Grafham Fishing Reports

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 8 November 2020

Fish 366 Returns 73 Rod average 5.01
Grafham Water has been enjoying some much needed settled weather over the last week or so. Prior to the second Lockdown boat fishing has been quite productive. Unfortunately, for the time being during this second period of lockdown, all boat fishing has had to close. We hope to resume again after 2 December. There are a considerable number of fish tight into the margins and it has been said that the best fishing at Grafham is from the bank.

Good conditioned fish are being caught regularly by the determined bank angler, undeterred by the cold and the required early starts. Use shrimp or fry patterns and don’t be afraid to pull the lure and twitch it through the water. One angler found over forty zander fry in the stomach contents of a 5lb rainbow. These fish are feeding and they are there for the catching so long as you are prepared to put the time in.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 1 November 2020


Fish 541 Returns 101 Rod average 5.35
The fishing at Grafham has been highly unpredictable this week although enjoyable and productive for those willing to try different methods and Grafham recorded a rod average of 5.35 for the week.
Boat anglers are landing fewer fish having struggled to fish correctly due to the adverse weather conditions; particularly the high winds which forced boat fishing to stop on Saturday. Despite this fish have been caught from the boats, but it’s been tough going. Those who managed to find fish caught high and those who didn’t find the fish, caught nothing at all. Several boat anglers bagged up with one angler catching and releasing 16 rainbows up to 5lb. The methods have been varied with some anglers reporting fish still close into the bank feeding on the shrimp and fry patterns, while others have favoured the more traditional hares ear or diawl bach.

The bank fishing for many has remained at a very good standard. All through the week anglers have been enjoying good sport from the north shore when the wind allows. Again, the best method would appear to be the shrimp or small fry patterns.

On Saturday Grafham hosted the Hinckley Shield bank match. The high winds forced most anglers onto the south shore; this had originally caused some concern amongst the anglers, but it didn’t stop them catching. With a total of 257 fish recorded for the match and a rod average of 4.3 we would like to pass on our congratulations to Invicta E. This team recorded the winning bag of 36 fish for 88lb 9oz. With ten teams of 6 anglers competing Invicta E managed a full house. Second place went to Elinor with 77lb 4oz and Pitsford Pastors were third with 69lb 14oz. The biggest fish of the match weighed a hefty 4lb 10oz. Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and made the event such a success.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 25 October 2020

Fish 473 Returns 90 Rod average 5.25

Fishing at Grafham continues to be of a consistently high standard. With the previous week’s rod average a fantastic 7.6 this week’s average of 5.25 is still good, and the reduction is probably down to poor weather conditions which prevented the usual number of boat anglers taking to the water.

Fish are still to be found close into the banks. Bank anglers have been catching on shrimp patterns and small fry patterns. One angler said he had been catching from the dam wall using a small perch pattern. If lures and the good old roly poly don’t float your boat then try a black snail or a small nymph on nothing more than a size 14 hook, keep it still, keep it slow.

One Grafham regular had two nice rainbows up to 5lb right from the harbour arms, using a snake he kept the line low in the water and the trout nailed the lure just as he was going to lift it from the water for a re-cast on both occasions. Again, reinforcing the fact that the fish are still to be found close to the banks feeding on the shrimp and snails.

Predator anglers have found a slight improvement over the last couple of weeks, although it is still relatively hard the perch and the zander have started to bite again. The water temperature is still relatively mild with fish in the east side of the reservoir in about 20-25 feet.

Grafham Water will be hosting Perch Mania this weekend (31 October and 1 November) and all boats are booked.

Shrimpmasters – Grafham’s socially distanced annual winter bank league November 15, 22 & 29; December 6,13 & 20; January 10 (7 Sundays, best of 5).
Register outside the lodge (socially distanced). Fishing from 9am to 3pm. Fished across 7 Sundays. Trophy awarded for the overall winner based on their best 5 days. Points awarded down to 8th place with blankers getting 1 point.

Beginners Courses: 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 20 October 2020

Fish 614 Returns 83 Rod average 7.3

Anglers are enjoying excellent sport at Grafham Water with a rod average of 7.3 and consistent quality rainbows in the 3-5lb range; don’t miss out on the excellent fishing that anglers of all abilities have been experiencing, Grafham is the place to be.

