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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 31st March 2019
    Monday started where the previous weeks sport had ended with great catches to be had on buzzers. On the bank Mark Braun fished from Lincroft point with a team of buzzers on a floating line to land over 20 fish. All water season ticket holder Paul Walker also fished from Lincroft point on a mix of buzzers and mop flies to also land over 20 fish to the boat. Out on the boats again buzzers where the order of the day. Season ticket holder Tony Parker & boat partner Terry enjoyed great sport landing just short of 30 fish, all on a mixture of buzzers and nymphs. The pair found the fish on Croft Shoal in the morning before heading down into Toft for the afternoon. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird once again took to the water guiding Malcolm ahead of his trip to Corrib. Malcolm enjoyed great sport in the 6 hour session boating 16 fish all on buzzers on a floating line. Tom took Malcolm over all the shoals catching on each one, however, it was Croft shoal that provided the best sport including some fantastic overwintered fish. To book a session with Tom call the lodge on 01788 812018. Mark Francis also fished from a boat over Croft shoal landing 14 fish all on a goldhead Viva fished on a floating line. This week, 290 anglers caught 1334 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 4.6.
    Once again on Tuesday Lincroft point was the place to be on the bank, Jude Tuffs & Tony Broadway both fished there to land 15 fish each all on buzzers. Tony used a washing line with a tequila FAB on the point to land his 15. While Jude chose to fish her buzzers under a bung. Yousef Dar also enjoyed the best of his sport from the point in the afternoon, after landing 5 fish from Dunn’s in the morning it wasn’t until he moved to Lincroft where he found the best sport landing another 12 all on buzzer.
    The bright conditions have not deterred the fish one bit this week as anglers proved yet again on Wednesday. Both boat and bank anglers seemed to concentrate their efforts on the north shore, in particular around Lincroft point and the cornfield. Although other areas such as duns bay, biggin bay and rainbow corner have produced fish from time to time. Bank anglers had some great sport with Paul Walley netting a dozen on damsels. Dave Adkins put 7 fish in the net using buzzers off Lincroft point. Boat anglers were out hitting the hotspots of croft shoal and biggin bay and getting some good numbers to the boat. The boat pairing of Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall commented on some great sport, netting over 100 fish in two days. Andy and Brent are regular visitors to Draycote and know the water well. They used a combination of buzzers and FAB’s in areas such as the Hensborough bank, the school slips and croft shoal. Season permit holder Graham Homer netted 11 fish on green buzzers during a 4 hour session through the middle part of the day. Alex Campbell caught 7 fish from a boat, mainly from the front of the inlet, on buzzers and diawl bachs.
    On Thursday, yet again in warm bright conditions, Ian Richardson netted 9 fish from the bank on buzzers off Lincroft point. Brian Allwood and Colin Grainger netted a brace each from various points along the north shore. All water season permit holder Paul Walker caught 11 fish from the bank on buzzers. Draycote regular Mike Oliver netted over 35 fish on PTN’s and buzzers. Boat angler John Dickens caught 19 fish using buzzers on a DI 3. Mr Gordon Bramwell and Mr K Cooke got well into double figures from a boat using buzzers. Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell commented on a super day out catching good sized fish, using a midge tip and buzzers.
    Fridays weather was unchanged as all water season permit holder Mr Jamie Scott netted 50 fish from biggin bay and croft shoal, commenting on “another fantastic day”. The boat pairing of Ian Pugh and Tony Whitcher netted 40 fish between the from a boat at various points around the reservoir. Mike Gillett and Colin Campbell had a “good day” on buzzers from the boat netting a very respectable 27 fish between them. Season permit holder and seasoned traveller Matt Harris managed 16 fish to the boat on various patterns. Whilst Draycote regulars Tom and Jim Marriott managed 30 fish to the boat between them. Bank anglers were having great sport with Gordon Slack and Bob Smith landing 5 and 6 fish respectively. Whilst Tony Broadway netted 15 fish from the bank using buzzers.
    Saturday dawned with the reservoir sitting as still as a mill pond, with hardly a ripple on it until mid afternoon. Andy Lilley and Phil Mee netted 13 fish between them from the bank on various patterns from the north shore. Whilst out on the boats Saturday regulars Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey could be seen bucking the trend and drifting across the inside of J buoy on sinking lines. They netted nearly 30 fish between them on a variety of patterns such as tubes and snakes. Rod Wilson managed 16 to the boat, which included a 4 lb rainbow. Martin Price and Dave Hancox used sinking lines with buzzers and blobs to catch 25 fish from a boat at various points around the reservoir. The father and son pairing of Nigel and David Tranter caught over 50 fish between them from a drifting boat using a floating line and buzzers to start with, before switching over to sinking lines and blobs later in the day.
    On Sunday there was a bit of a change in the weather with a cold north easterly blowing on the water. This didn’t deter the anglers one bit, who just threw on an extra couple of layers before venturing out. Draycote regular George Leaton caught 9 fish from the boat up in rainbow corner. The England Ladies team who were out for a practice day faired pretty well with a rod average of 4 between them, the best of which was Chris Bobby with 10 fish to the boat. Season permit holders Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve ventured out, netting 20 fish between them on black and green lures in some difficult conditions.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. This week, with such a fine start to the spring buzzer feeding, we have a limited availability offer of 10% discount on Rio Fluoroflex & Fluoroflex Plus leader material and tippets, together with free p&p. Visit the shop at Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
    RIO & Sage Day
    On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage with Jim Fearn (Sage) and Simon Gawesworth (RIO) in attendance. They will be able to talk you through the latest kit and be on hand to provide casting sessions. The guiding & tuition team will be running the 1 ½ hour guided sessions, taking you out on the water to test the kit. Helping the tuition team will be Brown Bowl winner and RIO & Sage sponsored angler David Hoppe. Only a couple of boat sessions remain which can be booked by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.

