Stocks Reservoir re-opens on Saturday February 23rd
Stocks Reservoir will be fully restocked with 4000 fighting fit rainbows and reopen for business on Saturday February 23rd. The rainbows are in fantastic condition and amongst them will be some cracking specimens that, if hooked, will run you ragged. We are also releasing more prize fugitive trout than ever before. These prize fish carry bounties on their heads and can earn their captors very generous rewards!
Open Day Tactics: Obviously the best tactics will be determined by the conditions on the day, however we can make some general presumptions. The trout will not be line shy so you can afford to fish with relatively strong leader material. This will be useful as cold water is rich in dissolved oxygen and even a kilo fish with full fins can be very feisty when hooked, never mind one of our big specimen fish. Successful fly patterns can vary considerably, but lures will usually produce the goods. Some of the best open day patterns have been: Black + Green or White + Green Snakes, Cat’s or black tadpoles, Sunburst Humongous, Viva Nomads, two tone blobs and pearly or viva cormorants. Select a couple of likely patterns, then vary your retrieve and depth until you start getting action. If you are fishing from the shore, fish your flies right into the margins, slowly lifting your rod at the end of your retrieve to induce the take. The trout will often take your fly just a few feet from the bank. If you are fishing from a boat, then its best to stick to shallow water (less than 10ft in depth). Cast in amongst the submerged trees and include pauses during your retrieve. A lengthy hang at the end of the retrieve can be very productive indeed. A full range of likely patterns will be available from the lodge. Tight Lines.
Booking a Boat: Stocks Reservoir’s opening weekend is coming soon on February 23rd and 24th. We do have boats available on both days. It is first come first served so don’t delay! Either message me on messenger or call Stocks on: 01200 446602 or 07896000939 with your name, and a contact number to reserve your boat. I will confirm your booking. Tight Lines Ben
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.