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

After the March stocking, fish tended to shoal at the top end at "duffers corner" as usual. In April, fish are spreading out across the lake and feeding on good hatches of pond olives (Cloeon Dipterum) and various types of midge (Chironomidae) Water level and clarity are both good Weed is still largely absent in April and May so early visits are recommended prior to anticipated weed growth later in the summer Further stocking will take place here in June.



Ure at Jervaulx

The last big spate on the Ure was on the March 16th, when the river and dale were inundated with +4.62 meters on the gauge at Kilgram Bridge. Since then the river has slowly fined down leaving quite large deposits of sand on the banks. Recent warm dry weather over Easter has seen levels drop to +0.3 at Kilgram. The new river returns box comments section at Jervaulx has shown that early season fishing has been hard, with a cold easterly and very few fish being caught. In contrast, fly life has been excellent with prolific hatches of Grannom sedge flies (Brachycentrus subnubilus) seen between April 15th - April 19th. In spite of this, few fish have been seen rising to the hatches. The first river stocking is due on May 7th when 240 brown trout will be introduced at various points along the beat.



Jervaulx Lakes

The lakes are now brim full following the resumption of the outflow springs from No 1 lake, and clarity is superb. All lakes are fishing beautifully & and fish have been seen taking midges during big hatches. The next stocking here will be on May 22nd.



River Ure at Swinithaite

The river here has had some good up-wing fly hatches, including large dark olives (Baetis rhodani) and the larger early season true March Brown (Rhithrogena germanica) All our trout fishing here is for wild fish which will no doubt become more numerous as we get into May.



Pickering Fishery Association

We have two Pickering Fishery Association Members Tickets for the 2019 season. These tickets allow fishing on Pickering, Thornton, Oxfolds & Costa Beck's Members interested in using this exchange facility must contact JFF committee member Michael Brown.





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.