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 Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 28th June 2015
Despite the ever changing weather conditions, Draycote continues in good form, with a rod average of 3.7. There are an awful lot of fish getting caught in open water now, especially over the shoals, these are often the trout which are either overwintered or being in the reservoir a while, described by one visiting rod as “proper lumps,” these fish have been falling to both nymphs and dry flies at varying times of the day and in various conditions.
Some anglers have reported fish feeding on pin fry already, and this is no surprise as there are literally thousands of them around the pontoon. The slightly cooler weather has now given way to the longer, warmer evenings of late, and this bodes well for that last 4 hour slot, where we are finally beginning to see a good evening rise.
With these warmer temperatures, the fly hatches have started to come on dramatically and anglers are now reporting fish feeding in or near the surface on a daily basis. A search along the edges of the wind lanes with either buzzers or a team of dries is well worth a go.
Kevin Hart took time off from the lodge to take two guests out guiding; he managed to get them both into double figures working the edges of the wind lanes fishing dries, nymph & buzzers.
Kevin is available for casting tuition or guided trips at Draycote, Foremark & Thornton and can introduce you to tubing at Thornton. Further details call the lodge 01788 812018
Toft Shallows has been the dominant area on the water this week, right up against the nature reserve buoys. But the rest of the reservoir is also fishing very well. Rainbow Corner is holding a lot of fish at the moment, more so towards the inlet and the overflow. Biggin and Dunns bay are also fishing well.
Mr Ceri Jones’ party, visiting us from Wales on Friday and Saturday seemed, by numbers alone, to enjoy themselves. On both days they caught good bags of fish; mainly it seems, on a washing line and dries.
Melvyn Severn fishing with the rudder found the overwintered fish during his visit recording 8 fish for a total weight of 26lb, for those wishing to try the rudder we have one for daily hire.  
It was good to see both Higham Ferrers and Leicester Fly Fishers back here for club matches over the weekend. All seemed to enjoy some good sport out on the water and come in with some good catches. Well done one and all.
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Adam Gunby from Leicester
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 362    Number Trout Taken:   567    Number Trout Released:  782
Total Catch:  1349                Weekly Rod Average: 3.7
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:15
Boat All Day: 08:30   until   22:15
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 16:00    PM  16:00   until  22:15
Last 4 Hours from: 18:15      until    22:15     
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:45
Last four hour ticket.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending     Sunday 21st June 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
Report
This reporting period has best been described as challenging & yet again, it has been affected by the unsettled and unseasonal weather conditions. These have ensured that each day was different. Big winds have at times continued to hamper good sport. As always though there has been some terrific action & albeit spasmodic, increasing opportunities for fishing dries have been presenting themselves.
On Monday Andy Lunn caught four including a 3lbs 8oz rainbow on his dries & Richard Pelly followed on in his evening session with a further four large rainbows to the Big Red. Tuesday was a great day. Season rods Tony Broadway, John Dews & Gordon Slack took a combined total of 27 on the bank & it was great to see Kevin Rees in action with a dozen to his slimline size 14 buzzers. Ron Bevan took his usual morning boat & his catch included a 6lbs rainbow. Messrs Hallam & Nixon also excelled in their boat with 22 to the net on dries - the best brace weighing 4lbs 12 oz & 5lbs. Wednesday was partly hampered by the return of some windy conditions through most of the day followed by some pretty wet late afternoon rain. I was able to enjoy some time on the water with Dave & Chris- two newcomers to the world of fly fishing. After some early fun with some newly introduced brownies (hopefully an investment for the future), I was able to get them into some of the daphnia feeders out over open water. Things really switched on early evening when hot head damsels fished on floating lines proved to be the downfall of five stunning rainbows with the best weighed in at 4lbs 4oz, 4lbs & 3lbs 12oz.
We were pleased to welcome the HMRC back on Thursday for their annual event. However they found tough conditions to contend with for their match in which 42 rods could only manage a total of 68 trout. Flybird Flyfishers Ron Bann, Seamus O’Dare & Micky Toal took the team honours & the 12 fish caught by Seamus crowned him top individual. Congratulations to you all from the Draycote crew. Season rod & secretary of the Draycote Flyfishers, Graham Homer also took to the boat on Thursday finishing with 15 to the net. On the bank, Dave Steer had a surprise when he added a 1lb 8oz roach to his 6 fish bag!
Friday saw the return of Messrs Broadway, Dews & Slack on the bank. This time their joint buzzer caught tally increased slightly to 29. In the boat Mr Hawking netted a 6lbs rainbow. Ian Richardson enjoyed another fine bank session describing it as “fantastic”. He took a total of 17, mostly to the nymph. It was nice to listen to him describe  his encounter the previous week with his magnificent double figure brown from the bank to a hot head diawl bach. Whilst he had been unable to photograph the fish, which was successfully returned to the water, he said he was happy that he would always hold the memory. Nevertheless, should any of you find yourself on your own on the water with no camera &”Moby Dick” in the net, please don’t hesitate to call us in the Lodge. We will always try to get to you by road or safety boat in the hope of getting you that special picture.
The Dempsey/Jones duo were back in action as usual on their Saturday boat & enjoyed great sport with Jim taking a fine 7lbs rainbow in his 4 fish limit for 19lbs. Melvin Severn followed suit with deep lure tactics for his fine 8 fish limit. On Sunday mornings George Leaton makes his weekly pilgrimage to Draycote Water all theway from Hounslow. This week, despite the high winds, his long drive was rewarded with a ten fish haul from the boat. On the bank top honours went to Mr D Harrison whose five fish tally included rainbows at 5 & 6lbs.
Overall a mixed week & if Mother Nature could grant us one wish right now, settled, more seasonal weather patterns would be at the top of the request list. Generally the bank v boat theme has been buzzer tactics, with small skinny patterns, for the bank anglers right now with daphnia feeding fish being taken by the boats anglers mainly on lures & blob type patterns. Location in the water column has been critical as the blooms of light sensitive daphnia rise & fall with the sunlight
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:   381         Number Trout Taken:  401     Number Trout Released:  601
Total Catch:      1002            Weekly Rod Average:  2.62
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day:   08:30     until 22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30   until    15:45 PM   15:45   until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:    18:00     until   22:00        (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:30
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.
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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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.
Congratulations to Mr David Smith of Crick  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
Tight lines
Kevin
Tuition:
There are still two places available for our Beginner’s Day Courses with Hywel Morgan on Saturday 27th June & Sunday 28th June. Cost is £65 per place with a maximum of six participants on each course. Contact the Lodge for details.
 

