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Fishing in North Yorkshire

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Fishing is popular pursuit in the Yorkshire Dales both for the many visitors and for the locals. As any experienced angler will know, enjoying the scenery and relaxing is as important when fishing as actually catching anything. Anglers in the Yorkshire dales will find rewarding fishing in some incredibly attractive locations. Guided fishing trips focusing on Chub, Pike and Barbel are available for those keen for that exclusive catch. Fly fishing for wild brown trout and grayling on the mighty Yorkshire rivers the Ure and the Swale are a must for the game fisherman, with plenty of rainbow trout still waters also in abundance.

The River Ure: begins in the Yorkshire Dales at Bainbridge the water then makes its way through Askrigg, Middleham, Masham, Tanfield, Ripon, and Boroughbridge; where after being joined by the Swale at Myton, passes by Ouseburn, where it changes its name from Ure to the Ouse, The Ouse then goes through York.

The Rivers Bain and Leven: both feed into the Ure prior to joining the Ouse. These rivers will be covered in the relevant sections.
Similar in most respects to inland rivers the water near its source is focused on Trout and Grayling. As the water drops further down its course the course fishing potential increases.

Hawes:
This stretch near the start of the river is run and controlled by Hawes and High Abbotside AA preserve who stock the water annually with trout. The water also offers fishing on some of the tributaries to the main water. These include the Hardraw, Mossdale, Cotter, Duerely and Widdale. The water runs fairly shallow and fast in most places offering highly oxygenated water in which the fish seem to thrive. The banks slope gently and offer good access from many points. The club has approximately 15 miles of fishing from both banks from the very start of the river where it becomes fishable to one mile above a place known as Borwins just above Bainbridge. Both bait and fly fishing is available on this stretch during the traditional trout season. No groundbait allowed.
Tickets available from Lowis Countrywear Hawes contact 01969 667443, The Board Hotel, The Gift Shop both Main Street Hawes.

River Bain: (near Hawes).
Struggled to find the fishable stretch here – so you need the A684 heading out of Leyburn towards Hawes, you will see a left turn prior to reaching Bainbridge which is signposted Countersette, take this road heading to a car park at Lake Semerwater where you can park you car. The water is controlled by the Richmond and District Angling Club who sell Day tickets from the Aysgarth Garage.
The fishable stretch of the river runs for about ¾ of a mile on the right hand bank. The water is looks more like a trout river than a coarse fishery but apparently there are good stocks of Roach, Perch and Bream present.
There is a no maggot rule during the trout season.

Bainbridge to Worton:
This stretch of the Ure is controlled and run by the Wensleydale Angling Association. There is approximately 3 miles of fishing on both banks in and around Bainbridge (details available with ticket purchase). The club also controls part of the River Bain that flows into the Ure on this stretch.
Both rivers have Trout and Grayling present, fishable for during the trout season with Day Ticket prices in the region of £4.00 or double that for a season ticket.
Day tickets available from the Rose and Crown Pub 01969 6502225 situated in the beautiful village of Bainbridge. Tickets prior to fishing otherwise you may well end up in the village stocks. No maggot fishing allowed.

The Yorkshire Dales boasts many fast flowing rivers and streams, and upland lakes teaming with wildlife, all set amid spectacular scenery. River fishing is centred around the River Wharfe, River Nidd and River Ure, but also includes other rivers such as the River Ribble, River Swale, and the smaller rivers Skirfare, Cover and Bain.

The Yorkshire Dales also have many fine lakes. These lakes provide typical upland trout fishing for both wild brown trout and stocked rainbow trout.

This really is the perfect location to enjoy fly fishing. Whether you would like to learn the gentle art of fly fishing, or hone your skills.

