Stearsby Notes - October 2019

Well that’s it for another season – Stearsby is now closed until 1st March, but at least it went out on a reasonably happy note. Despite some very mixed weather during October with a lot of rain the lakes fished fairly well with thirty-six visits recorded by 19 members and 2 guests. The maths there tells you some members were keen to get a trout fix and had several visits before the closed season. Indeed on the very last day, which was bright and sunny, 7 members and 1 guest signed in to fish, though Bob and I landed the boats and got them stored for the winter before trying for a fish.

Top lake was popular on last dayThe Top Lake was popular on last day.

During October the usual flies were used, Montanas and Buzzers working well as did various black lures but Goldheads accounted for most fish. (On one of my three visits in October I landed 6 rainbows and 2 blues on Goldheads in just 2.5 hours - which made up for a blank on the last day!).

Perhaps the fish of the month goes to David Grant who caught and returned a magnificent Wild Brown of 20 inches from the bottom lake on 29th October.

See you next season.


Mr Dodds concentrating hardMr Dodds concentrating hard.

Catch Returns 2019


Date Members Fishing Recorded Visits Fish Caught Top Lake Bottom Lake Fish Retained Average catch per visit
March 32 62 185 75 110 14 2.98
April 21 32 48 23 25 4 1.50
May 28 50 201 113 88 9 4.02
June 18+1 Guest 23 51 22 29 9 2.22
July 21+1 Guest 25 63 42 19 7 2.28
August 16+2 Guests 20 31 16 15 6 1.55
September 22 + 1 Guest 30 156 115 41 7 5.20
October 19+ 2 Guest 36 94 65 29 16  2.61



Stearsby Notes - September 2019

With the waters suitable refreshed, we had much better returns in September. There were 30 visits made by 22 members and 1 guest – most caught fish and a few had very good returns including several good returns from the top lake. When I collected the log sheets (well, photographed them as I have left them in for information) the bottom lake was quite muddy while the top lake was quite a bit clearer which could account for this.

I fished for a couple of hours when I went for the catch returns and was straight into rudd on the bottom lake. The first was a nice chunky fish but the second was a lot smaller and as I pulled him in a large rainbow tried twice to grab him! I can only think this is a healthy trend as a few less rudd won’t be too much of a problem!

As I write this there are just 19 days left of our Stearsby Season, there are plenty of fish in both lakes so I hope members can get out for a few casts before 31st October.

Tight Lines !


Between the rain squalls

A Nice Fish




Stearsby Notes - August 2019

If I thought July was a quiet month then August was significantly quieter. There were just 20 visits to the lakes involving 16 members and 2 guests. I had one quick trip and although I landed loads of rudd (and I mean loads!!) but I only succeeded in losing both the rainbows I managed to hook.

Yet again there was no record of Trophy fish putting in an appearance which is not surprising when we see only 31 fish were caught in the during the whole of August with an average of just 1.55 fish per visit which is higher than I expected as I wasn’t the only one who recorded a trout blank with various members recorded it as being hard work, though one member who blanked noted it was “still a nice day”. Talking to a couple of members who did have some success, one tactic seems to be fishing buzzers about a foot below the surface to get some action, also small and black seems to be a good option.

Looking at the catch returns it is clear that both lakes have been fishing very consistently with 291 trout recorded on the top lake and 286 on the bottom lake.

As I write this there are some 7 weeks left of our Stearsby season and with both lakes topped up and looking very good we should see some better returns for September and October.

Tight Lines !





Stearsby Notes - July 2019

Well despite the working parties in June clearing the banks to make fishing easier July was another quiet month with just 25 visits in the log book. 21 members and 1 guest fished and 61 fish were recorded (57 rainbows and 4 blues). There were a few blanks but the average was 2.28 fish per visit. I managed one trip to Stearsby and caught a below average 2 rainbows but did land 39 rudd in a fairly short session. In fact I found it difficult to stop the rudd taking the tiny flies I was using to try to catch the rainbows that were cruising round sipping something very small just off the surface of the lakes.

