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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 3:42 pm    Post subject: Grafham Water Reply with quote

Week ending 23 April 2006

Fish for week 1240
Fish for season 2497
Returns for week 287
Returns for season 741
Rod average for week 4.32
Rod average for season 3.36

?Don?t they hang on!? comments made by most anglers this week. Grafham hit form with the fish in prime fighting condition, since the change in weather the fishing has picked up dramatically with most of the sport on floating lines and buzzers along the north shore and the seat area of the lake. The fish are feeding heavily on either green or black buzzers or the vast hoards of daphnia now in the lake, accounting for the amazing power of the fish being caught.

There have been numerous big fish with most anglers having a fish of 3lb in their bag and generally an over wintered fish also with the rest of the fish being 2lb plus. The best rainbow of the week ? at 7lb 1oz was taken by Keith Gibson of Berhampstead. It was Keith?s third fish of the day on a fly tied by his young grand daughter, an orange and black fritz pattern. This fish was taken from the Seat area on a gold tube from a boat. The best brown of the week weighed 8lb 1oz, making it the season?s best to date. This magnificent specimen was taken by Ian Heading of Great Staughton. Another good brown weighed 6lb 9oz was taken by Andrew Perkins of Hitchin, on a Watsons Damsel fishing in the now annual EDFFA vs GWFFA match.

Competition news
The competition scene has come alive this week at Grafham with the first of the big matches ? the Lexus European Flyfishing Championships qualifier. Following a good practice day for most of the competitors, expectations were high. Anglers headed off to the most favoured boat spots. A tense weigh in followed with anglers vying for the five qualifying places. The rod average for the match was 6.47 and the average fish weight was a staggering 2lb 14oz, with only 12oz separating the top four places. Tony Beresford of Langham, Oakham took the top spot.

1st Tony Beresford 8 fish for 27lb 8oz
2nd Gareth Headland 8 fish for 26lb 15oz
3rd Paul Haskey 8 fish for 26lb 13oz
4th Rob Edmunds 8 fish for 26lb 12oz

The fifth and final place went to the wild card draw of the best fish of the day. This was a cracking rainbow of 3lb 15oz taken by junior angler Philip Shaw-Browne.

EDFFA vs GWFFA

Following the excitement of the previous day, there was a real buzz for this match held on Sunday. GWFFA members paired up with EDFFA members in this popular, relaxed, match. Best fish of the day weighed 6lb 9oz and was taken by Andrew Perkins. Dave Waters and Ray Crompton brought the first boat back after only three hours weighing in 16 fish for 40lb 7oz. The pair maintained their lead almost to the very end, finally being beaten by only 2oz by Norman Rushton and John Gale. This successful day was rounded off with a meal in the restaurant and a prize giving. Thanks go to Gordon Watson of GWFFA, for organising and running this friendly match so well.

Also enjoying excellent sport at Grafham Water this weekend were members of the England squad. They enjoyed a fantastic day out. They are off to Ireland for the Spring International. And we wish them good luck.

Best rainbow 7lb 1oz taken by Keith Gibson
Best brown 8lb 1oz taken by Ian Heading of Great Staughton
Best boat areas Gaynes Cove, Plummer Park, Seat/Sludge bank, G buoy, Rectory Bay, Hill Farm
Best bank areas bowl of dam, deep water point, Gaynes Cove/Plummer Park, G bank, Hill Farm
Best methods floating lines - buzzers, damsel nymphs, montanas, cats whiskers and buzzers
sinkers ? cats whiskers, montanas, vivas, boobies, GRHE and damsel nymphs, bloodworm, orange blob
Mid week boat winner Ray Storer of Offord D?Arcy
Fforthcoming events 29 April mixed pairs
Wed 3 May Bob Church Classic
Mon 15 May Troutmasters final (fishery closed to all non competitors)
Invicta boat league commences Tuesday 16 May (for 14 weeks)
beginners courses 23 April, 13 & 28 May and other dates throughout the season
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PostPosted: Sun May 07, 2006 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week ending 30 April 2006

Fish for week 1014
Fish for season 3511
Returns for week 222
Returns for season 936
Rod average for week 4.56
Rod average for season 3.75


Ian Heading from Great Staughton landed the biggest brown of the season ? a cracking 13lb 12oz. Ian caught this monster from Q buoy whilst trolling with a di7 line and ducky diver. Ian was delighted ? he has achieved a reputation for landing big fish. Last week he caught the season?s biggest brown to date weighing 8lb 1oz and this week?s brown surpassed that and beat his previous best ever rainbow from Grafham. Taken back in 1993 the rainbow weighed 12lb 4oz. Ian is now determined to go out and catch a double figured rainbow this season. We wish him good luck.

