Thornton Weekly Fishing Report 12th April 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  10th April  Rod Av: 3.3  Water Temperature: 9c+

Good start to the week with buzzer, diawl bach and cruncher patterns fished on floating, midge tip and intermediate lines doing best. P Mee fished a morning session catching 9 on buzzer, Mr Mansell & Bethel caught 8 for their visit with Darren Dodd fishing an afternoon catching 9 on damsel and cruncher patterns.

Tuesday a fresher wind with anglers looking for the shelter provided by the corner of the wood. Bob Jones opted for a cats booby on a sinking line catching 15, All Water member D Skudder on his first visit of the year caught 8 on diawls. A few fish coming off the bank but the strong wind made it difficult to fish.

The bank at Thornton can fish well during April, you will need chest waders.

Wednesday poor forecast had everyone cancel with the fishery cancelling Thursday due to average wind speeds exceeding our 25mph limit

Friday, better weather, but still cold. Mixed day with some struggling while others found the method. All water member Paul Walker fished buzzer, diawls & fab to catch his 20 trout with George Jackson finding the sinking line & booby was the method to catch his 11 trout with P Hunt fishing diawl bach to take his 8 trout

Saturday and another frosty start with the water temperature having dropped to 9c which is a full degree lower than we would expect for this time of year. Not surprising therefore that the booby caught the lions share of Saturday trout.

Sunday we welcomed 8 members of the All Abilities Fly Fishing, not the easiest of days with a cold breeze during the morning into early afternoon. Phil Bruce & Chris Davies caught 10 with a red diawl the successful pattern with Shaun Higgins and Felicity Appleton finding the fish in the afternoon catching 7. Thornton members S Swinfield and S Zeleny caught 9 on fast sinkers and booby along the lonesome pine with S Thompson catching 4 on buzzer and diawls for his mornings visit

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Week Ending: Sunday 10th April 2022       Rod Av: 2.7       Water Temperature: 8°C

A blustery start to the week which rather limited the anglers as it would have been a bumpy day over on the North Shore which had been the previous days hotspots. All water season ticket holder Peter Harris fished along the Hensborough bank landing 4 fish on buzzers and also boobies. Fellow all water Lorenzo Serrano fished with Tom Morris for the afternoon with the pair landing 5 fish from Biggin Bay. Draycote member Tom Gay fished for a morning landing 3 fish on Diawl Bach’s on a midge tip at the Hensborough Bank.

The wind made for a challenging day Tuesday, with a gusty South West winds meaning the North shore hotspots couldn’t be fished effectively. On the bank Draycote member Brian Allwood landed a brace including a cracking fish over 8lbs on a morning session, Brian took the fish from Car park number 8 near Dunn’s Bay. A brace on the bank seemed to be the average catch on the bank with 4 other anglers landing 2 fish each. On the boats John Jones landed 5 fish from the Hensborough Bank on Buzzers fished on a Midge tip line.

Another windy day with heavy rain showers in the afternoon. Draycote member Stephen Dewhurst fished from the bank in Rainbow Corner to land a brace of fish using Buzzers on a midge tip. Sam Smith fished for half a day from a boat landing 13 fish, Sam landed these from Farborough Spit. His tactic was to use a Di 3 or a Di 5 with a Black Humungus.

Thursday, unfortunately all boats were cancelled due to the high winds with the mean speed at times in the day hitting 30mph.

Friday was the complete opposite to the day before with a flat calm start, with a light breeze picking up n the afternoon. However there was cold start to the day with a frost first thing resulting in the water temperature being below 8°C. On the bank S King fished along the Cornfield to land 3 fish, using a team of buzzers. On the boats Graham Homer fished in Biggin Bay using Diawl Bach’s and black buzzers to land his 7 fish. All water member Craig Middleton fished with Steve Cullen with the pair landing double figures to the boat, finding the fish in a number of places across the reservoir but in no large concentration of fish with a Midge tip being their best line.

Another frosty start to the day Saturday, with more bright skies with a South Westerly wind. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Mark Braun landed 7 fish from Car Park 8. With fellow Draycote season ticket holder Mike Garner landed 3 from the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay also on crunchers. Out on the boats Ian Richardson landed 5 fish using the Bung and buzzers. With Ian taking his fish from the Tower Bank and also Biggin Bay. Rob Plume & Ben Gilbert enjoyed a good day from the boat with the pair landing 20 fish using a Di 3 sinking line and Damsels in Biggin Bay. The boat pairing of D Baxter & Matt Smith landed 6 fish to the boat with Matt taking 3 of them on his first ever time fishing. Well Done Matt hope it’s the first trips of many.

A bit of a nip in the air again on Sunday morning, with southerly winds and bright sunshine. The rod average overall is in a good place, with successful days being had from the bank as well as the boats. The bank fished quite well on Sunday with John Crowley netting 11 fish on black and green lures from the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay. Mr Alan Tupping also did well, netting 8 fish in Biggin Bay using a damsel pattern fished on an intermediate line. Mark Johnson Jones and Mr J Fox Had 4 and 5 fish respectively from the bank on buzzers. Mr Tim Russell netted 4 from the bank  using damsels on a slow intermediate line. Season permit holder Out on the boats young Bob Askew had 11 fish whilst Ed Douglas had over 20. Paul Newnam and Matt Crisp had 25 fish to the boat between them using holographic diawl bachs, buzzers and crunchers. Peter Elliott boated 14 fish using buzzers on the bung and middas. Jay and Funky Ali had 5 fish to the boat between them during an afternoon session using damsels and buzzers. The Draycote Fly Fishers held their Spring Pairs Match on Sunday with good attendance. In third place was Richard Hanlon and Will Hunt with 3 fish to the net. In second place was Mike Nolan and Paul Ward with 4 fish. The overall winners on the day were Stephen Dewhurst and Paul Walley with 9 fish between them. Paul remarked that he used boobies on a DI 3 by the Swans Nest in Toft Shallows.

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Week Ending: 10 April       Rod Av: 6.6       Water Temperature: 10C

After a cold wild week last week, the conditions for the start of the week look a little bit more settled. The temperature has been increasing but there seems to be a constant wind speed sitting above the mid-teens this week. Monday seen Richard Watson and Bill Whittle visit us for a day out and it was good to see some long-term boat partners out on the water again. Richard managed to get up in to the teens while Bill had a nice Half dozen in a half-day session. Mark Woolnough had a great bank session fishing washing line static and just let the wind do a lot of the work for him. It’s a great way to fish. Other boats out on the water were finding fish from Pollards Jump to the Willows. From the Chestnut tree to the Cow Sheds and from Sam’s Dyke to the Island. There are still pods of fish moving up and down the bank from Sam’s Dyke all the way to the front of the lodge. Washing line with Buzzers or just a straightforward bung set up has been proving deadly. So, it might be time to give the snakes a rest for a little while. Buzzers are very much top of the menu at the moment.

  1. Horner and G. Horner are visiting us for a 7 day period. They have been showing that they are getting to grips with the fishes feeding habits and where they seem to be hiding in the lake They have been fishing Black Buzzers and FAB’s to devastating accuracy and enjoying the fantastic sport on the lake. S. Farmer ventured out on the float tube. The wind was a little bit strong, but he managed a fantastic haul with fish falling to Black Buzzers, Red Diawl Bach’s and Tequila FAB’s he reported catching fish up to 4lbs and had a great day out there.

Wednesday seen the wind get up to 20mph. but due to it being a south westerly, there seemed to be enough shelter along the Leicestershire bank for boats to get in close and drop anchor. As well as the individuals who have joined us on the 2 and 3 day packages, The Police had half a dozen boats out and then a further 9 boatloads ventured out from the Soldier Palmers later in the morning. The Soldier Palmers were introducing some new anglers to fishing loch style from a drifting boat. Traditionally they would have been out on Rutland, but due to the winds, and the fact that Eyebrook could offer some protection for new anglers to experience fishing in this way was a great benefit to them. The Police had a rod average of 12 at the end of the day. The Soldier Palmers were about 4.5 and with all other visitors reflecting a rod average of 10.7 on the day, just shows how well Eyebrook is fishing even when the weather is against us.

Thursday was very high winds at 29mph for most of the day which called for the boats to be cancelled. Only one angler braved the elements on the day, All water ticket holder Ken Key. Despite the horrendous wind, he managed to catch 6 hard fighting rainbows from the casting platforms. Fortune favours the brave!!

Friday seen more settled conditions and we soon seen the anglers coming out to see if the strong winds had caused any disruptions to the buzzer fishing that they had been enjoying. It soon became evident that fishing the Bung with a couple of buzzers was still coming up trumps all over the lake. A few anglers were out practicing for the up-and-coming Scierra Pairs this weekend, we know that some of the comp anglers like to keep numbers close to their chest so sometimes the Rod average can be quite conservative during these periods running up to a big match. From the information we have been hearing, white boobies, corixa patterns and size 10 buzzers seem to be accounting for the majority of the fish being caught.

