NATIONAL ANGLING COUNCIL
2019 - DRAYCOTE WATER 21st June
Fair weather greeted the anglers at Draycote Water this year. A light Westerly/South Westerly wind with sunny periods coupled with plenty of fly life and trout moving on the top of the water,was a very good sign that a day of ‘fishy’ action was ahead. Previous day's practice sessions had revealed that the trout were feeding on a plethora of food items including small black midge, daphnia, pin fry and snails.
Most of the boats headed for Farnborough Bank and Tofts looking for easier fish as these areas held large numbers of recently stocked trout. Action was brisk for the first hour or so but then things became a little harder. John Heppell (Northern) had 6 fish in the first hour on lures and a fast glass line but then nothing for the next 3 hours! Lee Patten (Midlands) and S. Halford (North West)) stayed in the Farnborough Bank area and had success on fast glass lines and Diawl Bach nymphs – both reaching their 12 fish limits by early afternoon.
By the afternoon boats were spreading out away from the stockies. Mark Linton (NI) migrated to the middle shoal around X buoy and caught his 12 fish on a blob/cormorant combination. Kieron Thomas and Bob Jones (Wales) fished Hensborough Bank using a black snake on Di3 sweep and caught quality rainbows in the 3- 4 lbs bracket to reach their limits by 3.30pm.
Six anglers caught their 12 fish limit and a total of 171 fish were caught overall. The rod average was a very creditable (7.4 ). All anglers commented on the hard fighting quality of the fish – a tribute to the fishery.
We would like to thank the fishery management for their continued support of this event in providing tackle for the prize giving.
A tremendous thank you also to Craig Barr from Flash Attack Flies for his sponsorship where he provided six free flies for each angler plus vouchers and tackle for the prize giving. He has provided us with a special code to enable members to get 20% off their orders from his fly company www.flashattackflies.com and is happy for this to be extended to members friends and family (contact Jim North for the code).
Should you be fortunate enough to qualify next year please remember to report to the weigh in station, even if you have not caught anything. Please note that this not a one day event, you are expected to stay the night before the final, fish the match and attend the presentation meal. If you cannot commit yourself to the full agenda then let your regional organiser know as soon as possible so that he can replace you with a reserve.
Also I recommend that you arrange to have at least one practice session on the day prior to the final. You are representing your region and it is your responsibility to try as hard as possible.
PLEASE NOTE THAT NEXT YEAR'S FINAL IS ON FRIDAY 22Nd JUNE.
Previous year's results - 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Please note that accommodation for these finals is booked at least a
year in advance and numbers are based on the regional teams that we know
will be taking part. If you want to bring your partner or make the event a
family holiday you must contact the angling council first so we can
arrange that you get our room rate, do not approach