Fish 76 (Season 37,174) Returns 42 (7,546) Rod average 1.8 (4.99)
Saturday saw the last Rudder Match of the season, this is the first time we have held a rudder match so late in the year and it didn’t disappoint! Out in front with 11 fish to the boat were David McDonald and Mr McDonald with 11 fish for 19lb 3oz. Pushing them hard in second was Ziggy and Chris Binley also with 11fish to the boat for 18lb 2oz. Ady Naylor and Dave Bradshaw were 3rd with 8 fish for 13lb 2oz. Dave Porter took the big fish prize, pipping Mick Conner by half an oz with his 3lb 1oz rainbow.
Final standings from the series of 7 rudder matches saw Simon Lehane and John Castledine top the leader board with an impressive 40 points, congratulations and good ruddering! Second were Mick Connor and Brian Bonner with 29 points and Dave Porter/Colin Best and Roy/Col Bartrum tied with 17 points in third. We would like to thank all the anglers for supporting these matches, they are always fished in the right spirit and provide plenty of laughs along the way.
The team Costa lads held a social match on Sunday with several team members recording double figure numbers of fish per rod! Iain Barr recorded 14, Tom Cooper 15 and Rick Cooper 10. They experienced great sport and weighed 4 fish in to decide the competition. Andrew Scott took the spoils with his 4 fish going 10lb, second was Ben Race with 9lb 12oz and also best fish of 4lb. Tom Cooper took third spot with 8lb14oz.
The cooler weather towards the latter part of the week and weekend has seen vast numbers of rainbows across the buoy line of the dam. These fish have really come to life and have been actively chasing flies fished up in the water providing some excellent sport. The change to an easterly wind has also meant comfortable fishing in the shelter offered by the dam wall itself. A slow glass and a couple of boobies has been a good tactic, showing how high up in the water the fish are. The sailing club has again produced consistently this week for boat anglers with fry patterns being a popular choice. Fish are still holding from the church along the lodge frontage circa 200 yards out so open water drifts are still very effective.
Off the bank the harbour wall has again seen plenty of attention with good numbers of rainbows falling to fry patterns. Church Bay has also produced off the bank along with East Creek and then past the church to the hotel.
Adrian Baggely is still fishing his ‘dapping’ method and raising fish to his flies, coming back to the pontoon on Saturday with a solid rainbow of 5lb.
We are now in the process of taking boats off for winter so please give us a call and book your boat to avoid disappointment.
Rutland’s popular Fur and Feather bank match will be on 2 December. Call the lodge for more information on 01780 686441.
Winter restrictions came into play on Thursday 1 November and certain bank areas are closed to fishing ie Sailing Club onwards and left of the transformer all the way round to Dickensons Bay.
Also from 1 November no Brown trout to be taken, any hooked must be quickly unhooked and returned alive immediately.
During November our fishing lodges will be open 8am to 2pm 7 days a week.
Rutland Water Fur & Feather (bank) 2 December.