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 Draycote Water:Weekly report ending Sunday 21st August 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
A mixed week weatherwise  which in itself created some ups & downs with the sport. The week saw a dip in the overall weekly rod average to 2·62 from a catch total of 518 made by 197 anglers.

A bright day combined with a complete 180° wind direction change meant Monday fished slower than in recent weeks with a rod average of 2·3. However a number of anglers did record some good catches in the bright conditions. David Prior took to the water in a boat to land 10 fish either using dries (with red and ginger being the best colour), or David found the fish willing to take washing lines buzzers and diawl bachs presented  on a floating line. Another angler catching well on the boats was regular Ray Cramp who landed 14 fish.He found the fish over the Aerators and caught using a wide variety of flies with his best line being a floater. Ray’s 8 fish limit tipped the scales at 26lbs.  Finally Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey used the rudder to land 14 fish to the boat using snakes and tubes on a 3 inch per second sinking line. The pair found the fish from the boils though to D Buoy and then A to B.

Tuesday saw the sun continued this time with increased temperatures, however despite these challenging conditions, the fish remained in the top few feet of the water. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 3 fishing using washing lined buzzers on the North Shore. R Sosbe had a good day boat fishing around the Aerators to land 9 fish. Season ticket holder John Dickens used dries to land 6 fish. Another angler also using dries was Ed Douglas. Ed is currently on top form &landed 24 fish all on dries, with big reds and hoppers being his best patterns. He located fish all over the lake from Toft up to the top Draycote Dam. However, the majority of his fish came from drifting around the Aerators with most takes coming on the edge or just downwind of the boil.

The hot weather continued into Wednesday again ensuring that the fishing remained challenging.Nevertheless, a number of anglers found the method to crack the day. Those who did well found that the fished wanted a team of nymphs, either crunchers or diawl bachs,“washing lined” on a floater. Season ticket holder Jim Hall has 10 fish to the boat fishing down in Toft and Biggin Bay. Pete Scholes and his wife took the journey down from Lancashire and had a good day landing 15 fish to the boat. Their fish came from Toft with a number of them being well mended grown on fish in the 3lb plus category. On the bank season ticket holder and regular Dennis Jones landed 6 fish using a floating line and diawl bachs.

The weather improved on Thursday with a drop in winds and some cloud cover making conditions far better than the previous days. Consequently the fishing improved with some very impressive catches being recorded. Tony Broadway had a good days sport from the bank landing 9 rainbows. Allhis fish fell to size 14 buzzers fished over on various marks on the North Shore. On the boats Peter Elliott and Lee Patten had a great day brining over 45 fish to the net. The pair found the fish in Toft first thing in the morning when they both caught using washing line tactics fished on floating lines.  Then, as the cloud came over in the afternoon, they switched to dries and caught all over the reservoir. Another angler having a fantastic days sport once more was Ed Douglas.He caught & released 29 fish all on dries. Ed found his fish around the boils and the Top Dam but also netted 7 in Toft using Big Reds and Bobs Bits to tempt them. Finally Richard Pelly had a fantastic evening sport landing 13 fish using his trusty #3 weight rod teamed with a Big Red.

After the fantastic catches of Thursday the fishing dropped off during Friday, mainly due to extremely bright sunny conditions. This combinedwith another complete wind change which threw the fish right off the feed. Jim Hall and Richard Hall did manage a good day from the bank fishing Lincroft Point to land 5 fish each. They both deployed a team of nymphs fished on floating lines. Bank angler Mike Garner also has found sport from the North Shore,despite the challenging conditions, taking his fish on a Black Pennell and Pheasant Tail Nymphs. Out on the boat Jamie Scott and James Foster ended their session with 9 fish to the boat from the Aerators. 

Strong winds limited the fishing on Saturday with only a few hardy anglers taking to the water in the boats. While the conditions made presentation very challenging, those that did brave it out enjoyed some good sport. M Price and D Hancox landed 5 fish in a morning session from Rainbow Corner using olive snakes fished on a midge tip. Interestingly, they commented on the number of pulls and takes they had that didn’t lock up. Paul Maurice and Simon Evans also boat fished in Rainbow Corner brining 12 fish to the boat using boobies. Top boat of the day was that of Sean Hanlon and Eileen Chatwin who landed 21 fish to the boat using dries with Daddies, Hopper & Midas being the top patterns.  The pair found fish on the drift from Rainbow Corner towards A and B Buoy and then drifting down the main Draycote Water Dam. Sean commented on the amount of fish theyhad each missed due to the big waves.He believed that it could have been a real cricket score if they had hooked up on every offer.

Sunday was also beset with continuing hard, windy conditions & anglers found the fish well off the feed. Although many rods blanked, Frank Sumnell clearly had themagic touch on the day with a fine 8 fish boat limit and a further four caught & released. It was a pleasure to have the Horwich& District Fly Fishing Club back on the water on Sunday but a shame that they were largely beaten by the conditions with just 7 fish to thirteen rods. Four of those came to Tom Elliott who had been using a black & green booby.

Snail, shrimp, buzzer & fry all appear to be the main food items currently & it has also been noticeable how many fish have been sipping empty buzzer shucks off the surface. The week has once more demonstrated that those rods recording the large catches are also the anglers who are known for excellence in both leader preparation & presentation. Use of smaller dry fly patterns has also resulted in more takes during this period.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  197  Number Trout Taken:  156 Number Trout Released:  362
Total Catch:  518Weekly Rod Average: 2·62
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until   20:15
Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:15
Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:15PM   14:15   until 20:15
Last 4 Hours from:     16:15    until    20:15   (Ticket sales available from   16:00)
No Gutting of Fish after 20:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon 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.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Jude TuffsofMarket Harboroughwho is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods.

The Sage One SALE is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events:
Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17thSeptember hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 20:00
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Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.


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Draycote Water:Weekly report week ending Sunday 14thAugust 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
Monday kicked off with the reservoir fishing well with a rod average of 5.7. The method for the day was dries and nymphs, with dries taking the majority of the fish. On the boats David and Mark Prior had good sport landing 21 fish to the boat all on dry flies. They found the fish coming off Draycote Dam drifting towards A-B Buoy and over the Aerators. Also out on the boats using dries to catch 15 fish was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 15 fish coming from Draycote wall towards B Buoy. Paul Cramp also had a good days sport using Crunchers to land 11 fish, from around the Aerators.

Tuesday the good sport with dries continued, with the bank anglers also cashing in on the good sport. Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack fished the North shore in Duns bay and the cornfield to land 7 fish a piece using big reds Tony also commented how he must have missed about 12 fish during the course of the day all coming up to the dries. Out on the boats John Dickens and Alex Urquhart had a great days sport on dries landing 31 fish to the boat using various dry fly patterns taking long drifts from Draycote Dam going across to A-B Buoy and then further into the middle of the lake. The best boat pairing came from K Coley and B Taff who landed 36 fish using muddlers pulled through the top of the water.

Wednesday saw changeable day weather wise with cloud giving way to bright sun. On the bank season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 6 fish from the outlet and Duns Bay using a floating line with a small booby on the point with small diawl bachs on the droppers as Dennis found that the fish where right in the surface. Also out on the bank was Tony Broadway who again landed 7 fish from Biggin Bay again on dries. Mick Hanlon also had good sport for the last four hours landing 5 fish all on dries. Out on the boat Yousef Dar had an enjoyable days sport landing 17 fish using nymphs and dries Yousef found the fish along Draycote Dam wall and then drifting along Hensborough bank and then going out through the middle. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 25 fish to the boat all on dries with hoppers and daddies being the best patterns. Eugene Hughes took to a boat landing over 30 fish to the boat. Eugene found the fish on a number of different methods, either a floating line washing lining with nymphs, or on a Di 7 or Di 5 sweep using various lures,with the fish coming drifting from the Tower towards P Buoy.