    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Melvin Severn from Derbyshire, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods:290 Number Trout Taken: 198 Number Trout Released: 1136
    Total Catch: 1334 Rod Average: 4.6
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 19:30
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:30
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:00 PM 14:00 until 19:30
    Last 4 Hours from: 15:30 until 19:30 (Ticket sales available from 15.15)
    Gutting Room Closes – 19:00
    All Anglers to be off site by: 20.00
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 14th April 2019
    A hard week for most at Draycote caused by prolonged cold easterly winds and chilled conditions most days. First thing yesterday saw an air temperature of -3°C resulting in icy boats & pontoon. During this reporting period 232 anglers visited the fishery, landing a total of 496 trout which represents a rod average. of 2.13
    Monday saw successes on both boat & bank with Alan Bettles recording a good morning’s fun with 7 rainbows to the net. He fished blue flash damsels from Lin Croft. Just along the bank from Alan, C J Day was also in action with three to Pheasant Tail Nymphs before moving along to the Cornfield due to changing winds. This, and a switch to slightly deeper tactics with a slow retrieved snake pattern, saw him rewarded with rainbows of 3½ & 4lbs.Out in the boat Mark Francis enjoyed sport in Rainbow Corner where he netted 7 on buzzers with a further two coming to a Klinkhammer pattern. On Tuesday fish dropped off the margins into deeper water & things got really tough for bank anglers, as evidenced by numerous blank rods and just one landed for bank regular & member Tony Broadway. Out on the water though, Biggin Bay proved to be a productive area for the boats with Ged O’Donoghue & boat partner Steve fishing blobs on intermediate lines. Between them they landed a total of 23 rainbows. Keith Coley & boat partner Bob Taft enjoyed similar action with a joint tally of 25 to the boat. Wednesday saw Alan Grant as top rod on the bank with a 5 fish session but once more, it was the boat anglers enjoying the best of the sport. Of particular note was a 15 fish catch by Lee Patten on drifts along the Farborough Dam fishing buzzers really deep on a 10’ Midge Tip. He took three for the pot, all of which were in the 4lbs+ bracket – best 4lbs 12oz. Eugene Hughes’ trip up from London was also rewarded as he found fish deep off the Sailing Club. Using Di5 & 7 sinking lines in conjunction with blobs & lures he enjoyed hectic sport with over 30 to the net. Bitter, windy conditions made Thursday the hardest day of the week with a rod average plunging to 1.5. Season rod Ian Richardson recorded the only fish caught on the bank and most of the boat anglers’ returns were noughts, ones or twos. John Dickens however, bucked the trend in style with a 13 rainbows to the net on buzzer patterns. Friday was a bright & cold day, but Tony Broadway was back on the bank where he caught & released four. All Water member Ian Jobe ended his boat session with an 8 fish tally as did John Hoskins who anchored in Dunn’s Bay to take all his fish on black glass buzzers presented at depth.
    The weekend saw Mark Braun as top rod on the bank with a 7 rainbow catch all on blue flash damsels, a pattern that has been extremely productive for both boat & bank anglers so far this season. Graeme Bell’s “Draycote Annual Meet” group spent the weekend with us &, despite experiencing some patchy sport in cold, windy conditions, the 26 anglers in the group managed to land a collective total of 73 with Dave Morris & Andrew Cooper managing ten apiece. Good sport was also had by regular rudder boys Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey with 22 rainbows up to 4lbs to the net. Mr Featherstone boat fished in Biggin Bay and caught 13 rainbows, all on blue flash damsels!
    Notwithstanding very cold, blustery weather, our annual RIO & Sage Day was held on Sunday and was well attended. Our thanks are extended to their team comprising Chris Andersen from Sage, RIO’s Simon Gawesworth and Jim Fearn Sage/Guide Fly Fishing for all their hard work & support. Chris & Simon has travelled over from the USA and despite their busy schedule were also able to find a little time to catch a few Draycote fish themselves. Anglers enjoyed the opportunity to experience their products & glean expert technical advice & casting tuition from all three. Many were also able to experience the tackle in guided boat sessions throughout the day with our thanks therefore also extended to the hardworking guides, Lee Henfrey, Andy Miller, David Hoppe & Rob Sosbie. Despite the cold many came back reporting on the numbers of trout seen rising yet few were able to convert sightings into hook ups. Most of the Sunday sport was found along the Farborough Dam & down into Toft with regular George Leaton landing 8 to black & green lures & a red damsel pattern by the Swan’s Nest. Martyn Moore netted 6 on deep buzzers whilst Tim Burn & Paul Mitchell hooked & lost numerous fish at the bottom of the Hensborough Bank before going over to Biggin Bay where they boated 11 between them - fishing straight lined buzzer teams. The second day of the Graeme Bell group visit resulted in another 83 to the net with Andy Campbell & Andrew Cooper both recording 10 apiece & Dave Morris close behind with 8.
    The winds are forecast to be shifting more into the south as the coming week progresses, bringing increased temperatures which will hopefully see a return of the prolific buzzer hatches of a fortnight ago

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    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware www.flyfishstore.co.uk is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. This weeks offer is an amazing deal on the Sigma Fly Boxes with a 20% saving to take advantage of this offer please Visit the shop at Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
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    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to George Leaton from Ashford the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 232 Number Trout Taken: 101 Number Trout Released: 395
    Total Catch: 496 Rod Average: 2.13
    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)
    Gutting Room Closes – 19:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 28th April 2019
    This weeks special offer is all about Bungs for more information see the section at the bottom of the report.
    The warm weather experienced towards the end last week has continued into the earlier part of this week, however, cooler temperatures and high winds are on the way. This change in conditions including a pressure change, has meant the fishing has been a bit up and down like the weather. Despite this 213 anglers landed a total of 602 fish giving a rod average of 2.8 After this week this gives us a stock level of 9636 fish in the lake.
    Another warm day on bank holiday Monday, with light winds in the morning which then picked up in the afternoon and included some heavy showers. Chris Aubrey & Ian Reeve fished in a boat in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s to land just short of double figures on hot-tailed zonkers and blue flash damsels. Tim Lycett also fished in Dunn’s Bay & Biggin Bay to land 7 fish on green boobies and cats whiskers. Alex Campbell landed 6 fish on various marks around the lake including B buoy, Dunn’s Bay and the Overflow using a washing line with a Damsel booby on the point and Olive Buzzers on the dropper. On the bank James Cavanagh landed 6 fish from the overflow on the tower bank on Damsels and buzzers.
    Tuesday saw a slightly better day for fishing with cloud around for some of the day and slightly cooler temperatures than the 3 days previous. On the bank Tony Broadway fished along from the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land 9 fish on washing line and buzzers. Mike Oliver also fished from the bank in Dunn’s, Biggin Bay, Toft and the Tower Bank to take 10 fish all on buzzers and pheasant tailed nymphs. Out on the boats Dave Smith used buzzers to land 10 fish and commented that most of the fish took when the flies where given a draw. Season ticket holders Colin England & Tony Plummer used buzzers to land 18 fish. Iain Earle & Peter Batchelor from Scotland enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish between them. Iain used a RIO Midge Tip Long with a FAB and nymphs to catch his fish while Peter used a single FAB on a long leader on the DI 3. The pair caught all over the lake however, they found a lot of fish over the Shoals, with Middle Shoal around P Buoy being a hotspot. Also from Scotland Keith Anderson & Steve Bett landed 31 to the boat using buzzers on a long leader around P buoy,
    Overcast conditions Wednesday meant more good catches were recorded, on the bank Alan Bettles used a black and green lure along the Cornfield to land 7 fish. Alex Campbell fished around Y buoy using a white snake on a sinking line to land several good overwintered fish, before changing to a washing line on a rio midge to catch down in Toft near the willow trees. Iain Earle and Peter Batchelor used the same tactics as the day before to land another 40 fish haul to boat. Although they commented that the best sport of the day came in the afternoon from Rainbow Corner with lots of fish coming quickly. Eugene Hughes fished around the Hensborough Bank and the School slips just past the sailing club to land over 30 fish. The key to Eugene’s success was to use a di 5 sinking line with a white snake with most of the fish coming just as it hit the water or on the hang. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 27 fish on washing line tactics in the morning before switching to dries later in the day to take 11 of his fish.
    A blustery North East wind teamed with some rain greeted the anglers on Thursday. On the bank Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 7 between them on washing line tactics with Rainbow Corner proving to be the hotspot. Season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on Zonker patterns in olive & white, fished on an intermediate line. Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins fished in Toft using buzzers to land 16 fish between them. Steve Bett & Keith Anderson fished over Middle Shoal near P buoy on their final day once again on buzzer to land just short of 20 fish.
    A difficult day Friday for the anglers venturing out with the wind swinging from the South and some heavy showers throughout the day. Colin Granger landed 3 fish quickly from the Swan’s nest in the morning before it switched off and the fish moved out into the deeper water. John Hurst fished on the boats using a washing line with a booby cruncher to land 6 fish from Rainbow Corner. J Francombe & A Parker landed 7 between them on a half day using, boobies and on a sinking line drifting by the Farborough Dam wall and out over the open water around J Buoy. Michael Hanlon using a sinking line with Damsels, Buzzer & boobies fished deep around Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner.
    Saturday saw massive winds over 30mph and as a result there was no boats out on the water, and only 5 hardy souls on the bank. Draycote season permit holder Martin Hancox had the best bag of the day, netting 3 fish on buzzers from biggin bay.
    Sunday started very blustery with a strong northerly breeze blowing into the lodge. A busy morning saw almost the whole fleet take to the water, along with quite a few bank anglers. The England ladies managed a very respectable 2.5 rod average between them in some very testing conditions out on the boats. All water season permit holders Norman Perkins and John Kirk caught 4 a piece on a mixture of olive and black buzzers and a white lure. The boat pairing of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas managed 20 plus fish on either a washing line with buzzers, or dries.
    It is with great regret that we announce the death of one of Draycotes best known and well respected anglers, Mr John Dews, after a lengthy battle with cancer. John had been fishing Draycote for many many years and was a cornerstone of the bank angling community here. A great character with a wonderful sense of humour and a warm smile for everyone, John will be sadly missed by both the anglers and all the staff here at Draycote water.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer all about bungs to go with the latest Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK blog by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store

