Sunday, 29 April 2012

Great Hatches & Big Fish In The Scottish Borders

Working as a flyfishing guide has many advantages and is a decent way to earn a living. People are often envious of the life a guide leads, spending our working life on river banks, in fishing boats and on the shores of upland lakes. It can also lead to trips abroad, and I will be forever thankful of the places it has taken me too already. However, the downside to all this is that it stops you going fishing yourself and you can lose the desire to go fishing. You've spent days teaching and guiding, stood in cold rivers, watched and helped people catch fish, tied on hundreds of flies, untangled every imaginable birds nest... then a rare day off in the season comes your way and it's easy to just not go fishing and do something else instead. I find one of the only ways I can guarantee that I will go fishing is if I plan a 'proper' trip...

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Using EA River Level Info.

A friend has just asked me: "What is the level on the EA river level website which you think is the benchmark, above which it’s not worth setting off to go fishing the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey?" Another opportunity for a blog post then...

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Gouthwaite Grayling

Nidderdale's Gouthwaite Reservoir was built in the 1890's to provide compensation water for the River Nidd, because of the planned impoundment of its head waters with the building of Scar House and Angram reservoirs. Those of us who fish the River Nidd appreciate the influence it has on the Nidd, by maintaining a decent flow in times of low rainfall and holding back flood water after heavy rain.

Gouthwaite's main claim to fame from an anglers perspective is the fact that it is the only lake in England to contain grayling. Obviously when the River Nidd was impounded they were trapped in the lake, other than to migrate upstream to spawn. Much as I enjoy wild brown trout fishing in lakes, it was the grayling population that attracted me to Gouthwaite, though, as with grayling in the rest of the Yorkshire Dales, their numbers have declined drastically over recent years. There is one clear reason for this - predation by cormorants. I have fished Gouthwaite for about 5 years now, but the grayling have always eluded me, which I can't complain about as I only fish it 2-3 times a year.