Anglian Water Trout Fishing October 8th, 2019

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      Latest News and Information from

      Week ending 6 October 2019

      • Anglers from across Europe head to Rutland Water for the final of the prestigious Anglian Water Airflo International
      Full report in next week’s Fishery News

      • Grafham Water rod average is a fabulous five!

      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

      Grafham Water
      Fish 668 (Season 12,828) Returns 132 (2,961) Rod average 5.0(4.33)
      Grafham Water fished its proverbial socks off last week for the trout anglers with both bank and boat anglers finding some fantastic sport.
      The bank anglers have been cashing in on the shrimp and fry feeders close in at G mark and all the way along to the Willows, with Pylon and Deep Water Point following close behind. Gaynes and Plummer all the way along and onto the South end of the Dam have also fished well when the north shore has been too coloured after high winds.

      It goes without saying that shrimp patterns and hares ear patterns are working very well and for those after some bigger fish, snakelets and minkies have produced, pulled fast on a sink tip or glass line. Also ignore daddies at your peril as there have been loads hatching from the grass late in the evening, they work just as well sunk and pulled as they do floating and static.

      The boat anglers have been concentrated along the north shore particularly drifting on to G mark from whatever wind direction there is that day. There are some fish around the mouth of Savages and in Gaynes Cove for those wishing to avoid the crowded drifts around G mark. Once you find the fish it doesn’t seem to matter what flies or which line you use, with reports of good catches on everything from a floater to a Di 5 sweep. Washing line with fabs and boobies at either end with the nymphs of your choice on the droppers particularly crunchers and cormorants. Pulling a sunken daddy on a midge tip has also done very well.

      The BC Hall EFFA match was held this week with 30 anglers catching 217 fish for a tremendous rod average of 7.23. The top rods found fish drifting onto and around G mark and the winning method was daddies pulled just sub surface.

      Predator fishing continues to be very good with good pike, perch and zander being reported. The north tower to T buoy and from outside the nature reserve to hedge End seem to be the most consistent areas as well as the tower at the dam.

      Fish stocked: 1,000.

      Forthcoming events
      Fry Feeders Match 19 October
      Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 24 November
      Beginners courses: 12 & 27 October; 1 & 9 November; 7 December; 5 January 2020.
      Boat handling courses: 22 & 29 October; 5 November.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 265 (Season 14,415) Returns 62 (2,774) Rod average 4.3(5.2)
      Anglers are experiencing some fantastic boat and bank fishing on Pitsford Water with quality hard fighting fish spread throughout the lake.

      The bank fishing is really taking off now; one season ticket holder recorded 14 fish from the bank at the Pines on Saturday morning. Most anglers are reporting fish around the 3-4lb mark feeding on shrimp, snails and fry.

      Boats are picking fish up on drifts from the dam and out past the Pines and Sailing Club banks with fish now showing through the Narrows.
      Floating or midge tip lines are all that are needed with washing line tactics best.

      Notable catches include 19 fish to one boat with the best fish a Rainbow of 4lb 4oz. All these fish were taken on diawl bach and hares ear patterns.
      One of our bank anglers enjoyed a very successful afternoon on the Sailing Club bank catching 7 fish including one Brown.

      Lots of quality Browns have been reported this week with the best specimen caught and released at 8lb. Gordon Bloodworth caught and returned a fine 7lb Brown.

      Mid Northants FFC held their Fur and Feather on Sunday with the top rod taking four fish for 11lb 2oz.

      Best Rainbow: 4lb 4oz.

      Best Brown: 7lb taken by Gordon Bloodworth; plus other anglers reporting up to 8lb.

      Forthcoming events
      Anglian Water Fur & Feather (boat) 9 November
      Beginners courses: 11 October; 3 & 8 November.
      Boat handling courses: 15,23 & 28 October & 6 November.

      Ravensthorpe Water
      Put a date in your diary – Ravensthorpe’s Fur and Feather boat match will take place on Sunday 3rd November. Please call the lodge on 01604 770875 to book a boat.

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