There have been some excellent fish caught this week. Mick Facey from Bedford caught a superb over wintered rainbow from the Willows. Mick?s fish weighed 6lb 14oz which he took on an orange blob on the hang. Mick said it put up a cracking fight which lasted 15 minutes and he was glad that he put plenty of backing on his reel.

Grafham Water is in excellent form with anglers commenting on how hard the trout are fighting. The majority of trout have been taken along the north shore on either floating or sinking tip lines, with black, red or olive buzzers on di7 lines and orange blobs or boobies. There have been plenty of good fish caught this week ? 159 3lb rainbows, 15 weighing 4lb, two at 5lb. Ian Heading?s brown weighed in at 13lb 12oz with others landing 6lb and 5lb specimens. The average weight per fish has been 2lb 9oz.

Competition news
On Saturday 29th Grafham hosted the ever popular mixed pairs competition. The day went very well with the 36 competitors catching 172 trout at an average weight of 2lb 4oz and a rod average of 3.44 per angler.

Nicola and Mark Haycock from Earls Barton were top rods on the day beating Louse Callow and Rob Edmunds by 3oz. Nicola and Mark caught their 16 trout which weighed 39lb 10oz plus 2lb 8oz time bonus a total bag weight of 42lb 2oz, from Hedge End, G buoy and Gaynes Cove either fishing a Di7 with two orange blobs or black or olive buzzers on the bung. Nicola and Mark also won this event last year.

The top individual on the day was Ladies International Sue Shaw from Rugby. Sue caught 8 trout weighing 22lb 4oz with a time bonus of 2lb 8oz giving her a total weight of 24lb 12oz. Sue took all her fish from Pig Bay by fishing a floating line with black buzzers with orange cheeks.

Best rainbow 6lb 14oz taken by Mick Facey of Bedford with an orange blob from the Willows

Best brown 13lb 12oz taken by Ian Heading of Great Staughton with a ducky diver from C buoy

Best boat areas Hill Farm Pig Bay, Hedge End, G buoy, Willows, north and south dam

Best bank areas Marlow Stones, G bank, north dam, deep water point, Hill Farm

Mid week boat winner Paul Evans from Brecon


Fish stocked 1700

Forthcoming events 7 May AWFMI Midland Heat
Mon 15 May Troutmasters final (fishery closed to all non competitors)
Invicta boat league commences Tuesday 16 May (for 14 weeks)
beginners courses 28 May, 4, 14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season
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Week ending 7th May 2006

Fish for week 861
Fish for season 3511
Returns for week 264
Returns for season 936
Rod average for week 3.26
Rod average for season 3.75

Grafham has come alive this week with plenty of action from a number of big matches. There have also been numerous large fish caught with most anglers having at least one 3lb plus fish in their bag. Bob Summers of Millbank, Scotland took the best rainbow of the week ? a superb 8lb 14oz specimen, that was a personal best for Bob. This cracking rainbow was taken on a black buzzer under the bung on Sunday from a boat at the willows.

The fish are responding to most methods of attack from buzzers under the bung to pulled boobies and blobs on Di 5 lines. The best brown of the week went to Andy Tamakloe who was practicing for the Midlands heat of the Anglian Water Fulling Mill International on Saturday. Andy, who fishes for the Hanningfield Phoenix team, took a brown of 8lb 1oz on a cats whisker booby on the hang from the Seat area.

best rainbow 8lb 14oz taken by Bob Summers of Millbank, Scotland
best brown 8lb 1oz taken by Andy Tamakloe

best boat areas Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Hedge End, G buoy, Willows, north and south dam
best bank areas Marlow Stones, G bank, north dam, deep water poin, hill farm
best methods floating lines ? buzzers, damsel nymphs and diawl bachs
sinkers - boobies, GRHE and damsel nymphs, orange blob.
forthcoming events beginners courses 28 May, 4,14 & 18 June and other dates throughout the season
15 May Troutmasters final (fishery closed to all non competitors)
16 May Invicta boat league, for 14 weeks




Competition news
A very busy competition week at Grafham, starting with the first big match of the season ? The Bob Church Classic. This invitation match is a firm favourite with all match anglers. It is fished to a 6 fish limit, followed by catch and release. Each released fish counts as 2lb. With anglers from all over Europe invited to fish the contest was always going to be hard fought. Colin Smith of Scotland won, taking six fish and releasing a further six for a total of 23lb 11oz. Colin was in the winning AWFMI team of 2005, the Loch Leven Fly Casters. Spare a thought for Dave Shipman of Whittlesey. Dave has an outstanding consistent record in this match coming in second four times!

