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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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?

  9. #2879
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    Recent fishing on the Wharfe has been excellent, providing your prepared to work hard for the fish. Water height and clarity has been excellent and plenty of hatches of Black Fly and Needle flies over the water. Providing the drift was right, I have had a lot of success on small, size 20# Black parachute patterns, parachute Adams with Krystal Flash tail and traditional Greenwells Glory, tied with a soft Indian cock hackle, so it sits low in the water. Nearly all of my fish were taken off the glides between faster stretches. Fast hooking to hard feeding, angry fish. All though most fish have been small below 7" I have also had the very odd, cracking fish of 18-20". The last one I had was most pink in color, I put that down to eating Signal Cray fish, it sized confirmed it, you don't get that fat on terrestrials alone. A warm, determined upstream breeze and breeze blowing from the West has made for good fishing. I have put in a lot of walking, fishing water that probably doesn't see that much traffic and this has helped secure fish. However there a big risks to this type of fishing! I had a very serious encounter with a bank collapse which could have been much worse for me. Having left rod and net above me I had faced inward, to step down a 2ft step of solid limestone rock, only it wasn't solid but booby trapped. After a millennia, it decided to break in to large chucks as I stepped on it. Down I went with my feet on top of a hugh boulder and a couple of cleaved out limestone blocks following. The first big rock could easily have broken my legs or feet or even trapped me down in the river, luckily only a foot of water was present. My fall on to rock was heavy and has left me black and blue around the rib cage, I feel as if I'd been in a Camden town street fight, against some handy geezers. I got out and shook a bit, but with true British grit, I continued upstream fishing for a couple more hours before succumbing to discomfort and stiffness, plus the fishing were slow.

    Funny season for me, I have taken a lot of tumbles on the river bank, never in it thank fully, I have been lucky not to damage too much gear, though I did require a Hardy reel repair to my Bougle, after whacking it in to boulders. I always throw my rod out front, preferably in to water when I am going down...that's is if I get the chance. I had a dodgy trip about 6 weeks ago, falling over boulders in a very low beck and this beck was very remote, probably not fished that much, a quite road bridge was above me, where I might have been spotted if I had hurt myself where I could not move. But it really brings home the dangers of fishing in out of the way places. The very fact they are not fished means that rocks, branches etc, are hazards that have not been moved out of harms way by other fisherman. River & stream fishing can still be a bit of an adventure sport, with a certain degree of risk. Its never worth taking a chance but even so like my bank collapse it can just happen, even on supposedly solid rock. Take Care and stay alert for hidden dangers.

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