Bank House Fly Fishery: September 4th to September 14th

It’s all about the browns!
Lots of big brownies have been providing good sport at Bank House. Gary Martin had two in one session of 8lbs 8oz and another of 7lbs 8oz shortly after. Gary used both boobies on a Di3 and washing lined foam daddies on a floater to catch them. They made up a six fish catch for Gary. See Pics below
Mark Peter from Overton also had two nice brownies in one session. The first weighed 8lbs and the second 6lbs. Mark used a cat’s whisker to his usual deadly effect, with sixteen trout over his two visits. All these brownies were returned to fight another day.
Richard Casson from Germany and Seb Perry from Manchester had great day with twenty rainbows and browns between them. Richard had browns to 5lbs and rainbows to 3lbs and Seb’s catch also included a nice brown of 4lbs. I am not sure what tactics or patterns Richard was using but, once again it was the trusty old cat’s whisker that scored for Seb.
J Sealie from the Wirral and D Lees from Warrington used cormorants and blobs to over a livily session to tempt ten trout between them.
W Hewitson from Leyland took seven rainbows to 3lbs 8oz on buzzers.
Buzzers also worked well for Tom and Adam who both had new PBs. Tom with a PB 10lb brownie and Adam with six fish all taken on buzzers. Good angling fellers. See pics below.
The rod average over this period was 3.71 fish per angler and the hot patterns are cat’s whiskers, damsels and buzzers.
When visiting Bank House, please feel free to send any pictures of fish you catch so that I can include them in the reports. Messenger is fine or by email to
Tight Lines Ben Dobson

The Stocks Pairs Report: Saturday september 8th

Eleven pairs entered the match today and eight of the pairs managed to catch their bag limit of 10 trout. Only one pair went back out after they had bagged, Graeme Bell and Dave Morris caught and returned a further eight fish.
22 anglers caught 97 trout giving a rod average of 4.4 fish per man. See results below:
In first Place were Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. They completed their bag at 1:05pm which gave them a good bonus and their bag included a nice brownie of 3lbs 8oz. Bob and Colin fished blobs on a fast glass along the buoy line. Great angling fellers. Well done.
In 2nd place were Greame Bell and Dave Morris who used similar tactics in Newclose Bay. They were the second boat in with a full bag just 40 minutes after Bob and Colin. Well done guys.
In third place were Ian Gaskell and Bob Fitzpatrick who brought in a heavy bag of trout caught mainly on a washing line rig. Their best patterns were a cat booby and black holo diawl bachs.
Karl Davies and Paul Davies fished the washing line and straight line diawl bachs to clinch 4th place.
The best fish after the brownie was a rainbow of 3lbs caught by Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. They too completed their bag of ten trout on nymphs and buzzers.
It was a really good event fished in Great Spirit, and the prize winners shared a split of £500 worth of tackle prizes. Thank you to all who took part. Tight Lines Ben

The Stocks Pairs Winners: Center front: the 2018 Champions Sir Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. Center back: 2nd place Greame Bell and Dave Morris, Far Left: 3rd Place Bob Fitzpatrick and Ian Gaskell and Far Right: best Fish captors Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho.

The Stocks Pairs Winners: Center front: the 2018 Champions Sir Bob Cooper and Colin Fitzjohn. Center back: 2nd place Greame Bell and Dave Morris, Far Left: 3rd Place Bob Fitzpatrick and Ian Gaskell and Far Right: best Fish captors Peter Andrews and Jamie Presho. Results below:


Wednesday September 5th – Saturday September 8th

The fishing has really ‘gone up a gear’ on Stocks over the last few days.
On Wednesday John Sykes caught ten trout whilst drifting along the Northern Shallows with a Di 5 line, a back n green tadpole on the point and a damsel on the dropper.
Fishing open water across Newclose Bay, Colin Fitzjohn successfully tempted six trout to dries.
The top rod from the shore was Richard Wincer who caught nine rainbows on a damsel and dancer booby fished on a floater.
On Thursday the good sport continued. Ricky Newbolt had eight trout from along the buoy line on an intermediate line and a black n green lure. Fishing a similar method with very similar flies in Newclose Bay were John Legg and Craig Whittaker. They had eighteen fish between them.
Neil Heath proved that dries were still working with 7 trout taken from open water near Willow.
On Friday Neil Heath and Jamie Presho had a busy day with sixteen rainbows between them. They fished the Northern end of the reservoir with floating lines and Lures.
In Newclose Bay Stewart McCaughey caught twelve trout. He also fished on a floating line with a blob on the point and diawls on the droppers. Stewart’s boat partner Geoff Hall had a monster brownie amongst his fish (see pic below).
Antoon Gysbers had 4 trout during a short session off Hollins point.
Today we are holding the Stocks Pairs, it’s still fishing well we have just had our 7th pair in with a ten fish limit. Report to follow.

Stewart McCaghey holding Geoff Hall's 10+ brownie.

Stewart McCaghey holding Geoff Hall’s 10+ brownie.

Stocks:Tuesday 4th September.

Sport: There are still plenty of trout being caught with the northern end of the lake best from the boats and from Hollins round to Bell point best from the bank. The best boat catch over the last couple of days was taken by Colin Riley who headed off to the northern end where he found good numbers of trout in Newclose bay. Colin had lots of follows on both sparkler and black and green booby on a di3 stripped ultra fast across the surface but it was only when he changed to a fast roly poly retrieve that the trout started to get hold of his flies. The biggest fish over the same period was also caught by Colin with a mint 6lb brown trout. Black and green patterns and damsels have been by far the best colours for consistent Jamie Presho who once again took the best bank catch today. Jamie found lots of action fishing from Bell point with damsels and cormorants. There were a lot of fish rising today with daddys, buzzers and dung flies on the water in abundance. Always good to see so many fish feeding on the surface. Syotw Paul.


A slower than usual start on August 24th proved to be just a minor blip as the good sport quickly returned thereafter. Our chunky rainbows have been providing great sport with lots 3lb fish being taken, and the occasional appearance from some of our huge resident browns really spiced things up. Enough to get anyone’s pulse rate up!
Proving to be Mr consistent, Mr M Peter from Overton made three visits to us and landed a total of 26 trout. Olive fritz, Cats Whiskers and Hot Head damsels were his weapons of choice and mightily successful they were too.
Mr Francis from Lancaster caught eight trout on beetles and hoppers, he had rainbows to 3lbs and browns to 3lbs 8oz.
Tom Smith tempted a cracking brownie of 10lbs to cat’s whisker. Tom returned it to water to fight another day.
Fred Squires from Garstang and P Davie from Westhead both took six rainbows up to 3lbs on buzzers and Mr L Walsh from Oswaldtwistle had a nice rainbow of 5lbs 8oz, which also took a buzzer. Buzzers have accounted for quite a lot of the fish caught over this period.
Mr A Leigh from Preston took twelve rainbows to 4lbs fishing an orange grub pattern.
However the catch of the week has to go to the man simply known as John from Morecambe. John fished hoppers and damsels catch ten trout, his catch included rainbows up to 3lbs and a belting resident brownie of 13lbs. John also returned this fish, where it can continue to gorge on dace fry or anything else that takes its fancy. Good angling John.
The rod average over this period was 3.7 fish per angler. Tight Lines Ben