Anglian Water Fly Fishing July 31st, 2018

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    Week ending 29 July 2018

    • 4.7 rod average at Pitsford Water
    Plenty of good sized silver fish

    • Rutland Water – 4 man Lochstyle

    The 4 man Lochstyle team event will be fished on Wednesday 8 August. Please book in advance at the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 (Captains please confirm team members at time of booking – this helps with the draw). This popular match is open to all and will be fished 10am to 6pm.

    http://www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk

    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
    With yet another week of intense heat there have been fewer anglers out and about. However, some of those that have braved the conditions have found good sized overwintered fish, with fast sinking lines and lead core producing the better bags, with tube fly and ‘snakes’ proving to be the best method.

    Surprisingly the majority of fish caught have been away from the aerators in the open water of the main basin, with several fish around the 3lb plus mark caught from the North Tower area.

    Two bank anglers had some good sport last Friday fishing off the Normanton bank to Fantasy Island. They kept on the move with surface fry patterns.

    The recent cooler weather conditions are very much appreciated; it might be worth venturing down the arms and looking over the plentiful weedbeds for signs of early fry/snail corixa feeders.

    The 4 man Lochstyle team event will be fished on Wednesday 8 August. Please book in advance at the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 (Captains please confirm team members at time of booking – this helps with the draw). This popular match is open to all and will be fished 10am to 6pm. It’s an eight fish limit with a 2lb per hour time bonus.

    Competition news

    Tuesday night boat league week 12
    Five of the eight anglers fishing on Tuesday caught fish. Keith Jones won on the night with two fish weighing 5lb 0¼oz. Sean Hanlon was second with two fish for 4lb 12oz. Third place went to Hilary Tomlinson with one fish at an impressive 3lb 8¾oz. This lovely specimen won Hilary a free midweek boat on the night; it was also the best fish caught this week.
    With only a few weeks of the league remaining Keith has re-affirmed his position at the top with 87 points, Rich Cooper added two points on the night giving him 77 points in total, so it’s not quite all over yet.

    Best methods: Bank – Fry patterns, suspender minkies, (keep moving).
    Boat – As for bank but include variable tube flies, sinkers etc over deep water (main basin), North Arm Tower.

    Best Rainbow: 3lb 8¾oz taken by Hilary Tomlinson.

    Best boat areas: Main basin and North Arm (tower).

    Best bank areas: Normanton to Fantasy Island.

    Midweek boat winner: Hilary Tomlinson.

    Fish stocked: 1,000.

    Rutland Water continued

    Forthcoming events
    Tuesday Evening boat league Call lodge for details 01780 686441
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    Anglian Water 4 man Loch Style 8 August
    WaterAid 13 September
    Anglian Water Rudder Match 15 September 01780 686441.
    Anglian Water Airflo International Final 1-3 October by qualification
    World Lure Fishing Championships 11-14 October

    Beginners courses: 5, 11 & 26 August; 9,23 & 30 September; 7,14,20 & 27 October.

    Grafham Water

    Although conditions have been tough, anglers are still managing a few fish, particularly from around the dam area and fishing out into deeper water. A mixture of styles have been successful including back drifting on Di5’s or 7’s coupled with a large snake or minky, with others still on the floating lines, catching on dries, hoppers, crunchers and diawl bach, particularly on the aerator. Bank anglers are having varying success with lures although many are having better luck fishing shrimp patterns. There are a number of fish still patrolling the margins so it’s always worth staying mobile and tracking them down throughout the day.

    The weather over the coming week is looking much better for an enjoyable day’s fishing, with cooler temperatures and the recent rain likely to see a feeding response from the fish.

    Forthcoming events
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    WPC 18 & 19 August
    Scierra Pairs Final 26 August
    Lure Anglers 1& 2 September
    English National 15 & 16 September
    Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September
    BC Hall 4 October
    Beginners courses 4, 10 & 25 August ; 1, 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.
    Boat handling course 7 August.

    Pitsford Water
    Fish 188 (season 5,141) Returns 40 (1,198) Rod average 4.7(4.3)
    The change in weather conditions has improved the fishing on Pitsford this week, giving a rod average for the week of 4.7.

    Once again many of the fish caught have been around the 3lb mark, full tailed and bars of silver.
    Tactics are still sunk lines and a variety of lures and snake patterns fished anywhere from the dam down the length of the main basin.
    Bank sport is still slow with the best chance of a fish either first thing or the last hour of the evening.

    Mr N Cheetham from Thrapston recorded one of the best returns of the week. He caught 14 fish, returning seven; with a rainbow of 4lb 2oz and a 3lb 5oz brown in his bag.

    Simon Lehane and John Castledine continued their good form catching in excess of 16 fish, fishing Di7 lines with tubes. Gavin Layton and Seamus Halliday had an equally good day, also catching their 16 fish limit.
    1,000 fish were stocked this week taking the stocking at Pitsford this season to over 20,000, with a further stocking on Monday.

    Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association is running a two week course “Catch your own trout” on consecutive Saturdays 22 and 29 September in conjunction with Northants Adult Learning/First for Leisure (booking via the organisation’s website).

    Best Rainbow: 4lb 2oz taken by N Cheetham.

    Best Brown: 3lb 5oz taken by N Cheetham.

    Midweek boat winner: Kevin Garn of Northampton.

    Fish stocked: 1,000

    Forthcoming events
    Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association offer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water once a month
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019
    Beginners courses: 12, 24 & 28 August;8,12,21 & 29 September; 6, 12 & 21 October.

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