Eyebrook weekly report week ending 4th June

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 4th June 2017

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“Challenging” conditions this week at Eyebrook. With high water temperatures, the fish has moved lower in the water level and found the thermocline, which is currently between 20 and 25 feet down. The thermocline is where there is a dramatic change in water temperature in comparison to the increase in depth. The fish find the thermocline more comfortable due to more oxygen and food sources holding there.

Bank anglers have found this week particularly difficult with few fish feeding in the shallow margins the dam wall has proved most successful. Fish can be seen under the surface taking damsel nymphs or pin fry but these fish are hard to tempt.

Boat fishing has been much more successful. Fishing the deep water in the main basin with various sinking lines in conjunction with buzzers, blobs or damsels working very well at times. The majority of boats are anchoring but others and drifting with faster sinking lines.

M Bowler boat fished on Monday catching 7 fish on black buzzers and a black tadpole fished on a fast sinking line in front of the dam wall. Member Dave Shaercaught well on a Di3 and Di5 lines, fishing with damsels and slow retrieve he caught 7 fish in his short morning session. Mr Shepherd and Mrkennan had a cracking day catching over a dozen fish each on a Di7 line with a team of size 10 black and red buzzers fished vertically bellow the rod tips.

Invicta fly fishers held their annual visit to Eyebrook on Saturday. 21 anglers went a float catching 55 fish between them. One method seemed to rule the day with the top three rods following almost identical methods; heavy buzzers fished on midge tip lines with long leaders, drifting across the deep water of the basin. The fish were so deep that buzzers needed to get down at least 20’ to 30’ to be in the zone, so it was a long cast, giving the buzzers time to get down before the boat caught up with the leader. However, fish were not taking the buzzer until the ‘lift and hang’ and nearly every fish was taken on the hang.

Keith Gilchrist was into fish very quickly and by early afternoon he had bagged up with 8 fish; he went on to catch 15!  Paul Heavens had 5 by the time we came off at lunchtime and Mark Searle was on 4, however Mark bagged up late afternoon to join Keith on eight. Paul was unable to get his last fish and finished the day with 7 fish. The next best places were filled by Andy Newman and Neil Potts both with 4 each..

Saturday saw the best returns of the week, in part due to the England fly fishing team having a practise day. A rod average of 4.5 was achieved with every boat out and a good few anglers fishing the bank. Ian Barr led the way with 20 plus fish caught using a midge tip line to size 8 buzzers tied on a grub hook. All anglers achieved the best results when their flies were 90 degrees to their fly line, fished static at between 20 and 25 feet. Ed Foster also had a successful day. Netting plenty of fish including a super rainbow of 5lb 6oz

High winds are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday which should cool the water, hopefully bringing the fish back to the surface. There is a chance boats will not be allowed out so please do check with the lodge prior to making your journey.

Weekly stocking continues & we are steadily building the stock levels, currently we have 10,500 trout in the reservoir

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 236 Number Trout Taken:143    Number Trout Released: 380  Total Catch: 523

Weekly Rod Average; 2.22

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am until 9.30

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 9.30

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 3.00

Afternoon Boats: 3.00 until 9.30

Last 4 Hours from: 5.30 until9.30 (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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