We bring you the round up of the latest fishery reports from the big waters across the UK in our weekly fishery reports.
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This week saw the Home International on Brenig with a rod average of 4.7 fish per angler.
The whole week went really well with some very positive comments coming from the competitors about the quality of the fishing. The final saw the Scottish team coming in first place followed by the home team Wales taking second place. In third place came England and fourth place went to Ireland. The top rod went to Mr. Grant Osler from Scotland and the heaviest fish, a 3lb 7oz rainbow, was caught by Terry Llewelyn from Wales.
Although the International did tend to dominate the weeks fishing the lake has been open to anyone who wanted to fish. The fish did seem to be lying quite far off the shore this week and the rod average of 2.3 fish per angler does reflect the fact that the fishing hasn’t been easy this week particularly for those fishing from the bank The biggest bag of the week was still a healthy 16lbs 8oz and was recorded by Mr. John Eaves whilst the biggest fish, a 3lb 8oz Rainbow, was caught by Mr. Dave Gilbert from Llanrwst.
The top flies this week have been Daddy Long Legs, Buzzers, Black Pennell, Haul-y- Gwynt, Diawl Bach, Black Peacock and various Blobs and Boobies.
The fish are still in evidence in the North of the lake along Nant Glyn shore and the Ring of Stones. They have also been found along the Coves and Hafod Lom but are quite far off the bank as well as along the Dam Wall.
Bank fishermen have had success in Sailing Club Bay, the Visitors Centre shore and in Tower Bay.
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Another excellent week with more fish being seen and caught closer to the surface. The mouth of Fishtail Creek is still proving to be the popular spot also the banks further along towards Half Moon field have given success to some over the weekend.
The rod average for this week was 2.83 with 263 fish caught by 93 anglers, the heaviest rainbow was approx 5lb caught by Gary Fallows whilst the heaviest brown was 4lb caught by Paul Ravenscroft.
The most popular spots have been around Fishtail Creek, Buoys 4, 5 and 6, Half Moon Bank and also up at the North End.
The most successful flies were Blobs, Damsels, Hoppers, Boobys, Snakes and dries.
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Another cooler week teamed with light winds and overcast conditions saw several perfect days, resulting in some excellent rod averages. The continuing cooler nights have also helped to drop the water temperature down further, with the mercury hitting 17C. Overall a total of 238 anglers visited the fishery landing a total of 1,297 fish for a rod average of 5.4.
Season ticket holders Jim Smith and Ed Douglas had an absolute red-letter day and couldn’t put a foot wrong, with a score a cricketer would have been proud of. The pair found most of their fish around A & M buoy drifting towards the Hensbrough bank with what little wind there was. The best tactic was to fish a RIO Midge Tip Long with a Cat Booby on the point and then Cormorants on the droppers. In the evening however, quite a stiff northly wind picked up and a change of areas and tactics was needed. Jim and Ed moved up to the Draycote Dam drifting down from the tower on dries with Hoppers and Big Reds being the best patterns. Kevin Rees opted for dries all day, fishing around C buoy and the aerators to land another impressive score of 29 with Bobs Bits, Crippled Midge and Hoppers being his top patterns.
Saturday saw a cloudy start with the wind in the south-west, which strengthened as the day wore on, as the wind increased it also brought in some rain. On the bank father son team of Nick and Martin Hollingshead landed seven fish from the Swan’s Nest and Biggin Bay on a Montana and buzzers. Ed Upton and son Will landed 24 fish between them on dries and washing line from various areas of the lake.
On Sunday Draycote played host to the Youth National Championship with 21 juniors’ fishing for a place in the 2019 England Youth Team. The competition was a complete catch and release match with all fish measured and released. The day was broken into two, 3 hour sessions with place points being used. Windy conditions made presentation a challenge. After several of the lads caught well on washing line techniques and dries on practice it was pulling flies on a di 5 Sweep that produced the goods for the match with drifts around A buoy being the most successful area. Winning the day was Harrison Douds who caught nine fish for 6 place points. Using a Gold Arsed Cat Booby on the point a Cormorant in the middle then a Tequila Blob on the top dropper. In second place was Jake Leake and third Corey Russell. Draycote would like to congratulate all the qualifiers and thank the boatmen for giving up their time as without them these events couldn’t happen. Outside the match Andrew Marton & Spencer Williams landed 38 fish on Diawl Bachs and Hare’s Ears drifting from Rainbow Corner out on the open water.
