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The algae bloom stubbornly remained all week with anglers having to seek out the clearer water.

On Monday Norman Perkins caught 9 to 3lb6oz while Simon K caught 6 on red cdc buzzers, On Tuesday the big red dry fly worked for M Glover and Matt Cairns taking fish to 3lb. Midweek John Kirk opted to fish a booby catching 6 fish for his visit.

All week anglers had to seek out the clearer water which was dependant on wind direction, with our water temperature at around 17 degrees for most of the week once the algae clears we should see a marked upturn in our sport.

Overall average for the week was 1

At times like this at the height of the summer when fishing conditions can & do alter quickly we recommend you contact the lodge for latest info.

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 7.45pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 2.00pm  /  2.00pm – 7.45pm

Last 4 Hour 3.45pm – 7.45pm

All anglers off site by 8.00pm

Latest News and Information from  

Week ending 4 September 2016

 

Perfect start to predator season at Grafham and Rutland

29lb Pike at Grafham Water plus plenty of Perch and Zander

27lb Pike at Rutland Water


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 week 234(Season 27,452) Returns 87 (6,224) Rod average 2.68 (4.41)

It’s been a steady week at Rutland Water. The best fish of the week fell to Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.  Phil netted a lovely 5lb ¾oz Rainbow.

Boat fishing was good in the main basin, especially around the aerators, with some boats recording 16 fish within 3-4 hours with lures on sinking lines.  Rudder anglers drifting through the main basin capitalised on this as well, trailing tube flies/snakes behind the boat. Anglers venturing down the arms were rewarded with Keith Jones, Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward all reporting numbers of good fish of 3lb plus around the weed beds of the North and South Arms. 

Bank anglers are taking a few fish around the shoreline.  These are fit, conditioned Rainbows and Browns up to 4lb.  It’s well worth a visit to the bank – try and cover as much bank as you can, particularly the weed beds.

Prospects look very good if the weather remains settled.  There are plenty of fish in the main basin especially around the aerators. The bottom of both arms and around the miles of shoreline are worth investigating with dries, nymphs and fry patterns.  The same applies to bank anglers who are prepared to search the shoreline.

Fish are feeding on sticklebacks, fry (roach and perch), corixa, snails and shrimp.  There are no signs yet of fish feeding on daddies (there are a steady number about).  A late season hatch of olives would be interesting for boat anglers down the Arms.

Predator fishing started well for both Zander and Pike anglers.  Numerous Zander to 8lb have been taken and Pike to 27lb with reports of three other Pike over the 20lb mark.

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 14 and 15 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Boat availability is limited during the coming weekends – please book well in advance.

Best Rainbow 5lb ¾oz taken by Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.


Best boat areas                                 The main basin, bottom of both arms.

Best bank areas           Normanton, New Zealand Point, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek.

Rutland Water continued

Best methods  Bank – Dries, nymphs and fry patterns.

            Boat – as for bank and include various sinking lines and variety of lures/ tubes large and small.


Mid week boat winner                        M Hughes of Corwen.

Fish stocked    3,000.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses 11,17 & 25 September; 9,16,22 & 29(Pike) October  
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
WaterAid boat competition 16 September
Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September

Anglian Water Airflo International 3-5 October
Autumn Pairs (rudder and non rudder) 8 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 29 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 4 December

Grafham Water
Fish Season 437 (Season 18,763) Returns 82 (3,289) Rod average 5.32 (5.7)

The best fish of the week at Grafham Water was a lovely Rainbow of 5lb 4oz taken by Pat Patel.  This cracking fish was taken from the Dam on a black buzzer. Another notable catch went to Mr Whitmore who took a 4lb 4oz Rainbow. Ryan Campbell landed a 29 fish haul in a single session for the best bag of the week.

The recent change in weather conditions has meant fish are reluctant to feed.  Fish are right up in the water with anglers reporting that going beyond 3 feet is too deep.  Remember though, that fish are more likely to spook when feeding in the surface layers.

