Spring, Summer & Winter Programmes 2021


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A very warm welcome to the Rutland Water Fly Fishers web site. Please take a few minutes and browse our various pages to see what we have to offer. All new members are very welcome and if you wish to join, please click here to see our 2021 application form. To view our Club Rules & Constitution, click here. Also if you catch what you feel is a Specimen Fish whilst fishing on Rutland Water, please enter it in the RWFF Specimen Catch Return. To download a PDF copy of our specimen catch return, please click here.

Please note that ALL of our club functions will be held at the Empingham Cricket Club, click here for a map. Other events not held at the Empingham Cricket Club can include the Litter Pick (Fishing Lodge), the Cookery Evening (The Barn at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel). Also please can you note that all of the 2021 'Club Evening' meeting dates if they can go ahead are held on a Thursday and they will start at 7.30pm or 8.00pm if there is a committee meeting prior to the speaker. Prompt and finish at around 9.30pm.


Fishing Reports
For what ever reason, your President forgot to mount the June report, below, on the website. So, here it is, if a little dated with July, August and September's reports following on below.

Water Level
Following the very wet May, Anglian Water have been able to maintain a high water level. At the time of writing, the water is down about 30cm. This has meant that the rocky areas are still available from the bank top. If the water drops below about another 1m, then it will be possible to wade and fish at the foot of the stonework. For many less able-bodied Rutland anglers, this will come as a great relief. The water remains crystal clear and would almost appear to be oligotropohic, due mainly to the impact of the quagga mussel. At this stage, unlike 2020, there is little evidence in any substantial macrophyte (weed) growth. This may well be due to lack of sunlight. Despite this, fish have been plentiful around the banks.

Weather
Unfortunately, the foreboding of a heatwave in the last report was fulfilled for the first fortnight of June. As time went on, the water temperature rose quickly and the fishing went into a temporary decline. However, a south-westerly wind appeared in the middle of the month. This was a cooling wind and had the impact of tilting the thermocline. This meant that, as predicted, anywhere in an offshore wind was likely to be productive. A visit to the, Sailing Club Bay indicated a perfect example of this. There seem to be insufficient room in the bay for all the fish in the lake! Thanks to this, anglers had a beano: with some boats reporting catches of as many as 30 fish. Consequent upon this, the fish did not hang around and, following the change in wind back to between East and North the fish left the bay and finished up in the Stocky Bay area and the Old Hall/ Green Bank region.

Since this cooling period, the fishing has been of high quality but very localised. Particularly productive places have been the shallow areas between Stocky Bay and Whitwell Creek, Blue Pipes and the Green Bank. Needless to say, the brownies have now become overheated and, by and large, have retired to the depths: although some good fish are being caught by the boats. However, there has been quite an increase in the number of 5lb plus rainbows caught. These fish are not quite so heat sensitive as the Browns and in many cases, have been caught on small dry flies: some people having their reels drained! Without any doubt, due to the cool and overcast conditions, the last fortnight of June has offered seriously good dry fly fishing from the bank and boat. Most productive patterns have been Bob’s Bits, Shipman’s, GRHE and various CDC variants.

The main diet has been quite large surface migrating snails, shrimps in the stony areas and the ubiquitous coarse fish fry. This diet has made for some very challenging fishing. Presentation has had to be accurate. It is interesting to note that the best fishing period has been during “gentleman’s hours”: i.e. 10 till 4. There has been some evening activity but this has normally ceased well before dusk.

General
Representations have been made to AW re. “immovable” access gates at Barnsdale Car Park and Hambleton Road End. These have dropped on their hinges and are very difficult to open. Request has been put in to AW staff re off track parking access for less able-bodied anglers. Following a concession from AW, anglers have made use of parking area inside Gate 26 on Stamford Road.

Bio-Survey
I intend to carry out a marginal invertebrate survey at Rutland Water with the aid of a local expert Jayne walker assisted by season ticket holding husband Dave. This is by arrangement with the Senior Ranger to establish the correlation in the fishing and insect hatches between one bank and another. Some fine fish have been caught and despite the brevity of the evening bank events, the catches represented the continuing excellence of the fishing.

John Wadham Trophy - Evening Bank Match
The match was fished on a dull, cold and flat calm evening. These are hard conditions and was reflected to some degree in the result. Despite this, fish were seen moving in all areas fished and a number were caught and released by competitors. However, as can be seen from the results, the now famous Browns put an appearance and two 5lb fish were caught. All the rest were Rainbows. THe results are below and congratulations to Tom Cooper on winning first prize for the best bag and to Colin Best in winning prize for the best fish. Rick Cooper had to retire with split waders: but caught and returned a number of fish. Our thanks to Anglian Water Fisheries Staff, Simon and Matt for “preparing the ground” for us.

July/August & September.

Weather
During the majority of this period, winds have blown between East and North West. This is very beneficial to bank fishermen as it opens up lots of available water. July was a wet month with some 100 mm of rainfall in places.

Water Level
This moisture has meant that the water has remained at quite a high level. As time went on, the weather gradually dried up and there was little rainfall between mid-August and mid-September. This has now allowed the water level to drop by just over a metre. It won’t be long now, before us less able bodied, will be able to wade in the water below the rock armour.

