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Don’t miss our open weekend on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th of February.

The reservoir will be fully stocked with superb quality rainbows. Included in this year’s preseason stocking will be our prize tagged fugitive trout, some belting specimens and fin perfect 3-4lb fish that just don’t know when to give up.

We are now taking boat bookings for the opening weekend and beyond, to book your boats or for further information please call Stocks on 01200 446602 or Ben on 07896000939

I look forward to seeing you on the water with rods bent. Tight Lines Ben

Winter Fishing

Stocks will be open for fishing on Saturdays and Sundays throughout November with exception on the weekend of the 4th &5th. It still well worth a visit, was teaching on there yesturday and caught quite quickly on a susdpender buzzer, another angler had two in a short session on a Minkie and a cormorant. He was fishing in Hollins Bay and I was near the jetty.

Bank House Fly Fishery is open everyday throughout the winter except for Christmas day. Its currently fishing well to dries and damsel patterns. There are some huge brownies to be had at Bank House at the moment. Try fishing minkies tight to the islands.

Congratulations to Bob Fitzpatrick he has won the doubles club fish off on Stocks with a rainbow trout of 2lbs 13oz. Bob has won a season ticket for next season.

Thankyou so much for everyone who has supported Stocks this season. I hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your time spent on the water. I hope to see you over the winter, during which time I will be posting a combined weekly report for both fisheries. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks update

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

Week ending Saturday September 16th

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

Stocks is back to full level.

Stocks is back to full level.