Anglian Water Trout Fishery News, October 9th 2017

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    • Anglian Water Airflo International
    Costa rule the waves!

    Flyfishing Costa ‘A’ crowned 2017 Champions

    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 3482(season 41276) Returns 952 (8192) Rod average 3.65 (5.03)

    Costa rule the waves!!
    Flyfishing Costa ‘A’ Team won a closely contested Anglian Water Airflo International final last week.

    Day One saw Gateshead Flycasters in the lead with 44 fish for 88lb 4oz. This was the team’s first appearance at the International final, having qualified at the Scottish Day heat held at Menteith in June. Flyfishing Costa A lay in second place with 37 fish for 84lb 6¼oz and the 2016 champions Change Flyfishers AC weighed in 37 fish for 76lb 14¾oz for third place.
    On the first day Rutland Water fished to a rod average of 4.97. Pablo Mullings of The Renegades took the best Brown, a lovely 4lb 41/8oz specimen. The best Rainbow weighed 4lb 5 7/8oz and was landed by Craig Barr fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs.

    Day Two of this challenging match saw a change in fortune for some of the top contenders. The overnight leaders Gateshead Flycasters could only manage 13th place with Change AC going one better in 12th position. The results on Day Two were incredibly close at the top with Flyfishing Costa A (second overnight) leading with 32 fish for 62lb 10 3/8oz, just ahead of New Angling Patriots who took 30 fish for 62lb 8 5/8oz and Team Airflo (fifth overnight), third with 32 fish for 62lb 5 1/8oz.

    Top rod on Day Two was Sean McCaffery representing Shetland Anglers Association with a bag weight of 19lb 15oz. Nick Dunn of Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs weighed in the biggest fish a lovely Brown of 6lb 1oz. There were some stunning Browns brought to the scales throughout the match. Spare a thought for Cameron Neil (Renegades) who had already caught his one permitted Brown and had to return a superb Brown estimated in double figures. The best Rainbow on Day Two weighed 3lb 9½oz and went to Willie Simpson of Menteith Ospreys

    Competition organiser Jon Marshall said “Yet again we’ve seen some outstanding performances across the board. It’s always a delight to welcome teams from far and wide to fish in this match and we’re already taking entries for the 2018 competition”.

    Announcing the final results in reverse order at the presentation dinner, Jon Marshall kept the teams in suspense. Gateshead Flycasters took the bronze medals in third place overall, just behind Team Airflo who won silver and the team triumphing to take the gold medals was Flyfishing Costa A.

    Back in early April Flyfishing Costa A were behind the pace and just managed to qualify at the North of England heat hosted at Rutland Water. They went on to win the North of England final in July and returned to Rutland to be crowned worthy champions at the International Final.

    Team members Iain Barr (captain), Graham Hayward, Ben Race, Rick Cooper, Paul Runec and John Buchanan, put in excellent, consistent
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    performances against the 23 other top teams. At the awards dinner following the second day of competition the team was presented with gold medals, the coveted silver salver, £1500 cash and tackle prizes. Over the two days the team weighed in 69 fish for 147lb 5/8oz.

    Second placed Team Airflo, pulled up from fifth place on Day One to win silver, with 70 fish for 136lb 3oz. The team consisted of match top rod Scott Graham, Phil Cotton, Mike Kayes, Andrew Lewis, Gary Haskins and Simon Gurney. Gateshead Flycasters, top team on Day One, were presented with bronze medals weighing in 66 fish for 134lb 2 1/8oz. Team members were Bradley Chalmers, Ben Robertson, Greg McLaren, Derek Hessett, Neil Barrett and Stewart Barclay.

    The prize for top overseas team went to Belgium and was won by Fly Fishing Forever who took ninth place overall.

    The top individual rod was Scott Graham, fishing for Team Airflo. Scott recorded an impressive 37lb 4 5/8oz at the scales. Just behind, by the narrowest of margins, in second place was Sean McCaffery fishing for the Shetland Anglers Association who weighed in 16 fish for 37lb 4½oz. Paul Collict fishing for Welsh Hawks B weighed in 15 fish for 31lb 4¼oz to take third place individually.

    The best fish caught during the International final weighed 6lb 1 1/8oz, this superb Brown fell to Nick Dunn fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs. Steve Peart of Ospreys was awarded the WaterAid trophy for the heaviest fish caught during the competition. Steve caught a 9lb 12oz specimen whilst fishing the Northern heat at Stocks Reservoir in June.

    The Green Peters, who made the long journey to Rutland from as far afield as Galway, sportingly accepted the wooden spoon awarded for 24th place.

