Stocks Report 17th-22nd May 2020

Stocks Report 17th-22nd of May 2020

Rod Average: 8.24

Best bags: Several cricket scores for our anglers this week!

Heaviest 5 fish bags: 18lb+ for Colin Gibbons, 15.5lb for Martin C, 14lb for Brian Shields, 16.5lb for Vince Marglotta.

Biggest Brown: 6lb for Bill Genmell

Biggest Blue: Several around 3lb

Biggest Rainbow: 12lb for Martin Griffiths, 8lb for Vince Marglotta, 10lb for Colin Fitzjohn, 8lb for Ian King, 8lb for Neil Birchall, 8lb 12oz for Mark Smith, 10lb for Frank Williamson

5 flies to try:
Cats whisker booby
Sunburst blob
Pearly cormorant
Foam black daddy long legs
Black hopper

Best bank areas:
The dam
Newclose bay
Along the east bank from the alders down to the willows
Best boat areas:
Open water between gull island and the buoy line
The Dam
Northern Shallows

17th
The 17th was a busy day up here with plenty of anglers coming to enjoy some fantastic sport! On the boats Ian Gaskell shared a boat with son Liam taking 23 fish between them from all over the reservoir, Liam also had a stunning torpedo of a bow with a fully formed tail. Another Gaskell took to the water with a work colleague, Shaun is working on the frontline of the NHS at the moment and sharing accommodation with Joe Harris and some others. Shaun convinced Joe to give fly fishing a go and he managed 3 on his first session out! Brilliant stuff. Also on the boats Mark Tyndal fished the buoy line with boobies and sedge hogs to take a cricket score including a tag fish! Bob Kowalski fished the same area for another good innings all taken on a black pennel. Scott Graham had another cricket score in a similar area. Ryan Feber also had another great day taking fish pulling blobs. Llyod Edwards nymphed his way to a cracking score including a rainbow of 6 1/2lb!
On the bank Colin Fitzjohn had a cracking session landing 11 fish to doule figures on dries. Paul Banister and Josh Banister aged 8 managed 11 fish between them including a brown, blue and rainbow hawthorn dries were their best method. John Tyson had 7 on a diawl bach and Peter Moore took the same with a Kate Mclaren being his top fly. John Shaun landed 8 fish to 6lb+ in Newclose Bay.
Good angling everyone!

18th
The rain came down on the 18th but the fish didn’t care! They continued to feed confidently which resulted in some cracking bags being landed. On the boats there were several cricket scores with fish being caught in the Newclose Bay/ Buoy line area. Jim Hunter found the way on the bank taking 18 from the dam mostly on dries. Mick Greenalsh also had a brilliant half day taking 15 fish to 5lb in Newclose Bay

19th
Another good day here at Stocks with fishing being caught from all over the reservoir there were several great bags from boat and bank with dries and lures high in the water producing well. Newclose Bay was the clear hotspot with 10 fish+ bags coming from the bank and some cricket scores from the boats. Brian Shields landed 23 fish fishing blobs on a slow intermediate line, Brian fished the east bank and barn quarry to get the majority of his fish. Ian King landed a beauty off Ben’s Beach on a black buzzer the fish was around the 8lb mark. Ben Baylis took a half day boat to Newclose and the shallows fishing blobs on a fast glass line to land 14 fish. Neil Birchall had an 8lb fish in his bag of 8 on a Diawl Bach from the east bank. Mark Smith also took an 8lb fish with another 14 landed from various areas around the lake on an orange blob and intermediate line.

20th
It was a hot and bright day on the 20th not the easiest of conditions! Tony Newall found the way taking 20+ fish ,washing lining with cormorants and a coral booby on the point, around gull island and the east bank. Good angling Tony! There were several other big scores from as well on lures and dries. On the bank an angler had a cricket score from the dam wall fishing a mixture of washing lined nymphs and lures. The Kirks (husband and wife) came up for another session after joining us earlier in the week and the day before we got shut down! They managed 21 between them with a bibio hopper being the top pattern. Alan Hall also managed a 5lb bow on a black zonker. Mr G Coorblett took 11 fish on white fritz lures with a 5 fish bag of 13lb 5oz 5 fish bag. Martin C brought a five fish bag of 15.5lb to the scales as well. Frank Wilkinson landed 10 fish from the bank including a 10lb+ fish!

21st
The 21st was a calm and sunny day here and dries were the order of the day. On the boats we had 4 members of the Northern Drifters out, John Hood, Mike Laycock, Nick Halstead and Martin Girffiths. Nick took 19 fish and a 4 fish bag for 14lb, Martin landed a 12lb+ rainbow and I can’t remember John’s exact figures but I know he also had a cracking day! Mike Laycock fished back dries for most of the day only taking 2 of his fish on other flies. Mike was stuck on 19 fish and decided he wasn’t coming off until he had his 20th, when the 20th fish obliged and took his dry it turned out to be a tag fish! Fantastic stuff. Also on the boats Wayne and Aron Dent struggled in the morning with 2 fish, the afternoon was a different story with the final scores being 10 and 16 good angling chaps. Vince Margloith took a 4 fish bag for 16.5lb including a cracking 8lb fish the fish took a black daddy fished from a floating line in Eaking Shallows. James Dryden had a fantastic day on the bank landing over 20 fish washing lining with a ginked up sunburst blob on the point, good angling!

22nd
Windy! Not fantastic conditions but those who braved it caught! On the boats Derek Moore fished for a few hours taking 4 fish drifting despite the less than favourable conditions. Bill Genmel led the day with 12 fish from boat and bank including a beautiful 6lb brownie, Bill caught on small cats fished on a slow intermediate. Good angling Bill.

Just a quick reminder than there is no need to book bank fishing at Stocks and pre payment isn’t required as we have a pay station set up In the lodge door. We strongly recommend booking boats to avoid disappointment!

Thanks to everyone who has fished this week and we hope you’ve enjoyed your time up here.

Tight lines,
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