Thursday was near perfect conditions with a light ripple and overcast skies all day, as a result the dry fly fishing especially from a boat was fantastic. Jude Tuffs had a good day from the bank landing 5 fish on dries John Dews also had a good day from the bank again landing 5 fish. Out on the boats Tony Kirk and Ruth Kirk landed 15 fish from the Aerators on a rabbit pearl booby. Season Ticket holder Jim Hall had a good day using CDC dries to land 10 fish, Jims top areas being the top Dam and the Aerators. Hugh Benham also used dries to land 12 fish with Carrot flies and Shipman’s being the top patterns.  Stan Hillman enjoyed good sport on the bank taking 11 fish. Then having a red letter day on the boats was John Dickens and Kevin Rees who landed 55 fish to the boat using dries. They found the fish drifting from Duns bay along to Biggin. The pair fished various dries with crippled midge and emerger patterns really catching well.  Another boat pairing having fantastic sport was season ticket holders Tony Plummer and Colin England who landed 24 fish from dries in the Aerators.

Conditions on Friday made the fishing more challenging than that of the previous day with strong Westerly winds and sunny conditions. Paul Beasley had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish on orange and brown buzzers fished on a floating line. The best catch from the boats saw Steven O’Hara, who was down with the McGregor’s on a three day break, land 12 fish using pinks snakes fished on a 3 inch per second sinking line around the Aerators. The McGregor party caught using snakes on sinking lines landing 29 fish between the four of them.
Conditions improved on Saturday with the winds dropping to give a good ripple on the water. The conditions first thing looked perfect with overcast skies. However this did then give way to more bright sunny weather. Out on the boats regular Ifor Jones had a fantastic day landing 24 fishing taking them from B buoy the Aerators and then through the middle of the lake.  The McGregor’s again caught well again landing 29 fish using similar tactics as the day before. Mr Gunnell enjoyed good sport out in the boats landing 8 fish all coming to orange daddies and hoppers, while his boat partner Dave Lang landed 5 to the same flies. Mr Nataly landed 10 fish on Hog Daddies and gold ribbed hare ears. Mr Tappingden enjoyed good sport from the bank on bobs bits and diawl bachs landing 10 fish.

The conditions for Sunday where ideal at times with a light rippled, however, wind kept changing conditions which made presentation challenging. A number of anglers said while they caught well with the rod average of 4.4 the fishing was tricky with a number of fish coming short and just coming and swirling at the dries and not taking them confidently. The best catch came from the boat with Mr Pattinson and Mr Farrell catching 34 fish to the boat all taken on snakes in various colours in a 5 inch per second sinking line. Mr Booth and Mr Nixon enjoyed good day’s sports using dries to land 20 fish, with 12 of those being over 3lb.   Kevin Rees also used small crippled midge pattern in the middle of the lake to land 11 fish. Finally Russ Jackson had a good day using buzzers from the boat to land 12 fish.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 306    Number Trout Taken: 404    Number Trout Released:  924
Total Catch:  1328  Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    20:30
Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:30
Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:30PM   14:30   until 20:30
Last 4 Hours from:     16:30    until    20:30   (Ticket sales available from   16:15)

No Gutting of Fish after 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:45

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Richard Pelly of Greens Norton, Towcesterwho is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events:
Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17thSeptember hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.


Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 20:30

Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 Sunday 7thAugust 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
As predicted, the fishing continued to show fine form this week, although at times towards the end of the period the winds became quite dramatic.  Once more the cream of the fishing was enjoyed by the boat anglers. However there was also some good sport to be had on the banks but this was sporadic.  Monday started well with a rod average of 6. Vince Aronica had a great day out on the boat fishing Hare’s Ear Nymphs on a floating line to bring 17 to the net whilst season rod Mike Garner remained on the bank in Rainbow Corner to take a brace of fine rainbows on dries.He also tempted a further fish to a Diawl Bach. Dries fished over the front of a drifting boat over open water was nevertheless the clear way to go. This was admirably demonstrated by three boat anglers fishing such tactics individually. They set the tone for the remainder of the week by netting 62 rainbows between them!

Tuesday was tough on the banks but regulars Brian Allwood, Gordon Slack, Keith Hughes, Ken Key & Steve Robinson fished hard and all managed three apiece. Again though, the cooler water offshore was where the best of the sport was enjoyed. Top rod for the day was Eugene Hughes who fished washing line tactics to end with a 40+ fish total. Lee Henfrey & Nigel Keeber chose to have a day on the rudder & between them, using tube flies on Di 5 sink rate lines, also brought forty rainbows to the net. During his evening session, Richard Pelly deployed his usual tactic of Big Red on a lightweight outfit to land a total of nine. Wednesday saw a welcome spike in bankside action with Dennis Jones netting a dozen to his team of size 14 nymphs.

Meanwhile Jim Hall fished the Lin Croft end of Biggin Bay with son Richard to end a six fish session with a buttery gold spotted brownie in the four & a half pound bracket. The beauty, which was returned to the water, took a small close copy damsel in shallow water right at the end of his retrieve. Whilst a few good bags were recorded from the boats, especially Yusuf Dar who netted sixteen & Mr Perris with a dozen, the day was generally much harder for most. Similarly Thursday proved to be challenging generally with a dip in the daily rod average to 3.6 That said, Mark Brace went afloat for a couple of very hectic evening hours fishing dries & buzzer for a ten fish tally. Friday saw some great all round action with bank anglers Jude Tuffs taking 10 -  just pipped by Tony Broadway & Ian Richardson who recorded 11 apiece. As he did the previous week, Ian “matched the hatch” and found his fish with a mix of shrimp & snail patterns together with dries & hoppers. Boat fishing for many on Friday was fantastic with Dave Adams leading the way with a 31 fish total. Peter Elliott was also 20+ with Alex Urquhart finding 14. Will Hunt delivered, posting a return of nine to the net including a fine rainbow at 5lbs! Andrew Flitcroft was also in the middle of the action with fifteen to the net on a dry fly mix of Big Red & Amber Shipman’s.

Saturday & Sunday saw the venue hosting a regional heat of Anglers World Holidays Fly Fishing Championships. Sport proved to be fast & furious for most competitors. On Saturday, thirty six anglers went afloat fishing to a three fish limit followed by catch & release.  Top of the water tactics, mainly washing lines with small crunchers & diawl bachs or dries, proved to be the order of the day. A total of 295 trout were netted for a staggering competition rod average of 8.19! Top honours went to Ian Gaskell with 21 fish & a combined fish + bonus weight of 44lbs 3oz. He was followed by Pete Scholes in second place with 20 to the net and Vince Howley in third with 19. David Holroyd took the largest rainbow at 4lbs 5oz. The Sunday heat was a floating line event with 44 anglers competing. Once more, despite extremely high winds, sport was hectic with eleven anglers getting into double figures. A total of 290 were caught representing a competition rod average of 6.59 . Leigh Pond headed the leader board with a 17 fish total for a combined fish + bonus weight of 39lbs 3oz. Local rod Peter Elliott followed up in second place with a fourteen fish tally with Christian Jadouille taking third place, also with a fourteen fish total. Event organiser John Horsey commented on how incredibly well Draycote had fished during the bright, warm and windy August conditions experienced over the two day event.

For full results visit John’s Facebook page: “John Horsey Fly Fishing”

Whilst there is still a good spread of fish throughout the venue, the western end of the reservoir continues to be the most productive – probably with fish taking advantage of slightly cooler water temperatures. Drifts from the vicinity of the Overflow towards “A” buoy, the Inlet/Flat Stones towards “B” buoy & drifts over & around the aerators have been the most productive.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 371Number Trout Taken: 636    Number Trout Released:  1214
Total Catch:  1850Weekly Rod Average: 4.98
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    20:45
Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:45
Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:30PM   14:30   until 20:45
Last 4 Hours from:     16:45    until    20:45   (Ticket sales available from   16:30)
No Gutting of Fish after 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Steve Radcliffe of Staines, Middlesex who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events:
Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17thSeptember hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.


Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.


Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 20:30

Returns
Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 Sunday 31stJuly 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
What a difference a week makes! After the mini heatwave the week before last it is pleasing to be able to report that things have cooled down and the trout have reacted accordingly. Whilst we are at that time of the season where the fish often  “sort the men out from the boys”, some of the sport experienced this week, particularly to well-presented dry fly tactics, can only be described as fantastic. Bank anglers have enjoyed periods of good sport, but generally, as one would expect for late July, the cream of the fishing has been enjoyed by the boat anglers. The aerators have been on all week &, again as expected, much of the action has taken in that area.

