Foremark weekly report week ending 15th July 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
Once again, the reservoir has basked in more or less nonstop sunshine with afternoon temperatures reaching in excess of 25 degrees plus although the water temperature appears to have stabilised at around about 21 degrees. However, the stronger North Easterly winds of last week have been replaced by lighter winds from a variety of directions. The cascade is still running as water is extracted from the Dove and pumped into Foremark, but nevertheless we are now seeing a daily drop in the surface level in excess of 50 centimetres as the reservoir is used to supply water to the East Midlands. The undercurrents around the tower and the dam wall are still attracting a lot of fish with the additional benefits of the nearby aerators which continue to operate.
The fishing remains challenging but anglers using tried and tested hot weather tactics have had some successful days. The daily rod average during the week has at times topped 5.0 with the far side of the reservoir from 3 & 4 buoys down to the valve tower being the most productive area.
The flowing cascade continues to offer opportunities as water is pumped into the reservoir. The marginal weed beds and high-water temperatures continue to make life very difficult for those anglers wanting to fish from the bank, the pontoons and dam wall being their best option as they provide an opportunity to cast into deeper water.
On Monday, novice Luke Archer joined regular Scotty Wilson in a boat and landed 4 out of a catch of 10. Scotty returned on Tuesday and caught a further 5 whilst Shaun Leak used a green snake on a DI7 for his five fish.
DCAC member Mr R. Price visited us on Wednesday morning and landed 7 using a static blob fished between 25 and 30 feet down near the valve tower whilst the Parkers fished together and landed 5 to the boat using similar tactics with all their fish coming in the morning. On Thursday Scott Wilson took the best fish of the week, a nice 4-pound rainbow, which was one of four fish he tempted using a perch fry pattern on a DI7, but Friday proved to be very difficult day with only one angler catching more than a single fish. Saturday saw only 3 boats in the water, but Mr Middleton and Rowley landed 4 and lost 2 using bobbies on a DI7.
Anglers are reporting seeing some fish moving on top and chasing fry but lures (such snakes, tubes, boobies, fry patterns, humungus or fritz) on a fast sinking line are accounting for most of the fish caught. Mornings are providing the best opportunities for catching fish with little action during the afternoon, although the fish seem to become more willing to feed in the evening.
Weekly Draw: A free weekly draw for all anglers is held, the winner being given a free boat voucher. Do not forget to sign up for this offer when in the Lodge. This week’s winner is Mr M Goodge of Leicester.
Tuition Days: The tuition website has been updated with a new blog page /reports section and the first post is just an introduction to the page and what it will offer in the future. The concept is that write ups of guiding trips, tackle reviews and advice, and tips on different fishing methods will be included and it will be updated on two-week intervals. Tuition days can be booked with our Guiding & Tuition Manager, Tom Bird at Draycote on 01788 812018 or made via our website at www.flyfishtuition.co.uk/prices
New for the 2018 season Fishery Management (UK) Ltd are pleased to offer boat tuition days. These days are run to a similar format as the popular bank tuition days, with the difference being that the fishing is taught from a boat. In this section instructors will show participants the correct way to start & drive the boat, anchoring, drifting and boat etiquette.
Thinking of booking a match? We offer discounted rates for group boat bookings and competition permit prices call the lodge for more details: 01283 703202.
We are now offering fly only pike fishing. All pike fishing must be PRE- BOOKED, you must also have a suitable unhooking mat, the correct size landing net, long Forceps, all fly’s must be attached to a wire trace. All fly’s to be 4 inches or longer in length. All pike to be returned.Don’t forget to pick up your loyalty card from the lodge, once you have purchased 10 of the same permit, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all three fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-EyebrookWeekly Stats:
Number Rods: 40 Trout Taken: 23 Number Trout Released: 36
Total Catch: 59 Weekly Rod Average: 1.5
For site security reasons, and in order to maintain the accuracy of our records, could all anglers please ensure that they fill in the catch return sheet before departure. If not in the lodge it will be found on the shelf in the entrance porch. Also given the continuing hot weather, anglers, especially if fishing from a boat, are reminded to maintain their hydration levels by drinking lots of water, and to wear sunscreen.
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 7.30am until 9.45pm Boat All Day: 8:30 until 9.45pm
Morning Boats: 8:30 until 3.00pm Afternoon Boats: 3.00pm until 9.45pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 5.45pm until 9.45pm (Tickets on sale from 5.30pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 10.00pm