Stocks report: Friday 29th April

Report Author:         Matthew
Notable Catch:          Elliot and Ken Horroks 19 fish to the boat,  steve Horroks and Dave Vose 28 fish to  the boat!
Best Bag:                      Elliot Horroks 5 fish for 14lb 2oz
Best Rainbow:           Steven Rankin 6lb
Best Brownie:            Several for 2lb +
Best Blue                     5lbs 14oz for Elliot Horrocks
Bank Rod Av:            1.5 fish per angler
Boat Rod Av:             2.5 fish per angler
Sport:  A darn windy day here at Stocks with strong gusts making the angling very difficult. Presenting the flies became extremely difficult as the day wore on and simple tactics came in to play and got the fish.
Today we held the Lancashire fire and rescue competition. 36 anglers took to the water and landed 96 fish between them. Steve Horroks took 1st place with an impressive 17 fish! In the boat with Steve was Dave vose who came 3rd with 11 fish. The guys found that fish were holding up in Hollins bay and a Di 5 line and cats whiskers were too much for the brownies to resist. The brown trout are notorious for holding up in Hollins bay in strong winds. Good angling guys. 2nd place went to Elliot Horrocks whose bag weight just piped Dave’s. Elliot found the fish in Cooks Creek on the east bank. Elliot fished a floating line and an Olive Nomad on a floater. A fast strip was key over on the east shore. On windy days like this it’s easy to admit defeat, but the fish are still there. Try looking for dirty water often fish shoal up along the edge of it and you will find that you can have a field day casting right along the edge of the mucky water. Or hunt out the calmer waters and you may find that one end of the reservoir is almost flat calm with fish rising! And as daft as it sounds fish will still come up for the dries.(cloud cover permitting) In another few weeks daddies will be on the water and I’ve been out on windier days with Carl Nixon taking fish of the top whilst holding on to the boat for dear life!!
Bob Fitzpatrick showed how to do it on the nymphs today with 11 fish to the boat. Again the east bank was the hot spot but the key was to present the flies just below that wave, so if a wind gets up maybe change your line not the flies. Bob found a midge tip held the flies just right below the wave.
Tight lines Matthew.

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Anglers: Centre: Elliot Horrocks with his 5lbs14oz Blue trout. Double click this image to see it in full size.

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