NEW LODGE LANDLINE – 01536 770 264 –please update your contact list as this will be the only landline working for the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge
Eyebrook finished the season on a high and produced great sport. There were a good number of quality browns and rainbows being caught. The fish certainly seemed to be feeding harder on the fry after the first frost of the year. Changing winds and conditions didn’t help and moved the fish around the reservoir. The most productive areas were the dam wall, Dogwood bay and the basin in a south westerly or the Island to Robbo’s cabin during the north winds. There were a good number of bank anglers this week targeting fry feeders into the margins. Most fished the Belle or lodge corner and the Island and generally all caught fish. Minkies, tubes or floating fry patterns taking most fish fished on a floating or intermediate line.
Members Richard Watson and Bill Whittle started the week very well. Drifting in a south westerly from the tower to Harrison’s corner they connected with over 20 rainbows some of which had grown on and had silver rays in their tails. All the fish took a white minkie fished on a floating line.
Wednesday fished very well with a rod average of 5.2. Mr G Martin and Mr S Martin fished Eyebrook twice this week and on both days, they caught plenty of fish. Most fish falling to a white minkie fished as a point fly on an intermediate line they drifted from Dogwood bay into the basin. Their best fish of the trip was a brown trout of over 5lbs which couldn’t resit the minkie just off the weed at the stones. Adrian Cook and boat partner Des Burgess caught 15 hard fighting rainbows whilst drifting the basin.
Mr Shields fished with a floating line and diawl bachs to secure his 6 fish whilst boat fishing. He also lost 4 at the net! Peter Bax and Michael Daymond finished their season on a high. Michael caught 14 fish on blobs and boobies fished on a slow sinking line. Member David Hay had the surprise of his life whilst boat fished very close to the dam wall. Soon after starting his afternoon session he hooked into a fish that went like a “steam train” ! After severalminutes of play David got the fish to the surface and safely into his net. It proved to be a fish of a life time. A perfect brown trout with super huge fins and tail, which tipped the scales at 7lb 14oz and swam away to grow even bigger. Well done David!
Float tuber Brent Hart also caught a perfect Eyebrook brown trout in weed cutter bay. He fished with an intermediate and white humungous and literally got towed around the reservoir when the fish took. Pictures of both Brents and David Brown trout can be found on our Facebook page flyfishstore
Sunday saw the end of season fur and feather match. A pairs match fished to fishery rules, 28 anglers fished to an 8 fish kill permit. Conditions were ‘challenging’ with a strong northerly and temperatures felt also artic! Most boats concentrated their efforts in the rough water in front of the dam and steadily caught the odd fish. There were only one pair to get their limits. Who else but Eyebrooks very own Lee Henfrey and boat partner Nigel Keeber. The pair caught their limit bag for a weight of 29lbs 8ozs. Lee said it wasn’t easy. With no fish in the boat at 12 o’clock he almost started to panic! They had covered a lot of water and had very little interest. Their hard work paid off when lee finally connected to a fish off Robbos cabin. Nigel was in too just a few casts later. All 16 fish came to a tube fly fished a few feet down. Second place went to Jobe Burnham and Toff Crowther with 11 fish for 20lb 6 oz. Jobe and Toff also caught two brown trout of 5lb and 4lb 8oz which were safely returned. A big thank you to everyone who attended, and an extra special thank you to Tony Smith for cooking the breakfast and Mark Goodge for the soup in the evening. The day raised £164.50 for the English disabled fly fishers.
Members renewal forms will be sent out shortly. If you are interested in joining Eyebrook as a member pleased be advised there is currently a waiting list. If you would like to join the list please speak to member of staff at the Eyebrook Lodge or call us on 01536 770 264.
A date for the start of the 2018 season will be confirmed shortly. Please keep an eye on our websitewww.flyfishstore.co.uk or our Facebook page flyfishstore.
Eyebrook Tackle shop will be open on Mondays to Thursdays and there will be a member of staff on site to take bookings for next season.
A full range of vouchers are available from all our fishing lodges. They make an ideal gift for a fishing enthusiast or a beginner looking to take up the sport.
We are allowing rudders & float tubers welcome,
Guiding available throughout the 2018 season with England International Lee Henfrey and Head ranger
Winter access to the tackle shop and fishing lodge is only via the main entrance. Alec lane gate will remain permently locked.
Tel: 01536 770264
Visit our new Eyebrook fishery website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk