With this season's Tuesday Night Boat League well under way Richard Cooper made a return from injury to win last week's match in convincing style.  Keith Jones retains his lead in the overall league just ahead of Hilary Tomlinson.

It's been a mixed week at Rutland Water with the main basin providing on/off results.  The current rod average for boat anglers is 4.56. Earlier last week in the very hot weather there were lots of fish on the surface with a mixture of blobs, boobies, nymphs and dries accounting for fish. However, fish switched off this diet mid week. This was mainly due to the aerators being turned off all of last week and with the wind finally turning back up again from Wednesday onwards the majority of hot/warm was blown into the main basin. The few anglers who ventured up the arms found fish and one or two of these were feeding on this year’s huge pin fry shoals.

Bank anglers have found fish off both shorelines of the main basin, at Normanton and Sykes Lane. The current rod average for bank anglers is 2.08. Season ticket holder Bill Coppin, from Norfolk, caught some quality fish on dry fly. There were a number of Rainbows and Browns fry feeding.

Toff Crowther, from Oakham, fished the shallows of the arms and banked some quality fish last Thursday.

Mid week boat winner        Mr G Faithfull of Portsmouth.

Fish stocked                       2,000.

Tuesday Evening Boat League
Week six of this popular league saw the return from injury of Richard Cooper. Richard won in convincing style with eight fish. He also won the free mid week boat for the biggest fish by the narrowest of margins from his good friend Keith Jones. Richard took a Rainbow of 2lb 2oz just ahead of Keith’s best fish which weighed 2lb 1 7/8 oz. Keith retains the current lead in the league just ahead of Hilary Tomlinson.
A competition date for the diary is the Over 50’s boat match on 29 July (9am to 5pm).

Army Championships
Rutland Water recently hosted the Army Championships over two days.
The best Rainbow was taken by Jim Wright and weighed 3lb 4oz. Jamie Thomas landed the best Brown at 3lb 13oz.
Unit Team won by 7 Scots weighing in at 23lb 6oz; runners up Army HQ – 14lb 9oz.
Cap Badge won by Royal Signals 26lb 5oz; runners up RRS 23lb 6oz.
Open won by Pumpers & Handsane 29lb 10oz; runners up Potch GHOO 28lb 11oz.
Best Newcomer Chris Liburd – 13lb 8oz
Associate Fergie - 32lb 8oz.
Serving - Gerry Rattray 33lb 1oz.

Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Highlights of this special weekend will include
• Boat and bank permits £10 (2 fish C&R)
• Day boats £15 (8am to 5pm)
• Win a 2018 Gold Season Ticket in our 40 tagged fish competition.
Also on Saturday only
• ‘Have a go’ Fly fishing sessions (10am to 4pm)
• Fly tying demos
• Commemorative cake cutting – 6pm
• Charity Auction in aid of Air Ambulance and Cancer Research (6pm)

Other forthcoming events
Beginners courses 1,9,16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
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