1st Colin Smith 12 fish for 23lb 11oz
2nd Dave Shipman 11 fish for 21lb 11?
3rd Philip Dixon 10 fish for 20lb 15?oz
4th Iain Barr 9 fish for 20lb 5oz
Best fish of the match went to Brian Stewart with a fish of 3lb 12oz and a rod average of 3.5



The following day saw the EFFA hold their annual B C Hall Trophy match with John Mees taking the top honours on the day with 7 fish 18lb 4oz.

1st John Mees 7 fish for 18lb 4oz
2nd Chris McLeod 7 fish for 15lb 6oz
3rd Richard Hayes 6 fish for 14lb 11oz

Best fish taken by a guest went to Chris Bobby with one of 3lb 12oz and best fish taken by a member went to John Mees with a fish of 3lb 8oz.



Grafham Water hosted a Midlands heat of the AWFMI on Sunday. Ten of the top local teams competed for 5 qualifying places. It was a very tightly contested match, nail biting up to the announcement of the final result. Richard Kesek, fishing for GWFFA, took both the best fish, 4lb ?oz and the best bag 8 fish for 26lb 8?oz. In this match one angler can?t take two prizes so Brad Gifford took the top fish prize with a hard fighting fish of 3lb 14?oz. The match produced a rod average of 4.08 and an average fish weight of 2lb 8oz.

The following teams won a place in the next round.

1st Loop LTS UK 33 fish for 89lb 85/8oz
2nd Hanningfield Phoenix 34 fish for 86lb 14?
3rd ACA Masterline 33 fish for 84lb 11?oz
4th GWFFA 29 fish for 75lb 12?oz
5th Iain Barr Fly Fishing
Team Shakespeare 27 fish for 65lb
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PostPosted: Sun May 28, 2006 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Week ending 21 May 2006

Fish for week 612
Fish for season 4595
Returns for week 369
Returns for season 1455
Rod average for week 1.65
Rod average for season 3.15

The best rainbow of the season so far went to Ted Wady from Perry. Ted?s fish weighed 10lb 13?oz and was taken with a wet cel 2 montana. Another busy week at Grafham on the match front. The week started with the Trout Masters final of 2005. 182 competitors fished from bank and boat. These anglers had qualified to fish from all over England, Ireland, Scotland , Wales and France to represent their own fishery at the Final.

The anglers were divided into two groups with one fishing the bank and the other fishing from boats in the morning for only three hours. Then at lunchtime bank fished boat and vice versa. The winner was decided on a points system with the lowest points winning.

There were some outstanding performances in the morning session with Chris McAllister representing Raemoir Trout Fishery taking 13 fish from Deep Water Point all on buzzers. Robbie Williamson from Fairlie Moor Trout Fishery had 9 and Fred Bainbridge of Roughlee Trout Fishery had 7, both from the bank at G Buoy on lures.

Expectations were high in the afternoon with all eyes on those anglers who had done well in the morning.

At the final weigh in no one knew the eventual outcome as fortunes had changed for some of the morning?s successful anglers.



The winner had only caught two fish in the morning from the boats to earn himself 7 points and two fish in the afternoon session from the bank, finishing on a total of 11 points. Representing Park Lake Trout Fishery in Ireland, Campbell Baird, is the first angler to win this prestigious event twice.

Best fish of the day went to regular angler Clive Morgan, from Walthamstow Reservoir, with a cracking 4lb 7oz rainbow from the boats in the morning, part of his winning bag of 23lb 3oz, on large lures fished deep in the middle of the lake.

1st Campbell Baird 11 points (Park Lake Trout Fishery)
2nd Mark Wadds 15 points (Sweethope Loch)
3rd Lawrence Robb 15 points (Helwith Bridge Trout Fishery)
4th Steve Bland 17 points (Farleton View Fisheries)
5th Clive Morgan 20 points (Stonebridge Trout Fishery)

There was further match action during the week with the bi annual match between English Fly Fishing Association and a Scottish Select. The 14 a side match was fished in the high spirits of the sport. England currently hold the trophy after a narrow win at the Lake of Menteith two years ago, winning by only 13oz. The Scots hoped for revenge on their favourite English Water, Grafham, where they always do well.

