• Fantastic rod average of 6.8 at Ravensthorpe
    and best fish of the week is 11lb plus





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 1,416 (Season 13,542) Returns 440 (3,687) Rod average 3.21 (3.67)
Fish are well spread out at Rutland Water and are rising in all areas.  Pin fry feeders are starting to show although there are good numbers of fish still gorging on daphnia and buzzers too.  These pin fry feeders have been tempted by small dry flies such as CDC’s and Hares Ear. Rutland Water Ranger Nigel Savage had a very productive few hours in the Sailing Club Bay taking 13 Rainbows.  All of these were released.  These fish were feeding hard on the pin fry and fell to a single size 14 hares ear cast across moving fish.  The success came from accurately covering these fish and presenting the fly just in front of them with a few sharp twitches to grab the attention of the preoccupied Rainbows.

The most productive areas this week have been the Sailing Club, Normanton bank and Main Basin with action still being seen at the bottoms of the arms.  Anglers are still seeing plenty of fish on the pin fry in Manton Bay.  The fish in the main basin are congregated in the open water and well off the boils.  Fish are also being taken on the Finches bank on the peninsula with Three Trees being a popular spot.  Yellowstone is currently holding large numbers of fish with a small FAB on the point and nymphs up the cast being the preferred method.

Bank sport has been seen in a number of areas of the lake with numerous damsels, weed growth and once again pin fry bringing fish close in to the margins and within casting distance.  Damsel nymphs or diawl bachs could be well worth a swim.  During the evening good hatches of sedge and caenis are taking place, leaving the trout spoilt for choice.  A feature of the week is also huge columns of large buzzers during the late evening.

Competition news

Tuesday Night Boat League

Winner this week was Graham Hayward with 6 fish for 13lb 10oz, including a 3lb 3oz Rainbow.  Second was Gary Cooper with 5 fish for 10lb 14oz and Adi Naylor took third place with 3 fish for 5lb 9oz.  24 fish were caught in this short evening session with Mick Bennet recording the biggest fish of the evening at 3lb 3oz.  Conditions were ideal for nymphs and dries with a gentle breeze and humid conditions.

The leagues standings are now as follows

          1st      Keith Jones                     32 points
          2nd     Graham Hayward            29 points

          3rd      Adi Naylor                       20 points

Foremark Fly Fishers

This group contested a match on Sunday 28 June with 8 anglers catching 39 fish.  First names only.. but the top anglers were

          1st      Martin                   8 fish for 18lb 6oz

          2nd     Dixi             8 fish for 17lb 1oz

          3rd      Guy             8 fish for  16lb 13oz

Best methods                 See report.

Best Rainbow                  4lb 3oz taken by K Prowting of Notts. 

Best boat areas              See report.

Best bank areas              See report.

Mid week boat winner     Mr Deller of Norbury.

Fish stocked                             6,500.


Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 5,10 & 26 July; 1,13 & 16 August and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league commenced 12 May

RAF vs EFFA 3 July
8 July

Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 July



Grafham Water

Fish week 645 (season 12,108) Returns 166 (2,798) Rod average 3.88 (4.32)

Grafham Water is fishing well with a good rod average of 3.88 with around one third of the fish weighing 3lb or over.  Bank anglers have recorded some good catches coming from the Dam on floating lines with shrimp patterns, crunchers, diawl bachs, buzzers and hares ears fished close to the margins.  Fish have also been caught at Marlow Stones, Willows, Deep Water Point and the Seat.

The biggest Rainbow of the week was caught by Grafham regular Andy Linwood, of Perry.  Andy caught a fin perfect Rainbow of 5lb exactly from the Seat on a floating line with a green cruncher.

The heaviest bag of the week was taken by season ticket holder Lloyd Chantrell.  Lloyd was boat fishing and caught 8 trout for 25lb 2oz on a Di7 line with a gold and silver tube drifting between I Buoy and the Dam.

Boat anglers have recorded plenty of bag limits.  The most productive boat areas have been G buoy, Valley Creek, Church Bay, Pylon and Deep Water Points, Hedge End and Sailing Club Bay.  The best methods have been to fish floating or Di3 lines with buzzers, hares ears, crunchers, diawl bachs, shrimp patterns, FABS, cats whisker booby and tubes.


Invicta Tuesday Night Summer Fishing Club

Joe Boyle and David Moore shared the top spot, each catching two trout.

