Mixed weeks weather, sleety cold showers, rain but milder at the weekend. The rain on Wednesday did reduce the water clarity but thankfully not enough to put off the fish.
The trout remain close in on the banks giving bank anglers good sport, boat anglers at times just couldn’t get close enough in. Its noticeable as well that on certain days the trout had a preference to take flies fished in towards the bank, hence the reason bank anglers had a good week
The shallows opposite the lodge, wood, corner of the wood & lonesome pine continues to provide the best sport with bank anglers using floating & intermediate lines while boat anglers used intermediate & mid range 3 – 4 inch/sec sinkers.
Mick Hanson & Nev Welsh fished from a boat catching 10 trout each, Pete Cox on the same day fished bloodworm patterns from the bank and recorded 8 trout. Mike Oliver used a pheasant tail from the bank returning 15 trout with Phil Cross opting to fish from the bank using a cats whisker to catch 10 trout. B Burton continues to use his black & green patterns on a floating line from the bank recording 11 trout. S Smith caught 20 from a boat on bloodworm & cats whisker with Mark Hunt using dancer patterns from a boat recording 18 trout. Danny Lovegrove & Bob Middleton took themselves down the Markfield arm towards the turn raft catching their fish from this area on damsel patterns & cats whisker.
Tel: 01530 230807
If you're coming to fish from the bank be sure to bring wellingtons or waders
Overall average for the week was 3.4
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 5.45pm
Countdown to the new season
Opening dates for Anglian Water’s ‘big four’
Ravensthorpe 24 February
Pitsford Water 25 February
Grafham Water 3 March
Rutland Water 10 March
Open House at Pitsford Water
Saturday 18 February
Come and meet Anglian Water’s Fisheries team from 10am to 3pm.
Choice of four Season Permits
starting at £265 and valid at all four of our great fisheries
Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;
Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,
Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105
Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021
Ravensthorpe Reservoir will be the first of our fisheries to open on Friday 24 February, followed by Pitsford Water on Saturday 25 February. Grafham Water opens on Friday 3 March and Rutland Water on Friday 10 March.
Open House at Pitsford Water 18 February – fishery opens 25 February
Come and meet Anglian Water’s fisheries team from 10am to 3pm. This is a great opportunity to meet with fishery staff. There’s also the chance to brush up on your casting skills with Peter Hartley our senior coach. As well as the usual rods Peter’s going to have a couple of salmon rods handy for anyone who wants to try double handed casting. Flash Attack Flies and Snowbee will be present. Free sausage baps and hot drinks will be served, copies of our new Hooked 2017 magazine will be available and season permits will be on sale.
Fisheries Manager Jon Marshall says “We are really looking forward to meeting anglers for a chat about the new season. One of the highlights will be the draw from last season’s ticket returns which will see one lucky angler winning a Gold Season ticket to fish the 2017 season for free!”
Ravensthorpe opens Friday 24 February
Plans for the new season are well under way. The overall rod average in opening week last year was 7.2 and expectations are high for some good sized fish.
Grafham Water opens Friday 3 March
Following an exciting and enthralling season in 2016 everyone at Grafham is looking forward to welcoming anglers back on 3 March.
Rutland Water opens Friday 10 March
2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of fishing at Rutland Water. Stocking will commence very early in March with Rainbows and Browns. Any overwintered fish showing at the start of the season should be in tremendous condition.
Anglian Water Airflo International
We are now taking entries for this great 6 man team competition – so don’t miss out. There are regional heats throughout the UK and the top teams come forward to fish the prestigious International final at Rutland Water in early October. For more information about the competition and to print an entry form go to www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/AWAI.aspx
A good weeks fishing, if a little cold at times, with bank & boat anglers catching with the shelter from the cold easterlies given by the bank opposite the lodge fishing best.
When the wind has allowed the lonesome pine area has fished well
At times the bank fished better than the boats with the trout within yards of the bank, with bank anglers using a floating or intermediate line with green & black or white & green lures & damsel producing best, although a few anglers who opted to fish buzzers or nymphs caught, with Phil Harding catching 17 on black crunchers.
