Monthly Archives: February 2014

Friday February28th 2014

DATE:

Friday Feb28th

REPORT AUTHOR

Nick

NOTABLE CATCH:

25 fish for Ryan Matthews

NOTABLE BAG:

13.5lbs for 5 fish for Blake Rhdziminski

BEST RAINBOW:

5lbs for Tony Taylor

BANK ROD AV:

6.6 fish per angler

BOAT ROD AV:

11.8 fish per angler

Today was calm with blue skies and the sun actually felt warm. Crocuse outside the lodge confirm the sense that spring is upon us.

Again the fishing was great both on boat and bank. Tony Taylor lead the high standards on the bank today with a total of 18 fish, also bagging the biggest rainbow of the day weighing in at a respectable 5lbs. Always one to listen to with his in depth knowledge of Stocks. Tony fished Bell Point with UV, cat, booby with a DI7 line. Tony also got snapped twice and comments that he ‘could have had a lot more fish’.

Also fishing on the shore this morning was Ken Whiteside. Ken landed 11 fine trout to 3lbs 8oz all caught on a floating line with his own upside down lure. Ken said that most of the fish he caught were only 4 feet down.

Several anglers commented on the amount of buzzers hatching off the water today. They were about a size 12 and were black and grey. During the early season it often pays well to fish buzzers with a little hot spot on them,  orange or flouro green usually does the trick.

Four boats were out today and all rods had a good day. By far the best rod was Ryan Matthews with 25 fish to the boat alongside Lewis Hirst with a respectable 8. Ryan and Lewis fish in several areas before finding the bulk of their fish around Willow Island. Fishing intermediate and sinking lines was their key to success using ‘black and green and blues’.

Ryan also caught one of the tagged fish today to win £100 of tackle from the shop, as did B.Baxter to win a £50 tackle voucher; although Bill only realised he had a tagged fish when he was cleaning it at home and rang in to claim his prize! Well done guys!

Tomorrow is forecast to be calm again so, in view of the quality of sport we’ve enjoyed in this first week let’s see you on the water.

Nick.

Hi all,
The heat of Iain Barr’s World Bank Masters that was going to be held on Sunday has been moved onto Sunday March 30th. If you would like to enter you can download an entry form at the following link:

Hi all,
The heat of Iain Barr’s World Bank Masters that was going to be held on Sunday has been moved onto Sunday March 30th. If you would like to enter you can download an entry form at the following link: http://www.iainbarrflyfishing.co.uk/Iain%20Barr%20Bank%20Masters%20sponsored%20by%20Airflo%20-%20Individual%20Competition%202014.htm

The next competition to be held on Stocks will be the 2014 GREYS PIARS on SUNDAY MARCH 23RD. If you would like to enter, or would like more information call Stocks on 01200 446602.
Ps. Stocks is fishing really well at the moment, we saw a big hatch of black buzzers today no doubt we will see more over the weekend. Also I have just stocked some stonking fish into Bank House Fly Fishery so it would be a good time for a trout masters badge.
Tight Lines Be

The next competition to be held on Stocks will be the 2014 GREYS PIARS on SUNDAY MARCH 23RD. If you would like to enter, or would like more information call Stocks on 01200 446602.
Ps. Stocks is fishing really well at the moment, we saw a big hatch of black buzzers today no doubt we will see more over the weekend. Also I have just stocked some stonking fish into Bank House Fly Fishery so it would be a good time for a trout masters badge.
Tight Lines Ben

Stocks:Thursday 27th February.

REPORT AUTHOR    Paul.
NOTABLE CATCH:    10 fish for Ged Oxley.
NOTABLE BAG:    5 fish weighing 10lb 2oz for Len Ryding.
BEST RAINBOW:    3lb 4oz for Terry Overy.
BEST BLUE:    N/A.
BANK ROD AV:    4.00 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV:     No boat anglers today.
SPORT: After a wet and windy start the sun made an appearance and it felt quite warm in the shelter of the fishing lodge, it was just a shame the wind was so strong as this hampered anglers presentation. There were a few anglers who did ok today with the top catch going to Ged Oxley. Ged defied the wind and fished from bell point to land 10 fish. Ged fished a sinking line and a coral booby to take his fish. Len Ryding was another successful angler landing 5 fish. Len fished from Bens beach and found a white nomad effective. Also into fish was Danny Baxter who netted 6 trout. Danny caught his fish on a di5 sinking line and black fritz booby with Grindys lawn being his best spot. See you on the water.

Stocks: Wednesday 26th February

DATE:                            Wednesday 26th February 2014
REPORT AUTHOR    Nick
NOTABLE CATCH:    11 Trout, Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG:         8.75lb for G Fowler
BEST RAINBOW:       3.75lb for G.Fowler
BANK ROD AV:          4.7 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:           8.5 fish per angler

The fifth day of the season started with what appeared to be promising conditions. As the sun came up the skies were clear and the wind was a light breeze. By 8am the sky was far from clear, the wind howled and the rain was horizontal and persistent. Despite things taking a turn for the worse there was a healthy turn out of hardy souls who took to the water with optimism and a smile.

