DAY TICKET FISHING IN THE YORKSHIRE DALES

Quick links: day ticket trout fishing and grayling fishing in the Yorkshire Dales:-

River Wharfe River Ure River Nidd River Ribble River Swale River Skirfare River Bain River Cover Rivers Doe & Twiss River Tees Kilnsey Park Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs Leighton Reservoir Coniston Hall Stocks Reservoir Malham Tarn Scar House Reservoir

This page gives information about day ticket trout fishing and day ticket grayling fishing in the Yorkshire Dales. I have quoted prices, telephone numbers and as much information as possible, but please bear in mind that these details are subject to change and you are advised to check with the relevant places before making your journey. If you know of any day ticket fishing in and around the Yorkshire Dales that I have overlooked and is worthy of inclusion here please contact me with details. Likewise, if you discover that any of the information here has changed please do the same.

Yorkshire brown trout season - 25th March to 30th September inclusive
Yorkshire grayling fishing season - June 16th to March 14th inclusive

River Wharfe Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Wharfe Levels:
River Wharfe at Kettlewell
River Wharfe at Addingham
River Wharfe at Pool in Wharfedale

Bolton Abbey - 5 miles of double bank brown trout fishing and grayling fishing in spectacular surroundings controlled by the Chatsworth Estate. Bolton Abbey is the best known stretch of the Wharfe due to the great fishing and accessibility. Due to the number of tourists visiting here it is not really suitable for weekends, bank holidays and school holidays, although you can always find a quiet bit if you know where to go!
Day Tickets available:- from the Estate Office, Bolton Abbey (sign posted from the centre of the village and opposite the Post Office) From 1st April to 21st December.
Cost:- £32.50 trout season, £22.50 grayling day ticket, reductions applied for Juniors.
Telephone:- 01756 718000
Web:- https://boltonabbey.com/the-estate/fishing/
Bolton Abbey fishery map: Click Here
River Keeper:- Mark Whitehead available in Estate Office between 0900hrs &1000hrs daily, for up to the minute information.
River Keeper Blog: Click Here
Google Satellite image and directions to Estate Office: Click Here

Burnsall - 7 miles of fly fishing upstream of Bolton Abbey water. Run by Appletreewick, Barden and Burnsall Angling Club. This famous stretch is similar in character to Bolton Abbey and it can also be badly affected by tourists, but again they can be avoided. Try walking further from the car park than the average day-tripper likes to, which usually doesn't amount to very far at all! Again spectacular scenery but only open to visitors at certain times of the year.
Day tickets issued:- by The Red Lion, Burnsall (you can't miss it), but they are not available March, April, May and October, and June and September weekends. A map is issued with your permit.
Cost:- £35 (£15 1st November to 31st January)
Telephone:- 01756 720204 (Red Lion)
Web:- http://www.abbac.co.uk
Google Satellite image and directions to Red Lion: Click Here
Main access points:
Barden Bridge
Drebley
Red Lion
Upper Beats

Kilnsey - Kilnsey Angling Club, the second oldest club in the country, controls the River Wharfe at Kilnsey. They have a fine stretch of the Wharfe, with day ticket available, but allocated beats are relatively small. The river does tend to be overstocked with large trout, especially the lower beats, but wilder, more natural fishing, is available in the upper beats. Thigh or waist waders only is the rule, rolled down chest waders don't count either, so go equipped.
Day tickets issued:- from the Tennant Arms in Kilnsey between 9.30am and 10am to be allocated your beat.
Cost:- £35 a day.
Telephone:- 01756 752301 (Tennant Arms)
Google Satellite image and directions to Tennant Arms: Click Here
Main access points: depends on beat allocated

Buckden and Hubberholme - A lovely stretch of river on the Upper Wharfe not far from its source. The fishing is controlled by Bradford City Angling Association, who withdrew day tickets for this venue for the 2016 season due to administrative reasons, but also because the cost of joining the club is so reasonable that it is not prohibitive (£38). As with all rivers in their upper reaches, the River Wharfe at Buckden and Hubberholme fishes better after rain when it is falling; if the river downstream is in flood and unfishable (falling not rising) then head up here for some fine sport. This area used to hold some fine specimen trout but over recent years the bigger fish seem to be fewer in number.
Day tickets:- no longer available - see description above. Follow website links below for membership details.
Cost:- N/A
Web:- Buckden - Hubberholme
Main access points:
Buckden
Hubberholme

