The River Skirfare taken from Stubbing lane between Arncliffe and Litton.

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The River Skirfare is the main tributary of the River Wharfe in Upper Wharfedale. It joins the River Wharfe between Kilnsey and Kettlewell and nearly doubles the size of the main river at this point. The River Skirfare has its source in Three Peaks country and flows through Littondale on its way to meet the River Wharfe. It runs very clear unless there has been recent rain and holds a good head of wild brown trout. The fly fishing on the River Skirfare is not for the angler who wants easy fishing or for those who measure their success by the numbers of fish caught. These are some of the most difficult trout you will find anywhere, extracting them requires a high degree of fly fishing skill and stealth. There are good sized brown trout in the River Skirfare and they have a tendency to hug the banks. Fly fishing here is mainly dry fly, to fish observed rising to naturals; fishing the water generally results in spooked trout that spook the next trout and so on. The scenery here, like so many other places in the Yorkshire Dales, is nothing short of magnificent. Again green fields are interspersed with limestone rocks, dry stone walls and stone barns. The sheep outnumber people quite easily and buzzards ride the updraft above the valley sides.

Source Yorkshire Dales Fly Fishing

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  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfabout 4 years ago

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...about 4 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you so much Charmiene!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 4 years ago

    Know it well. Beautifully composed photo, Colin. Superb work!

  • Thanks Steve!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • mscornwall
    mscornwallabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous :) xxx

  • Thanks a lot Denise!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKabout 4 years ago

    Lovely image Colin.

  • Thank you so much Jacqui!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago

    This is a fascinating photo that I’ve been studying for quite a few minutes already! I love the contrasting colour provided by the foreground tree and also the way we are led “upstream” by the river. The wall is an interesting foreground detail and it’s colours almost match a part of the clouds. And talking of the clouds isn’t it great how they seem to parallel the sloping lines of the hills? A great photo Colin.
    Best wishes

  • Thank you so much Peter for the great commant!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Taffmeister
    Taffmeisterabout 4 years ago

    Lovely composition Colin and good exposure too.
    Nice parallel lines leading off to the horizon.

  • Many many thanks Tony for the valued comment!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • swaby
    swabyabout 4 years ago

    Ooooo Colin, so beautiful with fabulous depth! Its perfect in so many ways!

  • Thanks a lot Tina really appreciated!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Sandra Cockayne
    Sandra Cockayneabout 4 years ago

    Perfection Colin. Nice one. Another fave methinks! S:)x

  • Thank you so much!!

    – Colin Metcalf

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • Thank you!

    – Colin Metcalf

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