Places on fly-fishing course are filling fast

Dave Porter receives the prize for the Rutland Water Fly Fishers Cutting Trophy Evening Bank Match from John Wadham
Dave Porter receives the prize for the Rutland Water Fly Fishers Cutting Trophy Evening Bank Match from John Wadham
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Time is running out for junior anglers to enrol on an annual beginners fly-fishing course which takes place at Rutland Water next month.

Places are filling up quickly for the sessions, which will be led by dozens of volunteers on July 14.

Up to 90 10 to 17-year-olds will learn how to use tackle and cast lines at Normanton Fishing Lodge before going out on boats with experienced anglers in the afternoon.

The event has been backed by Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and several manufacturers of angling equipment to keep the cost at £15 per junior.

Last year’s event proved popular and Jeremy Ball, one of the organisers, said: “We have filled more than 60 places already with people coming from as far as Yorkshire and Devon but it would be nice to have a good local contingent as well.”

No experience or equipment is required and lunch will be provided. Just bring a hat and suncream.

For details call Jeremy Ball, 07818424907 or see

l Last week’s return of 1,777 fish pushed the season’s total past the 20,0o0 mark at Rutland Water with a rod average at 4.54 for the last seven days.

The best fish of the week fell to Alex Urquhart of Hinckley. He caught a superb 7lb 12 5/8oz rainbow near the sailing club on a black buzzer.

Dave Porter narrowly won the Rutland Water Fly Fishers
Cutting Trophy on Friday. His best fish weighed in at 4lb 10oz, to pip Rob Teasdale by one ounce to take the prize for the best fish.

Porter’s bag weight was ahead of the field with seven fish weighing 20lb 7oz.

Empingham’s Richard Cooper won last week’s round of the Tuesday Night Boat League with eight fish for 17lb 8oz including the biggest brown trout of the week at 3lb 15oz.

Thirteen anglers took part with Keith Jones landing the biggest rainbow at 4lb 2¼oz.The rod average for the night was a respectable 3.61.

John Tattersfield and Mark Harrison won the Anglian Water Floating Line match with 16 fish for 36lb 7oz.

Saturday’s competition featured several eight fish limits with Julian Hubbard taking the prize for biggest fish with a 3lb 14oz trout.

The England Qualifer Odds and Sods match takes place on Sunday with the Anglian Water Airflo International Midland Heat on Wednesday.