Thornton Eyebrook Draycote Update December 2021

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Eyebrook, Thornton, Draycote

This Sunday 19th December at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge from 9.30am – 2.00pm

Ifor, Tom & Jim will be at the Eyebrook lodge to discuss with you our plans for 2022, our season permit & day permit options & our stocking policy.

Tom & Jim will also be offering fly tying advice & be tying their own successful patterns.

Looking for that last minute Christmas gift the Eyebrook shop will be open, our gift vouchers are a popular gift.

There are only 7 more weekends before the 2022 season opens at Thornton on the 1st February 2022!

2022 Membership – Day Permit Options – Stocking Policy

Eyebrook 2022. Click on the link for 2022 Membership Options 2022 Day Permits
Click on the link for Eyebrook 2022 Stocking Policy
Eyebrook Contact details 01536770264 email eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

Draycote 2022 click on the link for 2022 Membership Options & 2022 Day Permits 
Click on the link for Draycote 2022 Stocking Policy
Draycote Contact Details 01788812018 email draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk 

Thornton 2022 click on the link for 2022 Membership Options & 2022 Day Permits 
Click on the link for Thornton 2022 Stocking Policy
Thornton Contact Details 01530230807 email thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk 

Covid Guidelines: In light of the current government covid guidelines, hand sanitiser will be provided as you enter the building with face coverings required to be worn when you’re in the building.

Thornton Draycote Eyebrook Update December 2021

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That’s my 39th season managing midland trout fisheries completed as the 2021 season has now drawn to a close at Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook, boats are off the water & engines gone away for their winter servicing. Time to reflect on the 2021 season & plan for 2022

2021 Eyebrook & Thornton we continued to trial a different stocking policy with Thornton receiving trout from 1lb8oz to 2lb+ & Eyebrook being stocked with trout from 1lb10oz to 2lb+

As both reservoirs are relatively shallow, Thornton 30ft at its deepest with Eyebrook 35ft, both fed by a stream with low summer flows and no aeration / bubble line the rod average during the past would drop as the water temperature increased

By reducing the overall average size of the trout stocked at Eyebrook to 1lb14oz & Thornton to 1lb12oz we saw a marked improvement to the weekly & monthly rod average, especially during the summer months.

During 2021 Thornton returned a season’s rod average of 3.7 a huge improvement on previous years, with some of my long term members telling me it was their best season.

For my 5th year managing the Eyebrook the change in the stocking policy returned a record year, with the final figures showing the Eyebrook returned an impressive season’s rod average of 5, outstanding fishing by anyone’s standards.

Draycote Water has a well-earned reputation for consistent, reliable sport, at 600 acres, depth up to 70ft & a long aerator / bubble line it does cope well with the summer temperatures. Draycote once again returned an impressive 4.8 rod average for the season. With its larger size, depth & aerator line we aim whenever possible to maintain a 2lb average size stocked rainbow.

2022

Our diaries are open to accept booking. For 2022 you will be required to pre pay for your booking, this will allow the staff working the lodges during the busy morning period to have more time to interact with their customers, it will reduce queuing within the lodges.

It will also eradicate the “no shows” we get, which obviously cost us.

I have introduced two new permit options for 2022 a 3 Fish permit & a 5 Fish permit, there should hopefully be a permit that suits everyone’s needs

Details on permits & pre payment  along with membership details follow the link to

Draycote 01788 812018 draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk – follow link to Day PermitsMembership

Thornton 01530 230807 thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk  – follow link to Day PermitsMembership

Eyebrook 01536 770264 eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk – follow link to Day PermitsMembership

For groups, angling clubs, competitions we do offer group rates contact the lodges for details

In less than 8 weeks time Thornton opens on the 1st February 2022 followed by Draycote opening on the 1st March with Eyebrook opening 4th March

Dates for your diary

Sunday 19th December, Eyebrook Lodge 9.30am to 2.00pm

Myself, Tom Bird & Jim Wright will be at the Eyebrook lodge to discuss our plans for each fishery during 2022, our membership options, or to answer any questions you have.

Tom & Jim will also be tying some of their favourite patterns.

Look forward to seeing you there

 

Weekly Fisheries report week ending 28th November

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

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Lodge & Bank Open: 7.30am – 4.00pm
Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm
 
Last 4 Hr: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
All Anglers Off Site: 4.15pm

Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

“New Email address”  thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Please Note: As of Tuesday 30th November 2021 all customers in the Thornton lodge will be required to wear a face covering.

Week ending 28th November.  Rod Av 3.00  Water Temperature: 8c

As forecasted were seeing a change to the weather, more like November, early morning frost, cooler temperatures. The weather however didn’t spoil the fishing with Monday averaging 3.5 with all of the trout falling to fast sinking lines with booby and snake patterns. M Woolnough fished a fast sinker & pink snake using a roly poly retrieve to catch his 7 trout to 3.5lb fishing from the pontoon down towards the main car park. All water member S Windram fished off the corner of the wood with a DI5 and minkie patterns to catch his 6 trout.

Tuesday with the wind from the north another chilly day, but that didn’t stop the fishing. P Hunt caught 10 for his visit with the majority taken on a fast sink line and bejeezus booby. Arthur Olding opted for a pink snake on a fast sinker with day rod M Chapman catching 4 for his mornings visit

Wednesday all water member Ian Jobe took to his float tube catching 7 trout. B Deeley had another successful visit fishing with his pink booby pattern to catch 5 using a short 3ft leader

Thursday our water temperature was down to 9c, with a sharp frost resulting in a frozen pontoon, with anglers not able to access boats before 9.30am. Sinking lines with various snake, booby and fry patterns is how all the anglers approached the day. George Jackson caught 7 on cats whisker booby patterns with Pete Hunt fishing a fast sinker with a pink booby pattern to catch his 6 fish.

Friday with a deteriorating forecast a quiet day at the fishery with only two boats going out. Mick Cross & Chris Sayer caught 9 fishing down the Thornton arm opposite the lodge using fast sinking lines & booby patterns with John Bebbington catching 2 for his morning’s session.

Saturday no boats out due to the weather.

Sunday and the first snowfall of the year combined with a hard frost saw only the hardiest of anglers take to the water. Corner of the wood produced to sinking lines & DI3 with booby, cats whisker & snake patterns taking fish, Top rod was Matt Vickers with 10 trout with David Ro & A Hart catching 7 trout

Only two more days of the 2021 season left as we close on the 30th November

2022 Membership

We offer individual fishery membership for Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook and our increasingly popular All Water membership which gives you access to all three fisheries. Full details available by emailing iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton 2022 Membership www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

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Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

“New Email address”  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Draycote 2022 Membership www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

Week Ending Sunday 28th November      Rod Average 3.2   Water Temperature 6 °C

Please Note: As of Tuesday 30th November 2021 all customers in the Draycote lodge will be required to wear a face covering.

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provide & wear a face covering.

Another cold day Monday, with winds coming from the North and temperatures just hitting double figures with clear skies all day. As a results of the cold temperature and clear skies the bank fishing was challenging. On the boats Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 11 fish, taking 7 of them in the last hour from P Buoy. The pair used white snakes with shrimps on the droppers and commented on the “lovely fish” they caught. All water member Ed Douglas also enjoyed a good day landing 8 fish, again on snakes. Ed, used a Di 5 40 plus line and found the fish at P, X and M Buoy.

A lovely late Autumn Day Tuesday with light winds and sun in the morning before cloud arrived at midday. It was certainly a day for the boats, with the light winds making the bank fishing a challenge. Although Dave East did land a cracking 3lb Rainbow taken on a small cruncher fished on a washing line at the Tower Bank. On the boats Draycote member Dave Kennell landed 6 fish around M Buoy and the Hensborough Bank. Dave used foam Daddies fished on a midge tip in the morning before swapping them for a white minkie in the afternoon. Jim Smith & Ed Douglas landed 20 fish to the boat and reported lots more other pulls. Jim used a Di 3 forty plus and a white snake booby, while Ed used a forty plus slow intermediate and 2 small, weighted snakes. They landed their fish from X Buoy, P Buoy and then out from the sailing club and towards the pontoon. Fishery guide Lee Henfrey fished with Martin Rowson with the pair boating 30 fish, they found the fish taking willing to take an Olive snake booby fished on a Di 5 sinking line. With the fish coming from P, X, Y Buoy and then around the Pontoon.

