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I’m getting results in pocket water with nymphs and bushy dries. It is a bit early yet, but the fast water is exciting fishing for now.:)
 

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I found much the same on the Wharfe yesterday. Olives on the surface ignored in favour of small black flies in the surface film. I ended up casting nearly every dry in my box over rising fish, including sz20 black gnats, without even a nudge of interest. Upstream wet didn't work either so I'm assuming tippet spooked them.

It wasn't until I started fishing downstream with a static stewart's spider to rising fish that I started to catch, and then I had good trout including two large overwintered browns.

The old ways are indeed the best ways!
 

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It wasn't until I started fishing downstream with a static stewart's spider to rising fish that I started to catch, and then I had good trout including two large overwintered browns.

The old ways are indeed the best ways!
Indeed they are Mr Clyde, indeed they are. Downstreams wets are a powerful and skilful way to fish, especially when a hatch begins.

Back on the Wharfe today, I was present during a hatch and witnessed large numbers of iron blue spinners, over the water and bouncing over my head on the bank. Like enough I had left myWheately dry box at home, with some suitable imitations in it, so no good to me ther!!:mad:. No matter, a small (20#)black elk hair sedge got the interest, good sport but I was not keeping the connection and had the fly spat back at me on most occasions.

The river is too low for even odds on the fishing. The fish are having the best of it and it will remain so until we get a fresh. Can’t complain about hatches or rising fish, it’s all going on.

I ended my day at 3 pm, the stench from the farmer spreading slurry on the adjacent field was too overpowering, I felt I was going to vomit, it was that strong :puke: So off home I went. I need to spend sometime thinking about what to carry in my fly boxes, it’s a headache working out what flies will be on the water next. I think it’ll take me a weeks worth of evenings to put a box together. I also need to catch up with some fly tying, I need more purple headed Adams parachute flys, always a good fly for the Wharfe in a 16#. Right well I best get started on em.....so long.
 

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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 which was tunnelled by large trees on both banks. Here the air was alive with a huge hatch of midges but also noticeably many more Mayflies and the fish were clearly onto them. Took a 14 inch brown in a swirly back eddy which only gave a foot of drag free drift, skill or luck. It's usually the later with me.
 
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Hello all,
It's good to see such detailed posts on the fishing at the moment. I live in Cambridge but frequently visit the Knaresborough office and this really helps me plan my fishing when I'm there. I'm next up on Wednesday and was planning to fish the Wharfe that evening.

Can anyone recommend any water that has low-ish membership fees, day tickets or even free?

Cheers,
Steven

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Hi Steven - you could try Leeds & District Amalgamated Society Anglers Club, who have a 4 mile day ticket stretch at Pool. I have personally not fished it, but have heard it is good for Grayling and trout. Leslie Maggie, a local author of angling literature use to fish it.

It’s a handy stretch for you as it is easily accessible from Knaresborough and won’t cost the earth. Bear in mind it’s still early for evening fishing, but as that stretch is mid river it might be coming in to condition, it’s warmer lower down the valley. Anyway hope you have some success.
 

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Hello Steven,
Just a point, no wading allowed on the Pool fishery until June and it’s not really practical to fish much of that stretch from the bank.
Addingham AA have a nice stretch a few miles above Ilkley, day tickets are available from 5 am at the Post Office in the village. Bolton Abbey is next upstream and a good fishery, but it can suffer from day trippers at weekends and school holiday times.
Brendan.
 

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Hello Steven,
Just a point, no wading allowed on the Pool fishery until June and it’s not really practical to fish much of that stretch from the bank.
Addingham AA have a nice stretch a few miles above Ilkley, day tickets are available from 5 am at the Post Office in the village. Bolton Abbey is next upstream and a good fishery, but it can suffer from day trippers at weekends and school holiday times.
Brendan.
Wasn't that rule scrapped?
 

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A friend and I had a couple of hours casting tune up with Brian Towers on Saturday then fished the Swale all afternoon . My the river is low , but caught a few and had a good day. Swaledale is a cracking place to fish .

