A Royal taste for trout…

Having found some old newspapers in our parent’s attic, it was interesting to read about the King’s visit to Bolton Abbey in 1935. Not least because all the fish that were not to the preferred size of 1/2lb were rejected!

Fly tying tuition morning…

Several members of the club enjoyed another excellent fly tying session lead by Steve Cheetham, who generously gave up his time to share his skills. Steve took us through the steps to make a Needle fly, a Daddy Long Legs, a Klinkhamer and finally a chrome headed Red Tag finished off with some CDC. The…

The hut gets flooded again…

The day has started very windy and very bright as can be appreciated in this image of Sleets Gill looking fresh and full.

The Oystercatchers have arrived…

As if by clockwork, a parcel of around 25 Oystercatchers have arrived on the banks of the Skirfare. I took this photo yesterday evening whilst reviewing the condition of the river since the storms. Interesting to see the water quality is almost crystal clear with a strong green/blue tint as if coming straight off a…

Deja vu at Watersmeet…

The Skirfare has hit the hut at Watersmeet hard again during the floods. Ads a reminder, here is the damage in April 2019… And here is the recent damage in February 2020… There is clearly some work to be done to protect the hut for the future, so I am currently in discussions with a…

Storm Ciara causes havoc over the weekend…

The floods caused by Storm Ciara have been high and very impressive. The Skirfare was high and the Wharfe even higher. I can only hope the hut at Watersmeet has stayed above water.

The weather is taking its toll…

If you were to take a walk above our top beat on the Skirfare you will, after about 200 yards, come to a high bank called Crookholme. Here is a picture taken on Thursday showing the damage caused by recent spates, where the original line of the fence tells quite a story.

Damage to the banks of the Skirfare…

Unfortunately one of the local farmers is attempting to start a firewood business and is in the process of gathering wood from around Littondale. Having decided to gather the large tree stump near the top of the KAC waters, it seems there has been little effort to repair the damage caused to the river bank….