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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.
 
Tight lines
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.
Tight lines
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

Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 8st May 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 8120187

This week saw the weather start off in the same unsettled nature of last week, with very blustery weather Monday. However the air temperature rose 11°C on Sunday night, this temperature rise continued as the week progressed ending the week with temperatures of 25°C and much needed and welcome sunshine. This increase in temperatures also saw the rod average which started at 2.2 in the windy conditions of Monday rise to one of 9.1 in the warm spring sunshine of Saturday. The overall stats for the week saw 398 Rods catch a total of 2179 fish for a weekly rod average of 5.47.

Monday saw the unsettled weather remain, with strong North Westerly blowing across the lake. Due to the strong winds anglers found it challenging to present the flies correctly. However David Hoppe found the correct presentation by using the new RIO In Touch stream tip and team of buzzers to tempt 8 fish along the tower bank and into Dunns bay. David found that the streamer tip was great for cutting the flies through the big waves. Out on the boats Stephen Conway and his brother were out on the boats and tempted 10 fish fishing a combination of buzzers and blobs. Tuesday saw the rod average increase slightly with the high winds dropping however the sudden increase in temperatures the day before had clearly had an effect on and the fish took another day to adjust. The bank struggled with the fish moving out in the deeper water to feed. Taking advantage of this was Steve Robinson and J Ryder who boated 24 fish.
Wednesday was the day when the rod average really started to improve as the fish settled after the sudden increase in temperature from last week. Out on the boats was season ticket holder Ed Douglas who netted 20 fish, in Rainbow Corner fishing with buzzers and nymphs on floating lines including a lovely grown on rainbow trout of 5lb 7oz. Another angler taking advantage of the good fishing was Shaun Hanlon who netted 18 fish all on buzzers. However buzzers were not the only way to catch good numbers on the day.

The police inter-force friendly boat competition saw the best catches coming using 5inch per second sinking lines and orange blobs around A/B buoy. The winner on the day was Bob Casey with his 8 fish bag limit for 23lbs. Thursday saw John Clifford getting into the fish around B buoy netting 16 fish using a 7 inch per second lines and lures and commented on how all the fish in the deeper water were overwintered. S Bedwell found that the fish along the Hensborough wanted a black Montana fished slowly near the bottom, as this accounted for all this 17 fish.

Friday saw the start of the really warm weather with the air temperatures being over 20°C for most of the day. These warm conditions saw a very impressive buzzer hatch with both bank and boat anglers cashing in on the action with 98 anglers catching 724 fish for a 7.3 rod average. On the bank regular Tony Broadway had a great days sport netting 21 fish all on buzzers. Alan Joyce also enjoyed great sport landing 22 fish as well as an approximated 8lb rainbow which was returned to fight another day. Out on the boats the sport was equally as good, Season Ticket holder Ed Douglas returned for another day’s sport again using buzzers but this time caught a staggering 47 fish. Also enjoying great sport from the boats was R Bomsford & J Radda who netted 43 fish. Another angler who is worthy of a mention is George Leaton who travelled up from Hounslow in London and landed 20 fish all on a blue flash damsel on a floater. George commented that the key to success was not to strike too soon and that a continued figure of eight through the knocks and pulls would produce a solid lock up. Saturday saw the best rod average of the week at 9.1, with catches into double figures and beyond to be found by the majority from both the bank and the boats. The tactics for these high catches remained the same as earlier in the week of either buzzers or 5 inch per second sinking lines and blobs. Sunday saw the best catches coming from the boats around B buoy to cruncher patterns fished slowly, with Robert and Tony Ball landing 26 to this method.

Looking ahead to this week the weather looks settled and warm weather is set to continue so I am sure the buzzer hatches will continue to improve and hopefully with the good hatches the fantastic fishing that has been seen the the back end of the week will continue.
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  398        Number Trout Taken: 756      Number Trout Released:  1423
Total Catch:    2179              Weekly Rod Average:  5.47

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00 
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:30    PM 14:30 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until 21:00           (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
All Anglers to be off site by:  21:15

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr C Campbell from Morton In The Marsh, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Permit.

