Pitsford Water in Northamptonshire is holding an open day on February 18 with the fishery then set to open for flyfishing on February 25.
Anglers can meet the Anglian Water’s fisheries team from 10am to 3pm and there’s also the chance to brush up on your casting skills with senior coach Peter Hartley. As well as the usual rods Peter’s going to have a couple of salmon rods handy for anyone who wants to try double-handed casting.
Flash Attack Flies and Snowbee will be present. Free sausage baps and hot drinks will be served, copies of the new Hooked 2017 magazine will be available and season permits will be on sale.
Fisheries Manager Jon Marshall says “We are really looking forward to meeting anglers for a chat about the new season. One of the highlights will be the draw from last season’s ticket returns which will see one lucky angler winning a Gold Season ticket to fish the 2017 season for free!”
Ravensthorpe opens Friday February 24
Plans for the new season are well under way. The overall rod average in opening week last year was 7.2 and expectations are high for some good-sized fish.
Grafham Water opens Friday 3 March
Following an exciting and enthralling season in 2016 everyone at Grafham is looking forward to welcoming anglers back on March 3.
Rutland Water opens Friday March 10
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of fishing at Rutland Water. Stocking will commence very early in March with rainbows and browns. Any overwintered fish showing at the start of the season should be in tremendous condition.