Hilary Tomlinson was top rod on week 12 of the popular Tuesday Night Boat League.  Rich Cooper is league leader with Keith Jones closing the gap in second place.

Fish 500 (season 29,908 ) Returns 146 (5,410) Rod average 3.42 (5.52)

Anglers fishing from the boats are enjoying the best sport at Rutland Water with the majority of fish being caught out in open water, especially the main basin around X and V buoys. Fish are also showing off New Zealand Point to the Sailing Club. A few boat anglers ventured down the arms and these anglers caught fish. One example was season ticket Graham Pearson who caught a Brown of 5lb plus from the South Arm whilst rudder fishing with Cameron Neil. Big fish are starting to show around the weedbeds and in shallower water.

A lot of fish being caught at the moment are tremendous conditioned bars of silver and fighting really well. John Seaton and Paul Friend experienced these fish last Friday with nine Rainbows up to, and around, 2¾lb. Paul also returned a Brown estimated between 4½ and 5lb. Popular guide Al Owen boat fished the same day, encountering 20 fish. Unfortunately Al lost two really good fish; one of these straightened the hook out down the South Arm; the other off the North side of the peninsula took plenty of fly line and backing before coming unstuck in a weedbed.

Bank anglers managed some fish from the peninsula and the Sailing Club to New Zealand Point with fish coming to dries and fry patterns.

Organised by Rutland Water Flyfishers – ‘Dave’s Open Weekend’ on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th August offers have a go sessions at casting and fly tying. There’s also the chance to go out in a boat and catch a trout. For more information please contact Dave Porter on 01780 722065 after 6pm.

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League.

Hilary Tomlinson was top rod on night 12 of this popular league. Hilary took five fish with Keith Jones in second place with three fish and Rich Cooper in third with three fish. Keith took the best fish of the evening with a fine 3lb 1oz Brown earning him his third free mid week boat voucher of the series.

Current standings see Rich Cooper in the lead with 86 points, Keith Jones has made up ground and lies second with 78 points. Third is Neil Squires with 39 points.

The Floating line pairs match has been rescheduled for Saturday 23 September. Match hours will be 10am to 6pm. This is a strictly floating line competition with no midge tips etc.; loch style (drifting boats) with no fly restrictions and no time bonus. Usual boat and permit prices apply plus £10 pool money per boat. With this match being fished in advance of the AWAI final on 3 and 4 October it could prove a valuable indicator of useful tactics!

Stocking continues with 2,000 more fish released last week bringing the season’s total to 62,600; just under half of these have been reported as caught and 16,357 of them were returned to the water. Fish are feeding on snails, corixa, fry, daphnia and a few buzzers, with some fish moving over the weedbeds, look out for bird movement. Terns and gulls are a good indicator and also groups of swans are feeding dislodging moving items like corixa, fry, snails etc with these fish often feeding in close by them.

Great news for our senior anglers
In addition to our popular 'Senior Tuesday' we are now adding a 'Senior Thursday' for the rest of the Summer season. On these days anglers over 65 can take a 2 man boat for £19 or a single man boat for £14. Our 6 fish and c&r senior permit can be purchased 7 days a week.

Summer sale at our tackle shops
Up to 30% off the marked price across our Rods, reels and clothing ranges! Get in quick as the sale ends 31 August.

Enjoy the last hours of the day from the bank or a boat this Summer!
Sunset Boat £10
Sunset Permit (1 fish + c + r ) £10
Offer available from 4.30pm

Best Brown                           5lb plus taken by Graham Pearson.

Best boat areas                     Main basin (open water) plus bottom of both arms producing on some days, fish around weedbeds.

Best bank areas                     Peninsula, sailing club to New Zealand Point, Normanton.

Best methods                        Bank – Floating line with nymphs, dries, fly patterns.
Boat – As for bank but include midge tips, slow sinking lines, hoppers, fab’s

Mid week boat winner           C Hudson of Rotherham.

Fish stocked                          2,000.

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
12 & 27 August; 10,16 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
Anglian Water Loch Style 4 man team 9 August
English National 1-3 September
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September
Floating line pairs 23 September