Latest News and Information from week ending 3 June 2012

•Grafham Water hosts Midlands heat of Anglian Water Airflo International
11 teams battle for a place in the Midlands Final

•Fantastic rod average of 5.0 at Pitsford Water
Pitsford Water
Fish week 641 (Season 7,196) Returns 128 (1,790) Rod average 5.0(4.02)
Pitsford Water continues to fish well with a fantastic rod average of 5.  Many anglers are reporting catches of up to 30 fish.  Dave Newing and a group of five friends fished Pitsford this week catching a total of 187 fish on buzzers and nymphs.  The best fish of the week was a Rainbow of 9lb 7oz taken by season ticket holder Paul Hopwell whilst fishing from the bank on small nymphs.

The best methods have been floating line, buzzer, (black or olive), damsels or diawl bachs.  When buzzers have not been working small lures or blobs have also been taking on intermediate or slow sinking lines.  On overcast days. The best bank fish has been in overcast conditions or in late evening.  Boat fishing has continued to be good regardless of the weather – so come and give Pitsford a go!
Best Rainbow    9lb 7oz taken by Mr Hopwell.

Best Brown         4lb 4oz taken by B Bultitude.

Best boat areas Small half, dam, Brixworth Bay.

Bank areas          Gorse Bank, Sailing Club bank.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner  Mr French of Northampton.

Fish stocked                                       1,250
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 16, 22 & 30 June; 11,21 & 28 July and dates throughout the season.
Alex Booth Charity Match 28 June – contact Rob Dobson  07809 172721.

Rutland Water
Fish week 2,300 (season 14,543) Returns 517 (3,471) Rod average 4.44 (4.18)
Anglers are enjoying phenomenal sport at Rutland Water with 2,300 fish caught giving a rod average of 4.44 for the week.

Ian Robertson netted the best fish of the week with a 6lb 11½oz Rainbow which fell to a tube fly whilst fishing in Manton Bay last Friday.  Other notable catches included a superb 5lb 10oz Rainbow for Mr E Evans of Pwllheli.

Boat anglers are finding fish in most areas.  Bank anglers are netting fish off Normanton, Sykes Lane, the Dam, Old Hall and the Finches bank.

Most methods seem to be working with floating lines (straight lining) and nymphs fished under the bung for both bank and boat anglers.  The lure pullers are taking fish on mini lures ‘blobs’, cormorants and tube flies fished on various sinking lines.

Fish have been taken fairly deep during the day with bank anglers staying on late making the most of the opportunity to cast at rising fish in the last 1½ hours of the day, depending on weather conditions.  Fish are feeding on daphnia and a variety of middle of the range buzzers, and towards the end of the week we were seeing some of the bigger fish feeding on snails.

Competition news
A reminder that Rutland Water will be hosting a floating line competition on Saturday 9 June.  Please contact the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 4
The fourth week of the league saw a fourth different winner and there are only 7 points dividing the top four in the league!  This week’s winner was Richard Cooper of Empingham.  Richard managed seven nice conditioned Rainbows weighing 18lb 2½oz during a superb evening’s fishing with all 18 anglers taking fish for a total of 57 in less than 3½ hours.  Geoff Wanless took the best fish on the night a cracking 5lb 4½oz Rainbow taken from Manton Bay.
1st          Richard Cooper 7 fish for 18lb 2½oz
2nd        Geoff Wanless  5 fish for 15lb 4¾oz
3rd         Keith Jones                         4 fish for 12lb 10½oz

Standings in the league so far are –
1st          Ady Naylor                          24 points
2nd        Keith Jones                         22 points
3rd         Geoff Wanless  21 points
4th         Richard Cooper 17 points
5th         Toff Crowther   13 points
6th         Mick Bennett                     7 points

Best Rainbow    6lb 11½oz taken by Ian Robertson of North Wales.                    

Best boat areas Bottom of both arms and the main basin.  Fish are feeding on daphnia and small buzzers.

Best bank areas                                Sykes Lane to the Dam.  The dam, Normanton, New Zealand Point, Old Hall Bay.
Rutland Water continued

Best methods    Bank – floating line with nymphs/ weighted lures.
Boat – As for bank and include mini lures, tubes etc.

Mid week boat winner  R Grice of Warrington

Fish stocked                                       2,000.
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 6,17, 23 and 29 June; 8,15,22 & 29 July and dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night Boat League commenced 8 May.
Anglian Water Floating line match 9 June
Mid-summer Rudder Match (leg 2 of 3) 30 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 21 July
Rutland Water Fly Fishers Youth Flyfishing Day 22 July

Grafham Water               
Fish week 811 (season 9,361) Returns 216(2,265) Rod average 3.7 (4.13)
Fishing has been a mixed bag with the variable weather conditions.  Most of the fish are now coming to the nymphs such as diawl bachs and crunchers fished on a floating line or midge tip.  The main areas are the North shore with the hot spots being the Willows, Deep Water Point and Hedge End.

Competition news
Grafham Water hosted the Midlands heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International last Saturday with 11 teams doing battle for 6 places in the Midlands Final.  Most anglers headed towards the north shore armed with either floaters or midge tips and nymphs.  The winning team – Elinor put up a fantastic performance to weigh in 47 fish for 108lb 12 1/8oz.  The six teams going through to the Midlands final are

1st          Elinor                                                       47 fish for 108lb 12 1/8oz           
2nd        Soldier Palmers                   37 fish for 89lb 5½oz
3rd         GWFFA Red                                          31 fish for 80lb 1¾oz
4th         Kent & Sussex Flyfishers                 33 fish for 78lb 7½oz
5th         Rio Masters                                          31 fish for 68lb 9¼oz
6th         Sonik Sports Pitsford Pirates         31 fish for 62lb 2½oz

Best Rainbow                                    6lb 4oz taken by Mr Seward.

Best Brown         4lb.

Best boat areas Hedge End, Deep Water Point, Willows.

Best bank areas                Hill Farm, Marlow Stones, North Dam.

Grafham Water continued

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner  Mr A Taylor.

Fish stocked       2,000

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  9,21 and 24 June; 1, 20, 25 & 29 July and dates throughout the season.
Pike Beginers course  14 July
England eliminator round 2  17 June

Pro Am Wednesday 20 June.
Major Leagues Group 1 30 June
Floating Line Inter Club Match 28 July.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 300 (season 4,971) Returns 80 (892) Rod average 3.75(5.5)
Anglers have enjoyed another week of good sport at Ravensthorpe. The best fish of the week was a lovely Rainbow of 6lb taken by season ticket holder Keith Hickman of Brixworth.

Most fish are being caught on small buzzers or nymphs fished on a floating or intermediate line.  A bloodworm on the point is also worth trying.  Slow sinking lines with blobs or small lures or a damsel nymph have also been catching fish.  Bank fishing has also been good using buzzers or nymphs, either at the dam or wading in front of the area between Platforms 4 and 5.

Best Rainbow    6lb taken by Keith Hickman of Brixworth.

Best boat areas                 Catwalk Corner, Island, Ravensthorpe bank.

Bank areas                                                          Dam and wading in front of platforms 4 and 5.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner  J Spencer of Duston.

Fish stocked       375