Saturday seen the weather improve again. The temperatures were still low in the morning but improved steadily during the day. Garry Mickley arrived on site bright and early and hit the bank in amongst a cold frosty snap. He fished away through the morning till just after 1 and managed to get well in to double figures and was top bank rod on the day. The bank sport is still fantastic at the moment as the weed has still to make an appearance. Most of the boats out on the day were yet again practicing for the Scierra Pairs match on Sunday, So there was limited information coming back at this point. Lots of anglers were being quite conservative with their catch returns in the hopes of not drawing attention to themselves the next day.

Sunday morning started off with a bitterly cold frost. The morning boatman had his work cut out for him as he was doing everything he could, to ensure our anglers were getting in to clean and safe boats for the Scierra pairs match. 23 Pairs were taking part and the remaining 3 boats in the fleet were booked out by Kirby Fly Fishers.

The first boat to return to the pontoon was Boat 11 with Ian Buckley and Mark Harrison at 11:23AM and weighing in a bag a 12 between them at 24lbs 04oz. Would this be enough to be the winners on the day or would they be pipped at the post by a boated pair that have found some bigger fish?

The Scierra pairs finished up with 19 of the 23 boats landing their 12 fish to the boat.

1st Bruce Blackshaw & Mark Parsley

2nd Ian Buckley & Mark Harrison

3rd Paul Kitchen & Brian Blackett

4th Terry Bayes & Pete Webb

The top 3 went through to the final later on this year. Terry and Pete may go through depending on future results.

Well done to all those involved and thank you to Phil Dixon for running such a well oiled event.

Damsel Nymphs fished under a bung was deadly on the day and those that saw bungs being used, seemed to automatically assume that they were fishing buzzers. Sometimes you need to think outside the box.

The next week or so is starting to fill up fast, so it’s best to call and get booked in to avoid missing out on a boat for the day.

 

Weekly fishing report 5th April

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  3rd April   Rod Av: 6.8   Water Temperature: 9c+

Monday and another day when buzzer, diawl bach, cruncher and damsel patterns caught the majority of the trout. The bank opposite the lodge, wood and down past the lonesome pine continues to produce but with the water temperature creeping to 10c+ fish are starting to move across open water. L Ford caught 9 for his mornings visit, all water member P Walker fished buzzer and diawls to catch his 30 trout with Thornton member Bob Menhams catching 10 on buzzers and damsel during his 3 hour morning session. Keith Cowen had another excellent day catching 12 on damsel and cats whisker.

Tuesday and a similar day to Monday, all water members P Mee and H Wood caught 20 for their visit on diawls and buzzer. M Litchfield fished a washing line, booby on the point, diawl bach on the dropper to catch his 10 trout. Russ Martin fished the bank for 4 hours, catching 4 trout opposite the lodge. Thornton member H Davies fished a standard black buzzer to catch his 10 trout with D Leavesley fishing the afternoon session with damsel and buzzer to catch 7 trout to 3lb13oz. Long leaders and fish the flies slowly was the winning method.

Wednesday and a rod average 10. A Iliffe & R Morton caught 8 for their mornings visit fishing opposite the lodge. P Mee fished with Malwina and had an excellent day on buzzers with B Deeley finding a sink 5 line worked best for him as he caught 11. Water clarity is good with the water temperature 10c. We saw the first of our larger grey black buzzer on the water, as their numbers increase the trout will turn more and more onto the buzzer

Thursday, snow showers, stronger winds & freezing temperatures saw everyone cancel apart from Tony Lorrimer who was rewarded with 20 trout, deservedly so considering how cold it was, with all of his trout taken on his rabbit fly patterns.

Friday and an ever so slight improvement to the weather. Not surprisingly our water temperature has dropped to 9c+. Most angler reached for their sink 3, 5 & fast sink 7 lines although J Jessop & P Hopkins caught their 24 trout at the lonesome pine fishing a floating line with fab and diawl bach. Chris Sayer caught 21 and his boat partner A Warren caught 11 for their visit with S Fairgrieve catching his catch on diawls and buzzer. Water clarity is good.

Saturday with a -3 greeting the anglers & the pontoon frozen it was nearly 9am before the boats went out. Most headed for the corner of the wood & down towards the lonesome pine with A Lilley & G England finding fish on their very first cast with a standard black buzzer helping them to their catch of 40 fish to the boat. They also offered advice to G Parsons & I Parsons helping them to catch a trout apiece on their first time fly fishing. Jan Webber made a point of trying various areas of the reservoir, the tern raft, green bay catching his 8 fish on booby with members M Clay & B Sibley boating 12 trout between them.

Surprisingly at 7pm with our water temperature at 9c & air temperature at 3c we had our first good evening rise of the season. With warmer temperature and increasing buzzer hatches it will only get better & better of the season video on our facebook page  www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

Sunday and another cold frosty morning with anglers having to wait beyond 9am for the pontoon to thaw. Nearly everyone headed towards the corner of the wood and lonesome pine with Szymon Zabrzenski & M Vickers boating 17 with most of Szymon taking an olive buzzer. S Paranha & L Lawrence caught 9 for their visit with Peter Wurm catching 6 for his mornings visit. Another reasonable evening rise with Simon & John Crane catching 5 for their late afternoon evening visit.

Water clarity is good.

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Week Ending: Sunday 3rd April 2022       Rod Av:   5.1       Water Temperature: 7°C

A very misty start to the week Monday, with the fog taking till nearly mid-day to clear. With the fog around in the morning it was much colder than previous days, however, once the fog had been burnt it left a lovely warm afternoon. On the bank Michael Burnett landed 9 fish from Biggin Bay using a Damsel on the point teamed with buzzers on the droppers. Fishing just up the bank at car park 8 season ticket holder Mark Braun landed 8 fish using a sinking line and an orange booby. Out on the boat Stuart Foulds enjoyed a great days sport landing 16 fish using black buzzers on a midge tip line from Biggin Bay. Another boat who enjoyed good sport in Biggin Bay was that of Ian Richardson & Bob Barfoot who landed 16 fish between them. The pair used buzzers under a bung to land their fish, but it wasn’t until the fog cleared and the day warmed the fishing improved. All water season ticket holder Michael Ravenscroft fished for the afternoon landing 7 fish on a GRHE taking his fish from around the Spit and also the Cornfield.

A cloudy day on Tuesday, with the day certainly feeling a little cooler with the Northeast wind. However, these overcast conditions did mean the bank fishing improved. Alec Thwaites fished for a morning landing 6 fish from the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay using a blue flash Damsel on the point and buzzers on the droppers. All water season ticket holder Ken Key also fished at the Old Pipe to land 7 fish. However top honours from the bank went to Draycote season ticket holder Dave Kennel with 28. Dave, fished at Car Park 8 between Biggin Bay and Dunn’s Bay using a Midge tip line with a booby, buzzer and FAB combo with the majority of the fish taking the FAB. On the boats Father and son duo Jim & Richard Hall landed 25 fish on Damsels in Biggin Bay. Tim Grove enjoyed a good day in Biggin Bay using buzzers to land 21 fish a good start to his 3 day package break. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 33 fish using a team of buzzers on a Midge Tip fishing at various points around the lake from Biggin Bay to Rainbow Corner. Overall a great days sport was had by nearly all the anglers as the rod average for the day finished at 9.3

Where did those warm sunny days go? Calm cool conditions greeted us on Wednesday morning with the promise that the air temperature was going to drop through the afternoon. And still the fish seem to be enthusiastic enough with Biggin Bay being the place to be for most of the anglers. Season permit holder Dave Smith returned 15 fish on a Rio DI5 sweep line and a yellow FAB. Tim Grove was once again on the buzzers, this time netting 18 fish. Ray Rowlings netted a dozen fish. Ray used a couple of different methods, the washing line with buzzers and a FAB on the point, and black snakes on a sinking line, all in Biggin Bay. Matt Pittaway used small booby snakes to great effect by the old pipe in Biggin, netting 15 fish in total. Matt shared his boat with fellow season permit holder Ian Reeve,  who had well over 20 fish. Ian used the small booby snake but also put a washing line to good use with a mixture of buzzers and diawl bachs.

A bit of a shock to the system this morning despite the weather forecasters getting it right, with a strong northerly wind and some quite heavy snow at times. Luckily, the best of the fishing was in Biggin Bay, with those large trees affording some shelter. Tim Grove braved the conditions to net 10 fish on the final day of his 3 day break, all on the buzzer. Mr Ian Watts netted 6 from the bank in Biggin Bay on a wide variety of patterns.. Season permit holder Endi Seglis had 4 fish on lures fished on a sinking line, once again in Biggin Bay.

