Lower Derwent fishing

Coarsening the tone

My fishing week did not get off to an auspicious start. On Monday I headed off on the 50 minute trip to have a go at the Seven just west of Pickering in North Yorkshire. Ten minutes from my destination I suddenly realised I forgotten to put my flipping waders in the car. Cue Homer […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

No luck

River well up but receding. Had a couple of sessions more in hope than expectation. Surprised to get a little knock first time and half decent bite on the second outing. But didn’t connect. C’est la vie. Roll on spring and the trout season.

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Lower Derwent fishing

And it continues…

I set up just before 3pm on a windless afternoon with a spot of welcome sun. The river had dropped by about another foot and looked enticing. Then I realised I’d forgotten to bring my phone (ie camera), so went to get it. Was this hubris? Would the fishing gods chuckle to themselves and ask […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Yet more action!

Superb frost-bitten, sparkling winter’s day. Thermometer said minus 4 first thing, but by the time I went down to the river at about 2.30 pm, the temperature had risen to a cosy zero. No breeze and water still reasonably low. Loaded up the feeder with red maggots, with a double on the hook, and had […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Gotcha!

Not likely to break any records, but a splendid six-inch chublet is better than nothing. Or indeed a bullhead: Only the one, but at least there is something there. River had fallen by a good 18″ to 2ft over the previous 24h, apparently supporting the wisdom that says a falling river fishes better than a rising […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

My kingdom for a fish!

They’ve all buggered off. Two sessions, not one touch. The water has come up to the top of the bank and is pulling hard in the middle. Tried the fast bits and the slack bits. Not a sausage. Not much rain forecast over the next few days so maybe the level will start to fall […]

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Lower Derwent fishing

Knock knock

No, it’s not a joke. That is the total amount of action I have had over the past three sessions: two knocks. The fish seem to have done a bunk. But I’ll pop down later this afternoon and see if they have come back…

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