Fish 400 (season 9,917) Returns 107 (2,201) Rod average 3.73 (4.51)
The fish have certainly begun to switch on at Grafham this week with some anglers returning their limit and much more!
Some good results this week, with Mr Deacon managing a colossal 18 fish in a day – this was a sterling effort and way above the last few weeks’ rod average, well done. Others fishing well include Dennis Cooper, who landed 8 fish and David Portman, who recorded a cracking rainbow of 3lb 8oz – the best fish of the week.
Anglers are reporting fish up in the surface layers of water, particularly when the conditions are overcast, with most finding success on the washing line coupled with a floating line or midge tip. Muddlers, diawl bach and hares ears are the more common flies anglers are using, although lures on an intermediate line, particularly snakes, are seeing good results too.
Boat fishing is mainly up in the water although some will still be catching deep on a di5 or an 8 coupled with a lure. Those fishing up in the water on diawl bachs are opting for a very slow retrieve, whilst those on sinking lines are pulling as fast as they can. There are a lot of coarse fish fry on the move at the moment, particularly perch, so do try a pattern with a bit of black and green over the coming days. Drifting will catch you more fish than on the anchor at the moment, so if you are unsure on the techniques, feel free to approach a ranger for set up advice or guidance of best areas to target.
Bank fishing is improving too with the fish beginning to follow the shrimp into the shallow water. Wading will certainly increase your chances of bagging up, fishing the edge of the coloured water where the visibility is better. Grafham ranger Stuart, hooked plenty from Deep Water Point during the week, reporting shrimp or hares ears are the way to go. If you are bank fishing you will need to be active during the middle of the day, looking for feeding fish, although you can set out your stall for the mornings and evenings still!
Grafham hosted the EFFA versus the Army/Navy this week with 50 anglers battling it out. It was a close match won by the Army/Navy team. The EFFA caught 101 fish for 202lb and the Army/Navy netted 117 fish for 230lb.
Best Rainbow: 3lb 8oz taken by David Portman.
Best boat areas: Hedge End, Pylon Point, Deep Water Point, G marker, open water drifting, Sanctuary Bay, wind lanes and drifting off west bank.
Best bank areas:The dam, Deep Water Point, G bank, Hedge End, Hill Farm.
Midweek boat winner: Steve Moss of Peterborough.
Predator lure fishing 1-30 September
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
English National 15 & 16 September
Grafham Water Championship by invitation 22 September
BC Hall 4 October
Beginners courses 22 & 26 September; 5,13 & 28 October.
Fish 632 (season 7,324) Returns 112 (1,633) Rod average 5.6 (4.5)
Pitsford has had another excellent week with 112 rods catching 632 fish for a rod average of 5.6.
The best Brown of the week was a fish of 6lb 4oz caught by Mr Burdett, although it was closely followed by an estimated 6lb plus fish caught and released by Bob Aves and a 5lb 8oz specimen caught by Anthony Day. The best reported Rainbow weighed 4lb 8oz and was taken by Kent police officer Mark Edgeson-Wright who was fishing in a match.
As the water cools the fish are leaving the main basin and can be caught through the narrows. ‘C’ Buoy drifts down to ‘T’ buoy are productive with lots of good fish in the top three feet.
Floating and midge tip lines are working best with teams of flies including orange blobs and fabs and boobies, along with hoppers, dabblers and small dark nymphs. Fish are feeding round the margins on shrimp and small green snails and the bank is beginning to fish well. Dean Shilton caught eleven on the cliffs during an afternoon session, catching on a daddy and black and peacock spider.
Dave Jarvis had his customary three day holiday package and spent all three days at Pitsford catching and releasing over 30 fish up to 4lb.
Flies fished right in the surface are accounting for most fish with dries working well in favourable conditions. On Sunday in very blustery conditions Mick O’Farrell and his son David still managed thirty fish to the boat. Mick fished dries while David fished a ghost tip.
Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz taken by Mark Edgeson-Wright.
Best Brown: 6lb 4oz taken by Mr Burdett
Midweek boat winner:John Archer
Mid-Northants Trout Fishers Associationoffer taster/introduction sessions at Pitsford Water once a month
Fly fishing for Pike 16 May to 31 January 2019
Predator Lure fishing 16 May to 31 January 2019
Beginners courses:12, 21 & 29 September; 6, 12 & 21 October.
Fish 228 (season 4,399) Returns 27 (832) Rod average 8.4 (5.2)
Anglers have enjoyed a big improvement in sport this week with plenty of hard fighting Rainbows being caught.
The best methods have been drifting across the main bowl using floating or midge tip lines. FAB on the point, diawl bachs, crunchers, buzzers or small nymphs or dries, hoppers, dabblers or small daddies.
Mick and John Spencer had a good day on Thursday with 17 fish to the boat, using FAB on the point and buzzers.
Invicta Fly Fishers had a fantastic day on Sunday with 18 anglers catching 177 fish for an average of 9.8 per rod. Top rod was Joan Russell with 22 fish, Gary How had 21 fish and David Moore had 20. David caught all his fish on dries. A really good day was had by all.
Best Rainbow: 3lb.
Best boat areas: Main bowl.
Best bank areas: Dam.
Midweek boat winner:Joan Russell
Fish stocked: 1,000