Eyebrook weekly report 7th May

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 7/5/2017

Tel: 01536 772930       Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667

It’s been a cold and windy week at Eyebrook. North winds prevailed making it cold to be on the water. Returns remained respectable with a weekly average of 3.69 fish per rod with a wide variety of flies and methods working. Most fish still being taken on nymphs, black buzzers or red holographic dial bachs taking fish on sizes 12 or 14 fished within a few inches of the surface. There are still fish showing on the surface particularly on warmer days and out of the wind. Hawthorn fly and pollen beetles are both being blown on to the water so various small black dry flies also taking a few fish. The bank continues to fish well, with no weed growth as of yet and fish feeding close to the margins, stoke dry road and the willows have produced the best sport. Boats have found fish in the more shelter areas of the reservoir, the Willows to the turn raft being most successful, most anglers choosing to anchor to avoid being blown on a fast drift into rougher water.

Dave Etty bank fished at stoke dry road on Monday, he caught well on nymphs, mainly sizes 14 fished high in the water. PeterSkillen boat fished, taking 6 fish and returned 3 he fished bloods dyke from a anchored boat. His fish all took size 12 and 14 buzzers.

The Island fished well earlier in the week but has since coloured up due to the rough water. Mr I Shobbrook fished the Island and caught thirteen fish of which he returned twelve on dials bachs fished on a washing line.

On Wednesday Eyebrook help the East Midlands regional qualifier with 28 anglers competing from 5 police forces. The wind blew hard from the north making it a rough journey to the willows and stoke dry where most had found the fish during practise. First place went to Chad Crithchley. He killed his first four fish for a weight of 8lb 7oz and caught and released his required 8 fish after that and had the job wrapped up by 2.45. Second place went to his boat partner and event organiser Julian Laybourn from Derbyshire Police who had caught his 12 fish before 4.00. Chad and Julian had tried fishing closer the turn rafts than they had during practise. Water clarity had improved greatly overnight and the fish were feeding, the pair found the fish within 75 yards of the bank and had been making short drifts covering the water. Julian caught his first few fish on blobs before changing to black buzzers. Well done to all competitors.

‘Fishing for fun’ enjoyed a good couple of days’ boat fishing and hospitably at the Eyebrook. 14 anglers caught 121 fish over the days giving the club a healthy return of 4.3 fish per rod over the two days. Most boats chose to find shelter at the willows to bloods dyke. Fishing from anchor most fishing buzzers either straight through or on a washing line.

J smith and K Haken boat fished and caught a dozen fish on a size 14 black hoppers. The fish mistaking it for a hawthorn fly. There have also been large numbers of pollen beetles on the water around the willows and pollards jump, blown on the wind from the Oil seed rape fields to the North East of the reservoir. Plenty of fish can be seen on the edge of the ripple, gorging on these butwith such large numbers, the pollen beetle being small and hard to imitate catching these fish is far from easy. Fishery warden Jobe took to the challenge and spent his afternoon off trying to tempt one of the freely rise trout to take his fly. He fished with many small dries, going as small as a black spider on a 16, but found the fish were so pre-occupied on the ‘beetle soup’ even a perfectly covered fish wouldn’t be fouled. Jobe did however manage 5 fish, 2 to a small foam beetle, including one brown trout of close to 3lb. A first for Jobe, after 4 years at the fishery he hadn’t yet caught a brown trout on the dry fly. The other 3 fish fell to a size 16 hawthorn imitation.

It was a busy weekend at the ‘Brook’ Saturday saw Dave Carter hold his annual event at Eyebrook. A friendlycompetition with the aim of raising money for charity. 24 anglers took to the water to the water of which 9 caught their limit bag of 6 fish. The competition was won byRuss Martin and Darren Pickering with 12 fish for 25lb 4oz. Archie Maquire won the Junior competition with a lovely 2lb 90z Rainbow, well done Archie, ‘Top angling’!! Thank you too Stuart at Eyebrook Tackle Shop for his kind donation of prizes along with boat vouchers provided by us. The event raised £200 well done all!

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King Fisher fly fishers held their annual boat match at Eyebrook on Sunday. Conditions weren’t bad, winds had dropped off slightly from the days previous and were looking good! 13 boats set sail and headed straight for the northern end of the reservoir, I think mainly due to fishery warden David Davis’s advice. ‘It’s fishing its head off up there”. Most anglers caught, mainly on buzzers with a few on dries and emerger patterns such as an olive quill CDC and black hoppers. The day was won by Chris Channing and Dave Depear for their bag of 9 fish for 16lb 110 oz. Best fish of the day was a 2lb 9oz rainbow which was caught by event organiser Dave Allen.

All abilities friendly fly fisher’s outings, a group with the aim of getting disabled and less bodied anglers onto the water made the most of our two disabled boats. 6 anglers had a pleasurable and relaxed day at Eyebrook and all caught fish. Mark had 10 fish on small black dries and a mini damsel and Trevor Ashby had 6 on his own black buzzers. If you are interested in joining or helping with English disabled or all abilities friendly fly fishers please speak to Mark Goodge – 07801 835043.

Please book boats well in advance as we have limited availability for the next few weeks. Lodge telephone 01536 772 930 or 07738490 667

We are allowing rudders & float tubers welcome.

Guiding available with England Internationals Lee Henfrey& Tom Bird.

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 note until further notice & we get our broadband working, we can only accept cash or cheques

Access‘Alec Lane ‘ gate now has a combination lock on. Please remember to check the code with the wardens as it will change regularly


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 260   Number Trout Taken:343     Number Trout Released: 617

Total Catch: 960   Weekly Rod Average; 3.69

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am until 9.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.00pm

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 2.45pm

Afternoon Boats: 2.45 until 9.00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.00pm until 9.00pm (Tickets on sale from 4.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 9.15pm

Until further notice (due to broadband issues) we can only accept cheque or cash as payment


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