Saturday June 16th to Tuesday June 19th

DATE: Saturday 16th-Tuesday 19th June.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul and Ben.
NOTABLE CATCHES: Many catches into double figures.
NOTABLE BAG: n/a.
BEST RNB: 9lb for Jock Bending. See pic.
BEST BROWN: Several @ 3lb.
BANK ROD AV: n/a.
BOAT ROD AV: n/a.

Sport: There have been many good catches recorded over the last few days with the dam area really switching on. There have been a number of tactics that have been working well with damsels, dry flies and a blob and booby combo all being effective. The trout have remained high in the water and keeping your flies in the top couple of feet has been the key to success. On Saturday many anglers were practicing for the England eliminator the following day so tactics and patterns were being kept but there were lots of trout caught and with good conditions forecast for the Sunday some super fishing was on the cards and that is what happened. The top rod went to Warren Langridge with a great catch of 20 fish. Warren concentrated his efforts around the dam and along the east bank with mini blobs and boobys on a slow sinking line accounting for his haul. Following closely behind in second place was Andy Campbell with 18 trout. Andy found his fish in similar areas to Warren. Taking third spot was Neil Hodgeson who bucked the trend and headed off to the causeway where he had most of this area to himself all day. Neil landed 14 fish with dabblers being his best patterns. The best areas from the shore have been along the dam, Grindys lawn and the east bank from the spill way along to Halsteads hike and with deeper water close to the shore trout have been caught just feet away from the bank. Today Cheshire police held a friendly competition and once again good catches were recorded. In 1st place was Chris Webster 2nd Ian Wood and in 3rd place was Anton Burden. I will get rod averages and tactics etc when i can. Syotw Paul.

Monday June 11th to Friday June 15th

DATE:                             Monday June 11th to Friday June 13th
REPORT AUTHOR        Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:   18 trout for Paul Buttery and for Peter Andrews
BEST RNB:                     4lbs 8oz Jimmy Cryton
BEST BROWN:               2lbs 8oz Richard Wincer
BANK ROD AV:              7.31 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:              6.00 fish per angler
Sport: On Monday it was very bright and breezy, which meant the fishing wasn’t easy throughout the day. However in the evening we got a bit of cloud cover and the wind eased slightly and not surprisingly the fishing picked up.
Colin Fitzjohn took five on dries and John Richardson brought four to his boat on snakes fished on sinking line.
Tuesday followed a similar format with ones twos and threes across the board.
However on Wednesday things started to change. Bank anglers started to return from the Dam area with some really good catches. First back after just a few hours was Mr J Cottam with four fish all caught on a small viva on a floating line. Then came Ian Sobe and Terry Overy with five and six apiece and finally, after just half a day, came Keith Landless with twelve trout. Keith started by straight-lining buzzers near the blue pipe but this proved fruitless so he switched to pulling back a small lure just subsurface. He had a frantic couple hours where he landed twelve and had plenty of follows and other interest.
Whilst I was cleaning out the boats on the jetty Richard Wincer stopped by and told me that he had just had a mad half hour and landed seven trout in quick succession. He had already caught three at Bell Point but it was in Barn Quarry where he’d had the best action. I told him about Keith Landless catching twelve trout from the Dam, he smiled, and not to be out done he cast back in now near the jetty. No sooner had he started retrieving and his line tightened and he landed two rainbows at once! A couple of casts later and he caught his thirteenth fish. Richard used a variety of patterns but one that was common to all was that he retrieved the flies just under the surface.
On Thursday the very strong winds meant that the boats couldn’t go out. Not to be defeated, Paul Buttery and Phil Webster walked down to the Dam to fish from the shore. Later they were joined by Jim and Ian Creighton, Michael Timlin and Stu Blayney who were staying in our holiday let. When I left Paul had caught eighteen rainbows up to 3lbs 8oz all on daddy long legs. When it was cloudy he twitched it back and when it was bright he let it sink and fished it much slower. Good angling.
I later learned the Jimmy and the lads had a good evening session with fifteen trout between them, the best of which was caught by jimmy and tipped the scales to 4lbs 8oz.
On Friday the wind had subsided so they did get to go out on the boats.
Jimmy and Stu fished ste off to the dam anchored around Grindy’s Lawn. They had a beano morning session fishing daddies both statically and retrieved back. They ended up with a cricket score of 31 to the boat.
Ian and Michael fished the same method up the east bank to tempt eighteen trout between them.
Peter Andrews was also fishing from a boat at the Dam and he too was amongst the fish. Peter started on dries and then, as it brightened, fished the washing line and then straight lined diawls. He ended up with eighteen trout and had many more takes.
Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton drifted all over the reservoir today and commented that they got action everywhere they fished. They ended up with twenty two trout between including some nice over-wintered fish.
From the shore Ken Whiteside had eight fish this morning from Barn Quarry and Hartley’s Bank on his white UDF pattern and Antoon Gysbers took six on Crackton nymphs and flashback diawls. Tight Lines Ben

