Quality Rainbows at Rutland Water
Good numbers of rainbows in great condition have been taken from the boats this week with rudder anglers in particular scoring well in open water with snakes and tube flies. Long drifts from East Creek to the church have been a good area in the strong westerlies experienced last week.
Stuart Ross took a fin perfect rainbow of 5lb from East Creek and also a brown estimated at 7-8lb in the same session, accompanied by some smaller rainbows. ‘Big Dave’ Porter chose possibly the worst day of the week weather wise, battling a stiff westerly and driving rain, he was rewarded with five rainbows on the rudder for his efforts. Rutland Water Flyfisher’s Peter Gover also recorded five rainbows on the rudder in a few hours fishing. Retail team member of staff Graham Hayward took a fine brace of rainbows from the harbour on fry patterns on a floater, weighing in at 4lb 15oz and 4lb 10oz respectively.
Whitwell creek continues to produce off the bank when conditions allow with the opposite bank to the Watersports Centre the best bet and round towards Stocky Bay. Martin Hearth reported taking three rainbows and a large brown from between Carrot Creek and Armley Wood, falling to his ever faithful black and gold humungus.
In general the rainbows still seem at the end of a good line off the bank so taking a boat is still the best option to be able to cover the water effectively. The rainbows that are being taken are containing good numbers of fry which is encouraging to see, showing that the large amounts of fry that hatched this year are there but holding well off the bank. Currently light winds predicted this week so a good opportunity to take a boat out and experience some late season sport!