Forthcoming events.
Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 12th June 3 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.
Details on Tuition or Guided trips visit our website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

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

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 1st May 2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Yet another week of extremely unsettled weather, with high winds from all directions & frequent wintery squalls. Frosty starts have also continued, even to the extent of delaying the release of the boats from the pontoon on a couple of days because of ice. Many anglers stayed away due to the forecasts but as ever some good sport was experienced by many.

Overall the venue held its own with 211 rods catching a total of 825 trout for the week giving an overall rod average of 3.9

On Monday Ed Douglas worked hard to tempt six fish to his buzzer team fished from the boat in Biggin Bay. A hatch then saw him switch to dries & emerger patterns to bring another six to the net. Meanwhile Rod Wilson stuck to his deep lure tactics on the rudder to take a 25lbs eight fish bag that included a 5lbs rainbow. Bank &boat anglers alike really struggled with high winds on Tuesday although Brian Froggatt took a boat & caught eleven to his partner Adrian Burton’s six. Boat anglers practising for the “Police Interforce Friendly” all found conditions challenging. However, it was a different scenario on Wednesday for match day & 20 anglers landed 85 trout for a rod average of 4.25. Winner Rich Watkins, representing West Mercia, took the top honours with a creditable 13 fish total.  He was followed up by John Goodwin & Kev Pearson who boated ten apiece. Simon Purves & Peter Dawson spent three days on the water & notwithstanding hard conditions, commented on the fighting qualities of the trout they encountered. On the bank, season rod Dennis Jones did very well to entice nine rainbows to his buzzer tactics presented at extreme distance behind a big wind.

Weather conditions showed some (occasional) improvements during Thursday & Friday with Ed Douglas back for more. This time he was in Rainbow Corner where he netted 20 fishing nymphs. Jamie Scott, who is having a very productive season so far at both Draycote & Foremark, enjoyed a very mixed day with 27 to the net. Interestingly he took 10 on snake patterns with the remainder coming to buzzers. He really covered the water too with fish from both Biggin Bay & Rainbow Corner as well as open water over the middle.

Congratulations have to go to regular bank Peter Bierenacki who proudly showed Tom & I his first attempts at fly dressing. He had tied three buzzer patterns which we encouraged him to go & try straight away during a last four hour ticket session in Rainbow Corner. They soon proved their worth tempting, not one, but two fine wintered rainbows in the four pounds+ bracket!

Big winds on Saturday saw Mr Severn finding fish very deep in open water off the Draycote Bank dam. He netted a total of sixteen to sparkler tubes presented very deep. Spooning of fish during the latter part of this period showed that many have been on the daphnia as well as small midge pupae. A lull in stormy weather late on Saturday afternoon  prompted a huge  buzzer hatch which led Steve McGregor to report that fish appeared as if from nowhere & could be seen rising in big numbers all over.

Visiting us once more on another of their three day breaks from Scotland, the McGregor clan fished Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Between the six of them they again proved their consistency & how well they have got to know the venue.  Their group total of 169 trout to their boats represented an excellent individual rod average over their break of over 28 or 9.4 per person per day!

Whilst on Friday, Saturday & Sunday dawn air temperatures all hovered on freezing point, this morning at 05:30 hours saw a reading of 11 degrees centigrade. With warmer conditions also forecast, let us hope that this cold unsettled early spring weather will indeed soon be behind us.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  211          Number Trout Taken: 193      Number Trout Released:  632
Total Catch:    825              Weekly Rod Average:  3.9

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45 
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:00    PM 14:00 until 20:45
Last 4 Hours from:  16:45 until 20:45           (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
All Anglers to be off site by:  21:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Ian Reeve from Rugby, who is the winner of this week’s Free

Boat Permit.
Forthcoming events
Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 8th May 1 space available. Call the lodge to book the space.
Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 11th June 2 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.
Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 12th June 3 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June.
Alex Booth Match – 30th June.

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.

Tuition & Guiding
Tom Bird & Kevin Hart are available at Draycote to offer one to one casting lessons from £30.00 per hour.
They also offer a guiding service at Draycote, an excellent opportunity to learn how to fish Draycote from taking fish on Dries & buzzers to fishing the rudder.
Full details visit our Tuition / Guiding website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Tight lines
The Draycote Team

 

 

 

Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 24th April 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
A mixture of cold, and often windy, conditions have at times held back sport once more this week. Northerly winds have continued to bring some wintery squalls. Frosty mornings have also clearly not left us entirely yet, however, a couple of proper spring interludes have reminded us all that the warmer weather is not too far away. What has not been put off is the black buzzer hatch which has been prolific & sustained this spring. The trout have been gorging on them. One angler in the week came off the water describing how he had found literally thousands inside a fish spooned from Toft. Others have still been astonished at the sheer numbers of fish showing, particularly during the late afternoons to early evening period - especially when conditions have been a little warmer.

