Eyebrook Opens 29th March

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Fisheries Update 1st March 2021

Following the government’s road map out of lock down announcement I can confirm we will be:

Opening Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook on Monday the 29th March 2021.

Thornton 01530 230807     Draycote 01788 812018    Eyebrook 01536 770264

Staff are at the lodges from 9.00am to accept bookings, you will be required to prebook your boat or bank fishing, we will require a telephone contact number. Pre-payment will be required at the time of booking

As the lodges / shops have to remain closed until 12th April earliest & the 2m social distancing rule will still be in place for some time we will operate the same system as last year, payment via debit or credit card at the time of booking.

We expect the phone to be busy, have your credit or debit card to hand, the staff will during the transaction be asking for your:

Card Number – Use by Date – 3 digit number on the back of your card – your Post Code – House Number

With the lodges closed booking in & out area will be outside the lodge with your boat permit & receipt also outside the lodge for you to pick up.

Please use the hand sanitiser provide & wear a face covering in line with government guidelines.

I have taken the decision to suspend loyalty cards its one less interaction between staff & yourselves. If you have any full loyalty cards you can still use them.

Pontoon guidelines will be the same as we were operating during last year. Staff will allocate your boat number, restrict angler numbers on the pontoon to ensure social distancing. We will continue to disinfect boats & life jacket after every session & provide hand sanitiser

Click the fishery name for their covid guidelines: – DRAYCOTE        EYEBROOK       THORNTON

With the lodges / shop closed we can offer a Click & Collect service call the fishery lodges to arrange your tackle purchases or order via our online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Preseason stocking has started with photos & video of the stockings posted on our social media pages

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There is hope for a good season, vaccination roll out is going well, thankfully, hospital admissions, infection rates & deaths are currently going down, let’s hope that continues & we get similar spring weather as last year, warm with light winds and great hatches.

Ifor

Eyebrook Fishery News 9th February 2021

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Eyebrook, Thornton & Draycote  Fishery News

Hope you are all well, some of you will have received your vaccination.

We are understandably receiving an increasing number of calls asking when we’re going to open at Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook.

Thornton should have opened on the 1st February which we postponed. 1st March Draycote & the 5th March Eyebrook are the dates we published for their opening.

Will we open on those dates?

The government has set out a timeline that the whole country is currently working towards during this lockdown, which is based on vaccinations, hospital admissions, new case numbers & sadly deaths.

Government Lockdown Timeline

Monday 15th February Government reviews the current lockdown

Monday 22nd February Government informs parliament of any changes & in their words “roadmap out of lockdown”

By Tuesday 23rd – 24th February, it should be becoming clearer what guidelines or restrictions we will all be working under.

Our current plans

Staff continues to prepare the fisheries, Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook for an early March opening.

We have confirmed with our fish suppliers that preseason stocking will start as planned during late February, we have also confirmed with our petrol engine supplier that they will be fitted as planned to the Draycote & Eyebrook boats.

By February 23rd – 24th, we should be in a position to confirm with our customers of the opening dates & any guidelines/restrictions we will be working under.

It is likely the phone lines will be busy as anglers call for confirmation, we have updated the fisheries website www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk     www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk    www.flyfishthornton.co.uk which will be updated with the latest news, you can also join our fisheries email group and receive the latest news & reports by adding you details to the “join our fly fishing community” box located on the fisheries website home page.

You can also follow us on our various social media pages

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The good news There are no price increases for 2021 we have introduced due to demand a new 2 fish kill + catch & release permit @ £21.50.

Extra fish will be stocked into Eyebrook & Thornton with the 2lb average sized trout for Draycote maintained. On each of the fisheries website, we have added a “Stocking Policy Page” which helps to explain our stocking policy decisions based largely around the warmer summer water temperatures were seeing and catch & release.

Eyebrook New Year Update 2021

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6th January 2021 Fisheries Update

The Angling Trust has confirmed following consultation with government that fishing will not be allowed during the current lockdown you can read the statement here https://anglingtrust.net/covid-19/

The next government review date for the lockdown rules will be on February 15th 2021 hopefully by then the vaccine rollout & the impact of the lockdown will see a reduction in the infection rate.

Currently the lockdown rules prevents Thornton from opening on the 1st February 2021 as yet I don’t have a definite date for Thornton`s opening, that will depend on information we will receive following the government’s review on the 15th February.

It makes sense therefore not to take any bookings for Thornton until we see the outcome of the review. Any one booked at Thornton up to the 15th February will be contacted.

