Fish 306 (Season 4,667) Returns 63(710) Rod average 4.8 (6.6)
Pitsford continues its good run of form, finishing this week strongly following strong winds and rain helping to keep the water temperature under control and of course assisting with water clarity.
Most of the action is in the main basin, with most of the boat anglers deciding to spend the day there, performing long drifts off the dam and around the boils. Here, in the right conditions, double figure bags of fish are being caught. Fish are generally very high in the water and conditions on the day will determine your tactics; usually either dries, or a shallow washing line. If the wind is a bit too strong for dries or nymphs, then pulling fabs through the surface layers can be deadly on either a floater, tip, or slow glass / hover line and you’ll get plenty of bow-waving fish chasing! When fishing washing line, nymph wise crunchers and Diawls still seem to be the go to flies.
Bank anglers are having better sport in the mornings and evenings, but in the right conditions it is possible to catch through the day, although as it is July the boats are catching more as you would expect. It’s worth trying the flats, around Rigbys, but we have also had reports of fish caught from the Gravels and Stone barn.
Picking your day is crucial, overcast days with a good blow and you could be in for a great day, particularly off the back of a wet and windy day. However, we do have some warmer, brighter days forecast, so hopefully this won’t impact on the great sport we have been having too much. Even though we are in July boats are often fully booked, particularly at weekends, so please do book in advance!
Best boat areas: Main basin.
Best bank areas: Flats, gravels.
Beginners Courses: 2,8,14,23 & 28 August; 10 & 19 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call 01604 781350.