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UK Reservoir Trout Fishing Reports – 14th June 2019

We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.

Blithfield Reservoir

 

Tel: 01283 840284

Email: anglers@blithfield.com

Web: www.blithfield-anglers.co.uk

 

 

No Report this week

 

 

 

 

 

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Llyn Brenig

 

Tel: 01490 420 463

Email: llynbrenig@dwrcymru.com

Web: www.llyn-brenig.co.uk

 

 

 

This time last year the water temperature was 19 degrees C whilst at the same time this year the water temperature is a cool 11 degrees C. The weather forecast isn’t all that promising either with rain and wind forecast for the foreseeable future!

The good news is that once again we have had an exceptional week of fishing with a rod average of 5.2 fish per angler (including returned fish) and with some really lovely fish being stocked over the last few weeks we have had some real top quality fish being caught. The fish are near to the surface of the water and an intermediate line has been the go to method this week although a number of fish have been caught on the dry fly. The fish have also been caught all over the lake which is a real bonus as last year they tended to be found only in Tower Bay. A number of fish weighing in at 4lbs have been caught with both Mr. Palin and Mr. Caskall recording fish of this weight. However the biggest fish of the week, caught by Mr. Graham Land, tipped the scales at an impressive 4lbs 14oz. The biggest bag of the week was recorded by Mr. Ken Wall and weighed in at 15lbs 2oz for six fish caught.

The top flies this week have been FAB’s, Crunchers, Montana, Mrs. Simpson, Cormorant, tadpole, daddy long legs, hares ear, cats whiskers and various blobs and boobies.

As I have said, fish have been found all over the lake this week and there hasn’t really been any particular hot spots. Bank fishermen however have had some excellent fishing off the Nant Glyn shore whilst boat fishermen have found particular success around Barrow Island towards Nant Glyn shore.

Don’t forget that the early bird catches the worm and that the next Early Morning Boat session will be coming up shortly on the 29th and 30th June. Another imminent event is the Open Pair Fishing Competition which will be open to all fishermen with two Sierra rods as first prize along with prizes for second and third places. This will take place on Sunday June 16th. There’s no entry fee and if you use a boat it will be a £10 reduction on the normal price. Competition rules can be obtained from the fishing shop. The next Try the Fly day is on Saturday 22nd June. To book any of the above events please ring the Visitors Centre.

This year’s innovation of a loyalty card has been a great success with fishermen getting a free boat for every eight boats booked. So make sure you ask for a loyalty
card and don’t forget to get it stamped. The main gates will be shutting at 7.15pm this week and all boats need to be back on
the jetty by 6.45pm.

Bristol Water Fisheries

 

Tel: 01275 332339

Web: www.bristolwaterfisheries.com

 

 

Chew Valley: 7th June
Rod average: 3.7

Some huge bags being caught in recent days with several boat limits of 16 fish weighing in the region of 50-60lb! Most of the better fish are being caught from Herons Green by boat anglers although bank anglers are reporting some real monsters from Walley bank too. Damsel hatches are now in full swing and our tackle shop is consistently having to replace its stock of this cracking little pattern. Hot head variations in particular are working well on a straight floating line teamed with buzzers and diawl bach’s.

At last, fish are rising freely in the right conditions. Local resident instructor and guide, Martin Cottis, noted seeing the best rise he has ever seen on the lake last week with fish feeding freely across the front of the island. Small brown and lime green buzzers are hatching off in significant numbers at times so it may pay to go that little bit smaller if fishing dries.

With the release of a large stocking of fish at Chew this week Woodford bank is crawling with fish at present. Well worth a try from both boat or bank. Wick green has been a popular choice towards the evening along with Walley bank.

Some cracking bags of fish from Moreton recently, fishing a team of nymphs or buzzers dead slow will be key to success. On brighter days a midge tip may come in handy to get the flies that little bit deeper.

Not many anglers lure fishing although there have been some reports of fabs and blobs doing well being pulled slowly on fast intermediates and di 3’s, especially along Woodford bank.

