Friday, 6 April 2012

First day out

Enjoyed my first day out on the River Wharfe in Buckden yesterday, but with no success (unless you count a lovely walk in the sun surrounded by snow and hills a success, which I do). But it did give me a chance to finally use my new Orvis Helios and CFO reel purchased in the off season. It wasn't money wasted, but I am hoping they last a long time, they cost enough!

The river was very low and very very clear, and during the whole day I saw three fish rise, and saw three small fish a few feet away who were not interesting in any of my offerings! Took the chance to turn over a few rocks as the fishing was not hot, and got some good fly tying inspiration, saw a lot of PTN style nymphs and one stonefly nymph (I think...). Anyways, that's about all for now, working shifts so have lots of weekdays off to spend in the Dales, and also read about a decent scheme of fishing passports where you purchase tokens to use as day tickets in smaller becks. Seems like a good idea, found here: (remove ribble for other schemes in the UK).


  1. Nice report - sounds like you're really getting into the whole spirit of the game! I've been fluff chucking for 3 or 4 years now and I'm only just starting to tie a few of my own flies and really pay attention to what's going on in the river, so I admire your enthusiasm for diving straight in.
    Don't worry about not catching yet - it's been a tricky start to the season on the Wharfe. Low water and bright conditions to start with and now it won't stop bloody raining! Sure things'll improve soon mind!
    I look forward to reading about your adventures this season.
    Tight lines,

    1. Cheers for the comments Eric, thoroughly enjoy your blog and videos too! It has been an interesting start to the season to say the least...

      Tight lines mate, look forward to hearing about your outings too.