DATE: Friday August 12th
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 3 fish for Emyr Evans
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 16lb 4oz Emyr Evans
BEST RAINBOW: 11lb 4oz Emyr Evans
BEST BROWN: 4lb Emyr Evans
BANK ROD AV: 1 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2 fish per angler
Sport: The big fish have definitely been playing today for the four travelling welsh anglers len Hicks had a lovely 9lb rainbow (see pic below) but was outdone by fishing buddy Emyr Evans who had 3 fish for 16lbs 4oz including a 11lb 4oz rainbow(see below) and a 4lb brownie. Between the four of them they had 8 fish mainly on size 12 cat boobies, octopus and size 14 cocktail boobies and commented on the fact that they had many more follows that just didn’t hook up. The majority of their fish came from the alders down to Halsteads hike. Lets hope this is the start of better things too come. See you out there Pete
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.
A tricky day at stocks today with rain this morning then bright sunshine this afternoon and three changes of wind direction where never going to make things easy on the boats there was some success first in was Andy Galbraith who landed 2 fish from the northern shallows on a red holo Diawl bach. Next was Mr Irwin who caught his fish from the dam on a blob fished on a di6. Lastly Stocks Resident Bob Fitzpatrick landed two fish on a floating line with cats whisker boobies. everyon has commented on the amount of follows and swirls that arent connecting. possibly with a calmer day and a bit more cloud cover things could have been different. See you out there Pete
Sport: The best catch today went to the boat of Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton with 8 fish between them. They caught a mixture of browns, blues and rainbows with fish weighing up to 3lbs. Derek landed his best wild brownie ever which weighed over 1lb. 2 trees, Hartleys, Bell point and Davids drain were their best areas with the fish being very close to the shore. Both anglers found a cats whisker booby on a fast glass sinking line the best tactic. There was a bank angler fishing just down from the fishing lodge in Hollins bay and although he didn’t land any he said he had a good number of fish chasing his cat booby and orange blob. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Tuesday July 26th
Sport: Bob Fitzpatrick has been out on the water every day this week and as well as catching fish has had a good bit of action with lost fish, follows and pulls. Bob has tried several methods and tactics but by far the best has been pulling both cats whisker and peaches and cream boobys across the surface at speed on a floating line suggesting the fish are high in the water and wanting to chase. Most of Bobs action has been right in the middle of the dam arm down as far as a line from Petes point and Halsteads hike. Fishing from the dam wall near the blue pipe today was Phil Davies who caught 7 trout. Phil caught all his fish on a home tied white buzzer similar to a okey dokey fished under a sight indicater. The cooler fresher weather forecast for the rest of the week could help catches. Syotw. Paul.
Stocks Reservoir Bank and Boat Fly Fishing