 

 

Draycote Weekly  Fishing Report w/e Sunday 14th June 2015

Phew, what a week. Again the weather’s been proper off its trolley. (some would say it’d be in good company here.) But at least we’ve had a northerly most of the time ,which brings in the whole of that north shore and makes for good bank fishing.. With a rod average of 4.1 overall, the fishing has been very good this week , dogged on occasion by an algae bloom that was blown into Rainbow Corner. Fortunately the best of the bank fishing has been down in the Cornfield and towards Grays Barn.

Notables this week were, Rod Wilson with 8 fish for 29lbs on Monday, Ian Richardson, who caught a Brownie of 10lb 8oz, and Peter Elliott who had over 40 fish on the boils on Friday using buzzers and blobs. 

On Thursday we saw the arrival of the Police National competition with anglers from all over the country. (It’s no wonder we were all so well behaved)The practice day on Wednesday seemed to go very well as they produced a rod average of 7.2.. Thursday brought a bright and blustery day which pushed the fish down and made the water fish a bit harder. But the competitors made the best of it,and all seemed to be in ‘good spirits’ returning a match rod average 3.5 It was great to be involved with such a competitive and friendly competition, Everybody wanted to win, but at the same time the banter going back and forth was really good. The team competition was won by Avon and Somerset with a combined  weight of 61lb 9oz. Whilst the individual competition was won by Mr Dave Mateer with a bag weight of 31 lb 8oz. Well done one and all who took part and we hope to see all of you back here at Draycote soon.

Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Richard Pelly.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 403    Number Trout Taken:  473     Number Trout Released:   1200
Total Catch:   1673               Weekly Rod Average: 4.1

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 08:30   until   22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:45    PM  15:45   until  22:00
Last 4 Hours from: 18:00      until    22:00     
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:30

Fishery Rules
All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yards from the bank and 70 yards from any bank angler.

Last four hour ticket.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

 

 

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 31st May 2015

Draycote has continued in rich form this week as both boat and bank anglers have had some fantastic catches. Some of the descriptions that anglers have written on the catch return sheets seems to show that we are getting things about right here at the moment, although not all would agree. Some anglers still seem to struggle a bit on what appears on paper to be a good day. Here at Draycote, if you are having a bit of trouble out there, we would rather you rang us, as by midday or so we usually have a good idea of where the fish are being caught and what is going on out on the reservoir.

In the past couple of months the fishing has been at its best around the margins of the reservoir, but in the last week or so a number of larger fish are showing up over the shoals and out in open water. These fish are being caught on a wide variety of methods, the mainstay of which has been DI5’S and DI 7’s using blob’s or tube flies.

The weather has remained changeable all week, with this rather persistent westerly pestering the life out of both us and the anglers. This has not hampered the fishing too much as the rod average this week has been 4.7. It seems that as long as you are willing to move around and try different methods, you should have a good day.

