Sport: Mr Taylor and Mr Postlethwaite took to a boat and headed off to the northern shallows where they caught 6 fish including a 4lb brown trout. Good fish. They found muddlers on an intermediate line their best tactic. Bob Fitzpatrick and Derek Moore had a great day afloat landing 16 fish between them. Their best 2 areas were up in the northern shallows and in Newclose bay. Bob caught well first off on a washing line setup with nymphs on his droppers before switching to dries whilst Derek stayed on midas and brown daddys all day. A few anglers said that there were a lot of fish moving for most of the day. Syotw. Paul.
DATE: Monday September 29thy
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 5lbs 0oz Mark Thomas
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 8oz for Andrew Briggs
BEST BLUE: 1lb 12oz for Mark Thomas
BANK ROD AV: 3.33 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.67 fish per angler
Sport: Just a couple of boats out today. It was stunning here with a bright blue sky and a light to moderate wind. Not the best conditions for fly but great to be out.
On the boats Ricky Newbolt had five trout to 3lbs. When he arrived this morning it was flat calm and the trout were rising for adult buzzer all along Hartley’s bank and around Bell point. He picked one up quickly on a diawl back and then the breeze picked up, so he switched to an intermediate line and headed for Gull Island and The Saddle. Ricky used various lures on his intermediate to catch another four fish from this area.
On the shore Tony Taylor fished from Bell Point with a floating and a team of three diawl bachs. He’d tried the washing line but found that straight lining the diawls was more effective, despite regularly seeing trout feeding right up in the wave. He caught a total of seven rainbows to 3lbs, missed a few more and lost a stonker. Not bad for bright and breezy conditions.
Andrew Briggs had productive couple of hours with three rainbows to 3lbs 8oz fishing at Barn Quarry and along Hartley’s. Andrew caught on black taddies and cats fished on a floating line. Tight Lines Ben
It was very much like a summers day today where, once the mist had cleared, the sun shone brightly all day and consequently we were quiet for a Sunday. Whilst conditions weren’t ideal for trout fishing many commented that the experience of being at Stocks on such a great day was compensation enough, even if you were to blank. Funnily only a couple of anglers did blank!, the majority caught at least one fish.
Top rod on the water today was Felicity Appleton with four fine trout, two blues and two rainbows. Felicity fished Two Trees and Hartleys catching on a foam daddy and a silver invicta, with today’s best blue of 2lbs 8oz amongst her bag. Also notable is that first timer Michael Connell was introduced to fly fishing today under the watchful eye of Gary Smith. Whilst Gary enjoyed a good afternoon with 3 fish, Michael caught his first rainbow on a fly rod today weighing in at 2lbs. Michael and Gary fished around Bell Point. Paul Fozzard and friend Robert enjoyed the day with guide Paul Bebb catching 5 trout to the boat. Paul and Robert fished a daddy dry.
It’s forecast to be pleasant and calm for the week ahead, and with trout now aggressively chasing the abundance of fry in the margins, we look set to have some good sport.
DATE: Saturday September 26th
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 fish for Andy Cooper, 7 for Rick Nuttall, 5 for Andy Hargreaves, 5 for Ron Melling
NOTABLE BAG: 5lb for 2 fish, Steven Dodd.
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs for Cameron Price
BEST BROWN: n/a
BEST BLUE: n/a
BANK ROD AV: 1 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.87 fish per angler
Very light winds today made for a tricky days fishing, however the afternoon saw fish rising in great numbers and a good number were caught. From the boats the best area was again in the northern shallows and in particular on the saddle. From the bank all was quiet until the same period in the afternoon when fish were rising plentifully, very close in, between Davy Jones Point and Grange Point. Dries accounted for the majority of fish netted, and also minkie patterns did well, with anglers responding to the amount of fry in the margins where trout were visibly chasing.
Andy Cooper and Rick Nuttall were top rods on the water today, netting 21 to the boat and losing as many. Andy and Rick found that the half hog dry was their best fly. Andy Hargreaves had 5 trout in a half day session fishing a black and red booby on the surface. Ron Melling also had 5 to the boat in his half day, catching 3 on a black midas in the northern shallows and then his last two pulling a minkie off Bell Point on his return journey. Mention must go to young Cameron Price who had 3 good fish and lost a couple more whilst showing his Dad how it’s done. Keep it up Cameron!
