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 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
 
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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

 

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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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.
If you would like to make a booking for the 2014 season, then please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call 01788 812018

Tight Lines and Merry Christmas

All the staff at Draycote water and Fishery Management UK
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Draycote

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.
If you are wanting that last minute Christmas present remember you can shop on line with us at www.flyfishstore.co.uk
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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Tight Lines
Craig Barr www.flashattackflies.com
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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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Craig Barr
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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).
Tight lines to all
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.

 
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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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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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Craig Barr
 
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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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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 April 2014 17:30