Monthly Archives: March 2010

Stocks: Tuesday 30th March

Report Author:    Pete
Best Catch:   22 fish by Rob Denson
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 13lb by John Morgan-parker
Best Rainbow:    4lb by Rob Barton
Best Brownie:    N/a
Bank Rod Av:    3.53 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:    7.37 fish per angler
Sport: After heavy rain overnight the reservoir is full to the brim this morning this didn’t put the fish off with the boats and the Northern shallows still on fire. Travelling angler John Morgan-Parker had a fantastic day angling taking 12 fish whilst drifting the Shallows fishing a medium sinker with an orange blob and a booby, taking a 5 fish limit of 13lb. Also on the boats regulars Rob Denson and Derek Moore took 29 trout to their boat finding the now well used method of a sweep di5 and olive and black mini lures or blobs. Regular bank angler Dave Flitcroft decided after reading the reports to take out a boat and have a go at fishing on the drift and was immediately into fish from around Willow Island with Various buzzers. Dave finished the day on 5 fish and commented on the fact that hed had a great day, and will definitely be fishing from the boat again.

Back on the bank things are starting to pick up again. Rob Barton headed off to the East Bank at Halsteads Hike and took 4 fish on a half day ticket. Also on the bank Glynn Ryding took 6 fish from Bell Point on a Black and Green Booby. It looks like the forecast bad weather has now began to move away as im writing this report its a flat calm on the res with fish rising and buzzers everywhere. See you out there Pete.

Monday 29th march


Monday 29th march.

Report Author:


Best Catch:

21 fish for Tom Anderson.

Heaviest Bag:


Best Rainbow:

8lb for Mark Tyndall.

Best Brownie:


Bank Rod Av:


Boat Rod Av:

10.83 fish per angler.

Sport: The weather wasn’t up to much today with a cold east wind and showers on and off for most of the day. Despite these conditions there were still some great catches made with the northern shallows being the place to be. Tom Anderson and Colin McClocken had a super mornings sport landing a staggering 36 trout between them, all in a half day session! They found the northern shallows crawling with trout and used a tadpole fished on a medium sinking line to catch them. Also out on a boat and into the trout was Mark Tyndall who landed 14 fish. Mark also found the northern shallows productive with a sinking line and various lures being his winning tactic. We could do with the weather improving but if it does or if it does not one thing is for sure, the northern shallows will still be lifting with trout. Just check out todays boat rod average! See you on the water Paul.

Stocks: Sunday March 28th

Date:                            Sunday March 28th
Report Author:       Ben
Best Catch:               18 trout for Dave Morris
Heaviest Bag:          2 trout for 9lbs 8oz
Best Rainbow:        8lbs Dave Morris
Best Brownie:         7lbs to Dave Zalans
Bank Rod Av:         2.71
Boat Rod Av:         7.56
Sport: It was a windy start to the day which made fly presentation and control difficult, so not surprisingly, mini lures and patterns designed to be retrieved out fished the more realistic nymphs and buzzers. The boats were definitely the place to be. Al Beaumont and Dave Morris once again showed everybody how it’s done. They caught steadily all day from quite a few different areas and ended the day with 33 trout to their boat. Here are a few factors that I think contribute to their consistent success.
1.    They always fish from a drifting boat. This means that they are much more likely to find hot spots and they don’t overfish one area where the trout have been spooked. An added bonus to drift fishing is that other anglers can join in the drift share the good sport.
2.    They work the depths. Matt talked about the Di5 sweep line in an earlier report and this is a line that they use to great effect to explore the different levels.
3.    Good conversion rate. By not striking at pulls and tugs when flies are being retrieved they don’t move the flies away from the pursuing trout. Instead a continued retrieve will often result in the line going tight and the rod can just be lifted under the tension of a well hooked fighting fish.
4.    Good Technique. They are very good at trying different retrieves until they have found the most productive one. Incidentally if you haven’t fished ‘the hang’ or ‘the lift’ before now then ask any of us in the lodge to show you, I guarantee it will increase your catch rate.
5.    Confidence. They fish with patterns that they have previously done well on or that they know are very likely to work well. You fish so much better when you are expecting to catch so try to build up a selection of flies that you have confidence in.
6.    Good Angling! Something that grows a bit every time you go fishing.
(If you normally fish on the anchor and fancy a go at drift fishing ask to borrow my drogue from the lodge I’ll leave it behind the counter. If you want to buy one the Greys or Wychwood drogues sold in the shop are perfect.)

