. Davies both had 9 fish from the bank on the Monday.
Minkies and various fry patterns are the best from the banks, with intermediate lines proving highly successful.
The boats are still producing good catches. Season ticket holder Tony Parker took 7 fishing on di-3 with a combination of minkies and minky boobies. Ray Marsh took 8 fish from Toft Shallows on zonka’s on intermediate lines.

Best flies have been, minkies, zonkas, minky boobies, humungous lures, floating fry, diawl bachs, crunchers.
There are still 3 boats available for the fur and feather match on Sunday the 24th of November. If you would like to fish it please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018.

Number of rods this week 130   Number of fish killed 184  Number of fish returned 241 Rod average 3.3

Bookings are now being taken for the 2014 season. Opening day boats are now fully booked !! If you are planning a group trip, a club day out or a major competition, then please give us a call at the fishing lodge on  01788 812018 – group discounts apply !  Alternatively you can email us at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Why not try one of our 3 day packages for only £145 (1 fish per angler per day + catch and release. Includes permits and 3 day boat hire)
Or our 3 day package for £185, includes 8 fish per angler per day + catch and release, + permits + motor boat hire.
We have teamed up with a local hotel just minutes away offering a great deal to our anglers – please call Mina on 01788 521800 (www.draycotehotel.co.uk). Already catered for large parties visiting Draycote Water!

Tight lines to all
Craig Barr
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Draycote weekly update 03/11/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th 2013  

At this time of year many anglers pack away their gear, and wait for the new year to come in, before they think about going fishing again. Those who do stick it out until the end of November and beyond, it has to be said are often rewarded with some of the best fishing of the season !
Draycote is going by the book at the moment, with some excellent fishing being had from both the bank and boats. The recent rains and cooler nights have given the fish that little nudge, reminding  them that winter is just around the corner, and they sure have responded, with fish over 6lb being recorderd EVERY day this week.
Gordon Slack recorded the best fish of the week, a rainbow of 7lb caught from the bank at Toft Shallows. The banks have been generally fishing well, as the fish have moved ever closer to the shores to feed. Some real cracking fish are being caught almost anywhere around the lakes shores. Fry patterns have been working very well, as have crunchers and diawl bachs as the fish mop up the remaining snails and fresh water shrimps from the weed around the margins.
Boats too have been generally fishing well, again fry patterns leading the way. Di-3 and di-5 lines have been the better options, though regular rudder angler Mr Severn took his 8 fish bag limit at 40’ he claims !! Toft Shallows, the Farnborough dam and Draycote bank dam have been the best boat areas.

Only 2 boats remain for our Christmas Fur & Feather match on Sunday 24th November so if you would like to fish then I would call sooner rather than later.

Fishing finishes at the end of November(the 3oth). Our 2014 season opens on the 4th of March.
Total number of rods 135  Number of fish killed 160  Number of fish returned 256  Rod average 3
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Draycote weekly update 27/10/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th 2013  

This week has seen some fantastic fish coming out of Draycote from both the bank and boats. No less than 60 fish over 6lb have been taken this week, with 3 fish over 8lb being recorded, the best a fantastic 9lb 8oz fish taken by Mr K Wilkinson, followed by S Peck with a rainbow of 9lb 5oz.
Jude Tuffs took a superb bag of fish from at Toft Shallows, 8 fish weighing 33lb 6oz !! Jude was fishing a floating line with a combination of nymphs and minkies. Tom Gamble and his father recorded 8 fish, also from the bank, weighing 32lb !
The boats have fished well too, with some bonanza bags appearing. Regular visitor John Hoskins took 13 fish on a Flash Attack Coral mini bite size 14 booby, fished on a di-3. He said “ they hit it like a rocket. At one point I almost lost my rod as I put it down to light a cigarette, it frightened me to death!” John’s friend Peter Elliot, also fishing from a boat, winning the SKB tackle match on Saturday, with 8 fish for 26lb 7oz.
The best bank areas have been, Toft Shallows, Rainbow Corner and Lincroft Point to the Cornfields. Minkies, minky boobies, diawl bachs, crunchers, and buzzers have taken most fish, fished on floating lines.
The boats have had the best of the fishing also in Toft Shallows, and the tower dam wall has also produced some big fish, especially browns ! The dam wall in front of the fishing lodge has had a good head of fish over the last week or so, with fish moving into the dam on the fry lined along its margins.
Fry lures have been the best flies from the boats, fished on floating lines to di-5’s. The bigger fish have tended to come deeper down.
Only 3 boats remain for our popular Christmas Fur and Feather match this year, Sunday 24th Nov, So if you would like to fish this friendly, fun and free to enter event(except normal fishing fees), then please call the fishing lodge on 01788 812018. All anglers are reminded to bring along a token gift on the day, so all anglers go home with something. E.G, bottle of wine, tin of biscuits, fly lines, ect ect ect. There will be superb hamper for 1st,  Christmas Spirits 2nd and Wine 3rd places.
This week catches –
Number of rods 191  Number of fish caught 309  Number of fish returned 371  Rod average 3.5
Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening on March the 4th. There are now limited boats available for opening day. Club days, competition events, corporate days, are all catered for with our fleet of 29 boats (We can cater for more boats upon reasonable notice).
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Craig Barr
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Draycote weekly update 20/10/2013

