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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th March 2018
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    A very rocky start to the season with the beast from the east putting paid to any boat fishing for the first two days here at Draycote water. Strong winds and sometimes blizzard conditions on Friday made fishing from the bank difficult at times. However, 3 hardy souls braved the weather, Mr Day was rewarded for his long drive from Worcester with the first fish of the 2018 season taken from the Swans Nest on a black and green fritz. Due to the heavy snow overnight Friday, Saturday the sight was closed by Severn Trent due to the hazardous driving conditions around the perimeter road.
    After some sterling work by the fishery staff on the Saturday clearing ice from both the pontoon and boats, anglers were finally able to go afloat on Sunday morning. A misty start and calm conditions combined with an air temperature of about 3 degrees made it feel positively tropical after the previous days especially when the sun finally broke through about midday. Due to the previous days cold snap it was a slow start to the day with the odd fish getting caught from the bank on the usual black and green fritz. However, after a few hours the day warmed and improved the fishing. The real hotspot for the day was the Swan’s Nest in Toft, due to the shallow water it warmed up quickly which seemed to draw the fish in. M Watts landed 7 fish from the first fishable section of Toft after the Dam wall using orange blobs and lures on an intermediate. Paul Walley fished just up the back to land 5 on combination of blobs and boobies. Out on the boats Tim and Alan Joyce landed 11 fish from the far side of Toft fishing on various lures. Mike Weever fished the swans nest using a booby minkie. David Hoppe also fished the Swans Nest in the afternoon to land 5 fish on cormorants. Away from the swans nest several fish were caught along the cornfield and the tower bank and various lures and boobies. Out on the boats Gareth Jones took to the water with Draycote’s Tom Bird with the pair landing just short of 20 fish to the boat on sinking lines with boobies and lures. They found the fish 30 yards off the cornfield in the morning in mid water then later in the afternoon found the fish very keen in Toft.
    Looking ahead to next week the weather is due to be settled with mild temperatures which will get he fish on the feed and moving onto the shallows.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr B Stubbs of Atherstone. who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 26 Number Trout Taken: 21 Number Trout Released: 62
    Total Catch: 83 Weekly Rod Average: 2.8
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until : 17:30
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 17:30
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 17:30
    Last 4 Hours from: 13:30 until 17:30 (Ticket sales available from 13:15)
    Gutting Room Closes – 17:15
    All Anglers to be off site by: 18:00
    Fishery News
    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- Anglingtrustevents.net
    Sceirra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- scieirrapairs.com
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- anglerworldholidayschampionship.com
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT
    Boat Cleanliness:
    Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
    Guiding & Tuition:
    Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Visit the website Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
    Early Morning Anglers
    Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main Draycote gate,could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th March 2018
    Telephone Number 01788 812018
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    A very different week, from the previous with the artic like temperatures giving way too much milder wet conditions typical of March. As a result, this has seen the fishing improve across the lake with the fish much more active. With the milder temperatures making it more pleasant for the anglers to spend a day fishing for them. Overall this week a total of 209 anglers visited catching a total of 1315 fish for a weekly rod average of 6.3.
    After the cold weekend the 11°C temperatures of Monday felt positively tropical. Several anglers took to the water making the most of the sudden increase of temperature hoping it would liven the fish up. With the water temperature only being 3°C the hotspot was Toft shallows as it warmed up quickly in the edges. On the bank R Smith landed 14 from the Swans nest on a black and green fritz. Season ticket holder Mike Ravenscroft also fished in Toft to land 7 fish. Paul Lloyd fish slightly further down towards the buoys in Toft to land 9 fish on an intermediate and a black booby. Out on the boats Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 33 fish on cormorants on a di 3 sinking line in Toft including a lovely 3lb 8oz blue trout. Richard Reeve enjoyed great sport landing 23 trout from the bottom end of Toft near the nature reserve buoys on a cat’s whisker on a floating line.
    Light south westerly winds and a mild start to the day Tuesday. On the bank Brian Warwick fished down towards the bottom end of Toft to land 9 fish on a black fritz in only a short 3-hour session. Ken Key and Steve Robinson enjoyed good sport on the cornfield landing 21 fish between them. Season ticket holder Lee Patten and Pete Elliot landed over 20 fish each fishing from the swan’s nest on midge tips with a FAB on the point then cormorants on the droppers. Out on the boats Rob Jones and Tim Ham landed 23 trout on viva’s and boobys on a slow sinking line from Toft. Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett enjoyed good sport again landing 31 fish on small cormorants and cats whiskers again from Toft and down the Cornfield.