Each of the boats on the water caught. Bob Fitzpatrick had the better boat day with 11 fish to the boat. All of Bob’s fish were found in Black House Bay where relative shelter was to be found close into the side; gold cormorant was the right choice of fly for Bob today.

On the bank G.Fowler equalled Bob’s tally of 11 fish and also caught the heaviest of the day at 3.75lb. Mr Fowler fished Bell Point in the direct path of the wind and rain and was rewarded with a great day’s sport, hopefully he’ll have thawed out by now. A. Daniels and B. Parker were both close on Mr Fowler’s heels with 8 fish each.

All anglers commented on the biting wind today so it’s worthy of note that although conditions weren’t ideal good sport can still be had by those that persevere. This weekend is forecast to be considerably calmer so let’s see you on the water, whatever the weather the fishing over these first few days has been excellent.

The first curlew of the year was heard today so surely that’s a good sign!

Roll on summer, Nick.

Stocks:Tuesday 25th Febuary.

DATE:    Tuesday 25th Febuary.
REPORT AUTHOR    Paul.
NOTABLE CATCH:    18 fish for S Smalley-14 fish for J Monks.
NOTABLE BAG:    5 fish weighing 13lb 12oz for Dave Nevin.
BEST RAINBOW:    Several weighing 3lb 8oz.
BEST BLUE:    N/A.
BANK ROD AV:    6.75 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV:    11.33 fish per angler.
SPORT: The weather wasn’t bad this morning with reasonable temperatures for the time of year and even a bit of welcome sunshine after all the rain we have had, but it never lasts and this afternoon it went cooler and we saw the odd shower. Plenty of trout caught again today with both boat and bank anglers enjoying some good sport. Fishing in Hollins bay was John Monks who caught 14 fish in a half day session. John caught on an intermediate line and damsel/cats whisker combo. Also fishing in Hollins was Matt Ward who landed 11 fine trout. Matt found a black fritz on a sink tip line to be his best method. Boat anglers Sir Bob Cooper and Steve Smalley had a great day landing 26 fish between them. They drifted all over the lake taking fish from all areas with their best lines being di3 and di5 with blobs and boobys taking all their trout. Also out on a boat was Alex Blore who tempted 8 trout. Alex caught all his fish in the shelter of the willows on the east bank. See you on the water.

Stocks: Monday February 24th

DATE:                                  Saturday Feb 23rd
REPORT AUTHOR           Nick Beard
NOTABLE CATCH:           40 trout for Neil Ashworth, 32 Ian Greenwood
NOTABLE BAG:                 5 fish for 14lbs 4oz to Joe Halton
BEST RAINBOW:              6lbs for Andrew Briggs
BANK ROD AV:                 8.0 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                17.0 fish per angler
SPORT:
Having recently joined the team at Stocks it’s been a very busy few weeks preparing the fishery, boats, lodge ,cafe etc……. in time for the new 2014 season. When the 22nd arrived it was all to prove worthwhile as the fishing has been excellent and we’re only three days in. Today was no exception, seeing healthy rod averages for both bank and boat rods; in particular 17 fish per rod on the boat.

Bank anglers found good sport in all areas on the west bank. Notably Bill Briggs took 10 fish from Bell Point, fishing green and black fritz with a floater. Bill’s brother Andrew took it one step further with 12 fish, also from Bell Point and also from the ever popular bank on the south side of the jetty; having said that Bill will be sure to remind you that he had the best fish of the day with a 6lb rainbow.
Top of his game from the bank however was Joe Halton who enjoyed a fantastic days sport in Hollins Bay with 18 fish on the bank, well done Joe! Your face at the end of the day said it all!
Giving away his secret Joe reported using a ‘jerky retrieve’ fishing a tequila blob on the dropper and various lures on the point with a floating line.

Consistent with all successful boat catches reported so far this season Neil Ashworth commented that the fish were ‘close in’ scoring an impressive 40 fish. His method: a twiddled DI5 fishing black and green cormorants, boobies and damsels. Willow Island produced the bulk of Neil’s bag but fish were found in all areas fished. His boat partner Frank Bond stated that he’d had a ‘cracking day’ bringing 11 fish to the boat.
Ian Greenwood and Mark Tyndall also commented that the fish were close into the margins, they caught all over the reservoir and landed a total of 50 fish between them.

In summary the day started with a howling wind and horizontal drizzle but all was relatively calm by about 10am when the water could have been fished anywhere. By early afternoon the sun even came out for 5 minutes. Today’s results go to show that it pays NOT to be put off by the weather and certainly not to pay too much attention to weather forecasts. I’m beginning to learn that Stocks has its own weather!

Hope to meet you soon.

Nick.