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Normanton Fishing Lodge
Edith Weston, Oakham, LE15 8HD
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Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Will be the first of our fisheries to open on Saturday 27 February. Stocking is well under way with 2,000 fish put into the water to date.

Other opening dates to note

Pitsford Water Friday 12 March
Grafham Water Friday 19 March
Rutland Water Thursday 1 April

Warm welcome at Pitsford Water Saturday 20 February

Anglian Water’s Open House was a great success attended by more than 70 anglers with hot drinks and sausage sandwiches very welcome on a cold day.
Anglers wanting to brush off the winter cobwebs could join Peter Hartley casting outside in the snow! A popular indoor attraction was a fly tying demonstration presented by Kevin Rowley, Vice Chairman of Mid Northants Trout Fishers.
Season permits were in great demand and are now on sale at all of our fishing lodges. One of the day’s highlights was Anglian Water’s season ticket draw. All the 2009 catch returns were entered in this draw with the lucky winner receiving a Gold season permit. The winner was Peter De Kremer of Oakham who can look forward to fishing the 2010 season for free!

 

22 december 2009

Rob Edmunds with a

6lb 2oz Brown; caught on a White & Silver Hummungus at Cripple Creek on a floating line yesterday…..I also had 2 rainbows of around 2lb.

Opening times Rutland & Grafham tackle shops

 

30 November to 23 December

10am to 3pm

24 – 29 December

Closed

30 – 31 December

10 am to 3pm

1 – 5 January

Closed

6 January to 28 February

10am to 3pm

Closed Monday and Tuesday from 30 November to 28 February

Pitsford Water tackle shop

 

Closed 30 November to 11 February 2010 inclusive

Re-opens 12 February 9am to 2.30pm

Pitsford Water tackle shop is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only from 12 February until opening day of the new season at Ravensthorpe.

 

Week ending 6th December 2009


Rutland Water’s Fur and Feather match, fished on Sunday 6 December, was a great success. The winner was Rob Edmunds of South Luffenham.

Rob’s six fish weighed in at 14lb 11oz, a commanding lead over second placed Vakis Paisaskeva with 4 fish for 8lb 6oz and Clive Wilkins who took third. The best fish of the match was a 3lb 8oz Rainbow taken by John Vincent. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit. Well stocked seasonal hampers were presented to the highest placed anglers and the day was rounded off with an excellent Christmas meal served at the Water’s Edge restaurant at Rutland Water fishing lodge.

1st Rob Edmunds 6 fish for 14lb 11oz
2nd Vakis Paisaskeva 4 fish for 8lb 6oz
3rd Clive Wilkins 3 fish for 8lb
4th Dan Perks 3 fish for 6lb 7oz
5th Iain Barr 2 fish for 5lb 7oz
6th Matt Gregory 2 fish for 5lb 6oz

Santa took time out of his busy schedule and was out and about encouraging the bank anglers around the reservoir.

just for fun please send in your caption for the picture above

After a short power nod rob was ready to go again.

Matt Bell, from Magdalene College, Cambridge, has only been fishing for six weeks, since attending an Anglian Water Beginners course. Matt had a brilliant trip to Rutland this week, taking Rainbows of 7lb 3oz and 4lb 3oz.

Bank fishing at Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Pitsford Water and Ravensthorpe continues until 31 December 2009

Bank fishing is promising with fishing continuing until the season ends on 31 December. Tickets to fish can be purchased from the vendor huts situated in the car parks.

Tackle shop opening hours
These times could be subject to change at short notice so if you are setting out on a long journey please ring the fishing lodge before travelling

Rutland Water and Grafham Water tackle shops

Open 9am to 3pm daily except Mondays and Tuesdays (closed for lunch12.30 -13.00)
Closed 24 - 29 December 2009 inclusive and 1- 5 January 2010 inclusive

 

 

Week ending 22nd November 2009
The best action has been off the south shore between East Creek down through to Normanton. Fry patterns and nymphs have been working. A season ticket holder from Cottesmore had a day to remember. Ian had three Rainbows, but also had two out of season browns one estimated around the 10lb mark. Ian said it was a superb fish and was frustrated that he had no camera to record the specimen.
Forthcoming events - Huge reductions in our Tackle Sale 14-29 November
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please note that November boats go out on the water at 9am. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

Hi Ziggy,

thought I'd report a big brownie 7.1 lbs I caught on the Normanton  
Frontage on the 23rd November on a minky.

Sorry I don't have any better photographic evidence. I fished on my  
own and tried to reduce the stress to this majestic fish to a  
minimum. It got obviously returned to the water carefully.

The trout in comparison to the rod in the background is hopefully  
confirmation enough of the very good size of this fish.

It was a beautiful cock fish with a massively hooked jaw.

Best regards
Tankred Rinder

Week ending 15th November 2009
The best fish of the week was a 6lb 13¾oz Rainbow taken from the bank on a minkie by Jason Spolton of Kettering.

There are reports of plenty of other good fish being taken both on the banks and from boats. Boats will remain on the water until the end of November.

Best Rainbow 6lb 13¾oz taken by Jason Spolton of Kettering

Forthcoming events - Huge reductions in our Tackle Sale 14-29 November
Beginners course 21 November.
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please note that November boats go out on the water at 9am. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

 

Week ending 8th November 2009
Fish week 334 (season 43,091) returns 129 (11,351) rod average 2.58 (3.79)

The best Rainbow of the week fell to P North of Gotham, Notts, who took a 6lb 12oz Rainbow whilst boat fishing. There are rumours of a 10lb Rainbow caught from the bank last week, but we are waiting for details. Richard Cross, of Hallaton, hooked a 9½lb out of season brown whilst bank fishing the peninsula. This was returned safely to the water.

Les Dickenson, a season ticket holder from Oakham, recorded an eight fish limit from a boat last Tuesday. Les found fish off the Sailing Club frontage where he witnessed gulls diving into the water feeding on the fry. Les put his boat in amongst them and caught rainbows up to 3½lb on a sinking line and tube fly.

Prospects look good with plenty of food available with Bream/Roach fry and sticklebacks still on the menu with corixa, snails and small buzzer hatches occurring on settled days.

Best Rainbow 6lb 12oz taken by P North of Gotham, Notts

Best Brown 9lb 8oz (out of season and returned safely to the water)

Best boat areas Off the sailing club, fishing lodge frontage down to Fantasy Island

Best bank areas East Creek to the fishing lodge and the peninsula, Fantasy Island and the Dam

Best methods Fry patterns and lures. Nymphs, dries in settled conditions.

Forthcoming events - Huge reductions in our Tackle Sale 14-29 November
Rutland Challenge 14 November
Beginners course 21 November.
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please note that November boats go out on the water at 9am. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

Hi Ziggy hope you're well?

Managed a trip to Rutland last Friday and had a good day. Fished just the lodge side of the sailing club and had 8 by 1.25 on Black Humungus and White Blobs. Nothing spectacular but all fighting fit up to around 3lb, other boats also catching well there. If you could fish inside the sailing club you would have a great day, lots of gulls diving and alot of surface activity. Going again 30th Nov.

Best wishes

Andy

Week ending 1st November 2009
Fish week 597 (season 42,757) returns 279 (11,222) rod average 2.13 (3.81)

The best fish of the week fell to Peter de Kremer who managed a 6lb Rainbow – a personal best for Peter from Oakham. The fish fell for floating fry whilst Peter bank fished along the Normanton shoreline. This fish has topped Peter’s season with his preferred dry fly/floating fry tactics taking good numbers of quality fish. The best fish taken off the boats weighed just over the 5lb mark and fell to another season ticket holder Beverley Tandy, who lives near Sleaford.

During November the starting time for boats is 9am not 8am. The half day 4 fish permit is valid all day in November and December (no catch and release). The 8 fish day tickets continue to be available.

Winter restrictions now apply – for bank anglers the Sailing Club to Gibbetts are out of bounds left of the transformer right round to Barnsdale road end. Green Bank to Old Hall are out of bounds. Boat anglers are not permitted to fish past the sailing limits.

Best Rainbow 6lb taken by Peter de Kremer of Oakham

Best boat areas Sailing Club, fishing lodge frontage, main basin

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, East Creek, dam to the fishing lodge/Fantasy Island

Best methods Fry patterns, dries, nymphs black and green lures

Forthcoming events
Rutland Challenge 14 November
Beginners course 21 November.
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please note that November boats go out on the water at 9am. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

 

Just in case anyone is in my neck of the woods this weekend I thought I'd pass on the following..

Rutland:-
Boat
East Creek,Sailing Club, Normanton, Blue Pipes, Fantasy Island....Fast Glass - Di-3 up to 20 seconds down with Minkies, Hummungus and Hummungus Boobies pulled back at a steady pace.

Bank fishing in the same area's, and Carrot Creek - Barnhill Creek with Minkies and Floating Fry

Grafham:-
Boat
Savages, Valley Creek, Lodge, Nature Reserve, Gaynes to Dam
Floating line and dries, or crunchers
Intermediate and Minkie boobies and hummungus slow figure of 8 retrieve

Bank
Perry Point, Seat, Gaynes, Corner of Dam(gaynes end) same methods as above

Pitsford:-
Boat
Dam to Sailing Club,Pines, Narrows, Pitsford Creek, Gravels

DI-3 or DI-5 with Hummungus boobies best

Bank
Gravels, Stilton Point, Cliffs, Pines

Floating line with minkie booby (or suspender minkie) top dropper and hummungus or minkie on the point with a figure of 8 retrieve.

All reservoirs are fishing very well, Grafham and Pitsford especially with a lot of 2.5lb - 4lb fish. The fish are on Fry, Corixa and buzzers when the weather is warm and very close to the weed-beds and bank.

Rutland is fishing OK...the bigger fish 3lb+ just don't seem to be showing now (like they were...it's just the odd nice fish about now)..i think it'll take a really good cold snap now to get the big fish at Rutland close to the bank again and on the 3" roach fry - which will probably be the end of November now at the earliest !

Rob Edmunds

Week ending 25th October 2009
Fish week 615(season 42,160 ) returns 275 (10,943) rod average 2.23(3.85)

Rutland Water is fishing steadily but harder. There have been reports of numbers of fish following and nipping at the flies on some days. Best fish of the week fell to Geoff Allsop from Notts. Geoff netted a 5lb 6oz Brown.

Bank anglers are finding fish close in amongst the remaining weedbeds.

Boat anglers are taking fish around the weedbeds but there are plenty still out in the open water. However, hopefully as there is little fly life at the moment. Fish will eventually move closer in.

Fish are still feeding hard on corixa, stickleback fry and snails and one or two buzzers. Please remember that this Thursday 29 October is the last day for Brown trout. Any Browns caught after this date must be returned alive as soon as possible.

During November the starting time for boats is 9am not 8am. The half day 4 fish permit is valid all day in November and December (no catch and release). The 8 fish day tickets continue to be available.

Competition news
George Moore Memorial
This popular boat pairs match is judged on the best brace caught. Winning pair was Mike Barrett of Sheffield and Baz Street of Loughborough, Leicestershire. Mike took the best Rainbow of the match at 3lb 8oz. Gary Gegan had the best Brown at 2lb 14oz.

1st Mike Barrett and Baz Street 6lb 8oz


2nd Wayne Windsor and Alan Taylor 6lb 3oz
3rd Clive Morgan and Gary Gegan 6lb 1oz
4th Ken Merridan and Paul Frith 5lb 14½oz

Best Rainbow 6lb 2¼oz

Best Brown 5lb 6oz

Best boat areas Around the weedbeds for the bigger fish and in open water from the sailing club to the dam

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, fishing lodge frontage, the peninsula, the Dam.

Best methods See report

Mid week boat winner Theo Mountford of Stanground, Peterborough

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 1 & 21 November.
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please note that November boats go out on the water at 9am. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

 

Week ending 18th October 2009

Fish week 722 (season 41,545) returns 277 (10,668) rod average 2.6(3.89)

14 Year old Kieran Bonas caught the biggest fish of the week whilst bank fishing last Saturday. Kieran, from Oakley in Bedfordshire, netted a superb conditioned 6lb 2¼oz Rainbow using a midge tip line and a diawl bach.

A good number of fish around the 4-5lb bracket were caught last week with many being taken around the shoreline/weedbeds that are dotted around the reservoir.

Season ticket holders John Maitland and John Wadham, both from Oakham, caught some of the best fish of the week with a 5lb 8oz Rainbow for John Maitland and the best brown of the week at 5lb for John Wadham. Small fry patterns are working with fish feeding on Sticklebacks. However, don’t forget to try a bigger version with some browns feeding on 3” Roach fry.

Prospects are still very good. Calm settled weather could see hatches of buzzer around the reservoir with nymphs and dries worth trying.

The Brown trout season ends 29 October. Any Browns caught must be returned alive immediately.

