Date: Tuesday 29th June
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 9 fish by Frank Hartley
Heaviest Bag: 5 fish weighing 10lb 4oz by Gordon Docherty
Best Rainbow: 10lb 3oz by Frank Hartley
Best Brownie: n/a
Bank Rod Av: 2.3 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 4.5 trout per angler
Sport: This morning saw near perfect conditions with heavy cloud and a slight warm breeze but by lunchtime the cloud was gone and the wind had picked up making the fishing this afternoon a little tricky, Frank “the legend” Hartley was on the water today and had landed 6 cracking trout by lunchtime all on daddies this haul included 2 5lb+ blues and a stunning 10lb 3oz rainbow which emptied his reel twice before finally subduing the leviathan on his 5wt rod. Top angling frank! This afternoon saw things slow down a little but Frank still landed another 3 fish to bring his total to 9 all of his fish coming from around the Dam Wall and the Alders. Also on the boats visiting angler Gordon Docherty who was on his first visit to Stocks had a cracking days angling with 5 fish. Gordon took his fish from a similar area as Frank but found Diawl Bachs to be his top pattern. With the good weather set to continue and the fish definitely looking up for their food the dry fly fishing is at its best so don’t wait to long. Get yourself out there for the best top of the water action in the country. See you in the lodge Pete.
Date: Monday 28th June.
Report Author: Paul.
Best Catch: 11 fish for John Sykes.
Heaviest Bag: 6 fish weighing 12lb for D McCabe and J Lindsay.
Best Rainbow: 3lb 8oz for John Sykes.
Best Brownie: n/a.
Bank Rod Av: 2.50 trout per angler.
Boat Rod Av: 3.62 trout per angler.
Sport: There was a strong breeze blowing today and with the bright sunshine the fishing was a bit tricky but as the afternoon wore on the cloud began to build up and fishing conditions were much improved. Out on a boat today was John Sykes who landed 11 trout. After catching 2 fish in quick succession pulling lures John decided on a change and switched to dries and promptly landed another 9 fine trout with his fish being caught all over the reservoir. There were other boats that had reasonable scores including Mark Tyndall and Ronnie Paton who landed 6 fish between them and David McCabe and Joan Lindsay who also landed 6 between them with various dry flies accounting for most of these fish. Ben did a good stocking this afternoon with some belting trout that will certainly provide great sport and with a similar stocking tomorrow there are sure to be some great catches on the cards. See you on the water Paul.
Date: Sunday June 27th
Report Author: Ben
Best Catch: 8 trout for Tom Bird and for Paul Davison
Heaviest Bag: 4 fish weighing 9lbs 1oz Chris Guthrie
Best Rainbow: 3lbs Ben Dobson
Best Blue: 3lbs Paul Bebb
Bank Rod Av: 2.00 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 3.75 trout per angler
Sport: It was a bright day to conclude the odds n sods eliminator however the trout were still playing ball. Tom Bird fished superbly well to take the pole position and earn himself a place in the national finals. He caught his first four trout on dries then switched to nymphs as the day brightened up to take a further four. He mainly drifted down the east shoreline and over the main basin. Ever consistent the current captain of England Paul Davison has rebooked his place in the national final. Paul also took eight trout all of which fell to dries. Carl Nixon also fished dries to take six trout and third place today. The overall results are shown in the table below. The positions were determined the sum of the rankings on each day.
The rod average today was 4.2 from the boats which when considering the conditions was very good. Had it been cloudy it would have been considerably higher. The best methods were dries fished at the Dam, along the East Bank and over the Main Basin. Tight Lines Ben
NORTHWEST ODDS N SODS RESULTS
Combined scores for Sat and Sun (Sat) (Sun)
NAME FISH BAG wt BONUS TOTAL Day 1 rank Day 2 rank SUM
1ST PAUL DAVISON 19 17lbs 5oz 22lbs 39lbs 5oz 1 2 3
2ND CARL NIXON 18 15lbs 15oz 20lbs 35lbs 15oz 2 3 5
3RD BOB FITZPATRICK 12 15lbs 5oz 8lbs 23lbs 5oz 6 5 11
4TH JIM TUCK 12 15lbs 3oz 8lbs 23lbs 3oz 7 4 11
5TH TOM BIRD 12 14lbs 12oz 8lbs 22lbs 12oz 10 1 11
6TH CHRIS GUTHRIE 15 15lbs 13oz 14lbs 29lbs 13oz 3 9 12
7TH PAUL BEBB 9 16lbs 15oz 2lbs 18lbs 15oz 8 6 14
Top row left to right: Carl Nixon, Paul Davison, Jim Tuck. Bottom Row: Tom Bird & Bob Fitzpatrick
Date: Saturday 26th June
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 12 fish by Carl Nixon
Heaviest Bag: 4 fish weighing 10lb by Paul Davison
Best Rainbow: 2lb 12oz Paul Davison
Best Brownie: Several at 2lb
Best Blue 5lb by Paul Davison
Bank Rod Av: N/a
Boat Rod Av: 5.56 trout per angler
Sport: Today saw good cloud cover for most of the day but bright sunshine did break through this afternoon. Today we hosted day 1 of the C.E.F.F North West odds and sods eliminator. This is a 2 day event with the ranks from both days being added together to give a final rank for qualification into the final with a place in the England team u for grabs. With good cloud cover dries were bound to figure in the catches and so it proved with dry fly specialist and current England Captain Paul Davison was quickly into his stride with fish falling to his dries but keeping pace were Stocks G-Tec anglers Chris Guthrie and Carl Nixon also on the dry flies. When the day was done all three anglers were at the top of the table Chris finished on 10 fish for 20lb 12oz in second with 12 fish was Carl Nixon but Mr consistent Paul Davison was top angler with 11 fish but with a greater weight of 24lb to Carls 23lb 7oz. With more great weather tomorrow the fishing should be just as exciting and with all 16 anglers doing battle again lets see how it all pans out. See you in the lodge Pete.
Date: Friday 25th June
Report Author: Matthew
Best Catch: Several anglers with 10 plus fish
Heaviest Bag: 4 fish weighing 9lb Ian Harper
Best Rainbow: 3lb 9oz Ian Harper
Best Brownie: Several at 2lb+
Bank Rod Av: 2.0 trout per angler
Boat Rod Av: 4.5 trout per angler
Sport: With good cloud cover all day long the fish were looking to the surface, this gave any dry fly enthusiast a good days sport. That’s not to say things were overly easy, you still needed to anticipate the direction of feeding trout and land a fly right within its path. Top flies seemed to be the ever popular daddy long legs, hoppers and those carrot flies once again.
Whilst out on the safety boat this afternoon it soon became apparent that fish were moving all over the reservoir with no one spot standing out. If I had to pick a drift, the middle basin looks mighty tempting at the moment!!
several scores of 10 plus from the boats today with dries leading the way.
From the shore line scores of three plus have been common place with daddies once again standing out as prolific patterns. A walk along the east shore proved productive for Derrick Makinson, Derrick took 4 fish on hoppers in all but 4 hours with numerous offers just falling short.
I am sure the fish will remain on the surface for the weekend and I am predicting some bumper scores! Who knows it could be you!!
The forecast is looking great, and their is plenty of boats available for the3 weekend.
Tight lines Matthew.