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  1. #2801
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    Quote Originally Posted by haggstock View Post
    I went out onto the Wharfe on Monday , what a beautiful day . If you ever needed an example of why just being on the river is good for your health it was Monday . The water was pristine , with every detail on the bottom viewable in slacker parts through polarised glasses . I started in a pool blow Barden Bridge and worked down a hundred yards of water with two spiders , a bead headed snipe and purple and a water hen bloa , - despite sporadic hatches , not a touch . I came out of the river to warm up , the water was freezing and had 15 minutes just watching the river.Despite an upstream breeze blowing hatching LDOs onto the water nothing was being taken from the top . I decided to fish my way back up the river methodically coveting a grid using a Klink with a size 18 ď Mary Copperhead ď on shortish trailing length . This turned out to be the right thing to do ! In the slack water on the far bank I had a tussle with a decent fish that put a nice bend in the rod , in the net it was s lovely marked brownie that measured up around 18Ē . Job done first fish of the season . After a 20 minute warm up at the car I went to the tail of the next pool and back to the Klink and dink . Two or 3 drifts in , there was a flash of colour and the Klink went under , Grayling ! measured up against the net 16Ē ! After that I decided to call it a day , Iíd worked hard and covered a lot of water for those two , in very difficult conditions. I left happy and treated myself to a 99 from the van on the bridge !

    I had thought about going up again today but the weather has changed dramatically and itís lashing it down !
    Yup I was envious of you yesterday Haggstock, I had to work but my mind was at the river. You had a good result with the water so cold. And those fish would be wild and hungry.

    I agree unpleasant today for fishing. However any hatches will be slow to get off in this wet weather.

  2. #2802
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    Headed high up the Dale today first this season & was met with low lying mist & a chilled southerly wind, no fly movement at all but managed to winkle out a half dozen Grayling as yet no signs of spawning, a couple of nice fish amongst them and a single trout, before the heavens opened and torrential rain fell.
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  3. #2803
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    Just checked my diary and so far after 9 outings to the Aire and Wharfe I have 1 fish to show so far for this season. So, so disappointing, granted I have not fished very long sessions at most between 2 and 3 hours and to be honest I have not fished very well or enthusiastically as I have been so cold in the weather conditions since the beginning of the season. The last few days off work, I haven’t seen a hatch, let alone a rise. It’s got to change soon, I am fed up of the cool north west wind blowing in my face and getting soaked in the heavy showers of late. I know I am not alone and a lot more are struggling and there is nothing new in Spring fishing being lean and uncomfortable. But come on we need some sun, still days and some action soon. But next thing it’ll be so hot and dry there will be no water in the river. This climate needs to get its act together before the fish and me go nuts. At least my new Barrio line is providing a bit of interest, but it still needs a good stretching from some fish, to prove its worth. Just hope May is going to be better than April, it certainly can get any worse. Someone please turn up the thermostat

  4. #2804
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    Yes, it has been tough so far. The nagging wind is a constant and, according to the BBC weather, it's due to be "breezy with sunny intervals" every day until 9th May

  5. #2805

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    Since the start of the season I doubt if I have managed to get out once a week due to the unfavourable conditions. Yesterday I managed a trip to the Wharfe where a couple of weeks ago I sustained my first ever blank on that river since I started fishing it six years ago. So far this year I've had around four to five fish per outing other than the blank, in what have been short spells in the small windows of opportunity when there has been anything of a rise. Yesterday was different but I got off to a poor start and was struggling to locate fish until I found them in the shallower riffles and just off the usual hotspots. Strangely there was little rising considering the fish were in such shallow water and I couldn't tempt anything to a dry. Everything fell to nymph on a long leader fished at distance. A few to the dry would have been nice but it was a very enjoyable session with fifteen to the net and a few dropped
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  6. #2806
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    Finally, a dozen visits later I have caught another trout. Believe me itís been bloody hard work, but what a reward. I put some effort in for that fish and some mileage. The river is in a terrible state, very low and clear and starting to weed up slowly. Although the leaves have started to appear on the trees, there is still not that much cover high in the Dale. I took my fish in 6 to 12 inches of water, it was steadily rising and there was a big hatch of black fly over the water, good to see. I stuck on, one of own black fly patterns that I have a lot of confidence in, it has a little wing made of blue dun fibres from an Indian cape, so itís very light and when wet, matches perfectly to the natural. I had to throw and extremely long line up river with a very fine soft tippet. At size 14, I could only see the fly floating back to me at certain points, along its travel. In the faster water it was difficult keeping up with its course and allowing just enough slack in the line. Anyway up comes this fish and it had already taken the fly before I could react, a bit light seeing the flash from a gun but knowing the bullets already hit you.

