Grafham Water week ending 20 May

4 months ago

Fish 71 (season 4,070) Returns 191(814) Rod average 4.04 (5.0)

Windy conditions have made angling more challenging this week, although the fish are still feeding hard. The rod average stands at 4.04.

Despite the strong northerly winds the big bags and weights are still showing up. Barry Taylor managed a superb bag of 37 fish from his boat, this was cracking angling with not a stockie amongst them. The best recorded Rainbow of the week weighed 5lb and was taken by Mr Middletow who enjoyed a great day.

This week we have seen the fish feeding hard on buzzer and also coming up for emerging and dry fly. Many anglers are reporting buzzer down to an 8 working well with black and white, green and black and green being popular with our anglers.

Boat fishing has been tougher this week due to the wind, with many anglers opting to fish the north shore for shelter from the conditions. We have seen a lot of fish move with the wind with the best fishing spots along the south shore line, particularly the Mander bank, West Bank and outside the nature reserve. As previously mentioned when conditions allow, we are seeing plenty of fish rise, so this week it may be time to try the washing line, coupled with buzzer or nymph.

We have again seen some good results from the harbour arm this week with many fish landed. Mostly the fish are succumbing to buzzer, though some anglers are catching on nymph and dries. It will be worth dusting off those waders too as we start to see the water level reduce, though make sure you bring a prod stick to check for safety when wading.


Weekly Stats

Best Rainbow: 5lb taken by Mr Middletow

Best boat areas: West bank, Rainbow Point, Hill Farm, Pylon Point, G Buoy area, the Seat, Perry Point and in front of the harbour.

Best bank areas: Pylon, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm, Pig Bay, South dam and the Willows, Harbour Arms.

Best methods: See report.

Mid week boat winner: Peter Rust.

Fish stocked: 2,250

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