Pickering Beck

Progress of sorts

Back up to Pickering Beck with the French leader. I find the method hard work and frustrating, but it’s starting to become disturbingly addictive. If I was more adventurous I’d have a go at the Seven, but as far as the grayling are concerned that river has been a dead loss so far this winter. […]

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Pickering Beck

A modest welcome to the New Year

Up to Pickering Beck with the French leader outfit. Pretty nippy at 3C but no real breeze to speak of. The water was low and surprisingly clear. On with the hot pink copper-headed nymph to the point and, as per suggestions passim, a dropper fly – a size 16 gold headed hare’s ear. A couple […]

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Pickering Beck

Ok, it’s not big but it is a grayling

A rare opportunity to get out of the house and up to a fly river. Bliss. Having had a couple of blank sessions on the Seven in the past few weeks I decided to give the Pickering Beck a whirl. I’m getting a bit disillusioned with this French nymphing mallarkey – well, my version of […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Rain at last. So where are the fish?

It’s been hopeless for the past couple of weeks. I’ve had a couple of sessions¬† on the Seven with the French leader and have touched not a single fish. I suspect this is largely down to the fact that I don’t really know what I am doing.¬† I had some moderate success with the method […]

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Sea fishing

Whiting galore in sunny Aldeburgh

Off for a week to the posh and pretty seaside town of Aldeburgh on the Suffolk coast: For reasons too complicated to explain here there wasn’t enough room in the car for my sea fishing kit, but fortunately the tackle shop down the road in Saxmundham had gear for hire, so I grabbed a rod […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Season’s finale produces…a trout!

Today was to be the last session of my trout season, with domestic commitments ruling out the remaining days of September. One is tempted to say good riddance, but that would perhaps be churlish. But it has been a dismal latter half of the season – and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one […]

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