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Draycote to re-open Thursday, May 28

Warwickshire's Draycote Water will re-open for fly fishing on Thursday, May 28.

In an effort to control numbers of visitors at the reservoir, owners Severn Trent will reduce the available car-parking space and the site will shut once all spaces are full, at which time no more vehicles will be allowed on site.

Fishery Management UK's Ifor Jones said in a press release: "Initially we will only be offering Full Day Bookings, I advise bank and boat anglers to be on site no later than 10.30am, or you may find the site closed and you will not be allowed on. "You will be able to leave whenever you want", he added.

16 boats and one Wheelyboat will be in operation, with only one angler allowed per boat (unless two anglers from the same household fish together). A maximum of 30 bank anglers' vehicles will be allowed around the perimeter road, fishing at a minimum of 15 metres apart.

Severn Trent and Fishery Mangement UK will be reviewing the current site arrangement daily. "Hopefully, if social distancing is observed by everyone who visits we will be able to offer in the near future, Full Day, Part Day and Last 4-hour permits", said Ifor.

The fishery will have hand sanitiser at the lodge and on the pontoon for anglers to use, although anglers are also advised to bring their own and use it especially if you have used a keypad or gone through a gate.

The main toilets at the lodge will not be open, although Severn Trent advise that the toilets at their ranger base / country park entrance will be open.

Only those anglers (bank and boat) who have pre-booked will be allowed to fish. Pre-payment will be required at the time of booking. All bank and boat tickets, receipts, allocated boat numbers and confirmations will be posted on the outside of lodge window for pick up.

Anglers are reminded that to comply with Covid-19 guidelines they should travel to the fishery by themselves unless they are travelling with a family member who lives at the same address.


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