Rutland Water :

Twenty five years of angling at Rutland paid off for Tony Gray from Worksop this weekend. Season ticket holder Tony found fame when he took the giant Rainbow stocked for the 25th anniversary. Tony thought he had caught the new record for Rutland Water until fellow season ticket holder Thomas Graham noticed the blue tattoo on the fish identifying it as the Jubilee trout. Tony’s big catch wins him £250 in tackle vouchers. The fish weighed in at 15lb 10oz and measured 31? inches in length. It was taken at Yellow Stone Creek on the peninsula on a black buzzer which Tony had on as a point fly.

The big fish just kept coming this week with Martin Herbert from Sheffield taking an 8lb 8oz rainbow on a floating line with a black buzzer from the south arm near Laxhill. Season ticket holder Malcolm Janik from Spilsby took a superb conditioned rainbow of 7lb 10oz from Whitwell Creek on a black buzzer on a floating line. Jim Neil from Sleaford took a 7lb brown boat fishing from the South Arm on a sinking line with a tube fly.Nick White from Clipsham, near Stamford, and boat partner Colin O’Dell from Coleford, Gloucestershire enjoyed a guided day fishing with Dave Doherty on Friday 10th, down the South Arm, Bunds Wall area. They had a brilliant day with Nick’s excellent bag of 8 fish for 26lb 5oz including rainbows of 6lb and 7lb.

Competition news
A friendly competition between the England and Scotland fly fishing associations was a great success with 32 anglers catching 400lbs of trout! Scotland ran out winners with 118 trout to England’s 106. Top rod in this 8 fish limit event was Brian Linkleter from Kinross who had previously never fished south of the border.

Best rainbow Martin Herbert 8lb 8oz (see story)

Best brown Jim Neal of Sleaford, 7lb 10oz

Best boat areas: Normanton Bank, New Zealand Point to Gibbett Gorse,
South Arm, Bunds wall area, and Laxhill,
North Arm, Dickinsons, Barnsdale, Tim Appletons to the Transformer.

Best bank areas; Yellow stone, Normanton Bank, New Zealand point, Dickensons Bay, Barnsdale (cardiac Hill), Sykes Lane and Whitwell

Best methods; floating lines with black buzzers, diawl bach. Orange blob with sinking lines or orange and white lures.

Ravensthorpe Reservoir
John Edwards of Rugby took this week’s best rainbow, a superb 11lb 10oz specimen. John used a dry olive whilst boat fishing from the Coton End. The Coton End certainly proved the ‘hot spot’ with Nick Mead and John Tearle of London taking over 30 fish on buzzers and emergers. Bank angler Mark Flavin of Northampton took 25 fish in an afternoon session from the platforms on various nymphs.

Fish continue to look for olives, although spoonings on Sunday showed increasing numbers of black buzzer. The static buzzer will no doubt take plenty of fish but try classic ‘loch style’ tactics as a change to tempt takes close to the boat and on the surface.

Best rainbow 11lb 10oz taken by John Edwards

Best boat areas; Coton End to Island.

Best bank areas; Platforms and dam

Pitsford Water

Pitsford has produced some excellent fishing from both boat and bank this week. Season ticket holder Vic Sinfield of Newport Pagnell, went well into double figures on a recent visit along with Mr Sturges who took good quality fish whilst boat fishing. Colin Hunter put in the best returns for both rainbow and brown trout this week, both around the 4lb mark. However another angler preferred to remain anonymous with the heaviest rainbow of the week over 5lb. Anglers have been taking bag limits in the evenings near Bog Bay on orange fritz.

Best method: Buzzers on a floating line, sometimes a varied fly selection including hares ear, green pea and fritz

Best bank areas, depending on wind direction, Duffers Reach to Stilton Point and close to the Oak tree at Brixworth Bay

Grafham Water

This week saw the start of the main competition season at Grafham. The first event was the annual catch and release match run by local based Cambridge club Invicta. 46 anglers released a total of 172 fish with a rod average of 3.74.

This is all catch and release with the winner being the angler with the longest overall length of fish. The match was won by Alan Taylor (seasonal warden at Grafham), with 15 fish with a total length of 6388mm including the best brown at 570mm in length. The longest rainbow, measuring 610mm, was released by Norman Shippey.

1st Alan Taylor 15 fish 6388mm

2nd Mike Smith 11 fish 4614mm

3rd Gordon Bloodworth 10 fish 4490mm

Wednesday saw the prestigious Bob Church/Trout Fisherman Classic. The pressure was on local angler Iain Barr to see if he could make it three classic wins in a row. With conditions very different from the practice day new areas and methods had to be found quickly. Stephen Peart from Durham succeeded and found fish whilst drifting out of Church Bay, starting on a Di 3 and cormorants and then changing up to a slime line and cruncher nymphs. Stephen ended the day with 16 fish.

Second place went to rising star Phil Dixon from Crewe. Phil is on a roll at the moment winning the Trout Masters last year at Grafham and the Hanningfield Masters only two weeks ago. Phil took 14 fish from Rectory Bay. In third position was Grafham regular and season ticket holder Jonathan Tomlinson who at 1 o’clock had caught only three fish. But Jonathan caught up well and finished with 12 fish from behind the North Tower in Hill Farm Bay.

Huge congratulations to the youngest competitor in the match, 10 year old Kieran Jenkins from Wales, who took three fish for 6lb and was partner to local and international star Robert Edmunds. Moc Morgan, secretary of the Welsh Salmon and Trout Association said "Kieran is the brightest prospect from Wales for many years. He is already a champion fly tier and looks set for international success at a very young age".

Top lady of the day was Julie Emerson who took 6 fish and finished in 27th place. Anglian Water presented Julie with a bouquet of flowers. Best fish of the match went to Allen Hayward with a cracking rainbow of 4lb 1oz. 94 anglers caught 344 fish and returned 55, giving a rod average of 4.24.

1st Stephen Peart 16 fish for 35lb 12?oz

2nd Phil Dixon 14 fish for 27lb 15oz

3rd Jonathan Tomlinson 12 fish for 23lb 13?oz

The third and final match of the week was the Ladies Mixed Pairs. Thirteen mixed pairs from all over the country took to the water. Winning pair was Margi Godwin of Northborough and Andy Linwood of West Perry with 16 fish for 45lb 5oz. Most of the fish came from the seat area on a variety of methods from the orange blobs on Di 7 to buzzers on the bung and floaters.

1st Margi Godwin and Andy Linwood 16 fish for 45lb 5oz

2nd Kay and Danny Peet 16 fish for 44lb 11oz

3rd Sue and Pete Shaw 16 fish for 40lb 11oz

Best fish of the match went to Jane Percy of Kent, with a beautiful over-wintered rainbow of 5lb 15oz taken on a hares ear from the sludge bank.

Best rainbow 71b 1oz Ian Heading on s gold tube from a boat near the seat.

Best bank areas: Hill Farm, the Stumps, Bowl of Dam, and south end of the Dam, Seat and Gaynes Cove.

Best boat areas; Hedge End, Hill Farm, Bowl of Dam, the Seat, Gaynes Cove, the Stumps and G Buoy

Best methods; Floating line with long leaders and buzzers, or slime lines and nymphs or fast sinkers with a variety of different coloured blobs.

Saturday 6 July - a day especially for the Ladies. This is your turn to have a go at fly fishing on your very own day. Learn to beat your partner at his own game. Don’t be shy, book yourself a place – telephone Grafham Water Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531

Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association is hosting a fly fishing day on Saturday 25 May at Grafham Water to fish with the English Disabled Fly Fishers in a friendly angling competition sponsored by Anglian Water. Fishing is from 10am to 5 pm. Free refreshments will be served after the weigh-in. Fishing to reservoir rules with an 8 fish limit. Super prizes include a subscription to ‘Fly Fishing and tying’ magazine, fly reels and tackle, DVDs and scotch whiskey. For further information please contact Gordon Watson on 01480 810857.

Coarse fishing

Season permit holder Stuart Huckins landed a very nice 22 lb. mirror carp from Noah's Ark last week. Two more carp were also caught at the weekend by Steve Brown from Dagenham. Fishing from a boat down the western arm opposite Harvey's Farm, both fish were commons weighing in at 6 lb.

Some good bags of roach have been caught both at the A12 end of the reservoir and also at Harvey's Farm bank. Match secretaries should note that any matches booked for May and June are at a special rate of just £2 per peg. Please book on 01206 230642.

Taverham Lake

The biggest fish of the season so far gave visiting angler Aaron Rout from Colchester his personal best carp when he banked a tremendous 26lb 15oz mirror during a one night session. Aaron tempted the monster fishing Active-8 boilies on a 2 bait stringer, casting just off the lily pads.

Anglian Water warden, Simon Wrigglesworth, had a sleepless night session this week, landing 20 tench to 6?lb in the first six hours. This takes Simon’s tench tally to 123 since March. Plenty of other fish are being caught despite lower temperatures and fish have been seen moving in all areas.

Costessey lakes

The lakes continue to produce quality bream from No2 and good sized roach bags from No1. Carp have finished spawning on No3 with many very large fish seen cruising to the margins. With warmer weather forecast the prospects of a 40 pounder from this lake are looking good.