Steve Horrocks (pictured here) and Dave Vose had nine fish between them including this belting 9lb 5oz rainbow. All their fish fell to Dawsons olive in Hollins Bay

Steve Horrocks (pictured here) and Dave Vose had nine fish between them including this belting 9lb 5oz rainbow. All their fish fell to Dawsons olive in Hollins Bay

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th of June

On Friday most anglers kept their cards close to their chests as they were practicing for the Anglian Airflo six man team heat that was to be held the following day on Saturday.
However we did get a few returns handed in. The best catch went to Elliot and Ken Horrocks who landed sixteen trout between them. Elliot and Ken fished a team of hoppers of varying colours on a floating line. They started in Cook’s Creek and moved around spots at the Northern end of the reservoir.
Chris Robinson also had a great day on Friday. He took nine rainbows up to the 3lb mark fishing around Gull Island with daddies on a floating line.
Saturday was the northern heat of the Anglian Airflo. Five teams took part, all fishing for one of three places in the northern final, which will be held on Rutland water on July 16th.
The best catch to an individual boat on the day came to the Harriers Neil Hodgson and Marlins Ben Bayliss. They had nineteen trout to their boat. They found that two blobs pulled on an intermediate linewas the most efficient way of catching and they fished their way all along the Northern Shallows and Bouy Line. Ben was top individual with ten fish and Neil was 2nd with nine. Good Anling.
Also with nine trout was team Ospreys member Stevie Peart. Stevie fished a team of black hoppers over Hollins Bay, Blackhouse Bay and Grindy’s Lawn. Stevie had two double hook ups on dries and landed both fish on both occasions.
I was also out on the water fishing for my team the Stocks Falcons and I shared a boat with Gary Martin from the Stocks Merlins. Gary and I spent our entire day in the Causeway area where May flies were hatching off the water along with some large black buzzers, alder flies and the occasional daddy.
The morning was over cast and Gary’s method of three dries got far more attention from the trout than my method of washing lined diawl bachs. So I switched to dries too. Curiously, Gary had found that the trout were picking out an orange foam daddy, a fly I haven’t used much before, and large olive dries were also getting a good amount of attention. We both got off to a frustrating start losing fish at the net, missing them or getting broken. However we managed to land a few and soon settled into the match.
At lunchtime the sun came out and, although the may flies continued to emerge, the trout stopped rising to them. So we switched methods to straight lining damsels and buzzers and this proved fruitful too. We ended with twelve trout to the boat and we could’ve had a fair few more. Thanks for a great day Gary I really enjoyed it.
However this match was not about individuals but about how the teams got on as a whole. Congratulations to the Ospreys who came out on top once again, and congratulations to the Falcons and Harriers for qualifying for the next round. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
The full results and rod averages etc are listed below. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks:Thursday 7th June.

Sport: As most of the anglers fishing today were on a practice day ahead of the competition on Saturday info has been sparse however i can report back on Ricky Newbolts 3 day fishing break staying in the apartment. On Monday Ricky caught 9 fish, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 19 and in just a couple of hours this morning another 9 fish, for a total of 48 trout. Good angling Ricky. Ricky caught most of his haul along the east bank and the northern end of the lake with a real mix of flies working for him including damsels, diawls and daddys. Ricky has caught many trout weighing over 3lb, lost a good number, had double hook ups, got a great tan and caught a tagged trout that gave him a £250 tackle voucher! Worth coming then Ricky. Syotw Paul.