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

As we moved into July, Milfoil weed growth has increased and is probably at it's maximum for the year. Areas clear of weed are as usual, at the inlet end near the boat house and around "Duffers" at the outlet. The lake is well stocked and fish are to be seen rising to a variety of surface insects throughout it's length. Fish can usually be taken using dry midge patterns like Parachute CDC. To improve visibility, when dry fly fishing amongst weed, the use of a large Adams, Sedge, or Hopper / Daddy Long Legs is recommended.



Ure at Jervaulx

We have had some brief summer spates in late July with 1.5 metres on July 28th and 1.45 metres on July 31st. This has freshened and cleared the river of marginal algae found normally at this time year. The stock fish, introduced in early July, have provided plenty of sport for the bulge of summer river visits now evident this year from the new river returns box. Fishing in the evening, on warm days with the river low (<0.3M), has been productive using larger dry sedge patterns. It is often the case that stock fish are generally taken from the slow flowing pools, whereas indigenous trout seem more numerous when fishing the faster runs. Grayling are now starting to appear more regularly in returns and some nice fish have been taken under the willows around "Grayling Glide" the slow flowing stretch just downstream of "The Salmon Pool".



Jervaulx Lakes

The annual weed cutting by Aquatic Solutions took place here on 9th and 10th of July. This year the weed growth in No 2 lake was not as abundant as previous years and additionally we had time to clear the Mares Tail infestation on No 1 lake. Bank access on No 1 lake was also improved by scything down considerable undergrowth in the regular fishing spots. The third and final stocking of the lakes took place on 31st July. This summer's water levels are good compared to some previous years, and as we move into August we still have 2 inflows into No 2 lake which is helping to keep No 3 lake adequately topped up. Low water levels and weed have so often precluded fishing on No 1 lake at this time of year. This season, with the weed cleared, and the lake still overflowing, we have introduced a further number of stock fish to this peaceful secluded pond, where "sight stalking" of fish can be an exciting and rewarding method.



River Ure at Swinithaite

For those preferring wild trout we recommend a visit to this beautiful stretch of river. The top section at Adams Bottom Farm is very accessible with private parking very close to the river at Froddle Dub. The recent spates have kept things moving in the shallow areas and some wild fish have been taken during the day near the confluence of Bishopdale Beck and Froddle Dub on the main river using variety of dry terrestrial patterns.



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.