Wild Trout Trust Auction Winners Day with AJS FlyFishers

For the second year running AJS FlyFishers gave a Days Fishing for 2 Rods plus Guide for the Annual WTT Auction.

This year the auction raised a magnificent sum of £100 for the WTT and the winner; Richard Wigg and his guest Bill Barrett met with Club Treasurer Ian Wynn on the 10 September 2020.

The weather had improved and river levels were at their best for the guests.  The water was clear, the sun shining with few clouds and fish were seen rising as the guests made their way to the water.  A start was made near Burgess Bridge where several fish could be targeted with a dry fly.  Richard was a newcomer to river fly fishing so the whole experience was one that started as a steep learning curve as he had never waded in moving water before, an even steeper curve as the nature of a free stone Yorkshire river provided an even greater challenge than he expected.

However, ever eager and with some delicate rod skills, both Richard and Bill were soon casting to rising fish.  Both were surprised at the speed of wild fish to a fly and whilst many casts were eagerly examined by the fish no hookups for either fisherman.  A move further down stream and more rising fish to cast to.

Bill was first to get a fish to the net and whilst not the biggest fish he had caught, the pleasure of such a fine specimen of a wild brown trout gave him much pleasure.  After many unsuccessful attempts to hook a fish Richard finally managed a nice 9" Grayling to the net, his first ever Grayling.

After a short break for lunch the party moved to the lower beats of the river.  Neither Richard nor Bill had ever attempted the European Style Tight Line Nymphing technique.  Ian set up a suitable rod and leader and after a short demonstration Bill was eager to have a go.  He had several 'enquiries' but again the speed of the take meant no fish to the net.  He did manage the oldest trick in the book and lost the flies to an overhanging branch.

Meanwhile Ian had moved upriver with Richard who was now trying his hand at some North Country Spider fishing with a 'down and across' approach using a team of spiders.  By this time few, if any fish, were rising so a switch to 'nymphing' was the order of the day.  

This brought about a change of luck for Richard and he was soon into several fish including one estimated to be a good 2lb brown trout (about 17")  As a complete newbie to river flyfishing his tally at the end of the afternoon was 5 Brown Trout and 3 grayling.  A very happy auction winner who is now planning a return to fish more northern rivers.

Following the day both Richard and Bill have been kind enough to send a review of their day for us to include on the website.  A big thank you to them both - it was a massive pleasure to have two gentlemen from the London area as our guests for the day.

Dear Ian


Thank you very much for your hospitality on our recent visit to the River Nidd.
This was the first time I had ever fished in a fast flowing river using waders, it was a fantastic experience.
It was also the first time I had used barbless flies and with your help it was like having our own gillie.
I had numerous fish on the hook before I landed my first grayling, I then proceeded to catch 2 more and five Brownies 1 which was about 2lb in weight.
I found moving about in the water somewhat difficult at times what with the boulders and rocks.

One thing I learned was in equipment, you get what you pay for i.e .decent boots are a must when wading as I found out to my cost, but nether the less the whole experience of the day will stay with me for a very long time.

It's a little disappointing that we have to travel so far to enjoy a days fishing of this quality.

As for Harrogate, the ladies thoroughly enjoyed their trip and hopefully it will not be too long before we return
Once again Ian many thanks to you and the rest of your members of AJS FlyFishers for putting up the days fishing for charity.


Hopefully we shall meet again in the future
Kindest regards and tight lines
Richard Wigg

Hi Ian

I would like to thank you for the wonderful day you arranged for us, must have taken you back to your working days having to teach all over again.
We both learnt a lot from you and had a great day.
Thanks for the loan of the wadding stick, it would have been impossible to fish without it.
Hope you did not get home too late. Stay safe 
All the very best 
Bill Barrett

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