Lodges – Shop Open from 15th June

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Preparing for the opening of the lodges 15th June  

The government guidelines allow us to have the tackle shops & lodges open at Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton from June 15th as long as we can manage social distancing. 

To give you advance notice on how we will operate from the 15th June onwards ensuring social distance and to ensure as we move forward our operating procedures for this next period run as smoothly as they did for the first, I have outlined below our next steps.

From June 15th Lodges Open 

1. Access to the tackle shops will be limited to 2 people at any one time

2. Shops will only be open for tackle sales

3. Hand Sanitiser will be available from a dispenser by the door, you will be required to use it on entry to the lodge/shop

4. Door handles, counters, demo tackle, tills, phones etc will be regularly disinfected

5. To prevent any queuing outside the lodge as were restricting shop customer numbers to 2 at any one time:

  • Fishing permits & boats will be pre booked & pre-paid
  • Your receipt will as it is currently be posted in an envelope on the lodge window
  • Lodges open from 7.30am Do Not congregate outside the lodge door before 7.30am staff when they are ready will call you forward
  • Social distancing guidelines will be observed
  1. Boat usage will remain the same, with restricted availability of boats,
  • Single person occupancy unless your fishing with a person from the same household or two members fishing together
  • Once you have picked up your envelope off the window with your receipt & permit the staff on the pontoon will control numbers ensuring social distancing on the pontoon, they will call you forward when they will allocate you your boat number

 

  • Boat availability currently at
  • Draycote 18 boats,
  • Eyebrook 16 boats
  • Thornton 11 boats
  • We are operating Full Day, Part Day & Last 4hr boats
  • Boats & life jackets are disinfected after every session
  1. Gutting Room remains closed

    Although we have hand sanitiser at the lodge and on the pontoon, we recommend you bring your own as well and use it during the day as required

Draycote 01788812018   Eyebrook 01536 770264   Thornton 01530 230807

 

Thornton update 31st May 2020

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

 

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

 

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 31st May 2020

 

We are still working to limited boat numbers to ensure social distancing on & around the pontoon details of our updated guidelines are on our website http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us/

Two members / season permit holders may now share a boat; guidelines updated above.

Hand sanitiser available at the lodge we recommend anglers also bring their own to use as required

This past week pin fry have shown in the margins, increasing number of damsels, buzzer but smaller 14s

Monday and before the heat of the week kicked in anglers were catching along the wood and Markfield arm with buzzers and hoppers, Simon caught 9 from his float tube for his mornings session, Mr Keeber caught 8 on buzzer and damsel with Mr Measures catching 12 for his visit. Chris Flay fished with his father for the last 4hr session catching 7

Tuesday the weather was noticeably warmer, with the bank fishing becoming noticeably more difficult as the water temperature climbed & bank side weed growth

Float tubers Andre Russell caught 7 with Shaun Higgins catching 6, Ian Brealey fished 100 yards off the wood catching 6 fish to 3lb+ with members Mr & Mrs Warren catching 6 for their mornings visit

Wednesday our surface water temperature had increased to 18+degrees with anglers eventually finding fish out over the deeper water in front of the main dam, green bay and stones

Thursday and on advice from the lodge boat anglers headed towards the deeper water, Chris Sayer caught 14 in Green Bay on black and green tadpole, M Beck caught 7 for his mornings visit with member Howard Davies catching 6 for his afternoon session

Friday again the deeper water produced best with trout to be found the length of the dam, green bay and along the stones. Mick Cross fished a cats whisker snake catching 12, Andre Russell and Gary Cragg fished from their float tubes Andre catching 9 on an intermediate and damsel with fish to 3lb+ while Garry caught 14 using cormorants and damsels. David Coote took his mornings 4 fish limit again on damsels with Chris Fray and his fathere returning for a 4 hour session catching 6 trout

Saturday, bright, hot and breezy Keith Cowen caught 11, Mark Hunt caught 12 to 3lb+ using a DI5 and snakes and later in the day a 12ft RIO Streamer Tip and buzzers

Sunday and similar conditions to Saturday. J Edwards headed towards the dam with a booby basher and pink snake catching 29 trout for his visit. Simon took to his float tube to catch 11 trout with Matt Vickers also float tubing catching 8 for his visit. Adam Gunby fished a pink snake for his Sunday morning visit landing 6 fish to 4lb+

Cooler weather forecast for this week will help to ensure good sport as we move into June

Current weekly rod average 3.0  Water Clarity excellent

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Tuition & Guided Sessions

Currently cancelled

Next Thornton Tuition Day.

Currently cancelled

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 9.45pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 9.45pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 3.00pm – 9.45pm

Last 4 Hr – 5.45pm – 9.45pm

All Anglers Off Site – 10.00pm

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Thornton Weekly Report Week ending 24th May 2020

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 25th May 2020

Our operating guidelines are working well & Id like to thank our visiting anglers for their patience & understanding as we all get used to the current changes. The lodge remains closed hopefully that will be eased at the next relaxing of lockdown rules.

