Monthly Archives: February 2011

Sunday February 28th

DATE                                  Sunday February 27th
NOTABLE BAGS             Andy Holden had 5 trout for 22lbs
BEST RAINBOW             8lbs for Andy Holden and Ian Greenwood: 7lbs 12oz Robert Tuncliff
BEST BROWN                  3lbs 8oz John Hood
BEST BLUE                       3lbs Keith Lowrie
BANK AVERAGE           5.6 trout per angler
BOAT AVERAGE            10.3 trout per angler
SPORT: The wind switched around to the north and there was a notable drop in temperature. It did seem to slow down the sport but some anglers altered their tactics and we saw a lot of completed bags and some high scores. On a boat in Newclose Bay Stocks regulars Ian Greenwood and Mark Tyndal had arm aching sport with a steady stream of hard fighting rainbows. They fished Di3 and Di5 lines with black mini lures into the shoreline from the mushroom tree to the limit. Ian whose bag included a beautiful 8lb rainbow said it was crucial to stay close in as soon as the boat drifted away from the bank the takes dried up. It was nice the Ayr Travellers on the water today they are very accomplished anglers and today was no exception with many of them tallying up great scores. Alec Bowler scored well with a black fritz, Jim Crawford and Willie Riddicks found crunchers to be productive and Mr D McCormick used bibios to great effect.  They found the most productive area to be the Northern Shallows. Also enjoying great sport on a boat was farther and son team Peter and Ryan Mathews they found a lot of trout holding at the Causeway. On the Shore the top rod was Ian Ritchie who had day changing moment when he tied a small cormorant on his dropper. He’d had half a dozen over a couple of hours but after adding the cormorant to his cast he added another 12 in short order. Ian was fishing at the Alders on the East Bank. We did see quite a split in the returns today. Anglers seemed to catch either just a couple or a lot which suggests the trout are a bit ‘poddy’ so if you are not getting regular takes it is best to move on. Tight Lines Be

Opening Day: Saturday February 26th

Date: Saturday February 26th
Report Author: Ben

Notable Catches: Amazingly 36 anglers caught more than 15 trout today! But the following all had scores that Kevin Pietersen would be proud of: Thomas Graham, D Bell,  Lee  Cowking, Kelvin Graham, Paul Miller, Frank Hartley, Andy Cooper and Phil Green
Heaviest Bag: Tom Nickson from Preston caught 5 trout for 21lbs 1oz
(an un named return claimed to have a bag of 25lbs please contact us)  
Best Rainbow:
Tom Heys returned a 12lb rainbow. The best weighed in was 8lbs 12oz and was caught by John Haliday
Best Brownie: Joan Lindsay caught a stunning 15lb overwintered brownie from Willow Island on a bibio. It was returned to fight another day
Best Blue: 7lbs Tom Nickson
Bank Rod Average 13.3 trout per man
Boat Rod Average 11.4 trout per man
Sport: Wow what difference to last year! There are far too many great stories for me to cover, so I will pick a few and give general overview. The conditions were good despite a north westerly wind. The rain stayed away, we had mixed cloud cover and the trout were in ‘the mood’. From the bank the hot spots were Hollins Bay (fished brilliantly), Bell Point, Two Trees, Davy Jones and The Alders. We also had some good catches from Newclose Bay and here amongst the rainbows some nice over-wintered brownies. From The boats the hot spots were Hollins Bay, The Alders, Curry’s Cast, Willow Island and The Causeway. But we also had fish from Gull Island and Phil’s Flats. Although we had some cricket scores today there are a couple of other catches worth a mention. Joan Lindsay and David McCabe were out with Peter Scholes fishing at Willow Island. They had had a couple of pulls but nothing to the boat then Joan tied a bibio onto the dropper and cast her intermediate line towards Willow Island. She retrieved it back the paused to let it hang, suddenly her rod plunged down and something started stripping line from her hands. After a lengthy fight a huge brown was brought to the surface alongside the boat. It was fin perfect and in fine fettle. Rather than mess it around Pete estimated its weight around 15lbs and it was then Released to fight another day. She was expecting to get amongst the stockies today not to catch an over-wintered fish of a lifetime!
We also had a tagged trout caught today by David Thompson (pictured below). David tempted this beautiful grilse-like 8lb rainbow to damsel in the Northern Shallows and won a SONIK SK4 fly rod. John and Ben Haliday also caught a big fish (pictured below). At 8lb 12oz it w2as the biggest rainbow put on the scales and was tempted to an orange fritz. The heaviest bag was caught by Tom Nickson who used a cats over the Northern shallows to tempt 15 trout. In his bag of 5 was a blue of 7lb a rainbow of 8lb and three more rainbows that tipped the scales to 21lbs 1oz.
Although many patterns caught fish today two methods emerged. One was a floating line with a gold headed lure and a figure of eight retrieve and the other was an intermediate line with unweighted lures and a twitchy retrieve. The best patterns were sunburst lures, dawsons olive, black tadpoles and cats. Tight Lines Ben
Ps. More Pictures to follow.


