Water Temperature – 16C at 6ft, Clarity (Gateside Bay - Secchi disc) 2.3m.

Some calm days last week led to an accumulation of algae on downwind shore and the statutory posting of health warning notices association with algal blooms has been carried out. Recent high winds have dispersed the algae a little. As a precaution we are advising that fishing is for catch and release only while we await further analysis.   The algae is largely located in the north east corner of the lake with good or reasonable clarity in the western and southern basins, and fishing has been good. The Scottish Police Recreation Association (East) netted 85 trout with their 15 boats on Monday 28th (2.8 rod average). Andy Smith netted this cracker on the 27th Aug (Main Picture).

SCOTTISH CLUB CHAMPIONS: On Friday 25th August the second semi final of the Scottish clubs took place with 30 boats weighing in 113 trout for 278lbs (mean weight 2lbs 8oz) and a further 198 returned, giving a rod average of 5.2 trout.  The top team were the Welshman, Scotsman and the Englishman that are the Fish Hawks (see picture) with 28 fish (Phil Thomas 11, Simon Gaines 9, Alan Gamble 8 - )


followed by Gateside FF with 26 (Brad Chalmers 11, Derek Hesset 6 and Greg McLaren 9. Also qualifying were Lintrathen B, Orvis A, Lintrathen A, Neilston A, Saltire A and Select FF. Top team tactics were 6ft, 3ft sink tip or floater with candy booby on the point and diawls further up – fishing tight to the shore. Ian Colligan (left) caught the biggest fish.


YOUTH NATIONAL – belated congratulations to Cameron Smith, Marco Ezzi and Zach Neufeld for being the top 3 rods (all had 7 fish) in the first heat of the Youth National held at the Lake on 19th Aug.   


The 2016 SANACC Champion of Champions final was held on the lake today. 52 anglers competed having qualified as the best rods during the heats of the Scottish Club Championships. The weather was slightly better than the previous day with a more settled east wind coupled with cloud cover. Anglers killed their first 2 fish before going onto catch and release with each additional fish being awarded 2lbs. Larger fish were capped at a maximum weight of 4lbs. At the end of the session 355 fish were caught for a total weight of 764lbs 14.9ozs, (the total weigh would actually have been higher as many returned fish were over 2lbs and there were lots of fish capped at 4lbs). This gave a rod average of 6.83. There were no blanks and 3 fish was the lowest catch.


The winner on the day was Alan Smith of Kinross AC. He landed 13 fish for a total weight of 26lbs 4.10ozs. Alan caught his fish on a Genghis FAB on a 7 foot Cortland midge tip. He was fishing between Sam's Point and the Rookery. Alan won a Snowbee Prestige 10 foot rod, a selection of flytying materials and a bottle of Loch Lomond malt whisky. 2nd place went to Brian MacKenzie of Neilston Fly Fishers. Brian landed 12 fish for 24lbs 4.4 ozs.Brian won a Snowbee reel, Loch Lomond Whisky and fly tying materials. 3rd place went to Alan Steven of FAFA with 10 fish for 22lbs. Alan was presented with a Snowbee line, Loch Lomond Whisky and fly tying materials. Heaviest fish on the day was caught by Gregor Fleming and weighed 7lbs 14ozs. Thanks to all of the anglers who took part and to the sponsors, Snowbee, Flytying Scotland, Glencairn Crystal and Loch Lomond Distillery – and the Lake. The outgoing secretary of the Scottish Clubs, Kenny Miller was presented with 2 photographs from the fishery to thank him for his hard work and friendship during his time in the role which he had carried out since 1999. We hope to still see him regularly at the fishery.

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BIG FISHPlenty of fish left to stock at the Lake and the Lake is fishing at its best at the moment. We have tipped in 450 five to seven pounders in the last week and have about 300 of the 5-7lb fish left to stock, as well as 1200 2lb stockies. These fighting fit tunas have been putting up a good fight. Stevie Docherty from Corpach boated this blue on size 14 dry, which took him to the backing and Ray Leitch from Motherwell took this resident brown on an ace of spades.

