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It’s just two weeks until we re-open on Saturday 20th. Today there were overwintered fish rising for emerging buzzer in Hollins Bay! The water flowing into the reservoir is running very clear, so the water clarity is brilliant. The mild weather has meant the water tepmerature is much higher than usual, hence the early insect activity. We could see some good over-wintered fish right from open day this year. Look forward to seeing you at Stocks. Ben
Ps. All the boats are booked for the Saturday 20th (loads of room on the bank) but we still have some boats available for Sunday 21st.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:09 pm February 5, 2016

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2016 Stocks Reservoir Event Calendar

February 20th /21st                           Fishery Opening Weekend + the new Lake View Apartment is available to rent.
March 13th                                           RIO 4s Round 1 (Teams fish in all three rounds)
March 27th                                          The Greys Pairs
April 2nd                                              The Airflo Iain Barr Bank Masters
April 6th                                               The Midweek Drifters: NEW for 2016
April 10th                                             RIO 4s Round 2
April 17th                                             England Loch Style Qualifier (one day)
April 20th                                            The Midweek Drifters
May 2nd                                               The Zone (NEW for 2016)
May 4th                                                The Midweek Drifters
May 18th                                              The Mid Week Drifters
May 22nd                                             The Rio 4s Final Round
June 1st                                                The Midweek Drifters
June 5th                                               Air Ambulance Blind Pairs Charity Match
June 11th                                             Anglian Water Team Heat
June 15th                                             The Midweek Drifters
June 18th & 19th                                England Loch Style Qualifier (2 Day)
June 21st                                             EFF vs The Bowlanders
June 29th                                            The Midweek Drifters
July 3rd                                               The Scierra Pairs
July13th                                               The Midweek Drifters
July TBC                                              Lexus Individual Floating Line Only
July TBC                                              Lexus Individual Any Line
July TBC                                              Lexus Team Heat
July 27th                                              The Midweek Drifters
August 7th                                           The Dry Lines
August 10th                                        The Midweek Drifters
August 21st                                         The Boat Masters
August 24th                                        The Midweek Drifters
August 29th                                        Air Ambulance Blind Pairs Charity Match
September 7th                                    The Midweek Drifters
September 11th                                  The Stocks Pairs
September 21st                                  The Midweek Drifters
September 24th                                 September Stocks n Shares Competition
October 5th                                         Midweek Drifters
October 15th                                       October Stocks n Shares Competition
October 15th -31st                             The Doubles Cub Fish Off (Fly Only)
October 15th -31st                             Allowed to Worm and Spin on fish tickets
October 19th                                      Midweek Drifters
November 1st                                     Fishery Closed
(The Lake View Apartment is available over the winter with free bank fishing during your stay)


