Hi guys, my name is Phillippa Hake and I have created this blog to share my fly fishing adventures with you.
I caught my first rainbow trout at Raygill Lakes near Skipton. I’ll never forget it, it was a red-hot day in the middle of a heat wave. the fish were jumping everywhere but not seeming to take on the flies that were on offer. so as I stood on the bank in the scorching temperatures thinking to my self, “it’s not going to happen” it did, at first I didn’t know what to do so I lifted my rod and hooked the fish. I looked over to my dad both of us had massive smiles across our faces. it wasn’t a monster but it was my first fish on the fly and ill never forget it. and to make it even more special I was the only person to catch a fish that day and when you’re a girl and you beat men at their own sport it feels pretty good!!
a week or so after I bought a fly tying kit, a tiny box full of feather and fur which over the months has grown and grown and grown. it has taken over my bedroom! I tie flies regularly, the cruncher being my favorite.
over the past year i have been doing alot of river fishing on my local river. the river calder. some days coming home from work and heading straight to the rive and catching plenty of beautifully marked brow trout and grayling.
i hope to do weekly updates on my fishing. so be sure to keep up to date with my blog and see what ive been up to!