Lovely fish caught earlier this season during July. Another slight improvement with the rod average, with one calm evening this week producing fish on the surface.

Otherwise most fish have been caught on lures using sinking lines, wjilst drifting across towards the east shores.


Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 2.08 with 96 fish caught by 41 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 3lb 8oz caught by Mr Mathews & Mr Hilton-Barker

The heaviest Blue was 2lb 12oz caught by Mr Neale

There were no browns recorded this week.

Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around buoys 4 & 5, Dam wall, main basin and the dam wall.

Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were Boobies, Black & Green Fritz, Cats Whisker, pink snakes hot head Damsels.

Intermediate and sinking lines D17 & D13 with long leaders have proved the most successful.


It's good to be able to feature those great catches on our weekly reports. We have already received some great shots, thanks to those who have emailed in.

Please don't hesitate to email photos of your catch to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Remember to note your name, weight of fish, fly used and area caught.

We always have a camera in the fishery lodge so let us know if your catch is worth a snap!

Casting Lessons for beginners

An Introduction to fishing with a fly.

An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing, the course covers basic casting, knots and entomology. Our qualified instructor will provide all equipment for the course - you are welcome to bring your own. The sessions start at 10am and will last for approx 2 hours. 

The next casting lesson is on Sunday 28th August 2016 - click here to book 

Autumn Open Competition

The Autumn competition date has been set as Saturday 8th October. The price and format will stay the same as previous years. As usual we expect this competition to be fully booked so book early to avoid disappointment! Bookings can be made online here

Booking Online

It is now possible to book your days fishing online 24/7. It’s a great way of making a booking out of hours and checking the availability of boats.


Fishing has improved vastly over the last week. The water temperature has dropped to 20c. and the trout are on or near the surface. Rod average for the week based on returns is 4.93. Water quality has improved too. Catch and release for fly fishing has been reinstated for as long as the water stays cool enough.

Best areas for boats have been across the North shore of the water including the Main Bowl and Hook Straight and also Chingley Point. Best areas for bank fishing are Chingley and the Dam Wall.

Successful flies have been blobs, boobies, Cormorants and Hare's Ears.

Don't forget that for an extra £2.50 you can enter our Golden Fish competition and if you catch the tagged trout you win £2,500.00.

Winner of the prize draw for July is Gordon Buky-Webster who wins a free boat.

Water temperature 20degC - water level 88%

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Statistics from Returns

Total number of returns: 42

Total Rainbows from returns: 207

Total Blues from returns: 0

Total Browns from returns: 0

Total fish from returns: 207

Rod Average from returns: 4.93

Average fish weight: 2 lbs 1 ozs

Best Rainbow caught by: G Brown/A Lucas - 2 lbs 4 ozs

Eyebrook Trout Fishery Report 2016


Week ending 12th June 2016

Trout Taken 318(4882) Catch and Release 448(8609) Rod Returns 182(2106) Fish per rod 4.20(6.40)

Season’s totals in brackets


The weeks Action


Dave Willacy of Askam, Cumbria enjoyed his visit to the fishery recently and caught many rainbows on a combination of buzzers and diawl bach fished on a floating line. Jim Vasey and Mike Firth caught and released many hard fighting rainbows using Cdc emergers.

Fishery manager Andy Miller has been kept very busy with casting instruction and recently assisted local lad Matt Warwick with his casting technique. Later on that day, under the guidance of Andy, Matt was delighted when he caught a brace of rainbows on a dry daddy fished at the willows.

The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association enjoyed a tremendous turn out for their annual floating line boat competition. Twenty-eight anglers fished a seriously warm and bright day and caught a total of 148 fish, a fine rod average of 5.28. Ken waters of Wing won the heaviest fish trophy with a 3lb 3oz rainbow, the heaviest bag was taken by Pete Skillen with six rainbows for 13lb 11oz.

