Just one week to go until Stocks Reservoir re-opens for fishing on Saturday February 25th. 4000 trout will be Stocked throughout next week in various spots around the reservoir. Amongst the stocked fish will be 20 fugitive trout, each carrying a bounty for the angler that successfully captures them. Just make sure you enter when you get your ticket. There are also plenty of beautiful fish over 3lbs and some stunning big specimens that are in superb fighting fit condition. These fish are definitely going to put up a serious battle when hooked!. COME AND TEST YOUR TACKLE AT STOCKS RESERVOIR. Open next Saturday 8am. Tight Lines Ben
Stocks will be fully stocked with fighting fit rainbows and blues for our opening day on Saturday February 25th
We are now taking boat bookings for the opening weekend and the rest of the 2017 season.
Why not take advantage of our Lake View Apartment. It sleeps four and has its own bathroom, sitting room and kitchen. It has spectacular views over Stocks and is very convenient and comfortable. We charge just £40 per person per night and our renowned breakfasts are available downstairs in the lodge.
We also have a three day fishing offer that includes all your fishing fees and boat hire for three days and two nights in our Lake View Apartment. If you wish you may keep five trout of your choice over the course of your stay. All this for just £170 per person. (We can alter this offer to suit your needs)
To book your boat for our opening weekend in February, or to book the Lake View Apartment, call Ben and Charlotte on 01524 770412 or Ben on 07896000939.
Hope to see you at Stocks on the 25th, if we don’t see you before at Bank House Fly Fishery.
Bank House is fishing really well at the moment to minkies, cats and hot head buzzers and there are some really big browns about.
Tight lines Ben and Charlotte Dobson
Stocks: The end of the season will soon be with us with the last day being Monday 31st October. Any anglers who are eligible to fish in the double club fish off still have time to put in a return. Graham Bell is still leading the field with a weight of just over 10lb. The best areas over the last week from the boats have been around the causeway and northern shallows and along Fairbanks, Currys cast, the boulders and as far as blackhouse bay on the east bank. From the bank the best spots have been Bell point, 2 trees and into Hollins bay. Tony Taylor has had 3 visits over the last few days and landed 14 fish and lost a good few more. Tonys best spot has been around Bell point with his best tactic being olive booby in different shades fished slow and deep on a sinking line. The biggest fish this last week was a super brownie caught by Bob Fitzpatrick that was estimated to weigh 6-7lb before being released. Bobs brownie has been in the lake for a good while and has held its weight and condition well. See picture below. Strangely there have been a number of decent browns caught since the brown trout season has finished with fish in the 3-4lb range being caught. Sinking lines have taken the majority of trout for the last few weeks with olive being by far the best colour. Damsels, boobys fritz lures and snakes have all taken fish. Syotw Paul.
Bank House Fly Fishery is fishing really well at the moment. There are specimen blues, browns and rainbows in the lake at the moment along with some beautiful tigers. I recommend fishing down the sides of the islands with minkies and damsel patterns, tweaking back small spiders and crunchers just under the surface and washing lining olive/black buzzers with a small booby or daddy on the Point. Tight Lines Ben
Sport: With the cooler temperatures the trout have started to feed with better catches being made each week. In calmer areas fish can be seen rising to olive and black buzzers of which there have been some big hatches. Trout are also in evidence around the margins charging into the vast shoals of minnows. Those anglers who are in the doubles club fish off only have until the end of the season on 31st October. Both Andy Cooper and Graham Bell fished this weekend and have returned their catches with both anglers dropping a number of fish as well as the ones landed. Andy caught 8 fish with 4 rainbows and 4 browns which unfortunately are out of season. Andy caught his fish from Currys cast on snakes and dabblers on an intermediate line. Graham landed 10 fish with 5 rainbows and 5 browns weighing up to 3lb. Graham caught his fish from Bell point, Currys cast and Blackhouse bay. Big lures fished on a ssi line took the majority of his fish although he did take one on a dry fly. I will not give the weight of the leader but it is certainly beatable. Tony Taylor was out on the water today and landed 6 fish. Tony fished from Bell point with olive boobys on a di6 sinking line taking all his fish. Nice to see the trout back on move and starting to feed. Syotw Paul.
The 2016 Doubles Club Fish Off
To book a boat call Stocks on 01200 446602
Good Luck and Tight Lines Ben Dobson
Over the last week we have seen an increasing number of fish being caught from all over the reservoir. The boats have found success over the Northern shallows and down the east bank. The best methods have been dries fished into the calmer water close into the margins. Curry’s Cast has produced some good fish to daddies and claret hoppers.
From the shore Hollins Bay all the way round to Bell point has been producing the most fish but its worth a wander up the east bank as well. The best tactics from the shore has been dancers and damsels fished on intemediate lines. Ted Walton stayed in our holiday let on Saturday night and fished both Saturday and Sunday. He caught three and dropped two on his first day and on Sunday took six good fish on a blue flash damsel. His best area was around Bell Point. We have had some good hatches of olive buzzers coming off the water and there are loads of mountian minnows in the margins. So fry patterns and buzzers will be well worth a try. 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
Stocks Reservoir Bank and Boat Fly Fishing