Fishing
At the beginning of July, we had a short period when the winds blew between South West and North West which cooled things off. Following the hot weather, fish were drawn to the top of the arms: this was particularly noticeable for bank fishermen in the North Arm between Transformer and Tim Appleton’s. The fish here appeared to graze ceaselessly on an abundance shrimps. At Tim Appleton’s, the fish stuck rigidly to the highway code and motored along the highway in east to west whatever the wind direction. The problem with this is that, if you are on your own fishing here the fish come to you. If anybody decided to wade out on the road beyond you, which they are quite entitled to do, they would then have first bite of the cherry thus cutting off the run of fish marking the highway. The result of that is that the fish would turn around and go back. So, if you are thinking of fishing this spot, bear that in mind. Some of these fish, which averaged 3lb contained up to a hundred shrimps. As with any feeding frenzy, you needed to get on the fish when they started feeding in the morning. But lunchtime they became difficult and by 4 o’clock impossible! Not all bad news, as during this period, the fish put on a tremendous amount of weight.

Since the previous report, the weed has grown apace and at the time of writing has seriously limited bank fishing areas and in some areas extends as much as 200 m from the bank. The weed flourished due, almost entirely, to the clarity of the water engendered by the removal of algae by filtration by the quagga mussel. They don’t remove all the algae, but have no doubt been some benefit in reducing Anglian Water’s costs in water purification!

Boat fishing outside the extensive weed beds is pretty productive by most methods. One angler found that drifting over the top of the weed, fish could be raised to take a fly by casting into small gaps in the vegetation. This clear water has made fishing very testing and a stealthy approach is called for. Recently, anglers, in both bank and boat have been having many inspections of their offerings by the fish. Imitations had to be very good indeed: as, also has the presentation. On a recent visit, your President had a dozen offers on size 14 floating dries without a single hook up. A change to a suspender type dry and a smaller pattern, resulted in subsequent offers being hooked.

Needless to say, with the high water temperature, rudder fishing has proved very productive, with some good catches. A recent example of this was achieved by Al Owen who took 16 silver rainbows on a pink snake in bright sun and a temperature of 25°C.

Throughout August and September, fish have fed almost exclusively on snails. These have either been migrating on the surface or resting on top of the weed. There doesn’t appear to be a definitive answer to catching these snail feeders. However, if you carefully observe these snails, when migrating, you will see that they are just below the surface with the open end upwards. Maybe, this is why suspender type dries have achieved better results. When the weather heated up in July the bank fishing went into a further decline. After such a frenzied feeding period during the cool spring, the fish were quite clearly able to live off their fat. This was quite evident to judge by the condition of any fish caught from mid-August onwards.

Recently, a number of anglers have reported finding daphnia in the fish. This is good news and suggests that the quagga mussel hasn’t consumed all species of algae. Some of the larger browns are now quite clearly taking an interest in the fry around the weed beds. The best fish recorded recently weighed 13lb and was caught on a floating fly pattern. It is pleasing to that, at our request, all the access gates “hang well and hinder none”.

RWFF - Competition results
Loch style
1 Dave Porter and John Batterson 30lb 3oz
2 Peter de Kremer and Mick Connor 22lb-10oz
3 Steve Ottridge and Mark Newton 17lb-8oz
4 Geoff Wanless and Neil Squires 15lb-13oz
5 Frank Daley and Peter Baker 10lb-5oz

Club Championship
1 Chris Evans 17lb-11oz
2 Neil Squires 7lb-9oz
3 Gary Cooper 7lb-3oz
4 Peter Gover 7lb-2oz
5 Doug Skins 6lb-15oz
6 Graham Measures 6lb-9oz

John Maitland Memorial Trophy
1 Invicta 45 fish
2 RWFF 41 fish
3 GWFFA 39 fish
Best fish - Charlie Abrahams Brown Trout 5lb 14oz

Water Aid - Thursday 9th September
Firstly, a big thankyou to our twelve volunteer ghillies for turning out for this event. We did very well in helping to raise £6,500 to bring the total to £223,000 for the charity. A number of nice silver Rainbows were caught. Congratulations to Roger Gill who was the most successful ghillie with 8 fish for 17lb 9oz. Next year looks like a much larger event: so, I plan to involve all clubs affiliated to Anglian Water fisheries. Our efforts have been well reported with this photo in the Rutland & Stamford Mercury & Rutland Times. Photograph of the ghillies is shown below.
Left to right John Lee, Martin Blakeston, Dave Porter, Dave Walker, Graham Pearson, Roger Gill, Mick Brooksby, Chris McCleod, Peter Gover, John Wadham & David Knap”

Results:
Winning team: MWH Complete Novices 8 fish Total weight 17 lb 9 oz
Runner up team: MWH Pro Team 3 fish Total weight 9 lb 8 ¾ oz
Winning expert: Andy Barnes (Savills 1) 4 fish Total weight 8 lb 3 oz
Winning novice: Peter Beckford (MWH Complete Novices) 8 fish 17 lb 9 oz
Largest fish expert: Adam Ford (MWH Pro Team) - 3 lb 14 oz
Largest fish novice: Nathan James (IWS 2) - 3 lb 4 ½ oz

Forward Look
The first winter function for the club will be the annual general meeting to be held at the cricket club on Thursday, November 11th. We have a committee meeting prior to that date when, given no problems arising from Covid 19, an exciting winter programme of events will be planned and discussed. This will include an auction of the late Taff Bailey’s fishing tackle to be held in aid of Cancer Research.

