Sport: Although the fishing has been tricky recently there are still fish being caught. Bob Fitzpatrick has been on the water often and has caught fish and also had a lot of trout follow his flies then turn away at the last minute. Chris Skerrat was out the other day and landed 3 rainbows and 1 brownie from the corner of Newclose bay where the fence runs in. Chris caught his fish on a damsel pattern on a slow sinking intermediate line. David McCabe landed 2 fish and lost another 2 during the fight yesterday whilst fishing close to the shore at Grindy lawn. David fished a floating line and caught on both gold head damsel and orange blob. When i have been out on the water recently i have seen a couple of things. One day you will get a few chances and the hook up rate will be high then on another day you will have a lot of follows but not many fish in the net. I was out last week with my good friend Rob Shelton and first off we had 6 chances with 4 landed and 1 bust up, good hook up rate, we then had another 20 chances without netting a fish. Why this should be i am not sure as some of the trout will bow wave after your flies from 15ft away and follow you right to the boat. Other anglers have found the same. If we could find a way of getting these following fish to commit we would see some very good catches. I will work on it and let you know how i get on! The weather forecast is good for Friday and Saturday but due to very strong wind for Sunday the dry line competition has been cancelled. We will re schedule this comp again in a couple of weeks and post a date here soon. There was a good stocking of quality rainbows and blues made today, these fish should hopefully stir the others into taking properly instead of just chasing. Syotw Paul.
Sport: Ron Melling took to the water today and had a good day afloat with plenty of action. Ron fished up by the dam and Grindys where he landed 3 fish on a ginger midas and daddys but lost and had the chance of a good few more. Also taking a boat to the dam was Bob Fitzpatrick who landed 4 fish and like Ron had plenty of follows without the fish taking. Bobs best tactic was to rapidly pull boobys with extra large eyes across the surface on a floating line. Syotw Paul.
It was bright start at Stocks today but the cloud cover built up over the course of the morning.Richie Kelly and Jose Vallarino had seven trout to their boat to 3lbs. They caught at the Dam and in Hollins Bay on floating lines with cat boobies coral boobies and daddies pulled through the surface.
A tricky day at stocks today with rain this morning then bright sunshine this afternoon and three changes of wind direction where never going to make things easy on the boats there was some success first in was Andy Galbraith who landed 2 fish from the northern shallows on a red holo Diawl bach. Next was Mr Irwin who caught his fish from the dam on a blob fished on a di6. Lastly Stocks Resident Bob Fitzpatrick landed two fish on a floating line with cats whisker boobies. everyon has commented on the amount of follows and swirls that arent connecting. possibly with a calmer day and a bit more cloud cover things could have been different. See you out there Pete
Sport: The best catch today went to the boat of Derek Moore and Felicity Appleton with 8 fish between them. They caught a mixture of browns, blues and rainbows with fish weighing up to 3lbs. Derek landed his best wild brownie ever which weighed over 1lb. 2 trees, Hartleys, Bell point and Davids drain were their best areas with the fish being very close to the shore. Both anglers found a cats whisker booby on a fast glass sinking line the best tactic. There was a bank angler fishing just down from the fishing lodge in Hollins bay and although he didn’t land any he said he had a good number of fish chasing his cat booby and orange blob. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Tuesday July 26th
Sport: Bob Fitzpatrick has been out on the water every day this week and as well as catching fish has had a good bit of action with lost fish, follows and pulls. Bob has tried several methods and tactics but by far the best has been pulling both cats whisker and peaches and cream boobys across the surface at speed on a floating line suggesting the fish are high in the water and wanting to chase. Most of Bobs action has been right in the middle of the dam arm down as far as a line from Petes point and Halsteads hike. Fishing from the dam wall near the blue pipe today was Phil Davies who caught 7 trout. Phil caught all his fish on a home tied white buzzer similar to a okey dokey fished under a sight indicater. The cooler fresher weather forecast for the rest of the week could help catches. Syotw. Paul.
The fishing has remained tricky over the last two days Antoon Gysbers took a couple of nice fish over a short whilst bank fishing back from Bell Point. Both his fish took red holo diawls.
Sport: With the hot bright and at times thundery weather we have had recently the fishing has been tricky with the trout reluctant to feed. There have been a few trout caught with the first hour or two usually being the best with dry flies taking most of the fish however yesterday Andrew Whiteman landed 3 trout in the evening whilst fishing a floating line and a cats whisker with a figure 8 retrieve. Interestingly Andrew saw a swirl as his fish took the fly so they have not been deep in the water even in the bright sunshine. As and when the air pressure settles the fishing will improve. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Saturday July 16th
Stocks Reservoir Bank and Boat Fly Fishing