The wind came from the West Southwest Wednesday with overcast skies. On the bank Tony Kirk landed 2 fish on floating fry at the Tower Bank. Brian Joseph also fished the bank to land 4 fish all taken on small nymphs fished on a floating line. On the boats Ed Douglas landed 13 fish on small snakes fished on a Di 3 sinking line at The Hensborough Bank heading towards M Buoy. Kevin Hart also fished in this area landing 13 again on snakes. All water member Andy Lillie landed 4 cracking silver fish all over 3lb fishing hares ear nymphs in the shallow water at Farborough Spit.

A bitterly cold day Thursday with the air temperature only just above positive figures with a biting North West wind. On the boats fishery guide Lee Henfrey fished with Draycote season ticket holder Dan McElligott the pair landed 16 fish between. They used Di 5 sinking lines and a mix of snake boobies and also Humungus boobies, catching fish at P, Y, S & X Buoy with the fish taking the flies in the top 4 feet. Also on the water was John Horsey fishing with Ron Howard who landed 15 fish landing they around P Buoy. John & Ron also used Di 5 sinking with black and olive snakes and had a number of other chances.

Friday was very windy with scattered showers, making for some uncomfortable conditions at times.  Those anglers who did venture out seemed to head for the shelter of the Draycote Dam up in Rainbow Corner. The fish that were caught at the western end of the reservoir were all taken on sinking lines and lures at anchor.

 Unfortunately, due to high winds all boats were cancelled on Saturday and no bank anglers ventured out.

Sunday saw us host the 2021 Fur and Feather match here at Draycote water on what was a very cold day, with snow showers which turned heavy through the late afternoon. 52 anglers took part boating 162 fish, giving us an average of 3.1. In third place were Rob and Albert Edmunds with a total bag weight of 24lbs 2 oz. In second place were the father and son pairing of Sean and John Hanlon with a bag weight of 28lbs 1 oz. And the winners with a total bag weight of 33lbs were Gareth Jones and David Hoppe. Well done to all those who took part. We would like to wish all of our customers a merry Christmas and a happy new year, and we hope to see you all in again in 2022.

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Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

“New Email address”  eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Please Note: As of Tuesday 30th November 2021 all customers in the Eyebrook lodge will be required to wear a face covering.

The 2021 season at the Eyebrook has drawn to a close. We enjoyed an excellent season with the fishery returning a rod average 4.4

Eyebrook membership is available with options starting from £10.28 a visit, If you would like to receive our membership details for the 2022 season email iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook 2022 Membership www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

The 2022 season will open on Friday 4th March

Weekly Fisheries report week ending 21st November 2021

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

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Lodge & Bank Open: 7.30am – 4.00pm
Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm
   
Last 4 Hr: 12.00pm – 4.00pm
All Anglers Off Site: 4.15pm

Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

“New Email address”  thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending 21st November.  Rod Av 2.7  Water Temperature: 10c

Good start to the week with a rod average 5.0 as this unseasonably mild November weather continues. Paul Martindale caught 11 on snakes & booby patterns, P Hunt fished a booby to catch his 7 trout with Carl Bond fishing booby & cats Whisker to catch his 6 trout.

Tuesday proved to be a more challenging day compared to the day before. All water member D Slessor caught 3 for his afternoon session with Ged O’Donoghue overcoming the challenging conditions to catch 10 on boobies fished on a 3ft leader on a fast sinker.

Wednesday & a better day with a 3.2 rod average with anglers picking up fish all over the reservoir. Nev Welsh caught 8 on a booby, Steve Meachem caught 7 on a white booby fished off a 3ft leader. John Hall fished a slow sinker with a white lure on a long leader to catch his 4 fish during a morning visit.

Thursday, B Deeley fished a fast sinking line & a short 3ft leader with bright boobies to catch his 8 trout with Phil Mee catching 3 but missing a lot mor for his visit. There seems to be two levels for the fish, some are down deep & been caught on fast sinkers, short leader & booby with other in the top 3ft been targeted on intermediate or slow sinking lines with unweighted minkie. Markfield arm, main car park & out in front of the pontoon seems to be the most productive areas. Lots of fish are mouthing the fly, try not to strike at the fist indication, keep a continuous retrieve until it all locks up

Friday and a busy day with all of the boats out returning a rod average 3.2 Fast sinking lines with a short 3ft leader with booby patterns or longer leader with snakes generally worked best. Intermediate with small minkie patterns & fab. A few fish were moving during the afternoon. Pete Hunt caught 7 on snakes & booby patterns with D Slessor catching 6 also on boobies. John Bebbington caught 5 with 4 on a cats whisker & 1 falling to a muddler stripped through the surface. R Owen caught 5 for his visit with All water member P Walker catching 4 on a fab.

Saturday although winds were light at times it was noticeably cooler in the breeze. Members M Clay & B Sibley caught 9 for their visit with M Clay fishing a fast sinker but unlike the other anglers using a 3ft leader & booby patterns Martin fished a fast sinker with a longer 12ft leader & boobies to take his fish. Jan Webber fished a short leader on a fast sinker for his 5 trout with Steve catching 5 on booby & blob. Pink booby patterns have caught a significant amount of the trout over the last few days.

Sunday and a change to the weather as the wind swung to the North and much colder air temperatures. Not many rods out with the ones who did venture out off the water by early afternoon. Top boat was Rodger Guise & Adam Gunby with 6 trout for their visit

2022 Membership

We offer individual fishery membership for Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook and our increasingly popular All Water membership which gives you access to all three fisheries. Full details available by emailing iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton 2022 Membership www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

 

Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

“New Email address”  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Draycote 2022 Membership www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

Week Ending Sunday 21st November      Rod Average 2.5   Water Temperature  8.5°C

Light to no winds for most of Monday, with just the lightest of winds occasionally picking up. On the bank Norman Perkins enjoyed a good day landing 6 fish from the Swan’s Nest. Paul Walker also fished the bank and landed a cracking Rainbow or 5lb 8oz taken at Lincroft point. Another angler landing a good fish was Draycote member Kevin Rees who landed a 5lb brown washing lining shrimps on Toft. On the boats the Fishery Management team took out invited guest who have we have worked closely with us during the season. These guests made up of Severn Trent Rangers from both Draycote & Thornton, Newleaf Catering, Draycote Water Sailing Club. A great day was had by all with a number of fish caught and prizes awarded for the best catch from each section. The best fish of the day came from Mark of Draycote water sailing club who landed a cracking Rainbow of 3lb 11oz taken in a minkie booby fished on a Di 3 sinking line at J Buoy. Outside of the fishing event, Draycote member Ian Richardson fished with Bob Barfoot with the pair landing 9 fish to the boat. They used small snakes and minkie landing their fish around the Sailing Club and around J Buoy.

A foggy start Tuesday, that cleared around 11am with some light rain later in the afternoon. On the bank Dave Atkins landed 4 fish, 3 of them coming in Toft and the fourth from the Cornfield using a black and green minkie. Fishing for the last four hours on the bank Mr English enjoyed good sport landing 4 fish using shrimp patterns in Toft. Draycote member Pete Allen landed a cracking fish on the boats of 5lb taken right in the surface on a Popper Hopper. Francis Campbell enjoyed great sport at P buoy landing 11 fish. Mr Campbell used an olive snake fished slowly with the fish taking about 4-6ft under the surface.

Another mild-day Wednesday meant the fish remained high in the water column. On the bank brothers Roger & Graham Davies landed 2 each from Toft. All water season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft fished the bank landing 3 fish including a cracking rainbow of 4lb. John Mills fished from the boats to land 6 fish, taking his fish on Minkies. John fished these on a slow intermediate line around Farborough Spit and also the Hensborough bank. Kevin Hart used Minkie boobies to land 11 fish, Kevin used a RIO Fathom sink 3. With his fish coming from the Hensborough Bank and along the school slips.

Draycote season ticket holder Tony Broadway landed 5 fish from the bank Thursday using mini snakes to tempt his fish. Mick Cronin landed 3 of the bank on suspender minkie patterns. However, the best catch off the bank came to Stan Hillman who landed 9 fish and commented “should have been 18” all taken on popper minkies. On the boats Peter Elliot & Lee Patten 16 fish using Minkie boobies and snakes on Di 3 sinking lines around M Buoy, Hensborough Bank, and the Farborough Dam. Dave Smith also fished Minkie boobies landing 6 fish taking them at M Buoy, with the boobies fished either on an intermediate or a Di 3. Bob Askew also landed 6 fish on popper minkies fished on a floating line around the Hensborough Bank and also the school slips. Dave Atkins used an Olive snake on a Di 3 taking 7 with his best area being the Farborough Spit.

