Our second day out of the 2021 season was at Rutland Water. 14 anglers took to the water with a mixed bag of weather. The day started cloudy with a SW breeze, and through the day there was a bright warm spell, a light shower at the start of the afternoon before a bright spell up to the end of the session at 5pm. Thankfully we avoided some isolated very heavy showers which were not far away.  At the weigh in every member bar one caught fish, There were 41 fish weighedin, and anoth 37 released, giving a rod average of just over 5.5.  There was stiff competition for the trophy for the biggest fish, with several fish in the 2 to 3 lb bracket, and the Trophy went to Rutland regular Dave Porter with a rainbow of 2lb 15 1/2oz.  The winner of the Boat Voucher, kindly donated by Anglian Water, drawn out of the hat, was John Thompson.

Many thanks to Andy and the staff at Rutland for their help and for making it a very enjoyable day out.


This was our first official outing for EDFF members since October 2019, and 21 members turned up at Eyebrook with eager anticipation for the day ahead. Conditions at first sight, if you read the books, were not ideal, as there was a 10 mph North-easterly wind, and bright warm sunshine. However when the boats were being loaded up fish were seen rising almost anywhere, and mayflies were hatching in the corner near the dam, with the odd one being taken by a hungry rainbow.
As the name suggest, this day out is for floating lines only, under the wishes of the late Peter Willan, who as well as being an avid dry fly man, with his company Closomat, have sponsored the EDFF for many years.
The day got steadily warmer reaching 29 deg by the end of the day at 4pm, and at the weigh in it was found that every angler had caught their 2 fish limit bar one who taken only 1, but the talk was of the number of fish lost, and also how many rises there had been to the dry fly. At the final count the 21 anglers had accounted for 154 fish for a rod average of 7.3.
Prior to the socially distanced outdoor picnic provided by Pauline and her helpers, we remembered our two members, Derek Lucas our President and John Salisbury who we lost to Covid-19 in 2020, with a minutes silence.
After the picnic we presented the Frank Roberts Trophy for the biggest fish, a rainbow of 2lb 7oz, to Ian Bradfield, and drawn out the hat for a boat voucher, kindly donated by Ifor Jones, the winner was Stewart Hume.
We would like to thank Pauline for the food, and Ifor and his staff for all their help with everything to make it a most enjoyable day out. During the talk afterwards we agreed that this was one of the best days out for the EDFF in many years.
Thanks once again Ifor

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