2016 Stocks Reservoir Fishery Event Details

The Midweek Drifters: *New for 2016.
Date: Every other Wednesday starting 06/04/2016This is a friendly gathering of anglers meeting at Stocks once a fortnight starting on Wednesday April 6th. Everybody is welcome to join the Midweek Drifters, whether it’s your first time ever boat fishing or whether you are an experienced boatman. It is the perfect chance to fish Stocks with fellow anglers and learn new techniques, patterns, areas, and tactics as the trout’s behaviour and feeding habits change over the course of the season.
There is no entry fee for joining the Midweek Drifters and you may come along to as many, or as few, of the gatherings as you like. They are fished between 10am and 4pm to a 3 fish limit (you must take your first two fish but may select your third). There are nibbles and drinks provided at the weighing, a tackle prize for the best basket. Also we will give 15% off everything in our tackle shop for all Drifters on the day. All this for just £30/ angler! You must book your place by Monday evening prior to given Wednesday.
The Rio 4s (New format for 2016)
Fished over three dates all, are Sundays: Day 1: March 13th, Day 2: April 10th, Final Day May 22nd
The Rio 4s is a four man team event that will see all the teams fishing over three days each separated by roughly one month. Each match will undoubtedly require very different fishing techniques and tactics, so the winning team will have to be adaptable. Ultimately, one of the teams will be crowned the 2016 Rio 4 Champions.
Teams of four will fish the first two rounds as two pairs. Each pair will fish together in the same boat to try and complete a bag of ten trout between them. Once they have completed their bag they must return to the lodge to receive a time bonus. They are then free to continue fishing on catch and release, from a drifting boat for the remaining time in the match.
All the pairs will be ranked at the end of each match, so each team of four will have two rankings that will be totalled to give them a team score.
In the final round all four members will be drawn with members from other teams. Anglers with complete a bag of four fish and then carry on fishing catch and release with each returned fish adding 2lbs onto the bag weight. All anglers will be ranked and team points totalled. After the final match the team that has massed the lowest score will be the 2016 Rio Champions.
Each match will be fished to international national rules, with the exception of flies that will be fishery rules.
Each team may name between four and seven anglers that will be eligible to represent them over the course of the three rounds. However, the very generous prize fund will be split between all the anglers named in the team. A team of four may add an extra angler at any time prior to the final match, as long as no more than a total seven anglers are used over all three matches.

The 2016 Greys Pairs
Date: Sunday March 27th
This is a great match that has become a popular annual event. Each pair consists of one boat angler and one bank angler. Those fishing from the bank are drawn with a fellow bank angler and together they are free to roam the reservoir shores and boat partners are drawn as usual. It is fished to fishery rules with regards to flies. Each angler must take their first five fish caught, then crush down their barbs and carry on fishing catch and release.
There are generous tackle prizes from GREYS for the top pairs and the top individual angler will also receive the coveted Nigel Haigh Trophy.
This is a really friendly affair, if you have not got a partner, but you would like to enter just call the fishery on the number below, tell us whether you would like to fish from boat or bank, and we will sort a partner out for you.
It costs just £95.00 per pair to enter and this includes all your fishing fees for the day. Registration is at 9am with a planned start time of 10am.
The briefing will be at 9:30, after which the bank anglers will able to set off for their chosen area in readiness to start fishing at 10:00. The match is fished between 10:00am and 5:30pm. The winners will be decided by ranking both the bank anglers and the boat anglers on the number of fish caught and then adding the two rankings for each pair.
The Iain Barr Bank Masters: Information to follow
The England Loch Style Qualifiers
Dates: One day Qualifier: April 17th, Two day Qualifier June 18th & 19th
What could be better than fishing for Team England? Well here are your chances. There are two heats (qualifiers) on Stocks that are routes to the grand final. The first on April 17th is a single day qualifier and the second in June is fished over two days. However you can enter both matches. To enter visit http: //
However, there other good reasons for entering this competition. Where else can you get to fish for in a boat with some of the best fly anglers in the country. I personally have learnt so much from these guys and the experience has been invaluable to me. It’s also a great way to get to know Stocks and to improve your catch rates in future visits.
The Zone (NEW Pairs match for 2016)
This competition is like no other competition you that will have ever fished! The reservoir is split into five zones which are clearly marked out. The first fish you catch in a zone is worth 5 points, any subsequent fish you catch in that zone is only worth 1 point, so you must try to catch a fish from every zone in order to maximise you scoring. Here’s the hitch! You have been drawn with a boat partner from a rival pair who will try to stop you completing the circuit!
Here’s how it works. Initially the control of the engine will go to the angler that was drawn first when the boat draw was done. If your boat partner drew the engine, they can start the competition in any zone of their choice. (The zones do not have to be fished in any particular order). If he/she catches a fish first the control of the engine remains with them and they can move you to another zone where they are fishing for another 5 points. However, if you then catch the first fish in the new zone, then control of the engine comes to you and you may take him/her back to the first zone where you are fishing for 5 points and they (having already caught in this zone) are only fishing for 1 point. This gives you a clear advantage. The control of the engine belongs to the angler that caught the last fish so to keep control you have to keep catching and then you can try to complete the circuit by catching a fish from all the zones.
If you manage to catch a fish in all five zones you will have amassed a minimum score of 25 points and will have completed one lap. You may then try to complete a 2nd lap where once again the first fish caught in each zone is worth five points and the same rules apply as in your first lap…….The spirit of this match is to try and amass as many points as you can whilst trying to minimise your rival boat partners score. No hard feelings!
This sounds like so much fun! I want to fish it. The winning pair is simply the pair that has the biggest combined score and will be crowned ‘Champions of The Zone’. Tight Lines Ben
Ambulance Blind Pairs Fund Raisers
Dates: June 5th & August 29th
These fund raising events are great fun. They are ‘Blind Pairs’ day so you don’t know who your competition partner is until the results are read out at the end of the match.
This is how it works. You can either choose your own boat partner to fish with for the day or we will draw you with one. You kill your first four fish for your bag weight and then release up to four more that will each add 2lbs onto your bag weight. At the ‘weigh in’ you will draw a number out of a hat. The person with the corresponding number becomes your partner for competition results. The highest combined total weight of fish will determine the winning pair. Proceeds from any tagged fish caught to be shared with your partner.
The aim of the event is to have a fun, friendly day, with the North West Air Ambulance Service being the ultimate winner, gaining much needed funds for a much needed service.
Entrance Fee £49.50 and this includes entry into the tagged fish

