STOCKS RESERVOIR SEASON ENDS
The 2015 season has come to an end. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your visits to the fishery and we would like to thank you all for your support this season, we really appreciate your custom. At the end of the season we invited all the anglers that caught a double figure fish this year to come and fish for the chance to win a season ticket for the 2016 season. I am happy to announce that Bob Fitzpatrick was the top rod so he finished a hugely successful season. Not only did he fish at Stocks every week of the season and caught fish on every single visit, but he also qualified for the 2016 England Loch Style Team. Good Angling
BANK HOUSE FLY FISHERY FISHING WELL
Bank House Fly Fishery is open throughout the winter month and is fishing really well at the moment. The rod average for November so far is 5.14 fish per angler and there are Tigers, Blues, Rainbows and Browns all there to be caught. The best patterns have been damsels and green peas or static buzzers.
STOCKS RESERVOIR RE-OPENS ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 20th 2016
To book a boat please call 07896000939.
NEW ONSITE ACCOMMODATION FOR STOCKS ANGLERS
We have new accommodation for anglers above the fishing lodge with a cracking view across the reservoir. It will be available from the beginning of the new season on Saturday February 20th. We have special offers on three day fishing breaks with two nights in the apartment. For all inquiries call Ben on 07896000939.
We hope to see you at Bank House over the winter. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Wednesday & Thursday November 4th &5th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Graham Bell, 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 7lbs 15oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST RAINBOW: 2lbs 14oz for Graham Bell
BEST BROWN: 2lbs 8oz Graham Bell
BEST BLUE: 2lbs 8oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV: 2.20 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.00 fish per angler
Sport: Wednesday: Bob Fitzpatrick and Darren Booth took a boat out to fish their doubles club fish off. They had eight rainbows and blues to the boat fishing the washing line with boobies and nymphs over the saddle and the Northern Shallows. Bob caught six fish but mistakably returned his sixth fish, which was nice blue, so he put five fish on the scales for 7lbs 15oz, somewhat small by Stock standards, but he has set the target for all the other doubles club members.
From the shore the bank anglers were catching on dry hoppers between the jetty and Barn Quarry. Also Shauna Fowler and Brain Wilcock took four rainbows and browns on worm along Hartley’s Bank.
Thursday: Another Doubles club angler Graham Bell tried his luck to topple Bob Fitzpatrick off pole position to win a season ticket for next year. Graham fish over the Northern Shallows and close in around Hollins Bay/ Barn Quarry to catch a total seven fish. Unfortunately for him four of them were brown trout which are now out of season, so he put three rainbows on the scales for 6lbs 15oz. Just to rub the salt into his wounds he lost three more rainbows including a 4lb fish right at the lip of the net! Unlucky Graham.
Felicity Appleton fished nymphs on a floater along the shore from the Jetty to Ben’s beach. She landed four fish including a 2lb+ brownie.
The best patterns have been damsels, hot headed diawl backs, Hoppers and daddies. Tight Lines Ben
Below is a list of this years ‘Doubles Club’ qualifiers entitled to fish for a 2016 Season Ticket as per Ben’s message posted yesterday. Should your name be missing and you caught a double figure trout at Stocks this season please call the Lodge (01200 446602) for inclusion, Nick.
Saturday/Sunday/Monday October 31st –Nov 2nd
Sport: The water level started to rise last week and although slow the total increase is about four feet. Fish are still being caught by most anglers visiting at the moment. I wasn’t on duty over the weekend but I know Bob Fitzpatrick had four nice fish during as half day session on Sunday. He fished diawl bachs on a floating line over the Northern Shallows and in Hollins Bay. Today Bruce Irvine also had four trout on buzzers and diawl bachs whilst fishing from the shore from the jetty to Bell Point. Also we have started the worm and spin period until the end of the season on November the 15th and It has got off to a pretty good start. Peter Kosminski fished a ledger with worm from Bell Point to take 12 rainbows to 4lbs; he said the trick was only to only cast two rod lengths out.
Please note that is worm and spin only, no ground bait or maggot and there is no catch and release fishing with spinners. Tight lines Ben
The 2015 Doubles Club Fish Off
If you have caught a double figure trout during the 2015 season you can win a free season ticket for the 2016 season.
It is really simple this year. All you have to do is come to Stocks any time between the Nov 3rd and November 15th, register in the lodge as a doubles club angler, buy a full day ticket and go fishing. You can take all the rainbows and blues you catch during the course of the day to create your bag. (Brown trout are out of season)The doubles club member who weighs in the biggest catch during this period can choose between a full day sporting and a half day two fish season membership for next season.
