Rutland Water, Rutland

Martin_Introna

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Mainly on my local river :)
April or May or i could come later in the year.

When I have done club talks a good regular question was "How do you know where to fish on such a huge water?" My answer was that given a particular wind direction it would deter you from fishing certain bank spots... If there were 15 regular bank 'areas' on the whole reservoir it breaks it down considerably... So, on a given wind, we could be talking of say 6 or 7 popular areas?? Normanton, Dam, Sykes, Barnsdale, Dickensons, Transformer, Finches, Carrot, Barnhill, Spud, Stones, Old Hall, Green bank... Gibbets... New Zealand, Sailing Club, Disabled Bay and Lodge frontage... On a boat however, if you drift any of these places on a given wind, you should be in with a good chance of fish.... obviously there are other drifts from the boat :thumbs:
 
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An over wintered would be nice but stockies would be fine also.

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Thank you! When does the hatch get under way on there?
 

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Hi All,

I'm fishing Rutland for the first time next weekend. Any advice on where to fish and what tactics are working well?

I pretty much grew up on Chew and Blagdon so not exactly a novice at large reservoirs, but I have no idea where to start at Rutland. :eek:

Thanks in advance!
 

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Hi Was on Rutland Monday and Wednesday. Weather was not too good, hot and sunny on Monday and strong wind on Wednesday. Monday we found best area was Mow Mires and Fantasy Island. On the Wednesday Sailing Club bay and Old Hall although some of our boys did well in Barnsdale. The point and into Yellowstone also worked both days. The Flies that worked for us were blobs particularly tequila blob on a DI7 and Buzzers and nymphs on a floater. Blue buzzer and black and red buzzers, diawl bach and amber nymphs,
 

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Morning chaps, looks like I have the opportunity for a few hours of the bank next Tuesday afternoon/evening, any likely hotspots you would advise.

All the best OTT.
 

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Just wondered if anyone knew what proportion of catch and release goes on at Rutland?

I've not killed a fish for 20 years or so now (unless deeply hooked) and feel it benefits my own fishing. But I just wondered if the stocking policy is altered to take account of it these days?

Will be buying a (c&r) ticket for the coming season, so hope all this rain keeps on coming.
 

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Rutland Water - fishing report w/e 3/7/16

Rutland Water

Fish week 606(Season 19,046) Returns 167(4,000) Rod average 3.62 (4.76)
Rutland Water is in excellent form with both boat and bank anglers enjoying great sport. None more so than Sleaford angler Tony Machin who bank fished the Normanton shoreline last Thursday, casting to rising fish just ten yards out from the bank. Tony hooked into a superb conditioned overwintered 7lb Rainbow that proceeded to run off all his fly line along with the majority of his backing as well. This was the best fish of the week and fell to a size 14 hares ear that was on the verge of being straightened out from the fight.

The bank fishing itself has been very productive along the Normanton Bank, especially in the blue pipes area which is holding a tremendous amount of fish at the moment. Elsewhere, East Creek to the Fishing Lodge, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point and Carrot Creek to Barn Hill Creek has produced fish.

Boat anglers have again caught well in the Main Basin in and around the aerators and along the respective Normanton and Whitwell/Sykes Lane shorelines. They are catching well fed Rainbows that are putting weight on due to the enormous amount of food available this year which includes daphnia, shrimp, small buzzers, snails, pin fry, with sedge and corixa also starting to show up.

The bottoms of the Arms have been fished by a few. Paul Friend of Edith Weston (previously a Rutland ranger), fished alone down the South Arm and had a great day fishing cdc emergers, taking five fish – the two best being 4lb 8oz and 3lb 8oz Rainbows. Paul mentioned that they had been feeding well on corixa and a few pin fry.

Simon Ashton was delighted with the 5lb 7oz Brown he took whilst boat fishing up the North Arm on Thursday using a shrimp pattern. Match angler Dave Norbury caught a 4lb 10¾oz Brown during the England Qualifer. Scottish angler John Slavin took a 4lb 10oz Brown. John started his seven day holiday fishing alongside guide Al Owen for three days and the pair recorded limits each time. On the Sunday the fishing was very brisk with 16 fish caught by one o’clock.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 7
Damp conditions kept some people away from this week’s league match. Once again anglers elected not to fish the aerators. England Youth International Graham Hayward, of Empingham, won week 7. It was a close call with Graham’s eight fish weighing 10lb 2¼oz, just ahead of Ziggy Lesiakowski with 8 fish for 10lb 1¾. Keith Jones was third with three fish for 7lb 4oz. Sharing Keith’s boat was Chris Evans who took the best fish on the night, a good conditioned 2lb 15oz Rainbow, to win the free mid week boat.

