Pickering Beck

First tentative steps back into the real world…


Bit of a weird old day really. My first outing of the new season – it’s been so cold until now that I decided discretion is the better part of valour etc and didn’t fancy standing around in an icy river freezing my nads off.

I’d almost forgotten what to do. I got a mile down the road after setting off before realising I’d left my waders behind. After retrieving them the first stop was the Duchy section of Pickering Beck to do an invert sample. To get to the water you park up then have to negotiate a couple of gates to get across the North Yorkshire Moors railway line, through a field then to the beck. Anyhow, there was a woman wearing a wide-brimmed hat and face covering sitting on a folding chair by the gate. I assumed at first that she was a trainspotter. I got out of the car and started to unpack and she came up to me and asked who I was. I asked her who *she* was. To be fair she apologised, told me her name and explained that a film was being shot along the railway line and that she had to escort people across the track ‘for insurance purposes’. She couldn’t tell me about the film, except that it was a big-budget blockbuster and that it had a major star and that they had hired the railway and various stations along the line. Anyway, I got on with my business and later discovered that they are filming the new Mission Impossible which apparently stars Tom Cruise, of whom I know little except that I understand he is not especially tall.

Didn’t see a train or him on it or falling off it or whatever it is he does. Did my sampling, went to the other section of the beck and put on a couple of beaded nymphs on a French leader. Forgot my wading staff. Didn’t do anything for about an hour, then finally picked up three tiny trout, two of which are here and the bit of water they came from:

And that was it for the first outing of the season in these bizarre times.

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  1. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to go back and catch some more!

    1. Haha, very good Jon. Yeah, hopefully that isn’t impossible…

  2. Nice to see you back at it. All the best for the coming season. This message will self destruct in 10 seconds.

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