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RUTLAND: Fishing remarkably well in conditions which are often trying. Trout still feeding hard on buzzers, bank anglers catching with floating lines and buzzer imitations at Finches, Carrot Creek, Old Hall Bay and New Zealand Point. Boat anglers having more success with sinking lines, although quite a few of the bigger fish fell to a dry fly. Popular drifts off Barnsdale, Dickensons, Gibbets, the Bunds and Manton. Rainbows to 7lb 6oz in a total haul of 2,423 trout to 738 returns (rod average 3.3).

RAVENSTHORPE: Good afternoon hatches of olives making fishing from midday onwards the most rewarding time at Ravensthorpe, which produced 258 trout to 92 rods (av 2.8). Best rainbow 9lb 8oz. Coton End and Willows best boat areas, bank anglers favouring the Platforms and Dome. Top tactic: Floating lines and an ultra-slow retrieve of GRHE, Damsel, olive and buzzer nymphs.

CHESTERTON MILL: First of the Mayfly just starting to show, but as yet red buzzer patterns are the most reliable offering. Fish of the week a superb 10lb 4oz rainbow, included in a five-fish catch for 22lb for David Lines. Week produced 121 trout to 87 rods. The Chesterton fishery is closed every Monday, with the exception of Bank Holidays.

ARDENCOTE MANOR: Squally weather insists on making life difficult for fly fishermen, but on the plus side some decent fish came out. Coventry's John Watson had rainbows of 9lb 12oz and 7lb 4oz, taken on an intermediate line and goldhead Damsel patterns. Other fish of 7lb 8oz and 5lb 8oz were recorded. Intermediate lines and small Damsels or Cat's Whiskers working consistently, but when the weather eased good hatches of buzzers and sedges put the floating line and a team of nymphs among the fish.

PACKINGTON: Rainbow of 7lb from Park Meadow led catches, taken by Birmingham rod Bill Dunne who used an orange and silver lure. Tamworth's Joe Ball used Damsel patterns for a five-fish bag from Broadwater which included a 5lb rainbow. Cocks Close fishing best from boats, for trout lying around the trees in the middle. Broadwater producing in front of the Lodge ands Burnet Iron, the catch and release pool, started to fish really well. Hatches of buzzer, hawthorn and black alder keeping fish moving - try black flies fished dry, Damsel, goldhead PTs and Hare's Ear. Rod average for week 2.0, from 335 fish to 167 returns.

GRAFHAM: Boat anglers beginning to have the edge as fish move out of the margins. Hill Farm, Pig Bay, Gaynes and G and K buoys the hottest spots. Abundant hatches of buzzers and hawthorn bringing quality fish to the surface - be ready for hard and fast takes.Top rainbow 7lb 2oz, among 1,196 trout to 328 returns, average 3.6.

PITSFORD: Good surface sport on offer as fish feast on emerging buzzers. Best method a floating line and a dark PT, Damsel or buzzer pattern. Pitsford Creek, the Pines and Gorse Bank good for boat anglers, Gravels the best shoreline. Rod average 3, from 659 trout to 215 returns.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Armstrong, Pat
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 13, 1999
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