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Rutland Water

Weekending 26th November 


Fish (season 43,609) Returns  (9,008) Rod average  (4.93)

The harbour wall and harbour itself have seen some tremendous sport this week with anglers recording double figures of fish in a session. Fry patterns have been the mainstay of flies used on a variety of lines from floaters to di5. A couple of anglers also had sport using nymphs in the form of small diawl bachs on floating lines.

 

Quality rainbows up to 3½lb have been taken along with specimen browns. Just a quick reminder that although you can’t help what takes your fly, Brown trout are out of season and must be carefully returned straight away.

 

Bank areas have been Barnhill Creek, Old Hall and Armley Wood to Carrot Creek. There are large numbers of corixa present in the dying weed beds so don’t ignore the good old gold ribbed hares ear or maybe even a silver Invicta. Some anglers taking the stealthy approach in the margins have recorded fish very close to the bank to dries and suspender hares ear. Standing back from the water’s edge and creating minimal disturbance is the key to this style of fishing. Whitwell Creek has also produced a few fish with reports of good numbers of fish seen. The change of wind direction this week will bring Whitwell in to play and also other popular areas such as Stockie Bay and Yellowstone will be well worth a look.

 

On the boats rudder anglers have had good sport doing long drifts in the main basin using tube flies and snakes, a wet cell 2 or di3 have been the go to lines. Loch style anglers have had good sport along the Normanton bank and also across at Sykes Lane – a fast glass and fry patterns such as minkies, snakes and humungus being a good starting point.

 

Don’t forget to book a place to fish in Rutland Water’s popular Fur and Feather on 3 December. Please call the lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank)
3 December

 

 

 

Rutland Water

Weekending 10th November 

Fish 212 (season 43,278) Returns 92 (8,842) Rod average 2.3 (4.93)

Anglers fishing at Rutland last week enjoyed great sport, especially on Friday and Saturday. Mike Gormley was visiting the area and caught and returned 14 Rainbows off the boats on Saturday. Mike used a combination of various snakes throughout the day; he also had lots of interest with fry patterns on the top. Ken and Linda Shaw enjoyed a couple of days’ boat fishing on the rudder and they managed a very creditable 20 fish, all Rainbows, with fish up to 2½lb. The couple are from Kirby Moorside and enjoy their visits to Rutland Water.

 

Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik is averaging 6 fish to his boat per visit at the moment. Malcolm is fishing tube flies in the main basin.

 

More and more Rainbows are showing around the shoreline at Rutland including plenty of 3lb plus fish. Toff Crowther, Graham Hayward, Nigel Savage and Martin Hearth all recorded fish over 3½lb. The best fish of the week, a rainbow of 4lb 8oz, was caught by season ticket holder Stuart Ross. Fish are not only feeding on fry/sticklebacks, but also corixa and ‘demon’ shrimp.

 

Water levels are dropping very quickly at the minute, exposing some of the remaining weedbeds that are scattered around the shoreline. With the Rainbows finally beginning to move in there should be some excellent bank fishing going into the winter.

 

We have commenced our winter programme of boat maintenance. There will be 20 boats left on the water from December onwards. Last year we enjoyed some cracking boat fishing with anglers even taking fish on ‘Shipmans’ off the top in December. During November the fishing lodge is open 8am to 2pm. If you are calling to book a boat please call from 9am onwards.

 

Brown trout continue to come out in good numbers and of specimen size. Please play these fish firmly and don’t play them to a standstill, returning them safely to the water as soon as possible. Winter restrictions apply (so no fishing down the north or south arms).

 

Great winter deals - day boat prices reduced to only £19. Half day 4 fish permits now valid all day.

 

With the huge number of fry in the reservoir this year it seems that it’s difficult to find groups of zander and perch. In some cases Fish Finders are showing fish well off the bottom with the really technical outfits seeing fish come to their lures then swimming away.

 

Best Rainbow                           4lb 8oz taken by Stuart Ross.

 

Best boat areas                        New Zealand Point to fishing lodge. Armley Wood to Carrot Creek, Barnhill Creek, main basin.

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Best bank areas                       Peninsula, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek. East Creek to fishing lodge, Church Bay, Normanton.

 

Best methods                           Bank – fry patterns, floating fry, minkies, humungus etc., cruncher, hares ear.

Boat – as for bank with various lures/snakes, gold/silver tubes, mini lures on various sinking lines.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

 

Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank)
3 December

Rutland Water

Weekending 5th November 

Fish 357 (season 43,066) Returns 104 (8,750) Rod average 3.43 (4.93)

One of the highlights of 2017 at Rutland has been the large number of high quality Brown trout. Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a number of Browns estimated between 8-10lb. The Brown trout season ended last Wednesday with a fine specimen of 6lb 9½oz caught off the bank by Mr Marsden. Browns may still be caught but must be returned safely to the water.

 

Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward enjoyed a couple of days’ boat fishing. Toff took two 7lb Browns and Graham a Brown of 6lb plus and the pair had Rainbows to 3½lb. On their second day Graham had a 7lb Brown, with other Browns and Rainbows caught in good numbers. Graham returned to bank fish on Wednesday and took two 3lb Rainbows from the Harbour wall.

 

Long term season ticket holder Malcolm Janik boat fished a couple of times last week and he recorded 13 Rainbows and two Browns (safely returned). Malcolm said the Rainbows were in excellent condition with clean gills. The fish had been feeding well with 8 fish averaging 2½lb.

 

There are good signs that a lot of the Rainbows that are out in the middle of the water are now slowly but surely coming in to the shoreline, where hopefully they will feed on the amazing abundance of fly and the plentiful numbers of corixa.

 

Winter restrictions apply (so no fishing down the north or south arms). All browns caught must be returned as quickly as possible and any that can’t be returned must be handed to fishery staff.

During November the fishing lodge is open 8am to 2pm.

 

Great winter deals - day boat prices reduced to only £19. Half day 4 fish permits now valid all day.

 

Best Rainbow                           3lb 8oz taken by Graham Hayward.

 

Best Brown                              6lb 9½oz safely returned by Mr Marsden of Bourne.

 

Best boat areas                        Main basin, plenty of fish out over the deeper water. Good numbers of Rainbows coming into the shoreline feeding on fry.

 

Best bank areas                       Normanton, Sykes Lane, the Peninsula, Armley Wood, Carrot Creek, Barnhill Creek, Spud Bay, Yellowstone.

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs, hares ear, crunchers.

Boat –  As for bank plus various mini lures, gold/silver tubes still working.

 

 

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

 

Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank)
3 December

 

 

 

 

Fish 508 (season 42,709) Returns 152(8,646) Rod average 3.34 (4.93)

Rutland Water is in excellent form.

 

Simon Ashton had a great day last Monday whilst fishing the North Arm. Simon says “It was very cloudy with a light westerly wind. I was using fry patterns and caught four good brown trout and two rainbows. The best brown weighed 6lb 6oz (my best this year). I then got two at the same time, one of 5lb 8oz and the other 3lb. Somehow I got them both in the net together!”

 

Joe Hardy of Soldier Palmers recorded a 6lb 5¾ brown from Old Hall flats on a fry pattern on Wednesday 18 October.

 

Jim Watts has compiled a list of Rutland’s specimen Browns this season. We’ve had a 9lb Brown recorded and two in double figures; 15 over 7lb; 88 over 5lb; 140 fish over 4lb and 283 fish over 3lb. As the Brown trout season draws to a close (31 October) we can reflect on an exceptional season for Browns.

 

Winter restrictions apply and brown trout are out of season from the 1 November, (so no fishing down the north or south arms). All browns caught from 1 November must be returned as quickly as possible and any that can’t be returned must be handed to fishery staff.

 

Competition news

 

Fry bashers
Day two of this match was fished at Rutland on Sunday 22 October. Strong westerly winds greeted anglers at Rutland following very windy conditions at Grafham for Day one.


Overall results

 

1st Cameron Neil

2nd Wayne Jones

3rd John Hardy

 

The best overall fish was a 5lb 10oz specimen Brown taken by Robbie Winram. Geoff Lawson recorded the best Rainbow at 4lb 3oz. The best bag of fish caught at Rutland went to Leanne Frost who recorded 8 fish for 16lb 11oz.

 

George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October

1st      Martin Hearth & Jim Watts                   8lb 13oz

2nd     Andy Ainscough & Dan Pitcher             6lb 15oz

3rd      Ziggy Lesiakowski & Chris Binley         6lb 3oz

 

Best fish Jim Watts 5lb 14oz (Brown)

Best boat Martin Hearth and Jim Watts 16 fish for 35lb 10¼oz.

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This match also concluded the Anglian Water 2017 rudder series

1st      Roy Bartrum, Colan Bartrum & Chris Binley   36 points

2nd     Simon Lehane & Yvonne Webb                      29 points

3rd      Mick Bennett & Ian Dolby                             27 points

 

Great deals from 1 November. Day boat prices reduced to only £19. Half day 4 fish permits now valid all day.

 

Best Brown                              5lb 12oz taken by Martin Hearth of Hambleton

 

Best methods                           Bank – fry patterns, nymphs (floating lines)
Boat – As for bank but include midge tips, various sinking lines with blobs, boobies, tubes and snakes.

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Best boat areas                        Most parts of the reservoir (please observe winter restrictions)..

 

Mid week boat winner                M Holloway of Barnack.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure and dead sea bait to 31 January 2018
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank)
3 December

 Rutland Water

Weekending 15th october

Fish 538(season 41,814) Returns 159(8,351) Rod average 3.38 (5.0)

Another outstanding week at Rutland Water, particularly for big Browns with superb specimens being landed daily.

 

The best fish of the week was taken by Richard Maryniak who fished with boat partner Mike Skipper last Friday. Richard landed a superb Brown of 8lb 6oz, this was a personal best and fell to a minkie.

 

Toff Crowther of Oakham has enjoyed a fantastic season with nearly 20 fish over 5lb to date. Toff’s best fish this week weighed 6lb 8oz.

 

John Micklam netted a 6lb 10oz fish whilst sharing a boat with Frank Humphrey. The pair, based in Sussex, enjoyed a few days boat fishing whilst on holiday. Frank chipped in with a 4lb 12½oz fish caught on the same day.

 

Simon Smith recently took a personal best fish of around 4½ - 5lb. Simon fished alongside Simon Caldy and the pair were guided by Nigel Savage.

 

John Riley caught a personal best Brown from Rutland estimated at around the 4lb mark.

 

Fry patterns are accounting for the majority of fish which are mostly being taken close in to the shoreline. Last year’s Rainbows on the whole are opting to stay out in the open water where there is very little food available. Rudder boats have picked up fish as have broad (loch style) boats fishing mini lures, nymph combinations.

 

Despite another 2,000 Rainbows stocked around the shoreline  bank fishing is rather slow with anglers reluctant to give it a go. Boat anglers are accounting for the lion’s share of the sport.

 

Prospects for Brown trout fishing are superb with big fish showing well. There is plenty of food around the shoreline, particularly Roach, Perch and Sticklebacks. The cooler weather forecasted should bring the Rainbows closer in to feed.

Sunday 22 October is the Fry Feeders match and all boats are booked.

Please note that there is a high demand for boats at this time of year – booking is essential. Please call the fishing lodge on 01780 686441.

 

Best Rainbow                           3lb 8oz.

 

Best Brown                              8lb 6oz taken by Richard Maryniak

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs.
Boat – as for bank but include midge tips, intermediate lines (loch style), fast sink lines for rudder boats.

 

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Best boat areas                        Open water for Rainbows in general. Closer in to shoreline for the bigger fish (Browns).

 

Best bank areas                       Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, on the Peninsula, Normanton (keep on the move)..

 

Mid week boat winner                Mr J Creasley of Shepshed.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses
21 & 28 October.


Fry Feeders Match 22 October – all boats booked.
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December

 Rutland Water

Fish 3482(season 41276) Returns 952 (8192) Rod average 3.65 (5.03)

 

Costa rule the waves!!

