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Fish week 432 (Season 15,495 ) Returns 100 (2,731) Rod average 4.32 (5.67)
Thank you to all of those anglers who supported our 50th anniversary match held on Sunday the 3rd July. It was a fantastic day’s fishing with a rod average of 7.6 and there were some great bags. In first place winning £500 were Messrs Pearson and Hubbard with 16 fish for 58lb 11oz. Second place went to Messrs Rowson and Deakin with 16 fish for 55lb 4oz winning £200. Messrs Edmonds and Cooper took third place with 16 fish for 51lb 5oz. All weights include a time bonus. Biggest fish went to David Moore. The day included a barbeque and was a great way to celebrate Grafham’s big Birthday. Well done to all who took part, we will be holding another new pairs match on 24th September.

Some settled weather has seen a great week’s fishing at Grafham Water, with large fish being caught and plenty of others making an appearance.
The weekly average is 4.32, with good fishing from the bank and boat, especially towards the end of this week. The fish are feeding on the pin fry, particularly in the morning and evening, shrimp (around the dam) and snails off of the weedy areas.

Boat fishing is particularly rewarding at the moment, with areas around G Buoy, Deep Water Point, B Buoy, the dam and the Willows being the hot spots and fish showing off the Seat, Hill Farm and plenty in the middle of the reservoir. Fish are being taken on varying methods and depths though most commonly deep down on tubes, snakes and lures. When the wind picks up back drifting can be a deadly method and sometimes can pick out the better fish.

Bank fishing has been vastly improving, predominantly around dawn and dusk, and still in areas harbouring fry. The dam has been producing the best fish this week, with a fantastic specimen taken on a fry pattern by Mr Roland Dean, which weighed in at a fantastic 6lb 1oz (photo on Facebook). Although Tom Finney seems to be the rod to watch at the moment, producing plenty of fish and landing rainbows up to 5lb 2oz. An early or late start seems to be the secret!

Predator anglers have had a tough week, although those perch are still coming to the trout fisherman regularly. The aeration tower, dam, pipeline and boils are good areas to begin at if you are fishing for the predators, with red lures picking up the odd fish. Large pike have been reported patrolling around Savages this week, so let’s hope to see one come out soon.

With the conditions stabilising we expect to see plenty of fish this week, so we wish you all ‘tight lines’ and look forward to seeing you soon.

Fly of the Week: Red Snake


Best Rainbow 6lb 1oz taken by Roland Dean.

Best boat areas 100 yards off North Shore, Dam and Hill Farm. Fish being caught in deeper water.

Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, Hill Farm and north and south Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Alan Burns of Welwyn.

Fish stocked 2,200.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 9,22,29 & 31July; 14 & 21 August and other dates throughout the season.
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
Scierra Pairs 9 July
AWAI Southern Final 18 July
AWAI Midland Final 25 July
 

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Fish week 779(Season 15,351) Returns 104(2,645) Rod average 7.49 (5.8)
Another excellent week at Grafham Water with plenty of fish caught through a fantastic display by our anglers with the rod average increasing to 7.49. The best Rainbow of the season so far – a superb 6lb 12oz specimen - was landed by Mr Cox. Fish are showing almost everywhere, succumbing to differing methods and style, although predominantly up in surface layers of water, particularly when there is cloud cover. The pin fry still appear to be the main target for fish with snails, daphnia and shrimp also being common food items.

Boat fishing is the ideal way to enjoy a good day out and to catch your bag. Popular areas seem to be Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat. Drifting through the middle has produced many fish this week and is often worth a try if you are struggling for takes. Methods fishing well include back drifting with snakes and tubes (in the surface layers), floating lines (washing line style) with buzzers or diawl bachs. There have also been some fantastic bags caught on the dry flies throughout the day.

Bank fishing is much the same as last week. In addition to the best Rainbow of the season to date (6lb 12oz taken by Mr Cox) some very good fish have been landed. A brace of five pounders were taken by Mr Stern and a 6lb specimen was caught by Mr Dean.

Some good advice is to try shrimp patterns in the heat of the day for a chance of some fish close in, though wading out into deeper water is becoming a must in some places. The Seat has seen a few fish landed lately if you are feeling up to the walk, although predominantly the Dam is the place to be.

We have had a few predator anglers out this week. However, it was great to hear reports of a near double zander caught by a trout angler close to the dam and a near 5lb Perch caught on a Cat’s Whisker.

Anglers can now enjoy a delicious cooked breakfast at the Harbour View Restaurant above the fishing lodge.

Competition News
Scierra Pairs 9 July
Congratulations to Alice Davies and Enid Edwards who made some great decisions on the day to win this match. The pair took 16 fish for 42lb 9oz (including 7lb time bonus). This was a close match, particularly between second placed Trevor Davies & Simon Thuriwell with 16 fish for 40lb 10oz (including 6lb time bonus) and Yvonne Webb & Simon Lehane in third with 16 fish for 40lb 2oz (including 3lb 8oz time bonus).

Best Rainbow 6lb 12oz taken by Mr Cox.

Best boat areas 200 yards off North Shore, Dam and Hill Farm, deeper water.

Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and north and south Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Bill Scott of Histon.

Fish stocked 2,200.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 22,29 & 31July; 14 & 21 August and other dates throughout the season.
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
AWAI Southern Final 18 July
AWAI Midland Final 25 July
 

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Re: Graham Water - 24/7/16

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Fish week 356 (Season 16,142) Returns 80 (2,800) Rod average 4.45(5.77)
This week’s warm weather has seen the fish move away from the shallow margins and out into the deeper, cooler water. The rod average is 4.45 and improving near the end of the week. Fish are still feeding on buzzers, snail and fry, although plenty of shrimp have begun to appear in stomach contents. Fishing a hare’s ear is producing fish feeding on the shrimp. Try using them on a medium figure 8 return. You may notice the shrimp in the surface areas of the water as they begin to wake up, so do change methods when observing this behaviour.

Popular boat areas this week have been Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows the Middle (drifting), the Seat and west bank within the weed beds. A few boat anglers have been bagging up at the Boils. Successful methods include tubes on intermediate lines, Di7’s and Di8’s with buzzers and floating lines (washing line style) with buzzers or diawl bachs (fishing long leaders). When on the floating line it’s worth fishing relatively static, though tweaking the line every so often encourages takes.
Grafham Water continued

Although the bank fishing is steady during the day you can expect some action first thing and later in the day. Plenty of fish have been seen feeding around the harbour arms after 8pm, with some larger fish being reported. The Dam has again been the most popular spot and is certainly a good area to fish a hare’s ear for shrimp feeding fish. Other areas worth a try include wading from the Seat and Plummers Car Park.

The predator fishing is picking up. Some Zander have started to come out more regularly. Ranger Mark Haycock fished at the Seat on an orange blob to produce a lovely double figure fish. Not for the first time this week a Zander has taken lures in the surface layers of the water. Orange lures seem to be the key for Zander. Some large Pike have also been tempted to follow this week, particularly around the weed beds, however, no reports so far of any being landed.

