Stocks will be closing on the 31st October so all doubles club have until then to complete their fish off. We apologise for the lack of reports over the last month this has been due to two factors, firswtly we have had no internet for a prolonged period of time and secondly with the bad weather there has been a significant drop in angler numbers but the anglers that have attended have had some success with lures being the best method with the fish back in the margins keep on the move and fish the margins.
There are still places for the charity match being held on the 28th October if you are interested then please contact the lodge on 01200 446602 for further details
For the first time Stocks will be opening over the winter months on Saturdays and Sundays for bank and boat fishing although the boats will have to be pre-booked. This is a great opportunity to fish stocks through the winter months and see how it performs. This is on a trial basis this winter so use it or lose it guys tight lines Pete
Just a reminder: The Stocks n Shares match that was originally going to be held tomorrow has been moved to next Saturday September 30th. Cheers Ben
The week started with our first named storm of the year and finished with cooler, but much more settled conditions. The storm certainly put some water down, on Wednesday morning I had row a boat out from the shore to get to the jetty!
The weather certainly affected the numbers of anglers visiting but of ones that have visited us, most of them have left with a fish or two.
The best rod today was Bob Fitzpatrick who fished half a day for six fish. He had four rainbows to 3lbs 12oz and two brownies to 2lbs 8oz. Bob found a sparkler booby on the point and sparkly cormorants on the droppers retrieved with a fast roly-poly to be the most effective method. He used a sink tip line. He caught out over open water and close into the margins in Blackhouse Bay and at the Dam.
Over the week we have seen fish caught on sparklers fished right into the margins down the east bank at Grindy’s Lawn and off Pete’s Point.
Dries have also been a successful method with black bits and daddies coming up as the top patterns.
Antoon Gysbers has been coming every Friday since the season got underway in February. He always arrives early and heads out at 8am. He only fishes four a few hours and is back up at the lodge by 11am at the latest. Antoon has become Mr consistent, so far this season he is yet to blank, and usually catches more than one as well. This Friday he had two rainbows from Bell Point to 3lbs both took a stealth cormorant. Antoon almost always starts and finishes with the same cast of flies on and he fishes them on a floating line. This week he shared his deadly team of three flies. See the pic below. Tight Lines Ben
Mr Consistent: Antoon Gysbers definately deserves a mention. He has visited Stocks every Friday since the start of the season. He only ever fishes over a short morning session up to 3hrs max and so far he has never blanked. Good Angling Antoon
Antoon almost always uses the same cast of flies and fishes them on a floater. He has a Crackton nymph on his top dropper, a size 12 traffic light diawl on his middle and a red bodied stealth cormorant on the point.
Stocks is back to full level.
DATE: Wednesday August 5th Saturday August 9th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 trout for Steve Bland, Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG: Five fish for 12lbs Derek Moore & Felicity Appleton
BEST RNB: 4lbs Antoon Gysbers
BEST BROWN: 2lbs 2oz Derek Moore
BANK ROD AV: 2.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.6 fish per angler
Sport: We have had a lot of water down over the last few days and the reservoir level has risen around 6 or 7 feet in height. Although this has made the fishing tough, there are still trout being caught.
On Wednesday Tony Taylor had six rainbows and browns stripping boobies back on a Di3 line whilst fishing near Bell Point.
Steve Radcliffe had four rainbows to his boat on both dries and on cats fished on a Di3.
Thursday and Friday were very quiet on the fishery but one notable bag was caught by Antoon Gysbers who fish for just 2hrs. He also used cats on a sinking line and caught two rainbows that tipped the scales to 7lbs. Not bad considering the water level had risen over a meter over night.
The level has continued to rise ever since and this made for a tricky pairs competition today.
It was late notice and so a small but quality field set out to try and catch and eight fish limit.With prizes going to the top three pairs.
In first place was Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton who caught five trout for 12lbs and their bag included two good rainbows, one of 3lbs 5oz and another of 3lbs 7oz. There used a variety of tactics including dries and pulling lures through the margins. Their best area was along the east shore near the Alders. They both received a £70 Tackle Voucher.
In Second place was Steve Bland and James who caught seven trout between them but as some of their fish were returned wild brownies they were pipped on weight. Steve used dries including orange culs and daddies. They both received a new fly line of their choice.
In third place, and donning a new pair of shades each, were Neil Heath and Steve Radcliffe with four trout to their boat. Good angling everyone.
Outside the match Colin Riley deserves a mention. He only fished the afternoon and took three good rainbows. He caught two from the Alders and Spillway area and one from Willow Island.
He confirmed the key point. When the water level rises like it just has, you have to cast right into the edges. You call pull 3lb rainbows out of 6 inches of water! He caught on a black Hopper and a sparkler. Tight lines Ben
Felicity Appleton and Derek Moore won a £70 Tackle Voucher each for coming first in today’s Pairs match with five trout for 12lbs. Well done both of you.
Steve Bland and James Vann were second with seven trout. They won a fly line of their choice.
Sport: There were a couple of catches this weekend that are worth a mention. On Saturday the top catch went to Bernard McBride. Included in his catch were a couple of belting rainbows weighing 5lb and 6lb. Bernard caught his fish around willow island and the northern shallows with cormorants and sparkler boobys on a fast glass sinking line being his best tactic. On Sunday the top catch was also taken from the same areas. Matt Eastham caught all his fish on the same fly, a Bibio hopper and as well as fish landed had other chances. Dry flies were also the best for other anglers with daddys, hoppers and bits being the best patterns. This morning i have seen numbers of trout charging into the minnow shoals around the jetty. Minnow imitations, sparklers or diawl bach might be worth a try for these fry feeders. Syotw. Paul.