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There was consistently good sport once again at Eyebrook. Conditions played more of a part this week, a couple of blustery days meant anglers had to change methods to achieve the best results. Generally dries are doing the damage. There’s the odd daddy getting onto the water now along with several good hatches of small buzzers and sedge bringing the fish into the surface more into the evenings. The fish remain very spread across open water, drifts from the Hawthorns to Robbos or Tower to Three trees in a south-westerly wind as proving most successful. There are now fish moving out from the Chestnut Tree to Pollards Jump, but little showing past this point. The first sign of fry feeders in front of the dam wall have been reported. Anglers saw very big brownies crashing through the surface. Maybe a Popper Minkie or floating fry pattern will be worth a try soon The week got off to a flyer with plenty of fish showing across the basin. Daddy’s, Big Reds, Bobs Bits and CDCs were all mentioned on the returns page. Mr Thompson took ten fish on a black Bobs Bit whilst drifting the Basin. Mr Glover caught 15 fish on Daddies and a Big Red.
The English Disabled Fly fishers were out in force on Wednesday for their annual National Eliminator. The north wind had hung on, putting a cold chill on the water. Most anglers fished with a floating line with nymph’s or a slow sinking line with Blobs, Boobies or mini lures. Mick Hill was the only angler to catch his limit bag of 8 fish for a total weight of 14lb and 1oz. Mick also caught the biggest fish at 2lb and 8oz. Member Bob Margery found feeding fish in front of the dam wall and fished his own hot headed Diawl Bach to great success. He caught and returned 11 fish whilst fishing a floating line.
Fishing was a little slower over the weekend with the windier conditions. Saturday Averaged 4.1 fish a rod and Sunday 3.06. Again, Daddies or Popper Hoppers worked pulled through the wave.
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Weather conditions and a drop in water temperatures brought a stocking of trout from the River Gwash Fish Farm last Wednesday of trout averaging 2lb, however prior to stocking on Tuesday the rod average on Monday was 7.9!
The weeks weather comprised of cloud, drizzle, some rain and sunny periods. The water temperature crept up to 18C and then settled down at 17C. Number 1 buoy to number 2 buoy and beyond to the aerators and number 3 buoy continue to be the hot spots. Significant to watch out for are wind lanes across the reservoir since these tend to produce the fish. Mr D Wilton caught four trout from the boat on a Black Gnat on Monday. On Tuesday the bag of fish for the week was caught by Allen Topping a who had 20 to the boat primarily on an orange Blob fished sub surface with a medium/fast retrieve. He caught primarily in the hot spot areas and within the Cascade. On Friday Scotty Wilson caught 12 to the boat whilst Paul Walker returned a catch of eight fish. On Saturday Ricky Cotterill recorded a catch of 10 trout noting the fish were basically on the water surface and he used various flies.
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Some good results this week, with Mr Deacon managing a colossal 18 fish in a day – this was a sterling effort and way above the last few weeks’ rod average! Dennis Cooper landed 8 fish and David Portman, who recorded a cracking rainbow of 3lb 8oz – the best fish of the week.
Anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, particularly when the conditions are overcast, with most finding success on the washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip. Muddlers, Diawl Bach and Hare’s Ears are the more common flies anglers are using, although lures on an intermediate line, particularly snakes, are seeing good results too.
Boat fishing is mainly up in the water although some will still be catching deep on a di5 or an 8 coupled with a lure. Those fishing up in the water on Diawl Bachs are opting for a very slow retrieve, whilst those on sinking lines are pulling as fast as they can. There are a lot of coarse fish fry on the move at the moment, particularly perch, so do try a pattern with a bit of black and green over the coming days. Drifting will catch you more fish than on the anchor at the moment.
