Don't forget Rutland Water celebrates forty years of fishing on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July. 

Fish 562(season 28,243) Returns 203 (4,765) Rod average 2.76 (5.92)

The top of Rutland Water’s North arm has produced some quality rainbows up to 5lb this week to both bank and boat. Dries have been the preferred method here with CDC in various guises and Bobs bits accounting for the majority of fish. These fish can be found in shallow water of 2 feet (or less!) and it is important to be as quiet and inconspicuous as possible with many coming blind to take the dries and proceed to empty backing off the spool.

Retail team member Dave Summers enjoyed a change from competition angling and had a pleasure day down the North Arm with Al Owen. Although not easy they both enjoyed targeting rising fish on dries with the pick of the bunch a mint 4lb plus specimen for Dave falling to a size 14 dry on the 5 weight.

Both Burley Reaches and Tim Appleton’s are holding fish, particularly of an evening. This type of fishing lends itself perfectly to the recently introduced ticket offer of £10 for the last 5 hours of the day - 1 fish limit + c and r.

Despite the hot weather good Browns are still showing with holidaying angler Paul Clydesdale weighing and releasing a 7lb 8oz specimen from the South Arm and 3 over 4lb recorded in the EFFA vs. RAF match held on Thursday. Food items on the trout's menu are varying from daphnia, small light olive buzzer, shrimp, corixa, and this years fry - some of which some are already 1-1/2 roach to 2 inch perch already.

The main basin has been providing sport to anglers fishing midge tip lines with booby/blobs on the point and nymphs in the form of diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants and hares ear being the most successful combination. The fish have generally been taken in the top 3 feet of water with a fast glass/di3 sweep working on more windy days. A feature of fishing the nymphs is less is more – a very slow/almost static retrieve has been the order of the day. Down the Normanton bank the blue pipes to Fantasy Island has been the most consistent and also drifts taken from the tower. These fish have not all been coming in open water though, a number of boats have reported taking fish within range of bank anglers so on the right wind Normanton bank is well worth a shot. A lot of fish can be seen on this year’s pin fry along the margins but are proving tricky to tempt, a lot of patience being the order of the day!

Bill Coppin and Alan Ward had a couple of days quality bank sport last week, a lot of fish moving greeted them on arrival at Stocky bay and dries and hares ear accounted for a number of fish for the pair. Shrimp have been seen in the fish this week in particular from the areas mentioned above, the hard substratum of these banks means they provide ideal habitat for all Gammarus species.

Competition News
Tuesday Night Boat League

Week 8
15 anglers went out with seven managing fish, top rod was Keith Jones with a very creditable six fish, second was Rich Cooper with three fish, and third Mick Bennett with three fish.
Best fish, and boat winner was Lincs angler Neil Squires with a 2lb 11oz rainbow.
The top six on the leader board are:
1st Rich Cooper 49 points
2nd Keith Jones 40
3rd Neil Squires 29
4th Hilary Tomlinson 20
5th Gary Cooper 18
6th Rob Teasdale 16
The free mid -week boat winner has been shared by seven different people so far, with Rich Cooper the only one to have won the prize twice.

Rutland Water hosted the English Fly Fishing Association vs. the RAF match on Thursday. Despite a ‘challenging’ day of practice on the Wednesday the 34 anglers achieved a rod average of 4.2 on match day with the reservoir really switching on. The RAF recorded 83 fish to EFFA’s 65, giving them a total weight of 173lb 10oz compared to 163lb 1oz for EFFA.

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                               4lb 12oz taken by D Ayre .

Best boat areas                          Main basin, Fantasy/Normanton bank,
Tower North Arm, Burley Reaches – Tim Appletons.

Best bank areas                           Finches, Normanton (pin fry), Burley,
Tim Appletons, East Creek.

Best methods                               Midge tip to fast glass (boobies, blobs and diawl bach, crunchers, cormorants).
Floating line, crunchers, diawl bach, hares ear. Bank dries, cdc and Bobs Bits.

Mid week boat winner                 M Riches of Melksham.

Fish stocked                                 3,000.

Rutland Water 40th Anniversary Fishing Weekend 15 & 16 July. Grab yourself a couple of days fishing at reduced prices. 

Forthcoming events
Beginners courses
16 & 22 July; 6,12 & 27 August;10,16 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season.
Tuesday Night boat league
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
English National 1-3 September
WaterAid 8 September
Anglian Water Rudder match 16 September