    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Tim Lycett from Atherstone, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 213 Number Trout Taken: 113 Number Trout Released: 489
    Total Catch: 602 Rod Average: 2.8
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 20:45
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:45
    Last 4 Hours from: 16:45 until 20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
    Gutting Room Closes – 20:15
    All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 28th April 2019
    This weeks special offer is all about Bungs for more information see the section at the bottom of the report.
    The warm weather experienced towards the end last week has continued into the earlier part of this week, however, cooler temperatures and high winds are on the way. This change in conditions including a pressure change, has meant the fishing has been a bit up and down like the weather. Despite this 213 anglers landed a total of 602 fish giving a rod average of 2.8 After this week this gives us a stock level of 9636 fish in the lake.
    Another warm day on bank holiday Monday, with light winds in the morning which then picked up in the afternoon and included some heavy showers. Chris Aubrey & Ian Reeve fished in a boat in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s to land just short of double figures on hot-tailed zonkers and blue flash damsels. Tim Lycett also fished in Dunn’s Bay & Biggin Bay to land 7 fish on green boobies and cats whiskers. Alex Campbell landed 6 fish on various marks around the lake including B buoy, Dunn’s Bay and the Overflow using a washing line with a Damsel booby on the point and Olive Buzzers on the dropper. On the bank James Cavanagh landed 6 fish from the overflow on the tower bank on Damsels and buzzers.
    Tuesday saw a slightly better day for fishing with cloud around for some of the day and slightly cooler temperatures than the 3 days previous. On the bank Tony Broadway fished along from the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land 9 fish on washing line and buzzers. Mike Oliver also fished from the bank in Dunn’s, Biggin Bay, Toft and the Tower Bank to take 10 fish all on buzzers and pheasant tailed nymphs. Out on the boats Dave Smith used buzzers to land 10 fish and commented that most of the fish took when the flies where given a draw. Season ticket holders Colin England & Tony Plummer used buzzers to land 18 fish. Iain Earle & Peter Batchelor from Scotland enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish between them. Iain used a RIO Midge Tip Long with a FAB and nymphs to catch his fish while Peter used a single FAB on a long leader on the DI 3. The pair caught all over the lake however, they found a lot of fish over the Shoals, with Middle Shoal around P Buoy being a hotspot. Also from Scotland Keith Anderson & Steve Bett landed 31 to the boat using buzzers on a long leader around P buoy,
    Overcast conditions Wednesday meant more good catches were recorded, on the bank Alan Bettles used a black and green lure along the Cornfield to land 7 fish. Alex Campbell fished around Y buoy using a white snake on a sinking line to land several good overwintered fish, before changing to a washing line on a rio midge to catch down in Toft near the willow trees. Iain Earle and Peter Batchelor used the same tactics as the day before to land another 40 fish haul to boat. Although they commented that the best sport of the day came in the afternoon from Rainbow Corner with lots of fish coming quickly. Eugene Hughes fished around the Hensborough Bank and the School slips just past the sailing club to land over 30 fish. The key to Eugene’s success was to use a di 5 sinking line with a white snake with most of the fish coming just as it hit the water or on the hang. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 27 fish on washing line tactics in the morning before switching to dries later in the day to take 11 of his fish.
    A blustery North East wind teamed with some rain greeted the anglers on Thursday. On the bank Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 7 between them on washing line tactics with Rainbow Corner proving to be the hotspot. Season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on Zonker patterns in olive & white, fished on an intermediate line. Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins fished in Toft using buzzers to land 16 fish between them. Steve Bett & Keith Anderson fished over Middle Shoal near P buoy on their final day once again on buzzer to land just short of 20 fish.
    A difficult day Friday for the anglers venturing out with the wind swinging from the South and some heavy showers throughout the day. Colin Granger landed 3 fish quickly from the Swan’s nest in the morning before it switched off and the fish moved out into the deeper water. John Hurst fished on the boats using a washing line with a booby cruncher to land 6 fish from Rainbow Corner. J Francombe & A Parker landed 7 between them on a half day using, boobies and on a sinking line drifting by the Farborough Dam wall and out over the open water around J Buoy. Michael Hanlon using a sinking line with Damsels, Buzzer & boobies fished deep around Hensborough Bank and Rainbow Corner.
    Saturday saw massive winds over 30mph and as a result there was no boats out on the water, and only 5 hardy souls on the bank. Draycote season permit holder Martin Hancox had the best bag of the day, netting 3 fish on buzzers from biggin bay.
    Sunday started very blustery with a strong northerly breeze blowing into the lodge. A busy morning saw almost the whole fleet take to the water, along with quite a few bank anglers. The England ladies managed a very respectable 2.5 rod average between them in some very testing conditions out on the boats. All water season permit holders Norman Perkins and John Kirk caught 4 a piece on a mixture of olive and black buzzers and a white lure. The boat pairing of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas managed 20 plus fish on either a washing line with buzzers, or dries.
    It is with great regret that we announce the death of one of Draycotes best known and well respected anglers, Mr John Dews, after a lengthy battle with cancer. John had been fishing Draycote for many many years and was a cornerstone of the bank angling community here. A great character with a wonderful sense of humour and a warm smile for everyone, John will be sadly missed by both the anglers and all the staff here at Draycote water.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer all about bungs to go with the latest www.flyfishtuition.co.uk blog by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers

