Fish 443 (Season 6,986) Returns 78 (1,349) Rod average 5.7 (5.17)
Grafham has continued to improve, especially after the very heavy rainfall. With fewer anglers fishing in the worst of the weather the water was rested and once the weather improved the fishermen were very eager to try their luck and were rewarded with some fantastic sport.
Fishing from the boat at the weekend The Seat and West Bank produced lots of quality fish. With a southerly wind, the water on the north shore wasn’t quite so clear, hence the fish being found on the south.
The normal tactics of an intermediate or floating line with a slow retrieve, fishing buzzers, hares ears and diawl bachs with a buoyant fly on the point, proved to be the best method. Leaded green damsels worked well too. And don’t forget to let your rod ‘hang’ for at least 10 seconds to tempt that big Rainbow.
Good news for bank anglers too; the Dam is fishing very well with lots of fish being sighted feeding on the surface. The bowl area is proving particularly successful. Again using the washing line method and allowing the wind to work your flies for you. The Harbour Arms are also providing good sport, but this tends to be first thing in the morning, before the boats disturb the fish. It would also be worth having a go in the evening too, you never know what might be lurking below the surface. Good luck to everyone, tight lines and enjoy the experience.
Best boat areas: The Seat, the West bank (wind dependant).
Best bank areas: The Dam (bowl areas), the Harbour Arms, (early mornings, late evenings).
Mid week boat winner: Nigel Childs.
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments.
EFFA ProAm 20 June
Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat 22 June
Anglian Water Airflo International – Southern Final 8 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July
WPC 17&18 August
Anglian Water rudder match 24 August
Beginners courses: 23 & 30 June;6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 2 & 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.