Eyebrook Report W.e 17th June 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 17th June 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 181    Number Trout Taken: 266 Number Trout Released: 422 Total Catch: 682

Rod Average: 3.77

Eyebrook is back on form with a weekly rod average of 3.77 ! Strong winds on Thursday and cooler air temperatures freshened the surface water bringing the fish back on the feed. Most fish have been caught whilst drifting the main basin fishing with floating or slow intermediate lines. There are also fish showing in Mucky bay and Stoke Dry. These fish are tricky to tempt but anglers can be rewarded with fully finned hard fighting fish that prove to be great sport when hooked in just a few feet of water. Most of these fish are hard on the damsel nymphs and pin fry. A single dry fly or olive nymphs are the likeliest way to get an offer. Lots of anglers have fished with blobs and damsel patterns whilst drifting the basin, others have had success drifting from the hawthorns on dry flies. Bank anglers have seen better sport this week. There is still a productive evening rise with good hatches of various sized sedge. Most bank anglers are fishing the Belle, Hawthorns or Island and fish dries or washing line nymphs.

The week began ‘challenging’. Water temperature was still 20 degrees and the bright conditions were far from perfect. Bill Woods and Jim Kay targeted the better fish at Stoke Dry there were a good number of fish showing but were extremely difficult to catch. The pair caught 5 fish between them and had many other offers. Member Keith Johnson bank fished in the evening at Stoke Dry road. He couldn’t manage to connect with a fish whilst fishing dry flies even though there were plenty of fish showing. He found a olive nymph to work and was pleased to have netted 6 fish for his short session.

Wednesday saw the first day of noticeable improvement. Lots of boats anchored or drifted in and around Dogwood bay. C Hendrey fished a washing line with small olive or black nymphs and a FAB (foam arsed blob) on the point to keep his nymphs close to the surface. He was very satisfied having netted 16 fish throughout the day. Mr Firth and Mr Whale enjoyed day 3 of their 4-day package at Eyebrook. (we offer discounted rates for 2, 3 and 4-day breaks which can be split between any of our waters). The pair stuck to what they do best, fishing with Yellow Owl CDC which is always a favourite at Eyebrook. Again, they commented on how many fish came to the dries with out taking. Presentation is most certainly key at the moment. Roy Swinfield bank fished at the hawthorn hedge and had great success on size 16 buzzers fished washing line.

There was a good blow from the west on Thursday, this did put several anglers off fishing. The few that did fish had good sport with the rod average for the day a respectable 5.7 fish a rod. Most boats had to take shelter along the Leicester bank, luckily that’s where the fish were. Various methods worked. Nymphs and dries were hard to present correctly in the rougher water, so most anglers had success on lures or blobs. Member Bill Whittle caught 7 fish for his morning session. (half day boats currently run too or from 3.00 pm.) Henryk Pycz fished a midge tip and washing line to successfully net over a dozen fish whilst drifting from the Belle.

There were a lot of boats out on the Friday practising for the AMFC match on the Saturday. Plenty of rods were bending with most boats drifting through the main basin from the Belle to the three trees. D Davies found an unusual Montana pattern worked well on a intermediate line. Mr Firth and Mr Whale had their most successful day of their visit. The pair caught over 20 fish all on that deadly yellow Owl.

Saturday was match day with 30 anglers fishing from drifting boats.. The 30 anglers caught 173 fish giving a match average of 5.76 fish per rod. Most fish fell to blobs on slow intermediate lines. Saturday was also the first day on pike fly fishing at Eyebrook. Please ensure you have the correct tackle to target the pike at Eyebrook. Minimum 9 weight rod with a large reel, a large net is a must (we recommend 42”) and an unhooking mat. If you are unsure on what is needed to pike fly fish or would like to book a guided days pike fly fishing please speak to Jobe Burnham at the Eyebrook fishing lodge. 01536 770 264.


Sunday saw the first ever ‘unfinished fly competition’ at Eyebrook. A charity match to remember past anglers. The limit on the day was 6 fish to the boat, 4 pairs managed to catch their limits. Mark Goodge and Fred Kettle found the better fish whilst fishing dries they weighed in 6 fish for a weight of 12lb 3oz and took first place. Mark also had the best fish of the day a 3lb 10z rainbow.

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 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