Predator fishing has been steady with Pike up to 23lb taken. Whilst numbers of Zander were caught up to 9lb.

Competition news
Fry Bashers Day 1 at Grafham Water Day 2 at Rutland Water

110 Anglers fished this two day invitation match with day one at Grafham Water and day two at Rutland Water. Carl Nixon was top rod at Grafham Water with Graham Pearson recording joint top weight at Rutland Water with Andy Boylan at 19lb 12_½oz. Carl’s Day 2 weight of 16lb 15½oz helped him retain his first day lead for victory at 40lb 15½oz for the two days over Graham’s total weight of 39lb 13½oz.

East Midlands Trout Fishers Association
18 October
This bank match was won by Rob Edmunds’ team. Best bag went to Mick Facey with 8 fish for 21lb 4½oz.

Best Rainbow 6lb 2¼oz taken by Kieran Bonas of Oakley, Beds

Best Brown 5lb taken by John Wadham of Oakham

Best boat areas Sailing Club to the Dam in the open water. Browns Island, south arm, the tower, North arm. Plus around the weedbeds.

 

Best bank areas The peninsular, Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Normanton, Sailing Club, fishing lodge frontage.

Best methods Fry patterns and dries around the weedbeds. Boats – open water with mini lures, boobies, gold and silver sparklers.

Mid week boat winner A Viney of Consett

Fish stocked 1,100

Forthcoming events
Anglian Water Rudder match (George Moore Memorial Trophy) 24 October
Beginners courses 1 & 21 November.
Fur and Feather (bank) 6 December
Boats will remain on the water throughout November. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

 

 

Week ending 11th October 2009

Due to technical problems with our IT we have been unable to produce this week’s issue of Fishery News.

I apologise for this – next week’s report will have the latest news from all of our fisheries including the results from the very successful Anglian Water Airflo International at Rutland Water.

Regards

Sally

Rutland Water is fishing its head off, in all the years I have fished Rutland it has never fished like this for so long,

the trout are feeding hard on fry so five and six pounders are commen with some 8,9,10s also showing

Fish are still feeding hard on corixa, stickleback fry, Daddies, buzzers and some late season olives. Most areas of the reservoir are producing fish with good numbers amongst the many weedbeds.
Boat anglers are taking fish from many areas including the bottom of the south arm, top of the north arm and the main basin. Some good big fish have been hooked and lost around the weed.
Best bank areas Around the many weed beds with floating fry, minkies, nymphs and dries. Ziggy

 

Week ending 4th October 2009
Fish week 936 (season 38,300) returns 270(9,785) rod average 3.46 (3.91)

Rutland Water is in excellent form and this week hosts the Anglian Water Airflo International. 25 teams of experts from France, Belgium, Ireland, Wales, Scotland and England are heading to Rutland with the goal of holding aloft the silver salver first presented in 1982. Jon Marshall, Anglian Water’s Fishery manager, said “We have been hosting the final at Rutland Water since the contest began back in 1982. The championship grows ever popular as this year we had five new teams taking part.

There are several local anglers fishing, including Iain Barr, of Peterborough, the current world champion. Iain captained last year’s winning team and is one of the favourites to take the Anglian Water Airflo title in 2009. With the help of sponsor Airflo the competition has been a fantastic success. Rutland Water is fishing at its best so we can look forward to a great final with anglers having to be on top form to take the trophy.”

Prospects for the big match look good with over wintered and grown on fish showing all around the reservoir. Fish are still feeding hard on corixa, stickleback fry, buzzers and some late season olives. Most areas of the reservoir are producing fish with good numbers amongst the many weedbeds. Boat anglers are taking steady numbers of fish in the open water. Anglers are reporting outstanding sport with quality Rainbows and Browns showing to many tactics. With so many areas to fish and the condition and the size of fish caught, sport looks very promising.

The popular Autumn Boat Pairs match this coming Saturday gives Anglers the opportunity to make the most of this terrific autumn fishing. This match is open to everyone and there are excellent prizes to be won – contact the fishing lodge on 01780 686441 for more information and to enter.

Competition news

September Pairs
This match, organised by Andy Smith, was very well supported with 74 anglers taking to the water. Winning pair was Mark Haycock fishing with Lee Henfrey. They took 16 fish for 52lb including time bonus.

From left to right Andy Smith (match organiser), Mark Haycock, Lee Henfrey, John Seaton (Rutland Water senior warden).

Best Rainbow 5lb 2oz taken by Richard Cooper of Empingham

Best Brown 4lb 8oz taken by Mr Williams of Cardiff

Best boat areas Bottom of both arms and the main basin

Best bank areas Normanton/Sykes, most areas of the peninsula, Sailing Club, around the weedbeds.

Best methods All methods are working – fry patterns, lures, nymphs and dries.

Mid week boat winner Paul Rae of Hawick.

Fish stocked 700

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 17 October; 1 & 21 November.
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs 10 October
Boats will remain on the water into November. Please check availability before starting your journey.
Pike fishing 12 October to 29 November
Boat fishing with lures and dead sea fish over 18cm (excluding lamprey)

 

Week ending 27th September 2009
Fish week 1,552 (season 37,364) returns 513 (9,515) rod average 3.02 (3.92)

David de Kremer of Oakham caught the best fish of the week a 7lb Rainbow whilst fishing off the bank using a floating fry to great effect (the fish was returned). Big fish have been dominating the bank with superbly conditioned fish being caught feeding on corixa, fry Sticklebacks and snails. Mr Peter Lower from Tunbridge Wells in Kent used minkies to catch three super Rainbows at 4lb 2oz, 3lb 12oz and 3lb 1oz, topped by the best brown of the week at 6lb 1oz.

Boat anglers are taking fish from many areas including the bottom of the south arm, top of the north arm and the main basin. Some good big fish have been hooked and lost around the weed. Out in the open water many methods are working including mini lures, dries, nymphs, gold/silver tubes for rudder anglers.

Prospects for good autumn sport are excellent with superb fishing at the moment and most methods working, especially fry patterns for the big fish. One or two daddies are hatching which should see an increase in surface activity.

Anglers wishing to boat fish are advised to book well ahead as the fishery is hosting a lot of events including the Anglian Water Airflo International. All boats are booked 3 – 7 October inclusive. Places are still available to fish in the Anglian Water Autumn Pairs match on Saturday 10 October. This popular event is fished to reservoir rules. There are two sections one for Rudder the other for non Rudder.

Competition news
The England Youth held a Captain’s Day on Sunday with 42 anglers catching 158 fish for a rod average of 3.76. 25 of the fish weighed in were over 3lb.

Best Rainbow 7lb taken by David De Kremer of Oakham

Best Brown 6lb 1oz taken by Peter Lower of Tunbridge Wells

Best boat areas Both arms still producing as well as the main basin.

Best bank areas Fish are being caught around the many weedbeds

Best methods Everything from nymphs, dries, lures and fry patterns – even dapping with live daddies

Mid week boat winner M J Griffin of Normanton, Oakham

Fish stocked 1,100

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 4 & 17 October; 1 & 21 November.
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs 10 October
Anglian Water Airflo International all boats booked 3,4,5,6, & 7 October.
Boats will remain on the water into November. Please check availability before starting your journey.

Week emding 20th September 2009

Fish week 917 (season 35,812) returns 310 (9,002) rod average 2.95 (3.97)

Good numbers of fish are being taken at Rutland Water with many fish over 3lb. All methods seem to be working at the moment with fry patterns, floating fry and minkie producing spectacular results around the weedbeds.

Bank anglers have a choice of areas to try including Sykes Lane, the dam, Normanton and the peninsula.

The best boat areas are similar to the bank with the English National fished last Saturday providing action down the south and north arms and the main basin.

Prospects look very good with superb fish being caught with bank anglers in particular amongst the bigger fish around the weedbeds feeding on sticklebacks, roach/bream fry, corixa and snails. Anglers are reporting some very big fish moving. Boat anglers fishing around the weed are taking good fish, but there are plenty of fish feeding on buzzers out in the open water of the reservoir. Dry flies are working with one or two daddy long legs showing. There have been excellent buzzer and sedge hatches in the last week. A few olives are still coming off. Boats are very popular please check for availability before setting out.

Competition news
English National

There was a lot at stake for the 120 Anglers fishing the English National at Rutland Water last Saturday. Victory would mean not only the England title but a place on the 2010 international team. First and fourth place went to anglers sharing the same boat!

Brad Gifford of Kettering was a convincing champion – his victory made even more poignant following his recovery from a lightening strike earlier this summer. Brad fished the South Arm, sharing boat number 60 with Mick Cocks. Brad caught his 8 fish by 1.40 pm followed by Mick 10 minutes later.

1st Brad Gifford 8 fish for 25lb 15½oz
2nd Richard Slater 8 fish for 23lb 6 1/8oz
3rd Paul Shaw 8 fish for 23lb 2 ¾oz
4th Mick Cocks 8 fish for 21lb 1 5/8oz
5th Chris Bobby 8 fish for 21lb 1 ½oz
6th Mark Andrews 8 fish for 20lb 11 1/8oz

Best Rainbow 5lb 8oz taken by M Lacey

Best Brown 5lb

Best boat areas The main basin, sailing club, middle of both arms

 

Best bank areas Sykes Lane, Yellowstone, Spud Bay, Whitwell, Barnsdale, Inmans Spinney, the Dam

Best methods Bank - fry patterns and dries
Boat - as bank but include various sinking lines with mini lures/boobies

Mid week boat winner Marcus Woolford of Cropston, Leics

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 27 September; 4 & 17 October; 1 & 21 November.
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs 10 October
Anglian Water Airflo International all boats booked 3,4,5,6, & 7 October.

 

Brad Gifford is the new 2009 National Champion.

Results including time bonus:


1. Brad Gifford 8 fish for 25lb 151/2oz
2. Richard Slater 8 fish for 23lb 61/8
3. Paul Shaw 8 fish for 23lb 23/4oz
4. Mick Cocks 8 fish for 21lb 15/8oz
5. Chris Bobby 8 fish for 21lb 11/2oz
6. Mark Andrews 8 fish for 20lb 111/8oz
7. Ian Colclough 8 fish for20lb 61/8oz
8. Paul Davison 8 fish for 20lb 5oz
9. Mark Miles 8 fish for 20lb 0oz
10. Ed Foster 7 fish for 17lb 121/4oz
11. Andrew Hedger 6 fish for 17lb 63/4oz
12. Warren Scott 6 fish for 17lb 11/8oz
13. Andrew Green 7 fish for 16lb 31/2oz
14. Paddy Mounter 6 fish for 16lb 13/4oz
15. Baz Reece 8 fish for 15lb 121/2oz
16. Ron Gent 6 fish for 15lb 10oz
17. Mark Withyman 8 fish for 15lb 61/8oz
18. Ed Forster 7 fish for 15lb 6oz
19. Iain Barr 7 fish for 14lb 157/8oz
20. Martin Watson 7 fish for 14lb 91/2oz
21. Gordon Bramwell 6 fish for 14lb 23/4oz
22. Nick Dunn 5fish for 13lb 14oz
23. Mike Dixon 7 fish for 13lb 91/4oz
24. Dave Newing 5 fish for 13lb 73/8oz
25. Simon Gurney 5 fish for 13lb 71/8oz
26. Chris Micalleff 6 fish for 13lb 6oz
27. Mark Rooney 5 fish for 12lb 143/4oz
28. Joel Beeney 5 fish for 12lb 123/8oz

 

Week ending 13th September 2009
Fish week 911 (season 34,895) returns 236 (8,692) rod average 3.86 (4.01)

Ryhall angler Dave Ellis recorded the best fish of the week with a 7lb 2¾oz cock brown taken off the peninsula last Thursday. Floating fry was the successful tactic whish also accounted for another brown around the 3½lb mark for Dave.

Phil Brown of Empingham has been in form recently taking a 6lb fish two weeks ago. Phil followed this up with a 5lb 2oz rainbow, again from the peninsula. Peter de Kremer had quality fish off the bank as well with Sunday the best day with 6 fish weighing 20lb.

Boat anglers are taking plenty of fish with good numbers coming from the main basin.

A combination of methods is working from mini lures (boobies, blobs and cormorants) to dry fly. The best fish off the boats was taken by warden Mick Brooksby who had a 5lb Brown taken on a fry pattern.

Fish are feeding hard on fry. Anglers are finding fish around the weedbeds and are having tremendous success with fry patterns recently. Prospects look very good with plenty of weedbeds to explore. Some very big fish are showing feeding on fry, sticklebacks, corixa and snails. Anglers can look forward to some exciting fishing this weekend as Rutland Water hosts the English National final. Please note that all boats are booked from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th inclusive.

Best Rainbow 6lb 2oz taken by Rob Edmunds of Luffenham

Best Brown 7lb 2¾oz taken by Dave Ellis of Ryhall

Best boat areas The main basin, the North Arm, Yellowstone, old Hall.

