Week ending 29 October 2017

Anglian Water Fur & Feather matches
These are always popular and great fun – call the lodges now to enter

Ravensthorpe  (boat) 5 November (01604 770875)

Pitsford Water (boat) 11 November (01604 781350)

Grafham Water (bank) 26 November (01480 810531)

Rutland Water (bank) 3 December (01780 686441)

Countdown to the new season

Opening dates for Anglian Water’s ‘big four’

Ravensthorpe              24 February

Pitsford Water             25 February

Grafham Water           3 March

Rutland Water            10 March


Open House at Pitsford Water

Saturday 18 February
Come and meet Anglian Water’s Fisheries team from 10am to 3pm.


Choice of four Season Permits
starting at £265 and valid at all four of our great fisheries


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


Ravensthorpe Reservoir will be the first of our fisheries to open on Friday 24 February, followed by Pitsford Water on Saturday 25 February.  Grafham Water opens on Friday 3 March and Rutland Water on Friday 10 March.


Open House at Pitsford Water 18 February – fishery opens 25 February

Come and meet Anglian Water’s fisheries team from 10am to 3pm.  This is a great opportunity to meet with fishery staff. There’s also the chance to brush up on your casting skills with Peter Hartley our senior coach.  As well as the usual rods Peter’s going to have a couple of salmon rods handy for anyone who wants to try double handed casting.  Flash Attack Flies and Snowbee will be present. Free sausage baps and hot drinks will be served, copies of our new Hooked 2017 magazine will be available and season permits will be on sale.

Fisheries Manager Jon Marshall says “We are really looking forward to meeting anglers for a chat about the new season.  One of the highlights will be the draw from last season’s ticket returns which will see one lucky angler winning a Gold Season ticket to fish the 2017 season for free!”


Ravensthorpe opens Friday 24 February

Plans for the new season are well under way. The overall rod average in opening week last year was 7.2 and expectations are high for some good sized fish.


Grafham Water opens Friday 3 March
Following an exciting and enthralling season in 2016 everyone at Grafham is looking forward to welcoming anglers back on 3 March.


Rutland Water opens Friday 10 March

2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of fishing at Rutland Water. Stocking will commence very early in March with Rainbows and Browns. Any overwintered fish showing at the start of the season should be in tremendous condition.


Anglian Water Airflo International

We are now taking entries for this great 6 man team competition – so don’t miss out.  There are regional heats throughout the UK and the top teams come forward to fish the prestigious International final at Rutland Water in early October.  For more information about the competition and to print an entry form go to www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/AWAI.aspx 

Week ending 22 May 2016

Here comes summer……

Summer evening fishing clubs at Pitsford and Ravensthorpe

Tuesday Evening Boat League competition heats up at Rutland Water

Grafham Water gets ready to cut the cake……..


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 740 (Season 11,340) Returns 206 (2,188) Rod average 3.59 (5.18)

Rutland Water has fished very well again this week. The best Rainbow of the week weighed 7lb and was caught in Whitwell Creek by Cameron Neil. Ken Merridan, put his decades of experience and knowledge of Rutland Water to good use and caught a cracking 6lb 2½oz Rainbow whilst out fishing with Jim Watts on Tuesday.  Season ticket holder Ken took his fish on a diawl bach from the South Arm.  Trout Fisherman’s Rob Edmunds caught a 5lb 13oz Brown.

Visiting angler Frank Oldham from Northumberland netted several good fish on Friday and the pick of the bunch was a 7lb 4oz Brown which was photographed and returned.  Frank was fishing alongside other anglers using lures and his more delicate approach with size 12 buzzers was more effective.

Fish continue to feed hard on buzzers with some also looking to shrimp, snail and daphnia in open water.

Anglers fishing our boats caught on a variety of methods; buzzers on floating and midge tip lines, mini lures in the surface layers and the rudder method are also working well.

Bank anglers have enjoyed sport around the reservoir with most opting to fish the latter part of the day as an evening rise has been occurring.  Again buzzers on floating lines or hares ear variants have been successful, along with occasional action falling to damsels.

Areas fishing well have been Normanton Church to Fantasy Island, Whitwelll Creek and Whitwell frontage, Yellowstone, Armley Wood and Old Hall Bay and Old Hall flats.

