The Ure is different to the other Yorkshire dales rivers in that it does not share its name with the dale it runs through. As do the Wharfe and Swale for example. It is river that flows fairly swiftly throughout its length and for the angler has a lovely combination of deep pools and shallow ripples. Lovely water for the fly angler. Wading is "interesting" the bottom is pretty much all round boulders certainly care is required. One section today seemed to have a river bed almost entirely made of smooth round boulders like bowling balls .
There was one fish rising to the right of the pic and I reckoned I spent 15mins trying it with various patterns. But it showed no interest in what I offered it. The river always carries colour most references refer to this as carrying a tea stain. It certainly is the closest I could come to with a colour.
Today the water was a little higher than summer levels and was still very cold. There was little surface activity there was a few LDOs hatching but not in sufficient numbers to interest the fish. A couple of the anglers who obviousley had some years experience of the river were warm with their welcome and free with advise. A team of soft hackled spiders and a selection of wets will be in the armourment for future early season visits.