Eyebrook Report W.e 9th September 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 9th September 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 286   Number Trout Taken: 315 Number Trout Released: 831  Total Catch: 1146

Rod Average: 4.0


Consistently good sport once again at Eyebrook. Conditions played more of a part this week, a couple of blustery days meant anglers had to change methods to achieve the best results. Generally dries are doing the damage. There’s the odd daddy getting onto the water now , we’ve also seen several good hatches of small buzzers and sedge bringing the fish into the surface more into the evenings. The fish remain very spread across open water, drifts from the Hawthorns to Robbos or Tower to Three trees in a south westerly wind as proving most successful. There are now fish moving out from the Chestnut Tree to Pollards Jump, but little showing past this point. The first sign of fry feeders in front of the dam wall have been reported. Anglers saw very big brownies crashed through the surface. Maybe a popper minkie or floating fry pattern will be worth a try on your next visit?

The week got off to a flyer with plenty of fish showing across the basin. Daddy’s, Big reds, Bobs Bits and CDCs were all mentioned on the returns page. MR Thompson took ten fish on a black bobs bit whilst drifting the basin. Mr Glover caught 15 fish on daddies and a big red.

The wind changed for Tuesday. A stronger North wind blew the length of reservoir and putting a chop across the basin. Daddies and hoppers did work but anglers fishing slow intermediates with black cormorants or blobs took most of the fish. Pete Reynolds had a super time fishing in to the netted back on cormorants or small black and green boobies and took nearly 20 fish. Mr Petch and Mr Loyd persevered with foam daddies in the wave and caught 14 fish and had many others follow the fly without converting into a take.

The English Disabled Fly fishers were out in force on Wednesday for their annual National Eliminator. The north wind had hung on, putting a cold chill on the water. Not many fish seen on the surface, but they weren’t far down. Most anglers fished with a floating line with nymph’s or a slow sinking line with blobs boobies or mini lures. Mick Hill was the only angler to catch his limit bag of 8 fish for a total weight of 14lb and 1oz. Mick also caught the biggest fish at 2lb and 8oz. Pleasure angler Simon Kolkowski had a very successful afternoons session. Simon fished a team of traditional wet flies in the wave to catch 8 fish. A silver Invicta or wingless Wickham’s tied on a size 16 were irresistible to the fish!

Thursday was much more settled, and fish were right back into the surface. Bob Cooper and Rab Clemenets both fished with dry daddies and caught 40 fish between them for a morning session. Nigel Vieber fished with Guide and fishery warden Lee Hefrey and caught nearly 20 fish for his morning session. R Vigus was very pleased with a 5lb brown trout he caught off the Hawthorn hedge. (Pictures on our facebook page flyfishstore)

Member Bob Margery found feeding fish in front of the dam wall and fished his own hot headed Diawl bach to great success. He caught and returned 11 fish whilst fishing a floating line. Kieth Johnson also fished similar tactics but he chose to fish an orange hot head diawl bach with great success and netted 10 fish.

Eyebrook held another very successful tuition day on Saturday. Seven new anglers were introduced to the sport and learnt the art of casting, fly selection, knots and water craft. Tuition days are a great way to get into fly fishing and make a great gift. We only have one day left at Eyebrook with limited spaces. For more information or to book please visit our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk

Fishing was a little slower over the weekend with the windier conditions. Saturday Averaged 4.1 fish a rod and Sunday 3.06. Again, daddies or popper hoppers worked pulled through the wave. Mr Armitage took 6 fish on a small blue flash damsel fished near to the surface. Andy Gallacher and John Punt caught nearly 20 fish for their morning session, whilst drifting into Robbos. They fished with natural coloured daddies.


. With the water temperature now dropping off fast we are now allowing pike fly fishing again. Pike are a great alternative species to target on the fly. The Eyebrook record currently stands at 31lb and was caught earlier this year on the fly. If you have any questions about pike fly fishing please speak to Jobe Burnham at the Lodge. Jobe is our Pike fishing guide on the reservoir and is always more than happy to help.

The forecast for the week head looks good. Settled weather, a chance of light rain for Tuesday and Wednesday morning with winds from the west.

Boat bookings are extremely busy once again this week so please book to avoid disappointment.

Eyebrook lodge – 01536 770 264


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 19.45pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 19.45pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 14.00 pm Afternoon Boats: 14.00pm until 19.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 15.45pm until pm (Tickets on sale from 15.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 8.00 pm

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