Another cold day here at Draycote Water with a stiff northerly blowing into the lodge. Still some anglers wrapped up warm and ventured out. Draycote regular John Hall took to the bank and fished in the Cornfield where he caught 2 fish on damsels. Season permit holder John Dickens caught 5 fish from a boat in Biggin Bay using a DI3 and a cats whisker. Les Lerigo had 4 fish to the boat during an afternoon session. Les fished tight in to Lincroft Point, using a DI7 and black and green lures.

Avery calm and frosty start To Saturday morning with fish showing very early on around the pontoon and in the harbour. The fish seem to be holding again along the north shore although they are proving a little more difficult to catch. Some anglers are picking fish up from the bottom of Toft Shallows but these seem to be hard on the bottom and are taking lures fished on heavy sinking lines.  Season permit holder Alan Grant caught 6 fish from the bank fishing on Lincroft Point, and said that he found the fish hard on the bottom.. Mike Garner ventured out onto the bank to net a brace on diawl bachs by the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay  Les Lerigo picked up 7 fish from a drifting boat in Toft Shallows on a DI7 and black and green lures. Mr Bishop caught his 4 fish on black lures from various points around the reservoir .

Another cold start to the day, but it did warm up in the afternoon with the appearance of the sun. On the bank Draycote member Jon Crowley enjoyed a good mornings sport landing 7 fish from the Hensborough Bank on size 14 black buzzers. On the boats Richard Walker also fished for the morning taking 11 fish, Richard fished in Biggin Bay and Dunns Bay with a while Damsel Gold head to land 11 fish. However, the best catch came from the boat of Peter Elliot & Lee Patten who boated 37 fish. The pair fished in Biggin Bay using a team of Buzzers fished on a washing line close to the surface to land their fish. All water member Peter Harris also enjoyed some good sport in Biggin Bay put opted to use a booby to land his 9 fish.

This was certainly a week of two halves with regards to the weather, with the colder temperatures experienced towards the end of the week really throwing the fish off their stride. However, with warmer settled weather ahead, we should once again experience some great fishing.

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Week Ending: 03 April       Rod Av: 7.4      Water Temperature: 10C

Monday saw a misty start to the week due to the cooler temperatures overnight. However, this did not seem to affect the water temperature which was a healthy 11 degrees. It also did not deter the fishing with some good catch returns being recorded from both the boat & the bank. All Water Season Ticket holder Mr Duncan had a particularly successful from the boat whereas, Fishery Manager Jim popped down for quick session from the bank & caught a respectable 8 fish in a couple of hours. Jim’s successful tactic was to fish a washing line static with a Sunburst Fab on the point & buzzers up the cast in Dogwood Bay. The washing line is an excellent method for targeting fish that are sat in the top 3ft of water. As the wind dropped during it was noticeable just how high the fish were sitting in the water column as fish could be seen rising across the reservoir.  The most productive areas of the reservoir for both the bank & boat anglers remain the Netted Bank to the Willows & Dogwood Bay all the way around to the Chestnut area.

With the weather forecast starting to turn colder, anglers were keen to get out on the water to enjoy the great sport that Eyebrook has been offering lately. Eyebrook Season Ticket holders Bill Law and Ian Steele managed a cool dozen each to the boat on a morning session in Mucky Bay. Roy Lewin and Mike Smith done a little better than Bill and Ian in and around the same sort of areas. Other Anglers were doing exceptionally well from the bank areas and are getting some great sport all the way up at the Cow Sheds and even in front of the Stoke Dry Carpark area. Anglers are still reporting buzzers accounting for most of the fish, but they are willing to take Cats Whisker, Damsel Nymphs as well as black and green lures. When the conditions are right, there has even been reports of individuals picking up fish on CDC emerger patterns.

Wednesday felt like autumn was making a comeback. The temperatures have tumbled since the weekend and the forecast of rain (possibly snow) has had anglers reconsider spending time out in the great outdoors. Only a few brave souls ventured out. All water ticket holder and Eyebrook regular, Ian Jobe had a great day out trudging the Bank and managed to bring well in to double figures to the net. Despite the biting colder wind, Ian was tempting fish up to take Hog Daddies and emergers. Todd Passingham put in a long shift out in a boat in adverse conditions to bring half a dozen to the net.

Thursday felt like the dead of winter again. That cold North Easterly was causing a few waves down at the pontoons in the morning and then we were hit with a flurry of snow before we even got a chance to sort boats out for a few individuals looking to go out for a day on the water. With a North Easterly wind, Anglers can still find relatively calm water to fish in around the Sam’s Dyke are or even close in on the Rutland bank between Stoke Dry and the Willows. Flurries of Snow continued to hit Eyebrook throughout the day making uncomfortable conditions. Our intrepid anglers decided that they would happily leave the boats at the pontoon and venture out on to the bank. After a few hours of battling the elements they both came back in. On this day, the fish won, but only because the weather helped them.

Friday started off Bitterly cold again and due to the rain and the construction work for the new spillway. The main track up to the lodge was yet again impassable due to the mud on the track. We strongly encourage all visitors to Eyebrook to use the Alec Lane gate for access.

The wind has lightened up a little from what was originally forecast the day before but even an 18mph wind coming out of the North East can be quite rough at the lodge end of the lake. When there’s a wind like that, Sam’s Dyke and tight in against the wooded areas of the Rutland bank can offer refuge for anglers willing to battle the biting cold wind. David Fisher Finally managed to put 5 fish in the boat after battling the Elements on the day. He started off over by the Willow tree in the morning and finished up in Sam’s Dyke in the afternoon. David seemed to time everything perfectly by coming off the water for a warm cuppa, a few minutes later the weather unleashed merry hell on Eyebrook. None of us could believe the snowfall that appeared on the 1st April 2022.

Saturday morning was bitterly cold, but we had clear skies and a light wind on the lake. Gary Mickley was first in the door and raring to get out on the bank. He was then closely followed by a few of our regular Pike anglers who decided they would have a nice hot coffee before heading out on to the water on such a cold morning. Martin Blakeston was the morning boatman and reported that it was a little bit difficult to get the boats started due to the freezing temperatures. The harsh weather was intermittent throughout the morning, but by the afternoon, the weather started to make a pleasant change. Andy Tatman and His Dad Paul popped out for a bit of fishing and asked for a bit of guidance. Fishery manager Jim hopped out in a boat with them for an hour or so and helped with leader set up and fly selection and managed to get them to slow down the retrieve enough for those buzzers to fish effectively, resulting in Paul landing 2 fish in a short session and Andy missing a couple. They both thoroughly enjoyed themselves and were grateful for the staff looking after them. Despite the cooler air temperatures, the water temperature has remained at 9 degrees which kept the trout feeding on the abundant buzzer hatches around the reservoir. The general pattern has seen the fish are feeding slightly deeper in the water column during the colder mornings; coming to straight lined buzzers & lures fished slowly. Then as the air temperature increases throughout the day they are moving up & getting caught on the washing line on either the nymphs or buzzers on the droppers & the FAB on the point.

On Sunday we hosted an inter club bank match which saw 16 members from our 3 reservoirs take to the banks. A friendly & sociable competition that was fished to specific rules where the prizes were awarded for the largest & smallest fish caught. The winners were Steve Lawrence with lovely Rainbow of 3lb 13oz & Ian Jobe with a well-proportioned Rainbow of 1lb 10oz, each taking prizes for their respective catches. The competition was very successful with all anglers catching & everyone enjoying themselves. In addition, our resident instructor Andy Miller hosted a Tuition Day for 5 would be anglers. Under Andy’s tutelage all the participants went through the “peaks & troughs” of learning to cast a fly & through their hard work & application, coupled with Andy’s knowledge & experience; they caught a few between them at the end of the day. Eyebrook member Neil Shilton had a great day out in his float tube recording a very high catch return from various locations & All Water members; Adam Gumby & Steve Jordan had an equally successful day from the boat fishing close in at Dogwood Bay. The fish have remained relatively high in the water column all week with the most productive method being washing lined nymphs or buzzers with a FAB on the point. The key has been to fish your flies slow to static & where possible, fishing slightly across the wind & allowing your flies to swing around on the breeze. It is also worth noting that a mobile approach will maximise your chances of catching be that from a boat or the bank as demonstrated by Neil Shilton’s success from his float tube.

 

Thornton weekly report 27th March 2022

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Week Ending:  27th March    Rod Av:9.0       Water Temperature: 10c

Monday & a great start to the week with a rod average 10.8 Majority of the anglers took to the boats with Paddy Fitch deciding to fish the bank for the afternoon & been rewarded with 16 trout caught close in on the margins opposite the lodge. From the boats P Hunt caught 14 with L Serrano catching 20+ with the majority of the boat anglers catching on Intermediate or fast sink lines with booby, cats whisker or diawls. Water clarity is 3ft.