Anglers are reporting mixed results with some taking bags over the 20 fish mark and others are struggling to get a pull.  The best areas seem to be where the water has good clarity, particularly Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay and West Bank.

The best techniques are to fish floating lines with fast glass tips, diawl bachs and crunchers strung between boobies on the point and hares ears on the dropper.  There are still plenty of snails about and these are abundant in stomach contents so it’s worth trying to tempt the snail feeders.

Grafham Water continued

Areas fishing well include Savages Creek, between the two boils (drifting), the middle (drifting), the Dam and Sanctuary Bay.  Other areas worth a try are between G Buoy and the Willows.  Rainbow Point has also been fishing well so give it a go next time you take a boat out.

The Dam has been fishing very well with most fish coming early or late in the day.  Snails are the main food source for fish feeding close to the bank, with shrimp and fry also popular food items.  Diawl Bachs and buzzers are producing when fished washing line method and left to drift in an arc or retrieved on a slow figure of eight.

We are doing some bank work around the Seat, cutting back overgrown grass and vegetation, to allow for easier access for anglers.  It’s currently very shallow off the Seat, although wading out 20-30 yards to the deeper water is likely to produce fish, particularly on shrimp patterns.

The start of the lure fishing season has been fantastic with plenty of fish landed.  Perch up to 4lb have been caught with hauls of up to 200 Perch per boat in a single session.  We have had a number of Pike out this week including two 20 pounders, with the biggest weighing in at over 20lb!  Zander have also been on show with some fantastic doubles landed.

Ash Bradley says he had a fantastic day “A real red letter day saw me bank a trio of double figure zander to 11lb and one which fell just before the magic mark – a total of 12 Zander to my name”.

For all those who enjoyed, or perhaps missed out on, our first 50th Anniversary Match, now is the time to enter the second Pairs Boat Match. Join us on Saturday 24 September as we celebrate the reservoir’s 50th anniversary in style.  The match will be fished to relaxed international rules, drifting boats and no time bonus. With cash prizes and concluding with a barbecue with drinks it promises to be a very enjoyable day.  Call the fishing Lodge on 01480 810531 to enter or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Rainbow 5lb 4oz taken by B Patel.

Best boat areas            West bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat, Savages Creek, Rainbow Point.

Best bank areas           The Seat and north and south Dam, Plummers.


Best methods     See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Mr John Will of Hatfield.

Grafham Water continued

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 18 & 28 September; 7,15 and 30 October.

Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September

EYFA Youth National 11 September
Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors

50th Anniversary Pairs Boat Match 24 September

Lure Anglers 25 September

Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 1 October
B C Hall 6 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

Anglian Water Rudder Match 22 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 27 November

Pitsford Water

The rod average for Pitsford this week is a healthy 3.6 with both boat and bank anglers enjoying decent sport.  Fish are in the top couple of feet and willing to chase.

The main basin continues to fish really well with drifts across the open water proving successful.  There are also reports of fish now beginning to appear in numbers in the Narrows.

Bank anglers have had some success with the best areas being the Gravels and Northfield Shore.  The fish in these areas are now clearly feeding on shrimp and anglers using imitation patterns fished in the margins have had most success.


Competition news

EFFA Match 1 September
This EFFA match was fished against an Army team.  24 anglers caught 119 fish for a rod average of 5.  EFFA anglers caught 59 fish with the Army going one fish better at 60.  However, EFFA won with a 3lb margin.  Top individual was Ian Peberdy with 7 fish for 15lb 13oz.  Sean Hanlon was second with 6 fish for 14lb 10oz.  Third place went to John Gammon with 6 fish for 14lb 2oz.  The best fish was caught by David Froggatt with a Rainbow of 3lb 15oz.  The anglers observed a minute’s silence in memory of EFFA member Micahel Stevens who sadly passed away on 10 August.

