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ABOUT THE FISHINg
Angling prospects for the coming week (August 16th-August 23rd) River levels at the moment are fairly high, due to the continued unsettled spell, angling should be good in and below the Falls, during the whole week, showers permitting. The Higher stretches (Sandy Mire and Cravendale) should be brilliant following the increase in rainfall, with below the Iron Bridge (A65) good for the same reason. Patterns such as Partridge and Orange, Snipe and Purple, Waterhen Bloa or Stewarts Black Spider as Wet Flies, with Grey Duster, Kites Imperial, Double Badger or F Terrestrial as Dries, should offer some sport in mid to late August.
I went up Sandy Mire on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, managed to catch 4 on the first day, 3 on the second, 2 on the third with 5 on the Thursday all 14 being caught on the F Terrestrial and Grey Duster, the largest a beautiful wild Brownie of just a Pound . There seems to be a lot of Juvenile Trout (6"-8") being caught up "Top" now, which surely bodes well for the future.
The Twin Rivers, Twiss and Doe, start high up in the fells, as they meander across their respective valleys, Kingsdale for the River Doe and Chapel-Le-Dale For The Twiss, it's hard to imagine the power of the glaciers that carved out these two now quiet and peaceful places.
With just sheep as company, the curlew and lapwing calling across time, it's an idyllic way to spend a warm spring day or beautiful summer's evening.
But if that sounds far too lazy and old arm chair, come and take the waterfall challenge, with almost three miles of tumbling cascades, deep rock pools, heady waterfalls and crashing cataracts, Ingleton waterfalls are the real thing for the adventurous, mobile, angler, armed with a trusty six to eight foot, two to four weight, a few flies, scoop net and good strong boots or waders, you'll never have as much fun legally. There are pools up here that have hardly been fished, and brownies that have never seen an artificial fly, think you're hard enough ? Or skilled enough? Come pocket water fishing on the Doe and the Twiss and find out! Oh and don't forget the inflatable vest!
Below the A65 after the twin rivers have joined under the viaduct to form the River Greta, they have morphed into a wider, slower and more sedate flow, still quick by lowland river standards, but here are long, slow glides, to test the presentation skills of the best dry fly man or woman. Deep rock strewn pools hiding the big returning River Lune brownies, or the shy and wily sea-trout, perhaps as the trout season comes to a close, a mighty King of fish the Atlantic Salmon, if your luck's in.
It’s fly fishing only from the top of Beezley Fall on the River Twiss, with the same rule on the River Doe from the top of Thornton Force, but below you can use worms and after the 1st August you can spin. Barbless hooks only, and that's about it.
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