The rivers were still fining down from a recent thunderstorm , but they were fishable , the water carrying a peat stain, i couldn't wait and fished the stretch of the river Doe, in which the cottage overlooks, catching some fine brightly coloured trout up to the pound , i was surprised to see such fine fish from a wee river.
|My favourite pool|
The next day we did the waterfalls walk a great way to see the rivers. First we walked along the Twiss viewing some of its many falls.
The most impressive and famous of all is Thornton force.
The next few are on the Doe, the top one is Beezley falls, where in the photo below you also just see the Triple spout in the foreground.
|Beezley falls (and Triple Spout)|
Next day saw us visit Hawes, a colder day, but still dry, on the way i couldn't help but notice the difference in character of the upper Doe above Beezley falls . Here the river was less rocky meandering through a meadow in a valley between the scars.
On Wednesday i went to Blackpool for a treat for my son and after a day on the Pepsi Max, i decided for a few casts on the Twiss and Doe, fishing wasn't great, in fact i started on the Twiss and after a few wee fish decided to head for the Doe,( the midges were terrible on the Twiss ) , but it wasnt much better in the low water, the best fish being a 3/4lber in the dying light on a g and h sedge).
On Thursday i took the dog for a walk down the Greta and in the distance i spied a nice looking pool, so later i decided to start from there. I'd decided to fine down too 7x and try smaller patterns today so put on a size 14 olive klink . Taking a few wee browns (and salmon parr) from the pool below the pool i planned to start at i now found myself on the pool, made a cast into the bubble line a fish took and lifted in to him and he swam upstream then to the other bank, this was a hefty fish i felt things were going well , then for no apparent reason the line went limp, no curly tail , i reckon the fish bit through the line. A big sigh followed!
I lost another fish , not big but that's when i decided too beef up on the tippet. So back with the 5x and it wasn't a minute too soon as i approached a smashing looking pool and first cast a nice trout took the klink , leaping around the pool, and luckily i brought this one to the net, a shade over 2lb, beautifully marked!
This was my fish of the trip. i was delighted, but was still left wondering what I'd lost in "That pool".
|Ingleborough (peak) from the Greta.|