This is not a gallery of BIG FISH  pictures. There are plenty of those elsewhere.

This is a gallery of the smaller river creatures, and other items which might be encountered during a day's fishing.  

April 2011, River Wharfe at Addingham.

BWO, Yellow May?
Please email me if you can identify it..

  Photo David Sunderland

October 2010

Another Argyll otter.

  Photo David Sunderland

October 2010

Guillemot swimming underwater, Argyll.

Photo David Sunderland

 

October 2010

Mullet in shallow water, Argyll.

Photo David Sunderland

 

September 2008

A quiet road by Loch Caolisport, Argyll.
We met this dog otter trotting along the road on two occasions. A smaller one was feeding in the loch just over the wall.

 

Wharfe, Barden, July 2008

A stonefly nymph. Less than 1/4".
Wriggles as it walks.

 

Wharfe, Barden, July 2008

Hydropsyche
Larva of one of the sedge flies.

 

Wharfe, Barden, July 2008

A baby signal crayfish, about 3/8" (or a size 14 hook)
No 'fly' pattern well established for this creature,
though according to the keeper, trout often eat crayfish bigger than this.

 

Fewston Reservoir, 20th June 2008

 A small black sedge.

A few brown trout rising to them.

Wharfe, Addingham, June 1 2008

Trying to identify - 
Yellow May Spinner (Heptagenia sulphuria)?
however, this is perhaps more associated with slower rivers, but there are many stone clinger nymphs under the pebbles here.

If anyone knows, please email me

Female goosander with chicks.
All voracious fish eaters.

Wharfe, Addingham, June1 2008

'Pairing 2'

 

March 2008

'Pairing 1'

 

March 2008

Willow fly, Leuctra geniculata
(or so I think. 
Needle Fly and Medium Stone Fly are similar)

many near the canal, Sept 2007

 

 

Heather fly, Bibio pomonae.

Very similar to the Hawthorn Fly but more likely to be observed on Scottish lochs. Observe the reddish colour of the upper leg segments - all black on the Hawthorn.

This is one of swarms on a heather moor near Ullapool.

Sept 2007

 

Water vole footprints, River Swale near Gatenby.

I used to see these inoffensive animals every time I went fishing. Now a sighting is rare.

August 2007

 

Otter footprints, River Swale near Gatenby.

August 2007

Closeup of the above
This little creature (about 1mm diam) was extracted from my flesh. I pick these up every time I go to the Scottish west coast.
A small sedge

Wharfe, Addingham 

June 07

Luckily at the other side of the canal. If it were any nearer I would prefer the company of the next one ...
...however, this macho hunk changed its mind about crossing the river.
Tufted ducks, another fairly recent avian success story.

Local tarn

February 2007

A buzzer. Very small midge larva enlarged.

My rain bucket

July 2006

A very sad picture. Nothing to do with water life, I just wanted to share the burden of grief.
Success with a small Klinkhamer. (Also caught small chub and grayling. Not a sign of a trout.)

Aire, Broughton

June 2007

Several mayflies dancing over the field, but saw none hatching. Looks to me like Ephemera danica. We are not supposed to have them here.

Aire, Broughton

June 2007

A busy hatch, these and pale watery greens. More flies hatching than trout rising.

Wharfe, Adingham

June 2007

Leeches. The first time I have seen these in a river.

Wharfe, Addingham

June 2007

Ryacophila (but a rather small one)

Wharfe, Addingham

June 2007

...and the contents

Local tarn

May 2007

 

Coot on nest...

Local tarn

May 2007

  Signal crayfish

Wharfe, Addingham

July 2006 

More snails, different again

Wharfe, Addingham

May 2007

Small shells on the river bank - note the tiny spiral shells.

Ribble, Long Preston

April 2007

Live snails - not the same as those above.

Ribble, Long Preston

April 2007

 

Canada geese - another proliferating pest in the guise of a feathered friend.

However, they do spread a lot of feathers which are useful for fly tying.

Salmon leaping

Ribble, Stainforth

September 2006

Hog louse. An Asellus sp., not the  blood-sucking hog louse, Haematopinus suis. 

Ure, Aysgarth

May 2007

 
Heptagenid

Wharfe, Addingham

August 2006

 
Heptagenid

Ure, Aysgarth

May 2007

Heptagenid

Ure, Aysgarth

May 2007

 

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