Stocking Policy

Eyebrook Stocking Policy 2021

Our 2021 stocking schedule for Eyebrook has been increased by 14% to 25,000 trout with 20,000 of the trout stocked in the size range of 1lb10oz – 2lb4oz+ with the warmer summer months July – August stocked with 5,000 1lb8oz – 1lb12oz triploid rainbows.

Eyebrook 400acre reservoir built in 1940, deepest water 35ft in front of the dam with an average depth of 12ft to 15ft constructed to supply water to the Corby steelworks. Its fed by the Eye Brook which can suffer from low summer flows & without an aeration system within the reservoir the trout fishing will be influenced by the weather and surface water temperature. We record our water temperature twice a day at 7.30 am & again at 3.00 pm with the thermometer set at 18inch below the surface on the pontoon.

We manage our stocking policy around each of our three fisheries, Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook to ensure they fish as well as they can taking into account their depth, seasonal weather, water temperature & angling pressure, no two fisheries will fish the same.

Angling pressure? there is no doubt and our records show with the popularity of catch & release as the season progresses the fish can become “educated” not uncatchable, a tad more difficult at times, when this occurs its time for finer leaders, smaller often sparsely tied flies, match the hatch, possibly a single fly, follow the advice at the lodge.

Water Temperature? you should ask at the lodge what the daily water temperature is to help you plan your day’s sport.

  • 5c – 10c generally the month’s of March & late October, fish will generally feed & be active during the warmer part of the day with anglers generally fishing their sinking lines Sink 3 -3inch/sec, Sink 5 -5inch/sec, Sink 6 – 6inch/sec+ -3inch/sec
  • 12c – 18c generally the months of April, May, June & Late August to early October. Trout will be at their most active feeding on occasion throughout the day to abundant fly hatches. Top of the water sport, fishing floating – hovermidge tip & intermediate fly lines
  • 19c – 21c+ water temperatures we associate with Late June, July & August, the summer months. Trout will move to the deeper cooler layers of the Eyebrook in front of the main dam & stay there, the larger 2lb+ trout will become less active, more difficult to tempt. You will need to be seeking water depths of 20ft+ fishing with faster sinking lines, Sink 5 -5inch/sec, Sink 6 – 6inch/sec+ -3inch/sec & the Booby Basher or fishing the bung / indicator with a long 20ft+ leader with your heavy buzzer, bloodworm patterns all fished on the 6ft – 8ft of the leader

Our planned 2021 stocking of 25,000 trout should provide good sport during the spring, summer & autumn, although the daily weather, atmospheric pressure & water temperature will always have either a positive or negative impact on the sport. Ideally, we are looking for a daily – weekly rod average between 2.5 & 3.5 although with good weather & water temperatures between 12c – 18c with the fish on the feed we can expect to see daily rod averages between 3.0 & 5.0+

During the stocking trials in 2020 we found that the larger 2lb triploid trout were increasingly difficult to catch once the surface water temperature exceeded 19c+ usually occurring in late June, July & August resulting in a poor daily rod average, often a rod average between 1.0 & 1.5 during these hot summer months.

Why are we stocking 5000 smaller sized trout of 1lb8oz – 1lb12oz trout during late June, July & August? It to improve the rod average and the visiting angler’s sport during the hottest summer months of late June to August. We found during the 2020 summer stocking trials the smaller stocked triploids in the 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz range were affected less by the higher water temperature with those smaller stocked triploids continuing to feed & take the fly returning a much improved weekly rod average during late June, July & August of between 1.5 & 3.5  The smaller 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz trout also recovered quicker & returned easier which is important when considering catch & release.

We always recommend you call the lodge 01536 770264 for the latest fishing news or follow our weekly fishing report