Sport: Just a quick report tonight. The best catch today went to Peter Peutherer from Alnwick who headed over to the alders over on the east bank. Peter landed 5 trout weighing up to 3lb with small black flies including Daiwls, Pennell and spiders fished high in the water on a floating line. On another note just over the last couple of days i have started to see the odd daddy long legs about, won’t be long before good catches are taken on this pattern. Syotw. Paul.
DATE: Wednesday May 13th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 5 fish for 18lbs 12oz for Phil Coltard
NOTABLE BAG: 10+ fish for David Manning, Derek Moore, Keith Charnock & Chris Waltier
BEST RAINBOW: 10lbs for Bob McDonald & 8lbs 12oz for Phil Coltard
BEST BROWN: 2lbs 4oz for G Keighley
BEST BLUE: 3lbs+ for Mike Doherty & Chris Waltier
BANK ROD AV: 4.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.20 fish per angler
Sport: There were fish rising all over the reservoir today taking small black flies and, at the Dam, small beetles. The trout that were spooned were stuffed with them along with olive daphnia.
The top rod today was David Manning who fished the washing line around Willow Island. He is doing very on this method at the moment consistently getting good numbers.
Derek Moore and Dermot Speight had 21 trout to their boat on dries, the Midas being their best pattern. They fished right out over open water and targeted rising fish.
Ricky Newbolt had nine trout to his boat. In the morning he found them willing to take lures but in the afternoon he had to switch to dries and traditional wets to keep catching. His best area was the Dam.
Keith Charnock had 10 trout to his boat on buzzers and Bob MacDonald had a slab of a 10lb rainbow over the Northern shallows on Hare’s Ear. He was on a sporting ticket but his five fish would have gone 20lbs.
This afternoon Jeremy Rawkins and Whitewell anglers met with members from Clitheroe anglers and Bowland Fly Fishers for a friendly outing and a BBQ. 20 of them took out 7 boats and had a 4 hour session. Their best rod was Terry Semeraz who took four trout on yellow/orange boobies fished on a wetcel 2 line. Nice to see you all again fellers.
On the shore the best catches were Chris Waltier who fished black pennel on a floating line along Eaking Shallows to take 10 trout and Phil Coltard who took 8 fish from Hartley’s bank on Diawl bachs. Phil had a monster bag with his five trout tipping the scales to 18lbs 12oz. Good angling Guys. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Tuesday 12th May.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10 fish for Phil Davies.
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish weighing 9lb 8oz for Phil Davies.
BEST RAINBOW: Several weighing 3lb.
BEST BROWN: n/a.
BANK ROD AV: 3.20 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 1.00 fish per angler.
Sport: The best catch made today fell to the rod of Phil Davies with his 10 fish. Phil fished in the shelter of the dam wall where all his trout fell to a cats whisker on a floating line. There was another angler whose details are not clear who fished over on the east bank from Halsteads hike to currys landing 4 fish as he went so if you are up tomorrow the east bank should be worth having a look. It is forecast good weather tomorrow so we should see some good catches recorded. Syotw.
Monday May 11th.
Today the wind made casting difficult for most. Thankfully we have some much calmer conditions forecast for days going forward. On the boats the good men of The Ferry Fly Dressers snatched a brief session before heading off up the road northwards. Fish were caught despite the difficult conditions; again it was a pleasure to host such enthusiastic anglers and we look forward to seeing you all again.
On the bank Ron Melling put his salmon casting expertise to good use and landed four fine trout in a short space of time, all in the jetty area. You must teach me how to cast like that Ron!
See you next time, Nick
DATE: Sunday May 10th
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 11 fish for Bernard McBride
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 11lb 0oz for John Seeley
BEST RAINBOW: 2.5lbs for several anglers
BEST BROWN: 3lb (est) for Bernard McBride
BANK ROD AV: 2.2fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.9fish per angler
Conditions for fishing were considered ideal by all this morning and many were to report that they caught the majority of their trout in quick succession earlier in the day, then finding it more difficult in the afternoon, whilst conditions remained ideal. As always there were exceptions, for example visiting Whitewell Anglers, the Bucklands, enjoyed six to the boat in an afternoon session. Top rod of the day Bernard, catching eleven fish, found trout whilst drifting in all areas spread throughout the day. Bernard fished two green boobies across the surface with a floating line.