Bank anglers have been capitalising on the shrimp feeding rainbows that have moved into the shallows. The area along the north bank leading from Hill Farm to Savages has been fishing its head off, all at close range just feet from the bank. The stealthy angler can see the rainbows feeding and chasing prey in just two feet of water. Use little fry patterns or shrimp, even use daddies and the fish will nail them!

The dam has also been fishing well; one regular angler has caught and released over 100 trout in the last seven days – outstanding! To those anglers who insist on wading out keep an eye on your ankles you may find the fish at your feet.

Peter Hartley, our senior fly fishing instructor, had a good day with two complete beginners. Following a morning of instruction in basic technique Peter took his two students along the bank at Marlow where one of the beginners hooked and landed his very first trout, weighing nearly 4lb.

Boat fishing is slightly harder but only in as much as keeping a good distance from any bank anglers as they are dotted all around the bank and getting close in is the key to catching the fish. Again, use shrimp patterns and lures.

Predator fishing has become quite hard on Grafham due to the very high levels of bait fish to be found in their millions! However, there are still good fish to be had with one angler catching two 4lb plus perch in the space of ten minutes (two bites all day and two new pb’s)!

Forthcoming events:
Shrimpmasters Annual bank league
November 15, 22 & 29; December 6, 13 & 20; January 10 (7 Sundays, best of 5)

Register outside the lodge (socially distanced). Fishing from 9am to 3pm. Fished across 7 Sundays. Trophy awarded for the overall winner based on their best 5 days. Points awarded down to 8th place with blankers getting 1 point.

Beginners Courses: 24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian Water Fishery report w/e 4 October 2020

Fish 325 Returns 65 Rod average 5.0

Grafham Water continues to fish well for those who are willing to put the work in. The variable weather which included some rather extreme winds and wind direction have played havoc with any form of standard technique, with the tactics needing to be changed throughout the day in order to hook the fish.

For the boat anglers the two best spots at the moment are the entrance to Savages and the whole of Gaynes Cove and around A buoy. These areas are undoubtedly holding fish although getting them to bite has been tricky, Savages has been working well high up in the water even daddies have been working well. A buoy requires determination and constant changing of tactics, they are being very finicky with their feeding habits. Of course don’t forget to try G Buoy if you are struggling the fish have been caught there closed in by the bank anglers.

Bank anglers have been enjoying the newly opened spaces and swims that the rangers and volunteers have been working hard at developing over the past few months. Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, the Seat and Hill Farm have all been extensively cut back creating far better bank fishing opportunities, so get out there and have a go.

Beginners Courses: 11,15,24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Fur & Feather
 22 November

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 27 September 2020

Fish 395 Returns 68 Rod average 5.8

Grafham has fished well again this week with a rod average of nearly 6.

Early in the week there were a lot of fish caught close in at Savages from the boats with the trout coming to foam daddies in either brown or orange. With a favourable wind fish could be found from the mouth of Savages all the way along Sanctuary and on into the Stumps. With the wind now coming from the north and east you can do the same drift in reverse.

There are also fish showing off the points along the north shore, particularly Hedge End, Pylon and Deep Water Point. Daddies have fished well all week either dry or just sub surface and tweaked back. Bank anglers are using similar tactics with the north end of the dam fishing well.
Now that we are getting winds from the north and east we expect good results from G Point, Coves, Deep Water, Pylon and Hedge End. There are also some fry feeders moving in the harbour – these are usually susceptible to a size 8 humungus or a mini snake.

The predator anglers are still to be found in the usual spots at the towers or along the line of the pipe that runs between them – this produced a large number of perch up to 2½lb to one angler this week. The pike and zander fishing remains an unknown quantity with little information coming in to us.

Competition news
Angling Trust Loch Style Autumn Series Match hosted by Grafham on Sunday 20 September. 44 Anglers fished this match which was the only match to be held from the original series of 12 matches, making this a one off final.

The blue skies and north easterly wind greeting the competitors provided far from ideal fly fishing conditions. Many anglers had been out and practiced in the run-up to the match and this was evident at the 10am start when there was a two-way split with the boats. Half the fleet headed to the north east side of the reservoir from G Buoy to the Willows and the other half focussed on the north west side from Sanctuary Bay into Savages Creek.

