Lower Derwent fishing

Gotcha!

Not likely to break any records, but a splendid six-inch chublet is better than nothing. Or indeed a bullhead: Only the one, but at least there is something there. River had fallen by a good 18″ to 2ft over the previous 24h, apparently supporting the wisdom that says a falling river fishes better than a rising […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

My kingdom for a fish!

They’ve all buggered off. Two sessions, not one touch. The water has come up to the top of the bank and is pulling hard in the middle. Tried the fast bits and the slack bits. Not a sausage. Not much rain forecast over the next few days so maybe the level will start to fall […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Knock knock

No, it’s not a joke. That is the total amount of action I have had over the past three sessions: two knocks. The fish seem to have done a bunk. But I’ll pop down later this afternoon and see if they have come back…

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Lower Derwent fishing

The fickle Gods of angling…

Well, you can never tell. It was a horrible day – wind gusting strongly from the north-west taking the temperature down to around zero. I wasn’t overly hopeful when I went down at about 2.30 pm. Lobbed a feeder of red maggots into the middle of the river and waited. The wind was causing the […]

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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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