River Ribble despite the rain and sometimes coloured water some good fish are being caught sea and brown trout this month is the last for both species the season ends on September 30th Balderston area producing good chub catches, three roach averaging about 12 ounces caught on float fished gentles, is this a sign of things to come. Though unless we can get rid of the cormorants I cannot see the roach surviving very long. Several barbel averaging six pounds have been caught on meat and pellets. River Wyre some nice bream to 5-4-0 caught on gentles and swim feeder rig. River Hodder The odd seatrout being caught but they are now well coloured up and should be returned. If you want the chance of a salmon from the river Ribble why not give river Keeper Ivan Duxbury a call on 07973 268131 Late September and October can often be good times for the chance of a salmon. If you want some good trout fishing what about trying Rutland or Grafham both venues usually fish good this month.

Rutland Water

Boat anglers have enjoyed sport in the main basin and south arm. Anglian Water warden, Paul Friend, took a “quick fire” limit on Thursday afternoon fishing a wet cell 2 line with gold and silver lures he took eight rainbows averaging 2lb. A group of anglers from Scotland enjoying a three-day holiday package recorded plenty of fish, with one of their party losing a big brown at the net, estimated to be around 10lb.

For the bank angler, fish have been seen moving in the old hall and dam areas and it is just a case of waiting for the cooler weather to bring the fish into the shore line to feed on the abundant number of fry available.

Most fish have again fallen to nymphs with the diawl bach and hares ear in particular scoring well. Other flies to try are black tadpole and gold and silver sparklers.

best rainbow 5lb 4oz taken Mr McCormick

best boat areas south arm (manton bay, browns island,

old hall) the main basin, north arm

(transformer and dickensons)

best bank areas old hall and the dam

mid-week boat winner Allan Wood of Owston, Leicester

forthcoming events: Anglian Water Bailiffs Pairs – 19 October

this is one of the most popular competitions

at Rutland Water with fishing from 8.00 am

to 5.00 pm fished to reservoir rules. Prizes for

rudder and non-rudder, best brown & best

rainbow. Cost is £38 or £21 for season permit

holders including evening meal.

Please book by 13 October – telephone 01780 686441

Pitsford Water Sport at Pitsford is improving, after a difficult August. Late evening is still the best, when the fish move close on shore to feed on the still prolific buzzer hatches. Imitative patterns such as buzzers and hares ear being best, although odd fish are coming to floating fry and dry “daddies”. For those who are boat fishing, a variety of tactics are successful from nymphs and wet flies on floaters to tube flies on fast sinkers, depending on the depth the fish are feeding.

competition news

Pitsford’s autumn boat leagues is now underway every Sunday morning 9.00am to 1.00pm. There is a weekly prize of a free boat in 2003 and prizes of tackle vouchers for the top three anglers over the 8 weeks. After an enjoyable morning on the water hot soup and crusty bread are provided.

The first two matches were both won with a single brown trout. Tom Robson of Northampton on 1 September with a brown of 2lb and Brian Mead of Bozeat on

8 September with a brown weighing 2?lb.

The Higham Ferrers & District Fly Fishing Assoc match fished on 7 September was won by Mr Hillyard with 6 fish for 10lb 8oz and Mr Raitt caught the best fish of the match at 4lb 14oz.

best rainbow: 4lb 14oz taken by Mr. Raitt (fishing above match)

best brown: 2lb 9oz

best boat areas: main bowl

best bank areas: gravels and sermons

mid-week boat winner: Mr. John Rule of Fordham, Cambs

fish stocked: 650

forthcoming events: Winter Bank League – 3, 10 and 17 November,

1 December. Book in 8.30am onwards, fishing

9am to 1pm, concluding with hot soup. Top overall

weight and best fish over the 4 weeks win

Christmas hampers.

Grafham Water Anglers at Grafham can see the large numbers of fish feeding heavily on the vast shoals of fry all around the shore-line and also in the middle of the lake, but tempting them to the hook and landing one is proving a challenge.

However Brian Calvert took four fish around the 3lb mark from the north shore on Thursday evening on floating fry.

There have been some daddy long legs seen on the water in the past few days and with cooler damper weather forecast, the fish should soon start feeding on the new food source.

Best methods are floating/intermediate lines with pheasant tail nymphs, diawl bachs, red or claret hoppers and cdc’s, small minkies and cats whiskers. If using a sinking line then cats whiskers, blobs, diawl backs and crunchers are the flies to try.

best rainbow: 6lb 3oz taken by season ticket holder

Mark Brinkman from a boat in Rectory Bay

on a gold tube and Hi-di line.

best boat areas: C, K and F buoys, savages creek, bowl of dam

and G buoy.

best bank areas: stumps, hill farm, north and bowl of dam,

harbour arms

mid-week boat winner: Mel Parrot of Bedford

forthcoming events: Troutmasters final 21 – 23 September

Ravensthorpe Reservoir Although a tricky week at Ravensthorpe with odd fish taken on both lures and nymphs, 21 anglers from ‘Intervet’ held a successful competition with a 2 fish limit. Phil Maguire only needed one to win with 5lb 4oz second was Stuart Marston with 4lb 10oz and third was Chris Orpin with 4lb.

Cooler nights are encouraging as the water temperature will drop and bring the fish back on the feed. 2 September saw fish on fry, daddies, late olives and midge. Prospects are improving.

best rainbow: 5lb 4oz taken by Phil Maguire (Intervet)from a

boat on sinking line with orange lure.

best boat areas: drifting

best bank areas: the dam

mid-week boat winner: Mr Andrew Kemp from Wigston

coarse fishing news Taverham Mill Fishery A good weekend for all lakes. There were some big catches at Taverham including Anglian Water warden, Simon Wrigglesworth with 26 tench to 6lb and three carp to 19lb 7oz. Season permit holder Bob Anderson of Taverham banked 11 tench to 5lb 8oz and 1 carp of 11lb. Day permit angler Steve Barker banked 3 carp to 19lb 11oz.

Costessey lakes have thrown up some surprises this week with 16 year old

Andy Moore banking “single scale” from No. 3 at 37lb 8oz, whilst from the

Ski-pit (No. 2) junior season permit holder Stuart Masson had a Mirror of
25lb 11oz. Day permit angler Chris Lynes banked a Common of 24lb 8oz and season permit holder Gavin Buck landed a 23lb Common followed by a superb 30lb 4oz fully scaled Mirror.

I have had a busy week guiding on the rivers Ribble and Aire Rob Osterman from Oregon has fly fished with me on the river Aire for pike and despite bad weather rising water had some good sport. Another angler was Stephen Ainscow of Ramsbottom who really enjoyed himself fly fishing for pike Bob Stephens of Coventry caught a personal best chub from the river Aire at Keighley weighing 5-3-0 on legered bread flake. On the Ribble Chorley angler Peter Goodban caugt seven chub averaging 4lbs the best at 5-2-0 Eighty year old Bob Tomlinson a retired police officer from Blackpool had a good catch of chub from the river Aire.