Cold conditions on Monday did not put off Jim Marriott whose buzzer caught catch included a fine brace of rainbows at 5 & 6lbs. Tuesday was extremely challenging for most with bright, almost flat calm conditions most of the day. Whilst this caused the rod average to dip to 2.5 the conditions did not thwart our own Tom Bird who took to open water & showed the way with 16 fish to nearly 5lbs on small black buzzer & dries, you can book a half day or full days guided trip with Tom visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

 Jack Dixon also had a good morning boat session on Wednesday taking a fine eight fish bag. Jude Tuff stayed on the bank and also took her eight fish limit.

Some more pleasant conditions on Thursday led Lea Tones to report “Great day on buzzers & dries with the water coming alive with fish in the evening.” Lea, & his boat partner Stephen Farmer, had a total of 18 to the net by the end of their session. Meanwhile Alan Guest chose to fish a variety of different coloured snake patterns to land 15. Roger Kerrison also fished snakes but found white was his “colour of the day” with a dozen fish to the net. Friday saw season rod Peter Elliott fishing buzzer from the bank. His thirteen fish total included a 5lbs brown which he returned to the water.

Conditions for the rudder were good on Saturday which pleased Mr Severn as he caught a total of fifteen. His eight fish limit included a five & half pound brownie. Steve Gibson fished the bank on Saturday & his small nymph tactics also saw him with a fifteen fish tally.  Boat anglers on Sunday did well off the Inlet & Rainbow with Shaun Higgins & Mr Laye catching 22 between them. Mr Parker also got amongst the fish with 18 to various damsel patterns fished from the bank.

The period ended with a weekly rod average coming out at 3.49.

The best areas this week have still been Biggin Bay, Cornfield, & Toft Shallows. The population is very well spread though & hotspots at any given time are clearly dictated by wind & weather conditions. Those searching over open water are encountering some good sport – especially with wintered fish.

The best flies remain Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsels and of course, the ever popular Snakes.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  285          Number Trout Taken: 449      Number Trout Released:  546
Total Catch:    995              Weekly Rod Average:  3.49

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

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr A Brookin from Leicester, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Permit.

Forthcoming events
Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 7th May 1 space available. Call the lodge to book a space
Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 8th May 1 space available. Call the lodge to book a space.

Scierra Pairs – 26th June.
Alex Booth Match – 30th June.

Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment continues and it is anticipated that it will remain unavailable until later possibly Thursday or Friday.
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.
 
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

 

 

Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 17th April  2016.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
 
Report
A slightly cooler week than last has seen a mixed bag here at Draycote Water. Quite a cold northerly wind with intermittent showers has made for uncomfortable fishing at times. Large hatches of buzzer all around the reservoir, in various sizes and colours, have kept the fish on the feed and high in the water column. The downside of this is that the trout’s preoccupation on the smallest of these buzzers has made for some frustrating days out on the water. Feedback from the Anglers is that there are plenty of fish showing in the surface, but they are proving difficult to catch. There are a couple of different suggestions as to how to overcome this problem. Either go to the finest leader you dare to use, with just one small fly at a time or, use an intermediate or sinking line and the largest fly you have in your box, and strip it past them. The weekly rod average was 3.4.

The middle and the deeper parts of the reservoir are now producing some good over wintered specimens with drifts around A and B buoy and Musborough Shoal, being the most productive. Fish such as these are also showing up around D buoy in Biggin Bay and of course around F buoy over Croft Shoal.

The best areas this week have been as mentioned above plus, Biggin Bay, The Cornfield, Toft Shallows, and for the last couple of days, The Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner.

The best flies have been Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Damsels, Montanas and the ever popular Snakes.