England took the team prize, but Ian Campbell had the heaviest basket of six fish for 11lb 11oz and Vic Webster the best fish a magnificent brown of 6lb 7oz, both from Scotland. The best England basket and fish went to Grafham Water senior Warden John Mees with four fish for 9lb 13oz and a rainbow of 3lb 13oz.

England 23 fish for 52lb 3oz
Scotland 18 fish for 37lb 10oz

best rainbow Ted Wady from Perry 10lb 13? - best this season
best brown 6lb 10oz taken by Bob Wallinger of Sharnford
best boat areas hedge end, G buoy, willows, north and south dam
best bank areas Marlow stones, G bank, north dam
best methods floating lines, buzzers, damsel nymphs, diawl bachs
sinkers ? boobies, GRHE amd damsel nymphs, orange blob
fish stocked 2000

mid week boat winner R Cooper of Axminster, Devon
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week ending 28 May 2006

Fish for week 355
Fish for season 4950
Returns for week 149
Returns for season 1604
Rod average for week 2.38
Rod average for season 3.15

The changeable weather this week has been reflected in the fishing at Grafham Water. The lake is still fishing well in most areas depending on the wind direction. A variety of methods are working, from pulling lures to fishing a team of buzzers under the bung. Some anglers have caught on running points down the wind and fishing tubes.

Best rainbow - taken by David Daniels of Bedford on a booby from G-buoy
Best brown - taken by Don Pitt (season ticket holder) from Harbour Arm on a damsel nymph
Best boat areas - hedge end, G buoy, willows, north and south dam
Best bank areas - Marlow stones, G bank and north dam
Best methods - floating lines with buzzers, damsel nymphs and diawl bachs. Sinking lines with boobies, gold ribbed hares ear, damsel nymphs and orange blobs
Fish stocked - 4000
Mid week boat winner - Ray Storer of Little Paxton
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Week ending 4 June 2006

Fish for week 465
Fish for season 5415
Returns for week 174
Returns for season 1778
Rod average for week 2.67
Rod average for season 3.04

Bob Wallinger from Sharnford has been doing well lately, taking another good bag on gold tubes from the centre of the lake, mainly on Di7?s. He recently took 8 fish for 28lb 6oz. Other notable catches were taken by Brian Collins and Kevin Donovan who fished near to Deep Water Point and caught and released 30 fish between them, all on buzzers with fish to nearly 5lb.

The recent improvement in the weather has contributed to the quality of the fishing. The fish are moving up in the water and have been seen on top in the evenings taking dries off the surface. There are some extremely good buzzer hatches happening in the evening and also early in the morning.

Most areas of the lake are holding feeding fish with the main areas being G buoy to the bowl of the dam, sailing club bay and the Seat area as well as the west end of the lake. These areas have started to fish well early this year with some reasonable hatches of red buzzer coming off from the H buoy area. Another good method at the moment is a Di3 with an orange blob on the top dropper used as an attractor and a team of cormorants below it fished slowly back about three feet down.

Best rainbow 5lb 6oz taken by Paul Ashton of Richmond with a buzzer from the Willows

Best boat areas hedge end to G buoy, Willows, north and south dam

Best bank areas Marlow Stones, G bank, north dam

Best methods floating lines ? buzzers, damsel nymphs, diawl backs

sinkers ? boobies, GRHE and damsel nymphs, orange blob

Fish stocked - 3000

mid week boat winner Alan Prevost of over near Cambridge

forthcoming events beginners courses 14 & 18 June, 8 &23 July and other dates throughout the season
2nd July ? 40th Anniversary celebration match
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Week ending 11 June 2006

Fish for week 569
Fish for season 5,984
Returns for week 158
Returns for season 1,996
Rod average for week 3.6
Rod average for season 2.99

The main methods are either with sinking lines and large lures either gold tubes or humungus or the other method is fishing a washing line on a midge tip that is a booby on the point and 2/3 nymphs up the line. Floating lines ? buzzers, damsel nymphs, diawl bachs. Sinkers ? boobies, GRHE and damsel nymphs, orange blobs.


The fish have all seemed towards the eastern end of the lake in recent days with only a few left around the known hot spot areas in the rest of the lake. This may be due to clean water at the eastern end with the boils/inlets drawing the fish to them in the hot weather.

