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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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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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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Pickering Beck

Back on track in the wind and rain

I was half expecting another blank as I headed up to Pickering Beck late morning. The forecast was pretty dire – 11C, gusting 20mph winds and scattered showers. As it happens the car’s thermometer said it was only 7C. Brr! Come on Spring, where are you?! Well, at least some slight solace in the form […]

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