(Bailiff - Mark Bradley)
Mini report for Embsay, Fist Blue Trout from Embsay reported today and photos seen hopefully to follow also Rainbows up to 7lb caught and released fighting fit to grace the bank again. Lots of good feedback on the up coming stocking of more Blues at the end of the month. Tight lines for now.
Embsay has continued to give up her treasures. Lots of fish are coming to the net, with catches of over 10 fish in a session not uncommon. One lucky day-ticket holder caught 17 fish on their visit, all were safely returned to fight another day. The Tigers are well and truly tamed, with most anglers having one of two in there catch reports, The Bigger Rainbows are still regularly being netted, the biggest since the last report was a shade over 6lb and safely returned to the water.
Brown Trout too are gracing the banks too, from tiddlers at 4inch long up to 3lb, so there is a healthy breeding population in the res for the future.
No Blues have been reported as yet but they are in there, there has been lots of interest from anglers regarding blue trout, we will have to see what the next stocking brings - watch this space. One thing I will add is dont let the weather put you off, some of the best results have come on the not so pleasant days.
It has been nonstop really since the start of the season there have been lots of fish caught including plenty of Tigers, a few good Brownies and lots of Rainbows up to almost 8lb. A few anglers taking for the table but it looks like many of the fish caught have been returned unharmed.
The weather has not dampened the enthusiasm of our hardened members and some of the best reports have come on horrendous days to be honest and as the fish are already wet, they dont care about us anglers, so well done the anglers who have braved the weather.
The fish have also come to the hook on the few more pleasant days we have had, tending to favour the windward side, so good catches reported when fishing into the wind. Worm have done well fished deep and a fly called a Black & Fluro Green Gold head has accounted for a good few quality Rainbows. I would like to thank the people who have posted photos and catches on our Facebook page as it helps me along with chatting to you all to be able to calculate catches and report back to the club for the next restocking.
I must mention Mr Ed Brown & Mr Phillip Mawson as they fished an excellent session the other day
with Ed ending the day with 10 fish and Phillip close on his heels with 8 a mixture of Tigers and Rainbows with all fish returned safe and sound to the water.
(Bailiff - Simon Chenier)
Sport has picked up very well over the last couple of month with good catches by most of the anglers that i have spoke too
Bream to three pound are turning up in most swims and even a few just over four pound
Perch are feeding well on every side of the water varying in size from two inch to two pound, however none of the really big perch have been landed yet, perhaps as the season progresses they will put in
The roach that have been stocked over the last few years are growing on well , up towards a pound for the first lot that went in and half pound for the second lot
Trout have been preoccupied with feeding on the abundant fry for the last few month but are now starting to come back to the worm and maggot and its allways worth trying a prawn as hookbait if its the bigger trout your after, reports suggest there are some in there that will be touching the ten pound mark
To summarise bags of mixed coarse fish between four to six kilos are regularly been reported over a three hour session with either the pole , waggler or feeder
Pictured is one of A.Wades bream catches
The coarse fish population are finally starting to go on the feed,good mixed bags of roach, perch, skimmers and the odd rudd,
In the last few weeks a tench of one pound six ounce has been landed along with a few gudgeon and tommy ruffe.
Carp have been spotted cruising the margins and weed beds and a few anglers have had them on but lost in the weeds, perhaps stepping up the size of line is required to land one of them.
Trout seem to be feeding mostly on the abundant fry as they are not coming out to standard baits like worm, prawn or maggot, although if you throw a handful of floating casters out they go mad for them.
Pictured is this mornings catch by Kenny Wright.
Still mainly trout that are active, taking any bait you care to offer, bread punch, sweetcorn, maggot, prawns, pellets and various spinners,
There has been a good amount of members and a few day ticket anglers up there in the last few weeks, a few have targeted the roach with only limited success.
I hope the warmer weather that is forecast for the next week or so will encourage the roach and perch to get active,
if any one has any notable catches over the next few weeks please feel free to get in touch with the details and i can add them to the next report.
The gill has been fishing well for the past couple of weeks, Roach upto a pound have been landed on a variety of baits
(caster, single maggot,pinkies and punch)they seem to dissappear if there is a couple of cold days.
Perch are still not showing in any sort of numbers, but the few that have been caught where good sized fish.
Carp have been seen over the last four days or so, the two ghosties and there common carp entourage have put some size on over the winter
, at least three of our members have said the biggest common is now a double figure fish, we will have to wait for it to be caught to see if it is.
Trout are being caught on just about any bait you put in although the favourites seems to be prawns, sweetcorn and worm, I even caught a two pound brownie on the bread punch whilst trying to tempt the roach.
(Bailiff - David Martin)
Bailiff Report First half of 2018.
Rain, rain and more rain to start the season.
The cold temperatures in March and April, kept the trout on the bottom, but catchable on nymph patterns.
The return of the Sand Martins and the House Martins was indeed a welcome sight, but also worrying. The cold damp weather and a distinct lack of fly life wasnt the best welcome the Aire could offer.
Mink sightings were up, along with reports of the village duck population mysteriously going missing.