There were this week, a number of very successful anglers including;
Mr A Bettles and Mr M Oliver, who caught a good number of fish from the bank on Monday.
Mr T Heseltine, who on Tuesday had 10 to the boat.
Mr M Lewis did very well on Wednesday from a boat using a floating line and buzzers, with a blob on the point.
Mr C J Day had 12 fish on Thursday on Damsels.
Mr Ed Douglas and Mr Jamie Scott both had a good day out on Friday, and caught well into double figures.

On Sunday we held the RIO and Sage open day here at Draycote Water. This day was designed to give people a chance to try any combination of RIO Line and Sage Rod of their choice, under the supervision of one of our guides, either from a boat or from the bank. Not only did we have reservoir set ups, but Salmon as well as Salt Water equipment was also available for trial. The day was a great success for all concerned with many people not only trying various combinations of rod and line, but also gleaning tips from the guides on all aspects of Fly Fishing. We’d like to take this opportunity to thank guides , Ronnie Gent and Lee Henfry from the RIO Fly Fishing team, also  Kevin Hart and Tom Bird, Draycote Staff members and Fishing Guides. Also a very big thank you to the team from Guide, John Legg, and Jim Fearne. And last but by no means least, a big thank you to Draycote Member Mr Brian Froggatt, who’s depth of knowledge and experience in fly fishing was once again a great asset on the day.   
 
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  254          Number Trout Taken: 371      Number Trout Released:  494
Total Catch:    865              Weekly Rod Average:  3.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until  20:15
Boat All Day: 08:30 until  20:15
Boat Part Day:  AM  08:30 until  14:00    PM 14:00 until  20:15
Last 4 Hours from:  16:15  until  20:15           (Ticket sales available from 16:00 )
All Anglers to be off site by:  20:45

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr R Ulyet  from Bromsgrove, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Forthcoming events
Thornton F F Bank Match 24th April.
Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 7th May 1 space available. Call the lodge to book a space
Hywel Morgan Beginners Tuition Day 8th May 4 spaces available. Call the lodge to book a space.
Scierra Pairs – 26th June.
Alex Booth Match – 30th June.

Gutting Room
The Gutting Room will be closed from 20th to 24th April 2016 for refurbishment.

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

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

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

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

Tight lines
The Draycote Team

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th April   2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
Draycote has again produced some excellent fishing  this week. The changing weather has made the fishing a little uncomfortable at times, although, as long as you come prepared for anything from an arctic winter to summer in the Sahara, a enjoyable days sport was to be had. The bank once again is fishing extremely well, and water quality is excellent. In fact on Saturday I tested this, and you can see the bottom clearly in up to about 15 feet of water. Monday opened proceedings with a rod average of 11.6, with all the rods catching well, from toft and the cornfield.  Throughout this week like the weather the rod average went a bit up and down, however the weekly average still remained high with and came out at 8.1.
During the middle of the week the fish pushed out from the bank in bright sunny weather, and the boats really started to catch well on buzzers, Mr Warren and Mr Jinks had a great days sport on Thursday with 50 fish to the boat all coming to buzzers. However when the sun went behind the cloud the reports were of fish feeding right in the margins, so it pays to have a good look at the water before venturing in. and wading to deep pushing the fish out of range.

This week has seen fantastic buzzer hatches with clouds of them covering the lake and the dam walls. This has caused a lot of fish to have been moving around either in or near the surface. Anglers from both the boat and the bank have enjoyed some excellent sport on these fish which by matching the hatch and fishing teams of buzzers.  Indeed, towards the end of the week we witnessed the largest buzzer hatch we’ve ever seen here over the Farborough Dam.   The fish are obviously concentrating on buzzers at the moment, the best sizes to use being 12’s and 14’s. The buzzers that are hatching off at the moment are not all black, indeed olive, brown and bright green colours have all been seen.

Choice of line is proving vital at the moment. The vast majority of fish are being caught using Floaters, midge tips, or a slow intermediate but, a few anglers have had  success using a DI 5,  washing line with a FAB blob on the point and a couple of either Diawl Bachs or buzzers. On Saturday Mr R Watson & Mr D Watson used a Di 3 sinking lines to great effect with buzzers and boobies to land 46 fish to the boat down in Toft.

