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NEWS

Latest News and Information from Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Pitsford Water & Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Week ending 20 August 2017

 

Steve’s stunning week at Grafham
Steve Battle’s 8 fish bag exceeds 34lb
and includes the best Brown at 5lb 3oz and the best Rainbow at 5lb 1oz

Superb  5lb 4 1/8oz Rainbow is best of the week at Rutland
Martin Hearth takes the best fish

Pitsford Water in excellent form
Best Brown of the week weighs 5lb 2oz for Mr Salt




www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure

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

Rutland Water
Fish 944 (season 31,778) Returns 206 (5,786) Rod average 4.58 (5.49)
A good week’s sport here at Rutland Water produced a rod average of 4.58 for the week. Anglers have reported some quality sport mostly over open water, with the sailing club across to Spud bay, the harbour frontage to the church and long drifts in the main basin producing. Sykes Lane along to ‘U buoy’ has also produced along with the tower in the North arm and drifting the middle of Manton Bay. The most successful tactics have revolved around FAB’s in various colours and hoppers/diawl bachs up the cast. Dropping down to size 12’s on the nymphs has definitely made a difference to results.

The fish are generally being found high up in the water with midge tips to a fast glass being the preferred choice of lines. The rudder anglers have had plenty of sport in the areas previously  mentioned  with a Di3 or even fast glass showing how well up the fish are, snakes and tubes being the go to patterns. Martin Hearth and Jim Watts ventured down the South Arm on the rudder near the sailing club and took their respective limits with a fine 5lb 4 1/8oz specimen rainbow falling to Martin on a tube.


Local angler Dan Pitcher has the knack with Rutland's bigger rainbows.
Dan enjoyed a brief session on Tuesday off the bank and managed a superb 4lb 7oz specimen, with the fish falling to a small suspender minkie. Bank anglers are picking up fish on the peninsula and the Fantasy end of Normanton bank. Fish are moving late on in the day and a subtle, patient approach with dries or floating fry is the order of the day.
However, fry feeding fish are slowly but surely showing, the activity in a lot of areas is happening over the open water of the reservoir.


Rutland hosted the annual Zandermasters competition on the 19th with 56 anglers taking to the boats to target Rutland’s zander population before the start of the lure fishing season. This friendly competition utilises the increasingly popular tactic of vertical jigging, a very successful method of fishing for zander. A strong westerly wind made life difficult for competitors to achieve the desired presentation of their lures. Despite this plenty were caught with John Wheeler coming out on top, Richard Coles in 2nd and Rikki Cooper 3rd. A good competition well organised by Steve Collett and held in the right spirit saw everybody enjoy themselves.    


Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League.
The last evening of the boat league was fished on 15 August.
Top rod on the night was Keith Jones with six fish, best fish and boat winner was Chris Simms with a 2lb 12½oz  Rainbow.

Rich Cooper repeated his 2016 victory by taking the prize for overall top rod of the league. Richard came into the final night’s match with an unassailable lead and was presented with his £50 gift vouchers before the match.

Rutland Water continued

The overall best fish of the Tuesday Night league this season was recorded by big fish man, Keith Jones who took a 4lb 7oz Brown on the first night of the league.

Final placings are as follows

1stRichard Cooper98 points

2ndKeith Jones88 points

3rdNeil Squires57 points

4thHilary Tomlinson37 points

5thSean Hillaby29 points

6thGary Cooper28 points

A big thanks to all who took part this season and for the great banter afterwards as usual! Thanks also to “Sid’s Fish and Chip Shop” of Stamford for the supper; Hilary Tomlinson for supplying the cakes last week and to Neil Squires’ wife for the banana cake on the final night.

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Rainbow5lb 41/8oz taken by Martin Hearth of Hambleton.


Mid week boat winnerD Evans of Swansea.

Fish stocked3,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   27 August; 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

English National 1-3 September (all boats booked)

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs 23 September

Grafham Water
Fish 301 (season 16,139) Returns 70 (2,522) Rod average 4.3(6.4)

What a difference a week makes! Anglers have experienced some great fishing at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle claimed the best bag of the week at over 34lb – one of the best bags of 8 fish we have seen for some time. Steve accounted for both the best Rainbow of the week (5lb 1oz) and the best Brown at 5lb 3oz. Other noteworthy fish in his bag included two 4lb 10oz Rainbows, one of 4lb 6oz and two other fish of 4lb and 4lb 6oz.