Tuesday with our water temperature creeping closer to 10c+ mark when we would expect to see more fish coming to the floating lines as the trout switch onto the buzzer. Trout haven’t yet fully switched onto the buzzer with our catch returns indicating buzzer, diawls, blue flash damsel, bloodworm, blob, cats whiskers and booby patterns all taking fish with anglers fishing a midge tip down to a fast sinker. Opposite the lodge continues to fish well for the bank anglers with A Topping catching 15 and Paddy Fitch 13. From the boats a number of anglers caught double figure catches, P Mee, Tut & Bet Miles, P Cox, P Wrigley, R Dunster, P Walker & Steve Windram. Opposite the lodge, in front of the wood, corner wood into the Markfield arm fished best with the trout to be found either tight to the bank or as the day got brighter 30 yards off the bank. Another excellent day with the rod average 10+

Wednesday with the catch return showing increasing numbers of trout taking buzzer and diwal bach with the midge tip, intermediate and slow sink lines best. Steve Fairgrieve and P Mee shared a boat fishing buzzer an diawls to catch their 25 trout, Ian Leach a new All Water member Ian Brearley fished diawls an damsels to boat their 28 trout wit C & R Grice fishing damsels to take their 16 trout.

Thursday and a cracking warm March Day, flat calm with the bright conditions called for long leaders. Tony Lorrimer caught his 10 trout on his rabbit patterns, member D Rechtorik fished a midge tip with diawls & buzzers to catch his 16 trout with D Slessor and his son catching 18 for their visit. Dave & Sharon Ryalls fished a DI3 with an orange and tequila blob to catch their 13 trout. Opposite the lodge and wood remains favourite with anglers who are venturing further up the Markfield arm finding increasing numbers of trout.

Friday and another excellent day’s fishing. Sun was pleasant on your back and its helping to raise our water temperature and with-it increasing numbers of buzzer hatching. Most anglers concentrated their fishing opposite the lodge, wood and the corner with S Zeleny & S Swinfield going further into the Markfield arm been rewarded wit 12 trout. G Clark bank fished mainly along the corner with a damsel and an ace of spades, now there’s an old pattern you don’t hear of much, but it worked helping him to his 14 trout. Bill Watson had his best day ever catching 23 trout with J Law also catching well into double figures. With a daily rod average 9.8 most anglers enjoyed good catches. Intermediate long leaders with blue flash damsel, diawls and buzzers was the winning combination for most.

Saturday`s catch return was all buzzer, diawl, damsel patterns with the intermediate, sink 3 lines with long leaders and the flies fished slow catching best in front of the wood and down past the lonesome pine. David Inglis & Ron Fullelove caught 20 for their visit with A Lilley & G England having a great day catching theirs all on buzzers. Ian Leach caught 12 as did K Cowen. Our Water temperature hit 10c for the first time definitely going the right way.

Sunday the easterly breeze felt cooler but that didn’t stop the fishing with trout during part of the day to be seen feeding through the surface. Bob Jones fished black buzzer and blue flash damsel to catch his 20 trout with his boat partner S Brooks fly fishing for the first time catching 8, well done. Dave Slessor enjoyed another good day catching 20+ with George Jackson finding a small sparkler booby and small white booby helped to catch his 15 trout. C Burdett fished buzzers to catch his 6 trout finding a few fish out over the deeper water

Overall, an excellent weeks fishing

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Week Ending: Sunday 27th March         Rod Av:  5.8       Water Temperature: 8 °C

Another lovely day Monday with the air temperatures reaching 16°C in the later part of the afternoon, however, a frost did make the fishing slow to start with. Dave Atkins fished from the bank along the Cornfield to land 4 fish using a 12ft slow tip with a Damsel on the point and Muskins on the dropper. On the boats John Dickens landed 12 fish using a black and green lure and buzzers. All water member Dave Smith landed 8 using small black buzzers fished under the bung and also landed one using a foam daddy with the fishing taking off the surface. The best catch of the day went to Ian Morris who used a floating line with Diawl Bachs and black buzzers to land 21 fish. Ian fished at Rainbow Corner, The Inlet and Lincroft Point to land his fish.

Once again the great fishing Draycote has seen in the previous few days continued Tuesday with a rod average of 7.2 fish per angler. On the bank Stan Hillman landed 5 fish from the various points around he reservoir on a team on buzzers. However, it looks like the last four hours with the sun dipping in the sky was the best time for the bank With John Hayden landing 10 fish from the Cornfield using a Damsel and a mini cat’s whisker. However, it was certainly a day for the boats as the sun pushed the fish out over the edge of the drop offs. Draycote season ticket holder Phil Waters enjoyed a good days sport landing 13 fish using a mixture of buzzers and nymphs. All water member John Duncan landed 11 fish on his first ever trip to Draycote. Ed Douglas fished in Biggin Bay using an Airflo 12ft Slow tip with a mixture of nymphs and a FAB to land 29 fish including a cracking 5lb 7oz rainbow. Kevin Hart also used buzzers and cruncher this time with a booby on the point to land 38 fish. Kevin fished at the Willow trees at the bottom of the Cornfield using a Di 3 to land his fish.

The sunny conditions remained on Wednesday, however there was a lack of wind. This lack of wind made the fishing drop off a little from the great sport we have been seeing, although the fishery still produced a number of good catches. Tom Cosford fished from the bank along the Cornfield using small size 14 black buzzers to land 7 fish. On the boats Iain Johnston landed 15 fish using a floating line with black buzzers, fishing along the North Shore with a very slow figure of eight retrieve. Draycote member Chris Discombe landed 10 fish from Biggin Bay using small black buzzers static. Mr Francis also used buzzers and a black and green lure to land 13 fish with his most productive area being D Buoy.

A very flat bright day here at Draycote, with saw the buzzer once again hatching in good numbers, however the majority small in size. As a result of the bright flat conditions it was certainly a day for the boats. Fishing for a morning session Emad, using sunk lines with boobies to land 13 fish from near Lincroft Point. All water season ticket holder Ged O’Donoghue fished with Steve Orton with the pair landing 22 fish to the boat using black buzzers on a floating line. Another all water member using black buzzers to great effect was Jamie Scott, who landed 22 fish, however Jamie had to use small size 12 & 14 black buzzers and fish them deep near the drop offs to land his fish.

We are beset with bright sunny conditions and light breezes here at Draycote water, but as long as the fishing stays the way it has been for the last few days, who cares! Rod averages from the boat and the bank are very good of late with most fish falling to buzzers and diawl bachs fished on either floating or midge tip lines. The best areas seem to be all along the north shore, with anglers strung out between Grays Barn and all the way up into Dunns Bay. You can if you wish, ply your trade up on the Draycote Dam where there is a good head of Perch mixed in with the odd trout, but trust me, it can be very frustrating. Mr C Massey chose to fish off the bank in the Cornfield and netted 8 fish on buzzers. All water season permit holder Mr Paul Walker had over 30 fish from the bank. Paul fished from Lincroft Point and the Cornfield using diawl bachs and buzzers on a floating line. Paul Walley fished an afternoon session and netted 5 fish from the bank in Biggin Bay, again on small nymph patterns. Out on the boats anglers were also fairing pretty well. Mr D and Mr T Moody had 20 fish to the boat along the north shore on black buzzers. John Dickens and Lorenzo Serrano had a bit of a red letter day with over 50 fish to the boat between them on cats whiskers.

Once again the sun was splitting the sky on Saturday morning, with a nip in the air to start with. As per the past few days report, the best of the fishing is to be had along the northern edge of the reservoir. In sunny conditions those fish will push out a bit into deeper water by the middle of the day, but it’s nothing that a bit of wading and a good cast won’t sort out. Whilst natural patterns such as buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers are providing some good sport, pulling lures on a DI3 or a DI5 is also bringing some good fish to the net. Mr A Wheatstone caught 10 fish whilst bank fishing on the north shore on buzzers. Mr N Devine and his son took to the water for an afternoon session, netting 4 fish between them from the Cornfield on white minkies. Mr K Counihan and Mr M Kilford had 8 fish apiece to the boat on a mixture of humungus and blobs. Roy Palmer and Steve Jordan had a dozen between them using a pink FAB and buzzers. John and Dan Mcelligott used midge tip lines and buzzers with a FAB on the point to good effect to net over 20 fish, remarking that most fish took the FAB. Rob and Albert Edmunds had a good day out, netting well over 60 fish between them on booby snakes from various points around the reservoir.