Best bank areas; The north shore from Dunns bay all the way down in to Toft. Rainbow corner.
Best boat areas; Dunns bay, Biggin bay, Toft, Farborough spit and Rainbow corner.
Best flies ;Buzzers, Dawl bachs, Nemo Crunchers, Damsels, Montanas, Pitsford peas and the dreaded Orange blob.
Best lines; Floaters, midge tips, intermediates, DI5’s and DI7’s.

Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr T Evans from Kirkby in Ashfield

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 417 Number Trout Taken: 551 Number Trout Released: 1422
Total Catch: 1973 Weekly Rod Average: 4.7

Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:15 PM 15:15 until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

Fishery Rules
All boat anglers are reminded that they must keep 50yds from the bank and 70 yds from any bank angler.
Last four hour ticket.
Don’t forget to take advantage of our very popular last four hour permit, now that the evenings are starting to draw out.

 

 

Draycote Fishing Report w/e Sunday 24th May 2015

Has the weather been a bit mad this week or is it me? (don’t answer that). But what a week, we’ve had cold wet windy days closely followed by warm sunny flat calm days. It seems that if you’re coming here fishing at the moment, bring everything!

A weekly rod average of 3.8 shows that the place is fishing really well. Remarkably, as well from the bank as it is from the boats, The water has warmed up a fair bit but has remained crystal clear. None of those algae blooms that dog us so much at times have shown up yet. Buzzers and Red holographic dawl bachs’ seem to be the order of the day for most anglers but, if only just to prove me wrong, Lee Henfry and Nigel Keeber  weighed in 16 fish for 49lb caught on DI 7’s and tubes on Saturday.
The usual suspects of Tony Broadway, John Dews and Gordon Slack visited us on a couple of different occasions this week and all did extremely well. The best of which was Tony who managed a large number of fish from the bank including a golden trout of about 7lbs.
Other notables this week were, Mr Bob Askew who had a good bag on Tuesday which included 3 fish of about 5lbs. Season ticket holder Mr John Dickens who caught 11 fish in 3 hours on Wednesday on a black buzzer with orange cheeks. Regular angler Mr Paul Farrell, who had a “Good evening” on Thursday, catching 6 fish, using our very popular last 4 hour ticket. Season Ticket holder Mr Sean Hanlon had a good bag on Friday, on a mixture of buzzers and dries.

Best bank areas;
Dunns and Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point,  the Cornfield and Toft.

Best boat areas;
Dunns and Biggin bay, Lincroft Point, the Cornfield, Toft shallows, Musborough shoal and Rainbow corner.

Best Flies;
Buzzers, Red holographic dawl bachs, hare’s ears, pitsford peas, montanas, damsels and tube flies.

Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Dave Kennell from Nuneaton.. .

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 339     Number Trout Taken:   509    Number Trout Released:   805
Total Catch:   1314               Weekly Rod Average:  3.8

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 21:15
Boat All Day: 08:30   until   21:15
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 15:00    PM  15:00   until  21:15
Last 4 Hours from: 17:15      until    21:15     
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45
Tight lines.

 

 

 

 

Draycote Weekly Fishing Report w/e Sunday17th May 2015.
Tel 01788 812018

Draycote has again produced some excellent fishing this week. The changing weather hasn’t made it very comfortable at times, with sun block needed one day, and a pair of gloves and big coat the next. But all in all a good week, with gin clear water and fish moving around either in or near the surface, anglers from both the boat and the bank have enjoyed some sporadic, but excellent sport. The fish seem to be concentrating on buzzers at the moment. (remember, you can use any colour, as long as it’s black) the best sizes being 12’s and 14’s.. These are also accounting for some good browns, particularly off the Tower bank, Dunns and Biggin bay. Mr Roly Hill, one of our season ticket holders, caught a beautiful 5 ¼ lb brown on Tuesday from Biggin bay, using a black buzzer fished on a floating line. On Wednesday season ticket holder Mr John Dickens, caught a 5 ½ lb rainbow using the same method. On Friday Mr Don Roper followed up with another cracking rainbow of 5lb 2oz from the cornfield, yet again on a black buzzer.

Wednesday saw the arrival of the AMFC match and the Police Service UK team qualifier. Both matches seemed to go off without a hitch and despite the bright sunshine and warm conditions, anglers commented that the water fished extremely well. The AMFC caught a total of 218 fish for a competition rod average of 6.5, while PSUK caught a total of 55 fish for a competition rod average of 2.7. Well done to all those who took part.

On Saturday we hosted in conjunction with Severn Trent Water the Water Industries Game Fishing Championships, attended by 98 members of the water industry from all over the country. The preceding practice days went very well with a number of rods catching well into double figures. Saturday dawned with a strong westerly breeze that could have dampened the day. But as the morning rolled through this gave way to a mild but breezy afternoon with some excellent sport on buzzers, dawl bachs’ and small black and green lures. The Overall event was won by the team from Natural Resources Wales with 38 fish for 107lb 6oz.