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816 fish stocked on Tuesday this week and that is the stocking completed for the National Final on Saturday. Some fine looking fish have been coming off the water, with quite a few boats well into double figures. It has been a windy week so pulling is always a good option. Floaters and sink tip lines have worked well and the flies have ranged from lures to dries. Full report next week after the National Final.
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The best brown of the week was a fish of 6lb 4oz caught by Mr Burdett, although it was closely followed by an estimated 6lb plus fish caught and released by Bob Aves and a 5lb 8oz specimen caught by Anthony Day. The best reported rainbow weighed 4lb 8oz and was taken by Kent police officer Mark Edgeson-Wright who was fishing in a match.
As the water cools the fish are leaving the main basin and can be caught through the narrows. ‘C’ Buoy drifts down to ‘T’ Buoy are productive with lots of good fish in the top three feet.
Floating and midge tip lines are working best with teams of flies including orange Blobs and FAB’s and Booby’s, along with Hoppers, Dabblers and small dark nymphs. Fish are feeding round the margins on shrimp and small green snails and the bank is beginning to fish well. Dean Shilton caught eleven on the Cliffs during an afternoon session, catching on a Daddy and Black and Peacock Spider.
Dave Jarvis had his customary three-day holiday package and spent all three days at Pitsford catching and releasing over 30 fish up to 4lb.
Flies fished right in the surface are accounting for most fish with dries working well in favourable conditions. On Sunday in very blustery conditions Mick O’Farrell and his son David still managed thirty fish to the boat. Mick fished dries while David fished a ghost tip.
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Anglers have enjoyed a big improvement in sport this week with plenty of hard fighting Rainbows being caught.
The best methods have been drifting across the main bowl using floating or midge tip lines. FAB on the point, Diawl Bachs, Crunchers, buzzers or small nymphs or dries, Hoppers, Dabblers or small Daddies.
Mick and John Spencer had a good day on Thursday with 17 fish to the boat, using FAB on the point and buzzers.
Invicta Fly Fishers had a fantastic day on Sunday with 18 anglers catching 177 fish for an average of 9.8 per rod. Top rod was Joan Russell with 22 fish, Gary How had 21 fish and David Moore had 20. David caught all his fish on dries.
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Big fish are starting to show and anglers are venturing away from the Main Basin with the South Arm providing some tremendous action. Paul Hill from Somerset headed down to the arms for a big fish on the recommendation of tackle assistant Dave Summers. Paul came up trumps with a superb 8lb 1oz brown from the bottom of the South Arm. This superb fish fell to a large Pitsford Pea. Paul lost an even bigger brown later in the week.
Paul Friend (former Rutland ranger) and his good friend Ken Merriman fished last Thursday taking 8 fish and returning a brown estimated at around 8lb. Toff Crowther, renowned for landing big fish, opted to fish the North Arm and was rewarded with a fish just under 7lb.
Gareth Jones and Tony Cartwright (Nymph-a-Maniacs team members) fished on Saturday and had a brilliant day with most of their fish coming from the south. Fish were moving in the wind lanes and the best tactic was midge tip with various nymphs, mini lures and even some wet flies. The pair had well over 30 plus fish.
Overall it’s been another good week at Rutland Water but changeable weather has made it difficult at times. Last Monday was a struggle with virtually flat calm and bright sun. The main methods have been lures, nymphs, wet fly tactics on floating line/midge tip on the cloudy days (dry fly has also produced fish). Sunny days have seen various sinking lines used by loch style/drifting boats.
Rudder boats have had extreme results with some anglers struggling to get fish. Whereas other anglers including Paul Friend, Malcolm Janik and ‘Big Dave’ Porter and Phil Welbourne have caught a number of fish on the rudder.
Bank anglers have been few and far between, although fish have been seen moving close in a few areas. With temperatures cooling this should happen soon. Fly hatches have been heavy, albeit with tiny buzzers in great numbers, with some larger green buzzer and sedge activity in the evenings.