Eyebrook Fishery Report for the Week Ending Sunday 12th November 2023.

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Weekly Fishing Report: Draycote, Eyebrook, Thornton

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Lodge & Bank Open: 7.30am – 16.30pm
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Eyebrook Fishery Weekly Report 

Lodge – 01536 770264 & Fishery Mobile 07834581424

Email: eyebrook@flyfishstore.co.uk


2023 Stocking Policy Details of our stocking policy for Eyebrook is explained on our website



2023 Membership options visit our website www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/


2023 Permits & Pre Payment for Boat Bookings Details of our Day Permits, Package Breaks & our Boat bookings pre-payment policy visit our website.


Week Ending: 12th November   Rod Av:  0.15      Water Temperature: 11°c

The week has been dominated by the poor water clarity which has not got any better during the week. There has just been enough rain to prevent the Eye Brook from running clear & therefore bringing clean water into the reservoir. Also, there has been just enough wind strong enough to keep the sediment that colours the water, in suspension, preventing it dropping out which isn’t helping matters. Anglers have ventured out but have found fish difficult to come by, with the only a few fish to be caught. Pike anglers have reported that there are large numbers of prey fish gathering up the northern end of the reservoir & there are large fish clearly seen sat below them. Pike have been hooked, but none landed.

There appears to be a dry week forecast ahead, which can only increase the likelihood of the water clarity improving. If you are planning a visit to Eyebrook, please call the lodge on 01536 770264, to receive the latest update on the water clarity.

2023 Winter Restrictions.

From the 01 November, we will be operating a reduced number of boats, 10, so pre-booking will be important. Also, the bank fishing will see some winter restrictions, with Banking Fishing limited from the Chestnut, down the Leicester Bank, to the Lodge & along the Dam, around to Robbo’s Cabin. These winter bank restrictions have been increased since last year.

2023 Eyebrook Closing Date.

The last day of fishing on Eyebrook is Monday 20th November.

Weather: we use two weather forecast pages.

Both options give a good 48-to-72-hour forecast.

XC Weather – https://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/LE16_8RP use this link for Eyebrook.

Windy App – https://www.windy.com/  on their home page, enter the fishery name Eyebrook Reservoir.


Thornton Fishery Weekly Report – 01530 230807

Email: thornton@flyfishstore.co.uk

2023 Stocking Policy Details of our stocking policy for Thornton are explained on our website www.flyfishthornton.co.uk/about-us-2/stocking-policy/


2023 Permits & Pre Payment for Boat Bookings For details of our Day Permits, Package Breaks & our Boat bookings pre-payment policy visit our website.



Week Ending: 12th November Rod Av: 0.27  Water Temperature: 10°c

While we hoped for a drier week, it turned out not to be the case, with more coloured water causing the visibility to drop after it had started to clear last Sunday. This being said we did see a slightly improvement this week on last weeks rod average with some anglers landing fish. The best tactic was fishing tight into the Wood Bank using boobies on sinking lines. With Yellow or Black & Green boobies being the best colours.

Looking ahead to next weekend it does look like a drier week is forecast, so hopefully the colour will drop out ahead of the weekend.

If you wish to book a boat Thursday, Friday or the weekend. On the days the lodge is not open if you call the lodge on 01536 770264 and then leave a voicemail we will pick up the message and book you a boat.

Thornton 2023 last day of the fishing season Thursday 30th November

Weather: we use two weather forecast pages.

Both options give a good 48 to 72 hour forecast.

XC Weather – https://www.xcweather.co.uk/forecast/LE67_1AR use this link for Thornton.

Windy App – https://www.windy.com/  on their home page, enter the fishery name Thornton Reservoir


Draycote Fishery Weekly Report – 01788 812018

Email:  draycote@flyfishstore.co.uk


2023 Stocking Policy Details of our stocking policy for Draycote is explained on our website www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/about-us-2/stocking-policy/


2023 Membership Options visit our website www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/about-us-2/season-permits/


2023 Permits & Pre Payment for Boat Bookings Details of our Day Permits, Package Breaks & our Boat bookings pre-payment policy visit our website.



Exclusion Zone  Due to the work being carried out on the Hensborough Bank there is an exclusion zone in place, clearly marked with yellow buoys. Under no circumstances are anglers to enter this area as there are divers in the water.

Week Ending:  Sunday 12th November 2023  Rod Av: 2.3   Water Temperature: 10°C

A very challenging day Monday, with bright skies and the wind coming from the Southwest. On the bank Draycote member Paul Walker landed a brace from Lincroft point. With the fish taking a FAB on the point of a washing line. On the boats Bob Barfoot fished a snake on a Di 3 forty plus line, landing a cracking 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Taken drifting in towards the Farborough Dam from J Buoy.