Regular Dennis Jones nevertheless managed five from the bank on Monday morning at the overflow whilst Peter Bierenacki fished dries the last four hours on the bank to net seven. Season rods Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees went afloat & also fished dries netting 25 & 17 respectively.
Tuesday proved to be a harder day generally, particularly for the bank anglers. However, out on the water Eugene Hughes showed his consistency with a total of 28 to a mix of pulled lures on sinking lines together with half a dozen quality fish to the dries. Our own Tom Bird partnered up with Andy Taylor for a mini session on the dries to land a total of fourteen.

It was the boats again on Wednesday with Thornton anglers Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins netting 22 between them to a variety of surface tactics. Dave Hesletine was also afloat that day & it is good to report that many of his ten fish total came to that great old traditional wet fly pattern – the Mallard & Claret.

On the bank on Thursday Terry Tappenden led the way with a four fish catch  with Peter Bierenacki returning for a later session to also net four but comment how it had been “bright, flat calm & (therefore) slow”. It was once more better out over open water with Geoff Preston enjoying sport during his regular morning boat session. He took 12 with two over 4lbs on his favourite Olive Wholly Bugger pattern presented a few feet down. Graham Homer partnered up with Roy Taylor & both fished Bob’s Bits to take 20 fish between them. Kevin Rees was afloat once more, again in action with his dry flies, this time netting 21.

Gordon Slack had a good morning session on the bank on Friday with half a dozen fish to the net. Also on the banks was Ian Richardson who admirably demonstrated the “match the hatch” concept with an excellent nine fish total taken on a mix of snail, shrimp & dry fly patterns. “A cracking day – brilliant!” was his parting comment on the session. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell were also enjoying fine sport in the boat describing their session as “Fantastic! …Fish up to four pounds plus & all on dries!” They landed 23 between them. Richard Ellis & John Hurst also shared a boat and enjoyed a tremendous day with 37 to the boat. They used various tactics & flies ranging from snakes to muddlers & dries.

Although Saturday proved to be an astonishing day for the boat angler, Dennis Jones returned for a repeat morning session on the bank to land another five fine rainbows. Steve Gibson also managed four from the bank during an afternoon session. Meanwhile action out over the boils was frantic with fish mopping up dries left right & centre. Amongst the action was Adam Larbalestier & Ben Bayliss who netted in excess of forty between them, Peter Elliott & Alex Urquhart who amassed a total in excess of fifty plus David Hoppe who was also a “thirty plus” rod. All were fishing dries & hoppers.

The week ended with many eight fish limits in the Mid Northants boat event on Sunday. Top result on the day came to the boat partnership of Martin Rowson & Neil Deakin who “mixed & matched” snakes & dry fly tactics for a total of 46 fish to the net.
Signs for the coming week bode well. As I write, regular Paul Lloyd has just come off the water having netted a dozen on hoppers.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 335Number Trout Taken: 435    Number Trout Released:  1053
Total Catch:  1488Weekly Rod Average: 4.44
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    21:00
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:00
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   14:30  PM   14:30   until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from:     17:00    until    21:00   (Ticket sales available from   16:45)

No Gutting of Fish after 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
Congratulations to Brian Moore of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods.

The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

tp://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events:
John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(Floating Line only heat). Some limited availability still - to book for this competition contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park
Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.


Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 24thJuly 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
The Draycote anglers have had a mixed week, with some days providing sport to dries and nymphs, while other days have been very tricky to say the least. This was due to the very high temperatures warming the water leading to the trout moving off into the deeper, cooler water. The mini heatwave also caused many to go off the feed altogether. Anglers have therefore needed to frequently change tactics from last weeks’ top of the water methods to fishing the depths with fast sinking lines with lures. The figures & rod averages for this exceptionally hot week  fell as expected with 239 anglers catching a total of 375 fish for a weekly rod average of 1·56.

Monday kicked off with a very hot one, with temperatures getting towards 30°C and a near flat calm. Conditions looked tricky, however the fish did continue to feed, especially in the morning, before the sun got too high in the sky. From the bank Jude Tuffs caught well using dries fished tight in along Biggin Bay and into Duns Bay. She later moved into Rainbow Corner where she continued to catch, finishing the day with ten to the net. Ray Cramp also enjoyed good sport from the bank with 8 fish for 23lbs from Duns Bay using small Shipman’s in red or orange. Mark Wall enjoyed a good days bank fishing with 9 fish all falling to CDC buzzers. Out on the boats Rod Wilson had a great days sport using a 5 inch per second sinking line with tubes and snakes to 20 fish to the boat. Also enjoying a good days sport was fishery ranger Tom Bird and season ticket holder Roger Kerrison. They landed 11 fish to the boat having stuck to dries all day long. Amongst their fish Tom also landed a cracking grown on fish which can be viewed on our Facebook page at :- www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.
Tuesday was the hottest day of the year so far with temperature’s reaching 34 °C with very little to no ripple. Fishing was understandably very difficult.  On the boats Mr P Jeffs  landed two fish using Minkie boobies over the shoals. Both were lovely fry feeding fish, one being a 4lb brown which he spotted marauding the fry & covered perfectly. On the bank Mr R Southworth landed 2 fish from near the outlet using dries.
Wednesday saw the temperature’s drop slightly with a light ripple on the water this. This led to  an improvement in the fishing for both the bank and the boat anglers. Bank angler Dennis Jones landed 12 fish using size 14 Diawl Bachs near the outlet. On the boats Eric Whale and Steve Brown used the rudder to land 27 fish the boat. They found that the best tactic was to use two7 inch per second sinking lines spliced together & fished in conjunction with tube flies. The pair commented that the majority of the takes came when the second line hit the tip ring. Their best areas were drifts out from the outlet towards A buoy and then going from the dam towards B buoy.  Mr Southworth also took to a boat to land 7 fish using nymphs on a floating line from Rainbow Corner. Dries worked later in the evening with Fishery Ranger Tom taking advantage after work to land 5 cracking fish in an hour up near the inlet.
On Thursday the high temperatures returned which again made the fishing very hard. On the boats season ticket holders John Dews and Tony Broadway had 7 fish to the boat back drifting with a full di 7 and snakes and cats whiskers.  Also out on the boats Geoff Preston landed 4 fish in the morning again on a Di 7. Such were the temperatures however that most anglers blanked. Kev Hart  commented that it was probably the hardest day he could ever remember for the water.
Friday was a very similar story to Thursday with hot conditions really knocking the fish off the feed and forcing them deep. On the bank Tony Harris landed 2 fish on dries using Shipman’s buzzers near the inlet. Out on the boats Ian and Carl Malpass had 8 fish to the boat using a Di 7 and snakes to catch the fish. Kevin was out guiding two fly fishing novices & also chose to deploy similar tactics for them. They were rewarded with thirteen or fourteen hook-ups with 7 rainbows to nearly 4lbs netted.
Saturday saw a marked improvement in the catches, although nearly every fish that was caught was tempted deep down from the boats, either on Di 7 or even a Di 8 lines around B buoy. Melvin Severn used the rudder with a Di 7 line and tube flies to land 12 fish.  Another boat doing very well on the rudder was Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey who had 31 fish to the boat, again using fast sinking lines and a combination of tube flies and snakes. Ian and Carl Malpass where back on the water and this time landed 24 fish to the boat using either a 7 or 8 inch per second sinking line with snakes and buzzers.
Sunday saw a better day fishing day with overcast skies and cooler temperatures. Throughout the day the fish still remained deep. Gareth Jones and Tony Cartwright found them deep using sparklers and tubes on a full 8 inch per second sinking line. They landed 10 fish including some fantastic grown on full tailed specimens. Late afternoon, coming onto early evening, the fish did come up and dries once more became the method. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 8 fish using size 14 claret and red hoppers as well as daddies. Also having good sport using dries in the afternoon was Jim Smith who targeted snail feeders in Rainbow Corner with dries to land 12 fish. Mr P James also had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish up to 5lb.
Looking ahead to next week the weather looks set to be slightly cooler and more overcast days with some rain.  Hopefully water temperatures will drop slightly as a consequence and the fish will be back up on the top feeding. They have already been seen today working the edge of wind lanes out over open water.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  239       Number Trout Taken:  129   Number Trout Released:  246
Total Catch:  275               Weekly Rod Average:  1.56
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    21:15
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:15
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:15
Last 4 Hours from:     17:15    until    21:15   (Ticket sales available from   17:00)

No Gutting of Fish after 21.15
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Alex Cameron of Earl Shilton who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
SAGE ONE rod is to be fazed out we therefore have excellent offers on our SAGE ONE rods while stocks last, contact the lodge for details  

Forthcoming events.
John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:15
       

 

 

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 11th July 2016.
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Telephone Number 01788 812018

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This week at Draycote 344 anglers caught a total of 1433 fish giving a rod average for the week of 4.1. A varied week weather wise with some days with near perfect conditions, making way to days of strong winds, rain and patchy bright sun, these changeable conditions made the fishing tricky at times however the rod average remained steady around the 4.0 throughout the week.
Monday saw the week get off to a fantastic start with numerous anglers enjoying great sport. Top rod on the day went to season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 27 fish all falling to dries. Kevin found the fish up near the inlet and down the dam wall in the shallow water. Kevin fished small size 14 bobs bits in red and fiery brown. Also out on the boats Steve Barby had a good days sport using the rudders and tubes to land 14 fish from the middle of the lake.

