It’s been another fantastic week at Rutland Water with fish being caught in many areas, from the bottom of both arms right through to the main basin.

Fish 2,151(season 10,402) Returns 322 (1,346) Rod average 6.68(7.72)
Multiple catches are being reported every day. Anglers seeking overwintered fish, rather than catching in large numbers, have been rewarded with fin perfect Browns and Rainbows of over 6lb and 5lb respectively. One angler doing just that was Toff Crowther who netted 8 fish for 27lb 4oz, including Rainbows up to 5lb 2oz. Toff has had seven fish over 5lb already this season.

Keith Jones is another angler experiencing a great season and has landed three fish over 6lb so far. This week Keith netted a Brown of 6lb 4½oz (returning another even bigger Brown) and added seven quality Rainbows for a bag weight of 29lb 12oz. Boat angler Iain Barr returned a Brown estimated around 6½oz. Both Keith and Iain boat fished the bottom of the Arms.

On the bank Nigel Savage caught and returned a 5lb 2oz Brown which fell to a slowly fished fry pattern off the Dam wall. Big Browns have been found in many areas plus there are good Rainbows in the 3-5lb range starting to show.

Fish are feeding hard on the heavy hatches of buzzer. However, some of the big fish are feeding in great numbers on snails.

Anglers are travelling from far and wide, including Aberdeenshire, the north east, Lancashire and Wales. Recently a group from the Leeds Fly Dressers Guild enjoyed a great day at Rutland with plenty of fish. Our three day boat packages are very popular. Six members of the Fly Tiers Club of Flanders travelled from Belgium and enjoyed three days of top fishing at Rutland with some superb Browns and Rainbows. Rutland Ranger Nigel Savage met up with the group organiser, Bruno Jannes, and offered some topical tips on fishing Rutland. Bruno said his group were very impressed with the fishing and they plan a return trip in September.

Last weekend the reservoir was busy and it was very rewarding to know that all 80 boats contained pleasure anglers, with no competitions whatsoever, a great testament to how well Rutland is fishing.

Many areas of the reservoir are producing fish with boats accounting for fish from the bottom of the Arms, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Sailing Club, the Main Basin, Church Bay and Barnsdale. Bank anglers caught fish from Yellowstone, Old Hall, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Barn Hill Creek, the Dam and Normanton.

A reminder that the popular Tuesday Evening Boat League starts on 9 May. Please call Rutland Fishing Lodge on 01780 686441 for more information.

Best Rainbow                                          5lb 2oz taken by Toff Crowther.

Best Brown                                             6lb 4½oz taken by Keith Jones.

Best boat areas                                       Bottom of either arm, Yellowstones, Old Hall, Sailing Club, Barnsdale, the Main basin, Church Bay.

Best bank areas                                       Normanton, Sykes Lane, Peninsula, Old Hall, Yellowstone, Barn Hill, Carrot Creek and East Creek.

Best methods                                          Bank – floating lines with buzzers, nymphs and dries on calm days.
Boat – as for bank, include midge tips, some using various sinking lines with large and small lures.

Fish stocked                                           2,000.

Midweek boat winner                             Martin Blakeston of Corby.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
 27 April; 7, 13, 19 & 26 May;3, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league commences 9 May
Dave Hodgson Memorial 7 May
Bob Church Classic 14 May
Anglian Water Rudder Match 20 May
EFFA 6 June
Anglian Water Floating Line 10 June 01780 686441
EDFF 5 July 01780686441