Pike fly fishing starting to pick up with better numbers of fish by the day. A few mid doubles to 17lb reported in the last week. Try some of the open water in front of the island and/or roman shallows.

Blagdon: 7th June
Rod average: 4.7

Home bay, Holt bay, Butcombe, Pegs point…just a few areas that are consistently holding fish at present. The buzzer fishing has been superb of late so a team of black, olive and red buzzers will be worth a try.Fresh fish stocked in recent days seem to have held in the Home bay/Green lawn area of the lake whilst a more resident population can be found further up the lake for those anglers who really like to test their angling skills. Don’t ever dismiss a few drifts across the open water of the Top end or the areas around Wood bay and Bell’s Bush.Best bank areas to try will be Green Lawn or Pegs point.

Carsington Water

 

Tel: 01629 540478

Email: flyfishing@carsingtonwater.com

Web: www.carsingtonwater.com/fishing-information.html

 

Rod Average
The rod average for this week was 4.08 with 343 fish caught by 84 anglers.

Best Rainbow/Brown
The heaviest Rainbow was 8lb caught by J Revell.
The heaviest Brown was 4lb caught by John Bond.

Top Spot
The most popular spots have been around Shiningford Creek, Brown Ale Bay, North End, Fishtail, Millfields and the Dam Wall.

Methods & Flies
The most successful flies were Buzzers, Nymphs, Black Midges, Black Hoppers, Damsels, Diawl Bachs, Montantas and Black & Green Lures

Both floating and intermediate lines have been popular. Anglers have also reported success using the Di3, Di5 and even Di7 method, particularly out in the main basin.

Mixed weather conditions resulted in mixed fortunes for our anglers this week, with good returns mid-week and the weekend improving last weeks rod average to just over 4 fish.

Roger Gill fished over two days mid-week catching a total of 24 fish including 3 browns, his best fish weighing in at 5lb 4oz.

A large sailing event over the weekend led to most anglers staying up the north half of the reservoir. On Sunday Mr Booth landed 12 fish to the boat, a black hopper producing the best results.

A group of 10 anglers travelled up from Devon for the weekend catching 32 fish between 10 anglers on Sunday. 
Thank you to all the anglers commenting on the quality of our fish, we’re proud of our fishery and we’re pleased to receive your feedback.

Draycote Water

 

Tel: 01788 812018

Email: lodge@flyfishdraycote.co.uk

Web: www.flyfishdraycote.co.uk

 

Number Rods: 288
Number Trout Taken: 43
Number Trout Released: 1159
Total Catch: 1202
Rod Average: 4.1

This week saw Draycote host its first ever Ladies International with teams of 12 from England, Ireland, Scotland & Wales all taking part hoping to take home the gold medals. We would like to thank all the teams who fished here over the course of the week. It was a pleasure to have you all fishing our water and hope you enjoyed your time with us. A special thank you must go to all the boatmen as well who gave up their time to help on Thursday. Without volunteers, these matches couldn’t go ahead. During the week a total of 288 anglers caught 1202 fish giving a rod average for the week of 4.1

With the official practice for the ladies international taking place Tuesday & Wednesday. Monday was the only day leading up to the match that pleasure anglers where able to get a boat. Season ticket holder Peter Fisher landed 18 fish on green size 16 nymphs fished on a long leader in Rainbow Corner. Pete commented on the quality of the fish and landed a cracking 4lb rainbow. Out on the rudder Rod Wilson landed 10 fish drifting from Y to X on a Di 5 sinking line and tubes with most of his fish taking 6ft down. Mr R Cook enjoyed a great half day session landing 7 fish all on black buzzer fishing tight to the shore down the Cornfield.