The Anglian Airflo Six Man Team Stocks Heat
Date: June 11th
The biggest six man team event in the UK a great event. Enter here to qualify for the North of England final.
The Scierra Pairs: Stocks Heat
Date: July 3rd
This competition gives value to everyone, with prizes for every heat as well as the final. The format allows a pair of anglers to fish in the same boat. Restrictive rules are kept to a minimum and the competition allows all flies permitted by the fishery.
Each pair on first entry will receive a value pack containing relevant and valuable products worth more than the entry fee! There will also be hidden prizes in a proportion of value bags. Multiple entries encouraged. We are very keen to encourage junior participation. Every pair of anglers containing one or more angler under the age of 18 can claim a discount of £10 on first entry.
Results are determined on the basis of the pairs total weight, including time bonus where applicable.
Individuals may enter as many times as they wish, with different partners at different heats. In addition to the entry fees, competitors will pay the appropriate fee for boats and/or fishing.
There will be at least 65 pairs fishing the final on Rutland Water. Qualifications from heats will be on a pro-rota basis.

The Lexus European Individual
Date: Stocks Heats July (floating line only) & July (Any Line)
The Lexus European Flyfishing Championships is the biggest Individual Fly Fishing Event in the World! Known as the “Friendly flyfishing championships”, it is an unparalleled opportunity to share a boat with some of the best anglers in the World. You can enter on Stocks on July ??
John Horsey is the Championship Manager: with 43 England International Team Caps and 15 years of running fishing competitions, John has the perfect credentials to deliver a well-organised, friendly fishing experience second to none: “It is my intention to give all competitors great value for money, a huge selection of prizes and an enjoyable day on the water. Where else can you pay your entry fee and end up spending the whole day fishing with a World Champion?”
In association with the Sytner Group, the 2015 Lexus Individual Champion will win a brand new Lexus car for the coming year. There will be great prizes supplied by co-sponsors Greys and Minox at all of the regional heats throughout the UK.
There is a unique “Wild Card” qualification at every Heat, where the captor of the biggest fish, regardless of individual placement in the match, will qualify for the Grand Final.
All Heat Winners will become “Heat Champions” and win a special prize. At the Grand Final, the 14 Heat Champions will fish for the main prize of the Lexus Car, but will also fish against each other for the bonus prize of a superb fishing holiday*, courtesy of Anglers World Holidays!
Entering the Championships could not be easier: Simply download and complete the Entry Form at and send it along with payment to the address given. For all enquiries Email
The Lexus European 6 man Team
Date of Stocks Heat: July
The Lexus Team Fly Fishing Championships are for Teams of 6 anglers and attract entries from as far away as Australia, Norway, Italy and Belgium. There is no need to belong to a recognised Club – simply get a group of 6 friends together and apply for one of the 6 Heats across the UK. There is no geographical restriction and Teams may enter any venue, but may only enter once.
Teams will progress from their Regional Heats directly to the Grand Final, to be held at Chew Valley & Blagdon lakes . A total of 20 teams will compete at the Grand Final.
Entering the Championships could not be easier: Simply download and complete the Entry Form at and send it along with payment (detailed on the form) to the address given. For all enquiries Email
The 2016 Dry Lines
Date: Sunday August 7th.
This is one of the most enjoyable matches of the season.
The competition is split into two 4hr sessions; the first will be fished from 9:30am to 1:15pm. There is a break for a buffet lunch, we then recommence fish at 2:15 and the match finishes at 6:00pm.
There will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd places in each session and the overall winner across both sessions.
It s a great day at this time of year the best tactics are usually dries or washing lining diawl bachs so it bodes well for a floating line match.
The cost of entry is just £15 on top of your fishing fees and that includes your lunch and the chance to win some great prizes.
One of the best things about this competition is that it’s two matches in one day and no individual angler can win more than one prize, so you have every chance of winning something.

