• Remarkable Rutland Water – celebrating 40 years of fishing at this top venueQuality fish and birthday surprises mark the big day


  • Summer offers across all of our trout fisheries
    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 Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14.
    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)
Terrific Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price on rods, reels and clothing
There’s never been a better time to upgrade your kit.
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
Rutland Water celebrated forty years of fishing last weekend with quality fish and reduced boat and permit prices. There were also some fantastic raffle prizes to be won.

 

Scottish angler Colin McCloud took advantage of the offer and had a good day, taking a number of fish.  Colin started boat fishing the South Arm and was rewarded with a cracking Brown estimated at 7-8lb, which he returned. He then moved into the main basin and caught more fish there with lures stripped quickly.

 

Local ‘young guns’ Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward enjoyed Saturday with Toff returning to the lodge with a Brown tipping the scales at 6lb exactly.  He also returned another 4lb plus specimen.  The pair also took good quality Rainbows up to around 3½lb.  Toff and Graham used surface patterns, dries, and floating fry which attracted a lot of interest from the fish.  They had some fish on sinking lines over the deeper water using a humungus.  Graham also had the good fortune to receive a free boat for the day, winning one of the raffle prizes. Toff and Graham returned to Rutland on Sunday and found fishing a little more testing with Graham taking three fish – the best of which was a 5lb 2½oz Brown.

 

John Phillips was treated to a day’s boat fishing on Saturday – a 70th birthday gift from his son Paul and on returning home was greeted with a surprise birthday party.  John then got a call from Robbie Winram at Rutland Fishing Lodge with the great news that he had won a Greys rod in our raffle. It was certainly a birthday to remember for John.

 

Mick Connor fished down the arms for an excellent brace of Rainbows that fell to dry fly.  Boat anglers were reporting a lot of interest from fish following flies, but in general they are not feeding hard.  Bank anglers have been taking fish out in some areas in the morning (in some cases as early as first light), with fish moving at both ends of the peninsula.  The best fish recorded, caught and released by Nigel Savage, was a lovely 5lb plus Brown that fell to a suspender minkie. Around the margins fish are feeding on fry, corixa, snail and shrimp.

 

Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League week 9

Cooperman strikes again!
Rich Cooper won last week’s match with three fish taken from the bottom of the North Arm.  Keith Jones took second place with one fish.

 

Stocking continues with 2,000 Rainbows stocked down the arms recently.

 

For the second year in succession anglers have voted Rutland Water the best Stillwater in Britain in a poll conducted by Trout Fisherman magazine.

 

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 Summer 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

 

 

Prospect look good with plenty of fish in the reservoir; settled cooler weather would be helpful.  The aerators are currently turned off due to a fault in the pipeline.

 

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

Tuesday Night boat league

Anglian Water Over 50’s Pairs Match 29 July
This pairs match starts at 9am fished to relaxed competition rules.

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 289(season 13,290) Returns 61 (2,077) Rod average 4.7 (6.4)

A great week of overcast conditions with another lift in the sport at Grafham Water, including some great hauls and big fish. The rod average stands at a fantastic 4.7 for this time of year and could stay high over the coming weeks.

 

Good captures this week include those of Mr Tompkins who managed a fantastic 5lb Rainbow on his day out, though was beaten to fish of the week by Mr McGuire who landed a 6lb 10oz rainbow along with a 3lb 10oz brown. Some cracking fish are still to be had out there with a vast number of upper singles being seen regularly around the weed beds, and even mention of some doubles too.

 

Boat anglers continue to concentrate their efforts just off of the weed beds, drifting into open water and predominantly on the west side of the fishery, including the west bank, Rainbow Point and the mouth of Savages. Hill Farm, Pylon Point and Rectory Bay have improved drastically in the past week with more fish entering the bays hunting shrimp. Dries have been working well in the wave with sedge and daddies being the more popular fly amongst the anglers, though many are fishing washing lines with boobies on the point and shrimp or GRHE’s on the droppers.

 

Many anglers are finding bank fishing tougher as the weed growth increases, though this can be a blessing to those stalking bigger specimens in the holes and down the side of the beds. Those after an easier retrieve could always try fishing from the Stumps down to Pylon Point as the weed growth is less prolific in this area. With the shrimp returning at an ever increasing rate to the banks, areas such as the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, the Willows and Sludge Point are looking much better and should produce a pull or two. The Dam has been tough so far this summer and is currently coloured up, once the colour drops out we expect the sport to improve drastically, so bring your waders in case conditions are not ideal and have a go off the bank instead.

 

With the shrimp returning to the margins it’s worth mentioning the wash down facilities all anglers have to use at the end of the session. It’s essential that all individual invertebrates are removed from clothing and kit to reduce the chances of shrimp transferral.

 

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 Summer 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                            6lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

 

Best Brown                               3lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

 

Best boat areas                        Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam. Open water drifting, particularly west side of 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               John Timothy.

 

Fish stocked                                       2,000.

 

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.
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 95 (season 7,287) Returns 54 (1,590) Rod average 1.7 (4.5)

Another challenging week with conditions  improving slightly.  Intermediate lines with blobs are working.  Rob Layton took seven fish on this method from the main basin.  The main basin is the best area and around the boils.

Predator anglers have enjoyed success this week with Pike and Perch taking the hard bodied plugs in about 12 feet of water near the weed beds.

 

We are commencing erosion improvement work this week and this is scheduled to last for around 8 weeks, starting around the North Bank (Cliffs). Please take care adjacent to the construction sites.

 

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 Summer 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                             5- 6lb taken by Malcolm Guild.

Mid week boat winner               Mr Stratton of Northampton.

 

Fish stocked                                       2,000.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish 177 (season 9,262) Returns 44 (1,333)Rod average 4.0(6.9)

The best bag at Ravensthorpe this  week went to Dave Naylor and his regular boat partner Steve. The pair took 21 fish, fishing dries from a drifting boat on a very windy Friday.

 

Fish continue to be top side at Ravensthorpe.  The best methods are dries fished from a drifting boat.  Claret hoppers, shipmans buzzers, cdc hares ear, cdc olive emergers.  Washing line still working.

 

Anglers are catching fish from the bank, although wading is necessary due to weed growth.  Fish are now being caught from the dam, the water level is down so watch the wall.

 

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 Summer 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 boat areas                        Most areas as fish seem to be moving.

 

Best bank areas                       Top platforms still fishing well.  Dam now fishing and platforms 4,5 and 6 if a good line is cast.

Mid week boat winner               David Naylor.

 

 

 

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