Prospects look very good with plenty of food available. Fish are coming from many areas of the reservoir. The water is at top level at the moment, the highest for years with the bank fishing very well. Many methods are working from nymphs to large flies, so as with Tony Machin’s specimen Rainbow, don’t be afraid to fish small flies to catch a big fish.

Best Rainbow 7lb taken by Tony Machin.

Best Brown 5lb 7oz taken by Simon Ashton.

Best boat areas The Main Basin, Sailing Club, bottom of the Arms, Carrot Creek to Barnhill Creek.

Best bank areas Normanton (blue pipes), Church Bay, East Creek, New Zealand Point, Sailing Club, Barnhill Creek to Carrot Creek.

Best methods Bank – Floating line with nymphs & dries.
Boat – As for bank but include midge tip and various sinking lines with mini lures and tube flies.

Mid week boat winner M Hearth.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 10,17 & 23 July;7,13,25 & 28 August and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
AWAI North of England Final 11 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
Anglian Water 4 man team Loch Style 17 August
Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 10/7/16

Rutland Water
Fish week 1032 (Season 20078) Returns 277 (4277) Rod average 3.72 (4.69)
Boat anglers are taking the majority of fish at Rutland Water. The strengthening wind during the week, blowing in a westerly direction put paid to the Normanton shoreline for bank anglers. Although other areas did produce fish, particularly Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Sykes Lane (Stockie Bay), Carrot and Barnhill Creek.

Boat anglers did well in the main basin with many fish caught along the Normanton shoreline and Sykes Lane. The bottom of the arms produced a number of fish for those few that went down there with dries doing very well with corixa and shrimp and pin fry feeders. Anglers have caught some notable fish this week. Ken Webb of Norwich took the best Brown at 5lb 15oz from the bottom of the South Arm. One popular fly is the ‘snake’ pattern, which originally came about around 15 years ago. This fly accounted for two large Browns, one weighing 5lb 11oz for Alan Ayres and the other weighing 5lb 6oz for Dan Offen of Sutton Coldfield.

John Slavin travelled south from his Scottish home to enjoy a week’s fishing at Rutland Water. John had many quality Rainbows, including around a dozen over 3lb and Browns of 4lb plus. Only twice during the week did John record less than an eight fish limit.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 8
Rich Cooper won the eighth week of this popular league. Rich made the journey down to Manton Bay recording 8 fish all falling to a ‘big red’ dry fly. Rich said the fishing was hectic as he used three dries and had lots of interest. He managed the biggest fish of the evening to win the mid week boat and to earn 5 additional points to the 10 points he notched up for winning on the night. Keith Jones took second place with 5 fish and Adi Naylor was third with four fish.

League standing after week 8
1st Rich Cooper 55 points
2nd Ziggy Lesiakowski 36 points
3rd Keith Jones 31 points
4th Adi Naylor 26 points
5th Kerry Richardson 22 points
6th Chris Evans 17 points


English Disabled Flyfishers
19 anglers fished this match on Wednesday 6 July, taking 71 fish for a rod average of 3.73. Trevor Ashby of Wing won the main prize for the biggest fish an impressive 4lb 2oz Brown.

Prospects continue to look good, settled conditions would help. Fish are well distributed with many still around the shoreline with fish moving close in feeding on shrimp, fry, corixa and snails.

A good tip for both bank and boat anglers is to locate feeding birds, especially the swans, as the trout will not be far behind, feeding on the disturbed insects, fry etc. Boat anglers are finding fish close in and up the Arms. However, there are many fish over the deep water in the Main Basin etc.

Best Brown 5lb 15oz taken by Ken Webb of Norfolk.

Best boat areas Main basin, bottom of both arms, Armley Wood to Carrot Creek.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club, Carrot and Barnhill Creek.

Best methods Bank – floating line with dries, nymphs.
Boat – As for bank but include mini lures and snakes fished on various sinking lines.

Mid week boat winner P Proctor of Blaydon on Tyne.

