Rutland Water, Rutland

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland w/e 12 March 2017

Anglers have enjoyed an excellent start to the new season at Rutland with the first sixty returns giving an impressive rod average of 8.06. 484 fish were recorded, of which 332 were returned.

Hot spots included East Creek to the fishing lodge frontage, either side of Normanton Church, all the way through to Fantasy Island and Stockie Bay Point to Whitwell. Boat anglers also caught well off these areas, interestingly enough some boats were fishing a good way out in the reservoir over fairly deep water at an estimated 30-40 feet, but catching well.

The best fish to date is a 4lb 9oz Rainbow caught by Mr Sistino Rao. Season ticket holder Gordon Anthony, of Peterborough, had a good fish around the 4lb mark on Saturday whilst bank fishing near the blue pipes at Normanton. There were also bigger Browns reported and returned.

Both boat and bank anglers are taking multiple catches with plenty of stock fish showing. We have seen steady numbers of overwintered fish showing, including Browns, which are out of season until 1 April.

A great variety of methods have been working from mini to large lures (blobs and snakes) and nymph combinations, straight lined nymphs and nymphs fished under the bung. There was also one report of an over wintered Brown of 4lb plus caught on floating fry!

With the exceptional mild and settled weather there were some decent hatches of buzzers, some small but also mid sized ones hatching off. On Saturday and Sunday in light winds there were a noticeable number of fish moving on the surface during these hatches, with nymphs under the bung working for bank anglers Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward with a few overwintered fish showing in their bag limits.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 16 and 30 March; 5,15,22 & 27 April; 7,13, 19 & 26 May and other dates throughout the season.
Independence Day Trophy (best fish) 1 April
Anglian Water Airflo International Northern heat 3 April
Anglers World Individual 8 April
Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
Tuesday Night boat league commences in May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 26 March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Best Brown Estimated 6½ - 7lb.

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

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

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

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

Fish stocked 2,000.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 2nd April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Best Rainbow 6lb 7¾oz taken by Toff Crowther.

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

Best boat areas Most areas are producing well.

Best bank areas See report.

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

Fish stocked 2,000.


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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 9th April 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anglers World Individual 8 April
Fished in excellent conditions at Rutland this match achieved a rod average of 12.05. Richard Kesek weighed in the best fish at 3lb 12oz. It was a very close finish - the top four anglers were
1st Jim Rigby 16 fish for 36lb 7oz
2nd Mark Redfern 16 fish for 36lb 6oz
3rd David Hoppe 16 fish for 35lb 14oz
4th John Hood 16 fish for 35lb 6oz

Sport Fish Team Heat 9 April
This match for teams of six anglers fished to a rod average of 15.06 with some terrific bags of fish.
1st Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs 96 fish for 212lb 6oz
2nd Team Vision 92 fish for 205lb 7oz
3rd Renegades 83 fish for 183lb 5oz

Best Rainbow 4lb 2½oz taken by Lindsay Simpson.

Best Brown 5lb 13oz taken by Tom Finney.

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

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

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

Fish stocked 2,000.

Midweek boat winner John Eaton of Horncastle.




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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 16/4/17

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

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

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

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

Best Rainbow 5lb 11oz taken by Wal Holynski.

Best Brown 7lb 8oz taken by Nigel Savage.

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

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

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

Fish stocked 2,000

Midweek boat winner Tony Ward of Guilsborough.


Forthcoming events

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 23/4/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Rainbow 5lb 2oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Best Brown 6lb 4½oz taken by Keith Jones.

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


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

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

Fish stocked 2,000.

Midweek boat winner Martin Blakeston of Corby.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland 7/5/17

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

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

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

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

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


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

Best Rainbow 3lb 12oz taken by Graham Hayward.

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

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

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

Fish stocked 3,000.

Midweek boat winner Dave Bradshaw of North Luffenham.

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

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - 14/5/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Best Brown 7lb 6oz taken by Neil Cameron.

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

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

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

Midweek boat winner A Weatherey of Cambridge.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland w/e 21-5-17

This week has seen personal bests and friendly rivalry with fantastic sport and a change in weather completely changing the fish’s appetites.

Although there have been mixed weather conditions this week, ranging from ideal overcast days, to torrential downpours, the fishing has held up well with sport still being found in almost all spots around the reservoir. Buzzers seem to be the main diet; black/olive, small olive and light green. The best methods seem to be straight lining the bung on a floating line or washing line with a floater or midge tip.