It’s been one of those magical weeks in regards to larger specimens being caught. Nearly half the fish landed have been close to, if not over, the 3lb mark with many larger fish causing arm aching sport. Amongst those catching notable fish was Will Warine who caught a cracking 4lb Rainbow. Andrew Cox, a regular visitor to Grafham, often finds himself amongst the big fish, and this week he recorded a 4lb 10oz Rainbow.

Boat anglers are finding fish in open water, particularly in the middle of the day, with most achieving good results on floating lines. This week the red bodied diawl bachs and ptn’s have proved very popular amongst the anglers with good fish also coming to crunchers and hoppers on the overcast days. Shrimp activity has vastly increased in front of the visitor centre, Willows and on the bowl of the dam so it’s worth bringing a pattern or two with you for these areas. Fish are also steadily coming off the north shore, though we suggest the mouth of the bays as a much more likely spot for a fish.

Bank anglers found it a bit tougher early in the week, but conditions improved as the week went on. We have worked on re-opening access along the Willows on the north shore and also from Sludge Point to the Seat with a number of access points for wading, and in some areas back cast room too. There are fish to be caught in these locations as it’s been left alone for a good while and could be harbouring a few of our brownies, making the walk there worthwhile. The vast majority of bank anglers are using shrimp patterns to catch their bag, though it’s worth fishing fry patterns and snail too, not forgetting the nymphs and diawl bachs. Floating lines are the more common option, particularly along the dam.

Competition news

Mark Haycock Grafham Pairs Match

This was a great match and fished to a rod average of 5.6. Thank you for the continued support of the pairs matches.

Congratulations to the top rods who were Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzel, with a combined total of 16 fish for 36lb 13oz. In second place were Tom Finney and Mr Cooper with 16 fish for 34lb 7oz. Third place went to Mr Beaumont and Mr Hall with 16 fish for a cracking 32lb 15oz.

Grafham Water continued

Predator fishing

It’s been a good week on the predator front with Pike, Perch and Zander all showing themselves in a multitude of locations. The north tower and the trench are probably the best areas to start your day with many reports suggesting the action is better earlier rather than later in the day. John

Moore had a lovely pike this week caught on the fly, weighing in at a fantastic 20lb 8oz, so well done John a cracking fish.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

Best Rainbow5lb 1oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best Brown5lb 3oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best boat areasRainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (m buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areasDam, Plummers and north shore.

Mid week boat winnerMichael Love of Bedford.

Fish stocked2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

Pitsford Water

Fish 241 (season 8,458) Returns 51 (1,824) Rod average 4.7 (4.6)

Anglers have enjoyed another good week at Pitsford Water. Mr Salt had a great day boat fishing and took 6 fish including the best fish of the week.  This lovely 5lb 2oz Brown was in superb condition and was taken with a Daddy from Sailing Club Bay.

Both trout and predator anglers have enjoyed some great fishing with lots of quality fish coming to both methods.  The rod average for trout anglers is 4.7 for the week.

Both the bank and boats are fishing well with plenty of fish caught between 3-5lb. The bank continues to fish well along the Gravels, Sermans and Cliffs, while the boats are reporting fish being well spread out from the dam and main basin, the narrows and causeway. The fish are in the top three feet of water and feeding on shrimp, snail, pinfry and daphnia.

Lure anglers have had lots of success fishing around the vast weedbeds and the Pike and Perch have been obliging with good catches.

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Brown5lb 2oz taken by Mr Salt.

Mid week boat winnerColin Best of Peterborough.


Forthcoming events
During July and August anglers are permitted to lure fish for trout.
Beginners courses  24 August; 9,15,20 & 30 September; 7 & 22 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir


Anglers have enjoyed some good fishing this week with better weather conditions and a cooler water temperature.  Doug Wibley and Mr Joy started the week off with 4 fish each on cormorants and shipmans buzzers.  Mick O’Farrell had 6 fish one evening on dries. A settled period of weather will see further improvements. The bank is still fishable, but waders are a must.

An Osprey flew over the reservoir on Wednesday.


Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.


Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Water Temperature – 15C, Clarity (Secchi disc)1.8m.

The water clarity has reduced in the past few days but that’s not reducing the catches, areas doing well include cages, stable point, up behind dog island, butts bay and in front of the lodge. Flies doing well are diawl bachs, candy booby, red headed damsel.

