Last weekend our anglers joined in the celebrations to mark 40 years of fishing at this top venue.  With quality fish and birthday surprises making Rutland Water's big day.

Rutland Water celebrated forty years of fishing last weekend with quality fish and reduced boat and permit prices. There were also some fantastic raffle prizes to be won.

Scottish angler Colin McCloud took advantage of the offer and had a good day, taking a number of fish. Colin started boat fishing the South Arm and was rewarded with a cracking Brown estimated at 7-8lb, which he returned. He then moved into the main basin and caught more fish there with lures stripped quickly.

Local ‘young guns’ Toff Crowther and Graham Hayward enjoyed Saturday with Toff returning to the lodge with a Brown tipping the scales at 6lb exactly. He also returned another 4lb plus specimen. The pair also took good quality Rainbows up to around 3½lb. Toff and Graham used surface patterns, dries, and floating fry which attracted a lot of interest from the fish. They had some fish on sinking lines over the deeper water using a humungus. Graham also had the good fortune to receive a free boat for the day, winning one of the raffle prizes. Toff and Graham returned to Rutland on Sunday and found fishing a little more testing with Graham taking three fish – the best of which was a 5lb 2½oz Brown.

John Phillips was treated to a day’s boat fishing on Saturday – a 70th birthday gift from his son Paul and on returning home was greeted with a surprise birthday party. John then got a call from Robbie Winram at Rutland Fishing Lodge with the great news that he had won a Greys rod in our raffle. It was certainly a birthday to remember for John.

Mick Connor fished down the arms for an excellent brace of Rainbows that fell to dry fly. Boat anglers were reporting a lot of interest from fish following flies, but in general they are not feeding hard. Bank anglers have been taking fish out in some areas in the morning (in some cases as early as first light), with fish moving at both ends of the peninsula. The best fish recorded, caught and released by Nigel Savage, was a lovely 5lb plus Brown that fell to a suspender minkie. Around the margins fish are feeding on fry, corixa, snail and shrimp.

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League week 9

Cooperman strikes again!
Rich Cooper won last week’s match with three fish taken from the bottom of the North Arm. Keith Jones took second place with one fish.

Stocking continues with 2,000 Rainbows stocked down the arms recently.

For the second year in succession anglers have voted Rutland Water the best Stillwater in Britain in a poll conducted by Trout Fisherman magazine.

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.
Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.
Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm

Prospects look good with plenty of fish in the reservoir; settled cooler weather would be helpful. The aerators are currently turned off due to a fault in the pipeline.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Over 50’s Pairs Match 29 July
This pairs match starts at 9am fished to relaxed competition rules.
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September