Fish stocked 1,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 17 & 23 July;7,13,25 & 28 August and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability)
AWAI North of England Final 11 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
Anglian Water 4 man team Loch Style 17 August
Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 24/7/16

Rutland Water
Fish week 739 (Season 22,614) Returns 224 (4,899) Rod average 3.29 (4.61)
One angler who overcame last week’s hot weather was Ziggy Lesiakowski. Ziggy had a great day fishing the main basin on Friday, taking seven good fish using micro blobs and a sinking line. On Tuesday he recorded the best Rainbow of the week – a lovely 3lb 14½oz specimen – which won him best fish prize in the Tuesday Night Boat League.

The heat kept many anglers away although the returns for the week reflect a good rod average of 3.29. Boat anglers fared best in the deeper water of the main basin with the aerators receiving a lot of attention. However, drifting boats off Sykes Lane, Blue Pipes (Normanton) and the tower did best on some days. Boat anglers travelling to the bottom ends of the reservoir had limited success with early movement of fish recorded before going quiet.

Bank anglers were scarce with one or two out during the day and evening. With the hot weather water levels have dropped very quickly exposing the many weed beds around the shoreline; compared to previous weeks wading is probably now essential.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 10
No stopping Richard!
Richard Cooper won the tenth week with 6 fish caught off Barnhill Creek. Richard, who fished with his dad Gary, said that there were ‘stacks’ of fish moving around Barnhill Creek. Second on the night was Ziggy Lesiakowski who had two fish, including the best fish of the night a 3lb 14½oz Rainbow. This lovely fish, Rutland’s best Rainbow of the week, won Ziggy his third top fish prize of the league. Ziggy is the only angler to win the mid week boat prize on three different occasions. In third place on Tuesday was Mick Bennett.

The current league standings in points are
1st Rich Cooper 67 points
2nd Ziggy Lesiakowski 48
3rd Keith Jones 31
4th Adi Naylor 26
5th Kerry Richardson 22
6th Dave Bradshaw 21

Prospects – there are plenty of fish in the reservoir in many areas. The water would benefit from some cooler weather conditions, along with a good breeze to clear some of the surface weed in a few areas.

Best Rainbow 3lb 14½oz taken by Ziggy Lesiakowski.

Best Brown 5lb 11oz taken by Alan Ayre of Spalding.


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Best boat areas Main basin, and fishing lodge frontage. Bottom of both arms.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane, Barnhill Creek to Carrot Creek.

Best methods Bank – dries/nymphs.
Boat – As for bank but include various sinking lines with lures, snakes and small blobs.

Mid week boat winner T Ferns of Portsmouth.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 7,13,25 & 28 August; 11,17 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses 3 August
Tuesday Night boat league
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 30 July
Anglian Water 4 man team Loch Style 17 August
Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 14/8/16

Rutland Water
Fish week 676 (Season 24,023) Returns 221 (5,397) Rod average 3.05 (4.45)
It’s been an impressive week at Rutland Water with the biggest Brown of the season so far and a good number of fish taken. Season ticket holder Simon Ashton of Bourne landed a superb 6lb 10¼oz Brown whilst boat fishing on Saturday.

Youth Internationals Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward had a brilliant day at the top of the North Arm last Tuesday, catching a good number of fish. They retained 8 fish for 29lb 12oz! The pair fished dries and small floating fry with Toff landing the best Rainbow of the week at 4lb 7oz. The fish had been feeding on Roach fry and Sticklebacks.

Andy Mosley and Jon Battison from Ravenshead, Nottingham, shared a boat in some blustery conditions. The pair followed ranger Nigel Savage’s advice and sought out the shallows of the South Arm. They were rewarded with 16 Rainbows around 3lb with some up to 4lb. Jon also returned a Brown estimated around 5lb. Jon and Andy fished dries all day and found fish holding in various spots between Lax Hill and Cattle Trough Bay.

Anglers encountered good quality fish throughout the week with dries of many descriptions, nymphs and fry patterns. Boat anglers opting for lure fishing chose the various aerators in the Main Basin and caught grown on stock fish and one or two over wintered fish up to 4lb.

Simon Guthrie and his son Elliot returned to fish Rutland from their home in the North East. They enjoyed some great action again with fish from Manton Bay and other areas of the South Arm, catching fish up to 4lb with dries and nymphs.