On Wednesday night the penultimate night of the boat league 21 anglers went out and caught 65 fish. Top rod was Last year’s winner Brian Mckenzie with 10 fish, he caught his fish up at the Plantation using dries, second was Les Grant with 8 fish hr caught his fish in front of the hut using Bobbies ad cormorants, and third was Stuart Ingles with 8 fish, he caught his fish on boobies up at the cages. This Weeks prizes went to Les Grant he got the bottle of whisky from Andy Smith of Southside Decorators and Stuart Ingles got the £25 voucher from James Bayne Tackle shop in Callander.

 

There has been a few nice brownies caught this week.

Top left David Fulerton and Graham McKinley from Port Glasgow with a pair of 4lb + fish.

Top right David Mateer from Inverness  with one about 6lb returned.

Left Top rod from the recent youth international Jordan Queen with a nice one about 6lb.

Tel/Fax 01877 385664

www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk

 

The 2017 season opened on Saturday 18th March in a wee heaven sent weather window. The fishery highlighted the accessibility of boat fishing for the Young and also for the Young at heart. In recognition of our most important customer group - the "Young at Heart", two of our regular customers Bob Ralston and Joe Oliver from Aberfoyle carried out the official opening ceremony... Bob has been fishing the Lake since the opening year in 1966 and spoke about the changes he had seen over the years at the Lake and what a special place it is and Joe splashed the whisky. Piper Stewart Marshal gave us half an hour of his great tunes before jumping into a boat with Malcolm Miller and then later weighing in 6 fish for 20lbs with 7 returned. A total of 454 fish were recorded as being caught by the 32 boats, of which 41 were killed for a total weight of 97lbs, 4ozs. (5 boats did not mark in). The whole scene was superbly captured by Craig Somerville of Angling Active on video and Paul Barr with his camera (have a look at our facebook page - follow the link https://www.facebook.com/menteithfisheries ).Some boats did very well in the calm morning on buzzers, whilst others faired better with lures when the wind got up. Best areas on opening day were the Butts and Hotel Bay but catches were well spread. A midge tip line worked well until the wind arrived in the afternoon. The most notable point of the day was the large number of overwintered large (6-9lbs) fish in the catches. These fish were stocked at the end of October and have indeed proved to be cormorant proof - as evidenced by the large number in the catches. To finish off the day a hog roast and refreshments were served.

 

Overturned Boat - Sunday 19th

The weather went downhill quickly with two very windy days then one of snow and we had an overturned boat. The details of the event are now described. Gust of around 30km per hour from the weston Sunday 19th, encountered a boat travelling broadside on to the road shore. The boat was nose heavy with a large angler sitting above the bow seat on a very heavy plank with strap on seat. The boat was travelling at full throttle on a 4hp engine and large amounts of water came in over the bow. The angler sitting at the front was facing malling and his seat was off centre. The large amount of water destabilised the boat which turned upside down (leeside went under first). The man on the outboard's lifejacket was lying in the boat and he held on to the boat which was lying almost level with the surface due to the buoyancy tanks - whilst shouting for help. The man in the bow who was wearing a life jacket was able to cling to his tackle whilst awaiting rescue - which was luckily near at hand (water temperature 4.5C).

 

The mistakes

1. Failure of any angler to be wearing the lifejacket despite instruction.

2. Failure to slow down or change direction sufficiently to prevent dangerous amounts of water coming into the boat.

3.Failure of man in bow to reposition to middle seat to prevent waves breaking over the front and also failure of bowman to lower centre of gravity and to centre himself in the middle of the boat when it became unstable.

 

The weather looks set to stabilise with high pressure developing.

 

Below left Bill Osborne with a brace; on right Gerard Pequegnot with another and John Buchanan's Pike.

 

Tight lines to all for 2017.

Wear a lifejacket or don’t go out. 

