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    Yorkshire Waters

    Had a few hours, 12 to 4, on the Wharfe. Good hatch of Mayflies and the fish were definitely on to them, some taking the duns other concentrating on lazily taking the cripples. Towards the end there were even some spinners. Arrived at the river only to realise the Mays I had tied were by the...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Another few hour on the Wharfe. Plenty of Yellow Mays and Mayflies coming off again. Fished an open section of the river and took a 12 inch Grayling after covering a series of dimply rises with a scrapy Yellow May tying. This was followed by a brown on DE emerger. Moved to a section of river...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Had a few hours late morning early afternoon on the Wharfe. Good hatches of Yellow Mays and Mayflies. Fish not yet onto them, watched numerous Mays drift over 50 yards or more unmolested. Managed three browns and a grayling all to DH emerger and F Fly
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Decided to fish the Wharfe at Pool for a few hours today. River had a nice colour due to last nights rain but still good fishable height. Fished above the bridge just above the island and took a couple of graylng and a dace before moving to fish below the bridge just in front of the riffle...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Fished the Wharfe at Burley for a few hours this evening. Very windy when I arrived and no hatch worth speaking of. Later the wind dropped and took a fish to a CDC emerger. At about 9.15 a heavy sedge hatch commenced, they were crawling all over me and the fish were taking then under the surface...
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    How long is short enough?

    I recently sold a 6ft as it felt too short and now have my rods calibrated to suit my rivers, 7ft for small streams such as the upper Nidd, 8ft for theupper Aire and Wye and 9ft for the Wharfe. I should stop reading threads like this as it only gets me thinking, em yes a 71/2 ft would be so...
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    shimano ultegra 4/5 w

    Some of you may have seen a post by Daylt66 on the Fly lines and Tippet classified that he bought a line from Outcaster and has not received it. I bought this reel from Outcaster, paypal was completed 16th July and have heard nothing from him. He has not replied to PMs even though he has been...
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    Small streams thread?

    On days when everything goes right I am struck by the feeling this is easy and the visual nature of dry fly reinforces this feeling especially in clear water where you can see the trouts reactions. When I have had good days on the nymph I still wonder how I did it. It always leaves me with a...
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    Small streams thread?

    To suggest stealth is required in dry fly is in no way saying stealth is not required in nymph fishing but your question was regarding dry fly fishing. In my experience all good anglers are stealthy regardless of method.
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    Small streams thread?

    The dry v nymph debate appeared on another thread recently with those who expressed a preference for fishing dry whenever possible being described as lazy anglers and podgers. My response was to quote two of Richard Walkers rules about successful fishing. Here are all five. 1. Locate your fish...
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    Dealing with high water

    I would second the Woolly ******* down the side. Has brought me the odd fish in very unpromising conditions when I felt the need to fish even thought the brains says no chance.
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Managed a couple of hours at Burley this evening. Cold and windy which made casting and line control difficult, but sedges and olives were coming of. On a flat section which offered some shelter I watched the olives and sedges drift by unmolestered but the trout were taking nymphs as they...
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    prospecting with dry fly

    David isn't it suprising what one little word can do!
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    prospecting with dry fly

    Yes it certianly is about enjoyment and dry fly does it for me. I also think it's an easier method to master as it is highly visual and takes place in two dimensions and agree with you that nymphing is a more skillful method due to its three dimensional character and the subtleness of the take...
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    prospecting with dry fly

    The majority of my fishing is dry/damp flyfishing and would prefer to prospect rather than resort to wet or nymphing. This is partly because I don't think I particularly good at these methods but really I love the visual nature of the the take to the dry fly. I am definitley of the school who...
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    River Ure, Wensleydale

    A beautifully tied caenis. I tied up some bullethead caddis and they produced the goods last night during a late evening sedge hatch on the Wharfe.
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    River Ure, Wensleydale

    Thanks posting the link. My kind of fly simple to tie even in small sizes.
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Had another short session at Burley yesterday with eight fish including a blue trout. This, I pesume, must be a stocked fish or escapee from upstream. I think they stock them at Fewston and Swinsty but it is a long way upstream form where the Washburn valley joins the Wharfe near Pool.
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Had a couple of hour on the Burley stretch of the Wharfe late afternoon yesterday. Steady hatches of mayflies, yellow mays and duns. Tried an Adams and yellow may but had instant success when I change to a may fly taking five fish in two hours. Lots of midges and a few sedges plus soldier...
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    Yorkshire Waters

    Have to agreed about the Wharfe fishing strangely with the fish not freely rising inspite of the abundant hatches. My last two session produced a couple of fish with a few lost. The fish appeared to be taking insects a few inches below the surface. Fooled them on emerger patterns and spend...
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