Monthly Archives: April 2010

Stocks: Friday April 30th

Report Author:    Matthew
Best Catch:    10 fish for Keith Hilton
Heaviest Bag:    5  fish weighing 14lb 13oz Stuart Bolton
Best Rainbow:    8lb 130z George Smith
Best Brownie:    8lb for Colin South
Bank Rod Av:    1.7 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av:    2.6 trout per angler
Sport: Today we held the Fire services Lancashire open, it’s a fantastically attended day and a real pleasure having them annually. 38 anglers set to the water netting 86 trout between them giving them an average of 2.2 per rod.
You may look at that a think its a little lower of an average than we are currently used to, however today has been a some what tricky day that left quite a few anglers scratching their heads!!
Never the less some excellent sport was had all around with so many fish just coming unstuck at the net! The number of anglers who have told me the same story is simply mind boggling! The fish just wouldn’t stick!!  I’m sure that had the number of dropped fish counted that average would be more like 5, I kid you not!! Over all team winners for the fire service were Partner’s Simon Herdley and Stuart Bolton who weighed in 13 fish for 28lb 15oz a cracking result on any day. Both guys’s found a fast retrieve was key moving loads of fish from Gull Island with cat’s whisker patterns. 2nd place went to Ken and Elliot Horrocks who weighed in 25lb 5oz. Once again they found a fast retrieve key with their fish falling for Dawson’s Olives from the northern Shallows. As it happens Young Elliot finished first individually over all with 7 cracking fish. They also ran a prize for the biggest fish that was won by George Smith who is pictured below with a super rainbow of 8lb 13oz!
Running their own smaller competition were the CSSC who mustered some super catches between the 6 of them! First place went to Keith Hilton who landed 10 fish. Ken finished top rod on the day finding the fish keen to chase sun burst blobs along Phil’s flats.  Not far behind was George Ashton with 8 fish, George however found that Buzzers were the real temptation!
The bank did fish a little tricky too however Bill Orrell tempted the fin perfect rainbow pictured below, a little smaller than Bill’s usual quarry!! None the less a lovely fish rightly deserving a mention.
Colin South had the must stunning Brownie from Ben’s beach just tipping the scales at 8lb, Colin returned the fish to fight another day.
Although the averages are down a little those who got it right really got it right! The fish are starting to move and indeed chase I think it may be time to dust of the intermediate and get pulling!!
Tight lines Matthew.

From left to right: Elliot Horrocks, Ken Horrocks, Simon Herdley and Stuart Bolton

From left to right: Elliot Horrocks, Ken Horrocks, Simon Herdley and Stuart Bolton

George Smith with an 8lb 13oz Rainbow

George Smith with an 8lb 13oz Rainbow

Keith Hilton Top rod for the CSSC with 10 trout for 21lbs 9oz

Keith Hilton Top rod for the CSSC with 10 trout for 21lbs 9oz

Bill Orrell with a beautiful 6lbs 8oz rainbow

Bill Orrell with a beautiful 6lbs 8oz rainbow

Colin South returned this beautiful 8lb brownie

Colin South returned this beautiful 8lb brownie


Thursday 29th April

Date:    Thursday 29th april.
Report Author:    Paul.
Best Catch:    18 fish for Steve Smalley.
Heaviest Bag:    2 fish weighing 19lb 8oz for Bob Cooper.
Best Rainbow:    12lb for Bob Cooper.
Best Brownie:    Est 5lb for Bob Cooper.
Bank Rod Av:    2.71 fish per angler.
Boat Rod Av:    5.77 fish per angler.
Sport. There were some great catches made today and some belting fish caught both from the bank and the boats. On the bank today was Peter Mellor who landed a super 11lb 5oz rainbow. Peter caught his giant trout from Hollins bay near to the jetty with his effective fly being a black woolly nymph. Peter was also lucky enough to find an orange tag on the fish and he duly claimed his £100.00 voucher! There is still a giant Rainbow cruising around with a tag, who knows. it could be you!
Out on a boat were Bob Cooper and Steve Smalley who had great days fishing. Steve caught the most fish with a total of 18 rainbows, most of which fell to various dry flies, but Bob caught the biggest with his two best rainbows weighing in at a hefty 12lb and 7lb whilst his biggest brownie was estimated to weigh in the region of 5lb before being released. All Bob’s fish fell to buzzers with their best areas being all around the main basin and around the dam wall. Ian Dickenson had an eventful half day session landing a credible 7 fish. Ian found willow isle to be his best spot with his fish falling to a multitude of tactics and patterns including booby’s, buzzers and even dries. Well done I. Other anglers fared well from the bank and boats, when i went out on a boat this afternoon i could see fish moving in all areas and right out into the middle of the reservoir, a sure sign that the trout are spread out all over. See you on the water Paul.