Also out on a boat today Derek Moore was fishing over the Northern Shallows he had ten fine trout all of which fell to either an orange blob or a green pea. Paul Bebb was guiding with David McCabe and Joan Lindsey they took ten fish to 4lbs from Willow Island on various lures.
The shore was bit tougher once again Bell Point was a hot spot and so was Hollins Bay. The bank anglers did however have more success on the nymphs and buzzers. Dave Zalans was no exception he caught the lovely 7lb brownie pictured below on a black buzzer from the stream channel in Hollins. He also lost another monster from the same spot and guessed that to be another brownie.
Tight Lines Ben

dave-zalens-7lb-brownieDave Zalans with a 7lb Brownie caught on a black buzzer.

Stocks:Saturday 27th March

Report Author:    Pete
Best Catch:   15 fish by Peter Andrews and Stuart Mcaughey
Heaviest Bag: 1 fish weighing 13lb 11oz By Des Ashcroft
Best Rainbow:    13lb 11oz by Des Ashcroft
Best Brownie:    3lb by Lee Cowking
Bank Rod Av:    1.53 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:    4.22 fish per angler
Sport: This morning looked perfect with light winds and cloud cover but unfortunately the wind increased as the day progressed making presentation a little tricky, This was felt mostly by the bank anglers. Gary McCormack kept on the move to take his 4 fish with various lures doing the trick. Also on the Bank graham Carruthers had 4 fish from hartleys on a half day ticket. Fishing just up the bank from graham on Bell Point Gareth Evans was top rod off the bank with 5 fish. A lime Booby doing the trick

Today we had 16 anglers from the Carlisle Angling Association out on the Boats Again the Northern Shallows accounted for the majority of the fish taken several of the anglers had 5 fish, In second Place Mr Proudfoot had 7 fish all falling to black and green lures, but the top angler on the day was Keith “trouthunter” Wood who took 9 cracking trout whilst in the Northern Shallows. Keith was pulling blobs on sinking lines to take his fish. Also on the boats regulars Peter Andrews and Stuart McCaughey had 30 fish to the boat using Black and green or olive lures fished on floating or intermediate lines, a very slow retrieve was the order of the day. Stocks Guide our own Paul Bebb was out with Alan Marsden and Gerald Nowicki today they had a cracking days fishing with 9 fish to the Boat including a cracking 9lb 11oz rainbow. On any other day this would have been enough to take the biggest fish but today Des Ashcroft had a leviathan of 13lb 11oz. This was des’s only fish of the day but quality counts! See you in the lodge Pete

Des Ashcroft 13lb 11oz Rainbow

Des Ashcroft 13lb 11oz Rainbow

Stocks Friday 26th March

Date:    Friday 26th March
Report Author:    Matthew
Best Catch:    16 fish for Alistair Beaumont
Heaviest Bag:
Best Rainbow:    Several at 4lb +
Best Brownie:    Neville Pinheiro 10lb
Bank Rod Av:    3.1 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:    5.1 fish per angler
Sport:  Changeable day weather wise and an influx of water overnight can often spell the makings of a tricky day. However the fish are still there and it is often just a case of finding the right depth. Doing just that was regular Alistair, Fishing a Sweep line Alistair had the advantage of covering variable depths. For those of you unfamiliar with this line let me try to explain: – The line consists of a Di3 front followed by a belly of line equal to a Di 5 then a further length again equal to a Di 3. If you’re still following me you will be able to imagine the result, a cast that fishes 3 depths in one chuck. The results can be phenomenal and I think we may see more and more from this line as the season progresses. Do feel free to ask us in the shop to explain the principles again as I have been sat here for 40 minutes trying to put in to text what I can explain in just a few minutes!
Alistair finished a short session with 16 fish all falling to black lures on the above mentioned line.
Elsewhere on the water surprisingly little Diawl bachs still did the trick and no one fishes them better than regular Anton Gysbers  netting six fish in all but 2 hours! Anton fished Hollin’s bay with a very slow retrieve being paramount to success.
Lures from Bell Point were well swum today with any of a black and green guise doing the trick. Often Bell Point will always prevail in gusty conditions with the fish cruising up and down the margins.
Landing himself in the doubles club today Neville Pinheiro with a lovely Brown just tipping the scales at 10lb. Neville found the fish from a drifting boat again from Bell Point.
Rob Jones and Chris Roberts found 13 fish between them drifting down into the Causeway with buzzers and Diawl Bachs on floating lines been the most productive.
Taking to the water once again was our Paul with Gary Lloyd between them they netted 19 fish with the green pea staying true to form. Incidentally Gary has hardly ever lifted a fly rod and under Paul’s watchful eye he took 5 fine trout home for the pot!
All in all a super day with some challengeable fishing however as is often the case the right method brought the rewards!
Here’s to a good weekend.
Tight lines Matthew.