Best boat areas - dam, Plummers, inlet boil at I buoy
Best bank areas - Marlow stones, G bank, dam and deep water point
Mid week boat winner - Chris Gosling of Huntingdon
Forthcoming events - beginners courses 18 June, 8 & 23 July and other dates throughout the season
2nd July ? 40th Anniversary celebration match
9 July English Youth National
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Week ending 18 June 2006

Fish for week 750
Fish for season 6,734
Returns for week 279
Returns for season 2,275
Rod average for week 2.23
Rod average for season 2.96

The fishing at Grafham Water this week has been steady with the majority of fish feeding on pin fry from the central areas of the reservoir and around the north shore. Most of the fish being caught are from the boats fishing through the middle off K, G,B,N,M and D buoys or the boils on mainly intermediate or slow sink lines with lures.

The bank fishing has been more challenging but there have been some tremendous hatches of sedge coming off in the evening and plenty of fish rising close to the bank along the north shore from Hill Farm all the way along the bank to the north end of the dam.

Competition news

Invicta Tuesday night boat league
This week Peter Waterhouse and Andy Newman shared the top spot with both anglers catching three fish.

Best rainbow 4lb 8oz taken by J Reesby of Peterborough
Best brown 8lb 6oz taken by Ian Heading of Great Staughton with a lead core and Ducky diver
Best boat areas inlet boil, G,K,B,N M and D buoys
Best bank areas Marlow Stones, G Bank, dam, deep water point, pylon point
Best methods intermediate/slow sink lines, buzzers, blobs, vivas, cormorants and minkie booby
Mid week boat winner David Hastie of Ravensthorpe
Forthcoming events beginners courses 8 & 23 July, 26 August and other dates throughout the season
2nd July ? 40th Anniversary celebration match
9 July English Youth National
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Week ending 25 June 2006

Fish for week 341
Fish for season 7,075
Returns for week 208
Returns for season 2,483

Big fish continue to be caught at Grafham Water. The best rainbow this week weighed 6lb 5oz and was taken by A Tyte. Roy Whitney from Peterborough caught the best brown at 8lb 7?oz on a di 3 line with a gold and silver tube. Roy also recorded the best bag of the week with 8 fish for 22lb 7?oz.


In a week of variable conditions ranging from a strong westerly blow under dull, cloudy skies, to bright, sunny weather with gentle breezes on flat calms, fishing has been generally challenging. Successful methods have ranged from tube flies on fast sinking lines to combinations of booby, sparkler and small lures on slow to medium sinkers or diawl bachs, crunchers, ptn and buzzers on floating lines. The latter method seems to have been the best for pin fry feeders.


Spooned fish have contained tiny green buzzers, large amounts of daphnia and sometimes many pin fry. Pin fry feeding has been seen in many areas of the reservoir throughout the day and the margins in particular are holding vast shoals of fry. Water clarity has been best between the sailing club and the west bank and the inlet and aerator boils at the dam end. Consequently these have been the best areas for boat fishing whilst the dam has offered the best for the bank sport.


Competition news

Invicta Tuesday night boat league
Harley Smith of St Neots was victorious in week six of the Invicta boat league.
England Ladies win 2006 Ladies International at Lyn Brenig, Wales. Congratulations to Tracey Rathbone, who manages our Grafham Water tackle shop. Tracey fished for England and brought home team gold.

Best rainbow 6lb 5oz taken by A Tyte
Best brown 8lb 7?oz taken by Roy Whitney from Peterborough
Best boat areas inlet boil at I buoy. L,H,S buoys, western end of reservoir
Best bank areas marlow stones, G bank, dam
Best methods various methods, float/intermediate lines, ptn, diawl bachs, crunchers, damsel nymphs. Fast/slow sink lines, tubes, damsel nymphs, black blobs, pin fry patterns
Mid week boat winner Andy Linwood from Perry
Fish stocked 4,000
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week ending 2 July 2006
The Grafham Water 40th birthday weekend was a big success with a tremendous GWFFA interclub competition on Saturday. On Sunday there was lots of interest in the displays and fishing tuition and of course the giant cake.


In the GWFFA event everyone was amazed at the superb catches of quality fish taken on floating lines in spite of the glaring sun and soaring temperatures. Mark Brinkman who was the main organiser for GWFFA summed it up "None of us would have normally dreamed of fishing on the top in these conditions and being so successful". Many of the competitors managed to catch their 8 fish limit in time to be back to watch the football in the lodge! GWFFA member Bob Loveday had travelled 300 miles from Cornwall and others from Newcastle to fish on the day. Winning team was of course GWFFA with 110lb, Rutland Water FF were runners up. Best boat was John Tattersfield (GWFFA) and Rick Varley (England Disabled FF). The evening was rounded off by entertainment in the Fishing Lodge enjoyed by all 100 competitors and guests celebrating 25 years of GWFFA and 40 years of Grafham Water.