There was no record of Trophy fish putting in an appearance and various members recorded it as being “Hard Work” or “Dog Days (hot!)”. A couple of members had quite good sessions – Graham Elphee landed 4 rainbows and a blue on a Black and Peacock Spider during a two hour evening session noting that “…when the sun went in so did the fish!”

As to flies the usual bunch were tried, Olives, Green Montanas, Buzzers, Bloodworms etc, though one 9 fish haul came to a Beaded Tadpole, fished on the top lake.

At the time of writing the lakes are looking good and the rain at the end of July and early August should liven things up a bit.

Tight Lines !






Stearsby Notes - June 2019

June came and went, but not many members went to the lakes perhaps the variable weather played a part. With just 23 visits and 51 rainbows recorded the average came down to 2.2 per visit. I had two visits, one was good with 5 rainbows recorded, the other when I took a guest was a disaster with just 1 rainbow each in 6 hours of trying. It was all a bit frustrating with loads of good rainbows following our flies and inspecting everything we put in front of them and then turning away. The success came with a black hopper and a black buzzer fished on the surface.

Elsewhere Andre landed a “4lb plus rainbow” so possibly one of the trophy fish. I am also indebted to Ian Dodd who caught a rainbow on a black midge and recorded his excellent top tip of “Don’t persevere with a dry when there’s nothing rising!” The other good comment came from David Aspinall who recorded “Caught one rainbow second cast – 5 hours later still on one fish! “ – I feel your frustration!

In June the bankside vegetation was getting a bit high but two days of working parties last week have cleared the banks and improved access around the top lake and with the weed cutting boat in action both lakes are cleared for lots of trouty action in July.






Stearsby Notes - May 2019

May showed a marked improvement in catch returns for the Stearsby lakes with the average up to 4.02 trout per visit. There were a few blank days recorded among the returns but most members seemed to have had fun (except maybe Bill Pegram who “Retired Hurt – broken rod!” but he did at least record one rainbow before “retiring hurt”! Actually Bill may not have had the best of months as he also recorded “Rain Stopped Play” on another of his visits.

Our Chairman and Secretary both squeezed in visits to the lakes and caught a few and yours truly also had an interesting session landing 5 trout from each of the lakes while contemplating the joys of locking my keys in the campervan and trying to work out how I was going to get in. (I did manage it without breaking anything but that’s another story!).

A couple of members recorded “very large rainbows” so the trophy fish are still around despite the otters and mink that were recently seen at the lakes.

It will be interesting to see what the June returns are like as the Becks have been unfishable - (At one point Cod Beck gauge was recording 2 meters 38 centimetres ABOVE the ideal fishing height!!! ) so maybe a few members were lured to the lakes in early June in search of a trout fix we shall see.





Stearsby Notes - April 2019

Well another month of the season gone and the April returns showed a lot fewer visits to the lakes were recorded. There were a few blank days recorded among the returns but some members had fun, one noted that one of the two rainbows he caught was “The largest fish I have ever caught” so he was happy. Another member commented “Oh dear, a family of otters, 4 possibly 5 !” and the next angler wrote below this “Is family membership cheaper then?”.

The boats are both available on the top lake now and Bob has repaired the leak near the sluice in the bottom lake, so when I picked up the log sheets on 3rd of May the lakes were looking really good.

Hopefully with the weather warming up and more hatches we will see more members on the bank and a better return in May.





Stearsby Notes - March 2019

Well here we are again and a slightly warmer start to the season than last year. Stearsby Lakes had a total of 62 visits from 32 different members during the opening month. By mid March things were warming up and 5 double figure bags were recorded. There were a few blanks but most members came away with a few fish and one member (who shall remain nameless in this account) noted it was “ Best Day Ever Here ! ” after landing 14 fish.