Stocks Report Wednesday 28th April

Date:    Wednesday 28th April
Report Author:    Matthew
Best Catch:    Derrick Moore and James Nixon 12 fish a piece
Heaviest Bag:     5 fish weighing 11lb 5oz Phil Burgess
Best Rainbow:    Barry Foster 4lb
Best Brownie:    5lb James Nixon
Bank Rod Av:    1.8 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av:    5.4 trout per angler
Sport: Another warm day with good cloud cover saw fish moving right across the reservoir. However today they wanted things small, very small. John Calvert Stuck at the dries all day and mustered a good score of 9. John fished size 16 black midges right off the top. Boat partner Phil Burgess however had the fish chasing his booby and snapping at his buzzers on the washing line.
Derrick Moore had some good sport too with 12 to his net; Derrick found size 12 buzzers just the trick returning browns and rainbows to 4lb. Matching Derricks score of 12 was James Nixon who found his fish by the dam tower, James fished buzzers on the washing line with fish coming right throughout the day.
A little quieter from the shore with the boats getting the better of the sport. However a few bag limits were reached with Bell Point proving successful, along with Hollins and New Close.

One thing for sure the fishing is going to be electric over the next few days and indeed the bank holiday weekend, why I hear you ask?  Well Bens done a double stocking with fish ranging from 2lb right through to 15lb! A vast number of double figure fish are at large so to speak. Two of them carry a tag in their fin; if you are lucky enough to catch such a large fish and find the tag you win yourself a tackle voucher to the tune of £100!!
Tight lines Matthew.

Stocks: Tuesday 27th April

Report Author:    Pete
Best Catch:   18 fish by paul davison
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 13lb 4oz by David Preece
Best Rainbow:    3lb 8oz by David Preece
Best Brownie:    N/a

Best Blue: 3lb By Jane Turner
Bank Rod Av:    2.00 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:    5.3 fish per angler
Sport: What a difference 24hrs makes today was warm overcast with just a slight breeze. Regular Paul Wilcox was amongst the fish again with 6 trout all taken from Hartleys. Paul Fished an orange lure on an intermediate line to take the majority of his fish. Also on the bank Roy Dickinson had 4 fish from Two Trees and Hollins Bay,Roy also used an intermediate line but found stripping Diawl Bachs his best method. The best of todays fishing was to be had on the boats today with several boats into double Figures, Keith Webster and Mike Trapp had 13 fish to the boat, with Mike just beating Keith by 1 fish. Top Honours though go to Paul Davison and Steve Smalley with 28 fish to the boat, all on dries. Paul took top rod with 17 fish to Steves 11. Their best area being around the spillway and down to the Alders. One thing i noticed today was bits of algae coming up from the bottom of the reservoir, this means the water is warming up and starting to mix with the warmer water rising to the surface and the colder water sinking when it does the fishing will really take off. See you in the lodge pete.

Stocks: Monday 26th April

Report Author:    Pete
Best Catch:   8 fish by Frank Hartley
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 11lb by Mr Brindle
Best Rainbow:    3lb by Rick Waddington
Best Brownie:    3lb 8oz by Frank Hartley
Bank Rod Av:    2.00 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:    2.00 fish per angler
Sport: A bright day with a stiff wind made the angling tricky. Regular Frank Hartley had a good days angling with 8 fine trout including a lovely full finned brownie of 3lb 8oz which was released to fight another day. Franks best setup was an intermediate with two blobs, but also caught on small cdc dries early in the morning. Boat partners Mr Brindle and Wayne farryman had a cracking half day with 5 fish a piece all from the Northern Shallows on black and green buzzers in amongst the trees. The bank was a little quieter but Rick Waddington had 2 trout early on from Bell Point on an olive fritz. See you in the lodge Pete