DATE:                         Sunday May 3rd and Monday May 4th
REPORT AUTHOR     Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 12 trout for Ryan Feber, 11 trout for James Vann & 10 trout for Hywel Morgan
NOTABLE BAG:         3 fish for 7lbs 7oz Warren Langridge
BEST RNB:                 3lbs 12oz Gavin Murray.
BEST BROWN:           Several wild fish
BANK ROD AV:          3.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:          4.88 fish per angler
Sport: Sunday was the day of the grand final of the 2018 Rio 4s and everything was to play for. Just 4 points separated the top 4 teams.
The trout were high in the water and we saw good bags taken on both dries and on lures pulled just below the surface on SSi lines.
Hywel Morgan got off to a great start taking trout from close into the Dam wall on mini lures.
Ryan Feber was using the same tactic around Gull Island and The Willows.
James Vann fished down the east bank and the dam arm to tempt a steady stream of trout to his net and both Dermot Speight and Steve Bland used a team of dries very effectively over Newclose and the Northern End of the reservoir. Between them these 5 anglers from both the Ospreys and the Harries caught a total of 50 rainbows not including wild brownies.
The top individuals from the other teams were as follows
The Falcons: Liam Gaskell with 8 fish
The Tanahill Raiders: Greame Bell with 8 fish
The Merlins: Richie Kelly with 4 fish
The Marlins: Gavin Murray with 5 fish.

The 2018 Rio 4s Champions are The Ospreys Winning £800 of Tackle Vouchers
The Ospreys had their lead depleted in round two when, despite being the first team to complete their bags, they lost on weight as other teams came in later with bigger fish. However a strong team performance in the final completed their consistent run and sealed the victory over the other teams. Good Angling Fellers.
The Runners up were The Harriers: Winning £400 of Tackle Vouchers
The Harriers are back with a vengeance. After a wobbly first round the Harriers were on the back foot, but two strong team performances in round 2 and the final saw them claim 2nd place and almost catch the Ospreys.
In 3rd Place were the Tanahill Raiders winning £200 of tackle vouchers.
The Raiders were last year’s runners up when they were pipped at the post by the Faclons after dominating the early rounds. This year they were consistent again and got their own back on the Falcons by pipping them into 4th position.
The full results are shown below. I hope you all enjoyed the 2018 Rio 4s, from my side, it’s been a pleasure to run and, as always, full of fun, good hearted banter and it’s thrown a few surprises.
Outside the competition and fishing on the shore Ian Nicholson took 6 trout from Grindy’s Lawn and the Dam on a floating line and black crunchers, good angling Ian, and
John Hocknell had 5 on daddies.
Today (Monday) the best catch in so far is by Ricky Newbolt, who hasn’t finished yet, but currently has six trout including a prize tagged fish winning him a £250 Tackle Voucher! Not a bad start to Ricki’s three day stay in our holiday apartment! Ricki caught all six on a hot head Damsel over Newclose Bay
Tight Lines Ben
Ps. Please ingnore the road closed sign at Slaidburn. The workers are now past the entrance to Stocks so we are accessabe from Slaiburn. However from the North (Bentham side) Fine if you get to us by 8amish otherwise it will likely be bocked while they ley Tarmac.

24 anglers fished and caught 117 trout giving a rod average of 4.9. Each member of the team was ranked 1 to 24 and then totalled to give a team score. The lowest score wins.

24 anglers fished and caught 117 trout giving a rod average of 4.9. Each member of the team was ranked 1 to 24 and then totalled to give a team score. The lowest score wins.