With Draycote & Eyebrook not due to open for another 8 weeks which takes us to 1st March for Draycote & 5th March for Eyebrook we will continue to take bookings for those two fisheries and continually review and work within the guidelines.

During these difficult times its important for us to remain positive, we will be fishing again when the guidelines indicate we can safely.

To summarise,

Thornton will be able to open within a few days of any relaxation of the current guidelines.

Draycote & Eyebrook, the fishery staff are preparing them to open in early March in line with any government guidelines at that time.

When we do open, we will be operating to the same fishery guidelines as we were at the end of last season, staff will be disinfecting boats, life jackets after every session, hand sanitiser provided on the pontoon / booking in & out areas / at the lodge door, staff ensuring social distancing on the pontoon and the vicinity of the lodges.

Call Thornton 01530230807, Eyebrook 01536770264, Draycote 01788812018

Happy New Year to you all, keep healthy and we look forward to welcoming you back to our fisheries

Ifor Jones

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Angling Trust – My Personnel View

The trout fisheries industry no longer has their own industry representative body.

Fisheries large & small have relied on the Angling Trust to ensure we were able to open & fish within government guidelines.

The new CEO Jamie Cook & his team & especially within the Stillwater scene the work done by Andy Taylor has kept us fishing, day permit, season member & competition angler from early May to December, longer than any other outdoor pastime.

The Angling Trust, their not perfect, we can always find fault, I have found fault with them in the past, but during 2020 without the Angling Trust & the proactive work by Jamie Cook we wouldn’t have enjoyed the excellent fishing during 2020.

If there was ever a reason to spend £29.00 as a thank you & ensure they work to keep us fishing then this is the year https://anglingtrust.net/memberships/individual/

Eyebrook Christmas Gift Vouchers

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Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton Christmas Gift Vouchers

Draycote & Eyebrook lodges are open this weekend 19th & 20th December from 10.00am – 2.00pm for you to pick up your Christmas Gift Vouchers

Vouchers can be exchanged at the Draycote, Eyebrook & Thornton fisheries during 2021 to purchase Fishing Permits, Fly Fishing Tackle, Fly Fishing Tuition or Guided Fly Fishing Trips

If your unable to visit the Draycote or Eyebrook lodge this weekend the Last posting day for 1st class mail is Monday 21st December visit our online shop for details https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/

This weekend is also an opportunity for you to discuss our membership option for the 2021 Season

Call
Tom Bird Draycote Lodge 01788812018 www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk
Jim Wright Eyebrook Lodge 01536770264 www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk
Ifor Jones Thornton Lodge 01530230807 www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

Merry Christmas to all our customers

Eyebrook, Christmas Gift Vouchers, Membership

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Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

Tom will be at the Draycote Lodge with Jim at the Eyebrook lodge on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th December from 10.00am – 2pm for you to call & pick up your Christmas gift vouchers, pick up a last minute gift from the Draycote tackle shop or discuss our 2021 membership options.

Last Royal Mail posting for gift vouchers is Monday 21st December you can buy them online https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true

Online Shop & Sales
We also have an online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items to or sales page keep checking to make sure you don’t miss out on a bargain!  https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/
With the upturn in angling reported by the EA we have a number of tuition days & casting lessons which can be purchased as a Christmas gift voucher https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true last posting date for Christmas vouchers 21st December

Membership
We also offer membership for individual fishery & our increasingly popular All water Membership for details, members receive discounted boat rates & 20% reduction on the RRP of any item of fishing tackle we stock
Draycote http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/  

Call Draycote 01788 812018 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/season-permits/

Call Eyebrook 01536 770264 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

Call Thornton 01530 230807 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021
Thornton 1st February, Draycote 1st March & the Eyebrook 5th March

Wishing you all a safe Christmas & Happy New Year
Ifor & the fisheries team

Eyebrook, Draycote, Thornton end of season news 2020

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Eyebrook, Draycote,  Thornton

2020 End of Season News

That’s the 2020 season completed, boats & engines are off the water for a deep clean & maintenance, staff will be enjoying a well earned rest as in 8 short weeks we start all over again at Thornton on 1st February 2021
This was my 38th year managing trout fisheries, during those years I have dealt with a number of events from heat waves, flooding, foot & mouth etc but none of those years threw up the difficulties & challenges that the Coronavirus Pandemic presented us with.
Looking back on the year I need to thank the Angling Trust for ensuring fishing was one of the first outdoor activities allowed to reopen after the first lock down & through their continued work with Sports England & Government kept us fishing from May onwards. I also need to thank the fisheries staff who adapted to work within the new Covid working guidelines, deep cleaning and disinfecting boats, life jackets and equipment daily, keeping themselves & our customers safe, our suppliers within the tackle & fish farms industry & you our customers who followed our new fishery working procedures / guidelines & John Horsey for having the confidence in us to run a safe Anglers World Final at Draycote during August.
During the first lock down fishing was suspended from March 23rd to the end of May, unfortunately it coincided with one of the best spring weather conditions we have enjoyed for a number of years, excellent weather & good hatches saw our resident fish feed freely undisturbed for those 10 weeks, it did however provide the fisheries with superb fishing when we did reopen.

