Monthly Archives: September 2018

Stocks:20th -24th September.

Sport: The recently flooded margins continue to produce the trout with boat anglers casting towards the shore faring much better than those fishing in deeper open water and bank anglers casting along the edge as opposed to out in front doing likewise. Dark colored patterns are still working best with black, black and green and drab olive far out scoring the more garish orange and pink. On Saturday we held the annual Stocks and shares competition in which both anglers and the fishery contributed to the prize pot which totalled £180. With the 13 anglers landing 37 trout each trout caught was worth £5 so each fish was worth catching. The best bag of 3 fish weighing 6lb 8oz went to Peter Crowe who won a greys fly line of his choice. The prize for the biggest trout went to Derek Moore with a rainbow weighing 2lb 10 oz with Derek choosing a trendy greys t shirt as his prize. Landing 6 trout and a £30 share of the prize was Neil Heath who found his fish around the saddle and the willows on the east bank and also landing 6 fish for a £30 share was Bob Fitzpatrick who caught his fish on a team of cormorants along the northern shallows and willow peninsular. Saw a big trout in the margins next to the jetty this morning making quite a commotion, this fish was on the feed with my guess being the trout was grubbing around the bottom turning over stones hunting out bullheads and stone loach which i have seen before. It is that time of year so a fry pattern would be worth a try. Syotw Paul.

Stocks:9th-17th September.

Sport: The good fishing continues with some super catches recorded and many quality trout caught with many weighing between 3lb and 5lb both rainbows and brownies. Roy Duckworth and Jim Cattermole had a good mornings fishing landing 8 trout between them. Roy and Jim fished by the jetty to tempt their fish with damsel patterns, both olive and orange being the favoured colours. A floating line worked best as they found the trout high in the water. Jamie Presho continued his good form with 5 fish taken from between Bell point and Hollins bay. Jamie caught his fish on both diawl bach and blue flash damsels. Mr consistent Bob Fitzpatrick was once again amongst the trout landing 6 whilst drifting up in Newclose bay and the northern shallows. Bob found the trout very close to the shore in shallow water and caught them on nymphs and blobs on a floating line and steady f o 8 retrieve. The jetty was the best spot for Brian Parker which is where he landed his 4 fish. Brian caught on a floating line and a combo of blobs and damsel. John Legg and Craig Whittaker had a red letter day amassing a total of 18 trout between them. They drifted all along the northern shallows and in Newclose bay to take their fish with either plain black or black and green lures being the best flies. They found a di3 sinking line the most efficient as this meant they could follow the trout up and down in the water column as conditions dictated. Jimmy Cottam took a walk and headed off to fish from the bank round in Newclose bay and was rewarded with a catch of 6 trout with rainbows weighing 3lb and a super brown trout that weighed 5lb. With the fish close to the shore in the shallow, recently flooded margins a floating line was his best option where he found the trout keen to take his small orange goldhead lure. Newclose bay also caught the attention of boat angler Ricky Newbolt and is where he caught his 6 fish catch. With Ricky being in slightly deeper water he found a ssi his best line with his fish taking a liking to a hot head damsel pattern. The water level has been slowly rising over the last week but the water clarity remains good and as you can see has probably triggered the trout into feeding more that they perhaps might. This next Saturday, 22nd, we will be hosting the annual Stocks n shares competition. Anyone who has fished this comp in previous seasons will know what a great friendly affair it is. It will be fishery rules regarding flies and will be fished over the front from drifting boats. The entry fee is just £10 in the pot, the fishery will also contribute, and your fishing fees. Anglers wishing to enter can call Stocks 01200446602. Syotw Paul.

