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 […]

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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 […]

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A slightly shameful endeavour

I’m not proud of this and on the scale of angling challenges it rates somewhere near the bottom. But curiosity got the better of me. We were visiting my sister, who owns a glorious 70 acre estate on the Suffolk/Essex border, a mix of pasture and woodland and with two lakes. One of the lakes […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

A tale of two halves on the Seven

To the wild, top section of the Seven on Spaunton Moor on a chilly May morning but with no rain predicted. We’d had virtually non-stop rain two days ago but the water was eminently fishable, containing just a hint of copper. My plan was to give the spiders another outing, so I tackled up the […]

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