Dries have been working through the day with bank anglers reporting good movements of fish well in to the evenings. Various colours of Shipmans, CDC and Bob’s bits are doing the business. Other items on the menu have been snails, last year’s roach fry and corixa. Lure anglers have been favouring tube flies, humungus, boobies and blobs on various sinking lines.

Notable catches this week have been Ken Salmon’s 6lb 5¼oz brown narrowly pipping regular boat partner Tony Storey’s 6lb 4 1/8oz specimen. Martin Blakeston caught a Brown estimated at 9lb 8oz, which he proudly showed Ranger Nigel Savage on his phone. These 3 fish were found in the south arm and fell to buzzers.

Roland McKendrick caught his personal best brown at 7lb from the main basin on an olive buzzer which had been tied by his boat partner Brian Bonner.

Competition news
Rutland Water Fly Fishers John Wadham Trophy Friday 19 May
This match was fished on a wet evening in poor light. It was a good result considering the fish have been proving hard to catch in the evenings, despite rising in all quarters of the lake, being preoccupied on adult midge. The winner of this match was Colin Best with four fish for 10lb 1oz. Two of Colin’s catch, from Whitwell Creek, weighed over 3lb. David Moore was second with 4 fish for 9lb 9oz. David took the best fish of the match – a 3lb 5oz Rainbow. Third place went to Neil Squires with four fish for 9lb. The most effective methods were buzzers and dries. Thanks go to Peter de Kremer for organising the match.

Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
Despite mixed fishing conditions on Saturday – torrential rain and sunshine, the first match of the Rudder series took place. 6 boats went out with Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane walking away with the winnings. 16 fish for 41lb 7oz beating the 2nd place guys by 10lb. Roy Bartrum and his son Colam had 13 fish for 31lb 6 ¼ oz, 3rd place went to Chris Binley and boat partner, Chris stole the show with a solo effort of 6 fish for 17lb 3oz.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland - we 28/5/17

Rutland Water
Fish 2,027 (season 22,373) Returns 430(3,303)Rod average 4.61(6.77)
Anglers have enjoyed a healthy rod average at Rutland of 4.61 for the week. The bottom of the South Arm with Manton and Lax Hill produced a number of Rainbows between 3 and 5lb. Anglers are opting for the imitative approach of buzzers, crunchers and diawl bach on floating lines. As you would expect these big over wintered fish are not easy to catch and therefore patience has been a key part of the session.

John Wadham writes “The 6lb 8oz Brown I caught last week is a personal best since 1998 and was caught on a size 16 dry Bob’s bit 10m out from the bank. I also had one of 5lb 8oz; chased the fish up and down the bank.
This is turning out to be the best season for decades.” Bank anglers are reporting lots of fish moving late in the evening, often within a few feet of the bank and dry fly is working well. Fish are feeding on adult buzzer.

There are still good numbers of buzzer and olives hatching down the bottoms of both arms. Vast areas of the reservoir are producing fish including the Finches in the North Arm, Armley Wood and Barnhill. Anglers have also reported good numbers of daphnia feeding fish in the open water of the main basin, orange being the key colour whether in the form of blobs or snakes – fished on a variety of sinking lines. The fishing lodge harbour frontage to East Creek is also holding a lot of fish, best targeted on dark nymphs and floating/midge tip lines.

The best Brown of the week was a superb specimen of 6lb 14oz falling to the rod of S Derby of Sheffield.

Not trout related – but there are reports of quite a few large bream into double figures falling to nymphs, surprising a lot of anglers when they come to the surface.

The hot weather has made conditions challenging at times but fish have generally still been found in the top three feet of water.

Competition news
Retired head ranger John Seaton held his annual Hunt Service Competition on 22 May. 38 anglers caught 135 fish between them with the best Rainbow falling to ‘Chalky’ at 4lb 8oz. This was also the biggest Rainbow of the week. The best Brown of the day fell to Neil Bailey with a 4lb 2oz specimen. Best bag of the day went to John Farnsworth with 8 fish for 17lb 7oz, Peter de Kremer was second with 8 fish for 16lb 11oz and third place went to Ken Shaw with 8 fish for 16lb 10oz.

