Fish 279 (Season 9,471) Returns 51(1,492) Rod average 5.5(6.3)
Pitsford is continuing to produce despite the poor weather; with a rod average for the week of 5.5 and several quality fish being caught.
John Fletcher had the week’s best Rainbow with a stunning fish of 7lb 8oz. The fish took a size 12 damsel pattern whilst John was drifting from Bog Bay towards Stone Barn. Gavin Friell had another cracking Rainbow of 6lb 10oz. this fish took a size 14 diawl bach while Gavin was drifting from the Flats down to the Pines. He caught 14 fish.
There have been several good fish, both Rainbows and Browns, reported in the 3-4lb bracket.
Damsel patterns are accounting for a lot of fish with the nymphs now showing in good numbers. There are prolific numbers of snail, sedge and pin fry and fish are feeding hard in the top few feet. Floating or midge tip lines are all that are necessary, fishing teams of nymphs, or even dries. Richard Williams boat fished with wets on Sunday morning, taking fish on silver Invicta, black hopper and claret hopper, pulling in the waves.
On Saturday the Grafham Water Fly Fishers held their second boat match of the season. Nine anglers braved the weather forecast, catching 41 fish for a rod average of 4.5. They fished to a ‘kill first four’ and catch and release a further four, eight fish limit.
Norman Rushton was top rod with eight fish for 17lb 8oz. He also had the biggest fish of the match with a Rainbow of 3lb 9oz. Steve Cracknell took second place with six fish for 15lb 2oz. Steve’s four fish kill weighed 11lb 2oz and he also returned a brown trout estimated at 5lb. Derek Bravington took third place with six fish for 14lb 8oz. Derek caught his fish on dries up at the Flats.
Best Rainbow: 7lb 8oz taken by John Fletcher.
Best Brown: 5lb taken by Steve Cracknell.
Mid week boat winner: Barry Sheddon.
Fish stocked: 1,500.
Beginners courses: 22 & 28 June; 12,21 &27 July; 11,23 & 29 August and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 25 June; 1 & 23 July; 7 August and other dates throughout the season.
Mid Northants Trout Fishers Association
Hosts monthly open sessions for beginners at Pitsford where fully trained instructors are on hand to offer advice on fly casting, fly tying and water craft. Non members welcome. All sessions are 2-5pm
6 July, 3 August, 7 September and 5 October.