Choice of line is proving vital at the moment. The vast majority of fish are being caught using Floaters, midge tips, or a slow intermediate but, a few anglers have had a lot of success using a DI 5, washing line with a FAB blob on the point and a couple of buzzers. The line is then retrieved almost as soon as the flies have touched the water, thus giving the flies a chance to fish down through the depths and back up again just before the flies reach the boat. In the last couple of weeks this method has proved to be deadly in some of our competitions.
All areas of the lake are producing fish, with the usual hot spots hitting the headlines, Toft Shallows, Dunns and Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point, the Cornfield and the Tower bank. Boats using the rudder and fast sinking lines are also taking good bags of fish through the centre of the reservoir, with the best areas being the Draycote dam, Middle shoal, through Croft Shoal and down through G buoy into Toft.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank those anglers who volunteered to act as stewards for the Water Industries match on Saturday. They were;
Mr Graham Homer
Mr Ray Rouse
Mr Mike Garner
Mr Dave Ralph.
A very grateful thank you from all the staff here at Draycote. Without your help the competition could not have run as smoothly as it did.

Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Tim Lycett from Atherstone.. .

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 586 Number Trout Taken: 942 Number Trout Released: 1047
Total Catch: 1989 Weekly Rod Average: 3.4
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

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30
Tight lines.

 

 

Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 3rd May 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Unseasonal high winds have dominated most of this week’s weather which commenced with strong, cold, gusty westerlies.  These stayed with us for most of the week which brought bank anglers increasingly hard conditions, with fish moving out of the margins into deeper water. Most of the boats on Sunday & Monday were on the drift practising for a big event fished to International rules on Tuesday. Many found buzzer feeding fish holding at 10-15 feet down in the water column & a few were highly successful using Di5&7 sinkers in conjunction with FAB blobs & buzzer. In the run up to the event eight Scottish anglers  representing Change Fly Fishers rose to the challenge.  They booked a three day holiday break & collectively caught over 100 trout each day!

Match day for the British Police v Royal Navy & Marines + the Police  Fly Fishing Association Community Challenge Match saw the whole fleet out on the water in what proved to be another very windy and very challenging day with gusts exceeding 30 mph at one point. Nevertheless some cracked it again & in the Tri match Change FF managed to take top honours with 39 fish for 99lbs 5oz. They were followed by the English Fly Fishing Association with 29 for 82lbs 12oz. Third place went to the police with 28 for 77lbs 3oz.. David Moore caught the largest fish of the event with a cracking rainbow of 6lbs 13oz. The whole event was fished to a three fish limit followed by barbless catch & release. Best individual performance  went to the Police team’s Gary Haskins with a total catch of twelve trout. Lady luck was on his side as he also later won first prize in the after dinner raffle! Congratulations to Gary as well as to the hard work of the event  Organiser/Administrator - Calum Fraser.

Notwithstanding some good boat bags & numerous reports of excellent sport, Wednesday saw only two bank anglers out for whom conditions remained very hard. Thursday saw some good sport, especially on the buzzer, with numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket caught. It was nice to see Kevin Rees on the bank & he showed the way (as usual!) with an eight fish total on buzzers presented in Dunns Bay in tricky conditions.
Thursday night into Friday saw a complete change in wind direction as a cold easterly took over. Once again, despite it now being May, the early morning saw frost on the car windscreen as well as in the boats & part of the pontoon. However once things warmed up the action began in earnest from the Cornfield, Lin Croft & Biggin Bay. Boats & bank anglers enjoyed good sport with a combined total of 571 trout for a rod average of 7.82. Twelve season ticket holders fished the bank on Friday & showed the virtue of their collective local knowledge by recording a catch of 114 – equating to a rod average between them of 9.5

Gladly both boat & bank continued to produce brisk sport into Saturday with lots of anglers reporting good results on buzzer, cruncher & diawl bachs. Two season ticket holders also commented on finding good resident fish out over open water whilst two bank anglers together on the Cornfield  enjoyed good sport to hot head damsels. Hywell Morgan, here again with us  this weekend conducting courses, was watching rising fish in Toft about 25 yards offshore late on Saturday afternoon. Forty to rods fished on Saturday & took 410 fish in total equating to a rod average of 9.7
Sunday dawned as a wet and blustery day with some question as to whether the boats could venture out. Returns showed however, that despite the poor weather most anglers did fairly well, catching mainly on buzzers, nemo crunchers and black lures, with a rather surprising rod average of 4.2
 
 
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr J Dempsey from Bedworth. .
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 368      Number Trout Taken: 464     Number Trout Released:   1203
Total Catch:  1667                Weekly Rod Average:  4.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:30
Boat All Day: 08:30   until   20:30
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 14:30    PM  14:30   until  20:30
Last 4 Hours from: 16:30      until    20:30     
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

Bank Anglers please note: The bank fishing will be closed for one day on Saturday May 16th as we host the Water Industry Fly Fishing Bank Competition
Tight lines

 

 

weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 26 April 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

It comes as no surprise that once again the week has been hugely influenced by early spring weather conditions. The beginning of the week brought some delightful warm, sunshine yet by the end of the period it was back to chilling winds, low temperatures & early morning frosts.