The best boat pairing went to Peter de Kremer and Angus Smith with 16 fish for 32lb 9oz. Local father and son pairing John and Ben Farnsworth were second with 13 quality rudder caught fish for 30lb 4oz. Terry Wright and Olly Shepherd weighed in 16 fish for 29lb 10oz to take third place. All credit to John Seaton who took 8 fish for 18lb 2oz but sportingly relinquished the top rod position in his own match.

Week three of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw Graham Measures take best bag with 6 fish for 10lb 4½oz. Second place went to Geoff Wanless with four fish for 7lb 7½oz and third place went to Neil Walsh with three fish for 5lb 12½oz. The biggest fish of the evening was a solid 3lb Rainbow falling to the rod of season ticket holder Rob Teasdale.

Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz taken during John Seaton’s match.

Best Brown 6lb 14oz taken by S Derby of Sheffield.

Midweek boat winner Mark Newton of Market Harborough.

Fish stocked 6,000.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland w/e 4/6/17

Rutland Water
Fish 1,128 (season 23,501) Returns 271 (3,574)Rod average 4.16(6.57)
The best Rainbow of the week weighed 6lb 7/8oz and was taken by R O’Brien whilst fishing with Tim Morrell and guided by Al Owen.

Fish have changed their feeding habits this week with the big hatches of the larger species virtually coming to an end. Boat anglers fishing the Main Basin have been catching numerous fish, including recent stock fish and a very good number of slim overwintered Rainbows. These are giving a very good account of themselves and feeding on masses of daphnia. Bank anglers are catching in some areas. However, those fishing into the evening are reporting lots of fish moving on the surface later on. Some of these are taking sedge but others are taking adult buzzers that are going back onto the water to lay their eggs.

There should be plenty of surface activity soon as this year’s pin fry are starting to show with reports of fish movement close in to the shoreline. Good patterns to try for these determined fish are small dries, hares ears etc, silver (pearl) ptn, fished on a short leader.

Fish are also feeding on the ‘demon’ shrimp. ‘Pink’ shrimp have also been sighted in the Harbour. However, some of the larger fish are feeding on crayfish and there was evidence of this in four of the 3lb plus Rainbows caught this week.

On the big fish front Mark Bowler, editor of Fly Fishing and Flytying magazine, caught and released a 6lb plus Brown whilst boat fishing in the South Arm. Mark also caught and released a mid double Pike which also fell to a black buzzer. Toff Crowther of Oakham returned Browns of 4lb plus and 6lb last week. Simon and Elliot Guthrie took eight cracking Rainbows for 21lb with crunchers. The pair took their fish down the bottom of the North Arm.

Weardale Fly Fishers fished Rutland at the weekend. They opted for the Main Basin rather than the Arms and enjoyed some great sport. Top rod amongst the group was Alan Moore with 11 fish for 21lb 14oz. Ian Malpass took the biggest fish a 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League
1st Keith Jones 8 fish
2nd Hilary Tomlinson 4 fish
3rd Chris Binley 3 fish.
The best fish on the night was taken by Chris Binley who won a free mid week boat for his fine 3lb 4½oz Rainbow.

RWFF Cutting Trophy Bank Match.
This was challenging and fished in a flat calm, with surface weed, and falling atmospheric pressure along with an abnormally high water temperature, now approaching 20C.

Congratulations to “Big” Dave Porter for doing so well in such testing conditions. He caught on hoppers from the South Arm. Peter de Kremer came second and claimed the prize for best fish which weighed 2lb 6oz. Despite the conditions there were quite a number of fish showing. No doubt the forecast strong winds will cool the water down and we will see a dramatic upturn in the fishing. Our thanks to Peter for organising the event and congratulations for netting the best fish.

1st Dave Porter 4 fish for 6lb 8oz
2nd Peter de Kremer 2 fish for 3lb 5oz
3rd Neil Squires 1 fish for 1lb 10oz

Prospects look good, although the big buzzers are now in shorter supply there are plenty of small buzzers including sedge and damsels and caenis at night. Expect to see a lot of surface action along the shoreline with this year’s pin fry attracting a lot of attention in any weather conditions.

At this time of year the fishery is busy so please book your boats in advance and check for availability on 01780 686441.

Best Rainbow 6lb 17/8oz taken by R O’Brien.

Best Brown 6lb taken by M Bowler.

Best boat areas Main basin, aerators, a few boats are heading down the arms.