On Sunday over 25 people had a go at casting a fly under the guidance of GWFFA chairman Peter Hartley and among the first fish caught were Thomas Finney (14) on holiday from Durban, South Africa and Wayne Gray from British Columbia.


300 visitors came to see the local history display put together by the Grafham Conservation volunteers led by Sam Moult, Fred Barrington Jones and Graham Shirra before the spectacular anniversary cake made by Hazel Bond of Hail Weston was cut by Kenneth Saxton the Chief Engineer for the Great Ouse Water Authority when the reservoir was first opened. Peter Simpson, Chief Operating Officer for Anglian Water thanked Kenneth for supporting this occasion and to all the organisations who work with Anglian Water to give the community so much pleasure from the reservoir where local people had originally given up their land and lifestyles.


Youngsters from all over the UK will be heading to Grafham Water next weekend. The reservoir will host the English Youth National on Sunday 9 July. A number of young local anglers have been practicing hard at our reservoirs over the past few weeks ? good luck to all.
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Fish for week 391
Fish for season 8,098
Returns for week 161
Returns for season 2,938
Rod average for week 2.42
Rod average for season 2.76

In one of the closest results Josh Fenton from Tyne & Wear beat the reigning champion Tom Cooper of Rutland by less than two ounces to win the England Youth Fly Fishing Association?s Loch Style Championship at Grafham Water on Sunday.


Competitors from 22 counties fished this boat competition which selects the England National squad for International competitions next year. The young anglers who mastered the strong winds made the most of the conditions to take fish in the top couple of metres with a range of small lures and nymphs.


Top rod, Josh Fenton took his first fish near the dam and then four more at the more sheltered western end of the 1500 acre reservoir on cast whisker, cormorant and booby using a medium sinking line. Josh?s brother Scott is already in the England team having finished tenth in the event last year.


Runner up Tom Cooper from Empingham, Rutland, caught six trout and the biggest of the day at 3lb 7oz, but with a slightly lower total weight, to retain his place in the team. In third place was Edward Field from Newent, Glos, also with six trout.


EYFA chairman Alistair Smith congratulated all the competitors on their skill and for coping with the windy conditions to catch so many trout. Alistair thanked the volunteer boatmen, team manager Stuart Young and Anglian Water?s fishery staff for managing the event so well.


Qualifiers (top ten weights) for 2007 National squad


Josh Fenton (Tyne & Weir) 14lb 4oz

Tom Cooper (Rutland) 14lb 2oz

Edward Field (Glos) 13lb 13oz

Charles Hezlet (Salop) 12lb 8oz

David Angell (Staffs) 9lb 13oz

Stephen Pringle (London) 9lb 4oz

Karl Lewis (Cheshire) 6lb 15oz

Matthew Johnson (Derbys) 4lb 14oz

Alex Langdon (E Sussex) 4lb 8oz

Lauren Pearson (Devon) 3lb 1oz

Reserves

Nick Wagstaff (Northants), Oliver Gilman (Cheshire), Matthew Holroyd (Northumberland), Matthew Kidd (Cambs).


This year?s Youth International is at Rutland Water on 26 July.


We have recorded a number of notable catches throughout the week. Mr D Kontath from Suffolk weighed in the best bag of the week with 8 fish for 20lb. The best rainbow fell to Mr D Wheel of Peterborough at 6lb 4oz. Rex Sumner of Bexhill landed the best brown weighing 5lb 14oz.
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Week ending 16 July 2006

Fish for week 304
Fish for season 8,361
Returns for week 97
Returns for season 3,035
Rod average for week 3.13
Rod average for season 2.75

In spite of the hot conditions fish are comparatively high in the water ? only 5-6 feet down. Grafham Water regular Ian Heading took a cracking rainbow of 5lb 5oz on a black buzzer in 6 inches of water at 5.15 on Saturday morning, Ian took another 4 fish over 3?lb.

The preferred methods seem to be floating lines or the new modern midge tip lines with long 20 feet leaders and a team of nymphs such as diawl bachs or crunchers and even buzzers fished very slowly back accounting for the most fish. Bank anglers getting up early are cashing in on some very early sport at around 5am with the dam wall producing quality fish feeding on the vast numbers of pin fry or buzzers close in.

