Yesterday my colleague Dave Martin helped out on the Bradford City Angling Association fly fishing beginners day on the River Aire.

 

He reports as follows:

 

” A one minute kick sample on the River Aire near Skipton produced an amazing quantity and variety of bugs and other trout food.  Lots of large Heptageniidae nymphs, many Baetis nymphs of differing sizes and species, one Large Stonefly nymph, a few caseless caddis, midge larvae, aquatic worms, leeches and bullhead  Later on turning over stones produced more of the same plus large numbers of cased caddis, lots of bullheads and even a toad!  The River Aire is a food rich Trout and Grayling river, no wonder they grow so well.”

 

Large Stonefly Exuviae

Large Stonefly Exuviae