The weekend of 4/5 May will be special for hundreds of people around Rutland Water as they celebrate 25 years since the first fishing season started at the reservoir. Since that time around one million anglers from all over the world have fished here and this weekend they have the chance to catch a record fish and a prize worth £5,000.
Anglian Water is providing free fly-fishing tuition with experts all weekend at Normanton car park. On Saturday evening at 7pm in the marquee, a lively charity auction will be run by Jeff Dale with valuable items including top of the range angling equipment, sports and leisure vouchers, and meals and accommodation at Rutland’s most prestigious restaurants and hotels. With a signed football from the Arsenal team - finalists in the FA cup this Saturday! Proceeds from the auction will be donated to Rutland Accident Care Scheme, the County Air Ambulance and Water Aid.
The event will also launch the Rutland Water Anniversary ale brewed specially by the Grainstore. The organiser of the weekend is Jon Marshall, fishery manager for Anglian Water. He says ‘This is going to be a great weekend with old friends meeting up after many years of pleasure at Rutland Water and raising funds for valuable charities. There will be visitors from all over the UK, many fished here on the exciting opening day 25 years ago’.
The best fish this week, a superb 8lb 3oz rainbow, was taken by John Smalley of Peterborough on a pink booby. Paul Jones of Rotherham took a 5lb 4oz Rainbow. A number of good sized browns have been spotted. Over wintered fish are turning up regularly with 2lb plus rainbows being taken.
Tackle shop staff Phil Brown and Trevor Ashby had a good day’s boat fishing up the top of the north arm fishing catch and release. They took 34 fish including some over wintered rainbows and a 3lb plus brown. All fish fell to nymphs, either under a bung or conventional nymphs. Fish are feeding hard on buzzers, with tiny black and large olive hatching in large numbers, with Daphnia showing inside some fish, particularly in the main basin.
Best boat areas; Sykes Lane, Normanton bottom of both arms.
Best bank areas; Sykes Lane, Whitwell, Barnsdale Armley Wood, the finches, old hall, barnhill creek
Best methods; bank anglers are using floating lines with weighted lures and buzzers. Boat anglers are using similar methods but include sinking lines with lures, orange, black, gold and silver.
Ravensthorpe Reservoir continues in superb form. Roy Swinfield of Leicester took the best fish of the week, which weighed in at 10lb 1oz. Roy’s fish fell to a size 14 buzzer fished on a floating line. This method proved a success in landing another 16 fish for Roy – an excellent day’s sport.
Ravensthorpe’s Troutmasters fish-off took place on Sunday. Season ticket holder Richard Slater of Northampton put in a good performance from the concrete ramp to take some quality fish to secure his place in the final at Grafham.
Best rainbow 10lb 1oz Roy Swinfield of Leicester
Best boat area; cotton end. The best bank areas for best catches are from the natural bank between the lodge and ‘Gordon’s Seat’. Mornings seem to be the more productive than afternoons.
Season ticket holder Richard Slater took a 6lb rainbow, the best fish of the week. The best brown this week, weighing 3lb, was taken by Mr Sissons. The Leicester Fly Fishers pairs match on 2lst was won by Rob Edmunds and P Sumner, who caught limits of 6 fish each in less than an hour. Other competitors followed suit before lunch. The Troutmasters fish off from the bank on 27th was won by Dave Elliot with 6 fish for 11lb 12oz caught in 2? hours. Dave has qualified for the final at Grafham on 23rd September. Boat fishing on the same day was also very good with plenty of fish for the England Ladies Fly Fishing Association "friendly". Best fish on the day was a 4lb 12oz rainbow.
Best method; buzzers fished on a floating line with a long leader. Fish are being caught on a variety of methods, including lures on slow sinkers and boobies on fast sinking lines. Best rainbow 6lb taken by Richard Slater. Best brown 3lb taken by P Sisson
Best boat areas small half, causeway or big half, sailing dam, North Farm Bay
Best bank areas Sailing Club, North Farm Bay, Gorse Bank, Sermans
Mick Irons has once again managed to catch the heaviest bag of the week with 6 fish for 26lb 1oz. Mick also took the best rainbow of the week, a beauty at 6lb 9oz, on a floating line with a gold head damsel nymph. Norman Shippey of Cambridge has also had some incredible sport this week catching and releasing 16 fish on a floating line with nymphs and buzzers from the south end of the dam and seat area.
Grafham Water has continued its fine form this week with a rod average of 3.83 with the majority of fish being caught on floating intermediate lines, with nymphs and buzzers producing the best bags, other methods which are having good results are fast sink lines with orange blobs fished fast and furious. best rainbow Mick Irons of St Neots 6lb 9oz best bank areas Hedge End, Hill Farm, bowl of dam, the seat, Gaynes cove, the Stumps and G buoy
Best boat areas Hedge End, Hill Farm, bowl of dam, the seat, Gaynes Cove, the Stumps, and G Buoy
Best methods floating lines with long leaders and buzzers or slime lines and nymphs. Alternatively fast sinking lines
Coarse fishing - Taverham Mill Fishery All lakes are fishing superbly.
Taverham Lake - The Lily pads are now breaking the surface. Carp have spawned successfully over the last weekend. Good catches of tench from all pegs. AW warden Simon Wrigglesworth took a mega catch of 28 tench including 8 over 6lb, with the biggest rainbow weighing in at 7lb 2oz. Season permit holder Gavin Buck from Hellesdon took three carp including a fine specimen of 20lb 2oz. The week’s biggest common fell to Essex angler Paul Brazier and weighed in at 19lb.
Local match angler Adie Moore, from Norwich, had a very pleasant afternoon taking 8 tench to 5?lb.
Costessey Continues to produce endless quality bream with school teacher Julia Humphreys obtaining a personal best with a fish of 10lb 12oz.
Ardleigh - Big bags of bream are being caught in most areas around the reservoir with Wick Lane and the A12 end fishing particularly well, with several bags over 100lb reported. Tench are also showing well with an unconfirmed report of a 9lb specimen. The Butterfly Pond is producing good mixed bags with roach, rudd, chub and perch all being caught.
Boats return to the water on 1st May so do book early to avoid disappointment on 01206 230642.