Pitsford Water continued

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 5 and 6 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Forthcoming events

Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses  16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA Match 8 September.

East Midland FF Match 11 September

Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September

Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October

MNTF Match 9 October

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish Season 10,083 Returns 1,464 Rod average 6.8
A week of mixed sport at Ravensthorpe and on some days trout have been difficult to tempt with fly. Season ticket holder Grant Gibson enjoyed some good sport on Thursday.  Grant took 8 fish on a claret hopper.  His boat partner also took three fish on dries.  Frazer Duffy Junior had a good day on Thursday taking 5 fish on bob’s bits.

The fish are up in the water and small dries fished on top have been the best method. Claret hoppers, small daddies, bob’s bits, cdc’s are all worth trying, drifting across the main bowl.

Bank anglers have been catching one or two fish from the Dam or Platform 5.  Small dries, diawl bachs or nymphs on a floating line are the best method.

GWFFA Dry Fly Day and BBQ at Ravensthorpe  on Sunday 21st August 2016.
16 members of GWFFA enjoyed a day at Ravensthorpe  where only dry flies were used. The bright and very windy conditions proved challenging from drifting boats. Most fish were caught in the calmer water near The Clump, The Domes and The Tall Willows. All the fish caught were released. Top angler on the day showing great skill with the dry fly was Brian Calvert using a size 16 green CDC. Other anglers caught on orange and fiery brown Bobs bits.

Result
1st       Brian Calvert                           10 fish.
2nd      Martin Brocklebank                   7 fish.
3rd       Harley Smith                           6 fish.

Best Rainbow 2lb 8oz taken by Paul Miley.


Best boat areas                                    Main Bowl.

Best bank                                            Dam, Platforms 4,5 and 6.

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        J Spencer of Northampton.

Report

Monday kicked off with the reservoir fishing well with a rod average of 5.7. The method for the day was dries and nymphs, with dries taking the majority of the fish. On the boats David and Mark Prior had good sport landing 21 fish to the boat all on dry flies. They found the fish coming off Draycote Dam drifting towards A-B Buoy and over the Aerators. Also out on the boats using dries to catch 15 fish was season ticket holder Kevin Rees who landed 15 fish coming from Draycote wall towards B Buoy. Paul Cramp also had a good days sport using Crunchers to land 11 fish, from around the Aerators.

Tuesday the good sport with dries continued, with the bank anglers also cashing in on the good sport. Tony Broadway and Gordon Slack fished the North shore in Dun's bay and the cornfield to land 7 fish a piece using big reds Tony also commented how he must have missed about 12 fish during the course of the day all coming up to the dries. Out on the boats John Dickens and Alex Urquhart had a great days sport on dries landing 31 fish to the boat using various dry fly patterns taking long drifts from Draycote Dam going across to A-B Buoy and then further into the middle of the lake. The best boat pairing came from K Coley and B Taff who landed 36 fish using muddlers pulled through the top of the water.

Wednesday saw changeable day weather wise with cloud giving way to bright sun. On the bank season ticket holder Dennis Jones landed 6 fish from the outlet and Duns Bay using a floating line with a small booby on the point with small diawl bachs on the droppers as Dennis found that the fish were right on the surface. Also out on the bank was Tony Broadway who again landed 7 fish from Biggin Bay again on dries. Mick Hanlon also had good sport for the last four hours landing 5 fish all on dries. Out on the boat Yousef Dar had an enjoyable days sport landing 17 fish using nymphs and dries Yousef found the fish along Draycote Dam wall and then drifting along Hansbrough bank and then going out through the middle. Derek Edwards and Arthur Owen landed 25 fish to the boat all on dries with hoppers and daddies being the best patterns. Eugene Hughes took to a boat landing over 30 fish to the boat. Eugene found the fish on a number of different methods, either a floating line washing lining with nymphs, or on a Di 7 or Di 5 sweep using various lures,with the fish coming drifting from the Tower towards P Buoy.

