Eyebrook Report W/E 23/07/17

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 23rd July 2017

Tel: 01536 772930        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      


Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 92     Number Trout Taken:   59 Number Trout Released: 58 Total Catch: 117   Weekly Rod Average; 1.27

An interesting week at the ‘Brook’. Changeable conditions and water temperature meant tactics and success rates changed on a daily basis. With much fresher conditions from mid-week on water temperature fell each day and each day more fish could be seen and caught from the surface.

The week started bright and warm. Water temperatures of 22 degrees with little fish showing, apart from fish coming up from the depths and leaping clear of the surface to free themselves of any parasites. Richard Watson and boat partner Bill Whittle found the fish though. Anchored 60 yards from the dam wall they caught a dozen fish between them on black buzzers and a damsel nymph as their point fly fished on a long leader on a floating line. Brian Skey also had a cracking day, netting 6 fish and loosing as many whilst fishing nymphs over deep water.

Tuesday was a challenging day, a change in wind speed and direction resulted in the fish dispersing all around the reservoir. Head ranger Jobe, did however see a good few fish over the weed beds along the willow trees feeding fiercely on the abundance of damsel. Anglers however found the fish hard to tempt as often is the case when fish are so preoccupied on damsel nymphs.

Wednesday brought the first day of change, dull drizzly conditions with the odd thunderstorm heard in the distance. The occasional fish showed but were hard to tempt. Things did improve into the evening and a few very good quality fish were feeding along the dam wall. Very heavy rain fell overnight and into Thursday morning. Offering much fresher conditions and a lowered water temperature fish moved up into the top layers of water and into the margins. Bob Thompson had a good day, boating 4 fish. Tony Tibbett and Stuart Bilsden caught 9 between them fishing daddies near to Old Road and Sam’s Dyke. Jude Tuffs bank fished at the Hawthorns and took 4 good rainbows. Member Mark Hunt and ranger Jobe fished the bank into the evening. What a frustrating evening it was! Fish galore, rising, and pushing water right into the margins. Jobe caught 3 fish, one to a diawl bach, another on a buzzer and the third on a hare’s ear. So, he finished the evening none the wiser to what the fish were feeding on. On reflection, I think the fish that were pushing water and breaking the surface were predominantly feeding on fry and others were taking corixa in the weed. Mark caught 2 fish to a diawl bach and a fry pattern.

The weekend fished respectively well for the time of year. The fish are certainly feeding in the surface and dries or a washing line accounted for the majority of fish. Roy Swinfied caught 4 fish for his morning session from the dam wall fishing black buzzers on a washing line. All abilities friendly fly fishers held another outing to Eyebrook. They enjoyed good conditions on Sunday, a nice breeze and cloud cover meant dries fished well. Mark Goodge caught 8 fish on one of his favourite flies. A ginger Tom. Mark estimated he had 60 fish come to his flies throughout the day which certainly kept him focused. Fred Kettle also enjoyed the quality dry fly sport. Netting 6 fish all from the main basin. Will Fenn made the most of our afternoon boats which start at 3.00pm and cost just £15 for two anglers or £13.50 for a single man boat. Will fished in front of the dam and caught 3 fish on a black buzzer and blood worm.

Wet and windy weather is forecast for the week ahead which will keep the temperatures down. Don’t be put off by a little bit of rain, it often fishes well after a shower. Water clarity is gin clear at the moment, this explains the amount of offers and refusals to dries anglers have been reporting over the past few days. Try fishing a single dry on as lighter leader as you’d dare, and your hook up rate should improve.


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We are allowing rudders & float tubers welcome.

Guiding available with England International Lee Henfrey and Head ranger Jobe Burnham. Jobe also specialises in Pike Fly Fishing tuition.

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


Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am until 9.30 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 9.30 pm

Morning Boats: 08:30 until 3.00 pm

Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.30 pm

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

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

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



Saturday 2nd September – Beginners Tuition day with England Star Tom Bird – limited places available. Call the lodge to enquire or book – 01536 772 930


Visit our new Eyebrook fishery website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk