Fish 722 Returns 118 Rod average 6.1
It is now nearly three weeks since we were able to re-open and without doubt Grafham has been a dream water to fish for many anglers. It is hard for us to put into words just how gratifying it has been hearing the positive and encouraging reports from anglers as they return to the pontoon at the end of the day. With one angler exclaiming “The best day’s fishing I have had in thirty years!” Anglers have been rewarded with quality fish like bars of silver with full tails and pulling like demons and a rod average of 6.1.
The best bank areas during a northerly wind continue to be all points along the north shore and the dam wall, particularly the bowl. However, the place to be during a southerly wind has to be either the Seat or the south end of the dam. Bank anglers are reporting that the most consistent method is the washing line with a fab on the point with small nymphs size 12 or 14 up the line.
If the dry fly fishing is more your cup of tea then the evening is the best time to fish. Boat anglers are best advised to use long drifts along the middle, especially well out from the north shore near buoys K,B,P and R. The aerator towers have been on, generating some good sport, during calm days again, do head for the points along the north shore. Don’t be afraid to use lures pulled quickly on the brighter days otherwise give diawl bachs and buzzers a good try.
Predator fishing has also been of a very high quality, with zander being caught regularly (that’s not to say that it’s easy by any means), using fast sinking lines with pink flies. Regular reports are coming in of catches up to 14 fish to the boat. So far we haven’t heard of any really big Zander being caught, again, that’s not to say it hasn’t happened. Reports of Pike and Perch catches are very slim on the ground with only small jacks being reported to us; however, the pike have had a longer rest than usual and it’s probably only a matter of time before someone hooks into something fantastic.
Best Rainbow: 6lb 2oz.
Best boat areas: All points and bays along the North shore.
Best Bank areas: G Buoy, dam, Marlow Stones.