Fisheries Update 30th March 2020

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Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton Coronavirus Update 30th March 2020

It’s a week since the trout fisheries closed in line with the government directive, and I will be the first to admit it’s been a bit of a stressful time as we quickly had to prepare the fisheries for the closure.

Anglers were lucky that social media is flooded with fly tying, fishing video & blogs to help us while away the enforced home time.

We will be posting items on our website & social media, if you have any photos or video of your fishing trips to any of our fisheries, if you can share them it would be great, if you can forward them to shop@flyfishstore.co.uk we can add them to our library and post them during the next few weeks

Members, once I know the duration of the lockdown, I will be looking at some form of compensation for the period were closed.

Vouchers purchased will be valid to be used when we reopen later this year & will be valid to be used during 2021 for those who can’t use them this year

Tom Bird is currently preparing one of his excellent blogs with Martin Blakeston putting together a piece on the history of the Blackston buzzer

When up at the fisheries its noticeable that the buzzer hatches are improving with increasing numbers of martins travelling through each day. Spring is here

Thank you for your well wishes, everyone keep safe

Ifor

 

Eyebrook Update 23rd March

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Eyebrook is closed for fishing from 23 march

Hopefully it will be a short shutdown

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Eyebrook Update 23rd March

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Eyebrook currently remains open for fishing, we are working to the latest government advice to ensure we are providing as safe as possible a site for staff to work & our anglers to enjoy the outdoors.

 

We therefore ask you comply with any fishery staff or our landlord’s representatives’ requests

 

As previously posted Staff will wear gloves while on the pontoon & in the lodge. They will continue with their overall rigorous disinfecting and cleaning

 

New operating standard since 2.00pm 23rd March 2020

 

1.

I have reduced available boats at Eyebrook to 12

Eyebrook bank fishing, were limiting bank angler numbers to 20

 

All anglers Boat or Bank will need to call the Eyebrook lodge & pre book, staff will explain the current procedures

 

2.

To reduce person to person contact we ask if you can, to Pay for your visit over the phone via a debit or credit card or BACS payment, Eyebrook contact details and BACS detail will be listed below

 

3.

Prepaid customers, Boat numbers etc, will have their booking on a sheet stuck to the lodge window to prevent you having to come into the lodge.

 

3.

Staff will book you in on arrival & book you out, returns can be made by email or via the phone

 

4.

ONE CUSTOMER at a time allowed in the lodge

 

5.

Boats:-

Maximum 2 persons in a boat.

Boats will be fully disinfected after every session.

Boat availability is reduced to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.

By reducing available boats to 12, it will increase your own personal area you have while you get in and out of the boats.

Ranger staff will control the number of anglers on the pontoon

To speed up the anglers usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once your in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible

We are lowering our wind speed limit for boat usage down to 20mph

 

6.

Life jackets will be disinfected after every session with life jacket usage to be rotated

 

7.

Bank anglers are to ensure they keep their distance from each other, Bank angler numbers will be limited to 20 you will need to call the lodge & pre book to fish the bank

 

8.

Eyebrook the only access point will be via the main gate. Alec Lane gate will remain locked

 

 

  1. No weighing or gutting room facilities

 

10.

No tea making facilities will be available at Eyebrook or Thornton no area for anglers to sit indoors to eat their lunch will be provided

 

Payment Details

Eyebrook 01536 770264   Mobile 07738 490 667

BACS Sort Code 60 – 15 – 48   Account 71544380

 

Ifor Jones

 

 

Eyebrook Coronavirus Update 21st March 2020

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Eyebrook Update 21st March 2020

Eyebrook, Draycote & Thornton currently remain open for fishing, we are working to the latest government advice to ensure our fisheries are as safe as possible for staff to work & our anglers to enjoy the outdoors.

We therefore ask you comply with any fishery staff or our landlord’s representatives’ requests

As previously posted Staff will wear gloves while on the pontoon & if necessary, in the lodge. They will continue with their overall rigorous disinfecting and cleaning

New operating standard since 7.00am 21st March 2020

1.

