Week ending 12 June 2011

• Keith keeps the lead in Rutland Boat League
Keith Jones wins week 5 of Tuesday night boat league, narrowly beating his closest rival Richard Cooper

 • Four anglers tie for first in Grafham Water Tuesday night boat league
Chris McLeod, Adam Worker, Dave Burgess and Richard Slater tie for first with four fish each

• A great place to begin
Beginners courses for trout fishing at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford throughout the season.
A great day out with experienced instructors.
New for 2011
We are offering tuition for fly fishing for pike on specific days


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 1,102 (12,818) Returns362 (3,510) Rod average 3.04 (3.65)
Boat anglers have enjoyed some fantastic sport at Rutland Water particularly on Monday and the early part of last week. Season ticket holder Al Owen of Sleaford and John Slavin from Scotland netted 16 fish for a total of 45lb.  Freshening winds last Tuesday and Wednesday made boat conditions more challenging, especially in the main basin.  However, bank anglers benefitted and enjoyed good fishing late on Tuesday evening with numbers of fish falling to dry fly.

Competition news
Tuesday night boat league
Keith Jones won week 5 narrowly beating his close rival Richard Cooper for the second week running.  Paul Kirkup took third place and the best fish a
3lb 0½oz Rainbow.

 1st Keith Jones  3 fish for 6lb 7½oz
 2nd Richard Cooper  3 fish for 6lb 0½oz
 3rd Paul Kirkup  2 fish for 5lb 11¾oz

Anglian Water Floating Line competition
John Hardy won the Anglian Water Floating Line competition on Saturday with an excellent bag of eight fish weighing 19lb 6oz.  Included in his bag was the top Rainbow at 3lb 14oz.
 1st John Hardy  8 fish for 19lb 6oz
 2nd Alan Hayward 7 fish for 15lb 12oz
 3rd Graham Pearson 6 fish for 14lb 10oz
 4th Dick Turpin  6 fish for 13lb 0oz

Prospects for the coming weeks are excellent with plenty of fish all around the reservoir.  Fish are feeding on daphnia, sedge, buzzers, caddis, pin fry and shrimp.

Boat anglers are catching fish out in the open water with the main basin and the middle of the South Arm the places to be.

Bank anglers are catching fish when conditions are settled, however there has been good movement of fish in the late evening with Normanton and Sykes Lane seeing sport with nymphs and dry fly working particularly well.
Best Rainbow   5lb 6oz taken by Peter Fulford of Kenilworth.

Best Brown   5lb 8oz Taken by Paul Dixon of Dewsbury.
Best boat areas  The main basin, middle of the South Arm.

Best bank areas Normanton/Sykes Lane, Whitwell.

Best methods Bank – nymphs and dries.
Boat – nymphs, lures and tube flies.

Mid week boat winner Anthony Gray of Sheffield.

Fish stocked   5,775
Rutland Water continued

Forthcoming events:
Beginners courses 19 and 25 June; 2,10,17,24 & 31 July and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Floating line match 11 June
Anglian Water Rudder Match leg 2, 2 July
At this time of year the fishery is very popular so please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 to check for boat availability before making your journey.
Please note on Monday and Wednesday from May until September boats to be returned by 8pm.

Grafham Water
Fish week 720 (12,615) Returns 248 (2,599) Rod average 2.9(4.85)
The fishing at Grafham Water this week has slowed up mainly due to the brisk south and north westerly winds.

Boat anglers have once again had the best of the sport mainly on sink tip lines with crunchers, diawl bachs, cormorants or Di5 lines with orange blobs, cormorants and cats whisker boobies.  The best areas for the boat anglers have been Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay, Deep Water Point, the Seat, G Bank and Gaynes Cove.  Bank anglers have had some very good sport but the brisk westerly winds of the past three weeks have made fishing inconsistent.  The best tactics for the bank anglers have been floating lines with diawl bachs, damsel nymphs, hares ears and pheasant tail nymphs fished slowly.  The best areas for the bank anglers have been Hill Farm, south Dam, the Seat and G buoy.

Competition news
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League week 5
20 Anglers took part in this week’s boat league catching 37 fish.  Top rod on the evening was shared by four anglers.
Chris McLeod, Adam Worker, Dave Burgess and Richard Slater all caught 4 trout each.  Second place was also shared with Paul Stevens and Andy Newman both catching three trout.

Best Rainbow   5lb 2oz taken by Carl Hunter of Cambridge.

Best Brown   3lb 8oz taken by Robin Matthews of Essex.
Best boat areas  Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay, Deep Water Point, Gaynes Cove, The Seat.

Best bank areas Hill Farm, Seat, Gaynes Cove, G bank, South dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner J Moore of Perry

Fish stocked   2,000

Grafham Water continued

Tuesday Night boat league
Round 2 England Eliminator 19 June.
Pro Am 22 June
Beginners courses: 23 and 26 June; 3,22,27 & 31 July and other dates  throughout the season.
Beginners course for Pike 16 July

Pitsford Water
Fish week 668 (7,608) Returns 221(2,027) Rod average 3.02 (3.75)
Bank anglers are enjoying the best of the sport at Pitsford Water, taking fish throughout the day during cloudy conditions.  Evening outings are also well worth a cast as anglers have been taking fish well into the evening.  Dries fished static as well as nymphs are still proving the best method for the bank.  The best method for boat anglers is blobs pulled down deep, it looks like the fish need annoying into taking the fly at present.

Competition news
The East Midlands Trout Fishers match held on Sunday proved a challenging match in difficult conditions.  32 Anglers recorded 52 fish.  Best boat on the day was Matt Willatt and Gary Howe with 11 fish for 26lb 7oz.  Matt had the best individual bag taking 8 fish for 17lb 7oz.  Mick White took the best fish – a Brown of 4lb 10½oz.

Best Rainbow   6lb plus

Best Brown   5lb
Best boat areas  Sailing Club, creek mouth, Bog Bay, Stone Barn.

Best bank areas Sermans, Stilton Point, Duffers, Gravels, Pitsford Creek.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner S Osborne of Kingsthorpe.

Fish stocked   2,250

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 22 June; 2,13,23 and 30 July and other dates throughout the season.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 375 (7,411) Returns 78 (1,454) Rod average 4.8 (5.09)
Anglers at Ravensthorpe Reservoir have enjoyed some great sport on dries this week in overcast conditions.  Despite fish being very difficult to take due to feeding on very small chironomids many anglers have enjoyed the challenge.  Fishing the drift on the boats has been the most rewarding method with small patterns such as bibio, Griffiths Gnat, small hoppers and tiny cdc emergers.

Biggest fish this week fell to Mr Duffy of Daventry who took a lovely Rainbow of 8lb 9oz with black lures pulled through the surface.

It’s not been easy fishing on nymphs and buzzers this week.  Anglers have had more success pulling lures and muddlers through the surface.

Best Rainbow   8lb 9oz taken by Mr Duffy of Daventry.
Best boat areas Coton End, middle of reservoir, the Island.

Best bank areas Platforms 11 and 12, 13 and 14, the Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Dave Adams of Northampton.