Nail biting finish in Airflo Invitational – Anglian Water News May 23rd, 2019

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      Latest News and Information from

      Week ending 19 May 2019

      • Match action from Rutland
      Nail biting finish in Airflo Invitational

      • Something completely different….

      An evening at Rutland with Hans Van Klinken 7 June

      Brand new Breakfast Club
      Saturdays at Rutland 8,15,22 & 29 June

      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
      Rod average 6.83
      What a busy week we had down here at Rutland, and some fantastic sport enjoyed by anglers throughout the week!

      With the Airflo Spring invitational coming up at the weekend numbers of anglers took to the water practicing, of course understandably tactics were being held close to the chest of competitors. What a fantastic 2 days of competition we had, with 126 anglers catching 1,585 fish and a combined rod average over the 2 days of 12.58!

      Competition news
      Airflo Invitation Match 18-19 May
      Congratulations to FNF Nymphomaniacs on winning the 2019 Airflo spring match at Rutland Water! After leading after day one they managed to hold off Change Fly Fishers who kept up the pressure, but ultimately just fell a few pounds short, despite both teams catching 102 fish each. Third place went to Iain Barr Costa A with 97 fish. Team Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs lay in 12th place on day one and performed well on day two to come back to a respectable 4th overall.

      Day 1 Saw the majority of the boat fleet fishing from Barnhill Creek on the end of the peninsula all the way to the transformer! Floaters and tip lines were the order of the day with nymphs in the form of diawl bach’s and crunchers on the majority of competitors’ casts. Fish were taken in very close proximity to the bank in a number of areas, well worth taking note of for you bank anglers. Pulling tactics did take a few limits on Day 1 but did not prove as consistent a tactic.

      Day 2 saw anglers with a distinct lack of ripple, this resulted in anglers having to work hard to convert pulls into solid takes and fishing as static as possible in many cases.

      Top rod across the two days was Flash Attack’s Craig Barr. Craig caught his 12 fish bag on both days beating FNF Falcons’ Sean McCaffery who finished 2lb behind in overall second place. Craig also released a huge Brownie on day one. Craig was delighted “It was brilliant to be “top rod” over the 2 days, as there were many top anglers in the field.”
      There were no less than 6 double figured browns caught, and Ireland’s Robert Reilly had four browns around 7lb! All these fish were returned. Across the two days the biggest fish on the scales was a 7lb 2oz Brownie, caught on day two, by Pablo Mullins fishing for the Renegades.
      Thank you to Airflo and all the competitors for making the event a huge success. 126 anglers caught 1,585 fish across the two days, including some proper lumps.

      Rutland Water continued

      1st FNF Nymphomaniacs 102 fish for 233lb 7 4/16oz
      2nd Change FF 102 fish for 229lb 6/16oz
      3rd Iain Barr Costa A 97 fish for 215lb 2 2/16oz
      4th Team Flash Attack/Res Dogs 87 fish for 201lb 7 14/16oz

      John Seaton’s match
      On Monday 13 May Rutland Water hosted retired Head Warden John Seaton’s Hunt Match. This is now the longest standing competition at Rutland Water with the first taking place in 1985! In bright conditions with very little wind the anglers were faced with some challenging fishing. The 34 anglers recorded 72 fish between them with Ben Farnsworth leading the way with an 8 fish limit of 19lb 1oz. Ben took advice from Head Ranger Andy Ainscough and ventured down the North arm where he fished deep buzzers on the Finches bank to record his limit. Ben and boat partner Guy Miller were also best boat on the day with 12 fish for 28lb, good angling gentlemen.

      The best brown fell to Mark Bailey at 5lb 2½oz and not to be left out John Seaton took the best rainbow of the day at 4lb 3oz, John only fished for a couple of hours spending most of the time as ghillie for the day and was delighted with his fine rainbow. The anglers then enjoyed a meal and presentation in our very own Waterside Café to end what was a very enjoyable match fished in good spirits.

      John Wadham Bank Match
      Thirteen members fished on a cold evening with a moderate north-north easterly wind and overcast skies. Fishing was from 6 pm to 9:30pm followed by a fish and chip supper.
      A four fish limit was imposed. Jake Waterman, the RWFF Chairman took first place with four fish for 9lb 1oz. These fish were caught into the wind in Pontoon Bay at Normanton. Second was Adi Humphreys with four fish for 7lb 14oz. Frank Daley came third with three fish for 6lb 5oz. He found rising fish at Sykes Lane.

      The best fish prize went to Roy Taylor with a brown 3lb 10oz caught from the dam. Two other Browns were caught and returned and thus, are not included in the rod average of 1.4 fish. In view of how difficult the bank fishing has been this season, this was quite a good result.

      Tuesday Night Boat League
      Week 2 of the Tuesday Night boat league proved tough for a number of anglers with the fish only switching on at 8pm onwards. Making the most of this was Vince Sparrow with 5 fish for 9lb 10oz, 2nd Tom Davis with 4 fish and Rick Cooper 3rd with 4 fish. Best fish of the evening fell to the rod of Sean Hillaby with a fine 2lb 13oz rainbow.

      Rutland Water Continued

      Brand new events for our anglers

      Breakfast club fishing
      This year at Rutland we are hosting some unique early morning events we are calling ‘Breakfast club’

      The idea is to get out on the water early at the time of year when the water temperatures are starting to get quite high and have some sport before the sun gets right up. You will be able to enjoy a chat and share your success with other anglers over a coffee and a cooked breakfast (included in the price). Fishing will commence at 5am until 11am with breakfast served shortly after.

      We will be hosting Breakfast club fishing on the following days:

      June 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th (all Saturdays).

