Rod average 10.01
Rutland has continued its tremendous start to the season, with another amazing rod average of 10.01 for the week.
We are hearing reports that "Fish are everywhere" with fish being caught literally from the top of the North arm right through to the bottom of the South arm. One of the best fish of the week was a superb 5lb 14oz Rainbow taken by season ticket holder Adrian Blackwell. Adrian took this fine fish on a midge tip and buzzer from the South Arm on Tuesday 27 April.
Most methods have been working, however, the majority of anglers are targeting the buzzer feeding fish at the moment with excellent hatches occurring every day. Specimen fish are mixed in with this year’s
Stock fish. Amongst the superb Browns that Rutland is associated with, good sized Rainbows are also showing with fish up to 6lb reported and Browns up to 8lb being recorded. One boat angler reported a massive Brown follow in a Rainbow that he was playing at the weekend!!.
The weather has been very varied, remaining in the North/easterly direction, calm one day, blustery the next, with a combination of bright sunshine and cloud cover, which has seemingly made no difference whatsoever to the excellent fishing.
Both bank and boat anglers are sharing this fantastic sport, "straight lining" with nymphs/buzzers, under the bung, washing line have all been very effective. One of our season ticket holders has already had five 5lb plus Browns this season, with the best caught last week at 8lb.
A local angler getting back into trout fishing trout fishing has already recorded Browns over 5lb plus with Rainbows to an estimated 6lb last week, using either nymphs or dry fly.
Dry fly has actually accounted for some excellent fish for a few people mainly off the bank, with C.d.c.'s and "Shipmans" working well especially during the evenings as the fish come up for the adult buzzer as they return to lay their eggs.
Best areas from the bank last week were,
Cardiac Hill, Whitwell Creek, Ernies Point, Carrot Creek & the Dam.
Boat anglers reported great buzzer action in Dickenson's Bay, Tim Appleton's, Barnsdale steep bank, Old Hall, New Zealand Point, Gibbets, the Bund's wall, and Hideaway Bay etc, with some fish feeding in really shallow water, in as little as 3-4 feet at times. It's not just buzzer patterns working, Diawl bach and Hares Ear are also catching plenty of quality fish.
Prospects are excellent, the larger hatches of buzzer are not far away now, a little bit of unsettled weather arrived on Monday /Tuesday in the with the first substantial rainfall for weeks and very strong, generally southerly winds. Expect things to get back to normal when the weather settles down again.
Tuesday night boat league 2021
Great news is the boat league starts on 11 May!!
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. We look forward to welcoming anglers back to this friendly event.
Under the Covid safety guidelines, there will be NO orders for supper the first night, but we do anticipate being able to take orders from "Sid's" fish and chip shop from the 18 May onwards.
Evening boat league commences 11 May – please ask at the lodge for more details
Anglian Water Rudder Match 8 May
Lake Challenge (Predator) 19 & 20 June
Airflo Invitation Match 26 & 27 June