Totally different conditions on Sunday morning with a foggy start and a definite cold snap in the easterly breeze, it wasn’t till around 1.30 when the sun finally broke through to give a bit of warm in the day. On the bank Ian Ross enjoyed a good day at the old pipe in Biggin Bay landing 6 fish on buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Draycote season ticket holder Paul Walley also fished in Biggin Bay on the bank landing 6 fish on Yellow Owl buzzers. On the boats Fishery Manager Tom Bird fished with Sam Smith with the pair boating 30 fish. They started the day in Biggin Bay with lots of fish moving to emerging buzzers, with the pair catching on a washing line set up. However, the wind swung slightly, and the fish dropped down so the pair swapped to a long midge tip to head down after them. Draycote member Ian Reeve landed 9 fish near E Buoy in Biggin Bay using a floating line with a Green pea on the point and Diawl Bach’s on the droppers. The best catch of the day came from the boat of James Maplethorpe & Trevor Moore, with the pair landing 57 fish. Fishing with buzzers on a long leader with a gold head hares ear on the point from a floating line. The best area was Biggin Bay anchored up about 40 yards off the old pipe and just inching the buzzers back to the boat.

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Week Ending: 27th March        Rod Av: 8.7          Water Temperature: 10c

Monday the 21st March 22 started off still and cold. -2C according to the thermostat in the car on the way on to the Eyebrook. The conditions were hardly inviting as there was a distinct lack of wind and a cold mist on the water. Eyebrook Season ticket holder R. Swinfield opted to fish the Rutland bank in the morning and had a nice half dozen rainbows between Robbo’s Cabin and the end of the netted bank on small Diawl Bachs. By around 10:30am, a gentle southerly breeze was making a bit of a ripple on the water which in turn, started to produce a few fish for Mr D. Wall up by the Chestnut tree. At first, he didn’t think he was going to do any good up that far. But the fish have made it up in to those areas as well. Small Diawl Bach’s and Buzzers fished Washing Line Style was producing good sport. The day finished off with a rod average of just under 9, with a majority of fish being taken on Diawl Bach’s and Buzzer patterns as well as a few Blob’s and FAB’s There are still fish across the front of the casting platforms and the Hawthorne’s, Fish caught in Mucky Bay and along the front of the Chestnut Tree. On the other bank, there are still fish from the corner of the netted bank to the Robbo’s Cabin and there are also reports of fish up by the Willows.

Tuesday started off a little bit warmer than Monday but still had that spring chill in the air. As the temperatures are starting to get warmer, we are seeing that the fish are starting to move on to the buzzers. The warmer weather and buzzer feeding will see more anglers out on the water in the next few weeks. So, it’s a good time to start planning ahead and book your boat if you require one. F. Colman and J. Colman had a fantastic day out on the boats and managed well in to double figures each while fishing size 12 and size 10 buzzers. Eyebrook Season ticket holder D. Shaer managed double figures to the boat with buzzers and Damsels. Mr & Mrs Rawson managed 14 to the boat between them on the first day of their 3-day package.

Wednesday started off with a bit of a crisp chill in the air but looked like it was going to be a bright and calm day. Early morning discussions with Eyebrook season ticket holders in the lodge sparked intrigue from Fishery manager Jim, as 2 Season ticket holders had mentioned that fish had been actively feeding on Corixa as well as buzzers. These conversations happened at different times and independently of one another. One had witnessed the fish feeding, and the other found corixa in the gut of a fish he had taken for the pot. As the water temperatures start to rise, it’s always worth giving a Damsel nymph a swim. As we all know, Eyebrook does have some fantastic Damsel hatches.

Thursday started off pretty much the same way that Wednesday had. There was a slight change of wind direction, but the fish were still feeding in the same areas. Eyebrook season ticket holder Dave Lawrence had a nice morning netting 4 good fish from the casting platforms while fishing buzzers. J. Vasey and G. Curry rounded up a few days visit with 16 to the boat in a morning session before heading North again. Most of the anglers are becoming fixated with Mucky Bay and The Chestnut Tree areas. These are fantastic spots at this time of year due to the silty bottom providing great buzzer hatches that go on for weeks. There have been reports of some good over wintered fish that are 4lbs+ coming to the net. It’s amazing what buzzer season can produce out on the lake.

Friday was another lovely day out on the lake All Water Season ticket holders Phil Mee and Steve Fairgrieve had a cracking day with both getting into double figures. Phil Met Steve while helping with the All- Abilities Friendly Fly Fishers (AAFFF) and Phil has been showing Steve the ropes and seeing his steady progress out on the water since last Season. That’s what Fishing is all about. Lots of anglers were now starting to find that the fish are all over the lake and they are experiencing great sport from the bank and boat with a lot of anglers getting into double figures while fishing buzzers on a washing line.

Saturday saw calm weather at the start of the day with an easterly building as the day progressed.  Eyebrook played host to the England Ladies team who had an excellent day catching 173 fish between 11 anglers giving them a rod average of 15.7; the majority of which were caught on Buzzers around various areas of the reservoir. We also hosted 2 of our Taster Sessions throughout the day. In the morning father & son; Mark & Tom Haines, enjoy a successful session with both catching fish. Under the watchful of Fishery Guide Andy Miller Tom caught his first ever trout whereas his father Mark, thought he would raise the bar by landing a large pike on of all things, a Size 10 Black Buzzer. The afternoons Taster Session saw us host a group of 5 potential anglers who once again enjoyed a very productive afternoon. All participants caught trout & had a very enjoyable afternoon under the guidance of Fishery Guides Andy Miller, Lee Henfry & Fishery Manager Jim Wright. Overall, the reservoir fished very well on Saturday with some excellent catch returns being recorded from Boat, Bank & Float Tube. Season Ticket holder Neil Shilton had a great day in his Float Tube catching 20+ fish including a cracking Rainbow of 6lb 13oz. The fish are starting to disperse around the reservoir with the most productive areas being the Hawthorns, Sam’s Dyke, Mucky Bay down to the Cowshed. As the water temperature increases so is the aquatic life with most of the fish falling to natural patterns; Buzzers & Diawl Bachs fished either static or very slow.

There was a foggy start to Sunday that saw us host the England Ladies for a second day & the All Abilities Fly Fishers. Both parties had a very productive day with all anglers catching & some recording catch returns well into the 20s. Natural patterns, fished slow or static, either on floating lines or washing lined tip lines with a FAB or Booby on the point proved to be the most productive methods. In addition, Eyebrook hosted a Tuition Day for 6 budding fly fisherman who under a tutelage of Instructor Andy Miller had a great day. From starting the day as complete novices every participant went on to catch which is great achievement. By the end of the day, they had managed a very respectable 14 fish between the 6 of them. Well done all. The banks and boats remain equally productive with numerous fish caught from most areas of the reservoir. On the bank, Season Ticket holder Malcolm Thompson had a very good day fishing buzzers in Sam’s Dyke and there has been some excellent catch returns recorded from the Netted Bank to Robbo’s Cabin. In addition to fishing nymphs & buzzers on a washing line or floating line, Season Ticket holder Mark Hunt had a very productive day from the boat fishing Dries; Bobs Bits in Claret & Red. As the water temperature continues to increase the prospect of top of the water activity will also increase with the fish happy to rise in the water column in search of food.

With the obvious improvement to the water clarity, the Pike fishing this week has also improved. One of our regular pike anglers experienced a very productive day, landing over a dozen Pike up to 21lbs 8oz.

 

Thornton Weekly report 20th March 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  20th March   Rod Av: 6.5     Water Temperature: 8c

With an improving forecast and our water temperature creeping upwards, our fishing has certainly picked up with intermediate lines with buzzers and diawls featuring in Mondays catches. P Mee, L Serrano & H Davies all caught double figure numbers mainly on buzzers and diawls. Opposite the lodge along the Thornton arm, down to the corner of the wood and into the Markfield arm.

Tuesday water clarity 4ft+ with the water temperature creeping above 8c. Catch returns indicate intermediate with blue flash damsel, black buzzer and diawls taking the majority of the trout along the shallows of the Thornton arm, wood and down past the lonesome pine. This time of year the bank fishing at Thornton can be good with All Water Member Norman Perkins catching 13 for his bank fishing session, a word of advice, bring waders. Good catches from the boats with Carl Bond catching a personal best rainbow of 5lb2oz. P Mee fished again today catching into double figures on diawls and buzzer with his best rainbow weighing 4lb5oz

Wednesday once the rain arrived it rained all afternoon. With a rod average 2.2 for the day it was a bit more of a challenge than the day before. The successful patterns from the day before were replaced with booby and green peas patterns working best. By the end of the day following the rain our water level had risen but the clarity remained 2.5ft+

Thursday and an improvement with the rod average 3.5 with the afternoon fishing better than the morning. P Cox caught 8 with 3 of the trout caught in Green Bay. Robert Morton fished opposite the lodge with his best fish weighing 4lb12oz. The majority of anglers continue to fish opposite the lodge and down past the wood, as the clarity improves and our water temperature climbs we would expect to see the farm bank start to produce a fish or two.

