Thursday 23rd October.
With regret it has been decided that the Rio 4’s, scheduled for Sunday 26th, is cancelled. Recent rains have brought the water level up, however the clarity is not up to standard, especially when the distances that some anglers travel are considered. Thanks for your support.
September 28th to October 18th
On September 28th we held the Stocks Dry Lines competition. In this popular match there is a break for lunch and the morning and afternoon sessions are treated as two separate matches. The overall champion however is the angler that is most consistent over both sessions. The fishing wasn’t easy with a rod average of 1.1 for the day. The top rod and 2014 Champion Alistair Beaumont who caught three fish in the morning and one in the afternoon. Alistair fished a hot head damsel along the margins in Hollins and around Gull Island. This is the third time he has won this event, which is excellent angling. The winner of the morning session was Bernard McBride and the afternoon session was Ian Greenwood. Also in the prizes were John Turner, Mark Tyndall, Jim Rigby and Terry Chippendale. See pic below
October: The fishing has continued to be very tricky; the best methods have been dries in the calm areas around Black House Bay, Gull Island, Hollins Bay, Grindy’s and Bell Point
We are still seeing black buzzers and sedges emerging, which has surprised me because the water level has remained very low. When the wind drops away the trout are rising and picking out the small black flies but are not easy to tempt.
There are loads of mountain minnows around the jetty area and around most of the margins, the trout are feeding on them so black and gold lures or minkies are well worth a swim.
NB*Starting from tomorrow (Sunday October19th) until the end of the season (November Saturday 15th) we will be allowing worm and spin as well as the usual fly fishing.
Bank House Fly Fishery is currently fishing very well with good mixed bags of browns, blues and rainbows being caught. The best methods are spider patterns fished back just under the surface, apps worms stripped at pace, twiddled hot head damsels or, if the conditions suit, dries with small black patterns scoring well. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Sunday September14th to Friday September 19th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCH: 12 fish for Ian Muir
BEST RAINBOW: 9lb 8oz for Mark Mayors
BEST BLUE: 3lbs 0oz for Frank Thompson
BEST BROWN: 3lbs 12oz Mr ?
BANK ROD AV: 1.85 fish per man
BOAT ROD AV: 2.80 fish per man
Sport: The best catch over the last few days went to Ian Muir who fished around Gull Island and the Northern Shallows with a Di5 sinking line and two cat boobies. Frank retrieved them back slowly to take 12 good trout. His two friends fished similar methods and also had a good day with nine to their boat. Good angling fellers.
Today the boat anglers were targeting rising trout taking very small black midges around the margins. At Grindy’s Lawn there were lots rising, but they proved tricky to catch, claret hoppers were most effective. I remember a couple of season ago in similar conditions, also when the level was also low. Paul Bebb had a cricket score fishing a team of three claret hoppers on a floater. He cast them to the shore and twiddled them back just subsurface. It’s definitely worth a try if you’re planning a visit. It’s easy to dismiss these subtle rises close in as small wild brownies but, more often than not, they are decent sized rainbows.
From the shore, although it’s not been easy, most anglers have been rewarded with a fish or two. Mick Glancey took five trout from two trees and Frank Thompson took four on cormorants along Ben’s Beach also on a half day ticket.
Today Norman Walker took three rainbows from Bell Point on an orange fritz and Antoon Gysbers caught two and lost another two in a short session this morning. Antoon started out with a bumble on the point and two red headed diawl bachs on the droppers and worked his way along Hartley’s. After an hour or so he hadn’t had any luck so put a gold headed ptn on the point. Over the next hour he landed two and dropped two more before it was time to go. Antoon always fishes a floating line and uses a very slow retrieve and he usually gets his fish.
The best fish of the week was caught today, a cracking 9lb 8oz rainbow by Mark Mayors. Mark was targeting the rising trout in the margins between two trees and the boat jetty when a big rainbow cruised past just subsurface. He presented a Griffiths Gnat into its path and twiddled it until it went under. The big rainbow bee lined for the fly and took it well. It didn’t realise it was hooked at first, but when it did, it set off for parts unknown. Good angling Mark.
NB There are three open competitions coming up the first is The Dry Lines on Sunday September 28th. The second is the Stocks Pairs on Sunday October 12th and the 3rd is the Rio 4s on Sunday October 26th. If you would like to enter any of these matches please call the lodge on 01200 446602. Tight Lines Ben
Mark Mayors caught this cracking 9lb 8oz rainbow on a Griffiths Gnat whilst bank fishing near the jetty
Saturday 13th September.
