Monthly Archives: June 2020

Stocks Fly Fishery report 15th- 21st of June

IMG_20200615_181524Stocks Fly Fishery report 15th- 21st of June
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Stocks has continued to fish well over the past week with the recent stocking of 1000 rainbows and blues complimenting the resident fish well and we’ve seen a good spread of fish and some cracking scores from the bank and boats. The fish remain high in the water and dries, traditional wets and lures fished in the top foot have continued to produce.

Rod average: 7.1
Best bag from the boats: cricket scores for Ryan Feber. Kevin Dunn and his boat partner. Elliot and Ken Horricks, John Gatley, Keith sprung, Scott Graham and more plus Several more double figure bags
Best bag from the bank: 19 fish for David Stocked from the east bank on traditional wets.
Biggest rainbow: 12lb for John Gatley
Biggest blue: plenty up to 3lb
Biggest brown: wild fish up to 1lb

Tag fish winners:
John Tyson won 2 Airflo fly lines this week.

The fish was one of the originals that have been in since the start of the season and with the top up that went in we should be having plenty more winners soon!

Best boat areas:
Curry’s cast
The dam
Main basin

Best bank areas:
East Bank
The dam
Two trees

5 flies to try:
Foam daddy long legs
Hothead damsel
Black dabbler
Bibio (dry or wet)
Cats whisker booby

I had written the bulk of this report early this morning (21st) , but I feel I have to add something
Today the rod average on the boats was 12.4! Fish coming from the dam arm all the way down the east bank.

Look forward to seeing you up here soon 🙂

Tight lines!

Foxy (Ben Fox)

Stocks Fly Fishery Report 9th-14th June 2020

Stocks Fly Fishery Report 9th- 14th June 2020

Boat rod average: 7.5
Bank rod average: 2.6

Heaviest 5 fish bag: 13lb 8 oz
Biggest bags: cricket score for Darren Booth
20+ catches for Matt Nuttal and Martin Griffiths.
Loads of 10+ bags.
Biggest rainbow: several 5-6lb
Biggest brown: 7lb 14oz Andy Jones (taken on a Peter Ross in Newclose Bay)
Biggest blue: 4lb

Top bank areas:
Bell Point
Blackhouse Bay
Curry’s

Top boat areas:
Main basin
Open water off curry’s and Blackhouse Bay
The Dam arm

5 flies to try:
Foam daddy long legs
Black hopper
Cats whisker booby
Bibio
Green holographic diawl bach

Methods to try:
Dries
Traditional wet fly tactics
Washing lining

Stocks has continued to fish well despite changable weather conditions.
The boats have enjoyed the best sport with long drifts over open water on dries, washing linning and traditional wets taking one cracking fish.
The Bank has been a little tougher but there’s still plenty of sport to be had on similar methods to the boats.

Just a reminder that we are still selling tackle and are always happy to assist by answering questions and bringing items to the window.

Tight lines!

Ben Fox

(Foxy)
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Stocks report 2nd-8th June 2020

Stocks Fly Fishery Report:

2nd-8th of June 2020

The fish have remained high in the water here at Stocks with a vast majority being taken in the top 3ft of the water. The fish have also spread well across the lake with several areas producing.

Reminders:
We have a toilet open
2 people (regardless of household) are allowed in a boat
Theres no need to book on for bank fishing.
We recommend booking a boat to avoid disappointment.
If you would like to pay over the phone that is fine but we are taking payments at the front of the Fishery lodge (cash or card)

Rod average: 4.1
Best bag: several double figure scores including 16 from the bank for Matt Turner. Kieth Ogden landed 17 from the boats as well.
Heaviest 5 fish bag: 13lb + for Matt Turner, Keith Ogden, Martin Roderick.
Heaviest rainbow: 10lb for Derek Moore
Heaviest brown: loads of wild fish up 1lb
Heaviest blue: 3lb

Best bank areas:
Kettlewells
Along the East Bank
Ben’s beach

Best boat areas:
Main basin
Open water around gull island
Open water down the Dam arm

5 flies to try:
Foam daddy long legs
Green holographic diawl Bach
Sunburst blob
Cats whisker booby
Hothead damsel

Methods to try:
Washing linning with cats boobys or foam daddy’s on the point with diawl bachs and cormorants up the droppers.
Dries: foam daddies and black hoppers being favourites
Pulling blobs and boobys high in the water or doing the same with hothead damsels.

Hope to see you up here soon,

Tight lines,

Foxy

Stocks Report 29th of May to the 01st of June 2020

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We have now got a toilet open.
The boat restrictions have been altered and we are now allowing 2 people in a boat (same household or not) We ask that everyone still practices social distancing.

Just to remind everyone that booking bank fishing is not required so please do turn up on the day.

However we strongly recommend booking boats to avoid disappointment

Pre payment over the phone is not necessary as we have a pay station set up at the door of the lodge, but if you would prefer we are still able to take payment over the phone.

Stocks Report 29th of May to the 01st of June 2020

Rod Average: 4.24

Best bag: 14 for Wayne Dent, 15 for Neil Heath, 12 for Adam Dent, 28 to the boat for Elliot and Ken Horricks, 12 for Matt Kneale, 14 for Shaun Gaskell

Biggest Brown: Loads of Wild Browns upto 1.5lb

Biggest Blue: Several around 3lb

Biggest Rainbow: some cracking fish of 4.5-6lb coming out!

