Stocks ‘n’ Shares 21st September 2019

“Bright and breezy never easy!”

Strong winds and bright sun often lead to hard fishing and that’s exactly what we had for our Stocks ‘n’ Shares Competition. 8 anglers took to the water after putting £10 in the pot to be shared out at the end. The total in the pot is then divided by the number of fish caught and each fish caught by an angler is worth a ‘share’ of the pot. 10 fish were caught and with a bit added by us each fish was valued at £10.

1st and 2nd also received additional cash prizes and 4 packets of FNF Fritz. 3rd also received 4 packets of FNF Fritz

Well done to Andy Cooper on another Stocks Competition won this year!

Tight lines,


Andy Cooper’s bag weight was actually 4lb 5oz not 2lb 7oz as i have wrongly put in the table. Apologises


Stocks fishery report: 10th-16th September 2019

Rod average: 2.2
Top Rod: Scott Pozzini with 14 fish
Best bag: Alan Daniels 4 fish for 16lb
Biggest fish: Neil Heath 9lb 8oz rainbow

Top bank areas:
Grindys lawn
Two trees
Grange pont

Top boat areas:
Northern shallows
Curry’s cast
Grange Point

Five flies to try:
Hothead Damsel
Red holo cruncher
Green pea
Foam daddy long legs
Junglecock cheeked diawl bach

Changeable weather has seen changeable fishing. There’s been two very distinct ways to take the fish which have emerged over the past few days. Damsels and greenpeas fished with a fast figure of eight retrieve on lines from a fast intermediate to a floater and dries, particularly foam daddy long legs. There’s been reports of plenty of daddys falling onto the water and, when conditions suit, a lot of surface activity.

Tight lines!


Stocks:Tuesday 10th September.

Sport: Tuesday 10th September.

With the water at a healthy level and cooler overnight temperatures the trout have moved closer to the shore where they can be caught right in amongst the submerged weeds and grasses. The best bank areas have been Grindys lawn in the corner of the dam, Hollins bay, and two trees, Hartleys and Bell point. With the trout still high in the water bank anglers have found either floating or intermediate lines best with daddys, orange lures and damsels the top patterns with a damsel with a touch of orange incorporated in the tying particularly effective. From the boats the top areas have been up the top of the northern end of the lake with Phils flats, willow island, the northern shallows and the willows on the east bank along to Currys cast all holding trout. On Saturday 7th we held a Stocks pairs competition where anglers fished with a friend with the aim of catching 10 trout between them as fast as possible and getting back to the jetty to claim a time bonus. Most of the boats headed off up to the northern end of the lake and this is where the winners and only boat to finish found their fish. Chris Webster and John Sykes caught their 10 trout in amongst the sticks tight to willow island with damsels and a black and green fritz fished on a di3 sinking line being their winning tactic.

Result. 1st Chris Webster and John Sykes. 10 fish 34lb 12oz with time bonus.

2nd Kevin Dinning and Wayne Dent. 7 fish 22lb 9oz.

3rd Warren Price and Felicity Appleton. 3fish 17lb 3oz.

4th Gavin Murray and Stuart Halford. 4 fish 13lb 5oz.

Biggest fish. 10lb 9oz Warren Price.

I would like to thank everyone who fished the competition and I hope you all enjoyed your day. It was also great to see a number of anglers fishing in their first ever competition and hopefully we will see you again soon. Many thanks Paul.

Stocks Reservoir: Week ending Sunday September 2nd

DATE:                                 Wednesday August 28th to Sunday September 1st
REPORT AUTHOR            Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES:       14 fish for Neil Heath, 9 for Andy Cooper & 8 for Derek Moore
BEST RNB:                         7lbs for Steve Bland (loads of 3lb+ fish)
BEST BROWN:                  2lbs Neil Heath
BEST BAG:                         3 trout for 8lbs 5oz Derek Moore
WEEKLY ROD AV:             2.85 fish per angler
Sport: We have had very changeable conditions at Stocks over the past few days. It has been windy every day and we have had everything from heavy rain to bright sunshine. So, its not been ideal, but despite this, we have seen some great catches.
Neil Heath fished for three days leading up to the blind pairs match on Saturday. Neil caught 27 trout up to 5lbs and had a couple of cracking wild brownies. He fished mainly dries around the margins landing them within feet of the shoreline. He caught on black daddies amongst others and some of his best areas were The Spillway to Halstead’s Hike, Newclose and Hollins. Good angling Neil.
On Wednesday Steve Bland had a good half day with seven trout up to 7lbs. Steve fished sunburst blobs on an intermediate line along the northern shallows and around willow island.
On Friday Richard Wincer took five fish on diawl bachs from around the jetty area over a short session.
Geoff Whithead, also on a 5-hour ticket, had four fish, and several other chances, all on dries fished from the Alders on the east bank. He returned again today along with fishing buddy John Thomlinson to tempt another six between them, this time from Grindy’s Lawn. The fish were of a good stamp too, around the 3lb mark.
Yesterday (Saturday 31st) we held a friendly blind pairs match. 15 anglers took to the boats, each fishing alongside their buddies. They had to take their first three fish, and then they were awarded a further 2lbs for each fish they returned thereafter.
Andy Cooper was into fish from the start, but he lost his first six fish playing them, and one was a double! He soon started landing them though and finished the day nine and the honour of being top rod. Andy used a 15ft ghost tip line with a blob booby and a hot head damsel, he drifted down the bank from Hollins Bay to Barn Quarry, along Hartley’s Bank and down Ben’s Beach.
(Incidentally the double figure rainbow that he lost was one of three lost yesterday, there seems to be a few hanging around the jetty area, and another was lost by John Dickinson when it snapped his leader at Grindy’s lawn.)
Derek Moore was also on fire. He took eight fish all taken on dries. Not bad going considering the wind, rain and sunshine! Sat in the pointy end was Felicity Appleton, she caught two fish and one was tagged winning her a £100 tackle voucher.
The full results and a photo of the all the prize winners are shown below.
Today is another windy mixed sunshine and showers day. We only have four bank anglers on, at lunchtime they had had sixteen fish between them. The best areas are around the jetty and at Grindy’s Lawn.
On the whole the fish are tight in to the shore all along the newly flooded ground.
The best dries: Davy Mcphail’s detached body hopper black, Half Hogs, black midas and foam daddies
The best lures: Sunburst blobs, hothead damsels and orange tadpoles.
The best nymphs: flashback diawl bachs.
Tight lines Ben