Bank anglers are low in number but are finding fish close in at Normanton, Sykes Lane, Armley Wood to Barnhill Creek.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League – week 13
Week 13 was tough with fresh winds. Richard Cooper earned top points on the night with five fish, Dave Bradshaw was second with three fish and Chris Binley third with two fish. Although the league has one week remaining Richard has already secured the title, making it three years in succession. Dave Bradshaw is in the lead for the biggest fish of the league with a 4lb 11½oz Brown. Anglers can fish from approx. 5pm on Tuesday 16th – the final night of the league.

Prospects look very good with anglers catching quality over wintered fish from both arms as well as from several other areas. Food is plentiful especially corixa, snails, fry, sticklebacks, shrimp and daphnia. There are masses of tiny buzzers hatching, but so far trout are showing little interest.

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

Best Rainbow 4lb 7oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Best Brown 6lb 10¼oz taken by Simon Ashton.

Best boat areas Main basin and bottom of both arms.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sykes Lane.

Best methods Bank – Dries, nymphs and fry patterns.
Boat – As for bank but include sinking lines and various sized lures.

Mid week boat winner Gordon Brown of Barrowden.

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 25 & 28 August; 11,17 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.

Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).
Lexus European Team Final 18-21 August
Predator lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Anglian Water Rudder Match 17 September
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 9/10/16

Rutland Water

Fish week 3,525 (Season 33,359) Returns 723 (7,711) Rod average 4.87 (4.32)
Rutland Water hosted the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International on Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th October. This fantastic match saw anglers achieve an impressive rod average of 4.26 across the two days. Congratulations to Change Fly Fishers the new champions.

A brisk East/South East wind saw the good majority of fish caught in the deeper water of the reservoir in the Main Basin, fishing lodge frontage and Normanton Church. Only a few anglers ventured down the respective arms. Sinking lines with cormorants, blobs and boobies were the main tactics, with the aerators being switched off it was a question of finding pods of fish.

Day One saw Change Flyfishers AC A team in the lead with 43 fish for 90lb 12½oz with 2015 runners up Fulling Mill Nymphomaniacs in second place weighing in 38 fish for 82lb 4 3/8oz. Belgian team Flyfishing Forever, took 38 fish for 78lb 12½oz in third place.

This challenging two day match sometimes ends in disappointment with the top teams failing to nail good performances on the second day. But this year we saw no change in the overall lead with Change Flyfishers AC A Team triumphing to take the gold medals. History repeated itself again for Fulling Mill Nymphomaniacs who took home silver medals for the second consecutive year. Over the years this team has collected a huge haul of AWAI medals, including gold.

Change Flyfishers AC A, captained by Kevin McCabe, put in excellent, consistent performances against the 22 other top teams. Kevin’s fellow team members were Jim Crawford, Andy Dunn, Jock Kettles, Willie Leach, and Ray Anderson. At the awards dinner following the second day of competition the team was presented with gold medals, the coveted silver salver, £1500 cash and tackle prizes. Over the two days the team weighed in 79 fish for 170lb 2 5/8oz.

Second placed Fulling Mill Nymphomaniacs took silver, with 72 fish for 152lb 1oz. The team was captained by Kieron Jenkins fishing alongside Rob Edmunds, Gareth Jones, Allen Hughes, Dean Kibble and Anthony Cartwright. Menteith Ospreys pulled up from sixth place on Day One to win bronze with 70 fish for 149lb 7 5/8oz. Welsh Hawks were just outside the medals, in fourth place, weighing in 67 fish for 134lb 6¼oz.

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

The top individual rod was Ronnie Gilbert, fishing for Menteith Ospreys. Ronnie recorded an impressive 41lb 9 3/8oz at the scales. Change Flyfishers AC A’s Ray Anderson weighed in 15 fish for 36lb 13½oz for second place individually from Keiron Jenkins fishing for Fulling Mill Nymphomaniacs who weighed in 16 fish for 36lb 11oz.

The best fish caught during the International final weighed 4lb 9¾oz and fell to Lee Anderson fishing for Perth RASC. Agnes Thomas of Thalassa AC was awarded the WaterAid trophy for the heaviest fish caught during the competition. Agnes caught a 5lb 4½oz specimen whilst fishing the Scottish day final at Lake of Menteith.

The Weald of Kent, sportingly accepted the wooden spoon awarded for 23rd place.