Best bank areas Sykes Lane, Whitwell, the Dam, the mound around the weedbeds.

Best methods Fry patterns taking the bigger fish. Floating fry, suspender minkies. Dries and blobs, boobies and cormorants.

Mid week boat winner John Innes of Sleaford

Fish stocked 800

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 16,19 & 27 September; 4 & 17 October; 1 & 21 November.
English National 17,18 & 19 September – please note all boats are booked.
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs 10 October

 

 

The trout are on the fry at rutland.

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picture by Matt Gregory

Forgot to say I wasn't talking about the boats, the bank is fishing increasingly well, and during the day too (I can only get out during the middle of the day at the moment).
Matt Gregory

I've been out 7 of the last 10 days ! ! and there are some cracking fish about ! ! loads in the 4lb class with the odd right lump now showing..

Oh there also stuffed full of corixa...and a fluro red headed hares ear has been working (as has an orange cdc)

My best came on monday 6lb 4oz Rainbow...on the Suspender minkie off the weedbeds at the Transformer.....

The Hummungus is doing most of the damage for me....the white & silver version....usually on a floater just off the weedbeds or a fast glass !

Oh the fish are still up around Browns island and Lax hill as well...no one has fished this area for a week ! ! it's equally as good as the North arm ! !

enjoy it while you can....I am

Rob Edmunds

Week ending 6th September 2009
Fish week 410 (season 33,984) returns 137 (8,456) rod average 2.99(4.01)

The best fish of the week fell to Phil Brown from Empingham who took a surface feeding Brown of 6lb 4oz off the Hambleton peninsula. Phil used a small floating fry to secure the fish. Fry feeding has started early this year and with so many weedbeds around the shoreline providing anglers with an excellent chance of a specimen fish.

Boat anglers continue to enjoy the best sport, taking fish around the weedbeds and up both the north and south arms with a good number of fish coming out of the main basin on Saturday and Sunday.

Good sport is to be had around the weedbeds with fish feeding on fry/sticklebacks, corixa and snails. Bank anglers should be prepared to fish over or around the weedbeds with a single fly to avoid losing fish. Flies to try include Floating fry, minkies, small nymphs and dries for bank anglers. Boat anglers are advised to use the same methods and lure anglers are encouraged to try the main basin with various coloured boobies/blobs and cormorants. Last week’s strong winds affected the fishing but with more settled weather forecast prospects look excellent and anglers can look forward to some exciting autumn fishing.

Best Rainbow 4lb 7¼oz taken by Jane Cutting

Best Brown 6lb 4oz taken by Phil Brown.

Best boat areas The main basin and around the weed beds up the North and South arms.

Best bank areas Around the many weed beds with floating fry, minkies, nymphs and dries

Best methods Bank – fry patterns, dries and nymphs.
Boats – As for bank but include mini lures/boobies for boats on sinking lines

Mid week boat winner T Edwards of St Asaph, Denbighshire

Fish stocked 400

Competition news
English Disabled National
18 anglers fished this match on Saturday and managed 91 fish, including 8 limits. Top rod was Lancashire’s Bob Cooper with 8 fish weighing 19lb 9½oz. The top seven anglers will be representing their country next year including Jim Watts of Ryhall who also caught the best fish in the match with a Rainbow weighing 3lb 11½oz. The EDFF would like to thank all the boatmen who gave up their time to assist with this event, including Alan Brooking who was top boatman on the day.

1st Bob Cooper 8 fish for 19lb 19½oz
2nd Mark Andrews 8 fish for 17lb 11½oz
3rd Danny Peet 8 fish for 17lb 3½oz
4th Stewart Hume 8 fish for 16lb 12oz
5th Eddie Grey 8 fish for 16lb 6oz
6th Jim Watts 8 fish for 16lb 4½oz

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season
English National 17,18 & 19 September – please phone for availability

 

Week ending 30th August 2009
Fish week 1,520 (season 33,574) returns 553 (8,319) rod average 2.74 (4.03)

Nick Whitmore and Guy Miller had a good day’s boat fishing with at least 6 fish over 3lb in good bags.

Strong winds influenced the fishing for a large part of the week with only Monday and Tuesday enjoying settled conditions. Boat anglers found the best areas were down both ends of the arms with dry fly and nymphs providing good sport. Fish were caught in the main basin by anglers fishing the rudder.

Bank anglers have been taking fish. The best areas are around the many weedbeds with the use of single fly the best tactic. Fry patterns and small dries are working well – one or two anglers have caught fish early in the morning.

The reservoir will benefit from settled weather with quality fish showing around the many weed beds. Fly hatches have increased with numbers of olives and big red buzzers coming off, with late hatches of sedge occurring on most evenings.

Best boat areas Bottom of either arms with nymphs and dries. The main basin with mini lures, boobies, gold/silver sparklers.

Best bank areas Whitwell, Normanton, Sykes Lane.

Best methods Bank – dries, nymphs, fry patterns
Boat – as for bank anglers but include mini lures, gold/silver sparklers.

Mid week boat winner Brian Wisdom of Stamford

Fish stocked 1,966

Competition news
Rutland Water Fly Fishers Hanby Cup
Graham Pearson and Mike Barrett won this event with 16 fish weighing 37lb. The pair fished the rudder to win first prize.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season

 

 

Week ending 23rd August 2009
Fish week 644(season 32,054) returns 190 (7,766) rod average 3.38 (4.12)

Rutland Water continues to excel with anglers from all over the UK, including those fishing in last weekend’s Lexus European Team Championship, praising the quality and condition of the fish compared to other waters. Fish are taking dry fly and nymphs and contributing to excellent bag weights. Both arms of the reservoir have started to produce fish as well as the main basin at the moment. Fish are feeding on corixa, snails, large red buzzers, fry and sticklebacks. Bank anglers are starting to take fish along the weed beds. These areas are best fished with a single fly with either a nymph or a fry pattern.

The best brown recorded last week fell to season ticket holder Ron Gent from Leicester who weighed in at 5lb 13½oz. The best brown fell to Welsh angler Dean Kibble fishing for Nymph – a – Maniacs in the Lexus Team event on Saturday. Dean hooked into a super conditioned 5lb 12oz fish.

Prospects look very good. With good water clarity fish are not feeding hard, although plenty of food is available with an increase in buzzer hatches. It shouldn’t be long before we see hatches of Daddy Long Legs on the water.

Best rainbow 5lb 12oz taken by Dean Kibble fishing in the Lexus team event on Saturday.

Best brown 5lb 13 5/8oz taken by Ron Gent of Leicester.

Best boat areas Bottom of both arms and the main basin.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Sailing Club and New Zealand Point.

Best methods Bank – floating line with nymphs, dries and fry patterns.
Boat – As bank but include various sinking lines with mini lures and gold/silver sparklers.

Mid week boat winner Rhys Allsop of Warsop

Fish stocked 2,000

Competition news
Lexus European Team final
Twenty two teams headed to Rutland to fish this two day final. Ospreys came out on top on day one with 41 fish for 89lb 10oz – quite a way ahead of second placed Kent and Sussex Fly Fishers with 30 fish for 70lb 2oz. Day two saw the tables turned with Greys G-Tec Stocks winning with 21 fish for 51lb 10oz. Ospreys could only manage 14th place with 10 fish for 23lb 7oz.

However, Ospreys outstanding performance on day one ensured that they clinched the title with 51 fish for 113lb 1oz. Consistency over the two days paid off for BRFFA Team Orvis and Alba Orvis FF. A small margin divided them into second and third with BRFFA Team Orvis finishing with 44 fish for 111lb 10oz and Alba Orvis FF weighing in 44 fish for 107lb 3oz. The best fish was taken by Dean Kibble(Nymph-A-Maniacs) and weighed in at 5lb 12oz. Chris Guthrie (Greys G Tec Stocks) took the best bag at 33lb 8oz with time bonus all caught on tiny dries down the north arm

Scarlett Hodgson accepted the trophy on behalf of Ospreys. This was a fitting and poignant tribute to her late father David who fished for Ospreys.

1st Ospreys               51 fish for 113lb 1oz
2nd BRFFA Team Orvis 44 fish for 111lb 10oz
3rd Alba Orvis FF        44 fish for 107lb 3oz
4th Kent & Sussex FF  44 fish for 106lb 4oz
5th Team Tightlines    40 fish for 99lb 13oz
6th Nymph-A-Maniacs 36 fish for 98lb 10oz

The victorious Osprey team, winners of the Lexus European Team Championship at Rutland water.

Thanks to www.fishypics.co.uk for the picture

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 6,12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season
Salmon & Trout Association sponsored tuition for juniors
Wednesday 26 August at Rutland Water
9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30pm – 4.30 pm
Only £10 per head - for information or to book please call Peter Hartley on 07922 126154 or email Hartley.p@btconnect.com

 

Week ending 16th August 2009

Fish week1,120 (season 31,410) returns 319 (7,576) rod average 3.51 (4.14)

The rod average is still very high for the time of the year. Boat anglers are faring best, although bank sport has been quiet it has been very rewarding. Sutton Coldfield angler Colin Corbett enjoys his bank fishing and was rewarded with quality Rainbows all over 3lb the best being 5lb 12oz. Small fry patterns fished slowly being the tactic to use.

Boat fishing dominated the week’s fishing again with boats fishing the main basin. By mid week anglers fishing down the arms were having some good fish drifting with dry fly and nymphs. On overcast days fish were up until the cloud broke later on.

Fish have been spotted moving around weedbeds first thing in the morning and during overcast days, so it’s well worth the effort to pay Rutland Water an early morning call!

Fish have been feeding on large red buzzers, small green buzzers, snails, sticklebacks and a mixture of this year’s and last year’s fry.

Best rainbow 5lb 12oz taken by Colin Corbett of Sutton Coldfield

Best brown 7lb 9oz taken by Neil Squires of Scopwick, Lincoln

Best boat areas The main basin, bottom of both arms

Best bank areas Normanton, Whitwell, Sykes Lane

Best methods Bank – floating line with nymphs, dries and fry patterns. Boat – as for bank but include various sinking lines with mini lures, sparklers etc.

Mid week boat winner Mr Foley of Horbling, Sleaford

Fish stocked 1,950

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Tuesday Night Boat League final week

Phil wins final night and the title!

Market Harborough angler Phil Longstaff won the final match to clinch the boat league title. Six anglers were in contention going into the final night. Phil won in style with 7 fish weighing 20lb 1½oz taken from the aerators. Phil also had the best fish on the night with a 3lb 6oz Rainbow.

Over the 12 week’s of this popular league 248 rods managed an incredible 852 fish with a rod average of 3.44 – the most successful ever. The best fish caught during the series was a 4lb 9¾oz Rainbow taken by Hilary Tomlinson in week 6.

Phil was presented with a £50 tackle voucher and a free mid week boat voucher by Rutland Water warden Nigel Savage.

Hilary was awarded a tackle voucher for the best fish. Nigel made special mention of Sid’s Fish and Chip shop in Stirling Road, Stamford. Every Tuesday anglers were able to look forward to coming off the water to tuck into fish and chips supplied by Sid.

Final league placings
1st Phil Longstaff 48 points
2nd Richard Cooper 42 points
3rd Keith Jones 41 points
4th Paul Wild 38 points
5th Mick Bennett 36 points
6th Paul Kirkup 30 points

Anglian Water Loch Style Four man team
60 Anglers in 15 teams battled it out on a very challenging day with a big wind and bright sunshine testing everybody’s skills.

Local team Cormorants 1 won the day with 21 fish weighing 54lb 12¾oz. The team included top individual Barry Vaughan from Deeping St James who caught most of his fish down the North arm

. Fellow team members were Al Owen, Paul Wild and Dave Summers.

 

 

 

The best fish was taken by ACA’s Ron Gent with a 5lb 13oz Rainbow. Following this match anglers enjoyed a two course meal provided by the Harbour Bar.

The top six teams were:
1st Cormorants 21 fish for 54lb 12¾oz
2nd Hanningfield 18 fish for 42lb 8 3/8oz
3rd Greenwell Persauders 17 fish for 40lb 9 ¾oz
4th Team Tightlines 18 fish for 40lb 9 1/8 oz
5th Team Vision 16 fish for 37lb 4 1/8oz
6th ACA 13 fish for 34lb 3¼oz


Forthcoming events
Lexus European Team final 21 - 23 August all boats booked
Beginners courses 23 August; 6,12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season
Salmon & Trout Association sponsored tuition for juniors
Wednesday 26 August at Rutland Water
9.30 – 12.30 and 1.30pm – 4.30 pm
Only £10 per head - for information or to book please call Peter Hartley on 07922 126154 or email Hartley.p@btconnect.com

 

 

Week ending 9th August 2009
Fish week 1,574 (season 30,290) returns 371 (7,257) rod average 4.24(4.17)

The best fish of the week was a super Brown of 7lb 9 1/8oz taken by Neil Squires of Scopwick, Lincs. Neil was boat fishing and used a white minkie booby.

