Rutland produces best rainbow of the season

Rutland Water has produced a season’s best rainbow of 6lb 9oz for Bury St Edmunds angler John Harper.

John fished the South Arm with boat partner Adrian Coor, using a floating line and one of Adrian’s small Damsel Nymphs on a 9.5lb leader and a floating line.

Brown trout have been elusive recently but match angler Frank Sumnall, from Tunstall, Stoke on Trent, managed a fine 5lb 6oz specimen from Manton using a Di-3 line and small Sparkler fly.

The Manton area produced fish to dry fly for one or two anglers, the first time this area has fished for a couple of weeks with the west wind pushing on a lot of the loose weed that was making things difficult.

Mike Burnside and John Heslop managed a bag of seven rainbows for 20lb 8oz, the best going 4lb.

Lures accounted for most of the fish with fast sinking lines the order of the day although one or two boats persisted with intermediate lines and Diawl Bach and were eventually rewarded with limits apiece.