Competition news
AWAI Southern final 18 July
1st BRFFA Drifters 43 fish for 98lb 15oz
2nd Weald of Kent 33 fish for 76lb 10oz
3rd Blagdon FlyFishers Bristol Water 33 fish for 76lb
4th The Whakapapas 27 fish for 60lb 1oz
5th BRFFA Emergers 28 fish for 59lb 11oz
6th Bewl Chompers 14 fish for 30lb.
Mark Stevens fishing for Blagdon Fly Fishers Bristol Water landed the best fish at 4lb 5oz. Lloyd Pallett of BRFFA Drifter had the best bag at 29lb 5oz.
The top three teams have qualified for the International Final at Rutland Water. Fourth and fifth placed teams qualify to fish at the Grafham Water Championship on 1 October.

GWFFA Casting Skills Coaching/ Boat Fishing Skills
Saturday 27 August 1.30pm at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge
 
Grafham Water Fly Fishers (GWFFA) is hosting a free skills refresher afternoon on Saturday 27 August at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge.  In addition to GWFFA members the club would welcome interest from previous Anglian Water Beginners course attendees who would like to refresh their skills, and members of the public who are interested in taking up the sport.
 
It’s a great opportunity for those new to the sport to learn the basics of how to cast. Improvers can enjoy coaching on casting style and technique.   Mark Brinkman of GWFFA says “We will also have a selection of rod sizes, weights and line styles for you to try your hand with. Different casting styles are often needed to get the best out of the rods and lines.  If you have your own tackle please bring it as we can complete a line/balance check for you.  It is also good to try out new techniques on the equipment you normally use”.
 

Grafham Water continued

In addition to the above there may be an opportunity to go out with an experienced GWFFA member for an afternoon’s boat fishing skills coaching.  This though will be on a limited basis and dependant upon demand. There will be a small charge of £5.00 as towards the cost.

As GWFFA wishes to give personal tuition in small groups the numbers are limited.
Please book your place by emailing chairman@gwffa-grafham.co.uk with you name, contact details  and if possible give an idea of the skills coaching you would like.  Confirmation of your reserved place will be emailed to you. 
 
Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz taken by John Martin.

Best boat areas West Bank, Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, Willows, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat.

Best bank areas Deep Water and Pylon Points, the Seat and north and south Dam.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr Rennocks of Kettering,.

Fish stocked 2,200.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 29 & 31July; 14 & 21 August; 4,18 & 28 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses 28 July & 9 August
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
AWAI Midland Final 25 July
Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure Anglers 1 September
Lure Anglers 4 September
EYFA Youth National 11 September
Troutmasters Final 19 September (no bank or boat fishing available for non competitors
Lure Anglers 25 September
 

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Re: Graham Water 14/8/16

Grafham Water
Fish Season 17,040 Returns 3,005 Rod average Season 5.67
Come and fish in a special Pairs Boat Match at Grafham Water 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 info_grafham@anglianwater.co.uk

One of the best bags of the week was taken by Mr J Archer who landed 20 fish, with some towards the 4lb mark. Whilst Mr R Ellis and Mr T Angel both caught ten fish each during their sessions.

Boat fishing is continuing to produce the best bags with the added advantage of being able to cover a lot more water. Sludge Point and Gaynes Cove are the best places to be, although the Dam, the Middle (drifting), the Seat, West bank and the Boils are producing fish. The few anglers fishing around Sanctuary Bay and Hill Farm are also picking up fish, so casting a line out there is always worth a go. Methods fishing well include tubes on intermediate lines, Di7’s and Di8’s (counted down deep), diawl bachs, lures and floating lines (washing line style) with buzzers or diawl bachs (fishing long leaders). Again the fish are showing on the dry fly, particularly as the light starts to fade.

The Dam has started to produce some good sport. Recent reports of catch rates into double figures are very promising. With the shrimp switching on in recent days it’s fair to assume more fantastic bags are on the way. Shrimp patterns and hares ears are the best flies to use, though fishing a blob on the point with nymphs and buzzers is also reported to be working well.

The pathway from the lagoons to the floating platform off the Seat has been cleared for easier access so anglers will find casting a lot easier now that the fallen willow has been removed, although we still suggest wading in this area to produce fish.

Plenty of Perch have been showing up to all anglers this week though there is good potential for large specimens feeding on fry in and around the weed beds. The Dam tower is also a good area to try for Perch with the odd few Zander showing up too towards double figures.

Please bear in mind, particularly during the hot weather, fish may struggle to go back straight away when released. Please take your time when releasing to ensure fish are safely returned to the water alive.

GWFFA Casting Skills Coaching/ Boat Fishing Skills
Saturday 27 August 1.30pm at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge
Grafham Water Fly Fishers (GWFFA) is hosting a free skills refresher afternoon on Saturday 27 August at the Grafham Water Fishing Lodge. 
 

It’s a great opportunity for those new to the sport to learn the basics of how to cast. Improvers can enjoy coaching on casting style and technique.   Mark Brinkman of GWFFA says “We will also have a selection of rod sizes, weights and line styles for you to try your hand with. Different casting styles are often needed to get the best out of the rods and lines.  If you have your own tackle please bring it as we can complete a line/balance check for you.  It is also good to try out new techniques on the equipment you normally use”.

There may be an opportunity to go out with an experienced GWFFA member for an afternoon’s boat fishing skills coaching.  This will be on a limited basis with a small charge of £5.00 as towards the cost.

As GWFFA wishes to give personal tuition in small groups the numbers are limited. Please book your place by emailing chairman@gwffa-grafham.co.uk with you name, contact details and if possible give an idea of the skills coaching you would like.  

Best Rainbow 4lb taken by Andrew Cox.

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

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

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Barry Kidd of Histon.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Sizzling Summer Sale 30% off all rods, clothing and reels* at Rutland, Grafham and Pitsford tackle shops
*Offer does not apply to items currently within a multi buy deal; items showing a reduction greater than 30% will be sold at that offer with no further discount; offer excludes Hardy reels
Beginners courses 21 August; 4,18 & 28 September and other dates throughout the season.
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure Anglers 1 September
Lure Anglers 4 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
 

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Re: Grafham Water 9/10/16

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Fish Season 894(Season 22,659) Returns 135(3,971) Rod average 6.62(5.7)
Grafham Water is in excellent form with a rod average of 6.62 for the week. Both boat and banks are fishing well with the fish patrolling the margins hunting for food. All methods are catching although dries are popular in the calmer water.

A number of fish in the 3-4lb range have been caught this week. The bank seems to be the best place for catching larger specimens and some good bags have been taken recently from the bank rather than the boat. Steve Jones showed us his skills, producing 13 fish in a single session. Another angler catching well off the bank this week was Stan Suddick who managed a fantastic 23 fish. Well done to both of you. Another good report has come from Peter Baker who landed 13 fish including a 5lb Rainbow. There have been a number of good results including E Hughes who had a fantastic day out on the boat, producing 13 fish including a cracking 5lb 8oz Brown.