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Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th 2013  

Wet & windy conditions have not put a dampener on continuing good sport.
 
Throughout this week it has remained warm & mild with great action coming from both boat & bank alike.
Fry feeding is firmly on the agenda with Minkies, particularly white ones, topping the list of favoured patterns.
 
Diawl Bachs, crunchers & corixa patterns have nevertheless also proved effective – especially for the bank anglers, whilst dries have still featured when conditions have allowed.
 
Larger fish, both browns & rainbows in the 4-6lbs bracket have featured daily in this weeks catch returns. Browns to 9lbs have also been recorded.
Rainbow Corner has produced well, especially for the bank anglers, however the Farborough Dam and Toft have probably been this week’s overall hot spots.
 
At the start of the week Kevin Rees showed the way with a 13 fish catch from the bank,  which he followed up two days later with a catch of 29 to 5lbs.
 
In the boat Mr Dar weighed in three rainbows for 15lbs 2oz with a further ten released.
 
Regular visitors from Scotland, the McGregor party, spent their last weekend of this season with us & were not to be disappointed .Over the two days they caught in excess of 60 rainbows & browns to 6lbs 4oz  for a collective rod average of 6.6 each. Their fish came mainly to floating fry tactics.
 
Derby Fly Fishers enjoyed a bank match on Sunday with the Wilkins brothers taking 24 between them including a returned rainbow estimated at 10lbs to a White Minkie in Toft.
In the same event, Keith Smith commented that his 30lbs+ eight fish limit had been his “best days fishing all year” with fellow club member Ray Jeffrey also recording a 30lbs+ eight fish limit, including rainbows to 7lbs, all taken on hoppers.
 
Whilst Di 3s & 5s have scored, particularly in the higher wins, those using floating line tactics have had the edge this week.
 
Number of rods: 213   Number of fish Taken: 395   Number Released: 501  Total: 896 Rod Average:  4.20
 
Opening day for 2014 is March the 4th. Bookings for groups, competitions, and individuals are now being taken.

Bank Clearing:- Fishery Staff with assistance from the Severn Trent Rangers are busy bank clearing the overgrown willows this will ensure plenty of open bank fishing areas for bank anglers as we move into the backend and the fry feeding time.

 
Opening Hours
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 6.00pm
Last 4 Hour 2.00pm – 6.00pm
All anglers offsite by 6.30pm
 
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Draycote weekly update 14/10/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th

Despite the cooler and windier weather of late Draycote has continued to produce excellent fishing. Sunday saw our final £1000 boat pairs match, and the winning weight was 16 fish for 52lb 14oz. Bill Pugh and Lee Williams shared the cash, after pipping Julian Hubbard and Ronnie Gent into 2nd place whose 16 fish weighed 50lb 13oz. Julian took the biggest fish of the day, a lovely brown of 7lb 14oz !

The bigger fish are starting to show now as they are switching to feeding on the abundance of roach and perch fry now apparent around the margins.
Coppenhall flyfishers held a club match here on Saturday and it produced some cracking bags from the boats. Mike Laycock took 8 fish for 24lb 2oz, all on dries. His biggest was 5lb ! Mr P. Kelly weighed in 8 fish for 27lb 1oz.

The Draycote Flyfishers held a bank match on the same day, and they too had some excellent bags, with a rod average for the 8 anglers being a very impressive 8.2 !! The best fish was caught by Trevor Ashley, a top rainbow of 5lb 7oz, taken on a white minky fished on a floating line.
Anglers who like to fish the rudder are also taking some fantastic bags. Regular visitor Rod Wilson landed his 8 fish weighing 26lb 12. They all fell to a tube fished on a di-5 line.

Best flies have been, white and brown minkies, minky boobies, daddies, hoppers, crunchers, diawl bachs and big lures. Best lines have been floaters, intermediates and on cooler days, di-3 and di-5 lines have worked well.