Goosanders were everywhere on the river and almost tame on lower stretches of the river. Cormorants too were making the best of our fish.
Then, as May arrived, everything changed.
The sun came out.
Fly life became abundant with clouds of midges enveloping anglers who brush past riverside trees. Other species of fly began to appear. Again in large numbers.
The Mayfly hatch wasnt as good as previously, indeed it was perhaps the worst in six years, but the odd large trout was fooled by imitations.
The Grannom hatch although plentiful, seemed to be ignored.
As for the river inhabitants, there seems to be an extraordinary large increase in the amount of trout in comparison to last year. Trout parr and juveniles up to about 8 inch seem to be everywhere. Apparently this is not just the Aire, other rivers have had the same population explosion.
Not all good news though, constant sunshine and lack of rain has made the river drop to a very low level. This in turn depletes oxygen levels and warms the water.
We have lost at least one specimen brown trout due to bad angling practice. So, may I take this opportunity to remind anglers, if they do catch a large fish, coarse fish included. It will take a while to recover after being caught. Keep that fish in the water for long as it takes to swim off strongly. It may take 10 minutes, it make take longer. If it swims off and goes belly up... it will die.
Personally, I will not fish the river until we see a lot more rain. It is not beyond comprehension the skilled angler could C+R over 30 fish on our stretch at the moment, "shooting fish in a barrel" comes to mind.
Small chub seem to be making an odd appearance. Large trout, again, seem to be gracing a few peoples nets.
Grayling for me and others, seem quite abundant.
Fishermen numbers seem to be down, although the school holidays have brought lots of teenagers and litter to the river.
Finally, flood alleviation works have been carried out in Carleton. Excess gravel has been removed from the beck and redistributed at the end of Carleton beck where it meets the river. The gravel should help the resident trout of the river to produce future offspring.
A large hard standing are has also been created. Although these works are not perfect, they were free.
More information on the trout breeding cycle can be found here.
Not seen too many folk on the river as of late. Perhaps this is due to the
water clarity, low water or the heat?
Bigger fish taking nymph, grayling seeming to be taking both nymph and
And the kids...........
Now the summer holidays are upon us, the local youths gather en masse on
the farmers land for riverside activities. Please be aware.
Duffers fortnight has been and gone and the big trout have once again hidden themselves waiting for the right sub surface morsel.
Fry seem to have taken over the river with shoals of small fish everywhere. Even tapdoles are occupying the slacker areas.
Trout can be seen cruising around the shoals waiting for a chance to smash and grab.
Fly life is certainly abundant with clouds of flies and multitudes of species.
The lack of rain over the last few week has not helped the angler. The water is like glass and only inches deep in places.
Dont cast downstream, the fish will see you.
New Zealand method aka the duo aka klink and dink.
Dry fly if you can match the hatch.
Streamers, imitation fry.
Once you have hooked your quarry, release asap.
Low oxygen levels will make it harder for the fish to recover so be prepared to give your fish some TLC.
With the coarse season just around the corner could I ask all fly fishing members and others who may be reading this, learn to recognise a grayling rise form. This will help next year when grayling are out of season and should not be targeted. It will also stop me getting mad at anglers who repeatedly ignor warnings they are casting at OOS fish.
Members may be aware pike seem to be more prevelant on our stretches. Summer is not the best time for pike fishing, please save this practise for the colder months.
Poachers have been reported on stretches higher up than ours. If you come into contact with a group of non-english speaking people with spinning equipment, please do not tackle them yourselves.
Contact the police. There is enough information readily available for the correct way to report such incidents. See link below.
On a lighter (maybe darker) note, with the warm weather on our doorstep, its not just the anglers enjoying the river.
Whole families and their animals, gangs of teenagers etc will all be letting off steam. (And leaving lots of litter) Particularly the field above the metal footbridge on the shared stretch.
Dry flies for your flybox for the remainder of this month and May.
The grey duster, in sizes 16 and 14. A useful imitation for the large dark olive.
The grannom fly, in sizes 14 and 12. ( Useful in the duo)
The midge, in sizes 18 and 20.
The hawthorn fly, in size 12.
The mayfly, a multitude of patterns in a multitude of sizes.
Emergers, large sized in black, brown and green. (Use with the duo or by itself)
The hard bit... working out what the fish are taking
If your fishing the river and its running crystal clear, as it is now, dont fish downstream because the fish will see you.
Use light rods, long leaders and fine tippets.
If fish are not taking insects from the top then perhaps speculating with a dry fly may not be such a good idea. Employ the duo method and speculate with a nymph as well as the dry!
Riffles, runs and pools... concentrate on these areas and you will catch fish.
Current Level...0.36m. Insect life... Grannon in big numbers, olives in big numbers. The odd stonefly.
Trout are now starting to look up and are taking artificial variations of the above. The usual large emerger patterns are also being taken by hungry trout.
The grayling still seem unaware to the food stuffs above the waterline, however they will take nymphs intended for the trout.
I have spoken to the usual folk who tend to inhabit the river and all seem to have caught either on worm or fly.
Deans field today, just over an hours fishing, 2 out of season grayling and this nice trout.