Some good sport is available on the boats with fish chasing lures, particularly sparklers, minkies and boobies. Fishing fast retrieves is paying off, although adjusting retrieve speeds through the day can see an increase in sport. There are plenty of fish feeding on shrimp close to the north shore, though dry flies such as daddies have been very successful in the past few days. Diawl bachs with a pearl flash are also proving deadly close to the shore, though if you are drifting then snakes and tubes fished on a di2 or 3 can produce a good day. Some of the top areas this week include Hill Farm, Rectory Bay, Church Hill Bay, the middle (drifting), the Dam, the Willows, Sanctuary Bay, G Buoy and Deep Water Point.

Bank sport is growing day on day with some great hauls of fish, particularly around the north dam and around to Deep Water Point. The fish are very close in so casting horizontal to the bank may see you increase your bag. The shuffling technique is still working particularly well, although please be mindful of other anglers fishing down wind from you. It’s not all north shore though with some good fish coming from Plummers and around to the Seat. There are mixed reports from anglers regarding best methods; apart from hares ears and shrimp, daddies are producing along with other terrestrial dry flies, not forgetting floating fry patterns and lastly lures fished roly poly style.

Some nice zander into double figures have been caught this week along with some high double pike and perch up to the 3-4lb mark. The cooler weather may well increase your chances of landing a personal best predator, with the odd surprise never too far away. Some of the shallower areas of the lake have seen good sport from perch and the odd hunting zander has been spotted feeding on fry close to Mander car park. Most predator boats seem to stick solely around the towers. Try other areas, particularly around drop off’s when there is heavy pressure on the fishery.

Competition news

English Fly Fishing Association B C Hall 6 October
This match was fished on a windy day and fishing was tough after the change in weather conditions, although anglers managed to land a few fish. The 28 anglers took 117 fish producing a rod average of 3.9, which considering the conditions was a very good haul. For all those interested in the EFFA please visit their website EFFA - English Fly Fishing Association for more information.
1st David Moore 8 fish for 16lb 6oz
2nd Chris McLeod 8 fish for 14lb 11oz
3rd Mark Searle 7 fish for 13lb 8oz
Guests
1st Tony Smith 8 fish for 17lb 3oz
2nd Paul Heavens 8 fish for 17lb
3rd Martin Brocklebank 4 fish for 10lb
Best Rainbow 5lb taken by Peter Baker.

Best Brown 5lb 8oz taken by E Hughes

Best boat areas Sludge Point, Gaynes Cove, the Dam, B Buoy to G Buoy (drifting) and the Seat, Savages Creek, Deep Water Point, G Buoy, Farm Bay, Rectory Bay.

Best bank areas North and South Dam, Plummers, Mander Car Park and Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr Elliott of Rutland.


Forthcoming events

Great price reductions on Predator ranges at our tackle shops
Beginners courses 15(pike) & 30 October.
Fly fishing for Pike to 31 January 2017 (subject to boat availability)
Pike fishing with lure & dead sea bait 1 October to 31 January 2017 (subject to boat availability)
Fry Feeders Match 15 October
Anglian Water Rudder Match 22 October
Anglian Water Fur & Feather (bank) 27 November
 

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Re: Grafham Water w/e 12 March 2017

Fish 556 Returns 78 Rod average 7.12
The new season at Grafham Water has got off to a terrific start. Plenty of fish have been coaxed to the bank with some over wintered fish showing. The rod average to date is 7.12 with well over 24% of our anglers achieving bag limits and more. The New Lodge Trophy for the biggest fish taken on Opening Day was won by Mr Millard of Baldock who managed a 3lb 3oz Rainbow in his total bag of 17 fish.

Boat fishing is a great way to cover large distances of water, particularly drifting, increasing your chances of finding the fish whether close to the shoreline or in open water. Boat anglers fishing around 50 yards off the shore are having the best success, especially near the Dam, the Willows and around G Buoy. Techniques have varied, with many anglers opting to fish an intermediate line with lures such as the Pitsford Pea or a Viva. However, most black/black and green lures are working well. Others are using Cats Whiskers and Cat Boobies when conditions darken for some great results and damsels have produced too. There are reports that fishing buzzers near Hill Farm has started to produce the odd fish, though remember, fish a long leader and let the line drift round on the wind.

Bank fishing can get you into those nooks and crannies which the boats struggle to access and importantly gives a much more stealthy approach to fish feeding in the shallows. Often anglers are hooking fish on their first cast before the fish are spooked off. Generally the banks are fishing well with most areas producing fish, though hot spots this week have included Plummers, the Willows, the Dam, Deep Water Point and off the Marlow Arm. Techniques mirror the boat fishing with predominantly lures and intermediate lines though there are rumours of nymphs fishing well on the Dam when drifted along with the wind.

With conditions being warm and overcast the fish are being found around 6 feet down most commonly, though with conditions staying similar for the rest of the week it’s likely that they move up in the water column.

Some big Browns have been causing a stir, even taking at the surface on the draw. Some of the most notable catches fell to Mr P Watkin and Mr M hooker, who both managed fish of 4lb 8oz. The biggest Brown of the week was a fantastic fish of 6lb 11oz taken by Arthur Sykes.

Best Rainbow 3lb 3oz taken by Mr Millard.

Best Brown 6lb 11oz taken by Arthur Sykes.

Best boat areas Plummers, the Dam, G Buoy and the Seat, Deep Water Point, Perry Point.

Best bank areas North and South Dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Pylon Point, Perry Point, the Willows, Marlow Arm.
Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Simon Clegg of West Haddon.

Fish stocked 10,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 19 & 24 March;1,8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Anglers World Individual 13 May
 

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Re: Grafham Water 26 March

Grafham Water
Fish 1153 (season 2062) Returns 86 (222)Rod average 13.40(9.29)
It’s been spectacular at Grafham water this week, wonderful weather and a buzzer bonanza has produced a rod average of 13.4! The majority of sport is just out of reach of the bank anglers, though boat anglers are producing high numbers.

A number of massive hauls this week surprised even some of our most experienced anglers seeing them finish the session early for a well deserved cup of tea! Here are a few of the many fantastic sessions and captures amongst the highlights this week. Our apologies to anyone that we have accidently missed mentioning.

It’s a pleasure to mention and congratulate the Blazey’s for one of, if not, the best haul over the last year. John Blazey managed a staggering 53 plus fish to the boat in a fantastic session backed up by Mike Blazey who also managed 32 plus fish. That’s a whopping 85 or more fish for the pair on their latest outing, well done gentlemen! Two other notable bags were recorded by Mr N Norton and Mr William Kingston who both managed 23 fish each. Don Bowyer managed a couple of cracking rainbows one at 3lb 8oz and the other at 3lb 2oz, which was a great result for the session, followed by Dave Dyson with his lovely 3lb 5oz Rainbow and finally Anthony Bevan who landed not only a 3lb 4oz fish but also the midweek boat winner prize.

