Draycote 2018

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th March 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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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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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 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
Report
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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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.
Regards.
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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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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 29nthApril 2018.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Draycote has experienced a week of extremely windy, often wet conditions which made things difficult for all concerned. It proved to be something of a contrary period with many anglers struggling for a take, whilst others returned with good results. Winds have been strong at times and blowing from the south which frequently made conditions on the North Shore uncomfortable for the boat anglers & all but impossible for the bank anglers, who were also forced to contend with muddied up margins from the waves. Thus, anglers have had to be on their toes to find the fish. Rainbow corner, although very sporadic, did produce some good catches as the week went on, as did the near side in toft, from the Swans nest down to the big willow tree. Fish have generally fallen to either one of two methods from both boat and bank, either fast sinking lines with tube flies, blobs and boobies, or a slow intermediate/ midge tip and buzzers.
A total of 294 anglers caught 978 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.3.
A cold start to the week with low cloud teamed with gusty winds, however the day did remain dry. On the bank season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 5 fish on a mixture of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s from the Swan’s Nest. Out on the boats visiting French anglers Gullernin Cauhrent and Fontaine Hecve landed 10 fish to the boat in Rainbow Corner on Damsels. Taking top honours for the day were rudder men Rod Wilson & Jim Dempsey who fished along the Draycote Dam on Di 7 sinking lines on tubes to land 34 fish to the boat with all the fish taking at 12ft down and included some lovely silver bars.
Light rain all day did keep some anglers away, but it didn’t seem to have any negative effects on the fish. Bob Smith landed 15 fish from the Swan’s nest on a mix of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s. Also fishing in Toft just down from Bob was season ticket holder Colin Granger who landed 7 fish on black buzzers and Diawl bachs, Colin also lost several fish. Out on the boats Eugene Hughes and Gary Owen landed over 20 fish to the boat on snakes and hot head lures on sinking lines from various areas around the reservoir with Toft and the Cornfield.
A bright start Wednesday, which started with light winds however they soon built to quite a strong Westerly. On the bank Jude Tuffs landed 6 fish from the Willow tree in Toft on buzzers. Due to the wind most of the boat opted to fish in Rainbow Corner and it turned out to the be correct move. On the boats visiting Irish anglers Raymond Flynn and Kevin McQuire landed 14 and 12 fish each all on buzzers on a floating line with a 15-18ft leader. Another angler using buzzers to great affect was Mr Swinbourne who landed 23 fish all on buzzers on a floating line, including some lovely overwintered fish.
The winds that had started to strengthen has the day progressed Wednesday had grown in strength throughout the night leaving a very windy day Thursday. As a result, the fishing was tricky especially from the banks as the hot spots from the previous days had become almost unfishable due to the wind. That not only made it difficult to get a line out but also had clouded the banks up. The boats however, did fair slightly better with 4 out of the 7 Irish anglers here on a 3-day break hitting double figures. Once again, they found the fish in Rainbow Corner on buzzers, the Irish lads found that the best team was to use an olive buzzer on the point teamed with small size 12 black buzzers on the droppers. Also, on the water were West Midlands Police for a social day before the inter-service friendly on Friday. A few their boats did venture down to the rough water in Toft, being rewarded with fish coming to buzzers and lures fished on sinking lines.
A fantastic day for ducks Friday with rain all day long which altered from either drizzle or heavy downpours. Although despite the waterproof testing conditions the conditions had improved from the day before with light winds coming from the north. On the bank regular Brian Warwick landed 4 fish from the Cornfield on buzzers. Once again taking to the water were West Midlands Police in their inter-service friendly the 11 anglers landed a total of 62 fish for a rod average of 5.2 fish per man. Top rod on the day was Steve Owen who landed 14 fish all on buzzers fish on a floating line along the Cornfield.
A cold start Saturday with rain and a chill from the Northerly wind. Mr M Braun enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 11 fish from car park 4 along the cornfield all on buzzers. Out on the boats the rudder men once again enjoyed good sport with Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landing 10 fish apiece fishing on di 7 lines and tubes. Also doing well from the boat were Ian Gaskell who fished with Bob Fitzpatrick with the pair boating 16 fish. The pair found either a black buzzer fish at around 11ft or dries targeting surface feeding fish the most productive method, with the areas being Toft, Biggin Bay on the buzzers then across the middle around X buoy for the surface feeders. Peter & Chris Orpin used size 14 olive buzzers near the Draycote Dam fished on a 15ft leader to land 14 fish to the boat. Also, out on the boats a group of friends from the North of England organised by Graham Bell made the trip for a weekend social. In the party John Brown and Andy Campbell enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish on various snakes and lures fished on sinking lines from Toft, Biggin and along the cornfield.
Season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison held a small catch and release competition between some friends Saturday and had written this small section on the day.
“A very cold, wet and windy Saturday saw fourteen local fishing buddies fished a friendly barbless hook catch and release match using the measuring tubes supplied by the fishery, giving us the opportunity to enjoy a competitive day, catch and safely return all 43 fish to fight another day. The competition was won by Mitch Brown with 8 fish measuring 330cm, and the big fish prize went to Jeremy James with a very impressive brown trout of 54cm, the rod average of just over 3 fish reflected the conditions. Many thanks to Ifor Jones and the Draycote staff Alan, Tom, Kev, Paul and Lee for their hard work and tactical advice and supplying a fleet of clean and tidy boats and most importantly a good stock of hard fighting trout”
For fully catch & release competitions we have purpose made measuring troughs with competition catch & release permits costing £14.00 call the lodge for details
An increase in wind speeds made for a gusty cold day on the water. Season ticket holder Paul Walley fished along the cornfield on small size 14 black buzzers to land 20 lovely trout. On the boats George Leaton enjoyed great sport landing 11 fish from Toft on Damsels. Also fishing down in Toft was season ticket holder Ricard Walker who landed 10 fish all on buzzers. Neil Deakin used friendly tubes fished on a sinking line to land 12 cracking fish from Toft, Biggin and across the middle. However top honours on the day went to the boat of John Hood and season ticket holder Ed Douglas who fished buzzer on a midge tip wo land 34 fish to the boat, the pair found the best area was croft shoal and most of the fish took on the hang with the buzzers at around 10-15ft.
Looking ahead to next week, the weather is due to come warmer towards the end of the week with light winds forecast. Which looks good for some great buzzer fishing on our RIO/Sage day Sunday 6th May.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Eugene Hughes from London the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 294 Number Trout Taken: 208 Number Trout Released: 770
Total Catch: 978 Weekly Rod Average: 3.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until: 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
Boat Part Day: am 08:30 until 14:45 pm 14:45 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: 21:00hrs
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.
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!
Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

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

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update 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.

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.


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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 29nthApril 2018.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Draycote has experienced a week of extremely windy, often wet conditions which made things difficult for all concerned. It proved to be something of a contrary period with many anglers struggling for a take, whilst others returned with good results. Winds have been strong at times and blowing from the south which frequently made conditions on the North Shore uncomfortable for the boat anglers & all but impossible for the bank anglers, who were also forced to contend with muddied up margins from the waves. Thus, anglers have had to be on their toes to find the fish. Rainbow corner, although very sporadic, did produce some good catches as the week went on, as did the near side in toft, from the Swans nest down to the big willow tree. Fish have generally fallen to either one of two methods from both boat and bank, either fast sinking lines with tube flies, blobs and boobies, or a slow intermediate/ midge tip and buzzers.
A total of 294 anglers caught 978 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.3.
A cold start to the week with low cloud teamed with gusty winds, however the day did remain dry. On the bank season ticket holder Ian Richardson landed 5 fish on a mixture of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s from the Swan’s Nest. Out on the boats visiting French anglers Gullernin Cauhrent and Fontaine Hecve landed 10 fish to the boat in Rainbow Corner on Damsels. Taking top honours for the day were rudder men Rod Wilson & Jim Dempsey who fished along the Draycote Dam on Di 7 sinking lines on tubes to land 34 fish to the boat with all the fish taking at 12ft down and included some lovely silver bars.
Light rain all day did keep some anglers away, but it didn’t seem to have any negative effects on the fish. Bob Smith landed 15 fish from the Swan’s nest on a mix of Damsels and Diawl Bach’s. Also fishing in Toft just down from Bob was season ticket holder Colin Granger who landed 7 fish on black buzzers and Diawl bachs, Colin also lost several fish. Out on the boats Eugene Hughes and Gary Owen landed over 20 fish to the boat on snakes and hot head lures on sinking lines from various areas around the reservoir with Toft and the Cornfield.
A bright start Wednesday, which started with light winds however they soon built to quite a strong Westerly. On the bank Jude Tuffs landed 6 fish from the Willow tree in Toft on buzzers. Due to the wind most of the boat opted to fish in Rainbow Corner and it turned out to the be correct move. On the boats visiting Irish anglers Raymond Flynn and Kevin McQuire landed 14 and 12 fish each all on buzzers on a floating line with a 15-18ft leader. Another angler using buzzers to great affect was Mr Swinbourne who landed 23 fish all on buzzers on a floating line, including some lovely overwintered fish.
The winds that had started to strengthen has the day progressed Wednesday had grown in strength throughout the night leaving a very windy day Thursday. As a result, the fishing was tricky especially from the banks as the hot spots from the previous days had become almost unfishable due to the wind. That not only made it difficult to get a line out but also had clouded the banks up. The boats however, did fair slightly better with 4 out of the 7 Irish anglers here on a 3-day break hitting double figures. Once again, they found the fish in Rainbow Corner on buzzers, the Irish lads found that the best team was to use an olive buzzer on the point teamed with small size 12 black buzzers on the droppers. Also, on the water were West Midlands Police for a social day before the inter-service friendly on Friday. A few their boats did venture down to the rough water in Toft, being rewarded with fish coming to buzzers and lures fished on sinking lines.
A fantastic day for ducks Friday with rain all day long which altered from either drizzle or heavy downpours. Although despite the waterproof testing conditions the conditions had improved from the day before with light winds coming from the north. On the bank regular Brian Warwick landed 4 fish from the Cornfield on buzzers. Once again taking to the water were West Midlands Police in their inter-service friendly the 11 anglers landed a total of 62 fish for a rod average of 5.2 fish per man. Top rod on the day was Steve Owen who landed 14 fish all on buzzers fish on a floating line along the Cornfield.
A cold start Saturday with rain and a chill from the Northerly wind. Mr M Braun enjoyed good sport from the bank landing 11 fish from car park 4 along the cornfield all on buzzers. Out on the boats the rudder men once again enjoyed good sport with Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landing 10 fish apiece fishing on di 7 lines and tubes. Also doing well from the boat were Ian Gaskell who fished with Bob Fitzpatrick with the pair boating 16 fish. The pair found either a black buzzer fish at around 11ft or dries targeting surface feeding fish the most productive method, with the areas being Toft, Biggin Bay on the buzzers then across the middle around X buoy for the surface feeders. Peter & Chris Orpin used size 14 olive buzzers near the Draycote Dam fished on a 15ft leader to land 14 fish to the boat. Also, out on the boats a group of friends from the North of England organised by Graham Bell made the trip for a weekend social. In the party John Brown and Andy Campbell enjoyed great sport landing 42 fish on various snakes and lures fished on sinking lines from Toft, Biggin and along the cornfield.
Season ticket holder Rodger Kerrison held a small catch and release competition between some friends Saturday and had written this small section on the day.
“A very cold, wet and windy Saturday saw fourteen local fishing buddies fished a friendly barbless hook catch and release match using the measuring tubes supplied by the fishery, giving us the opportunity to enjoy a competitive day, catch and safely return all 43 fish to fight another day. The competition was won by Mitch Brown with 8 fish measuring 330cm, and the big fish prize went to Jeremy James with a very impressive brown trout of 54cm, the rod average of just over 3 fish reflected the conditions. Many thanks to Ifor Jones and the Draycote staff Alan, Tom, Kev, Paul and Lee for their hard work and tactical advice and supplying a fleet of clean and tidy boats and most importantly a good stock of hard fighting trout”
For fully catch & release competitions we have purpose made measuring troughs with competition catch & release permits costing £14.00 call the lodge for details
An increase in wind speeds made for a gusty cold day on the water. Season ticket holder Paul Walley fished along the cornfield on small size 14 black buzzers to land 20 lovely trout. On the boats George Leaton enjoyed great sport landing 11 fish from Toft on Damsels. Also fishing down in Toft was season ticket holder Ricard Walker who landed 10 fish all on buzzers. Neil Deakin used friendly tubes fished on a sinking line to land 12 cracking fish from Toft, Biggin and across the middle. However top honours on the day went to the boat of John Hood and season ticket holder Ed Douglas who fished buzzer on a midge tip wo land 34 fish to the boat, the pair found the best area was croft shoal and most of the fish took on the hang with the buzzers at around 10-15ft.
Looking ahead to next week, the weather is due to come warmer towards the end of the week with light winds forecast. Which looks good for some great buzzer fishing on our RIO/Sage day Sunday 6th May.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Eugene Hughes from London the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 294 Number Trout Taken: 208 Number Trout Released: 770
Total Catch: 978 Weekly Rod Average: 3.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until: 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
Boat Part Day: am 08:30 until 14:45 pm 14:45 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: 21:00hrs
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.
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!
Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

