Yet another good week with mixed weather conditions. Dull overcast windy days were interspersed with days of bright sunshine and flat calms.

“The End is Not Nigh –welcome to the Quiet Season”

101 anglers caught 264 fish of which 184 were returned.


Best Fish

6lb 1oz  Phil Harris, Stamford, damsel nymph, boat

5lb 8oz  John Oram, Desborough, red diawl bach, boat

5lb 2oz  Roly Stanford, Finedon, boat

5lb 0oz  Darren Palmer, Northampton, boat


Best Areas

Bank - east arm, pylon point, dam(in a north wind)

Boat - pylon point, east arm, boat bay, dam end (in a north wind)


Best Patterns 

Damsel nymph, red diawl bach/cruncher, grhe, black buzzer, wet/dry daddy, tequila/candy fab. 

Fishing has improved since Monday 21st with a rod ave of 2.6 for the week. 

Boat anglers had reasonable catches whatever the weather although bank anglers struggled on bright, hot days.

The top of the wind where the water is clearer continues to be best. 

A good sprinkling of full tailed 3lb+ fish are showing. 

There are still a few damsels hatching. Otherwise fish have been feeding on corixa, daphnia and medium sized black buzzers.

Cooler temperatures will improve catches further. 

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Sadly I have to start this weekly report with the sad news of Louis Conway death. Louise had fished at Thornton for over 30 years and was a regular sight on the water with his boat partners Mick Cross & Geoff Willis. His Irish wit & charm will be missed by all at Thornton.

Monday through to Friday our water temperature was around the 18c mark with anglers in the main catching on cdc, dries, daddies & buzzer with a reasonable evening rise for the anglers fishing the last 4 hours. The trout seemed to be well spread throughout the reservoir with anglers catching over the deeper water in front of the dam and along the shallows of the Thornton & Markfield arm.

Saturday & Sunday we were back to a very warm late August weather which quickly pushed our water temperature back up to 20c+, surprisingly some anglers still caught on emergers & dries although a number of anglers enjoyed good sport using sinking lines & boobies.

Steve Jordan and Steve Norman returning to fly fishing caught 14 for their mornings visit using cdc patterns and a muddler, Norman Perkins fished buzzers to catch his 10 fish with Colin Chambers & Clive Holt fishing the last 4 hours and boating 5 on the same evening Carl Bond fished the last 4hr boating 5 on a claret buzzer

Geoff Over and Len Hill caught 8 for their mornings visit on dries and emergers. Jack Hives fished a dry daddy to catch his 5 trout with Steve Windram finding his cats whisker pattern is still working boating 8 for his mornings visit.

Andy Lilly fishing during a bright spell in the weather caught 5 on a booby. Stuart Thomson caught 7 for his short 3 hour afternoon visit with Mark Hunt found fish hard against the weedbeds up the top of the Thornton arm, although he caught on emergers some of these fish were already on the fry.

Rod average for the week was 1.9 pegged back by the bright, hot conditions on Saturday & Sunday.

Our water temperature is always taken 18inch below the surface between 7.30am & 8.00am every morning.

Water clarity: Most of the week was 4ft however with the bright weather over the weekend our visibility has reduced to 1ft

As we always advise, keep in touch with the lodge for latest updates.


Current Fishing Times:

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats: 8.30am – 8.15pm

Part Day Boats: 8.30am – 2.30pm  /  2.30pm – 8.15pm

Last 4 hours:     4.15pm – 8.15pm (last 4 hour permits on sale from 4.00pm)

All anglers off site by 8.30pm

Another excellent week with the rod average increasing again to 5.84.

Despite the lower water levels, fishing in the main basin has proved very successful with many anglers showing returns of 10 plus fish.

Please note, we only have a couple of boats left for Wednesday this week.


Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 5.84 with 380 fish caught by 65 anglers.


Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbow was 4lbs 4oz caught by Mr Harding

The heaviest brown was 3lbs 5oz caught by Huxley Edwards


Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around Fish Tail, Dam Wall, North End and the main basin.


Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were Pink Snake, Black and Green lures and various dries (mainly black).

Most anglers have fished on a drift in the main basin using intermediate or sinking lines using the fast retrieve method.


25 Year Anniversary Tagged Fish Competition

To mark Carsington Water's 25th Anniversary we have launched a tagged fish competition. We have released 25 tagged fish into the reservoir with a number of prizes to be won for those caught throughout the 2017 season.

To date 15 of the 25 fish have been caught so lots more prizes up for grabs.

Autumn Open Competition - Now Fully Booked

Carsington is a great venue for Fly fishing competitions and following the success of both our Spring and Autumn competitions we are pleased to announce the date for the 2017 Autumn Open on Sat 7th October 2017. The Carsington Autumn Open competition is aimed at all anglers who enjoy a days boat fishing with a friend. It will be an organised event based on two people per boat with an individual bag limit of 6 fish. Prizes will be awarded for the winning pair with the heaviest collective bag and a number of individual prizes. The cost of entry will be 60.00 per pair including permits and petrol boat hire. Book now


Safety Information


Please can we remind our anglers:

- Always wear your killcord whilst the engine is running

- Do not stand up whilst the boat is moving either as driver or passenger

- Wear your lifejacket on top of all other clothing

- Carry a mobile phone



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!


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.

Latest News and Information from Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Pitsford Water & Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Week ending 20 August 2017


Steve’s stunning week at Grafham
Steve Battle’s 8 fish bag exceeds 34lb
and includes the best Brown at 5lb 3oz and the best Rainbow at 5lb 1oz

Superb  5lb 4 1/8oz Rainbow is best of the week at Rutland
Martin Hearth takes the best fish

Pitsford Water in excellent form
Best Brown of the week weighs 5lb 2oz for Mr Salt


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 944 (season 31,778) Returns 206 (5,786) Rod average 4.58 (5.49)
A good week’s sport here at Rutland Water produced a rod average of 4.58 for the week. Anglers have reported some quality sport mostly over open water, with the sailing club across to Spud bay, the harbour frontage to the church and long drifts in the main basin producing. Sykes Lane along to ‘U buoy’ has also produced along with the tower in the North arm and drifting the middle of Manton Bay. The most successful tactics have revolved around FAB’s in various colours and hoppers/diawl bachs up the cast. Dropping down to size 12’s on the nymphs has definitely made a difference to results.

The fish are generally being found high up in the water with midge tips to a fast glass being the preferred choice of lines. The rudder anglers have had plenty of sport in the areas previously  mentioned  with a Di3 or even fast glass showing how well up the fish are, snakes and tubes being the go to patterns. Martin Hearth and Jim Watts ventured down the South Arm on the rudder near the sailing club and took their respective limits with a fine 5lb 4 1/8oz specimen rainbow falling to Martin on a tube.

Local angler Dan Pitcher has the knack with Rutland's bigger rainbows.
Dan enjoyed a brief session on Tuesday off the bank and managed a superb 4lb 7oz specimen, with the fish falling to a small suspender minkie. Bank anglers are picking up fish on the peninsula and the Fantasy end of Normanton bank. Fish are moving late on in the day and a subtle, patient approach with dries or floating fry is the order of the day.
However, fry feeding fish are slowly but surely showing, the activity in a lot of areas is happening over the open water of the reservoir.

Rutland hosted the annual Zandermasters competition on the 19th with 56 anglers taking to the boats to target Rutland’s zander population before the start of the lure fishing season. This friendly competition utilises the increasingly popular tactic of vertical jigging, a very successful method of fishing for zander. A strong westerly wind made life difficult for competitors to achieve the desired presentation of their lures. Despite this plenty were caught with John Wheeler coming out on top, Richard Coles in 2nd and Rikki Cooper 3rd. A good competition well organised by Steve Collett and held in the right spirit saw everybody enjoy themselves.    

Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League.
The last evening of the boat league was fished on 15 August.
Top rod on the night was Keith Jones with six fish, best fish and boat winner was Chris Simms with a 2lb 12½oz  Rainbow.

Rich Cooper repeated his 2016 victory by taking the prize for overall top rod of the league. Richard came into the final night’s match with an unassailable lead and was presented with his £50 gift vouchers before the match.

Rutland Water continued

The overall best fish of the Tuesday Night league this season was recorded by big fish man, Keith Jones who took a 4lb 7oz Brown on the first night of the league.

Final placings are as follows

1stRichard Cooper98 points

2ndKeith Jones88 points

3rdNeil Squires57 points

4thHilary Tomlinson37 points

5thSean Hillaby29 points

6thGary Cooper28 points

A big thanks to all who took part this season and for the great banter afterwards as usual! Thanks also to “Sid’s Fish and Chip Shop” of Stamford for the supper; Hilary Tomlinson for supplying the cakes last week and to Neil Squires’ wife for the banana cake on the final night.

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Rainbow5lb 41/8oz taken by Martin Hearth of Hambleton.

Mid week boat winnerD Evans of Swansea.

Fish stocked3,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   27 August; 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

English National 1-3 September (all boats booked)

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs 23 September

Grafham Water
Fish 301 (season 16,139) Returns 70 (2,522) Rod average 4.3(6.4)

What a difference a week makes! Anglers have experienced some great fishing at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle claimed the best bag of the week at over 34lb – one of the best bags of 8 fish we have seen for some time. Steve accounted for both the best Rainbow of the week (5lb 1oz) and the best Brown at 5lb 3oz. Other noteworthy fish in his bag included two 4lb 10oz Rainbows, one of 4lb 6oz and two other fish of 4lb and 4lb 6oz.

It’s been one of those magical weeks in regards to larger specimens being caught. Nearly half the fish landed have been close to, if not over, the 3lb mark with many larger fish causing arm aching sport. Amongst those catching notable fish was Will Warine who caught a cracking 4lb Rainbow. Andrew Cox, a regular visitor to Grafham, often finds himself amongst the big fish, and this week he recorded a 4lb 10oz Rainbow.

Boat anglers are finding fish in open water, particularly in the middle of the day, with most achieving good results on floating lines. This week the red bodied diawl bachs and ptn’s have proved very popular amongst the anglers with good fish also coming to crunchers and hoppers on the overcast days. Shrimp activity has vastly increased in front of the visitor centre, Willows and on the bowl of the dam so it’s worth bringing a pattern or two with you for these areas. Fish are also steadily coming off the north shore, though we suggest the mouth of the bays as a much more likely spot for a fish.

Bank anglers found it a bit tougher early in the week, but conditions improved as the week went on. We have worked on re-opening access along the Willows on the north shore and also from Sludge Point to the Seat with a number of access points for wading, and in some areas back cast room too. There are fish to be caught in these locations as it’s been left alone for a good while and could be harbouring a few of our brownies, making the walk there worthwhile. The vast majority of bank anglers are using shrimp patterns to catch their bag, though it’s worth fishing fry patterns and snail too, not forgetting the nymphs and diawl bachs. Floating lines are the more common option, particularly along the dam.

Competition news

Mark Haycock Grafham Pairs Match

This was a great match and fished to a rod average of 5.6. Thank you for the continued support of the pairs matches.

Congratulations to the top rods who were Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzel, with a combined total of 16 fish for 36lb 13oz. In second place were Tom Finney and Mr Cooper with 16 fish for 34lb 7oz. Third place went to Mr Beaumont and Mr Hall with 16 fish for a cracking 32lb 15oz.

