Fish 361 (Season 11,428) Returns 83 (1,979) Road average 4.3 (5.8)
What a difference a few days makes! Following a steady start to the week with high water temperatures (up to 25°C) making fishing hard, everything changed from Thursday onwards with cooler conditions and the fish coming up to feed.
The rod average for the week is a healthy 4.3, but in reality over the weekend we saw many boats catching into double figures and a rod average close to 8.
The fish have been spread out from the Boils and are now well dispersed across the Main Bowl and down the Sailing Club bank.The best methods have been floating or midge tip lines with teams of crunchers or diawls fished washing line style. In spells of cloud cover then dries are working with cdc’s, sugar cube shipmans, hoppers and foam daddies all taking fish.
Amongst the notable catches this week were father and son Colin and I Purdom who fished from a boat in Sailing Club Bay. Colin (who is 82 years young), caught five fish, with his son taking his eight fish limit. They caught on floating lines and pheasant tail nymphs and had a wonderful day. Season ticket holder Peter Ward fished crunchers to tempt 11 fish and had a great afternoon.
Bank anglers are also getting in on the action with floating snail patterns and foam daddies taking good fish around the weedbeds.
This week at Pitsford, after performing a bag check, we banned two anglers from our fisheries for rule breaking. As a reminder, if you see instances of rule breaking we would encourage anglers to report this, either to the lodge or the rangers at the first opportunity. In the past we have sometimes been told about rule breaking several days after the incidence and whilst we are grateful for the information, it is then sometimes difficult to deal with the perpetrators retrospectively.
Throughout July and August the ‘Senior Tuesday’ offer has been extended to Thursdays so why not take advantage of these reduced boat prices.
Best boat areas: Main bowl, Boils, Sailing Club.
Best bank areas: Pitsford Creek, Stilton.
Mid week boat winner: Mr Colin Purdom.
Fish stocked: 2,000.
Beginners courses: 27 July; 11,23 & 29 August; 6,11 & 21 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 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
3 August, 7 September and 5 October.