Eyebrook Fishing report 28th May

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EYEBROOK weekly report week ending 26th May 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264

This last week saw reasonably settled conditions although the odd day was quite bright and hot, especially Monday and Friday. The water clarity is still excellent with visibility in excess of 10 foot with the water temperature most of the week averaging 13 degrees. The warmer weather ensured that the good buzzer hatches have continued, and we have seen some massive Damsels hatches as well as hatches of various olives, Mayflies and even the odd crane fly.

The majority of the anglers are still favouring the top end of the reservoir and good numbers of fish are to be found there although the resident fish in this area are starting to become used to the patterns being offered. We are hearing a lot of anglers commenting upon fish coming short as well as the fish becoming pre-occupied with the prodigious fly hatches, sometimes to the detriment of the angler’s offerings. A lot of fish can be found in the Watsons Cabin area as well as the open water from the fence at Stoke Dry towards the Cow Shed and the Chestnut Tree. Given the large damsel hatches this week, it is no surprise that damsel patterns have at times worked well. Buzzers, Crunchers and Diawl bachs normally fished in conjunction with a small FAB have also been effective. In the evenings and on the more overcast days dries continue to catch well, and whilst the boats have enjoyed the best of the sport, the bank anglers are enjoying good sport in the evenings as the fish move into the shallows after the sedge & damsels, with the Chestnut tree and Sam’s dyke bring most productive. On the dries the best catches have been coming to Hoppers, Shipman’s, CDC shuttlecock and Crippled Midge Patterns.

The week started well with a daily rod average of 5.2 with several double figure returns. Mr McNicol and his party of 10 on a trip to the Midlands from Scotland enjoyed some excellent sport on the day they spent with us. They caught on a variety of patterns including buzzers, Hares Ears and CDC. Mr Bentley and his partner had a three-day ticket with us and on the Monday accounted for over 20 fish to their boat. Sport continued to be reasonable on Tuesday with a rod average of nearly 5 for the 36 anglers fishing. The fish were responding well to olive buzzers with season ticket holder Simon Kowlkowski taking over 20 fish, whilst Malcolm Thompson spent a morning on the bank and landed 4 fish.

Things got a bit harder on Wednesday and Thursday with a lower daily rod average than earlier on in the week. The afternoon and evenings though were most productive, with Daren Dodd taking 8 fish on buzzers and big reds during his afternoon session whilst Mark Hunt landed 7 on yellow owl CDC’s during an evening visit. Ed Douglas used a variety of flies for his 16 fish on Thursday including buzzers, Diawl bachs and dries whilst Alan Vivian used bloodworms to tempt his 9 fish

Friday was a busy day with anglers from Scotland, Wales and Ireland amongst the 51 anglers who enjoyed some good sport. Mr Hughes and Mr Pearson visiting from Wales took 14 to the boat using buzzers and crunchers, Snug Shaw and Davy Ezeei from Scotland took 8 whilst Kall Mullin from Ireland had a double figure catch on buzzers and red holo diawl bachs with his best fish topping 6 pounds.

On Saturday, the British Float Tube Association visited Eyebrook and nearly all caught. Neil Shilton had 4 fish including a 5lb brownie which, as per fishery rules, was safely returned. Gary Horsley had 4 as did Mr. Woodcock whilst Mr Frakes took 5. Using the more conventional horsepower as opposed to leg power, Mr Leaton took 8 to his boat whilst Mr Peat and his partner boated 10. Saturday saw a massive damsel hatch, a video of which can be seen on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore whilst an evening hatch of caenis saw Mucky Bay come alive with fish although they proved difficult to catch.

Sunday was a quieter day, with the showery weather putting off a few anglers. Nonetheless, Rezzi Boyz enjoyed good sport from the boat taking 12 fish whilst all water season ticket holder Mark Hunt fished a drift from Watsons cabin and, using hoppers, landed 15 fish including a fine rainbow that weighed a fraction over 6 pounds.

This last week again saw several anglers travelling to the fishery and taking advantage of our short break tickets. With options ranging from 2 to 4 days and prices starting at a competitive price of £63.00 for 2 days, this is an excellent short package that, being able to be used at either Draycote, Thornton and Eyebrook, allows the visiting angler the opportunity to explore a variety of waters that each have their own individual characteristics. Eyebrook received a further stocking of 600 fish this Monday morning, bringing the number of fish stocked to over 11,000. With good hatches of damsels, mayflies and pond olives, and cooler weather forecast this week, sport at the Eyebrook promises to be as good as previous weeks.


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 our in- house guide Lee, are both available for guiding. 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 CDC floatant.


Competition 2019

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: 276       Number Trout Taken: 171     Number Trout Released: 615

Total Catch: 786     Weekly Rod Average: 2.85

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 am till 21.45 pm, Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.45pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 15.00pm, Afternoon Boats: 15:00pm until 21:45pm

Last 4 Hours from: 17:45pm until 21:45pm (Tickets on sale from 17.30pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 22:00pm

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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