A fairly calm day out on Draycote on Friday and quite mild for the time of year. Once again the bank is on good form with young Norman Perkins netting 10 fish on a mixture of boobies and buzzers near the Swans Nest. Tony Broadway had 4 fish from the bank on a washing line and crunchers while James Kelly netted 3. The boat fishing was also in good form especially for Kevin Hart and John Hoskins, who between them netted over 30 fish on intermediate lines. Kevin and John used lures such as minkie boobies and snakes and drifted over M and K buoy up past the sailing club near the Hensborough Bank.

With a light westerly and overcast conditions it looked a fairly good day for fishing on Draycote Water on Saturday. Mike Garner had a brace from the bank using a Pitsford pea fishing off Lincroft Point. Stan Hillman used lure patterns to catch 4 fish from the bank by the Overflow. Mr A Smith used snakes on an intermediate line to catch his 4 from the bank near the Valve Tower and in Dunns Bay. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught 3 fish from the bank using minkies at the Swans Nest.  Draycote regular Mark Braun had 15 fish to the boat using a blue flash damsel on a floating line whilst young Ed Douglas boated 17 on fry patterns. John Falconbridge also caught a good number of fish from a boat, netting 10 using snakes on a midge tip line.

A real change in the weather Sunday with much colder air temperatures teamed with a North wind made for a very chilly day. On the bank Draycote member Stephen Dewhurst landed 2 fish on a Gold Head Damsel, also landing a brace from the bank was David Hoppe. On the boats All water member Neil Shilton, landed 6 fish from the Hensborough Dam and around the Valve Tower. Paul Mitchell fished with Tim Burn with the pair landing 9 fish between them. Fishery Manager Tom Bird took to the water filming the latest instalment for our Flyfishstore YouTube channel. Only being out for 2 hours the pair landed 10 fish. Taking them on Di 5 sinking line with a variety of snake boobies, taking fish from P Buoy, Y Buoy and Farborough Spit.

 

Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

“New Email address”  eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

 The 2021 season at the Eyebrook has drawn to a close. We enjoyed an excellent season with the fishery returning a rod average 4.4

Eyebrook membership is available with options starting from £10.28 a visit, If you would like to receive our membership details for the 2022 season email iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook 2022 Membership www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/

Open Day to discuss membership & the 2022 season with Ifor Jones, Tom Bird / Draycote & Jim Wright / Eyebrook will be held on Sunday 19th December 2021 at the Eyebrook fishing lodge 9.30am – 2pm, hot drink & mince pies, look forward to seeing you there.

The 2022 season will open on Friday 4th March

Eyebrook Fly Fishers Angling Club

AGM at the Eyebrook Fishing lodge. Sunday 28th November 2021 – 11am, Everyone welcome. Tea, coffee, mince pies provided

“Best laid plans” if only we had known following our inaugural meeting of the Eyebrook Fly Fishers on the 23rd February 2020 that a month to the date we would all learn a new word “Covid” and the unthinkable would happen, a national lockdown. Not surprising therefore that the club has had very little activity

I have a feeling that is about to change. Looking forward to this coming winter the club plans to arrange a winter program of activities and a program of events for you during 2022

We look forward to hosting the Eyebrook fly fishers at the Eyebrook lodge, hopefully as many of you as possible will be able to attend on the 28th

Please use the main entrance off Great Easton road.

 

 

 

 

Weekly Report week ending 15th November 2021

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

Visit our Fisheries Websites: www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk   www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk  www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Lodge & Bank Open: 7.30am – 4.15pm
Full Day Boat: 8.30am – 4.15pm
Morning Boat: 8.30am – 1.00pm
   
Last 4 Hr: 12.15pm – 4.15pm
All Anglers Off Site: 4.30pm

Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

“New Email address”  thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending 14th November.  Rod Av: 4.2   Water Temperature: 10c+

An excellent week’s fishing with a rod average 4.2, this mild November weather is certainly helping the fishing at Thornton, hopefully this good weather continues as our records indicate a stock of 5,800 trout in the reservoir. Good sport has continued into the following week with Monday 15th November averaging 5.

Monday 8th November. Better start to the week with a Rod average of 3. The majority of the trout are still being caught on sink 5 or 7 lines with fry patterns, booby & snakes. Mr & Mrs Warren fished an orange booby static catching 6 trout during a short 4 hour morning session. S Windram decided to try a home tied purple lure which proved to be the right fly boating 4 fish during the last hour. A few fish are to be had along the weed beds fishing with a floating fry pattern.

Tuesday sink 5 & 7 lines with booby and minkie patterns worked to return a 3.1 rod average. All water members Jack Hives caught 7 on an orange booby snake, Arthur Olding caught 6 on a booby with Mark Hunt fishing a minkie pattern to catch his 6 trout. Thornton members R Price fished a white minkie booby for his 3 trout with B Holland fishing a red fab to catch his 3. Trout are still being caught over the deeper water although the Thornton arm and Markfield arm are starting to produce.

Wednesday was a quiet day for rods with only 3 members out, but they averaged 4 for the day. Greg Weatherdon caught 8 for his visit using a fast sinking line with sparkler booby and cats whisker booby in front of the wood. P Hunt & J Thompson caught 5 for their mornings visit

Thursday was a busier day with 10 boat on the water returning a rod average 3.9 Anglers caught fish from both the arms and out across the main basin. John Hall fished a morning session catching his 4 fish limit, with Richard Maycock fishing  humungus booby to catch his 4 fish limit. P Crisford caught 5 for his visit with Thornton member B Deeley catching 10 on a sink 7 3ft leader and a pink booby, with P Hunt catching his 8 on an orange booby. All Water member Sam Fielder caught 4 also on a booby. A few trout were moving during the last couple hours but they proved elusive.

Friday and a rod average 5.4 helped by Chris Sayer catch of 10 trout, Mick Cross 6 trout, J Bebbington 6 trout & D Slessor catch of 5. The successful method was Sink 7 & Sink 5 lines with variety booby patterns fished on a short 3 – 4ft leader or snake – humungus – cats whiskers fished on a longer 12ft leader.

Saturday and unheard of for us, a rod average 8.2 for a November day. Brian & Alison caught 13 on fast sinkers & booby patterns. Not everything was caught on a fast sink line Martin Clay caught his 8 on a Sink 3 with Mark Hunt fishing an intermediate with two small minkie to catch his 15 trout. Markfield arm, pontoon to the main car park, weed beds in front of the wood were the areas that fished best. Our water clarity is gin clear.

Our good sport continued to the end of the week with Sunday averaging 3.8 Intermediate with 12 – 14ft leaders and two unweighted minkie’s or sink 5 / 7 lines with boobies, snakes, cats whiskers. Rodger Guise & A Gunby caught 15 for their mornings visit with father & son Mark Stone, Anthony Stone catching 7 for their mornings visit. All water member M Ravenscroft fished DI3 & olive snakes to catch his 7 trout.

Trout are spread across the reservoir with more trout starting to move into the arms.

 

Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

“New Email address”  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Week Ending Sunday 14th November      Rod Average 3.5   Water Temperature  9.5°C

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provide & wear a face covering if its busy.

A lovely start to the week, with light winds to start, although, they did increase during the day and mild temperatures. On the bank Mr Warren landed a nice brace from Rainbow Corner using orange daddies. Ged O’Donoghue landed 3 fish in a 4 hour bank session commenting it was the “perfect day”. On the boats Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 11 fish using a minkie booby on the point with Muskins & Nemo Crunchers on the droppers. Trevor Moore fished with James Maplethorpe landed 17 fish and lost as many fishing near Rainbow Corner & The Hensborough Bank using small white boobies and crunchers. Kevin Hart fished from a boat to land 10 fish, with Kevin finding the fish out in the Middle and down the Farborough Bank with a minkie booby and popper fry being his best patterns.

