Rod Average

The rod average for this week was 9.1 with 737 fish caught by 81 anglers.


Best Rainbow/Brown

The heaviest Rainbows were 3lb 8oz caught by Mr Snowdon & Barry Coombes 

The heaviest Browns were 2lb 12oz caught by Neil Cozens on a buzzer around Upperfield Bay.


Top Spot

The most popular spots have been around Brown Ale Bay, Osprey Towers, Shiningford Creek, Fishtail creek, Millfields and North End.


Methods & Flies

The most successful patterns were both wet and dry flies including cormorant, orange lure, black & green lure, montana, hot head damsel, cruncher, black buzzer, Boobies, cats whisker and dabbler.

A whole range of methods have been used this week, floating, intermediate and sinking lines. 


25 Year Anniversary Tagged Fish Competition

To mark Carsington Water's 25th Anniversary we are launching a tagged fish competition later this week. We will be releasing 25 tagged fish with a number of prizes to be won for those caught throughout the 2017 season. Further details to follow.....


Save up to £30 on our permit offers

Just a reminder that we do offer a discount on Full day and Concessionary day permits if you commit to purchasing 10 at a time. There is a saving of up to £30, well worth it for those anglers who fish with us on a regular basis. The only conditions is that they must be used within the season they are purchased. Ask reception staff for more details.


Fly Fishing Triathlon

Great to be supporting Ben Fox with the last leg of his Fly Fishing Triathlon in May. Ben will fish the bank at Kilnsey Park, fish the river Colne and then finish by boat fishing on Carsington Water.

Ben's goal was to raise £500 for the charity Young Minds, he has already reached his goal and has now raised over £950. Let's help him to double his goal and raise £1000! See more details by following the link



Spring Open Competition 2017 - Now Fully Booked

Good luck to all those who have signed up for the Spring Open competition. We are now fully booked and will be announcing the Autumn date later in May.



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.


We look forward to seeing you throughout the 2017 season.

Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment. 

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am

All boats are back to the jetty by 7.30pm

Please allow sufficient time to return from your fishing spot

Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for bookings of 5 or more boats.

Tel: 01530 230807

70 acre

Fry patterns generally were the order of the day last week although the diawl bach, hares ear and buzzer continue to take some fish.

The trout are moving into the margins and both the arms with our advice to keep on the move until you find feeding fish paying dividends.

Trevor Pegg found the fish feeding on the fry from the corner of the wood all the way down the Markfield arm eventually boating 6 fish to 3lb6oz on a silver 'Humungus', Mike Cupitt caught 5 to 5lb6oz with Dave Pritchard taking 4 for his short morning session on a stick fly. Mark Hunt fished the weed beds opposite the lodge using a yellow dancer, damsel & cruncher to catch 14 with Adam Gunby using a variety of fry patterns to boat his 6 fish

As Thornton enters its last full week of the season and with a rod average of nearly 2.0 with a reasonable forecast were looking forward to a reasonable weeks fishing

Overall average for the week was 1.9

Thornton 2016 Closing date is Sunday 20th November

Car Park, Lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 4.15pm

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 12.30pm  /  12.30pm – 4.15pm

During this period with shorter days our part day boat session, morning & afternoon will be charged at the last 4 hour rate.

All anglers off site by 4.30pm

A slow week for Foremark this last week we have suffered a little from the previous hot bright weather. The best fishing at the start of the week was to fish very deep in open water using big black lures. However the fishing started to improve towards the back end of the week with fish holding around 20 feet deep and intermediate lines and slow sinking line worked best fishing on long drifts in the main basin.

On Friday Mr S Owen took 5 fish of the top on dry fly, while Saturday Tony and Ruth Kirk  took seven fish to their boat using sinking lines and a 10foot leader and black booby drifting by the tower.

 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.

Dates for your diary

September 25th (Sunday) The Graham Tagg memorial boat match so please contact the lodge to book your boats for this popular annual event. Please book early to save disappointment.

