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Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports

Week ending Saturday September 16th

The week started with our first named storm of the year and finished with cooler, but much more settled conditions. The storm certainly put some water down, on Wednesday morning I had row a boat out from the shore to get to the jetty!
The weather certainly affected the numbers of anglers visiting but of ones that have visited us, most of them have left with a fish or two.
The best rod today was Bob Fitzpatrick who fished half a day for six fish. He had four rainbows to 3lbs 12oz and two brownies to 2lbs 8oz. Bob found a sparkler booby on the point and sparkly cormorants on the droppers retrieved with a fast roly-poly to be the most effective method. He used a sink tip line. He caught out over open water and close into the margins in Blackhouse Bay and at the Dam.
Over the week we have seen fish caught on sparklers fished right into the margins down the east bank at Grindy’s Lawn and off Pete’s Point.
Dries have also been a successful method with black bits and daddies coming up as the top patterns.
Antoon Gysbers has been coming every Friday since the season got underway in February. He always arrives early and heads out at 8am. He only fishes four a few hours and is back up at the lodge by 11am at the latest. Antoon has become Mr consistent, so far this season he is yet to blank, and usually catches more than one as well. This Friday he had two rainbows from Bell Point to 3lbs both took a stealth cormorant. Antoon almost always starts and finishes with the same cast of flies on and he fishes them on a floating line. This week he shared his deadly team of three flies. See the pic below. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks is back to full level.

Stocks is back to full level.

Wedneswday August 5th -Saturday August 9th

DATE:                                    Wednesday August 5th Saturday August 9th
REPORT AUTHOR                Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:           6 trout for Steve Bland, Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG:                    Five fish for 12lbs Derek Moore & Felicity Appleton
BEST RNB:                             4lbs Antoon Gysbers
BEST BROWN:                      2lbs 2oz Derek Moore
BANK ROD AV:                     2.5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                     1.6 fish per angler
Sport: We have had a lot of water down over the last few days and the reservoir level has risen around 6 or 7 feet in height. Although this has made the fishing tough, there are still trout being caught.
On Wednesday Tony Taylor had six rainbows and browns stripping boobies back on a Di3 line whilst fishing near Bell Point.
Steve Radcliffe had four rainbows to his boat on both dries and on cats fished on a Di3.
Thursday and Friday were very quiet on the fishery but one notable bag was caught by Antoon Gysbers who fish for just 2hrs. He also used cats on a sinking line and caught two rainbows that tipped the scales to 7lbs. Not bad considering the water level had risen over a meter over night.
The level has continued to rise ever since and this made for a tricky pairs competition today.
It was late notice and so a small but quality field set out to try and catch and eight fish limit.With prizes going to the top three pairs.
In first place was Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton who caught five trout for 12lbs and their bag included two good rainbows, one of 3lbs 5oz and another of 3lbs 7oz. There used a variety of tactics including dries and pulling lures through the margins. Their best area was along the east shore near the Alders. They both received a £70 Tackle Voucher.
In Second place was Steve Bland and James who caught seven trout between them but as some of their fish were returned wild brownies they were pipped on weight. Steve used dries including orange culs and daddies. They both received a new fly line of their choice.
In third place, and donning a new pair of shades each, were Neil Heath and Steve Radcliffe with four trout to their boat. Good angling everyone.
Outside the match Colin Riley deserves a mention. He only fished the afternoon and took three good rainbows. He caught two from the Alders and Spillway area and one from Willow Island.
He confirmed the key point. When the water level rises like it just has, you have to cast right into the edges. You call pull 3lb rainbows out of 6 inches of water! He caught on a black Hopper and a sparkler. Tight lines Ben

stocks: Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd September.

Sport: There were a couple of catches this weekend that are worth a mention. On Saturday the top catch went to Bernard McBride. Included in his catch were a couple of belting rainbows weighing 5lb and 6lb. Bernard caught his fish around willow island and the northern shallows with cormorants and sparkler boobys on a fast glass sinking line being his best tactic. On Sunday the top catch was also taken from the same areas. Matt Eastham caught all his fish on the same fly, a Bibio hopper and as well as fish landed had other chances. Dry flies were also the best for other anglers with daddys, hoppers and bits being the best patterns. This morning i have seen numbers of trout charging into the minnow shoals around the jetty. Minnow imitations, sparklers or diawl bach might be worth a try for these fry feeders. Syotw. Paul.

Stocks: 26th August-1st September.

Sport: The changeable weather conditions we have seen over the last week has made the trout a little picky. Even in the hot, bright and at times breezy conditions imitative patterns have taken the majority of fish caught. Whenever the breeze drops or there is any cloud cover the fish are quick to rise. Dave Morris took advantage of one of these windows of opportunity and quickly changed to dry flies for instant success when good numbers of trout went on the feed near willow island. J Cottam bank fished all along the east bank to catch his trout. After noticing a good number of alder flies on the water a switch to a Connemara black accounted for all his fish. Rob Shelton and Kevin Smith had a good half day with fish caught and a number of other chances. They stuck with daddys and hoppers even in the sunny and windy weather, with most of the action being found along the east bank from the spillway along to ten acre foot. Syotw Paul.