Visiting the fishery from Middlesbrough Neil Benjamin and Ian Simmons enjoyed a bit of a red letter 3 day special and by far their most successful visit to the fishery to date with many hard fighting rainbows caught on pheasant tail nymphs at the willows. Alex Booth Fly Fishers held their memorial boat competition at Eyebrook recently, the winner was Colin Marriott of Sandiacre with a bag limit that included a fine rainbow trout that weighed 7lb 3oz.


The Eyebrook Trout Fishery Half Season Permits Now Available The fishery now offers you, the fisherman, the opportunity to purchase a Half Season Ticket, offering great value for fishing. For prices and more information call the fishing lodge on 01536 772930 alternatively contact us online at www.eyebrook.com


Forthcoming Events

Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships – Eyebrook Heats 24/25th June 2016

- All correspondence and enquiries regarding the Anglers World Fly Fishing Championships competition should be made to John Horsey at: E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The 2016 Eyebrook Wednesday Night Boat League A friendly boat competition that offers some great fishing prizes.

WNBL’s June star prize is a fantastic Wychwood Vuefinder Competition fly box.

If you are interested in participating please contact Jobe Burnham at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge or for more information click on to www.eyebrook.com News and Events- Wednesday Night Boat League.


‘Catch me if you can’, Tagged Trout Competition Along with the usual top quality rainbows the Eyebrook Trout Fishery have been stocking for the 2016 season a number of tagged fish have also been introduced into the fishery. To qualify for entry into the 'Catch me if you can' Competition and your chance to win vouchers to the value of £100 that can be redeemed at the fishery for permits, boats, tuition or even toward payment on season tickets, you must first register your details with fishery staff at the Eyebrook fishing lodge, entry fee is £5.00 and the competition runs until the end of fishing 2016... and good luck!


For your Chance to Win a Day Motorboat at Eyebrook Trout Fishery simply register your details at Eyebrook fishing lodge or at our on-line booking facility and send in your name and contact details including your email address and we will enter you into our weekly prize draw for a day motorboat at Eyebrook. Normal day permits will still applicable. And this week’s winner is Dennis Footman

A quieter week for visits with varying degrees of success for our fishermen. The fish are now well distributed over the reservoir and Buzzers have been proving successful for some anglers!

A detrimental forecast saw just one fisherman venture out on Saturday. The rain held off and although quite windy he still managed 24 to the boat! It just goes to show they don't always get the forecast right so it's always worth giving us a call to find out!

A good weather forecast for the next few days!

Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 6.61 with 476 fish caught by 72 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 5lb 12oz caught by Mr Critchley

The heaviest Brown was 3lb 8oz caught by Mr Bulmer

The heaviest Blue was 2lb 4oz caught by Mr Brennan

Top Spot

The most popular spots have been Millfields, Tower Bank, Sailing Club Island, Watersports Island and Sitch Plantation

Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were Pink Snakes, White Snakes, Buzzers, Montanas and Nymphs

A whole range of methods have proved successful this week!

Casting Lessons for beginners

An Introduction to fishing with a fly.

An opportunity to learn the basics of fly fishing, the course covers basic casting, knots and entomology. Our qualified instructor will provide all equipment for the course - you are welcome to bring your own. The sessions start at 10am and will last for approx 2 hours.

The next casting lesson is on Sunday 19th June 2016 - click here to book

Autumn Open Competition

The Autumn competition date has been set as Saturday 8th October. The price and format will stay the same as previous years. As usual we expect this competition to be fully booked so book early to avoid disappointment! Bookings can be made online here

Week ending 22 May 2016

Here comes summer……

Summer evening fishing clubs at Pitsford and Ravensthorpe

Tuesday Evening Boat League competition heats up at Rutland Water

Grafham Water gets ready to cut the cake……..


Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;

Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,

Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105

Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021


Rutland Water

Fish week 740 (Season 11,340) Returns 206 (2,188) Rod average 3.59 (5.18)

Rutland Water has fished very well again this week. The best Rainbow of the week weighed 7lb and was caught in Whitwell Creek by Cameron Neil. Ken Merridan, put his decades of experience and knowledge of Rutland Water to good use and caught a cracking 6lb 2½oz Rainbow whilst out fishing with Jim Watts on Tuesday.  Season ticket holder Ken took his fish on a diawl bach from the South Arm.  Trout Fisherman’s Rob Edmunds caught a 5lb 13oz Brown.

Visiting angler Frank Oldham from Northumberland netted several good fish on Friday and the pick of the bunch was a 7lb 4oz Brown which was photographed and returned.  Frank was fishing alongside other anglers using lures and his more delicate approach with size 12 buzzers was more effective.

Fish continue to feed hard on buzzers with some also looking to shrimp, snail and daphnia in open water.

Anglers fishing our boats caught on a variety of methods; buzzers on floating and midge tip lines, mini lures in the surface layers and the rudder method are also working well.

Bank anglers have enjoyed sport around the reservoir with most opting to fish the latter part of the day as an evening rise has been occurring.  Again buzzers on floating lines or hares ear variants have been successful, along with occasional action falling to damsels.

Areas fishing well have been Normanton Church to Fantasy Island, Whitwelll Creek and Whitwell frontage, Yellowstone, Armley Wood and Old Hall Bay and Old Hall flats.

Competition news

Anglian Water Rudder Match 21 May
The third Anglian Water Rudder Match of the year was held on Saturday.  8 Anglers turned out and caught 34 fish.  Best boat on the day was Roy and Colan Bertram.  They caught 10 fish weighing a total of 26lb 6oz, including a superb 5lb 8oz Brown for Roy.  Chris Binley and Dave Bradshaw took second place with 10 fish for 20lb 14oz.

John Wadham Trophy

Fourteen members fished the John Wadham Trophy match on Friday 20 May.  This match was fished to a five fish limit on a difficult evening, although the reservoir had been fishing extremely well from the bank right up to the day before.  Unfortunately there were a number of blanks on the night, probably due to the deep depression moving in from the Atlantic at the time.

Rutland Water continued

Richard Cooper enjoyed a runaway victory with five fish for 11lb 13oz; all caught at Sykes Lane in a difficult wind.  Richard also managed to catch and release another six fish.  Roy Taylor came second with four fish for 9lb 7oz taken from the Normanton bank to the east of the church.  Roy’s largest fish (and the best of the evening) was a 3lb 9oz Brown.  This just beat Peter de Kremer who caught one fish for 3lb 8oz (although Peter released Browns of 4lb and one not far off 5lb).  New RWFF member Neil Squires took third place with two fish for 4lb 4oz.  Anglers enjoyed the evening.  RWFF would like to thank Peter de Kremer for organising the event which concluded with a fish and chip supper.

Tuesday Night Boat League
Week 2
Richard Cooper won week two of this popular league.  The best fish was taken by Kerry Richardson and weighed 3lb 7¼oz.

1st              Richard Cooper    4 fish for 9lb 11½oz

2nd      Kerry Richardson       4 fish for 9lb 10½oz

3rd       Chris Evans     4 fish for 9lb 3¼oz

Best Rainbow 7lb taken by Cameron Neil.

Best Brown     5lb 8oz taken by Roy Bartram of Edith Weston.

Best boat areas            Basin, Normanton, Old Hall, Fantasy Island, Yellowstone, Armley Wood.

Best bank areas           Normanton, Old Hall, Fantasy Island, Yellowstone, Armley Wood.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Roy Bartram of Edith Weston.