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- 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

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update 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.

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.


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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 6th May 2018.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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A mixed week here at Draycote, starting with windy cold days, which then by the Friday changed to lovely warm calm days perfect conditions for fishing buzzers and enjoying the sun. a total of 318 rod fished Draycote this week catching 1900 trout for a weekly rod average of 5.98.
Monday kicked off with a strong North Westerly wind, which put off most anglers from venturing out. However, Alessandro Piccioli and a party of three other traveling anglers from Belgium did head out in boats. Between the four of them they landed 23 trout. The best tactics the anglers found were to fish buzzer along the North Shore with Biggin Bay and the Cornfield being the hotspot in the morning before a move down to Toft in the afternoon produced the goods for them on the buzzers.
Another windy day Tuesday but this time with the winds coming from the west. This made fishing the bank very tricky with a lot of seasoned Draycote bank anglers recording nil. The boats faired better with Dom Muddier and Matt Osbourne fishing along the deep water near the Draycote Dam and B buoy. Using 5 inch per second sinking lines and olive snakes and blue flash damsels to land 15 fish between them including two lovely rainbows of 3lb 13oz & 3lb 3oz. The best catch of the day was recorded by Mr R Swinbourne who boated a fantastic 37 fish all on small dark buzzers fished along the dam wall near Rainbow Corner. Mr Swinbourne also landed a lovely 4lb brown which he returned to fight another day.
A very wet start Wednesday with heavy rain up until lunch, after this it brightened to a lovely afternoon. With winds coming from the west before swinging into the North West and dropping in strength to go with the clearing skies. Out on the boats Mr Lawrence & Mr Sutton landed 8 fish to the boat fishing in Biggin Bay and Dunn’s on a team of buzzer on a floating line. Also using a team of nymphs to great success was Edgar George and Nigel Evans who fished all along the North Shore to land 13 fish between them.
An improved day regarding the weather saw the rod average increase to 6.6 on Thursday. Light westerly winds meant that most of the bank was fishable, fishing on the Swans nest Ian Richardson landed 11 fish all on small green sleeve diawl bachs fished on a long leader on a floating line. On the boats R Ballie and Mr Reeks landed 22 fish between them on a mixture of snakes and buzzers from Toft. Gordan Bramwell & K Cooke fished in Rainbow Corner to land 56 between them all on buzzers the buzzer of choice was a black buzzer with a small red tag at the back. Neil Picken and Graham Harks landed 27 fish using teams of nymphs from various spots around the lake, including Toft and Rainbow Corner.
Near perfect conditions of warm overcast and a light south westerly winds meant for some great buzzer fishing Friday. George Smith fished the bank at Swans nest to land 15 fish in a morning. Further down the bank towards the Willow Tree, Mr Day landed 27 fish on a mixture of nymphs, blobs and damsels. With the majority of fish coming in the morning. Also fishing at the Swans Nest season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 12 fish on cormorants and a blob. Another season ticker holder catching well from the bank in Toft was John Dews who landed 21. Fishing down in Toft from the boat Mr More landed 42 fish all on buzzers. Down from Scotland Steve McGregor and a party of three other anglers fished there first of three days with the 4 anglers landing 54 fish between on snakes and buzzer from rainbow corner and Toft, with Mr Carns landing a lovely 5lb 4oz rainbow on a buzzer in Rainbow Corner. Out on the boats Dave Kennel and Paul Mitchell enjoyed some great sport landing 37 fish using a midge tip washing lining buzzers with a small FAB on the end they found fish all along the Farnborough Dam after the spit drifting down to Toft and then all down the Cornfield and through the middle of Toft. On the bank along the Cornfield season ticket holder Paul Walley and Paul Walker enjoyed great sport on buzzer landing 26 and 32 each. Out the water Draycote Fly Fishers held a fundraising match organised by Paul Farrell for “Help The Heroes”. All 13-boats enjoyed great sport with various catches of over 20 fish a man and even over 30 fish a man on buzzers and nymphs fish either on floating lines or midge tips. In house guide Lee Henfrey took to the water for an 8-hour guide with regular client John O’Hara. Under Lee’s watchful eye John landed over 40 fish to the boat on a mixture of damsels and then olive buzzers in the afternoon. The sport was that good John even had to put the complimentary deli lunch on hold as he could not stop catching fish. To book a guided day at Draycote please visit Guiding | Fly Fish Tuition or call the lodge on 01788 812018 to speak to Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird.
Bright sun and hot temperatures Saturday teamed with very light to no winds looked like it might but a stop to the good fishing that had been experienced the last two days however this was not the case. With the great buzzer fishing continuing, Nigel Evans fished with a party of Ex-navy services who all enjoyed great sport on buzzers from Toft and around the outlet on buzzers. Steve McGregor’s party enjoyed good sport landing into double figures down the Cornfield and Biggin Bay. Coppenhall Fly Fishers fished a boat match Saturday, with several good catches coming from Toft and Biggin Bay on snakes and buzzers. However, the overall winner of the match was Mick Laycock who used dries through the middle to catch better fish who’s 4 fish bag went 10lb 12oz.
Another hot flat day Sunday with temperatures more than 20°C, although despite these hot bright conditions it didn’t stop the fish from pulling back. On the back Marcus Hickman landed 8 fish from Biggin Bay on buzzer fished on a floating line. On the boats Ian Gaskell and Ken Hardy enjoyed great sport with over 30 fish to the boat fishing buzzers either straight lined or on a washing line. The found fish through Toft in the morning with Ken landing a lovely silver 3lb rainbow. Before a move to Biggin Bay and Dunn’s resulted in prolific sport on the buzzers with double hook ups. Also catching well was Robert Ball’s part of two boats who landed 48 fish between the four of them on buzzers. Once again the McGregor party who fished in Biggin Bay using buzzers to land 32 fish before an early finish to head up the road to Scotland. Paul Davison used dries through the middle in the afternoon to land well into double figures.
Sunday also saw the third year of the ever-popular RIO & Sage day with both bank and boat sessions available for people to try the latest RIO line or Sage Rod. It was great to see many anglers getting casting advice of Simon Gawesworth from RIO and Jim Fearn for Guide Fly Fishing, as well as being able to try specific tackle. Out on the boats the guides Tom Bird, Lee Henfrey, David Hoppe and Martin Rowson. Got the participants into fish during their 1 ½ hour guided session while offering advice on fishing and information on the tackle being tried. The guides caught fish on a mix of straight line and washing line buzzer tactics from Biggin Bay, Toft and the Inlet.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Lee Patten from Tenbury Wells the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 318 Number Trout Taken: 351 Number Trout Released: 1549
Total Catch: 1900 Weekly Rod Average: 5.98
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until: 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: am 08:30 until 15:00 pm 15:00 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from: 17:00 until 21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
Gutting Room Closes – 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15hrs
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.

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!
Our congratulations go to Chris Traverse who, as detailed in this week’s report, has won his way through to represent the fishery in the “2017/2018 Final” to be held at Draycote on Monday 8th October.

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- 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

Fishery Management UK Ltd Stocking Further Update.

As previously reported, our trout suppliers have been in touch to update 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.

They have since advised that given improved weather conditions & temperatures, farm fish are now feeding well & packing on the desired weight. As a result, it is anticipated that things will be back to normal within a few weeks and our policy of introducing all our Draycote stock in the 2lbs+ range will be back on schedule.