Bank House Fly Fishery: September 4th to September 14th

It’s all about the browns!
Lots of big brownies have been providing good sport at Bank House. Gary Martin had two in one session of 8lbs 8oz and another of 7lbs 8oz shortly after. Gary used both boobies on a Di3 and washing lined foam daddies on a floater to catch them. They made up a six fish catch for Gary. See Pics below
Mark Peter from Overton also had two nice brownies in one session. The first weighed 8lbs and the second 6lbs. Mark used a cat’s whisker to his usual deadly effect, with sixteen trout over his two visits. All these brownies were returned to fight another day.
Richard Casson from Germany and Seb Perry from Manchester had great day with twenty rainbows and browns between them. Richard had browns to 5lbs and rainbows to 3lbs and Seb’s catch also included a nice brown of 4lbs. I am not sure what tactics or patterns Richard was using but, once again it was the trusty old cat’s whisker that scored for Seb.
J Sealie from the Wirral and D Lees from Warrington used cormorants and blobs to over a livily session to tempt ten trout between them.
W Hewitson from Leyland took seven rainbows to 3lbs 8oz on buzzers.
Buzzers also worked well for Tom and Adam who both had new PBs. Tom with a PB 10lb brownie and Adam with six fish all taken on buzzers. Good angling fellers. See pics below.
The rod average over this period was 3.71 fish per angler and the hot patterns are cat’s whiskers, damsels and buzzers.
When visiting Bank House, please feel free to send any pictures of fish you catch so that I can include them in the reports. Messenger is fine or by email to
Tight Lines Ben Dobson

The Stocks Pairs Report: Saturday september 8th

Eleven pairs entered the match today and eight of the pairs managed to catch their bag limit of 10 trout. Only one pair went back out after they had bagged, Graeme Bell and Dave Morris caught and returned a further eight fish.
22 anglers caught 97 trout giving a rod average of 4.4 fish per man. See results below:
In first Place were Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. They completed their bag at 1:05pm which gave them a good bonus and their bag included a nice brownie of 3lbs 8oz. Bob and Colin fished blobs on a fast glass along the buoy line. Great angling fellers. Well done.
In 2nd place were Greame Bell and Dave Morris who used similar tactics in Newclose Bay. They were the second boat in with a full bag just 40 minutes after Bob and Colin. Well done guys.
In third place were Ian Gaskell and Bob Fitzpatrick who brought in a heavy bag of trout caught mainly on a washing line rig. Their best patterns were a cat booby and black holo diawl bachs.
Karl Davies and Paul Davies fished the washing line and straight line diawl bachs to clinch 4th place.
The best fish after the brownie was a rainbow of 3lbs caught by Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. They too completed their bag of ten trout on nymphs and buzzers.
It was a really good event fished in Great Spirit, and the prize winners shared a split of £500 worth of tackle prizes. Thank you to all who took part. Tight Lines Ben

The Stocks Pairs Winners: Center front: the 2018 Champions Sir Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. Center back: 2nd place Greame Bell and Dave Morris, Far Left: 3rd Place Bob Fitzpatrick and Ian Gaskell and Far Right: best Fish captors Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho.

The Stocks Pairs Winners: Center front: the 2018 Champions Sir Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. Center back: 2nd place Greame Bell and Dave Morris, Far Left: 3rd Place Bob Fitzpatrick and Ian Gaskell and Far Right: best Fish captors Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. Results below:


Wednesday September 5th – Saturday September 8th

The fishing has really ‘gone up a gear’ on Stocks over the last few days.
On Wednesday John Sykes caught ten trout whilst drifting along the Northern Shallows with a Di 5 line, a back n green tadpole on the point and a damsel on the dropper.
Fishing open water across Newclose Bay, Colin Fitzjohn successfully tempted six trout to dries.
The top rod from the shore was Richard Wincer who caught nine rainbows on a damsel and dancer booby fished on a floater.
On Thursday the good sport continued. Ricky Newbolt had eight trout from along the buoy line on an intermediate line and a black n green lure. Fishing a similar method with very similar flies in Newclose Bay were John Legg and Craig Whittaker. They had eighteen fish between them.
Neil Heath proved that dries were still working with 7 trout taken from open water near Willow.
On Friday Neil Heath and Jamie Presho had a busy day with sixteen rainbows between them. They fished the Northern end of the reservoir with floating lines and Lures.
In Newclose Bay Stewart McCaughey caught twelve trout. He also fished on a floating line with a blob on the point and diawls on the droppers. Stewart’s boat partner Geoff Hall had a monster brownie amongst his fish (see pic below).
Antoon Gysbers had 4 trout during a short session off Hollins point.
Today we are holding the Stocks Pairs, it’s still fishing well we have just had our 7th pair in with a ten fish limit. Report to follow.

Stewart McCaghey holding Geoff Hall's 10+ brownie.

Stewart McCaghey holding Geoff Hall’s 10+ brownie.