Thornton at 70 acres the smaller of the three reservoir we manage returned a seasons rod average of 2.8 similar to the previous year, however this year the fishing remained consistent especially during the summer months & into the Autumn through to our last day on November 30th providing the most consistent fishing weave enjoyed in years.

During the latter part of the season, it was good to see grown on rainbows being caught with fish that were taken & spooned found to be feeding heavily on bloodworm, snails, buzzer & fry.
With Thornton being an old shallow reservoir built in 1853, its maximum depth at the dam of 30ft & fed by two streams with restricted summer flows we trialled a different stocking policy for 2020, stocking with smaller 1lb10oz to 2lb+ trout, with 1lb8oz – 1lb12oz trout during the warmer & traditionally our most difficult fishing months late June to August. I wanted to see if smaller stocked triploid rainbows would react better to the warmer summer conditions than our traditionally stocked 1lb12oz to 2lb+ rainbows

The trial worked with better consistent fishing returns despite the heatwave, I`ll be honest I received a few negative comments regarding the 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz, but our rod average increased, visiting rods caught and our visiting rod numbers during the summer increased. We should remember the word quality should reflect the condition of the trout we catch, full finned good condition, not their size

If you believe in global warming or not, one thing is certain were seeing different weather patterns to what we experienced 20 years ago, we as fishery managers constantly need to adapt to ensure we can provide as consistent seasons sport.

For 2021 we aim to stock with trout from 1lb8oz to 2lb+ this size range should ensure consistent fishing during the year

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Eyebrook at 400+ acres is a popular midland reservoir, located on the private Eyebrook estate with fly fishing been the only permitted leisure pursuit allowed.

The Eyebrook is fortunate therefore to be a 400 acre water solely for fly fishermen to enjoy

Returning a rod average of 3.9 for the season boosted by a more consistent fishing period during the warmer summer months July to August with a stocking during that periods of smaller triploid rainbows of 1lb10oz to 1lb14oz, during the other months we stocked with rainbows from 1lb12oz to 3lb+ rainbows

Were fortunate at the Eyebrook to have a body of water rich with food items, buzzer`s, olive`s, mayfly, sedges, hog louse, freshwater shrimp, corixa, the most prolific number of damsels, snails, fry & blown on from the surrounding farmland, daddy long legs.

It’s not surprising therefore we see some superb grown on rainbows & brown trout with rainbows to 9lb7oz & browns to 17lb recorded during the latter part of the season, photographs on our social media pages Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/ Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

With much of the focus on boat fishing across the larger Stillwaters it was particularly pleasing to once again watch our regulars enjoy their bank fishing during May to the end of October along Stoke Dry, Chestnut Tree, Hawthorns, dam wall & the netted bank with “matching the hatch” buzzer, sedges & damsels been key to their success especially if they were fishing into the evening and the evening rise.

For 2021 our planned stocking of 25,000 trout is a reflection of the increased number of day rods & the 2 & 3 day fishing breaks, competitions & angling club visits that will return during 2021.
20,000 of these trout will be in the 1lb10oz to 2lb4oz+ range but to ensure the Eyebrook fishes during the warm summer months 5,000 trout in the 1lb8oz to 1lb12oz range will be stocked during late June, July and early August.

We also allow limited fly fishing for the Pike & Perch at Eyebrook, this is strictly fly fishing only from boat or float tube & is limited to a maximum of 5 boats per day, for the past few years we have had pike of 30lb+ caught with 3lb+ perch
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Draycote at 600+ acres the larger of our three reservoirs is a popular midland reservoir returning a rod average of 4.5 for the season

With most of our competitions, fishing break packages, group & club events cancelled due to Covid this year we were thankful once allowed to welcome back our members, day rods at the end of May, during that first month back they enjoyed a rod average of 7.0

We were especially proud to successfully & importantly safely host 100 anglers at the John Horsey Anglers World Competition Final, thanks to Kay Pittaway & her team at the Draycote Waterside Restaurant for providing takeaway pies & chips for the competitors. We also hosted a heat of the  Scierra Pairs & the TEFF / AT fundraiser arranged by Ian Coclough & Andy Taylor fished to a successful catch & release format.

