Rutland Water week ending 11 July
Mixed weather conditions resulted in some varied fishing last week. Strong south westerly winds gave way to light or even no wind at all throughout the week.
Tactics of dry fly in some areas whilst lure/nymph combinations have been accounting for fish. Manton Bay, Cattle Trough and Hideaway Bay provided a fair deal of sport on dry fly, with bigger than usual size 10’s working on some days and 14/16’s working on others.
Wednesday 7 July was a good day with quality fish falling to dry fly. The aerators are as usual holding good numbers of fish with a mixture of lures/nymphs and even dries (fished down the slicks) working well.
Bank fishing is proving very rewarding as there are very good numbers of fish feeding close in on either shrimp, snails and this year’s fry. Some fish are within a few feet of the shoreline in many areas so there is no need to wade. Dries have generally worked for these fish. However, it is noticeable that Terns are feeding on fry around 1½ to 2 inches so small floating fry are worth a go. Be prepared to work the bank to go in search of these fish.
Tuesday night boat league 2021
Gary Cooper had a great night catching a total of 15 fish. Gary also had the best fish on the night, a 3lb 2½oz Rainbow that also earned him a free boat voucher. Amassing a total of 15 points on the night Gary stands in the lead with a total of 45 points.
Fishing prospects look very good with many areas providing fish with various tactics working with surface feeding fish falling to a mixture of dry flies. Whilst nymphs, diawl bach, pheasant tail (cruncher) lures, boobies, blobs, tubes etc are working for some people.
Tuesday Evening boat league – please ask at the lodge for more details
EFFA (by invitation) 21-22 July