Fly fishing on the River Ure

Fly Fishing on the River Ure

The River Ure is a superb river with a long and historic tradition of fly fishing and another Yorkshire Dales river where many of the techniques we use today were developed and practiced by the well known anglers of the past. Even today the River Ure is rightly famous for the quality of it's Brown Trout and Grayling fishing and many would consider the fishing on the River Ure as some of the best available in the Yorkshire Dales. The River Ure tributaries, the River Cover and the River Bain are enchanting and also provide excellent opportunities for fly fishing. Go Fly Fishing UK are able to, by kind permission of Swinton Park occasionally offer it's customers the opportunity to fish their exclusive and private beat below Masham.

The premier Trout and Grayling fly fishing on the River Ure is between Ripon and Hawes and within easy reach of Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Harrogate and York. There is a direct rail link to Skipton from London Kings Cross which makes it easy to visit even from the South of England. The River Ure has prolific insect life and has excellent hatches of fly throughout the year. It's interesting and varied water makes the River Ure the ideal place to learn all the fly fishing methods and techniques we use today, both modern and traditional.

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Fly fishing on the River Ure

The River Ure has excellent stocks of both wild and stocked Brown Trout and is without doubt the most productive Grayling river in the Yorkshire Dales. Salmon have now returned to the River Ure and are becoming an increasingly viable proposition for the fly fisher. Go Fly Fishing UK provide long trotting days for Grayling on some beats during the Winter months.

Trout fishing on the River Ure 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. Starting and finishing dates for both Trout and Grayling do vary from beat to beat.


A 9 foot rod for between a 4-6 weight line (floating) would be ideal for most fishing situations on the River Ure although a 7.5 to 8 foot rod would be useful for fishing the River Cover and River Bain. Waders with ideally felt or felt and studded soles and a wading staff are required with chest high waders being an advantage on most beats.


The beauty of the River Ure is that it offers the opportunity to practice every technique we use for fly fishing rivers, both modern and traditional. Dry fly and upstream nymph fishing together with spider fishing are the standby methods and there are plenty of opportunities for fishing New Zealand style, high sticking and Czech nymph fishing plus others. The nature of the water is varied and interesting making the River Ure the ideal river to learn the essential skills of watercraft and line control.


Our guides in the Yorkshire Dales have many years of fly fishing experience on the River Ure and can teach you these techniques and find you 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 in addition 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 countryside 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 of superb 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 Ure 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

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