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Title: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: bracken on October 15, 2017, 03:23:13 PM
The Venue: Eyebrook Reservoir on the conjunction of the borders of Rutland, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. This is a very attractive, and large water surrounded by fields and woodland rich in wildlife as well as domesticated animals. This fishery has been taken into care by Ifor and is now a superb float tubing and other trout fishing methods venue.

Nature notes: Large numbers of mallard were present on the water and ‘flighting’ over it throughout the day, many well within gunshot for those of us who appreciate these things. There were also a significant number of those primeval looking cormarants present several of which were not too wary of coming on to the water near boats or fishermen. (One wonders what they might taste like roasted, having been fully fed on protein all their lives – fishy I suspect! They must be useful for something)!?

A pair of buzzards was present in and above the woodland at the end of the dam, one of these has unusually dark plumage making it look almost black in flight. A red kite was also present much of the day in the same area.

The weather: Some meteorlogical optimist was wittering on about about an ‘Indian Summer’! All I can say is that it wasn’t over Eyebrook! The wind forecast was for a maximum of 10mph – they got that badly wrong too! In reality the weather was dry with a very occasional burst of cloudy sunshine. On some parts of the day the wind was enough to give the surface a good ripple, but on too many other occasions it was enough to produce significant waves. For those of us lucky enough to catch fish it became obvious how serious the wind was when you were driven either down near the shore from a 100 plus yards out, or even into anchored boats by the time the trout had been ‘horsed’ into the net prior to release.

The fishermen: Mostly regulars or well known to most of us. I met a member who I had not had the privilege of fishing with before, Chris Owen. Darren joined us to test out his nice new Challenger float tube, and Carl got up early to toddle over from the Cathedral on the hill. The Preston pair and the chemical twins, plus Gary and Andre, and then there was myself and Dave M. bringing up the rear of the bunch. I made that eleven in all heading out onto the water.

The fishing: We fished a Take one fish, Catch and Release ticket, on the basis that most of us had freezers full of fish or didn’t like eating the damned things anyway. Steve F. suggested that we all put a fiver into a kitty and that the winner would take all based on the numbers of fish caught. He’s no fool him, as he tootled off down the bank where he thought nobody could see him – but I definitely kept an eye on him for a while!

If you ignored the previous week’s report about the fish being at the top of the water, then put on an intermediate line with the right worm on the end, it was absolutely stunning fishing. I noted that Steve F. had caught three fish before I had reached the water tower after launch Ric and Gary soon had two and others also quickly had bent rods. After hearing from Gary that he was catching on a damsel I changed the nomad on the end of my line for a red flash damsel with a red bead head. My word didn’t the trout like that! When I eventually located the shoals the action was frenetic with constant pulls then the annoyance of having to try and get the fish in quickly to release them before they became comatose with lactic acid in their muscles. These fish fought like demons and I found it incredibly difficult to get them back to the net. I’m not sure where Ifor gets the stock from but these were lovely trout in very good condition. I took the first fish as instructed, I later lived to regret this, as after netting about a half dozen I caught a beautiful fish around 3.1/2 lbs. which I suspect had been in the water for a couple of years – its fins were clean and pin sharp on the ends and this really was a ‘bar of silver’. Still, it is back in the water for somebody else to enjoy and I hope they appreciate what they have got when / if it is caught again. Darren was fishing near enough to me to see most of the fish that I caught and as he was not doing too well I eventually called him over and told him where the fish were and what I was catching on, also the speed that I was pulling the fly. He still failed to catch while I was probably annoyingly still bringing them in around him. Carl also came and joined us briefly and where I had netted seven and lost two, he bemoaned the fact that he had two in the hand and lost six. What bad luck! Darren had also been losing them and I later found that he was using barbless hooks. (As previously noted in these reports in the past, I long ago gave up on these silly things as I seemed to lose about three quarters of the fish hooked on them).

I had seen Brian catch a couple of fish and had also pulled a couple out when near him in the middle of the lake. Dave M. had been in the area where I caught many of my bagfull and although I knew he had caught fish, I didn’t actually see him playing any. I started the day fishing a trace with a point fly and a sort of maggoty effort tied to one dropper. This particular green white and black ‘fly’ had been tied from the scraps of micro chenille which were left on the tying table after tying some more patterns a few of years ago. I had successfully used one at Eyebrook after a thunderstorm in the past. Sure enough a trout also liked the look of this fly and smash-took it, ripping the dropper off complete with its line length. After its loss, I never fished with anything other than the single fly set-up of a red flash damsel on the point of the leader. The trout eventually shredded and totally destroyed the three of these flies which I had with me.