Sport continues to be ‘hard’ at Stocks as it appears to be at all other venues up and down the land, with a few exceptions I’m sure. The recent warm and bright summer weather we’ve been enjoying coupled with the warm water temperatures and high pressure are all playing a part. The fish are there and they are moving however feeding seems to come in short bursts, making it difficult to predict where and when. All this having been said, anglers are still finding fish and catching them. The margins are where the majority of fish are being caught with the bank and boat rod averages being pretty equal. Where the boats are at a distinct advantage is the open water between the causeway and the northern end of gull island, with reasonable numbers of fish being caught on dries. Daddies and hoppers remain favourites. The fish seem to be well spread out and high in the water across this whole large area.
On the bank the best catches are being found in the ever popular dam and grindys lawn area, and more recently up the east bank under The Alders. Buzzers and traditional wets are scoring well off Grindy’s Lawn.
The bridge in Newton is now reopened so no need to follow the diversion for those that approach from the south; good news for all.
See you on the water and keep your eyes open for the Osprey; sightings are daily.
DATE: Wednesday 3rd and Thursday 4th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCH: 9 trout to Paul Bebb,
NOTABLE BAG: 2 trout for 10lbs 8oz Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST RAINBOW: 7lbs to Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST BLUE: 2lbs 8oz Paul Bebb
BANK ROD AV: 2.7 fish per man
BOAT ROD AV: 2.5 fish per man
Sport: The weather has been great over the last few days, not much cloud cover but great to be out on the water. We have had a big fall of flying ants and the trout have been quick to take advantage of them. The calm areas at the top of the wind have been the most productive places, namely, Cook’s Creek, The Willows, Blackhouse Bay and the Alders. There have also been some great calm lanes across the northern shallows and from the east bank to Hollins Bay. These lanes gather insects blown in from the surrounding water and quickly become hotspots.
On my way around the boats in the afternoon several of them were enthusing about the number of fish rising and having to choose which rising trout to cover, and others were saying that they hadn’t seen a fish. So it’s important to move if you’re not catching.
Paul Bebb was out on Wednesday with Dave Watson, they had ten rainbows and blues to their boat, all of which came to dries. Their best areas were Cook’s Creek, the Northern Shallows, Gull Island and The Boulders. They caught on Daddies, Hoppers and bits.
On the shore the top rod was Keith Landless who fished small black buzzers with a chartreuse hot spot head from Bell Point to take 6 good rainbows to 3lbs.
On Thursday the top rod from the boats. Geoff Thomas took 7 trout on dries in just half a day. Geoff’s best patterns were red Midas and daddies.
NB* We also have 3 open competitions between now and the end of October.
The 2014 Dry Lines: Sunday 28th September
The Stocks Pairs: Sunday October 12th
The Rio 4s: Sunday October 26th
To enter or for more infomation on any of these matches call Stocks on 01200 446602 or me on 07896000939
More info will follow. Tight Lines Ben
DATE: Saturday August 30th to Tuesday September 2nd.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCH: 7 trout for Bob Fitzpatrick.
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 12lbs 12oz to Paul Higginson.
BEST RAINBOW: 5lbs 8oz to Derek Moore.
BEST BLUE: 3lbs 8oz to Joe Halton.
BEST BROWN: 3lbs 0oz to Luke Knipe.
BANK ROD AV: 2.08 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 2.00 fish per angler.
Sport: Not bad weather again with good temperatures and plenty of sunshine. There have been some reasonable catches made over the last few days and some decent fish caught with rainbows browns and blues all being caught up to and over the 3lb mark. Derek Critchley and Barry foster took to a boat and caught 8 fish between them. They fished off Bell point and Bens beach and caught all their fish on diawl bachs. Bob Fitzpatrick caught 7 fish whilst drifting all over the water. Bob washing lined diawl bachs and caught on both the nymphs and the booby. Bobs best areas were over the saddle and tight in along the east bank. Fishing from the bank at 2 trees was Terry Whittaker who landed 5 fish. As with other anglers diawl bach was his best fly. Daiwl bach has been probably the best fly over the last couple of days closely followed by various dries including daddies and black or bibio hoppers. The best spots from the bank has been from the jetty round to Bell point and the dam and Grindys with the boats favouring the dam area and along the east bank from the alders to currys cast. There were flying ants on the water today and the trout would rise to these even in the bright sunshine. The weather is supposed to be nice all week, with a bit of cloud we could see some good dry fly action. Ben made another stocking again today. See you on the water Paul.