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The River Ure
The River Ure begins in the Yorkshire Dales at Bainbridge the water then makes its way through Askrigg, Middleham, Masham, Tanfield, Ripon, and Boroughbridge; where after being joined by the Swale at Myton, passes by Ouseburn, where it changes its name from Ure to the Ouse, The Ouse then goes through York.
The rivers Bain (Supposedly the shortest river in Britain) and Leven both feed into the Ure prior to joining the Ouse. These rivers will be covered in the relevant sections.
Similar in most respects to inland rivers the water near its source is focused on Trout and Grayling. As the water drops further down its course the course fishing potential increases.
Hawes.This stretch near the start of the river is run and controlled by Hawes and High Abbotside AA preserve who stock the water annually with trout. The water also offers fishing on some of the tributaries to the main water. These include the Hardraw, Mossdale, Cotter, Duerely and Widdale. The water runs fairly shallow and fast in most places offering highly oxygenated water in which the fish seem to thrive. The banks slope gently and offer good access from many points. The club has approximately 15 miles of fishing from both banks from the very start of the river where it becomes fishable to one mile above a place known as Borwins just above Bainbridge. Both bait and fly fishing is available on this stretch during the traditional trout season. No groundbait allowed.
Tickets available from Lowis Countrywear Hawes contact 01969 667443, The Board Hotel, The Gift Shop both Main Street Hawes.
River Bain (near Hawes).Struggled to find the fishable stretch here – so you need the A684 heading out of Leyburn towards Hawes, you will see a left turn prior to reaching Bainbridge which is signposted Countersette, take this road heading to a car park at Lake Semerwater where you can park you car.The water is controlled by the Richmond and District Angling Club who sell Day tickets from the Aysgarth Garage.
The fishable stretch of the river runs for about ¾ 's of a mile on the right hand bank. The water is looks more like a trout river than a coarse fishery but apparently there are good stocks of Roach, Perch and Bream present.
There is a no maggot rule during the trout season.
Bainbridge to Worton.This stretch of the Ure is controlled and run by the Wensleydale Angling Association. There is approximately 3 miles of fishing on both banks in and around Bainbridge (details available with ticket purchase). The club also controls part of the River Bain that flows into the Ure on this stretch.
Both rivers have Trout and Grayling present, fishable for during the trout season with Day Ticket prices in the region of £4.00 or double that for a season ticket.
Day tickets available from the Rose and Crown Pub 01969 6502225 situated in the beautiful village of Bainbridge. Tickets prior to fishing otherwise you may well end up in the village stocks. No maggot fishing allowed.
MiddlehamThis is a relatively small stretch of the water that is run by the Leeds and District ASA with ¾ 's of a mile of fishing mainly from the right hand bank downstream. This stretch does benefit from a little extra depth and provides the first place on the river to offer consistent general coarse fishing. You can only fish the stretch below the Iron Bridge (Above the bridge is reserved for members of the club only).
The water holds the usual brown trout and grayling but also features Perch (1lb), Roach (1lb) and the odd occasional bream to 2lb. The very occasional chub to 3lb have been caught over recent seasons. Stray pike have also been known to take fish on the way back to the net, but are not that prevalent in the area to target.
Access to the water is gained by parking on the land at the downstream end of the big meadow and on the grass margins on the Leyburn side of the iron bridge
Day Tickets from the White Swan Inn in Middleham itself. Tickets also available from the majority of Leeds Tackle shops.
Ripon.When I went to visit this water there had been plenty of rain and I was surprised how low the water is. The slopes to the bank are very shallow and were covered at the time of writing. But I would imagine in the summer months that the water levels are going to be very low indeed. What does strike me although is the quality of the fish that are present over the last couple of months there have been Barbel taken out 10lb with the venue record at 12lb. There have been 70lb match weights of Chub also recorded with average fish in the 4lb bracket, but bigger specimens over 6lb have been recorded.
You should choose your swim carefully here, look for deep runs with plenty of cover such as weed beds as I would suspect that when the water is running low there is likely to be little else. With the water being so shallow the use of a float my well be a little difficult, feeders are ledgers look the better option. Casters worm and bread should all produce the results here.
Hutton Beck and to Barn Island is regularly match fished with plenty of Chub and Barbel present in this stretch. This stretch again also provides some very good grayling fishing.
The Ripon Piscatorial's control both the banks for six miles above North Bridge. From North Bridge to Newby hall which is downstream they also have both banks.
Ripon Angling Club have about 3/4's of a mile on the downstream bank right hand bank from Sykes Wood Cutter to the Military Bridge and they also control almost 3 miles of the rivers Skell and Laver from Rustic Bridge on the Skell and Bishopton Bridge to where they meet the Ure.
Day tickets ranging from £4 to £6 available from Ripon Angling Supplies 01765 604666. Ure Bank Caravan site, Station Hotel, R E Wains Newsagents in Ripon. Tickets must be purchased prior to fishing.

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