Fish 718 Returns 179 Rod average 4.01 (Season 5.3)
Anglers have enjoyed exceptional sport at Rutland this week. Fish are feeding in the top layers of the water and many are falling to dry fly tactics, with the washing line method, fab on the point and teams of nymphs, pheasant tail (cruncher), hares ear, diawl bachs and buzzers working very well. The quality and size of the fit Rainbows has been staggering; our best Rainbow weighed 5lb 12oz with daily reports of Rainbows in the 3-4lb range showing in many bags. Browns have shown in a few areas with fish of 6lb plus being reported including the best of the week at 6lb 2oz.
Boat anglers have seen a lot of pin fry feeding, even out over the very deep water of the reservoir. Some fish have been taken closer into the shoreline, with the Sailing Club Bay providing fish after fish last Friday afternoon to dries and to nymphs.
Evening sport has been good (please note the earlier finish of 8pm for boats on Monday and Wednesday). Last Thursday evening, following the heavy rain, the conditions turned to flat calm. Despite this, four anglers headed out onto the water and recorded around 35-40 fish between them.
Bank anglers have found fish, but frustratingly fish are moving out of reach. One of our bank anglers who has fished Rutland for a number of years commented “…all fish caught were lovely and silver; the best fishing for many years”. The north, north/easterly wind has swung around to a fresher south west/westerly and this will need to settle down.
We have welcomed anglers making long day trips from their homes to fish with us and they have been rewarded with quality sport at Rutland.
Prospects are excellent and we stocked a further 2,500 Rainbows last week, bring the season’s total to 49,625 so far.
Fish are feeding on a variety of food with pin fry, snails, shrimp and buzzers on the menu. There has been plenty of sedge hatching in the evenings along with damsel flies, and even a sprinkling of mayfly.
Best Rainbow: 5lb 12oz.
Best Brown: 6lb 2oz.