Rutland Water 2018 Opening Day

After having to put up endless bouts of bad weather of late, particularly snow it was good to be looking forward to opening day at my local trout fishery Rutland Water.

Friday was the go day, all boats booked, and surprisingly the weather looked like it might be fine for the first few hours even though we had a hard overnight frost. So armed with a DI8 and a cat booby off we headed to Sykes lane.

Sample of new FNF Jelly Fritz flies tied by myself ready for the 2018 season.

Cracking start weather wise for the 2018 season.

After the first couple of hours it seemed that the trout hadn’t been told it was opening day and they were supposed to play today. Only to be expected I guess following the bitterly cold weather and as usual for this time of year it was lunchtime before the action started. The plan for today was to avoid the ‘stockies’ close in and try and target the over wintered fish.

Lunch time saw me prospecting around East Creek and I wasn’t disappointed with this over wintered Brown.

Rutland brownie on opening day.

Wanting to make the most of the day with heavy rain forecast around 3pm we headed off towards New Zealand point, sadly it proved to be pretty quiet. Then a short motor saw us fishing into Inmans Spinny where great sport was to be had at the end of last season. It was not long before I was rewarded with this cracking rainbow.

Plump Rutland Rainbow on opening day.

After a bit more frantic action and those glances towards to increasingly dark clouds looming it was time to call it a day before the rain hit. Rutland is currently at five degrees temperature whereas this time last year it was nearer nine. This can only be good news in the long run and should extend some great sport into the summer months as the reservoir takes longer to warm up.

Today’s winner was the hot food flask, what a bonus to have a hot meal when out in the boat and it’s freezing. I will certainly be making the most of that in the weeks to come.

Tight lines


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