Anglian Water fishery report w/e 25 August 2019

Grafham Water 

Fish 610(Season 10,782) Returns 117 (2,462) Rod average 5.21(4.37)

Normally at this time of year trout fishing becomes more of a challenge – but not at Grafham! With a rod average of 5.21 for the week our returns reflect some very worth while sessions for both bank and boat anglers.  Recent stocking has contributed to the success along with some quality fish in excellent condition and anglers are enjoying fantastic sport.

A lot of bank anglers are fishing off the Dam and the tried and tested shrimp patterns continue to produce.

Grafham Water Fly Fishers’ Association (GWFFA) held a two day event over the bank holiday weekend, inviting all comers to try their hand at fly casting under the supervision of qualified instructors, followed by a short session out on a boat under the guidance of experienced GWFFA members.

Given the excellent (almost too hot!) weather conditions, not surprisingly, the demand for casting tuition was extremely high on both days, as was the opportunity to try and catch a trout from a boat, which fortunately most novices were successful in doing.

The club also had the benefit of Fly Dressers’ Guild gold member Ian Ruff demonstrating the art of fly tying in the fishing lodge, which attracted a large number of interested fishermen and non fishermen.

John Batter, writing on behalf of GWFFA, says “We had 12 or more members present for casting, guiding and fly tying and all were kept very busy for the two days. Thanks once again to Anglian Water and their staff for all their support over the weekend. We hope that participants will have enjoyed the experience sufficiently to want to take up the sport.”

For further information about the club and future events, visit WWW.GWFFA.CO.UK

Competition news

World Predator Classic qualifier 17 & 18 August

This prestigious event enables the winners to represent England at the World Predator Classic in Holland with the chance to win some serious prizes! Ninety boat anglers and twenty kayak anglers took to the water following a hearty breakfast on site and a lot of preparation. The weather conditions were good (if a little breezy) allowing for some great catches. On Sunday evening the results were in. Janek Maciejewski and Justin Hitchcock have won places to represent England in Holland in the World Predator Classic Boat Event and Shaun Milner did the same in the kayak section. Everybody involved had a great time, especially our very own ranger Andy Moat who stood in for a competitor at the last minute and caught a 20lb 2oz Pike. This was the biggest pike of the competition and Andy’s first pike at Grafham.

Anglian Water Rudder Match24 August

Twenty anglers fished in this popular pairs match. Ziggy Lesiakowski took the best fish at 3lb 14oz and the best bag went to G Pearson who weighed in for 19lb 10oz.

1st      G Pearson & M Haycock   16 fish for 36lb 15oz

2nd     S Lehane & J Castledine  16 fish for 35lb 15oz

3rd      M Bennett & I Dalby        11 fish for 24lb 10oz

Grafham Water will be hosting the England Youth Fly Fishing National Championship on Sunday 15 September. This is open to anglers aged 12-17 years. For more information visit www.anglingtrustevents.net


Best boat areas: 
All along the north shore. Plummers along to Gaynes Cove and straight down the middle, particularly between M and J buoy.

Best bank areas: The dam, Plummers, Gaynes Cove and G mark when the wind allows.


Mid week boat winner: 
M C Stanton.

Fish stocked: 1,500.

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: 2 September; 14,22 & 29 October; 5 November. 

Grafham Water Fly Fishers Open Weekend

24/25 AUGUST 2019

In conjunction with Anglian Water, GRAFHAM WATER FLY FISHERS’ ASSOCIATION (GWFFA) will be hosting an “open weekend” at Grafham, aimed at potential newcomers and those wishing to brush up their fly fishing skills, although all levels of anglers are welcome.

If you have never picked up a fly rod before, then this a perfect opportunity to learn in the hands of a qualified instructor absolutely free! Weather permitting, there will also be an opportunity to go out on a boat with an experienced Grafham fly fisherman and hopefully catch a trout!

Club members will be on hand during the two days to discuss and explain the principles of fly fishing and you will also see expert fly tiers demonstrating their skill in the fishing lodge meeting room. Subject to demand, there will be an opportunity to try your hand at tying your first fly and even casting it out on the water under the watchful eye of an experienced club member.

