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Fishing Reports


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

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 11:10 am September 21, 2016

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

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:21 am September 7, 2016

Monday 29th August – Monday 5th September.
Although the fishing has still been tricky with the trout not responding quite as they should there have been fish caught but a number of anglers are saying they are getting chances but the fish are either not getting hold properly or dropping off during the fight so there are signs of sport improving. One such angler was Bob Fitzpatrick who had over a dozen solid takes to either pink or black snake flies whilst fishing around willow and gull island. Biggest fish of the week was a 9lb 3oz rainbow which was caught by first time visitor to stocks Gyorgy Goskavits. Gyorgy caught his big fish from the dam wall on a red dry fly. Bill Tennant had a half day and landed 3 fish and had other chances whilst fishing in Hollins bay. Bill caught his fish on a brown fritz tadpole with an orange bead head. Landing 4 trout from Hollins and Bens beach was Nigel Blackley who also caught on tadpole lures. Best areas to try are Hollins bay, both willow and gull island and tight in to the dam wall, i have also seen numbers of fish at Haighs hollow and over the Hodder trench. Last bank holiday Monday we held a charity match in aid of the north west air ambulance, a great cause. The winners of this blind pairs match were Mark Tyndall and Dereck Moore. With donations and raffle ticket sales a total of £350 was raised for this worthy cause. Well done and thanks to all who contributed. On Friday Ben made a stocking that included double figure rainbows and blues and there will be another stocking made again tomorrow. Syotw Paul.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 5:44 pm September 5, 2016

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

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:14 pm August 28, 2016

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.

Stocks Reservoir is almost at full level. You can fish behind Willow Island again, the water has cooled and the newly flooded ground offers new feeding opportunities for the trout.

Stocks Reservoir is almost at full level. You can fish behind Willow Island again and the water has cooled. The newly flooded ground offers new feeding opportunities for the trout.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 6:16 pm August 25, 2016

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

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 11:38 am August 18, 2016

DATE: Sunday 14th August
NOTABLE CATCHES: 4 fish for Rick Nuttall
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 9lb 9oz Rick Nuttall
BEST RAINBOW: 4lb 2oz Rob Denson
BEST BROWN: Several wild brownies
BOAT ROD AV: 1.5 fish per angler
Sport: Today saw warm overcast conditions with a light wind which was perfect for the annual dry lines match. This year 16 anglers took to the water fishing only a floater. In the morning session top rod was Peter Andrews with 2 fish for 5lb 8oz in Second was Mark Tyndall with two fish for 5lb 2oz. After a well deserved buffet lunch they once again took to the water till 6 pm at the end the top rod from the afternoon session was Dermot Speight with 3 fish for 6lb 8oz and in second was Bob Fitzpatrick with 2 fish for 4lb 14oz. The overall winner is calculated by adding the places from both sessions together and this years dry lines winner taking 3rd in the morning session and 3rd in the afternoon session catch 4 fish overall for 9lb 9oz was Rick Nuttall. Rick caught his fish with a damsel pattern but boobies on the surface and dries have also fished well. The last prize of the day went to Rob Denson for the biggest a fish a stunning 4lb 2oz Rainbow. The fish that were caught were caught from all over the reservoir but the two main hotspots seemed to be the dam and the northern shallows. Next Sunday sees the Boat masters being contested for so if you fancy your chances at being the 2016 Stocks Boat Master give the lodge a ring and put your name down. See you out there Pete.



Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:35 pm August 14, 2016

DATE: Friday August 12th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 3 fish for Emyr Evans
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 16lb 4oz Emyr Evans
BEST RAINBOW: 11lb 4oz Emyr Evans
BEST BROWN: 4lb Emyr Evans
BANK ROD AV: 1 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2 fish per angler
Sport: The big fish have definitely been playing today for the four travelling welsh anglers len Hicks had a lovely 9lb rainbow (see pic below) but was outdone by fishing buddy Emyr Evans who had 3 fish for 16lbs 4oz including a 11lb 4oz rainbow(see below) and a 4lb brownie. Between the four of them they had 8 fish mainly on size 12 cat boobies, octopus and size 14 cocktail boobies and commented on the fact that they had many more follows that just didn’t hook up. The majority of their fish came from the alders down to Halsteads hike. Lets hope this is the start of better things too come. See you out there Pete

Memyr Evans 11lb 4oz Rainbow

Memyr Evans 11lb 4oz Rainbow

Len Hicks 9lb Rainbow

Len Hicks 9lb Rainbow

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:01 pm August 12, 2016

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.
Tight Lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:17 pm August 6, 2016

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.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:01 pm August 5, 2016

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