Thursday September 15th to Wednesday September 21st
The water here at Stocks is back up to healthy level and reservoir is looking beautiful. You can now fish the Northern Shallows once again and behind Willow Island. This newly flooded ground in these shallow areas was covered with a good sward of grasses and plant life and now offers new feeding opportunities for the trout.
Mountain minnows are abundant in the margins and the trout will, no doubt, soon be taking advantage of this valuable source of protein. We have had hatches of olive buzzers from several areas including Bell Point, Hartley’s Bank, Grindy’s and Newclose Bay. We have also had sporadic falls of terrestrials including small black flies and daddies that have given rise to localised hotspots for dry fly fishing. These have occurred off the east bank around Black House Bay and over the main Basin.
The fishing has remained tricky however, the best methods have been dries when the conditions suit with daddies, claret hoppers and black bits and sinking lines with fabs and boobies on the brighter days or less clement days.
We have continued stocking trout throughout so there are loads of trout at large in the water at the moment including a full quota of prize tagged fish.
The next scheduled competition on Stocks will be the Stocks n Shares competition on October the 15th. However a new date for the rescheduled Stocks Pairs Match will follow shortly.
Bank House Fly Fishery has been fishing steadily away with good catches coming to Damsel patterns, minkies and black taddies. Egg flies have taken their fair share of fish as have small wets fished in the top foot of water.
The best fish of the week was a rainbow 12lbs 8oz caught by Ben James Fox
Tight Lines Ben
Thursday September 15th to Wednesday September 21st
Due the the number of anglers away at The National this weekend we have had postpone the Stocks Pairs to October. The date will follow shortly. Ben
Monday 29th August – Monday 5th September.
After all the wet weather early in the week and the sudden influx of water the reservoir seems to be settling down. Over the last wo day there are signs that the fish are starting to feed again. On the bank Alan Grant tempted 4 fish with a goldhead black and green nymph from Hollins Bay also with 4 fish from the bank Nigel Simpson found a candy Booby pulled acrosss the surface casting at rising ffish from Hartleys. Out on the Boats Paul Bebb and Rob Shelton had 3 fish on various dries from the Alder and the dam wall but also rose a dozen more. Also on Dries were Tom Speak and Paul Davison who had 8 fish to the boat from the Northern Shallows. Also in the Shallows with three 3 fish was Stocks Resident Bob Fitzpatrick who caught his fish on crunchers. With this activity hopefully its a good sign of things too come. See you out there Pete
Sport: With the heavy rain we have seen over the last weekend Stocks is almost back to full level, great to see. This has cooled the water significantly which can only be a good thing and should stir the trout back onto the feed. There are lots of minnows around the margins and over the last few days daddys have been in evidence and the trout have been seen taking them so well worth keeping an eye out for these gangly legged terrestrials and matching the hatch as they say. As the water rises the newly flooded ground is usually best so worth casting into the margins and the submerged willows up in the northern shallows, indeed the best catch yesterday taken by Graham Barton on a gold head damsel was caught right behind willow island which was dry land this time last week. Ben is to make another good stocking again tomorrow with both rainbows and blues. On bank holiday Monday 29th august we are holding another charity blind pairs match in aid of the north west air ambulance. This is a great friendly competition and of course much needed funds are raised for this worthy cause. To book yourself in call stocks on 01200446602. Syotw Paul.
Bank House has a corporate event on Friday August 19th. They have booked the whole lake. The fishery will be open to all again, as usual, on Saturday. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Sunday 14th August
DATE: Friday August 12th
The Stocks Dry Lines competition that was due to be fished tomorrow will now be fished next Sunday August 14th. The match was cancelled on Thursday due to weather warnings for tomorrow. Frustratingly the weather forecast has now dramatically improved! If you would like to enter the Dry Lines (floating line only competition) on Sunday 14th, please call the lodge on 01200 446602.
Sport: The top catch today went to bank angler Ian Jackson with his 7 trout. Ian fished at 2 trees next to the jetty and caught on boobys and diawl bach on a floating line. Ian said he also lost a few and commented that the fish were up in the surface even in the bright sunshine. Antoon was also out on the bank on his usual 3 hour Friday fishing trip and landed 3 fish from Bell point. He didn’t mention what he caught on but his usual best patterns are diawl bach and Watsons bumble. Out on the boats there were trout caught with Hollins bay and the dam area being best. Ron Melling had a couple of fish and dropped and had chances of a few more all on daddys and ginger midas dry flies. Syotw Paul.
Stocks Reservoir Bank and Boat Fly Fishing