Lee Henfrey fished the bank and caught 18, Geoff Tomkinson also bank fished catching 20 trout, John Simpson caught 11 from the bank, Jan Webber decided to fish the bank instead of his usual boat and was rewarded with 19 fish on a red headed damsel & small minkie.
It’s not unusual at this time of year for the bank on some days to fish best, although boat anglers also returned good numbers in particular members Steve Windram & Phill Cross who boated 26 between them
If you’re coming to fish the bank we recommend you wear wellingtons or waders.
Clarity remains good.
Overall average for the week was 5.7
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.00pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 5.00pm
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Closing November 30th
Fry feeding along the lodge beach and boat pontoon continuing yet again this week with trout still feeding well during the early part of the week. Excellent water clarity also continues. Water levels are now dropping leaving plenty of room on the banks.
Mr D. Hudson tried bank fishing on Monday and enjoyed a good mornings fishing netting 6 rainbows on minkie and black damsels.
Scott Wilson had two visits last week finding plenty of fish in the middle of flamingo bay on a sweep line and fry imitations.
By the end of the week with the warmer days and cooler water the trout were moving well around Hut point and Flamingo bay as Mr Vinny Sail found taking 12 trout on both klink hammer and buzzer. Season permit holder Ricky Cotterall found the pike on his trout lure after netting a fin perfect 5lbs rainbow trout he then went on to land three double figure pike and lost two over 20lbs.
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We are now offering limited fly only pike fishing. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long Forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace,All fly’s to be 4 inch or longer in length. All pike to be returned.
2017 Season Permits, If you’re interested in receiving information on availability of season permits at Foremark we recommend you contact the lodge to avoid any future disappointment.
Dates for your diary
Closing date for 2016 season 30/11/16
Opening date 2017 season 01/03/2017
Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote
A Reminder For Bank Anglers
From Monday 11th April 2016 we have negotiated with our landlord STW a trial period to the 31st November 2016 which allows us to bank fish along the first 400yds of the DAM WALL
Certain restriction will be in place for anglers fishing the Dam Wall, they must not disturb any of the stones facing the dam, lifejackets will need to be worn supplied if required at the lodge, access on & off the dam wall will be from one area (the pontoon / lodge end) which will be clearly marked
Number Rods: 44 Number Trout Taken: 23 Number Trout Released: 45
Total Catch: 68 Weekly Rod Average: 1.5
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30am till 16.15
Boat All Day: 08:30 to 16.15
First 4 Hours: 08:30 until 12:30
Last 4 Hours from: 12:15 until 16:15 (Tickets on sale from 12.00)
All Anglers to be off site by: 16.30
Please note that because of the shorter days we have now split the day into the first 4, and last 4 hour permits, priced accordingly. A full day boat will still be priced as normal as will the 4 and 8 fish permits.
All anglers to be off site by: 16.30
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 windowsill by the entrance door.
Tel: 01530 230807
Fry patterns generally were the order of the day last week although the diawl bach, hares ear and buzzer continue to take some fish.
The trout are moving into the margins and both the arms with our advice to keep on the move until you find feeding fish paying dividends.
Trevor Pegg found the fish feeding on the fry from the corner of the wood all the way down the Markfield arm eventually boating 6 fish to 3lb6oz on a silver 'Humungus', Mike Cupitt caught 5 to 5lb6oz with Dave Pritchard taking 4 for his short morning session on a stick fly. Mark Hunt fished the weed beds opposite the lodge using a yellow dancer, damsel & cruncher to catch 14 with Adam Gunby using a variety of fry patterns to boat his 6 fish
As Thornton enters its last full week of the season and with a rod average of nearly 2.0 with a reasonable forecast were looking forward to a reasonable weeks fishing
Overall average for the week was 1.9
Thornton 2016 Closing date is Sunday 20th November
Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am
Full Day Boats 8.30am – 4.15pm
Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm / 12.30pm – 4.15pm
During this period with shorter days our part day boat session, morning & afternoon will be charged at the last 4 hour rate.
