National Fishing Month is just around the corner and on Thursday 4 August we have a great day planned for young anglers

Rutland Water Fly Fishers to host a Juniors Day at Rutland Water
A boat fishing competition for youngsters in two age groups 12-14 and 15-17 years
Each boat will be accompanied by an experienced RWFF boatman.
Entry forms from John Wadham 01572 771092 or Malcolm March 01780 722466.

Juniors Day at Grafham Water
Highly respected fly fishing coach, Peter Hartley, has put together a programme for young anglers interested in learning to fish.
Two identical sessions running from 10 am to 12.30 pm or 2pm to 4.30pm.
The programme will include tactics, casting some fishing and fly tying.

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 week 806(16,246) Returns 325(4,601) Rod average 2.48 (3.53)
Rob Keeber of Leicester landed several quality fish on dries in Manton Bay on Monday 4th while there was still some good cloud cover. Later in the afternoon the skies cleared and he decided to move into the Main Basin and fish the slicks around the Boils and picked up a very nice Rainbow of 6lb 2oz on a di5 with a size 12 black and green variant.

Fishing this week has been challenging with changing weather conditions and the fish not co-operating. Although lots of fish have been moving later on around the main basin, New Zealand Point and Armley Wood to Barnhill

Tuesday Night Boat League
Richard Cooper got top weight with three fish for 7lb 3oz. Keith Jones took second place with 3 fish for 7lb 1oz and Gary Cooper was third with two fish for 7lb including a Rainbow of 4lb 4oz.

Best Rainbow 6lb 2oz taken by Rob Keeber of Leicester.

Best Brown 4lb 8oz taken by John Machin of Nottingham.

Best boat areas Main basin, New Zealand, Yellowstone, Armley Wood.

Best bank areas Church to Dam, sailing club to New Zealand Point, Barnhill.

Best methods Bank anglers – crunchers, diawl bach, dries worth a try.
Boat anglers – floating/intermediate lines with diawl bachs or crunchers in cloudy conditions. Sinking lines, blobs in bright conditions.

Mid week boat winner George Kennerley of Oadby.

Fish stocked 1,200

Forthcoming events:
Beginners courses 17,24 & 31 July; 6,17 &21 August and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Over 50’s match 24 July
Rutland Water Fly Fishers Juniors Day 4 August
A boat competition for youngsters in two age groups – 12-14 and 15-17 years
Each boat will be accompanied by an experienced RWFF boatman.
Entry forms from John Wadham 01572 771092 or Malcolm March 01780 722466.
Anglian Water Help the Heroes pairs match 13 August
At this time of year the fishery is very popular so please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 to check for boat availability before making your journey.
Please note on Monday and Wednesday from May until September boats to be returned by 8pm.

Grafham Water
Fish week 789(15,008) Returns 227 (3,288) Rod average 3.47(4.56)
Boat and bank anglers are enjoying good sport at Grafham Water. The best boat areas have been around the margins near the Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove and the southern end of the Dam. Tactics for boat anglers have been intermediate or Di3 lines with GRHE, black and green tadpoles, damsel nymphs, diawl bachs, orange blobs, cormorant boobies and Vivas. There has also been some good sport fishing the central area of the reservoir from the North Tower to J Buoy.

Bank anglers have had some good fishing by the south dam area and the Seat/Sludge bank on floating lines with GRHE, damsel nymphs, diawl bachs and silver hotspot pheasant tail nymphs.

Competition News
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League week 9

15 anglers took part in this week’s boat league, catching 25 trout. Top rod on the evening was Peter Oldham who caught and released five trout.

1st Peter Oldham 5 fish
2nd John Mees 4 fish
3rd Gary How and
Peter Waterhouse 3 fish

Best Rainbow 4lb 12oz taken by Robert Turell of Diss.

Best Brown 3lb 12oz taken by John Timothy of Milton Keynes.

Best boat areas Gaynes Cove, the Seat, J and L buoys, South Dam, Sludge Bank.

Best bank areas Seat, Gaynes Cove, South Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner J Snowling of Hackney.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses: 22,27 & 31 July; 7,14 & 28 August and other dates throughout the season.
Beginners course for Pike 16 July
Juniors Day 4 August – National Fishing Month.
Highly respected fly fishing coach, Peter Hartley, has put together a programme for young anglers interested in learning to fish. Two identical sessions running from 10 am to 12.30 pm or 2pm to 4.30pm.
The programme will include tactics, casting some fishing and fly tying.

Pitsford Water
Fish week 637(10,096) Returns 166 (2,794) Rod average 3.8(3.6)
Rick Richardson took the best fish of the week – a lovely 7lb 12oz Rainbow. The fish came to a buzzer on a Di7 from the Main Bowl.

Fish have been pre-occupied with adult damsel flies in bright sunny conditions. The most effective method has been a single blob stripped through the surface. In overcast conditions fish have been taken on damsel nymphs, red or black diawl bachs, hares ear and various buzzer patterns on floating lines. The bank continues to fish well either early or late in the day with many fish rising and being taken on nymphs and dries.

Best Rainbow 7lb 12oz taken by Rick Richardson.

Best boat areas Narrows, main bowl.

Best bank areas Duffers, stone barn, Pines.

Best methods Floating lines, dries and nymphs.

Mid week boat winner Khemraj Joory of Northampton.

Fish stocked 1,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 13,23 and 30 July; 3,13 & 27 August and other dates throughout the season.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 245 (8,486) Returns 80 (1,748) Rod average 3.06 (4.85)
Boat anglers have enjoyed the best sport this week with many catching on small dries in the right conditions. When it has been overcast there have been some tremendous rises of fish.

Mr Thomas, a forces angler, took 17 fish all on dries. An orange butt hopper did the trick although fish had to be covered accurately. Paul Iversidge also had some great action on dries taking the best fish of the week – a superb Rainbow of 6lb 10oz and 12 others.

Fish are being taken in brighter conditions on nymphs and midge tips. Crunchers are one of the best patterns and drifting in a boat has been one of the most successful tactics.

Bank anglers have struggled this week – the best time to take fish has been either early or late with sedge patterns or buzzer.

Best Rainbow 6lb 10oz taken by Mr Liversidge.

Best boat areas Coton end, Catwalk Corner, middle of reservoir.

Best bank areas Platforms 13 and 14, the dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr Ball of Leicester

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