Stocks Fishing Report: week ending Sunday 25th
Stocks has come into good form with the increase in water level, we have had a mixed week of weather with strong winds giving way to bright calm conditions this weekend. Fish have been caught consistently over the newly flooded ground in the northern shallows with chucking lures and dries tight in proving to be a killer tactic.
Rod Average: 3.7
Top rod: Robert Clelland with 12 fish
Robert Clelland had two days on the boats and took top rod with 12 mostly on dries this Friday, small midge patterns and foam daddies taking the lions share. He then went out for a half day on Saturday and netted 4 bows, a good score in the bright conditions that faced us, Dawson’s olive taking the fish.
Best bag: 5 fish for 12lb 8oz
Biggest fish: Several fish of 4-5lb
Best boat areas: Northern Shallows, Spillway (Dam), Willow “Island” (more of a point as the level hasn’t quite surrounded it) Causeway
Best bank areas: Hollins Bay, Two Trees, Bell Point, The Dam
Dries: Daddy Long Legs, Fiery Brown Bobs Bits, Bibio Hopper
Nymphs: Green Holographic Diawl Bach, Red Holographic Cruncher
Lures: Deadly Damsel, Peaches and Cream Booby, minkies
Flies of the week
Karl Davies and Paul Davies enjoying dry fly fishing over the Northern Shallows.
Stocks is looking absolutely stunning at the moment.
Stocks. Although the weather hasn’t been great there have been good numbers of trout caught and of course now the water is at a very healthy summer level. There have been some good buzzer hatches of late with daddys and the easily recognisable red legged heather flies also making an appearance with representations of these insects working well in calmer areas of the lake. With these terrestrial insects on the water the fish are remaining high in the water so not fishing too deep and keeping flies either on or near the surface has been key on most days. The bank anglers have been catching fish very close to the shore with best areas being Bell point, Hartleys and the jetty and Grindys all being good fish holding areas. From the boats the same areas and along the east bank have been best. Yesterday we held the annual boat masters competition and although conditions were not ideal the anglers returned a rod average of 2.50 fish per angler.
Results. 1st Mark Davis 7 fish weighing 14lb 14oz with bonus. £100 voucher.
2nd Colin Fitzjohn 5 fish weighing 11lb 9oz with bonus. £50 voucher.
3rd Gavin Murray 4 fish weighing 8lb 12oz. £30 voucher.
Biggest fish Karl Davies 3lb 4oz rainbow. £20 voucher.
The winning tactic for Mark was a slow sinking line with a green pea on the point and a uv diawl bach on his dropper with the northern shallows and Grindys being his top spots. Well done to all anglers and thank you. If there are any anglers out there who have mistakenly taken one of our life jackets home with them could you please try to arrange to send them back as we are getting low and they are important. Easily done. Thanks Paul.
With Heather flies and flying ants arriving in force and favourable conditions for nymphing and dries stocks continues to fish well. Despite tough conditions today (Sunday) dropping the rod average down a bit.
Bank: East Bank, Alders, Dam wall, Bell Point.
Boat: Curry’s Cast, Around Gull Island, Dam wall, Main Basin.
Top rod: Neil Ashworth 14 fish on small boobys
Best Bag: 5 fish for 14lb 4oz for Greg Smith
Biggest fish: 6lb for Tom Smith
Rod average: 2.45
Notable catches: 14 fish for Neil Ashworth on small boobys
11 fish for Alan Daniels on Bell Point with yellow and orange fritz lures
9 fish for Dave Mees on dries
9 fish for Michel Fisher on damsels and blobs
Top Flies to Try:
Crunchers with green or red holo ribs
Black foam daddies
2 £100 tackle vouchers out this week! For Peter Oldendorp and Alan Daniels
We also had the Mitre Angling Club back for their annual match which was won by Greg Smith with 5 fish for 14lb 4oz. Second went to Robin Asken with 4 fish for 9lb 2oz and biggest fish went to Robin Asken as well.
Dry lines Comp on the 10th of August
Bankhouse will be closed on Monday the 12th