Draycote Fly-Fishers Association
Newsletter - Spring 2019
By the time you read this newsletter Draycote will already have opened, as this year's opening day will be the 1st March.
Well the weather was certainly a bit different from last year, when the fishing was cancelled due to the “beast from the east”, this year we had record temperatures in the week leading up to the opening day. According to the Draycote website the fish seemed to be giving themselves up on the Friday, with anglers recording numbers of fish caught that the England cricketers could not match. However, if some anglers caught 29 and 30 fish, and the rod average was 8.0, there must have been a few anglers who didn't reach those dizzy heights. Still, it augers well for a good year to come.
2019 Season 1st March ~ 30th November
Bank Fishing from 7.30am. - There has been no change to the prices for 2019
1 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £18.00
4 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £24.00
6 Fish Kill + Catch & Release £28.00
The upper kill permit for 2019 has been retained at a 6 FISH LIMIT, this is to Enable the permit to remain below £30.00.
Last 4 hours, 1 Fish Kill + Catch and Release £10.00
34 Boats, available from 8.30am
Boat Loyalty Card: Pick up a Boat Loyalty Card at Draycote or Foremark lodges, once you have purchased 8 boats you receive your 9th boat free, our loyalty card can be used at any of our fisheries with petrol engines on the boats, therefore it includes Draycote & Foremark.
Full Day Boat 2 Rods£24.50
Full Day Boat 1 Rod£19.00
Part Day Boat Morning or Afternoon 2 Rods £15.00
Part Day Boat Morning or Afternoon1 Rod £13.50
Last 4 hour Boat, perfect for fishing the evening rise £10.00
Last year's competitions
The results of last year's competitions are as follows.
Friday evening matches The Evening Shield (The aggregate of the best 3 Fridays)
First Keith Jones 12lb 0oz
Second John Hanlon 8lb 0oz
Third Dave Adkins 6lb 0oz
Gordon Grifiths One Fly
Not competed for this year
Spring Pairs Dunkeld Cup
First Mike Nolan Keith Jones 18lb 04oz
Second BJ Hunt Adrian Burton 2lb 08oz
Boat Pairs Don Ashby Rose Bowl
First Keith Jones John Hanlon 17lb 14oz
Second BJ Hunt Michael Hanlon 15lb 08oz
Autumn Pairs Draycote Shield
First Paul Farrell BJ Hunt 9lb 08oz
Second Mike Nolan John Pearson 7lb 08oz
Overall weight (The aggregate of the best 3 Fridays, the spring and autumn pairs)
Reg Lewis trophy
First Keith Jones 33lb 08oz
Second BJ Hunt 21lb 12oz
Third John Hanlon 17lb 10oz
Best Rainbow Toft Cup
Mark Johnson Rainbow 4lb 00oz
Best Brown (Golden) Draycote Cup
John Pearson 5lb 00oz
Best Fish caught in all competitions
Mark Johnson Rainbow 4lb 00oz
Best Bag Lodge Trophy
Unfortunately due to the very hot weather (I never thought I would say that) in July last year, the last 2 of the Friday evening matches were cancelled, therefor the Gordon Grifiths One Fly trophy was not awarded this year
This year's competitions
This year's competitions will be fished on the following dates. As per previous years, the winners of each competition will receive a ticket for an evenings fishing.
An additional date has been added this year for the Friday evening matches, as some members had found it difficult to attend the early matches for a 5.00pm start.
Friday evening matches (start at 17:30 in the fishing lodge)
10th May (start at 17:00)
24th May (start at 17:00)
5th July (Gordon Grifiths one fly competition)
The best of three weights count towards the trophy.
Spring pairs (Draw for partners at 08:00 at the fishing lodge)
Sunday 28th April
Autumn Pairs (Draw for partners at 08:00 at the fishing lodge)
Sunday 15th September
Boat Pairs (Draw for partners at 08:00 at the fishing lodge)
Sunday 29th September
To enable us to book the boats, please advise a committee member if you intent to take part, no later than the 30th August
There will be a trophy awarded for the largest fish caught on any one of these dates.
Can I please make a plea for more members to take part in the matches. They are fished in a very friendly way, and those partaking always have a good time (sometimes the catches are not great, but that's fishing).
We have been down to as few as 4 anglers for a pairs match, and that hardly seems worth continuing.
It is Draycote's 50th birthday this year, and Seven Trent are proposing to celebrate it with a photo gallery, showing the reservoir over the last half century. They hope to have it ready for the Easter holidays, so don't forget to look out for it, you may see some old friends.
With regards to the March meeting, as well as the trophy presentation and buffet, we have a number of excellent items of tackle to sell in the auction, so we are hoping for a good turnout (don't forget your wallets).
The DFFA website is available but under used, and we are still looking for interesting photographs to include on it. The link is:
It is very informative website, which should keep us all up-to-date with the latest news
If anyone has an email address and has not already advised me of it, please drop me a line
It is very convenient to be able to advise members of forthcoming events, and saves on postage and telephone calls.
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 year.
When I first saw this photo, I thought it was an Angler carrying a snazzy new fishing bag,
However according to Trout and Salmon, you can bring your Dog for a days boat fishing as long as they are wearing a life jacket.
Maybe we should ask the committee to
conduct a recruitment drive at Dogs Trust or