Congratulations to the thirteen teams who fished in the Grafham Water Championships last weekend for achieving a fantastic rod average of 9.

Fish 983 (season 17,939) Returns 142 (2,910) Rod average 6.9(6.16)

This week’s rod average is a fantastic 6.9. With the unseasonal conditions putting the trout in a feeding mood whether you are on the bank or fishing from a boat a limit can be achieved, although fishing styles will vary. We hosted the Grafham Water Championships at the weekend. thirteen teams took part and recorded a fantastic rod average of 9.

Some good fish have been taken this week including a 4lb Rainbow taken by Mr Speller. Steve Battle also managed a 4lb 2oz Rainbow along with a 4lb 13oz Brown. The best fish of the week was a cracking 5lb Brown taken by Mr Shaw.

Boat angling this week has been mainly on the westerly side of the reservoir with the greatest success being found in and around the trolling area. This would suggest that any algal bloom has finally cleared from the area, with fish returning in numbers, hungry for your flies. More luck is to be had pulling with blobs, fabs and boobies on intermediate lines with the fish more likely to take on a medium fast retrieve. However, there have been a number of reports of good dry fly fishing in the ripple, not forgetting we are in the daddies season, with crunchers and hoppers still taking fish too. A return in form for the bankside drifting is seeing many taking fish on shrimp imitations, though please be cautious of bank anglers during your drift.

Some great form for the banks this week has seen fish produced from most areas of the reservoir, caught on dries, shrimp and lures. Most are fishing midge tips or floating lines and can be located on the dam, Willows, G Buoy, bank, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm and the Stumps. Though try those harder to reach areas for a surprise or two like Pig Bay or off Hedge End. Many bank anglers are reporting fish taken at their feet so ensure you cast before you start to wade.

Competition news
Grafham Water Championship

The highlight of the week was the Grafham Water Championship. This match is open to the best teams from the Regional Finals that didn’t win a place to fish in the Anglian Water Airflo International final at Rutland Water.

78 anglers representing thirteen teams came forward to fish for a generous cash prize along with tackle prizes. The conditions on the day were perfect (if a little blustery) with overcast skies, decent ripple and a little rain. The anglers did not fail to take advantage of the conditions and all headed straight out into the open water on the west side of the reservoir and began drifting towards the dam. There were 12 limits of 14 fish with over 50% of the anglers managing at least 7 fish on the day.A huge number of fish were landed for a colossal rod average of 9 for the day.

Some good fish came to the scales with Si Morris of Greylags FFC taking a cracking Rainbow of 3lb 12oz, although he was just beaten to the biggest fish of the day with David Kemp of Perth RASC taking a 4lb Brown. The best bag fell to Anthony Cartwright fishing for FNF Nymphomaniacs with a huge bag weighing 32lb 11oz.

The Nymphomaniacs won by a generous margin. The Shamrogues from Eire took second place – an outstanding performance as this is their first year fishing the AWAI. Northern Drifters were only a few pounds behind in third place.

1st   FNF Nymphomaniacs                  82 fish for 180lb 1oz
2nd   The Shamrogues                         71 fish for 149lb 1oz
3rd   Northern Drifters                         60 fish for 125lb 14oz
4th   Alba Orvis                                   58 fish for 119lb 7oz
5th   Soldier Palmers A                        57 fish for 116lb 9oz
6th   Tartan Tyers                                57 fish for 116lb 9oz
7th   Weald of Kent                             58 fish for 115lb 14oz
8th   Greenwell Persauders                   55 fish for 112lb 15oz
9th   Bewl Chingley Chompers             48 fish for 97lb 6oz
10th  Greylags FFC                            46 fish for 93lb 9oz
11th  Team Vision                               43 fish for 91lb 9oz
12th  Perth RASC                               34 fish for 69lb 3oz
13th  Team Foxons                              33 fish for 66lb 12oz

Coming soon - A new competition – the Grafham Shrimp Masters.
A winter league to be fished from the bank across five dates with your three best results submitted. The six fish limit no catch and release match will be fished between 9am and 3pm with prizes for the best bag on the day and of course the top three and best fish of the league. Further information can be obtained from Grafham Fishing Lodge with no booking necessary.
Dates (all are Sundays) are as follows
12 November; 10 December, 17 December 2017
14 January, 28 January 2018

Best Rainbow                      4lb 2oz taken by Steve Battle.

Best Brown                          5lb taken by Mr Shaw.

Best boat areas                    Rainbow Point, the Dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy),
the Seat, in front of harbour, west bank and Hill Farm.

Best bank areas                   The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon, harbour arms, Sludge Bank, Perry Point and Deep Water Point.

Mid week boat winner          Mr Homer of Coventry.

Forthcoming events
Whilst our Summer Senior Thursday offer has ended customers over the age of 65 can still take advantage of our ever popular Senior Tuesdays

Predator fishing at Grafham Water
Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure fishing 1 – 30 September
Lure & dead sea bait 1 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses 23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14, 29 (Pike) October
B C Hall 5 October
AMFC 7 October
Fry Feeders Match 22 October
Grafham Shrimp Masters Bank League starts 12 November
Grafham Fur & Feather (bank) 26 November