Anglian Water Trout Fishing, July 11th, 2018

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    • Anglian Water Fishery Question & Answer session Sunday 15 July
    10 until noon at Grafham Lodge and
    2pm until 4pm at Rutland Lodge
    William Kirstein (Rutland Park Manager) and Angela Tarry (Grafham and Northants Park Manager) will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about Anglian Water fisheries and the wider park. Please feel free to come along with any burning questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.

    http://www.anglianwaterparks.co.uk

    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 448 (season 25,304) Returns 162 (4,548) Rod average 2.76 (5.56)
    Despite the hot weather fishing at Rutland Water has been pretty cool! Boat anglers are enjoying the best sport, particularly in the main basin with the on going persistent north/north easterly winds creating the coolest water on the reservoir.

    Drifting boats from the fishing limit buoys off the dam have been catching fish on nymphs and small lures fished on various sinking lines. The few rudder boats that went out also caught quite a few fish.

    Some anglers have scored around the aerators as well, not all of them are producing fish so be prepared to search.

    Last Tuesday was very productive with fish being caught throughout the day. Anglers fishing in the evening boat league had a very memorable session with good numbers of fish being caught.

    Fish are feeding mainly on daphnia in the main basin in the deeper water. There are fish feeding on fry closer in, and some are taking advantage of hatches of very tiny buzzers at the moment.

    A few bank anglers have ventured out. Fish have been coming out of Whitwell Creek which is also home to the Aqua Park. Spilsby angler Malcolm Janik has been catching here on a regular basis. Malcolm’s best fly at the moment has been a self tied pearly thorax pheasant tail.

    Nigel Savage ventured out on Tuesday afternoon and came across fry feeding fish on the dam, he managed five rainbows to over 3lb, lost three others and missed about the same. Stocky Bay and past the Point towards Whitwell Creek has seen quality Rainbows coming close to the bank feeding well on shrimp. Suspender hare’s ear, cdc’s, or even a rough hare’s ear fished subsurface have scored. These fish are moving close to the bank so a patient and stealthy approach with minimal wading is the best choice. A good number of these fish have been overwintered around the 3-3½lb mark, so be prepared for a tussle.

    Competition news
    Tuesday night boat league week 9
    This was an amazing evening of superb sport with eleven anglers catching an incredible 55 fish. Top rod with eight fish was Rich Cooper with his father Gary taking second place, followed by Jeremy Ball in third. The best fish of the evening was taken by Paul Baker who won a mid week boat with a 4lb 2 1/8oz specimen.

    Overall league leader Keith Jones has 75 points and is looking over his shoulder with Rich Cooper now only 7 points behind him on 68.

    Rutland Water continued

    Anglian Water Fishery Questions & Answers Session
    On Sunday 15th July we are hosting an Anglian Water Fishery Questions and Answers Day. Starting at 10am at Grafham Fishing Lodge, William Kirstein (Rutland Park Manager) and Angela Tarry (Grafham and Northants Park Manager) will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about Anglian Water fisheries and the wider park. The Grafham session will run from 10am until 12noon followed by a session at Rutland Water Fishing Lodge from 2pm until 4pm. Please feel free to come along with any burning questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.

    Best Rainbow: 4lb 2 1/8oz taken by Paul Baker.

    Midweek boat winner: G Moore of Fareham.

    Fish stocked: 2,500.

    Forthcoming events
    Tuesday Evening boat league Call lodge for details 01780 686441
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    AWAI North of England Final 16 July by qualification
    Anglian Water 4 man Loch Style 8 August
    WaterAid 13 September

    Beginners courses: 15 & 21 July; 5,11 & 26 August and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses: 12 & 18 July; 1 August.

    Grafham Water
    Fish 652 (season 8,243) Returns 157 (1,596) Rod average 4.1 (5.16)
    It’s been a mixed week at Grafham Water with hot weather conditions having a large impact on fishing. The start of the week saw great results for bank and boat anglers, particularly in the morning or evening sessions, with mid day to late afternoon more of a challenge. As the week went on the temperature has been through the roof, seeing a dip in catch rates. However, the rod average is still a very respectable 4.1, with a change in tactics many will be able to achieve this, particularly as mid week temperatures are due to drop a little.