    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Tim Lycett from Atherstone, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 213 Number Trout Taken: 113 Number Trout Released: 489
    Total Catch: 602 Rod Average: 2.8
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 20:45
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:45
    Last 4 Hours from: 16:45 until 20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
    Gutting Room Closes – 20:15
    All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending Sunday 12th May 2019
    Overall Draycote has fished pretty well this past seven days. The week started well with light winds and dry cloudy conditions, but was forecast for some rain and a steady drop in temperature through until Thursday. Up until recently the boat anglers have had the lions share of the sport here at Draycote, but after a midweek stocking livened up the north shore and rainbow corner, bank anglers are now putting in good returns. The main areas on the bank seem to be duns bay, biggin bay, Lincroft point and rainbow corner, whilst out on the boats the school slips, rainbow corner, biggin bay and the markers in open water seem to be producing well. The rod average this week was 5.5.
    Monday looked like a good day to be out on the water with conditions nigh on perfect. The boat pairing of Tom Finney and Tony Parker netted 16 fish on a mixture of dries, nymphs and blobs. Chris Bobby and Lianne Frost caught 13 and 14 a piece. Draycote regular Jim Smith netted 18 fish on dries. Kasidit Leoviriyakit, assisted by his son, netted 15 fish on a DI5 and cats whiskers, as well as buzzers and fabs on a floater.
    Tuesday saw Draycote season permit holder Ian Richardson catch 12 fish on buzzers from the bank in duns bay, and remark on “an excellent day”. Yousef Dar and Peter Elliott had 29 fish to the boat between them in various spots around the reservoir. Seasoned regular John Clifford caught 8 fish in a morning session, which included a brownie of 8 lbs. Mr M Dewey, Mr M Hatton and Mr T Teil, who are bank fishing Draycote this week had 23 fish between them on buzzers.
    Wednesday was a wet and windy day overall with more bank than boat anglers for a change. Mr Hatton caught a total of 8 fish from the bank on buzzers, one of which was a 7 lb rainbow. Whilst out on the boats Kevin Jones and Anthony Ashford netted 6 fish between them.
    Thursday saw the bad weather clear up a bit and allowed for some good sport, with Mr Hatton, Mr Dewey and Mr Teil netting 30 fish from the bank. Mr P Cleaver also had a good day on the bank catching 9 fish on claret shrimps with a slow retrieve. Mr C J Day netted 15 fish from the bank, all of them coming to a damsel. Mr Finch Noyes had 9 fish from the bank on black buzzers fished deep and slow. Staff member Michael Hanlon caught 5 fish from the bank in an evening session, all on black and green buzzers. Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel took to the boats to catch 31 fish between them. Mr M Draper and Mr M Burdette caught 24 fish between them from a boat . Ian and Ivor Tatton took advantage of our last 4 hour permit to catch 9 fish between them.
    Friday saw some of the bank fishing regulars do quite well overall. Tony Broadway caught 16 fish from various points along the north shore. Pete Allen caught 13 fish from the bank. Alan Bettles, again fishing from the bank had 23 fish in duns bay on a blue flash damsel. Ian Richardson had 20 fish from the bank using buzzers on the bung. Mr R Gilks from Derby County Angling Club caught 7 fish from the bank and remarked that they were in very good condition.
    Saturday was yet again a good day out on the water with plenty of fish being caught in nearly all areas of the reservoir. Saturday regulars Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had 30 fish to the boat on sinking lines and lures. Mr Martin Moore netted 21 fish from a boat on green buzzers from croft shoal and toft shallows. Mr C and Mr I Malpass had 25 fish to the boat using brown buzzers. Their haul included 3 perch and one pike. Mr Luke Orton managed 16 fish from the bank on damsels and olive buzzers. Season permit holders Jim and Richard Hall caught over 30 fish from the bank on diawl bachs and buzzers.
    Sunday started very bright and sunny, with some broken cloud cover rolling in around midday. The conditions seemed to suit season permit holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas who boated over 50 fish between them, in areas such as P buoy and rainbow corner using buzzers and diawl bachs with a FAB on the point. Staff member Michael Hanlon caught 3 fish from the bank in a short afternoon session using olive buzzers. Mr A Mcgill and Mr A Muir had 24 fish to the boat between them.
    This weeks special offer, following on from last week relates to buzzers. The guiding & tuition team have put together their 5 best patterns. For information see the bottom of the report.

    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.

    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer is the Guiding & Tuition teams’ best buzzers and how to fish them in the latest blog at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
    COMPETITIONS During June
    6th June Ladies International (boatmen / boatwomen required contact the lodge 01788812018)
    15th & 16th June Angling Trust Loch Style Championship
    Angling Trust Online Booking System
    27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825

    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Pete Giles from Brimfield near Ludlow the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 317 Number Trout Taken: 208 Number Trout Released: 1558
    Total Catch: 1766 Rod Average: 5.5
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 21:15
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:15
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:15
    Last 4 Hours from: 17:15 until 21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)
    Gutting Room Closes – 20:45
    All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45

