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Regional round-up compiled by Simon Green

Draycote weekly fishing report

Monday, April 28 – Sunday, May 4

Yet another excellent week albeit made tricky on occasion by changes in wind directions and some cold morning starts. Morning frosts have still not completely left us.

Nevertheless, fish have been moving freely most days & many have also moved over open water. At times a pre-occupation on tiny buzzer has frustrated many anglers, particularly during the morning sessions. Larger buzzer, mainly black, have tended to hatch a little later and mid-afternoon to evening rises have been excellent, especially when it has been warm.

Once more it is clear from the returns that those anglers using smaller, imitative patterns have enjoyed more productive sport. On Monday Mark Francis took 16 from a boat on a buzzer and klinkhammer combination. Brian Froggatt managed 20 using size 14 emergers and small buzzer.

Not to be beaten by the nymphing anglers, Mr Severn took an 8 fish limit for 27lbs on large lures fished deep from the boat. His catch included a 5lbs brownie.

Testament to the spread of fish currently, Draycote regular Geoff Allsop fished from the bank on Thursday with size 14 spiders and Diawl Bachs. He reported having a great day catching a total of 31 from Hensborough, Toft, Tower Bank & Dunns!

On Friday, George Denny gave up his usual boat in order to make a rare appearance on the bank. His catch included a 5lbs brownie which he caught from the Cornfield on a Damsel.

Numerous regular holiday visitors spent the Bank Holiday week-end with us on our three day package. The McGregor Party from Scotland enjoyed consistent sport in Rainbow Corner, the Farborough Bank and Toft. Their combined tally exceeded 230 fish, representing a daily rod average for them of over 15. Their Welsh counterparts, headed by Gary Davies, caught similarly with Gary himself catching in excess of 150. His catch included rainbows of 7lbs 8oz and 8lbs 8oz – the best fish of the week.

Best sport of the week came on Friday & Saturday when both days maintained a rod average of over eight.

Best flies have been buzzers, small Diawl Bachs and crunchers. Damsels continue to take many fish and various emergers and dries, including Bob’s Bits,are becoming increasingly significant as things begin to warm up. Blobs and boobies have also been effective for many.

In order to maintain the accuracy of our records can anglers be politely reminded to ensure completion of the booking out sheet prior to leaving the site.

Weekly Stats:

Number of rods for the week: 315. Number of fish taken: 530. Number of fish released: 1508.

Total Catch: 2038. Rod Average: 6.4. Best fish: 8lbs 8ozs Rainbow.

Current fishing times:

Bank 07:30 until 20:45.

Boat 08:30 until 20.30.

Part Day Boat 08.30 – 2.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.30pm.

All anglers to be off site by 21:00

To book please call the Fishing Lodge on (01788) 812018.

Bank anglers Car Passes: If you want to take your car around the reservoir perimeter road call the lodge and book one of the 30 available bank angler car passes.

Rutland Water

Fish week 1902 (10,217 season) Returns 454 (1831) Rod4.18 average (5.5)

Rutland Water was on superb form again last week. With Rainbows to 8lb 8oz and Browns over 7lb, some lovely specimen fish were caught.

French angler Patrick Foucault has visited Rutland for the last 20 years. He hooked into the best Rainbow of the week at 8lb 8oz whilst boat fishing down the South Arm. The fish fell to a Brown jungle cock cheeked nymph. Not far in weight behind Patrick’s fish was John Hood. John brought a solid looking fish of 8lb 4oz to the scales. John also fished the South Arm and was taking part in the Dave Hodgson Memorial competition fished on Sunday. It was very fitting that John hooked the fish in Manton Bay – this was the area that used to be Dave’s most favoured spot on the reservoir.

Season ticket holder Mick Connor from Wetherby netted a cracking 7lb 3oz Rainbow from the middle of the North Arm fishing deep with a Di8 line and a booby minkie. Mick remarked that the fish had been feeding on last year’s Roach fry.

On the Brown trout front John Bond came across a 7lb 1oz fish in the Sailing Club Bay – this fell to a black buzzer fished on a sink tip line. Another notable fish was a 6lb ½oz Brown taken with a gold head damsel nymph by John Cannon-Brownlie from Ruddington, Notts.