Tuesday saw the Draycote regulars take to the bank and as usual they found the fish. Brian Warwick had a good day fishing the top of the cornfield using crunchers on the washing line and small claret bobs bits to take 12 fish. Jude Tuffs had a good day landing 13 fish from in Biggin Bay, Jude found the key to her success was to take advantage of how close the fish where to the bank and to not wade, fishing a big red 2ft out. Tony Broadway landed 14 fish from the bank in Duns bay using washing lined crunchers with a FAB on the point and commented how nearly all fish took the nymphs rather than the FAB. Stan Hillman also had a great day from the bank catching 14 fish including a 7lb brownie and a 6lb rainbow using CDC patterns. From the boats Mr A Masters and MR E Masters had a good day landing 21 fish to the boat using Diawl Bachs, buzzers, dries and snakes catching from Rainbow Corner and Biggin Bay.

Dennis Jones had a good day from the bank Wednesday landing 16 fish on small size 14 Diawl Bachs fished near the outlet on a floating line. Out on the boats Mr Wood and Mr Jones had a great day fishing dry shipman’s buzzers in the middle of the lake to land 26 fish with the best being a 5lb rainbow. Having a fantastic day in the boat was Eugene Hughes who landed 31 fish washing lining nymphs on a fast glass in the middle of the lake. Another boat who had a great days Sport was Paul Walker and Jimmy who weighed in a 9 fish bag for a fantastic 31lbs which included a 5lb brownie. They found that the fish wanted white boobies fished around D buoy on sinking lines. See pictures on facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Mr C.J Day enjoyed good sport from the bank on Thursday landing 16 fish from the cornfield, Lincroft point, Dunns and Toft. Mr Days top flies where boobies, damsels and buzzers fished on a floating line. Mr Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall enjoyed good sport to a variety of dry flies with the majority being over 3lb with a number of 4lbers mixed in. John Dickens and Kevin Rees also caught well using dries this time small size 14 bits being the key to success and like Monday Kevin found the fish in the shallow water near the inlet. Mr Pelly had a good evening on the last four hour ticket landing 6 fish all on big reds and even managed to hook a Vision rod that was pulled in by a fish on Monday.

Friday saw the return of the regulars on the bank, and again it was the same anglers who caught well. Tony Broadway landing 12 fish to washing lined nymphs, John Dews taking 10 to the same tactic and Jude Tuffs having 12 fish again on dries. On the boats Peter Elliot and Lee Pattern had a good days sport landing 22 fish. Alan Guest and Andy Dowell took 20 fish to their boat Friday from a various areas.

On Saturday Draycote hosted the HASSRA fly fishing competition with 16 anglers from all over the country taking part the top rod went to Mick Barker who had 14 fish, Mick found that the fish wanted nymphs or dries fished high up in the water. A Birkett and B Vinall had good days sport landing 22 fish to the boat all on dries, with hoppers & shipmen’s near the tower and the dam wall being the best tactic.

Lee Henfrey and Ronnie Gent enjoyed good sport down in toft shallows landing 26 fish to the boat, and commented on the amount of grown on in toft. Spencer Williams and Steve Hawkins had an absolute red letter day landing 40 fish to the boat all falling to dries with brown shipman’s and big reds being the best patterns.  
Season ticket holder Dave Pacey and Paul Lloyd enjoyed good sport on the rudder going from A-B buoy using sinking lines and tubes to take 12 fish to the boat. Lee Henfrey returned Sunday with Nigel Keeber and they again found the big fish down in toft landing over 30 to the boat using tubes and snakes on 3 and 5 inch per second lines.

Another angler who enjoyed a good days sport was Tony Day who was out on a guided day with Fishery Ranger Tom Bird on fishing dries. Tony landed 10 fish 9 of which were on a big red. Their top area was the shallow water in front of the inlet and along the dam wall. You can book Tom for a guided session on Draycote by contacting the lodge, pictures of Tony successful morning with Tom at  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  344        Number Trout Taken:  498    Number Trout Released:  935
Total Catch:  1433                Weekly Rod Average:  4.1
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    21:45
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:45
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:45
Last 4 Hours from:     17:45    until    21:45   (Ticket sales available from   17:30)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Dave Adams of Hardingstone who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events.
John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the lodge.
Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Bank Angler Car Park
Angler Car Park number 7 will be closed for 2 weeks while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs anglers, wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30         
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 3rd July 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
Draycote saw 378 rods take catch a total of 1725 fish for a rod average 4.5 for the week, it has been a busy week here at the fishery with a number of competitions taking place. The weather for the week has been changeable with lovely sunny skies one minute followed by heavy rain and strong wind the next, this has made the fishing in these conditions tricky but when the settled weather came fishing has been outstanding, with catches over 25 trout to individual anglers been seen from both the bank and the boat.
Monday saw the fishing kick off in great form with a rod average for the day of 6.67. Out on the boats Rod Wilson had over 35 to the boat from all over the reservoir using a 3 inch per second sinking line and various black flies. Included in this big catch were 15 fish over 4lb and a fantastic 5lb brown. Also on the boats were Lee Pattern and John Hardman who had a good day with 22 fish to the boat using floating line with buzzer an nymphs. It wasn’t just the boats that where into the good sport the bank fishing has continued to remain excellent. Season ticket holder Kevin Rees had a great day landing 28 fish on small size 14 Diawl Bachs on a floating line from the cornfield and rainbow corner.
Tuesday saw the good bank fishing of the day before continue with season ticket holders Brian Warwick and Gordon Slack land 12 and 10 fish all on a floating line with a team of buzzers and FABs from the Cornfield. John Dickens also has a good day from the bank landing 23 fish all on Diawl Bachs. Out on the boats Fishery Ranger Tom Bird and Richard Hood had a good days sport landing 30 fish to the boat. They found that the fish wanted flies high in the water near the outlet with Richard washing line nymphs to land 12 fish while Tom using dries to land 18 with Big Red being his top pattern on the day. Also on the boats Malcolm Capper had an enjoyable day landing 8 fish all falling to nymphs.
Wednesday was the wettest day of the week with constant rain all day. However these damp conditions did not stop the fishing from pulling. D Kennel and E Mitchell enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 29 fish to the boat on a fast glass and blobs and boobies. Our very own Kev Hart was also out on the water guiding between two boats. Between the two boats they landed a total of 25 fish to a variety of methods with black snakes on a 3 inch per second sinking line accounting for the fish during the majority of the day, and then dries in the evening, around the inlet.

Thursday saw the fishery host the Alex Booth charity fly fishing competition with 56 anglers taking to the water. The rod average for the competition was 4.4, the best fish of the competition went to Tony Smith with a 4lb 10oz rainbow. Tony also took top spot landing 12 fish 24lb 6oz, in second place was Sean Hanlon with 13 fish for 23lbs and in third Paul Angell with 12 fish 22lbs. The best method for the competition seemed to either by dries, nymphs fished on a floating line or blobs pulled just under the surface on intermediate lines. Outside of the competition C.J Day had a good day on the cornfield from the bank landing 14 fish on a washing line with size 12 black buzzers.