    A sudden drop in temperatures Tuesday night left a cold start Wednesday morning with the temperatures below freezing. This meant that both boats and pontoon frozen as well as ice floating around the boats and against the dams. As a result, this meant a slower fishing day that the previous two as the water temperature remained low. Things did improve as the day went on around 12pm the fish did start to move onto the shallows and could be caught. On the boat Geoff Preston found the fish in the shallow waters in Toft on a wet cell 2 and a damsel, but it was 10am before Geoff hit his first fish but had soon landed another 7 before 2pm. Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett landed 19 fish on their last day but this time found the fish holding 40 yards off the cornfield in the deeper water. Nick Ellis and John French enjoyed good sport from the boats landing 20 fish anchored up down in Toft on lures on intermediate lines.
    A blustery westerly wind kept some anglers off the water, however a few hardy souls did venture out to battle the wind and were rewarded with good catches. Pete Elliot fished up in rainbow corner to land 15 fish on black snakes and FABs on a midge tip. Fishing along side Peter was Steve Own and Chris Howkins who landed 11 fish between them on black and green fritz and cats whiskers.
    Another cold start Friday with ice on the lake and in the boats after the negative effect these conditions had Wednesday we didn’t expect good catches however the anglers proved us wrong with some great catches. Fishing on a di 7-sinking line Ian Conyers landed 12 fish from Toft and Biggin Bay. On the boats Dave Parkes and John Pendleton landed 28 from Toft on various lures on intermediate and sinking lines. Season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 15 fish from Rainbow Corner on buzzer, blobs and a small black snake on a floater. Also catching well from the bank was P Harris who landed 19 fish from the cornfield. Dave Atkins enjoyed good sport on a green and orange lure landed 15 fish taking 8 from Rainbow corner in the morning before moving to the Cornfield for the last 2 hours. Paul Davison and Tony Baldwin enjoyed good sport landing over 25 to the boat fishing with a team of mini lures and Fabs on either a floating line or midge tip. The pair found the best sport was either at the swans nest or in Alberts Bottom in Biggin Bay.
    A wet day Saturday with a south easterly wind, however, despite the wet conditions several fish where caught. Out on the bank Tony and Ruth Kirk landed 15 fish between them on woolly buggers and cats whiskers. Tony Burn enjoyed good sport from the bank in Toft landing 14 fish on snakes. Also employing the tactics of snakes in Toft, but this time from the boats was Chris Aubrey and Ian Reeve who landed 32 fish to the boat anchored up along the buoy line. Richard Reeve took great advantage of the last four-hour ticket to land 19 fish from Toft on a cats whisker on a floating line. The England youth team took to the water for the first of this season training weekends ahead of the international held in late July. The team landed 94 fish between the 16 lads. They found the fish were sitting deep in both Toft and Biggin Bay and that either a di 5/7 sinking line with boobies was the best tactic.
    A brighter day Sunday with again winds coming from the east. Season ticket holder Dennis Tidmarsh had a red-letter day fishing on the bottom end of the Cornfield with various lures on a floating line to land 30 fish. Also, on the bank but fishing from the Swans nest was James Cavanagh who landed 10 fish all on black buzzers. Season ticker holder Paul Walley fished on the Cornfield to landed 22 fish using boobies and fabs on an intermediate line. On the boats Ian Reeve returned this time with Paul Mariot in his boat to landed 35 fish on snakes, cats whisker and orange blobs on intermediate lines fishing the right-hand side of Toft. Opting to stay away from the crowd in Toft and go looking for some overwintered fish were season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas. The pair opted to fish on di 7 sinking lines with cat boobies and black boobies over middle shoal. They both soon found what they were looking for in the way of several overwinter fish up to 4lb. They then moved on to croft shoal landing great numbers here again on the same tactics. At the end of the day they finished with 40 fish to the boat including come fantastic overwinter specimens. The England youth team again took to the water to land around 80 fish for the squad. They found the fish slightly higher on the Sunday with di 3 sinking lines with boobies/blobs and cormorants working with toft and the cornfield being the hotspots.
    Looking ahead to next week more mild weather looks set to continue which will start to see the start of the buzzers.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr E Douglas of Banbury who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 209 Number Trout Taken: 182 Number Trout Released: 1133
    Total Catch: 1315 Weekly Rod Average: 6.3
    Current Fishing Times:
    Bank: 07:30 until : 17:45
    Boat All Day: 08:30 until 17:45
    Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 17:45
    Last 4 Hours from: 13:45 until 17:45 (Ticket sales available from 13:30)
    Gutting Room Closes – 17:30
    All Anglers to be off site by: 18:15
    Fishery News
    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- Anglingtrustevents.net
    Sceirra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- scieirrapairs.com
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- anglerworldholidayschampionship.com
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT
    Boat Cleanliness:
    Our hard pressed team strive to maintain the boats to a high standard of cleanliness. Anglers are kindly requested to respect their endeavours by keeping their vessels shipshape & litter free. Particular attention should be paid to avoiding the unnecessary practise of pulling muddy anchors on board. These should be shaken clean before being lifted into the boat. Your assistance in this matter will be most appreciated.