Visiting anglers The Ferry Fly Fishers had mixed fortunes however the majority of their ten rods caught some fine fish, including a good number of perfect brown trout. Twenty-one fish were brought to the boat between the FFF, giving a total bag weight of 42lbs and 5oz. Best individual bag went to K Dickson for 7lb 8oz for three fish.
On the bank some great sport was enjoyed. Bryn had 5 fish from Bell Point and in Hollins Bay all to a cats whisker, three browns in Hollins and two rainbows from Bell Point. Peter Whittle commented that he had a ‘good’ day catching four rainbows in the dam area on a blue bottle spider. Messrs Entwistle and Fowler enjoyed a good hike beyond Grange Point to catch five trout fishing a black beetle on the surface.
See you next time, Nick.
DATE: Saturday May 9th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Ken Dickson & Eddie Bonnar
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 15lbs for Ken Dickson
BEST RAINBOW: 10lbs 5oz for Ken Dickson, 8lb 13oz Eddie Bonnar & 8lb for
BEST BROWN: 2lb 8oz for Chris McCinnan
BEST BLUE: Several at 2lb +
BANK ROD AV: 3.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.33 fish per angler
Sport: It was great to see the Ferry Fly Fishers on the water today. They were a bit delayed in getting here this morning but at least the weather had sorted itself out by then. 10 of them caught 33 trout including a 10lbs 5oz rainbow and an 8lb 13oz rainbow. (pictured below) They weighed in 19 trout for total weight of 55lbs 5oz. Their top bag was caught by Ken Dickson with 3 trout for 15lbs, he also returned another four fish on dries. The trout they spooned were full of olive daphnia. Their best patterns were olive damsel patterns, orange blobs and dries. Well done fellers.
Andrew Roscall had 7 trout to the boat on a half day ticket. He caught from around Curry’s cast on damsels and cats fished on a long sink tip. He commented how hard the trout are fighting at the moment, more than once he thought he was into a big fish. This is something we’re hearing a lot at the moment.
Chris McCinnan and Russell Dolman had nine rainbows, browns and blues to their boat from around Willow Island. The majority of their fish fell to dry hoppers, hopper boobies and daddies.
Mike Wardell took a nice 8lb rainbow and a few more trout to boobies along the Northern shallows and Peter Marsh caught a tagged trout from the Dam on a cruncher winning a Free Full Day Five fish ticket. There are still two Jackpot trout at large in the reservoir. The first caught has a £500 cash reward.
We were very quiet on the shore today as the rough weather this morning put people off, which a shame as it turned into a really good day. Just the one bank angler today: Mike Flannery on his first visit to Stocks. He took a five hour two fish ticket and caught three trout, two rainbows and a brownie from Bell Point on Harte’s ears. Tight Lines Ben
Eddie Bonnar caught this 8lb 13oz rainbow on a damsel from a drifting boat off Bell Point.
Ken Dickson caught this 10lb 5oz rainbow, whilst drfting through Hollins Bay.
DATE: Friday May 8th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 10+ fish for David Manning, Phil Green, James Nixon & Antoon Gysbers
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 11lb 4oz Keith Hilton
BEST RAINBOW: 14lbs 10oz for Phil Green & 10lb+ for James Nixon
BEST BROWN: 3lbs Liam Tattersall
BEST BLUE: Several at 2lbs
BANK ROD AV: 8.75 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.20 fish per angler
Sport: It was a busy day on the fishery, some great catches. Phil Green and Steve Berry had a cracking day with 20+ trout between them on Di3 lines and a two blob cast. They fished mainly between Ben’s Beach and Hollins Bay. Phil landed a beautiful 14lb 10oz rainbow, lost its big sister when a tangle in his running line caused his 8lb leader to snap and lost another double almost at the net. See pic below.
Ricki Newbolt had 9 trout on Damsels fished on a Di3 at Grindy’s Lawn
Steve and Liam Tattersall also caught well on Montanas and blobs at the Willows on the east bank and David Manning had a cricket score on buzzers fished on the washing line on a floater. David caught most of his fish from around Willow Island.
