Join GWFFA now for just £10 until 31 December 2021

If you are not yet a member, you can join now for just £10 until 31 December 2021.

Full annual membership of £17 will then become due and which will give you membership for 2022. Benefits include regular e Newsletters & updates, organised boat & bank competitions, free entry to monthly “big fish” prizes, insurance on club events, entry to winter evening meetings (in person and by Zoom).

Please e mail the secretary (jbatter100@ for an application form.

All new members, receive a complimentary lapel badge and a copy of Grafham Water – a bank anglers’ guide.

The outstanding quality of Grafham rainbows

Member John Vincent with a 4lb 12.4oz rainbow caught from the dam on Tuesday 7 July 2020

Chairman Mark Brinkman displaying another cracking Grafham rainbow weighing 4lbs 12oz
Charlie Abrahams proudly showing his best ever Grafham rainbow, weighing 6lbs 8oz

Welcome to our new committee member Mark Brookbanks, here displaying a fine Rutland brown trout

The late Dave Barker, holding his record 13lb 13oz record Grafham rainbow, which is now on display in the cafeteria at the fishing lodge. A replica is displayed in the shop below the cafe.

Rainbow & brown Trout

Club member Dayood Sheik with a fine brace, both taken on the same drift.

A 5:06 Rainbow trout caught on the 13th March 2020, about 50 yards from G buoy on a white snake with some floro orange maribu tied into the head, fished on a DI5 line retrieved in short slow pulls. I was fishing with a non-member on the day, Dave Aylett. I showed Tom the ranger the fish when we got in that evening, but weighed it on the boat after capture.


British Fly Fair International

Saturday 9th/Sunday 10th February 2019 9.30 – 4.30 pm (free parking)

Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, STAFFORD, ST18 0BD

The UK’s premier Fly Fishing Show with more than 80 exhibitors plus over 50 demonstrators on Fly Tyers Row (sponsored by Veniard).

Entry (on the door) £12 (1 day) or £17 (2 days).

Rutland Water Fly Fishers organise a coach which leaves Empingham Cricket Ground at approx 8 am (cost £15) and includes one ticket in a spectacular raffle with a prize for everyone. Payment (cash only please) can be made at Grafham Water Fishing Lodge. A great day out for all.

More information can be found at

GWFFA 2019 Club Champions

1st Boat match. 1st Leanne frost. 2nd Chris Bobby.

2nd Boat match. 1st Roger Hurren. 2nd Chris Bobby.

3rd Boat match. 1st Charlie Abrahams. 2nd Mark Brinkman.

1st Bank match. 1st Derek Bravington. 2nd Martin Brocklebank.

2nd Bank match. 1st Andy Linwood. 2nd Peter Waterhouse. 

3rd Bank match. 1st Derek Bravington. 2nd Dayood Shiek. 

Club Champion. Chris Bobby. Runner up Mark Brinkman.

Bank Champion is Derek Bravington. Runner up Dayood Shiek.

Boat Champion is Chris Bobby. Runner up Charlie Abrahams. 

Dry Fly day. Dayood Sheik.

Winter Plate. Mark Brinkman.

Best Bag. Derek Bravington with 19lb 3oz caught 28/4/18.

Best Rainbow trout. David Spall 3lb 07oz caught 28/04/18.

Best Brown trout. Chris Bobby 12lb 10oz caught in October at Rutland Water.

Best Brace. Chris Bobby with brown of 12lb 10oz and rainbow of 3lb 6oz for combined weight of 16lb.

Fish of the month. A brown trout of 5lb 8oz caught by David Spall in April 2018.

Anglian Water Fishery report 16 December 2018

Grafham Water
The rod average at Grafham is currently 3.5. Grafham has started to fish well from the bank with G point and the bowl of the dam producing some nice fish. Don’t be afraid to try some traditional wets like butchers and silver invictas, they can work well at this time of year. Otherwise it’s mini snakes (particularly olive ones), fabs or minkies if you like pulling flies. Alternatively it’s back to the usual suspects – diawl bach, GRHE or crunchers with a booby on the point. 

Boat fishing has been most popular with the predator anglers who continue to find feeding fish at the towers and along the dam.

Grafham Shrimpmasters 2018
We have now fished four rounds with two remaining.

The fourth round on 16 December was won by Steve Cracknell who caught his six fish limit in the middle of the dam on floating line with diawl bachs and a white lure. Chris Mcleod was second with 4 fish off the north end toward the willows and Chris Bobby third fishing near Steve. Nine anglers caught 19 fish.

The points table sees Steve Cracknell in the lead with 22 points; Chris McLeod in second with 19 points and Chris Bobby and Dayood Sheik tying for third place with 18 points each; Charlie Abrahams is close behind with 17 points so it is still wide open.

A reminder to anglers to make sure you submit your catch returns. This not only gives you the chance of winning the mid week boat prize but also gives us vital feedback on how the lake is fishing and will give us an accurate estimate of the rod average. We know a lot of fish were caught and returned off G mark earlier this week with two anglers having at least 16 fish between them, but failing to hand in their catch returns.

We are holding a sale at Rutland and Grafham tackle shops for two days only – Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. There will be 25% off all retail purchases (excluding items marked as sale items, there is no further discount for season ticket holders and customers are limited to a maximum of two spools of leader material each). In December and January the shops will be open 8am to 1pm (closed Christmas Day).

On New Year’s Day Grafham will host a bank match – a great way to start 2019 in style! Registration and breakfast at the lodge from 9am; fishing 10am to 3pm. Fished to a four fish limit with prizes for the biggest fish, smallest fish and biggest bag. £5 per angler plus normal fishing fees. To book please call 01480 810531.

Forthcoming events
New Year bank match
10am to 3pm
Shrimpmasters bank league: 
6 and 20 January