    Full team and individual results can be viewed at

    The open water of the reservoir saw the vast majority of fish caught with mainly Rainbows around the 2lb mark.

    Autumn Pairs match fished Saturday, 7 October.
    This match was open to all with two categories – rudder and non rudder (ie drifting or anchored boats). The limit was 16 fish per boat and included two Brown trout. There was no time bonus and no catch and release. There was a surprising bias in favour of the rudder section with 13 out of the 17 pairs opting to fish this method. The event fished well with a good breeze blowing for the rudder section.
    Big Browns played a big part in this event plus there were a number of good silvered up Rainbows.
    There were thirteen specimen Browns with two at 3lb; seven of 4lb and one each of 5lb and 6lb, plus many more that were returned or lost. Jim Hunter
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    from Yorkshire caught at least 10 Browns whilst fishing with his Dad Malcolm who lost a really big fish.
    Rudder section
    1st Mark Haycock & Graham Pearson 16 fish for 33lb 8oz
    2nd Mick Bennett & Ian Dalby 15 fish for 28lb 2½oz
    3rd Al Owen & Roger Gill 16 fish for 27lb 0½oz

    Best fish 4lb 14oz Brown taken by Dan Pitcher (fishing with Jon Marshall. Jon had 1 4lb Brown).

    Non Rudder Section
    This was won with a very impressive 12 fish (including the best fish a 6lb 3oz Brown for Cameron Neil).
    1st Keith Jones & Cameron Neil 12 fish for 31lb 8½oz
    2nd Graham Willis & Paul Mitchell 5 fish for 14lb 13¾oz
    3rd Jim & Malcolm Hunter (inc 2 Browns for 7lb 13oz) 4 fish for 12lb 6¾oz

    Prospects look good with plenty of fish including lots of Rainbows out in the open water. However, anglers aiming for specimen Rutland Browns are in for a treat as we are seeing significant numbers being caught close to the reservoir’s shoreline. Rutland has earned its current reputation as the country’s leading Brown trout reservoir.

    Best Rainbow 4lb 5 7/8oz taken by C Barr

    Best Brown 6lb 1 1/8oz taken by N Dunn

    Best methods Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs.
    Boat – Fry patterns, (bigger fish), mixture of lures/boobies, tubes.

    Best boat areas Open water from South Arm, Sailing Club to the Main Basin. Middle of North Arm.

    Best bank areas Normanton, Peninsula, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Old Hall.

    Mid week boat winner Gary West of Knossington.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

    Beginners courses 15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

    Fry Feeders Match 22 October
    George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
    Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December
    Grafham Water
    Fish 705 (season 19,314) Returns 137(3,202) Rod average 5.1 (6.0)
    Another busy week and word has obviously spread that Grafham is fishing very well. Grafham has hosted two competitions – the B C Hall and the final AMFC of the year.

    Yet again there have been a lot of Browns caught which is always encouraging and a number of anglers have been bagging up this week. Excluding the matches the best Brown of the week was taken by Dennis Cooper with a 5-6lb specimen The biggest Rainbow of the week went to John Hyams with a specimen of 3lb 8oz. John took a bag of 7 fish, including a 5lb Brown. Nick Evans also had a good week, catching a 3lb 8oz Brown and releasing another of 4lb 8oz, caught on shrimp.

    This week’s rod average of 5.1 reflects the number of fish caught from both the bank and the boats and some outstanding match fishing.

    Boat anglers have again seen the most fish caught from the Eastern side. Specifically close in on the north shore, near the Willows and the north Dam. Success can be had drifting into the bank (avoiding bank anglers) and fishing in roughly 12 inches of water. Methods and flies are shrimp patterns, GRHE’s and holographic red diawl bachs and this can be fished in the washing line set up with a blob or booby on the point to attract. There are fry feeders off Sludge Point and Valley Creek as well, with some better fish coming from Sludge Point.
    With the shrimp and fish in the margins bank fishing is good on the north shore and on the south of the Dam. The Seat and Plummers is good for wading and Plummers especially is good for providing a bit of protection from the westerly winds. Flies are much the same as for boats, using shrimp patterns and red diawl bachs on a floating line. When retrieving try letting the wind drift the line around or try a series of jerky twitches, this method is proving very effective.

    Just a reminder to season ticket holders – please ensure that your catch returns are submitted within the same week as you fished, otherwise the results do not contribute to the catch report.

    Please note that the winter restrictions will be coming into force from 31 October.