Click on the COVID-19 guidelines above to see our current rules.

Thornton reopened on Wednesday 20th May in line with government guidelines, our current guidelines can be viewed at our link above.

Working to restricted angler number the fishing as expected was good with the fish been left alone these past 8 weeks.

First day’s rod average was 9.5 before settling down to a steady rod average of 4.5 for the week.

Mixed weather for the first 4 days from perfect overcast & gentle ripple to strong winds with our water temperature at 15c+degrees

Anglers report catching trout from all over the reservoir although the corner of the wood into the Markfield arm & the dam across to green bay & the stones producing best.

Generally floating lines or intermediate with daddies, hoppers, cdc, buzzer, diawl, damsels have all worked well with the sinking line & booby working best during any bright flat calm periods.

All Water Member A Russel & Gary have fished from their float tube generally catching 10+ trout, All Water Member Ged Odonoghue caught 12 for his visit, S Owen & M Cartlidge fished from separate boats for their visit both recording double figure catches. Thornton member Howard Davies recorded the largest fish of the week a 4lb9oz rainbow

We have buzzers, sedges hatching in good numbers with the first of the damsels starting to show & withing the margins we are starting to see the first of the pin fry

Water clarity is good

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Tuition & Guided Sessions

Tuition & Guiding is currently unavailable

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 9.30pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 9.30pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 3.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 3.00pm – 9.30pm

Last 4 Hr – 5.30pm – 9.30pm

All Anglers Off Site – 9.45pm

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Fisheries update 30th March 2020

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Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton Coronavirus Update 30th March 2020

It’s a week since the trout fisheries closed in line with the government directive, and I will be the first to admit it’s been a bit of a stressful time as we quickly had to prepare the fisheries for the closure.

Anglers were lucky that social media is flooded with fly tying, fishing video & blogs to help us while away the enforced home time.

We will be posting items on our website & social media, if you have any photos or video of your fishing trips to any of our fisheries, if you can share them it would be great, if you can forward them to shop@flyfishstore.co.uk we can add them to our library and post them during the next few weeks

Members, once I know the duration of the lockdown, I will be looking at some form of compensation for the period were closed.

Vouchers purchased will be valid to be used when we reopen later this year & will be valid to be used during 2021 for those who can’t use them this year

Tom Bird is currently preparing one of his excellent blogs with Martin Blakeston putting together a piece on the history of the Blackston buzzer

When up at the fisheries its noticeable that the buzzer hatches are improving with increasing numbers of martins travelling through each day. Spring is here

Thank you for your well wishes, everyone keep safe

Ifor

 

Coronovirus

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Coronavirus

Today & to comply with Severn Trent Water our Landlord decision we are closing the fly fishing at  Thornton reservoir until further notice

The Thornton Reservoir site will also be closed to the general public.

Its been a tough start since 1st February, a reasonable opening week which was followed by a number of storm, its heart breaking that were closing just as the weather and water conditions come right.

We will keep you all informed via this website & social media pages.

See you all when the country gets better

Ifor

 

Thornton Coronavirus Update 21st March 2020

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Thornton Trout Fisheries Coronavirus Update 21st March 2020

Eyebrook, Draycote & Thornton currently remain open for fishing, we are working to the latest government advice to ensure our fisheries are as safe as possible for staff to work & our anglers to enjoy the outdoors.

We therefore ask you comply with any fishery staff or our landlord’s representatives’ requests

As previously posted Staff will wear gloves while on the pontoon & if necessary, in the lodge. They will continue with their overall rigorous disinfecting and cleaning

New operating standard since 7.00am 21st March 2020

1.

To reduce person to person contact you can Pay for your visit over the phone via a debit or credit card or BACS payment, each fisheries contact details and BACS detail will be listed below

2.

Prepaid customers, Boat numbers etc, will have their booking on a sheet stuck to the lodge window to prevent you having to come into the lodge.

3.

Staff will book you in on arrival & book you out, returns can be made by email or via the phone

4.

ONE CUSTOMER at a time allowed in the lodge

5.

Boats:-

Maximum 2 persons in a boat.

Boats will be fully disinfected after every session.

Boat availability may be reduced to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.

We will let alternate boats on the pontoon, which will increase your own personal area you have while you get in and out of the boats.

Ranger staff may at times need to control the number of anglers on the pontoon

To speed up the anglers usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once your in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible

6.

Life jackets will be disinfected after every session with life jacket usage to be rotated

7.

Bank anglers are to ensure they keep their distance from each other

8.