The main inlet boils have been turned off at the moment so the concentration of fish in this area has now spread throughout the lake, especially now the water quality is improving fast. The water is rapidly returning to its former clarity of about 10-12 feet.

There have been some notable rises on these warm nights, especially between Sanctuary Bay to Hedge End with the fish up and feeding on the sedge that are hatching off in the evening in this area.

best rainbow 5lb 5oz taken by Ian Heading of Great Staughton
fish stocked 2000

best boat areas dam wall, G buoy, North Tower, and central drifts

best bank areas dam wall (early morning) and Marlow Stones

mid week boat winner Mr R Crick of Upwood, Cambs

forthcoming events beginners courses 23 July and other dates throughout the season
24 July Midlands final of the AWFMI
4-5 August Lexus European Individual final
27 August Ladies National
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Week ending 23 July 2006

Fish for week 408
Fish for season 8,769
Returns for week 171
Returns for season 3,206
Rod average for week 2.3
Rod average for season 2.7


Grafham Water proves again what an outstanding competition water it is. Grafham played host to the South of England Final of the Anglian Water Fulling Mill International on 17 July. There were good quality fish being caught right to the end despite a blazing hot day with no breeze and flat calm greeting the 54 anglers taking part.


The anglers took 162 fish, giving a rod average of 3 mostly taken in the first four foot of water on floating or intermediate lines and nymphs. Jon Marshall said "it was a pleasure to do the weigh-in, with such superb fish coming to the scales with plenty at 3lb plus.


Adrian Necci fishing for Weald of Kent was star of the day, taking best fish, a lovely brown of 7lb 3?oz and best bag at 20lb 7?oz (6 fish).

As you can only take home one prize in this competition Vernon Chapman fishing for Bewl Chompers took home a prize for second biggest fish of the day, another beautiful brown, weighing 5lb 5 7/8oz


The first three teams took home the prize money and qualified for a place at the International Final at Rutland Water on 3 & 4 October.


1st Weald of Kent 29 fish for 77lb 12oz
2nd Carbotec Kingfishers 22 fish for 53lb 13oz
3rd Team Tightlines 20 fish for 48lb 4oz
4th Blagdon FF Bristol Water 18 fish for 45lb 14oz
5th FDG London 19 fish for 44lb
6th Bewl Chompers 15 fish for 35lb 7oz
7th Meridian Flyfishers 15 fish for 35lb 7oz
8th Team Friendly Fishermen 1 15 fish for 32lb 5oz
9th Bristol Reservoirs 9 fish for 23lb 15oz




Bank fishing from most areas of the dam has been very good between 5.30am and 9.00am. Floating/sink tip lines and small nymphs producing the best catches.


Boat anglers have had more consistent fishing with fish being taken throughout the day from the dam, G buoy, north tower and deep water point using various methods from floating/sink tip lines with small nymphs to fast sink lines with boobies, blobs and diawl bachs.


The water clarity is excellent with 8-10 feet of visibility all over the reservoir.


Mark Burr of Milton Keynes had a cracking brace of brownies on Friday.

One of 6lb 1oz and the other 5lb 2oz caught from church bay with a di7 line and orange boobie.


Boatmen are still needed for the England Ladies National on Sunday 27 August. If you are able to help please contact sheenagoode@hotmail.com
or telephone Grafham Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531. Offers of help are always very much appreciated, it?s great fun and a rewarding experience.


Best rainbow Various rainbows of 3lb plus caught this week

Best brown 7lb 3?oz taken by Adrian Necci fishing the AWFMI Southern Final (see main report).

Fish stocked 2000

Best boat areas Dam wall, G-buoy, north tower, deepwater point.

Best bank areas Dam wall (early morning) and Marlow Stones

Best methods Floating/sink tip lines, with diawl bachs, buzzers, ptn, crunchers, minkies. Sinking lines with boobies, diawl bachs, minkies and cats whiskers

Mid week boat winner - Roland Hudson from St. Neots.

Forthcoming events:
Lexus European Individual final - 4&5 August
Ladies National - 27 August ? boatmen still required, see main report.
Beginners Courses - 26 August, 10 & 24 September and 1 & 22 October
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Week ending 30 July 2006

Fish for week 505
Fish for season 9,274
Returns for week 156
Returns for season 3,362
Rod average for week 3.2
Rod average for season 2.75

Grafham Water came up trumps again, as the fairest and possibly best competition water in the country for the Midland Final of the Anglian Water Fulling Mill Competition.