Ilkley - Where the better fly fishing really starts on the River Wharfe (heading upstream). The river flows through the outskirts of this lovely little town, so fishing is never in solitude as it can be higher up the Wharfe valley. It can be very busy with tourists at weekends and holidays. Good fishing for brown trout and grayling. Closed from 27th February to 7th April inclusive.
Day tickets available:- from Ilkley Tourist Information Centre (Tel: 01943 602319) and Ilkley Riverside Hotel (Tel: 01943 607338) in Ilkley. You need to produce your rod licence to be issued with a day ticket and this rule is strictly enforced.
Cost:- £11 Adults and £5.50 Junior (under 16).
Web:- Ilkley Angling Association
Google Satellite image and directions to Tourist Information Centre: Click Here
Google Satellite image and directions to Ilkley Riverside Hotel: Click Here
Main access points:
town water
suspension bridge
lower limit

Addingham - The Addingham Angling Association controls 3 miles of good fly fishing for brown trout and grayling on the Wharfe throughout the year. The top of this stretch meets the bottom of Bolton Abbey water and a map is issued with your day ticket. The club close the river to day ticket anglers for a week after re-stocking, so it is advisable to telephone before you set off.
Day tickets:- from the Post Office, Main Street, Addingham.
Cost:- £15
Telephone:- 01943 830331
Web:- http://addingham.fishing/angling/index.php
Google Satellite image and directions to Post Office/newsagent: Click Here
Main access point: Click Here

Pool-in-Wharfedale (nr. Otley) - Not exactly in the Yorkshire Dales and can be over-fished by coarse fisherman, but does have some excellent grayling fishing. About 3 miles of fishing upstream and downstream of road bridge controlled by Leeds & District ASA. I have had most success upstream of the road bridge.
Day tickets:- from the petrol station adjacent to the road bridge where the A658 and the A659 meet.
Cost:- £4
Web and map:- http://www.leedsdasa.co.uk/waters-rivers.php#
Google Satellite image and directions to petrol station: Click Here
Main access points: see fishery map (above)

River Ure Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Ure Level:
River Ure at Bainbridge

Bainbridge - is situated in Upper Wensleydale on the River Ure. It has good fly fishing for brown trout and grayling run by Wensleydale Angling Association, but as this is near the headwaters of the Ure it is best fished after rainfall. The scenery here as good as it gets; with broad open meadows, stone barns dotted around the fields and rugged hills stretching as far as the eye can see. A map is issued with your permit which also includes fishing on the smallest river in England, the River Bain. What more could you ask for?
Day tickets issued: by the Rose and Crown in Bainbridge
Cost:- £10
Telephone:- 01969 650225
Google Satellite image and directions to Rose and Crown: Click Here
Main access points:
River Ure (lower) & River Bain (lower = line of trees to the east/right)
River Bain (middle)
River Ure (upper)

Hawes - is the next village upstream from Bainbridge in Upper Wensleydale and also has good fly fishing on the River Ure and its tributaries. These tributaries, although very difficult to fish, do have good trout fishing with some large fish present. The fishing is controlled by Hawes and High Abbotside Angling Association who have 15 miles of trout and grayling fishing (unfortunately they do stock the main river with farm reared trout for some reason). Grayling tend to be found from Appersett downstream and reach very good sizes.
Day Tickets:- can be obtained from the Three Peaks shop or Waltons of Hawes both in the village of Hawes.
Cost:- £16 per day, £35 a week or £60 season.
Telephone:- 01969 667443 (Three Peaks), 01969 667385 (Waltons of Hawes) or 01969 650117 (Mr Phillips - club sec.)
Web: Hawes and High Abbotside Angling Association
Map:- Hawes & High Abbotside Fishing Association Map
Main access points:-
Appersett (for upper/middle areas)
Burnt Acres Road (for lower/middle areas)

Aysgarth - Bradford City AA have some good water on this part of the River Ure with 2 particularly good stretches at Worton Bridge and Aysgarth. There are no day tickets, but a yearbook is only £38 plus £15 joining fee. Worth considering if you will be fishing for more than a day and they also have some other good fly fishing on the River Wharfe and River Aire.
Web:- Aysgarth and Worton
Main access points:
Aysgarth (bottom limit)
Aysgarth (middle of beat)
Worton Bridge

River Nidd Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Nidd Level:
River Nidd at Pateley Bridge

Nidderdale Angling Club - have trout fishing and grayling fishing on around 7 miles of the River Nidd. For more information I would advise you to look at the Nidderdale Angling Club website. They allow various methods of fishing, which is a shame as they do have some excellent fly fishing water.
Google Satellite image and directions to Pateley Bridge: Click Here

River Ribble Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Level:

