TROUT FISHING: Simon Green’s column

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I finally have some good news for you regarding the reopening of Draycote Water!

After a wasted year of no fishing and messing around for no reason in particular Severn Trent have finally leased the water out again with the lease being taken on by Thornton Trout Fishery Owner Ifor Jones.

The lake will be run by Craig Barr and will open this coming Thursday (today as you read this) and close again on 30th November.

The fishery will open at 7.30am and boats will be available from 8.30am.

There will be a choice of four day tickets and a season ticket all with a catch and release option!

6 fish and catch and release - £24

6 fish and catch and release (OAP/Disabled) - £22

3 fish and catch and release - £20

3 fish and catch and release (OAP/Disabled) - £18

1 fish and catch and release - £16

1 fish and catch and release(OAP/Disabled) - £15

Last four hours ticket - 1 fish and catch and release - £10 Last four hours ticket (OAP/Disabled) - 1 fish and catch and release - £9.50

Season permit : 100 fish season ticket with a maximum 6 fish per day limit and a members discount on boat hire - £575 There are also two different 3 day permits available allowing you to fish both Draycote water and Foremark Reservoir:

Two anglers + Boat + 6 fish limit and catch and release - £175 Two anglers + Boat + 1 fish limit and catch and release - £145

Boats:-

Full day boat (2 anglers) - £22

Full day boat (1 angler) - £19

Part day boat - £15

Last four hours boat - £10

Boat anglers will have the same fishing areas that they had in the past and will be able to drive to the boat pontoon to unload their tackle but will in future be required to park in the car park!

There will be limited bank fishing areas and these are:- The grassed area both sides of Toft Shallows and all the bank from : Toft Shallows,Cornfield,Biggin Bay,Dunns Bay to where the Grass Bank meets the stones at Draycote Bank.

There will be no fishing allowed from any of the Dams or The Stoned Banks.

Unfortunately the facilities are going to be pretty basic for a start and will be operating from the Garage/Storeroom situated in front of the pontoon but the staff are busy turning this building into a temporary lodge.

This is being used due to the building work Severn Trent Water are preparing to carry out on the site during the next few months.

The other problem that this has caused is that getting a second temporary phone line has not been possible so there will be no access to a credit/debit facility so payment will be by cash or cheque only!

Bank Angler Car Access:

The perimeter road access for bank angler is restricted to 30 vehicles at any one time!

We recommend bank anglers call the Lodge and book a car pass to avoid disappointment.

Access to the perimeter road will be controlled via a gated system,bank anglers will be required to ensure that gates are kept closed and they park in the parking areas provided!

The general public will not be allowed to drive around the reservoir, except for Blue Badge Holders the number of who have access will be controlled by Severn Trent Water.

Hopefully this is the start of a new era at Draycote Water and although things are a bit limited at the moment and there may be a few teething problems at least we have the fishery back in the hands of fisherman!

Please give the new owners a chance and time to settle in and with a bit of luck and help it can once again become the world famous trout fishery that it was in the past!

Rutland Water

Fish week 2,297 (season 3,597 ) Returns 414 (651) Rod average 5.54 (5.52) Anglers at Rutland Water have experienced another excellent week with many limits being taken again. The best fish of the week was taken by George Kennerley of Oadby, Leicester, who weighed in a 5lb 5oz Brown caught whilst boat fishing last Wednesday. Darren Dodd of Ibstock landed the best Rainbow of the week at 5lb 2oz. Anglers from across the region enjoyed some outstanding sport and terrific quality fish whilst competing in the Northern heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International - see competition news.

The exceptional fly life with masses of buzzer hatches each day has seen fish crammed full of both large and small varieties. Fish are mainly being caught deep with long leaders fished very slow to static.

One or two fish are on the move on calm days with a few being taken on dry flies. Numbers of over wintered fish are still come out and all are in excellent condition.

The popular Tuesday Night Boat League starts on Tuesday 10 May. This is open to all anglers - please contact the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.

Grafham Water

Fish week 835 (season 3374 ) Returns 122 (612) Rod average 6.84 (5.51) Anglers are enjoying some excellent fishing at Grafham Water with a rod average of 6.8. The warm weather has brought on the buzzer hatches with a vengeance with the west end of the lake fishing particularly well (as it did in 2010 at a similar time of year). The best methods seem to be either straight lined buzzers fished almost static, on either a midge tip or floater, or in really calm conditions buzzers under the bung. Nymphs like diawl bachs or crunchers fished almost static, again of a slow glass, are catching fish. Regular anglers are comparing the fishing at Grafham to the good old days with smoke stacks of buzzers over most trees around the water’s edge.

With the increase in invertebrate activity the resident over wintered fish have started to show more with many anglers reporting entanglements with large fish which are stripping them to the backing!

Best Rainbow:- 4lb taken by Mr A Booty.

Best Brown :- 5lb 2oz taken by Rosemary Gunn of Offord Darcy.

Best boat areas:- Valley Creek, L buoy, Hill Farm, Hedge End, the Stumps.

Best bank areas:- Plummer Park, Lodge bank, Harbour, Deep Water Point.

Call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 827 (season 4,448) Returns 150 (704) Rod average 5.51 (6.31) Some lovely fish have been taken this week in superb condition including a 9lb 12oz Rainbow for Stan Hillman of Banbury and a 7lb 8oz fish to Dave Richardson, both fell to buzzers. Mick Griffin caught and released a nice Brown of approx 7lb during the Troutmasters fish off. Andy Stanbridge also fished catching a 26lb Pike on the blob.

The continued milder weather has ensured plentiful hatches of chironomids at Ravensthorpe and this has provided anglers with some great sport.

During the day particularly in bright conditions try buzzers under the bung and vary the depth or use a long leader. Mornings and evenings have seen some prolific rises so fish on the top or just sub surface with small nymphs, buzzers and dries.