31/05/2016 at 6:40 pm #60327
Week ending 29 May 2016
• A right royal day at Grafham Water
Local anglers share their Grafham experiences with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh
• Superb 5lb 13oz Brown is best fish of the week at Rutland Water for Graham Hayward
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
Fish week 2,163 (Season 13,503) Returns 478(2,666) Rod average 4.52 (5.06)
Anglers submitted 478 rod returns this week with a total of 2,163 Rainbows and Browns caught. Of these 1,096 were released. A good number of fish were caught from the Main Basin with Rainbows feeding hard on this year’s stocks of daphnia; though some fish were caught down the arms earlier in the week in more settled conditions.
Bank anglers found fish off the Old Hall and the Dam itself, including the best fish of the week. This was a stunning 5lb 13oz Brown that fell to Empingham’s Graham Hayward. Graham took the specimen on a ‘Big red’ dry fly on Tuesday night. The few anglers that fish dries at Rutland commented that there were excellent movements of fish on some evenings off the Dam, with a lot feeding on the edge of the ripple albeit a bit too far out at times, but some did come in close to the stonework late on, and were picked off with a carefully presented fly.
On the boat scene, Rutland has welcomed a lot of holiday boat package anglers. Regular visitor from Wales, Martin Campbell, and local guide Al Owen enjoyed some great fishing over four days, netting 81 fish between them. Al and Martin had to vary tactics due to the changeable weather, swopping from nymphs to mini lures in order to adapt to the trout’s differing feeding behaviour across different areas of the reservoir, with some feeding on buzzers, whilst daphnia was the staple diet elsewhere.
Prospects look good with plenty of over wintered fish showing alongside the stock fish in many areas of the reservoir.
The annual Hunt Servants match hosted by retired Head Warden John Seaton, took place on Monday 23 May; 48 anglers took part. Terry Wright and Oliver Shepherd took the first prize with 16 fish for 34lb 6½oz, second was Peter DeKremer and Elliott Stokes with 16 fish for 32lb 4½oz. Best individual bag was Di Farrin with 8 fish for 18lb 10oz, best rainbow fell to Derek Gardiner at 3lb 5oz and best brown went to Neil Squires at 4lb 5½oz.
Tuesday Night Boat League
Ziggy Lesiakowski took the best fish on the night earning him the free mid week boat prize. Ziggy’s best fish weighed 3lb 1/8oz and also helped him to the top spot on the night with four fish for 9lb 15¾oz. Neil Walsh took second place and Richard Cooper was third. Rich leads the league having collected 25 points from the first three weeks.
Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz.
Best Brown 5lb 13oz taken by Graham Hayward.
Best boat areas Main basin, bottom of the arms.
Best bank areas Old Hall, Sykes Lane, Dam.
Best methods Bank – nymphs and dries.
Boat – As for bank but include various sinking lines coupled with lures, blobs, boobies, cormorants and tube flies.
Mid week boat winner D Evans of Swansea.
Fish stocked 4,000
Beginners courses 4,9,17 & 19 June; 2,10,17 & 23 July and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
Anglian Water Floating Line match 11 June
England Eliminator ‘Odds & Sods’ 26 June
AWAI North of England Final 11 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
Fish week 547(Season 12,267) Returns 159 (2,070) Rod average 3.44 (5.92)
It’s 50 years since the Duke of Edinburgh first opened Grafham Reservoir. On Wednesday 25 May His Royal Highness returned to the popular Cambridgeshire water park to mark its special anniversary.
The Duke, accompanied by Peter Simpson, Anglian Water’s Chief Executive, joined school children and members of the local community, including representatives from GWFFA and Invicta at the Fishing Lodge to launch a summer of celebratory events and activities. During his visit the Duke was presented with a fly box containing flies tied by members of GWFFA to commemorate the occasion.
Peter Simpson, , said: “We were thrilled The Duke of Edinburgh has honoured Grafham Water with a visit – not just once, but on two landmark occasions in the site’s history.”
“Grafham Water was a trailblazing project when it was first conceived in the Sixties. The Duke called it ‘far-sighted’ at that time, and we continue to uphold that forward looking approach today…… We’re delighted the Duke has recognised this milestone with us.”
The Duke, assisted by Grafham Ranger Paul Jones, raised a new commemorative flag designed by eight year old Louis De Pina from Buckden Primary School. The flag will fly for the duration of the summer celebrations.
The raising of the flag launched a flotilla of boats and watercraft on the water in recognition of the Duke’s role as patron of the Grafham Water Sailing Club.
A time capsule was also on display containing a letter, from the Duke, to future generations, original photos from the 1966 opening, a collage about the future of water from pupils of Buckden Primary School, as well as other memorabilia from the past 50 years and Grafham Water’s various supporters. The time capsule will be planted in the grassed bank later in the summer.