The international boats practicing on the Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday gave very little away on the methods and tactics but through taking to the anglers it was clear that good number where getting caught in fact after the match we learnt that on the practice days a total of 930 trout had been caught across the times in the practice. Much of the practice seemed to show that there was 3 or 4 main hotspots on the lake that held a good head of fish. Rainbow Corner drifting towards A Buoy seemed to be a popular area with several practice boats being seen taking trout from the area. Biggin Bay and along the tower bank was another area. Drifting along the Cornfield and then taking drifts around the Pontoon towards J Buoy.

The day of the matched gave near perfect conditions with a light south, south west wind with overcast conditions. It looked set to be a great match with all anglers in high spirits in anticipation of a great day out on the water. The match was to be fished to full International rules with all the fish being measured using the measuring troughs and returned alive to the water. The match started with a piper procession from the car park to the boats, from here a minute’s silence was then observed for a remembrance of the fallen Solders of D Day. With the piper then getting the match underway at 9.30 sharp. With such good numbers being reported in the practice we all expected a very tight close match with good numbers. However, this wasn’t quite the case as several anglers struggled with the tactics that worked on practice just not quite producing the same great results. At the end of the match it was clear that England had done well and that the practice had paid off as their method had remained consistent. The results for the match showed Wales in 4th with 17 fish, Scotland in 3rd with 18 fish, Ireland in Second with 28 fish & England in 1st with a fantastic 54 fish. The England team had found the winning tactic to be the Bung fished at 11ft, 7ft and 5ft with a mix of blobs and Diawl Bach’s on the line. The top areas on the match where very similar to the practice with Rainbow Corner producing the best catches. Other methods that worked on the day where pulling on a Di 3 sinking with a mix of blobs and nymphs, washing lining with Diawl Bach’s and a FAB on a midge tip and straight line nymphing. A huge congratulations must also go to Gwyneth Mooney of England on her 8 fish and winning the individual top honours. Once again, our congratulations go to all the teams on a great weeks fishing and our thanks for making the event such an enjoyable one to host.

After the excitement of the match, the weather took a turn for the wetter on Friday with Rain for most of the day with gusty winds keeping most anglers away. Out on the boats Michael Hanlon found the fish along the North Shore keen to take a fly landing 12 in a short half day session before the rain got the better of him. Michael found a Di 3 with an olive hot tailed Zonker. Drifting through Biggin Bay, into Lincroft point and then down the Cornfield.  Once the rain had stopped later afternoon it gave way to near perfect conditions. Making the most of these conditions Alex Campbell landed 4 fish on size 14 crippled midge drifting around X & T Buoy as well as countless out dropped fish and missed fish.

With no boats out Saturday and very few on the bank due to the strong winds a driving rain only a handful of fish where caught from Rainbow Corner which is a credit to the hardy anglers who took to the bank in such awful conditions.
 
What a difference a day makes, the weather system of the previous day had blown through leaving light winds from the south west with a mix of overcast/ sunny conditions for Sunday. It was a tough day for the anglers after such stormy conditions, but fish were caught from all points on the water and on a wide variety of methods. Martin Moore caught 8 fish from a boat in toft on green buzzers. Andy Birkett and Brent Vinall had 12 fish to the boat on buzzers and CDC’s. Bank Angler Paul Walley reported that he saw fish feeding on pin fry on toft shallows. Mr D Baker caught 4 fish from a boat on lure patterns. Ed Douglas and Jim Smith caught 7 fish between them, mainly from rainbow corner on a Dries, nymphs and buzzers.

Disabled Anglers
Draycote has a wheelie boat for hire, which includes a ramp and hydraulic lift for wheelchair access. To book the wheelie boat call the lodge on 01788 812018.

Current Fishing Times:
Bank:  07:30 until 22:00
Boat All Day: 08:30 until 22:00
Boat Part Day:  AM 08:30 until 15:00 PM 15:00 until 22:00
Last 4 Hours from:  18:00 until 22:00 (Ticket sales available from 17:45)
Gutting Room Closes – 21:30
All Anglers to be off site by: 22:15

Elinor Trout Fishery

 

Tel: 01832 720786

Email: enquiries@elinortf.co.uk

Web: www.elinortf.co.uk

 

167 anglers caught 801 fish of which 661 were returned.

