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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Scourie

Scourie diary 2017: wild trouting in wild country

Day zero Sunday morning 8 am and it’s off on a ten hour drive up to the remote highlands of Sutherland in the far north-west of Scotland. The destination is the Scourie Hotel, one of the most famous fishing hotels in these islands. I’ve been going up there for 15 years and the excitement never […]

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Pickering Beck

Upper beat of Pickering Beck promises much…

To the top beat of Pickering Beck on a warm but dullish day, with the temperature touching 17 degrees and a light breeze. This is a challenging stretch at the best of times, with many obstacles above and below the water – exacerbated by the recent flooding. But the water looked grand, low again after […]

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Fishing gear

Spending the kids’ inheritance

I think I’m having a mid-life crisis. Again.  Rather than get myself a Harley, tattoos and a ponytail (ha, fat chance) I’ve gone a bought some kit. First off I thought I’d treat myself to a new tackle bag. I first started fly fishing probably in something like 1992 with a lesson from the genial […]

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River Esk, North Yorkshire

Tiddlers reign on the Esk

After twenty years of telling myself I really should nip up to Danby and fish the Esk, today I finally got round to it. A glorious last day of May, sun beating down and little breeze. Had picked up a day ticket from the pub in Danby the day before (fiver) and parked up opposite […]

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Pickering Beck

Hard work under a hot sun

A quick trip up to Pickering Beck before the bank holiday comes round and the A64 towards the coast and North York Moors becomes gridlocked. A mightily hot day, blazing sun and a pesky breeze blowing in my face. Tackled up with a Hardy Marquis 7 ft with 3 wt floating line and trusty emerger: […]

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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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