• Fantastic summer sport

Grafham rod average 5.3

6lb Rainbow at Ravensthorpe

Plenty of big Pike at Pitsford

• 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
Fish 379 (season 29,075) Returns 141 (5,134) Rod average 2.68 (5.66)
Anglers at Rutland Water are enjoying the benefits of the cooler, unsettled weather this week with good sport in the Main Basin and the South Arm. Dave Porter, a member of Rutland Water FlyFishers, took 12 fish in the main basin on a midge tip and hoppers. Rudder anglers have been catching on Di5 and Di7 lines with tubes. Anglers have also been reporting fish in the top three feet of water.

Rutland Ranger Nigel Savage had 8 fish from the bank at Fantasy Island and Sykes Lane on hare’s ears. Nigel spotted groups of 5-10 Rainbows regularly passing through his swim. Other flies worth trying are diawl bachs and dries such as bob’s bits and hoppers. Andy Needham fished for a few hours from the Harbour wall on Sunday evening and caught his personal best Brown – a lovely specimen of 4lb 9oz.

The best boat areas are Old Hall Bay and Berrybutts to Gibbets Gorse in the South Arm. The best areas in the Main Basin are Whitwell creek to Stockie Bay, the Tower to V Buoy and the middle of the dam. In the North Arm head for Tim Appletons.

Don’t forget our sunset bank and boat offer. £10 sunset ticket 1 fish c&r and sunset boat £10 from 4.30pm.

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League week 10
Lincolnshire angler Sean Hillaby won the free midweek boat prize for best fish on the night with a 2lb 8½oz Rainbow. Rich Copper was a clear winner on the night with 8 fish. Neil Squires took second place and Gary Cooper was third.

Rich has now gone storming into the lead with a total of 74 points followed by Keith Jones with 51 points and Neil Squires in third place with 36 points.

Over 50’s match Saturday 29 July
A number of boats have already been booked to fish this popular pairs boat competition. It’s a ‘relaxed’ loch style drifting competition with a NO fly size restriction. It’s the usual prices, with an additional £5 per person to go towards prizes. Match hours are from 9am to 5pm.

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

Mid week boat winner J Kitchen of Thorney.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 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 747 (season 14,037) Returns 140 (2,217) Rod average 5.3 (6.3)
Grafham Water’s rod average is 5.3, which is outstanding for the time of year. The recent wet, blustery conditions have seen the fish on the feed.

Some of the best catches this week include a lovely fish of 3lb 9oz taken by Mr Totalo during the AWAI southern final. The best Rainbow of the week went to Charles Hezilt who took a cracking 3lb 14oz specimen. Congratulations to Mr Faux on his lovely personal best brown of 4lb 3oz – this was the best fish of the week.

Boat anglers are continuing to find fish around the weedbeds, open water drifting and in the clearer bays. However, there has been a return to form for the dam, Plummers, Gaynes Cove and the Willows. Fast glass in the wave with boobies or blobs has been working particularly well, pulling quickly and on the drift. Clear water is the absolute key to landing a good haul with some anglers landing as many as 20 plus fish. This includes Mr Grove who managed a fantastic 25 fish on his day out. Currently in the overcast conditions fish can be found in the top couple of feet of water and are chasing flies readily.

Bank fishing is definitely improving, particularly the dam. Plenty of anglers have had a great level of success with high returns coming in daily. Shrimp, nymph and fry patterns are the best method for the dam, with floating lines the most popular. Some good fish are being landed well over 3lb and some are edging up towards the 4lb mark. Other areas fishing well include Pylon Point, Hedge End, Hill Farm and the Marlow arm.

Competition news
Grafham Water has hosted a number of matches this week.
Martin Brocklebank has kindly submitted a report on the recent match between GWFFA, Invicta and East Midlands Flyfishers. “The weather was kind and fish showed all over the west end of the lake, but they were difficult to catch and often plucked at the fly. When the sun came out those fish out across the middle disappeared. Some anglers opted to fish the edges of the weedbeds. There were some nice fish feeding on snail and pin fry and some fish were caught in the late morning. After lunch most anglers were fishing in Valley Creek to the nature reserve and round Rainbow Point to Savages. Fish were caught on damsels, snail patterns and nymphs. A superb lunch was provided by the Invicta Club which made for a great day out. Thanks Invicta”.
It was a close result with Invicta taking 24 fish for 55lb 14oz and GWFFA 24 fish for 54lb 1oz. Paul Heavens of Invicta took the best fish – a 3lb 9oz Rainbow.
Individual results
1st Martin Brocklebank of GWFFA 5 fish for 11lb 15oz
2nd Paul Heavens of Invicta 5 fish for 9lb 12oz
3rd Charlie Abraham GWFFA 5 fish for 8lb 13oz

Anglian Water Airflo International – South of England Final
Many anglers had travelled a long way to fish in this match and practice days. The best fish weighed 3lb 9oz and was taken by Rob Toptalo fishing for Bewl Chingley Chompers. Peter Kempton of The Whakapapas took the best bag for 24lb 5oz.

The results are as follows with the top three teams fishing in the International Final and fourth and fifth placed teams qualifying for the Grafham Water Championship.

1st Blagdon FF 33 fish for 69lb 10oz
2nd The Whakapapas 32 fish for 67lb 6oz
3rd Team Airflo 30 fish for 60lb 10oz
4th Bewl Chingley Chompers 27 fish for 58lb 6oz
5th Weald of Kent 26 fish for 55lb 4oz
Rod average 4.5.

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 3lb 14oz taken by Mr Hezilt.

Best Brown 4lb 3oz taken by Mr Faux.

Best boat areas Rainbow Point, the dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M buoy), 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 Mr R Gilks of Irchester.

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 28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
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 63(season 7,350) Returns 18 (1,608) Rod average 3.5 (4.57)
Most fish have come to the boat anglers in the Main Basin using a variety of lures and nymphs, with many reporting finding fish 4-5 feet down. Bank anglers have found fish early in the morning and in the evening, fish are being caught close in on shrimp.

As in previous seasons during July and August anglers are permitted to lure fish for trout. This has been particularly popular again this year, and it is easy to see why with many anglers catching their 8 fish limits.

Predator anglers are catching plenty of Pike with multiple catches of over 10 fish a day not uncommon. On Sunday evening a Pike of around 17lb was caught. Several Perch of around 3lb have also been reported.

We commenced erosion improvement work at Pitsford recently and this is scheduled to last for 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 boat areas Main basin and Boils.

Best bank areas Gravels.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner John Gamon of Whitchurch.

Forthcoming events
During July and August anglers are permitted to lure fish for trout.
Beginners courses 29 July; 13,18 and 24 August; 9,15,20 & 30 September and other dates throughout the season.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish 126 (season 8,303) Returns 44 (1,337) Rod average 2.8 (6.2)
Fishing has varied this week according to the weather conditions. The warmer temperatures and light winds early last week saw fish taken on dries. In the cooler, overcast conditions mid week fish were caught on FAB’s and crunchers, daddies and buzzers. From Friday onwards fishing improved with Arnold Haddon and his son taking 12 fish to the boat on Shipmans. One of the best specimens this week went to David Brady who caught a lovely fish of 6lb.

Grafham FlyFishers enjoyed a dry fly only trip to Ravensthorpe, (with lots of follows and swirls) followed by a barbecue.

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 Rainbow 6lb taken by David Brady.

Best boat areas Platform 12 and top bank.

Best bank areas Main Bowl, Coton End.

Mid week boat winner Norman Rushton.

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