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

A Reminder For Bank Anglers

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 WALLCertain 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:        67      Number Trout Taken:      30    Number Trout Released:  27

Total Catch:       57           Weekly Rod Average: 0.8

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 21.00

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.00

Boat Part Day: 08:30 to 14.30 – 14.30 to 21.00

Last 4 Hours bank from: 17.00 to 21.00

Last 4 Hours Boat from: 17.00 to 21.00


All anglers to be off site by: 21.15

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 

Draycote Water weekly fishing report w/e Sunday 8st May 2016.

Telephone Number 01788 8120187

This week saw the weather start off in the same unsettled nature of last week, with very blustery weather Monday. However the air temperature rose 11°C on Sunday night, this temperature rise continued as the week progressed ending the week with temperatures of 25°C and much needed and welcome sunshine. This increase in temperatures also saw the rod average which started at 2.2 in the windy conditions of Monday rise to one of 9.1 in the warm spring sunshine of Saturday. The overall stats for the week saw 398 Rods catch a total of 2179 fish for a weekly rod average of 5.47.

Monday saw the unsettled weather remain, with strong North Westerly blowing across the lake. Due to the strong winds anglers found it challenging to present the flies correctly. However David Hoppe found the correct presentation by using the new RIO In Touch stream tip and team of buzzers to tempt 8 fish along the tower bank and into Dunns bay. David found that the streamer tip was great for cutting the flies through the big waves. Out on the boats Stephen Conway and his brother were out on the boats and tempted 10 fish fishing a combination of buzzers and blobs. Tuesday saw the rod average increase slightly with the high winds dropping however the sudden increase in temperatures the day before had clearly had an effect on and the fish took another day to adjust. The bank struggled with the fish moving out in the deeper water to feed. Taking advantage of this was Steve Robinson and J Ryder who boated 24 fish.

Wednesday was the day when the rod average really started to improve as the fish settled after the sudden increase in temperature from last week. Out on the boats was season ticket holder Ed Douglas who netted 20 fish, in Rainbow Corner fishing with buzzers and nymphs on floating lines including a lovely grown on rainbow trout of 5lb 7oz. Another angler taking advantage of the good fishing was Shaun Hanlon who netted 18 fish all on buzzers. However buzzers were not the only way to catch good numbers on the day.

The police inter-force friendly boat competition saw the best catches coming using 5inch per second sinking lines and orange blobs around A/B buoy. The winner on the day was Bob Casey with his 8 fish bag limit for 23lbs. Thursday saw John Clifford getting into the fish around B buoy netting 16 fish using a 7 inch per second lines and lures and commented on how all the fish in the deeper water were overwintered. S Bedwell found that the fish along the Hensborough wanted a black Montana fished slowly near the bottom, as this accounted for all this 17 fish.

Friday saw the start of the really warm weather with the air temperatures being over 20°C for most of the day. These warm conditions saw a very impressive buzzer hatch with both bank and boat anglers cashing in on the action with 98 anglers catching 724 fish for a 7.3 rod average. On the bank regular Tony Broadway had a great days sport netting 21 fish all on buzzers. Alan Joyce also enjoyed great sport landing 22 fish as well as an approximated 8lb rainbow which was returned to fight another day. Out on the boats the sport was equally as good, Season Ticket holder Ed Douglas returned for another day’s sport again using buzzers but this time caught a staggering 47 fish. Also enjoying great sport from the boats was R Bomsford & J Radda who netted 43 fish. Another angler who is worthy of a mention is George Leaton who travelled up from Hounslow in London and landed 20 fish all on a blue flash damsel on a floater. George commented that the key to success was not to strike too soon and that a continued figure of eight through the knocks and pulls would produce a solid lock up. Saturday saw the best rod average of the week at 9.1, with catches into double figures and beyond to be found by the majority from both the bank and the boats. The tactics for these high catches remained the same as earlier in the week of either buzzers or 5 inch per second sinking lines and blobs. Sunday saw the best catches coming from the boats around B buoy to cruncher patterns fished slowly, with Robert and Tony Ball landing 26 to this method.