Thursday was near perfect conditions with a light ripple and overcast skies all day, as a result the dry fly fishing especially from a boat was fantastic. Jude Tuffs had a good day from the bank landing 5 fish on dries John Dews also had a good day from the bank again landing 5 fish. Out on the boats Tony Kirk and Ruth Kirk landed 15 fish from the Aerators on a rabbit pearl booby. Season Ticket holder Jim Hall had a good day using CDC dries to land 10 fish, Jims top areas being the top Dam and the Aerators. Hugh Benham also used dries to land 12 fish with Carrot flies and Shipman’s being the top patterns.  Stan Hillman enjoyed good sport on the bank taking 11 fish. Then having a red letter day on the boats was John Dickens and Kevin Rees who landed 55 fish to the boat using dries. They found the fish drifting from Duns bay along to Biggin. The pair fished various dries with crippled midge and emerger patterns really catching well.  Another boat pairing having fantastic sport was season ticket holders Tony Plummer and Colin England who landed 24 fish from dries in the Aerators.

Conditions on Friday made the fishing more challenging than that of the previous day with strong Westerly winds and sunny conditions. Paul Beasley had a good day from the bank landing 6 fish on orange and brown buzzers fished on a floating line. The best catch from the boats saw Steven O’Hara, who was down with the McGregor’s on a three-day break, land 12 fish using pinks snakes fished on a 3 inch per second sinking line around the Aerators. The McGregor party caught using snakes on sinking lines landing 29 fish between the four of them.

Conditions improved on Saturday with the winds dropping to give a good ripple on the water. The conditions first thing looked perfect with overcast skies. However this did then give way to more bright sunny weather. Out on the boats regular Ifor Jones had a fantastic day landing 24 fishing taking them from B buoy the Aerators and then through the middle of the lake.  The McGregor’s again caught well again landing 29 fish using similar tactics as the day before. Mr Gunnell enjoyed good sport out in the boats landing 8 fish all coming to orange daddies and hoppers, while his boat partner Dave Lang landed 5 to the same flies. Mr Nataly landed 10 fish on Hog Daddies and gold ribbed hare ears. Mr Tappingden enjoyed good sport from the bank on bobs bits and diawl bachs landing 10 fish.

The conditions for Sunday were ideal at times with a light rippled, however, wind kept changing conditions which made presentation challenging. A number of anglers said while they caught well with the rod average of 4.4 the fishing was tricky with a number of fish coming short and just coming and swirling at the dries and not taking them confidently. The best catch came from the boat with Mr Pattinson and Mr Farrell catching 34 fish to the boat all taken on snakes in various colours in a 5 inch per second sinking line. Mr Booth and Mr Nixon enjoyed good day’s sports using dries to land 20 fish, with 12 of those being over 3lb.   Kevin Rees also used small crippled midge pattern in the middle of the lake to land 11 fish. Finally Russ Jackson had a good day using buzzers from the boat to land 12 fish.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 306    Number Trout Taken: 404    Number Trout Released:  924

Total Catch:  1328  Weekly Rod Average: 4.3

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    20:30

Boat All Day:   08:30     until     20:30

Boat Part Day:  AM    08:30 until   14:30PM   14:30   until 20:30

Last 4 Hours from     16:30    until    20:30   (Ticket sales available from   16:15)

No Gutting of Fish after 20:15

All Anglers to be off site by 20:45

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.

Congratulations to Richard Pelly of Greens Norton, Towcesterwho is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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. The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Forthcoming events:

Beginners Tuition Day on Saturday 17thSeptember hosted in house by our own Kevin Hart & Tom Bird. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would 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 20:30

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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.

