River Seven, Yorkshire

Amazing what a bit of water will do

To the upper reaches of the Seven at Spaunton Moor on a sunny but not blistering hot late-August morning. The heavens are predicted to open tomorrow so best make hay while the sun shines, as it were. I’m starting to think that for me there are essentially two ways to catch fish on this water […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Seven heaven!

Fly fishing for wild brown trout can be a funny old game and things rarely go exactly to plan. The water’s not right, the wind is in your face, the fish aren’t cooperating, your casting is all to pot, you lose your glasses, fall in the river, etc, etc. For such an apparently sedate pastime […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

More skill needed

To the lower beat of the Seven on a hot, bright day, with the water low and clear. Mayfly were coming off sporadically and the odd fish was rising. I knew it would be tough and I wasn’t wrong. I chopped and changed the fly, but reckon that the fish could see the leader easily […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Better, but still rather feeble

Up to the top beat of the Seven at Spaunton Moor under intermittent bright sun and in a gentle breeze. As ever I had high hopes and the river didn’t look at all bad – if a tad low and very clear. But it always raises the spirits: I bunged a small foam-headed emerger on […]

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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 […]

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