Both the best Rainbow and the best Brown of the week tip the scales at 6lb plus.

Fish 1,128 (season 23,501) Returns 271 (3,574)Rod average 4.16(6.57)

The best Rainbow of the week weighed 6lb 7/8oz and was taken by R O’Brien whilst fishing with Tim Morrell and guided by Al Owen.

Fish have changed their feeding habits this week with the big hatches of the larger species virtually coming to an end. Boat anglers fishing the Main Basin have been catching numerous fish, including recent stock fish and a very good number of slim overwintered Rainbows. These are giving a very good account of themselves and feeding on masses of daphnia. Bank anglers are catching in some areas. However, those fishing into the evening are reporting lots of fish moving on the surface later on. Some of these are taking sedge but others are taking adult buzzers that are going back onto the water to lay their eggs.

There should be plenty of surface activity soon as this year’s pin fry are starting to show with reports of fish movement close in to the shoreline. Good patterns to try for these determined fish are small dries, hares ears etc, silver (pearl) ptn, fished on a short leader.

Fish are also feeding on the ‘demon’ shrimp. ‘Pink’ shrimp have also been sighted in the Harbour. However, some of the larger fish are feeding on crayfish and there was evidence of this in four of the 3lb plus Rainbows caught this week.

On the big fish front Mark Bowler, editor of Fly Fishing and Flytying magazine, caught and released a 6lb plus Brown whilst boat fishing in the South Arm. Mark also caught and released a mid double Pike which also fell to a black buzzer. Toff Crowther of Oakham returned Browns of 4lb plus and 6lb last week. Simon and Elliot Guthrie took eight cracking Rainbows for 21lb with crunchers. The pair took their fish down the bottom of the North Arm.

Weardale Fly Fishers fished Rutland at the weekend. They opted for the Main Basin rather than the Arms and enjoyed some great sport. Top rod amongst the group was Alan Moore with 11 fish for 21lb 14oz. Ian Malpass took the biggest fish a 4lb 4oz Rainbow.

Competition news
Tuesday Night Boat League

1st Keith Jones 8 fish
2nd Hilary Tomlinson 4 fish
3rd Chris Binley 3 fish.
The best fish on the night was taken by Chris Binley who won a free mid week boat for his fine 3lb 4½oz Rainbow.

RWFF Cutting Trophy Bank Match.
This was challenging and fished in a flat calm, with surface weed, and falling atmospheric pressure along with an abnormally high water temperature, now approaching 20C.

Congratulations to “Big” Dave Porter for doing so well in such testing conditions. He caught on hoppers from the South Arm. Peter de Kremer came second and claimed the prize for best fish which weighed 2lb 6oz. Despite the conditions there were quite a number of fish showing. No doubt the forecast strong winds will cool the water down and we will see a dramatic upturn in the fishing. Our thanks to Peter for organising the event and congratulations for netting the best fish.

1st Dave Porter             4 fish for 6lb 8oz
2nd Peter de Kremer   2 fish for 3lb 5oz
3rd Neil Squires           1 fish for 1lb 10oz

Prospects look good, although the big buzzers are now in shorter supply there are plenty of small buzzers including sedge and damsels and caenis at night. Expect to see a lot of surface action along the shoreline with this year’s pin fry attracting a lot of attention in any weather conditions.

At this time of year the fishery is busy so please book your boats in advance and check for availability on 01780 686441.

Best Rainbow                                  6lb 17/8oz taken by R O’Brien.

Best Brown                                     6lb taken by M Bowler.

Best boat areas                               Main basin, aerators, a few boats are heading down the arms.

Best bank areas                               Normanton, Sailing Club, peninsula

Midweek boat winner                     Peter Welton.

Fish stocked 2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
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