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

Fish have been spreading out from the extremities of the lake and can now be seen rising in mid sections. Hatches of midges and pond olives have been good and fish can be seen "head and tailing" during the rise. As I write, at the start of June, the weed is still low in the water and does not obstruct fishing with a dry or sub surface emerger pattern Clarity is excellent and water level normal for the time of year with a small inflow at the boathouse weir.



Ure at Jervaulx

The new river returns box is starting to tell it's story. Catches & visits have picked up markedly since the stocking on May 7th, following some difficult early spring conditions, which featured plenty of sedge fly life but not many taking fish Stocked brownies are now making up the majority of the catch but some nice wild trout have been caught, and of particular note, member Guy Gregory had a fine grayling of ~ 1 1/2 lbs to a dry pattern. On the invertebrate side large hatches of grannom sedges in April & May, have given way to more modest hatches of yellow may duns (Heptagenia Sulphurea) & large brook duns (Ecdyonurus torrentis) along with swarms of dance fies (Empididae) and midges (Chironomidae).



Jervaulx Lakes

Visits have been numerous and catches, in some cases could be described as prolific. A second stocking of all three lakes took place on 22nd May. Water inflows, although reduced, are continuing and all lakes are still full. Mares tail growth has just started to show above water in the shallow areas of No 1 & 2 Lakes. Weed cutting will take place again this season in No 2 Lake on Tuesday 9th &10th of July.



River Ure at Swinithaite

The river here has been rather low during May but some nice wild trout up to 10" have been caught during midday hatches of large dark olives (Baetis rhodani).



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.