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    River Caldew, Lake District

    You need to get right down in fly size 20# and below. Tiny fish, tiny hooks, more hook ups. Keep the hackle dressing sparse, use a genetic hackle 1 turn and there is less chance to spit the hook. Oh and make sure hooks are new and sharp and debarred.
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    Yorkshire Waters

    I had a walk along the banks of the upper Aire this morning, between Bell Busk and Airton. What a fabulous stretch of water this is, very beautiful today in the sunshine, a princess of a river. The water was at the perfect height and had that typical Aire clarity, which to me is always...
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    Lead or bead is there any difference

    I use mainly metal alloy beads on the beck, tungsten is just too heavy and would snag up too quickly. Lead wire underbody, as mentioned by Sofa surfer makes a far more realistic nymph. Drop shot is good for natural representation, it just feels a bit American for me, though I have use it...
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    yellow invicta

    OK, never fished Bigland, mind you 20 years ago I think sedge hatches were better in general.
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    Lead or bead is there any difference

    Yes, that’s a very good point about distinguishing between leaded weighted patterns in the box. I have often forget, which are weighted and which are not. I too tend to fish a short line, as you say it’s easier to free, as your close to it and overall you have better control. Even if I can...
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    Lead or bead is there any difference

    I lose a lot of nymphs when fishing boulder strewn becks. I normally use beaded nymphs, as they are quick to fit on a hook (metal or tungsten) but other than the flash from a bead and less environmental impact is there any other advantage over lead wire, for sinking a fly? I might just start...
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    yellow invicta

    Was that Watendlath tarn by any chance? A good breeze, a wave and a bright day.
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    Cowside beck, Yorkshire dales

    3# weight is quite light, remember if fishing upstream on the Skirfare, your fishing west, which is normally the prevailing wind direction. Being high up, you might want to consider a heavier line weight. That said the prevailing wind on the .Wharfe has been from the North lately i.e...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    All this rain is making for some fabulous beck fishing. A couple of becks very local to me have produced some stunning fish last couple of outings. These fish are fat and fighting fit and at 8” in length are big for my little becks, carrying no more than a foot of water. This morning I had 5...
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    Good Thigh Boots

    Get yourself a pair of LC waders (Liverpool waders). I have the studded thigh waders, with the purofort boots, bomb proof and the boots are comfortable, warm in winter, cool in summer. Ideal for yorkshire becks and small streams.
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Hots the word, too hot for daytime fishing. The last couple of weeks on the Wharfe have been disappointing with either single fish or blanks predominant. Not much fly life visible either on the streams of Yorkshire and Lancashire. Foam slicks in the back eddies normally have plenty of victims...
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    Fish hooked in eye!

    That fish may well develop ‘Popeye’, this is where the eye protrudes well beyond its socket, due to either physical damage or disease. I think people who have aquariums can treat fish with this problem. I caught a fish from the Wharfe last month, with a popeye on one side, it saw the fly...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Better on the Wharfe today. Early doors not much happening, but by early afternoon, with a little more warmth the fish were up in the water, but extremely tetchy. River is falling and quite coloured, stained peat black, as opposed to muddy. Classic wet fly was working today, with the fish...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    A day on the Wharfe, proved fruitless, which I thought it might. That said I really enjoyed my day and fished well. So disappointing to see no fish activity, they are really off it at the moment. There wasn’t a lot of fly on the water, but there were plenty of BWO spinners, dancing up and...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Well the fishing the last few weeks has been very variable. I have faired much better on the small Yorkshire becks, now that the water level has risen with the rain since June. Short sessions of an hour to 2 hours have resulted in 5 or 6 small trout to mainly single nymph and tiny parachute...
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