Kev Bennett had the best Rainbow of the week – a cracking 4lb 12½oz rainbow whilst fishing in the RAF central league match last Monday. All 14 competitors caught 8 fish limits on the day.
Rutland Water is fishing extremely well with a good number of limits coming out including many fish averaging 2lb. Boats have fared best with the main basin the place to be. Most methods are working with mini lures, blobs, boobies etc and nymphs, diawl bach, crunchers and hares ears also producing.

Local angler Ziggy Lesiakowski took a boat out on sunday afternoon and was back in the dock three hours later with 8 rainbows for 23lbs 4ozs, Ziggy was fishing on the boils using a di3 line and a humungus, his largest fish was just over 4lbs.

Fish are being taken in the main basin and off the Old Hall green bank area and steady numbers of fish were seen moving off Laxhill / Manton Bay plus the middle of the North Arm.

Bank angler Nick Evans took four quality rainbows on dry fly along the Normanton bank. Stockie Bay also produced fish last Thursday (in a lot of rain!). Wardens reported seeing fish moving off the bank on Sunday up the North Arm between the Finches through to Carrot Creek

Best rainbow 4lb 12½oz taken by Kev Bennett

Best brown 7lb 9 1/8oz taken by Neil Squires of Scopwick, Lincs.

Best boat areas The main basin, bottom of the south arm. Fish being taken in the North Arm

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Stockie Bay

Best methods Bank – nymphs, dries, fry patterns
Boat – as for bank anglers but include various sinking lines with various lures.

Mid week boat winner D Ingle of Bilborough,York.

Fish stocked 3,750

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Season ticket holder Paul Kirkup won last week’s match with an 8 fish limit weighing 20lb 3¼ oz. The top six anglers on the night all weighed in eight fish limits over 18lb. Altogether an incredible 118 fish were taken by 18 anglers giving an outstanding rod average of 6.5. With only one week to go the anglers in with a chance of taking the overall league title are Keith Jones, Richard Cooper, Phil Longstaff, Mick Bennett, Paul Wild and Paul Kirkup.

Results week 11
1st Paul Kirkup 8 fish for 20lb 3¼oz
2nd Gary Cooper 8 fish for 19lb 11oz
3rd Chris Evans 8 fish for 19lb 4¼oz

Major Club Match Group 3
Fished on Sunday 9 August.

1st Bewl Bridge FC ‘B’ 14 fish for 32lb 1¼oz
2nd Invicta FFC ‘A’ 16 fish for 31lb 13oz
3rd Fish Hawks ‘B’ 15 fish for 29lb 5¾oz

Top individual was Invicta’s John Mees (Senior Warden Grafham Water) with 8 fish weighing 16lb 11oz. The best fish – a 4lb 6oz Rainbow, was taken by Baz Reece of Crawley.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 19 & 23 August; 6,12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 15 August. Each angler pays £5 pool money and £12.50 towards boat. Permit £19 for non season ticket holders. The match is followed by a two course meal at the Waters Edge Restaurant at £9.50 per person. To book or make enquiries please call 01780 686441 or 686442.

 

Week ending 2nd August 2009

Fish week 754 (season 28,716) returns 170 (6,886) rod average 4.43 (4.17)

Boat anglers at Rutland Water took “limits galore” last week with most methods working. The main basin saw the bulk of the sport with fish in and around the aerators and the Normanton bank. The bottom of the South arm provided action with dry fly and nymphs being the best methods. Boat tactics for the main basin varied from floating lines to Di3 sinking lines. Limits were caught quickly with 6 limits in less than three hours during the Tuesday Evening Boat League. The best fish of the week was a 4lb 8oz Brown taken by Keith Jones of Northborough, Peterborough, fishing the bottom of the south arm using a Di 3 and boobies. The best rainbow of the week was taken by Paul Baker of Spilsby, Lincs. Grown on fish were caught mainly down the South Arm with Martin Cottis, fishing with fellow Bristol Reservoirs angler, Padraig Munroe, taking an excellent bag of fish on Martin’s preferred method of dry fly.

Best rainbow 4lb taken by P Baker of Spilsby

Best brown 4lb 8oz taken by Keith Jones

Best boat areas Around the aerators, Normanton bank, fishing lodge frontage, bottom of the south arm.

Best bank areas Fish are amongst the weed beds feeding on fry, corixa, snails, insects in the evenings

Best methods Bank – Floating line with nymphs/fry patterns/dries
Boats – As for bank but include sinking lines (various) with mini lures

Mid week boat winner D Ince

Fish stocked 3,000

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Gary Cooper of Empingham won last week’s boat league by a mere ½oz from Paul Wild in second place. Gary weighed in 8 fish for 18lb 5½oz
1st Gary Cooper 8 fish for 18lb 5½oz
2nd Paul Wild 8 fish for 18lb 5oz
3rd= Keith Jones 8 fish for 16lb 14½oz
Mick Brooksby

This result has seen Keith Jones go to the top of the league. With two weeks remaining the league is wide open to many competitors.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 8,19 & 23 August; 6,12,16,19 & 27 September & throughout the season
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 15 August. Each angler pays £5 pool money and £12.50 towards boat. Permit £19 for non season ticket holders. The match is followed by a two course meal at the Waters Edge Restaurant at £9.50 per person. To book or make enquiries please call 01780 686441 or 686442.

 

 

Week ending 26th July 2009

Fish week 505 (season 27,962) returns 184 (6,716) rod average 2.74 (4.16)

Rutland Water has fished well this week with good numbers of limits coming out – often within three hours in the main basin area. Last Saturday night in particular saw the reservoir alive with moving fish! Anglers fishing in the Tuesday Evening Boat League are enjoying some excellent sport. With three weeks remaining the league is still wide open and it looks like a very tight finish this season. See competition news for a detailed report.

Fly hatches have been sparse with sedge showing late on. However, there have been numbers of buzzers and some quite big hatches in late evening. All methods have worked from lures and nymph combinations to dry fly. Some fish are beginning to feed on this year’s fry amongst the weedbeds. 10,000 Rainbows have been stocked in the last 10 days or so and sport in the middle of the south arm (Browns Island to Old Hall) and the main basin has improved for boat anglers. Bank anglers should try Normanton, Sykes Lane and Sailing Club Bay with fish feeding on small buzzers, daphnia, corixa and this year’s fry around the weedbeds. Water clarity is excellent with fish moving on calm days and late evenings.

Rutland Water is a popular competition venue and it is wise to check for boat availability. In the coming weeks we are hosting the RAF versus CEFFA on 1 and 2 August (40 boats booked); The Anglian Water four man Loch Style on Saturday 15 August and the Lexus Team final 21 – 23 August inclusive.

Best boat areas The main basin, middle of the south arm (Browns Island across to Old Hall bay)

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club

Best methods Bank – floating lines with nymphs, dries, fry patterns.
Boat – as for bank but include all sinking lines with lures, nymphs etc.

Mid week boat winner D Evans of Swansea

Fish stocked 4,00

 

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Very few points were awarded to the top six anglers in the league, with only Phil Longstaff and Paul Wild scoring points on the night with a second and fifth spot respectively making things even more interesting.

The winner on the night was fishery warden Mick Brooksby who took 6 fish in the main basin for 15lb 2¾oz – although Phil Longstaff weighed in 7 fish for 13lb 5¾oz to take second place.
1st Mick Brooksby 6 fish for 15lb 2¾oz
2nd Phil Longstaff 7 fish for 13lb 5¾oz
3rd Malcolm March 3 fish for 7lb 2oz
Malcolm March had the best fish – a 3lb 1oz Rainbow.

League leaders after week 9

1st= Richard Cooper 36 points
Keith Jones (Wittering) 36 points
3rd Mick Bennett 35 points
4th Phil Longstaff 33 points
5th Paul Wild 28 points
6th Paul Kirkup 20 points

Forthcoming events
National fishing week
Casting sessions (no actual fishing) run daily until Saturday 1 August, 11am to 12 noon and 2pm – 3pm (pm session not available Thursday 30 July)
Booking is essential – please call 01780 686441 or 01780 686442
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 2,8,19 & 23 August & throughout the season
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 15 August. Each angler pays £5 pool money and £12.50 towards boat. Permit £19 (nothing for season ticket holders). The match is followed by a two course meal at the Waters Edge Restaurant at £9.50 per person. To book or make enquiries please call 01780 686441 or 686442.

 

 

Week ending 19th July 2009

Fish week 575 (season 27,457) returns 262 (6,532) rod average 2.19 (4.2)

Boat anglers are faring best at the moment. Anglers fishing in the Tuesday evening boat league and the Over 50’s boat pairs’ match were kept busy with plenty of limits. (See competition news for full report). 6,000 Rainbows were introduced mid week with 4,000 more going in this week so prospects look good.

Best Rainbow 4lb 4oz taken by Damian Paddon of Watford

Best boat areas The main basin and bottom of the South arm.

Best bank areas Normanton/Sykes Lane the dam and East Creek to Lodge

Best methods Bank – Floating line with nymphs/dry fly
Boat – Floating lines to Di7, mixture of mini lures and nymphs

Mid week boat winner B Tandy of Sleaford

Fish stocked 6,000

Competition news
Season ticket holder Paul Kirkup of Kibworth won week 8 of the league with 6 fish from the Main basin. Close behind was Paul Wild who also had 6 fish this time from the middle of the South arm
Tuesday Evening Boat League
1st Paul Kirkup 6 fish for 15lb 10¼oz
2nd Paul Wild 6 fish for 15lb 0½oz
3rd Mick Bennett 6 fish for 12lb 15oz

The pressure is on the top three anglers in the league table with only one point separating them.
League leaders after week 7
1st= Richard Cooper 36 points
Keith Jones
3rd Mick Bennett 35 points
4th Phil Longstaff 26 points
5th Paul Kirkup 20 points
6th Si Gaines 13 points

 

Anglian Water Over 50’s Pairs match
This match fished to Loch Style rules, without fly size restrictions, saw the top six anglers take their limits. The best Rainbow weighed 3lb 1oz and was taken by Tim Williams. Ken Moore weighed in the best Brown at 3lb.

1st Jim Watts & Stu Hume 16 fish for 33lb 11oz


2nd Graham Pearson & Mike Barrett 16 fish for 31lb 9oz
3rd Ashley Davies & Gordon Bramwell 16 fish for 30lb 15oz

Forthcoming events
National fishing week
Coaching sessions run daily Saturday 25 July to Saturday 1 August, excluding Sunday 26 July. 11am to 12 noon and 2pm – 3pm (pm session not available Thursday 30 July)
Booking is essential – please call 01780 686441
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 26 July; 2,8,19 & 23 August & throughout the season
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 15 August - call 01780 686441

 

 

Week ending 12th July 2009

Fish week 614 (season 26,882) returns 239 (6,270) rod average 2.56(4.28)

The best rainbow recorded last week fell to Grafham warden Ray Jenkins who fished the bottom of the South arm. Ray netted a superb looking fish weighing 4lb 4oz.

The arrival of cooler weather last week has temporarily affected rod averages despite 1500 stock fish being released.

The main basin fished best generally. However, with south west winds increasing some boats were prepared to fish the bottom of the arms again, which are now gin clear and algae free.

Bank anglers saw little action after the week before of good fish off the Dam and Fantasy Island. One or two fish were taken around Sykes Lane, Stockie Bay area and Normanton.

Best Rainbow 4lb 4oz taken by Ray Jenkins

Best boat areas The main basin, Inmans Spinney, Yellowstone

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, the Dam

Best methods Bank - floating line with nymphs and dries
Boat - all methods worth a try

Mid week boat winner Adam Crowe

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
1st Keith Jones (Wittering) 4 fish for 10lb 2oz
2nd Richard Cooper 4 fish for 9lb 3½oz
3rd Keith Jones (Peterborough) 2 fish for 5lb 1¾oz

League placings after week 7
1st Richard Cooper 36 Points
2nd Keith Jones (Peterborough) 35
3rd Mike Bennett 30
4th Phil Longstaff 26

English Disabled
English Disabled had a challenging day last Wednesday with 26 anglers taking part. Stuart Hume won with four fish. Best fish – a 3lb 4oz Brown was taken by Derek Moore.

Forthcoming events
National fishing week
Coaching sessions run daily Saturday 25 July to Saturday 1 August, excluding Sunday 26 July. 11am to 12 noon and 2pm – 3pm (pm session not available Thursday 30 July)
Booking is essential – please call 01780 686441
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 19 & 26 July; 2,8,19 & 23 August & throughout the season
Anglian Water over 50’s match - 18 July. 9am – 5pm

 

 

 

For most of the week the fishing remained excellent despite temperatures in the high eighties. Last Tuesday a lot of the anglers fishing in the popular boat league caught 8 fish limits with 21 anglers recording an impressive 106 fish in less than four hours.