Grafham Water continued

Predator fishing

It’s been a good week on the predator front with Pike, Perch and Zander all showing themselves in a multitude of locations. The north tower and the trench are probably the best areas to start your day with many reports suggesting the action is better earlier rather than later in the day. John

Moore had a lovely pike this week caught on the fly, weighing in at a fantastic 20lb 8oz, so well done John a cracking fish.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows

12 November

10 December

17 December

14 January 2018

28 January

Best Rainbow5lb 1oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best Brown5lb 3oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best boat areasRainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (m buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areasDam, Plummers and north shore.

Mid week boat winnerMichael Love of Bedford.

Fish stocked2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14,  29 (Pike) October

Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

Pitsford Water

Fish 241 (season 8,458) Returns 51 (1,824) Rod average 4.7 (4.6)

Anglers have enjoyed another good week at Pitsford Water. Mr Salt had a great day boat fishing and took 6 fish including the best fish of the week.  This lovely 5lb 2oz Brown was in superb condition and was taken with a Daddy from Sailing Club Bay.

Both trout and predator anglers have enjoyed some great fishing with lots of quality fish coming to both methods.  The rod average for trout anglers is 4.7 for the week.

Both the bank and boats are fishing well with plenty of fish caught between 3-5lb. The bank continues to fish well along the Gravels, Sermans and Cliffs, while the boats are reporting fish being well spread out from the dam and main basin, the narrows and causeway. The fish are in the top three feet of water and feeding on shrimp, snail, pinfry and daphnia.

Lure anglers have had lots of success fishing around the vast weedbeds and the Pike and Perch have been obliging with good catches.

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Brown5lb 2oz taken by Mr Salt.

Mid week boat winnerColin Best of Peterborough.

Forthcoming events
During July and August anglers are permitted to lure fish for trout.
Beginners courses  24 August; 9,15,20 & 30 September; 7 & 22 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Anglers have enjoyed some good fishing this week with better weather conditions and a cooler water temperature.  Doug Wibley and Mr Joy started the week off with 4 fish each on cormorants and shipmans buzzers.  Mick O’Farrell had 6 fish one evening on dries. A settled period of weather will see further improvements. The bank is still fishable, but waders are a must.

An Osprey flew over the reservoir on Wednesday.

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Water Temperature – 15C, Clarity (Secchi disc)1.8m.

The water clarity has reduced in the past few days but that’s not reducing the catches, areas doing well include cages, stable point, up behind dog island, butts bay and in front of the lodge. Flies doing well are diawl bachs, candy booby, red headed damsel.

On Wednesday night the penultimate night of the boat league 21 anglers went out and caught 65 fish. Top rod was Last year’s winner Brian Mckenzie with 10 fish, he caught his fish up at the Plantation using dries, second was Les Grant with 8 fish hr caught his fish in front of the hut using Bobbies ad cormorants, and third was Stuart Ingles with 8 fish, he caught his fish on boobies up at the cages. This Weeks prizes went to Les Grant he got the bottle of whisky from Andy Smith of Southside Decorators and Stuart Ingles got the £25 voucher from James Bayne Tackle shop in Callander.


There has been a few nice brownies caught this week.

Top left David Fulerton and Graham McKinley from Port Glasgow with a pair of 4lb + fish.

Top right David Mateer from Inverness  with one about 6lb returned.

Left Top rod from the recent youth international Jordan Queen with a nice one about 6lb.

Tel/Fax 01877 385664



Water Temperature – 18C, Clarity (Secchi disc) 3m .

Some hot and calm weather for a change with east or northerly winds. On Monday 24th the pens were blown up to the exclusion zone rope barrier by the light northerlies and some great sport was had “along the rope” on dries, dries and buzzer/nymph combo and lures. Over the weekend the warm water made things a little trickier than usual especially when air temperatures dropped during heavy showers but again there were still some anglers reporting brilliant catches on mayfly imitations like the double humpy hares ear and on lures eg booby and red head damsel. Best areas were Hotel Bay, Reedy Point Rookery, Gateside Dog Isle, Malling Shore and Sandy Bay.  