The 2016 Stocks Boat Masters
Date: August 21st
This is an individual boat fishing competition fished to international rules with catch and release after you complete your bag of four fish. Each returned fish will add 2lbs to your bag weight. It is generously prized and has a coveted trophy.
The Stocks Pairs
Date: September 11th
In this popular competition, each pair fishes together from the same boat and works as a team to try and catch 10 trout. It’s as simple as that.
Here is a brief outline of the rules: Pairs must fish from drifting boats but can use any flies that comply with everyday fishery rules. As soon as you have landed your 10th fish, head back to the lodge and hand over your bag. You will then be awarded a time bonus. (8oz for every complete 15 minute period left in the match). Any one trout cannot add more than 5lbs to your bag weight, but will count for the biggest fish prize. The competition will be fished between 9:30am and 5:30pm. Pairs must register by 8:45am. The entrance fee is just £22 per pair, so with your fishing and boat fees the total is £99/pair. This includes tagged fish entry.
The top four pairs, plus the pair that catches the biggest fish will be in the prizes. There will be a generous cash sum for the winning pair. (The exact amount will depend on the number of entrants). There will also be tackle prizes for the pairs in 2nd & 3rd place and for the pair with the biggest fish.
The Stocks ‘n’ Shares Competitions
Dates: September 24th and October 15th
This competition is fished to fishery rules with regards to flies, but from drifting boats between. It will be fished between 10am and 5pm. The total fees of £45 includes: a full day two fish ticket, full day boat hire. £15 of your £45 will be put into a central ‘Stocks n Shares Pot’.
Each fish caught wins you one share of the pot. E.g. If twenty anglers entered it would give a total Pot value of £300. If 30 fish were caught across the field then each fish you have taken or returned would be worth £10. If just one fish was caught across the field it would be worth £300 and so on. There will also be tackle prizes 1st and 2nd place. So the first two fish caught must be killed for a weigh in should there be a draw on numbers.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 4:24 pm January 10, 2016

The 2015 season has come to an end. I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your visits to the fishery and we would like to thank you all for your support this season, we really appreciate your custom. At the end of the season we invited all the anglers that caught a double figure fish this year to come and fish for the chance to win a season ticket for the 2016 season. I am happy to announce that Bob Fitzpatrick was the top rod so he finished a hugely successful season. Not only did he fish at Stocks every week of the season and caught fish on every single visit, but he also qualified for the 2016 England Loch Style Team. Good Angling

Bank House Fly Fishery is open throughout the winter month and is fishing really well at the moment. The rod average for November so far is 5.14 fish per angler and there are Tigers, Blues, Rainbows and Browns all there to be caught. The best patterns have been damsels and green peas or static buzzers.

