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Draycote fishing report w/e Sunday 17th March 2019

 
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2019 4:00 pm    Post subject: Draycote fishing report w/e Sunday 17th March 2019 Reply with quote

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

Weekly Boat draw
Congratulations to Mr Melvin Severn from Derbyshire, the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:290 Number Trout Taken: 198 Number Trout Released: 1136
Total Catch: 1334 Rod Average: 4.6
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 19:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:00 PM 14:00 until 19:30
Last 4 Hours from: 15:30 until 19:30 (Ticket sales available from 15.15)
Gutting Room Closes – 19:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 20.00
Tight lines,
The Draycote Team
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