Monthly Archives: October 2012

Stocks: Sunday October 28th

DATE                                    Sunday October 28th Report by Ben Dobson
BEST CATCH                     4 fish for John Hood & Mark Tyndall
BEST BAG                           4 fish for 8lbs 1oz Mark Tyndall
BEST RAINBOW               2lbs 13oz Jim Pickford
BEST BROWN                    1lb 8oz Richard Hood
BEST BLUE                        2lbs 6oz Ian Greenwood
BOAT ROD AVERAGE    1.20 fish per angler (not including browns)
SPORT: Today we hosted the 2012 Rio 4s. Eight teams of four anglers took to the boats to try and become the 2012 champions and to try to grasp the 1st prize of a £700 Guide Fly Fishing tackle voucher. It has to be said it was far from ideal out there today. There was a stiff bitter wind and even relentless rain seemed wetter than usual. The anglers were really hardy and on the whole they were rewarded with a fish or two. Two fishermen caught four trout today, the first was John Hood who took one from Gull Island and three from Curry’s Cast. John fished a Di3 sweep sinker and two humongous patterns one in sunburst and one in white. John has been so consistent this season and recently made the England team. England has found a good man there. The other angler that caught four trout was another consistent rod in Mark Tyndall. Mark caught his fish from around Gull Island on Dawson’s olive patterns and as his fish tipped the scales a little further he took the top individual position. Jim Pickford took three good fish on Cats whiskers and black n green lures. Andy Cooper caught three trout from Hollins Bay on an orange lure and Gavin Murray also took three fish. The fishing was tough today but the fishermen weren’t helped by the seriously adverse conditions. The Team results down to fourth place are shown below.
1st Place: The Cow Pushers (Mark Tyndall, Ian Greenwood, Jim Pickford and Ray Sanders) with 8 trout for 16lbs 13oz winning £700 tackle voucher
2nd Place: The Stocks Badgers (Gavin Murray, Steve Bland, Ritchie Hunter, and Dermot Speight) with 7 trout for 14lbs 5oz winning a £500 tackle voucher
3rd Place: The Barracudas: (Pete Scholes, Richard Hood, John Hood and John Sykes) with 6 trout for 12lbs winning a £320 tackle voucher.
4th = Place were Team Stocks Hybrid (Mike Laycock, Steve Welsh, Bob Fitzpatrick and Graham Steele) and The Stocks Hawks ( Rick Nuttall, Andy Cooper, Billy Thompson and Derek Moore)
Good angling guys and a big thank you goes out to Guide Fly Fishing for their continued support of the fishery. Tight Lines Ben

Ps. Sorry for the lack of photos, we are trying to sort out a glich with the camera.

Friday October 26th

A quick update on Stocks: Trout are coming out now from the shore; Tony Taylor took six earlier this week from around Bell Point. Tony has had the best catch this week and he took all of his fish on cormorants fished on a midge tip. There has been plenty of other catches of two’s and threes the best patterns have been:  Minkies, Cormorants, Black Fritz, Black n Green Fritz, Black Nomad, Cats and Orange nomad. We have had very few boats out this week but the best areas have been Willow Island, Gull Island, Hollins to Ben’s Beach and Grindy’s Lawn. The last stockings of the season went in last week and today. Those of you in the Rio 4’s on Sunday the match will run from 9:00am – 4:00pm but remember that the clocks go back on Saturday night so we gain an hour sleep. Also it’s worth noting that from Thursday November 1st you can use spinner and worm on fish tickets.
Ps Put some lovely Tigers in Bank house today as well. Tight Lines Ben

