Eyebrook Weekly report week ending 14th May

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 14th May 2017

Tel: 01536 772930       Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                         


Warmer days and South westerly winds have meant conditions have been much improved on weeks previous at Eyebrook and so has the fishing. Water temperature is now at 13c. Massive buzzer hatches, olives, damsels and sedge are plentiful on the water, fish are well up in the water level once again and are certainly catchable on a dry fly. Many anglers however still fishing nymphs or buzzers high in the water to great success. The bank is still producing good sport, certainly on a warm overcast evening but can be more challenging on a bright day as the fish are now dispersing into the deeper water. Boats are still catching well in the shallows, cowshed, stoke dry and mucky bay all still holding a lot of fish. Dries including, CDC’s, shipman’s buzzer, crippled midge and black hoppers are all taking fish particularly on drifts from the Chestnut tree to Stoke dry. Red holographic diawl bachs, black buzzer and crunchers fished high in the water are doing well. I’d recommend a booby damsel on the point as damsel nymphs are starting to appear. The Leicester bank is now being most productive from the bank, cowshed, Hawthorns and dam wall are all producing fish.

The week got off to a good start with Phillips Electrical competition. This competition has been going since, I believe 1997. It is attended by ex-employees of the Philips UK group of Companies, many of these Companies no longer exist. Unfortunately numbers have been slowly decreasing as the entrants get older and the group could do with some new younger members, in 1998 there were 62 entrants at Rutland Water. If you are an ex Phillips Electrical employee and would like to take part in these friendly competitions please email David James – david.james150@virgin.net

This year’s competition was attended by 14 anglers in 7 boats fishing to the rules of the reservoir. The winner of the competition was David James and David Edwards formerly of Origin UK, the IT arm of Philips. They boated 12 fish for a total weight of 21 lb 4 oz, second was James Vasey and Geof Curry with 10 fish for 19 lb 5 oz, third was John Middleton and Nigel Vincent-Piper with 7 fish for 16 lb 2 oz. The total catch was 44 fish giving a rod average of 3.14..

Mr Christie and Mr Rennick enjoyed a good day on Tuesday, fishing a balloon caddis and suspender buzzer the pair netted over twenty fish each from the top shallows. Eyebrook veterans Norman Blake and Dennis enjoyed a day afloat. 6 fish between them and loosing many more in play. On Dial bachs and buzzers fishing at Stoke dry.

Eyebrook held the annual HMRC/civil service match. Conditions had changed greatly from practise days. Anglers were met with flat calm conditions, bright and all round ‘Challenging’. 37 anglers took part catching 185 fish between them. The day was won by Fraser McConnell. He caught his limit and went on the C+R giving him a total bag weight with bonuses of 48lb 8. The winning team went to Scotland South with a total team bag weight of 99lb 14oz. Well done to all competitors.

Saturday was a productive day for both bank anglers and boats. The whole fleet were out, most boats fished the chestnut and mucky bay where there have been lots of fish showing and many being caught well over 3lb. Dave Etty bank fished nymphs in mucky bay, hardly having to wade he caught well throughout the day. Andy Gallacher and John Punt had there usually Saturday boat. Both had a dozen or so fish on buzzers from various areas around the reservoir.

Conditions weren’t the best on Sunday, strong westerly winds and bright spells the fish were very much ‘up and down’ in the water level. There were very few bank anglers, the few that did turn out fished the island with mixed results. Most fish were coming to nymph’s. buzzers or dial bachs fished on a washing line. The boats had more success, many fishing over deeper water but still fishing the top few feet. W Cram and R Wilson had a good day, boating twenty plus fish on a dial bachs, buzzers size 12 fished with an FAB on the point.

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


‘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: 298    Number Trout Taken:402      Number Trout Released:763       Total Catch: 1165   Weekly Rod Average; 3.9

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 4.30)

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

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


Friday 23rd June – Saturday 24th June – John HorseyAnglers world fly fishing championship www.anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk

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