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Tel: 01530 230807

Surface water temperatures in the main hovered at 18.5c last week, considering it August that’s cool for  us, combined with overcast conditions, stiff breeze & cool nights we enjoyed a far better week fishing with our rod average at 1.8

Surprising for August the Thornton arm produced best with good numbers of fish to be seen moving through the surface, most anglers found a floating line with small diawls & hares ears fished static was the best combination, although the washing line with an orange or black booby on the point also worked as did the dries with the big red, daddy & size 14 G&H sedge taking fish.

A few of the big claret buzzer showed this week, they are around 2 weeks early, as they show in increasing numbers the good old traditional wet fly “Mallard & Claret” does well.

Water clarity is good with just a hint of algae.

Chris Sayer fished a morning session with his granddaughter Millie, between them they caught 7 trout, Bob Jones fished a diawl bach to catch 12 trout, Mark Hunt fished dries to record his 10 fish. Szymon fished with his 9 yr old son Jakub catching 5 trout see our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore Szymon returned next morning in his float tube to catch 15 trout, Matt Vickers & R Cattemull shared a boat and caught 11 trout for their mornings fishing

Generally, the morning session continues to fish best. 

A very good week for fishing at Bewl. The trout are on or near the surface and spread out across the water, providing plenty of good sport for all. Water quality has improved and the 'Bubble' is running aerating the lake and turning the water over. Anglers have reported catching up to 21 fish on catch and release permits and rod average for the week based on returns, is an excellent 4.03.

Best areas for boats have been across the Main Bowl and Hook Straight. Bank angling is more difficult as the fish are in the deeper water but a few are being caught from the Dam Wall and Chingley.

Successful flies have been lures such as Minkies and Boobies. Orange blobs are proving particularly popular.

The "Golden Trout" has not been caught yet. For an extra £2.50 you can enter the competition to catch and be in with a chance of winning £2,500.00.

Water temperature 19degC - water level 88%

Top 25 Fish of the Week

   

lbs

ozs

Rainbow

Blue

Brown

3

1

1

   

3

1

1

   

3

0

1

   

2

5

1

   

2

4

1

   

2

4

1

   

2

3

1

   

2

2

3

   

2

2

1

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

16

   

2

0

5

   

2

0

3

   

2

0

8

   

2

0

2

   

2

0

8

   

2

0

4

   

2

0

2

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

2

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

6

   

2

0

2

   

1

12

2

   

1

12

1

   

Statistics from Returns

Total number of returns: 40

Total Rainbows from returns: 161

Total Blues from returns: 0

Total Browns from returns: 0

Total fish from returns: 161

Rod Average from returns: 4.03

Average fish weight: 1 lbs 13 ozs

Best Rainbow caught by: Ed Gregan/Mr Handy - 3 lbs 1 ozs

Lovely fish caught earlier this season during July. Another slight improvement with the rod average, with one calm evening this week producing fish on the surface.

Otherwise most fish have been caught on lures using sinking lines, wjilst drifting across towards the east shores.

     
     
     

Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 2.08 with 96 fish caught by 41 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 3lb 8oz caught by Mr Mathews & Mr Hilton-Barker

The heaviest Blue was 2lb 12oz caught by Mr Neale

There were no browns recorded this week.

Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around buoys 4 & 5, Dam wall, main basin and the dam wall.

Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were Boobies, Black & Green Fritz, Cats Whisker, pink snakes hot head Damsels.

Intermediate and sinking lines D17 & D13 with long leaders have proved the most successful.

Pictures

It's good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.

Please don't hesitate to email photos of your catch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.

We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!

Casting Lessons for beginners

An Introduction to fishing with a fly.

An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing, the course covers basic casting, knots and entomology. Our qualified instructor will provide all equipment for the course - you are welcome to bring your own. The sessions start at 10am and will last for approx 2 hours. 

The next casting lesson is on Sunday 28th August 2016 - click here to book 

Autumn Open Competition

The Autumn competition date has been set as Saturday 8th October. The price and format will stay the same as previous years. As usual we expect this competition to be fully booked so book early to avoid disappointment! Bookings can be made online here

Booking Online

It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.