On Monday boat & bank fished equally well &  regular Ed Douglas  described his boat session as “Awesome” . Both he & his boat partner concentrated  on Toft & netted in excess of 20 each on a combination of  buzzer & diawl bach patterns fished deep. Trevor Riches also had one of his best days ever on Monday from the bank at Dunns Bay & the Tower Bank. Forty eight rods shared a rod average of 7.2 on what as a really fantastic day.
Although many boat & bank rods got into double figure catch returns, as the week progressed conditions became harder & by Wednesday the rod average dipped to 3.1 However, come Thursday they were hard on the pull once more & 90 rods netted a total of 566 for a rod average of 6.28. Buzzer patterns accounted for many of the better bags. Favoured areas were The Tower Bank & Dunns together with Toft – which still seems to have been fishing better during the second half of the day.

On Thursday we hosted The English Police for their 2015 EPFFA Boat Championships. They fished to a 4 fish limit followed by catch & release with 48 anglers competing. A total of 372 trout were netted for a rod average of 7.75. Malcolm Naylor came up trumps with a 6lbs 9oz Rainbow to take the largest individual fish award. Top bag honours went to Nick Lant & Henryck Pycz who weighed in 15lbs 2oz & 15lbs 1oz respectively.

On Friday afternoon Rod Wilson got out on the water for his first trip of the season. He took 4 rainbows for 13lbs 8oz. He also released a further eight – all coming to tube flies on the rudder. Numerous large browns have continued to show this week too. Stan Hillman tempted an estimated 8 pounder from the bank on a Minkie and on Saturday Jim Dempsey caught & released two from the boat at 8 ½ & 5lbs. John Clifford also reported an estimated 7 pounder caught & released on a fry pattern from the boat near Lin Croft Point.

The week ended with mixed results as the fishing became much harder in cold conditions. It was particularly dificult on the bank as the fish dropped offshore. Many anglers, practising for a big event on Tuesday next ,found buzzer feeders at depths of 10-15 feet. I was shown a photo of an estimated 8lbs rainbow which was caught & released near Rainbow Corner. It had intercepted a buzzer fished on a Di7 at a depth of 15 feet.

Yet again I found myself scrapping frost from the windscreen first thing this morning &yet again the pontoon & boats were frosted. However – May beckons!

For those yet to view this via the website or Facebook page, Jamie Robbins from Shakespeare visited us recently & took some good early season advice from Ifor here in the lodge. His resultant YouTube video is well worth viewing.  It especially reminds us of the beauty of the venue. – take a look via this link: - https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=MMsn30R_fOI
 
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Vince Aronica from Loughborough. .

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 373    Number Trout Taken:   613    Number Trout Released:   1372
Total Catch:   1985               Weekly Rod Average:  3.67
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:15
Boat All Day: 08:30   until   20:15
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 14:15    PM  14:15   until  20:00
Last 4 Hours from: 16:15      until    20:15     
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

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.
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, The Tower 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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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.
 
Tight lines
Kevin

 

 

 

weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 12th April 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Contrasting weather conditions have been experienced this week at Draycote. The beginning of the week saw some beautiful spring weather with warm sunny days and temperatures rising into the twenties. Bright & sometimes flat calm conditions made for very difficult fishing at times. However, the buzzer hatch is increasing all the time with the warming weather & generally the venue fished very well throughout.  Unfortunately, by the weekend, we were back to howling winds which, on Sunday, were so severe that we could not allow the boats out. Nevertheless the rod average for the week as a whole was 4.7
Whilst  there are many fish still being caught close to the bank we are now beginning to see some good bags of fish coming out of open water, particularly in Biggin Bay and around G buoy & down into Toft.
Some shoals of fry are beginning to appear along Farborough Dam and around the pontoon area. It looks like we could be  in for yet another exciting season on fry patterns. Anglers are also reporting catching the odd fish on dries although a lot of those fish seen feeding at the surface have actually been taking the buzzer pupae sub-surface. This is mainly occurring  in the evenings down in Toft, and is probably why we are beginning to sell more and more of our ever popular last 4 hour permits.  
The picture for this coming week then looks pretty good. as anglers have been doing very well using a wide variety of methods. They have mainly been catching using Floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with such flies as buzzers, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob. The prevailing midge pupa colour at the moment is black with many now in the “size 12” hook size.
Best Areas ; Dunns & Biggin Bay,  Lincroft Point , the Cornfield, G buoy, Toft ,and better late than never, Rainbow Corner when the wind conditions are right.
Best fish of the week was a brown trout of 8lbs3ozs to the rod of Loren Serrano whilst Paul Beasley was somewhat surprised to land not one but two Golden R
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Askew of Leamington .