      Although rangers will be on-site early to assist and prep the boats, the fishing lodge won’t be opening until 8am (as usual) so Breakfast club fishing will need to be paid in advance.

      To book and pay call the lodge on (01780) 686441 (there are limited spaces).

      Costs per person
      Season ticket holder single man boat £24.50
      Season ticket holder two man boat £20
      Non-season ticket 1 fish kill c&r single man £47.50
      Non-Season ticket 1 fish kill c&r two man £43
      Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r single man £49.50
      Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r two man £45

      An evening with Hans Van Klinken at Rutland Fishing Lodge Cafe on Friday the 7 June
      Hans will be available for meet and greet from 6pm and then will talk from 7pm for around an hour and followed by a chat. The fishing lodge will also be open for purchases after his talk.
      There aren’t many people in the fly tying world who do not know of Hans Van Klinken – one of the most prominent fly tyers in the world, developer of superb flies, writer of stunning articles with stunning photographs and of course one of the best lecturers/teachers be that to children or adults. Hans demonstrates fly tying globally. Indeed, he is very rarely at home these days – more a frequent flyer on many airlines off to share fly tying joy!
      Teas and coffees will be free of charge, with the cafe open to purchase drinks and snacks etc.
      Rutland Water continued

      Mid week boat winner: Barry Vaughan.

      Fish stocked: 2,000 stocked 20 May.

      Water temp: 12 Celsius at 1m; 11C at 3m.

      Forthcoming events
      Bob Church Classic 2 June
      An evening with Hans Van Klinken 7 June
      Breakfast Club Fishing 8,15,22 & 29 June
      Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June
      EDFF 3 July
      EFFA 4 July
      Scierra Pairs 6 July
      England Qualifier 7 July
      Anglian Water Airflo International – North of England Final 15 July

      Beginners courses: 25 & 29 May; 7,16 & 29 June; 2,14 & 20 July and throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 30 May; 5,10,17 & 24 June ; 5 & 9 July and throughout the season.

      Grafham Water
      Fish 379 (Season 5,222) Returns 84(929) Rod average 4.5(5.62)
      It has been another good week of fishing at Grafham Water, with the rod average currently standing at 4.5.

      There are recurrent algal blooms currently happening at Grafham although this is only aiding the anglers, congregating the fish into the areas the algae is not. This week the south shore line has seen the algal bloom so therefore the north, west and east areas are fishing much better. Again the styles have been as changeable as the British weather with many still catching well on the bung before a change in conditions sees a change to lure, washing line or even some trying their luck on the dry fly.

      Boat angling has seen some good results with some anglers catching up to 30 fish a day and cracking overwintered fish are making a regular appearance. Most anglers fishing close in are finding the overwintered fish, particularly on shrimp patterns, though they are certainly tougher to get hold of than this year’s stockies. Many anglers are reporting good bags whilst drifting. Hot spots currently for the boats include the main basin, Gaynes Cove, Stumps, Willows, G marker and in front of the lodge down to “L” buoy.

      Bank angling is starting to improve with the over wintered fish coming a little closer than they have recently. Most anglers are fishing floating lines with buzzer although some fish are really up for a chase so bare this in mind and bring your lure box! The dam has started to fish better too though early and later in the day is certainly going to improve your chances. Good areas to try over the coming days include, Farm Bay, Hill Farm, Stumps, dam, Plummer and Marlow arm and Harbour arms.

      Best boat areas: All the north shore, in particular Stumps, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Hedge End, G Buoy, the Bowl, the Willows and out in the middle.

      Best bank areas: The bowl, Marlow Arm, Harbour Arms, Deep Water Point, G Point.

      Mid week boat winner: R Timothy.

      Fish stocked: 3,500.

      Grafham Water continued

      Forthcoming events
      Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
      Open to all and a great way to enjoy the summer evenings. Boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for a drink and sandwiches and chips.
      Invicta Pilgrimage 23 & 24 May
      EFFA ProAm 20 June
      Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 22 June
      Anglian Water Airflo International – Southern Final 8 July
      Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July
      Beginners courses: 26 & 31 May; 6,15,23 & 30 June;6,19 & 28 July and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 27 May; 4 & 11 June; 2 & 24 July and other dates throughout the season.

      Pitsford Water
      Fish 192(Season 7,320) Returns 33(1,113) Rod average 5.8(6.6)
      The rod average for the week at Pitsford is a healthy 5.8 with the season average at 6.6.
      This week we have again seen large numbers of fish caught in the 3-4lb range with buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers accounting for the best bags, fished either on floating or midge tip lines.
      The small half of the reservoir has fished very well with Duck bank and May Tree Bay holding fish. Fish have also been found in numbers on the Sermons and Holly Tree bank and along the Pines and into Pitsford Creek.

      Best Rainbow: 4lb 2oz.

      Best Brown: 4lb 12oz.

      Mid week boat winner: Mr Lickford of Olney.

      Fish stocked: 1,500.

      Forthcoming events
      Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 25 May
      Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 June
      Beginners courses: 9,14,22 & 28 June; 12,21 &27 July and other dates throughout the season.
      Boat handling courses: 28 May; 18 & 25 June; 1 & 23 July and other dates throughout the season.

      Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
      Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
      1 June, 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

      Ravensthorpe Reservoir
      Fish 260 (Season 5,955) Returns 53(725) Rod average 4.9(8.2)
      A tougher week at Ravensthope this week with a rod average of 4.9. Fish are now taking on top, rising to cdc, daddies, olive patterns. Buzzers and diawl bachs are still working well fished on the washing line with amny fish taking the fab or popper hopper on the point.
      This week’s mid week boat winner is Jamie Blaney.

      Best boat areas: Dam, Island

      Best bank areas: Dam.

      Midweek boat winner: Jamie Blaney.

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