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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18th June2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A week of two halves regarding the weather, starting with the strong winds that had plagued the lake the previous week. Tuesday then gave way to near perfect conditions with light winds, mixed with cloud. Wednesday also saw favourable conditions although perhaps a little bright at times. Thursday brought the return of the gusty strong winds. However, once this had passed the light winds and sun came to play, giving glorious summer conditions, although not the necessarily the best for fishing. Despite these changeable conditions the 315 anglers caught a total of 1254for a rod average of 3·98. (This represents a considerable improvement on last week’s 2·6).
The windy start to the week saw a lot of the anglers opting to fish the top Draycote Dam Wall, Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay to get out of the strong South Westerly winds. Don Coe and Gordon Byers enjoyed good sport on the first of a three-day package visiting us from the North East. The pair boated 12 fish, drifting from Rainbow Corner out into the deeper water. They fished very different tactics - Don going for a sinking line with snakes while Gordon used dries!Season ticket holders Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell landed 19 fishing in Biggin Bay, they found the fish wanted a washing line with diawl bachs and crunchers teamed with a FAB on the point. Mr W Brown enjoyed good sport using blobs to land 11 fish. Mr Orpin also enjoyed great sport on an afternoon boat landing 9 fish from Rainbow Corner on Buzzers.
The winds dropped for Tuesday giving way to near perfect conditions with a light breeze &overcast skies and, as a result, the fishing was fantastic. Season ticket holder Brian Allwood enjoyed good sport on the bank fishing in Toft using small buzzers to land 10 fish. Out on the boats Mr T and J Evans fished buzzers all day to land 39 fish. The pair fished in various places around the lakebut found lots of feeding fishat the bottom end of Toft. They also commented on the numbers of fish seen from the Farborough Spit to the Swan’s Nest. Making a change from the bank, season ticket holder Tony Broadway took to the boat partnered by Jude Tuffs. Both enjoyed good sport landing 18 to the boat using a mixture of dries or washing line buzzers from near the Inlet and the top Dam Wall. Ed Doulas landed 21 fish with 20 coming the dries. He fished through the middle of the lake together with drifts from the Inlet out towards B buoy. Another boat catching well on dries was that of season ticket holders Kevin Rees and John Dickens landing 22 fish. Fishing through the middle drifting from Y buoy and OL, with the top patterns being crippled midge and bobs bits.
Light winds and bright sun Wednesday made for a tricky start, however the cloud came over in the afternoon and the fish really started to pull back. On the boats Trevor Heseltine & Mil Rakic enjoyed good sport fishing buzzers to land 19 fish to the boat. Ed Douglas once again took to the water and once again was rewarded with 21 fish on dries. With the wind coming more from the South, Ed found the fish around B buoy drifting down the Draycote Dam wall. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell landed 22 fish on buzzers fishing in Toft and Biggin Bay. Another angler catching well on dries was Jim Smith. Jim was using a big red and a big black to land 23 fish in an afternoon session. He found most of his fish drifting in between B buoy and the Draycote Dam wall. Despite the return of big winds on Thursday, regular Dennis Jones was on the bank for his usual morning session. Whilst described as “hard work”, he managed four fine rainbows from the Overflow to washing lined buzzers.C J Day also bank fished for the morning in Toft netting half a dozen to diawl bachs. Geoff Preston also enjoyed a morning stint but fished from the boat. He covered deep water netting 4 for the pot with a further five caught & released. The pairing of Edie Mitchell & Dave Kennell managed 14 to the boat but described the session as “Rock & Roll – good for surfers!”. Trevor & Robert Moore got their boat settled in the lea of the Inlet &, fishing buzzers extremely deep, found 17 obliging rainbows between them. Things settled a little later on& Gary Turner had fun on his evening boat. He scaled back on dry fly size to take 7 on his own “Little Red”! Friday saw us with hot & sunny conditions. Not an easy day but action was, nevertheless, experienced by boat & bank anglers alike. Tony Broadway was back on the bank at Dunns Bay& netted six to buzzers including fish of 2-12 & 3-4 for the pot. Ian Richardson, as consistent as ever, commented after his bank session “Lovely fish, lovely day – shrimp, snails & olive buzzer”. Ian landed eleven. John Faulconbridge also fished an evening session on the bank & netted a 4 fish bag with two more released. Kevin Rees went afloat & stuck to his preferred tactics with the dries. Covering open water he managed a creditable 22. Meanwhile, Dave Smith took his boat up near the Overflow where he fished a buzzer & FAB blob washing line for a six fish total which included two blues.
Temperatures continued to rise through the weekend. Although only a small handful of anglers braved the banks, Mr L Morris did manage three to 3-8 in Rainbow Corner. Most fish had clearly retreated to deeper water which was where the top boat of R & S Harwood found them happy to take their epoxy buzzers. They landed 15 & 11 respectively. Messrs Mead & Williams also found fish deep off the top Draycote Water Dam & netted a collective total of 23 on black & green buzzers presented in the depths. Meanwhile John McLellan stuck to surface tactics over the middle where his foam daddies accounted for 9 fish with the best weighing in at 4-12. On Sunday, despite blisteringly high temperatures & bright sunshine, George Leaton’s regular drive up from London was rewarded with a fine eight fish bag from the boat. Generally as expected though, things were hard with the majority of anglers in the 1-2 fish range, reflecting the  overall rod average of 2.96 for the day. As ever though there are always exceptions.  Dave Hancox managed 11 to snake patterns with usual boat partner Martyn Price sticking to the buzzer option for four. Jim Smith was however especially impressive - beating the conditions with 17 to the net having spent much of the season to date working to perfect his dry fly tactics. Well deserved congratulations Jim!
More hot weather is forecast at the start of this week  and, as I write, the temperatures are approaching 30°C & the reservoir is all but flat calm!? Whilst things are forecast to cool later, best advice for those currently at the venue  is to take plenty of water to avoid dehydration risks & ensure protection from the rays with adequate high factor sun screen.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr B HawkerofSouth Wigston, Leicester who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  315  Number Trout Taken: 383  Number Trout Released:   871Total Catch:   1254        Weekly Rod Average:  3.98
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until : 21:45
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  21:45
Boat Part Day: AM  08:30  until  15:00   PM  15:00   until  21:45
Last 4 Hours from:  17:45    until   21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
 
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently three places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird.  Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information   
Trout Masters
Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
 
Dates for your diary:-
Competition                                                                         Contact
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Boat Cleanliness:
Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this regard will be most appreciated.
Guiding & Tuition:
Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfreyor Tom Bird. Whether you wish to get to know the water better or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
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The Draycote Team

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Telephone Number 01788 812018

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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


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

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

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

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


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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 June 2017 09:13