    Guiding & Tuition:
    Why not take your own fishing further with a day out on the water with England Internationals and fishery staff Lee Henfrey or Tom Bird? Whether you wish to get to know the water better, or hone a particular skill, our guides can help to improve your catch rates. Visit the website Fly Fish Tuition - Learn to fly fish in the Midlands, UK for more information or book a slot by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Keep up to date with the latest catches and fishing posts from our in-house fishery ranger and guide Tom Bird, by following him on Facebook. Tom has been catching some great fish this season and posting pictures of the fish as well as a light write up on how he has been catching them.
    Early Morning Anglers
    Due to a number of complaints from the residents of the houses by the main Draycote gate,could all anglers arriving early in the morning please keep noise to a minimum level, and if waiting for any more than a few minutes, please switch off your engines. The main gate is open from 7.30am
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th March 2018
    Telephone Number 01788 812018
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    A very cold start to the week with cold easterly winds remaining and blowing in excess of 20mph. That made for a slow start to the week. However, by Sunday spring was definitely in the air with temperatures up to 12°C combined with very welcome spring sunshine. This week we saw 228 anglers on the water with a combined total of 1134 trout to the net for their efforts. This represents a creditable rod average of 4.97 for the period.
    Following the blizzards of the weekend, Monday arrived with persistent bitter 20-21mph winds from the North East. The weather meant that no boat anglers were brave enough to take to the water. Furthermore, ice and snow on the perimeter road led to a partial close down, with only Toft accessible until the afternoon following a thaw. Only two hardy anglers braved the winds but their efforts were rewarded with 4 fish each taken on midge tip lines using a hot head cat on the point and cormorants on the droppers.
    A warmer day on Tuesday saw temperatures into double figures although the Northerly wind did make it feel cold on the hands still. On the bank John Hall fished the Cornfield to land 14 fish on a floating line and a Pitsford Pea. Also fishing along the Cornfield, but slightly lower down below car park number 3, was regular Jude Tuffs. She landed 17 fish using a bung with a combination of buzzers and a blob. Just up the bank season ticket holder Peter Elliott fished with a midge tip with a black and green lure to land 15. Out on the boats Guiding and Tuition manager Tom Bird took to the water with season ticket holder Ed Douglas. After a slow start they located the fish around the willows that divide the Cornfield and Toft about 70 yards off the bank. They fished with a RIO Intouch sink 3 line and 2 boobies for the morning followed by buzzers and a FAB on a midge tip later in the day. The pair enjoyed great sport finishing the day with 30 fish each. To book Tom for a guided session for this coming season please contact the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit Guiding | Fly Fish Tuition.
    Wednesday proved to be a consistent day on both boat & bank with an overall rod average for the day of 5.7 from 26 rods. Whilst a variety of black & green flies, lures & boobies were still accounting for many fish, Paul Skelton bank fished with Pheasant Tail Nymphs & caught well, as did Keith Allison who fished Crisp Packet Black Buzzers & Diawl Bachs. Toft & The Cornfield continued to produce better than anywhere with best boat being that of Tony Parker, partnered with Tim Hooper who in a relatively short day, brought thirty to the net using small- black & green boobies. Thursday proved to be a tad harder again with bright, sunny conditions & just a light sou’westerly breeze making things difficult during the morning. Once it clouded over a bit things hotted up with bank anglers Alan Bettles & Peter Elliott catching & releasing eight each, Ed Douglas netted seven, as did Harry Dawson, who caught in Biggin Bay and up near the Valve Tower. Nice to report Eugene Hughes back in action too. He boat fished various tadpoles on a sink rate 5 line. Most of his fish came from Biggin Bay & he finished his session with more than 25 to the net.
    Anglers found themselves contending with some very strong south westerly winds during Friday when most chose to stay on the banks. Vince Aronica took six on a combo of buzzer & booby in Rainbow Corner whilst over on The Cornfield Mr Peart presented a Cat’s Whisker on a midge tip to bring 13 to the net. Warren Langridge took to the boat & was rewarded with an eleven fish catch as did Mr Wallace who mixed black & green with white booby patterns very deep in Biggin Bay for a ten rainbow total.
    On Saturday Draycote hosted its first tuition day of the 2018 season, the participants all had a fantastic day landing their first trout under the watchful eye of guiding and tuition manager Tom Bird. To learn more about the upcoming tuition dates at Draycote, Foremark and Eyebrook visit Tuition Days | Fly Fish Tuition for pictures of the newcomers and their first fish on the tuition day visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Saturday also saw Ruth & Tony Kirk in action back on the bank landing 9 between them on Viva, Woolly ****** & Cat’s Whisker. Season rod, Jim Hall did well on the bank too moving around frequently to stay in touch with fish. His total of 12 fish to the net included a fine looking blue. Interestingly, Jim & Tom three Marriott shared a boat & they both had a blue each as well. The pair netted 10 & 6 respectively with their best fish all over the 3lbs mark.