On the bank Tuesday Stan Hillman used Popper Fry down in Toft to land 4 fish. Just up the bank from Stan, Colin Day landed 3 fish. Colin fished at the Swan’s nest with a small white lure and hares’ ears. On the boats Ian Morris landed 4 fish fishing around J Buoy drifting down the Farnborough Dam wall. Malcolm Bryan enjoyed some “great sport” landing 6 fish on a minkie booby with all his fish taking the fly off the top.

A drizzly start to the day with light winds that swung as the day progressed, into the North, and went flat at times. On the bank Kevin Rees landed 8 fish using a washing line with small size 14 crunchers. Also on the bank John Dicken landed 4 fish again using a washing line, with Diawl Bachs on the droppers. All water season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft chose to go down the line of fry imitations on the bank, taking his 4 using olive Minkies. On the boats Mick Nicholls fished around Farborough Spit landing 7 fish. David Moore & Chris Mcleod found washing lining to be their best tactic landing fish around X Buoy and along the Farborough Dam. The boat partnership of fishery guide Lee Henfrey & Kevin Hart once again enjoyed a great day’s sport. Landing 37 fish to the boat, Lee using a RIO Hover line with small, weighted snakes. While Kevin used RIO Fathom sink 3, again on snakes. They caught everywhere the stopped on the lake, X Buoy, Farborough Spit, P Buoy and then drifts across the middle.

A dry and fairly calm day at Draycote on Thursday saw both boat and bank anglers alike post some good returns. All water season permit holder Norman Perkins took to the bank and netted 10 good fish on minkie boobies and buzzers down in Toft Shallows. Bank fishing regulars Mick Cronin and Stan Hillman had a good day on the bank netting 7 and 5 fish respectively. Mr Alan Bettles, also fishing from the bank netted 5 fish, all on white minkies. Out on the boats Ed Douglas had 15 fish using fry patterns fished just below the surface. Dave Adkins and Richard Hanlon had 7 fish to the boat between them using snakes and diawl bachs on an intermediate line in Toft Shallows.

Friday dawned with a south westerly wind which strengthened about  ten o’clock, moving all but the sturdiest anglers up to the leeward end of the reservoir. Bank fishing was an uncomfortable affair, with only a few fish caught here and there. However Ashley Morris did manage 4 to the net on cats whiskers. Young Stephen Dewhurst also caught 4 fish from the bank but kept the information on his tactics a closely guarded secret. Out on the boats Dennis Tidmarsh netted half a dozen on white snakes fished through the top few feet of the water. Tim and Paul Polito netted a dozen fish between them using minkie boobies and nymphs on a floating line. Tom Bird and Lee Henfrey had over 20 fish to the boat mainly using DI3’s and lure patterns. Tom and Lee kept on the move and even visited Toft Shallows for a time, but they both remarked that the best of the fishing was out in front of the fishing lodge and down the Farborough Dam.

Saturday was mostly overcast with a south westerly breeze which swung further into the west as the day progressed.  A good days fishing overall methinks. Season permit holder Paul Walker took to the bank to net a total of 7 fish overall on crunchers and minkies. Young Mike Garner, who had a brace from the bank, fished fry patterns in Biggin Bay. Mr A Topping caught half a dozen whilst bank fishing, using the washing line method with diawl bachs and a minkie booby. Mr Ben Bayliss and Mr Brian Sheilds ventured out in a boat to net 15 fish between them with most of the fish taking a white booby. Chris Pallot and Carl Holland had half a dozen fish to the boat during a morning session using white humungus fished on a DI3. Chris and Carl caught their fish in the area around P buoy and up on the Draycote Dam. One of our newcomers Gavin Lau, took to the boat for a morning session and netted a beautiful 4 lb rainbow. Gaving fished an olive snake on a sinking line up in the area around Rainbow Corner.

With the wind swinging into a cold northerly overnight, the fishing seemed to have slowed a bit through the first part of the day on Sunday. The rod average still came out a  respectable 3.8, but we did see some anglers scratching their heads early on. Regular bank angler Jon Crowley caught 5 fish by lunch time from Lincroft Point, all on a blue flash damsel.  Mr Andy Duncan took to the bank for a last 4 hour session to net one fish from Biggin Bay on a white humungus. While Draycote member Mark JJ landed 6 fish. Out on the boats Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had 15 fish between them on various patterns from along the Farborough Dam wall, Biggin Bay and the Hensborough  Bank, in fact the pair caught at every place they tried. Keith Harding used popper fry to land 7 fish. Dan Mcelligott enjoyed a good day landing 5 fish on a DI 3 and a floating line with olive snakes, including landing 2 fish touching 4lb. Draycote member Martyn Hancox fished the last 4 hours and landed 8 fish from Rainbow Corner to A Buoy.

Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

“New Email address”  eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

 The 2021 season at the Eyebrook has drawn to a close. We enjoyed an excellent season with the fishery returning a rod average 4.4

2022 Eyebrook Membership is available with membership options from £10.28p per visit.

If you would be interested in receiving our membership details for the 2022 season email iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk

The 2022 season will open on Friday 4th March, our diaries are open to take your individual, club or competition booking

Eyebrook Fly Fishers Angling Club

AGM at the Eyebrook Fishing lodge. Sunday 28th November 2021 – 11am

Everyone welcome. Tea, coffee, mince pies provided

“Best laid plans” if only we had known following our inaugural meeting of the Eyebrook Fly Fishers on the 23rd February 2020 that a month to the date we would all learn a new word “Covid” and the unthinkable would happen, a national lockdown.

Not surprising therefore that the club has had very little activity. I have a feeling that is about to change. Looking forward to this coming winter the club plans to arrange a winter program of activities and a program of events for you during 2022

We look forward to hosting the Eyebrook fly fishers at the Eyebrook lodge, hopefully as many of you as possible will be able to attend on the 28th

Please use the main entrance off Great Easton road.

 

 

 

 

Thornton, Draycote, Eyebrook Fisheries

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Fisheries Update 13th November 2021

With the 2021 season at Eyebrook already drawn to a close, Thornton & Draycote remain open to the 30th November. With good stock levels of 19,000 trout in Draycote & 5,000+ trout in Thornton, all we need is a good forecast for the next fortnight for us to enjoy some excellent late autumn sport. Novembers is when we see our better grown on fish being caught

Bookings Contact: Draycote 01788 812018, Thornton 01530 230807

2022 Season Opening Dates

We are already planning for the 2022 Season as it’s only 10 weeks before Thornton reopens on the 1st February 2022 followed by Draycote on the 1st March 2022 & Eyebrook on the 4th March 2022.

For 2022 we will be increasing our day permit choices to include 1Fish kill, 2 Fish kill, 3 Fish kill, 4 Fish kill, 5 Fish kill, 6 Fish kill & our Last 4-hour permit. All our day permits will continue to allow you to catch & release. There should be a day permit option in 2022 to meet everyone’s requirements.

Our popular fishing break packages will still be available for 2022 for those anglers looking for a 2, 3 or 4 day fishing holiday, you will during your visit be able to spread your visits across our three fisheries.

Our 2022 diaries are open & were accepting bookings.

2022 Major Finals

Draycote is currently booked to host three major fly fishing finals during 2022, with discussions on bringing a fourth major final to Draycote ongoing. Exciting times for the Draycote fishery and staff.

Major Finals Currently confirmed are

Angling Trust Loch Style Team Championship June 25th & 26th   

John Horsey Anglers World Final 21st August

TEFF National Final 10th & 11th September.

Club / Associations / Competitions

Clubs, associations, or competitions looking to book for 2022 qualify for reduced rates on the boats & day permits when booking 5 or more boats.

Although a kill limit is still popular with many clubs & competitions for those wanting to try a catch & release competition we can provide measuring troughs which are one option for catch & release competitions, contact the fisheries to discuss your club, association, competition requirements.

Contact

Draycote 01788 812018 or email  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook 01536 770264 or email eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton 01530 230807 or email thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

2022 Membership

We offer a variety of 9 different membership options across Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook, they include, individual fishery membership, household membership, beginner membership if you’ve attended beginner courses/casting lessons & our increasingly popular All Water membership which allows you to fish all 3 fisheries.

If you would like to receive information on our various membership options including members discounts on boats or in our tackle shops email iforjones@flyfishstore.co.uk for further details.

Open Day 19th December 2021

We also have an open day arranged at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge on Sunday 19th December from 9.30 am to 2 pm when you will meet Jim Wright Eyebrook manager, Tom Bird Draycote manager & myself to discuss our various membership options & our plans for the 2022 season. Hot drinks & mince pies provided. We look forward to seeing you there.

