• Teams from across Europe head to Rutland Water for the Anglian Water Airflo International 2 & 3 October
Full story and results next week


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 has been fishing well; some notable catches include John Liddy and John Anderson who visited us from Ireland for four days last week. The pair had well over 50 fish to their nets, mainly Rainbows up to 2½lb-3lb. Wet fly, buzzers and diawl bach proved very successful. The pair commented on the great condition and hard fighting quality of the fish.

Paul Friend and Ken Merridan fished last Wednesday and had a good day with 12 quality Rainbows up to 3lb 8oz, they fished rudder tactics.

Nigel Woolnough from Oakham hadn’t fished for a while, but following some advice on tactics and methods from ranger Nigel Savage, he boat fished down the south arm fishing small flies/nymphs. He returned to the lodge beaming after a very good day’s boat fishing.

Trevor Hardy from Stowmarket had a cracking 5lb 4oz Brown that had been feeding on perch fry. Trevor commented that he’d had rainbows out in the open water, but then decided to fish closer in around the weedbeds, fishing one of his old favourite spots. He had a really big brown follow his fly straight away, but it turned away, but Trevor’s perseverance paid off and shortly afterwards he had the 5lb fish.

Top anglers from across Europe are fishing at Rutland Water this week in the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International. This prestigious two day match concludes on Wednesday 3 October. Full results in next week’s Fishery News.

Boat bookings
Please phone the lodge (01780 686441) to check for availability before travelling as demand will be very high for the next four weeks.
Throughout October our fishing lodges are open daily 8am-4pm
Forthcoming events
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 1-3 October by qualification
Autumn Pairs – categories for rudder & non rudder: 7 October.
Fry Feeders match 21 October (by invitation)
World Lure Fishing Championships 11-14 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 27 October
Beginners courses: 7,14,20 & 27 October.
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.

Grafham Water
Fish 123 (Season 10,299) Returns 47 (2,380) Rod average 2.62 (4.33)
A good effort from our anglers saw an increase in our rod average to 2.62 for the week, although there are many anglers achieving more than this.

Areas of coloured water and some algae haven’t stopped anglers catching fish. With the fish beginning to switch on many are producing one or two fish, though fishing the right areas and keeping on the move will help you locate more readily feeding stock. Mr Roy Anderson caught a fantastic 11 fish from a boat on Thursday; some fantastic angling well deserving of plaudits.

Many anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip with traditional flies such as muddlers, diawl bach and hares ears are working well, along with the many others using fab’s, blobs and boobies for good results. Dries are working well too, particularly in a bit of wave, with the outskirts of Gaynes Cove being a hotspot currently. In coloured areas a sinking line is preferred.

The fish are mostly sitting deeper though according to the wealth of information provided from our predator anglers and their superb sonar equipment. Fish have been witnessed coming up for spells to feed before sinking back down. On the easterly side of the reservoir we are seeing large pods of fish at about 20-30 feet down whereas fish are around 10-20 feet deep on the westerly side.

With the cooler nights setting in and some recent ground frosts it is likely that the last remaining areas of algae will clear and conditions will improve ready for an autumnal fishing spectacular.

Throughout October our fishing lodges are open daily 8am-4pm.
Competition news
We are delighted to announce the return of the Shrimpmasters! Join us for this sociable bank league on six Sundays, starting in November and finishing in January. Be sure to practice your shrimp shuffle for this one!

Best boat areas: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

Best bank areas: Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

Midweek boat winner: G Arnold.

Fish stocked: 2,500.

Grafham Water continued

Forthcoming events
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
BC Hall 4 October
Beginners courses: 5,13 & 28 October.
Fry Feeders Match 20 October (by invitation).
Grafham Water Fur & Feather (bank) 25 November
Shrimpmasters bank league: Sundays 11 and 25 November; 2 and 16 December; 6 and 20 January.

Pitsford Water
Fish 502 (Season 9,191) Returns 98 (1,961) Rod average 5.1(4.68)
Better weather this week has seen the bank fishing coming alive with reports of double figure catches. The best areas have been Stone Barn, Cliffs and North Arm shore, with snail and shrimp patterns proving the most effective methods. Dave Strudwick netted 14 at Stone Barn on shrimp.

Boats are still producing good catches on dries, washing line fry patterns along the Narrows and the main basin. The police match this week had 15 anglers who caught 48 fish. The best fish of the match was a 3lb 6oz Rainbow taken by Steve Fowler. The best Rainbow of the week weighed 6lb and was taken by Graham Pearson. Roy Anderson took the best Brown of the week which also weighed 6lb.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association are hosting open taster sessions on Saturdays as follows
13 October 2-5pm; 3 November and 1 December 1-4pm.

Best Rainbow: 6lb taken by Graham Pearson.

Best Brown: 6lb taken by Roy Anderson.

Midweek boat winner: A Hodgkiss of Rugby.

Fish stocked: 500.

Forthcoming events
Throughout October our fishing lodges are open 8am-4pm seven days a week
Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association offer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water on the following Saturdays; 13 October 2-5pm; 3 November and 1 December 1-4pm.
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019
Beginners courses: 6, 12 & 21 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish194 (Season 4,816) Returns 24 (900) Rod average 8.0 (5.3)

Anglers have enjoyed great sport at Ravensthorpe this week. The 8.0 rod average proves that most anglers are being kept very busy fishing dries and nymphs, FAB’s and blobs either drifting or anchored. Water clarity is almost back to normal.

Best boat areas: Main bowl.

Best bank areas: Dam

Midweek boat winner: Trevor Hall.