DATE: Saturday September 25th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick, 5 fish for Robert Clelland
BEST RAINBOW: 4lbs 0oz for Bob Fitzpatrick
BEST BLUE: 2lbs 8oz for John Fletcher and Bob fitzpatrick
BANK ROD AV: 1.50 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.14 fish per angler
Sport: I was a mixed weather day with bright spells, occasional showers and a moderate westerly wind. Out on the boats the top rod was Bob Fitzpatrick who had six rainbows and blues from Bell Point, Ben’s Beach and around Gull Island. Bob caught all his fish on the washing line fished on a sink tip. He caught on diawl bachs and an olive booby.
Robert Clelland had five rainbows on a slow glass with a bunny leach on the point, a black and red cormorant on the middle and an invicta on the top. They all caught fish but the cormorant just edged it. He found fish all the way down the shore from Fairbanks to the Causeway.
Gavin Murray wanted to catch on dries today but the conditions weren’t favourable to this method so after a couple of hours he switched to a fast glass and a team of cormorants. He caught rainbows all whilst drift from Gull Island to the Northern Shallows over the Saddle.
From the shore it was surprisingly tricky considering the blues that went in this week. The top rod was Brian Teacher with three trout caught on a black tadpole fished on a floating line. His best spot was the Quarry.
John Fletcher only landed one fish but lost five more from the same areas stripping back a daddy sub surface. Tight Lines Ben
Sport: The top catch from the bank today went to Ray Entwistle who fished from Bell point round into Hollins bay. Ray caught his fish on a black and green fritz lure on an intermediate line. The top boat was Gareth Jones and Stuart Halford. Their best spot was Hartleys bank with medium sink lines and damsels, diawl bach and yellow dancers. The forecast is quite good over the next few days, if there is a bit of cloud cover dry flies could be worth a go, try orange, ginger or black hoppers and daddy long legs. Syotw. Paul.
A typical, but bright, pleasant early autumn day turned into a squally and wet one by early afternoon. For the majority ‘rain stopped play’. For most the early brightness made ‘play’ difficult.
A handful of anglers caught a handful of fish therefore there is nothing remarkable to report.
Ben made a substantial stocking this afternoon, including a good number of blue trout, so hopefully catch rates should be better tomorrow.
Sport: The top catch today went to boat angler Bob Fitzpatrick who was out on the water with Shaun Gaskell. They drifted all areas of the lake and took fish from a few areas but the northern shallows and around the causeway was their best spot. Bob fished a sink tip line and caught the majority of his fish on an olive booby. Dry flies and diawl bach were other good patterns. A few anglers both boat and bank said they had lots of chances without the fish hooking up. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Monday September 21st
REPORT AUTHOR Nick
NOTABLE CATCHES: 5 fish for Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG: n/a
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs oz for Tony Taylor
BEST BROWN: n/a
BEST BLUE: n/a
BANK ROD AV: 5 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.67 fish per angler
A quiet day following a busy weekend. Apologies for the absence of yesterday’s report; once i have ‘retrieved’ the info I’ll be able to give some feedback re. Sport on the 20th.
Back to today. The bank rod average is a little misleading as Tony was on his own today. Tony caught four of his fish nymphing a black and green diawl bach, the fifth to a cats booby. All from Bell Point.
On the boats two fish were taken on cormorants from the saddle area, fishing an intermediate line. Andrew Bach had three fish from Newclose Bay washing lining buzzers.
Next time, Nick.
DATE: Saturday September 19th
REPORT AUTHOR Ben
NOTABLE CATCHES: 6 fish for Bob Fitzpatrick, 5 fish for Richard Wincer
NOTABLE BAG: 3 fish for 6lbs 8oz
BEST RAINBOW: 3lbs 10oz for Mr S Blake
BEST BROWN: 2lbs for Mr Marsden
BANK ROD AV: 1.86 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.79 fish per angler
Sport: From all reports it was overcast this morning with very light winds and the trout were rising all over but especially at the northern end of the reservoir. During this period everyone was getting action. Then at lunchtime the sun came out and the breeze stiffened and the fishing became tougher. Bizarrely the two exceptions this were our two top rods who caught most or all of their fish in the bright conditions.
From the shore Richard Wincer took a half day ticket this afternoon and fished from Barn Quarry and Bell Point. He caught five trout and had plenty of other takes fishing a long leader with dry daddies or foam beetles on the point and diawl bachs on the droppers. He caught on all the flies.
Out on the boats Bob Fitzpatrick caught one on dries before it went bright then caught the rest of fish on diawl bachs and hare’s ears fished on the washing line. He also found he had more action when he switched from a floater to a long sink tip. His best areas were the boulders, the saddle and around gull island. It was tough conditions today but tomorrow promises more cloud cover so hopefully the sport will pick up again. Tight Lines Ben