To reduce person to person contact you can Pay for your visit over the phone via a debit or credit card or BACS payment, each fisheries contact details and BACS detail will be listed below

2.

Prepaid customers, Boat numbers etc, will have their booking on a sheet stuck to the lodge window to prevent you having to come into the lodge.

3.

Staff will book you in on arrival & book you out, returns can be made by email or via the phone

4.

ONE CUSTOMER at a time allowed in the lodge

5.

Boats:-

Maximum 2 persons in a boat.

Boats will be fully disinfected after every session.

Boat availability may be reduced to allow staff adequate time to disinfect & rotate boat usage.

We will let alternate boats on the pontoon, which will increase your own personal area you have while you get in and out of the boats.

Ranger staff may at times need to control the number of anglers on the pontoon

To speed up the anglers usage of the pontoon, DO NOT sit in your boat tied to the pontoon to tackle up or take your tackle down. Once your in your boat we expect you to leave the pontoon area as soon as possible. On your return have your tackle ready to vacate the boat and pontoon as soon as possible

6.

Life jackets will be disinfected after every session with life jacket usage to be rotated

7.

Bank anglers are to ensure they keep their distance from each other

8.

No tea making facilities will be available at Eyebrook, no area for anglers to sit indoors to eat their lunch will be provided

Payment Details

Eyebrook 01536 770264   Mobile 07738 490 667

BACS Sort Code 60 – 15 – 48   Account 71544380

Ifor Jones

Eyebrook weekly report 15th March

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01536 770264   email: lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Coronavirus, all of our fisheries remain open, with our staff following the advice from the authorities to regularly during the day clean the vulnerable areas, doors, counters, tills, credit card machines, phones etc

We are also disinfecting the boat engines after every session paying particular attention to the pull cord and throttle handle

Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 15th March

Monday 9th March and the fishing continues to be tough. The water clarity is still improving, and this will only get better over the next week as the weather starts to settle. A small number of anglers have ventured out and managed to whittle out the occasional fish with the bank anglers outperforming the boats.

Tuesday, the weather conditions were yet again unfavourable.

Wednesday, what a difference from yesterday. A beautify sunny morning with a gentle breeze. Water clarity was around 18 inches plus. Despite the slightly better conditions, the fishing was still hard with only a few trout caught. Pike anglers were on the water in both boats and float tubes and a fine looking 26 pounder was the pick of the pike caught.

Thursday saw the return of heavy winds and rain which not only prevented the boats going out but deterred the bank anglers. With the clarity now at about 30 inches, Friday was a much better day with light winds and brighter conditions, and the fish responded. Fishing from the bank, Stewart Normington had 14 fish to cats whiskers whilst Keith Stringer had 9 on green and black tadpoles. Mark Hunt fished in the afternoon and had 6 on cormorants whilst Matt Lane went afloat in his tube and took four. Alan Vivian and his boat partner were afloat and had 6 fish to the boat on orange blobs. Some pike were also caught, with the best being low doubles. A welcome sight late afternoon Friday was a small hatch resulting in lots of fish topping on the surface, surely a harbinger of things to come.

There was heavy overnight rain which had largely stopped by Saturday morning, although it remained overcast all day. This rain and a slight increase in the water level didn’t affect sport as the fishing, particularly from the Leicestershire bank, was excellent. Several double figure catches were recorded, the best being 19 fish. Pleasingly fish were caught in several areas of the reservoir including the Bell, Dogwood, Hawthorns, Chestnut and Robbos. Successful patterns included blobs, diawl bachs, fritz’s and black palmers. Fish were also caught by the boat anglers with top rod being Eyebrook Flyfishers Chairman, Clive Moore, with 11 although other boats also recorded double figure catches. On Saturday we said “au revoir” to our regular pike anglers who won’t be back piking until June 16th when we resume piking. During the few days we were open, there were several doubles taken with the best fish being one of 26 pounds taken from a float tube.

Saturday saw around 13 anglers catching into double figures from both the bank and boat. The fish are holding in quite close to the bank and some anglers reporting fish taking right under the rod tip. A variation of methods are picking up fish but most bank anglers were reporting that fish are taking Diawl Bachs and other nymphs as well as the lures.