The bank fished really well. Antoon Gysbers had 12 trout in just 3 hours, 11 of which, took a Watson’s bumble fished on a floater. Bell Point was his hot spot.
Barrow Rugby league top try scorer James Nixon fished a half day ticket in the afternoon and had 14 trout including a double figure rainbow on mix of wets, lures and diawl bachs. James fishes fished along Hartley’s bank. Tight Lines Ben
Phil Green caught this stunning 14lb 10oz rainbow on a two tone blob fished on a Di3. Phil returned it to fight another day.
DATE: Thursday 7th May.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: See below.
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish weighing 5lb 14oz for Mr Pope.
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 8oz for C Price.
BEST BROWN: n/a.
BANK ROD AV: 6.33 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 4.00 fish per angler.
Sport: There were some good catches made today from both the bank and the boats with several different patterns working well. Fishing from the bank for just a couple of hours was Bruce Irvine who landed 8 rainbows. Bruce fished from Bell point and caught all his fish on a lead head damsel. Mr Pope caught 6 fish from Hollins bay on black buzzers on a floating line. Also landing 6 fish was C Price who also found fish around Bell point where black buzzers on a floater was his best tactic. Landing 11 trout was Dave Hitchen who fished from Hartleys bank and barn quarry. Dave found washing lined black and red buzzers to be his best tactic. Out on the boats Bob Fitzpatrick drifted all over the lake taking a fish here and there. He found washing lining buzzers effective. Landing 10 fish between them were Adam Larbalestier and Paul Tippett who found the majority of their fish tight into the stick in the northern shallows. Syotw.
DATE: Monday May 4th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 23 fish for Mark Rose, 20 for George Ashton, 18 for Chris Guthrie
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 18lbs 8oz for Alan Daniels, 4 fish for 15lbs 3oz Ryan Mathews
BEST RAINBOW: 13lbs oz for Mark Rose, 11lbs Richard Hood, 10lbs Mr?
BEST BROWN: Several @ 2lbs
BANK ROD AV: 3.73 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 9.17 fish per angler
Sport: Today we held the Greys Pairs and 19 pairs took to the water. One member of each pair fished from the shore and the other from the boat. Everybody was ranked for bank and boat and the pair with the lowest total were crowned champions.
Nearly all the boats headed straight for the Dam area but after a quiet first hour or two everyone started venture away to the North, which it turned was on fire!
Trout were rising everywhere especially around the boulders, curry’s cast and out over open water towards Gull Island. I gather trout were rising at The Northern Shallows as well and later at the Dam.
One angler got dries to work extremely well. Chris Guthrie caught eighteen fish and 16 of them fell to small black CDC dries. This great catch earned him 3rd place from the boats. Twinned with a solid performance on the shore by his partner James Vann they ended up in 3rd place overall.
Mike Laycock had a very productive afternoon after a quiet start and finished with 15 to his boat on blobs and boobies and his partner Mark Taylor took six off the bank. They were 4th and 3rd respectively giving a total score of 7 and finished in 2nd place.
The Winners, however, were Mark Rose and John Goodwin. Mark caught 23 trout on blobs and buzzers, fished on a midge tip. He caught all his fish from Blackhouse Bay to Curry’s cast. He also returned a 13lb rainbow and won the Nigel Haigh Trophy for top individual! Good Angling. John had a great performance too with 10 trout from Bell Point on pulled dabblers. They were both 1st earning them the unbeatable total of 2. Well done Guys.
Other great individual results came to Darren Booth who was 2nd on the shore with 9 trout from Grindy’s Lawn on small black wets and George Ashton who was 2nd on the boats with 20 trout on blobs and buzzers. He shared a boat with Mark Rose. Well done fellers
Richard Hood also returned a cracking 11lb rainbow part of his 14 fish catch. The photo will follow.
It was a brilliant day at Stocks with fish rising all over taking small black or grey chironomids and small copper coloured beetles. See pics below. Tight Lines Ben
The 2015 GREYS Pairs Champions: Mark Rose and John Goodwin
2nd Place: Chris Guthrie and James Vann
3rd Place: Mike Laycock and Mark Taylor
4th Place Pater and Ryan Masthews
Double click to see full results table.
Mark Rose also returned this 13lb rainbow
Alan Daniels with a 10lb Rainbow caught from the shore.