    The overnight change into British Summertime seemed to bring with it glorious weather. Whilst the bright sunshine & blue skies made for hard fishing early on in the day, the afternoon saw bent rods all over the venue with 63 rods catching 372 trout for a daily rod average of 5.9 Andy Ball described his bank session as “brill” having netted 19 to a variety of nymphs & lures. Kieron Barnes fished both Cat’s Whisker & buzzer patterns for 10 to the net from the bank off the Cornfield. Jude Tuffs returned for more action & netted a further nine from Cornfield & Lin Croft. Russ Rabot & friends bank fished at Lin Croft enjoying classic action to black buzzer & landing 26 between the four of them with numerous fish over the three pound mark. No doubt caused by varying water temperatures, Nick Lant commented on how he found fish on buzzers in the shallows of Toft but deep on boobies off the with Hensborough Bank. Karl Harman & Matt Osbourne enjoyed tremendous afternoon sport on a Last Four-Hour Permit. They boat fished at the Swan’s Nest with intermediate lines & a small pink marabou lure catching fast & furiously for over twenty rainbows each. Sunday also saw the Greenwell Persuaders afloat for their “Secret Pairs Draw” event. Twelve anglers fished to a four-fish limit followed by catch & release. They netted 81 between them for a rod average of 6.75 Congratulations go to the winning pairing of Lee Patten & Alex Urquhart with 8 for 17lbs 13oz plus ten C&R. Hot on their heels were Dave Kennell partnered by Tim Burn with 18lbs 11oz but just seven C&R.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Brian Hall of Moreton In Marsh who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 228 Number Trout Taken: 250 Number Trout Released: 884
    Total Catch: 1134 Weekly Rod Average: 4.97
    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: 19:45
    Fishery News
    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- Angling Trust Online Booking System
    Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- Scierra Pairs - Home
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT
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    The Draycote Team
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    Draycote Water weekly report week ending 25th March 2018
    Telephone Number 01788 812018
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    A very cold start to the week with cold easterly winds remaining and blowing in excess of 20mph. That made for a slow start to the week. However, by Sunday spring was definitely in the air with temperatures up to 12°C combined with very welcome spring sunshine. This week we saw 228 anglers on the water with a combined total of 1134 trout to the net for their efforts. This represents a creditable rod average of 4.97 for the period.
    Following the blizzards of the weekend, Monday arrived with persistent bitter 20-21mph winds from the North East. The weather meant that no boat anglers were brave enough to take to the water. Furthermore, ice and snow on the perimeter road led to a partial close down, with only Toft accessible until the afternoon following a thaw. Only two hardy anglers braved the winds but their efforts were rewarded with 4 fish each taken on midge tip lines using a hot head cat on the point and cormorants on the droppers.
    A warmer day on Tuesday saw temperatures into double figures although the Northerly wind did make it feel cold on the hands still. On the bank John Hall fished the Cornfield to land 14 fish on a floating line and a Pitsford Pea. Also fishing along the Cornfield, but slightly lower down below car park number 3, was regular Jude Tuffs. She landed 17 fish using a bung with a combination of buzzers and a blob. Just up the bank season ticket holder Peter Elliott fished with a midge tip with a black and green lure to land 15. Out on the boats Guiding and Tuition manager Tom Bird took to the water with season ticket holder Ed Douglas. After a slow start they located the fish around the willows that divide the Cornfield and Toft about 70 yards off the bank. They fished with a RIO Intouch sink 3 line and 2 boobies for the morning followed by buzzers and a FAB on a midge tip later in the day. The pair enjoyed great sport finishing the day with 30 fish each. To book Tom for a guided session for this coming season please contact the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/guiding/.
    Wednesday proved to be a consistent day on both boat & bank with an overall rod average for the day of 5.7 from 26 rods. Whilst a variety of black & green flies, lures & boobies were still accounting for many fish, Paul Skelton bank fished with Pheasant Tail Nymphs & caught well, as did Keith Allison who fished Crisp Packet Black Buzzers & Diawl Bachs. Toft & The Cornfield continued to produce better than anywhere with best boat being that of Tony Parker, partnered with Tim Hooper who in a relatively short day, brought thirty to the net using small- black & green boobies. Thursday proved to be a tad harder again with bright, sunny conditions & just a light sou’westerly breeze making things difficult during the morning. Once it clouded over a bit things hotted up with bank anglers Alan Bettles & Peter Elliott catching & releasing eight each, Ed Douglas netted seven, as did Harry Dawson, who caught in Biggin Bay and up near the Valve Tower. Nice to report Eugene Hughes back in action too. He boat fished various tadpoles on a sink rate 5 line. Most of his fish came from Biggin Bay & he finished his session with more than 25 to the net.
