Fish 618 (Season 34,935) Returns 180 (6,869) Rod average 3.43 (5.08)
World Lure Championships 11-14 October
Wow – new World Champions were crowned at Rutland Water this weekend. We welcomed 16 teams from across Europe, the USA and South Africa to fish in the 11th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat Angling Championships. Following two days of official practice the teams faced strong southerly winds in unseasonable warm conditions on Saturday. Day one saw Lithuania in the lead, followed by Estonia in second and Czech Republic in third. Day two on Sunday was very wet, but less windy and there was a turn in fortune for some teams. On Sunday evening at the closing ceremony and medal presentation victory went to Estonia with the Czech Republic in runner up spot and Latvia in third. England were placed 14th.
To coincide with the World Lure Championships we offered taster sessions in both lure and fly fishing. This was a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a free coaching session, learn how to fish or brush up on their skills, and was open to all ages. This was run with the support of Rutland Water Fly Fishers and the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain, in association with Anglian Water.
Last week was also an excellent week for our trout anglers with plenty of big fish and Rutland’s infamous Browns were feeding especially well.
Neil Atkins (tackle shop manager) and Graham Hayward (retail assistant) had a great day on Wednesday, the pair had three 6lb Rainbows, one at 5lb and 9 others all around the 3lb mark. Their tactics were sinking lines and fry patterns. Also on Wednesday, Tom Finney had a 7lb 8oz specimen from the Normanton shoreline, this was the biggest fish of the week. Nigel Savage followed this up with a 6lb 8oz fish off the dam in the late afternoon. This fine specimen fell to a 20 year old floating fry! All fish were caught and returned.
Jake Waterman, a member of Rutland Water Fly Fishers, fished the Normanton area towards the dam and recorded a 6lb 9oz specimen, along with a 4lb Rainbow and four other rainbows. Jake’s big fish fell to a small suspender minkie.
There are plenty of fry for the fish to feed on but don’t ignore dry fly tactics/nymphs. There are still very good hatches of buzzers coming off the dam with beetles, daddy long legs and lady birds.
Best methods: Bank – Fry patterns, dries and nymphs.
Boat – As for bank but include tubes and mini lures.
Best Rainbow: 6lb 1oz taken by W Donald.
Best Brown: 7lb 8oz taken by Tom Finney.
Best boat areas: All areas.
Best bank areas: Bank fishing has improved with fish being caught in a number of places including Normanton, the Dam, Sailing Club, Sykes Lane, Whitwell.
Midweek boat winner: L Cook of Amesbury.
Throughout October our fishing lodges are open daily 8am-4pm
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Beginners courses: See our page for full details.
Fry Feeders match 21 October (by invitation)
George Moore Memorial Trophy (rudder) 27 October.
Anglian Water Rudder match 17 November
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.