ANGLING: By Simon Green

Simon Green
Simon Green

News from Draycote Water and around the trout fishing region

Draycote Water

Unseasonal high winds have dominated most of this week’s weather which commenced with strong, cold, gusty westerlies. These stayed with us for most of the week which brought bank anglers increasingly hard conditions, with fish moving out of the margins into deeper water. Most of the boats on Sunday & Monday were on the drift practising for a big event fished to International rules on Tuesday. Many found buzzer feeding fish holding at 10-15 feet down in the water column & a few were highly successful using Di5&7 sinkers in conjunction with FAB blobs & buzzer. In the run up to the event eight Scottish anglers representing Change Fly Fishers rose to the challenge. They booked a three-day holiday break and collectively caught over 100 trout each day!

Match day for the British Police v Royal Navy & Marines + the Police Fly Fishing Association Community Challenge Match saw the whole fleet out on the water in what proved to be another very windy and very challenging day with gusts exceeding 30 mph at one point. Nevertheless some cracked it again & in the Tri match Change FF managed to take top honours with 39 fish for 99lbs 5oz. They were followed by the English Fly Fishing Association with 29 for 82lbs 12oz. Third place went to the police with 28 for 77lbs 3oz.. David Moore caught the largest fish of the event with a cracking rainbow of 6lbs 13oz. The whole event was fished to a three fish limit followed by barbless catch & release. Best individual performance went to the Police team’s Gary Haskins with a total catch of twelve trout. Lady luck was on his side as he also later won first prize in the after dinner raffle! Congratulations to Gary as well as to the hard work of the event Organiser/Administrator - Calum Fraser.

Notwithstanding some good boat bags and numerous reports of excellent sport, Wednesday saw only two bank anglers out for whom conditions remained very hard. Thursday saw some good sport, especially on the buzzer, with numerous rainbows in the five pounds bracket caught. It was nice to see Kevin Rees on the bank and he showed the way (as usual!) with an eight fish total on buzzers presented in Dunns Bay in tricky conditions.

Thursday night into Friday saw a complete change in wind direction as a cold easterly took over. Once again, despite it now being May, the early morning saw frost on the car windscreen as well as in the boats and part of the pontoon. However once things warmed up the action began in earnest from the Cornfield, Lin Croft & Biggin Bay. Boats & bank anglers enjoyed good sport with a combined total of 571 trout for a rod average of 7.82. Twelve season ticket holders fished the bank on Friday and showed the virtue of their collective local knowledge by recording a catch of 114 – equating to a rod average between them of 9.5

Gladly both boat and bank continued to produce brisk sport into Saturday with lots of anglers reporting good results on buzzer, cruncher & diawl bachs. Two season ticket holders also commented on finding good resident fish out over open water whilst two bank anglers together on the Cornfield enjoyed good sport to hot head damsels. Hywell Morgan, here again with us this weekend conducting courses, was watching rising fish in Toft about 25 yards offshore late on Saturday afternoon. Forty to rods fished on Saturday and took 410 fish in total equating to a rod average of 9.7.

Sunday dawned as a wet and blustery day with some question as to whether the boats could venture out. Returns showed however, that despite the poor weather most anglers did fairly well, catching mainly on buzzers, nemo crunchers and black lures, with a rather surprising rod average of 4.2.

Weekly Free Boat Draw

This week’s free boat draw has been won by Mr J Dempsey from Bedworth.

Weekly Stats:

Number Rods: 368

Number Trout Taken: 464

Number Trout Released: 1203

Total Catch: 1667.

Weekly Rod Average: 4.5

Current Fishing Times:

Bank: 07:30 until 20:30

Boat All Day: 08:30 until 20:30

Boat Part Day: AM 08:30 until 14:30PM 14:30 until 20:30

Last 4 Hours from: 16:30 until 20:30

All Anglers to be off site by: 21:00

Bank Anglers please note: The bank fishing will be closed for one day on Saturday May 16th as we host the Water Industry Fly Fishing Bank Competition

Rutland Water

Fish week 660 (Season 6,769) Returns 250(1,579) Rod average2.64 (4.28)

Ady Naylor of Uppingham will be representing Rutland Water at the Trout Masters finals at Grafham Water in September. Adi fished brilliantly last Saturday having to contend with a very strong west wind that was battering the reservoir’s shoreline. Ady started off very well with a 5lb 11½oz Brown on his second cast in Whitwell. When things fell quiet Ady moved to another area and quickly added seven fish (all Rainbows). These fish all fell to small black tadpoles and then buzzers, he ended up with a good bag limit of eight fish for 18lb 12¼oz. Ady’s 5lb 11½oz Brown was the best fish of the week. John Horsey took the best Rainbow of the week at 4lb 5oz.

We haven’t seen many overwintered Rainbows in bags so far this season, but season ticket holder Al Owen and holidaying boat partner John Slavin from Scotland, took a good number of fish around the 3-3½lb mark last Sunday. The pair found fish well out in the deeper parts of the main basin using fast sink lines and lures to good effect. Al said that all the fish had been feeding heavily on the plentiful supplies of this season’s daphnia.

Boat anglers have fared best, apart from very windy days. Bank anglers need settled conditions to locate fish with a few fish just starting to move on some settled evenings. Fly hatches remain very good and there are now good numbers of Hawthorn flies about. Once fish spot these we should see some surface action. 2,000 Rainbows were stocked around various parts of the shoreline last Thursday bringing the total stocked so far this season to 31,200.

Grafham Water

Fish week 609(season 5,178) Returns 195 (1,256) Rod average 3.12 (4.12)

Grafham Water is fishing well with a healthy rod average of 3.12. Stephen Battle, a season ticket holder from Bedford, caught the heaviest bag of the week, a cracking eight fish limit for 27lb 3oz. Stephen fished static buzzers on a sink tip line from Hedge End. His fish ranged from the heaviest, a fin perfect Rainbow of 4lb 2oz, down to a Rainbow of 3lb 1oz.

Boat anglers have caught bag limits when the weather conditions have been favourable. There have been two main methods for the boat anglers either sink tip lines with 20-25 foot leaders with black or olive buzzers,fished almost static or Di8 lines with boobies and blobs fished slowly with most of the takes coming on the lift. The best boat areas have been Valley Creek, L and G Buoys, Hedge End, Pylon and Deep Water Points, Willows and the Seat.

Bank anglers have again found the fishing a bit challenging with the Harbour Arms, Gaynes Cove and the Seat producing consistent sport. The most productive bank method has been to fish floating or sink tip lines with damsel nymphs, GRHE and Diawl Bachs with a very slow retrieve.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 399 (Season 2,538) Returns 73 (659) Rod average5.4(4.1)

As the weather has improved there have been large buzzer hatches which have encouraged the fish to the surface. Many anglers using floating lines with midge tips have had some good catches this week and the rod average has risen to 5.4. On Saturday Pat Flynn had 53 fish to the boat in Bog Bay using orange blobs, but other anglers have had success fishing green/black lures and teams of buzzers. As the temperatures have fallen again the fish have been deep but there have been plenty to find in Bog Bay, Stilton Point and off the Cliffs.

Congratulations to Martin Nelson and Fabien Lepine who both landed beautiful 4lb plus Brownies and Graham Pearson who with several others had good sized Rainbows this week.

25 anglers contested the MNTFA Bruce Richardson Trophy on Sunday. 169 fish were recorded for a rod average of 6.7. Congratulations to Chris White who bagged up to win the trophy weighing in at 18lb 8oz, Grant Gibson came a very close second with a weight of 18lb 7oz and Mark Jeyes took third weighing in at 18lb 4oz.

Tight lines,

Simon