ANGLING: Compiled by Simon Green

Simon Green
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Trout fishing news from Draycote Water

Draycote weekly fishing report

Monday 28th April – Sunday 4th May 2014

Yet another excellent week albeit made tricky on occasion by changes in wind directions & some cold morning starts. Morning frosts have still not completely left us.

Nevertheless, fish have been moving freely most days and many have also moved over open water. At times a pre-occupation on tiny buzzer has frustrated many anglers, particularly during the morning sessions. Larger buzzer, mainly black, have tended to hatch a little later and mid-afternoon to evening rises have been excellent, especially when it has been warm. I have seen more rising fish during the course of this past week-end than I have done Once more it is clear from the returns that those anglers using smaller, imitative patterns have enjoyed more productive sport.

On Monday Mark Francis took 16 from a boat on a buzzer & klinkhammer combination. Brian Froggatt managed 20 using size 14 emergers& small buzzer.

Not to be beaten by the nymphing anglers, Mr Severn took an 8 fish limit for 27lbs on large lures fished deep from the boat. His catch included a 5lbs brownie.

Testament to the spread of fish currently, Draycote regular Geoff Allsop fished from the bank on Thursday with size 14 spiders and Diawl Bachs. He reported having a great day catching a total of 31 from Hensborough, Toft, Tower Bank & Dunns!

On Friday, George Denny gave up his usual boat in order to make a rare appearance on the bank. His catch included a 5lbs brownie which he caught from the Cornfield on a Damsel.

Numerous regular holiday visitors spent the Bank Holiday week-end with us on our three day package. The McGregor Party from Scotland enjoyed consistent sport in Rainbow Corner, the Farborough Bank and Toft. Their combined tally exceeded 230 fish, representing a daily rod average for them of over 15. Their Welsh counterparts, headed by Gary Davies, caught similarly with Gary himself catching in excess of 150. His catch included rainbows of 7lbs 8oz and 8lbs 8oz – the best fish of the week.

Best sport of the week came on Friday & Saturday when both days maintained a rod average of over eight.

Best flies have been buzzers, small Diawl Bachs and crunchers. Damsels continue to take many fish & various emergers and dries, including Bob’s Bits, are becoming increasingly significant as things begin to warm up. Blobs and boobies have also been effective for many.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

Weekly Stats:

Number of rods for the week: 315 Number of fish taken: 530 Number of fish released: 1508

Total Catch: 2038 Rod Average: 6.4 Best fish: 8lbs 8ozs Rainbow

Current fishing times:

Bank 07:30 until 20:45

Boat 08:30 until 20.30

Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.30pm

All anglers to be off site by 21:00

Up and coming events

Bank Fishing is closed for one day on Friday May 16th as Draycote hosts the prestigious Rolls Royce bank fishing competition, with 70 bank anglers from all over the country taking part.

Scierra pairs competition Draycote heat Sunday 22nd June, you can call in to the lodge to pick up an entry form or visit .

July 13th Rio Boat Pairs Match – now in its 4th year. Friendly match and atmosphere. Excellent prizes down to tenth place.

Entry £25 per person plus fishing fees.

To book please call the Fishing Lodge on (01788) 812018.

Bank anglers’ car passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge and book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.