Anglian Water Trout Fishing August 21st, 2018

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      Latest News and Information from

      Week ending 19 August 2018

      • Good sport across 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 387 (season 27,350) Returns 104 (5,233) Rod average 3.72(5.22)
      Anglers have enjoyed a real upturn in sport this week with the main basin coming to life. More conducive conditions have seen vast numbers of trout in the upper layers of the main basin giving drifting boats quality sport. Long drifts in the open water and down the wind lanes is the way to go with fish being picked up anywhere between the tower and buoys on the dam. Floating lines and midge tips have been the order of the day with a FAB on the point and dark nymphs up the cast and fished slow.

      Favoured nymph patterns have been black diawl bachs or a black UV cruncher. A Di3 fished quickly has also produced with a leader consisting of two blobs well spaced apart. These were the successful tactics employed by husband and wife Keith and Sandra Moffitt from Northern Ireland; they recorded a staggering 125 fish over four days! Local anglers Brian Bonner, Roger Gill, Malcolm Janik and Peter Harradine have all taken bag limits with fish falling to nymphs, lures and even some on wet flies.

      Gordon Bloodworth and Barry Vaughan reported over 30 fish to the boat last week from the basin fishing midge tip and floating lines respectively.
      Fish have also been taken to similar tactics closer to the bank by Three Trees to V Buoy, the latter throwing up some fine overwintered specimens up to 4lb. The boils themselves continue to hold fish as would be expected with humungus or snakes fished in the boils on Di3 or Di5 lines a good starting point.

      The arms of the reservoir still seem to be relatively quiet, a few anglers are starting to venture down them once again and have picked up a few fish. Vince Brookes took a fine 6lb plus brown on a yellow minkie from round the weed beds. Browns Island has featured, with some superb weed beds round it now the water level is dropping. There are some great weed beds in many areas of the reservoir harbouring this year’s fry which is a good sign for the coming weeks.

      The final evening of the Tuesday Boat league was won by Gary Cooper with a 2lb 13oz Rainbow. Congratulations to 2018 champion Keith Jones who, after many years of trying, finally managed to wrestle the league title from Rich Cooper.

      Bank fishing – local angler Mick Connor reported fish off the Sykes Lane/Stockie Bay area last week. Mick netted four fish and observed fish moving last thing in the evening.

      On 11 and 12 August Rutland Water Fly Fishers hosted an Open Weekend offering visitors the chance to ‘have a go’ at fly casting and even go out on a boat to try to catch fish. This popular event known as Dave’s Big Weekend (it was the brainchild of Dave Porter from Edith Weston) was open to the public and included a demonstration of fly tying skills.

      Rutland Water continued

      Huge thanks to the volunteer boatmen, who, despite the difficult fishing conditions, ensured that their protégés did catch some fish: mainly around the boils. Seven-year old Oscar Pauls had the best catch taking three lovely rainbows from the main basin, ably assisted by boatmen Roger Gill and Colin Best.

      An enormous amount of work and effort went into making this event a great success and it has proved to be a great means of getting new blood of all ages into the sport of fly-fishing. This is the third year it has been held and it has gone from strength to strength.

      John Wadham, RWFF President, thanked David Porter and the many helpers who came together to make this week-end the success it proved to be.

      Midweek boat winner: R Coles of Crowland.

      Fish stocked: 1,625

      Forthcoming events
      Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
      Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
      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: 26 August; 9,23 & 30 September; 7,14,20 & 27 October.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 189(season 9,155) Returns 62 (1,917) Rod average 3.04 (4.77)
      This Tuesday marks the final night of the late night fishing league. It has been great to see a new dynamic to the lake and to see people catching some good fish when the conditions have been right. A total of 220 anglers took to the water during the series. We also had some beginners introduced by Peter Hartley and some juniors which is encouraging.

      The best Rainbow of the week weighed 3lb 4oz and was landed by Grafham regular Mr Gilks.

      This weekend Grafham Water hosted the World Predator Classic with 36 additional boats on the water with 15 fishing kayaks. Kayak fishing is an exciting way to fish the reservoir, as they can get into areas and depths that are more difficult in a conventional boat. We would like to encourage more of this in the future but stipulate that kayakers must go out in pairs and wash their craft down at the wash down point next to the pontoon. Results from this match will be in next week’s report.

      This week the dam has been packed with bank anglers which is very encouraging. The fish are high in the water early in the morning, so a floating line with a washing line approach will work best. A popular method is a booby or a fab on the point and two nymphs of your choice on the droppers. Daddies are working especially well in the evenings.

      Best Rainbow: 3lb 4oz taken by Mr Gilks.

      Best Brown: 2lb 8oz taken by Mr Swan.

      Best boat areas: Aeration tower, aerators, the bowl, open water drifting, mouth of Savages, mouth of Gaynes Cove, south dam.

      Best bank areas: The dam, the Willows, Deep Water Point, the Seat, G bank, Marlow arm.

      Midweek boat winner: Mr Gilks of Irchester.

      Forthcoming events
      Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
      Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
      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 25 August ; 1, 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 232(season 5,790) Returns 55 (1,341) Rod average 4.2(4.3)
      Anglers are enjoying consistent sport at Pitsford Water on a variety of methods. The rod average for the week is 4.2; although we did see it peak at 7.9 at the weekend! The water is gin clear and the fish are hard fighting.

      When conditions are overcast then dries are working with daddies, hoppers and bibios proving effective. In brighter conditions then nymphs are taking good numbers of fish with diawls, crunchers and muskins all catching.

      In stronger winds then those fishing the rudder with tubes and snakes are catching.

      The fish are confined to the main basin with drifts from the dam out into open water best.
      There are some better fish being taken from the sailing club frontage, Pines and across the mouth of Pitsford Creek.

      Best Brown: 4lb 2oz taken by Ryan Varani.

      Midweek boat winner: S MacLeod of Harpole

      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: 24 & 28 August; 8, 12, 21 & 29 September; 6, 12 & 21 October.

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