Anglian Water Trout Fishing August 13th, 2021: Hot weather impacting sport

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 8 August 2021

        • Quality fish acrossd the board

        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 344 (Season 28,200) Returns 131 (4,370) Rod average 2.62 (6.45)
        Anglers made 131 returns last week recording 344 fish for a rod average of 2.62. The majority of anglers took to the boats with varied results. The aerators in the main basin drew a lot of attention again, however, other areas also fished well, with much bigger fish recorded including some good Browns. Last Friday anglers reported Browns up to 7½lb whilst fishing up the North Arm. The best recorded Brown of the week weighed just under 7lb and was caught last Sunday afternoon. Two fine specimen Browns of 5lb 3oz and 6lb 5oz were also caught during the Tuesday Evening Boat League.
        Two of our season ticket holders fished last Thursday recording 11 quality Rainbows on various tactics. Last Saturday two anglers reported great sport drifting off East Creek through to the fishing lodge and down to the church, with 8 good Rainbows and a Brown, plus lots of follows and takes fishing minkie and poppers on the surface. One or two anglers have mentioned that they have had good sized Rainbows between 6 and 8lb plus following their flies to the boat. It’s only a matter of time before the fry feeding begins in earnest.
        Water clarity is excellent in most areas around the reservoir, with plenty of great visibility.
        The best boat areas are the aerators and drifts onto the monument (Sykes area and Normanton, blue pipes etc), East Creek to the fishing lodge frontage, Barn Hill Creek to Armley Wood, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point and all the weed beds around the shoreline worth having a go.
        Although not many bank anglers are fishing at the moment there are still fish close into the shoreline, feeding on snails, shrimp and now fry which are in abundance. This season’s fry seems to be mainly Perch and Roach which are around 1½ to 3 inches long. Sooner or later fish will start to respond with fry patterns, dries and nymphs are the best flies to use.
        Tuesday Night Boat League
        The best fish of the penultimate night of the league was a superb 6lb 5oz Brown which was worth a maximum of 15 points. Tuesday 10 August is the final night of the league, there are four anglers in with the chance to seize the top prize.

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 362 Returns 79 Rod average 4.6
        The past week at Grafham has seen mixed results with some anglers bagging up by lunchtime, whilst others have found it more challenging. The best boat spots have been anywhere along the south side of the dam right through to A buoy. The inlet has also been producing some fantastic action. One of our regular anglers has visited us a few times this week and caught his limit every time. His catch included the best fish of the week a magnificent 6lb 7oz Rainbow taken on a tube fly. The north shore has fished well in patches and on Monday one of our season ticket holders reported a red letter day at Deep Water Point. He fished holographic crunchers on a floating line with a fab on the point. This resulted in over 20 fish to the boat with multiple 4lb fish amongst those caught.
        The key at the moment seems to be finding the fish on the day; as those who do are enjoying some fantastic sport. Washing lines with a booby or fab on the point stripped back to create a wake will catch bags of trout if you can find them on the day.
        Bank fishing is starting to pick up again, especially early morning and late evening. The best areas include the Dam, with plenty of fish also caught from the Seat and Hill Farm. A couple of good fish were taken from the harbour arms last Saturday evening. These were taken on fry patterns and a sinking line cast tight to the moored boats, which is no surprise considering the abundance of fry now present in the harbour.
        Best Rainbow: 6lb 7oz
        Best Brown: 5lb 5oz.
        Forthcoming events: World Predator Classic 14 & 15 August

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 128 (Season 8,056) Returns 29 (1,325) Rod average 4.5 (6.1)
        The fishing at Pitsford has steadily improved through the week. The weekly rod average is a healthy 4.5 and over last weekend there were several reports of catches well into double figures and the rod average was more in the region of 7.5.
        Floating lines were best with fabs or small boobies on the point and nymphs or droppers, small diawls, crunchers and hares ear patterns were working well with lots of fish around the dam, sailing club and main basin.
        The bank has also begun to improve with fish being caught on various patterns fished through the top, fry patterns and foam daddies are doing best.
        The Gravels, Sailing Club bank and Cliffs have all produced from the bank.

        Fish week 45 (Season 4,650) Returns 27 (647) Rod average 1.7 (7.2)
        The beginning of the week was challenging due to mill pond conditions combined with hot, sunny days. However, rainfall and a drop in temperature meant the fish showed themselves again.
        Anglers casting to rising fish on red/orange emerger patterns, red diawl bachs and boobies fished on washing lines, proved to be the most favourable tactics.
        No one has yet succeeded in finding a method to catch fish feeding on ram’s head snails. Many fish have been full of these when gutted.
        Best boat areas: Lodge bank, central and dam end.

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