Eyebrook Reservoir

Tel: 01536 772930

Opens 23rd March

 

We are pleased to announce Eyebrook Reservoir has joined the group of fisheries Draycote, Foremark & Thornton managed by Ifor Jones

 

With a preseason stocking of 5500 trout we are expecting an excellent opening, visit our facebook page Flyfishstore to see the latest stocking pictures & video

 

Returning to work at Eyebrook will be Jobe, David & Simon with Lee Henfrey spending his time between Draycote & Eyebrook

 

Lodge will be open from 7.30am for bank anglers to book in with boats available from 8.30am

We will be operating the same pricing structure that we use at our other water with the permit loyalty card & boat loyalty card valid at all our waters

 

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 18.00

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 18.00

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 13:30

Afternoon Boats: 13.30 until 18.00

Last 4 Hours from: 14.00 until 18.00 (Tickets on sale from 13.45)

All anglers to be off site by: 18.30pm

Until further notice (due to broadband issues) we can only accept cheque or cash as payment

Visit our new fishery website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Draycote Water weekly report week ending 18thMarch 2017

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

Report

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 spotshowever,those who did brave the conditions were rewarded for their efforts. The rod average this week came in at 8.3.

On Mondayseason 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 studentsinto 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 Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 18.00

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 18.00

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 13:30

Afternoon Boats: 13.30 until 18.00

Last 4 Hours from: 14.00 until 18.00 (Tickets on sale from 13.45)

All anglers to be off site by: 18.30pm

 

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.

Tight lines

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Foremark has continued with some fabulous early season sport, during the last week over 1300 trout were caught! During the week.

 

On Monday the sailing club bay and Flamingo bay was the area to be with plenty of fish eager to take damsels and black and green lures. Tuesday was a lovely spring day with a slightly overcast day with a light warm breeze, the banks fished well all day but the afternoon was superb with the last four-hour permit being popular and productive. Derby County Angling Club member netting 19 fish on damsels in the morning and buzzers on a floating line in the afternoon. The weather on Wednesday was very bright and calm almost like summer with the temperature going to 17 degrees this did slow the fishing down during the middle part of the day but as the sun became lower in the sky flamingo bay and verdons point came to life. The boats fished better than the banks during the day, being able to access deeper water. Mr T Cook and his boat partner Mr C Cook took 28 fish between them on intermediate lines near Flamingo bay. Mr D Hussey fished from the bank on Thursday and netted 25 fish on a Pittsford pea while Mr P Harding and Mr J Perry took 40 fish to their boat. By Friday the banks and the boats fished well again with damsels doing the business. Buzzers produced the better results on Saturday again round Verdons point and flamingo bay. Derby County Angling Club members Mr P Webb And Mr C Wilkins enjoyed their Sundays fishing netting over 40 fish between them from the banks. Mr G Moody also netted 24 trout and his fishing partner won the bragging rights by netting over30 fish.

Sunday Foremark Fly Fishers held a joint bank and boat match with 13 rods catching a total of 104 fish for a match average of 8.

Six rods fishing from a boat and 7 fishing from the bank, the bank produced the more consistent better weights with the overall winner being Mr Dave Steer with a weight of 16lbs 11oz for 8 fish, he also caught the biggest fish being 3lbs 8oz.

 

For more up to date information call the lodge on: 01283 703 202

Take a look at our latest pictures on our Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

 

Foremark has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck

We are now offering 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.

 

Dates for your diary

Beginners courses 25th March, 16thApril, and 27th May 9.30 to 3.30 £65.00 call the lodge for details and to book your place.

 

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 & Eyebrook

 

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 168 Number Trout Taken: 353 Number Trout Released: 952

Total Catch: 1,305 Weekly Rod Average: 7.7

 

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 18.00

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 18.00

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 13:00

Afternoon Boats: 13.00 until 18.00

Last 4 Hours from: 14.00 until 18.00 (Tickets on sale from 13.45)

All anglers to be off site by: 18.15

 

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 window sill by the entrance door.

Tight lines

70 acre

101 rods caught 406 fish for weekly average of 4.0. Fishing was steady all week although the changing weather and winds this week did affect fishing especially at the start of the week. Notably, this week were

lots of black buzzers hatching so not surprisingly the fish started feeding on them, best tactics therefore, were buzzers and diawl bachs fished either on bung, washing line or fished slowly on floating or

intermediate lines. Other successful flies were damsels nymphs , Green and white or black and green lures and orange fritz patterns.

 

Kirby fly fishers held match on Sunday won by F. Parker with limit of 8 fish for 16 lb. 10 oz. runner up T. Retallik whose limit weighed 15lb but included the best fish, a lovely overwintered rainbow of 4lb 1 oz.

Rod average for match of 4.75

 

Other notable catches this week included Tut Miles who caught 14 in a short morning session on Thursday and Mark Hunt who on Saturday netted over 20 trout on small black buzzers fished on a washing line. Fish

still in the margins so best areas still opposite lodge, wood bank and around the lonesome pine.

