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Summer fishing club at Pitsford Water.  Every Tuesday evening from 12 May to 11 August

Grafham Water Summer Fishing Club with Invicta starts Tuesday 12 May and runs to 11 August

Rutland Water Tuesday Night Boat League starts 12 May




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 1,011(Season 4,881) Returns 234 (993) Rod average 4.32 (4.91)

The great buzzer hatch has continued this week at Rutland Water.  Unsurprisingly the best tactic has been to fish buzzers on floating/midge tip lines.  Straight lining or the indicator has worked well.  Interestingly neither method has outscored the other – all influenced by the prevailing conditions.  The best boat areas have been Yellowstone, Spud Bay, Ernies Point to the Mound, V Buoy and Finches to Armley Wood.


Buzzers have been the favourite with bank anglers with the best areas being Barnsdale, Old Hall, Stockie Bay and the Dam.  An evening rise has also been seen in areas of the lake, encouraging some top of the water action.  When the wind has been favourable the rudder has taken fish, including some nice Rainbows, all giving tremendous accounts of themselves.


On Thursday 23 April the RAF fished a match with 22 anglers returning 80 fish, including a lovely 5lb 1oz Brown taken by A Butterworth.


Bourne angler Simon Ashton returned to the pontoon with a superb bag of 7 fish for an estimated 18lb, including a nice Brown of 3lb, all taken on a black tadpole in the main basin.



Towards the end of the week anglers were practicing in preparation for the Anglian Water Airflo International Northern Heat which was fished on Sunday.


Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 26 April

Match day saw an impressive return and a rod average of 5.67 with Team Ospreys, RAF Fish Hawks, Froggies Fly Fishers, Ashington Kingfishers, John Norris Greys ‘The Veterans’ and Team Vision all qualifying for the next round.  Top rod on the day was Hywel Morgan with 4 fish and 10 returned for a bag total of 32lb 61/8oz.  The best fish was a 4lb 4¾ specimen taken by Keith Jones.


Best methods                 See report.

Best Rainbow                  5lb taken by A Bates of Sleaford.


Best Brown                     5lb 1oz taken by A Butterworth.

Best boat areas               See report.


Best bank areas              See report.


Mid week boat winner     Adrian Allen of Somberby, Melton Mowbray.

Fish stocked                             2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  2,9,23 & 30 May; 4,14,20 & 25 June and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league commences 12 May
Bob Church Classic
6 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 10 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 16 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 6 June

Scierra Pairs 7 June

Anglian Water Floating Line Competition 13 June


Grafham Water

Fish week 738 (season 3551) Returns 172 (847) Rod average 4.29 (4.19)

Grafham Water has continued to fish well over the past week with a cracking rod average of 4.29 with 21% of all trout caught weighing 3lb or over.


Boat anglers have had the best of the sport over the past week with plenty of bag limits from most areas of the reservoir.  The most productive boat areas have been Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Church Bay, Deep Water Point, G and D buoys, Willows, North Dam, Seat lodge frontage and Valley Creek.  The best boat methods have been to fish floating lines with 18-25 foot long leaders with black or olive buzzers and damsel nymphs, or to fish Di 5 and 7 lines with Tequila Blobs, viva Boobies and Damsel Nymphs.

Bank anglers have found the fishing a little challenging over the past week mainly due to the trout moving out from the margins and now feeding around 70-100 yards out from the bank.  However, when the wind has been light there has been some good fishing from most areas on the south shore from Gaynes Cove, Seat, Mander Car Park frontage and the Harbour Arms.  The best bank methods have been to fish floating lines with damsel nymphs, diawl bachs, black and green lures and buzzers fished at a slow retrieve.

Competition news

GWFFA Club Championship 18 April.

The first GWFFA bank match of the season was fished on a bright, hot and windy day by eight intrepid anglers who caught 20 trout for a rod average of 2.5.  Top rod on the day was season ticket holder Andy Linwood from Perry who caught 7 trout for 16lb 8oz, including the best fish at 3lb 7oz.  Andy’s tactics on the day was to fish Buzzers under the bung in the bowl of the Dam.


