Weekly report ending 16th September 2018
Tel: 01536 770264 Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667
Number Rods: 274 Number Trout Taken: 377 Number Trout Released: 1176 Total Catch: 1553
Rod Average: 5.7
Another excellent and extremely busy week at the brook. Water temperature is now down to 16 degrees and the trout and very active. Boat anglers have been enjoying most of the sport and the fish remain evenly spread across the main basin. Dries are still proving to take most of the fish. Daddies or hoppers both working well. Bank anglers are starting to have better returns, fishing the Belle, Dam wall or Island, with the Island producing some very good quality fish.
Varied returns for Monday due to the strong westerly, which by midday was gusting to 25 mph plus. A lot of boats took shelter along the Leicester bank. Others did drift and had better results fishing in the rough water off the Netted bank and Robbos cabin. Tony Day had a respectable afternoons fishing. Catching and returning 8 fish that all took a foam daddy fished in the wave. Member Bill Law fished with hoppers and black nymphs, whilst drifting the basin to successfully net 8 fish. He came off the water soon before mid-day as the wind got the better of him. Ian Rumbold caught 10 fish on a hopper tied with lots of CDC to give it extra buoyancy and small black buzzers. Ian had a couple of double hooks up and he was pleased to net both fish before they made a mess of his cast! David Priestly and Naomi Sharp boat fished with daddies. The pair caught 8 fish one of which was a fin perfect brown trout of 4lb. Most probably one of our wild stock. (we ask all brown trout are to be returned) A stocking of 1010 rainbows from West acre trout farm will kept the good sport going throughout the week. Todate we have stocked 18,742 fish and with a stock level of 14,030 fish there’s plenty out there to be caught!
Tuesday was again set to be ‘rough at sea’ however wasn’t as bad as first forecast. Most boats drifted the basin into the three trees or netted bank. In house guide Lee Henfrey took Mr John O’hara for a guided day on Eyebrook. Lees been having great success on foam daddies recently and John was excited to get onto the water to learn how its done. John extremely pleased to master the technique and used it to great success catching over 20 fish to the boat. To book Lee or any of our guides across our four water please call Draycote 01788812018 or visit our guiding and tuition website http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/tuition/. There was a noticeable change on the returns page with nymphs being mentioned often. Buzzers or diawl bachs accounted for most of the fish with small patterns being key to success. Size 14 Black Diawl Bachs or buzzers fished washing line whilst drifting the basin had most success.
Perfect conditions to start the day Wednesday meant dries worked particularly well. Draycote member Ed Douglas had another very successful visit to the Eyebrook. Netting over 20 fish all to the dry fly. Ed found some better fish out from the Island. Members Clive Moore and Ian Jobe boat fished, as they do every Wednesday. The pair had a steady morning, having only a couple of fish each to the boat by mid-day they were left wondering what was going wrong! After a ‘team talk’ and speaking with the wardens the pair were back on the water and had a great afternoon! The fish came to various patterns all on a floating line, with blobs and small snake patterns taking the majority. The highlight of the day was a 6lb 10 oz rainbow that Ian caught on a mini snake pattern from the middle of the basin. The fish was safely returned to grow on even bigger. Fry patterns are becoming a common mention on the returns page now. Cats Whiskers, floating fry, popper minkies, snakes, zonkers or humungous patterns are certainly worth a go. Thornton member Mr C Sayre fished from an anchored boat in the corner of the dam known as Harrisons corner. He covered his options and fished with nymphs using a humungous booby as a point fly to keep the nymphs high in the water. He found small black buzzers worked best and the fish would also take the booby. Bank fishing is certainly improving with the fish looking for food around the weed beds. Member Mark Hunt bank fished the Island on Wednesday evening with great success. With a good hatch of buzzers and sedge there were plenty of fish on the top to cast too. Mark fished a hares ear CDC or yellow owl to take 8 fish with many other offers.
Dave Willacy enjoyed part one of his three-day break fishing Eyebrook and Draycote. He fished dry daddies from a drifting boat from various areas of the main basin. He was pleased to catch and release a dozen fish on Wednesday and over 20 on Thursday
Syngenta had a corporate event at Eyebrook on Friday. 14 boats of experienced and novice anglers took to the water after a hearty breakfast. Various methods worked. Dries, blobs or lures fished high in the water. Best bag of 4 fish went to Robin Hix, with 4 fish for 9lb 2 oz, Robin also caught the biggest fish of 3lb 1oz. The best boat award went to Tim Burn and Jon Bellamy with an impressive return of 34 fish between them! Good Angling! 28 anglers caught over 150 fish to give an average of over 5 fish per rod! Eyebrook has great facilities for corporate events, days can be tailored to suit your requirements. Speak to member of staff at the lodge for further information. 01536 770 264.
Eyebrook held the England Ladies national Eliminator other the weekend. 16 ladies from across the country fished to an 8 fish kill and time bonuses. Everyone knew it was going to be an extremely close match after practise had gone so well for every angler on Saturday, but we didn’t expect only 3 oz’s to determine 8th, 9th and 10 th places. Full results will follow shorting and will be posted on our Facebook page, flyfishstore.
. With the water temperature now dropping off fast we are now allowing pike fly fishing again. Pike are a great alternative species to target on the fly. The Eyebrook record currently stands at 31lb and was caught earlier this year on the fly. If you have any questions about pike fly fishing please speak to Jobe Burnham at the Lodge. Jobe is our Pike fishing guide on the reservoir and is always more than happy to help.
Please be aware high winds are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday. For updates contact the Eyebrook lodge – 01536 770 264
Photographs on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
We are allowing rudders & float tubers welcome. We will also have float tube available for you to hire at the Eyebrook this season.
Guiding available with England International Lee Henfrey, Fishery Ranger Toff Crowther & assistant Eyebrook manager Jobe Burnham. Jobe also specialises in Pike Fly Fishing tuition
Lodge will be open from 7.30am for bank anglers to book in with boats available from 8.30am
We will be operating the same pricing structure that we use at our other water with the permit loyalty card & boat loyalty card valid at all our waters.
Please be aware with our upper fish limit been reduced from 8 fish to a 6 fish limit in future all 8 Fish stamps will be eligible for a free 6 fish permit once you reach the required number of stamps
‘Alec Lane ‘ gate now has a combination lock on. Please remember to check the code with the wardens as it will change regularly
Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30am until 19.30pm
Boat All Day: 08:30am until 19.30pm
Morning Boats: 08:30am until 14.00 pm Afternoon Boats: 14.00pm until 19.30pm
Last 4 Hours from: 15.30pm until pm (Tickets on sale from 15.15pm)
All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 19.45 pm
Visit our new Eyebrook fishery website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk