Eyebrook report 30th August

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Eyebrook Weekly Fishing Report.

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Fishery Report: Week Ending: Sunday 30th August 2020

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Monday 24th August started out as near to perfect fishing conditions that you could ask for. A gentle wind, mild temperatures, and a bit overcast. As the day went on, it got a lot brighter. During the day fish were seen rising out in open water but were not as obliging towards dry patterns presented to them. The fishing was challenging in the morning, but around 1 o’clock in the afternoon the fish came on to the feed and were taking size 14 buzzers fished on washing line methods. Season ticket holders Lindsay Bates and Roy Swinfield suddenly went from not touching a fish in the morning to then put over 20 fish into the boat by 5PM. M Williams managed 10 to his float tube fishing small buzzers. Simon K once again joined us and had 15 to the boat, once again fishing small buzzers. Most of the anglers that fished the banks reported that they were seeing plenty of fish, but just could not figure out what flies would tempt them to take.

As we are moving towards September, most experienced anglers would be expecting the fish to be moving on to either fry patterns or chasing daddies and hoppers in the surface. But we should never ignore the humble buzzer at this time of year. After all, they are a main food source for all fish species that are prevalent in reservoirs all year round.

Tuesday 25th August, No boats are being released from the jetties due to the forecast high winds. Even the most avid of fly anglers would not even attempt to cast a line in these conditions. Despite the conditions, the fishery management (UK) team are still hard at work returning boats from Draycote.

Wednesday morning and we are still feeling the tail end of the storm. Wind speeds are below our cut off limit and gradually decreasing as the day progresses. Dynamic Duo Ian Jobe and Clive Moore lead the charge out on to the water, braving the strong winds in the morning. By lunch time they had put 5 fish in the boat. With improving conditions, they ventured out on their afternoon session to put a further 10 fish in the boat. Ged O’Donoghue arrived later in the morning and set off just before 11 o’clock and fished right through till the end of the day for 6 good hard fighting fish on daddies, hoppers and grunters. Mark Hunt ventured out for the last 4 hours. The wind had dropped off to the point of a gentle ripple on the water. the fish came right up on to the surface, and Mark was rewarded by taking 14 good fish all on small dries and blue daddies.

The fish were still happy to feed on Thursday with 28 anglers fishing the Eyebrook from either the boats, the bank or float tubes. With the fish mainly in the main basin, and lying in the top two feet of water, a variety of methods were successful, with buzzers, fry patterns, dries and the washing line all taking fish. The bank anglers are still having to work around the marginal weed beds and they caught fish amongst several roach and perch. The boats had the best of the sport with drifts across the basin being most successful. Roy Swinfield and Lydnsey Bates had 12 to their boat, whilst Ruth and Tony Kirk had 10 on buzzers and hoppers. Norman Perkins also had 10 on buzzers whilst Mr Wither and Mr. Turner had 12 to their boat using a variety of flies including diawl bach, crunchers, fry patterns and daddies. Ian Jobe and Matt Lane went afloat in their tubes and both had successful mornings taking 8 and 6 fish respectively.

Unfortunately, Friday saw the weather turn with a strong northerly wind blowing down the reservoir which brought heavy rain all afternoon and evening. A couple of boats went out and caught fish, but they came off as the conditions deteriorated.

Saturday started out dry although the strong northerly was still with us making conditions uncomfortable.

We welcomed several anglers on three-day passes, fishing both here and at Draycote. Mr Jones and his party of 8 came across from mid-wales on a three-day pass and fished the Eyebrook on Saturday. Choosing to drift the main basin, they all caught fish with the best return coming to Christian Jones who landed 12. Dave Etty fished the bank and using the island to provide some relief from the cold northerly wind, recorded eight fish to corixa patterns.

The strong cold wind over the weekend had an effect on the water temperature with the temperature being 15 degrees on Sunday morning. There was still a cold northerly wind blowing down the Eyebrook, although it wasn’t as strong as the day before and dropped off as the day wore on. Besides the groups on package breaks and day anglers, we hosted another outing by the All Abilities Fly Fishers who had 6 boats and both wheely boats. Despite the challenging conditions, Dave Davis from the AAFF managed to put 9 fish in the boat making him top rod on the day. Within Dave’s 9 fish was a good fish of around 4lbs. most of our anglers found the fishing challenging out in the boats. David Foles had 7 fish from the bank on a last 4 hour ticket and really enjoyed the evening rise as the wind speed dropped off towards the end of the day.

With the weather becoming more settled than it has been in a few weeks and the fish starting to play due to the water temperature dropping to 16 Degrees, our anglers are eager to get out on the water and enjoy some of that top of the water sport that Eyebrook is renowned for. Now that we are moving into September, we are looking forward to seeing the fish move on to feeding on the fry which have grown on quite considerably due to the abundance of food in the water for them.

Given the success of daddies for the past few weeks, fishery staff have put together a bespoke collection of the most successful daddy patterns. These cost £13.50 ( a 10%saving) and are available either direct from the lodge or on line at https://www.flyfishstore.co.uk/shop/eyebrook-daddy-selection/

Keep an eye out for up and coming fly selections in the future.

Rod average for the week: 2.7


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