Best bank areas Normanton, Sailing Club, peninsula

Midweek boat winner Peter Welton.

Fish stocked 2,000.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland we 11/6/17

Rutland Water
Fish 1,427 (season 24,928) Returns 306 (3,880) Rod average 4.66 (6.42)

Devon duo John Glanfield and Richard Powlesland made their 40th visit to Rutland Water recently. That’s a trip to Rutland from Devon every year since Rutland Water opened! These two gentlemen have lost none of their angling skills and managed an incredible 75 fish off the bank, returning 61 of these. They took Rainbows to 4lb 4oz. All of their fish fell to nymphs on a floating line.

A number of visiting anglers have enjoyed Rutland including Martin Campbell from Newport in Gwent who fished alongside guide Al Owen for four days. Martin had anticipated a floating line and nymph trip, however it was sinking lines with blobs that proved the only effective method in the strong winds. Al guided Martin to 64 fish with Rainbows up to 3½lb.

The week was dominated by very strong winds and unfortunately on Tuesday no boats could go out on the water.

Boat anglers have found that the main basin is the best place to be with fish feeding on this year’s daphnia with various mini lures in different colours being used. The fish have not been feeding excessively deep with Di3 lines popular. Some boats did go up the arms trying to fish nymphs/dries with very little reward (swirling winds making presentation difficult) and hampered by the coloured water stirred up by the winds. Anglers fishing on the rudder fared pretty well with the usual cast out and hang on with no to little retrieve working.

Competition news
Scierra Pairs
Five boats fished in this match on Saturday 10 June, taking 38 fish. Mark Rose and Keith Jones won with 15 fish for 34lb with second place going to Alan Stearn and Nigel Angus who took 14 fish.

The Association of Major Fly Fishing Clubs hosted a Group 1 match on Saturday 10 June
1st Tunbridge Wells 6 points
2nd Invicta 5 points
3rd Fish Hawks 4 points
4th Rutland Water 3 points
5th Bewl 2 points
6th Soldier Palmers 1 point
It was a great result for Tunbridge Wells’ team members Vince and Sean Brooks, Bob Holland, Andrew Green, Bob Shaw and Mark Tremain-Coker, they managed a very creditable 35 fish in blustery conditions. Andrew Green took the best fish of the match – a specimen of 3lb 7½oz.

Bank anglers have had to contend with blustery winds. However, fish were caught with Bill Coppin of Norfolk taking 8 fish with nymphs (and returning others) from the Normanton bank. Fish are feeding on this year’s pin fry
Rutland Water continued

around the shoreline. It can be frustrating when fish are feeding in a few feet of water right under your rod tip. Small dries and nymphs covering fish repeatedly works well for the patient angler.

Best Rainbow 5lb 8oz taken by Tom Daly of Fordham.

Best boat areas Main basin, Bottom of the arms (in settled weather).

Best bank areas Normanton, north arm (peninsula), sailing club to New Zealand Point.

Best methods Bank – floating lines nymphs, dries. Good number of fish moving (pin fry) but also late evenings adult buzzer and sedge/caenis.
Boat – sinking lines, blobs etc.

Mid week boat winner E Forster of Stanhope.

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland we 18/6/17

Rutland Water
Fish 1,422(season 26,350) Returns 337 (4,217) Rod average 4.21 (6.24)
A respectable rod average of 4.21 at Rutland this week. Specimen hunter Cameron Neil of North Luffenham has been at it again upping the best brown for the season so far to 11lb 5 1/4oz. This fine specimen took a humungus on a sinking line. Oakham season ticket holder Norman Foord fished a brown palmer off the bank to secure an 8lb 2oz beauty.

The main basin has been providing the most sport to anglers this week with blobs and boobies on various sinking lines being the main tactics and the rudder anglers scoring on the breezy days experienced last week. These fish are feeding hard on the large clouds of daphnia so long drifts are the order of the day to find the numerous large pockets of fish. On days with less wind however, nymphs fished loch style have accounted for good numbers of fish in the open water of the basin. Anglers venturing down the north arm saw sport off Armley Wood which offered some shelter on the breezy days, dark nymphs being the preferred fly choice.

The Sailing Club Bay and up to New Zealand Point has also been productive for both bank and boat anglers, a particularly good choice late of an evening when dries in the form of bits and CDC’s have accounted for some good fish.

