Foremark weekly report week ending 12th August 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
This week has seen a lot of variety in the weather with a red-hot day, some overcast days, and finally some rain, with wind which has predominantly been from the west. Water temperatures have fluctuated from a high of 24 degrees on Thursday to a much kinder 19 degrees on Sunday afternoon. (It was 18 degrees on Monday morning) Despite the rainfall this week, demand for water remains high and the levels continue to drop. The staff have had to place a temporary walkway from the concrete ramp to the pontoon. Anglers are advised to take care when using the pontoon since the temporary walkway whilst solid and secure has some steps. The cascade is still running albeit it is flowing into shallow water, and there are still strong undercurrents in the vicinity of the tower which is where the water is extracted. These undercurrents, in combination with the nearby aerators, are still attracting significant numbers of fish but they are still proving difficult to catch.
We have further utilised the fish finder to cover other areas of the reservoir and to confirm the hot spots for the fish. As of Monday 13th August, of this current week, the indications are that the fish are still holding between number 1 buoy and number 2 buoy and from there towards and in and within the vicinity of the aerators. The water temperature has fallen to circa 18 degrees centigrade. The fish have risen in the water table, with the impact of the falling temperature, and are holding between 2 and 4 meters, albeit some fish are still deeper especially within the aerators. The Ticknall bank side of the reservoir is only holding a few fish. The areas around buoys 8, 10 and 7 are indicating fish which tend to be deeper areas of the reservoir. The top dam wall away from the aerators is only indicating spasmodic fish numbers although there are some small concentrations in the deeper areas. The fall in temperature was somewhat confirmed since again on Monday of this current week fish were caught on the surface. Carvers Arm with the fall in water level is basically shallow and the cascade although flowing does not, which as previously stated does not have much water depth. A few trout have been observed feeding on the fry around the pontoon which is again is a result of the lower temperature.
As the fishing remains stubbornly challenging (although slightly better than last week), the number of rods for the week has remained low with anglers mostly recording only a single fish taken. Some anglers continue to buck the trend and have some reasonable sport. Thornton member Chris Sayer took 2 fish on Wednesday as did season ticket holder, Mr Reid on Thursday, Colin Froggatt and Chris Gardner took 5 to their boat on Saturday whilst on Sunday Messer’s Hunt and Thompson, both Thornton members caught 3 on boobies fished at depth.
The aerators are still the fishing main spot for fish. Anglers need to observe the fishing etiquette of fishing the aerators. Anglers need to set up their boat such that they drift through the aerators noting, because of the depth of water, you cannot anchor in the boils. The boat engine should not be started within or near the aerators in order to maintain station on the boils, except if there is an emergency. The boat should be allowed to drift through and then when well clear of the aerators the engine started and go around the aerators, not through them, and positioned to begin a further drift. If there is more than one boat fishing this area, then boats should take their natural turn within the group of boats for drifting the aerators such that all anglers have an equal chance of fishing this area. It would be appreciated if all anglers observed this etiquette.
Weekly Draw: A free to enter weekly draw is held for all anglers, with the winner receiving a voucher for a free boat. This week’s winner is Mr Colin Froggatt from Sandiacre
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 four fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-Eyebrook
Weekly Stats: Number Rods: 34
Trout Taken: 17 Number Trout Released: 6
Total Catch: 23 Weekly Rod Average: 0.67
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.
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 7.30am until 8.45pm Boat All Day: 8:30am until 8.45pm
Morning Boats: 8:30am until 2.30pm Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.45pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 4.45m until 8.45pm (Tickets on sale from 4.30pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 9.00pm