I'm a river angler with no knowledge of these waters but still find this thread interesting. A genuine question, which came first, the reduction in stocking at Rutland or a reduction in fly anglers? In other words was demand falling and that's why stocking reduced?
It seems to me that predator angling is on the up where as fly angling is probably declining. I don't notice this on the rivers, but I imagine the trends are much more obvious when you pitch up at a reservoir. If these locations are becoming water parks more than fisheries, the economics must make it very difficult to reverse.
Good news, river clubs seemed to be doing well. My own club is full, so is my syndicate lake. Both cost less to fish than the big reservoirs and in most cases you will catch more.
Predator fishing does start on Sept 1st on Rutland, hence all the boats are booked out solid until the 6th......you can't get one.
Saturday on Grafham was a Predator Match ( I think the Eastern European Predator Anglers) ....
Pitsford also allowed Predator fishing and spinning for trout in July and August ....My wife and 3 Invicta club members fished Pitsford Saturday and never had a pull between them..
It's been hammered and ruined ....hence why I fished the river for Chub on the fly
For info Stocking started going down before the drop in angler numbers at Rutland....
In my view Rutland will keep getting worse for fly fishing year after year.....its too big to stock properly.
Pitsford will become any method very soon..
Leaving a bigger demand on Grafham and Ravensthope......which will still allow Predator fishing because it generates so much income..
I hate to say it, but we , myself included showed the Predator guys the quality and size of the fish in the reservoirs by catching them consistantly on fly tackle - then stuck it on the media....its only natural that they want to fish there..
I'm now at the stage where I long for the old days when every predator caught by a fly angler was killed.......if the Dam things aren't in there they won't go....
I know that sounds terrible, but things can't continue as they are...
Good fisheries attract anglers....just look at Draycote, Grafham, Mentieth, Clywedog they all have a higher density of stocking and are rewarded with large numbers of anglers..
Who's going to pay £75 to fish Rutland and catch 1 or 2 fish ??
I've booked 3 long weekends on Clywedog and 2 on Llyn Brenig...just to get good sport rather than waste my time on Rutland ( which incidentally my wife wants to fish Friday and Saturday)
You misunderstand, I was asking has it reached the point where there’s more of you lot than troufishers.