Latest news and reports from Anglian Water’s Trout Reservoirs


Extra senior day launching this summer!
Great news for our senior anglers, In addition to our popular ‘Senior Tuesday’ we are now adding a ‘Senior Thursday’ for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

 

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

  • Sunset Boat £10
  • Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm. Permits available at lodges between 4 and 5pm and from the rangers after 5pm (cash only)

Rutland’s 40th anniversary 15 & 16 July

  • Reduced prices on bank & boat permits
  • Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.

 

www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure

 

 

Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;

Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,

Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105

Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021

 

 

Rutland Water
Fish 562(season 28,243) Returns 203 (4,765) Rod average 2.76 (5.92)


The top of Rutland Water’s North arm has produced some quality rainbows up to 5lb this week to both bank and boat. Dries have been the preferred method here with CDC in various guises and Bobs bits accounting for the majority of fish. These fish can be found in shallow water of 2 feet (or less!) and it is important to be as quiet and inconspicuous as possible with many coming blind to take the dries and proceed to empty backing off the spool.

 

Retail team member Dave Summers enjoyed a change from competition angling and had a pleasure day down the North Arm with Al Owen. Although not easy they both enjoyed targeting rising fish on dries with the pick of the bunch a mint 4lb plus specimen for Dave falling to a size 14 dry on the 5 weight.

 

Both Burley Reaches and Tim Appleton’s are holding fish, particularly of an evening. This type of fishing lends itself perfectly to the recently introduced ticket offer of £10 for the last 5 hours of the day – 1 fish limit + c and r.

 

Despite the hot weather good Browns are still showing with holidaying angler Paul Clydesdale weighing and releasing a 7lb 8oz specimen from the South Arm and 3 over 4lb recorded in the EFFA vs. RAF match held on Thursday. Food items on the trout’s menu are varying from daphnia, small light olive buzzer, shrimp, corixa, and this years fry – some of which some are already 1-1/2 roach to 2 inch perch already.

 

The main basin has been providing sport to anglers fishing midge tip lines with booby/blobs on the point and nymphs in the form of diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants and hares ear being the most successful combination. The fish have generally been taken in the top 3 feet of water with a fast glass/di3 sweep working on more windy days. A feature of fishing the nymphs is less is more – a very slow/almost static retrieve has been the order of the day. Down the Normanton bank the blue pipes to Fantasy Island has been the most consistent and also drifts taken from the tower. These fish have not all been coming in open water though, a number of boats have reported taking fish within range of bank anglers so on the right wind Normanton bank is well worth a shot. A lot of fish can be seen on this year’s pin fry along the margins but are proving tricky to tempt, a lot of patience being the order of the day!

 

Bill Coppin and Alan Ward had a couple of days quality bank sport last week, a lot of fish moving greeted them on arrival at Stocky bay and dries and hares ear accounted for a number of fish for the pair. Shrimp have been seen in the fish this week in particular from the areas mentioned above, the hard substratum of these banks means they provide ideal habitat for all Gammarus species.

Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League

Week 8
15 anglers went out with seven managing fish, top rod was Keith Jones with a very creditable six fish, second was Rich Cooper with three fish, and third Mick Bennett with three fish.

Best fish, and boat winner was Lincs angler Neil Squires with a 2lb 11oz rainbow.

The top six on the leader board are:

1st Rich Cooper             49 points
2nd Keith Jones             40
3rd Neil Squires             29
4th Hilary Tomlinson      20
5th Gary Cooper            18
6th Rob Teasdale           16

The free mid -week boat winner has been shared by seven different people so far, with Rich Cooper the only one to have won the prize twice.

 

Rutland Water hosted the English Fly Fishing Association vs. the RAF match on Thursday.  Despite a ‘challenging’ day of practice on the Wednesday the 34 anglers achieved a rod average of 4.2 on match day with the reservoir really switching on. The RAF recorded 83 fish to EFFA’s 65, giving them a total weight of 173lb 10oz compared to 163lb 1oz for EFFA.

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular ‘Senior Tuesday’ we are now adding a ‘Senior Thursday’ for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Brown                               4lb 12oz taken by D Ayre .

 

Best boat areas                        Main basin, Fantasy/Normanton bank, Tower North Arm, Burley Reaches – Tim Appletons.

 

Best bank areas                       Finches, Normanton (pin fry), Burley, Tim Appletons, East Creek.

 

Best methods                          Midge tip to fast glass (boobies, blobs and diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants).  Floating line, crunchers, diawl bach, hares ear. Bank dries, cdc and Bobs Bits.

Mid week boat winner               M Riches of Melksham.

 

Fish stocked                                       3,000.

 

Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Grab yourself a couple of days fishing at reduced prices along with the chance of winning a Gold season ticket.

  • Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
  • Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
  • Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.

Also on Saturday only

  • ‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
  • Fly tying demos
  • Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
  • Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
  16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September  and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league

Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July

Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July

Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

 

 

Grafham Water
Fish 408(season 13,001) Returns 114 (2,016) Rod average 3.58 (6.44)
Some fantastic fishing is available at Grafham as the fish start to feed more readily.  Shrimp, snail and fry are the more common food items and all are found in or along the side of the weedbeds.  The rod average stands at a respectable 3.58.