66 anglers caught 294 fish for a rod average of 4.45 again in searing heat and no wind. The average weight of fish was pushing 2.5lb with five fish over 5lb.

The best being 6lb 9oz caught by Mick Loy of Ian Barr FF Team Shakespeare.

Best bag went to Ron Gent fishing for ACA Masterline with 8 fish for 22lb 15oz. Fish were caught very deep down on boobies and nymphs as it was so hot.


Jon Marshall was again delighted with another superb weigh-in only a week after the southern final


ACA Masterline took the honours with an outstanding performance with 45 fish for 117lb including time bonus as 5 of the team had their limits by mid afternoon.

Network Appliance took second place with 38 fish for 82 lb.

Guide Renegade took third with 35 fish for 82 lbs.

These are the three teams qualifying for the international final from the 11 teams taking part.


On the local front Anglian Water staff had an excellent day?s fishing. Paul Shaw of Lyndon fishing for Network Appliance had 8 fish for 19lb 1oz by 2.00pm and Robbie Winram of Oakham fishing for Guide Renegade had 8 fish for 20lb 14oz by 4.00pm.


1st ACA Masterline 45 fish for 117lb 5oz
2nd Network Appliance 38 fish for 92lb 1oz
3rd Guide Renegades 35 fish for 82lb 2oz
4th Iain Barr FF Team Shakespeare 28 fish for 74lb 10oz
5th Orvis Team Rutland 28 fish for 64lb 10oz
6th Loops Ltd Uk 23 fish for 51lb 1oz
7th Hanningfield Phoenix 22 fish for 49lb 9oz.
8th Grafham Water Flyfishers 21 fish for 49lb 5oz
9th Team Lochstyle 19 fish for 46lb 5oz
10th Greenwell Persuaders ?A? 21 fish for 45lb 1oz
11th Greenwell Persuaders ?B? 14 fish for 35lb 11oz

Grafham continued to fish well for the rest of the week with all the fish being taken deep down on either lures or small nymphs from the dam, central drifts and the north tower. Most of the fish are feeding on daphnia or the vast abundance of fry. The water clarity is exceptionally good with the majority of the reservoir having 10 -12 feet of visibility.


There have been some very good fish caught this week mainly from the dam and north tower areas

Warren Scott from Corbridge Northumberland took the best fish of the week, a superb 10lb 13oz brown from hedge end fishing a black blob on a Di 7 line.

Gene Robinson from Raunds took the best rainbow of the week a cracking 6lb 12oz specimen.

Season ticket Holder, Rob Edmunds from Ringstead, took the best bag of the week 8 fish for an amazing 39lb 10oz on an Di 8 line fishing an humungus booby from the dam. Rob?s bag consisted of 2 browns of 10lb 2oz & 7lb12oz, rainbows 4lb 8oz , 4lb, 2 x 3lb 8oz , 3lb 4oz & 3lb, well done Rob.


Boatmen are still needed for the England Ladies National on Sunday 27 August. If you are able to help please contact sheenagoode@hotmail.com
or telephone Grafham Fishing Lodge on 01480 810531. Offers of help are always very much appreciated, it?s great fun and a rewarding experience.

Best rainbow - 6lb 12oz taken by Gene Robinson of Raunds
Best brown - 10lb 13oz taken by Warren Scott of Corbridge from hedge end on a di7 line with black blob.
Fish stocked - 2000
Best boat areas dam wall, north tower and central drifts
Best bank areas dam wall (early morning) and Marlow stones
Best methods fast sink lines, blobs, boobies, cormorants, minkies, humungus, diawl bachs ptn and buzzers
Mid week boat winner Mr G. Griggs from Rushden
Competition news Invicta Tuesday Night boat league this week?s winner was Andy Newman from Cambridge with 5 fish.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2006 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

National Fishing Week
Monday 22 to Friday 26 August
To help celebrate National Fishing Week, Anglian Water is offering free tuition at Grafham Water.
The 3/4 hour sessions are 10.15 - 11.00am; ll.30 - 12.15am; 2.00pm - 2.45pm and 3.00 - 3.45pm
Pre-booking is essential. Telephone 01480 810531

Also during National Fishing Week anyone hiring a full day boat at ?24 will receive a ?5 voucher to be spent in the fishing lodge restaurant that same day. So you can start with a breakfast or come in for lunch on your fishing day. (Please note this is one voucher per boat ie shared between 2 anglers
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