          1st      Andy Linwood                 7 fish for 16lb 8oz

          2nd     Peter Waterhouse            4 fish for 9lb 9oz

          3rd      Derek Bravington            3 fish for 6lb 14oz


Important information for all anglers

There are new restrictions around the Dam Tower.  These are marked by buoys.  Please do not fish or anchor beyond the buoys, there are underwater pipes and equipment which need to be protected.



Best Rainbow                   4lb 12oz taken by Paul Norris of Royston.


Best Brown                       3lb.

Best boat areas                G Buoy, Pig Bay, Hill Farm, Willows, Marlow Bay, North Dam, Deep Water Point, Hedge End, Seat, Mander car park frontage, Valley Creek.


Best bank areas              Gaynes Cove, Seat, Mander Car Park frontage, Valley Creek.


Mid Week Boat Winner    Kim Green.

Best methods                  See report.


Fish stocked                             4,000.


Forthcoming events
Grafham Water Summer Fishing Club commences Tuesday 12 May

Beginners courses 3,17,24 & 28 May;6,18,21, & 27 June and other dates throughout the season.

Invicta Floating Line 9 May

Lexus Team Heat 18 May

EYFA Youth National 24 May.

Ladies National 1 – 4 June


Pitsford Water

Fish week 267(Season 2075) Returns 70 (505)  Rod average  3.8(4.1)

Pitsford Water welcomed 25 experienced anglers from EFFA on Thursday for their Spring Members’ Day.  Some anglers found the weather conditions made it a tough day.  However, David Moore took things in his stride and had the heaviest bag weight, along with the heaviest fish.  David fished in open water in the ‘small half’ and had his limit by 11.30a.m.  Congratulations to David who was finished a long way ahead of the other anglers.


The wind and cold once again made conditions difficult off the bank with fish moving further out and into deeper water.  Anglers using a variety of methods produced good results and many bagged up quite quickly.


More settled and warmer temperatures will see conditions improve.


Best Rainbow                  4lb 1oz taken by R Spencer.


Best Brown                     4lb 2oz taken by G Hackett

Best boat areas               Bog Bay, Stone Barn Bay, North Farm Bay, Brixworth Bay, Sailing Club Bay.


Best bank areas              Northfields Shore, Stone Barn Bay, Gravels, Duffers, Stilton Point, Gorse and Cliffs.

Best methods                  See report.


Mid week boat winner     Michael Love of Bedford.


Forthcoming events
Pitsford Summer Fishing Club

Join us at our weekly fly fishing club for an evening of boat fishing from 5.30pm until dusk every Tuesday evening from 12 May to 11 August.
All anglers are extremely welcome, especially beginners.

Beginners courses 7,10,16 & 29 May; 7 & 19 June   and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water Rudder Match 23 May.


Second Saturday of each month Pitsford will be offering fly tying tuition, casting coaching and general fishing advice.  Call the fishing lodge on 01604 781350 for more information.


Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 774 (Season 5,053) Returns 100 (546) Rod average 7.7(9.2)

Another great week at Ravensthorpe with excellent buzzer fishing. Boat anglers are taking plenty of fish at the Coton End fishing the bung with black and red buzzers.  Slow glass or midge tip lines with buzzers or diawl bachs fished slowly were an alternative method.


Bank anglers are enjoying good results off both the Dam and the platforms, again on the buzzers and damsel lures.


The best Rainbow of the week was a brace of 6lb Rainbows taken by Mr Wood and his boat partner.


The rod average is a healthy 7.7, slightly down on last week, but probably due to the change in wind direction and the wind chill temperature.


Best Rainbow                            6lb taken by Mr Wood.


Best boat areas                        Coton End.


Best bank areas                        The Dam.

Best methods                            See report.


Mid week boat winner              Alex Ferguson of Leicester.


Forthcoming events            Thursday evening Boat fishing club starts 7 May, 6pm.


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