The brown trout season in Yorkshire starts in just under a week’s time on the 25th March.

Grayling fishing over the winter has been poor with months of high water and seemingly ever dwindling stocks of Yorkshire grayling, but it’s of course been difficult to gauge stocks accurately this winter due to the high water conditions.

So what are the prospects for the opening of the trout season? Good I think after such a mild winter with the rivers having had a thorough flushing through combined with more settled and warmer weather of  late, of course March may yet have a sting in its tail.

I was out on the River Ribble on the 3rd, 4th and 8th March and there were good hatches of Large Dark Olives, on the Tuesday particularly there was a very large hatch and the fish, although mostly trout, were taking them. In one pool alone there were possibly more than 20 individual fish feeding some of them avidly. The day was cold and windy but after all LDO’s have a reputation of being “foul weather” flies.

This last week things were quieter with more sporadic hatches of Large Dark Olives both on the River Aire and River Laver but this last week I saw no fish taking them.

Hopefully we will have a more normal spring, summer and autumn than we’ve had over the last couple of years and if so the quality of the fishing should reflect this.

Below is a reminder of conditions at the start of last season during a non fishing walk up the River Wharfe on the 27th March!

Wharfedale - 27th March 2013

Wharfedale – 27th March 2013