River Ribble at Settle (Penny Bridge)

For information - Settle Anglers Association took the decision to stop selling day tickets for their stretch of  7½ miles of River Ribble around the town of Settle from 1st December 2009.
Day tickets:- N/A
Cost:- N/A
Telephone:- N/A
Web:- Settle Anglers Association
Google Satellite image and directions:- N/A
Main access points:- N/A

River Swale Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Levels:
River Swale at Richmond
River Swale at Catterick

Richmond - the scenery in the Richmond area is outstanding, particularly upstream of the town. Good fly fishing for brown trout and grayling. The fishing is controlled by Richmond and District Angling Society who have 14 miles of fishing between Marske and Great Langton.
Day tickets:-  various outlets - see the club's website for details.
Cost:- £6 per day.
Main access points:-
Caravan site on Reeth Road
Lownthwaite Bridge
500m beyond caravan site,
Marske Bridge
Old Station – Richmond
Easby

River Skirfare Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Level:

No EA gauge for the River Skirfare but the River Wharfe at Kettlewell should be a good indicator.

Arncliffe - is where you need to head for day tickets to fish the River Skirfare; the Falcon Inn to be precise. From Arncliffe you can fish on 4 miles of the River Skirfare. It is advisable to telephone the Falcon Inn before making the journey to Arncliffe as the landlord can be difficult to locate through the day. No Sunday fishing.
Cost:- £25
Telephone:- 01756 770205
Web: Falcon Inn, Arncliffe
Google Satellite image and directions to Falcon Inn: Click Here

Kilnsey Angling Club - also issue day tickets for the lower River Skirfare to the confluence with the River Wharfe. However, the cost of this is the same as a day on their stretch of the River Wharfe, i.e. £35 See the Kilnsey - River Wharfe section above.
Google Satellite image and directions to Tennant Arms: Click Here

River Bain Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Level:

No EA gauge for the River Bain but the River Ure at Bainbridge should be a good indicator.

Bainbridge - is the only place that you can get day tickets for the River Bain with it being such a short river - the shortest in England at about 2 miles.
Day Tickets:- are issued from the Rose and Crown in Bainbridge.
Cost:- £10. A map is issued your permit and although you cannot fish in Semerwater itself, you can fish the feeder streams running into the lake.
Telephone:- 01969 650225
Web:- Rose & Crown
Google Satellite image and directions to Rose and Crown: Click Here
Main access points:
Bainbridge - River Ure and River Bain (lower)
Bainbridge - River Bain (middle)

River Cover Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Level:

No EA gauge for the River Cover but the River Ure at Bainbridge should be a good indicator.

The Coverbridge Inn issues the only day tickets available for the River Cover. The Coverbridge Inn is located on the main Wensleydale road between the villages of Middleham and East Witton and cannot be missed. Leave your car in the hotel car park and fish your way upstream.
Cost:- £9
Telephone:- 01969 623250
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River Doe and River Twiss Day Ticket Fishing

There Is Currently No EA Measuring Station For The Level Of The River Doe Or Twiss

Ingleton - is the centre of the fishing on both the Rivers Doe and Twiss. Tickets can be purchased from the newsagent in the village. A map is issued with your ticket when available. There are various access points to the fishing on both rivers. Amazingly Ordnance Survey Maps and Google Maps have the two rivers mixed up and labelled incorrectly. The Doe is further northwest than the Twiss and the club map backs this up.
Cost:- £10 day or £40 season
Telephone: Ian Crack 015242 41171 (club secretary)
Web:- http://www.ingletonanglingassociation.co.uk
Map:- Ingleton Angling Association Map
Google Satellite image and directions to newsagent:- Click here
Main access points:-
Lower River Doe via Waterfalls Walk
Lower River Twiss (up track heading NE)
Upper R Twiss (season tickets only)
Upper River Doe (season tickets only)

River Tees Day Ticket Fishing

Environment Agency River Levels:
River Tees at Middleton-in-Teesdale

Raby Estates - issue day tickets for many miles of good wild brown trout fishing (and grayling in lower beats) above Middleton-in-Teesdale in upper Teesdale. The fishing is on the north/east bank only and extends from the foot of Cauldron Snout waterfall to just above the town, but access involves a long walk for fishing above High Force. Tickets can be bought from the High Force Hotel Gift Shop.
Cost:- £12
Telephone:- 01833 622209 - High Force Hotel Gift Shop
Google Satellite image and directions for tickets:- High Force Hotel
Main access points:-
Lay-by for bottom section
Low Force area (follow obvious path across field) -
Access for river adjacent to road
River downstream of High Force
Widdy Bank Farm access point (combination req. for padlock when buying ticket. Take car down track & park just before farm, on grass, off track)
Cow Green Reservoir (follow track south to dam then down left side of Cauldron Snout)

Strathmore Estates - generally the information is as for Raby Estates but they control the fishing on the south/west bank. Tickets can be bought from G&J Newsagents in Middleton-in-Teesdale.
Cost:- £12
Telephone:- 01833 640834 - G&J Newsagents
Google Satellite image and directions for tickets:- G&J Newsagents
Main access points: You should have no problem accessing the river as for Raby Estates but then stick to the south/west bank when fishing.