Sport: 27th and 28th August. The weather has been mixed over the last 2 days being very windy yesterday and apart from a bit of a shower this afternoon it has been nice and warm today. There have been some reasonable catches made with the best areas being the dam and off Bell point. Terry Overy caught his 5 fish catch from Bell point on a dog nobbler. Mick Glancey landed 6 fish from the 2 trees area with cormorants on a floating line being his effective tactic. Ian King opted to fish at Grindys lawn and caught his 7 trout in all but a couple of hours. Ian caught all his fish on a muddler pulled through the waves. Today the best catch went to John Sykes with his 8 fish catch. John Fished from Bell point and barn quarry and caught on both diawl bach and daddies on a slow sinking line. Another successful angler today was Terry Wortington who caught 7 fish. He found his fish keen to take a diawl bach near the dam. See you on the water Paul.
Tuesday 26th August.
Sport over the last week has been variable which is a fair reflection of what the weather’s been doing. In particular the wind direction and, more recently, the wind speed have made the fishing hard for drifting boat anglers. At times bank anglers have been bucking the norm and ‘outcatching’ those on boats. Putting the wind aside the success from the bank will also have a lot to do with the fact that the fish have been found very tight into the margins.
Feedback via catch return slips demonstrates that various methods and areas have been producing good catches.
Karl commented that he had a ‘great day’ fishing a floating line with hothead cormorants in Newclose Bay taking 3 fish in a half day session. Antoon Gysbers had 8 fish from Bell Point fishing a floating line with a foam daddy on the point and diawl back droppers, returning a couple of days later to catch 4 using the same method, both were half day sessions. Word was soon to get round and Bruce Irvine had a similar session to Antoons catching 6 fish, again from the Bell point area. Nearby at Hartleys Jo Halton fished diawl bachs to catch 4. Visiting Welsh angler Tony Gordon had 8 fish again from Bell Point fihing a woolly bugger dropper with a daddy on the point. Basically I think this all confirms that we are into the season of the foam daddy.
From the boat John Barrat, from the west of Ireland, embraced the foam daddy method to fish in a near gale Irish Loch style to have a great days sport and easily catch his 5 fish bag and some. Interesting is that John favoured the windiest areas he could find to fish the foam daddy in the surf, his most productive drift being from the saddle, down the west side of Gull Island and into Newclose. Also from the boat John Sykes enjoyed a good days sport catching 8 fish from all over the water, washing lining various diawl bach patterns with an SSI.
In summary; daddys doing well with trad’ wets on the droppers. The fish have been tight into the banks. Don’t be afraid of fishing in the surf the fish are going ‘mad for em’.
Apart from the fishing we’ve had an Osprey hunting over the water but you’ll have to be quick because the seagulls are far from happy about it. I saw a Little Grebe on the res’ for the first time yesterday, having only ever seen them on the river up to now.
THE BRIDGE is still closed in Newton however if you follow Back Lane from Newton to the pub in Slaidburn it only adds about 5 minutes (unlike the diversion that’s in place).
Come cast your line.
Sport: 16th-19th August. After the super warm sunshine we have had for weeks there has been a definite drop in the temperatures especially at night. It would seem this has in turn cooled the water as we are seeing more and more good catches being recorded. Dennis Doogan fished the other day and caught a total of 11 trout. Dennis fished around Bell point with a floating line and a team of wet flies with a gosling being his best pattern. Antoon Gsybers only fished for a couple of hours this morning and landed 8 fish with his best being a 4lb 8oz rainbow. Antoon also found Bell point to be his best spot with both daddies and diawl bach taking trout. Derek Moore and Bob Fitzpatrick drifted all over the lake today taking fish in all areas from the dam down to the northern shallows and everywhere in between finishing with a total of 23 trout between them. Derek caught the majority of his fish on a cormorant whilst Bob found a red holo cruncher to be his best pattern. Hopefully the weather will behave and we will see more good catches being recorded. See you on the water Paul.