Christmas Vouchers

Our Christmas Vouchers, Beginner Fly Fishing Day Vouchers & Casting Tuition Vouchers are the perfect Christmas gift, visit our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk to purchase yours or contact the Draycote lodge 01788 812018

 

Our Local Angling Clubs

We are fortunate to have an angling club associated with each of our fisheries. Eyebrook Fly Fishers, Draycote Fly Fishers Association & Thornton Fly Fishers

Eyebrook Fly Fishers held their inaugural meeting on February 13th 2020, a month before covid put the country into a national lockdown & social distancing rules prevented the club from meeting. The club therefore has been in limbo ever since with just two interclub events organised with Thornton Fly Fishers & Draycote Fly Fishers during late 2021

The club now feels the time is right to move forward with Clive Moore EFF chairman arranging an AGM on Sunday 28th November at 11am. The AGM will be held at the Eyebrook lodge and is open to members who joined at the inaugural meeting and any new members. Their aim is to finalise club formation & arrange a winter programme along with fishing events during the 2022 season.

They hope to see you there, supporting this new club, Eyebrook Fly Fishers.

You can follow them via their Facebook page Eyebrook Fly Fishers

Draycote Fly Fishers

December 14th Fly Tying Demonstrations evening. Raffle and prizes.

January 11th talk by   Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, speaker to be confirmed

Raffle and prizes.

February 8th  Ifor Jones Fishery Management (UK) Ltd. Plans for 2022 Season (Programme TBC – history of Draycote Water)

Raffle and prizes.

March 8th   Presentation evening for club match winners, and an auction of fishing tackle, etc.

Raffle and prizes.

Meetings are held at the: Dunchurch Social Club 7pm -9.30pm

New members are welcome as long as they contact the club Secretary in advance regarding Covid-19 rules and seating arrangements.

Any non members arriving without prior notification will not be permitted to attend.

The club also arranges club competitions at Draycote during the season

Please Contact  Mark Jones   – Club Secretary’ on 07586-992218
email address:   info.dffa@gmail.com

You can contact them via their Facebook page Draycote Flyfishers Association, or their club website www.draycote-fly-fishers-assoc.co.uk/

Thornton Fly Fishers

Thornton Fly Fishers hold their meetings at the Working Men’s Club, Main St Thornton with meetings commencing from 7.30pm. Club Chairman Dave Leavesley, Club secretary Peter Birdsall. Everyone welcome

Fly Tying Socials

The Fly tying and social evenings are commencing on the 17th of November. Anyone wishing to learn about any particular fly, or tying techniques, please get in touch with Dave Leavesley and he will do his best to help during the tying sessions.

It would be great to see members there whether for tying or just a social get together.

We have guest speaker John Applebee from the Kibworth shooting club joining us on the 19th January to talk about American long rifles. John is an ardent collector and long term user of many varieties of weapons. I’m sure it will be a very interesting evening.

Winter programme

17th November. Fly tying & Social evening.

1st December. Fly tying & Social evening.

15th December. Fly tying & Social evening.

5th January 2022. Fly tying & Social evening.

19th January. Speaker evening. Hundred years of American long rifles.

by John Applebee.

2nd February. Fly tying & Social evening.

16th February. Fly tying & Social evening.

2nd March. Auction evening

During the 2022 season they will be holding various fishing events at Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook. You can follow them on their Facebook page Thornton Fly Fishers

Dates For Your Diary We will be attending the British Fly Fair International www.bffi.co.uk held at the Staffordshire showground on February 12th & 13th 2022

Myself, Tom Bird & Jim Wright will be manning our stand at the show. We look forward to seeing you at this popular fly fishing show.

 

 

 

Weekly fishery report 7th November 2021

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

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Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending 7th November.  Rod Av: 1.7   Water Temperature: 10c+

Quiet start to the week with only two rods out on Monday and they fished the last 4hr but to no avail.

Tuesday and the first ground frost of the autumn. A mixed day of results with some catching on diawls and crunchers with other angler catching on fast sinking lines with boobies. Alan Wither caught 5 on a Sink 7 and snake but also caught on a washing line with diwal bach. Thornton member A Wilson fished a booby to catch his 5 trout. Wednesday proved to be another difficult day.

Thursday and a sign of improvement with fast sinking lines short 3ft leaders with booby patterns, cats whisker booby and sparkler booby. Richard Price caught 4 for his visit with another Thornton member G Weatherdon catching 3 but both rods reported fish lost.

Friday and a -1c ground frost, with a frozen pontoon & boats anglers had to wait for the sun to thaw the ice. Fast Sinking lines with short leaders and minkie booby, Cats whisker booby and sparkler booby caught the fish. Thornton member G Jackson caught 6 mainly on a sparkler booby, John Bebbington caught 5 with Chris Sayer & M Cross catching 5 for their visit. Peter Wurm & J Caestecker fished a short last 2 hour session with sinking lines & booby to boat their 4 trout.

Saturday fast sinkers with snakes and booby produced best with Jan Webber catching 7 on a cats whisker snake drifting down the Thornton arm. It is getting to the time of year that the trout will start to move out of the deeper water into the arms and onto the weed beds.

Quiet day on Sunday, Thornton member A Wilson fished a sinking line and booby to catch his 4 trout

Water clarity is still good.

11th November STW will be commencing work to improve the public car park. Anglers will still have access to the fishing lodge.

 

Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

“New Email address”  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Week Ending Sunday 7th November        Rod Average 3.1   Water Temperature  9.5°C

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provide & wear a face covering if its busy.

After the strong winds of the weekend and the driving rain thankfully Monday was a much dryer day, however, we did still have the gusty winds this time coming from the West. With the strong winds it was a quiet day at Draycote. On the bank Mr Warren landed 2 and lost 3 other from Rainbow Corner on an orange daddy fished over the weed. Draycote season ticket holders Ian Richardson Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 9 fish between them. The pair used Minkies around J-T Buoy and then up to the Hensborough Bank. Former manager Kevin Hart fished for a morning landing 4 fish, opting to keep in the calmer water around C Buoy. Kev landed 3 of his fish on a tube and one a small snake.

Tuesday, the wind dropped and it was a beautiful day, very well come late Autumn sunshine. On the bank season ticket holder Pete Allen landed 4 fish taking 2 from the Cornfield and the other two from the Swan’s Nest. Also on the bank John Dickens landed 8 fish on Humungus at the  Old Pipe in Biggin Bay. On the boats Steve Lees landed 9 fish all on Olive snakes fished deep and slow. Draycote season ticket holder Dan McElligott fished with his better half Ellie, with the pair landing 8 fish. They found a Di 3 sinking line with a white snake the best tactic teamed with a  slow Roly-poly retrieve, along the Farborough Dam wall. Graham England enjoyed a great days sport landing 12 fish all on Minkies taking his fish at the School Slips and Rainbow Corner.

The wind came from the North on Wednesday which certainly added a chill to the day. On the bank Tony Broadway landed 4 fish including 2 fantastic silver fish from the Cornfield. Using a washing line with a tequila FAB on the point with shrimp patterns on the droppers. On the boats Ian Reeve enjoyed a good day landing 11 fish using a hot head snake on a fast glass around the corner from the Farborough Spit. Fellow Draycote member Dan McElligott once again took the water enjoyed a fantastic day landing 14 fish. Dan, used a Di 3 forty plus fly line with a small white snake or olive snake around J Buoy. All water member Ian Jobe fished with regular boat partner Clive Moore with the pair landing 16 fish. Finding the fish high in the water on either a floater or intermediate with white minkies landing their fish. Fishery ranger & guide Lee Henfrey fished with Kevin Hart with the pair landing 25 fish to the boat using a Di 3 sweep and a small white snake. Their best area was T-J buoy, but also picked fish up at N and Y buoy.

Thursday was certainly not a day for the fair weather angler with a bitterly cold North wind really making for a cold day on the water. All water season ticket holder Phil Cross enjoyed a day on the bank landing 6 fish from Lincroft Point using a black cat’s whisker. On the boats the cold wind seemed to push the fish further down that they have been in previous days. Rod Wilson fished on the Rudder landing 15 fish using a Di 5 sinking line with a gold & silver tube and also a pink blob. Rod found the fish from Y-K Buoy with his best fish being 3lb 9oz. Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 10 between them using white snakes on a Di 3 sinking line. All water member Lorenzo Serrano landed fishing near the Valve Tower. Fishery guide Lee Henfrey took Peter Harris out for a 4 hour guided session with Peter wanting to learn some hints and tips to help him land more fish. Peter “enjoyed a great session with Lee” landing 10 fish with white snakes in a Di 3 sinking line his best tactic.