Flyfishing Costa ‘A’ Team won a closely contested Anglian Water Airflo International final last week.

Day One saw Gateshead Flycasters in the lead with 44 fish for 88lb 4oz. This was the team’s first appearance at the International final, having qualified at the Scottish Day heat held at Menteith in June. Flyfishing Costa A lay in second place with 37 fish for 84lb 6¼oz and the 2016 champions Change Flyfishers AC weighed in 37 fish for 76lb 14¾oz for third place.
On the first day Rutland Water fished to a rod average of 4.97. Pablo Mullings of The Renegades took the best Brown, a lovely 4lb 41/8oz specimen.  The best Rainbow weighed 4lb 5 7/8oz and was landed by Craig Barr fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs.

 

Day Two of this challenging match saw a change in fortune for some of the top contenders. The overnight leaders Gateshead  Flycasters could only manage 13th place with Change AC going one better in 12th position. The results on Day Two were incredibly close at the top with Flyfishing Costa A (second overnight) leading with 32 fish for 62lb 10 3/8oz, just ahead of New Angling Patriots who took 30 fish for 62lb 8 5/8oz and Team Airflo (fifth overnight), third with 32 fish for 62lb 5 1/8oz.

 

Top rod on Day Two was Sean McCaffery representing Shetland Anglers Association with a bag weight of 19lb 15oz.  Nick Dunn of Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs weighed in the biggest fish a lovely Brown of 6lb 1oz. There were some stunning Browns brought to the scales throughout the match. Spare a thought for Cameron Neil (Renegades) who had already caught his one permitted Brown and had to return a superb Brown estimated in double figures. The best Rainbow on Day Two weighed 3lb 9½oz and went to Willie Simpson of Menteith Ospreys

 

Competition organiser Jon Marshall said “Yet again we’ve seen some outstanding performances across the board. It’s always a delight to welcome teams from far and wide to fish in this match and we’re already taking entries for the 2018 competition”.


Announcing the final results in reverse order at the presentation dinner, Jon Marshall kept the teams in suspense. Gateshead Flycasters took the bronze medals in third place overall, just behind Team Airflo who won silver and the team triumphing to take the gold medals was Flyfishing Costa A.

 

Back in early April Flyfishing Costa A were behind the pace and just managed to qualify at the North of England heat hosted at Rutland Water. They went on to win the North of England final in July and returned to Rutland to be crowned worthy champions at the International Final.

 

Team members Iain Barr (captain), Graham Hayward, Ben Race, Rick Cooper, Paul Runec and John Buchanan, put in excellent, consistent

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performances against the 23 other top teams. At the awards dinner following the second day of competition the team was presented with gold medals, the coveted silver salver, £1500 cash and tackle prizes. Over the two days the team weighed in 69 fish for 147lb 5/8oz.

 

Second placed Team Airflo, pulled up from fifth place on Day One to win silver, with 70 fish for 136lb 3oz. The team consisted of match top rod Scott Graham, Phil Cotton, Mike Kayes, Andrew Lewis, Gary Haskins and Simon Gurney. Gateshead Flycasters, top team on Day One, were presented with bronze medals weighing in 66 fish for 134lb 2 1/8oz. Team members were Bradley Chalmers, Ben Robertson, Greg McLaren, Derek Hessett, Neil Barrett and Stewart Barclay.

 

The prize for top overseas team went to Belgium and was won by Fly Fishing Forever who took ninth place overall.

 

The top individual rod was Scott Graham, fishing for Team Airflo.   Scott recorded an impressive 37lb 4 5/8oz  at the scales. Just behind, by the narrowest of margins, in second place was Sean McCaffery fishing for the Shetland Anglers Association who weighed in 16 fish for 37lb 4½oz.  Paul Collict fishing for Welsh Hawks B weighed in 15 fish for 31lb 4¼oz to take third place individually.

 

The best fish caught during the International final weighed 6lb 1 1/8oz, this superb Brown fell to Nick Dunn fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs. Steve Peart of Ospreys was awarded the WaterAid trophy for the heaviest fish caught during the competition.  Steve caught a 9lb 12oz specimen whilst fishing the Northern heat at Stocks Reservoir in June.

 

The Green Peters, who made the long journey to Rutland from as far afield as Galway, sportingly accepted the wooden spoon awarded for 24th place.

 

Full team and individual results can be viewed at www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/awai-team-final.aspx 

 

The open water of the reservoir saw the vast majority of fish caught with mainly Rainbows around the 2lb mark.

 

 

Autumn Pairs match fished  Saturday, 7 October.
This match was open to all with two categories – rudder and non rudder (ie drifting or anchored boats). The limit was 16 fish per boat and included two Brown trout. There was no time bonus and no catch and release. There was a surprising bias in favour of the rudder section with 13 out of the 17 pairs opting to fish this method. The event fished well with a good breeze blowing for the rudder section.

Big Browns played a big part in this event plus there were a number of good silvered up Rainbows.

There were thirteen specimen Browns with two at 3lb; seven of 4lb and one each of 5lb and 6lb, plus many more that were returned or lost. Jim Hunter

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from Yorkshire caught at least 10 Browns whilst fishing with his Dad Malcolm who lost a really big fish.

Rudder section

1st  Mark Haycock & Graham Pearson            16 fish for 33lb 8oz

2nd  Mick Bennett & Ian Dalby                        15 fish for 28lb 2½oz

3rd  Al Owen & Roger Gill                               16 fish for 27lb 0½oz

 

Best fish 4lb 14oz Brown taken by Dan Pitcher (fishing with Jon Marshall. Jon had 1 4lb Brown).

 

Non Rudder Section
This was won with a very impressive 12 fish (including the best fish a 6lb 3oz Brown for Cameron Neil).
1st  Keith Jones & Cameron Neil                       12 fish for 31lb 8½oz

2nd Graham Willis & Paul Mitchell                      5 fish for 14lb 13¾oz

3rd Jim & Malcolm Hunter (inc 2 Browns for 7lb 13oz)   4 fish for 12lb 6¾oz

 

Prospects look good with plenty of fish including lots of Rainbows out in the open water. However, anglers aiming for specimen Rutland Browns are in for a treat as we are seeing significant numbers being caught close to the reservoir’s shoreline. Rutland has earned its current reputation as the country’s leading Brown trout reservoir.

 

Best Rainbow                           4lb 5 7/8oz taken by C Barr

 

Best Brown                              6lb 1 1/8oz taken by N Dunn

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs.
Boat – Fry patterns, (bigger fish), mixture of lures/boobies, tubes.

 

Best boat areas                        Open water from South Arm, Sailing Club to the Main Basin. Middle of North Arm.

 

Best bank areas                       Normanton, Peninsula, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Old Hall.

 

Mid week boat winner                Gary West of Knossington.

 

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses
15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.


Fry Feeders Match 22 October

   
   
   
Rutland Water
Weekending 1st October
Fish 558 (season 37,794) Returns 148(7,240) Rod average 3.77 (5.22)
Top anglers from across Europe are fishing at Rutland Water this week in the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International. This prestigious two day match concludes on Wednesday 4 October.  Full results in next week’s Fishery News. Anglers practicing for the big match have found pockets of fish spread across the middle of the reservoir with fighting fit Rainbows and some big Browns estimated between 6-9lb. These fish have been caught nearer the shoreline.
 
A few bank anglers have fished and these have found fish coming up to suspender/floating fry and minkie patterns, with diawl bach/cruncher (ptn) nymphs also working. There are masses of fry showing in many areas. Watch out for bird movement and be prepared to move.
 
Rutland Water will be hosting the popular late season Autumn Pairs match this coming Saturday, 7 October. The match is open to all and will be fished 9.30-5.30. There are two categories – rudder and non rudder (ie drifting or anchored boats). The limit will be 16 fish per boat and includes two Brown trout. There is no time bonus and no catch and release.
 
Best boat areas                        Open water sailing club all the way through to the main basin. Bigger fish are closer to the bank.
 
Best bank areas                       Normanton to Fantasy Island Peninsula.
 
Mid week boat winner                M Skipper of Oakham
 
Fish stocked                             2,000.
 
Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018
Beginners courses  8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.
 
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 2-4 October (all boats booked).
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non Rudder 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 DecemberRutland Water
Weekending 24th September
Top anglers from across Europe will head to Rutland Water later this week to practice for the Anglian Water Airflo International. The final of this prestigious match will be fished on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th October. However, the local stars have been shining this week. Rutland based fishing buddies Graham Hayward and Toff Crowther both landed personal bests at the weekend. Graham was first with an 8lb 7oz Brownie, but Toff went one ounce better and netted an 8lb 8oz Brown from the harbour. Both fish were safely returned.
 
Floating Line Pairs 23 September 10am to 6pm
14 anglers fished this match. Rob Edmunds and Rick Cooper both stormed in to first place with a combined weight of 27lb 6oz for 16 fish.  Rob Wieldon and Peter Skelton took second place with 10 fish for 19lb 3oz.  Third place went to Hilary Tomlinson and Keith Jones with 10 fish for 18lb 9½oz. Wayne Windsor took the best fish at 6lb 1½oz.
 
 
Best boat areas                        New Zealand Point, Sailing Club, Spud Bay to Half Moon Spinney. Carrot Creek to Barnhill Creek.
 
Best bank areas                       Blue pipes to Fantasy down the Normanton bank and Barnhill to Carrot Creek.
 
Best methods                           Fish are well up so fish flies high in the water. Close in fish suspender minky/floating lines and fry patterns. Further out in open water try intermediate lines with blobs and hoppers and crunchers up the cast.  
 
Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018
Beginners courses  8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.
 
Anglian Water Airflo International Final 2-4 October (all boats booked).
 
Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non Rudder 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December
 Rutland Water
Weekending 17th September 

 

Fish 531(season 36,384 ) Returns 147 (6,831) Rod average 3.61 (5.32)
Boat anglers are averaging over 5 fish per rod and the overall rod average is 3.6. The best fish of the week was a superb 6lb 6¾oz Brown taken by Dominic Thomas. Dominic, from Luton, caught this fine specimen with a ‘snake’ fly.

 

Gary Cooper of Empingham netted a 5lb 13oz fish during the Rutland Fly Fishers Hanby Cup competition on Sunday. Graham Hayward had a 5lb 2oz Rainbow and Jake Waterman took a 4lb 12oz Brown.  Ady Naylor fishing in the Anglian Water Rudder Match on Saturday and took the best fish of the match a fine 5lb 4oz Brown.

 

Bank anglers are catching good quality fish with fry patterns attracting fish to 5lb. Big fish are showing again with Browns and Rainbows over 6lb.

Dan Pitcher netted and released a specimen Brown whilst fishing the peninsula bank. Dan estimated this fish, which fell to a minky, at around 4½ - 5lb. Other good fish were reported moving around the weedbeds in different areas off the bank.

 

Fish are being caught in a good many areas. The open water saw fish caught in the main basin/North Arm Tower, Gibbets Gorse. A good mixture of mini lures, wet flies and nymphs are accounting for many fish with tube flies and snakes working for some boat anglers on the rudder.

 

Competition news

Inter Services

The Army team won with a clear margin of 30lb in weight over the RAF and Navy. Si Gaines fishing for the RAF was top rod on the day.

 

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September
A good number of fish were caught in this match which was won by season ticket holder Al Owen who fished with his good friend John Slavin who was visiting from Scotland. The best fish of the match was a 5lb 4oz Brown taken by Ady Naylor.

 

1st      Al Owen & John Slavin     16 fish for 31lb 12oz

2nd     Jeff & Matt Bedford          12 fish for 23lb 2oz

3rd      Roy & Coulam Bartrum    11 fish for 21lb 1oz

 

RWFF Hanby Cup
Rich Cooper and Graham Hayward won the event with an impressive 9 fish for 21lb 12oz, including the best Rainbow of the match which was caught by Graham. Rich’s Dad, Gary Cooper, and Neil Squires took second place with 8 fish for 18lb 2oz.  Gary took the best overall fish of the match a super 5lb 15oz Brown. Peter Gover and Geoff Wanless were third with 8 fish for 17lb 7oz.

