Not fishing related but I am sure you will all appreciate a pretty bird!
This Waxwing was pictured here at the lodge this Friday. There was a flock of some 50 or so birds and one of them stayed still long enough for this wonderful picture courtesy of Barrie!
Tight lines all the best Matthew
Date: November 3rd -November 24th
Report by: Ben
Best catch: 13 trout for Frank Hartley and Norman Chapman
Best bag weight: 3 trout for 23lbs 8oz Ian Stanworth
Best rainbow: 13lbs 8oz Dennis Tallentyre
Best brown: 14lbs 8oz Darren Mayor
Best blue: 7lbs 8oz Dennis Tallentyre
Rod average: 3.1 trout per man
Sport: The weather conditions have been very changable of late, resulting in a variety of methods proving successful. During the milder spells Buzzers, nymphs, humongous, montanas and cats whiskers have all scored well. Norman Chapman caught 12 trout including a superb 6lb blue, he kept on move around the lake covering as much water a possible with a team of nymphs. Mr J K Lowrie landed mixture of 12 rainbows and blues the best of which was over 7lbs, he found that a pink humongous twitched back along the bottom was most productive. Ian Stanworth (pictured below) used a cats whisker to tempt two double figure rainbows in a row, he then added a third trout to lift his bag weight to 23lbs 8oz. Frank Hartley braved the elements on a particuly blustery day and was rewarded with a cracking catch of 13 fish. Frank a fished team of buzzers to great effect and said that white patterns were the most effective. Dennis Tallentyre had an incredible day last week. His first trout was a blue of 7lbs 8oz, this was followed by steady stream of rainbows and blues, he then landed a brownie of 3lbs+, which was shortly followed by a rainbow of 13lbs 8oz. He finished a productive half day session with 12 trout to the net, all of which fell to a gold head cats fished slowly along the bottom. Incidently Darren Mayor also used a white buzzer to tempt a beautiful 14lb 8oz brownie which was returned to fight another day.
During the colder, frosty periods the trout’s foraging activity is greatly reduced. However, they will still take flies and once hooked they fight like mad due to the greater level of disolved oxygen found in cold water. The best methods during these cold snaps usually involve presenting your flies statically for the trout to pick up on passing. The initial take is often quite gentle so it is really important to stay in contact with your flies and allow no slack line to develope. This can be best achieved by long lining buzzers, fishing the washing line or hanging flies under a bung. These three methods have worked well over the last few days. Roy Horrocks caught 10 trout on a yellow egg fished under the bung, Derek Moore caught 10 on a cat booby on a washing line rig and Mr A Wilkinson also caught 10 trout on cats booby and buzzers. Norman Chapman returned this weekend and had another great day the best of his fish was the 11lbs 2oz rainbow pictured below. His bag of four weighed 19lbs 6oz.
Look forward to seeing you soon. Tight Lines Ben
Date: Saturday 20th November
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 3 fish Tony Taylor and John Sykes
Heaviest Bag: 2 fish weighing 9lb Peter Andrews
Best Rainbow: 7lb Peter Andrews
Best Brownie: N/a
Sport: Today we held our last open competition of the year, the Stocks and shares. This is were everyone in the field puts £20 into the pot and every fish caught is worth a share of the pot. With 14 anglers entered this gave us a pot of £280. With an even spread between boat and bank anglers it could be anyone’s competition. John Sykes and Tony Taylor finished the day with the top scores of three fish each. Both anglers were fishing from the bank, John adopted a roving approach picking fish up in Hollins Bay and at Bell Point, Whereas Tony stuck to Bell point to take his fish on small boobies fished on a intermediate line. The top anglers from the Boat were Jim Pickford, Frank “the legend” Hartley and Peter Andrews all whom had 2 fish each. Peter also had a cracking 7lb rainbow (pictured below) and returned a stunning 5lb brownie. Great angling by all involved on what could have been a testing day. See you in the lodge Pete.
Just a quick note and an invite to a competition we are planning on running on
Saturday 20th November. (10 am until 4pm)
We call the comp the STOCKS N’ SHARES.
Each angler can either fish from the shore or the boat.
Each angler must purchase a five fish ticket.
We all put £20.00 in the pot each. Each fish caught is worth a share of the pot.
Example:- 20 anglers = £400 in the pot,
if 2 fish were caught each fish would be worth £200.00
If 8 fish were caught each fish would be worth £50.00
If you were to catch 3 of the 8 fish you would receive £150.00. And so on.
Fishery rules apply as goes fly size.
In past years this has been fished with a real good spirit and is certainly not one that has been taken too seriously its just real good fun!
For more information or to book your place please phone the lodge on 01200 446602
Tight Lines the Stocks Team!
Date: Sunday 7th November
Report Author: Pete
Best Catch: 6 trout Reece Hart
Best Rainbow: 4lb 8oz Steve Barwick
Best Brownie: 3lb Duncan Monk
Bank Rod Av: 2 fish per angler
Sport: With very slight winds and sporadic cloud cover all day the conditions were favourable. On the Bank Reece Hart had 6 fish from Bell point all on a red Minkie also on the bank but at Hartley was Steve Barwick who struggled a little in the morning but then took three fish in the afternoon on a orange tadpole lure including a stunning fin perfect 4lb 8oz rainbow which was safely returned to fight another day. Season ticket holder John Sykes took 2 fish on a black and green Tinhead, john found a cast and step approach to be the best idea and just kept moving and fishing the margins.
The spinning seems to be working as well with Andrew Atack catching 3 trout on a small plug from Hollins Bay. See you in the Lodge Pete