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A fly on the Rye

A generous invitation arrived for a day’s fishing on one of North Yorkshire’s premier rivers, the Rye. For one reason or another I haven’t done a lot of fly fishing this season, so this was a most welcome diversion. My host’s club has extensive waters on the river, which flows down through the Howardian Hills […]

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Scourie

Scourie 2021

And suddenly it’s that time of year and I find myself in a car full of fishing kit heading up the A1 to the far, far northwest of Scotland in search of one of the elusive four pounders that lurk in the hill lochs of Scourie. First stop is John Norris in Penrith to replenish […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Hoorah! Fish!

I’ll be honest. I haven’t found it massively easy to get back into the fishing groove. Something about the enforced inactivity over the past year has embedded itself into one’s psyche. Torpor seems to have bred lassitude and general demotivation. I don’t think its just me, other people have said similar. This general apathy wasn’t […]

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Pickering Beck

Fish keep their heads down in the jungle

Up to Pickering Beck’s Duchy beat to do the invertebrate sampling then have a quick fish. For anyone interested in this kind of thing the count from the three-minute kick sample was as follows: gammarus,160; hepta, 10; cased caddis, 50; caseless caddis, 0; stonefly, 40; baetis, 40; mayfly, 6; bwo, 6. The water was high […]

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River Seven, Yorkshire

Amazing what a bit of water will do

To the upper reaches of the Seven at Spaunton Moor on a sunny but not blistering hot late-August morning. The heavens are predicted to open tomorrow so best make hay while the sun shines, as it were. I’m starting to think that for me there are essentially two ways to catch fish on this water […]

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Thornton Beck

Plan B fails as well…

So last time I was out on the Thornton Beck, a tiny squiggle of a stream that wends its way through the Dalby Forest just this side of Pickering, I’d decided that a mini-French-leader set-up on a 7ft rod should do the trick nicely. But it didn’t and I reverted to the old emerger to […]

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Thornton Beck

Plan A fails on tiny beck

Well, that was a bit disappointing. I made my way up to Thornton Beck, a tiny stream that winds its way through the Dalby Forest up in North Yorkshire with a clever plan in mind. I’ve generally struggled here; the fish are small and highly skittish. They don’t rise freely, see you coming and are […]

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