With this hot weather beating down many fish are heading to the depths to keep cool. The smaller waters with limited depths are struggling as the temperatures soar and the fish simply stop feeding.
My latest trip was to Rutland Water. The water had turned a pungent green with minimal visibility. The record had just been smashed with a Brown of over 17lb caught up Rutland’s North Arm. We decided to head up the North in search of better fish.
We had thick low cloud cover and to my astonishment fish were moving through the middle of the north arm. I was armed with my Di 7 Airflo forty plus fly line to get to the cool depths but chose to pick up the rod with a floating line and pursued the rising fish. Nothing came and my partner started to pick fish up steadily on his Di7. 3-0 up and the banter started! It wasn’t long until I put a stop to his success and took him to the infamous North Arm weed beds.
Di7 and Buzzers
The water was badly tainted with green algae and it just didn’t seem appealing. We stuck it out for an hour on what I call dead certain drifts and nothing! We headed back to the North Arm Tower and I put 4 buzzers on a 16 foot leader on my Di7! I launched the full 40+ fly line in an increasing wind and held on. Just my 3rd cast and all locked up and the backing went flying out the rings!
I was in to a cracking fish which fought hard for almost 15 minutes before coming to the net. It weighed just shy of 6lb. It took the point fly at it’s deepest point and still came to the net feeling warm. 6 more quickly fell to the Buzzers ranging from stock fish to more resident specimens.
No hot summer day would be complete without a shot at the boils. These are in the middle of Rutlands main basin and there are approximately 12 of them. This is where the water is pumped in producing numerous amounts of oxygen bubbles and the fish congregate in big numbers on them. It can be embarrassingly easy or they can be empty. If one is not producing just move to the next one. Many anglers cast in and rip there flies through them but the best method is to simply throw it on to one of the edges and let it swing around and just keep your line tight.
Fish here tend to be fighting fit and with the currents caused they can give you one hell of a scrap. Make sure you fish an absolute minimum of 8lb G3 but I would opt for 10lb. A di 5 or Di 7 is best to cut through the fast flowing water. I have had great success with dries on boils too so if overcast try a team of Harry Potters which skim perfectly off them. Again, takes can be very fast and furious so don’t be shy using 8 or 10lb tippet on the dries.
Anglers should ring up their local small waters and check how it is fishing before venturing out in such heat.many are shallow and with little oxygen the fish just wont feed. Many small waters close during the hotter months of the year so check this too before venturing out I recently visited Thornwood Lakes in Essex and had some absolute superb fishing with fish in to double figures on dries, nymphs and lures, take your pick. 4 of us landed 96 on the day and I took the lakes best figures of 49! Despite being relatively shallow, it is the clearest small water I have ever fished and just like chalk stream clarity. It is spring fed keeping the lakes crystal clear and cool even through the hottest months.
IB Recommended Fly Packs
Diawl Bachs | Crunchers | Blobs
Boobys | Essential Small Water | Essential Dries