The format on the day was a timed catch and release match where the times of the first three fish caught by each angler were recorded on a score card with a maximum catch of 20 fish. The scorecard, along with the briefing documents were emailed out to all competitors prior to the match. A live Facebook boat draw, no weigh-in and the results announced on Facebook live ensured anglers, organisers and staff were kept safe in the current Covid 19 situation.

The fish were keen to feed and many anglers caught in the first hour; with the earliest Grafham rainbow recorded at 10.08am.

Size 12 red dries saw one angler taking his first three fish by 10.18 fishing in Sanctuary Bay and Savages. By 12.15 this angler was on seven fish and his boat partner was on three. The eventual runner up was on 7 fish at 12.45 and into fish at P Buoy, fishing a slow glass line with a black booby on the point, cormorants on the droppers and a small blob on the top dropper. 

Another boat pair were also catching well targeting resident fish in the weedbeds at Sanctuary. They fished tip lines catching trout up to 4lb in weight with a black bejusus booby, black hopper, black muskins and an orange foam daddy working well.

However, it was the long drifts from G Buoy/Marlow Stones/Willows down to the south end of the reservoir where the winner caught his 18 trout.  Along with his boat partner he caught close in at first but as they drifted further out they found pods of fish and focussed on these pods. He fished a slow glass line with two small FAB’s and two Hare’s Ear Nymphs. 

Results

1st 18 fish

2nd 15 fish

3rd 12 fish (1st fish 10.24am)

4th 12 fish (1st fish 10.40am)

44 anglers caught 269 fish for a rod average of 6.1


Detailed results are available at www.facebook.com/anglingtrustcompetitions/

Beginners Courses: 4, 11, 15, 24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian water fishery report w/e 21 September 2020

Fish 618 Returns 129 Rod average 4.8 

Grafham fished well again this week with a rod average of nearly 5.

Early in the week there were a lot of fish caught close in at Savages from the boats with the trout coming to foam daddies in either brown or orange. (There is little room here for bank anglers at the moment, but we are hoping to do some bank clearance work here soon.) With a favourable wind fish could be found from the mouth of Savages all the way along Sanctuary and on into the Stumps. With the wind now coming from the north and east you can do the same drift in reverse. 

There are also fish showing off the points along the north shore, particularly Hedge End, Pylon and Deep Water Point. Daddies have fished well all week either dry or just sub-surface and tweaked back. A washing line also continues to work the hares ear and red Diawl Bach on the droppers and a daddy or fab on the point. There are some fry feeders about as well, mini snakes and popper fry are picking these better fish up from along the weed beds that are dying back, especially in Savages, Gavnes and the North end of the Dam.

For bank angler’s similar tactics with the north end of the Dam fishing well.
Now that we are getting winds from the north and east we expect good results from G point, Coves, Deep Water, Pylon and Hedge End. There are also some fry feeders moving in the harbour – these are usually susceptible to a size 8 Humungous or a mini snake.

The predator anglers are still to be found in the usual spots at the towers or along the line of the pipe that runs between them – this produced a large number of Perch up to 2½ lb to one angler this week. The Pike and Zander fishing remains an unknown quantity with little information coming in to us.

Fish stocked: 1,000

Beginners Courses: 24 September; 4, 11, 15, 24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September

Fry Bashers 17 October

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian water fishery report w/e 14 September 2020

GWFFA Boat match on Sunday 13 September 2020
22 anglers fished a boat match on Grafham with a 4 fish kill and 8 fish C&R. Despite the breezy day and bright sunshine there were plenty of fish caught. The winning angler fished near Savages Creek and Sanctuary Bay finding his 12 fish, which tipped the scales at 25lb 3oz, close to the surface on daddies and nymphs. The fish were in a narrow band over the broken weed beds. Runner up Charlie Abrahams caught his 23lb 14oz 12 fish bag around B buoy to Deep Water and Pylon Point using a foam daddy and nymphs. There were plenty of fish caught on floating and midge tip lines on daddy longlegs and nymphs across open water near the North Shore. Fish are still high in the water. 116 fish were caught for a rod average of 5.3. Best fish was a rainbow of 3lb 8oz caught by Dayood Sheik. 