There are now only 5 boats left for our Christmas Fur and Feather match on Sunday 24th November, so If you are planning to fish it then I would advise calling the lodge soon !

Number of fish caught 542  Number of fish released 554   Number of rods 242  Rod average 4.5

Bank Clearing:- Fishery Staff with assistance from the Severn Trent Rangers are busy bank clearing the overgrown willows this will ensure plenty of open bank fishing areas for bank anglers as we move into the backend and the fry feeding time.

Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening on Tuesday 4th of March. If you wish to hold a competition in 2014 please call Craig Barr on 01788 812018, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Group discounts apply. Please ask for details.
 
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Last 4 Hour 2.00pm – 6.00pm
All anglers offsite by 6.30pm
 
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Draycote weekly update 06/10/2013

Draycote Closing Day 2013:-  NOVEMBER 30th

Draycote is continuing in good form though there are one or two signs of things slowing, just a little. With a rod average of four, it is hard to knock, however the fish are getting into transition mode from freely rising on the surface to starting to nail the fry, that has now appeared in there tens of thousands. Slightly cooler nights of late have sent a signal to the fish winter is only just around the corner, whereas only a week ago we were in temperatures of the early twenties !
With cooling water temperatures, the fly hatches have somewhat slowed, and the daddy longlegs bonanza we experienced has slowed dramatically too! However it’s out with the dry, and in with the fry ! Mark Harrison may argue with that though as he had 15 fish to the boat yesterday (Monday) on dry orange hoppers, and plenty of bag limits this week have been taken on dries !  
Toft Shallows has been the dominant area on the lake, though this is probably due to most boats all of the time heading that way. Rainbow Corner is holding  a lot of fish and this is where Mark Harrison took 15 on the dry hopper. Holec landed 11 fish from the bank at Rainbow Corner on pheasant tail nymphs on Tuesday.
Reports have been coming in this week of fish spewing out fry when landed in the boat, roach and perch. One angler landed a 4lb brown off the spit and it had over 11 small 2” perch fry in its mouth ! The fry have reappeared around the pontoon this week and one or two fish have been seen chasing them. This week’s forecast drop in temperature will only encourage this even more.
Bank anglers have had steady sport this week, with one or two anglers not doing as well as others. The tower bank has been a favoured spot as has Rainbow Corner. Dave Hoppe fished the bank on Sunday(6th) and had 10 fish including a 5lb brown !

Number rods this week 290  Number of fish caught 397  Number of fish returned 830  Rod average 4.2

COMPETITION NEWS
This Sunday is our £1000 boat pairs match. There are still a couple of boats left for this match. Competition starts at 10am and finished at 6.00pm. Fished to reservoir rules(NO RUDDERS). Entry fee £25.00 + fishing fees.

CHRISTMAS FUR AND FEATHER match Sunday 24th NOVEMBER is filling fast with only a handful of boats left. This fun event will be fished from 10.am til 3.30. Fishery rules. There is NO entry fee, though we ask ALL anglers to bring a small prize along so everyone goes home with something. There will be fantastic hamper prizes for 1st 2nd and 3rd places. CALL THE FISHING LODGE ON 01788 812018.

Opening day for 2015 is March the 4th. Bookings for groups, competitions, and individuals are now being taken.
Bank Clearing:- Fishery Staff with assistance from the Severn Trent Rangers are busy bank clearing the overgrown willows. Our aim is to have the bank clear by early October.
This will ensure plenty of bank fishing when the trout move in onto the fry during October & November!

Bookings are now being taken for our 2014 season, opening on Tuesday 4th of March. If you wish to hold a competition in 2014 please call Craig Barr on 01788 812018, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  Group discounts apply, catering facilities available upon request. We have teamed up with the Draycote Golf Hotel (5 mins) to offer our anglers excellent accommodation at excellent rates. Please ask for details.
 
Opening Hours
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.45pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm / 1.30pm – 6.45pm
Last 4 Hour 2.45pm – 6.45pm
All anglers offsite by 7.15pm
 
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Craig Barr


 

 

 

 

 

 




 

 

7lbs 4ozs Brown taken by Phil Over in Rainbow Corner

Draycote Water Fishing Report week ending 21/08/11






Regards
Allan Brown

Here is a 7lb 10oz rainbow taken from Draycote Water on Saturday 26/05/07
by Rab Mc Gregor from Dalry Ayrshire.
This was one of 45 rainbows boated by him and his boat partner useing
Orange Bobs and Grizzle Cats

Last Updated on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 20:32