DATE: Friday 25th August
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 11 trout for Bob Fitzpatrick
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 14lb by C Thomas
BEST RNB: 4lb C Thomas
BEST BROWN: Several around 3lb
BANK ROD AV: 2.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 3.57 fish per angler
Sport: With near perfect conditions this morning we hoped the fishing would respond and it did with varied results. From the bank Anton Gysbers had two fish in short order from bell point on Cormorants. Also on the bank Mr Lloyd also had 2 fish on orange lures fished on an intermediate line. The boats however fish a little better Mr C Thomas had 6 fish from Ten Acre Foot on Daddies with a rainbow of 4lb and a brownie of 3lb making his 5 fish bag 14lb good angling!
Also on the boat season ticket holder John Sykes found a white snake stripped back on a fast glass to the trouts liking and finished with 5 fish. Top rod today is no surprise stocks resident Bob Fitzpatrick who once again has shown the way with 11 trout to size 16 f flies. Bobs top tactic was to find the calm lanes and drift down the edges fishing his small dries. Our own Paul Bebb was out today with clients and found daddies working to help them catch 3 fish. See you out there Pete.
Sport: There have been good catches recorded again over the last two days with diawl bach, dabblers and various dry flies all tempting trout. On Wednesday Tony Taylor landed 5 fish weighing up to 4lbs. Tony fished around Bell point and caught on a floating line and combination of diawl bach. Midas and dabblers. Max Szucho and Harvey Forbes once again had a super day afloat landing 22 fish between them with their biggest weighing 6lbs. They once again found fish in the northern shallows and around both willow and gull island with diawl bach on floating lines fished absolutely static. The biggest bag of 2 fish went to Dermott Speight with his bag weighing in at 6lb 8oz. There was a tagged fish caught as well with Felicity Appletons fish earning her a £50 tackle voucher. Last night was the last night staying in the apartment for Max and Harvey and before they left decided on a short 4 hour fishing trip. They headed off for the northern shallows where they finished their trip with 13 fish once again on diawl bach. 74 trout between them in 3 and a half days, good going guys, will hopefully see you again soon. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Tuesday 22nd August
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 15 trout each Max Szucho and Harvey Forbes, 13 trout for Bob Fitzpatrick, 9 trout for Ron Melling
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 8lb 8oz
BEST RNB: Several at 3lb
BEST BROWN: 3lb Dave Pope
BANK ROD AV: 1.8 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 8.86 fish per angler
Sport: Looks like stocks is back on form with fish moving out in open water as well as in the margins. This has been helped by a cooling in the weather and good falls of heather flies, daddies and small flying ants. On the bank the anglers have found it a little bit trickier with a lot of fish out in open water. Regular Andy Galbraith had 4 fish from the alders on dries. Also on the bank Gerry Brewer had 2 fish on nymphs but also lost another 3 on daddies. Out on the boats the fishing has been much better, season ticket holder Ron Melling drifted the margins and caught 9 trout on dries. Also on the boats stocks resident Bob Fitzpatrick finished a short day with 14 fish all to dries from the northern shallows. Max Zsucho and his grandson who are staying the upstairs apartment carried on from where they left off yesterday with a better even score of around 30 fish to the boat there best tactic was static nymphs or dries. Good angling guys, see you out there Pete
DATE: Monday August 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 8 trout for Tony Taylor & Derek Moore, 6 fish for Neil Heath
BEST RNB: 4lbs Tony Taylor & Harvey Forbes
BEST BROWN: 2lbs Derek Moore
BANK ROD AV: 4.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 4.80 fish per angler
Sport: Dries were the order of the day. There were good numbers of terrestrials blown on to the water and there some small black flies hatching off.
The top rod was Tony Taylor who took eight fish in total to 4lbs. Tony fished from the shore around Bell Point. He caught five trout on a Bibio Midas pattern and three on a sort of fuchsia coloured diawl bach. He said that he could have had more if he had kept them on. He also commented on how hard the fish were fighting.
Also commenting on how hard the fish were fighting were Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton who had 10 trout to their boat and they didn’t get out until 2pm. They caught on Midas patterns and daddies fished dry and their best area was around Willow Island and Gull Island.
Neil Heath also got dries to work well with six fish to 3lbs, his best patterns were small black dries and his best area was along The Northern Shallows to Willow Island.
Staying in our Lake View Apartment and on their first day of their three day fishing trip was Max Szucho and his grandson Harvey Forbes. They made a cracking start with nine trout to 4lbs between them. They too caught mainly on dries but also picked up a couple on diawls. They also caught along the Northern end of the reservoir.
When I was out on the safety boat today I also saw a lot of rising fish out in open water over the Main Basin between Ben’s Beech and Black House Bay. Tight lines Ben
DATE: Sunday 20th August
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 5 trout Neil Heath, 3 trout for John Rowe
NOTABLE BAG: 3 trout for 7lb John Rowe
BEST RNB: 3lb Neil Heath
BEST BROWN: 3lb John Rowe
BANK ROD AV: 2.67 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1,67 fish per angler
Sport: A settled day here at stocks after three days of wind and rain. The conditions looked perfect out on the bank John Rowe had 3 fish for 7lb from Hollins bay on Buzzers his three fish included and lovely 3lb brown trout.
Out on the boats Mick Hogg who was here as part of a group from Horwich fly fishers had 2 trout on fry patterns. Also out on the boats Tom Edwards had 2 trout from the Northern Shallows on black gnats. Stocks regular Neil Heath who has been staying in the upstairs apartment has a had good three days fishing with 4 and 3 on Friday and Saturday and topped it off today with 5 fish consistent angling on some tricky weather. Neil has been catching on various dries and white lures depending on the conditions. See you out there Pete