Grafham Water week ending 8 July

1 week ago

Fish 652 (Season 8,243) Returns 157 (1,596) Rod average 4.1 (5.16)

It’s been a mixed week at Grafham Water with hot weather conditions having a large impact on fishing. The start of the week saw great results for bank and boat anglers, particularly in the morning or evening sessions, with mid day to late afternoon more of a challenge. As the week went on the temperature has been through the roof, seeing a dip in catch rates. However, the rod average is still a very respectable 4.1, with a change in tactics many will be able to achieve this, particularly as mid week temperatures are due to drop a little.

Some good results earlier in the week saw many catching large bags of fish, with plenty around the 3lb mark showing. The best fish of the week fell to David Spall with a cracking Brown of 5lb 4oz. David Morton had a good Rainbow weighing in at a fantastic 4lb 4oz. Well done to both of you’ although top rod is undoubtedly John Archer with a super 33 fish from the bank taken within only a few hours, emphasising that the earlier sessions in the day are certainly providing the best sport.

The best tactics from the bank are to target the fry feeding fish throughout the day or hold on and wait for the rise in the evening time as the fish come closer to the bank. Many anglers have been successful from Hill Farm, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hedge End and the Marlow bank near G Buoy. Successful flies have been GRHE’s, shrimp patterns and darker colour diawl bachs, though it’s well worth trying fry patterns and even static buzzer.

Boat anglers also enjoyed good catches earlier in the week, although sport steadied towards the end of the week. We recommend fishing the deeper, cooler water on the reservoir and to try some sinking lines, Di5’s and Di7’s coupled with boobies or small black lures. Other successful flies include blobs, snakes and diawl bachs. Dries should not be forgotten, with many still producing to the dries in the evening though we recommend fishing these just off the weed beds.

The results from two matches fished during the week will be published in next week’s report.

Anglian Water Fishery Questions & Answers Session

On Sunday 15th July we are hosting a Anglian Water Fishery Questions and Answers Day. Starting at 10am at Grafham Fishing Lodge, William Kirstein (Rutland Park Manager) and Angela Tarry (Grafham and Northants Park Manager) will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have about Anglian Water fisheries and the wider park. The Grafham session will run from 10am until 12noon followed by a session at Rutland Water Fishing Lodge from 2pm until 4pm. Please feel free to come along with any burning questions, suggestions or feedback you may have.

Fishing stats

Best Rainbow: 4lb 4oz taken by David Morton.

Best Brown: 5lb 4oz taken by David Spall.

Forthcoming events

Anglian Water Fisheries Question & Answer session Sunday 15 July; 10am to noon

Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019

AWAI Midland final 23 July

Beginners courses See our page for full details.

Boat handling courses See our page for full details.