Draycote Fly-Fishers Association

Update & News Bulletin

The latest Newsletter can be seen HERE

Some of the club members braving the opening of the season !

Paul Farrell, Brian Allwood and Paul Walley look on in envy as Alex Urquhart shows them how to make a Bacon Sandwich!

Opening day  - Good Catch !

Paul Sly with his 6 fish bag before 11am !

Left to Right

Top Row:  Paul Sly, Nick Sly, Mark Johnson-Jones

Front Row:  Brian Allwood, Jason Sly, Paul Farrell

Last Meeting 5 Tuesday 10th March 2020 - Auction & Prize Giving

Following the Trout & Salmon Magazine Visit

Draycote 3pm Sunday 26th July  a good turn out was observed and courtesy of the Trout & Salmon Magazine, they have issued the group photo which is published here: Group Photo  

Special thanks to Draycote Fishery Management for assisting in the event.

Past   -   Fly tying workshop  meeting  held on  Tuesday 10th December - Many Thanks to Ray Rouse, Paul Walley and Brian Allwood for their very interesting fly tying demonstrations clearly seen by all via link to the Social Club TV screen.    SEE Pictures and Movies HERE  

Autumn Pairs Boat Match on Sunday 4th October. Results to be announced.

Hi Folks  

Happy New Year to all! I hope you are keeping safe and well. 

Here below, you will see photos of a very nice wood carving that Milan Rechtoric, David's father created as a Christmas gift for our club. Many thank Milan from everyone in the club.

Hope to see you all at Draycote once the lockdown is removed and the new season  commences. 

Cheers Mark JJ

From Draycote Fishery Management - 9th Feb 2021.

Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook Fishery News - From Ifor,

Hope you are all well, some of you will have received your vaccination. We are understandably receiving an increasing number of calls asking when we're going to open at Draycote, Thornton & Eyebrook.

Thornton should have opened on the 1st February which we postponed. 1st March Draycote & the 5th March Eyebrook are the dates we published for their opening.

Will we open on those dates?

The government has set out a timeline that the whole country is currently working towards during this lockdown, which is based on vaccinations, hospital admissions, new case numbers & sadly deaths.

Government Lockdown Timeline

Monday 15th February Government reviews the current lockdown

Monday 22nd February Government informs parliament of any changes & in their words “roadmap out of lockdown”

By Tuesday 23rd – 24th February, it should be becoming clearer what guidelines or restrictions we will all be working under.

Our current plans

Staff continues to prepare the fisheries, Thornton, Draycote & Eyebrook for an early March opening.

We have confirmed with our fish suppliers that preseason stocking will start as planned during late February, we have also confirmed with our petrol engine supplier that they will be fitted as planned to the Draycote & Eyebrook boats.

By February 23rd – 24th, we should be in a position to confirm with our customers of the opening dates & any guidelines/restrictions we will be working under.

It is likely the phone lines will be busy as anglers call for confirmation, we have updated the fisheries website 0 www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk     www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk    www.flyfishthornton.co.uk

which will be updated with the latest news, you can also join our fisheries email group and receive the latest news & reports by adding you details to the “join our fly fishing community” box located on the  http://www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk/latest-report  on the right hand side half way down.

The good news There are no price increases for 2021 we have introduced due to demand a new 2 fish kill + catch & release permit @ £21.50.

Extra fish will be stocked into Eyebrook & Thornton with the 2lb average sized trout for Draycote maintained. On each of the fisheries website, we have added a “Stocking Policy Page” which helps to explain our stocking policy decisions based largely around the warmer summer water temperatures were seeing and catch & release.

Hi Folks

Neil has brought to my attention a petition from the Angling Trust 'fishermen against pollution', to lobby the government for more funds to be provided to help the fight for cleaner rivers and waterways.

Sign our petition! - Angling Trust

We, the undersigned, call upon the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Secretary of State for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs, to provide enough funding to the Environment Agency, Natural Resource Wales and Natural England to ensure they are able to carry out fully their statutory duties in relations to the monitoring and enforcement of existing ...

If you would like to add your name to the petition, please use the link below.



Mark JJ

Joining the Angling Trust ?

Hi Folks

A few members have been  suggesting joining the Angling Trust as individuals.

I have put the Link page below.


Mark JJ

Join the Angling Trust

Line Test

I have put together a test of some of the leader lines suggested by members. You can view this via a PDF as attached. Hope this is of interest.