Weekly Foremark report 14th October

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Foremark weekly report week ending 14th October 2018


Telephone Number: 01283 703202


The weeks weather has been very varied with a mixture of nice sunny days earlier in the week followed by 2 days of storms which prevented the boats from leaving the dock and on Sunday when the wind finally dropped, there was heavy rain all day.


Winds for the major part of the week have been from the south west ranging from a gentle 6 to 10 knots through to gale force winds with gusts approaching 45 knots. The fish have moved in closer to the banks and some of last week’s stocking are still to be found in and around the cascade. The water level of the reservoir continues to gradually rise but it will take considerable time for the levels to rise to normality.


The top dam wall and the tower including the aerators is still providing a productive location for boat fishing. However, whilst number 1 buoy remains a hot spot most boats have caught on the drift through the main basin. The cascade has produced some significant catches most of which have been caught near the bank in shallow water. The bank angling continues to improve as the fish continue to target the fry, with the productive areas being the bank/dam wall in front of the lodge, Verdun’s Point and Hut Point. The successful fly patterns have been various lures, cat whiskers, damsels, hoppers, nymphs, fry imitations and daddies.


On Tuesday, Paul Walker took 9 fish from his boat on a mixture of damsels and buzzers, whilst   DCAC member Alan Topping landed 6 working the margins with fry patterns. Wednesday was the nicest day of the week weather wise and the fish responded well with a daily rod average of 4. DCAC member Mr Mc Williams landed 6 as did fellow DCAC member Mr Betts whose caught his fish on fry patterns. Season ticket member Owen Rivett took 6 fish alternating between daddies fished on top or fry patterns fished sub surface. whilst Ricky Cotterill used blobs on a midge tip line to land six nice rainbows from the cascade.


On Thursday, DCAC members Mr. Grainey and Mr. Burton landed seven fish to their boat whilst Thornton member Mr Barker bank fished and caught 2 fish. With the gale force winds on Friday and Saturday preventing boat fishing, the fishery was quiet although 2 hardy anglers fished from the bank and both were rewarded with fish, with Paul Walker landing 3 in very difficult conditions.

The wind finally abated on Saturday evening although heavy rain fell overnight and all through Sunday. 12 members of the North West Fly Fishers (NWFF) visited the fishery on Sunday. Twelve anglers caught 38 fish for a rod average of 3.2; the winner being Mr N Stockdale with a catch of 6 fish totalling 12lbs 5 ounces and the best fish weighing 3lbs 7 ounces caught on a white zonker. The Fishery wishes to thank Mr Ian Cooper of NWFF for organising the event.

Also, on Sunday Mr Varley, a bank angler, caught 2 fish from Flamingo bay on damsels.


Next weekend (Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st), Burton Sailing Club will be hosting a regatta which will mean more sailing boats than is usual. As normal the fishery staff will work with the sailing club to minimise the impact on the fishing.


On the 28th October there is an open competition charity match on the behalf of prostate cancer, fishing from 10am to 3pm, followed by a buffet and a raffle. Please telephone the lodge to make a reservation to support this charity event.



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. Peter Cook of Staunton Harold.


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 permits, your next visit of that permit option is FREE valid at all four fisheries, Thornton-Foremark-Draycote-Eyebrook




Weekly Stats:                                      Number Rods: 42


Trout Taken:     55           Number Trout Released: 50


Total Catch:   105           Weekly Rod Average: 2.5



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 6.15pm                         Boat All Day: 8:30am until 6.15pm


Morning Boats: 8:30am until 1.30pm


Last 4 Hour tickets: From 2.15 pm until 6.15pm (Tickets on sale from 2.00pm)

All anglers to be off site by: 6.30pm


Tight lines

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