Off the bank Stocky Bay and Ernies point have also produced fish this week, again mostly to small dark nymphs. These fish are moving late on though, as in other areas on the bank, so don’t pack up too early, there’s plenty of sedge on the water of an evening. Pin fry are hatching in great numbers now with fish feeding on them in many areas, so there should be a lot of surface activity for a while throughout the day, as well as the late evenings.
Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Highlights of this special weekend include
• Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
• Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
• Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
• ‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
• Fly tying demos
• Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
• Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)


All anglers – please remember to drink plenty of water in these extremely hot conditions and keep applying your sun cream.

Best Brown 11lb 5¼oz.

Best boat areas Main basin.

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

Best methods Bank – floating lines nymphs, dries..
Boat – As above but include sinking lines, blobs, boobies, humungus etc.

Mid week boat winner G Thrall.

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

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having a half or full day boat fishing Rutland Friday 23rd June (this friday). If you want to join me please private message me, would be targeting bigger fish feeding on pin fry (hopefully)
 

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland we 25/6/17

Rutland Water
A mixed week at Rutland Water with the main basin providing on/off results. The current rod average for boat anglers is 4.56.

Earlier last week in the very hot weather there were lots of fish on the surface with a mixture of blobs, boobies, nymphs and dries accounting for fish. However, fish switched off this diet mid week. This was mainly due to the aerators being turned off all of last week and with the wind finally turning back up again from Wednesday onwards the majority of hot/warm was blown into the main basin. The few anglers who ventured up the arms found fish and one or two of these were feeding on this year’s huge pin fry shoals.

Bank anglers have found fish off both shorelines of the main basin, at Normanton and Sykes Lane. The current rod average for bank anglers is 2.08. Season ticket holder Bill Coppin, from Norfolk, caught some quality fish on dry fly. There were a number of Rainbows and Browns fry feeding.

Toff Crowther, from Oakham, fished the shallows of the arms and banked some quality fish last Thursday.

Mid week boat winner Mr G Faithfull of Portsmouth.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Tuesday Evening Boat League
Week six of this popular league saw the return from injury of Richard Cooper. Richard won in convincing style with eight fish. He also won the free mid week boat for the biggest fish by the narrowest of margins from his good friend Keith Jones. Richard took a Rainbow of 2lb 2oz just ahead of Keith’s best fish which weighed 2lb 1 7/8 oz. Keith retains the current lead in the league just ahead of Hilary Tomlinson.
A competition date for the diary is the Over 50’s boat match on 29 July (9am to 5pm).

Army Championships
Rutland Water recently hosted the Army Championships over two days.
The best Rainbow was taken by Jim Wright and weighed 3lb 4oz. Jamie Thomas landed the best Brown at 3lb 13oz.
Unit Team won by 7 Scots weighing in at 23lb 6oz; runners up Army HQ – 14lb 9oz.
Cap Badge won by Royal Signals 26lb 5oz; runners up RRS 23lb 6oz.
Open won by Pumpers & Handsane 29lb 10oz; runners up Potch GHOO 28lb 11oz.
Best Newcomer Chris Liburd – 13lb 8oz
Associate Fergie - 32lb 8oz.
Serving - Gerry Rattray 33lb 1oz.


Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Highlights of this special weekend include
• Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
• Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
• Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
• ‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
• Fly tying demos
• Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
• Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)




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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland w/e 16/7/17

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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Re: Rutland Water, Rutland w/e 20/8/17

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

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

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

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

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League.
The last evening of the boat league was fished on 15 August.
Top rod on the night was Keith Jones with six fish, best fish and boat winner was Chris Simms with a 2lb 12½oz Rainbow.
Rich Cooper repeated his 2016 victory by taking the prize for overall top rod of the league. Richard came into the final night’s match with an unassailable lead and was presented with his £50 gift vouchers before the match.

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

Final placings are as follows
1st Richard Cooper 98 points
2nd Keith Jones 88 points
3rd Neil Squires 57 points
4th Hilary Tomlinson 37 points
5th Sean Hillaby 29 points
6th Gary Cooper 28 points

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

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

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10; Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm

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

Mid week boat winner D Evans of Swansea.

Fish stocked 3,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 27 August; 10,16 & 24 September; 8,15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.
English National 1-3 September (all boats booked)
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September
Floating line pairs 23 September
 

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