Eyebrook Report W/E 12th May 2019

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EYEBROOK weekly report week ending 12th May 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264


Following on from the success of the Tuition Blog and the buzzer packs on special offer we have decided to keep the offer open for another week for information please visit www.flyfishstore.co.uk


A cold start to the week with cold winds from the north east, with some heavy rain coming in the middle. However by the weekend the warmer weather and sun returned to remind us all it was actually May. The good buzzer hatches have continued, and we are starting to see Damsels on the warmer day. Along with some good hatches of various olives.


The top end remains the hotspot, however, the fish have moved down slightly towards Watsons Cabin and the fence at Stoke Dry. A good head of fish has also moved across the open water from Stoke Dry drifting towards the Cow Shed and the Chestnut Tree. Buzzers and Diawl bachs are still featuring highly on the catch return normally fished in conjunction with a small FAB. Although in the evenings and on the more overcast days dries are catching well. With bank anglers enjoying good sport on the dries in the evening around the Chestnut tree. On the dries the best catches have been coming to Shipman’s, CDC shuttlecock and Crippled Midge Patterns.


Bank holiday Monday saw a cool day due to the overcast conditions and the cool wind. However, despite the conditions this didn’t stop the buzzer hatches and the fish feeding on them. In house guide Lee Henfrey enjoyed a great day’s sport on his day off with friend Nigel Keeber. The pair fished at Stoke Dry and around Watson Cabin with a washing line with size 12 Diawl bachs. Which accounted for some cracking fish including a fantastic Rainbow for Nigel at over 5lb. All water season ticket holder Mark Hunt enjoyed an “absolutely cracking day” using crunchers and hoppers on a floating line. Chris Bradshaw & Clive Shone also enjoyed a god day boating 24 fish around the top end.


S Wilson & G Hoffman enjoyed a good day Tuesday boating 20 fish all on sunken daddies around Stoke Dry. All water season ticket holder Jude Tuffs enjoyed a good day boating 17 fish while using a washing line around Stoke Dry, Watson’s cabin and around the Chestnut tree. Out on a float tube Tony Malcom landed 9 fish using crunchers on a floating line. On Wednesday the good sport on the nymphs and buzzer continued with Ian Jobe landing 11 fish on nymphs around the fence at Stoke dry and then the Chestnut tree. With regular boat partner Clive Moore landing 15 using the same tactics. Bill Woods & Jim kay used brown and claret tufted buzzers to land 25 fish between them including a fantastic 6lb rainbow.


On Thursday the fish seemed to have moved further down the bank with the willows proving to be the hotspot for the day. R Gibbons and boat partner Pat Gibbons used buzzers, hares’ ears and Damsels to land 13 fish enjoying a “great day”. Roy Swinfield fished up at Stoke Dry from the bank to land 11 fish all on small nymphs. In house guide Lee enjoyed a good day with one of the Draycote mangers Kevin with the pair landing over 20 fish to the boat. Using a floating line with size 12 Diawl bachs and FABS around Watsons Cabin and down towards the willows.


On the bank Friday Roy Swinfield once again landed 11 from Stoke Dry on small nymphs. All water season ticket holders Alex Urquhart & Dave Kennel enjoyed a good day’s sport landing 19 fish between them on washing line tactics from Stoke Dry, The Willows and into Mucky Bay. However, the best catch of the day went to R Anderson who used a floating line with Diawl Bachs and a tequila blob to record a cricket score catch. Mr P Nesbitt fished from Watson’s Cabin down to the willows using small olive crunchers to great effect. With lots of pond olive being seen on the water.


Brother Neil & Dean Shilton enjoyed a great days sport from float tubes landing 29 and 20 the bother pairing fishing just off Dogwood near the yellow buoys on a floating line with a cats whisker on the point with Diawl Bachs and hares ears on the droppers. G Gillespie & L Gillespie fished around Stoke Dry and down along Watson’s Cabin using Damsels and olive crunchers to land 32 fish between them. Another angler using Damsels to great effect was Mr D Murphy who landed 16 fish all on Damsels. Charlie Abrahams enjoyed a good day landing 23 fish on washing line drifting from Stoke Dry across from to the Chestnut Tree.


Sunday saw the real improvement in the weather, with a lovely warm day which resulted a number of Damsels, Pond Olives and buzzers taking to the air. Brian Firth enjoyed a great morning from the Wheelie Boat landing his limit and 4 other in 2 hours before deciding to head in before the sun got high in the sky Brian used buzzers around Stoke Dry and Watson Cabin to land his fish. C Cowan & C Smith landed 18 fish between them going from the Willows to Watsons Cabin using Damsels and small olive crunchers. Harry Gibbons & Owen Cook enjoyed a great days sport on RIO Midge Tip Long teamed with either a FAB or Booby on the point. Then Diawl Bachs and buzzers on the dropper the lads fished around Watsons Cabin and the fence at Stoke Dry to land there impressive 51 fish haul. On Sunday we also had Kingfisher Fly Fishers fishing in a club match with 10 boats taking to the water. They enjoyed a good days sport with a number of limits with he winner Andy Elliot landing 6 fish for 12lb 5oz there was also a fantastic brown returned of 6lb 8oz.


Looking ahead for next week we are set to get some good warm weather teamed with overcast conditions, as a result we are expecting the top of the water fishing to go from strength to strength. With this good conditions forecast we are very busy all week, so please book before traveling to avoid disappointment.



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


Eyebrook has joined the Troutmasters competition, entry forms to be found next to the booking in & out sheet you will need a member of staff to countersign your entry, good luck!!


Guiding & Tuition.

Our guiding and Tuition website ( http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk) provides details of our beginners Tuition days at Eyebrook. We run a number of tuition days at the reservoir which are an ideal experience for any angler looking to take up the sport. This site will also provide details of this year’s boat handling courses as well as two courses aimed at anglers wishing to learn about the excellent sport provided by pike on the fly,

Guiding and tuition manager, Tom, and in- house guide Lee, fished the Eyebrook to good effect this week, taking lots of fish using a variety of methods. Both are available for guiding and full details can be found on our tuition face book page or by contacting our guiding and competition manager Tom Bird on 01788 812018

For the 2019 season the Guiding & Tuition team will be 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/. The latest blog concerns fishing the bung, and although opinions do vary, there can be no denying its effectiveness. As it’s the time of year when the method really comes into its own, we are running a special offer on the Bungs. Please visit www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers to see them.


Competition 2019

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

Eyebrook Trout Masters Fish off; To be advised


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: 240       Number Trout Taken: 253       Number Trout Released: 1040

Total Catch: 1293     Weekly Rod Average: 1293

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 am till 21.15 pm

Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.15pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 15.00pm

Afternoon Boats: 15:00pm until 21:15pm

Last 4 Hours from: 17:15pm until 21:15pm (Tickets on sale from 17.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 21:30PM

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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