When the hot weather finally eased off the wind went from the east to a moderate to fresh south westerly and fishing has been more challenging.

The main basin provided plenty of fish amongst the aerators and Fantasy Island for boats, whereas bank anglers had some good evenings on Fantasy Island and the Dam wall itself with dry fly working well. With the fresh winds developing sport eased off with anglers having to work harder for their fish.

Best boat areas The main basin in and around the aerators, fishing lodge frontage

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane

Best methods Bank - Floating line with dries and nymphs
Boat - As for bank but include various sinking lines with mini lures and gold/silver sparklers.

Mid week boat winner James Cooke of Boxhill, Surrey

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League

1st Si Gaines 8 fish for 20lb 15¾oz
2nd Rich Cooper 8 fish for 19lb 13oz
3rd Paul Kirkup 8 fish for 18lb 12oz
4th Phil Longstaff 8 fish for 18lb 10oz

21 Anglers recorded an impressive 106 fish in less than 4 hours. The best fish on the night was taken by Hilary Tomlinson – a cracking 4lb 9¾oz Rainbow. This competition is now hotting up with only a few points dividing the leaders.

League table

1st Keith Jones 30 points
2nd Richard Cooper 29 points
3rd Mick Bennett 28 points
4th Phil Longstaff 25 points

Forthcoming events
National fishing week
Coaching sessions run daily Saturday 25 July to Saturday 1 August, excluding Sunday 26 July. 11am to 12 noon and 2pm – 3pm (pm session not available Thursday 30 July)
Booking is essential – please call 01780 686441
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
Anglian Water over 50’s match - 18 July

 

 

                                               


Hi Ziggy,.

it's been good just taking to you right now.

I thought I'll forward you a report on my fishing on Rutland on Tue  
30/06 and Wed 01/07.

while I totally agree with the notion that excellent sport can be had  
on a fast sinker and lures around 'the boils' and the open water  
generally, I found it equally easy to rise fish to the dry fly near  
the dam during evening hours from 5pm on. After nearing my bag limit  
on the Di7 I thought I'd challenge myself to some surface fishing and  
surprise, surprise (remember it had 32 degress) I landed 3 rainbows  
that way on Tuesday 30/06 with one weighing 3lb 2oz and the other -  
an over wintered silver beauty with 2lb 11oz.

wednesday 01/07 morning I waded near fantasy island while a small  
boat competition was going on. while I spotted only a few fish being  
taken from the dam on fast pulled lures, I managed to hook and land 4  
with in 1.5 hours from around 10am on much to the astonishment of the  
nearby boats. I fished catch & release but I reckon all fish were  
within the 2lb 6oz or more range.

this is my first fly fishing season after a few years coarse fishing  
experience in my youth and having taken a fly fishing course last  
year at rutland.

I have fished quite a few days at rutland since then, but these last  
two days have been unsurpassed despite the sun burning down  
ruthlessly on both days.

it has been truly unforgettable and - living in london - I am looking  
forward to my next midlands outing (what a blessing my in-laws live  
near the reservoir!)

best regards
Tankred

 

 

Week ending 28th June 2009

Fish week 1,029 (season 24,865) returns 237 (5,616) rod average 4.34(4.42)

The best Rainbow of the week was taken by Ray Simpson fishing in the Major Clubs Group 2 match last Sunday. Ray’s fish weighed 5lb 1¼oz. With rising temperatures fishing has still been intense with the main basin and Inmans Spinney, Yellowstone and Hambleton wood seeing the best of the sport. Plenty of limits continue to be taken with 8 fish bag limits weighing over 20lb. Nymphs and dries are still taking fish, but with fish gathering around the aerators sinking lines (various) with mini lures and nymph combinations are working well.

Boat anglers had the best of the sport. However the Normanton and dam area on Friday night saw some good fish taken on dries with Oakham season ticket holder Peter de Kremer taking four fish averaging 3½lb with Peter’s preferred method of dry fly reaping its reward.

Best rainbow 4lb 8oz

Best boat areas The main basin, Inmans Spinney, Yellowstone, Hambleton wood

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, and the dam

Best methods Floating lines with nymphs/dries in the open water. Sinking lines with lures around the aerators.

Mid week boat winner P Clamp of Mansfield

Fish stocked 2,000

Competition news
Association of Major Fly Fishing Clubs
Group 2 results
1st Iver 5 points
2nd Bristol Reservoirs FF 4 points
3rd Queen Mother Fly Fishers 3 points
4th RNRMAA 2 points
5th Grafham Water FF 1 point

Tuesday Evening Boat League
Keith goes to the top of the tree!
Season ticket holder Keith Jones won the fifth match of this popular league with 8 fish weighing 21lb 11oz. Keith now tops the league with 33 points. Some impressive fish were taken (mainly in the main basin) with seven over 3lb. Roger Mortimer took the best fish a 3lb 6½oz Rainbow.

1st Keith Jones 8 fish for 21lb 11oz
2nd Mick Bennett 8 fish for 21lb 3½oz
3rd Phil Longstaff 6 fish for 15lb 9oz

League table

1st Keith Jones 33 points
2nd Mick Bennett 26 points
3rd Phil Longstaff 22 points
3rd Richard Cooper 22 points
5th Paul Wild 19 points
6th Chris Evans 8 points

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
EDFF - 8 July
Anglian Water over 50’s match - 18 July

Week ending 21 st June 2009

Fish week 1,453 (season 23,836) returns 387 (5,379) rod average 3.7(4.43)

There are plenty of fish moving on the surface taking insects and pin fry on calm days. The main basin has come into form with fish being taken all the way across and many limits taken, some within 1½ hours.

Best Brown 5lb 8oz taken by S Nicholson of North Ormsby Lincs.

Best boat areas Main basin, bottom of both arms. Lots of fish in open water

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, Old Hall,
the Finches.

Best methods Floating lines with nymphs, dries and mini lures.
Fish feeding on pinfry, buzzers, sedge, snails and daphnia.

Mid week boat winner Paul Wild (season ticket holder) of Ketton.

Fish stocked 2,000

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Richard Cooper of Empingham won the fourth week of the competition with eight fish weighing an impressive 20lb 7½oz including a rainbow of 4lb 2½oz that earned Richard an extra two points .

Twenty anglers caught 79 fish with “fish moving everywhere” to quote many anglers taking part.
1st Richard Cooper 8 fish for 20lb 7½oz
2nd Phil Longstaff 8 fish for 19lb 15oz
3rd Keith Jones 8 fish for 19lb 1oz

League table
1st Richard Cooper 22 Points
2nd Mick Bennett 19 points
3rd Phil Longstaff 17 points
Paul Wild 17 points

Army Championships 20 and 21 June
This match fished extremely well with quick fire limits coming out of the main basin on both days. Rod average for day one was an astounding 7 and for day two 6.1. This made for a ‘nail-biting’ weigh-in with hardly anything to separate the top five rods who qualified for the England eliminator:
1st Del Spry 16 fish for 46lb 8oz
2nd Tony Hoggart 16 fish for 45lb 11oz
3rd Mark Rose 16 fish for 44lb 3oz
4th Paul Shaw 16 fish for 43lb 13oz
5th Paul Kitchen 16 fish for 43lb 1oz.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat -24 June
EDFF - 8 July
Anglian Water over 50’s match - 18 July

 

 

Week ending 14th June 2009

Fish week 2,065 (season 22,383) returns 612 (4,992) rod average 3.37 (4.48)

One of the highlights of the week at Rutland Water was the eight annual Anglian Water WaterAid Fly Fishing Challenge. Around 30 companies from across the UK entered teams in this terrific fund raiser for WaterAid.

Competition news
Anglian Water WaterAid Fly Fishing Challenge

The teams entered in this year’s competition enjoyed the best weather conditions in the history of this popular event. Following an impressive opening ceremony conducted by Rutland county town crier, Lewis Carlin, the 100 anglers made for the boats accompanied by volunteers from Rutland Water Fly Fishers. The event remains popular with novice anglers and RWFF experts were on hand to ensure that all 50 novices got the best out of the day.

On leaving the Harbour the boats mainly headed for Manton, Yellowstones and the main basin. Almost immediately boats were catching fish in the sunny, warm conditions. The breeze dropped in the afternoon making the fishing a little more difficult. The best methods seemed to be intermediate lines with orange blobs and black and green lures. The 100 anglers caught an impressive 171 fish weighing in at over 398lb. The best catch of the event since it started in 2002.

The best individual novice (sponsored by RSK) was Adam Brookes of IWS Tipplers with 8 fish for 17lb 8oz. The largest fish caught by a novice (sponsored by May Gurney) weighed in at 4lb 8oz and was landed by Bruce Gardener from IWS Hookers.

The top gillie trophy, sponsored by Air Technology Ltd, went to Mick Brooksby (RWFF and AW warden) who helped Adam Brookes and John McGuckin of IWS Tipplers to catch 10 trout weighing in at over 20lb.

Following the presentation dinner Paul Valleley, Director of Water Services for Anglian Water, presented the winners’ trophies. The evening concluded with an auction conducted by Jeff Dale of Oakham Auction Centre and a raffle raised over £2,000 for WaterAid.

The total raised by AWWAFFIC in 2009 was over £15,500 taking the total raised over the 8 years of the event to over £120,500.

Event organisers Chris Evans and Paul Dimbleby thanked all those individuals and organisations that made this year’s event possible, including Anglian Water (AW fishery staff and AW volunteers) Rutland Water Fly Fishers (organised by John Wadham and Malcolm March) and many other others, particularly the event sponsors and companies who entered teams.

 

Anglian Water Floating Line match
This was won by Nick Preston of Market Deeping with 7 fish for 20lb. Ian Colclough from Burton on Trent was second with 8 fish for 17lb 10oz. Pat Massey took third with five fish for 14lb 5oz. Pat also took the best fish of the match – a 6lb Rainbow.

Tuesday Evening Boat League
Results for week

1st Mick Bennett 8 fish for 20lb 5¾oz
2nd Richard Cooper 8 fish for 20lb ¾oz
3rd Paul Wild 8 fish for 18lb 13¼oz

Best Rainbow 6lb 1oz taken by Al Owen of Cranwell

Best boat areas Manton Bay, Yellowstone, Transformer, main basin.

Best bank areas Sailing Club, Normanton, blue pipes, Fantasy island, Stockie Bay.

Best methods Boat anglers – Floating lines with dries, slow sinking lines with diawl bachs.
Bank anglers – Floating lines, diawl bachs, buzzers or dries.

Mid week boat winner J Blaxell of Gorleston

Fish stocked 2,000

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 20 June; 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
24 June Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat
8 July EDFF
18 July Anglian Water over 50’s match

 

Week ending 7th June 2009

Fish week 1,446 (season 20,318) returns 401 (4,380) rod average 3.6(4.63)

In the words of one angler Rutland Water continues to “fish it’s socks off!” On Thursday boat anglers Andrew Bentley and Peter Andrews recorded some superb Rainbows. Andrew managed a 6lb 4½oz Rainbow with Peter recording Rainbows of 5lb ½oz and 4lb 7oz. Both used floating lines with buzzers.

Competition news
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Results for week 2
1st Keith Jones 7 fish for 19lb 10½oz
2nd Mick Bennett 8 fish for 18lb 7oz
3rd Phil Longstaff 8 fish for 16lb 2oz

17 Anglers caught 58 fish. The best fish – a 3lb 15½oz Rainbow, was caught by the evening’s winner, Keith Jones.

League table after 2nd week
1st Paul Wild 12 Points
2nd Keith Jones 10 points
3rd Phil Longstaff 10 points

Rutland Water Flyfishers Cutting Trophy

John Wadham writes
“This evening bank match was held on 5 June, fished in near perfect conditions with a light south easterly wind and good cloud cover. Most anglers headed for the Normanton bank. Fish were caught all along this stretch from the church to the Dam. The much needed rain held off until after the weigh in. The fish caught were in superb condition. Some members reported having reel shredding runs and missing takes and losing fish. Fish were caught on a variety of patterns with the most popular being dries or nymphs fished within a centimetre of the surface.

Congratulations to the winner Paul Wild who weighed in by 8.30 pm! He also won the Wadham Trophy match back in May. Congratulations also go to Jamie Weston for catching the best fish – an over wintered Rainbow of 3lb 13oz. The best average weight was achieved by Mick Stevens whose bag comprised five perfect mint conditioned Rainbows. Competitors averaged 3.54 fish per rod with five fish over 3lb and average weight of 2lb 2oz.

This was a great result and reflects the continuing excellent quality of the fishing and indicates just how well the fish have prospered in this wonderfully rich eco system. Thanks also go to Anglian Water’s warden Nigel Savage.”

