Monthly Archives: August 2018

The 2018 Stocks Pairs

Venue: Stocks Reservoir
Date: Saturday September 8th

In this fly fishing competition you get to fish alongside your partner from the same boat. The aim is to try and catch a bag of catch 10 trout between you. It’s as simple as that.
This is a great day out for two mates, or a parent and child or, if you wish, we can pair you up with someone new.
This is a one day event with some fantastic prizes up for grabs.
You’ve got to be in it to win it!
Here is a brief outline of the competition.

1. Each pair fishes from a drifting boat and can use any flies that comply with everyday fishery rules.
2. Once you have caught your 10th trout you must head back to the lodge and hand your fish in to the fishery staff.
3. When you hand you fish in, you will be awarded a bonus of 8oz for every complete 15 minute period left in match.
4. Any one trout cannot add more than 5lbs to your total bag weight, but will count for the biggest fish.
5. The competition will start at 10:00am and finish at 6:00pm.
To enter or for more information call Stocks on 01200 446602


Bank House has continued to fish well over this period with a rod average of 3.85 fish per angler, which is pretty good considering how popular our 4hr and 5hr tickets are.
The best catch was a whopping score of twenty fish caught by Mr M Peter from Overton. He caught both rainbows and browns on a cats whisker fritz lure, and to prove it wasn’t a fluke, he returned a week later to catch a further ten on the same method.
Mr F MacMaster from Liverpool caught 12 rainbows up to 4lbs on a bloodworm however there’s always more than one way to skin a cat, as Tom Smith also got into double figures on the same day using blobs.
Ricki Newbolt finished this period with a catch of eight trout on damsel patterns and his catch included a belting brownie of 6lbs.
We saw two other 6lb+ brown trout caught. The first was caught by L Bell from Chipping on a dry, the second by L T Tichy from Liverpool; his fish took a pattern fished static under a bung.
I have mentioned quite a few different flies and methods, as is always the case when reporting on a period spanning several days. To quote Stock’s guide and angling extraordinaire Paul Bebb: “It’s all on the day” Very true that is too.
At Bank House at the moment, as well as the flies mentioned above, buzzers and dries have also accounted for some good bags of fish, especially over the last couple of days.
There are also loads of Dace fry that are about an inch and a half long now. I have seen big trout ploughing into them causing them to quickly scatter across the surface. Some trout are obviously feeding on them and I would wager that the big brownies will take their fair share at dusk and overnight. I haven’t heard of anyone fishing big fry patterns though. They might just be worth a chuck. Tight Lines Ben

Stocks: Sunday 19th to Thursday 23rd August.

Sport: The long awaited rain arrived this last week and the water has risen which in the long run can only be a good thing. The day after the first real downpour we have had for months we held the Stocks boat masters competition but the sudden change made the fishing tricky compared with the weeks previous. The winner was Peter Crowe with 3 trout, 2nd was Colin Fitzjohn, 3rd was Mark Tyndall and in 4th place was the angling legend that is Sir Bob Cooper. As it was these anglers were all in the same 2 boats and the only ones to figure out that the trout wanted to chase the flies so blobs and damsels pulled was the best tactic. Mr Butterworth fished from the bank this week between Hollins point and Bell point where he landed 4 fish and had a good number of other chances. A traditional approach was the best with a home tied black and peacock spider sort of pattern taking his fish. Out on a boat was Bob Fitzpatrick who landed 7 fish on his orange daddy. Bob found plenty of action on his dry flies right in open water from the dam wall into the main basin. The top catch today went to Richard Wincer with 4 fish which were caught on a washing line set up around the Bell point area, Syotw Paul.

The Boat Masters (Sunday August 19th)

We still have places available for tomorrow’s Boat Masters competition on Stocks Reservoir.
The Boat Masters is an individual boat fishing competition fished to international rules with catch and release after you complete your bag of four fish.
Each returned fish will add 2lbs to your bag weight.
It is generously prized and is great fun event.
If you are interested in taking part just call Stocks on 01200 446602

Stocks:Monday 13th to Thursday 16th August.

From the Shore: Terry Overy who fished over the deeper water at Hollins Point caught five trout on a variety of different coloured lures. Another bank angler to get amongst the trout was Bruce Irvine who caught 4 fish in just a couple of hours. Bruce headed over to Halsteads hike over on the east bank where he put his sunken daddy and black lead head to good use.

From the Boats: Bob Fitzpatrick had an action packed couple of hours afloat on Tuesday landing 4 fish, dropping others and rising plenty to his orange and red dry flies. The best area for Bob was up by the dam from the tower down along ten acre foot. Yesterday Derek Moore landed a total of 7 trout whilst drifting along the east bank and into barn quarry. Derek caught 4 of his fish on a black snake with the other 3 falling to dry flies. Also out yesterday and landing 8 fish was Gwyneth Mooney who found her trout along the east bank. Gwyneth opted for a washing line set up consisting of a midge tip line, booby on the point, diawl in the middle and a hopper on the top dropper with the trout preferring the flies pulled. This coming Sunday we have the boat masters competition. Anyone wishing to enter please call the fishing lodge and we can book you in. Syotw Paul.