To book a boat please call 07896000939.

We have new accommodation for anglers above the fishing lodge with a cracking view across the reservoir. It will be available from the beginning of the new season on Saturday February 20th. We have special offers on three day fishing breaks with two nights in the apartment. For all inquiries call Ben on 07896000939.

We hope to see you at Bank House over the winter. Tight Lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 11:52 am November 21, 2015

DATE:                                           Wednesday & Thursday November 4th &5th
REPORT AUTHOR                    Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:               7 fish for Graham Bell, 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG:                         5 fish for 7lbs 15oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST RAINBOW:                      2lbs 14oz for Graham Bell
BEST BROWN:                           2lbs 8oz Graham Bell
BEST BLUE:                                2lbs 8oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV:                           2.20 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                           5.00 fish per angler
Sport: Wednesday: Bob Fitzpatrick and Darren Booth took a boat out to fish their doubles club fish off. They had eight rainbows and blues to the boat fishing the washing line with boobies and nymphs over the saddle and the Northern Shallows. Bob caught six fish but mistakably returned his sixth fish, which was nice blue, so he put five fish on the scales for 7lbs 15oz, somewhat small by Stock standards, but he has set the target for all the other doubles club members.
From the shore the bank anglers were catching on dry hoppers between the jetty and Barn Quarry. Also Shauna Fowler and Brain Wilcock took four rainbows and browns on worm along Hartley’s Bank.
Thursday: Another Doubles club angler Graham Bell tried his luck to topple Bob Fitzpatrick off pole position to win a season ticket for next year. Graham fish over the Northern Shallows and close in around Hollins Bay/ Barn Quarry to catch a total seven fish. Unfortunately for him four of them were brown trout which are now out of season, so he put three rainbows on the scales for 6lbs 15oz. Just to rub the salt into his wounds he lost three more rainbows including a 4lb fish right at the lip of the net! Unlucky Graham.
Felicity Appleton fished nymphs on a floater along the shore from the Jetty to Ben’s beach. She landed four fish including a 2lb+ brownie.
The best patterns have been damsels, hot headed diawl backs, Hoppers and daddies. Tight Lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 5:58 pm November 5, 2015

Below is a list of this years ‘Doubles Club’ qualifiers entitled to fish for a 2016 Season Ticket as per Ben’s message posted yesterday. Should your name be missing and you caught a double figure trout at Stocks this season please call the Lodge (01200 446602) for inclusion, Nick.

Stephen Lind
Ben Bayliss
Ryan Mathews
Graham Bell
Bob Fitzpatrick
Pete Whittle
Geoff Cort
Ken Whiteside
Alistair Beaumont
Bernard Mcbride
Liz Fraser
Mark Myers
Phil Burgess
Roy Duckworth
Fred Marsh
Ricki Newbolt
John Sykes
Tom Speak
Mark Howarth
Mr Webb
Dave Hitchen
Keith Pope
Eric Glaister
John Palmer
Mark Tyndall
John Sherlock
David Welsh
Bill Menzies
Bob Mcdonald
Ken Dickson
Phil Green
Jasmes Nixon
Richard Hood
Mark Rose
Alan Daniels
Colin Gibbons
Bernie McDonough
Phil McDonald
Steve Unsworth
Peter Entwhistle
Robbie Finnie
Derek Moore
Darren Booth
Gerry McGloughlin
Ritchie Kelly
Paul Davison
Mark Waddell
Gavin Murray
Steve Bland

