Rutland Water week ending 13 May

5 months ago
Al Owen 11lb 8oz Brown

Fish 1,381 (season 13,355) Returns 257 (2,089) Rod average 5.37 (6.39)

Another week of quality fishing here at Rutland Water; a rod average of 5.37 topped by the best brown of the season so far at 11lb 8oz. Rutland regular Al Owen of Cranwell ventured down the South Arm and fished deep buzzers on the midge tip to bring the fine specimen Brown to the boat. Al ties arguably the most successful buzzer pattern on Rutland and it certainly appealed to the specimen brown, congratulations from all of us here at the lodge, great angling!

We have seen a lot of visiting anglers from Scotland this week with some here for 7 days and others taking advantage of the popular 3 day holiday package. They have caught on a variety of methods including floating lines with buzzers and nymphs to Di7’s with large cats whisker lures taking a good stamp of fish.

Season ticket angler Malcom Janik has had a tremendous start to the season taking many fine limits off the bank, last week he continued this form taking numbers of fish from between Stocky Bay Point and Whitwell Creek on buzzers under an indicator and humungus on an intermediate on brighter days.

Old Hall, Yellowstone, Normanton bank and Armley Wood have seen vast numbers of fish caught with straight line nymphing with buzzers, diawl bachs and crunchers on floating/midge tip lines providing a lot of sport with individuals bringing double figure numbers of fish to the boat. Alternatively as mentioned earlier there are numbers of fish lying deeper, those who have employed sinking line tactics and lures such as Cats Whisker and snakes have had their fair share of fish and recorded specimen rainbows up to 5lb.

The fish have responded to the upturn in weather last week and plenty of fish are now being taken in the top 4 feet of water, slightly different to the week before when 6 foot depth seemed to be the most successful depth. The fish are feeding hard on black and green buzzers, so along with dark nymphs such as diawl bach and crunchers is a good starting point for anyone fishing this week.

From the bank - Stocky Bay, Normanton and the Harbour wall have been the areas to head to. Most anglers have been using buzzers and nymphs from the bank on floating lines and midge tips.

Competition news

Anglian Water Rudder match 12 May

Saturday saw 20 anglers take part in the 1st Rudder match of the season at Rutland. Simon Lehane and John Castledine came out on tops at the scales, weighing in 16 fish for 36lb 1oz. 2nd was Mick Connor and Brian Bonner with 13 fish for 25lb 2oz and 3rd Mick Bennett and Andy Starky with 13 fish for 24lb 1oz. Biggest fish of the match fell to the rod of Colan Bartrum with a fine 5lb 5½oz specimen.

Fishing Stats

Best Brown: 11lb 8oz taken by Al Owen of Cranwell.


Best boat areas: See report.

Best bank areas: See report.

Best methods: See report.

Mid week boat winner: Mr Earl of Newark.

Fish stocked: 2,250

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Tuesday Evening boat league

Airflo invitation match 17 – 20 May

Anglian Water Floating Line competition 26 May

Bob Church Classic 3 June

Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 23 June

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