Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sunday July 26th

DATE:                                        Sunday July 26th
REPORT AUTHOR                 Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:            5 fish for David McCabe
BEST RAINBOW:                    5lbs 8oz for David McCabe & Joan Linsey
BANK ROD AV:                       2.0 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                       3.0 fish per angler
Sport: It was an unsettled day with the wind changing direction several times and prolonged showers. The weather most of the anglers away today but the anglers that ventured out were rewarded with a few fish.
The top boat were David and Joan McCabe who landed eight trout between them and had chance for a few more. The area was along Curry’s Cast and The Boulders. Their best pattern was the reliable old foam daddy.
On the shore Ron Mckay brought Dan Cliffe for his first ever go at fly fishing. The headed to Bell Point and he showed Dan what to do. Dan then cast out and a nice 2lb+ rainbow with his very first cast. It took a daddy off the top and played and lost two more. He must be a natural. Ron caught two rainbows and had a few more fish on and off. Tight Lines Ben

Two Friendly Fishing Matches for August on Sat 8th & Sun 30th

The Stocks Dry Lines Open: Saturday August 8th

We are holding our annual open dry lines fly fishing competition on Stocks on Saturday August 8th.
This is one of the friendliest and most enjoyable matches of the season.
The competion is split into two 4hr sessions; the first will be fished from 9:30am to 1:15 pm. There is a break for a buffet lunch, we then recommence fish at 2:15 and the match finishes at 6:00pm.
There will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd places in each session and the overall winner across both sessions.
It s a great day at this time of year the best tactics are usually dries or washing lining diawl bachs so it bodes well for a floating line match.
The cost of entry is just £15 on top of your fishing fees and that includes your lunch and the chance to win some great prizes.
One of the best things about this competition is that it’s two matches in one day and no individual angler can win more than one prize, so you have every chance of winning something.
If you would like to enter please call the lodge on 01200 446602.

Stocks Fly Fishery Charity Fun Day in aid of North West Air Ambulance: Sunday August 30th 2015 10am-6pm

This event is planned as a ‘Blind Pairs’ Day. This is how it works:
You either choose your boat partner or alternatively you can be drawn with a boat partner.
You will kill your first four fish and release the next four.
At the ‘weigh in’ you will draw a number. The person with the corresponding number becomes your partner for competition results. The highest combined total weight of fish will determine the winning pair. Proceeds from any tagged fish caught to be shared with your partner.
The aim of the event is to have a fun, friendly day, with the North West Air Ambulance Service being the ultimate winner, gaining much needed funds for a much needed service.
Entrance Fee £49.50 (includes entry into tagged fish)
To book your place contact
Ben or Nick at Stocks Fly Fishery on 01200 446602
Derek Moore TEL: 01254 830890 MOB: 07903840925

Saturday July 25th

DATE:                                               Saturday July 25th
REPORT AUTHOR                        Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:                  10 fish for Liam Farrelly
NOTABLE BAG:                             2 fish for 14lbs 4oz Liz Fraser
BEST RAINBOW:                         10lbs 10oz for Liz Fraser
BEST BROWN:                               3lbs Liam Farrelly
BANK ROD AV:                             3.20 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                             1.75 fish per angler
Sport: It was as day of two halves the morning was over cast with a light ripple and then just as the anglers were settling into their methods the wind picked up and changed direction and the sun came out. Not surprisingly the morning fished better than the afternoon.
It was nice to ‘The Finatics’ at Stocks for a friendly fishing day. A big thank you to Phil Green and company for organising these meets. Their best catch came to Graham Steele who caught six trout from the east bank; I think he was on on a washing line set up. Damsels worked really well for Andy Cooper and Phil Green, but the best bag fell to Liz Fraser with two cracking fish. One of 3lbs 10oz and another of 109lbs 10oz.
From the shore the top rod was Liam Farrelly who caught ten trout from Bell Point and Ben’s Beach. Liam fished two damsel patterns on a floating line. Tight Lines Ben

The Finatics: In first place was Liz Frazer who's two fish tipped the scales to 14lbs 4oz. In second place was Graham Steel who caught six fish. He put two on the scales for 4lbs 3oz and then was awarded 1lb for each of the four he returned giving him a total of 8lbs 3oz. In third place was Andy Cooper with five fish and in fourth was Phil Green with four trout. Most of their fish were caught in morning before the sun came out and the wind picked up making the fishing dificult. Well done guys it was great to see you all.

The Finatics: In first place was Liz Frazer who’s two fish tipped the scales to 14lbs 4oz. In second place was Graham Steel who caught six fish. He put two on the scales for 4lbs 3oz and then was awarded 1lb for each of the four he returned giving him a total of 8lbs 3oz. In third place was Andy Cooper with five fish and in fourth was Phil Green with four trout. Keiron Moreton caught a tagged trout and won a £50 Stocks voucher. Most of their fish were caught in morning before the sun came out and the wind picked up making the fishing dificult. Well done guys it was great to see you all.

Friday July 24th

REPORT AUTHOR                 Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:            17 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG:                        5 fish for 10lbs+ No name
BEST RAINBOW:                     7lbs 8oz for No name on return
BANK ROD AV:                         7.43 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                         1.71 fish per angler
Sport: I was a nice day for fly fishing. Bob Fitzpatrick was the top boat angler with seventeen trout to the net. Bob caught six fish on dries before changing to a washing line set up with three diawl bachs and a booby on the point. He found trout were very willing to chase when he retrieved with a steady roly-poly. Surprisingly though they chased and took the diawls and not the booby. His best area was between curry’s cast and Gull Island and along the boulders tight in to the east bank.
Tony Taylor also caught well with eight fish to his boat. Tony caught his fish on yellow owls, I think he too fished the east bank.
Rob Shelton and Paul Bebb had nine trout to their boat on dry daddies, hoppers and bits. The caught at Ten Acre Foot and at Two Trees.
Ken Whiteside was the top rod from the shore. Ken fished a floating line with his own UDF fly from Bell Point to tempt nine trout. He commented that he had lots of other takes as well as the nine fish he landed. Tight Lines Ben

Wednesday July 22nd

DATE:                                      Wednesday July 22nd
REPORT AUTHOR               Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:          5 fish for Joan Linsey and Ken Whiteside
NOTABLE BAG:                     6 fish for 15lbs Joan Linsey and David McCabe
BEST RAINBOW:                  3lbs8 oz for Joan Linsey
BEST BROWN:                      Wild fish
BANK ROD AV:                     1.75 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                     1.75 fish per angler
Sport: The top anglers on the boats today were Joan Linsey and David McCabe. They went out with local guide Paul Bebb and fished along the east bank from the spillway to Halstead’s Hike. They caught eight fish between them and had several more chances on a combination of dries and buzzers fished high in the water. Their best dry patterns were black bits and foam daddies.
Ken Whiteside was the top bank angler. Ken caught five fish and lost another three whilst fishing a half day ticket. His best areas were Bell Point and two trees and I think he caught he may have caught them on his mysterious UDF fly. Tight lines Ben