Pickering Beck

Come on fish! Where are you hiding??

Time to put a stop to this fairly dismal run of form. The season has been pretty dire so far and there’s not much of it left to put things right. So it was up to Pickering Beck to stop the rot and pull out some decent quarry. Right, 7.5ft 3wt Burns, furled leader, short […]

Continue Reading

Oxfolds Beck, North Yorkshire

Still struggling…

Fed up with catching only miniscule fish – and barely any of those – I fancied putting a decent bend in the rod so headed up to Oxfolds Beck. As I’ve mentioned before there are some real stonkers in this little, crystal clear stream, but dreadful pollution has decimated the water. Last time I was […]

Continue Reading

River Seven, Yorkshire

Where has my fishing mojo gone?

To the lower beat of the Seven at Sinnington to bag a hatful on spiders. The weather was fine – sun breaking through the cloud, a rather sticky 19C and a nice tailwind. The river looked in good enough fettle, up a few inches after the rain and a useful drop of colour: I started […]

Continue Reading

Oxfolds Beck, North Yorkshire

Just the one on a once prolific beck

Today was my birthday – thank you, very kind, 58 since you ask – so I treated myself with a trip up to the Oxfolds Beck near Pickering. As I’ve probably said before, it’s a lovely stretch of crystal-clear spring-fed water but has been ravaged by pollution in recent years. Sewage and trout farm discharges […]

Continue Reading

River Seven, Yorkshire

The best laid plans…

So the idea was to hit the weir pool stretch on the Seven with the French leader outfit, pull out half a dozen or so of the better browns then head upstream with the 7.5 ft rod and a team of spider and pull out another hatful. It didn’t quite pan out that way. I […]

Continue Reading