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  340   Number Trout Taken:  472     Number Trout Released:   1136
Total Catch:    1608              Weekly Rod Average:  4.72

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:45
Boat All Day: 08:30     until  19:45
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30   until 14:15    PM  14:15   until  19:45
Last 4 Hours from: 15:45    until    19:45     
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15

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.
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.

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

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 fishing report week ending Sunday 5th April 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report.
The end of March through to the beginning of April is a peculiar time for the weather, 4 seasons in one day, literally. We’ve had it all this week, hail storms, bright sunshine, flat calms and winds strong enough to close the water to boat fishing. I can’t honestly remember the last time we had such extreme and unpredictable weather.
In fact, the only thing that is predictable here at the moment is the fishing. Yet again, the fish are holding in close to the banks and drop offs around the reservoir, with reports of some larger fish being caught in both Toft, and along the Hensborough bank. The buzzer hatches are improving, with vast swarms being spotted everywhere, and some inevitably being swallowed by joggers and cyclists alike. And there was you thinking they were only eaten by the trout. 
For the last couple of weeks we’ve been reporting that the fish are taking buzzers or small black and green lures. On that front, nothing has changed. But as the weather improved towards the end of the week, so did the fishing. Indeed , some anglers reported, for the first time this season, that they were catching on dries down in the bottom of toft. Hopefully a sign of yet another excellent season of top of the water sport.

Anglers have been catching mostly using floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with some using DI 5. 

Best flies ; Buzzers, black and green lures, dawl bach’s, shuttlecock’s or the orange blob.

Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point , the Cornfield, Toft shallows  and the Hensborough bank.
 
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr Glyn Chesters from Atherstone.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 235     Number Trout Taken: 345      Number Trout Released:  1081
Total Catch:  1426                Weekly Rod Average:  6
 
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:30
Boat All Day: 08:30        until  19:30
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 14:00    PM  14:00    until  19:30
Last 4 Hours from: 15:30        until    19:30     
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:00

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


Draycote restaurant is open to serve anglers breakfast from 8.30am on a Saturday & Sunday.
 
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Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 29th  March 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
Report.
This past week the weather has been a bit unsettled but mostly dry, with the wind sometimes changing direction on an hourly basis. It was in fact , blowing hard enough at the weekend to close the reservoir to boat fishing. I must admit I was expecting this to dramatically change the rod average, but not at all. Those anglers who “ toughed it out ” on the bank still did exceedingly well .
 
This weekend we welcomed the first two of this years “ Beginners Fly Fishing Tuition days “ hosted by Hywel Morgan. Despite the weather the courses seemed to go very well, with a number of students bending a rod into their first ever hard fighting Draycote Rainbow. Well done one and all. More information on these courses can be found on the website.  
 
It’s no surprise to learn that the fish are still holding in close to the bank, indeed as reported on several occasions, anglers have had fish swimming around their feet. The best piece of advice when bank fishing here at the moment is, to check the water in front of you before wading in, as the fish may be literally underneath your rod tip.
 
Buzzers are featuring more and more as the weather warms up, with green and black lures, fished just a few feet below the surface, accounting for some good bags. Again reports of daphnia may require the use of an orange blob, whilst bloodworm are also featuring on many pages of the catch return.
Anglers have been doing very well using floating lines, midge tips , intermediates, or even a DI 5 on occasion. 
 
Such flies as buzzers, bloodworm, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob are working well. .
 
Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point , the cornfield and Toft shallows
 
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Kurt Russell from Burbage.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 166     Number Trout Taken: 343      Number Trout Released:   750
Total Catch:   1093               Weekly Rod Average:  6.5
 
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:15
Boat All Day: 08:30        until  19:15
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 13:45    PM  13:45    until  19:15
Last 4 Hours from: 15:15        until    19:15     
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45
 
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.
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Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
 