Best Fish: 13lb 4oz  Brian Coe, Kettering, damsel

An excellent rod average for the time of year of 4.8
Brian Coe caught the biggest fish of the season so far. The 13lb 4oz rainbow took a damsel fished from the bank in the east arm.
Boat anglers continue to take fish from all parts of the lake. Bank anglers are doing best on the coarse bank or east arm.
The damsel hatch is keeping fish active near the surface on warmer days with both  nymph and adult imitations working. The evening rise is remains excellent with large hatches of buzzers and small dark sedges.
Rain and cooler weather this week will keep the water temperature down and catches consistently good.

Best Areas
Bank – coarse bank, east arm, gravel bar, shallow bay, boat bay
Boat – all areas holding fish

Best Patterns
damsel, olive or black cdc shuttlecock, yellow owl, apps bloodworm, red or plain diawl bach, black or olive hopper, foam daddy.

Forthcoming Competitions

Sunday November 10th
Dave Hughes Memorial Fur & Feather

Next Stocking: June 14th

Eyebrook Reservoir

 

Tel: 01536 770 264

Email: see website

Web: www.flyfisheyebrook.co.uk

 

Number Rods: 220
Number Trout Taken: 203
Number Trout Released: 376
Total Catch: 579
Weekly Rod Average: 2.6

A very changeable week weather wise with some difficult days towards the weekend. Stormy showers also blew through the reservoir on occasions which although uncomfortable at the time were fortunately not too persistent. However, Friday and Saturday saw prolonged heavy rain, but the water clarity remains excellent with visibility in excess of 10 foot with the water temperature most of the week averaging 13 degrees This week we have again seen some massive damsels’ hatches and we are now seeing the first pin fry of the season. As the week progressed, the fish have been feeding hard on the abundance of natural food and this has at times, had a detrimental effect on the catches. although the daily rod average has increased as the week went on.  Further stockings took place during the week with details listed on our Facebook page. The total number of fish stocked this season is now over 14,000

The resident fish are dropping down from the Stoke Dry area and we are seeing rising fish in the main basin as well as in Mucky Bay, the Willows, Watsons cabin and dam wall area. Given the large damsel hatches this week, it is no surprise that damsel patterns have at times worked well, although dark brown has again seemed to be more productive than the normal olive coloured patterns. Very small buzzers, crunchers and diawl bachs fished in conjunction with a small FAB have at times been effective as have dries during the evenings with sedge, hoppers, damsels, and Crippled Midge Patterns proving popular. This last week has seen the first sightings of pin fry with large accumulations in the shallows along the Leicestershire bank as well as around the pontoons.

Monday was very hard, with the fish being totally preoccupied with pin fry and damsels. Only 5 fish were recorded for a daily average of less than 0.5. Tuesday was a better day with light winds although it rained during the afternoon., Although the fish were still on the pin fry and damsels, there were some moving on top and other feeding in the margins.  Jarl Isaksen was on a three-day ticket in preparation for the Anglers World competition at the weekend and landed over 20 fish whilst searching the various area of the reservoir. Season ticket holder Ed Douglas landed 9 fish whilst Rob Inglis landed over 20 in his afternoon session.

On Wednesday the reservoir hosted the English Disabled Fly Fishers floating line match. This was a boat only match and the 23 EDFF members took good advantage of the noticeably dryer, calmer conditions to land 49 fish. John Thompson was top rod with his 3 weighed fish totalling 7 pounds 10 ounces John also landed the heaviest fish of the day, a 3lb4oz rainbow whilst Mick Hill caught the most fish with 6. Wednesday also saw several anglers practicing for the Anglers World matches.  Jarl Isaksen was again amongst the fish, landing over 20 whist season ticket holder Alec Urqhart landed 5. Dave Shaer landed 7 on buzzers and damsels as did Clive Moore whilst Mr Hopkins had a couple of hours on the bank during the evening and had 4 on crunchers.