Fish stocked                                        4,000

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 & 28 May; 4,9,17 & 19 June; 2,10,17 & 23 July and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)

Anglian Water Floating Line match 11 June

England Eliminator ‘Odds & Sods’ 26 June
AWAI North of England Final 11 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July


Grafham Water
Fish week 1,004(Season 11,720) Returns 300(1,920) Rod average 3.34 (6.1)

Grafham Water is fishing very well with a healthy rod average of 3.34.  Bank anglers have enjoyed good sport with the North shore giving the most consistent catch rates at Hill Farm, Hedge End, Deep Water Point and Marlow Stones.  The South Dam and the Seat have also produced some good fishing at various times.  The best method for bank anglers has been to fish floating lines with buzzers, damsel nymphs, tadpoles, GRHE and PTn’s.

Boat anglers have also enjoyed good sport with the North shore again proving to be the most reliable.  The best boat areas have been Sanctuary Bay, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Rectory Bay and the Willows, with the Seat and Lodge frontage also contributing.  Boat anglers are having the greatest success with either floating lines with buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers and ptn’s or with medium sink lines with snakes, viva boobies, tequila blobs, cormorants and black and green tadpoles.

Don’t miss Grafham Water’s 50th Birthday celebrations
On Wednesday 25 May boats will be half price.  All boats must be in the harbour at 1pm to greet HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who is visiting Grafham Water to launch the 50th Birthday celebrations.

On Sunday 3 July we are hosting a pairs boat match with a terrific prize pot

This pairs boat match will celebrate 50 years of fly fishing at Grafham Water. There's a fantastic prize pot with £1000* going to the winner plus many more prizes. *Subject to the number of entries.

This event will take place on Sunday 3rd July to coincide with the official 50th anniversary week of activities at Grafham Water. This friendly fly fishing competition is to be fished to relaxed international rules (no anchoring or back drifting, any size fly is acceptable) with an 8 fish limit plus time bonus (2lb per hour).

Competition news
The Sportfish Team Championship 15 May
Fourteen six man teams fished this match, catching 394 trout for an excellent match rod average of 4.69.  Kieron Jenkins fishing for Fulling Mill Nymphamaniacs caught the biggest fish of the match, a superb over wintered Brown of 4lb 9oz.  Craig Barr fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs caught the heaviest individual bag with 12 fish for 24lb 4oz.

1st  Fulling Mill Nymphamaniacs                  36 fish for 74lb 10oz
2nd Iain Barr FF Team Costa             38 fish for 74lb 6oz
3rd Rio Masters                                              35 fish for 72lb 2oz
4th Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs       36 fish for 70lb 14oz
5th Elinor                                                        33 fish for 68lb 9oz
6th The Renegades                                             33 fish for 65lb 8oz
7th Greenwell Persuaders                               29 fish for 56lb 3oz

Grafham Water continued

Best Rainbow 5lb taken by Simon Ford of Barnham.

Best Brown     4lb 9oz taken by Kieran Jenkins.

Best boat areas            Sanctuary Bay, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Rectory Bay, Willows, Seat, Lodge frontage.

Best bank areas           Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Willows, Marlow Stones, Seat, South Dam.

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        J Price.

Fish stocked                            2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 & 29 May; 5,11,18 & 30 June; 3,9,22,29 & 31July and other dates throughout the season.

Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)

25 May Half Price boats – celebrating Grafham’s 50th Birthday
Bob Church Classic 12 June
EFFA ProAm 16 June

AWAI Midland Heat 18 June
Grafham 50th Birthday Pairs Boat Match 3rd July – terrific prize pot

Scierra Pairs 9 July

AWAI Southern Final 18 July
AWAI Midland Final 25 July

Pitsford Water

Fish week 1,263(Season 4,216) Returns 214(854) Rod average 5.9 (4.9)

The fishing at Pitsford Water has been terrific this week and a rod average of 5.9 is testament to that.

