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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:19 am    Post subject: DRAYCOTE 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water:
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Draycote opens on 2nd March
We are extremely busy during the opening week, limited availability for Boat bookings & bank angler’s car passes we recommend you contact the lodge.
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers off site by 6.00pm

Demo Tackle
New SAGE X rods in stock including a SAGE X 10ft 7wt Demo rod for you to take out and try. We now have a considerable amount of Sage & RIO demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items: We have added a 10ft 7wt SAGE ACCEL to our demo rods. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.
http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Forthcoming events:
Beginners Tuition Day, dates on our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk
SAGE / RIO Day May 13th with Simon Gawesworth of RIO and Jim Fearn of SAGE on hand to answer your questions, book a one to one session with Simon or Jim, also an unique opportunity to take a SAGE rod matched to a RIO fly line of your choice for a FREE 1hour30min guided fishing session, booking your slot is essential.
Please call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book your place.

Disabled Parking Bays
Anglers need to ensure that whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they do not park in the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, unless they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.
Gutting Room
Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. We ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 17:00
Anchoring
Boat anglers are politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon, aerators or the Tower. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Bank Anglers
Car passes should be booked prior to coming fishing, as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:31 pm    Post subject: Draycote Water Fishing Report w/e Sunday 12th March 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 12th March 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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Yet another great week here at Draycote with both boat and bank anglers returning good catches from all across the reservoir. The weather has been kind to us considering the time of year, indeed on one or two afternoons the bank anglers could be seen fishing in shirt sleeves along the north shore, sheltered by the high ground and trees behind them. The only area that is not producing solid returns on a regular basis is Rainbow corner. But this is only due to the coloured water currently being pumped into the reservoir. The trout are well spread around the margins, allowing the anglers to keep on the move and perhaps try areas of the water that they are not familiar with. The best areas have been Dunns Bay and Biggin Bay, Lin Croft Point, the Cornfield, Grays Barn and Toft shallows, from the Swans nest down to the big willow tree by the nature reserve. This weeks rod average was 11.0
On Monday Mr Ian Shobbrook caught a total of 21 fish from the bank in Biggin Bay on size 14 Diawl Bachs. Mr G Tomkinson, also fishing from the bank had 20 fish. Season permit holder Mr John Dickens caught 8 good fish using Buzzers and a FAB on the point. It was good to see Mr John Pearson back on the water with fishing partner Mr Les Watson. They caught 11 good fish from the bank during an evening session and remarked on the quality of the stock.
Tuesday dawned with the arrival of the usual suspects of Tony Broadway, Gordon Slack, John Dews, Jude Tuffs and Brian Warwick. All excellent anglers who returned good numbers from the bank at the end of the day, using mainly small skinny black buzzers. Season Permit holder Mr Peter Elliott returned over 35 fish, caught using buzzers and a FAB on the point. Draycote regular Mr Tony Ward caught 14 + fish from the bank in Toft shallows using Diawl Bachs and Buzzers. Amongst these fish was an overwintered 6lb Rainbow which was safely returned to the water. Visiting for the day were Thornton Reservoir members Lord Richard Dayman and Mr Noman Perkins. They both chose to fish from the bank and netted 26+ fish between them. Mr T Cosford caught 23 fish from the bank. Draycote regular Mr Richard Lindsay had over 30 fish to the boat, while Mr L Tones and Mr M Harby caught 30 fish between them from a drifting boat using black and green lures off Lincroft point and in Biggin Bay.
Again on Wednesday good numbers of fish were caught with many anglers going well into double figures. Mr L White caught over 40 fish from the Cornfield using black buzzers. Mr A Marchant caught 15 fish, again from the bank. Season Permit holders Mr Kevin Rees and Mr Steve Robinson caught 22 and 14 fish respectively, from various points around the reservoir using buzzers. Draycote regulars Mr Les Watson and Mr Ken Rawlings had 25 fish between them during an evening session from the bank.
Thursday turned out to be a good day for fishing despite the weather forecasts, and again anglers seemed to be bending into fish everywhere we looked. Paul Beasley had 12 fish in a morning session on a blue flash damsel. Tony Broadway had over 30 fish on small black buzzers. Mr S Foulds caught 20 fish from the bank using a FAB and buzzers. Lord Richard Dayman and Mr Graham Herbert visiting from Thornton reservoir had at least 40 fish each from the bank. Mr Jason Sly had 14 fish from the bank. Season Permit holder Mr Dave Adkins had 18 fish from the boat using black and green lures fished on a DI3. Season Permit holders Mr Richard Walker and Mr Roger Kerrison caught 14 and 16 respectively from a boat. Season Permit holder Mr Graham Homer caught 11 fish during an afternoon session from a drifting boat.
After a soggy start, Friday saw the rod average top out at 14.9, with seasoned regulars and new visitors to the reservoir catching fish on a regular basis throughout the day. Season Permit holders Peter Elliott, Gordon Slack, Tony Broadway, John Dews, Ian Richardson, John Hall, Richard Hall, Steve Gibson, Dave Kennell and Eddie Mitchell all returned good numbers from the bank. The main feature from their comments seemed to be that they were all using buzzers and/or Diawl Bachs and Crunchers, teamed with a FAB on the point, which took it’s fair share of the catch. Mr John Pearson turned up for an afternoon session and caught a total of 10 fish, remarking on how good a condition they were in. Mr John Hurst did really well, catching 40+ fish from a drifting boat from all points of the reservoir using a wide variety of patterns such as buzzers, blood worm, Diawl Bachs and black and green lures.
Saturday saw the rod average drop off to a measly 13.2, with good returns coming in from the near side of Toft and all along the northern shore line. Mr R Roper caught 22 fish on buzzers from the bank, remarking on how high in the water the fish where. Mr J Burton, again fishing from the bank, caught over 40 fish on black and green lures, using an intermediate line in the morning, and a floating line in the afternoon. Boat angler Mr G Deterding had 30 fish to the boat using a black gold head cormorant. Season Permit holder Mr Mike Garner had 15+ fish from the bank using Pitsford Peas, Crunchers, Diawl Bachs and Montanas. Mike spent most of his time fishing by the overflow up on the Hensborough Bank. The father and son pairing of Mr John and Mr Sean Hanlon, had nearly 40 fish to the boat on tubes, remarking on the size and quality of the stock. Mr Rob Hepburn caught 19 fish from a boat on a white snake. Mr S Robins and Mr A Sheehan caught over 40 fish from the boat using Diawl bachs and buzzers. Draycote regulars Stan Hillman and Mick Cronin caught 25 fish from the bank. Another regular, Mr Tom Morris caught 20+ from the bank on a white and green lure. Mr L Serrano also did extremely well from the bank, catching 30+ fish, again on a white and green lure.
Sunday started with a light southerly breeze and looked like it would be ideal fishing conditions for the day. Again anglers where catching in all areas around the reservoir with the hottest spot of the day being the bottom of Toft shallows near the big willow tree. Mr Keiron Barnes caught 17 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr D Hancox had 18 from the bank on damsels. Draycote regular Mr Andy Ball had “his best day ever” from the bank with a total of 54 fish . Mr John Mills caught 19 fish whilst bank fishing in Toft, all on buzzers. Mr K Harding and Mr M Clarke caught 50 fish between them from a boat on buzzers and diawl bachs. Mr J Ide had 40+ fish to the boat from various points around the reservoir. Mr Rob Hepburn made it a family outing with his wife and son, recording 11 fish to the boat. Mr Nigel Keeber brought 13 fish to the boat, whilst fishing alongside new staff member Lee Henfrey.
Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr John Pearson of Coventry, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 320 Number Trout Taken: 707 Number Trout Released: 2827
Total Catch: 3534 Weekly Rod Average: 11.0
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 17:45
Boat All Day: 8:30 until 17:45
Boat Part Day: 8:30 until 13:30 13:30 until 17:45
Last 4 Hours from: 13:45 until 17:45 (Ticket sales available from 13:30)
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:15
No Gutting of fish after 17:15
Fishery News
We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.
Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.
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
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October.
Catch Returns
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door
Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Car Passes
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:12 pm    Post subject: Draycote Report W/E 19th March 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 19th March 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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The weather once again has played a big part in the fishing here at Draycote this week. The warmer conditions at the start of the week combined with light breezes allowed anglers to fish every part of the water, resulting in some excellent catch returns. Boat and Bank anglers have been exploring every part of the reservoir with the hottest spots being the Tower Bank, Dunns Bay, Biggin Bay, Toft Shallows and the overflow on the Hensborough Bank. Some boat anglers have been big fish hunting up on the Draycote Dam, and whilst a lot of patience is required, overwintered fish of up to 8lb have been caught using heavy sinking lines and Humungus Boobies. The weather from Thursday onwards was a bit erratic at times and so put paid to some of the better fishing spots however, those who did brave the conditions were rewarded for their efforts. The rod average this week came in at 8.3.
On Monday season ticket holder Ed Douglas fished the bank in Duns Bay to land 16 fighting fit rainbows. Ed fished a floating line with 2 buzzers a FAB on the point. Out on the boats Rod Wilson enjoyed good sport utilising the rudder to land 17 fish. Mr D Hastie and Mr K Simms had 20 &16 fish to the boat fishing in Toft with Buzzers. Mr J Wood had a fantastic day on the boat landing 37 fish, using a fast intermediate line with Diawl bachs and a booby fished on the washing line. Mr Osbourne and Mr Macham enjoyed great sport on the last 4 hour ticket to land 37 trout between then using Buzzer down in Toft. Also out on the water was Draycote Fishery ranger Tom Bird who targeted the large overwinter fish using a Di 7 line and boobies, fishing the drop off near the flat stones. Tom was rewarded for his persistence with a number of great overwintered fish, see our Facebook page for pictures (www.facebook.com/flyfishstore.
Tuesday saw a slight increase in the wind speeds, the Draycote regulars were out in force on the bank fishing in Duns Bay, they commented that the fishing wasn’t as easy as it had been the previous week but they were still managing to catch into double figures. Tony Broadway landed 14 fish using two size 12 buzzers and a FAB on the point. Ms Jude Tuffs fishing alongside Tony, landed 10 fish using buzzers under the bung. Ed Douglas was again out on the water this time fishing in Biggin Bay near the old pipe and landed 2 more than the day before, meaning in two days he had landed 34 fish. Mike Oliver enjoyed some of the best sport from the bank using pheasant tail nymphs and black buzzers fished on a floater. Out on the boats Mr G Jones landed 31 fish. Eugene Hughes took the train up from London for the first time this season and was rewarded with great sport landing well over 40 fish using a Di 7 sinking line and snake boobies. Season ticket holder Tony Parker and Mr Hooper enjoyed great sport landing over 40 fish to the boat using buzzers and nymphs in toft and in Biggin Bay.
The anglers where yet again greeted with fantastic fishing conditions on Wednesday with light winds and overcast warm conditions. This meant good buzzer hatches where seen out on the water and as a result the anglers were really able to cash in on a rod average of 10.03, with the majority of the returns being posted coming to buzzers. On the bank Mr Williams landed 16 fish in a short morning session fishing in Toft. Out on the boats Rodger Kerrison and Dave Robins landed 48 fish to the boat using a floating line and a team of buzzers. Richard Ellis and John Hurst also used buzzer in toft to record a catch of 69 fish to the boat. Ian Gaskell and son Liam where another boat enjoying good sport landing 23 and 28 fish each with Ian using buzzers fished under the Bung and Liam opting for straight lined buzzer on a floater.
Thursday saw the wind speeds increase and blow as a westerly. The hotspot in Toft coloured up quickly and presentation became difficult. As a result the better fishing spots seemed to be in Biggin Bay, Rainbow corner and Duns. Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall fished the final day of their three day package here at Draycote and enjoyed great sport in Biggin Bay fishing buzzer on a floater and a Midge Tip.Over the three days the pair landed 138 fish, this made the long drive from the West Country well worth it and the pair have vowed to return for hopefully more of the same later in the year. Out on the bank season ticket holder Rob Keeber enjoyed good sport again fishing in Biggin to land 16 fish with a brace going over 3lb.
Another windy day on Friday again made the presentation difficult from Toft, which meant the fishing from the bank was again restricted mainly to Biggin Bay. However this did not mean a drop in the number of fish caught. Season Ticket holder Peter Elliot landed 35 fish fishing in Duns bay, Peter used a floating line with a FAB and buzzer to land his fish. Fishing just up the bank from Peter was Lee Patten who landed 15 fish utilising the same tactics. John Dews also enjoyed good sport from Duns on the FAB & buzzer to land 14 fish. Gordon Slack fished in Rainbow corner and the Hensborough bank to landed 12 fish all on black and green lures. On the boats Jamie Scott landed 17 fish drifting down the Cornfield, Biggin Bay and the Hensborough bank using blobs, boobies and buzzers.
The wind dropped slightly for Saturday meaning that the boat anglers as well as a few bank anglers where able to get fishing in Toft. Jim Dempsey and Ifor Jones fished on the rudder on sinking lines and lures to land 30 fish to the boat starting off in the morning down in Toft. When the wind picked up in the afternoon the pair opted for Biggin Bay. Mr T Marriott & Mr J Marriott fished in Toft using intermediate lines with black and green lures to land 22 and 20 fish the boat. Rob Hepburn fished in Biggin Bay using a clear intermediate and a cats whisker with a roly poly retrieve to land 20 fish. Fishery Ranger Tom Bird and Jim Smith enjoyed good sport in Biggin Bay fishing buzzers on midge tip lines to land over 40 fish to the boat, with Jim opting for a small FAB on the point while Tom straight lined. Out on the bank was David Hoppe who fished the old pipe in Biggin Bay to land over 25 fish using buzzer and a small damsel on the point.
Sunday saw a difficult day for the anglers with strong winds. This meant that Toft Shallows had to be closed for safety reasons. Rodger Kerrison and Steve Cullen fished in Biggin bay using buzzers and also boobies on fast sinking lines to land 19 fish the boat. Another boat catching in the difficult conditions was Mr Harding & Mr Clarke who had 13 fish to the boat using buzzers and Diawl bachs fished on a floater.
Sunday was also the first Tuition Day of the season. The day was run by fishery staff members Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Five beginners took part in the course, learning all about the different lines and tactics, and how to cast. Despite the adverse weather conditions it didn’t take long for Kevin and Tom to get all the students into to some hard fighting rainbows and all went away well and truly hooked.

