DATE: Sunday August 30th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 13 fish for Tom Speak and Derek Moore
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 13lbs 4oz Mark Fergusson
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs 8oz for Mark Furgusson
BEST BROWN: 2lbs for ?
BANK ROD AV: 3.33 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 4.09 fish per angler
Sport: Today we held the blind pairs fund raising match in aid of the air ambulance and what a cracking day we had at here with 32 anglers taking part. The conditions were great with overcast skies and a gentle breeze and the trout were feeding. We saw a fair few anglers catch into double figures all of which were fishing dries. The washing line method also accounted for some good catches with both the nymphs and the boobies taking fish. The trout that I spooned were feeding on good sized brown buzzers and olive daphnia. The best areas were down the side of Gull Island, across the saddle to Willow Island, the buoy line, Phil’s Flats, The Northern shallows and the causeway area.
The top individual today was Tom Speak who caught thirteen trout all on dries over the before mention areas. Good angling Tom well done.
The second individual was Derek Moore who fished the same as Tom and also caught 13 trout but was pipped on weight. Steve Bland and Paul Davison also caught into double figure. But this was a blind pairs match. Each angler drew a number from a hat at the weigh in to determine who they a partnered with.
The top five results were as follows:
1st Tom Speak (13) and Mike Gadd (5) with 18 trout for 35lbs 2oz
2nd Derek Moore (13) and Stuart Halfod (2) with 15 trout for 28lbs 7oz
3rd Paul Davison (10) and Llord Edwards (2) with 12 trout for 24lbs 10oz
4th Steve Bland (12) and Roger Minshall (0) with 12 trout for 24lbs 0oz
5th Martin Griffiths (5) and Dermot Speight (5) with 10 trout for 20lbs 15oz
Best fish: Rick Nuttall 3lbs 6oz
On the day we raised £730 for the air ambulance which is absolutely brilliant. A big thank you to everyone who took part and for doing so in such a great spirit. A massive thank you to Derek Moore for organising yet another brilliant day.
The shore also fished well Andrew briggs took five fish whilst on a half day ticket. He his fish in Barn Quarry on diawl bachs and Mark Fergusson took four trout for 13lbs 8oz on daddies. Tight Lines Ben
The winning pair: (left) Tom Speak and (right) Mike Gadd. Tom was also the top individual with 13 trout on dries. Good angling fellers.
DATE: Saturday August 29th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 9 fish for Derek Moore
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 1oz for Rick Nuttall
BEST BROWN: Wild fish
BANK ROD AV: 2.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.70 fish per angler
Sport: Today belonged to Derek Moore. Derek caught nine rainbows today and played several more. He fished a team of dry Midas patterns from a drifting boat and caught in various places around the reservoir. Amazingly there ten anglers on the water today and Derek caught over half the fish.
On the shore today all the bank anglers caught two fish each and all seemed to lose a few more. Everyone was on a half day ticket. The best areas were the jetty to Bell Point where black or olive tadpoles scored and the dam where dries were most productive. The dam was more sheltered. Tomorrow looks like a great day for dries there are very light winds and plenty of cloud cover. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Friday August 28th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Colin Parkin & Ken Whiteside
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 5lbs 1oz for Mathew Bracewell
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 12oz for Colin Parkin
BEST BROWN: Wild fish only
BANK ROD AV: 2.50 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.90 fish per angler
Sport: It was bright and windy today with occasional heavy showers thrown in, so it wasn’t the easiest of conditions for fly fishing.
Out on the boats the best catch came to Colin Parkin. Colin fished a floating line with an olive diawl back on the point and a Kate McLaren on the dropper. He caught seven trout to 3lbs 12oz and had the chance of half a dozen more. He used a very slow figure of eight retrieve and cast his flies right into the margins. He commented that most of his came from only a yard or two from the shore line. Good angling Colin.
From the shore, Mr consistent, Ken Whiteside also caught seven fish. Ken caught on a white UDF of his own tying fished on a floating line. His best fish was a rainbow of 3lbs and his best area was Barn Quarry and Two Trees.
I can’t finish without mentioning Mathew Bracewell (pictured below) who caught two rainbows from Hollins to Barn Quarry for 5lbs 1oz. Mathew (aged 9) caught them both on a black tadpole. Good angling!
Mathew Bracewell aged 9 caught these two rainbows on a black tadpole whilst bank fishing in Hollins Bay.
Sport: Changeable, bright and breezy today, and not ideal for trout fishing. This was reflected in the very low attendance of anglers and also in the very poor catch rate. Mr McMahon commented on leaving, ‘thanks, I’ve really enjoyed the day, it’s not always about catching’, after having spent the day in a boat in the sun with his son. Both had great tans and big smiles. Rod of the day, bank angler John Collins,took advantage of the relative calm offered by the East Bank and fished from the spillway to Halsteads Hike. Finding that windlanes were glancing the point of Halsteads John twithced a sunken daddy to catch two fin perfect rainbows af about 2.5 lbs each. Well done John, your walk and tenacity was rewarded.
Tomorrow looks far more settled, so hopefully we’ll see an improvement in sport.
Sport: The top catch today went to the boat of Derek Moore and Bob Fitzpatrick with their 9 fish. Derek and Bob drifted all over the lake and caught fish at the causeway, the northern shallows and around gull island. They caught rainbows to 3lb and Bob had a wild brownie that weighed 1lb, a good wildie. Midas, sedge and daddies caught their trout and Derek said they had a lot more action with hooked and lost fish. Another boat angler said that there were a lot of fish rising in the corner of newclose bay, might be worth a look there if you are up over the next day or so. Syotw. Paul.