 

 

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Prospects are excellent with big fish showing more and feeding on fry, snails and sticklebacks around the shoreline. There are also lots of fish out in the open water feeding on buzzers, black beetles and shield beetles.

 

There is still time to book a place to fish in the Floating Line Boat Pairs match on Saturday 23 September. This match will be fished to loch style rules with no restrictions on fly size and no time bonus.

 

Please be aware that from Saturday 30 September to Wednesday 4 October inclusive all boats are booked as Rutland Water hosts practice days and the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International.

 

Best Rainbow                            5lb 2oz taken by Graham Hayward.

 

Best Brown                               6lb 6¾oz taken by Dominic Thomas.

 

Best boat areas                        Gibbets, Main Basin, bottom of South Arm.

 

Best bank areas                       Peninsula, Normanton, East Creek, Sykes Lane.

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs, dries.

                                               Boat – As for bank plus teams of mini lures, gold/silver tubes, snakes.


Mid week boat winner                S Quick of Sheffield.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events

Whilst our Summer Senior Thursday offer has ended customers over the age of 65 can still take advantage of our ever popular Senior Tuesdays


Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure fishing 1 – 30 September

Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses
 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

Floating Line Pairs 23 September 10am to 6pm.

Anglian Water Airflo International Final 2-4 October

Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non Rudder 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December

 

Rutland Water

Fish 2,583 (season 35,853 ) Returns 573 (6,684) Rod average 4.5 (5.36)
Anglers have enjoyed good sport this week with the rod average around 4.5. Big fish have also been recorded with Browns to over 7lb being taken.

 

Boat anglers Nigel Savage and Toff Crowther both recorded Browns over 7lb last week with fry orientated patterns doing well. Nigel had another Brown around the 3½lb mark, whilst Toff’s Grandfather Tony Tibbert netted a 5lb 5oz specimen the same day.

 

Newark angler Mike Earl brought a 5lb 6oz specimen Brown to the scales from his boat. Al Owen fished twice last week and took his limits on both occasions. Graham Pearson shared a boat with Al and also caught his limit.  Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik of Spilsby bagged a limit whilst fishing the main basin on the rudder.

 

The majority of boat anglers are fishing the open water of the reservoir with mini lures, although some anglers are commenting that they are getting countless follows with this method. Fly hatches have been improving with good numbers of buzzers coming off and there have been good late hatches of sedge in the afternoon. A few Daddies are about with one or two hatches of olives on the overcast, rainy days.  Boat anglers could try a few more imitative patterns. Buzzers, hares ear, cruncher and dry flies etc to get more hook ups than follows.

 

1,000 fish were stocked last week bringing the total to 71,100. Prospects look good with imitative patterns working well for some. Anglers are also catching on lure combinations. Big fish are showing. This weekend was very unsettled with storms on Saturday and blustery conditions on Sunday.

 

Fry feeding fish are mixing things up with sticklebacks, roach and perch fry all showing up in stomach contents.

 

Bank anglers have taken fish off the Sailing Club to New Zealand Point area. With another local angler hooking and returning a 5lb Brown off the Peninsula.

 

Predator fishing

Pike have been reported to 21lb. Paul Gardner took another fish just over the 20lb mark. Good numbers of Zander are about, with a lot of small specimens, although a number in the 7-8lb bracket have been reported and there have been Perch over 2lb.

The L.A.S lure Competition was fished on Saturday in difficult weather conditions with rain and thunderstorms.

 

 

Best Brown                               7lb plus.

 

Best boat areas                        Sailing Club to main basin. Bigger fish are closer in.

 

Best bank areas                       Peninsula, Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point.

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry, dries and nymph patterns.

                                               Boat –  As for bank but include mini lures, snakes, gold & silver tubes.


Mid week boat winner                N Rushton.

 

Fish stocked                             1,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure fishing 1 – 30 September

Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses
 16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating Line Pairs 23 September 10am to 6pm.

Anglian Water Airflo International Final 2-4 October

Anglian Water Autumn Pairs Rudder & non Rudder 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December

Rutland Water

Weekending 3rd September
Fish 612 (season 33,270) Returns 142 (6,111) Rod average 4.3(5.44)
Rutland Water hosted the English Fly Fishing National last weekend, preceded by two practice days. The fishery excelled despite the virtually, flat, calm, bright conditions on Friday and prolonged sunny spells on Saturday. Day One’s rod average on Saturday was 3.7 with anglers finding pods of fish in the late afternoon. The conditions on Sunday for Day Two were better and with the weather more overcast anglers achieved a rod average of 5.6. Fish came in ‘fits and starts’ with a mixture of lures and nymph combinations proving successful. The majority of anglers opted for fast glass intermediate lines.

Charlie Abrahams went specimen hunting on day one and succeeded with a cracking brace of fish that included the best fish of the week – a Brown of 7lb 5oz. Both of these fish were taken on a floating fry. Charlie was 24th overall across the two days.

Top rod overall was Tom Davis, with Tom’s Dad, Ashley, from Leicester, taking eighth place. Special mention must also go to Anglian Water’s Mark Mathieson, a familiar face at Pitsford Lodge. Mark was amongst the top 28 anglers who have all qualified to represent England next year.

During the week anglers caught from the inlet off Sailing Club/Spud Bay, right the way through to the main basin. Popular tactics were mini lures and general purpose nymphs. Fry feeding fish are becoming more apparent with big fish reported being lost and sighted fairly close in to the shoreline.

Bank anglers are few and far between. Neil Stutton, of Northampton, had an afternoon permit and hooked three lovely Rainbows around the 2½ to 3lb mark.

Prospects look good and there are plenty of fish to be caught with some big fish showing. Fish are feeding on tiny buzzers, corixa, shrimp, snails and this year’s fry. Our stocking programme continues with another 500 quality Rainbows stocked recently.

At this time of year boats are very popular. We are fully booked for Saturday 9 September and have very few boats available on Sunday 10th. Please call 01780 686441 to book in advance.

Lure fishing at Rutland is only permitted for predators – Pike, Zander and Perch. No lure fishing for trout is allowed.





Best Brown 7lb 5oz taken by Charlie Abrahams.

Best boat areas Open water.

Best bank areas Normanton, Peninsula.

Best methods Bank – Fry, dries, nymphs.
Boat – As for bank but a lot of fish are also being caught on mini lures, cormorants, blobs and FAB’s. Cruncher, hares ear, nymphs.

Mid week boat winner P Blythe of Cramlington.

Please note that boats for Saturday 9 September are fully booked with a few available on 10 September but please check and book in advance.
Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018
Beginners courses 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September
Floating line pairs 23 September

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 27th August 

Fish 880 (season 32,658) Returns 183(5,969) Rod average 4.8(5.47)
Bigger specimen trout have been taken, including some of the quality Browns that Rutland is renowned for. Roger Bailey of Oakham landed and safely returned a personal best fish that was estimated between 7-8lb.  Bank angler Peter Grimwood fished the lodge harbour, netting a 7lb fish.  Boat anglers Nigel Savage and Simon Ashton both had fish over 5lb last week.

 

Boat anglers fishing over the open, deeper water at Rutland have had the most success with some anglers reporting catching 30-40 fish per day. The reservoir’s inlet off the Sailing Club/Spud Bay area, is drawing lots of fish over it.  With the aerators off this season the only cooler water that is at the bottom of the reservoir is being mixed with the river water from the Nene and the Welland, subsequently there are masses of fish in the inlet area. Fish are being caught from the inlet area, right through to the main basin and despite being over deep water a lot of fish are being caught in the first 2-3 feet of water.

 

Anglers are using a mixture of bright miniatures and nymphs to great success. Most of the fish caught are fighting fit Rainbows that have been feeding on daphnia and small (tiny) buzzers. Fry feeding is occurring around the reservoir, particularly out over clear water above the weedbeds. This is due to the water level coming right back up. Some big fish have been sighted which is looking good for the future.

 

There are few bank anglers.  The best tactic is to travel light looking for fish activity and try surface patterns (dries and fry) to raise fish.

 

Competition News

Rutland Water hosts the English National final this coming weekend. All boats are fully booked Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September inclusive.

 

Best Brown                               7-8lb

 

Best methods                           Bank – Fry and dries.

                                               Boat –  As for bank, include mini lures, various fab’s, blobs, cormorants etc, plus pearl/silver tubes.


Mid week boat winner                Mr P Caress

 

Fish stocked                             2,500.

 

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018

Lure fishing 1 – 30 September

Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018
Beginners courses
 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

 

 

 

English National 1-3 September (all boats booked)

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs loch style 23 September

 

Rutland Water

Fish 944 (season 31,778) Returns 206 (5,786) Rod average 4.58 (5.49)
A good week’s sport here at Rutland Water produced a rod average of 4.58 for the week. Anglers have reported some quality sport mostly over open water, with the sailing club across to Spud bay, the harbour frontage to the church and long drifts in the main basin producing. Sykes Lane along to ‘U buoy’ has also produced along with the tower in the North arm and drifting the middle of Manton Bay. The most successful tactics have revolved around FAB’s in various colours and hoppers/diawl bachs up the cast. Dropping down to size 12’s on the nymphs has definitely made a difference to results.

 

The fish are generally being found high up in the water with midge tips to a fast glass being the preferred choice of lines. The rudder anglers have had plenty of sport in the areas previously  mentioned  with a Di3 or even fast glass showing how well up the fish are, snakes and tubes being the go to patterns. Martin Hearth and Jim Watts ventured down the South Arm on the rudder near the sailing club and took their respective limits with a fine 5lb 4 1/8oz specimen rainbow falling to Martin on a tube. 


Local angler Dan Pitcher has the knack with Rutland's bigger rainbows.
Dan enjoyed a brief session on Tuesday off the bank and managed a superb 4lb 7oz specimen, with the fish falling to a small suspender minkie. Bank anglers are picking up fish on the peninsula and the Fantasy end of Normanton bank. Fish are moving late on in the day and a subtle, patient approach with dries or floating fry is the order of the day.
However, fry feeding fish are slowly but surely showing, the activity in a lot of areas is happening over the open water of the reservoir.


Rutland hosted the annual Zandermasters competition on the 19th with 56 anglers taking to the boats to target Rutland’s zander population before the start of the lure fishing season. This friendly competition utilises the increasingly popular tactic of vertical jigging, a very successful method of fishing for zander. A strong westerly wind made life difficult for competitors to achieve the desired presentation of their lures. Despite this plenty were caught with John Wheeler coming out on top, Richard Coles in 2nd and Rikki Cooper 3rd. A good competition well organised by Steve Collett and held in the right spirit saw everybody enjoy themselves.   


Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League.
The last evening of the boat league was fished on 15 August.
Top rod on the night was Keith Jones with six fish, best fish and boat winner was Chris Simms with a 2lb 12½oz  Rainbow.

Rich Cooper repeated his 2016 victory by taking the prize for overall top rod of the league. Richard came into the final night’s match with an unassailable lead and was presented with his £50 gift vouchers before the match.



 

 

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The overall best fish of the Tuesday Night league this season was recorded by big fish man, Keith Jones who took a 4lb 7oz Brown on the first night of the league.

 

Final placings are as follows

          1st      Richard Cooper      98 points

          2nd     Keith Jones            88 points

          3rd      Neil Squires           57 points

          4th      Hilary Tomlinson    37 points

          5th      Sean Hillaby          29 points

          6th      Gary Cooper          28 points

 

A big thanks to all who took part this season and for the great banter afterwards as usual! Thanks also to “Sid’s Fish and Chip Shop” of Stamford for the supper; Hilary Tomlinson for supplying the cakes last week and to Neil Squires’ wife for the banana cake on the final night.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Rainbow                             5lb 41/8oz taken by Martin Hearth of Hambleton.


Mid week boat winner                D Evans of Swansea.