 

We advise bank anglers to bring waders.

We would remind boat anglers that they are required to give way to bank anglers and unless mutually agreed to keep 40yds from other boats and bank anglers 

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 4.0

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 6.00pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.30pm  /  1.30pm – 6.00pm

 

All anglers off site by 6.15pm

Telephone Number 01788 812018

 

Report

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 was11.0

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 holderMr 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 14and 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                 13:30until 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 aninvaluable member of  Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglersin 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. 

Telephone Number: 01283 703202

 

Foremark has continued with some fabulous early season sport, during the last week a further 1800 trout were caught!

On Monday intermediate lines with black fritz damsels and boobies were doing the business. Derby county anglers Mr A and Mr S Hayward took over 30 fish to their boat while on the bank Mr A Topping fished the bank in flamingo and landed 18 fish in a afternoon session. Tuesday the fish were well up for it with 37 rods taking 397 fish for a rod average of 10.7 Floating lines did well when fished with a long leader as season permit holder Mr B Burton found taking 27 from the bank. Mr N Bilsbrough also had a very good day (thank you for the nice comments in the return sheet). Wednesday Flamingo bay and the sailing club banks was in action again fritz black and green lures intermediate lines being the most successful method. I Buckley R Jeffrey, M Julian and G Tomkinson all caught over 20 fish each. Thursday a switch to buzzers or crunchers or even a muddler helped to put extra fish in the net. Friday Mr S Wilson, J Machin, P Fitch and J Wooffinden all fished the banks around Flamingo bay and reported some very good catches, on a variety of flys and methods.  Another stunning day on the banks on Saturday with the sailing club and flamingo bay round to hut point fishing very well and the boats started to do well season permit holder Mr R Cotterill netted 14 trout and a upper double pike. Sunday followed the same pattern as the rest of the week

Saturday, Coppenhall fly Fishers held a bank match with 19 rods taking part, catching 202 fish for a match average of 10.6 top rod was Mr P Pomfret who weighed in his 4 fish limit for 11lbs 14oz he also took the best fish of the match a 3lbs14oz rainbow. He also released 20 others. He was closely followed by Mr G Moody with a weight of 10lbs 2oz for his 4 fish also released another 8 fish.

Sunday Derby Fly Fishers held a bank match with 16 rods catching a total of 171 fish for a match rod average of 10.6over all winner Mr C Wilkins with 26 fish second was Mr R Jeffrey with 22 fish Mr P Webb was next with 16 fish.

For more up to date information call the lodge on: 01283 703 202

Take a look at our latest pictures on our Facebook pagewww.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Foremark has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck

We are now offering 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 flies must be attached to a wire trace. All fly’s to be 4 inch or longer in length. All pike to be returned.

Dates for your diary

Beginners courses 25th March, 16thApril, and 27th May 9.30 to 3.30 £65.00 call the lodge for details and to book your place.

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

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:   237   Number Trout Taken:  411   Number Trout Released:  1411

Total Catch:   1,822       Weekly Rod Average: 7.6

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 17.45

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 17.45

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 13:00 

Afternoon Boats: 13.00 until  17.45

Last 4 Hours from:  13.30 until 17.45     (Tickets on sale from 13.30)

All anglers to be off site by: 18.15

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Early part of the week we were recommending anglers visited one of our other waters Foremark or Draycote as the clarity at Thornton was still poor following storm Doris.

By Thursday our conditions had improved with boat and bank anglers catching with the milder conditions seeing the first tentative buzzer hatch.

Some of the trout quickly switched onto the buzzer with anglers reporting seeing trout head and tailing and on spooning some of the fish caught it revealed that buzzers were on the menu.

The trout remain close in on the shallows along the Thornton arm & wood corner although some fish were also been taken off the lonesome pine.

Floating lines or intermediate with buzzers, suspender buzzer, diawl bach, Montana, dancer, damsel and cats whiskers have all taken fish this past week.

We advise bank anglers to bring waders.

We would remind boat anglers that they are required to give way to bank anglers and unless mutually agreed to keep 40yds from other boats and bank anglers 

New for 2017, Thornton has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck and get those entries rolling in.

Overall average for the week was 4.0

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.45pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm  /  1.00pm – 5.45pm

All anglers off-site by 6.15pm

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