Boat angling is currently the top method for producing vast quantities of fish with many anglers struggling to decipher whether lures or buzzers are fishing better. The north shore is the place to be and much more comfortable considering the easterly winds we have been experiencing. Floating lines, fished near static, with buzzer in areas such as the Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point will produce you fish particularly using black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Intermediate lines, Di5 and Di7’s, fished with lures in the same areas are also producing fish with successful flies being cats whisker, humongous, damsels, boobies and blobs.

Bank angling has toughened up this week though good bags are still achievable. Many are finding better sport earlier or later in the day with a lull around midday. Lures are fishing best from the bank particularly in white, white and green, black and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the Willows, the Dam, Plummers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Best boat areas Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.

Best bank areas Willows, the Dam, Plummers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Mid week boat winner Anthony Bevan of Sudbrooke.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 1,8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Anglers World Individual 13 May
 

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Re: Grafham Water - 2nd April 2017

Grafham Water
Fish 1,173 (season 3,235) Returns 150 (372)Rod average 7.8(9.29)
It’s been another wonderful week at Grafham Water, beautiful weather and the buzzers continuing to hatch have resulted in a decent rod average of 7.8 (not quite as good as last week’s 13.4, but still pretty good).

Many anglers have had 20 plus fish this week with J Lawrence and A Lucas taking 33 fish to their boat, including a nice big Brownie. Ripon Kahlique from the BBC’s ‘The Big Fish Off’ boat fished and took a lovely Grafham Brown. We had two Rainbows recorded at 4lb 6oz this week taken by Andy Linwood and R Shaile. R W Rees took a Rainbow estimated at 4-5lb. One of the best Browns went to Mr Spall who caught a fine specimen of 3-4lb.

The bank is still just out of reach of the bank anglers, though boat anglers are producing high numbers with many saying that they have had their best days’ fishing ever this week. One beginner angler, topped his previous best of four with a bag of six fish. This week saw the West Bank and Savages open again and many were out trying to catch some over wintered fish there. Browns are also now in season.

Boat angling is still the top method for producing vast quantities of fish. Anywhere along the north shore is the place to be. If you don’t find the fish after an hour or so keep moving along and you’ll come across them at some point. Floating lines fished near static, with buzzer in areas such as the Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point will produce fish, particularly using black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Black and red buzzers, blobs and PTN’s are also suggested and intermediate lines (Di5 and Di7) fished with lures in the same areas are still producing fish. Other successful flies include cats whisker, humungus, damsels and boobies.

Bank angling has been more of a challenge this week, with some days being a little quieter than the opening few weeks. The fish have moved from the shore to roughly 150 yards out and many bank anglers have taken to the boats. Early starts or evenings are providing the best results. Lures are fishing best from the bank, particularly in white, white and green, black, and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw, so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

This week we welcome another member to our volunteer bailiff team as Chris Maggs joins Balkrishna (Pat) Patel in helping with work on the fishery including carrying out bank checks and offering advice. Say ‘hello’ when you see them.

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday 30 April, please contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.

Best Rainbow 4lb 6oz taken by R Shaile and A Linwood

Best boat areas Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.

Best bank areas Willows, the Dam, Plumbers, the Seat, Marlow Arm, Deep Water Point and the Stumps.

Mid week boat winner David Morris of Bluntisham

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 8,13, 23 & 30 April; 21 & 25 May and other dates throughout the season.
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 April
England Eliminator 28 April
Bob Church Open 30 April.
Anglers World Individual 13 May
 

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Re: Grafham Water 9th April 2017

Grafham Water
Fish 1,457 (season 4,692) Returns 157 (529)Rod average 9.3(7.3)

The wonderful weather and superb fishing is still continuing at Grafham. The rod average is up from 7.4 to 9.3 this week, with an amazing total of 1,457 fish caught.

This week we have seen the biggest Rainbow of the season so far with Yvonne Webb weighing in a fine specimen of 6lb 13oz caught at Savages. The best Brown of the week went to Mr D Lyall who took a lovely 5lb 11oz Brownie off the Harbour Arm. There are a number of notable catches this week. Congratulations to Steve Jones who landed 48 fish on Sunday 2nd April. Steve is having a superb season so far with consistently high numbers of fish being caught. Norman Rushton has also continued his great fishing with another bag over 20, recording 24 fish this time. Other mentions and congratulations go to Martin Brocklebank who had 20 (including 2 Brownies), D. Harwick, also 20 and finally to Chris Mully who had a superb day on the 7th catching 30 Rainbows and 8 Browns.

The bank is still a challenge but fish are being caught, however boat anglers are still producing the highest numbers of fish caught.
Brownies have been in season all this week and it is nice to see a few big ones coming out. Many have tried fishing the recently re-opened Savages and West Bank and a number have had good fortunes, especially at Savages.

Boat angling is producing the best results at the moment with a number of anglers catching in excess of 20 fish. Anywhere along the north shore is proving profitable and it is worth moving up and down to find the fish. Savages is a good spot for catching over wintered fish. Martin Webster and Matt Harris fished there on Tuesday and caught many fish 4lb and up (on Buzzers).



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Although it may seem a little early in the season, Shrimp patterns are working well for catching overwintered fish. But floating lines, fished near static, with buzzers have still provided many fish this week. Anything black, black and green, or black and white patterns. Black and Red Buzzers, Blobs and intermediate lines (Di5 and Di7’s) fished with lures in the same areas are still producing fish. Other successful flies include cats whisker, humongous, damsels and boobies.

Bank angling is still more of a challenge this week. The fish have moved from the shore to roughly 150 yards out. When the wind permits, the harbour arms and Marlow Stones are showing good results.

GWFFA had their first Bank Match of the season and their valuable feedback can be seen below:
“After a very cold and bright start fish were caught quickly at various places round the lake. The Sailing Club bay and the Seat fished well early with fish coming to buzzer patterns. Steve Jones had a decent bag from this area. Once the sun got up the fish moved further out from the bank. The dam was definitely the top spot. Andy Linwood fished a single green buzzer in the bowl and took eight good fish. Martin Brocklebank also fished green buzzer on a floating line at the South end of the dam for a tidy bag. 12 anglers caught 82 fish for a rod average of 6.8.”
1st Andy Linwood 8 fish for 17lb 1oz
2nd Martin Brocklebank 8 fish for 16lb 2oz
3rd Steve Jones 8 fish for 15lb 15oz
Lures are fishing best from the bank particularly in white, white and green, black and black and green colouring with fish following right up to the draw so keep those sunglasses handy. Good areas to try include the willows, the dam, plumbers, the seat, Marlow arm, deep water point and the stumps.

Thank you to all that have submitted your catch returns this week. The information is valuable to us and to other fisherman so please continue to do this and a gentle reminder to those who may forget, thank you.
This week we can also welcome another member to our Ranger team, Ross Lane.

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday the 30th April so contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.
Good luck and tight lines for all at Grafham for the coming week.


Last Tuesday Martin Webster fished alongside Matt Harris. Martin writes “Our best fish weighed in at 4lb 3oz, along with some super fish that Matt Harris and I caught on buzzers on Tuesday. We fished in Savages and all the fish were of a similar (great!) quality, appearing to be over wintered rather than from this year's stocking. Thanks for another cracking day at Grafham!”