 

Fish stocked                             3,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
  27 August; 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

English National 1-3 September (all boats booked)

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs 23 September

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 13th August 

Fish 926 (season 30,834) Returns 170 (5,580) Rod average 5.44(5.52)
A tremendous week at Rutland Water  with a rod average of 5.44. Boat anglers are enjoying great sport, especially last Wednesday during the four man team event with all 44 competitors catching their eight fish limits.

 

On the big fish front seven year old Oscar Barr, son of Craig, went out for an evening’s boat fishing. Oscar hooked and netted (with help from Dad) a specimen Brownie that weighed 4lb 12¼oz, well done Oscar! Richard Mosdell and Gary Bateman from Horncastle, Lincolnshire, had a really good day’s boat fishing recently taking 8 hard fighting Rainbows, topped by an 8lb estimated Brown falling to Richard with another two Browns returned.

 

Big fish have been showing on some days feeding on fry out over the open water. The terns and gulls have been feeding on fry so keep a look out for them as weedbeds are few and far between on the surface, except for the odd ones along the shoreline.

 

This week the weather has been unsettled with plenty of rain, heavy at times, putting a few anglers off fishing.  Towards the end of the week conditions became more settled with most anglers catching fish.

 

A few anglers are bank fishing including Oakham’s Mick Connor who has had one or two fish on dries and fry patterns with fish moving close in - perseverance and patience are required for these fish.

 

Rutland Water Flyfishers held an open day last weekend at Rutland Fishing Lodge and had a great response with casting, fly tying and fishing taster sessions proving very popular. The event was supported by Anglian Water who provided boats for newcomers to experience catching numbers of hard fighting Rutland trout. The event concluded on Sunday with a barbeque and drinks.  Thanks go to Dave Porter, Brian Bonner, Mick Connor and many other people who contributed to a successful weekend.

 

Prospects look good with lots of fish out in the open water providing plenty of action with good numbers of hard fighting rainbows. Bigger fish are starting to show and feeding.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
'Senior Tuesday' plus 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Last chance to grab a bargain in our tackle shop Summer sale
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

Rutland Water continued

 

Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League.

We are now at the 13 week stage of this popular league and the prize for biggest fish is still up for grabs with Keith Jones in the lead at the moment with a 4lb 7oz fish.  Neil Squires from Lincolnshire won both the best fish and the best bag of week 13 with a 4lb 5¾oz Rainbow. Hilary Tomlinson was second and Richard Cooper third. Hilary deserves a special mention for her outstanding baking skills and the victoria sponge and lemon drizzle that she kindly provided for the Tuesday Night boat anglers.

 

Four Man Team Event 9 August

This match was a great success with 11 teams fishing and achieving a rod average of 8 fish per angler! The best fish was a 4lb 7oz Rainbow caught by Mick McLintic fishing for Peregrine Flyfishers.  Tony Smith of Invicta Select was top rod weighing in for 23lb 13oz. Invicta Select took team victory.

Fish were found over the open water of the reservoir from the Sailing Club/Spud Bay area to the main basin to the dam. Weather on the day was far from ideal with heavy rain first thing, however, with the consistent stocking levels in the weeks leading up to the match fish were showing in great numbers on the day and were in excellent condition.

 

1st      Invicta Select                  32 fish for 80lb 15oz

2nd     The Renegades               32 fish for 80lb 4oz

3rd      Elinor                              32 fish for 80lb 2oz

4th      Draycote Rio Masters       32 fish for 78lb 15oz

5th      The Musketeers               32 fish for 77lb 14oz

6th      Peregrine Flyfishers         32 fish for 74lb 13oz

7th      Soldier Palmers Team B   32 fish for 73lb 13oz

8th      Neil Cohen’s team           32 fish for 72lb 9oz

9th      Soldier Palmers Team A   32 fish for 72lb 7oz

10th    Soldier Palmers Team C   32 fish for 71lb 7oz

11th    Greenwell Persuaders      32 fish for 67lb 6oz

 

Best Rainbow                            5lb (returned).

 

Best Brown                               8lb (returned).

 

Best boat areas                        Open water of the main basin and the sailing club area.  plus off the shoreline weedbeds.

 

Best bank areas                       Normanton, peninsula.

 

Best methods                           Bank – nymphs, dries, fry patterns (floating line).

                                               Boat – As for bank, but include intermediate slow sink lines with nymph/lure, blobs/FAB’s combinations.

 

 

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Mid week boat winner                Roger Gill of Lincoln.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
  27 August; 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

Tuesday Night boat league

English National 1-3 September

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs 23 September

 

 

Rutland Water

Weekending 7th August

Fish 500 (season 29,908 ) Returns 146 (5,410) Rod average 3.42 (5.52)
Anglers fishing from t

he boats are enjoying the best sport at Rutland Water with the majority of fish being caught out in open water, especially the main basin around X and V buoys. Fish are also showing off New Zealand Point to the Sailing Club. A few boat anglers ventured down the arms and these anglers caught fish. One example was season ticket Graham Pearson who caught a Brown of 5lb plus from the South Arm whilst rudder fishing with Cameron Neil.  Big fish are starting to show around the weedbeds and in shallower water.

 

A lot of fish being caught at the moment are tremendous conditioned bars of silver and fighting really well. John Seaton and Paul Friend experienced these fish last Friday with nine Rainbows up to, and around, 2¾lb.  Paul also returned a Brown estimated between 4½ and 5lb. Popular guide Al Owen boat fished the same day, encountering 20 fish. Unfortunately Al lost two really good fish; one of these straightened the hook out down the South Arm; the other off the North side of the peninsula took plenty of fly line and backing before coming unstuck in a weedbed.

 

Bank anglers managed some fish from the peninsula and the Sailing Club to New Zealand Point with fish coming to dries and fry patterns.

 

Organised by Rutland Water Flyfishers – ‘Dave’s Open Weekend’ on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August offers have a go sessions at casting and fly tying. There’s also the chance to go out in a boat and catch a trout. For more information please contact Dave Porter on 01780 722065 after 6pm.

 

Competition News

Tuesday Night Boat League.

Hilary Tomlinson was top rod on night 12 of this popular league. Hilary took five fish with Keith Jones in second place with three fish and Rich Cooper in third with three fish. Keith took the best fish of the evening with a fine 3lb 1oz Brown earning him his third free mid week boat voucher of the series.

 

Current standings see Rich Cooper in the lead with 86 points, Keith Jones has made up ground and lies second with 78 points. Third is Neil Squires with 39 points.

 

The Floating line pairs match has been rescheduled for Saturday 23 September. Match hours will be 10am to 6pm. This is a strictly floating line competition with no midge tips etc.; loch style (drifting boats) with no fly restrictions and no time bonus. Usual boat and permit prices apply plus £10 pool money per boat. With this match being fished in advance of the AWAI final on 3 and 4 October it could prove a valuable indicator of useful tactics!

 

Stocking continues with 2,000 more fish released last week bringing the season’s total to 62,600; just under half of these have been reported as caught and 16,357 of them were returned to the water. Fish are feeding on snails, corixa, fry, daphnia and a few buzzers, with some fish moving over

Rutland Water continued

 

the weedbeds, look out for bird movement.  Terns and gulls are a good indicator and also groups of swans are feeding dislodging moving items like corixa, fry, snails etc with these fish often feeding in close by them.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops

Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Brown                               5lb plus taken by Graham Pearson.

 

Best boat areas                        Main basin (open water) plus bottom of both arms producing on some days, fish around weedbeds.

 

Best bank areas                       Peninsula, sailing club to New Zealand Point, Normanton.

 

Best methods                           Bank – Floating line with nymphs, dries, fly patterns.

                                               Boat – As for bank but include midge tips, slow sinking lines, hoppers, fab’s


Mid week boat winner                C Hudson of Rotherham.

 

Fish stocked                             2,000

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
   12 & 27 August; 10,16 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league

Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

Floating line pairs 23 September 

 

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 27th July 

Fish 333 (season 29,408) Returns 130 (5,264) Rod average  2.56(5.58)
The biggest fish of the week was a superb Brown of 5lb 12oz taken by Keith Jones. Keith took this fish during the popular Over 50’s match at Rutland on Saturday.  Another good sized Brown was taken by Leicester's Ken Salmon when he fished down the south arm last Tuesday. Ken stuck to nymphs for most of the day, but made the worthwhile decision to change to a Humungus late on to net another big Brown this one went 5lb 6¾oz .

Steve Reynolds and Adrian Cook took to the boats on Thursday, Steve who was here on holiday, has spent the last 30 years living in Australia, he originates from Great Barton in Suffolk. He teamed up for the day with his old friend Adrian. Under the guidance of Adrian, the pair fished nymphs again to no avail, and with a freshening South west wind, snakes were used, with the pair netting around a dozen fish, with clean silvered up rainbows up to 3½lb, with Adrian also returning two cracking Browns of 4lb 4oz and 5lb 8oz respectively.

 

Steve and Adrian's boat was the last boat back in on Thursday night at around 7 .30pm; heavy showers saw the other boats avoiding the forthcoming rain coming back for an early bath around 6.30ish. With still plenty of daylight left, ranger Nigel Savage decided to have ten minutes off the harbour wall before going home that night, a decent Brown responded to a fry pattern off the top.

 

Some good fish were reported off the bank this last week for those who put in the effort. Oakham's Mick Connor reported a fly line and backing stripping rainbow just under 4lb whilst fishing off the peninsula. Mick used a dry fly to fool the snail feeder. Peter De Kremer also used dries to net Rainbows to 4lb and browns to 5lb respectively.

 

It’s been a changeable summer at Rutland Water heavily influenced by the weather with variations in air pressure and wind direction. Approximately 13,000 stock fish have been released in the last six weeks around the shoreline with the transformer, the "Stones"/green bank, sailing club, half moon spinney and Cardiac Hill being used. The aeration system has been out of action for approximately eight weeks. As a result fish have been well spread out in the main basin, which has produced fish on some days, then it’s been a complete struggle to find them on other days. Logically with the aerators off, there should be a massive bonus of even more fish around when things start to cool down.  Boats have been well dispersed with the main basin, middle of the North arm, and both ends of the arms also seeing some action.

 

Competition News

 

Anglian Water Loch Style 4 Man Team 9 August

Entries for this match are still being taken – please call Rutland Lodge for more information on 01780 686441.

 

 

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Over 50’s match Saturday 29 July
20 anglers recorded a healthy rod average of 4.65 in this popular pairs match. Alan Stern and Nigel Angus successfully defended their title from last year, the pair weighing in 16 fish for 32lb 10oz! Only a pound separated first and second with Graham Pearson and Al Owen's 16 fish going 31lb 9oz. Keith Jones and Keith Jones went specimen hunting and took 3rd spot with 8 fish for 21lb 8oz, including the best fish of the day (and the week) a 5lb 12oz  Brown.

 

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops

Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!

Sunset Boat £10

Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10

Offer available from 4.30pm

 

Best Brown                               5lb 12oz taken by Keith Jones.

 

Best boat areas                        Normanton bank (X to V buoy), New Zealand Point, Lax Hill and Cattle Trough.

 

Best bank areas                       Old Hall, Fantasy island/Normanton bank, New Zealand Point to Sailing Club.

 

Best methods                           Bank – dries, hares ear.
Boats – sinking lines, blobs, boobies, nymphs (Di3/intermediate).


Mid week boat winner                M Janik of Spilsby.

 

Fish stocked                             3,000.

 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
   6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September  and other dates throughout the season.

Tuesday Night boat league

Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September

WaterAid 8 September

Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 16th July
Rutland Water celebrated forty years of fishing last weekend with quality fish and reduced boat and permit prices. There were also some fantastic raffle prizes to be won.

Scottish angler Colin McCloud took advantage of the offer and had a good day, taking a number of fish.  Colin started boat fishing the South Arm and was rewarded with a cracking Brown estimated at 7-8lb, which he returned. He then moved into the main basin and caught more fish there with lures stripped quickly.