    Anglers found themselves contending with some very strong south westerly winds during Friday when most chose to stay on the banks. Vince Aronica took six on a combo of buzzer & booby in Rainbow Corner whilst over on The Cornfield Mr Peart presented a Cat’s Whisker on a midge tip to bring 13 to the net. Warren Langridge took to the boat & was rewarded with an eleven fish catch as did Mr Wallace who mixed black & green with white booby patterns very deep in Biggin Bay for a ten rainbow total.
    On Saturday Draycote hosted its first tuition day of the 2018 season, the participants all had a fantastic day landing their first trout under the watchful eye of guiding and tuition manager Tom Bird. To learn more about the upcoming tuition dates at Draycote, Foremark and Eyebrook visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices/ for pictures of the newcomers and their first fish on the tuition day visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore. Saturday also saw Ruth & Tony Kirk in action back on the bank landing 9 between them on Viva, Woolly ****** & Cat’s Whisker. Season rod, Jim Hall did well on the bank too moving around frequently to stay in touch with fish. His total of 12 fish to the net included a fine looking blue. Interestingly, Jim & Tom three Marriott shared a boat & they both had a blue each as well. The pair netted 10 & 6 respectively with their best fish all over the 3lbs mark.
    The overnight change into British Summertime seemed to bring with it glorious weather. Whilst the bright sunshine & blue skies made for hard fishing early on in the day, the afternoon saw bent rods all over the venue with 63 rods catching 372 trout for a daily rod average of 5.9 Andy Ball described his bank session as “brill” having netted 19 to a variety of nymphs & lures. Kieron Barnes fished both Cat’s Whisker & buzzer patterns for 10 to the net from the bank off the Cornfield. Jude Tuffs returned for more action & netted a further nine from Cornfield & Lin Croft. Russ Rabot & friends bank fished at Lin Croft enjoying classic action to black buzzer & landing 26 between the four of them with numerous fish over the three pound mark. No doubt caused by varying water temperatures, Nick Lant commented on how he found fish on buzzers in the shallows of Toft but deep on boobies off the with Hensborough Bank. Karl Harman & Matt Osbourne enjoyed tremendous afternoon sport on a Last Four-Hour Permit. They boat fished at the Swan’s Nest with intermediate lines & a small pink marabou lure catching fast & furiously for over twenty rainbows each. Sunday also saw the Greenwell Persuaders afloat for their “Secret Pairs Draw” event. Twelve anglers fished to a four-fish limit followed by catch & release. They netted 81 between them for a rod average of 6.75 Congratulations go to the winning pairing of Lee Patten & Alex Urquhart with 8 for 17lbs 13oz plus ten C&R. Hot on their heels were Dave Kennell partnered by Tim Burn with 18lbs 11oz but just seven C&R.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Brian Hall of Moreton In Marsh who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 228 Number Trout Taken: 250 Number Trout Released: 884
    Total Catch: 1134 Weekly Rod Average: 4.97
    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: 19:45
    Fishery News
    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!
    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- www.anglingtrustevents.net
    Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- www.scierrapairs.co.uk
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT
    Tight lines,
    The Draycote Team
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    Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 8th April 2018.
    Telephone Number 01788 812018
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    A cool start to the week Monday and Tuesday with rain and gusty cool winds. The weather seems to have broken and spring seems to have sprung with fantastic buzzer hatches and fish moving on the top to dries. Let’s hope that the good hatches continue and keep the fantastic sport we have been experiencing for the week. A total of 342 angler came, catching 1997 fish for a weekly rod average of 5.8.
    A cold, wet blustery start to Monday put off a few boat anglers however guiding, and tuition manager Tom Bird braved the cold early spring conditions with season ticket holder Ed Douglas. The pair were rewarded with a dozen overwintered fish to the boat fishing over Musborough shoal with 7 inch a second sinking lines and 2 humongous boobies.(We have the RIO In Touch Fast Sinker 7inch/sec demo line for you to take out and try call the lodge to book a RIO demo line) If you fancy a day out with Tom trying to land some of these fantastic overwintered fish, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.
    Due to the strong southerly winds the bank fishers found conditions tricky and as a result opted to fish from along the near side of Toft. Season ticket holder Steve Gibson landed 6 fish all on buzzers from the Swans nest. Also fishing near Steve was Tom Flower who again landed 6 on cat’s whiskers.