All areas of the lake are producing fish at the moment. The usual hot spots are hitting the headlines such as Toft Shallows, Lincroft Point, and the Cornfield. But The Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner have also had their fair share of mentions on the catch return, as has the deeper water in the middle of the reservoir, which has thrown up a number of bigger overwintered rainbows

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  221          Number Trout Taken: 340      Number Trout Released:   1465
Total Catch:    1805              Weekly Rod Average:  8.1

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

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr J Dempsey of Bedworth , who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Forthcoming events
Rio / Sage Open Day Sunday 17th April
Thornton F F Bank Match 24th April.
Hywel Morgan beginner day 7th May 1 place remaining
Hywel Morgan beginner day 8th May 4 places remaining
Scierra Pairs – 26th June.
Alex Booth Match – 30th June.
 
Gutting Room.
The Gutting Room will be closed from 20th to 24th April 2016, for refurbishment.

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Dates for the Diary:    Sunday 17th April 10:00am ~ 4.00pm  SAGE & RIO PRODUCTS DAY
Join us at Draycote to test Sage & Rio products of your choice. Our guides will be taking to the water on Sunday 17th April along with representatives from SAGE & RIO
PRODUCTS.
We offer you the opportunity to book a FREE hour long fly fishing session afloat with a member of the Draycote guiding team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice.
To reserve your free place, Call Draycote Lodge on 01788 812018

 
 

 

Join us at Draycote Water
Sunday 17th April   10.00am ~ 4.00pm

Unique Opportunity
 
To test  SAGE & RIO  products of your choice:
 
 Jim Fearn & John Legg from Guide Flyfishing will be available throughout the day to take you through the range of SAGERods & RIO Fly lines, leaders & accessories  

On the day we offer you the opportunity to take to the water for a FREE 1 hours fishing with our Draycote guides & Team Members of the RIO Fly Fishing Team, an opportunity to fish with any SAGE Rod or RIO Fly Line of your choosing, as well as trying the various RIO leader material.

If you ever wondered what the difference is between a RIO GOLD & RIO GRAND fly line, or the new In Touch Core against the standard core fly lines, this is your opportunity to try them free of charge.

To book your Free 1 hour fishing call the lodge 01788 812018

Come along to this free event and meet the SAGE & RIO crew from Guide Flyfishing, light refreshments available at the lodge 10.00am - 4.00pm

Why not combine your Draycote visit to talk SAGE & RIO products with a spot of fishing currently our fishery weekly rod average 9.4 outstanding fishing.

Contact The Draycote Lodge 01283 703202

 

 

 

 Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 3rd April  2016

Telephone Number 01788 812018

Report
Draycote has seen yet another week of outstanding sport in what has unquestionably been the best start to a season in many a year. Even a boat less and windswept Monday turned in a rod average of 3.8 for the day. The weekly rod average was 7.7.
Somewhat calmer conditions took over from Tuesday onwards which saw both boat and bank anglers produce some excellent returns. Mr Neill Bridges took 19 fish on Tuesday on the rudder using tubes, whilst Mr C J Potter made good use of the last 4 hour permit, taking one fish and returning 9 on an orange lure.

Wednesday saw Mr J Dixon and Mr M Edkins bag up with 8 fish each to the boat on orange blobs and white and green lures. Mr Ian Conyers also had a good day on Wednesday bringing 15 fish to the boat on a DI3 and black and green lures. Buzzers were also producing some good bags of fish on Wednesday with Mr Chris Reeves bagging 13 good fish using a Midge Tip. Indeed, as stated last week, buzzers and nymphs are becoming more and more popular now as temperatures start to rise.
Thursday and Friday saw a continuation of good fishing with season permit holders Mr Tony Broadway and Mr Ed Douglas netting 15 and 16 a piece from the bank using buzzers, whilst Mr T and Mr D Heseltine had 27 fish to the boat using black and green lures, small red nymphs and buzzers. Mr Peter Elliott and Mr Lee Pattern had over 60 fish between them on Friday, fishing buzzers from the bank.

Saturday was a very bright , sunny day, and went about producing the best rod average of the week at 11.6. Large numbers of fish were being caught all over the reservoir using various tactics with names too many to mention. The best looking bag I witnessed and photographed was from Mr Steve Rainbow, with a total of 16 fish, the best of which was 5lb 8oz. Among them were some beautiful overwintered specimens , mainly caught using snakes and fishing off Farborough spit and the Dam wall.

