Eyebrook Report W/E 30th June 2019

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Eyebrook weekly report week ending 30th June 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264


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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


A much warmer week with it starting to look like summer, in fact Saturday saw the hottest day of the year with the mercury hitting 31°C. This rise in air temperature with more sun has seen the water temperature rise slightly with temperatures ranging from 17-20°C. However, this has not stopped the fish feeding on the abundant pin fry and Damsels, the main areas this week have been in Sam’s Dyke, Dogwood, Harrisons Corner, Stoke Dry and the casting platforms. With the best methods seeming to be washing line with pin fry type patterns, dries or moving flies past moving fish.


A tricky day Monday with very little caught due to the heat until the evening, when Charles Kilner landed 7 fish fishing from the Casting Platforms using cruncher patterns. Great fishing in such a short 4 hour session, as the water temperature warms more with the sun these evening sessions can often produce better results than the during the day. Tuesday saw lots of fish moving in Sam’s Dyke but proving difficult to catch on a very wet day with Rain all morning. Martin Rowson & Dave Clark managed 7 to the boat using a washing line with a small FAB and Diawl Bach’s on the droppers. While others struggled to get the fish to take in Sam’s Dyke the boat of Phil Thomas & Cheryl Bulman enjoyed great sport in the afternoon landing 22 fish. The pair found the fish willing to eat a Sparkler Booby and dry daddies when cast and pulled at moving fish.


Wednesday regular season ticket holder Clive Moore landed 10 fish starting in Dogwood using a washing line catching straight away, then as the day moved on catching in Mucky Bay & Sam’s Dyke. All water Season Ticket Holder Steve Jordan fished with Graham Henfrey with the pair enjoying great sport landing 10 fish between them. They found the key to their success was to fish a floating line with a FAB on the point and buzzer although most of the fish came to FAB with Stoke Dry being the hotspot. Phil Wood & Cheryl Bulman enjoyed great sport landing 28 fish to the boat using the same tactics as the day before just this time Cheryl used a Cat instead of the Sparkler.


The sun make the fishing tricky Thursday with the best catches coming in the afternoon around Stoke Dry from the boat fishing a washing line. However, some anglers did have limited success during the day using Damsel patterns. Friday saw in house Guide, Lee Henfrey take Wal Budzyski & his son out on a boat for a 4 hour Guide, under Lee’s watchful eye they where both soon into fish on sinking lines and snakes. For bookings with Lee or any off our Guide’s please contact Guiding & Tuition Manger Tom Bird on 01788 812018. Also fishing on Friday all water season ticket Ged O’Donoghue landed 11 fish on a naturel coloured blob and old fashioned nymphs that are rarely used. It was a persuader that took most of Ged’s fish landing them in Mucky Bay.


Saturday saw the warmest day of the year and as expected in such bright hot conditions the fishing was challenging. Although despite the conditions Eyebrook season ticket holder Bill Law landed 5 cracking fish in a short morning session. Bill found lots of fish moving in Mucky Bay and fished a washing line with a dry blue Damsel imitation on the point and then small pin fry nymphs on the droppers. Bill commented that he should have landed for than 5 as the trout kept coming up and trying to down the adult damsel pattern with lots of other pulls a take on the nymphs. More challenging conditions Sunday with sun and a strong gusty wind, as the saying goes “bright and breezy never easy”. Although, season ticket holders Steve Laurence & Dave Chadwick landed 11 fish between them using a washing with a candy FAB on the top dropper, Diawl Bach and then a tequila booby on the point. The pair found the best area to be just on the casting platforms with the fish just taking the flies above the weed. Out on the boats all water season ticket holder Mark Hunt landed 12 fish on a half day. Using a small dry blue damsel in Sam’s Dyke with the best of the sport being from 12-3 before the switched back onto the nymphs.

Pike Fishing

The second week of the pike fishing has seen a similar trend to that of the week before. The jacks though have been more than willing to take with lots of fish being caught in the 5 to 8-pound range. With the big girls will not keen on committing to eat the fly still with just follows. 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/. This weeks blog is all about how to get the most out of washing lining, with a special offer on our guides top flies also on the online shop.

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

Fishing Buddy Required

Novice fisherman requires a boat buddy for midweek fishing trips to Eyebrook two to three times a month between the hours 10am and 6pm.

Contact John on 07811138274.

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: 122 Number Trout Taken: 43   Number Trout Released; 188

Total Catch: 231     Weekly Rod Average: 1.9

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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