Anglian Water Fly Fishing May 5th, 2021: Rutland rod average still above 10

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 2 May 2021

        • Popular evening boat leagues return to Rutland and Grafham
        Starting Tuesday 11 May

        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
        Rod average 10.01
        Rutland has continued its tremendous start to the season, with another amazing rod average of 10.01 for the week.

        We are hearing reports that “Fish are everywhere” with fish being caught literally from the top of the North arm right through to the bottom of the South arm. One of the best fish this week was a superb 5lb 14oz Rainbow taken by season ticket holder Adrian Blackwell. This fine specimen was taken from the South Arm with a midge tip and buzzer.

        Most methods have been working, however, the majority of anglers are targeting the buzzer feeding fish at the moment with excellent hatches occurring every day. Specimen fish are mixed in with this year’s
        Stock fish. Amongst the superb Browns that Rutland is associated with, good sized Rainbows are also showing with fish up to 6lb reported and Browns up to 8lb being recorded. One boat angler reported a massive Brown follow in a Rainbow that he was playing at the weekend!!.

        The weather has been very varied, remaining in the North/easterly direction, calm one day, blustery the next, with a combination of bright sunshine and cloud cover, which has seemingly made no difference whatsoever to the excellent fishing.

        Both bank and boat anglers are sharing this fantastic sport, “straight lining” with nymphs/buzzers, under the bung, washing line have all been very effective. One of our season ticket holders has already had five 5lb plus Browns this season, with the best caught last week at 8lb.
        A local angler getting back into trout fishing trout fishing has already recorded Browns over 5lb plus with Rainbows to an estimated 6lb last week, using either nymphs or dry fly.

        Dry fly has actually accounted for some excellent fish for a few people mainly off the bank, with C.d.c.’s and “Shipmans” working well especially during the evenings as the fish come up for the adult buzzer as they return to lay their eggs.
        Best areas from the bank last week were,
        Cardiac Hill, Whitwell Creek, Ernies Point, Carrot Creek & the Dam.

        Boat anglers reported great buzzer action in Dickenson’s Bay, Tim Appleton’s, Barnsdale steep bank, Old Hall, New Zealand Point, Gibbets, the Bund’s wall, and Hideaway Bay etc, with some fish feeding in really shallow water, in as little as 3-4 feet at times. It’s not just buzzer patterns working, Diawl bach and Hares Ear are also catching plenty of quality fish.

        Prospects are excellent, the larger hatches of buzzer are not far away now, a little bit of unsettled weather arrived on Monday /Tuesday in the with the first substantial rainfall for weeks and very strong, generally southerly winds. Expect things to get back to normal when the weather settles down again.

        Tuesday night boat league 2021
        Great news is the boat league starts on 11 May!!
        Rules again this season are, Kill your first four fish, then catch and release four fish. Arrive at the lodge from 5.00pm onwards; boats leave the harbour at 6.00pm. We look forward to welcoming anglers back to this friendly event.
        Please note.
        Under the Covid safety guidelines, there will be NO orders for supper the first night, but we do anticipate being able to take orders from “Sid’s” fish and chip shop from the 18 May onwards.

        Forthcoming events
        Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
        Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 May
        Lake Challenge (Predator) 19 & 20 June
        Airflo Invitation Match 26 & 27 June

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 1,251 Returns 145 Rod average 8.7
        With a total of 1,251 fish caught this week there can be no doubt that Grafham is not only fishing well, but truly the water to be on at this time of year! The boat anglers have been catching fish from various areas across the reservoir. During the mid-week session when the temperature was warmer the south shore has proven to fish well when the anglers have been using lures stripped quickly, on sinking lines, humungus and perch patterns have been working well, usually on the drift if the wind allows.
        If you prefer the traditional style of fishing head anywhere from the Hedge End along to G marker. Small green buzzers fished static under a bung has worked well along with washing lines used loch style. If you can’t contain yourself from twiddling the line back then use a hares ear or a boobie retrieved figure of eight style.
        The north shore has been fishing well from the bank so long as the wind is not too strong, you are well advised to use a small buzzer once again fished static, don’t be afraid to allow it to sink. Remember we are here to help so if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

        Forthcoming events
        Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
        Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
        Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
        Perchmania 12 & 13 June
        Anglian Water Airflo International – Grafham heat 19 June.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 801 (Season 2,437) Returns 104 (357) Rod average 7.7 (6.8)
        The fishing just gets better and better from the boats at Pitsford with some incredible catches from most areas of the lake. Many boat anglers are reporting catching well into double figures with lots of fish over 3lb and described by several anglers as the hardest fighting fish they have encountered.

        The bank continues to be very hit and miss with regulars catching early or late on and one or two anglers finding a pod of feeding fish but the sport from the bank isn’t very consistent.

        On the other hand, boat anglers are having some of the best sport in recent times. The boats are catching fish on a variety of methods from most areas but by far the most productive areas are the Dam, Sailing Club and Pitsford Creek, with Brixworth Bay and Pines also starting to produce big numbers of fish.

        Methods range from buzzers on floating or tip lines, olive snakes on intermediates, small lures on Di3’s and even dries.

        Bank anglers have found the best methods to be washing line with nymphs, buzzers under the bung and again dries.

        Best Rainbow: 5lb plus.

        Best Brown: Estimated 7lb plus.

        Fish week 725 Returns 64 Rod average 8.8

        Best Rainbow: 8lb.

        Best Boat areas: Coton End, Domes, Island.
        Best bank areas: Dam, Domes, Platforms 2-6.

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