Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Dodging the Dippers on the Derbyshire Wye

No photos unfortunately, but the dippers were doing battle for territory late yesterday. I watched, fascinated as they knocked each other off rocks and into the river, then had to swim to another rock. Repeatedly doing this, flying upriver and coming back to do the same. One finally flying off, swerving at a duck in its aggressive state.
This is the point where I wished I was carrying a better camera than my phone!
Updated river fly diaries this morning - the season begins! Enjoy!

Friday, 31 March 2017

Otters catching on the river Wye

Not the svelte, furry creatures, but a small dry fly!
First fish of the new season on an otter!
Fishing the Cressbrook & Litton stretch of the Wye as Hilary's guest - she saw a fly pop up for the orange indicator on her fly line. So I put on a size 18 scrappily tied Otter. Up swam a fish and took it. A beautifully marked browny.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Don't forget to buy your rod license before April 1st

Don't get caught on the river without a rod license. You can apply online for your license now
You can also buy a licence:
  • by calling EA on 0344 800 5386 (find out about call charges)
  • in person at a Post Office

    Prices for licences before 1 April

    Licence type Non-migratory trout and coarse Salmon and sea trout
    1-day licence £3.75 £8.00
    8-day licence £10.00 £23.00
    Full licence (valid until 31 March 2017) £27.00 £72.00
    Over 65 or disabled (valid until 31 March 2017) £18.00 £48.00     
     Some prices have gone up for 2017-18

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Some where over the rainbow.....

........the trout season on rivers may be over - but there is a pot of silver at the end of the rainbow!
Silver in the form of a grayling. 
The lady of the stream. 
Ladies of the stream (Lots) is the name of the womens/female fishing group that is slowly growing in numbers. Sign up to join us or find out a little more

Friday, 16 September 2016

Catch and release and the weedy problem

Ok, so finally the fish is well hooked - unlike the 'tap it and flee' fish that occasionally seem to predominate - you faff about with your landing net whilst trying to control the rod and fish. The fish cavorts up and down the river. You now have your net in the river and realise that the play on the line has changed. Your fly is hooked, but no longer to the fish. Out comes the fly (hopefully) with a long stream of healthy river weed attached. Again!
Damned clever these catch and release fish!
Hey ho.... Well at least the net dries rapidly - having bought a replacement Snowbee rubber-mesh - incredibly cheaply - ordered from Peter Arfield at the Bakewell fly fishing shop. They do them in different sizes. I can recommend them. As long as they are the right rim measurement I should think they fit any net. They are better for toothy fish and the hook less readily attaches itself to the mesh.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Updated river fly diary page

Crane flies and bright flies seem to be the order of the month. Crane flies (or daddies) for the windy days and gold bodies for the bright days. Sedges and spinners in the evening

LOTS - Ladies of the stream fly fishing Derbyshire Wye August 2016

Six women fly fishing met up with Dave Southall on a gloriously hot day on the Derbyshire Wye. No wading - which was a slight disadvantage in the heat! Dave gave us some tuition on Tenkara and Italian casting. I have the video on my phone of Dave 'bicycle' casting (without wheels), which I have yet to master. We had a very enjoyable day. I applied the 'bright sun, bright fly' principle, which was productive for me.
We went for a late and extended lunch and resumed fishing until dark!
A wonderful day. Thank you to all who have given us these fly fishing days this summer. 
Tight lines and lets get more children and women fly fishing!