Darren was still losing any fish which he hooked, but Carl was now managing to get them to the net. After the shoal I was fishing either moved or got fed up with looking at my fly, I eventually went over to the dam and fished near Carl and Darren. I was hoping to get out of the wind because it was by now troubling me and my body was objecting. Unfortunately, the wind had turned around a little and was now blowing directly up the dam, so this move didn’t bring me any relief. The move did however bring me another half dozen fish in the net before I decided that enough was enough and I started heading back to finish early.

I had by now definitely had fifteen fish to hand and possibly another as well, (I got a bit confused around the 10-11-12 count area). I wasn’t particularly bothered by the count as I had been fed some duff information by a nearby Norfolk man, who delighted in winding up Steve F. He told me that Steve F. had caught a believable 17 or 18 by about 1.00pm. I know Steve to be a fisherman who can catch prolifically, so had no doubt in my mind that the score would have rapidly have improved from this number. I suspect that Steve would also have seen me catch a few, so may have taken the bait and been determined to increase his score. So I headed back. Although I was absolutely certain that I could have caught more fish if I wanted to. (I knew exactly where three quite large shoals were, and the fish in them were very keen on my damsel, and didn’t seem as bothered as I was about it being a shredded offering). It was one of those days where I just knew when a fish was going to take the fly, although there were no obvious signs of any even slight take – I don’t know whether this is a response to miniscule imperceptible movements or signs that the body is almost subliminally detecting, or else the fabled hunter’s instinct – but it does happen sometimes. I have had this before – but not often enough!

At the end of the day Steve F. won the kitty with a score of 17 fish - (dammit)! Ric had sixteen and I had a definite fifteen. Andre had eleven, and there were one or two other very notable scores, (I haven’t got the results sheet following quite a dramatic finale to the day, so I cannot quote full chapter and verse here). Needless to say this was an extremely good days fishing and probably the best had by the BFTA on this water over many years. The fish were incredibly hard fighters and I am amazed that in particular I didn’t lose more while fighting them far harder than normal to get them to the net as quickly as possible, (I only lost three after some considerable time on the end, although a couple others came off soon after being lightly hooked).

Intermediate lines were favourite to get down to the fish and most of the ones I saw caught were well below the three feet level. Damsels were definitely working around me as the best fly. I guess other people may have used other flies successfully but I didn’t get to hear of them.

Asides: We were horrified at the end of the afternoon when packing the kit away, that Dave M. became seriously unwell and collapsed in the back of his car. Fortunately, this was spotted quickly, and several members were able to respond rapidly to advice from the emergency services to get Dave onto the ground with his feet higher than his head etc. Dave was effectively comatose/unconscious. At times almost totally not breathing and his pulse was very weak. This was a considerable cause for concern, and some of us were quite worried that he would not survive this one.

During the crisis, I must single out Andre for his tenacity in gently persuading Dave to try and keep his eyes open and not to slip into a total coma, while all the time attentively talking to him to try and keep him ‘awake’. Equally in all this time, (about a quarter of an hour or so), Andre must have been excruciatingly uncomfortable, kneeling on the extremely rough and lumpy car park gravel. I don’t often give the lad accolades, but on this occasion he may have saved a life and deserves both congratulation and acknowledgement for his effort. Others gave their help too, but all most of us could do was to stand around as impotently as concerned geldings in a stud farm while keeping the sun off Dave.

I’m pleased to report that I’m told Dave has been released from hospital, I have spoken to him  this afternoon and he sounds to be very well recovered. I’m sure he will let us know in good time how he feels now.

This situation did highlight an administrative problem which does need addressing. I don't have a current membership list - I normally carry one on my phone which in its simplest form means I can check whether a member is actually a member in case of a problem. However, a more serious situation is what arose here, where we need to contact a family or friend; neither Dave or Phil have their phone numbers listed on the membership list for 2016, (which I did have on my phone). I would suggest to members that the officers of the BFTA at least should have access to these emergency numbers - ex-directory or not. Personally I would never give a number out without checking first that it is OK to do so. I am aware that some of our members have very good reasons for having their numbers kept out of the public domain and we do respect that privacy.

Part of the reason for not having a current membership list is that members have paid through Paypal, and they have not been supplying Kevin with the names - only the payment after they have taken their cut. This does create problems. If you are sure that kev has all your adress and phone No. details I would suggest paying by cheque or in desperation in cash to one of the OFFICERS but make sure they write it down!

