I hope you are fit and well.
The new season is almost upon us, it’s just a month away now. Stocks will be fully stocked and open for business at 8am on Saturday February 21st. We will stock 4000 rainbows about a week before the opening day. The trout will be introduced into Hollins Bay, Ben’s Beach, Grindy’s Lawn, The Alders, Halstead’s Hike and on either side of the of The Causeway so they will be well spread by the 21st. The trout are in fine fettle and we have plenty of 3lb+ fish. This year the specimens are particularly vigorous and fit.
We have made some improvements to the Stocks website, I hope you will benefit from them over the course of the season. The reports page has a new format to include both fisheries and will feature regular short video clips of relevant information. The general content will be interviews with successful anglers, fishing techniques and tips, tackle reviews, seasonal entomology and trout spoonings, fly tying and more. Also check out the new hot spots map. I think you’ll agree it’s a lot better, it is currently showing the pre-season stocking points and likely hot spots. Have a look around the site, your comments would be welcome.
I have updated the competition page on the website and it now shows all the match dates and final venues for the 2009 season. The first competition of the season is The Northern Bank Masters on March 1st. This should be a great match with plenty of fish to be caught, it will be pegged along a single stretch of shore line and competitors will rotate around the pegs. The next match is the Stocks Grey Pairs on March 15th. Greys are new sponsors of this match which was previously called Masterline Pairs. In this popular competition one angler in each pair will fish from the shore and the other from the boats. There are also some exciting new matches this season, amongst them there are three Stocks Sweep Stake matches that will have cash prizes and will be fished from the boats to international rules. You can see all the matches at http://www.stocksreservoir.com/competition/index.htm . I will add printable entry forms and further details on each competition shortly.
*MAJOR NEW NATIONAL FLY FISHING COMPETITION
Organised by a team headed by Charles Jardine this new match looks as though it is going to be the real deal. It will be a bank fishing competition fished to fishery rules flies and aimed to appeal to both new comers and seasoned anglers. There will be heats held around Britain and it is going to be highly publicised. It will be sponsored by Winner Web and will be called something like The Winner Web National Bank Championship. It will visit Stocks on Sunday May 17th. There is a prize fund of £14,000! I’ll keep you posted as I learn more.
Our Bowlanders Club will be entering teams into all the major competitions this year. We are a friendly bunch that just love our fishing, if you would like to be involved then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tight Lines Ben Dobson