Trout & Salmon (UK) - - England -

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 Wa­ter

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.

Grafham Wa­ter

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.

Pits­ford Wa­ter

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 Reser­voir

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.

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