All anglers off site by 4.30pm
Trout Taken 133(7971) Catch and Release 64(11617) Rod Returns 76(3952) Fish per rod 2.59(4.95)
Season’s totals in brackets
The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association Fur and Feather Boat Competition was held on Wednesday 19th October 2016 and nineteen EDFF members fished Eyebrook for the last outing of the season. Although the day was breezy, with a brisk northerly wind, thankfully the rain did not make an appearance. A couple of days earlier the wind had been in a better quarter, and the rod average was much higher, but with the cooler and stronger wind, the fish seemed harder to come by. There were a few blanks, and most anglers came back with hard luck stories of fish that had got away. The figure three at one stage seemed to be the magic number, several anglers weighing in 3 fish, and a couple had lost 3, then along came the top rod for the day, Horace Wood to spoil it all with 5 fish landed. The rod average for the 19 anglers was only 1.5, but would have been a lot higher if all the missed fish had stuck. Harold Pritchett caught the heaviest fish of the day, a rainbow weighing 2lb 7oz. Later in the fishing lodge, members of the Teamwork Trust from Northamptonshire were welcomed who had collaborated with EDFF members recently in the Snowdon Challenge to raise funds for both organisations.
Syngenta held their annual corporate event at the fishery and all enjoyed Eyebrook hospitality including breakfast rolls and a fish and chip supper, but again, a cool northerly wind had done nothing to improve the fishing, the eventual winner of this event was Gareth Debenham with six fish.
Pike fishing began at the beginning of the month at Eyebrook with lures and sea dead baits, one the best fish caught weighing 20lb was caught by Andy Baldock of Northampton on a lure. Sean Cahill caught a fine mid teen pike on a lure as did Adam Ford of Milton Keynes with a well-conditioned 16lb pike. Jobe Burnham caught a fine 13lb pike, and many other pike anglers have caught good numbers of jack. More recently a 25lb 10 oz pike was caught on a float fished dead bait by James Dawson.
The Eyebrook Fur and Feather Boat Competition will be held on Sunday 30th October 2016, the last day of fishing at Eyebrook for 2016. All are most welcome to this event, normal day permits and boat prices will apply plus a £5 entry fee, and please don’t forget to bring a prize for the table. All monies raised at this event will be donated to our chosen charity The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association, Registered Charity No 800452.
For your Chance to Win a Day Motorboat Hire at Eyebrook Trout Fishery simply register your details at Eyebrook fishing lodge or at our on-line booking facility, please send in your name and contact details including your email address and we will enter you into our weekly prize draw for a day motorboat hire at Eyebrook Trout Fishery. Normal day permits are applicable. And this week’s lucky winner is Clive Moore.
Welcome to Eyebrook Pike Trials 2016 – 1st to 30th October 2016 Pike fishing using lures and sea dead baits only. A number of boats have been allocated on each day throughout October for pike fishing. We do hope that all trout anglers respect the pike fishermen and vice versa, and that these trials may once again prove beneficial and of interest to all parties. For more information and rules regarding pike fishing at Eyebrook go to www.eyebrook.com and click on the predator motif
Week ending 18th September 2016
Trout Taken 104(6810) Catch and Release 136(10940) Rod Returns 74(3336) Fish per rod 3.24(5.32)
Season’s totals in brackets
Eyebrook Trout Fishery season ticket holder Stuart Bilsdon of Uppingham has been catching plenty of hard fighting top quality rainbow trout on daddies. Gary Legge fished claret hoppers to good effect and caught ten rainbows while boat fishing recently. Ian Simmons and Neil Benjamin enjoyed their visit to Eyebrook from the north- east and caught on daddies and bibios. Season ticket holder Bill Whittle of Grantham was content with a brace of fish taken on a green and white tadpole and included a deep hooked brown trout that weighed 3lb 9oz, Bill also caught nine fish last week from the main basin on black buzzers. The eventual winning pair in ‘Bennetts Bash’ boat fishing competition organised by Mick Bennett were Tim Polito and Calum Naylor with eight fish for 14lb 13oz and in runners up position were Nodder Bennett and Adi Naylor with six fish that weighed 11lb 10oz.
