Eyebrook Report W/E 12th August 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 12th August 2018

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Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 83   Number Trout Taken: 119 Number Trout Released: 328  Total Catch: 447

Rod Average: 5.4


Eyebrook is on ‘top form’, and doing what is renowned for, world class top of the water sport. Cooler air temperatures, particularly at night combined with windier days and heavy showers has lowered water temperature by a degree a day and is currently a much more fish friendly 18.5 degrees. The fish reacted to this pretty much over night and from mid-week there were plenty of fish moving in the surface across much of the reservoir.

Boat anglers have enjoyed fantastic sport. Long drifts across the basin proving to be most successful. Starting from the lodge corner and drifting on a steady south westerly breeze to the netted bank. The majority of fish have come to dry flies or a washing line set up. Size 14 red holographic Diawl Bachs are a common mention on the returns page. Certainly, the smaller nymphs proving to be more successful, most probably due to how clear the water currently is. With cloud cover dries have worked well. Orange bodied daddies are always a favourite fly here at Eyebrook. Fished static or on other occasions move them through the surface causing a wake will induce a take. Other anglers have fished with hoppers, on, in or under the surface. What appear to be rising fish can often be miss leading to some anglers. Sometimes movement on the surface can indicated a fish feeding just benefit the surface film. Often a hopper that has slightly sunk will tempt these fish, so don’t be afraid to let your hoppers sink slightly, often this is deadly way of catching fish.

Bank anglers have been catching fish from the Stones, Dogwood bay and of an evening The Belle to Hawthorns. Weed beds have grown fast over the past months with the amount of sunlight, but still aren’t causing to many problems for bank anglers. A washing line keeps your flies just above any weed or dry flies are the best tactics.

The week started warm, water temperature was over 20 degrees and the bright sun didnt help at all. Wednesday saw the first signs of change. A stronger south westerly put oxygen into the water bringing feeding fish into the surface. The English Disabled Fly Fishers held their annual Presidents Cup friendly match. Trevor Ashby had the best return of the day catching 5 fish all on dry flies drifting from Dog wood Bay. Stuart Hume had the best bag of 4 fish for 7lb 4oz. Father and son duo Steve and Dave Lawrence had an evening boat. (Evening boats are currently from 16.45pm to 20.45 pm) The pair caught 10 fish for their 4 hour season on blobs and cats whiskers whilst anchored in dogwood bay.

Fridays rod average rose to 5.8 fish a rod, pretty healthy for the middle of August! Lots of fish were caught of dry flies. Tony Gill took his 14 fish o black hoppers and candy split blob. Mr and Mr Fox had a red letter day constantly catching fish on dries whilst drifting the basin.

Water temperature had fallen to 20 degrees come Saturday morning and the reservoir was boiling with fish first thing when wardens arrived on site. Brothers Chris and Lindsay Bates caught 11 fish between the during their morning session. They found more fish along the woodside bank and drifted the basin into Robbos Cabin. Bob Margery fished his favourite set up. Cats whisker on the point with a pair of Diawl Bachs as droppers caught him 14 fish whilst anchored 100 yards out from the Three Trees. Andrew Farmer caught over twenty fish and a perch for luck on very skinny Diawl Bachs fished high in the water.

A good down poor cooled the water further during Saturday night and once the rain had stopped on Sunday morning conditions looked perfect. Eyebrook held a boat tuition day hosted by assistant fishery manager Jobe Burnham and with the assistance of top guide Lee Henfrey. The day was a great success with lots of new comers landing their very first fish and others landing their first from a boat! Well done to all participants.

This concludes our boat courses for the season but we do have bank courses running in September and October across our sites. Please visit our website http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/

Tom Gamble fished from his float tube and caught over 10 fish from the Belle and Dogwood Bay. (there is no launch fee for float tubes at Eyebrook) Mr Lucas and his boat partner caught over 20 fished between them on dries and snakes making short drifts from the tower. Bret Hart had a very successful evening session on his float tube catching 11 fish on Diawl Bachs and a small olive nymph.

Temperatures are forecast to remain cooler particularly at night for the week a head so the good sport should continue.



Guiding & Tuition.

New for the 2018 season the Guiding & Tuition team will running a blog. The idea of this blog is to provide hints and tips from your guides to help keep you catching depending on the conditions, tackle reviews and write up of guiding sessions. To have a look at the blog please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/


Eyebrook Tuition dates 2018

Saturday 8th September, Sunday 7th October.


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 20.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 20.45pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 14.45 pm Afternoon Boats: 14.45pm until 20.45 pm

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

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 21.00pm

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