Grafham Water Fur & Feather Match (24 November)

Mark Haycock (previously a ranger at Grafham Water) was top rod with a 6 fish limit weighing 19lbs 11oz taken from the dam, using a chamois leather and bead fly under a four foot bung.

Tim Joyce was second with 5 fish weighing 17lbs 14oz taken from the lodge bank.

Grafham Water Fly Fishers’ Association Winter Plate

Was also held on the same day and was won by Dayood Sheik – congratulations to him.

Hinckley Shield 2019

Grafham Water hosted the annual bank fishing competition on Sunday 27 October, with 8 six man teams vying to win the coveted Hinckley Shield.

Fished in good conditions and with a rod average of 3.27, Grafham Water was at it’s winter best, with a total of 157 fish being caught overall.

This year’s winning team was Elinor with a combined weight of 61lb 10oz; all six team members contributing to the total.

Hinckley Shield Victors – Elinor with Invicta’s David Moore (right) last year’s winners.

Second was Rutland Water Fly Fishers and third, Invicta A.

Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association team were in fourth place with 21 fish.

Heaviest fish was a rainbow of 4lb 5 oz caught by Mark Searle.

Well done to all the anglers, who enjoyed a post match meal and prize giving at the fishing lodge.

The John Maitland Trophy (GWFFA v RWFF)

The John Maitland Trophy Sunday 1st September 2019. 

This is the annual fishing match between Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association (GWFFA) and Rutland Water Fly Fishers (RWFF) in memory of John Maitland from Rutland.  24 anglers fished the event at Grafham Water. Despite a bright and breezy day, a total of 86 fish were caught with a rod average of about 4. There were some tidy bags of fish. Chris Mcleod (RWFF) and Roger Hurren (GWFFA) caught well drifting from the seat towards G buoy using blobs fabs and nymphs.

The fish were in the top two feet of water. Mark Brinkman also caught well drifting from R buoy to Hedge End using similar tactics. Some anglers opted for quieter waters along the West shore and caught some quality fish that contained buzzer, shrimp, hog lice and lots of water boatmen (corixa). One of the fish a superb brown trout of 5lb 14oz caught on a shrimp by Martin Brocklebank. A presentation meal was held at the fishing lodge. 

Result.

1st Team RWFF 44 fish for 98lb 8oz

2nd Team GWFFA 42 fish for 93lb 3oz 

Individuals.

1st Mark Brinkman 7 fish for 16lb 0oz

2nd Chris Mcleod 8 fish for 15lb 15oz.

3rd Roger Hurren 8 fish for 14lb 14oz. 

Best 4 fish was Mick Connor with 4 fish for 10lb8oz

Best fish 5lb 14oz brown trout caught by Martin Brocklebank

Results of Boat Match Saturday 14 September

14 GWFFA club members fished the 3rd final boat day of the season at Grafham Water. The match was fished to a 4 fish kill and 4 C&R.  The anglers were greeted by a flat calm and bright sunshine. A light breeze picked up by late morning and despite the conditions some nice bags of fish were taken. David Spall had 7 fish by lunchtime at the South end of the dam on shrimp patterns. Most anglers fished floating lines, midge tips or slow intermediates with blobs, fabs or boobies with nymphs or cormorants fished on a washing line. The fish were in the upper layers of the water. Well done to David Spall who went on to win the day with Andy Linwood in runner up spot. 57 fish were caught with a rod average of 4.07. 

Result

1st David Spall 8 fish for 19lb 15oz

2nd Andy Linwood 7 fish for 14lb 1oz.

3rd Roger Hurren 7 fish for 13lb 9oz. 

Best 4 fish was David Spall for 11lb 15oz

Best fish was a nice rainbow of 3lb 9oz caught by David Spall.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 8 September 2019

Grafham Water 

Fish 422(Season 11,541) Returns 85 (2,655) Rod average 4.96 (4.34)

It’s been a fantastic week at Grafham with a rod average of 4.96 and some excellent sport. In particular the change in fortune for bank anglers is really welcome. A large number of fish are being taken from the Willows on the north end of the dam using shrimp patterns and hares ear. One bank angler caught 13 fish from the bank, arriving early and casting into the wind his struggles more than paid off.

Encouraging reports have been reaching us regarding the corner at Gaynes Cove; bank anglers are once again catching their limit with the hares ear and shrimp pattern. One angler said it had been the best sport he had enjoyed in years.

Boat fishing is also good, rewarding those who are willing to keep changing their approach and methods. Sixteen fish were caught by one boat in just three hours.

The weekend has been exceptional and included some great match action as Grafham Water hosted the prestigious Scierra Pairs. 

Competition news
Scierra Pairs final
7-8 September (including time bonus)

63 boats containing 126 anglers headed out on to the water. Paul Kitchen and David Hoppe were the first pair to bag up at 13.30pm (with each angler catching their 8 fish limit). With a 10am start they enjoyed an incredible morning! The pair were placed third overall. Sixteen pairs recorded bag limits with Rob Edmunds and Matthew Griffiths winning the match with a total weight of 44lb 1oz including time bonus (they weighed in at 14.00). Christian Jadouille and Geert Janssens recorded the best fish at 4lb 3oz.