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Draycote Water Fishing report w/e Sunday 27th May 2018.
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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The water clarity here this week has been fantastic, and although the weather has been bright with some blustery conditions, Draycote is in excellent form. The backbone of the fishing has been deep down on static buzzers and diawl bachs, fished on either a floating line using a bung, or on a midge tip line. Some other methods have been successful as well, such as dries or a washing line, but haven’t produced anywhere near the numbers of fish. It seems that the trout are holding right the way along the north shore from Grays Barn up to Biggin Bay, and along the Hensborough bank, overflow and Rainbow Corner. But the bright sunshine seems to have pushed the fish just out of reach of the bank anglers, who have not fared so well this week. A few anglers have fished sinking lines and tubes out in the deeper water and boated some lovely “silvered up”, over wintered specimens. Overall there is some outstanding sport to be had here, which is backed up by a weekly rod average of 4.3 with 373 anglers catching a total of 1,610 trout.
The week started with a bright sunny day, with winds from the North. Season ticket holder Lee Patten & Peter Elliot had a good day fishing buzzer from a boat the overflow to land 20 fish each on buzzers. Visiting anglers Keith Bunnet & Tim Grove enjoyed great sport fishing buzzers from an anchored boat in Toft landing 31 fish to the boat. Also using buzzers to great effect was the pairing of Tosh Storrar and D Marklow who boated 61 fish on a floating line and a team of 3 buzzers. Mr D Rees and J Cowan fished buzzers again in Toft to boat 31 fish. Mr Davies used the Bung to great effect in Rainbow corner to land 14 fish.
Very similar conditions Tuesday, but with slightly more wind which made presentation of buzzer slightly trickier. John Cowan used buzzers in Biggin Bay and Toft to land an impressive 23 fish. D Marklow used a washing line on a midge tip with a combination of FABs and buzzers to land 16 fish. On the bank season ticket holder Paul Walker landed an impressive 12 fish, fishing from the Cornfield and Lincroft point on buzzers. Fishing on an afternoon boat James Maplethorpe & Trevor Moore landed 29 fish between them fishing buzzers in Albert’s Bottom in Biggin Bay. Out on the water in house guide Lee Henfrey took regular client John O’Hara out with John using Buzzers on the bung to land 17 fish from near the overflow of the treatment works. J Cowan and A Gourlay fished at Lincroft point from a boat using a Di 7 and a white dancer to land 25 fish including a 5lb rainbow.
Wednesdays started cloudy but soon brightened around 10 o’clock. Tosh Storrar fished at Lincroft point in a boat using black and red buzzers static on a floating line to land 12 fish. The boat pairing of Chris Howkins and R Symonds enjoyed good sport landing 21 fish between them on buzzers as well as pulling blobs and boobies on a di 5-sinking line. Geoff Preston enjoyed good sport on the rudder utilising a morning boat to land 9 fish on Damsels fished on a wet cell 2 fly line. North East anglers Don Coe, Keith Burrnet, Tim Grove and Gordon Byers enjoyed a great day’s sport using buzzers in Toft landing 44 fish between them. The icing on the cake was when Tim landed a fantastic 8lb 7oz overwintered rainbow on a buzzer, which he returned to fight another day.
Overcast conditions with yet another Northerly wind, with the overcast skies brighten as the day wore on. Mr D Marklow & S Marklow landed 17 fish from Toft on buzzers. On the bank John Hall landed 3 fish on Lincroft point on a green pea after trying buzzers for the morning with no luck. Steve Brown used the rudder to land 13 fish with the biggest tipping the scales at 3lb 8oz. Steve found the fish through the middle of the lake with N buoy being the hotspot. The boat of Mr Hallam & Mr Nixon enjoyed good sport landing 15 fish on hares ears and diawl bachs fished on a floating line in Toft. Mike Gillet and Colin Campbell also boated 15 fish all on buzzers from Biggin Bay. Tony Broadway and John Dews back drifted with tubes on around X & N buoy to land 15 fish. Also fishing the middle using tubes was John Clifford who boated 10 fish up to 10lb. Season ticket holder Dave Atkins fished from Lincroft point in the afternoon to land 12 fish on green fritz. Thursday also saw the Police fish a team qualifier with good catches coming to nymphs and buzzers fished along the North Shore and near J Buoy both Steve Thyer and Chris Howkins had their 12 fish limits in the match.
A very wet start to Friday with a light ripple coming from the North east, the rain did eventually clear but not until late in the afternoon. John Hoskins fished in Toft to land 11 fish on nymphs. Martyn Moore fished in Toft on Buzzers fished deep on a floating line and a long leader Martyn enjoyed great sport landing 29 fish. Keith jones and boat partner Steve landed 20 fish again all on nymphs and buzzers. Season ticket holder Pete fisher fished from a boat with a gold head damsel on the point teamed with a black and green size 14 buzzer to land 21 fish. Tim Grove, Keith Bunnett and Gordon Byers enjoyed their last day afloat landing 31 fish between them again on buzzers. Mr Williams & Masters enjoyed a good days sport fishing nymphs in the morning and dries in the afternoon to land 27 fish. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Martyn Price and Dave Hancox out for an afternoon session landing 18 fish to the boat on washing lined buzzers and diawl bach, before swapping to a long midge tip teamed with a booby and FAB landing all the fish from Rainbow Corner To discuss booking a guiding session call Tom on 01788 812018 to discuss the options.
An overcast start to Saturday with a strong gusty North Eastly wind, which later became bright in the afternoon. Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey landed 19 fish on the rudder using tubes on di 3 sinking lines. Season ticket holder Tony Parker landed 15 fish on Buzzers from various spots on the reservoir. M Brown & J Cairney landed 15 fish on size black buzzers from Toft. Father and son team of S Mclean & D Mclean landed 36 fish on washing lined nymphs and dries from Rainbow corner before a move to Toft on the afternoon. Cai Lewin fishing with his Dad landed 17 between them on size 10 buzzers in Toft. Mr Harby also fished buzzers but this time on a midge tip to land 8 commenting that static was key.
The day started off overcast which brighten before thunder and lighting called an early finish to the day. Keith Harding & Mike Clarke used buzzers under the bung to land 22 fish. The pair found the fish in Toft, Biggin Bay, Rainbow Corner and Croft shoal. Mr Brown & Mr Cairney landed 14 fish again on small buzzers size 12 and 14s. George Leaton fished a damsel to land 16 fish. While season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas used dries to land 16 fish a short 4-hour session before thunder and lightening stopped play.


Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Jim Dempsey Bedworth the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 373 Number Trout Taken: 215 Number Trout Released: 1395
Total Catch: 1610 Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until: 21:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:45
Boat Part Day: am 08:30 until 15:00 pm 15:00 until 21:45
Last 4 Hours from: 17:45 until 21:45 (Ticket sales available from 17:30)
Gutting Room Closes – 21:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00 hrs

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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 24th June 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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A windy start to the week with the winds up towards the high teens, however by the end of the week these had dropped giving way to some fantastic fishing conditions. The great top of the water fishing that had been seen towards the end of the previous week continued for most of this week with most of fish being caught in the top few feet of the water. Another busy week here at Draycote with 350 rods visiting landing a total of 1635 for a rod average of 1635.
A windy start to Monday with 18pmh winds coming from the south west with bright skies greeting anglers. Out on the rudder regular Rod Wilson was accompanied by his wife Sheryl for the day. The husband and wife team enjoyed a great day’s sport landing 13 fish between them on a Di 7 with tubes. Their 6 fish weighed an impressive 19lb 8oz with the biggest tipping the scales at 5lb 4oz. On the bank Terry Tappenden enjoyed great sport from Rainbow Corner landing 9 fish all on claret bob’s bits. Northern anglers Tim Grove and Gordon Byers enjoyed great sport on the first of their three-day break, landing 26 fish to the boat. The majority of their fish came to buzzer fished in Rainbow Corner, however a evening rise did prompt a switch to big reds continued the good sport throughout the day.
A drop on the winds and overcast conditions, saw some great returns on a variety of methods to give a rod average for the day of 6.5. Colin Day fished off the bank in Rainbow corner to land 7 fish on black buzzers. Season Ticket holder Brian Allwood also enjoyed a good day’s sport off the bank landing 9 fish again all to buzzers. Out on the boats fellow season ticket holder Tony Broadway fished with John Clifford and between them they landed 20 fish. In the morning they used tubes and minkies deep around the middle before changing to Big Reds in the afternoon. Gordon Byers & Tim Grove fished dries around the Outlet, Inlet and Rainbow Corner using Big reds to land 36 fish. Andy Birkett & Brett Vinall got the first day of three days break off to a flyer landing 31 fish. The pair fished around Rainbow Corner and D buoy using a mixture of dries and washing line techniques. Big reds and Crippled Midge being the best pattern on the dries and on the washing line hares’ ears and diawl bachs proved the most effective.
Wednesday saw the wind speed increase again making presentation slightly trickier, however, while the wind increased the cloud cover remained resulting in the fish staying near the surface. On the bank season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 8 fish all on Diawl Bachs in Rainbow Corner. Wednesday was clearly a day for Richard Walker’s as the other season ticket holder Richard Walker landed 17 fish from a boat using buzzers and nymphs from Rainbow Corner. Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall once again found the fish keen to take either dries or washing lined nymphs. The pair found that the bets tactic for the day was to drift out over the deeper water around B buoy and in the bigger wave a larger Midas proved to be the best fly. Season ticket holder John Dickens used crippled midge drifting towards A buoy to land 14 fish. Also out on the water was Gareth Jones and Steve Cullen the pair landed 37 fish between them using hoppers and daddies fished along the top dam wall. Gareth also landed a cracking 6lb brown from the top dam wall on a small suspender fry, pictures of the fish can be seen at www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.
A change in the wind direct Thursday with it swinging into the North West and like Monday blowing in the high teens. Peter Elliot & Lee Patten enjoyed a good day sport fishing all along the top dam wall and over the boils to land nearly 40 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish once again keen on the dries with big reds working but also fishing a washing line technique with hot head diawl bachs. John Hurst & Richard Wood enjoyed a real red letter day boating over 60 fish to the boat fishing over the boils with snakes. Season ticket holder Gordan Bramwell & boat partner K Cooke landed 23 fish to the boat drifting along the top dam wall on washing line and dries. Once again Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall enjoyed top quality sport landing 33 fish. The pair found that the fish didn’t really want dries on Thursday and that the best tactic was to use a washing line again with Hare’s Ears before a change to straight lining in the afternoon, with the best area being near A buoy. Paul Angell took advantage of the afternoon ticket to land 9 fish with 4 falling to a claret hopper fished dry and the other 5 to a washing line. Paul found that the best area was to drift around D buoy.
The wind dropped on Friday but remined in the North West, which gave much easier conditions for presenting a fly. Friday and the Civil Service held their national final with 28 anglers taking part from all different regions across the UK. The match was fished to a 4 fish kill limit with a further 8 fish released then stop fishing with no time bonus for quick finishes, this meant that landing good quality fish in the first 4 was needed. The 28 anglers landed an impressive 198 fish giving them a rod average of 7 of the match. Taking top honours was J Underwood whose 4 fish bag weight tipped the scales at 9lb 4oz which with his returned fish gave him a total weight of 25lb 4oz. The best tactics in the match were to fish around the boils and down the top dam wall either fishing a team of nymphs or pulling snakes. While there was no bonus for quick finishes K Thomas had his 12 fish by 11am, some going as the match only started at 9.30!
Outside the match Draycote members Tony Broadway & John Dews fished along the Tower Bank to land 8 and 9 fish each. Their best method was a tequila FAB on the point a black buzzer and then a diawl bach.
A hazy day Saturday which helped to mask the glare of the sun, as a result the fish where in the top 2ft of the water column. As you might expect in conditions like these dries played a massive part with the Welsh Youth team landing some great numbers on dries, fishing around the top dam wall, Tower Bank and the boils. Rudder specialists Ifor Jones & Jim Dempsey for the second Saturday in a row enjoyed great sport. Using di 3 sinking lines with a mix of snakes and tubes to land 31 fish. Another angler utilising the rudder to great effect was Melvin Severn who landed 9 fish during a half day fishing deep around B buoy with a tube. On the bank Mike Garner landed 7 fish from Biggin Bay and Lincroft Point on various bloodworm variants. Steve Gibson also fished off the bank to land a dozen fish from Biggin Bay all on black buzzers. Lester Booth & Martin Greatbatch enjoyed a good day’s sport on the dries landing 17 fish each all on dries, with shipman’s buzzers being the bets patterns. Shaun Higgins & Ian Bradfield enjoyed good sport landing 38 fish to the boat drifting near Rainbow Corner. Season Ticket holders Jim Smith & Ed Douglas landed over 30 fish to the boat all on dries with Big Reds being the best pattern fished along the top dam wall and coming out over the deep water around B Buoy.
A very hot flat calm day greeted the anglers on Sunday with temperatures over 25°C with little to no wind. As expected with such bright conditions after a day of near perfect conditions the day before the fish did not really feed and as a result the fishing was tricky. The Welsh youth team once again took to the water on the second day of their training weekend and did land 52 fish between their 9 boats. They found that in the hot weather the fish pulled well on the boils in the morning to blobs and other lures fished on intermediate line but then as the sun got hotter the fishing went much harder. Season ticket holder Richard Walker with boat partner Pete Davis enjoyed a good day’s sport in the tricky conditions landing 17 fish between them. Again, they found that fishing with lures and buzzers on the boil was the best tactic. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had limited success to CDC culs in the morning before the heat of the day took hold and then after that landed about 5 fish on various blobs and lures fished on sinkers again with the boils being the best area.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Nick Lant of Leicester the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 350 Number Trout Taken: 348 Number Trout Released: 1287
Total Catch: 1635 Weekly Rod Average: 4.67
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 07:30 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

Dates for the Diary
Alex Booth Annual Charity Match – Thursday 28thJune
Scierra Pairs - Sunday 29th July- To book please visit Scierra Pairs - Home (organiser Phil Dixon)
Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 4th August (Any Line) & Sunday 5th August (Floating line)- To book please visit Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships (organiser John Horsey)
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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 1st July 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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To say it has been a warm week would be somewhat of an understatement, with temperatures over 30°C on the warmer days and a positively cool 25°C on the not quite so hot days. This has made the weeks fishing particularly challenging as the water temperature in the top 18 inches has reached 21°C. However, some anglers have found the key to catching in the heat with some good scores posted in spite on the conditions. A total of 177 anglers visited the water landing a total of 231 for a rod average of 1.3 for the week.
Monday kicked off where Sunday had finished with a warm calm day to start with a ripple picking up in the afternoon. Out on the boats Mr D Priestley landed a catch of 6 fish from the boils on lures fished on a medium sinking line. Also, out on the boats but opting to fish in Rainbow Corner was the pairing of Tim Simpson & Paul Vincent who boated 5 fish between them on buzzer fished on a floating line.
Another seriously hot day Tuesday, but fortunately a ripple remained for most of the day for the anglers taking a slight edge of the serious heat of the day. Again, another tricky day but season ticket holder Peter Fisher enjoyed a good day’s sport boating 6 fish. Peter found the fish willing to take a goldhead damsel fished on the point on a longer leader from a floating line down in Toft. Mr G McCulloch landed 2 fish in the morning using a di 7 sinking line and a sparkler booby through the deep water in the middle. Mr A Campbell enjoyed the best of the sport fishing the last four hours to land 7 fish from the boils on sinkers.
An overcast start to the day with a cooler northerly breeze, although the cloud cover only lasted a few hours to once again be replaced with full sun. Geoff Preston fished for a few hours in the morning before it got to hot fishing over the top of middle shoal at P buoy with a wet cell 2 sinking line and a damsel. Fishing on the boils on sinking lines and snakes John Hurst and R Wood enjoyed a good days sport boating 11 fish on sinking lines and snakes. Mr T Lycett fished an orange blob on an intermediate line with a short leader near the nature reserve buoys in Toft to land 3 fish, including plenty of other takes and chances.
Thursday saw the Alex Booth host their annual charity match with 54 anglers taking to the water, given the conditions it was expected that the match would be a difficult one and this turned out to be the case with the anglers landing a total of 77 fish for a rod average of 1.4. The best areas seemed to be coming off the cornfield, down the Draycote Dam, across the boils and near A buoy. A variety of tactics were employed by the anglers with goldhead damsels catching, washing lined nymphs and the odd fish coming to dries. However a couple of anglers really found what the fish wanted on a difficult day and produced a fantastic bag in the hard conditions. Season ticket holder Paul Mitchell used a di 5 forty plus fished short, with two FABS and two Buzzers static. Paul drifted around A buoy and commented that all the takes came when the line was vertical. Also using this tactic to great effect was another season ticket holder Dave Kennell who boated 6 fish.
A cloudy start to the day Friday with a north eastly wind, which soon again gave way to sun with no cloud cover. Out for the morning Paul Davison fished Midas in the sun to boat 4 fish drifting through the middle. Dave East, was another angler to fish the morning landing 2 fish back drifting with tubes on a di 7 sinking line one again through the middle. However, the bets catch off the day came from Jamie Scott who landed 9 fish. Jamie found the fish coming out of Toft, Lincroft point and the boils. With the best tactic being sinking lines ranging from a di 3 to a di 7 with a mix of tubes and damsels with tubes over the boils on a di 7 taking most of the fish.
Overcast and breeze start to Saturday, with the winds in the north east. However the cloud only for the first hour which again like the rest of the week gave way to bright hot sunshine. Saturday regular Melvin Severn fished his usual double di 7 and a tube on the rudder to land 9 fish. Melvin fished in the deep water around B buoy and the top dam wall, amongst his 6 fish, where some cracking rainbows up to 5lb 9oz. Also using the rudder to great effect Jim Dempsey landed 6 fish on a Di 7 and a tube. John and Sean Hanlon had a good mornings sport fishing down in toft using di 8 sinking lines and tubes to land 8 fish between them. Mr P Cramp enjoyed a afternoon season fishing around the corner from Farnborough spit going into toft using a red sedgehog and buzzers.
Slightly lighter winds Sunday with the wind swinging slightly into the east. Fishing orange boobies by the Draycote Dam wall season ticket holders Martyn Price & Dave Hancox, landed 7 fish to the boat. Mr T Warden & I Stevens used snakes over the boils on sinking lines to land 8 fish between them for the day. Fishing the last four hours to avoid the main heat of the day was Matt Marston & Paul Murphy who again used snakes to land 6 fish from the boils with black and green snakes being the best colour combination.
Looking ahead to the coming week, there is hot weather forecast for the early part of the week, so the best tactics will continue to be fishing deep to drop below the 21°C surface temperatures. However, looking at the forecast for later in the week there is the chance of overcast conditions and rain which should hopefully drop the surface temperatures.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to M Severn of Loscoe the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 177 Number Trout Taken: 139 Number Trout Released: 92
Total Catch: 231 Weekly Rod Average: 1.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 07:30 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

Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
Scierra Pairs - Sunday 29th July- To book please visit Scierra Pairs - Home (organiser Phil Dixon)
Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT
Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 4th August (Any Line) & Sunday 5th August (Floating line)- To book please visit Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships (organiser John Horsey)
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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 8th July 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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On Wednesday 1st August, Draycote is hosting the Youth International and we require boatmen for the event. Would you be willing to give up a day and be a responsible adult for the boat? We will give all boatmen who volunteer for the day a free boat voucher for a two-man boat across our water. On top of this the Angling Trust will provide £30 cash for all the boatman . If you would like to assist being a boat man and helping the future anglers of our sport, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.

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The hot weather has continued, making the fishing challenging in the most part. With the surface water temperature continuing to increase and now sits at a steady 22.5°C at 7am and is increasing at 5pm to a bath like 25°C. The week started well with the fish tearing up the rule books about how to behave in hot weather and pulling back well to flies fish in shallow water. However, by the end of the week they had clearly got to the correct section of the rule book and had dropped deep. A total of 153 anglers visited the water landing a total of 440 fish for a rod average of 2.9.
The week began with a north easterly wind of around 16mph, helping to turn over the top few feet of the water and reduce the surface temperature. Rod Wilson fished on the rudder around the deep water at the Draycote Dam in the morning before moving to the boils in the afternoon landing 13 fish. Rod’s best tactic was to fish very close to the bottom using two 7 inch a second sinking lines spliced together with a gold tube. Jared Burton came for an afternoon boat and having looked at the wind direction decided that the back of the wind in Toft was going to where he concentrated his effort. This proved to be a very good call as Jared landed 15 fish using a RIO Aqualux using various snakes with white being the best colour. Jared’s best area in Toft was around 60 yards off the bank at Greys barn and drifting out.
While the hot weather continued for Tuesday the high winds the day before had clearly done some good in cycling the hot water which resulted in a rod average of 8. Jeff Ide fished with Alice Thompson and the pair landed 12 fish to the boat in Toft using green diawl bachs. Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton tried various places across the lake with Toft being the hotspot landing 6 fish on pink lures fished on sinking lines. After a morning with just a couple of pulls father and son team Dave & Angus Robertson didn’t hold out much hope for the afternoon. However, the day turned around completely after a move to Toft finishing the day with 26 fish to the boat. The pair used blobs on a Di 3 after lunch ahead of a switch to dries for the last three hours. Which produced some fantastic sport including double hook ups and fish galore.
Another hot bright day Wednesday, Dave & Angus Robertson returned hoping to repeat the success of the previous day. However, their day turned out to be the opposite of the day before. With the pair landing 10 fish through the morning and the early afternoon before getting no fish for the later part of the day which had been their purple batch the day before. On the bank Richard Walker fished by the willow tree in toft to land a couple of fish in the morning on diawl bachs. Season ticket holder Pete Fisher fished in Toft on a floating line with a gold head damsel and a hot head caddis in the morning. Before changing to red and orange dries on the afternoon & early evening it was these tactics that landed Pete 12 fish for the day. Derek Moore & Felicity Appleton returned and fished in Toft to land 15 fish between them. Mr Oliver fished for a morning off the boats to land a dozen fish suing green diawl bachs with a white booby on the point.
The wind changed around to the North East with temperatures reaching towards the high 20s low 30s Thursday. Season ticket holder Peter Elliot took to the water with Stuart Lee from Canada to boat 35 fish from Toft and then the boils. Mr D Priestley fished with wets on the boils to and 10 fish with his best pattern being a leaded gold ribbed hares ear. Gordan Bramwell and K Cooke fished on the boils with a mix of floating and sinking lines to land 19 fish. Fishing away from the boils season ticket holder Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell landed 12 fish using a washing lines near the inlet including some cracking 3lb rainbows. Philip Malbott enjoyed great sport using damsels deep to land 14 fish.
After the all the hot days the week the fish had certainly dropped deep and didn’t really want to play ball by the time Friday rolled around. The best catch from the day came to Jamie Scott who boated an impressive 14 fish from the boils. Jamie used a Di 7 sinking line with a variety of flies to keep catching during the day. Jamie had sport to tubes, pink snakes and blobs with most of fish coming at around 1h2 down. Graham Homer took to the water with Mr Taylor & Mr Butler and between them landed 14 fish, again off the boils. Season ticket holders Dave Atkins and John Hanlon enjoyed a good evenings sport landing 5 fish off the boils on dries with daddies being the best pattern as well as lots lost in play.
Saturday saw Draycote play host to the 2018 HASSRA competition fishing to shortened match hours due to the football of 9-2. The 18 competitors landed 25 fish for a rod average of 1.38. The fishing started off extremely difficult for the competitors as the aerators were switched off for the morning due to some works in the morning. The top rod was Mr Tarbet from Scotland who landed 6 fish on a 7 inch per second sinking line and a weighted tube. Outside of the competition the best catches came to the rudder boats with Melvin Severn landing 6 fish using his double di 7 tactic and a tube. Where as Jim Dempsey used a RIO Deep 7 and tubes to land 5 fish from the deep water around B buoy and the top dam wall. Also, out on the water was in house guide Lee Henfrey guiding a competitor ahead of next weekend’s England qualifier. The pair caught come cracking fish including a fantastic 6lb rainbow. If you have upcoming competitions why not book a guided session with England Internationals & in-house guides Tom and Lee to see how they would approach the water. To book a session or to discuss the options please call Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird on 01788 812018.
Several local clubs headed out on the water Sunday to brave the heat to see what fish they could tempt to take the flies in the hot warm water. Most anglers on the day headed over to the cool water produced by the aerators. Most of the anglers who fished the boils boated 3 or 4 fish to snakes on sinking lines as well as loosing some while playing. However, anglers such as Adam Gumby from Leicester Fly Fishers moved away from the boils opting to fish the deep water around the top dam wall and B buoy. This proved to be a good call for Adam as he landed 7 fish using a fast sinker and boobies. Unfortunately for Adam he did loss 4 of his fish in a bass bag over the side in the deep water. George Leaton started on the boils before moving away to D buoy and did well catching on a di 5 sinking line and boobies. Ronnie Gent & Richard Slater enjoyed good sport again on sinking lines to land 10 fish with the pair concentrating on the drop offs into the deep water.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to J Dempsey of Bedworth the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 153 Number Trout Taken: 150 Number Trout Released: 290
Total Catch: 440 Weekly Rod Average: 2.9
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 07:30 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

Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
Scierra Pairs - Sunday 29th July- To book please visit Scierra Pairs - Home (organiser Phil Dixon)
Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT
Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships (organiser John Horsey)

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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 29th July 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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A week of two halves with the first part, continuing in the same form as the previous two with temperatures well into the 20s with light winds and bright sun. However, by the end of the week the temperatures had dropped down around 15°C bringing some much needed winds to help cool surface temperatures. This drop in temperatures helped to bring the fish towards the surface meaning that some fantastic top of the water sport could be had. Overall a total of 116 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 353 trout for a rod average of 3.
Monday started warm with high cloud and a light south westerly wind. Rod Wilson took to the water to land 6 fish from the boils on a di 7 sinking line and a gold tube. Season ticket holders Jim Smith & Ed Douglas had a good day’s sport landing 17 but it wasn’t till 6pm when they found the method to unlocking the door to success. Using a di 8 with cormorants around A & B buoy before a change to dries for the last hour.
A cloudy start to Tuesday which soon brightened up to another warm day by 11am. Mr Mclean fished a black a green snake on a sinking line by C Buoy to boat 4 fish. Season ticket holder Jim Hall also landed 4 fish fishing around the boils and B Buoy. Darren Fox out for an afternoon landed 4 fish drifting between A-B buoy with Midas being the best flies.
A very warm day Wednesday which saw the surface water temperature start the day at 25°C. As expected these flat very hot conditions made for some challenging fishing for those anglers who headed out on the day. Stephen Mclean fished with a di 7 sinking line and a mix of hot head damsels and gold humungous on the boils to land 8 fish on a very tricky day. Season ticket holder Jim Smith fished a last four hour on dries to land 5 fish over the deep water around B buoy and then the boils. In House guide Lee Henfrey took Darren Fox out for an afternoon guide with the pair landing 10 fish between them in a 4 hour guide. The pair used sinking lines with a mix and cormorants and boobies around B buoy.
Terrible conditions with not a breath of wind all day and bright sun Thursday resulted in only a boat going out landing 1 fish apiece of the boils. Friday saw the start if the much needed cooler temperatures and overcast conditions. This saw the fishing improve overnight. However, it wasn’t till later in the day around 6pm when the fish really started to pull back. Season ticket holder Jim Smith hit this window on a last four hour landing 15 fish all on orange daddies fished just underneath the surface. Jim found that the key was to just move them slightly and the fish would and lock up, with b buoy being the hotspot.
A windy wet day Saturday, with strong south westerly winds. The rudder lads Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey found these conditions great enjoying good sport landing 12 fish to the boat using a mixture of snakes and tubes on di 7 sinking lines. Paul Davison enjoyed good sport fishing midas landing 14 fish across Rainbow Corner and going towards B buoy and out from the Draycote Dam. Scott Graham practicing for the Scierra Pairs the following day used a floating line with 2 FABS and 2 nymphs to enjoy great sport drifting out of Rainbow corner and commented at one stage he couldn’t get his flies back the boat without a fish on.
Sunday saw Draycote host the final round of the Scierra pairs with 16 pairs all fishing for 4 places in final at Grafham in September. The match fished to a 3.2 fish rod average with 3 pairs all catching their 12 fish limits, with a further 3 pairs all with 10. So it was very close affair for the 4 places in the final. Winning the day, Gary Owen & Dom Sheratte who fished around Rainbow corner and A buoy with Gary on dries while Dom pulled tubes on a di 5 sweep. In second place was new member of staff Mark Haycock and Neil Deakin who used pink snakes again on a di 5 sweep around Rainbow Corner and A buoy. In third season ticket holder Alec Urquhart & Bernie Maher used dries and snatchers on floating lines to land their 12 fish. Then in 4th beating Draycote Ranger Lee Henfrey & Ronnie Gent by half a pound was Scott Graham & Paul Morris who used the same tactics as the day before to land 10 fish again with A buoy and Rainbow coroner being the hotspot. Outside of the competition Matt & Callum Russel landed over 20 fish to the boat including some fantastic overwintered fish but kept the tactics close to their chest as Callum is competing in the youth international on Wednesday.
Looking ahead to the coming week Draycote looks forward to hosting all the home nations on Monday and Tuesday ahead of the youth international on Wednesday. With the water temperature cooling off over the weekend and the fish coming up in the water we are expecting to have some good sport for the nations and wish them all the best of luck.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mark Harrison from Walsall who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 116 Number Trout Taken: 132 Number Trout Released: 221
Total Catch: 353 Weekly Rod Average: 3.0
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:15
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 21:30
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: 21:30
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
Scierra Pairs - Sunday 29th July- To book please visit Scierra Pairs - Home (organiser Phil Dixon)
Youth International Wednesday 1st August- PLEASE NOTE ALL BOATS ARE BOOKED FOR THIS EVENT
Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships (organiser John Horsey)
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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 5th August 2018
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A busy week as Draycote played host to the 2018 Youth Home International with Teams from England, Scotland, Wales & Ireland all competing for the chance to take home the Gold medal. A total of 357 rods visited the fishery landing a total of 554 trout for a rod average of 1.5 for the week.
After the weekends high winds and cool temperatures, the week started with a 2 degree drop in water temperature and overcast conditions. This looked a great omen for some improved sport just in time for all the youth teams arriving. The drop in surface water temperatures teamed with good overhead conditions, certainly did the trick with good catches reported by all the nations. England reported an impressive 35 fish caught by the team, Scotland 25 and similar numbers for Ireland and Wales. The tactics on the day seamed to be focusing on fishing the top 5 feet of the water column with dries, washing lining or pulling wets and boobies on di 3 sinking lines. The fish seemed to be well spread across the lake with anglers catching from Rainbow Corner and down in Toft Shallows.
Tuesday saw a slightly different day weather wise with lighter winds and bright skies. As a result, this made the fishing slightly more challenging. With the fish dropping deeper in the water. While some fish still came to the dries in the bright weather it was the blobs, boobies and cormorants that tempted the fish with the best lines being di 3 & di 5s. The areas remained much the same with Rainbow corner looking like a hotspot as well as G buoy in Toft. However, later in the day the Welsh youth team did catch well over at E buoy drifting towards Lincroft point.
A bright start the international match day but as the teams started their procession up to the boats being led by the traditional piper the cloud started to role in. A great excitement around the fishery the start of the match. With some fantastic patriotism being shown by all nations flying the country colours. At the start of the match the boats split evenly with half the field heading up towards the Draycote Dam with 3 heading for Rainbow Corner and the rest C buoy and the tower. The remaining boats headed down towards G buoy and Toft. After a few hours after taking a drive out the safety boat it was clear it was going to be a very tight match. With all the nations seeming to be getting one and twos but no one running away with it. At the end of the day it was a very close affair with good catches from all nations with Zach Neufeild, doing well for Scotland with 5 with a number of fours from all nations. After a very tense weight in the results were announced.
1st Scotland 26 2nd England 23 3rd Wales 21 4th Ireland 20.
A very close match with only 2lb 12oz separating Scotland and England. The best tactics for the day seemed to be dries for most of the anglers who used a mix of orange daddies, big reds and midas. The top areas seemed to be around the Inlet, outlet and Rainbow Corner. With the top individual Zach from Scotland fishing tight into the inlet.
From everyone at the fishery we would like to thank all the anglers and coaches from all nations who made hosting the event an absolute pleasure. A special thanks must also be given to the boatman & ladies who gave up the time, as without you the match would not be able to go ahead.
After the cool days at the start if the week Thursday saw the temperatures increase again. However, the previous days cool weather had dropped the water temperature enough that we were able to stock 1,050 fin perfect trout over in the deep water at Dunn’s Bay. Despite the water weather and sun the fish continued to pull back with a rod average for the day of 4. Dennis Tidmarsh fished around the boils with a mix of lures to land 6 fish. While the boat of Richard Walker and N Barber landed 24 fish to the boat fishing in the boils. Season ticket holder Graham Homer enjoyed good sport in a short session landing 4 out in the middle on traditional wets. In House guide Lee Henfrey good regular client John O’Hara out with John enjoying great sport landing 16 fish. John under Lee’s watchful eye used a di 5 forty plus with a white booby snake. John and Lee commented how they caught nearly everywhere they went but that there was a main concentration of fish at the flat stones off the dam. Top honours of the day went to the boat of John Goldie & John Poote who landed an impressive 30 fish using green buzzers on a floating line drifting between A & B buoy before moving to the boils to continue catching on red holographic diawl bachs.
A difficult day Friday with another hot day putting the fish off the fed for most of the day. However, they did come on in the evening with the brotherly team of Michael & Richard Hanlon landed 12 fish on a last four hour ticket fishing in the boils. Visiting from California, Chasen Yuen and Dad Chris landed 4 fish on daddies fished in the boils.
A cloudy start to Saturday, although, the sun did soon break through around 11am. Stan Suddick enjoyed good sport boating 11 fish from the boils on a floating line and a team of nymphs. Glyn Williams used a team of diawl bachs to tempt 10 fish with the aerators again producing the goods, but this time fished on a intermediate line. Mr Middleton used dries and boobies to great effect landing 10 fish with the aerators being the hotspot. Draycote also hosted the English Premier Performance league (EPP) with some of the top anglers’ fishing as part of the their league of matches hoping to gain a place in the world and European team for the next year. A difficult day with the best tactics for the lads being either to fish dries for the morning session or to pull zonkers on a di 5 or di 7 sweep.
A very warm day with temperatures in the 30s for the anglers heading out on the water Sunday. Mark Goodge from Leicester all abilities fly fishers enjoyed a good days sport landing 6 fish all on dabblers and hare ears fished on a floating line. Ian Bradfield also from the all abilities had a good day landing 11 fish on a di 3 using a black and green lure. The EPP also returned Sunday for the final round with the best tactics on the day being a di 5 sweep with either pink or black zonkers. With sparklers on the same line also producing the goods. Mid North Hants also fished Sunday in their Chairman’s Trophy with Mark Frost taking the top honours with a 4 fish bag weight of 9lb 8 oz including a cracking 3lb 3oz rainbow.
Looking ahead to next week the weather is set to break Thursday with temperatures cooling off towards the 20s with the chance of some rain forecast that should hopefully bring the fish back up towards the surface looking for food. Saturday also sees another ‘Boat Tuition Day’ being ran by Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird. There’re still places available on the day please visit Tuition Days | Fly Fish Tuition for more infomation.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Dave Bailey from Markfield who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 357 Number Trout Taken: 179 Number Trout Released: 375
Total Catch: 554 Weekly Rod Average: 1.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 21:00
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:00
Last 4 Hours from: 17:00 until 21:00 (Ticket sales available from 16:45)
Gutting Room Closes – 20:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
Angler World Fly Fishing Championship- Saturday 11th August (Any Line) & Sunday 12th August (Floating line)- To book please visit Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships (organiser John Horsey)
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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 26th August 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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A much cooler week overall, with heavy showers at times and overnight temperatures, down into single figures towards the back end of the week. As a result, the water temperature at the time of writing the report was holding at a more trout friendly 18°C. Causing the fish to move higher in the water column with dries and washing line on a floater accounting for good numbers of fish. Overall a total of 214 anglers visited the fishery for a rod average of 3.1 landing a total of 656 fish.
A sunny start to the week, however, by 11am the cloud arrived making for near perfect conditions. Season ticket holder Ian Reeve fished for the afternoon from a boat landing 6 fish. The most successful tactic for Ian was washing lined Diawl Bachs on a floating line with a FAB around X buoy, although, he did take 2 on a pink snake. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall kicked off the first of their three day break in fine form boating 18 between them. The pair found the best tactics to be fishing a washing line with a mix of Diawl Bachs, buzzers and hares’ ears with either a FAB or Humongous booby on the point. The best drifts seemed to be around P buoy in the afternoon and then over the aerators. Fishing the last four hours Richard Pelly boated 6 fish all on a big red fishing in the scum lanes either side of the aerators.
Conditions Tuesdays where the complete opposite to the day before with a cloudy start that saw the sun break through towards the afternoon. With the arrival of the sun, the boat of Andy & Brent decided to drop down slightly in the water column and straight line the same nymphs as the previous day. This proved to be a good call as they boated 16 fish, again over the aerators, but drifts from the Draycote Dam to B buoy with a washing line proved affective in the morning. Tony Baldwin enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 15 fish from around J & N buoy. In the morning Tony landed 8 fishing dries, before a switch to washing lining in the afternoon. Tony’s washing line set up consisted of a claret hopper on the top dropper, two nymphs in the middle then a FAB on the point all fished on a midge tip.
Overcast with an increase in wind speeds on the Wednesday, promised to provide good sport. However, the fish had not read the rule book and proved to be slightly tricky. Andy & Brent finished their 3 day break by landing 11 fish, once again using nymphs fished static through the boils. Although the pair found success using a di 3 sinking line with crunchers drifting off the Draycote Dam. Season ticket holder Dave Atkins enjoyed good sport from the aerators landing 8 fish on a washing line set up with pheasant tail nymphs and a yellow FAB. Also, out on the water was Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird who took 11 year old Finlay out to see if he could land his first fish on his brand new Redington Minnow outfit purchased for his birthday. After a short casting lesson, it wasn’t long before Fin had landed his first fish on his new rod and was beaming from ear to ear. To see the picture please visit www.facebook.com/flyfishstore to talk to Tom about an experience session for your child to get them hooked on Fly Fishing ring the lodge on 01788 812018.
Lucky the fish had read the rule book for the anglers when the great conditions arrived Thursday with light winds and overcast skies all day, resulting in the rod average shot up to 5.3. Peter Elliot fished around A & B Buoy to land 14 fish with 4 on dries before switching to washing lined crunchers to land the further 10. Season ticket holder Gordon Bramwell fished with boat partner Ken Cooke, enjoying great sport with over 30 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around the aerators then drifting around A,B & C buoy with a mix of washing line and dries. John Dickens stuck to dries all day landing 15 fish with a size 12 red Bob’s Bits being his best pattern.
Gusty winds and rain showers mixed with sunny spells saw the fish slightly knock off the fed from the great rod average of Thursday. Mr D Nataly & Danny Lovegrove landed 11 fish on orange daddies, bloodworm and black & gold humongous fished round C buoy drifting on to the aerators. The boat of John Hurst & Peter Watson landed 14 fish on pink snakes and boobies fished near the surface on intermediate lines. The best boat on the day was that of William Riddick’s & Alastair Murphy with 18 fish to the boat. However, they were keeping the tactics tight to their chest ahead of the Fly Dressers Guild John Watts trophy the next day.
Saturday saw Draycote host the Fly Dressers Guild (FDG) for the John Watts competition. With 54 anglers taking part making up teams of 4 from FDG regions all around the country. A total of 156 fish were caught for a rod average of 2.9 The winning team was Newhaylie Fly Fishers who landed an impressive 26 fish. With the competition top rod Alastair Murphy with an impressive 9 fish, helping Newhaylie to the win. The team had found the fish drifting from the Draycote Dam wall to B buoy. Then out over the open water as well as all the way down the Draycote Dam drifting to the valve tower and C buoy. The method employed by the team was to fish a 3ft midge tip with 2 black or bibio hoppers and a tequila FAB on the point. Outside the competition rudder regulars Jim Dempsey & Ifor Jones landed 15 fish between them going down the boils with tubes and snakes on a di 3 sinking line.
A lovely start to Sunday with light winds and overcast conditions, this soon changed by 10am with the arrival of the rain and then the wind by lunch time turning the day into a wet and windy affair. The rain stayed all day and as a result at 3pm in the afternoon there was only one boat left on the water. George Leaton landed 3 in his short time on the water using a tequila FAB on a di 3 sinking line. The boat of Mick O’Farrell and Son Darren landed 3 fish between them on dries before the rain got the better of them. The best catch of the day went to Michael Hanlon who landed 5 fish in his morning session, fishing over the deep water near the Draycote Dam. Michael found the fish keen to take washing lines hoppers with a small FAB on the point on a floating line.
Looking ahead to next week the weather is set to remain cooler, with overnight temperatures hitting single figures. This has already helped to drop the water temperature by 2°C in two days. If the water temperature continues to drop should start to see the fish more and more on the top and catches to dry flies increase just in time for the return of the daddies.
Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day. Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018. All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Ifor Jones from Perton the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 157 Number Trout Taken: 130 Number Trout Released: 261
Total Catch: 391 Weekly Rod Average: 2.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 20:15
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 20:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 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: 20:45
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
English Youth National – ! Request for Boatmen!
Draycote is pleased to once again be hosting the English Youth National which will take place on Sunday 9th September. However, to help make the event as successful as possible we are looking for volunteer boatmen for the day. Their role is predominantly to ensure the young anglers have a safe & enjoyable day, fishing fairly and in a friendly spirit. Competitors will all be looking to fulfil their dream of competing for England in next year’s youth international. If you have an interest in assisting us with this event as a volunteer boatman, please contact the lodge on 01788 812018.
All boatmen will receive a free boat voucher in appreciation of their assistance. These will be valid for use at any of our fisheries.

