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  1. #2821
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Thanks for the advice. I did peer at the Derwent as we came across the lower reaches and it looked almost static!

  2. #2822
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    Jul 2007
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    Had an afternoon on the Wharfe yesterday. Level was up quite a bit more than on recent weeks, which was nice to see. River was still fishable though flowing quite quickly and pretty coloured. I fished a team of spiders across and down and picked up 5 fish of 10 inches or less. The fresh, coloured water was making takes a bit more hesitant, but by inducing the flys to lift and fall on the dangle I was able to connect. Fishing downstream in fast water is a lot less fatiguing than fishing up, which is a plus. I suppose I could have shortlined some heavy nymphs, whether I would have found bigger, heavier fish lower down who knows? I was too lazy to change and much of the water I was fishing was quite shallow.

    Was thinking of going today and taking some lures, but with the earlier rain, the river could be rising. So will probably give it a miss, saves getting a soaking anyway.

    There has been very little hatching on the river, not seen much midge in the last few visits. What the fish are getting nourishment from I have not got a clue. The fish I caught were in good condition, so they are obviously finding enough food, perhaps they have all turned veggie and just eat gluten free bread and chips the tourists drop off bridges.

  3. #2823
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    Dec 2010
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    London NW; originally from South Derbyshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Do you fish the Skirfare at all?

    I always find it difficult - fishing The Falcon Inn waters

    K

  4. #2824
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    May 2006
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    The Wild West of Dymock
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    The Skirfare trout renowned as some the spookiest and most challenging to fish for. Personally itís a challenge I enjoy, as the river holds some special fish. Watch and wait. And when you move, do so as if you were burgling a house.

    In a related note, Iím thinking of venturing to upper Wharfedale myself. How is the upper river - around Kettlewell - holding up?

  5. #2825
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    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Upper river fishing is much improved with the recent rains. This is after a somewhat latent season so far, purely down to the heat wave the whole of the UK has experienced this year.

    The Skirfare has a bit of an unfair reputation, seemingly because some websites have described it as a difficult river to fly fish and not for the beginner, whatever that really means. In reality with a good water height and settled conditions, it’s no different to any upper reach on a Dales river. In fact it might even be a little easier as the river narrows and you can get a better drift more easily. Method/ fly choice is easier as your pretty much limited to upstream nymph or dry. With plenty of trees lining the river you also have good cover. Unfortunately and the reason I think the river has more of a frustrating reputation is that it often runs low to very low in a normal season. It is of course a river that runs through limestone country. Consequently an angler or more usually the flash of rod/line is more easily observed by fish, which are spending some of their time avoiding other predators because of their more exposed posistion.

    I would encourage all fishers to experience this type of small, river fishing as it is so absorbing and rewarding and catching a fish is simply just the finale. Being creative with your casting, concealment, fly and tippet choice, patience and observation and simply being able to commune with nature are all rewards in themselves. Try it...then ask ‘was it a difficult river’? Not really just a river that’s taught you something about yourself and where you are now with your fishing and points the way to where you want to be. Good luck

  6. #2826
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    Oct 2009
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    Bedale North Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    had an hour up the Dale last night, the wind was gusting but manageable & the river on the top end of being fishable, nothing for the first hour then a trout, a chunky chub and another trout lost. Totally unfishable today.
    Last edited by george387; 19-08-2018 at 03:47 PM.
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