Anglian Water Trout Fishing July 20th

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    Week ending 17 July 2016

    • Excellent sport for both bank and boat anglers at Rutland Water

    • Another great week at Grafham with a rod average of 5.8

    • Fantastic catches with flies at Ravensthorpe

    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 1,797 (Season 21,875) Returns 398 (4,675) Rod average 4.51 (4.67)
    Both boat and bank anglers have enjoyed another excellent week at Rutland Water.

    Boat angler Phil Thompson visited Rutland last week and had a memorable day accounting for 9 fish (8 Rainbows around 3lb and a Brown estimated at 6lb) all of his fish were returned. Phil, from Bexley Heath, boat fished across Manton Bay and found a small black booby on the point and a small green buzzer very effective. Phil returned to Rutland on Thursday and opted to fish the North Arm. He was rewarded with 6 quality Rainbows, some taken on dries. Phil said it was a waiting game, fishing in such shallow water, but well worth it.

    Season ticket holder Keith Jones, from Peterborough, returned to the lodge on Friday night with three cracking Rainbows for a total weight of 11½lb. All of Keith’s fish had been feeding hard on small snails and corixa, a ‘big red’ dry fly accounted for all of the fish.

    Fish are being caught in many areas of the reservoir, with boat anglers catching over deep water in the main basin, in complete contrast to the top of both arms where the shallows are providing exciting sport.

    Bank anglers could be tempted to leave their waders at home as a lot of fish are feeding in just inches of water. Rangers Nigel Savage and Matt Tabram checked anglers between Stockie Bay and Whitwell front last Tuesday and witnessed lots of fish feeding just under the surface.
    Despite the masses of fry this season only one or two fish are concentrating on them. However, stomach contents are revealing shrimp, corixa and snails and plenty of them with dries and small nymphs accounting for some excellent sport from fighting fit Rainbows.

    Competition news
    Tuesday Night Boat League – week 9
    Credit must go to all of the boat league anglers who opted not to fish the aerators. A number of boats headed to the bottom of the South Arm and found fish in good numbers moving on top. A few were quickly caught, but the weather then changed with persistent showers for the rest of the night, sending fish down into deeper water. Dave Bradshaw was this week’s winner with three fish. Dave’s bag included the best fish on the night, a cracking 4lb 11oz Brown, which won him the mid week boat prize. Mick Bennett took second place with three fish for 8lb 6oz. Dave Knapp was third with two fish for 5lb 7oz. Nine weeks into the league and we have had eight different ‘free mid week boat winners’ with only Ziggy Lesiakowski scoring twice.

    AWAI North of England Final 11 July
    Nine teams fished in the North of England Final and enjoyed a good day with a rod average of 5.67. Phil Longstaff took the best fish at 3lb 8 3/8oz and Ben Dobson was top rod with a bag of 30lb ½oz. The top three teams qualifying for the International Final at Rutland Water on 4 and 5 October are Ospreys, RAF Fish Hawks and The Old Youth. Stocks Falcons who took fourth place and Northern Drifters in fifth will go forward to fish in the Grafham Water Championship at Grafham on 1 October.

    1st Ospreys 45 fish for 92lb 10 1/8oz
    2nd RAF Fish Hawks 44 fish for 91lb 11½oz
    3rd The Old Youth 42 fish for 90lb 2 3/8oz
    4th Stocks Falcons 37 fish for 82lb 11¼oz
    5th Northern Drifters 29 fish for 64lb 13 3/8oz
    6th Tannahill Raiders 30 fish for 62lb 3½oz
    7th Weardale Flyfishers 30 fish for 61lb 6 3/8oz
    8th Kielder Dabblers 28 fish for 60lb 1 1/8oz
    9th Stocks Merlins 21 fish for 44lb 5 7/8oz

    Prospects again look very good. Bank anglers are finding fish feeding in the margins and should avoid wading if possible as fish are rising behind anglers who choose to get into the water! Dries and nymphs are proving successful.

    Boat anglers are finding many successful methods with a mixture of lures, large and small, working over the deeper water of the main basin. Dries and nymphs are rewarding the patient anglers fishing down the arms or along the shallower water of the reservoir.

    2,800 Stock fish were released from the bottom of the arms and Sailing Club/Half Moon Spinney last week and a number of these were found off the fishing lodge frontage on Saturday.

    Best Rainbow 4lb taken by Keith Jones.

    Best Brown 4lb 11oz taken by Dave Bradshaw of Uppingham.

    Best boat areas Main basin and blue pipes close in, fishing lodge frontage. Bottom of both arms for bigger fish.

    Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Carrot Creek to Barnhill Creek, Tim Appletons, Sailing Club, New Zealand Point.

    Best methods Bank – dries/nymphs.
    Boat – As for bank & include lures, large/small on various sinking lines.

    Rutland Water continued

    Mid week boat winner Gordon Alleyne of Wansford.

    Fish stocked 2,800.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses 23 July; 7,13,25 & 28 August; 11,17 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 21 July & 3 August
    Tuesday Night boat league
    Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
    Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
    Anglian Water 4 man team Loch Style 17 August
    Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
    Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
    Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September

    Grafham Water
    Fish week 435 (Season 15,786) Returns 75 (2,720) Rod average 5.8 (5.8)
    Another cracking week’s fishing at Grafham Water. Despite the warm, bright weather we are still seeing a rod average of 5.8.

