Fish 1,978 (Season 18,527) Returns 463 (3,283) Rod average 4.27 (5.64)
It’s been a good week at Rutland Water with a healthy rod average of 4.27. The changeable conditions this week have influenced the consistency of the sport with each day seemingly bringing a different weather front. This has led to anglers scratching their heads one day and then recording double figure bags the next! From the boats Old Hall, Manton Bay, Sailing Club Bay, Barnsdale Creek and Normanton bank have all produced fish. Tip lines with FAB/booby combined with nymphs are taking the majority of fish. Red has been important to have in your nymphs in some way with crunchers or diawl bachs the go to patterns. And don’t ignore dropping down to size 12’s.
The good old GRHE has also been a successful pattern this week, as we move away from the large buzzer hatches expect these more ‘general’ suggestive patterns to be successful and well worth a place on your cast. Working boobies etc across the surface has been exciting with many fish following/boiling at the flies, but proving difficult to get to commit to take. Whitwell Creek has continued to produce fantastic sport to the bank anglers with big numbers of superbly conditioned 3lb plus fish being caught.
19 Belgian anglers enjoyed five days fishing Rutland. The group fished the Bob Church Classic and then their two day qualifier, competing for a place on the Belgian team in the international final of the Anglian Water Airflo International. The successful anglers who have made the team and will compete as “Fly Fishing Forever” in October are
Guido Vinck (captain)
Patrick De Schutter
In general fish have not been found deep with tip lines the most popular and a fast glass a good choice on those days with more wind. We have seen a definite shift this week across to the pin fry so a pearly pheasant tail or well presented dry fly is not to be ignored.
Old Hall, Half Moon Spinney and the Sailing Club Bay have also featured for bank anglers with plenty of fish moving late into the evening. Chris Carrol was over the moon with an estimated double figure brown taken from Fantasy Island on a hares ear with his second cast of the session, by far his biggest brown, good angling!
Internationally renowned fly tier Hans Van Klinken visited us in the lodge on Friday night and gave a fantastic talk and demonstration of fly tying. Thanks to Hans for his presentation and to everyone who supported the evening. We look forward to seeing some ‘Hans’ inspired patterns in your fly boxes.
Unfortunately last weekend’s bad weather forced us to cancel the first of our early morning breakfast club sessions. But there are three more dates planned for this event so book a place for our Breakfast club fishing on 15,22 and 29 June. The idea is to get out on the water early at the time of year when the water temperatures are starting to get quite high and have some sport before the sun gets right up. You will be able to enjoy a chat and share your success with other anglers over a coffee and a cooked breakfast (included in the price). Fishing will commence at 5am until 11am with breakfast served shortly after.
Although rangers will be on-site early to assist and prep the boats, the fishing lodge won’t be opening until 8am (as usual) so Breakfast club fishing will need to be paid in advance. To book and pay call the lodge on (01780) 686441 (there are limited spaces).
Costs per person
Season ticket holder single man boat £24.50
Season ticket holder two man boat £20
Non-season ticket 1 fish kill c&r single man £47.50
Non-Season ticket 1 fish kill c&r two man £43
Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r single man £49.50
Non-season ticket 4 fish kill c&r two man £45
Stocking continues with 2,600 fine rainbows stocked last week and a further 4,500 planned for this week. We would like to remind all anglers that catch returns must be completed after each session so please take time to do this as the returns are an invaluable source of information for us and ultimately a great benefit to all of our anglers.
Mid week boat winner: T Weldon of Lewes.
Fish stocked: 2,600.
Breakfast Club Fishing 15,22 & 29 June
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 15 June
EDFF 3 July
EFFA 4 July
Scierra Pairs 6 July
England Qualifier 7 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – North of England Final 15 July
Anglian Water Lochstyle 4 man team match 31 August
Beginners courses: 16 & 29 June; 2,14 & 20 July; 4,10,25 & 31 August and throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 17 & 24 June ; 5 & 9 July; 8 August and throughout the season.