The Bob Church Open will be taking place on Sunday 30 April, please contact the Fishing Lodge to book a place.

Best boat areas 6lb 13oz caught by Yvonne Webb.

Best Brown 5lb 11oz taken by D Lyall.

Best bank areas Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner A Bayford of St Neots.

Forthcoming events
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England Eliminator 28 April
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Re: Grafham Water - 16/4/17

Grafham Water
Fish 1326(season 7344) Returns 129 (658)Rod average 10.3(11.16)
Fishing has excelled again at Grafham Water with the rod average increasing to a massive 10.3. Despite changeable weather fish behaviour has followed a similar pattern to previous weeks, with fish moving up and down in the water column depending on the strength of sunlight.

There have been some fantastic bags and outstanding fish this week and apologies to any anglers not mentioned. Andy Gumm took a cracking 4lb plus Rainbow, one of many he took on the day. There have been vast amounts of over wintered fish coming out this season to an array of methods with some surprises along the way too. Chris Bobby got a surprise at the tail end of the week taking a cracking 6lb 1oz Rainbow on a black buzzer. This superb specimen was the best Rainbow of the week. Andy Cox has again managed a colossal fish from the bank – this time it was an 8lb specimen – the best Brown of the week and the best of the season to date. Some of the anglers having great results fishing catch and release include Mr B Taylor who netted 27 fish, Mr M Smith who netted 28 fish, K Hughs 29 fish, C McCully 30 fish, S Middleton 33 fish. Topping the bags this week with a whopping 54 is Mr P Jordan. Congratulations to all of our anglers on some fantastic results and some cracking fish.

Boat fishing remains the best method for catching limits with huge numbers of fish falling to many anglers. Most fishing this week, due to the wind, has been on the west and north shores, particularly in areas such as the Stumps and Hill Farm. The weed beds are harbouring brownies along the west bank particularly close to Mander Car Park with many fish hunting buzzer and snail. The buzzer hatch has been particularly impressive seeing the majority of anglers swapping their lures and sinking lines to floating or midge tip lines with long leaders.

The most successful anglers are fishing leaders 15-20 feet with washing lined buzzer and diawl bachs. Lures are still catching, though there are plenty of missed bites currently, particularly on faster retrieves, cutting down the tails or using snakes with a slow retrieve has proved more successful.

Bank fishing has been a little tougher this week, especially in the strong winds, though many can still have a good day when on the move. Areas such as Plummers car park and Perry Point, which had more protection from the wind, are consistently producing good numbers. The fish are being seen more often in the shallows, which is promising for the week ahead. Buzzers are also the go to method for the banks, fished on a tight line and drifting in the wind can be deadly.

Best Rainbow 6lb 1oz taken by Chris Bobby.

Best Brown 8lb taken by Andy Cox.

Best boat areas The Stumps, mouth of Savages, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Mander Car Park and Perry Point.

Best bank areas Perry Point, Mander Car Park, Plummers, the Bowl, Harbour arms, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Simon Hill of Luton.

Fish stocked 2,000.

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England Eliminator 28 April 01480 810531
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Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
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Re: Grafham Water - 23/4/17

Grafham Water
Fish 1,338 (season 8,682) Returns 191 (849)Rod average 7.0(10.2)
Anglers have enjoyed another cracking week at Grafham Water with a rod average of 7 and many anglers are catching their bag limits.

The buzzer hatches at Grafham have been incredible this week and buzzers are the best method for catching your bag. Black with orange cheeked have been deadly fished on washing line as well as on straight droppers, on both floating line and midge tip. Olive buzzers and diawl bachs have been very effective and on calmer days bung fishing has also been very successful.

Boat anglers are achieving great results fishing all along the North shore, both drifting and anchoring. Large numbers of fish are being caught in Pig Bay, Hedge End, Church Bay and Deep Water Point. Towards the end of the day it is also worth heading up into Savages, or just off Mander Car Park where the fish have been switching on in those last couple of hours. Fish are being caught at various depths, from surface to 12 feet down.

The bank has been a bit tougher although there are still plenty of fish to be had. With the Stone Jetty at Marlow fishing very well, also the north end of the Dam, the Harbour Arms and the bank west of G Buoy fishing extremely well.

Once again we have had reports of fantastic fishing from anglers. Some of these names will be very familiar – Steve Jones continues to have a fantastic season catching 59 fish over two days. Chris Bobby is also in excellent form, landing the best fish of the week, this time a 5lb 15oz Brown caught in the floating line match which was fished last Saturday. Other great bags came from William Crawford, who also caught a 5lb Brownie, and Stan Studdick who had a stupendous day catching 26 fish.

Competition news
Snowbee Floating Line match organised by Invicta.
18 teams of four anglers supported this match, catching 397 fish for a rod average of 5.5. Well done to Paul Mitchell who took top rod with a bag weight of 22lb 4oz, including time bonus. Congratulations to Greenwell Persuaders who won the match.

On Friday 28 April Grafham will host the Angling Trust England National final qualifier. This promises to be an exciting day with the finals being held at Rutland Water on 2 and 3 September. The Bob Church Open will be fished at Grafham on 30 April – some places still available – please call 01480 810531 to find out more.

Grafham’s Tuesday Night Boat League will run again this year in conjunction with INVICTA. Starting on 16th May and finishing on 15th August there will be 14 weeks of evening boat fishing (every Tuesday - 5.30pm start – 10pm finish). The retail shop will also be open for an extra 30 minutes for any anglers wanting to purchase any tackle.

Best Rainbow 5lb taken by Mr Turner.

Best Brown 5lb 15oz taken by Chris Bobby.

Best boat areas Pig Bay, Hedge End, Deep Water Point and Church Bay.

Best bank areas Harbour Arms, Stone Jetty, North of the Dam and the bank West of G Buoy.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Joe McGuire.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish

Beginners courses 30 April; 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
England Eliminator 28 April 01480 810531
Bob Church Open 30 April 01480 810531
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
 

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Re: Grafham Water 7/5/17

Grafham Water
Fish 477(season 10,224) Returns 98 (1,109)Rod average 4.86 (9.22)
Tough weather conditions impacted the rod average this week. Although locating the fish can be a challenge, once you have found them bagging up can be easily achieved.

Good fish coming out this week included four Rainbows for Mr Skipsey. Hilary Tomlinson is in fantastic form, managing a superb Brown of 5lb 3oz which was the biggest fish in the GWFFA boat match and Grafham’s best fish of the week.

With the stronger winds boat fishing has become tough with anglers struggling to present flies, particularly buzzer, leaving most fishing lures. Successful anglers have targeted fish in the surface layers of the water using floating lines, lures, blobs and boobies. Others have been successful by hanging a washing line with buzzer and nymph propped up by a booby or a blob. However, it is worth noting that the fish can be tempted more readily when you are twitching them back. Some anglers are fishing dries with varying success, though currently the smaller patterns are more successful.