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 fishing report week ending Sunday 22nd  March 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report.
The week started with chilly conditions and a sharp northerly breeze, but as it progressed we had spells of bright sunshine and warmer flat calm conditions, particularly on Friday and Sunday.
There is no doubt that the fishing has slowed up a little from the mad start to the season that we had, but with a weekly rod average of 5.3, Draycote is still providing some very exciting sport for both beginners and seasoned anglers alike.
The bank is still fishing extremely well with anglers reporting good hatches of buzzer along the northern shoreline, from the tower all the way down into the bottom of toft shallows. Once again the fish are holding in close to the bank, with many anglers making the wise decision not to wade in before fully inspecting the water in front of them.  Whilst many of these fish are feeding on buzzer, some anglers have reported spooning fish only to find them packed full of daphnia.
So overall, the picture looks good for the coming week, as anglers have been doing very well using a wide variety of methods. They have mainly been catching using Floating lines, midge tips or intermediates, with such flies as buzzers, montanas, pitsford peas, damsels or an orange blob
Best Areas ; Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Lincroft Point  and the cornfield.
Weekly Free Boat Draw
This weeks free boat draw has been won by Mr Alec Twaites from Coventry.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 268     Number Trout Taken: 440      Number Trout Released:  998
Total Catch:  1438                Weekly Rod Average:  5.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18:00
Boat All Day: 08:30        until  18:00
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 13:30    PM  13:30    until  18:00
Last 4 Hours from: 14:00        until    18:00     
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30
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.
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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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 Sunday15th March 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report.
The second week of the season here at Draycote seems to have gone pretty well. Despite some very negative weather reports it has been a fairly mild week, with promises of heavy showers that just never  appeared.
The fishing itself has been excellent from both boat and bank as once again the fish seem to be holding in close to the banks and the drop offs.  Anglers have been reporting some good sport from all around the reservoir, with some anglers getting into double figures before lunchtime.
Most of the fish being caught are only a few feet down in the water, so floating lines, midge tips or even an intermediate line seem to be the order of the day.  
Various small lures coloured black and green have been working very well alongside damsels, as have small pink or orange lures on the odd occasion.
Buzzers have also accounted for a large number of fish, particularly in the early afternoon when the temperature rises a little. Any colour seems to do the trick, as long as it’s black.
Good bags of fish have been reported, in fact to numerous to mention here, but the best 3 individual fish of the week must be; George Denny, with a 5 lb Brownie, Paul Beasleys’ 6lb Brownie caught off the pontoon,and lastly, but by no means least, Sheena Goodes’ 8lb overwintered Rainbow caught just off C bouy.  
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 187     Number Trout Taken: 451      Number Trout Released:  1291
Total Catch:  1742                Weekly Rod Average:  9.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 17:30
Boat All Day: 08:30        until  17:30
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30     until 13:30    PM  12:30    until  17:45pm
Last 4 Hours from: 13:30        until    17:45pm     
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:00

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.
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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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 Restaurant Opens at 8.30am on Saturday & Sunday mornings
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending    Sunday 8th March 2015
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
Draycote has enjoyed another great start to the new season with some terrific catches recorded throughout our first week [NB: A short 5 day week with opening day being a Wednesday). Over 1500 trout were recorded on opening day alone. Notwithstanding some very windy, chilly & at times squally conditions, 400 anglers visited during the course of the week recording a total of 4,700 fish caught. This represents a weekly rod average of 11.75!
Boat & Bank anglers have enjoyed consistent sport & the whole venue has actually been producing well. In fact it would be hard to specify particular hotspots, although perhaps the most consistent areas, especially for the bank anglers, have been the Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay. Boats have also done well in Biggin Bay & at times off Lin Croft Point. Toft Shallows have also produced, especially during the milder & warmer spells when buzzer tactics have worked for many.

Overall I think it fair to say that this has been the week for the intermediate lines fished in conjunction with various lures. In terms of patterns, the “black & green” theme has continued.  Gold & hot head damsel patterns have also been hard to beat. Similarly, the Black & Silver Humungus has accounted for a lot of fish. Generally they have been found to be running the shorelines or holding on the drop offs.
There have been too many excellent catches to name them all however, congratulations must go to Mr White who is new to the sport. He caught & released 25 in what he proudly described as his “Best Day Ever!”. Mike Oliver also excelled on Sunday using buzzers whilst Andy Ball simply had a ball describing his day as “Awesome”.
Numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket have been encountered but the biggest fish recorded so far has been a caught & released Brownie estimated at 8lbs by captor Harry Pinner.
All in all, it has been a fine opening week  with lots & lots of smiling anglers and all bodes well for the season to come. A final cautionary note – do remain mindful of the time of year & make sure that you are well prepared with appropriate clothing.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 400   Number Trout Taken:   991    Number Trout Released:   3709
Total Catch:    4,700              Weekly Rod Average:  11.75

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 17:30
Boat All Day:   08:30   until   17:30
Boat Part Day:  08:30  until  13:30    PM 13:30    until  17:30
Last 4 Hours from:  13:30     until   17:30       (Ticket sales available from 13:15      )
All Anglers to be off site by:  18:00
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.
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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
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.
Tight lines
Kevin

Dates for the Diary
Draycote Restaurant will be opening at 8.30am on Saturday & Sunday offering anglers breakfast & packed lunches

 

 

 

Draycote Water Opening Day Update Report Thursday 5th March 2015

Telephone Number 01788 812018

The 2015 Draycote season began with a great opening day yesterday. Despite a cold & blustery North Westerly wind, 104 hardy anglers recorded a total catch of 1523 trout equating to a rod average for the day of 14.6

Boats & bank anglers alike enjoyed hectic sport with fish running the shorelines & drop offs around much of the venue.