Competition news

Anglian Water Rudder Match 21 May
The third Anglian Water Rudder Match of the year was held on Saturday.  8 Anglers turned out and caught 34 fish.  Best boat on the day was Roy and Colan Bertram.  They caught 10 fish weighing a total of 26lb 6oz, including a superb 5lb 8oz Brown for Roy.  Chris Binley and Dave Bradshaw took second place with 10 fish for 20lb 14oz.

John Wadham Trophy

Fourteen members fished the John Wadham Trophy match on Friday 20 May.  This match was fished to a five fish limit on a difficult evening, although the reservoir had been fishing extremely well from the bank right up to the day before.  Unfortunately there were a number of blanks on the night, probably due to the deep depression moving in from the Atlantic at the time.

Rutland Water continued

Richard Cooper enjoyed a runaway victory with five fish for 11lb 13oz; all caught at Sykes Lane in a difficult wind.  Richard also managed to catch and release another six fish.  Roy Taylor came second with four fish for 9lb 7oz taken from the Normanton bank to the east of the church.  Roy’s largest fish (and the best of the evening) was a 3lb 9oz Brown.  This just beat Peter de Kremer who caught one fish for 3lb 8oz (although Peter released Browns of 4lb and one not far off 5lb).  New RWFF member Neil Squires took third place with two fish for 4lb 4oz.  Anglers enjoyed the evening.  RWFF would like to thank Peter de Kremer for organising the event which concluded with a fish and chip supper.

Tuesday Night Boat League
Week 2
Richard Cooper won week two of this popular league.  The best fish was taken by Kerry Richardson and weighed 3lb 7¼oz.

1st              Richard Cooper    4 fish for 9lb 11½oz

2nd      Kerry Richardson       4 fish for 9lb 10½oz

3rd       Chris Evans     4 fish for 9lb 3¼oz

Best Rainbow 7lb taken by Cameron Neil.

Best Brown     5lb 8oz taken by Roy Bartram of Edith Weston.

Best boat areas            Basin, Normanton, Old Hall, Fantasy Island, Yellowstone, Armley Wood.

Best bank areas           Normanton, Old Hall, Fantasy Island, Yellowstone, Armley Wood.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Roy Bartram of Edith Weston.

Fish stocked                                        4,000

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 & 28 May; 4,9,17 & 19 June; 2,10,17 & 23 July and other dates throughout the season.

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

Anglian Water Floating Line match 11 June

England Eliminator ‘Odds & Sods’ 26 June
AWAI North of England Final 11 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July


Grafham Water
Fish week 1,004(Season 11,720) Returns 300(1,920) Rod average 3.34 (6.1)

Grafham Water is fishing very well with a healthy rod average of 3.34.  Bank anglers have enjoyed good sport with the North shore giving the most consistent catch rates at Hill Farm, Hedge End, Deep Water Point and Marlow Stones.  The South Dam and the Seat have also produced some good fishing at various times.  The best method for bank anglers has been to fish floating lines with buzzers, damsel nymphs, tadpoles, GRHE and PTn’s.

Boat anglers have also enjoyed good sport with the North shore again proving to be the most reliable.  The best boat areas have been Sanctuary Bay, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Rectory Bay and the Willows, with the Seat and Lodge frontage also contributing.  Boat anglers are having the greatest success with either floating lines with buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers and ptn’s or with medium sink lines with snakes, viva boobies, tequila blobs, cormorants and black and green tadpoles.

Don’t miss Grafham Water’s 50th Birthday celebrations
On Wednesday 25 May boats will be half price.  All boats must be in the harbour at 1pm to greet HRH the Duke of Edinburgh who is visiting Grafham Water to launch the 50th Birthday celebrations.

On Sunday 3 July we are hosting a pairs boat match with a terrific prize pot

This pairs boat match will celebrate 50 years of fly fishing at Grafham Water. There's a fantastic prize pot with £1000* going to the winner plus many more prizes. *Subject to the number of entries.

This event will take place on Sunday 3rd July to coincide with the official 50th anniversary week of activities at Grafham Water. This friendly fly fishing competition is to be fished to relaxed international rules (no anchoring or back drifting, any size fly is acceptable) with an 8 fish limit plus time bonus (2lb per hour).