Best Rainbow 7lb 9oz taken by Philip Taylor of Elstree

Best Brown 8lb 7oz taken by Al Owen of Cranwell

Best boat areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Transformer to Dickensons Bay, fishing lodge frontage to Sailing Club.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Old Hall, Green bank, Yellowstone, Sailing Club, Cardiac Hill, Dam.

Best methods Floating lines with nymphs, dries working on calm days/evenings. Lures working on windy days.

Mid week boat winner Barry Vaughan of Deeping St James

Fish stocked 2,000

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 20 June; 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
12 June WaterAid Flyfishing Challenge
13 June Anglian Water Floating Line competition
24 June Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat
8 July EDFF
18 July Anglian Water over 50’s match

 

Week ending 31st May 2009
Fish week 2,365 (season 18,872) returns 566 (3,979) rod average 4.17 (4.74)

Anglers are enjoying outstanding sport at Rutland Water with quality fish being taken including the season’s best Rainbow. Leicester angler Paul Barker’s 9lb 3oz superb over wintered Rainbow was the best fish of the week and the best of the season so far. Paul fished the bottom of the South Arm last Thursday and took this specimen on a black buzzer with red cheeks.

The best Brown of the week fell to John Glanfield from Exeter in Devon. John has been visiting Rutland since it opened and has fond memories of the very first morning in 1977. In the past 22 years he has caught fish in almost all areas. This year’s catch return included a lovely 6lb 8oz Brown from the bank at the sailing club using a green buzzer on a floating line to great effect.

Another holiday angler Glyn Jones from llanrwst in North Wales had a tremendous week off the bank. On five days Glyn recorded limits of eight Rainbows and five fish on his other day. Every fish weighed over 2lb with 8 over 3lb, the best at 3lb 12oz.

Fly activity has been varied with buzzer hatches easing on some days then frequent on others. Olives have continued hatching in good numbers. A few Mayfly were witnessed in Barnsdale Creek and the Sailing Club. Fish are also feeding hard on snails and corixa in some areas and bits of daphnia are also showing up. Sedge are starting to hatch off with this season’s pin fry around in most areas. Prospects are very good with an ample supply of variable food and plenty of sport in settled conditions with nymphs and dry fly is almost guaranteed.

Competition news

Last week’s Tuesday Evening Boat League was unfortunately cancelled due to strong winds.

Best Rainbow 9lb 3oz taken by Paul Barker of Leicester

Best Brown 6lb 8oz taken by John Glanfield of Exeter

Best boat areas Bottom of the south arm, Manton

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, The Finches, Green Bank

Best methods Floating lines with nymphs, dries working on calm days/evenings. Lures working on windy days.

Mid week boat winner Michael McCloskey of Coventry

Fish stocked 3,500

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 6,7, & 20 June; 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
12 June WaterAid Flyfishing Challenge
13 June Anglian Water Floating Line competition
24 June Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat
8 July EDFF
18 July Anglian Water over 50’s match

Stuart Harrison of Coventry caught this fine near 6lbs 00ozs rainbow off The old hall point fishing from a boat with his friend Michael.

 

 

Week ending 24th May 2009
Fish week 2,888 (season 16,507) returns 632 (3,413) rod average 4.56 (4.83)

Rutland Water is in excellent form with outstanding fishing and plenty of quality fish. Regular visitor to Rutland Water, Stephen McLean writes “Every year the fishing is superb. A combination of the facilities, the staff, not to mention the fish. On Friday John McLean and I had six fish to the boat caught up the north arm in Dickinson Bay. After lunch we headed up the south arm to try our luck, between the Bunds and Green bank. Floating line, damsel on the point with two red cheeked diawl bachs on the droppers I cast out, straightened my line, immediately it tightened and after 15 heart stopping minutes we had landed a Brown that I’ll literally never forget. The fish was returned, our estimate was at least 8lb.”

The best Rainbow of the week weighed 7lb 8½oz and was taken by season ticket holder Phil Clamp of Macclesfield. Phil lured the fish on a tube fly fished on a wet cell 2 line. Weighing in the best brown of the week was dry fly enthusiast and season ticket holder Peter de Kremer from Oakham. Peter hooked the fish from down the south arm of the reservoir.

Best methods have been nymphs straight lining and the bung with dry fly also working very well. Hatches of fly have been excellent with buzzers but there has been a superb increase in the number of olives hatching this season which has seen the bigger fish on the move.

Pitsford senior warden Nathan Clayton brought his son Joshua, 8 years old, and 6 year old daughter Jasmine to Rutland and both caught fish with Jasmine’s Rainbow at 2lb 12oz her first ever trout! Jasmine’s fish wasn’t as big as Joshua’s but he managed to hook two fish together and landed them both.

Prospects look very good with big fish showing in many areas feeding on buzzers, olives and snails.

Competition news
Tuesday evening boat league
The first match of the season went ahead last week. 16 Anglers fished taking 57 fish. The ‘hot’ boat was occupied by Paul Wild and Chris Evans. The pair certainly got into the fish, both taking an 8 fish limit, with Paul, of Ketton, near Stamford, just edging Chris, of Stamford, into second place.

1st Paul Wild 8 fish for 18lb 8½oz
2nd Chris Evans 8 fish for 17lb 15oz
3rd Phil Longstaff 6 fish for 14lb 1oz

Vision Pairs
Monday 24 May
28 pairs fished this match with a terrific rod average of 6.27

Winning pair was Ron Gent and Clive Morgan. Ron took the best bag at 31lb ½oz. Robert Edmunds, a late entry, took the best fish a Brown trout at 6lb 1¼oz

Best Rainbow 7lb 8½oz taken by Phil Clamp of Mansfield

Best boat areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, bottom of both arms, Sailing Club

Best bank areas Normanton, the Finches, Old Hall, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, Yellowstone

Best methods Floating line with nymphs and dries

Mid week boat winner Roland McKendrick of Queniborough, Leicester

Fish stocked 2,500

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 6,7, & 20 June; 4,12,19 & 26 July & throughout the season
12 June WaterAid Flyfishing Challenge
13 June Anglian Water Floating Line competition
24 June Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat

 

 

Photo of Rutland fishing guide Al Owen and of the brown trout he caught whilst fishing with myself on the 19th May.

It was caught in the North Arm on a black buzzer, Al estimated the fish to be just over 6lb (it looked bigger to me, think he was being modest!). After the photo the fish was safely returned to the water.

This just topped off a great days fishing that Rutland is currently experiencing.

Tight Lines

Dave Summers

Fish week 1,244 (season 13,619) returns 279 (2,781) rod average 4.45(4.89)

Plenty of fish have been recorded for the week in spite of the strong easterly winds. Barry Vaughan of West Deeping took two of the best fish for the week and enjoyed a great day’s fishing last Sunday with Leon Smith. Barry took quality fish from the South Arm and recorded a cracking 6lb 5oz Rainbow casting and hooking the fish on a green buzzer.

Phil Brown of Empingham and Peter de Kremer of Oakham recorded Browns over 5lb last week. Phil’s fell to a black buzzer whilst Peter caught his on a dry fly.

Edinburgh angler Brian Yule had an excellent day down the South Arm with six Rainbows including a superb brace for 6lb 1oz and 4lb 13oz.

Boat anglers are catching well off Dickensons Bay, Barnsdale road end, Sykes Lane and Normanton with a few fish being taken off the bottom of the South Arm on Saturday and Sunday. The best areas for bank anglers are Normanton, Sykes Lane, Green bank, Old Hall and the Sailing Club.

Stiller wind conditions and settled weather will see fish on top with evening the best bet. Fly life remains very good with buzzers of various sizes, large and small with some terrific hatches some evenings.

Competition news
John Wadham Evening Bank match
A record seventeen members turned out for this evening bank match fished from 6pm to 9.30pm. During the day the wind switched from North Easterly to southerly meaning that most anglers were fishing water recently rested. Conditions were ideal with overcast skies and a gentle southerly. Fish were caught very widely from Whitwell Creek right round via Normanton to New Zealand Point and were caught on a variety of patterns from orange blobs to tiny spiders.

Many other fish were hooked and lost and members had plenty of pulls. Congratulations to Paul Wild who won with 8 fish for 16lb 2oz. Steve Crowder took the best Rainbow, an overwintered fish of 3lb 13oz. Richard Cooper took the quickest limit, fishing from Whitwell Creek on an orange blob on an intermediate line, weighing in by 7.50pm. This was one of the most successful matches in the history of the event at over four fish per rod, reflecting the continuing high quality of the fishing at Rutland Water in 2009.

1st Paul Wild 8 fish for 16lb 2oz
2nd Mick Stevens 8 fish for 15lb 15oz
3rd Richard Cooper 8 fish for 15lb 11oz

Veterinary Angling Association
for the John Lawrie Memorial Trophy
1st Geoff Little 6 fish for 12lb 14½oz
2nd Chris Lawrie 5 fish for 10lb 0½oz
3rd Martin Taylor 5 fish for 9lb 15½oz

Tuesday evening boat league
Unfortunately strong winds caused the cancellation of last week’s opening match. Hopefully this week the weather will be kinder.

Best Rainbow 6lb 5oz taken by Barry Vaughan of West Deeping

Best Brown 5lb taken by Phil Brown of Empingham

Best boat areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, Manton Bay, Whitwell front

Best bank areas Normanton, Sailing Club, Old Hall, Green bank, Stockie Bay

Best methods Floating line with nymphs, dries on settled days. Boats as above but include various sinking lines with lures/boobies.

Mid week boat winner Ian Wilson of Harston, Cambridge

Fish stocked 4,500

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League
Beginners courses 23 May; 6,7, & 20 June & throughout the season
12 June WaterAid Flyfishing Challenge
13 June Anglian Water Floating Line competition
24 June Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat

 

 

Week ending 10th May 2009

Fish week 2,874 (season 12,375) returns 557 (2,502) rod average 5.15 (4.94)

Strong south westerly winds dominated last week’s fishing making things a lot more challenging. Bank fishing was limited to the Sailing Club, Whitwell Creek, and parts of the north arm. Boat anglers fared best in the most uncomfortable area of the reservoir, the main basin. Lure fishing came into its own with the poor conditions, however, on the Sunday winds had dropped to very light Easterly for most of the day with boat anglers fishing the Odds & Sods England Eliminator catching quick 8 fish limits, some in less than 2½ hours, using midge tip and the bung method.

Best fish of the week fell to Carl Nixon who was practising on Tuesday for the Bob Church Classic the following day. Carl hooked into a superb grown on Rainbow weighing in at 6lb 15¾oz whilst boat fishing in Fantasy Island. Carl hooked the fish on a boobie on a sinking line. Best brown of the week at 6lb 8oz fell to Mr N Hails from Newcastle.

Settled weather and a change in wind direction would help anglers to fish in a comfortable fashion. Plenty of insect activity with large and small buzzers in abundance and good olive hatches should encourage fish nearer the surface again.

Competition news
Bob Church Classic 6 May

118 Anglers fished this popular match with a four fish limit followed by catch and release. A stiff westerly breeze blowing down the South Arm into the main basin meant most of the boats made for the dam. Winner Sean Jones fished Old Hall Bay throughout the match using a Di7 sweep line with two blobs and at one point in the competition was 19-1 up on his boat partner Alan Hayward. Sean’s total weight with catch and release was 39lb 12½oz. The biggest fish was taken by Robbie Winram, Anglian Water retail assistant, who won the prize for best fish at 5lb 12oz. Six of the top ten places were filled by members of Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team. Iain, fishing as a guest of match host Bob Church, elected to fish in particularly choppy water down by the dam.

Winner Sean Jones receiving the trophy from Bob Church.  Sean’s total weight with catch & release was 39lb 12½oz.

Robbie Winram, Anglian Water retail assistant, with the best fish of the match at 5lb 12oz. 

England Eliminator ‘Odds & Sods’
The first round of the England Eliminator ‘Odds & Sods’ was held at Rutland Water on Sunday 10 May 2009, with the second leg to be held at Grafham Water on Sunday 21 June. 56 anglers motored out onto the flat calm water. Practice went out of the window as the wind dropped to nothing from the previous days’ conditions. Numerous limits were taken with Ed Foster winning with 8 fish for 24lb 6oz.

It is with great sadness that we report the sudden death at the end of the match of Dave Hodgson of Ashington, Northumberland. Dave was a highly respected and popular angler who will be greatly missed. The thoughts of the fishery team at Anglian Water go to his wife and family at this sad time.

Best Rainbow 6lb 15¾oz taken by Carl Nixon

Best Brown 6lb 8oz taken by N Hails of Newcastle

Best boat areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Old Hall, fishing lodge frontage

Best bank areas The Finches, Normanton, Whitwell Creek, Sykes Lane

Best methods Bank – Floating line and nymphs, small lures (various).
Boat – as for bank including various sinking lines, gold/silver tubes.