DATE: Sunday & Monday August 23rd 24th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Steve Gildart and Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for12lbs Elden Croy
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs for Steve Gildart
BANK ROD AV: 2.0 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.7 fish per angler
Sport: Today it was overcast and warm with a very light westerly breeze. Ricky Newbolt had six trout to hisd boat on a black n green lure fished on a floating line. Ricky caught fish from various places around the rerservoir including Gull Island, The Causeway and at the Dam.
Tony Taylor picked up two fish on nymphs along the alders then he switched to a team of dry Midas patterns and fished is way around the reservoir. He caught steadily away and had plenty of other action as well ending up with seven to the boat. His hot spots were Ben’s Beach and the front of Gull Island.
I wasn’t on duty yesterday but there are a couple returns here. I gather it was windy one. Steve Gildart had seven fish to his boat on a black pennel fished on a floater. His best was rainbow of 4lbs and his best area was Grindy’s Lawn.
From the shore Elden Croy had five trout for 12lbs but I’m not sure of his tactics. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Sunday August 22nd
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 4 fish for Felicity Appleton & David Healey
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 10lbs Felicity Appleton
BEST RAINBOW: 2lbs 8oz for Felicity Appleton
BANK ROD AV: 1.7 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.3 fish per angler
Sport: The fishing was harder today than of late. It was a bit strange because every time it went calm the trout were up a feeding off the surface where there were plenty of flies to choose from. There were emerging buzzer, sedges, ants and the heather fly, but they proved hard to tempt. The trout spooned were full of buzzer. In the afternoon the wind switched to the east a gained in strength and the surface action disappeared.
Top rod on the shore Felicity Appleton with four fish on diawl backs and a booby. She fished the washing line mainly along Hartley’s, the quarry and two trees.
On the boats David Healey caught four on a half day ticket on black bits and hoppers. He over the main Basin and off Bell Point. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Friday August 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 7lbs Antoon Gysbers
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 12oz for Michael Farr
BEST BROWN: 1lb 12oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST BLUE: 3lbs Andrew Bentley
BANK ROD AV: 2.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.75 fish per angler
Sport: We started the day with nice conditions and then the day got wetter and wetter as it went on. Most people today were on half day tickets and those in the afternoon were cut short as the rain was heavy and set in.
This morning Antoon Gysbers had five rainbows to 3lbs on flash back diawl bachs. Antoon Fished his way back from Bell Point.
Michael Farr stuck the rain out in the afternoon to get three rainbows to 3lbs 12oz. Michael fished washing line set up on a floating line with a sedge pattern on the point and buzzers on the droppers. All his fish took the buzzers.
Out on the boats Bob Fitzpatrick took three on an olive cruncher whilst drifting down Ben’s Beach. He then found rising fish in Blackhouse Bay and switched to two boobies on a floater to take another three.
Andrew Bentley and Peter Andrews had eight to their boat on a mixture of daddies, diawls and humongous.
Paul Darlington also had a nice few hours with four fish on dries. He also caught along Ben’s Beach on Walker’s Sedge and a dry Greenwells. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Thursday August 20th.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 11 fish for Ken Whiteside.
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish weighing 12lb 8oz for Mr Moodie.
BEST RAINBOW: 11lb for Ken Whiteside.
BEST BROWN: n/a.
BEST BLUE: n/a.
BANK ROD AV: 5.12 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 1.16 fish per angler.
Sport: Ken Whiteside had a super mornings sport taking both the best catch of the day and the biggest fish. Ken caught 12 fish in total with his last and biggest weighing 11lb. Ken fished at 2 trees near the jetty and caught on a floating line and black and green tadpole. Another successful angler was Mick Glancey who caught 8 fish. Mick fished in Hollins bay and found a foam daddy fished dry his best tactic. Andrew Briggs also found a daddy his best pattern whilst fishing at 2 trees landing 6 trout. Out on the boats the best catch went to Bob Fitzpatrick with his 5 fish catch. All Bobs fish fell to a well presented black hopper. A lot of anglers said they saw lots of fish rising and they had lots of fish on and off and lots of pulls and nips, good to be getting lots of action even if they don’t stick or drop off! Syotw.
DATE: Wednesday August 19th
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 8 fish for Steve Smalley. 5 for Stuart Fordlah.
NOTABLE BAG: n/a
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs for several anglers
BEST BROWN: 1lb 8oz for Mr Hitchen
BEST BLUE: n/a
BANK ROD AV: 0.8fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.41fish per angler
Warm with cloud cover bode well for the day then rain ‘hampered’ play as the afternoon progressed. Tomorrow’s forecast, thankfully, is for it to be much drier.
The majority of today’s anglers fished dry flies, with dries accounting for the best catches.
On the bank the best area was between the jetty and barn quarry however it was reported that you had to work hard for your fish, they were rising but it was difficult to connect.
On the boats the majority of the fish caught were found in the causeway area and close into the East Bank. ‘Top rod’ on the water today, Steve Smalley, caught all of his 8 trout on a ginger midas. The daddy long legs remained popular amongst the majority of other boat anglers today however. Mr Fraser concentrated on the East Bank to catch 4 to daddies, finding fish between the alders and ten acre foot, also remarking that he had many more rises but found it difficult to hook up. Mrs Barr and Morley also enjoyed success with 6 trout to the boat to daddies and also the black spider.
See you next time, Nick.