On a lighter note. Further to my motorising a float tube for weakling old gits, I did say that I would try a 7AH battery to see how well it would work. It actually helped me most of the way from one end of the Eyebrook dam to the other against the wind, and was still going well when I switched it off after passing the water tower. About half this trip was in low gear theoretically drawing about 7 amps, and the rest in second gear which should draw 15 amps. In theory the battery should last an hour in first and about 25 minutes in second. I did doubt this, but what I can say is that as an emergency source of aid it was effective. I wouldn’t like to rely on it from the Markfield arm at Thornton to get back to the lodge in a strong wind, but it would certainly help for part of the journey. Here, it should be remembered that two 7AH batteries are a lot lighter than a 21AH battery and could be stored in the tube arms if a few fly boxes are left behind.

On the same subject, I bought a 10 litre dri-bag from Decathlon to put the battery in as an attempt at keeping it dry. It doesn’t. The Dri-bag half filled with water and acted as an extremely efficient bucket, which covered the battery with about three inches of water. I am amazed that the batteries don’t short out bearing in mind the amount of ‘crap’ in the waters we FT in. I briefly spoke to Ivan, on his visit to see us with his hairy pet lion cub; regarding his battery solution. Ivan reckoned he used a coarse fishing bait box with a push fit lid which did the job. I’ll have to get Andy W. to send me a photo. I can assure everybody that an airtight clip lid food box doing the same job, is not at all watertight! They fill up totally with water a treat!

To continue: It was good to see Ivan and his partner, plus a new and delightful pet. Sadly we didn’t get quite as much time for chat and banter as we would have liked, as Ivan spent much of his after match time as pulse checker and phone operator in chief. I can report that I’m pleased to say that Ivan looked very well.

After all the excitement died down we went back in the lodge and had home-prepared soup and started the AGM. We were delighted that Andre’s wife Sue had joined us and prepared the soup and French bread in readiness for our repast. She also made us very acceptable cups of tea to keep our voices lubricated during the meeting.

Andre will write up some minutes of the AGM in due course, (that means about a week before the next AGM). We presented a few trophies. I think I proved to everybody that the statement “statistics, statistics and damned lies”, was largely true, except that Carl disproved some of it by winning on all the three scenarios which I related. Steve Naylor resigned as Vice Chairman and Steve Frakes was elected to succeed him – (I’m assured that Steve F. knows a lot about Vice so should be excellent for the job). Dave C. was thanked for his meticulous record keeping of the Championship points, and making sure I didn’t rig the records so I could win again! (By the way - How did I end up doing that job as well)?

I will attempt to put a summary of what I said regarding the points scores under a separate post for those that take a keen interest in the system. (It might all go a bit haywire though as this website doesn’t do pasted in tables and excel spreadsheets)!

Acknowledgements: Many thanks to Ifor and his excellent team at Eyebrook for one of the nicest and most prolific days fishing we have had this year.

Also many thanks to Andre and Sue for the soup and rolls, and Andre for organising the day and the bacon butties cooking in the morning.


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: dave on October 15, 2017, 04:41:13 PM
Hi, just to report that Dave is now fit and well after his escapade at Eyebrook, Kettering hospital looked after him very well and did numerous tests which all came back satisfactory. He was finally discharged with no further treatment just after 7pm It was 11pm when we finally arrived back home as when the  family called to collect him the hospital had lost him and it took about an hour of us asking and wandering around that we found him. I would like to thank you all for the help you gave him, you were all wonderful and are true good friends. this morning he was well enough to go to Eyebrook to collect his car and even to drive it back his self, apart from being very tired he is almost back to normal. Once again a big thank you to you all.

Sheila and Dave Minogue.


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: buzzerman on October 15, 2017, 05:34:57 PM
Glad to hear you are OK Dave you gave us a bit of a scare so we asked the nice ambulance people to cut up your clothes for scaring us ;D


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: Ric the Red on October 15, 2017, 07:58:49 PM
Great to hear your back in form hope to see you soon .
Ric


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: buzzerman on October 16, 2017, 09:25:06 AM
Regarding the fishing I had the bulk of my fish on a 3' midge tip with a floating fry on the point with a corixia in the middle and a very light coloured cruncher on the top dropper. I had 3 double hook ups where the fish broke me off and a treble hook up that I managed to land the top 2 fish with difficulty. The corixia pattern accounted for 8 fish the pattern was a small pearl fritz with a pheasant tail back and pheasant tail paddles.