With Draycote rich buzzer hatches, shrimp, snails & fry providing valuable food source for our resident trout we every year see our stock fish put on weight during the season with an increasing number of 3lb, 4lb, 5lb+ trout caught, photographs on our social media pages Facebook www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore  Instagram www.instagram.com/flyfishstore/ Twitter www.twitter.com/FlyFishStore

The bank fishing at Draycote is always better once the water level drops by a couple of feet, it took a bit longer this year for STW to begin drawing down, once they did the bank rods enjoyed good sport with the last 6 to 8 weeks seen the larger fish move in after the shrimp & fry.
For the boat anglers taking long drifts across open water & along the edge of the shoals with long leaders & sparsely tied nymph, buzzer & emerger patterns picked out the better trout throughout the season with fry patterns during the last month of the season off the edges of the shoals picking up 5lb+ trout

With Draycote depth of 65ft at the valve tower & its 90 to 100 yard long aerator pipe which helps to keep the water temperature for most of the summer below 20c we will be stocking Draycote with trout between 1lb14oz to 2lb8oz+
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Looking forward to 2021
The news of the vaccines gives us hope that during 2021 we will slowly start to see a level of normality start to return to our fishing lives.

2021 will see our Eyebrook Tackle Shop become fully open with a range of demo fly lines, rods & float tubes for you to try.

Online Shop & Sales
We also have an online shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk during the next few weeks we will be adding items to or sales page keep checking to make sure you don’t miss out on a bargain!  https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/
With the upturn in angling reported by the EA we have a number of tuition days & casting lessons which can be purchased as a Christmas gift voucher https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/s=christmas+voucher&s_cs=true last posting date for Christmas vouchers 21st December

Membership
We also offer membership for individual fishery & our increasingly popular All water Membership for details, members receive discounted boat rates & 20% reduction on the RRP of any item of fishing tackle we stock
Draycote http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/prices/season-permits/  

Call Draycote 01788 812018 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Eyebrook http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/season-permits/

Call Eyebrook 01536 770264 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Thornton http://www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/season-permits/

Call Thornton 01530 230807 email shop@flyfishstore.co.uk

Christmas Shopping the Draycote & Eyebrook Lodges will be open on Saturday 19th December & Sunday 20th December from 10.00am – 2pm for you to call & pick up your Christmas vouchers, pick up a last minute gift or discuss our membership options

We look forward to welcoming you back in 2021
Thornton 1st February, Draycote 1st March & the Eyebrook 5th March

Wishing you all a safe Christmas & Happy New Year
Ifor & the fisheries team

Eyebrook 16th November 2020

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Eyebrook has now closed, during the close season Jim Wright will be carrying out maintenance & preparing the lodge and tackle shop for the 2021 season which opens 5th March 2021

Details on Eyebrook membership & our increasingly popular All Water Membership which allows you to fish Eyebrook, Draycote & Thornton can be found at http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/prices/season-permits/

Looking for Christmas Gift ideas we also provide Gift Vouchers call the lodge 01536 770264 for details

 

Eyebrook Weekly report 25th Oct 2020

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

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

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Our COVID-19 Guidelines http://www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us/

Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 25th October 2020

Government has announced that mandatory Face Coverings will be required to be worn within all shop in England from Friday 24th July, these can be a Buff type, scarf, mask etc. This mandatory rule will cover our shops / lodges


A cold and still morning ushered in the week with only a few boats heading out in the morning. Roy Swinfield and Lindsay Bates again opted for a session from the bank. Roy had two fish whilst Lindsay just fishing the afternoon also has two. Dave Lawrence and Keith Johnson were also fishing the bank and they caught fish. It’s good to see that the bank is starting to produce more fish lately, although it is becoming apparent that the Leicestershire bank is performing better, probably due to the weedbeds in this areas being more marginal than on the opposite bank. Boat wise, Mr Harris, fishing the first day of his three-day break targeted the fry feeders and used a white snake for his eight fish whilst Eyebrook member, Mr Dickins had five.

Tuesday weather with anglers giving the bank a rest on Tuesday, it was down to the boat anglers to sort out the feeding fishing. Mr Harris recorded a further five fish, whilst Nev Welsh had four as did Bill Law, who fished a short morning session. Overall, nearly all rods caught fish, with the overall rod average for the day being a reasonable 3. 5

Wednesday was quite an unpleasant day with winds and constant rain which probably accounted for the lack of anglers. However, the two boats that ventured onto the water were rewarded with fish, with season ticket holder Ian Jobe recording a creditable dozen.

