Eyebrook Report W.e 6th May 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 6th May 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 294   Number Trout Taken: 289 Number Trout Released: 853 Total Catch: 1142

Changeable conditions this week at Eyebrook. This week we went from cold strong north winds to flat calm, blue skies and 25 degrees! Not ideal conditions for any trout angler. The bright conditions over the bank holiday weekend has certainly had an affect on the feeding habits of the trout. Mornings and evenings proving to be most successful especially for the bank anglers. The fish have moved away from the shallows at the north end of the reservoir. Areas such as the Hawthorns hedge to Sam’s Dyke and the dam wall now producing the sport. Straight line buzzers working best on a floating or a midge tip. Anglers also choosing to use sinking lines with a mix of lures, blue flash or hot head damsels accounting for good numbers of fish.

Monday was a disaster of a day with winds over 25mph we were unable to let the boats out. Conditions settled for Tuesday, but a cold start to the day put the fish off until the sun rose. Lots of buzzers started to hatch mid-morning. Member Tom Dickson had a good session bank fishing at the Belle and had soon netted 8 quality rainbows on a ginger quill buzzer. Charles Kilner also found fish between the lodge and Sams Dyke. He targeted them with a buzzer and Diawl Bach set up and caught 9 fish. Boats also caught whilst anchored roughly 75 metres from the bank. Mr Wilson had 17 fish to the boat whilst fishing black buzzers.

It was a wet start to Wednesday which didn’t fish particularly well. Conditions dried up into the afternoon and rods were soon bending. James Vasey and Geoff Curry had their best day of their three-day break. The pair got it just right, fishing the Hawthorns to Sam’s Dyke they recorded nearly 50 fish to the boat nearly all of which came to buzzers with the occasional fish on a dry fly into the evening. ( we offer a choice of 2,3 and 4 day breaks which can be split between all four of our reservoirs. Please see our Website for further details, www.flyfishstore.co.uk

Thursday saw the start of the heat wave. Fish could still be seen in the surface and Ed Douglas persevered with dries to catch several of his 19 fish throughout the day. Dave Schofield fished a fast glass line with a washing line set up. He found most fish took his cruncher booby fished as his point fly. Dave was thrilled to beat his fishing partner, ‘top rod’ Roy Swinfield 10 – 6 ! Duncan Watson went for the big and deep option. Fishing in front of the dam wall he used a sinking line and snake to catch 4 very nice fish.

Friday was hotter still. Ian Jobe float tubed (no launch fee for float tubing) and fished over deep water. He used a mini snake that he often has success with to tempt over a dozen fish. Tony Lee had a cracking afternoon session bank fishing around the Hawthorns. He found crunchers and diawl bachs to work best.

Eyebrook held its first tuition day on Saturday. It was a lovely day to spend time at the Reservoir. Not ideal conditions for a beginner to catch fish however. A good day was had by all and all participants thoroughly enjoyed the day. Tuition days are perfect for complete beginners or novice anglers. They cover every aspect of fly fishing from entomology to casting. Our next tuition day is Sunday 3rd June. For more details visit our guiding and Tuition website –


King fisher fly fishsers held their annual club match at Eyebrook on Sunday. 24 anglers fished to a 6 fish limit of which 5 anglers caught their limits. The day was won by Dave Allen and Martin Alexander who caught 12 fish to the boat for a weigh of 21lbs 11oz. Closely followed by Chris Channing and Dave Depear with a limit bag for 20lbs 12oz. Bart farmer found a traditional pheasant tail nymph (P.T.N) worked best. He caught 16 fish from various areas of the reservoir whilst boat fishing. Mike Greenwood had the biggest fish of the week. A lovely brown of around 8lbs that took a hare’s ear in Harrison’s corner.

Eyebrook Tuition dates 2018

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

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 21.00 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 21.00 pm

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

Afternoon Boats: 14.30 pm until 21.00 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 17.00 pm until 21.00pm (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