Friday and a much better day considering the influx of rainwater two days previously with Friday producing a 4.4 rod average. As the clarity improves from the bank outwards Alan Topping fished black & green lures to catch 11 from the bank with G Clark catching 8 & S Proffitt catching 5 on a hot head damsel also from the bank. From the boats all water member D Slessor caught 14 for visit with Alan Johnstone fishing a fast sinker & booby to catch his 6 trout. A mixture of patterns worked during the day with boobies, green pea, damsel & diawl bach.

Saturday with a much stronger easterly wind developing during the day made fishing conditions uncomfortable but the anglers still returned a rod average 4+. Jan Webber fished an orange booby to catch his 12 trout with Mark Hunt fishing a Dawson olive booby to catch his 10 trout with Neil Bates fishing his old favourite, the cats whisker to catch his 10 trout during his afternoon visit.

Sunday with a breezy cold easterly during the morning giving way to flat calm conditions by late afternoon. Booby patterns worked best during the day with anglers using booby patterns from a midge tip line down to fast sinkers. Pam Shuttlewood & Steve Jordan caught 9 on boobies fished on fast sinkers drifting from the corner of the wood along the wood with D Slessor fishing a cats whisker booby from an anchored boat using a midge tip line to catch his 13 trout for his afternoons visit.

Considering the weather from Wednesday onwards wet, breezy and cold easterly winds I’m pleasantly surprised how well Thornton has fished this week

Water clarity is improving & will improve this week especially with the excellent weather forecast

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Week Ending: Sunday 20th March         Rod Av:   9.0       Water Temperature: 7°C

A great start to the week, with a real feel of spring in the air and the trout responded well to the slightly warmer temperatures with the rod average finishing at 9.63 fish per angler.  All water members Steve Orton & Ged O’Donoghue landed 20 fish to the boat fishing buzzers and a blob at the school slips. Draycote members Ian Richardson & Bob Smith also enjoyed a good days sport landing 25 fish on a mix of buzzers, diawl bachs, muskins and blobs. The pair found the fish at the Hensborough bank, Farborough Dam and Cornfield. Andy Berkett & Brent Vinall enjoyed a great start to their three day break landing 37 fish to the boat using Midge Tip lines teamed with a blob and various Nymphs. Landing the majority of the fish from the Hensborough bank but also taking fish from Rainbow Corner and the Outlet. Fishery Manager Tom Bird fished in a boat with Ed Douglas with the pair enjoying a great day’s sport. Not only catching good numbers of fish but also some cracking overwintered fish up to 5lb. The key to their success was to fish the drop offs along the Farborough Dam & Hensborough Bank with Midge tips an 18ft leader, blob on the point and 2 black diawl bachs on the droppers.

Another great day Tuesday with a sunny start, light winds with cloud arriving later in the day. It really did have a very springlike feel, as a result of this better weather the water temperature has increased to 8°C. This increase in water temperature has really got the fish feeding hard and the fishing was even better than the previous day with a rod average of 13.0. Peter Elliot & Lee Patten fished in Biggin Bay near the old pipe landing 20 fish each using a Fast Glass teamed with an Olive snake. On the boats Mr Moore landed 35 fish anchored near the old pipe with all his fish taking size 12 black buzzers. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall enjoyed a good second day on their three day package taking 39 fish to the boat. The pair fished the same tactics of the day. With the highlight being when the fish began to rise about 5.30pm and Andy managed to land a 5lb 9oz overwintered fish. Draycote members Dave Atkins & Richard Hanlon landed 49 fish to the boat with Richard going for a Di 5 sinking line and a snake will Dave used a midge tip and nymphs. All water member Ed Douglas also enjoyed a great day landing 39 fish from the bottom end of the Cornfield near the Willow Tree. Again like the day before taking them on nymphs fished on a midge tip with a blob on the point.

Wednesday saw a drastic change in the weather which resulted in a prolonged period of heavy rainfall. However, the wet weather did not dampen the fishing with those braving the elements being rewarded with some excellent fishing. Tim Grove had a cracking day with 38 fish to the boat, the majority of which were taken on buzzers on a washing line. Andy Birkett & Brent Vinall yet again had an excellent day & signed off their 3 day package in style with over 60 fish to the boat. This takes their tally for a 3 day break to 157 which is an excellent return. The successful tactics were to fish small Nymphs & Buzzers almost static on Midge Tips and they caught in all areas of reservoir.

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Hensborough, Draycote Bank, Lin Croft, and The Spit were all areas that produced good number of trout during Thursday with a variety of methods working from midge tip all the way down to a fast sinker. Increasing numbers taking buzzers patterns as the water temperature slowly starts to rise. Other patterns working were damsels, blobs and booby. Matt Crisp boat partner recorded a 6lb overwintered rainbow with Tony and Ruth Kirk taking overwintered rainbows of 3lb+ and 4lb+

Friday dawned bright and sunny with a cool easterly breeze. Once again the returns for both boat and bank anglers were pretty good with quite a few good quality over wintered fish being caught. Mr Andrew Farmer remarked on having an unbelievable afternoon, having not caught a fish from the bank until 1pm. After that they were coming thick and fast on white lures, with numbers in excess of 30 fish to the net. Young Mike Oliver also did well from the bank, netting 20+ fish on black buzzers. Both Rob and Craig Middleton had well over 30 fish to the boat between them on buzzers, from various points around the reservoir. Greg and Ken Williams also had over 30 fish to the boat using buzzers fished on a floating line. Dan Mcelligott and Bob managed 18 and 21 fish to the boat respectively, on midge tip lines and black buzzers.

It is nice to have some sunshine for a change but the easterly wind that was blowing on Draycote on Saturday could have cut corn. The rod average remains high at 5.8, with a good spread of fish being caught throughout the reservoir. Notable areas are The Farborough Dam, Toft Shallows, Grays Barn, Biggin Bay, The School Slips and The Hensborough Bank. Most of the fish seem to be coming from the top 8 feet of the water and falling to a DI3 and snakes, or a midge tip line with black diawl bachs and a blob on the point. Season permit holder Les Lerigo netted over 20 fish from a boat on black and green snakes down in Toft and noted that in the bright sunshine the fish were hard on the bottom. Ryan Gibson and Craig How had their 20 fish from the Hensborough Bank on lures fished on a DI5 sweep line.

Once again a lovely sunny day here at Draycote Sunday, with he wind dropping slightly from the day before put remaining in the East. On the bank Draycote season ticket holder Jon Crowley landed 7 in a half day. Jon, used a team of buzzers to land his fish with the best buzzers being a Vicar and a yellow owl buzzer. With Biggin Bay and Toft being his best areas, also, on the bank fellow season ticket holder Stephen Dewhurst enjoyed a good day. Stephen landed 5 fish again with the fish coming to buzzers. Out on the boats Lee Patten & Peter Elliot also found buzzers to be the best tactic landing over 40 to the boat. With the commenting the buzzers had to be fished deep on a midge tip. Richard Walked fished over in Biggin Bay landing 15 fish, Richard found the fish again sitting a little deeper. Using a midge tip line, 12ft leader and a single weighted black and green nymph. Greg Howe & Ryan Gibson used black and green snakes to tempt their fish landing 18 apiece.

Overall it has been a great week here at Draycote with 1,691 fish caught for a weekly rod average of 9.0 fish per angler. With the weather set to get even better this coming week we expect the fantastic fishing to continue.

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Week Ending: 20th March        Rod Av: 4.0          Water Temperature: 8C

As this week starts off, we are seeing a bit of improvement in the weather with lighter winds and brighter days. Spring is well into full flow and we are starting to hear more song birds in the trees and hedgerows as well as seeing snowdrops, daffodil sprouts and some blossom on a couple of trees.

The bank anglers seem to be doing better than the boat anglers at the moment, but occasionally a couple of boat anglers are having some great sport. Eyebrook season ticket holders L. Bates & K. Jones were top anglers on the day catching up in around double figures. W Couldrick had a great day afloat getting in to double figures as well. Varying reports are coming in about methods and flies, but the method on Monday was a floating line and fishing a gold head Montana or Ali McCoist according to L. Bates. Good Angling!!

Tuesday started off crisp and bright with a light south easterly wind that was nice for the anglers on the bank. Eyebrook Season ticket holder D. Lawrence had lots of nips and pulls from the casting platforms. New All Water Season Ticket Holder Peter Harris rounded off a 2-day visit to Eyebrook with double figures to the boat while fishing a blob on a washing line to great effect. On the Bank M. Woolnough and N. Woolnough searched along the banks to find the right spot and were justly rewarded with well into double figures each. It just goes to show, if you are prepared to move and work as a pair you can figure out the right lines, leader setup and flies to catch consistently throughout your visit.

