Rutland Water

Rutland continues to fish well with a rod average of 2.65 for the week. Big fish showed on catch returns with Gary Mann of Belper in Derbyshire taking a splendid 8lb 2oz Rainbow. North Luffenham’s Mark Schofield also got in on the act with a 6lb 4oz Rainbow followed by another one of 3lb 6oz. G Hall of Spalding recorded seven fish on the day, the best a 5lb 8oz rainbow. Well known fly tier Trevor Ashby (retail assistant at Rutland Fishing Lodge) caught five fish from Carrot Creek on the peninsula. Trevor’s best fish was around 5lb, he also returned a brown estimated at 4lb, all fish were feeding heavily on fry. Bank anglers are catching fish in several areas, from East Creek right down to the lodge. Anglers prepared to walk have been taking fish from either side of Normanton church. Other places to try are Sykes Lane to the mouth of Whitwell Creek, then from Whitwell front to the mound.

Boat anglers are also enjoying good fishing with Reservoir warden Paul Friend, and season ticket holder Ken Merridan from Uppingham, taking thirteen fish while fishing the rudder. The pair took the majority of their fish down the north arm, drifting off the Barnsdale steep bank. Ken recorded the best fish on the day a 3lb rainbow. Ken went out again on Thursday with his regular boat partner, Ryhall’s Jim Watts, recording another eight fish between them. Boat anglers are taking a lot of fish in front of the lodge in around ten to fifteen feet of water. Other areas to try are New Zealand Point to the Sailing Club, Armley Wood to Carrot Creek.

Flies to try include fry patterns, minkies in grey, brown and white. Suspender minkies in the same colours. Humungus and floating fry. Nymphs – Diawl Bach, black buzzer and pheasant tail. Suggested lures are black tadpole and cats whisker. competition news: The Winter Bank league runs until 23 November so why not come along next Saturday and have a go. Fishing is from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm – register at the lodge from 8.30 am.

forthcoming events: Fur & Feather – Sunday 1 December Ticket only – available from the fishing lodge until 24 November. Don’t

miss this event. Christmas hampers to be won, plus prize for all from the ‘table’. Christma meal follows match. Telephone 01780

686441 now to get your ticket tackle shop open winter hours for the tackle shop are: 7 days a week 9.00 am to 3pm

Ravensthorpe Reservoir Pike anglers have enjoyed some excellent sport this weekend with five fish over 20lb, the best fish weighed 29lb.Rapidly rising water levels and favourable overnight temeperatures have seen trout moving back into the margins, feeding around the sunken weedbeds on snail, hog lice and bloodworm. Bank anglers should watch for small groups of diving duck working together over the weedbeds. Cast alongside with PTN, Diawl Bach, buzzer and bloodworm imitations. The best areas for bank anglers are the domes and dam.Slow minkies on slimes and Hi D’s are picking up some superb silver rainbows from the boats. With the best areas being the island to Coton End.Ravensthorpe is open to bank anglers until 31 December. Boat fishing finishes on 17 November. Day tickets are available on site.

Pitsford Water Peter Bills, season ticket holder from Papplewick, Notts, enjoyed some excellent boat fishing this week with 7 fish weighing 16lb plus on Wednesday. Other boat anglers are also taking good catches with ruddering producing good results. Fish are probably only 2-3 feet deep and they are feeding on Daphnia and Corixa with some on fry.Pitsford Water’s senior warden Nathan Clayton says ”Bank anglers are enjoying excellent sport on floating line and nymphs (GRHE and Corixa) pulled very slowly or intermediate lines with tubes and minkies. A useful tip is not to wade as the fish are very close in.”Boat fishing will continue 7 days a week until the end of November 9am – 4pm. This includes both trout and pike fishing. forthcoming events: Winter bank League – continues 17 November and 1 December.Fishing 9am to 1pm (register at the lodge from 8.30am). Top overall weight and best fish over the 4 weeks win Christmas hampers.Fur and Feather - Sunday 24 November. Ticket only – available from the fishing lodge until 17 November. Don’t miss this event. Christmas hampers to be won, plus prize for all from the table. Followed by hot meal at the White Swan, Holcot. Telephone 01604 781350 now to get your ticket tackle shop open winter hours for the tackle shop are:Friday 9.00am – 2.30pm Saturday and Sunday 9.00am – 3.30pm