After a pretty reasonable sort of summer it’s finally that time of the season with the water now cooling and the weed beds slowly but surely dying back, the resident trout are now being more frequently caught on daddies and floating fry patterns.
Forthcoming Event - The Blue Trout Trophy...This friendly boat match between the Eyebrook regulars and members of the English Disabled Fly Fishers Association was fished to Eyebrook fishery rules, who will win the Blue Trout Trophy 2016 ? Match Date Sunday 25th September 2016 - Normal day permits apply with a £5 entry fee. Anyone interested in participating in this 'cut throat but friendly match' please leave your name and details on the entry form in the fishing lodge booking office 15 boats available
‘Catch me if you can’, Tagged Trout Competition Along with the usual top quality rainbows the Eyebrook Trout Fishery have been stocking for the 2016 season a number of tagged fish have also been introduced into the fishery. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' Competition and your chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 that can be redeemed at the fishery for permits, boats, tuition or even toward payment on season tickets. To qualify as a winner you must have first registered your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge, entry fee £5.00, the competition runs until the end of fishing 2016... and good luck!
For your Chance to Win a Day Motorboat at Eyebrook Trout Fishery simply register your details at Eyebrook fishing lodge or at our on-line booking facility and send in your name and contact details including your email address and we will enter you into our weekly prize draw for a day motorboat at Eyebrook. Normal day permits will still applicable. And this week’s lucky winner is Michael Stanley
Welcome to Eyebrook Pike Trials 2016 - The fishery will once again be introducing pike fishing on the 1st October 2016 using lures and sea dead baits only. A number of boats have been allocated on each day throughout October for pike fishing. We do hope that all trout anglers give respect to the pike fishermen and vice versa, and that these trials may once again prove beneficial and of interest to all parties. For more information and rules regarding predator fishing at Eyebrook go to www.eyebrook.com and click on the predator motif.
General Boat Bookings are now being taken so to reserve boats or any other general fishery information call 01536 772930 alternatively boats can be booked online at www.eyebrook.com
And catch up with the Eyebrook Fishery Website at www.eyebrook.com absolutely full to the brim with fishing tips and all your fly-fishing related questions answered at ‘Millers Tails’ And for those of you who tweet, you can now follow us on Twitter @theEyebrook, if you’re on Facebook like our page at www.facebook.com/eyebrook
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Unusually hot, sunny weather for mid September meant another challenging week of fishing at Bewl. Rod average for the week based on returns is 1.11. The fish are mainly in the deeper, cooler water. Some are showing on the top but were not showing any interest in flies or bait. There are also still algae blooms in places but water quality was beginning to improve at the end of the week and the temperature was dropping with cooler days and nights and some rainfall.
Boat anglers that have caught have had most success in the Main Bowl. The Dam Wall and Ferry Point are the areas for bank fishing although it is still difficult.
Best flies to try are Boobies and Blobs. There are lots of Daddies about and the advent of cooler weather will mean that the fish show more interest in feeding.
The Annual Grand Max competition took place on Wednesday 15 September. 78 anglers caught 76 trout in the difficult conditions giving a rod average of .97.
Winners were Team Grand Max with 11 fish weighing 19lb 5oz.
Water temp. 22c water level
Top 25 Fish of the Week
Statistics from Returns
Total number of returns: 91
Total Rainbows from returns: 101
Total Blues from returns: 0
Total Browns from returns: 0
Total fish from returns: 101
Rod Average from returns: 1.11
Average fish weight: 1 lbs 11 ozs
Best Rainbow caught by: John Turner - 2 lbs 14 ozs