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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd June 2019
    Tel: 01788 812018
    The weather was very changeable this week with only slightly warmer conditions towards the weekend. The odd stormy shower has blown through making things uncomfortable at times, but nothing that a good coat wouldn’t sort out. The fishing overall has held up well despite the constantly changing wind directions, and there have been some good catches for both boat and bank anglers. The north shore around duns bay and the tower bank have proved to be good spots from the bank, with fish finally rearing their heads in toft shallows from about midweek onwards. Boat anglers have also had some good sport with rainbow corner holding its own against the valve tower, the school slips, duns bay and buoys P, X and Y. This week 404 rods caught a total of 1369 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.3.
    Monday was the final day of a four day package for William Brown and Joe Cairney from Dumfries who were catching well on sinking lines and black boobies as well as floating lines and traffic light buzzers, mainly in biggin bay. Season permit holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had 16 fish to a drifting boat on dries and buzzers. Don Coe, Gordon Byers, Tim Grove and Keith Bunnett travelled down from Northumberland this week in order to take advantage of our 4 day break. All have made the trip many times and were looking forward to having some great sport. Some of the late evening anglers had to brave some very heavy showers with thunder and lightening which came through at about 9pm.
    On Tuesday season permit holder Peter Fisher caught 5 fish on dries and damsels. Mr R Woodland landed 6 fish on hares ears and diawl bachs Mr T Moore and Mr James Maplethorpe had 23 fish to the boat between them on diawl bachs, whilst “team Northumberland” landed a very steady 37 fish between 4 of them on buzzers. Mr J Forsyth and Mr G Ross caught and returned 18 fish from the boat using size 12 diawl bachs in colours green, red and orange. Mr Keith Coley and Mr B Taft caught 10 fish using lures on sinking lines. Draycote regular Mr Jeff ide had 17 fish to the boat on buzzer’s, one of which weighed 4lbs 8oz.
    Wednesday was a great day for bank fishing alround it seems. Bob Smith caught 6 fish from the bank on black buzzers. Season permit holder Mike Garner had 13 fish off the bank using crunchers in Toft. The father and son team of Jim and Richard Hall ventured out onto the bank to net 16 fish between them. Ian Richardson caught 7 fish from the bank, all on buzzers. Out on the boats Mike Joy and John Gregory caught 16 fish on buzzers. Lord Richard Dayman and Norman Perkins had 14 fish to the boat between them.
    On Thursday team Northumberland, Don Coe, Gordon Byers, Tim Grove and Keith Bunnett had a great day catching 53 fish between them on buzzers from the likes of rainbow corner and the valve tower. All water season permit holder Mr Paul Walker ventured out onto the bank to net 2 trout and 3 perch, all returned.
    Friday turned out to be a lot windier than was forecast with some strong south westerly gusts blowing straight into toft. David East had a tremendous day out on the boat. David has been waiting a long time to catch a brown trout and just like that, he catches two in the same day. David was drifting off Musborough shoal on sinking lines to net one estimated at 8lbs and the second at 10lbs. See our facebook page for photos. Martyn Moore commented on “another great day”, boating 23 fish on green buzzers in rainbow corner. Season permit holder Mike Garner caught 4 fish from the bank in toft using cormorants and crunchers.
    Saturday regulars Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey caught 18 fish on the rudder using sinking lines and lures.
    Season permit holders Dave Hancox and Martin Price netted 21 fish from a boat using buzzers and diawl bachs down the front of the cornfield. Mr N Starkey caught 16 fish on buzzers in rainbow corner, toft shallows and the cornfield. The usual suspects of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had 20 fish to the boat on dries. Mr A Taylor caught 13 fish from the bank using buzzers and dries such as the big red. Draycote regular George Leaton ventured out in a boat to catch 11 fish, all on buzzers. Mr C Ballard, also using buzzers, caught 19 fish from a boat. Jim Hall caught 15 fish from the bank using diawl bachs. Mr John Furlong visiting from Thailand, caught 12 fish in an afternoon session.
    Sunday was a very warm day with a very gusty south westerly blowing out of rainbow corner. The odd heavy shower blew across the water, just to break the day up. Staff Member Michael Hanlon netted 3 fish from the bank down in toft shallows using black and green buzzers, as did season permit holder Martin Hancox. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had over forty fish to the boat on a mixture of dries, nymphs and buzzers. Sunday was the first of several practice days for the Ladies international with teams and coaches visiting from England, Ireland, Scotland and wales. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the teams the very best of luck on Thursday.
    Following the release of another blog from the guiding tuition team which can be found at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK, this weeks special offer is on CDC floatant. Please visit out online shop Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories to take advantage of this great offer.
    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer is the Guiding & Tuition teams’ best buzzers and how to fish them in the latest blog at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
    COMPETITIONS During June
    6th June Ladies International
    15th & 16th June Angling Trust Loch Style Championship
    http://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/...mpionship-2019
    27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr David East from Japan the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 404 Number Trout Taken: 213 Number Trout Released: 1156
    Total Catch: 1369 Rod Average: 3.3
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 22:00
    Last 4 Hours from: 18:00 until 22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
    Gutting Room Closes – 21:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd June 2019
    Tel: 01788 812018
    The weather was very changeable this week with only slightly warmer conditions towards the weekend. The odd stormy shower has blown through making things uncomfortable at times, but nothing that a good coat wouldn’t sort out. The fishing overall has held up well despite the constantly changing wind directions, and there have been some good catches for both boat and bank anglers. The north shore around duns bay and the tower bank have proved to be good spots from the bank, with fish finally rearing their heads in toft shallows from about midweek onwards. Boat anglers have also had some good sport with rainbow corner holding its own against the valve tower, the school slips, duns bay and buoys P, X and Y. This week 404 rods caught a total of 1369 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.3.
    Monday was the final day of a four day package for William Brown and Joe Cairney from Dumfries who were catching well on sinking lines and black boobies as well as floating lines and traffic light buzzers, mainly in biggin bay. Season permit holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had 16 fish to a drifting boat on dries and buzzers. Don Coe, Gordon Byers, Tim Grove and Keith Bunnett travelled down from Northumberland this week in order to take advantage of our 4 day break. All have made the trip many times and were looking forward to having some great sport. Some of the late evening anglers had to brave some very heavy showers with thunder and lightening which came through at about 9pm.
    On Tuesday season permit holder Peter Fisher caught 5 fish on dries and damsels. Mr R Woodland landed 6 fish on hares ears and diawl bachs Mr T Moore and Mr James Maplethorpe had 23 fish to the boat between them on diawl bachs, whilst “team Northumberland” landed a very steady 37 fish between 4 of them on buzzers. Mr J Forsyth and Mr G Ross caught and returned 18 fish from the boat using size 12 diawl bachs in colours green, red and orange. Mr Keith Coley and Mr B Taft caught 10 fish using lures on sinking lines. Draycote regular Mr Jeff ide had 17 fish to the boat on buzzer’s, one of which weighed 4lbs 8oz.
    Wednesday was a great day for bank fishing alround it seems. Bob Smith caught 6 fish from the bank on black buzzers. Season permit holder Mike Garner had 13 fish off the bank using crunchers in Toft. The father and son team of Jim and Richard Hall ventured out onto the bank to net 16 fish between them. Ian Richardson caught 7 fish from the bank, all on buzzers. Out on the boats Mike Joy and John Gregory caught 16 fish on buzzers. Lord Richard Dayman and Norman Perkins had 14 fish to the boat between them.
    On Thursday team Northumberland, Don Coe, Gordon Byers, Tim Grove and Keith Bunnett had a great day catching 53 fish between them on buzzers from the likes of rainbow corner and the valve tower. All water season permit holder Mr Paul Walker ventured out onto the bank to net 2 trout and 3 perch, all returned.
    Friday turned out to be a lot windier than was forecast with some strong south westerly gusts blowing straight into toft. David East had a tremendous day out on the boat. David has been waiting a long time to catch a brown trout and just like that, he catches two in the same day. David was drifting off Musborough shoal on sinking lines to net one estimated at 8lbs and the second at 10lbs. See our facebook page for photos. Martyn Moore commented on “another great day”, boating 23 fish on green buzzers in rainbow corner. Season permit holder Mike Garner caught 4 fish from the bank in toft using cormorants and crunchers.
    Saturday regulars Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey caught 18 fish on the rudder using sinking lines and lures.
    Season permit holders Dave Hancox and Martin Price netted 21 fish from a boat using buzzers and diawl bachs down the front of the cornfield. Mr N Starkey caught 16 fish on buzzers in rainbow corner, toft shallows and the cornfield. The usual suspects of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had 20 fish to the boat on dries. Mr A Taylor caught 13 fish from the bank using buzzers and dries such as the big red. Draycote regular George Leaton ventured out in a boat to catch 11 fish, all on buzzers. Mr C Ballard, also using buzzers, caught 19 fish from a boat. Jim Hall caught 15 fish from the bank using diawl bachs. Mr John Furlong visiting from Thailand, caught 12 fish in an afternoon session.
    Sunday was a very warm day with a very gusty south westerly blowing out of rainbow corner. The odd heavy shower blew across the water, just to break the day up. Staff Member Michael Hanlon netted 3 fish from the bank down in toft shallows using black and green buzzers, as did season permit holder Martin Hancox. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had over forty fish to the boat on a mixture of dries, nymphs and buzzers. Sunday was the first of several practice days for the Ladies international with teams and coaches visiting from England, Ireland, Scotland and wales. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the teams the very best of luck on Thursday.
    Following the release of another blog from the guiding tuition team which can be found at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK, this weeks special offer is on CDC floatant. Please visit out online shop Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories to take advantage of this great offer.
    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer is the Guiding & Tuition teams’ best buzzers and how to fish them in the latest blog at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
    COMPETITIONS During June
    6th June Ladies International
    15th & 16th June Angling Trust Loch Style Championship
    http://www.anglingtrustevents.net/e/...mpionship-2019
    27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr David East from Japan the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 404 Number Trout Taken: 213 Number Trout Released: 1156
    Total Catch: 1369 Rod Average: 3.3
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 22:00
    Last 4 Hours from: 18:00 until 22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
    Gutting Room Closes – 21:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9nd June 2019
    Tel: 01788 812018
    This week saw Draycote host its first ever Ladies International with teams of 12 from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales all taking part hoping to take home the gold medals. We would like to thank all the teams who fished here over the course of the week. It was a pleasure to have you all fishing our water and hope you enjoyed your time with us. A special thank you must go to all the boatmen as well who gave up their time to help on Thursday. Without volunteers, these matches couldn’t go ahead. During the week a total of 288 anglers caught 1202 fish giving a rod average for the week of 4.1
    With the official practice for the ladies international taking place Tuesday & Wednesday. Monday was the only day leading up to the match that pleasure anglers where able to get a boat. Season ticket holder Peter Fisher landed 18 fish on green size 16 nymphs fished on a long leader in Rainbow Corner. Pete commented on the quality of the fish and landed a cracking 4lb rainbow. Out on the rudder Rod Wilson landed 10 fish drifting from Y to X on a Di 5 sinking line and tubes with most of his fish taking 6ft down. Mr R Cook enjoyed a great half day session landing 7 fish all on black buzzer fishing tight to the shore down the Cornfield.
    The international boats practicing on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday gave very little away on the methods and tactics but through taking to the anglers it was clear that good number where getting caught in fact after the match we learnt that on the practice days a total of 930 trout had been caught across the times in the practice. Much of the practice seemed to show that there was 3 or 4 main hotspots on the lake that held a good head of fish. Rainbow Corner drifting towards A Buoy seemed to be a popular area with several practice boats being seen taking trout from the area. Biggin Bay and along the tower bank was another area. Drifting along the Cornfield and then taking drifts around the Pontoon towards J Buoy.
    The day of the matched gave near perfect conditions with a light south, south west wind with overcast conditions. It looked set to be a great match with all anglers in high spirits in anticipation of a great day out on the water. The match was to be fished to full International rules with all the fish being measured using the measuring troughs and returned alive to the water. The match started with a piper procession from the car park to the boats, from here a minute’s silence was then observed for a remembrance of the fallen Solders of D Day. With the piper then getting the match underway at 9.30 sharp. With such good numbers being reported in the practice we all expected a very tight close match with good numbers. However, this wasn’t quite the case as several anglers struggled with the tactics that worked on practice just not quite producing the same great results. At the end of the match it was clear that England had done well and that the practice had paid off as their method had remained consistent. The results for the match showed Wales in 4th with 17 fish, Scotland in 3rd with 18 fish, Ireland in Second with 28 fish & England in 1st with a fantastic 54 fish. The England team had found the winning tactic to be the Bung fished at 11ft, 7ft and 5ft with a mix of blobs and Diawl Bach’s on the line. The top areas on the match where very similar to the practice with Rainbow Corner producing the best catches. Other methods that worked on the day where pulling on a Di 3 sinking with a mix of blobs and nymphs, washing lining with Diawl Bach’s and a FAB on a midge tip and straight line nymphing. A huge congratulations must also go to Gwyneth Mooney of England on her 8 fish and winning the individual top honours. Once again, our congratulations go to all the teams on a great weeks fishing and our thanks for making the event such an enjoyable one to host.
    After the excitement of the match, the weather took a turn for the wetter on Friday with Rain for most of the day with gusty winds keeping most anglers away. Out on the boats Michael Hanlon found the fish along the North Shore keen to take a fly landing 12 in a short half day session before the rain got the better of him. Michael found a Di 3 with an olive hot tailed Zonker. Drifting through Biggin Bay, into Lincroft point and then down the Cornfield. Once the rain had stopped later afternoon it gave way to near perfect conditions. Making the most of these conditions Alex Campbell landed 4 fish on size 14 crippled midge drifting around X & T Buoy as well as countless out dropped fish and missed fish.
    With no boats out Saturday and very few on the bank due to the strong winds a driving rain only a handful of fish where caught from Rainbow Corner which is a credit to the hardy anglers who took to the bank in such awful conditions.