Jim Crawford from Ayrshire was out on Sunday 23rd and sent in this photo. A video by Paul Barr of  the free swimming big bows in the vicinity of the fish pens can be seen on our Facebook Page.

Heat 12 Scottish Club Championships Saturday 22nd July.

Mixed weather conditions for heat 12 of the Scottish Club Championships, Gusty winds and some heavy downpours made fishing conditions hard on the night. Once again most boats headed to the rookery and Gateside bay to escape the conditions. A total of 50 fish where caught by the 33 anglers and 11 of these where returned for a total weight of 125lb 9.10oz. Hoppers and small nymphs on midge tips and floating lines where the best methods on the night. The top 3 teams which qualified for the second semifinal on the 25th August are. 1st place Glencorse RSV “B” 9 fish for 18lb 14.9oz 2nd place Gateside Fly Casters 7 fish for 18lb 14.8oz. 3rd place Coldstream & Dist 7 fish for 18lb 8.3oz. The top 5 anglers going through to the Champion of Champions are 1st Stevie Whitehead, Glencorse 5 fish for 10lb 0.9oz, 2nd Campbell Morgan, Strathleven 4 fish for 9lb 5.4oz, 3rd Jock Craig, Brechin 4 fish for 9lb 5.4oz, 4th Bradley Chalmers, Gateside 3 fish for 8lb 12.2oz, 5th Derek Hessett, Gateside 3 fish for 7lb 0.9oz. The best fish of the night fell to Dick Logan, Coldstream a 5lb 12.9oz rainbow. The top club, top angler and captor of the best fish all received a bottle of whisky from our sponsor Loch Lomond distillery.

2017 Boat League Results 19/7/17

It was a quiet night with only 15 turning up for the 12 night of the boat league, however the catches were reasonable with 67 fish netted. It was a closely contested evening with 4 guys getting 8 fish so it came down to who caught there first fish first. William Ramage was the one to get his fish at 6:15, 2nd was Willie Campbell he got his first at 6:40, 3rd was Alistair Fountain who caught his first at 6:53 and then at 7:43. This weeks prizes went to; Alistair Fountain - £25 voucher from Baynes Tackle shop in Callander and Willie Campbell won the bottle of whisky from Andy Smith of Southside decorators.
With only 3 nights to go William Ramage is now in a strong position with Brian Mckenzie in second and Alistair Fountain in third. Top areas were cage bay using a floater or midge tip with Boobies (coral or cat) cats whisker appetiser, Diawl bachs.

Plenty of boats available for this Sunday 30th July.

Tel/Fax 01877 385664


167 anglers caught 678 fish of which 551 were returned


Best Fish

10lb 1oz  Bob Beardsley, Kettering, black minky, boat

8lb 0oz  John Nelson, boat

7lb 0oz  George Brock, Corby, damsel

6lb 10oz  Steve Freeman, St Neots, black buzzer

6lb 2oz  Brian Carter, Peterborough

6lb 1oz  Jim Nixon, kettering

6lb 0oz  Adam Stone, Bedford, montana

5lb 12oz  Pete Welch, Boston, green/white lure

5lb 12oz  Ray Ward, Olney, bloodworm, boat

5lb 10oz  Mick Moseley, Rushden, bloodworm, boat

5lb 8oz  Barry Cowland, Peterborough, boat


March 19th

11 members of Invicta fly fishers held an informal bank match for the Norman Shippey Memorial Trophy.

A very windy day made for challenging conditions although all anglers managed to catch.

A total of 56 fish were landed.

1. Alan Briggs  11 fish

2. David Moore  7 fish

3. Gary Howe  7 fish

March 20th - 26th

128 anglers caught 477 fish of which 324 were returned


Best Fish

10lb 2oz  Walter Kemp, Chatteris, cats whisker, boat

9lb 7oz  Steve Freeman, St Neots

7lb 8oz  Mal Broughton, Grantham, boat

6lb 0oz  Mr Rubus, boat


Best Areas

Bank - most areas holding fish

Boat - gravel bar, east arm, west arm, dam

Best Patterns

black buzzer, diawl bach, grhe, small damsel, white/green lures, tequila blob.