Weekly Boat Draw
Congratulations to Mr Lee Patten of Tenbury Wells who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 280 Number Trout Taken: 533 Number Trout Released: 1796
Total Catch: 2329 Weekly Rod Average: 8.3
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 18:00
Boat All Day: 07:30 until 18:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 13:45 PM 13:45 until 18:00
Last 4 Hours from: 14:00 until 18:00 (Ticket sales available from 13:45)
Gutting Room Closes – 17:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 18:30

Fishery News
We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.
Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.

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
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
Catch Returns
In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the counter in the gutting room next door
Anchoring
Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.
Car Passes
Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.
Rudder Hire
Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2017 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 2nd April2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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Draycote has experienced a week of extremely windy, often bright, conditions which on the whole made things harder for boat & bank angler alike. Whilst the overall rod average saw a significant drop on the week before, 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& south to southwest predominantly which frequently made conditions on the North Shore marks uncomfortable for the boat anglers &all but impossible for the bank guys who were also forced to contend with muddied up margins from the waves.
Nevertheless, regulars Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees fished buzzers on the bank on Monday, mainly in Toft, taking 15 & 16 rainbows respectively. Ron Beavan& Ted Mills shared a boat & also chose buzzer tactics. They returned a total of 17 rainbows. Rod Wilson fished tubes on the rudder & found fish deep down. He weighed an eight rainbow bag for a total of 23lbs with the best at 4lbs 8oz. The best fish of the week came on Monday to the rod of Trevor Heseltine from a boat – a fine brown of 7lbs 10oz.
Tuesday’s success story on the bank was the combined efforts of Tony Broadway, Jude Tuffs, Colin Grainger & Ed Douglas fishing mainly nymphs for a joint total of 41 fish. Windy conditions did however spoil sport with muddied up margins. Although very gusty, Colin England & partner Tony Plummer brought ten each to the net in the boat. Wednesday was a hard day- sunny & again gusty but saw some good results on the Hensborough Bank & down the Farborough dam wall to washing line tactics. The boat pairing of Mr Hubbard & Draper netted 15 fish whilst, up from London, Eugene Hughes worked his usual magic on sink rate 7&8 lines to bring 30+ fish to the net from all over the venue. During a bank tuition session Tim Davies came up with a beautiful 5lbs+ brownie which took a red buzzer & was safely returned to the water.
Thursday was described as “challenging” by Mike Oliver on the bank but his efforts with a pheasant tail nymph & buzzer combination at the Swan’sNest saw him bring 20 to the net! Matt Harris took to the boat and landed 10 by the end of his session. Mr C Day did well on Friday on the bank in Dunns & Toft to take a 9 fish bag whilst Graham Homer boat fished nymphs for a ten trout total. Also afloat were Roger Kerrison & Steve Cullen who netted 26between them on a variety of methods.
The weekend saw no let-up in the winds which left the bank anglers having to work really hard with fish thin on the ground. Boat anglers generally had a tough time too but congratulations to Martyn Price who caught & released a 6lbs brown off the Flat Stones on a home tied lure. He & boat partner Dave Hancox brought 11 to the net. Meanwhile, Peter Elliott shared a boat day with Paul Davison &they recorded a total of 22 caught & released. Peter said that most of his fish were to buzzer fished under a bung in the vicinity of the overflow with most hitting at a depth of about six feet down. Melvin Severn did well on the rudder in the big wind leaving early with a fine eight fish limit. John McLellan was also on fine form too with a boat caught 14 fish total to a combination of black & green lure & Montana Nymph. He commented that he had caught nothing at all until after 13:00. Anglers found conditions tough on Sunday too however, mention must go to Mr K Harding who fished FABS & small black buzzers on a floating line & netted a total of 23 rainbows. Mr Williams & boat partner Mr Hawkins also showed the way with 16 & 14 respectively to their boat fished diawl bach &buzzer combinations.
The new week has also started cold with frozen windscreens first thing this morning. We sometimes forget just how early in the season it is? However, the black buzzer hatch continues to build & with forecasts of a warmer week we optimistically anticipate better sport to come.
Congratulations to MrAlex CameronofBurbage who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 297 Number Trout Taken:327 Number Trout Released:780
Total Catch: 1107 Weekly Rod Average:3.72
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 19:30
Boat All Day:08:30until19:30
Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until14:00PM 14:00until 19:30
Last 4 Hours from:15:30until 19:30(Ticket sales available from15:15)
Gutting Room Closes – 18:45
All Anglers to be off site by:19:45
Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th April & Sunday 9th April – Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision tackle
Places still available for both days. Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Draycote fishing report 23 April 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 23rd April 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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Another good spring week at Draycote, but we would welcome a period of sustained settled weather. This week anglers experienced some extreme conditions, varying from cold blustery winds, to bright sunshine & flat calms. Nevertheless, the black buzzer hatch continues with midge pupae remaining high on the trout’s menu. Action on dries has also been a significant factor this week, spearheaded by our own Tom Bird, who has been targeting large over wintered fish, mostly over open water in calm conditions.
Monday proved to be quite testing for the bank anglers, although Rob Keeber undoubtedly led the way with an 18 fish buzzer caught total. Out on the water the pairing of N & C Dunn switched between dries & buzzers & between them brought a total of 26 to the net. Monday was also the last session of a “Three Day Break” package for Mike & Dave Mee. They fished buzzers & diawls to land 18 for the day. They described their break as a “Fantastic 3 days – best ever!” - having caught a total of 78 trout using a mix of nymphs & dries. Andy & Ian George went afloat on Tuesday & got into action pulling snakes deeper in the water column. The tactic paid off with 9 & 11 to the boat respectively. Ray Cramp bank fished lures at Dunn’s Bay taking 7 rainbows for 17lbs with the best at 4lbs. Brian Warwick, also on the bank, stuck with his buzzer tactics to catch & release 15.
Wednesday saw the first of the week’s flat calms & sport proved to be most elusive for most bank anglers. However, Tom was out on the water early searching out grown on rainbows with his dries. He did experience a slowish morning but things picked up in the afternoon with Tom & boat partner Jim Smith ending the stint with 19 spectacular rainbows up to 6lbs to the net. Most of their fish came to a black crippled midge pattern fished out over open water. In contrast, Eugene Hughes pulled lures deep all over the venue to land over 30 up to 5lbs. Meanwhile, Colin Campbell, after fishing from his “Weekly Draw” prize boat with Mike Gillett, commented on their “great day on buzzers” with catches of 17 & 23. Season rod Paul Liversage took advice from Eugene, following an encounter on the water, & his subsequent change to deep lure tactics led to one of his best days with two dozen to the net!
Peter Elliott, Mike Garner, Kevin Rees & Ian Richardson all got well into double figures on the bank on Thursday, which was overcast with a gentle breeze. They all fished buzzer tactics with Peter recording two rainbows over 5lbs and a 5lbs+ brownie all caught & released. Kevin’s catch came to washing lined buzzer & included “two blue torpedoes”. (Most anglers who encounter the blues have been commenting on their fighting qualities). Eugene Hughes was back afloat & although part of his 25+ catch came to deep pulled lures once more, the overcast conditions led him to break out the dries as well. Toft & the Farborough Dam fished exceptionally well & anglers were all commenting on seeing rising fish everywhere. Thursday also saw the venue play host to the Greater Manchester Police with eight boats out. Their combined catch of 108 trout represented a rod average of 6·75 per man. They started their session on sunk line pulling tactics switching to nymphs, & later dries as the day warmed up & the buzzer hatch heightened. Friday peaked with a rod average for the day of 7·7 and great action on both bank & boat. Many bank anglers got into double figure catches with Mike Sinclair for example on 15, Ed Douglas 19, John Dews 15 & Tony Broadway on 21(including a 4lbs rainbow taken for the pot). Father & son team Jim & Richard Hall also both got into double figures on the bank. Buzzers washing lined with FAB blobs accounted for most fish, although Roger Davis fished damsels for his 9 fish total. Out in the boats rods were bending to all sorts of different tactics. Visiting us from Northern Ireland, Martin Allen & Paul Douglas began their “Three Day Break” with 25 & 20 to the boat on dries & buzzers taken along the Hensborough Bank. Mr Jones & Mr Branagar fished tubes on Di7 lines for 8 apiece as did our own Lee Henfrey who found 15 beauties deep during a midday stint. Chris Hart was into double figures & his catch included a 5lbs rainbow which took a Cat’s Whisker. The afternoon boat pairing of James Collins & Shaun Martin went even deeper with Di8s catching 19 & 11 respectively. James catch included a 5lbs rainbow, a 5lbs brown & two blues! Tom was afloat once more on his day off, again with Jim Smith, with both fishing dries all day. They had a spectacular session with both rods into double figures, including many wintered specimens. Again, the crippled midge was the top pattern in brown, black & claret. They found fish throughout the venue spending much of their session searching open water for rising fish. A total of 435 trout were recorded for the day!
Both Saturday & Sunday proved to be hard for the bank anglers with fish appearing to drop off the margins into deeper water. Cooler winds also led to many boat anglers reaching for their sinking lines & adopting pulling tactics and not everyone managed to find the answers. However, Graeme Bell’s party of 14, gathered from all over the country to be with us for the weekend, quickly found themselves into fish. They chose a diverse variety of tactics including dries, buzzer snakes & damsels reporting Rainbow Corner & Toft Shallows as their favoured areas. They caught a total of 190 on Saturday followed by a further 177 on Sunday, when Biggin Bay proved to be productive for them. Despite a slow morning, Andy Ross shared a boat with Dave Adams & enjoyed good sport in Toft from early afternoon once they anchored up & fished straight lined buzzer to bring 20 rainbows to the boat. It was also nice to welcome the Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers who shared five boats, including the Wheelyboat, and recorded a total catch of 51. Richard Walker also had a good day with blues of 5lbs 6oz & 4lbs 4ozs in his bag. Martin Allen & Paul Douglas finished their break on fine form too, this time with 40 to the boat on buzzers from Toft. That gave them a final tally of 105 netted during their annual 3 day spring break with us. (See you again soon guys!) A welcome drop in the wind, & creation of some slicks, led to some good evening dry fly action for a few of the Sunday boats – most especially the rod of Nick Board. He used a size 14 Adams in one such slick resulting in seven hook-ups & lots of follows.
The weatherman currently forecasts a few days of cold “polar air” with potential for wintery showers………when will spring properly arrive & stay
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Owen Laye of Burbage who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 412 Number Trout Taken: 616 Number Trout Released: 1929
Total Catch: 2545 Weekly Rod Average: 6.17
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 20:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:30
Last 4 Hours from: 16:30 until 20:30 (Ticket sales available from 16:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00
Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth & Jim Fearn 10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. Limited slots remaining. To reserve your free place, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 6th May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Course now full
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Currently two spaces available
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information