Venue Grafham Water Fishing Lodge, Perry and times are 10 – 4 pm. Kindly note, casting lessons will need to be booked, either with the fishing lodge in advance (01480 810531)  or at the registration point on the day and will last for approx. 30 minutes (subject to demand).

Please bring a hat and eye protection (ie sunglasses) if you are intending on participating.

There is no charge for any of these events; we only hope you will enjoy the day and be encouraged to take up the sport and join likeminded fisherfolk in Grafham Water Fly Fishers’ Association. 

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 4 August 2019

Grafham Water 

Fish 224 (Season 9,747) Returns 52(2,213) Rod average 4.3 (4.4)

Grafham Water continues to fish well, particularly from the dam in the morning and evening. It has been nice to see 15-18 anglers dotted along the dam, all catching fish. Shrimp and diawl bach patterns have accounted for most of the fish with double figure bags not unusual. Remember to stay low or sit so as not to spook trout cruising close in. Cast at 45 degrees to the dam and let the flies drift round until your line is touching the wall, you will be surprised at home close in the takes can be and be prepared for some savage takes….

If you fancy getting away from the dam a favourable north wind will open up the natural bank along the north shore which should start producing soon. With the water down a couple of feet it makes access and wading a lot easier.

The boat anglers are enjoying good sport as well with the west bank up to Savages fishing well with snail feeders taking small black boobies and snail patterns. A drift down the middle of the reservoir fishing hoppers (ginger), if the fish are showing, has also been productive. And as ever a washing line with diawl bachs, crunchers or cormorants suspended between 2 fabs or boobies continues to be the most consistent method.

The fly predator anglers are also reporting good sport with a number of pike in the mid 20’s being taken. The perch and zander anglers also continue to report good catches.

Best boat areas: Close to the dam, the west bank past the nature reserve and up to Savages Creek, straight down the middle.


Best bank areas: 
The dam.


Mid week boat winner: 
Mr Hansen of Leighton Bromswold.

Summer special offers Our Summer Sunset ticketis now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniors Seniors can hire a boat every Thursday during August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season)

Forthcoming events
WPC 17 & 18 August

Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 9,24 & 30 August; 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 2 September; 14,22 & 29 October; 5 November. 

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 28 July 2019

Grafham Water

Fish 495 (Season 9,523) Returns 114(2,161) Rod average 4.34 (4.4)

Considering the very hot weather Grafham has fished incredibly well this week. Those who braved the stifling heat were rewarded with quality bags of fish, not only coming from the boats, but the dam has also produced some excellent sport early in the morning.

Iain Barr has kindly written the following account of his day with us.

“It was a fast start at Grafham with 7 or 8 perfect rainbows in under the first hour!!! The first 10 minutes was frustrating but a small tweak and following rainbows turned into lockups!!!!!  A simple change was to put a bigger eye booby on the point for maximum disturbance!! I fished two boobies and two wet flies in the middle on a fast glass. Fast sport continued until the lightning arrived which saw us bottle it and head for the lodge.

Some 90 minutes later we ventured out into a flat calm with the odd breath of wind coming from every direction possible multiple times in the day! Very annoying. Sport inevitably slowed as you barely moved but we continued to catch steadily in various spots through the middle, G buoy, the Dam, The Seat, C buoy and in front of the lodge.

The hot weather doesn’t seem to have affected the fish on Grafham!! Rising fish through the wind lanes early on was just amazing and great fun to catch them!! I do suspect there are plenty more fish lying very deep so next trip I’ll be taking a look downstairs too!!!!

Grafham is on form so get booked up!!

If you want a mix of the boobies used they are available in the AW shops in the WCC packs…Standard Booby packs are the ones I used……”

Best Rainbow: 4lb 6oz.


Fish stocked: 
3,500.


Best boat areas: 
Dam area, the Seat, West Bay, fishing lodge frontage, G Buoy.

Best bank areas: 
The dam (north or south, depending on wind direction).

Mid week boat winner: 
Andrew Linwood.

Summer special offersOur Summer Sunset ticketis now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniorsSeniors can hire a boat every Thursday during July & August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season)

Forthcoming events

Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League

Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments. 

WPC 17 & 18 August

Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 3,9,24 & 30 August; 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 6 August; 2 September; 14,22 & 29 October; 5 November. 

