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Tench, crucians and roach 1

Monday, 20 August 2018 at 21:12

Henry's crucian A lovely half-day with Henry, catching tench, crucians and some very good quality roach (to Henry). We had half a dozen tench, with the best pushing 3lb; three or four crucians (pictured) - bonny, gold-minted fish; and some roach and rudd. We fished either the waggler (Henry) or the Lift method (me) and spent a great deal of time trying to get our baits - dendros, sweetcorn, maggots - onto the bottom. Often the sinking baits would be snaffled in mid-water by hordes of hungry (and tiny) rudd, roach and perch. Once the baits were on the deck, we had a chance among the rather larger fish.

Tench, crucians and roach 2

Monday, 20 August 2018 at 21:10

Tench This was the best of the tench, a fish which we thought pushed 3lb. Single grain of sweetcorn, Lift method, Lucky Strike and the 'pin.... Lovely.

Failing to catch mullet on the fly

Saturday, 18 August 2018 at 18:26

Mullet flies Sporadically but persistently I've been trying to catch mullet on the fly...and have blanked altogether. I can sometimes (not always) see the mullet feeding, but on what I haven't been able to work out despite earnest peering and sundry useless inspections of the shallows. I even bought a set of mullet flies recommended by that guru Colin Macleod: you can buy such a set from the admirable Selectafly. Yet to date, although I can certainly catch ...two (or today, one) small bass ... on these flies they have failed spectacularly to convince the local mullet.

There are those who say that the span of human life is too short to waste in fly-fishing for mullet and I'm beginning to agree with that view.

North from Starbotton

Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:40

North from Starbotton No year is quite right if I can't see and walk around in Wharfedale - for preference, the dale north from Starbotton and Buckden. It sounds - it is - sentimental, but these to me are some of the best-known and most beloved places on earth. It was wonderful to walk and potter about for a week up there. This was a family break so I barely fished, unless you count two very short sessions on the upper Wharfe. I dropped a couple of fish on little barbless dry flies and to be honest, I didn't mind at all. Honour was satisfied, and thereafter I spent more time watching and seeing than fishing. One reward was a long encounter with a stoat, a creature I was delighted to see again.

Dales bridges

Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:37

Dales bridge The bridges of the Yorkshire Dales fascinate me and always will. Who made them? How on earth have they withstood two centuries (and sometimes more) of floods and sharp weather? Accommodated from foot and packhorse to incessant streams of car traffic?


Monday, 6 August 2018 at 20:35

Scar House Out for a walk round Scar House reservoir, at the top of Nidderdale. A fascinating place - but also moody in some weathers. Plenty of trout rising. I'd have given a great deal to have had a rod and some Black Spiders and Daddies with me.

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