Grafham opens for trout fishing on 1st April

Following the Prime minister’s ‘road map’ announcement yesterday, we can confirm that we are going to open Rutland, Grafham, Pitsford and Ravensthorpe waters for Fly fishing for Trout from bank and boat from the 1st of April. Boat fishing will be for either single anglers or two anglers, but not three anglers sharing until further notice.

Based on the ‘road map’ the fishing lodges will be unable to open until April the 12th at the earliest, so all boats booked between the 1st of April and the 11th of April will need to be pre-paid at the point of booking, the same as how we operated for much of last season. However as we are currently busy in the process of renewing our 2020 customer’s season tickets, we are currently suspending taking any bookings for boats between these dates as we would like to complete the process of renewing our season ticket holders first, we estimate this process will be completed by March the 14th. If you are a 2020 season ticket holder and have not been contacted yet, please be patient.

Therefore we will open the phone lines on all waters for April 1st-11th bookings from Monday the 15th of March and we will take full payment at the point of booking for any boats booked between these dates. Any existing boats booked in for these dates will be honoured and the customer will be contacted for payment from the 15th of March. In the meantime, if you would like to book a boat beyond April the 11th please email Once the phonelines are open please ring the lodge direct you wish to book the boat at, with the exception of Ravensthorpe, their boats will need to be booked through Pitsford fishing lodge until the water opens on the 1st of April.

*As there is some flexibility within the roadmap, if the shop opening is delayed we may have to re-evaluate some of these dates*

Anyone who was not a 2020 season ticket holder, but would like to purchase a season ticket, or has questions about purchasing one please email the retail manager at

We are hoping you are looking forwards to the start of what should be a fantastic season, tight lines.

Update from Anglian Water on Tuesday 1st February 2021

  • Update from Anglian Water regarding opening dates and stocking for the new season
  • Further to the government briefing on 27th January regarding the current national lockdown, it is now looking more likely we will be unable to open our fisheries on our advertised opening dates. 
  • As such we anticipate our new season to begin on 1st April however should restrictions ease before this date, we will open as planned. 
  • If restrictions extend past the 5th April 2021, refunds will be given for any closed period from this date. No refunds will be made for the period between the planned  fishery opening date and the 5th April 2021. 
  • Our planned pre-season stocking is continuing as normal in anticipation of a fantastic opening day

We appreciate this is a frustrating time but thank you all for your continued support. 

Previous update on 8 January 2021

Dear Sailing Club and Fishing Club leader,

Following an internal review of our position in respect of the national lockdown which commenced on Tuesday 5th January. I can confirm the following:

Our parks will be remaining open for access to the tracks, playgrounds and car parks and we will be providing takeaway services only from our cafes.

While there have been updates from the RYA and Angling Trust reporting some ‘localised‘ angling and sailing activity can continue there is an overwhelming interpretation that exercise must be local and limited. To this end and given that the majority of participants in these activities at our parks would need to travel outside of their local area we believe maintaining our decision to suspend water based activities for the duration of this current period of lockdown, remains the right thing to do for our local communities and the effort to overcome the pandemic. 

I know how difficult this is for us all and appreciate the support some of you have already shown for this decision. We look forward to re-opening in line with government guidance and seeing you all for a vaccine protected 2021 season!


Jake Williams

Head of Parks & Conservation

Membership subscriptions are now due

A gentle reminder to members that your annual subscription fell due on 1st January. You will have received a newsletter recently informing you of this with details of how to pay. If you have any doubts about your membership status, please e mail the secretary for clarification.

GWFFA AGM by “Zoom” – Tuesday 2 March 2021

In a “first for GWFFA, our annual AGM will be held “virtually” by Zoom electronic media on Tuesday 2nd March 2021, starting at 8 pm. An invitation to join the meeting has been sent to members and a further reminder will go out on Sunday 28 February.

If you intend to attend, please ensure your 2021 subscription is up to date.

Anglian Water update

Boats are now allowed back on the water from Tuesday 2 December. All bookings must be made and paid for by phone.

From 6 November, Anglian Water have now restricted angling to bank fishing only in line with Angling Trust guidelines with immediate effect. Telephone bookings only will be allowed for bank fishing.

All watersports including boat fishing, along with sailing and windsurfing are no longer permitted for the duration of the lockdown.

Please ensure social distancing when bank fishing to ensure that we maintain access to the fisheries during this difficult period.

The outstanding quality of Grafham rainbows

Club member John Vincent with a 4lb 12.4oz rainbow, caught from the dam on Tuesday 7 July 2020.

Member Simon Clegg with a superb 6lb 8oz rainbow caught of the harbour wall on 4 November on a booby humungous fly

Derek Bravington proudly displays his 4lb 10oz rainbow caught off Hedge End during the club’s Winter Plate competition on 13th December

Join GWFFA now for just £17

If you are not yet a member, you can join now for just £17 (£22 for family membership) which will give you membership for all of 2021. Please e mail the secretary ( for an application form.

All members, receive a complimentary lapel badge

Regular eNewsletters & updates

Organised boat & bank competitions

Programme of winter evening meetings by Zoom virtual media (all members welcome)

Free entry to monthly “Big Fish” prizes

Insurance on club events


In conjunction with Anglian Water, members of GWFFA have completed a series of working parties designed to improve bank access around the water (see image below).  

It is proposed that work parties will continue into the New Year with the following dates “pencilled in”, subject to weather. Social distancing applies and nobody should travel from one tier to another.

Mon 4th JanMon 18th JanMon 1st FebMon 15th FebMon 1st Mar

Anyone attending 4 work parties will receive an Anglian Water boat voucher. Please confirm your attendance to Mark Brinkman (07484 659549) or by e mail to and meet at the fishing lodge at 10 am.

GWFFA & Invicta members hard at work at Grafham.

Anglian Water announce re-opening of reservoirs on Tuesday 2nd June 2020

We would like to thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the recent unprecedented times. 

During the closed period, we have continued to maintain our stocking and we can’t wait to open up for a great fishing season. 

We are pleased to inform you we will be re-opening to anglers on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. In preparation for this, from 9am Thursday 28th May 2020 our fisheries team will be available to taking bookings for the coming months (please do not call before this time as the team will not be back onsite until then).  Please note however that in order to maintain social distancing and cut down on the amount of traffic in the lodges, all boats booked  will need to be paid for at the point of booking.  The terms and conditions of which will be updated on our website.  We will still be accepting ‘walk-ins’ for boat fishing but strongly suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.

To ensure we comply with social distancing and government guidelines, the fisheries will be observing new operating procedures. We ask that you respect these guidelines and follow them to ensure all our staff and visitors remain safe.