Thanks for a great read....you're site is a superb collection of knowledge on the Ure..... My friend and I were going to go Sunday to the Swinton beat, but with winds of 40mp we decided to give it a miss!
I heard about those too, I shook hands with what felt a heavy fish yesterday and also saw 2 others move. It was great to get my 16 year old son out on the water in his brand new waders - his casting is coming along and 3 Bonny trout intercepted his monkey fly to give him some confidence.Two fish at Swinton today (see Yorkshire Game Fishing FB pages), and one each reported at Bolton and Jervaulx Abbey.
At least you had a go.... Swinton needs some serious bank work IMO, then there'd be a lot more fishing opened up. Also I think 4 rods is 2 rods too many.... If the lower pools had some time spent on them i think they'd be very good......I fished Swinton today, I would have gone yesterday but had to be in the office. There's a reason Phillip Ellis is guiding, he definitely knows his stuff and hit the water just right. He told me last year that the second flood got the fish up to Swinton, I fished the first one to no effect, lo and behold on the second flood he nails a couple of cracking fish..... Well done to a top man.
Today was a good height and it cleared throughout the day as the level dropped. There were 3 rods on the beat, one reported a Salmon-like pull and that was that for migratory fish. Nothing seen today either. I would never say never, but I think if there were lots of fish running through the middle river, then we'd have seen some evidence. If there were any taking fish present, surely they would have given one of us some action.
The bottom half of the beat has some lovely water, even if it is a little challenging to fish in some places. The wooded section is like a cross between the upper Dee and the Olympic Peninsula. If there were numbers of fish running, this would be a great place to intercept them in resting lies. There's a couple of deep pools, but they are pretty hard to fish. There's a long section where the bank is a sheer 40-80ft above the river, with no path down and overhanging trees. One of these pools looks like a great option - from the other bank.
I wonder if the nature of the river system and, in particular, the barriers at Naburn, Linton, Boroughbridge and Newby Hall usually stop fish running the river in ways which would make this water a more attractive prospect. i.e. The fish can sit safely in deep, oxygenated water under a weir until the mood takes them and then they can run straight through to the upper reaches without any real pause. That would make it even more essential to be Johnny on the Spot and hit the middle river at just the right height and time. Just my 10p worth and I could be wrong as always.
Tight lines to all who get out.
I think i'll be out saturday afternoon....... just ordered some more material to tie a few mini tubes up....can't wait!!Although the water levels are dropping off, there's still enough for salmon to run freely throughout the system. I shall be out on Friday when they will be even lower, not with any great expectation of catching, but rather for the joy of being out on the water for the first time this year, and better still, in the company of a very old friend (indeed, we're both rather old!).
I read that ten salmon came out of the Ure yesterday....
Hi, approx how much is Phil Ellis for the day?I saw tha
I’m working all this week, something which is a good thing really - except when fish are being caught!
Incidentally, I read Phil Ellis’s FB page and saw that there was at least one taking fish at Swinton last Friday and one of the other rods hooked it after I left, under the guidance of Phil!
If you have the time you could do worse than give him a call. I booked him for my brother last year but my brother was working 7 days through Sep and Oct, so I took the day myself.
I’d never been keen on the idea before living in the US and I’d still prefer to fish alone and find things for myself.
However, I enjoyed the day more than I thought, lots of good information and good company too. I can’t justify the cost, given the money I’ve spent this year on fishing, but I think it is reasonable value considering the fish per trip and how hard he works for the rod.
Obviously this comes from a man whose first Yorkshire fish came courtesy of MCX Guiding Services Inc.
Glad to hear you are getting out MCX and I think you may have a decent chance on Friday. I nearly booked Thoresby as back up last Friday, but was concerned I may waste my money and wash out based on the forecast. In the event, the rain eased up and it would have been a lovely height to fish.
GK, many thanks. I've just come off a telephone conversation with someone whose sons have just caught 3 on Bolton.
Hi, approx how much is Phil Ellis for the day?