Rutland Water was in excellent form last week, hosting the English National on September 19 and 20.
Regular anglers have also enjoyed good sport with Roger Marshall of North Luffenham landing the best fish of the week a 9lb 1½oz rainbow.
Roger’s stunning fish fell to a very old wet fly favourite a Wingless Wickham’s Fancy! Roger, who puts a lot of effort into his bank fishing said that he was fishing another area of the reservoir with only a couple of fish showing any interest so he decided to move to Stockie Bay. Fishing a white lure on the point and the Wickham’s on the dropper the fish followed his lure in and with line running out as he lifted the rod the fish turned and took the wet fly, shooting off taking all the fly line and plenty of backing at great speed.
Bank anglers are getting amongst the fish around the many weedbeds, including the Peninsula, Yellowstone, all the way through to Inmans Spinney, Spud Bay and the bank opposite the fishing lodge.
The biggest brown of the week was caught by John Morton, boat fishing amongst the weed beds in the Old Hall.
John was rewarded with a splendid 6lb 2oz specimen. Browns are showing more now with big fish being seen feeding along with this season’s stock browns which are in magnificent condition.
On Friday 12 September Rutland Water hosted the WaterAid Fly Fishing Challenge.
A group of 72 anglers took part – a mixture of novice and experienced. Fifteen members of Rutland FlyFishers helped on the day and also acted as gillies to the novice teams. It was a fantastic day with 129 fish caught for a total weight of 291lb 9oz.
The total raised for WaterAid from this year’s event was just over £8,100 – enough to help transform the lives of 540 people by enabling them access to clean water and adequate sanitation.
Rutland Water hosted the English National finals on 19 and 20 September with 20 anglers qualifying to represent their country next season.
Boats were stretched out across the reservoir in many areas from the bottom of the South Arm all the way through to the main basin and to a lesser extent down the North Arm.
Plenty of fish were caught and returned during practice including fish up to 7lb.
The first of the two days of competition was the busiest with many limits taken. However, the second day was far more challenging with the wind increasing and moving slightly making limits hard to achieve.
The top three rods overall – John Horsey, Bob Barden and Martin Burgess each enjoyed 100 percent success rate.
Most boats fished out over the deep water of the reservoir, following the same pattern as each of the three previous major matches held at Rutland recently.
Methods were a mixture of lures and nymphs and dries, which sorted out some of Rutland’s bigger fish.
Overall results: 1st John Horsey 5 points, 2nd Rob Barden 18 points, 3rd Martin Burgess 25 points, 4th Mark Withyman 27 points, 5th Gary Haskins 29 points, 6th Mike Heritage 33 points, 7th Tony Baldwin 34 points, 8th Frank Sumnall 39 points, 9th= Pete Kempton 42 points, Richard Wood 42 points, Craig Smith 42 points, James Atkinson 42 points