Various black & green tadpole type patterns + gold head damsels were the order of the day for most.

Intermediate lines were reported by many as being the most productive.

Rainbow Corner, Tower Bank, Dunns & Biggin Bay proved to be excellent locations for both boat & bank. The Cornfield fished well in the afternoon, as did Toft.

Boat & Bank Car Access Pass bookings have been heavy so please call the lodge in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Two boats remain available for tomorrow (Friday), but all the boats are booked for Saturday. Some Bank passes remain for Saturday whilst on Sunday there is capacity on both boat & bank.

Draycote Restaurant will Open at 8.30am on Saturday & Sundays offering anglers breakfasts & pack lunches


Hywel Morgan tuition days, the first dates are 28 & 29th March limited availability visitwww.flyfishtuition.co.uk for further details or call the lodge

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Kevin

 

 

 

Draycote Opens Wednesday 4th March

Opening Day Boats are FULLY BOOKED

Opening Day all 30 bank anglers car passes are FULLY BOOKED

We are operating the same system as last year we are allowed 30 cars to drive around the perimeter road at anyone time we recommend you call the lodge & book a bank angler car pass 

We have vacancies for part time work at the fishery, contact the fishery for further details

01788 812018

 

 

 

Draycote Water 01788 812018

Opens 4th March

Bookings are been taken contact the lodge.

New for 2015 Draycote will stock SAGE rods & reels with an opportunity to cast a Sage rod to ensure you choose the model to suit.

Full Permit prices visit our website www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 Draycote opens on 4th March

Boat bookings, Bank angler car passes & competition bookings contact the lodge 01788 812018 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

New for 2015 SAGE  stockist with a "try before you buy" facility.

New for 2015 Corporate Days, contact lodge for details

New for 2015 Residential Fly Fishing Courses hosted by Hywel Morgan, contact lodge for details

Competition Dates for your diary
Loch Style Qualifier
TEFF Loch Style Qualifier at Draycote 11th July full details at the Team England Angling Trust website www.te-ff.org/

LEXUS Individual
Draycote Sat 8th Aug
Draycote Sun 9th Aug Floating Line Only
Details & booking forms www.lexusflyfishing.co.uk

Scierra Pairs
Draycote Heat Sunday 12th July
Details www.scierrapairs.co.uk
 

We have a stand at the BFFI show this coming weekend 7th & 8th February

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 23th November 2014
Tel. 01788 812018

As the end of the season looms ever closer, Draycote is still producing some good sport for those anglers willing to don woolly hats and scarves and brave the elements.

Both bank and boat anglers have been catching fish in good numbers, using a mixture patterns such as lures, floating fry patterns, dawl bachs and buzzers.

The Draycote Fur and Feather match on Sunday got off to a damp start. 37 anglers wrapped up warm against the elements and ventured out to what should have been a very wet and breezy day. However,  the weather was kinder than forecast and despite being a bit soggy at the close of play, the anglers caught a total of 121 fish for a rod average of 3.2.
The best bag of the day was taken by Mr Nigel Keeber – 8 fish for a total weight of 24lb 13oz.
The biggest fish of the day was caught by Mr Simon Peck -  a rainbow of 5lb 5oz.  
 
Best flies. Crunchers, Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, especially fished as a “washing Line” –– Minkie Boobies & various floating fry patterns
Best bank areas. Biggin Bay, Lin Croft, The Cornfield & Toft (Lodge side).
Best boat areas Toft, Farborough Bank & Spit, Biggin Bay to Lin Croft Point and the Cornfield.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:   228                             Number Trout Taken:     302       Number Trout Released: 510
Total Catch:    812                Weekly Rod Average:  3.5
 
Current Fishing Time:
Bank:  07:30 – 15.45
Boat All Day: 08:30 – 15:45
Boat Part Day:  AM   08:30 – 11:45   PM  11:45  - 15:45
Last 4 Hours from:   11:45
All Anglers to be off site by:   16:15
 
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.
 
 
Don’t forget that the season ends here at Draycote on 30th November 2014 and we open again on 4th March 2015.
 
Season Tickets.
We are frequently asked about the availability of season tickets for next year.  Current members have a renewal option so it is not yet known if any vacancies will arise. However we have created a list of those interested in membership.  If you would like to have your details added to this list, please contact the lodge.
 
Local Club
Draycote Fly Fishers Association is the local angling club to Draycote Water. During the season they organise various club competitions and during the winter they hold six club meetings at a venue in Dunchurch. For further information contact the club secretary Graham Homer 02476 402464

 

 

 


 


 

 

    

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, 30 June 2015 14:45