5 flies to try:
Red Holographic Diwal Bach
Sunburst blob
Dawsons olive
Daddy long legs
Black Foam Detached Body Hopper

Best bank areas:
Crooks Creek
Bell Point
Along the east bank from the alders down to the willows

Best boat areas:
Main Basin
The northern shallows
Crooks Creek
Open water 50 yards out from the east bank.

The conditions have been against our anglers over the last few days with bright sunshine and an north east wind! But we have still had some wonderful sport from boat and bank.

Shaun Gaskell took Joe Harris (NHS co worker) out on Friday, Shawn found washing lining cormorants with a Fab on the point worked well taking the vast majority of his fish, Joe (on his second fly fishing trip) landed 4 on a foam daddy long legs.

Also out on Friday Wayne and Adam Dent got amongst the fish returning 26 on cormorants and sunburst blobs fished from a floating line, the found open water off the willows to be their best area.

On the bank Paul Nutter landed 7 rainbows on sunburst blobs fished from an intermediate line from the dam.

Saturday saw Elliot and Ken Horricks take an impressive bag of 28 from the northern shallows and crooks creek. They found succsess fishing dawsons olives from a floating line.
Mick and Sue Mercer also had a great day landing 8 on Diawl Bachs and blobs.

On the boats on Sunday we had Neil Heath take 15 on buzzers and boobies drifting out from the causeway. Neil told us that variation of retrieve speed and style was his key to his success and a majority of his fish took the buzzers.
Gary and Steve Martin popped out for an evening session landing 8 on black dries including the ever popular hopper booby.

Monday saw much the same with challenging conditions, Matt Kneale still managed an awesome result from the northern shallows taking 12 on Daddy Long Legs patterns fished from a midge tip.

I haven’t got the figures for Tuesday or today (Wednesday) but from what I’ve heard there’s still plenty of fish being caught!

Look forward to seeing you all up here
Tight Lines
Foxy

Stocks Report 23rd-27th of May 2020

Stocks Report 23rd-27th of May 2020
Rod Average: 5.15
Best bag: 22 for Martin Griffiths, 21 for Ian Gaskell, 11 for Derek Moore, 11 for Liam Gaskell, 12 for Tony Newall, 9 for Paul Bannister, 9 Jose Villarino, 15+ for John Hood.
Biggest Brown: Loads of Wild Browns upto 1lb
Biggest Blue: Several around 3lb
Biggest Rainbow: 2 Doubles for Colin Fitzjohn, 7lb for Chris Cliffe, 8lb for Bruce Blackshaw, 7lb for Des Ashcroft
5 flies to try:
Red Holographic Diwal Bach
Sunburst blob
Pearly cormorant
Daddy long legs
Black Foam Detached Body Hopper
Best bank areas:
The dam
Bell Point
Along the east bank from the alders down to the willows
Best boat areas:
Main Basin
Open water around Gull Island and the Bouy Line
The Dam
Open water 50 yards out from the east bank.

23rd:
John Tyson Caught well on a Williams Favourite fished from a floating in Newclose Bay he took 8 Rainbows to 3lb 8oz.
Carl Sutton landed 6 fish on a Viva from the Dam

24th:
Des Ashcroft managed 7 fish in tricky conditions including a 7lb Rainbow! He listed his top fly as a “Willy Wonka”
Mark Tyndall had 14 to the boat on cormorant boobies and sedgehogs fished from a floating line
There where several other good bags on boat and bank.

25th:
Andy Hargreaves landed 9 from the shore. Bell point was his best area and washing lining with a bibio booby was the method.
Out on the boat Jim Hockenall fished dries and lures to land 6 from around Gull Island and Newclose Bay.
Mark and Jack Diamond went out for a half day and found success landing 10 between them with the biggest being a cracking 6lber.
Paul Bannister fished along the East Bank straight lining nymphs with Red Holo Nemos being the top pattern. He caught 9 including a wild brownie.

26th:
Jose Villarino caught 9 from the Bouy Line, he fished a floating line and a coral blob was his top pattern.
Al Beaumount had 13 on dries and pulling boobys

27th:
Chris Cliffe had a 7lb rainbow in his 4 fish bag.
Anonymous (No name on ticket) caught 11 from the boat including a 6lber on a sink tip with Fabs and nymphs up the dropper in the main basin on a half day.
Bruce Blackshaw also took a half day boat in the evening (5:00pm-9:00pm) he landed 8 fish including a cracking 8lb fish, Bruce fished hoppers and cormorants on a floating line.
Tony Newall brought 12 to his boat with a majority taking washing lined cormorants in the main basin.
Richard Hood had 8 on a half day using a midge tip with fabs and cormorants and daddy’s dry as well.
Martin Griffiths had 22 fishing twiddled dries
John Hood had 15+ on dries
Andy Roskal had 12 in the evening

28th:
3 Gaskells shared 2 boats and all got amongst some fish. Ian had 21, Liam had 11 and in the other boat Shaun had 16. They caught on a mixture of washing lining and dries.

It’s been a varied few days up here at Stocks. The warm and sunny weather seems to have settled in but it hasn’t put the trout off! Finding deep water will only become more important if the weather stays like this. Areas such as the dam, ben’s beach and the deeps will come into their own.

Couple of quick announcements:
Just to remind everyone that booking bank fishing is not required so please do turn up on the day.
However we strongly recommend booking boats to avoid disappointment
Pre payment over the phone is not necessary as we have a pay station set up at the door of the lodge, but if you would prefer we are still able to take payment over the phone.
Most importantly we have a toilet open!

Look forward to seeing you all up here
Tight Lines
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