Another bright day Tuesday, with quite a strong Southwest wind at times. As with the previous day it was the bank anglers who enjoyed the best sport of the day. Tony Broadway fished at the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay landing 7 fish. Using a washing line with a FAB on the point and then crunchers on the droppers, with his best fish being a 3lb 8oz Rainbow. Ifor Bullock fished at Lincroft point using a cats whisker to land 4 fish. Another angler who used Cat’s Whisker to great effect was Andy Lillie who also landed 4 fish, using a bead head cats whisker on the point and hares ears on the droppers. Andy, found the Swan’s nest to be the best area and lost of couple of fish as well. On the boats John Jones fished in Toft near G Buoy and through the middle of Toft. Using a Di 3 sinking line with two black ang gold humungous. Mr N Butler also landed 5 taking his fish at the Swan’s Nest. Using a popper minkie on the point and crunchers on the droppers. Kevin Hart fished with John Hoskins with the pair landing 10 fish to the boat. They used fry patterns on sinking lines around the Farborough Dam to land their fish.

A wet start to the day, with a strong South wind, which thankfully dropped back by 9am. As a result of the poor conditions we only had a few brave souls that headed out on the water. Mr Whitehouse & Mr Mills enjoyed a good day landing 7 fish. However, left no comments as to what method or area they used to tempt the fish.

Sunny on the most part Thursday, with the odd rain shower with the wind once again coming from the Southwest. The strong wind made the bank fishing a challenging, as the Swan’s Nest hotspot coloured up a little with the wind. Martin Bourne landed a brace from this area using a blob and a cruncher, before the wind made the fishing to challenging. Out on the boats Paul Havard landed 3 fish from the Draycote Dam around B Buoy using a Di 3 with a black and gold humungus. Steve Owen also out in the boats, found the fish to be high in the water column landing 5 fish on an orange lure fished on a floating line in Toft.

It was a great day to be out on Draycote Water on Friday. It all started flat calm, then a light northerly breeze picked up and stayed with us all day. The good fishing continues here at Draycote, with fish being caught on all sorts of methods including dries, snakes, sparkler boobies and nymphs. Tony Broadway caught 9 fish from the bank, over near the Old Pipe in Biggin Bay. Tony used floating fry and crunchers fished on a floating line. Mr Brian Joseph caught 3 fish on nymphs whilst bank fishing near the Valve Tower and up in Rainbow Corner. Season permit holder Andy Lilley had 3 from the bank on hares ears down by the Swans Nest. Out on the boats young Alex Campbell had 3 fish to the boat early on in the day along the Hensborough Bank, with all of them falling to a foam daddy. The boat pairing of Peter Elliott and Lee Patten had well over 30 fish to the boat on sinking lines and snakes whilst drifting down in Toft Shallows. Young Mr Ian Reeve and Steve Hibberd had and absolute hat full of fish to the boat using blue flash damsels and snakes fished on sinking lines and said that they kept on the move throughout the day. Dave Kennell had 11 fish to the boat using an Airflo DI3 40+ line with FAB’s and sparklers.

Saturday morning was very cold on the pontoon with our first real frost here at Draycote Water. These conditions coupled with bright sunshine all day slowed the fishing a little but there were still some good returns from both boat and bank anglers. Season permit holder Jon Crowley caught a brace whilst fishing the bank by the Swans Nest on a floating fry pattern during a morning session. Mike Garner also took to the bank to net a brace down  in Toft Shallows. Both of Mike’s fish fell to a “ kate mclaren “. Jim and Richard Hall caught half a dozen fish from a drifting boat down in Toft Shallows using lure patterns such as snakes. Young Ed Douglas had 7 fish to the boat using snakes and FAB’s from various points around the reservoir. Mr Tom Roberts caught 3 fish from a drifting in Biggin Bay on orange daddies.

A wet day on Sunday, with showers for most of the day. On the bank Draycote member Martyn Hancox came fished for a short 3 hour session on the afternoon landing 4 fish from the Tower Bank on snakes and also 2 cracking Perch. On the boats Mr C Brodest and his boat partner landed 9 fish, using a floating line with minkies. Jim Smith fished with Ed Douglas landing 16 fish to the boat. With the hotspot being Farborough Dam and the Split. Using a Di 5 40+ sinking line with a mix of tubes and snakes with a roly-poly retrieve. Husband & Wife household all water members Rob & Sam Edmunds landed 17 fish to the boat. They too found the fish at Farborough Spit and the Dam Wall. Using a Di 3 sinking line and snakes again with a roly-poly retrieve.

Upcoming Events.

26th November- Fur & Feather

Draycote’s closing date

The closing date for Draycote for this season will be Thursday 30th November 2023.

Weather: we use two weather forecast pages.

Both options give a good 48 to 72 hour forecast.

XC Weather – Forecast for CV23 8AB | XCWeather use this link for Draycote

Windy App – https://www.windy.com/  on their home page, enter the fishery name Draycote Water