Season 'best ever' for trout on Rutland Water

'Outstanding fishing' and 'fantastic sport' were two of the expressions used by anglers fishing Rutland Water this week.

The reservoir has been in tremendous form with quality stocked fish and many overwintered specimens amongst numerous daily limits. This season is one of the best ever.

The best fish of the week was a 6lb 5¾oz rainbow taken by season ticket holder Jim Watts, of Ryhall.

Jim, a Rutland Water regular for a number of years, caught it whilst boat fishing off Barn Hill Creek. The fish was netted by his regular boat partner Ken Merriden, of Uppingham. The pair had a good day with four other over wintered fish in their bag.

Joshua Clayton, of Stamford, may only be seven-years-old but he is proving to be a 'chip off the old block'.

Joshua is the son of Pitsford senior warden Nathan Clayton. The pair were bank fishing on Friday at Stockie Bay and New Zealand Point.

Joshua caught his first ever Rutland trout – a 3lb 5oz rainbow, on a red holographic diawl bach, and a 2lb 3oz rainbow from Stockie bay.

The best brown of the week was taken by Carlisle angler Michael McHugh, who netted a cracking 6lb 9oz fish that he took on a red buzzer fished on a midge tip line. Michael shared a boat with his good friend Pet Ivinson with the pair fishing on a three-day boat package.

Fish are being taken in many areas with nymph tactics working well, as buzzer hatches have been incredible so far this season.

Many fish have been caught with their stomachs full to the brim. Some Hawthorn flies and Olives are also showing. Daphnia has shown in some fish, which in general, are still feeding deep.

Prospects look very good with most areas fishing well with the bottom of both arms quiet. When they open up things will be even more interesting.

Taken from the Rutland Times