The first full week of the season at Rutland Water has produced fantastic sport for both bank and boat anglers with a rod average of 6.38. Anglers have reported fish containing large quantities of black buzzer and daphnia. This is really good news early in the season giving plenty of quality food items to feed on. The quantity will increase as the temperatures rise slowly.
Many limits have been taken this week with anglers taking advantage of catch and release to enjoy plenty of sport with up to 15 fish recorded by some anglers in a session. Some overwintered fish have shown which is really encouraging so early in the season.
Season ticket holder Bob Gooden had a 5lb Rainbow from Sykes Lane. This quality specimen fell to a black and gold humungus.
A number of different areas are producing consistent sport daily for both bank and boat anglers. Old Hall flats, Hambleton Wood, Yellowstone to Hinmans, Church Bay, Normanton bank, Sykes Lane – Stocky Bay and round towards Whitwell Creek. Fish have been taken on buzzers with a good early season cast consisting of a black tadpole on the point and buzzers/dark nymphs up the cast.
Boat anglers are using various sinking lines along with blobs and lures and boobies. Alternatively, midge tips with buzzers on the bung have scored.
This week we have experienced consistently cold north, north easterly winds. This seems to have made the fish drop in the water column slightly, making it important if fishing a floating line to ensure that the flies are fishing deep enough.
Boat anglers who have ventured into open water have been rewarded with some superbly conditioned overwintered Rainbows so it’s worth remembering that fish aren’t concentrated tight to the bank in all areas.
An angler also reported taking fish from the North Arm, which he had all to himself, with floating fry and nymphs the successful tactics.