There have been a number of over wintered fish caught again, with Rainbows between 2 and 5lb and Browns between 3 and 5½lb. There have been many areas of the reservoir that have fished well including from Normanton to Sykes Lane, middle and bottom of the North Arm while the bottom of the South Arm continues to improve and was the place to be last week. Buzzer hatches have eased for the time being, but there are good hatches of olives which always seem to activate the bigger fish in the reservoir. There are a lot of Hawthorn flies about, but none showing in the contents of fish stomachs. 28,500 fish have been stocked so far this season with a further 2,500 Rainbows being stocked this week.

Grafham Water

Fish week 2,582 (season 10,508) Returns 328 (1,447) Rod average 7.87 (7.26)

Anglers have enjoyed another week of excellent sport at Grafham Water with an impressive rod average of 7.87. The heaviest bag of the week was taken by Bob Wallinger from Sharnford. Bob caught six trout for 25lb 2oz on a Di 5 line with a gold and silver tube from the Sludge Bank. Grafham Water also hosted the prestigious Lexus European Individual Flyfishing Championsip and the Lexus European Team Championship – see Competition news for more.

Bank anglers have had some brilliant sport with consistent catch rates coming from areas like the North Dam, Marlow Stones, G Buoy, Deep Water Point, Church Bay, Hill Farm, Harbour and the Seat. Floating lines have been the most successful method, teamed with black and green buzzers, diawl bachs, pheasant tail nymphs and crunchers which are most successful fished almost static.

Boat anglers have also had a tremendous week – again the North shore was the best area. North Dam, Marlow Bay, G Buoy, Rectory Bay, Deep Water Point, Church Bay, Hedge End, Pig Bay and Gaynes Cove have all produced arm wrenching sport over the past week. The most successful methods for the boat anglers over the week have been to fish floating/midge tip or Di3 lines with black and olive buzzers, diawl bachs, crunchers, gold ribbed hares ear, cats whisker booby and orange blobs all fished static or very slowly.

Pitsford Water

Fish week 414 (season 3,954) Returns 62 (911) Rod average6.6(4.3)

A fantastic week at Pitsford with the rod average an impressive 6.6 and the best fish of the season so far. Topping all others was season ticket holder Les Prickett of Northampton. Les only took up fly fishing last year after attending an Anglian Water Beginners’ course with Peter Hartley. Last Wednesday evening Les was fishing along Sermans Bank, with a size 12 buzzer on a floating line. Les had already enjoyed a good evening when he struck into the fish of a lifetime. The Rainbow made several good runs before eventually coming to the net. On the scales the fish was 10lb 8oz and is the best fish of the season so far.

Ray Buckland fished in Pitsford Creek on Sunday while fishing buzzers andweighed in three fish for 12lb, missing several others.

Competition news

Last Sunday the East Midlands Fly Fishers held a boat match. 18 anglers had 81 fish for a rod average of 4.5. The best boat pair was Neil Young and Lloyd Chantrelle who had 16 fish for 32lb 4oz, with the best at 3lb 9oz. John Sears and Mick White were a close second with 15 fish for 31lb 13oz.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir

Fish week 631 (season 6,172) Returns 82 (709) Rod average7.6(8.7)

Ravensthorpe Water goes from strength to strength with anglers enjoying some fantastic buzzer action and hatches of pond olives. With a rod average of 7.6 for the week there have been some very impressive catches on static buzzer tactics.

Brian Coleman started the week well when he boated a lovely Rainbow of 10lb 12oz – a personal best. Brian lured the hefty fish on an intermediate line and Pitsford Pea. Pat Flynn had a good day fishing with Pete Webb boating more than 50 fish. Pat used a Di3 line with an orange blob and buzzers.

The weekend fished exceptionally well with Mick Griffin and Graham Smith on form. Mick fished buzzers on a 25 foot leader boating 40 fish. Graham opted for washing line tactics with a F.A.B. on the point and buzzers on the droppers. A simple olive or black buzzer has proved most effective.

It was great to see Mr Graham fishing with his son, enjoying some great sport bringing 25 fish to the boat including several over the 4lb mark.

The bank is fishing well but on bright days fish tend to be further out because the water is very clear. Buzzers, diawl bachs and damsel nymphs on a floating line are well worth a try. Platforms 4-6 are fishing well as is the Dam with Jim Ferguson taking some lovely fish.