1st      Rob Edmunds & Matthew Griffiths       16 fish for 44lb 1oz

2nd    Gareth Jones & Wayne Jones              16 fish for 43lb 

3rd      Paul Kitchen & David Hoppe               16 fish for 42lb 3oz

4th      James Simpson & Toby Bracey           16 fish for 41lb 2oz

5th      Christian Jadouille & Geert Janssens    16 fish for 40lb 14oz

6th      Mike Kayes & Phil Cotton                    16 fish for 40lb 5oz

7th     Fen Oakley & Malcolm Hunt                16 fish for 39lb 6oz

8th      Carl Williams & Sion Davenport          16 fish for 38lb 11oz

9th      Alex Johnstone & Dave Johns             16 fish for 38lb 4oz

10th    Steven Peart & Stephen Smalley        16 fish for 38lb

The predator anglers have been enjoying continued success. During the past week plenty of good perch have been caught, one angler had travelled from Kent and left with the happy memory of a 4lb Perch and a massive smile on his face. The Zander are being caught but they seemed to have slowed with reports suggesting that they seem to have moved from their usual haunts or it’s possible that they are also just being awkward to catch. We suggest trying by the tower late on in the afternoon with pink jigs.

We have some good news for our predator anglers with a new deal for those anglers willing to set their alarm clocks early. Starting on Wednesday 18 September we will be opening the gates at 6.30am exclusively for predator anglers on four consecutive Wednesdays ending on Wednesday 9 October. For more details contact Grafham Water Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531. This will be a prepaid and pre-booked arrangement so please contact us to ensure you secure a place.

Forthcoming events

England Youth Flyfishing National Championship 15 September.

This is open to anglers aged 12-17 years. For more information visit www.anglingtrustevents.net

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 15, 20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 14, 22 & 29 October; 5 November. 

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 1 September 2019

Grafham Water 

Fish 337 (Season 11,119) Returns 108 (2,570) Rod average 3.1(4.37)

This week’s weather did take an unfortunate turn following the previous week’s fantastic catch results with a strong wind and high temperatures discolouring the water. However, as always the water came through and justified its place as the home of reservoir trout fishing.

Many anglers enjoyed some good sport, particularly from the boats, adapting to the weather and searching for the areas with clearer water. There were many good catches using lures such as humungus, as well as snakes. These flies were not needed to be moved fast and have accounted for a number of browns over 5lb by the Willows and ahead of the Dam.

Last week’s stocking made a big impact for those happy to catch stockies, particularly as the week went on, with the change of wind direction allowing the water clarity to vastly improve sport, from both the bank and boat. One angler in particular had a great week with his return recording 25 fish, 16 of which were returned safely to the water to grow on and fight another day.

Everyone at Grafham is looking forward to this coming weekend as we will be hosting the Scierra Pairs match and we wish all the competitors well and good luck

Predator anglers had eagerly anticipated 1 September and the morning dawned with perfect conditions and some sleepy eyes! The many expectant and restless anglers finally had their chance to set off for the first day of their season. You could feel the excitement and anticipation in the chilly early morning breeze.

The Polish Angling Club had 50 anglers in 25 boats competing for their annual predator match, targeting mainly our fantastic zander and plentiful perch. Every boat caught and a large number of decent sized predators were brought to the boat and released in good condition.


A few good pike were caught breaking the magical 20lb mark. Let’s hope that this good sport and care for the fish continues well into the season. The changing weather brings the inevitable, yet irresistible autumnal feel of this wonderful season. And our determined anglers are ready to face the challenge it brings.

As ever we are here to help so please let us know if you have any questions regarding the fishing at Grafham Water.

Competition news

The John Maitland Trophy Sunday 1stSeptember 2019

Grafham Water hosted the annual GWFFA vs RWFF match on Sunday 1 September.

Martin Brocklebank kindly sent the following report.

“This is the annual fishing match between Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association (GWFFA) and Rutland Water Fly Fishers (RWFF) in memory of John Maitland from Rutland.  24 anglers fished the event at Grafham Water. Despite a bright and breezy day a total of 86 fish were caught with a rod average of about 4. There were some tidy bags of fish. Chris McLeod (RW) and Roger Hurren (GW) caught well drifting from the seat towards G buoy using blobs, fabs and nymphs. The fish were in the top two feet of water. Mark Brinkman also caught well drifting from R buoy to Hedge End using similar tactics. Some anglers opted for quieter waters along the West shore and caught some quality fish that contained buzzer, shrimp, hog lice and lots of water boatmen (Corixa). One of the fish, a superb brown trout of 5lb 14oz was caught on a shrimp by Martin Brocklebank. A presentation meal was held at the fishing lodge. “

Result

1st  Team RWFF 44 fish for 98lb 8oz

2nd Team GWFFA 42 fish for 93lb 3oz 

Individuals

1stMark Brinkman           7 fish for 16lb 0oz

2ndChris McLeod             8 fish for 15lb 15oz

3rdRoger Hurren             8 fish for 14lb 14oz

Best fish 5lb 14oz brown trout caught by Martin Brocklebank

Fish stocked: 2,000.

Forthcoming events

Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September

England Youth Flyfishing National Championship 15 September.

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 14, 22 & 29 October; 5 November.