Grafham Water week ending 1 September

2 years ago

Fish 337 (Season 11,119) Returns 108 (2,570) Rod average 3.1 (4.37)

This week’s weather did take an unfortunate turn following the previous week’s fantastic catch results with a strong wind and high temperatures discolouring the water. However, as always the water came through and justified its place as the home of reservoir trout fishing.

Many anglers enjoyed some good sport, particularly from the boats, adapting to the weather and searching for the areas with clearer water. There were many good catches using lures such as humungus, as well as snakes. These flies were not needed to be moved fast and have accounted for a number of browns over 5lb by the Willows and ahead of the Dam.

Last week’s stocking made a big impact for those happy to catch stockies, particularly as the week went on, with the change of wind direction allowing the water clarity to vastly improve sport, from both the bank and boat. One angler in particular had a great week with his return recording 25 fish, 16 of which were returned safely to the water to grow on and fight another day.

Everyone at Grafham is looking forward to this coming weekend as we will be hosting the Scierra Pairs match and we wish all the competitors well and good luck

Predator anglers had eagerly anticipated 1 September and the morning dawned with perfect conditions and some sleepy eyes! The many expectant and restless anglers finally had their chance to set off for the first day of their season. You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the chilly early morning breeze.

The Polish Angling Club had 50 anglers in 25 boats competing for their annual predator match, targeting mainly our fantastic zander and plentiful perch. Every boat caught and a large number of decent sized predators were brought to the boat and released in good condition.
A few good pike were caught breaking the magical 20lb mark. Let’s hope that this good sport and care for the fish continues well into the season. The changing weather brings the inevitable, yet irresistible autumnal feel of this wonderful season. And our determined anglers are ready to face the challenge it brings.

As ever we are here to help so please let us know if you have any questions regarding the fishing at Grafham Water.

Fish stocked: 2,000.

Competition news

The John Maitland Trophy Sunday 1st September 2019

Grafham Water hosted the annual GWFFA vs RWFF match on Sunday 1 September.

Martin Brocklebank kindly sent the following report.

“This is the annual fishing match between Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association (GWFFA) and Rutland Water Fly Fishers (RWFF) in memory of John Maitland from Rutland.  24 anglers fished the event at Grafham Water. Despite a bright and breezy day a total of 86 fish were caught with a rod average of about 4. There were some tidy bags of fish. Chris McLeod (RW) and Roger Hurren (GW) caught well drifting from the seat towards G buoy using blobs, fabs and nymphs. The fish were in the top two feet of water. Mark Brinkman also caught well drifting from R buoy to Hedge End using similar tactics. Some anglers opted for quieter waters along the West shore and caught some quality fish that contained buzzer, shrimp, hog lice and lots of water boatmen (Corixa). One of the fish, a superb brown trout of 5lb 14oz was caught on a shrimp by Martin Brocklebank. A presentation meal was held at the fishing lodge. “


1st   Team RWFF 44 fish for 98lb 8oz

2nd  Team GWFFA 42 fish for 93lb 3oz


1st Mark Brinkman           7 fish for 16lb 0oz

2nd Chris McLeod             8 fish for 15lb 15oz

3rd Roger Hurren             8 fish for 14lb 14oz

Best fish 5lb 14oz brown trout caught by Martin Brocklebank

Forthcoming events

Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September

England Youth Flyfishing National Championship 15 September.

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.

Boat handling courses: 14,22 & 29 October; 5 November.

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