    What a difference a day makes, the weather system of the previous day had blown through leaving light winds from the south west with a mix of overcast/ sunny conditions for Sunday. It was a tough day for the anglers after such stormy conditions, but fish were caught from all points on the water and on a wide variety of methods. Martin Moore caught 8 fish from a boat in toft on green buzzers. Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall had 12 fish to the boat on buzzers and CDC’s. Bank Angler Paul Walley reported that he saw fish feeding on pin fry on toft shallows. Mr D Baker caught 4 fish from a boat on lure patterns. Ed Douglas and Jim Smith caught 7 fish between them, mainly from rainbow corner on a Dries, nymphs and buzzers.
    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The weeks special offer is the Guiding & Tuition teams’ best buzzers and how to fish them in the latest blog at Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK by Tom Bird. To see the special offer please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store
    COMPETITIONS During June
    15th & 16th June Angling Trust Loch Style Championship
    Angling Trust Online Booking System
    27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Jim Hall from Hinckley the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 288 Number Trout Taken: 43 Number Trout Released: 1159
    Total Catch: 1202 Rod Average: 4.1
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 22:00
    Last 4 Hours from: 18:00 until 22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
    Gutting Room Closes – 21:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 23rd June 2019
    Tel: 01788 812018
    Weather Forecast: We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience the BBC regional forecast can be very inaccurate. We tend to lose a lot of customers based on these, and therefore have started using more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water. Just as an example, as I write this report the BBC has forecast thunder storms for this morning, and the real conditions for fishing are dry, overcast, with a light southerly breeze, nigh on perfect.