O M W
 

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A day spent walking on Aire today. Bradford City water, Ingey bridge to Gargrave. Low water levels as expected, bright and warm, lovely just to be out, taking the ‘Aire’. Fish were showing some interest, but difficult to hook. I had a nice fish to a May fly nymph, which gave a good scrap. Lots of small fish interested in the dry. The May fly were trickling off through late morning and afternoon, it gladdens the heart to see great yellow fliers, skitter and skate to get airborne, wonderful natural event. Who needs the Southern chalk stream, when Yorkshire’s this good.

Cut the grass this evening and the lawn is desert dry. We need rain, just a weeks worth of downpours and it will be great to go fishing. I want to visit my local beck but if it does not rain, it will be 2 seasons since I last visited it and it’s only 5 minutes walk down a field! :rolleyes:
 

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It may have been and if so then a good thing. It was in the rules for so long I thought it was a tablets of stone job.
Just had a quick look at the Leeds AA site and it doesn't say one way or the other. Do you have a yearbook?

B
I did, but one of the reasons i gave it up was that rule, but i'm sure i read somewhere that it had been scrapped either last year or the year before ( but i might of just dreamt it lol )
 

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I did, but one of the reasons i gave it up was that rule, but i'm sure i read somewhere that it had been scrapped either last year or the year before ( but i might of just dreamt it lol )[/QUOTE
I was going to join this season anyway so I’ll let you know. Pool is only about half an hour from me, so near enough for summer evenings, but I put it off; partly because of the wading issue, but also to get the concession membership for wrinklies!
B.
 

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I’ve driven over the Wharfe at Pool a few times in the last Month . One thing I’ve noticed is that the nearest parking on the slip road behind the Shell Petrol Station is often full with cars left by cyclist. A bi-product of Otley’s rise to capital of cycling .
 

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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 vice at home. A friend gave me one as he left for home and it quickly took a fish but was badly mauled in the process. Had to resort to the DH emerger. Six fish in total including a 16 incher.
River up between 6 and 9 inches on last week.
 
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Spent the last couple of days on the Aire and Wharfe. Both rivers have a little more water and hatches have been pretty good. The Aire has seen a steady trickle of May fly, which is nice to witness. The Wharfe had a strong upstream breeze today (helps with casting) but it was pretty cool all the same, coming in from a south/ south east direction. Was glad of the jacket I’d packed.

Had a nice fish from a lovely, gravelly run with a bit of pace. Wasn’t sure how to fish it, dry fly, upstream nymph, downstream spiders. Anyway for whatever reason I started thinking about a friend and colleague who had passed away 6 month earlier, at too young an age of 47. As I thought about how TC would have been deliberating over the cricket matches to come at Headingley, without thought I was tying on an emerger pattern, it simply slipped from the boxes ethafoam into my fingers. First cast, a gentle drift, a big white mouth opened and engulfed my fly. An enjoyable tussle, the reel singing and the stoney bank looming close to my stretched out mono. The fish was safely netted and I had the vision of TC looking over my shoulder with an approving smile and a nod to say well done. It does the heart good to sometimes remember those passed.

I witnessed a mink, near to some pheasant pens. Down the steep bank and in the water, it kept making trips to pick up dead poults it had dispatched. There were loads of them,at least 6. It reminded me of people loading up on beer and food in the supermarket. Totally more than was needed. I shouted at it, “Hey Blackie, stick one them poults on the Barrie for me, will ya”. It just looked disdainfully at me. Any road it could keep em, they’d gone white and soft where it had left them in the water. Obviously had bad teeth....gummy git :D
 

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Ahhhh, I wondered why I kept coming across fresh dead pheasants tucked into the bank when I was on the Wharfe a couple of weeks ago.

A lovely description P.A.
 

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Can anyone tell me the upper limit of the Falcon water on the Skirfare? The map on the back of the permit only shows the stretch downstream from the village. I would welcome any other gen on the river from forum members.
Brendan
 

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I certainly fished behind the church , and up above the bridge . I even walked up the road to the “Water Babies “ pool to have a look, but at the time there was so little water up there it wasn’t worth the effort . I’m sure the Landlord at the Falcon would be the definitive expert to your query .
 

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Thanks Haggstock. I fished the water yesterday and rang the pub in the evening to let him know about some poacher’s gear I came across. The pub sounded busy and I didn’t want to delay him.
B
 

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