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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 9th September 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Another cooler week teamed with light winds and overcast conditions saw several perfect days, resulting in some excellent rod averages. The continuing cooler nights have also helped to drop the water temperature down further, with the mercury hitting 17°C at the time of writing the report. Overall a total of 238 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 1,297 fish for a rod average of 5.4.
A flat calm start to the week, which looked like it could have proved challenging to present the flies effective to catch good numbers. However, the fish reacted well to the conditions and could be seen moving just under the surface for much of the day. Season ticket holders Jim Smith & Ed Douglas had an absolute red letter day and couldn’t put a foot wrong. With a score a cricketer would have proud of. The pair found most of their fish around A & M buoy drifting towards the Hensbrough bank with what little wind there was. The best tactic was to fish a RIO Midge Tip Long with a cat booby on the point and then cormorants on the droppers. In the evening however, quite a stiff northly wind picked up and a change of areas and tactics was needed. Jim & Ed moved up to the Draycote Dam drifting down from the tower on dries with hoppers and big reds being the best patterns. Kevin Rees opted for dries all day, fishing around C buoy and the aerators to land another impressive score of 29 with bobs bits, crippled midge and hoppers being his top patterns.
The northerly wind from the previous day remained for Tuesday bringing a chill with it. John Dews and Tony Broadway fished washing line technique around N buoy drifting towards Hensbrough before drifting the middle around P buoy to land 19 fish between them. Peter Elliot stuck to dries all day to land 25 fish finding success in the boils to start with before finding great afternoon sport around P buoy using bobs bits. Richard walker fished over the aerators using snakes on intermediates to tempt 13 fish to the boat. Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird took Keith Back out on a 8 hour guiding landing fish in the morning over the boils on an olive weightless snake fished on a RIO Aqualux. Before a change for the last hour and half to dries and drifting down the top dam wall resulted in a further 7 fish on the boat with Harry Potter’s being the top pattern. To book a guide for your next session call the lodge on 01788 812018. Gary Turner & Dad Dave enjoyed tremendous sport on a last four hour ticket boating 18 fish all on Big Reds.
A lovely cloudy day Wednesday meant some great dry fly sport, the only problem was when the sun broke through at around 3pm the fish weren’t as keen to poke their noses through. Lester Booth & Nigel Nixon landed 30 fish to the boat on dries in the morning and then washing line in the afternoon with red shipmen’s being the best pattern. They found the fish around the tower and towards C buoy and then across the middle. Dave Kennell & Alec Urquhart landed 13 fish using daddies fished on a floating line, the key was to fish them dry and then if nothing came and ate figure of eight them just subsurface.
A sunny start to the day but the cloud soon rolled in around mid morning. Once again season ticket holders Ed & Jim took the boat landing 50 fish between them. The tactics for the day where like Monday with washing line on the RIO Midge Tip Long producing the results, with the stand out pattern being a gold arsed cat booby. The pair found the best drifts on the day to be from D buoy just off Dunn’s Bay to P buoy then from P down to Lincroft shoal and F buoy. Kevin Rees stuck to dries all day with Bob’s Bits and hoppers producing landing 22 fish on bob’s bits and hopper. Welsh anglers Phil Wood & Brian Parry enjoyed a great day landing 58 fish from D buoy to the open water using a long midge tip with boobies and cormorants.
A sunny start to the day with winds swinging a little more into the south west. Lester Booth & Phil Hallam landed 32 fish on dries with ginger hoppers and big red being the best pattern with the Draycote Dam to the middle being the best areas. Paul Mitchell and Dave Kennell landed 21 fish on daddies and washing line in the same areas. Mark Hunt landed 8 fish on diawl bachs through the middle and then in Biggin Bay with the bets fish being a 4lb 6oz rainbow. Phil Wood and Brian Parry once again enjoyed great sport washing lining through the middle on a mix of cat boobies and cormorants. On the bank Tony Ward enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 6 fish from Biggin Bay on black diawl bachs. Brian Warwick also enjoyed good sport from Biggin picking up 5 fish.
Saturday saw a cloudy start with the wind in the south west, which strengthened as the day wore on, as the wind increased it also brought in some rain. On the bank father son team of Nick & Martin Hollingshead landed 7 fish from the Swan’s nest & Biggin Bay on a Montana and buzzers. Also, on the bank Mike Garner landed 5 fish from Tower bank all on crunchers. Ed Upton & son Will landed 24 fish between them on dries and washing line from various areas of the lake. Corey & Chad Russel boated 26 with most of their fish coming from drifts off the Draycote Dam wall on dries. Tom Finney & Jonathan Fromant also used washing line and dry fly tactics to land 21 fish with drifts around P Buoy and D Buoy proving successful. William Crawford used slightly different tactics to the rest of the anglers to land 10 fish. Will found the fish keen to chase a cat booby on a di 5 sweep line drifting near A buoy.
On Sunday Draycote played host to the Youth National Championship with 21 juniors’ fishing for a place in the 2019 England Youth Team. The comp was a complete catch and release match with all fish measured and released. The day was broken into two 3 hour session with place points being used. Windy conditions made presentation a challenge. After several of the lads caught well on washing line techniques and dries on practice it was pulling flies on a di 5 sweep that produced the goods for the match with drifts around A buoy being the most successful area. Winning the day was Harrison Douds who caught 9 fish for 6 place points. Using a gold arsed cat booby on the point a cormorant in the middle then a tequila blob on the top dropper. In second place was Jake Leake and third Corey Russell. Draycote would like to congratulate all the qualifiers and thank the boatmen for giving up their time as without them these events couldn’t happen.
Outside the match Andrew Marton & Spencer Williams landed 38 fish on diawl bachs and hares ears drifting from Rainbow corner out on the open water.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to T Evans from Kirkby In Ashfield. the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 238 Number Trout Taken: 189 Number Trout Released: 1108
Total Catch: 1297 Weekly Rod Average: 5.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 19:45
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 19:45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:00 PM 14:00 until 19:45
Last 4 Hours from: 15:45 until 19:45 (Ticket sales available from 15:00)
Gutting Room Closes – 19:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 20:15
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
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!
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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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 7th October 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
This past week at Draycote has seen just about every weather condition possible. We’ve had days of bright sunshine followed by overcast conditions, leading into the Saturday which was downright awful. All in all though, the place has fished well. Bank anglers are definitely getting the better end of things now, outperforming the boats on most days. The fish are tight in along the margins, right under the bank anglers feet, and boat anglers are being told that where possible, they should be trying to get their point fly onto the bank. Although lures are doing quite well as are dries, most fish this week have been caught on small hares ears, diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a floating or midge tip line.
This week 327 anglers caught a total of 1631 fish, giving us a weekly rod average of 4.9.
A fairly quiet Monday saw the cornfield fish well from the bank, with Ian Richardson netting 7 fish on crunchers. A buoy in rainbow corner and H buoy in toft was producing well for the boats with Mr P Sanders and Mr A Campbell both netting good bags of fish on dries.
Gusty conditions greeted us on Tuesday, although the overcast conditions which remained all day did help. Gordon Slack, Tony Broadway, Peter Allan, Colin Grainger, Jim Hall, Don Roper, Brian Allwood and Brian Warwick all had good catches from the bank in a variety of areas along the north shore, mainly on wets. The boats had a bit of a rough time out on the water, but Geoff Preston made the best of it on the rudder, netting 5 fish from the middle of the reservoir.
Wednesday was a very different day, slightly warmer with a light north westerly breeze and decent cloud cover. Mr C J Day caught 9 fish from the bank in toft shallows on nymphs and damsels. Ed Douglas caught and released 18 fish from a drifting boat, all on dries. Alan Grant netted 7 fish from the boat, including a 4lb 8oz brown. Ian Richardson caught 10 fish from the bank in toft using crunchers and floating fry patterns. The boat pairing of Brent Vinall and Andy Birkett netted 23 fish on “All sorts of patterns”, including dries and pin fry patterns pulled on a DI3. It was good to see Eugene Hughes out on the water, with 22 fish to the boat from around P, X and Y buoy on a DI5 sweep and a humungus.
Thursday dawned with an overcast start but became bright and breezy by the afternoon. Again the reservoir was in excellent form, with Peter Elliott and Lee Patten knocking out 40 fish between them from the bank. Tony Boadway, again fishing from the bank netted 10 whilst Mr G Barlow caught 7. Season permit holder John Dickens ventured out on a boat and caught 11 fish on dries such as bobs bits and the ever deadly crippled midge. Soldier palmers where the fly of the day for Peter Fisher as he boated 11 fish and remarked on a “ lovely day, but hard work”.
Friday looked like a great day to be out on the water with good cloud cover and a light south westerly breeze. The bank was extremely busy and fished very well, with plenty of positive comments on the catch return. Brian Warwick, Tony Broadway Brian Allwood and Ian Richardson, to mention just a few, all caught good bags on a variety of patterns in the cornfield and biggin bay. They used flies such as floating fry patterns, red hoppers, diawl bachs and back and peacock spiders. Out on the water the boats were enjoying good sport as well with Terry Evans and Joe Bilinski netting 23 fish on dries. Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had over 20 fish each to the boat, also using a variety of dry fly patterns. Mr M E Moore boated 13 fish on daddies and bobs bits. Howard Rutter netted 5 fish from a boat using diawl bachs on a washing line. John Hoskins caught 11 fish on lures.
Saturday was an awful day weather wise, with heavy rain and very blustery conditions. Although this didn’t seem to dampen some anglers spirits as boat and bank anglers returned some good numbers at the end of the day. Neil Coulson and Glyn Yeates caught well into double figures from a boat as did Andy Cooper and Neil Deakin, who remarked on an “ Excellent Day”. Another boat pair who did really well in the conditions where Iain Barr and Ed Foster, with 37 fish to the boat. Jim hall caught and released 10 fish from the bank including a 5lb brownie, whilst Mr A Joseph caught 1 good perch of 2lb plus.
Sunday started mild and overcast and then very quickly brightened up, looking like a good day for fishing. Again the bank performed well with Mr N Scowen and Mr M Will catching 31 fish between them. Tony and Ruth Kirk did well from the bank with 12 fish on diawl bachs and hares ears. Neil and Martin Hollingshead also had a dozen fish from the bank on crunchers whilst fishing at the swans nest. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught 15 fish from the bank on diawl bachs and cormorants. Iain Barr and Andy Axon had 37 fish to the boat whilst Stuart Ellins and Craig Barr caught 17. Iain Scott netted 12 fish from a boat and remarked on “a very good day”.


Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr T Evans from Kirkby in Ashfield, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 327 Number Trout Taken: 227 Number Trout Released: 1404
Total Catch: 1631 Weekly Rod Average: 4.9
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:30
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 18:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 18:30
Last 4 Hours from: 14:30 until 18:30 (Ticket sales available from 14:15)
Gutting Room Closes – 18:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 19:00
Guiding & Tuition.
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Dates for the Diary
Fur & Feather
This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.
1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair
2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each
3rd Prize Box Chocolates
Largest Fish Bottle Spirits
The match will be fished to fishery rules and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018.

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 11th November 2018
Telephone Number 01788 812018
We’ve had a good week here at Draycote with an excellent rod average for the time of year, despite some testing weather conditions. Strong winds blew in from the south bringing some heavy rain at times, with some thunder storms on Saturday. The bank has been fishing extremely well along the north shore, despite the fact that anglers have had to cast into the breeze. The swans nest has also fished well, mainly on a washing line with buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs. Boat anglers have faired well fishing along the Farborough dam and over Croft shoal. They have been using mainly sinking lines and lure patterns, although some anglers used dries to good effect over the shallow water on Croft shoal. This week 175 rods caught a total of 669 fish giving us a weekly rod average of 3.5.
South Easterly winds started the week off on Monday with overcast conditions that last until around mid-morning. It was then the sun broke out to give a beautiful Autumnal day with temperatures hitting 18°C. On the bank from the Cornfield John Hall landed 8 fish on a small black lures fished on a floating line just drawn along the near the surface. John commented on how all the fish he spooned were full of small black snails. Mark Sturges also fished the bank from Rainbow Corner to land 7 fish using a washing line. Season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft enjoyed good mornings sport landing 5 fish again on a washing line including a fantastic 6lb rainbow that was loving returned to the water. Kevin Rees fished in Biggin Bay near the Old Pipe on washing lined shrimps with a washed out FAB on the point. On the boats Ed Douglas landed 22 with 15 of these coming to dries fished over the shallow water on Croft Shoal. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a good day with Foremark & Thornton staff member Andy Dermot landing over 20 fish on olive snakes on a di 7 sinking line.
Warm overcast conditions with a flat calm start to Tuesday with the winds increasing to a ripple around mid-morning. Lee Patten & Peter Elliot fished on Lincroft point using a washing line with hare’s ear crunchers to land 25 fish between them. Just along the bank from Lee and Peter was season ticket holder Brian Allwood. Using small black buzzers again on a washing line Brian landed 9 fish. Out on the boats Peter Fisher fished around X Buoy landing 27 fish with the majority coming on a dry solder palmer. Fellow season ticket holder Tony Broadway & John Dews landed 32 back drifting over Musborough Shoal using di 7 sinking lines and snakes. Jude Tuffs & Dave East also swapped bank for boat landing 22 fish on a mixture of methods, with some coming to dries over the top of Croft Shoal before switching to snakes in the deeper water around the edge of the shoal.
The wind picked up Wednesday to around 22mph coming from the South making the fishing challenging for both the bank and boat anglers. Rodger Davies fished in rainbow corner landing 4 on minkies from the Overflow. Mr T Carrol fished in Rainbow Corner using a very small homemade white lure to take 3 fish. On the boats Eddie Mitchell & Dave Kennell landed 7 fish between them on snakes and other lures fished on a di 5 dinking lines drifting frim Rainbow Corner out towards A Buoy.
The strong winds of the previous day reduced slightly but it was still a gusty day with rain at times. Again, a difficult day was experienced by the anglers taking to the water. Jim Hall fished the bank from the Swan’s Nest landing 6 fish on shrimp patterns fished on a washing line. Fishing near the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay Kevin Rees & John Dickens both washing lined shrimp patterns close to the shore to land 8 fish between them. Mr Honour & Mr Andrews enjoyed good sport in the boat landing 17 fish between them, mainly on lure patterns. Mr Andrews got a bit of a surprise off the side of croft shoal, hooking into and boating a nice 10lb brown. The fish was weighed, photographed and returned safely to the water by fishery staff member Lee Henfrey. Colin England & Tony Plummer fished along the Farnborough Dam on minkies to land 6 fish for the day.
The wind came from the South East Friday dropping in strength to give a more enjoyable day. Ian Reeve took to the water on a boat with Steve Hibbard landing 11 fish between the pair. Concentrating their efforts around Farnborough spit using a mixture of snakes and Pitsford Pea’s on fast sinking lines. John Dews fished from the bank at Lincroft point fishing towards Biggin Bay to land 6 fish. Mr Osbourne & Mr Gibson fished for the last four hours at the Swans nest to land 14 fish in the short session. The pair used a washing line with a Minkie Booby on the point and shrimp patterns on the droppers. Chris Webster & Dave Alexander enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport on the boat landing 21 fish. Most of the fish came from Croft Shoal with a blob and small snake fished on a di 7 sinking line. However, the pair did fish that a blob and a booby on a di 5 line worked well in Biggin Bay. Then later in the day again on the Di 7 several big fish followed the snakes at Farborough spit but unfortunately could not be tempted into taking.
A wet stormy day Saturday that saw the anglers taking shelter on one occasion due to the thundery storm that came in on the southerly wind. The changeable weather from sun to heavy rain to storms did influence the fishing with a dip in the rod average. Ian Reeve fished along the Farborough Dam wall this time with a different partner Richard Williams. Once again, the tactics stayed the same as the previous day with Ian using a combination on snakes and a Pitsford Pea on the dropper. However, it was the flies on Richard rod that seemed to be the killers with him taking the lion share of the fish taken by the boat.
Sunday started with overcast conditions and then brightened up by midmorning, with a strong southerly wind. The strong breeze and cold temperatures made for difficult fishing conditions at times, and this showed itself in the catch return. Most of the fish came to sinking lines and lures such as snakes, minkies and humungus. Lee Henfrey and Jim Smith caught over 20 fish between them using olive snakes on a DI 7, 40 seconds down. Peter Fisher caught 15 fish on damsels, again fished on a fast sinking line. Season permit holder Ian Western caught 8 fish whilst his boat partner Dennis Tidmarsh caught 2. Draycote regular Jared Burton caught 6 fish on an intermediate line and either black or green snakes. The AABF visited Draycote on Sunday, and all seemed in good spirits as they came off the pontoon, having caught 36 fish between them.
Season Permits
2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Draycote with options starting from £435.00
New for 2019 our All Water Membership with options starting from £480.00 allowing you the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Draycote Lodge 01788812018 or email lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk for details