Many sizeable overwintered rainbows and browns, up to and over 4lb, have been caught by our anglers including some notable fish taken by Geraldine Harris and Edgar Slovins.

Mick Foster reported a great day’s fishing on Monday, off Sailing Club Bay, despite the strong cold wind. In five casts he had 4 rainbows weighing up to 4lb 7oz, all on a Di3 line.

Monday saw all the boats out as 50 Predator anglers took to the water for the start of their season. The perch fishing was very good with lots weighing 3lb plus and also reports of several 4lb pike. Anglers only really caught Jacks but plenty of them.

On Tuesday the trout really switched and many were taken using blobs on a Di5.  We also had a great turn out for our summer fishing club which was won by John Castledine with 20 fish for 37lb 4oz.

We were delighted to welcome Higham Ferrers FF for a mid week competition where they achieved a rod average of 6.1.

Pip Jeffs took the trophy with an 8 fish bag weighing 22lb 8oz, 2nd Mark Frost with 18lb 13oz, closely followed by Richard Webb who achieved 18lb 9oz. Mark Frost also claimed the heaviest rainbow on the day weighing 3lb 15oz and Pip Jeffs had the best brown weighing 3lb 8oz.

A team from Scotland on a holiday package had 40 fish to the boats on various methods using buzzers, nymphs and boobies. Dick Osborn had 17 fishing from the Cliffs – nice fishing Dick.

On Saturday we welcomed 40 lure anglers to their very well organised event.  The fishing was a bit slow going for many but many Jack pikes were caught together with a fabulous 19lb 7oz Pike captured by Nathan Partridge – great photo on FB. The best perch weighed in at 2lb 12oz in beautiful condition.

The week has ended with our bank anglers reeling on the glory or blanking – even when stood next to each other, using the same flies and methods!

Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Pitsford Water continued

Best Rainbow 5lb plus.

Best boat areas   Flats, Sailing Club Bay, Stilton Point, Pigstream.

Best bank areas    Bog Bay, Stilton, Pigstream, Gorse, Duffers, Gravels, Holybush.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner     Alan Worley.

Forthcoming events

Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May

Beginners courses 3 & 12 June; 1,16 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 4 June

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Beginners Day 11 June

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 26 June and 23 July

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 789(Season 7,545) Returns 97 (793) Rod average 8.1(9.5)

Ravensthorpe is fishing really well.  Various methods are working with fish taking buzzer, diawl bachs and nymphs.  Some fish are also being taken on small dries or popper hoppers and blobs, mostly fished on a floating line.

There are some damsel nymphs showing so a damsel is worth a go.  The Dam and platforms 4 to 6 have been producing fish.  Buzzers, diawl bachs or a damsel nymph are the best methods from the bank.

Ravensthorpe’s Thursday Evening Boat Club starts this week and runs weekly until August.  This friendly boat club was really popular in 2015 and is open to all anglers, 6pm start.

Best Rainbow 7½lb taken by Dan Edwards of Leicester.

Best boat areas All areas.

Best bank areas Dam, Platforms 4,5,& 6

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Paul Miley of Ashby St Ledgers.

Fish stocked                500

A great week for the buzzer  angler  in particular with 430 anglers visiting the venue netting a total of 2723 trout representing  an overall rod average of 6.33. Notwithstanding some windy & showery periods, the week brought some perfect spring conditions & buzzer activity was prolific with black patterns producing the best of the sport. Whilst the boats continued to out fish the banks generally there was good sport enjoyed by both.