    Tom Bird fly fishing Tip: Make sure you check out this weeks special offer of flies for the washing line, at the bottom of our report.
    We’ve had a very busy week here at Draycote with the build up towards the Angling Trust Competition. We fully expected the fishing to drop off after the pressure of the country’s top competition anglers on the water, however this didn’t seem to happen. There have been some great catches all week coming from the boats, with the bank anglers also enjoying some fantastic sport. On the bank Alan Grant fished in Rainbow Corner to find lots of fish hitting pin-fry, which can be difficult to catch. However using small lures Alan did manage to tempt 5 of these cracking silver fish onto the hook. Out on the boats season ticket holder Dave Adkins fished around D Buoy and Dunn’s, landing 14 on snakes fished on a Di 5 sinking line. He landed some cracking quality fish with his 6 taken for the pot going 15lb 12oz. Another angler who found the better fish was rudder man Rod Wilson who landed 20 fish on a green rabbit snake fished over the open water around the middle. Rod’s 4 fish taken for the pot tipped the scales at an impressive 13lb 6oz. Chris Discombe enjoyed good sport landing just short of double figures around the valve tower. Chris found the key to his success was to use a black lure and buzzers, and commented that “the fish were full of snails”. Like Rod Wilson, Steve Barby used the rudder through the middle to land some cracking fish in his 9 fish haul, but found it wasn’t until the afternoon they really started to pull.
    Near perfect conditions on Tuesday meant that there were fish feeding all over the lake for most of the day. Season ticket holder David Holding passed comment that “you could walk across their backs out there, but they proved challenging to get onto the hook”. On the bank Richard Walker found that pearly pheasant tails fished for the pin-fry feeders worked well, landing 4 in dunns before taking another 3 from the cornfield. Gordon Byers & Tim Grove used a very small sparse Damsel pattern from a boat around Biggin Bay to net 14 fish to the boat. Ed Douglas commented that he found the fishing challenging on the dries with so much natural food on the water. Although a small F Fly did take 10 fish for Ed before the rain in the afternoon got the better of him. Proving great minds think alike Kevin Rees also stuck to dries all day to land 9, and like Ed found that an F Fly was the key to getting positive takes. In house guide Lee Henfrey took season ticket holder David Holding out for a boat session.. Taking 9 fish to the boat, Lee found the method for the day was to fish a washing line with a small FAB on the point with Diawl Bach’s on the dropper. With the flashback green cheeked Diawl Bach from fulling mill proving to be the top pattern.
    Another good weather day on Wednesday once again meant lots of fish feeding high in the water. Season ticket holder Martyn Price landed 7 fish drifting through the middle on a washing line with a booby on the point and then a mix of Diawl Bach and crunchers on the droppers. Gordan Byers & Tim Grove found that a Cut Throat Cat was to be their top pattern for the day landing 18 fish to the boat including some cracking silver tailed fish. Fishing a washing around the middle and Rainbow Corner to A buoy Kieron Thomas & Bob Jones landed 20 fish to the boat. Another boat using similar tactics was Jim Venning and M Linton from Northern Ireland who boated 14 fish. In House guide Lee Henfrey once again took to the water guiding this time for 8 hours with John Lewis & his friend David. The pair enjoyed great sport using a washing line with a FAB and then 2 nymphs on their trusty #5 & #6 sage rods. Lee found the lads several fish around X buoy and then T buoy later in the day. Towards the end of the day the lads did also land a number of good fish on an olive snake fished on a floater.
    A trickier day for the most part on Thursday with sun and strong winds than the previous days meant that the fish that had been feeding hard out in the middle dropped down in the water. For the third day in a row Lee Henfrey took to the water guiding with John and David. After a long day on Tuesday and tough conditions, it was back drifting snakes through the middle that got them into some great fish. Brian Moore enjoyed a good mornings sport fishing snakes out the back of the boat around the top end of the lake, drifting from the top dam wall out over the open water using an intermediate line. Season ticket John Dickens also used back drifting snakes with olive again being the top colour to land 15 fish. Lee Pattern and Peter Elliot found a lot of fish, landing good number down the Farborough Dam and them around the corner into the Swans nest. They used a mixture of cormorants and blobs fished on a long midge tip.
    Friday dawned bright and sunny with cloud cover rolling in about lunchtime. The bank anglers enjoyed some terrific sport down in toft and along the north shore. Season permit holder Bob Smith netted 19 fish from the bank on black buzzers and diawl bachs and commented on “a very good day”. Keith Hughes, Richard Walker, Gordon Slack and Colin Grainger all produced good returns, but no notes of tactics or areas are available at this time. Mr J Sherwell netted 4 fish from the bank on buzzers. Season permit holder Paul Walley took a brace from the bank on buzzers in toft. Visiting us form the north east, Gordon Byers and Tim Grove had 21 fish to the boat from across the outer markers on a mixture of buzzers, diawl bachs and dries. The intrepid pairing of Jim Smith and Ed Douglas netted 15 from a drifting boat on dries, (the crippled midge strikes again) at various points in open water. Dave Kennel and Eddie the super sub Mitchell netted a dozen fish from the boat and commented on a fantastic day. In house guide Lee Henfrey and staff member Michael Hanlon ventured out for a days sport to net 42 fish between them from a drifting boat. Their method of choice was a DI5 and snakes.
    Saturday had a bright start and looked an excellent day to be out on the water. Draycote regular George Leaton netted 11 fish from a boat in Toft on buzzers fished deep. Sean Gilbert had 18 fish to the boat on a DI5 and snakes and commented on the excellent quality of the fish. Saturday regular Jim Dempsey netted 9 fish on the rudder whilst Melvin Severn took 8. Both anglers thought that the fish were sitting quite high in the water for such a bright day. Mr Butler and his boat partner had a bakers dozen to the boat on DI5’s and DI7’s and a silver lure.
    The weather forecasts for Sunday were a bit gloomy, but it looked like the ideal day for fishing with heavy cloud, a light breeze and little or no rainfall. Martin Moore took to the water to net 11 fish from a boat on olive buzzers and diawl bachs. Keith Harding and Mike Clarke commented on “the fabulous fishing.” They used a combination of DI5’s and snakes, and a floating line and buzzers to net 33 fish. Both anglers said that some of the fish ran to 4lbs in weight and were “bars of silver”. Richard Walker and Paul Davis boated 13 fish using a “tiger snake” down deep. The lads weighed in 8 fish for 26lbs.

