Jervaulx Fly Fishers - a view of the River Ure


Jervaulx Fly Fishers club offers a wide range of running & still water fly fishing on and around the river Ure in the heart of rural North Yorkshire. We also have salmon fishing on one of the most beautiful stretches of the river Ure.

The club is well established and its origins go back to the mid-seventies when the late Major W.V Burdon took ownership of the Jervaulx Estate. The spring lakes in the estate park were developed for trout fishing and the newly formed Jervaulx Fly Fishers Club, founded by Bob Dales and John Walne, took the lease for fishing on the River Ure and the estate lakes in 1981.

Over the three decades that have passed since then, Jervaulx Fly Fishers has gained an enviable reputation for high quality trout fishing and today it is one of the most desirable fly fishing clubs in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A testament to this commitment to quality is that we still retain many of our founder members.

The club prides itself on the friendly face it presents to new members and it has a continuing policy of acquiring new locations, having added more river and still waters to the original Jervaulx estate waters. This philosophy, together with the wonderful scenery that surrounds our fisheries, makes Jervaulx Fly Fishers very special and accounts for why so many of our fishers have been signing up every year for quarter of a century. We have equally long established relationships with the local hatcheries and we believe that we offer some of the finest conditioned trout in the north of England - which translates into free-rising and hard fighting fish that you will never forget.

Jervaulx Fly Fishers is one of the few fishing syndicates to have had a book written about it - much of Bob Dales' entrancing book Fly Fishing in Herriot Country (published by the Medlar Press) being about waters which are fished by the syndicate, or are very close to ours.

If you have family to consider, one of the biggest attractions of the club is its situation in the heart of Herriot Country. The Dales National Park is a truly wild place and offers fantastic opportunities to watch birds of prey, including red kites, and if you are very lucky you might even meet an otter. There is no shortage of attractions for families to visit, ranging from Jervaulx Abbey itself, to the aboretum at Thorp Perrow, and the wonderful scenery around Swinithwaite. All three locations have tea shops which make the ideal places to discuss a memorable day out - then of course, you could always treat yourself to a beer or two at the superb Blue Lion Inn at East Witton, which is little more than a stone's throw from our water. There really is more to fishing than catching fish.

Jervaulx Fly Fishers


Latest News


Bob Dales

Fishing at Jervaulx is good for you-Bob Dales, our oldest member, lived to the age of 101. Bob was a founder member who worked tirelessly for the Salmon & Trout Association throughout his long life and he was a frequent contributor to the angling press. He is sadly missed.



A New Spring

The estate has found a new source of water emanating from the southern spring at High Jervaulx This new water, it is hoped, will maintain the outflow of No 1 lake and keep No 2 & 3 lakes topped up for as long as possible throughout the season. All the lakes are currently full and in excellent condition, although lake 1 is inexplicably murky.



Weed Cutting at Barningham

A weed cutting party is planned at Barningham on Saturday May 3rd starting at 1000, breaking at 1300 for lunch in the hut. The aim is to reduce some of the abundant weed growth that has appeared at this lake since the numbers of geese breeding there has skyrocketed. The margins at Barningham are relatively deep and a bit soft, and the weed is a little way out, so you will need chest waders and a rake, as well as polaroids to see the weed. Make sure to bring some lunch and some sausages or burgers too, because Mike Brown is going to be in charge of the barbecue.

The track to the lake is a bit soft in places, but easily passable in an ordinary car as long as you drive near the edges.



Barningham Hut

The fishing hut has been ready for use since late last season, with a new floor and doors fitted to front and sides. Inside there is a table and plenty of chairs, and there is a level area in front of the hut which is well protected and makes a great spot for a picnic. The bird watching opportunities are extensive, and members have seen everything from grebes to hen harriers.

Cow Close lake, aka Barningham is a superb mixed fishery with a thriving stock of wild brown trout alongside rainbows stocked by the syndicate. The fishery is in a bird sanctuary, which means that it doesn't open until June, but it is an idyllic spot and thanks to the estate, it is now even better than before.





Barbed Hooks

Can we politely remind members that barbed hooks are not to be used? If you use flies tied on barbed hooks, please crush the barb with pliers before fishing them. A fish has recently been caught at the Jervaulx lakes with a barbed hook in its mouth. Can we also remind members that the rules specifically exclude the use of lures.



New Photo Gallery

I have put up a second collection of pics taken last season. Visit the photos page, or click here.




The can be reached via the link on the menu bar above this post, or you can download a free app called TapaTalk onto your phone and login with that. The forums are a great place to ask what is working and what is not, and every document the club produces can be found in the announcements forum, so it is a good place to find stuff you need.



Working Parties

We wish that the syndicate would run itself, but sadly, a great deal of effort is needed to ensure that everything goes smoothly. This extends to dealing with nature, which has very fixed ideas about what should grow where.

Guy Gregory, chain saw artiste extraordinaire, has put in a great deal of time recently cutting back the scrub that has grown up around lake one, and there is now enough space to make a decent backcast—though not too much! The banks are sheltered enough that casting can be a little testing, but if you pay a visit, you will notice a tremendous improvement and access to the right bank is now possible for the first time in years.

More adventurous members will be able to reach fish by roll casting from here. Lake one has a largely undeserved reputation for being difficult to fish, but now that the banks have been tidied up, and following last year's (and this season's) weedcuts, we hope that the lake will attract more rods.

Talking of weed cutting, we need your help again this year. If we had twice the attendance, we could get twice as much work done, have twice the fun, and enjoy even better fishing than we did last year. When Richard sends an email, make sure you put the dates in your diary!