Best Rainbow                   5lb taken by Andy Linwood of West Perry.


Best Brown                       5lb 1oz taken by Andy Hynds.


Best boat areas                Valley Creek, G Buoy, Hedge End, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Sailing Club Bay, Church Bay.


Best bank areas               Marlow Stones, Willows, Dam, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Seat.


Best methods                  See report.


Mid Week Boat Winner    Barry Tayler.


Fish stocked                   2,000.


Notice to all anglers

There are restrictions around the dam tower.  These are marked by buoys.  Please do not fish or anchor beyond the buoys.  There are underwater pipes and equipment which need to be protected.

Forthcoming events
Grafham Water Summer Fishing Club every Tuesday to 1 August.
Beginners courses
11,17,19 and 23 July; 2,9 and 23 August and other dates throughout the season.

AWAI Southern final 12 July

AWAI Midland Final 20 July

Sierra Pairs 2 August


Pitsford Water
Fish week 469 (season 7,649) Returns 140 (1,464) Rod average 3.35 (5.22)

Pitsford has continued to produce some superb overwintered fish this week with 4lb fish common place.  The best Brown of the week weighed 5lb 8oz and was taken by Stephen McLean from Bathgate.  Keith Harding and his boat partner from Knowle had ‘a brilliant day’, catching and returning 41 fish, fishing with buzzers and crunchers.


The best areas are around the margins as the water temperatures are still low.  The best method is to fish imitation patterns in the top couple of feet of water, with buzzers, diawls and crunchers.  Fish are now starting to turn onto the huge amount of damsel nymphs that are showing.


Competition News
Alex Booth Flyfishers Charity match Thursday 25 June


On Thursday 39 anglers fished the Alex Booth Fly Fishers charity match for a match rod average of 3.75.  Top rod on the day was Clive Chatwin with 12 fish.  The best fish was a Rainbow of 4lb 2oz taken by Gerald Hubbard.

          1st      Clive Chatwin                  12 fish

          2nd     Dave Kennell                  10 fish

          3rd      Bob Shaw                        9 fish

          4th      Baz Street                       9 fish.


The predator fishing is producing plenty of fish with two 20lb plus Pike caught on Saturday and several good Perch in the 3lb plus bracket.


Best Rainbow                           4lb plus.


Best Brown                              5lb 8oz taken by Stephen McLean


Best boat areas                        Sailing Club Bank, Brixworth Bay, Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay.


Best bank areas                       Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Point, Gravels, Rigby’s Point, Sailing Club bank, duffers Reach.

Best methods                            See report.

Mid week boat winner              Mr Vincent-Piper of Southampton.

Forthcoming events
Pitsford Summer Fishing Club

Join us at our weekly fly fishing club for an evening of boat fishing from 5.30pm until dusk every Tuesday evening until 11 August.
All anglers are extremely welcome, especially beginners.
Beginners courses 4,8,18,25 & 31 July; 8 & 22 August   and other dates throughout the season.

Second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be offering fly tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice.  Call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350 for more information.


Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 316 (Season 9,429) Returns 46 (2,160) Rod average 6.8 (4.3)

Anglers have enjoyed a great week’s fishing at Ravensthorpe.  After a slow start the fish have switched on and produced some hectic sport.  Mr Lorrimer had 31 fish to the boat on Thursday.  He fished a sink tip line with a black and green lure.  His best fish weighed more than 11lb and was safely returned to the water.  He also landed a Rainbow of 5lb.  It was the best day’s fishing he has ever had at Ravensthorpe.  One of the best fish of the week went to Mr Cross who weighed in a superb Rainbow of 8lb 10oz.

Andy Cress also managed 30 plus fish to the boat.  Andy opted to fish damsels and dries.  Mick Griffin had 30 plus fish to the boat.  He fished floating line with a damsel on the point and diawl bachs on the droppers.  Mick’s best fish went to 6lb 6oz.  James Day also had 30 plus fish using the same method as Mick.

Don’t miss Ravensthorpe’s Thursday evening fishing club – 6pm to 9pm

Best Rainbow                            11lb plus returned to the water by Mr Lorrimer.

Best boat areas                        Boils, Coton End.


Best bank areas                        Dam, Platforms 11 and 12.

Best methods                            See report.


Mid week boat winner              Davina Dunkley.


Fish stocked                            500.


Forthcoming events             Thursday evening Boat fishing club starts 6pm.