Local ‘young guns’ Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward enjoyed Saturday with Toff returning to the lodge with a Brown tipping the scales at 6lb exactly.  He also returned another 4lb plus specimen.  The pair also took good quality Rainbows up to around 3½lb.  Toff and Graham used surface patterns, dries, and floating fry which attracted a lot of interest from the fish.  They had some fish on sinking lines over the deeper water using a humungus.  Graham also had the good fortune to receive a free boat for the day, winning one of the raffle prizes. Toff and Graham returned to Rutland on Sunday and found fishing a little more testing with Graham taking three fish – the best of which was a 5lb 2½oz Brown.

John Phillips was treated to a day’s boat fishing on Saturday – a 70th birthday gift from his son Paul and on returning home was greeted with a surprise birthday party.  John then got a call from Robbie Winram at Rutland Fishing Lodge with the great news that he had won a Greys rod in our raffle. It was certainly a birthday to remember for John.

Mick Connor fished down the arms for an excellent brace of Rainbows that fell to dry fly.  Boat anglers were reporting a lot of interest from fish following flies, but in general they are not feeding hard.  Bank anglers have been taking fish out in some areas in the morning (in some cases as early as first light), with fish moving at both ends of the peninsula.  The best fish recorded, caught and released by Nigel Savage, was a lovely 5lb plus Brown that fell to a suspender minkie. Around the margins fish are feeding on fry, corixa, snail and shrimp.

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League week 9
Cooperman strikes again!
Rich Cooper won last week’s match with three fish taken from the bottom of the North Arm.  Keith Jones took second place with one fish.

Stocking continues with 2,000 Rainbows stocked down the arms recently.


For the second year in succession anglers have voted Rutland Water the best Stillwater in Britain in a poll conducted by Trout Fisherman magazine.

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm


Prospect look good with plenty of fish in the reservoir; settled cooler weather would be helpful.  The aerators are currently turned off due to a fault in the pipeline.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   22 July; 6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Over 50’s Pairs Match 29 July
This pairs match starts at 9am fished to relaxed competition rules.
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

 

 

 

Rutland Water
Weekending 9th July
Fish 562(season 28,243) Returns 203 (4,765) Rod average 2.76 (5.92)

The top of Rutland Water’s North arm has produced some quality rainbows up to 5lb this week to both bank and boat. Dries have been the preferred method here with CDC in various guises and Bobs bits accounting for the majority of fish. These fish can be found in shallow water of 2 feet (or less!) and it is important to be as quiet and inconspicuous as possible with many coming blind to take the dries and proceed to empty backing off the spool.

Retail team member Dave Summers enjoyed a change from competition angling and had a pleasure day down the North Arm with Al Owen. Although not easy they both enjoyed targeting rising fish on dries with the pick of the bunch a mint 4lb plus specimen for Dave falling to a size 14 dry on the 5 weight.

Both Burley Reaches and Tim Appleton’s are holding fish, particularly of an evening. This type of fishing lends itself perfectly to the recently introduced ticket offer of £10 for the last 5 hours of the day - 1 fish limit + c and r.

Despite the hot weather good Browns are still showing with holidaying angler Paul Clydesdale weighing and releasing a 7lb 8oz specimen from the South Arm and 3 over 4lb recorded in the EFFA vs. RAF match held on Thursday. Food items on the trout's menu are varying from daphnia, small light olive buzzer, shrimp, corixa, and this years fry - some of which some are already 1-1/2 roach to 2 inch perch already.

The main basin has been providing sport to anglers fishing midge tip lines with booby/blobs on the point and nymphs in the form of diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants and hares ear being the most successful combination. The fish have generally been taken in the top 3 feet of water with a fast glass/di3 sweep working on more windy days. A feature of fishing the nymphs is less is more – a very slow/almost static retrieve has been the order of the day. Down the Normanton bank the blue pipes to Fantasy Island has been the most consistent and also drifts taken from the tower. These fish have not all been coming in open water though, a number of boats have reported taking fish within range of bank anglers so on the right wind Normanton bank is well worth a shot. A lot of fish can be seen on this year’s pin fry along the margins but are proving tricky to tempt, a lot of patience being the order of the day!

Bill Coppin and Alan Ward had a couple of days quality bank sport last week, a lot of fish moving greeted them on arrival at Stocky bay and dries and hares ear accounted for a number of fish for the pair. Shrimp have been seen in the fish this week in particular from the areas mentioned above, the hard substratum of these banks means they provide ideal habitat for all Gammarus species.


Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League
Week 8
15 anglers went out with seven managing fish, top rod was Keith Jones with a very creditable six fish, second was Rich Cooper with three fish, and third Mick Bennett with three fish.
Best fish, and boat winner was Lincs angler Neil Squires with a 2lb 11oz rainbow.
The top six on the leader board are:
1st Rich Cooper             49 points
2nd Keith Jones             40
3rd Neil Squires             29
4th Hilary Tomlinson      20
5th Gary Cooper            18
6th Rob Teasdale           16
The free mid -week boat winner has been shared by seven different people so far, with Rich Cooper the only one to have won the prize twice.

Rutland Water hosted the English Fly Fishing Association vs. the RAF match on Thursday.  Despite a ‘challenging’ day of practice on the Wednesday the 34 anglers achieved a rod average of 4.2 on match day with the reservoir really switching on. The RAF recorded 83 fish to EFFA’s 65, giving them a total weight of 173lb 10oz compared to 163lb 1oz for EFFA.

Great news for our senior anglers
 In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Brown                4lb 12oz taken by D Ayre .

Best boat areas    Main basin, Fantasy/Normanton bank, Tower North Arm, Burley Reaches – Tim Appletons.

Best bank areas    Finches, Normanton (pin fry), Burley, Tim Appletons, East Creek.



Best methods    Midge tip to fast glass (boobies, blobs and diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants).  Floating line, crunchers, diawl bach, hares ear. Bank dries, cdc and Bobs Bits.

Mid week boat winner        M Riches of Melksham.

Fish stocked                3,000.

Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Grab yourself a couple of days fishing at reduced prices along with the chance of winning a Gold season ticket.
Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
Fly tying demos
Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September

 Rutland Water
Weekending 2 July
Fish 1,155 (season 27,681) Returns 264 (4,562) Rod average 4.37 (6.06)
There have been good numbers of quality Browns showing at Rutland Water with the best one recorded by holidaying angler Paul Clydesdale who returned a super conditioned specimen of 7lb 8oz.  Paul fished a fry pattern from his boat down the South Arm.
 
Regular boat partners Frank Sumnall and Dave Critchlow from Stoke on Trent hooked around nine Browns each weighing between 3-4lb last Saturday. Dave enthused about these quality fish in Rutland.  There were also reports of fish around the 4-5lb mark caught last Tuesday, all of which were returned.
 
Bank anglers have been enjoying great sport fishing the margins (sometimes in less than two feet of water), landing Rainbows around 3-4lb with dries and emergers.
 
Boat anglers fishing down the arms (particularly the North Arm) have picked up fish with cdc’s working for most.  Season ticket holder Martin Hearth fished the rudder up the middle of the arms and had around 6 Rainbows averaging 3lb fishing quite shallow over 30-40 feet of water.  Martin almost lost his brand new rod over the side as a fish made off with his fly as he momentarily put it down for a few seconds.
 
4,000 Rainbows were stocked last week, but very few showed.  But on the other hand some of the fish stocked early this season put in an appearance during the Tuesday Night Boat League, they were silver and fighting fit.
 
Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League
Richard Cooper is in excellent form. For the second consecutive week Richard won both the match on the night and the prize for best fish. Anglers enjoyed plenty of action with fish following flies in the main basin.
 
Prospects look good with settled weather.  Fish are feeding on daphnia, corixa and shrimp fry.  This season’s perch fry are around 1½ to 2 inches already.  Very small, light olive buzzers seem to be doing the trick.  We are also finding fish that are feeding on crayfish.  
Traditionally at this time of year boat anglers have opted to fish the aerators.  However, these are switched off for maintenance.  Fish are still showing in the main basin but are widely spread out with quite a few being caught just sub surface.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm
Rutland Water continued
 
Best Brown                7lb 8oz returned by Paul Clydesdale.
 
Best boat areas    The main basin, bottom of the arms.
 
Best bank areas    Bank side shallows around the reservoir.
 
Best methods    Bank – Dries, nymphs, small fry patterns worth a try.
Boat – As for bank, but include blobs, fabs, tube flies on various intermediate/slow sinking lines.

Mid week boat winner        Mr Bailiss of Leicester.
 
Fish stocked                4,000.
 
Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Grab yourself a couple of days fishing at reduced prices along with the chance of winning a Gold season ticket.
Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
Fly tying demos
Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)
 
 
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   9,16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 Rutland Water
 Weekending 25th June
A mixed week at Rutland Water with the main basin providing on/off results.  The current rod average for boat anglers is 4.56.
 
Earlier last week in the very hot weather there were lots of fish on the surface with a mixture of blobs, boobies, nymphs and dries accounting for fish.  However, fish switched off this diet mid week.  This was mainly due to the aerators being turned off all of last week and with the wind finally turning back up again from Wednesday onwards the majority of hot/warm was blown into the main basin.  The few anglers who ventured up the arms found fish and one or two of these were feeding on this year’s huge pin fry shoals.
 
Bank anglers have found fish off both shorelines of the main basin, at Normanton and Sykes Lane. The current rod average for bank anglers is 2.08.  Season ticket holder Bill Coppin, from Norfolk, caught some quality fish on dry fly.  There were a number of Rainbows and Browns fry feeding.
 
Toff Crowther, from Oakham, fished the shallows of the arms and banked some quality fish last Thursday.
 
Mid week boat winner        Mr G Faithfull of Portsmouth.
 
Fish stocked                2,000.
 
Tuesday Evening Boat League
Week six of this popular league saw the return from injury of Richard Cooper.  Richard won in convincing style with eight fish. He also won the free mid week boat for the biggest fish by the narrowest of margins from his good friend Keith Jones.  Richard took a Rainbow of 2lb 2oz just ahead of Keith’s best fish which weighed 2lb 1 7/8 oz. Keith retains the current lead in the league just ahead of Hilary Tomlinson.
A competition date for the diary is the Over 50’s boat match on 29 July (9am to 5pm).
 
Army Championships
Rutland Water recently hosted the Army Championships over two days.
The best Rainbow was taken by Jim Wright and weighed 3lb 4oz.  Jamie Thomas landed the best Brown at 3lb 13oz.
Unit Team won by 7 Scots weighing in at 23lb 6oz; runners up Army HQ – 14lb 9oz.
Cap Badge won by Royal Signals 26lb 5oz; runners up RRS 23lb 6oz.
Open won by Pumpers & Handsane 29lb 10oz; runners up Potch GHOO 28lb 11oz.
Best Newcomer Chris Liburd – 13lb 8oz
Associate Fergie - 32lb 8oz.
Serving - Gerry Rattray 33lb 1oz.
 
 
Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Highlights of this special weekend include
Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
Fly tying demos
Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)
 



 
Other forthcoming events
Beginners courses   1,9,16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 18th June
Fish 1,422(season 26,350) Returns 337 (4,217) Rod average 4.21 (6.24)
A respectable rod average of 4.21 at Rutland this week. Specimen hunter Cameron Neil of North Luffenham has been at it again upping the best brown for the season so far to 11lb 5 1/4oz. This fine specimen took a humungus on a sinking line. Oakham season ticket holder Norman Foord fished a brown palmer off the bank to secure an 8lb 2oz beauty.
 
The main basin has been providing the most sport to anglers this week with blobs and boobies on various sinking lines being the main tactics and the rudder anglers scoring on the breezy days experienced last week. These fish are feeding hard on the large clouds of daphnia so long drifts are the order of the day to find the numerous large pockets of fish. On days with less wind however, nymphs fished loch style have accounted for good numbers of fish in the open water of the basin. Anglers venturing down the north arm saw sport off Armley Wood which offered some shelter on the breezy days, dark nymphs being the preferred fly choice.
 