Bank fishing can be a little sporadic with most doing better into the evening. Some anglers are finding spells of slow fishing before catching their bag in the final half hour. It’s worth trying to find the fish before you cast. Taking a roving approach will produce many more fish than trying to hold out in one spot. The strong northerlies have made it difficult to fish the south shore this week although the south and north end of the dam are perfect areas to try letting a washing line of buzzer drift around on the wind. The fish are still very close in so it’s important to cast before you start wading.

Competition news
GWFFA boat match
1st Mr Abrahams 8 fish for 16lb 11oz
2nd Steve Jones 8 fish for 15lb 14oz
3rd Andy Linwood 6 fish for 14lb 7oz
Hilary Tomlinson took the best fish of the match a superb 5lb 3oz Brownie.

Grafham’s Tuesday Night Boat League will be up and running again this year in conjunction with Invicta. Starting on 16 May and finishing on 15 August there will be 14 weeks of evening boat fishing (every Tuesday - 5.30pm start – 10pm finish). The retail shop will also be open for an extra 30 minutes for anglers wanting to purchase any tackle.

Mark Haycock is organising a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May. Entry is £60 per pair plus fishing costs. Entry includes a barbecue and drinks. The match will be fished to relaxed international rules with no anchoring and no time bonus. Registration is from 8am at the fishing lodge. Match time 10am to 5pm. Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information and to book.

Best Rainbow 4lb plus taken by A Skipsey.

Best Brown 5lb 1oz taken by Hilary Tomlinson.

Best boat areas The Stumps, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Rainbow Point, G Buoy, the Bowl, the Willows.

Best bank areas The Bowl, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr S Middleton.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June and other dates throughout the season.
Anglers World Individual 13 May John Horsey
Sport Fish Team Heat 14 May John Horsey
Mark Haycock’s Fish with your boat Partner Pairs Match 27 May
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
 

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Re: Grafham Water - 14/5/17

Grafham Water
Fish 882 (season 11,106) Returns 172 (1,281) Rod average 5.1 (8.67)
Anglers have taken some excellent fish at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle of Bedford managed a cracking haul of 31 fish. Well done to Keith Gilchrist and Simon Lehane who both caught 15 fish apiece. Simon landed the biggest Brown of the week an impressive 7lb. The biggest Rainbow of the week fell to Ziggy Lesiakiwski who caught a lovely specimen of 6lb 4oz near to the Seat with a cruncher on a floating line.

This week the rod average has risen slightly and we have also seen a big change in the movement of fish with over wintered specimens being found in more open water. With the recent changeable weather gauging the depth of fish has been difficult. At some times of the day fish are being caught on the surface and at others found at a depth of up to 12 feet.

In calm conditions buzzers and crunchers are still proving effective from the boat. Although in the more unsettled windy weather it is well worth trying blobs and cats whisker boobies on an intermediate. With the fish in more open water now long drifts are proving very effective. Although fish are still coming out all along the north shore and there have also been reports of nice fish coming out at the Seat.

For bank anglers, buzzers are still the fly of choice, however diawl bachs and crunchers will also do the job. Good numbers of fish are coming out at Deep Water Point, Pylon Point and the bank near G Buoy. The Seat has also been fishing well and is a less challenging fish when the wind is in the south west.

Competition news
Grafham Water hosted both the Anglers World Individual (13 May) and the Sport Fish Team Heat (14 May). It was a cracking two days with plenty of fish caught. The individual match was won by Mathew Griffiths with a bag of 16 fish. Congratulations to RAF Fish Hawks who won the team match with 37 fish for a total weight of 78lb 11oz.

Mark Haycock is organising a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May. Entry is £60 per pair plus fishing costs. Entry includes a barbecue and drinks. The match will be fished to relaxed international rules with no anchoring and no time bonus. Registration is from 8am at the fishing lodge. Match time 10am to 5pm. Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information and to book.

Best Rainbow 6lb 4oz taken by Ziggy Lesiakowski.

Best Brown 7lb taken by Simon Lehane.

Best boat areas Stumps, the Willows, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and Pylon Point and Open Water, M Buoy.


Best bank areas The Seat, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, bank near to G Buoy.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr B Tranter.

Fish stocked 2,600.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 21 & 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Fish with your boat Partner Pairs Match 27 May
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
 

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Re: Grafham Water w/e 21-5-17

Fish 516(season 10,456) Returns 133(1,414) Rod average 3.88(7.3)
The best Brown of the season was caught this week. Steve Battle landed a whopping specimen of 8lb 7oz from Sanctuary Bay last Thursday. Steve is a very experienced angler often landing big fish at Grafham in poor conditions. Steve enjoyed some memorable fishing with the two best Rainbows of the week; 4lb 6oz and 4lb 12oz.

The weather conditions combined with some algal bloom have made fishing challenging. Anglers seeking out the clearer water are having the greatest success. The rod average stands at 3.88.

Successful boat fishing techniques in the recent sunny weather have been diawl bachs and nymphs, working them deep in 10 to 12 feet of water on a slow retrieve. Zander fry have hatched so fry patterns will give a great chance of hooking an over wintered fish. When the cloud cover comes over the fish rise quickly and begin looking for dries or immerging insects so make sure you still have that floating line in your bag. The fish are still relatively close in, (60-80 yards) and casting back towards the bank is a good starting point for all, particularly on the north shore.

Bank fishing can be fantastic even in short sessions with most doing better in the early morning or into the evening. With the shrimp moving around more commonly you can get your GHRE back out of the box and begin working them close to the bottom on a medium figure 8. Fish the rocky and gravelly areas for the most successful shrimp action. Now that the weedbeds have begun to shoot up, so are the numbers of migrating snail. Most fish are rattling with the amount of snail they have eaten, so locate the weedbeds and fish down wind of them.


Competition news
Mark Haycock is organising a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May. Entry is £60 per pair plus fishing costs. Entry includes a barbecue and drinks. The match will be fished to relaxed international rules with no anchoring and no time bonus. Registration is from 8am at the fishing lodge. Match time 10am to 5pm. Please call the fishing lodge on 01480 810531 for more information and to book.

Best Rainbow 4lb 12oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best Brown 8lb 7oz Steve Battle

Best boat areas The Stumps, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Rainbow Point, G Buoy, the Bowl, The Willows.


Best bank areas The Bowl, Marlow Arm, Hill Farm, Deep Water Point.

Best methods See report.


Fish stocked 2,000

Forthcoming events
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Starts 16 May and runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 25 May; 4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
Mark Haycock’s Fish with your boat Partner Pairs Match 27 May
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
 

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Re: Grafham Water - we 28/5/17

Grafham Water
Fish 511(season 10,967)Returns 111(1,525) Rod average 4.6(7.19)
Grafham anglers recorded an overall rod average of 4.6 last week.
Boat fishing has been the best method as the fish moved into deeper water.