Friday saw the Civil Service host there annual national competition with anglers from all over the country taking part. Full results to follow but I know that the best method for the anglers was to fish an intermediate line with blobs and cormorants. Outside the competition organiser Frazer McConnell and Craig Barr enjoyed a good day pulling blobs and lures on intermediate lines.

Out on the bank season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 19 fish from the various mark along the North Shore on Crunchers fished on the washing line. Dennis Jones enjoyed good sport from the bank near the outlet on size 14 Diawl Bachs to land 12 fish. Another angler cashing in on the good bank sport was John Dews who landed 12 fish including a cracking 4lb 4oz rainbow on nymphs fished on a floater again from the North Shore.

Saturday a number of anglers took to the water practicing ahead of the England qualifier the next day so information on methods and number so fish were being kept close to the chest. However some anglers did reveal the method of catching fish. There seemed to be two main methods either fishing a team of nymphs with a booby slowly on a slow sinking intermediate or fish a team of cormorants and a blob on a 5 inch per second sinking line. With the best areas being the Hensborough bank A & B Buoy, toft and the cornfield.
Sunday hosted this year’s England Qualifiers with 12-13 anglers fishing for a place in the National final on Chew Valley Lake on the 10-11 September. Conditions where very different to that off the day before that greeted the 46 anglers, the high winds and rain had given way to a light breeze and warm sunny conditions. The match was fished a 5 fish kill limit then catch and release a further 10 to make 15 then time bonus for early finishers. Iain Barr took top honour on the day with 15 fish by 4pm which gave him 38lb 7oz plus time bonus for an early finish. Iain’s method on the day was to fish a slow sinking intermediate with 2 boobies and 2 nymphs and then swapping the boobies for blobs after this first 5. Iain found the fish in a number of areas with H buoy being a particular hotspot. In second place was Ashley Davies with 13 fish Ashley utilised a similar method to Iain but on a standard intermediate, and found his fish around E buoy. In third place was Jeff Wilkinson who fished down in toft on an intermediate line. The best fish of the competition went to Ian Gaskell with a 5lb rainbow taken near the inlet on a Diawl Bach fished on a floating line. Outside the competition Peter Elliott and Lee Pattern had a fantastic day from the bank fishing over on the cornfield using buzzers on a floating line to land 27 and 25 fish.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  378         Number Trout Taken:  574    Number Trout Released:  1151
Total Catch:  1725                Weekly Rod Average:  4.5
Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    22:00
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:15  PM   15:15   until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:     18:00    until    22:00   (Ticket sales available from   17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15



Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Paul Miley of Ashby St Ledgers who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rodshttp://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Forthcoming events.
John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Williams  Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the lodge.
Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.
Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.
Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30         

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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

 
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 Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 27th June 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
The fishing has continued in the same good form as last week and the previous week with some changeable weather conditions. For the most part it was nice warm sunny/ overcast days however there were a few heavy downpours which have made the conditions unpleasant but even in the rain the fish were still willing to pull.
There have been some fantastic catches from both boat and bank, with the sport coming from all areas of the lake. On a variety of methods from floaters to fast sinking lines, at times it has been a case of pick the method you would like to catch on. This week’s catch of 1758 fish for 349 anglers gave a weekly Rod average of 5.0.

A comment from all the anglers this week has been the amount of pin fry around the lake and how this has resulted in the fish really feeding hard. While these fish can be tricky to catch them being so preoccupied on the fry, the best tactics to fool these lovely grown on fish is to using a team of UV crunchers or silver thoraxed pheasant tail nymphs on a washing line.

Monday saw the fishing get off to a good start with a number of anglers returning with double figure catches from the boats Malcolm Petri has 14 fish. However the best catch of the day came by Peter Bierinacki who landed 17 fish from the various marks along the north shore as well as Rainbow Corner with all the fish falling to a self-tied black buzzer.

Tuesday saw some fantastic catches with the bank fishing really excelling. Season Ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 25 fish all from the Cornfield using 2 size 12 black buzzes and a tequila FAB on a floating line to tempt the fish. Also having a good day on the bank was Mr Tappingden who landed 12 fish from the cornfield on a mix of buzzers and crunchers. As well as great catches from the bank the boats found the fish just as willing to take a well presented fly. Mr Ian Pugh had a great day landing 21 fish using both dries and nymphs. Ed Douglas also had a great day on the water landing 15 fish all on small nymphs and buzzers. A boat paring who also found the fish but this time on fast intermediate lines and blobs was Chris Webster and Richard Hood who had 25 plus fish to the boat and commented how the caught fish in nearly every spot they stopped.

Wednesday saw another good day with a rod average of 6.1. Having a good day out on the boats was Richard Dayman and N Perkins who landed 23 fish to the boat fishing by the outlet on nymphs. Also enjoying a good days sport was Mr Howard Rutter who was fishing with his wife and had three fish on the same cast using a team of buzzers and landed them all good angling!  Mr B Hall and I Morris found Diawl Bachs the key success in their boat landing 33 fish.

Thursday the rod average continued to increase this time to 6.9, with both the bank and the boats fishing well. We hosted the Cheshire Police regional competition against Greater Manchester Police. 12 anglers took to the water catching 118 fish for a rod average of 9.8. Taking top place was Cheshire A with all their anglers catching the limits with Richard Hood taking top spot finishing at 12.15, Richard found that the fish wanted 2 blobs on a fast glass on the Hensborough bank. Also having a great days sport to a very different method was K Davies and R Tozer who had 24 fish to the boat including some fantastic grown on fish taken through the middle on dries. Although the best catches of the day fell to the bank anglers. Mr C.J Day had a red letter day landing 31 fish from the cornfield all on crucnhers. Not far behind Mr Day was Tony Broadway who improved on Tuesdays catch with 26 fish again all on buzzers and FABS this time Tony moved around the North shore catching fish from the cornfield, biggin bay, Lincroft point and Tower Bank. Tony also commented how many double hook ups he was getting and lost a number of fish due to it. Season Ticket holder B Warwick also moved around the North shore to land 18 fish.
Ian Richarson found that on the following day it was more the blobs and Diawl Bach combination that was tempting the fish to the net landing 10 great fish from both the cornfield and the swans nest in toft. Mr T Evans and Mr J Evans had a good days sport from the boat landing 16 fish to Diawl Bachs from Biggin bay, including some fantastic grown on fish. Mr Close and Mr Moreton also enjoyed good sport landing 24 fish to the boat.
Dennis Jones enjoyed good sport from the bank on Saturday up on Rainbow Corner landing 10 good fish targeting the pin fry feeders. On the boats Mr Mann and Mr Reale had a great days sport landing 25 fish to the boat fishing with dries and Diawl Bachs from a drifting boat around the middle and through rainbow corner and biggin bay. Another angler having a good day but this time on a completely different method was Matt Hanlon who landed 12 fish on snakes.

Sunday saw the fishery host this year’s round of the Scierra Pairs competition with 13 pairs fishing for 3 places in the final in August. With good catches being had all week it was clear that big fish would be needed to see you through to the final. The competition was fished to a 16 boat limit then time bonus for early finishers. There were 6 teams with 16 fish so weight was crucial the first pair to bag up was Mark Close and Dave Morton who had their 16 fish to the boat in just 1 hour 15 mins. However unfortunately even with all that time bonus the fish just weren’t big enough for a space in the final. Taking top sport was Neil Deakin and Graham Bell with their 16 fish weighing in at 46lb 12oz without time bonus. They found that the big fish where around P buoy in the middle of the lake and their method for catching the good fish was to fish a fast glass with a tube and the a Di 3 with snakes. In Second were Ian Buckley and Glen Moody and then taking the final qualification spot was Mike Dixon and Mark Harrison. To see the full result of the Scierra Pair please visit our Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.