Yorkshire Stillwater Day Ticket Fishing

Kilnsey Park - located on the B6160 about 10 miles north of Skipton in the village of Kilnsey. Good fly fishing for rainbow trout in 2 small lakes. There are many other attractions here for the whole family, particularly children, including children's trout fishing, aquarium, adventure playground, and restaurant.
Cost:- Various tickets available - please check their website.
Telephone:- 01756 752150
Web:- http://kilnseyfishing.co.uk
Google Satellite image and directions: Click Here

Fewston Reservoir and Swinsty Reservoir - are both very good rainbow trout fisheries with some wild brown trout present. Also know as Washburn Valley Reservoirs. They are run by Yorkshire Water and are located just off the A59 between Harrogate and Skipton, one above the other. Fewston and Swinsty provide a pleasurable day out fly fishing in superb surroundings. They are both about 150 acres in size. Bank fishing only. Tickets can be obtained  in the fishery office, on the south end of Fewston dam wall. The office is sign posted from the A59 near Blubberhouses.
Cost:- Tickets dispensed by machine (£1 coins required or credit cards). Please telephone for latest prices.
Telephone:- 01943 880658
Google Satellite image and directions to ticket office: Click Here

Leighton Reservoir - Situated in the hills and moors above Masham, in Wensleydale (sign posted from Masham). At 105 acres this is quite a large lake in an exposed position, but it has outstanding fly fishing for quality rainbow trout which run quite large. Bank fishing only.
Cost:- various ticket options - see their website or telephone in advance.
Telephone:- 01765 689270 or 07815 114890
Web:- http://www.leightonflyfishing.co.uk
Google Satellite image and directions to ticket office: Click Here

Coniston Hall - can be found at Coniston Cold on the A65, a few miles north-west of Skipton. The lake is set in the magnificent grounds of a large house and makes for a peaceful day's flyfishing. Both boat and bank fly fishing are available, but I would advise on the first option to fully exploit the lakes full potential. This lake is very well stocked and lures are banned. Therefore fly fishing is best done with nymphs or dry flies which both work very well.
Cost:- £16 for 2 fish and a boat will cost you an extra £10 from the reception in Coniston Hall Hotel.
Telephone:- 01756 748080
Google Satellite images: directions to hotel reception Click here and parking for boat fishing Click here

Stocks Reservoir - The worst thing about Stocks is that it is in fact in Lancashire! Only Joking. It is a superb large reservoir offering top quality fly fishing for top quality fish. Stocks reservoir has both boat and bank fly fishing. Stocks Reservoir can be found by turning off the B6478 at Slaidburn (signposted) between Clitheroe and Long Preston.
Cost:- various ticket options - see their website or telephone in advance.
Telephone:- 01200 446602
Web:- http://www.stocksreservoir.com
Google Satellite image and directions to ticket office: Click Here

Malham Tarn - is run by the National Trust who offer boat only fly fishing for wild brown trout. Malham Tarn is a fertile lake but it is also very exposed to the elements and I would only consider fishing it in settled weather. Malham Tarn is located between Settle-in-Ribblesdale and Wharfedale, near the village of Malham.
Cost:- A midweek day ticket costs £18 and the boat will cost you £15. At weekends and bank holidays the prices rise to £20 for the permit and £20 for the boat, from Malham Tarn Field Centre.
Telephone:- 01729 830331
Google Satellite image and directions to ticket office:Click Here

Scar House Reservoir - is another wild brown trout lake in an exposed position at the head of Nidderdale, but it does provide excellent fly fishing in the right conditions. A day here is a solitary affair and may not be to everyone's taste. The lake is controlled by Nidderdale Angling Club.
Cost:-  £12 to fish both Scar House and the River Nidd further down the Nidderdale valley.
Web:- www.nidderdaleac.co.uk for details of day ticket outlets.
Google Satellite image and directions to reservoir:Click Here

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