Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: 5 fish for Derrick Moore
Heaviest Bag: 2 fish for 4lb Duncan Lees
Best Rainbow: 3lb for Derrick Moore
Best Brownie: N/a
Bank Rod Av: 1.3
Boat Rod Av: 2.0
Sport: only a couple of angles on today due to a not too great forecast. Having said that the weather has been pretty darn good with even a fair few fish moving in the margins. I think that Ben and the rest off the team here would agree with me that the reservoir is just about at the ideal height at the moment. The fish will continue to move up and down the margins and will fall for a well-presented fry pattern and indeed even those Diawl bachs still.
Ben informs me that he is bringing over some cracking fish tomorrow morning that should really stir things up.
Bell Point, Barnes Quarry, and Bens beach will all fish well over the next few days. Damsels, Montana’s and green peas should take the fish but like I said nymphing should not be over looked.
Temperatures remain pretty mild for the time of year and I have a feeling it’s going to be a good week.
Tight lines Matthew.
Date: Sunday 27-Tuesday 29 September
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: Peter Andrews 12 fish
Heaviest Bag: 7lb 8oz Neil Parkinson for 3 fish
Best Rainbow: 3lb 8oz Simon Conway
Bank Rod Av: 1.75 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av: 2.5 fish per angler
Sport: Sunday saw a stiff breeze making the fishing a little tricky but Stocks regular Mark Wilson had three fish from bell point on a small black booby. Out on the boats the top anglers both in the same boat were Peter Andrews and Andrew Bentley who had 19 fish to the boat Peter being top individual with 12 again the booby was the top pattern
Monday was a quiet day at stocks with just a couple of boats out with constant drizzle-putting anglers off
This morning saw more drizzle but this soon cleared to leave a good fishing day with warm overcast conditions and only a slight breeze, Our own Paul Bebb was on the water today with Neil Parkinson they managed 4 fish each with the Green Pea and Pauls own cruncher doing the damage. Paul commented on the fact that the fish wanted it almost static. Top honours though go to Simon Conway with 5 fish all falling to a green dabbler. From the bank Mark Chadwick had 4 cracking Rainbows all on the East Bank all falling to a P.T.N nymph. With more settled weather to come the fishing is sure to remain constant and exciting. Tight Lines Pete
Date: Friday 25th September
Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: 9 fish on a half day session for Mark Gilston
Heaviest Bag: 3 fish for 6lb 8oz Rudolph Quigliana
Best Rainbow: 2lb 10oz Rudolph Quigliana
Bank Rod Av: 2.4 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 3.5 trout per angler
Now that the wind seams to have settled into one direction the fishing is coming into its own. A good drift is to be had down the East bank were the fish are up in the water looking for buzzer and nymphs. Frank Hartley had 5 good fish to the net on boobies and diawl bachs in all but a few hours. Mark Gilston however managed 9 trout in all but 5 hours! Mark opted for a viva with his boat partner landing a further 4 on cat’s whiskers. Good angling guys.
Anton Gysbers had a good morning with 4 trout to the net in the first 2 hours of the morning. Anton also found the Diawl bachs to be doing the business. Incidentally both Anton and Rudolph caught on the same diawl bachs fishing from Barnes Quarry round to Bell Point.
It should be a good weekend of sport with the fish still looking to the surface.
Tight lines Matthew.
Date: Sept 14th to Sept 23rd Report by Ben
Best Rainbow 16lbs caught by Tim Hudders
Best Brown 7lbs caught by Mr P Baines
Heaviest 4 fish 4 fish for 35lbs by Colin Gibbons
Best Catch (No. Fish) 12 fish for Steve Carter
Rod Average 3.33 fish per angler
Sport: Bank House has fished really well over the last week or so with a variety of methods producing good bags of fish. The trout are mainly feeding on small black buzzers that have been hatching off at regular intervals. But they are also taking a variety terrestrials that are falling with the autumn leaves and sedges that have been emerging mainly in the evenings. The variety of food stuffs available may explain why such a variety of different methods are working. I have been targeting the buzzer feeders with a variation of the washing line rig. A small black dry such as a Griffith Gnat replaces the usual booby on the point and small black buzzers take the dropper places. If the gnat on the point sinks that I just try to fish it static as it slowly sinks through the water. This is a deadly method that will probably continue work well throughout the winter months.
The best catch taken over the last week was caught by Steve Carter who used a completely different tactic. Steve used a bibio blob to pull the trout away from their regular food supply and it was very effective. Steve found feeding trout under patches of floating leaves. However they were difficult to target as his flies were easily lost amongst the litter. The disturbance made by a bushy fly, like the bibio blob, pulled back just under the surface was too much for 12 fine trout to resist and many others considered it as they chased it in.
The best bag was taken by Colin Gibbons whose first fish of the day tipped the scales to 14lbs content with his first Bank House double Colin returned to the water to take a second trout of 13lbs 8oz! He then added to more rainbows of 4lbs 8oz and 3lbs to lift his four fish bag weight to a staggering 35lbs! Colin’s bumper bag fell to mini cats whisker and sunk daddy long legs. Colin caught two of the 7 double figure trout to be caught since September 14th.
Tight Lines Ben
Date: Sunday 20th September
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 10 fish by Gareth Evans
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish for 13lb by Paul Wilcock
Best Rainbow: Several at 3lb
Best Brownie: 2lb 8oz by Michael Horton
Bank Rod Av: 1.59 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 3.33 trout per angler
Sport: I hate clichés but “Bright and breezy never easy” sums up today. The best of the action though came from drifting boats with Roy Dixon and Duncan Watson sharing top honours on the boats with 4 fish each. Duncan had his fish in quick succession this morning before the sun got too high in the sky and the cloud broke he used a silver head home tied pattern to take his fish and found the willows the best area. On the bank the anglers found it a little tougher although Todays top rod of 10 fish came from bank angler Gareth Evans who bucked the trend today and landed a very impressive 10 fish. All from bell point with a yellow booby fished on a sinking line with a jerky retrieve. Also on the bank Paul Wilcock had a good catch of 5 fish again to a booby. See you in the lodge Pete