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!

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

The heaviest catch at Wolfscote

What a weighty beast being hauled from the river by Sarah. Not a very large trout, but a very wet and firmly stuck large lamb. It had clearly done something many of us fly fishers do at the waters edge and thought solid ground was between us and the river, discovering our error as we sink into the water! Unfortunately the lamb could not recover itself from this position and, had Sarah not so obligingly and professionally, stepped in, I am sure the animal would not have survived the night. It was sodden. The lamb was lucky that we had Sarah with us - she keeps sheep and knew what to get hold of to haul it out - without landing herself in the river too.
Well done Sarah, you had the largest catch of the day!
To make it a double sheep catch - this event was preceded by Hilary releasing a noisy lamb with its head stuck in fencing. Which just goes to show that a day fly fishing at the river isn't just about fishing!
LOTS (Ladies of the Stream) were fly fishing on the temple beat and Wolfscote yesterday. The drizzle persisted almost all day - but - there was only a gentle southerly wind, highly unusual for Wolfscote Dale. The fishing was hard but we all stuck at dry fly fishing - with results.
I only caught grayling - but then, we are not called the Ladies of the Stream for nothing!
Next event on the 16th of August on the Derbyshire Wye. Check the Womens river fishing days for details.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

LOTS of ladies go Tenkara fly fishing

The 6th of July found seven of the 'Ladies of the Stream', womens fly fishing group; fishing with Tenkara rods on Cressbrook & Littons stretch of the Derbyshire Wye with expert instruction from Dave Southall.
As he demonstrated the cast with a small beaded nymph

a fish took it
and was speedily brought to the (Glen Pointon floating) net!
A very good day of Tenkara fly fishing had begun. Thanks Dave, we had a great day, great instruction, great river.
Our next LOTS (Ladies of the Stream) is already fully booked. We are taking places for the 16th August. Check the Womens fishing days page shortly.
Tight lines

Monday, 13 June 2016

Emerging mayfly

A mayfly emerged fresh from the river. Its greenish hue was a colour I used in making some successful artifical foam bodied mayflys. See the river fly diary page for examples
Just to prove it wasn't my fishing bag altering the colour here it is from the trouts point of view!

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Ogden day 10am Sunday 5th June 2016

Ogden Day, Sunday 5th June 2016 from 10 am just downstream of the main road bridge in Bakewell.
On this day it will be one hundred and fifty one years since Mr James Ogden demonstrated his floating flies on the Derbyshire Wye below Bakewell Bridge. The day after, the dry-fly-only rule was adopted on the Peacock Fly fishing water and has been in place ever since. 
There will be a re-enactment of his demonstration to catch a fish. Let us hope he is successful!