Thornton Fisheries News 9th February 2021

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Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook Fishery News

Hope you are all well, some of you will have received your vaccination.

We are understandably receiving an increasing number of calls asking when we’re going to open at Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook.

Thornton should have opened on the 1st February which we postponed. 1st March Draycote & the 5th March Eyebrook are the dates we published for their opening.

Will we open on those dates?

The government has set out a timeline that the whole country is currently working towards during this lockdown, which is based on vaccinations, hospital admissions, new case numbers & sadly deaths.

Government Lockdown Timeline

Monday 15th February Government reviews the current lockdown

Monday 22nd February Government informs parliament of any changes & in their words “roadmap out of lockdown”

By Tuesday 23rd – 24th February, it should be becoming clearer what guidelines or restrictions we will all be working under.

Our current plans

Staff continues to prepare the fisheries, Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook for an early March opening.

We have confirmed with our fish suppliers that preseason stocking will start as planned during late February, we have also confirmed with our petrol engine supplier that they will be fitted as planned to the Draycote & Eyebrook boats.

By February 23rd – 24th, we should be in a position to confirm with our customers of the opening dates & any guidelines/restrictions we will be working under.

It is likely the phone lines will be busy as anglers call for confirmation, we have updated the fisheries website www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk     www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk    www.flyfishthornton.co.uk which will be updated with the latest news, you can also join our fisheries email group and receive the latest news & reports by adding you details to the “join our fly fishing community” box located on the fisheries website home page.

You can also follow us on our various social media pages

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The good news There are no price increases for 2021 we have introduced due to demand a new 2 fish kill + catch & release permit @ £21.50.

Extra fish will be stocked into Eyebrook & Thornton with the 2lb average sized trout for Draycote maintained. On each of the fisheries website, we have added a “Stocking Policy Page” which helps to explain our stocking policy decisions based largely around the warmer summer water temperatures were seeing and catch & release.

Thornton Update 8th January 2021

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Thornton Update 8th January 2021

The Angling Trust having made further representations to government on the 7th January & have issued government guidelines that allows us to fish locally. You can read the latest guidelines on the Angling Trust website https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/

We again owe a depth of thanks to Jamie Cook and the Angling Trust for all their hard work on our behalf, not least in ensuring at long last that government and their agencies see angling in a positive light which can only help angling in the long term.

Throughout last year we worked within the government restrictions & Angling Trust guidelines constantly reviewing the way we operated to keep my staff & our customers safe at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. I will take the same approach as we prepare for the 2021 season at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook

Currently Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook are closed for the winter with Thornton due to open on the 1st February, 1st March for Draycote & the 5th March Eyebrook

Having reviewed the latest government restrictions & guidelines I have taken the decision to postpone Thornton`s opening until I see the outcome and any potential changes to the guidelines following the government’s lockdown review on February 15th

I will be contacting bookings for Thornton we already have & will not be taking any further bookings until I see the outcome of the 15th February lockdown review.

We will notify you when we have a confirmed opening date for Thornton.

With over 7 weeks to the 1st March, we are currently working towards open Draycote & Eyebrook on their advertised date.

Stay positive, keep safe & well, we will see you out fishing

Ifor

 

 

2021 New Year Update

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6th January 2021 Fisheries Update

The Angling Trust has confirmed following consultation with government that fishing will not be allowed during the current lockdown you can read the statement here https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/

The next government review date for the lockdown rules will be on February 15th 2021 hopefully by then the vaccine rollout & the impact of the lockdown will see a reduction in the infection rate.

Currently the lockdown rules prevents Thornton from opening on the 1st February 2021 as yet I don’t have a definite date for Thornton`s opening, that will depend on information we will receive following the government’s review on the 15th February.

It makes sense therefore not to take any bookings for Thornton until we see the outcome of the review. Any one booked at Thornton up to the 15th February will be contacted.

With Draycote & Eyebrook not due to open for another 8 weeks which takes us to 1st March for Draycote & 5th March for Eyebrook we will continue to take bookings for those two fisheries and continually review and work within the guidelines.

