Stocks Sunday July 29th

DATE                      July 29th Report by Ben Dobson
BEST CATCH        10trout for Steve Bland, 9 trout for Carl Nixon
BEST BAG OF 4    19lbs 15oz for Colin Gibbons
BEST RAINBOW    13lbs 15oz for Colin Gibbons
BEST BROWN       4lbs for Carl Nixon
BEST BLUE            Several between 2lbs and 2lbs 8oz
ROD AVERAGE    2.75 fish per angler
SPORT:  Today we hosted the last day of the Lexus competitions at Stocks Reservoir. It has been a brilliant four days. John Horsey certainly knows how to run a great event. We have seen 134 anglers take to the water to try and reach the finals. Some anglers have taken part in their first fly fishing match whilst others are experienced hands. I hope everyone has enjoyed it as much as I have.
Today was the last of the two team heats. Each team consisted of six anglers trying to reach the international final on Rutland Water in September. We saw some great catches today on a variety of methods but olive dabblers fished on intermediate lines was a method that scored well for many people. These wets could be stripped back slowly or simply figure of eighted all the way home. Other flies that scored well were snatchers, bibios, Cats boobies and orange blobs. Steve Bland caught his fish on dabblers over the Willows at the Northern end of the east bank. 10 fish was a cracking score…good angling. I personally was given a fishing lesson by my boat partner Carl Nixon who caught nine trout from Hollins Bay whilst figure of eighting a mixed cast of olive dabblers and snatchers on a slow intermediate. I could not replicate his method could only watch whilst he netted fish after fish. 30 years of fly fishing and I’m still learning! That’s what makes these competitions so interesting. Thanks for a great days fishing in good company Carl. Other productive areas were Newclose Bay, David’s Drain, The Alders, Gull Island and Grindy’s Lawn.
The results were as follows.    Points    fish    total weight
1st Greys Team Stocks                   73    25    49lbs 2oz
2nd Stocks Falcons                        80    18    36lbs 10oz
3rd Peregrine Esthwaite             103    16    32lbs 3oz
4th Stocks Otters                          107    11    25lbs 8oz
5th Stocks Badgers                      129    12    23lbs 14oz

Tight Lines Ben

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