Fish 390 (Season 8,205) Returns 104 (1,662) Rod average 3.75 (4.93)
It was the turn of the pleasure anglers this week following on from the success of the match anglers last week. Anglers’ returns reflected some exciting sport and some finicky fish with comments like “lots of pulls, but difficult to hook!” It looks like fish are feeding on the pin fry. One angler tried every fly in his box without success, finally resorting to an aero buzzer with a very short dropper tied off the bend in the hook (New Zealand style), with a buzzer suspended just below the surface. His perseverance paid off and he bagged up.
Some fantastic sport has also been reported using dry flies, with 40 fish being taken during a single boat session and Stuart, from the fishing lodge, fishing on the dam with plenty of success in the evening.
So the conclusion is that Grafham is fishing well, from the boats and from the bank. Obviously try the dam, but the Willows, the Seat and Gaynes Cove are worth a try as the fish are now moving in. Best boat areas are wind dependent. The north shore is always a favourite but always check for the clean water. On Sunday it was very murky in some areas due to the strong off shore winds.
Summer special offers: Our Summer Sunset ticket is now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniors: Seniors can hire a boat every Thursday during July & August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season).
Best Rainbow: 4lb 2oz.
Best boat areas: Wind dependent – G Buoy.
Best bank areas: The dam (bowl area), the Willows, Gaynes Cove.
Mid week boat winner: Mr M Gormley.
Fish stocked: 2,500.
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.
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: 6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.