Best fish of the week, a superb rainbow weighing 7lb 8oz, was taken by Phil Hall from Maidenhead while boat fishing the main basin. Phil’s fish fell to a Diawl Bach on a floating line. Best brown of the week fell to Derek Edwards from Dolgellau in Wales. This fish also fell to a Diawl Bach and was taken down the south arm in Hideaway Bay. Twelve year old Alex Waddington from Barnsdale, had a day to remember, fishing with his father Rob. Alex used a sinking line and a gold and silver tube fly to take a fine 5lb 2oz brown.
Fish have been moving mainly in the late evening, although fish are showing on this year’s pin fry in some areas throughout the day. Other than pin fry a few large and small black buzzers and good quantities of green bloodworm are showing up in stomach contents.
Best methods are floating line with nymphs also orange, black and gold and silver lures on various density sinking lines from slime to Di 7. Fish have also been taken on wet flies, the first time this season fished on floating and intermediate lines.
best rainbow 7lb 8oz taken by Phil Hall of Maidenhead on a Diawl Bach
best brown 6lb 9oz taken by Derek Edwards of Dolgellau, Wales on a Diawl Bach
best boat areas Top of the North arm, Normanton, Sykes Lane, Manton Bay and Lax Hill
best bank areas Tim Appletons to the Finches, Armley Wood, Normanton and Normanton Church
Bank anglers -floating line with Diawl Bach, black buzzer, Hare’s Ear, pheasant tail and damsel nymph. Boat anglers similar methods and also wet flies, wickhams, soldier palmer, silver invicta on floating/intermediate sinking lines, try orange, black, gold and silver lures.
mid week boat winner G Peacock of Stamford
fish stocked 4800
Boat bookings Please phone the lodge on 01780 686441 (8am to 4.45pm) for availability, as during the next few months the reservoir is very busy.
This week’s best rainbow was taken by season ticket holder John Duffield of Stevington, Bedfordshire. A delighted John said this 6lb 15oz fish was his best ever from Pitsford.
Local season ticket holder Mick Foster of Brixworth reported some of the best fishing for years. Mick, who cycles down for the last hours to fish, caught two 5lb fish and a 3lb specimen off the front of the pines. Mick used the bung method shown to him by local Northampton angler Spencer Kimton. This is a method well worth a try.
Fish are still continuing to feed on a diet of mainly green buzzers. They seem to be feeding at a depth of about 4 to 6 feet. Methods to catch these are heavy buzzer fished deep down from the bank or boat.
Ravensthorpe is rife with big fish. Andre Russell from Leicester took a 13lb 14oz rainbow on a damsel fished from a float tube. On his next cast he took an 11lb 4oz fish. Nine smaller fish later Andre managed a third double of 10lb.
Don Brown from Northampton caught a fine 11lb 1?oz Rainbow from the bank during a mid week morning session on a damsel nymph. Spratton junior Josh Budd, fishing with his father, season ticket holder, Jacob, stayed to the bitter end and landed a 10lb 4oz rainbow in the dark. Dad is now playing catch up!
Mornings seem to be the best time for boat anglers drifting, with cdc, GRHE and hoppers taking good catches. The drifts from the domes to the island are most productive. Productive bank anglers should fish a single damsel nymph from the Platforms to the Dome. When evening comes and the boats struggle for an offer bank anglers are taking fish on the damsel.
best rainbow 13lb 14oz taken by Andre Russell on a floating line and damsel.
best methods boat anglers – drifting with c.d.c, GRHE, and hoppers. Bank anglers – single damsel nymphs.
best areas boat anglers cotton to island, drifting is best. Best bank area is the platforms.
mid week boat winner Ian Brown of Daventry
Most methods of catching fish are working from fast sinkers with large or small lures to small dries in the evening. The pin fry have returned to the water in vast numbers and the fish can be seen in some areas chasing these, giving the anglers a perplexing day of sport/entertainment. The average weight of the fish caught this week has reached 2?lb with fish feeding well this is likely to get even higher.
There have been some very large fish spotted in the bays along the North Shore taking sedge close to the bank in the evening. Unless the wind virtually drops off in the evening the fish are very reluctant to come to the surface to feed. The anglers either trolling or running down the wind on fast sinkers and gold and silver tubes are doing well in the central parts of the lake.
best bank areas The Seat, Sludge Bank, Gaynes Cove, Plummers, south dam
best boat areas K-G-B buoys, Willows and central areas of the lake
Floating lines with long leaders and nymphs (Diawl Bachs), GRHE, PTN or slime lines and nymphs. Fast sinkers with a variety of different coloured blobs. If fish are up on top they will come to either red or orange dries.
fish stocked 3330
mid week boat winner T Betts of Whittlesey
forthcoming events - beginners course July 14 details from the lodge
Ladies ‘have a go’ fly fishing
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 Open 4 August. Great prizes to be won bookings now being taken.
Coarse fishing: Ardleigh
It's been a very good week for carp anglers. Season permit holder John Cowler from St Osyth landed a real beauty (32 lb) from next to the Sailing Club. Another season permit holder James Diplock landed three fish all between 20 - 24 lb. A nice 5lb tench was caught at Noahs Ark by Tim Shelton from Clacton. Pike fishing continues in fine form. Mr Easter landed 5 fish from a boat, the best being 17 lb. Most fish came from the Western arm of the reservoir. Clive Baldwin also landed a 14 lb pike along with four nice bream from the bank at Noahs Ark. Three dates have been set for any youngsters wanting to have an introductory session for float fishing. All tackle and bait will be provided and tuition numbers will be limited to ensure everyone is well coached. Each session will last two hours and costs just £5. The dates are 29th June, 17th August and 26th October. Anyone interested please ring 01206 230642
Taverham Taverham Lake
This continues to fish well for Tench with fish falling to most baits. The biggest carp of the week went to day permit angler Bill Tugwell from London who managed to bank a personal best 25lb Mirror using Nash Tangee Squid boilies fished over trout pellet. An glian Water Warden Simon Wriggleswworth netted a further 15 tench to 6?lb taking his season;s total to 170 since 1st March.
River Wensum; No big Barbel yet but plenty of quality Chub to 5?lb falling to worm and luncheon meat.