Fish 526 (Season 9,028) Returns 150 (2,047) Rod average 3.5 (4.41)
Grafham Water has fished very well this week with the trout well spread out around the reservoir. Anglers are getting consistent results by opting for a roving approach with regular changes in areas and drifts helping them to search out the feeding fish.
Well done to Grafham regular James Day who had four cracking Rainbows in a short morning session; the biggest going 4lb 12oz was the best fish of the week, with the other three all over the 3lb mark. James was drifting off Pylon Point and took the fish on an olive cruncher.
The best boat area continues to be from the middle across to the north shore all the way from the Stumps and Farm Bay up to the Dam. Alternatively, fish have come from the Sailing Club Bay/Seat area and also Valley Creek in the afternoons and evenings.
Boat anglers are reporting a variety of successful methods with ginger hoppers working well in the mornings and on overcast days and daddies catching in the evenings. But by far the most consistent method is the washing line with fab, booby or blob on the point and top dropper with one or two nymphs on the middle droppers. Crunchers and diawl bachs are working well, particularly with red or purple in the dressing. These teams can be fished on a variety of lines and depths – just find the one that works that day. As to blobs, boobies and fabs go small – size 14s as the trout are getting wary of the bigger offerings. Try pink instead of the usual tequila or coral. If it is bright, sunny and flat calm the boils will normally produce some fish to pulled lures.
Bank fishing has been centred around the dam which is fishing very well, particularly in the mornings on shrimp and diawl bach patterns, with dries and daddies working in the evenings. The bowl has been the most consistent area. If you fancy a wade – G mark should start producing as the shrimp start to re-inhabit the rocky shore line.
Best Rainbow: 4lb 12oz taken by James Day.
Best boat areas: Wind dependent – G Buoy, the Willows, West Bay, the Seat.
Best bank areas: The dam (bowl area), the Willows, Gaynes Cove.
Mid week boat winner: K L Garratt.
Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League
Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments.
WPC 17 & 18 August
Anglian Water rudder match 24 August
Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September
Grafham Water Championship 21 September
Beginners courses: 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August; 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season.
Boat handling courses: 24 July; 6 August; 2 September and other dates throughout the season.