Thornton Beck

Plan B fails as well…

So last time I was out on the Thornton Beck, a tiny squiggle of a stream that wends its way through the Dalby Forest just this side of Pickering, I’d decided that a mini-French-leader set-up on a 7ft rod should do the trick nicely. But it didn’t and I reverted to the old emerger to […]

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Thornton Beck

Plan A fails on tiny beck

Well, that was a bit disappointing. I made my way up to Thornton Beck, a tiny stream that winds its way through the Dalby Forest up in North Yorkshire with a clever plan in mind. I’ve generally struggled here; the fish are small and highly skittish. They don’t rise freely, see you coming and are […]

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Thornton Beck

Small stream, big effort, nice fish

Up to Thornton Beck, just this side of the North York Moors. It’s a small, sinuous, jungly stream packed with feisty little wild browns but they don’t come easily. In the past I’ve tended to have a go with dries, but to be honest the fish here don’t rise that freely so today I decided […]

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Thornton Beck

A brief lesson in humility

To Thornton Beck for the first time this season. A lovely little stream close to the Dalby Forest and chock-full of tiny wild brown trout. The portents were good: gorgeous bit of mid-May sunshine, 20C on the dial and not much breeze. I was looking forward to filling my boots. It’s a tight water with […]

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Thornton Beck

Thornton Beck – top-notch small-stream fly fishing

Off to Thornton Beck, a superb little stream running close to the Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire. It’s a Pickering Fishery Association water, and for many years was largely neglected. But a team of members of the club has recently rejuvenated the water fantastically, opening it up and installing features to improve the flow patterns. […]

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