1st Chris Bobby 12 fish for 25lb 3oz
2nd Charlie Abrahams 12 fish for 23lb 14oz.
3rd Steve Cracknell 10 fish for 20lb 8oz. 

The best 4 fish were taken by Martin Brocklebank for 11lb 12oz

Beginners Courses: 18 & 24 September; 4,11,15,24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September.

Angling Trust Autumn match Sunday 20 September. Cash prizes on offer for the top four anglers on the day. This is an individual, 3 fish retained then catch and release match where you will be paired with another angler in the boat.

Fry Bashers 17 October

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 7 September 2020

Fish 370 Returns 144 Rod average 2.6
Grafham continues to provide some excellent sport not only for the trout fishermen but with the start of the predator season, keen specimen hunters were chomping at the bit, looking to achieve personal bests on the big pike, perch and zander lurking below the murky depths of Grafham. 50 boats went out first thing on Tuesday 1 September, unfortunately conditions were far from perfect, very light winds and bright blue sky, perfect for cricket but a real struggle for those pursuing their chosen quarry. However, those in the know managed to land some decent sized pike up to nearly 30lb. Two enormous perch both weighing well over 4lb were reported with photos supporting the claims. The zander, a firm favourite with many Grafham anglers were very elusive, but later in the week two decent fish were landed weighing 8 and 12lb.

Trout fishing continues to be very popular with no let up through the historically quieter months. The dam being favourite for the bank fishermen, producing good sport early in the mornings and then again in the evenings. Two days of very bright sunshine pushed the fish out once the sun got up, only to fall into the range of the boat anglers who regimentally patrolled the ‘boils’ picking them off at will.

Very few Brown trout are showing at the moment, but judging by the amount of fry in the harbour and the big balls of bait fish showing on the finders, it will only be a matter of time before the Brown action starts.

The north shore has been very dirty this week with the blue/green algae being present, spoiling any opportunity for the bank anglers wishing to wade.

The majority of trout have been taken on floating lines and the best sport is to be had using popper fry across the top pulling with short, sharp bursts. There has also been some dry fly fun as well particularly at the mouth of Savages Creek and from the West bank.

2,000 quality Rainbows were stocked on Wednesday, all in the region of 2lb. They will soon pile on the weight, gorging themselves on the abundance of killer shrimps and fry; so pick up the phone, book a boat, buy a permit and have the time of your life.

Beginners Courses: 13,18 & 24 September; 4,11,15,24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September

Angling Trust Autumn match Sunday 20 September. Cash prizes on offer for the top four anglers on the day. This is an individual, 3 fish retained then catch and release match where you will be paired with another angler in the boat.

Fry Bashers 17 October

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 31 August 2020

Fish 422 Returns 110 Rod average 3.8
Grafham has continued to produce stunning quality fish this week. Like most waters Grafham has had some difficult days due to the weather with high winds and torrential rain. Those anglers who picked the better conditions or braved the worst of the elements were well rewarded with some quality fish. Lots of Rainbows over the 4lb mark in stunning condition have been reported.

The boat anglers have enjoyed good sport with snail feeders off the weedbeds around the mouth of Savages and along the north shore. While the bank anglers continue to do well off the south end of the Dam. As usual shrimp patterns and diawl bachs are working from the bank and dries are working from the boats. When the wind allows the lanes downwind of the boils have fished well and Gaynes Cove round to the Dam late and early from both bank and boat.

With the wind swinging round to the north, the north shore will fish well from the bank especially from the points – Deep Water, Pylon Coves and of course G with shrimp patterns and snakes doing the business.

There are a lot of Perch fry about especially in the harbour so expect the larger overwintered fish to turn on to these soon especially once the weed starts to die back. A floating fry popped across the surface over the weed bed will pull some fish in.

Beginners Courses: 13,18 & 24 September; 4,11,15,24 & 30 October; 6 November and 5 December. To book please call the lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September.

Angling Trust Autumn match Sunday 20 September. Cash prizes on offer for the top four anglers on the day. This is an individual, 3 fish retained then catch and release match where you will be paired with another angler in the boat.

