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The River Aire is perhaps one of the less well known fly fishing rivers in the Yorkshire Dales nonetheless it has some excellent fly fishing opportunities and a long fly fishing tradition. Is was the favourite haunt of the well known Skipton angler and writer T K Wilson who wrote under pseudonym of "Broughton Point". Between Skipton and Coniston Cold the River Aire would be described as a medium sized Dales river and above Coniston Cold it reduces in width and becomes a more intimate fly fishing stream.
The best of the fly fishing on the River Aire is from just West of Skipton to around Kirkby Malham and although access is limited Go Fly Fishing UK are able to offer fly fishing on several excellent beats. The River Aire is within easy reach of Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Harrogate and York and with a direct rail link to Skipton from London Kings Cross makes it easy to visit even from the South of England. The River Aire is a limestone stream and has abundant insect life, the Brown Trout and Grayling are possibly the fittest and heaviest length for length in any Yorkshire Dales river. The River Aire is not a beginners water but offers a real challenge and rewards to the more experienced fly fisher.
The River Aire has a good stock of mainly wild Brown Trout and some very large Grayling. Go Fly Fishing UK provide long trotting days for Grayling on some beats during the Winter months.
Trout fishing on the River Aire starts around the end of March and finishes at the end of September with Grayling fishing starting in mid June and finishing at the end of February.
A rod between 8 and 9 feet for a 4-5 weight line (floating) would be suitable for most beats although a rod of 7 or 7.5 feet would be better for some of the upper beats. Waders with ideally felt or felt and studded soles are required and chest high waders are an advantage in certain areas as is a wading staff.
Fish on the River Aire will respond to most methods with upstream dry fly or nymph taking most fish. Spiders as usual (fished upstream) take their share but stealth and a careful approach are essential if you are to catch fish as often the water on the River Aire is cut glass clear.
The River Aire can be a difficult river and one of our experienced Yorkshire Dales guides will without doubt maximise your chances of finding and catching fish. All tackle including waders and flies can be supplied or if you prefer you can bring your own. Our guides can provide a local railway station collection and return service and are available to give you a guided tour of the historic sites, towns, cities and the many other attractions in the Yorkshire Dales.
If you would like to make your fly fishing part of a short break or holiday in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales we can advise on the best accommodation options. These include 4 star hotels, country house hotels, inns and bed and breakfasts each within a short distance from the fishing.
Fly fishing in the Yorkshire Dales is great value, with very few exceptions the prices are as those listed on our costs page. Click here to go directly to our costs page. When fishing from a boat the hire of the boat may be charged extra, if this is the case you will be advised at the time of booking.
For more detailed information about the non-fishing highlights of the River Aire area please click here.
Contact Steve at our northern office to discuss your preferred fly fishing location or to make a booking - telephone 01756 748378 / 07717 533177, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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