Mid week boat winner Martin Watson of Consett

Fish stocked 3,500

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League commences 12 May
Beginners courses 13 & 23 May; 6,17, & 20 June & throughout the season

 

ish week 3,168 (season 9,501) returns 617 (1,945) rod average 5.13(4.88)

Another great week on the water with large numbers of fish caught. Rutland is fishing really well with anglers reporting “fantastic fish in excellent condition”. Over wintered fish are showing up with the two best reported from regular boat partners Peter McKee and Tony Gallagher from Oldham. Tony had the best Brown of the week at 5lb 7oz with Peter weighing in the best Rainbow at 5lb 3oz.

Most methods are working with fish taking stock of fantastic fly hatches accompanied by corixa/snails and roach fry.

The British Float Tube Association fished the top of the North Arm last Saturday and had a great day. Sixteen anglers paddled out from the transformer area and caught fish along the Finches right over to Dickensons Bay. Five limits were taken with the top rod weighing in 8 fish at 18lb 8oz. Organiser Ian Gedney thanked the staff at the fishing lodge for a great day.

Prospects look very good with plenty of areas producing fantastic sport to a variety of methods. Some big fish were on top last Saturday in bright, flat, clam conditions but proved elusive with most keeping out of range of the anglers’ efforts to reach them.

Best Rainbow 5lb 3oz taken by Peter McKee of Oldham

Best Brown 5lb 7oz taken by Tony Gallagher of Oldham

Best boat areas Old Hall, Sailing Club, Sykes Lane, Normanton, Finches, Transformer, Dickensons Bay, Yellowstones

Best bank areas Sailing Club, Old Hall, Green Bank, The Finches, Normanton, Sykes Lane

Best methods Floating line with nymphs, mini lures, dry flies also working well on calm days

Mid week boat winner T Edwards of St Asapa, Denbighshire

Fish stocked 4,000

Forthcoming events Tuesday Night Boat League commences 12 May
Beginners courses 9,13 & 23 May; 6,17, & 20 June & throughout the season

Week ending 26th April 2009

Fish week 1,962 (season 6,333) returns 437 (1,328) rod average 4.48(4.76)

Rutland Water is in outstanding form this season. Quality fish are being taken with lots of limits with all methods working well even dry fly in the evenings for bank anglers.

Anglers have lots of choice with plenty of areas to try. The best bank areas are Normanton/Sykes Lane, the sailing club and the bottom of both arms are all producing fish.

Fly life has been incredible with masses of buzzers coming off. There are also plenty of daphnia available along with numbers of roach fry showing inside fish. Overwintered fish have featured well with good numbers of Rainbows between 3 and 5lb in fantastic condition. Some good browns are also showing. Julie Emerson lost an estimated double figure fish close to the boat.

Competition news
Spring Rudder match

26 Anglers took part in a match that produced a rod average of 7 per angler with 181 fish caught. The winners were old hands Graham Pearson and Mike Barrett who weighed in a fantastic bag of 16 fish for 49lb 4oz taken from the South Arm.

Winners of the Anglian Water Spring Rudder match Mike Barrett (centre) and Graham Pearson (right) receive their trophy and prize from Rutland Water’s senior warden John Seaton.  Graham is from Houghton on the Hill, Leicester and Mike is from Highgate, Sheffield.

 

2nd Clive Morgan & Gary Edmunds 16 fish for 43lb 6oz
3rd Kelvin Smith & Ivor Heard 16 fish for 38lb 3oz

The best Brown in the match weighed 4lb 2oz and was taken by Gary West. The best Rainbow was 4lb 14oz and was taken by Graham Pearson.

Prospects are very good with many areas producing fish along with plentiful supplies of food. Rutland is in cracking form.

Anglers are reminded that if they bring their dogs with them they must be on a lead at all times.

Best Rainbow 5lb

Best boat areas Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, Manton Bay, Transformer, Barnsdale

Best bank areas Normanton, Sailing Club, Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Barnsdale road end

Best methods Floating lines with buzzers/ dry fly (bank). Boat anglers similar to bank anglers but include mini lures, gold/silver sparklers.

Mid week boat winner David Haines of Bulwick, Northants

Fish stocked 4,000

Forthcoming events 6 May Bob Church Classic
10 May England Qualifier ‘Odds & Sods
12 May Tuesday Evening Boat Leagues commence
Beginners course s - 2,8,16 & 30 May; 7,10,13, 21 & 27 June and throughout the season.

 

 

Week ending 19th April 2009

Fish week 1672 (season 4371) returns 390 (891) rod average 4.28(4.9)

“Tremendous fishing!” Anglers are heaping praise on the excellent season they are enjoying at Rutland Water. There are lots of fish around the reservoir.

Willie Wilson, Fishery Manager from Leven in Scotland, caught a superb 11lb ½oz Brown on a floating line and a black buzzer. Willie took this fish from the mouth of Hideaway Bay in the South Arm on Sunday 19 April. Tom Kwok form Bourne took a 4lb 13oz Rainbow. Tom, a season ticket holder, caught his fish whilst boat fishing.

All methods, including dry fly are working with plenty of food about the condition of the fish has been outstanding. Over wintered fish are starting to show with numbers of Browns around 2½lb to 3lb being taken. The best Rainbow for the week fell to Mr A Newton of Scopwick, Lincoln, the fish weighed an impressive 5lb 10oz. 5,000 Rainbows were stocked last week with another 4,000 plus 1,500 Browns to go in this week, bringing the season’s total to over 36,000 fish.

Prospects remain very good with plentiful supplies of food available which will see fish pack on weight and there will be plenty of limits.

Tuesday Night Boat League
Starts May 12th for 14 weeks. Available to season and day permit anglers. This league is for beginners and experienced anglers alike with supper available afterwards if required.

Competition News
Lots to report on the competition scene with Rutland Water hosting the Northern heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International.
Twelve teams fished the Northern Heat of this popular competition. The top six teams, headed by Team Vision,

will go through to the Northern final.

The best fish of the match weighed 3lb 14½oz and was caught by John Buchanan fishing for Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team.

Garry Owen fishing for Seighford Sharks, caught the best bag at 23lb 14oz. The top six teams were

1st Team Vision 44 fish for 97lb 14oz
2nd Greys G-Tec Stocks Team 39 fish for 96lb 15½oz
3rd Seighford Sharks 40 fish for 92lb 14 7/8oz
4th Leven Fly Casters 39 fish for 91lb 4 7/8oz
5th Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team 33 fish for 78lb 6¾oz
6th Peregrine Fly Fishers 34 fish for 76lb 11¾oz

 

Rutland Troutmasters fish off

This was fished last Sunday.
Senior
1st Ken Moore of Chorley, Lancs, 4 fish for 8lb 8¾oz
2nd Matt Gregory

Junior
Won by George Gooden of Oakham with three fish for 5lb 12¾

Best Rainbow 5lb 10oz taken by A Newton of Scopwick, Lincoln

Best Brown 11lb ½oz taken by Willie Wilson of Leven, Scotland

Best boat areas North Arm, Carrot Creek to Transformer, Barnsdale. Sykes Lane, Normanton,Old Hall, Yellowstone/Inmans Spinney.

Best bank areas Whitwell, Green Bank, old Hall, Yellowstone, Sykes Lane, Normanton

Best methods Bank – Floating line with black/green buzzers, bloodworm, hares ear, black/green lures. Boat as for bank include sinking lines with boobies, minkies also worth a try

Mid week boat winner D Humphries of Bilston

Fish stocked 5000

Forthcoming events 25 April Anglian Water Spring Rudder Match
26 April Lexus European Individual Qualifier (all boats booked)
27 April Lexus European Team Qualifier
6 May Bob Church Classic
12 May Tuesday Evening Boat Leagues commence
Beginners course s - 2,8,16 & 30 May and throughout the season.

 

 

Week ending 12th April 2009

Fish week 1571 (season 2,699) returns 332 (501) rod average 4.73(5.38)

Rutland Water is fishing extremely well with both boat and bank anglers catching well with good numbers of limits being taken. Fish are feeding very hard on masses of buzzers and daphnia while last year’s roach fry are showing up in numbers of fish.

Overwintered fish are now showing in some areas. Frank Sumnall and Dave Critchlow had some fantastic looking fish around the 3lb mark last Friday. Best fish of the week was an overwintered Rainbow weighing 5lb 2oz taken by Paul Wills whilst fishing off East Creek. Paul from Sleaford used a Di3 and black and green lures casting into a strong south west wind last Wednesday.

Fish are being caught in most areas with the main basing, Sailing Club, Old Hall, Dickensons Bay and Yellowstones featuring well. Prospects are very good with plenty of food for fish to feed on with one or two already starting to show on the surface on calm days. Fish are feeding very hard on masses of buzzers and daphnia.

Best Rainbow 5lb 2oz taken by Paul Wills of Sleaford

Best boat areas Normanton – Sykes Lane, Old Hall, Sailing Club, Gibbets, Barnsdale, Dickensons

Best bank areas Church Bay, Normanton, Whitwell, Sykes Lane, Old Hall, Dickensons Bay

Best methods Bank – floating and intermediate lines with various lures and buzzers, bloodworm, minkies, boobies.
Boat as for bank with various sinking lines.

Mid week boat winner Paul Bryan of Leicester

Fish stocked 2,000

Forthcoming events 18 April Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat (all boats booked) 01572 653021
25 April Anglian Water Spring Rudder Match
26 April Lexus European Individual Qualifier
27 April Lexus European Team Qualifier
6 May Bob Church Classic
12 May Tuesday Evening Boat Leagues commence
Beginners course s - 19 April; 2,8,16 & 30 May and throughout the season.

 

 

Fine, settled weather heralded a superb start to the new season at Rutland Water with a rod average of 6.67.

The Independence Day Trophy, awarded to the biggest fish on opening day, was won by Martin Clay of Leicester. Martin took an overwintered Rainbow of 4lb 10½oz. This fish was part of the bag limit he took off the Green bank. Anglers have commented on the quality and power of this year’s stock fish with an average weight of just under 2lb.

On opening day George Iafrate of Canterbury took a Rainbow of 5lb 2oz, the best fish of the week. George forgot to register for the Independence Day Trophy – which was a shame because this fish would have won! His bag limit weighed over 21lb.

On Sunday Rutland Water hosted the Alan West Memorial Trophy match. This popular competition, now in its eighth year, was won by Graham Pearson with an 8 fish limit of 21lb 2oz. Graham was just one ounce ahead of second placed Jason Foster, with Rob Edmunds in third place at 18lb 8oz.

Fish are feeding hard on small buzzers, corixa and daphnia with one or two on last year’s Roach fry. Most methods have been working with lures of every description. Good numbers of fish are being caught on nymphs (with huge hatches of buzzers occurring most days, especially when it’s sunny). There’s plenty of food available including buzzers, daphnia, corixa and the odd fry.

Over wintered fish are initially showing in small numbers but they are in excellent condition. Season ticket holder Frank Sumnall from Stoke on Trent had a couple of over wintered fish around the 2¾lb – 3lb mark from the North Arm last Saturday.

Best Rainbow 5lb 2oz taken by George Iafrate of Canterbury

Best Brown 5lb 6oz taken by Mr Tinald

Best boat areas Sykes Lane, Normanton, Whitwell, Dickensons Bay, new Zealand Point

Best bank areas Sykes Lane, Normanton, Whitwell, fishing lodge frontage, Old Hall

Mid week boat winner Mr G Worth of Desborough, Kettering

Fish stocked 18,879

Forthcoming events 18 April Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 01572 653021
25 April Anglian Water Spring Rudder Match
26 April Lexus European Individual Qualifier 01761 490367
27 April Lexus European Team Qualifier 01761 490367
6 May Bob Church Classic
12 May Tuesday Evening Boat Leagues commence

 

What an opening day at Rutland Water, light breeze, warm conditions an ideal start to any season. Right from the off anglers catching fish from the bank on buzzers, Diawl bach, Black and green, Montana nymph, black tadpole, damsels viva's and pheasant tail nymph.

Boat anglers enjoyed the sport just as much catching on Buzzers fished free hand or under a bung, Blobs any colour, Diawl bach any colour you name it the fish took the fly. Rudder anglers also had some sport later in the day when the wind got up taking fish on Orange blods, gold and silver tubes, minkies, and orange tadpoles.

Best area's Sailing club, in front of the lodge, East creek, church bay, Normanton bank, Sykes lane, Stocky bay, Whitwell creek, Whitwell frontage, Hambelton south or north arm and the main basin nothing past the old hall.