Fry Bashers 17 October

Fur & Feather 22 November

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 24 August 2020

Fish 431 Returns 85 Rod average 5.0

This week at Grafham has been all about the Dam for both boat and bank anglers. The overall rod average is 5 which reflects the level of sport which is excellent especially in the south corner and around A buoy.

The bank anglers have been enjoying a field day with numerous reports of 20 plus fish in a session. Even on the very windy days at the back end of the week – those brave enough to venture out and punch a line out off the Dam wall were well rewarded. The fish have been cruising along very close in, so it is vitally important to sit down and keep a low profile so as not to spook the fish. Anglers have been targeting passing fish in the clear water by dropping a shrimp pattern or a diawl bach in front of them and watching the takes. Even with the wind blowing onto the Dam and the water being a bit more coloured the fish are still close in and feeding

With the wind coming from the south and south west over the last week the north shore has been left unfished so if the wind turns to the north look to fish G, Deep Water and Coves Point as these areas had a good rest.

The boat anglers have had it good too in the area of the Dam, with the best drifts along Plummer bank to A buoy along to the south corner. The real hot spots for the boats have been in the wind lanes down wind of the Boils with lots of double figure bags. Washing line continues to be the method of choice with red diawl bach doing a lot of the damage on the droppers. The boils themselves are also producing to small black lures pulled on anything from a fast glass down to a Di5. As ever G Point continues to be productive.

Over the weekend of 15th and 16th August Grafham Water hosted the World Predator Classic England Qualifier. As always this was a spectacular event even with additional Covid-19 controls in place to keep everyone safe. The fishing proved to be challenging mainly due to the weather conditions in the lead up to the event. The hot weather increased the water temperature resulting in the sensible decision to remove the fishing for pike during the competition. After the first day on the water everything was still to play for, there were no clear leaders meaning everyone was still in with a good chance on the Sunday. On Sunday there were some good sized perch being caught, plenty of 4lbers and some good zander.

The weather again proved challenging and the competition ended slightly earlier than expected due to an almighty storm which brought the anglers in and also flooded the Visitor Centre and Cycle Shop! Despite the storm spirits were high and an outdoor, socially distanced results and prize giving ceremony took place outside the Fishing Lodge. 


Anglian Water is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a qualifier of the new Angling Trust Style Autumn Series at Grafham Water on Sunday 20 September. This is an exciting new competition where there will be cash prizes on offer for the top four anglers on the day. This is an individual, 3 fish retained then catch and release match where you will be paired with another angler in the boat.

Beginners Courses: 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events:
Predator lure fishing
 1-30 September

Angling Trust Autumn series qualifier Sunday 20 September

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 17 August 2020

Fish 654 Returns 125 Rod average 5.23
Fishing at Grafham this week has been challenging given the extreme weather variants. Strong bright sunshine, heavy rainfall, thunder and winds have tested anglers’ knowledge and skill. With the warm and bright weather, you might expect the fishing to toughen up, this has been true to an extent, however anglers have still been finding and catching the fish giving Grafham a healthy mid-summer rod average of 5.23.

The water has dropped slightly, and the clarity has improved since last week. Hares ears, shrimps, red diawl bachs, and olive buzzers have been successful with the dam proving the best bank spot and G buoy/the north shore providing some large bags for boat anglers.

Over the past couple of weeks GWFFA have been working with the rangers to clear popular bank areas which have become overgrown. A fantastic amount of work has been achieved in very hot conditions so well done to everyone who took part. Harts Bluff has been cleared and right round into Pig Bay. Two large gaps on the Stumps have been cleared and the Seat has been opened up and cleared providing considerably more bank space for this popular spot. Deepwater Point has been completely cleared and work has started on Pylon Point clearing all the brambles in the stone work and some of the brambles and prunus spinola on top of the bank. GWFFA are looking to continue this clearance work until the end of the year so look out for more dates for your diary. All volunteers are very welcome – it is not just limited to GWFFA members.

The weekend of the 15 and 16 August saw the prestigious World Predator Classic competition return to Grafham Water. With lots of social distancing measures and hygiene controls in place we were all delighted that this England qualifier competition was able to take place. BT Sports were filming the competition so watch this space for the broadcast date and results.

