Anglian Water Trout Fishing August 28th, 2018 – six fish per rod at Pitsford

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      • Brilliant results for boat anglers at Rutland Water

      • Superb six fish per rod at Pitsford Water

      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 403 (season 27,753) Returns 78 (5,311) Rod average 5.16(5.22)

      Boat anglers are catching really well with the main basin the place to target. Lots of anglers are reporting multiple bags of rainbows with over 20 plus fish recorded by some people.
      Dave Rennie from Scotland caught and released 25 fish averaging between 1½ to 2½lb using a di3 and blobs.

      Steve Smalley and his boat partner Bob Cooper enjoyed a brilliant day and reported good numbers of fish; the pair used midge tip lines with mini lures and small nymphs in the overcast conditions. Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik from Spilsby has been catching lots of fish including many limits on an average of 2-3 visits a week.

      Al Owen and Roger Gill shared a boat and both recorded limits. It’s not just the aerators that are producing all the fish, long drifts from the church to the dam have been profitable. Jim Watts of Ryhall and Steve Buck from Leicester fished with mini lures and nymphs to great effect.
      Weather has played a part as usual; cloudy days have seen the fish very high in the water with floating/midge tips doing the business. On clear sunny days anglers experimenting with sinking lines, Di3 to Di7, soon contacted the fish again.

      One or two anglers have given the arms a try, but as yet to no avail. The arms are looking good with plenty of weedbeds around the shoreline, fish though are not responding as yet but watch this space! There are lots of fry this year with an abundance of perch and roach.

      There aren’t many bank anglers about but with the continued cooler weather and longer nights fish will move back into the shoreline.

      Experienced Northampton angler Kevin Garn visited Rutland last Thursday (and again on Monday 27th). Kevin enjoyed some excellent sport fishing loch style with traditional patterns, particularly size 12 soldier palmer, silver invictas, accounting for well over 20 plus fish. Kevin fished along the Normanton bank and 100 yards off the shoreline.

      Predator lure fishing commences 1 September – please note lure fishing for trout is not permitted at any time. Forthcoming competitions include the WaterAid charity match on 13 September and the Rudder Match on 15 September (10am to 6pm). For more information on both of these events please call Rutland Lodge on 01780686441.

      Competition news
      Rutland Water Fly fishers John Maitland Memorial Trophy.
      This is the third year of this annual event, with Rutland Water Fly Fishers hosting Grafham Water Fly Fishers.
      In this Loch Style match, the first four fish could be taken and six more on catch and release up to a total of 10 fish.
      The event was fished in appalling, but no doubt welcome, rain and a moderate to fresh southerly wind. The match was foreshortened to five hours in view of the forecast for strong winds.

      Fish were caught, mostly, in the main basin by various methods. Many anglers having fun with lots of offers but few hook ups. It all went dead at about 1.0pm. Perhaps the fish were sheltering somewhere from the deluge! There were many good fish seen leaping, mainly, but not entirely around the “boils.”

      The event was won by Grafham Water Fly Fishers with 51 fish for an aggregate weight of 91lb 12oz.

      The individual winner was Graham Pearson of RWFF with nine fish for a total weight of 19lb 11oz including time bonus of 2lb per fish. He fished “hover” line tactics.

      The best fish, a 3lb 9oz rainbow, was taken by Jake Waterman. He received a bottle of whiskey and a hip flask, very kindly presented for the event by the late John Maitland’s widow, Jan.
      Winning boat pairing was Graham Pearson and Norman Rushton with 14 fish for 28lb 7oz including 2lb per fish bonus.
      The lovely trophy was presented to Martin Brocklebank by RWFF chairman Chris Evans.
      Martin went on to thank Rutland Water Fly Fishers for hosting the event.
      RWFF President, John Wadham announced the results and congratulated GWFFA on their convincing win. He went on to thank the organisers Peter de Kremer and Chris Evans representing RWFF and Martin Brocklebank and Mark Brinkman representing GWFFA. Also, Anglian Water Rangers for doing the weigh in and Lorna and her staff in the Fishing Lodge Restaurant for the excellent buffet after the match.

