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


Aug/Sept News


Thorpe Perrow House Lake

The lake still has a substantial population of fish stocked earlier in the year. Fly hatches have been prolific in the sheltered parts of the lake and cruising fish can be taken on a well aimed dry midge pattern or similar. Weed growth will start to die back in september and more of the middle sections of the lake will be fishable in the autumn.



Ure at Jervaulx

Catches tended to decrease over the hottest part of the summer but we have recently noted an increase in grayling captures. This could indicate good numbers are present for later in the year when "The Lady of the Stream" should be at her best. We saw some good spates at Kilgram with 1.19 meters on Aug 5th, 2.5 meters on August 12th and 1.34 meters on Aug 17th. There have been no reports of salmon caught on this beat in spite of the continued good water levels. No doubt rods will be out during the prime september period in search of migratory fish.



Jervaulx Lakes

All the lakes are at normal water containment levels, which is unusual for this time of year and bodes well for seasons end. We have an high volumes of spring water entering No 1 and No 2 lakes, which is creating a big, invitingly clear No 3 lake. Clarity is superb and fish can be seen head and tailing midges throughout the day. Recorded catches have decreased somewhat as stock fish become more wary after months of feeding on naturals. The estate has completely cleared the bank-side undergrowth around No 1 Lake, which, combined with the weed cutting in July, and good water levels, has made fishing this secluded water a more attractive proposition.



River Ure at Swinithaite

Ideal conditions in the Bishopdale area has resulted in some excellent dry fly fishing with successful terrestrial imitations resembling blue bottles. Amongst the superb, svelte wild fish of up to 1 lb, were some trout which appeared to have a clipped adipose fin, perhaps indicating that other clubs in the area are stocking triploids. This has yet to be confirmed. Any members having knowledge of this are welcome to inform the club on the web site forum. As for Jervaulx , salmon seem to scarce this year, but there are likely to be many rods out if spates continue in back end.



Pickering Fishery Association

I paid a visit to here with our exchange ticket in late May and, as usual, had a satisfying day of small stream fishing on Pickering Beck. The hut stretch at Ings bridge was showing continuous, if sparse, hatches of large true mayfly ( Ephemera danica) and the wild brownies were responding to these ample offerings. This is a beautiful area, with fishing to match, and is thoroughly recommended for a day out during the summer. A 3-4 wt rod of ~ 7' is recommended for these narrow confines. Please contact Michael Brown for exchange ticket details.





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.