Friday was overall a good day for fishing with overcast skies, a light wind and very little in the way of precipitation. Through the week the fish were being caught in the top few feet of the water, and while this is still happening, we should see some great sport.  On the bank some are finding it still a bit of a test with an average of 1.8 fish caught yesterday. Peter Allen caught one, while Tony Broadway had 3. Mr M Smith also managed 3 fish from the bank on lures fished from the Tower Bank and Rainbow Corner. Kevin Hart and John Hoskins ventured out on a boat for the day to net 14 fish between them using minkies and floating fry patterns. Dave Kennell caught 16 fish whilst boat fishing. Dave used a midge tip and blobs to start with but also swapped to a floating line and hoppers, drifting from Y to P buoy, around the Valve Tower and Lincroft Point.

There was a light but cold south westerly blowing on Draycote on Saturday, but it remained dry throughout the day. The bank fished reasonably well returning a rod average of 2.25. Both Mick Cronin and Mark Parsley kept on the move, fishing fry patterns around the reservoir to net 4 fish each. Out on the boats Mark Braun netted 15 fish on cats whiskers and snakes, all from the rainbow corner area of the reservoir. Mick Carrig caught 4 fish from various points around the water on white lures.

Strong Westerly winds Sunday made the bank fishing for the Interclub bank get together a little challenging. 18 members from Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook angling club all gathered for a days bank fishing followed by a cup soup and a roll. All the members enjoyed the day, despite the wind making the fishing tough. Thornton FF Dave Leavesley landed the largest fish of the day a cracking Rainbow of 4lb 6oz. However the best catch of the day was that of Draycote FF Paul Walley who landed 6 fish on a Pitsford Pea in Dunn’s Bay. On the boats Draycote season ticket holder Richard Walker fished with N Barber with the pair landing 9 fish. Tim Tipton also fished from the boats to land a dozen fish. Sunday also was the All Ability Friendly Fly Fishers enjoy a day on the water with the 13 members landing 36 fish for a club rod average of 2.8 fish per angler.

Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

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 The 2021 season at the Eyebrook has drawn to a close. We enjoyed an excellent season with the fishery returning a rod average 4.4

If you would be interested in receiving our membership details for the 2022 season email eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

The 2022 season will open on Friday 4th March

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly fishery reports week ending 31st October 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

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Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending 31st October.  Rod Av: 2.4   Water Temperature: 13c

Monday following a rod average of 4 for the two previous days we were expecting to have a good start to the week. It was in fact the opposite with the best catch on the day 4 fish taken by Thornton member P Hunt on a booby. K Dobson fished pheasant tail nymph & buzzer to catch his 3 trout with most other rods catching just 1 or 2.

Tuesday and were back up to a daily rod average of 4.3, it seems a bit more cloud and a breeze are currently the best conditions. A sink 5 or 7 is best with a standard #10 or #8 cats whisker or cats whisker booby is working best. Thornton member P Martindale caught 17 for his visit, P Wrigley caught 7 with K Cowen catching 4 taking his seasons tally to 120 trout and a personnel rod average 4. Its worth fishing a popper minkie pattern on a floater over the weedbeds in front of the wood, anglers report their starting to get follows and takes on this method.

Wednesday & Thursday & were back to more challenging conditions. No boats out on Friday due to the strong winds

Saturday wet & breezy at time but that didn’t stop B Sibley & M Clay from catching 17 trout on sink 5 & 7 lines with cats whisker booby, with Andy Hallas & boat partner fishing the last 4 hour session catching 5 on sink 5 & 7 lines with booby & snakes

Sunday heavy rain and strong winds kept the boats on the pontoon

 

Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

“New Email address”  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk

 Week Ending Sunday 31st October          Rod Average 4.2     Water Temperature 12 °C

Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provide & wear a face covering if its busy.

The wind came from the Southwest on Monday with sunny intervals, as with the previous weeks the fishing was great with the rod average for the day finishing just below 6. Draycote season ticket holders Ian Richardson & Bob Smith enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 24 between them and commented on a “Brilliant Day” The pair fished along the Farborough Dam wall using a washing line set up with a Minkie booby on the point and then Nemo Crunchers on the droppers. Also using crunchers and boobies to great effect was James Maplethorpe & Trevor Moore who landed 18, also enjoying an “Excellent Day”. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey fished with friend Gaz Roberts for a morning with the pair landing just over 20 fish. They used small weighted white snakes on RIO Hover lines once again along the Farborough Dam.

The wind was a little stronger Tuesday once again in the same direction but this time with a little more South. On the bank the Swan’s Nest was the hotspot for the day, all water member Norman Perkins fished there using a washing line with Diawl Bachs to land 10 fish. Draycote member Tony Broadway landed 7 fish using size 14 Diawl Bachs on a washing line with a FAB on the point, including landing a 5lb 8oz Rainbow. Fellow member Pete Allen also landed 7 fish but didn’t comment on his fly choice. On the boats Lee Patten & Peter Elliot landed 17 between them drifting from the sailing club pontoon out to J Buoy on washing line and then snakes. Ian Morris drifting in a similar area used Muddlers to land 8 fish and also found fish around T Buoy. M Francis fished around the Hensborough Bank using a green and white lure to land 9 fish.

Another windy day Wednesday, once again coming from the South, with overcast skies all day. On the bank Draycote member Brian Allwood landed 2 in a short session including a lovely 4lb rainbow from the Swan’s nest. Mick Cronin landed 8 fish also from the bank using a small white minkie and a floating fry pattern, while Stan Hillman used similar tactics to land 5. On the boats Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith landed 24 fish yet another “excellent day”. They drifted the Farborough Dam wall to the Spit and around J- T Buoy using Minkie boobies with Nemo Crunchers and also black and greens. Mr Woodroffe fished the first day of his 2 day break landing 12 fish and had “exciting sport all day” with a number of pulls and follows. Mr Woodroffe fished up near M Buoy and the Hensborough bank, using a Minkie booby fished on an intermediate just under the surface. Graham England 11 fish in a morning session using a washing line and then minkies. Fishery Guide Lee Henfrey fished with former manager Kevin Hart with the pair enjoying numbers a cricketer would be proud of. The best method was to use a RIO Hover and then 2 small, weighted snakes with a roly-poly retrieve.

It was cloudy and breezy on Thursday and these conditions continued throughout the day. On the bank Jim Hall had one fish on a black lure which he estimated to be about 4 lbs, and Mike Ravenscroft netted 3 fish on olive snakes and popper fry patterns. The boat fishing seemed to mainly be happening out in front of the lodge where most anglers could be seen working lure patterns on intermediate or sinking lines. Ed Greenwood and Bryan Brown had a bakers dozen from the boat on various lures, whilst Chris Barby managed 12 on a washing line and nymphs. Dave Smith and Lee Henfrey were using Rio’s Hover line and tubes drifting off the front of the pontoon and working the flies quickly through the top of the water. Both anglers mentioned that they were catching good quality silvered up fish  all the way down the Farborough Dam and had netted over 40 from their boat.

With a hard southerly blowing well over 25 mph, and some very heavy rain through the morning, boats were cancelled on Friday at Draycote Water. Six bank anglers however did take to the water, netting some good fish between them in what can only be described as very unpleasant conditions. Season permit holder Peter Allen caught 5 fish in Toft Shallows and Rainbow Corner using a variety of patterns. Mike Garner had three fish to the net, again in Toft on various fry patterns.

A very wet start to the day on Saturday, thankfully this dried up by mid-morning with the wind around 18mph, with the occasional stronger gust. On the bank Slav & Jony landed 9 fish on olive snakes, fished at the Tower bank. Mr Matuska also used various lure patterns to land 8 fish again from the bank on a last four hour permit. On the boats Adam Larbalister & Ben Bayliss landed 15 between them on snakes and tubes fished along the Farborough Dam wall. Andrew Taylor and Steve Ellenbeck landed 25 fish to the boat using Midge Tips or floaters with a FAB on the point. We also had a number of boats practicing for the 6X4 competition the next day with them all catching well, but kept their cards close to their chest on how.

