Draycote Fly-Fishers Association

Well nobody is going to forget 2020. The fishing was disrupted, but that was the least of our problems. I hope that you are all well and the pandemic has not caused you too much anguish.

There was a hiatus in the season from 23rd March until 28th May, due to the Covid virus, but the re-opening of Draycote came as a very welcome break from the bleak times we were all experiencing.

I would like to send a very warm welcome to a number of new members, who have joined the DFFA this year, it has been great to see new faces at the competitions and members meeting up on the banks of the reservoir.

The season ends on Monday November 30th, so another couple of weeks left.

Trout and Salmon

In the Spring newsletter I mentioned that Paul Farrell had written an article about

Draycote Fly Fishers which was published in the FlyFishing & FlyTying magazine

(January edition).

Well, Paul has been at it again, this time he contacted the Trout and Salmon magazine, who sent along a photographer and the magazine's editor, which resulted in a superb article being published in the Autumn edition. I am not sure where Paul is aiming for next, but watch this space.

If you have not been able to obtain a copy, one can be ordered from T&S by phoning 01858 438 884, or speak to Mark who still has a few copies available.

Recent matches.

Due to the pandemic, the spring pairs and the first two Friday evening matches could not be fished. However the most pleasing thing about the matches that were fished this year has been the number of members attending, both new members and existing members. Because the gutting room has been closed, we have not been weighing the fish caught, and the results have been decided on the number of fish, with the earliest catch used in the event of a tie.  

The Autumn bank Pairs.

The Autumn Bank Pairs match (Draycote Shield) took place on Sunday 13th September, and 12 members (6 pairs) competed. It was a sunny day with a strong south westerly wind, with most of the north bank proving very difficult (Oh to be a left handed caster). The fishing was difficult but Dave Adkins and Brian Allwood came first with 4 fish, and John Hanlon and Stephen Dewhurst managing 3 fish for second.    

The Boat pairs

Another excellent attendance, with 17 members fishing. Very wet up to midday, but dry after that. Results were mixed, with some struggling to catch, but John Hanlon & Brian Froggatt and Paul Walley (as Paul was without a partner, he was awarded 3 fish, which was the average of all the other competitors) weighed in 10 fish. As John caught his first at 9:05, he and Brian were declared the winners and Paul second

The Spring pairs

The Spring pairs match was not fished as usual in April due to the lockdown, but has been rescheduled for the 1st November, so come along and join us for a final fling at the competitions.

The winter programme

As it stands at the moment, there are no plans to conduct a winter program this year. With the current rules in place, it would not be allowed, and I am sure that many of you would not feel comfortable about attending an indoor meeting.

We will continue adhering to the government guidelines, and if there are any changes that affect us, we will advise. However, if anyone has a suggestion for fishing outings over the winter please let us know.

Membership fees will be deferred until the spring when members can hopefully meet again.

Very sad news.

After a long battle against cancer, our dear friend and member Mick Kieron passed away on the 16th October. Our thoughts go out to his family and loved ones.

Social Media

Some of you may not be aware that the club now has its own Facebook and WhatsApp (an mobile based messaging service for sending messages and photo's) groups, and you may think that they are only for 'kids'. However, the WhatsApp group has proved very popular with a number of our members, allowing up to date information on catches, and who is fishing and where to be shared. If you want join in and are not sure how, contact any committee member, and they will advise you on what to do.


Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation - GDPR came into force on 25th May 2018 and together with the Data Protection Act 2018 puts DFFA under a legal obligation to treat personal data we have collected and hold with respect, and be responsible for its security.

The DFFA holds data solely for the purposes of effectively managing the club's administration and communicating with members. Data is not shared with any commercial organization, nor any government agency unless compelled to do so by law.

Data is held for current members. Should a member not renew their membership, then they will be contacted to confirm whether they wish to continue. Should the response be negative, or no response received, then their data will be removed from the club database after a period of 28 days. Data is held in a password protected file on a password protected computer by the club Treasurer. This file is shared with other committee members to ensure continuity, and for specific purposes e.g. issuing of club newsletters or other communication. These officers will apply the same protection to the database.

If you no longer wish to receive this correspondence, please advise in writing, by letter, or email and I will ensure that it is no longer sent and your email address is removed from the mailing list within 28 days of receipt of your written request.

Big fish

Don't forget, if you have caught a big fish (brown or rainbow) or a heavy limit, and

Want to enter them for one of the cups, please ensure you enter the competition by

advising any committee member.

Thank you

The club would like to say a very big thank you to Ifor and his staff for all the help they have given to our members over the past season

If anyone has an email address and have not already advised me of it (or have a new one) please drop me a line at

or Text or Phone

Newsletter - Autumn 2020

A message from the President (no, not that one)

“Unfortunately I have not been able to go fishing as much as I would like this year, so I have not seen many of you on the banks of the reservoir. However I hope that during the current pandemic you and your families are all keeping safe and well.

I was very pleased to read the excellent article in the Trout and Salmon magazine, it really painted the club in a wonderful light, and would like to thank and congratulate Paul and Mark, for all the work they put into organizing it.

I would also like to thank all the committee members for everything they have done this year, especially Mark, who has worked tirelessly to arrange and organize matches during the season, and some memorable fly tying sessions ably assisted by Paul Walley and Ray Rouse at Duchurch”. Also for the online sessions hosted by Paul.

President -  Brian F  

Draycote Fly Fishers phone number is: 07586-992218