DATE: Tuesday 23rd May
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 18 trout for Ken Whiteside, 13 trout for Dave Adams
NOTABLE BAG: 2 fish for 5lb Rob Shelton and David Birtwistle
BEST RNB: 3lb 8oz for Ken Whiteside
BEST BROWN: 2lb for Ken Whiteside
BANK ROD AV 7.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 2.50 fish per angler
Sport: How does the saying go Bright n Breezy, Never Easy well that was written for today especially if you were fishing from a boat. It was in these tricky conditions that in house guide Paul Bebb and client Rob Shelton decided it was going to be a dry fly day. Conditions were very tricky but they did manage 3 fish between them but commented on the fact that here were plenty of trout “snurging” at the flies only to refuse them.
On the bank it was a totally different day with travelling angler Dave Adams deciding to spend his first of 5 days on stocks on the bank. This proved to be shrewd decision as dave caught and released 13 trout mainly from the Two Trees and Hartleys areas of the bank, Dave was fishing a midge tip line with orange nomad type lures, Also on the bank and once again putting his “UDF” fly to devastating use was stocks regular Ken Whiteside who landed a very impressive 18 fish in a half day session from Bell Point and Hartleys. The weather looks a bit more favourable tomorrow with good cloud cover and lighter winds so should be a good day for wetting a line, See you out there Pete
DATE: Monday May 22nd.
REPORT AUTHOR Paul.
NOTABLE CATCHES: 11 trout for Neil Parkinson.
NOTABLE BAG: N/A.
BEST RNB: Several weighing 3lb.
BEST BROWN: 3lb for Mathew Richards.
BANK ROD AV: 2.66 fish per angler.
BOAT ROD AV: 3.50 fish per angler.
Sport: Glynn Keighley fished the bank today and landed 5 rainbows but also lost a good number more. Glynn started off fishing around Bell point and Bens beach then decided on a tactical move and headed to the alders on the east bank where he had most of his action. Black Pennell on a floating line took all his fish. Landing 6 fish from the bank at 2 trees was Mathew Richards. Mathew caught his fish on a Montana on a floating line. Out on a boat were Mark Tyndall and Ron Blundell who caught 10 fish between them. They found fish in the northern shallows, along the east bank and in Newclose bay with a combination of blobs, boobys and wet flies on either floating or medium sinking lines. Landing 14 trout between them were Neil Parkinson and Peter Bramwell. Their best tactic was to washing line diawl bach with a sunburst booby up in the northern shallows and the causeway. Syotw Paul.
DATE: Sunday 21st May
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 14 trout for Duncan Watson, 12 trout for Phil Burgess, 11 trout for Shaun Gaskell, 10 fish for Neil Stockdale
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish for 14lb 10oz Neil Stockdale
BEST RNB: 12lb & 10lb Duncan Watson, 8lb 8oz Peter Entwistle
BEST BROWN: Several around 3lb
BANK ROD AV: 3.00 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 5.12 fish per angler
Sport: A very Busy day here at stocks. We hosted the Dave Salter trophy which is fished by the members of the Devon Fire and Rescue Service the 11 anglers caught 27 fish with the top two anglers keeping it in the family Barry Ware Snr and Barry Ware Jnr taking first and second in the heaviest bag and Barry Ware Snr taking the biggest fish prize as well both anglers found black buzzers their best fly and the causeway being the best area.
We also hosted a group from the Northwest fly fishers the 12 anglers caught 60 fish with lures being their best tactics but their top rod Phil Burgess caught 12 fish with a bung setup with blobs n buzzers taking the majority of his fish.
Outside of these club competitions Shaun and Ian Gaskell had 16 fish to the boat ian fished dries form the majority of the day and Shaun fished a washing line setup with most of his fish taking the booby just sub surface. Todays top rod on the boats though goes to Duncan Watson who caught and released 14 fish this haul also included a 12lb rainbow and a 10lb rainbow both fish were released to fight again. Duncan foun a cat booby to be his best fly but also caught on a variety of other nymphs.
On the bank Peter Mathews was out with his grandson on his first days fly fishing they caught 7 fish between with buzzers and a Cat booby being their best flies. Also on the bank Neil Stockdale had a real red letter day with 10 fish to the net including a 6lb 14oz rainbow and his 5 fish bag weighed in at a very impressive 14lb 10oz. Peter Entwistle left it late to catch his only fish of the day but boy was it worth it as it tipped the scales at a very impressive 8lb 8oz good angling Peter. See you out there Pete
Duncan Watsons 12lb Rainbow
Devon Fire Service group photo
Neil Stockdale 6lb 14oz Rainbow taken on a fab in the Northern shallows
DATE: Friday 19th May
REPORT AUTHOR Pete
NOTABLE CATCHES: 16 trout for Neil Coulson 11 trout for Paul Bebb and Tony Taylor
NOTABLE BAG: 5 fish weighing 11lb for Neil Coulson
BEST RNB: 6lb 8oz by Don Blades
BEST BROWN: Several around 2lb
BANK ROD AV: 4.89 fish per angler
BOAT ROD AV: 8.15 fish per angler
Sport: As you can see from todays average Stocks continues to fish excellently with fish coming to a multitude of flies lines and methods. When i arrived this morning there was a very slight ripple on the water and fish rising right across the reservoir what a way to greet the day! On the bank Alan Curzon was once again amongst the fish with 7 trout on a short half day ticket
. Alan caught his fish from Bell Point and found black buzzers and a damsel lure fished on a floating line to be his best tactics. Someone else who found buzzers to be too the trouts liking today was Mike Farr, Mike is usually a river angler but has paid us a few visits this year and caught well. Today was no exception with 9 fish to the net including 2 wild brownies that commented on the fact he would be more than happy if they’d come from his home river the Eden a high accolade for sure thanks mike. The Biggest fish of the day a stunning rainbow of 6lb8oz was caught by stocks regular Don Blades good angling don.
Out on the boats stock resident Tony Taylor was showing he can mix it up on the boats just as well as he can on the bank with 11 fish from the Northern Shallows area with boobies and cormorants pulled on a di3 his best tactic. Our very own Paul Bebb was out with regular Rob Shelton today they had 15 fish to the boat from right across the reservoir fishing boobies on a floating line, Paul commented on the fact that the best tactic was too cast at rising fish and rip the booby back, but you had to be fast on the fish and accurate with your cast. Today’s top catch came from Neil Coulson who landed 16 fish, again on boobies but this time on an intermediate line with his best areas being the causeway and the dam. So it shows the fish are all across the reservoir and are high in the water which is what myself and Bob Fitzpatrick found in a short 3hr session last night landing over 20 fish including a stunning full finned rainbow of 13lb(pic below) again boobies on a floating line was the best method.See you out there Pete
Pete Scholes 13lb rainbow