We still have places available for tomorrow’s Boat Masters competition on Stocks Reservoir.
The Boat Masters 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 is great fun event.
If you are interested in taking part just call Stocks on 01200 446602
From the Shore: Terry Overy who fished over the deeper water at Hollins Point caught five trout on a variety of different coloured lures. Another bank angler to get amongst the trout was Bruce Irvine who caught 4 fish in just a couple of hours. Bruce headed over to Halsteads hike over on the east bank where he put his sunken daddy and black lead head to good use.
From the Boats: Bob Fitzpatrick had an action packed couple of hours afloat on Tuesday landing 4 fish, dropping others and rising plenty to his orange and red dry flies. The best area for Bob was up by the dam from the tower down along ten acre foot. Yesterday Derek Moore landed a total of 7 trout whilst drifting along the east bank and into barn quarry. Derek caught 4 of his fish on a black snake with the other 3 falling to dry flies. Also out yesterday and landing 8 fish was Gwyneth Mooney who found her trout along the east bank. Gwyneth opted for a washing line set up consisting of a midge tip line, booby on the point, diawl in the middle and a hopper on the top dropper with the trout preferring the flies pulled. This coming Sunday we have the boat masters competition. Anyone wishing to enter please call the fishing lodge and we can book you in. Syotw Paul.
Bank House has continued to fish well throughout the summer despite the hot weather that has hampered so many other waters. We think this is because of the amount of water that flows through Bank House on a daily basis. The water in the entire lake turns over about every two and half days, so it does not sit exposed to the hot summer sun day after day getting warmer and warmer. Also, before the water reaches Bank House Fly Fishery, the inlet stream flows from its source almost entirely through dense woodland or underground and is rarely exposed to the sun. This also helps maintain a lower water temperatures, a crucial factor when considering summer trout fishing.
We have seen some good catches in August so far on a variety of methods that reflect the differing conditions on the day.
Tom Smith had an arm aching session with fifteen rainbows, all of which fell to various blobs pulled back.
Dave Watt had eight fish on okey dokey buzzers.
Gary Martin had fourteen rainbows on Sunday on pink blobs and pink snakes fished back very slowly. He commented that some of the takes were savage, almost ripping the rod out of his hand.
Felicity Appleton has visited Bank House three times this month catching ten, seven and seven fish respectively. She has switched between pink lures and dry daddies and beetles.
There have been plenty of decent brownies about, Ron Hill landed one of 5lbs 8oz and J Hodgson had another at 5lbs. I have been told of anglers being snapped and some big brownies that have got away. The resident big browns are wily creatures, they know where the snags are.
I have fished bank house a couple of times over the last week whilst giving lessons. I found that a sunk foam daddy twiddled back on floating line produced some great takes. Tight Lines Ben
Wednesday the 8th was the toughest of the four days; blustery showers saw most anglers off the water early. Fish were caught mainly to flies pulled back through the surface or on dries.
Thursday belonged to Mark Wilson. Mark, who stayed for a couple of nights in our onsite apartment, hired a rod and line and ventured out to Hollins Point near the deeps. Mark fished a floating line with dries to take his first two fish then, as the sun increased in strength, he switched to a green pea on the point and Iain Barr’s candy buzzer on the dropper. He cast across the breeze and retrieved with a very slow figure of eight. Mark landed a total of fourteen fish. Good Angling Mark.
On Friday Antoon Gysbers went to the same area and fished in similar fashion. There was a slight difference in the patterns used though. Antoon favoured a black and red cormorant on the point with a black and green crackton nymph on the middle with a pheasant tail on the top. Antoon landed eight rainbows to 3lbs over a short session before returning to the lodge for an egg butty.
We only had a couple of bank anglers on Saturday, both of whom fished on half day tickets from Bell Point. David Jaques was the top rod with six trout. He used a floating line with a lures and his ever-trusty invicta pattern.
We also held our annual dry lines competition on Saturday and fifteen anglers set out to try and become the 2018 champion.
It was fished over two sessions. The two 3 ½ hour sessions were separated by a break for lunch and a beer and Jane put on another great spread that was really enjoyed by everyone.
The conditions during the morning session were bright sunshine and a light breeze. This made for tricky fishing, as everyone was only allowed to fish a floating line.
Derek Moore however bucked the trend coming in at lunchtime with five rainbows all of which fell to a black and green snake. Good angling Derek.
The afternoon session was accompanied by some welcome cloud cover and not surprisingly more trout were caught across the board.
Two anglers caught five fish over this session. The first was Bob Fitzpatrick who fished dries at the dam; he dropped another at the net as well. The second was Tim Barley who fished both Hollins and at the dam to get his fish.
Over both the sessions two anglers caught six fish, they were, Bob Fitz and Derek Moore.
Both anglers caught one fish in one session, which, in both cases, were the smallest individual fish of the session and both anglers caught five in their other session.
This made for a close result. In the end Bob Fitzpatrick was crowned the 2018 champion and Derek after winning the morning session ended up in 5th place over all. This was unlucky on his part.
Neil Heath took second spot, Tim Barley won the afternoon session and Bob Cooper won the biggest fish prize. (the full results are shown below) Well done everyone.
Next Sunday we have the Stocks Boat Masters. Anyone can enter, there will be great prizes on offer once again and it will be a great fun day as always. Just call the lodge on 01200 446602 to enter or for more info. Tight Lines Ben
From Left to right: Sir Bob Cooper (captor fo the best fish), Neil Heath (2nd over all), Derek Moore (Winner of the morning session), Tim Barley (Winner of the afternoon session) and Bob Fitzpatrick (The 2018 Dry Lines Champion)
We are holding our annual open dry lines fly fishing competition on Stocks on Saturday August 11th.
This is one of the friendliest and most enjoyable matches of the season.
The competion 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 winners in each session and the overall winner across both sessions.
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.
If you would like to enter please call the lodge on 01200 446602.