ANGLING: By Simon Green

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Trout fishing news from around the Anglian region

Rutland Water

Fish week 815(8,776) Returns 313 (2,219) Rod average 2.6(3.95)

Rutland Water produced good numbers of fish including limits toward the end of the week.

Strong westerly winds have pushed huge quantities of daphnia into the main basin producing good numbers of fish with 17 limits alone in the Odds and Sods boat match fished on Sunday with an overall rod average of 6.11. Season ticket holder Roy Rayson of Melton Mowbray netted eight fish last Friday in less than 5 hours using sinking lines and tube flies.

Other parts of the reservoir have produced fish. A lot of the colour has dropped out of the water with the reservoir now appearing clearer than the last couple of weeks.

Bank anglers have found fish off Normanton (when the wind has not been too strong) or Sykes Lane and Whitwell Creek.

Best Rainbow 4lb 12½oz taken by D Hodgekinson.

Best Brown 4lb 8oz

Best boat areas The main basin, Whitwell Front, Barnsdale, bottom of the North Arm.

Best bank areas Whitwell, Sykes Lane, Normanton, Sailing Club.

Best methods Bank – floating/midge tip lines with weighted lures and buzzers.Boat – As for bank but include various sinking lines with boobies/sparklers.

Grafham Water

Fish week 1,507(8,100) Returns 263 (1,418) Rod average 5.73(5.71)

Another cracking week’s fishing at Grafham Water with a rod average of 5.73. The majority of trout were caught on olive or black buzzer fished static and floating lines with GRHE and diawl bachs producing good fishing. Also fast sinking lines with orange blobs and cats whisker boobies.

Best Rainbow 7lb 6oz taken by R Smailes of Cambridge.

Best Brown 5lb 11oz taken by Ian Miles

Best boat areas Valley Creek, L Buoy, Savages Creek, Sanctuary Bay, Gaynes Cove.

Best bank areas South dam, Gaynes Cove, Lodge Bank.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 331(5,197) Returns 115(1,570) Rod average 2.8(3.3)

Bank and boat anglers have enjoyed good sport in equal measure this week. Top spots have been the Causeway on the boats and Duffers Reach to Bog Bay and the Sailing Club on the banks. With a change in wind and cloudy weather the reservoir has improved greatly over the weekend. Julian Davies from Northampton fished last week. Julian recorded a 6lb 2oz Rainbow and two 3lb plus fish amongst his 8 fish limit bag as well as returning 14 other fish all on buzzers. Julian took the 6lb fish from Pitsford Creek. Best Rainbow of the week was caught by Tim Ashman from Surrey. Tim took a Rainbow of 7lb 11oz from a boat fishing trip last week.

Phil Longstaff is the Team Manager for The English Youth team who fished Pitsford on Saturday. “Despite challenging conditions all of the lads brought fish to the boat and some cracking bags were recorded. Captain Ryan Worker managed to get into double figures with the majority of his fish being caught in the Bog Bay area. Sam Edmunds resisted the temptation to put on lures and took 9 fish on buzzers fished on the washing line. Sam’s fish came from various drifts on the reservoir which included the sailing club bank and the cliffs.”

Best Rainbow 7lb 11oz taken by Tim Ashman of Kingswood.

Best Brown 2lb 14oz taken by Mr Brooks of Welford.

Best boat areas Sailing Club Bay, Duffers.

Best bank areas Sailing Club bank, Pines.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 371 (6,014) Returns 75(1,097) Rod average 4.9(5.4)

Without a doubt the buzzer has been the most successful fly at Ravensthorpe this week. Fished under the bung at varying depths of 2 to 10 feet it has been very rewarding to some anglers who have reported catches of up to 20 fish during their visit. Black with red cheeks and olive buzzers are most effective.

Alex and Bill Ferguson found some good fish deep down using old ribbed hares ears and orange blobs, they caught well into the teens of hard fighting trout and had the bonus of a 23lb Pike!

Other flies worth trying damsel nymphs, crunchers, diawl bachs, Montana nymphs and dries (hoppers etc).

England Youth Team Manager Phil Longstaff writes “Ravensthorpe Reservoir hosted the England Youth Team on Sunday and they were hoping to build on their successful trip to Pitsford Water on the previous day. Some cracking sport was enjoyed with Kieran Bonas taking a number of fish from the Coton End, Kieran’s successful tactics were buzzers fished on a floating line. All team members found that the fish were in the top three feet of water and when the wind dropped the fish were quickly onto the surface. These rising fish were caught readily when covered with nymphs. The wind dropped later in the afternoon and the water was alive with moving fish and the dry fly really came into its own taking a number of fish. Most of the lads had 7-9 fish and all were caught on the nymphs/buzzers. Thanks again for hosting us, we had a cracking time!”

Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz.

Best boat areas Coton end and island most popular but fish are showing all over the water.

Best bank areas Platforms 1-11 and if the wind is favourable the dam is worth trying