During these difficult times its important for us to remain positive, we will be fishing again when the guidelines indicate we can safely.

To summarise,

Thornton will be able to open within a few days of any relaxation of the current guidelines.

Draycote & Eyebrook, the fishery staff are preparing them to open in early March in line with any government guidelines at that time.

When we do open, we will be operating to the same fishery guidelines as we were at the end of last season, staff will be disinfecting boats, life jackets after every session, hand sanitiser provided on the pontoon / booking in & out areas / at the lodge door, staff ensuring social distancing on the pontoon and the vicinity of the lodges.

Call Thornton 01530230807, Eyebrook 01536770264, Draycote 01788812018

Happy New Year to you all, keep healthy and we look forward to welcoming you back to our fisheries

Ifor Jones

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Angling Trust – My Personnel View

The trout fisheries industry no longer has their own industry representative body.

Fisheries large & small have relied on the Angling Trust to ensure we were able to open & fish within government guidelines.

The new CEO Jamie Cook & his team & especially within the Stillwater scene the work done by Andy Taylor has kept us fishing, day permit, season member & competition angler from early May to December, longer than any other outdoor pastime.

The Angling Trust, their not perfect, we can always find fault, I have found fault with them in the past, but during 2020 without the Angling Trust & the proactive work by Jamie Cook we wouldn’t have enjoyed the excellent fishing during 2020.

If there was ever a reason to spend £29.00 as a thank you & ensure they work to keep us fishing then this is the year https://anglingtrust.net/memberships/individual/

 

Thornton Christmas Gift Vouchers

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Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton Christmas Gift Vouchers

Draycote & Eyebrook lodges are open this weekend 19th & 20th December from 10.00am – 2.00pm for you to pick up your Christmas Gift Vouchers

Vouchers can be exchanged at the Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton fisheries during 2021 to purchase Fishing Permits, Fly Fishing Tackle, Fly Fishing Tuition or Guided Fly Fishing Trips

If your unable to visit the Draycote or Eyebrook lodge this weekend the Last posting day for 1st class mail is Monday 21st December visit our online shop for details https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/

This weekend is also an opportunity for you to discuss our membership option for the 2021 Season

Call
Tom Bird Draycote Lodge 01788812018 www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk
Jim Wright Eyebrook Lodge 01536770264
www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk
Ifor Jones Thornton Lodge 01530230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

Merry Christmas to all our customers

 

Thornton

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Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

Tom will be at the Draycote Lodge with Jim at the Eyebrook lodge on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December from 10.00am – 2pm for you to call & pick up your Christmas gift vouchers, pick up a last minute gift from the Draycote tackle shop or discuss our 2021 membership options.

Last Royal Mail posting for gift vouchers is Monday 21st December you can buy them online https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true

Online Shop & Sales
We also have an online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items to or sales page keep checking to make sure you don’t miss out on a bargain!  https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/
With the upturn in angling reported by the EA we have a number of tuition days & casting lessons which can be purchased as a Christmas gift voucher https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true last posting date for Christmas vouchers 21st December

Membership
We also offer membership for individual fishery & our increasingly popular All water Membership for details, members receive discounted boat rates & 20% reduction on the RRP of any item of fishing tackle we stock
Draycote http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/  

Call Draycote 01788 812018 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/season-permits/

Call Eyebrook 01536 770264 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

Call Thornton 01530 230807 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021
Thornton 1st February, Draycote 1st March & the Eyebrook 5th March

Wishing you all a safe Christmas & Happy New Year
Ifor & the fisheries team

Thornton, Draycote, Eyebrook End of Season 2020

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Thornton, Draycote, Eyebrook,