The week started in spectacular fashion with a Monday rod average of 15.94 for 36 anglers!  Sean Coyne & John Moroney were over from Loch Cara on a three day break & by the end of their Monday session had brought 62 fine rainbows to the net, mostly on buzzer patterns. Other boat pairings were also recording very high catches. Ray Cramp also fished buzzers from the bank & weighed in a fine eight fish bag. Bankside regular Jude Tuffs recorded a nine fish tally on Tuesday whilst, out in an afternoon boat, Gary Turner had initial sport to a team of buzzers but turned to dries when an evening rise developed towards the end of his stint. He ended with 15 to the boat.  Although Wednesday saw a decline in weather conditions & a drop in the rod average to 4.6, regular bank angler Peter Bierenacki  enjoyed an afternoon session catching & releasing eleven trout including a 3lbs 8oz brown. An improvement on Thursday led to some frantic action back on the midge pupae. Ron Beavan & Ted Mills shared a morning boat & netted 31 on buzzer patterns. Also in a boat, Peter Elliott took fish during the morning on dries but reverted to small buzzer & diawl bachs during the afternoon.  He also netted over thirty fish. Mr Ling targetted large fish over the middle with red & claret dries & his catch included two rainbows over five pounds. Kevin Rees fished small &fine with nymphs on the bank and netted a dozen. Bank anglers on Friday experienced extremely challenging conditions with very high winds and fish moving off the marginal shelves. Although season rod John Dickens coaxed seven from the bank, many others blanked.  Despite a “bumpy ride”, boat anglers enjoyed better sport & returned a rod average for the day of 4.3 with Steve Conway leading the honours list with a twenty fish tally. The banks were effectively devoid of anglers on Saturday but once more, action was often fast & furious for the boat anglers. Kenny Sichi & friends shared three boats & accounted for over eighty fish to the net between them. Very favourable late spring conditions were enjoyed on Sunday & the trout responded accordingly. Ninety four anglers recorded a catch total of 529 representing a rod average of 5.62. Mr Twigge landed 16 on the bank to red & black buzzer fished as a washing line whilst Ray Cramp had a day on the lures landing another eight fish bag. Dennis Jones, also on the bank, netted a total of 16 to his size 14 buzzers. Most notable of the boat catches on Sunday was the pairing of Messrs Gray & Taylor who managed 28 all on dries.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:    430        Number Trout Taken:   657    Number Trout Released: 2066

Total Catch:     2723            Weekly Rod Average:  6.33

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:30

Boat All Day:    8.30    until  21:30

Boat Part Day:  AM 8:30     until   15:00 PM   15:00   until 21:30

Last 4 Hours from:    17:30     until       21:30    (Ticket sales available from 17:15 )

No  fish to be gutted after 21:30                All Anglers to be off site by:  21:45

Congratulations to Mr Mills  of  Tenbury Wells  who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Draw.


Demo Tackle

We now have a considerable amount of Sage & Rio demo tackle available to try at Draycote. The following link will take you to the website where you can check out the available items:



Forthcoming events.

Scierra Pairs – 26th June. To book call Phil Dixon on 07921713716/07584642242

Alex Booth Match – 30th June. To Book spaces contact Roy Lewin on 07762746825.


Disabled Parking Bays

Anglers need to ensure that even for short periods whilst obtaining a fishing permit, they only use the disabled parking bays adjacent to the main car park, if they are the holder of a duly displayed “blue badge”.


Gutting Room

Please be aware that the Gutting Room refurbishment has now been completed. Much work has taken place & we would ask that you respect the facility and leave it in the same way in which you would wish to find it. Please also note that no fish are to be gutted after 21:30


Rudder Hire

Boat anglers may wish to note that we now have a rudder for hire at the daily rate of £7. It can be pre booked at the time you make your boat booking.

Tight lines

The Draycote Team

With a rod average of 5.4 last week the good fishing continues again.


Buzzers have still been the most productive fly over the last week, fished slow and deep. Blue flash damsels, boobies have also worked well during the week. When the conditions have been right a dry hawthorn fly or bibio have also worked. We have had a good evening rise a couple of evenings this last week. The last four hour permit anglers have been able to enjoy some good sport on those evenings.

Best areas from the banks have been around flamingo bay verdons point and the sailing club pontoon. If boat fishing is your chose then heron point and heron bay have been holding lots of fish around the cascade and number 8 buoy.


