Anglian Water Trout Fishing Sept 1st, 2021

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 29 August 2021

        • Exciting sport for Grafham boat anglers

        • Excellent quality fish and rod average of 4 at Rutland 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 week 312 (Season 29,102) Returns 78 (4,613) Rod average 4(6.3)
        Rutland is fishing well with a rod average of 4.0 for the week. Most returns are from boat anglers, however, a few bank anglers are reporting seeing fish in some areas around the weedbeds.
        The main basin is still a draw for boat anglers with reports of lots of follows to flies on some days, but fish are proving reluctant to actually take the fly. Away from the main basin, and into the two arms, the North Arm remains fairly quiet, while the South Arm is worth investigating from Spud Bay all the way through to the green bank, again fry patterns and dries and nymphs are working. A few anglers are having exciting sport drifting onto the many weedbeds, along Normanton.
        Fry patterns, suspender/popper minkies, minkies and tubes etc are popular. When it comes to dries Shipmans, hares ear, cdc’s and daddies should soon be worth trying. Lures and various blobs, snakes etc are worth a go. The most popular nymphs are red holographic diawl bach, cruncher and hares ear. Fish are feeding on shrimp, snails, fry, corixa and there have been a few good, albeit very small, buzzer hatches.
        Rainbows are in excellent condition, many in the 2-4lb plus category, and are giving an excellent account of themselves. Some good sized Browns have been reported, including a fine specimen of 6lb 8oz taken from the reed beds in the South Arm and safely returned. Also down the South Arm anglers reported fish around Browns Island, Cattle Trough and Hideaway Bay.There has been plenty of surface action to popper fry patterns.
        With the predator season now under way and a busy time for competitions many days are already fully booked and several more have limited availability. To avoid disappointment please book your boats direct with the fishing lodge by calling 01780 686441.
        Forthcoming events
        Anglian Water Rudder Match 11 September – call 01780 686441 for information.

        Grafham Water
        Rod average 3.4
        Fishing this week has continued to improve with boat anglers reporting some exciting sport. The weather has been a major factor. Overcast skies and brisk winds have made it perfect for drifting, covering a lot of the reservoir in search of quality trout. Wind permitting, the north shore has been the favoured area with plenty of fish showing from Church Bay right up towards the Willows. There is a large weed bank in this area which is holding lots of snails hence the presence of large pods of trout.
        The fish are right up in the water, literally an inch or so down, so the favoured method has been to use fry imitations or poppers as they are more commonly known. Literally plopping the fly on the water then plop, plop plopping it across the surface. It’s fantastic sport and very exciting when a bow wave appears behind, caused by a frenzied trout desperate to seize the offering.
        Catching on dries has also been productive, wind permitting. Big reds, Bob’s Bits and Foam Daddies would all be worth trying.
        Those that have struggled have relented and have succumbed to fishing the Boils and the Inlet. Both continue to produce fish but it can get very busy and frantic at times.
        Fishing from the bank is still quite a challenge but an improvement on last week with reports of fish coming from The Dam, G Buoy, Willows and Deep Water Point. Shrimp patterns, diawl bachs, hares ears with a FAB on the point and presented correctly will always catch fish. Autumn is just around the corner so that only means one thing – shrimp frenzy.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 142(Season 8,386) Returns 38 (1,410) Rod average 3.7 (5.9)
        Pitsford sport has been unpredictable with good days followed by more challenging days. Methods are varied and it seems that if you drop on fish they will happily take flies fished in the surface but they are very localised.
        Drifting to cover more water is definitely the best method and floating or tip lines are best. Some fish are coming to the dries with red or claret best.
        Foam daddies and floating fry patterns are working as well as washing line with diawls and crunchers. The fish are still mostly holding in the main basin.
        Bank anglers are starting to find fish in the margins with the Cliffs and Sailing Club bank being productive. Fry and shrimp patterns are taking these fish.
        There is a further stocking of 2,000 fish planned for this week which should freshen things up.

        Ravensthorpe is still producing fish, albeit at lower volumes due to continued coloured and warm water.
        The best tactics are still floating lines with some fish falling to snail patterns, washing lines and midge tips with nymphs.
        One angler had repeated takes on small FAB’s on the point. So far there are no signs of fish fry feeding.

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