Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Reet blowy on't Ure



Yes it was windy again at the weekend; too windy to present a dry fly correctly, and difficult even to pitch a pair of nymphs upstream into likely lies. It came out of the northwest at a steady 15-20mph for most of the day and took most of the enjoyment out of the gentle act of fly fishing. With cool blowy conditions prevailing for the last two weeks now, and before that a period of dog day like hot weather, I can confidently say that this has been one of the toughest starts to a river season I can remember. Sure, we have caught fish - some good 'uns too on both running and still water, but the process has been more workmanlike than enjoyable and I long for a quiet evening of relaxing contemplation and fish rising in every pool.......

The Ure at Masham is a delightful river, but we didn't see it in the best light on this occasion - the chill wind kept would be risers down and the odd fish which poked their snouts out to sip down drowned terrestrials, did so in an unpredictable and sporadic manner. Nevertheless, I fully expected to find fish in the foam lanes and pocket water on the nymphs, but pickings were surprisingly slim and between us we caught only a handful of fish, including the bonny example below which Bob managed to skillfully extract from beneath a nasty overhanging branch.

Some parts of the North West have seen a little rain this week and as I write the Ribble is fining down after a much needed lift of a couple of feet, although further north, the Eden basin appears to have been largely unaffected. Next week, I intend to commence evening fishing operations in earnest and the bloody weather had better comply, or there's going to be trouble............

3 comments:

blake said...

that wind will sure cause some chaos while flyfishing

Midge Man said...

I have to say something here. If I had a crazy wish that could come true it would be to grab all you guys over there and set you down beside a campfire over here on one of our rivers. Not because the fishing is so great, but because I love your attitudes about the sport and the way you work the water. Your appreciation and understanding of the sport so far exceeds the average over here that it would just be a hell of a lot of fun and an honor to share a cup of good whiskey the night before we had our first light session the next morning. My Grand Father once told me every new season is a new life. Have a wonderful season!

Matthew Eastham said...

Midgeman, I would love that, the honour would be all mine. Who knows, maybe one day?