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
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..




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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 23rd April 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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Another good spring week at Draycote, but we would welcome a period of sustained settled weather. This week anglers experienced some extreme conditions, varying from cold blustery winds, to bright sunshine & flat calms. Nevertheless, the black buzzer hatch continues with midge pupae remaining high on the trout’s menu. Action on dries has also been a significant factor this week, spearheaded by our own Tom Bird, who has been targeting large over wintered fish, mostly over open water in calm conditions.
Monday proved to be quite testing for the bank anglers, although Rob Keeber undoubtedly led the way with an 18 fish buzzer caught total. Out on the water the pairing of N & C Dunn switched between dries & buzzers & between them brought a total of 26 to the net. Monday was also the last session of a “Three Day Break” package for Mike & Dave Mee. They fished buzzers & diawls to land 18 for the day. They described their break as a “Fantastic 3 days – best ever!” - having caught a total of 78 trout using a mix of nymphs & dries. Andy & Ian George went afloat on Tuesday & got into action pulling snakes deeper in the water column. The tactic paid off with 9 & 11 to the boat respectively. Ray Cramp bank fished lures at Dunn’s Bay taking 7 rainbows for 17lbs with the best at 4lbs. Brian Warwick, also on the bank, stuck with his buzzer tactics to catch & release 15.
Wednesday saw the first of the week’s flat calms & sport proved to be most elusive for most bank anglers. However, Tom was out on the water early searching out grown on rainbows with his dries. He did experience a slowish morning but things picked up in the afternoon with Tom & boat partner Jim Smith ending the stint with 19 spectacular rainbows up to 6lbs to the net. Most of their fish came to a black crippled midge pattern fished out over open water. In contrast, Eugene Hughes pulled lures deep all over the venue to land over 30 up to 5lbs. Meanwhile, Colin Campbell, after fishing from his “Weekly Draw” prize boat with Mike Gillett, commented on their “great day on buzzers” with catches of 17 & 23. Season rod Paul Liversage took advice from Eugene, following an encounter on the water, & his subsequent change to deep lure tactics led to one of his best days with two dozen to the net!
Peter Elliott, Mike Garner, Kevin Rees & Ian Richardson all got well into double figures on the bank on Thursday, which was overcast with a gentle breeze. They all fished buzzer tactics with Peter recording two rainbows over 5lbs and a 5lbs+ brownie all caught & released. Kevin’s catch came to washing lined buzzer & included “two blue torpedoes”. (Most anglers who encounter the blues have been commenting on their fighting qualities). Eugene Hughes was back afloat & although part of his 25+ catch came to deep pulled lures once more, the overcast conditions led him to break out the dries as well. Toft & the Farborough Dam fished exceptionally well & anglers were all commenting on seeing rising fish everywhere. Thursday also saw the venue play host to the Greater Manchester Police with eight boats out. Their combined catch of 108 trout represented a rod average of 6·75 per man. They started their session on sunk line pulling tactics switching to nymphs, & later dries as the day warmed up & the buzzer hatch heightened. Friday peaked with a rod average for the day of 7·7 and great action on both bank & boat. Many bank anglers got into double figure catches with Mike Sinclair for example on 15, Ed Douglas 19, John Dews 15 & Tony Broadway on 21(including a 4lbs rainbow taken for the pot). Father & son team Jim & Richard Hall also both got into double figures on the bank. Buzzers washing lined with FAB blobs accounted for most fish, although Roger Davis fished damsels for his 9 fish total. Out in the boats rods were bending to all sorts of different tactics. Visiting us from Northern Ireland, Martin Allen & Paul Douglas began their “Three Day Break” with 25 & 20 to the boat on dries & buzzers taken along the Hensborough Bank. Mr Jones & Mr Branagar fished tubes on Di7 lines for 8 apiece as did our own Lee Henfrey who found 15 beauties deep during a midday stint. Chris Hart was into double figures & his catch included a 5lbs rainbow which took a Cat’s Whisker. The afternoon boat pairing of James Collins & Shaun Martin went even deeper with Di8s catching 19 & 11 respectively. James catch included a 5lbs rainbow, a 5lbs brown & two blues! Tom was afloat once more on his day off, again with Jim Smith, with both fishing dries all day. They had a spectacular session with both rods into double figures, including many wintered specimens. Again, the crippled midge was the top pattern in brown, black & claret. They found fish throughout the venue spending much of their session searching open water for rising fish. A total of 435 trout were recorded for the day!
Both Saturday & Sunday proved to be hard for the bank anglers with fish appearing to drop off the margins into deeper water. Cooler winds also led to many boat anglers reaching for their sinking lines & adopting pulling tactics and not everyone managed to find the answers. However, Graeme Bell’s party of 14, gathered from all over the country to be with us for the weekend, quickly found themselves into fish. They chose a diverse variety of tactics including dries, buzzer snakes & damsels reporting Rainbow Corner & Toft Shallows as their favoured areas. They caught a total of 190 on Saturday followed by a further 177 on Sunday, when Biggin Bay proved to be productive for them. Despite a slow morning, Andy Ross shared a boat with Dave Adams & enjoyed good sport in Toft from early afternoon once they anchored up & fished straight lined buzzer to bring 20 rainbows to the boat. It was also nice to welcome the Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers who shared five boats, including the Wheelyboat, and recorded a total catch of 51. Richard Walker also had a good day with blues of 5lbs 6oz & 4lbs 4ozs in his bag. Martin Allen & Paul Douglas finished their break on fine form too, this time with 40 to the boat on buzzers from Toft. That gave them a final tally of 105 netted during their annual 3 day spring break with us. (See you again soon guys!) A welcome drop in the wind, & creation of some slicks, led to some good evening dry fly action for a few of the Sunday boats – most especially the rod of Nick Board. He used a size 14 Adams in one such slick resulting in seven hook-ups & lots of follows.
The weatherman currently forecasts a few days of cold “polar air” with potential for wintery showers………when will spring properly arrive & stay
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Owen Laye of Burbage who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 412 Number Trout Taken: 616 Number Trout Released: 1929
Total Catch: 2545 Weekly Rod Average: 6.17
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 20:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:30
Last 4 Hours from: 16:30 until 20:30 (Ticket sales available from 16:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00
Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth & Jim Fearn 10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. Limited slots remaining. To reserve your free place, please call the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 6th May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Course now full
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Currently two spaces available
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information


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
England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..




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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 30th April 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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Under very changeable conditions Draycote has once again had an excellent week, with the rod average rising to 10 by Wednesday. Fish are being caught just about everywhere, with dries accounting for lots of over wintered fish in open water. Buzzers, Diawl Bachs and Crunchers are all working extremely well, but with patience, Boobies and snakes on a DI5 or DI7 are yielding some cracking over wintered fish from the deeper parts of the reservoir. Both the Draycote and Farborough Dam remain a focal point for this method, with the latter producing the largest Brown of the season so far, weighing in at 8lbs.
The bank anglers are having some of the best sport of the season, with some great catches coming from the more popular areas along the north shore and Toft shallows. Unfortunately Rainbow corner has been coloured for most of the season, but should start to fish well now that the pumps are turned off. Rainbow is teaming with good over wintered fish, which so far this season have been caught by boat anglers fishing the clearer water further out in the reservoir. The weekly rod average was 4.5.
On Monday, season permit holder Ed Douglas had a total of 18 fish to the boat, 13 of them on dries. Paul Beasley had 8 fish from the bank on Damsels. Kevin Rees caught 19 fish from the bank in Dunns Bay and Lincroft point.
Tuesday turned out to be a busy day after a slow start with both boat and bank anglers doing equally as well as each other. Season permit holder Ian Richardson commented on “ An excellent day” , netting 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Draycote regular Mike Oliver had a “ Hard but fun day” catching 21 fish from the bank, again on buzzers. Mr Tommy Carroll caught 8 fish from the bank on a small white lure. Mr P Barnes caught 8 fish from the bank on an olive hot tailed zonker. Tuesday also saw the arrival from Ireland of Mr Phillip Creshams party. The group consisted of 5 anglers on a 3 day package who, during their stay caught over 300 fish between them. Looking forward to seeing you all back next year.
On Wednesday we had 4 seasons in one day here which included sleet and snow. Season permit holder Mr Colin Grainger caught 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr G thorns caught 10 fish from the bank on buzzers and diawl bachs. Boat anglers Mr Dave Heseltine and Mr Mark Evans had 26 fish on buzzers, mainly in Toft shallows, with one Blue which weighed in at 4 lbs. Draycote regulars Mr I Pugh and Mr T Whitchard caught 37 fish between them from a drifting boat.
By Thursday the weather had improved a tad but still proved a bit cold due to that icy northerly wind. Mr Alan Bettles still managed to whittle out 11 good fish from Dunns bay on lures. Mr R Walker and Mr N Barber caught 21 fish between them from a boat using pink lures. Season permit holder Mr Steve Gibson caught 6 fish during an evening session from the bank.
Friday was a much busier day with some of the regulars and permit holders retuning good catches. There was supposed to be a light southerly breeze but the water remained mirror calm all day. Tony Broadway had 14 fish from the bank. Ed Douglas caught 34 fish from a drifting boat. Paul Beasley had 13 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr G Darlow caught 14 fish from the bank. Mr D Leonard caught 18 fish from a boat and commented on the “fantastic blues”. Mr R Hankins caught 9 fish on dries. Mr Howard and Mrs Marion Rutter caught a total of 22 fish between them from a boat, “all on buzzers”. Season permit holder Mr Tony Parker caught 15 fish from a drifting boat. Draycote regular Mr Jim Smith caught 11 fish from a boat on dries. Season permit holder Mr Dave Adkins caught 12 fish during an evening boat session.
Saturday turned out to be a good day for Mr Ifor Jones and Jim Dempsey. Not only did they boat 18 fish between them , but they got to see their good friend and fishing buddy Melvin Severn catch the biggest brown of Draycotes season so far, weighing in at 8 lbs, by the look on both their faces you could tell that they were so pleased for him.
Mr Gareth Dixon and Mr Christian Jones, visiting us from Clywedog Reservoir in Wales, had a great day out, catching in excess of 55 fish from a boat on the Bung. Season permit holder Mr Jim Hall caught 12 fish from the bank on buzzers. Mr Vince Aronika and his boat partner had 32 fish to the boat on a variety of methods such as DI5 and snakes, and a washing line with a FAB and buzzers.
Sunday dawned bright and breezy and saw the arrival of the England Ladies mixed pairs match. On what proved to be a very challenging day out on the water the pairs did exceptionally well, producing a competition rod average of 6.7. The results are as follows;
1st Place Eileen Chatwin and Graham Willis 16 fish for 42lbs 8oz
2nd Place Samantha Edmunds and Rob Edmunds.
3rd Place Jane Robinson and Paul Mitchell
The biggest fish of the competition was caught by Alan Riddell and weighed 4lbs.

Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Les Watson of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 253 Number Trout Taken: 186 Number Trout Released: 947
Total Catch: 1133 Weekly Rod Average: 4.5
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 20:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 20:45
Last 4 Hours from: 16:45 until 20:45 (Ticket sales available from 16:30)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:15
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15
Fishery News
Sage & Rio Day
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth & Jim Fearn 10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. With less than two weeks to go and limited slots remaining. Reserve your free place by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Currently two spaces available
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 7th May 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
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With slightly cooler temperatures this week Draycote has seen a bit of a mixed bag as far as fishing is concerned. Monday and Tuesday seemed fine, but quite a cold north easterly wind with sometimes very bright conditions seemed to slow things down from Wednesday onwards. There were some good buzzer hatches around to start with, but these started to thin out as the week went by. Only a slight drop in wind speed over Saturday and Sunday helped the fishing to improve. Over the weekend swallows could be seen feeding on the wing at the bottom of Toft shallows, to be followed very quickly by trout feeding right in the surface of the water. Bank anglers reported that the fishing was still a bit hit and miss however, with only a few of them managing any more than a brace. The boats seemed to fair a bit better, having the ability to cover fish out in the deeper water. General feedback from the anglers was that there were plenty of fish showing in the surface in Toft and in Biggin bay, but they were proving difficult to catch. Those anglers who kept on the move and patiently went through the patterns seemed to fair better. The middle and the deeper parts of the reservoir are now producing some good over wintered specimens and on the right day, dries such as Crippled Midge and Bobs Bits are accounting for some good catches. Drifts around P buoy over middle shoal and X buoy to the Farborough dam have worked very well. There have also been some good fish caught by D buoy in Biggin Bay and of course F buoy over Croft Shoal. The weekly rod average was 5.1
On Monday Mr Phil Davies caught 25 fish from a boat, drifting in the Cornfield. Mr P Donegan and Mr M Sloss had some “Amazing fishing” on boobies, blobs and buzzers. Draycote regular Mick Cronin had 11 fish from the bank. Season permit holder Mick Hanlon had 9 fish from the bank on a mayfly nymph and a blue damsel. Season permit holder Mr Martin Hancox caught 6 fish from the bank during an evening session.
Tuesday proved a better day for fishing with Ed Douglas netting 15 of his 20 fish from the boat on dries. Jim Smith also did well from a boat, netting over 20 fish on a washing line and buzzers. Draycote regular Eugene Hughes had over 30 fish to the boat on a humungus whilst fishing around the tower and in biggin bay. The bank anglers did well with Mr Alan Bettles catching 16 fish in Dunns bay on a white and green lure. Season permit holder Tony Broadway caught 11 fish from the bank. Steve Gibson did very well during an evening session netting 10 fish from the bank.
After a cold start Wednesday proved yet again to be one of the best days of the week producing a rod average of nearly 7.0. It was good to see season permit holder Dennis Jones back out on the water, netting 7 fish from the bank on diawl bachs. Mr S Summers commented on “An excellent day” out on a boat having caught 10 fish. Mr I Morris caught 16 fish from a boat using buzzers and diawl bachs. A Police inter clubs match took place on Wednesday with Sussex A team taking first place. Best bag of the day went to Mr Paddy O’Grady with 8 fish for 24lbs 4 oz.

Thursday was very windy with heavy gusts and bright sunny conditions. Despite this Peter Elliott managed 12 fish from the bank in the Cornfield. Paul Beasley caught 11 from the bank on buzzers. Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel did really well from the bank netting over 20 fish between them. Season permit holder John Hanlon caught 6 fish from the bank on an evening session.
On Friday it was very windy again with some tough fishing conditions. This didn’t hamper things for Mr Andy Croucher though, who had 20 fish to the boat in Toft on buzzers, blobs and a black hopper. The boat pairing of Mr R Jones and Mr T Ham also did very well with 25 fish to the boat between them. Friday also saw the arrival of Steve McGregors party visiting us from Scotland on a three day package. The lads endured some tough, sometimes very choppy conditions with most of them catching well into double figures each day on various lures and snake patterns.
On Saturday the conditions improved a bit with Mr D Keir netting 12 fish from a boat. Mr R Ball also did well with 21 fish to the boat. Draycote regular Steve Conway also had a good day out in a boat with 13 fish on buzzers and diawl bachs. Mr G McGinlay and Mr G Pelini had 28 fish to the boat between them. Jim Hall caught caught 6 fish from the bank, whilst Steve Gibson had 5 fish from the bank in an afternoon session.
On Sunday Mr D Lang caught 20 fish from a boat on black buzzer. Mr Phillip Davies netted 11 fish from a boat. Mr A Davison had 17 fish to the boat on black buzzers. Draycote regular Jim Smith caught 16 fish from a boat on buzzers and dries.
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Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Bob Wallinger of Lincoln who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 324 Number Trout Taken: 528 Number Trout Released: 1131
Total Catch: 1659 Weekly Rod Average: 5.1
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:45 PM 14:45 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: 21:30


Fishery News
SAGE AND RIO DAY THIS COMING SATURDAY
Saturday 13th May 2017 Meet Simon Gawsworth & Jim Fearn 10:00 to 16:00 hrs Our Draycote guides will also be taking to the water along with representatives from Sage & Rio Products. We offer you the opportunity to book a complimentary fly fishing session afloat or on the pontoon with a member of the team using a SAGE rod matched with a RIO fly line of your choice. With less than two weeks to go and limited slots remaining. Reserve your free place by calling the lodge on 01788 812018.
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Currently one space available
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..

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PostPosted: Tue May 16, 2017 3:25 pm    Post subject: Draycote fishing report 14 May 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 14th May 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Report
Whilst some truly excellent sport has been enjoyed by many this week, we still await that hoped for period of settled, warm late spring weather. Changeable conditions still seem intent on persisting. Nevertheless 409 anglers recorded the capture of a total of 1949 trout for the week representing an overall rod average of 4·76.
Monday witnessed a fantastic start to this reporting period for the boat anglers with a diversity of tactics proving that the trout were well & truly on the feed. A good number of anglers recorded double figure returns on dries, such as season rod Ed Douglas who netted thirty. Messrs McGinley & Pelini also brought some 50 to the net, mostly on diawl bachs fished in conjunction with a FAB blob. Rod Wilson fished large lures on the rudder for a 22 fish total for the day. Eugene Hughes also fished lures from his boat with sink rate 5 & 7 lines over deep water near the Tower & was also into big numbers. The banks however struggled with fish seeming to hold just out of casting reach. That improved on Tuesday when Jude Tuffs took 7 rainbows on buzzers fished under a bung from the bank at Lin Croft. Tony Broadway fished his buzzer team straight to net 8, while Ray Cramp stuck to lures on the bank at Dunns & booked out an 8 fish limit for just 23lbs. Temperatures were held back though with an early morning northerly wind swinging east north east as the day progressed. Unfortunately, a substantial number of boat anglers failed to book out as required which distorts the returns downwards. However, season rods Colin England & Tony Plummer enjoyed a good day netting 20 & 15 respectively to nymphs, while Eugene Hughes was back on the water – this time catching good numbers on dries - in the vicinity of A & B buoys. The morning boat of Ron Beavan & Ted Mills also saw action with 12 buzzer caught fish to the net including rainbows at 4lbs & 5lbs for Ron.
Wednesday saw a dip in the rod average to 3·9, mainly due to weather conditions. Always nice to see Dennis Jones back on the water & he managed 5 from the bank to his small diawl bachs during his usual morning session. John Woodcock netted a creditable 7 on his Last Four Hour permit too. Best rods out in the boats were Ed Douglas (that man again!) – this time with 14 to his dries. He was closely followed by Ian Morris, afloat in Biggin Bay using diawl bachs & gold ribbed hare’s ears to land a dozen. Thursday saw action throughout the venue for bank & boat anglers alike. Mr Bray had an excellent morning on the bank with a nine fish tally whilst Stan Hillman bank fished the afternoon into the evening and landed 10. Peter Fisher boat fished using both black & green buzzer patterns for an 8 fish limit which included a 6lbs rainbow. He released a further 14 fish. John Dickens was also amongst the action with his buzzer & FAB blob combination brining 23 to the net. In the evening Richard Pelly substituted his usual Big Red for a “Big Black” dry and landed 7. The boats have been out fishing the banks as one would expect as the season progresses however, Mr Richards enjoyed fine bank sport on Friday with a 12 fish catch to buzzers & snail patterns. Jim & Richard Hall also enjoyed a short mid day spell on the bank together ending with 8 & 7 respectively. Amongst the boat anglers out on Friday was Mat Harris who concentrated on dry fly action taking 13 on Shipmans & Crippled Midge patterns. The DFFA held an evening bank match & congratulations to the performances of Dave Atkins & John Hanlon who landed 9 apiece.
Very few anglers were on the banks on Saturday, but some of the anglers were reporting significant numbers of fish in both Toft & Rainbow Corner surface feeding very close to the margins. All commented however, that they were proving exceptionally hard to tempt! In the boats Craig Cowan’s party were enjoying terrific sport to dries, mainly on drifts out over open water. It has been a great week for visiting anglers enjoying our three day package breaks. With groups from all four home nations this week it was interesting to note that half of the fleet on Saturday was booked out with such groups. Ian Earle topped the returns sheet for the day having had a magnificent day on the dries for 30+ fish. It was terrific to welcome Rio’s Simon Gawesworth & Jim Fearn from Sage to our open day on Saturday which was really well attended. Many anglers relished the opportunity to try a huge variety of specialist rods & lines available on the day & take best advice from such experts in their field. Many also relished the opportunity to go afloat on 90 minute guided sessions with members of the Draycote Rio Masters Team & put tackle of their choice to the test. The day was a great success, we will repeat it next year & our thanks go to Simon & Jim as well as John Legg of Guide Fly Fishing.
Sunday brought us strong westerly winds with sunny spells which made for tough fishing conditions. The few bank anglers that did venture out were again frustrated by sighting plenty of fish feeding near the surface but proving hard to attract to anything other than a speeding lure. The boat anglers found it tough going as well, but with a bit of persistence and lateral thinking, some returned good catches. Lord Richard Dayman had 10 fish to the boat on buzzers. Mr C Traverne had 12 fish on buzzers. Mr Craig Cowans party did exceptionally well on a wide variety of patterns, with each individual reaching well into double figures from drifting boats. Mr Robert Balls party also returned some great numbers from Rainbow corner, mainly on buzzer patterns.

Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Rod Wilson of Ibstock who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods:409 Number Trout Taken: 546 Number Trout Released: 1403
Total Catch: 1949 Weekly Rod Average: 4.76
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:15
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:15
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:15
Last 4 Hours from: 17:15 until 21:15 (Ticket sales available from 17:00)
Gutting Room Closes: 20:45
All Anglers to be off site by: 21:45
Damaged Trees
There are a number of trees on Lincroft point which have been deliberately damaged. Upon inspection it looks like someone has used a saw to remove branches on the path leading down to the water. Anglers are not allowed to take or damage any bushes or trees within the boundary of the site. If you do feel that your fishing is hindered by any of the growth around the bank you should bring this to our attention and allow us to deal with it in conjunction with the rangers.

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Sunday 21st May Hosted by Kevin Hart & Tom Bird Currently one space available
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four spaces available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..

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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 21st May 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A very mixed bag with regards to weather this week, from torrential rain one minute to sunny spells the next, it certainly would be classed as changeable spring conditions. This made the fishing tricky at times as the method of catching could suddenly change, from dries one minute in the flat to pulling lures or wets in a good ripple the next. The weekly rod average was 7.0.
The week started with a very blustery day, mixed with heavy showers at times. Out on the boats Rod Wilson utilised the rudder to catch over 25 fish. Rod caught fish all over the lake, although the hotspot seemed to be the inlet, with his best line being a Di 3 with gold and silver tubes. Also, catching well from the boats was Mr Blatchford who landed 15 fish from Rainbow Corner using black CDC shuttlecocks. Also, out on the boats fishing Rainbow Corner was Mr James & Mr Carter wo had 20 fish to the boat including 2 cracking 4lb fish taken on washing line tactics. On the bank, Mr walker fished in Rainbow Corner using a washing line to tempt 5 cracking fish.
Tuesday saw the windy drop slightly from Monday, with overcast and showers for most of the day. Mr Darlow fished in Rainbow corner and like many others commented on the amount of fish moving, although while several anglers struggled to catch the obviously preoccupied fish, Mr Darlow found the method to catch the fish and enjoyed great sport landing 15 fish all before 2pm. Mr Darlow found that the fish wanted skinny size 12 plain hare’s ears, fished on a washing line. Mr C.J Day also enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 11 fish with a split coming from Toft at the Swans nest and then in Rainbow Corner. Mr Day found the fish wanted a mixture of nymphs, buzzers and damsels. Out on the boats season ticket holder Colin England & Tony Plummer enjoyed good sport fishing near the overflow in Rainbow Corner landing 17 between them on buzzers and nymphs fished on a floating line.
Wednesday the heavens opened with rain all day, testing even the best of waterproofs. Despite the horrific weather conditions, it proved to be the best fishing day of the week with anglers having red letter days. Mr Richard Wheel, Nick Moan, Ian Tearle and Andy Campbell all recorded cricket score s from the boat. They all found the fish in the mood to chase lures on either intermediate or floating lines down the Farnborough Dam wall. Mr George and Mr Lewis enjoyed a good morning sport landing 29 fish before the constant rain became too much for them at lunch. The pair found the fish up in rainbow corner and where willing to take washing lined nymphs, fished from a floating line. Mr Farrell enjoyed good sport from the bank taking 8 fish from Rainbow corner on the washing line with nymphs and buzzers.
Thursday saw possibly the best day of the week, with warm sun and light winds with cloud around to help the fish rise for most of the day. Tony Broadway fished the banking using a washing with a small FAB with buzzers to land 20 fish. Also on the bank alongside Tony was Jude Tuffs who used similar tactics to land 8 fish. Out on the boats Peter Elliot fished for a morning session to land 10 fish from Dunns bay using lures and then dries. Another pair taking advantage of a morning boat was Ron Beavan and Ted Mills who landed 20 fish between them using buzzer on a floating line from Rainbow Corner. Dave Smith took to the water landing 12 fish from Rainbow corner and Toft Shallows. Rainbow was the hotspot in the morning, with his best method being buzzers on a floating line. His catch included a 5lb rainbow from near the outlet. Season ticket holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennell took to the water in boat to land 29 fish, the pair fished a washing line with a FAB on the point with a team of nymphs to tempt fish from all areas of the lake. Toft and Rainbow Corner were the hotpots. Another angler out the boats was regular Jim Smith who enjoyed a fantastic day’s sport landing 38 fish. Jim fished a washing line with a small biscuit FAB on the point and a team of diawl bachs and buzzers. He then landed 12 fish on dries with the best pattern being a size 12 claret crippled midges. Jim found the fish around the inlet and out towards B buoy over the deeper water.
Friday saw the return of the rain, with showers here for most of the day, the wind changed a bit as well with periods of flat calm. As a result, the fishing was again changeable with dries working one minute in the flat calm, to pulling lures when the wind increased. On the bank, Ian Richardson had as he described it a “Red Letter Day” landing a fantastic 31 fish. Ian fished in a variety of spots with Toft and Rainbow corner being the pick of the bunch. The tactics Ian employed where to fish small buzzer and snail patterns from a floating line. Another season ticket holder enjoyed good sport but this time from the boats it was Ed Douglas who landed 25 fish with 18 of them coming to dries including some cracking fish of around 4lb. Out on the bank at Rainbow Corner John Dews enjoyed great sport having 16 hard fighting fish, using a small tequila FAB and buzzers. Another boat catching well was the father and son team of Richard & John Hood who landed 20 fish to the boat using a variety of method from dries to pulling lures. The pair found the fish at Rainbow corner then out in the middle. Airflo’s Gareth Jones was out on a boat filming and doing an article with Peter Gathercole. Gareth enjoyed great sport landing over 25 fish on small CDC pattern out in the middle including some fantastic fish up to 4lb.
Saturday was bright with light breezes and whilst there was a threat of showers they didn’t appear. Both boat and bank anglers enjoyed excellent sport with season permit holders Paul Walley and Mike Garner netting good numbers from the bank on muskins and diawl bachs in biggin bay and rainbow corner. Jim Hall also had a good haul from the bank on buzzers. Mr John Pearson had an excellent evening session, netting 6 good fish from the bank in various spots along the north shore. Mr R Kingscott also fishing from the bank, netted 8 fish on diawl bachs. The boat pairing of Draycote regulars Ivor Jones and Jim Dempsey had a good day out bringing 22 fish to the boat, and returning fish up to 5lbs. Both Sean and Michael Hanlon caught and released over 40 fish from a boat. Tony Harris caught 30 fish from a boat. Ronnie Gent and Martin Rowson caught 25 fish from a drifting boat on a wide variety of patterns such as buzzers and diawl bachs. The boat pairing of Mr K Sichi and Mr M Ritchie caught well over 40 fish from a boat using a FAB and buzzers.
Sunday started with light southerly breezes and sunny conditions and looked like it could be a good day for fishing, we turned out to be right. With one of the highest daily rod averages of the week at 9.2, there were a lot of tired but happy anglers at the end of the day. The bank seemed slow to begin with, possibly due to the chilly start to the day, but it picked up very quickly from midday onwards. Mr Tim Davies had 16 fish from the bank down in toft. Mr Alan Grant caught 7 from the bank. Draycote regular Mr Ray Cramp also did well from the bank netting 8 fish in an afternoon session. The best return from the bank came from Mr J Bellamy, who had over 30 fish from the swans nest on PTN’s and buzzers. The boats seemed to fair slightly better overall with some returns well into double figures. Kirby Fly Fishers had a club competition in which 16 anglers caught a total of 84 fish, producing a rod average of 5.2. Other notables of the day were Mr D Norrie with 20 fish to the boat on a black and green zonker and black buzzers. The boat pairing of Mr D Mcintosh and Mr P Taggart had 37 fish to the boat. The rest of Mr Mcintosh’s party did extremely well, with all of them reaching well into double figures.

Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Gary Owen of Coalville who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 372 Number Trout Taken: 593 Number Trout Released: 2045
Total Catch: 2638 Weekly Rod Average: 7.0
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
Damaged Trees
There are a number of trees on Lincroft point which have been deliberately damaged. Upon inspection it looks like someone has used a saw to remove branches on the path leading down to the water. Anglers are not allowed to take or damage any bushes or trees within the boundary of the site. If you do feel that your fishing is hindered by any of the growth around the bank you should bring this to our attention and allow us to deal with it in conjunction with the rangers.

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently fully booked
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four places available
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently six places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently six places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..

