Superb week on Rutland Water with two of season’s best

a fine 9lb 6 7/8oz Rainbow taken at Rutland Water by Mick Herbert.  This fine fish is Rutland's best fish of the season EMN-140424-164739001

a fine 9lb 6 7/8oz Rainbow taken at Rutland Water by Mick Herbert. This fine fish is Rutland's best fish of the season EMN-140424-164739001

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It was a superb week’s fishing at Rutland Water with plenty of fish being caught including, both the season’s best Rainbow and the best Brown to date.

Sheffield angler Mick Herbert boat fished nymphs to net a very solid looking 9lb 7oz Rainbow that fell to a size 14 buzzer. The best Brown fell to Toff Crowther from Oakham. Toff boat fished and managed a 7lb 8oz specimen, he also caught two more overwintered fish, both Rainbows and over the 4lb mark.

Overwintered fish are showing with fish varying from torpedo shaped Rainbows around the 2lb plus mark to Browns of 3lb and up. Mr M Stead from Mexborough in South Yorkshire had a good three day’s boat fishing which included a 5lb Brown amongst the fish he recorded. Nymph anglers are in their element at the moment with really massive hatches of buzzer virtually every day, yet again the sizes are small but with signs that medium to large ones are beginning to come off. Not many fish are moving on top yet with last week’s easterly winds being cold the fish had their heads down.

Lure anglers are also catching well with Daphnia feeding fish. Also on the menu are corixa and the odd Roach/Perch.

Another 5,500 fish were stocked last week around many areas of the reservoir bringing the total to 26,500 for the season, of which 3,000 are Browns.

Best Rainbow: 9lb 6 7/8oz taken by Mick Herbert of Sheffield. Best Brown: 7lb 8oz taken by Toff Crowther of Oakham. Best boat areas: Dickinsons, Barnsdale Creek, Old Hall, Church Bay, Sykes to Whitwell. Best bank area: Old Hall to Dam (Fantasy), Sykes front to Stockie Bay, Yellowstone to Hinmans. Midweek boat winner: John Innes of Sleaford.Fish stocked: 5,500.

Forthcoming events: Beginners courses: April 26 and May 3, 10, 24 and 31 and other dates throughout the season. Anglian Water Airflo International – Northern Heat, April 27.

Tuesday Night Boat League: This year’s boat league commences on Tuesday, May 6 and runs through to August 15– a total of 15 weeks. Anglers meet at the Fishing Lodge between 5.15 and 5.45 pm with the draw for boat partners taking place at 5.55pm. The match starts at 6pm.