Eyebrook report 21st May

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 21st May 2017

Tel: 01536 772930       Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                         


Weekly Stats: w/e 21.05.2017

Number Rods: 232       Number Trout Taken: 232    Number Trout Released: 712 Total Catch: 944

Weekly Rod Average:4.07

With winds staying in the South the fishing has remained good this week although some very wet days have tested anglers waterproofs at times. However this much needed rain has bought the water level nicely back up to normal after what has been a very very dry start to May.

Plenty of buzzer hatching, lake Olives and Alder flies as well as the first Damsels of the season. Some anglers have already reported spooning large numbers of Damsel nymphs from fish, some still wriggling. P. Mitchell who fished on Sunday said he enjoyed liberating some of these wriggling nymphs and released them back into the water, not many Damsels have seen the inside of a 2lb Rainbow and lived to tell the tale!! As well as saving nymphs he also caught ten trout mainly on buzzers as well as an impressive 6lb Tench which also fell to the deadly midge pupa.

Fish have been frequently showing on top and are taking dries and emergers such as CDC’s, Shipmans Buzzer and Crippled Midge. However Buzzers and Diawl Bachs fished in the top few inches on a washing line have accounted for the majority of fish caught.

Monday was a tough day due to gusty south westerly winds which bought the odd shower as well, Jobe Burnham, one of our fishery wardens, spent the day on the water and boated a respectable five fish including a lovely grown on Brownie of 4lbs. W Cram and R Wilson weren’t deterred by the conditions, they boat fished and netted 20 plus rainbows including fish to 3lb, on washing line tactics with a FAB on the point.

A steadier wind on Tuesday and more overcast conditions for much of the day brought the fish back on top. The bank fished much better and fish could be seen top across the reservoir. Roy Swinfield was back on the bank, he caught 14fish in mucky bay, fishing a washing line and dial bachs. Irish angler Martyn Orram had a good start to his three-day package. Martyn caught well throughout the day from an anchored boat in Mucky bay. He fished a shipman’s buzzers on the point and a single size 14 black buzzers on his dropper. The fished took both flies but certainly wanted the shipman’s. Neil Benjamin and boat partner Ian Simmons of County Durham made the trip south once again, they boat fished, drifting the chestnut tree and mucky bay they caught a dozen fish a piece on mainly dries. A yellow Owl CDC taking the majority of fish.

Wednesday was ’wet wetwet’. Few anglers braved the conditions even Wednesday regular Clive Moore thought better of it. However, it proved to be one of the best fishing days of the week. Fish could be seen on the surface, feeding on large pale buzzers around the chestnut tree and Norris Dyke. Mr Orram had another successful day, boating nearly 20 fish he was delighted and said the fishing was that good it was certainly worth getting wet through for! Mr Bellamy also had a good session. Boat fishing in front of the dam wall he netted 9 good rainbows on mainly lures

Thursday was an extremely busy day with nearly the entire fleet of boats out. Most boats fished the dam wall or mucky bay. Drifting or anchoring didn’t seem to make a huge amount of difference to the returns. Nearly every angler using a floating line, a couple however fished an intermediate with damsels and blobs and caught particularly well over deeper water. P Holmes had a good morning taking 7 fish on a yellow owl from a drifting boat around the island. R Peterson bank fished the Island with a damsel nymph on the point and two dial bachs and caught well and commented that when wading, fish were rising behind him in a few feet of water. Terry Power had a quick couple of hours at the Belle, caught his 4 fish limit with ease on a mix of nymphs.

The good sport continued for Friday, although conditions were changeable. Fish could be seen feeding in the surface when there was a steady breeze. At times the reservoir became a mill pond making catching the fish difficult. George hall had 7 fish from a boat from the damn wall. Mr Naylor and Mr Houlton had 10 fish to the boat on small dries drifting and casting to rising fish.

Saturday saw many anglers fishing the bank. The Island into Mucky bay was the hotspot with fish feeding very close to the margins. Mr N Eveson fished the island catching well on a CDC and had numerous offers making the fishing great fun. David Wallis had 9 fish on a cripple midge and dial bachs. The boats also did very well, Mr Dutton had 10 fish on a ‘football’ buzzer. Mr Signy and his son caught well on buzzers fished on a floating line they netted 15 fish between them from mucky bay.

The week ended with a healthy rod average of 5.5. Foremark fly fishers held a friendly competition at Eyebrook. 11 Anglers boat fished and all caught fish. The competition was won by Ric. Taking 7 fish for 12lbs 13oz. Paul caught the best fish of the day a nicely grown on rainbow of 3lb. Steve Lawrence caught 14 fish in mucky bay on various tactics from the bank. John Harratt had a last four-hour ticket and caught the evening rise just right. Netting 4 fish in two hours.


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 waters 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


Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am until 9.30pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.30pm

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 3.00pm

Afternoon Boats: 3.00 until 9.30pm

Last 4 Hours from: 5.30pm until 9.30pm (Tickets on sale from 5.00)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 9.45pm

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


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