Elinor is fishing very well on days with lighter winds although it's been much more difficult when the wind blows.

The buzzer fishing has really got started this week with large hatches of black buzzers of all sizes. A good number of fish are rising in the evenings although during the day fish are mainly being caught 4-6 foot down.

Water clarity remains excellent and along with the forecast mild temperatures there should be some great nymph fishing over the next few weeks.



May 21st Tommy Wood Memorial buzzer match (bank)

June 4th Scierra Pairs heat (boat)

November 12th Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather (bank & boat)


Next Stocking

March 30th, April 4th 


Draycote has once again been in good form this past week. Despite some cold blustery days anglers have ventured out onto the water, well wrapped up I might add, to return some great catches from all over the reservoir. The bank and boats are fishing equally as well, with the backbone of the catch falling mainly to buzzers, either on a washing line or fished straight through. Lots of fish are also being taken on lures, particularly those of the black and green variety, whilst a small number of patient souls are steadfastly fishing dries with some success. On cloudy overcast days the fish can be seen feeding very close to the bank in Toft, giving anglers cause to stand well back and make short casts along the shoreline.Indeed some anglers have waded out into the water only to find the fish rising behind them.

The most popular area on the water has without a doubt been Toft shallows, with anglers working the near shore from the Swans nest, casting into the breeze. On Friday some of the regulars who were catching sporadically in the Cornfield with a comfortable breeze on their backs, said they were watching across the water at anglers having “A pluck a Chuck” by the Swans nest, and moved around to get in on the sport.

On Monday season permit holder Mr John Dickens had 12 fish from the bank on a mixture of buzzers, FAB’S and cormorants. Mr Ed Douglas, also fishing from the bank had 14 fish. Mr Bob Thompson had 6 fish from the bank on buzzers.

On Tuesday Mr Alan Bettleshad 20 fish in Dunns bay on a white and green lure. New season permit holder Mr Rob Keeber caught 12 fish. Mr R Maxwell and Mr I Coxonhad  17 fish to the boat. Mr Les Watson and Mr John Pearson enjoyed an evening session on the bank, netting 8 fish between them. A photo was taken of John holding a large one.

On Wednesday Mr J Gregory and Mr M Joy had 29 fish to the boat. Draycote members Mr Brian Warwick and Mr John Dews had 11 fish each fishing buzzers down in Toft. Mr Rob Bettinson, Mr Peter Fox and Mr John Woodcock braved the cold for an evening session on the bank, netting 15 fish between them.

Thursday saw the brighter, warmer weather bring a few more rods to the water and despite the sunny conditions, the rod average remained high. The usual suspects saw fit to grace us with their presence and were bending into some hard fighting fish all around the reservoir.Paul Beasley and Colin Grainger had 9 apiece. Ms Jude Tuffs caught 14 fish from the bank. Tony Broadway had 27 on buzzers from the bank. Mr Ed Douglas had 13fish and the ever so young looking Mr Brian Warwick caught a total of 35 fish on buzzers, also from the bank. Scottish anglers Mr D Quigley and Mr J McGuigan, visiting on one of our 3 day packages, caught over 40 fish from a drifting boat. Mr Gomez and Mr Armstrong caught 25 fish between them from a boat. Mr Dave Hesseltine  and Mr Mark Evans had 26 fish to the boat fishing black buzzers in Toft and in Biggin Bay. Season Permit holders Mr Dave Kennel and Mr Eddie Mitchell caught 32 fish between them from the bank. Also on the bank was Mr Ian Western and Mr Dave Adkins, who caught 12 and 14 fish respectively.

