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.
Sport: Although the fishing has been tricky recently there are still fish being caught. Bob Fitzpatrick has been on the water often and has caught fish and also had a lot of trout follow his flies then turn away at the last minute. Chris Skerrat was out the other day and landed 3 rainbows and 1 brownie from the corner of Newclose bay where the fence runs in. Chris caught his fish on a damsel pattern on a slow sinking intermediate line. David McCabe landed 2 fish and lost another 2 during the fight yesterday whilst fishing close to the shore at Grindy lawn. David fished a floating line and caught on both gold head damsel and orange blob. When i have been out on the water recently i have seen a couple of things. One day you will get a few chances and the hook up rate will be high then on another day you will have a lot of follows but not many fish in the net. I was out last week with my good friend Rob Shelton and first off we had 6 chances with 4 landed and 1 bust up, good hook up rate, we then had another 20 chances without netting a fish. Why this should be i am not sure as some of the trout will bow wave after your flies from 15ft away and follow you right to the boat. Other anglers have found the same. If we could find a way of getting these following fish to commit we would see some very good catches. I will work on it and let you know how i get on! The weather forecast is good for Friday and Saturday but due to very strong wind for Sunday the dry line competition has been cancelled. We will re schedule this comp again in a couple of weeks and post a date here soon. There was a good stocking of quality rainbows and blues made today, these fish should hopefully stir the others into taking properly instead of just chasing. Syotw Paul.
Sport: Ron Melling took to the water today and had a good day afloat with plenty of action. Ron fished up by the dam and Grindys where he landed 3 fish on a ginger midas and daddys but lost and had the chance of a good few more. Also taking a boat to the dam was Bob Fitzpatrick who landed 4 fish and like Ron had plenty of follows without the fish taking. Bobs best tactic was to rapidly pull boobys with extra large eyes across the surface on a floating line. Syotw Paul.
It was bright start at Stocks today but the cloud cover built up over the course of the morning.Richie Kelly and Jose Vallarino had seven trout to their boat to 3lbs. They caught at the Dam and in Hollins Bay on floating lines with cat boobies coral boobies and daddies pulled through the surface.
Stocks Reservoir Bank and Boat Fly Fishing