Thursday saw several visiting anglers from across the channel as well as various parts of the UK practicing for the weekend matches and it proved to be a more difficult day than Wednesday. All water member Neil Shilton took to his float tube and took 16 fish from various areas of the reservoir, Roy Swinfield took 10 fish from the bank from Mucky Bay,  whilst Mr Whitfield had two brownies (safely returned) and a two pound perch amongst the seven fish that he landed.

On Friday and Saturday, the reservoir hosted two heats of the Anglers World Individual fly-fishing championship.  Friday saw 19 anglers take to the water and despite the heavy rain, all the anglers caught with 86 fish being recorded for a match average of 4.5. Top rod was Fabrice Dockier with 10 fish for a weight of 19lb 15 ounces (included a 7 fish weight bonus). Heaviest fish was recorded by David Auld with a 2-pound 14 ounce rainbow. Saturday saw the floating line heat with 18 anglers taking to the water in even more difficult conditions with strong westerly winds combining with the heavy rain that fell throughout the day. Despite the conditions most people caught with 67 fish being recorded for a match average of 3.72. Top rod was Andrew Elspin whose 8 fish recorded a total weight of 15pound 13 ounces (including a 5 fish weight bonus) whilst Bill McIlroy’s four-pound rainbow was best fish of the day. We look forward to seeing you at the final being held at our other fishery Draycote Water
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Sunday was a much nicer day with light westerly winds and intermittent overcast conditions which tempted the fish to rise to the abundant hatching fly life. The rod average for the Saturday and Sunday was 3 fish with a lot of fish falling to damsel patterns, the dam has also started to fish well for the anglers who have tried it.

Season ticket holders Steve Laurence & Dave Chadwick fished from the bell with Damsels & Diawl Bachs to land 10 & 3 fish each. On the boats Mr R Guise fished with his father with the pair enjoying great sport landing 30 fish from Harrison Corner and the far end of the Dam. James Brittain & Pete Line also fished from a boat landing 22 on Diawl Bachs around Mucky Bay and then around the Dam Wall.

Current Fishing Time:
Bank: 07:30 am till 22.00pm, Boat All Day: 08:30 to 22.00pm
Morning Boats:  08:30 until 15.00pm, Afternoon Boats: 15:00pm until 22:00pm
Last 4 Hours from: 18:00pm until 22:400m (Tickets on sale from 17.45pm)
All anglers to be off site by: 22:15pm

Grafham Water

 

Tel: 01480 810531

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk

Web: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/grafham-water-park/fishing

 

Fish 1,012 (Season 6,534 ) Returns 177 (1,271) Rod average 5.7 (5.14)

A cracking performance from our anglers this week again sees a good increase in the rod average to a fantastic 5.7.

A mixture of styles or lines continues to work well. Commonly the go to line is an intermediate, though there are many with Di3’s, Di5’s and floating lines which would argue against them! Most anglers will find good fish moving a lure at a fast to medium speed, particularly if it’s black and green or black and silver. Others are having great fun on washing lines with some reporting exciting takes on the point fly too.

Boat fishing is still the most likely to bag up although word has it from the bank that the fish are beginning to move readily along the dam and into some of the shallower weed bays, particularly as the fry are about in numbers in some areas. We recommend keeping mobile, drifting and making sure you do not ignore the mass expanses of open water, particularly on the more windy days. This week it may be worth checking the conditions of the previous day; the wind is swirling and you really want to be in the areas the wind was blowing into previously, unless of course it is completely coloured up.

Many of the dam bank anglers are smiling again, with more overwintered fish coming to the bank than to the boats. Hopefully the increase in sport will continue with an early start boosting your chances. It really is worth targeting the weedy bays as some of the overwintered fish are searching for small fry and shrimp. Spend a while looking before you cast to improve your chances.

