Anglers have welcomed the news that Draycote reservoir near Rubgy will be opening for fly-fishing again in the 2011 season under the experienced management of Ifor Jones who already operates Foremark and Thornton reservoirs as popular trout fisheries.

Ifor’s tender was Severn Trent’s preferred bid and he told the Angling Trust:
“I will be encouraging young anglers by extending my ‘Kids go Free’ policy for those sharing an adult’s permit and catch limit and I am very keen to help support the Angling Trust’s England Youth Team at Draycote, Thornton and Foremark again this season.”
Ifor is well known for running Thornton Fishery successfully for nearly 30 years and has been Chairman of the Stillwater Trout Fisheries Association since 2008. He will be announcing detailed arrangements for the fishery shortly.
The Angling Trust has been working closely with Draycote Fly Fishers Association to campaign for the reservoir to re-open for fishing after it was suddenly closed without consultation by Severn Trent Water to make way for building works which in the event never went ahead.
Mark Lloyd, Chief Executive of the Angling Trust said: “I am delighted that Severn Trent has at last announced that Draycote will be open for fishing again. We will be advising the company on ways of increasing access to fishing at all its reservoirs, which are some of the best waters in the country.”