Eyebrook Report W.e 10th June 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 10th June 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 216    Number Trout Taken: 66 Number Trout Released: 130 Total Catch: 196

Rod Average: 0.9

River Gwash stocked twice this week with another 1000 fish bringing this seasons stocking too 10,978.


A very ‘Challenging’ week at Eyebrook. Water temperature rose to 20 degrees making the fish lethargic and reluctant to feed. Water temperatures are falling with the steady north breeze and with somewhat cooler air temperatures. Water temperature is currently 17.5 degrees and anglers have seen an increased amount of fish feeding in the surface. The abundance of pin fry and damsel nymphs also hasn’t helped. The fish that are feeding have become very preoccupied and difficult to tempt. There has been a good evening rise most evenings this week with a productive sedge hatch once the sun has dropped behind the hill.

Bank anglers have certainly enjoyed most of the sport this week fishing into the evenings. Boats have had very mixed success on a variety of methods. There have been a few fish come to dry flies. With water clarity ‘gin clear’ a single dry fished on light leader material is a must and presentation is most important. Size 14 or even smaller dries working best. CDC’s, Middas or small hoppers taking most fish. There appear to be fish at various depths in the water column. Many boat anglers have caught on sinking lines from a slow to a fast sink with damsel or blob patterns.

Mr Sholhowski targeted pin fry feeders a long the weed beds at the willows. He was happy with his day after catching 3 fish one of whish was a brown trout of 6lbs. Member Mark Hunt bank fished in the evening. He had a great last hours sport with lots of fish rising to take sedge off the surface. Mark caught 8 fish in little over an hour.

Wednesday saw the English disabled fly fishers fish their annual floating line competition. Floating lines in bright conditions made things even more challenging! Most anglers found fish hard to tempt and the day was won with only two fish caught by Mr Mick Hill.

Dave Shaer fished on Thursday and caught 4 fish on a Di 3 sinking line and blobs whilst fishing along the netted bank. Mr Wharton fished a little deeper on a Di7 line and caught 6 fish again using blobs.

The weekend showed signs of improvement and averaged 1.8. most anglers found first and last thing the best time to catch particularly whilst fishing in the shallows at the northern end of the reservoir. Best returns were from anglers who persisted on the dry flies. Al anglers reported a lot of fish swirling at their fishing without taking it. Some boats also had success whilst fishing deep in front of the dam wall. Keith Johnson had the best return of the week, 10 fish in 5 hours with most coming to the dry sedge patterns in the last hour whilst fishing at Stoke Dry road. Mr Nataly also caught 10 fish on orange daddies, red diawl bachs whilst fishing in open water off the island. Warden Jobe Burnham fished at stoked dry road for a few hours on Saturday. He could see fish moving in very shallow water at Stoke dry round. After trying many different damsel patterns, he finally found a fly that worked. A size 14 olive nymph that the fish mistook for a damsel nymph. This shows fly size is extremely important at the moment and small patterns are a must.

Pike fishing starts at Eyebrook on June 16th and is strictly fly only. We advise anglers to call the lodge prior to making their trip to pike fish as we will not allow pike fishing when water temperatures are over 17 degrees in the interest of the fish. All anglers must also be in possession of a suitable net and an unhooking mat. Guided pike fly fishing is available with head warden Jobe Burnham. He has a very good knock ledge of the Eyebrook and pike feeding patterns. To book call the lodge on 01536 770 264

Here at Eyebrook we look forward to hosting the New for the 2018, boat tuition days. These days are run to a similar format as the popular bank tuition days, with the difference being that the fishing is taught from a boat. In this section instructors will show participants the correct way to start & drive the boat, anchoring , drifting and boat etiquette.  This is a perfect chance to learn to boat fish just in time for the warmer temperatures pushing the fish towards the middle. To book a place for the upcoming date at Eyebrook on Saturday 14th July please visit www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices


Eyebrook reservoir is the venue for the new Loch Style Team championships. The two-day event held on the 30th June and 1st July has the .biggest pay out in team fishing with a price pot of £6500!! Teams of 6, to enter please follow the link below,



Eyebrook Tuition dates 2018

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.


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 21.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 21.45 pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 15.00 pm Afternoon Boats: 15.00pm until 21.45 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 17.45 pm until 21.45pm (Tickets on sale from 17.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 22.00pm

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