Rutland Water week ending 16 May

4 months ago

Fish week 1,207 (Season 11,594) Returns 232 (1,364) Rod average 5.2 (8.5)

Another fantastic week’s fishing at Rutland Water with fish showing well in the top layers of the water. The fish are feeding hard on emerging buzzers, however they are also showing a good amount of snail, shrimp and corixa in the stomach contents. 

The best tactics have been washing lining up in the water on either a slow midge tip or floating line. Buzzers, diawl bachs and hares ears have been taking most fish but with the water remaining cold the fish are also willing to chase lures when the buzzer sport slows. Both the North and South Arm are producing fish with a number of fish also starting to show in the main basin. Straight lined buzzers fished deep or the bung are also producing for anglers who are willing to persevere for quality over quantity with over wintered Rainbows up to 6lb and Browns to double figures falling to deep buzzers in the last week. 

The top areas down the South Arm have been the Bunds to Hideaway, Gibbets, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Spud Bay and the Sailing Club.  The North Arm has continued to produce large amounts of fish in areas such as the Transformer, Tim Appletons, Dickenson’s Bay, Barnsdale Steep bank and the Finches. The dry fly fishing has well and truly kicked off this week with anglers reporting good bags of fish taken on the surface. Top dry flies have been sugar cube hares ears, big reds and cdc’s. There is also a good amount of fish starting to move close to the surface in open water.  There is still a fantastic spread of fish around the reservoir and long drifts in any of the areas mentioned above will put the angler in contact with fish. A fast glass teamed with humungus, cats whisker or black and green is a good method to employ when searching for the fish on the drift. From the bank the best areas have been Whitwell Creek, Earnies Point, Barnhill Creek, Harbour wall and New Zealand Point to the Sailing Club. Stocking continues with 2,000 rainbows scheduled for the coming week. 

Competition news 

Rutland Water Fly Fishers John Wadham Trophy evening bank match 14 May 
Nine members of RWFF fished this match on a dull, cold and flat calm evening. The hard conditions reflected the result. Despite this fish were seen moving in all areas fished and a number were caught and released by competitors. The now famous Browns put in an appearance and two 5lb plus fish were caught. The top rod took five fish for 15lb. 

Tuesday night boat league 2021  
16 anglers dodged the showers and took to the water on week one. It’s great to welcome anglers back to this friendly event. 

Rules again this season are, kill your first four fish, then catch and release four fish. Arrive at the lodge from 5.00pm onwards; boats leave the harbour at 6.00pm.  
Forthcoming events 
Tuesday Evening boat league  – please ask at the lodge for more details. 

Predator fishing on the fly now available at Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe. 
Lake Challenge (Predator) 19 & 20 June 
Airflo Invitation Match 26 & 27 June 

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