Bank House Fly Fishery: October 9th to October 24th

DATE                              October 9th – October 24th Report by Ben Dobson
BEST CATCH               12 fish for Ricky Newbolt from Bay Horse
BEST BAG OF 4          4 fish for 14lbs for J Bancroft from Blackpool
BEST RAINBOW        8lbs 8oz Mr T Chapel from High Bentham
BEST BROWN            8lbs 4oz Mr J Livesdale from Elswick
BEST BLUE                 4lbs Mr R Thomason from Great Eccleston
ROD AVERAGE         3.55 fish per angler
SPORT: Buzzers and nymphs are producing some great catches on Bank House at the moment. Ricky Newbolt caught 12 fine fish on pheasant tails and white buzzers from all over the lake. Mr P Tall took 9 trout on various buzzers. Mr D Leavers took eight trout including a 6lb brownie on white buzzers and there have several other good catches to these patterns. But it’s not all buzzers; Mr P Wilkinson took six trout including a 7lb brownie on a hot head damsel.  Mr J Bancroft from Blackpool took 8 trout and put 4 on the scales for 14lbs, he used a mix of min lures to build his bag and today the best catch of 9 trout was taken on daddies by Jim Quinn. There are a lot of really decent sized brownies coming out, there are lots of records of fish over 4lbs and the best today tipped the scales to 7lbs. Minkies have also been taking fish especially when allowed to sink and fished back tightly into islands. There are some beautiful double figure rainbows and blues hiding somewhere and some more about to go in so watch this space. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks: Saturday October 20th

DATE                           Saturday October 20th
BEST CATCH             5 trout for Alan Turner
BEST BAG                  4 fish for 10lbs 12oz Nigel Blackley
BEST RAINBOW      4lbs Nigel Blackley
BEST BLUE               N/a
BANK AVERAGE     2.50 fish per angler
BOAT AVERAGE     1.05 fish per angler
SPORT: It was a beautiful day at Stocks today, picture postcard. It started out flat calm first thing and then a gentle southerly breeze picked up in the late morning. Although the fishing was still tough there were signs of improvements. On the boats Alan Turner took 5 trout on a cat booby fished on a sinking line near willow Island. George Ashton caught 4 rainbows and lost another, also on cat boobies and cormorants fished on a washing line rig on a sink tip line. George caught his fish casting along the shore from Hartley’s to granger point. They were both fishing in a civil service match and took 1st and 2nd place. In third place was Richard Kelly with 2 trout for 4lbs 5oz. Fish were also taken from Hollins Bay, Halstead’s Hike to Ten Acre Foot and from Grindy’s Lawn. Black Nomads accounted for quite a few of the fish caught.  It was tough going 20 boat anglers caught 21 trout, but there were quite few fish lost as well, let’s hope it improves with the better weather this week. The shore fished better with a 2.5 fish rod average. Top rod was Nigel Blackley from Macclesfield, but I’m afraid I missed him as he left the fishery, I must have been out on the safety boat, so I can’t reveal the secrets of his success. I do know fish were caught in Hollins and at Bell Point. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks : Sunday 14th October

DATE:                              Sunday  October 14th
REPORT AUTHOR       Dan
NOTABLE CATCH:       7 trout for Tony Taylor
BEST RAINBOW:          3lbs Tony Taylor
BANK ROD AV:              3.5 Fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:
SPORT:  Tony Taylor washing lined cormorants on a nymph tip line today and he matched yesterdays haul of seven trout and again like yesterday, he lost an eighth at the net.  Tony’s cormorant, that accounted for seven of the eight fish he had, had a silver tinsel rib that he had over wrapped with UV tinsel. He has also tied into it a black hairwing using rabbit fur. Key to his success was the way in which he retrieved. Casting at distance he fished a medium – quick retrieve for the first half of each cast and then slowed right down for the remaining retrieve. It was from this middle point and with the change in tempo that Tonys flies were hit. Most of the fish were taken on the first dropper suggesting that the fish today were approx 3-5ft from the surface. He used a floating line with a nymph tip and set his first dropper 4ft from main line, then another dropper 6ft from the next.  Only thing he did notice that was different to yesterday was that his takes all occurred when his flies were in motion whereas yesterday the fish were hitting his flies when static.  He kept his retrieve continuous and this paid off with another belting day in and around Bell Point. Water clarity has improved again after another frost helping to increase visibility. Tight Lines Dan