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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Pickering Beck

Stewart’s black spider saves the day

A spot of unexpected sunshine, so after dropping number 1 daughter at Leeds Bradford airport for a hen do in Nice I sped across to Pickering to see if the fish were moving. The temperature had dropped, only about 11C, but the water looked bonny enough: I tackled up the Hardy Marquis 7ft 3wt with […]

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Pickering Beck

Hard work in a cold wind on the Duchy

Up to the Duchy beat of Pickering Beck to do the regular invertebrate sampling then have a go at tempting one or two of the skittish little wild browns that reside in the sinuous and occasionally jungly stretch of this little river. Judging by the little beasts in the sample, the water is in good […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Off the mark at Spaunton (just)

Up to the top beat of the Seven at Spaunton Moor on a day that didn’t really hold out much prospect – cold with a biting little north-easterly. I was keen to give the spiders a go on this water with the 9ft 4 weight before the trees start to come into leaf, when things […]

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