Monthly Archives: February 2018

Monday February 26th

DATE:                                Monday February 26th
REPORT AUTHOR            Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:       11 trout for Steven Lobb & 10 trout for Ken Whiteside
NOTABLE BAG:                3 fish for 9lbs Steve Rhodes
BEST RNB:                        5lbs for Steve Rhodes, Steven Lobb & Robert Bland
BANK ROD AV:                4.20 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:                7.50 fish per angler
Sport: Ken Whiteside fished his way back from Bell Point over a half day this morning. Ken fished a floating line with an orange UDF fly. He landed ten trout and dropped a few more. Ken found that his catch rate increased significantly when he speeded up his retrieve kept his flies a bit higher in the water.
Fishing near two trees and the Jetty was Steve Rhodes and Francis Dine. They fished intermediate lines with hot head damsels and crunchers. Steve took five good fish to 5lbs and lost their big sister! He put three fish on the scales for 9lbs.
Just the one boat out today. Steven Lobb and Robert Bland ventured out this morning and after an unproductive tour of the reservoir first thing, they settled down near the causeway. They fished intermediate and sink tip lines with white snakes casting close into the shore. It wasn’t long before they were getting takes and a few good sized fish were coming to the boat. Three of Steven’s first five were over 4lbs! They then moved towards the bend at the beginning of the Northern Shallows and picked up a few more, but their hottest spot was in Cook’s Creek where they had a mad half hour with lots of pulls and follows. They finished the day with 15 trout to boat and both had fish to 5lbs. Well done fellers.
Tight Lines Ben

Nigel Dodd caught this cracking 9lb fish from ben's Beach on Saturday. One of his 12 fish haul. Good angling!

Nigel Dodd caught this cracking 9lb fish from ben’s Beach on Saturday. One of his 12 fish haul. Good angling!

Sunday 25th February

DATE: Sunday February 25th
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 15 trout for Neil Heath, 14 trout for Elliott Horrocks and 13 fish for Jim Baron
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 14lb 12oz Jim Baron
BEST RNB: 7lb 8oz Rick Ozyzeski
BEST BROWN:
BANK ROD AV: 5.63 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 6.92 fish per angler
Sport: another bright day with a keen easterly wind but this certainly didn’t curtail the sport with good catches from both the boat and bank. Once again the boat returns were better than the bank. This is Unusual for this time of year and we think this is mainly due to the strong easterly breeze with has hampered the presentation from the bank. The trout seem to want the flies presented almost static and this plays into the hands of the boat anglers who are presenting straight down wind whereas the bank anglers are usual across wind at the moment and are being affected much more by the wind.
On the bank top rod today was stocks regular Jim Baron with 13 fish including a lovely 5lb 8oz rainbow (see Pic) Jims bag of 5 fish weighed an impressive 14lb 8oz. Jim fished around the jetty area with a Humungus pattern on an intermediate line to take his fish. Also amongst the action on the bank was Gethin Thomas on his first visit to us a stocks finished with an impressive 9 trout with a blue flash Damsel being his favourite pattern fished on an intermediate from Barn Quarry.
On the boats there were several boats into double figures of trout. Brothers Steve and Gary martin had 10 fish to the boat with Steve just out fishing Gary by 6 to 4, they found their fish around the willows with a di3 line and tadpole lures doing the damage. Mark Tyndall and his boat partner had 11 fish from Fairbanks with his Ozzy pattern being the top fly. Elliott Horrocks had a great day with 14 fish to the net and commented on the fact that he caught fish wherever he went and fished all day on a floating line with a green Pea. Todays top rod goes to Neil Heath who fished Currys Cast from an anchored boat to catch and release 15 trout including 2 over 5lb Neils top patterns were the ever faithful Cats Whisker and an old favourite of stocks a Classic FM.
No matter where the anglers were fishing or which fly was working the one thing that was a constant was the retrieve the fish want it very slow almost static with a few short jerky strips every now and then so don’t move those flies to fast. See you out there Pete

Jim Barons 5lb 8oz Rainbow

Jim Barons 5lb 8oz Rainbow

Rick Ozyzeskis 7lb 8oz Rainbow

Rick Ozyzeskis 7lb 8oz Rainbow

Andy Hargreaves 5lb rainbow

Andy Hargreaves 5lb rainbow

Saturday February 24th

DATE:                             Saturday February 24th
REPORT AUTHOR        Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:    25 trout for Andy Cooper & Ian McVitie
NOTABLE BAG:            21lbs 4oz Neil Coulson, 19lbs 4oz Gary Young, 18lb 5oz Nigel Dodd
BEST RNB:                   9lbs 12oz Andy Cooper (+3 more over 8lbs) 2 over 8lbs for Rick Nuttall, 9lbs for Nigel Dodd (+1 at 5lb) 8lb for Tom Smith, loads more of 5lb+
BANK ROD AV:            5.12 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:         12. 73 fish per angler
Sport: We have had a cracking start to the season, with some great catches off both the boats and the bank. We saw lots of good sized fish today especially around the 4-5lb mark but also up to 10lbs.
Out on the boats Andy Cooper and Rick Nuttall had a cricket score between them, successfully landing 41 fish. Their haul included six fish over 8lbs! Andy and Rick fished both floating lines and sink tips with either hothead damsels or cat’s whiskers. They found a slow retrieve with occasional twitches the most productive and located fish close in at Hollins Bay, Kettlewells and at Grindy’s Lawn. Good angling fellers.
At the other end of the lake fishing tight in to the Causeway, Steve Hilton and Dave OGrady had 39 trout to 6lbs 8oz. They used floating lines with sunburst fritz lures. Once again, that slow figure of eight retrieve proved deadly. They even had a few fishing absolutely statically. Well done guys.
Ian McVittie had twenty five fish to 6lbs whilst boat fishing in Hollins. Ian found a Di3 line and a Yellow Damsel to be most productive.
Kieth woods took seventeen fine fish from Hollins Bay and Barn Quarry on a Di3 and Black Nomads.
Laurie Taylor and John Cree had nineteen fish to 4lbs on Yellow Dancers. They too found fish at Grindy’s Lawn and close in along the shore from the Causeway to the Northern Shallows.
Felicity Appleton and Gary Martin had seventeen trout between them to 6lbs whilst drifting along Fairbanks and the Willows, and proving that the trout have spread out, Neil Heath took eight from Curry’s Cast on Cat’s Whiskers.
Gary young only came for a few hours this afternoon but he made short work of it with thirteen fish and a bag of five that tipped the scales to 19lbs 4oz. He also returned two wild brownies. Gary’s best area was close in at Grindy’s and his best pattern was a black n green cats.
The heaviest bag of the day however came from the shore. Neil Coulson who weighed in five fish for 21lbs 4oz. They part of his fifteen fish catch. Neil fished from the shore near the jetty with cat’s boobies on a sinking line. Fishing alongside Neil with a black snake was Craig Cowan he tempted sixteen fish in total and Glyn Yates (pictured below) took fourteen fish to 7lbs 8oz from the same area.
Nigel Dodd also had a good day fishing along Ben’s Beach and taking 12 rainbows to 9lbs. Nigel’s bag weighed an impressive 18lbs 5oz.
There were too many good catches to mention them all today, but certain tactics definitely proved more successful than others. Wading out slightly from the shore helped, as you could turn your back on the wind, and therefore have a slower more controlled retrieve, which proved to be very important, and from the boats, keep it slow and cast towards the shore. Tight Lines Ben