2020 End of Season News

That’s the 2020 season completed, boats & engines are off the water for a deep clean & maintenance, staff will be enjoying a well earned rest as in 8 short weeks we start all over again at Thornton on 1st February 2021
This was my 38th year managing trout fisheries, during those years I have dealt with a number of events from heat waves, flooding, foot & mouth etc but none of those years threw up the difficulties & challenges that the Coronavirus Pandemic presented us with.
Looking back on the year I need to thank the Angling Trust for ensuring fishing was one of the first outdoor activities allowed to reopen after the first lock down & through their continued work with Sports England & Government kept us fishing from May onwards. I also need to thank the fisheries staff who adapted to work within the new Covid working guidelines, deep cleaning and disinfecting boats, life jackets and equipment daily, keeping themselves & our customers safe, our suppliers within the tackle & fish farms industry & you our customers who followed our new fishery working procedures / guidelines & John Horsey for having the confidence in us to run a safe Anglers World Final at Draycote during August.
During the first lock down fishing was suspended from March 23rd to the end of May, unfortunately it coincided with one of the best spring weather conditions we have enjoyed for a number of years, excellent weather & good hatches saw our resident fish feed freely undisturbed for those 10 weeks, it did however provide the fisheries with superb fishing when we did reopen.

Thornton at 70 acres the smaller of the three reservoir we manage returned a seasons rod average of 2.8 similar to the previous year, however this year the fishing remained consistent especially during the summer months & into the Autumn through to our last day on November 30th providing the most consistent fishing weave enjoyed in years.

During the latter part of the season, it was good to see grown on rainbows being caught with fish that were taken & spooned found to be feeding heavily on bloodworm, snails, buzzer & fry.
With Thornton being an old shallow reservoir built in 1853, its maximum depth at the dam of 30ft & fed by two streams with restricted summer flows we trialled a different stocking policy for 2020, stocking with smaller 1lb10oz to 2lb+ trout, with 1lb8oz – 1lb12oz trout during the warmer & traditionally our most difficult fishing months late June to August. I wanted to see if smaller stocked triploid rainbows would react better to the warmer summer conditions than our traditionally stocked 1lb12oz to 2lb+ rainbows

The trial worked with better consistent fishing returns despite the heatwave, I`ll be honest I received a few negative comments regarding the 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz, but our rod average increased, visiting rods caught and our visiting rod numbers during the summer increased. We should remember the word quality should reflect the condition of the trout we catch, full finned good condition, not their size

If you believe in global warming or not, one thing is certain were seeing different weather patterns to what we experienced 20 years ago, we as fishery managers constantly need to adapt to ensure we can provide as consistent seasons sport.

For 2021 we aim to stock with trout from 1lb8oz to 2lb+ this size range should ensure consistent fishing during the year

www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

Eyebrook at 400+ acres is a popular midland reservoir, located on the private Eyebrook estate with fly fishing been the only permitted leisure pursuit allowed.
The Eyebrook is fortunate therefore to be a 400 acre water solely for fly fishermen to enjoy
Returning a rod average of 3.9 for the season boosted by a more consistent fishing period during the warmer summer months July to August with a stocking during that periods of smaller triploid rainbows of 1lb10oz to 1lb14oz, during the other months we stocked with rainbows from 1lb12oz to 3lb+ rainbows
Were fortunate at the Eyebrook to have a body of water rich with food items, buzzer`s, olive`s, mayfly, sedges, hog louse, freshwater shrimp, corixa, the most prolific number of damsels, snails, fry & blown on from the surrounding farmland, daddy long legs.
It’s not surprising therefore we see some superb grown on rainbows & brown trout with rainbows to 9lb7oz & browns to 17lb recorded during the latter part of the season, photographs on our social media pages Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/ Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

With much of the focus on boat fishing across the larger Stillwaters it was particularly pleasing to once again watch our regulars enjoy their bank fishing during May to the end of October along Stoke Dry, Chestnut Tree, Hawthorns, dam wall & the netted bank with “matching the hatch” buzzer, sedges & damsels been key to their success especially if they were fishing into the evening and the evening rise.

For 2021 our planned stocking of 25,000 trout is a reflection of the increased number of day rods & the 2 & 3 day fishing breaks, competitions & angling club visits that will return during 2021.
20,000 of these trout will be in the 1lb10oz to 2lb4oz+ range but to ensure the Eyebrook fishes during the warm summer months 5,000 trout in the 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz range will be stocked during late June, July and early August.