      Best boat areas: The main basin is full of fish the arms are very quiet.

      Best bank areas: Not many bank anglers fishing.

      Best methods: Bank: Dries, nymphs, fry patterns.
      Boat: As for bank but include mini lures, tubes, wet flies.

      Midweek boat winner: Vincent Ward.

      Fish stocked: 2,000.

      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: 9,23 & 30 September; 7,14,20 & 27 October.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 87 (season 9,155) Returns 46 (1,917) Rod average 1.89 (4.77)
      The rod average for the week stands at a respectable 1.89, however, many anglers reported bigger bags of fish towards the end of the week with the fish starting to turn on to the feed.

      Boat fishing has been the way forward with the wind making it tough for bank anglers at times. Many anglers are concentrating their efforts along the north shore, using shrimp patterns and diawl bachs, although many of the fish have been caught drifting in open water on hover or glass lines coupled with blobs and boobies. Though the conditions have been generally bright, the fish have still been up in the water, with dry fly fishing working early or late, then swapping to wets for late morning and early afternoon. The coming week will see more settled weather and lower winds, which should see a good feeding response from the fish, particularly in the clear water.

      Bank fishing has been tougher due to the windy conditions, although that has not stopped the avid bank anglers trying their luck! Fish have been coming out steadily, though every now and again an angler is in the right place at the right time, fishing the right style. Well done to Mr Humphrey who was one of those anglers this week; he managed a cracking six fish one day and a wonderful 15 fish two days later. Although many anglers are fishing shrimp patterns and diawl bachs there are a number of fry around the dam wall, particularly perch, so do bring some lures and an intermediate line to have a go for the fry feeders. G bank has produced a few too, particularly early and late in the day.

      Finally a note to season ticket holders – please ensure that you submit your catch returns within the two week time period specified. The return numbers and catch rates are extremely important so that we can establish an accurate and recent catch report which in turn will help the fishery to improve. We understand that int’s not always practical to drop your returns off, so please use the freepost address which cn be found in your season permit book.
      Thank you.

      Best Rainbow: 3lb 2oz taken by Malcolm Foreman.

      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, G bank, Marlow Arm.

      Midweek boat winner: Graham Swift of Huntingdon.

      Forthcoming events
      Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
      Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
      Lure Anglers 1& 2 September
      English National 15 & 16 September
      Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September
      BC Hall 4 October
      Beginners courses 1, 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 503 (season 6,293) Returns 84 (1,425) Rod average 6.0(4.4)
      Pitsford Water continues to fish exceptionally well with 80 anglers catching 503 fish for a rod average of 6.0.

      The best fish of the week was a stunning Rainbow of 5lb 8oz caught by Terry Bayes on a floating line and taking a small black cruncher. The fish was perfectly proportioned with one of the best tails seen this year.

      Bob Aves fished a small minkie pattern off the Cliffs and Ash Tree Bay and had four good fish, showing that the fish are starting to spread out from the basin as the water cools.

      Mr Folkes had a nice rainbow of 4lb 2oz in his catch of seven fish. He fished small nymphs around the Dam and remarked that there were several huge fish crashing into fry along the dam.

      As the water cools the fish are beginning to move down from the Dam and basin and we are getting reports of fish in the narrows.
      Most methods will work, from dries, pulled wets, static nymphs, and small fry patterns pulled.

      A lot of fish this week have been caught on blobs and fabs and spoonings have shown a lot of fish feeding on daphnia out in open water.

      Best Rainbow: 5lb 8oz taken by Terry Bayes.

      Midweek boat winner: Gordon Alleyne.

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

      Ravensthorpe Reservoir

      The fishing at Ravensthorpe continues to be hard despite some changing weather. A few fish have been caught this week, however not many. Popular methods are lures. The best catch of the week went to Paul Liversidge with 6 fish on blobs.

      Best boat areas: Boils; middle of reservoir.

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Midweek boat winner: A Hodgkiss.

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