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: bracken on October 16, 2017, 01:29:23 PM
Interesting Steve. This is fairly similar to the Eyebrook reports from the previous week for the set-up that was working then. Just goes to show that the fish weren't particularly fussy about the flies, or indeed what depth they were feeding at on Saturday. It appears that if you found out where they were and presented the fly to their liking, then they would take it. I never fished more than the single fly after the first hour, so never had the double hook-up problem but there were so many fish under those sage coloured willows at the top of the dam, I suspect that it would have inevitably happened. The boats in that area were mostly fishing floating lines much of the time, but were not catching so many fish. A couple of boat fishermen were on some degree of sinking line and stripping quite quickly, but again they were not catching that many - I suspect that the fly was moving too fast. I definitely felt numerous fish 'mouthing' the fly when it was being figure of eighted quite slowly, so that did attract their attention.

I took a rod out fitted with a floating line with hopper, cruncher and small booby as the three flies, but never took it out of the rod holder as the intermediate plus damsel kept me so busy and full of confidence until I had to leave the water.

All in all this was an astonishingly good days fishing - far better than anything that i have ever experienced in the past at Eyebrook. And didn't the fish go well when they were hooked?


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: Clayts on October 16, 2017, 11:17:36 PM
Regarding the fishing I had the bulk of my fish on a 3' midge tip with a floating fry on the point with a corixia in the middle and a very light coloured cruncher on the top dropper. I had 3 double hook ups where the fish broke me off and a treble hook up that I managed to land the top 2 fish with difficulty. The corixia pattern accounted for 8 fish the pattern was a small pearl fritz with a pheasant tail back and pheasant tail paddles.

Great Angling Steve well done mate.. Sounds like you all had a cracking day...

Mark..


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: Clayts on October 16, 2017, 11:20:22 PM
Regarding the fishing I had the bulk of my fish on a 3' midge tip with a floating fry on the point with a corixia in the middle and a very light coloured cruncher on the top dropper. I had 3 double hook ups where the fish broke me off and a treble hook up that I managed to land the top 2 fish with difficulty. The corixia pattern accounted for 8 fish the pattern was a small pearl fritz with a pheasant tail back and pheasant tail paddles.

Great Angling Steve well done mate.. Sounds like you all had a cracking day...

Mark..

Ohh and congrats on your new post a Vice Chairman..????


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: Ric the Red on October 17, 2017, 09:28:00 AM
Hello Gents are the results going to be posted soon
Ric


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: bracken on October 17, 2017, 07:01:34 PM
Sorry Ric I don't have the results sheet - but Andre does I hope. As he did announce at the AGM, he has a serious work commitment in your old stamping ground for a few days, so we will have to give him a jolt later.



Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: GaryC on October 17, 2017, 07:36:27 PM
Great to hear you are all okay and recovered Dave, however it did
seem a very extreme way to get out of eating Andre's soup !!


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: andre on October 19, 2017, 04:18:38 PM
Hi guys, yes sorry no results yet arrived home from the fatherland in the early hours of this morning, I'll do my best to get it published tomorrow. I have now received the balance sheet from Kev so I can start to write up the AGM minutes as well and hopefully get them in for marking with Tony next week.

Andre.


Title: Re: Eyebrook Results
Post by: andre on October 20, 2017, 01:20:19 PM
1st     Steve Frakes     17 Fish landed
2nd    Ric Dunnett       16 Fish
3rd     Tony Parker      15 Fish
4th     Andre Russell    11 Fish
5th     Brian Heald         9 Fish
6th     Darren Lee          5 Fish
7th     Gary Cragg         4 Fish
          Chris Owens       4 Fish
          Carl Ward           4 Fish
10th    Dave Minogue    3 fish
11th    Dave Carrie       2 Fish

90 fish landed so an average of just over 8 / angler - well done everyone and thank you to the Eyebrook Management & Staff for their support on the day.

Andre.


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: davec on October 20, 2017, 02:41:23 PM
not only was I beaten 8/5 by Brian on the Preston challenge cup but I think naming a storm after him is taking it too far,


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: buzzerman on October 24, 2017, 12:14:24 PM
You never know Dave they might name a small breeze after you 'The Dave C Little Puff' :D :D


Title: Re: Eyebrook AGM meeting - 14th October 2017
Post by: rider12351 on October 26, 2017, 06:34:49 PM
Hi guys nice to see you all again and very pleased Dave is ok. Dave you should have said you did not want to say goodbye mate no need to go that far...lol Have a great christmas and a happy fishing good year.

Ivan