Foremark weekly report week ending 19th August 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
The weather this week has finally become more sympathetic to fly fishing being overcast some times, wet and interspersed with sunny periods with medium wind speeds from the southwest, but sometimes blustery. The water temperature has held at 18 degrees centigrade and appears to be slowly on the decline. The water level of the reservoir whilst still dropping is not dropping at the alarming rate it was probably caused by the consumer reducing the demand, an increase of pump rate from Eggington and aided and abetted by the rain we have experienced. We are aware that Severn Tent has dredged the channel on the Dove at Eggington to increase the water extraction rate. As stated in the previous weeks report, the staff has had to place a temporary walkway from the concrete ramp to the pontoon. The length of the walkway is increasing as indicated by the decreasing water level and 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.
The best areas for fishing as indicated by the fish finder results of previous reports is still holding good and has been confirmed by the fishing results of this week. Just to remind you we indicated that number 1 to 2 buoys and on to the aerators were the major areas for indicated fish. The fish returns have also indicated number 3 buoy and towards the dam wall is also of interest. You may extend this logic and surmise that fishing inside buoys 1 & 2 closer to the dam wall may produce better fishing? This when coupled with the fact that trout have been observed chasing pin fry around the pontoon indicates that the trout have been encouraged out of the depths to feed primarily because of the cooler water temperature. The last fish finder usage did indicate that the fish were located higher in the water table rather than at the extreme depth. Early morning fishing and late evening is producing better recorded catches. The cascade with an increased flow albeit into shallow water has produce some trout and significant number of perch but be wary of the state of water being discharged; dirty water will be a deterrent to trout.
The aerators are still a hot spot for fishing. We make no apology in reminding anglers again of the need to observe the fishing etiquette for 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.
On Monday Paul Walker caught 3 on damsels on a floating line and klinkhammers on a floating line from 1 to 2 buoy and towards the tower/aerators. On Tuesday Mick Reid caught 5 on a intermediate line pulling white snakes fast at approximately 2/3 feet down on an intermediate whilst fishing a wind lane close to the aerators. Messer’s Taft and Colley had 8 to the boat using a clear glass lines and small lures. Drifting in the boat produced the fish. On Wednesday Kev Hart had 10 fish on a midge tip line using 2 blobs and holographic cruncher. He was again drifting from number 3 buoy towards the dam wall. Paul Walker had 12 fish on daddy longlegs on a floating line in the vicinity of buoy 1.
On Thursday there was a Cheshire police match and 11 anglers competed. The weather was unfortunately blustery and sunny which somewhat made the fish more arduous. Never the less compared to previous weeks the rod average for the match was good at 1.6 with first place to Ian Wood catching 5 fish, Messer A Dunedon came second 4 fish and Messer R Hood came third with 3 fish. The Fishery would like to extend its thanks to Ian Wood for his effective organisation of the fishing event.
On Friday the wind was more constant with a wind speed of 8 mph blowing from a westerly direction. Mick Reid caught 3 fish on a blue flash damsel on a intermediate line whilst Paul Walker caught 7 fish on klinkhammers and boobies on either floating or intermediate lines.
Brian White on Saturday caught 3 trout on a green fritz in the cascade. He also caught an exceedingly large amount of perch.
Sunday brought some good news with the superb condition of fish caught by Kevin Hart, demonstrating they must have still been feeding hard whilst holding at depth throughout the prolonged heatwave. Kevin netted 8 during an afternoon session on drifts before and after the aerators using muddlers waked through the waves, mini boobies and crunchers. For a fish photograph visit www.facebook.com/FlyFishStore
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 R Hood of the Cheshire Police.
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: 50
Trout Taken: 42 Number Trout Released: 50
Total Catch: 92 Weekly Rod Average: 1.8
Current Fishing Times:
Bank: 7.30am until 8.30pm Boat All Day: 8:30am until 8.30pm
Morning Boats: 8:30am until 2.30pm Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.30pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 4.30pm until 8.30pm (Tickets on sale from 4.15pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 8.45pm