Grafham Water Alan Taylor of Grafham village caught the best rainbow of the week. Alan took the 6lb 5oz specimen on a Diawl Bach off the Long Bank. The quality of the fish at the moment is second to none with most of the fish averaging around the 3lb mark, the majority of bags include at least one 4lb specimen. Anglers are reporting good fighting fish in prime condition.

Plenty of fish are being caught from around the edge of most of the north shore. With G Buoy point as well as Rectory Bay still being the favoured hot spots if the wind allows. Hedge End and the Long Bank and Church Bay are producing some very good quality fish. Plummers, Gaynes Cove and the Harbour Arms continue to fish well.Boat anglers are catching fish right out in the middle of the water with fish being taken on small black dries even on mild days. Plummers, G Buoy Rectory Bay and Long Bank are other good areas.The main line of attack for bank anglers and boat anglers is minkies on either a floater or slow sinker back up with a small Diawl Bach or nymphs on the dropper.Boats are still available for pike and trout fishing until 1 December.forthcoming events Fur & Feather – Sunday 8 December Ticket only – available from the fishing lodge until 1 December. Don’t miss this event. Christmas hampers to be won, plus prize for all from the ‘table’. Christmas meal follows match. Telephone 01480 810531 now to get your ticket tackle shop open winter hours for the tackle shop are Tuesday to Sunday inclusive 9.00am – 3.30 pm

Ardleigh Pike fishing at Ardleigh is going well with the bigger fish now putting in an appearance. Largest of the week goes to Tony Bundock from Tiptree with a 21lb specimen. Dead sea bait from the boats proved successful. Duncan Coltman and his son Tom had a number of double figure fish from Pine Point with the largest tipping the scales at 18lb. There have also been some good bags of roach and perch with Damian Curtis reporting that Pine Point has fished particularly well. Although match weights have only been around the 4-6lb range all anglers have caught and the matches have been closely fought competitions. The special mid-week offer of a boat and permit for just £15 for an individual or £20 for two anglers will continue until Christmas. Boats should be booked on 01206 230642

Barnsfold Water near Chipping Lancashire, fishing much better now due to water temperature cooling. Bob Wilkinson had a nice 8lb10oz rainbow on a sunk line with a small cats. quite a lot of tigers being caught between the 3-6lb bracket. still a few fish being caught on buzzers but mainly sunk line with small lures, ie cats, black & green and orange.

River Ribble Its been a big river on several occassions which will do a world of good at this tme of the year, especially with all the lwaves coming off the trees. Chub are the number one species at the moment with swim feeder rig and gentles being the top way of fishing. Several anglers catching eight to ten chub a session which is good fishing. Water Temperature on Sunday was 46 degrees F Barbel to 7-6-0 being caught Ribchester area well worth a visit if your a member of Prince Albert AC Try the Post Office length

River Aire The river over the past few days has been up several feet which is good news, hopefully it will continue to have a couple of feet of extra water for some time to come. Water temperature on Monday was 48 degrees F The Golf course length and downstream is the top area. This stretch of river is controlled by Keighley AC and Bradford NO I AA day tickets for Keighley water available from KL Tackle in Keighley at £2-00 a day Stephen Ainscow fished this stretch of river Keighley AC water catching vhub to 5-9-0 on cheese paste now thats a good chub from anywhere. I fished the river on Monday it looked excellent but I didn't catch pricked two fish missed three bites baits used bread crust, flake and cheese.

River Kennet Barbel Society member John Found, sorted out the Kennet barbel on his latest visit. He started off with a barbel of 11.05, followed this up with a 10.00, a 10.05 and then a small one about 51/2. Brian Watson fishing near Newbury had five barbel between 6lbs and 9-4-0 all on boily baits. Brian also had a good chub of 5-2-0 on luncheon meat.