 

Some top catches this week including a cracking 4lb Rainbow for Hannah Winser.  However, the best Rainbow of the week was caught by Adrian Look who landed a superb 5lb specimen.  Some good Browns are still showing themselves with Bill Wiltshire landing a lovely 4lb 8oz Brown.  The biggest fish of the week was a colossal 5lb 8oz Brown caught by Barry Sheddon.

 

Boat angling continues to see anglers concentrating their fishing just off the weed beds and drifting into open water.  Areas such as Hill Farm, West Bank, Pylon Point and Rectory Bay have started to fish better as the shrimp become more active. It’s worth starting over towards Rainbow Point and drifting towards M Buoy through to F Buoy, particularly on the westerly winds.  Bobs, boobies, snakes and tubes are catching well, though some fish are still being tempted to buzzer and diawl back deep down.  The majority of fish however, are still being taken in the first 5 feet of water with successful lines being floating, midge tips and slow glass.  Dries are also being taken readily, particularly in open water you may even see the damsels being supped up in the bigger weedbeds, so bear this in mind for your next trip.

 

The banks are fishing much the same as the boats (make sure you bring your waders with you).  Shrimp are likely to be the best flies to use over the coming weeks, along with fry imitations, though do not ignore the use of lures and dries.  Snails are also worth a go at this time of year, particularly as they drift from weed bed to weed bed looking for habitat and food.  The trout will take this opportunity to fill up on them so try letting your snail patterns drift on the current from one bed to the next, you may be surprised.

 

With the shrimp returning to the margins please remember the importance of using the wash down facilities at the end of all sessions.  It’s essential that all anglers ensure that all equipment and clothing is checked, cleaned and dried.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular ‘Senior Tuesday’ we are now adding a ‘Senior Thursday’ for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Competition news

Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
24 anglers fished this match in tough conditions to land a total of 64 fish.
1st      Yvonne Webb & Ron Gent                            12 fish for 28lb 10oz

2nd     Martin Webster & Phil Sorensen                   14 fish for 25lb 7oz

3rd      Alice Davies & Enid Edwards              11 fish for 21lb 11oz.

 

Best Rainbow                            5lb taken by Barry Sheddon.

 

Best Brown                               5lb 8oz taken by Adrian Lock.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam, open water drifting (particularly west side of the reservoir), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

 

Best bank areas                       Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, North Dam and the bowl.

 

Best methods                           See report.

Mid week boat winner               Hannah Winser of Perry.

 

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta

Runs to 15 August.  5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses
 21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July

AWAI Southern Final 17 July

AWAI Midland Final 24 July

Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September

 

 

Pitsford Water

Fish 150 (season 7,192) Returns 52 (1,536) Rod average 2.9 (4.7)

Bob Collins bank fished the Sermans, Holly Bush area and enjoyed several good morning sessions fishing foam daddies and hares ear patterns around the weed.  George Hackett had three cracking fish on Friday in the small half.  These fish were feeding on damsel nymphs and two fish were around 4lb.

 

There are plenty of shrimp feeding fish along the Cliffs and Gravel Bank and these can be tempted with hares ear patterns fished in the margins. Conditions have made fishing a bit frustrating this week with low water and hot, windless days.  However this is set to improve with rain forecast! The rod average for the week has been 2.9 but with another stocking of 2,000 fish next week and cooler conditions fishing will soon pick up. Despite the weather there are some cracking fish in the margins and around the weedbeds feeding on snail, shrimp and pin fry.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular ‘Senior Tuesday’ we are now adding a ‘Senior Thursday’ for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Rainbow                             4lb taken by G Hackett

Best Brown                                3lb 7oz taken by Mr Cooper.

Mid week boat winner               Terry Pancoust.

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
   15 & 29 July; 13,18 and 24 August; 9,15,20 & 30 September  and other dates throughout the season.

 

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish 274(season 9,085) Returns 61 (1,289)Rod average 4.4 (7.0)

Another busy, sometimes frustrating, week on the water for most anglers with fish being preoccupied with the thousands of damsel flies.

 

Jamie Blaney, this week’s mid week boat winner, took 9 fish from the bank on Saturday morning.  Jamie fished dry fly patterns, mainly cdc hares ear. Boat anglers are catching on big reds, claret emergers and olive emergers.

 

Dry fly has been the best method.  Coton End has been the best area for both bank and boat anglers.

 

Ravensthorpe is hosting its popular Thursday Evening Boat Club from 6-9pm

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular ‘Senior Tuesday’ we are now adding a ‘Senior Thursday’ for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

 

Best Rainbow                           4-5lb

 

Best boat areas                        Coton End.

 

Best bank areas                       Top two platforms

 

Best methods                          Dries, washing line, fish in top 18 inches of water.

Mid week boat winner               Jamie Blaney of Kingsthorpe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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