Sunday also produced some good sport with even more emphasis on imitative patterns. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, Damsels and Hares Ears all produced fish on the day.

The best areas of the reservoir are Toft, The Farborough Dam and Farborough Spit, Lin Croft Point, The Cornfield, Hensborough Bank and of course D buoy and Biggin Bay.
The best tactics remain unchanged really, black and green lures are working quite well, Olive Snakes are producing some good returns, but more and more often now, smaller imitative patterns litter the catch return from page to page.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  341          Number Trout Taken: 655      Number Trout Released:   1994
Total Catch:    2649              Weekly Rod Average:  7.7
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:45
Boat All Day: 08:30  until  19:45 
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30  until  14:00     PM  14:00  until  19:45
Last 4 Hours from:  15:45 until 19:45           ( Ticket sales available from 15:30 )
All Anglers to be off site by:  20:00

Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Tony Ward of Cubbington,  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
 

  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
  • Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
 
Tight lines
The Draycote Team
 

 

Draycote Water - Weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 27th March 2016
Telephone Number 01788 812018

 This week has seen a continuation of excellent fishing despite weather conditions at the end of the period. These brought excessive winds & rain heralding the arrival of “Storm Katie” to unfortunately spoil the Bank Holiday weekend sport. Notwithstanding a glorious Good Friday, no boats were able to go out on Saturday or Sunday. As I write, the reservoir is closed once more to boat anglers with the pontoon itself looking like an Alton Tower attraction. Westerly wind gusts, as forecast, have been in the 50mph+ bracket. Once blown through though, the forecast for the coming week is looking good.

A total of 257 anglers took to the water this week and recorded the landing of 1,537 trout for an overall rod average of 5.98

There were some notable bags of fish together with individual large specimens taken. Dave Parkes fished with a group of friends in boats on Monday & led the way with a thirty plus catch taken mainly from Lin Croft Point down into Albert’s Bottom. He fished weighted orange lures using a light #5wt  outfit with a floating line & 18ft+ leader to achieve the best presentation. Season rod Ed Douglas adopted similar tactics from the bank on Tuesday resulting in fast & furious sport with 33 to the net!

Tony Ward was particularly pleased with his day on the banks on Wednesday as his 14 fish total was headed up by his Draycote personal best – a splendid rainbow of 8lbs. He safely returned his trophy to the water. Congratulations Tony -largest fish of the week too! Thursday saw Geoff Preston in action from a morning boat and weighed in a fine eight fish limit with a further five caught & released. Meanwhile, on the bank at the Overflow, Mark Sturgess, fishing a black & green tadpole on an intermediate line, caught a fine 5lbs 8oz brown trout (pictured on our Facebook page) as part of a six fish tally.

Mother Nature was indeed kind with the weather on Good Friday when 99 anglers came out to enjoy the Bank Holiday in glorious conditions. Most were rewarded with terrific sport and 355 trout were netted on the day for a rod average of over 6. Boat & bank anglers alike were in action with a mix of pulling & nymph tactics working. As earlier reported, weekend activity was all but completely curtailed by the adverse winds which blew in. These kept the boats from being allowed out & very few anglers ventured out onto the banks.

Fish populations have tended to still be well spread throughout the fishery, although  locations from Dunn’s Bay down through Biggin, Lin Croft, Cornfield & into Toft have probably still been the most productive. Not much movement yet on preferred tactics with the black & green theme still holding good when pulling. There has been the expected pick up in small black buzzer activity with increasing numbers of anglers now resorting to a more imitative approach. Finally, last week’s advice still holds good as regards time of year.  It is still early & weather conditions can & do change rapidly. Be mindful of this & layer up appropriately before venturing out. Water temperatures also remain very cold

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:  257          Number Trout Taken:  452    Number Trout Released:   1085
Total Catch:  1537            Weekly Rod Average:  5.98
Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 19:30
Boat All Day: 08:30   until    19:30 
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:00     PM 14:00 until   19:30
Last 4 Hours from: 15:30 until    19:30 (Ticket sales available from 15:15)
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:45
Weekly Free Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Colin Campbell of Moreton-in-the-Marsh who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
 

  • 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 are also reminded to keep 70 yards or more from any bank anglers.
  • Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
  • Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
 
Tight lines
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, 28 June 2016 13:48