Sunday was a bit rough on the weather front, but this did not deter season ticket holders Steve Lawrence and Dave Chadwick from catching in to double figures each.

It now looks like Eyebrook is coming on to form just in time for the Scierra Pairs competition on the 29th March 20.

This week’s rod average

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Competition Next Eyebrook competition will be SCIERRA PAIRS 29th March

Details of the 2020 competitions at Eyebrook with organisers details are on our website http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/competitions/

RIO & SAGE Day at Draycote on the 29th March is CANCELLED due to travel concerns for Simon Gawesworth & Chris Anderson of SAGE & RIO who were travelling to the UK from the USA. If you want to try a particular SAGE rod or RIO fly line contact Tom Bird 01788812018 & he will arrange to that for you

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions

Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Eyebrook Tuition Day. Eyebrook Beginner Course Sunday 28th March cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 18.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 18.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 13.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 13.00pm – 18.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 14.00pm – 18.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 18.15pm

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Eyebrook Weekly Report 8th March

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01536 770264   email: lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 8th March

The 2020 season started on the 6th March on Eyebrook with a pre-season stocking of 5600 fish. However, even with the large stocking, sport was tough on opening day resulting on a rod average of 1.7. This was down to a few factors such as water clarity, bright sunshine and light winds. Top rod of the day was All Water Member Steve Orton with 6 fish to the boat using Humungous patterns and Pitsford peas, whilst his partner, Ged O’Donoghue had 5 fish to FAB patterns, making them top boat on the day. Peter Harris had 5 fishing Orange Zonker patterns from his boat.

 

With little improvement in water clarity over the weekend, the fishing was still tough with a rod average of 1.1, on Saturday and 1.15 on Sunday. On Saturday, Mr Fenn and his boat partner had a relatively successful day with 5 whilst all water members Adam Gunby and Steve Jordan netted three. to the boat Lawrie Gillespie was top rod on Sunday taking six to his boat. Top areas include the Bell and Dogswood Bay and the dam wall around the draw off tower. Fast intermediate and Di3 lines seem to be working best from the boats with black blobs, black Snakes and black Minkies. The usual early season patterns are also working well, as is bright coloured lures.

Clarity is improving daily, as it improves the fishing will as well

Opening weeks rod average 1.4

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Competition Next Eyebrook competition will be SCIERRS PAIRS 29th March

Details of the 2020 competitions at Eyebrook with organisers details are on our website http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/competitions/

RIO & SAGE Day March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Eyebrook Tuition Day. Eyebrook Beginner Course Sunday 28th March cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 18.00pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 18.00pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 13.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 13.00pm – 18.00pm

Last 4 Hr – 14.00pm – 18.00pm

All Anglers Off Site – 18.15pm

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Eyebrook Opening Day 6th March

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

Tel: 01536 770264   email: lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Web Site www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Fishery Report: Week Ending: 1st March 2020

Eyebrook Opens 6th March

Our new fishery manager Jim Wright will be starting with us on the 1st March with Andy Dermott, Martin Blakeston, Toff Crowther, Jason Pussey & Luke Key assisting Jim during the year.

Staff are busy this week putting boats back on the water, stocking over 4000 trout. To book call the lodge to book 01536 770264

As were opening in early March & to comply with our SSSI from the 6th March to the 22nd March there will be no bank fishing down Stoke Dry End, maps at the lodge will highlight the area

With all the rain we expect the Dam, Robbo & platforms to fish for the bank anglers, obviously the ground is wet keep your vehicles on the hard standing

Tuition & guiding at the Eyebrook will be provided by our in house guides Andy Miller, Lee Henfrey & Tom Bird.