 
     
     
     
     
     
     

Fishing has improved vastly over the last week. The water temperature has dropped to 20c. and the trout are on or near the surface. Rod average for the week based on returns is 4.93. Water quality has improved too. Catch and release for fly fishing has been reinstated for as long as the water stays cool enough.

Best areas for boats have been across the North shore of the water including the Main Bowl and Hook Straight and also Chingley Point. Best areas for bank fishing are Chingley and the Dam Wall.

Successful flies have been blobs, boobies, Cormorants and Hare's Ears.

Don't forget that for an extra £2.50 you can enter our Golden Fish competition and if you catch the tagged trout you win £2,500.00.

Winner of the prize draw for July is Gordon Buky-Webster who wins a free boat.

Water temperature 20degC - water level 88%

Top 25 Fish of the Week

   

lbs

ozs

Rainbow

Blue

Brown

2

5

1

   

2

4

4

   

2

4

1

   

2

4

1

   

2

4

1

   

2

3

1

   

2

2

53

   

2

2

48

   

2

2

16

   

2

2

8

   

2

2

14

   

2

2

1

   

2

2

1

   

2

2

1

   

2

2

1

   

2

2

5

   

2

1

1

   

2

1

1

   

2

1

2

   

2

0

3

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

2

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

1

   

2

0

4

   

Statistics from Returns

Total number of returns: 42

Total Rainbows from returns: 207

Total Blues from returns: 0

Total Browns from returns: 0

Total fish from returns: 207

Rod Average from returns: 4.93

Average fish weight: 2 lbs 1 ozs

Best Rainbow caught by: G Brown/A Lucas - 2 lbs 4 ozs

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6ft Water Temperature   16C , Clarity (Secchi disc) 3m.

As part of our encouragement to get anglers to fill out catch returns (including returned fish) we have a fortnightly draw from the recording sheets. THIS WEEKS WINNER OF A FREE WEEKDAY BOAT FOR 2 (CATCH AND RELEASE) IS J. WALKER (K/K) from Ayrshire.

Catches were quite good in today’s overcast weather and were a bit better than in the recent bright and windy weather of recent with good bags reported from Gateside Bay, the Gap, Kate’s Brae and International Bay. Stocking rates have continued at 1000 or more over the last few weeks - despite this being our traditional quite phase, with folks being away on holiday.

The last of the Scottish club Heats were fished on Saturday

Baynes Tackle Callander and Southside Decorator Boat League

It was lucky heat 13 for Jim Mckinlay when he listened to his boat partner Donnie McBeth who suggested going down to Katies Brea to Lochend  as he had a good catch last week It worked because Jim got 10 fish using blobs and cormorants on a slow glass line. 2nd was Mark Stevens with 7 fish and 3rd was John  Maestri with 6 fish. Prize this week went to Mark Stevens who got the £25 voucher from James Bayne Tackle shop. John  Maestri got the bottle of whisky from Andy smith of southside decorating and Jim McKinlay chose the towel from the Lakes range of merchendise. With only 2 weeks to go its looking like Brian Mckenzie will retain the trophy for winning the league. The 25 anglers netted 83 fish.