Best boat areas: G Buoy, North shore.
Best bank areas: 
The dam, Plummer, G marker.

Beginners Courses: 21 & 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 10 August 2020

Fish 659 Returns 105 Rod average 6.2

The warm, bright weather conditions have made fishing challenging this week. Despite this our anglers have still been finding fish and recorded a rod average of 6.2 for the week. During the first part of the week the fish were to be found just a few feet under the surface. This held true, even out in the middle of the reservoir and anglers who had been prepared to stick it out in the bright weather found themselves well in amongst the fish using midge tips and small nymphs. The boils have also been fishing extremely well with several boat anglers bagging up last Friday.

For those wanting to bank fish the best option will be fishing the dam wall early in the morning and late in the evening using a floating line and don’t be afraid to use dry flies or failing that a small hares ear.

Best boat areas: Mouth of Savages, Gaynes Cove, A buoy.
Best bank areas: 
The dam, Plummer, G mark.

Beginners Courses: 15, 21 & 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 28 July 2020
Fish 485 Returns 94 Rod average 5.16

Grafham Water continues to fish well with both boat and bank anglers cashing in on trout feeding hard on the migrating snails as well as some better fish coming to fry patterns.

The best boat areas are the mouth of Savages along Sanctuary Bank all the way along to Hill Farm and Pig Bay. With the fish high in the water cruising above the weedbeds, long quiet drifts along the weedbeds fishing dries or a washing line have scored well. Gaynes Cove continues to produce to similar methods with long drifts along the weedbeds along to A buoy at the south end of the dam which has been a bit of a hotspot. Blue flash damsels are a good alternative as they work as damsels and as a fry pattern.  If the boils are on, pulling black or pink snakes on a Di3 orDi5 will also work.

The best bank areas continue to be the Dam for a full day session or Plummers and G mark early and late. Dries work well early and late and the washing line works throughout the day. If the fish are not playing ball with the washing line then take the booby or fab off the point and try a damsel or fry pattern and speed up the retrieve.

As ever news of predator catches remains sketchy but there are plenty of boat bookings so they must be doing well. G mark will always produce good Perch as will the area in front of the harbour. Best Zander areas are the usual suspects with the two towers, L buoy and the area in front of the Sailing Club and the Seat still producing. We have had no news on Pike catches!

Beginners Courses: 9,15,21 & 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 19 July 2020
Fish 894 Returns 156 Rod average 5.1

Another fantastic week at Grafham with our ranger team struggling to remember a better seven days of fishing. A number of our anglers told us they had over thirty fish in one session. Fishermen of all abilities have been enjoying fantastic sport here, maintaining Grafham’s reputation as a premier venue.

For those who favour the dry fly there has been no better time than now, with countless reports of good fish being taken all the way from Savages along Hill Farm and the Stumps. The water being warm has created a lot of weed along these stretches, the best method being a slow drift pulling back hoppers or big reds over the top of the weed, this can be frustrating fishing as if you’re not careful you will snag the weed, but if you keep it up you will find that the fish are feeding in amongst the weed and will rise to the fly. This being the case anglers have been enjoying some wonderful sight fishing. The Seat and Gaynes Cove have also been producing high quality fish with impressive tails that fight like demons when hooked.

Bank fishing has seen some great results, with one angler finishing the week with 56 fish. The dam wall has been producing along with Plummers and the Harbour Arms, if you struggle with the dries revert to a washing line using something small like a hares ear.

Beginners Courses: 31 July; 9,15,21 & 29 August; 13,18 & 24 September and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 12 July 2020

Fish 625 Returns 84 Rod average 7.4

Grafham continues to provide a fantastic opportunity for some superb sport. With the changing conditions over the past week we have continued to see bumper catches from most areas of the lake to many different methods. With a rod average of 7.4 who would have thought we are in July!