Stocks Reservoir Opens This Saturday!

STOCKS RESERVOIR OPENING THIS WEEKEND
The weather forecast couldn’t be much better, they’re predicting a southerly wind all week, getting increasingly mild towards the weekend. 4000 trout have been stocked around the reservoir ready for opening day on Saturday. Amongst them are some awesome specimen blues and rainbows so be prepared, don’t fish too lightly!
Sadly we have said goodbye to Peter Scholes from the Stocks team this year but we welcome Tom Bird who will be serving in the lodge at weekends. Tom is a great young angler who is always keen to share his knowledge.
We are ever striving to improve the service we offer at Stocks. Our tackle shop will be fully stocked with all the latest gear and you can now buy from us online at www.stocksreservoir.com We don’t charge for postage! (Please note some of the new products are still to be added to the online shop, if you can’t see what you want please contact us we will most likely have the stock)
PRIZES FOR THE OPEN WEEKEND
To get the season off to a flying start we have stocked 10 prize tagged fish. If caught they must be killed and brought to the lodge to claim your prize. Also there will be tackle prizes for the best bags and the biggest fish on Saturday and Sunday.
BANK HOUSE FLY FISHERY
Spring is a great time to visit Bank House, it’s a beautiful water and holds some cracking trout. Buzzers fished in open water or fry patterns fished tight into the islands should score well.
Tight Lines. Ben & Charlotte Dobson

Bank House Fly Fishery: Jan 29th – Feb 15th

DATE                                             January 29th to February 15th
BEST RAINBOW                       14lbs Mr M Peckford from Cleater Moor in Cumbria (Pictured below)
BEST BROWN                              5lbs Mr B K? Morecambe
BEST BLUE                                  4lbs Mr D Hoggarth from Kendal
ROD AVERAGE                         3.67 trout per angler
NOTABLE BAGS                        Peter Bramwell from John Norris: 8lbs 12oz rainbow, Mr J Perkins from London: 11lb 14oz rainbow, Ian Heads from Fylde: 9lb rainbow, Phil Green from Leigh: 10lbs 8oz rainbow, Norman Chapman from Liverpool: 11lb 7oz rainbow (pictured below), Mr S Hilton from B.Bridge:8lb rainbow.
Completing the Bank House McNab (brown, blue and rainbow) were Tony Taylor from Blackpool, Mr D Simmons from Liverpool and Mr Steve Smithers from Leyland.
SPORT: In first half of this period cat’s whiskers and black fritz fished on a floating line with a long leader and a slow retrieve accounted for the best catches. However more recently buzzers and bloodworm have produced some great scores. Many anglers have reported that the trout are nipping the flies and although they are getting lots of takes they are difficult to hook. This has been especially true with patterns with long tails or long bits of flexifloss in the pattern. I.e. Apps worms. Anglers fishing with more realistic buzzers or tighter fly patterns are getting better conversion rates. Tony Taylor has used a bright yellow super glue buzzer to great effect completing the Bank House McNab on both his visits. Tony fishes his deadly pattern on the dropper with a small fritz lure on the point and a figure of eight retrieve. He has also prefers long lining as opposed to the bung. Mr M Peckford from Cleater Moor found an alternative method. He used an intermediate line with a black ‘n’ green booby on the point and bloodworms on the droppers. He had a steady stream of rainbows to the net and amongst them was a cracking 14lb rainbow. Tight Lines Ben and Charlotte

Stocks New Season

STOCKS RESERVOIR 2011
The long awaited season is about to get underway and 4000 trout have been stocked around the reservoir ready for you on opening day. Amongst them are some awesome specimen blues and rainbows so be prepared, don’t fish too lightly!
Sadly we have said goodbye to Peter Scholes from the Stocks team but we welcome Tom Bird who will be serving in the lodge at weekends. Tom is a great young angler who is always keen to share his knowledge.
We are ever striving to improve the service we offer at Stocks. Our tackle shop will be fully stocked with all the latest gear and you can now buy from us online at www.stocksreservoir.com (we don’t charge for postage!)
PRIZES FOR THE OPEN WEEKEND
To get the season off to a flying start we have stocked 10 prize tagged fish. If caught they must be killed and brought to the lodge to claim your prize. Also there will be tackle prizes for the best bags and the biggest fish on Saturday and Sunday.
BANK HOUSE FLY FISHERY
Spring is a great time to visit Bank House, it’s a beautiful water and holds some cracking trout. Buzzers fished in open water or fry patterns fished tight into the islands should score well.
Tight Lines. Ben & Charlotte Dobson