Eyebrook weekly report 4th August

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Eyebrook Reservoir; Weekly report week ending 4th August 2019

Telephone Number: 01536 770264

The weather has been very unsettled this week ranging from blazing heat to torrential downpours. This has resulted in the water temperature going up and down like a yoyo, with morning water temperatures 18°C some mornings been followed by water temps of 23°C by late afternoon. Due to these fluctuations the method needed to tempt the fish have varied during the week.

Overall most of the fishing has been using sinking lines, with lures such as snakes and tube flies. However, on the cooler days anglers have found success with floating lines and dries fished around the margins and the weed beds. Even on the hotter days limited sport can be found to dries around the margins, although, the best time to fish these is first thing in the morning or in the evening.

On Monday Roy Swinfield & Lindsey Bates fished small wet fly patterns near the surface 4 fish. After the very wet day Tuesday, the surface temperatures cooled slightly, and the fishing improved slightly on Wednesday. Season ticket holders Clive Moore & Ian Jobe landed 5 fish on suspender minkie patterns fished over the open in the Main Basin on a floater. With more cooler temperatures, we hit the magical 18°C surface temperature. Taking advantage of the cooler temperatures was regular Oliver Mills, Ollie used foam Damsels in Sam’s Dyke to land 14 fish. Ollie commented that he found the fish just on the edge of the drop off from the weed around 30 yards from the bank and the majority of the fish came in a 2 hour window. Mark Hunt managed 3 fish on dries from Sam’s Dyke on Friday including some cracking silver fish, on small CDC patterns. Returning one more on Saturday all water season ticket holder Mark Hunt used a RIO Midge Tip with Diawl Bachs to land 4 fish. Once again into the quality fish with Mark’s biggest fish tipping the scales at 4lb 12oz. Another all water season ticket having a memorable day landing big fish was Andre Russell who landed a 8lb 6oz brown taken on a snake pattern fished on a sinking line near the tower. Awful conditions Sunday with rain and all day and gusty winds resulted in only a couple of fish getting caught by float tuber Neil Shilton who fished around the value tower on sinking lines.

Looking ahead to next week, with cooler temperatures forecast with the arrival of more rain. The surface layers should continue to cooler which should result in the fish returning to higher in the water column and the return of the much famed surface sport at Eyebrook.

Pike Fishing

Pike fishing resumed this week with the water temperature cooling, with season ticket holder Derek McDonald landing jacks and a mid- double. Pike fishing is fly only, limited to a maximum of 5 boats per day. Visiting pike anglers should also 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, the latest being about fishing the washing line, please visit http://www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/latest-report/.


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: 69 Number Trout Taken: 22  Number Trout Released; 60

Total Catch:   82  Weekly Rod Average: 1.3

Current Fishing Time:

Bank: 07:30am till 21:00 , Boat All Day: 08:30 to 21.00pm

Morning Boats:   08:30 until 15.00pm,  Afternoon Boats: 15:00pm 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 21.30pm

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