Best boat areas: Bays and points along the north shore. 80-100 yards off the dam and Valley Creek to the fishing lodge in the evening.
Best bank areas: The dam into clear water or the edge of colour and the jetties.
Mid week boat winner: Martin Brocklebank.

Forthcoming events
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments.
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
WPC 17&18 August
Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Beginners courses: 15,23 & 30 June;6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 2 & 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.

Lake of Menteith

 

Tel: 01480 810531

Email: booking@menteith-fisheries.co.uk

Web: www.menteith-fisheries.co.uk

 

Water Temp at 6ft 16C Secchi Disk Clarity Gateside Bay 3.1m

Big change in the water in progress with a daphnia (see scoop) explosion and a large increase in clarity. Top bags were on dries at the Malling shore on dries, lures and nymphs but there are signs that the buzzers might be coming on with the improved clarity. Peter Batchelor and Gary Hamilton lost count down at Lochend yesterday- whilst other boats at Malling etc found it more difficult. They were fishing these two buzzers tied by Peter (Annie’s buzzer variants) with a coral or red fab on a floating line.

Congratulations to Greg McLaren for being top rod in the Anglian Water Airflow International Heat at the Lake and also to the best team on the day – Scottish Club Champions Lintrathen. Also qualifying for the International final at Rutlands were Alba Orvis AC, Change FF, Menteith Ospreys and Neilston Fly Fishers. Greg is Pictured being congratulated by Jon Marshall of Anglian Water.

Scottish Club Championship Qualifyers this week were Saltire, Newton St.Boswells and Neilston FF all went through to the semi-finals.

In the Fario Boat League Top Rod was Bill Ramage was top rod with 20 fishing the plantation all night with cormorants and a cat booby. George Whyte leads the pack, one point ahead of Brian MacKenzie.

In the Fin-ancial scene Clydesdale Bank out fished the Danske Banke by 32 fish to 21.

Road closures are still affecting access to the Lake. Check the Stirling Council website road closures or phone the fishery for advice. https://www.stirling.gov.uk/roads-transport-streets/planned-road-closures/. Unusually it has been suggested that work might be ongoing over the weekends

Pitsford Water

 

Tel: 01604 781350

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk

Web: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/pitsford-water-park/fishing

 

 

Fish 351 (Season 9,192) Returns 56 (1,441) Rod average 6.2 (6.4)

Pitsford continues to fish extremely well with a rod average for the week of 6.2 and lots of quality fish being reported.

Phil Jordan caught (and returned) the best fish of the week a Brown of 8lb. Another fine Brown of 6lb 8oz was taken by Lesley Dickens who caught the fish on a cruncher while bank fishing at Gorse Bank.

Holiday package anglers Russell Spencer and Mr Sinfield had a cracking two days on Pitsford, catching 34 fish with their best a Rainbow of 4lb 4oz.

There is a vast choice of food for the fish with damsel and sedge coming off in huge numbers and pin fry starting to be seen in clouds. Best methods are floating or midge tip lines with either dries or teams of nymphs with crunchers and diawl bachs favourite. Popper hoppers and foam daddies are also working well.

Although the boats are fishing better than the bank, anglers are reporting that bank sport is improving with the best bank areas being Gravels, Sermans and Pitsford Creek.

Boat anglers are finding fish well spread out but the best areas are the Dam, Basin, Sailing Club and Causeway.

The Tuesday evening boat club is proving popular and Ian Parker had a great evening catching a quality Rainbow of 4lb 4oz and releasing a first ever Brown trout of around 2lb 8oz as well as several others and lost fish.

Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz taken by John Pearson.
Best Brown: 8lb taken by Phil Jordan.
Mid week boat winner: Graham Palmer

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses: 14,22 & 28 June; 12,21 &27 July; 11,23 & 29 August and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 18 & 25 June; 1 & 23 July; 7 August 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 6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

 

Tel: 01604 781350

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk

Web: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/ravensthorpe-reservoir

 

Fish 191 (Season 6,746) Returns 42 (892) Rod average 4.5 (7.5)

Top of the water sport continues this week at Ravensthorpe. The fish are up in the water and feeding on damsels, snails and small flies.

