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  1. #11
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    As a Lancastrian, it galls me to say it but... there is some simply wonderful fishing to be had in Yorkshire. I love the Ure up at Bainbridge, and the Bain, and Skirfare etc etc. But look - sorry "lewwk" east and there is some fine fishing there too. The Becks..... ahhhh. Roll on September eh MPC?
    "I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding" John O'Donohue

  2. #12
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    Quote Originally Posted by tigermoth
    As a Lancastrian, it galls me to say it but... there is some simply wonderful fishing to be had in Yorkshire. I love the Ure up at Bainbridge, and the Bain, and Skirfare etc etc. But look - sorry "lewwk" east and there is some fine fishing there too. The Becks..... ahhhh. Roll on September eh MPC?
    I'm afraid I must admit that I'm also a Lancastrian. Lancashire is a fine place, but the fishing doesn't really compare with what's available in Yorkshire. Like you say not just the wonderful dales rivers but even chalk streams in the east. I've still got a lot of exploring to do!
    'If you're doing things the way you've always done them then you're probably doing them wrong'

  3. #13
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrRob
    The thing Ive found with these parts of the upper Ure is you need a good level of water to be really in with a chance of a good day.
    I fished the Ure above Wensley today and must say it is so low and crystal clear that it is like August! Very difficult fishing with a stiff downstream breeze. Had two fish and lost one, but as Dr Rob says it really does need some more water and a bit of colour before it fishes well.

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    I was out on the Wharfe at Barden today Managed to net a nice brace using the duo method

    Before changing to just a single dry fly (Olive Para) as the fish were rising pretty freely in the warm sunshine. I'm still suffering from the end of my fly-line sinking despite changing the loop connector and sealing the tip of the line. I guess after 5 years! its time to change the old girl
    The breeze picked up in the late afternoon stopping most of the action to the dry fly but not before i had a few more to the net.

    I switched to the upstream spiders for the last hour or so picking up a couple on the Waterhen Bloa and missing many more The Wharfe is in perfect nick at the moment and the fish have over come the rigors of spawning and are in beautiful condition.

    The beats i've fished in the last few days haven't been stocked yet so the season holds some promise

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    Hi Rob,

    Great looking fish, sounds like I might have to get up to the Wharfe one day next week.

    And I think another trip to the West Beck might be in order come September Tigermoth.

    Mick Pogson
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  6. #16
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    Fished the Wharfe at Bolton Abbey this Friday and Saturday. Lovely weather on both days with good numbers of fish rising to hatches of LDO and midges. Plenty fish coming to the net, particularly on the duo. The river is low but fishing well. However, I am concerned that this beat is a difficult one to learn as the number of rocks being thrown in by tourists may lead to significant changes in the course of the river . In fact if they carry on the way they were last weekend for a few more weeks I'm worried they may fill the river in completely . However, the fish don't seem to mind and I'm getting used to it as well.
    'If you're doing things the way you've always done them then you're probably doing them wrong'

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    Had an afternoon on the Swale on Monday. It is very low and clear so that a long line is needed in most places to avoid scaring fish. There also looks to be more algae in the river that usual for this time of the year, which is probably a result of the low water increasing concentrations of nutriets. In spite of all the rain in the winter we are going to be needing some more soon if the fishing isn't going to suffer.

    There is a lot less fly life than the Wharfe and only a very few LDO's were around during one brief hatch; which did bring the fish up and resulted in a couple of trout on a dry hare's ear. In some ways this is my least favourite time on the Swale as the holidays, start of the season and higher water levels bring out the most other anglers. I saw 2 other anglers on this trip, which is a lot for this stretch. You can tell it has been fished hard recently as normally productive pools were reluctant to yield fish and I had to search for out of the way spots to get many fish.
    'If you're doing things the way you've always done them then you're probably doing them wrong'

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    Just got back from a day on the Wharfe. I fished the upper reaches above Burnsall early in the morning before moving downstream to Drebley after lunch. The water is gin clear at the moment and quite low for the time of year making the fishing tricky to say the least. I started off the proceedings fishing the duo method into the likely looking spots around Loup Scar,

    managed to bring a couple of trout around the 1lb mark to the net before I started to hook into a few grayling, so I decided to leave this beat and give the grayling some rest bite for the spawning to come.

    Moving down to Drebley I noticed the water was over the stepping stones a sign that water was being released from Grimwith reservoir, remarkably even in this high coloured water the odd trout was coming up to a sporadic LDO hatch. I picked up another couple of trout close in to the bank on upstream spiders before packing it in for the day.

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    I had a couple of hours on the Swale below Catterick Bridge today. As Imago says, it is low and clear and there is quite a bit of algae already. There was no sign of fish and very little fly life, but after about 15 minutes a speculative Klinkhamer brought up a nice brownie of about 11 inches. I did hook and lose another smaller fish soon after but generally things were very quiet, in spite of trying a variety of methods.

    I fish a number of Yorkshire rivers (though seldom the Wharfe) and have noticed that the Swale's fly life seems poor compared with the Nidd or Ure, for example. I don't know why that should be - perhaps it's more polluted?

    I was approached by a chap asking whether I had any hooks to spare. He was apparently trying to teach his young son to fish. He had brought rod, reel etc but forgot the hooks. I guessed that probably they wouldn't have a permit, but the lad was only about 4 and looked a bit upset, so I stripped the dubbing off a couple of my more tatty flies and handed them over. I didn't have the heart to tell him they were barbless!

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    My father and I fished at Buckden on the R. Wharfe for the first time some weekends ago. The weather was fine, a damn cool breeze though which froze my hands! The water was really clear. Fishing worm my father caught 3 Brownies on the bottom as he was ledgering (with split shot). And I caught nothing, not a single bite. I was using the same method as him and fish were in every pool and I still caught ****** all.

    I fished it last weekend and the weekend before, I still caught ****** all. The water was clear again. I notice there is plenty of life up there and the fish were feeding on caddis larvae. I noticed a bullhead too in the shallows.



    I went to Carleton, nr. Skipton on the R. Aire two weekends ago and I caught my best Brown Trout ever, a 13" 1.5lb trout. Also caught on worm on the river bed. I went there last weekend again and caught 3 12" Brownies. I took one of them. It is a nice river with plenty of rapids and deep pools. There were fish in every pool.
    My father and I think the fish were just stocked as they were silvery. Maybe Skipton AA stocked, but we don't know. If anyone has any info on this then I would be pleased to here if they have stocked it.

    Photo of 13" and 12" Brown Trout


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