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    Default Draycote

    I'm off to Draycote again tomorrow.

    Any tips on what is fishing well at the moment?

    I suspect black and olive buzzers will still be fishing well; bloodworm?
    Olive damsels, grhe too? What lines are people using for nymph fishing and how deep are the fish showing?

    Thanks,

    Glenn

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    Default Draycote

    Hambo,
    Fished it last week, loads of fish coming to Diawl Bach's and black buzzers. When fish were moving on the surface I was fishing the washing line on a floater. . When they went down took the booby off and put on a black buzzer. Retrieve was a VERY slow figure of eight. Lots of fish in Toft Shallows, Rainbow Corner and the Inlet. However fish were all over the place, weather permitting, you should have a great day.

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    Thanks,

    Will give all that a go as appropriate.

    Cheers,

    Glenn

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    Well, it was an interesting day, interspersed with heavy, wet squalls and hailstones.

    On arrival, swifts and martins everywhere and a lot of fly life coming off.

    Some big pale olive buzzer shucks on the surface with eyes exactly like a couple of tiny silver chain bead eyes. I had a slim olive buzzer pattern with a sparse marabou tail and tried that on the middle dropper. That took a beautiful slim overwintered fish which fought furiously for 10 minutes. What a tail it had on it too.

    I then had a quiet spell trying all sorts of flies and tactics and changing to an intermediate line before hooking a fish on a ptn on the point. Unfortunately, the line parted at a tucked half blood knot. I can only surmised I must have missed the tuck, as it came away before any real pressure.

    I switched back to a floating line and 20ft leader and put a grhe on the point, a buzzer on the bottom dropper and a holo green diawl bach on the top dropper. Fish were taking off the top in a leisurely top and tail movement, but very infrequently, so I thought I'd try a mixture of fishing the flies static for a while and then retrieving them with a slow figure of eight.

    As soon as I started the first retrieve, a fish nabbed the grhe.
    I had another two takes after landing that one, one when static. Then I had another take the grhe when it was static and I was having a quick drink. I managed to keep contact with the fish and screw the bottle top back on without spilling the contents into my boat bag. I landed that after an awkward fight as it kept diving under the boat and I couldn't get any more leader in the rod without fouling the top dropper. I played it until it was well beat and handlined in into the net.

    A lot of fish were being taken close in by the bank anglers on diawl bachs and buzzers. Green and red buzzers one of them said. I tried black buzzers, but got no interest. Actually I had no interest on any buzzers.

    I could see another bad squall heading my way so up-anchored and headed close to the dam. Hail and wind fell so heavily that the waves were flattened and it looked like the frozen tundra with waves of snow being driven over the surface.

    I had another cast whilst there as the squall died away and hooked another fish on the green diawl bach.

    All the fish had good tails and put up a good scrap. All were stuffed to the gills with buzzers. There were also some small sedges hatching by the late afternoon, but judging by the number of swifts around, the fish had a lot of choice, so sport was not that easy. Plenty of fish there though.

    Once the weather warms up a bit more, I reckon the dry fly sport will be awesome there.

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    Default Any news from Draycote?

    Off to fish our club comp there on Saturday and lyttles of dunchurch website hasn't been updated recently- any one fished there recently ?- any sedges coming off ? catching on dries ? are the boils on ?
    thanks in advance, Neil.

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    Hi Neil,
    I was there on Monday; a sharp contrast to the days before.
    It was slightly chilly with a bit of wind in the morning, but warming up in the afternoon with spots of rain occasionally.

    There was an intermittent hatch of longhorn sedges most of the day and a few fish were topping and tailing, possibly mopping up the drowned adults in the surface film.
    I fished at Rainbow corner at first and had it to myself. I didn't see a thing there, so moved to Biggin Bay, where a couple of other boats were drifting. A lot of fish moving back and forth along the bank from the Cornfield past Biggin. A good few bank anglers at the Cornfield.

    Having said that, they were not easy to tempt. I spooned a couple and they only had a couple of dozen tiny (size 18 approx) greyish buzzers inside them.
    I fished dries, buzzers, lures and wets on floating, intermediate and fast sink lines, but caught nothing on the dries or wets.

    I had to leave around 6pm, but I understand the sedge hatch gets heavier later on and the evening rise has been very good lately.

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    I fished a club match there on Wednesday, had seven (and lost as many!) with the biggest at 3lb. I caught them pulling Black Sliders (mini Zonkers) on a slow glass. Others were catching on Diawl Bachs fished more slowly. Drifting in the area of the boils was the place to be, most people seemed to struggle anywhere else.

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