    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line that can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/”
    COMPETITIONS During June
    27th June 2019 – Alex Booth Fly Fishers Charity Match contact Roy Lewin via 07762 746825
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr John Marriott from Swanwick in Derbyshire, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 248 Number Trout Taken: 184 Number Trout Released: 717
    Total Catch: 901 Rod Average: 3.6
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 22:00
    Last 4 Hours from: 18:00 until 22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
    Gutting Room Closes – 21:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

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    Draycote Water weekly fishing report week ending Sunday 21st July 2019
    Tel: 01788 812018

    Generally a hard seven days, especially when compared to the exceptional fishing many experienced the previous week. A total of 305 anglers fished the venue with a total catch for the week of 945 representing a rod average of 3.0.
    Contrasting with the great weather conditions & fishing at the weekend, anglers on both Monday & Tuesday had to contend with bright sunshine, limited cloud cover, almost flat calms & temperatures of 21 & 22°C. This encouraged an algal bloom which made things even more challenging. Whilst the rod average dropped to 2.3 from the impressive 6.9 of Sunday, Ged O’Donoghue managed 4 on snake patterns, Kevin Rees netted 8 to his dries and a 4 fish limit taken for the pot by Mr Brown weighed in at 11½lbs. Of the 72 fish anglers caught on Monday, most came from the deeper, open water with many fishing the aerators. Mr & Mrs Ryalls enjoyed a tuition session with guide Lee Henfrey and netted 7 between them using buzzers under an indicator. Lee noted that the holding depth appeared to be around eight feet sub-surface. Tuesday proved to be harder still with numerous blank rods, although Terry Evans and Joe Bilinski boat fishing did well with Diawl Bachs netting 5 & 9 respectively. Peter Elliott alternated between teams of washing lined nymphs & dries to end the day with 11 to the net from the aerators. Weather conditions improved a little for Wednesday with a 9-10mph south westerly wind and good cloud cover, although it did remain very humid & sticky. Six anglers fished the bank, but all drew a blank. As ever though, there were successes, with best boat for the day being that of Eugene Hughes sharing his boat with Gary Owen. They concentrated their efforts over the middle, together with drifts through “A” buoy, alternating between dries and pulled lures fished on a Di3 sweep. Whilst not recording his method, location or patterns, Mr J Shiers did record his visit as being his best day ever! He netted an 11 fish total which included two rainbows at 5lbs+. John Clifford was also into action having located feeding fish deep over the middle. Fishing fast sinking lines & snakes he took a fine six fish limit with a further half dozen caught & released in his relatively short morning session. Varied methods remained the order of the day on Thursday with season rod John Dickens seeking out wind lanes in the middle in which to present his dries. He finished his day with 12 rainbows to the net. John Hoskins was on the water and finished with 5 beautiful grown on rainbows for the pot with another 3 caught & released. He commented that he could not get a touch throughout the morning but drifts through “P” Buoy during the afternoon, using olive & black barred mini snakes fished on a Di5, brought him regular action. James Maplethorpe & boat partner Trevor Moore meanwhile stuck with teams of nymphs catching 10 & 12 respectively fishing straight lined Diawl Bachs whilst at anchor approximately 60 yards off the Tower Bank. Of four spooned fish, one was full of shrimps, one was full of daphnia, one was full of snails whilst the fourth contained nothing! A forecast change into Friday saw increased wind speeds, albeit remaining in the south west, on what turned into a very gusty & very wet day & evening. Norman Perkins fished near the Tower with lures on a Di3 sweep to net 8 during his morning session whilst Tony Day did very well in the high winds to boat 5 on Big Reds. Jonathan Wood intercepted pods of feeding fish high in the waves on long central drifts towards Toft & managed a creditable 10 fish total on teams of nymphs. Jim Dempsey fished on the rudder to land 4 for the pot with a further 4 released. He also concentrated on open water with lures & similarly located fish high in the water column. Notwithstanding the very wet conditions, Draycote Water Fly Fishers were out in the evening for a bank session and enjoyed what was probably the best bank sport of the week. Dave Adkins fished the overflow with a team of nymphs on a floater. He hooked and landed, after an epic fight (which at one stage saw him deep into his backing), a grown on rainbow of 5lbs. The fish took his own tied size 14 Hare’s Ear Nymph on the top dropper and is a Draycote personal best for Dave. John Hanlon was fishing next to him & caught four rainbows including one at 4lbs on a holo fritz lure which had also come from Dave’s vice. Will Hunt chose to check out the Swan’s Nest & he found good sport too, landing 3 rainbows to one of his own sedge patterns. The intense rains continued through the night & despite the boat fleet being deep in water by dawn, probably helped to keep rising water temperatures at bay. Our water temperature is currently holding at 20°C.
    Most anglers on Saturday were practising for the Angling Trust Team England Fly Fishing Repechage on Sunday with hopes of securing the last remaining places in the National at Chew Valley Lake in September. They were greeted with strong WSW winds gusting up to 24mph with some short, but sharp showers. Most of the anglers wanted to keep their cards close to their chest so the catch return was a bit sparse, however the rod average did come out at 4.1.
    Sunday was overcast the whole day with a steady WSW wind blowing at 12 to 14 mph. A total of 38 competitors were fishing for 23 places at Chew. The match was fished on a full catch and release basis with the first 4 fish measured and that total length added together. The remaining fish caught were then netted and immediately released and given the fishery average length of 47cms. It turned out to be a tough day for some competitors with Draycote only giving up a rod average of 2.5. Congratulations to the top 23 anglers who fought their way through to the national. Results are being published by the Angling Trust.

    Disabled Anglers
    Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat, call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Fishery Tackle Shop & Online Shop
    Draycote has a tackle shop at the fishery stocking SAGE, RIO, VISION, REDINGTON, WYCHWOOD, GREYS, SNOWBEE, FULLING MILL, FARIO, LOON, FISHPOND and STREAMWORKS products with demo SAGE, Vision & Redington rods & RIO fly lines for you to take out and try.
    We also have an online shop. For all you anglers who might not be aware Fly Fish Store - Buy Fishing Tackle, Clothing and Accessories is the online store for Draycote and the whole of Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. During the 2019 season we will be looking at doing weekly specials offers on the website. The Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line and sinking lines can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/”

    COMPETITIONS During July.
    Scierra Pairs – 28th July.

    Weather Forecast:
    We’re often asked which weather forecast we use. In our experience the BBC regional forecast can be very inaccurate. We tend to lose a lot of customers based on these, and therefore have started using more localised weather apps such as XC Weather or Windguru. These can be downloaded to your phone or computer, and using our post code of CV23 8AB, will give you a dedicated, more accurate forecast for Draycote water.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Tony Kirk from Tamworth, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods:305 Number Trout Taken:217 Number Trout Released: 728
    Total Catch: 945 Rod Average: 3.0
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until 21:30
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:30
    Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
    Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
    All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45

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