Foremark weekly report week ending 23rd September 2018
Telephone Number: 01283 703202
The fishing continues to improve as the cooler autumnal weather settles in, although the fishery has suffered at the hands of the two storm fronts that passed through the UK this week resulting in the fishery being closed on Wednesday and Friday. In-between the storms, the weather has been primarily cloudy with some rain and light winds from the south west.
The water temperature is holding steady at 15 degrees centigrade and has been at this level for most of the week. Despite the cooler weather and the apparent drop in demand, the water level in the reservoir continues to drop. A slight advantage though is that several of the normal fish holding areas are now being revealed allowing a careful assessment of the underwater topography which will be invaluable when the levels returned to normal.
The best fishing areas remain the main basin from number 1 to number 2 buoy and beyond to the aerators and number 3 buoy, including number 7 buoy off Hut Point to the top dam wall. Fishing on the drift remains the most effective fishing tactic and when the wind has been reasonably high, the use of a drogue to slow the drift is recommended. Hut Point and Verdun’s Point remain the most favourable spots for the bank anglers although the beach in front of the lodge is holding fish. In the main basin, the fish appear to be in the top two or three feet of the water, allowing the use of floating, midge tips or intermediate lines, coupled with dries, washing line tactics, wake patterns or fry patterns. Small shrimp patterns on the dropper are worth trying.
On Monday, season ticket holder, Mr Reid took 7 fish on daddies during an afternoon session, whilst DCAC member Mr Bradley took 4 as did Mr Stroud who fished dries from the bank in the deeper water off Hut point. On Tuesday the rod average rose to 4.5 with DCAC member Alan Topping taking four fish whilst Paul Walker netted eleven on damsels.
Adverse weather then affected the fishery from Wednesday onwards although Mr Downie and his boat partner took advantage of the slight respite on Thursday and were rewarded with 6 fish to their boat. Saturday saw the weather return to something resembling normality although spells of heavy rain swept through during the afternoon. However, fish were still caught , with Scotty Wilson recording the best catch taking 6 fish on white muddlers whilst drifting away from the boils towards the dam wall. The heavy rain and gales forecast for Sunday didn’t materialise although few anglers took advantage of the last-minute change in the weather. One that did was season ticket holder, Mr Hemmings who fished from the bank in front of the lodge during the morning and landed four on a team of diawl bachs and blobs.
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 Fogg of Derby
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: 24
Trout Taken: 18 Number Trout Released: 39
Total Catch: 57 Weekly Rod Average: 2.4
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 6.45pm Boat All Day: 8:30am until 6.45pm
Morning Boats: 8:30am until 1.45pm Afternoon Boats: 2.00pm until 6.45pm
Last 4 Hour tickets: From 2.45pm until 6.45pm (Tickets on sale from 2.30pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 7.00pm