Outside of the competition Nigel Keber and Lee Henfry had a great days sport with 16 a piece again going through the middle using tubes to catch some fantastic grown on fish. Another boat doing well was the pairing of Iain Barr and Ed Foster who had 37 fish to the boat.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  349         Number Trout Taken:  633     Number Trout Released:  1125
Total Catch:  1758                Weekly Rod Average:  5.0

Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    22:00
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:15  PM   15:15   until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:     18:00    until    22:00   (Ticket sales available from   17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr  M Severn of Derby who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events.
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(floating Line only heat) to book for this competition contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August.3 Places left to book contact the Draycote lodge. 01788812018
Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August.4 Places left to book contact the Draycote lodge. 01788812018

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30  
       
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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 Sunday 19th June  2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
Yet another week of outstanding sport here at Draycote Water. The weather, as always, has played a big part, with some heavy thundery downpours interspersed with flat calms and bright sunny spells. God only knows what the rest of the summer has in store for us. 

Both boat and bank anglers have had significant catches from just about everywhere on the water, in fact, it’s become more a case of briefing anglers on where not to go at times. The weekly Rod average was 4.9.

The bank anglers have been taking fish all along the north shore with the hot spots being Dunns Bay, Lincroft Point and the Cornfield. Some excellent returns have also come from the Hensborough Bank and the area in front of the overflow. Despite sometimes bright conditions fish are being caught quite close to the bank, at times even under the rod tip. On Saturday we witnessed trout feeding no more than 3 feet from the bank down by the swans nest in Toft. 

There seems to be a huge amount of pin fry around at the moment, particularly by the inlet in Rainbow corner. The Perch are obviously hammering into them but at the same time so are the trout. It’s the ability to distinguish between the two surface movements that is the problem. As an angler, you can be drawn to a lot of surface movement in the water, only to find that when you actually take a closer look, it’s a large shoal of Perch.  In cases like this it is sometimes better to move on to other parts of the reservoir, than spend some very frustrating fishing time in these areas.    
Boat anglers have been pulling out some good quality early season stock from all over the place. Of particular note are the quality and size of the fish holding up around B and P buoy, the deeper water in front of the overflow and around Middle Shoal. One angler in particular reported a large brown trout smashing his rod just as he was about to net it. Ah, the hard fighting Draycote trout flexing their muscles yet again.

Catches are coming from every level of the water column, but more so in the top few feet of the water, with the fish succumbing to Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Hares Ears and dries. Indeed, fishing dries across the middle if the reservoir has produced some excellent sport for many anglers.  
  

On Monday Mr G Herbert had 8 fish for 23lb 7 oz, on Damsels and Buzzers. Season permit holder Mr Kevin Rees returned 9 fish, all caught on dries. Mr Ray Cramp caught 13 fish , including one perch.
On Wednesday Mr J Munro and Mr S Cairns caught 13 fish from a boat near the Tower, on snakes. Also on Wednesday season permit holders Mr Richard Hanlon and Mr John Hanlon caught over 40 fish between them. Mr E Hughes had over 40 fish from a boat using snakes and boobies on a fast glass and DI 3 sweep.
On Thursday Mr H Chaplin and Mr G Butler  caught 21 fish plus 5 perch.  Mr Tom Johnson caught 13 fish, plus one perch. Mr G Jones caught 20 fish, on a white snake.  Mr G Turner  and Mr R Pelly caught 12 fish on Thursday evening, all on dries.
On Friday season permit holder Mr Tony Broadway caught 23 fish, bank fishing in the Cornfield.
Season permit holder Mr Brian Warwick had 14 fish from the bank in the same area.
Season permit holder Mr Dennis Jones caught 17 fish from the bank.
Mr J Day caught 18 fish from the bank  on Buzzers and Crunchers..
Mr Nataly caught 11 fish from a boat on Pheasant tail nymphs and dries.
Regular Draycote angler Mr Peter Biernaki  caught 14 fish from the bank on Friday and commented on a fantastic afternoon on the Buzzer. Peter visited us again on Sunday and this time caught 16 fish on his own Buzzer pattern.

Saturday saw the arrival of both the Osprey Fly Fishers and the England Youth Team.
The Ospreys did really well with 14 rods catching a total of 55 fish.
The England youth Team  were here for team training for two days under the instruction of Mr Charles Jardine, Paul Angel, Tom Gott, Nick Dunn, Ed Upton and Paul Wild. On their first Day 10 anglers netted over 80 fish between them.

Other significant catches onSaturday were, Jim Dempsey and Ivor Jones with 36 fish between them from a boat. Mr G Darlow with 14 fish from the bank. Mr Bob Smith with 7 fish from the bank. Season Permit holder Mr Jim Hall with 25 fish from the bank on Diawl Bachs, “A red letter day”.
Sunday saw Mr Richard Dayman and Mr John Kirk catch a total of 22 between them from a drifting boat. Mr Neil Deakin had 16 fish, again from a boat. Mr Ray Cramp caught 11 fish on Diawl Bachs from the bank. 

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  290          Number Trout Taken:  497     Number Trout Released:  927 
Total Catch:  1424                Weekly Rod Average:  4.9

Current Fishing Times :
Bank:  07:30 until    22:00
Boat All Day:   8:30     until     22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:     18:00   until    22:00   (Ticket sales available from   17:45)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.
 
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking. 

Congratulations to Mr  M Severn of Derby who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Forthcoming events. 
Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.
Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August. 4 Places left to book contact the lodge. 
Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August. 6 Places left to book contact the lodge. 

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site. 

  
Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:45 
         



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Draycote Water weekly report W/E Sunday 12th June 2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Another warm week here at Draycote, this provided some good hatches of buzzers and saw a lot of beetles and other terrestrials being blown on to the water. As a result dries through the middle started to make more of a feature on the catch returns with a number of fantastic grown on fish being reported, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore to see some of the trout Draycote Fishery Ranger Tom caught last week on dries. 
Monday saw a very warm sunny day, not ideal conditions for reservoir trout fishing. However despite the tricky conditions a number of anglers found the method to catch good numbers. Although the methods couldn’t be further apart. Mr L Mudie and Mr S Mudie landed over 35 fish to the boat fishing around the Hensbrough bank and Rainbow corner fishing a 8 inch per second sinking line and a team of lures.  Then on the opposite end of the fly fishing spectrum Mr T Grove and Mr J McGarrell had 24 fish to the boat using a team of buzzers and the cdc shuttlecock patterns to tempt the fish in the bright flat conditions.

Tuesday again saw another warm bright day. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas had a good day from the boat having 13 fish all falling to nymphs fished on a floating line. Mr Grove and Mr McGarrell where back again on the water again using buzzers and cdc dries to great effect to catch 14 fish to the boat. The best catch of the day came from the bank with Mr L Cheshire having 22 fish to the net using crunchers and pheasant tails on a floating line from various marks along the North shore.
The bank continued to fish well on Wednesday with regular Jude Tuffs taking 9 fish. The best catch from the boats came to Mr E Hughes who had over 30 fish to the boat, Eugene fished a number of methods throughout the day to tempt the fish from blobs and lures on a sinking line to dries. His best area was long drifts through the open water in the middle of the reservoir. Another boat enjoying a good days sport was Mr E Philips and Mr R Owens who landed 20 fish.
The fishing improved slightly on Thursday as a slightly rippled greeted the anglers which made a welcome change to  the flat calm bright conditions of the previous two days. This ripple seemed to assist both the boat anf bank angler with good catches being recorded from both. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 18 fish all coming to buzzers. Mr C day also enjoyed good sport from the bank netting 15 cracking rainbows. From the boats Mr Brooks and Mr Adams had a great day landing 24 fish to the boat. Mr B Clark had a great days sport using buzzers all day long to landed 27 fish. A further great catch saw Mr V Davies and V Gwilliam land 20 fish to the boat using nymphs in the morning followed by claret hoppers in the afternoon cast at rising fish.
Friday saw near perfect conditions and as a result dries where the order of the day. Mr T Evans and Mr J Evans had 26 fish to the boat all falling to dries. Also on the boats Mr Ellis Phillips, Rowland Owen and Viv Davies also caught well utilising orange and claret hoppers. The best areas on the day for fishing the dries came through the middle drifting around K, P,S and X Buoy, although any wind lanes to be seen through the middle are worth a look as they are sure to have a number of hungry rising trout in them.
Saturday saw the fishing become slightly trickery than the day before. However Mr Gary Diarlow had a good day from the bank landing 9 fish. On the boats the best catches still came from fishing a combination of dry flies and buzzers.  With anglers J Smith, J |Robbins and T Evans recorded good catches to these methods.