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PostPosted: Mon May 29, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: Draycote Report 28th Mat 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 28th May 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
With warmer conditions upon us, and the promise of more sunshine to come, we were expecting a somewhat difficult week with perhaps a drop in rod numbers. Far from it, indeed in my time here at Draycote I can’t recall a busier period than the one we are having right now. Rod averages, despite the weather conditions have remained pretty high, and both boat and bank anglers are reporting on some great sport from just about everywhere on the reservoir. Even through the flat calms and bright sunshine, some bank anglers, with a bit of perseverance, are writing in double figure returns. The weekly rod average was 3.6
On Monday season permit holder Ed Douglas ventured out in a boat and netted 29 fish, 12 of them coming to dries, the other 17 of Ed’s fish fell to nymph techniques fished around Rainbow Corner and the outlet. Mr M Pearce and Mr E Booth caught over 30 fish each, again from a drifting boat. The boat pairing of Mr J and Mr L Maplethorpe had 16 fish each to the boat on diawl bachs and buzzers. Mr James Kavanagh caught 13 fish from the bank, fishing along the cornfield and also on the overflow. James and Lee Maplethorpe enjoyed good sport fishing around the inlet on the Draycote dam using buzzer, nymphs and gold heads fished on a floating line. The pair landed 16 fish each with lovely specimens up to 4lb. Keeping it on the Maplethorpe family Ken Maplethorpe had a great day in another boat with Jim Smith landing 12 fish using the same tactics as James, what a great way to spend your Birthday. Mike Mclintic enjoyed good sport out on the boat with Gary Owen. The pair landing over 30 fish to the boat with dries, washing line, and sunk line tactics.
Tuesday light winds and overcast skies in the morning provided some excellent top of the water sport, however the sun did break in the afternoon which pushed the fish down slightly. Out on the water first thing was Fisher Ranger Tom Bird, guiding Derek Walker, with the aim to improve Derek’s dry fly tactics. Derek enjoyed fantastic sport in the four-hour session landing 11 fish to the boat on big reds and crippled midge. Drifting in the middle of the lake around P buoy, X buoy and Y buoy. On the bank Nick Louka landed 7 cracking fish from Rainbow corner using washing line tactics with small buzzers and crunchers. Also on the bank fishing the swans nest in Toft Mr Terry Tappengden landed 7 fish christen his new Sage Accell, Terry used nymphs fished on a floating line. Mr McIntosh & Mr Taggart landed 40 fish to the boat fishing in Biggin Bay and Toft using apps bloodworms fished on intermediate lines. Father and son team Mr M Mee & Mr D Mee, fished in Biggin Bay and Toft Shallows landing 24 and 35 fish all on nymphs and buzzers fished on floating line, a great way to start of a three day package. Richard Pelly took advantage of the last four hours using dries off the end of the boil line to land 6 fish including a fantastic 5lb overwintered rainbow. Ben Thompson and Gary Turner also fished the last four hours on dries to land 19 fish to the boat, amazing sport in such a short space of time. Tuesday also saw Midlands police fishing their regional competition. 9 boats competed with the winner being Mick Cartridge of Staffordshire who took 37 fish fishing down the cornfield on a 3 inch per second sinking line using blobs and cats whiskers.
A very hot day with near flat calm conditions greeted the anglers on Wednesday looked like the fishing would be difficult, however despite these conditions the rod average for the day remained at 5.74. On the bank Mr C.J Day enjoyed great sport landing 15 fish from the cornfield landing 15 fish on buzzers and lures. Also on the bank Mr Bettles landed 9 fish from Duns Bay using white and green lures. Out on the boats season ticket holder Ed Douglas returned and landed 35 fish 22 of which were on dries, Ed found the fish through the middle and also in rainbow corner. Another boat doing well was that of Richard Dayman and Norman Perkins who landed 22 fish using floating lines and buzzers then a di 3 and lures in the afternoon. Draycote regular Eugene Hughes once again took the train up from London and enjoyed fantastic sport. Eugene landed 36 fish using nymphs and dries on a floating line and lures fished on a di3. Eugene found the fish around the tower then in the middle. M Mee and D Mee where again into the fish on small buzzers and diawl bachs landing 35 fish to the boat. John Hood and Darren Booth enjoyed great sport fishing dries from the tower down to rainbow corner then around P buoy, X buoy and Y buoy. Crippled midges, big reds, CDC shuttlecocks and daddies where the pairs best patterns.
Another very hot sunny day Thursday, however despite the hot conditions the fishing continued in the same form with the rod average coming out at 8.3. Season ticket holder Dennis Jones enjoyed a good mornings sport from the bank landing 6 fish from the far side of Toft using a floating line with small black buzzers fished on a washing line. Also on the bank Ian Richardson landed 9 fish from Rainbow corner using a floating line with buzzers and snail patterns. Fishing their final day of the three day break Dave and Mike Mee again enjoyed great sport using small buzzer in Toft and Lincroft Point. Mr McIntosh and Mr Taggart again caught well landing 29 fish to the boat all on buzzers. Mr S Livingstone & Mr E Livingstone also caught well landing 38 between them using the same tactics. Mr A Borthwick & Mr J Malcom enjoyed great sport again on buzzers fished in Biggin Bay, Toft and Lincroft Point landing 48 fish between the pair of them. The same tactics where employed by Mr S Mclean & Mr I Mackie to tempt 38 to the boat. Matt Harris again found buzzers the way, although matt utilised the washing line technique with a small FAB on the point. Matt also used caught 9 fish on shipman’s.
Friday saw another warm sunny day however, there was slightly more wind coming from the East. Out on the warm we have the North- West police regional competition. With forces from Cheshire, Greater Manchester and Lancashire taking part. Cheshire took the top sport with GMP second and Lancashire third. The top bags came from anglers fishing from the jetty along last the sailing club using 5 inch per second sinking lines and a team of blobs and FABS. Richard Hood was the top rod of the competition landing with 10 fish limit (6 kill then 4 C/R) within the first hour of the competition. Outside of the police competition season ticket holder Peter Elliot boat partner Lee Patten landed 45 fish to the boat drifting from open water towards rainbow corner then across Biggin bay and Toft. A party of Belgium anglers caught well fishing over the cornfield and down into toft using floating and intermediate lines with either nymphs or minkie boobies with many anglers in the group hitting over 25 fish.
Saturday was bright with blustery conditions and whilst there was a threat of showers they didn’t appear. This made the fishing slightly more challenging than had been in previous days. With the England qualifier, the next day a number of anglers kept there card close to the chest regarding areas and methods. Craig Barr and Andy Axon enjoyed food sport landing over 20 fish the boat, using washing line and dries, the best areas for the pair where in Toft, Biggin and Rainbow corner. Season ticket holders Eddie Mitchell and Dave Kennel also caught well despite the conditions using washing line and straight-line nymph techniques down in Toft shallows.
Sunday started with a strong westerly but this petered out as the wind swung into the north, leaving the rest of the day overcast with good conditions. Sunday also saw the England qualifier, with 36 anglers competing for the top 30-40% going through to the national final at Rutland Water on the 2/3 September. The rod average for the competition came out at 9.25, the top rod for the day was Vince Howley who used buzzers under the bung to land 22 fish. Vince fished in Toft drifting from G buoy down towards the nature reserve buoys at the bottom. In second place was Mick McLintic who landed 21 fish using a di 7 sinking lines with a team of mini lures and blobs. In third place was Martin Introna with 19 fish, again from Toft. In fourth place Stephen Peart landed 17 using buzzers under the bung but this time from Biggin Bay. The Draycote team wish all the qualifiers from the competition the best of luck in the national final in September. Outside the competition regular Jim Smith had a fantastic day’s sport landing 32 fish, Jim had 12 fish on buzzers from near the outlet in the morning before switching to dries in the afternoon. Jim found the fish around the aerators in the afternoon with his best patterns being big reds in size 12 and crippled midge.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Mark Rose of Northallerton who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 450 Number Trout Taken: 713 Number Trout Released: 1881
Total Catch: 2594 Weekly Rod Average: 3.6
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00
Damaged Trees
There are a number of trees on Lincroft point which have been deliberately damaged. Upon inspection it looks like someone has used a saw to remove branches on the path leading down to the water. Anglers are not allowed to take or damage any bushes or trees within the boundary of the site. If you do feel that your fishing is hindered by any of the growth around the bank you should bring this to our attention and allow us to deal with it in conjunction with the rangers.

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently fully booked
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four places available
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently six places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently six places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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 members of staff Lee Henfrey and 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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..

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Draycote Report 4th June Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th June 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Another warm week, with temperatures into the mid 20’s for most of the week. However there where some great overcast muggy days teamed with these hot days that made for great sport in the top couple of feet of the water with a lot of fish moving out into the middle. However, on the bright warm days fish could still be caught on straight lined buzzer and nymph techniques. The week ended with a total catch of 2033 trout recorded to 453 anglers equating to a weekly rod average of 4·48.
Monday started with light winds coming from the east, a warm muggy day saw a lot of fishing moving on the top, with light showers off and on all day. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas was out on the water using small CDC shuttlecock buzzers to tempt 17 fish. Ed found the fish very willing in the morning around X, P and Y buoy. However, as the day progressed the fish became more preoccupied with small shucks and could be seen swimming around in circles with their mouths open. Mr G Davies and Mr B Lloyd enjoyed good sport boating 26 fish using buzzers and nymphs fished on a floating line, with a small booby on the point. The pair found their fish over the School Slips just past the sailing club. Mr Grant Spiller enjoyed good sport landing 24 fish to the boat using a mixture of dries and nymphs fishing along the Cornfield.
Tuesday saw another warm muggy day, however the wind had done a complete 180° change and came from the West. Mr Bettles fished the bank from Dun’s Bay to land 5 fish. He used a small white and green lure fished on a floating line. On the bank Ian Richardson landed 7 cracking fish from the Outlet. Ian used a washing line with a small snail pattern on the point and then diawl bach and buzzers up the line to land 6 rainbows and 1 brown. Fishing the Swan’s Nest in Toft, Richard Timothy landed 10 fish using small black buzzers. Out on the boats season ticket holder Tony Plummer landed 9 fish, from in front of the Inlet using buzzers and nymphs on a floating line. Tony also landed a terrific brown which he returned to the water estimated at around 6lb. John Furlong was out Tuesday for a 4 hour guide with in-house guide Tom Bird, John fished dries through the middle in the morning with Tom to tempt 5. He then went back out in the afternoon to land another 5 fishing nymphs along the School Slips. Jamie Scott enjoyed good sport on the boat landing 7 fish, 2 of them falling to big reds with the other coming to white and black bunny leeches fished on a di 5. Mr Gwenallt Ifan & Elis Ifan enjoyed good sport from Toft fishing a washing line with small buzzers and crunchers.
A fantastic fishing day Wednesday with light winds from the east in the morning, which swung round to the south later in the day. Mr T Evans & Mr J Billinski landed 27 fish to the boat using lures and nymphs along the School Slips and out along the Hensborough Bank. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner fished barbless nymphs in Toft on the opposite side to the lodge to land 9 fish. Another season ticket holder getting into the trout was Brian Allwood who landed 10 fish again from Toft using buzzers. On the boats In-house guide Tom Bird took newcomer to Draycote John O’Hara out. John landed 12 fish, with his 8 fish bag going 23lb. John fished dries under Tom’s watchful eye around X buoy, Y and P buoy. Another boat utilising dries to catch well was that of Nick Dunn and Paul Angell who netted 20. They used crippled midge patterns, CDC shuttlecocks and shipman’s buzzers to tempt the fish. Like Tom and John, they found the fish at X & P buoy but also around OL and J buoy in the afternoon. Mr Foster & Mr Webb enjoyed good sport fishing dries and nymphs on a washing line to land 28 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around the middle, in the same areas as previously mentioned, but also around Toft and the School Slips. Mr Adams & Mr Brooks landed over 20 fish to the boat over in Biggin Bay using straight line buzzer and nymphs techniques.
A very warm sunny day greeted the anglers on Thursday with temperatures over 25°C recorded. Consequently the dry fly fishing was difficult for those that wanted to stick to the top of the water sport. However, this being said, season ticket holder and dry fly lover Kevin Rees did manage 7 fish all on dries through the middle. Kevin used small bits and crippled midge patterns. On the bank Mr Day landed 6 fish all on buzzers from various marks on the lake, but commented the hot weather was just keeping them from the edges. Into Friday & some great conditions saw some serious action for boat & bank anglers alike. Regular angler Jude Tuffs struggled for a take for the first three hours of her session but then found herself amongst buzzer feeding fish in Rainbow Corner. Using size 12 & 14 black buzzer 2’ & 4’ under an indicator she proceeded to net a fine 8 fish limit bag with another 9 rainbows released. Sport was that hectic that she even rang the lodge to cancel an afternoon boat booking! Ian Richardson was also back for more & described his bank sport at the Overflow as “excellent” following a 16 fish session to snail patterns & small diawl bachs. Meanwhile, out in the boat, but also in the vicinity of Rainbow Corner, Peter Elliott stuck to dries & netted some thirty rainbows up to the 5lbs bracket. Norman Perkins also did particularly well with a very respectable 8 fish limit, plus a further dozen caught & released to a mix of buzzer & diawl bach.
Very few anglers on the bank on Saturday, although Mick Cronin ventured out & enjoyed a six fish session. It was a very good day for the boat anglers generally with a rod average of 6·6 for the 61 rods on the water. There were times however, when substantial gusts made things uncomfortable for many out on the water. Interestingly, lots of anglers were reporting how difficult it was to induce takes during the main part of the day, despite seeing many fish right across the venue. However, come late afternoon someone flicked the magic switch & action was fast & furious. Andy Ross & Bob Eaton were a classic case. They had only netted one fish each until four o’clock but came off the water at five having increased that number to 19! Up near the Inlet, one was on buzzers under a bung, the other fishing lures on a sink rate 5?! Rainbow Corner, Biggin Bay & the Cornfield all featured well in the Saturday returns. Things continued in similar fashion during Sunday, which ended on a rod average of 6·16. Only two anglers on the bank but Mr Charnley commented on the “great fishing” experienced on his morning session with a five fish tally. We welcomed eight anglers from the Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers who netted a total of 51 between them with Mark Goodge taking a four pound rainbow on a buzzer from Biggin Bay. Sunday was also the last day of a three day break for a Royal Navy group organised by Ian Foxley. They ended their memorable annual visit in competition. Eleven of their seventeen strong group landed the eight fish limit with a final tally of 118 fish taken representing a rod average of 6·94. Their tactics were completely varied with some pulling small lures & blobs & others sticking to nymphing & dries. Ronnie Gent also boat fished down in Toft where he located grown on fish to his diawl bachs & buzzer teams. He ended his session with a fine 8 fish limit bag & a further 9 released.
In conclusion, a very good week all round, with best results by far for those deploying a more imitative approach with nymph or dry fly tactics. We go into next week with the arrival of some deep Atlantic lows, forecast to be bringing some very wet & windy conditions. Best advice therefore is to take good account of up to date weather reports & dress appropriately. More fine sport is nevertheless anticipated…..


Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Peter Giles of Ludlow who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 453 Number Trout Taken: 575 Number Trout Released: 1458
Total Catch: 2033 Weekly Rod Average: 4.48
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently one space available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four places available
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently four places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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.
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The Draycote Team

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 06, 2017 10:57 am    Post subject: Draycote Report 4th June Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 4th June 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
Another warm week, with temperatures into the mid 20’s for most of the week. However there where some great overcast muggy days teamed with these hot days that made for great sport in the top couple of feet of the water with a lot of fish moving out into the middle. However, on the bright warm days fish could still be caught on straight lined buzzer and nymph techniques. The week ended with a total catch of 2033 trout recorded to 453 anglers equating to a weekly rod average of 4·48.
Monday started with light winds coming from the east, a warm muggy day saw a lot of fishing moving on the top, with light showers off and on all day. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas was out on the water using small CDC shuttlecock buzzers to tempt 17 fish. Ed found the fish very willing in the morning around X, P and Y buoy. However, as the day progressed the fish became more preoccupied with small shucks and could be seen swimming around in circles with their mouths open. Mr G Davies and Mr B Lloyd enjoyed good sport boating 26 fish using buzzers and nymphs fished on a floating line, with a small booby on the point. The pair found their fish over the School Slips just past the sailing club. Mr Grant Spiller enjoyed good sport landing 24 fish to the boat using a mixture of dries and nymphs fishing along the Cornfield.
Tuesday saw another warm muggy day, however the wind had done a complete 180° change and came from the West. Mr Bettles fished the bank from Dun’s Bay to land 5 fish. He used a small white and green lure fished on a floating line. On the bank Ian Richardson landed 7 cracking fish from the Outlet. Ian used a washing line with a small snail pattern on the point and then diawl bach and buzzers up the line to land 6 rainbows and 1 brown. Fishing the Swan’s Nest in Toft, Richard Timothy landed 10 fish using small black buzzers. Out on the boats season ticket holder Tony Plummer landed 9 fish, from in front of the Inlet using buzzers and nymphs on a floating line. Tony also landed a terrific brown which he returned to the water estimated at around 6lb. John Furlong was out Tuesday for a 4 hour guide with in-house guide Tom Bird, John fished dries through the middle in the morning with Tom to tempt 5. He then went back out in the afternoon to land another 5 fishing nymphs along the School Slips. Jamie Scott enjoyed good sport on the boat landing 7 fish, 2 of them falling to big reds with the other coming to white and black bunny leeches fished on a di 5. Mr Gwenallt Ifan & Elis Ifan enjoyed good sport from Toft fishing a washing line with small buzzers and crunchers.
A fantastic fishing day Wednesday with light winds from the east in the morning, which swung round to the south later in the day. Mr T Evans & Mr J Billinski landed 27 fish to the boat using lures and nymphs along the School Slips and out along the Hensborough Bank. On the bank season ticket holder Mike Garner fished barbless nymphs in Toft on the opposite side to the lodge to land 9 fish. Another season ticket holder getting into the trout was Brian Allwood who landed 10 fish again from Toft using buzzers. On the boats In-house guide Tom Bird took newcomer to Draycote John O’Hara out. John landed 12 fish, with his 8 fish bag going 23lb. John fished dries under Tom’s watchful eye around X buoy, Y and P buoy. Another boat utilising dries to catch well was that of Nick Dunn and Paul Angell who netted 20. They used crippled midge patterns, CDC shuttlecocks and shipman’s buzzers to tempt the fish. Like Tom and John, they found the fish at X & P buoy but also around OL and J buoy in the afternoon. Mr Foster & Mr Webb enjoyed good sport fishing dries and nymphs on a washing line to land 28 fish to the boat. The pair found the fish around the middle, in the same areas as previously mentioned, but also around Toft and the School Slips. Mr Adams & Mr Brooks landed over 20 fish to the boat over in Biggin Bay using straight line buzzer and nymphs techniques.
A very warm sunny day greeted the anglers on Thursday with temperatures over 25°C recorded. Consequently the dry fly fishing was difficult for those that wanted to stick to the top of the water sport. However, this being said, season ticket holder and dry fly lover Kevin Rees did manage 7 fish all on dries through the middle. Kevin used small bits and crippled midge patterns. On the bank Mr Day landed 6 fish all on buzzers from various marks on the lake, but commented the hot weather was just keeping them from the edges. Into Friday & some great conditions saw some serious action for boat & bank anglers alike. Regular angler Jude Tuffs struggled for a take for the first three hours of her session but then found herself amongst buzzer feeding fish in Rainbow Corner. Using size 12 & 14 black buzzer 2’ & 4’ under an indicator she proceeded to net a fine 8 fish limit bag with another 9 rainbows released. Sport was that hectic that she even rang the lodge to cancel an afternoon boat booking! Ian Richardson was also back for more & described his bank sport at the Overflow as “excellent” following a 16 fish session to snail patterns & small diawl bachs. Meanwhile, out in the boat, but also in the vicinity of Rainbow Corner, Peter Elliott stuck to dries & netted some thirty rainbows up to the 5lbs bracket. Norman Perkins also did particularly well with a very respectable 8 fish limit, plus a further dozen caught & released to a mix of buzzer & diawl bach.
Very few anglers on the bank on Saturday, although Mick Cronin ventured out & enjoyed a six fish session. It was a very good day for the boat anglers generally with a rod average of 6·6 for the 61 rods on the water. There were times however, when substantial gusts made things uncomfortable for many out on the water. Interestingly, lots of anglers were reporting how difficult it was to induce takes during the main part of the day, despite seeing many fish right across the venue. However, come late afternoon someone flicked the magic switch & action was fast & furious. Andy Ross & Bob Eaton were a classic case. They had only netted one fish each until four o’clock but came off the water at five having increased that number to 19! Up near the Inlet, one was on buzzers under a bung, the other fishing lures on a sink rate 5?! Rainbow Corner, Biggin Bay & the Cornfield all featured well in the Saturday returns. Things continued in similar fashion during Sunday, which ended on a rod average of 6·16. Only two anglers on the bank but Mr Charnley commented on the “great fishing” experienced on his morning session with a five fish tally. We welcomed eight anglers from the Leicester Disabled Fly Fishers who netted a total of 51 between them with Mark Goodge taking a four pound rainbow on a buzzer from Biggin Bay. Sunday was also the last day of a three day break for a Royal Navy group organised by Ian Foxley. They ended their memorable annual visit in competition. Eleven of their seventeen strong group landed the eight fish limit with a final tally of 118 fish taken representing a rod average of 6·94. Their tactics were completely varied with some pulling small lures & blobs & others sticking to nymphing & dries. Ronnie Gent also boat fished down in Toft where he located grown on fish to his diawl bachs & buzzer teams. He ended his session with a fine 8 fish limit bag & a further 9 released.
In conclusion, a very good week all round, with best results by far for those deploying a more imitative approach with nymph or dry fly tactics. We go into next week with the arrival of some deep Atlantic lows, forecast to be bringing some very wet & windy conditions. Best advice therefore is to take good account of up to date weather reports & dress appropriately. More fine sport is nevertheless anticipated…..


Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Mr Peter Giles of Ludlow who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 453 Number Trout Taken: 575 Number Trout Released: 1458
Total Catch: 2033 Weekly Rod Average: 4.48
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until : 21:30
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:30
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 21:30
Last 4 Hours from: 17:30 until 21:30 (Ticket sales available from 17:15)
Gutting Room Closes: 21:00
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:00

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 10th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently one space available
Sunday 11th June Hosted by Jim Williams of Vision Tackle. Currently four places available
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently four places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 3:23 pm    Post subject: Draycote Report 11th June 2017 Reply with quote

