River flies

A bug’s life

My fly fishing club in North Yorkshire belongs to something called the Riverfly Partnership, whose main aim is to protect the UK’s rivers. Part of this involves monitoring invertebrates in the rivers. This provides information about the ecology of the water and is also an important way to detect if the water quality is improving […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Hallelujah!

Hoorah! After many fruitless hours on the bank I have at last had another fish! Went down at about 3pm on a relatively mild (9C) but slightly breezy afternoon. River still nicely in its banks. Put in a couple of casts of feeder with maggot and after about 20 minutes got a decent bite which […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Another day, another blank

Not wholly surprised, despite my self-confessed optimism. It had rained overnight and a bit of a downpour in the morning. The water was still within the banks and at a reasonable level, but had taken on a somewhat unappealing grey hue. Also the wind had picked up a bit since yesterday. I fished for about […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Close, but no cigar

Another promising looking afternoon. The temperature had risen to a balmy 9 degrees and  no rain for a couple of days meant the river was still plenty low enough and not running like an express train. It looked good when I went down at around 2pm. Bunged in a maggot feeder for a couple of […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

And it all looked so promising…

A wonderful day for a spot of winter fishing. No breeze, blue sky, keen frost. Went down at 2pm. The river looked stunning. This is the view from my swim: The water had dropped by about a foot overnight, and people who know more about these things than I do say that fishing is more […]

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