No tea making facilities will be available at Eyebrook, no area for anglers to sit indoors to eat their lunch will be provided

 

Payment Details

Thornton 01530 230807   Mobile 07885 347 326

BACS Sort Code 56 – 00 – 55 Account 34628002

 

Ifor Jones

Thornton report 15th March 2020

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

Web Site www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Coronavirus, all of our fisheries remain open, with our staff following the advice from the authorities to regularly during the day clean the vulnerable areas, doors, counters, tills, credit card machines, phones etc

Fishery Report: Week Ending: 15th March

Monday to Thursday of this week followed the previous few weeks of low water clarity and few rods on the water.

Friday 13th with a good weather forecast and advise from the lodge that conditions had improved with clarity between 2ft & 3ft enough to warrant a visit the anglers were rewarded with a rod average 4.2

Richard Price caught 6 trout on a green booby while Howard Davies & Jan Webber shared a boat to catch 16 on cats whisker, Dave Slesser caught 7 for his visit while Clive Holt & Colin Chambers shared an afternoon boat to record 10 fish for their visit. The shallows opposite the lodge, wood & lonesome pine fished best.

Saturday & our sport continued to improve with the daily rod average 6.2 with the boats generally enjoying the best of the sport. Phill Mee found the fish up the Thornton arm catching 16 for his visit, Jan Webber returned for his second visit of the week catching 12 wit Mark Hunt fishing a DI3 with a cats whisker to boat his 14 trout. Our surface temperature has increased to 8c+ with anglers reporting increasing buzzer hatches.

Sunday & the poor weather returned, wet & windy with no boats out the few bank anglers who fished struggled with the windy conditions.

Clarity continues to improve and is currently close to 3ft

Good to see the sport picking up & its well worth a visit, contact the Thornton Lodge 01530230807

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RIO & SAGE Day at Draycote 29th March is CANCELLED due to travel concerns for Simon Gawesworth & Chris Anderson of SAGE & RIO who were travelling to the UK from the USA

If you want to try a particular SAGE rod or RIO fly line contact Tom Bird 01788812018 & he will arrange to that for you

Tuition & Guided Sessions Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 6.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 2.00pm – 6.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 6.15pm

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Thornton Fishery Update 8th March

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 8th March

Another tough week with water clarity been the issue, however at long last were seeing an improvement with the clarity as you walk onto the pontoon 18inch+

With little or no fishing at Thornton these past few weeks due to the weather it will be a bonus for us to enjoy some better weather & conditions with rods on the water again

A further stocking of 900 trout averaging 2lb is due this week

Water temperature is 6c best method is likely to be sinking lines with boobies, blobs & fabs.

For latest update contact the lodge 01530 230807

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

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RIO & SAGE Day March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Casting tuition available at Thornton with Ifor Jones call the lodge 01530230807

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 6.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 2.00pm – 6.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 6.15pm

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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 Update 1st March

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Thornton Weekly Fishing Report.

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

Web Site www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: 1st March 2020

Another week, another storm! It does look at long last that we may see an improvement in the weather.

A few rods did venture out during the week but conditions were against them

This morning our water level has receded since Thursday / Fridays rainfall with our clarity starting to improve, off the end of the pontoon this morning we have 13inch, I think we need 16inch+ ideal would be 18inch, we could be at that sort of clarity level by Wednesday, Thursday.

The clarity will be at its best from the bank outwards, I would expect the bank to start fishing better than the boats.

As we always recommend call the lodge for latest update 01530 230807

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/

RIO & SAGE Day

March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions

Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Thornton Tuition Day. Thornton Beginner Course Saturday 7th March cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 6.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 6.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 1.00pm – 6.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 2.00pm – 6.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 6.15pm

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Local Angling Club is Thornton Fly Fishers, their next bank competition is been held at Eyebrook on the 8th March, details on their Facebook page visit their website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/

Thornton Fishery Update 23rd February

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Thornton 23rd February

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Very little to report as we advised anglers to stay away this week due to the high water level from the week before which coloured the water.

Water clarity is improving however we have to wait & see what impact the rain over the weekend has.

From our records you need to go back to 2002 or 2007 to find the last time we had the reservoir effected for so long by rainfall.

Had we not had the weekends rainfall we were looking at the clarity improving by Wednesday, following Sundays rainfall & depending on todays (Monday 24th) rainfall I will have a better idea tomorrow on when its likely to be worth fishing, ideally we need 14inch+ of clarity this morning at 10.00am we have 11 – 12inch of clarity.

My gut feeling looking at the various forecast and current localised rainfall  is that Thursday / Friday could be worth a visit

As always we recommend you call the lodge for latest updates 01530 230807

LOCAL ANGLING CLUB spotlight: Thornton Fly Fishers is, they arrange club competitions, social events & winter fly tying, visit their website http://thorntonflyfishers.simpl.com they also have a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/troutfishingclub/