Wednesday started off quite still and a little bit colder than it should have been. The forecast was showing light winds from the southeast which will be swinging through to a north westerly by the end of the day. The banks continue to fish well with Mr Hardy taking 8 fish on small black buzzers fished on a floating line almost static. It is becoming more noticeable that as the days progress, the warmer afternoons are increasing the water temperatures which are in turn increasing the aquatic life within the water. This results in more fish being caught on nymphs in the afternoons with Black Buzzers & Diawl Bachs being the best patterns. Robbo’s Cabin to the Willows remain one of the more productive areas with the fish laying in the deeper water during the colder mornings and moving up in the water as the water temperature rises.

Thursday saw the wind switch round to the west southwest. The warmer winds bought an improvement to the fishing with some healthy catches; into double figures, being recorded from the boat & the bank. As on previous days the fish were caught predominantly on dark lures in the morning & nymphs in the afternoon. The most productive areas remain Robbo’s Cabin to the Willows with the more grown on fish being found towards the Willows feeding on the abundant natural food in that area. Water clarity remains an issue in some areas which can make the fishing somewhat challenging.

The wind swung around to the southeast on Friday & completely dropped down to a gentle breeze by the afternoon. Coincidently, as the wind dropped the fishing dramatically improved with some excellent returns being recorded. Numbers into the high teens were recorded by both bank & boat anglers, predominantly from the afternoon session, with the best areas being the Bell to Hawthorns & over by Robbo’s Cabin. The remaining colour in the water means that dark flies are the most productive with larger profiled lures being more effective during the colder morning sessions. Whereas, during the warmer afternoons, Black Buzzers & Black Diawl Bachs fished on a Floating Lines or a Washing Lined Midge Tip being the most effective.

Saturday was greeted with a stiff easterly wind that cooled the air temperature and the water clarity was down to 2ft. All of which made for challenging fishing conditions. Braving the elements in his Float Tube was season ticket holder Neil Shilton who had found a good number of fish up by the Willows area, relatively close to the bank & it is worth noting that these fish were sat in extremely coloured water. This serves as a gentle reminder that if a known fish holding area is indeed coloured, do not immediately discount it; it could well be worth a look.  The settled weather forecast for the coming week will result in an increase in the water clarity, this coupled with the warmer temperature it should be an excellent week for taking fish on natural patterns at Eyebrook.

Sunday saw another Easterly wind on the lake. The ideal locations were along the Rutland bank if you were looking for a bit of shelter for a calmer day’s fishing. Top rod on the day was Sam Edmonds who was in to double figures while fishing the Diawl Bach’s in the coloured water by the willows. Bob Margery managed a cool 9 to the bank on Blobs and Black & Green Lures. There are clear signs that the fish are starting to move towards feeding on the buzzers. There have been a few clouds of small black buzzers around. The fish have also been more likely to take lures in the morning and small nymphs in the afternoon.

The Week ahead looks to be warming up slightly and should see the buzzer life spring in to action, then after that hopefully we will have a return to some great dry fly sport. But don’t discount trying a few lures when the going gets tough.

 

Thornton weekly fishing report 14th March

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week Ending:  13th March   Rod Av:  6.0    Water Temperature: 7c+

Slow start to the week with not many rods out on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with the rod average for the first three days of the week 2.0 Clarity is improving with some improvement to the water temperature which should see our fishing improve as the week progresses.

Thursday and all the rods caught using a variety of method from a floating line, slow intermediate to a fast sinker. P Harding fished opposite the lodge and caught steadily all day using a slow intermediate with candy blob on the dropper and small pink snake on the point. Mark and Sam Gee caught 6 fishing buzzer and olive nymphs close into the margins opposite the lodge. George Jackson fished the corner of the wood with a fast sinker and booby patterns for his 6 trout. Good to see some of our trout starting to take the buzzer, a sign of improving conditions and improving water temperature. Water clarity is pushing 3ft.

Friday, windier than forecast! Although wind strength was more than forecast with the wind coming from the south the air temperature was warmer than the day before. Our water temperature was 7c+ we should see a steady increase the closer it gets to 10c+ the higher in the water column the fish will be. Not many rods on the water due to the weather but the three members who decided to go out were rewarded with a rod average 8 with fast sinking sink 7 or the slower sinking sink 3 with booby, blob and cats whisker taking the majority of the trout. Water clarity is a good 3ft

Saturday and a nice start to the day although the wind did pick up during the day. With our water temperature at 7c+ and improving, our water clarity is 3ft and improving daily the trout were keen to take the fly. Opposite the lodge, wood and corner of the wood fished best with anglers catching on intermediate all the way down to sink 7 lines. Although the standard booby, snakes and cats whisker patterns are working we have during the last few days seen increasing number trout on small lure patterns, cormorants, buzzers and diawls. Brian Sibley. Martin Clay, Jan Webber and Mark Hunt all recorded double figure catches.

Sunday and with a poor weather forecast which proved to be wrong we had few rods on the water, a shame as it fished well with M Vickers fishing the morning session catching 8

Water clarity is improving and very fishable as our rod average 6.0 indicates. As our water temperature improves a bit every day we will soon be at 10c+ when we should start to see our buzzers begin to hatch.

 

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Week Ending:  13th March 2022              Rod Av:   5.8       Water Temperature: 6 °C

The wind remained in the Northeast, Monday so again it wasn’t the warmest of days for the anglers out on the water. Draycote season ticket holders Peter Elliot & Lee Patten fished from the bank enjoying a good day’s sport landing 14 and 11 fish each. The pair found the fish at Carpark 4 the top end of the Cornfield, using midge tip lines and hothead Damsel patterns. All water season Andy Lillie fished at Carp Park number 8 near Dunn’s Bay to land 5 fish on a yellow boobies fished on a sinking line with a slow retrieve. On the boats Dave Parkes & M Roberts landed 15 fish to the boat fishing along the Cornfield on sunk lines and lures. Ed Doulas enjoyed a good days sport landing 17 fish, fishing down in Toft near the nature reserve buoys using an Airflo 12ft Slow Tip. Ed teamed the line with a mix of cormorants and nymphs, to take his fish.

A cold start Tuesday with a frost and an East wind once again, as a result the water temperature started at a cold 5°C. These cold water temperatures made the fishing a challenge, as the fish were very lethargic. On the boats all water season ticket holder Lorenzo Serrano landed 5 fish using various lures fishing along the nature reserve buoy in Toft. With John Poote also landing 3 fish put not sure on his tactics.

Again another day with the wind in the East this time a strong Southeast this made the fishing along the Hotspots on the Northshore a real challenge and as a result the fishing was tough. Bob Askew fished from a boat in Toft to land 4 fish along the Nature reserve buoys. With beginner season ticket holder and fly fishing newcomer Simon Enstock landing his first fish of the 2022 season also from Toft on a cats whisker snake.

The fishing improved Thursday with the water temperature rising by a degree to 6°C, with the strong Southeast winds which later swung to a full South the bank anglers struggled and for the first time this season the boat anglers had the lion share of the sport. Dave Kennell landed 3 fish from Toft fishing at the Swan’s Nest. On the boats Dave Atkins & Richard Hanlon landed 22 between them the pair found the fish at S Buoy near Croft shoal. With their successful tactics being a Di 5 sinking line with snakes, they also landed some cracking fish of 3 & 5lb. Ian Reeve landed 12 fish taking his fish from the Hensborough Bank and also Biggin Bay using a fast intermediate and a booby snake in olive. Ifor Macary enjoyed a great days sport landing 18 fish drifting along the Farborough Dam using a floating line with a Cat’s Whisker on the point.

Once again blustery winds and light showers meant that we were a bit light on the rod numbers for Friday.

Those who wrapped up warm and braved the conditions were however rewarded with some very good sport from both boat and bank alike. The Cornfield produced well for Mr Neil Ledbrook, who netted half a dozen fish on black and green boobies and tequila blobs on a DI3. Season permit holder Ray Rawlings had 18 fish to the boat. Ray also used a DI3, fishing snakes tight in on the Cornfield. Another season permit holder, Mr Craig Middleton, pulled well over 30 fish to the boat using a 12 foot slow tip and a single blob.

