Grafham Water is in superb form and we are seeing some big specimen fish.  The best fish of the week was a 6lb 4oz Rainbow taken by Mr Blakeston.

Fish 252 (season 16,713) Returns 59(2,698) Rod average 4.3(6.19)

A fantastic start to September with Grafham’s rod average at 4.3 and the fish are more mobile and can be found in most areas of the reservoir.

Some cracking fish have been landed this week with one fish pushing the season’s best Rainbow and another over 5lb. The best Rainbow of the week was a superb specimen of 6lb 4oz landed off the dam on a diawl bach by Mr Blakeston. Mr Hazell managed a lovely 5lb Rainbow. Steve Battle’s fantastic form continues and he took 17 fish to the boat on olive damsels, with most over the 3lb mark. Steve has kindly offered to share his advice for the week – his fly of choice is the damsel and his ‘hot spot’ would be around ‘S’ buoy.

Boat angling has produced the majority of fish this week with many falling to surface flies and floating lines. Crunchers, hoppers, diawl bachs, nymphs and dries seem to be producing the larger bags, with lures steadily catching up. Shrimp fishing is beginning slowly, particularly near the Willows and the bowl of the dam, though some of the holes in the weed are well worth fishing off Sanctuary Bay and Hill Farm. Areas along the south shore are beginning to fish much better, including in front of the harbour and along to Perry Point with good fish being around the Seat, Sludge Bank and Gaynes Cove.

Bank angling is beginning to pick up now the algal bloom has moved away from the west side of the reservoir with good bags being caught from the dam, Gaynes Cove, the Willows, Marlow Arm, G Buoy and Pylon Point. Other areas fishing well include the Seat and Sailing Club Bay. These areas are much better fished early or late in the day when the water is cooler. Floating lines along with FAB’s, hoppers, diawl bach and shrimp are the more common flies on show at the moment, although don’t forget the fry patterns either.

Competition news
John Watts competition

The challenging conditions made this a very close and exciting match. Eleven teams from across the country fished.
1st  New Haylie FF          17 fish; best four fish 36lb 3oz
2nd  Swale                       11 fish; best four fish 23lb 12oz
3rd  North Kent               11 fish; best four fish 21lb 10oz

Predator fishing
James Aris writes “I'd just like to say a big thank you from myself and the lads from SHUK and the Perch Hunters Club for looking after us on our annual get together. Day one produced quite a few decent perch to our members and some nice zander to myself, day two proved tougher but still perch were caught in good numbers. Our members dream of having a British Record holder among our ranks whether it be a roach or bream, perch or pike.”

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
14 January 2018
28 January

Best Rainbow                    6lb 4oz taken by Mr Blakeston.

Best boat areas                 Rainbow Point, the dam, open water drifting, particularly west side of reservoir (M Buoy), Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, Hill Farm.

Best bank areas                The Seat, south shore, south dam, Pylon and Deep Water Point.

Mid week boat winner       Nick Wright of Northampton.

Fish stocked                      2,000.

Forthcoming events
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 17,23 & 27 September; 1 (Pike),6 (Pike), 14, 29 (Pike) October

Grafham Water Championship (by invitation) 15 & 16 September