Friday, 30 March 2012

Same Fish?

It's 29th March and I'm guiding for a Canadian client on the Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. We're in the middle of some very unseasonably warm weather (recods have been broken in some parts of the country) and the rivers are very low. The Wharfe isn't so badly affected because of the release water from Grimwith Reservoir. The weather's been playing havoc with hatches, many flies hatching much earlier in the year than normal, e.g. the Large Brook Dun, normally seen in May; and Large Dark Olives hatching early morning rather than early afternoon.

Monday, 26 March 2012

Off To A Flyer

26th March - the second day of the new trout season and I'd chosen the River Ribble at Settle for my first outing. I tried my best to make an early start because of the unseasonal heatwave and low river, but again work commitments delayed me. It was 11:20 and 14.5C when I pulled up on the bridge and the very second that I looked over I saw a trout rise and an olive take off. Yes the hatch was already underway when normally at this time of year I'd probably be an hour early.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Hardy Greys Factory Visit

As part of the Hardy Greys Academy I am in the fortunate and envious position of having a choice of their full range of tackle to teach with. Problem is there is too much choice and there is nowhere that you can try all the rods out in one place, except that is for the home of Hardy Greys in Alnwick. So what better excuse than to travel up there with my friend and fellow academy member Mike Roden.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Low Water Tactics

A friend of mine asked "what would your tactics be for low water at this time of year?" I thought that I might as well answer as a blog post for all to see.

Well first of all I'd be realistic with my expectations. You're never going to catch as many fish in low water as a river with a bit extra in it. Avoiding the blank may be as good as you can hope for, but it's all good experience. As they say, a bad days fishing is better than a good day at work.

Jumping The Gun


Well it's March 22nd and that means only 3 days to go until the start of the Yorkshire brown trout season...but I can't wait any longer - I've got to get my fix!

Just over the border, in Cumbria, the season's already a week old and I've been hearing reports of good hatches and a few decent brownies being captured on dries from the River Eden. These hatches have included good numbers of March Browns, a fly I have rarely encountered in the dales, so what else could I do but jump the gun and head north west for the market town of Kirkby Stephen?

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Last Day Of The Grayling Season

Have you ever had one of those days when you couldn't decide whether to go fishing or not, but you decide to go and immediately catch a fish which makes it all worth while? Today was just such a day for me.