As part of Grafham Water’s 50th Birthday Celebrations we are hosting a pairs boat match with a terrific prize pot on Sunday 3 July
This pairs boat match will celebrate 50 years of fly fishing at Grafham Water. There’s a fantastic prize pot with £1000* going to the winner plus many more prizes. *Subject to the number of entries.
This event will take place on Sunday 3rd July to coincide with the official 50th anniversary week of activities at Grafham Water. This friendly fly fishing competition is to be fished to relaxed international rules (no anchoring or back drifting, any size fly is acceptable) with an 8 fish limit plus time bonus (2lb per hour).
Grafham Water continued
It was business as usual out on the boats and banks of Grafham away from the excitement of the 50th Anniversary celebrations.
Bank anglers have had a good week with the North shore again providing consistent sport. The best bank methods have been to fish floating lines with black and green tadpoles, diawl bachs, damsel nymphs, hares ear and pheasant tail nymphs. Boat anglers have also had a good week especially along the margins on the north shore and the middle of the reservoir. The best methods for boat anglers have been to fish floating lines with buzzers, diawl bachs, damsel nymphs, pheasant tail nymphs and black and green snakes around the margins on the north shore. Whilst in the middle of the reservoir fast sink lines, tubes, snakes, cats whiskers and red holographic diawl bachs have been effective.
Rob Edmunds caught the biggest Brown, the biggest Rainbow and the heaviest bag of the week. Rob took a superb bag of 8 trout for 25lb 14oz with his best Rainbow tipping the scales at 4lb 6oz and his best Brown weighing 4lb 8oz, taken from Hedge End on a floating line with a team of black and yellow buzzers.
Best Rainbow 4lb 6oz taken by Rob Edmunds.
Best Brown 4lb 8oz taken by Rob Edmunds.
Best boat areas Hill Farm, Hedge End, Deep Water and Pylon Points, middle of reservoir.
Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm, Marlow Stones, Hedge End, north Dam.
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner J Price.
Beginners courses 5,11,18 & 30 June; 3,9,22,29 & 31July and other dates throughout the season.
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
EFFA ProAm 16 June
AWAI Midland Heat 18 June
Grafham 50th Birthday Pairs Boat Match 3rd July – terrific prize pot
Scierra Pairs 9 July
AWAI Southern Final 18 July
AWAI Midland Final 25 July
Fish week 592 (Season 4,808) Returns 127 (981) Rod average 4.66(4.9)
Pitsford Water continues to fish very well with the bank starting to produce again after a quiet week or two. 127 anglers have caught 592 fish for a rod average of 4.66. Floating midge tip lines with teams of buzzer or diawl bachs with a damsel pattern on the point have accounted for some great bags with plenty of fish in the 3-4lb category and some cracking browns up to 6lb.
Boat anglers are finding fish in most areas of the lake but it is best fishing the margins in 10-12 feet of water. From the bank Gorse, Stilton and Gravels have been popular. From the Cliffs anglers have reported lots of shrimp feeding trout.
Peter Proctor and John Gammon had a very productive day fishing with buzzers and taking over wintered Rainbows and Browns up to 5lb. Mitch Brown had 27 fish to the boat with twenty of them being Brown trout, taking fish in the surface using muddler patterns.
Richard Williams enjoyed a good Sunday morning taking over 20 fish in the small half on damsel patterns. John Castledine had an afternoon boat on Saturday and had 12 fish on nymph patterns from the Holly Tree area. Expect more fish to start coming to damsel patterns as the naturals are now starting to show in big numbers.
Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.
Mid week boat winner David Mullen of Desborough.
Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses 3 & 12 June; 1,16 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 4 June
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Beginners Day 11 June
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 26 June and 23 July
Fish week 372 (Season 7,917) Returns 78 (871) Rod average 4.7(9.08)
Conditions have been challenging at Ravensthorpe this week with unreliable weather. Black buzzers, nymphs, diawl bachs and lures continue to be effective.
Boat anglers A McKenzie and S Robertson had a brilliant day fishing near the Island and the Boils, taking 30 fish to the boat between them. S Blaben took a 6lb Rainbow on a dry on Saturday. The bank has been fishing well off the Dam and from Platforms 4-6.
Ravensthorpe’s Thursday Evening Boat Club runs weekly until August. This friendly boat club was really popular in 2015 and is open to all anglers, 6pm start.
Best Rainbow 6lb taken by S Blaben.
Best boat areas Island, Boils, bottom of car park in in front of the lodge.
Best bank areas Dam, platforms 3-7.
Best methods See report.
Mid week boat winner Tim Coe.
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