Many fish are being taken on the lure on di7’s and di5’s with higher success rates the faster the lure is pulled. Effective flies have included black and white snakes, tubes, humungus, damsels and cats whiskers. Others are having success fishing static with midge tips or floating line using a washing line with nymphs and buzzers. Generally fish are feeding on very small green buzzer. There are a few anglers having increasing success on dry flies or immerging fly, particularly into the evening, making it well worth popping in later in the day. Hot areas for the boats are currently off the south dam near A buoy, Plummers, Pig Bay, Rectory Bay and Pylon Point.

Bank fishing is much more successful early in the day or late in the day. Many fish are coming to intermediate lines, using lures. Trying the harder to reach areas may increase your chance of a fish, though it’s imperative to
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avoid areas with algal blooms. The fish are moving off and around the seat about 20-30 yards out and the harbour arms in the evening can produce fantastic sport. Those fishing the dam could try fishing red and green buzzer patterns, casting into the wind and letting them arc around. The fish can work very close to the dam wall so be cautious with your re-cast.

Anglers have reported some colossal Rainbows and Browns following, hooked and lost, particularly around the bays. These fish are likely herding the predator fry. Look for the fry spooking and cast into the melee, this may give you an opportunity to land one of the rare Grafham beasts, or one of our huge perch. If you do target these fish make sure to be fishing strong lines!

Competition news
Mark Haycock organised a fish with your boat partner Pairs Match on 27 May. The match was great fun and included a barbecue. A couple of cracking fish were landed and the best fish was a fantastic 4lb 9oz specimen caught by Mr Janssens. With another lovely fin perfect fish of 4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.

1st Mr Rosuson and Mr Hubbard 16 fish for 39lb 4oz
2nd Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzell 16 fish for 37lb 9oz
3rd Mr Janssens and Mr Jadoulle 14 fish for 30lb 9oz

Invicta Annual Pilgrimage
This was a tough match fished in hot conditions but with some good results. The top three anglers were
1st Mr George Brown 4 fish plus tb 18lb
2nd Mr Mick Facey 4 fish plus tb 15lb
3rd Mr Bill Patrick 4 fish plus tb 14lb

Best Rainbow 4lb 9oz taken by Mr Janssens

Best Brown 4lb 1oz taken by Mr Bizzell.

Best boat areas Perry Point, South Dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, the Willows, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas North and south dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner David Willis of Hitchin.


Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 4, 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
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AWAI Southern Final 17 July
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Re: Grafham Water we 4/6/17

Grafham Water
Fish 388 (season 11,355)Returns 89 (1,614) Rod average 4.35 (7.04)
The largest fish of the week was a fine Brown of just over 5lb landed by David Bishop. The rod average is currently around 4.35, set to rise with the change in the weather forecast in the next few days. The zander fry are now showing and it’s worth bringing fry patterns in case they decide to swim past you. There will always be a few trout after these, a well worked pattern will not be refused and could produce a couple of lovely over wintered fish before the fry move on.

Boat fishing is the most successful method as most of the fish have moved off shore and are out in the deeper, cooler water, although there is some action close in. Many anglers are catching on crunchers, hoppers, nymphs, diawl bachs and even floating shrimp, particularly out in the open water, fished on floating lines. Other methods working include pulling on di5’s and di3’s using blobs, boobies and lures. With the strong winds forecast this week it’s going to be tough on floating lines so bring backup! Good areas to target include around the aeration tower and drifting in front of Hill Farm and Sanctuary Bay.

Bank fishing has certainly toughened up, though reports for the week have so far been good, with captures on the rise. The fish are predominantly coming early or late in the day with many anglers fishing dry flies, nymphs, hoppers, crunchers and lures. Some good fish are coming off the dam and the harbour arms, with both always worth a go.

Best Brown 5lb taken by David Bishop.

Best boat areas Perry Point, South Dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, the Willows, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas North and south Dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Chris Bugg of Milton.

Fish stocked 1,000

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Beginners courses 10, 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
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Re: Grafham Water we 11/6/17

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Fish 213 (season 11,568) Returns 59(1,673) Rod average 3.6 (6.91)
Despite the tough weather conditions we have seen a few over wintered fish caught at Grafham with good reports of Rainbows over 3lb and large brownies. Mr Garratt managed a good Rainbow of 3½lb. Pitsford Ranger Bob Aves took a fantastic 6lb Brown at Grafham – returning the fish for another day. It was a superb specimen taken on one of the toughest days of the season so far.

The recent strong winds have made conditions difficult for both bank and boat anglers – in spite of this the rod average for the week was a very respectable 3.6.

Throughout the week fish have been up and down and feeding sporadically for short spells before seemingly disappearing again. As the weather has
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calmed down the fishing has improved with anglers managing limits and more. The best methods are currently di5’s and di7’s fished with blobs,
boobies and snakes, particularly in open water with a fast retrieve. Some anglers are having success fishing buzzer on a midge tip with a figure of eight retrieve and many others are succeeding on fast pulled lures.

Some good fish are beginning to come off the Harbour arms again, particularly into the evenings with most methods working well. Other areas fishing well have been the south side of the dam, Plummers and along the south shore line. Once the wind has subsided the north shore will be a lot easier to fish and we expect to see a few shrimp around in the rockier bays, so don’t forget your shrimp patterns. Some anglers have begun to spot this year’s coarse fry in the margins so look out for fry feeding fish in the coming weeks. Most fish from the bank are falling to lures, with the black humungous being the fly of choice for many, however recent success on buzzer and diawl bach is hard to ignore.

Best Rainbow 3lb 8oz taken by Mr K Garratt

Best Brown 6lb taken by Bob Aves.

Best boat areas Perry Point, south dam, Gaynes Cove, the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, West Bank, Rainbow Point, drifting in open water.

Best bank areas South dam, Plummers, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner Mr K Garratt of Saffron Walden.

Fish stocked 1,000.

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Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 17 & 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July and other dates throughout the season.
EFFA ProAm 15 June 01480 810531
Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
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Re: Grafham Water we 18/6/17

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Fish 495 (season 12,063) Returns 89(1,762) Rod average 5.56 (6.84)
It has been rather a hot week at Grafham, although this didn’t seem to put off the fish or the anglers. The rod average stands at a cracking 5.56.

Some good Rainbows have been landed this week with reports of some 5lb specimens seen fry feeding amongst the weed beds. Mr S Summers had a good day out and managed a Rainbow of 3lb 8oz. Mr K Stapley broke the 4lb mark with one fish and took another specimen of 3lb 8oz. The biggest fish of the week were a 4lb Rainbow and a 4lb 8oz Brown both taken by Mr Timothy on a short session.

Boat fishing is certainly the best way to catch your bag, particularly as the fish have begun moving out into the cooler water. Early boats may find the fish close to the shore lines in the morning, although by 10 o’clock they would have moved out as it gets too hot. The best methods currently for boat fishing included sinking lines with blobs, boobies, snakes and tubes, with flies like the Rutland Sparkler and Cormorant fishing well. Anglers will start to find more fish around the aerators and the boils, although please do not anchor up in these areas.

