Eyebrook Report W.e 1st April 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 1st April 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 121     Number Trout Taken: 360    Number Trout Released: 919 Total Catch: 1279

Weekly Rod Average; 10.57

Eyebrook is on top form with a week’s rod average of 10.57 even with unfavourable conditions at times. A cold north or north easterly wind for much of the week, a hard frost on Thursday and Torrential rain Friday into the weekend didn’t make for ideal fly fishing conditions. Water temperature remains unseasonably low with masses of cold rainwater entering the reservoir, the level rose 2 ft during Friday night making getting anglers into boats challenging with the pontoons inaccessible!

Boats and bank fishing equally well. The Hawthorns to Sams Dyke and Netted are still producing great sport for the bank anglers. Boats have been catching from most of the shallow areas of the reservoir. Sams Dyke, Pollards Jump and The Willows being the hot spots.

Lures such as black tadpoles, green and white fritz tadpole and blobs are accounting for most of the big returns of fish. Anglers fishing them on a variety of lines from floating to Sink 5 lines depending on their chosen speed of retrieve. Bank anglers have had most success on more natural patterns such as buzzers, hare’s ears or diawl bachs. There have been buzzer hatches mostly into early afternoon as the air temperature rises. We hope to see more buzzer activity into the next weeks as air temperatures are forecast to get to 15 degrees come next weekend.

Mark Goodge and Ian Bradfield got the week off to a flyer catching well into double figures each. Mark was struggling at lunch time hadn’t netted a fish. Ian however had been steadily catching all morning on blobs. Mark who likes to fish more traditional methods had to make the hard decision to fish with a blob ! He was straight into fish and was pleased to see his rod bending plenty of times. After an hour of fast action Mark changed to Black buzzers and continued to catch at a good rate. The pair fished at Pollards Jump to the willows. Nigel Woolnough enjoyed a quick evening session. Fishing for no more than 2 hours and 45 minutes he fished Harrison’s corner and returned 11 nice rainbows that took a yellow lure or a black buzzer.

Mr Dimmick and Mr Guigan enjoyed their three day package. (We offer 2, 3, and 4 day packages for both single and two man boats, which can be split between any of our waters. For prices and details visit our website www.flyfishstore.co.uk ) the pair caught nearly 100 over the three days on black lures or orange blobs fished on slow sinking lines fishing from Robbos to the Willows. Roger Gibbons bank fished from several areas including The Chestnut Tree, Hawthorns and Willows and caught 8 fish on a Montana nymph.

Thornton Member Andy Lillie bank fished on Thursday and was met with a hard frost. Things started slowly but once Andy had found the fish at the Belle he soon had a bend in his rod. He finished the day having netted 13 fish with the majority taking a teguilla blob. (members from our other waters will receive a discount when visiting Eyebrook, for full details ask a member of staff) Members Dave Schofield, Lindsay Bates and Roy Swinfield chose to fish the more shelter netted bank in a North Westerly wind. All three anglers caught good numbers of fish on various nymphs fished as near to static as possible from a floating line.

Friday was a busy day with lot of anglers practising for Saturdays Scierra Pairs match. Jamie Scott had a great day. Boat fishing, he caught over 20 fish on green and white lures, damsels and black buzzers. It was just a shame about the weather as the heavens opened mid-afternoon! Micheal Farrell enjoyed his afternoon bank fishing off the Three Trees, he found a 3ft midge tip worked best with a team of crunchers.

The Scierra Pairs heat held on Saturday saw 14 pairs of anglers take to the water including all three of our in-house guides. With the reservoir rising about 2ft overnight due to heavy rain, conditions looked tricky however Jobe Burnham, Toff Crowther and Lee Henfrey all caught their limit before 11.30 on a mixture of lures on sinking lines. With Jobe and Toff being the eventual winners of the event with a bag of 12 fish for 23lb 1oz. Full results can be found on our Facebook page (flyfishstore). Now is the perfect time to book one of our in-house guides to look at improving your sinking line work to understand how to maximise catches on earlier season fish and hopefully fool one of our large resident brown trout while doing it. To book a guide please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/guiding/

Sunday was an all-round pretty miserable day, only a few bank anglers putting in an appearance. Mr Findlay had a good day fishing the Olde Road in Sam’s Dyke, caught 14 fish on a cats whisker. The rod average for Sunday 5.13.

The reservoir has coloured at the North end, from the Island to the Eye brook but clarity remains good around the main basin. We advise anglers to call the lodge on 01536 770 264 to check clarity as we expect more heavy rain today.

A notice to all bank anglers, The Leicester bank (Lodge to The Cowshed) will be closed on Saturday 7th April as Eyebrook is hosting an Elite Performance Program bank match. We currently require stewards for this match. This is a great opportunity for Eyebrook Regulars to watch some of the best anglers from across the UK. If you would like to put your name forward to be a steward, please speak to Jobe Burnham at the fishing lodge on 01536 770 264.


Photographs on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore

We are allowing rudders & float tubers welcome. We will also have float tube available for you to hire at the Eyebrook this season.

Guiding available with England International Lee Henfrey, Fishery Ranger Toff Crowther & assistant Eyebrook manager 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 be aware with our upper fish limit been reduced from 8 fish to a 6 fish limit in future all 8 Fish stamps will be eligible for a free 6 fish permit once you reach the required number of stamps


‘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 19:45 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 19:30 pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 14:00 pm

Afternoon Boats: 14.00 pm until 19:45 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 15:45pm until 19.45 pm (Tickets on sale from 15.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 20.00 pm


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