    Some good results earlier in the week saw many catching large bags of fish, with plenty around the 3lb mark showing. The best fish of the week fell to David Spall with a cracking Brown of 5lb 4oz. David Morton had a good Rainbow weighing in at a fantastic 4lb 4oz. Well done to both of you. Top rod is undoubtedly John Archer with a super 33 fish from the bank taken within only a few hours, emphasising that the earlier sessions in the day are certainly providing the best sport.

    The best tactics from the bank are to target the fry feeding fish throughout the day or hold on and wait for the rise in the evening time as the fish come closer to the bank. Many anglers have been successful from Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hedge End and the Marlow bank near G Buoy. Successful flies have been GRHE’s, shrimp patterns and darker colour diawl bachs, though it’s well worth trying fry patterns and even static buzzer.

    Boat anglers also enjoyed good catches earlier in the week, although sport steadied towards the end of the week. We recommend fishing the deeper, cooler water on the reservoir and to try some sinking lines, Di5’s and Di7’s coupled with boobies or small black lures. Other successful flies include blobs, snakes and diawl bachs. Dries should not be forgotten; with many still producing to the dries in the evening though we recommend fishing these just off the weed beds.

    The results from two matches fished during the week will be published in next week’s report.

    Anglian Water Fishery Questions & Answers Session
    On Sunday 15th July we are hosting a Anglian Water Fishery Questions and Answers Day. Starting at 10am at Grafham Fishing Lodge, William Kirstein (Rutland Park Manager) and Angela Tarry (Grafham and Northants Park Manager) will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about Anglian Water fisheries and the wider park. The Grafham session will run from 10am until 12noon followed by a session at Rutland Water Fishing Lodge from 2pm until 4pm. Please feel free to come along with any burning questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.

    Grafham Water continued

    Best Rainbow: 4lb 4oz taken by David Morton.

    Best Brown: 5lb 4oz taken by David Spall.

    Forthcoming events
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    AWAI Midland final 23 July
    Beginners courses 20 & 26 July; 4, 10 & 25 August and other dates throughout the season
    Boat handling courses 25 July and 7 August.

    Pitsford Water
    Fish 84 (season 4,771) Returns 23 (1,091) Rod average 3.6 (4.4)
    Although the hot weather has pushed the fish deeper this week, the rod average for the week is still 3.6 and the quality of these fish is exceptional. Nearly 50% of the fish caught have been around the 3lb mark or above. Several fish over 4lb have been caught and many released.

    David O’Farrell had a good day with 6 fish and a further six returned. He fished a Di5 with a damsel booby and cormorants in the narrows around Gorse bank. Paul Hopwell boat fished in the basin taking 10 fish with 2 browns over 4lb and a rainbow over 4lb. Simon Lehane and John Castledine boat fished the dam and Narrows using Di7 lines and had over ten fish to their boat. Simon and John both took Rainbows and Browns to 4lb plus on snake patterns and said the fish were in fantastic condition.
    Bob Collins enjoyed four morning sessions on the bank at Gravels and Sermans and had 16 fish up to 4½lb.

    On the predator front we had a report of a 30lb plus Pike being caught from The Stone Barn area.

    Best Rainbow: 4lb plus.

    Best Brown: 4lb plus.

    Best boat areas: Main basin, Boils, Sailing Club.

    Best bank areas: Gorse, Gravels.

    Midweek boat winner: S Osborne.

    Pitsford Water continued

    Forthcoming events
    Mid-Northants Flyfishers 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: 14,22 & 28 July; 12,24 & 28 August and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses: 11 & 24 July

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish 83 (season 4,078) Returns 21 (753) Rod average 4.0 (5.4)
    The hot weather has made conditions tough for both boat and bank anglers. Some anglers are taking 2-3 fish, with Mike Fletcher taking the greatest number this week recording 5 fish. Conditions improved last Wednesday when fish were taken on mainly buzzers and diawl bachs.

    Best boat areas: Boils and around Island.

    Best bank areas: Dam.

    Midweek boat winner: David Broome.

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