Fish week 3579 (season total 14574), Returns 558 (2174) Rod average 6.41 (6.7)
The fishing continues to be very good at Rutland. The main boat action continues to come from Dickensons Bay, Barnsdale steep bank and Barnsdale Creek in the North Arm. Yellowstones, Old Hall Bay and at top of the arm in and around Hideaway and the bunds wall. Best methods from the boat were buzzers and nymphs on sink tip or floating lines and under a bung. The water clarity is superb with clarity into 15-20 of water, this is worth thinking about in terms of fly size and leader diameter, it is noticeable that size 12 nymphs and buzzers have been more effective than the more traditional size 10’s.
Bank fishing has seen some great silver bars and browns caught close in, at times anglers have been 6 to 8 feet up the bank due to the fish being so close, fish have been caught as close in as 3 feet away from the bank. Casting along the bank has also proven a good tactic to pick up close in fish. In many cases the fish moving close to the bank are feeding on shrimp with wading not required. Dries including CDC and shipmans buzzers have worked well along with nymphs, hare’s ear, shrimp patterns and buzzers. Best areas on the bank have been New Zealand point, Blue Pipes and Whitwell Creek. Bank anglers have seen large numbers of fish moving, a well presented small single dry fly will often be readily accepted.
Boats are now getting booked fast especially with Pike fishing on the fly starting from the 16th of May and the start of the real Buzzer fishing just about under way. We now have limited numbers on some days and some are already fully booked due to the great sport we are enjoying, to avoid disappointment don’t delay – book your boats today.
Fish stocked: 2166 (32,500 season)