THERE ARE four trout fisheries that come under the Anglian Water umbrella: Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe. Each offers some of the best stillwater sport available from boat or bank in the UK with stocked rainbow and brown trout, many of which over-winter to become true specimens.
Rutland has a fleet of more than 60 boats available to book through the lodge, which also has a large tackleshop. Hambleton Peninsula splits the reservoir into the famous north and south arms, merging in the main basin. Exploring the whole reservoir is a challenge so it’s worth spending time quizzing the staff for news of catches and carefully planning your day. Rutland is an excellent venue for autumn and winter when the shallows come alive with fry-feeders.
The presence of “killer shrimp” in Grafham has led to excellent sport near the rocky areas at the dam end. The abundant feeding means that good fishing can be had all the way through winter to the end of the season in January. As with Rutland, there is an on-site tackle shop and excellent lodge facilities.
Set among the pretty Northamptonshire countryside, Pitsford Water has large weedbeds in its many bays, which support a rich variety of aquatic insects. The water clarity is excellent and so fishing with imitative nymphs and dry-flies can give superb sport.
Ravensthorpe lies in a sheltered Northamptonshire valley and is a great venue to fish dry-flies from a drifting boat. At 100 acres it is one of the more manageable of the Midlands reservoirs. Day tickets for Rutland, Grafham and Ravensthorpe cost £26 for eight fish plus c-and-r or £23 for one fish plus c-and-r (barbless flies only). Half-day tickets (full day from Nov 1) £19 for four fish plus c-and-r. Day tickets for Ravensthorpe £30 for four fish plus c-and-r or £25 for two fish plus c-and-r. Half-day tickets £19 for one fish plus c-and-r. Anglian Water boats £27 for two anglers, £17 for a solo angler a day; or £21 for two anglers, £15 for a solo boat for a half day.
A drift over the North Arm shallows on Rutland.