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 5:33 pm November 3, 2015

Saturday/Sunday/Monday October 31st –Nov 2nd
Sport: The water level started to rise last week and although slow the total increase is about four feet. Fish are still being caught by most anglers visiting at the moment. I wasn’t on duty over the weekend but I know Bob Fitzpatrick had four nice fish during as half day session on Sunday. He fished diawl bachs on a floating line over the Northern Shallows and in Hollins Bay. Today Bruce Irvine also had four trout on buzzers and diawl bachs whilst fishing from the shore from the jetty to Bell Point. Also we have started the worm and spin period until the end of the season on November the 15th and It has got off to a pretty good start. Peter Kosminski fished a ledger with worm from Bell Point to take 12 rainbows to 4lbs; he said the trick was only to only cast two rod lengths out.
Please note that is worm and spin only, no ground bait or maggot and there is no catch and release fishing with spinners. Tight lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 6:44 pm November 2, 2015

The 2015 Doubles Club Fish Off
If you have caught a double figure trout during the 2015 season you can win a free season ticket for the 2016 season.
It is really simple this year. All you have to do is come to Stocks any time between the Nov 3rd and November 15th, register in the lodge as a doubles club angler, buy a full day ticket and go fishing. You can take all the rainbows and blues you catch during the course of the day to create your bag. (Brown trout are out of season)The doubles club member who weighs in the biggest catch during this period can choose between a full day sporting and a half day two fish season membership for next season.
The Simple rules are as follows.
1. To qualify you must have caught a double figure fish during this season from Stocks Reservoir.
2. You can pick any day within the given time period (Nov 3rd & Nov 15th)
3. You must register in the lodge and state that you want to enter the doubles club fish off before you start fishing.
4. It is a fly fishing only competition.
5. You may fish from bank or boat.
6. At the end of the day you must hand your bag of fish to the member of staff on duty to weigh and record your weight.
7. Once you have fished you may not re-enter on a later date.
8. The winner will be announced at the end of the season on November 15tth

To book a boat call Stocks on 01200 446602

Tight Lines Ben Dobson

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 6:17 pm

DATE:                                        Friday October 23rd
REPORT AUTHOR                 Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:            3 fish for Derek Moore
BEST RAINBOW:                    3lbs 4oz for Antoon Gysbers
BEST BROWN:                        2lbs Bob Fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV:                       1.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                       2.0 fish per angler
Sport: Just a few on the shore today all on half day tickets and one boat out but everyone had action either landing one or two or losing one or two. Antoon Gysbers fished for a couple of hours this morning and caught two nice rainbows to 3lbs 4oz. He caught at Barn Quarry and near the jetty on a floating line with a snatcher and a cat.
Simon Dove also had two on diawl bachs fished under the bung. Simon fished along the shore at two trees.
Out the boats Derek Moore and Bob Fitzpatrick had 4 fish between on olive snakes and minkies. They said that they had plenty of other action as well with follows pulls and they lost a few. Bob has been one of our most regular anglers and has managed to go the whole season without a single blank visit. I can’t say that about myself! Bob has also just qualified for 2016 England team along with three other anglers from the north, Carl Nixon, Tom Gott and myself. Not bad as Bob only started fly fishing in 2006 and has quickly become a truly consistent angler. Tight Lines everyone. Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 6:54 pm October 23, 2015

Sport: The best catch today was taken by bank angler John Wilkinson with his 4 fish. John fished around the jetty and 2 trees area where he found an apps bloodworm on a floating line his best tactic. From the boats the best area was up in the northern shallows near the saddle. Boat anglers be careful in this area, it is not advisable to motor across the saddle as the water is now very shallow over this area. Syotw. Paul.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 5:53 pm October 15, 2015

Weds October 14th.
The Northern Shallows had a day of peace and tranquillity today. There were no boat anglers, which is a shame because conditions looked great and the weather was kind.
On the bank a handful of anglers caught an average of 1.5 fish each, all from Two Trees to Bell Point. There was a 50/50 split between the minkies and black tadpoles. Well done Phil Meakin and Dan Pletan, both landing 3 good fish each and both on half day sessions. Dan’s bag was 7lbs 8oz for his three rainbows.


Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:21 pm October 14, 2015

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