We also allow limited fly fishing for the Pike & Perch at Eyebrook, this is strictly fly fishing only from boat or float tube & is limited to a maximum of 5 boats per day, for the past few years we have had pike of 30lb+ caught with 3lb+ perch
www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Draycote at 600+ acres the larger of our three reservoirs is a popular midland reservoir returning a rod average of 4.5 for the season

With most of our competitions, fishing break packages, group & club events cancelled due to Covid this year we were thankful once allowed to welcome back our members, day rods at the end of May, during that first month back they enjoyed a rod average of 7.0

We were especially proud to successfully & importantly safely host 100 anglers at the John Horsey Anglers World Competition Final, thanks to Kay Pittaway & her team at the Draycote Waterside Restaurant for providing takeaway pies & chips for the competitors. We also hosted a heat of the  Scierra Pairs & the TEFF / AT fundraiser arranged by Ian Coclough & Andy Taylor fished to a successful catch & release format.

With Draycote rich buzzer hatches, shrimp, snails & fry providing valuable food source for our resident trout we every year see our stock fish put on weight during the season with an increasing number of 3lb, 4lb, 5lb+ trout caught, photographs on our social media pages Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/ Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

The bank fishing at Draycote is always better once the water level drops by a couple of feet, it took a bit longer this year for STW to begin drawing down, once they did the bank rods enjoyed good sport with the last 6 to 8 weeks seen the larger fish move in after the shrimp & fry.
For the boat anglers taking long drifts across open water & along the edge of the shoals with long leaders & sparsely tied nymph, buzzer & emerger patterns picked out the better trout throughout the season with fry patterns during the last month of the season off the edges of the shoals picking up 5lb+ trout

With Draycote depth of 65ft at the valve tower & its 90 to 100 yard long aerator pipe which helps to keep the water temperature for most of the summer below 20c we will be stocking Draycote with trout between 1lb14oz to 2lb8oz+
www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Looking forward to 2021
The news of the vaccines gives us hope that during 2021 we will slowly start to see a level of normality start to return to our fishing lives.

2021 will see our Eyebrook Tackle Shop become fully open with a range of demo fly lines, rods & float tubes for you to try.

Online Shop & Sales
We also have an online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items to or sales page keep checking to make sure you don’t miss out on a bargain!  https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/
With the upturn in angling reported by the EA we have a number of tuition days & casting lessons which can be purchased as a Christmas gift voucher https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true last posting date for Christmas vouchers 21st December

Membership
We also offer membership for individual fishery & our increasingly popular All water Membership for details, members receive discounted boat rates & 20% reduction on the RRP of any item of fishing tackle we stock
Draycote http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/  

Call Draycote 01788 812018 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/season-permits/

Call Eyebrook 01536 770264 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

Call Thornton 01530 230807 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Christmas Shopping the Draycote & Eyebrook Lodges will be open on Saturday 19th December & Sunday 20th December from 10.00am – 2pm for you to call & pick up your Christmas vouchers, pick up a last minute gift or discuss our membership options

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021
Thornton 1st February, Draycote 1st March & the Eyebrook 5th March

Wishing you all a safe Christmas & Happy New Year
Ifor & the fisheries team

Thornton Weekly Report 22nd Nov 2020

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01530 230807   email: lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishthornton.co.uk   Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our COVID guidelines updated 5th November http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

As we enter the last fortnight of our season and the remaining fortnight for lock down I would remind boat angler to fish within our guidelines:

  1. a) Member of your household
  2. b) Person in your support bubble
  3. c) One regular boat partner

Fishery Report: Week Ending: 22nd November 2020

Quieter week with the gusty and at times wet conditions keeping anglers off the water.

Monday was a quiet day with few rods out, Tuesday with better weather saw a few more rods take to the water. Pete Hunt fished in the shelter of green bay, a good decision as he caught 6 on a booby, Barry Deeley also fished a booby boating 3 trout with Ian Schofield finding the colour orange worked best for him catching 5 for his visit.