On Friday Mr Graham Homer and boat partner Mr Barry Butler caught well from a boat netting over 40 fish between them. Mr Dave Quigley and Mr J McGuigan on their second day of their visit again netted over 40 fish on a variety of tactics.  Mr David Bradley caught 32 fish on buzzers whilst bank fishing down in Toft. Mr M Moore had 27 fish to the boat whilst buzzer fishing in Biggin Bay,remarking on “A fantastic day”. Draycote regular Mr Mike Oliver commented on what a great day out he had, netting 31 fish from the bank on buzzers. Season permit holder Mr Peter Elliott caught over 40 fish from the bank in Toft on buzzers. Mr Paul Davidson and Mr Tony Baldwin had 40+ fish to the boat each.

Saturday dawned with the arrival of the England youth team, here for the weekend for a spot of training with both mentors as well as a day out with the England senior squad. They were all catching plenty of fish around the reservoir over both days using a variety of methods from DI7s to floating lines and nymphs. Other notables of the day where husband and wife team Ruth and Tony Kirk who between them netted over 17 fish from the bank in the Corn field on buzzers, montanas and fry patterns. Mr J Osborne and Mr W Bilsborough caught 30+ fish from the boat on damsels and diawl bach’s. Boat partners Mr Chris Discombe and Mr Jim Brennan caught 25 fish on red and black buzzers.

Sunday was yet another bright and breezy day which for the first time this season was a bit more difficult from the bank. The bright conditions saw the fish move out into deeper water with anglers reporting having to wade and cast a long way in order to reach them.Mr John Mills did well to net 17 fish in Toft on buzzers. Season permit holders Mr Ian Western and Mr Dennis Tidmarsh worked hard for their 19 fish caught from the bank. Mr Dave and Mr Liam Scott had 17 fish to the boat. Mr D Simmonds and Mr B Chambers had 12 fish to the boat on snakes and boobies. Mr T Speak and Mr E Smith caught 26 fish from a boat on buzzers and blobs.

Congratulations to Mr Brian Moore of Coventry who is the winner of this week's free boat draw.


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  253 Number Trout Taken:260  Number Trout Released:1514

Total Catch:    1774              Weekly Rod Average:7.0


Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 18:45

Boat All Day:07:30until 18:45

Boat Part Day:AM 08:30until13:45PM 13:45until  18:45

Last 4 Hours from:14:45until 18:45(Ticket sales available from14:30)

Gutting Room Closes – 18:15

All Anglers to be off site by:19:15


Fishery News 

We are pleased to welcome Lee Henfrey to the Draycote team, Lee will be working here at Draycote and at our other waters.

Lee is well known on the competition scene with a number of England caps to his name. He is also a member of the RIO Masters fly fishing team. Lee is a very experienced angler who’s knowledge of reservoir fishing will make him an invaluable member of  Fishery Management UK Ltd. He is looking forward to working here at Draycote and sharing his knowledge with visiting anglers in the coming season. In addition, Lee will also be available for guiding throughout the season.


Trout Masters

Draycote has joined the Troutmasters Competition. Entry forms can be found next to the booking out sheets. You will need a member of staff to countersign your entry. Good luck.


Dates for your diary

Competition                                                                                                 Contact

England Ladies Mixed Pairs Match – Sunday 30th April – Ms Hilary Thompson – 01664 474268

England Eliminator – 27th and 28th May – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Scierra Pairs Match – 25th June – Visit website.

Alex Booth Memorial – 29th June – Roy Lewin – 07762 746825

Angling World Holiday Heat 5th and 6th August – Visit website

TEFF Fundraiser.  Dry Fly Championship 16th September – Ian Colclough – 01543 689117

Angling World Holiday Final – 23rd and 24th September

Troutmasters Final – 9th October. – See Fishery staff.


Catch Returns

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 counter in the gutting room next door



Boat anglers are also politely reminded of the ruling that there is no anchoring within 100 yards of any pontoon or aerators. This is especially relevant to the harbour pontoon as its own mooring chains & anchors extend out a considerable distance from the end of the harbour & are easily fouled.


Car Passes

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available.


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

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