March 15th to March 22nd
Report Author: Ben
Best Catch: 19 fish for Neil Ashworth
Best Bag: 5 fish for 10lbs for Neil Ashworth
Best Rainbow: 7lb for Neil Heath & 5lbs for Ian Jackson
Best Brown: wild fish up to 1lb
Rod Average: 4.50 fish per angler.
Sport: Friday the 15th was quiet at Stocks with strong winds keeping most anglers away. However a couple of hardy souls, namely Andy Harrison and Russell Fergusson braved the weather and headed down to the jetty area determined to wet a line. They were rewarded too. They kicked off with nymphs with little success, then switched to Di3 line and black boobies. They counted the line down to 10, then slowly retrieved the flies home. Andy landed six fish up to 4lbs and Russell had two. Well done fellers.
Saturday was unbelievably wet and windy and a deluge of water came through the reservoir. Hats off to Duncan Watson who did his impression of lieutenant Dan from forest Gump. Unfortunately for Duncan the storm didn’t bring him riches, with no fish, he helped me bail all the boats instead. Cheers Duncan.
Sunday 17th was a better day, reservoir was now coloured due to the amount of water brought by Saturday ‘s storm. We only had three anglers on the boats and the fishing was really tricky. Neil Heath landed one rainbow from Newclose, but it was a good one and tipped the scales to 7lbs. Karl Davis also had a fish on a Cats at the Dam.
Everyday since, the colour has been dropping out of the water and the clarity and catches increased together. The first half of the week was hard going from both boat and bank. However during this period Gavin Murray managed 3 fish on two days in a row, using various lures fished near to the Jetty. Also Paul Miller took two fish from Bell Point one of which was tagged and won him a £100 tackle voucher. Good Angling Paul.
By Thursday 21st things were picking up and a fresh stocking also helped to lift the sport. Ricky Newbolt had four fish to his boat from the Alders, however, it was in Hollins Bay where the best catches were caught. Matt Turner had 13 rainbows to Hollins to two trees. Matt used a small white lure on a floater. Ian Jackson had 11 fish on a bloodworm pattern fished on a nudge tip line. His best fish was a nice rainbow of 5lbs. Steve Mountain had 9 fish from the jetty area on a Cats variant, and Colin had 6 fish on a humongous from the same area.
The good sport carried on into Friday too. Martin Friend had eight fish on a black lure, once again fished on a floater. Stuart Halford had 11 trout using an SSI lune and an orange blob and Colin Fitzjohn had 12 fish from the jetty area on small lures.
Out on the boats Neil Heath had 9 trout on sparklers and Alexandra. Neil fished mainly in Hollins. The top catch however came to Neil Ashworth and Frank Bond who had 27 trout to their boat. Their best pattern was a black n gold humongous. Good Angling fellers. Tight lines Ben