Anglian Water Trout Fishing Sept 8th, 2021: Exciting predator sport returns…

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        Latest News and Information from

        Week ending 5 September 2021

        • Exciting predator sport returns to Grafham and Rutland

        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 321 Returns 68 Rod average 3.35
        Boat anglers continue to catch the vast majority of fish with the banks remaining quiet. Various tactics have worked including small blobs and snakes, big lures and nymphs, diawl bach (red), hares ear, cruncher (pheasant tail), dries. Bob’s Bits and Shipmans are still working. There are a great number of fish turning their attention to this year’s fry population, especially last week, with suspender popper/minkies, floating fry, minkies and humungus (black and white) working well fished among the weedbeds scattered around the shoreline. With reports of quality rainbows and browns bow waving, grabbing and swirling after these patterns. With cool, overcast and breezy conditions proving ideal for this method most areas are providing action, with even the North Arm finally waking up. A number of browns up to 6½lb were caught with one or two reports of follows from bigger fish. 5lb Rainbows were also caught.
        It seems that the fish are eating snails, shrimp fry and corixa and there are signs that Daddy Long Legs are hatching in steady numbers.
        Prospects look very good, especially around the weedbeds with plenty of surface action.
        Rutland Water is hosting a Rudder match this Saturday 11 September 10am to 6pm. Please call the lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.
        With the predator season now well 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.
        Scierra Pairs 18 & 19 September

        Grafham Water
        Rod average 2.7
        The recent hot, sunny weather has made fishing more challenging. Those that have ventured out have caught fish but have had to work hard to catch them, typical for this time of year.
        Church Hill Bay on the north shore, where the water is gin clear and absolutely teeming with small fry, has been drawing the fish in closer, giving the bank anglers more sport. The trout are just below the surface and will chase fry imitations, getting them to take though is a challenge.
        The Seat on the south shore has also produced again with fish being taken on the surface. Those that favour fishing dries should catch fish when there is cloud cover but as soon as the sun shines through, the fish go down.
        Bob’s Bits, Big Red and foam daddies are always worth a try with Perch fry, or even blobs, popped across the surface should also attract some attention.
        The Dam is a bit of a conundrum at the moment, fish are being caught, but it’s just very erratic. One experienced dam angler has commented that there is very little evidence of the Killer Shrimp, the water is very high so maybe the rising water has come onto barren land so there is no food for the fish to feed on. Those that can cast a long way have been catching. Early morning and later in the evening are the best times, autumn and into winter always produces fantastic sport from the Dam so it’s only a matter of time.
        Predator fishing
        Wednesday 1 September marked the start of predator fishing at Grafham. We have seen a large number of boats heading out with anglers keen to pursue the specimen Pike, Zander and Perch that Grafham Water holds. Predator fishermen are notoriously cagey about what they catch and where, but reports from those willing to divulge have been very positive and enthusiastic. Pike to 30lb and Zander to 16lb are the best so far that we are aware of. Plenty of smaller Zander, Perch and Pike have fallen victim to the many visitors. It’s also a great opportunity for trout anglers to try a different challenge.

        Pitsford Water
        Fish week 240 (Season 8,626) Returns 59 (1,469) Rod average 4.0 (5.9)
        Fish are beginning to show in good numbers throughout the Narrows and Brixworth Bay and are feeding more consistently which is improving the catches.
        The bank fishing is still quite tricky but by fishing around the weedbeds some good fish can be tempted.
        The dam area has some colour but fishing in the Narrows in clear water has been productive.
        On Thursday the water hosted a friendly match between the English Fly Fishing Association and a combined Arm/Navy team.
        During practice for the match good numbers of fish were found in Brixworth Bay and throughout the Narrows, feeding in the surface layers.
        Match day saw most boats heading to these areas where dries took fish and washing line tactics on midge tip lines also caught.
        39 anglers fished to a kill 2 and catch and release a further 6 fish with no time bonus. 165 fish were caught for a rod average of 4.2.
        Top rod went to a GWFFA member with a bag weight of 15lb 12oz. The top Army rod weighed in with 15lb 5oz. The best fish of the match weighed 3lb 7oz. The best methods for this match were dries, with booby on the point and grey boy buzzers. Foam daddies also caught.
        With a stocking due this week to freshen things up, the fishing should improve further.

        Fish week 33(Season 4,148) Returns 20 (729) Rod average 1.65 (5.7)
        Returns have shown an improvement this week. Fish are still proving reluctant to take flies positively.
        Best boat areas: Central plus North end.

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