On Saturday GWFFA enjoyed a social club day in ideal conditions. With members netting some real quality fish around the 4lb mark. England Ladies fly angler Lianne Frost led the way showing why she is one of the top lady anglers. Lianne, fishing with her partner Chris Bobby, fished over the weedbeds along the Sludge bank and Gaynes Cove where fish were feeding heavily on fry. Both caught their 12 fish limits and many more besides. Lianne also reported releasing a number of large fish. Other anglers caught 12 or more fish. Gaynes Cove was certainly the most prolific area with anglers using the washing line with either floating or midge tip lines using a booby, fabs and nymphs. There were plenty of fish caught near Hill Farm and Pig Bay using the same method and these tended to be bigger fish. There were fish through the middle of the lake but these were well spread out. A rod average of 6.8 was recorded.

Red holographic diawl bachs continue to produce the better fish, but hoppers and dry flies have also started to catch the fish, particularly in the early evening.

If you are planning a visit any time soon have a chat with one of the rangers before you head out and pick up the latest information regarding the best spots and methods as the forecast for warmer weather is likely to influence conditions.
Best Rainbow: 
5lb 12oz.


Best Brown: 
7lb 2oz.


Best boat areas: 
For big fish go to Hill Farm, Gaynes Cove and the Seat.

Best Bank areas: The Seat, south end of the Dam.

Fish stocked: 2,200.

Beginners Courses: 31 July; 9,15,21 & 29 August and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 5 July 2020

Fish 344 Returns 54 Rod average 6.3

Despite challenging conditions Grafham has continued to produce good sport over the past week. There have been lots of bumper catches taken from most areas of the lake to many different methods. Diawl bachs continue to produce the better fish, but hoppers and dry flies have also started to catch fish, particularly in the early evening.

The West Bay to the left of the pontoon has fished very well as has Gaynes Cove and the Seat. One Angler fishing the West Bay bagged up by 11am and reported pretty much a bite a chuck all on red diawl bachs. 

Bank fishing seems to have slowed down a bit but this is probably due to high winds making it difficult to reach the fish. However, one angler decided to fish static shrimp into the wind at G buoy and was rewarded with 8 cracking fish in a short amount of time. There have been some notable captures over the past week including a 7lb 2oz brown taken on a pink booby. 

If you are planning a visit any time soon we recommend talking to a ranger upon your arrival to pick up the latest info regarding best spots and methods, as the strong winds are moving the fish about on a daily basis.

The rod average for this week is a very respectable 6.3 and we would expect this to remain at a similar level over the coming weeks.

Best Rainbow: 5lb 12oz.
Best Brown: 7lb 2oz.

Best boat areas: West Bay.

Best Bank areas: North shore/the Seat

Beginners Courses: 10,16 & 31 July; 9,15,21 & 29 August and other dates throughout the season. Please call lodge on 01480 810531.

Fishery report w/e 28 June 2020

This past week at Grafham Water has produced some fantastic sport from both the bank and the boat. Although hot weather and large algae blooms have made the fishing harder, many anglers have found the fish and reported some bumper catches. Red diawl bachs and green damsels have worked particularly well as have small fabs cast to showing fish.

The deep water of the dam has made it a particularly good spot for bank fishing during the hot weather and many anglers have been catching well throughout the day, so if you are planning a bank session give it a go.

If boat fishing then the aerator near the dam has been in great form and many anglers have been bagging up by lunch whilst drifting over the top. Although the fishing has slowed up a bit compared to the previous weeks the rod average is still a very respectable 6.5 and many of the fish caught are fantastically conditioned bars of silver in the 3-4lb range.

Fishery report w/e 21 June 2020

Fish 722 Returns 118 Rod average 6.1

It is now nearly three weeks since we were able to re-open and without doubt Grafham has been a dream water to fish for many anglers. It is hard for us to put into words just how gratifying it has been hearing the positive and encouraging reports from anglers as they return to the pontoon at the end of the day. With one angler exclaiming “The best day’s fishing I have had in thirty years!” Anglers have been rewarded with quality fish like bars of silver with full tails and pulling like demons and a rod average of 6.1.

The best bank areas during a northerly wind continue to be all points along the north shore and the dam wall, particularly the bowl. However, the place to be during a southerly wind has to be either the Seat or the south end of the dam. Bank anglers are reporting that the most consistent method is the washing line with a fab on the point with small nymphs size 12 or 14 up the line.

