Anglian Water Trout Fishing Sept 24th, 2018

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    Week ending 23 September 2018

    • Results from Grafham Water Championship are in

    • Next it’s the turn of Rutland Water with the Anglian Water Airflo International on 2 and 3 October

    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 449 (Season 29,720) Returns 151 (5,820) Rod average 2.97(5.1)
    The strong winds seriously hampered anglers last week reducing the number of fishable days. During the better weather conditions boat anglers experienced consistent sport along the Normanton bank all the way to V buoy at the dam. Interestingly the fish seem to have got closer to the bank which should encourage bank anglers, fish have been reported as being taken within 50m of the bank.
    Open water drifts in the main basin have again produced numbers of fish with anglers enjoying great sport to dries when conditions have allowed. A party of Welsh anglers took up to 20 fish per boat on Saturday fishing mainly hog daddies. Depending on the wind an alternative is to fish long drifts from Yellowstone to Berrybutts/Gibbets Gorse with fish spread in open water.
    With fish willing to take flies fished dry it is no surprise that the fish are not deep, with floating/ midge tip and intermediate lines being the most popular choice. A FAB on the point and diawl bach/crunchers/cormorants is a good starting point in any of the areas mentioned. During the weekend fish have also been taken along the fishing lodge frontage, a good area being 50m or so off the harbour wall.

    Many tactics are working with dries, nymphs, wet flies, fry patterns, through to mini blobs etc and large tube flies. Fish are generally feeding on tiny buzzers in some areas and daphnia. Despite the abundant supply of fry in the reservoir this season, only a few fish are showing the perch/roach in stomach contents.
    Midweek boat winner: David Moore.
    Boat bookings
    Please phone the lodge (01780 686441) to check for availability before travelling as demand will be very high for the next four weeks.
    If you have this year’s “Hooked magazine” check the competition page for the busiest periods to avoid disappointment – this information is also available on our website https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/rutland-water-park/trout-fishing
    Forthcoming events
    Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    Anglian Water Airflo International Final 1-3 October by qualification
    Autumn Pairs – categories for rudder & non rudder: 7 October.
    World Lure Fishing Championships 11-14 October
    Beginners courses: 30 September; 7,14,20 & 27 October.

    Grafham Water
    Fish 173 (Season 10,176) Returns 84 (2,333) Rod average 2.05 (4.36)
    A good effort from our anglers saw an increase in our rod average to 2.0, although there are certainly many who are achieving much better results.
    Strong winds made conditions very tough this week, although that didn’t stop anglers catching fish! With the fish beginning to switch on many are catching providing you fish the right areas and keep on the move it will help you locate the feeding stock. Mr Harney gave the bank a go managing a wonderful 16 fish. Some fantastic angling well deserving of plaudits and proving that the rod average does not show the whole picture.

    Again many anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water. Washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip with traditional flies such as muddlers, diawl bachs and hares ears are working, along with the many others using FABs, blobs and boobies for good results. Dries are working well too, particularly in a bit of wave, with the outskirts of Gaynes Cove being a hotspot currently.

    The fish are mostly sitting deeper though according to the wealth of information provided from our predator anglers and their superb sonar equipment. These fish have been witnessed coming up for spells to feed before sinking back down. The easterly side of the reservoir is where the large pods of fish are more commonly seen at depths of about 20-30 feet along with the westerly side where fish are seen at around 10-20 feet deep.
    Many of the bank anglers are catching fish this week with more and more shoreline to fish every day, but be sensible about your wading depths when in soft clay and silt. Lures are working as well as more traditional flies so make sure you have your lure box for your next visit.

    Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September
    This match was by invitation to the higher placed teams that had just missed out on qualifying for the Anglian Water Airflo International Final (fished 2 & 3 October). A big thank you to all the teams who supported AWAI this year and good luck to those fishing in the final at Rutland next week. Some talented anglers fished at Grafham, in tough conditions, including Alun Williams of Cwm Fly Fishers and Ronnie Gilbert of Menteith Ospreys, both of whom bagged up. The best fish on the day was landed by Tom Cooper, fishing for Airflo Team Costa A, who weighed in a superb Brown of 5lb 11oz. Best bag Alun Williams, Cwm Flyfishers, 19lb 1oz.

    1st Cwm Fly Fishers 23 fish for 47lb 13oz
    2nd Menteith Ospreys 20 fish for 43lb 12oz
    3rd Alba Orvis 19 fish for 40lb 8oz
    4th Airflo Team Costa A 16 fish for 35lb 5oz
    5th Bewl Chingley Chompers 12 fish for 27lb 9oz
    6th Airflo Team Costa B 13 fish for 26lb 13oz
    7th The Whakapapas 12 fish for 23lb 6oz
    8th Welsh Wizards 10 fish for 20lb 9oz
    9th Orvis Team Rutland 9 fish for 17lb 15oz
    10th Pedader Glas 7 fish for 14lb 1oz
    11th Greenwell Persauders 6 fish for 13lb 10oz

    Best Brown: 5lb 11oz taken by Tom Cooper.

    Best boat areas: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.

    Best bank areas: Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.

    Midweek boat winner: Mick White.

    Fish stocked: 2,500.

    Forthcoming events
    Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
    Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
    BC Hall 4 October
    Beginners courses: 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.

    Pitsford Water

    Fish 321(Season 8,689) Returns 63 (1,863) Rod average 5.1 (4.66)
    Pitsford lost four days to the weather last week, but still managed a rod average of 5.1 with a rod average of 8.5 on Saturday.

    Fish are still in the top couple of feet with dries and wets/hoppers working on floating and midge tip lines. Some fish are now starting to hit the huge shoals of fry in earnest and minkies and floating fry patterns fished around the weed beds are taking some nice fish.

    Some notable catches from this last week include Clive Wilkins from Derbyshire caught and released 15 fish; local angler Peter Webb had 13 fish in a session. John Millar enjoyed a cracking day with a nice Brown of 3lb 8oz plus Rainbows of 5lb 4oz, 4lb and 3lb 8oz.

    Ryan Varani had a Rainbow of 4lb 2oz, Rod Barley had two Browns of 4lb and 3lb 8oz. Clearly there are lots of quality, grown on fish showing now and with a further stocking of 2,000 Exe Valley fish this week, many of which were around the 3½lb mark. The fishing looks set to continue its fine form.

    Fish are throughout the big half of the reservoir now and the bank is fishing well from Stone Barn, Gravels, Rigbys and Cliffs.

    Best Rainbow: 5lb 4oz taken by Ryan Varani.

    Best Brown: 4lb taken by Rod Barley.

    Midweek boat winner: M Brinkman.

    Fish stocked: 2,000.

    Forthcoming events
    Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Association 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: 29 September; 6, 12 & 21 October.

    Ravensthorpe Reservoir
    Fish 223(Season 4,622) Returns 42 (876) Rod average 5.3 (5.2)
    Anglers have had a windy week with several days when boats have not been able to venture out. When conditions improved anglers have been catching well. Mr Kerr had an amazing Brown of 7¼oz recently on a white minkie. The water colour has been improving steadily.

    Drifting across the main bowl with floating lines and various blobs, FAB’s and crunchers, diawl bachs and small daddies will be effective. Some fish are now being caught on small lures and minkie type patterns.

    Best Rainbow: 3lb 2oz.

    Best boat areas: Main bowl.

    Midweek boat winner: B Hilton

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