Ravensthorpe's new season got off to a record breaking start this weekend with a fantastic 13lb 10oz rainbow trout taken by top angler Dave Barker of Hardwick, Cambridge. Dave now has the unique distinction of holding two records for rainbow trout at Anglian Water reservoirs as he still holds the Grafham Water record with a 13lb 3oz fish from ten years ago. His efforts with a silver minkie into an awkward wind were well rewarded. Dave also took 7 other fish to 4lb returning 6. The previous record of 13lb stood for two years and was held by Graham Williams. Senior Warden Nathan Clayton said "We couldn't have hoped for a better start to the season with so many anglers enjoying a high catch rate and a record fish over the opening weekend."

Other huge fish were taken with Ravensthorpe regular Dick Haynes landing a fine 11lb 10oz fish from a boat on the opposite side of the fishery on his first cast of the day! Dick used a cats whisker. Further along the bank from Dave Barker, Towcester rod Tony Sykes took, weighed and returned an 11lb rainbow - an orange sunk daddy did the trick this time. Boat anglers were also enjoying a bonanza. Tony Macdonald had a 6lb 12oz fish near the island on an orange lure with fellow Leicestershire angler Ian Parnaby taking a brace for 12lb 10oz. Ian also returned a brown over 4lb, all fell to a white cats whisker. Ravensthorpe regulars Jon Caldwell and Graden Smith boated and returned 60 fish between them on Sunday with fish to 4lb falling to olive nymphs. The best methods are floating or intermediate lines with small bright lures or hot spot PTNs or sunk lines with fry patterns. Most fish are being taken in top 3-4 feet of water and near to the bank, best boat area the Island, best bank area are the platforms

Grafham Water: Anglian Water hosted a very successful Open Day at Grafham Water on Sunday with the help of Grafham Water Fly Fishers Association. Iain Barr, Sean Cutting and Kevin Taylor, demonstrated a new range of rods to beginners and experts alike. John Mees senior warden said "It was great to have so many expert anglers and fly tiers showing complete beginners the secrets of their success". Everyone is looking forward to the new season starting on March 23. Grafham Water Fly Fishers are holding their annual litter-pick this coming Sunday 10 March. These anglers must be congratulated for taking time out to clean up the environment.

Rutland Water
The annual Rutland Water Fly Fishers litter pick around Rutland Water took place on Sunday. Over 30 members gave up their time to pick up litter from around the reservoir. Fishery manager Jon Marshall thanked the volunteers. Jon said "This is an ideal opportunity for our anglers to get the whole reservoir sparkling clean and tidy for the early start to the season on Thursday 28 March".