Day after the spate…

For all those thinking about fishing, well the river looks very good and the sun is shining.

Good intentions…

Came down to repair the handrail on the bridge at White Beck. Unfortunately most of it is no longer there!

River update…

After a night of rain the rivers are in flood. I wouldn’t travel to fish today.

Electro fishing at White Beck…

Spent the morning electro fishing White Beck with Prof. Jonny Grey, Arthur Sheriff and Tim Scott, as part of the Wild Trout Trust project funded by Yorkshire Water and the West Yorkshire branch of Salmon & Trout Conservation, which looks to improve Tributaries Resilience On Under-performing Tributaries (TROUT). Whilst we had to endure a lot…

Under our noses…

Most mornings I look over the stone bridge that crosses the Skirfare, just to see which fish are about. But only today did I see something even closer to me, nesting precariously on the wall itself. What a lovely surprise it was…

Watch out for nesting Oystercatchers…

We are very fortunate to have so many wonderful birds nesting in Wharfedale and Littondale, so can I ask that members keep a careful watch out for nests on the rocks, the beaches and the banks? This nest is, for the second year running, located in the pebbles behind the hut at Watersmeet. Whilst there…

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…