This week has seen personal bests and friendly rivalry with fantastic sport and a change in weather completely changing the fish’s appetites.


Although there have been mixed weather conditions this week, ranging from ideal overcast days, to torrential downpours, the fishing has held up well with sport still being found in almost all spots around the reservoir. Buzzers seem to be the main diet; black/olive, small olive and light green. The best methods seem to be straight lining the bung on a floating line or washing line with a floater or midge tip.

Dries have been working through the day with bank anglers reporting good movements of fish well in to the evenings. Various colours of Shipmans, CDC and Bob’s bits are doing the business. Other items on the menu have been snails, last year’s roach fry and corixa. Lure anglers have been favouring tube flies, humungus, boobies and blobs on various sinking lines.

Notable catches this week have been Ken Salmon’s 6lb 5¼oz brown narrowly beating regular boat partner Tony Storey’s 6lb 4 1/8oz specimen. Martin Blakeston caught a Brown estimated at 9lb 8oz, which he proudly showed Ranger Nigel Savage on his phone. These 3 fish were found in the south arm and fell to buzzers.

Roland McKendrick caught his personal best brown at 7lb from the main basin on an olive buzzer which had been tied by his boat partner Brian Bonner.

Competition news
Rutland Water Fly Fishers John Wadham Trophy Friday 19 May
This match was fished on a wet evening in poor light. It was a good result considering the fish have been proving hard to catch in the evenings, despite rising in all quarters of the lake, being preoccupied on adult midge. The winner of this match was Colin Best with four fish for 10lb 1oz. Two of Colin’s catch, from Whitwell Creek, weighed over 3lb. David Moore was second with 4 fish for 9lb 9oz. David took the best fish of the match – a 3lb 5oz Rainbow. Third place went to Neil Squires with four fish for 9lb. The most effective methods were buzzers and dries. Thanks go to Peter de Kremer for organising the match.

Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
Despite mixed fishing conditions on Saturday – torrential rain and sunshine, the first match of the Rudder series took place. 6 boats went out with Yvonne Webb and Simon Lehane walking away with the winnings. 16 fish for 41lb 7oz beating the 2nd place guys by 10lb. Roy Bartrum and his son Colam had 13 fish for 31lb 6 ¼ oz, 3rd place went to Chris Binley and boat partner, Chris stole the show with a solo effort of 6 fish for 17lb 3oz.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
26 May;3, 14 & 18 June; 1,9,16 & 22 July and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441
EFFA 6 July Steve Ottridge 07788 605016
AWAI North of England Final 10 July
Rutland Water 40th Birthday celebrations 15 & 16 July
Anglian Water Over 50’s Match 29 July
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August