Fish 847 (Season 22,280) Returns 203 (4,288) Rod average 4.17 (5.19)
Rutland Water is fishing extremely well with an overall rod average of 4.17 for the week.
This year fish are in tremendous condition, helped by the huge supply of food in the water, they are in tip top shape, with anglers commenting on their fantastic quality.
Fish are very well spread out. As usual it is the South Arm in particular giving the boat anglers the best sport. Ken Webb from Norwich had a great day in Manton Bay with 6 fish weighing 19lb 5 3/8oz; his best fish was a 4lb 8oz Rainbow. Dry fly was the successful method for a delighted Ken.
One of the top flies to have on your leader at the moment is a hares ear nymph. This pattern is accounting for numerous fish; don’t fish without one is the message! Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik yet again came in with a bag full of Rainbows off the bank, the best weighing 5lb (stomach contents revealed masses of demon shrimp and a few fry).
For bank anglers there are many fish still feeding close in, some in groups and the odd lone ranger. Places to try on the bank are Normanton (blue pipes area), the Dam, Stockie Bay, New Zealand Point, to the Sailing Club Bay, Old Hall and the Green Bank.
Summer special offers Our Summer Sunset ticket is now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniors Seniors can hire a boat every Thursday during July & August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season)
Tuesday Evening Boat League week 9
Keith Jones won this one putting him on top of the leader board, overtaking Richard Cooper in the process. Richard’s father, Gary, won the mid week boat voucher for the best fish on the night. Gary had a quality 4lb 7 3/8oz Brown which was also the best Brown of the week.
15 anglers went out in tough conditions but managed a very creditable 43 fish.
The top three on the night were
1st Keith Jones
2nd Chris Evans
3rd Hilary Tomlinson.
Keith Jones is at the top of the leader board with 52 points; Richard Cooper is in second with 44 points with Chris Evans and Vince Sparrow close behind on 41 points.
Midlands Counties Cup
This boat match was fished on Sunday 14 July with 24 anglers recording 113 fish for a rod average of 4.7. The winning team was Kirby with 46 fish for 107lb 11oz. Colwick Fly Fishers came second with 45 fish for 100lb 15½oz. Foremark Fly fishers were third with 22 fish for 50lb ½oz. The prize for the best boat went to Frank Parker and Neil Deakin with 16 fish for a combined total of 40lb 9oz.
Overall prospects look very, very good with plenty of fish showing in many areas. The aerators are now running with fish starting to show in some of them. And it’s not just the boats producing with local bank anglers reporting great sport from many areas and fish moving close in. The food supply is amazing with shrimp, fry in massive numbers, hog louse, snails, buzzers and now daphnia showing up in stomach contents.
Best Rainbow: 5lb taken by Malcolm Janik.
Best Brown: 4lb 7 3/8oz taken by Gary Cooper.
Best methods: Bank – nymphs, hares ear, dry fly, small fry patterns, damsel nymphs.
Boat – Blobs, FABs, dries, nymphs, hares ears, diawl bach, cruncher.
Best boat areas: South Arm, Gibbetts to Sailing Club, fishing lodge frontage and the main basin.
Best bank areas: Normanton, Sykes Lane, the dam, New Zealand Point to sailing club, Old Hall to Green bank, plenty of fish around the shoreline.
Mid week boat winner: M Conway.
Fish stocked: 1,000.
Anglian Water Lochstyle 4 man team match 31 August
Anglian Water Rudder Match 14 September.
WaterAid competition 19 September
Beginners courses: 14 & 20 July; 4,10,25 & 31 August; 8,14,22 & 24 September and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 8 August; 3 September and throughout the season.