Best methods have been floating line with dries, hoppers, small daddies, cdc’s, snail patterns, damsels and diawl bachs or small buzzers are also catching fish.

Bank fishing is a bit challenging at the moment with the low water level and weed growth. The dam is the best place, floating line with dries or washing line with small buzzers or diawl bachs worth trying.

Best Rainbow: 6lb taken by William Ramsey.
Best boat areas: Coton End, Tall Willows.
Best bank areas: Dam.
Midweek boat winner: M Spencer of Northampton.

Rutland Water

 

Tel: 01780 686441

Email: fishing@anglianwater.co.uk

Web: https://anglianwaterparks.co.uk/rutland-water

 

 

Fish 1,978 (Season 18,527) Returns 463 (3,283) Rod average 4.27 (5.64)

It’s been a good week at Rutland Water with a healthy rod average of 4.27. The changeable conditions this week have influenced the consistency of the sport with each day seemingly bringing a different weather front. This has led to anglers scratching their heads one day and then recording double figure bags the next! From the boats Old Hall, Manton Bay, Sailing Club Bay, Barnsdale Creek and Normanton bank have all produced fish. Tip lines with FAB/booby combined with nymphs are taking the majority of fish. Red has been important to have in your nymphs in some way with crunchers or diawl bachs the go to patterns. And don’t ignore dropping down to size 12’s.

The good old GRHE has also been a successful pattern this week, as we move away from the large buzzer hatches expect these more ‘general’ suggestive patterns to be successful and well worth a place on your cast. Working boobies etc across the surface has been exciting with many fish following/boiling at the flies, but proving difficult to get to commit to take. Whitwell Creek has continued to produce fantastic sport to the bank anglers with big numbers of superbly conditioned 3lb plus fish being caught.

19 Belgian anglers enjoyed five days fishing Rutland. The group fished the Bob Church Classic and then their two day qualifier, competing for a place on the Belgian team in the international final of the Anglian Water Airflo International. The successful anglers who have made the team and will compete as “Fly Fishing Forever” in October are:

Guido Vinck (captain)
Albert Bigaré
Geert Janssens
Patrick De Schutter
Tony Perin
Christian Bazan

In general fish have not been found deep with tip lines the most popular and a fast glass a good choice on those days with more wind. We have seen a definite shift this week across to the pin fry so a pearly pheasant tail or well presented dry fly is not to be ignored.

Old Hall, Half Moon Spinney and the Sailing Club Bay have also featured for bank anglers with plenty of fish moving late into the evening. Chris Carrol was over the moon with an estimated double figure brown taken from Fantasy Island on a hares ear with his second cast of the session, by far his biggest brown, good angling!

Internationally renowned fly tier Hans Van Klinken visited us in the lodge on Friday night and gave a fantastic talk and demonstration of fly tying. Thanks to Hans for his presentation and to everyone who supported the evening. We look forward to seeing some ‘Hans’ inspired patterns in your fly boxes.

Unfortunately last weekend’s bad weather forced us to cancel the first of our early morning breakfast club sessions. But there are three more dates planned for this event so book a place for our Breakfast club fishing on 15,22 and 29 June. 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.
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

Stocking continues with 2,600 fine rainbows stocked last week and a further 4,500 planned for this week. We would like to remind all anglers that catch returns must be completed after each session so please take time to do this as the returns are an invaluable source of information for us and ultimately a great benefit to all of our anglers.

Mid week boat winner: T Weldon of Lewes.
Fish stocked: 2,600.

Forthcoming events
Breakfast Club Fishing 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
Anglian Water Lochstyle 4 man team match 31 August
Beginners courses: 16 & 29 June; 2,14 & 20 July; 4,10,25 & 31 August and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 17 & 24 June ; 5 & 9 July; 8 August and throughout the season.

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