Jim McKinley

Scottish club Championship Heat 13 - K.Miller

Saturday night was the last heat of Scottish Club Championship and 12 teams competed. Conditions were very good at the lovely Lake of Menteith with a south westerly breeze.  As in previous heats few fish were feeding on the surface, and the boats heading out did the usual split of half going westerly to Silage pits, Malling Shore and Gateside Bay.   Other half south to International  Bay, Chapel Site and Kates Brae.  10.30pm saw end of the heat with 54 trout having been caught and 8 being released. Total weight was 122lb 12oz.    This again showed conditions had proved very hard for many anglers.  Top team on the night was Drumbowie Fly Fishers (Pictured) trio of Arthur Donaghy, Allan Daisley and Joe Lee. They had caught 8 trout for 19lb 1oz  2nd place to Falkirk Municipal AC  team of Ian Scott, Tom Sneddon and Norrie Breckonridge with 7 trout for 16lb 9oz.  3rd place to Loanhead & Dist AC team of Derek and Stuart Marklow and Dougie Johnston with 7 trout for 15lb 2.5oz.  Top 5 anglers on the night qualifying for the Champions of Champions were Ian Scott, Falkirk Municipal with 4 trout for 10lb 2.5 oz. 2nd Joe Lee Drumbowie FF with 4 trout 8lb 2oz.  3rd  Brian Lockie  Thistle AC with 3 trout for 7lb 2.5oz  4th   Ralph Fleming  Firecats  with 3 trout for 7lb 0.3oz    5th  Allan Daisley  Drumbowie FF with 2 trout for 6lb 3.7oz.

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Heaviest trout on the night was a rainbow of 3lb 13.9oz caught by Ian Scott of Falkirk Municipal AC.  Captains of winning team, team runners -up, Captor of best catch and heaviest trout, all received engraved commemorative bottles of whisky and beer, courtesy of Lake of Menteith Fishery.   4th placed team on the night was Saturday AC, with 6 trout for 14lb 4.4oz, and they will go into the draw for the last semi final place.  

These two pictures taken by Photographer Paul Barr

Fishing Report

Week Commencing 1st August 2016

 

Mr Thompson, 2lbs 5oz rainbow, caught on a olive lure

 

Slightly cooler weather at the beginning of the week helped to reduce the water temperature slightly but still the fish are reluctant to bite.

Those caught have been found over open water on intermediate and sinking lines.

A distinct lack of insect life at the moment is not helping.

The rod average albeit marginally improved this week.

Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 1.12 with 63 fish caught by 56 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 2lb 12oz caught by Mr Deakin

The heaviest Brown was 2lb 8oz caught by Mr McParlane

Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around buoys 4 & 5, Dam wall and main basin.

Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were Black & Green Lure, Cats Whisker, pink snakes, Olive Damsel, boobies and crunchers

Intermediate and sinking lines with long leaders have proved the most successful.

Pictures

It's good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.

Please don't hesitate to email photos of your catch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.

We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!

Casting Lessons for beginners

An Introduction to fishing with a fly.

An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing, the course covers basic casting, knots and entomology. Our qualified instructor will provide all equipment for the course - you are welcome to bring your own. The sessions start at 10am and will last for approx 2 hours. 

The next casting lesson is on Sunday 28th August 2016 - click here to book 

Autumn Open Competition

The Autumn competition date has been set as Saturday 8th October. The price and format will stay the same as previous years. As usual we expect this competition to be fully booked so book early to avoid disappointment! Bookings can be made online here

Booking Online

It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.

Report

What a difference a week makes! After the mini heatwave the week before last it is pleasing to be able to report that things have cooled down and the trout have reacted accordingly. Whilst we are at that time of the season where the fish often  “sort the men out from the boys”, some of the sport experienced this week, particularly to well-presented dry fly tactics, can only be described as fantastic. Bank anglers have enjoyed periods of good sport, but generally, as one would expect for late July, the cream of the fishing has been enjoyed by the boat anglers. The aerators have been on all week &, again as expected, much of the action has taken in that area.

Regular Dennis Jones nevertheless managed five from the bank on Monday morning at the overflow whilst Peter Bierenacki fished dries the last four hours on the bank to net seven. Season rods Ed Douglas & Kevin Rees went afloat & also fished dries netting 25 & 17 respectively.

Tuesday proved to be a harder day generally, particularly for the bank anglers. However, out on the water Eugene Hughes showed his consistency with a total of 28 to a mix of pulled lures on sinking lines together with half a dozen quality fish to the dries. Our own Tom Bird partnered up with Andy Taylor for a mini session on the dries to land a total of fourteen.