Thursday started off with heavy rain which had cleared by 08.30 and with light westerly winds, it looked likely to be pleasant day to be on the water. Unfortunately, as the day progressed, the winds increased which made presentation difficult for the boat anglers with the best boat only recording 2 fish. It was however a different story on the bank, with Keith Johnson landing ten, Roy Swinfield four and Martin Hawes three. Popper minkie’s, minkie boobie’s and corixa being the successful patterns. One of the highlights of the day though, was a fly past by the RAF Memorial Flight Lancaster which flew low over the dam wall at lunchtime, an impressive sight!!

Friday also started off with heavy rain, although it had cleared up by about 9am. The wind was still from the west. We were joined by a young lady, Sofia Debenham (Fisher Girl), who is loving her fly-fishing journey through life and is documenting her visits to fisheries along with her dad Gareth. Sofia brought 4 fish to the boat on floating fry patterns and Pheasant tail nymphs, squarely beating her dad who only managed 2 fish to the boat. Sofia will be editing her video where she interviewed Andy Dermott to get a bit more background on the reservoir. We look forward to seeing the end product and look forward to Sofia’s future visits. She is doing amazing things that will hopefully inspire other young girls to pick up a fly rod and get involved in this amazing sport. We are firm believers that the future of fly fishing lies in the hands of young girls and women like Sofia.

Saturday Was a rough day with increasing wind speeds as the day progressed. Very little happened due to anglers making the decision to stay at home. Despite the weather being far from perfect, Neil Shilton ventured out on the float tube and managed 7. Other than that, the fishing was very challenging. Andy Miller had a group of 4 for a days tuition. Even though the guys enjoyed the day, strong winds made it hard for them to master the techniques for casting, but they still managed to get a line out by the casting platforms. Unfortunately the fish didn’t want to play today.

Sunday was Fur ‘n Feather match day. Despite the weather being rough the day before, our anglers were greeted with quite a pleasant and mild day. 31 competitors ventured out to compete. Most of the boats headed over to the Robbo’s cabin area with a few opting for fishing in around the dam area towards Harrison’s corner and up to the netted bank. The fishing was challenging, but M Goodge and D Davies worked out that the fish were close in and would take Diawl Bach’s fished on a midge tip washing line style with a booby minky on the point or an olive snake booby steadily retrieved on a Di3. A couple of competitors made it back to the Jetty for 2:50pm with 10 fish. Once Jim had pointed out that the clocks had gone back an hour, they set up and headed back out to see if they could get their limit. Ask any Competition angler about time keeping, It’s often the source of hilarity and despair in equal measures.

Biggest fish of the day fell to Steve Lawrence on a Di7 with a white snake. A stonking long time resident Rainbow of 9lbs7oz photo at www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore Steve was expertly counting down his Di 7 by drinking a coffee when the big bow engulfed his fly. Initially he thought he had hooked a large pike and was delighted once he got it to the net.

Thank you to all those who got involved and for everyone’s support at Eyebrook this season. As we move in to our final week we will be preparing boats for removal, so the sooner people book, it will make preparations for your day out a lot easier on the staff to make sure we provide the service you require.

Eyebrook 2020 Season draws to a close on 31st October a few more days left, we have had caught these past few weeks Browns of 12lb+ 10lb+ 9lb+ 7lb+ with rainbows 4lb+ & 9lb+ with fly fishing for pike reporting pike up to 20lb Call the lodge to book 01536 770264

Water temp 10c clarity is good

Rod average for the week: 2.11

Weather follow the link for the latest forecast from XCWeather to check the conditions prior to your visit.

Eyebrook forecast our post code LE16 8RP

 

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Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

 

Eyebrook Tackle Shop is open & now under the management of the fishery, stocking Fulling Mill, Airflo, Shakespeare, Vision, RIO, GREYS, SAGE, LOON, FARIO, WYCHWOOD, Leeda

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Tuition & Guided Sessions

From July 1st we are pleased to announce that we will be resuming our 1:1 casting tuition for the latest guidelines on the tuition will take please safely under Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open            – 7.30am – 5.00 pm

Full Day Boat                        – 8.30am – 5.00pm

Morning Boat                        – 8.30am – 1.00pm

Last 4 Hr tickets                – 1.00pm – 5.00pm

All Anglers Off Site            – 5.15pm

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Eyebrook weekly fishing report 18th Oct 2020