    Tuesday as another cold windy day with wintery showers at times, the fishing remained tricky due to these conditions. Although some anglers did enjoy good sport. One such angler was John Dickens who fished in Rainbow Corner from the bank to land 5 fish all on buzzers. It was the boats however, that enjoyed the best sport with K Coley and B Taft landing 14 fish between them on the boat fishing in Toft shallows. Also, on the boats C Williams landed 11 fish mainly on cat’s whiskers from Toft and the cornfield.
    The wind remained on the south for Wednesday with another cold overcast start with some rain around. On the boats Draycote regular Geoff Preston landed 5 fish in a short 4-hour session down in Toft using a wet cell 2 and damsels. Also fishing a short session but this time from the afternoon was season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison who landed 5 fish using a di 7 line and boobies. Out on the water from the boats were the Welsh Youth team enjoying a team get together session ahead of the Youth International held here in July. The 16 youth anglers enjoyed good sport landing 96 between them. The best boats fished down the Farnborough Dam wall on sinking lines from di 3 to 5s with a combination of blobs, boobies and cormorants.
    Thursday saw the weather break with a lovely warm spring day, once the wind had swung into the south. On the bank Jude Tuffs landed 13 fish from Toft on buzzers under the bung. Also catching well from the bank in Toft were season ticket holders Lee Pattern and Peter Elliott, who both landed over 20 fish each on washing lined buzzers. Steve Robinson used damsel’s lures in Toft to land a dozen fish from the bank. Out on the boats James Scott and boat partner James Foster landed 28 fish between then fishing around Farnborough spit on dancers and blobs. Mr A Greenhalgh and boat partner Dave Heseltine enjoyed good sport from the boat fishing down the Farnborough dam wall with a white lure and then black buzzers in the afternoon to land 37 fish. The Welsh youth team once again took to the water on the second of their two days, again the best catches from the team came to a mix of mini lures fished on either di 3 or 5 lines in Toft and around Farnborough spit. Although several the team did catch on buzzers and nymphs fished the same areas.
    Friday saw another day of warm conditions with winds from the South East, this wind direction meant it was near perfect conditions for fishing buzzers in Toft. Due to the mild overnight temperatures the buzzer where hatching straight from the off. Mr C.J Day enjoyed great sport from the bank landing just short of 20 fish on a mix of blobs, buzzers and cat’s whiskers. Stan Hillman fished the bank to land a dozen fish from along the Cornfield. Mr D Stowe enjoyed great sport on the last four-hour ticket landing 11 fish from along the Cornfield on a black and green lure. Out on the boats Tim Grove enjoyed great sport in Toft and Dunns Bay using crunchers and diawl bachs on a floating line. M Mathieson & C Critchley enjoyed a red letter day of buzzer sport landing 88 fish to the boat all on buzzers in Toft shallows, Mark’s words being “It’s the best buzzer sport I have ever had”.
    Near perfect conditions Saturday saw the fishing really take off with 53 rod catching 576 fish for a rod average of 10.9. On the bank Mike Oliver fished the Cornfield to land over 30 fish on buzzers and pheasant tail nymphs. Mr T Beebe fished buzzers for the first time at Draycote and landed a personal best of 14 fish, which made the long drive very worthwhile. Mr G and O Cooper fished the bank to land 31 fish between them. The boats also enjoyed fantastic sport, D Middleton landed 34 fish in Toft using a small olive nymph fished on a fast sinking line. Season ticket holder Dennis Tidmarsh enjoyed a great day afloat with Rod Goldthorpe with the pair boating 55 fish between them on cat’s whiskers. Mark Hunt landed 24 fish using black snakes and viva in the morning before swapping to dries after seeing some fish move in the wind lanes with f-flies and CDC shuttlecocks being his best pattern. Neil Cohen and Nigel Angus also used dries to great effect landing 35 between them on bobs bits fishing for moving fish in the wind lanes. Kieron Thomas and Brendan Thomas used washing line Diawl Bachs with a black booby to landed 46 fish to the boat fishing down in Toft shallows. Iain Scott, N Brackenridge and S McFadyen 66 fish between the three of them while down on a three day package from Scotland.
    Another mild night Sunday meant that the buzzers where on the surface from the start and the light winds once again meant the fish where up on the top. the rain did slightly lower the air temperature which did put some of the fish off from rising in the same fashion as they had the day before, but their was still plenty up on the top looking for buzzers. Bank angler Clive Wilkins caught a total of 28 fish on a variety of patterns. Ivan Cotterill, also fishing from the bank, caught 8 fish on buzzers. Draycote regular Yousef Dar ventured out in a boat to net 23 fish while Andy Lane, also fishing from a boat netted 17. Season permit holder Mike Garner caught 10 fish from the bank on nymphs and a mini cormorant in Dunns bay. Another season permit holder Jim Smith had 15 fish to the boat, all on dries. Lee Cheshire caught 22 fish from the bank on buzzers. Lee weighed in his 6 fish limit for a total of 15lb 4oz. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught 19 fish from the bank on diawl bachs and damsels, also encountering 3 double hook ups during the day. Draycote regular Nick Dunn had 25 fish to the boat on buzzers and dries. Mr C Massey caught 20 fish whilst fishing on the cornfield, all on buzzers.