Bank fishing is much more successful early in the day or late in the day, much the same as last week. The fish have switched on to the pin fry and are very visible when they are on the feed, larger specimens are being spotted feeding amongst the weed beds throughout the day and can be targeted in the right locations. The best areas are anywhere where you can target deeper water with intermediate lines and lures, though it may be time to start trying shrimp patterns along the dam and rocky areas.

Anglian Water Airflo Midland Heat 17 June 01572 653021
This match was fished in considerable heat and the anglers produced a fantastic rod average of 6.4. The best bag was taken by Paul Haskey fishing for Team Elinor. The top five teams going through to the Midlands final are
1st The Renegades 50 fish for 103lb 14oz
2nd Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs 49 fish for 101lb 4oz
3rd Draycote Rio Masters 42 fish for 86lb 15oz
4th Musketeers 39 fish for 82lb 6oz
5th Elinor 36 fish for 80lb 1oz


Best Rainbow 4lb taken by K Stapley

Best Brown 4lb 8oz taken by J Timothy

Best boat areas Perry Point, Gaynes Cove, The Seat, Sailing Club Bay, G Buoy, open water, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas North and South Dam, Plummers, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Harbour Arms, Perry Point, the Seat.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner K Stapley of Bourne.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 29 June; 2,8,21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August and other dates throughout the season.
Scierra Pairs 8 July Phil Dixon
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
AWAI Southern Final 17 July
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
 

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Re: Grafham Water w/e 16/7/17

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Fish 289(season 13,290) Returns 61 (2,077) Rod average 4.7 (6.4)
A great week of overcast conditions with another lift in the sport at Grafham Water, including some great hauls and big fish. The rod average stands at a fantastic 4.7 for this time of year and could stay high over the coming weeks.

Good captures this week include those of Mr Tompkins who managed a fantastic 5lb Rainbow on his day out, though was beaten to fish of the week by Mr McGuire who landed a 6lb 10oz rainbow along with a 3lb 10oz brown. Some cracking fish are still to be had out there with a vast number of upper singles being seen regularly around the weed beds, and even mention of some doubles too.

Boat anglers continue to concentrate their efforts just off of the weed beds, drifting into open water and predominantly on the west side of the fishery, including the west bank, Rainbow Point and the mouth of Savages. Hill Farm, Pylon Point and Rectory Bay have improved drastically in the past week with more fish entering the bays hunting shrimp. Dries have been working well in the wave with sedge and daddies being the more popular fly amongst the anglers, though many are fishing washing lines with boobies on the point and shrimp or GRHE’s on the droppers.

Many anglers are finding bank fishing tougher as the weed growth increases, though this can be a blessing to those stalking bigger specimens in the holes and down the side of the beds. Those after an easier retrieve could always try fishing from the Stumps down to Pylon Point as the weed growth is less prolific in this area. With the shrimp returning at an ever increasing rate to the banks, areas such as the Seat, Sailing Club Bay, the Willows and Sludge Point are looking much better and should produce a pull or two. The Dam has been tough so far this summer and is currently coloured up, once the colour drops out we expect the sport to improve drastically, so bring your waders in case conditions are not ideal and have a go off the bank instead.

With the shrimp returning to the margins it’s worth mentioning the wash down facilities all anglers have to use at the end of the session. It's essential that all individual invertebrates are removed from clothing and kit to reduce the chances of shrimp transferral.

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
Grafham Water continued

Best Rainbow 6lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

Best Brown 3lb 10oz taken by Mr McGuire.

Best boat areas Rainbow Point, the Seat, the Dam. Open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, north dam and the bowl.

Best methods See report.

Mid week boat winner John Timothy.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Tuesday night boat league in conjunction with Invicta
Runs to 15 August. 5.30 pm start – 10pm finish
Beginners courses 21,28 & 30 July; 5,11,20 & 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September and other dates throughout the season.
AWAI Midland Final 24 July
Mark Haycock’s Summer Pairs boat match 13 August
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September
 

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Re: Grafham Water w/w 20/8/17

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Fish 301 (season 16,139) Returns 70 (2,522) Rod average 4.3(6.4)
What a difference a week makes! Anglers have experienced some great fishing at Grafham Water this week. Steve Battle claimed the best bag of the week at over 34lb – one of the best bags of 8 fish we have seen for some time. Steve accounted for both the best Rainbow of the week (5lb 1oz) and the best Brown at 5lb 3oz. Other noteworthy fish in his bag included two 4lb 10oz Rainbows, one of 4lb 6oz and two other fish of 4lb and 4lb 6oz.

It’s been one of those magical weeks in regards to larger specimens being caught. Nearly half the fish landed have been close to, if not over, the 3lb mark with many larger fish causing arm aching sport. Amongst those catching notable fish was Will Warine who caught a cracking 4lb Rainbow. Andrew Cox, a regular visitor to Grafham, often finds himself amongst the big fish, and this week he recorded a 4lb 10oz Rainbow.

Boat anglers are finding fish in open water, particularly in the middle of the day, with most achieving good results on floating lines. This week the red bodied diawl bachs and ptn’s have proved very popular amongst the anglers with good fish also coming to crunchers and hoppers on the overcast days. Shrimp activity has vastly increased in front of the visitor centre, Willows and on the bowl of the dam so it’s worth bringing a pattern or two with you for these areas. Fish are also steadily coming off the north shore, though we suggest the mouth of the bays as a much more likely spot for a fish.

Bank anglers found it a bit tougher early in the week, but conditions improved as the week went on. We have worked on re-opening access along the Willows on the north shore and also from Sludge Point to the Seat with a number of access points for wading, and in some areas back cast room too. There are fish to be caught in these locations as it’s been left alone for a good while and could be harbouring a few of our brownies, making the walk there worthwhile. The vast majority of bank anglers are using shrimp patterns to catch their bag, though it’s worth fishing fry patterns and snail too, not forgetting the nymphs and diawl bachs. Floating lines are the more common option, particularly along the dam.

Competition news
Mark Haycock Grafham Pairs Match
This was a great match and fished to a rod average of 5.6. Thank you for the continued support of the pairs matches.
Congratulations to the top rods who were Mr Lehane and Mr Bizzel, with a combined total of 16 fish for 36lb 13oz. In second place were Tom Finney and Mr Cooper with 16 fish for 34lb 7oz. Third place went to Mr Beaumont and Mr Hall with 16 fish for a cracking 32lb 15oz.

Predator fishing
It’s been a good week on the predator front with Pike, Perch and Zander all showing themselves in a multitude of locations. The north tower and the trench are probably the best areas to start your day with many reports suggesting the action is better earlier rather than later in the day. John
Moore had a lovely pike this week caught on the fly, weighing in at a fantastic 20lb 8oz, so well done John a cracking fish.

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
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.

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows
12 November
10 December
17 December
14 January 2018
28 January

Best Rainbow 5lb 1oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best Brown 5lb 3oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best boat areas Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (m buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas Dam, Plummers and north shore.

Mid week boat winner Michael Love of Bedford.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 August; 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14, 29 (Pike) October
Lure anglers 1-2 September
Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September
 

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