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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

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 18th October 2020

Government has announced that mandatory Face Coverings will be required to be worn within all shop in England from Friday 24th July, these can be a Buff type, scarf, mask etc. This mandatory rule will cover our shops / lodges

A colder and still morning ushered in the week which seen a few boats heading out in the morning. Roy Swinfield and Lindsay bates opted for a session from the bank and headed for the Island area. Roy had the better day on the bank managing to net 11 fish. It’s good to see that the bank is starting to produce even more fish lately. M. Burdett & M. Draper had a great day out with both of them getting in to double figures. I. Brearley had 5 fish to his wheeley boat on floating fry patterns. Ian Jobe once again braved the colder conditions in his float tube and managed 2 good sized browns, 3 rainbows and eventually a pike around 15lbs. Ian was trying to target the larger fish by using a Di7 and minkie’s or fry patterns.

Tuesday started off as a cold damp morning with ideal wind speeds for a pleasure day out on the water. Despite the conditions being near perfect, it was a very quiets day with only a few boats out. Eyebrook Season ticket holder Tim Coles had a good day out landing 5 fish and having plenty of other offers during the day. Peter Harris had 4 just off the netted bank area and had a lot of other attention but just couldn’t get them to stick. Jim Wright the fishery manager went out after his shift for a few hours and found fish just at the top side of Robbo’s cabin. Fishing a booby basher line with a couple of minkie boobies, he managed a decent sized rainbow. Then hooked into a large Brown that took off like a torpedo, broke the surface and then subsequently broke 12lbs Fluorocarbon. He then went on to land a further 4 fish after changing to a midge tip with a couple of nymphs and a candy cat booby on the point. The fish were slamming into the booby on the point, but a lot of fish just wouldn’t stick.

Wednesday saw quite a few boats out on the water and among them were All water ticket holders Ged O’Donoghue and Steve Orton. Between them they managed over 20 fish to the boat using a variety of flies. From fishing dries and daddies to fishing blobs, minkie’s and fry patterns. Lots of anglers are reporting that fish are still taking buzzers as well as the bigger lures and fry patterns.

Thursday saw us with another cold northerly wind which was ideal for drifting along on to the bank at Robbo’s cabin and the Willows area. It was also ideal for right-handed anglers to fish off of the Island. Eyebrook Season ticket holder Roy Swinfield fished these conditions to great effect by landing over a dozen fish. Roy eventually called it a day after losing a large Brown that he could not get in his net. It was evident that Roy was absolutely gutted when he was telling us about it. Our boat anglers were doing well at the other side of the open water with T. O’Hare brining 9 to the boat. But the day was far from over. Jeff Crowden finished work early and decided to go out for a last 4 hours on the boat. Having never caught a large brown from Eyebrook, he decided to have a go and see what he could catch. Obviously, the fishing God’s were smiling on Jeff and gifted him a fantastic specimen of 12lbs 8oz. He called the lodge for a witness and verification of the weight of the fish. Absolutely outstanding Jeff.

Friday saw similar conditions although the wind abated during the afternoon. All water ticket holder Ged O’Donoghue had his second visit of the week and caught 9, pulling a Barron’s fly with a blob on the dropper whilst Mark Hunt had an afternoon boat, headed over to the calmer water by the willows where there was a good buzzer hatch. Fishing his favoured dries, he took 8 on CDC yellow owls. Rob Grimshaw and two friends were with us for the first of their three days and took 11 between them. Top boat of the day though was Mr Skins and his son who netted 15 fish.

The conditions were again similar on Saturday, with the wind still coming from the north although it was a lot more comfortable, top wind speed being about 6 miles per hour. Roy Swinfield once again had a good day from the bank netting 10 fish up by the Island. Dave Etty joined him later on to net 4. On Day 2 of their 3-day package, Rob Grimshaw’s party had a really good day out in the boats by netting 33 fish between them. Giving their group a rod average of 11. Eyebrook ranger Jason spent the morning out on the water chasing some of our predators and was over the moon when he landed a nice Brown weighing in at 7lbs 8oz. As the weed is starting to drop off and the water temperatures are dropping, we are finding that there are some bigger fish starting to show and they are taking fry patterns. If you are targeting the larger fry feeders, just be aware that there are some really large trout out there as well as some really big pike.