Competition news
The Sportfish Team Championship 15 May
Fourteen six man teams fished this match, catching 394 trout for an excellent match rod average of 4.69.  Kieron Jenkins fishing for Fulling Mill Nymphamaniacs caught the biggest fish of the match, a superb over wintered Brown of 4lb 9oz.  Craig Barr fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs caught the heaviest individual bag with 12 fish for 24lb 4oz.

1st  Fulling Mill Nymphamaniacs                  36 fish for 74lb 10oz
2nd Iain Barr FF Team Costa             38 fish for 74lb 6oz
3rd Rio Masters                                              35 fish for 72lb 2oz
4th Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs       36 fish for 70lb 14oz
5th Elinor                                                        33 fish for 68lb 9oz
6th The Renegades                                             33 fish for 65lb 8oz
7th Greenwell Persuaders                               29 fish for 56lb 3oz

Grafham Water continued

Best Rainbow 5lb taken by Simon Ford of Barnham.

Best Brown     4lb 9oz taken by Kieran Jenkins.

Best boat areas            Sanctuary Bay, Hill Farm, Hedge End, Rectory Bay, Willows, Seat, Lodge frontage.

Best bank areas           Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Willows, Marlow Stones, Seat, South Dam.

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        J Price.

Fish stocked                            2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 & 29 May; 5,11,18 & 30 June; 3,9,22,29 & 31July and other dates throughout the season.

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

25 May Half Price boats – celebrating Grafham’s 50th Birthday
Bob Church Classic 12 June
EFFA ProAm 16 June

AWAI Midland Heat 18 June
Grafham 50th Birthday Pairs Boat Match 3rd July – terrific prize pot

Scierra Pairs 9 July

AWAI Southern Final 18 July
AWAI Midland Final 25 July

Pitsford Water

Fish week 1,263(Season 4,216) Returns 214(854) Rod average 5.9 (4.9)

The fishing at Pitsford Water has been terrific this week and a rod average of 5.9 is testament to that.

Many sizeable overwintered rainbows and browns, up to and over 4lb, have been caught by our anglers including some notable fish taken by Geraldine Harris and Edgar Slovins.

Mick Foster reported a great day’s fishing on Monday, off Sailing Club Bay, despite the strong cold wind. In five casts he had 4 rainbows weighing up to 4lb 7oz, all on a Di3 line.

Monday saw all the boats out as 50 Predator anglers took to the water for the start of their season. The perch fishing was very good with lots weighing 3lb plus and also reports of several 4lb pike. Anglers only really caught Jacks but plenty of them.

On Tuesday the trout really switched and many were taken using blobs on a Di5.  We also had a great turn out for our summer fishing club which was won by John Castledine with 20 fish for 37lb 4oz.

We were delighted to welcome Higham Ferrers FF for a mid week competition where they achieved a rod average of 6.1.

Pip Jeffs took the trophy with an 8 fish bag weighing 22lb 8oz, 2nd Mark Frost with 18lb 13oz, closely followed by Richard Webb who achieved 18lb 9oz. Mark Frost also claimed the heaviest rainbow on the day weighing 3lb 15oz and Pip Jeffs had the best brown weighing 3lb 8oz.

A team from Scotland on a holiday package had 40 fish to the boats on various methods using buzzers, nymphs and boobies. Dick Osborn had 17 fishing from the Cliffs – nice fishing Dick.

On Saturday we welcomed 40 lure anglers to their very well organised event.  The fishing was a bit slow going for many but many Jack pikes were caught together with a fabulous 19lb 7oz Pike captured by Nathan Partridge – great photo on FB. The best perch weighed in at 2lb 12oz in beautiful condition.

The week has ended with our bank anglers reeling on the glory or blanking – even when stood next to each other, using the same flies and methods!

Dates for your diary include Pitsford’s popular Evening Summer fishing club which runs every Tuesday up to 9 August.

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association meets at Pitsford Lodge on the second Saturday of the month with fly tying, casting tuition and friendly advice on all fishing matters.

Pitsford Water continued

Best Rainbow 5lb plus.

Best boat areas   Flats, Sailing Club Bay, Stilton Point, Pigstream.

Best bank areas    Bog Bay, Stilton, Pigstream, Gorse, Duffers, Gravels, Holybush.

