Overall the fishing in the Yorkshire Dales has been good over the last few weeks with slightly more seasonal weather but a lack of rain has had the rivers on their bones, some of the smaller rivers such as the River Aire are now basically unfishable due to the lack of any decent flow.

Despite the low water clients have had some great fishing especially on the River Wharfe and River Nidd, both these rivers tend to fish well in lower water as simply the nature of the runs and pools means there is always enough flow even in very low water, fishing the faster runs and the heads of the pools usually brings a fish or two. The majority of the fish have been wild, stock fish being conspicuous by their absence, certainly they don’t seem to be feeding as well as the wild fish at the moment which suits me just fine!

Low River Wharfe

Low River Wharfe

Super wildie from the River Nidd

Super wildie from the River Nidd

Guided client Denise Ashton from the Wild Trout Trust had an excellent day with me on the River Nidd, she fished really well and had a decent number of fish mainly on the Nymph, there were just odd Mayfly hatching that day and fish refused to be pulled up unlike the previous week when again there were few Mayfly hatching but fish were willing to come up out of the blue to take a suitable artificial. Regular client Syd Murkin hosted and guided me on the length of the River Wharfe where he is a member and we had an brilliant day catching plenty of fish between us, Syd really knows his stuff now and I was really pleased that the last few years of training have obviously paid off!, thanks once again Syd and I look forward to our next days together in September.

Beginners fishing with me at Lower Barden reservoir have also had some great fishing with all managing to catch fish or two with some super quality Rainbow and Blue trout to around 4lbs.

Out every day again this week so another tough week at the “office”,  prospects’ look good although all the rivers would benefit from a good flush through and a little more water.