Saturday Draycote hosted Derby Fly Fishers for a catch and release competition using our measuring troughs which greatly reduce the competition cost. 14 anglers fished the competition catching 53 fish for a rod average of 3.79. Winning the day was Mike Weaver with 8 fish for 378cm second place went to Clive Wilkins with 11 fish for 377cm and third with 8 fish for 375cm was Pete Skelton

Sunday saw light winds and overcast conditions with the occasional shower, under around 5 which saw a very heavy downpour and thunderstorm. Out on the boats R Sacone had a good day landing 2 fish including a lovely 5lb rainbow. Another boat pair enjoying a good afternoons sport was Dhan Nataly & Danny Lovegrove who had 20 fish to the boat with their best flies being black and owl buzzers and red midas. Doing well from the bank was Mr Tony Worley who had 7 fish all falling from buzzers fished in toft shallows.
Also over the weekend we host Jim Williams tuition days with both days being a great success with all participants commenting on how much they enjoyed the day with 8 out of the 12 catching 1 or more fish in their first ever afternoon fly fishing.  The next course being run by Jim is being held on the weekend of the 6/7 August to book places please contact the lodge or visit the website.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:      335     Number Trout Taken:  456     Number Trout Released:   881
Total Catch:     1337             Weekly Rod Average:  4.00

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 18:30
Boat All Day:   8:30     until  21:45
Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30  until   15:00  PM   15:00   until 21:45
Last 4 Hours from:     17:45    until    21:45   (Ticket sales available from   17:30)
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr C Gripton of Byways in Tenbury Wells who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.
Jim Williams Tuition Day 6th August. 4 Places left to book contact the lodge.
Jim Williams Tuition Day 7th August. 6 Places left to book contact the lodge.

Selling of Fish
Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Toilets
Anglers please note that the main toilets in the building are due to be completed renovated from the 1st June which take up to 3 weeks, anglers are advised to use the toilet block near the rangers office in the country park.  However there will be temporary toilets behind the building. 

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30   
      
Returns
Many anglers have been failing to book out at the end of their fishing. In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

 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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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 W/E 29nd May 2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
Report
A fantastic week here at Draycote with 418 anglers visiting the venue netting a total of 2,909 trout representing  an overall rod average of 7.0. It has been a good week on the weather front with either lovely warm spring days with clear skies which really got the fish feeding hard on the thousands of buzzers that where hatching, and if the weather wasn’t clear skies and sun. It was warm and overcast and nearly the perfect conditions for fishing, as you can imagine dries really played a part in the catch returns in those days of near perfect conditions.
 
Monday started in the same fashion that the previous week finished with great catches from both the bank and boats. Out on the bank Bob Smith landed 7 great fish fishing on Lincroft point and the cornfield. Also on the bank was regular Ray Cramp who had 15, on a both lures and buzzers from the tower bank and along into Duns Bay. Out on the boat some fantastic catches where recorded to buzzers. John Mills had 21, using a streamer tip line in the morning and then a midge tip in the afternoon to present his buzzers at the correct depth as the hatch progressed throughout the day. Another angler with a great catch on buzzers was Mr R Stewart who fished Rainbow Corner with buzzers and a biscuit FAB to land 25 fish. Catches of over 30 fish where recorded by M Morgan and D Darcie who again found buzzers the key to a very successful day.
 
Tuesday saw bright and breezy conditions which as the saying goes are never easy, and as a result the rod average saw a slight dip to 5.5. However there were a number of anglers who found the key to success. Season ticket holder Tony Broadway fished the bank on Lincroft point with two size 12 black buzzers and a small tequila FAB to land 14 fish. On the Boats Mr S Robertson & Mr A McKenzie had a great day landing 39 fish to the boat using buzzers. MR I Pugh also had a good day on the boat landing 13 fish. Dave Burr also had a good day and found that a blue flash damsel fished around Biggin and Duns Bay accounted for his fish.
 
Wednesday saw much better fishing weather with warm overcast conditions. As a result dries really played a role in the catches for the day. Paul Cushnie & George Barron from Scotland had a great days fishing using a variety of dries and commented that they caught all over the reservoir, and where unsure of the exact number as they lost count.  Also using dries to great affect was Andy Lunn who fished black dries to account for 11 fish in a short afternoon session. Ricky Hyde also had a good afternoon landing a number of fish on buzzers on the washing line including having a double hook up which he had to get a fellow anglers help to land both. Also on the boats A Goodway & H Russell landed 46 fish between them on buzzers. Also worth a mention on the day was Eugene Hughes who travels up from London on the train, and landed over 40 fish on a variety of lure and lines from toft to the Hensborough bank.  
 
Thursdays was a slight change to the day before with the same light winds, but unlike Wednesday there was a lack of cloud so it was very warm and bright.  West Midlands Police had a friendly competition on the water with 15 anglers going a float; they caught 153 fish giving a rod average for the competition of 10.2. The day was won by Steve Owen who landed 17 fish. The police found the fish on a number of methods from pulling blobs and boobies on 5 inch per second sinking lines to fishing buzzers static on a floating line. Outside of the police match A Ling and P Konizcky had a good day with 20 great fish to the boat as the targeted the larger fish around A buoy using black buzzers on midge tips. Having an absolute red letter day and his personal best for Draycote was Jamie Scott who landed 39 fish mainly from Toft using blobs. On the bank Andy Brown had a good afternoon catching on buzzers down on Toft.
 
Friday saw similar conditions to that of the day before, however the wind had picked up slightly. There were a number of good catches Friday, but some stand out examples where Tony Broadway on the bank who landed 12 fish from the cornfield on a team a three buzzers on a floating line. Also from the bank Peter Biernaki had a good afternoon landing 8 fish on buzzers and damsels from both toft and the tower bank.  On the boats Ed Douglas had a good days sport fishing with a team of buzzers on the Hensborough bank and Duns bay to land 24.
 
Saturday again saw a very warm sunny day, not the best conditions for fishing, however the good fishing continued despite the bright conditions, with a number of anglers reporting good catches over double figures. D McCloud & S McCloud had a good day fishing buzzers all around the reservoir which accounted for 29 fish. P Bristow & R Cripps also had a good days sport and commented on the amount of double hook ups they were getting fishing with buzzers and diawl bachs. Season ticket holder Graham Homer also had a good days sport landing 12 fish all of which took buzzers fished on a floating line.
 
Sunday saw overcast skies and slightly stronger wind that had been seen previously in the week. However these slightly strong winds did little to affect the good fishing. On the bank Mr K Fletcher had good days sport landing 6 fish from the cornfields on a red leech pattern. On the boats Mr K Harding and Mr M Clarke had a good days sport netting 35 fish to the boat using buzzers and crunchers fished on a floating line in toft and along the Hensborough bank. Also having a fantastic days sport from the boats was C Adams & S Pozzi who netting an impressive 77 fish on lures fished right down in the bottom off toft near the nature reserve buoys and commented that it was basically a fish a cast at numerous points in the day.
Looking forward to next week the weather looks set to remain overcast and warm, so let’s hope that the fantastic buzzer fishing that has been seen this week continues with the good conditions forecast.  
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 418    Number Trout Taken:  670    Number Trout Released: 2239
Total Catch:         2909     Weekly Rod Average:  7.0
 
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 21:45
Boat All Day:    8.30    until  21:45
Boat Part Day:  AM 8:30     until   15:00 PM   15:00   until 21:45
Last 4 Hours from:    17:45     until       21:45    (Ticket sales available from 17:30 )

No  fish to be gutted after 21:45                All Anglers to be off site by:  22:00 
 
Congratulations to Mike Gillett from Moreton-In-Marsh who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
 
Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items:
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.
 
Toilets
Anglers please note that the main toilets in the building are due to be completed renovated from the 1st June which take up to 3 weeks, anglers are advised to use the toilet block near the rangers office in the country park.  However there will be temporary toilets behind the building. 
 
Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.
 
Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30     
     
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.
 
