Eyebrook fishery report 5th May 2019

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EYEBROOK weekly report week ending 5th May 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264

A variable week at the Eyebrook saw some challenging conditions although in the main when the weather was kind, the fish responded well. Saturday saw high winds with coloured water being blown onto the dam near the lodge which had been a prime spot earlier in the week. The forecast for this week looks reasonably settled with light winds and dry conditions, so hopefully as the weather continues to warm up, we shall see more hatches of buzzers and damsels and some good evening rises encouraging the anglers to fish the dry fly to the rising fish.

Stoke Dry continues to be the prime hotspot with some days seeing all the boats heading down towards this area often passing areas that also hold good numbers of fish, such as the Willows, Hawthorns, Island & Chestnut. Sam’s Dyke has continued to fish well, and anglers have found fish in Dogwood Bay, the Bell and off the Dam. This week saw several good catches taken on Damsels whilst Washing Line tactics and the Bung have been successful with buzzers, diawl bach and crunchers proving popular with both anglers and fish alike.

There were good catches recorded all week, especially at the start and middle of the week when the weather was settled. On Monday, good sport was enjoyed by the majority of the anglers. All water season ticket holder Ed Douglas switched to dries to good effect with 14 of his 30 + catch falling to this method, whilst Mr Thompson took a dozen nice fish on the washing line. The good sport continued on Tuesday with nearly a quarter of the anglers taking double figure bags whilst Wednesday saw lots of fish falling to buzzers and damsels. Mr Sharman enjoyed some good sport from the bank with fish of 6 pounds and 4 pounds amongst his catch, whilst Clive Moore landed a fine looking over-wintered 5 pounder.

Wednesday and Thursday were both successful days with a daily rod average over 5, of which several

anglers took double figure bags to Buzzers, and Nymphs as well as dries, which was the successful method for Ollie Mills who landed 12 to his boat on Thursday., Several anglers took advantage of our last 4-hour ticket offer and were rewarded with fish. With the longer days over the next few weeks and more evening rises as the weather warms up as we move into late spring, these tickets will become increasingly popular,

Ollie Mills switched from boat to bank on Friday and had a fantastic day’s sport from the bank, taking nearly 30 fish including 2 fish over 5 pounds (See photos on our Facebook page) whilst on the boats there were again several double figure catches.

Saturday proved a very difficult cold day with a strong, cold, northerly wind blowing down the reservoir, and although this wasn’t strong enough to prevent the boats going out, it did make fishing conditions difficult, especially for anglers attempting to fish imitative patterns. Stoke Dry and the Sam’s Dyke areas were the only relatively calm areas on the reservoir. The daily rod average dipped to just under 4 although Neil Shilton netted 15 fish from his float-tube whilst Mr. Foreman took over 30 using lures. The other highlight of the day was a visit of a Spitfire which treated us to several fly pasts.

Calmer weather returned on Sunday although it was still cold. Mr Ashman used Damsels to net 11 fish, whilst Mr Foreman carried on where he left off, taking 21 fish on damsels. Yousef Dar took over 25 to his boat whist Charlie Abrahams took 16. Although the boats out-fished the bank, Mr Oliver took 6 from the bank whilst Ken Mitchell took a nice 4 pounder from the bank.

This being a bank holiday week, the Eyebrook welcomed a number of package break & groups of anglers and although the weather on Saturday unfortunately impacted on the travelling angler, the other 6 days of the week produced consistent sport with the average for those days being just under 6. Mr Hudson and his party took advantage of our 3-day ticket and he and his colleagues netted over 160 fish. Full details of these packages, which can be used at all of our venues, can be found on our website as well as local accommodation, either near Eyebrook or further afield if combining visits to Draycote and Thornton.


The “Alec Lane” ‘gate now has a combination lock on. Please remember to check the code with the rangers as it will change regularly.

Thinking of booking a match? We offer discounted rates for group boat bookings and competition permit prices call the lodge for more details: 01536 770264

Guiding & Tuition.

Visit our tuition website www.flyfishtuition.co.uk or email our tuition & guiding manager Tom Bird tuition@flyfishstore.co.uk

Competition 2019

Eyebrook AT-TEFF Loch Style Qualifier; Sunday 19th May Booking via the Angling Trust Website

Full Catch & Release competition, Measure first 4 fish using our measuring troughs, boat partner to confirm length

Once first 4 fish are measured all other trout will be allocated a set length, boat partner to sign competitors card

All flies to be Barbless or De-barbed, All trout must be within the landing net to count

Fabs and boobies allowed

By listening to competition anglers concerns and as cost is a major factor for them by running a fully catch and release competition we can offer the competitive angler a full days fishing cost at £21.50 per person

If you have any question you can contact Tom Bird or Ifor Jones at lodge@flyfisheyebrook.co.uk both Tom and Ifor will be at Eyebrook to run the competition

John Horsey Anglers World Eyebrook Heat Dates; Friday 7th June and Saturday 8th June (Floating Line)  The 2019 Final being held at Draycote; Booking via http://anglersworld.flyfishingchampionships.uk/

For a full listing of competitions at Eyebrook and for bookings please visit our website www.flyfisheyebroook.co.uk

Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permits, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton, Draycote and Eyebrook

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 246       Number Trout Taken: 204       Number Trout Released: 1085

Total Catch: 1289     Weekly Rod Average: 5.24

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 am till 21.00 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 14:30pm

Afternoon Boats: 14:30pm until 21:00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 17:00pm until 21:00pm (Tickets on sale from 16.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 21:15PM

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records and for sire security reasons. We would respectfully request that all anglers please ensure that they sign in on arrival & out on departure on the catch return sheet located by the main lodge entrance door.

Tight lines

The Eyebrook Fishery team

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