The Simple rules are as follows.
1. To qualify you must have caught a double figure fish during this season from Stocks Reservoir.
2. You can pick any day within the given time period (Nov 3rd & Nov 15th)
3. You must register in the lodge and state that you want to enter the doubles club fish off before you start fishing.
4. It is a fly fishing only competition.
5. You may fish from bank or boat.
6. At the end of the day you must hand your bag of fish to the member of staff on duty to weigh and record your weight.
7. Once you have fished you may not re-enter on a later date.
8. The winner will be announced at the end of the season on November 15tth
To book a boat call Stocks on 01200 446602
Tight Lines Ben Dobson
DATE: Friday October 23rd
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 3 fish for Derek Moore
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 4oz for Antoon Gysbers
BEST BROWN: 2lbs Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV: 1.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.0 fish per angler
Sport: Just a few on the shore today all on half day tickets and one boat out but everyone had action either landing one or two or losing one or two. Antoon Gysbers fished for a couple of hours this morning and caught two nice rainbows to 3lbs 4oz. He caught at Barn Quarry and near the jetty on a floating line with a snatcher and a cat.
Simon Dove also had two on diawl bachs fished under the bung. Simon fished along the shore at two trees.
Out the boats Derek Moore and Bob Fitzpatrick had 4 fish between on olive snakes and minkies. They said that they had plenty of other action as well with follows pulls and they lost a few. Bob has been one of our most regular anglers and has managed to go the whole season without a single blank visit. I can’t say that about myself! Bob has also just qualified for 2016 England team along with three other anglers from the north, Carl Nixon, Tom Gott and myself. Not bad as Bob only started fly fishing in 2006 and has quickly become a truly consistent angler. Tight Lines everyone. Ben
Sport: The best catch today was taken by bank angler John Wilkinson with his 4 fish. John fished around the jetty and 2 trees area where he found an apps bloodworm on a floating line his best tactic. From the boats the best area was up in the northern shallows near the saddle. Boat anglers be careful in this area, it is not advisable to motor across the saddle as the water is now very shallow over this area. Syotw. Paul.
Weds October 14th.
The Northern Shallows had a day of peace and tranquillity today. There were no boat anglers, which is a shame because conditions looked great and the weather was kind.
On the bank a handful of anglers caught an average of 1.5 fish each, all from Two Trees to Bell Point. There was a 50/50 split between the minkies and black tadpoles. Well done Phil Meakin and Dan Pletan, both landing 3 good fish each and both on half day sessions. Dan’s bag was 7lbs 8oz for his three rainbows.
DATE: Sunday October 11th
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 fish for Tom Speak
NOTABLE BAG: n/a
BEST RAINBOW: 2 lbs for Joe West
BEST BROWN: n/a
BEST BLUE: n/a
BANK ROD AV: 2.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.3 fish per angler
Great conditions on Stocks today and good sport was enjoyed. In particular the Northern Shallows fished very well on dries today, accounting for over 60% of total fish from the boats. Both Tom Speak and Dermot Speight (4 fish on dries) commented that they missed more than double the number in the net.
The remaining 40% (ish) of todays fish were caught exclusively on minkies as the trout continue to chase the abundant fry. Two Trees and Hartleys fished very well from the bank accounting for all of todays bank caught fish.
DATE: Saturday 10th October
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick, 10 to the boat Digger and Bernard McB’
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 9lbs 8oz for Nigel Simpson
BEST RAINBOW: 2lbs 8oz for several
BEST BROWN: n/a
BEST BLUE: 2lbs 8oz(est) Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV: fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.8 fish per angler
As autumn days go today was a very pleasant one and a joy to be outside in. The sport wasn’t too bad either.
Notably; Bob Fitzpatrick had six trout the boat, washing lining nymphs in the Northern Shallows. In the same area Ron Melling had three to the boat in his half day session, however Ron fished a claret midas on the surface to catch his. Digger and Bernard found drifting along Hartleys to be their best area to catch their 10, losing as many in the process.
On the bank Hartleys and Bens Beach were popular and also productive, for most at least. Pulling and or twitching boobies with a variety of sinking lines is the method of the day. Nigel Simpson took a respectable 4 fish bag, commenting that he had a pull every cast after 4pm.
The Stocks and Shares competition that was scheduled for tomorrow will now be postponed for a couple of weeks due to there being too few entries. Admittedly we announced the comp’ a little too late and will give more notice once a date is set.
Next time, Nick