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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The Draycote Team
 

 

Draycote Water weekly report W/E 22nd May 2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
A great week for the buzzer  angler  in particular with 430 anglers visiting the venue netting a total of 2723 trout representing  an overall rod average of 6.33. Notwithstanding some windy & showery periods, the week brought some perfect spring conditions & buzzer activity was prolific with black patterns producing the best of the sport. Whilst the boats continued to out fish the banks generally there was good sport enjoyed by both.
The week started in spectacular fashion with a Monday rod average of 15.94 for 36 anglers!  Sean Coyne & John Moroney were over from Loch Cara on a three day break & by the end of their Monday session had brought 62 fine rainbows to the net, mostly on buzzer patterns. Other boat pairings were also recording very high catches. Ray Cramp also fished buzzers from the bank & weighed in a fine eight fish bag. Bankside regular Jude Tuffs recorded a nine fish tally on Tuesday whilst, out in an afternoon boat, Gary Turner had initial sport to a team of buzzers but turned to dries when an evening rise developed towards the end of his stint. He ended with 15 to the boat.  Although Wednesday saw a decline in weather conditions & a drop in the rod average to 4.6, regular bank angler Peter Bierenacki  enjoyed an afternoon session catching & releasing eleven trout including a 3lbs 8oz brown. An improvement on Thursday led to some frantic action back on the midge pupae. Ron Beavan & Ted Mills shared a morning boat & netted 31 on buzzer patterns. Also in a boat, Peter Elliott took fish during the morning on dries but reverted to small buzzer & diawl bachs during the afternoon.  He also netted over thirty fish. Mr Ling targetted large fish over the middle with red & claret dries & his catch included two rainbows over five pounds. Kevin Rees fished small &fine with nymphs on the bank and netted a dozen. Bank anglers on Friday experienced extremely challenging conditions with very high winds and fish moving off the marginal shelves. Although season rod John Dickens coaxed seven from the bank, many others blanked.  Despite a “bumpy ride”, boat anglers enjoyed better sport & returned a rod average for the day of 4.3 with Steve Conway leading the honours list with a twenty fish tally. The banks were effectively devoid of anglers on Saturday but once more, action was often fast & furious for the boat anglers. Kenny Sichi & friends shared three boats & accounted for over eighty fish to the net between them. Very favourable late spring conditions were enjoyed on Sunday & the trout responded accordingly. Ninety four anglers recorded a catch total of 529 representing a rod average of 5.62. Mr Twigge landed 16 on the bank to red & black buzzer fished as a washing line whilst Ray Cramp had a day on the lures landing another eight fish bag. Dennis Jones, also on the bank, netted a total of 16 to his size 14 buzzers. Most notable of the boat catches on Sunday was the pairing of Messrs Gray & Taylor who managed 28 all on dries.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:    430        Number Trout Taken:   657    Number Trout Released: 2066
Total Catch:     2723            Weekly Rod Average:  6.33
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 21:30
Boat All Day:    8.30    until  21:30
Boat Part Day:  AM 8:30     until   15:00 PM   15:00   until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from:    17:30     until       21:30    (Ticket sales available from 17:15 )
No  fish to be gutted after 21:30                All Anglers to be off site by:  21:45 
Congratulations to Mr Mills  of  Tenbury Wells  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle
We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items:
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/
 
Forthcoming events.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30 

 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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The Draycote Team

 

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly report W/E 15th May 2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
It’s been an excellent week here at Draycote Water. The weather started off pretty well on Monday but deteriorated into heavy showers and windy conditions over Tuesday and Wednesday. Thursday dawned dry and bright but gusty conditions continued right through until the weekend , when it then settled down into more comfortable fishing conditions.
But what a week it turned out to be, with fish being caught almost everywhere on the reservoir from both boat and bank, and on such a wide variety of methods. It came as no surprise to any of us here that the weekly rod average came in at a whopping 9.0 .
On Monday, in very bright conditions, Peter Elliott had 17 fish from the Tower bank. John Clifford also did well on Monday, catching 12 fish from a drifting boat on a midge tip line.
Mr J McCutcheon and Mr W McCutcheon weighed in 7 fish for 21 lbs 7 oz.
Tuesday was described by the Anglers as “ Very challenging conditions “, but that didn’t stop bank angler Mr Mike Oliver catching 15 fish from various points around the reservoir. Mr M Allen and Mr P Douglas toughed it out in a boat to net more than 60 fish between them. They fished through the day around A and B buoy  and the Green Bank, before moving into Toft shallows in the evening, where they fished dries.
Season ticket holders Mr Tony Plummer and Mr Colin England also did extremely well in the conditions to bring more than 30 fish to the boat between them.
Wednesday saw a rise in the rod average, despite the weather, with Mr McNaughton and Mr Torlay bringing 25 fish to the boat each. Draycote regular Mr Andy Lunn used a cormorant booby to great effect, netting 21 fish.
Mr Tony Worley did really well fishing from the bank, netting 10 fish on orange buzzers and a muddler in Biggin Bay.
Thursday was a more comfortable days fishing , with yet again another good rod average, and large numbers of fish being caught everywhere. Season permit holders Tony Broadway and John Dews went afloat for a change and netted nearly 50 fish between them, mainly on buzzers. Tony returned a rainbow weighing in at 5lbs 8oz.
Mr M McNaughton and Mr B Torlay took to the water again on Thursday to record yet another 50 fish day.
Jamie Scott, fishing from a boat, used a mixture of Damsels and blobs to great effect, netting 35 fish from “all over” the reservoir.  
Draycote regular Geoff Preston, had 14 fish to the boat, and reported that he was catching fish of approximately 5 to 6 lbs out in the middle of the reservoir.
Mr Neil and Mr James Miller caught 37 fish between them on a variety of methods.
Sean Hanlon caught over 30 fish on buzzers on Thursday from various points around the bank.
Friday 13th may be unlucky for some, but not for the anglers here at Draycote, where 66 rods caught a total of 701 fish for the strongest rod average of the week at 10.6.
Friday also saw the arrival of the Loch Leven Casters and Trawsfynydd Anglers. Both groups have a strong selection of experienced anglers amongst them and showed this with the large amount of fish they caught over their 3 day stay here at Draycote.
Other notables on Friday were, Mr Ed Douglas who returned 28 fish, from a drifting boat. Mr Torlay and Mr McNaughton again featuring high in the catch return with over 70 fish to the boat between them. Mr M Fisher, who had 27 fish to the boat.
Coppenhall Fly Fishers boat match took place on Saturday which went extremely well. Nearly all 22 of the anglers competing had their 4 fish limit to weight, and had countless returned between them. In fact the club managed a 12 fish rod average for the match. A variety of methods were used from a 7 inch per second sinking line and 2 blobs to dries. Both methods where equally effective, Mark Harrison, used the 7 inch per second line to tempt the biggest fish of the match a fantastic 5lb 2oz rainbow. However top honours in the match went to Mike Laycock who had the heaviest bag for his 4 fish which all came to dries fished over deep water. Outside of the Coppenhall match Mr Otter & Mr Barton had a great days sport landing over 30 fish to the boat on superglue buzzers their 4 fish went a massive 15lb 2oz in weight. Also utilising buzzers to catch a great number of fish was Mr G Lewis and G Williams who landed 44 fish to the boat.
Sunday again saw fantastic weather with more lovely spring sunshine, and light winds another great weather day for fishing buzzers. And it proved that buzzers where the outstanding method of the day with great catches being seen by a great number of people. Paul Sharp & Ian Earle had 30 fish to the boat, Mr Barnes & Mr Patrick also had 44 to the boat all falling to buzzers.
Let’s hope that this lovely settled spring weather remains and that the buzzer fishing continues to remain first class. However looking at this weeks catch returns when they go off the buzzers due to unfavourable conditions the fish still remain very catchable through fishing lures on deep sinking lines over deep water.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:    345        Number Trout Taken:   576    Number Trout Released: 2517 
Total Catch:     3093             Weekly Rod Average:  9.00

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 21:15
Boat All Day:    8.30    until  21:15
Boat Part Day:  AM 8:30     until   15:00 PM   15:15   until 21:15
Last 4 Hours from:    17:15     until       21:15    (Ticket sales available from  17:00 )
All Anglers to be off site by:21.30

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door.

Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.

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

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Congratulations to Mr C Major  of  Hadlow, Kent   who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Forthcoming events.
Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 12th June 3 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.

Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242
Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.
Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it.

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. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.

 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.
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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
The Draycote Team


 


 


 

 

    

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

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 August 2016 16:34