    Competition news
    B C Hall 5 October
    Results 1
    1st Peter de Kremer 17lb 3oz
    2nd Tony Smith 15lb 3oz
    3rd Mark Searle 11lb 10oz

    Results 2
    1st Simon Peck 20lb 6oz
    2nd Graham Pearson 16lb 15oz
    3rd Matt Willatt 11lb 13oz

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    AMFC 7 October
    Group one
    Fished to a rod average of 7.2. The best fish was recorded by Chris McLeod of Invicta – 3lb 7oz. The best bag including time bonus went to John Frank of Bewl with 21lb 5oz.

    1st Bewl Bridge FC ‘A’ 6 points
    2nd Fish Hawks 5 points
    3rd Invicta FFC ‘A’ 4 points
    4th Soldier Palmers ‘A’ 3 points
    5th Tunbridge Wells 2 points
    6th Rutland Water FF 1 point

    Group two
    This fished to a rod average of 6.9. Graham Currie fishing for Bristol caught the best fish at 4lb 3oz. The best bag was recorded by Peter Hartley of GWFFA at 23lb 10oz including time bonus.

    1st GWFFA ‘A’ 5 points
    2nd H.F.A. 4 points
    3rd Bewl Bridge FC ’B’ 3 points
    4th EPFFA 2 points
    5th Bristol Reservoirs FFA 1 point

    Group three
    This fished to a rod average of 4.1. Ray Storer fishing for Invicta took the best fish at 2lb 14oz. Rob Allen of RNRMAA took the best bag including time bonus at 19lb 12oz.

    1st Invicta FFC ‘B’ 5 points
    2nd Soldier Palmers ‘B’ 4 points
    3rd GWFFA ‘B’ 3 points
    4th Greylags 2 points
    5th RNRMAA 1 point

    Coming soon – A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
    A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
    Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows
    12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017
    14 January , 28 January 2018

    Best Rainbow 3lb 8oz taken by Mr Hyam.

    Best Brown 5-6lb taken by Dennis Cooper.

    Best bank areas The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, Harbour Arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water point.

    Best boat areas The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, Harbour Arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water Point.

    Mid week boat winner John Hyam of Stevenage.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Grafham Water
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

    Beginners courses 14, 29 (Pike) October
    Fry Feeders Match 22 October
    Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November
    Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November

    Pitsford Water
    Fish 213 (season 10,536) Returns 52(2,307) Rod average 4.1(4.5)
    Pitsford Water continues to fish well with a rod average of 4.1 for the week. The best fish of the week was a 5lb Brown caught by Mr Hyde, part of his eight fish bag. There have been numerous other fish reported between 4-5lb.

    On Sunday the Mid Northants Trout Fishers hosted their annual
    Fur and Feather shield match. 21 anglers fished with a five fish limit. The match was won by David Anderson with five fish for 11lb 1oz. The best fish was a Rainbow of 3lb 1oz caught by Terry Bayes. Fish are still feeding well, high in the water with floating or midge tip lines working best. Fish are in the Narrows and along the Pines and around the extensive weedbeds. Fry patterns are starting to account for some good fish now, as well as the shrimp and snail patterns.

    Best Brown 5lb.

    Mid week boat winner Alex Urquhart of Hinckley.

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    Forthcoming events
    Predator fishing at Pitsford Water
    Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
    Lure fishing to 31 January 2018
    Lure & dead sea bait 6 October 2017 – 31 January 2018
    Beginners course 22 October.
    Pitsford Fur & Feather (boat) 11 November

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish 87 (season 9,726) Returns 28 (1,822) Rod average 3.1 (5.3)
    Anglers have enjoyed another week of good fishing at Ravensthorpe.

    Boat anglers have had some good catches well into double figures. Mr Conway and his brother enjoyed a great day last Monday. The pair took 30 fish to their boat, fishing diawl bachs.

    Mr Oldroyd and his boat partner had 15 fish to their boat on Tuesday fishing diawl bachs and blobs. Alan Duffin had a good week from the bank taking 12 fish in two visits. The best fish was a lovely 3lb 8oz silver rainbow. Alan was using a FAB on the point and skinny buzzers.

    The best method has been a blob or FAB on the point and diawl bachs, crunchers, skinny buzzers or nymphs on the droppers.

    Best Rainbow 3lb 8oz.

    Best boat areas Main bowl.

    Best bank areas In front of platforms 4 and 5.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Mr Hodgkiss of Rugby.

    Predator fishing at Ravensthorpe
    Predator fishing on the fly to 30 November 2017
    Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 30 November 2017

    Forthcoming events
    Ravensthorpe Fur & Feather (boat) 5 November
    Followed by a meal at The Chequers. Please call the fishing lodge on 01604 770875 to book a place.

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