Eyebrook 24th June 2019

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Eyebrook weekly report week ending 23rd June 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264

Weather Forecast: Were often asked which weather forecast we use, from our experience unfortunately we no longer find the BBC regional one to be accurate enough too many days lost to inaccurate local forecast.

We recommend for Eyebrook you use XC Weather available as an App on your phone or download to your computer, put in the fisheries postcode LE16 8RP

Fishing Report: Unsurprisingly, we haven’t had as much rain as fell last week and with the scour valves open, our water levels were back to normal by Thursday. Also, with the crops well established in the fields, there was no residual water clarity issues and there is now reasonable visibility at the bottom of Stoke dry. The cooler water that flowed into the reservoir last week and the cooler than average day time temperatures has resulted in the water temperature remaining within the ideal range for reservoir trout fishing of 12c – 18c.

This week, the staff have started to manage the bankside vegetation so as to minimise its affects on bankside access and casting. Also, this week, the staff did a complete survey of the marginal weed growth to see how it is impacting upon the bank fishing. The greater majority of bank is accessible, albeit with occasional weedy areas but the main areas where excessive weed growth will affect bank fishing are currently Dogswood Bay, the bank between Sam Dyke and the point on the island and Mucky Bay to the Chestnut. During the survey, the staff observed lots of fish moving along the edges of the weed beds, probably waiting to move into the weed beds during the evening to mop up the emerging insect life. These fish should respond well to floating line tactics. A further stocking took place this week with the total stocked now in excess of 15,000, a video of these fish can be seen on our Facebook page.

There are still lots of damsels emerging as well as buzzers during the day and sedge hatches in the evening. We have also begun to notice an increase in the Daphnia levels and there is still pin fry in abundance. With the fish hitting these Pin Fry, our guides top pattern to land these challenging fish is the Fulling Mill’s Barron. This fly is best fished on co-polymer like a dry and as the fish hit and stun the pin fry this little f-wing style dry with its pearl body will look like an injured fry waiting to get eaten. This pattern is in stock at Draycote so call the lodge on 01788 812018.

With the water warming and the fish rising in the water the washing line is fast becoming the top method of the moment. To coincide with this Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird has written a blog post to help your catch rate when fishing the washing line which can be found at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk.  To go along with this blog we have also put together the Fishery Management (UK) ltd guides top flies for all venues for the washing line that can be found on the online shop https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/offers/”

As the levels dropped and the temperatures stabilised, the fishing got better as the week progressed with rod averages increasing from just below 2 to 6.5 on Sunday. On Monday, Mr Whittle took 8 during a morning boat session whilst Ollie Mills took 9 and Mr Johnson 10, during their afternoon/ evening bank sessions. Ashley Gillies and his boat partner also enjoyed their evening boat session and posted a report with photos on our Facebook page.

The fishing on both Tuesday and Wednesday was frustrating with lots of fish moving but proving to be finicky. However nearly all the anglers caught fish, although only member Bob Margery recorded a double figure catch.

Thursday saw an upturn in fortunes with some good catches recorded. Neil Shilton took to the water in his tube and recorded 15 fish, whilst Mr Frampton landed “loads”. Dave Heseltine and his boat partner, Mark Evans, used pearly green buzzers to land 22. On Friday, all water member Jamie Scott enjoyed a “lovely day” using a boat to work the edges of the weed beds in the vicinity of the Bell. He used black crunchers on a washing line to deceive 16 fish, whilst Eyebrook member Michael Farrell used Hoppers for his 11. Other successful patterns used on Thursday included Shipmans, Buzzers and blobs.

The weekend saw the best fishing of the week with lots of fish falling to Daddies, Diawl Bachs and FABs. Mark Hunt had 15 during his morning session, whilst members Dave Chadburn and Jerry Barnes took nearly 20 fish between them fishing the far end of the dam wall. Ged O’Donaghue and Steve Orton also landed 20 fishing the main basin with Ged returning on Sunday to catch another 18. Claudio C and his partner fished the same area to bring over 30 fish to their boat.

Pike Fishing

This was the first full week that the reservoir was open for pike fishing, but the resident big ladies have been difficult to tempt although we have had several reports of them following flies. This week we did see one twenty and some doubles taken but we were unable to better Adam Cooper’s 28 Lb fish taken on opening day. The jacks though have been more than willing to take with lots of fish being caught in the 5 to 8-pound range. Pike fishing will continue ( water temperatures permitting) until we close the fishery on the 3st October. Pike fishing is fly only, is limited to a maximum of 5 boats per day and it is recommended that visiting pike anglers check the specific pike fishing regulations which can be found on the fishery website. This year we will also be offering guided pike fishing with our in-house guides. Further details are available on our guiding and Tuition website ( http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk) or by contacting our guiding manager Tom Bird on 01788 812018.


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.

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

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: 161       Number Trout Taken: 115     Number Trout Released; 359

Total Catch: 474     Weekly Rod Average: 2.95

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30 am till 22.00pm, Boat All Day: 08:30 to 22.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 15.00pm, Afternoon Boats: 15:00pm until 22:00pm

Last 4 Hours from: 18:00pm until 22:400m (Tickets on sale from 17.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 22:15pm

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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