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  1. #2851
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    Sep 2017
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    Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    [QUOTE=black and silver;2537170]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 )[/QUOTE
    I was going to join this season anyway so I’ll let you know. Pool is only about half an hour from me, so near enough for summer evenings, but I put it off; partly because of the wading issue, but also to get the concession membership for wrinklies!
    B.

  2. #2852
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    Aug 2012
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    Halifax
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    I’ve driven over the Wharfe at Pool a few times in the last Month . One thing I’ve noticed is that the nearest parking on the slip road behind the Shell Petrol Station is often full with cars left by cyclist. A bi-product of Otley’s rise to capital of cycling .

  3. #2853
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
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    Roundhay, North Leeds.
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Had a few hours, 12 to 4, on the Wharfe. Good hatch of Mayflies and the fish were definitely on to them, some taking the duns other concentrating on lazily taking the cripples. Towards the end there were even some spinners.
    Arrived at the river only to realise the Mays I had tied were by the vice at home. A friend gave me one as he left for home and it quickly took a fish but was badly mauled in the process. Had to resort to the DH emerger. Six fish in total including a 16 incher.
    River up between 6 and 9 inches on last week.
    Last edited by walney; 29-05-2019 at 06:16 PM.

  4. #2854
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    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Spent the last couple of days on the Aire and Wharfe. Both rivers have a little more water and hatches have been pretty good. The Aire has seen a steady trickle of May fly, which is nice to witness. The Wharfe had a strong upstream breeze today (helps with casting) but it was pretty cool all the same, coming in from a south/ south east direction. Was glad of the jacket I’d packed.

    Had a nice fish from a lovely, gravelly run with a bit of pace. Wasn’t sure how to fish it, dry fly, upstream nymph, downstream spiders. Anyway for whatever reason I started thinking about a friend and colleague who had passed away 6 month earlier, at too young an age of 47. As I thought about how TC would have been deliberating over the cricket matches to come at Headingley, without thought I was tying on an emerger pattern, it simply slipped from the boxes ethafoam into my fingers. First cast, a gentle drift, a big white mouth opened and engulfed my fly. An enjoyable tussle, the reel singing and the stoney bank looming close to my stretched out mono. The fish was safely netted and I had the vision of TC looking over my shoulder with an approving smile and a nod to say well done. It does the heart good to sometimes remember those passed.

    I witnessed a mink, near to some pheasant pens. Down the steep bank and in the water, it kept making trips to pick up dead poults it had dispatched. There were loads of them,at least 6. It reminded me of people loading up on beer and food in the supermarket. Totally more than was needed. I shouted at it, “Hey Blackie, stick one them poults on the Barrie for me, will ya”. It just looked disdainfully at me. Any road it could keep em, they’d gone white and soft where it had left them in the water. Obviously had bad teeth....gummy git

  5. #2855
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    Aug 2010
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    Hebden Bridge
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Ahhhh, I wondered why I kept coming across fresh dead pheasants tucked into the bank when I was on the Wharfe a couple of weeks ago.

    A lovely description P.A.

  6. #2856
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    Sep 2017
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    Yorkshire
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Can anyone tell me the upper limit of the Falcon water on the Skirfare? The map on the back of the permit only shows the stretch downstream from the village. I would welcome any other gen on the river from forum members.
    Brendan

  7. #2857
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    Aug 2012
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    Halifax
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    I certainly fished behind the church , and up above the bridge . I even walked up the road to the “Water Babies “ pool to have a look, but at the time there was so little water up there it wasn’t worth the effort . I’m sure the Landlord at the Falcon would be the definitive expert to your query .

  8. #2858
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    Sep 2017
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    Yorkshire
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    Thanks Haggstock. I fished the water yesterday and rang the pub in the evening to let him know about some poacher’s gear I came across. The pub sounded busy and I didn’t want to delay him.
    B

  9. #2859
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Fished a river Wharfe in most splendid condition today. A falling river, nicely fining down in colour and warmer water. A gentle, relatively warm upstream breeze. Overcast and cloudy with the odd bright spell. Glorious to fish the fly in these text book conditions. The odd, light shower some what tried to take the edge of things, but that’s only because it was a little uncomfortable for the gentleman fishing it .

    The fish were a little uncooperative. Plenty of fish getting hold of the fly and hanging on to it before their butter lips let it slide out. Anyway, a very enjoyable day, fishing dries, emerges and spiders, in faster paced water than I have been use to of late. The days crowning achievement was a fish of around 4lb, before home. Falling to my purple headed, parachute Adams, it was one unhappy fish. Took a fair effort to land, even on my 5 weight outfit and praise be to having put on some new 5lb Maxima tippet before hand. I’d watch this fish head and tailing over a small cloud of sedge, that kept moving down, toward the waters surface. Didn’t realise it was so big, until it started burrowing down into the river bed, shaking it’s head violently, then dropping in to the faster current sideways, every now again when it wanted a breather. We went quite a few rounds before it finally conceded. These big, wild fish seem to be active at the moment, usually after early season I don’t come across them as much until sedge time, summer evenings. This fish though was well mended and in fine condition.

    Anyway with the water so good, I am going to try and get in as much fishing as possible, in case the drought returns. I advise any Of the Dales fishers to do the same and enjoy the bonanza while it lasts, good luck

  10. #2860
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    Jul 2007
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    West Yorkshire
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    Rain at last! Upper river is in fine fettle. Watch the wading though, very slippery on the limestone, together with the water pushing through, makes for some interesting pirouettes and fancy footwork.

    I had 4 fat fish to hand this afternoon and dropped another couple. Fish were keen to take an Adams para and a hares lug and plover, all fish were holding in the faster water. Did not witness much fly life, but had a conversation with a male Olive upright perched on my finger end. Note to others - there is a Hugh black bull a couple of fields upstream of Hubberholme, he’s on the Dales Way, literally walking his way up it with a herd of cows and young bullocks. Seems alright but I wouldn’t want to turn my back on him.

    Now for tomorrow, it will either be more work with the 7ft rod on small streams, high in the Dale or a total opposite low down and lures withe 6# weight....hmmm

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