    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Keith Byrne of Nuneaton, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 342 Number Trout Taken: 483 Number Trout Released: 1514
    Total Catch: 1997 Weekly Rod Average: 5.8
    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: 20:15hrs

    Fishery News
    Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Update.

    Our trout suppliers have been in touch to inform us that due to the extreme cold, wet & wintery weather conditions experienced during late February & March they have struggled to achieve sufficient growth rates to bring enough stock up to the 2lb+ (900g) trout size for our Draycote stockings booked during early April.

    We will continue to stock as planned, we have a busy April booked with day rods, groups & competitions, but expect during the next couple of weeks to see some fish stocked at a slightly reduced size than expected at Draycote with some fish being stocked at around the 1lb12oz upwards (800g+) size while our suppliers get the extra time required for enough of their stock to reach the 2lb+ range.

    Hopefully with better weather conditions this blip in the expected growth rates at the farms will be rectified by mid-April.

    Ifor Jones

    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!

    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- Angling Trust Online Booking System Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage
    Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- Scierra Pairs - Home
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT


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    Default Re: Draycote 2018

    We will continue to stock as planned, we have a busy April booked with day rods, groups & competitions, but expect during the next couple of weeks to see some fish stocked at a slightly reduced size than expected at Draycote with some fish being stocked at around the 1lb12oz upwards (800g+) size while our suppliers get the extra time required for enough of their stock to reach the 2lb+ range.

    Hi Ifor; thanks for letting us know, but you shouldn't worry, all those 1 lb 12 oz fish weigh at least 2 1/2 lbs anyway.
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    Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 15th April 2018.
    Telephone Number 01788 812018
    Report
    Yet another week of unsettled weather with some cold starts, showers and windy conditions. The temperatures warmed up towards the end of the week with many anglers reporting large buzzer hatches out on the water, particularly in biggin bay and around croft shoal. Whilst a lot of fish were caught on sinking lines with blobs and boobies a number of anglers had great success on buzzers and some even reported catching fish on dries.
    This week saw 311 rods land 1137 fish to give us a weekly rod average of 3.6.
    Monday started calm and overcast and looked like good fishing conditions. The rod average came out at 6.4 and proved to be a good day for the bank anglers. Alan Bettles landed 28 fish from the cornfield on a white and green lure. Ian Richardson caught 20 fish from the bank using damsels, diawl bachs and a FAB, and remarked on “A red letter day”. Mark Edwards caught 13 fish from the bank on damsels and buzzers. Draycote regular Orhan Aliosman went trout fishing, and caught 2 pike. Another regular Peter Biernaki caught 15 fish during an evening session in the cornfield, all on black buzzer.
    On Tuesday both boat and bank anglers reported lots of fish moving in toft and along the north shore from Grays barn up to Biggin Bay. It turned out to be quite a challenging day all round with fish mainly falling to small black buzzers and damsels. Season permit holder John Dews caught 26 fish from the bank at various points along the north shore. Norman Perkins caught 12 fish from the bank on black buzzers. Kevin Rees had 16 fish from the bank, again on buzzers. The boat pairing of Lee Pattern and Peter Elliott had 13 fish between them.
    A chilly north, north easterly wind greeted us on Wednesday morning with the more comfortable fishing to be found along the cornfield and in Biggin Bay. Great clouds of buzzer hatches could be seen along the Farnborough dam with anglers reporting literally thousands of buzzers on the surface of the water. The fishing however turned out to be difficult with quite a number of anglers jotting down a nil return. Those that did catch reported a difficult day with plenty of fish seen moving but few fish to the net. Season permit holder Colin Grainger caught 3 fish from the bank. Dennis Tidmarsh faired better netting 6 fish from the bank. Out on the boats the pairing of Colin England and Tony Plumber caught 8 fish between them.
