Blog — Rutland fly fishing

Lad Verses Dad - Who Won The Bragging Rights??

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Lad Verses Dad - Who Won The Bragging Rights??

It is not that often I get to go out fishing with my dad, however we we determined to have a great day on Rutland together. Rutland is still only showing glimpses of its normal potential for this time of year, however saying that, if you know where to look, there are some superb fish to be caught ! This last few weeks I have being focussing on fishing the weed beds, and today was no different. Despite the introduction of plenty of stock fish this last few weeks, nothing can beat a grown on Rutland Rainbow or Brown, so...

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Rutland Continues Its Rich Form Fishing Buzzers

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Rutland Continues Its Rich Form Fishing Buzzers

"My best day's buzzer fishing ever" claimed Alan Telford. Read on to find out why.... As we meandered  eagerly along the pontoon, I told Alan it was a floating line only day; his response was one of joy. Buzzers, buzzers buzzers! We headed to Hideaway Bay in search of a Rutland biggie. An hour in, and we had managed just the one fish, fishing buzzers on our floating lines. My instincts were telling me the fish were not playing, so we decided to move on to hunt out the seemingly elusive fish that we knew were there.   The next stop...

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Back To Basins At Rutland !

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Back To Basins At Rutland !

As the water temperatures rise, Rutland's Basin comes into its own, as the fish head here for the deeper cooler water. The latest stocking of 4,000 fish were all released around the shores of the basin, adding to the larger numbers already resident there. Easy fishing you could think? Think again, as  friend Trevor Gibson and I found out at the 'flick of a switch'. As we headed for the North shore, Sykes lane to be precise, the wind was coming straight off the shore - a Northerly wind. Our first 20 minutes we hadn't moved a fish, so I...

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Easy Life to Hard Life At Rutland Water

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Easy Life to Hard Life At Rutland Water

Rutland can be a test at the best of times, however it can also harbour some magnificent times, as well as magnificent fish! Friday saw me afloat with a local angler, Sam Smith who wanted to learn a few tips on boat fishing. Rutland is still at that pivotal point where it is still getting over the previous warm weather, and the raised water temperatures, though there are now signs, as the water temperatures are clearly dropping, that the fishing is coming to life. A daddy sits on the water.....a great pattern to be using now. . We headed to...

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Rutland's Mega Catch To Modest Catch In 24 Hours !

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Rutland's Mega Catch To Modest Catch In 24 Hours !

Having fished Rutland for over 30 years now, I am all to aware how things can change here, in a mere 24 hours. I have been lucky enough to fish Rutland on two consecutive days this week, and what a difference 24 hours can make. Wednesday I was fishing alongside Simon, a Forest fan (good enough in itself). Simon is still learning the tricks of the trade on how to tackle large reservoirs, and today I was going to show him the pulling of a booby across the surface, as this is what the Rutland trout cannot get enough of...

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