Small stillwater fishing

Messing about in boats

Time for a gentle diversion from the serious business of trying to catch wild brown trout. The club has a couple of very pretty ponds in the Dalby Forest close to the North York Moors and I head up to one of them with my young chum Alex, a relative novice. (Having said that, Alex […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Nymph-mania on the wild Seven

The opportunities for new fishing are relatively few and far between, so when I was given the chance to fish some pristine water on the upper reaches of the River Seven I leapt at the chance. This part of the river runs straight off the North York Moors and is a true moorland trout stream: […]

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Sea fishing

A load of old pollocks (well, one anyway)

Up to Staithes, a ridiculously pretty fishing village nestling between the cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast: My pal Rob and I are off for a six-hour boat trip bouncing lead of the bottom of the North Sea in the hope of picking up a fish or three for the plate. If fly fishing is […]

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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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