Best methods    See report.

Mid week boat winner     Alan Worley.

Forthcoming events

Evening Summer Fishing Club – Tuesday evening
Lure fishing and fly fishing for Pike from 16 May

Beginners courses 3 & 12 June; 1,16 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water Airflo International Midland heat 4 June

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Beginners Day 11 June

Mid Northants Trout Fishers Pairs Match 26 June and 23 July

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 789(Season 7,545) Returns 97 (793) Rod average 8.1(9.5)

Ravensthorpe is fishing really well.  Various methods are working with fish taking buzzer, diawl bachs and nymphs.  Some fish are also being taken on small dries or popper hoppers and blobs, mostly fished on a floating line.

There are some damsel nymphs showing so a damsel is worth a go.  The Dam and platforms 4 to 6 have been producing fish.  Buzzers, diawl bachs or a damsel nymph are the best methods from the bank.

Ravensthorpe’s Thursday Evening Boat Club starts this week and runs weekly until August.  This friendly boat club was really popular in 2015 and is open to all anglers, 6pm start.

Best Rainbow 7½lb taken by Dan Edwards of Leicester.

Best boat areas All areas.

Best bank areas Dam, Platforms 4,5,& 6

Best methods  See report.

Mid week boat winner                        Paul Miley of Ashby St Ledgers.

Fish stocked                500

Week ending 20 March 2016

  • Bob Gooden makes a good start to the new season at Rutland with a 5lb Rainbow

  • Ravensthorpe rod average 11.7 for the week

  • 6lb Pitsford Rainbow for George Hackett

  • Anglian Water Airflo International

Don’t miss out on this great 6 man team competition.
For more information about the competition and to print an entry form go to

Rutland Water
Fish week 613 Returns 96 Rod average 6.38
The first full week of the season at Rutland Water has produced fantastic sport for both bank and boat anglers with a rod average of 6.38.  Anglers have reported fish containing large quantities of black buzzer and daphnia.  This is really good news early in the season giving plenty of quality food items to feed on.  The quantity will increase as the temperatures rise slowly.

Many limits have been taken this week with anglers taking advantage of catch and release to enjoy plenty of sport with up to 15 fish recorded by some anglers in a session.  Some overwintered fish have shown which is really encouraging so early in the season.  Season ticket holder Bob Gooden had a 5lb Rainbow from Sykes Lane.  This quality specimen fell to a black and gold humungus.

A number of different areas are producing consistent sport daily for both bank and boat anglers.  Old Hall flats, Hambleton Wood, Yellowstone to Hinmans, Church Bay, Normanton bank, Sykes Lane – Stocky Bay and round towards Whitwell Creek.  Fish have been taken on buzzers with a good early season cast consisting of a black tadpole on the point and buzzers/dark nymphs up the cast.

Boat anglers are using various sinking lines along with blobs and lures and boobies.  Alternatively,  midge tips with buzzers on the bung have scored.

This week we have experienced consistently cold north, north easterly winds.  This seems to have made the fish drop in the water column slightly, making it important if fishing a floating line to ensure that the flies are fishing deep enough.

Boat anglers who have ventured into open water have been rewarded with some superbly conditioned overwintered Rainbows so it’s worth remembering that fish aren’t concentrated tight to the bank in all areas.  An angler also reported taking fish from the North Arm, which he had all to himself, with floating fry and nymphs the successful tactics.  He was rewarded with overwintered Rainbows and although not ‘easy fishing’ it was very satisfying.

Although out of season, Rutland’s famous Brown trout have been making an appearance with fish reported up to 6lb; these have been admired and returned safely to the water.  Anglers are reminded that all Brown trout must be returned as quickly as possible as they are out of season until 1 April.

Rutland Water continued

Another 4,000 fish are due to be stocked this week – 3,000 Rainbows and 1,000 Browns – taking the total stocked so far this season to 17,100.

Best Rainbow                                 5lb taken by Bob Gooden

Best boat areas                        See report.

Best bank areas                       See report.

Best methods                          See report.

Mid week boat winner              Ian Tildesley of West Midlands.

Forthcoming events

Beginners courses 31 March; 6,16,23 & 28 April; 8,14, & 28 May and other dates throughout the season.

Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April
Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat
11 April

Tuesday Night boat league commences in May
Bob Church Classic
7 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 15 May

Anglian Water Rudder Match 21 May

Grafham Water
Fish week 552(Season 1,193) Returns 100(207) Rod average 5.52(5.76)

Anglers are enjoying an excellent start to the season at Grafham Water with a rod average of 5.52.

Bank anglers have had great sport with plenty of bag limits being taken from most points along the north shore.  The most productive areas along the shore have been Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm, Willows, North Dam and G Buoy.  The best method for bank anglers over the past week has been to fish Pitsford Pea, Damsel Nymphs, Diawl Bachs, crunchers, tequila blobs and ptn’s at a slow retrieve.

Boat anglers have also enjoyed good sport with the most consistent catch rates coming from along the north shore – particularly the Stumps, Seat, Willows, Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hedge End and G Buoy.  The most prolific method for boat anglers has been to fish sink tip or slow sink lines with tequila blobs, montanas, vivas, ptns, diawl bachs, crunchers, GRHE and olive buzzers with a slow retrieve.

Best Rainbow                                 3lb 4oz

Best boat areas                      Seat, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, Hedge End, Stumps, Willows.

Best bank areas                     Seat, G Bank, Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, Hill Farm, Willows.

Best methods                         See report.

Mid week boat winner              Jim Flanagan of County Down.

Fish stocked                            2,000.

Anglers are reminded that Brown trout are out of season until 1 April.  Any caught must be returned to the water alive.  The winter fishing restrictions remain in place along the western end of the reservoir until 1 April.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
25 March; 2,9,14 & 24 April;1,26 & 29 May and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water Rudder Match 9 April

Bob Church Open (Frank Cutler Memorial Trophy) 17 April.

England  Eliminator 29 April

Invicta Floating Line 7 May

England Eliminator (Odds & Sods) 22 May
EFFA ProAm 16 June

AWAI Midland Heat 18 June

Pitsford Water

Fish week 214 (Season 773) Returns 78 (163) Rod average  2.75(4.75)
The fishing at Pitsford has been harder this week due to the cold winds and fluctuating air pressure. George Hackett had one of his best days while out boat fishing on Wednesday taking 5 Rainbows, two of which were over 3lb and also returning his best ever which he estimated at 6lb.

Bank sport has been hit and miss, although anglers have reported lots of daphnia and small black buzzers in the fish they have caught.  The rod average for the week is 2.75 and 4.75 for the season so far.

The best bank areas are Stilton, Pig Stream, Gorse and Cliffs while boats have found fish in Brixworth Bay, Hell Bay and along Northfields.

On Sunday 20 March Mid Northants Fly Fishers had a bank match.  On a tough day 16 anglers caught 20 fish.  Top rod was Grant Gibson with five fish for 12lb 0oz.  Second place went to Barry Jones with three fish for 7lb 8oz.  Pip Jeffs took third place with three fish for 5lb 13oz.  The best fish of the match was a 4lb 2oz Rainbow taken by Barry Jones with Grant Gibson taking a good fish at 3lb 13oz.

Best Rainbow                                 6lb estimated by G Hackett.

Best boat areas                      Brixworth Bay, Hell Bay, Northfields.

Best bank areas                     Stilton, Pig Stream, Gorse and Cliffs.

Best methods                         See report.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
24 & 26 March; 3,10 & 15 April; 12,15 & 21 May and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water Rudder Match 7 May.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
Fish week 468 (Season 1,096) Returns 40(134) Rod average 11.7(8.1)
Anglers are enjoying an outstanding rod average at Ravensthorpe this season which is currently averaging 8.1. Various methods have been catching fish including Di3 lines with a green/orange cats whisker.  Buzzers have been catching on sunny days.  We have had reports of up to 30 plus fish coming to the boats on some days.  Alan Duffin had ten fish off the bank on Pitsford Peas and black buzzers.

The water has cleared over the last few days making fishing a little easier.  The area between the Island and the Catwalk has fished well all week for both bank and boat anglers.

Best boat areas                      From Catwalk Corner to Island

Best bank areas                      Domes, platforms 4-6.

Best methods                          See report.

Mid week boat winner             Mr M Foster, Buckingham.

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

TFF 770 x 210 subs ban

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