Tuesday, 06 September 2016 08:09

Wedekly Fishery Report

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Week ending 4 September 2016


Perfect start to predator season at Grafham and Rutland

29lb Pike at Grafham Water plus plenty of Perch and Zander

27lb Pike at Rutland Water


Rutland Water 01780 686441; Grafham Water 01480 810531;

Pitsford, Ravensthorpe & Hollowell 01604 781350,

Taverham Mills Fishery 01603 861014; Alton Water 01473 589105

Recreation Dept Anglian Water 01572 653021

Rutland Water

Fish week 234(Season 27,452) Returns 87 (6,224) Rod average 2.68 (4.41)

It’s been a steady week at Rutland Water. The best fish of the week fell to Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.  Phil netted a lovely 5lb ¾oz Rainbow.

Boat fishing was good in the main basin, especially around the aerators, with some boats recording 16 fish within 3-4 hours with lures on sinking lines.  Rudder anglers drifting through the main basin capitalised on this as well, trailing tube flies/snakes behind the boat. Anglers venturing down the arms were rewarded with Keith Jones, Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward all reporting numbers of good fish of 3lb plus around the weed beds of the North and South Arms. 

Bank anglers are taking a few fish around the shoreline.  These are fit, conditioned Rainbows and Browns up to 4lb.  It’s well worth a visit to the bank – try and cover as much bank as you can, particularly the weed beds.

Prospects look very good if the weather remains settled.  There are plenty of fish in the main basin especially around the aerators. The bottom of both arms and around the miles of shoreline are worth investigating with dries, nymphs and fry patterns.  The same applies to bank anglers who are prepared to search the shoreline.

Fish are feeding on sticklebacks, fry (roach and perch), corixa, snails and shrimp.  There are no signs yet of fish feeding on daddies (there are a steady number about).  A late season hatch of olives would be interesting for boat anglers down the Arms.

Predator fishing started well for both Zander and Pike anglers.  Numerous Zander to 8lb have been taken and Pike to 27lb with reports of three other Pike over the 20lb mark.

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 14 and 15 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Boat availability is limited during the coming weekends – please book well in advance.

Best Rainbow 5lb ¾oz taken by Phil Welbourne of Market Deeping.

Best boat areas                                 The main basin, bottom of both arms.

Best bank areas           Normanton, New Zealand Point, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek.

Rutland Water continued

Best methods  Bank – Dries, nymphs and fry patterns.

            Boat – as for bank and include various sinking lines and variety of lures/ tubes large and small.

Mid week boat winner                        M Hughes of Corwen.

Fish stocked    3,000.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses 11,17 & 25 September; 9,16,22 & 29(Pike) October  
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
WaterAid boat competition 16 September
Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September

Anglian Water Airflo International 3-5 October
Autumn Pairs (rudder and non rudder) 8 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 29 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 4 December

Grafham Water
Fish Season 437 (Season 18,763) Returns 82 (3,289) Rod average 5.32 (5.7)

The best fish of the week at Grafham Water was a lovely Rainbow of 5lb 4oz taken by Pat Patel.  This cracking fish was taken from the Dam on a black buzzer. Another notable catch went to Mr Whitmore who took a 4lb 4oz Rainbow. Ryan Campbell landed a 29 fish haul in a single session for the best bag of the week.

The recent change in weather conditions has meant fish are reluctant to feed.  Fish are right up in the water with anglers reporting that going beyond 3 feet is too deep.  Remember though, that fish are more likely to spook when feeding in the surface layers.

Anglers are reporting mixed results with some taking bags over the 20 fish mark and others are struggling to get a pull.  The best areas seem to be where the water has good clarity, particularly Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay and West Bank.

The best techniques are to fish floating lines with fast glass tips, diawl bachs and crunchers strung between boobies on the point and hares ears on the dropper.  There are still plenty of snails about and these are abundant in stomach contents so it’s worth trying to tempt the snail feeders.

Grafham Water continued

Areas fishing well include Savages Creek, between the two boils (drifting), the middle (drifting), the Dam and Sanctuary Bay.  Other areas worth a try are between G Buoy and the Willows.  Rainbow Point has also been fishing well so give it a go next time you take a boat out.

The Dam has been fishing very well with most fish coming early or late in the day.  Snails are the main food source for fish feeding close to the bank, with shrimp and fry also popular food items.  Diawl Bachs and buzzers are producing when fished washing line method and left to drift in an arc or retrieved on a slow figure of eight.

We are doing some bank work around the Seat, cutting back overgrown grass and vegetation, to allow for easier access for anglers.  It’s currently very shallow off the Seat, although wading out 20-30 yards to the deeper water is likely to produce fish, particularly on shrimp patterns.

