Following the Government announcement tonight, Stocks Reservoir and Bank House Fly Fishery will both be closed from midnight Monday 23rd of March. Thank you to all of you who have supported us. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can re-open. Stay safe and take care, Ben and all the the team.
Those who wish to, may call ahead and pay for their tickets over the phone. Once you have paid you may access the fishery without coming into any contact with us or other anglers.
However, you can also purchase your tickets on arrival at the fisheries from the shops as usual. We do ask that only two anglers enter the shops at any one time in order to maintain safe social spacing.
At Stocks you can order food and hot drinks to take away, at Bank House we suggest you bring you own hot drinks in a flask. Both lodges will be very regularly cleaned with disinfectant. Obviously, if you do feel unwell please do not come.
With your cooperation we can continue to have a safe environment where you can enjoy our fantastic sport.
Tight lines, Ben
Stocks Reservoir and Bank House Fly Fishery are both open for fishing. We have hand sanitiser at the point of sale in both shops. However, if you prefer you may call prior to your visit and pay for your ticket by card over the phone. Then you may just go straight onto the water and enjoy some fresh air without entering the shop.
Bank House is currently fishing extremely well to both the bung and the washing line. Ian Gaskell had over 28 trout on Sunday. He fished an egg, amongst other things about 18” under the bung. His catch included rainbows to over 6lbs, a blue of 5lbs, Spartic trout up to 4lbs and brownie of 11lbs! He played another brown trout that he estimated to be between 15 -20lbs as it cruised past him just subsurface Jaws like! Unfortunately, this beast was too much for his 5wght rod and light tippet material and disappeared off with one barrel in tow. His son Liam caught a nice tiger trout but unfortunately, this species eluded Ian. Good angling though Ian
Joe Krejbich also had a cricket score, this time fishing bloodworm under the bung. Joe caught mainly rainbows up to 7lbs. Well done Joe.
Ricki Newbolt has been using the washing line great effect on Bank House. He has been consistently getting into double figures. Ricki uses a floating line with two small black buzzers on the dropper and either a FAB or booby on the point. He landed fifteen on his last visit and his catch included a big double figure rainbow.
The fishing at Stocks has been great when the conditions suit and tougher when windy. The bank has been much more consistent than the boats, and we’re seeing good catches daily. The best tactics have been a floating line or slow sinking intermediate line with either, a team of cormorants slowly twiddled back, or a team of buzzers fished on the washing line with FABs on the point. A more details Stocks report will follow shortly. Tight Lines Ben
Stocks: 01200 446602
Bank House: 01524 770412
DATE: Wednesday March 4th & Thursday March 5th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Mr Barrett and 11 fish for Paul Miller
BEST RNB: 6lbs 2oz for Barrie Lancaster
BEST BLUE: 2lbs 8oz Mr?
BEST BAG: 5 trout for 15lbs 8oz for S Barrett, 13lbs for Dave Fitton
ROD AV: 5.20 fish per angler
Sport: It could be said that the trout have finally realised that the 2020 season has started! However, considering the appalling conditions they have had to endure during the latter half of February, I think that would be a bit unfair.
I am delighted to say that over the last few days Stocks has really started to turn on.
Mr Barrett had fourteen fish whilst fishing along Hartley’s Bank with a floating line and an orange gold head. He put five on the scales for 15lbs 8oz.
Paul Miller caught eleven trout on a black and silver booby fished around two trees. Paul caught this impressive catch whilst on a half day ticket.
Steve Carter caught eight rainbows to 3lbs 8oz and put four on the scales for 12lbs. Amongst his eight fish catch was prize tagged trout earning him a Greys Duffle Bag worth £60. Not a bad start to the season. Steve caught his fish from Barn Quarry on a Montana nymph fished on a sink tip line.
Kevin Billington also caught eight fish on a half day ticket. He caught buzzers fished on a floating line near Two Trees.
When the conditions are calm and sunny small black and olive buzzers have been hatching and the trout are rising for them. We have had some good bags taken on buzzers, something that I am sure will continue to happen throughout the coming weeks.
Dave Fitton had six trout on buzzers and an orange blob from Hollins Hurdle.
The best fish was a rainbow of 6lbs 2oz caught by Barrie Lancaster on a black tadpole and a floating line.
In summary floating lines have been the most consistent, and orange lures, black buzzers, cormorants and black/sparkler boobies the most consistent patterns. The fish are tight in to margins all the way from Hollins to Bell Point. However, most of the reservoir has not yet been fished yet, very few boats have ventured north, so there are bound to be hot spots that we do not know about, I am sure we’ll find out more over the course of the next few days. Tight Lines Ben