Monthly Archives: January 2013

Bank House Fly Fishery: Jan 11th to Jan 24th

DATE                               January 11th  – January 24th Report by Ben Dobson
BEST CATCH                12 fish for Andy Cooper, 10 fish for Rick Nuttall, 10 fish for Ricky Newbolt
BEST BAG OF 4             4 fish for 18lbs for Mr Miller from Preston
BEST RAINBOWS        8lbs 8oz for Ricky Newbolt and Vince Williams
BEST BROWN              9lbs 2oz Mr N Kenyon from Blackpool
BEST BLUE                   6lbs Mr Miller from Preston
BEST TIGER                 2lbs 4oz for Ralph Cooper
ROD AVERAGE           4.25 fish per angler
SPORT: We have managed to almost completely ice free, our circulation system has been working well and keeping people fishing. We have had some good catches over the last fortnight. Andy Cooper took 12 good fish on bloodworm fished on a floating line. He had a brownie of 8lbs 9oz, blues to 3lbs 8oz and rainbows to 3lbs. I think he may have had a tiger trout as well but I’m not sure. Fishing alongside him was Rick Nuttall who used a damsel to great effect to tempt 10 good fish. Rick found a very slow retrieve most effective. Ricky Newbolt also took 10 trout he caught most of his fish on Black and Gold Fritz patterns.
One person who definitely completed the Bank House McNab was Ralph Cooper who took seven fish on both damsels and bloodworm patterns. His bag included a 4lb 8oz Brownie, a 3lb 8oz Rainbow, a 3lb Blue trout and a Tiger trout of 2lbs 4oz. Good angling! There is a good variety being stocked at the moment so it’s not a bad time to try for the McNab.  Buzzers have also been fishing well as Graham Norman from the Isle of Man proved. He had a great success with small black buzzers fished static, including the cracker pictured below. Tight Lines Ben


Last year an unprecedented amount of rain fell over the catchment and caused significant land erosion. It had a devastating effect on the fishery, severely colouring the water and the resulting fishing was way below the standard that we aim to provide.
I am, however, extremely pleased to inform you that the water clarity in Stocks is now excellent, the eroded sediment has passed through the system and we are confident that the fishing will be back to the high standard that Stocks has become renowned for. In fact I am predicting that the fishing this spring will be quite spectacular, and ironically it will be down to all the rain that caused so much damage last year.
In a normal season at Stocks the water level fluctuates significantly, dropping low in summer and refilling every winter. However over the last year this has not been the case, the increased amount of summer rainfall has stopped the usual drop in water level. This has visibly had some beneficial effects on the aquatic environment and, I suspect, it will significantly increase its biological productivity. New weed beds can be seen in several parts of the reservoir that do not usually harbour weed. This in turn will increase the populations of aquatic insects that, up until now, have only existed in small numbers. This season insects such as corixa, damsels and mayfly could well become significant patterns to us. Perhaps even more significantly all the soft silt beds in the shallow bays and over the entire Northern end of the reservoir will have been continually submerged for 18 months by the time we open on February the 23rd. This will have created an extremely favourable environment for species of chironomids (buzzers) and up-winged flies such as pond olives. The Spring buzzer fishing on Stocks can be fantastic anyway, but this season it could be really special!
I’ve got the fish to make this a brilliant season all we need now is the weather!
All the boats for our opening day have now been reserved, but we still have boats available for Sunday 24th and for the following weekend Saturday March 2nd and Sunday March 3rd. The best way to book your boat is by sending an email to including the date you wish book a boat and a contact phone number, or you can call me on my mobile: 0789 6000 939.
Tight lines Ben Dobson

Bank House Fly Fishery: Dec 27th to Jan 10th 2013

DATE                         Dec 27th – Thursday Jan 10th 2013
BEST CATCH           19 trout for Mr B Garner from Cumbria
BEST BAG OF 4       4 fish for 20lbs Mr B Garner
BEST RAINBOW      12lbs to David Uff from London, 11lbs 3oz to David McCabe from Lytham, 11lbs to Mr M Mills from Carnforth.
BEST BROWN          10lbs 8oz to Ray sanders from Hyde, 8lbs to Ricky Newbolt from Bay Horse and 7lbs 8oz to P Ashworth from Fleetwood
BEST BLUE                 5lbs to Mr B Garner, 4lbs to Ricky Newbolt, Ian Stanworth, Brian Wigan and Mr D Ross
BEST TIGER               4lbs 8oz to Liam Gaskell
ROD AVERAGE         4.01 fish per angler
SPORT: We have continued to fish well and seem to be getting better and better. There are tigers, browns, rainbows and blues coming out at the moment, although nobody over the Christmas period managed to complete the McNab. Lots of anglers got stuck on three different species though. On Wednesday 9th Mr B Garner was one such angler, he a total of nineteen trout mainly on a Pink Apps worm fished back slowly on a floater. He caught Rainbows and Blues to 5lbs and Browns to 3lbs but couldn’t find a tiger. Liam Gaskell was another angler who got stuck on three species He caught a lovely Tiger of 4lbs 8oz, followed it with a brown and a rainbow but couldn’t find blue. I thought he was going to do it, as there are a lot of blues are coming out at the moment, but it wasn’t to be.
David McCabe (Pictured below) has been up to his usual tricks again with a cracking 11lb 3oz rainbow caught on a Damsel fished in the Lodge Pool. David also caught a 3lb brownie, a blue and several other rainbows.
Several methods are working well at the moment including lures, nymphs and sight indicators. The best patterns for each method are as follows.
Lures: Damsels, Cats Whiskers, Apps Worms and Minkies.
Nymphs: Olive Buzzers, UV Crunchers and Red Holo Crunchers.
Under the Indicator: Chartreuse Eggs, Pink Eggs and Okey Dokeys.  Tight Lines Ben

Ps Don’t Forget Stocks Re-Open on Saturday February 23rd. Also If you would like to enter the Iain Barr Airflo Bank Championship, which is coming to Bank House on Sunday february 10th give me a call on 01200 446602. Cheers Ben

David McCabe caught his second double figuire rainbow on a Damsel in the Lodge Pool.