Regulars land Blue Trout title

Anglers at the match between Eyebrook Regulars and The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association
Anglers at the match between Eyebrook Regulars and The English Disabled Fly Fishers Association

THE Inaugural competition between the English Disabled Fly Fishers and the Eyebrook Regulars took place this month with 24 anglers taking part at Eyebrook.

A total of 91 trout were taken on the day with a rod average of 3.79. The biggest fish weighed in at 6lb 9oz and was taken by Brian Frith.

The English Disabled Fly Fishers accumulated a catch of 94lb but were beaten by the Eyebrook Regulars who took 120lb 12oz to claim the Eyebrook Blue Trout Trophy. Organisers of the event hope to make it an annual fixture on the Eyebrook calendar.

l ANDY Wain of Alford boat fished recently accompanied by his wife Andrea, Andy caught a super rainbow on a dry Sedge off Robbos Cabin estimated to weigh between 12-13lb.

l THE Prison Service held a midweek match at Eyebrook and during their visit included a friendly competition over two days with The England Ladies Fly fishing Association.

The first afternoon session saw Joan Russell of ELFFA take five rainbows for 13lb 15oz and Mari McFarlane land the heaviest rainbow at 6lb 4oz. The heaviest bag of five fish at 16lb 11oz fell to Sheena Goode of ELFFA.

l BOAT fishing ceases at Eyebrook on Sunday, October 30. Restricted bank fishing will then be available until Sunday, November 27 with daily winter permits issued for this period.

l THE margins have now cooled and a few fish are feeding close in. Several fish have already been taken on Buzzers and Fry patterns.

Rutland Water

RUTLAND Water hosted the 2011 Lexus European Team Fly Fishing final last week with two days of intense competition.

Day one fished to a rod average of 3.34 with very little dividing the top few teams. Blagdon FF took 30 fish for 65lb 14oz, closely followed by Rio Masters with 28 for 64lb 9oz and Alba Orvis with 29 fish for 64lb 7oz.

Rio Masters got off to a flying start on day two with Rob Edmunds landing the first fish of the day within minutes. This team was on a mission, having paid a penalty the previous day when Paul Shaw accidentally used a hook which didn’t comply with the barbless rules.

But it was Alba Orvis who really pulled out all the stops to take 26 fish for 53lb 2oz for first place with Rio Masters second and Blagdon third. Consistency paid off for the top three teams.

Results: 1st Alba Orvis Flyfishers 55 fish for 117lb 9oz, 2nd Rio Masters 47 fish for 103lb 0oz, 3rd Blagdon 44 fish for 97lb 10oz, 4th Peregrine Esthwaite 38 fish for 79lb 15oz, 5th Anglo Welsh 33 fish for 73lb 12oz, 6th Team Wellbank 36 fish for 73lb 6oz.

l RUTLAND Water Fly Fishers enjoyed a decisive victory in the Association of Major Fly fishers match at Rutland Water on Saturday.

The home team took 37 fish for 86lb 7oz. This included two time bonuses with David Laing and Al Owen taking their respective eight fish limits at 3pm and 4.30pm respectively.

Results: 1st RWFF 37 fish for 86lb 7oz, 2nd Bewl Bridge A 23 fish for 51lb 1oz, 3rd GWFFA A 20 fish for 49lb 6oz, 4th Fish Hawks A 17 fish for 37l 15oz, 5th Hanningfield 5 fish for 10lb 1oz.

David Laing of RWFF took the best bag at 22lb (including time bonus) while John McCallum, fishing for GWFFA, took the best fish at 5lb 4oz.

l BOTH boat and bank anglers are enjoying good sport at Rutland Water.

The main basin continues to see plenty of action although some boat anglers are heading for quieter areas of the reservoir. Bank anglers are taking most of their fish with nymphs, however, last Saturday a number of fish were caught on the top with dries/surface patterns.

John Halliwell from Heswell near Chester, hooked the best brown of the week – a 5lb 10oz fish that fell to an orange boobie across the top.

The best rainbow of the week fell to Paul Gilbert of Billinghay, Lincolnshire.

Paul sought out the South Arm weedbeds and was rewarded with a 5lb 5oz Rainbow. Paul was also unfortunate to lose an even bigger Rainbow in the weeds estimated at around 6-7lb.