Wednesday orange worked best with A Gunby leading the way with 8 trout, Thursday was a cold gusty day with only 3 rods out fishing, Friday was busier but again the cold and at times gusty conditions saw most rods catching between 1 and 3 trout.

Similar challenging conditions on Saturday, under the wind it was relatively calm, in the wind it was gusty, the shelter of the Thornton arm and wood was the best area, Jason Garrison put his new DI5 to good use catching 5 trout on a mixture of cats whisker and black – green lures, Tony Bokenham lost a few but eventually managed to get 2 to the boat on a white – green booby snake.

Sunday a better day with the weather, noticeably cooler but less wind. Sinking lines with orange booby pr white and green snake booby were the best patterns. With the water gin clear R Price using a lighter 4lb leader produced more takes for him helping him to land 3 trout with P Hunt and J Thompson fishing boobies to catch 5 for their mornings visit

The water is gin clear, as Richard Price reports you may need to fish with lighter lower diameter leaders

Rod average for the week 1.8

The 2020 season draws to a close Monday 30th November

2021 Membership: Details of our Thornton membership and our popular All Water Membership which allows you to fish Thornton, Eyebrook & Draycote can be found on our website http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

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Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk Visit our online shop we have added a limited quantity of RIO floating lines to our sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

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Tuition & Guided Sessions Our 1-1 tuition is scheduled to restart. Contact the fishery for details, Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Currently cancelled

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 4.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 4.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 4.15pm

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Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

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Local Angling Club is Thornton Fly Fishers visit their website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/

 

 

Thornton weekly fishery report 15th Nov 2020

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01530 230807   email: lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishthornton.co.uk   Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our COVID guidelines updated 5th November http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

As we enter the last fortnight of our season and the remaining fortnight for lock down I would remind boat angler to fish within our guidelines:

Member of your household,  Person in your support bubble,  One regular boat partner

Fishery Report: Week Ending: 15th November 2020

Monday and Tuesday with the calmer better weather fished best with the water temperature surprisingly at 10c for most of the week which is higher than expected for the time of year, water clarity is excellent, gin clear is a fair description.

Monday Pete Hunt caught 5 on a booby with Nev Welsh also catching 5 trout with the majority of the fish taking booby and minkie patterns although Alan smith fished a traditional mallard and claret which worked for him.

Tuesday, All Water member Ian Jobe took to his float tube and caught 9 trout, Barry Deeley also caught 9 alternating between an intermediate & fast sinking line, P Cox recorded 7 with P Moore catching 6 back drifting with a minkie booby

Weather change for Wednesday with a drop off in catches, J Scott was top boat with 5 fishing close to the margins off the wood. Similar for Thursday although Barry Deeley proved they were catchable taking a further 7 trout on similar methods he used the day before.

Friday proved a windier day with most opting to fish the morning session, top boat was Chris Sayer and Mick Cross who caught 5

Saturday and Sunday saw the worst of the weather, at times huge gusts of wind which appeared from nowhere. Top rods were Jan Webber, Matt Vickers and Simon Z who all caught 3 fish apiece

Orange seems to have been the most successful colour, orange snakes, booby and minkie patterns with the wood, stones, green bay and car park been the most popular areas

2021 Membership: Details of our Thornton membership and our popular All Water Membership which allows you to fish Thornton, Eyebrook & Draycote can be found on our website http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

Tuition & Guided Sessions Our 1-1 tuition is scheduled to restart. Contact the fishery for details, Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Currently cancelled

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 4.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 4.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 4.15pm

Follow Us on social media

Facebookwww.facebook.com/Flyfishstore

Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/

Local Angling Club is Thornton Fly Fishers visit their website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/

 

 

 

 

Thornton weekly fishery report 8th November 2020

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01530 230807   email: lodge@flyfishthornton.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfishthornton.co.uk   Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our COVID guidelines updated 5th November http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

Fishery Report: Week Ending: 8th November 2020

Thornton is open for fishing & working to guidelines agreed with the Angling Trust, Sport England & Government. Pre Booking required, read our updated guidelines http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

