Fishing report 2nd September 2018

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Foremark weekly report week ending 2nd September 2018

Telephone Number: 01283 703202


Monday and Tuesday of this week afforded the anglers some excellent conditions weather wise since it was cloudy with some breeze that gave a reasonable ripple over the water. The water temperature was maintained at 17 degrees centigrade. From Wednesday onwards, the water temperature increased to 18 degrees centigrade and sunny spells prevailed. The catch returns reflected the change in the weather and the water temperature. The water level of the reservoir continues to fall and access to the pontoon is being achieved by a temporary footbridge extension. Anglers need to take care since the footbridge segments creates some minor steps. The cascade is operational whilst not necessary at maximum flow because of water extraction conditions on the Dove at Eggington.


The surprising return this week was that fish were caught from the bank at Hut Point and it appears that the fish are feeding on fry in the shallower water. This was also confirmed by a bank angler who was fishing of off the dam wall albeit he did not land fish but lost one. The recommended hot spots for boats are still holding good based on the catch returns noting that the cascade has started to feature. Hence to reiterate the areas are number 1 buoy to 2 buoy the aerators and across to number 3 buoy. Whilst floating muddlers and small boobies/blobs pulled through the surface ripple have been effective the additional flies to consider are daddies, damsels, hares ear nymph, red diawl bach, and various lures. The cascade has also provided some trout sport noting there is also a profusion of perch within the same area.


On Bank holiday Monday Mr Skudder, a Burton Mutual and Thornton member, caught 4 fish off the top of the water on boobies and hare’s ears. Karl Reiter caught 2 fish using a blue flash damsel and a daddy longlegs. A last 4-hour boat angler Mr Jared caught 1 on dry flies close to the dam wall half way to the tower from the pontoon. Tuesday was a great day and the rod average for 7 rods was 5.9. The notable catches were all from a boat with Paul Walker catching 12 on damsels and dry flies, Mick Reid returning a catch of 7, and Messrs Coley and Taft catching 17 on muddlers and daddies. Thursday a bank angler caught 2 from Hut Point and 6 fish were caught from a boat by Scotty Wilson fishing the aerators. Friday saw the return of Paul Walker, a Foremark member, who fishing from a boat landed 6 fish on wet flies and buzzers. Interestingly there has been significant swallow /swift activity over the reservoir at infrequent times during the day. On Friday Chris Gardner caught 3 fish from the cascade on a green fritz with a yellow tail.


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 Connor Beard of Milford..


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


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: 54



Trout Taken:   19              Number Trout Released: 63


Total Catch: 82                   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.

Current Fishing Times:


Bank: 7.30am until 8.00pm                         Boat All Day: 8:30am until 8.00pm


Morning Boats: 8:30am until 2.30pm         Afternoon Boats: 2.30pm until 8.00pm


Last 4 Hour tickets: From 4.00pm until 8.00pm (Tickets on sale from 3.45pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 8.15pm


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