Rutland Water with a healthy rod average of 4.79
Great early season sport for both boat and bank anglers this week at Rutland Water with a healthy rod average of 4.79. Fish have remained relatively close to the bottom and tight to the margins an many areas around the reservoir with classic early season favourites such as bead headed black and green, hummungous, cats whisker, orange lures and blobs being the most consistent patterns. Toff Crowther braved a biting east wind on the Monday and took the biggest rainbow of the season so far at 5lb 5oz from the bank at Sykes Lane, he also recorded 3 others over 3lb. Stuart Ross of Nottingham also recorded a fine rainbow of 4lb 4oz off the bank. Rob Keeber from Leicester recorded over 20 rainbows from the bank at Sykes Lane beach area, intermediate line and a single blob fished slowly taking fish throughout the session including 6 overwintered rainbows. Bank anglers are generally employing floating and intermediate lines whereas boat anglers have been using Di5 –Di8 lines and small boobies to get the flies close to the bottom whilst drifting. During the latter part of the week temperatures increased and the fish responded by coming higher up in the water with anglers reporting seeing fish moving in some areas. A few buzzers have been seen coming off on those milder days so prospects are looking good with spring finally on its way? With temperatures looking relatively mild for the week ahead expect nymphs, buzzers, diawl bach’s and bloodworm patterns to be well worth a try.
Best Rainbow 5lb 5oz taken by Toff Crowther
Best Boat Areas Hambleton Wood, Yellow Stone, Spud Bay, Normanton Bank, Sykes Lane Beach, Chruch Bay, Dickenson’s Bay & Old Hall Flats
Best Bank Areas East Creek, Whitwell Creek, Old Hall, Sykes Lane Frontage, Chruch Bay & Blue Pipes
Best Methods Bank – floating/midge tip lines with weighted lures, plus nymphs, buzzers, diawl bachs, bloodworm
Boat – as for bank, include blobs and cormorants
Mid Week Boat Winner Season ticket holder Mr Patterson
Fish Stocked 1500
UKAF vs Police
Rutland hosted its first competition for the season with a combined UK armed forces team fishing against the police. The UKAF team ran out comfortable winners on the day recording 127 fish for 259lb 4oz vs 84 fish for 172lb 12oz for the police. Dave Eames was top rod on the day with 14 fish (3+11 c+r and time bonus) for 30lb 9oz. Al Gamble took the best fish of the competition with a fine 3lb 5oz rainbow. Interestingly some areas produced on match day that had almost been discounted in practice making match day interesting, a good reflection of the number of areas holding fish around the reservoir.