On Day One lots of anglers took 8 fish bag limits for a rod average of 4.71, despite bright conditions. Top rod was Phil Thomas of RAF Fish Hawks who weighed in at 12pm recording 23lb 7 7/8oz. Leigh Pond of Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs took the best Brown, a lovely 4lb 8½ specimen. The best Rainbow weighed 3lb 1¼oz and was landed by Norman Irvine of OTFA Kirkwall.

Day Two was a little more challenging with a persistent south east wind and anglers achieved a rod average of 3.80. Menteith Ospreys were the best team on Day Two with 35 fish for 79lb 11 3/8. They narrowly headed Change Flyfishers AC who weighed in 36 fish for 79lb 6 1/8oz. Top rod on Day Two was Ray Anderson fishing for Change Flyfishers AC A with a bag weight of 22lb 5¾oz. Lee Anderson weighed in the biggest fish at 4lb 9¾oz.

Competition organiser Jon Marshall said “It’s always a delight to welcome teams from far and wide to fish in this match. This year we hosted the Grafham Water Championship for teams who didn’t make it through from the regional finals to the International final. Stocks Falcons won at Grafham and Change AC B team took the runner up slot. It’s a huge achievement for one club like Change AC to take both the International Championship crown at Rutland and to come second in the Grafham Water Championship.”

Other competition news

Rutland Water hosted the Autumn Pairs on Saturday 8 October. 32 anglers fished this event, 10 boats fished the rudder and 6 elected for the ‘non’ rudder. Anglers fishing the non rudder section found some big fish, including the best fish of the event, a superb 6lb 7¼oz Brown (the best of the season so far). This lovely fish fell to a hopper on a floating line and was taken by Graham Hayward of Uppingham. Graham fished alongside good friend Toff Crowther. The pair fished the top of the North Arm.

The non rudder section was won by father and son team Malcolm and Jim Hunter. Malcolm and Jim are Autumn Pairs specialists – having also won last year’s event! The pair shared a bag of 11 fish including another lovely Brown of 5lb 11oz for 28lb 4oz. Second place went to Messr Jones with the RAF’s Keith Jones fishing alongside his namesake Keith Jones of Peterborough. The pair had 10 fish for 24lb 15oz (including a 5lb 5/8oz Brown). Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward were third with 5 fish for 18lb 2oz.

The rudder section was won by Rutland regulars Jim Watts and Martin Hearth. This winning combination netted 7 fish for 13lb 15oz. Adi Naylor and Mr Woodley took second place with 6 fish for 13lb 3oz. Father and son team Jeff and Matt Bedford were third with five fish for 10lb 3oz. There were some nice Browns over 4lb caught by Colam Bartram (4lb 1oz), Jon Marshall (4lb 5oz) and Chris Binley (4lb 15oz in the rudder section).

The banks have been quiet during the week although some nice fish were hooked and lost. Roger Bailey of Oakham and his friend Wal of Leicester had four nice fish off the Green Bank last Friday with Roger taking a quality 4lb 8oz Rainbow that fell to a floating fry off the surface. Roger found that moving along the bank covering more water was the best tactic.

Boat anglers are enjoying the best results from many areas of the reservoir, particularly the bottom of either arms, the Main Basin and along the weed beds. Bank anglers will find the best tactics are to cover lots of areas rather than staying in one spot. Quality fish are still out there to be caught.

Please remember that Browns will be out of season after 29 October.
There are a few boats available on Saturday 15 October but all boats are booked on Sunday 16th.

Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz taken by Roger Bailey.

Best Brown 6lb 7¼oz taken by Graham Hayward.

Best boat areas Main Basin, bottom of both arms and various weed beds.

Best bank areas Sykes Lane, Green Bank, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Spud Bay, the Dam.

Best methods Bank – Fry patterns, dries and nymphs.
Boat – As for bank, include various lures (large & small), tube flies, snakes.

Mid week boat winner Dr Michael Conway.


Forthcoming events
Great price reductions on Predator ranges at our tackle shops
Fly fishing for Pike from 16 May (subject to boat availability).
Pike fishing with lure and dead sea bait 6 October to 31 January 2017
Beginners courses 16, 22 October (29th Pike).
Fry Feeders match 16 October
Please remember that Browns will be out of season after 29 October.
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 29 October
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 4 December
 

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