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th June 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A week plagued by strong winds, this culminating with the boats being cancelled Tuesday. Despite the strong winds and the restrictions, the fish where still willing to pull back for the anglers who faced the less than ideal condtions. Overall this week 354 anglers braved the wind and where rewarded with 924 fish for a rod average of 2.6.
The week started with a gusty windy day this teamed with showers made for unpleasant fishing conditions. Despite the conditions many of the anglers caught well, Mr Brooks fished the bank in Rainbow corner landed 15 hard fighting fish. Using a washing line set up with small buzzers on the droppers and fab on the point. Out on the boats using the strong winds to their advantage to cover the water quickly on the rudder, Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey landed 18 apiece. The pair found the fish across various marks around the lake, with B buoy and the deep water holding good amounts of fish. The pair found most of their fish came to gold and silver tubes on a di 7-sinking line. Other good catches came from the Tosh Storrar party down from Scotland & Wales for 4 days. The lads caught fishing straight line buzzer or the washing line in Rainbow corner to land well into couple figures including some excellent fully find residents.
No boats could take to the water Tuesday, due to the average wind speeds being over 25mph. A few hardy souls did brave the bank, Peter Allen being amongst them. Peter landed 4 fish from Rainbow corner using small size 14 buzzers fished on a washing line. A few of the Storrar party also braved the tower bank and where rewarded for their efforts catching on straight line buzzers with a small tadpole type lure on the point.
Fortunately, the wind dropped Wednesday and the boats could go out. Gary Johnstone & C McMonagle enjoyed good sport with over 20 fish to the boat, the pair took these drifting out from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy and the deeper water, using a team of mini lures and blobs on a di 7 and di 5 sinking line. Mr J Baxter also enjoyed good sport landing 15 fish from near the outlet fishing buzzers and nymphs. Mr Pete Fisher fished in front of the Inlet on the Draycote Dam to land 12 fish, Pete’s tactics were black and green buzzers on a 25ft leader fished nearly static. Sean Jarvis & Rod Kurt also enjoyed good sport on buzzers landed 12 fish to the boat fishing the Hensbrough bank.
Thursday saw the wind drop slightly which allowed the boats to venture out of Rainbow corner for the first time properly this week. From the bank Season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 7 fish from the overflow using small size 14 black buzzers and a small black booby on the point. Another season ticket holder getting into the fish but this time from the boat was Robert Lind and his father. The pair fished in Biggin Bay to land 10 fish to the boat using minkies and other lures fished on 3 inch per second sinking line. Mr R Walker & N Barber landed 18 fish to the boat fishing buzzers at Lincroft point on a floating line. Jim Baxter and A Brunt fished around the outlet on straight line buzzers and nymphs to land over 30 fish to the boat. Tosh Storrar also used nymphs and buzzers from the boat fishing various marks around the land to land a fantastic 37 fish, with several overwintered fish in the mix as well.
A tricky day with the wind Friday, father and son team Jim and Richard Hall caught well of the bank fishing the old pipe in Biggin. They found the fish willing to take washing lined nymphs and dries, the pair commented about the amount of takes with the fish just falling off in play. Eddie Mitchell and his brother fishing the washing line to land 16 fish to the boat, fishing in Biggin Bay and down in Toft. Mr S Venti & Mr N Jones fished near the inlet on buzzers either fished on the washing line or straight lined to land 18 fish. Out on the boat Kevin Rees and John Dickens fished crippled midge patterns all day, and boated 9 fish they found the fish in Biggin bay and Duns. Friday also saw several teams practicing for the AMFC match the following day, and while they kept their cards close to the chest about specific areas. They did let us know that they caught very well fishing the washing line down the Cornfield and going through Toft.
Saturday saw the group 3 round 2 match of the Associate of Major Fishing Clubs (AMFC), with 5 six man teams taking part. The Solider Palmer B team won the match with several limits and good catches from the rest of the team. The Army tactic of choice was to fish the a 12ft midge tip teamed with a FAB on the point and nymphs up the line. They found the fish drifting from the sailing buoys in Toft onto the cornfield, and then lower down going across from the swans next. The other teams used similar tactics and areas. Although Joan Russel found the fish up near C Buoy drifting towards the bank using a slow intermediate with a pink and white blob, taking all her fish. Outside of the match in house guide Tom Bird, took the father and Son due of the McKays out for a 4-hour session. The pair enjoyed great sport calling it a “red letter day”. Tom set them both up on a team of three buzzers fished on a floating line, with the fish all coming from the willow trees in Toft. In the 4 hours, they landed 16 with Tom, then went back out using the same tactics and landed a further 13 apiece. Gary Johnston and his boat partner enjoyed good sport fishing to the left-hand side of the overflow using buzzers under the bung to land over 30 fish to the boat. Mr Houlton & Mr Naylor used dry flies around the Inlet and the top dam wall to land 28 fish with hoppers and daddies being their best patters. Mr Watson & Mr Pryde also fished those areas on dries to land 18 fish to the boat.
The wind again increased on Sunday making Toft very lumpy indeed, the gusty wind made presentation difficult, and the breeze would move the boat and the nymphs, with very little control. Vince Aronica enjoyed good sport on a variety of methods from dries to sinking lines and snakes, Vince found the fish in Rainbow corner and along to the overflow. Nick Holdsworth fished from the boat on sinking lines and lures near the lower to land 9 lovely fish. Jim Smith caught well, with 13 fish along the Draycote Dam wall and near the inlet using dries. Jim’s best patterns where big reds, ginger hopper and red Harry Potter’s. Trevor Moore fished near the inlet using a team of buzzers fished on a long leader on a floating line to land 8 fish.
The weekend also hosted 2 Jim Williams beginner tuitions days, with 9 people learning to cast and fly fish over the weekend. It was a great success with all the participants landing their first trout over the two days. Not only did they land fish they landed good fish taking advantage of some overwintered fry feeding fish that have moved onto the harbour. See out Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore for the pictures of the weekend. For more information on upcoming tuition days call the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit the website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk .
Looking forward to this next week to the strong winds are to drop Monday night giving way to what look near perfect conditions Tuesday & Wednesday with light winds and cloud cover for the majority of the day. This will allow anglers access to all areas of the lake again and hopefully get the lovely overwinter fish from the middle on dries again.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Richard Reeve of Rugby who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 354 Number Trout Taken: 256 Number Trout Released: 668 Total Catch: 924 Weekly Rod Average: 2.6
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

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently four places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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.
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Draycote Water weekly report week ending 10th June 2017
Telephone Number 01788 812018
A week plagued by strong winds, this culminating with the boats being cancelled Tuesday. Despite the strong winds and the restrictions, the fish where still willing to pull back for the anglers who faced the less than ideal condtions. Overall this week 354 anglers braved the wind and where rewarded with 924 fish for a rod average of 2.6.
The week started with a gusty windy day this teamed with showers made for unpleasant fishing conditions. Despite the conditions many of the anglers caught well, Mr Brooks fished the bank in Rainbow corner landed 15 hard fighting fish. Using a washing line set up with small buzzers on the droppers and fab on the point. Out on the boats using the strong winds to their advantage to cover the water quickly on the rudder, Rod Wilson and Jim Dempsey landed 18 apiece. The pair found the fish across various marks around the lake, with B buoy and the deep water holding good amounts of fish. The pair found most of their fish came to gold and silver tubes on a di 7-sinking line. Other good catches came from the Tosh Storrar party down from Scotland & Wales for 4 days. The lads caught fishing straight line buzzer or the washing line in Rainbow corner to land well into couple figures including some excellent fully find residents.
No boats could take to the water Tuesday, due to the average wind speeds being over 25mph. A few hardy souls did brave the bank, Peter Allen being amongst them. Peter landed 4 fish from Rainbow corner using small size 14 buzzers fished on a washing line. A few of the Storrar party also braved the tower bank and where rewarded for their efforts catching on straight line buzzers with a small tadpole type lure on the point.
Fortunately, the wind dropped Wednesday and the boats could go out. Gary Johnstone & C McMonagle enjoyed good sport with over 20 fish to the boat, the pair took these drifting out from Rainbow Corner towards A buoy and the deeper water, using a team of mini lures and blobs on a di 7 and di 5 sinking line. Mr J Baxter also enjoyed good sport landing 15 fish from near the outlet fishing buzzers and nymphs. Mr Pete Fisher fished in front of the Inlet on the Draycote Dam to land 12 fish, Pete’s tactics were black and green buzzers on a 25ft leader fished nearly static. Sean Jarvis & Rod Kurt also enjoyed good sport on buzzers landed 12 fish to the boat fishing the Hensbrough bank.
Thursday saw the wind drop slightly which allowed the boats to venture out of Rainbow corner for the first time properly this week. From the bank Season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 7 fish from the overflow using small size 14 black buzzers and a small black booby on the point. Another season ticket holder getting into the fish but this time from the boat was Robert Lind and his father. The pair fished in Biggin Bay to land 10 fish to the boat using minkies and other lures fished on 3 inch per second sinking line. Mr R Walker & N Barber landed 18 fish to the boat fishing buzzers at Lincroft point on a floating line. Jim Baxter and A Brunt fished around the outlet on straight line buzzers and nymphs to land over 30 fish to the boat. Tosh Storrar also used nymphs and buzzers from the boat fishing various marks around the land to land a fantastic 37 fish, with several overwintered fish in the mix as well.
A tricky day with the wind Friday, father and son team Jim and Richard Hall caught well of the bank fishing the old pipe in Biggin. They found the fish willing to take washing lined nymphs and dries, the pair commented about the amount of takes with the fish just falling off in play. Eddie Mitchell and his brother fishing the washing line to land 16 fish to the boat, fishing in Biggin Bay and down in Toft. Mr S Venti & Mr N Jones fished near the inlet on buzzers either fished on the washing line or straight lined to land 18 fish. Out on the boat Kevin Rees and John Dickens fished crippled midge patterns all day, and boated 9 fish they found the fish in Biggin bay and Duns. Friday also saw several teams practicing for the AMFC match the following day, and while they kept their cards close to the chest about specific areas. They did let us know that they caught very well fishing the washing line down the Cornfield and going through Toft.
Saturday saw the group 3 round 2 match of the Associate of Major Fishing Clubs (AMFC), with 5 six man teams taking part. The Solider Palmer B team won the match with several limits and good catches from the rest of the team. The Army tactic of choice was to fish the a 12ft midge tip teamed with a FAB on the point and nymphs up the line. They found the fish drifting from the sailing buoys in Toft onto the cornfield, and then lower down going across from the swans next. The other teams used similar tactics and areas. Although Joan Russel found the fish up near C Buoy drifting towards the bank using a slow intermediate with a pink and white blob, taking all her fish. Outside of the match in house guide Tom Bird, took the father and Son due of the McKays out for a 4-hour session. The pair enjoyed great sport calling it a “red letter day”. Tom set them both up on a team of three buzzers fished on a floating line, with the fish all coming from the willow trees in Toft. In the 4 hours, they landed 16 with Tom, then went back out using the same tactics and landed a further 13 apiece. Gary Johnston and his boat partner enjoyed good sport fishing to the left-hand side of the overflow using buzzers under the bung to land over 30 fish to the boat. Mr Houlton & Mr Naylor used dry flies around the Inlet and the top dam wall to land 28 fish with hoppers and daddies being their best patters. Mr Watson & Mr Pryde also fished those areas on dries to land 18 fish to the boat.
The wind again increased on Sunday making Toft very lumpy indeed, the gusty wind made presentation difficult, and the breeze would move the boat and the nymphs, with very little control. Vince Aronica enjoyed good sport on a variety of methods from dries to sinking lines and snakes, Vince found the fish in Rainbow corner and along to the overflow. Nick Holdsworth fished from the boat on sinking lines and lures near the lower to land 9 lovely fish. Jim Smith caught well, with 13 fish along the Draycote Dam wall and near the inlet using dries. Jim’s best patterns where big reds, ginger hopper and red Harry Potter’s. Trevor Moore fished near the inlet using a team of buzzers fished on a long leader on a floating line to land 8 fish.
The weekend also hosted 2 Jim Williams beginner tuitions days, with 9 people learning to cast and fly fish over the weekend. It was a great success with all the participants landing their first trout over the two days. Not only did they land fish they landed good fish taking advantage of some overwintered fry feeding fish that have moved onto the harbour. See out Facebook page www.facebook.com/flyfishstore for the pictures of the weekend. For more information on upcoming tuition days call the lodge on 01788 812018 or visit the website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk .
Looking forward to this next week to the strong winds are to drop Monday night giving way to what look near perfect conditions Tuesday & Wednesday with light winds and cloud cover for the majority of the day. This will allow anglers access to all areas of the lake again and hopefully get the lovely overwinter fish from the middle on dries again.
Weekly Boat draw:
Congratulations to Richard Reeve of Rugby who is the winner of this week’s free boat draw.
Weekly Stats:
Number Rods: 354 Number Trout Taken: 256 Number Trout Released: 668 Total Catch: 924 Weekly Rod Average: 2.6
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

Fishery News
Tuition Days- Beginners Courses
Saturday 8th July Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently four places available
Saturday 14th October Hosted by Kevin Hart and Tom Bird. Currently five places available
Call the lodge on 01788 812018 to book or for further information
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
Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.
Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825
Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website
TEFF Fundraiser. Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117
Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September
Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.
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 regard 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. Contact the visit the website www.flyfishguiding.co.uk for more information or book a slot call 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.
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