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 14 July 2019

Grafham Water

A mixed and highly unpredictable week for the weather! From the brightest day to the overcast spatterings of rain and wind, Grafham has seen it all the past week. There has been a recurring theme in recent weeks regarding catches.b One recent example was a boat angler returning to the pontoon at the end of a day afloat having caught nothing but he was then followed ten minutes later by another boat angler with 8 fish taken in four hours. This brings to mind the rather frustrating cliche “That’s fishing for you”.    

Last Tuesday’s evening boat league had a similar theme with some anglers unable to find fish; whereas another angler managed to bring over 20 Rainbows to his boat. All in one evening’s fishing. This happy angler used a surprising method for the time of year; a Di8 with lures fished by the north shore. Another boat angler using contrasting (but successful methods), enjoyed a fantastic afternoon’s sport catching a high number of good fighting fish with every sportsman’s favourite, the dry fly; proving that two very contrasting methods can be successful.

Predator fishing, based on the reports coming back to us, is looking very promising. There are a high number of double figure zander being caught which have all gone back in to the water strong and healthy to fight another day. We have also heard of two Perch over 3lb being caught near Savages at the beginning of the week.

As always we wish all of our anglers the very best of luck, please remember the rangers and everyone at the lodge are on hand to offer any help and advice that you need; always ready to supply latest method for the day. We look forward to seeing you.

Best boat areas: Wind dependent; G Buoy, the Willows, West Barn, the Seat.


Best bank areas: 
The dam (bowl area), the Willows, Gaynes Cove.


Mid week boat winner:
D Thomas.


Summer special offers
Our Summer Sunset ticketis now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniorsSeniors can hire a boat every Thursday during July & August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season)

Forthcoming events

Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League

Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments. 


Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July

WPC 17 & 18 August

Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Scierra Pairs final 7-8 September

Grafham Water Championship 21 September

Beginners courses: 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August; 15,20 & 25 September and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 24 July; 6 August; 2 September and other dates throughout the season.

Anglian Water fishery report w/e 30 June 2019

Grafham Water 

Fish 390 (Season 8,205) Returns 104 (1,662) Rod average 3.75 (4.93)

It was the turn of the pleasure anglers this week following on from the success of the match anglers last week. Anglers’ returns reflected some exciting sport and some finicky fish with comments like “lots of pulls, but difficult to hook!” It looks like fish are feeding on the pin fry. One angler tried every fly in his box without success, finally resorting to an aero buzzer with a very short dropper tied off the bend in the hook (New Zealand style), with a buzzer suspended just below the surface. His perseverance paid off and he bagged up. 

Some fantastic sport has also been reported using dry flies, with 40 fish being taken during a single boat session and Stuart, from the fishing lodge, fishing on the dam with plenty of success in the evening.

So the conclusion is that Grafham is fishing well, from the boats and from the bank. Obviously try the dam, but the Willows, the Seat and Gaynes Cove are worth a try as the fish are now moving in. Best boat areas are wind dependent. The north shore is always a favourite but always check for the clean water. On Sunday it was very murky in some areas due to the strong off shore winds.

Summer special offers: Our Summer Sunset ticketis now available to purchase – so take advantage of what is often the best part of the day. Priced at just £12 for one fish plus catch and release you can fish from 6pm.
Reduced boat hire for seniors: Seniors can hire a boat every Thursday during July & August for just £20 (and Tuesdays throughout the season)

Best Rainbow: 4lb 2oz.

Best boat areas: Wind dependent – G Buoy.


Best bank areas: 
The dam (bowl area), the Willows, Gaynes Cove.


Mid week boat winner:
Mr M Gormley.

Fish stocked: 2,500.

Forthcoming events

Invicta Tuesday Night Boat League

Open to all; boat draw approx. 5.15 with fishing commencing at 5.30pm. The evening concludes at the Wheatsheaf in Perry for refreshments. 

Anglian Water Airflo International – Southern Final 8 July
Anglian Water Airflo International – Midland Final 22 July

WPC 17 & 18 August

Anglian Water rudder match 24 August

Beginners courses: 6,19 & 28 July; 3,9,24 & 30 August and other dates throughout the season. 

Boat handling courses: 24 July; 6 August and other dates throughout the season.