The Sailing Club Bay and up to New Zealand Point has also been productive for both bank and boat anglers, a particularly good choice late of an evening when dries in the form of bits and CDC’s have accounted for some good fish.
 
Off the bank Stocky Bay and Ernies point have also produced fish this week, again mostly to small dark nymphs. These fish are moving late on though, as in other areas on the bank, so don’t pack up too early, there’s plenty of sedge on the water of an evening. Pin fry are hatching in great numbers now with fish feeding on them in many areas, so there should be a lot of surface activity for a while throughout the day, as well as the late evenings.
Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Highlights of this special weekend include
Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
Fly tying demos
Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)
 
Rutland Water continued
 
All anglers – please remember to drink plenty of water in these extremely hot conditions and keep applying your sun cream.
 
Best Brown                11lb 5¼oz.
 
Best boat areas    Main basin.
 
Best bank areas    Normanton, Sykes Lane, Peninsula, New Zealand Point.
 
Best methods    Bank – floating lines nymphs, dries..
Boat – As above but include sinking lines, blobs, boobies, humungus etc.

Mid week boat winner        G Thrall.
 
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses   1,9,16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 

 

 Rutland Water
Weekending 11th June


Fish 1,427 (season 24,928) Returns 306 (3,880) Rod average 4.66 (6.42)
 
Devon duo John Glanfield and Richard Powlesland made their 40th visit to Rutland Water recently.  That’s a trip to Rutland from Devon every year since Rutland Water opened!  These two gentlemen have lost none of their angling skills and managed an incredible 75 fish off the bank, returning 61 of these. They took Rainbows to 4lb 4oz.  All of their fish fell to nymphs on a floating line.
 
A number of visiting anglers have enjoyed Rutland including Martin Campbell from Newport in Gwent who fished alongside guide Al Owen for four days. Martin had anticipated a floating line and nymph trip, however it was sinking lines with blobs that proved the only effective method in the strong winds.  Al guided Martin to 64 fish with Rainbows up to 3½lb.


The week was dominated by very strong winds and unfortunately on Tuesday no boats could go out on the water.
 
Boat anglers have found that the main basin is the best place to be with fish feeding on this year’s daphnia with various mini lures in different colours being used.  The fish have not been feeding excessively deep with Di3 lines popular.  Some boats did go up the arms trying to fish nymphs/dries with very little reward (swirling winds making presentation difficult) and hampered by the coloured water stirred up by the winds.  Anglers fishing on the rudder fared pretty well with the usual cast out and hang on with no to little retrieve working.
 
Competition news
Scierra Pairs
Five boats fished in this match on Saturday 10 June, taking  38 fish.  Mark Rose and Keith Jones won with 15 fish for 34lb with second place going to Alan Stearn and Nigel Angus who took 14 fish.

The Association of Major Fly Fishing Clubs hosted a Group 1 match on Saturday 10 June
    1st    Tunbridge Wells    6 points
    2nd    Invicta        5 points
    3rd    Fish Hawks        4 points
    4th    Rutland Water     3 points
    5th    Bewl            2 points
    6th    Soldier Palmers    1 point
It was a great result for Tunbridge Wells’ team members Vince and Sean Brooks, Bob Holland, Andrew Green, Bob Shaw and Mark Tremain-Coker, they managed a very creditable 35 fish in blustery conditions.  Andrew Green took the best fish of the match – a specimen of 3lb 7½oz.
 
Bank anglers have had to contend with blustery winds.  However, fish were caught with Bill Coppin of Norfolk taking 8 fish with nymphs (and returning others) from the Normanton bank.  Fish are feeding on this year’s pin fry
Rutland Water continued
 
around the shoreline.  It can be frustrating when fish are feeding in a few feet of water right under your rod tip.  Small dries and nymphs covering fish repeatedly works well for the patient angler.
 
Best Rainbow            5lb 8oz taken by Tom Daly of Fordham.
 
Best boat areas    Main basin, Bottom of the arms (in settled weather).
 
Best bank areas    Normanton, north arm (peninsula), sailing club to New Zealand Point.
 
Best methods    Bank – floating lines nymphs, dries. Good number of fish moving (pin fry) but also late evenings adult buzzer and sedge/caenis.
Boat – sinking lines, blobs etc.

Mid week boat winner        E Forster of Stanhope.
 
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 

Rutland Water

Weekending 4th July
Fish 1,128 (season 23,501) Returns 271 (3,574)Rod average 4.16(6.57)
The best Rainbow of the week weighed 6lb 7/8oz and was taken by R O’Brien whilst fishing with Tim Morrell and guided by Al Owen.
 
Fish have changed their feeding habits this week with the big hatches of the larger species virtually coming to an end.  Boat anglers fishing the Main Basin have been catching numerous fish, including recent stock fish and a very good number of slim overwintered Rainbows. These are giving a very good account of themselves and feeding on masses of daphnia.  Bank anglers are catching in some areas.  However, those fishing into the evening are reporting lots of fish moving on the surface later on.  Some of these are taking sedge but others are taking adult buzzers that are going back onto the water to lay their eggs.
 
There should be plenty of surface activity soon as this year’s pin fry are starting to show with reports of fish movement close in to the shoreline.  Good patterns to try for these determined fish are small dries, hares ears etc, silver (pearl) ptn, fished on a short leader.
 
Fish are also feeding on the ‘demon’ shrimp. ‘Pink’ shrimp have also been sighted in the Harbour.  However, some of the larger fish are feeding on crayfish and there was evidence of this in four of the 3lb plus Rainbows caught this week.
 
On the big fish front Mark Bowler, editor of Fly Fishing and Flytying magazine, caught and released a 6lb plus Brown whilst boat fishing in the South Arm.  Mark also caught and released a mid double Pike which also fell to a black buzzer.  Toff Crowther of Oakham returned  Browns of 4lb plus and 6lb last week.  Simon and Elliot Guthrie took eight cracking Rainbows for 21lb with crunchers.  The pair took their fish down the bottom of the North Arm.
 
Weardale Fly Fishers fished Rutland at the weekend.  They opted for the Main Basin rather than the Arms and enjoyed some great sport.  Top rod amongst the group was Alan Moore with 11 fish for 21lb 14oz.  Ian Malpass took the biggest fish a 4lb 4oz Rainbow.
 
Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League
    1st    Keith Jones        8 fish
    2nd    Hilary Tomlinson    4 fish
    3rd    Chris Binley        3 fish.
The best fish on the night was taken by Chris Binley who won a free mid week boat for his fine 3lb 4½oz Rainbow.
 
RWFF Cutting Trophy Bank Match.
This was challenging and fished in a flat calm, with surface weed, and falling atmospheric pressure along with an abnormally high water temperature, now approaching 20C.
 

 
Congratulations to “Big” Dave Porter for doing so well in such testing conditions.  He caught on hoppers from the South Arm. Peter de Kremer came second and claimed the prize for best fish which weighed 2lb 6oz. Despite the conditions there were quite a number of fish showing. No doubt the forecast strong winds will cool the water down and we will see a dramatic upturn in the fishing. Our thanks to Peter for organising the event and congratulations for netting the best fish.
 
    1st    Dave Porter        4 fish for 6lb 8oz
    2nd    Peter de Kremer    2 fish for 3lb 5oz
    3rd    Neil Squires        1 fish for 1lb 10oz
 
Prospects look good, although the big buzzers are now in shorter supply there are plenty of small buzzers including sedge and damsels and caenis at night.  Expect to see a lot of surface action along the shoreline with this year’s pin fry attracting a lot of attention in any weather conditions.


At this time of year the fishery is busy so please book your boats in advance and check for availability on 01780 686441.
 
Best Rainbow            6lb 17/8oz taken by R O’Brien.
 
Best Brown                6lb taken by M Bowler.
 
Best boat areas    Main basin, aerators, a few boats are heading down the arms.
 
Best bank areas    Normanton, Sailing Club, peninsula

Midweek boat winner        Peter Welton.
 
Fish stocked                2,000.
 
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  14 & 18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 

 

Rutland Water
Weekending 28th May
Fish 2,027 (season 22,373) Returns 430(3,303)Rod average 4.61(6.77)
Anglers have enjoyed a healthy rod average at Rutland of 4.61 for the week.  The bottom of the South Arm with Manton and Lax Hill  produced a number of Rainbows between 3 and 5lb.  Anglers are opting for the imitative approach of buzzers, crunchers and diawl bach on floating lines. As you would expect these big over wintered fish are not easy to catch and therefore patience has been a key part of the session.
 
John Wadham writes “The 6lb 8oz Brown I caught last week is a personal best since 1998 and was caught on a size 16 dry Bob’s bit 10m out from the bank. I also had one of 5lb 8oz; chased the fish up and down the bank.
This is turning out to be the best season for decades.”  Bank anglers are reporting lots of fish moving late in the evening, often within a few feet of the bank and dry fly is working well.  Fish are feeding on adult buzzer.
 
There are still good numbers of buzzer and olives hatching down the bottoms of both arms. Vast areas of the reservoir are producing fish including the Finches in the North Arm, Armley Wood and Barnhill.  Anglers have also reported good numbers of daphnia feeding fish in the open water of the main basin, orange being the key colour whether in the  form of blobs or snakes – fished on a variety of sinking lines.  The fishing lodge harbour frontage to East Creek is also holding a lot of fish, best targeted on dark nymphs and floating/midge tip lines.  
 
The best Brown of the week was a superb specimen of 6lb 14oz falling to the rod of S Derby of Sheffield.
 
Not trout related – but there are reports of quite a few large bream into double figures falling to nymphs, surprising a lot of anglers when they come to the surface.
 
The hot weather has made conditions challenging at times but fish have generally still been found in the top three feet of water.

Competition news
Retired head ranger John Seaton held his annual Hunt Service Competition on 22 May.  38 anglers caught 135 fish between them with the best Rainbow falling to ‘Chalky’ at 4lb 8oz.  This was also the biggest Rainbow of the week.  The best Brown of the day fell to Neil Bailey with a 4lb 2oz specimen.  Best bag of the day went to John Farnsworth with 8 fish for 17lb 7oz, Peter de Kremer was second with 8 fish for 16lb 11oz and third place went to Ken Shaw with 8 fish for 16lb 10oz.
 
 The best boat pairing went to Peter de Kremer and Angus Smith with 16 fish for 32lb 9oz.  Local father and son pairing John and Ben Farnsworth were second with 13 quality rudder caught fish for 30lb 4oz.  Terry Wright and Olly Shepherd weighed in 16 fish for 29lb 10oz to take third place.  All credit to John Seaton who took 8 fish for 18lb 2oz but sportingly relinquished the top rod position in his own match.
Rutland Water continued
 
 
Week three of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw Graham Measures take best bag with 6 fish for 10lb 4½oz.  Second place went to Geoff Wanless with four fish for 7lb 7½oz and third place went to Neil Walsh with three fish for 5lb 12½oz.  The biggest fish of the evening was a solid 3lb Rainbow falling to the rod of season ticket holder Rob Teasdale.
 
Best Rainbow            4lb 8oz taken during John Seaton’s match.
 
Best Brown                6lb 14oz taken by S Derby of Sheffield.

Midweek boat winner        Mark Newton of Market Harborough.
 
Fish stocked                6,000.
 
Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  3, 14 & 18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

 Rutland Water
Weekending 14th May
Fish 2,097 (season 17,158) Returns 371 (2,381)Rod average 5.65(7.2)
Anglers are enjoying exceptional fishing at Rutland Water with plenty of fish in many areas around the reservoir. Season ticket holder Cameron Neil recorded the biggest Brown of the season so far – a superb 10lb 2 1/8oz specimen.  Big fish are again featuring with some over wintered Rainbows amongst the big Browns.

Roger Oliver from Sheffield had a great day last Friday with five quality Rainbows averaging 3½lb, the best of these was a 4lb specimen.  Roger used a slender olive nymph on a floating line.  He also returned a brace of 4lb Browns.  Roger Marshall bank fished the North shore and netted Rainbows of similar size with these fish feeding on corixa and some on fry.