Sunday was another still day on the water. Mark Goodge and the All Abilities Fly-fishers gathered a small cohort for a day out on the water, and the conditions were a polar opposite from their last visit. Being such a still day, it made it difficult for boats to drift through areas to locate fish. Eyebrook season ticket holders S. Lawrence and D. Chadwick managed to work out the right method and flies on the day by brining 25 fish to the boat. Apparently, the fish were taking cats whisker fished on a Di5 and rollie poly retrieve. Reports are starting to come in that the fish have been readily taking small fry patterns. Either with dumbbell eyes on floating lines or with booby eyed on an intermediate/sinking line.

Now that the fish are taking fry, we have put together a limited-edition fly selection at Eyebrook for targeting the fish feeding on fry. So, when they’re gone, they’re gone!

Given the success of daddies for the past few months, fishery staff have put together a bespoke collection of the most successful daddy patterns. These cost £13.50 ( a 10%saving) and are available either direct from the lodge or on line at https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/eyebrook-daddy-selection/

Keep an eye out for up and coming fly selections in the future.

Rod average for the week: 3.11

 

Weather follow the link for the latest forecast from XCWeather to check the conditions prior to your visit.

Eyebrook forecast our post code LE16 8RP

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

 

Eyebrook Tackle Shop is open & now under the management of the fishery, stocking Fulling Mill, Airflo, Shakespeare, Vision, RIO, GREYS, SAGE, LOON, FARIO, WYCHWOOD, Leeda

 

Competition

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Eyebrook Fur & Feather Sunday 25th October

Pairs competition, Fish with your partner, Fished to Fishery Rules (No Rudders)

6 Fish Permit – 12 fish to the boat

1st Prize Christmas Hamper Each

2nd Prize 4 Bottles Wine

3rd Prize Box of Chocolates Each

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits.

Fished 9.00am – 4.00pm

Tuition & Guided Sessions

From July 1st we are pleased to announce that we will be resuming our 1:1 casting tuition for the latest guidelines on the tuition will take please safely under Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open            – 7.30am – 6.15pm

Full Day Boat                        – 8.30am – 6.15pm

Morning Boat                        – 8.30am – 1.30pm

Afternoon Boat                     – 1.30pm – 6.15pm

Last 4 Hr                                – 2.15pm – 6.15pm

All Anglers Off Site            – 6.30pm

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Eyebrook Fishery Report 11th October 2020

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

 

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 11th October 2020

Government has announced that mandatory Face Coverings will be required to be worn within all shop in England from Friday 24th July, these can be a Buff type, scarf, mask etc.

This mandatory rule will cover our shops / lodges

This week started off on a cold drab morning. With the sort of conditions that make your joints ache. Nevertheless, 15 boatloads of anglers arrived and were eager to get out on to the water. Most of the fleet headed across to the netted bank to Robbo’s cabin area. For the past week or so, most of the fish being caught have been from that area. Unusually for a Monday, Clive and Ian ventured out and had a great day bringing just over 30 fish to the boat on blobs and small Minkie’s. Roy Swinfield had a good session from the bank by netting 8 fish. Possibly the best bank session since before the hight of summer. M. Marsden and T. Gill managed 7 each to their boats.

Most of the information we get back at the lodge still shows the fish in the same areas. But as we all know, the fish do move occasionally. In order to find them, it’s best to move around. The key is not to hang around the one area for too long. Give it 15 – 20 minutes, if nothing happens, then move on. Sometimes you don’t need to move far.

 

Tuesday was a very quiet day for the trout Anglers. But we had a few boats out fishing for Pike. Eyebrook boatman Jason Pusey had 3 Pike up to 12lbs and Martin Blakeston had a great time watching him catch them while he maintained a dry net for the day. Adam Ford went out chasing the Pike as well and managed 3 up to mid double before having to leave early for work reasons. All water ticket holder Jim Greasley had a great day on the bank netting 10 fish while fishing CDC ginger quill up by the Hawthorns. All water ticket holder Arthur Olding done well to keep above the rod average on the day and managed to bring 4 to the boat. P. Frapwell finally managed to get to us for a day out after re-scheduling from his original date and was rewarded with 5 hard fighting rainbows to the boat.

 

Wednesday saw a slight increase in anglers venturing out. But more significantly, more anglers catching from the bank. P. Williamson and I. Rothera headed out on to the bank and managed a cool 10 and 8 respectively. Fantastic to hear that the fish are coming back in to the bank areas. Ian Jobe ventured out on his own as Clive couldn’t make it. Ian managed over a dozen to the boat and was top boat angler on the day. Brian White ventured out on the water for a cool 6 fish pulling a green fritz fly through the waves.

