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Old 28-07-2017, 09:14 AM
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Thought I bring the Yorkshire rivers posts up to date. I didn't fish much from mid May to mid June, but I doubted it mattered since the rivers were on their bones. With a bit more time on my hands through the end of June and July, it's been fairly steady fishing in terms of catch rate, though numbers have been low. What I have noticed is the lack of to non existent hatches of fly and particularly fishing the evening rise has been poor, alternatively I might just have been unlucky with my days. What I have observed in hatches have been mainly, midge, some sedge and very few spinners about. Having said that dry fly sport has sometimes been reasonable, fishing blind, with no risers I have picked up fish particulay on the John storey, fished in the film. The wild fish I have caught have been in very good condition, plump and fighting strongly. Turning stones the other evening was proof enough of the amount of food within the river, plenty of caddies and stone clingers. There also seems fewer Cray fish to eat them, can only be a good thing I guess.

With quiter fishing, it allows a lot more time to sit and just contemplate the river and your surroundings. Wildlife watching has been good, had a family of stoats moving home under a newly repaired drystone wall I was sitting on the other evening. There were Kitts rolling and falling out of every gap and the parents pulling and tugging out the fat ones that couldn't make it out by themselves
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Old 29-07-2017, 09:11 AM
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Hi All,
The lack of fly life seems to a common theme across the north of England this year. The Ribble and Hodder in the Clitheroe area are suffering from sparse hatches and I'm told the Wharfe is similar. Something to do with the spring weather ?
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Old 29-07-2017, 09:39 AM
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similar story on the middle tees evening tends to die completely just about the time you are expecting a sedge hatch very few uprights and best dry fly fishing on small black things hope the late olive hatch is a bit of a season saver really
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Old 31-07-2017, 12:34 PM
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A rise in water level on the Wharfe, prompted me to do some streamer fishing yesterday, for the first time on this river. Although the river was higher than of late, it was falling and clear, but considerably colder from the freshening up. I caught 6, although I hasten to say they were stocked fished. Most came on the stripped retrieve, after letting the cast fish out after the swing. I caught them all on a 2 tone Wooly ******, 3/4 olive and 1/4 black. Most of the fish played out pretty quickly, as they are lower on energy, having been stocked at the beginning of the season, they are somewhat depleted in fat/ muscle. I enjoyed the fishing, certainly found it different. But I would probably only use this technique in higher water conditions, as a flood runs off. A couple of times I wished I were fishing wets on the 4# weight, as it was clearing nicely and fish were rising to the nymph. Still it's useful to have a further method in the armoury and to use under less favourable conditions. Rod I used was a 6# weight, fast sinking braided leader, on a DT floater, seemed to work, plus a single box of lures/ streamers. Tired after 5 hours,the heavier rod and line, and a blustery, awkward SW wind had made me work for those fish
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Old 01-08-2017, 05:55 PM
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I arrived at Barden bridge today around 12:30, the heavens opened , it was raining so hard at one point I could not see to drive. No way was I going to get out of the car and open the gate to drive down to the Wharfe. The river looked to be high .. no surprise there . Discretion being the better part of valour I retreated a couple of miles downstream to Bolton Abbey Pavillion and parked up for an hour to eat my Morrisons 3 meal deal and read the paper.

Mid afternoon I had a look at the river and though it was high and flowing fast, the heavy rain had gone , and the colour was good so I decided since I was there .....

I chose to use my 10' 4wt Fario and a French leader with a couple of dark beadheads with hotspots . Keeping to the margins I fished the faster deeper water, half a dozen casts in and I'd picked up a nice little Wharfe "3 to a lb " brownie " . After 10 minutes I came out of the river and had a natter with the river keeper then decided to go into some slacker wading water but with deeper faster channel parallel to it . I had to be very careful as there is a drop off into the channel , it was along this seam I decided to target. Over the next hour there was a cycle of sun, rain, heavy rain , and more rain, But fishing the channel with the French leader picked up two decent Brownies to a pound, another typical fish, and 3 grayling. The second grayling was my fish of the year lovely thing going to about a pound and a half.

By 4:30 the river was rising to a point where I was not feeling safe so I called it a day . Just goes to show some days you get lucky !
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Old 20-08-2017, 03:27 PM
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Another trip up to the river , and despite the EA level gauges showing a falling trend there was still a foot too much water in for my liking with the additional volume increasing the flow so not the best for wading.

I decided to start on the lower boundary of the Bolton Abbey waters ( anglers only access ) as on a Sunday the upper beats are tourist heaven...

I flogged a dead horse for an hour from the bottom boundary covering every possibility with nymphs , not a sausage, and my legs were getting cold, As I approached the tail of the next pool I could see swirls and backs breaking the water in the foam line 30 yards or so above me. I waded up casting ahead as I went , the pool was getting deeper and I was in 3 foot of quite quick water , I tried a dry, not a touch, a dark Klink , not a touch, so added a size 16 " copper Mary " on a short length and tried New Zealand style.

The next 20 minutes and I had 5 greyling to the net. 2 nice ones well over a pound, pound and a quarter, 3 smaller fish around half that size, and three or four failures. With the cold water I'd had enough at the end of that little session as I fish for pleasure not endurance , I'd not expected to need my base layers in August .

