Dawn on Saturday, March 15, heralded the start of the new season at Rutland Water.
First out were the bank anglers who, in many cases, enjoyed action right from the first fly hitting the water.
The best areas were Sykes Lane, Whitwell and the Old Hall flats, and Normanton church to the dam, (the pace steadied on that bank due to the winds that started to strengthen around lunch time).
It was the North shore banks and the Old Hall that kept producing till late on.
The first boats ventured out at 8am with fish being caught in many areas throughout the day, including the Main Basin, middle of the North Arm, Sailing Club and the Old Hall.
Various methods were used including floating lines with weighted lures and nymphs for bank anglers. Boat anglers employed anything from sinking lines and intermediates through to fast-sinking Di 7 lines and lures in general. Taking the catch and release permits sold into account ,there was a 9.25 rod average for the day.
Stock fish were averaging nearly 2lb in weight, and there were numbers of over-wintered fish caught, with a good percentage around 4-5lb taken by boat anglers fishing off shore in the deeper water of the reservoir.
Out of season browns were caught up to 6lb. Please remember that until April 1 browns are to be returned to the water. Random bag checks are being made and three fish were found that had been killed. These fish were confiscated from the respective anglers.
Rutland Water Fly Fishers recently held a successful litter pick at Rutland Water.
The litter pick was sponsored by Anglian Water and Westmoreland Double Glazing of Oakham.
Proceeds from the litter pick will be donated to the Air Ambulance.
l Fish week 950 returns 114 rod average 8.33.
Rutland Water is fishing very well, with bank anglers having good sport around the shoreline with the fish being caught close in.
As predicted, the fish are feeding exceptionally well on small buzzers, with nymph anglers using floating lines and long leaders reaping their rewards.
Areas like the Finches Bank, Normanton, Whitwell, Sykes Lane, East Creek and the Old Disabled Bay are fishing well. Lure anglers are catching fish on small weighted and un-weighted lures with black and green working well at this time of year.
Anglers had to put up with some fairly strong winds blowing along the reservoir last week which gave boat anglers very few settled areas to fish comfortably, not many took to the boats during the week, however, more settled conditions at the weekend saw anglers catching fish along the Normanton bank, Sykes Lane, Sailing Club and the Old Hall.
Stock fish are averaging 1lb 12oz, while steady numbers of over wintered fish are being caught in many areas ranging between 2lb and 5lb.
Season ticket holder Al Owen from Lincolnshire managed two 4lb plus overwintered Rainbows last Tuesday fishing a team of buzzers from the north arm shoreline.
Elsewhere boat angler Mr Blatch had the best rainbow of the week at 5lb caught last Saturday.
Browns, which are out of season, have been showing with the best quickly weighed and returned at 8lb 8oz, caught by bank angler Michael Dorr fishing off the Normanton bank..
There are also winter restrictions regarding ‘no go’ areas for both bank and boat anglers.
Results: Best Rainbow: 5lb taken by Mr Blatch.
Best Brown: 8lb 8oz taken by Michael Dorr.
Best methods: Bank – Floating line with nymphs and weighted lures. Boat – As for bank but include various sinking lines and lures.
Mid week boat winner: C Atkinson of Great Dyton, TS9 6QJ.