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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.

Some belting rainbows and blues being stocked today.

Some belting rainbows and blues being stocked today.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:16 pm August 4, 2016

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.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:30 pm August 1, 2016

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.
Bob Fitzpatrick took three good fish, all took a gorgeous George fished back through the surface on a midge tip long. There were fish taken on dries as well and there were quite a lot of trout rising especially at the Dam and from Hollins to Hartley’s Bank. Tight Lines Ben

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:56 pm July 30, 2016

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

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:24 pm July 29, 2016

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.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:14 pm July 28, 2016

DATE:                                Tuesday July 26th
REPORT AUTHOR         Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES:    9 fish for Andrew Fenton
NOTABLE BAG:               3 fish for 7lb 8oz
BEST RAINBOW:            Several at 2lb 12oz
BEST BROWN:                3lb by Andrew Fenton
BEST BLUE:                     2lb 12oz Ken Whiteside
BANK ROD AV:               9 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV:               1.8 fish per angler
Sport: It’s been a while but looks the reservoir is switching back on (woohoo). On the bank Andrew Fenton had 9 fish from Hartleys and two Trees, Andrew fish a booby and blob combination to great success but switched to dries when the wind dropped to continue catching. Out on the boats resident guide Paul Bebb was out with regular Rob Shelton the caught 4 fish from the dam area on boobies fished on a floating line with the cats whisker booby as their top pattern Paul commented on the amount of follows and takes they were getting. The same was said by Ken Whiteside who was our top rod on the boats today with 4 fish all on dries and twice as many missed on the strike. It’s the Midweek Drifters tomorrow so anyone who would like to come along please do so., A week on Sunday is the Stocks Dry Lines competition this is a floating line only competition fished from drifting boats to international rules with some fantastic prizes. If youd like to enter please contact the lodge for more info. See you out there Pete

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 8:04 pm July 26, 2016

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.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 5:58 pm July 25, 2016

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.
Today there more fish rising and quite a few anglers tried the dries but it proved tricky to get them to take properly. Steve Pritchard took two fish on a black nymph whilst boat fishing near to the Dam. Ian Isherwood took one on a sedge pupa in the same area and Steve Mills caught a tagged trout worth a £100 tackle voucher and dropped two more. Steve was fishing from the shore at Grindy’s Lawn and used a pink booby and Dawson’s Olive on an SSi. Hopefully the sport will pick up tomorrow. Tight Lines Ben

Steve Mills caught a tagged trout winning him a £100 tackle. He caught on a Dawson's olive fished on a slow intermediate line whilst bank fishing at Grindy's Lawn

Steve Mills caught a tagged trout winning him a £100 tackle voucher. Steve it caught on a Dawson’s olive fished on a slow intermediate line whilst bank fishing at Grindy’s Lawn.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:05 pm July 23, 2016

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.

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 9:19 pm July 21, 2016

DATE: Saturday July 16th
NOTABLE CATCHES: 7 fish for Jim Rigby
NOTABLE BAG: 4 fish for 7lb 12oz ben Dobson
BEST RAINBOW: Several around 3lb
BEST BROWN: Several at 2lb
BEST BLUE: 3lb 5oz sean Gaskell
BANK ROD AV: fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 1.33 fish per angler
Sport: Today say the team event of the sportfish international fishing competition where we saw teams take to the water to battle it out for a spot in the final at Rutland later in the year the day promised much with overcast conditions and light winds but as the day progressed the sun came out and the wind picked up making for a grueller of a day. After 8 hours on the water the top rod went to Jim “digger” Rigby with 7 fish followed closely by our own Ben Dobson with 6 fish. But this was a team event so onto the most important results
1st Stocks Falcons 10 fish 22lb 13oz
2nd Northern Drifters 10 fish 20lb 0oz
3rd Stocks Hawks 9 fish 17lb 2oz
4th Stocks Merlins 3 fish 6lb 9oz
Congratulations to the top two teams who qualify for the international final. The top methods today were a di3 sweep with peach boobies or gorgeous georges fished with a varied retrieve with some weather forecast this week dries could figure in the returns this week see you lout there Pete

Filed under: Stocks Reservoir Fishing Reports staff @ 7:58 pm July 16, 2016

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