Stocks: Sunday September 19th

Date:                                           Sunday September 19th
Best Catch:                               8 trout
Best Rainbow:                        3lbs 10oz Mark Tyndall/ Ian Greenwood
Best Brown:                            4lbs 4oz Chris Tuck
Best Blue:                                Several around 2lbs 8oz
Rod Average:                        2.4 fish per man
Sport: Today we hosted the Grand Final of The 2010 Stocks Pairs and we couldn’t have picked a wetter one! It was tipping it down from the moment I arrived at the fishery at 7am til the moment I left at 10pm! 40 anglers making 20 pairs had qualified for the final and they all took to the water to try and catch 10 trout for the scales and become the 2010 Champion Pair. The winners today received £1000 in cash, £500 was awarded for second place, a pair of SONIK SK4 10” 6/7# fly rods for 3rd, a pair of GRXi+ Reels for 4th, a pair of Greys Apollo Fleeces for 5th and a pair of Automatic Life Jackets for 6th place. If this wasn’t enough the captor of the biggest fish received a Wychwood cassette reel. So it was definitely worth putting up with the far from perfect conditions. Whilst the anglers were out on the water the level rose by about 2 feet this meant that along the shallow margins the water’s edge moved by about 15 feet. The whole lake had a narrow fringe of cloudy water where the run off was carrying debris into the reservoir. Although a huge influx of fresh water like this can disrupt the trout’s normal feeding behaviour and can indeed knock them off feeding all together, on this occasion some of the trout were quick to take advantage of this new food source quickly developing around the margins. As foodstuffs were washed in with the rain fish gathered tightly along the shorelines and by the afternoon they were frequenting water that had been dry land in the morning. Some of the competitors picked up on this phenomenon and started to build good bags of fish and no one more so than John Calvert and Mike Laycock. After a quiet morning with no fish in the boat they discovered a number of trout lying next to bank along the Alders and Ten Acre Foot. Mike was fishing bank side and his small black double fished on a fast glass line started to pull fish after fish from the shallows. John was getting far less action fishing further out and working the engine. At one point he seriously considered stopping fishing to concentrate on keeping the boat hugging the shoreline and Mike on the fish. Their strategy paid off handsomely and at 5:35pm they were the first and only pair to complete a 10 fish bag. Good Angling. John and Mick were crowned the 2010 Pairs Champions. They were taken right to the wire by three other pairs who were all fishing for their 10th and final fish but all three were eventually beaten by the clock. Steve Bland and Steve Lind had found fish around Bell Point and along Ben’s Beach, they too fished fast glass lines but this time it was black and gold lures and blobs that did the damage to earn them £500 and 2nd place. Round in Newclose Bay Gary Allen and John Sykes had got off to a flying start with 7 in the boat by lunchtime. However, they could only add another two in the afternoon so the early leaders took 3rd position. Gary and John fished black and green lures on sink tip lines and caught most of their fish on the hang. Back along the west bank in Hollins Bay Paul Davison and Steve Smalley were the third pair with 9 trout. They too used mini lure on fast glass lines, but were beaten into 4th place by the weight of their fish. In 5th place were Mark Tyndall and Ian Greenwood who took 7 trout from the Saddle and The Northern Shallows, frustratingly they lost a lot of trout on the way into the net . In 6th place taking the last of the prize positions were Jim and Chris Tuck and a 4lb 4oz brownie was enough to earn Chris the Wychwood Reel and to see off Steve Ainsworth and Pete Navin who had one more fish. Although the conditions were enough to test the very best of the array of waterproof clothing on display it did little to dampen a great match. (See photo of all the prize winners below.) Well done to all anglers who qualified for the Stocks Pairs Final. We will definitely being holding this competition next season so look out for the dates. We will publish then on the competition page.
As well as the Stocks Pairs today it was great to welcome Duncan Hesketh’s family to the fishery present the winner of the Duncan Hesketh Trophy for to the captor of the best brownie of the 2009 season. Duncan very generously donated this trophy and the £100 prize before he passed away. We are very happy that his family are keen continue this award in his honour he was a true gent and as great fly fisherman. The deserved winner was Chipping’s Bill Orrell. Last year Bill caught seven Stocks doubles and many more over 5lbs but amazingly he caught the season’s biggest rainbow and the season’s biggest brown. He fished in the doubles club fish off at the end of the season and won it; yes you’ve guessed it, with a big fish. Historically it was the third time he won the doubles club fish off, the second time he’s won the Duncan Hesketh Trophy. In total he’s caught 37 double figure trout over six seasons. Bill’s favoured hunting ground is between Granger Point and Davy Jones, where he moves between all the spots that have produced for him in the past. His favoured method is a floating a 15ft leader and a home tied black tadpole variant he’s named the Cyril
Tight Lines Ben

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