A lot of fish have been caught and taken form Rutland today, but I had one report that an angler fishing in stocky bay caught and then tossed his catch over his head on to the bank with no use of a landing net, this type of behaviour is out of order and the angler involved should be band form every water in the land. Another thing that I noticed whilst fishing why do some bank anglers have to wade right up to there necks in the water to fish when the fish are feeding in only two to three feet of water. Chris and myself had a super day catching on all methods with both taking our limits of super quality fish. Hope to see you all on Friday 3rd April in the Alan west memorial at Rutland Water

Ziggy.

 Anglian Water’s Nigel Savage and Jamie Weston of River Gwash Trout Farm, stocking Rutland Water with 400 prime-conditioned rainbow trout. Around 20,000 fish have been stocked at Rutland Water with the new season beginning this Wednesday 1 April.
                                    

16th February 2009

Season tickets will be available to purchase from the lodges from 21 February onwards
Trout Fishing with Anglian Water
Having had a great season in 2008 we are all looking forward to a new season’s trout fishing at our reservoirs.

Trout Stocking – contracts for next three years
Orders have been placed with nine fish farms to maintain catch rates and quality at all of our fisheries and we are confident of a very good start to the new season with plenty of over-wintered fish. In 2008 most trout caught were over two pounds at all of our four fisheries and we plan to maintain this performance, plus of course the big fish which make Ravensthorpe so popular.

£100,000 investment in new Pontoons
Anglers visiting Ravensthorpe last summer will have seen the new pontoon, manufactured by Walcon Marine Ltd. Rutland Water took delivery of a new pontoon in December. This popular design of pontoon using a galvanised steel frame with a hardwood deck and supported on fibre concrete floats has been especially designed to accommodate our fishing boat fleet and should make coming on and off the boat with all your fishing tackle a lot easier.

Boat Replacement Programme nears completion
The replacement of our fishing boats, making them all CE compliant, continues. Grafham now has a new rescue boat.

Season Permit prices held for 2009 and available to purchase from the lodges from Saturday 21 February
We are retaining our popular range of permits at the same prices as 2008

Gold £709 - for 300 days of fishing freedom. For those who want to fish two, three or more times each week and expect to catch a lot of fish. It allows catch & release plus the fishery day limit. Valid to 31 December.
Silver £549 - great value for the frequent angler who fishes more than once a week and expect to catch up to 300 fish in a season. Valid to 31 December.
Blue £419 - catch & release with a bit extra. For anglers who prefer catch and release most of the time plus 8 nominated days with an 8 fish bag limit. Valid to 31 December.
Green £459 - value for money for those who fish one or two days and evenings each week, and whose annual catch totals less than 160 fish. You can select any eight months from March to December or pay an additional £35 for 10 months fishing.
Economy £349 - for those with less time to fish or new to the sport and not catching many fish. This permit gives you one day catch & release at Ravensthorpe only but unlimited visits elsewhere providing you catch less than 75 trout over the season. You can select any eight months from March to December.
Starter £199 - for anglers who have completed one of our day beginners courses. Limited to two seasons, you can choose to fish any 8 months.

 

Rutland Water’s Fur and Feather match, fished on Sunday 7 December, was a great success. The winner was Gary Cooper of Empingham who went one better than his second place last year. Gary’s four fish weighed in at 10lb 4oz with Gordon Alleyne taking second place and Matt Gregory third. The best fish of the match was a 4lb 4oz Rainbow taken by Pete Andrews. Santa took time out of his busy schedule to pay a visit. Well stocked seasonal hampers were presented to the highest placed anglers and the day was rounded off with an excellent Christmas meal served at the Water’s Edge restaurant at Rutland Water fishing lodge.

1st Gary Cooper 4 fish for 10lb 4oz
2nd Gordon Alleyne 2 fish for 5lb 6oz
3rd Matt Gregory 2 fish for 4lb 6oz
4th Pete Andrews 1 fish for 4lb 4oz
5th Alan Taylor 2 fish for 4lb 1oz
6th Mark Haycock 1 fish for 3lb 6oz

From left to right Nigel Savage (AW warden), Jon Marshall (Fisheries Manager), Matt Gregory (3rd), Gordon Alleyne (2nd), Gary Cooper (winner), John Seaton (Senior Warden).

Pete Andrews took the biggest fish of the day - a 4lb 4oz Rainbow. Jon Marshall (Fisheries Manager) pictured left presenting Peter with his prize.

Nick Preston of Market Deeping caught this 2lb 12oz Rainbow at Normanton Bay on a black and green lure during the Fur & Feather

85 year old Stan Shallett who recently enjoyed a full day's fishing at Rutland Water in the middle of December.  Stan is from Tamworth and fished Fantasy on the Normanton shore at Rutland Water.  
Many thanks go to www.fishypics.co.uk for the photo's

bank fishing at Rutland Water, Grafham Water, Pitsford Water and Ravensthorpe continues until 31 December 2008

Bank fishing is promising with fishing continuing until the season ends on 31 December. Tickets to fish can be purchased from the vendor huts situated in the car parks.

 

Best Rainbow 5lb 1¾oz taken by George Gooden aged 13

 

1st Tom Connell & Jim Sharky 9lb 10oz
2nd Stu Thompson & James Britton 7lb 14oz
3rd Mike Burnside & Phil Clamp 6lb 9oz

Tom Connell (left) and Jim Sharkey (right) winners of the George Moore Trophy, presented by Rutland Warden Senior Warden  John Seaton (centre).

 

 

 

Rutland Water is providing good consistent sport with bigger fish starting to show.

time season ticket holder Jim Watts. Jim, from Ryhall, caught a 7lb 7oz Rainbow - his personal best. The fin perfect fish fell to a gold/silver tube fly fished on a Di 3 line whilst boat fishing off Old Hall Point.

The best fish of the week fell to long

 

 

Anglian Water Fulling Mill International

Two team members from the Welsh Hawks. Russell Owen and  
Aled Dixon fishing in front of the Dam Wall, practicing for the big one - the Anglian Water Fulling Mill International.  Day one is tomorrow and by Wednesday evening we will know who the new champions are.

October is very busy with boat bookings so please phone before making your journey

Picture from the recent Anglian Wateraid day, Thanks to Cliff Waters for the photo

http://www.fishypics.co.uk/index.html

your's trully with a fine 3lbs 8ozs Rutland rainbow taken on a recent trip, thanks to Stuart Harrison for the photo.

 

Tuesday Night Boat League
Results for week 14
Tom’s Champion!
Empingham’s Tom Cooper was crowned the Tuesday Night Boat League champion last week with a total of 55 points. Going into the last match Tom and his brother Richard were neck and neck with 52 points apiece. On the final night first place went to Si Gaines, Mick Brooksby took second and Chris Evans third, with Tom Cooper in fourth gaining another 3 points. Richard was unable to add to his tally so victory and £50 in tackle vouchers went to brother Tom. Tom and Richard’s father, Gary Cooper, won £10 in tackle vouchers for the best fish over the 14 weeks, a Rainbow of 4lb 3¼oz. John Seaton, senior warden at Rutland Water said “This year the Boat League has been exceptional with 191 rods taking an impressive 549 fish. We would like to thank all those who took part in this popular event and for the support they have given the boat league over the years.”

The final top six places were
1st Tom Cooper 55 points
2nd Richard Cooper 52 points
3rd Chris Evans 47 points
4th Keith Jones 40 points
5th Gary Cooper 31 points
6th Si Gaines 27 points

Tom Cooper and Richard Cooper

 

 

 

 

Eight year old Owen Whittle, fishing for the first time, caught a 2lb 5oz Rainbow last Sunday morning. Owen, from Fakenham in Norfolk, bank fished off the Harbour wall at the fishing lodge with his Grandfather Mick Whittle and Owen’s friend 13 year old Kieran Bonas who caught two rainbows for 5lb.

 

Anglian Water Fulling Mill International North of England Final at Rutland Water, Boat 13: Number 13 was not unlucky for Guideline Rutland Raiders Team captain Craig Barr (right) as he led his team from the front being the first competitor to finish catching his eight fish limit by 13.10 and the team on winning the AWFM Northern Final. His boat partner for the day was Phil Stratton Fishery Manager at Derbyshire's Carsington Water, representing Stocks Falcons.
Thanks to www.fishypics.co.uk for the photo.

 

 

 

best rainbow 7lb 11oz taken by Finlay Binnie of Newtonmore, Inverness, Scotland

 

 

11th May 2008

Good Afternoon Ziggy,

                                      May I thank you on behalf of
myself and my good friend Michael McCloskey for our day out on the
water yesterday. We were both thrilled to catch excellent quality trout
on small flies and floating lines, a method of which we have always
enjoyed. We had a total of eleven fish between the three of us for
around 32 pound in weight and lost another three so good sport on a
bright day.

                                      Best Regards,

Stuart Harrison.

11 fish for 32lbs all caught on buzzers and Diawl bach.

Week ending 4th May 2008

Fish week 1996 (season 7459) returns 485 (1900) rod average 4.11(3.92)

“Outstanding fishing”, “Fantastic sport” – expressions used by anglers fishing Rutland Water to describe the quality of the fishing this season. The reservoir has been in tremendous form with quality stock fish and many overwintered fish amongst numerous daily limits. This season is one of the best ever.

The best fish of the week was a 6lb 5¾oz Rainbow taken by season ticket holder Jim Watts of Ryhall. Jim, a Rutland Water regular for a number of years, caught the fish whilst boat fishing off Barn Hill Creek. The fish was netted by his regular boat partner Ken Merriden of Uppingham. The pair had a good day with four other over wintered fish in their bag.

Joshua Clayton of Stamford may only be seven years old but he is proving to be a ‘chip off the old block’. Joshua is the son of Pitsford Senior Warden Nathan Clayton.

 

 

Alan West Memorial Trophy

This years AWMT was fished by 54 anglers all trying to be 2008 champion.
For those who can not remember Alan, he was the fitter who died at the HSM
as a result of being trapped between the lineshafts under the transfer
bank.

On a bright morning the boats went out at 9.30am to fish the eight hour
match at the countries premier fishery, Rutland Water. The fishing turned
out to be a little more difficult than the previous day but at the end 134
trout were caught.

The biggest fish of 3lb 12oz was caught by John Hamilton from Fife in
Scotland . John received a trophy, £50 tackle voucher and a new rod.

The winner of the AWMT with a total of 8 fish for 21lb 10oz  was ACA team
member and former troutmasters champion Rob Edmunds from South Luffenham.
Rob won the shield, £50 tackle voucher and new rod worth £300 donated by
Nick Bates at the Bloom & Billet Mill at Scunthorpe.

Second place was Billy Irons from the BBM

Third place was England ladies international fly fisher Martha Thompson

Yet again a great day was had by all

I would like to thank all the anglers who took part along with the staff at
Rutland water for making the day run smoothly, but most of all, all
the  individuals and companies who donated prizes which totalled around
£1000.

See you all next year

Andy Clark

 

Hail,snow and rain did not stop these hardy anglers from there sport, Stocky bay Rutland Water Saturday at 16.30,5th April 2008. We must be mad!!.

 

Rutland gillies fishing report 1st April 2008

The morning started with my mate Chris who was late but that's Chris all over.

We always feel that April 1st is the start of the trout fishing season, and I know that this year it fell on tuesday, but to my surprise only 5 boats where booked out, as this picturs shows.

The dock at Rutland water at 9am.

We braved the weather and took a boat out on our opening day as we have done for the past 20 years.

The wind was blowing from the north west at a steady 14 with gusts of upto 50 from time to time.

We opted to fish the rudder as the wind was blowing that hard, and started our first drift straight out from the lodge and right down to the dam, Chris put on his intermediate line and I put on my fast sink line, boy were we moving and by the time we had reached the blue pipes I had caught three fish, two rainbows and one brown, Chris then put on his DI 7 line, and at the end of our first drift we tried to go back to the start of our drift but the wind was so strong we could not get back to where we started, our only option was to get over to Sykes Lane side and find some calmer water.

New Zealand point from a boat.

As we started our first drift we noticed that the fishery staff were stocking fish into the reservoir, we had a few drifts, on this side but to no success, With no other boats in sight we made the decision to try Manton bay, bad mistake it took us one and a half hours to get there, the wind was blowing much harder than when we first started out. Reaching Manton the other boats seemed to be catching fish, with one boat taking quite a few fish upto four and a half pounds.

We fished the Manton area for some time, the water was very brown as you can imagine, but the fish pulled, we ended up with 10 in the bag., six for myself and four for Chris.

Not a bad sample, with rainbows upto and over 3lbs and also one 3lb brownie.

As I get older I sometimes wonder if it's all worth it, the cold water hitting you in the face, the wind blowing that hard that it takes you all the time to get back to where you started, but I suppose it can only get better as we have the rest of the season to look forward to.

 

 

 

Mick Brooksby with a 3lb 13¼oz Rainbow.  Mick is a seasonal warden at Rutland

Rob Holloway on the left and his son Michael


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