Al Owen who guides at Rutland Water, recorded a splendid 5lb 2oz Rainbow to his boat last week.  Al guided father and son pairing Roger and Matthew Coates.  Matthew said he had a “brilliant day” and he and his father took 21 fish with Rainbows to 3lb and Browns to 4lb.

Boat angler Bill Ward and bank angler Mick Connor both recorded fish over 7lb.  Tony Storey had a 6lb 4 1/8oz cracker last Tuesday while fishing with his usual boat partner Ken Salmon. Tony was grateful to Ken as he’d given him a black buzzer to catch his fish.

A group of eleven anglers from Scotland enjoyed a great four day trip to Rutland Water recording and returning 650 fish.

Fred Pike and Mike Stone travelled up to Rutland from Devon for their annual May fishing trip and had a great three days fishing, both catching their 8 fish limits.  The pair took advantage of advice from Rutland Ranger Nigel Savage before heading out to the best areas each day. Adrian Baggerley, from Nottinghamshire, enjoyed a great day last week taking 8 fish for 27lb from the South Arm.

2,097 fish were caught last week, of which 1,069 were returned.  Both these figures exclude the fish caught during the Bob Church Classic.  The best tactics for bank anglers are nymphs, black or green buzzer, hares ear, crunchers (ptn). Dries are working well with fish moving on settled days and late evenings.  Boat anglers are using similar tactics but are including midge tip with FAB on the point and nymphs. Various sinking lines with large and mini lures and fry patterns are working.


Competition news
The popular Tuesday Night Boat League started last week.
13 anglers fished on a cold evening.  Big fish expert Keith Jones won a free boat for the biggest fish on the night – a cracking 4lb 7oz Rainbow.  Neil Squires was top rod with four quality fish for 12lb 11oz. Neil’s bag included a 4lb Brown. Second place on the night went to Rich Cooper with Hilary Tomlinson placed third.



Bob Church Classic.
This was the 30th anniversary of this match which was fished on Sunday 14 May. 106 anglers took to the boats.  Allan McLachlan was top rod weighing in at 15.55 for a 3lb time bonus and a total bag weight of36lb 6¼oz.
    1st    Allan McLachlan    36lb 6¼oz
    2nd    Iain Barr        31lb 4½oz
    3rd    Laurie Taylor    30lb 15oz
    4th    John Hardy        29lb 5½oz
    5th    Steve Cullen        27lb 15¼oz
    6th    Murray Hunter    26lb 8oz

Best Rainbow            5lb 2oz taken by Al Owen of Cranwell.

Best Brown                7lb 6oz taken by Neil Cameron.


Best boat areas    Bottom of both arms, Sykes Lane, Normanton, Sailing Club, Carrot Creek, Church Bay.

Best bank areas    Normanton, the Dam, Sykes Lane, Whitwell Creek.

Best methods    Bank – nymphs, dries, lures (floating line).
Boat – as for bank but include midge tip, various sinking lines with the above plus mini and large lures, and fry patterns.

Midweek boat winner        A Weatherey of Cambridge.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  19 & 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July  and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August

 

 

Rutland Water
Fish 1,739 (season 15,061) Returns 271 (2,010)Rod average 6.41(7.49)
Despite the cold weather anglers caught plenty of fish last week.  Both bank and boat fishermen were again rewarded with large numbers of good quality fish. Many silvered up stock fish and good numbers of overwintered specimens were reported from several areas of the reservoir. Sunday 7 May was Rutland Water’s 40th anniversary – celebrations are planned for 15 and 16 July; more information will follow.

Trout and Salmon editor Andrew Flitcroft had an early morning assault on the Dam and came up trumps with the best fish of the week - a super specimen Brown trout that was estimated at ‘a good seven pounds’.  This fish fell to a Bob’s Bit dry fly and was quickly returned. Fellow season ticket holder Dave Warner also found fish on the Dam with three 4lb Browns and a 5lb 7oz specimen backed up with a 4lb Rainbow.  All of his fish fell to buzzer tactics.

Graham Hayward fished with Toff Crowther last Saturday lunchtime using a mixture of dries and lures.  Graham had five good fish with a 4lb 8oz Brown and Rainbows averaging 3½lb fishing down the South Arm.  Hatches of buzzer continue to come off, however, anglers were witnessing bigger than average hatches of olives, with big fish showing on top, especially on Saturday, with lighter winds and overcast conditions all day.

The cold, mainly easterly winds, maintained low air temperatures, however there were plenty of areas of water to fish in comfort, including Yellowstones, Hambleton Wood, Old Hall and Green Bank and to a lesser extent Barnsdale and Dickensons Bay, not forgetting the Dam itself, which is where the biggest fish of the week was caught.  

The Hare’s ear nymph is a general purpose nymph that works very well on Rutland as proved by season ticket holder Malcolm Janik.  Malcolm netted quality fish off Whitwell Creek, the best of which was a 5lb Brown.  Other notable fish caught off the boats included a 7lb Brown weighed and returned by Peter Brewer during an Invicta Club match, this fish fell to a diawl bach.


Competition news
Invicta Flyfishers from Grafham visited Rutland last Saturday.  Organiser Mark Searle thanked the Rutland Fishery staff for a great day’s fishing.  25 anglers took to the boats and caught 188 fish.  Mark himself was top rod with 23 fish, he returned a Brown estimated at around 6lb. Another notable catch went to David Moore who recorded his ‘best day ever’ with 16 fish.
Forthcoming matches include the popular Tuesday Night Boat League which starts this Tuesday 9 May.
The Bob Church Classic will be fished on Sunday 14 May – all boats are booked.




Best Rainbow            3lb 12oz taken by Graham Hayward.

Best boat areas    Yellowstones to Green Bank.  Dickinsons to Cardiac Hill, Barnsdale, Sykes Lane to Monument and Fantasy to Blue Pipes.

Best bank areas    Old Hall, Green Bank, the Dam, Whitwell Creek.

Best methods    Bank – floating lines with nymphs and dries and a few on lures.
Boat – as for bank but include midge tips, Di3 and Di5, large and small lures and boobies.

Fish stocked                3,000.

Midweek boat winner        Dave Bradshaw of North Luffenham.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses  13, 19 & 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May


Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July

 

 

 Rutland Water

Weekending 30th April

Fish 2,920 (season 13,322) Returns 393 (1,739)Rod average 7.43(7.66)
Rutland Water continues to provide excellent sport with anglers recording a rod average of 7.43 for the week.  More than half the fish caught this week were returned safely to the water. Anglers are full of praise for the superb sport with fish coming from many areas of the reservoir.

There have been a lot of overwintered Rainbows and Browns caught. The heaviest Brown this week, which sent the scales around to 6lb 1¼oz, was taken by Rutland Water Fly Fishers member and season ticket holder Brian Bonner. Brian fished off the North shore of the reservoir, with a black buzzer fished deep to secure his specimen. Another fish worthy of merit was caught by Graham York from Cowbit, near Spalding whilst boat fishing last Thursday.  Graham’s fish weighed 5lb 15¼oz and fell to a Humungus lure.
Local Guide Al Owen took Tim Morrell to the south arm and amongst an impressive bag of fish, was Tim’s personal best ever Brown, Which Al estimated between six and seven pounds before being returned.

Bigger Rainbows are showing more and more with the biggest of the week taken by season ticket holder Tony Tibbert of Oakham bringing a 5lb 9oz beauty to the scales. Tony boat fished the south arm, using a sinking line and a humungus. Keith Jones from Peterborough was again amongst the overwintered fish with 4 rainbows around the 4lb mark, again from the south arm.  

Top boat spots are from the transformer at the top of the north arm right the way through the main basin, Barnsdale, Cardiac Hill, Old Hall, Sailing club, Yellowstones  to Manton bay in the south arm. An impressive 135 boats were out last Friday, Saturday and Sunday, many anglers were taking advantage of the three day holiday packages, with good numbers making their usual pilgrimage from Scotland.

Weather conditions fluctuated all week with very cold winds coming in with a little bit of sleet appearing on some days. Fly hatches were again noticeable with masses of buzzers coming off, while there were also hatches of olives reported in some areas with hawthorn flies about, however no sign of fish coming up for them.
Fish are also feeding on snails, whilst last year’s fry are also evident especially in the over wintered Browns and Rainbows.


Bank anglers were also reporting plenty of fish especially along Old Hall, Yellowstones, Barn Hill Creek, Whitwell Creek and when the wind eased later at the week end the Normanton bank.  The warmer evenings saw anglers casting to many, many fish late on, looks like it’s time to get out the dry fly rod If the weather stays settled!!.

Fish stocking at the moment, has seen 27,600 fish released this season, compared to 25,000 at the same time last year.   Prospects are excellent.

Best Rainbow            5lb 9oz taken by Tony Tibbert of Oakham.

Best Brown                6 1¼oz taken by Brian Bonner.

Best boat areas    Many areas including bottom of both arms.  The main basin, Old Hall, Barnsdale, Sailing Club, fishing lodge frontage.

Best bank areas    Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Whitwell front, Old Hall up to Yellowstones, New Zealand Point to Sailing Club.

Best methods    Bank – floating line with buzzers, hares ear, ptn’s and dries.
Boat – as for bank but include midge tips, various lures (blobs, cormorants, boobies, humungus and fry patterns).

Fish stocked                2,000.

Midweek boat winner        Phil Harney of Bradford.


Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 7, 13, 19 & 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Troutmasters Fish Off Saturday 6 May – junior and senior, 10am to 6pm.
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441

 

 

 Rutland Water
Weekending 23rd April
Fish 2,151(season 10,402) Returns 322 (1,346) Rod average 6.68(7.72)
It’s been another fantastic week at Rutland Water with fish being caught in many areas, from the bottom of both arms right through to the main basin.

Multiple catches are being reported every day.  Anglers seeking overwintered fish, rather than catching in large numbers, have been rewarded with fin perfect Browns and Rainbows of over 6lb and 5lb respectively.  One angler doing just that was Toff Crowther who netted 8 fish for 27lb 4oz, including Rainbows up to 5lb 2oz. Toff has had seven fish over 5lb already this season.

Keith Jones is another angler experiencing a great season and has landed three fish over 6lb so far.  This week Keith netted a Brown of 6lb 4½oz (returning another even bigger Brown) and added seven quality Rainbows for a bag weight of 29lb 12oz. Boat angler Iain Barr returned a Brown estimated around 6½oz. Both Keith and Iain boat fished the bottom of the Arms.

On the bank Nigel Savage caught and returned a 5lb 2oz Brown which fell to a slowly fished fry pattern off the Dam wall. Big Browns have been found in many areas plus there are good Rainbows in the 3-5lb range starting to show.

Fish are feeding hard on the heavy hatches of buzzer.  However, some of the big fish are feeding in great numbers on snails.       

Anglers are travelling from far and wide, including Aberdeenshire, the north east, Lancashire and Wales.  Recently a group from the Leeds Fly Dressers Guild enjoyed a great day at Rutland with plenty of fish.  Our three day boat packages are very popular.  Six members of the Fly Tiers Club of Flanders travelled from Belgium and enjoyed three days of top fishing at Rutland with some superb Browns and Rainbows.  Rutland Ranger Nigel Savage met up with the group organiser, Bruno Jannes, and offered some topical tips on fishing Rutland.  Bruno said his group were very impressed with the fishing and they plan a return trip in September.

Last weekend the reservoir was busy and it was very rewarding to know that all 80 boats contained pleasure anglers, with no competitions whatsoever, a great testament to how well Rutland is fishing.

Many areas of the reservoir are producing fish with boats accounting for fish from the bottom of the Arms, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Sailing Club, the Main Basin, Church Bay and Barnsdale.  Bank anglers caught fish from Yellowstone, Old Hall, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Barn Hill Creek, the Dam and Normanton.



Rutland Water continued



A reminder that the popular Tuesday Evening Boat League starts on 9 May.  Please call Rutland Fishing Lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.


