Eyebrook Report W.e 29th April 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 29th April 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 207   Number Trout Taken: 172 Number Trout Released: 1053 Total Catch: 1225

Weekly Rod Average; 5.95

Changeable conditions played a big part in returns this week. Temperatures plummeted, and the wind changed from west to north into the weekend resulting in little fly life around the reservoir. For the first part the week anglers enjoyed great nymph fishing. Buzzers were still working well, Diawl Bachs and crunchers also starting to take their share of the fish, in particular a red head Diawl Bach proving to be very successful. Dry fly tactics did also work well for the start of the week with fish feeding in the surface. CDC and emerger patterns taking fish for several anglers. Nymphs did work throughout the week, but best results were whilst straight lining during the colder days. Damsels and small lures also worked into the weekend.

Best areas remain the shallow parts of the reservoir. Mucky bay, the Pens and Chestnut tree proving to be very successful for both bank and boat anglers.

Monday saw a very good daily average of the week at 8.84 fish per rod. Anglers were met with ideal conditions. Brian Glover had a successful trip. Boating 14 fish which took either a cruncher or a buzzer. Peter Nesbit found the fish in shallow water. Anchoring close to the chestnut tree he fished a buzzer and cruncher on a washing line set up and caught steadily throughout the day.

Tuesday fished very well particularly for bank anglers. Mr Anderson dropped straight on the fish at the Penns, top side of mucky bay. He fished a washing line with FAB as a point fly. The fish couldn’t resist his hot head diawl bach resulting in thee treble hook ups! Good angling! Member Bill Law once again found surface feeding over wintered fish around the island he targeted them with his own dry fly. A shipman’s variant with legs! The fish liked it too and Bill was pleased to have netted three over wintered specimens by the end of his session. Mr Baxter and MR Mcgregor had a great boat fishing session. Again, Diawl Bach and buzzers proved to be the top flies. The pair and returned over twenty fish each from the island to the Cowshed.

Wednesday fished exceptionally well considering conditions weren’t great. A steady to strong breeze with the occasional heavy shower didn’t hep anglers, but the fish weren’t put off. A daily rod average of 13.1 isn’t to be sneezed at! Wednesday was the first time this year I have heard report of fish being caught on a foam daddy! Mr Mathers tried his look with one and was pleased to see 4 fish take it through out the day. Orange daddies always work best at Eyebrook. Generally, boat and bank anglers fished washing line nymphs along the Leicester bank. Chestnut tree and Island proving to be the hot spots. Ed Douglas boat fished and ventured to areas of the reservoir that haven’t been fished very much for several week. He had a drift into Robbos Cabin and was pleasantly surprised to catch and release a 4lb 10oz brown that took a small spider pattern. It just proves big fish will take small flies too! (all brown trout must be returned)

Thursday and Friday the feeding frenzy somewhat slowed to average close to 5 fish a rod. There was a noticeable chill in the air putting the fish off the surface. Member Roy Swinfield still caught 18 from Mucky bay whilst bank fishing of Buzzers and Diawl Bachs. Dave Willacy also had a good session fishing Diawl Bachs anchored in mucky bay.

The weekend fished relatively well. A strong wind changing to a north meant anglers had to find shelter in Mucky Bay, Sam’s Dyke or the north end of the reservoir. Mark Goodge and Ian Bradfield fished around stoke dry and boated 14 fish between them on nymph patterns. Andy Dawson caught 7 fish to his Dawson’s olive pattern and Mike Jones caught a tidy dozen on a small blue flash damsel.

Warmer weather looks set to return for the bank holiday weekend. Boat bookings are looking busy so book early to avoid disappointment!

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 anglers.

We ask that all anglers respect each other whilst fishing or motoring in a boat. No anglers boat or bank should be less than 50 meters apart. If a boat is anchored less than 50 meters from a bank, a bank angler can ask the boat to move out to 50 meters.


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

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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 20.45 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 20.45 pm

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

Afternoon Boats: 14.30 pm until 20.45 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 16.45 pm until 20.45pm (Tickets on sale from 16.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 20.45pm

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