Anglina water trout and pike fishing
Week ending 2 August 2015

In the race for victory in the Rutland Tuesday Night boat league it’s neck and neck between Richard Cooper and Keith Jones

26lb Pike for Piotr at Pitsford
Perfect conditions for predator fishing as Piotr Krygier takes a personal best at Pitsford

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Rutland Water
Fish week 2.64 (Season 3.51) Returns 143 (4,854) Rod average 2.64 (3.51)

John Wadham caught the best Rainbow of the week – a fine 5lb specimen. John, who is a season ticket holder and regular visitor to Rutland Water, enjoyed a really good week fishing the bank. He took 11 fish for 37lb and says “It was my best catch since September 2014 with all fish caught from the bank in a few inches of water.”

Season ticket holder Al Owen shared a boat with good friend John Slavin from Renfrewshire in Scotland. The pair fished for 6 days enduring some variable strong winds, but they managed a very creditable 84 fish, most of which were silvered up rainbows over 2lb. They fished over the deeper water of the reservoir, alternating with various sinking lines and tube flies from the main basin through to the north and south arms. Al, who is the top guide at Rutland, continued his form later in the week by winning the over 50’s pairs competition on Saturday 1 August.

Some anglers have struggled to get to grips with the weather conditions whilst others have caught really good numbers, and quality fish along the way.

Boat anglers have had the lion’s share of fish though individual bank anglers had excellent sport off the shoreline. The majority of boats fished over the deep water and caught silvered up stock fish. Some of those who gave the bottom of the arms a visit and persevered with dries and nymphs were rewarded with some nice rainbows, but two specimen browns were also caught weighing 6lb 2½oz and 5lb 7oz respectively, Nick Coats, and Dermot Speight were in the right spot at the right time with both fish coming from the South Arm last Thursday and Saturday.

Bank fishing has slowed down with fish in some areas moving out from the shoreline, however there are still places to investigate. Long time season ticket holder John Wadham managed a very creditable eleven fish for the week, which totalled a very impressive 37lb in weight! John’s tactics were a softly, softly approach casting to fish in very shallow water, and keeping a very low profile, including not having to wade, secured rainbows up to 5lb (The best recorded this week) using dry fly and emergers. John mentioned that another area worth looking at is the Normanton bank where fish were moving on Sunday morning when Rutland Fly Fishers had one of their bank meetings for beginners.

63,600 fish have been stocked so far this season. Water clarity is very good, although the variable winds have been a problem on some days. Fish are not feeding particularly hard, but there are now good numbers of fry harbouring around and in the many weedbeds. Anglers are still catching on dries and nymphs. Fry patterns may now be worth a try with Roach fry averaging around 1-1½ inches and perch fry to 2½ inches. Damsels are still in good numbers, corixa, snails and shrimp are also showing with some fish feeding out in the deeper water on daphnia.

Rutland Water continued

Competition news

Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 1 August

This match was fished last Saturday. It was a relaxed loch style event without restrictions on fly size. 20 anglers fished with varied results. Al Owen and Graham Pearson won – the pair finishing early with 16 fish for 31lb 7¼oz. In second place was the unique pairing of Keith Jones and Keith Jones who had 13 fish for 22lb 7½lb. Roger Marshall and Rob Toptalow took third place with seven fish for 14lb 12¼oz. Hilary Tomlinson took 5 hard earned fish with boat partner Roger McCarthy, the pair took fourth place with seven fish, despite Roger having the misfortune of breaking a rod. Dermot Speight took the best fish of the match – a superb 5lb 7oz Brown.

Tuesday Night Boat League
Week 10 of the league

Richard Cooper went back to the top of the leader board this week with a very quick 16lb eight fish limit. Richard found his fish from East Creek back to the fishing lodge, as did Mick Bennett and Chris Binley, who shared the same boat. Although the league didn’t start until 6pm the pair were back at 8.30 with daylight to spare and 16 fish. Even more incredible was Mick and Chris each weighed in 8 fish for 14lb 14¾oz to share second place on the night. Keith Jones took third place finding his fish later on. The best fish on the night was caught by youngster and newcomer to the league, Louis Masserelli from Loughborough, who netted a 2lb 12½oz Rainbow.

The league leader board now stands as follows

Richard Cooper 56 points

Keith Jones 51 points

Adi Naylor 37 points

Information for all anglers
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire.

The species was discovered by a keen-eyed member of Anglian Water staff at Pitsford Water on 17 July, and following testing at the company’s laboratory in Huntingdon was confirmed the next day, 18 July. Confirmation was also given by Environment Agency ecologists on 21 July.

The presence of this species in the water does not pose any threat to human health. Water from the reservoir is treated to a very high standard before being supplies to local homes for drinking.

It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Rutland Water Continued

Best methods Bank – dries and nymphs.
Boat – as for bank but include various lures, blobs, boobies etc, fished on various sinking lines.

Best Rainbow 5lb taken by John Wadham.

Best Brown 6lb 2½oz taken by Nick Coats of York.

Best bank areas Normanton Church to Fantasy Island, bottom of the North Arm.

Best boat areas Sailing Club to Fishing Lodge, Normanton Church to Fantasy Island, Yellowstone to Spud Bay. Bottom of both arms for bigger fish.

Mid week boat winner Dave Porter of Edith Weston.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 13 & 16 August;5,13 & 27 September; 4,10,24 & 31 October.

Tuesday Night boat league commenced 12 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 August

Anglian Water Loch Style 4 Man team 12 August

Scierra Pairs Final 5-6 September

WaterAid 18 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 19 September

AWAI Final 5-7 October

Anglian Water Pairs non rudder & rudder 10 October

Fry Feeders Match 18 October

Grafham Water

Fish week 518(season 15,370) Returns 167 (3,701) Rod average 3.1 (4.15)

Grafham Water continues to provide good consistent Summer sport with a rod average of 3.1 and a lot of fish over 3lb.

