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  1. #2841
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    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by johnclyde View Post

    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!
    Indeed they are Mr Clyde, indeed they are. Downstreams wets are a powerful and skilful way to fish, especially when a hatch begins.

    Back on the Wharfe today, I was present during a hatch and witnessed large numbers of iron blue spinners, over the water and bouncing over my head on the bank. Like enough I had left myWheately dry box at home, with some suitable imitations in it, so no good to me ther!!. No matter, a small (20#)black elk hair sedge got the interest, good sport but I was not keeping the connection and had the fly spat back at me on most occasions.

    The river is too low for even odds on the fishing. The fish are having the best of it and it will remain so until we get a fresh. Can’t complain about hatches or rising fish, it’s all going on.

    I ended my day at 3 pm, the stench from the farmer spreading slurry on the adjacent field was too overpowering, I felt I was going to vomit, it was that strong So off home I went. I need to spend sometime thinking about what to carry in my fly boxes, it’s a headache working out what flies will be on the water next. I think it’ll take me a weeks worth of evenings to put a box together. I also need to catch up with some fly tying, I need more purple headed Adams parachute flys, always a good fly for the Wharfe in a 16#. Right well I best get started on em.....so long.

  2. #2842
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Roundhay, North Leeds.
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Another few hour on the Wharfe. Plenty of Yellow Mays and Mayflies coming off again. Fished an open section of the river and took a 12 inch Grayling after covering a series of dimply rises with a scrapy Yellow May tying. This was followed by a brown on DE emerger. Moved to a section of river which was tunnelled by large trees on both banks. Here the air was alive with a huge hatch of midges but also noticeably many more Mayflies and the fish were clearly onto them. Took a 14 inch brown in a swirly back eddy which only gave a foot of drag free drift, skill or luck. It's usually the later with me.
    Last edited by walney; 20-05-2019 at 07:35 PM.

  3. #2843
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Derby
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Hello all,
    It's good to see such detailed posts on the fishing at the moment. I live in Cambridge but frequently visit the Knaresborough office and this really helps me plan my fishing when I'm there. I'm next up on Wednesday and was planning to fish the Wharfe that evening.

    Can anyone recommend any water that has low-ish membership fees, day tickets or even free?

    Cheers,
    Steven

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    http://sperrinsstreams.blogspot.com/

  4. #2844
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Hi Steven - you could try Leeds & District Amalgamated Society Anglers Club, who have a 4 mile day ticket stretch at Pool. I have personally not fished it, but have heard it is good for Grayling and trout. Leslie Maggie, a local author of angling literature use to fish it.

    It’s a handy stretch for you as it is easily accessible from Knaresborough and won’t cost the earth. Bear in mind it’s still early for evening fishing, but as that stretch is mid river it might be coming in to condition, it’s warmer lower down the valley. Anyway hope you have some success.

  5. #2845
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    Sep 2017
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    Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Hello Steven,
    Just a point, no wading allowed on the Pool fishery until June and it’s not really practical to fish much of that stretch from the bank.
    Addingham AA have a nice stretch a few miles above Ilkley, day tickets are available from 5 am at the Post Office in the village. Bolton Abbey is next upstream and a good fishery, but it can suffer from day trippers at weekends and school holiday times.
    Brendan.

  6. #2846

    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybeegee View Post
    Hello Steven,
    Just a point, no wading allowed on the Pool fishery until June and it’s not really practical to fish much of that stretch from the bank.
    Addingham AA have a nice stretch a few miles above Ilkley, day tickets are available from 5 am at the Post Office in the village. Bolton Abbey is next upstream and a good fishery, but it can suffer from day trippers at weekends and school holiday times.
    Brendan.
    Wasn't that rule scrapped?

  7. #2847
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    Mar 2018
    Location
    Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    A friend and I had a couple of hours casting tune up with Brian Towers on Saturday then fished the Swale all afternoon . My the river is low , but caught a few and had a good day. Swaledale is a cracking place to fish .

    O M W

  8. #2848
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    Sep 2017
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    Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by black and silver View Post
    Wasn't that rule scrapped?
    It may have been and if so then a good thing. It was in the rules for so long I thought it was a tablets of stone job.
    Just had a quick look at the Leeds AA site and it doesn't say one way or the other. Do you have a yearbook?

    B

  9. #2849
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    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    A day spent walking on Aire today. Bradford City water, Ingey bridge to Gargrave. Low water levels as expected, bright and warm, lovely just to be out, taking the ‘Aire’. Fish were showing some interest, but difficult to hook. I had a nice fish to a May fly nymph, which gave a good scrap. Lots of small fish interested in the dry. The May fly were trickling off through late morning and afternoon, it gladdens the heart to see great yellow fliers, skitter and skate to get airborne, wonderful natural event. Who needs the Southern chalk stream, when Yorkshire’s this good.

    Cut the grass this evening and the lawn is desert dry. We need rain, just a weeks worth of downpours and it will be great to go fishing. I want to visit my local beck but if it does not rain, it will be 2 seasons since I last visited it and it’s only 5 minutes walk down a field!

  10. #2850

    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybeegee View Post
    It may have been and if so then a good thing. It was in the rules for so long I thought it was a tablets of stone job.
    Just had a quick look at the Leeds AA site and it doesn't say one way or the other. Do you have a yearbook?

    B
    I did, but one of the reasons i gave it up was that rule, but i'm sure i read somewhere that it had been scrapped either last year or the year before ( but i might of just dreamt it lol )

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