Staggering rod average of 11.47 for first days of new season
What a great start to the season at Rutland with a staggering rod average of 11.47 over the first few days of the new season. High numbers of overwintered Rainbows, specimen Browns and a great spread of fish all round the reservoir for boat and bank anglers have made for fantastic sport for the anglers eager to get back to some fishing.
The North arm has been very popular with fish taken from #willow Bay to Barnsdale Creek, Barnsdale Road end round into Dickensons and Transformer to Tim Appletons. There have been many excellent reports with comments like “Brilliant”; ”Fantastic”; “Awesome” and “Memorable”. Bank and boat anglers are having tremendous sport from so many areas of the reservoir, there were many multiple numbers of fish recorded.
Reports came back from all over the reservoir, starting from the top of the North Arm all the way round to the extremes of the South Arm.
Cold North easterly winds have been very cold on the hands, but the action has been very hot indeed, with lots of rod bending action throughout the past few days.
As usual there was a variety of flies and fly lines used to good effect ranging from lures to nymph/buzzers.
Bank anglers had many areas to fish, the North shore of the reservoir to the Dam itself, and then along from the Green bank through to Armley Wood on the peninsula. Excellent news was that there were steady numbers of trout reported moving close in feeding on the early season’s buzzer hatches.
A good mixture of stock fish showed along with reports of steady numbers of overwintered fish, including two bank anglers who caught and released three Browns all around the 6lb plus mark.
The winner of the Independence Day shield for best fish on Opening Day was a fine 5lb 10oz Rainbow taken from a boat. A further 2,500 Rainbows are scheduled for this week as we continue with our stocking programme for 2021. Good numbers of buzzers are hatching despite the chilly weather with fish definitely ‘on them’ feeding well, shrimp and corixa have also featured on the menu this week for the trout.
Boat bookings (and payment for boats up to 11 April) are being taken over the phone by the lodges. Based on the Covid ‘road map’ we anticipate our lodges opening to customers from 12 April.
Our season tickets are also available to purchase.
The lodges are open for telephone callers 7 days a week 8am to 5pm.
Rutland 01780 686441
Grafham 01480 810531
Pitsford 01604 781350
Ravensthorpe 01604 770875