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


Thorpe Perrow House Lake

Water level is good and clarity is excellent. The milfoil weed is now starting to die back and surface fishing with a dry fly can be very productive on sunny days at this all year round venue. There are plenty of stock fish left and, as always, these tend to be concentrated in the clearer areas at each end of the lake. A recent foray resulted in several offers from fish taking surface food including midges, lake olives and even ladybirds during a big swarm of the latter.



Ure at Jervaulx

For those with Salmon licences, the Ure at Jervaulx can yield the odd late running salmon up to the end of October. There has been some good 2 meter spates recently, and large splashes in the pools betray the presence of some "silver tourists" waiting for the next big water to move upstream. Richard Tarn is our committee specialist concerning Salmon and can be contacted through the web site for advice in this area Grayling fishing is now well under way and we recently played host to T&S Grayling Day. Some good catches of Grayling have been made to the dry fly typically in the flats & pool tails.



Jervaulx Lakes

Fishing continues this season until 31st December. No1 Lake is not practical to fish with very low water level and weed covering the lake. No 2 and No 3 Lake are both a bit drawn down at this time of year, but are clear of weed. Residual fish, stocked some months ago, can be difficult to attract but a well presented midge pattern can be productive up to the season's end.



River Ure at Swinithaite

Grayling are present higher up the river but not perhaps in the numbers present at Jervaulx stretch. Salmon anglers are in evidence from Bolton Estate on the north bank and Thornton-Berry Estate Salmon ticket on our southern bank up to the end of October.



Pickering Beck

No recent report.





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.



Care and Maintenance

Our stillwaters in Jervaulx Park and Thorpe Perrow Hall are kept weed free year round by contract weed cutting. An amphibious "Truxor" machine is used not only to cut, but also collect the cut weed from the lake which is a great advantage over the previous manual removal by our trusty JFF volunteers

The pictures here show the work being done at Thorpe Perrow.