Its the last day of the season tomorrow and the forecast looks good. Anglers are still catching fish. Yesterday Richard Wincer had four nice fish from two trees and barn quarry. Richard caught on a dancer booby and a black n green booby fished about three feet down. Bob Fitzpatrick had three fish in a short 2hr session. He caught on black snakes fished a Di3 sweep line and he picked them up around Gull Island and the saddle. Bob has won the ‘Doubles Club fish off’ once again with a catch of six fish for 13lbs 2oz. Good angling Bob. On Thursday Tony Taylor had three fish on sunny days diawls from Ben’s Beach.
GREAT WINTER DEALS ON OUR LAKE VIEW HOLIDAY LET WITH FREE FISHING: Our self catering ‘Lake View’ holiday let is available for hire at greatly reduced rates over the winter period. It sleeps up to four people and during your stay you can fish the reservoir from the shore for free! (worm, spin or fly) Call Ben on 07896000939 for more info.
BANK HOUSE FLY FISHERY WILL REMAIN OPEN RIGHT THROUGH THE WINTER. It is currently fishing really well to buzzers, damsels and cats, so hopefully I will see you there.
STOCKS WILL RE-OPEN ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 23RD 2019 and we are now taking bookings for both boat hire and for the holiday let for the 2019 season.
SPECIAL OFFER: If you book a stay in Lake View holiday let in either February or March you will receive our famous Stocks breakfasts for free.
Tight Lines Ben
Tony Taylor caught this fantastic 8lb 8oz brownie today. It fell for a sunny days dial bach fished from Ben’s Beach. Gary Martin also fished for a couple of hours and caught two fish on dabblers. The trout are in shallow water at the moment feeding on minnows. They are taking ‘blingy’ nymphs and diawls and mini lures.
Stocks will remain open until Sunday November 4th, which will be our last day of the season.
Bob Fitzpatrick is leading the doubles club fish off with six fish catch weighing 13lbs 2oz.
Sport: October 1st-3rd.
The best areas from the bank are from Hollins bay just down from the fishing lodge along the bank all the way to Bens beach with trout holding all along this shore. The best areas for the boats is still up at the northern end of the lake. The bouy line has now been moved to its winter limit so the right hand side of willow peninsular along to the causeway has been the favoured area with the boat anglers. This is the area where John Sykes caught his 5 fish. John caught on a di3 sinking line and a black and green cats whisker. The best catch today was made by Bob Fitzpatrick who landed 9 fish with both rainbows and browns weighing 3lb +. Bob caught a couple of fish from Bell point before heading off to the northern shallows where he encountered a lot of action with trout following and chasing his flies. The best set up for Bob was a sink tip line and a combination of orange and pink blobs with a fast retrieve being the key to getting the trout up and at the flies. Also out on a boat today is Derek Moore who as i write has landed 5 trout. Derek has found Hartleys bank and gull island to be his best areas with black and green patterns being his best on a sinking line. Like Bob Derek has caught trout in the 3lb + weight range. Syotw Paul.
Sport: The recently flooded margins continue to produce the trout with boat anglers casting towards the shore faring much better than those fishing in deeper open water and bank anglers casting along the edge as opposed to out in front doing likewise. Dark colored patterns are still working best with black, black and green and drab olive far out scoring the more garish orange and pink. On Saturday we held the annual Stocks and shares competition in which both anglers and the fishery contributed to the prize pot which totalled £180. With the 13 anglers landing 37 trout each trout caught was worth £5 so each fish was worth catching. The best bag of 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz went to Peter Crowe who won a greys fly line of his choice. The prize for the biggest trout went to Derek Moore with a rainbow weighing 2lb 10 oz with Derek choosing a trendy greys t shirt as his prize. Landing 6 trout and a £30 share of the prize was Neil Heath who found his fish around the saddle and the willows on the east bank and also landing 6 fish for a £30 share was Bob Fitzpatrick who caught his fish on a team of cormorants along the northern shallows and willow peninsular. Saw a big trout in the margins next to the jetty this morning making quite a commotion, this fish was on the feed with my guess being the trout was grubbing around the bottom turning over stones hunting out bullheads and stone loach which i have seen before. It is that time of year so a fry pattern would be worth a try. Syotw Paul.
Sport: The good fishing continues with some super catches recorded and many quality trout caught with many weighing between 3lb and 5lb both rainbows and brownies. Roy Duckworth and Jim Cattermole had a good mornings fishing landing 8 trout between them. Roy and Jim fished by the jetty to tempt their fish with damsel patterns, both olive and orange being the favoured colours. A floating line worked best as they found the trout high in the water. Jamie Presho continued his good form with 5 fish taken from between Bell point and Hollins bay. Jamie caught his fish on both diawl bach and blue flash damsels. Mr consistent Bob Fitzpatrick was once again amongst the trout landing 6 whilst drifting up in Newclose bay and the northern shallows. Bob found the trout very close to the shore in shallow water and caught them on nymphs and blobs on a floating line and steady f o 8 retrieve. The jetty was the best spot for Brian Parker which is where he landed his 4 fish. Brian caught on a floating line and a combo of blobs and damsel. John Legg and Craig Whittaker had a red letter day amassing a total of 18 trout between them. They drifted all along the northern shallows and in Newclose bay to take their fish with either plain black or black and green lures being the best flies. They found a di3 sinking line the most efficient as this meant they could follow the trout up and down in the water column as conditions dictated. Jimmy Cottam took a walk and headed off to fish from the bank round in Newclose bay and was rewarded with a catch of 6 trout with rainbows weighing 3lb and a super brown trout that weighed 5lb. With the fish close to the shore in the shallow, recently flooded margins a floating line was his best option where he found the trout keen to take his small orange goldhead lure. Newclose bay also caught the attention of boat angler Ricky Newbolt and is where he caught his 6 fish catch. With Ricky being in slightly deeper water he found a ssi his best line with his fish taking a liking to a hot head damsel pattern. The water level has been slowly rising over the last week but the water clarity remains good and as you can see has probably triggered the trout into feeding more that they perhaps might. This next Saturday, 22nd, we will be hosting the annual Stocks n shares competition. Anyone who has fished this comp in previous seasons will know what a great friendly affair it is. It will be fishery rules regarding flies and will be fished over the front from drifting boats. The entry fee is just £10 in the pot, the fishery will also contribute, and your fishing fees. Anglers wishing to enter can call Stocks 01200446602. Syotw Paul.