Results and tips from around the region’s waters
Fish week 656 (season 22,055) Returns 243(5,848) Rod average 2.69(3.77)
Eighteen year old Matthew Holdroyd from New Biggin by the Sea, Northumberland enjoyed a terrific trip to Rutland Water last week. First Matt bagged an eight fish limit for 25lb 11oz with his best fish just under5lb. He boat fished the North Arm shallows with a set up of boobie on the point and nymph combination and despite the bright conditions found fish moving on the top. Matthew then went on to share a boat with local angler Rob Edmunds on Sunday and the pair recorded 10 fish for 34lb. Matt and Rob fished for around 4½ hours and caught in the North Arm shallows.
Wal Holynski of Leicester only started fly fishing this season, following a beginners course at Rutland Water. Wal took the best fish of the week a 6lb 1oz Rainbow. Heeding the advice of Tackle Shop Assistant Robbie Winram he fished the North Arm shallows off the bank and was rewarded with a brace of Rainbows, including the biggest of the week weighing in at 6lb 1oz. Wal used a small mylar floating fry as suggested by Rutland Warden Nigel Savage to capture his specimen fish.
The best Brown of the week fell to Bob Lochran from Leicester. Bob fished a diawl bach to land this Brown of 3lb 1oz. He bank fished off the old Disabled Bay area near East Creek.
Saturday was the best day of last week with good numbers of fish coming from Fantasy Island to the blue pipes (following a change of wind to Easterly last Friday). Bank anglers caught off the North Arm shallows, Old Hall, Old Hall flat, Normanton, Stockie Bay Point back to Whitwell Creek.
With good fish showing at times on the surface, dry flies and nymphs have been very successful for both bank and boat fishermen. Boat anglers in the open water have caught fish on various lines on small lures, boobies and gold/silver tubes. Fish are feeding on buzzers, large and small, corixa, daphnia and shrimp and also the huge concentration of this year’s coarse fish fry and sticklebacks in some areas.
Fish week 406 (season 12,277) Returns 184 (3,280) Rod average 2.2 (3.7)
Anglers have enjoyed some good fishing this week at Pitsford Water with good sized bags recorded. The best fish of the week was a Rainbow of 6lb 11oz taken by Mr I Ennis. Season ticket holder Graham Bodsworth had six fish from the Gravels including a lovely 4lb plus fish, all were taken with crunchers fished on a floater.
Boat anglers have taken fish on various methods from rudder fishing sparklers to nymph fishing. Water clarity is still excellent and fish are not deep with the best lines being floaters down to Di3. The best boat areas have been the main bowl and narrows with bank anglers finding the best sport from the Cliffs, Rigbys and Pitsford Creek, using hares ear, crunchers and minkies.
Best Rainbow 6lb 11oz taken by I Ennis.
Best boat areas Dam, main bowl.
Best bank areas Pitsford Creek, Rigbys, Cliffs.
Fish week 177(season 6,948) Returns 90 (1,444) Rod average 1.9 (4.8)
Ravensthorpe Reservoir hosted a heat of the Lexus Fly Fishing Championships last Thursday. Despite difficult weather conditions some good sport was enjoyed. Top spot went to Chris Huston who took 10 fish for 20lb 14oz. Mike Hanson was second with five fish for 10lb 4oz. Third place went to Rick Saccone with 4 fish for 9lb 14oz.
As Chris Huston has already qualified Rick Saccone goes through to the final at Chew on 1 September.
Mr Morris from London had a great day on Saturday, landing 30 fish to 6lb fishing from a boat over the Boils.Blobs and diawl bachs did the trick.
Bank anglers are catching a few fish from the dam with floating lines, long leaders, blobs or diawl bachs.
Best Rainbow 4lb 8oz
Best boat areas Main bowl, Boils.
Best bank areas Dam.
Best methods Fish deep, sink tips with long leaders or intermediate lines. Buzzers, diawl bachs or blobs.