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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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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