It's been an outstanding week at Rutland Water and we have witnessed some exciting sport in the final of the Anglian Water Airflo International

Fish 3482(season 41276) Returns 952 (8192) Rod average 3.65 (5.03)

Costa rule the waves!!
Flyfishing Costa ‘A’ Team won a closely contested Anglian Water Airflo International final last week.

Day One saw Gateshead Flycasters in the lead with 44 fish for 88lb 4oz. This was the team’s first appearance at the International final, having qualified at the Scottish Day heat held at Menteith in June. Flyfishing Costa A lay in second place with 37 fish for 84lb 6¼oz and the 2016 champions Change Flyfishers AC weighed in 37 fish for 76lb 14¾oz for third place.
On the first day Rutland Water fished to a rod average of 4.97. Pablo Mullings of The Renegades took the best Brown, a lovely 4lb 41/8oz specimen. The best Rainbow weighed 4lb 5 7/8oz and was landed by Craig Barr fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs.

Day Two of this challenging match saw a change in fortune for some of the top contenders. The overnight leaders Gateshead Flycasters could only manage 13th place with Change AC going one better in 12th position. The results on Day Two were incredibly close at the top with Flyfishing Costa A (second overnight) leading with 32 fish for 62lb 10 3/8oz, just ahead of New Angling Patriots who took 30 fish for 62lb 8 5/8oz and Team Airflo (fifth overnight), third with 32 fish for 62lb 5 1/8oz.

Top rod on Day Two was Sean McCaffery representing Shetland Anglers Association with a bag weight of 19lb 15oz. Nick Dunn of Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs weighed in the biggest fish a lovely Brown of 6lb 1oz. There were some stunning Browns brought to the scales throughout the match. Spare a thought for Cameron Neil (Renegades) who had already caught his one permitted Brown and had to return a superb Brown estimated in double figures. The best Rainbow on Day Two weighed 3lb 9½oz and went to Willie Simpson of Menteith Ospreys

Competition organiser Jon Marshall said “Yet again we’ve seen some outstanding performances across the board. It’s always a delight to welcome teams from far and wide to fish in this match and we’re already taking entries for the 2018 competition”.

Announcing the final results in reverse order at the presentation dinner, Jon Marshall kept the teams in suspense. Gateshead Flycasters took the bronze medals in third place overall, just behind Team Airflo who won silver and the team triumphing to take the gold medals was Flyfishing Costa A.

Back in early April Flyfishing Costa A were behind the pace and just managed to qualify at the North of England heat hosted at Rutland Water. They went on to win the North of England final in July and returned to Rutland to be crowned worthy champions at the International Final.

Team members Iain Barr (captain), Graham Hayward, Ben Race, Rick Cooper, Paul Runec and John Buchanan, put in excellent, consistent performances against the 23 other top teams. At the awards dinner following the second day of competition the team was presented with gold medals, the coveted silver salver, £1500 cash and tackle prizes. Over the two days the team weighed in 69 fish for 147lb 5/8oz.

Second placed Team Airflo, pulled up from fifth place on Day One to win silver, with 70 fish for 136lb 3oz. The team consisted of match top rod Scott Graham, Phil Cotton, Mike Kayes, Andrew Lewis, Gary Haskins and Simon Gurney. Gateshead Flycasters, top team on Day One, were presented with bronze medals weighing in 66 fish for 134lb 2 1/8oz. Team members were Bradley Chalmers, Ben Robertson, Greg McLaren, Derek Hessett, Neil Barrett and Stewart Barclay.

The prize for top overseas team went to Belgium and was won by Fly Fishing Forever who took ninth place overall.

The top individual rod was Scott Graham, fishing for Team Airflo. Scott recorded an impressive 37lb 4 5/8oz at the scales. Just behind, by the narrowest of margins, in second place was Sean McCaffery fishing for the Shetland Anglers Association who weighed in 16 fish for 37lb 4½oz. Paul Collict fishing for Welsh Hawks B weighed in 15 fish for 31lb 4¼oz to take third place individually.

The best fish caught during the International final weighed 6lb 1 1/8oz, this superb Brown fell to Nick Dunn fishing for Flash Attack Reservoir Dogs. Steve Peart of Ospreys was awarded the WaterAid trophy for the heaviest fish caught during the competition. Steve caught a 9lb 12oz specimen whilst fishing the Northern heat at Stocks Reservoir in June.

The Green Peters, who made the long journey to Rutland from as far afield as Galway, sportingly accepted the wooden spoon awarded for 24th place.

Full team and individual results can be viewed at www.anglianwater.co.uk/leisure/awai-team-final.aspx 

The open water of the reservoir saw the vast majority of fish caught with mainly Rainbows around the 2lb mark.

Autumn Pairs match fished Saturday, 7 October.
This match was open to all with two categories – rudder and non rudder (ie drifting or anchored boats). The limit was 16 fish per boat and included two Brown trout. There was no time bonus and no catch and release. There was a surprising bias in favour of the rudder section with 13 out of the 17 pairs opting to fish this method. The event fished well with a good breeze blowing for the rudder section.
Big Browns played a big part in this event plus there were a number of good silvered up Rainbows.
There were thirteen specimen Browns with two at 3lb; seven of 4lb and one each of 5lb and 6lb, plus many more that were returned or lost. Jim Hunter from Yorkshire caught at least 10 Browns whilst fishing with his Dad Malcolm who lost a really big fish.

Rudder section
1st Mark Haycock & Graham Pearson              16 fish for 33lb 8oz
2nd Mick Bennett & Ian Dalby                          15 fish for 28lb 2½oz
3rd Al Owen & Roger Gill                                 16 fish for 27lb 0½oz

Best fish                                 4lb 14oz Brown taken by Dan Pitcher (fishing with Jon Marshall. Jon had 1 4lb Brown).

Non Rudder Section
This was won with a very impressive 12 fish (including the best fish a 6lb 3oz Brown for Cameron Neil).
1st Keith Jones & Cameron Neil                                       12 fish for 31lb 8½oz
2nd Graham Willis & Paul Mitchell                                     5 fish for 14lb 13¾oz
3rd Jim & Malcolm Hunter (inc 2 Browns for 7lb 13oz)      4 fish for 12lb 6¾oz

Prospects look good with plenty of fish including lots of Rainbows out in the open water. However, anglers aiming for specimen Rutland Browns are in for a treat as we are seeing significant numbers being caught close to the reservoir’s shoreline. Rutland has earned its current reputation as the country’s leading Brown trout reservoir.

Best Rainbow                                           4lb 5 7/8oz taken by C Barr

Best Brown                                               6lb 1 1/8oz taken by N Dunn

Best methods                                          Bank – Fry patterns, nymphs.
Boat – Fry patterns, (bigger fish), mixture of lures/boobies, tubes.

Best boat areas                                       Open water from South Arm, Sailing Club to the Main Basin. Middle of North Arm.

Best bank areas                                      Normanton, Peninsula, Sailing Club to New Zealand Point, Old Hall.

Mid week boat winner                            Gary West of Knossington.

Forthcoming events
Predator fishing at Rutland Water – Pike, Zander and Perch only

Predator fishing on the fly to 31 January 2018
Lure and dead sea bait 6 October 2017 to 31 January 2018

Beginners courses 15 (Pike), 21 & 28 October.

Fry Feeders Match 22 October
George Moore Memorial Trophy (Rudder) 28 October
Rutland Fur & Feather (bank) 3 December