Eyebrook Weekly Report 23rd September 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 23rd September 2018

Tel: 01536 770264         Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 163   Number Trout Taken: 124     Number Trout Released: 670 Total Catch: 794

Rod Average: 4.9

So far this season we have had snow, rain and coloured water followed by gin clear water and ridiculous temperatures, so it was about time we had some gale force winds just to slow things down again. It has certainly been a frustrating season! On two occasions this week we were unable to allow the boats out.

Fishing has certainly been mixed this week, mainly due to tough conditions on the windy days. Boats are still enjoying the best of the sport. The fish remain high in the water even in a rough conditions and are certainly on the feed. Happy to chase most flies through the surface, blobs, boobies or floating fry patterns are attracting a lot of interest. Fish are still coming to daddies and hoppers too, particularly on the warmer stiller days. Most fish are holding across the basin and remain evenly spread. More fish are showing an interest in the fry across the dam wall and into Harrison’s corner. Still quiet past the island with only the odd better-quality fish putting in an appearance. Bank anglers have found things tricky this week with the wind speed and directions. The Island has proved most successful in a north or north westerly and the dam wall in a south or south westerly. Fry patterns or corixa patterns working best fished just under the surface.

Monday got the week off to an absolute flier with 26 anglers catching 252 fish for a very impressive average of 9.7! There were mentions of a mixture of patterns on the returns sheet. Dave Shaer caught his fish on black buzzers and daddies. Andy Birkett caught extremely well om hoppers, hares’ ears and very small buzzers. Bill Woods and Hugh Munro had an exceptional day returning over 40 fish on small black dries or small daddies. Most boats starting their drifts at the tower and finishing off at the netted bank.

Tuesday was a blustery one and winds getting close to the 25mph maximum that we are able to allow boats out in. Every boat took shelter out from the lodge corner as anchors struggled to hold. John Wilson had a good session returning a dozen fish that came to daddies. Members Roy Swinfield and Lindsay Bates were lucky their anchor held just off the tower where there were a lot of feeding fish. They caught nearly 20 fish each on buzzers or Diawl bachs fished on a washing line.

No boats out on Wednesday meant it was bank fishing or no fishing. The wind blew strong from the Leicester bank. The Island, Belle or dam wall were the only places anglers could get a respectable line out. Fry patterns along the dam wall worked as well as anything.

Ten anglers called the Paisley Patterns managed to fish two of their three day package. They all caught fish on Thursday with 87 fish returned between them. Most of the fish came to buzzers, Diawl bachs or CDC patterns from across the basin. Dave Scholefield had an exceptional morning with 18 fish to the boat. Dave fished small buzzers on a washing line.

57 anglers fished on Saturday which proved to be the best conditions of the week and between them caught 287 fish for an average of 5.13. Lots of fish coming to the dries again with orange bodied daddies being a favourite. Mr Lynch and Mr Mcnaughton got stuck in and returned over 30 fish between them that were all caught in the top 3ft. Boobies, blobs or dries doing the damage. The Paisley Patterns were back on the water again and this time took 91 fish between them again all from on or just under the surface. Member Bob Margery had an interesting day. He struggled up until lunch time having only a couple of fish but found the afternoon fished much better and caught 9 fish on Diawl bachs and a cat’s whisker. Mr Hancox and Mr Price targeted the fry feeders with snake patterns and were rewarded with 18 fish between them from across the basin.

Mixed returns for Sunday, bank anglers struggled in the north winds and the cold air temperatures meant the fish were reluctant to feed off the surface. Most fish came to lures and blobs pulled on a slow intermediate line. Ian Jobe found an area of fry feeders in the basin and fished with a small snake to have a bonanza of a day. He caught 25 fish including two browns and had several fully finned fish of over 4lbs. Mark Goodge and Ian Bradfield did fish dries and manged 19 fish between them.

With the water temperature now dropping off fast we are now allowing pike fly fishing again. There have been reports of pike of over 20lbs been caught over the weekend and perch of over 3lbs. 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 by Jobe Burnham, photo on our Facebook page. 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 looks to much more settle and the wind will return to the west. For updates contact the Eyebrook lodge – 01536 770 264


Dates for your Diaries


Blue Trout Trophy has ben postponed to Sunday the 14th October. Traditionally the blue trout is a team match between the EDFF and Eyebrook members but we have opened it into a pairs match with each pair also fishing for the Eyebrook or EDFF. Please bring a raffle prize to support he EDFF. To book call the lodge – 01536 770 264

Eyebrook Fur and Feather Sunday 28th October – This popular pairs match will be fished to a 12 fish kill to the boat. Bacon rolls will be served in the morning and warm soup into the evening. Please bring a raffle prize to support the EDFF. To Book call the 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 19.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 18.45pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 13.30 pm Afternoon Boats: 13.30pm until 18.45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 14.45pm until pm (Tickets on sale from 14.30pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 19.00 pm

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