Monthly Archives: May 2011

Stocks:Tuesday 31st May.

DATE    Tuesday 31st May.
NOTABLE CATCH:    8 fish for Peter Taylor.
BEST RAINBOW:    10lb 12oz for Gary Corbett.
BEST BROWN:    Several weighing 2lb 8oz.
BEST BLUE:    Several weighing 2lb 8oz.
BANK ROD AV:    3.00 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV:    2.80 fish per angler.
SPORT:  Despite the bright and breezy conditions today there was still reasonable fishing to be had. Out on a boat today, after a break of around 8 years, was Peter Taylor who landed 8 fish. Peter always fishes the rudder with a sinking line and found his best spot to be at the front of Willow Island. On the bank today was Gary Corbett who tempted 6 trout. Gary fished from the dam wall to catch his fish with the best weighing in at 10lb 12oz, a super stocks double! Gary’s big rainbow fell to a home tied buzzer pattern fished static. Nice to see you again Peter. See you on the water Paul.


Friday July the 1st will see the 3rd heat of the stocks pairs

Sunday 14th August will see the 4th heat of the stocks pairs.

If your not familiar with this, its a great comp were you get to fish in the boat with your mate for the day.

Its fished to fishery rules and is a darn good laugh! the final will see the winning pair walk away with£1000!

for more info please phone the lodge on 01200 446602

EFFA 3rd annual visit

Here is a brief summary of events for the EFFA s visit from Monday 23rd May through to Thursday the 26th.

As always it was an absolute pleasure hosting these gents for the week, the fishing ability and etiquette was second to none and the notion of their return visit next year is great news!

Strong winds on the Monday meant that the boat remained on the jetty and the kettle in the lodge was on full song all morning. With Spirits high we shifted thoughts to the morning’s annual competition against the stocks Bowlanders,
Our regular comp guys.

Tuesday 24th May.
3rd annual competition EFFA against the Stocks Bowlanders

The strong winds remained with us and to say the fishing was tricky would be an understatement! Fish did come to the wet flies however and persistence paid off for the EFFA as the clinched their first victory in enigmatic style beating the Bowlanders 52 fish to 30!
Top methods on the day seemed to be bushy wets pulled back through the wave, Octopus, Clan chiefs and Dabblers all did the trick. Quite often the best spots were the choppiest with the fish right up in the wave.
Best bag weight went to Julian Davies with 16lb 14oz.
Billy Thompson restored a little Bowlander pride with a stunning Rainbow of 10lb 9oz. The series now stands 2-1 in favour of the Bowlanders, roll on next year!!

Wednesday saw similar conditions along with torrential down pours.
This didn’t stop a hardy few who managed fish to the boats on similar methods.

Thursday 26th May
EFFA Competition

The EFFA held their annual match is somewhat horrid conditions however a week long practice in the wet and windy stuff stood them in good stead!
Between them they managed a week high average of 4.2 fish per angler. Best bag and top rod honours went to Julian Davies at 16lb 10 oz. John Mees was hot on his heels in second place with 15lb 14oz. Clinching 3rd spot was Steve Ottridge with 15lb 8oz.
Choice methods remained the same with wets bringing the fish to the net all day long. Success was had by all anglers and again in tough conditions we take our hats off to you all.

Tight lines Matthew.

Stocks: sunday May 29th

DATE                                 Sunday 29th May.
NOTABLE CATCH:        3 pairs with 10 fish
BEST RAINBOW:           3lbs 1oz Steve Bland
BEST BROWN:               2lbs 3oz Ian Ritchie
BEST BLUE:                    3lbs 7oz Jim Pickford
BANK ROD AV:              2.0 fish per man
BOAT ROD AV:               3.9 fish per man
SPORT: Today was hopefully last really windy day for the near future. The wind is set to drop away and the temperature is set climb throughout the week ahead. This didn’t help the competitors in the 2nd heat of the Stocks Pairs who had to brave the wet and windy conditons that confronted them this morning. Despite the weather John Calvert and Mike Laycock took just 3hrs and 45 minutes to catch their target of 10 trout. This gave them a total weight of 27lbs 3oz and the first place in the final. John and Mike fished a team of wets right up in the water to take their fish and their bag included 3 browns, 3 blues and 4 rainbows. Their best flies were dabblers and the octopus and their best areas were the Alders and Hollins Bay. In 2nd place were John Hood and John Sykes who fished blobs, again just subsurface, but this time it was along the Northern Shallows. In third place were Ian Ritchie and Ian Gaskell who completed their bag from Newclose Bay and off Bell Point. They too caught on wets fished high in the water. Taking the last place to into the final was Steve Bland and Phil Burgess who took 8 trout from various places around the reservoir. Winning the wild card to the final for catching the biggest fish was Ray Sanders and Jim Pickford who landed a cracking 3lb 7oz Blue trout. Well done to all those who fished today in adverse conditions and look out for the two remaining heats. I will publish the dates tomorrow. Tight lines Ben

DATE Saturday 28th May
NOTABLE CATCH: John Hood and Mike Laycock with over 10 fish each.
BEST RAINBOW: 4lb for John Hood
BEST BROWN: 3lb for Phil Davies
BEST BLUE: 4lb for Stanworth
BANK ROD AV: 4.14 per man
BOAT ROD AV: 1.54 per man

SPORT:   Difficult conditions up here at Stocks today, with strong winds, and sun made for difficult days fishing. However despite these tricky conditions there have been a number of good scores from both the bank and the boats. On the bank Phil Davies had a good days sport with 5 fish on the dam he used cat’s whiskers to tempt the fish. Phil also commented on the number of fish he lost on the way to the net. Another good score of the bank came to Mr Stanworth who had 7 fish he again used a cats whisker but this time in Hollins bay. Out on the boats John Hood had a good days sport with over 10 fish to the net, although he kept the information of how and where he caught them to himself as he is up fishing the Stocks Pairs tomorrow. Also with over 10 fish to the net was Mike Laycock , but again he kept the information close to his chest.