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Wild Wye

Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 15:26

Wild rainbow This weekend I fished the Derbyshire Wye as a lucky guest. We enjoyed a grand day on the river, and I was delighted to catch (and release) some wild browns as well as some of the wild rainbows for which the river is renowned. I christened a new cane rod, a new-second-hand reel, and a new hat, so all was well. The day also included a poetry recital; a broken rod-tip; a beef sandwich; scientific enquiry as to the the effect of the Ice Ages on the distribution of beetles; the comparative ichthyology of Lough Melvin; the prospect of retirement; encounters with nettles, two splendid pork pies and some of the first mayfly hatches of this season. Delightful.

Best of the day

Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 15:22

Wild brown trout Best of the day was this wild brown of 19 inches (the fish was slightly thin, so about 2lb. 10oz., I reckoned). It was mooching about in a glide below an undercut bank and took a tiny Black Klink in the early evening. What distinguished the day was how catholic the trout were, at different times taking smuts, olives, even the occasional mayfly. The fly patterns I used reflected that: Grey Duster, Black Klink, Grey Wulff.

You couldn't make it up

Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 15:19

Ashford As a place in which to angle for wild brown and rainbow trout then - pace our much-loved Yorkshire Dales - you couldn't really dream of anything better than this, could you? There's a smashing pub just round the corner, too.

Tarts

Sunday, 14 May 2017 at 15:13

Tart You're there fishing in Bakewell.... You're hungry.... Well, you've got to, haven't you?

  'The Tart' or Bakewell Pudding - pictured is a fake tart, not a proper pudding - was invented by culinary mistake by the cook at the Rutland Arms in the early 19th century. Many of literature's Greats have stayed at the Rutland: Austen (who apparently did etchings on the window-glass), Byron, Coleridge, Dickens, McCully. I like to think that in a break from drafting Emma, Austen doodled little grayling on the panes.


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