    The fish can be found within the surface layers of the water, particularly on cloudy days, and seem to be more concentrated to the east side of the reservoir. The fish are feeding on daphnia, snails and pin fry so try not to avoid the weedy areas where there is always a chance of a very nice fish. The Killer Shrimp is not moving readily (as it has done in previous summers), although if you are working shrimp patterns near the Dam and Willows there is a high chance of producing an over wintered fish.

    Popular areas for catching from the boats seem to be Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat. Although a few boat anglers are catching well off West Bank. Drifting through the middle is producing fish, with plenty of action towards the Boils. Methods fishing well include back drifting with snakes and tubes (in the surface layers), floating lines (washing line style) with buzzers or diawl bachs and dry flies throughout the day.

    Some good fish have been landed off the banks with some fish well in to the 4lb category. The fish close in can be caught on various methods, although a view covers may be needed for a take. If you are struggling a good alternative might be the new Craig Barr Midas fly or a brown snail or bug pattern; something different might tempt the trout when nothing else will. The Dam, the Seat, Harbour Arms, Willows and wading from Plummers are good areas to start your day bank fishing.

    Lots of Perch are being reported by our fly anglers with many being specimen sized fish. These are being reported from across the reservoir, so are feeding hard. Savages is currently full of coarse fish and fry, although very weedy at the moment and it’s likely that there will be a few pike taking advantage of this. Zander have still been coming out, with some upper singles and doubles being landed on occasion.

    Please bear in mind that during the summer months, fish may struggle to go back straight away when released. We would greatly appreciate all anglers taking their time when releasing to ensure that fish are safely returned to the water alive.

    Anglers are now able to enjoy delicious home cooked breakfasts at the Harbour View Restaurant situated above the fishing lodge at Mander Car Park. The restaurant has a large balcony offering superb views across Grafham Water and serves hot and cold food from 8am to 5pm.

    Best Rainbow 4lb 12oz taken by Frank Dunning..

    Best boat areas West bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat.

    Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and north and south Dam.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Michael Love of Bedford.

    Fish stocked 1,250.

    Forthcoming events
    Beginners courses 22,29 & 31July; 14 & 21 August; 4,18 & 28 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 28 July & 9 August
    Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
    AWAI Midland Final 25 July
    Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
    Lure Anglers 1 September
    Lure Anglers 4 September
    EYFA Youth National 11 September
    Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors
    Lure Anglers 25 September

    Pitsford Water
    Fish week 378 (Season 11,491) Returns 95 (1,850) Rod average 3.9(6.2)
    Pitsford anglers have benefitted from the improved weather conditions and the fish have been higher in the water and feeding again. At the start of the week the bank was fishing well in the early evening and Chris White enjoyed good sport off Sailing Club Bay and caught a 3lb plus Perch.

    Unfortunately Tuesday evening saw a downpour as our fishing club boat anglers set out. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of our anglers, particularly Charlie Watts who was triumphant weighing in 8 fish for 17lb.

    Many anglers have travelled some distance to fish at Pitsford Water, including Jim Flannigan from Grey Abbey, Northern Ireland. Jim had 20 fish to the boat. Mel Blythe from Hayling Island bagged up with several fish just under the 3lb mark. Annie Cant of Cambridge also bagged up this week.

    Many have been trying to tempt the trout on dries but they have also been catching on FAB, blobs and boobies too. Others have been using a washing line method or fishing sub surface on diawl bachs, crunchers and hares ear patterns.

    There has been success spinning for trout too over the weekend. Graham Folkes and Andy Patey from Milton Keynes had success with silver and bronze tobies with fish weighing up to 2lb 8oz.

    Anglers who have caught fish over 3lb this week, both off the bank and on the boat, include our regulars Bob Collins, Roy Barley, Pat Flynn and David Newens and day anglers Nick and Len Cooper from Dunstable.

    Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.
    Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

    Best Rainbow 5lb plus

    Best boat areas Sailing Club Bay, Pitsford Creek, Flats, Holly Bush, Gravels, Dam.

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Peter Taylor of Waterlooville, Hants.

    Pitsford Water continued

    Forthcoming events
    Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
    Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
    Lure fishing for trout (boat only) July & August
    Beginners courses 30 July; 6,12 & 27 August; 3,16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
    Boat handling courses 26 July & 5 August
    Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 23 July
    EFFA Match 1 September
    Round 5 AMC Group 1 4 September
    EFFA Match 8 September.
    East Midland FF Match 11 September
    Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September
    Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October
    MNTF Match 9 October

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish week 277(Season 9,297) Returns 49 (1,189) Rod average 5.6(7.8)
    With calmer weather this week anglers have been able to fish dries with some fantastic catches. Mr S Hollton had 31 fish to the boat whilst Mr D Naylor had 25 fish to the boat. Local angler Mick Griffin had 18 fish. It was a red letter day for R D Smith who took 20 fish on dry damsel, sedge patterns. With the warmer weather fishing may be slower in the middle of the day but morning and evening is the best time. The Dam and early platforms are producing some fish.

    Best Rainbow 3lb.

    Best boat areas Main bowl.

    Best bank areas Platforms 4,5,& 6 and Dam

    Best methods See report.

    Mid week boat winner Ian Anderson.

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