Anglian Water Fly Fishing June 19th, 2019

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      Latest News and Information from

      Week ending 16 June 2019

      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 555 (Season 19,082) Returns 150(3,433) Rod average 3.7(5.56)
      Despite the grim weather conditions this last week, fish have still been feeding. Buzzer fishing is starting to tail off now and fish have been active on the jelly and pin fry and also on the pink shrimp. Best patterns to try for these are hares ear and silver Invicta and small shrimp patterns. Fish have also been feeding on olives and damsels. On the whole hoppers, damsels, crunchers, dries, hares ears and silver invictas will work.

      Boat fishing has generally been down the bottom to middle of the south; cattle trough to Hideaway and Sailing Club to new Zealand Point. (Don’t forget the strict 50 metre exclusion off the Nature Reserve banks) and the top of the north around the Barnhill Armley Wood areas.

      Bank fishing has been productive in Whitwell Creek, Church Bay and around the sailing club.

      Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June
      Fifteen anglers fished this match on Saturday 15 June with a rod average of 4.0. Roger Marshall and Rob Toptalo won with a combined total weight of 24lb 15oz. Roger also caught the best fish of the match at 4lb 13oz. Second place went to Mark Haycock and Peter Hartley with a total weight of 22lb 12oz. Dave Nutt and Adam Moxon were third with a total of 22lb 7oz.

      Unfortunately last week’s Tuesday Night Boat League was cancelled due to bad weather.

      Fish stocked: 3,500.

      Forthcoming events
      Breakfast Club Fishing 22 & 29 June
      EDFF 3 July
      EFFA 4 July
      Scierra Pairs 6 July
      England Qualifier 7 July
      Anglian Water Airflo International – North of England Final 15 July
      Anglian Water Lochstyle 4 man team match 31 August
      Beginners courses: 29 June; 2,14 & 20 July; 4,10,25 & 31 August and throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 24 June ; 5 & 9 July; 8 August and throughout the season.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 443 (Season 6,986) Returns 78 (1,349) Rod average 5.7 (5.17)
      Grafham has continued to improve, especially after the very heavy rainfall. With fewer anglers fishing in the worst of the weather the water was rested and once the weather improved the fishermen were very eager to try their luck and were rewarded with some fantastic sport.

      Fishing from the boat at the weekend The Seat and West Bank produced lots of quality fish. With a southerly wind, the water on the north shore wasn’t quite so clear, hence the fish being found on the south.
      The normal tactics of an intermediate or floating line with a slow retrieve, fishing buzzers, hares ears and diawl bachs with a buoyant fly on the point, proved to be the best method. Leaded green damsels worked well too. And don’t forget to let your rod ‘hang’ for at least 10 seconds to tempt that big Rainbow.

      Good news for bank anglers too; the Dam is fishing very well with lots of fish being sighted feeding on the surface. The bowl area is proving particularly successful. Again using the washing line method and allowing the wind to work your flies for you. The Harbour Arms are also providing good sport, but this tends to be first thing in the morning, before the boats disturb the fish. It would also be worth having a go in the evening too, you never know what might be lurking below the surface. Good luck to everyone, tight lines and enjoy the experience.

      Best boat areas: The Seat, the West bank (wind dependant).

      Best bank areas: The Dam (bowl areas), the Harbour Arms, (early mornings, late evenings).

      Mid week boat winner: Nigel Childs.

      Forthcoming events
      Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
      Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments.
      EFFA ProAm 20 June
      Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 22 June
      Anglian Water Airflo International – Southern Final 8 July
      Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July
      WPC 17&18 August
      Anglian Water rudder match 24 August
      Beginners courses: 23 & 30 June;6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 2 & 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 279 (Season 9,471) Returns 51(1,492) Rod average 5.5(6.3)
      Pitsford is continuing to produce despite the poor weather; with a rod average for the week of 5.5 and several quality fish being caught.

      John Fletcher had the week’s best Rainbow with a stunning fish of 7lb 8oz. The fish took a size 12 damsel pattern whilst John was drifting from Bog Bay towards Stone Barn. Gavin Friell had another cracking Rainbow of 6lb 10oz. this fish took a size 14 diawl bach while Gavin was drifting from the Flats down to the Pines. He caught 14 fish.
      There have been several good fish, both Rainbows and Browns, reported in the 3-4lb bracket.

      Damsel patterns are accounting for a lot of fish with the nymphs now showing in good numbers. There are prolific numbers of snail, sedge and pin fry and fish are feeding hard in the top few feet. Floating or midge tip lines are all that are necessary, fishing teams of nymphs, or even dries. Richard Williams boat fished with wets on Sunday morning, taking fish on silver Invicta, black hopper and claret hopper, pulling in the waves.

      On Saturday the Grafham Water Fly Fishers held their second boat match of the season. Nine anglers braved the weather forecast, catching 41 fish for a rod average of 4.5. They fished to a ‘kill first four’ and catch and release a further four, eight fish limit.

      Norman Rushton was top rod with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. He also had the biggest fish of the match with a Rainbow of 3lb 9oz. Steve Cracknell took second place with six fish for 15lb 2oz. Steve’s four fish kill weighed 11lb 2oz and he also returned a brown trout estimated at 5lb. Derek Bravington took third place with six fish for 14lb 8oz. Derek caught his fish on dries up at the Flats.

      Best Rainbow: 7lb 8oz taken by John Fletcher.

      Best Brown: 5lb taken by Steve Cracknell.

      Mid week boat winner: Barry Sheddon.

      Fish stocked: 1,500.

      Forthcoming events

      Beginners courses: 22 & 28 June; 12,21 &27 July; 11,23 & 29 August and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 25 June; 1 & 23 July; 7 August and other dates throughout the season.
      Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
      Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
      6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

      Ravensthorpe Reservoir
      Fish 103 (Season 6,849) Returns 23 (915) Rod average 4.47(7.48)
      Ravensthorpe continues to fish well on top with dries, hoppers, daddies, CDC’s and snail patterns all working well.

      The best areas are Coton end, Domes and dam. The water level has risen 6-8 inches. The best bank area is the dam on floating lines.

      Best Rainbow: 5lb.

      Best boat areas: Coton end, Domes.

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Midweek boat winner: Mike Fletcher of Market Harborough.

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