It’s early season and were fishing on the river Nidd at Tockwith to be more precise Tockwith on the York and District water. Armed with Yearbooks and kit we walked through the cornfield towards the river it’s a beautiful summer’s day one of those good to be alive days , It’s only a few hundred yards to the river but with a drive of a mile or so to the parking area you really are in the middle of nowhere ,We arrive at the river [it’s quite overgrown] so we go for a long walk up and down the bank we aren’t in any rush as it’s early and we have the whole day ahead of us ,
It’s only a few hundred yards to the river but with a drive of a mile or so to the parking area you really are in the middle of nowhere, We arrive at the river [it’s quite overgrown] so we go for a long walk up and down the bank we aren’t in any rush as it’s early and we have the whole day ahead of us , We choose a few swims and dropped in a couple of handfuls of hemp and caster trying our best to be quiet and out of sight of the fish in this small river, it’s easy for fish to see you against the skyline so we kept low as they are easily spooked , I let things quieten down before stealthily
I let things quieten down before stealthily lobbing a small feeder over the bait,[Stealthily probably isn’t the word haha clumsily more like it] an hour or so later a small barbel then another a little larger. Further downstream Phil was trotting casters and loose feeding them with hemp, eventually they clicked on and bite after bite then a small chub gave way to a nice barbel then a clonking bite resulted in a 4 1b fish. not huge but they do go larger in this Mr Crabtree River.
After trying the other pre-baited swims with nothing we decided to try maggots, trotting down with a small stick float and a size 20 hook and light tackle and it wasn’t long before we were trying to hit the dace and small chub and the odd small roach with a half a dozen or so fish apiece and one nice size Grayling to me of about a pound I declared it a draw and we decided to call it a day and come back again in the morning . So we pointed the car in a homeward direction but as we were off work for a few days we landed at our fav b & b for a few beers and a long talk about our favourite subject.
The previous night’s discussion had led us to conclude that [ as if we didn’t know already ] that Hemp and Caster score on this river, it does for us at Tockwith and on other sections of the Nidd. Having said that anyone not using hemp while fishing for barbel are missing out on fish on the bank that’s for sure.
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