The start of the lure fishing season has been fantastic with plenty of fish landed.  Perch up to 4lb have been caught with hauls of up to 200 Perch per boat in a single session.  We have had a number of Pike out this week including two 20 pounders, with the biggest weighing in at over 20lb!  Zander have also been on show with some fantastic doubles landed.

Ash Bradley says he had a fantastic day “A real red letter day saw me bank a trio of double figure zander to 11lb and one which fell just before the magic mark – a total of 12 Zander to my name”.

For all those who enjoyed, or perhaps missed out on, our first 50th Anniversary Match, now is the time to enter the second Pairs Boat Match. Join us on Saturday 24 September as we celebrate the reservoir’s 50th anniversary in style.  The match will be fished to relaxed international rules, drifting boats and no time bonus. With cash prizes and concluding with a barbecue with drinks it promises to be a very enjoyable day.  Call the fishing Lodge on 01480 810531 to enter or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Best Rainbow 5lb 4oz taken by B Patel.

Best boat areas            West bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat, Savages Creek, Rainbow Point.

Best bank areas           The Seat and north and south Dam, Plummers.

Best methods     See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Mr John Will of Hatfield.

Grafham Water continued

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 18 & 28 September; 7,15 and 30 October.

Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)

Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September

EYFA Youth National 11 September
Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors

50th Anniversary Pairs Boat Match 24 September

Lure Anglers 25 September

Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 1 October
B C Hall 6 October

Fry Feeders Match 16 October

Anglian Water Rudder Match 22 October

Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 27 November

Pitsford Water

The rod average for Pitsford this week is a healthy 3.6 with both boat and bank anglers enjoying decent sport.  Fish are in the top couple of feet and willing to chase.

The main basin continues to fish really well with drifts across the open water proving successful.  There are also reports of fish now beginning to appear in numbers in the Narrows.

Bank anglers have had some success with the best areas being the Gravels and Northfield Shore.  The fish in these areas are now clearly feeding on shrimp and anglers using imitation patterns fished in the margins have had most success.

Competition news

EFFA Match 1 September
This EFFA match was fished against an Army team.  24 anglers caught 119 fish for a rod average of 5.  EFFA anglers caught 59 fish with the Army going one fish better at 60.  However, EFFA won with a 3lb margin.  Top individual was Ian Peberdy with 7 fish for 15lb 13oz.  Sean Hanlon was second with 6 fish for 14lb 10oz.  Third place went to John Gammon with 6 fish for 14lb 2oz.  The best fish was caught by David Froggatt with a Rainbow of 3lb 15oz.  The anglers observed a minute’s silence in memory of EFFA member Micahel Stevens who sadly passed away on 10 August.

Pitsford Water continued

Due to stock taking please note that items of tackle etc will not be available to purchase from 11 am on 5 and 6 September.  The Lodge will remain open for boat hire and permit sales.

Forthcoming events

Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May
Beginners courses  16 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA Match 8 September.

East Midland FF Match 11 September

Polish Lure Anglers Match 17 September

Lure Anglers Society Match 8 October

MNTF Match 9 October

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish Season 10,083 Returns 1,464 Rod average 6.8
A week of mixed sport at Ravensthorpe and on some days trout have been difficult to tempt with fly. Season ticket holder Grant Gibson enjoyed some good sport on Thursday.  Grant took 8 fish on a claret hopper.  His boat partner also took three fish on dries.  Frazer Duffy Junior had a good day on Thursday taking 5 fish on bob’s bits.

The fish are up in the water and small dries fished on top have been the best method. Claret hoppers, small daddies, bob’s bits, cdc’s are all worth trying, drifting across the main bowl.

Bank anglers have been catching one or two fish from the Dam or Platform 5.  Small dries, diawl bachs or nymphs on a floating line are the best method.

GWFFA Dry Fly Day and BBQ at Ravensthorpe  on Sunday 21st August 2016.
16 members of GWFFA enjoyed a day at Ravensthorpe  where only dry flies were used. The bright and very windy conditions proved challenging from drifting boats. Most fish were caught in the calmer water near The Clump, The Domes and The Tall Willows. All the fish caught were released. Top angler on the day showing great skill with the dry fly was Brian Calvert using a size 16 green CDC. Other anglers caught on orange and fiery brown Bobs bits.

1st       Brian Calvert                           10 fish.
2nd      Martin Brocklebank                   7 fish.
3rd       Harley Smith                           6 fish.

Best Rainbow 2lb 8oz taken by Paul Miley.

Best boat areas                                    Main Bowl.

Best bank                                            Dam, Platforms 4,5 and 6.

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        J Spencer of Northampton.

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

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