Independent guides are welcome to bring their clients to our waters, we will require a copy of your liability insurance which you can email over to the lodge for us to put on file & a copy of your risk assessment for the day your guiding

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Competition

Next Eyebrook competition will be SCIERRS PAIRS 29th March

Details of the 2020 competitions at Eyebrook with organisers details are on our website http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/competitions/

RIO & SAGE Day

March 29th at Draycote we are holding our RIO & SAGE day with Simon Gawesworth RIO, Chris Anderson SAGE & Jim Fearn Guide / SAGE on hand to offer advice on all aspects of fly fishing, Reservoir, River, Saltwater, Pike & Salmon

Book a FREE guided fishing session from a boat using any SAGE rod & RIO fly line of your choice, contact Tom Bird at the Draycote lodge 01788 812018 to book your FREE guided session

Tuition & Guided Sessions

Fly casting tuition, beginner days & guiding available with our in-house guides & instructors who work at our Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook fisheries. Contact our guiding & tuition manager Tom Bird for detail 01788 812018 or his works mobile 07834 581 423. Details of our beginner course date & information on guiding along with Tom Bird advice blogs are on our Tuition & Guided website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Next Eyebrook Tuition Day. Eyebrook Beginner Course Sunday 22nd March cost £75.00 includes all tackle & fishing permit contact Tom Bird to book 01788 812018 or 07834 581 423

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open – 7.30am – 5.45pm

Full Day Boat – 8.30am – 5.45pm

Morning Boat – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Afternoon Boat – 1.00pm – 5.45pm

Last 4 Hr – 1.45pm – 5.45pm

All Anglers Off Site – 6.00pm

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Eyebrook Opens 6th March

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Eyebrook Opens 6th March

Tel; 01536 770264

Were on the countdown to the Eyebrook opening on the 6th March

Limited availability for boats on opening day call the lodge 01536 770264

Pre season stocking will take place between the 1st & 4th March with just over 4,000 trout

We have employed Jim Wright who will be the full time Eyebrook manager who will be assisted by Toff, Jason, Martin, Andy & Luke with guiding provided by our in house guides, Tom Bird, Andy Miller & Lee Henfrey.

Disabled anglers are well catered for at the Eyebrook with casting platforms & two wheelyboats. We also work closely with the England Disabled Fly Fishers  http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/competitions/english-disabled-fly-fishers/  and the All Abilities Friendly Fly Fishing Group https://aafff.co.uk/

First Competition is the Scierra Pairs on the 29th March, competition details for the Eyebrook can be found http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/competitions/

Staff have been out clearing the brambles etc along the popular bank areas along Robbo & down the netted bank and clearing the overgrowth along the perimeter track & removing storm damaged trees.

Angling Club Spotlight: I’m pleased to report over 30 people attended the meeting to get the Eyebrook Angling Club up and running. A committee was formed with 25 people at the meeting joining the club. The new committee will be putting together a summer programme that will start with a casting clinic for the club members in early April, full details will become available at the clubs Facebook page Eyebrook Fly Fisher

 

 

 

 

 

Eyebrook 16th February 2020

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Eyebrook Opens Friday 6th March 2020

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Eyebrook Angling Club: Sunday 23rd February at 10.30am at the Eyebrook Fishing Lodge we will be holding our meeting to set up the Eyebrook Angling Club. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting & forming an active local angling club

Opening Day 6th March, Eyebrook has limited boat availability for the opening day. Call the lodge 01536 770264

With bookings for our 2,3 & 4 days short breaks http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/short-break-packages/  club bookings & competitions boat bookings some weekends during May & June are fully booked.

Our first competition of the year is the Scierra Pairs heat on the 29th March book via Phil Dixon the competition organiser https://www.scierrapairs.co.uk/heats/

Beginner Tuition Days dates at the Eyebrook during 2020 can be found by visiting our tuition website http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices/ gift vouchers are also available

 

 

 

 

Eyebrook Fishery News 10th February 2020

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Eyebrook Opens 6th March

2020 fishing prices visit www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/

Limited boats available for opening day

Contact the Eyebrook lodge to book your boats 01536 770264

Eyebrook Angling Club
Inaugural meeting  to form the Eyebrook Angling Club will be held at the Eyebrook fishing lodge at 10.30am on Sunday 23rd February
We feel its long overdue to have an Eyebrook Angling club who can arrange social events, fly tying classes, local club competitions, winter speakers etc
Everyone is welcome we look forward to seeing you