Anglian Water Trout Fishing: High rod averages at all waters….

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 16 May 2021

        • Popular evening boat leagues return to Rutland and Grafham

        • Superb sport across all waters
        Ravensthorpe rod average 10.1
        Pitsford 9.0 and Grafham 8.9
        Rutland Browns to double figures

        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 1,207 (season 11,594) Returns 232(1,364) Rod average 5.2(8.5)
        Another fantastic week’s fishing at Rutland Water with fish showing well in the top layers of the water. The fish are feeding hard on emerging buzzers, however they are also showing a good amount of snail, shrimp and corixa in the stomach contents.
        The best tactics have been washing lining up in the water on either a slow midge tip or floating line. Buzzers, diawl bachs and hares ears have been taking most fish but with the water remaining cold the fish are also willing to chase lures when the buzzer sport slows. Both the North and South Arm are producing fish with a number of fish also starting to show in the main basin. Straight lined buzzers fished deep or the bung are also producing for anglers who are willing to persevere for quality over quantity with over wintered Rainbows up to 6lb and Browns to double figures falling to deep buzzers in the last week.
        The top areas down the South Arm have been the Bunds to Hideaway, Gibbets, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Spud Bay and the Sailing Club. The North Arm has continued to produce large amounts of fish in areas such as the Transformer, Tim Appletons, Dickenson’s Bay, Barnsdale Steep bank and the Finches. The dry fly fishing has well and truly kicked off this week with anglers reporting good bags of fish taken on the surface. Top dry flies have been sugar cube hares ears, big reds and cdc’s. There is also a good amount of fish starting to move close to the surface in open water. There is still a fantastic spread of fish around the reservoir and long drifts in any of the areas mentioned above will put the angler in contact with fish. A fast glass teamed with humungus, cats whisker or black and green is a good method to employ when searching for the fish on the drift. From the bank the best areas have been Whitwell Creek, Earnies Point, Barnhill Creek, Harbour wall and New Zealand Point to the Sailing Club. Stocking continues with 2,000 rainbows scheduled for the coming week.

        Competition news
        Rutland Water Fly Fishers John Wadham Trophy evening bank match 14 May
        Nine members of RWFF fished this match on a dull, cold and flat calm evening. The hard conditions reflected the result. Despite this fish were seen moving in all areas fished and a number were caught and released by competitors. The now famous Browns put in an appearance and two 5lb plus fish were caught. The top rod took five fish for 15lb.
        Tuesday night boat league 2021
        16 anglers dodged the showers and took to the water on week one. It’s great to welcome anglers back to this friendly event.
        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.

        Forthcoming events
        Tuesday Evening boat league – please ask at the lodge for more details.
        Predator fishing on the fly now available at Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe.
        Lake Challenge (Predator) 19 & 20 June
        Airflo Invitation Match 26 & 27 June

        Grafham Water
        Fish week 1,488 Returns 166 Rod average 8.9
        Grafham continues to be on great form with 166 anglers catching 1,488 trout of which 1,116 were returned safely to the water and we recorded a rod average of 8.9 for the week.
        Both boat and bank anglers are enjoying the tremendous sport with the boat anglers doing slightly better than the bank anglers as the fish move out during the sunnier days.
        Best boat areas have been Gaynes Cove where the trout are responding to dries, particularly black hoppers or flies that resemble a Hawthorn fly with the long trailing legs as these are being blown onto the water on some days.
        Orange Shipmans and big reds have also started to take fish off the surface. If the fish are not showing then a washing line with holo crunchers, red diawl back and in particular a Muskin, are taking a lot of fish from all points along the north shore. Buzzers also continue to score well either straight lined or fished under a bung. For the more energetic anglers among you, if the Boils or the inlet are on then a Di 3 down to a Di 7 pulling snakes or humungus will put a lot of bigger fish into the boat.
        The predator fly fishing has started this weekend. This is a fast growing area of our sport and boat bookings are likely to continue to grow so make sure you book your boats early particularly for Saturdays and Sundays.
        The bank anglers are also enjoying the great sport with similar tactics to the boat anglers. At the moment the fish want their nymphs fished dead slow to static so try to resist the urge to twiddle. Or if you’re pulling vary your retrieve a bit and leave it on the hang as lot of fish will respond to the change of speed and direction having followed your fly for some distance.
        The best bank areas continue to be the harbour arms which despite taking a battering are still producing lots of fish with a sprinkling of 4 or 5 pounders. The extreme south end of the dam up to number 11 or 12 fished well and G, Deep Water Point and Hedge End continue to do well.
        Keep an eye on Plummers as this will kick into life soon as anglers have reported seeing early daddy long legs coming off the grass.

        Best boat areas: All points on the north shore.

        Best bank areas: The dam, G, the Willows, the Seat.
        Forthcoming events
        Tuesday Evening Boat League please ask at the lodge for more details
        Invicta Pilgrimage 27 & 28 May
        Scierra Pairs heat 30 May
        Perch mania 12 & 13 June

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 751 Returns 83 Rod average 9.0
        Pitsford is producing excellent sport with a rod average for the week of 9.0 and quality fish all over the reservoir. The bank fishing has been excellent and matching the top quality boat fishing. The standout catch return of the week came from an angler fishing the Northfields Shore on Thursday. He fished small diawl bachs to tempt a couple of Browns weighing an estimated 8lb plus and 10lb plus. Both fish were safely returned to the water.
        We have seen numerous notable catches with large bags of fish plus a number of quality Browns. One boat package angler fishing Ptsford for a couple of days caught and released over 70 fish with Rainbows up to 6lb and Browns to 7lb. One of our season ticket holders took 32 trout over three days and lost a Brown at the net estimated around 13-14lb. He also had a perch of 3lb 8oz.
        Fish are coming from all areas and the small half of the lake is now clear and is fishing well. The best methods are definitely buzzers and nymphs such as diawl bachs, crunchers and muskins fished on floating or tip lines. Dries have been working with fish now taking Hawthorn flies that are being blown onto the water in good numbers.
        The predator fishing returned at Pitsford on 16 May with boats booking up quickly. Please call the lodge to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
        Best Rainbow: 6lb plus.
        Best Brown: 10lb plus.

        Fish week 556 (Season 3,127) Returns 55 (227) Rod average 10.1(13.7)
        Ravensthorpe is still fishing well from the boats with anglers having good days on the water and catching plenty of fish. The overall rod average for the week was 10.1; averaging 13.7 for the season to date.
        Buzzers are working best with blobs also proving effective at times. Coton End and the Island are the best areas. The bank is a little quiet.
        Best boat areas: Coton car park.

        Best bank areas: Dam.

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