Best Rainbow             5lb 2oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Best Brown                6lb 4½oz taken by Keith Jones.

Best boat areas    Bottom of either arm, Yellowstones, Old Hall, Sailing Club, Barnsdale, the Main basin, Church Bay.



Best bank areas    Normanton, Sykes Lane, Peninsula, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Barn Hill, Carrot Creek and East Creek.

Best methods    Bank – floating lines with buzzers, nymphs and dries on calm days.
Boat – as for bank, include midge tips, some using various sinking lines with large and small lures.

Fish stocked                2,000.

Midweek boat winner        Martin Blakeston of Corby.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 22 & 27 April; 7, 13, 19 & 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441

 

 

Rutland Water
Weekending 16th April
Fish 3,260 (season 8,251) Returns 435 (1,024)Rod average 7.49 (8.05)
Rutland Water’s Rainbows were served to the Queen last week. 30 Rainbow trout, caught at Rutland Water during a match organised by John Horsey, were the main ingredients of a delicious starter of Flaked Tian of Rutland Water Trout served on an oat cake biscuit crumb and finished with crème fraiche, soused cucumber and a saffron mayonnaise.  The lunch followed the Maundy Thursday service attended by the Queen and Prince Philip at Leicester Cathedral.

Rutland Water is in impressive form with plenty of fish being caught and an increasing number of overwintered fish including Browns.

The best Rainbow of the week was a superb 5lb 11oz specimen caught by season ticket holder Wal Holynski of Leicester.  This was Wal’s best ever Rainbow.  There were plenty of 3-4lb Rainbows recorded last week with many responding to buzzer tactics, either on floating lines or midge tip.  Barry Sobey, Graham Hayward, Ted Cornish, Roger Gill and Cameron Neil all reported Browns in the 5-6lb range and many others around 3-4lb.  The biggest fish of the week was a Brown of 7lb 8oz caught by Nigel Savage.  Nigel, who is familiar to many as one of Rutland’s rangers, commented that there are good numbers of fish in this weight range and bigger!

There have been some amazing buzzer hatches and the fish are generally feeding hard on these.  One or two fish are on snails, whilst some of the bigger specimens landed have been feeding on roach fry and bullheads.  Anglers have been full of praise for the quality of the fish (including the stock fish) all are in superb condition and feeding hard.

Best Rainbow            5lb 11oz taken by Wal Holynski.

Best Brown                7lb 8oz taken by Nigel Savage.

Best boat areas    The main basin, bottom of South Arm, Cardiac Hill to Barnsdale, Sykes Lane, Church Bay.

Best bank areas    Normanton, Sykes Lane, Armley Wood to Barn Hill Creek, Yellowstones to Old Hall.

Best methods    Floating line/midge tip, buzzers/nymphs.  Various sinking lines with blobs, boobies, fry patterns also working (bank & boat).

Fish stocked                2,000

Midweek boat winner        Tony Ward of Guilsborough.


Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 22 & 27 April; 7, 13, 19 & 26 May; 3, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441

Rutland Water
Weekending 9th April
Fish 2,837 (season 4,991) Returns 270 (589)Rod average 10.5(8.47)
Rutland is buzzing!  Both Browns and Rainbows are feeding heavily on the early buzzer hatches which are coming off in huge numbers, including large buzzers which are normally associated with the May/June period.  All this has resulted in another great week on the reservoir with lots of fish caught.  Season ticket holders Ron Oldroyd and Paul Wild had a very successful day afloat down the South Arm using buzzer tactics with 32 fish, many of which were overwintered.

Bank anglers Mick Connor and John Lee came across overwintered fish off the Peninsula last Friday evening.  Amongst the overwintered fish have been Rainbows up to 4-5lb and numbers of Browns in the 4-5lb region. One fine specimen was a Brown estimated at over 6lb returned by Mark Rose whilst he was fishing in the Sportfish Team Challenge Competition on Sunday. 

Simon Ashton fishes Rutland regularly.  Simon writes “Just to let you know that I fished Rutland on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Both arms fished really well to black buzzers and roach fry patterns. I took some good grown on Rainbows of 3-4lb range, 4 Browns around 4lb returned as well as a lot of recently introduced fish. However two notable fish were an 18lb pike and a 5lb 8oz Brown.”

The weather was varied last week with cool northerly and easterly winds early in the week resulting in a significant number of fish moving off the dam in the late afternoon and evening.  The brighter hot, cloudless conditions over the weekend made no difference to the fishing with great numbers of fish caught in the Anglers World Sportfish match (see Competition News).

It’s good to welcome several newcomers to Rutland this season, with many catching their first ever Rutland trout.  The Tuesday Night Boat League starts on 9 May.  This popular event is open to everyone and it’s very straightforward to take part.  Book in at the fishing lodge from 5pm onwards with boats going out at 6pm.  Supper delivered by ‘Syd’s Fish and Chip Shop’ is available at an additional cost, with a free cold drink provided by Anglian Water after the weigh in.  The league runs from 9 May through to the middle of August with a free midweek boat awarded to the angler with the biggest fish caught on the night each week. Each week the heaviest six bags earn points with a prize awarded at the end of the series.



Competition news
AWAI Northern heat 3 April
Rutland Water hosted a North of England heat of this popular international. There were some outstanding bags of fish and the match fished to a rod average of 11.6.  The top five teams have qualified to fish in the Northern Regional Final at Rutland on 10 July.
    1st    Northern Drifters            84 fish for 192lb 15¾oz
    2nd    New Angling Patriots        84 fish for 187lb 10 7/8oz
    3rd    Team Vision                83 fish for 184lb 7½lb
    4th    Iain Barr Flyfishing Costa A    80 fish for 172lb 9oz
    5th    Soldier Palmers A            77 fish for 172lb 3¾oz
Tom Finney, fishing for 7th placed Iain Barr Fly Fishing Team Costa B, took the best fish at 5lb 13oz and also the best bag weighing in at 35lb 12½oz.

Anglers World Individual 8 April
Fished in excellent conditions at Rutland this match achieved a rod average of 12.05. Richard Kesek weighed in the best fish at 3lb 12oz.  It was a very close finish  -  the top four anglers were
    1st    Jim Rigby              16 fish for 36lb 7oz
    2nd    Mark Redfern       16 fish for 36lb 6oz
    3rd    David Hoppe        16 fish for 35lb 14oz
    4th    John Hood          16 fish for 35lb 6oz
   
Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
This match for teams of six anglers fished to a rod average of 15.06 with some terrific bags of fish.
    1st    Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs    96 fish for 212lb 6oz
    2nd    Team Vision                        92 fish for 205lb 7oz
    3rd    Renegades                          83 fish for 183lb 5oz

Best Rainbow            4lb 2½oz taken by Lindsay Simpson.

Best Brown                5lb 13oz taken by Tom Finney.

Best boat areas    Middle area of North Arm, bottom of the South Arm, Normanton/Sykes Lane.

Best bank areas    Normanton, Sykes Lane, Yellowstone, Peninsula.


Best methods    Buzzers, floating line (bung), straight lining.

Fish stocked                2,000.

Midweek boat winner        John Eaton of Horncastle.



Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May

 

 

 Rutland Water
Weekending 2nd April

Fish 773 (season 2,154) Returns 104 (319)Rod average 7.43(6.75)
Rutland Water is fishing extremely well with lots of fish being reported from most areas.  Fly hatches, with buzzers in particular, are coming off in massive numbers, although small in size there are bigger ones hatching off.

The bottom of both arms are now open and some boats are seeking out the bigger specimens.  Oakham’s Toff Crowther is no stranger to catching big fish.  Toff fished off the South Arm with his Granddad Tony Tibbert.  Toff came up trumps again with a cracking 6lb 7¾oz Rainbow.  The pair boated 16 fish for 46lb 9oz.  Edith Weston’s ‘Big’ Dave Porter fished with Tony Ward and had a great day with 20 fish ‘on the buzzer’.  Their best fish went 5lb.  Top guide Al Owen’s boat did very well with 16 fish for 48lb.  Bank angler and season ticket holder Rob Teesdale caught and returned a cracking brown of around 6lb.

Nigel Savage returned a Brown of around 5lb.  Other Browns of a similar size have been returned. This season’s stock Browns are showing in some areas. On certain days there has been a substantial rise and fish have been moving on the dam when the easterly winds blow.

Competition news
The Independence Day Trophy was fished on Saturday 1 April.  Awarded for the biggest fish on the day the trophy went to long term season ticket holder Mike Barrett from Sheffield.  Mike won the trophy and a free mid week boat.  His winning fish was a 5lb 4¼oz Brown.  Steve Alcock came close to taking the trophy but fell just short with a Rainbow of 5lb 3¼oz.

At this time of year the reservoir is very popular so please check in advance for boat availability, particularly at the weekends.  

Best Rainbow            6lb 7¾oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Best Brown                5lb 4½oz taken by Mike Barrett
                                                of Sheffield.

Best boat areas    Most areas are producing well.

Best bank areas    See report.

Best methods    Bank -  Floating lines with nymphs, dries, lures.
    Boat –  As for bank plus various sinking lines.

Fish stocked                2,000.



Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 5,15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglers World Individual 8 April
Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May

 

 

Rutland Water
Fish 497 (season 1,381) Returns 85 (215)Rod average 5.84(6.42)

It’s been an excellent week at Rutland Water with an overall rod average of 5.84.  The strong East winds saw bank anglers fishing the North shore of the reservoir and the south side of the peninsula for the first few days with great success.  Many fish have been falling to buzzer patterns, however by the end of the week a good number of fish had moved off shore following the food.

Boat anglers are reporting ‘fish everywhere’.  Among those fishing were Kristian Sveda and Jozeff Galdos on holiday in Rutland all the way from Slovakia.  The pair fished Rutland on Thursday, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe on Friday and Saturday respectively, returning to fish Rutland on their final day.  Kristian described the fishing as ‘crazy’ with a multiple catch between them of over 60 fish with the majority falling to buzzer patterns.  They hope to return to Rutland in October.

Boat anglers are reporting plenty of fish with steady numbers of overwintered fish showing.  Buzzers and nymphs are proving effective, but all manner of flies are working from lures large and small to fry patterns.

Out of season Browns are showing with two reported of good size.

Oakham’s Toff Crowther fished with his granddad, long time season ticket holder, Tony Tibbert.  Toff hooked into a 6½lb specimen and reported lots of other big fish showing/following as well.  The pair had a great day with over 40 fish caught).

Ranger Nigel Savage witnessed a very solid looking Brown caught by Chris Evans of Stamford.  Chris caught this fine specimen, estimated around 6½ - 7lb, whilst buzzer fishing off the Whitwell frontage.  Chris also had a few more overwintered specimens and Rainbows.

The Independence Day Trophy will be fished this coming Saturday, 1 April.  The trophy and prize will be awarded for the biggest trout (Rainbow or Brown) weighed in no later than 5pm.

1 April marks the start of the Brown season and the date when winter restrictions will be lifted around the shoreline, giving full access to boats down to the bottom of both arms.

On 3 April Rutland will host the Northern heat of the Anglian Water Airflo International.  Another date for the diary is Tuesday 9 May when our popular Tuesday Evening Boat League starts.

At this time of year the reservoir is very popular so please check in advance for boat availability, particularly at the weekends.  




Best Brown                Estimated 6½ - 7lb.

Best boat areas    The main basin, Sykes Lane, Normanton.  Yellowstones, Old Hall, Berrybutt Spinney.

Best bank areas     Normanton, Sykes Lane, Inmans Spinney to Yellowstones.

Best methods    Bank -  Floating lines, buzzers working well.
    Boat – As for bank plus various lines from floating through to fast sinking.  Lures, large and small, buzzers and fry patterns.

Mid week boat winner        Bill Rolph of Easton on the Hill.

Fish stocked        2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 30 March; 5,15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April
Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 3 April
Anglers World Individual 8 April
Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May

Last Updated on Monday, 27 November 2017 18:31