Mr C Beard fish on the last four hour permit on Monday and took 12 fish to his boat. Tuesday Mr S Savage banked 28 fish. On Wednesday Mr Taft and Mr Coley took 23 fish to their boat while on Thursday season permit holders Mr Burton and Mr Graney boated 29 fish between them on green and black Loynton guinnie. Friday saw season permit holder boat over 20 fish on blue flash damsel from heron bay. The best catch on Saturday was 20 plus fish for Mr I Buckley. Mr M Sail banked 7 fish from around Verdons point on Sunday during a morning session.


Recently we have had a few nice pike caught on fly so we are now offering limited fly only pike fishing, one boat a day. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace,  All fly’s to be 4 inch or longer in length. All pike to be returned. NO BANK FISHING FOR PIKE.


Water levels are now up and the water clarity is very clear, so if fishing from the banks look for deep water with a drop off close in. Time to look out for our usual may fly hatch which normally happens down carvers arm and around Bramble bay. The Hawthorn flies continue to shows, dry fly again this week?



Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote



From Monday 11th April 2016 we have negotiated with our landlord STW a trial period to the 31st November 2016 which allows us to bank fish along the first 400yds of the DAM WALL

Certain restriction will be in place for anglers fishing the Dam Wall, they must not disturb any of the stones facing the dam, lifejackets will need to be worn supplied if required at the lodge, access on & off the dam wall will be from one area (the pontoon / lodge end) which will be clearly marked

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:        140       Number Trout Taken:      271    Number Trout Released:  496

Total Catch:       767           Weekly Rod Average: 5.4

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 21.30

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.30

Boat Part Day: 08:30 to 15.00 – 15.00 to 21.30

Last 4 Hours bank from: 17.30 to 21.30

Last 4 Hours Boat from: 17.30 to 21.30


All anglers to be off site by: 21.45

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure.  If not in the lodge it will be found on the windowsill by the entrance door.

Tight lines

A much better week for us at Thornton, although the weather forecast wasn’t great at times the fishing was good returning a rod average of 4.0 for the week

Large hatches of buzzer, overcast conditions resulted in the fish feeding on or near the surface most of the week with a floating line, midge tip or intermediate all that was required with buzzer, cruncher, diawl bach, hares ears, muddlers & dries

Typically for us at this time of year boats are out fishing the bank with the main basin, stones and Markfield Arm producing best with anglers staying on to fish the last hour enjoying terrific evening sport.

Monday Clive Holt fished the evening rise and caught 6, on Tuesday Steve Windram & Phil Cross shared a boat catching 15 on damsel, Wednesday T Pegg found fish moving all day along the stones catching 19 on a black diawl bach, Thursday Keith Cowen caught his limit on damsels with Clive Holt returning to fish the evening rise being rewarded with 6 trout, by Friday and the weekend although windy on Saturday the algae had cleared and the fishing was superb with Danny Lovegrove And Rob Middleton fishing small buzzers and small daddies to record 25 fish for their boat, Jamie Scott came to fish the evening rise with dries boating 8 trout, on Saturday Martin Clay and Colin Meads shared a boat for the morning session catching 20 trout on size 14 grey buzzer, Mark Hunt fished top of the water to record 24 trout on Sunday Andy Hubbard called in for the morning session recording 5 trout.

However top angler of the week was the Osprey who visited us on Tuesday taking a trout for his supper from amongst the boats fishing the main basin.

Our Loyalty card valid at Thornton, Draycote and Foremark is proving popular with some anglers already claiming their first Free visit having purchased 10 trips, ten Loyalty stamps, speak to the lodge for further information and to pick up your card.

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 9.30pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 3.00pm  /  3.00pm – 9.30pm

Last 4 Hour 5.30pm – 9.30pm

All anglers off site by 9.45pm

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