Eyebrook Reservoir; Fishery report for week to 8th September 2019
Telephone Number: 01536 770264
Our temperatures are returning to the levels we would expect coming into one of our prime fishing months. By last Monday morning our water temperature had fell to 18 degrees, and with the cooler autumnal weather during the week, the temperature had dropped to 16c degrees by Sunday morning. These temperatures were much more to the fishes liking and results improved over the week when conditions were favourable. Thursday and Friday were probably the hardest days as the blustery wind was in the mid-teens and coming from the north, gave choppy conditions in the main basin.
We would ask all anglers to ensure they complete their catch return
The cooler conditions allowed us to start restocking again with 1600 trout stocked on the 2nd September bringing our current stocking to 17,500 rainbows we are expected to stock 20,000 trout for the season
On Monday, Andre Russell took to the water in his float tube and took 6 fish including a nicely proportioned fish of 3 and a quarter pounds whilst Mr. Thompson had 7 on dries. Mark Hunt favoured daddies and Amber Hoppers during his evening visit and fishing in Sam’s Dyke landed nine fish. Keith Bird fished nymphs from the bank for his three fish, two of which topped the three pounds mark. The good fishing continued on Tuesday with Mr Green and his partner targeting the fry feeders along the dam and taking 20 to the boat. Norman Perkins and Richard Dayman landed 6 whilst Bill Law had four.
On Wednesday, The English Disabled Fly Fishers held their qualifier for next seasons international in Ireland. The ten anglers fishing all caught, with a combined total of 36 fish. Stewart Hume and Mike Hill were top rods landing 8 fish apiece with Mike coming out on top with a weight of 14lb1oz.
The strong northerly winds affected the fishing on Thursday although Mr Shannon and his boat partner landed five fish. Friday saw the winds abate slightly and the catches improve. Daddies and damsels were to the fore with the majority of fish falling to dry fly tactics. Mr Heslop and his boat partner took ten fish, whilst Oli Purdom began his three-day break with a cracking 7-pound brownie.
The weekend saw the whole fleet out on both days as the reservoir hosted club matches as well as the British Float Tube Association’s Steve Parton memorial match which was won by Brian Heald with five fish photo www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore & www.instagram.com/flyfishstore. Mick Bennett organised a blind pairs match on Saturday which saw 21 anglers land 32 fish with Clive Moore taking a six fish limit. Thornton fly fishers held a successful boat match on the Sunday with good catches all round. Mr George and Mr Seward used washing line tactics on Saturday to land 17 fish whilst Mr Burnside and Mr Heslop fishing over the weekend on one of our short break permits had double figure catches on both days.
With good autumnal weather and cooler water temperatures, we are looking forward to some excellent sport over the next few weeks. One favoured tactic during the back end of the season will be daddies, hoppers & sedges followed with fry patterns for those trout targeting the large shoals of fry for a late protein boost.
To coincide with this great top of the water sport, our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird, has put together a Daddy Selection with 6 flies of our guides top 3 patterns. These are available from our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk Methods to fish these patterns are discussed in detail in an article penned by Tom Bird which can be found on our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/
As we move into the autumn our pike fishing as yet hasn’t produced the 30lb fish we saw last year, with the Eyebrook season closing on the 31st October these next couple of months could give us the right conditions to see another Eyebrook 30lb+ pike. Fly fishing only for the pike with pike boats restricted to 5 a day.
Date for your diary:
The England Disabled Fly-Fishing Association will be fishing their Blue Trout Trophy on the 22nd September. Members of the EDFF will be fishing against Eyebrook regulars with a 4 Fish kill permit & then Catch & Release. Fishing Cost Inclusive of the boat will be £29.50 (Eyebrook or All Water members will only pay for the boat) a £5.00 entry fee donation will go to the EDFF
Bacon Cobs in the morning with Soup & a roll at the weigh in
Competition to start 9.30am, until 4.30pm. Call the Eyebrook Lodge to book your place.
Number Rods: 220 Number Trout Taken: 178 Number Trout Released: 220
Total Catch: 418 Rod Average: 1.9 (we were missing a number of returns for the week the actual rod average would have been closer to 2.5)
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 07:30 until 19:45
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 19:45
Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30 PM 14:30 until 19:45
Last 4 Hours from: 15:45 until 19:45 (Ticket sales available from 15:30)
All Anglers to be off site by: 20.00