    I am not much of a drinker but I can liken this experience to a whiskey consessiuer who has not had a high quality malt in a very long time. That first touch on the lips and the initial burn was to me the line tightening as the fish turned over. Then not swallowing, I was going to enjoy this, let the flavours run over my tongue and around my mouth. The fish ran quickly the 15 yards down to me and I stripped that line in so fast and looked at the rod arced over, not too much but enough to appreciate a wild fish. Then before the swallow, that last final drop, over the cliff edge at the back your throat and the long and final drop to waiting belly below. A moment of panic as I tidily reeled the line back on to the reel, whilst I handlined that the last few feet, always worrying this is where I lose em. I saw the fish only 10 inches long and half intoxiated already itís shining flank, I thought is this a Grayling, I have been so long without a fish. No time for the net the gulp of malt descend in a smokey,peat vapour and I had the fish picked up in my hand. Wow, thatís a heady feeling, the satisfaction, nothing else was need my thirst slaked and a glowing feeling of relief and relaxation.

    That fish was pumped full of food, it had banqueted every day since the opening season, but on what? Something in the bottom of that river. I wasnít for killing it and spooning out a black mass, I can make head nor tail of. I just got a lot more to learn, but where to start. Back at the basics observation every time, yet itís so hard and thatís what makes fishing on these rivers fun.

    That was it for the rest of the day, but it was enough I was happy, I d broken the curse....onwards. Later in the day I was strafed and harassed by some Oyster catcher, obviously some male showing off to his accompanying lady friend. He kept coming in low, closer and closer, screaming like a demented banshee, trying to spear me right between the eyes with at long orange beak of his...idiot. I could fair here his new bit of stuff, squeaking out John be careful donít go to close to that humanoid, heíll have you. Bit of entertainment anyway.

    Another couple of weeks and June will bring with it some evening fishing, canít wait to get cracking after work, sedge time lovely

  7. #2807
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    Fished the Aire late morning and afternoon today. Plenty of May fly coming off, the Green drake really lifts your spirits. I was going a bit May fly stir crazy, fished a nymph imitation to no avail, then a poly ball May fly emerger, fished kept head butting this one and finally the full May fly Dun on a long shank size 10. This, a small 8 inch fish took a fancy to it and soon came to hand. Fish were rising but not necessarily to the May fly. The fish I caught was stuffed full, tight as a drum, so there obviously getting something nutrious. Rise forms were to the nymph??

    River very low, clear and with little flow. We need rain and soon. Temp and cloud cover was good, with a gentle breeze. Fishing is slowly improving this month, hereís hoping for something better still, come June.

  8. #2808
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    Took a good fish off the Aire, one evening last week. It was on a deep bend of a heavily fished stretch, taken on a klinkhammer. This had been a big fish, it only just slipped in to my 16" net, however I could not believe how thin in the belly it was, just like a spawn out winter fish. It was not diseased, so possibly losing Weight holding territory. The river is abysmally low, with islands now forming midstream and weed growing thickly. Hardly any flow, it's hard fishing. Pray for the rains to break this drought.

  9. #2809
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    The upper Wharfe is beginning to look like a drought ridden river valley in Africa...arid, is a word that springs to mind. It’s filthy with weed detritus, which clings to your fly line and there’s barely anything of a flow. I could quite freely wade most bits in thigh waders. I fished one evening last week and took a nice fish, over 16 inches to the nymph and it was a Montana nymph at that, white thorax. It proved useful again, earlier this evening when I hooked a smaller fish in some very thin water. I can’t move owt on the dries yet, even though fish seem to be rising a little more. The fly life on the river is minimal, some odd sedge and a few spinners, not much else, not even midge. The 16 inch fish I took, which despite being in good condition, was not particularly fat, so food is not that abundant.

    I wish we could get some rain, but then when we do it’ll be non stop for 40 days and nights I bet. It’s been a Disappointing season all round so far. I have not even gone on my little, local Beck this year, not even bothered to walk down, as I know it will be a trickle, if that. The only consolation is being able to watch more of the World Cup, without feeling your missing out

  10. #2810
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    Back on the Wharfe yesterday evening. It was hot even at 7 pm, though a cool breeze got up at about 8 pm. The river is the lowest I have ever seen it, warm and clear, what chance a fish eh! Well every chance I had an old brawler from below a small fall. A stockie, not from this year but a year back. It fought well in the deep, oxygenated pool and had a nasty, heron hole through 1 cheek. With work the following day, I like to get back of an evening for me bed. Come the weekend, I’ll fish late, not that’s it’s any guarantee with all this low water.

    I caught again on the white, thoraxed Montana. I am starting to like this pattern of nymph, tied them years ago for still water use and they were equally good then. I’ll be needing a new pair of wading boots next season, my old Vision Makos are starting split, but they have been great boots for this rocky river, hope the next are as good.

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