Pickering Beck

Too low, too slow, too clear

If a poor workman blames his tools then I suppose the incompetent angler blames the conditions. I had a swift session on the Duchy beat of the Pickering beck yesterday but it was hopeless. The water was still very low, flowing slowly and as clear as I’ve seen it. It looked pretty enough: But hardly […]

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Buon giorno signora Trota!*

[*Good morning Mr Trout! At least that’s what it’s supposed to say. If not, blame Google Translate] To the Tuscany-Umbria border for a week of sunshine (er, and thunderstorms) where we were to meet our great friends Geoff and Liz from Oz. I’ve not been to this part of the Italian countryside before and it […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Six from the Seven

To the lower stretch of the Seven on a day of broken cloud and a briskish breeze. The water looked pretty good, with the recent drop of rain adding a couple of inches in depth and a tinge of colour. I was optimistic as I started fishing at around 11.20 am with the 3wt and […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Early struggle, but it all comes good

To the upper beat of the Seven on Spaunton Moor to see if the recent rain has livened things up. I was also giving a first outing to my smart new Simms fishing shirt, a birthday gift from my daughters. What with its two buttoned chest pockets, front pleat and natty embroidered trout logo I […]

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Sea fishing off Staithes

Bagging up off Staithes

Not much water in the rivers at the moment, but thankfully still a fair bit in the sea. So it’s a 5am start and off up to Staithes on the North Yorkshire coast for a few hours in the boat fishing over rough ground and wrecks. The sun was shining and the sea was calm. […]

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Pickering Beck

First whirl with a furl

Up to Pickering Beck for a quick session. The main object of the exercise was to try, for the first time, a furled leader. I’ve read a lot about these and some class anglers swear by them, so thought I’d better give it a go. I was a little apprehensive on two counts. First whether […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Sacre bleu! It works!

For the past year or so I’ve been seeing a lot about so-called French nymphing, a mysterious Tenkara-ish system where you use a long, light rod, long leader with no need for fly line, and a heavy nymph with a dropper. You don’t cast the fly in the conventional way – you can’t because you […]

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