Looking ahead to this week the weather looks settled and warm weather is set to continue so I am sure the buzzer hatches will continue to improve and hopefully with the good hatches the fantastic fishing that has been seen the the back end of the week will continue.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods:  398        Number Trout Taken: 756      Number Trout Released:  1423

Total Catch:    2179              Weekly Rod Average:  5.47

Current Fishing Times:

Bank:  07:30 until 21:00

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 21:00

Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 14:30    PM 14:30 until 21:00

Last 4 Hours from:  17:00 until 21:00           (Ticket sales available from 16:45)

All Anglers to be off site by:  21:15

Weekly Free Boat Draw

Congratulations to Mr C Campbell from Morton In The Marsh, who is the winner of this week’s Free Boat Permit.

Forthcoming events.

Jim Williams Beginners Tuition Day 12th June 3 spaces available. Call the lodge to book the space.

Details on Tuition or Guided trips visit our website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

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.

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.


In order to maintain the accuracy of our records could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. Too many anglers have been failing to do this of late & this distorts the figures leading to potential fishery management  issues.


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.

Bank Anglers car passes should be, booked prior to coming fishing as we only have a limited number available. Some anglers came close to being disappointed this week when almost all of the available passes were used.

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

Our first full week of fishing could not have gone any better! Several fishermen have been landing 30+ fish to the boat and the rod average has increased! Orange blobs, Pink snakes and Black & Green Lures have been used to great effect.

The water levels are continuing to rise which should help the fishing areas even more!

Rod Average -

The rod average for this week was 10.67 with 694 fish caught by 65 anglers..

Best Rainbow/Brown -

The heaviest Rainbow was 4lb caught by Mr S Wilson

The heaviest Brown was 3lb caught by David Ramsay

Top Spot -

Popular areas this week have been Half Moon, Tower Bank, Sheepwash, Fishtail Creek and Stitch Plantation.

Methods & Flies -

The most successful patterns were Orange Blob, Black and Green fritz, Cat's Whiskers, Cormorant and Pink Snakes.

Sinking and intermediate lines have seen the best results.

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.

Keep an eye out for dates!

Carsington Open Competition -

The Carsington Spring Open Competition will be held on Saturday 9th April 2016. Bookings are available online here

Catch Returns -

Please help us by completing your catch return with as much information as possible. It's great to hear about the methods you are using, flies which have caught and the areas that you have fished. New anglers will be very grateful for this information.

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 Reports -

Our weekly fishing reports will be emailed out to those on our mailing list and will be available to view on our website:-

http://www.carsingtonwater.com/Fishing-Reports.html .

If you would like to be on our email mailing list then please let us have your details.


You can also help us with our reports by filling in the fishing catch return forms and putting them in the returns box by the warden’s office, plus any pictures are always useful.

We look forward to seeing you throughout the 2016 season.

Don’t forget to book your boat in advance to avoid disappointment.

Boats can leave the jetty from 8.30am

All boats are back to the jetty by 6.00pm

Please allow sufficient time to return from your fishing spot

Please note that Carsington is a boat fishing water only. It is advisable that boat bookings are made in advance to avoid disappointment. Discounts are available for bookings of 5 or more boats.

Thornton Weekly Report week ending 06/03/16

Despite the weather trying to give us a final cold blast of winter overall we enjoyed another good weeks fishing.

With the colder conditions the trout moved away from the bank during to colder morning conditions moving back in during the warmer afternoons. Boat anglers during the morning found the fish in slightly deeper water 50 – 60yds off the bank before moving closer to the bank as conditions warmed.

Intermediate and sinking lines fished best with a wide variety of patterns taking fish with the top patterns being, Cats Whisker, Blue Flash Damsel, Green & Black tadpole, booby on the warmer days buzzer have also taken fish.

During the early part of the week the area opposite the lodge to the corner of the wood fished best, by the time the weekend arrived with its colder conditions the lonesome pine down the Markfield arm was producing best.

Average size of the trout caught are 1lb14oz – 2lb2oz with trout up to 4lb8oz recorded.

Rod average for the week was 3.3

Main gate, lodge and bank fishing open 7.30am

Full Day Boats 8.30am – 5.30pn

Part Day Boats 8.30am – 1.00pm / 1.00pm – 5.30pm

All anglers offsite by 6.00pm

Call the lodge 01530 230807

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