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

Weed is now dying back in early October and fish stocks remain prolific at this attractive venue with no close season. The population of blue and rainbow trout will be searching for food and fishing can be very productive during the back end The cricket pavilion, close to the car parking, has recently been renovated and JFF members can continue to avail themselves of the seats and shelter for meal breaks during the cricketing close season.



Ure at Jervaulx

The trout season closed on 1st October and reopens again on March 24th 2020 Water levels have been high and there have been some mighty spates, including one of 3.16 meters on the 29th of September. Reports of salmon catches have been sparse this year, but in late September a hen salmon estimated to be 10 - 12 lbs was taken from the area above the salmon pool. Our Jervaulx beat will once again play host to The Yorkshire Grayling Day on Sunday 13th October All interested should contact member John Burton on The grayling season continues now until March 15th 2020.



Jervaulx Lakes

Water levels are still very high compared to previous autumn periods Lakes 1 & 2 continue to overflow large volumes of crystal clear water and the receiving lake 3 is just above normal containment levels as I write on Oct 10th. Some flooding of lake 3 is evident and care should be taken with immediate bank-side depths of 5 - 6 feet. There are still plenty of stock fish present, but as usual at this part of the season, fish have become a bit more cautious and catches are starting to tale off from a plentiful summer The season here closes on December 31st until April 1st 2020.



River Ure at Swinithaite

Grayling have been taken recently fishing wet flies down stream in the Froddle Dub / Bishopdale area. Plenty of salmon effort going on particularly on the opposite bank run by Bolton Estates, but catch numbers appear to be down even with good water levels.



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.