Saturday dawned as forecast, with overcast conditions and a light but cold southerly blowing across the reservoir . It turns out that there were a lot of fish holding on the Farborough Dam and up on the Hensborough Bank, and most of these seemed to be getting caught in the top 8 feet of the water column. Popular lines on the day were midge tips down to DI3’s, with anything from lure patterns through to buzzers and diawl bachs showing up on the catch return. Young James Kelly caught 9 fish from the bank, using black and green lures and damsels down in Toft Shallows. Season permit holder Paul Walley caught ten fish from the bank using a gold humungus, again in Toft. Lee Cheshire also took to the bank and fished up in Rainbow Corner, using black and green lures to net 3 fish, one of which weighed 3 and a half pounds. Out on the boats Rob, Sam and Albert Edmunds all got well into double figures using cats whiskers, blobs and fab’s. Mr Andy Campbell and Mr John Brown had a good day, netting well over sixty fish between them. Andy and John tried a few different spots before settling up near the Hensborough bank .

Sunday started bright and breezy but threw a few light showers our way just to keep us on our toes. The wind never really got up to what was forecast, so overall a nippy, but fairly comfortable day. The fishing was once again top notch, with many good bags coming to both boat and bank anglers from various points around the reservoir. The best spots again on the southerly wind were Farborough Dam, Toft Shallows, (drifting off the dam wall), and the Hensborough bank. Season permit holder John Crowley fished bank fished in the corner of the Hensborough Bank to net 7 fish on a yellow dancer and diawl bachs using an intermediate line. Mr H Lambert and Mr D Robson had over 20 fish to the boat using a mixture of cormorants and humungus . The All Abilities Fly Fishers ventured out onto the reservoir with a good attendance, under the guidance of Mark Goodge and Shaun Higgins. A grand total of 15 rods caught 122 fish, giving them a club rod average for the day of  8.1. Well done to all those who took part.

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Week Ending: 13th March        Rod Av: 4.5          Water Temperature: 7C +

Monday saw the cold weather from the previous week continue with a stiff easterly breeze reducing the air temperature further. The water clarity is improving daily; currently at around 2 ½ ft which will improve due to the predicted forecast of dryer weather. The Gillespie brothers had a productive day from the boat, landing 18 fish between them, fishing bright flies relatively slow. The Netted bank, Robbo’s Cabin & the Willows were their most productive areas once the air temperature had increased & the wind had dropped. Other productive areas included along the platform’s frontage & the Hawthorns with fish getting caught from the bank & boat.

With Tuesday’s warmer settled weather, the water clarity continued to improve. All water member Ian Jobe had a very productive day from the bank, picking up 11 fish from various locations with the Bell to the Hawthorns being his most productive area. He found the fish from the netted bank to the Willows which were more widespread, having to adopt a mobile approach to pick up fish. Whereas the fish on the Bell to Hawthorns area were more condensed; on occasion hooking 2 at a time. The best method remains fishing your flies very slow & relatively deep. Either black or very bright neon type flies have proven best given the water clarity. Each day has seen the water clarity improve and this should continue as the week progresses.

Wednesday seemed to make the fish a little more elusive for quite a few of the anglers as a lot of them struggled to locate the fish in the morning. As the afternoon broke, the fish seemed to become more active and the Anglers started to pick a few more fish up as the day progressed. Yet again, the same fly combinations in the same areas as previously mentioned were producing results.

Thursday saw Eyebrook adopt another truckload of stunning Rainbows from Westacre. They settled in quickly and headed off up the Leicestershire bank and straight across the dam towards the netted bank. Some of the anglers couldn’t quite get in on the action from the bank or boat. But there were a few exceptions that found fish and got into good numbers. Olly Mills was fishing single tadpole type patterns and getting a lot of interest as well as fish to the net. D. Brocklesby’s group took a while to find fish on their first day out on the reservoir, but soon enjoyed the sport once certain areas had been identified.

Friday seen Eyebrook being hit with swirling winds that made choosing a spot to fish, quite deceptive. The wind always looked good until you got into that spot and then it would change. The most sheltered area of the reservoir was along the netted bank and Robbo’s area. This left bank anglers and boat anglers jostling for position. Remember, boats should give bank anglers at least 50 yards clearance. It’s good etiquette. Shelter was only one reason for that corner being that busy, there’s lots of fish in that area as well, and it has been producing some good sport, mainly for the bank anglers as long as the wind is in the right direction.

The productive bank fishing continued Saturday with several anglers catching good numbers of fish from various locations; Bell to Hawthorns & over at the netted bank to Robbo’s cabin. David Rechorik enjoyed an excellent day with 11 fish taken on Minkies & various booby lures fished on a floating line & midge tip respectively. Other productive methods include washing line buzzers with a colourful FAB on the point particularly on the warmer leeward bank, to twiddling dark coloured lures on intermediate lines. Those taking to the boats have found that fishing lures on intermediate to sinking lines to be the more productive approach, concentrating their efforts fishing over deeper water.

Sunday saw Eyebrook host a Thornton Fly Fishers bank match. Every angler caught fish and overall top rod was Norman Perkins with 4 fish which were caught over by the Netted Bank/Robbo’s Cabin area on a mixture of Fabs & Nymphs. What was noticeable was that as weather warmed throughout the day the fishing improved with Season Ticket holder Dave Etty landing 10 fish on Diawl Bachs over by Robbo’s Cabin to the Seat area. Boat anglers continue to have success fishing the slightly deeper water further out of the Hawthorns & Robbo’s Cabin with Ian Dalby taking 9 fish in a short morning session. As the remanding colour continues to drop out the water and the water temperature increases the forecast for the coming weeks looks excellent.

 

Thornton Weekly fishing report 6th February 2022

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Week ending 6th February 2022

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Rod Average: 5.5     Water Temperature: 5.5c – 6c

The 2022 season opened on the 1st February. Good water clarity with the water temperature 5.5c

Fish as expected were on the shallows opposite the lodge, in front of the wood but also down the Markfield arm to the lonesome pine. What we didn’t expect to see was the number of fish in the middle of the Thornton arm, John Bebbington caught 8 from 8.30am to 2pm but also on the lodge bank, Lee Henfrey caught 30 trout 40 yards in front of the lodge on DI7 cats & booby. Wind was gusty & strong at times blowing down along the shallows of the Thornton arm which made for difficult fishing conditions at times. Rod average was 5.4 with sink 7 or sink 5 lines with cats whisker, green pea & booby

Day two, better conditions less windy. Trout are on both banks of the Thornton arm, down the middle of the arm, wood bank and lonesome pine. Sink 7 and 5 lines with booby, cats whiskers, green pea, tadpole, fab patterns were generally best. During the afternoon, warmest part of the day a few anglers fished a floating line 12 to 14ft leader and a small weighted cats whisker.

Thursday proved to be the best day of the week for weather with the fishery returning a rod average 8. In front of the wood, corner of the wood & down past the lonesome pine produced best to Sink 7 or 5 lines with the typical early season patterns, booby, cats whisker, tadpole. Alan Wither & Rob Keeber shared a boat catching 25 on a cut throat cat & white snake, Thornton members R Dunster & P Wrigley caught 21 for their visit with new Thornton member Paddy Fitch catching 22 from the bank.

Friday a return to colder conditions but we still returned a 4.8 rod average. All Water Member C Middleton visited Thornton for the first time catching 18 for his visit, Mr Wenman fished a cut throat cat a pattern currently working well to catch his 9 trout with Thornton member Pete Hunt catching 8.

Saturday and an early morning frost took until 9am to clear from the pontoon. When the boats eventually got out on the water, they all headed towards the corner of the wood to fish this area before the forecasted increase in the wind which was expected to arrive at lunch time. Lee Henfrey took advantage of the of the winter break before Draycote opens to fish Thornton catching 15 on humungus. Jan Webber also fished a humungus to take his 5 trout.

Sunday, with the forecast for average wind speeds exceeding 25mph boats were cancelled, in line with our prebooking arrangements all anglers were offered an alternate day or offered a full refund.

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Ifor, Tom & Jim will be on the stand with latest 2022 season details on Thornton, Eyebrook & Draycote

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Draycote opens 1st March

 

We are taking bookings call the lodge 01788 812018

 

 

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BFFI Show. We will have our usual stand at the BFFI Show www.bffi.co.uk/ this coming weekend Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February, with show offers on RIO, SAGE, Vision & Snowbee tackle.

Ifor, Tom & Jim will be on the stand with latest 2022 season details on Thornton, Eyebrook & Draycote

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Eyebrook opens 4th March

 

 

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We are taking bookings call the lodge 01536 770264

 

 

Details on 2022 permit prices and prebooking details follow the link www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/day-permits/

 

BFFI Show We will have our usual stand at the BFFI Show www.bffi.co.uk/ this coming weekend Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th February, with show offers on RIO, SAGE, Vision & Snowbee tackle.

Ifor, Tom & Jim will be on the stand with latest 2022 season details on Thornton, Eyebrook & Draycote

 

 

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.

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

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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.