    Thursday had a wet start, with a cold northerly breeze accompanied by a persistent drizzle which didn’t ease off for some time. The returns were slightly better with Tony Broadway kicking off proceedings on 15 from the bank. Season permit holder Peter Fisher caught 8 fish from a boat on black and green lures. Ian Richardson had “Another cracking day” on the bank with 11 fish falling to diawl bachs and buzzers. Mr P Foster did well from a boat, netting 18 fish, again on buzzers. Thursday also saw 14 members of the Civil Service take to the water for a competition in which they netted 43 fish for a rod average of 3.1. Taking top honours on the competition was season ticket holder Lee Patten who landed 14 fish on sinking lines and boobies. In second place was another season ticket holder Peter Elliott, who had 12 fish. Both anglers had been neck and neck all day until Lee landed a double hook up on his final cast. The pair found the fish drifting across the middle of Biggin Bay. Also taking to the water was Guiding and Tuition Manager Tom Bird with his client Mr David Holding, for a 4-hour morning session. In this time David managed 8 trout with 4 coming to buzzers in Biggin Bay, before a move over to Croft shoal produced the next four using boobies cast at moving fish. Also, out on the water was inhouse guide Lee Henfrey with season permit holder John O’Hara. John enjoyed good sport in Biggin Bay on buzzers under the bung, before a switch over to the midge tip and a move to Croft Shoal for the afternoon. To book one of our Guides for the season please visit Guiding | Fly Fish Tuition.
    Fridays conditions looked pretty good with overcast skies and a light south westerly. Again good buzzer hatches were seen around the water but good sport seemed difficult to find. The Boat pairing of Mr M Moore and Mr G Clarke were however bucking the trend with 30 fish to the boat in dunns bay on black buzzers. Also doing well in a boat was Andy Lane with 13 fish to the boat on buzzers. Seasoned regulars found it difficult going from the bank with only ones and twos here and there. Tony Broadway caught 3 fish in biggin bay. Mr Ian Ashwell caught 5 fish from the bank, deep down on buzzers. Roger Davis managed 6 fish from the bank. Roger Kerrison had 5 fish to the boat.
    Saturday started warm and sunny with a light southerly breeze and lots of buzzers hatching on the reservoir. However, despite the massive buzzer hatches it was blobs and boobies fished on sinking lines that ruled the day. From the bank father and son team of Nick and Martin Hollingshead landed 13 fish between them on black buzzers and damsels on a floating line. Mr M Braun also used buzzers at the Swan’s nest to land 8 lovely fish. Out on the boats Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 23 fish on the rudder with sinking lines and a mixture of tubes and snakes. Melvin Severn returned hoping to land another big brown, unfortunately he didn’t manage to match the fish of the previous week, but he did land 6 lovely fish on a Di 7 and a tube. This weekend we were visited by the England Youth team. On Saturday they caught and released some 250 fish on a wide variety of methods under the guidance of some of the current senior England team members.
    Sunday started overcast with a light southerly breeze. Again it was another busy day with all the boats out on the water and most of the bank spaces taken up as well. Casting into the breeze from the north shore was season permit holder Steve Gibson who, using small hares ears, managed to land 23 fish from close in on the cornfield. Mr Keiran Barnes netted 7 fish from the bank in toft on buzzers. The boat pairing of Mr R Dudley and Mr N Holdsworth caught 20 fish between them fishing close in on the north shore. Keith Harding and Mick Clarke ventured afloat and netted 34 fish between them on a variety of methods, such as a DI 5 with FABs and boobies, and a floating line with diawl bachs and buzzers. Day two for the England Youth team plus senior England team guides saw them net a total of 223 fish. All participants seemed to enjoy the day withonce again fish being caught on a wide variety of methods from a DI 7 and boobies to floating line and small dries.
    Weekly Boat draw
    Congratulations to Mr Ivor Jones of Wolverhampton, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
    Weekly Stats:
    Number Rods: 311 Number Trout Taken: 213 Number Trout Released: 924
    Total Catch: 1137 Weekly Rod Average: 3.6.
    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 )
    Gutting Room Closes – 19:45
    All Anglers to be off site by: 20:30hrs
    Notice to all fishing guides & instructors
    We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.
    However, to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered, and on advice from our insurance company, if you are guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:
    1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
    2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction
    If you are guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.
    To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and, prior to your visit, a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.
    We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance.
    Draycote Rio and Sage day Sunday 6th May 2018.
    We still have some spaces left on the bank for our Rio and Sage demonstration day on Sunday 6th May 2018. Come along and try out any Rio fly line or Sage rod in the company of Simon Gawesworth and Jim Fearn. Call the lodge to book your time slot on 01788 812018.
    Trout Masters
    Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck!



    Dates for your diary:-
    Competition Contact
    Loch Style Team Championships- 30th June/1st July- Angling Trust- Angling Trust Online Booking System Potential cash prize pot £8,000 and TV coverage
    Scierra Pairs- 29th July- Phil Dixon- Scierra Pairs - Home
    10th/11th August- Anglers World Holidays- www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk
    Troutmasters Final – Monday 8th October – See Fishery staff. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FISHERY WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE DAY FOR THIS BOAT & BANK EVENT


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