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  1. #2831

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    We had our 1st outing on the Wharfe on Saturday. Saw plenty of needle flies and one or two LDOs on what was a pleasant day but with an ever present cold easterly. Very few rising fish though we both caught trout. Most noticeable was the amount of plastic in and around the river; fertiliser bags, bits of land drain, off cuts of water pipe, broken mineral lick tubs, tree guards and all kinds of unidentifiable (and some unmentionable!) dross. Disappointing to say the least so I've contacted our club secretary in the hope of organising a work party. Stern words should be had with the farmers upstream of Kilnsey as this hallowed national park is in danger of becoming a disgrace and there's no doubt that the bulk of the offending items were of agricultural origin.
    On a 'positive note' I found a fiver in the tide line of the winter flooding - yet more blue plastic! There'll be a Yorkshire man loosing sleep somewhere....

  2. #2832
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    Quote Originally Posted by liphook View Post
    On a 'positive note' I found a fiver in the tide line of the winter flooding - yet more blue plastic! There'll be a Yorkshire man loosing sleep somewhere....
    That's well funny....but I can do better once found a tenner below Bolton Abbey after high water, rich southern tourists!. Your right there are some tired Yorkshire farmers who should be cleaning the mess up. I spotted a dead sheep, mid river Saturday, it must have been lying there for a good 2 weeks since levels dropped. It had started balloon and once we get some warm weather will stink the place out........still, looking on the bright side the maggots it will be producing will have every fish in the river below it.......great place to fish a killer bug of something. Well done on catching in difficult conditions, that breeze was sharp!

  3. #2833
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    Back on the Wharfe, Sunday. It was great to see a slight lift in water height, having been below summer levels for the past month. The only downside, as to be expected was the water was colored, full of soil silt from the dried up becks higher up. I didn't catch, however in the the thin, faster riffles, where water clarity was better I was getting a few nips at the spiders I was fishing. Up until Sunday I had been crawling around on hands and knees targeting the ulta spookey wild trout in the low clear water. Again getting fish coming to the fly but hooking up has been difficult.

    Really hoping we get some decent water and weather conditions through May, as the fishing has been tough up to now. Not noticed much fly on the water either, but with the Sand Martins and Swallows arriving, a feast cannot be too far away, lets hope so, for now everything is in hope
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  4. #2834
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    Finally the river has awoken. The spirit is uplifted and my smile grows wide as I watch the river come alive with life. Our winged friends have arrived form warmer climes, just as the leaves, newly open on the trees and fly life begins to emerge in open water and best of all the fish have started to rise and sip down these tasty treats. Mind! This weekend has been cold, especially Saturday, I needed gloves, in May! that’s too cold for comfortable fishing and with inadequate clothing I was forced to leave early with my business unfinished. Today I was equally punished with a soaking, I wanted rain and I got it, but it did feel slightly warmer after it stopped.

    The river has changed and where I fished was inviting, gin clear water, a deep channel, with a good flow over fine gravel, easy casting with the waters pace giving me a steady retrieve. After catching rainbows and river stockies, today I finally secured a nice wild fish, a female, a golden bar, a 1 1/2 lb’er in superb condition. She fell willingly to my big klinkhammer. Fought hard, took line and tried to shear my leader, by diving under a rock embankment then swimming upstream to rub the monofilament against the overhanging lip. No luck for her, despite the head shaking and deep plunging, dives. In the net she went, wild with rage. As I looked in to that fishes eyes I could see and feel her contempt and annoyance, to have lived through a winter and now caught at the best time of the year. Letting her go, I felt her scold me for my foolishness in fishing for no gain, a ridiculous pursuit, to any creature in the wild. Although strong, I made her weaker for a short while and easy prey for fishing eating birds. But I am confident that fish would be a surviver and long lived and not so easily caught tomorrow or indeed in a years time Fishing such a great way of life.
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  5. #2835
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    Fishing along the length of the Wharfe is now slowly picking up. The suns warmth, gentle up stream breeze and a slight flush and consequent lift in water height is making the fishing pleasanter and more profitable. Hatches seem to be occurring anywhere between late morning and mid afternoon, when they happen, but there is no telling what will come and exactly when. The bigger, wilder fish are putting in an appearance and a good bend in the rod when you hook one. The ones I have caught have been in great condition, 'All Gold' if rather slim in the belly. Hopefully we will continue to get rain showers and it won't remain too dry for too long. I have found fishing dry fly at a distance on very fine tippet to be the best tactic, the water is extremely clear and you can watch the fish rise to your fly (without Polaroids) if your fishing from an elevated position. Water temperature is still cold and that is slowing fish activity a little, stand in the water for an hour or so and your feet start to feel rather cool. As the black fly starts to come in greater numbers, I am sure most visits will see some score achieved, hope so. The wind although light can be tricky at times and makes me feel my casting is rotten, perhaps I am trying too hard and reading too many casting related articles/ publications, trying different approaches and making a mess! But I am learning and improving, so that's the main thing and taking enjoyment from it, as well getting frustrated occasionally! Well I'll a tie few more flies the next couple of evenings and look forward to the weekend. Its just a little too early for evening fishing yet, I feel. Later next month it'll be good to make a trip or 2 after work

  6. #2836
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    Had a few hours late morning early afternoon on the Wharfe. Good hatches of Yellow Mays and Mayflies. Fish not yet onto them, watched numerous Mays drift over 50 yards or more unmolested. Managed three browns and a grayling all to DH emerger and F Fly

  7. #2837
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    Quote Originally Posted by walney View Post
    Had a few hours late morning early afternoon on the Wharfe. Good hatches of Yellow Mays and Mayflies. Fish not yet onto them, watched numerous Mays drift over 50 yards or more unmolested. Managed three browns and a grayling all to DH emerger and F Fly
    I saw the same yesterday, two or three really good hatches largely ignored, but the fish willing enough to take near the bottom. It will happen soon though.

  8. #2838
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    Fished for a few hours today. Very, very hard conditions with such low, clear water and hardly any flow in the fastest of stretches. There was a large and ongoing hatch of aphid/ green fly on the water between 11 am and 1 pm, not sure how much the fish were on them. A few olive uprights, the odd brook dun and surprisingly some spinners hovering above me at lunch time.

    Fish were spooked every time my line got within a yard of them, splash down (5# weight) was simply pushing them further up river, frustrating. My wading was as bad as my casting today, started to lose my belief that I had any ability to fish properly at all. Late in the day managed a decent fish to a John Storey under the canopy.

    Love my fishing, but some water would help. Hatches as mentioned in earlier posts are improving, as is water and air temperature. Things could turn really good soon. If they don’t I am going to have to reach for the size 24’s and 26’s IOBO cdc Humpies I have been tying, if that’s the case things will be desperate. Anyway best of luck to all those battling the Wharfe at the moment.....chin up

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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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