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  1. #2871
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    With more rain of late and consequent lift in water levels, I have been spending more time, especially in the evenings, fishing on my smaller, local, Yorkshire becks. The fishing has been incredible, with water height and clarity about as perfect as it gets, I have been hitting double figures within an hour of starting to fish. Yes the fish are small and yes all have been caught on tiny PTN patterns, but the fishing at close quarters in tight woodland/ vegetation has been absorbing and rewarding. I have had the very occasional 8" and 10" fish which are exceptional on these small, shallow, fast running, boulder strewn streams. Indeed, I was fishing the other evening with the sun a globe of bright, white light, piercing the canopy and reflecting brightly off the steeley, gun metal blue water and me, the fisherman, as the center piece and it reminded me of something like a Claude Monet painting. It really was something special and added much to my fishing session. On a more recent evening, on the walking down the field, I met the archetypal fox, going about her business and sniffing the air the other side of a dry stone wall that she was patrolling. A russet red vixen, with black stocking legs to match, truly magical and then later that same evening the Sparrow Hawk, speeding down stream, below the arched canopy of leaves, almost took my hat off, swerving in full flight at the last moment, then to continue on downstream at the same break neck speed, untroubled by its human encounter.

    Well if we can keep this water height I might do a bit of Barbel fishing next month, as a change to the fly. I like the fly on the still water in September but I not over keen with the rivers, I just never think they fish as well later summer as spring, but it won't stop me trying.

  2. #2872
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    Sep 2017
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    I spoke to a mate this evening who is a member of Mirfield A C. He told me they now have the fishing on Lindley Reservoir and though most who fish there are after coarse species, there have been some good trout caught. Anybody tried it with fly? Membership fees are very reasonable, good parking and secure access etc, and though I don’t usually fish still waters I could be tempted. Any info gratefully accepted.
    Brendan

  3. #2873
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    Aug 2012
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    Halifax
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by jaybeegee View Post
    I spoke to a mate this evening who is a member of Mirfield A C. He told me they now have the fishing on Lindley Reservoir and though most who fish there are after coarse species, there have been some good trout caught. Anybody tried it with fly? Membership fees are very reasonable, good parking and secure access etc, and though I don’t usually fish still waters I could be tempted. Any info gratefully accepted.
    Brendan
    Is that Lindley Wood , North of Otley , on the way to the Sun Inn ? I used to ride my motorbikes over there regularly and saw the odd fly fisher . Or is it Lindley, Huddersfield ?

  4. #2874
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Quote Originally Posted by haggstock View Post
    Is that Lindley Wood , North of Otley , on the way to the Sun Inn ? I used to ride my motorbikes over there regularly and saw the odd fly fisher . Or is it Lindley, Huddersfield ?
    Yes indeed, Lindley Wood in the Washburn Valley. I think it was a fly only water at one time, but I don’t know who had the rights then. I’m thinking it might be an alternative when the river is in flood and in the long run and with old age approaching, easier access.
    Brendan

  5. #2875
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    It could be interesting , I used to motorbike around there . Fantastic location , absolutely beautiful setting as good as anywhere in the U.K. , I know there were private fishing signs as I used one as a ď tip in point ď for the bridge when on the bike . I donít know if the stocked fish from Fewston and Swinsty could make their way up there ( Iím assuming itís the first of the four reservoirs ) . It could have potential for browns and rainbows if they could .

  6. #2876
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    It’s the lowest in the valley with Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross above. You’re right about the location, I had a walk around Swinsty a few weeks ago and it’s stunning.
    B

  7. #2877
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    Default Re: Yorkshire Waters

    Iíve just had a look at the Mirfield website , the half year ticket from 1st September is £16 , less than a day on Fewston , whatís not to like !

  8. #2878

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    Does anyone know of any decent-sized free or cheap membership trout rivers near Sheffield other than the Don, Rivelin or the Sheaf?

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