If the dry fly fishing is more your cup of tea then the evening is the best time to fish. Boat anglers are best advised to use long drifts along the middle, especially well out from the north shore near buoys K,B,P and R. The aerator towers have been on, generating some good sport, during calm days again, do head for the points along the north shore. Don’t be afraid to use lures pulled quickly on the brighter days otherwise give diawl bachs and buzzers a good try.

Predator fishing has also been of a very high quality, with zander being caught regularly (that’s not to say that it’s easy by any means), using fast sinking lines with pink flies. Regular reports are coming in of catches up to 14 fish to the boat. So far we haven’t heard of any really big Zander being caught, again, that’s not to say it hasn’t happened. Reports of Pike and Perch catches are very slim on the ground with only small jacks being reported to us; however, the pike have had a longer rest than usual and it’s probably only a matter of time before someone hooks into something fantastic.

Best Rainbow: 6lb 2oz.

Best boat areas: All points and bays along the North shore.

Best Bank areas: G Buoy, dam, Marlow Stones.

Returns 79 Rod average 11.8

Fishery report w/e 21 June 2020

Grafham Water has continued to provide excellent sport again this week. Lots of exciting action both from the bank and for those lucky enough to have been able to book a very much sought after boat. (Numbers are still limited due to current regulations) 

Bank fishing, predominantly from the North Shore and The Dam, has produced some fantastic results. Not forgetting The Harbour Arms and The Stones at Marlow  for those who don’t wish to wade. Early morning and later in the evening is when the bank angler has ‘bagged up’ The water at Grafham is very high so there is plenty of bank available for all. 
Boats have had to come further away from the shore but have continued to catch a staggering number of fish.

Due to the continued stocking programme throughout lockdown and with the water being closed, the fish have been totally undisturbed resulting in outstanding fishing. The fish have piled the weight on, having been a good size to start with and are incredibly fit and strong. 

The fish are high up in the water even when the sun is shining and there’s no wind.  If they are a bit finicky, put a beaded fly on the point, maybe a Damsel just to take the flies a little further down.  ‘The Washing Line’ method continues to work with blobs and Fabs for buoyancy and old favourites like Hares Ears, Crunchers, Diawl Bach’s and pheasant tails on the droppers. Don’t fish too light though, we have had many reports of double hook ups and some treble hook ups too!

Throughout June, boats need to be booked and paid for in advance. And at this stage, single occupants only, unless fishing with a member of the same household. 

Come and see us soon for an unforgettable experience. 


Predator fishing is also in full swing fishing for Pike and Zander with the fly. This is quite a skill to master but once you have, the rewards are fantastic.
Predator fishermen are notoriously secretive about what has been caught and where but what has been deemed is that the pike are hiding but the Zander are coming out to play. 
If you feel like a change from catching quality hard fighting trout at Grafham try and catch a Zander, if you think you are good enough!!
See you all soon. 

Best Rainbow: 5lb 9oz
Best Brown:
 5lb

Grafham re-opened on Tuesday 2 June 2020 with a bang and a rod average for the first few days of 12.8.

The enforced rest has done the Grafham trout no harm at all with the fish in fantastic nick – fully silvered up with tails like shovels and fighting well above their weight with even 2lb fish often taking you to the backing. Lots of the fish are in the 3.5lb to 4.5lb bracket with a sprinkling of 5lb to 6lb fish. It’s difficult to find an area without fish from either bank or boat. The rod average of 12.8 reported for the first few days is probably an under estimate of the fantastic sport on offer.

Best bank areas are all the points along the North Shore with Hedge End producing some bigger fish and Deep Water Point and G Point producing the bigger numbers. The harbour arms and the jetty at Marlow are all producing and the Dam fishes consistently well throughout the day with the occasional bigger fish (5lb plus) in amongst them. With the winds set firmly in the north all week we haven’t had any reports of fishing on the south shore.

Best boat areas are again all along the North Shore from the Stumps to the Willows, particularly all the headlands and casting in towards the stone Gabions. We have had some cricket scores reported from these areas with 30 to 40 fish not uncommon. For a quieter time try dries in the mouth of savages where one angler reported over 20 fish to a sedge pattern.

Best methods – pretty much whatever technique you prefer. One evening last week a row of anglers at G point all caught fish with various methods – some pulling on Di3, some twiddling nymphs and buzzer, some using the bung, all the way up to big daddies.