DATE: Monday 30th April
REPORT AUTHOR Matthew
NOTABLE CATCH: Colin Linsell 11 fish, Nigel Percival 10 fish
NOTABLE BAG Nigel Percival 5 fish for 13lb 4oz
BEST RAINBOW: 4lb Colin Linsell
BANK ROD AV: 4 fish per angler.
SPORT: A very windy day again here at Stocks with bright conditions to boot.
It seems that if you got it right today the sport was exceptional. Regular Nigel Percival had a great day with 10 fish to the net. Nigel found a white fritz gold head the top pattern and Bell point was the spot to be. Also on Bell point was Colin Linsell who just piped Nigel with 11 fish. Collin fished cat’s whiskers and Cormorants on a slow sinking line to tempt the fish.
Often these windy days can feel daunting and not fill you with much confidence, but if you use the wind to your advantage you can find the fish. Let the wind do the work bringing the flies round and you will be surprised just how close in the fish will be.
Windy for tomorrow then settling off for the rest of the week.
Tight lines Matthew
DATE: Saturday 24th April
REPORT AUTHOR Tom
NOTABLE CATCH: Paul Davison with 11 fish
NOTABLE BAG Dave Flitcroft with 5 fish for 11lb 12oz
BEST RAINBOW: Tracy Watson 3lb 6oz
BEST BROWN: Steve Bland 2lb
BEST BLUE: Brendan Grinty 5lb
BANK ROD AV: 4.0 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 3.0 fish per angler.
SPORT: Strong cold north easterly winds have made the fishing a little trickery today than it has been of late. However this said there have been some impressive catches in these tricky conditions. Out on the water today we had Stock’s resident guild Paul Bebb fishing with John and Tracey Watson. John and Tracey landed 10 trout between them fishing with an intermediate line with a booby on the point a buzzer on the middle dropper and a blob on the top dropper; they contacted most of their fish around Phil’s flats. Another boat doing well around Phil’s Flats was Paul Davison and Ryan Feber who had 14 fish to the boat, Paul pulled with boobies and dabblers to take 11 of their fish while Ryan opted to fish with the nymphs all day. Another angler who did well off the boats today in these challenging conditions was Mr Turner who had 9 fish all falling to nymphs fished around the northern shallows on an intermediate line. On the bank today Dave Flitcroft had a great days sport with 9 fish all falling to various lures and boobies fished on a intermediate line. Another angler who had a good days sport on the bank was Brendan Grinty who had 7 fish from a Bell Point on a black blob and other lures again fished on an intermediate line. The key today seemed to be persistence with the fish being very tightly shoaled so you could have a quiet period followed by 3 fish in 3 casts so just keep moving until you find the fish.
Tight Lines Tom
DATE: Thursday 26th April.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCH: Kenneth Horrocks-19 fish Ged Oxley 18 fish.
BEST RAINBOW: 11lb 8oz for Gary Priest.
BEST BROWN: 3lb 12oz for Graham Semple.
BEST BLUE: Several weighing 2lb 8oz.
BANK ROD AV: 12 fish per angler!
BOAT ROD AV: 3.46 fish per angler.
SPORT: There were some heavy showers here today but when it wasn’t raining the sun made an appearance. I think the weather put a lot of bank anglers off today but those that fished caught some good fish. Fishing on Bell point was Mick Ashworth who caught 6 trout. Mick caught all his fish on a half day ticket and found a coral booby on a sinking line to be his best tactic. Also fishing the bank around Bell point was Ged Oxley who caught 18 trout. Like Mick he also found his best tactic to be a coral booby on a sinking line. Today we hosted the annual Lancashire fire and rescue service fly fishing competition with 32 boat anglers competing. Between them they caught 111 trout. They found fish in all areas of the reservoir including the northern shallows and Hollins bay. After a highly competitive match the results were in and the winner with a super haul of 19 trout was announced as Kenneth Horrocks. In second place was Dave Vose with 8 fish and just 1 fish behind in third place was Charlie Gault. Well done to all competing anglers and many thanks to Lancashire fire and rescue service who continue to support us. Out of the competition Gary Priest had a good half day session landing 6 fish from around gull island including the best fish of the day, a super 11lb 8oz rainbow that fell to a hot head damsel. I see no reason why good catches should not continue. See you on the water Paul.
DATE: Wednesday April 25th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCH: 21 trout for Ian Riddicks
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs 8oz Elliot Horrocks
BEST BLUE: 3lbs Ian Riddicks & Ken Horrocks
BANK ROD AV: 4.0 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 6.71 fish per angler.
SPORT: Strong winds swept across the whole country today and Stocks was no exception. We still had five boats full of hardy anglers that braved the conditions and, I’m glad to say, they were rewarded for their efforts. The Riddick brothers boosted our rod average with a cracking catch of 31 trout to the boat. They fished in Hollins Bay, despite the sea-like conditions, with hot headed damsel patterns on floating lines. They caught steadily all day and their catch included several 3lb+ rainbows and blues up to 3lbs. Elliot Horrocks caught 8 trout to 4lbs 8oz at the Northern end of the reservoir. Unfortunately I’m not sure how he was fishing. The bank in Hollins and along Harltey’s fished well for Paul Grady and Pete Latham they had twelve fish between them on olive fritz patterns. Paul who had 7 trout weighed in a nice bag of 5 for 14lbs 12oz and Pete’s bag of 5 weighed 12lbs 12oz. It looks like the weather is going to dramatically change for the better tomorrow so hopefully we’ll see some good sport. Tight Lines Ben
Ps. This Sunday on Bank House Fly Fishery we have a heat of Ian Barr’s Airflo World Bank Masters. World Champion Ian Barr will be there, this new competition is really well sponsored it has big cash prizes and the final is set to shown on Sky Sports. We still have a few places left. If you would like to enter you can call me at Stocks on 01200 446602 or on my mobile on 0789 6000 939. Cheers Ben