Eyebrook Report W.e 21st October 2018

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Eyebrook Reservoir

Weekly report ending 21st October 2018

Tel: 01536 770264        Fishery Mobile: 07738 490667                      

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 160   Number Trout Taken: 90 Number Trout Released: 189 Total Catch: 279

Rod Average: 1.7

Last day of fishing for the 2018 season will be Wednesday 31st October


As the season draws to a close the fishing has become ‘changeable’ and often challenging this week. Unseasonable warm weather for the majority of the week resulted in an abundance of fly life, which is rather unexpected for the time of year. Extremely small buzzers and a mass of small aphid flies were on the water. Fish were topping continuously in pods and were extremely challenging to catch. A single ‘F’ fly or ‘CDC’ worked as well as anything, fished static and generally it was best not to cast to the fish as they were extremely spooky on bright calm days. A hard frost Friday morning did change this, and the fish started to focus more onto the fry again. Minkie and fry patterns fished on a floating line or intermediate worked, in front of the dam wall or into the basin. Member Dave Shaer caught the best fish of the week, a 6lb brown that took a white minkie fished on an intermediate. Dave saw a lot of surface action from fry feeders in a small area out from the tower and was excited when his line tightened up. Please remember all brown trout are to be returned.

The big news this week at Eyebrook has been the Pike fly fishing. A new record has been set and a very impressive one at that. Danny Peet caught a 39lb monster on his second cast of the day! Danny and boat partner Rick Varley set off in dense fog, Rick hadn’t got his rod set up when Danny on his second cast hooked the fish! After being weight by the fishery staff the fish went away strongly. None of us know where the fish was caught however, we couldn’t see for the fog!

Monday was an extremely wet and cold day and most anglers found things challenging. Fry patterns worked as well as anything with Tim White taking 4 fish from Harrison’s on a black zonker. Tuesday saw almost perfect conditions and the fish fed all day on the surface. Many anglers were getting frustrated with the amount of offers they were having to the dries with out hooking a fish. P Oakley and D Collingham manged 5 fish in front of the dam wall and Dave Schofield caught 4 fish on a size 14 double decker.

Wednesday saw a much-improved average of 3.8 fish a rod. Again, lots of fish feeding on the surface in front of dam wall, Three tress and across the basin to the Three trees. Clive Moore caught 7 fish on blobs and boobies just sub surface. Ian Jobe continues to have a lot of success on a mini snake patterns and caught 12 fish from across the basin. Andy Birkett and boat partner Brent Vinall had a very successful session on small buzzers and dry fly patterns they caught 22 fish between them including fish of over 3lbs.

Bob Thompson fished in challenging conditions on Thursday, he fished a washing line and size 14 Daiwl bachs to net 8 fish. Mark Hunt fished into the Evening and caught 5 fish on an extremely small CDC fished static.

Memebers Dave Chadwick and Bob Margery boat fished on Saturday morning. The pair caught 9 fish between them on Cats whiskers, blobs and minkies. Tom Finney and friend Ollie Jenkinson targeted the predators in the reservoir after hearing of the monster caught the day previous they were particularly optimistic. They caught several fish the best weighed in at 23lb 8oz followed by a 19lb 8 oz specimen.

Sunday was a glorious autumn day. Extremely bright and a breeze wasn’t perfect for fishing, but the fish were still on the surface. All be it hard to catch, most success came to fry tactics. Steve Lawrence caught 11 fish on a mix of flies, but the majority came to a popper minkie fished with a figure of eight retrieve across the surface. Jerry Barnes fished for a short morning session and caught 6 fish on a minkie fished on a floating line.


2019 Season Permit: If you’re interested in the availability of a season permit at Eyebrook or our new All Water Membership allowing the flexibility to fish any of our waters contact the Eyebrook Lodge 01536770264 or email lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk


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 until18.00pm

Boat All Day: 08:30am until 18.00 pm

Morning Boats: 08:30am until 13.30 pm

Last 4 Hours from: 14.00pm until pm (Tickets on sale from 14.00pm)

All anglers booked out at the lodge & off site by: 18.15 pm

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