Sunday brought some very strong winds from the south & southwest with changeable weather conditions making fishing from the boat & bank challenging. Draycote hosted the our final round of 6 x 4 competition which saw 48 anglers taking to water catching a total of 175 fish between them, giving a rod average of 3.7 which is very good given the conditions. Top rod on the day was Tim Joyce who caught his 8 fish drifting between J & T buoy; out in front of the lodge, using a Midge Tip with 2 Foam Arsed Blobs (FABs), one on the point & the other on the top dropper with 2 nymphs in between. On the bank, there was fish caught both up in Rainbow Corner & down at the Swans Nest with fry patterns proving successful; Minky Booby & White Snakes. Additionally, we hosted the final tuition day of the season with 4 enthusiastic, budding anglers in attendance. It was an excellent day with all participants enjoying the challenges of learning to fly fish & their endeavours were rewarded with a few autumnal Rainbow Trout coming to the net, including a cracking fish that tipped the scales at 5lb 3oz. For further information on forthcoming tuition days & future booking availabilities for the 2022 season please follow the link www.flyfishtuition.co.uk.

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The Eyebrook 2021 season has drawn to a close.

We have enjoyed an excellent season finishing the year with a fishery rod average 4.4 which proves our stocking policy worked. You can view our stocking policy at http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/stocking-policy/

Eyebrook will open for the 2022 season on Friday 4th March 2022

Our 2022 diary is open for individuals, clubs & competitions to book their visits for 2022

Thanks to Jim, Jason, Derek, Martin, Steve, Andy D & Andy M for ensuring the fishery followed our covid guidelines & you our customers enjoyed your visit

We will post weekly our shop opening hours

 

Weekly fishery report 24th October 2021

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Weekly Fishing Report: Thornton, Eyebrook, Draycote

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Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year higher water temperatures we alter the average size of trout we stock our stocking policy for Thornton is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Thornton – Leicestershire Fly Fishery

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending 24th October.  Rod Av: 2.4   Water Temperature: 13c

A wet start to the week with few rods venturing out those that didn’t find it easy. All Water member P Walker fished damsel and cruncher to catch his 3 trout with Russ Martin fishing a dry #16 sedge pattern during the last 4 hour session to catch his 2 trout

Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday few rods on the water due to the wind and at times heavy rainfall. Arthur Olding had the most success fishing a booby to catch his 4 trout.

Friday improving conditions and a few more rods out on the water. The majority caught on sinking lines with booby, snake and fry patterns fished opposite the lodge, along the bank from the lodge to the main car park and across the middle. Last hour once the wind fell away trout were up feeding on the surface from in front of the main car park and up in front of the dam. Members C Sayer and M Cross caught 17 up to 3lb for their visit with M Beck boating 3 on an orange booby for his morning’s visit as did J Hall fishing a white lure. Water clarity remains good

Saturday the majority of the trout were caught on cats whisker, humungus or minkie booby with some fish taken in the late afternoon on small buzzer cdc patterns. Jan Webber fished snakes to take his 3 trout, with K Cowen fishing a booby pattern for his 3 trout. Martin Clay & Brian Sibley caught the majority of their 11 trout on booby patterns with M Hunt catching 17 with a single #14 cdc or big red pattern.

During the day a fast sinker fished opposite the lodge across the main basin & the entrance to the Markfield arm, with fish moving in the calmer water in front of the car park & dam during late afternoon

Sunday proved to be the best day of the week for us with anglers catching on sinking lines during the day with fish moving in front of the dam during the last hour to a hatch of small black buzzer. All water member Matt Vickers caught 8 on a cats whisker booby, Dave Leavesley and Peter Birdsall caught 8 for their mornings session with Thornton member A Wilson fishing a cats whisker to catch his 13 trout. Opposite the lodge, wood and between the wood and the lower orange buoy produced best to sink 5 & sink 7 lines

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Week Ending Sunday 24th October          Rod Average 5.3    Water Temperature 12 °C

 Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it’s busy.

 Once again, the week started with good fishing, with cloud skies, with the odd shower later in the day. Draycote member Bob Smith fished with fellow member Bob Barfoot, with the Bob’s enjoying a good day’s sport boating 20 fish. Using a bit of a mix of flies with daddies, cat boobies and mini snakes all featuring on their catch return. Gaz Roberts & Nigel Keeber landed over 25 fish to the boat in a morning session using Di 3 sinking lines and tube flies. The best areas for the lads were around X & P Buoy with the fish taking just under the surface. Kevin Rees used a washing line to good effect while out in the boat with his son landing 15 fish. Also, landing 15 fish was Russ Logan who using Minkie boobies and also cats whiskers.

A windy day with drizzle at times, however, despite the conditions the anglers who did go out found the fish willing to take a fly. On the bank season ticket holder Peter Allen landed 5 fish taking 3 from the Swan’s Nest before moving up to Rainbow Corner and landing another 2 fish, as well as loosing a 5lb Rainbow at the net. All water member Norman Perkins landed 20 fish from the bank at the Swan’s nest in Toft. Norman used a washing line with a minkie booby on the point and Diawl Bach’s on the droppers with all par one fish taking the minkie booby. Out on the boats Chris Discombe & Jim Brennan landed 11 fish between them using white snakes in Rainbow Corner. Ken Williams & P Wakeman landed 14 fish around Rainbow Corner and also down the Farborough Wall. Mr E Greenwood and his boat partner landed 13 fish using a washing line again down the Farborough Dam wall and then in Rainbow Corner.

Wednesday was more of a day for building an Arc than fishing with heavy rain for most of the morning, with some very impressive squalls coming through later in the day. As a result we only had two boats take to the water. Although the intrepid anglers enjoyed good sport with the rod average for the day 6.7 fish per angler. Russell Pemberton landed 6 fish on blobs, around Rainbow Corner. Mike Smith & Jake Wenman landed 22 fish between them once again on blobs starting by drifting down the Farborough Dam wall before heading up towards Rainbow Corner and the Hensborough bank later in the day when the wind arrived.

Thursday turned out to be a very bright and blustery day with some strong gusts of wind at times. The bank fishing proved unusually difficult with only one of the four anglers netting 3 fish. Out on the boats Ian Richardson and Bob Smith caught 9 fish using black and white snakes and cats whiskers.  Chris Bobby and Mr D Moore had 19 fish to the boat on a washing line and nymphs. Draycote staff member Lee Henfrey and former manager Kevin Hart had well over 30 fish to the boat on DI8’s and snakes fishing around the shoals out in the deeper parts of the reservoir. Steve Buck had 7 fish to the net using grey minkie boobies on a DI5.

A strong westerly was blowing onto Draycote on Friday morning, which moved round a bit to the north about midday, making the north shore more comfortable for bank fishing. Again the bank fishing turned out to be a bit quiet with Alec Twaites catching one fish and Tony Broadway managing five on a washing line and buzzers of all things. Mick Cronin caught 6 fish from the bank using lures on a sinking line off the Tower Bank. Out on the boats Brian Orr managed 5 fish to the net, as did Ian Reeve who used minkies on a DI7. Ians boat partner Matt Pittaway caught had 3 to the net, again on minkies but this time on a DI5. . Graham Homer and Barry Butler caught 5 fish between them, all on fry patterns. Mr David Harris and Mr David Riley had 8 fish to the boat around P buoy on white snakes.

Saturday’s forecast was for a steady breeze from the south with strong gusts at times, which never really arrived, giving us almost ideal conditions throughout the day. There were some great numbers on the returns list, with fish being caught in many areas of the reservoir such as the Hensborough Bank, Farborough Dam and around C buoy and the valve Tower. In amongst the regular anglers were some rods practising for Sundays competition, playing their cards very close to their chest. Still the rod average turned out at a steady 8.6, with the fish coming to quite a wide variety of methods. Petr Elliott and Lee Patten were first on the catch return with nearly 50 fish to the boat on minkies and popper fry patterns fished on floating lines. Richard Dayman had 20 fish to the boat using a DI3 with blobs and a cats whisker, as well as dries on a floating line. Richard did most of his fishing around c buoy, where he returned a brown trout estimated to be in the 6 to 7 pound bracket. Davis Lane and Mike Gunnell used midge tip lines and FAB’s to net over 30 fish from a drifting boat and popped in at lunchtime to comment on the excellent sport. Debbie and Sean Gilbert fished a morning session to boat half a dozen fish from the Hensborough Bank on DI3’s and olive snakes, and commented that they’d hooked and lost nearly twice that amount.