Finally
All we need now, at Rutland, is a good strong wind to tidy up the weed beds and we should be able to enjoy what looks what promises be some of the most exciting autumn fishing. Tight lines to you all for the rest of the season!
John Wadham – President.

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Club Events & Functions 2021


January 2021

TBC

Club Evening - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

TBC

Committee Meeting - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.


February 2021

TBC

Club Evening - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

TBC

Club Outing - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

TBC

Committee Meeting  - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.


March 2021

TBC

Club Evening - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

TBC

RWFF Litter Pick - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

TBC

RWFF Pre Season Dinner - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.


April 2021

TBC

RWFF Open Week-End - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.

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RWFF Open Week-End - In Lockdown - No club meetings or events.


May 2021

14/05/2021

Wadham Trophy - RWFF Members only Evening Bank Match 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Weigh in at the lodge by 10.00pm. Register and book in at the lodge by 5.00pm. Fish and Chip supper after the match, if requested.

28/05/2021

Cutting Trophy - RWFF Members only Evening Bank Match 6.00pm to 9.30pm. Weigh in at the lodge by 10.00pm. Register and book in at the lodge by 5.00pm. 5 Fish limit plus C&R at anytime during the match. BARBLESS or DEBARBED HOOKS ONLY. Fish and chip supper after the match, if requested.


June 2021

TBC

Major Clubs Group One Match - Date to be Confirmed.

TBC

Club Evening - Date to be Confirmed.

06/06/2020

Club Championship - Floating line competition fished to International Rules. Fish 09.30am to 17.30pm with first 4 fish to be taken plus catch and release at 2lb per fish up to 10 fish total catch. One Brown Trout only to be taken and Barbless or de-barbed hooks only. Details from Peter de Kremer on: peterdekremer@gmail.com. Please contact Peter de Kremer by the cut off date which is Thursday June 3rd, to book boats.


July 2021

04/07/2021

Loch Style Trophy Pairs Boat Match -  9.30am start to 5.30pm finish. Details from Peter de Kremer on: peterdekremer@gmail.com. Please contact Peter de Kremer by the cut off date which is Thursday July 1st, to book boats.

TBC

Major Clubs Group One Match - Date to be Confirmed.


August 2021

29/08/2021

The Maitland Trophy - Grafham Water - This is a RWFF vs GWFFA Boat Competition. 10.00am - 6.00pm. Boat Match to International Rules, Fish 10:00am – 18:00pm, 4 fish limit, plus 6 fish Catch & Release, Barbless or de-barbed hooks only, Dinner (TBC) & Prize Giving after the match, Prizes for best fish & best bag. Details from Peter de Kremer on: peterdekremer@gmail.com. Please contact Peter de Kremer by the cut off date which is Saturday August 21st, to book boats.


September 2021

TBC

Major Clubs Group One Match - Date to be Confirmed.

26/09/2021

Hanby Cup - RWFF Members Only Reservoir Rules Boat Match. 9.30am - 5.30pm. Details from Peter de Kremer on: peterdekremer@gmail.com. Please contact Peter de Kremer by the cut off date which is Saturday September 23rd, to book boats.

TBC

AW Rutland Day - Date to be Confirmed.

TBC

Water Aid 2021 - Date to be Confirmed.


October 2021

TBC

Major Clubs Autumn Association Match - Date to be Confirmed.

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Committee Meeting - Date to be Confirmed.

TBC

Hinckley Shield Bank Match - (TBC) at ? Water: 9:00am to 16:00pm. If you would like to fish for RWFF in this Midlands Inter Clubs Bank Competition please email me by the 19th of October. Its a great event - friendly and relaxed with some food afterwards. You can enter as an individual and we will pull the teams together. OR why not enter a team of 6 if you like. We have entered a number of teams in the past, so the more the better. Contact Chris Evans for entry details when they become available.


November 2021

TBC

RWFF AGM - Date to be Confirmed.

TBC

Committee Meeting - Date to be Confirmed.

TBC

Club Evening - Date to be Confirmed.


December 2021

TBC

Club Evening - Date to be Confirmed.


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RWFF's Contacts


Club Chairman:
Geoff Wanless
geoffwanless@ntlworld.com

Club President:
John Wadham
johnnywadham10@gmail.com

Minutes Secretary:
Peter de Kremer
peterdekremer@gmail.com

Club Treasurer:
Paul Wild
paulwild1@sky.com

Newsletter Editor:
Rob Waddington
robwaddington@onetel.com

Club Captain:
Paul Wild
paulwild1@sky.com


2021 Events

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