Eyebrook Report W.e 15th April 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 15th April 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 132 Number Trout Taken: 194 Number Trout Released: 847   Total Catch: 1041

Weekly Rod Average; 7.89

Eyebrook is on top form with a weekly average close to 8 fish a rod. The warmer weather has raised water temperature by 2 degrees and with water temperature now at 8.5. The reservoir has come a live! Massive buzzer hatches throughout the day has go the fish well on the feed. The fish remain close into the margins, most anglers fishing in no more than a few feet of water. Bank anglers are returning very good numbers of fish. Earlier in week the netted bank produced good sport once again as did the Island into Mucky bay. As the water temperature increased the fish moved north to shallow areas of the reservoir such as Watsons Cabin, Stoke Dry and the Cowsheds. The favoured method for bank anglers is washing line buzzers, casting across the wind, leaving the cast static and wait for that hair-trigger take. Most anglers using a Foam arsed blob (F.A.B) or cats whisker booby as their point fly.

Boat anglers are also finding plenty of the fish. Earlier in the week fish were caught in open water on sinking lines but like the bank anglers found the fish in the shallow water over the weekend. Lures have still been catching fish and an increased number of anglers reporting have caught on a small damsel patterns. Most anglers choosing to buzzer fish. Floating lines, under the bung, straight line or washing one all working so the choice is yours.

Good numbers of overwintered Rainbows are now starting to be caught on natural patterns. Most are coming to nymphs from around the chestnut tree to the cowshed.

The start of the week wasn’t particularly spectacular. Clarity was poor, and a cold north wind combined with rain resulted in somewhat reduced returns. The average for Monday to Thursday was between 3.5 and 6 fish a rod. Mr Wilson caught 9 fish on buzzers, fished on a washing line from the Willows. Fishery warden Jobe drifted the main basin with a fast sinking line and caught 8 fish, 3 of which were overwintered fish averaging close to 3lbs.

Wednesday saw a better average of 6 fish a rod. Thich fog lingered for much of the morning followed by steady rain. Members Clive Moore and Ian Jobe got off to a good start in Sam’s Dyke. Once they had navigated their way in the thick fog! Ian was straight into a fish on a small black snake. After a couple more, fish and several pulls the action dried up, unlike the weather. Clive and Ian decided to hope for the best and tackle the open water. They had a swift drift through the middle and were surprised to catch fish on a steady basis for the rest of the day. The hardy pair finished the day having netted more than 20 fish between them. Thursday was much the same, however Malcom Thompson bucked the trend catching 11 fish whilst tucked away at Watsons Cabin. Malcom caught his fish on a black buzzer and Cats Whisker.

Friday the 13th known as an unlucky day, but it certainly wasn’t for the anglers at Eyebrook. The Reservoir had turned on like a light bulb and many anglers were returning ‘cricket scores’! Lots of fish were caught along the willows to stoke dry on buzzers (size 10 or 12 – black, yellow or orange cheeks). The rod average sored over 10 fish per rod.

The good sport continued for Saturday. It was a beautiful day and lots of anglers ventured to the waters edge. Mr Coups returned over 20 fish on buzzers whilst boat fish at the willows. Kenny Wilson had his second super day on the trot whilst fishing washing line buzzers. Most boats chose to anchor along the willows and bank anglers fished cow shed or the chestnut tree.

Sunday saw the best average of the season to date. A very healthy 13.0 fish per rod. Slightly cooler conditions but still lots of buzzers hatching off. Boats drifted in the south easterly wind along the willows or anchored close to the bank. Pete Line and James Britten had a red-letter day. The pair boat fished drifting the northern end of the reservoir on floating lines. They fished a mix of flies all of which caught fish. Buzzer, crunchers, Diawl Bachs and they even managed a fish or two on a hopper! Eyebrook guide Lee Henfrey helped Gwyneth Mooney learn how to fish Eyebrook. Gwyneth enjoyed her day and caught a good number of fish on a variety of methods. If you would like to get to know the water better or would like help with your fishing technique, Eyebrook has a host of in house available for you to book. Visit our website http://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/guiding/ for full details.


After Draycote’s very successful first tuition day of the year on Saturday, were all participants landed their very first fish under the watchful eye of Guiding & Tuition Manager Tom Bird. Eyebrook looks forward to starting the first of its 2018 tuition days on Saturday 5th May. There’re a couple of spaces left for this date for further enquires call the lodge on 01536 770264 or visit the website


Eyebrook Tuition dates 2018

Saturday 5th May, Sunday 3rd June, Saturday 14th July (boat course). Sunday 12th August (Boat Course) Saturday 8th September, Sunday 7th October.

Eyebrook is the venue for this years Disabled international. The two-day event will take place on 26th and 27th June. We are currently looking for boat men to help on the day and monitor anglers whilst fishing. IF you can offer your help for one or two days please speak to a member for the Eyebrook staff or get in touch with the English Disabled Fly fishers.


Notice to all fishing guides & instructors

We continue to welcome independent guides & instructors on all our water.

However to ensure in this world of potential litigation that all parties are covered on advice from our insurance company if your guiding or instructing a client at Draycote, Foremark, Thornton & Eyebrook you will in future be require to produce:

  1. A copy of your Liability Insurance, this you can email to us for it to be on file for 2018
  2. A copy of your Risk Assessment for that days guiding / instruction

If your guiding or instructing and are unable to produce the required documents you will be refused access to the fishery.

To enable us to deal with all our customers quickly & efficiently we suggest you forward copies of your liability insurance for us to place on file and prior to your visit a copy of that days risk assessment emailed to the fishery lodge, this will enable our staff to get you & your client out on the water as quickly as possible.

We would like to thank the guides & instructors who have already forwarded copies of their liability insurance

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 20.15 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 20.15 pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 14:15 pm

Afternoon Boats: 14.15 pm until 20.15 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 16.15pm until 20.15pm (Tickets on sale from 16.00pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 20.30pm

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