Late season hotspots
Sailing Club Bay: Around the ‘fry holding’ areas such as pontoons, weedbeds and moorings. East Creek: Packed with features and has produced more big fish than any other bank spot on Rutland (along with Whitwell Creek). Harbour and stone arm: Holds vast numbers of fry. My largest Rutland brown of 11lb 8oz came from here. Fan cast the water searching for fry feeders. Long periods of inactivity often followed by two or three quick fish, as they move in and out of the harbour to feed. Note: barbless hooks only here in brown trout close season. Blue Pipes: Brownies love the gravel bottom here. Last season I had four 5lb-plus brownies in 45 minutes. Fantasy Island: It can get weedy here because it’s shallow (especially the 50 metres from the stones to the first trees), so fish on the stone point (part of the dam) and cast back towards Sykes Lane into deep water. There’s a concrete draw-off about 20 yards out (submerged). The water level here drops from 15 feet to 25 feet and attracts fry and big fish all year. Whitwell and Ernie’s Point: Fish first thing in the morning before the sailors arrive or last thing at night. Cast along (but not on) the pontoons as fry congregate here. At Ernie’s Point wade out 20 metres and cast towards open water or back into the creek, often along a weedbed. Where the old pontoon is now resting, just past the bushes on the bend, is very deep and allows you to cast along a weedbed.