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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Pickering Beck

More April action on Pickering Beck

To the upper reaches of Pickering Beck on a nippy April afternoon with a gusting westerly breeze. We call this the Duchy section, on account of it being on land owned by the Duchy of Lancaster. The water is not stocked so all the trout in here are truly wild. The club has carried out […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Seven magic

And on to one of the most exciting days of the season for me: the first crack of the year at the wonderful River Seven, a couple of miles west of Pickering at the base of the North York Moors. A magical river with a bit of everything – glides, riffles, pools, sand, gravel… everything […]

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Pickering Beck

Trout season ahoy!

And so at long last the trout season begins. With a slight uplift in temperatures it’s off to Pickering Beck for the first crack. This time of year is inevitably a struggle. The water looked ok, but not at its finest given the lack of greenery. Selected the 7ft rod with a 3wt line carrying […]

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Sea fishing

Blankety blank. Again.

Another forlorn trip to Sandsend. A lovely day and a surprisingly high sea with a fair old swell on it. Arrived around 3 pm. In the distance a sunlit Whitby was magnificent: The sea pulled and jerked at the rod tip with some violence, making bites all but impossible to discern. I reckon I got […]

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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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Sea fishing

The cruel sea…

River flooded out so it’s on with the longjohns and off to Sandsend on the North Yorks coast to see if I can fare any better than in the past. Have been here maybe eight or nine times and for all those hours’ effort have produced two small flatfish. This is hardly the most challenging […]

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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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