Still, I'm very pleased with the outcome, I must fish on past the end of September this year for these fine fish.
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Old 22-08-2017, 04:00 PM
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I was also on the Wharfe, Sunday, Haggstock, but higher up the valley. Yes, the water was cold and the day cool, too cool for just the t-shirt and fly vest I was wearing. I experienced similar conditions at first, though the level was lower on the higher reaches and a good fishing height, the river falling and clear. There were a few rises early afternoon, but none to my fly. However, by 2:30 pm in a little, secluded corner I chanced upon a pool literally boiling with fish, a big rise was on. They were taking iron blues and there was a hugh swarm of male spinners being blown over the water. The fish were taking the emerging nymph and I could get in very close without detection, they were that preoccupied, together with a high bank hiding my silhouette.

Typical! I carry boxes and boxes of flies with me, far too many. This time I had left my box with some good spinner imitations back at home. No worries they seemed happy with a small size #20 purple Klinkhammer type emerger. They were only small, wild fish, but it was satisfying catching em. There was also a lot of black fly on the water and I had success with a size #14 black gnat type fly I use. By 5pm it was feeling a bit cool to carry on and things had quitened down.

Probably the best hatch of fly I have seen on the river this year, other than early season with the LDOs. There has been the odd BWO and Olive Upright, but nothing to write home about. In fact the better hatches of fly I have found being on some small, south Pennines becks I fish.

Another couple of weeks to get in some evening fishing, providing its warm enough and then that'll be about it for the season. I never think September fishes that well on the Wharfe. If we get some warm weather back end, it might do OK, otherwise my thoughts will turn to Barbel.
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Old 22-08-2017, 05:00 PM
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I was supposed to be over in Emley today helping point a stone wall ( the curse of retirement : you are free labour for friends and family ) , however Mr iPhone saved the day with a reminder that I should be at the dentist in Howarth . As this is halfway to Bolton Abbey, it seemed silly not to make a half day of it .

To cut a long story short the two hours before lunchtime were the conditions I've been waiting for. Falling water, nice colour, Fish were rising taking insect life from the foam lines , not often. but often enough to give their position away. I stuck with my favoured NZ style and started about 30 feet below the first fish I'd seen rise. It was tight into the far bank and I watched it rise twice in 10 minutes before casting. After covering it 4 times , wallop on the nymph , a super fish about 15/16" long. 15 minutes later the best fish of the day , it's back was showing in the foam line , three casts and it hammered the Klink rolling right out of the water, best take I've had all year, that one came to about 14" . I had another two small fish to the Klink in the next twenty minutes . After Lunch I saw more fish rising and took a nice 12" fish on the nymph in the pocket water at the head of the pool . So 5 to the net and another 3 buggered up by me. I celebrated with a medium 99 from the van on Barden Bridge
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Old 25-09-2017, 06:22 AM
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I set out yesterday to fish the Wharfe, with some misgivings that it would be a wasted few hours, given the luck I was having of late. But I shouldn't have worried, the river decided to give me the bolster I needed before the end of the trout fishing year. It was an absolute pleasure to fish in a light, mild, upstream breeze, something of a rarity, normally it's a constant blast of a cold dowmstream, northerly, an all to common occurrence.
Water height was perfect and clarity, just how I like it, the merest tinge of oakum. Anyway there was not that much hatching, until early afternoon, then I spotted a rust coloured dun on the brim of my hat. I popped on a brown/ olive emerger and I was off. I only had 3 fish to the net, in the 4 hours fished, but I worked for them and enjoyed it. All were small, bar a big un of between 2 and 2 1/2lbs. Smashing looking fish,dark for the most part bar the heavily, shining gold flanks, a good fighter. Most of the afternoon I fished the duo, being too idle to change method, it gave me the best of both worlds. 3 fish isn't a lot, but then again I am a lesuirley fisher, between sitting watching the river and exchanging conversation with passers by on the dales way the time soon drifts away.

Reflecting on another season completed on this river, on the whole it's a little disappointing in the numbers of fish caught and the amount days spent fishing in less favourable weather conditions. On the plus side there seem to be a lot less crayfish about and the fish quality is of a very good standard, healthy fish, with no sign of cormorant or goosander damage. Dry fly sport again is excellent and hatches of fly although not prolific have been nicely varied. I am sure non of these musings are new and seasons run good and bad in all years. Even T E Pruitt mentions the all to common occurrence of the cold downstream winds in his book on North Country Flies.....nothing new there then. Roll on next season
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Hi guys. Been 3 times to Copely (wireworks) this last two weeks and fished left bank downstream from the gate entrance. Pretty fast and shallow part, about 3 ft max. Could not locate the grayling here apart from two 10 inchers. Definitely hooked into a barbel but the hook came out after 10 seconds. A couple of other fishers caught 8-10 by Copely bridge section on tungston PTN size 14. So it is fishing not bad. I hooked a 1.5lb brookie yesterday in really good condition seeing they are now spawning, but it fought like a 5 pounder. Never saw any fly rising\hatching so I looked under many many stones for signs of life but alas only 3\8th inch snails abounded. Seems that this must be what everything is feeding on including the ducks. Interestingly months ago on the Colne at Bradley Huddersfield I caught a 2lb brookie which I despatched for my tea. It had dozens of 1 mm black snails in its belly!! Mmmm. So my guess is try a snail fly and see what happens. Has anybody had similar experience?
I was on a 6lb tippet and a hares ear gold headed nymph on a size 16 hook.

Small is the order of the day on this stretch. I tried many other patterns and streamers but never got a touch.

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