Sunday, saw gusty winds coming from the South, with a sunny start to the day with cloud cover arriving around 11am. On the bank John Crowley landed 6 in a half day session, taking all his fish in Rainbow Corner on a popper minkie fished over the weedbed. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley fished for the afternoon landing 5 fish from Toft at the Swan’s Nest and further down the bank on a white snake. On the boats we hosted the David Hodgson Pro/Am memorial match. Which saw 26 anglers taking part in the competition, landing an impressive 271 fish for a rod average of 10 fish per angler. The match was fished to full catch and release with the time of the first 2 fish being recorded in the event of tie. Winning the day was David Moore who landed 18 fish 2 fabs and 2 claret dabblers. The best area of the match was drifting from J Buoy to T Buoy and along the Farborough Dam Wall. With other good scores coming to washing line with FABs and crunchers on various tip lines and also Tony Baldwin landed 14 fish on dries from Toft. A special mention also has to go Jack Blakley who landed 8 fish in the competition at the young age of 10. Great angling young man and we hope to see you again soon. Outside of the competition Michael Hanlon fished at the Hensbrough bank to land 10 fish including a cracking brown

Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report – 01536 770264

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Stocking Policy As we enter the period of the year with expected higher water temperatures at the Eyebrook we alter the average size of trout we stock. Our stocking policy for the Eyebrook is explained on our website Stocking Policy | Fly Fish Eyebrook – Leicestershire Trout Fishery

Pre payment; We will be asking you to pay for your fishing with a debit or credit card at the time of booking. This will prevent unnecessary queuing at the lodge. Your permit & receipt will be at the booking In area. Staff working the pontoon will allocate you your boat. We recommend you use the hand sanitiser provided & wear a face covering if it`s busy.

Week ending: 24th Oct 21               Rod Average:1.8                  Water Temp: 12C

This week started off slowly due to the ever-increasing cold wet weather. The sort of conditions that take all the fun out of fishing. However, those that dared to go against the elements managed to enjoy some good sport out on the water. Eyebrook Season ticket holder K Johnson managed to land 9 fish from the boat while fishing size 14 olive quill patterns. It just goes to show that the fish will still be on the lookout for those smaller flies even when there are plenty of fry around for the taking.

Lobb and R. Bland joined us at Eyebrook for the start of a 3-day package. The weather was far from ideal, but the wind speed was still well below our threshold and the south westerly wind was kept at bay by the shelter provided by the dam. They both managed to put 7 each in the boat on their first day out. S. Barlow popped in for a morning fishing from the bank. he headed up into Mucky Bay and was surprised by how sheltered the area was from the south westerly wind. He managed to net one from the bank and had a few other offers.

Wednesday started off grim with lots of flurries of heavy rain before we had even got a boat out on the water. S. Lobb and R. Bland were back for day 2 of their 3-day package. They had high winds the day before and now were faced with biblical showers. Thunder had been predicted on the day but no mention of lightning. Then just after 1 o’clock, a tempest rolled through, and boats quickly made their way back in to dry out and have a brew. Once the excitement passed, Eyebrook was like a different place. The conditions were perfect for getting back out in amongst the fishes.

Thursday saw Eyebrook experience quite a strong wind from the North west which made fishing the netted bank and Dam area quite difficult. Most anglers started to explore other areas of the lake to find that bit of shelter on the western Leicestershire bank. R. Swinfield tried fishing from the bank off of the Island and was into a fish on his first cast which came off in play. He then hooked into a fish on his second cast which he landed. He had a few more offers before the wind started to churn up the bottom and colour the water up which slowed down further prospects of getting into a few fish. Jim Greasey tried the bank in Mucky Bay and was rewarded with one fish. The boats were more successful although the wind didn’t help. .S Lobb and R. Bland applied the lessons learned for their final day and were top boat with 7 fish taken on Snakes and Humungus. Ken Key and Steve Robinson had 5 fishing Blobs and Diawl bachs along the dam, whilst Roger Kerrison was top rod with 5 fish.

The wind on Friday was again from the North West with some strong gusts, especially in the afternoon. This made the fishing quite difficult, especially towards the Rutland Bank, with the netted bank and Dam area taking the full force of the wind. As some compensation for a hard day’s fishing, we were witness to a Spitfire performing some aerobatics, including victory rolls, over the reservoir. With the fish being relatively shallow and moving about in pods, anglers were reporting slow periods of inactivity, interspersed with flurries of action when a pod came into range. Top boat of the day was the Hunt brothers with 14, Simon netting five on perch fry patterns whilst Mark persevered with small CDC’s for his nine fish. FMUK guide, Andy Miller, took Mr Fairgrave afloat for an 8-hour guided session and they were rewarded with 6 fish. Best fish of the day was a magnificent 9-pound rainbow which was safely returned. This was caught by one of the pike anglers and fell to a large streamer pattern fly fished in the deeper water in the main basin. The bank fishing continues to improve as the weed beds retreat with the cooler water temperatures. Top bank rod was regular Mr Johnson who took 4 fish as he worked the bank in the area around the Chestnut. During the afternoon, the anglers

Saturday saw far kinder conditions with the wind swinging back to a nice steady south westerly with air temperatures reaching a balmy 13 degrees after lunch. The fair weather for this time of year should have been ideal for a day’s fishing, but for most of the anglers out there, they found that the fish were lacking commitment to readily taking a fly. Once again, Andy Miller was guiding Alex Howe for a few hours on the lake. Andy reported back that there were plenty of fish moving sub surface, but they just wouldn’t latch on to anything thrown at them and they were coming short to whatever was presented to them even at the right depth. Eyebrook Season ticket holder J. Barnes was top rod on the day with 3 fish to the boat all on buzzers.

Sunday saw the Eyebrook Fur & Feather match kick off at 9AM. Prior to heading out. There were bacon butties and tea & coffee for the individuals taking part in the match which kept fishery manager Jim busy doing his best Gordon Ramsay impressions in the kitchen. The first boat back in with their 4 fish each were Mark Goodge and Dave Porter at 12:10. After weighing in, they scarpered back out onto the water for a bit of C&R for the rest of the day. Most of the flotilla decided to hang around in the main basin area as there were fish moving just under the surface everywhere. From the feedback we were getting from a lot of the Anglers, the fish were coming short and giving out the occasional pull on the larger lures. The more successful anglers on the day were generally fishing from drifting boats, fishing washing line with a booby on the point and small Diawl Bach’s or Crunchers, casting out at 35 – 45 degrees and just picking up line as the boat drifted forward. Having a bow in the line was the big difference and the slower the retrieve, the better. The winners of the Christmas Hampers were Dave Etty and Lindsay bates with a combined bag weight of 14lbs 12oz. Mark Goodge had the biggest fish at the weigh in and won a bottle of Whisky. There was only a few oz between the top 3 places.

With the fur and Feather match over, it brings in the final week of the season for Eyebrook.

Fishery Staff member Jason Pusey caught his personnel best fly caught pike this week at 16lb5oz photo on our facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore Late October is when we usually see some of our larger pike caught. Call the lodge to book 01536770264

We still have plenty of boats available throughout the week, so if you are after your final fix of Eyebrook fishing before the fishing ceases, give us a call at the lodge.

Despite it being another Covid challenging year for everybody, Ifor, Jim and the staff at Eyebrook have enjoyed providing great service to each and every one of you during the season. We look forward to seeing you all in the new year with all your new shiny fancy fishing tackle to get you through the next season.

If you would like to receive details of our various membership offers for 2022 contact the lodge 01536770264 or email eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk

 

Thornton Update 21st October

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To reduce the time anglers are queuing at the Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton lodge`s we will be asking you at the time of booking to pay via credit or debit card.

Your receipt & permit will be at the booking in & out area for you to pick up. This will get you away from the lodge & out fishing quicker.

Boatmen working the pontoon will be allocating your boats

If for any reason you need to cancel, we will refund your payment.

We would encourage anglers to use the hand sanitiser provided at the booking in & out area & at the entrance to the lodges and to wear a face covering.

Staff continue to disinfect boats & life jackets after every session