 

Thursday was a more challenging day with the fish being a little bit reluctant to have a bash at whatever was thrown at them. We had another visit from the Police Anglers on a relaxed non competitive club meeting. Most struggled to get started, but D. Dyble managed a whopping 9 fish to the boat on a day where the fish were playing hard to get. Most of these fish came from the area around the dam wall towards Harrison’s corner.

 

Friday turned out to be a bit of a quieter day on the reservoir. But for many that ventured out, the sport was on top form. N. Organ ventured out on his float tube. He had been experiencing a bit of a slow session until his line tightened up and the fish took off at speed. N. Organ had hooked in to and landed a lump of a brownie weighing in at 9lbs 7oz. Roy Anderson headed out with his dad for some company. Roy was like a fish magnet and caught in to high double figures fishing blobs, cormorants and minkies. All water ticket holder L. Bates had a good bank session and managed to net 9. By the looks of it, the cooler water temperatures and the receding weeds are opening up the fishing on the bank once again. Fishery manager Jim Wright managed a couple of hours out on the water and found fish just off the Island and yet again off Robbo’s cabin. Fishing a Fast sinking intermediate line with a couple of boobies and some nymphs. As soon as the flies hit the water, give then 4 – 6 long sharp and fast pulls. If there’s no bow wave, then figure of 8 it back. The sort of stuff competition anglers enjoy.

 

Saturday saw good numbers heading out on to the water. Among them were Ryan and Andy who were heading out on a guided pike day with Fishery management guides Andy Miller and Lloyd Thompson. During their outing, Ryan managed to land his PB Pike. Lee Jenkins and Christian jones had a good day out bringing 16 to the boat between them. Eyebrook season ticket holders Malcom Thompson, Keith Johnson and Dave Etty all had a good day fishing off the bank with each of them netting half a dozen or more each. Dave Etty once again snaring his fish on corixa patterns.

 

Sunday was a busy day out on the water, but a lot of folk struggled to get out of the starting blocks. Willie Bryson once again had a good day out brining 8 to the boat on his little Canadian pattern wet fly. L Jenkins and C Jones followed on from the Saturday putting another 16 in the boat, mostly fishing dry fly patterns.

 

Mostly this week there has been a good head of fish off of Robbo’s cabin along to the willows on the Rutland bank. pods of fish are traversing the area from the Bell to Sam’s Dyke. Fish are also moving in the open water off of the Island. The bigger fish have fallen to some floating fry patterns and can also be tempted to have a go in the depths while fishing Humungus patterns and large Cats whiskers. If you want to catch a big Brown or Rainbow, it’s that time of year when they are packing on a bit of weight for the winter months. But beware, large pike like wiggly flash stuff as well.

 

Given the success of daddies for the past few months, fishery staff have put together a bespoke collection of the most successful daddy patterns. These cost £13.50 ( a 10%saving) and are available either direct from the lodge or on line at https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/eyebrook-daddy-selection/

 

Keep an eye out for up and coming fly selections in the future.

 

Rod average for the week: 2.61

 

Weather follow the link for the latest forecast from XCWeather to check the conditions prior to your visit.

Eyebrook forecast our post code LE16 8RP

 

Our Online Shop www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Visit our online shop we currently have sale & discontinued items with discounts up to 50% on selected items. https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/category/sale-items/

 

Eyebrook Tackle Shop is open & now under the management of the fishery, stocking Fulling Mill, Airflo, Shakespeare, Vision, RIO, GREYS, SAGE, LOON, FARIO, WYCHWOOD, Leeda

 

Competition

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Eyebrook Fur & Feather Sunday 25th October

Pairs competition, Fish with your partner, Fished to Fishery Rules (No Rudders)

6 Fish Permit – 12 fish to the boat

1st Prize Christmas Hamper Each

2nd Prize 4 Bottles Wine

3rd Prize Box of Chocolates Each

Largest Fish Bottle Spirits.

Fished 9.00am – 4.00pm

 

Tuition & Guided Sessions

From July 1st we are pleased to announce that we will be resuming our 1:1 casting tuition for the latest guidelines on the tuition will take please safely under Covid-19 please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk for bookings please call Tom on 01788 812018.

 

Opening Hours & Boat Session

Lodge & Bank Open            – 7.30am – 6.45pm

Full Day Boat                        – 8.30am – 6.45pm

Morning Boat                        – 8.30am – 1.30pm

Afternoon Boat                     – 1.30pm – 6.45pm

Last 4 Hr                                – 2.45pm – 6.45pm

All Anglers Off Site            – 7.00pm

 

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