One of the best fish of the week was a 6lb 8oz Brown - taken by John Wadham of Oakham in John's words  “The 6lb 8oz Brown I caught last week is a personal best since 1998".

Fish 2,027 (season 22,373) Returns 430(3,303)Rod average 4.61(6.77)Anglers have enjoyed a healthy rod average at Rutland of 4.61 for the week. The bottom of the South Arm with Manton and Lax Hill produced a number of Rainbows between 3 and 5lb. Anglers are opting for the imitative approach of buzzers, crunchers and diawl bach on floating lines. As you would expect these big over wintered fish are not easy to catch and therefore patience has been a key part of the session.

John Wadham writes “The 6lb 8oz Brown I caught last week is a personal best since 1998 and was caught on a size 16 dry Bob’s bit 10m out from the bank. I also had one of 5lb 8oz; chased the fish up and down the bank.
This is turning out to be the best season for decades.” Bank anglers are reporting lots of fish moving late in the evening, often within a few feet of the bank and dry fly is working well. Fish are feeding on adult buzzer.

There are still good numbers of buzzer and olives hatching down the bottoms of both arms. Vast areas of the reservoir are producing fish including the Finches in the North Arm, Armley Wood and Barnhill. Anglers have also reported good numbers of daphnia feeding fish in the open water of the main basin, orange being the key colour whether in the form of blobs or snakes – fished on a variety of sinking lines. The fishing lodge harbour frontage to East Creek is also holding a lot of fish, best targeted on dark nymphs and floating/midge tip lines.

The best Brown of the week was a superb specimen of 6lb 14oz falling to the rod of S Derby of Sheffield.

Not trout related – but there are reports of quite a few large bream into double figures falling to nymphs, surprising a lot of anglers when they come to the surface.

The hot weather has made conditions challenging at times but fish have generally still been found in the top three feet of water.

Competition news
Retired head ranger John Seaton held his annual Hunt Service Competition on 22 May. 38 anglers caught 135 fish between them with the best Rainbow falling to ‘Chalky’ at 4lb 8oz. This was also the biggest Rainbow of the week. The best Brown of the day fell to Neil Bailey with a 4lb 2oz specimen. Best bag of the day went to John Farnsworth with 8 fish for 17lb 7oz, Peter de Kremer was second with 8 fish for 16lb 11oz and third place went to Ken Shaw with 8 fish for 16lb 10oz.

The best boat pairing went to Peter de Kremer and Angus Smith with 16 fish for 32lb 9oz. Local father and son pairing John and Ben Farnsworth were second with 13 quality rudder caught fish for 30lb 4oz. Terry Wright and Olly Shepherd weighed in 16 fish for 29lb 10oz to take third place. All credit to John Seaton who took 8 fish for 18lb 2oz but sportingly relinquished the top rod position in his own match.

Week three of the Tuesday Night Boat League saw Graham Measures take best bag with 6 fish for 10lb 4½oz. Second place went to Geoff Wanless with four fish for 7lb 7½oz and third place went to Neil Walsh with three fish for 5lb 12½oz. The biggest fish of the evening was a solid 3lb Rainbow falling to the rod of season ticket holder Rob Teasdale.

Best Rainbow                      4lb 8oz taken during John Seaton’s match.

Best Brown                         6lb 14oz taken by S Derby of Sheffield.

Midweek boat winner          Mark Newton of Market Harborough.

Fish stocked                        6,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
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