We also have an online store www.flyfishstore.co.uk with great offers on clothing to keep you warm while fishing this November
https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/greys-micro-quilt-jacket/.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Ed Douglas from Banbury, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 175 Number Trout Taken: 188 Number Trout Released: 481
Total Catch: 669 Weekly Rod Average: 3.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 16.15
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 16:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13.00
Last 4 Hours from: 12:15 until 16:15 (Ticket sales available from 12:00)
Gutting Room Closes –16:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 17:00
Guiding & Tuition.
New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit Latest Report | Fly Fish Tuition
Dates for the Diary
Fur & Feather
This seasons Fur & Feather match at Draycote will be held on Sunday 25th November 2018. Fished as a pairs competition with 12 fish to the boat.
1st Prize Christmas Hamper for winning pair
2nd Prize 2 Bottles of Wine Each
3rd Prize Box Chocolates
Largest Fish Bottle Spirits
The match will be fished to fishery rules, NO RUDDERS and will start at 09:30 and finish at 16:00. All those wishing to take part should call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your boat.
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 3rd March 2019
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Well what a different year than the rather failed opening day of the previous year, when the country was in the middle of the ‘Beast from the East’. Lovely gentle south westerly winds of around 7mph greeted the anglers queuing at the gate for the chance to get the first Draycote fish of the 2019 season. After the sunny week leading up to opening day there was much excitement in the air for both staff and anglers hoping for a great day’s sport. This proved to be the case with 108 anglers visiting the fishery landing a total of 868 fish for a rod average of 8.0. Once the rush of anglers had passed Lee took a drive around the bank with Ifor to assess the sport and it was clear that Toft was the place to be. One such angler who just hit it right was Andy Ball who fished the Swan’s nest in Toft using a blue flash damsel to land 27 fish. Again, using a Damsel in Toft Henryk Pycz landed 19 hard fighting fish, including some fantastic overwintered fish. Draycote season ticket holders Lee Patten & Peter Elliot fished all round the banks to enjoy great sport landing 14 & 17 respectively. Peter opted to fish with a small black tadpole on a floating line for his 17 where was Lee went for a team on small black buzzers on a washing line. All water season ticket holder Alex Urquhart fished on the far side of Toft opposite the Swans nest and landed 18 fish on a small blue flash damsel. Out on the boats some real cricket score catches where recorded. Ben Bayliss & Dave Morris had 63 to the boat with Farnborough spit being the hotspot for the lads. Their best tactic was to use a di 5 sinking line with black minkies and tequila blobs proving the best. Tim Ham & boat partner Rob Jones landing 29 from Toft using di 3 sinking lines with Viva’s and blobs. Mike Williams and John Cowan also fished in Toft towards the bottom end of the Cornfield near the willows to land 30 fish on blobs and boobies once again on sinking lines. A party of 7 travelling anglers from Scotland had a great day landing 137 fish with the majority coming from Toft & Biggin Bay on Damsels on slow intermediate lines.
Saturday started much the way Friday has finished with light winds and overcast skies. As was the case the previous Toft was the place to be with most of the boats catching well on sinking lines and t the bank anglers around the Swan’s nest. However, after a couple of hours the wind picked up to around 20mph meaning a lot of boats moved away looking for more shelter. On the bank M Chuser landed 11 fish, taking two cracking overwintered fish first thing in Toft before moving up the overflow in the afternoon. He found the key was to fish a black fritz on a floating line and commented that the fish where taking it right on the end of the cast within the first 8 pulls. Out on the boats Kieron Jenkins & Matt Russell enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport with over 50 fish to the boat. The pair found that anchoring in Toft produced the best tactics as the fish were tightly shoaled up. Using di 7 & di 8 sinking lines and boobies the pair really made the most of the fish in Toft. In the afternoon with the introduction of the high winds the pair took the successful method up to Rainbow Corner landing a couple of cracking 4 & 5lb overwintered fish. Using similar tactics Stuart Malcolmson & S Miller landed 40 fish to the boat once again from Toft but this time using di 5 sinking lines and boobies.
The conditions looked set to challenge the anglers Sunday with very high winds forecast to come through in the afternoon. Luckily the forecast had dropped enough that the boats could still go out for the day, with he conditions for the morning being near perfect. The Ian Scott party of 7 traveling down from Scotland make the most of the morning coming off just before 12, but still manging to land 45 fish between them. The best method was to use a damsel on a slow sinking intermediate in Biggin Bay tight to the bank, this method also claimed a lovely 5lb 8oz Rainbow for the lads with an even bigger one just slipping the hook at the net. Mark Miles & Tim Wellman enjoyed good sport coming off just after lunch landing 19 fish. The pair found the fish in Toft in the morning before heading up to the outlet to keep catching. The method was two small boobies fished on a booby basher hard on the bottom. Several other anglers used this method to great effect Andrew Barrowman and Paul Sharp used a cat booby and a black booby on a di 7 sinking line in Toft to finish with 20 to the boat. In Biggin Bay Martin Griffiths and Ian Richie landed 14 and enjoying fantastic sport before the stronger winds caused issues with presentation.
Overall a great start to the 2019, with Toft being the place to be from both the boat and the banks. With other great catches coming from Biggin Bay and the overflow near Rainbow Corner, its great to see some really quality fish coming out at the start of the season. It was great to see so many regulars returning to the fishery for the opening weekend and we look forward to seeing you all over the course of the 2019 season let’s hope it’s a good one with tightlines had by all.
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. To kick off the season we have reduced our remaining Airflo Sixth Sense sinking flies from £44.99 to £25 in order to clear our stock, ready for the new lines coming in the next few weeks. The offer can be found 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. To book a session on the boats call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Martin Price from Coventry, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 254 Number Trout Taken: 261 Number Trout Released: 1123
Total Catch: 1384 Weekly Rod Average: 5.4
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 17.45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 17.45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 12.30 PM 12.30 until 17.45
Last 4 Hours from: 13.45 until 15.45 (Ticket sales available from 13.30)
Gutting Room Closes –17.15
All Anglers to be off site by: 18.00
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 17th March 2019
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Book Your Spot on our RIO & Sage Day
On Sunday 14th April Draycote is hosting its popular RIO & Sage with Chris Anderson(SAGE) 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. To book a session on the boats call the lodge on 01788 812018
Weekly Report
Another week plagued by a continuation of extreme winds which, unfortunately, forced boat cancellations once more. In fact, no boats were allowed out from Tuesday to Saturday due to the ferocity of the gales. Similarly, given the strength of the gale force westerlies, no bank anglers were prepared to venture out on either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. In total only 36 anglers fished this week but they did catch 90 trout representing an overall rod average of 2.5.
A few boats did fish on Monday and averaged nine fish per vessel with Richard Dayman commenting on having had a great day with eight rainbows coming to his net. Sinking line tactics, particularly Di5 sweep with slow retrieve followed by flies hung at depth, have still been the order of the day in view of the early season low water temperatures. A handful of hardy bank anglers struggled to locate fish in the high winds on Monday as conditions appeared to have pushed them out & down. However, season ticket holder Brian Allwood did have a nice brace in his morning session. He was followed by Peter Biernacki who fished the last four hours in Biggin Bay finding fish on the feed a little later in the day. Fishing his own nymph patterns on an intermediate, Peter caught & released six rainbows.
With Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday written off by the adverse conditions it was not until Friday when anglers could next get onto the banks. Nine hardy souls ventured out. Most were rewarded with some fine action – mainly in Dunns & Biggin Bay. Top rod was clearly Dave Kennell who landed 22 rainbows with many over the 3lbs mark. Dave took the majority of his fish using a midge tip line in conjunction with a Black & Green tadpole pattern. The highlight of his session proved to be a 4lbs+ overwintered rainbow which he described as bar of silver with a big, full tail. Ian Gillies also did well with a 4 fish limit for the pot and a further 10 caught & released. His best offering was a Mop Fly which he teamed with a red buzzer. Paul Lloyd joined the action at the Dunns Bay end of Biggin for a couple of hours in the afternoon. He got into straight into action on a midge tip with a hot head yellow tailed lure landing five rainbows in quick succession. He then had a real strong take at distance to find himself doing battle with a superb specimen of a brown trout which was weighed at 6lbs 2oz before being safely returned to the water.
Continuing high winds kept the boats off the water again during Saturday and only two anglers decided to bank fish. Mike Garner stuck to his favoured Cormorants which accounted for two rainbows in the shelter of Rainbow Corner, before moving down to the Overflow where he netted & released a further three. Meanwhile, Luke Orton, a newcomer to the world of fly fishing, stayed in Rainbow Corner where he succeeded in landing his four fish limit using a gold head damsel presented on an intermediate.
Boat anglers were relieved to be back out on the water on Sunday when winds at long last, dropped back below our safety limits. Fish were found holding on the drop off in Biggin Bay and season rods Martyn Price & Dave Hancox really got amongst them. Fishing fast sinking lines with blobs & boobies they took fish after fish experiencing particular success on the hang at the end of a slow retrieve. They ended their stint with Martyn on 20 and Dave on 18. Messr’s Lee and Alistar Gavin also fared well in the improved conditions boating over 20 fish in Duns Bay on a variety of lures such as pitsford peas and cats whiskers.There was also some good sport had from the bank. Lee Patten and Peter Elliott commented on an excellent day after netting 15 apiece. Draycote regular Peter Bierwnaki netted 11 fish from various points around the reservoir on nymphs.
With last week’s stocking of 2000 rainbows, pictures www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore & a much better forecast we fully expect Draycote to bounce back this week

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. We still have a couple of the 2017 Redington Path Rods for sale at 50% off the RRP making them £64.99 from last week’s special offer. To mark the start of the good weather we have Shakespeare Sigma fly box reduced by 10% meaning they are from just £7.19 these fly boxes are perfect for getting all those new buzzer organised now the good weather has finally arrived please visit Fly Fishing Tackle Offers, Sale & Promotions | Fly Fish Store to see the latest deals for the week.
Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Dave Hancox from Coventry, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 36 Number Trout Taken: 10 Number Trout Released: 80
Total Catch: 90 Weekly Rod Average: 2.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:15
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 18:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:00 PM 13:00 until 18:15
Last 4 Hours from: 14:15 until 18:15 (Ticket sales available from 14.00)
Gutting Room Closes –17.45
All Anglers to be off site by: 18.45
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