Another better than expected weeks fishing with the current rod average 3 Anglers are catching off the wood, down the Markfield arm, main car park & up the Thornton arm finding the majority of the trout 40 to 50yds from the bank

Sinking lines, Sink 3, Sink 5 & Sink 7 lines are best with cats whisker, sparkler booby, pink snake, minkie & orange minkie patterns best. A few fish showing at times and with the water temperature 10c+ and if your prepared to persevere a cruncher or yellow owl will take them

Most productive time of day to fish is 10.00am to 4.00pm warmest part of the day

Monday windy and wet, no anglers out on the water. Tuesday was cold not an easy day with P Moore fishing the morning session taking 5 trout, Pete Hunt also fished the morning with booby putting 6 fish in the boat.

Frosty start to Wednesday, Barry Deeley fished a sink 7 with 3ft leader and olive booby taking 7 trout, Nev Welsh also went deep catching 5 with Pete Hunt & J Thompson fishing the morning session down the Markfield arm boating 6 trout

Thursday and a better day with rod av 4, Malcolm Beck fished a sparkler booby on a Sink 5 catching 12 trout, Howard Davies caught 5 to 3lb+ on pink snake with P Moore finding a change to an orange minkie worked as he caught 9.

Friday regular boat partners M Cross and C Sayer fished the morning catching 11 trout, Richard Owen caught 3 with All Water member K Coley and J Bebbington catching 14

Saturday the majority of the rods fished sinking lines S Swinfield caught 6, J Harrison continues to have faith in the catch whisker catching a further 5 trout, Jan Webber went into the Markfield arm fished a minkie booby & damsel patterns to catch 7 as did M Clay. Mark Hunt with the water temperature at 10c+ concentrated his efforts closer to the weed beds fishing claret cdc, yellow owls and cruncher to catch 6 trout

Sunday with light wind was surprisingly slower than the previous days although Jason Pusey Eyebrook fisher ranger had a days fishing with his father boating 12 trout between them on minkie boobies

Overall a good weeks fishing with a rod average 3

Water clarity is gin clear, most productive time to fish is 10.00am to 3pm warmest part of the day with the water temperature at 10c+ which is warmer than we would expect for early November

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

Tuition & Guided Sessions Our 1-1 tuition is scheduled to restart. Contact the fishery for details, Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Currently cancelled

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 4.15pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 4.15pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 4.30pm

Follow Us on social media

Facebookwww.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/

Local Angling Club is Thornton Fly Fishers visit their website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/

 

 

 

Thornton Covid Update 4th November

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Dear angler

Fishing is to continue, Severn Trent sites are to remain open allowing us to continue fishing & enjoy the excellent end of season sport at Draycote & Thornton which remain open to the 30th November

Once again we must thank the Angling Trust team for all their hard work behind the scenes to ensure our voices are heard in government, but also I think reflect the excellent attitude shown by anglers during the year.

Fishing Draycote & Thornton from boat or Bank during November:-

All angler`s, members & day rods must call the lodge to pre book & pre pay for your visit.

Two anglers may share a boat, they must however be from the same household, support bubble or your one regular boat partner.

During November we are not allowed to hold any competitions or group events.

Regretfully therefore we will be cancelling our Draycote Fur & Feather and will be contacting any other group that was planning to hold an event.

The lodges & shops are closed the booking in & out area will be located outside the lodge door with your permit and receipt available for you to pick up outside the lodge.

With shorter daylight hours during November & to ensure staff have adequate time to disinfect boats & lifejackets you will only be able to book boats for the Full Day or Morning session

We can offer a click & collect service for items of fishing tackle you may require

I have updated our guidelines, please read them before you call to book your visit

Draycote 01788 812018

http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/about-us/

Thornton 01530 230807

http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

As anglers we are extremely fortunate to still be fishing during this current lockdown, I would urge you all to act responsibly as we have during the past 5 months. Ensure we all meet the 2m social distancing rule in the car park, outside the lodge, on the bank & while you wait to be called onto the pontoon for your boat, wear face coverings when required & use the hand sanitiser provided.

Thank you for your cooperation

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