Bank anglers have enjoyed good sport this week with the Dam giving the most consistent catch rates. Best bank methods have been floating lines with shrimp patterns, GRHE, diawl bachs, crunchers and pheasant tail nymphs. When the wind has been favourable Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, Hill Farm and G Buoy have produced good sport.

Boat anglers have had success across a number of areas of the reservoir, on floating or Di3 lines with fab’s, boobies, blobs, cormorants, crunchers, diawl bachs and GRHE proving effective. The most prolific boat areas have been the Boils, Bowl and south of Dam, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, B,G and K Buoys.

Competition news
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Chris McLeod won this week by a narrow margin from Graham Bodsworth. Chris caught and released four trout to Graham’s 3. Chris fished a floating line with crunchers and GRHE at the south end of the Dam.

Information for all anglers
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire.

The species was discovered by a keen-eyed member of Anglian Water staff at Pitsford Water on 17 July, and following testing at the company’s laboratory in Huntingdon was confirmed the next day, 18
July. Confirmation was also given by Environment Agency ecologists on 21 July.

The presence of this species in the water does not pose any threat to human health. Water from the reservoir is treated to a very high standard before being supplies to local homes for drinking.

It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Best Rainbow 4lb 10oz taken by Rick Barlow.

Best Brown 3lb 2oz taken by P Bateson.

Best boat areas Bowl and South Dam, G,K and B Buoys, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Boils.

Grafham Water continued

Best bank areas Dam, Gaynes Cove, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm.

Best methods See report.

Mid Week Boat Winner J Barnard of Cambridge.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 9 and 23 August; 6,16, 20 (Pike) & 25 September; 3 & 18 October.

Lexus European Individual Final 12 & 13 September
Troutmasters Final (fishing closed to non competitors) 21 September
Bob Church Classic 27 September

Anglian Water Rudder Match 3 October

Fry Feeder Match 17 October

Pitsford Water
Fish week 250 (season 8,438) Returns 119 (1,745) Rod average 2.1 (4.8)

The weather has not been kind to our anglers again this week with strong North Westerly winds and cool conditions making catching fish challenging.

However, there have still been good fish caught – particularly for season ticket holder Mark Hawtin who had a lovely 3lb 8oz Brown whilst fishing in the evening boat club and another weighing 4lb 1oz taken off the Gravels. Both fish were caught on red/orange crunchers and released to see another day. There have also been several over wintered Rainbows caught weighing 4-5lb.

The reservoir had a large stocking of fish last week so there should be some good sport for anglers who find them.

Predator fishing

On Sunday 2 August we almost had a full fleet of predator anglers who took to the water in what looked like perfect conditions for catching Pike. A big well done to Piotr Krygier whose patience paid off at 7pm when he landed a 26lb hen Pike. She was in beautiful condition and was a personal best for Piotr.

Pitsford Water continued

Information for all anglers
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water.

The species was discovered by a keen-eyed member of Anglian Water staff at Pitsford Water on 17 July, and following testing at the company’s laboratory in Huntingdon was confirmed the next day, 18 July. Confirmation was also given by Environment Agency ecologists on 21 July.

The presence of this species in the water does not pose any threat to human health. Water from the reservoir is treated to a very high standard before being supplies to local homes for drinking.

It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Best Rainbow 5lb.

Best Brown 4lb 1oz taken by Mark Hawtin.

Best boat areas The Gravels, Bog Bay, Stonebarn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, Sailing Club Bay.

Best bank areas North Fields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Bill Kingston of Milton Malsor, Northampton.

Fish stocked 3,000.

Forthcoming events
Pitsford Summer Fishing Club
5.30pm until dusk every Tuesday evening until 11 August.
Beginners courses 8 & 22 August; 4,9,19 & 26 September; 11,17 & 25 October.

Second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be offering fly tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice. Call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350 for more information.

Anglian Water Rudder match 22 August

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 69(Season 10,476) Returns 28 (2,368) Rod average 2.5(4.4)

A more challenging week at Ravensthorpe with fish up and feeding providing some exciting sport. Some of the most notable catches this week went to Frazer Duffy and his son who brought 30 fish to the boat.

Successful anglers this week have pretty much all been fishing dries from a drifting boat and covering rising fish. Dries fished blind can also work in the right conditions.

The fish are rising freely but are by no means easy to catch for most. Smaller dries such as Crippled Midge, Bob’s Bits, Klinkhammer and Shipman’s Buzzer are proving the most successful with some fish coming to those fishing Popper Hoppers. It is essential to get your flies presented correctly in the surface film and in bright conditions leaders should be thoroughly degreased.

Bank anglers are finding fishing challenging with the only real prospects being from the Dam.

Information for all anglers
An invasive species of shrimp (Dikerogammarus villosus), commonly known as DV, has been found at Pitsford Water reservoir in Northamptonshire.

The species was discovered by a keen-eyed member of Anglian Water staff at Pitsford Water on 17 July, and following testing at the company’s laboratory in Huntingdon was confirmed the next day, 18 July. Confirmation was also given by Environment Agency ecologists on 21 July.

The presence of this species in the water does not pose any threat to human health. Water from the reservoir is treated to a very high standard before being supplies to local homes for drinking. It is important that anglers continue to follow the Check, Clean, Dry procedures in place for the preservation of our environment and sport.

Best Rainbow 4lb.

Best boat areas Drifting the main basin and across the middle of the reservoir.

Best bank areas The Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner N Holder.

Forthcoming events Thursday evening Boat fishing club starts 6pm. 

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