Stocks. Although the weather hasn’t been great there have been good numbers of trout caught and of course now the water is at a very healthy summer level. There have been some good buzzer hatches of late with daddys and the easily recognisable red legged heather flies also making an appearance with representations of these insects working well in calmer areas of the lake. With these terrestrial insects on the water the fish are remaining high in the water so not fishing too deep and keeping flies either on or near the surface has been key on most days. The bank anglers have been catching fish very close to the shore with best areas being Bell point, Hartleys and the jetty and Grindys all being good fish holding areas. From the boats the same areas and along the east bank have been best. Yesterday we held the annual boat masters competition and although conditions were not ideal the anglers returned a rod average of 2.50 fish per angler.
Results. 1st Mark Davis 7 fish weighing 14lb 14oz with bonus. £100 voucher.
2nd Colin Fitzjohn 5 fish weighing 11lb 9oz with bonus. £50 voucher.
3rd Gavin Murray 4 fish weighing 8lb 12oz. £30 voucher.
Biggest fish Karl Davies 3lb 4oz rainbow. £20 voucher.
The winning tactic for Mark was a slow sinking line with a green pea on the point and a uv diawl bach on his dropper with the northern shallows and Grindys being his top spots. Well done to all anglers and thank you. If there are any anglers out there who have mistakenly taken one of our life jackets home with them could you please try to arrange to send them back as we are getting low and they are important. Easily done. Thanks Paul.
With Heather flies and flying ants arriving in force and favourable conditions for nymphing and dries stocks continues to fish well. Despite tough conditions today (Sunday) dropping the rod average down a bit.
Bank: East Bank, Alders, Dam wall, Bell Point.
Boat: Curry’s Cast, Around Gull Island, Dam wall, Main Basin.
Top rod: Neil Ashworth 14 fish on small boobys
Best Bag: 5 fish for 14lb 4oz for Greg Smith
Biggest fish: 6lb for Tom Smith
Rod average: 2.45
Notable catches: 14 fish for Neil Ashworth on small boobys
11 fish for Alan Daniels on Bell Point with yellow and orange fritz lures
9 fish for Dave Mees on dries
9 fish for Michel Fisher on damsels and blobs
Top Flies to Try:
Crunchers with green or red holo ribs
Black foam daddies
2 £100 tackle vouchers out this week! For Peter Oldendorp and Alan Daniels
We also had the Mitre Angling Club back for their annual match which was won by Greg Smith with 5 fish for 14lb 4oz. Second went to Robin Asken with 4 fish for 9lb 2oz and biggest fish went to Robin Asken as well.
Dry lines Comp on the 10th of August
Bankhouse will be closed on Monday the 12th
Next week we welcome John Horsey and ‘The Anglers world Fly Fishing Championship to Stocks Reservoir. This is a brilliant competition. I can highly recommend it.
It’s the floating line only day is on Thursday 25th July and the any line day on Friday 26th July
There are still places and you can book in below! Or just call the lodge on 01200 446602 and you can book in with us and pay on the day.
There are some awesome prizes at the heats and a chance to be a part of the grand final and a shot at winning the holiday of a lifetime with Anglers World Holidays. Got to be in it to win it.