It was the boats again on Wednesday with Thornton anglers Richard Dayman & Norman Perkins netting 22 between them to a variety of surface tactics. Dave Hesletine was also afloat that day & it is good to report that many of his ten fish total came to that great old traditional wet fly pattern – the Mallard & Claret.

On the bank on Thursday Terry Tappenden led the way with a four fish catch  with Peter Bierenacki returning for a later session to also net four but comment how it had been “bright, flat calm & (therefore) slow”. It was once more better out over open water with Geoff Preston enjoying sport during his regular morning boat session. He took 12 with two over 4lbs on his favourite Olive Wholly Bugger pattern presented a few feet down. Graham Homer partnered up with Roy Taylor & both fished Bob’s Bits to take 20 fish between them. Kevin Rees was afloat once more, again in action with his dry flies, this time netting 21.

Gordon Slack had a good morning session on the bank on Friday with half a dozen fish to the net. Also on the banks was Ian Richardson who admirably demonstrated the “match the hatch” concept with an excellent nine fish total taken on a mix of snail, shrimp & dry fly patterns. “A cracking day – brilliant!” was his parting comment on the session. Dave Kennell & Eddie Mitchell were also enjoying fine sport in the boat describing their session as “Fantastic! …Fish up to four pounds plus & all on dries!” They landed 23 between them. Richard Ellis & John Hurst also shared a boat and enjoyed a tremendous day with 37 to the boat. They used various tactics & flies ranging from snakes to muddlers & dries.

Although Saturday proved to be an astonishing day for the boat angler, Dennis Jones returned for a repeat morning session on the bank to land another five fine rainbows. Steve Gibson also managed four from the bank during an afternoon session. Meanwhile action out over the boils was frantic with fish mopping up dries left right & centre. Amongst the action was Adam Larbalestier & Ben Bayliss who netted in excess of forty between them, Peter Elliott & Alex Urquhart who amassed a total in excess of fifty plus David Hoppe who was also a “thirty plus” rod. All were fishing dries & hoppers.

The week ended with many eight fish limits in the Mid Northants boat event on Sunday. Top result on the day came to the boat partnership of Martin Rowson & Neil Deakin who “mixed & matched” snakes & dry fly tactics for a total of 46 fish to the net.

Signs for the coming week bode well. As I write, regular Paul Lloyd has just come off the water having netted a dozen on hoppers.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 335Number Trout Taken: 435    Number Trout Released:  1053

Total Catch:  1488Weekly Rod Average: 4.44

Current Fishing Times :

Bank:  07:30 until    21:00

Boat All Day:   8:30     until     21:00

Boat Part Day:  AM    8:30 until   14:30  PM   14:30   until 21:00

Last 4 Hours from:     17:00    until    21:00   (Ticket sales available from   16:45)

No Gutting of Fish after 20:45

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:15

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 counter in the gutting room next door.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Brian Moore of Coventry who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.

Demo Tackle

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.

The Sage One is currently in the process of being phased out. Very limited stock left. Contact the Lodge for details of special offers.

tp://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/demo-tackle-3/

Forthcoming events:

John Horsey Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships two heats Sat 6th August & Sun 7th August(Floating Line only heat). Some limited availability still - to book for this competition contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jim Williams Tuition Day on Sunday 7th August. Two places on the course are left. Contact the lodge to secure a place or book online via www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Bank Angler Car Park

Angler Car Park number 7 will remain partially closed while Severn Trent repair a footpath and will be using the car park to store stones for the repairs. Anglers wishing to fish in the areas below car park number 7 will have to park in either car parks 6 or 8 and walk to the area.

Selling of Fish

Anglers are not allowed to sell fish to members of the public on site.

Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.

Anchoring

Boat anglers are also 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. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

Tight lines 

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